Lip Service

Good Morning all :D!

It’s that weird time of year where you aren’t quite sure what colours you can and cannot get away with. Rather than limit yourself to a few, why not just go for them all! I thought I’d give you a run down of the shades, brands and bullets that are socialising in the wild party that is my make up bag.

What I like to do is to mix these products, as layering can actually create some combinations that you would never have thought of, that work really well. I don’t mean like ombré lips like I’ve seen popping up all over Insta recently (beautiful but entirely impractical), but simply mixing two shades to create something that’s really unique.

I’ve collected my favourites and given them a mug shot and line up below:

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At first glance you might think that the bottom 6 shades are more autumnal colours but when you consider I have darker skin these aren’t actually that intense shades for me. In fact at least two of the darker shades are nudes for me, so you get an insight into more realistic nudes than your typical pale pinky tones. DEEP BREATH ERRYONE…

MAC CREME CUP

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YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ TASTY RASPBERRY

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SEVENTEEN BEEHIVE  

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MAC HUG ME

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BOBBI BROWN ROSE BROWN

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REVLON PINK TRUFFLE

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BODY SHOP in umm ’14’

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SEVENTEEN RULE BREAKER

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RIMMEL STARRY EYED

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Which are your favourites?

Thanks for reading/looking :)

Roshni xxx

My Obsession with New York Night continues…

Ever since I received the Tanya Burr nail varnish ‘New York Night’ for Christmas from my sister, it has been my go to colour when I’m not sure what I want to wear.

It’s a lovely dark, almost black purple colour that is really wearable, looks very sophisticated and lasts for at least a week. I don’t use a base coat with this, the formula is thick enough to go completely opaque from the second coat. Even on it’s own it dries with a real shine, but when you use a top coat over it the colour really comes to life.

I also used a Ciaté glitter polish that has tiny gold strips in, called ‘Sloaney, Sweetie’. This gives a really lovely contrast to the dark polish and creates a strong, bold look.

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This is my favourite Tanya Burr nail polish out of her range, I tried a grey toned version but I thought it fell a bit flat. The Ciaté polish is really pretty, but it gets a bit claggy and hard to spread after a while…I think mine needed a good shake!!

Have you tried any shades from the Tanya Burr nail polish range?

Thanks for reading :) and Happy Friday!

Roshni xxx

Types of Beauty Shoppers

Sometimes just thinking about going shopping (any kind of shopping) is a bit like this:

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This is my second favourite WhatsApp face :)

This is mostly because it’s either going to be really busy, you can’t be bothered or you don’t want to get out of your pyjamas. I started to think about the different types of beauty shoppers and realised there’s probably a few that you guys will all recognise as you are out and about in Boots or Mac. This is a fun little post that will hopefully make you chuckle and go ‘omg’ next time you go out shopping.

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1. The woman in MAC who insists on watching EVERY SINGLE lipstick on the counter even though you already know the shade of the one you want. She’s just hogging space, greedy cow.

2. The young girl approaching the Dior, YSL and Chanel counters with baited breath, being too scared to touch anything for fear of losing £100 in one swift move. (This used to be me).

3. The woman in Boots who crouches down right in front of the Soap & Glory display, consequently blocking the products that you want to grab and go. I know they smell good but jeez get a move on.

4. The rich mothers shopping in Space.NK on the regs, like they’re picking up milk and an avocado from Tesco.

5. The gaggle of teenage girls in Boots floating around the Miss Sporty and Barry M counters with their pocket money jingling in their little zippy purses.

6. The older woman in Debenhams who’s looking at the discounted make up sets for a gift for a distant female relative. Really, she has no idea what she’s looking at.

Can you think of any other beauty shopper stereotypes? :)

Thanks for reading

Roshni xxx

How To Fake A Good Night’s Sleep

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I ran out of eye drops :(

Sorry I ran out of eye drops :(

Happy Sunday :)

I’m sure this post will resonate for a lot of you people who have been out last night and are feeling a bit worse for wear. If you’re like me when that happens you always feel like you want to drink all the orange juice in the world.

I thought I’d do a post on how to look awake when you feel FAR from it. There are a few handy tips that you can hold in your arsenal (not arse) to whip out on those days when you just feel BLEURGH.

  • Use a nude eyeliner on your waterline

A nude eyeliner will instantly make you look more awake, as it counteracts any redness or yellow tones in the whites of your eyes. It will brighten your eye area, and along with the second point below it will make you look much more wide awake. My favourite is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude £3.99.

  • Curl your eyelashes

Curling your eyelashes and applying mascara to the outer lashes will open your eyes up, making you feel much better about going outside and braving sunlight! Investing in a good eyelash curler will ensure that you see a difference straight away, which means that some days you will survive with just some clear mascara. You will probably know that my favourite is the Shu Uemura Eyelash curler £20. 

  • Eyedrops

Eyedrops will not only make you look more awake, but you will most definitely feel it too. They will feel soothing and cool on the eye which will help you slowly get restored to Setting: ‘Human’. You can get eye drops specifically designed to brighten and make your eyes more sparkly, so it’s definitely worth keeping a few of these in your stash for those emergency mornings after. I like the Optrex Eyedrops £4.25, though I’m not sure how much they live up to the claim of  ‘sparkly’!

  • Use a CREAM blusher

Using a powder blusher, it can sit on the skin and look a tad dull and ruddy. I’ve found that using a cream blusher (ideally quite a bright pink colour) is best for making you look healthy and well rested. Just be careful not to use too much as generally they are quite pigmented! (Layering small amounts dabbed onto the apples of your cheeks will make sure you don’t end up looking like a clown). I like the Max Factor Creamy Blush in Soft Pink £6.99. 

  • Use a highlighter

As well as using a cream blush, a cream based pearlescent highlighter is great for helping your skin to glow. I really like ‘Girl Meets Pearl’ from Benefit £24.50 . Using this, I twist the clicker twice and then swipe half of the circle with my ring finger and dab this along my cheekbones on one side, then use the second half for the other side of my face :). With this, don’t go close to your eye or this will attract attention to the wrong part of your face.

I hope this helps to ease you into Sunday afternoon!

Thanks for reading :)

Roshni xxx

March Beauty Wishlist!

Hello All :)

Today I’m going to round up the beauty products that are topping my wishlist for March, so far. There are a lot of items that I have my eye on, that if I’m honest with myself I just don’t need. This is why I add them to my wishlist so that I can stare at them and pine :).

I was thinking the other day about high end versus drug store products, and it struck me that in the majority of cases we probably do pay over the odds for the packaging and look of a product rather than the actual performance of the product itself.

I am guilty of this too, in particular watching I Covet Thee she showed how the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes that were recently launched are amazing dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. The price difference here is around £25 – £30! Nonetheless, some of the products that are on this list will probably fall into this category, but I do believe there are still some that live up to their price in both appearance AND performance.

Here is a collage of the products I am drooling over this month:

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STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS FOIL EYESHADOW (£33.50, click for link) – 

I saw this Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Eyeshadow in a Youtube video by Kaushal Beauty and it looked so beautiful. It is essentially a foil that you pack onto the eyelid and it looks so shiny and striking. It’s pretty damn pricey but it doesn’t stop me looking at it numerous times! This is the kind of eyeshadow that you’d wear on a pretty glam night out, it’s definitely not a day time eyeshadow. The shade I’m lusting over is ‘Vintage Black Gold’ :).

NARS COPACABANA ILLUMINATOR/HIGHLIGHTER (£23.00, click for link) – 

This illuminator is an iridescent cool toned highlight, which would look amazing dabbed onto the cheekbones and brow bone. One thing I love about the tube is that it would last you ages, although its pricey I bet it would keep going for years!

BAD GAL LASH MASCARA (£17.50, click for link) – 

This Benefit mascara has probably seen a massive dip in sales for Benefit recently simply due to the incredible popularity of ‘They’re Real’ and the brand spanking new ‘Roller Lash’ mascara launch. For me, I’ve used cheaper mascaras like the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ but the Bad Gal Lash is 100% my most favourite.

CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT PERFECTOR (£15.80, click for link) – 

One can never have too many lip products! I’ve heard Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup rave about these, pretty sure she had one of each colour! The rosey shade is the one I have my eye on, but again I don’t really feel like I can justify this kind of purchase. I really hate sticky lip glosses so from what I’ve heard about this they would be perfect.

BOBBI BROWN BRIGHTENING BRICK (£23.00, click for link) – 

I think blushes might be the beauty product that I own the most of. This brightening brick isn’t all about glitter and shine, but illuminating the face (the parts that you want to) in a subtle and natural way :). I like the peach toned and pink toned blushes the most out of this range, and I’m sure you could use a smaller brush to pick out the highlighter colours.

The grand total for my March Wishlist isssss:

£112.80!

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

Tell Me About It, Studs – Body Jewellery Shop

Hello Everyone!

Warm Wednesday wishes to you all.

Today’s post is centred on jewellery; a self confessed magpie I am very interested in all things shiny, reflective but also minimalist at the same time. I was kindly sent two pairs of earrings to review by the fantastic Body Jewellery Shop. Their site is brilliant if you have various piercings such as belly button or nose piercing, but in particular it has some really chic earpiercing jewellery.

I am a bit of a wimp and don’t have any other piercings other than my ears pierced. (How many times can I say the word pierced). I once went with my friend Becky when she got her belly button pierced and I looked at the exact wrong time when the white bar was still in place of the body bar they were going to put in *shudder*. I got my ears pierced many moons ago, in India when I was very little, hence why they are wonky (thumbs up all round).

Moving onto the products I received samples of, I chose two very simple but beautiful stud sets. The first is my favourite out of the two, these are very shiny silver glitter stud earrings. These are an absolute bargain at only £1.99 and in the flesh they look much more expensive. What I really like about these is that they are eye catching but not too in your face, and the domed clear top really makes the silver bright.

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Try not to look at my abnormally small ears

The second pair I chose were a cute little pair of stainless steel star earrings. These only cost £3.49, which is brilliant because if you think about somewhere like Accessorise on the high street these would cost at least £5. What I like about these is that they aren’t so small they could get lost in your ear hole, but they are simple and delicate and really great quality.

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If only I was brave enough to consider a more adventurous piercing (by that I mean belly or nose, calm down erryone). Take a look at the site here if you want to, and have fun browsing all the different types or jewellery!

Thanks for reading :)

Roshni xxx

***These products were sent to me, but all opinions and comments are my own***

What I’ve Learned about Blogging, so far…

Happy Sunday!

Recently, I’ve started to see a lot more posts focused on ‘Blogging Tips’ and ‘How To Start a Blog’ circulating around the Beauty Blogosphere.  Instead of doing a general post I thought I’d do a more personal one to talk about some of the things I’ve discovered, trust me I’m going to be pretty honest.

Prepare yourselves.

(I’m currently listening to 90s garage while I write this so sorry if it goes a bit awry).

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Firstly, anyone who has their own blog and a posting routine will know that you aren’t always in the mood to write. Times like this, in the past I have tried to write but I am just not happy with the standard of what I’m writing at all (OMG Blu Cantrell just came on). For me, the biggest thing to remember is no to be too hard on yourself when you do get these little non-bloggy moments. When you ARE in the mood, get writing and prepare a few posts in advance to get yourself a bit more organised. I think if you force the content, your readers will be able to tell too.

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I find that when taking pictures for my blog, using a REALLY bright light helps to show the quality of products and a more detailed insight for the reader. This tip is especially important for people who don’t have a fancy Canon DSLR and might take photos using their phone, or Instagram. Bright, vivid pictures are really important, in a blogosphere that is filled with hundreds of thousands of beauty blogs it is important to stand out where you can.

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One thing I’ve learned over the past few months is that blogging doesn’t HAVE to be expensive. You can get some really good deals on hosting and domains if you want to go self hosted. Also, not everyone wants to read reviews and hauls 24/7. This means you don’t need to go shopping and buy loads of products to review (unless you want to this is). So don’t be afraid to try more conversational blog posts, or even inspirational posts. It all helps for readers to get to know you better and those posts can have a bit more personality and can be a bit more fun to read.

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This is really important: consistency. Consistency helps your readers get to know your posting schedule, in the same way that Youtubers’ have a schedule for their uploads. Knowing the popular times is always useful too. Obviously people are pretty damn busy these days, so at the same don’t get too disappointed if for some reason you miss the odd post here and there, but I’ve found on the whole it is much better to get posts prepared in advanced and even scheduled in. This helps MASSIVELY if you work full time too, use things like publicising to social media such as Twitter and Facebook making this easy peasy.

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Everyone likes a good laugh. I’ve found that the people whose blogs I tend to read the most are generally quite funny people. As well as this, being honest and humble is important, making sure that this comes across in the tone of your writing. I think adding a touch of personality to each blog post will help to make you stand out from the rest and people will really get to know you. It can be easier said than done, but I try to write each post like I’m just talking to my friends :D.

By no means am I an expert on this, this is just my opinion and a little insight into what I’ve found when blogging over the past few months :).

What’s the one thing you’ve discovered about blogging that surprised you?

Thank you for reading

Rosh xxx

Top 5 Hair & Beauty Survival Kit

Hello Everyone :)

I was thinking about all the different new products that beauty bloggers review and new launches that are talked about, but I found myself thinking more of the items that we always end up coming back to. For me, there are key parts of my haircare and make up routine that haven’t changed in a very long time.

I don’t want these products to feel unloved and run away from home, so for once I’m going to shine a bit of lime light on them so we can rejoice in the splendour of THE HAIR AND BEAUTY SURVIVAL KIT.

Here is the survival kit that I’ve thrown together to give you inspiration for those days where you have the very basics at your fingertips:

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Tangle Teezer, Soap &  Glory Brow Archery, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Balm

To me, the most important part of this survival kit and the item I should mention first is the humble Tangle Teezer. I bought mine (in a fetching purple glitter finish) a good 3-4 years ago and it looks almost brand new! These things are life savers, when it comes to unruly hair that is knotty and temperamental. In particular, before I cut my hair short I really needed this, as when my hair was wet it used to get SO tangled. This reduces breakage and gently brush through tangles, which will in turn help your hair stay strong.

Then we have mascara, in particular my all time favourite is the Benefit Bad Gal Lash. Applying just a little mascara helps on those days when you are really tired, as it instantly opens your eyes up and makes you look more awake. Even if you aren’t wearing any other make up, just wearing a swipe of mascara will still make all the difference.

Right now, it is considered pretty much criminal to go out without having done your eyebrows. Obviously many people either can’t be bothered or simply don’t need to fill in their brows, but for me using an eyebrow pencil is a step that I wouldn’t miss out in a hurry.

Filling in your eyebrows helps to frame your face, and will help you look groomed and neat without having to spend too long getting them perfect. I love the Soap & Glory Brow Archery as this comes with a thin fine pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other to brush through particularly unruly brows.

This next item is pretty damn important to me in the mornings and it is the mighty concealer. For anyone who suffers from dark circles, like myself, this is going to be a staple in your make up kit. As well as helping to create a simple but clear base, you don’t have to go all out and use foundation, just dab and blend some concealer over any blemishes and under your eyes and you are good to go. The one I’m currently using is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, which I really like :).

The last item doesn’t have to be the exact same as mine, but it is essentially a lip balm. If for some reason there is a freak accident and your make up bag gets lost, damaged or stolen by a racoon, lip balm is a great staple to have as it can act as a multi tasking groomer. You can use a slick of lip balm to keep lips moisturised, but you can also smooth a touch over your eyebrows to keep them in place.

One thing you can also do is apply a very small amount to your finger tips, and then smooth your eyelashes up repeatedly to make it look like you are wearing mascara, and open up your eyes. If you use something like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream you can also use it to moisturise dry patches, but the one I am currently liking is the Eve Lom Kiss Mix which is a very intensive hydrating lip balm.

What are your hair and beauty essentials?

Thanks for reading :)

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Rosh

xxx

Marvellous Metals

Hello Everyone <3!

The first thing I have to say is TGIF!!!

To ease you into the weekend I thought I’d do a post celebrating all things GOLD. Sifting through my collection of beauty goods and wares, I noticed a lot of my products centre around gold, copper or bronze as they tend to suit my skin tone the most.

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The first thing is my favourite  perfume EVER. It’s the Bronze Goddess scent that is brought out by Esteé Lauder every summer. It is part of a range that does a shimmer body oil and they also have bronzers and a cosmetics range to go with it. This scent is just beautiful, it is a coconutty, slightly sweet smelling perfume that lasts all day and can take you from day through to night. The packaging for this perfume is just, a DREAM. Seriously, it’s gold, shiny reflective mirror-y goodness all in one bottle.

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Now, when it comes to tools there are two of my most favourite and most useful brushes that just happen to feature gold as a theme. The first is the Zoeva 106 powder brush. This is one of the softest brushes I think I’ve ever used, it washes amazingly and it makes applying powder to easy and flawless. The link I included is to the set, you can get the powder brush on it’s own but I think it has to be the silver one :(. The second brush I have is the Contour Brush by Real Techniques which is perfect for concealing under the eyes. Ever since I saw Velvetghost (Gabby on Youtube) use it in this way, I haven’t looked back. Again it comes mainly in the set but I’m sure you could find it on it’s own somewhere for sale!

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Next I have three eyeshadows that are heavily pigmented and warm, gilded and beautiful. One of them is MAC’s ‘Woodwinked’ (bottom left), which is a heavily pigmented bronze-y gold. The texture is silky and on a primed eyelid it will last all day or night. Even if you don’t use a crease colour for definition, with this eyeshadow you can pack it on and blend the edges. It almost takes on it’s own shade in the crease area that makes it look like you’ve spent ages on your makeup. The swatch of this on my hand is the warm brown on the lower right hand side :).

Secondly, there is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo  in ‘On and On Bronze’. This cream eyeshadow is one of my favourite that I own. It’s so pigmented, it doesn’t need a primer or anything and it literally lasts 24 hours if you don’t rub your eyes too much! The swatch on my hand is the top one :).

The third and final eyeshadow is again a cream eyeshadow and this is a paint pot by MAC, in the shade ‘Rubenesque’. This is a more orange toned gold, which can look a bit off-putting in the pot but when applied it isn’t as orange as it looks. I think on darker skin this takes on more of a bright gold colour, I imagine on lighter skin this might pick up more of an orange tint. On my hand this is the lower left swatch :).

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What are your favourite gold beauty products?

Have you tried any of these?

Happy Weekend Everyone! Thanks for reading :) xxx

Sunday Review Time – Benefit’s Cutie Cravings

Hello Everyone!

What better to browse on a Sunday afternoon than a good old review (go make yourself a cup of tea in preparation). We had a glorious day of sunshine yesterday, today however I am looking out the window and it’s as drab as ever, doing that odd spitty drizzly rain thing that makes you wonder why we live in the UK. Today I will be reviewing the Benefit Cutie Cravings make up kit.

This set is an odd one for me, I love the packaging as it’s a tin that looks like a little shop, but even saying the words ‘Cutie Cravings’ makes me shudder inside and think ‘Why, Benefit, why!’ (When I hear cutesy words like that it makes me want to be sick).

Anyway, enough of that, I think it’s time for you to see it and hear a bit more about the contents:

IT'S A LITTLE SWEET SHOP

IT’S A LITTLE SWEET SHOP

The lid to this flips up to show you the inside:

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OH OH, NO IT ISN’T!

This set includes a mini Porefessional primer, 4 Benefit Eyeshadows with sponge applicator, a Hoola bronzer with little brush, a sample size ‘They’re Real’ mascara and a lip gloss.

I really like the mix of products in here as it’s not too skincare focused, or too eyes focused. One thing I noticed straight away is the shade of the Hoola bronzer looks much lighter in here than in the full size version, but I have had my full size version for quite a while so that may be why.

I have tried the Porefessional primer before, I wasn’t blown away by it but it is a good primer to use around the T zone before applying make up to make it last longer and to minimise the look of pores (surprise surprise).

For me, the really impressive parts of this kit are the eyeshadows and the mascara. The eyeshadows are a great consistency, buttery and velvety, they apply like a dream. The only criticism I would have is that the fourth glittery shade has coarser glitter particles than other higher end eyeshadows. The shades are really subtle and pretty, and the third matte brown colour is great for applying in the crease. I do think a double sided brush rather than a sponge applicator would have been more useful.

Here’s a close up:

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Hi, Sponge Applicator that I will never use. Shades from left to right are: ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘Nude Swings’, ‘Quick, Look Busy’ and ‘Thanks a Latte’

The mascara ‘They’re Real’ had a massive hype when it first came out. I was quite late to the party with that one, but it really is an amazing mascara. It lengthens, holds a curl really well and is a true jet black colour (not ashy like some that you can get). I tend to put this on on days where I want it to last, and also when I know I won’t have to rush to take my make up off. This stuff sticks fast, so you will need a good make up remover to get it off!

The lip gloss in this set is really lovely, it looks like quite a non descript colour in the tube but once applied it is very opaque and balmy. It’s not too sticky, but it is one where you would have to reapply it often.

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Finally, onto the Hoola bronzer, which I have used before in a full size version and loved it. It’s the perfect matte warm shade bronzer, that has great staying power. The product itself lasts for ages too, so this sample sized amount will last me a very long time! The little brush again I doubt I will use, but if it is one of those sets you will be travelling with it is a great idea.

All in all, this is an ideal gift for a make up junkie, with the stand out performers being the eyeshadows and the mascara for me personally.

What are your favourite Benefit products?

Thanks for reading :)

Roshni xxx