Monday, 23 March 2015

Double Trouble | The Chocolate Bar Palettes

Too Faced released their Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette not too long ago and the beauty world blew up with reviews and side-by-side comparisons. Here is your one stop shop for the breakdown of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and the newer Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Plus, a dupe for less than £8 thrown in, just to sweeten the deal. Continue reading to see which palette has better colours, pigmentation, quality, and even packaging. 

Image from alittlebitetc.com
Let me begin by saying that I don't own either palette largely because I have far too many eyeshadow palettes that boast similar shades. However, I have some other Too Faced Palettes such as the Natural Eye Palette and the quality of the shadows are consistently good, not my favourite but still pigmented, blendable and soft with minimal fallout. Both of these palettes have similar quality shadows. See swatches side-by-side below. 
Images from alittlebitetc, but edited for better quality
As you can see the palettes are not entirely dissimilar, there are a lot of neutral colours in each palette. Judging by the swatches above I would say the original Chocolate Bar Palette is in fact warmer than the Semi-Sweet. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar also appears to have more shimmers and brighter, stand-out shades, namely Blueberry Swirl, Caramel and Bon Bon. Blueberry Swirl does look like a lovely rich shimmering teal in the palette, a stunning colour but swatched it is quite disappointing and unexpectedly ordinary. 


Contrastingly, the original Chocolate Bar palette features less variation in terms of shadows and  this can be both beneficial and detrimental. It can make the palette quite boring and less appealing to the eye, as the Semi-Sweet palette above photographs beautifully and looks very eye-catching. Although, it does make it easier to create a look with just one palette. 


Overall, the quality and pigmentation of the shadows are the same across both palettes, although some shadows do not swatch as well as others. My favourite shadow from the original palette is the gorgeous cranberry shade and from the Semi-Sweet it is Caramel. The stand-out shades are a lot more impressive in the Semi-Sweet palette than the Original Chocolate Bar, although the shadows in the original are definitely more wearable. I believe the packaging from the Semi-Sweet is marginally better because the names are on the actual palette and it's just that tiny bit sleeker and prettier overall. 

Image from blushinggiraffe.com

Above is the promised dupe from Makeup Revolution, this is their I Heart Chocolate Palette and it is a perfect dupe for the Original Chocolate Bar. It costs £8 in comparison to the £45 you would have to shell out for each of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented,  the shimmer is slightly more obvious and the shadows are not as long-wearing but with a good primer and good application they should last as long as you would need them to. Fingers crossed, Makeup Revolution will come out with a dupe for the Semi-Sweet palette. Below are the links to buy each palette if you wish to.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Palette - £47.95 (Amazon Price)

Thank you for reading, let me know if you enjoyed this post and what you would like to see more of. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Blogging 101

I had a few requests for this post, so here it is. Everyone and their aunt has a blog these days but that shouldn't discourage you, if it is something you really want to do then definitely go for it. It is simple and straightforward, all you need is an internet connection. That being said to gain popularity you need to put in some effort and here are some ways to make your blog stand out or at least compete with the existing blogs floating on the internet. 



DESIGN
Your blog's layout, font and background should all reflect you and what you want your blog to represent so definitely take your time, play around with it. Look at other blogs for inspiration, to see what works and what doesn't. There are many digital whizzes that will happily help you out for a reasonable fee and completely revamp your blog. You can even buy some designs on Etsy which you can see here

Blogger Template Blog Theme "Wanderlust" // Pretty Blog Theme // Gold Gray Pink Glitter // Blogger // Pre-made Blog Design

NAME
What kind of blog are you? Is it beauty? Lifestyle? Fashion? If it's a mixture don't worry so much, my blog is a combination of all the things that I find interesting hence I called it ALittleKiran because it is essentially about me. If you're blog is about something in particular find a way to incorporate it into the title. You can again take inspiration from others, some of the best blog names are clever yet straightforward, there are names like CupcakesandCashmere, Kayture etc. 


CONTENT
If you like writing this should be easier for you. I imagine if you want to start a blog you already have ideas for a name, design and what you want to write about. If you struggle with writing, write it out in Microsoft Word first that will ensure you don't have any pesky spelling mistakes. Grammar is very important and I can't abide mistakes in blogs. That being said I am sure I've already made several, just do your best to avoid juvenile spelling mistakes. Know the difference between you're and your. If you have trouble thinking of content, start with a post about yourself whether it be a TMI tag, a 20 questions tag or even a written version of draw my life. Have fun with it, and write about whatever you care about. There are no rules. 


WEBSITE
I use Google Blogger which is a great and easy site to use, everything is fairly straight forward. You can use Wordpress or any other blogging site. To obtain my website I used GoDaddy and it was very inexpensive. 

PROMOTE
The most important part of blogging is actually wanting people to read and engage with what you've written. No one wants all their hard work to go to waste, the best tool for this is social media. Use Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram. Use your friends and your family. Do giveaways, do whatever you can afford (time and money) to get your name out there. But don't get too distressed if it  is slow going. Good things come to those who wait. 


Finally, your blog shouldn't be a way to make money. If you do make money then that's fantastic, but starting a blog should always be for personal enjoyment rather than monetary gain because the money won't come in and almost always you have to put more into it than you'll receive. Like I said, blogs are ten-a-penny so don't hold your breath. Good luck if you do start your blog, let me know if this helped at all in the comments and let me know if you would like me to do another post on How To Make Your Blog Stand Out. Thank you so much for reading. Take care. 

Love ♥
Kiran

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Brush Cleaning 101

No doubt about it, cleaning your makeup brushes can be quite a chore. I rarely do it as I have never seen the need for it, additionally it seems like a lot of hassle and quite high maintenance. With the amount of money you pay for brushes you kind of wish they cleaned themselves. However, on a whim I decided to wash all my most-loved brushes while waiting for my hair to dry before going to sleep. I was shocked. 

Image by Lauren Curtis

Not only was it alarmingly easy and hassle-free, but it didn't require any fancy products or procedure. It was simple and quick, taking less than fifteen minutes to wash all of them. Before I get into that, I wanted to share with you why you should wash your brushes, because despite your personal preferences it is important. 

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WHY? 

1. Using dirty brushes on your clean face can cause breakouts. All that product build-up can clog your skin, not to mention the oil and dead skin that will cling to it. For this reason, I recommend you wash your foundation/concealer brushes most regularly, because rarely we skip applying our base. And day after day of using the same dirty brush can take a toll on the appearance and health of your skin. 

2. Simply put, it's unhygienic. Even though you are most likely the only person that uses your brushes, you still have germs and bacteria, oil and dust and dead skin cells and they will all fester in your lovely brushes. 

Image from fairygodmotherbeautyblog

3. The quality of your makeup will decline, it won't matter if you're using YSL eyeshadows if your crease brush is dirty, the pigmentation will be noticably less so you'll end up using more product. If you want your makeup to look nice and clean and you want to get the most use of your products, washing regularly will definitely boost your confidence and your bank balance. Guaranteed. 

4. Your makeup brushes will last longer and they'll look a lot prettier on your dressing table. 


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With that out of the way, the quickest simplest way to wash your brushes is with baby shampoo and that is all you need! I got a bottle of Johnson's baby shampoo from Poundland. Just £1, guys. I was very skeptical that I would see results with baby shampoo but I did. 

All you need is your shampoo, a towel and a sink. Squirt some shampoo into your hand, run the hot tap, wet the tip of your brush and then rub it into the shampoo in your hand. Keep alternating between holding the brush under the tap and rubbing it into the shampoo. You'll instantly see all the product wash away, just keep rubbing until the water runs clean. This works for all brushes: eyes, face, fancy, affordable. 


Above is what my brushes looked like prior to cleaning, they were very dirty. I don't think I have ever washed my brushes properly before. The most I have ever done is try and wipe off a lot of product with makeup wipes. If you want something super quick to give your brushes a spruce up then makeup wipes are a good way to go.


The photos above and below are of my brushes post-wash and they turned out great, they looked brand spanking new. I was honestly so happy, I felt like I had my life together. I used only about two fingers worth of the shampoo, I think it will last at least ten-twelve more washes. 


To dry I put my towel onto my radiator and rested them on the top. I did this overnight, the heating was on for about an hour that night and they were completely dry when I checked them about three hours after washing. They dried incredibly quickly. I used them for my makeup to go to the Psychology Ball the next day and I noticed such a difference, definitely a smoother, less heavy application. The colour payoff with my eyeshadows increased dramatically. Thank you for reading, every single one of you mean so much to me so thank you for taking the time. I hope you enjoyed this post, please don't forget to follow and check out my social media if you fancy. Like my Facebook age and all that jazz. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Elastic Heart ♥

Having a bit of a Sia love-fest at the moment and I came across this beautiful cover and mash-up by Connor Maynard. He is apparently still making music and it is good. You can watch the video below he starts out with Sia's Elastic Heart (which is a beautiful song, I prefer acoustic covers because I can hear the lyrics better).


 He also sings the chorus of Love Me Like You Do from the Fifty Shades Soundtrack and briefly sings a few bars from Uptown Funk. Finally, and by far my favourite, he finishes with Can You Fill Me In by Craig David, who is one of my all-time favourite artists. It's a brilliant cover, click play on the video below to listen and leave me a comment telling me your thoughts and your current favourite songs. 

Love ♥
Kiran


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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

How To Get Over A Bad Day

So, this post is about those pesky bad days: we all have them and we all live through them. I was inspired by a recent video I watched to do a post and share the ways I deal with bad days. Plus the reasons I have "bad days" too. If you're having a bad day while you are reading this, you're not alone and I hope this post helps.


Carli Bybel recently uploaded one of her “inner beauty” videos entitled How To Get Over A Bad Day, and although I agreed with a lot she said, some of it I didn’t agree with. So I thought I would share some tips with you on how I get over a bad day. The video I am referring to is below, so give it a watch, she makes some really great points that I will reiterate.


Firstly and possibly most important of all: the cause. Why are you having a bad day? What is getting you down? A low mood could be due to a number of possible reasons, maybe even more than one, you might think it’s because of something when actually it is about something else that you have pushed to the back of your mind. So really take your time and think about what it is that is getting you down.

To help, here are some reasons why I have a bad day and ways this can be avoided. Sometimes, I get up late, or skip my morning cup of tea and this leaves me groggy and anti-social. My biggest tip, therefore, is start your day right. Think of school and how almost always you had a set routine. I, for instance, would get up well before I had to leave the house, have some toast and tea while watching a funny programme meaning I went to school feeling alive, refreshed and happy. Just because you have left school, this doesn’t have to change. Make sure you set your alarm at a decent time, try not to fall into the habit of setting multiple alarms five minutes apart (I am very guilty of this), and aim to get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Don’t set more than two or three alarms per morning. 


Tea is another massive factor for me. If I don't have time for tea in the morning, I might as well have not got out of bed. I am tired, grumpy, anti-social. I don't focus and spend the time between waking up and my first cup of tea in a dark cloud. If you have similar feelings about coffee or breakfast or showers in the morning, then always always make time for it. Otherwise it's just a waste. If you know what helps you engage then make the effort to do it. Drink the tea, basically.


Establish a routine, start your day with something good, listen to your favourite songs while you make breakfast or drink your daily green tea. Routines are good. Waking and sleeping at similar times throughout the week is good for your body, as it becomes aware of the predictable pattern and soon you won’t even need to rely on your alarm. If you struggle to look alive in the early hours, drag yourself straight to the shower and use a rejuvenating body wash or a fruity face scrub. The Vitamin C range from The Body Shop is great, and anything zesty or citrusy in a shower gel is ideal; this will awaken your senses.

For clothes and makeup, it helps if everything is organised. I very rarely make a great effort with what I wear, makeup included, because I prefer the extra snooze time but a friend of mine recently said that the way you dress affects your day massively. If you just rolled out of bed into the first pair of comfy clothes you could find, you travel throughout the day unwilling to talk to people just impatiently waiting to crawl back into bed again. So dress well, dress nicely, try out that new lipstick and don’t be afraid to experiment with your attire or your makeup. You will feel more confident and be braver at engaging in conversation with others. You should never waste a good outfit on a subpar day, so dress to kill every day and you’ll be motivated to make your day worthy of your killer clothes.



Other reasons I have bad days are arguments, if I am not getting on with someone in my life it reflects in my mood, so resolve arguments as quickly as you can. If you’re really angry about something, wait until a sufficient amount of time has passed and you have calmed a little. This way you regain perspective and are able to communicate your feelings in a less confrontational way. Try to be fair and reasonable and don’t say something you’ll regret. If this situation is really getting you down, write down your feelings, walk away and then read what you have written the next day. This might help you make a decision as to what you can do to fix the situation. Alternatively, if someone is mad at you for a legitimate reason, apologise. The later you leave it, the more damage it has the chance to do. We’re all in the wrong, sometimes.


For girls, especially, the time of the month can really turn your day into good to sucktastic. If you know that time is approaching, make sure you have the essentials on hand and I recommend you take painkillers with you wherever you go, you never know when you or a friend might need them. A hot water bottle and chocolate always helps me through this time. Salted caramel Cadbury fingers are incredible. Also, pamper yourself, usually if you feel shitty inside you feel shitty on the outside, so paint your nails, pop on a face mask, have a hot bath, do whatever makes you feel good. For me, that customarily involves watching Gossip Girl.


That is almost all the reasons I have a bad day, except for the days when I miss my family, or I just feel down about life, either I am overwhelmed by adulthood and all the work I have or I just can’t be bothered with anything. To kickstart you out of these moods I suggest something productive, either exercise or getting at least some of the work you have done. Make a dent in the massive workload you have, that is the best thing you can possibly do and make lists. Love lists. I have a whiteboard in my room and I get such joy out of ticking things off, it is a very satisfying feeling.


As for missing my family, or any other reasons you may have for feeling down that I haven’t mentioned distractions are the key. Distract yourself. I watch a Bollywood film when I miss my family because they are very long (three hours at least) and they remind me of my Mom and my sister. Plus, they all have amazing musical numbers and dramatic plotlines that can captivate you. If you want to watch a Bollywood movie just search Amitabh Bachan or Shah Rukh Kahn and you’ll find all the greatest films. Other distractions I can suggest are reading, books are a free vacation; music can be very therapeutic; making plans; going for a drive (like Carli suggested). For those of you that don't know, the woman below is Aishwariya Rai Bachan, possibly the most beautiful woman in the world and a pretty good actress.


Lastly, if you are feeling really down I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking a day for yourself where you cry a little, watch a sad movie, talk to your parents and spend some quality time with your bed and your favourite stuffed toy. If you feel sad you feel sad, trying to stifle your emotions will only encourage them to manifest in other ways. So if you have had a bad breakup, or just bad news, maybe you failed a test or you lost your wallet the last time you were out, you’re allowed to be sad and fed up. Just don’t forget to pick yourself back up and dust yourself off so you are as good as new. I don’t think anyone’s problems are insignificant, the world is a big, populated place but we are all part of it. Look after yourself.



Thank you for reading, I hope this post helped you in some way. Please leave a comment telling me what you think and what you do when you are having a bad day. Don’t forget to follow, and take care. 

Love ♥

Kiran
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Perfect Spring Makeup

Spring is coming, the weather is warmer, the mood is lighter, everyone seems happier. So it is time to pop some spring into your makeup as well as your step. Lisa Eldridge is, simply put, a makeup goddess. I could watch her tutorials incessantly; they are consistently flawless and wearable. With the current trend steering towards quite heavily contoured and exaggerated makeup Lisa is a breath of fresh air. Her looks are simple, flattering and stunning. Subscribe to her channel if you haven't already, and I have linked all the products she used below as well as some cheaper alternatives/dupes.


She posted a look quite recently entitled Perfect Spring Makeup and that is what I wanted to share with you, because it looks really fresh and pretty, with a flawless soft base, dewy undertones and bright eyes and lips without being overpowering. She doesn't contour at all and I love it. Watch the video below. 


PRODUCTS:
Zelens Balm (£35)
Maquillage Shiseido Dramatic Mood Veil (unavailable)

Nars Luminous Wieghtless Foundation

DUPES/MORE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS

NYX Shiva Lipstick

I love the trick of using a cream highlighter under your foundation especially if you prefer matte foundations, that is a beautiful way to get a dewy glow in all the right places. The lip in this video is gorgeous too, a reverse ombre and so becoming on paler skin tones. I love this clean makeup look, it just never goes out of style, perfect and timeless.


I hope you liked this post and that you found some of the products and dupes helpful. Let me know any future posts you would like to see, thank you so much for reading. Please don't forget to follow my blog if you like it and leave me a comment with your favourite YouTuber so I can check them out, or just a link to your blog. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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Monday, 9 March 2015

One Last Time ♥

I have a new music obsession and it's called One Last Time by Ariana Grande. The lyrics and her voice are perfect. It is just a lovely song, about asking for forgiveness and not being ready to let go of someone. You never really no what you have until it's too late, and the lyrics in the image below are my favourite from the song.



The lyric video is below. It's really quite a beautiful song, both lyrically and vocally, the found footage style of the official music video (at the end of this post), I feel, distracts from the meaning of the song, but this is purely my opinion.


In the song, Ariana expressed regret for how she treated her ex-boyfriend, she admits that she lied and failed him (Feel like a failure/Because I know I failed you/I should've done you better). She also goes on to say that even though he has found someone else and is happy she still wants to be with him, just one more time (Baby I don't care if you got her in your heart/All I really care is you wake up in my arms/One last time). I think it is a very sweet song and the lyrics are perfect. I love how her voice sounds, the music and beat is quite upbeat almost at odds with her voice but they both mesh together seamless. 


I included the official video for it above so check that out if you haven't seen it already and let me know what you think. I am completely in love with this song. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments. Have a great Monday!

Love ♥
Kiran

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

#DearMe

I have been seeing this video a lot and I thought it was a cool idea. #DearMe is about giving your younger self advice, what do you wish you had known when you were a child or a teenager? I believe it is a component of International Women's Day. Keep reading if you are interested and share your #DearMe in the comments because I would love to hear what advice you all would give. I'll read them all. Quick note: I'll insert random #DearMe videos from well-known YouTubers that inspired me to do this post. Now, for an embarrassing photo . . . 


I am fairly certain I am supposed to give advice to my "teenage" self, but I think it would be more beneficial for me to be given advice before my teenage years, preemptive if you will. The advice I would give is don't worry so much, enjoy school, it's not the end of the world if you don't enjoy it. I feel like in sixth form I finally got it, I realised that school didn't matter and it didn't really matter that I didn't enjoy it massively, I got good grades and I had good friends and those were the most important things. But, in the first few years of secondary school I just found school boring and tedious, I was stressed out a lot because I just didn't like it at all and that showed in my health. It wasn't worth it.


Also, there is no such thing as the perfect body, so forget about the guilt when you eat those delicious raspberry white chocolate cookies from the cafeteria, they are worth the calories. You'll miss them. Just be yourself, don't worry about fitting in because then you know the people around you like you because you're you and not because you are pretending to be someone you're not. Surround yourself with funny people, because they will make your shittiest moments so much better. Try to be a bit more studious at university, future me would have appreciated that.


Thank you for reading, if you have anything you would share with your past self (whatever age) please tell me in the comments. As always, don't forget to follow my blog, you can sign up via email or bloglovin' I would really appreciate it. I spend a lot of time on this website purely because I love writing about anything and everything so the support would be very gratifying. All my social media links are on the right, I am all over Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr (I am a self professed social media whore, I post religiously). Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran


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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Valentino on the High Street

If you follow any of the major fashion bloggers, my personal fave being Kayture, then you'll have seen these lustrous Rock Stud Leather pumps from Valentino all over your social media and you have probably been dying with jealousy for months. 


These beautiful, eye-wateringly expensive shoes can be worn in multiple ways, as demonstrated by the stunning Kristina Bazan. Above, you can see the Valentino Nude Rockstuds paired with a cut out red dress. The stud details renders them edgy enough for complimenting bold looks and outfits. 


The nude shade of the pumps ensure that they work well with casual clothes, such as jeans, they look great with trousers as they elongate the leg. This compilation of outfits show they work with any colour, which is an amazing and unique quality for a single pair of shoes to have. Like me, you probably scoured the internet for them found that the cheapest price was £519.00, gave up cried and had some milk chocolate. Well, fear not because I have a beautiful alternative for you.


These shoes are nude, patent with gorgeous gold stud detail, an ankle strap, leather sole and 110mm heel. The pointed toe is a key part of the design and it looks fantastic no matter what you are wearing them with. They are possibly the most versatile, classy pair of designer heels I have ever seen, and the only pair I would ever consider buying.


Unfortunately, I am not rich. I can't afford to spend two months rent on a pair of gorgeous, supremely fancy shoes. TopShop have a great alternative, however, they are not a fashion dupe, there are many dissimilarities between this pair and the Valentino heels, but they do boast the same shape, design and nude look. They do look very fancy and they are only £50, £45 if you use your student discount.

Nude, suede leather strappy court shoes with snake-effect straps and a 4 inch heel. Gorgeous for the upcoming brighter seasons and as you can see below it looks lovely paired with white, but would also work well with jeans, co-ordinates, shorts, or partywear.


Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post and that you love these shoes as much as I do. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and of course, don't forget to follow me. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran


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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Zoeva Mixed Metals | Review and Swatches

Zoeva is a German brand, and they receive a lot of love for their gorgeous luxe rose gold brushes, but I found this lovely palette on their website called The Mixed Metals Palette. Continue reading for more information plus swatches. 


The packaging of this palette reminds me of the Lorac Pro palette, it is thin, made from a cardboard material, and very very light. Perfect for travelling as it is so slim and compact, however there is no mirror or brush. It has a magnetic closure so there is no need to worry about any mess if you toss it into your bag or suitcase. The cover has a camouflage design with a nude coloured background, which is unlike anything I have ever seen. All in all, the packaging is a winner and for the price it is at (£17.50) you can't really complain.


I love the layout of the eyeshadows in this palette. It boasts a total of ten eyeshadows, all fairly large in size and well positioned. This palette uses the space really well, making it easier to dip your brush into each pan without transferring any product. The eyeshadows in general are all warm, autumnal shades. Deep, rustic and very pretty, they inspired by different metallic materials like brass and aluminium. The range of colours would suit any eye colour, there is only one matte shade, and the rest all have a foiled, richly pigmented texture. If I could add anything to it, a matte brown would be a good addition, however I do think the palette is well-designed with a great number of beautiful, eye-catching shades.


Alloy is a lilac tinted silver, similar to Satin Taupe by MAC but a foiled version. Warm Silver is a gorgeous highlight shade, a creamy pale shimmer, ideal for the brow bone and inner corner, you could even dust this on the tops of your cheeks and temples as a highlighter.


Neo Brass is a luxurious olive green with underlying gold tones, this shade would look fabulous with brown eyes, possibly the nicest green shadow I have ever seen. Bronce is a deeper, cooler-toned green than Neo Brass, a sea-green shade in comparison to the golden olive green of Neo Brass. Platinum is a richly pigmented metallic silver grey, with echoes of lilac. Ore Stone is an unusually deep teal shade, very pretty.


Rusty Steel is a gorgeous warm russet brown and one of my favourite shades from the palette. Copper Plate is a rich metallic, reddish copper shade as the name suggests. Aluminium is a cooler, slightly darker version of Platinum. Finally, Onyx, the only matte shade in this palette is a pigmented pure black shade.

I swatched all the shadows by row. This is the top row, from left to right you have Alloy the lilac-toned grey; Neo Brass the golden olive-green; Bronce the cool-toned deeper green; Rusty Steel a rich warm russet brown; and Copper Plate a rich red copper colour. All of the shadows are blendable and highly pigmented. They are all extremely soft and finely milled in texture.




Swatches of the bottom row, there is: Warm Silver a beautiful ivory golden shimmer at odds with its name; Platinum a greenish toned grey is how it swatched to me; Ore Stone a gorgeous unusual deep teal; Aluminium a deep lilac toned grey and finally Onyx a matte blackAgain, the shades are luxuriously pigmented and the foiled, silky soft texture means they blend and swatch like a dream, however Warm Silver and Onyx aren't as pigmented as the rest, in my opinion.


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you liked this post. I haven't had time to play around with these shadows and wear them so I have no idea if they are long-lasting, if they need primer or any of that, so if you would like me to create a look with this palette leave me a comment. Don't forget to follow me of course, you can sign up by email or follow me on bloglovin' and leave me a comment. They are always so lovely to read. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Digital Detox

What is a digital detox? I am sure you must have heard this term floating around, but to clear up any confusion. . . A digital detox is a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and PCs. A digital detox is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress and focus on face-to-face interaction (thanks Google). 


So think about it, when did you last fall off the digital planet? The immediacy of the digital world is slightly addicting, I don't just use my smartphone for updating social media or stalking celebrities. I rely on my iPhone to organise my life. I use it as a watch, a music player, an organiser, a timetable, a planner as well as a communicative device and a source of entertainment. It is like a miniature laptop. 


I don't think it is necessary for everyone to have a digital detox, but it can be liberating to switch your phone off or pop it away in your room while you go and do something fun and adventurous. Sometimes, we are so focused on taking pictures of experiences and showing them to the world ("pics or it didn't happen!") that we forget to enjoy the experience itself. Your eyes take the best photographs. 


One way to free yourself from the digital world without the inconvenience is simply turning your phone onto airplane mode. This means you can't send or receive calls or text messages, you have no data, your phone is operating like it is airborne. You can still tell the time, you can still read and you can still listen to your music. This is also a great way of conserving your battery. You don't need to be on Instagram and Twitter constantly. 


Just a few months ago I went weeks without a phone or a laptop and it was strange, but eye-opening. I hadn't realised how often I would spend those free minutes casually scrolling through various feeds. When you think about it that is so much wasted time. For a while, when we first moved into this house we didn't have wifi. This forced me to fill up the hours with something other than reruns of Gossip Girl and The West Wing. I went out, enjoyed the sunshine and explored the area we live in. I borrowed books from my housemate to read, which were actually really brilliant.


My point is social media should be a small part of your life. Of course now it could be your actual occupation to post multiple times daily on social media and that is fine. If you feel like you could do with a vacation from constantly being online, just pop your phone away for a couple of hours, go meet a friend for cocktails or watch a movie. Here are some tips to help you maintain a balance:
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TIPS
1. Airplane mode is your best friend. Use it wisely. 

2. If you're posting a new Facebook status every day, or worse multiple times a day. You need to stop. Chances are, unless you lead the most interesting life ever, that you're annoying the crap out of everyone.

3. Twitter is the one social media site that has no limits, if you tweet a thousand times a day. It doesn't matter.


4. You don't need to be on every social media site available, if you don't "get" Twitter, you don't need it. Just because your friends are on something it doesn't mean you have to be to. You only have so much time in a day and you want to spend it on things you enjoy.

5. Don't let your gadgets distract from waking life, enjoy all your experiences as much as you can. Live in the moment, don't worry about capturing it all on camera. It's nice to have snapshots of a great vacation, there is nothing wrong with taking a quick photo and then spending the rest of the time enjoying the physical location.


6. If photos are something you feel strongly about, making memories and the like, take a photo but wait until you're at home with nothing to do to edit or tweak pictures and upload them to your preferred platform.

7. Similarly, don't take your phone out during meals or social gatherings (yes take a photo of your food, I am always guilty of this). Always put your phone away and interact with the people surrounding you, there is nothing worse than talking to someone and feeling like you don't have their full attention. I have done this, and I also think it is really rude. I promise not to do it again.


8. Things you  can do when you're not online: read, explore, be spontaneous, exercise, go for a run, or take a yoga class, check out a gym or go swimming. Cook a nice meal and share it with the people you live with, go watch a show, some live music or to a comedy club. Take advantage of what is around you, if there's a park near your home go read a book by a lake, or try drawing the fountain. 
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Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments how you feel about digital detoxing and the digital age in general? Do you think smartphones are a good thing, or is it encouraging laziness? I am sincerely interested in your opinions so please leave them below. Don't forget to follow and enjoy the rest of your evening. 

Love ♥
Kiran


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