What Don’t You Leave The House Without?

For me, it used to be concealer and mascara and I guess I used to say ‘I can’t leave the house without these things’.

But fast forward a good 5 years or so and I can’t say I wouldn’t leave the house without it, because a lot of the time I do. I think as you grow older, you shed all the fucks you used to give. So when you are like, 100, you must look around at all the fucks that women have strewn carefree onto the floor and just smile.

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My Make Up Geek Collection with Swatches…

Hi Guys!

I’ve got an exciting video for you where I go through my Make Up Geek eyeshadow collection, show you some detailed swatches AND give you a bonus tutorial at the end!

I have been loving these make up geek eyeshadows and have been using them an awful lot recently…let me know which is your favourite!!

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MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Review!!

MAC Prep & Prime

I’m not usually one to use a primer – my skin doesn’t tend to eat make up up which is a good thing, but in one of my more recent MAC mini hauls I received a little sample of the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base. My sister had mentioned that she’d used it before but I imagine just from a sample like mine was.

I haven’t really used primer for foundation or bases as I don’t REALLY need it but I had wondered whether it made any difference!

As it’s become hotter in the summer months in the UK, of all places where I lose foundation/makeup it tends to be the forehead and mouth area. So I thought it was time to try this Prep + Prime sample!

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Spectrum Collections Make Up Brushes!

Spectrum Eye Brush Set

If you are up to date with the beauty world then you might have seen a picture of these mermaid inspired make up brushes floating around the internet…but if you haven’t, then you are welcome :). These brushes have been created by a brand called Spectrum Collections and they are currently taking social media by storm – particularly Pinterest and Instagram (Instagram is where I first saw them)…

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The ‘Never-Ending Summer’ July Birchbox…

July 2016 Birchbox Unboxing

I signed up for a beauty subscription box with Birchbox UK a couple of months ago and the time has come to unbox my July box with you all! The design of this ‘Never-Ending Summer’ box is really beautiful – the colours are so luxurious and  it has been created in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh – star of Made in Chelsea and model/businesswoman.

My previous months Birchboxes have been living on top of my chest of drawers, they are perfect for storing little things like hair clips, mini lip balms and stuff! Also, I’ve taken to putting my perfumes on top of the boxes as it’s the ideal place to leave them so I remember to put perfume on before I run out of my room/out of the house in the morning :).

Again this Birchbox cost £12.95, as it does each month but this month in particular the full size item alone was definitely worth it.

Here we go, I’m gonna show you what I got!

July Birchbox Inside...

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Contents of my July Birchbox

Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream (sample size) the full size costs £39 RRP- 

Elemis is an awesome brand to see in a subscription box, it’s used in many spas up and down the country so that’s a sure-fire sign it’s gonna do some good to your skin. This is described as an anti-oxidant rich day cream which helps to lock in essential moisture and if you read my most recent post about having dry skin you’ll know this will be right up my street! This has a really dewy finish (but not greasy) and it’s got the most gorgeous zingy fruity scent to it!

John Frieda Anti-Frizz Primer (full size) £9.99 RRP-

This product is full size, which is excellent considering how much a Birchbox costs. This primer from John Frieda has fell into my hands at the exact right time because at the moment I just have to go near the window and I can feel my hair starting to curl up at the ends. It’s been really humid in the UK at the moment and John Frieda are a brand who have spent a long time on trying to fix national and global frizz. I haven’t used this yet but am looking forward to it – think this will last me ages too!

Elemis, John Frieda, Nails Inc In My June Birchbox

Nails Inc Mini (sample size) the full size can cost £15 RRP-

The Nails Inc mini I received in my Birchbox was a pretty light green colour which is perfect for summer. I think this shade is called ‘Belsize Lane’ (unless I’ve read it wrong) and I’m really looking forward to trying this out, but wondering how long this tiny bottle will last me!

LOC x Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil, (full size) £9 RRP- 

I’m a bit disappointed in this pencil but only because of the shade that I got, I think if I had got a shade more suited to my skin tone I’d be using this every day! This is a pale pink gloss stick in ‘Bohemian Rose’ which sounds really apt for something created by Millie Mackintosh. This is too light for me unfortunately but I will be giving this to a good home!

Caudalie Micella Cleansing Water (sample size) full size costs £15 RRP-

This micellar water is a great addition to this months box, for someone who sometimes travels quite a bit. This mini is perfect, with a good sturdy screw top there’s no chance of this spilling inside your bag. The cleanser is really gentle and light and actually does a good job of taking off eye make up too so I’m impressed :).

I’m excited to see what I get next month – let me know what’s your favourite from this box!

Thanks for reading everyone 🙂

Roshni xxx

 

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The Dry Skinned Girl’s Best Friends…

Favourite Skincare for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, finding the right moisturisers can be quite difficult. You want something for day time that’s not too shiny, that you can layer make up over and for night time you want something that will hydrate your skin but not break it out!

A tough ask, some might say! I’ve got dry skin and even though it’s summer it doesn’t really change between the seasons so I’m pretty much stuck with it all year round (often it gets WORSE in winter which is exactly what I want..not). The amount of moisturisers you see up there might SEEM like a lot but often layering is the best way to lock moisture into your skin, stopping you looking like a dehydrated orange :’).

One thing that it’s important not to forget is protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays (I dunno what the difference is between the two I just know that they are bad) so using a moisturiser with SPF’s in will help your skin stay smooth and free from sun damage!

I’ve heard some skincare-y people saying that the small amount of SPF in moisturisers isn’t enough to actually protect your skin from sun damage…but I’m not sure companies could make that claim if they didn’t do some good towards the cause *shrugs*.

Here’s what I use to keep my face from looking like shrivelly fruit!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist, £9.50 –

If you have dry skin and the myriad of options for skincare are bamboozling you, if something says ‘hydrating’ you should pick it up because it will be helpful for your skin. I’m on my third bottle of this mist, it’s such an easy way of hydrating your skin and adding an extra layer to help your skin stay fresh throughout the working day (depends on how hard you work too, lol). I use this as the first step in my skincare, spritzing it over my face and then I apply the following:

Origins GinZing Eye Cream, £20 –

I’ve been loving using this Origins cream, it’s been a staple in my morning skincare and it’s perfect for applying under make up. This is quite a thick formula cream but it smooths into your skin really well – it leaves your under eyes looking glowy but this cream doesn’t have any sparkle/glitter pigments in it which is excellent.

I’ve just started using the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer at the same point that I’ve started using this under eye cream, which was a bit silly because I don’t know which out of the two has caused my skin to feel SOFT AS A CLOUD BABY’S BUTT. It may be a combination of both, but I’ve found using this cream and the new concealer this is the best my under eyes have ever looked! As under eyes go, that is…

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream, £34 – 

This cream is a gel based formula so this means it packs alot more moisture into a skincare product that has a non greasy finish. This is why this is so perfect for day time! A pot of this tends to last me around 6 months, which is crazy because it’s not actually a big pot of product!

A little goes a long way, so once I’ve scrunched my eyes up in preparation to spritz the Body Shop Mist over my face I will smooth a small blob of this gel cream over my face as well, taking care to really rub it in and massage my skin at the same time. Doing this will increase the blood flow in your skin and this helps keep your skin healthy and glowy!

Paula’s Choice Clear Ultra Light Daily Mattifying Fluid with SPF, £10 – 

Paula chooses good, you know. This mattifying fluid is completely new to me, I got it in my June Birchbox and I haven’t looked back since. Using this as an extra layer of moisture AND sun protectant has been a really lovely addition to my routine and it’s made me feel better about the potential sunlight I might be exposing my face to (it’s Britain though so who knows if the Sun actually wants to put his hat on and come out to play). I put a small amount of this on after the Clinique Gel Cream over my forehead, cheeks and nose :).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £24 – 

So, this mask is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or it makes you feel weird. This is a putty like texture, the mask is described as ‘bouncy’ and it literally is. I scoop up a bit of this and rub it between my palms and smooth over my face and neck at nighttime before bed as this is intended to be a cream/mask for adding hydration overnight. If you can get used to the consistency it really does good stuff to your skin. I feel like when I wake up with a labyrinth of pillow creases on my face, I know I’ve done my bit overnight to help plump them out again by using this!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on the things I use to combat dry skin 🙂 they work for me, I can only hope they work as well for you!

Thanks for reading 🙂 till next time!

Love Roshni xxx

 

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My Beauty Wishlist for June!

Every now and then my mind wanders and my bank account shivers with fear, because it knows that there are things floating round in my brain that I want to buy.

One way of quenching this odd materialistic thirst in the blogging world is to create a wishlist! 🙂

It makes you realise how much you would be spending if you did buy those things, it helps you do that thing where you think ‘do I actually need this’ but also it is there in case you want to buy something from it later and you can’t remember what it was called :’).

June Wishlist

So, for the month of June here are the things in my wishlist!

  1. The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops, £10 –

These drops look great, they are available in a light and dark shade so if I was to buy one I’d go for the darker one. You can use these to help change the shade of your foundation, but the most intriguing way I would want to try this is to use it to contour. I’ve seen it being used and it’s quite a thin consistency so it would blend really well.

2. Huda Beauty Lashes in the style ‘Samantha’, $20 or around £13 – 

These lashes have been on my radar for a long time, but they are so damn expensive. So many people I follow on Instagram use these and they look insane when on, also they are meant to be reusable over and over again!

3. NARS Orgasm Blush, £23 – 

In typically seductive fashion, NARS have nailed a ‘shade for all’ peachy shimmery blush called ‘Orgasm’. This is one of those cult shades that looks amazing in the pan and you just know it will be perfect for all skin tones!

4. Certifeye Eye Glitter, Any, £5 for a mini bottle!

Again, this item crept it’s way onto my wishlist via Instagram and these little bottles of cosmetic glitter are literally the best things I’ve ever seen. You would need an adhesive with these rather than just using a setting spray or something, but they look so good! I didn’t realise you could get mini bottles, I bet that’s all you’d really need!

Also, these guys do faux mink lashes too!

5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, £17.50 – 

I almost bought this concealer a few months ago after I bought my Estée Lauder Doublewear foundation, but then I changed my mind! This concealer is meant to be so creamy, medium coverage with a handy doe foot applicator so all in all it seems to be a pretty good bet concealer wise. I’d love to know if it’s worth the price, you can get so many good budget concealers nowadays, like the Collection Lasting Perfection one but I’m still curious about the UD one!

So in total this wishlist with only 5 items this time totals…

Price for wishlist

Thanks for reading people!

Lots of love, Roshni xxx

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What’s In My Travel Make Up Bag?!

Hello People, 

So a few weeks ago I uploaded my video that tells you all about my travel make up and travel skincare and what I like to take it all in. I go through my favourite multi tasking skincare and make up products to show you exactly how light I like to travel depending on what types of looks I’m going for.

My make up bag gets considerably heavier if my travelling involves a night out so if it’s just a chilled weekend then I can usually get away with a few essentials.

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Go on, give it a watch and then leave a like if you enjoyed it!

Thanks guys,

Roshni xxx

 

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Birchbox June 2016 Unboxing :)

Hi Guys!

I have an exciting VIDEO and POST for you where I show you the items that I received in my gorgeous, summery and pineappley Birchbox for June (click for link if you’re interested). This is the first time I’ve ever had a beauty subscription – I have the 30 day rolling contract which means you can cancel pretty much whenever you want.

If you fancy watching the video I’ll add it here, BUT if you prefer to look at pictures and read then carry on!

The boxes cost £12.95 which covers postage aswell and you get a mix of full size/sample skincare and to top it off, the beautiful boxes are so nice you can use them for storage afterwards :).

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MY VIDEO:

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This Birchbox was really pretty – so summery and bright with the amazing pineapple print, I loved it!

Inside was a mix of make up and skincare bits – all for £12.95!!

Birch box June 2016 - Pop Beauty Trio

Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio - Peach

This POP Beauty Peach Eyeshadow Trio was great quality, the eyeshadows were so soft and they were incredibly pigmented – I’m looking at you, copper shade!

Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray

Paula's Choice Mattifying Day Fluid - SPF

I can’t wait to use this Paula’s Choice Mattifying Fluid, it has SPF 30 in and I’m trying to wear more skincare products with it in!

James Read Overnight Facial Tan

I won’t be using this facial tan but I’m sure I can find someone who will get some use out of it! I’d definitely look like Ross from Friends if I did…

Birch box June 2016 Unboxing

There was also an amazing Whish Body CC Coconut Milk Cream which was PACKED FULL of shimmer – it’s hanging out on the right up there now.

Here is a swatch of the cream formula below!

Whish CC Body Cream

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Leave me a comment with your favourite item 🙂

Lots of love, 

Roshni xxx

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The Battle of the Highlighters

Battle of the Highlighters

A few years ago, if someone said I’d be highlighting my face I’d be thinking of something neon pink that belongs in the stationary drawer. Fast forward to 2016 and highlighting is a vital step in most make up wearer’s routines.

When choosing your highlighter I would consider the following things:

  • The formula – cream or powder?
  • The glitteriness – do you want something subtle or IN YO FACE
  • How much you want to spend
  • Whether you want it to be warm toned or cool toned

These sound like scary decisions but actually it’s pretty simple – there are so many affordable highlighters nowadays that it doesn’t have to be a decision that bursts the seams of your purse *great mental image there*

My top picks are in the picture above!

For a iridescent but long lasting highlight I use the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighter which looks like a unicorns barfed it up (by that I mean it looks FABULOUS) – it’s more a cool toned lilac filled highlighter that you can just dab along the high points of your cheeks and then dot down the centre of your nose if you like. This is a click up dispenser bottle and this is a great, tidy way of using it.

For a more subtle highlight that costs a little more (but you get contour too) you could go to Charlotte Tilbury and opt for the Filmstar Bronze and Glow. This medium toned highlight in the duo is SO finely milled it’s really beautiful. Sometimes I wonder if the highlight is TOO finely milled but maybe it’s just me who wants to look like a glitter ball. Lol.

Finally, for the most glitzy highlight you can go for the MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish. This is probably my favourite highlighter and in my mind I guess I call it the ‘Going Out Highlighter’ lol. The glittery particles in this are larger than other highlights but this still creates a gorgeous gold toned glow on your cheekbones when applied with a feathery make up brush.

What’s your favourite highlighter?

HIGHLIGHTER FOR DAYS

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Thanks for reading guys,

Roshni xxx

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