Friday, 21 March 2014

Why Do You Wear Make-Up? Tag

Hello, I thought I would do a tag post to mix things up a little. So I found this tag video by chance and it was quite big around a year ago, I stumbled across it while watching icovetthee's 100th video. Alix is one of my favourite YouTubers she is so lovely to watch and she always looks perfect and ridiculously pretty, plus her vlogs are really beautiful and cute. If  I were ever to do a YouTube channel she would be my inspiration, and the video of hers of this tag is below if you want to check it out. Anyway the tag consists of 4 questions so lets get started, I hope you enjoy it! 

 1. When did you begin loving make-up?

I was actually quite a late starter when it came to makeup, a lot of my friends and my sister all started wearing makeup when they were around fourteen/fifteen. Yet I didn't really like makeup I just thought it looked really unnatural, and I was a firm believer that foundation destroyed your skin and caused break outs etc. The first beauty product I got into was eyeshadow, I loved eyeshadow and I would wear it at school when I was in Sixth Form and mascara. I didn't start wearing foundation and properly getting into makeup until  started university and  just wasted hours and hours watching tutorials and discovering YouTubers and the rest is history. Also my student loan meant I got a much-needed cash injection into my student account which meant I could occasionally splurge on high end products. And the rest is history. . . 

Above is my very first eyeshadow palette, it contains 110 eyeshadows and is called The Body Collection Classic Gold palette. It's awesome. I use the right side of the palette the most as it's quite neutral and therefore very wearable. I love them.

2. How do you feel without makeup?

It doesn't really bother me, I am usually running late and I am the kind of person that would rather sleep until five minutes before I have to leave the house than correctly apply eyeliner. Most days I throw random items of makeup into my bag with the idea I will apply it during the day but I usually don't. I don't really feel that different with makeup than I do without, it's more the actual application that I like I just enjoy replicating looks; it's fun.

Above is my no-makeup selfie for cancer awareness, and also how I look most days haha. I think it's good that people are rallying together to help, it's a novel and modern take on charity but I still think selfies have nothing to do with it, but I commend everyone for all they are doing.

3. What do you like about makeup?

I love the creativity it gives you and the fact that makeup is limitless: you will never have all the products in the world because it evolves so fast which makes for a life long addiction. I love creating looks and duplicating others or using celebrities or TV characters as my inspiration, it's just fun and a way to subtly alter your appearance. It's nice, I look at my face as a canvas and it's surprising what adding a little colour can do for the face. 

Who wouldn't want to recreate Tanya's pretty pink make-up looks?

4.Holy grail items.

Ooh, I have quite a few favourite products but as for my Holy Grail items, I'll try and narrow it down to no more than 5:

- Porefessional Primer by Benefit - I mix this with my Benefit moisturiser and apply this before foundation application, it just creates a smooth, hydrated surface and feels good and nourishing on your skin. I only use it if I really want my makeup to look good or to last for a long time, it's really expensive so I just use the little samples they give me at the counter because you really only need the tiniest amount. The trick is to work it into the skin with your fingers so there is an even coat all over your face.

- Nyx Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk - This is a fantastic, inexpensive eyeshadow base, it's like an oversized crayon and you just apply it all over the eyelid and blend it out with your fingers or a brush and pop your eyeshadow on top. It really enhances the eyeshadows and ensures that they stay put it makes a massive difference. It s just a great product to have in your makeup bag.

- Kevyn Acquoin Eyelash Curlers - Eyelash curlers are a must for me, as mascara is my favourite thing in the world and your mascara looks ten times better when you curl your lashes first. Even just curling them can make your eyes look bigger and brighter and more awake. These were £16 but I really really love them,  also have a pair from Primark for £1 that aren't as good but they do the job. 

- Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette - I feel like I don't even need to explain why this is a Holy Grail product, I am just hopelessly in love with rose gold and all the colours in this palette are ridiculously stunning. They are so pretty and feminine with a few darker shades thrown into the mix to toughen it up a little. I love it. The packaging; the quality; the colours; the brush it comes with; they are all perfection. One of the only high end palettes that I think are worth the price. Urban Decay eyeshadows are unrivalled. 

- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent - Again another affordable product that is of high quality, I have combination skin so powdering my face makes a massive difference. Coloured powder on top of foundation usually looks cakey or overly artificial so translucent is the best way to go and Rimmel's is the best. It's easy to apply, the packaging is simple and there is a lot of product in there too. It feels really lightweight on the skin and it is translucent so no matter what skin tone you are: brown, indian, pale, whatever, it will not be visible. It is lovely.

Of course I love all makeup items by Benefit. I am a Bene whore and I'm not ashamed! 

Thank you for reading this tag post and if you like you can tell me your answers to these questions in the comments section below. Of course, if you have any other comments or suggestions/questions all my links are down below also. Thanks again, I have started packing for Italy now and yes it is very stressful to pack for 2 weeks with a limitation of 10 kg. I have no idea how I am going to do this. I have also decided that one of my future posts will be dedicated to volunteering because that is a massive part of my life right now and I thought it would be cool to share it with you. Have a great weekend!

Kiran xxx

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Things You Can Do That Will Help You Feel Better

I haven't asked everyone in the world but from my own personal experience I think we all sometimes have days when we are just not quite "up to it". This could be due to a myriad of things and sometimes it can be for no particular reason. For me, sometimes there is nothing that will make me feel better and I would rather just hide away in my room or some anonymous library where I won't see anyone. I can't tell you how many times I have just not answered when people have knocked on my door or tried to contact me just out of a piercing desire to be alone for a little while. Granted, usually because my room is in no fit state to be seen by any living entity, but there are those times when you just don't want to interact with others or do much of anything really. 

However, I do hate wasting time, personally watching my favourite shows, trashy or otherwise, in comfy oversized pyjamas in bed with a bag of white chocolate chip cookies is not a waste of time in any way, shape or form. As long as I am enjoying something I never consider it a waste of time and neither should you, you are doing something for yourself. You're being nice and if you're ever going to be nice or kind or thoughtful start with you because that will be what leads you to treat others with the same kind of respect. 

There are times though you do have to leave the house and see people whether you are feeling up to it or not. So here is a list I compiled with suggestions to improve your mood and lessen your misery. These ideas can be used if you need to perk up; interact with others; not look like a zombie; or you are just sick of sitting in your pyjamas feeling so hopeless it hurts. Naturally, everybody is different so if you read these and they don't work I am very very sorry or if you are perfectly fine with doing whatever it is you usually do when you find yourself in a bad, sad, or negative mood then keep doing it and please share. 

So please keep reading for my suggestions, I highly doubt I have thought of everything and they may not be of any use to anyone but me, but I thought I would share anyway:

If I have to leave the house and I feel terrible then there is usually a process I go through. More often than not, I don't sleep because I am so worried about the thing that has me in such a withdrawn state. As this is the case if I have to leave the house at 9 am for a lecture I will be miserably awake at 6 am lying in bed ruminating over my problems. So the first thing I do is a) decide to get up and b) make tea. Which leads me to . . . 

1. Make Tea. Or coffee, latte, moccachino, whatever floats your boat. My day always goes better if I have tea in the morning plus the caffeine helps me wake up. Additionally, if I have extra time due to not sleeping I will make Indian tea which is different, you basically brew it in the pan on the stove (you can do this with English tea and the longer you let the hot water simmer the better it tastes in my opinion) and then add a lychee or some other spices that my Mom handily gives me whenever I go home. I don't make it every day so it feels special and it reminds me of home and my family. 

Following tea time I like to watch something while I drink tea, if there isn't an episode or something I need to catch up on, I will either pick a random episode from beloved shows such as The Simpsons or I will watch YouTube tutorials. This is entertaining as I love watching makeup tutorials but also helpful as it gives me ideas as to what to wear. If I am feeling low I will be dreading going outside the house so picking a tutorial to follow psyches me up for leaving and to start getting ready. 

2. Watch something you enjoy. Hopefully something short you can watch while you are getting ready in the morning it can be YouTube videos or an episode of The Simpsons, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Sex and the City, Top Gear. Whatever you enjoy watch it or start watching it and then you can finish it when you return. That way you have something to look forward to later on in the day and it will distract you before your leave so your mind can't wander onto whatever is bothering you. 

3. Healthy Snacks. This is not one that I use myself because resisting the temptation of junk food is ridiculously difficult for someone who has next to no restraint. The desire to lose yourself in a giant bag of Sensations can be overpowering but if you have something light and refreshing that you like such as raspberries or grapes, which aren't that healthy as they contain sugar, you will feel a difference in your energy levels and you won't feel bloated or full. It's light and bright. Again, this could be anything green tea, fruit juice, water, something that will help rejuvenate your insides.

4. A hot shower. This is great for getting you out of a funk, if you live with others wait until they are all out or engaged in other activities so you can stay in as long as you need. A hot, good shower is a cure-all. The hot water helps me with the knots in my back and feeling clean is always a plus. Which brings me onto . . .

5. Bath and Shower Products. If you have expensive ones that you save for special occasions break them out, if you get a compliment or someone tells you that you smell nice, well who doesn't like that? I use a facial mask, it gives me the illusion that my skin is brighter and all my imperfections are minimalised. Obviously, the effects are most likely purely psychological but that doesn't matter, it has a good impact on your mood and that is all that matters. I love to use Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub because it smells so amazing, I use this all over and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and delicious. I use a hot clay mask on my face because it's warm on your skin so I feel like it does do something. I also shave if I have time because freshly shaved legs feel great and if the weather is nice you can feel the sun on your legs which is like getting a hug from the sky. 

6. Make-up. I believe that if you look your best this will aid you in feeling better. This may be shallow or superficial but this is just what I think and it works for me. So I do try to cover any physical traces of my sleepless night or if I have been crying or something I try to hide it. I'll put Lisa Eldridge's video below where she shares tips and tricks on how to look your best after a break up, not that it has to be a break up but basically if you're tired and teary these tips will really help you in hiding that. It's a long video because it is incredibly informative and also reassuring: it's nice to hear that other people go through the same crap you do.

7. Mascara. Mascara is a must for me, I feel so relaxed when I apply it and I love applying it, it's not that I have an addiction to enhanced lashes though I certainly appreciate the benefits. It is just my favourite part of makeup; it is calming and if you do it right you can't really mess it up. But do whatever makes you feel good, if you have a favourite blush or as a guy you have a favourite shirt or something wear it, use it. 

8. Force yourself to interact with people. I have a friend who was clinically diagnosed with depression and at university she would have periods where her depression would reappear. I have no idea whether there was a trigger or anything like that but I asked her how she seemed to get herself out of it, because whenever we met she would seem in such high spirits. And she told me she would just tell herself it's enough and force herself to leave her room and talk to others. At first she would feel uncomfortable but for the majority of times it did work. She would talk to her flatmates and it would, at the very least, be a distraction and something to do and often she ended up laughing and enjoying herself. 

9. Get out of the house. You don't have to look polished or perfect but it's not healthy to be cooped up inside, I always feel restless if I haven't ventured into the big wide world at least once in a day if only to nip out and get some milk or something incredibly mundane like that. Especially if there is a visible sun out there. The sun makes you happy, trust me. 

10. Use a creative outlet. If I feel down I will do a variety of things. I will write, hence this post, sometimes it will just be private thoughts in one of the many notebooks I have amassed or a story, a memory, anything. You can draw, paint, sing, scrapbook, redesign your tumblr/blog pages or change your backgrounds, cover photos or headers. I will listen to music that moves me and makes me feel. Call it manipulative music as it manipulates your emotions to represent the song you are listening too. I guess I am weird that I like to listen to sad music too as it reminds me that people, a lot of people, have it much worse than me. But here are a few of my favourite songs below.

The Vamps ft Pixie Lott - Wild Heart (Acoustic). I love this version, their voices blend so well together and it's still upbeat you can really get lost in the music. Pixie's voice is so soulful and fun, my favourite part is 'I know it's late and I know it's cold/ But come right here and I will never let you go'. 

Big Sean ft Miguel - Ashley. This song is great, the chorus sung by Miguel is my favourite becasue his voice is like silk, I loved his vocals on 'Beautiful' with Mariah Carey. He has such a gorgeous voice and Big Sean's raps are always good, they make sense and are easy to rap along with. It's awesome, please listen.

AsiaLoveMusiq Cover of Kid Ink ft Chris Brown - Show Me. I love her. She is a YouTube star and she picks the best songs to cover, Show Me is already one of my favourite songs I love Chris Brown's voice I think it is ridiculously good regardless of his personal life. I don't feel guilty for thinking he is talented because it's not like I pay for any of his music. But like she says in the video this song makes me want to have a house party. Another alternative is Beyonce's Flawless. Very inspiring. 

MKTO - Classic. If you haven't heard this song stop reading and press play. It is the happiest, most upbeat, well sung, old school pop, bluesy kind of song that you fall in love with. It is great. The lyrics and the message are gorgeous 'Baby in a world so plastic/ You're so classic'. It's simple, perfect and uplifting. It will transform your day and mood. I promise you. Good music is so healing. 

11. Clean your room. Or organise your closet. A tidy room is a tidy mind, again it is something productive and if your head is a mess it will help to do something that requires concentration. Just grab a massive black liner and de-clutter your life; sift through your wardrobe; give to the poor. It will really help, you will probably find clothes you haven't worn in forever that you can reincorporate into your life and clothes connected to good memories. You will feel much more at peace having done something. 

12. Do something nice. For others. Give some money to the homeless person on the street, send a sweet message to a friend who is going through a hard time. Call your Mom. Visit your grandparents. It might be for selfish reasons, but it is good for all involved.

These are my main suggestions as for other things, do something you like, treat yourself, read about something you are interested in, talk to people who you enjoy spending time with or haven't seen in a while. Shopping is bad for the bank account but good for the soul. Exercise is great as it is productive so you will feel like you haven't wasted the day. But that would be a massive stretch for me on a normal day. I really hope this will help you. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks yourselves or if you are having a bad day, maybe we can all make each other feel better. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you in some way. My links are below as usual. I have finally finished this term at university so it is the holidays for me now, right on time as finally the sun is out. I will be packing for Italy later this week and I will share with you my travelling essentials, I can't wait to go! I am going to watch all of essiebutton's videos in preparation for Rome at least and then see what else I can find. If any of you have been to Italy and have any suggestions I would really appreciate it. In particular: Rome, Florence and Venice. I really want to go to Verona but I have no idea if we will have time for that. Thanks again, lots of love.

Kiran xxx

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Alexa for Eyeko Review

Here is the packaging for Alexa Chung's Eye Do range for Eyeko. Stay tuned for the review!

Hello lovely people, sorry for not posting sooner, I don't want to bombard you with excuses but I had a lovely weekend with my family in Sunderland for my cousin's birthday. My Aunt has opened a new salon called Miss Beauty and it's on Wallis Street in Penshaw, Sunderland. It's small and cute and brand new, the decor is sleek and lovely and I am honestly so so proud of them. Their hairdresser Lauren trimmed my hair for me and I am really happy with it, because you know when you go to a hairdresser and ask for a trim and then they cut eight inches off your hair and you have to restrain yourself from going all Jackie Chan on their ass with the scissors and straighteners that are in the vicinity? Well she took an inch off and she blow dried it and straightened and curled my tresses to bouncy goodness. She is a gem. Plus, my beautiful cousin Mini did a gel overlay on my nails, she used a colour called Tutti Fruity which is a bright pink. I love them because they look nice and shiny and hopefully they will last a good two weeks. Fingers crossed. 

Anyway, enough of my awesome weekend and on with the review. As you know, Leamington Spa is the death of me because I physically cannot walk into certain shops without leaving them even more financially challenged than I was when I entered. Space NK is obviously one of those shops; this time I left with the most recent Eyeko range which is Alexa Chung's range. Can we talk about Alexa and her perfection for a minute please? Because, to me, it feels like she can do no wrong, she wrote a book, she's the face of both Eyeko and L'Oreal, she did a cameo appearance in Gossip Girl, her hair is literally amazing and she has the bluest, prettiest eyes anyone has ever had, ever. If you want to achieve her signature Alexa cat eye, please keep reading for the review. 

The range itself is described on the Sephora website as  'a limited-edition, eye-defining duo featuring a new waterproof, carbon-black liquid eyeliner and new conditioning mascara designed by Brit IT girl Alexa Chung for Eyeko.' The packaging is lovely and it is designed personally by Alexa Chung with poster and printed tissue paper, the box is royal blue with black and white detail and the actual plastic packaging of the mascara and eyeliner are black and sleek, very chicly designed. Individually, the porducts are quite pricey, the mascara retails at £20 from Space NK and the eyeliner is £15. You get 0.29 oz of product in the Eye Do Mascara and 0.03 oz in the Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. 

Firstly, the eyeliner: it is waterproof so you know it will last which is great because no-one wants to mess around creating the perfect cat eye for it to fade or transfer three hours later. Additionally, it is very precise, it is possible to create any line you like and I found it to be a strong, intense black perfect for a night time look. It's definitely dramatic and eye-catching which I believe is usually the point of a cat eye. For me, eyeliner is the most challenging part of any makeup so I often skip it but this eyeliner is the easiest and most expensive product I have used. So far, I love it and I aim to try and use it much more frequently. As a makeup product, it does do what it claims you can easily replicate Alexa's signature look with this product. However, I am sure there must be dupes for much cheaper out there  on the market. Because I am not a massive eyeliner convert and frankly liquid liner terrifies me I don't really know. I have heard very good things about L'Oreal's Superliner so that might be worth a shot. Please leave a comment if you can recommend any good alternatives or even any tips on how to apply eyeliner because I desperately need them.

The mascara, on the other hand, the most expensive product of the range claims  to be lengthening and strengthening. It has a strange wand, it is straight, not even a little bit curved, and the bristles are of differing lengths so essentially it looks like a bizzare comb. Because the shape of the wand baffled me initially I played around with it, the best way I have found to apply this mascara is to coat the lashes once with the wand the same way and then rotate the wand slightly and comb through the lashes again and repeat until you have it at the volume you wish to achieve. I find it very volumising and again it is an intense black which definitely adds drama and enhances the eye. It's buildable and fans the lashes very prettily for the full fringe that you want.  It is formulated with keratin, ginkgo biloba, shea butter, vitamins, and botanical proteins that allegedly condition and promote lash growth, which can never be a bad thing. 

Other good things about the products in terms of ingredients are that there are no parabens, sulphates, or phthalates in either of the products. I would be lying if I said I knew what these were but let's just take it for granted that their absence is a good thing. This range was not tested on animals which is always nice to hear and the liquid eyeliner includes Widelash™ Conditioner to help lashes appear longer, fuller, and stronger. One thing I love about Eyeko is that their products are all about enhancing features and actually including ingredients that are good for the eyelashes and your skin. 

Alexa spoke about the range and said:

“I love a sixties doe-eyed look and this [mascara] gives me longer, thicker, blacker, lashes without the hassle of falsies. It stays on forever but feels amazing thanks to all the lash enhancing magic in the mix.”

“The nib [of this eyeliner] is the perfect shape and size to give you control. It gives you the precision to draw on the perfect cat eye. It’s pitch black and waterproof so it doesn’t move even on the waterline. I love that it enhances my lashes each time I use it.”

—Alexa Chung 

I have never used a liquid liner on my waterline but she is a braver being than I.

Overall rating: 4/5. 

I do love the products and am happy I bought them but I do think they are expensive and this prevents me from using them every day, they are more of a "special occasion" product for me. I especially love the eyeliner so if you have to pick one that is what I would go for, even though the benefits that the mascara claim to have are pretty appealing. 

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Thank you for reading, I will post again soon. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite mascara/eyeliner is because I am always interested to know. Thanks again as usual my links are below. Have a great week, and pretend it's sunnier than it is because that is the only way to deal with this weather. That and good music, I am loving the song Ashley by Big Sean featuring Miguel. Miguel's voice is heaven. Lots of love and hope you enjoyed reading, let me know if you have any suggestions for future posts. Have an amazing pancake day, people! It's basically my favourite day in the year. Pancakes and pizza: my two loves. 

Love ♥

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