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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Starting out? Make Up Bag Essentials…part 1

I’d say I’ve been looking at make up for long enough to be able to put together a really STRONG make up bag…something that has the vital components to create a nicely made up face…

(BTW it’s also my 26th birthday today…feels weird. Good job there’s a product in here with ‘Anti Age’ in the title). 

Think about your everyday make up, for me that consists of foundation, concealer, eyebrows, blush bronzer, mascara and powder. A kit making up these very simple and reasonably priced items is a great way to help someone out who is just starting out with make up, or maybe you want to treat someone you know who has terrible eyebrows and you just want to nudge them in the right direction *giggles*.

Let’s start with base:

FOUNDATION – 

So, I use the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation because I was able to find a really close match to my skin. I usually struggle in the lower price bracket ranges, but there are a few that I like from the drug store. The Esteé Lauder foundation starts at around £27, which might seem like a lot but you get LOADS of product and I received a little sample bottle which lasted me longer than you’d think too!

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Other more reasonably priced options (that I’ve tried and are also very good) are…

CONCEALER – 

My personal favourite concealer is a drugstore version from Maybelline. The Anti Age Eraser Eye is a bloody brilliant concealer. This costs under £10 and lasts for a very long time – it has a little sponge head applicator to make it extra easy, it’s not too high coverage, more medium. This is a really good formula that doesn’t sit in lines once set with a good powder :).

I use the Anti Age Eraser Eye with the Maybelline FIT Me Concealer which is the best highlighting and concealing product to layer over the top of other concealers. It’s great for adding just the right amount of coverage – if I’ve had a particularly heavy night this helps me out lol. I use the shade 20 for highlighting 🙂

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MASCARA – 

When it comes to mascara, you are SPOILT by the drugstore (or high street stores as we say in Britain). Several of my favourite mascaras you can easily pick up from Boots for around £7-8. My current favourite is the Maybelline Lash Sensational which is brilliant for curling and lengthening – and it has a sturdy brush which means it’s perfect for catching all your lashes in a few sweeps. If you want to see my full detailed review of it then click here!

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Other great alternatives are:

EYEBROWS – 

Rather than point you in the direction of a cheap product, I’d rather point you in the direction of the BEST performance product and let you make your mind up. My favourite product for everyday eyebrows is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade which costs around £15 but it’s so worth the money. Used with an angled brush, you can create defined yet natural brows and I wouldn’t be without it. The only downside is that this product can dry up – but I spray mine with a few pumps of Make Up Setting Spray and that injects a bit more life into it.

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I also love the Soap & Glory Brow Archery for the days when speed is the name of the game!

Those are my most vital components that I think should live in your make up bag – if you liked this I may follow this post up with a part 2 containing blush bronzer highlighter and whatever else I can think of that finishes off the basics 🙂

Thank you for reading everyone!

Roshni xxx

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Make Up Geek Sparklers Review – Disappointing…

A late night Friday browse on Beauty Bay led to a purchase that I was very excited about. Make Up Geek have released a range of ‘Sparklers’ which are loose glitter pots in a range of really striking colours. I had been on the hunt for an emerald green glitter for a while – I even checked Urban Decay shadows but the closest they had is a dark forest green.

I had a look through the shade options and the one that caught my eye was called ‘Martian’. Also, they were discounted so I thought it would be a great chance to buy them! Little did I know that the reason they were discounted is BECAUSE THEY DON’T BLOODY HAVE ANY SIFTERS ON THEM. Apparently MUG have announced that this is why they have reduced the price, to cover the inconvenience and UTTER MESS the little pots create when you try to open them. (You lose a significant amount of the glitter just by merely opening the pot). I have listed some alternatives you can look at below!

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At first I was really excited and expected the pigmentation to be insane, for it to be a really easy product to use. Even from Neve Cosmetics (which I at first didn’t trust) have sifters on the pots.

After opening the pot and losing around half a penny size of glitter, I then sprayed a flat eyeshadow brush with the NYX Make Up Setting Spray to see if that would help the glitter stick and adhere.

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I was sorely disappointed to find out, then later hear that you can’t use this as a simple eyeshadow, make up setting sprays don’t help and the best thing is to use an eye safe adhesive to stick the glitter on. You could try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance glue which is suitable for glitter.

If you are looking for some alternatives to the Make Up Geek Sparklers you could try:

I think I won’t buy one of these again, I will probably invest in a reasonably priced glitter glue like the one above to try but it sounds mega fiddly!

Have you had any experience with good eye adhesives?

If so, let me know in the comments! 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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My Top Lipsticks with Swatches! MAC, Nyx, Topshop…

Hi everyone! 

If I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front I apologise – things are pretty darn busy round these parts. Today I have a new video to bring to your attention! I was inspired by Kaushal Beauty to film my own Lip Swatch video which features my favourite lipsticks within my collection so you can see what they look like on, the formula/colour pay off etc.

I found her video really useful as it gave me an idea of what the lipsticks look like on brown skin tones – this will show you what kind of undertone the lipstick has (it could have a blue undertone which makes teeth look whiter, or an orange undertone which is slightly harder to pull off)

I hope you enjoy watching! I’m pretty proud of this video as I tried to edit it to music a bit!

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Thanks for watching/reading my words that I write

Roshni xxx

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Ciaté Nail Polishes – Olivia Palermo ‘The Fashion Edit’

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I’ve always loved Ciaté nail polishes since last year when I had one of their advent calendars. They have a great range of shades and really pretty glitters aswell. This set that I’m reviewing for you today is from the collaboration between Ciaté and Olivia Palermo, called the ‘Fashion Edit’. (Quick note, she’s also developed a make up range with them too!)

This pretty little collection has shades that wouldn’t go amiss around Fashion Week, and it has four shades to see you through any special occasion. The shades included are:

These shades are really pretty, my favourite so far is the soft, milky nude which is very chic and flattering on the nails.

Here is me wearing ‘My Off Duty Nude’ 🙂

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The polishes themselves take around 2 – 3 coats to get them quite opaque (particularly the nude one) but that’s not too excessive when you compare it to most other nail polishes. My only criticism of these polishes is that on their own they are BLOODY expensive. £17 for a nail polish?!?!? For one?!? The set isn’t too badly priced at £25.

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I know Olivia Palermo is the person they have collaborated with for this but what has she put in them…caviar?!

What do you think of these? Have you tried any of this range?

🙂

Roshni xxx

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Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara – Review

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend before real life starts again…(aka work)! One of my Christmas presents was a dinky little sample of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara, which I’m reviewing for you today (my sister Anisha bought it for me, she wanted to be included in the post and she’s making me a cup of tea so I think that’s a good deal). 

My mascara relationships have been pretty stable throughout most of my make up life and I can almost reel off the mascaras like an exes list. Firstly, in my teen years my go to was Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash, then I went to the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, then the Max Factor False Lash Effect. As I moved into my twenties I went onto the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast (which is way better than you’d expect) and since then I’ve always loved the Maybelline Lash Sensationalyou can read my review of that here! 

The Benefit Roller Lash claims to ‘curl and lengthen’ using it’s Hook ‘n’ Roll brush…this brush is thin and long and looks pretty ordinary. I was surprised by how much it does actually lengthen. If you are looking for volume then I don’t think this is the mascara for you – I am lucky and have quite thickish lashes anyway so this isn’t a problem for me!

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Compared to the Lash Sensational, the brush is much thinner and I’m not entirely sure where the Hook and Roll aspects of it are!

As you can see from the before and after picture above, this mascara is great for lengthening and it’s very pigmented :). It actually performs very well on lower lashes as well, adding fibres and coating them thinly so that it’s not clumpy.

I think I would buy a full size version of this when my current mascara runs out (though I have a habit of having more than one on the go, oops). I’m not a massive fan of the packaging, though this is only the mini. The pastel pink doesn’t stand out much on the black background but I guess the test is of the product itself!

Have you guys tried the Roller Lash mascara? What did you think?

Thanks for reading guys 🙂

Roshni xxx

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