Thursday, 27 July 2017

THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT BLOGGING


Blogging is an ever-changing phenomenon and I am constantly seeing posts on how the industry and people's feelings towards blogging has changed, negatively. I wanted to shake things up and discuss both the good and the bad superficially. There are some truly shitty things that can happen in the blogging industry, but there are also some great things. These five best and worst things about blogging are simply m opinions and are most likely beauty blog-specific. My intention is not to offend or upset anyone. I hope you enjoy this post and please share your own thoughts in the comments. It would mean a great deal to me.

5 BEST

People actually read your shit. How cool is that?

Good comments. Even better than the last one, not only do people read your content but they engage with it in a genuine way and it sounds sappy but reading thoughtful comments on my posts do turn my day around. A fantastic form of gratification.

Community and friendship. It is not all that surprising that people can make genuine connections with people online and through social media. I am fortunate enough to feel somewhat close to the people whose blogs I read. I care when they are going through a bad time and I am overjoyed when they get the recognition they deserve or land a new job etc. That in itself is a lovely thing.

Discovering new opportunities. Such as new brands, companies and charities. This, for me, always keeps my blog fresh and makes me feel good that I can support and help smaller companies reach a bigger audience. This can be hugely beneficial for both parties and I have met some amazing people and learnt many things as a result of this. 

It has never stopped feeling like a hobby for me. I don't have the pressure that I think co-exists with being a full-time blogger. I have a steady income as a result of a full-time job which although contributes to my perpetual sleep deprivation definitely makes it easier for me to enjoy my blog and create content that I like. I don't care about sponsored posts, free gifts, affiliates. Yes, I use them and do them but if I never make a penny it doesn't bother me at all. I blog because I enjoy it and truthfully no matter what happens I hope this never changes. 

5 WORST

Comparison. Ugh, it's the worst and no matter how many times you tell yourself to stop it it is impossible. There will always be someone better than you and all I can say is focus on yourself and do the best you can. When I say comparison I mean everything from looks to photos to layout to followers to the breakfast they had on Monday. 

Promotion. My least favourite part of having a blog is that promotion is so ridiculously important. The same quote always comes to mind whenever I discuss this topic: Blogging is 20% content and 80% promotion. It sucks but it has to be done. There are tools available that make it less time consuming, like scheduling posts and tweets etc., however it remains a tedious necessity. 

Correspondence. Some emails are incredible, life-changing but most are complete and utter tripe. There are so many pointless, nonsensical emails in my inbox that I constantly clear out. The ones that bother me the most are the emails that make no real sense. I have no idea what they are saying. SEO emails are also a great annoyance, especially as some are downright rude. There are also emails that start of promising and then the sender disappears into thin air. Chasing people for payment is another great annoyance of blogging. I am sure I can think of more but I don't want to bore you.

Expenditure. Blogs look a certain way now and I feel like in order to keep up you need a cool theme, a DSLR, 5 lenses, a MAC Book, soft box lights and endless photo props. Of course this isn't really the case although they will definitely help. Even if you don't care about any of that, keeping up with new releases etc. can get expensive especially if you're not on PR lists. 

Public Perception. I still think bloggers are not taken very seriously and that is a damn shame. There are so many skills that go into blogging that people don't seem to recognise. I am not talking about myself, as my blog is fairly easy to manage and is not a platform where I strive for perfection, but there a few blogs that I adore that meet perfection every time and they absolutely deserve the recognition and respect for their hard work. 

A few things that didn't make my list are the hate that some people receive, the drama, pettiness and stupid obsession with bots that I still don't understand. The moaning and continous complaining of an industry under no-one's control, at least in my opinion. A few other good things are yes you do receive PR and it's great but it is not the be all and I, at least, get a feeling of accomplishment every time I press publish. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Take care. 

What are your likes and dislikes about blogging?

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Monday, 24 July 2017

REVIEW | PRIMARK PRIMER WATER VS SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER WATER


Primark has an amazing range of skincare products now and I am excited to try everything they have to offer. They have some cool printed sheet masks that sound particularly interesting and even a foot mask. I have never heard of foot masks before. I have been splashing the cash a lot lately so in an effort to rein it in I started with the £2 Primer Water that many people claim is comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (£20)

What It Is: A primer water that releases in a mist out of a spray dispenser. The design is very simple and clean, visually similar to the Smashbox Primer Water which is interesting considering the massive price difference between the two. 

What It Does: It preps skin for makeup application and can be used to hydrate and refresh throughout the day. Like most mist-type products they are multi-purpose and it is up to the user how they integrate them into their routine. Most likely it would depend on preference. You can use it to prime and set your makeup, as a rejuvenating or cooling mist to freshen your face and to wet your eyeshadows increasing colour payoff.

What I Liked: I like the price and the packaging. It is silicone free, alcohol free and oil free and it does contain glycerin so will have some effect as both a primer and a setting spray. When I use it before my makeup it does leave my skin feeling quite sticky which I think does have a small effect on the longevity of foundation as it has something to grab onto. It smells nice, like rosewater to me but the scent is light, however it does linger in my experience. I really like using it to wet my beauty blender when I use it, it saves so much time. 

What I Didn't: It contains fragrance. It takes a while to dry down if you are using it as a primer. It takes about three minutes to dry completely but as mentioned the skin is left feeling slightly tacky. The nozzle is not my favourite, although the mist itself is extremely fine the nozzle spurts it out quite harshly like a hairspray and can feel like you are drenching your skin which is great if you like that. I would recommend spraying at arms length and slightly above so it falls down on you.  

How It Compares: The ingredients are similar, they both actually contain fragrance which I didn't know. The Smashbox Primer Water does have Diamond Powder according to their website which is the only ingredient that sticks out to me. Here is an article on why diamond powder is such a hot commodity in the skincare realm. It's up to you if you think the diamond powder is worth £18.

Have you tried any primer waters?

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

ARE THEY DUPES? | ALL SEPHORA PRO COOL WARM AND EDITORIAL PALETTE SWATCHES


There is a lot of buzz about the new Sephora Pro Palettes and I can certainly see why. In total, Sephora released 3 palettes: Warm, Cool and Editorial. Unsurprisingly, most people are drawn to the Warm and Editorial Palette and I am no different. Each palette retails for $68 and they have been compared to the Natasha Denona palettes and even Viseart and some Morphe palettes. I do think these comparisons are based on the shade selection and the format and aesthetic of the palettes. There are similarities but I wouldn't consider any of these as dupes for another specific palette in spite of there being some crossover. I would class them as alternatives instead. You get 28 eyeshadows in each palette, 1.2g per shadow which works out as $2.4 per shadow. $68 is approx £52. 


Personally I am most excited for the Editorial Palette which is the colourful one. I love how neon and bright some of the shades are and that there is such an impressive array of bright matte colours. You can see swatches of all 3 palettes below. The reviews have shown that there is a lot of fallout with these palettes and that is the biggest drawback. There is also a plastic insert sheet with the names of the shades which is more annoying than anything. If you are going to name the shades, please just put them underneath the actual shadows. Apart from that most shadows swatch incredibly well and perform flawlessly on the eyes. Although, there are some duds in each palette like Brown Sugar in the Warm Palette isn't nearly as smooth and easy to blend as all the other shadows on offer. Please bear in mind these swatches are taken from the Sephora Instagram Page so the likelihood of them showing poor swatches is nil, but at least you get an idea of what the colours look like on the skin.







All in all, I am thrilled with the look of these palettes. The Warm and Editorial Pro Palettes especially attract me, the only problem I have is that there are so many great warm palettes already available like the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette that I am not in the market to add another warm-toned palette to my collection. The Editorial Palette seems quite unique to me. They are not shadows you see every day and I think for makeup junkies it's a bit of a must-have. In the UK, these are tough to get hold of but if you live in the land of the free then these of course are available at Sephora. Please leave a comment on which palette you favour. Thank you so much for reading. Hope you are having a wonderful week, I am on holiday at the moment so rest assured all your comments will be returned when I am back from Portugal. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care. 

What palette of the 3 do you like best?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

BEST DRUGSTORE/AFFORDABLE FOUNDATIONS FOR VERY OILY SKIN


The more affordable "drugstore" brands have really stepped up their game in terms of expanding their colours (that could still definitely be improved upon) and addressing more skin types. There are now a great selection of foundations available at a much lower price point that are comparable to higher end foundations to suit your skin type. The foundations I mention in this post are suitable for most skin types if used appropriately, but generally are geared towards those who like a long-lasting, medium coverage foundation that will control oil. These are ones I have tried and tested and out of all of the foundations in my collection these are ones I would repurchase or ones I think are ideal for very oily skin types. Let's start from left to right, they are not organised into any particular order. You will find there are some foundations that I don't personally like but still would recommend, especially for those with very oily skin. 

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte (£9) A foundation that everyone seems to love and for good reason. The coverage, longevity, finish and consistency of the foundation all get a massive tick from me. It lasts all day on my skin, doesn't feel like anything, I do get a touch of oil and would describe it as being medium coverage not full as claimed. I need to blot but I have repurchased this 3 times. My one issue is getting a good shade match is nearly impossible as my shade doesn't seem to be stocked in stores. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (£7) I always forget I have this but when I wear it I fall back in love immediately. The shade range, at least what I see in my local Boots and Superdrug, is hit and miss and you might have to work a little harder with it. This particular shade is too light for me but I can get away with it in the winter months. The reason I like this foundation is because it is so thin in consistency that you barely need any and yet it still covers and looks good. If I had it in my colour I would wear it a lot more. Another good choice for oily skin types as well, the demi-matte finish is very flattering and still life-like. 

Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 (£10) One of my favourite foundations of all time, this is such a gorgeous foundation and I don't think I have tried anything like it. It is medium coverage, but manages to make your skin look flawless without looking heavy and lasts all day long. This is the foundation I wear to weddings and all day events as it never lets me down and photographs beautifully. It is on par with my L'ancome Teint Idole Foundation Stick which is my favourite high end foundation. 



L'Oreal Infallible Total Coverage (£10) Words cannot express how much I loathe this foundation, it is thick and blends poorly on me, clinging to dry patches and just feeling sticky on my skin. However, on a very oily skin type I think this would be a dream. It does pack a lot of coverage but I would describe it as medium to full. A good foundation if you want a matte look with staying power and have trouble with getting oily throughout the day. 

L'Oreal True Match (£10) The lasting power of this foundation is phenomenal, I am always surprised that at the very end of the day this is still present and covering on my skin. The finish is natural satin on my skin. It blends and applies so easily and is appropriate for the day and for evening events. I do really like this foundation as it never looks like it is too much and is easily fixable. A quick brush of soft focus foundation powder and your base looks good as new. I would recommend this for anyone who likes the coverage of a foundation but not the feeling. It works great for my oily combination skin, but others might have had a different experience. 

Rimmel Stay Matte (£6) I have said this before out of all the foundations I own this is the only one I could get away with not powdering which is unheard of for me. It is a thick consistency but has incredible lasting power and really does kick oil production in the ass. The tube it comes in is convenient but gets dirty very easily. This is a foundation I rarely reach for because it does feel like you are wearing a foundation on the skin and I prefer more lightweight formulas. 



Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post and found it helpful. You can tell by the swatches that I have colours that match and don't match because the biggest downfall of "drugstore" foundations is the guesswork. Fortunately, there are many products available to help you adjust your base to ensure it matches better. I use the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream to make my foundations slightly warmer and darker but The Body Shop have their Shade Adjusting Drops, so do Cover FX and I believe GOSH have Foundation Drops too. Have a great day. Take care. 

What body lotion/cream do you use?

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Kiran

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Monday, 17 July 2017

HOURGLASS CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM HIGH INTENSITY LIPSTICK SWATCHES ALL 28 SHADES


If you follow as many big social media bloggers as I do, you will already know that Hourglass Cosmetics is launching a new product and that product is their new Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipsticks (£28). Now, I am not a huge lipstick lover so I am not screaming to buy this, but I am so happy that it is already available in the UK on Space NK. Usually, us Brits have to wait a month or more for new releases so it is great to see we are on the ball this time and are included. You can see all 28 shades swatched above, this photo was via Trend Mood on Instagram. I had all the good intentions, I was going to call Space NK in Birmingham and ask if I could come in and swatch all the shades but THERE IS NO SPACE NK in Birmingham anymore. Seriously. I don't even know what to say about that, it makes me quite upset. So hence no primary swatching for you and I apologise for that. I can't say any of the shades particularly grab me but I know loads of my readers love and suit so many of these colours. Comment below what shade you like best.

The sleek packaging is gold and ultra slim as the name suggests, the actual lipstick formula is described as being creamy, pigmented with a satin finish and the cool thing is that they can be used interchangeably and refilled. So if you buy the shocking red My Icon Is, when you finish it you can replace it with any colour you like. They have a great variety of shades with a mixture of nudes, mauves, pinks and reds. I am uncertain how long the product will last on your lips or how much product you actually get per lipstick. I do love their #mysecretweapon campaign on Instagram because it does have a cool espionage Bond quality. It actually makes me think of cigarette holders but that might just be because I am firmly entrenched in a Mad Men binge watch.


Above you can see swatches of fifteen of the shades on dark skin and light skin, these are all the brights. Let me know what you think of the colours and the concept in the comments below. What shades have caught your eye and what is your favourite high end lipstick? Hope you have a great start to the week, I will have my top affordable foundations for you tomorrow so stay tuned for that. Thank you so much for reading. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. You can purchase the new Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipsticks here for £28. Take care.

What is your favourite high end lipstick?

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Kiran

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

NATURAL LOTION | YOPE 98% NATURAL HAND AND BODY LOTION


I read on one of Rebecca from From Roses' posts that you either love moisturising or you don't. I am firmly in the don't category because it is time consuming and frankly tiring, I got a lotta body surface area to work with. I am, however, trying to change that I have purchased a few different moisturisers lately and I was kindly sent these two gorgeous Hand & Body Lotions from Yope. Yope is an incredible brand that focuses on using natural ingredients in their products as much as possible, they sell a variety of hand and body products including liquid soap which I am keen to try next. Their products are of great quality, seriously adorably packaged, gentle, natural and beautifully scented all for an extremely reasonable price


The two body lotions I have are Vanilla and Cinnamon which has the most delectable sweet, but slightly spicy scent and Verbena which smells like lemon sorbet, perfect for summer. I tend to go for sweeter, warmer scents so Vanilla and Cinnamon is my favourite of the two and the bottles are both 500ml meaning they will last you forever. I only need approximately 3 pumps for my whole body, they don't instantly sink in and do require a little massaging but I am starting to think this is really good for my body as it promotes circulation. In addition, they contain a whole host of stellar ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, almond oil and shea butter for the Vanilla and Cinnamon Lotion which instantly makes your skin feel smooth and supple, perfect after shaving. Verbena contains marigold flower oil, coconut oil, aloe gel, shea butter and olive oil, thus making it ideal for sensitive and irritated skin. I am thankful to have been introduced to such a wonderful brand via Instagram and love that you can get such high quality, gentle products that really work for such a great price. Each hand and body lotion is £13 and you can find out where you can purchase Yope online and in store here according to your country. In the UK, you can buy Yope from Notino. Thank you for reading, hope you are having a great Sunday, leave a comment below. Take care.

What body lotion/cream do you use?

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

NEW PROD | SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN SHAPING FOUNDATION STICK FOUNDATION WITH SWATCHES OF ALL 16 SHADES


Sometimes I just want to talk about new products, this particular product is already available in the US. You can get it here at Sephora and here at Smashbox US for $42 and I am talking about the Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick that aims to provide a foundation and a soft contour all in one. It is described as a double-ended face shaping stick which has a full size foundation on one end and a complimentary contour shade on the other. The foundation provides a medium coverage with a natural finish and the contour is described as soft and "perfectly co-ordinated". I am keeping my eyes peeled for this in UK stores. If you want to read a thorough review Gigi from Beat Face Fridayy wrote an incredible in-depth review here complete with swatches of all 16 shades available which you can see below. If you have time check out her Instagram, her feed is flawless.
Image Source: Beat Face Fridayy
I think my shade would be 3.0 or 3.1. I love the concept of this product and it is exactly the kind of finish and duality that I desire as most days I do foundation, contour and powder and that is all. My face needs the dimension a soft contour gives and although powder products tend to be my preference for this, I think if the long lasting claims are true this could be a complete game-changer for my daily makeup routine so understandably I am eagerly anticipating the UK release for this product! Please share your thoughts in the comments below, have you tried anything from Smashbox Cosmetics? Do you like the idea of this product? Hope you have a great day. Take care.

What do you think of this 2-in-1 product?

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

DO THEY WORK? | BARRY M COCO LOCO LIP OIL AND THAT'S SWELL LIP PLUMPING GLOSS REVIEW


Lip oils and plumping products had their moment a while back, but like all parties I am late. I wanted to dip my toe into the more affordable side of the ocean and so when I saw that Barry M Cosmetics have both lip oils and a plumping gloss on offer I swooped up both. Originally, I intended to purchase two lip oils from the brand but the other one they sell was out of stock. Both of these products apply clear and have a scent. I mentioned the That's Swell Lip Plumping Gloss (£5) in my recent June Favourites and Fails (read here) because I love it. It smells and tastes like peppermint, induces a slight tingling on the lips but nothing unpleasant and leaves a nice shine. I have been using it non-stop since I bought it. Unfortunately, the Coco Lip Oil (£5) isn't my favourite. I love that it smells like coconuts, but I don't find it to be hydrating at all. I expect a lip oil to deliver intense hydration without being sticky and make the lips appear smooth. This just felt like a layer of something thick sitting on my mouth. I don't like the wands for any of them because they are just like thin sticks. I would prefer a teardrop applicator or something with more cushion. 


Thank you for reading my quick review. I have heard the Clarins Lip Oils are incredible and that the Soap & Glory Lip  Plumpers are excellent as well. I hope you guys are all having a great week so far, we are already half way through so hang in there. Enjoy the rest of your day and leave a comment below please. Don't forget to check out my social media accounts. Take care.

What is your go-to everyday lip product?

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS | VEGAN MAKEUP LINE B. BEAUTY AT SUPERDRUG


The only product I have tried from B. Makeup is their sponge which is such a great dupe for the beauty blender. It is shaped the exact same, super soft, gorgeous texture and costs only £5. I was contacted by a member of their PR team who kindly offered to send me some of their revamped line that has been repackaged and spruced up. The packaging is sleek, black and plastic. Right off the bat everything felt lovely, all the formulas seem comparable to high end products and I have been really impressed with not only the quality but also the colours. I also have my eye on some of their other products. For swatches of everything keep reading, I discuss what I think is worth getting and what you can skip. Even though these products were sent to me, my review is unbiased and unfiltered.


You all know I am not a huge lipstick fan, I owned about four until a few months ago and they are all the same shade of browny nude. Recently, I have been stepping out of my comfort zone rocking a lavender lip and have been lucky enough to receive several PR packages that have expanded my lip product range. I have a worryingly large collection of metallic liquid lipsticks, guys. For me, a lipstick should be comfortable and easy to wear in a flattering shade. No bleeding, no settling into fine lines and no weird taste or scent. 


They have a lot of colours. Out of the six lipsticks I was sent, three of them could be considered nudes or off-nudes. I also have a few bright shades for when I am feeling daring. The texture of all of them is creamy and soft. They feel so nice and comfortable on the lips and they are a little more long-wearing than the average lipstick in my opinion. They don't just smear off if you touch your lips but they won't withstand a nuclear war. I got about five hours wear out of them, three hours for the nudes and of course the way you apply them and the activities you participate in will have an impact. They are described as being matte, but I detect a sheen to them and consider them to be a more cream finish, and are formulated with shea butter so they feel moisturising on the lips.


Swatchy time. From left to right: Mulberry Smooch (sorry about the typo in the photo below) - dark magenta, Suis Moi - cool toned mauve, Jinxed - brown nude, Candy Crush - sweet pink, Oohlala - the sheerest of them all, pink nude and Virtuous - deep pink. Out of all six shades, and there are 12 in their range altogether, the colours Mulberry Smooth and Jinxed are my favourite. They cost £7 each.


The stand outs for me out of all the lovely products I received have to be the B. Matte Liquid Lipsticks. The two shades I was sent are 1995 and In The Buff. They are £7 each, the packaging is so stunning especially for the price. The colours are gorgeous, these are the shades I would have picked for myself. 1995 is a true slightly warm brown that feels very grungey and 90s. In The Buff is a stunnig nude, dark enough for my medium skin tone. These feel amazing, they aren't drying or sticky. They take a few minutes to set but have some serious staying power. I really love these


Like lipstick, blush isn't my favourite thing to purchase. Again, I tend to go for the same kind of shades. I like neutral or soft blushes that look pretty and natural on my skin. I do like Darl it reminds me of Amaretto from Becca Cosmetics which is the only blush I use. It is like a soft coral matte, super pretty and I imagine it is flattering on everybody. Roses are Red looks intimidating in the pan but it looks like a brighter, more pigmented version of Darl. Both have the same soft texture and both wear for a good four to five hours on my oily skin. These cost £8 each which is higher than I would have guessed, but they feel just as good as high end blushes.


Last two cheek products are the Medium Matte Bronzer and Radiance Peachy Power both £8 each. The matte bronzer is really warm, perfect for giving the skin a sunkissed glow and the medium shade works for my skin tone. They have 3 bronzers available. I am not a fan of the Peachy Powder, only because I don't have a small enough brush to use the shades individually and when swirled together I get a pink shiny hue which is very pretty but not my go-to highlight shade. I am not a huge lover of pans like this but I do think it would make a stunning blush topper and suit paler skin.


These two eyeshadow pigments are both stunning colours. Olive La Vida Loca (£5) is a beautiful true olive with a strong gold shift and Ziggy is a true warm champagne gold. They aren't extremely pigmented which can be a good or a bad thing and I don't think the colours are all that unique. In addition, pigments are messy and I have plenty of eyeshadows that are identical in shade but offer better pigmentation with zero mess so I would pass on these unless you want that cool shift. You could definitely intensify the colour payoff by using a base and really packing it on or wetting them.


Last but not least is this longwear gel eyeliner in Metallic Grey. Not a colour I see myself using much but I am keen to try this in the traditional black because it is creamy but my god is it a tough bitch to get off which makes for a damn good eyeliner. I see myself using the metallic grey as a base rather than an eyeliner. The formula is fantastic. £7 for this and definitely worth getting.


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this look at B. Beauty. I recently picked up their Makeup Brush Cleaner Spray as well and have enjoyed using that these past few days. I hope you are enjoying the nice weather and have experienced a great weekend. As always, please leave a comment and check out my social media below. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

WHY INSTAGRAM IS PISSING EVERYONE OFF


I bet you're sick of hearing about algorithms, aren't you? I know I am. I can't log into my Twitter without hearing about how Instagram is sucking the life out of people. So because it's a near and dear topic to everyone's hearts especially in the blogging community I thought I would address it. I too, naively maybe, believe, that the more we complain and kick up a fuss the better the chance Instagram will revert back to the good old days. I want to start by saying I have over 100K followers, so you might be thinking what the hell do you have to complain about? And it is simple, it is the same thing everyone else is obsessed over. Engagement. My engagement is so low that to be honest I don't think any of the 126,000 people actually exist. Are they ghosts? My photos can get anywhere between 200-800 likes, which considering my following that is still bizarrely low. Some posts do really well, where others are completely overlooked. It is frustrating as hell, so I don't think about it. There are more important things than numbers after all, but it is so disheartening to see how this algorithm has changed Instagram. The other main reason I want to talk about this is because a lot of bloggers I follow talk about bots and make comments on how it is seems suspicious that "bigger accounts" are still gaining followers when smaller ones are struggling. In this case, passive aggressively suggesting that they are buying their followers, using bots (seriously what the hell is a bloody bot?) or somehow gaining progress in a duplicitous manner. 

I am not egotistical enough (yet) to think that any of these tweets or posts are about me, or to me, nor do I care whether people are using bots, buying their followers, are in insta-pods (I am in three insta-pods and truthfully it doesn't make much difference, I do love supporting other bloggers though) or whatever else. It doesn't concern me or bother me in the slightest, I am very much a stay-in-your-lane kind of girl. I don't have enough in me to care about how other people are gaining their success whether it is wrong or right. You can't control what other people do, so why trouble yourself? 

I do care about what people think of me, in spite of how many times I have heard that not caring is the key to real happiness and want to take this time to be completely honest. I have not ever bought followers, I am pretty sure many of the followers I have are all ghost accounts and I hope Instagram do that thing they did a year back where they clean up any accounts that aren't active or real. I want a following that actually likes and comments on my pictures, I would take engagement over numbers any day. I also have no idea what a bot is, how to use it, or how it would help me gain followers so needless to say I don't and nor have I ever used bots or paid for promotion in any way. That is on Instagram, on Facebook I promoted my Page once and got £2000 stolen from my account, but that is a whole other story. There is nothing that scares me more than paying for promotion because of this.

The reason Instagram is holding onto this algorithm that means people's posts are often not even shown to their following is so more accounts pay to promote their posts and accounts to continue growing. This must be working and for that reason because they are making serious bank with this new algorithm it is highly unlikely they will revert back to the old ways unless they are bought my someone who really hates this new algorithm and also happens to be a billionaire. That would be great. Let's all hope that happens. I hope this post cleared up any queries and questions you might have had and that I continue to have your support. I miss the days when Instagram was fun and people with real talent blew up because they deserved it. I, in no way, feel I deserve having the followers I have. It was a happy, surreal, accident. This time last year I had around eight thousand followers, it is crazy how things can change. I hope this post makes sense and that I haven't offended anyone, I respect all opinions and I know a lot of people won't like my account at all and that is fine with me. If you ever have concerns about me I hope you address me personally. It doesn't pay to assume. As always, thank you for reading. Take care. 

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

LUXURIOUS LIPS | THE 24K BEAUTY LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICKS REVIEW AND SWATCHES


One of my favourite things about being a blogger is you get to discover amazing brands that you normally wouldn't have come across. This is why, even with all the drama going on right now, social media is such a great tool at bringing like-minded people together. If we could all forget about algorithms and engagement we could still take a few moments to appreciate how many amazing people and talent we have found from social media and try to let that lift your spirits and reinforce your work ethic. The brand I want to talk about today is an independent brand called The24KBeauty. It is founded by Raeshell Youell, a makeup artist and mum of three who wanted to create something beautiful and luxurious for everyone. I think she succeeded. 


I was kindly gifted an assortment of liquid lipsticks, mostly matte but there is one metallic and one lip gloss that was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to lie or fudge the truth and I would never, I hope you all know that. Even I get sceptical when people receive PR and wax poetic about products (cough Natasha Denona cough) but in these circumstances I wouldn't have come across these if it weren't for the epic power of gmail and Instagram. Thank you internet gods, you are improving my life one day at a time. The first thing I noticed is that they were packaged thoughtfully. In a black netted pouch, with confetti, inside a really cool metallic gold envelope. I love it when brands go the extra mile with their packaging and truthfully I am a nobody so little touches like that reach my heart. It was accompanied by a sweet note and everything arrived all the way from the US of A in perfect condition. 


The packaging of the products, the eye-catching deep gold logo and stunning array of colours added to my delight. My one qualm with the brand is the website doesn't include a description of the colours of each lipstick, you have to make a decision based on the picture which is annoying in my opinion. The liquid lipsticks come in slightly frosted tubes so the colour may be distorted and on the site some of the shades look similar when in reality they might not be. I hope they change this soon. All liquid mattes are a reasonable $15. Their shipping is a flat rate of $7 for the US, apologies to my British fam. They don't got you, yet. The shipping rate would definitely put me off, that is the price of half a lipstick, but they do offer some discounts that can get you free shipping so it is worth keeping an eye out for those promotions to save your self some hard-earned dollars.


The colours are all stunning, nicely pigmented and the applicator is comfortably shaped. I really like the consistency of all the liquid lipsticks because I found no matter the colour they all had the same texture and feel which is rare. Even the metallic liquid lipstick, Valentine, felt the same as the mattes. They possess a slightly thicker, more comfortable formula which make them less drying than the OG liquid lipsticks a la Anastasia Beverly Hills and they do not budge. I would say they are completely waterproof, not only on the lips but taking them off my arm required a full arsenal of products until I gave in and hosed myself with an oil-based cleanser. If you don't have an oil cleanser you're playing yourself. It will make your life so much easier. 


The brighter colours take 2-3 layers to be built to full opacity and a wait time of approx five minutes to dry completely. Let's walk through the shades, from left to right (see photo above): Crimson is not crimson, instead a dark reddish brown matte, Roseate is a vibrant peachy flamingo shade, Bare is a true dark 90s browny nude with a touch of pink; Livid is a striking bright purple, Valentine is a metallic warm champagne gold and Super Coy ($9.50) is a pink tinted gloss. Once dry the liquid mattes are long-lasting but they are not transfer-proof, however they do feel like nothing on the lips which is a huge bonus. They last well, unless eating oily foods or kissing, and they also reapply easily too. The gloss has a wear time of about two-three hours, doesn't feel sticky but is thicker than the normal gloss. I personally like the sheer wash of colour and find it flattering.

PROS
  • Gorgeous and hard to find colours to suit every skin tone
  • Comfortable, non-drying and consistent formula
  • Great packaging and a reasonable price point
  • Longwearing
  • Easy to layer 
  • Good applicator i.e. easy to apply

CONS
  • Shipping fee
  • Not transfer-proof
  • Some colours require extra coats for full opacity
Thank you for reading my review, I hope you will check out The24KBeauty site and their Instagram Page as well. I think they are a really great brand and wish them huge success so they can offer free shipping for all. I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to hear about some independent brands that you feel deserve some love. Hope you are having a great week. Take care.

What are your favourite lesser well-known brands?

Love 
Kiran

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

BEAUTY BREAKDOWN | JUNE FAVOURITES AND FAILS


These are the products I have been using in June, not only are they favourites but I have consistently been reaching for them over everything else for the past few weeks; they are that good. I only have one fail this month that I already discussed so we won't spend too much time on that. To read about why I have been loving these products and for swatches please keep scrolling. 


First up is the gorgeous Beauty Bakerie Neapolitan Eyes Cream Palette (£40), the colours in this palette are simply to-die-for. Every shade of warm brown, orange, gold and deep earth topped off with this delicious purple and some stunning shimmery shadows to create the perfect inner corner highlight. I have not been using anything else but this palette. The shadows are soft, minimal fallout, incredibly easy to blend and perform flawlessly on the eye lids. The finger swatches do not do them justice. A great all round palette


Another winner from Beauty Bakerie is their Pink Flour Setting Powder (£19.50). I think this setting powder is amongst the best of the best. One of my top favourites is the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (RRP £18, currently £12.60 on Feel Unique) but this one beats that one too. I got the pink one which I love, it is brightening without leaving a cast and really helps wake up my under eyes on days I skip wearing concealer which is pretty much every day. 


Barry M That's Swell Plumping Lip Gloss (£5) is a fantastic lip product, it provides a slight gloss accompanied with a tingling sensation and a peppermint scent. It doesn't increase the size of your lips but it does make them look and feel plumper whilst providing hydration. I really enjoy this product, plus the packaging is stunning. The formula is not sticky in the slightest, the wand is long and thin and I would prefer a doe-foot applicator but generally this is one of my favourite lip products because it can be used as a gloss, a balm and a lip plumper

The Miss Baby Roll Mascara (£8) from L'Oreal has been my favourite for months now. There is something about this wand that does magical things to my lashes when applied properly. I have tried so many mascaras and I mean really high end, ridiculous, fancy mascaras and yet this is the one that I always notice on my lashes. It does the most. It is separating, defining, lengthening and volumising, plus it manages to really hold a curl. For best results, I curl my lashes first and apply the mascara over a lash serum I am currently testing out. I wipe off excess mascara first and then slowly work this through my lashes until I am happy with the fullness, length and separation.


Onto the skincare products I have been using non-stop. First is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser (£9.15). It is the perfect consistency, not too thin and not too thick, to be used both day and night. It isn't sticky but should be allowed a few minutes to properly sink into the skin. It gives an immediate glow and radiance but doesn't make my skin feel slick or greasy at all. I love using this every day either under primer or straight under makeup. It smells gorgeous and feels beautiful, already I am coming to the end of my pot, I have a few weeks worth left. Luckily, a little goes a long way. I have had the 50ml tub since May and think one pot will last 3 months.


Last but not least is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50) this is a cult product. I don't know a single person who has tried and not loved this mask. For me, it took a little while for me to fully appreciate it and I think that is because it is unlike any other mask I have ever tried. Which happens to be why I love it. It smells of pumpkins which is glorious and makes me pine for autumn. To apply it you paint it on your skin - I use a brush but you can use your fingers - and then you rub it in gently with small circular motions for a few minutes. The texture is abrasive and the point of the mask is to exfoliate and essentially reveal brand new skin. Here is a video below on how to apply it and my thoughts on the product.


You can leave it on between 3-7 minutes and you will experience a tingling sensation. The first few times I tried this I didn't think it did much but if you really pay attention. My skin instantly looks brighter and healthier after using this. I believe with continued use, maybe once a week, it will make a real difference to not only the appearance of my skin but the texture as well. It is a really cool mask to use and I think all skin types would benefit but especially those with combination skin like mine. I have read some reviews where the mask has caused some irritation so if you have sensitive skin a patch test is definitely advised. You could even ask for a sample as it is a pricey product, the good news is the giant tub will last forever. 


Here are swatches of the L'Oreal Moisturiser, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the That's Swell Lip Plumping Gloss from Barry M so you can see what they look like and get an idea of their consistency. For the L'Oreal Moisturiser you only need a pea-sized amount for your whole face and most of your neck as well. I swatched far too much product below. Of course, the That's Swell Gloss is completely clear so can be layered over other lipsticks if you like.


To finish, my fail of the month has to be the NYX Shine Killer Primer (review here), I don't want to spend too much time talking about it but rest assured it disappointed the shit out of me. I had high hopes for it but it didn't control any shine in the slightest or benefit my makeup application or longevity. I have heard the Pore Filler Primer and Angel Veil Primer are both a lot better, but I am reluctant to spend more money on NYX Primers for a while. Please leave your primer recs below.


Thank you for reading my June Favourites and Fails, please share your own beauty breakdown of the past month in the comments below. I would love to read all about them. I hope you are having a fantastic week and that July is the best month of your year yet. Don't forget to check out and follow my Bloglovin', I really want to get to a 1000 followers on Bloglovin' so please help me reach that goal so I can do an awesome giveaway for you all. It would mean the world to me. Take care. 

What have you been using in June?

Love 
Kiran


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