Friday, 29 December 2017

SWATCHES | PHYSICIANS FORMULA BUTTER BRONZERS IN NEW SHADES SUNKISSED AND DEEP BRONZER

Physicians Formula New Butter Bronzers in Sunkissed and Deep Photo via @physiciansformula on Instagram
Pretty sure we are all familiar with the glorious Butter Bronzer Murumuru from Physicians Formula, every blogger and their dog uses and adores this bronzer. I have coveted it for so long with just one thing holding me back: the pitiful shade range. Although the formula is buildable and you can definitely get some pigment on medium skin it is not enough to warrant the title of bronzer for anyone of my skin colour or deeper. So when they released the news that they were extending the range and adding two brand new shades I could not contain my excitement. I eagerly awaited the reveal and was ready to shell beaucoup bucks on eBay to get my hands on this miracle product. Then angel that she is Kathleen Lights inserted swatches of the two new shades into her drugstore haul video and I was left agape.

Photo from Kathleen Lights Drugstore Haul Video. Physicians Formula New Butter Bronzers Sunkissed and Deep Swatches
You can see these swatches above and they look bizarrely pale for a bronzer range that already caters to light skinned people. I am not sure what they were thinking with these shades, I expected a bronzer for medium to dark skin tones and one for dark skin tones. I thought being inclusive was the direction they were walking towards, well they seemed to have doubled back. I am sure there are many people who were crying out for these shades and their prayers have been answered by the bronzer gods, but I am deeply disappointed with this expansion and hope they bring out more shades in the future. Sunkissed is lighter than Deep Bronzer and Deep definitely has more warmth but these shades could easily have not existed. Today's post was supposed to be about the Rimmel's Holiday Vox Box from Influenster, but I need a little more time to formulate my full opinion on some of the products. I hope you understand and for all of you who need their bronzer prayers answered, please share your favourite bronzer in the comments below and help a friend out. Take care.

What is your holy grail bronzer?

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Kiran

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

NOTD | RIMMEL LONDON PRECIOUS STONES NAIL POLISH RUBY CRUSH REVIEW


I can't believe Christmas has been and gone already but alas I hope you all had a brilliant day and that your celebrations are ongoing. Happy Boxing Day to all. This post is for all the nail polish lovers out there, I actually picked up a few shifts over Christmas (double money!) and as a result had to leave my nails unpainted which I detest. I don't know what it is, but having painted nails is directly correlated to my overall mood, much like bubble bath quota. I have stumbled upon a beautiful nail polish that is like Christmas in a bottle, it was gifted to me via Influenster's latest VoxBox. Check out Friday's post for all of the other Rimmel goodies I received. Onto this perfect nail polish.


It is called Ruby Crush (£4) from the Precious Stones Collection. It is a super glam high coverage top coat and of course Ruby Crush is a gorgeous glittering ruby red with silver glitter. It has that gritty glitter polish finish and is quite buildable. I love how true red it is and the red to silver ratio is just perfect like 65:35. Not too much of one or the other, just the perfect balance. Enough red to scream it's Christmas and enough silver to make it holiday, but not enough silver to make it cross the line into tacky territory. I feel like I used far too much alliteration here. 


My favourite thing about the polish is the brush. I prefer wider brushes as it makes applying the polish really quick and easy, just two swipes and you are done. You have covered the whole nail. Above you can see the shape and size of the brush as well as what one coat of the nail polish looks like. It can be quite sheer, thus can be used as a topcoat. I am definitely interested to see what it looks like over other colours and if you don't want a solid over the top red silver explosion you can do a light wash of the colour. One thick coat or two normal coats is more than enough.


PROS

  • Intense and great colour
  • Buildable formula
  • Affordable
  • Excellent wide brush applicator one of my all time favourites 
  • Easy to remove which is atypical for glitter polishes, this one I can literally peel off using my nails

CONS

  • Flaky (in just one day wearing two coats)
  • Chips easily (in just one day wearing two coats)
  • Needs a top coat 
Of course I loaded on all the polish because having bare nails for three days makes me cry out for colour. It is really weird, I don't even like typing unless my nails are painted. Does anyone else have that? Thank you so much for reading this post. Come back on Friday for the rest of my Vox Box. Don't forget to leave me a comment and follow me on social media. It means so much. Take care.

What is your favourite colour to wear on your nails?

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Kiran

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

FESTIVE BEAUTY | SUPER LAST MINUTE BUDGET-FRIENDLY STOCKING STUFFERS


Now, personally I have never had a Christmas stocking but the concept has always seemed very cute to me. Christmas puts a lot of pressure on a lot of us every year with the search of finding that one big present for someone you love, but luckily with beauty lovers especially a handful of small but great presents can be a better option than just one gift. Affordable or "drugstore" brands as they are often called can be frequently overlooked and even sneered at, lately though they have been stepping their game up massively. I really want to do a best of drugstore beauty post for this year because I have discovered so many amazing budget beauty items, in the meantime here are some fun last minute ideas to buy the beauty lover in your life that will have their smile a mile wide. 

At all price ranges, false eyeslashes are available and most come with glue and directions. You can buy them online and in store. I got these Eye Candy and Koko Lashes from falseyelashes.co.uk and these Volume Lashes for just £1 at Wilkinson's, which is a store here in the UK. You can even get them at Primark, Poundand, Boots and Superdrug. FalseEyelashes.co.uk stock loads of brands including the popular Lilly Lashes and Ardell Lashes. You just can't go wrong.


NYX COSMETICS
Possibly my favourite affordable brand at the moment as so many of their products are top notch, you can buy them online at Cult Beauty or in store at Selfridges and Boots. My top pick is the Angel Veil primer as it is truly suitable for all skin types. Their eyeshadow palettes, like the Ultimate Shadow Palettes would be a great shout too. They have their lip vaults which you can open and split between friends which is always a good idea.

THE ORDINARY
If you are lucky enough to be within travelling distance of the Covent Garden based Abnormal Beauty Shop I highly recommend a visit so you can snatch up everything that takes your fancy. Their primers and foundations would make a great stocking stuffer, as a skincare lover myself I would love to receive some of their face products like their wonderful acid solutions which is ideal for anyone who wants brighter, more even skin. There's so much to choose from and you can easily pick up three or four products for under £20.


WILKINSON'S
Such an overlooked and under-rated store, Wilko's in England sells everything for a fraction of the price. Their brushes alone are worth the visit, but they also stock brands like Essence and Collection Cosmetics. I picked up these velour puffs, anyone with oily skin would appreciate this gift. 


COLLECTION COSMETICS
Speaking of Collection, I also repurchased their Sheer Loose Powder which is one of my all time favourites, second only to the Vichy Dermablend powder which is relatively affordable as well if you are looking to spend a little more. Although it has a fragrance it sets beautifully, holds up extremely well throughout the day and doesn't look cakey or dry. A really beautiful powder.


POUNDLAND MAKEUP BRUSHES 
I am going to review this brush for you soon, but just looking at it you wouldn't think it was from Poundland. The shape and style looks like it could be from so many higher end brands, it is quite small but it just goes to show you can find great presents in the unlikeliest of places.


PRIMARK FACE AND FOOT MASKS
Better than your average sheet mask because they are printed and thus are really cool. A little pricier than you would expect from Primark but a great novelty gift. Plus with all the free time I hope you are getting over the holiday period what better than to dedicate your days to pampering yourself. The foot mask definitely intrigues me, subscribe to my YouTube for reviews on these masks!

Have you ever had a Christmas stocking and what would you put in your own?

Love 
Kiran

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES ¬ SOURCE AZAZIE.COM
I feel like weddings are everywhere at the moment, as most of you know my sister is getting married next year and barely a week goes by without the news of an impending wedding. One of the biggest struggles bride's face apart from choosing the dress is trying to find a beautiful dress that suits all your bridesmaids. Here are some top tips and advice to help you keep everyone happy on your big day. Becoming a bridesmaid is considered an honor. In reality, it’s also occasionally stressful, daunting, uncomfortable, inconvenient, too expensive and even a sacrifice. Doesn’t sound all that glamorous when you think of it that way, does it?

As the bride, you can do so much to make the experience positive and affirming for all of your dearest friends and loved ones. Start by choosing an array of bridesmaid dresses that will make them look forward to wearing their ensemble. 

One Size Does Not Fit All
Choose a color and fabric and let your bridesmaids individually select a style that is most flattering. Or, narrow the options to a single style like a tea-length, A-line dress that looks good on most body types, and give your bridesmaids a palette of colors to choose from. Love grey bridesmaid dresses? Provide the style numbers, dye lots, color specifics – any guidance that you can to point your attendants in the right direction, and give them the luxury of some personal control over exactly which grey dresses they ultimately choose. Everyone is different, shapes, length, skin tone, hair colour and this is all something to bear in mind, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids. You are setting yourself up to complete an impossible to task if you are trying to find one dress that impresses seven different girls.

If you do decide on one color, attempt to pick something that will go with the complexions of all of your bridesmaids. This is where allowing various shades of your favorite color could come in very handy. The important thing to remember is the dresses can be cohesive without being the same, there is room for adjustment and alteration so everyone can be pleased as punched as they enter the wedding. 

Prioritise Finding a Dress That Can Be Worn Again
Okay, yellow may be your favorite color, but perhaps you could incorporate it as an accent and choose gowns in a hue that is more likely to be worn again like red, black, or dark blue (yellow looks amazing with grey bridesmaid dresses too). Even affordable dresses can stretch the budgets of bridesmaids who may also be on the hook for travel, party expenses, gifts, accommodations, shoes, hair, makeup, accessories and more. Let's face it: weddings are expensive for everyone so be kind and choose dresses they could potentially wear again and again.

Keep It Timeless
Of course you want your wedding to be representative of you and your relationship but this might not be the best time for experimentation. These pictures will be around forever and although many people stick with certain fashion eras and styles there is a chance you may regret the punk rock theme you chose, or the 90s theme. Trends come and go, stick to what you like and what looks good. Your bridesmaids will look a lot better with a smile on their face.

Choose Patterns Cautiously
Overall, this year’s hottest trends support the popularity of patterned dresses, especially those with oversized floral prints. Some are much more subtle than others, though. Think about how easily loud, bold prints might fit in at future parties and events. If it’s pretty clear that the dress you’re considering will be out of fashion a year or two down the line, it’s probably not your most versatile option, even if it made all the runways this year. Designers live at the edge of the fashion universe – generally, bridesmaids do not. 

Weddings are all about the brides and grooms, but it’s important not to let the other important folks in your life be forgotten. Start by choosing bridesmaid dresses that will inspire good feelings instead of complaints. It’s a first wedding step in an awesome direction and when they are chuffed to bits you can enlist their help in making invitations, wedding favours and thank you notes once the wedding is over. Thank you so much for reading, if you are going to any weddings next year or ig you have had any great or nightmarish tales of being a bridesmaid, please share below. Take care. 

Have you ever been a bridesmaid?

Love 
Kiran

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

HOME AGAIN | THE THINGS I MISSED MOST WHILE BEING AWAY FROM HOME


I arrived back home yesterday for the Christmas period and have a stretch of three glorious weeks where I can be in my happiest place. Being in London for the past three months has been a bit of a wake-up-call for me. I struggled more than I thought possible, I have always been someone who gets restless, itches to travel on average every three weeks and gets irritated at being in the same place for more than seven days. London was supposed to be a good fit for me, I have so many friends there, I share my living space with lovely people but I experienced some of my lowest lows over the past season which has been harder for me to deal with than I thought. It's necessary and still great, but home is home for a reason. So in an effort to bring a bit of thanks this side of the pond I wanted to share all the things that I have missed about being home with my family and I am sure many of you that have experienced fleeing the nest can relate, so here goes. 


1. MOM ~ It would be impossible to try and fit in everything she does for me in a novel let alone a blog post. Little things like braiding my hair before I go to sleep (no I am not three years old but it still feels nice), asking me how I am feeling, making me tea and food better than I have ever tasted. She does it all. If I need iron tablets, a doctor's appointment, need to put money in my bank account she is there for everything. No complaints. You just can't put a price on that kind of love, it's not the convenience but the reassurance that she is always there for me that I missed the most. 


2. FAMILY ~ Generally, I get on with my family pretty well, we share similar interests and importantly the same warped sense of humour. I love them to bits. Like most millenials I hate speaking on the phone but being alone in a room in London feeling despondent calling my parents and speaking to my siblings made all the difference in the world. You don't realise how important having a support network is, until you find yourself alone and struggling thrown into a new environment. 


3. HOUSE ~ A weird and unexpected one but I love our house so much, when I first came back after a mere two weeks of being away I recall just standing in our bathroom and appreciating every inch of the space. Most of all I think that because it feels like mine and is the place I feel most comfortable is why I felt such a rush of love when I entered the front door. I have the same key from when I was in Year 7 with the same flat metal NASA teddy bear key ring and that familiarity and safeness is immediately like being ensconced in the world's warmest blanket.


4. HABITS ~ I don't know if you guys know this but I am renting a room via Spare Room which has worked out really great, it is super close to my campus and the rent is affordable. I like it there a lot and get on with my housemates well. But I still don't feel like I can be myself, I am overly cautious and on edge at times because I am in someone else's space. I constantly feel like a guest overstaying my welcome so I try and make as little noise and mess and inconvenience as possible. I can't do the things that I would normally do at home, because I feel like I am being judged (this is most likely completely irrational bear in mind I am sure they don't care, it's just the way I feel). 



5. FREEDOM ~ Leading on from my last point at home I am with my family and the security of that is immense. I can do stupid things and forget to take my mug downstairs and they don't have the inclination to kick me out. I am free to be who I am because they know me, they like me and they love me. I don't have to clean up after myself immediately if I don't feel like it (even though I do prefer to) and no one questions me if I don't leave the house for two days and I fucking love it. 


The point of this post is I felt like Dorothy in Oz for a while, and the glamour, fun and chaos of London didn't impress me much (Shania!). I hope one day I find a place for myself where I do feel at home, I really do. I would love to do a post on what it's like living as a lodger in someone else's place but out of respect for the people I live with and you guys because I do want to be brutally honest it might not be until after I leave. I can't stress enough that they are beautiful, kind, understanding people and do their best to make me feel welcome. It is just me, I can be irrational at times and it is hard to feel at home in a temporary place. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you can forgive me for being such a flaky bitch. I am ready to bring the fire, have a great week. Take care. 

What are your favourite things about your home?

Love 
Kiran

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

REVIEW | LORD & BERRY SCULPT AND CONTOUR CREAM BRONZER IN SUN TAN AND CREAM BLUSH IN HONEY SWATCHES


Lord & Berry is not a brand I have seen, read or heard much about to be honest apart from the occasional editorial and blog post that floats my way. I don't know what shops they are sold in or how they came about so in case you are in the same boat as me let's dive into a little background first. The tag line for Lord & Berry and what they are know as is being the "The Makeup Atelier from Milan", it is a makeup line with proud fashion roots with the commendable goal of empowering women worldwide. They were first created in 1992 with an emphasis on colour products as "colour is fashion". Their intention is to create products for discerning women to wear throughout their lifetime: all ages, all events and all cultures.


I admire their ethos and their ambitions. However, I do wish their packaging had a bit more to it. In the way that when Nars collaborates with fashion designers the packaging is simply one of a kind. This packaging is a lot more generic and the idea behind that is that it is appealing to every one as well as classic, chic and elegant. Truly timeless. But I would personally love a tiny little detail that made you think of it being a Milan brand because prior to doing this research I did think it was a UK brand. Additionally, this style of packaging is very typical of UK high street brands so it would be cool and more eye-catching if they had something that would set them apart from TopShop and H&M. 

Getting to the actual products. I was sent the Cream Bronzer in Sun Tan (£22) and the Cream Blush in Honey (£20). I have always been hesitant about using cream products because I do have oily skin, but on the plus side if you have texture or blemishes cream products really help disguise imperfections whilst powder can sometimes emphasise it. If I want my makeup to last I usually layer powders on top of creams which is a great tip for special events or long days. I will talk about the products individually as I actually love both of them, but I have to say the price just seems a little too high. I wouldn't class Lord & Berry as a high end brand but they are not drugstore either, they are on middling almost high street ground and for what you get I think the prices should be dropped or the packaging should be improved


Sun Tan Sculpt & Contour Cream Bronzer (£22) This is available in six shades and Sun Tan is absolutely the perfect match for me. It is described as being natural and blendable with a silky texture and velvet finish. What I love about it is the shade first of all is extremely flattering and wearable and you can apply it in so many ways. I have tried it with a sponge, with my fingers and with a dense synthetic brush. All methods work really well and it would be basically impossible to mess it up. You get 0.20oz of product and it lasts for 12 months once opened. 


Honey Cream Blush (£20) The cream blush is available again in six shades and if I had picked out my shade myself Honey would have been my top choice. It is a soft peachy coral which is one of the most universally flattering blush shades. Unlike the bronzer I only apply this with my fingers and it is definitely buildable. It doesn't move around the foundation underneath, blends seamlessly and suits my skin tone. It does feel slightly waxy at first but I think that is what helps it blend into the skin, it quickly dries and doesn't feel sticky, wet or oily which would be my biggest concern. The blush looks a lot smaller than the bronzer but actually according to the packaging the blush contains 0.32oz of product whereas the bronzer which is twice the size physically contains 0.20oz. I feel that is slightly deceptive because of the size difference and higher price. It also makes no sense so I am hoping it is simply an error because you would want your bronzer which you apply almost everywhere to contain a lot more product than your blush which you only apply to your cheeks. I will check this with my contact and get back to you. This lasts for 24 months.


Overall, I think they are both great products. Cream products are difficult to get right. You want them to be pigmented but not crazy, comfortable to wear but not slippery or patchy and I think these formulas are top notch. The cream bronzer is truly the best I have ever tried, I can't compare the cream blush because I have only tried one other in my lifetime. The colours are spot on, although I would appreciate some darker and cooler colours in the bronze range for deeper skin tones and for contouring. I think the packaging unfortunately does them a disservice and the pricing is too high based on that. The products themselves are phenomenal and I know I will repurchase the cream bronzer again for sure. 


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review. These products were sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I am always fair and honest in my posts so you have nothing to worry about. I would love to hear your thoughts on these products. Have you tried them? Have you tried anything else from the brand? Do you think their prices are too high or too low? Please leave me a comment and let me know. Check back on Sunday for my next post. Take care. 

What do you think of Lord & Berry products?

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Kiran

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Monday, 4 December 2017

#WINTERISHERE | WINTER SKIN SAVIOURS + NOVEMBER BEAUTY FAVOURITES


December has arrived, in fact we are three days deep in December so you are fully sanctioned to freak out. Have any of you started your Christmas shopping? I need to get a move on, December is the month of birthdays for me as well so it is imperative that I get my shit together this year. If you have any great gift ideas, or you have read a helpful post please help me out, tweet me or comment or even leave me a covert email so no-one can stalk your internet activity and find out what you are buying them. Today I am actually going for my first Christmas dinner, it is raining outside and I have a red scarf so safe to say I am feeling pretty festive. The winter months always wreak havoc on my skin, it doesn't know which way is up and which way is down, of course the body weight in chocolate I consume daily doesn't help matters. Have you tried those giant Dairy Milk Oreo bars? So so good. 

Moving on, these six products are what have my skin and base looking somewhat healthy and normal. Your skin is so important so I try to pay additional attention this time of year with all the parties and celebrations and the inevitable weight gain I want my skin to be in ship-shape. I have three primers, a bougie hand serum and two foundations to talk about, but don't worry I will be quick and you can go back to enjoying your Monday post-haste. 


Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer (£30) I got this primer free after I had blown an extortionate amount of money in Space NK one time. No regrets. At first, I overlooked it as I have oily skin so in my eyes I had no need for a hydrating primer, but that was a mistake. Your skin can always use extra hydration and above everything this primer makes such a gorgeously smooth and plump base for makeup. This would be a great option for mature skin I think and a little goes a long way.

Too Faced Hangover RX Primer (£27) My sister complains about her dry skin from time to time so I purchased her this cute primer last Christmas and like most gifts I give to people I sneakily used it on the reg myself. It is a great primer and one of the reasons I love it is I feel it is moisturising enough that you can skip moisturiser altogether. My favourite thing about it though is it smells like coconuts. So when you are getting up at the crack of dawn and you have five minutes to look lively what better way to start your makeup routine. Coconuts forever will remain one of my favourite scents. I think it is because it reminds me of Bounty chocolate not holidays or the beach.

NYX Angel Veil Primer (£13) One of the best discoveries of this year for me, I have heard so many people rave about it and recommend it for me. Thank you to Nicole from The Glam Surge because of her I tried this and I have never looked back. This is a primer I use daily and I feel I can never use too much. Most mattifying primers in my experience tend to use the less is more ideology otherwise it makes your foundation weird, but this one is a complete fuss-free product for fussy skin. It leaves a slight white cast at first but doesn't change the colour of your foundation. Recommend to all. Eager to try Hourglass Mineral Veil as well, that is supposed to be a holy grail for oily skin.

Verso Hand Serum (£50) I reviewed this product for Really Ree, a fantastic UK beauty site, and the name serum really threw me for a loop. It is essentially a hand cream that does so much more, like a serum for your face this is anti-ageing and protective. It is thick and nourishing and you don't need to reapply a million times a day to get soft, beautiful hands.

Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation (£7) An affordable foundation with a high end formula, I am in dire need of a darker shade but the finish and wear of this foundation rivals some of the most expensive on the market. It blends and wears throughout the day beautifully, perfect for touch-up free days. One of the best foundations I have ever tried that actually looks good year-round. I have found people with dry skin and people with oily skin both adore this foundation.

L'ancome Teint Idole Utra Foundation Stick (£25.50) Stick foundations can be tricky, majority of the time they can be too creamy and can slip around or let oil through too easily. This stick foundation is a cut above the rest, if you are looking for a long-wearing stick foundation that truly lasts this will be a fantastic choice. The coverage is brilliant, the finish is beautiful and it has a built-in SPF 30 which can never hurt. One of the best foundations for oily skin I have tried, it doesn't look heavy, builds effortlessly and blends like a dream. 

Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this list of current favourites. It takes a little more effort these days to get my skin to co-operate but these products are the best of the best. I would love to hear about the products that save your skin on bad skin days, and what you reach for as we slip into the colder months? I hope your Monday starts wonderfully, have a great week. Take care. 

What are you favourite winter products?

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