Sunday, 31 May 2015

May Faves

May has been a very weird month for me, with relatively little going on for me to get excited about. That being said I always find time to waste my money in a myriad of shops so here are my favourites for this horrific month.

Pretty nails are a wonderful way of injecting some form of brightness in an otherwise bleak existence (I'm being dramatic because that's how I get in exam time - apologies). I adore this shade by Barry M called Fondant, it is a stunning colour and you already know that I love the Gelly formula. I think it is reminiscent of Berry Ice cream and would look great in the sunshine. I plan to stuff this into my suitcase for Greece and be on my merry way. 


Next is what my most recent post was on and that is the Sculpting Trio from Real Techniques. Honestly, I haven't had much wear out of them all, but the sculpting brush itself is divine. I am so in love with this brush for foundation, let me know if you would like a foundation routine up soon. You can see the review of all three brushes HERE. 


W7 Palette just has a great selection of colours with very little fallout so I find myself reaching for this palette quite a lot as I haven't been very daring or studious with my makeup application, typically o slather on some foundation and translucent powder and head out the door. 


Rimmel Stay Matte powder is a tried and tested product. I briefly went through a period where I favoured coloured powder because it helps blend out contouring and blush etc. But I find that can feel and look heavy on the skin so I am constantly touching my face because the sensation is unpleasant, a quick dusting of translucent powder and that's it I barely touch my face and I still have a good amount of coverage at the end of the day. The foundation, in my opinion wears better too. 


Nars bronzing powder in Casino. I have definitely mentioned this several times. But I have hit pan on it and this never happens to me, I am so excited for the day that I hit pan on an eyeshadow but I don't see it happening anytime soon. I have too much. Anyway, Casino is gorgeous, it's not too orange and it's not ashy either, it's warm and adds some definition to my face without making it unrecognisable. Love. 



L'Occitane Almond Milk Veil, it just smells so bloody good. I love the scent of almonds I think it's really clean and almost calming. Plus it has some shimmer so looks especially good in the summer time. It is supposed to have toning properties too but I haven't noticed a difference. 


ASOS  FOOTBED SANDALS

I bought two pairs of sandals in preparation for Greece. Now, I hate sandals, largely because I dislike feet and people seeing feet even less, also I think sandals are one of the least comfortable shoes around which completely defeats their objective. I hate that little T-bar that separates your big toe it's horrible. But, I need them so I had a browse on ASOS and bought two. I love them both. 


Image 1 of ASOS FENDALL Footbed Leather Sliders


Image 1 of Warehouse Embellished Cross Over Footbed Sandals


They are called footbed sandals and genuinely feel like slippers. I think they're basic enough to pretty much go with any kind of holiday-appropriate outfit but interesting enough not too look boring. I am excited to wear them. The black ones have a thicker sole so would most likely provide the most comfort. Anyway, that is all, I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a fabulous weekend and I will see you soon. Don't forget to follow and comment, it means a lot to me. Take care. 

Love ♥
Kiran

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sculpting Brush Set | Review

Real Techniques brushes are incredible, I think we can all agree, so when they release a new set of brushes I get very excited and now that they were discounted to under £14 I couldn't convince myself that I didn't need them any longer. This brush set is the Sculpting Set Trio with three brushes designed to create that perfect contour and highlight that people are coveting right now. Unfortunately, they are not on sale anymore but click here to get them for £20.99. Keep reading for more details and a review on the brushes, the different ways you can use them and whether they are worth investing in. 


The three brushes in this set are:
The Sculpting Brush - has a wide-angled head specifically designed to help create defined contours
The Fan brush - small fan that is useful for sweeping away excess makeup and powders
The Setting Brush - a small tapered brush that can apply a controlled amount of powder or highlight to set and complete the makeup.


The brushes are soft, well-made and of good quality, I love the pink shiny handles, like all Real Techniques brushes and as always you can easily use them for different things. The sculpting brush is perfectly suited to fitting into the contours of the face such as underneath the cheekbones, but the unique shape means it is also ideal for applying foundation which is how I have been using it so far. It really gets into those crevices such as around the nose with ease to make sure the whole face is evenly covered. Of course, you can use it for contour, I feel like it would work best with a cream contour but I am not completely certain.


The fan brush is great for applying highlighter or sweeping blush onto the apples of the cheeks, it's not dense at all so you will never apply too much product. I love it for contouring the nose, it allows serious precision. Furthermore, if you are into baking it's a great brush to sweep off the translucent powder. The final brush, which is the setting brush is nothing new, you can use it to apply powder and set concealer, you can use it to highlight. It's small enough that you could possibly get away with using it to apply a wash of colour on the eyes as well. Below is a video by Nic from Pixiwoo demonstrating the many ways you can use these three brushes. 


Personally, I love this set. It's great value at £14, which works out at under £5 per brush. The original price is £21 which is £7 per brush, again I still think it is definitely worth that value. Real Techniques brushes are soft, long-lasting and they wash up like new. Let me know in the comments your thoughts on these brushes and any new posts you would like me to do. Thank you so much for your patience, my exams are almost coming to an end, so I promise to try and be more active. Don't forget to wish me luck for my last two exams. Thank you for reading. Take care.


Love ♥
Kiran
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Todrick Hall

Sorry for the lack of posts but my mind is filled with revision and despair, I am unbelievably worried and stressed so haven't really had time to sit down and type out a post for you guys and I am very sorry for that. I just wanted to share this video with you, which if you follow me on any of my social media accounts you will already have seen. This video is of Todrick Hall condensing Beyonce's entire music history (minus Destiny's Child) into four minutes and it is brilliant.


It is amazing, am I right? I listen to this several times a day and it puts me in a much better mood as I have been pretty down in the dumps lately. It's just so upbeat and great, this guy is ridiculously talented and it could have all the views in the world and it still wouldn't be enough. Let me know what you think in the comments, I am going to go back to hitting the books *cries uncontrollably*. Take care.


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Kiran

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Aishwarya Rai Bachan | Cannes 2015

I love Aishwarya Rai, she's so beautiful and actually a brilliant actress (in Indian cinema at least). She looked stunning at the Cannes Film Festival in a gorgeous strapless claret gown with matching bold lips and side-swept curls. It's an elegant and beautiful look, definitely one of my favourites from the Cannes Festival this year, you can see the rest by clicking here.

So glam: The 41-year-old actress wowed in a ruby red strapless gown which showed off her slim figure

Luckily for us, the gorgeous Kaushal Beauty recreated Aishwariya's glam look using one of my favourite makeup products in the world. The L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Foundation, it is my holy grail and absolutely divine on the skin. You can see Kaushal's makeup tutorial below.


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I am in the midst of some pretty intense exams right now, so don't hesitate to send me some love. It would make my week if you would follow my blog, Facebook page, twitter or instagram account as my life is spent on the internet. No regrets. Leave a comment below if you loved or hated Aishwarya's look. Take care.

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Kiran
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cannes Fashion 2015

A quick look at the best dressed at the Cannes Film Festival, because even though my head should be buried in books I just can't help myself. I am a bad person. Keep reading for my favourite outfits on the red carpet. 

Eva Longoria looking unbelievably fierce in this Gabriela Cadena gown. Hot damn. 



Diane Kruger looks like an ethereal princess in this gorgeous fairytale gown designed by Prada.

Emma Stone naturally knocks it out of the park yet again and manages to make the classic LBD look like it has never looked before, this Oscar de la Renta dress is stunning against her pale skin, and her hair is perfect.

Fan Bingbing, no ideas who she is but this Marchesa dress is straight out of a fantasy novel. I love it, I love the excessive floral arrangement, the frothy blue material, the dangling earrings, it's all adorable, she looks like the Goddess of Spring, flower crown and all. You go, Fan. 

Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci, the colour of this gown is perfection and the pleats and embellishment around the neckline have a certain Grecian, maybe even Egyptian vibe to it. Beautiful.

Last but not least Aishwarya Rai in this deep red Oscar de la Renta gown looking as gorgeous as ever. I'll have a post up tomorrow about her gorgeous look. So keep your eyes peeled for that.
Wow factor: Aishwarya Rai promoted her new film Jazbaa at a photocall at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday afternoon

Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to follow and leave a comment telling me your favourite look. I would love to hear your opinions. Take care. 

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Kiran

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Flawless Fluide Foundation Review

I wanted to do an updated foundation routine for you guys, because I have recently been using the Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide Foundation in Buff. If you read my posts, you know that I am completely in love with the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation, I cannot recommend it enough, it is so good but I finished my bottle a few weeks ago and thought it was a good time to work through my other foundations, and the first one I wanted to get rid of is the Flawless Fluide.


I wanted to get rid of it because ultimately it was unimpressive at first. The packaging gets dirty really fast. I like the sleek black bottle and I don't mind shaking it before use but it is exceptionally hard to keep clean as you can see below. That is after I wiped it clean with a facial wipe.


After using it daily for weeks I have finally figured out how to make it work for me. I made the mistake of using coloured powder on top of the foundation because I have oily skin and I can't implore you enough not to do that. It makes your face feel clogged with makeup, so I constantly touch my face effectively removing both the powder and the foundation so it has disappeared by the time I return home.
Apologies for quality, self-facing cameras suck, this is unedited.
The way to apply it, is shake it well, squeeze a small amount onto your hand and use your favourite face brush, I alternate between the buffing brush and expert face brush by Real Techniques and just work it into the skin. Lightly dust a translucent powder over the oily areas and you're done. The foundation has good coverage, doesn't feel heavy and wears really well through out the day. I have used it so much that it is now virtually finished and I am a little sad. Aside from the packaging, I would recommend it, although there are plenty of more affordable drugstore foundations of great quality if you are on a budget.

Let me know what you would like to see in future posts. If you would like a Top 5 affordable foundations I would be happy to get that up for you. Thank you so much for reading, my exams start next week (wish me luck because I am going to need it) but I will continue to post, I am aiming for twice a week during exam period. Thank you for your patience and don't forget to comment and follow. Take care.

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Kiran
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

#ShouldIBuy

I thought I would do more of an interactive post today whereby I detail all the products I am obsessing over and desperately want in my life and you can tell me if you have tried them, want them too, love or even hate them. Help a sister out. Living in the UK, there are a lot of products that aren't as widely available here as they are in other countries so I am constantly deliberating over whether I should splurge and get them from eBay or Amazon or one of those obscure websites. Brands like Tarte, Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Makeup Forever HD, are the brands that I most wish I had access to. That being said, there are some fantastic brands in the UK also. So let's jump right into the things I want. I will start with things I can get in the UK and then move onto things that aren't as easily purchased. All of these products are going to be fairly expensive, I might do an affordable version too if I get some good feedback.

#SHOULDIBUY

The truly sad thing is that I want both, there is the Smoky Nude version on the left and the gorgeous vibrant one called Colour Design on the right. All the colours look amazing, such a great range with that stunning embossed pattern. They are so beautiful. I am more inclined to get the more colourful palette because it would work really well for Indian weddings. I have read some reviews and they are predominantly pretty positive: sheer, buildable, blendable colours. If you look at it my way you are spending about £7 per eyeshadow which is not that unreasonable and you get a brush. What do you guys think?


This blush palette has been splashed all over the beauty blogs for ages and now I feel like I am finally succumbing to the pressure. Out of all the individual shades I feel like Mood Exposure would best suit my skin tone, but this palette is gorgeous and I have heard so many great things. So please let me know in a comment if you have tried it, seen it, know someone who has it and let me know how you or they got on with it, because I need to know.


I saw Wayne Goss do a video on this foundation and I also recently watched Carli Bybel use it in one of her tutorials and I think it looks great. It looks flawless without looking heavy and you get a lot more product as the bottle is 70ml which is pretty cool. It looks a bit tricky to apply so I am on the fence, let me know your thoughts below. 


Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette - £22
I love a contour and I have seen so many people on YouTube wear this product and look beyond stunning, so I am angling after it, it looks beautiful. I think it works with a surprising amount of skin tones as well, as Lily Melrose and Kaushal Beauty have used it in their tutorials. It looks really easy to work with and can achieve a daytime or evening look according to reviews.



Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - £14.58
I am not impressed by UD's skin products, I was left underwhelmed by their Naked foundation, but their concealer seems to be blowing up and it is not horribly overpriced. I think Urban Decay eyeshadows are stunning and I hope they are finally stepping up the rest of their game. Have you tried this concealer?



Beauty Blender - £15.35
Everyone has a beauty blender. EVERYONE. Except me, call me old-fashioned but I like a brush. I like soft bristles and lightly working a foundation into my face, bouncing a damp sponge back and forth sounds uncomfortable and effortful. But it does achieve flawless and natural results, so let me know if you're a beauty blender girl or a brush girl.



Tarte Contour Stick (Medium/Dark?)
This is a product I cannot get in the UK, except from a few dodgy sites and possible eBay. I saw HudaBeauty use this in a GRWM and I just felt like I needed it, her face is so perfect. I feel like I need to put whatever she puts on her skin onto my skin, but I just don't have the funds let's be real. I would greatly appreciate it if you would put your favourite contouring product in a comment below so I can check it out, because nothing hurts worse than spending a lot of money on something that just won't even work for you. It's like the female version of being kicked in the balls.

Anastasia Liquid Lips
Honestly, I am not very adventorous when it comes to lip colours so I don't know why I am lusting after these products so much. I guess it's the hype, it's always the hype. But they look gorgeous and from all the collection videos they seem to swatch beautifully, they look great, they are long-lasting, insanely pigmented and not drying. Sounds like the jackpot.



Tartelette Palette
Back to Tarte cosmetics, this is quite a basic palette, it is all matte shades and fairly neutral but everyone talks about it like it is the holy grail of all palettes. So can someone please tell me if I am missing out, because I am so close to shelling out £40 for this badboy and I don't even know if I want it. The struggle.



Makeup Forever HD Foundation
I already know my shade because when I was in Paris two years ago I checked. I have wanted this foundation for that long, but there must be better foundations available right here in the UK, right? Right?



I could talk about all the products I want forever, so I am going to stop right now before we all fall asleep or cripple our bank accounts. Please let me know what you think of these products, especially if you have tried and tested them, if you have considered buying them or don't like them at all for whatever reason I would love to know. Let me know which one you want to buy the most and as always please don't forget to follow my blog and if you like my social media. Thank you so much. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Met Gala 2015 Fashion

Is it just me or was the fashion at this year's Met Ball kinda tragic? From Rihanna's exploded omelette of a dress to the calcifier on Sarah Jessica Parker's head I felt like I was hallucinating as I scrolled through my feed. Just no. Stop. There were a few pretty looks that I liked and so the award for best dressed goes to Kendall Jenner, followed by J Lo (although she always wears a similar style) and Dianna Agron whom I think is the classiest person alive, she always looks so lovely. Additional question: why are headdresses such a thing this year SJP, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde and many more all ruined their beautiful faces and hair with some unattractive headbands.

BEST DRESSED


Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein looking so perfect it hurts. She always wins in the style stakes, her sisters need to take a seat. 


Dianna Agron in a stunning simple white Tory Burch dress with a one-shoulder design. It's a little safe, but safe is better than sorry. 


J Lo in Versace looking fierce and forever showing off her ageless body. She's beautiful but she always wears a variation of the same dress, this year I felt like everyone was wearing either something vile and unflattering or something that was a complete replica of an outfit they wore in the past. You all have stylists and a shit tonne of money, step your game up! God, I'm shallow.

WORST DRESSED

As for the worst-dressed there are so many I don't know where to start. No, that's a lie Rihanna of course is at the top of the list. 



I'm aware there was a China theme and I kind of get where most people were coming from but this? I do not get this. Not just the dress because clearly this was just an obvious way to get people talking about her, but the hair and the headband. Nothing in this photo is flattering, I know Rihanna can do better. I hate the shoes, too.


Selena looks like a maid as in clean the floors and wash the dishes. The dress is plain and looks like an apron thanks to the black detail, her makeup is nice although her natural youthful face is at odds with the red lips, a more chiselled contour would have really helped. I hate the orchid headpiece, there's too much white.


Cara is a supermodel so I know she has an amazing figure I have seen it in every Burberry and TopShop campaign in the last two years but the cut of this jumpsuit does not highlight her envious figure. I think this might be because it is high waisted apart from that it's boring, it's black it doesn't represent the theme and the fake tatts are fugly. 


Alexa Chung in Erdem, I usually like Erdem and Alexa Chung's fashion but this is not even mildly pretty. The material looks nice but the pattern is horrible it looks like a curtain I don't like the colour combination.


Katy Perry wearing Moschino, what happened to your hair? The dress, the gloves, the slouched posture, hacked hair (it's a bad wig) and the faux spray can is just a mess. Not even a hot mess. A plain mess. 

MOST INNOVATIVE AND FUNNIEST

I want to stop hating now so on to the most innovative of the night is SJP. He looks so ridiculous but I both love and admire her for it because I think she genuinely believes that she looks phenomenal and she has always been kid of out there with her style, she's not doing it for attention she's just putting her fashion foot forward. So snaps for Sarah who is wearing HM Conscious clothing. 

MOST ANNOYING (still cute though)

Finally, most annoying award goes to Beyonc√© Knowles in Givenchy (yes I know she's a queen) who is another culprit who wears the same style almost every time, although I do like the ponytail it adds a certain swish. I think there's something a little conceited about her here, she posted a million pictures and I have to admit she does look great although I don't think it's anything revolutionary or unexpected so yeah calm down Bey. 


The colours and the ponytail definitely get my vote though. 


Thank you very much for reading I hope you didn't mind this post, this is just me unfiltered and judging people's outfits, we all do it. Don't forget to follow and leave a comment telling me your favourite and least favourite looks and which you found the funniest. Take care. 

Love ♥
Kiran

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Full Skincare Routine Under £5

You know that feeling you get when you run out of all of your holy grail products at once and you need to replace them but the thought of approximately £100 leaving your bank account on the same day just makes you want to rob a bank. Well, I had that feeling just a few weeks ago. So, when all of my go-to products were undeniably empty instead of heading to Space NK to get the Emma Hardy Cleanser or ordering my Benefit Moisturiser I went to Boots and Amazon instead. The three products now integrated in my daily skincare routine are the T-Zone Blackhead Fighting Scrub, Nivea's Light Moisturising Day Cream with SPF 15 and finally the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Night Gel from Boots' own collection.



SKINCARE PRODUCTS 

T-Zone Scrub - £2 on Amazon, but can get it from Poundland also (£1)

Tea tree is a prominent feature in my new routine because my skin is not very clear these days due to a combination of my diet and stress and it is widely known that tea tree is effective in preventing as well as treating breakouts. I bought the T-zone scrub after using it when I stayed at my grandparents. I liked it a lot, and I find my skin always feels softer and smoother when I use a scrub instead of a face wash. I use this day and night, and the only drawback is that no matter how hard you scrub (and I recommend you lightly massage it into your skin) it will not take all your makeup off. For that reason, I use a Nivea face wipe all over my face and neck and then use the scrub so my skin is clean and bare of makeup. 

The Night Gel does feel a little weird at first, it's quite cool on the skin and has a very refreshing scent which is odd to apply at night. I can't say that it is a miracle worker, I think it definitely speeds up the process of my breakouts and they disappear in a few days or so, and they reduce the redness and appearance of spots too. For the price, I would recommend it. 


Finally, the lotion from Nivea is a simple, basic product. A daily moisturiser that has some SPF, it is very lightweight and doesn't take long to sink into the skin, so you can apply your primer, foundation etc. in good time. All in all, I would say these products are good, inexpensive, they do what they claim to do, mot importantly they are cheap but that being said aside from the T-zone scrub I don't see myself purchasing them again. 


Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post useful, leave a comment below telling me what you would like to see me post about next, I am still not sure if any of you are interested in reading about Budapest so please let me know, and as always don't forget to follow. Take care. 

Love ♥
Kiran


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Saturday, 2 May 2015

April Favourites

It's the 2nd of May already which means my exams are literally around the corner, I am honestly so scared but I thought I would take a break and share some things I have been loving with you guys as I know I haven't posted properly in a while but don't worry, hopefully I can change that. So without further ado, let's jump into my May Favourites. I have actually bought quite a few new beauty products lately that I have really been enjoying, I will do a full review on some of the products so keep your eyes peeled for that. 



BEAUTY

 I know I have mentioned this numerous times but it is such a gorgeous palette, with a great range of bright vibrant colours. I have just been to an Indian wedding and this palette is definitely my go-to, quick shout out to Kaushal Beauty because I decided to buy this after watching one of her videos, her channel is really great so I recommend that you check it out here


If you follow me on social media you'll know that I recently went to Budapest and this is all that I took with me for my base. There are pros and cons to this kit and I will do a full review very shortly with my honest opinion, but it is handy and compact, so ideal for travelling and relatively inexpensive for the range of products you get. 


Mascara is such a ritual for me, I could easily spend five-ten minutes just applying coats of mascara to my lashes, it is oddly therapeutic. Maybelline always kill it with their mascaras and I love the duality of this mascara, with the bigger brush for top lashes and the smaller brush for the tiny little bottom lashes. The way I apply it is I use the big brush first, sometimes on both upper and lower lashes and then I use the tiny wand to comb through any clumps and separate my lashes for a full fanned lash effect.


There are two eyeshadow brushes that I have been loving and the first is the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush. This is a favourite because it makes blending so easy, but I also think it's the perfect shape to tap on eyeshadow absolutely anywhere on the eye after you have completed your eyeliner and mascara and just want a little more colour but don't want to disrupt the makeup you have one, it would also work really well for blending concealer.


MAC 212 Brush - £19
The MAC brush is great for pushing eyeliner or in my case black eyeshadow on the tight line and smudging into the lash line, I struggle so much with eyeliner and this brush makes it really easy. 


The Gelly Nail Paints by Barry M are such an amazing formula. It lasts for days, and applies so easily, not to mention the stunning array of colours. Elderberry is gorgeous and has been on my nails non-stop, I never get tired of it. 



I have just recently discovered Huda Kattan and I think she is incredibly beautiful, I love her videos and could pretty much stare at her amazingly defined face all day long, and I am not ashamed to admit this. I have the biggest girl crush on her. I'll include some of my favourite videos of hers below so you can have a look for yourself, although I am sure you've all been subscribed to her for ages already. 


Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate your support. I hope to see you again soon. I will have an updated skincare routine, an in-depth review of the Bare Minerals palette and the details on my three day excursion to Budapest up for you in the coming week. I absolutely promise. Don't forget to follow and check out my Facebook page as well as my other social media. Thanks again. Take care. 

Love ♥
Kiran
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