Friday, 26 September 2014

3D Lashes: Better Than Falsies?

Hello there, I am back to mascara lovin'. I was recently contacted by a company, you might have heard of, called YoUnique. They have a variety of products but one of their bestselling items is the Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lash Mascara, something I myself have heard of before. This is an innovative mascara that gives you that false lash effect without using any fiddly lashes. The product claims to add both thickness and volume to your existing eyelashes. Keep reading for some exciting deals and a chance to earn some money. All that good stuff will be at the end of this post.








Not that I have a problem with falsies, my issues with false lashes lie in their application, it's tricky and requires patience I don't possess, plus with false lashes you can obviously tell on most that they are in fact false. Individual lashes are better and definitely more subtle, but even trickier to apply so I'm of the persuasion that would prefer investing in good mascaras to mimic the effect of false eyelashes as well as further strengthen my own lashes simultaneously. With 3D Lashes you get just that. 


With all that being said, long lashes are a must have for almost every girl. It's all over the red carpets, it's even considered a part of Essex culture. Lashes are a staple already. With celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cheryl Cole almost never seen without lovely long flirty lashes, it's no wonder that everyone is clamouring for eyelash extensions and reusable falsies. But fear not, because if long lashes are one of your favourite things, this product may just answer your prayers. . . 


I am a sceptic, definitely a cynic in most things, so when this product I arrived I had low expectations. I expected a good mascara but nothing that stood out from the rest. I was mistaken, it's simple and easy to use and comes in a cute box which I intend to use for my glasses in the future. The packaging is sleek and simple, who doesn't love black? 


I curled my eyelashes first, I think this is an important step for everybody if you want those dramatic full lashes: never skip the curl. A quick curl has a huge impact on your mascara application. I used Primark eyelash curlers which work just as well as any others I have tried and only cost a pound. Then I applied a single coat of the mascara to see if one coat would have any effect. It did. 


Here are some tips and tricks that YoUnique sent me. They have instructions and advice for you, just so you can make sure that you are applying it correctly. Don't worry I will talk you through my application next, anyway!



How To Use:

When applying the mascara start with one eye, coat lashes well with the Transplanting Gel and while it is still WET add the fibres from mid lash to the tip (not from the root). Avoid getting too close to your lash line as the fibres may fall into your eye and cause some irritation, it is not dangerous however as the fibres are natural. Repeat the same steps on the other eye and then when you're happy with how your lashes look give them a minute to dry and seal your hard work in place with a last coat of the Transplanting Gel. You can repeat the process adding extra layers of fibres between coats of the Transplanting Gel until you get the desired effect. Simply ensure your last coat is the Transplanting Gel which will seal everything in place. 



Special Benefits:

The mascara is an all natural product. The Transplanting Gel contains both collagen and beeswax which helps promote healthy long eyelashes. The fibres are also completely natural and made from Green Tea leaves. It is suitable for sensitive eyes (in most cases) and for those of us who wear contacts, like me! 


Removal:

For me, a quick scrub with my every day facial products worked fine, but then I only applied a single coat. If you apply more or generally experience difficulty in removing eye makeup like mascara then invest in a good eye makeup remover and using a damp cloth/tissue or even just warm water to run over your eyes before cleansing your face. This should make it easier to remove. 

 So you can more clearly see the comparison between the difference one coat of Moodstruck 3D mascara and several coats of other good mascaras, here is what my eyelashes look like with a few coats of Benefit's Bad Gal mascara, and below that is me eye completely free of makeup. Check out my Instagram @alittlekiran to see more comparison photos,



The product retails for $29, and EXCITING news you can join the YoUnique team on the 1st October. It's a rapidly growing company as the products are more and more in demand. They currently sell in US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. They will be shipping Presenter Kits to the UK where you not only get these lovely life-changing mascaras, but their most popular eyeshadow pigments, a luxe lip gloss, a set of high quality eye brushes and a beautiful sleek case. All for £75 which includes shipping. The Presenter Kit is values at £152, without the case, so you get an awesome deal at better than half price!

Click here to buy the mascara: Moodstruck 3D Fibre Mascara 
Email Suzanne Cotney for further information on how you can get involved with YoUnique:
Visit www.joyfulllashes.com to join their team!


So those are my thoughts, if you have tried this product or similar I would love to hear about your experience or any recommendations you may have so leave a comment. I love getting feedback from you all, have a fantastic day and stay tuned for a truly massive Space NK haul very soon. Lots of love.

Kiran xxx
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Day 5: Turtles, Caves, Jet Skis and Beach Bars.

It is my Mother’s Birthday today, I really wanted to treat her but she wasn’t sure what she wanted, so I was keeping my eyes peeled throughout the busy day we had planned ahead. We rose at around 10 and I wore my swimming costume and paisley dress again because it dries really quickly and is very light. We left for the Ionian Sea restaurant to get the coach and I got an ice cream (Cornetto King Vanilla to be exact) and waited in the shade until twenty past, which was significantly later than they had said.

We were convinced we had missed the coach so we walked to the Luxury Island Events Office to get a taxi which we got at around quarter past 12. The taxi driver was truly nice, he told us that when people shake the top half of their T Shirt (the front of the shoulders) it means that you go far far away from that person but they are too polite to say it out loud.



Our plan for the day was to head to the water sports beach, go on a jetski ride and enjoy the beach and then return to Laganas and go on a Glass Bottom cruise. We got to St Nicholas beach and it really was a beautiful beach in its own right. We went on a hunt, after a dip in the water, for the water sports office. On the way, we spied a palm tree with sprinklers attached that a few guys were using as a shower which was pretty cool. The guy at the water sports office told us we had the wrong place so we asked at the Beach Bar and the guy told us we needed to get to the Banana Beach. He very kindly gave us a lift as it was five minutes away in his car, he told us a taxi would have cost us €15, I wanted to pay him but I also wanted to believe he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart; so we didn’t pay him. He was a really nice guy. A top man.


We did get to go on a jet ski which isn't what I thought it was. I though jet skis are when you get flung about behind a speed boat but that's not the case it's like a bike on water and me and my sister had a lot of fun on it.



We had 15 minutes in total as that is the law, I wore a life vest, the guy who sorted us out had blonde tips (fake I'm pretty sure) on brown hair and the most incredible blue eyes. Blue eyes are so pretty. I loved being on the water, you can feel the spray from the ocean and the jet ski bobs in the water when you stay still. It feels like you really are free, you could just take off. So tempting.



Unfortunately, we had to leave get to the office in time for the glass bottom cruise. We called a taxi from this beach bar instead which was the prettiest, loveliest bar I have ever seen. It was gorgeous and white, there were pretty flowers in all kinds of colours flourishing everywhere, yellow, pink, purple, there were large comfy looking baby pink hammocks and a cute ornate looking white bike, it looked so vintage and decorative just propped casually in the garden. I wished we had more time there, I would have loved to have spent the day and eaten at the bar surrounded by all the vivid flowers.


The taxi driver that took us back to Laganas was really nice and sweet and he talked to me the whole way, occasionally making fun of me for snapping so many pictures but I did regret not taking any on the way here because the views were breathtaking but the reflections on the window would have interrupted the pictures I would have taken. So instead, I made the most of the ample opportunity I had on the way back. There was so much greenery the cliffs are covered in all sorts of trees, just solid walls of forests. There were houses, lone houses in the middle of these perpendicular forests, it was so unexpected.



We passed some nice bars and restaurants too I liked their names the sunrise restaurant looked lovely and there were loads of fancy looking hotels in this area which is called Vasilikos.

We went to the glass bottom cruise, our boat seemed sturdy and spacious enough plus I had a good seat. The captain was called Anggelo. I was surprised in the beginning because the boat didn't have a fully glass bottom or steps where you could go down and just be surrounded by glass there was just the tiniest strip of a window in a square near the middle. Anggelo wore pink shorts and had a tattoo on his chest, he was extremely tanned and hairless.


We did see a few turtles which makes me very happy as that was the point of going on this cruise. The turtles were surprisingly large but lovely, we spotted a few. I didn't think we would see them actually. I'm such a cynic. We did some more exploring on the cruise and went inside some caves like the Keri caves and we saw the Turtle Island which is literally shaped like a turtle, which is the oddest coincidence.




We stopped to swim, they didn't have life vests which was gutting, if they had I would have been the first to dive in there happy as Larry, but the sea is scary when you think about it, it's weird not having the safety of knowing that you can touch the floor. I sat on the edge where everyone got down and put my feet in the water just happily swinging and kicking away. It feels so lovely I could do that forever it's just so wonderful and peaceful. I can't get over how awesome the ocean is. It makes me feel content. Like I'm free from everything from all I want and need and all the things I have to do.


We also stopped off at a really nice island with real soft sand and brilliant blue water, as Angello helped me climb down the ladder one of my flip flops got washed away and at first me and Kulvir tried to catch it but the water got to deep. Fortunately an English guy (old, nice but startlingly pale) swam and saved it for me, what a gent. Then I got a Recorderlink and some food for my family from a  shop that was slightly submerged in the sea. The guy let me off 50c because I don't think he had the change, he made me promise to give it back to him next year which I thought was funny. Now I just feel guilty.



We sat and took a few pictures in the sea and of the island. We were only allowed I walk around the edge near the water I don't know why we weren't allowed to cut across. We had gone to three real sandy beaches today and seen turtles and caves, I have seen some of the most beautiful sights I think I am ever going to see and as it was the first real holiday my brother had been on I was very happy it was such a success.





It was our last night in Zante, so we had a meal at Pythari, I had chicken de greca it came with rice and chips, and I ordered a piña colada and a coke. The cocktails here are so much stronger than usual like you can actually taste the alcohol. After that I went to Yolicious and got a peach smoothie which is a blend of peaches, mangoes and blueberries. It was delicious, of course. We also went to Palladium it's a beautiful jewellery shop much nicer than the one we found on our first night. My sister bought a few items and I got a necklace. It is exquisite with the tiniest little pearls making up the chain and a dark blue circle charm which is supposed to be lucky. I need all the luck I can get. It's all I really want is someone who adores me and desires me desperately.





Finally we returned to the Laganas beach, I got some tennis rackets and a ball that floats in the water and we played a variation of tennis in the sea at night. I got a peach juice and drank it on the beach, while my sister ordered stuffed bells and peppers. Then we headed and back and stopped at the fish spa, I had a proper look at all the items they sold and took a few pictures, they sold some really awesome colourful flip flops. We did the fish spa thing again, I treated my Mom and then we returned to the hotel to pack as we had to leave early the next morning.


Thank you so much for reading, sorry for the delays between posts, the lack of wifi in my life was definitely gruelling but thankfully it has returned. I have a haul, some reviews and some exciting new products up next for you, so be prepared to be bombarded in the next few days. Thank you for your patience, support and enquiries. Have a lovely day.


Kiran xxx
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Day 4: Jeep Safari Time

Today was Jeep Safari Day and I opted to wear my Blue Rose print dress; I have been obsessed with baby blue this summer. We arrived at Luxury Island Events to meet the jeep and our appointed driver at 8 am sharp. The jeep wasn't as sturdy or massive as I expected it to be, so I was slightly apprehensive on how this rickety thing that looked like it was held together by duct tape was going to cart us around the island; up and down mountains; and to and from beaches.


The driver is nice, unfortunately his English isn't very good but he tries to tell us things about where we are, he just struggles with answering questions. We are sharing this day trip with a middle-aged, somewhat snooty couple from Nottingham. My sister and I are sitting at the back of the jeep, where ordinarily the boot would be, facing each other. Our view of the gorgeous landscape is marred by the black horizontal lines slashing across the rear window, but even with that it is still breathtaking.

The jeep reminds me of India, when you’re in any kind of transport on a road in India be prepared for a bumpy, uncomfortable ride, that’s actually quite funny. I hit my head off the roof several times.
Our first stop is a winery. We have a good view of the mountains and there are some crops and flat grass, we wait patiently for the other jeeps to arrive, and once they do Marius, who appears to be the owner of the place, is talking about the wine. It's all natural: there are three different types and we get to sample them all. The best thing about the vineyard aside from the free wine, cool location, brilliant view, free cheeses and pork  samples, is the kitten. It’s the tiniest, skinniest little kitten here which I took a video of; he's so cute! His name is Mitsos; and I think he must be the cutest kitten ever.






We did get to try the wines, I tried white and rose, the rose was incredibly sweet and nice, I have the worst sweet tooth. I also had the pork and that was really rich and chewy. We spoke to some people there which is always my favourite part, I love hearing about different people. We met a South African man who was very talkative and a Russian kid who helped me pick grapes from the vineyard. The grapes were really small and purple but sweet and refreshing.



The next stop is a coffee place, the driver told us as we returned to the jeep. The view from the jeep is otherworldly and I wish pictures could do them justice, you can see everything, the coast, the trees, forests, villages. We even drove past a farm and saw goats and chickens.


The cafe is in a quiet and small village, we had to walk up some steps and then we sat in the sun on a little wooden kind of porch/balcony. I had a Coke and just relaxed soaking in the lovely green view overlooking one of the villages. We have driven past so many villages and there are so few people living there it's actually astonishing. One village held just twenty people and that's less than half my family! One had sixty residents and another three hundred, they are all quite old but it seems to work.



This jeep is the most precarious ride I have ever been on, the driver avoids rocks and stones on the road like some kind of ninja swerving this way and that. I am certain that I will wake with bruises the following day, it’s definitely more treacherous than India. The next place is one of the highest mountains (758m) and it's supposed to have surreal views overlooking the whole of Zante, which it did. A man called Pierre talked us through what we were seeing, you could see farms, beaches, towns, and cities. It was beautiful and I wish we could have stayed longer.




Following the mountains we went to get some lunch at Galaxy Taverna which was a nice little restaurant with outdoor seating and shelter from the sun. I had Zakynthian rabbit which was very succulent, it tasted similar to pork, it came with rice and a few chips and the sauce with the rabbit was really nice as well. Naturally, I had some Peach Lipton Iced Tea as well, couldn't get enough of the stuff.




Now we are off to the beach, I hope it's Navaggio though again we don't have anything, no costumes, no blanket, nothing. So unprepared. It turned out not to be Navaggio anyway. It was a similar beach, however, with strikingly white and pale pebbles, the water again was endlessly blue and my brother had a lot of fun swimming in the sea. We tried skimming the pebbles but we failed miserably. The pebbles were so glossy and perfect they looked fake they must be man-made.



Behind us a woman had been carried onto some sun loungers, she was shaking uncontrollably and clearly something was very wrong. She might have had heat stroke or a scare. It was quiteworrying. The ambulance came to get her eventually and that was the last stop on the jeep safari, we returned to our hotel at around half seven in the evening.



On the way to Laganas Beach it was around quarter to 8 so we got to see the sun setting on the sea. It was so beautiful, the sky looked like candyfloss streaked with pink and purple: so lovely. We went into the water a bit and it was really warm, it felt so nice eneveloping my legs I wanted to stay in forever. We went to Vraxos Beach Restaurant with the beautiful décor and three cats and I had the Chicken Ceaser Salad. It was simply amazing, the best salad I am probably ever going to have let's be honest. 



Thank you so much for reading, the next post will be our last jampacked day in Zante with jet skiing, turtles and beaches galore. Thank you so much for your patience.


Kiran xxx
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