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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Laura Geller 'Gilded Honey' V. Kiko '208' Water Eyeshadow!!

It seems the latest "Make up trend" and I type that in quotation marks because there seems be a new trend in make up everyday! BUT that's a good thing! There's no right or wrong way to apply make up. It all washes off anyway!

Now, I don't know about you but I am obsessed with the tops of one's cheekbones, bridge of the nose, above the cupid's bow of the perk of the lips to be gleaming, shining iridescently for all to see. I love the highlighted look! It allows your make up to not have that flat, one dimensional look and instead creates a beautiful canvas ready for any occasion.

The two highlighters in question, well one of them is an eye shadow; the KIKO water eye shadow in '208' which has the beautysphere going insane because its a dupe of so many high end or limited edition highlighters which are no longer available e.g. Estee Lauder 'Heat Wave' or Mac 'Whisper of Guilt.

The other highlighter is the Laura Geller highlighter in 'Gilded Honey' which looks very similiar as the KIKO shadow. The main purpose of this post is to decipher whether the above two photographed are essentially the same thing. And if so, to get the cheaper one, haha!!

Above are the swatches of both. To the left is the Laura Geller highlighter and the right is the KIKO shadow. Very VERY similiar and literally undetectable on the face. The Geller highlight is slightly a more red gold and the KIKO a slightly yellow gold. The texture is buttery soft and insanely pigmented. I am OBSESSED with both but they are both exactly the same on the skin. The Laura Geller highlighter is priced at £21.00 (purchase here) and KIKO shadow is £8.90 (purchase here)!

Which one do you own or prefer? 

Thursday, 20 August 2015


I have wanted to do a personal post for so long, like for over a year, and this is literally just me speaking from my heart. Please forgive my grammer etc because I am just writing whatever comes into my head so it's not going to be the most eloquent of reads... well, I'll try...

So, I am 22 years old and today is Tuesday 18th August, 2015, 4:07pm, why am I writing this as a diary extract, I don't know.

Starting from the beginning, I went to Coventry University to study English Literature and Law and I am so glad I am out of the eduction system. I found it stifling, suffocating and lonely, especially at University. My first year at University was amazing, from commuting everyday with my college friends and being in a new environment made a healthy change. However, because I was with my college friends in the first year, I hadn't gone out of my way to make new friends at University to be with on my lunch breaks etc as I was always with my college friends. So when my college friends decided to pursue another avenue other than University, I found myself isolated in the second and third year at University. Consequently, I found myself literally going to and from my classes and then home because I found there was no one for me to be comfortable with as everyone had paired themselves with someone or a group and because I found there was no one I could relate with. Dare I say it, a lot of brown people at University are extremely white washed and are desperate to run to be with the 'cool white crowd' they forget their own and will greet you one day and blank you the next day. Which resulted in me growing the fuck up, excuse my language but I really did. I'm not saying I only wanted to surround myself with brownies but it's good manners to acknowledge your own AND to not FORGET your own. Nonetheless, I kept pleasantries with everyone, don't get me wrong, I'm not a rude person. But a lot of people are. Remember that.

Fast forward two years, and I graduated, through tears of frustration and joy, I graduated Alhamdulilah. But I was tired and couldn't wait to graduate because I just wanted it over and done with. I didn't want to see the people I had to see day in and day out and after I got my certificate, I cried in the back seat of my Dad's car thinking 'what the fuck was my University experience...it was absolutely shit!', but I pushed my tears aside because I didn't want my family to see my crying like an idiot but I was just quiet the entire day.

Your probably thinking, 'Why didn't you join clubs, make friends, persevere?' , but I did all that but to no avail. Everyone around me and certain individuals were so fake and it was all a pretence and this was my initial step into adulthood; doing everything yourself being independent and not relying on 'friends' for help. Now, this may seem pessimistic but I am merely being realistic. Not everything is all fairy lights and pretty, and adult life is far from it. What's more is I loved learning what I did during University, my modules were interesting (mostly) and I 100% believe education not only enriches your mind, but your soul and encourages and motivates the self and without learning what I did at University I wouldn't be the woman I am, currently, now.  Wow, I haven't written (or typed) in such a long time, feels good ha!

Now that University is long gone (in my eyes, thank God), when I completed University, I had literally, no clue as to what to do, where to start and I actually got my first EVER job at the age of 21 after 6 months of finishing University, in retail- 'Selfridges- Fragrance /Men's Grooming Consultant'. I know your probably thinking RETAIL?? YOU WENT TO UNI FOR RETAIL?? But I needed the money and when student loans stopped and my grants etc I was a broke ass #realtalk. I even remember a rude girl at my graduation telling me to not settle in retail as 'advice' and I was like 'bishh..where's your job???'. A job is a job folks, they don't teach you that in University. If you are studying a degree which follows a linear path i.e. a science degree where you have placement/ work experience, then that's great. But I'm talking about those of us who didn't know which path to take.It is hard to find a job straight away, VERY HARD.

"But persevere, because it will happen and remember where you are now does not indicate where you will be."

So, I worked during Christmas and found myself a voluntary job/experience as a "Health and Beauty Writer" for "DesiBlitz.com" (Check it out, tres cool!) since I want to become a Beauty Journalist. One of my recommendations would be to find out what you want to do, or if not that, the area of expertise you want to work for, and get a job there. For example, since I would like to become a Beauty Journalist, (Inshallah- god willing) I write on my Beauty Blog, do YouTube videos, work in Beauty retail and write as a Beauty writer as well as pray and try to be as positive as I can.

I am in no means where I want to be but I know how hard it is and I have wanted to write down my feelings about this topic just because there is just so much to say. 

Now, onto life currently, I have been offered two jobs, one on a premium Brand and other a more theatrical brand because of my hard work and the opportunities I created myself.

 Opportunities don't just find themselves in front of you, you make your own opportunities.

Instead of lamenting, 'I don't know what I'm doing!?', figure out what you want to do, there has to be something,or volunteer so you find out what you DON'T want to do and create your own opportunities. I still need to do this. But I know this. Life isn't handed to you on a silver platter, so pick up that frikkin fork and knife and delve into the world; this vast and plentiful world full of enriching endeavours for you to find yourself upon to nourish your self, life and those around you. 

Just start your journey and don't stop until you find yourself happy or at least content. 

Kendall Jenner X Estee Lauder 'Restless' Lipstick MAKEUP TUTORIAL!

Check out my most recent make up tutorial featuring my Kendall Jenner x Estee Lauder lipstick!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Kendall Jenner for Estee Lauder Limited Edition Lipstick!

Orange is the new red.

I have been searching high and low for the past few months for the perfect 'orangey red' lipstick shade. I don't really like a true red on myself and find it looks very 'done up' on me, which is why I only one red lipstick, 'Ruby Woo' by Mac, FYI.

I sought to looking at higher end lipsticks because I know this shade wouldn't be used all the time and most likely for an occasion or when I feel fency haha!

So I tried Tom Ford's lipstick in 'Flame', which is a lovely, creamy consistency and despite being a matte texture, was so comfortable on my lips and suited my tanned skin tone. But at £38.00 I couldn't justify purchasing it but I still love the shade (maybe a future purchase).

I also tried Charlotte Tilbury's lipstick in '1995' from her recent 'Norman Parkinson' collection which you can see in my recent Vlog on my YouTube (watch here). I loved this shade and I had a few compliments as well but it still wasn't 'the one' haha!

SO when Estee Lauder launched their Kendall Jenner lipstick which again, is an 'orangey red' hue I was dying to try it out and constantly checking up on my local Estee Lauder counter to see whether it had arrived in store to try on. Alas, it arrived and I immediately purchased after trying it on as it was definitely more orange than red which is what I wanted.

Onto the lipstick itself, as predicted it is highly pigmented, creamy and a comfortable matte. It is part of Estee Lauder's new 'Pure Envy' range of lipsticks which are insanely comfortable on the lips. This lipstick makes my not so whiter than white teeth look white which is an added bonus. The lipstick is priced at £25.00 since it is a limited edition shade and is highly on trend at the moment as well. I just wish it came out earlier so I could have worn it throughout summer and not just the last month of summer!

Needless to say, I love the lipstick and you all need to purchase it!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Additions to my Skincare Routine! Vichy Serum + GlamGlow Mask!

I am loving both of these products! The Vichy 'Aqualia Thermal' serum was entirely due to Sali Hughes stating this was her favourite serum. She is my career idol, if that's such a thing. She writes for The Guardian in the beauty column and she is amazing. Anyway, back to the products!

The Vichy serum is lightweight, absorbs easily and is fantastic for dehydrated skin which is the reason why I purchased this. In my YouTube videos (search sakinahsays :P ) I am always complaining about my dry, dehydrated skin and I needed something to fix my skin. Needless to say, this serum is amazing, my skin isn't as parched as it was before and I am already near to finishing the bottle. NOTE: this serum is fragranced so do a patch test before you purchase etc. My only critique of this is that it is quite a small product but it does last a while.

Purchase here: http://ow.ly/QzRFU

My second skincare obsession is the Glamglow SuperMud Clearing Treatment Mask! I purchased this with the 35% Asos discount they had going on a while back because this is quite expensive priced at £45.00. So I decided to purchase this as the whole world has been raving about this and because this product claims to be great for under skin white heads which is something I suffer from.
Again, I have been loving this as it does help to clarify my skin, help to smooth the texture of my skin and keep my skin clean and clear.

This product does have  fragrance to it and after application it does leave a warm, tingly sensation on the skin which can be quite bothersome if you do have sensitive skin. But try to test it out before purchase if you can. As a result, I am keen to try out some other products from the Glamglow range.

Purchase here (on sale at the moment!): http://ow.ly/QzW0w 

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