Sunday, 15 October 2017

AUTUMN LIP EDIT | FROM NUDES TO METALLICS


Strangely, it feels more like summer today, the sun is shining so bright outside. The palette you see in these photos is the eyeshadow palette I have been using every single time I do my makeup. The Beauty Bakerie Naeopolitan Eyes Cream Palette (£40) is so gorgeous and comprises a unique selection of beautiful autumnal colours, a great seasonally appropriate product that everyone can love. Unlike eyeshadow, my one true love, lipsticks are not really on my radar  this is not reflected by how many lip products I own. Through blogging, I have been fortunate to receive and try so many and as I rustled through my collection this weekend I found some real gems. So many of you adore lipsticks so this post is for you guys There is something for everyone from nudes to metallics


Instead of discussing the shades alone, I want to go more in-depth and consider formulas, wear-time, finishes and price point. Lipstick, to me, is a product you can definitely save your money on as so many affordable brands produce just as good lipsticks as higher end companies. In some cases, even better. My preferences for lipsticks are warm-toned creamy nudes with a mostly matte finish, although lately I have been drawn to gloss. I didn't include glosses today as I swear by the NYX Intense Butter Glosses (£6), they are the best in my opinion and come in so many fab shades.


Le Metiere de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Affinity (£40): The most expensive of the bunch but truly one of the most comfortable formulas as it is a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. Unfortunately, the wear-time for this was disappointing but the colour alone, a dusky not-quite-plum, suits me to a tee which justifies the ridiculous price at point of purchase obviously.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Magni-Fig (£9): A beautiful purple that stands out from the traditional deep berries that pop up this time of year which is why I love it. It still carries a hint of summer, while still being deep enough for this season it still possesses the fun with its brighter hue. 

B. Beauty Velvet Matte Liquid Lip In The Buff (£7): A surprise love for me as most liquid lipsticks I have tried have been drying and uncomfortable. This is not transfer-proof and doesn't set down straight away. The colour is gorgeous and for that reason alone I highly recommend it, the formula reminds me of the Jouer Lip Creams, really moisturising and hydrating on the lips. 

Colour Pop Matte Lippie Stix in Grunge ($5) My favourite matte lipstick form, I wish I had purchased them all. They feel like nothing on the lips yet they have insane pigmentation. They are so comfortable to wear and look exceptional as they don't settle into any crevices, they just look smooth and beautiful and last so well. 

MUA Luxe Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Lacquer in Pheonix (£3) A metallic lipstick that applies so smoothly you'll be shocked. I love that this lip lacquer has so much base pigment so you can wear it alone or as a topper and still pack a punch. This is the perfect holiday lip, but you will need to reapply.

The 24K Beauty Liquid Lip in Crimson ($6.50): An indie brand that displays obvious care and consideration with all of their products and their liquid lipsticks are the epitome of gorgeous products at a reasonable cost. This colour again is one that really stands out to be as it is so rich, deep and opaque like an oxblood red. Instead of being vampy it reads as sophisticated. 

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Brunette (£9): Possibly my favourite from the entire range, I don't own another colour like this, this deep brownish red with hints of orange is an autumn leaf in a lipstick and I am obsessed. The finish is matte, but not completely matte and the wear-time is impressive. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Asia (£5) One of the first lipsticks I ever purchased and with good reason. I am convinced this creamy warm nude suits basically everyone on the planet. It is a fail-safe for me, a classic, affordable and appropriate for every occasion. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mercy (£17): A truly unique colour that I think would be perfect for Halloween. To extend longevity I would advise filling in the lips with a purple lip liner first for maximum impact and colour payoff.


Thank you so much for reading. I haven't been posting as much as usual and I think the pressure of getting posts up for you guys when right now it is the last thing on my mind is starting to get to me a little. I will try to upload at least twice a week to take some of the pressure off and hopefully in time things will pick up again. I hope you understand, please share your favourite lipsticks in the comments below. I would love to read them. Hope you are having a great weekend. Take care. 

What are your favourite lip products this time of year?

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

FAIL | L'OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX WASH REVIEW & DEMO


I don't want to beat around the bush, if you recall I reviewed the L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub a while ago and completely fell in love with it. So much so, I just purchased a replacement and it is still just as fantastic as I recall. Because I loved it so much I thought I would try the Detox Wash which is also a part of the Pure Clay range as it claims to cleanse, clarify and detoxify the skin. It sounds like a product my acne-prone, junk-food-abused skin is crying out for. Ultimately, I detested this product. To the point where it is actually difficult to put into words how unpleasant of an experience using this product is for me. Which is unheard of, I love words. I uploaded a video so you can see what a mess this product is and I will attempt to talk you through why I ended up hating it so much.

It's a foaming product. My skin and foaming products are not on speaking terms. We have come to a mutual agreement to avoid each other. Imagine my surprise when this foams up like a discounted fresher's night in the student union. It leaves my skin feeling dry, tight, stripped of anything healthy and irritated. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of foam formed means it takes a hot minute to remove and inevitably gets in my mouth. It tastes foul by the way. I am actually frightened to look at the ingredients. 

On the plus side, the packaging is splendid. I think L'Oreal are really taking their packaging to the next level, I love that it comes in a squeezy tube and the cap is screwed on, nice colour scheme, all very well thought out. It is also affordable, although prices do vary. At Feel Unique and Boots it retails for £6 and at Superdrug you can get it for £4.  As it is so drying and clay-based it might well be beneficial for treating breakouts, I haven't noticed a miraculous reduction but then I am eating Mr Kipling's finest baked goods on the regular so who knows? I cannot in good conscious recommend it to anyone in spite of the attractive price and I am truly sorry about that. I will continue to use it, because I am Indian and £4 is still £4 to me but I won't be enjoying a second of it. Watch my video below if you really want to see how much it sucks, please subscribe if you like. I don't post all that often but it would be lovely to connect with you all on a different platform. 


Thank you so much for reading my review, you're the best. I hope you are having a great week so far. I have my first official blogger event tomorrow so wish me luck. I will try to take pictures and snaps (snapchat is alittlekiran). Of course, now that I finally have somewhere to go to I have spots popping up everywhere. Why does this always happen? Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' and if you have any video suggestions for YouTube I would love to hear them as well. Take care. 

What was one skincare product you didn't get on with?

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

HOLIDAY 2017 | MARC BEAUTY THE WILD ONE EYE-CONIC PALETTE SWATCHES ALL 20 SHADES

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Conic Palette Swatches. Photo by @candidlychelsey on Instagram
Available now via the Marc Beauty WebsiteSephora and John Lewis in the UK, the latest eyeshadow palette from Marc Jacobs called 'The Wild One' has a fittinf zebra print exterior design and an impressive 20 shadows. As expected this palette is not cheap and will set you back $99 in the States and £79 in the UK (£3.95 per shadow). It is definitely on the higher end of high end but is at least partially justified by the big name, luxe packaging, quantity and hopefully quality of the shadows. I have yet to buy a Marc Beauty palette myself despite hearing only good things so let's take a look at the swatches before we make any rash decisions to part with our hard-earned money.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
There are a range of finishes in this limited edition palette, inspiration was taken from the fashion industry and some of the shades were designed to resemble materials like sequins and lamé. Of course, there are some great transitional matte shades as well as more vibrant colours as well.

First Row: Paper Tiger is bone coloured matte; Nine Lives is a shell pink matte; Sheepish is a shimmery white cream shade; Early Bird is a warm cream with a champagne gold shimmer and White Elephant is a bright white matte.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Second Row: Nest Egg is a really interesting duochrome green with a purplish pink shift; Lion's Share is an extremely shimmery pink with flecks of silver shimmer; Chameleon is a truly stunning duochrome purple blue with green shift; Hen Party is a fun warm orange red with gold reflects and Funny Bunny is a baby blue with silver shimmer.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Third Row: Golden Fleece is a gorgeous metallic gold with an almost orange undertone; Cat Fight is a vibrant magenta pink metallic shade; Dog and Pony is a stunning deep dusky mauve matte, not too dark and not too light, a shade that pairs really well with a lot of the others in this palette; Bullseye is a deep red impressively pigmented matte and Peacocky is a deep blue matte.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Fourth Row: Foxy is a gorgeous bronze metallic; Freebird is a stunning metallic indigo with a purple base; Bearish (apologies for the typo in the photo it was based off Tati's pronunciation so just a guess) is a lovely deep eggplant matte; Cat Calls is a warm peachy apricot matte and Crow's Nest is a dark blue matte.


Pros: Looking straight on at the palette as a whole I was pretty dismissive. The colours didn't speak to me, apart from one or two and I didn't think I would be able to create many looks out of it. However, breaking it down row by row and looking at the shades individually I am taken aback at how many colours a) I don't own and b) look really gorgeous. Nest Egg, Chameleon, Cat Fight, Dog and Pony and Bearish are my favourites out of the 20 and overall I think it would make a luxurious gift.

Cons: I am not a huge fan of the zebra print and I think the shade names could definitely be better, in addition there are a few shades like Crow's Nest and Peacocky that I could do without. I would like to see a couple more unique colours and this would really tip me over the edge and make me buy it.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Will you buy it? Are there any other holiday collections you have your eye on? I know Fenty Beauty's Galaxy Collection is dropping later this week. I just watched Desi Perkins' video on it and it looks so atypical from the products already on the market. I am really excited for it. I hope you had a brilliant weekend and that your Monday gets you off to a great start. Take care,

What do you think of The Wild One Eye-Conic Palette?

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Friday, 6 October 2017

REVIEW | KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK IN MERCY WITH SWATCHES


A short little review of an even shorter lipstick. The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (£17) in the shade Mercy was given to me as a gift from a dear friend who works there. It is a cute little miniature and I am obsessed with the packaging of this lipstick. The multi-faceted bullet and pure black hue is just ridiculously cool and I do have a weakness for anything super tiny and adorable. Kat Von D isn't a brand I have tried much from, I bought her Lock It Powder when I went to the States in January but Kat Von D is now readily available in the UK thanks to Debenhams. Truthfully, aside from the powder Shade and Light Palette I haven't been all that tempted by Kat Von D products. I know she has some great colourful palettes but they always seem to be limited edition, her Tattoo Eyeliner and Liquid Lipsticks have a cult following but neither of them appeal to me. So I was thrilled to try this cute product especially as it is in such an autumnal shade


Mercy is described as being a romantic garnet berry shade, I was surprised to find that the finish is not matte at all. There is actually quite a noticeable shimmer in the formula that reads as silver which threw me off a little. I prefer solid shades but think this would be really cool at night or as part of a more statement look. The claims state that the lipstick has a ten hour lasting power and I did not find this to be the case, this could be because it is not a long-wearing matte so is to be expected. It rubbed off quite easily and did transfer. In addition, it isn't all that flattering on me and is the kind of lipstick that requires a commitment to a full glam look. Lashes and all. I do think it is cool and unique and I don't own a shade even close to it


Thank you for reading, please give me your giveaway suggestions. I want to do something really special for all of you who read my blog. So I am keen to take your suggestions on board, tell me what you want! Alternatively, I could giveaway a gift card if that is something people would prefer? Just let me know which store, giftcards would have to be to a UK store I am afraid though, whereas a product giveaway would be international because I know a lot of my readers are from all over the world which is the coolest thing ever. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What is your favourite lipstick?

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

OCTOBER GOALS


October is my favourite month because of Halloween and the run-up to Christmas, the fact that boots are completely appropriate footwear and jumpers are in every single shop, Zara scarves and the gorgeous orange of pumpkins. There is no end to the reasons I love October, the influx of horror movies on Film 4 and in cinemas is a major one too. I did a Goals post a few months ago and really enjoyed writing it as it is away from the norm for me. So I thought with all these changes and to try and keep my head in the game I would share my goals for October as well. 

Coursework: I have coursework due in for the 23rd October and it has been a hot minute before I had to submit an assignment in. Regardless, I am determined to nail it and start the academic year as I mean to go on. 

Halloween: I want to try my hand at some Halloween looks and figure out what I actually want to do for Halloween. If you have any suggestions let me know, I would love to hear them. I love Halloween so much. I definitely want to do an IT inspired tutorial because they are everywhere. 

Videos: Need to pull my shit together and upload more videos to YouTube, this and the Halloween goal are all about building up my confidence. I still hate my face on camera and I am trying to just move past this so I can enjoy my life more. 

Instagram: Still have not got my Instagram back but as I have said previously I am not going to give up. I am going to keep reporting every single day of my life until they return it to me. 

Social: Back to being a student feels odd and it is so easy for me to just stay in my room and be at one with my laptop. Being in London is a fantastic opportunity and I want to meet as many different people as possible. This means trying to talk to everyone on my course and you know actually leaving my place and venturing out occasionally. 

Explore: London is full of amazing things to do. I definitely want to see Aladdin and go to a tonne of restaurants. I have done a lot of the touristy stuff in previous years but again any recommendations are highly welcome. London is my favourite city, it just fills me with joy.

Thank you for reading this short af post. My goals are pretty simple this month and you will notice there was nothing about fitness or drinking water etc. because God knows I fail at this every time. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

Do you have any goals for October?

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

FIRST LOOK | ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS NEW PRISM PALETTE SWATCHES RELEASE DATE & OVERVIEW

Anastasia Beverly Hills New Prism Palette Swatches and First Look
Genuinely can't seem to keep up these days, but with the transition into Autumn it only makes sense for brands to release new products and the new Prism Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills has the internet buzzing after the Subculture controversy. Prism is different to Modern Renaissance and Subculture and has a fun mix of bold and brilliant colours making it a vibrant holiday palette. I love the black velvet packaging and the triangular prism motif. I think it looks really cool and edgy. A standout from the simpler packaging of their other palettes. For swatches and more details, please keep reading. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills New Prism Palette Swatches and First Look
Like the other palettes mentioned, Prism has 14 shadows altogether and comes with the same dual-sided eyeshadow brush that was featured in the other 2 permanent palettes. Of the 14 shades, there are 7 ultra mattes4 duo chrome pigments and 3 metallic pigments. Anastasia Beverly Hills and Norvina (her daughter Claudia) have kept this under wraps which is great as I know the Subculture Palette was leaked much to Claudia's devastation. There are so many colours in this palette that speak to me like "Lure", "Dimension" and "Throne" but I can understand this palette wouldn't be for everyone. I do like the shades I don't know if I would be able to create many looks from this palette alone myself I would probably need some guidance and a few other more neutral shadows to create more wearable comfortable looks for me. Onto the swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills New Prism Palette Swatches and First Look: Top Row (photo from Cosmopolitan - edit by me)
Top Row: Lucid (metallic) shimmery shell pink; Eden (matte) sweet peach reminds me of a warmer slightly deeper version of the Eden in the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette; Unity (matte) muted sandy brown; Sphinx (duo chrome) rich copper gold; Osiris (duo chrome) royal purple with silver shift; Sphere (matte) vivid pale yellow and Obsidian (matte) black. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills New Prism Palette Swatches and First Look: Bottom Row  (photo from Cosmopolitan - edit by me)
Bottom Row: Dimension (duo chrome) silver with bluish shift; Parallel (matte) purple toned deep brown; Pyramid (metallic) true yellow gold; Throne (duo chrome) Christmas green with silver or yellow shift; Saturn (matte) burning orange almost red; Eternal (metallic) true old gold and Lure (matte) dusky purple. 

Overall, I find almost all of these colours interesting and quite unique. I think the mixture of finished and the gorgeous sparkly shades make it perfect for the holidays. I am keen to see the looks people create and see if this palette possesses the same fallout and trouble as the Subculture Palette. I am hoping not. The palette will be available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Website on October 2nd for $42 or £41. I am not sure if this palette is limited edition or not, but will keep you updated if it is. I will also add any information on other retailers like Beauty Bay or Cult Beauty when I can. I would love to hear your thoughts on this upcoming palette so please comment below. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the Prism Palette?

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

WINTER SKIN | 4 ESSENTIAL MOISTURISING SKIN PRODUCTS THAT ARE AFFORDABLE


Here are 4 great skincare products that are essential in my daily skincare routine. I think everyone would really benefit from incorporating these products in their routine especially with winter coming up as they are great for dry to combination skin. They are generally refreshing for the skin as well as being hydrating. For a while I skipped one or two of these steps but now try to adhere to them as much as possible as it really seems to make a difference to the overall feel and comfort of my skin. Read on to see why these particular drugstore priced products are my choices. I would love to hear what your tried and true products are as well so leave a comment. 

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Gel Aloe Water (£10) So I did a review of this previously (see this post here) and wasn't such a big fan but now that I have found different ways to use it I am actually in love with it. Using it consistently has encouraged me to find ways for it to thrive in my routine so there is some bias there. What I love about it is it is, for me, hydrating enough to be used in place of an eye cream (when necessary I know this will horrify most people so apologies). I always forget to both buy and include an eye cream in my routine, something that needs rectifying soon as I am fast approaching 25, I concentrate an extra amount of this around the eye area. In addition, it is very cooling on the skin and soothing as well as a result of the aloe water. I like using it after I have shaved my face, expect a post on that soon, also after a hot shower. It works well as a general moisturiser before makeup. I just make sure to give it at least five minutes to absorb and penetrate into the skin and take care to use a mattifying primer to act as a barrier between my skincare and makeup. I currently have an angry and bumpy breakout situation on my chin and this really keeps it calm and doesn't exacerbate the situation. 

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Toner Rose and Jasmine (£6) I use quite potent products in my skincare routine and I like to exfoliate and use scrubs regularly, therefore this toner is the perfect antidote to all these aggressive products. It is so gentle so I use the toner in the morning, it keeps my skin feeling clean and refreshed, ready for makeup, plus it smells gorgeous but not too strong. 

Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Lotion Oat Milk and White Almond Cream (£6) Not a step I practice often enough but finding this lotion has increased my enjoyment in this tedious step. After I shower I make sure to slap a bit on most of my body, it absorbs fairly quickly. Not only does it moisturise and hydrate my skin but I think it gives a really subtle glow as well and the scent is divine. Soft and pleasant, not too intense first thing in the morning and just lovely throughout the day. 

Garnier Intensive Hydrating Hand Cream with Aloe Vera (£3) Another step that deserves more attention, I try to remember to apply hand cream at least once a day as with the constant washing of my hands and the change in weather means my hands can feel quite dry at times. In addition, as I mentioned, I do use a lot of exfoliating products with quite active ingredients, like charcoal, in my skincare routine so my hands come into contact with a lot of drying products. Applying this instantly stops my hands from feeling dry and the moisturising effect lasts a long time. It is quite heavy as it is intended for those with quite dry hands but I find I like that as it really feels like it is working.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Skincare and bodycare are all quite personal, but all of these products across the board are great products for the transition to winter. Thank you for 1000 Bloglovin' followers, it means a bloody lot and I really want to do a special giveaway in honour of it. Let me know your suggestions! I am thinking maybe the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette or Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, or maybe even a highlight from Fenty Beauty, would you prefer Trophy Wife or a duo? Please share your thoughts on potential giveaway items as well, I value your input. Hope you are having a great week so far, share your skincare favourites in the comments below and what your daily routines are as well. Take care. 

What are your favourite products for the transition from Autumn to Winter?
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