Fe-Blog-Uary Day 3 – Products I’m Excited to Try


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When this year started, I knew that I’d want to try lots of new products and step out of my comfort zone a little with the make up I wear and cosmetics I use, so I decided to take advantage of the things I’d usually push aside and start incorporating the things I get in Glossy Boxes and free samples! I’m mega excited to try these products so stay tuned for a follow up post about my reviews on these!

Rapid Dry Quick Dry for Nails

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Starting off with this spray, I actually used this recently when I needed my nails dry in a hurry and I loved it so much, I included it in my January 2014 favourites linked here for you read a full review on.

Rimmel Stay Blushed in ‘001 Pop of Pink’

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This jumped out to me recently when I saw it at the Rimmel stand! I love cheek stains because they look so natural and after I swatched the tester, I knew I’d like it! It’s a gorgeous bubblegum pink shade and is a paste-like consistency! I’ll let you know what I think of it after I’ve rested it out fully!

Maybelline Colossal Volum Express

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I’ve actually used this once before when they released this mascara with a ‘Cat Eye’ campaign and I’m not sure of they still sell it! I loved it so much that when I saw it in my Glossy Box, I squealed! I really like the look of the brush and the product’s consistency seems just right for my eyelashes.. A factor that people usually forget to check! I can’t wait for my current mascara to finish so I can try this!

HD Brows Eye Brow Palette

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I’m not usually into brows and they’re definitely something that I tend to ignore when I’m doing my make up.. I tend to put on clear mascara and call it a day however, they do have sparse areas that need se love so I’m excited to dog I to this HEAVILY raved about quad! You can use these as eyeshadows too.. Woo!

Seche Nail Polish in ‘Smokey’

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I’ve not really used many colours from Seche because they’re so expensive however, after receiving this in a Glossy Box, I can’t wait to start using dark colours on my nails again! I own another pink colour by Seche and the formula was amazing (which you’d expect based on how much they cost). This is a gorgeous charcoal grey with a slight silver shimmer running through.. Perfect for evenings!

Urban Decay Primer Potions (Original, Sin, Eden, Anti-Ageing)

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When I got this with my Naked 3 palette, I was so excited to try them because I’ve only ever used the ‘Original Primer Potion’ and have always wanted to try sin! I can’t wait to dip my finger in this little pots and get cracking with some funky eye looks!

What are you excited to try this year? Have you made any resolutions?

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Fe-Blog-Uary Day 1- January Favourites 2014


I thought there would be no better way to introduce this blogging month by saying good bye to last month! I’ll be blogging every single day during February so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting things!

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January was an adventurous month for me and I didn’t have a lot of time to try new products or even look on the market for new releases however, these items definitely stood out to me more than any others!

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Elegant Touch Rapid Dry For Nails
I received this in a Glossy Box last month and really wanted my nails dry before I set off for somewhere! I literally had 5 mins and wanted to try a new nail varnish colour SOOOOO bad that I was prepared to not touch anything whilst getting dressed and getting my hijab on.. Which we all know needs fingers and thumbs! I was so glad when I found this and had 60 seconds for this to dry and my oh my.. Does it set them rock solid! This stuff don’t the job so well! It was so easy to spray onto nails and then it set with a nice glossy finish.. In no time at all! I will say that on the nails where I applied a few thick coats, it did still smudge but overall, it’s amazeballs!

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Inglot 80HP Brush
Since I’ve been using so many eyeshadows lately, I found this brush to be the best for smudging under my eyes which was definitely a look that I was rocking last month! I really like the rocker look at the moment and this is a super soft and stiff brush which blends eyeshadows effortlessly in hard to reach areas! It washes really easily and is the perfect size for any eye looks that need that ‘smudging’ effect!

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MAC Opulash Mascara
I hauled this mascara when I went to the Cosmetics Company store in Bicester Village a few months ago! I had never tried a MAC mascara and I didn’t have high hopes for using this because of the GINORMOUS brush however, after using this a few times I have found the perfect way to use it! I opened it and let it dry slightly over a few months (which I often have to do with mascaras) and then I apply this about 4 times over, repeating every application when the mascara is about 70% dry! It’s a bit of a faff but, the results are really good! I get voluminous and longer looking lashes which are the main things I want from a mascara!

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Philip Kingsley One more Day
I received this in a Glamour Beauty Box that I ordered some time last year because I’ve been really into dry shampoos and thought this would be amazing.. I wasn’t wrong! It’s a gorgeous fine mist of dry shampoo which leaves your hair feeling fresh and invigorated! It feels really cold on the scalp and doesn’t feel sticky after a few hours, like most dry shampoos do! I throughly enjoyed using this! I would say it isn’t the best for dark hair because it leaves a grey powdery look but if you spray from afar and really rough up your hair, you can’t tell at all! Was definitely a sample size worth getting!

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MAC Face and Body Foundation
When I bought this foundation, I knew that I’d love it because I love the idea of a light coverage, dewy looking and fuss free foundation, if ever I wear it! I just never seemed to get into this thought until last month, when I finally found a way to wear it best (with a primer underneath and set with Studio Fix by MAC). I love the finish it gives and it makes your skin look so healthy! This colour is way too dark for me though however, I don’t really mind the shade when I go out with it on as it looks fine in the daylight! I love how natural it looks and feels and I love the little bottle too.. So cute!

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Khroma/ Kardashian Beauty Complete Face Palette
This palette has changed my life! It’s a really good selection of eyeshadows and face products which have made my beauty regime so easy on those days where I just can’t choose! This is supposed to be an ‘all-in-one’ kind of kit and it is so handy’ there are 4 matte and 4 shimmery (metallic) eyeshadows, a blusher, highlighter and bronzer in this kit.. All encased in a small little box with a good sized mirror! I love the natural shades and I think the colour payoff of the eyeshadows are really good! The highlighter makes your skin look so healthy and the blush and bronzer are just perfect for my skin tone! This palette was on my face all month in January!

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Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder
I got this powder almost two years ago and despite using it so much, it’s doing really well! It’s a beautifully creamy powder which isn’t chalky rather, soft and almost like a powder foundation! I love this lighter shade under my eyes which I’ve needed, because last month was so busy! It set my concealer really well and helped brighten the eye area by heaps and bounds! What more could I ask for!?

What beauty products have you been enjoying? What were your favourites from last year?

Red Roulette


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For those of you who don’t know, red is my favourite colour and I LOVE red makeup on my skin tone! I don’t often wear red clothes but I always manage find a way to wear red somewhere on me! Take a look at my favourite red makeup products!

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Cherry Tart’ – £5 (On offer at Superdrug right now with 3 for 2)

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When it comes to red lips, it’s a stark and sometimes outlandish thing to wear with a hijab so I find wearing a sheer wash of it on the lips is a nice way to pull it off. Lip butters have superb colour pay off and are super moisturising too! They don’t hurt the bank balance too much either!

Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in ‘Golden Red’ – £15

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As well as sheer lipsticks, lip glosses are a nice way to wear red. This Elizabeth Arden red is a vibrant red with amazing gold glitter in it! It makes the red a little more subtle somehow and it makes your lips look incredible! This colour would suit most skin tones!

MAC blusher in ‘Frankly Scarlet’ – £18

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The scariest blush you’ve ever seen? I thought so too, until I tried it on and it blew me away! This was the second purchase I ever made from MAC and It’s one of my all time favourite MAC products! It creates an amazing flush to the cheeks but doesn’t look too much.. Just apply it with a light hand because it’s super pigmented! Darker skin..? This would look AMAZING on you!

MakeUp Geek Eyeshadow in ‘Razzleberry’ – £3.63

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MakeUp Geek eyeshadows are one of my favourite brands of eyeshadow! MAC quality for a fraction of the price! They’re super pigmented and this colour is amazing! It’s a reddish/ pink with gold glitter running through it! Notorious for being hard to wear on eyes, red isn’t the easiest colour to wear but experiment with it to see how it best suits you.

Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Sunset’ – £7.99

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I love Sleek palettes and this red-based palette makes wearing red eyeshadow so easy! The colours are mostly shimmery but there is a matte black. I love how the colour mix together to form new shades and how they look on their lonesome! I don’t use it a tonne during the summer but for some reason I love the way the colours look on pale winter skin!

Nails Inc. ‘Big Red Apple’ – £11.99
Rimmel 60 seconds ‘Double Decker Red’ – £3.69
Essie ‘Russian Roulette’ – £7.99

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


IT’S HERE!! It’s arrived! And let’s have a moment of silence for its beauty in all it’s glory!!

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The much awaited Naked 3 palette has been released and just in time for Christmas (cleverly done Urban Decay). I was in town on the day if the launch and didn’t really have high hopes of getting ahold of it but I managed to get the last one in the store! I have the other Naked palettes and love them like no other so I knew I’d love this one just as much!

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The Packaging
Much like the Naked 2 palette, it comes in a metal tin with the 12 eyeshadows and brush inside! The inside is plastic lines and it comes with a big long mirror. It’s small, lightweight and ultra thin so excellent for travel. The outside looks like rouged fabric and is rose gold in colour with Naked 3 written in lovely handwriting embossed on the front! It’s really appealing to look at and would look great on a makeup/ vanity table! Originally it comes in a cardboard box.

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The Product
The eyeshadows themselves are the same size as the other two palettes and range in finish and shade (of course). There are three matte colour which are the ‘blending’ colours in my eyes so, cleverly thought out by Urban Decay there. There are four ‘foil’ finishes which are basically chunky and loose pigment style shades which have quite a bit of fall out but are really pigmented! And the other eyeshadows are ‘satin’ like finishes which either have a glitter running through them or are just a solid colour with a hue of another colour running in it. All of the colours are really pigmented, smooth and blend really well. The palette also comes with four small sample sized primer potions (which they claim would last a week each). There is also a dual ended synthetic brush which has a flat shader brush for applying colour on one end and a fluffy blending brush on the other.

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The Price
£37. The palette is available in Debenhams, Beauty Bay, House of Fraser. If you’re from the US, the Urban Decay website. This price includes the primer potions, brush and eyeshadow palette.

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The Verdict
All in all, after all the hype of the palette, I think it’s done really well! They’ve managed to make this palette different from the other two. I remember reading reviews from people when the Naked 2 was released of people saying you couldn’t tell the first and second palette apart. But this one is completely different with its warmer shades and an overall more ‘pinky’ vibe. It’s a nice colour collection and a lovely romantic feel throughout the palette! You can create tonnes of looks with the colours and not just with each individual colour, they’re good when they’re layered! The complaint I have is that the foiled colours have a lot of fall out. This one is SO overpriced! It costs £5 more than the other two at £37 and to be honest, the packaging isn’t that amazing and for reason, I feel as though MAC packaging although simple, is a lot more classy and sturdy. However, for 12 eyeshadows and a brush, the value is still amazing! For those of us on a smaller budget, let’s just wait for MUA or another drugstore brand to come out with a dupe for the palette! And when they do, I’ll keep you updated!

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All in all: 9/10 for this bundle of joy! It’s an amazing palette and lived up to all the hype. Would have got another point if they managed to make it a little cheaper so that a lot more people could justify its price!

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My Top: Autumn Lipsticks


Autumn is all about dark and deep shades and there’s no better statement than to add that dark look on your lips! I love dark lips but am not always brave enough to rock them.. My mum however LOVES them on me! So don’t be afraid to ask other people’s opinions on how it looks on you, you might be surprised what they think!

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em>NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Monte Carlo’

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Amsterdam’

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Body ShopLipstick ’22’

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MAC Amplified Lipstick in ‘Dubonnet’

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No7 Sheer Temptation in ‘Bewitching’

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Maybelline Volume XL Seduction in ‘Berry Desirable’

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Bourjois Shine ’23’

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Ted Baker Lip Crayon

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in ‘Crush’
Béguin’

Bicester Village Haul: DKNY and MAC


Whilst I was in Bicester Village and was bumping into all the shops I wasn’t interested in, I FINALLY went into a store called ‘The Cosmetics Company’, which little to my knowledge was an outlet store (which I should have known because Bicester Village is outlet central). I was so happy to see some amazing brands in there but obviously I was drawn to their MAC counter, where they had their limited edition collections at a discount! I wanted everything, but chose this..

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** MAC Holiday Edition 2012 gift sets Guilty Passions / 4 Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments (Limited Edition)

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** MAC Holiday Collection 2012 eye kit (was £37) £26

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** MAC eyeshadow pans in ‘All That Glitters’ and ‘Tempting’ (was £10) £7

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DKNY didn’t disappoint me either! Check out this watch I bought..

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I couldn’t find this watch online anywhere

Bronzed in Autumn


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I know it’s Autumn, so it’s time for fake tan to be out down.. But I still love being a little but more colourful than my natural skin tone! If you like having a bronze look about you, here are some of my favourite bronzers!

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Laura Mercier bronzing powder in Matte Bronze – £26

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Bourjois Delice De Soleil in 14 – £8.99

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Sleek Contour Kit in Medium – £6.49

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Khroma by Kardashians in Khloe’s Kardazzle (available in US)

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The Body Shop Brush on Bronze in – £14

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Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel – £31

Top 5 summer pink lipsticks!


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Now that we’re in the middle of the summertime, it’s time to pull out our bright colours! Some people aren’t too confident in wearing bright clothing and they love a bright lip so here’s my favourite summertime pinks! Stay tuned in the next few days for my other favourite summer tones!

YSL Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in 31 £21
A beautiful sheer hot pink colour that glosses wonderfully. Makes your lips look juicy and plumper

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Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon £20
A matte deep pink colour that looks lovely on any skin tone. Fairly natural but makes lips look plumper and really immaculate

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MAC Impassioned (amplified) £14
A vibrant coral pink with a satin finish. Like a less matte version of YSL lipstick. Really flattering bright pink colour.

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Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie £7.99
A smooth and moisturising pink shade. Although not uber sticky, glitter glistens beautifully in sunlight and is a lovely muted pink without being garish.

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Barry M in TMLP (turn my lips pink)
A melanin changing lip colour that adjusts differently on every person. It’s a moisturising pink colour that goes deeper as you do (when tanning etc) Lasts really well because it’s a stain.

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Harrods Haul!


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When it comes to beauty and sales.. There’s no stopping me! I bought some AMAZING products from the Harrods sale recently and thought I’d show you!

MAC

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MAC blush in Hot Nights (Temperature rising collection)

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MAC blush in Flaming Chic (In extra dimensions collection)

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MAC lipstick in Mehr (matte finish)

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Origins GingZing brightening cream eyeshadow (02 Ginger Zing)

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Laura Mercier’s Laura’s Favourites

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