Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Yay or Nay: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips Review

Hey Beautiful!

I'm back today for another "Yay or Nay" post! This time I'm reviewing the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips.

Left to Right: Capella GSL5, Alpha GSL2, Sirius GSL4, Electra GSL3, Vega GSL1


Barry M describes this product as:

"New Gelly Hi Shine Lips from Barry M bring a gleaming new meaning to the power pout. Soft, moisturising lip crayons in 5 hot shades; with their ultra-rich, highly pigmented formula, Gelly Hi Shine Lips create an intense depth of colour with an unbelievable sheen. Love shine? Wear new Hi Gelly Shine Lips with Barry M's famous Gelly Nail Paint for the ultimate glossy look."

My aim in this post is to see if these beauties live up to the description!

I'm going to be honest, I bought this lip product only because I was highly impressed with the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints and so I figured why not give these a go. Not only that, but the packaging is so pretty. I mean who doesn't like crayons!

I'll be reviewing these with regards to the description above, focusing on the words that I've highlighted in bold italics

  • Soft? Unbelievably! No pulling no tugging when I applied them. However, I would like to stress that they will melt easily, so keep them away from warmth. I put mine in the fridge!

  • Moisturising? Yes! They are super creamy and kept my lips soft and supple. No dry, cracked lips. They can get a little sticky, not "lip gloss" kind of sticky, more like "lip balm wearing off" kind of sticky but otherwise a very comfortable wear.

  • Ultra-rich, highly pigmented formula? This is a tricky one. They are pigmented, but because they aren't matte, the true colour pay off starts coming through on the second application after the first "blot" (except in the case of Alpha). They have a sweet scent and taste to them which does wear off - or you become immune, which ever comes first! So if you aren't a sweet scent/taste kind of person, don't worry. It DOES go away!

  • Unbelievable sheen? Most definitely! Although the first application doesn't deliver the best colour pay off, the sheen is beautiful. It's not over powering where it looks like you just stuck your mouth in a bottle of oil and it's dripping down your face, it's just right. Perfect for those of you who aren't fans of super glossy lips.
Capella- Frosted Pink
Sirius- Warm Pink
Alpha- Orange based Red
Electra- Shocking Pink
Vega- Plum/Berry Red

(For the purposes of this review, the swatch pictures have not been edited and so are a true representation of the colours of the products to the best of my ability.)

Verdict: Yay! All in all, these are super cute fun lip colours. They are the perfect hand bag sized little beauties which makes them great if you're on the go (minus the melting!) I am a little worried that these don't have a twist mechanism to bring up more product and have to be sharpened instead. I'll probably stick them in the fridge before hand to avoid any mess if they start melting. My favourite shade is definitely Sirius!

Have any of you tried these? What did you think of them and what's your favourite shade? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Colouring!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Eid ul Fitr - Outfit Of The Day

Hi Lovelies!

EID MUBARAK!



I had requests from a lot of you to see my Eid Outfits. It's Eid, here in London, and here is my outfit for today! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Below is a picture of the Front and the Back.


A few close ups!


And finally a full shot!


That's it everyone. For those of you celebrating today - I hope you're having an awesome Eid! And for those of you celebrating tomorrow - only one more sleep! 

Keep smiling!

Love Love

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Let's Celebrate: An Eid Hair Tutorial (Natural)

Hello!

Welcome to the final part of my Let's Celebrate Eid Series. I hope you're all set for the upcoming festivities!

So today I'm going to show you how to do a super easy, yet super chic hair twist. Yay for twists!

This is one of the easiest hairstyles around and absolutely perfect for summer. It's also great if you have a fringe ('bangs' for my Americans out there!) that you're trying to grow out and the hair is too long to let loose, yet too short to put up. You know that yucky 'in between' stage. Ain't nobody got time for that!






Read on to learn how you can achieve this look!



1. Grab two small strands of your hair from the top where you want to part your hair. For the sake of this tutorial, I'll call the strands, Strand 1 (closest to your hair line) and Strand 2 (further from your hair line.)

2. Cross Strand 1 over Strand 2, forming a twist.

3. Add approximately equal amounts of loose hair to both strands. So add loose hair to Strand 1 from the TOP and Strand 2 from the BOTTOM. Cross the strands over again, forming another twist.

4. Repeat and add more loose hair to both strands. Continue adding and twisting in the direction that you want this twist to go. In my case I wanted it to follow towards the back of my head.

5. Secure the twist in place with hair pins.

6. This is what you should end up with!




I find that this hairstyle works best on 'next day' hair as opposed to freshly washed hair because 'next day' hair seems to have more grip to it, and so it holds the twist better. That's not to say you can't do this hairstyle on freshly washed hair, just add some hair wax for added texture so it stays put. 

The best thing about this hairstyle is that it works on all hair lengths! Except a Pixie cut- I'm pretty sure it won't work on a Pixie cut!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know how you get on.

Wishing you and all your loved ones a wonderful Eid-ul-Fitr. I hope you all laugh a lot, love a lot and create beautiful memories! Until next time!

Eid Mubarak!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Lets Celebrate: An Eid Eye Make up Tutorial (Natural)

Hey Loves!

Welcome to the Third part of my Let's Celebrate Eid Series. I hope you enjoyed my more Glamorous take on Eid! Now let's head on over to the more 'Natural' i.e Casual take on Eid.

First up, the Eye Make up! (See what I did there lol) Moving along very swiftly from my rhyming skills, here is the finished look! Keep reading on how to achieve it!




Products I used:


  • Sleek i-Divine Eye Shadow Palette - Au Naturel
  • MUA E2 Eyeshadow Contour Brush
  • Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Nude
  • Maybelline Falsies Flared Volum' Express Mascara - Black
  • Maybelline Great Lash - Blackest Black
  • Mac Eyebrow Pencil - Spiked
  • Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick - Electric Fuchsia 402


Method:





1. This make up look was super easy! Apply the shimmery colour all over your eye lid, the inner corner and lower lash line using your finger - Colour 1.

2. Define your lid crease slightly using Colour 2, a matte taupe shade, sweeping it back and forth into the eye socket.

3. Using an angled brush (I used MUA E2 Eyeshadow Contour Brush) line your upper and lower lash line using Colour 3, a matte brown shade, winging in out very slightly. Blend the colour to avoid any harsh lines.

4. Apply a nude eyeliner (I used Rimmel Kohl liner) to your waterline to make your eyes POP!

5. Curl your eye lashes and apply generous coats of mascara (I used Maybelline Great Lash and Falsies Mascara together) to open up the eyes and give them some definition. Fill in your brows to frame your face.

6. Finish off the look with a pretty pink lipstick - I used Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Electric Fuchsia.


And the look is complete!

I hope you enjoyed going through this Natural Eid Eye Make up look! Stay tuned as I have a lovely hair do planned next!

Love Love!







Check out my Glamorous Eid Eye Make up Here and my Glamorous Eid Hair Here!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Let's Celebrate: An Eid Hair Tutorial (Glamorous)

Hey Beautiful!

Welcome to the Second part of my Let's Celebrate Eid Series. This time I'll be showing you how to get gorgeous curls in your hair using nothing but a Hair Straightener.


Curling irons and I have never been friends. I can not curl my hair using any sort of Curling tools. My hair is pretty straight and so it takes A LOT for my hair to hold a curl. Usually, by the time I'm done with my make up, I am left with little or no curls in my hair, no matter how many hair products I use.

Over time I pretty much stopped curling my hair because it was useless UNTIL (wait for it) The holy straightener! And now, curls are my 'go to' for any event.

Enough rambling! Let's get started!





1. Split your hair into two sections and apply a heat protection spray.

2. Take a 2 inch section of hair and hold it taut.

3. Place the straightener on the area where you want your curl to begin. I usually begin about a third of the way down my hair.

Now the real technical part begins! I have done close ups to make it easier for you.




1. The key is to turn the straightener 180 degrees outwards/inwards. If you turn the straightener outwards (like I have done), the curl will be positioned AWAY from your face. However, if you want the curls to frame your face then turn the straightener inwards.

2. Holding the hair taut, begin turning the straightener.

3. Keep turning until the BOTTOM plate of the straightener is now at the TOP. Note the red pins in the pictures above for guidance.

4. Once you have turned the straightener a complete 180 degrees, start moving it down your hair shaft. It helps if you hold on to the ends on your hair as a guide. Do not keep turning the straightener as you go. The straightener should remain in its 180 degree position.

Repeat these steps on the rest of your hair. You can alternate the direction of the curls (inwards or outwards) for added texture. Once you're done, use your fingers to gently loosen the curls and spray with a light hold hairspray.

You should end up with something like this!




I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

And remember, as with anything, practice practice practice!

Peace and Love!






Check out my Glamorous Eid Eye Makeup Here!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Let's Celebrate: An Eid Eye Makeup Tutorial (Glamorous)

Hey Loves!

Hope you're all doing great. Eid is just round the corner! *woop woop* I don't even know where this month went honestly! Hope you're all having a wonderful and blessed Ramadhan (or what's left of it!)

I was a little stuck on what my next blog post should be about and a lot of you gave me your ideas (thank you thank you) and the one that stood out to me most was an Eid Series. How fun! 

So I'm going to be showing you two Eye Make up looks for Eid and two Hairstyle ideas. One of each will be a Glamorous take on Eid and the other will be a toned down, Natural version. They will be pretty basic and easy looks, using minimal products and perfect if you're just starting out with your make up and hair experiments!

Let's begin with the Glamorous Eye Make up today shall we!



Products I used:



  • Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo - Eternal Gold


  • MUA Glamour Nights Eyeshadow Palette


  • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting 24hr Gel Eyeliner - Black


  • Mac Eyebrow Pencil- Spiked


  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Nude


  • Maybelline Falsies Flared Volum' Express Mascara - Black


  • ELF Professional Eye Crease Brush


  • Red Cherry False Eyelashes - No. 48


Method: 


1. I applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo all over my eyelids, in the inner corner and lower lash line using my fingers.

2. Taking the ELF crease brush, I applied the blue eyeshadow from the MUA Palette into the crease of my eye for some definition and blended it towards the inner corner. 

3. I also applied the same eyeshadow two thirds of the way into the inner corner on my bottom lash line.



4. Taking the Rimmel Khol liner, I applied it to my water line to open up my eyes and make the blue eyeshadow POP!

5. Time for my eyeliner! Using one of my favourites of all time, the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner with the brush that it came with.

6. No Glamorous Makeup Look is complete without lashings of Mascara! But of course! (I curled my eyelashes first for some lift.)

7. I then applied my Red Cherry No. 48 False Lashes and filled in my eyebrows.

Finished Eye Makeup Look!



Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If this is too over the top for you then wait for my toned down, Natural Eid look which will be up soon. 

Until next time Beauties!






Check out my Glamorous Eid Hair Here!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag

Hi Loves!

I was reading through some blogs and found a fun little tag that I think would be a great chain to carry through the blogger realm. 



I found this tag on..

Chai & Chapsticks Blog - Your Morning Beauty Fix - Head on over to her blog and give her some love!

Let's get started with the tag shall we!

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

I barely line my lips before applying lipstick. Its just something I've hardly done. I know it's supposed to make your lipstick last longer and what not but I just can't get in to the habit of doing it.
2. Is washing your brushes something that you regularly do?

Yes! Otherwise I break out majorly on my face. If I see a spot on my face, the first thing I do is wash my face, then my brushes!
3. How long do you last with chipped nail varnish?

I'm a peeler (it's bad I know) and I can't help it. I think it's a nervous habit. I'll peel s soon as I see a chip and then at some point during the day I'll force myself to take the polish off *sigh*.
4. How often do you put off buying/replacing a beauty item or nail polish, even if you need it? 

Depends what it is. If it's a staple and I've hit pan/ bottom, I'll go and get another one. But otherwise I'll wait ages and chances are, I won't re purchase and I'll try something new. I'm not a huge spender but a few treats never hurt nobody right!
5. What is your worst beauty habit? 

Not looking after my hands. I know I'll regret it hugely soon.
6. Name something non-beauty related that you tend to put off all the time.
Nothing really, I pretty much do everything when it needs to be done. I run on a little schedule in my head, ticking boxes and all.
7. When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready until the last-minute or not? 

There's times when I'm lightning fast at getting ready and then there's times where I'll be ages and still not satisfied. It's all about where I'm going and who I'm seeing.
8. Can you commit to spending bans?

I think I'm on a permanent spending ban sometimes. It gets so bad at times that I have to FORCE myself to think I absolutely need the product to actually go and get it. I love trying out new things but I'm a huge thinker and I'll really have to believe what the product is selling before I purchase anything.
9. How organised is your make up and nail polish collection?

My Nail polish collection is pretty organised. Colour ordered and all. I don't own a lot of make up, just a few staple pieces and they are always where they belong! 
10. What is the longest time you have gone without writing a blog post?

I've only recently started blogging and I don't think I've gone longer than two/ maybe three days without blogging.
That's all for this tag! I hope you enjoyed it. I tag all of you to do this tag. 

Make sure to link back to the person's post who tagged you so we can all have a good read.

Love Love,

Monday, 21 July 2014

DIY Almond Face Mask

Hello Beautiful,

Every once in a while, we look at ourselves in the mirror and think OH DEAR! The reason being our skin. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it's only fair that it reflects our daily stresses in the way that it knows best - Physically! What we put inside our body and what we put on our body is largely to blame for the over reaction that our skin tends to have. And one thing is for sure, we can hide all parts of our body but what do you do when your face says HELP ME!



I am going to show you how to give your face some TLC in the way it deserves - a homemade Almond Face Mask that will make you look all glowy and what not!

Now I know what you're thinking. Homemade?! I, for one, absolutely resented anything beauty related to be homemade. Firstly, it can get messy and secondly, who has time these days??

The thing is, we do have time. Now don't tell me you can't spare 15 minutes out of your day, for yourself, just once a week! Children and workload are all good excuses but think for a second about how your well-being reflects on those around you. I'm sure your children and your peers wouldn't mind if you looked better!

I'm ranting again aren't I haha! Let's head straight over to this magical substance!



You will need:


  • 4 Almonds, shelled and soaked over night (you can soak them in some water or milk)
Almonds are great for dry skin as they are super moisturising because of their high Vitmain E content. They are also great little "exfoliating bad boys" if crushed into a paste and remove dead skin cells to unblock pores. Thus, smoothing your skin and improving your overall skin tone.


  • 1 Tbsp Honey (the purest honey you can find)

Honey is packed with anti oxidants which rid your skin of free radicals that exist in the atmosphere and promotes healthy, younger looking skin. It also has great anti bacterial properties that fight off acne causing bacteria.

  • 1 Tbsp Milk

Cleopatra bathed in Milk - need I say more? Milk is as great for you internally as it is externally. It contains a natural lactic acid which gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and looking radiant.


  • A Fork


  • A Small Bowl


  • A Face Towel


  • Your fingers!


  • Something to do whilst the mask is sitting on your face!

Method:

1. Using the fork, mash up the soaked almonds in the bowl using the milk and form a paste.

2. Add the honey and mix well.

3. Apply the mask to clean skin using your fingers in circular motions.

4. Do something or just sit there an relax for 15-20 minutes (the longer the better!)

5. Once you're all done, run the face towel under some hot water and use it to remove the mask.

6. Feeling better? Apply your favourite moisturiser and you're good to go!

This mask is based on my skin type, which is combination/dry. If you have oily skin, you can substitute the Milk for some Lemon Juice, which is a great natural astringent helping control the oil secretion from your skin.

I hope you enjoyed my super easy Almond Face Mask. Try it out and let me know how you get on.

And always remember your First love is Self Love!

Happy Pampering!







Check out my Green Smoothie Recipe for an idea on how to feed your body correctly for it to love you back!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Classically French: A Hair Tutorial

Hi Beautiful,

I've noticed that a lot of hairstyles are extensions of some basics that we've all grown up seeing or learning about at some point.  Today, I'm going to show you how to do a beautiful Classic French Braid.


I braid my hair quite loosely in the summer, as it adds to the "laid back" vibe of the summer months.
Follow the steps below to achieve this look.


  1. Split your hair at the crown in to three equal strands (Right strand, Middle Strand and Left Strand.)

  2. Start off with a regular braid by crossing the Right strand over the Middle strand.

  3. Follow by crossing the Left strand over the Middle strand (After the first step, your Right strand would have become the Middle strand.)

  4. Repeat the same again by crossing the Right strand over the Middle strand. This time, add loose hair from the right to the Right strand before crossing it over.

  5. Do the same again with the Left strand, incorporating loose hair from the left as you cross it over.

  6. Do what you do with all braids and repeat! When you have no more loose hair left to add to the strands, carry on with a regular braid down your hair and finish off by tying the braid with an elastic.
That is all my loves! Hope this helped.

Until next time,

Happy braiding! 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Yay or Nay: Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner Review

Hey Lovelies!

I'm back with another Yay or Nay post and this time I'll be reviewing Benefit's second part to their "They're Real" range with the first being their mascara. I present to you Benefit's "They're Real Push Up Liner."


First things first, let's talk about the packaging. So essentially this eyeliner is a gel formula within a pen, hence it spares you the trouble of having to carry a separate brush. It comes with a screw cap, making it extra safe to carry in your handbag and not worry about nasty leakage surprises on your travels.


Nifty Gadget

Screw fit cap and orange stopper


Once you open the pen, you are presented with a slanted tip applicator with an orange stopper which I'm guessing is to show that it hasn't been used. I'm not sure because I managed to pop mine back in again after using it. Maybe, it's there to help stop it from drying out?


Flexible tip


The slanted nib is called an AccuFlex™ tip which is a trademark to Benefit. It's almost rubber-like and is designed to hug the lash line as close as humanly possible whatever your eye shape. The wider part of the nib (below the slant) acts like a guard to keep your lashes out of the way whilst you draw the line.


Swatch
The product is dispensed into the nib via a twist mechanism located at the bottom of the pen. It has a black, matte gel formulation which dries in next to no time. This could potentially be a problem for beginners because if you go wrong, you're pretty much stuck with it unless you work fast. And if you try and go back to correct it, the dry eyeliner crumbles and flakes. This is probably why it has a screw lid and the orange stopper! On the plus side, it is a super long wearing eyeliner and is totally smudge proof and water proof, perfect for summer.

Benefit has released a make up remover designed to be used with this product as it can not be removed with water. I have noticed though that the formulation is not oil-proof so as far as I am guessing, you can remove this with pretty much any kind of oil based make up remover or an actual oil itself. Watch out if you have oily lids though and make sure you use a primer!

Verdict: Yay for me! I love me a cat-eye eyeliner look and this product definitely makes life easier. Good going Benefit! My only question is why didn't anyone come up with this innovation earlier?!? And oh my goodness, did you know this baby took 5 years to create!


My first use


Hope you found this helpful! I'm thinking of doing a how-to for this eyeliner.. what do you think?

Love Love Love!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Fishy Tale: A Hair tutorial

Hello Beautiful!

Summer is here and there's no better way to tame your tresses than a cute braid. Here are a few easy steps for you to create this Fishtail braid.



  1. Gather your hair on one side and split into two equal sections.
  2. Grab a thin strand of hair from under one half and cross it over the other half.
  3. Repeat the same on the other side so that you have an 'X' shape in the middle.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 all the way down the hair. Remember to keep the strands fairly thin to give the braid the 'Fishtail' effect. Thicker strands will make the braid look more like a regular one.
  5. Your braid should look like this with 'X' shapes all the way down the middle.
  6. Tie the braid off with a small elastic.
  7. Pull on the sides of the braid to give it a voluminous and messy effect. Be careful not to pull too hard if you have layers as you risk pulling the layers out of the braid.
  8. Loosely pin back any left over hair from your bangs for a causal effect.
  9. Finished look!


Hope you found this helpful. Braids are great because they are so repetitive. If you can't get this the first time round, don't worry! As with all things, practice makes perfect!


Good luck!


Peace and Love,

Monday, 14 July 2014

Leafy Lover! The Green Smoothie

Hello Beautiful,

You've probably seen people around you and on social media downing a green liquid, and wondering what's gotten into them?! Its a GREEN SMOOTHIE: a great way to get a bunch of fruits and vegetables inside your body in a fashionable (and tasty) manner. And it is tasty, I promise!



They are packed with anti oxidants, fibre and all that other nutritious good stuff and are super easy to make if you're heading out first thing or if you're in need of a quick 'pick me up' snack throughout the day. And the best part is, there's literally only 4 steps involved!

You will need:

  1. A liquid base: I am using water. You can go ahead and use any liquid base you prefer such as coconut water, milk or fresh juice. One cup should be enough but you can vary the quantity depending on how watery you prefer the smoothie.
  2. Leafy greens: I will be using a cup of baby spinach. You can also use kale.
  3. Fruit: I will be using a mixture of different fruits from a fruit salad made previously. You can add your favourite fruit. Please note that the addition of bananas makes for a thicker creamier smoothie so if that's not something you're after then leave it out or add a lesser quantity. I also freeze some fruit to use instead of ice such as mixed berries (gives the smoothie a purple tinge).
  4. Blender: I'm not going to tell you to go out and buy a specific blender! Any blender will do the trick.

Method:
  1. Add your leafy greens first and pack them right into the bottom of the blender.
  2. Next, add half of your liquid base and blend to a smooth consistency.
  3. Add the fruit and blend again.
  4. Finally, add the frozen fruit or ice and blend again until you reach your desired consistency.

And voila! You're all done!



Give it a try and your body will thank you! Let me know how you get on with the recipe or comment below to tell me your favourite green smoothie recipe!

Happy blending!