May Favourites 2015

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Burberry Fresh Glow foundation

Matte skin is out, dewy skin is in…and I like it, a lot.

I had my eye on the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation for the longest time but I resisted temptation. Mainly because I was quite happy with my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation and to be honest no body really needs 5 bottles of foundation on the go, right? But one late evening I was walking past Boots in Liverpool Street – which I believe is the only Boots in London to stock Burberry makeup and I caved. I brought the Burberry Fresh Glow foundation and got myself matched to the shade Warm Honey which in my opinion is ever so slightly too dark but the next shade down was too ashy and to be honest Warm Honesy is definitely a shade that I can blend and make it work for me.

First time that I used it I just knew that this was going to be pretty special, it’s literally good-healthy-dewy (can I think of any more words?) skin in a bottle.
2/3 small pumps are enough to give me a light coverage and its definitely build able to a medium coverage. Waking up at 6.30am and applying a foundation which makes your skin looks like you’ve walked out of a beach is fine by me. 

It lasts a good 8hours without powdering – I hate layering my products and tend not to use a setting powder, if and thats a big if, I need to then it’ll be something like the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder or Chanel powder which is finely milled and literally apply it onto my t-zone. I’ve had so many compliments on the Fresh Glow Foundation, it doesn’t look cakey or over-powering. I have a normal/dry sometimes a combination skin and this is my favourite foundation so far…

So much so that I included it in my monthly May favourites this month – also I’m almost at 1000 subscribers…waaah?! 

If you want to know what else I’ve been loving this month then click down below and don’t forget to subscribe if you liked it. I’m trying to upload every Sunday at 9.30am – it’s the time when I watch most of my YouTube Subscribed inbox, however I am thinking to change the upload schedule…hmmm, any thoughts?

 

origins drink up mask

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avene skin recovery cream

Whilst most people are excited about summer, rooftop bars and wearing summer-esque clothes, I’ll be battling the curse of hay fever and the after effects that comes along with it. Not only do I get itchy, watery swollen eyes, snotty nose (sorry for the tmi) and a throat which feels like its on fire but I also get an extremely dry face. So products that people would tend to use in the winter, I am using in the summer. Origins Drink Up Intensive is an ultra-hydrating mask which smells so good. A peachy, light fruit scent and the mask comes out clear. I apply it just before I get to bed. Having a product plastered onto your face can feel weird, so this mask could feel really uncomfortable at first but you get used to it after a while and its totally worth it the morning after because your skin feels  absolutely incredible. I’ve also tried applying it just in certain areas as opposed to the entire face, for example the cheeks and forehead and it works just as well. You could use it as as a 20min mask but because my skin is in incredible need to moisture I choose the latter method.

Mask done, skin is feeling slightly more revived now onto moisturising. My go-to face cream is Effaclar Duo and I bloody love it but it just isn’t enough when my skin is feeling so tight and dry. Avene Skin recovery cream is one of the few creams that work on my skin without breaking me out. There’s a rich version of Skin Recovery cream and I’ve tried it however it’s slightly too heavy for me. I’ve got a strange combination of sensitive, dry to normal skin which sometimes becomes combination/spot prone. Oh the troubles. Skin recovery cream smells of nothing, feels lightweight and moisturises like a dream. Bring on the pollen my skin can handle it…my eyes and nose though, thats another story.

life

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happiness

I definitely think that in the last couple of years anxiety went from one extreme to the other in the social-media world. From not really acknowledging it at all to anxiety being something cool and what individuals should strive for because people that they look up to may suffer from it. Anyone with a real form of anxiety finds it quite difficult to function in everyday to day life and it’s not something you want to have (by choice) in your life. 

Do I have anxiety? I’m not sure…

I feel like I’ve been/am definitely going through something, whether that is classified as anxiety who knows. The other day I went to this function where I didn’t really know anyone. Well…I knew of them, I knew there names but didn’t actually know them. If I’m with a small group of friends with people who I’ve known for with a while then I can usually cope but in large groups where I don’t know anyone I get this weird feeling of uncomfortableness and can’t seem to get out an actual sentence. Back to this function, so a few people started talking to me and I froze, I just looked at them. I could hear them, understand them and in my head probably had some sort of response but my body just froze. For the life of me I couldn’t actually get out a sentence and 30 seconds of awkward silence my brain said ‘say something, anything’ was too late. I felt like I couldn’t breath. I was standing still but felt like I ran a 900m run and was short of breath. Hastily I left the room and as the door behind me shut I gasped for air as if my drowning head just popped out of the sea. It was unreal. I have never felt like this…ever. I drove home feeling confused, what the hell was that? They weren’t complete strangers? Why am I so weird? 

Later on that night I sat on my bed and tried to recall every social gathering to see if I had ever felt like that before…and I couldn’t remember one single moment in my life. I always knew I wasn’t the most confident in a crowd of people but I was able to hold a decent conversation whilst throwing in some witty/sarcastic remark. I mean most of the time I make friends because of my insanely annoying sarcastic personality. My thoughts carried on through-out the evening and then it hit me… I don’t really hang-out in large groups. During school years I had 1 friend, College I had 2 friends, University I had 3…that was pretty much how it was for through-out my studying and work life. I had many friends but in small groups. I never really paid much attention to it till now and then I recalled that at my wedding I had 600 guests and they were all in little groups of 2/3 or one person – no one really knew each other. The more I thought about it, the more it began to piece together…surely there is something hidden in there. 

I find it absolutely fascinating that at the age of 27 only now I’m discovering that I may suffer some form of social anxiety. I also find it fascinating that I feel 100% comfortable talking in front of 30 teenagers in a classroom yet struggle to have a conversation in a group with adults. 

Anxiety can come in lots of sizes/forms – it’s difficult to understand let a lone deal with it. I’m going to figure this out but one thing I’m confident on is that I know

I will be okay.

wonderful

 

oskia cleansing gel

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oskiarenaisannce gel

 

If anything is bae, its skincare. I literally get excited every evening to give my skin a double cleanse. Even if I’m not wearing makeup I always make the effort to give my skin a good clean. Working in the skincare field as a consultant in my late teens and early 20′s I really learnt to appreciate the effects of good skincare in the long run. To be honest you don’t really need the most expensive cleansers/moisturisers in the world but as long as cleansing is regularly embedded into your routine, the skin will thank you in the future. I spent months looking for a good cleanser that would suit my skin and Avene Gentle gel cleanser is probably the best for my skin-type. I have normal/dry skin but quite sensitive so I need something gentle but effective. This has been with for the last 7years but a recent product that I’ve been loving is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. There was so much hype over this product and I resisted it for so long but I finally caved in and brought it from SPACE.NK. It’s a strange formula, its not like any other that I’ve tried. It’s a gel-like cleanser but when applied it turns to a milky/cream texture and it removes everything. My skin just feels cleansed without feeling stripped. If you’re someone with combination/oily skin type I can imagine this being amazing as it’s not too heavy. The smell for me on some days is a bit much but I’m really sensitive to scents. On somedays I quite like it the smell and other days I can’t stand it for too long. Double cleansing usually happens in the evening – first I apply the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel on unwashed skin and let the gel to milk magic do its thing. After rinsing off with warm water I pump out the Avene Cleansing Gel and do my final cleanse just to rinse off any excess. I also let my skin air-dry so I haven’t used a towel on my skin in 7/8years and my skin has never looked better. 

These two are probably my HG skincare products. What are your skincare HG product/s?

bronzeglow charlotte tilbury

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filmstar bronze and glow CT Filmstar bronze and glow bronze and glow1 Charlotte tilbury filmstarA couple days ago whilst getting ready I went onto YouTube and switched my usual Lisa Eldridge video choice to Charlotte Tilbury, in specific the Amal Clooney wedding day makeup look and the Filmstar Bronze and Glow made an appearance – it looked so beautiful on the model, at this point I remembered I actually own this! But I’ve never actually used it, so I pulled it out my MUJI acrylic draws and took my Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Powder brush and began to apply. Charlotte Tilbury is one of the few women that I admire, from her product line it’s evident that she’s trying to aim towards the ‘everyday working women’ and pursues to make women feel glamorous and make it really easy a lot of her make-up products are simple yet effective and easy to apply.

Now when Charlotte Tilbury talks about this product she says that it’s contouring made easy – for me I definitely found this to be more of a bronzer than a contour. In some parts of her video she would refer to the Filmstar Bronze & Glow as a bronzer and contour in other parts. To me contour is a completely different type of art than a bronzer. Contour is an art of creating shadows on the face to help create definition – for which you should usually use a cool toned neutral shade, I found taupe coloured eyeshadows best for this. Bronzer on the other hand is more of a ‘glow’ giver, something to warm up the skin to make it look like you’ve had a few hours at the beach and caught some well-needed sun. How can both concepts be embedded in the same product? For me the sculpt powder is definitely a bronzer as opposed to a contour shade but a lovely one at that. It is so finely milled, really buildable and I really enjoyed using it. The highlighter shade is my favourite out of the two. I love a good bit of a healthy golden glow and again this is really finely milled, feels really creamy but is a powder. A few people said the highlighter wasn’t day appropriate for them but I’ve worn this to work and it’s beautiful, doesn’t come across as being overly ‘golden’ for £49 it is on the pricey side but you’re getting two products so it’s slightly justified, right? 

me1

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me2

Okay round two of this whole thoughts entry, now the title is pretty intense and this could be a huge topic of its own.

However today I want to talk about marriage and at what age society ‘expects’ you to get married and have children. The idea for this topic came from when I met up with 3 of my University friends, we meet far and few in between, adult life has taken over – long gone are the days where we literally lived in Oxford Street.

The conversation all started off by discussing how long we’ve known each other, 9 years! Then we started talking about marriage and babies, when we’d like to have them and how old we’d be when our kids turn 20.
Yes that is a scary thought… Out of the 4 of us, I’m the only one whose married so it was interesting to hear their perspective on things and the pressure they’re receiving from different ends.

I think when you come from a Pakistani/Indian background there’s automatically an unsaid ‘expected’ age for marriage. About 10years ago it was 19/20 where you were to get married, now it seems to be more acceptable if you’re in your mid-20′s and after that there seems to be a certain pressure. Pressure from family, friends, relatives and possibly even yourself. And this seems to increase as time goes by…this makes me question why? At the age of 27 I still haven’t really figured out who/what I am. Yes I have a career and a hobby both which I love but I still don’t feel like I’m there yet, where ever there may be. And if I had met Nojmul when I did, I would probably still not be married, the idea of feeling pressured to get married really scares me. And to imagine, there are several women at the moment who are feeling the same pressure. To be fair I think that the pressure of marriage and offsprings lays in most cultures.

My advice to you all do not stress yourself out. If it’s meant to be it will be. If you force it/rush it, you’ll probably settle for someone who you don’t entirely want to be with but decided it’ll do, because you’re freaking out about age, time, etc.

Our conversation moved over to kids – so if you get married at 27, you have a couple years to yourselves, I think thats the ‘accepted’ time-frame before everyone starts questioning ‘when are you going to have a baby’. However for me it started a day after I was married and my sister kept/keeps asking me if I’m pregnant yet.  Back to the point I was making, married at 27/28, baby at 30 – by the time your child is 20, you’ll be 50. I’m just going to let that settle in there for a second… 50 sounds as scary as  what 25 did when I was 10years old. It’s actually not that far away and if you decide to have more then one child then that means you may even be 55+ to see your youngest get to 20. Okay I’m going to stop there. I feel like now, more then ever, more women are very career focused, owning their own companies, in leadership status in the co-operative industry. Something has to give and it seems like having children is one of those things. And theres nothing wrong with that, if its an individuals choice. It’s my decision if I marry or stay single or just be with someone without a label. It’s my choice if I decide to have children. Mine, not the cultures, not societies. Mine. Women should be congratulated for excelling in their careers, instead of having to choose between one or the other. 

For my day job I teach Design Technology focusing more in the realms of Resistant Materials, Electronics and Graphics, in a mixed gender school and the girls that choose the subject are far and few. Whenever I recommend the subject to a parent/girl they often come out with the same comment ‘I/she won’t/doesn’t need the subject in my life’.  This again could be whole other topic in its own right but the point is that from a very young age this idea of being solely a homemaker is embedded to some young children’s mind and it carries with them until they’re adults.

I always remind students to work hard in their GCSEs and give it their all and even after trying your hardest all doesn’t go to plan then it’s not the be all and end all. The same applies to women(and men) in their 20s 30s 40s – marriage isn’t the be all and end all. It may all sound a bit rich coming from someone who isn’t in the situation but believe you me I’ve had my fair share of pressure from family and society. 

The thing is, we make the traditions and culture so if we want to change it then it’s something we have to actively do together. Some idealistic views on what life should be like was created by people many, many years ago and it suited them at that point in time but things have changed, we’ve moved on.

Think about it, we update our phones to move with society so that we can function to the best possible ability – then why not update culture and traditions about how we choose to live the rest of our life?

 

 

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baked golden MUPGOLD makeuprevolution makeup revolution gold

 I have been itching to do a review on the Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Baked Highlighter ever since I laid my hands on it in Lisbon, I mean just look at the embossing, it is stunning.

Makeup Revolution is a brand which is made in London and offers very similar ‘dupes’ to higher end products. If I’m honest at first I wasn’t really sure what to make of the products and the brand as it was really difficult to get my hands on the Makeup Revolution range to test and try. I don’t think they were in that many stores and I’m always really wary when it comes to ordering makeup online. One too many orders gone wrong. I love a good highlighter and was really intrigued to give this a go. Its a baked product but surprisingly I didn’t find the powder to have too much fall-out unlike another baked product. The pigmentation is great, picks up colour really evenly and when I swatched it with my finger-tips there was almost a white-powder wash with a golden tint which scared me but when I applied the product with a brush it sheered out to a beautiful veil of gold shimmery highlight. With that being said it is on the high shine-end of things so I haven’t been able to make this for a an everyday look but wore it out to a bbq and I received so many compliments on the highlighter. Its incredibly blend-able and so affordable for only £3.00! It’s going to make a perfect golden inner corner and eyebrow highlight. This is probably going to be my go-to highlight for summer evening and weddings.

I can’t believe I didn’t try Makeup Revolution before, have you tried the range? What are your favourite products…I’m feeling the urge to explore into what the brand has to offer.

MAC LINERS1

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SOAR MACLINERS1 MACLINERS MACDERVISHRemember that time I said I really don’t like lip-liners? watch here. Well almost a year down the line and I own over 26 – twenty six. What the…? I thought I would pick out some of my favourites and no surprise they’re all nude shades, you know my lips but better. They’re also all MAC liners – two of which were insanely difficult to get my hands on. Can you guess which ones?

 Spice was worn in my April favourites and Beurre was featured in my March favourites. Spice is my new favourite shade at the moment, a neutral brown which compliments olive skin-tone really well. Beurre is slightly darker and the formula is ultra-creamy, it’s one of the pro-longwear cremesticks. I have a love/hate relationship with these twist up pencils as they tend to break however this one hasn’t snapped yet, so far so good.

Dervish is a new purchase and it seems to be within the same hue as Soar but a little lighter, excited to give this one a go. Subculture was the worst in pigmentation, it applied extremely unevenly and the colour just didn’t show on my lips. Lesson to you all people, never buy a lip-liner online without actually having tested the colour/pigmentation. Boldly Bare is slightly darker then Subculture. It’s definitely on the peach colour-spectrum and isn’t too pale so it doesn’t wash out olive skin-tones, I think this will be my go-to in the summer months. Soar is the colour most of us were obsessed with and tried getting our hands onto. During one afternoon I received an email from MAC letting me know it was in stock and I was so quick to make an order. Now that Ms Jenner has finally admitted to having lip fillers perhaps it’ll come back in stock.

Now the question most people ask me, are they drying on the lips? Apart from Beurre, they are quite drying but nothing that a small amount of matte lip-balm can’t fix. My favourite balm is Nuxe reve de miel, matte yet super hydrating and works well when layering a lip-pencil. After months of practice I think my lip-liner application is getting a bit better and I do find that a lip-liner lasts a lot longer and is so much easier to carry around. And when you have small lips like mine a lip-liner can really help shape a beautiful pout. Why MAC? I think this was a complete subconscious decision. When I first got into make-up properly, MAC was the go to place for lipsticks/foundation. They seemed to have the answer and colour range for all your needs, so when I’m discovering my love for lip-liners MAC seemed to be my go-to place. It has nothing to do with everyone raving about lip pencils and the Jenner phase *cough*

 In order to aid my ever-growing collection of liners I would love to know what your favourite picks are.

 

essieff

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essiflatlay essiesummitofstyle summernails essiepeachdaquiri

 

No matter what season or time of year it is, I never get bored of glittery nails. Essie Summit of Style has been a constant favourite of mine these last few months. The glitter has almost a rose gold tint and the particles come in varied sizes which looks really pretty when layered on. The only downside to applying glitter straight onto the nails is that I find it to be quite strenuous on the nails and its so hard to remove. To tackle this, I’ve really been enjoying applying it on top of colours. Essie Peach Daiquiri in particular. This is the best summer-time nail colour. I don’t really see it to be in the peach spectrum at all, it’s more on the bright, raspberry/coral shade. Summer is on the horizon, or so I hope, so the pastels will be going back in the nail-polish cupboard and out come the bright pinks/peaches and reds. However I often find a classic red quite hard to wear on my nails, some shades almost looks ageing on my hands – it normally has to be a red with an orange undertone so the search for the perfect red continues, feel free to leave suggestions.

On the other hand pinks/corals work a lot better with my skin-tone and Essie Peach Daiquiri is the perfect shade. I wanted to wear Peach Daiquiri and Summit of Style together so my lame attempt of nail art where I just apply it 50/50. It’s really simple but the two colours work well together. 

chaneleyeliner

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grey eyes SWATCHgrey

grey1Surely I can’t be the only one who struggles to wear a smokey eye, especially when it’s heavily black eyeshadow/liner based. I assume its something to do with having super small eyes and being partially intimidated by a black eyeshadow resulted in me looking for alternatives. I’ve previously been addicted to MAC Teddy eyeliner which is a bronze/shimmer brown eyeliner which works so well when you just want to add a little something without having to be too neat. Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink usually made an appearance when I really wanted to jazz up a look. However in recent weeks I found myself wearing a grey eyeliner, it’s almost Black without being looking too harsh. I have three that I really love – Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal  (£18) has a little smudger at the end of the pencil which I tend to forget even exists half the time. This is the lightest out of the three in terms of pigmentation. It blends really well and pretty much is MAC Teddy but the grey version, it does tend to steer slightly on the sliver sheen none the less it looks really effortless when applied and it’s definitely my ‘no-fuss’ sort of product.  Chanel Stylo pen was a bit of a splurge a while back and if I’m honest there are so many cheaper alternatives but sometimes a girl just needs her Chanel fix. This is so creamy, probably one of the creamiest eyeshadow sticks I’ve tried, the formula is extremely easy to blend. It’s definitely the darkest shade of grey you could possibly get and it also has small glitter particles so this only tends to be used on the rare occasion when I actually leave my flat to have some sort of social life. In my opinion the picture does the product no justice. There is an angled tip which makes it really easy to apply on the contour of the eyes and I always use a MAC pencil brush to smudge it in. Still not over the whole Olsen-twin vibe. However I do think that Chanel really lacks in the longevity department, as beautiful as the colour, pigmentation, creaminess and blend ability is, I just don’t find that this stay put or lasts on my lids and I don’t even have particularly oily eyelids. After 5 hours it does start to fade and move around slightly so for the price, I don’t think I’m in a rush to buy another one any time soon. KIKO eyeshadow sticks though, a whole other story. These are hands down the best affordable formulas I have tried. They just last! The grey shade is slightly a darker hue of the Bobbi Brown Kajal pencil, verging more on the silver ends of things.

A swipe of grey and full thick lashes seems to be the look I’m wearing these days and I kinda like it…

Who knew grey would be the new black for me? I know a black eyeliner is a statement look but have you ever tried an alternative? You never know, you may actually like it.