Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Face Of The Day: Rainforest Green



Hello Lovelies!

I've been messing around with my Coastal Scents Palette again! The colours are so much fun to play with. Here's what I managed to get to in the end. Oh and I bought a new foundation which I'm obsessed with!


Products used:

FACE

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - Shade 6.5
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Warm Medium
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate
MAC Eyebrow Pencil - Spiked
Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel - Clear


EYES

ELF Eyelid Primer - Sheer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Black Bean
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - French Fries
Coastal Scents 120 Palette - 1st Edition
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Flared Mascara - Black
Red Cherry False Eyelashes - No.47
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
Rimmel London Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal - Nude


LIPS

NYX Retractable Lip Liner - Natural
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - London


That's all my beauties! Let me know what you think of it!

Love Love,

Friday, 12 September 2014

Face Of The Day: Hollywood Glam

Hey Beautiful!

I'm back today with a FOTD post. Feels like I haven't one of these in yonks! I've been packing recently so my stuff is split up in to suitcases! For those of you who don't know, I'm getting married in Pakistan in December and I fly out early November. And the reason I've started packing so early is because I have too much stuff haha! "I won't take it all," said No Girl, Ever!

Enough rambling, let's get back to the make up!




This is my version of a Classic Hollywood make up look.

Products used:

FACE
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
  • BareMinerals BareSkin Foundation - Bare Tan (That's a lot of Bares!)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Warm Medium
  • Collection 2000 Pressed Powder - Translucent
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - Chocolate
I didn't use any highlighter on my cheeks because the foundation is pretty luminous itself. I also stayed away from blusher as I felt the bold lip was enough 'colour' for this look.

EYES
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Cottage Cheese (used all over the lid to prime eyes and as a brow bone highlight)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (used to define the crease)
  • The Balm Cindy Lou-manizer (used on top of the Cottage Cheese Jumbo Pencil to add a hint of colour and as an inner corner highlight)
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (used on the waterline)
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumising Mascara
  • Red Cherry False Eyelashes - No. 47
LIPS
  • Jordana Easyliner LipPencil - Cabernet
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick - Snow White



That's all folks! Let me know what you think of this Hollywood Glam inspired make up look and I will see you next time!

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

DIY Epsom Salt Body Scrub

Hello Beautiful!

You've probably guessed from the title of the post that I am back today with another DIY Skincare post! If you know me, you know I am a sucker when it comes to Natural Skincare. There is nothing like some TLC for your skin with all natural products, and I don't mean products that claim to be 100% natural, but those that you actually take the time to create yourself!

I am a firm believer that skincare should be simple. It should be quick and easy and most of all, effective. This super easy DIY scrub will leave your skin feeling ultra smooth and hydrated in no time. It's convenient and requires only two ingredients!

1. Coconut Oil
2. Epsom Salt

I've already done a post on Coconut Oil which you can read here. The second ingredient is Epsom Salt.



Epsom Salt is not actually a salt (confusing I know!) It is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of Magnesium and Sulphate, both of which are readily absorbed by the skin. Magnesium regulates the functioning of over 325 enzymes in the body, aiding muscle and nerve function and reducing inflammation. Sulphate helps by flushing out toxins from the body and improves the absorption of nutrients. Mix the two together and you get a magical ingredient. Add some Coconut Oil and BOOM, you're on your way to well behaved skin!

In this scrub, the Epsom Salt exfoliates the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing smooth polished skin. It also unclogs pores, rids the body of odour caused by bacteria present on the skin and flushes out internal toxins. The Coconut Oil hydrates the skin and we all know skin absorbs moisture better when it has been exfoliated!

Mix a handful of Epsom Salt with a table spoon of Coconut Oil and apply it in circular motions all over your body. This will slough away the dead skin and promote regeneration of healthier skin cells which, in turn, tightens the skin giving it a more youthful appearance. It also reduces discolouration so make sure you concentrate on the elbows and the knees where the skin tends to dry out and discolour. If your skin is sensitive, wet the skin before you begin scrubbing. Once you're all scrubbed up, rinse thoroughly with warm water and follow with a moisturiser or more Coconut Oil!

There you go! Super easy and super effective! I would recommend doing this once a week, twice at most (you don't want to over exfoliate!)

Experiment with your scrub, by adding lemon (natural bleach for discolouration) or herbs such as Lavender (promotes relaxation) and enjoy! 

Love Love

Monday, 1 September 2014

Coconut Oil and Facial Beauty

Hello Lovelies!

Hope you're all well. I apologise for my lack of posts recently (Guilty as charged!) but I'm back with a post today with regards to Natural Beauty.

Makeup is a super fun thing and it gives us the ability to transform ourselves in to whatever we feel like for the day/night. And with the beauty industry booming rapidly and offering us the latest products to deal with anything imaginable, it's pretty easy to get lost and side tracked from what REALLY matters - YOUR OWN SKIN.

Today, I'm gonna strip the makeup and take you back to basics. Your face goes through a lot during the day. It is where your emotions take their toll, it's where the sun and the wind hit you and it's where you slather on all your makeup. But do you take the necessary steps to ensure that your face is protected against the elements? Is it taken care of PROPERLY, to ensure your makeup sits right? I can assure you, NO brand of makeup, expensive or not, will work properly unless it has a good base to rest on. Look at it like a wall - if there is a crack in it or if it's not made of a good material, no amount of paint will cover up the flaws. 

This is where my experiences come in. From as long as I can remember, my skin has pretty much been 'combination' with heavier drier patches in the winter. So I took to moisturisers as my best friends - as you do! However, lighter moisturisers left me flaky and heavier ones broke me out. My foundation would highlight my flaky nose if the moisturiser was too light and it would slip, slide and disappear if the moisturiser was too heavy. Not to mention my clogged pores and unsightly bad boy pimples! Nothing seemed to work until I was directed towards Coconut Oil.



Coconut oil is a renowned product in the beauty industry and I decided to give it a go about 6-8 months ago. I won't go in to how beneficial it is for your body etc, I'll literally just point out how I used it, and how it helped me out.

  1. It moisturised my parched skin! My skin has improved so much since I've started using Coconut Oil. I use it, daily, as a moisturiser after cleansing my face in the morning and in the evening. It's perfect for daily use and don't be deluded that it will leave you with that greasy, oily feeling- because it won't! If anything, it's kept my face oils balanced so that my skin produces enough oils to stay hydrated but doesn't go overboard and get clogged and angry! The skin on my face is plump, the fine lines (and yes I have got them!) have been reduced and my makeup goes on like silk!

  2. I use it in a scrub! Coconut oil makes a great base for a scrub. I use it once a week with a pinch of sugar (exfoliant) for some seriously smooth skin. An alternative for sensitive skin is coconut oil and a warm wash cloth for that same, but gentle, exfoliation. My flakiness is at bay, even in the central heating months and the anti bacterial properties of this oil also keep any monsters (spots) from creeping up on my face! Thus, I have a more even skin tone.

  3. I use it to remove my makeup! Gone are the days when I would purchase makeup removers because there is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING in my makeup bag that Coconut oil can not remove. I don't usually wear waterproof mascara but if I did, it would be a breeze to take off. It even melts away my stubborn Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner and that's a tough formula! The best part is that it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes which a lot of make up removers have done in the past but it still manages to get every bit of makeup off!

I can honestly say that my skin care routine has drastically changed since I switched to Coconut Oil. My life has become a lot easier and the number of products I use has significantly decreased. In the long run, I've saved a lot of money too because let's be honest, skincare products don't come cheap anymore! 

I hope this helped those of you who have had similar skin troubles in the past or those of you who are just curious about Coconut oil. I would highly recommend it, but as with all skincare, please give at least three months to see noticeable results and stick to the purest and most natural/organic Coconut oil you can find.

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,