Saturday, 31 January 2015

Winter Fashion Favourites

I have been buying clothes recently after a long period of not buying any clothing, so I just quickly wanted to share with you a couple of staple items that I have been wearing basically every day. These are just good items to have in your wardrobe generally, especially if you live in England and the weather is unpredictable. The links are all here too if you want to grab one for yourself.


Camel Coat - £45.00
I think everyone should have a camel coloured coat. They look very classy and elegant, and they go with everything. Literally everything. Plus it makes me think of Burberry.

Image 1 of ASOS Coat in Relaxed Oversized Fit

Check Shirt Cream/Green - £28.00
Everyone needs a check shirt, they can be worn in so many ways. You can wear them with jeans, leggings, a skirt, skort or shorts. You can wear it open over a cami or slung around your waist like Chris Brown. Here are two gorgeous options from River Island and a cute little video by HeyClaire on all the many ways you can style this trend.


Knitwear - £15.99
These two jumpers from Zara are my favourite garments in the entire world. I love them, they're warm but not too thick plus they were each under £20 and are great quality. I got a large because I like big cosy jumpers, a plain black knit sweater is always a good investment too. I have several other jumpers, mostly in grey, black, cream and navy blue.


Zara Shopper Bag - £29.99
Another item from Zara, it's big and pretty with gold detailing, and as all my coats have gold details they paid well together. It's also very roomy, I can fit my 15 inch laptop in their, a few books, a planner, pens, mascara and a travel mug. So if you're a student this is a great piece. It also has a strap if you want to wear it across the body but I prefer the standard two handles. 

So many boots, so little time. I have countless shoes, mostly black. But I can't resist new shoes and these are lovely they make me think of the Made in Chelsea style of wearing boots, dressed and cute socks a la Lucy Watson. 


This draped long jacket is the perfect colour to compliment any outfit, and the ultimate layering piece. Ideal for when the weather (fingers crossed) gets a bit warmer an you can leave your bulky parka at home in favour of this beauty.




Thank you for reading, that is everything I have been loving fashion-wise so far, expect a January Favourites very soon. Please don't forget to follow and leave me a nice little comment, All my links are to the right, so go ahead and check out my Instagram and Twitter, you can follow my website via bloglovin or just by submitting your email and either would make me deliriously happy. Have a wonderful weekend.


Love ♥
Kiran
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Monday, 26 January 2015

Music ♥ | James Bay

A bit of music to start your week: I thought I would share this artist with you. A friend recommended that I listen to James Bay and as always she was right. He is such an amazing singer. I really love the way he sings, here are my two favourite songs of his: Hold Back The River and Scars. 

Hold Back The River
"Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes. Hold back the river, so I, can stop for a minute and be by your side, hold back."

Scars
"We live through scars this time, but I've made up my mind. We can't leave us behind, any more. We have to hurt for now, but next time there's no doubt. Cause I can't go without you any more."


I hope you love these songs as much as I do, and let me know what tunes you have been listening to in the comments. Have a lovely week and I will see you soon.

Love ♥
Kiran



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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Magnificent Makeup Bags

With everyone making new beauty resolutions this year, I thought I would share with you some of the most beautiful makeup bags on the market currently. These are all available at ASOS, which if you are a student and you have an NUS extra card you are able to get 10% off any purchase (except those already reduced). Bearing in mind, some of these are quite expensive but I wanted to include quite a range, from your luxury high-end to your everyday affordable makeup bag. All the links and prices with pictures and descriptions are listed below. 


A powder blue glossy makeup bag with a metallic zip and slim bow, you can get this in either black or this stunning baby blue shade. I think Ted Baker bags always look elegant and sophisticated, plus they are easy to keep clean and are timeless. 

Image 1 of Ted Baker Slim Bow Make Up Bag


This is a very pretty, cute striped vanity pouch that is small enough and inexpensive enough to toss into your handbag every day. You could fit your concealer, mascara, lip balm, gloss and lipstick in it easily, with room for eyelash curlers, or brow products. It is the perfect size for your daily essentials and the design is quite stunning. I love the bold colours and the face motif on the top. 

Image 1 of Kelly Thompson Limited Edition Mascara Gal Vanity PouchImage 3 of Kelly Thompson Limited Edition Mascara Gal Vanity Pouch

Similar to the item above, it has a diagonally striped design and a face motif, the colour of this item is a pale pretty pink, less bold than the one above. Perfect for a girly girl. It's very pretty and feminine and spacious again, you can fit everything you need in there you don't need to just use it for lip products.

Image 1 of Kelly Thompson Limited Edition Lipstick Gal Vanity PouchImage 4 of Kelly Thompson Limited Edition Lipstick Gal Vanity Pouch

Now for a very expensive option, this cute retro bag with red details and a glossy black finish has two zip compartments. You could easily use this as a trendy pencil case, I think it would look gorgeous with a black leather Harrods notebook. It's a modern design perfect for anyone who likes a bit of glamour. I would recommend this only if you are looking to make a statement as £60 is a lot of money, but if you could take good care of it, this bag could last you forever and serve multiple purposes. 

Image 1 of Lulu Guinness Two Face Printed Double Make Up BagImage 3 of Lulu Guinness Two Face Printed Double Make Up Bag

A pretty, simple everyday makeup bag that you can take to school or college. I would say this is marketed more for younger girls, but if you like cute twee items then this is definitely for you, or if you are just looking for something affordable and easy on the eye to store your makeup in then this would be a good option. Primark also do some very affordable cosmetic bags usually for around £3. 

Image 1 of Cheeky Let's Kiss & Make-up Cosmetic Bag

This dusty pink bag is made with real leather, it boasts the classic shape and style of a Ted Baker design forgoing the bow for a cleaner, minimalist look. This bag is somewhat slimmer and less boxy which I like and the colour is just gorgeous. Again, very expensive but you are paying for quality, if you want a staple item that you know you are going to use and take care of then by all means purchase, but if not there are plenty more fish in the sea. 

Image 1 of Ted Baker Leather Make Up BagImage 4 of Ted Baker Leather Make Up Bag

This eye catching red makeup bag is the epitome of style, it immediately draws the eye and makes me think of Marilyn Monroe. It looks undeniably expensive (because it is), I would use this as a clutch on a night out with an LBD as well as a makeup bag, it is too luxurious not to wear constantly. It has a matte quilted finish, which reminds me of Chanel, a gold tone plate and a brand printed lining. If it's too bold for you, I am certain you can get it in black as well. 

Image 1 of Love Moschino Superquilted Cosmetic Case

Last but not least, this gorgeous quilted mint green makeup bag by Pixi is a great alternative to Ted Baker's powder blue makeup bag that I first mentioned. It is a fraction of the price, is still spacious and lovely and comes in a gorgeous pastel colour. The quilted design is adorable and this would be appropriate for females of all ages (males too, if you like). 

Image 2 of Pixi Quilted Make-Up Bag

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what your favourite makeup bag was in the comments. Also don't forget to follow my blog you can do this by subscribing with your email or via bloglovin, all the appropriate links are to the right at the very top. If you could like and share my Facebook page that would be fantastic, I want to do a giveaway when I reach 10,000 likes on Facebook,, and to enter you will need to be following my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and have commented on at least two of my blog posts. I know it sounds like a lot, but this seems to be what everyone does and plus I really like talking to your guys and hearing what you think of my blog. I am always looking for ways to improve. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, here's to a great week.

Love ♥
Kiran




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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lorac Pro Palette | Review

I have been dying to get my hands on this palette for as long as I can remember. It was all over the internet last year and every YouTuber I admire was completely in love with it. This is the original Lorac Pro Palette which is notoriously difficult to get in the UK. By some stroke of luck I managed to nab this for a steal on eBay. So it is well worth keeping an eye out for and I paid a total of £17.95. The RRP is $42.


I love the sleek black packaging it's so thin and easy to carry around. It does get dirty really easily which upsets me. The Lorac Pro is marketed as a basic palette similar to the Naked Palettes, as in you only need one palette for any occasion. I do think the colour selection is better and more varied than any of the singular Naked Palettes. Although, Naked 3 will always hold my heart with its rose gold beauty.


This palette has 16 eyeshadows in total, 8 matte and 8 shimmer. You also get a Mini Behind the Scenes eye primer with the palette. 
Top Row of the Palette: White (Matte), Cream (Matte), Taupe (Matte), Lt. Pink (Matte), Mauve (Matte), Sable (Matte), Espresso (Matte), Black (Matte).
Bottom Row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer). Scroll down for swatches and more information.


I think they have a beautiful range of colours in this palette, it's perfect for every day use and the packaging is so sleek and thin you can take it anywhere, ideal for travelling. I love that there are so many shades you can use for both highlight (White, Cream, Champagne and Nude all work brilliantly as inner corner highlights) and transitional colours (Mauve,  Taupe, Sable, Espresso). You can do a smoky eye with Black, Deep Purple and Espresso. A truly stunning selection of shades.


Here are the swatches, the matte shades and top row are on the left and the shimmery bottom row are towards the right. They are all velvety smooth shadows that are gorgeously pigmented. I think the bottom row is my favourite just because the shimmer is so gorgeous. Gold, Garnet and Pewter are my favourite shades from the palette, although I could easily use Taupe, Mauve and Sable every day just to add some definition to my eyes. If you use the shadows wet they become insanely pigmented. Unfortunately, I found them quite powdery and you do get some fall out, so ensure you powder your under-eye area before applying shadow (if you do your base before) and then just sweep away any product that drops down.


I am so glad I got this palette, I haven't been reaching for anything else. I would recommend a primer or base of some sort to place below the shadows, luckily it comes with a primer and that makes quite a huge difference. I usually forget to apply eye primer because I'm more often than not running late in the mornings, and as the end of the day approaches it all but disappears just leaving a light wash of colour which still looks pretty.

Thank you for reading, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Don't forget to follow and like my Facebook page, all my social media links are to the right and I would appreciate hearing from any one of you. Have you tried the Pro 2 Palette, or the Mega Pro Palette, I would love to hear how you think they compare. And would you buy this palette?


Love ♥
Kiran

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Monday, 19 January 2015

How To | The Perfect Ponytail

Many of us are required to put our hair up for work or school or PE and the easiest way to do this is to slip it into a ponytail. All you need is a hair bobble. However, it's not actually that simple. Often, my ponytail looks completely disheveled mere seconds after I have opened my front door, and not in a cute way, in a  has-she-lost-her-hairbrush? way. 


Well, fear not, there is a very simple, obvious solution. Hairspray. I hate hairspray because to me hairspray is thick and noxious, it smells of chemicals and makes your hair feel like dreadlocks, but thankfully the game has changed and there are plenty of lightweight hairsprays on the market. My current favourite is the VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray. 


To get a neat, professional ponytail, I spray the roots of my hair and run my Tangle Teezer through the strands. I pull the base of my hair into my desired ponytail and secure it with a simple black hair bobble. I find that this leaves my hair neat and smooth, but I can rarely find a hair bobble that is the perfect width for my hair so I usually wrap another hair bobble around the first one to make my ponytail tighter. I then spray my hair lightly with hairspray again. And voila. It's perfect.



I went to work at two o'clock and now almost twelve hours later, my ponytail is still almost exactly the same, it's just not as tight. This is an actually miracle, it may seem obvious but I feel like sometimes we overlook the obvious solutions in favour for new things, like clear brow gel to control fly-aways. I promise you a good hairspray is all you need. Plus, if you are so inclined you can use this hairspray to set your makeup as well. Don't we all love a multi-purpose product? Let me know your favourite hair-care tips in the comments below. What is your go-to hairstyle and what's your favourite hair product, it could be a shampoo or straighteners, a particular accessory, absolutely anything. Thank you for reading, don't forget to like and share this post with anyone you think might like it, and of course follow. Have a great week guys.

Love ♥
Kiran


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Friday, 16 January 2015

The Struggle | Wing It Out

Hello, I have spoken before about how difficult I find it to line my eyes, but stupidly I still insist on buying liquid eyeliners just in case overnight I somehow master my demons. Rest assured, that hasn't happened. But just because you're not the best at something, doesn't mean you shouldn't try. The way learn and become good at something is practice. Practice makes perfect. So I thought I would share with you the difficulties I have and the end result, in the hope that you can give me some tips and also feel free to tell me anything you struggle with, makeup or otherwise. Let's be honest.


To achieve this look I used Eyeko Skinny eyeliner in Black, it is very fine  and precise. Basically an ideal liduid liner, if you possess more finesse than me you could get a perfect line quite easily. The way I apply my eyeliner is to start in the middle of my eye, as close as possible to the lashline and then extend it out into a wing and then I do the inner lash line which is a lot easier. I used a black matte shadow for the lower lash line and a flat top brush. I don't line the entire bottom lash line because it closes the eye and makes it look smaller.


I wear glasses, so my eyesight is quite impaired, also I feel more confident about getting away with imperfect liner because there is a barrier between that line and the rest of the world. My tips for getting a better line, is a big mirror so you can angle your face the best possible way to see your eye. Look down when applying it, and if you're applying it for the first time perhaps sketch it out with an angle brush and black shadow.


I used a By Terry cream shadow stick in Bronze Moon on the lids and By Terry Mascara in Black, which has to be my favourite mascara in the world. I fully intend to get one in every colour, I already have blue and black, the purple looks gorgeous.



Thank you very much for reading, let me know your makeup struggles or any tips you have for me in the comments. Additionally, what is your favourite liquid liner? I have heard that Kat Von D tattoo liner is very good and Urban Decay Perversion. I truly love reading your comments. Don't forget to follow and like and share my Facebook page. Help me reach the people! Have a lovely day.

Love ♥
Kiran


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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Lifestyle | TMI Tag!

Hey loves, I thought I would do something different today and answer the TMI tag so you can get to know me better, I am getting a few new readers from my Facebook page (don't forget to like and share it) so here are the 50 questions and answers, don't worry my answers are generally pretty short. I would love for you to pick your favourite question and answer it in the comments. I love learning stuff about all of you.



1: What are you wearing?

I am wearing pyjamas because I am one of those people that get changed into pyjamas as soon as they get into their room. My trousers are from Boux Avenue and they have a cute ditsy rose print on them, I bought these when I worked there two years ago. My top is an ancient purple pyjama top that I think I have had since I was 12 but it is the cosiest thing ever, I can't imagine not keeping it. And zebra print socks, I am so mature.


2: Ever been in love?

Nope. Not even a little bit.


3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
No I haven't, I'm a pretty chill person. 


4: How tall are you?

About 5 "6" I would say.


5: How much do you weigh?

Around 8 stone, probably more because I happen to be eating chocolate all day every day this winter.


6: Any tattoos?

No, it's something I have considered doing for a while, but nothing means that much to be that I want it permanently stained on my body, but never say never. If I did get one it would be small and meaningful and somewhere I could easily hide if I chose too.



7: Any piercings?
Just my ears, and even then I never wear earrings, I lose them as soon  as I buy them. It's just not worth the hassle.



8: OTP?
Aha! The sad thing is the reason I suddenly decided to do this tag (basically years after it was a thing) is because I actually have an answer for this question when previously I didn't. My OTP is Dylan McKay and Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills 90210. Now that I think about it I have quite a few Blair and Nate from Gossip Girl (just because in the books Blair and Nate just made sense, obviously in the TV Show it's all about Chair and a little about Derena).



9: Favorite show?

Currently, you guessed it Beverly Hills 90210, but shows I revisit and adore are Chuck, it just makes me happy; Gossip Girl, the fashion is insane; Ugly Betty because it's hilarious and of course The Simpsons. Modern Family too!


10: Favorite bands?

I love Destiny's Child, TLC, 5SOS, One Direction, The Vamps and I think that's it.

11: Something you miss? .
My brother. I literally saw him two days ago and I already miss him.


12: Favorite song?

Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea (this changes daily though, because this morning it was Uptown Funk)



13: How old are you?

20


14: Zodiac sign?

Gemini


15: Quality you look for in a partner?

Tall


16: Favorite Quote?
Because Roald Dahl will forever be my favourite author:




17: Favorite actor?

Dave Franco



18: Favorite color?

Purple


19: Loud music or soft?

Loud so I can sing without having to hear my terrible voice.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
I either go for a walk or have a shower, generally I just try and do something to take my mind off it.



21: How long does it take you to shower?

Anywhere from less than 5 minutes to half an hour sometimes more, especially in the winter. I am reluctant to give up the hot water. It is very de-stressing.


22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

About ten minutes.


23: Ever been in a physical fight?

Yes. I won.


24: Turn on?

When you don't take things so seriously, whether it's yourself or just the world. I like people who can have a good time, and a laugh and a joke whenever, even when they are miserable.


25: Turn off?

Vanity.



26: The reason I joined Youtube?

I haven't officially. But I have always wanted to, the reason I want to is because I enjoy watching YouTube videos so much. The reason I started blogging is because I had some free time and I just wanted to write. I didn't really expect anyone to read it, and I think it's really cool that people do.


27: Fears?

Just the unknown, really. Make of that what you will.


28: Last thing that made you cry?

I cried a little when someone I know quite well got some bad news, and that was just towards the end of last week.


29: Last time you said you loved someone?

Just now.



30: Meaning behind your Blogger Name?

There isn't really a meaning, I just like the way it sounds and it's appropriate, everything on this website is A Little Kiran. Fact. 


31: Last book you read?

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - let me know if you want a review.


32: The book you’re currently reading?

1001 Little Wellbeing Miracles


33: Last show you watched?

Glee Season 6 Premiere, another of my favourite shows.



34: Last person you talked to?

My housemate.


35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

She is one of my closest friends.


36: Favorite food?

Chicken.


37: Place you want to visit?

New York. It is stunning.



38: Last place you were?

Does this mean holiday? Because, if so, then Greece, Zante specifically and it was awesome.



39: Do you have a crush?

Usually more than one, but always Gaspard Ulliel. Always. And then there's Eddie Redmayne, Sean O'Pry, Ryan Gosling . . .


40: Last time you hugged someone?

Yesterday

41: Last time you were insulted?
I'm going to go with last week, I don't think it was meant as an insult but it pissed me off massively.


42: Favorite flavour of sweet?

Strawberry bonbons.


43: What instruments do you play?
Maracas.



44: Favorite piece of jewellery?

My Kara (steel bangle), it's not jewellery technically and it has religious significance, but I love it because I have had it for as long as I can remember and my Grandparents (who are my favourite people in the world) got it for me.


45: Last sport you played?

Hahahaha, Probably cricket, volleyball and tennis in the summer.


46: Last song you sang?

Neon Lights by Demi Lovato.


47: Favorite chat up line?



48: Have you ever used it?

No. Chat up lines are dumb period. Though I love the funny ones.


49: Last time you hung out with anyone?

Today.


50: Who should answer these questions next?

You!

Thank you so much for reading, again leave a comment answering whichever question you like. I would love to read it, and if you do do this tag on your blog let me know in the comments, if you leave a link I will definitely give it a read. Hope you're having a perfect week. Peace out.


Love ♥
Kiran
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