Thursday, 19 September 2019

SKINCARE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED


My skin is on a constant roller coaster of bad to worse to a few precious sacred moments of wow not bad back to awful again. I find skincare even more overwhelming than makeup sometimes as there are so many new products out there each claiming to be the next best thing that will solve all your skin woes in the time it takes to swipe a cotton round on your skin. I have continuously been disappointed and confused by my skincare routine and I want to share what I think my mistakes are.


Lesson 1: Your diet and lifestyle is as much a part of your skincare routine as your cleanser. 
I have the type of skin where if I look at chocolate I get three brand new breakouts. When you take care of your skin from the inside, eat your vegetables, get some sleep, drink water, exercise you will notice a difference in your skin, your confidence and your energy levels. I find it so hard to remember this and always feel like I can rectify my mistakes with a cup of green tea no matter the four slices of cake I had earlier but this is something I must pay more mind to as it is a lesson I have learned the hard way. 

Lesson 2: Less is more.
The more problematic my skin is the more things I want to chuck at it, which is not good. Especially with the products that I favour which tend to contain aggressive ingredients or fragrance, like tea tree oil and AHA toners. Streamlining your skincare routine is important because then you get to see what really works, in my opinion. 


Lesson 3: If it works it works.
It doesn't have to be fancy, if it works for you then it works. I am obsessed with aloe vera gel at the moment, I use it as a night time moisturiser and as a primer and it works wonders. I am in love with how it feels and how my makeup adheres to it, my skin feels so soft in the morning. In a similar vein, there are products I have tried in the past that haven't been highly recommended by skincare experts but have honestly worked so well for my skin and I think that is okay. If it isn't going to cause long-term or short-term damage then stick with it. For instance, Sudacrem and toothpaste work on my breakouts a treat but I know toothpaste especially is not recommended. Oops. 


Lesson 4: Don't be lazy. 
This lesson applies to diet and lifestyle as well, but in particular I am talking about giving your skincare time to actually work. Things like the 60 second cleanse and giving your moisturiser five minutes to sink in can honestly work wonders. Doing little facial massages, layering your toners or putting your eye cream in the fridge can make small but effective differences if given the chance. If you're going to spend some bucks on some good skincare at least let it have its moment. I also find this quite relaxing and therapeutic which is an added bonus. 


Lesson 5: Your skin means more than just your face. 
Again, I think the whole motto of this post is all about not being lazy, but I am guilty of neglecting parts of my skin. Exfoliating and moisturising regularly can make a huge difference, there are masks for the body and the feet as well as hands that work wonders. Applying SPF on any exposed skin is a good habit to get into straight away and these are just some examples of how I don't give my skin the TLC it deserves. 

Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it. I should be back this Sunday from Japan and hopefully have a foundation review up for you on Tuesday if I am not utterly exhausted. I would love to read some of your skincare lessons in the comments below if you would like to share. Hope you are having a great week whatever you are doing. See you in the next post. Take care.

What skincare lessons have you learned? 

Love 
Kiran

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

FENTY BEAUTY | 3 BEST PRODUCTS THAT ARE WORTH THE HYPE


Fenty Beauty impressed everyone and their Tamagotchi when they first launched with an impressive array of foundations, of course they have released a tonne of stuff since then, some I haven't even had the chance to look at but now that this much coveted brand is available in Boots, and has been for a while I thought I would share my top three recommendations. I only wanted to share three because I have been appreciating a more minimalist low-buy approach this past year and I don't want anyone to feel overwhelmed or overloaded. By no means will these products be everyone's favourite but I know they have wowed me and so have many other beauty lovers. 

Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr Foundation. The original and the best in my opinion, if you have normal to oily skin and especially if you have oily combination skin this is the foundation for you. The finish is semi-matte with an incredible lightweight almost watery texture that feels like nothing on the skin. I prefer to blend this out with buffing brush, you get more coverage and use less product but it also works with a sponge. This foundation lasts for ages and doesn't settle into lines at all, another reason I love it so much is that it pairs well with everything, any concealer, powder, I can mix it with any foundation, and even cream highlights, if I want to tweak the formula slightly, not that you need to, works every single time. 

Fenty Sun Stalkr Instant Warmth Bronzer. I really didn't want to like the bronzers, but I went into store recently and had the sales associate try Bajan Gyal on me and the formula is so soft and blends like a dream. It is pigmented without being overly pigmented so is nicely buildable which is exactly the kind of colour payoff I want in a bronzer. It goes without saying that the packaging is gorgeous too, equally the dual highlights are drop dead gorgeous and definitely worth a second look if you are more of a highlight person with a shade available for every mood.

Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Lumiser. Another product I didn't want to believe the hype about because they are so tiny they look like a colossal waste of money, but do not be fooled. These are tiny oddly shaped containers of perfection, It doesn't matter which shade you get, I personally like the first one they released Rosewood as it is quite a warm shade, but it leaves your lips looking lovely and isn't sticky or goopy at all and I love how portable the tube is, you could carry ten at a time if you wanted. 

I would love to know your favourite Fenty products, if you have tried anything from the brand, in the comments below. If you haven't tried anything what would you like to try? Please share. Their latest release is their Brow MVP pencils that have been receiving very positive reviews. I am still in Japan at the time of this being published, but will check back and return comments as soon as I can. Thank you so much for reading, it means a lot! Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What are your favourite products from Fenty Beauty or products you want to try? 

Love 
Kiran

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Sunday, 8 September 2019

SEPTEMBER GOALS


We are already a week into September, notably I feel very different to how I feel typically would feel at the start of a new month which is the predictable *gasp* where has the time gone *shocked expression*. This year, much like last year, has been a complete mixed bag and I have been taking it day by day let alone month by month, and I am ready to move on, every new day, new month, new year is a chance of a fresh start and the potential for things to get much much better. I haven't done a goals post in a while and I find helps me to stay on track and focus on yourself especially when there is a lot going on for you. I am currently in Japan, most likely severely jetlagged. I am frantically trying to get some posts in queue before I fly so I don't feel severely disappointed in myself, really sorry if these suck by the way. 

1. Be present. This is something I am sure many people struggle with but I do want to try and enjoy every day and every moment in their own right. Sometimes, I can become fixated on the future, what might happen, what has already happened and know in my heart of hearts that the best thing to do is just live for the now. I start a new job in October and to be quite honest  I am bricking it. So the best thing to do is enjoy what is happening right now, the job I have, the people I love, the good and the bad, worry about tomorrow when it comes. If you worry about something before it happens you put yourself through the same stress twice. Save yourself the stress. 

2. Be open to trying new things. I am lucky enough to be spending a fortnight in Japan and I want to squeeze every last drop of it and have no regrets. I am not going there with a concrete plan of course we have an itinerary of sorts and we have key places to explore but I am so excited to get Lost in Japan (Shawn Mendes reference - not sorry). 


3. Healthy is happy. I have bad eating habits, particularly when it comes to sweet food and I want to get back on track to eating a healthier, balanced diet with less meat. I am going to make a conscious effort do this and to incorporate more exercise into my daily routine. 

4. Friendships. Friends save your life, I have gained and lost friends every year so I want to make a conscious effort to keep people that add to my life in my life even if it is in a really small way, like an email or a quick text. As I mentioned, I am leaving my job and it would mean a lot to me to be able to remain in touch even for a brief while with some of the great people I have met there. In a way it gives me that sense of validation that I am worth knowing and not that easy to throw away, I can take broken friendships personally and it does hurt my feelings to feel like I am not worth knowing to people that I genuinely care about and enjoy spending time with - I would be happy to do a post on this if it is something people might relate to?


5. Blog my little heart out. I definitely want to keep the blogging momentum going, it sounds stupid, but I think it is good for my self-esteem and helps keep me motivated and engaged in my life. I definitely want to do some posts on Japan, I really miss doing my travel posts I have been to so many amazing places in the last few years like Amalfi Coast, Jordan, Marbella, Berlin etc. that it is such a shame that I don't have a post to commemorate them. 

Five small, hopefully achievable, goals. Nothing too crazy. There are other things on my mind too, like saving money and not overspending. I can go crazy in the pasta aisle at Sainsbury's during my lunch break and I definitely need to calm down. Please check back in for a post in a few days, I have a bunch of foundation reviews to post but want to make sure I am back on British soil so I can do them when I am not in a rush and am able to take photos properly etc. Thank you so much for reading, I will see you in the next post which will be in a week so Sunday, so come back then. Leave a comment below sharing your goals for September, I would love to read them. Take care. 

What are your goals for September? 

Love 
Kiran

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Monday, 2 September 2019

BEST TONER EVER | TEA TREE & WITCH HAZEL CLEANSING TONING LOTION REVIEW


I have tried many toners with varying success. At the start of my forage into the skincare universe I wasn't sold on the notion of toner in the slightest, but now, years later, it is my favourite step of skincare and the one step that makes the most difference. Some of my all time holy grail favourites being the Alpha H Liquid Gold (full post here), which I adore with undying passion and the Pixi Retinol Tonic (full post here), my favourite out of all the Pixi Tonics to be brutally honest.This can't be the first time I have mentioned the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion (£2.67) but it bears repeating. This is a toner that is less than £3 and is constantly on offer at Boots, it is the only toner that speeds up the process of my breakouts


This is an anti-bacterial toning lotion that contains tea tree oil, which is known to treat acne, and witch hazel which is calming and soothing for the skin. The ingredients are below and here: Aqua (Water), Alcohol denat., Polysorbate 20, Alcohol, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) distillate, Parfum (Fragrance), Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Benzophenone-4, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Linalool, CI 61570 (Green 5), CI 19140 (Yellow 5). If you don't have blemish-prone acne-prone problematic af skin then you can absolutely skip this, this will not be the toner for you and if you have dry skin skip this. As you can see from the ingredients there is alcohol in here and that helps dry out spots, if you have active breakouts or breakouts that are under the surface this is a miracle worker. It turns my spots into their last phase of life overnight where I can destroy them in the morning. 


Honestly, the ingredients aren't the best but it is a harsh but effective product. Not to mention affordable. My tips are to not use it every day and to ensure you are using moisturisers, serums or face oils to combat the dryness of this toner and to use it primarily as a spot treatment. I have oily/combination skin where the perimeter of my face and around my eyes are quite dry and I typically breakout around my chin area, I think it is because I touch my face a lot and I really need to stop. So I apply the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner on my chin and jawline, I also like to layer it as I read that this makes toner more effective and I have really seen results using this method. Just last night, I was breaking out all over the shop due to my non-existent willpower when it comes to junk food and I did a quick swipe all over the majority of my skin and then again on the dry parts, slather on some aloe vera and the next day I had so many spots that were ready to break free, pun intended. Again, I cannot reiterate enough do not use it every day, it will dry out your skin, use it as a spot treatment a few times a week. It works for me, I don't know if it will work for everybody. If you have any recommendations for someone with my skin type please let me know and if you have any toners you really love please share them with me in the comments. I really like to finesse my skincare routine and I am happy to splurge when doing so. Thank you so much for reading. Take care. 

What is your holy grail toner? 

Love 
Kiran

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