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

www.cosmeticcompanyoutlet.co.uk

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

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I couldn’t find this watch online anywhere

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Maybelline Baby Lips.. Finally!


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I had read on a few blogs that Maybelline had finally released their infamous ‘baby lips’ in the UK and I had been keeping my eyes peeled for them but hadn’t seen them until now!

I really wanted to try them because I always seem to have dry lips and I love a bit of tint.. Not to mention anything that smells good, on my lips! These seemed like the perfect token!

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The packaging seems a bit flimsy and not really the kind that I’d happily whip out when meeting the Queen as its loud and bright (not to mention a bit flimsy) however, I don’t mind! I can tell I’m not paying for packaging because the product is cheap so I understand their thinking!

When choosing the colours I had a choice between Cherry Me and Peaches because they were the only colours that appealed to me however, I wanted to try just the one for now so being an avid fan of the Haribo Cherries, I chose Cherry Me!

Ok.. The smell! I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN! I want to eat it! It has that typical candy cherry scent! If you’ve ever had Cherry Drops, Cherry penny sweets or anything sweet cherry flavoured, you’ll understand! I love the fact that once I’ve got it on my lips and whilst I’m applying, people ask what smells so good!

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The colour isn’t super pigmented but I like the sheer colour it does have! It’s almost transparent apart from a very light red hue that you notice once you look hard!

The moisturising factor is mediocre! Nothing uber drenching or anything but I like the finish which isn’t super glossy or super matte! You could literally wear this with any makeup look and it would suit adequately!

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All in all, I’m a big fan! I really like these and I know I’ll get through this ‘Cherry Me’ one in no time! So I’ll be sure to try some more soon!

Baby lips are £2.99 from Boots or Superdrug

The Ritz!


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Today was an extremely exciting day for me! As a treat, my brother surprised me with an invite to the Ritz for afternoon tea! In his own words; “you like tea, so I thought why not?”. Couldn’t really argue with that so I went for it!

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This kind of stuff is right up my street and I have never really been anywhere like this with my brother before so was really happy to share the experience with him!

So we began the morning at an hour I haven’t woken up in a month since I’ve been off work! I was awoken with a lovely text message urging me to wake up immediately and rolled out of bed! It took me ages to decide what to wear because I thought it would be a cold, wet and dreary day but as soon as we got out it was AMAZING weather!

My brother decided to not wear a whole suit because that would be a little too smart for the little casual yob! Instead he opted for a mismatched suit and trouser combo which I think looked highly adequate for the event :)

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Jacket is from Zara
Suit jacket is VERY old and he doesn’t remember from where
The shirt is from Prada
The shoes are from Burton
The tie is from Zara
The scarf is from River Island
The underwear is from.. Got you!

I opted to go for simplicity so the only things worth mentioning are my ASOS leather lapel jacket and River Island boots (£7.50)!!!

After a hectic morning we parked the car (it took us 15 minutes to find a spot) and we then hopped on the train! After arriving, the weather was fantastic and the sun was shining brighter than ever!

Allow me to tell you the story in pictures..

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The end of a lovely day! Thank you for having us the lovely Ritz hotel!

October Glossy Box


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This months GlossyBox was not as good as I hoped it would be! However, a few key pieces made it worth my while :)

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I already received a Dermologica Fresh Start Kit in a previous GlossyBox and never used it because I didn’t really need such an abrasive treatment for my skin. However, in the past Dermalogica products have improved my skin so I won’t mind trying it in the future. A bit disappointed that this is the second time I’ve received this in a GlossyBox.. Perhaps they were trying to recycle some old products?? Would like to try a NEW product every month though as I thought that was their mission statement.

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The next product I received was Anti Blemish Skinetica which is a company I have never heard of! It’s a very watery liquid that’s suppose clear and reduce spots! I’m excited to try this and have a lot of people to recommend this to, should it work!

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The next item is a body scrub by a company I’ve heard so much about called THIS WORKS! Everybody has been going crazy about their skin are products! This is a very grainy and citrus smelling shower scrub which I think would be perfect for scrubbing the area with a lot of dead skin such as heels, elbows and knees!

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The very last item is probably the best! It’s a lipstick by Yves Rocher is this gorgeous creamy pink odour! It’s quite reminiscent of MAC impassioned but has a slightly darker tone! I think it looks great on the lips, is a great formula and is the perfect colour for a pop of colour in Autumn! This colour is the shade 101 Framboise

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All in all a fairly average GlossyBox this month! I love the fact they’re supporting Breast Cancer month as well! It’s a cause very close to me and its nice to know some of the money you’re spending, is going to a good charity!

My adventures in Paris!


So after a restless night as I am ill, I woke up in the morning to the beautiful British sun shining on my face! It’s time to go PARIS!!!!

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I had already packed the night before and all I had to do was get myself ready! So after Miss A. arrived, off I went to the airport and we boarded the plane!!

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It was such a short plane journey (they’re the best ones) and we had such a laugh in the plane, planning all the stuff we wanted to do and see!

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When we got to the airport and saw the rain, we knew exactly what we were in for during the weekend! However, it looked so much like London it was like being home! Home from another home.. PERFECT!!

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However, then we started driving and heading towards our hotel and I was soon proven wrong! France is exactly how it looks like in pictures! It’s so vintage and classy and.. FRENCH! It was brilliant!

The weather perked up and we decided to freshen up and head to a nice little restaurant (brasserie ;) ) where we ate some lovely food and off we went for an evening of adventures!

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What can I say about the Eiffel Tower at night other than WOW! I was in awe at the size and structure of it! It was amazing! I even managed to see it in all it’s glory with the lights on!

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It’s easy to say that at this point during the night an having been on our feet for 14 hours, we were shattered and so we had perhaps the BEST hot chocolate we’ve ever had from a nearby cafe and headed off home for a lovely hot shower!

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After a lovely nights sleep we then woke up and left the hotel for a VERY RAINY Paris! It was still pretty even in the rain, unusually enough! We ate a yummy breakfast at a brasserie called Saint Augustin and we left for Opera!

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After we reached Opera, we saw there were NO shops open on a Sunday! My clothes, head and feet were soaking wet at this point and I wanted nothing more than a nice dry pair of shoes and a cup of tea! Miss A. and I then headed to Champs-Élysées where the magic happened!!!!

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There was some amazing shops down that stretch of road and we got all of shopping from there because it was so amazing! I’ll have to do a whole post on the things I got because they were amazing!!

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The train journeys and the metro held the best times for me and my cousin! It was so funny to sit in the train and we were laughing about everything! We came to realise that everything in French sounded so much better! However, why are there door handles on the trains??? They’re not automatic :O that’s crazy to me!

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All in all, France was AMAZING FUN! We had so much fun and saw everything that we wanted to see! French people are so classy and they’re all so fit! They’re very active and it’s definitely the city of love! I couldn’t put a number on the amount of kissing I saw!

Enjoy some snaps from my journey whilst I rest up from my crazy weekend! I loved spending time with the wonderful Miss A! She was the best person to spend time with!!! I LOVE YOU BILLIONS!!!

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Thank you for having me Paris!

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P.S. Look at what my dad had waiting for me on the way back home! He’s so sweet!

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Paralympics 2012 London


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I done a post on the 2012 Olympics and mentioned how all the participants done so well! Then the Paralympics came round.. And I’m speechless!

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People say that they’re Superhumans and I took that so lightly! I shrugged it off and made nothing of it because I never realised the impact their ‘disability’ had on their lives!

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When the opening ceremony arrived, I looked the athletes that came in on wheelchairs, with no arms, no legs and some with no limbs at all! And that’s where I thought.. How will these people swim, fight and play? How is it humanly possible to do so?

The first game I watched was Basketball.. Which quickly became my favourite! I LOVE IT! As well as watching it for the Olympics, I’ll keep up to date with it throughout the USA, Canada and GB players careers because they’re amazing! How a player can shoot a ball from a standstill (or sit still), with one hand and LAUNCH it to the other side of the court.. It’s beyond my understanding how they do it!

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The training they do is excruciating! Not only for athletes who train day in and day out without the help needed of equipment! Remember.. The sprinters on the tracks have to take the weight of their wheelchairs too.. With their arms!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!!

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What us viewers and spectators fail to realise is that these people train for YEARS! Not a few months prior. They put their life and soul into their dreams and they don’t stop until they succeed!

These people who have no limbs.. A tragedy which we feel will leave them unable to live their lives normally.. But look at them! They live their lives EVEN MORE! They go abseiling, bun-jee jumping and take part in the worldwide phenomenon.. The Olympics!!

How can a person who has no vision, throw something so far? Someone who has no arms, swim? Someone who has no legs, run? It’s amazing!!!

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Once again:
To all the staff.. Including my beautiful cousin, Miss. A.. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You worked in the Olympics which is probably one of the most rarest jobs in the world!

To all the volunteers.. Thank you for everything you did to make these games so special.

To all the coaches, trainers and health people.. You made some of the best athletes

But most of all.. To the athletes..

Thank you for opening the eyes of those people who are so naive to think that having a physical problem would limit your dreams.

Congratulations for taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity.. If you’re in the UK, your one-time dream of competing in the most prestigious event in your hometown.. YOU DID IT!

Well Done for being so brave! You are like no other human on the planet.. You’re truly unique!

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Next time you see someone in a wheelchair, don’t label them disabled.. They’re not.. They’re able! More than able! They’re incred-ABLE!

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The art of being a student!


So as some of you know, yesterday I had bought some presents and clothes for a very special someone!
What you dont know, is that I teach the Qu’ran to a ten year old! Now I’ve been doing this for.. 1 year and 4 months as she kindly notified me when we finished! However I wanted to make deal of the occasion!

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Reading the Qu’ran is a big thing that needs to be done at some point in a Muslims life! The earlier you start, the better (just like when learning a new language). Tania is 10 years old and started when she was 9! She’s a very good student and tries her best (most of the time) and to tell the truth, I was quite a strict teacher to her! Her mum was taught by MY mother and when Tania started reading with me, she had NO CLUE about Arabic and I think it’s fair to say.. Not a lot about Islam! From a shy and timid girl, she’s growing into a strong and confident woman! I’m so proud of her for learning the Qu’ran and coming so far because her hard efforts have now paid off!

She was getting a surprise party!!!! Me and her mum had this planned for a while! To a ten year old, I think a party is the way to show one of the most important times in a persons life! And September 1st will never be forgotten!

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When she finished the Qu’ran, after the last word she read, THE WHOLE FAMILY JUMPED IN THE ROOM WITH PARTY POPPERS, BALLOONS, CAKE, SILLY STRING AND GIFTS! It took a lot of planning and was very hard to keep it from her.. And the secret was sure to come out at some point but I’m so glad it didn’t! Tania didn’t suspect a thing! I know that Tania can sometimes feel that people don’t care about her and it’s hard living with a disabled brother who gets a lot of attention.. But today was JUST about her! And I’m so glad she enjoyed her party!

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Here’s a few pictures I took of the event, so enjoy and I hope guys like the ideas we came up with :)

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For the days to the build up of Tania’s Qu’ran completion, I gave her a new colour, which she would have to dress up as a new character for! The main reason was because every colour stood for a word and I would give her a list of things to remember and live life like with the word as the ‘KEY to the Kolour’ :)
•Green was for Good
•Blue was for Best
•Orange was for Or (organic, original, oral)
•Pink was for Prepare
•Yellow was for You
•Purple was today which stood for Perfect and that was for Tania! We all wrote things which we thought Tania done the best and the things we all loved Tania for. We gave her a gift related to that speciality as well.

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Her mother is amazing! I think an inspiration to all women and she was so grateful for everything that me and mum done for her. I think all the hard work was down to Tania because through her struggle, she learnt a language which before looked like doodles to her!

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It has to be said that it wasn’t easy for me! For the best part of the year, I was working where I spent 12 hours out the house and still made sure she read to me! I made sheets for her, taught her how to pray Salaah as well as many countless surahs of the Qu’ran and throughout her whole journey, she put up with me being tired and unfair on occassions. So if you’re thinking of teaching anything, remember to put your all in it! Try your best and truly teach that person like you were them.. How would you like to have been taught?

Thanks for reading guys!
Let me know of any subjects you teach and what you do to keep the lessons fresh?
What did you like best / worst about your teacher?

Shopping haul!


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It happened and I’m sorry! I needed some retail therapy after a horrible week! Wasn’t in the best of moods so took advantage of an hour I had free to do anything with and naturally.. Chose to test the strength of my card!

At the moment Soap and Glory/ Boots have a sale on 3 for 2 products so I picked up their hand food! I have the larger version which I got in their Christmas romper pack that they did but that’s way too big for my handbag! I grabbed these smaller tubes which cost £2.50 each so I got 3 for £5! This stuff smells great and is not greasy! I hate hands creams which attract dust to your hands like a magnet! But this dries instantly leaving a light and moisturise feeling with a lovely fresh scent.

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Soap and Glory Hand Food £2.50 for 50ml

Boots are also doing buy 1 get one half price on their make up tools so I grabbed myself some Real Technique brushes! I got the blusher brush and the stippling brush! I’m loving these at the moment and I’ve used nothing else since I got them (future blog post coming up).

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Blush brush £9.99
Stippling brush £11.99

I then popped over to Accessorize! I love this place! The people who were in their stores are always friendly and their stock is great! You all know I’m a fan of rings so treated myself! I got the black stone ring because I loved the expensive look of it! I find Accessorize rings last AGES and I’ve never had one go green either so I love picking one or two in time for the current trend! The silver leaf one is silver plated! I was looking for a ring to wear everyday when I’m not feeling up to a statement design and this looks elegant, delicate and is a lovely design!
St. Marcasite leaf ring £14

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Zelda Deco ring £10

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I also got this lovely perfume from Accessorize! It’s called enchanted and smells divine! A very floral and slightly musky smell but it’s not overpowering and is perfect for day to day (if you wear perfume out as i don’t for religious reasons.. This is just another one for my bed and teddy to smell)!

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Accessorize Enchanted perfume £15 for 50ml

I love the quirky things in Accessorize and grabbed the mini wipes at the counter! I love strawberry and these were perfect to keep in my hand handbag! They also do cherry ones! Then I saw this notepad and just had to get it! I needed something to take notes on at work and for my blog and this is the perfect size! Not too small so you can’t see but not so big your bag should have a licence!

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Wet wipes £1.50 for 10 wipes

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Notepad £5

The bangle is from H&M! I LOVE HAYCH AND EM! Their jewellery sits my scrawny wrists and fingers! I love the way they often do bangles in different sizes! I would love to wear oversized bangles but from most stores they usually go right up to my shoulder so when I saw this bangle, I grabbed it! I love the design, size and the clasp which means I don’t get sore hands from squeezing it on!

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H & M bangle £6.99

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If every you’re having a bad day.. Just shop! That’s all I can say!

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CHRISTIAN DIOR.. I adore


So we’ve all heard of Chanel and MAC of course!

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I always notice the Dior counter at Debenhams and really wanted to get something from their! They had amazing blush colours and of course, their Amber Diamond highlighter is so widely raved about! I have a real love/ hate with powder highlighters though! I really only use them when I can’t find my MAC lustre drops or when I have no will to live! It mainly because powder doesn’t last that long on my skin.. Although it does absorb my recently over- oily skin! There are some great powder highlighters but they just don’t seem to cut the mustard!

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I wanted to get something which I knew I would use! I always noticed their powder compact and it felt so soft! In fact.. Every time I went into Debenhams, I would touch their tester and matched myself up to the correct colour too! I caved in today and just went for it! It cost £30.50 but I’m already in love with! I really wanted to test it straight away so I re-done my make up just for the occasion to test it!

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The powder is so fine! Even though it’s a compact it has a very loose powder feel to it and I absolutely love the result! The lady at the Dior counter said it lasts all day as uses it when she’s at work because it has staying power! She claimed to not have topped hers up and I went at around 4pm after she had been there from 8am! It looked amazing on her skin!

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I really wanted to give it a good hard test so I actually wore into sleep! With no other make up! Not even foundation to hold it in place and when I woke up, my skin was so smooth, even and I didn’t notice any oiliness on my nose like I usually do! It truly leaves a fantastic finish to the skin and is the most flawless powder I’ve ever come across! I’m glad I didn’t get the Chanel loose powder because although that has great reviews too, I wanted to venture into a new brand!

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Bad points.. The compact is quite large! I expected it to have some bulk as it is a high end product but I’m not too keen on bulky packaging cluttering up my handbag! I love a decent sized and discreet make up compact in order to keep your touch up a beautiful secret ;)
Another thing is, I only saw 4 shades?? I’m in the shade 001 translucent light! I hope there are more colours though! Darker skin tones need Dior too!!! I suppose because they are transparent colours, they’re quite versatile but I don’t think it’s easy for tanned, olive or mixed race skin tones to choose a shade.

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I also have a lipstick from Dior in a very rose coloured pink! It looks fantastic on the lips! The colour is quite frost, but applies with such a nice sheen! It makes your lips look super perky and big! I bought this about a year ago but I’m sure they still sell it! It was slightly cheaper than usual at £19 as I got It whilst it was on offer at Beauty Base but I’m quite sure you can get it anywhere!

Overall, I’m really impressed with Christian Dior make up! They are a really good high end brand, are available worldwide and in the UK are easily accessible as I believe they’re available I’m even the smallest of Debenhams stores!

P.S. they have perfumes called Miss Dior which they do in 3 scents! The yellow coloured one is on my to do list!

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