Left Valentines until the last minute? Click right here my friend…

 

Valentines Gift Guide

So there’s only a few days left until Valentines day…and I’m looking at you partners that have failed to get something for your lovely lady!

If you’re left scrambling around convenience stores and garage flower stalls for an amazing present, that officially means you’ve left it til the last minute and you need your Fairy BlogMother…ME!

(If you are a lady looking around in panic for ideas for your boyfriend/husband then click here for my Gift Guide – What to get Him!!)

This is the guide for you if your girlfriend/wife/fiancé is into make up, beauty and fashion (especially perfect if you don’t know a thing about any of that!)

For Valentines day, you’ll have the strongest impact if you take ‘practical’ out of the present. By that I mean, you want to give something that shows ‘want’, something luxurious and beautiful!

For make up, your best bet is to look to Charlotte Tilbury. You’ll get gorgeous packaging, great quality products and hearts in the eyes of your lady!

My top picks would be the Matte Revolution lipsticks from £23, there is a beautiful limited edition rosy pink called ‘Between the Sheets’ which was named by the public (shown below). Matte lips are bang on trend right now and your girlfriend will appreciate the fact that 1. this is beautiful and 2. it’s a bloody great lipstick.

between the sheets

If your girlfriend likes to wear eyeshadow, then a cream eyeshadow pot in a flattering shimmery colour will be perfect. CT does amazing long lasting cream eyeshadows in the most gorgeous colours – Eyes To Mesmerise cream eyeshadows are worth the price – from around £22, but they will last forever and actually it means that your girlfriend will get ready quicker because you literally put this on your finger and then apply it to your eyelid 🙂. Marie Antoinette is a beautiful shade that will suit all skin tones.

Don’t say I don’t look after you ;).

marie antoinette

Some other great finds are:

If your lovely lady isn’t really into make up but she loves things like candles and fragrances then there a few stand out things that I’m sure she would love.

Jo Malone is the best place if she’s a fragrance lover, they do some great sets and perfumes and popular favourites are English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay and Orange Blossom. (from £28)

jo malone blackberry and bay

Another place you can head to is Diptyque. They have really great quality fragrances, and they come in gorgeous minimalist bottles. Diptyque also do candles so this is a great idea if your partner loves homeware and spending hours traipsing around IKEA (maybe with you in tow).

Other fail safe ideas are:

I hope you find something for inspiration! All of these retailers have stores you can dash to to pick things up and in make up shops there will be willing sales assistants to help you if you are stuck.

Happy Shopping everyone!

Thanks for reading,
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.

kiko cream eyeshadow pearly silver rose

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!

kiko cream eyeshadow

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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5 Essential Products for Great Looking Eyeshadow

Make up tutorials are so popular now, with the rise of youtube and blogging there are so many professional looking and glamorous looks available for people to try.

I was thinking about the things that I use when I am doing a tutorial or even just make up on myself and I realised there are a few things that kind of make an essential kit for creating great eyeshadow looks!

I have narrowed this ‘essentials kit’ down to 5 things! (I know, well done me!).

**Look how well co-ordinated they all are**:

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GOING BACK TO BASICS:

USE A PRIMER 

Using a primer will give you an blank canvas and an even base to layer your eyeshadows over. I now do this step whenever I am doing an intense or matte eyeshadow look – especially because it helps to even out any veins or unwanted red tones on your eyelids. My favourite to use isn’t actually a ‘primer’ but a paint pot from MAC (aptly named, Painterly). It’s a great, cool toned taupe grey shade (this doesn’t sound that nice but it works really well as a primer!). I’ll put in a close up picture below 🙂

BUY A GOOD CREAM EYESHADOW

For those days where you want a bit of colour or something something on the lids, don’t spend half an hour faffing about with eyeshadow if you don’t want to. Invest in a good long lasting cream eyeshadow (now this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot!) The one I love the most is the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’. Loads of bloggers have raved about this shade and the formula is one of the best that I’ve tried! This doesn’t crease, which is amazing, and it lasts for aaaaages on the lid.

creameyeshadow

GET A DARK BROWN SHADOW STICK 

If you are in a hurry getting ready to go out or go to work but you need to give your make up a lift, get a simple dark brown eyeshadow stick. Using one of these you can smudge it along your upper (and lower if you are going for an evening even) lash line and using a fluffy brush to blend this out a bit. This helps to add a touch of definition and a bit of smokiness, it’s a great way to update your make up and add something different. I love the Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick :).

GET A GOOD PALETTE WITH MATTE SHADOWS

The Lorac Pro Palette pictured below is my go to palette when I want to create a good day time eyeshadow look, but it’s also got some great eyeshadows for evening. When you get a good palette with great quality matte eyeshadows it means you have a myriad (a lot) of eyeshadow looks waiting to be created. This palette has a brilliant pigmented black shade which can be pressed into the crease for an intense smokey eye, or you can use an angled liner brush to push it into the lower lash line.

loracpro

INVEST IN YOUR PERFECT TRANSITION COLOUR

Before starting on a layered eyeshadow look, or a smokey eye, I’d definitely recommend using a transition colour. This doesn’t have to be the exact same colour as the eyeshadows you are using but it is a great base layer for the colour going in your crease. I’ll let you in on a little secret…

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Bronzers are perfect transition colours! If they are good enough for contour, they are good enough to use in the crease for a transition colour. The one I love using is NARS Laguna bronzer, which is mostly matte but has a touch of shimmer. It’s a great warm brown, which helps other eyeshadows blend into it with a nice gradient. Either I’ll use Laguna OR I’ll reach for the Taupe shade in the Lorac Pro Palette!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my tips for getting the best eyeshadow look you can. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or click through to my Blog Lovin’ and follow me there :).

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!

Roshni xxx

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Tag

I am VERY lucky and grateful to have been nominated for my second award in two months :). Big thanks to Blonde Amy for my nomination, please go and check out her blog, it’s brilliant!

I am really grateful as I only really started putting more effort into my blog in December and I have started to see more lovely readers come and land on Roshni Reviews. To be nominated for two awards in two months is really something and I am very happy!

YAY!!
YAY!!

Here are the rules of the award:

Thank the blogger who nominated you & linking back to their site.

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions or your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate seven bloggers who you feel deserve the award.

Now, to answer the questions! (I love doing this :D)

1. Who/What was your greatest blog inspiration?

I would probably say that finding Anna’s blog, Vivianna Does Makeup really inspired me to take my thoughts of ‘I’d like to write about make up, I think I have something valuable to say’ to actually starting a blog. I really love the way that she uses large, brilliant quality images and she writes so candidly and honestly about any products she has used. Also, she is really relatable and very funny!

2. Any blog goals for 2015?

When I hit 100 followers (hopefully this will be soon if you guys still like reading my rambly posts) I want to get my own custom domain. I think for me this will take my blog from something that really did start as a complete hobby to something that I can start to hone and get an idea of where you lovely people are coming from! Other than that I really just want to carry on and keep posting good quality content…and making sure that at the end of it all I enjoy it.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Hmm this is a difficult one, there are SO many places that I would love to go so will be difficult to pick only one! I have always wanted to go to Australia, but in all honesty the only reference I have to what Australia is like is watching Neighbours…how bad is that. (It also annoys me when the camera is in Susan’s house, they have the door open and you can see that it’s a painted screen with a fake backdrop) I don’t quite know at what point in my life I’ll be able to visit some of these places, but hopefully I will be able to because you only have one life and you can’t go through it with your eyes shut.

4. Tea or Coffee?

OH MY GOD TEA, tea all the way. I love tea. In particular, I love home made indian chai which is delicious but likely to give you diabetes. Plus a dairy overdose. The only way I like coffee is in desserts, I like the smell of coffee but not the taste, it’s way too bitter. I LOVE coffee on one condition…if it is in the form of a tiramisu.

5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Welllll this is depressing. In 10 years time I will be 35. So what I’m hoping, is that I will be settled in my own house, with a family and children of my own. A career is very important to me, I am independent and do not really like relying on people for help etc (basically I’m a stubborn cow)! Not sure whether blogging will still be in my life, OR if it will even be a ‘thing’ as that will be in 2025! Woah…

6. You have a date with a celebrity of your choice, who is it and what will you wear?

Ooooooh, good question Amy! Hmm, OK, if I was to go on a date with a celebrity of my choice I think it would have to be Chris Helmsworth. What would I wear? Funny you should ask, Chris if you are interested, I received an email newsletter from Miss Selfridge today and it would have to be this dress below…WANT:

dress

7. What is your go-to make-up product?

I have two ‘go to’ make up products, and the first one which is a staple is mascara. Wearing mascara really opens up your eyes and it makes ALL the difference.

My second staple is a more specific product, but it is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’ which is a brilliant wearable bronze-y gold-y cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease at all. I can wear it all day at work and when I get home it still looks like I have just applied it. It’s really blendable at the same time so looks great in the evening too.

8. Any Holy Grail hair products you have found?

Well! I have only recently cut my hair into a graduated bob, and I think the holy grail product I have found is the Blow Pro texturising spray. The ends of my bob tend to naturally curl under once I’ve dried it, so what happens is my bob makes me look REALLY young when it’s like that. After I have straightened my hair I spray some of the Blow Pro spray in and it helps to rough it up a bit.

9. What job would you love to have?

I currently work in marketing, and I do have to say I really enjoy it. I have considered quite a few different things so I can’t really pin one down. I have always been interested in teaching, blogging, fashion and food so as you can see there’s quite a few different avenues I could go down!

10. What is your favourite film?

Hmm, I am a massive Disney fan so it would more than likely be one of those. I’d probably say Sword in the Stone as it reminds me of days at home when I was little putting that on (probably on VHS but I can’t remember), so it brings back lots of fond memories!

My Ten Questions are…..

1. Who has inspired you to start blogging?

2. What was your favourite make up trend of 2014?

3. Would you ever start your own Youtube channel? If so, what would it be about?

4. If you could give one tip to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?

5. Who is your biggest style inspiration?

6. Your most favourite food?

7. What would you say is the one thing you want to achieve in the next 5 years?

8. What is your favourite make up product?

9. What are your top online fashion sites to buy from?

10. Describe your perfect weekend 🙂

Aaaaaand the nominees are:

1. I Think It’s Ashley 

2. Owning Your Okayness

3. Miss Coco 

4. Stained Vanity

5. Popmodblog

6. Miss Sheena Blogs

7. Lorraine In England

I apologise if you have already been nominated! Please link me so I can see your answers :), and please go and check out the blogs above, they are all great with brilliant content.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Rosh x

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