Thursday, 29 March 2018

CATCH UP & SOME THINGS THAT CHEER ME UP


It has been more than a while and I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. One of my principal goals for 2018 is to be more open and share the good, bad and the ugly. We are all stuck in this weird social media lifestyle where everything looks perfect even when it isn't. This is personally offensive to me as from a young age I always struggled with the concept that people can hide how they feel. It makes me very distrusting, and I don't mean in the sense where you pretend to like a gift that you despise to spare someone's feelings. I mean when you pretend to be happy and everything is hunky dory when it could't be further from the truth. We would all be better off we were honest about how we were feeling all the time. It is easy to say but something I find difficult to do. Something always holds me back from opening up, either guilt or fear of judgement and lately a fear that something is very very wrong with me.

The things that helped me the most is honesty. I don't mean telling everyone your business, but there are always a few select people that you inevitably turn to if you are struggling at work or in a relationship. There is no reason you can't talk to them about how you are feeling. Most of all though, and I can't stress this enough be honest with yourself. If you are struggling then admit it. I am a firm believer that you are your own best asset and I have been striving for independence for such a long time, there is no shame in admitting you need help or accepting that things aren't going to plan. But you need to be honest with yourself, give yourself a break. Cry if you want to cry, watch a comedy show. On that note, here are a quick list of things that made me happy for invaluable moments in 2018.

1. I made some new friends and reconnected with some old friends. I love meeting new people, London happens to be a hotbed full of interesting people from all over the world and it is my favourite thing. With friendships, I prefer to be in a one-on-one setting and spending extended amount of time with great people talking about everything and nothing heals my soul.

2. After people are places. There are so many great places really close to me that I can lose myself in, reading, writing and revising. To get back into blogging, I am going to make a solid effort to spend some time in some amazing cafes and bars to invest more time into blogging and I really look forward to it. I plan to do a post on my favourite places, so please let me know in the comments if you would like that.

3. Comedy. This is slightly weird but after a particularly gruelling day when I received some bad news I relented at 3am attempting to escape my misery and scrolled through Netflix. I watched Russell Howard's Comedy Show and it literally literally changed my whole demeanour for hours beyond the duration of the show. This sounds so strange, but for that hour and a half I felt completely free of all my worries and when I think about it my mood lifts. It is odd to have such a strong personal reaction to just watching a show in bed, but I am so grateful for it because it made me realise the value of distractions. I have the utmost respect for all comedians not only because they immeasurably improve my mood and their bread and butter is literally laughter but also because it is quite common for comedians to suffer with depression and they make their darkest times a source of entertainment for us. It is heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time.

4. My love for reality shows will never die and I wish I could say I was sorry but I really am not. I have been watching Queer Eye on Netflix which is a revamped version of the old show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where a group of gay men with different expertise (fashion, culture, food, grooming and interior design) makeover a man (sometimes straight, sometimes gay) and his home. It is really really good and totally restores your faith in humanity, I cried at every episode, they were all so moving and every person is incredible. I adore this show, it is on par with Ru Paul's Drag Race for me. All I want out of life is to just sit and listen to people's stories, their struggle, their heartache, their humanity and I will die happy. There are only eight episodes so I am definitely going to try and find the original series.

5. The wild outdoors. Surprisingly, I have flipped from being a homebody to wanting to be outside of my house as much as possible, at least in London. Let me tell you, my bank account is not happy. I feel lighter when I am outside and around other people, it regulates my behaviour more and having that control over my emotions makes me feel stronger. If you are going through a stressful time I highly recommend this.

6. Food. I can eat an unjustifiable amount of junk food. I am someone who if I am in the mood for a Kit Kat and I don't have one I will go out and buy a jumbo pack, plus some biscuits, and a snack bag of Twirl, maybe a Galaxy bar and some Pringles. Just so I never feel like this again. And I feel like shit, because I spent money on things that are both bad for me and not necessarily something I want anymore. Why am I such an impulse buyer! I went home and bought some snack pots of fruit to munch on while I revise in the library and I feel like a deity for eating fruit at my own choosing. I ordered avocado on toast the other day and colour in my food makes me happy. Eating healthier makes me feel better about myself. I want to stop turning to quick fixes to feel better and start viewing vegetables and nutrition as being just as delicious and just as rewarding as a chocolate bar. Also I bought ice cream which is directly correlated to my happiness. Facts. I am on the hunt for some vegan ice cream though if you know of any!

Wow, thank you for reading. I feel like I got a lot off my chest. I look forward to being back on here. I really have missed you and I am going to dedicate most of the day to catching up on blog posts, can't wait to read everyone's! Hope you are all having a fantastic week, my exams are over, I just returned from Mykonos (my sister's hen) and I am back home, for Easter break, where I can have bubble baths and make a mess in the kitchen. Things feel much better now. Please tell me how you have been in the comments, if you are comfortable sharing. Otherwise, I am always available via Twitter, email or Instagram. I don't want any of you to feel like you are alone with your problems. Take care.

How have you been, what cheers you up?

Love 
Kiran

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR RHINOPLASTY?

Are You A Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty? Find out here . . .

Hi guys, it has been a while and I can only blame my poor time management and exams for that. I hope things will return to normal soon. In the meantime, here is a different post about rhinoplasty. Out of all my features my nose is the one I wish I could change the most. A nose job is not something to be taken lightly and I think it's important you have as much information as possible first. So here is a list of criteria to see if you are even eligible for a nose job and at the end are some tips I want to give you in case you can't decide. Rhinoplasty can fix cosmetic issues with your nose and make you feel more confident in your appearance. During the surgery, your doctor will remove or rearrange bone, cartilage, and other tissue to change the shape and structure of your nose. The healing process can take weeks to months but usually most can return to work in a few weeks. Recovery depends on what was done to your nose and it can take up to 6 months for the swelling to  go down. It will be a while before you see your new nose! I will link a video by Anchal MUA at the end so you can watch her experience which was very informative for me. 


If you're considering a rhinoplasty surgery, the first step is to determine whether or not you're a good candidate. Here are four criteria you should meet to be a candidate for rhinoplasty: 

1. Specific Goals

To be a candidate for rhinoplasty, you should know exactly what you want to change about your nose. Many people say they dislike their nose but can't figure out why. Without knowing what you want to change, you won't be able to communicate your goals and expectations to your surgeon.

If you're not sure exactly what it is that you dislike about your nose, your surgeon might be able to help you figure it out during your consultation. There might be an issue with the bridge of your nose, or your nostrils may be too wide or narrow. However, if you still can't figure out what should change after speaking to your surgeon, you're probably not a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

2. Reasonable Expectations

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Your surgeon will want to make sure you have reasonable hopes. Candidates for rhinoplasty should want to improve their appearance, but they shouldn't expect to look perfect after the surgery. Even the best surgeons can't always achieve perfect results, so if your expectations are too high, you'll only be disappointed.

Candidates should also have reasonable expectations about how the surgery will affect their lives. Rhinoplasty can make you feel much more confident in your appearance, and the confidence boost can make you more outgoing and positive. It won't fix every single problem in your life, though. You shouldn't expect the surgery to have a major impact on your life. 

3. Correct Age

Your nose should be done growing before you undergo rhinoplasty. For most people, the nose keeps growing until the mid-teens, so it's not recommended to have rhinoplasty before this time. If you do get the surgery before your nose is done growing, your nose might continue to change after the procedure, which could affect the results.

Most doctors won't perform rhinoplasty on anyone younger than 15 or 16. In addition to waiting until the nose is fully grown, surgeons also want to make sure their patients are mentally ready to handle a cosmetic surgery. Young teens might rush into a decision without giving it enough thought, and they may regret the choice later. 

4. Physically Healthy

Doctors usually only recommend non-essential surgeries to people who are physically healthy. You shouldn't have any preexisting medical conditions that may cause complications during or after the surgery. Before approving a rhinoplasty procedure, your doctor will probably give you a physical exam and ask about your medical history. Some health conditions can cause excessive bleeding or poor healing, which is risky during any surgery.

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are non-smokers. Smoking increases the risk of poor healing, infection, or other complications after the surgery. If you do smoke, your doctor will advise you to quit at least four to six weeks before your rhinoplasty

Dr. Andrew Frankel is certified by the Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty and other nasal surgeries, and he has won several awards for his surgical research. He has contributed to many scientific publications and FDA research trials. 


Thank you  so much for reading, above you can watch the video I mentioned for some information about the healing process. I have some skincare posts coming up for you and you can watch my latest video on YouTube by clicking on the link below. Hope you are having a great week and see you very soon. My exams are almost over! Take care. 


Have you ever undergone any cosmetic procedures?

Love 
Kiran

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Friday, 2 March 2018

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES | CURRENT EVERYDAY MAKEUP PRODUCTS


I know it's been a while but I'm still here guys, and surprisingly I have been wearing makeup and have pretty much been reaching for the same few products continuously over the past few weeks especially. I am currently in the middle of exam season which inevitably means I am stressed to shit. I'm not so great at exams and managing the stress and anxiety that accompanies them, I usually sleep very poorly hence the reason I reach for makeup when it is the last thing on my mind. These also double up as my current favourite products as well, so here's to a 2 in 1 post for you all.

Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer (£29) This is a primer I have talked about before, I just find it really easy to use and I love that it has salicylic acid in here as well. Really handy for stressed out and sleep deprived skin, if you're struggling with similar issues I highly recommend using some organic face oils and some high intensity masks as well to rejuvenate and freshen up the complexion.

Sleek Makeup Lifeproof Foundation  in L10 (£9) I don't know what I did before this foundation, I have quickly fallen in love with it. It last really well on the skin, doesn't look cakey, is supremely buildable and doesn't settle into fine lines. My go-to for a good long lasting base. 

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Finishing Powder (£22) A powder that I have completely overlooked in the past, however I have noticed with this powder you need very little to set your whole face and everything blends like a dream on top. No weird white cast, and the mesh covering means very little mess as well which I really appreciate as someone who currently has two translucent powders spilled out on my floor. An oldie but a goodie. 


Sleek Face Form Kit in Medium (£5) Currently half price on Superdrug! And one of my ride or dies, it's just sheer perfection. I only use the contour shade to be honest, it is the perfect colour for my skin tone, blends easily and has the right neutral tone to not look too warm or too grey. Really love this and can't see myself ever not using it, which must be why I have mentioned it hundreds of times.

Becca Cosmetics Blush in Amaretto (OOS) The perfect shade to bring some life back to my zombie of a face, before this blush I didn't care for blush at all but this gorgeous colour really complements my skin tone and suits every makeup look. I love it!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario (OOS) Another product overlooked in my collection, I had forgotten how gorgeous the ABH shadow formula is, the unique thing I love about this palette is that I feel like I could chuck every single eyeshadow here onto my eyelids and still wind up with a beautiful look. The colours are that cohesive. A must have for brown eyes in my opinion, such a shame they discontinued it. I use it sparingly.

L'Oreal Voluminous Black Mascara (£10) I have mentioned this mascara before and it is one of those products I purchased purely because of the hype and the endless amount of love it received on YouTube. I didn't like it at first but lately I have been loving it, it creates such a pretty effect and has a great buildable formula. Something I have never really experienced with a lot of other mascaras, if I do two or more coats of mascara I get the most disgusting painted looking lashes that look spidery or clumpy. This mascara gives a very natural, soft and pretty effect but still brings the definition. 

Thank you so much for reading. I will definitely be trying to post more often and trying to get videos up as well. I am so sorry, my blog means a lot to me I just haven't had the motivation to keep going and keep posting and there are too many reasons for me to possibly name. Please let me know what posts you would like to see and if you have any exam/revision tips please share them in the comments as well as your favourite products. I would love to read them. Take care.

What are your current go-to products?

Love 
Kiran

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