Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Body Shop: Haul & Review

A few weeks ago The Body Shop had a deal on where you could get 25% off on your order with free delivery and a free Vitamin E cream with your order. Naturally, I took full advantage and spent almost £50 on their site. I love The Body Shop and I really wanted to update my skincare and shower products for summer as I find the products you use in winter don't translate well in warmer weather. And who doesn't like new bath products? Exactly. Don't judge me, and let's jump right into it. I purchased a total of seven products including the free Vitamin E cream, all the links will lead to the products if you're interested. I left it a little longer to post about these products because I wanted to give you a review on them as well and let you know if they did what they claimed or if I was unhappy with my choices. Keep reading and as always share your thoughts in the comments!


Blueberry Body Scrub. 200ml. £12.50
Body scrubs are my all-time favourite shower products because they leave your skin feeling fresh and seriously smooth. I heard Tati from YouTube talk about this new special edition blueberry scent so I thought I would give it a try. It's not as abrasive as I am used to, I generally like my body scrubs to be quite harsh, I love the colour - a striking deep, almost purple shade of blue - and it definitely does what it claims. It's stimulating and the smell is very refreshing. Not my favourite scrub so I don't think I will repurchase it, nothing it seems can beat The Breakfast Scrub from Soap & Glory, it is just the most delicious scent on Earth.


Vitamin E Moisture Cream. 50ml. £10.00.
This was the free product and I have tried other products in this range and loved them mostly for the clean scent and soothing feel. All the products in this range just leave your skin looking healthier and that is all you can really ask for. This cream is no different, it's not too thick but it feels very moisturising and hydrating without having to really work it into the skin like a body butter. It is only little but you don't need a lot. It smells great.


I had purchased this product before and I cannot put into words how much I love it. Okay that's a lie, I can. It is no secret that I am a die hard fan of scrubs, on my face and body, it's the only way I feel really clean. This scrub is perfect for when your skin is looking or feeling dull, I perpetually suffer from lack of sleep and washing my face with this dream in the morning instantly lifts both my mood and my skin. A firm favourite.
I bought this on a whim, I had been getting a few blemishes lately and now that I have become a revision hermit I don't tend to bother with makeup so I really felt I needed to step up my skincare routine. Unluckily, my trusty Benefit moisturiser is starting to run terrifyingly low so I got this as a replacement. I used to use a Tea Tree Facial wash when I was at school so the fragrance really takes me back which I don't hate. Tea Tree is really good for clearing the skin and soothing irritation. When you're not sure what's appropriate for your skin go for tea tree because it will only ever end well. Another great quality about this simple yet effective lotion is that it isn't oily at all which is perfect for my skin type. You can get a 15ml version for just £3.00 if you're unsure.


I have never tried a product like this before, and I thought I should invest in something as I won't want to use a facial scrub everyday so I chose this. Again tea tree is a fail safe range, you just cannot go wrong. It comes out like shaving foam but with less volume and it is very helpful in taking off makeup or just reviving your skin in the morning instead of applying a scrub. I dig.



Vitamin C Skin Reviver. 30 ml. £12.00
Again, another product I have never tried. It has a pump and you only need the tiniest amount so I love that as there is no wasted product, it comes out and feels very similar to a primer, I use it after applying the Tea Tree Lotion and before putting on makeup. It just brightens the skin a little more and has that lovely citrus scent that makes you feel more awake anyway.


Another product never tried before and one I adore. This cute little bottle is so lovely, you unscrew the lid which is a pipette and pinch the tip so a few drops of the oil spill onto your hand and then you pat it all over your face before bed. Its job is to essentially make it look like you have had that crucial eight hours of beauty sleep and leave your skin feeling wonderful and rested when you wake up in the morning, it smells divine like aromatherapy oils. I love this.


Thank you for reading, I hope you found this review and haul helpful. I really enjoyed trying out these products so if you have any other recommendations or suggestions just let me know in the comments. I have a few more reviews coming so stay tuned, lots of love and sorry it has been so long.

Kiran xxx


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Superdrug Splurge: Beauty Must-Haves or Not?

So there are a few products that everyone seems to rave about on the blogosphere, they are all over YouTube and in favourites and you nod your head and remind yourself that you definitely need to check out those products but you never do. And why not? They are tried and tested by practically everybody but we all have a tendency to stick to what we know. So I decided to do a mini splurge at Superdrug and pick up three beauty favourites of almost everybody's. They are all drugstore products which basically means they are inexpensive and completely affordable in comparison to say Benefit or Armani. So please keep reading and I will tell you what I would usually use instead of these products and how these new products measure up. 

THE PRODUCTS 



L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, now I heard about this product from Carli Bybel one of my favourite YouTubers and she perpetually has this mascara as part of every makeup tutorial even though she tends to wear false eyelashes a lot. I was a bit sceptical at first because the wand and comb itself is so slim you think it wouldn't be able to achieve anything let alone full thick curly lashes. However, it does work surprisingly well, it can clump but if you ensure that there is just a little product on your brush and wait till the mascara dries before you build coats you should get gorgeous lashes. I would usually use my Eyeko Mascara from Alexa Chung's Eye Do range or a duo mascara from Lash Em that I will talk about soon in a separate post. Mascara is my favourite beauty product so I have an enormous collection of them that would be shocking and disturbing I a regular human being so I have many choices. Other good inexpensive mascaras are Maybelline Falsies; L'Oreal Butterfly Effect; New Look Mascara by Giles and TopShop 3D Curve. Love them all. The Telescopic mascara does work well but I find it smudges easily so it looks like I have very messily applied liquid liner but as I mentioned this can be fixed by simply wiping the wand before application to ensure that there is very little product on the comb. £10.99


The next product is a concealer by Collection, a brand that is so cheap it makes me want to dance and cheer in celebration. The Lasting Perfection Concealer is drooled over by Tanya Burr, Lily Melrose, Zoella and probably a tonne of others that I have never even heard of. I only have one other concealer which is boing by benefit which I love, although it is about five times the price as this one. Basically to cut the story short I adore the Collection concealer so much, I got it in Warm Medium 3, which seems to blend into my skin nicely. I love this product because it is so multipurpose it's both brightening as well as concealing, you can use it under your eyes, on any redness, dark spots, acne, anything. It is great. However, I don't like the applicator as I feel like it doesn't let me access all the product and it only comes in four shades so that's not great but I think it is possible to make it work on most skin tones. It's a medium to high coverage concealer it looks like it would feel thick but it doesn't you only need a little and it covers a lot. At £4.99 I will definitely repurchase this. 


Last but not least there is the Maybelline 24 Colour Tattoo in 65-Pink Gold. This was £4.19 and I know essiebutton loves the bronze shade in this collection and this range was definitely a beauty hit when it came out. I love the colour it really is a gorgeous dusky pink with gold undertones it looks like it might hae a slight shimmer that would catch the sunlight. I think it would look lovely as a wash across the eyelid but also as a great companion to the Naked 3 palette which is my go to palette these days. I believe cream shadows are a suitable replacement for primers and usually I would use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime my lids or my Laura Mercier Shimmer Shadow Sticks. Sometimes I would put my Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk across the lid so any eyeshadows applied after would look more vibrant. As for this cream shadow, it feels light and works great as a base, I love this colour so would definitely repurchase this. I might have a look at some more shades, if you have any recommendations just let me know in the comments. 



I apologise for the shadows visible in the pictures, I tried to minimise their presence as much as I could. I am back at home with my family in order to relax and get some revision done. Thank you so much for reading, I will try and post again as soon as possible. Have a beautiful day, all my links are below, and feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with me, love to you all.

Kiran xxx


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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mac Pigments: Are They Worth It? Plus Dupes and Discounts!

So I have  watched a few videos and heard it from friends etc that Mac Pigments are incredible. I have especially heard that about the pigment Tan, which is a pretty rose gold shade. I have included a video below that uses this pigment in a makeup tutorial by AnchalMUA one of my favourite Indian make up artists, her looks are really wearable and yet diverse. So check her out. In addition to this, CarliBybel also did a makeup tutorial for Prom using MAC pigment in Melon. That is below also, so check them out if you want to see how pigments are used and recreate these really pretty soft, flattering looks. I have added links on all the relevant products to save you time. Keep reading if you are interested in if MAC pigments are worth the hype and the money, how Barry M Dazzle Dusts compare and where you can get the MAC pigments for ten pounds less than their RRP.



I bought Melon and Copper Sparkle. I believe they retail for around £17 which I think is quite expensive. Considering Dazzle Dust by Barry M is a fraction of the price at about £4. With Barry M you do get a lot less product but I highly doubt you will even use up all of the smaller Barry M pot in your lifetime either. I, however, purchased these pigments for a lot less using an app called Depop which is basically a hybrid of eBay and Instagram where you can search for whatever you like and usually get a really good deal. You can personal message and haggle, like pictures of products and buy and sell instantaneously. A must have for any compulsive shopper, you can save so much money. I love it for buying makeup because high end products are overpriced massively and you only really come to see this when you see the alternatives.


As for the pigments, I like them. Melon is very bright and shimmery which is essentially the point. Both colours work well dabbed across a neutral colour on the lid. Sometimes I use it to highlight my inner corners. You get a lot of product in these little pots, I can't ever imagine running out of them. I even spilled some of Melon (which is my favourite of the two) but there is still a tonne left and that goes for Copper Sparkle also. Copper Sparkle is a pretty brownish shade warm and subtle with shimmer, perfect for a low maintenance daytime look as you can see from the picture below it is barely noticeable on darker skin tones whereas on a fair skin it would be less subtle but still very low key. Melon is a brighter gold, I would say, very shimmery so you want to use it in moderation. 


Swatches of MAC Copper Sparkle, Barry M Mushroom and MAC Melon (left to right)

I have a Barry M Dazzle Dust in the shade Mushroom which is a silvery purple shade. It's gorgeous and looks lovely paired with a purple and brown lid, ideal for highlighting the inner eyes. I think, as much as I adore gold, gold is definitely an overused colour these days it's nice to explore other options. All the pigments pair well with the Naked 3 palette because the eyeshadows have both gold and purple tones in them. 


MAC Copper Sparkle , Barry M Mushroom and MAC Melon in their packaging (left to right)
My verdict is don't pay full price if you can find a similar colour in the Barry M range, otherwise have a good search on eBay, Amazon, Depop and Vinted as well as looking for discounts because I don't think you can justify the RRP of £17. They are lovely, although it can get a bit messy. I also bought this lovely ring on Depop so do check it out. 



Lots of love to all of you, I am having a tough week trying to keep on top of everything. I am trying to post as often as I can so thank you for all your kind words of support, it means a hell of a lot. Thank you and have a great start to your week. All my links are below and leave a comment telling me your opinions on MAC pigments including what your favourite shades are. I will attempt to show you a few different looks using all of them, let me know if that is something you would be interested in and I will add it here or put it up on my Instagram. Love to you all!


Kiran xxx



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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

WHAT IS A MUD RHASSOUL TREATMENT AND DOES IT WORK?


As a Bank Holiday treat my sister booked a spa day for our Mum and ourselves. We went to the MacDonald Hill Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf Club. The spa is located in Shropshire which is about an hour away from my home. Even from the outside the spa was gorgeous, surrounded by lush opulent greenery. I felt like I was in the country club from Big Rich Texas. Very posh. 

We received our robes and slippers, the standard white and fluffy kind that feel akin to being cuddled by a gigantic teddy bear. I wear glasses so I just tucked those and my locker keys into the robe pockets. The lockers themselves had more than enough room and the changing rooms had hair dryers and hand cream available, just as the showers had shower wash available. 


The morning was spent alternating between the steam room, the sauna and the swimming pool. The difference between steam rooms and saunas are that steam rooms use moist heat whereas saunas use dry heat. Therefore, saunas are much hotter. Both the steam room and sauna help to stimulate blood flow and increase metabolism. However, steam rooms are more suited to those with joint or body pains as well as those who wish to detox and asthmatics. Saunas are beneficial for reducing stress and blood pressure, improving muscle stimulation and cardiovascular health.

The heat can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re not use to it, so don’t spend too much time in there. Most have timers so you aren’t sitting in the heat too long. Also take note of what you're wearing, my kara (steel bangle) was burning hot on my wrist. I didn't even think about it, prior to entering, the instant you leave it cools down to its original state immediately, just remember to take anything metallic off your person when going into the sauna. The steam room does not have this effect. 


The Mud Rhassoul ritual was scheduled for 1:30 pm. We went to the relaxation room, five minutes before our treatment, which was heaven encapsulated in a room with soft sleepy music playing, magazines, dim lighting, cold mineral water. It was lovely, there were beds straight out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The treatment in the brochure is described as:

"The ancient Egyptian bathing ritual begins as you gently exfoliate with Dead Sea salt crystals and then apply a specially formulated mineral mud to your body before entering the decorated Rhassoul chamber. the infusion of steam will fill the room to soften the mineral mud before the gentle rain-like washes all the mud away leaving your skin unbelievably smooth. To finish this treatment you will moisturise with a luxurious citrus body moisturiser."

This is all correct, except that the steam chamber was not decorated unless you call plain blue tiles a decoration and the Dead Sea salt crystals that we used to exfoliate did a fine job but for some reason stung when applying it to my legs. I don't know why, but it really hurt especially when washing them off. The mineral mud was fantastic, it felt great and you apply it all over yourself including your face and neck. “the gentle rain-like shower” was an ordinary shower and it was hard to get all the mud off because the shower was aimed at the seats but you can get most of it off. The moisturiser did smell fantastic and I applied it liberally.

My skin was shit and had been shit for a while due to an accumulation of things (stress, exams, sleep deprivation, crappy food). I had dull irritated skin that felt tight and uncomfortable plus a few spots and definite darkness surrounding my eyes. I have always been the kind of person who doesn't sleep much but it's never effected my skin or made dark circles appear. After this Mineral Mud treatment however I saw a palpable difference and for the first time in days my skin looked like it was back to normal and I felt perfectly fine without makeup. Yay. It had a good soothing effect and detoxed as well as hydrated my skin, giving  the illusion of well rested skin. 


Following the ritual we returned to the relaxation room, we were all absolutely knackered and I felt really dizzy after the ritual probably because I stayed in the steam the longest. After lying down with my eyes shut for a few minutes I felt a lot better, we all got into the cute beds and my Mom read a magazine while my sister and I napped and discussed what treatment she should get. She booked her massage for 5 pm.


After our afternoon siesta we went exploring and discovered the tea room. They had a myriad of tea flavours available but not English Breakfast tea which is all I wanted. The menu and food were vastly overpriced and not worth it so we skipped. The rest of the day was spent alternating between the steam room, sauna and swimming pool. When we could drag ourselves away we left apprximately 7 pm. 


Our Bank Holiday shenanigans ended with a carvery at Toby Carvery, where else, the prices were a little higher but the food was epic. Spas are so relaxing but exhausting as well, it makes no sense but I was shattered and ready to collapse into a carb coma. I definitely made the most of the unlimited roast potatoes and mustard gravy. Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading. Take care

What is your favourite spa treatment?

Love 
Kiran

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