Valentines Gift Guide – What to get for Him!

Hello you lovely people,

So it is that time of year – it’s Valentines day, lurking around the corner like an amorous stalker.

THOUSANDS of loved up ladies around the world will be experiencing that terror that is the ‘present buying process’ for the other half. I am here to give you a fool proof guide to help you pick that perfect present for the person in your life that thinks Mascara is a far east country…

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CLOTHING – 

All Saints is a great place to go for staple basics that will stick around in his wardrobe for potentially, years. Time-proof pieces like a dark, long sleeved checked shirt are perfect because the quality is so good and the colours are flattering!

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This cute little beanie hat is perfect if your partner works outside or generally gets a cold head – and it’s only £2 from Asos! You could even add some mobile phone touch screen gloves to complete the set…

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You can’t beat a big comfy hoody and Vans do some great ones that are made from the best materials – they are so soft! These are perfect for British weather and this means you can buy a slightly bigger size and get away with not getting the size exact lol

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TOILETRIES AND ACCESSORIES – 

If you get your other half anything Tom Ford, even if he doesn’t know what it is he will thank you in the end. You could opt for the Tom Ford Black Orchid fragrance which is earthy, sexy and screams ‘I AM MAN SEE I SMELL LIKE MAN’.

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This one is a bit crafty, if you’re in the beauty blogging world you will know why I’ve put this one in there. The Nivea Post Shave Balm has been one of those cult products for WOMEN believe it or not – which means if you get it for your boyfriend you can also steal this. You can actually use this as a PRIMER before make up! So basically I am not only helping you buy for your boyfriend but I am also improving the outcome of your make up…:)

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Getting your boyfriend/husband/partner a tangle teaser might seem like an odd present, but if you use your own tangle teaser and appreciate it then trust me, a man will too. In fact, it will be like a little head massage. What’s even better is that you can get a non gender specific black one for anyone who is picky!

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Some comfortable nightwear will be appreciated by those that want to spend a full week playing Xbox or PS4, OR for those that generally like to be a bum. If your boyfriend is unemployed, this is perfect! You can get Star Wars ones from Burton and they are made from 100% cotton. Lol I’m kidding about unemployment, seriously these just look really comfy.

So that’s my guide to some simple winning gifts for your other half…I’ll be back in the blogosphere later this week with another Valentines post so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – Anyone got RSI yet?!

Hi Everyone!

I have a review for you today – if you browse through my blog you might think that I’m obsessed with mascaras because I have a lot of review posts! Looking in my Muji drawers, there would be a whole WEALTH of evidence to send me to Mascara Misuse Rehab (I have about 4 open at one time). The mascara I’ve been using recently is one that I’ve tried before, from Soap & Glory.

The Soap & Glory Thick & Fast *do you want any more ampesands* ‘Collagen’ mascara is, as far as I know, the main mascara line that Soap & Glory has. Aiming to ‘lay down volume and intensity’ using it’s V shaped brush, it claims to add thickness and volume without needing to work at it.

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As always with these kind of reviews, below I’ve added a before and after so you can see the effect of the mascara on my own lashes. (I also did my eyebrows lol)

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The pros of this mascara are:

  • It is affordable compared to something like Benefit’s They’re Real, Bad Gal Lash or Roller Lash
  • It’s really well pigmented!
  • The brush feels nice to use
  • Gorgeous packaging! (well, I think so, something satisfying about the all over gold wand)
  • It is quite good at lengthening (see above picture)

The cons of this mascara are:

  • You may get Repetitive Strain Injury from having to go back and build up every single layer to get volume and length. Seriously, this is NOT THICK AND FAST IT IS THIN AND SLOW (-_-)
  • The mascara has a watery consistency compared to most others on the shelves
  • Did I mention it’s hard to build up?
  • Oh, and someone get Soap and Glory to supply a small robot with each purchase TO MOVE THE MASCARA UP AND  DOWN ON YOUR EYES TO SAVE YOUR WRIST

Aside from these points, I actually quite like it lol.

It’s not a pain to get off, it doesn’t feel wet on the lashes which is good (however Roller Lash does so you may want to steer clear) and it’s quite good at lengthening which I was surprised at.

What do you think, have you tried this Soap & Glory mascara before?

:)

Until next time lovely readers!

Roshni xxx

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How I Keep My Hair Healthy & Shiny!

Hello All!

Having healthy, shiny and glossy hair can be down to a number of things – you might have bloody good genes, you may get your hair styled at the hairdressers everyday because you are the Queen, or you might be a Barbie (poor you, you are plastic).

I’m kidding, for most people their hair isn’t how they want it to be and people are constantly on the lookout for the newest and best products to make your hair FABALUTH.

I’m pretty lucky with my hair – I’d say good indian genes are one of the factors my hair is shiny and smooth (my friend Geri always used to tell me Asian people have flatter hair follicles…and you can trust her, her mum is a lovely hairdresser :)). Aside from this, I’d say that there are a few things that I do regularly to make sure that my hair stays soft, shiny and manageable on a day to day basis.

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If you are washing your hair every day…STOP. I used to be really, really bad at this and used to hate the feeling of having unwashed hair. Washing your hair everyday with harsh shampoos can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and shine – I’d recommend washing it one evening and then skipping a day at first (this is just about what I can deal with lol).

At some point in your life, invest in a natural bristle brush! I use the Denman’s Natural Bristle Brush which is one of the best! I don’t use this EVERY day but after I’ve washed and dried my hair sometimes I use a natural bristle brush on it to smooth the hair down – it helps to calm down frizz, especially if you dry and wash your hair in the evening like I do and then sleep on it (because I’m lazy and can’t get up in the morning).

My usual hairbrush for every day is from the Body Shop and it’s a wooden brush with bamboo pins– it’s my favourite ever, it doesn’t tug and it doesn’t break the hair!!

Quick note – I used to have long hair but then cut it into a bob. When you have long hair, don’t expect to brush your hair from the scalp to the root and not encounter a painful tangle. When I had long hair, I’d firmly hold my hair halfway down and brush the ends out, THEN go back to the roots and brush gently. This protects against breakage.

Every now and then, I’d recommend either sleeping in a hair mask (a decent conditioner is good enough) OR apply a hair oil. To be honest, even if you don’t sleep in a hair oil but just apply some to the ends of damp hair that’s good enough – my favourite is MorrocanOil – you can’t beat it! It’s very thick, a tad on the pricey side but it’s worth it…smells amazing too.

If you want a healthy scalp, I’d recommend massaging your scalp as much as you can when you shampoo your hair! Healthy hair starts at the root and having good blood circulation to the roots is the perfect way to encourage healthy hair growth.

My favourite hair shampoos/conditioners are:

After washing my hair, I always use a heat protectant spray. My favourite one is by Dove, it smells A M A Z I N G (like sweet fruit!) and it does a great job of protecting my hair from heat damage.

After blow drying and straightening (I use GHD’s but try not to use them every day)…I like to smooth down any flyaways and run the Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz cream, which helps your hair stay soft and smooth!

I hope you find some things in this post useful!

On another note – I’m thinking about doing a ‘Hair History’ where I do a post with pictures of hair styles I’ve had throughout my life (however good or bad) and tell you a bit about them – is this something you’d wanna see? 😀

Thanks for reading lovely people,

Roshni xxx

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Kiko Cream Crush Eyeshadow – 05 Pearly Silver Rose

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a review for you, for something that became a saving grace. I bought this little Kiko Cream Eyeshadow during my last stint in London, it was discounted and the colour just screamed out to me!

I had always wanted to try some of the Kiko cosmetics range, having tried some of their nail polishes before. This little pot of cream eyeshadow is ’05 Pearly Silver Rose’, which is a beautiful irridescent silver/gold.

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This is a long lasting cream eyeshadow which is meant to be super blendable, (auto correct wants this to say bendable lol) with up to 10 hours staying power.

The texture of this shadow really is silky soft – it feels velvety in the pot but when you start to apply it to the lid (without primer, may I add) it starts to set to a powder. I think if you plan to blend this I would get that blending brush at the ready pretty sharpish as you have a small window of opportunity before this sets!

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The colour pay off is brilliant, you can see how sheeny and pigmented the shadow is and it only cost £3.40!

I am amazed by the quality of this cream eyeshadow and I can say it did actually stay put all night! I used this with a matte black shadow in the crease and then I patted this over the inner third of my eyelid.

The only thing I’m not keen on (and ALL beauty brands are guilty of this) is that when you get these little pots of shadows they have a blown up bottom (as in the glass makes it look like you’re getting more product than you are). In actual fact, you’re getting a whopping SIX ML

Wow, generous!

Lol :)

Have you tried any Kiko cosmetics?

Thanks for reading guys :)

Roshni xxx

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Real Techniques Duo Fibre Make Up Brushes – Review

I’d say about 75% of my make up brush collection is from Real Techniques. You just can’t beat them when it comes to value for money but great performance make up brushes! If people ask me which kinds of brushes they should try if they haven’t had any before, I point them in the direction of the RT face and eye brush sets because these are great starter kits.

When they brought out the Real Techniques Duo Fibre brushes, I didn’t think there would be much of a difference between these and their standard line of brushes. I was wrong though, the duo fibre brushes are beautifully soft and the way that the bristles are different lengths means that the brushes pick up just the right amount of product.

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(the picture above was when I washed all my brushes!! I was so proud lol)

The duo fibre brushes have longer white ended bristles which help with blending and stop you from overloading your brush too much.

The usual Real Techniques brushes are a lot more densely packed (bristles wise) than these ones, so for brighter blushes, darker bronzers etc these are perfect. The duo fibre brushes allow for a bit of heavy handedness because they pick up a smaller amount of product!

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In this set there was a blush brush, a contour brush and an eye brush – these as I said are the areas where you would want a bit more of a delicate touch and they are perfect for blending :).

I love the fact that the ends are white as well because it means you know when they are REALLY DIRTY (which mine currently are…)

Have you tried the Real Techniques Duo fibre brushes?

Leave me a comment for any brush suggestions!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni

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January Sales Haul! Clothing, Make Up and Random Stuff

Hi Everyone!

Happy Saturday :)

I have a haul to bring to you today, so kick back with a cup of tea (my breakfast of choice was an OH so healthy croissant) while I tell you about the clothing and make up bits I’ve bought in the January sales!

It’s my first ever haul video like this so if you have any *nice* feedback feel free to leave a comment either here or on the video itself

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I hope you all have a lovely relaxed Saturday!

Till next time lovely people

Roshni xxx

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Make Up Bag Essentials Part 2…

Hey Everyone!

So after completing my part 1 of the top essentials to have in your make up bag, NOW we move onto the second round :). This will include my favourite options for blusher, bronzer, highlighters and eyeliners!

If you select a product from each section in this post and my first post, you should have a pretty versatile make up kit which will see you through day time make up looks and it’s the kind of kit that’s perfect for someone just starting out with make up!

Let’s crack on with my favourite selection of…

BLUSHERS – 

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My first few blushes were actually MAC blushes, my favourites first of all were Mocha which is a dark browny pink which is very flattering…and MAC Dainty which is a mineralize blush with speckles of gold shimmer in it!

MAC blushes are quite pricey, so if you are looking for something versatile and a reasonable price you could try some of the Max Factor blushes, such as the Creme Puff powder blushes. If you’re a bit braver you could try the Max Factor cream blushes, which actually are really easy to use and last a really long time! The picture above shows you my favourite ever blush – the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush is beautiful – completely matte, easily buildable and the most flattering pink you will ever find!

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BRONZERS – 

My ultimate favourite bronzer is the NARS Laguna, which is pretty much a cult beauty blogger staple! However, if you are just starting out and are low on cash there are some great similar colour matches and alternatives. Be careful with bronzer colours that are too warm – these can look a bit too obvious on the face, so it might be easier to start with a cooler toned bronzer first :).

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For drugstore alternatives, you could try the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which is one of the bronzers I tried when I first started out with Benefit products. It’s not too cool and not too warm, a light dusting of this over your hairline is a great way to bronze your face up in a subtle way.

Bourjois do an amazing bronzer which actually smells like chocolate! This is a brilliant bronzer to start off with, but if you are still a little scared of it you could opt for a bronze and blush combo where you can swirl both colours together lightly and use this just on the apples of the cheeks, like the Maybelline Dream Sun. 

HIGHLIGHTERS – 

I’d definitely advise that you try different texture highlighters such as creams and powders, so you know which type you like. My suggestion for you highlighter virgins out there is the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, which is a nice easy twist up cream highlight. This is so easy to dab along the cheekbones and you can even use this with a little brush to apply on your brow arch too to create a lovely chic highlight.

However, I can’t leave out the MAC holy grail which is Soft & Gentle. This highlighter is the perfect irridescent gold, it’s a really finely milled powder which is great to dust on the high points of your face.

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EYELINERS – 

Last but not least, we move onto eyeliners! So I’d advise that kohl eyeliners are the easiest way to add some definition to your lash line – you can add a thin line along your upper or lower lash line (in the outer third) and use a small eyeshadow brush to blend this out. This is a great way to create a simple smokey eye! I love using the Bourjois Colorband Pencil which is a great value product.

For liquid eyeliner, I started out with the usual Barry M liquid liners, Soap & Glory and then L’Oréal Superliner. The liquid eyeliner I’m obsessing over at the moment is the Maybelline Master Ink Matte Eyeliner, which is A M A Z I N G!!! It is as it says, completely matte, which makes it a brilliantly black formula!

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WOW that was a long post (sorry if you fell asleep half way through lol!)

I hope you enjoyed it, if you have any make up suggestions for me, let me know in the comments!

Love you all!

Roshni xxx

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