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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Marriott Hotel ¦ Spa REVIEW

I was lucky enough to be taken to the Marriott Hotel Spa to continue my birthday celebrations. My friends and I trotted down on a blistering snowy day but with bellyful laughs and giggling fits the whole way we were excited for our winding down, relaxation spa day.

The Marriott Hotel is a stunning and regal looking building which is located just behind 5 ways roundabout in Birmingham.

Upon entrance, the reception we were greeted by the hotel staff very politely and directed towards the health and beauty salon. The reception had a traditional feel which was accompanied with brown chestnut decor and high ceiling and doors to match.

When taken downstairs we were given an option of several treatments of which I chose a full body massage which was beautifully done with Decleor products. Following from this I rested in the Jacuzzi and steam rooms to rest as well as the swimming area.

Needless to say I had such a relaxed day spent with amazing friends at a beautiful spa and would highly recommend visiting!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

My Tom Ford Lipstick Collection

Working for To Ford has its perks,namely, Tom Ford Lipsticks! They are sophisticated, sleek and classy. Not only that but they are all hydrating and long lasting formulas which are worth the luxe price label. Below I have listed all my Tom Ford lipsticks :)

Pink Dusk
Temptation Waits (White Packaging)
Velvet Violet
So Vain
Warm Sable
Sable Smoke

Lips & Boys

Mini Lipsticks

Pink Dusk
Spanish Pink
Cherry Lush
Smoke Red

And I still want moreee!!!


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Turning 25¦ December so far¦ Winter Wonderland¦ Bicester Village ¦ Blenheim Palace

Turning a quarter of a century has been an eye awakening experience. It troubled me a few months ago upon realisation that I would actually be turning 25 years old and I hadn't achieved my career or life goals yet.

But 2017 has been a year of personal growth, I've grown more confident within myself, I know what I want and do not want when it comes to relationships, what I will not stand for at work, the importance of speaking up and learning to say no as well as not speaking at all. I'm no longer interested in playing games, fighting for attention or focusing on things which don't matter in the 'real world'.

I've wasted so much time (and still do at times) downplaying my strengths or successes or my individuality due to fear of coming across boastful or a know-it-all. I've also wasted so much time critiquing ones self through comparing myself against every other Instagram famous girl now realising it's all bloody fake haha!

2017 has been a year of acknowledging my worth and owning it and not letting anyone get me down. We are the makers of our own happiness and destiny and I'm excited to see what 2018 brings for me.

Nevertheless, December so far has been quite entertaining! I love December as not only is it my birthday come the 1st of December but it is my birthday month as I tell everyone, a day is too short to celebrate!

I trotted down to London for Winter Wonderland with the sisters as a pre birthday event and as usual, I had the best laughs ever with them, we went to Covent Garden, shopped on Oxford St, ate on Carnaby street and had the funnest time in Hyde park at Winter Wonderland. We also visited the circus at Winter Wonderland and it was so cool and I have a new found respect for those performing in Circuses.

Fast forward a week and it was my birthday and I worked a whole 7 days to get 3 days off together so I was already shattered and to make matters even worse, I got the worst cold I've ever experienced! I had a terrible runny nose, sore throat, doggy cough and aches all over my shoulders and I had a day planned at Bicester Village and Blenheim Palace.

Bicester Village was a lovely day out where we window shopped all day oggling at the shoes and bags and Blenheim Palace which is Winston Churchill's ancestry house was nothing short of beautiful. The Christmas lights were  stunningly displayed throughout the trail with exquisite music to match. It was so beautiful at night I can only imagine what it would look during the day. I would highly recommend it to families or even couples as it does brings you closer together on a bitterly cold winter evening.

What have you been up to so far?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

THE ORDINARY HAUL ¦ AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ¦ Rosehip Oil ¦ REVIEW

The beauty world has taken over with The Ordinary products and it's no wonder when the items are as cheap as chips and just as or if not MORE effective as the higher end skincare products we lust after daily.

During a trip to London several weeks ago, I visited the Deceim store in Covent Garden which is an umbrella company for NIOD, The Ordinary, Beauty Fountain etc. When in the store, which is quite small with quite a lot of staff but nonetheless, I digress, I picked up the products pictured above.

I was always going to pick up The Ordinary RoseHip 100% cold pressed oil, (£5.90) which is amazing, super hydrating and helps with acne pigmentation. I think I'm on my third bottle! I used to always purchase Trilogy's RoseHip Oil which is exactly the same but starts at £20?! so when I discovered this brand I was very impressed.

Secondly, I picked up the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution a.k.a red mask/ red exfoliating liquid. I have used this twice so far and admittedly I did succumb through social media as it does look quite intense in pictures but it also does work! My skin is super soft, brighter and exfoliated! It is advised to leave on for no longer than 10 minutes as it does tingle and since I am used to wearing acids on my skin I didn't suffer with any extreme sensitivity. I apply this once or twice a fortnight and I'm extremely impressed with results so far.

Lastly, I picked up Niod Photography Fluid in opacity 12% which is in essence an illuminating primer. It's non greasy, looks fantastic in photos (check out my instagram: Sakinahsays), and gives that perfect lit from within glow. I struggle with illuminating primers as I'm quite oily but I always pull this out for evening functions as it really is a game changer especially in photography!

What have been your recent splurges?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

DiorSkin Forever UnderCover Concealer ¦ REVIEW

Why am I obsessed with concealers? Is it because their in a slim device, easy to travel with and makes you instantly look and feel better without the help of a foundation?


The latest badboy I have seem to acquired is the 'DiorSkin Forever UnderCover Concealer', which follows the classic Dior Skin Forever Foundation which was a favourite of mine for a while last year.

I believe this concealer was launched in the middle of this year some time so I am quite late on the bandwagon but I completely believe the hype!

It is quite ridiculous how amazing this concealer is, it's full coverage, dries quickly, leave a matte finish and doesn't crease until 10+ hours! What a joke! I've tried this pretty much every day since I've had this in my possesion and I've become a mad woman telling anyone wiling to listen how good it is.

But, like all things, there some cons as there are pros, i.e. since it is quite a matte, full coverage consistency, you have to work fast. If I am going out and I want an extra flawless under eye, I'll use a beauty blender but pounce under my eyes in a rapid manner haha, and quickly set. But for day to day, using a brush to blend or your fingers is a lot quicker and works better for when you want to use a smaller amount but don't want to faff wetting your beauty blender and sit there bouncing the blender all over your face.

I use the shade '031' under my eyes which is around 2 shades lighter than my skin tone and very yellow but a small amount brightens my face and makes my face instantly look drab to fab! I also use the shade '040' on my blemishes which don't want to piss off these days but a small amount lasts until I remove my make up and doesn't dissapear at all! This shade is slightly darker than my skin tone but works when I wear foundation but not without #sadtimes.

Nonetheless, if your in the market for a bomb ass concealer, get this!


Thursday, 16 November 2017

THE TRUTH ¦Sehra Nabil ¦ QS Organics Hair Oil Review

Hair Loss is one of those tragedies in life pretty much everyone experiences; some earlier or later than others, but something which everyone will in one way or another go through.

It can be caused by many reasons; due to ones genes, lack of hair care, too much washing which has resulted a dry scalp and ultimately dandruff which also is a main reason for hair loss. 

I personally have had dandruff for a while due to a lack of care, not enough regular oiling of the scalp and tying my hair quite tightly under my hijab. I heard of this brand "QS Organics", through a friend and consequently went on to add her on Snapchat and ordered a bottle via Snapchat as this is where she processes transactions. (Follow 'QS Organics' on Instagram).

Upon receiving the oil, I did think it was quite small as it looked a lot larger in pictures but nevertheless it didn't hinder me in trying it out as I was desperate for results. I had had hair loss on my right side of my head which is the side I would sleep on as well as my hairline. 

It's recommended to mix with an egg white and I would mix one egg white with about two tablespoons of the oil and apply twice a week. The smell is quite mentholy but nothing offensive and I would leave it anytime between 30 minutes to 4 hours, but no more than 6 hours which is what is also recommended. 

It wasn't until after my third use when my sister was styling my hair, and I was about to tell her to use her colour hair spray for my hair line to disguise my irregular hairline that I noticed I didn't need to! My hairline was full and I had NEW babyhairs! I was ecstatic and I have consequently finished the bottle and cannot praise the oil enough! My hair doesn't fall out and resemble a cat whose coughed up hair balls at the bottom of the shower and whenever I do have a shower the plug isn't covered with hair! I literally have the smallest hair fall I've ever experienced AND the ends of my hair isn't rough and brittle and instead soft and smooth. 

I am shocked by how well this works when I was so pessimistic that something could work so well. I've even got my siblings and parents onto this oil! 

I would 100% recommend this oil. It is priced at £29.50 and hope the creator Sehra opens a website to make ordering easier. I also haven't uploaded a before and after as I obviously am a veiled woman lol :P

P.S. for girls who wear an under cap under their hijab wear it quite further back, about 3 quarters away from your hair line as this has also helped with growth upon my hair line :)

Get Long lashes FAST!

It seems everyone's quest in the beauty world is to have clear skin, long lashes and that dreaded word 'contour'to be on fleek!

I haven't tackled the former or the latter but I may have resolved my somewhat sparse lashes into a fuller, thicker and longer appearance. 

I first started to use this eyelash serum at the beginning of this year after watching a Pixiwoo video and being amazed at Nic's eyelashes whom she credited LiLash for the results. Since I had always wanted to try an eyelash serum to see if they were a gimmick or not, I ended up making a purchase and being hooked every since.

On their website there is an option for a 3 month supply of the serum or a 6 month supply, I've chosen the 3 month supply and from February it lasted me until August/September and it is only now I've repurchased. It is £60 so definitely on the pricier side but it does last a very long time.

Initially, I applied it on the lash line every night as that is what is directed on the packaging, however, this caused my eyes to become reddened during the day. I then went on to apply this every other night and proceeded to apply this twice or thrice during the week.

Results came about during my third week and since using this I have people complimenting my lashes and asking what I use hence this post. I've even stopped becoming so reliant on false lashes on a night out because it's so much less headache to just coat my lashes with a bit of Maybelline mascara!
 If your interested, definitely check it out here https://www.lilash.com/product/lilash/  you won't regret it :)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

CURRENT FAVES ¦ November 2017¦ Beauty & Fragrance

We are in November guys, what a joke! I'm currently in my bed, typing this with frozen fingers, in a humongous robe and fluffy slippers with central heating on. How are we facing such a tragedy? Anyway, meltdown over, let's get on with this post. 

Upon every seasonal change, my make up, skincare and even choice of fragrance changes. I like to embrace woodier scents, autumnal colours and hydrating serums/moisturisers in exchange of mattifying products. 

My first love is this Tom Ford fragrance in 'Santal Blush', the perfect feminine and sexy scent. It is woody and sweet at the same time without being too much of a girly scent. 

My second love is followed by my first ever expensive palette I ever purchased which is the CT 'Dolce Vita' palette, a beautiful all time round eye palette, but even more so perfect for this transitional time of the year, I am obsessed with the dark orange shade smudged all over the lid!

The Rosehip Oil keeps my skin uber hydrated, soft and helps to diminish scars and uneven pigmentation and is a favourite for LIFE! And the star of the show is this LiLash eye lash enhancing serum which has made my eye lashes so incredibly long I can't even begin to tell you which is why this shall be my next post, so keep tuned ! xxx

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 HarveyNichols.com, 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?


Saturday, 11 March 2017

My Update with Adult Acne (inc. pictures)

Bloody Acne!

So in my previous post, I discussed just how frustrating Acne can be and I briefly mentioned that I had simplified my skincare routine and my Doctor had recommended a 'spot cream'. The spot cream in question is called 'Epiduo 0.1% / 2.5% gel- adapalene / benzoyl peroxide'.

The first cream I was advised to try was 'Benzoyl Peroxide' which I knew I shouldn't have agreed to use because I've been given this pissy little tube so many times and it never has worked. So after a month, I went back to the Doctors and was recommended this cream in question. It is the same Benzoyl Peroxide but with Adapolene and here is what my skin is looking at this moment in time. I do not have any large infected spots but indeed, I have smaller zits scattered along my jaw and lower cheek area. I also have large areas of hyper pigmentation and discolouration which is slowly fading.

(Pic of skin now)

I am yet to book another appointment but when I do, I would like to use oral tablets next as I have read that this is a much effective alternative and I do remember my Doctor mentioning that this may be another resort to aiding my acne. But let me know if you are enjoying these 'Acne Update' posts and if you have any recommendations :)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tom Ford Summer 2017 Make Up Sneak Peak!!

There is nothing more glamorous and beautiful than a Tom Ford Summer Collection. It is usually packaged in the holiday inspired white and gold colours and sells out quickly!

My favourite of the selection includes the highlighter called 'Reflect Guilt', a warm gold and a warm pink gold which will look beautiful on all complexions. Oh, and the pigment is unreal! Soft and buttery but with masses of colour pay off! This can be used wet or dry and on the eyes as eye shadows!

There will also be a few shades of eye duos but I have the warm golden shade which is again is a stand out item! It comes with a cream to apply first and a glitter to press on top!

Lastly, there will also be small lipsticks in a white packaging case which will hold lip balm type lipsticks with a round head for easy application. They are sheer in application but so creamy and long lasting.

The shade names are yet to be disclosed of the eye duos and lip sticks so keep an eye out! This collection is limited edition and will release on the 28th April 2017!

Monday, 6 March 2017

EX1 Foundation review¦ Foundations created for warm, golden tanned skin.

"EX1 cosmetics is a multi-award winning range of make-up founded by biochemist Farah Naz, who struggled to find make-up that perfectly suited skin tones like her own. Dedicated to those with yellow undertones, EX1’s fan base includes Hollywood’s A-list, the world’s top models and beauty editors alike."

I first heard of this foundation among social media which is probably were you hear about a lot of new things with everyone raving or ranting about the latest launch.
 Admittedly, I have only now tried this foundation after years of wanting to try it first as it isn't readily available in many stores. However, you can find it on www.lookfantastic.com or Oxford St, Topshop and many other places. I purchased this from Topshop in shade 6 & 8 and found that it leaves a very skin like finish. It is a semi matte finish with a slight sheen. I tried this a few times and found that is has a more pink undertone and on my oily combination skin it withered away by the end of the day. As well as this, when I touched my face during the day, it would transfer which is one of my pet peeves with foundation.
However,the packaging is very sleek and I adore the rose gold design. My advise would be to definitely try before you buy as I found that a lot of people have mixed reviews. The price range is affordable as well as it is under the £15 mark however, I would give this foundation a miss.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dealing with Adult Acne

A fury of emotions barging through your front door, knocking you over and staying in your house without permission and doing as they please whenever and whatever they want.

That is how I feel adult acne is. No longer a teenager to pass it off as 'teenage skin' , and adult enough to listen to everyone's remedies and suggestions to 'fix' your skin, not knowing you have dealt with body and facial acne since you were 11 years old.

Teenage acne tends to be all over the face, typically cheeks and forehead and adult acne tends to be around the jaw line with cysts or small angry zits. I currently am experiencing the latter and sat writing this post with a Tumeric and yogurt face mask; a natural mask packed with anti inflammatory and calming ingredients, just what I need for an angry mob of spots sat comfortably on my jaw!

So, I thought I'd write a few tips on what I have learnt over the years to help my spots.

  1. Simplify your skincare routine. I cleanse night and day with Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, moisturise with Embryolisse Lait Concentrate during the day and at night use my prescribed spot cream from the doctors on my jaw. I apply Rosehip oil on my forehead and upper cheeks at night as this part of my face is unscathed.
  2. Change your bed sheets. Your bed sheets and pillow covers tend to house a lot of bacteria and saliva if your dribble haha! It's peace of mind and knowing that your going to bed in clean sheets.
  3. Drink plenty amounts of water. It'll flush your body of toxins and generally help your overall appearance.
  4. Eat healthily. You are what you eat. 
  5. Try not to pick at your spots. I am the worst culprit for this. Picking at the spots will create a breeding ground for more spots to grow and cause that section of your face to be redder and sore.
  6. Try not to wear make up when you don't need to. I know this is hard and I only wear makeup when I am at work as it is required and I love to not wear make up to let my skin 'breathe'. And try to wear 'oil free' products.
  7. It's not the end of the world. People have it worse. Your not going to die. And stop stressing.

Now to actually use all of my points. HA!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

What I'm Currently Loving ¦ Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Powder¦ BEST POWDER FOR ASIAN TANNED SKIN!

I have it! That photo shopped looking skin you saw on that girl you walked past? It's most likely this, or if not, it may as well have been!

Mac Mineralize Skin finish powder is the softest powder to touch and also gives the illusion of baby soft skin. I've been looking for a powder to buff any harsh lines just as I end my make up process in the mornings. I wanted a powder that would give my face some colour after I highlighted and contoured and to get rid of that 'translucent powder that's not really translucent'. I use the shade 'medium tan' which has a golden undertone and I use a large Tom Ford Bronzer brush to sweep this across my face.

Admittedly, I don't love the packaging, it's bulky and doesn't look amazing but it does give a demi matte finish with a subtle sheen so it is very natural looking on the skin. It also works on 'no make up days' when you just want a bit of concealer and powder!

This range of powder has a wide selection of colours, so your sure to find your shade or you can visit their website on www.maccosmetics.co.uk.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

TOP 5¦ Nude Lipsticks for MEDIUM SKIN TYPES- Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Mac, Illamasqua...

1.) Tom Ford 'Sable Smoke' lipstick is my ULTIMATE nude lipstick. You can wear this by itself, to lighten a lipstick or just dabbed in the centre of your lips. It is a peachy nude lipstick that looks great on all skin tones.

2.) Charlotte Tilbury 'Penelope Pink' lipstick is my lipstick of choice when I want to wear a pinky nude lipstick. It is creamy and very moisturising on the lips and lasts well throughout the day.

3.) Mac 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick is one which I love to apply when I have quite a strong eye look as it is a 'your lips but better' lipstick. It is a matte formula and slightly drying but a definite classic nude lip.
4.) Tom Ford 'Rose Crush' Lip gloss is another favourite of mine. It does double up as a lipstick because it is so pigmented. It looks perfect on medium to darker skin tones as it is an actual lip gloss that can be worn alone especially if you have darker pigmented lips.

5.)  Mac 'Kinda Sexy' lipstick has been such an oldie for me. I would wear this everyday at University. It is a peachy orangier nude lipstick and a must in my collection!


January MakeUp Menu¦ Tom Ford, Bare Minerals, RCMA, Illamasqua

I have finally become that person who has that mindset where 'less is more'. I 've been dealing with a breakout all along my chin since October and I really have harnessed the attitude of simplicity. Simple skincare and simple makeup; so I thought I'd share with you the products which deliver and are faff free.

  • Estee Double Wear Light in Intensity 3.5- This has been my constant base for a few months now as it has the finish of Double Wear foundation but with a much thinner consistency. It keeps my skin looking matte yet natural and it glides onto the skin effortlessly. I use my holy grail Beauty Blender to blend it out and it literally takes 2 minutes to do my foundation!
  • Bare Minerals BareSkin Concealer is the most beautiful shade for under the eyes; brightening and concealing in one. I use the shade 'medium golden' and it stays put all day.
  • RCMA No Colour Powder is the best! It has no colour to it as the name suggests and leaves skin polished all day!

  • Tom Ford 'Cocoa Mirage' e/s palette- This palette has the perfect shades for everyday and even for the evenings because it has a slight shimmery brown which is lovely on the bottom lash line to really give that doe eye effect. These four shades are all you need to create a soft brown smokey eye and it is so easy to use!

  • Maybelline Waterproof 'Falsies' Mascara- This mascara along with my Shu Uemora lash curlers give my lashes an instant lift and open eye effect. My lashes stay curly all day without looking thick or clumpy and I've been using this for years!

  •  Tom Ford 'BiCoastal' Blusher- Gives my cheeks an instant boost to my dull and sad winter complexion. The slight sheen in this blusher combination gives my skin a radiant look and I am in love with this blusher!

  • Illamasqua 'Dream' lip liner is my ultimate brown lip liner. It has the perfect amount of pink and brown tones and I wear this with every lipstick or gloss. I pair my Tom Ford lipstick in 'Thomas', which is a pink shade with a slight brown tinge. It is a matte formula and literally stays on all day!

This is what I have been wearing all month and it takes me about 20-30 minutes to complete my make up in the mornings. My make up lasts up to 10 hours if not more so it is safe to say these products truly deliver! What's your make up menu?

Friday, 13 January 2017

DUPE¦ Mac Whirl Lipliner v. Primark Lipliner!

Guys I have found it, I have found it and the dupe is £1! £!! I literally am on a HUNT for all of these lip liners!

Since I'm getting ahead of myself, let me tell you what it is I'm bleating on about today! Well, I have found a very amicable dupe to my beloved Mac Whirl lip liner which has been a cult favourite of mine for years. I wear this lip liner by itself with some chap stick or, of course, with a lip stick.

However, when perusing the aisles of the Primark make up section I came across this lip liner in question, which is the exact  dupe of Mac Whirl lip liner. It is even creamier than the said lip liner all for a quid. Guys, it's a pound. The Mac lip liner retails at £13.00 and it pains me every time I have to repurchase, well not anymore because I am on a mission to hunt and find more of this Primark lip liner in 'Warm Up'. I found literally one of these in my local Primark in West Bromwich and I'm going to look for more in another Primark close to me to stock up and I recommend this to all of you!

It's crazyyyyy!!!!! The shade above is the Primark lip liner and the shade beneath is the Mac Whirl lip liner. On the lips they are identical however, the Primark liner is a lot creamier and not as drying which is why I would recommend the cheaper alternative. :)
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