Tuesday, 31 May 2016

MAY FAVOURITES


It is, unbelievably the last day of May. May has been a fairly good month. I began the month in Ireland with one of my closest friends and finished it with my friend's engagement. With May almost behind me, I can share how excited I am for for June, with two holidays planned - Bruges and Barcelona - I know it is going to be excellent. Not only am I travelling in June, I also turn 22 (cue Taylor Swift track) which brings a whole host of mixed feelings. I just can't seem to get past feeling like I am not doing enough, earning enough, being enough. So with that in mind, I am going to make a conscious effort to try and do more new things, explore the country I live in as well as those abroad and generally just make the most of my youth. On a more serious note, I need to find a job that will help further my career in Psychology. I want something I can really get my teeth stuck into so I no longer feel like I am standing still. Progress is important and I want to finish the year in a better position than I started.


Something that never changes is my love for makeup and beauty, and there have been a few products that I have been reaching for every single day. In typical Kiran fashion, I intended to have full posts dedicated to all of these products with swatches and pros and cons, but my disorganisation prevailed. Never mind, I am still going to share them with you just expect to hear about some of them again quite soon. There are six products altogether, and two that I am positive I have mentioned before.


Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour in Medium to Dark Kit (£6.50) My current go-to contour palette, I love the colours available and how small and compact it is. You don't need any more than three colours in one palette for contouring, in my opinion. So this is perfect for travel, I will have a full review up soon, don't you worry.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder (£23) This is something I only ever wear when I know I am going to be photographed. It is just a lovely sheer beautiful powder, it gives a nice glow over a matte foundation and I use this to buff all the powders together like SoniaxFyza teach. It looks airbrushed and photographs really well.


Image from makeup artist Instagramn account: @soniaxfyza

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara (£9) I love how long this makes my lashes look and I also think this mascara is not given the credit it deserves. It has two wands, one for upper lashes and one for lower. If you have short, sparse lashes I recommend you use the wand for lower lashes, which is like a mini brush, on your upper lashes too. I love using the upper lash wand on my top lashes and then running the mini lower lash wand through to ensure separation and obtain a more fanned out effect. Another pro in my eyes is how ridiculously easy it is to remove, plus it doesn't flake or transfer on me at all.



Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Brush (£21) You can definitely find this on eBay or Amazon for cheaper, but even if you can't I promise it is worth every penny. This is the perfect way to apply foundation, it is seamless and quick. It takes me thirty seconds at most to apply even the thickest foundations with this brush which is a must for me considering I don't allow myself much time to get ready for work. The finish is amazing, perfect for every day and evenings. It makes the most full coverage foundations look like they are a part of your skin. This is by far my favourite way to apply foundation.



Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation (RRP £18/Currently £12) It is one of the most full coverage foundations I have ever used and I am in love with it. It is gorgeous, I am in the shade Gold and you need the tiniest amount for your face and neck. I love it because I feel like it will last a long time, you can mix it with an oil or moisturiser for less impact. If you like medium to full coverage, semi-matte foundations you will love this. If you want more of a glow mix an illuminating base and it will give you a softer, slightly dewy finish. This lasts all day for me, which is paramount.


Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir Facial Oil (£42) I was sent this in exchange for a review I did for Really Ree, you can read the full review here. Since then I have been using it every day, both at night and in the morning. I just find it makes my skin really soft and smooth and I have, oddly enough, noticed a reduction in both redness and oil on my skin which is bizarre but brilliant. I am in love with the texture of my skin when I wake up in the morning and will probably cry when I finish this.



I want to start doing a monthly overview as part of my favourites to keep you updated with what is going on. I am working to create a proper logo for my blog, at the moment we are just fine-tuning the colour scheme; I cannot wait to show it to you guys. In addition, I  have been getting some requests from companies about advertising but I am in a Mark Zuckerburg frame of mind, where I like how clean the aesthetic of my blog is and just want to keep it this way, even though it may look simple to some. I need to get my travel posts uploaded ASAP, because  have so many planned in such a short space of time. For a while, I deliberated not including it because it must be boring to read, but then I remembered that I started this blog for me and to not put it up would be such a shame. So expect some travel posts soon. I hope you all had a lovely month, are you looking forward to anything in June? I am going to blog my socks off, I promise. Hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday Weekend. Take care.

What products have you been reaching for this past month?

Love 
Kiran

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

SWATCHES | ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE EYESHADOW PALETTE


The latest release from cult brow brand Anastasia Beverly Hills is the gorgeous Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. It retails for $42 in the US, and currently is not sold in the UK. Why are we always the last to get things? Oh yeah, because for some idiotic reason we don't have a Sephora. This palette is the first ever permanent ABH eyeshadow palette, she has released some gorgeous palettes in the past which sadly are no longer in stock, a damn shame because the Tamanna palette, created by @DressYourFace, had my name written all over it. I was so in love with that palette. I'll insert a photo so you can see how stunning the shadows in the Tamanna palette were. 

From temptalia.com


Back to the Modern Renaissance Palette ($42) everyone is obsessed with how this palette looks already and I think the USP is that there is no other palette available that is similar in tone or texture. 
The Modern Renaissance palette has 14 shadows in total, and comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush. What is truly remarkable about this palette is that 11 of these shadows are matte shadows. This makes me so happy, often palettes of this size tend to boast a 2:1 ratio of shimmer to mattes so it is extremely cool to see something, not only, different, but what most makeup lovers actually want. In addition to the 11 matte colours, there are 3 metallic shadows as well. So no true shimmers, and again I think this is a good thing as eyeshadows with a metallic finish tend to be a lot creamier and intensely pigmented. Furthermore, I find they have less fall out. 

The final unique characteristic about this palette is the colour selection. There are the standard neutral shadows that work on every skin tone on the left of the palette and then we have a nice variety of pink and berry tones before ending with a warm deep brown and a perfect matte orange. This palette should definitely be replicated and turned into a lip palette; it would be a sell out. The colours are laid out in a way that makes sense, but as someone who doesn't wear much pink on the eyes I wouldn't be desperate to go out and buy this palette. The most interesting shades are the bright berry and magenta shadows, the rest are easily found in other palettes. However, the shadows obviously complement each other making it possible to create a myriad of fantastic and diverse looks with one palette. 


Now to discuss the individual shadows and have a look at swatches on different skin tones. Again, there are 11 mattes and 3 metallic shadows. All of the matte shadows in this palette are described as being "ultra-matte", possibly due to how pigmented and matte the formulations are for these colours. Good matte eyeshadows are essential in any palette. The formula claims to be highly pigmented and easy to blend. You get a soft bristle brush in the palette as well that looks very fluffy, from left-right:

Tempera is a velvety beige matte shadow, it looks almost white on deep skin but beige on fair skin
Golden Ochre is a matte warm beige, on fair skin it looks brown and on deep it looks quite ashy
Vermeer is the first metallic shadow, a warm iridescent shell, appears extra shimmery on deep skin
Buon Fresco is described as an antique lavender, on fair skin it translates as a matte plum but on deeper skin it looks like a true lavender shade. Both swatches are gorgeous, and by using a white base you would be able to achieve the plum colour, if desired, on darker skin colours.   
Antique Bronze is the second metallic, a sable with a satin finish which looks purple on deeper skin.
Love Letter is a stunning raspberry, almost burgundy, matte, not much difference between skintones
Cyprus Umber is a rich matte umber that again looks similar on both skintones 
Realgar is an orangey-red, brick-coloured matte shadow, appears similar on both skin tones
Warm Taupe shockingly a matte warm taupe, appears more brown on fair skin and more grey on dark
Venetian Red is a rich deep crimson matte, this shade really stands out on both skin tones 
Red Ochre is a matte sienna, brown-toned red, looks quite muted on deeper skin
Primavera the last metallic, a stunning shimmery gold, gorgeous and similar on both skin tones.
Burnt Orange oddly doesn't look orange on either skin tone, looks like cement
Raw Sienna neutral matte dark taupe, barely visible on deep skin


Even though there is a difference in how certain shadows appear on each skin tone, I think each shadow still complements each skin tone well. The only shadow I am disappointed by is Burnt Orange it doesn't look orange in the slightest, which is puzzling. Venetian RedLove Letter and Primavera are my favourites from this whole palette. Overall, the formulas are very impressive, particularly the mattes: they all appear richly pigmented and look stunning in contrast to more than just fair skin, which is not something all brands consider. I appreciate the inclusion. 


Do I think you should get this palette? If you prefer matte shadows over any other formula and like the colours you see then yes, absolutely. I would, however, recommend using a white base for the shadows if you have medium to dark skin, so you get a true translation of the colour, but it's not essential. I think that countless cool and colourful looks could be created from this single palette, and not just vibrant berry and sunset inspired eyes, but your average every day go-to eye looks as well. I do wonder if there are too many mattes and perhaps that is what is preventing me from going nuts over this palette. I would have liked to see a rich metallic crimson shade and even a sparkly pale pink, I think that would really complete the palette, but then I love shimmery shadow. I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to  know your thoughts on this palette in the comments below. Take care.

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette?

Love ❤
Kiran

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WHITE LINES | MAKEUP INSPIRATION AND COMPARISON CHAT


White lips, pale face. 
Breathing in the snowflakes. 
Burnt lungs, sour taste. 

I have writer's block, or maybe that's the wrong term. I never run out of ideas, in fact I almost always have about seventeen post titles and outlines written out in the Notes app on my phone. But for some reason, none of these ideas seem particularly appealing right now. I read a lot of blogs and I am sorry to admit that I have committed the cardinal sin of comparison. Don't do it. Never compare yourself to other people because you will always find yourself lacking, and that is where I am at right now. I am in hate with my blog. So, instead of uploading a drafted post that I won't do justice to, I thought I would share a makeup inspiration style post instead. I have been obsessed with white accents in makeup, whether it is liner or lip art I think white is exquisite, it conjures up dreamy images of wedding dresses and ice cream, plus it contrasts gorgeously against skin and fluttery, dark eyelashes.





I hope you love these looks as much as I do, you don't see many people rocking solid white lips and I think that is a damn shame. Drug Lord Velour Liquid Lipstick ($18) from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, a matte pure white liquid lipstick, has to be one of the coolest makeup products in existence, I challenge you to find something cooler. The best thing about liquid lipsticks, aside from their survive-a-nuclear-war staying power and sexy matte finish, is that you can also use them as an eyeliner. Be careful of course, but I have seen many makeup artists and enthusiasts use a variety of liquid lipsticks to create a cool colourful liner effect.

I want to step outside my comfort zone, I want to reach for the stars. This is starting to sound like a cheesy S Club song, but I have such a clear idea in my mind of what I want my blog to be and in reality it couldn't be further from that. I should stop bashing it, it's not the worst, but it's not the best either, you know? I like to be comfortable, every day I wear the same kind of clothes and the same kind of makeup because I don't dress for any real reason. I dress to get through the day, and that is a bad attitude to have. I own so much makeup and use so little of it, it makes no sense. It's a disgrace. 

I need to start doing things that I say I am going to do and stop making excuses for myself. For instance, I want to get a proper camera as I feel my blog would benefit from it. I also want to stop feeling ashamed that I blog, am I the only one who feels this? Blogs are a dime a dozen in this modern age, not being a blogger is close to being considered a rarity but for some reason I'm quite cagey about it. I never discuss it with people, ever. If someone mentions it, instantly I feel embarrassed and try to steer the topic in a different direction. I have no clue why I react so strongly to the mention of something that has been a part of my life on and off for about three years now.  

Comparison is the biggest waste of your time, however, we all succumb to it at some point. I want to share a quote with you I read somewhere a while ago, it resonated with me so I wrote it down. Stop comparing, start creating. The only person who has the power to hold you back and limit you is yourself, don't ever listen to other people's negative bullshit, even your own. I am absolutely an advocate for constructive criticism as long as it comes from a good place, but if it doesn't help you then don't listen to it. Focus on getting better, put all your energy into your goals and they will become a reality. I hope you enjoyed this utter mess of a post. Happy Bank Holiday. Take care.

Have any thoughts on cameras, apathy and social/blogger comparison?

Love ❤
Kiran

P.S. Normally I would leave my links here, but I have decided I hate doing that. If you want to follow me, it's easy enough. I hate feeling like I am forcing it down people's throats. Lots of love. 
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

NIKKIE TUTORIALS X TOO FACED POWER OF MAKEUP COLLECTION SWATCHES AND RELEASE DATE



Nikkie Tutorials has collaborated with Too Faced to release a brand new makeup collection called Power of Makeup. In this collection, there is a palette, a glitter, an eyeliner, a limited edition purple Better Than Sex mascara and a tube of Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The entire collection will be available next month. In the US, this collection will be on sale August 15th, in the UK we will see it in stores from August 28th in Debenhams and in Sephoral Europe it will be available to purchase from September 1st. The entire set retails for $56 which is shockingly good value. The most exciting piece in the collection for me is the palette, have a look at the swatches below.

L-r: Ivy, Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum, Irresistable, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill, Mystic Hour, Wham Bham and Wanted
The eyeshadows look insanely pigmented and at first I wasn't convinced by the colour range but after hearing Nikkie talk about it I think the colours are gorgeous. You can see the swatches above, you get nine shadows in total. Four mattes: Ivy (matte creamy white, created for pale skinned girls like herself), Painkiller (the perfect transition shade), Makeup & Chill (another crease colour, ideal for blending) and Wanted (an intense matte black). Five shimmers: Sugar Coated (beautiful frosty baby pink), Frosted Yum (true silver shimmer), Irresistible (the perfect shimmering true gold), Mystic Hour (blue/green/teal shimmer) and Wham Bham (gorgeously vibrant purple). The shimmers look almost foiled and metallic, I can't get over how beautiful they are.  
Blushes left to right: I Will Always Love You and Justify My Love
 Nikkie chose her two favourite blushes from the Too Faced line and she chose the very orange I Will Always Love You and the doll pink Justify My Love. She mixes them together to create the perfect peachy blush, the blushes look more suited to paler skinned people. I personally wouldn't suit either of these blushes as warm tones rosy coral shades suit me best but they are still beautiful and you could use them as eyeshadows if you don't want to put them on your cheeks. 
Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Champagne Truffle Highlight
Similar to the blushes, the bronzer would not even show up on my skin it is far too pale but again you could use it as an eyeshadow. It would make a great transition shade like Painkiller but slightly warmer. The highlight is actually from the first ever Chocolate Bar palette, but it is now in Power of Makeup as a full sized highlight. It looks a lot pinker in the palette, so I am very impressed at how this swatched. It looks like it would be flattering on most skin tones. 



In addition to the palette, you also get a glitter. This glitter is called Gliterally, the name originates from Nikkie mispronouncing "glittery" at the start of her YouTube career. She describes it as a transformative glitter that you can put on top of any eyeshadow to make it sparkly and more glamorous. It looks very pretty on the skin and I think works well with the colours in the palette.



Too Faced released their Sketch Markers not too long ago, and as part of her collection the black Sketch Marker is included. It is a black felt tip liner that Nikkie compares to the legendary Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. We all know how much Nikkie appreciates a fierce and fabulous wing. 


Last but not least, you also get a travel sized Better Than Sex mascara in a limited edition purple colour. Purple is Nikkie's favourite colour, and mine, so I really appreciate this detail. It makes this collaboration extra special. Moreover, one of my favourite Too Faced products the Shadow Insurance Primer is also a part of this collection. It's just my favourite eyeshadow primer, it works well for me.


For $56 that is an amazing deal, you get so much. To put it into persepctive, currently in GBP that is £42, thus the same price as the Modern Renaissance palette. If you like anything I would get your hands on it if you can. Past experience with collaborations like these with social media stars tell us that this limited edition collection will sell out ridiculously fast. All the websites will most likely crash and everyone will go potty on eBay buying one travel sized mascara for £200. Those are just my predictions. Below you can watch Nikkie talk through her entire collection on her channel.



Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to hear what you think of this extensive collaboration. I am quite impressed with everything so far and I can't wait to hear what everyone else thinks about it. I haven't made up my mind yet if I will buy it as the blushes and bronzers really wouldn't work at all for me, but the eyeshadows look very pretty. Take care.

What do you think of the Nikkie Tutorials and Too Faced Power of Makeup collab?

Love ❤
Kiran

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

REVIEW | DOSE OF COLORS MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS (CORK)

Photo from the gorgeous Leslie Alvadaro, check out her YouTube channel and Instagram.

The Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($18) are kind of a big deal, and the shade Cork is possibly the most perfect shade in existence, you can see it on Teni below, this photo is the sole reason for why I hunted this gorgeous liquid lipstick down in the first place. It just looks like the perfect brown-toned nude for olive/medium tan skin tones. Basically, it's as if it was specifically made for me, hence I snapped it up sharpish it is available on both the Dose of Colors website and Beauty Bay (£14.50), the only reason I didn't purchase from Beauty Bay is because they have only two shades. Other colours on my radar are Desert Suede and Chocolate Wasted. I shelled out for shipping ($30 total) and eagerly awaited Cork's arrival. It arrived in perfect condition, within a week, I was very impressed with that.


This is the first liquid lipstick formula I have ever tried so you might be thinking "why on earth should I listen to you?", but let me reassure you that all my reviews are 100% honest, this is absolutely a no-bullshit-blog. I want the same things out of my products that you do: pigmentation, longevity, comfort and aesthetic and if I don't get what I am paying for, believe me, I write about it. 


PACKAGING
I can't fault the packaging, everything looks clean and classic. The cardboard packaging is pretty, I love the DOC logo and the splash of colour on the base of the box. The plastic bottle has a frosted glass effect which I think looks quite elegant, it is clear so you can see the colour of the lipstick easily. It's not easily breakable and the lid is secure. I like the white lid and white logo.


COLOUR
Cork is a unique colour. an almost warm cappuccino brown with a slight orange undertone. It is difficult to describe and could be tough to pull off. I wouldn't recommend this those with fair/cool skin; I think it might be a little too orange. However, on warmer skintones this would more than likely suit. It is very opaque, once dried on the lips it makes me think of dark caramel. I love caramel.


FORMULA AND APPLICATION
I love the wand, it makes the product almost effortless to apply as it hugs the natural curves of your lips. The formula is very smooth, I noticed the first time I applied it that it settled instantly into the little lines in my lips. To combat this I slathered lip balm all over my mouth to act as a base (you can see this in the video below) and this definitely improved the application. I would advice not to skip that step. It doesn't feel drying in the slightest and I think that is because it doesn't actually set on the lips. After applying it I could wipe away any smears with my fingers (again you can see this in the short clip below). You get a bit of play time with this product, which is a good thing and a bad thing. As it doesn't set completely it's not as long-lasting and smudge proof as I would like, but it is comfortable to wear and does pack a punch in terms of pigmentation. If you use a lip balm first, it applies evenly and looks great but I did get paranoid throughout the day that it was transferring.


OTHER DETAILS
A few extra points that might be of interest: it smells slightly sweet but is in no way overpowering; it is both cruelty-free and vegan; for me it lasted well for about four hours before I felt it needed a little tidying/touch up. The formula layers nicely so you don't have to remove it and then start from scratch. It is also very easy to remove, all the cleansers I have remove it quickly. It says on the website to avoid oily/greasy foods so it is not designed to last through a nuclear war and I think that is the price you pay to get something that doesn't dry your lips out like crazy but is still ultra-matte.


PROS
  • Great colour for warm skintones, opaque, pigmented and looks completely matte
  • Comfortable formula, nice texture, smooth, glides on the lips easily, not patchy at all
  • Wand allows for precise application
  • Nice packaging
  • Easy to remove
  • Can be layered 
CONS
  • Doesn't set completely (pro or a con depending on your viewpoint)
  • Can smudge/transfer throughout the day 
  • Don't wear it to dinner
  • Doesn't look perfect after more than 6 hours of wear
  • Needs to be worn on freshly exfoliated, smooth lips, apply balm first, otherwise it will settle into lines and look awful, but this can be said for all liquid lipsticks.
  • The price - $18 isn't too bad, but with shipping etc. it can really add up.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know your thoughts on my review below. I think a great alternative to these, as they can be a chore to get hold of, especially in the UK, would be the ColourPop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks ($6). From what I have heard they sound very similar in terms of formula, only the shades might be hard to match as I think the DOC shades are quite unique. I hope you enjoyed this post, don't forget to follow and comment it means so much to me. Take care.

What are your favourite lip products?

Love 
Kiran

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

WHAT IS NON-TOURING? (MAKEUP TUTORIAL)


Contouring has been massive for a while now, and then everybody (except me) stepped away from their beloved contouring palettes and threw themselves head first into highlighters, also known as "strobing". Creams, liquids, powders, strobe creams, anything that shimmered was necessary. Now, the tide has changed again, as Kim Kardashian has once again influenced the masses with her epic makeup game to introduce the concept of "non-touring". What is non-touring, you ask, well let me tell you.

WHAT IS NON-TOURING?

Non-touring is essentially a low-maintenance version of contouring. It still uses contouring, which begs the question: why is it called non-touring? It seems we are stepping away from the popular "Instagram" makeup which is quite heavy, for fresh, healthy looking skin that isn't achieved with layers and layers of makeup. In comparison to contouring, non-touring is soft, it emphasises glowy skin and moving away from heavy coverage makeup in favour of light, fresh bases more suited to the summertime.



STEPS

Steps to achieve "non-touring" are to start with a luminous, hydrating primer. Following, with a glowy, sheer base such as the Light Wonder foundation from Charlotte Tilbury and your favourite concealer (if required). Add a liquid illuminator to a BB cream or tinted moisturiser for extra glow, if you don't have a suitable foundation. Set your face with a finely milled loose powder only in the areas you need it. Optional step: using a shade one or two shades darker than your skin lightly dust this into the hollows of your cheeks, to balance use a warm (but somewhat natural looking) bronzer on the perimeter of the face. This has to be done very lightly to create the illusion of a natural shadow. Finally, highlight for the gods using your favourite products. Many bloggers like using Benefit Watt's Up as a cream base for their highlight. Popular powder highlights include Urban Decay in Sin, Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop, Balm Cosmetics Mary LouManizer and the Laura Geller's Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators. Here is a tutorial showcasing this trend in more depth from Huda Beauty:


I love Huda Beauty videos, I think she is gorgeous. I love contouring and as I have skin that tends to be more on the oily side, I don't think this trend is for me. So much like strobing is something I have no interest in, so is non-touring. I also find it a little ridiculous that we have to conjure a name for everything. Non-touring simply seems to be the halfway point between that heavy glam, extreme contouring we see in Instagram posts and strobing which is very popular on the catwalk. I am pretty sure I have been non-touring for a very long time now, but I refuse to call it that. Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below and don't forget to comment and follow. Take care.

Contouring? Non-touring? Strobing? What do you prefer?

Love 
Kiran 

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Monday, 23 May 2016

4 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY


We've all had our fair share of bad days and good days. When you are in the thick of your awful, couldn't-be-worse day it is hard to see past it. So I wrote this post of 4 key things to help all of you, and myself, to keep your head and stay positive when you are in the midst of your bad day. I hope it helps.


It's temporary. Bad days, bad times even, do not, will not last forever. I promise, that ,one day, it will be better. It might not be today, or tomorrow, or even next year, but when it does get better (and it will!) it will be so worth it. This quote is one of my personal favourites: 'And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about.' I love this quote, I love it. To me, this is life. This is how we grow as people and how we get a better understanding of what kind of people we are, which brings me to my next point ...

With every hardship you face, a valuable lesson is learnt. To demonstrate this point, here is an excellent quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger 'When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength'. Often, we underestimate ourselves. We are a lot stronger than we think, and it is actually mind-boggling what the human mind and body can survive. As an example, did you know that your liver is able to repair itself? My colleague's uncle had 60% of his liver removed and was able to regrow it, just because our biology is that awesome. That is freaking cool. 


Perspective is so important; it could always be worse. I had a shitty day not too long ago, just a succession of minor issues. My ear was in extreme pain and I had experienced a bad day at work. It sounds really petty, I know, welcome to my life. On the way home from work, I saw a guide dog leading a woman, the dog was trying not to bump into me so I stopped so they could get past without being disturbed. In that split second, I was hit by such a rush of gratitude it was almost overwhelming. 

I am so lucky. Not to say that people without sight or hearing are not because I know first-hand that such impairments are not always a hindrance, but if you actually imagine what your life would be like if you lost your sight or hearing it would be profoundly different. I am not ashamed to say I like being able to see and hear. So that one incident eradicated all the bad parts of my day and the remainder of my journey home was spent gazing in wonderment at practically everything while listening to Zayn Malik's frankly beautiful vocals. 


You are not alone. No one's life is as perfect as it looks. If you are feeling alone, I highly recommend listening to Michael Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone', I will feature the video below. It is a stunning song that often brings me to tears. My point here is that people are rarely as happy as they seem, and there are other people who are feeling just as terrible as you right now. I just want to emphasise that just because people, of course, have it worse than you. There is always someone less fortunate than we are, that doesn't make your suffering any less. You can only see from your own perspective, so don't feel guilty. That is not the point of this post, I am not at all saying that you shouldn't feel like you have had a bad day just because you weren't murdered. Just be mindful and hopefully that will shift your thoughts and improve the quality of the rest of your day. 


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below and follow me on Bloglovin', I really appreciate it. I post every other day and read every single comment. Let me know what you thought of this post and what you would like to read next. Take care. 

What happened on your last bad day and how did you move past it? What do you do to turn your bad day around?

Love 
Kiran



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Saturday, 21 May 2016

10 MASCARAS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR RADAR | HIGH END & AFFORDABLE


In a recent post - Lash Princess Mascara Review - I received some comments recommending fabulous-sounding mascaras. Mascara is one of my favourite items to apply. Day to day, I tend to skip wearing mascara because I love clump-free, separated, long, thick lashes therefore it can take a decent chunk of time before I am happy with how my lashes look. They should look like eyelash extensions by the time I have finished and I refuse to leave the house with clumpy, messy lashes.

Nevertheless, I do love applying mascara. I could apply mascara to my lashes for hours and never get bored so I thought this would be an interesting post for all you mascara lovers out there. I have read up on the recommendations I got and did some research of my own, finally I narrowed it down to 10 mascaras that allegedly will blow all our socks off. If you like clumpy lashes, this post will not be for you. I have a few dupes here as well, so get excited! There are 5 drugstore mascaras and 5 high-end mascaras, all of which I desperately want to try. This isn't a review, more like a mascaras that should be on your radar list. Let me know in the comments if you have any more recommendations for me, I would love to know your top mascara picks, whatever the price!

AFFORDABLE MASCARAS YOU SHOULD TRY

L'OREAL VOLUMINOUS CARBON BLACK MASCARA (£10)
This mascara is designed to make your lashes look visibly thicker and longer, it is a firm favourite in the beauty blogging community and for good reason. The formula is really smooth and you can see the wand has lots of bristles with a fair bit of space in between; fantastic for preventing clumping.


MAYBELLINE FULL N SOFT (£8)
This mascara builds those full, healthy-looking lashes without that brittle feeling. Genuinely gives you full, soft lashes with a great buildable formula that stretches your lashes as far as they will go.



This is a one-stop shop type of mascara for the girl that wants everything: volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour. It comes in both brown and black with a unique "small but mighty" wand designed for mega-lash impact. The wand will ensure every lash gets the benefit of this formula.



One of my lovely readers recommended this particular mascara as a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The curved wand will give you a wide-eyed false lash effect look with fanned out volume. I really like the shape of this wand and the bristles. A great almost dupe.



This is notoriously difficult to get hold of in the UK, apparently the UK equivalent is Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara (£11), but even with shipping from the US it still works out cheaper to get CoverGirl's Clump Crusher mascara, so I included both.



You can see that they are very similar in terms of both the wand and packaging. The only real difference is the colour. CoverGirl is green and Max Factor is purple. These two mascaras remind me a lot of the Maybelline The Falsies (£8) mascara, one of my personal favourites.



HIGH END MASCARAS YOU NEED TO TRY

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX (£19)
This mascara surely needs no introduction. It is everywhere, every single blogger I watch and follow loves this mascara to death. The hourglass brush (similar to the Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam) is the perfect silhouette to coat and curl each lash to movie star perfection. It is buildable and infused with collagen. A great mascara, with a very ambitious name!


MARC JACOBS VELVET NOIR (£20)
This mascara has been raved about, it is comparable to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but holds a curl better. I love the packaging and the wand again, It is an ultra-volumising, lengthening yet lightweight mascara that will give you amazing dramatic lashes. Trickier to use on lower lashes because the formula is quite wet, but for top lashes that look like falsies this is your guy.



YSL VOLUME EFFET FALSE CILS MASCARA (£25)
The reason I included this is because Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo loves this mascara and that is a good enough reason for me. It gives you lovely lashes that look like lash extensions and not falsies (which I prefer) and it is really easy to take off. It doesn't smudge and lashes don't wilt. Lovely.



We have all heard about this mascara, I love the They're Real Mascara (£19.50) too, but the Roller lash has the cutest packaging I have ever seen. This mascara is all about creating a lasting curl and lift to the lashes; the wand grabs, lifts, separates and curls every lash. The formula claims to hold for 12  whole hours! As an alternative, you can get the Mini Roller Lash for £10 at Boots or £6 on eBay.


DIOR DIORSHOW ICONIC EXTREME LASH CURLING MASCARA (£22.50)
Taking your curl to new heights with this in-curved wand. This mascara boasts a volumising formula that immediately plumps and reshapes the lashes.I love the shape of the wand. If you want curly flirty lashes this is the one you want. It will give you full, curvy, pretty lashes.



Thank you  so much for reading this post, this was requested by quite a few readers so I hope you like this post and found it helpful. Please leave a comment and don't forget to follow my blog on Bloglovin', I really appreciate it. Thank you so much. Take care.

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