Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Lipstick Queen Three to Thrill | Review

I don't know about you but as a keen beauty enthusiast, I love every little bit of makeup, even the cosmetics I don't tend to wear myself which admittedly isn't many. There are two things I struggle with, actually three things, and they are: eyeliner, false eyelashes and lastly lipstick. I am not a bold makeup wearer, I am the Indian essiebutton, and due to my lack of daring I struggle to find lip colours that suit me and consequently just end up buying lipsticks as close to the hue of my natural lips as I can.

Which leads me to this trio from Lipstick Queen that has fixed my problem. They are designed specifically to suit all complexions and each crayon acts as both a lipliner, lipgloss and lipstick. Easy, travel friendly makeup, no muss and no fuss. Plus you have three very pretty, wearable shades. They are moisturising and don't feel sticky, they are sheer enough to suit everybody but at the same time they add enough colour to your lips to liven up your face and complete your flawless makeup.

Another use for these glossy lip crayons is using them as an eyeshadow base, because they are sticky in texture on the skin any shadow or pigment you place on top will last a very long time, plus as they are so sheer it means you can use whatever colour eyeshadow you like and it won't distort the colour. Let me know if you try this and like it!

These three shades are Chase, a sheer lush watermelon, Pink Bluff, a sheer nudish pink, and Catalina, a sheer dusky pink, All pretty and girly, I think it is especially ideal for anyone just getting into makeup or just starting their own makeup collection. You can't go wrong with these as they suit every skin colour and cost £18, not that much when you consider that you are getting three lip products (that's better than a drugstore price!). They feel very moisturising like a balm on the lips, they are enriched with shea butter and give the appearance of a glossy stain. I am not entirely sure how well they would work as a lipliner, but you can definitely build up the colour to make the product more vibrant, you can see the swatches on my lips below.

One thing I will say is that Catalina and Pink Bluff are quite similar, but my favourite is Catalina as I think this dusky pink shade suits me better. I would love to know your favourite lip product in the comments and if you have tried anything from Lipstick Queen. Thank  you for reading, I will see you soon in a Favourites and Christmas Haul post but until then enjoy the rest of 2014.

Love ♥

Monday, 29 December 2014

Music Monday | Perfect Mash-up

It's no secret that I adore all acoustic music and it doesn't take me long to find covers of my favourite songs but I can't take credit for this one. Taylor Swift posted a link to this herself on her Facebook page, that's how good it is. My two favourite songs from her album 1989 'Blank Space' and 'Style' musically mashed together in this amazing acoustic cover that makes me ridiculously happy. So, if you are in need of a pick-me-up as it's the last Monday in 2014 and you've just said goodbye to the last weekend of this year then watch the video below and you will not regret it. At all. It's incredible.

Check out their other videos by clicking on their names below:

Let me know below if you like it, and what your favourite songs are at the moment. I am loving Something I Need by One Republic. It is such a lovely song, their lyrics are always perfect. Thank you for reading and watching, follow me on Bloglovin', Instagram and like my new Facebook page here, pretty please. It would mean a lot. Love you all and see you in a new post very soon.

Love ♥


Friday, 26 December 2014

NYE Party Looks | All About Red 💄❤️

Firstly, I just created a Facebook page for my blog so click here to like it: ALittleKiran. Please do, it takes only a second and would mean the world to me. Keep reading if you love red lips and want a variety of options for the New Year! Hope you all had a great Christmas and had a little fun frolicking in the snow.

Red lips are a holiday must-have for anyone who loves a bold lip. Just because I don't have the stones to rock a red lip, doesn't mean I shouldn't share some cool makeup looks that make the most out of this festive colour. I found a few celebrity looks that I am inspired by that would be ideal for a glamorous New Year's Eve look. The thing I love about red lips is if applied neatly and precisely with lipliner and a detailer brush they can look wonderful and most importantly red lips can work on any skin colour as shown by all the pictures in this post. Keep reading if you are interested in achieving any of these looks and for some perfect red lipsticks that work on any skin colour!

The beautiful Brandy here looks vibrant and ready to party with big glossy red lips, false lashes and liner. The lips are the focal point of this look and I think with red lips it is always a good idea to have some caution. Red lips are similar to red dresses you want everything else to be still pretty and flirty and something you like but you don't want it to detract from the main event: the red. Unless of course, you do and in that case throw caution to the wind and stick whatever the hell you want on your face. Own it. Watch the tutorial below for a quick tutorial on how to get a vivid red lip on deeper skin colours. You can pop a red gloss over the top to make it glossy like Brandy's, I would use Tanya Burr's lipgloss in Vampire Kiss (£6.29).

Kim Kardashian is almost a queen of red lipstick, whether she wears it dark or bright it always looks amazing. Her makeup artist is one of the most talented to walk the Earth. I especially love this look below, the light and dark contrast on the eyes is really striking, use your favourite pigmented matte shadows to achieve that look and some wispy eyelashes. 

Red lips look fantastic with a monochromatic outfit as showcased by Kim above.I love the sequinned blazer which makes the black and white colour palette a lot more fun. Her double winged eyeliner is flawlessly done, Collection Extreme Felt-Tip Eyeliner is one of the best liquid eyeliners I have ever used and it costs just under three pounds. A few other, slightly more expensive but brilliant liquid liners are L'Oreal Superliner Black Lacquer (£6.49), Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Liner (£12) and Eye Do Liquid Liner (£15) and finally Charlotte Tilbury's Feline Flick in Panther (£22). You can just use your favourite product, gel, pencil or even a matte black eyeshadow for a softer look. Urban Decay's Blackout (£14) is the blackest shadow I have ever come across, let me know if you have come across better! Below is a tutorial on this exact look by the lovely MakeUpByGio:

As I said she is the queen of the red lip so it seemed fitting that I would include another of my favourite looks she has done, I think this is a perfect warm look, it is so pretty. I love the soft waves and the red dress she wore to this gala as well.

Tanya Burr recreated this look on her YouTube channel and it's surprisingly quick and easy, she has a soft shimmer on the lids with slight  definition in the crease, she uses her own Tanya Burr Individual Lashes (£3.65) and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Red (£20) for her lips.

This is my favourite hairstyle of Rihanna's that she has ever had, she looks like a princess and who doesn't want to feel like Cinderella on New Year's Eve. So I found a lovely tutorial on this look, some orange-red lips and radiant skin are all you need.

Watch this lovely tutorial of Rihanna's Grammy look from MsRoshPosh below:

Now for my favourite Indian Aishwarya Rai, it is impossible to comprehend how beautiful she is. I could stare at these photos for a really long time, so it makes sense to try and recreate these two stunning similar looks.

My favourite look is from the Cannes Film Festival as even though she is wearing a lot of makeup, she wears it very well just goes to show that it isn't what you put on your face it is how you put it on. I love these big voluminous waves that make me think of Blake Lively in her early Serena van der Woodsen days. Behold perfection guys and enjoy the tutorial.

This is a beautiful tutorial recreating the Cannes look by Kaushal Beauty, an amazing YouTuber, she is always really fun and bubbly and she uploads regular, gorgeous tutorials. She is a huge inspiration for me.

Finally, for those with fairer skin Taylor Swift jumps to mind as a feline flick and signature red seem to be her go-to look these days, much like those gorgeous princess curls were her signature hair look when she was a sweet country singing sensation.

Here are two tutorials to achieve this classic look. NikkiTutorials recreated Taylor's awesome flirty Blank Space makeup, with deep red lips, black liner and lash heaven. Adore Nikki's channel, she posts wonderful current looks regularly plus she is really funny and nice.

Nic from pixiwoo recently posted a Christmas Day look that is both simple and chic with classic red lips and shiny eyelids, a flawless base and warm toned blush. You can literally pair this look with any outfit and it looks lovely and elegant without being too much. It also has the added benefit of being quite quick if you are a mother, or in a rush or have last-minute plans.

The perfect red lipstick, for me is Lady Danger by Mac it looks good on all skintones, I know Essiebutton, ICovetThee and AnchalMUA are both huge fans of this unique, bright gorgeous red.

MAC - Lady Danger - £15.50 

Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know what you would like to read about next. I plan to do a December Favourites and Christmas Haul all rolled up into one before it gets to 2015. Don't forget to like my Facebook page if you made it this far and follow me on Bloglovin. Hope the rest of 2014 is joyful for all of you! Thank you so much for sharing this year with me.

Love ♥


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Favourite Christmas Songs

A Merry Christmas Eve to you all! I am feeling particularly festive today as I am sitting here with a mince pie, trying not to get crumbs on my brand spanking new laptop that is gloriously white and pretty, so I thought in true Christmas cheer I would share my five favourite Christmas songs to get you in the mood for tomorrow. 

But if you're cooking dinner or trying to kill time before you get to eat, I highly recommend the Christmas Album from Glee, for a pure two hours of Christmas merriment.

1. I'll Be Home - Meghan Trainor

2. Baby It's Cold Outside - Michael Buble and Idina Menzel

3. Sleigh Ride - Ronettes

4. Snow in California - Ariana Grande 

5. Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

There you have my five favourite songs at this time of year, I am also partial to Britney's My Only Wish, Jingle Bell Rock and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Destiny's Child. I hope you all have a truly joyful Christmas and I'll see you very soon for a Christmas Haul. If you could follow my blog via bloglovin that would be an unbelievably wonderful gift, I would love to know how you are spending the holiday so feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Holidays!

Love ♥


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Naked On The Run | Review

I picked the Naked On The Run palette up at Debenhams for my sister's birthday for £37.00 which was a few days ago and I was in two minds about it. We are both massive Urban Decay fans and completely obsessed with all the Naked palettes. Urban Decay will always be one of my all time favourite brands because I think their eyeshadows are beyond beautiful, the pigmentation and colour selection is insanely beautiful.

Here is what it looks like, the packaging alone is stunning. Urban Decay packaging has always been a force to be reckoned with, I think a lot of brands are veering towards rose gold simply because it looks so luxurious and expensive but managing to make a camouflage print not look tacky is a talent in itself. Their design team deserves a standing ovation, because I have never seen this done before.

The Naked On The Run Palette contains four previously unreleased eyeshadows, a bronzer, blusher, highlight, a Naked lipgloss, a brown 24/7 eyeliner and their Perversion mascara. There are no brushes but a decent sized mirror and again gorgeous packaging. I think Urban Decay eyeshadows and liners are their stand out products, creamy pigmented blendable dreams.

My reservations were based on the knowledge that my sister already owns a lot of Urban Decay palettes, including a face palette, a Vice palette and two of the Naked palettes. The bronzer unfortunately isn't dark enough to show up on our skintone, but when she opened it she was ecstatic with my choice in present. She really loves it, the eyeshadows are seriously beautiful and she doesn't own the lipgloss, mascara or eyeliner.

I would say this would be a lovely gift for any makeup lover that  prefers quality over quantity, it would also b a great travel palette because, especially for you fair-skinned girls out there, all you would need in addition to this is a foundation, concealer and setting powder and you are good to go wherever you like. 

Love ♥

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Ideas | 12 Gifts Under £10

Unfortunately, we're not all millionaires and fortunately a lot of us have more than one or two people we would like to shower with gifts this Christmas. I wanted to do this post to help anyone struggling to think of thoughtful gifts for their family and friends that don't clean out your bank account. So without further ado, as the end of this year is fast approaching here are the 10 gifts I found and some of these can work for girls and boys. Let me know what you think and any good ideas you may have in the comments. I would love to hear your ideas as I always struggle to think of great gifts for my family. 

1. A Travel Mug - £7.99
A great gift for any coffee or tea or even hot chocolate lover. As a Costa addict myself I would definitely thank anyone who would encourage me to make my own drinks. Think of the money you would save if you went without your Starbucks lattes. Incidentally, Starbucks have their own plastic travel cup for a measly £1.20. I love mine. 

You can get these in store . . . suitable for both boys and girls. This picture is from LukeDoesLife, one of my favourite bloggers, check him out for some awesome Christmas ideas too. His pictures are flawless! 

For those of you who don't want to venture out in the cold to pick up either of those above adorable travel cups, you can order the Starbucks Christmas Mug online, that is just as pretty as either of the other two options. 

Starbucks® 2014 Red To-Go Cup Mug, 355 ml/12 fl oz

3. A Money Box - £9.99
Keeping with the save over spend theme, these lovely money pots are a steal for £7 at Clintons. There is a great range, you can find a pot suitable for everyone. This one is my favourite. 

4. A Planner - £3.00
Help someone get organised with a cute planner. I love the cover of this one, it's cute and plain enough to feel comfortable with anywhere and everywhere. I am definitely guilty of daydreaming.

5. An Academic Diary - £7.99
A new year, a new start. Studies are important after all. Both of these notebooks are from Clinton's but you can find planners and diaries at similar prices in WH Smith and Paperchase.

6. A Magic 8 Ball - £4.99
A great gift for under a fiver. You can never be too old for this and it cures boredom instantly. If you know someone who has never had a magic 8 ball it is almost your duty to remedy that a fast as possible! 

Of course I had to include some beauty options for you lovely people. I have seen this Euphoria palette all over Instagram. Makeup Revolution is one of the hottest makeup brands right now, they have great products for pennies basically. It contains some lovely neutral shadows, a contour, highlight and a blush powder. Everything you need for your face for just £6. This photo is from @fluttersparkle she has a lovely Instagram account, check her out.

Speaking of Makeup Revolution, this blush palette is so pretty I would want to keep it all for myself. Love the colours it is such a unique palette and would suit any skin tone. A fantastic buy.

From notonthehighstreet.com, I don't have much jewellery and any jewellery I own is current in a tangled unmanageable heap. Here is a pretty practical solution to an age old problem, you can keep all of your pretty things neat and lovely and on display. 

10. Lava Lamp - £9.99 
Like a Magic 8 Ball I don't think you can go wrong with a Lava Lamp you can get them in a variety of colours, sizes and styles. This one is from Robert Dyas. I find them soothing and awesome.

11. An Alpha Letter Mug - £6.99
The tenth thing is a mug, another fail safe option because I love mugs and I think these are quite pretty. Great for guests as well. If you want a cute gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend this would be perfect. Matching mugs are way cooler than his and her clothing. There are some  lines no couple should cross.

W*Anchor Mug - £6.00
 I got this or my housemate and honestly, no regrets. It's funny and will never fail to make you laugh. Plus, I think the most important quality in a friend is that they don't take themselves too seriously and they can take a joke. So if you have a friend like that, get this mug. It will cheer everybody up.

And a final beauty gift because why not? Just saw this on @beccarose's Instagram account and fell hook line and sinker for these gorgeous shades and the rose gold packaging. All yours (um sorry a loved one's) for ten pretty pounds. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post helpful. If you did follow me on bloglovin and leave a comment with your thoughts and Christmas gift ideas below. Love hearing from you guys. Have a brilliant start to your week. 

Love ♥

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Coming Out?

As a disclaimer I'm not gay, this isn't about my personal journey or struggle it's just a few uncensored thoughts about the struggle other people may face. I recently (about two minutes ago actually) watched Connor Franta's video entitled Coming Out and I found it shocking for three different reasons. 

The first is quite inconsequential but I honestly thought he was an openly gay YouTuber and had been for the duration of his career so I was surprised that his sexual orientation (not that it is anyone's business because it really isn't) wasn't common knowledge. I just took it for granted that everyone already knew, I don't know why I thought he was gay prior to his announcement I just did I guess. 

Secondly, as I was watching it and he revealed all the turmoil and distress he felt preceding the making of the video I was genuinely perplexed. To me, in 2014, I feel like being gay and coming out isn't such an issue as it was some years ago. In Connor's case he explained that he felt he couldn't admit it to himself and that he has struggled with this for most of his life and that really opened my eyes. Even though being gay isn't as frowned upon in today's society, it can be a huge burden on anyone who is afraid (for whatever reason) to come out. As I have never had to battle with this I can't fully relate but I definitely have a renewed appreciation for the courage that is shown by those who do "come out" even though there is no guarantee that people will react positively. 

Which brings me to my final and most important point: the comments. Wow. The sheer mass of comments labelling him as a sinner and an abomination actually makes me feel sick. Of course there were (hopefully) just as many if not more comments supporting him. But the number of likes these quite nasty comments got just shocks me. I believe in God (and no I really don't care about what you have to say about that) and I have my own religion. My religion says that EVERYONE IS EQUAL and should be treated as such. Now I don't know much about all other religions but I am fairly certain that Christianity also stated the same. Why can't we just leave it at that? We are all people, we should all be able to feel like we can be ourselves (to an extent I don't think people should go on mass killing sprees or anything). Even if you think being gay is a sin, who are you to say to someone that they are an abomination? You don't have that right, only God has that right. Just be nice, okay? I really like it when people are nice.

Love ♥


Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Wish List | Gift Guide For Her

A cheeky post listing all the things I desperately covet but can never truly justify buying, surely we must all be able to identify with this? Just a disclaimer that I am not hankering for these gifts, even though they are all several shades of gorgeous and I would dearly love to possess them I enjoy getting unexpected gifts more than anything, it is a lot more personal and thoughtful that way and of course I am grateful for whatever I receive. As much as I gaze longingly at expensive things, little things like a Galaxy McFlurry (finally this is the one I have been waiting for!) can make me happy beyond words. With all that said, here are a few things I am lusting after that may help you out with some gift ideas if you are struggling to find something to buy for your mother, sister, friend etc.

The most gorgeous brush set, it just looks exquisite. A lot of beauty gurus rave about this brand of brushes from Zoella to Pixiwoo to some of my own makeup artist friends. It is impossible to go wrong with this set, the packaging and quality are both perfect. Plus it comes with a divine little bag.

The Saint range is my favourite, it provides only 10% pigmentation which doesn't sound like very much at all and that is perfect for me. Lipstick is always something I struggle with and although I constantly admire others that can rock a bold lip and look badass doing it, I just can't. So this is a fail safe way of trying out a lo of different shades without it being overwhelming, it is impossible to pick a bad colour within this range. Plus, the lipsticks are very moisturising and comfortable to wear, they feel like a balm. I will be doing more posts about this brand very soon.

All the Charlotte Tilbury quads are exquisite, but Dolce Vita is the fairest of them all. It contains four fall-appropriate colours and what has to be the prettiest gold eyeshadow I have ever seen. It is expensive and perfect, there is no doubting the quality of this product, the shadows are pigmented and easy to blend and the packaging is divine. It would make a lovely gift to open, plus on the Charlotte Tilbury website you can get any product gift wrapped for an extra £1.25. Keep an eye out for a tutorial using this palette!

This sensuous threesome features three of my favourite, universal K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades - the dreamy Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - £21.25 (15% OFF NOW)

The seductively pretty and expensively gold packaging make these lipsticks a stand out in any makeup collection, ultimately lovable. My coveted shades are Chocolate In Style and Rose In Tension and of course because nude lips are a must Nude in Private. Perfect to open as well as a great quality lipstick, long-lasting with a glossy finish to get your lips looking as luscious as possible for that special mistletoe kiss.

This beautiful cream product comes in six lovely shimmering hues: Crystal, Pearl, Pink Opal, Copper and Onyx. They are very blendable, highly pigmented and scintillating. Ideal for party season, shimmery eyes that light up the night will lift any makeup look. My favourite shade is Copper, gorgeous when used generously all over the lid or with the tiniest amount dabbed onto the centre of the lid. All these eyeshadows catch the light in the prettiest way.

I saw this on Samatha Chapman's Instagram (pixiwoo) and thought it looked really cool. Of course as it is from TopShop it is a little out of my price range and how many Christmas jumpers does one need anyway? But it is adorable and grey, I think everyone seems to be a little obsessed with grey lately.

This is a lovely soft wool scarf you get it in both red and plum, I didn't warm to the red option at all, but the plum is a truly lovely shade that reminds me of aubergines it looks great with all the fall colours like burgundy, navy, brown, green and black.

A little something  for the book loves out there, it seems like every YouTuber is pulling a book out of their bottom but if you have to read any I would pick this one. Michelle Phan is a YouTube sensation and I think her videos, especially her tutorials knock all others out of the park. It is quite clear that the amount of effort she puts into anything is unparalleled she is on a completely different level. All he videos are helpful, fun and positive. As soon as you click on any of her videos you always finish it feeling happier or motivated and just better about life, she is such an uplifting happy person that is open about her own flaws and shortcomings. Her book is about everything from business, makeup, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I think she is honestly a human everyone can learn something from.

Thank you for reading, I hope you liked my quick little gift guide. If you would like to see another more in-depth gift guide suitable for a lot of different people just let me know in the comments and I'll start typing away. Follow if you like my blog, I can't stress how important it is to me that my readers click that follow button, you can search for me on bloglovin also, and comment any future posts you would like to see and tell me what you would like for Christmas. Have a great week and I will see you again very soon.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Music Monday | Shawn Mendes

As a response to all the wonderful things you guys have said to me about my reviews for the One Direction album (click here) and Taylor Swift's 1989 album (click here), I wanted to be a bit more open about the music I listen to and am loving currently. I have quite varied taste in music, I am able to listen and appreciate most genres (except heavy metal, it's just not my cup of tea), I like chart music as well obviously if my previous album reviews are anything to go by. In this post, to keep it short I just wanted to mention one artist that I have recently become addicted to.

Which would be Shawn Mendes, he is very young and was propelled into stardom via the social platform of Vine, he does covers of popular songs and eventually garnered millions of fans worldwide which prompted his record deal. He has released an EP and the two songs I am currently listening to on repeat are Show You and The Weight. He was also featured in The Vamps Oh Cecilia which is another great song if you haven't heard it, or already love it click on the video below.

The Weight is probably my favourite, there is just something very appealing about the way his voice sounds there is a gravelly quality to it that I can't describe, so here is the lyric video which I like more than most official videos, you can tell a lot of effort and thought were put into his lyric videos, they could actually work as a music video in their own right. 

As for, Show You, the initial opening lines of the song made me think I would detest it, it sounds really petty at first and talks about not being able to watch a TV show or  "walk the streets at night", it made me think he was just an ungrateful brat but once it got to the chorus it speeds up and gives you the chance to properly get into it. The song is just about proving your capable and it turns out to be quite uplifting and positive in the end. His vocals are consistently good as well. 

Thank you for reading this short and sweet music post, I might make this a regular thing depending on all of you reading this, if you like it leave a comment. I am always interested in hearing new music so comment a song I should listen to, or just tell me if you like my "Music Monday" post. I would love to know what you guys want to see, have a lovely day and listen to these tracks to perk up your Monday blues. You can find me on all social media, my username is alittlekiran.


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