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Friday, 8 September 2017

#FENTYBEAUTY ¦ My purchases- Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation + KillaWatt Highlighter

Rihanna is a force to be reckoned with; having a Midas touch with countless number one hits under her belt, undeniable successes with power houses such as Monolo Blahnik, Dior, Balmain to name a few to now have launched a make up line with up to 40 shades of foundations, Rihanna is making sure she's got everyone covered , literally.

She has slowly taken over everyone's hearts with her exotic beauty, careless attitude and sex appeal. She is a role model and icon to many with a relate able story, work hard, hustle and flourish. So it goes without saying I was eagerly anticipating what was to be launched. We all have probably seen she has launched several highlighter duos and cream highlighter sticks, contour and matte foundation sticks, lip glosses and lip crayons as well as blotting powders, two brushes and a primer.

Upon seeing her full collection on, I wasn't actually impressed as it's difficult to portray colours and textures online as vividly in real life. After I had seen Instagram take a #fentybeauty makeover and people's own pictures I wanted to purchase her foundation and highlighter duo.

I quickly ran on my work lunch break and it was very busy so I was unable to take pictures of the counter and of the rest of her products. I picked up the foundation in '240' warm, and had it tested on my jaw and it is a perfect match *review to come* and her highlighter in 'Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule' which is a stunning burnt shimmery burgundy pink.

Shockingly, they are both priced at £26 which is very affordable especially since the foundation is a 32ml bottle despite a 30ml bottle every brand offers. I am excited to try these products and what is to come.

Shop her collection here

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

NEW¦ L'Oreal True Match Concealer REVIEW- DUPE for UD Naked Concealer!

I am hooked!

Ever since seeing this concealer on @plasticboy 's Instagram and YouTube channel I had to go out and purchase this! I wanted to see if it was similiar to my holy grail UD Naked concealer as well as if L'Oreal had a golden undertone selection with these concealer as this is what the UD concealer lacks.

Priced at £7.99, I purchased two and received the third for free as Superdrugs are currently having a 3 for 2 offer. The shades I picked are 3N Creamy beige (highlight shade), 3D.W Golden Beige (which is my under eye concealer shade) & 6.D/W Golden Honey (which is my actual skin tone/spot concealer shade).

I am blown away at how well these perform,Urban Decay does belong to the Loreal group so they would be very similiar but they are literally the same. They last the same, only crease right at the end of the day (nothing major- but if you have under eye wrinkles you will get creasing ) and the shades are actually better than what UD offers.

I am sold. I don't think I'll be purchasing UD concealers any time soon as these are so much better. The consistency is however a lot more sheer, I would describe them as light to sheer but if you allow it to sit on the face for a minute it allows the concealer to become more opaque.

It's a must try guys!


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Falling back in love with makeup...

For a long while, I have fell out of love with make up. Maybe because of my skin being so sensitive, oily and acne prone I resented wearing make up. I lost my creativity and found it a chore having to apply it every day for work.

I have found having a positive mentality to work, family and my social life and not seeing everything with my negative Nancy glasses my overall health and well being has improved. My stress levels have significantly reduced and my skin hasn't been breaking out so much and

Whenever I come back from work I remove my make up straight away which helps my skin recover from wearing make up all day. As well as this, my 'everyday makeup' is very minimal with a small amount of foundation and concealer. I would always apply so much just to cover everything including my beauty spots and i would find when removing all of my make up I didn't like the look of my face without my makeup.

Makeup now is seen as an enhancement in my eyes and since I have been wearing less make up, whenever there is an occasion to glam up I enjoy the process so much more. I recently went to a friends wedding and this was the first time I enjoyed glamming myself and also the first time i wore a 'full face' of makeup this year!


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Currently Crushing....

I have been OBSESSED with these Manolo Blahnik inspired shoes so I thought I'd kick start my blogging back with these beauties!

These were originally purchased for Eid a few months ago and I have been wearing them whenever I have an occasion to play dress up. They instantly add a touch of glam to an outfit and they are the perfect height to give the illusion you've lost a few pounds!

They can be purchased here :)


Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Obaji Radiance Blue Peel Review¦ Destination Skin¦ Birmingham

As you've noticed my blog has taken a skincare/ updated skin care routine direction. I have always tried to get clear skin but my skin always decides what it wants to do itself. I have chopped and changed my skin care products/routines and maintained certain products that have worked i.e. the Sunday Riley UFO oil.

Since arriving back from my brief holiday to Dubai, my skin cleared up considerably and I decided to start treatments at Destination Skin. They are a high street clinic with over 18 clinics in the UK and primarily cover laser hair and skin treatments.

During my consultation I discussed my concerns and was given certain products to use which I will discuss in an upcoming post and was then suggested peels which would work for my skin acne prone/ sensitive skin. One peel in question was the 'Obaji Radiance Blue Peel', which I underwent a few weeks ago.

This peel promises, "Brightens | Anti-ageing | Tightens lines & wrinkles | Clears Acne  
Superficial exfoliation reduces pore size & improve complexion, the ideal treatment for acne prone or sun-damaged skin. The star ingredient, Salicylic acid (BHA), deep cleans even the most clogged pores.

Upon arrival, I was taken into a room and was told to lie upon a bed and my skincare was removed off my face and protective glasses which covered my eyes were applied. Salicylic acid was distributed upon my face, continued with a slight scratchy substance and then heat was somehow utilised and dispensed over my face.

The whole process lasted 30 minutes and was mildly uncomfortable. After the procedure an SPF was applied to my face and my skin did look radiant. I was told that the downtime for this procedure was three days for any peeling which would occur but I stand defiantly and would argue a week downtime is required.

I didn't get peeling but instead I experienced excessive dryness and the feeling of tight skin. After a few weeks my skin does look better but my skin was already clearing up befre this process. I wouldn't recommend this as the finish isn't drastic enough to warrant a £95 charge. I have inserted some pictures below but silly me I hadn't taken any images directly before the peel.

What do you think and have you ever had a peel before?


Monday, 15 May 2017

Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Oil + Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner

Sunday Riley has slowly become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to skincare. From raving reviews to Cult Beauty featuring this brand for weeks on their website this brand is amazing especially for those with problematic skin, like myself.

I have been using this brand for well over a month and have already finished two thirds of the bottle. The Ultra Clarifying Oil (UFO) boasts of , exfoliating salicylic acid, ...brightens and reduces post-acne discolouration with the help of hexylresorcinol and liquorice. It also contains antibacterial tea tree and black cumin seed oil to combat spot-causing bacteria, while neroli and chamomile combine to calm any redness. And, to keep your skin clear and contented, the inclusion of cucumber and milk thistle helps to maintain moisture levels so your face feels 'plump' and dewy (never stripped)."

I completely agree with the above description, my acne scarring has reduced, the texture of my skin is much softer and has helped with my constant breakouts I've been suffering with from Christmas. The smell of this oil is the only negative aspect I can complain of; I believe it is the Black cumin seed oil because it has a very strong herbal/ green smell, if that makes sense. Nevertheless, I can easily overlook that because it does what it says and genuinely works.

I would definitely recommend this to those who are left with acne discolouration/ pigmentation and you will see results after the two week mark. It is definitely worth the price tag since I would re purchase this without any hesitation.

The 'Martian Water Melting Toner' is not as remarkable as the oil simply because I did not see any results with this. I used it in conjunction with the oil and without and believe it to not have aided in my skin clearing journey. It has a water like consistency as the name suggests and I am quite disappointed in having spent £48 on a toner to now be sitting in my drawer. I enjoyed the packaging of this product because the pump releases a substantial amount of product and aesthetically, the gold and green packaging looks nice. But I would rather a product be complimented on its ability to work as opposed to having a pretty packaged container.

That being said I would definitely recommed the UFO oil and to purchase click here :) 


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Cult Beauty Spring Goody Bag! + Sunday Riley Purchases!

Sunday Riley has slowly become one of the new "it" skincare products of 20170/2016 and I have wanted to try out her products for the longest time! Since Cult Beauty were giving away £200+ of products when a spend of £110 was made I jumped for the chance to try all the freebies. The goody bag has now ended unfortunately, however I will discuss what was was included below :)

I initially had purchased the 'Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner' and the 'Ultra Clarifying Face Oil' in a desperate bid to alleviate my face from the nightmare of a face I currently have. I am experiencing the worst acne I have ever encountered but I've discussed this in a previous post.

So, hopefully this combination of toner and face oil will help my skin but I will keep you updated when I have finished the products or seen a difference in my skin. But with the purchase of the two I was gifted the Cult Beauty Goody Bag which included :

{The brow grooming essential}
Created by the woman tasked with maintaining Ms. Megan Fox's flawless arches, The BrowGal's {Eyebrow Gel} tames strays and reins in rogue escapees to ensure your brows look groomed and totally 'on fleek'.
{The all-natural blackhead banisher}
Odacité's potent {Pimples Serum Concentrate} boasts black cumin and cajeput extracts, to combat spot-causing bacteria and purge pores of impurities - preventing unwelcome eruptions (without leaving skin feeling stripped).
{Our founder's favourite face mask}
Cult Beauty's Co-Founder Alexia was bowled over by Hannes Dóttir's {Seamasque} - a gloopy cocktail of Icelandic algaes which has instant transformative impact. "The results of this mask are immediate and miraculous. Redness disappears, scars fade and your skin is left wonderfully plump. It's the ultimate quick-fix!"
{The kiss-resistant liquid lipstick}
Embrace the ongoing obsession with matte lip colour, and rock Beauty Bakerie's beautiful {Lip Whip} in 'Versailles' - a pretty mauve-pink that is perfectly Antoinette-worthy. What's more, you can eat all the cake without colour smudging or transferring... essential for all sweet-toothed beauty junkies.
{The most-wanted illuminator}
Causing a furore since it launched, BECCA's beautiful, lavender-toned {First Light Priming Filter} lends lacklustre skin a subtle, 'gym skin' dewiness - dispelling signs of dullness without any tell-tale sparkle. In a convenient travel-sized tube, this is perfect for converts, as well as those eager to try this sought-after perfecting fluid.
And so much more! 
I'm mostly eager to try the Tata Harper Pore Minimising Cleanser and the mini Laura Geller Highlighter is too cute!

Have any of you tried these products?

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