Wednesday, 20 September 2017


There is very little I hate more than having to take photos. I received an email from my university reminding me to upload a photo for my Student ID, something I had forgotten about. On Saturday, I drove down to London to unload all my stuff ready for tomorrow (Thursday) where I will be getting the train and starting my new life. Anyone else feel like Serena van der Woodsen in the opening scene of the pilot Gossip Girl episode when they get on a train? No, just me. Okay. So I have none of my own makeup and I still need to look somewhat decent for said photo. This is what it turned out to be and I only used five products. It took no time at all and I don't hate it. I think it would be great for anyone back at school as it is quite minimalist and so quick to do.

First, I moisturised using ASDA The Skin System Radiance SPF15 Day Moisturiser (£2). It is just what I had on hand at the time, but I actually do really like it. It dries down and makes the skin glowy and soft without being heavy or greasy. If you would like a full review on this I would be happy to write it, just comment below. For foundation I used Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation in Y405 (£27). I love this foundation because it has a super thin but buildable formula and photographs flawlessly. My skin looks great even though it really isn't due to all the chocolate I have been devouring like a lunatic and lack of sleep. To apply the foundation I used the Real Techniques Multi-Task Face Brush (Blush Brush similar - £10). I applied a thin layer all over and then added extra coverage on the cheeks. 

For bronzing I used the Sleek Makeup Luminous Pressed Powder in 04 (£7) with a fat angled no-name contour brush. This bronzer has a slight sheen and I went in pretty heavy on the cheekbones for definition. I also applied it on the temples, jaw line, centre of the neck, sides of the nose and the perimeter of my face. It gives a nice warmth and pairs well with the Stila Cosmetics Baked Blush Duo in Pink Glow (OOS - £15). I applied that on the appleas of my cheeks with the same brush and blended it into the bronzer. I also dabbed a little on my chin, forehead and tip of the nose for a cohesive rosy glow. I really like the way that looks. 

For once, I skipped eyeshadow completely and instead applied a healthy layer of the Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara (£10.50). A mascara that deserves all the love in the world because the brush gives the most gorgeous, long, pretty, fanned out lashes. Separating mascaras are my favourite. I applied a single generous layer but you can definitely apply multiple for really thick-looking lashes. It was so easy to apply, I can spend 20 minutes applying mascara but this took 2.

Last but not least, I applied By Terry Baum de Rose (£39) on the lips which gives a light gloss and smooths out any imperfections. As I did apply powders on top of creams, I finish with just using my Multi-Task brush to buff out all the products for a seamless blend. My brows are untouched, if I had a comb or spooly I would have brushed them through. You can always run your mascara through if you are desperate but I didn't as the mascara is very black. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I highly recommend all the products I used for this look, they are all very natural and give a very pretty, effortless look to the skin. Ideal for work, school or university. Take care. 

What are your go-to makeup products when you are in a time crunch?


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Monday, 18 September 2017


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September 18th is finally here which means the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette is available to purchase from Cult Beauty. I know I can't wait to try it for myself. Similar to the Rose Gold Textured Palette, this latest release seems to have sparked a mix of opinions. You either love it or hate it. It retails for £56 here in the UK and will be available on Cult Beauty, Selfridges and Harrods. 

The palette boasts 18 shades including eight mattes, six pressed pearls, three duochrome toppers and one pure glitter. Desert Sand (matte) a warm light peach; Musk (matte) a light medium brown; Eden (matte) lovely soft peachy orange; Amber (matte) rich reddish brown; Blood Moon (pressed pearl) warm reddish copper; Oud (matte) plum-coloured brown; Celestial (duochrome topper) golden peach with pink shift; Nefertiri (pressed pearl) warm medium gold; Twilight (duochrome topper) lavender pink; Amethyst (matte) vivid magenta purple; Royal (pressed pearl) medium puple with some brown; Retrogade (duochrome topper) brown copper with greenish blue shift; Cashmere (pressed pearl) golden taupe ; Angelic (pressed pearl) sweet cool pink with warm golden shimmer; Cosmo (glitter) darkish red; Turkish Delight (pressed pearl) rich cranberry, the colour of Christmas tinsel; Saffron (matte) medium dark red, reminds me of the colour of sindoor which is the red dot married women wear in Hindu culture and Blazing (matte) warm bright orange. 

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The colour scheme of Desert Dusk definitely appeals to me. I have watched numerous videos already and am not fully sold on the palette. The shade that stands out to me the most is Amethyst and I have found many beauty gurus find that shade in particular to be a bit of a letdown. I am sure I will eventually cave and get the palette maybe. I would love to hear your thoughts, have you already ordered it? Did you like the first Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette? Have you been eagerly awaiting this one? What shades are most appealing to you? Thank you so much for reading, I am without my laptop for the next few days so my posts will not be as great as they could be, please bear with me. Hope you have a great week. Don't forget to follow me on social media.  Take care.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017


The Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters (£6) look lustrous and extremely similar to the highly popular Iconic London Drops (£33) and Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (£34). Everyone knows the secret to a beaming highlight is layering and liquid highlights are the easiest way to achieve that outer space glow. It looks like we can finally get that high end reflective glow for an affordable price.

Description: Extra dimension highly concentrated highlighters to enhance and give a luminous finish to your skin. Liquid drops that can be added to your skin care or body lotion to create all over natural glow from within, used to prime skin before foundation, or mixed into foundation, for a radiant and youthful glow, or added to the high points of the face after foundation for an intense luminous finish. Control your desired effect by adding more drops to increase glow. Suitable for all skin types and available in 7 shades suitable for all skin tones."

Ingredients: Isododecane, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylparaben, BHT May Contain [+/- CI 77891, CI 77491]

Other: Vegan, Cruelty Free and Gluten Free

Liquid Bronze Gold: A metallic bronze gold highlighter. I think this would look gorgeous underneath foundation in the summer when you have a slight tan because it has such a beautiful warmth to it. Of course, it would be flattering on anyone with medium dark to deep skin but for paler skin types could be used almost as a bronzer under foundation to mute the crazy metallic finish. 

Liquid Champagne: This metallic highlight is the exact shade of champagne bubbles, could you imagine this underneath a healthy dose of Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop. It would be a highlight to die for. The great thing about champagne as it pretty much suits everybody, if you have very cool undertones in your skin you might prefer a highlight with a pink hue. 

Liquid Luminous Gold: I truly think this is even prettier than Liquid Champagne and champagnes are my go-to colour for highlight but this is slightly rosy without being too pink and would look stunning on anyone with an olive skin tone.

Liquid Lustre Gold: This metallic liquid highlighter is even warmer with an almost apricot peachy glow to it. I think you could even use this where you put blush. Again, another stunning shade for people with medium to dark skin. I bet these look insane on the eyes as well.

Liquid Rose Gold: Rose gold will never stop making people salivate and this is a true rose gold that reminds me of the actual colour of the Naked 3 palette and looks like the liquid metal version of the shadow Trick, which is my favourite out of that palette. 

Liquid Starlight: A pinkish celestial highlight to satisfy your inner moonchild, particularly flattering on those with fair and pale skin because of the coolness of the colour but don't be intimidated. A stunning ethereal glow like this looks insane on any skin colour, whether medium, dark, deep or fair.

Unicorn Elixir: Last but not least is this gorgeous purple-pinkish blue holographic hybrid that looks like a rainbow, a unicorn and thousands of sprinkles had a child with Tinkerbell. It looks iridescent and doesn't have as much of a base colour as the other colours but you bet your ass I want it.

The lovely Coco Chic Blog did a video comparing the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters with the Iconic London Illuminator Drops and the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. The video isn't very long and you can watch it below. As you can see, they are pretty much identical. She compared Makeup Revolution's Liquid Starlight (£6) to Iconic London's Illuminator in Shine (£33) and Cover FX's Custom Enhancer Drops in Blossom (£34)

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed these swatches and these answered some of your questions. As you know I am not a big wearer of highlight so have held off on buying these as I don't wear highlight much and I am on a spending ban. I am curious to hear what you think of Makeup Revolution, it is clear they do a lot of "dupe" or copycat products. What are your thoughts on that? Do you support the brand? Do you wish their packaging was more unique? Please share in the comments, I am keen to hear every side. Photos were taken from the Makeup Revolution Instagram. I hope you are having an amazing week so far. Sorry for being a little MIA. Take care. 

What do you think of these Liquid Highlighters and Makeup Revolution?


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Monday, 11 September 2017


Most of you know I live in jumpers all year round, nothing makes me feel cosier or more comforted than a beautiful soft knit and finally it is seasonally appropriate to wear them. My go-to jumpers are typically oversized so I can wear them with skinny jeans, leggings or tailored trousers. I love to layer them over collared shirts for a preppy Spencer Hastings Pretty Little Liars look and recently I have been enjoying tucking them into exceptionally cute skirts as well. With going back to university in a few short weeks I am in the process of taking a long, hard look at my wardrobe to see how many ready-made outfits I have on hand. If you’re anything like me sometimes the only thing that will get you out of bed in the morning is the promise of being able to wear a killer outfit and the lure of masala tea. For some great knits and several ideas on how they can be worn, please keep reading.

This Cotton Blend Polo Neck Jumper from Esprit comes in 10 different shades and six different sizes. I would buy a large and a small, one to wear as an oversized and one to wear tucked in for a more business casual look. The powder blue, camel, dark grey and of course black are the colours that stand out to me. This piece can be worn in so many different ways and most importantly is made out of a material that won’t bobble

Such a staple jumper could be paired with any kind of trousers or jeans. My favourite way to wear polo neck jumpers is with cropped trousers, like this Light Grey Cropped Trousers with Belt Details and a gorgeous heeled ankle boot, but these super cool Sporty glencheck trousers with stretch have a bit more give with a relaxed fit and still look amazing. 

If you’re more of a skirt girl, there are some stunning skirts available right now like this beautiful Grey Check Floral Embroidered Skirt from New Look which would pair extremely well with any white, cream or neutral beige-toned sweater. Or even just a pretty blouse. An A-Line skirt is a flattering shape on literally everyone, you cannot go wrong.

I would most likely pair it with a black loose thin sweater myself but I also love to mix different shades of the same colour together so think it would look great with this pale grey Slouchy Split Side Sweater. I also like to mix textures as well so a jumper made of a soft looking material like the one below would contrast well with a check, plaid or leather skirt.

Last but not least, honestly the most important part of your autumn ensemble is your coat. Especially in England, a good coat is invaluable. The features I look for in a coat is for it to be of decent length so it protects my clothes underneath, a good colour that will complement nearly everything but not black because I already wear so much black that could be overwhelming and finally it has to have pockets. I think it should be illegal to make a coat without pockets. This lightweight light beige blended wool coat is ideal, the wool makes it warm but it’s not too heavy which is exactly what you need in the run-up to winter. Plus, the collar is knit, how cute.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some ideas on how to style your own knitwear. I always go a little crazy this time of year and spend a lot of money on multiple jumpers when in reality you only need a handful because they are so versatile. Save your pennies. I hope you are having a lovely start to the week. Please leave a comment. Take care. 

What is your favourite clothing to wear in Autumn?


Friday, 8 September 2017


Finding a good primer that actually works for oily skin is such a challenge and for that reason I had kind of given up on it all together. I stuck to pore-filling primers like Benefit's Porefessional, Dr Brandt's Pores No More, NYX Pore Filler and Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser as every oil control primer I tried let me down completely. See my review of NYX Shine Killer* for a demonstration of that. Luckily so many bloggers and friends have recommended a multitude of primers to me that they swear by and I have accumulated a list of the absolute BEST primers for oily skin for all budgets. Of course, you know I am on a spending ban so I didn't buy them all but I gave every single primer mentioned in this post a full day's test. First let's get to the primers I own that have impressed me beyond belief.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector* (£28) This primer is a product a lot of oily skinned girls and boys swear by. It has mixed reviews but this is a fantastic mattifying primer if used correctly. The trick is to use a tiny pea-size amount of product, let it warm up on your fingers and then pat it into the skin. If you rub it in instead of patting it into the skin the primer can ball up on itself and if you use too much can make the skin even oilier. Once patted in the skin is smooth and instantly matte. The primer acts as a barrier preventing the sebum from seeping into the makeup. I love using this just on its own and set with powder for a matte face all day but find it works fantastically with all foundations. Highly highly recommend

NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer* (£13) So many bloggers have told me that this is their holy grail primer and now I see why. Touted as a dupe for the incredible Hourglass Mineral Veil which is a favourite of many, Nikkia Joy swears by Mineral Veil for oily skin, the NYX Angel Veil is a fraction of the price. It does leave a slight white cast on application but that soon disappears. I have no idea how this works but it just does, my makeup lasts so much longer and my oil comes through much later in the day. A great primer for most skin types I would say.

Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer* (£29) Last but not least and a total surprise for me is the Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer. I hadn't tried anything from Jouer Cosmetics until Cult Beauty kindly sent this to me. This primer possesses a brilliant list of ingredients including salicylic acid and witch hazel to help with breakouts. It both treats my spots while keeping my makeup on for a longer duration. I find it does make my skin matte as well. Definitely a primer I will repurchase especially as I have a multitude of breakouts going on at the moment.

Of course, there are plenty of other great primers available for oily skin. These are just the ones that have impressed me the most. Hourglass Mineral Veil is a general favourite, Makeup Forever Step 1 Equaliser Mattifying Primer is fantastic for keeping oil at bay and I also really like Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. The whole Rimmel Stay Matte line is a dream for oily skin in my opinion.

Out of Jouer, NYX and Becca. the Becca Ever Matte is the best for really oily skin, Jouer Anti-Blemish is perfect for acne prone oily skin and NYX Angel Veil seems to be one of those mystical primers that seems to work for a lot of different skin types. I am so happy with these three and now instead of skipping the priming step I look forward to applying one of these beauties because I know it takes my makeup to the next level. I am wearing my makeup from 7am on a weekday until I wash it off at night so I really get to test out the wear and impact of makeup because I am such a late sleeper. Typically testing each product out over seventeen or eighteen hours. With all of them I would say less is definitely more, you don't need a lot for it to work. 

Thank you so much for reading, these primers were sent to me by Cult Beauty but I was in no way obligated to review or include them in the post. I would love to hear about your favourite primers because I always want to hear about products that you love and swear by. Getting older makes me realise how much I need to keep track of my spending and I have no patience for subpar products anymore. I don't feel the need to rush out and get the latest collab after blowing a tonne of money on the Morphe x Jaclyn palette. I only want products that will elevate my makeup. Thank you for your comments, I hope you had a lovely week and I wish you an even better weekend. Take care.

What is your holy grail primer?


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Those of you who follow me on various social media platforms know that my Instagram has recently been undergoing some turmoil. First, it appeared to be hacked and now it has been disabled for no reason at all. Over 5 years I managed to garner a following of 135,000 followers. It was completely unexpected but something I took very seriously. Instagram has been a huge part of my life for such a long time now and to find it completely heartbreaking that all my hard work has been washed away in a second. I don't understand why this has happened and it scares me.

What is the point of Instagram, what is the point of using a platform and building a following if it can all be deleted without any warning. No emails, no explanation, no nothing. It is horrible to feel that powerless and to think this could happen to people's businesses. For a lot of people in this new world of social media this could be their livelihood. That is horrifying. 

I am ashamed to admit I actually cried about this. The loss of control and the fact that all my photos, photos of holidays and weddings. Really meaningful events in my life have all been erased and I have no way of getting them back. That really does upset me so much. I thought writing this would make me feel better but it is actually just making me feel worse. I wish there was a way I could get it back. 

All my research has helped none. I have tried everything. I don't get the option to appeal when I click on my log in, reporting it as hacked hasn't fixed it all. I thought I would just rebuild and it would be better, a chance for a fresh start but now I just think what is the point? They could just delete that one too. So seriously, what is the point? 

I think since Facebook took over it has been on the decline and everyone is awaiting the next cool thing. Facebook is also a contentious subject for me as someone hacked into my account and stole about almost three grand from me. The reporting procedure for that was a complete unorganised mess as well and you can imagine the distress and pain that caused me. I just feel like I am utterly done. I have spent so much time on these apps and platforms all for nothing. Thank you for all your kind messages, my Instagram handle is, or used to be, alittlekiran. I am so devestated and disappointed by this. I can only hope it doesn't happen to any of you. Thank you for reading. 

Do you think Instagram is dying?



I know a lot of my readers have no interest in drama or anything like that and I completely respect that, if this is not a topic that interests you or that you have an opinion about please don't read the rest of this post. Read my recent post about the Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks here instead. A few days ago Jaclyn Hill posted a snapchat when Kathleen Fuentes (Kathleen Lights) came over to her house to collaborate on a video. In the snap, Kathleen is playing a video game and says n**** the f***. You can watch the short 9-sec clip below, be sure to turn the volume up so you can hear it.

Understandably, a lot of people feel some type of way about it. I want to be clear that I abhor all racism and racial slurs, but this particular slur is not directed at me or my particular group of brown humans so this is not a I-am-so-offended post, however I do have some thoughts and feelings on this occurrence. A lot of her fans are defending her etc. and I will start by saying I am subscribed to both Kathleen and Jaclyn and I don't intend to unsubscribe but that does not mean I think this is okay. I will include screenshots of their respective apologies (Kathleen and Jaclyn) to read.

Firstly, a lot of heat was sent to Jaclyn for posting the snap in the first place. Allegedly, in the background Kathleen and someone else says don't post that. I, personally, don't think the snap is clear enough to corroborate this but Kathleen nevertheless says that she said not to post it in her written apology. I don't care. You still said it. You still used the word and whether you said to post it or not it's completely on you. Leave Jaclyn alone, she doesn't deserve that heat, however, some people think Jaclyn is laughing at the use of the word when she is laughing at whatever Kathleen is doing. 

My biggest BIGGEST issue is when people with large followings get caught making a mistake and not being perfect they go to their default excuse: "That wasn't me" or "That's not who I am". It's bullshit. She dropped the word way too casually for it to be a one time offence and it bothers me that she is just pretending to be perfect when she isn't. Why can't people just apologise properly instead of making a list of excuses i.e. I told her not to post it, I was drunk, I never normally use words like that. That is what bothers me the most and what has made me lose some respect for her. 

We don't all use perfect language all the time, and I am sure I have used offensive words myself ignorantly and stupidly. But if you have a following of that amount the least you should know is how to apologise properly, take responsibility for your actions and educate the masses on why it was wrong of you to do it. That is the least you can do. I am getting sick of half-assed apologies from brands and YouTubers when they fuck up. Nobody's perfect but learn how to say you are sorry. 

Thank you for reading, if you did read this. Apologies if it didn't interest you. I only wanted to write a short post about why her apology and the reaction this incident got irks me on such a deep level. The excuse that she didn't use it in a derogatory way or in an offensive or racial way is also complete trash. That is not an excuse. Yes, she didn't say it to hurt anyone but the truth is it did and that is something you should be sorry for. In her defense, she is sorry and she has apologised profusely. Like I said, if this was directed at me and she said a word that would be personally offensive to me I don't know if I would be supporting her anymore and that is the truth. As it is I am no longer going to purchase her collaborations, I know she is working on a lip gloss. That is simply a personal choice, I am just getting a bit sick of being disappointed by people who claim to be better. But as mentioned I still watch and enjoy her videos. I am just disappointed. Take care. 

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