Thursday, 31 August 2017

A SIMPLE GUIDE ABOUT THE MANY WAYS YOU CAN GIVE BACK


I think most of us all have the thought that we want to give back but we just don't know where to start. There are hundreds of adverts, thousands of charities, horror stories where people have been scammed and an unimaginable amount of suffering in the world. It's not unusual to feel like you want to make a difference, however little and there are many ways to achieve that. Not just with money, but with your time, your social platforms and even your mind. Read on to find out the many ways you can help causes that are near and dear to your heart and for all the sceptical peeps out there. 

First, identify what strikes a chord with you the most. There are countless charities out there but there must be something that really really gets to you. This doesn't mean you don't care about all of the other charities, it's just something personal for you. For me, the causes that resonate the most with me are for women, children and refugees. This doesn't mean I don't care about any other group in society, but as a woman, a third generation immigrant and someone who is very protective of all children these are the causes that I spend my own money on. Even if it is just 20p in a charity bucket at Morrisons. It is these posters and signs that catch my eye.


A lot of people struggle with finding a way they can continuously give back and help the world around them, so I wanted to give you some options so you can see the many ways in which you can help. Some of which don't even cost a dime.

MONEY: This is the obvious one. Non-profit's depend on government funding which is constantly being cut so they get a lot of their money that helps keep their charity and cause afloat from donations. You can give a little or you can give a lot, never give more than you can afford and don't feel guilt for not dropping a £20 note every time you see a worthy cause. Do what you can. That is all anyone can ask of you.


VOLUNTEER: This is one of my favourite ways to give back and, in my opinion, the most rewarding. There is nothing more precious or valuable than your time. I have volunteered with a variety of organisations with both children and adults and it takes no more than a few hours a week and is a great experience to boot. You can also volunteer at charity shops, schools, at fundraising events etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA: One of the easiest ways to help and give back is just by promoting your cause. Giving them a little more exposure so that maybe someone more affluent might see it and donate. I frequently post about worthy causes on my Insta-Stories. You can also tweet, post on facebook, snapchat etc. Beauty Blender, for instance, just yesterday, dedicated the entire day's sales to Houston who as you know are experiencing a horrific flood at the moment. This brings me to my next one.

OPEN YOUR EYES: MAC Viva Glam is a well known lipstick where the proceeds go to the charity of a celebrity's choice. There are plenty of companies who donate a percentage of profit to certain charities and bigger companies might do it with one specific product. There was even an advert for a toilet paper that stated for every pack sold they would plant 3 trees. There are ways to give back literally everywhere which require such little effort and hey you get a lipstick out of it too. I think this is a great way to start, if everything else is too overwhelming.


EVENTS: MacMillan's Cancer Support frequently have coffee evenings and schools hold regular events to fundraise for different charities. There are fundraising events going on all the time, you just need to get involved.

SPONSORING: Moreover, marathons,  sponsored silences or skydiving all count. You can sponsor a friend for their next charity event and that counts as giving back. Do be weary and only give money to someone you know and trust as this is a way pesky teens can scam you.

FUNDRAISING: You can, of course, host your own event or do your own activity and get some sponsors. This could be a fun way to get involved with a local cause. You can sell cakes, or sell products. There are an endless amount of ways to raise money.


AWARENESS: This one might sound a little stupid but if you have a cause in your head all the time and it frustrates you to no end that nobody talks about it then you need to talk about it. People need to know what is going on, because if they don't know they can't help. I feel this way about child pornography. We hear about child abuse but not pornography, who is helping them? Blake Lively did an emotional speech about it at the Variety event and what she says is powerful and completely world-shattering. To think that a life like that is someone's reality and that they never had a hope is heartbreaking but my motto is if someone had to live through it the least I can do is listen. You an watch it below:


Here are a few resources that appeal and have helped me to give back. If you search on your local council website you might find more information about what you can do locally, these are more national/international resources that everyone can use. If you want to volunteer, learn about new charities or find events near you, click on the respective links below:

Women's Aid
Refuge - Domestic Violence Charity 
Mankind
Rainbow Trust - Helps Families with a Terminally Ill Child
Barnardo's 
Action For Children 
Internet Watch Foundation



Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post helpful. I will have my August Favourites up tonight and if you can't wait you can watch my YouTube video here. I hope you are having a great week so far and I would love to hear all about the causes that are near and dear to your heart and how you like to give back. Thank you again for reading this uncharacteristic post. Take care.

What are some charities you think deserve more recognition?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

BEST BEAUTY BLENDER DUPE | B. BEAUTY AT SUPERDRUG LATEX FREE BLENDING SPONGE


The beauty blender is here to stay, it is one of the few products that has managed to stick around and for good reason. It is such a popular tool for professionals and novices alike, but at £16 a pop, or $20 if you live in the States, it can definitely add up. Hence, like any other popular product (cough silisponge cough) thousands of virtually identical products appeared in every brand known to mankind. I have tried a few sponges with different shapes and textures and if you are a believer in the beauty blender this is the sponge for you. The B. Blending Sponge (£4.99) has the same shape, same colour, same texture and applies makeup just as well. It's latex free and considerably cheaper at just £5 per sponge or you can purchase this Pack of 4 (£14.99) pictured for an incredible £15! You can literally get 4 of these for less than one beauty blender. I know professional makeup artists that use this sponge over the beauty blender so this is always something I am happy to purchase. 

As most of you know, I am moving to London next month and as a true beauty addict as much as I will try to restrain myself I know I will cave and purchase products because I love trying out new things. Case in point: I am trying a brand new primer today and loving it. So I would love to know your favourite dupes or even just your holy grail budget products that are comparable to high end items. So please share in the comments, I hope to find some great beauty products that won't upset my bank account. Please follow me on Bloglovin', your support means everything to me. It is completely free and just helps you see when I have posted. No spam. I am going to be doing a giveaway very soon. I love eyeshadow palettes so I am keen to giveaway a palette, if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments and I will definitely take them on board. I hope you are having an amazing week. Check back for my August Favourites tomorrow. Take care.

What are your favourite budget beauty discoveries?

Love 
Kiran

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Monday, 28 August 2017

WHAT ARE THEY? | KIM KARDASHIAN WEST'S SUPER HIGH END $1207 OR £821 NIGHT TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE

Kim Kardashian's Luxury Skincare Routine. What Are They?
Kim Kardashian posted this picture you see above on her snap story. I thought it would be interesting to see the products she is promoting and allegedly uses. I mention later that of course whatever celebrities promote there is always a chance they are being paid for posting it whether it is disclosed or not. Additionally, I am in no way suggesting that these products are responsible for her looking the way she does. I am aware she has had numerous treatments and the best dermatologist on speed dial most likely. Even so, I am oddly fascinated with what is on one of the richest women's bathroom shelf. I don't have any personal issues with the Kardashian/Jenner clan, personally I choose not to buy their products because I think they are overpriced and easily duped. Here is a closer look at the 6 products she featured. If this post is not of interest to you, apologies.


Of course KKW has the 16oz bottle of this but you can save some money by purchasing the smaller sizes. This is an after bath moisturiser as the name suggests and claims to quench thirsty skin. It is recommended to use this daily. Who has a bath daily? So I can only assume this can be used post-shower as well. I think I'll stick with Nivea thanks. 

Epicuren Kukui Coconut After Bath Moisturiser


Another US only product, for now, it sounds a lot like what Bio Oil is supposed to do but prettier. A great smelling oil that you use to tone, moisturise and firm your skin. Helps with stretchmarks, scarring and maintaining youthful looking skin. Khloe Kardashian has dubbed it lipo in a bottle.

Kashmere Collections Luxurious Toning Oil

This serum is reality's answer to unicorn tears or the blood of a virgin. This will allegedly turn back time and speeds up cell renewal to maintain youth and has other magical properties that will reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The anti-ageing product to end all anti-ageing products. There is also some talk about crystals. Sounds suspect and unbelievable.

La Mer Genaissance Serum

There is only so much you can say about an eye serum. This expensive as hell eye serum claims to lift and rejuvenate the eye area. It contains their trademark Miracle Broth and hopefully helps with crow's feet and sagging. All eye creams claim to do the same thing so I can't say if this one is better.

La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum

A gentle anti-ageing cream that soothes the skin and protects against environmental factors. You could throw pennies in Sephora and hit seventy moisturisers that have the same exact description. What is most of note is the anti-ageing claim. This cream is suitable for sensitive skin and should be used twice a day. Most likely a good option for fussy, mature, easily irritated skin. You can buy it here for $125 at Nordstrom in the US.

Lancer The Method: Nourish Moisturiser

Out of all of the eye-wateringly pricey products this one intrigues me the most. The Amla Purifying Cleanser is an all-natural, cruelty free cleanser that claims to brighten and smooth skin while also minimising pores. Mix three pumps with water and rub hands until it creates a soft lather. MAssage onto face and use twice a day. Tracie Martyn is a New York celebrity facialist and many of her high profile customers are a fan of this product. According to Kesha it is also good at taking makeup off. Out of all the products Kim snapped this is the one I am most likely to try.

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser
Thank you for reading, I am not sure if this post interested you but I was curious so I did a little digging. I love knowing what celebrities use especially celebrities with such a huge platform like Kim. Of course, take their recommendations and candid snaps with a pinch of salt. There is always a possibility that they're being paid to promote products or being sent them in exchange for exposure. Although Kim is clearly filthy rich, who would say no to a free $630 serum? Take care.

What is the most expensive skincare product you ever bought?

Love 
Kiran

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

WEAR WITH ME | YSL ALL HOURS FULL COVERAGE MATTE LIQUID FOUNDATION REVIEW WITH TIME STAMPS

Brand New YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation Review
The new YSL All Hours Foundation is supposed to be the foundation that will take you from day to night with no touch ups and no fuss. It sounds pretty perfect. I ordered a free sample of the YSL All Hours Full Coverage Liquid Foundation (£33.50) via So Post after seeing it advertised on Instagram. There were limited shades available at the time, I settled on B50 Honey which is a touch too light for my current complexion but it is workable. Right now, I think I would be BD50 Warm Honey. This foundation claims to stay put for 24 hours so I am curious to see if it lives up to its many claims. 

GENERAL
  • Available in 22 shades 
  • Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin
  • Contains SPF 20
  • Oil-free formula
CLAIMS
  • Lasts for 24 hours
  • No need to touch up 
  • Reduces the appearance of pores 
  • High coverage, flawless finish without a mask-like effect
  • Waterproof and transfer resistant 
  • Enriched with skincare leaving the skin looking fresh and smooth while covered 
YSL All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation 24 Hours Wear Review
APPLICATION

To start with a healthy layer of moisturiser before going straight in with All Hours. Primer is not a necessity for me and I have yet to find one that truly knocks my socks off so I skipped it. I applied the product straight to the face using the tiny spatula. I would say in total I applied about a pump and a half in total but cannot be sure. I blended the product out using the Bdellium Tools Precision Kabuki , one of my favourite base tools. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The colour is slightly too light, but blending down the neck and adding bronzer will take care of that. I really like the coverage, it is medium to full and pretty. It doesn't look like a mask as it isn't thick or heavy on the skin. Very comfortable to wear.  So far, I like it. I am unconvinced that it will last all day. I don't think my skin looks truly matte, it has quite a natural finish but fingers crossed.

YSL All Hours Foundation in B50 Honey
 FINISHED BASE

I do have quite an oily T zone so I set my face with Kat Von D Lock It Loose Translucent Powder by pressing and rolling it into the skin with my black beauty blender. After that I added my powder contour courtesy of the Sleek Face Form Kit in Medium and a Bdellium Tools Duet-Fibre Foundation Brush. This brush fits perfectly into the hollows of my cheeks. I did my eyes using the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette which is coming to Beauty Bay for £37 (review here). To finish I added a light dusting of the Kat Von D Powder all over the skin. I skipped setting spray.

TIME STAMPS

07:00   Applied the foundation, lightweight, high coverage, natural finish.
09:00   Studied my face, can still see blemishes peeking through so not full full coverage.
11:00   Uh-oh my T-zone and cheeks are looking very shiny, foundation sitting well.
13:00   Had to blot, this took off some foundation so not transfer-resistant. Started to settle into lines.
15:00   Blotted once more, think the oil I am producing is making it transfer. Hasn't set at all.
17:00   At a restaurant for a rare social gathering. Alcohol makes me radiant not greasy.
19:00   Still radiant. God bless, happy hour. 
21:00   I keep rubbing my face, it doesn't feel comfortable anymore. 
23:00   Washed it all off an hour earlier. My first impressions are not good.

VERDICT

I think this deserves a Take 2 where I try and limit my oil production more successfully. Next time, I will use a mattifying primer and I will bake my face and then see how it wears. As for the first go, extremely unimpressed. It looked pretty at first, the coverage and finish were both lovely but as the day wore on it kind of fell to pieces. I don't know where they got the 24 hour claim from because although there was still foundation left on my face it wasn't a lot. I will do a full review or Take 2 post shortly and I do intend to record a video next time so you can see for yourselves.

YSL All Hours Foundation Swatch B50 Honey
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you like the Wear With Me style I would love to do more. Leave any suggestions you have in the comments below. I have a large collection of foundations so I am happy to do it with those or even setting powders, concealer, eyeshadow. You name it, I will do it. Thank you so much for reading, I hope your week has been great. Take care. 

What was the last foundation you purchased?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2017


Thank you to Hannah from Floraful for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I have been nominated previously and you can read that post here, but a sincere thank you to Hannah. I love her blog and she's just the sweetest, nicest internet person. I will explain the rules below first so you will understand the rest of the post.

Once nominated for a Liebster Award:
  • Create a post, thanking the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked. 
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and compile your own list of 11 questions for them.
Here are the 11 questions Hannah asked:

1. When did your love affair with makeup start?
I have always loved and been obsessed with eyeshadow. I got properly into makeup at around eighteen. I started watching tutorials and reviews and was instantly hooked on YouTube and loved to experiment with different looks. My first year at university was when my first ever blog was born because of all the makeup I was buying.

2. What scents do you lean towards? Floral, fruity, spicy or earthy?
I like fresh and sweet scents, but I am also drawn to spicy lavender scents. Odd but true.

3. What would be your last meal on Earth?
Can I eat everything?

4. Matte, satin or glossy lips?
Glossy at the moment.

5. What makeup trend do you wish would go away already?
I am getting slightly bored of the excessive highlight. They are beautiful and pretty, but I am just tired of it now as someone who doesn't really wear highlight. Ever. Thanks to texture.

6. What are things about autumn that you are looking forward to the most?
Being seasonally appropriate with my year-round wardrobe of chelsea boots and jumpers. And Halloween, naturally.

7. What books are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Girl on a Train, How To Be A Bawse by Lily Singh and also The January Children. Always open to recommendations though, so if you have any leave them in the comments!

8. When writer's or blogger's block hits you, how do you get re-inspired?
I always have a constant wheel of ideas, so it is never that I can't write it is more that I don't want to. Sheer laziness. To get past it, I give myself a break. My mind tends to wander when I switch my brain off to watch Gossip Girl or Mad Men and I am hit with ideas and posts that I want to create.

9. How do you keep a consistent blogging schedule when managing other commitments, like full-time work, family, relationships and other hobbies?
I try my best to post every other day, but as I can have a lot going on at times I am always okay with cutting myself some slack. I don't post for the sake of posting. Usually the posts you read are written immediately before hitting publish or the night before. That way everything feels fresh to me and I am excited to see the response.

10. Say I give you a $500 gift card to Sephora, what would you buy?
Grab some tea and a biscuit because this could take a while. Hypothetical hauls are my favourite. On second thoughts, a lot of the brands surprisingly are available in the UK so I would buy a lifetime's supply of the Ouai Thinning Hair Supplement ($28 each). Boring but they have been on my wish list forever.  $500 would get me 17 packets, leaving me $24 which I would spend on the Sephora Tame Your Mane Frizz Fighting Set with that ($24). If you would like an actual post on this I would be happy to do it, it would just take too long to write it here and I would need to dig deep on the site. Let me know in the comments. 

11. What are your favourite blogging props? 
I have bought a few over the years, posters from New Look, colourful makeup brushes and even sequins. I hate them all. I like books, magazines and makeup. I love my white and marble backgrounds. I  don't feel like I need anything else. My photography is very amateur and with time maybe I will feel differently, but sometimes it is just nice to keep things simple.

I nominate:
  1. Coco Bella Blog 
  2. Anika May
  3. Class and Glitter
  4. Pink Daisy Loves 
  5. The Glam Surge 
  6. Umm Baby Beauty 
  7. Ash Ms Tantrum
  8. Danielle's Beauty Blog
  9. Abigail Alice x
  10. Reflection of Sanity
  11. Beautylymin 
My 11 questions for you all are:
1. How long have you been blogging for?
2. What was your first ever post?
3. If you could spend the day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
4. What are your three can't-live-without holy grail products, any beauty product (hair/skin/makeup)?
5. Have you ever felt like you were done with blogging at any point?
6. What is a quote or message that is important to you?
7. How do you stay positive even when you are feeling down?
8. You're at a bar and you order a drink, what did you get?
9. If you were asked to write a book, what would it be about?
10. Which part of a 24 hour day is your favourite?
11. What three books do you recommend to everybody?

Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear all your answers to these questions below, so please comment. Thank you again to Hannah, hope you all have a great day. Take care.

What would you buy at Sephora with a $100 gift card?

Love 
Kiran

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Monday, 21 August 2017

RESTOCK? BEAUTY BAY? | MORPHE X JACLYN HILL PALETTE UK SHIPPING COST BUYING EXPERIENCE REVIEW & SWATCHES

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches - Restock 22.08.2017
You guys have been waiting forever for this and I am sorry it has taken so long and that it isn't a full review. I have been playing with it for a week now and still haven't formed my full opinion truth be told. So instead of giving you my half-assed thoughts, I will use my whole ass later and go into great depth. For now I hope swatches and my initial impressions will suffice. Of course, there is a restock happening tomorrow so if you like the look of the palette now is the perfect time to get your hands on it. If you are in the UK there will be shipping and customs fees so bear that in mind and never feel like you have to buy everything just because you see it everywhere. I have so many palettes and I use only one or two of them, so make the choice for you. Not because you have Instagram envy. The restock is tomorrow at 8am PT which is 4pm in the UK and 1am in Australia.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches - Restock 22.08.2017
I bought this palette from the Morphe site ($38). I placed the order on 18th July. I got an email to say it was shipped on the 20th July and it was delivered to my door on the 26th July via FedEx. Unfortunately, the 26th was the day after I flew to Portugal so it was two weeks before I was able to hold it in my hands but it only took a week to deliver from the States which is quite good. It arrived in perfect condition, the only issue was that I didn't get the sheet with the shade names on it. This isn't such a big deal but I am someone who likes to see the shade names so this is quite disappointing for me. I just think everyone should receive the same, so I don't understand why I didn't. Never mind, onto the shades. I swatch the palette row by row. There are 35 shadows in total and five rows, so that is seven eyeshadows per row. I will search the shade names so hopefully they are accurate. In total I paid $34.20 USD for the palette (using 10% off code), $29.95 in shipping and a further $18 in customs. That is a lot of money altogether so you know I want it to knock my socks off. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches of Row 1 - Restock 22.08.2017
The first row from left to right (on the photo bottom to the top) is full of all the lightest colours. Enlight is a bright yet warm metallic white shade great as a brow bone or inner colour highlight. It is a little harsh as a highlight for my warm skin tone. Beam is similar to Enlight but with a yellow undertone, just as metallic and much more flattering on my skin tone as a brow highlight and inner corner highlight. Silk Creme was the first matte I tried and was very soft to the touch, a warm, peachy brown that would make an ideal transition. It was quite sheer both on the eyes and on my arm, this may have been deliberate as it might solely be used for blending other shades out. MFEO stands for made for each other and is a touch deeper and more neutral than Silk Creme and equally similar in terms of colour payoff. Faint is a surprisingly pigmented bright warm metallic pink. It is gorgeous and I would recommend applying all the metallics with a finger or a wet flat synthetic brush. Sissy has a cooler toned pink for a base but with a gold shimmer to it which makes it look overall warm. Little Lady still looks to be in the pink family to me but leaning towards a coppery undertone. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches of Row 2 - Restock 22.08.2017
Creamsicle is a very pretty yellow. It has quite a warm undertone. It takes a while to build on the eyes and isn't shockingly pigmented from the get-go in my experience. Butter is a peanut butter colour I believe, I don't eat peanut butter but I have a nail polish called Peanut Butter and it is exactly the same shade, a medium orange-brown matte. Pooter is a more brown version of Butter, it looks slightly patchy on the arm but applied completely fine on the eyes. Pukey is of course a classic baby puke shade, I fortunately haven't seen much baby puke and think it looks like a rusty mustard colour. Not my favourite. Hunts is a stunning shade, very pigmented and beautifully warm orange-red. It has a slight sheen. Firework is a metallic red shade aptly named. Queen is a bronze-gold metallic, a shade you could get a lot of use out of. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches of Row 3 - Restock 22.08.2017
The third row is very warm and the dodgiest set of swatches, sorry about that. Obsessed is another pink, this time a bit beige and very metallic. I am surprised there are so many pink metallics in this palette. It seems like a little too much for me. SBN is a warm mauve metallic in my eyes and the name stands for smoky but natural. Hillster is a rosy brown metallic, quite opaque. Roxanne is quite sheer and is a classic matte reddish brown shade. Jacz is a matte dark red brown, again some trouble swatching this as well. It was slightly drier than the other mattes. Buns again sheerer than I would like and a cool toned purplish brown matte, it makes me think of a bruise. Cranapple one of my favourite shade names is a gorgeous rich cranberry metallic. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches of Row 4 - Restock 22.08.2017
This is probably my favourite row because purple is my favourite colour. Royalty is a rich royal purple metallic which makes me think of emperors. Twerk not as richly pigmented as Royalty is a royal blue/purple hybrid with a sheen. Doesn't swatch as well as the other metallics. Hustle a pretty metallic taupe which is similar to all the pink metallics in previous rows. Meeks is a lovely golden bronze metallic, lovely and warm too. 24/7 is a dark brown metallic. Chip like chocolate chip is the colour of a dark chocolate chip. Mocha again like a lot of the other more medium brown colours is quite sheer with not much opacity. The mattes overall have not been as rich in pigment as expected.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches of Row 5 - Restock 22.08.2017
The last row and one of the standouts from the whole palette is Pool Party a gorgeous bright shimmering sky blue. It does not pack the same punch with a brush at all. You really have to pack it on to get the same kind of effect on the eyes which was quite a disappointment. Jada is a matte teal and swatched terribly. It was very dry and not as soft to the touch, one of the most disappointing shades in the palette. Diva a stunning metallic moss green. I love this shade. So flattering on brown eyes. Enchanted is a dark army green again slightly translucent like a lot of the mattes in this palette. Central Park a cool toned brown that reminds me of dark wood, disappointing colour pay off on the arm again but on the eyes fine. Soda Pop is a dark purple, it makes me think of black cherries. Last is Abyss a matte black which was actually lovely and soft, easy to blend and decent colour payoff. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Paltte Review Photos and Swatches with Shade Names - Restock 22.08.2017
My overarching impression of this palette is that it is very pretty. The metallics are definitely the better of the formulas, creamy and highly pigmented. The mattes are not comparable to the better mattes in my collection such as from Juvias Place, Urban Decay or Anastasia Beverly Hills but for the most part they work well on the eyes and blend out easily. Primarily, it is a warm-toned palette. There are a few pops of colour and some cool toned browns thrown in. I think there are a lot of pinks. If you love smoky eye looks then this palette will work really well for you. That is the only way I can kind of make sense of the colour selection. There are plenty of dark browns and transition shades and then I believe you could choose any of the metallics or bright colours to use as the feature shade on the lid. Apart from that I don't immediately think of amazing diverse looks I can create. There is some kickup but it is easily controlled. Truthfully think it is a pretty palette that can be used in many ways and the more I use it the more I will like it. Your decision on whether to buy would rest on what you already have in your collection. As I own a lot of the Juvia's Place palettes I do think I could have gone without it. That being said I could well change my mind. So far, taking into all the extra costs of shipping and custom fees I would say it isn't worth it for me. If I paid only $38 for it then yes it would have been worth it. Which speaking of, Beauty Bay just announced that the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette will be available on their site! Praise the lord, I am so thrilled for all of you and devastated for my own bank balance. To be kept in the loop and alerted of its arrival sign up here. Let me know your thoughts below. Thank you. Take care.

What do you think of the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette?

Love 
Kiran

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

ZAFUL WISH LIST


Zaful kindly reached out to me to create a wish list of a few items from their site for my readers as they have a great Back To School offer on right now and their midi dresses are selling like hot cakes too. This is not a sponsored post, I am not being paid for this post but it could lead to a future relationship. I am always excited when brands reach out to me as it feels like my blog is being noticed and all this hard work isn't for nothing. I picked a few of my favourite pieces from their site. They not only sell clothes, but accessories like bags, sunglasses and jewellery and even better they sell makeup too. I love that each product has a review tab as well so you can see how people got on with the item, whether it is true to size or not. I always find that really helpful.

Zaful Back To School Edit
You can check out the back to school edit by clicking the link in the caption of the photo above. You can save money off loads of items, not just back to school things. Their sale is huge and site-wide.



I love the colour, fit and style of these trousers. They look so pretty and would be perfect for work or an interview as well as being stylish enough to take you to after work drinks or a cheeky date.



This cute graphic tee is completely accurate and easy to style with some skinny jeans and a pair of boots. I love how casual it is so you can wear it on chill days. Comfort over everything.


I love the look of these funky sunglasses. I saw Carli Bybel post a picture wearing adorable hexagonal shaped sunglasses with red/orange lenses and it looked super cool. Carli Bybel is my Regina George. Zaful also have hexagonal frames too in a variety of colours. 



This is the prettiest black dress I think I have ever seen, the sheer lace detail is stunning and the fit and black colour would be flattering on everyone. Great for an event or a party. It's so fancy-looking and looks way more expensive than it is. Plus with the amount of intricate detailing on the dress you can forego accessories. Making it, you guessed it, easy to style. My favourite types of clothes are ones that can be worn alone and styled effortlessly. I don't have the patience to plan outfits.



I really like this hoodie, it makes me think of those red Solo cups you see on frat parties in crappy college films. There is something so striking about this shocking red. It would look really cute with just plain black leggings or blue Mom jeans. I love an oversized hooded sweatshirt.



As mentioned earlier, Zaful sell beauty products! These unicorn makeup brushes are stunning. The unicorn trend arrived a few months ago but I am still just obsessed. They photograph beautifully as well so they make great photo/blogger props if you decide they are too pretty to use. That's all folks, I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you purchased from Zaful before? Where do you usually shop? Let me know in the comments and check out my social media below, please. Take care.

What online shopping sites do you use?

Love 
Kiran

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

WORRY DOES NOT TAKE AWAY TOMORROW'S TROUBLES IT TAKES AWAY TODAY'S PEACE


An unusual, late night post for you all today, only because I have a lot on my mind. I have been feeling quite weighed down recently. A lot of changes are about to happen. I touched on this in my August Goals and just want to be brutally honest and get really real for a minute about how I feel, because the tension in my shoulders and panic in my stomach refuse to be ignored. I am moving to London to start my MSc next month and I am bricking it

I am not even sure what scares me the most. Probably just being unhappy there. It is going to be so different. Living alone, although I will be sharing a place with other people, away from my family. Getting back into education, when I didn't do very well the first time around. I am worried it's all going to be for nothing. That it is a huge mistake. I am pissing my money away. I am too stupid for higher education. I'll return no better than I left with barely any money and nothing to show for it. All of this invisible pressure I am putting on myself is overwhelming and yet I can't find a way to stop worrying about it. I can't talk comfortably about this with anyone in my life. My friends are scattered and these horrible, negative feelings just feel too much, too inappropriate, for casual catch-up conversations. Although I know I have people that care about me, I know even if I told them how I felt I can't envision there is anything they could say that would help. It's a huge risk on my part. 

They say there is no better investment than yourself, but when your confidence and self-belief have been shattered it's really hard to find the gumption to bet on yourself. I feel like I have lost my nerve. I have always known what I have wanted to do, but secretly have constantly struggled with the idea that I am not good enough. Slowly, that kind of negative, harmful thinking leeches into every part of your life. It's getting to be more and more of a struggle to identify what I like about myself. I am just a constant ball of stress these days. I am convinced I am going to fail, in spite of how many times I have read The Secret and educated myself on the Laws of Attraction, manifestation and positive thinking. It's much clearer what I am lacking, what my flaws are than my strengths. Keeping it all inside is truly toxic. Writing has always been my outlet, sometimes just letting all the ugly thoughts out on a page can be the most cathartic thing. It might be a bit TMI for you all on this Thursday night and please know I am not fishing for compliments or asking for undeserved praise. I just want to share how I am feeling, because when I do feel like this I feel so utterly alone. I feel like no one else ever feels like this because they are brilliant and I am not. But I know that isn't the case, everyone has days when they stumble and everyone worries about countless things. So if you are feeling down and miserable, know you aren't alone and even if it doesn't help remember that worrying will not effect your tomorrow it just sucks the fun out of today. Try and be like Elsa and let it go, I know I sure as hell am going to try to. Thank you for reading this ramble. Much love

Good night guys

Love 
Kiran

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UNPOPULAR OPINION | LANCÔME LE TEINT PARTICULIER CUSTOM MADE FOUNDATION ONLY AT HARRODS WORTH £90? IS IT REALLY CUSTOM?


I am positive you have all heard about the Lancôme Custom Made Foundation, the only reason I feel obligated to post about it is because people in my real life have come up to me to talk about it. They are intrigued, fascinated and want to know what I think about it. If you hadn't guessed I love telling people what I think about new products. Fair warning, my opinion might be an unpopular one but I really want to cover everything so you can all make an informed decision on whether you need this in your life, because for £90 you would have to need this.

What It Is: It is exactly what you think it is. A machine and a process that claims to give you your perfect foundation. It will match your shade perfectly, there are already similar systems used at various other brands like Dior and No 7, but will also take into consideration your skin type and preference of finish.

What It Does: It is a very expensive foundation, but not the most expensive, and it will do what any other foundation does. Hopefully for the money it will give you the base of your dreams as it is "highly personalised" and freshly blended to your tastes. 

How Do They Make It: First your skin tone is scanned to get your shade match. You then choose the coverage and finish of the foundation and also any special requirements you may have. For instance, if you have dry skin you might ask to add a bit of moisturiser to the foundation. Finally you will get your brand new foundation in a stunning white bottle with your name and Complexion ID printed on there so next time they can whip it up without going through the steps. 


What Makes It Innovative: Although shade matching has definitely improved, what makes it unique is that it is a custom made formula. Your foundation will be created with just you in mind, which makes it special and fingers crossed foolproof. 

Concerns - Is It Actually Custom Made?: On the Lancôme site they say the formula is lightweight and provides natural looking all day coverage. This begs the question: is it really custom-made? This, too, could be an explanation as to why many people who have tried it have been disappointed with the coverage. They asked for full coverage and did not get that at all. 



Should You Buy It: I think not. It is a lot of money, for that amount of money and for the intricate process you would expect the Meryl Streep of foundations but I do not personally believe that is what you get. A lot of people are not happy with the foundation they ended up receiving. Although it is stunning and a wonderful idea and concept I don't think it is necessity. I already have a few foundations at all prices that work magnificently for my skin, the Lancôme Teint Idole being one of them. If you are a beauty junkie like me you will already own a stupefying number of base products and mix and match at home to custom make your own perfect foundation.  So I don't think it is worth it, the only reason I would buy it is out of curiosity and if I had £90 lying around. 

Who Might Like It: If you have really struggled with foundation, you still haven't found a good shade match or your skin just doesn't get on with any of the products you have tried thus far this might be worth a go. If you like luxury items and makeup, if you are a bit of a collector or a blogger this might also be worth trying. Finally, if you have the money and it won't break your heart if this doesn't rock your world. 


Thank you for reading, I hope this helped in some way. I would love to know your thoughts on it. I love Lancôme as a brand and I am definitely impressed with this innovation. It is really cool and I am sure a lot of people will love it. I just don't think it is for everyone. If you are interested and do like the idea of it please share why in the comments. I would love to know and for more information go in store to Harrods or take a look at the Lancôme website. If you reside in the US take a look at the Nordstrom website and the Lancôme USA website for more details. Take care. 

What is your holy grail foundation and thoughts on this custom made product?

Love 
Kiran


*Images provided by Lancôme 
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