Thursday, 26 October 2017

WHEN SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT A MOLE?


Moles are surprisingly common. No, we are not talking about the cute, furry variety that lives in underground tunnels with their poor eyesight and wrecks your garden. Rather, we are discussing skin moles: those small brown spots most people have. Unfortunately, although moles are commonplace and most are benign, some do turn out to be malignant, and if left undetected can cause serious problems

So, when should you worry about a mole on your face or body?

Some people only have one or two moles. Other people, typically those with fairer skin, can be covered in moles and freckles. It really doesn’t matter how many moles you have. All it takes is one mole to become cancerous for your life to turn upside down. This post isn’t meant to alarm you or put the fear of God into you, it is all about raising awareness and your sense of responsibility to yourself. I, too, am guilty of missing regular appointments, I can’t tell you the last time I went to the dentist, and with becoming an adulthood you have to remember your health, mental and physical, are the most important things. You are important and thus you should make yourself a priority.


REGULAR CHECK-UPS

On that note, moles should be checked monthly. Sure, it’s a bit of a bind, especially if you have hundreds of them, but vigilance is important. The more aware you are, the more likely you are to spot any changes that indicate all is not well. It can be difficult to schedule appointments with your GP in this day and age, schedules are packed and waking up at 7am to ring constantly every minute until someone finally answers is just not realistic. Try and set up a standing monthly appointment for your moles and I cannot think why any GP would not be recipient and accommodating to that. You can also go to walk-ins or book privately if your concern is heightened.

ABCDE TECHNIQUE

Look for changes to a mole’s colour, shape, and size. Be alert to new moles that suddenly appear or moles that begin to bleed or are painful. Experts recommend that we use the ABCDE technique:
  • A’ stands for asymmetry. If a mole changes shape and is no longer regular or looks different: have it checked out.
  • B’ is for border. Suspect moles have an undefined, blurry border
  • C’ is for colour. Normal moles are all one colour, usually a shade of brown. It doesn’t matter what colour your mole is, but if it changes colour or one part of the mole is a different colour, book an appointment with a private dermatologist such as Cedars in London. They should put your mind at rest or order further tests if there is something to worry about. 
  • D’ stands for diameter. Larger moles are more likely to turn cancerous. Moles larger than 6mm in diameter should be monitored to changes. Be alert to changes in size, too. If a small mole grows, have it examined by a professional. Get a friend to measure it as well, an objective eye can be extremely helpful in these situations. 
  • E’ means evolution. In other words, any of the above changes to an existing mole are cause for concern, as is the appearance of a new mole. 
In summary, a large, raised, irregularly shaped mole with blurred borders and speckled with different colours is a large red flag for an experienced dermatologist. Moles that look different to other moles are also a concern, especially if they have only recently appeared.  


FAMILY HISTORY

Melanoma often runs in families, which suggests there is a hereditary link. Whilst this doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to develop skin cancer, it does increase your risk. Your GP should always be aware of your family history, if this is not information they are privy to ensure they are informed at your next appointment. This could help you out in the future, we all have a lot going on and so things do fall by the wayside. Having a regular check-up, updating your family history and simply taking care of yourself are basic things that sometimes we forget to do but could actually save our lives.

HOW SERIOUS?

After reading this, you are probably panicking. But, you don’t need to and this is of course not the intention of this post. We are not trying to scare you silly; we just want to encourage you to be vigilant. If melanomas are caught before they spread, five-year survival rates are 98%. Unfortunately, although melanoma only accounts for 1% of all skin cancers in the United States, it causes most deaths because it very often remains undetected until it has spread to other organs. The important thing to remember and take from this post is it is easily preventable.


Don’t be another grim statistic. Check your moles once a month and have any suspicious moles examined by a specialist. Not to sound like a L’Oreal commercial, but, you are genuinely worth it

Please pass this information on to anyone you think needs to hear it. I, myself, have two moles and hae never paid much attention to them. I am the queen of ignoring all kinds of signs and symptoms and just pretending everything is okay so I don’t have to deal with it. The way I look at it now is what would my Mum do? My Mum took me to countless appointments when I was ill at school, scheduled time off and coaxed me to undergo several scans and more to make sure everything was all right. We should feel that way about ourselves. We shouldn’t think twice about the time and effort it takes to do something that could have such major implications, you can’t put a price on your peace of mind


Thank you so much for reading this sponsored post, I hope you find it helpful and at the very least acts as a reminder to take notice of what is going on with you. I feel like we are trained to push through as much as possible, no one has time to be sick anymore and that's simply not reality. Take full advantage of the NHS while we still have it, even though it can be such a hassle. Hope you are having an amazing week and this post didn't put you in a somber mood. Take care.

Do you have any moles/beauty spots or marks?

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Kiran

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

JACK WILLS | WOOL & WHISKY EVENT


Thus far, I have been to two London blogger events and I am insanely happy. I have fantasised about being the kind of person that attends blogger events and, although it doesn't fit with my strong affliction for staying in my pajamas and reading in bed all day, I can say the novelty has not worn off yet. Weirdly, both events have involved a lot of wool talk, but I will talk more about that in my next event post. This event was entitled Wool & Whisky and comprised of just that. 


There was an impressive selection of whisky on display and Jack Wills also had an impressive sale on with 75% off their sale items and 25% off their whole store. The focal point of the event was the emphasis on British wool. I do think there is a returning trend of us going back to basics. In terms of style, I think that means reverting to the classics: good material, solid colours and timeless style. They have some really great, easy-to-wear pieces available and honestly it is a little expensive for my taste, but if you need good quality clothing for work you can easily find several pieces here. Their gymwear in particular is quite attractive. I really enjoy the new aesthetic.


The best part about blogger events is getting to meet people you would never normally get the chance to speak to. I met a handful of bloggers that were all really lovely and I will leave their links all below so you can check them out. We wound up grabbing dinner together after and all in all it was such an enjoyable experience as I really don't know any blogger in real life, which is a damn shame because we are a cool bunch. I also met some great PR people and with the help of alcohol managed to exchange details with a few people, so I hope to make some long-lasting friendships. London can be a lonely place at times, it is odd because I know so many people here but we are all so busy that I almost felt closer to them when I lived a three hour train wide away. 


I hope I get invited to more events and get to meet more amazing bloggers. I really have put this blog on the backburner for a while and I am trying hard to rediscover my passion for it. I used to enjoy it a lot, but now I am so focused on saving money and doing well in my studies that I feel I have no energy left for my blog anymore. I keep promising to do better but I always fall into the comparison trap, I don't have a fancy camera, lighting, blog props and I can't blur my background or take artistic swatches. My hand is barely even steady when I snap a picture, so believe me when I say I am so grateful to be invited to anything especially when I see the content and teams of other blogs. It is eye-opening and heartwarming for sure. 


Of course, no night is complete without a substantial dinner but Carnaby is hella busy at 9pm on a Thursday. Luckily, we all shuffled into Wagamama's and I had a classic chicken katsu curry while talking to the lovely people I met. I want to shout out Abi Pursey from Ramblings of a Blonde, Sonam Lotay from Sonam Lotay, Radhika from Radhkia Recommends and Emil Allard who has a vlog channel. If any of you have any recommendations for London restaurants I am all ears, I just want to try absolutely everything. This was such a fun event, thank you Cassie for inviting me. Also, a shoutout to the lovely Faith who made everyone feel so welcome, she was hilarious. 


Thank you so much for reading, I did want to try and film the event but I was quite nervous and self-conscious about recording in front of everyone. Even with my second event, the idea of filming myself in the back of the taxi to explain where I was going almost made me break out in hives. Maybe in the future, baby steps. I hope you have had a lovely week so far. Speak soon. Take care. 

What is your favourite restaurant?

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Kiran

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

AUTUMN LIP EDIT | FROM NUDES TO METALLICS


Strangely, it feels more like summer today, the sun is shining so bright outside. The palette you see in these photos is the eyeshadow palette I have been using every single time I do my makeup. The Beauty Bakerie Naeopolitan Eyes Cream Palette (£40) is so gorgeous and comprises a unique selection of beautiful autumnal colours, a great seasonally appropriate product that everyone can love. Unlike eyeshadow, my one true love, lipsticks are not really on my radar  this is not reflected by how many lip products I own. Through blogging, I have been fortunate to receive and try so many and as I rustled through my collection this weekend I found some real gems. So many of you adore lipsticks so this post is for you guys There is something for everyone from nudes to metallics


Instead of discussing the shades alone, I want to go more in-depth and consider formulas, wear-time, finishes and price point. Lipstick, to me, is a product you can definitely save your money on as so many affordable brands produce just as good lipsticks as higher end companies. In some cases, even better. My preferences for lipsticks are warm-toned creamy nudes with a mostly matte finish, although lately I have been drawn to gloss. I didn't include glosses today as I swear by the NYX Intense Butter Glosses (£6), they are the best in my opinion and come in so many fab shades.


Le Metiere de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Affinity (£40): The most expensive of the bunch but truly one of the most comfortable formulas as it is a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. Unfortunately, the wear-time for this was disappointing but the colour alone, a dusky not-quite-plum, suits me to a tee which justifies the ridiculous price at point of purchase obviously.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Magni-Fig (£9): A beautiful purple that stands out from the traditional deep berries that pop up this time of year which is why I love it. It still carries a hint of summer, while still being deep enough for this season it still possesses the fun with its brighter hue. 

B. Beauty Velvet Matte Liquid Lip In The Buff (£7): A surprise love for me as most liquid lipsticks I have tried have been drying and uncomfortable. This is not transfer-proof and doesn't set down straight away. The colour is gorgeous and for that reason alone I highly recommend it, the formula reminds me of the Jouer Lip Creams, really moisturising and hydrating on the lips. 

Colour Pop Matte Lippie Stix in Grunge ($5) My favourite matte lipstick form, I wish I had purchased them all. They feel like nothing on the lips yet they have insane pigmentation. They are so comfortable to wear and look exceptional as they don't settle into any crevices, they just look smooth and beautiful and last so well. 

MUA Luxe Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Lacquer in Pheonix (£3) A metallic lipstick that applies so smoothly you'll be shocked. I love that this lip lacquer has so much base pigment so you can wear it alone or as a topper and still pack a punch. This is the perfect holiday lip, but you will need to reapply.

The 24K Beauty Liquid Lip in Crimson ($6.50): An indie brand that displays obvious care and consideration with all of their products and their liquid lipsticks are the epitome of gorgeous products at a reasonable cost. This colour again is one that really stands out to be as it is so rich, deep and opaque like an oxblood red. Instead of being vampy it reads as sophisticated. 

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Brunette (£9): Possibly my favourite from the entire range, I don't own another colour like this, this deep brownish red with hints of orange is an autumn leaf in a lipstick and I am obsessed. The finish is matte, but not completely matte and the wear-time is impressive. 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Asia (£5) One of the first lipsticks I ever purchased and with good reason. I am convinced this creamy warm nude suits basically everyone on the planet. It is a fail-safe for me, a classic, affordable and appropriate for every occasion. 

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mercy (£17): A truly unique colour that I think would be perfect for Halloween. To extend longevity I would advise filling in the lips with a purple lip liner first for maximum impact and colour payoff.


Thank you so much for reading. I haven't been posting as much as usual and I think the pressure of getting posts up for you guys when right now it is the last thing on my mind is starting to get to me a little. I will try to upload at least twice a week to take some of the pressure off and hopefully in time things will pick up again. I hope you understand, please share your favourite lipsticks in the comments below. I would love to read them. Hope you are having a great weekend. Take care. 

What are your favourite lip products this time of year?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

FAIL | L'OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX WASH REVIEW & DEMO


I don't want to beat around the bush, if you recall I reviewed the L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub a while ago and completely fell in love with it. So much so, I just purchased a replacement and it is still just as fantastic as I recall. Because I loved it so much I thought I would try the Detox Wash which is also a part of the Pure Clay range as it claims to cleanse, clarify and detoxify the skin. It sounds like a product my acne-prone, junk-food-abused skin is crying out for. Ultimately, I detested this product. To the point where it is actually difficult to put into words how unpleasant of an experience using this product is for me. Which is unheard of, I love words. I uploaded a video so you can see what a mess this product is and I will attempt to talk you through why I ended up hating it so much.

It's a foaming product. My skin and foaming products are not on speaking terms. We have come to a mutual agreement to avoid each other. Imagine my surprise when this foams up like a discounted fresher's night in the student union. It leaves my skin feeling dry, tight, stripped of anything healthy and irritated. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of foam formed means it takes a hot minute to remove and inevitably gets in my mouth. It tastes foul by the way. I am actually frightened to look at the ingredients. 

On the plus side, the packaging is splendid. I think L'Oreal are really taking their packaging to the next level, I love that it comes in a squeezy tube and the cap is screwed on, nice colour scheme, all very well thought out. It is also affordable, although prices do vary. At Feel Unique and Boots it retails for £6 and at Superdrug you can get it for £4.  As it is so drying and clay-based it might well be beneficial for treating breakouts, I haven't noticed a miraculous reduction but then I am eating Mr Kipling's finest baked goods on the regular so who knows? I cannot in good conscious recommend it to anyone in spite of the attractive price and I am truly sorry about that. I will continue to use it, because I am Indian and £4 is still £4 to me but I won't be enjoying a second of it. Watch my video below if you really want to see how much it sucks, please subscribe if you like. I don't post all that often but it would be lovely to connect with you all on a different platform. 


Thank you so much for reading my review, you're the best. I hope you are having a great week so far. I have my first official blogger event tomorrow so wish me luck. I will try to take pictures and snaps (snapchat is alittlekiran). Of course, now that I finally have somewhere to go to I have spots popping up everywhere. Why does this always happen? Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' and if you have any video suggestions for YouTube I would love to hear them as well. Take care. 

What was one skincare product you didn't get on with?

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Kiran

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

HOLIDAY 2017 | MARC BEAUTY THE WILD ONE EYE-CONIC PALETTE SWATCHES ALL 20 SHADES

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Conic Palette Swatches. Photo by @candidlychelsey on Instagram
Available now via the Marc Beauty WebsiteSephora and John Lewis in the UK, the latest eyeshadow palette from Marc Jacobs called 'The Wild One' has a fittinf zebra print exterior design and an impressive 20 shadows. As expected this palette is not cheap and will set you back $99 in the States and £79 in the UK (£3.95 per shadow). It is definitely on the higher end of high end but is at least partially justified by the big name, luxe packaging, quantity and hopefully quality of the shadows. I have yet to buy a Marc Beauty palette myself despite hearing only good things so let's take a look at the swatches before we make any rash decisions to part with our hard-earned money.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
There are a range of finishes in this limited edition palette, inspiration was taken from the fashion industry and some of the shades were designed to resemble materials like sequins and lamé. Of course, there are some great transitional matte shades as well as more vibrant colours as well.

First Row: Paper Tiger is bone coloured matte; Nine Lives is a shell pink matte; Sheepish is a shimmery white cream shade; Early Bird is a warm cream with a champagne gold shimmer and White Elephant is a bright white matte.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Second Row: Nest Egg is a really interesting duochrome green with a purplish pink shift; Lion's Share is an extremely shimmery pink with flecks of silver shimmer; Chameleon is a truly stunning duochrome purple blue with green shift; Hen Party is a fun warm orange red with gold reflects and Funny Bunny is a baby blue with silver shimmer.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Third Row: Golden Fleece is a gorgeous metallic gold with an almost orange undertone; Cat Fight is a vibrant magenta pink metallic shade; Dog and Pony is a stunning deep dusky mauve matte, not too dark and not too light, a shade that pairs really well with a lot of the others in this palette; Bullseye is a deep red impressively pigmented matte and Peacocky is a deep blue matte.

Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Iconic Palette Swatches: Tati Westbrook (photo). Edit (me).
Fourth Row: Foxy is a gorgeous bronze metallic; Freebird is a stunning metallic indigo with a purple base; Bearish (apologies for the typo in the photo it was based off Tati's pronunciation so just a guess) is a lovely deep eggplant matte; Cat Calls is a warm peachy apricot matte and Crow's Nest is a dark blue matte.


Pros: Looking straight on at the palette as a whole I was pretty dismissive. The colours didn't speak to me, apart from one or two and I didn't think I would be able to create many looks out of it. However, breaking it down row by row and looking at the shades individually I am taken aback at how many colours a) I don't own and b) look really gorgeous. Nest Egg, Chameleon, Cat Fight, Dog and Pony and Bearish are my favourites out of the 20 and overall I think it would make a luxurious gift.

Cons: I am not a huge fan of the zebra print and I think the shade names could definitely be better, in addition there are a few shades like Crow's Nest and Peacocky that I could do without. I would like to see a couple more unique colours and this would really tip me over the edge and make me buy it.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Will you buy it? Are there any other holiday collections you have your eye on? I know Fenty Beauty's Galaxy Collection is dropping later this week. I just watched Desi Perkins' video on it and it looks so atypical from the products already on the market. I am really excited for it. I hope you had a brilliant weekend and that your Monday gets you off to a great start. Take care,

What do you think of The Wild One Eye-Conic Palette?

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Kiran

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Friday, 6 October 2017

REVIEW | KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK IN MERCY WITH SWATCHES


A short little review of an even shorter lipstick. The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (£17) in the shade Mercy was given to me as a gift from a dear friend who works there. It is a cute little miniature and I am obsessed with the packaging of this lipstick. The multi-faceted bullet and pure black hue is just ridiculously cool and I do have a weakness for anything super tiny and adorable. Kat Von D isn't a brand I have tried much from, I bought her Lock It Powder when I went to the States in January but Kat Von D is now readily available in the UK thanks to Debenhams. Truthfully, aside from the powder Shade and Light Palette I haven't been all that tempted by Kat Von D products. I know she has some great colourful palettes but they always seem to be limited edition, her Tattoo Eyeliner and Liquid Lipsticks have a cult following but neither of them appeal to me. So I was thrilled to try this cute product especially as it is in such an autumnal shade


Mercy is described as being a romantic garnet berry shade, I was surprised to find that the finish is not matte at all. There is actually quite a noticeable shimmer in the formula that reads as silver which threw me off a little. I prefer solid shades but think this would be really cool at night or as part of a more statement look. The claims state that the lipstick has a ten hour lasting power and I did not find this to be the case, this could be because it is not a long-wearing matte so is to be expected. It rubbed off quite easily and did transfer. In addition, it isn't all that flattering on me and is the kind of lipstick that requires a commitment to a full glam look. Lashes and all. I do think it is cool and unique and I don't own a shade even close to it


Thank you for reading, please give me your giveaway suggestions. I want to do something really special for all of you who read my blog. So I am keen to take your suggestions on board, tell me what you want! Alternatively, I could giveaway a gift card if that is something people would prefer? Just let me know which store, giftcards would have to be to a UK store I am afraid though, whereas a product giveaway would be international because I know a lot of my readers are from all over the world which is the coolest thing ever. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What is your favourite lipstick?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

OCTOBER GOALS


October is my favourite month because of Halloween and the run-up to Christmas, the fact that boots are completely appropriate footwear and jumpers are in every single shop, Zara scarves and the gorgeous orange of pumpkins. There is no end to the reasons I love October, the influx of horror movies on Film 4 and in cinemas is a major one too. I did a Goals post a few months ago and really enjoyed writing it as it is away from the norm for me. So I thought with all these changes and to try and keep my head in the game I would share my goals for October as well. 

Coursework: I have coursework due in for the 23rd October and it has been a hot minute before I had to submit an assignment in. Regardless, I am determined to nail it and start the academic year as I mean to go on. 

Halloween: I want to try my hand at some Halloween looks and figure out what I actually want to do for Halloween. If you have any suggestions let me know, I would love to hear them. I love Halloween so much. I definitely want to do an IT inspired tutorial because they are everywhere. 

Videos: Need to pull my shit together and upload more videos to YouTube, this and the Halloween goal are all about building up my confidence. I still hate my face on camera and I am trying to just move past this so I can enjoy my life more. 

Instagram: Still have not got my Instagram back but as I have said previously I am not going to give up. I am going to keep reporting every single day of my life until they return it to me. 

Social: Back to being a student feels odd and it is so easy for me to just stay in my room and be at one with my laptop. Being in London is a fantastic opportunity and I want to meet as many different people as possible. This means trying to talk to everyone on my course and you know actually leaving my place and venturing out occasionally. 

Explore: London is full of amazing things to do. I definitely want to see Aladdin and go to a tonne of restaurants. I have done a lot of the touristy stuff in previous years but again any recommendations are highly welcome. London is my favourite city, it just fills me with joy.

Thank you for reading this short af post. My goals are pretty simple this month and you will notice there was nothing about fitness or drinking water etc. because God knows I fail at this every time. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

Do you have any goals for October?

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Kiran

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