Monday, 29 February 2016

February Favourites

Happy Leap Day! I just got back from Thailand, more on that soon don't worry, and have thoroughly enjoyed this February. Despite travelling for most of the month I have, as always, managed to acquire new addictions in the form of beauty products so this post was mandatory. First, though, let's talk about the new Rose Golden Luxury Vol. 3 Set from ZOEVA Cosmetics which is being released today! You can see the full set of eight brushes below, in addition you would also receive the cute black makeup bag as well. The the entire set retails for 90 Euros, which is approximately £70 for 8 brushes in total. That works out as £8.75 per brush, not too bad. Let me know your thoughts on this new addition to their popular range, I love it, would you buy it? Now, for my favourites:


Nivea Night Cream  (£4.35)
Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is such an affordable, good product. It is the scent that entices me to this cream, it just smells so clean. More than that, it is thick but easily absorbed and hydrating. I like my night creams to be a little thicker because it can sink in while I get ready for bed. I put this cream on straight away once I got back from Thailand and it smells so comforting to me.


Can Soap & Glory do any wrong ever? All their body products smell so divine. I want to pour the Whipped Clean Shower Butter into my bath, it contains so many types of oil as well as shea butter, you don't need to moisturise after your shower if you use this. Plus it smells like vanilla and almonds which is akin to heaven for me, I adore sweet fragrances. Similarly, their Hand Dream Super Cream is even more impressive it works instantly. I was shocked at how much I love it, as I worked in L'Occitane for a while and their hand creams are their ultimate bestsellers I would say that this £7 hand cream works ten times better than their £20 famous shea butter hand cream. It absorbs instantly, doesn't leave your hands greasy no matter how much you apply. Immediately following application your hands feel silky soft and gorgeous. Like all S&G products it smells divine too.


I like to stick to my drugstore concealers for the most part, Maybelline and Collection Cosmetics own my concealer lovin' heart, but recently I have had a few blemishes on my face that just won't budge. They are angry and red and oh so ugly. I have the shade Sand (003) which is quite orange in tone which works brilliantly at hiding my redness and disappearing into my foundation without a trace. I am sure there are cheaper concealers out there that work just as well but this is what I have been using. I love the packaging and the applicator and how easy it is to use. It is very pigmented and the shade is too dark for highlighting, which is what I use my drugstore concealers for, so I am positive that this expensive concealer will last a long time. 


I am one of those people who have been salivating over the Morphe 35O Palette since day one and I think this palette is a fantastic alternaive. The colour payoff and shade selection is gorgeous. I took this palette with me to Thailand and was struck by how versatile this beautiful palette is. I could create a smoky eye, a neautral day look, a glam glittery look. Anything I wanted, I also think these colours are so flattering on all eye colours, there are coppers and golds for brown and blue eyes, orange shades for green eyes and some rich browns and cool grey for blue eyes beauties.


This product seems so unnecessary to me, but I can't deny my love for it. On an aeroplane where you feel gross and just want to take a hot power shower a few sprays instantly relaxes and refreshes your skin. The scent is lovely and light. I can't way I would purchase this again, but I can say that I did appreciate its presence in my life in February.

Image from @sallyokelly on Instagram - www.themakeupdirectory.co.uk
My love for this amazing palette just will not die, every time I venture out of the country I realise what a must-have this palette is. It has everything for a perfect complexion for £20. That is a ridiculously cheap price for such a fantastic product. This foundation is one of my favourites no matter where I am or what time of year it is, it looks natural and matches me perfectly. The bronzer and highlight are so pretty. The concealer is intensely pigmented, the brushes are just smaller travel size products. I have had this palette for over a year, mine is busted but I will not let it go. I love it too much. If you don't have it seriously check it out, if you're someone who travels a lot or is often doing their makeup on the go keeping this in your bag takes up no room at all and is ideal for touch ups. In addition, no liquids are in this palette which means you can take this in your carry on no questions asked and do your makeup in the plane or airport no questions asked. You can use the bronzer as an eyeshadow too, all you'd need is a balm and mascara.


Now for non-beauty products, my first is Lipton tea. I tried this for the first time over New Year's when I was staying at my friends. It is delicious, so much better than Breakfast Tea. Fortunately, it is the go-to tea in Thailand and was literally everywhere. So I will continue my hunt for it in the UK, I have yet to find it. Another favourite of mine is Desi Rascals which is a reality TV show similar to TOWIE but about British Asians. I randomly started watching it on the flight back from Thailand and quickly got addicted as I do with any reality TV show. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere online to finish watching the rest of season 1 (if you know please share with me in the comments). Likewise, I watched two movies on the way to Thailand that really impressed me Legend and Room were brilliant, brilliant, films. Incredible, award-worthy acting.


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your favourites below and what you have been up to this month. I will be writing about my Thailand trip soon, let me know if that is something you want to read about because it might be quite long. Lots of love. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran 
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Saturday, 13 February 2016

V Day Makeup Inspo

Whether it's a Valentine's or Galentine's celebration for you, here is a compilation of the prettiest makeup looks for one of the most romantic days of the year that will have you looking glam and gorgeous no matter what you are doing. I chose these five looks because there is a nice variety of soft and bold makeup, Some play up the eyes while others keep the lips the centre of attention.


DATE LOOK


This makeup look by LustreLux is all about the gorgeous winged eye. It is absolutely stunning. She uses the Inglot Gel Liner and the Zoeva Winged Eyeliner brush to create the wing and pops on a pair of her signature Queen B lashes to complete the look. On her lips is the Ofra Cosmetics Bel Air Liquid Lipstick. For the full tutorial, watch the video below.


GIRLY LOOK


This is such a glam, girly look from Roxana Rae (@raemakeupx on Instagram), this would be perfect for a dinner, a date, anything you're doing with a loved one. I don't believe she did a tutorial on this look but she did mention the products she used on her insta: 
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 Palette in 'Must;
Morphe 35U Palette Brown and Purple shadow
ABH Pink Champagne eyeshadow in the inner corner
Lashes are 'Demi Wispies' from Ardell
Lips are Dose of Colours 'Bare With Me'

GLAM LOOK


Sona from SimplySona (Sona Gasparian) created this gorgeous drugstore look on her channel, a great look for an evening or a party. Or if you want to get turnt up at the club. I love her hair in this photo as well. She has a red lip and a soft smoky eye. You can watch the full tutorial below.


SULTRY LOOK


One of my favourite looks of Teni's, I don't believe she has done an exact tutorial on this look. She used Chocolate Wasted from Dose of Colours on her lips, a slight wing on the eye and a soft champagne colour all over the lids. It's a very bronzed beautiful look, gorgeous.

MODEL LOOK


The ever stunning Jackie Wyers recreated this Gigi Hadid inspired tutorial for a soft, girly lashed-up look. The touchably soft curls and wide eyes will guarantee that even if you're single you'll end up with a date if you leave the house looking this gorgeous. Watch her full tutorial below:


Thank you for reading this post, I hope you liked it, let me know in the comments below which one of these are your favourite looks and what you are doing for Valentine's Day. I love reading your comments. Thank you, hope you're enjoying your weekend. Take care and Happy Valentine's Day.

Love ♥
Kiran
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V Day Makeup | Carli Bybel Purple Eyes

It's Valentine's Day tomorrow, of course, which means there are thousands, if not millions, of makeup tutorials out there to show you how you can look pretty and sweet or vampy and sultry. This makeup look straddles both lines, in my opinion, it is fun and colourful with vibrant purple and pink tones but also quite natural with nude lips and a fresh base. I think Carli is a queen and recently created this look when I attended a birthday party a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I had a cold and a Dad who is too impatient to wait for me to take selfies before we leave. Go figure. So read on to learn about the products I used to create this beautiful purple look (I'll include the original products Carli used as well). The overall effect is very soft and romantic perfect for a date and the eyes draw the most attention which is where I would want the focus to be. But, I mean, you can always contour your boobs if that's where you want to direct the attention. 


Carli's Product List
Morphe Palette 35E  (£18.25)
Alternative Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies  (£5)


MY PRODUCTS
(Framed, Discreet, Bones, 1985, Underhand, Beatdown, Makeout and Pandeomonium)


Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my favourite primer of life, I always start my bolder looks with this product and then typically I follow with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk but I wanted to try something different. I have seen many a YouTuber use a black base for their eyeshadows and they really make the colours laid on top pop so I tried this with my Kiko Black Long Lasting Pencil, it is truly matte and very black. I applied the stick messily to the mobile lid to just under the crease.

Then using Discreet and Framed from the Vice 4 palette to blend out the edges, I also applied Framed on the inner corner and brow bone. Using a flat brush I patted 1995, a gorgeous shimmery magenta purple all over the lid, then I went a little crazy and added a mish mash of  Underhand and Pandeomonium until it looked more purple. I wasn't quite happy with the result and wanted more depth and intricacy, so I went in with Beatdown, a vivid deep blue shimmer and some more of Underhand, topping it off with a final dab of 1995 and I got this gorgeous multi-tonal look. Using Black Velvet eyeliner from Urban Decay on the upper waterline to make my lashes look thicker, and a nude eyeliner from Rimmel on my lower waterline so my eyes look more awake. I was so ill that day. I curled my lashes before applying Lash Sensational mascara, and used a tiny bit of Better from Vice 4, a warm terracotta shade, on my lower lash line and in my crease to add some warmth and recreate the sunset look Carli created.


I hope you enjoyed this look, I think it is simply stunning for any occasion. I will quickly be putting together another post of Valentine's tutorials or even just photos of makeup looks for inspiration as I know that is the hot topic at the moment. Personally, Valentine's Day is going to be a day of packing and blogging for me, so I can schedule posts while I am in Thailand! Enjoy your weekend. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Foundation Friday | Rimmel Match Perfection

I love to try out new foundations especially the more affordable ones because you never know what gem you might discover. Last week, I found this Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in BodyCare for £4.99. I recently saw Zoella use this in a makeup tutorial and the coverage and blendability looked so good on her that I felt it would be a shame not to try it. 


CLAIMS
Invisible, weightless, smooth texture
Keeps skin hydrated 
Soft focus qualities that help blur imperfections and pores

PROS
It's not cakey at all, it has a very thin formula
Blends easily and quickly 
Lasts for a decent amount of time
Has 12 shades to choose from

CONS
The coverage was unimpressive to me, nothing spectacular. I honestly think because Zoella has such a tiny face that I misjudged how amazing the coverage would be.
The foundation lasts for about six hours, that's not long enough for me
It is a more hydrating foundation and as someone with oily/combination skin I wouldn't repurchase this foundation.

Overall, it is a perfectly fine foundation, it didn't wow me and in comparison to other drugstore foundations I have used (i.e. L'Oreal Infallible and Maybelline Better Skin) it didn't impress me. I had high hopes, so I am a little disappointed, I would recommend this foundation to people with drier skin. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to comment. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

GOLD STANDARD | SLEEK

Gold is cold . . . sorry Charlize Theron and Christian Dior I have to disagree gold is bold. It is no secret that eyeshadow is my favourite makeup product I am eternally disappointed with my boring brown eyes but gold can make them look so much better. So when I stumbled across this beautiful palette by Sleek, I had to double take. Insta-love.

Image from @talesofapaleface
Sleek's i-Lust Gold Standard palette retails for £7.49 and is available in Boots, I still don't know why it is priced at such an awkward number, why not just make it £7.50? This palette takes my breath away, everything is pretty much perfect. For £7.49 you get a chic little case of six eyeshadows, four of which are powders and two are creams. The eyeshadows are all named after fabulous designers which is a cute little touch, I really like it when drugstore brands name their eyeshadows it just adds that little extra something. Below you can see swatches and I'll get into the colours and what I think of the quality.


The formulas are mostly spectacular I have to say, you can see above that Sleek have really hit the nail on the head. Sleek eyeshadows are a cult favourite for a reason, it's a brand your mother, your sister, your friends, hell my friends grandma has palettes older than me. The powder shadows in the Gold Standard palette are particularly very rich in pigment, they look so soft and creamy. The only shadow that disappoints is Vivienne, the colour payoff here isn't as impressive as the rest but it could work well as a shimmery eyeshadow base or inner corner highlight.

From Left-to-Right:
Laurent (powder) is a deep purple brown with a shimmer
Coco (powder) a divine copper that will compliment all eye colours
Margiela (cream) rusty reddish brown, lovely shade for a night out
Vera (powder) a stunning rich deep lovely true gold
Louis (powder) champagne gold with pink undertones
Vivienne (cream) a true champage, very shimmery but not rich in colour

There are no mattes in this palette, but that is a key feature of why I think it works so well. What are your thoughts? Have you tried it? Are you tempted to buy it?

Thank you so much for reading, please leave a comment. I have so many post ideas but would love to know what you want to read as well, it helps inspire me and gives me food for thought. Hope you're having a lovely week, today is Pancake Day so chow down on those pancakes. Do you like them sweet or savoury?

Love ♥
Kiran
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Friday, 5 February 2016

Maybelline Push Up Mascara | Review

Maybelline always do an incredible job with their mascaras for the most part, I love their Lash Sensational and Falsies mascara. I have heard great things about their Great Lash mascara too, so when they released their latest mascara I was eager to try it out. It's already gotten a lot of good press in the States, Vegas Nay showcased it on her Instagram and it looked like an amazing mascara, literally like a push up bra for your lashes. So to hear my thoughts, please keep reading.


Firstly, let's just go over what is so special about this particular mascara. It claims to deliver major curves and volume, the wand is a unique "push up" wand with patented cup-shaped bristles which retain the maximum amount of formula, scoop and lift the lashes for the perfect fanned-out look. It is also supposed to feel very light on the lashes and hold a curl for longer. Below is an image from +Vegas_Nay on Instagram, on the left she is wearing a strip lash and on the right she is wearing the Maybelline Falsies Push Up mascara and nothing else, and you can see how gorgeous her lashes look. I actually prefer how the lashes frame the right eye.


To be frank, I am not very impressed. I think this mascara would be better for people who have quite good lashes already like Naomi (@vegas_nay). I do have decent enough lashes so it did give a dramatic effect, but I thought the overall finish was messy. The formulation is too wet for me, I adore Wayne Goss and because of him I always wipe my mascara wand almost clean before I pop it on my lashes, but with this wand no matter how much I wiped it I still felt there was too much on the brush. It didn't separate my lashes as well as the Lash Sensational or Falsies mascara and it didn't seem to hold my curl very well. I think on short lashes this mascara would be a complete mess, but overall it's okay they have just done better.

Image from +Musings of a Muse (beautiful blog and blogger!)
PROS
It currently has an introductory price of £5.99 at Boots for a limited time, so you can save £2 as the RRP will be £7.99, standard mascara price for Maybelline.
The packaging is really nice, I like the pink and red, I have never seen anything like that before, but at first I thought it was a mascara with two brushes but it's not.
Good for people with long lashes already.
Great colour, very black.
Could give a false lash effect but you would have to work at it.

CONS
I didn't like the wand or the formula, it was too thick and the wand felt uncomfortable.
Lashes looked more clumpy than "fanned out".
Didn't hold my curl.
I really didn't like it for my bottom lashes, it was quite messy.

Here is a short clip of it being applied by @daisie_smith you can see in the clip that it definitely makes your lashes look fuller and more defined, but it isn't so brilliant at separating them so it looks like you have a lot of lashes.


I wouldn't really recommend it, but I might just be too fussy. Naomi must have incredible lashes, is all I can say, I wish the mascara had a similar effect on me. Have you tried it? I know a few people who really love it, and thinks it is the perfect volumising mascara, but sadly it just wasn't for me. I didn't do a January Favourites post this year, but I did do a slightly shorter one on my Instagram (@alittlekiran) and I would really like to hear what you have been enjoying since the beginning of 2016 so please leave a comment, I do appreciate it. Have a lovely weekend. Take care.

Love ♥
Kiran 

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