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 :).

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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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Dream Sun Bronzer – A bit of a disappointment…

During a venture to Boots not long ago, I stumbled across a product that I thought would change my blush/bronzer game forever!

I am a big fan of multi tasking products as they save so much space, time and effort and they happen to be great for travelling. So imagine my glee when I saw the Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer and Blush in one  which looked right up my street.

I loved the idea that in summer when it’s all sunny and colourful I could just dip a brush into this pan, swirl it around and get the perfect mix of blush and bronzer to get a bit of a summer glow. The shade I bought was ‘Golden Tropics’ which was quite a light bronzer powder with a pretty pastel pink blush section in it.

Dream Sun Bronzer - Golden Tropics

This has a screw on lid which I thought was quite a good touch – sometimes compacts like this just have a weak plastic cover that you push onto them which can often break, but this one was a bit more sturdy.

Moving onto the actual powder itself, this bloody stinks. It has SUCH a strong smell, like really intense parma violets (which I happen to hate the smell of). In fact, I’d go as far as to say that the smell actually puts me off using it and makes it an even clearer point to me, that this is a product which has perfume in it.

So, if this compact had a really good colour pay off or something like that, I MIGHT be able to give it a second chance. Most disappointingly, this product has a serious lack of colour and lasting pigment. I tried to swatch this for you guys a good two – three times and couldn’t get a very good picture to show you:

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You can see from the above picture that the most pigmented part of this compact is the blush, the bronzer is neither here nor there. This bronzer and blush contains shimmer throughout the whole thing as well, so if you are after something more matte stay away from this. There is another shade of this bronzing compact available (a darker one) but I’m unconvinced whether this would really change my opinion of it.

In the pan this looks REALLY nice, but unfortunately that’s as far as it goes :(.

Dream Sun Bronzer 2

Have you tried any good bronzer/blush compacts that you can recommend? That don’t stink? Haha!

Thanks for reading errybody,

Roshni xxx

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Week 3 – The Body Shop Advent Calendar!

The thought of waking up and not having a little present each morning is a bit sad but I’ve really enjoyed opening my advent calendar! There have been some great skincare and bath things in the calendar and it all looks excellent quality. I’ve also started thinking about different ways I can use the box after…I’ll do a little post on this after!

So here I can show you the things I have got in the 12th – 19th days of Christmas!

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This week we have had…

  • Shea Butter Shower Cream
  • Strawberry Lip Butter
  • Cream Coloured Heart Soap
  • Frosted Plum Shimmer Lotion (this smells SO good)
  • Vitamin E Night Cream
  • Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel
  • Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush
  • Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion

I think my favourite smell to come out of this advent calendar is the Fuji Green Tea products. I don’t even know what Fuji Green Tea is but it smells so nice – so refreshing, light and clean!

What advent calendars are you opening?! Any recommendations for next year?!

Thanks for reading everyone,

Roshni xxx

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The Brightest Blush That Ever Did Live

I have a product to review for you today that is very versatile – some people will look at this and think it screams summer and playful days, some people will think this will give you a winter pinched flush. I happen to sit on the latter side of the fence. The product I am reviewing for you today is the MimiDidi Mineral Blush in the number 11. 

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I don’t blame you if you take one look at this blush and want to run away from it, holding your hands up to your face in fear. This is one of those products where a light hand isn’t just desired – it’s needed. Saying that though, I really love this blush as it is perfect for making it look like you’ve just been out for a brisk winter walk (wrapped up in a warm coat and a fluffy scarf).

I would recommend using a very soft, sparse blusher brush for this. Also, making sure once you have lightly dabbed your brush into it I would tap the excess off. This will make sure you can start off with less on your brush and slowly build up the colour if you want to.

What I especially like about this is that it is affordable and completely MATTE. Too many blushes nowadays are packed with shimmer and I think it can be too much sometimes. Especially if you want to use a highlighter across your cheekbones!

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One other thing that will stop you looking like a clown is to use a white or cream bristle blusher brush – if you use one with black bristles it means you might not know how much product is on your brush in the first place.

I really like the packaging of this product too – don’t get me wrong, it is plastic but it is sturdy enough to travel and the chunky compact is quite nice to hold. Also – this would make a great Christmas present!

I have a 10% off code for anyone who is interested in browsing Born Pretty Store who kindly gifted me this product – the code is

RO1H10
Happy Shopping everyone!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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The Winter Beauty Routine Edit

Hi Everyone!

In the past two weeks in the UK it’s definitely felt a lot colder. This is the sign of winter edging it’s way nearer to us, which means soon the evenings will start to get darker and all of a sudden you’ll be craving things like soup and hot chocolate.

When we start to move into Autumn/Winter there are a few things that I do to change my skincare and beauty routine around, which I like to call the Winter Beauty Routine Edit.

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I’ve included TEN things you can do to shift your beauty routine into 5th gear and keep your skin and make up looking and feeling great even when it’s cold and dark and gloomy!

    1. Layer your moisturisers – using more than one moisturiser or moisturising method can boost your skincare massively. I am currently liking layering a Vitamin E moisturising face mist with the Clinique Moisture Surge!
    2. Carry around at least 4 lip balmslip balms are your friend as it moves towards winter – the harsh cold winds and increased use of heating can lead to dehydration leaving your mouth prone to cracking and dryness – EW.
    3. End your shower with a burst of colder water on your hair – ending your shower with a luke warm to cold burst of water helps to flatten your follicles which makes your hair shinier. It can also help to reduce frizz!
    4. Shower in the eveningthis is more of a personal tip – basically if you hate getting up early, and hate the fact in winter it’s really dark when you get up, shower in the evening so you get optimum sleeping time!
    5. Baths and bath bombsThis is where you add the luxury to your bath and skincare routine. Indulge in some splurging at Lush and order some bath bombs to treat your skin to a soak!
    6. Once a week, use a body scrubAlthough less people are seeing parts of your body, it doesn’t mean you have to forget about it! Use a good body scrub like the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub to keep your skin smooth and to buff away any dead skin cells – AGAIN, EW.
    7. Use a good foot cream – I don’t really wanna have to explain this one but it’s similar to the point above and, oh TRIPLE EW.
    8. Have a make up clear out – Take this as your chance to get rid of any manky old mascaras, any bacteria laden powders or dusty old lipsticks and clear them out! Use this time to refresh your make up collection for winter, remembering you want moisturising products – and you can experiment with plummier moodier colours if you are brave enough!
    9. Invest in a good liquid eyeliner – The windier, rainier and more torrential the weather gets, the more your make up is vulnerable to attack on a daily basis. Investing in a good LONG LASTING liquid eyeliner will stop you looking like a panda!
    10. Morrocanoil – This stuff is a god send! Smoothing a small amount of this through the ends of your hair is great for keeping hair in good condition during winter. My favourite way to use this is to warm a few drops in the palms of my hands for a few minutes and then hold the ends of my hair in my palm – the warmer the oil the better it will take to your hair (not like 100 degrees or anything!)

I hope you have found this useful to read as winter begins to knock at the seasonal front door like an unwelcome carol singer.

Please feel free to leave me a comment!

ALSO – don’t forget you can watch my latest Youtube video by clicking the image below, OR go to the Youtube tab at the top of my blog!!! Have added a link to my menu 🙂

MYMACCOLLECTION

Thank you for reading lovely people,

Rosh xxx

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Zoella Let’s Spritz Body Mist- Better than the first?

Hello everyone!

Today I have a quick review for you which is based around the Zoella beauty range – more specifically the body mists that she has launched in BOTH rounds of her beauty products. I tried a number of products from her original collection and loved most of them – the fizz bar smelled amazing and the candle I instantly burned out!

In particular one of my favourite things that I completely used up was the Blissful Mistful body mist. This was a really unique scent to me, I hadn’t ever smelled anything like it. It was packaged in an orange metal and glass spray bottle, so this made me think it smelled a bit like oranges too. It was generally very citrus-y and fresh which I really liked.

As I said I used that all up, then right on time (do do do do do – I’m thinking of that really old song sing it in your head!) she launched her second round of beauty products! These are themed around ‘Tutti Frutti’. I hate the way Frutti looks as a word, it looks like it should be pronounced ‘Frutty’ and that makes me feel a bit sick.

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I was a bit sceptical about how this would smell/look/smell…but one thing you can be confident about when trying something from the Zoella ranges is that it will not smell like anything you’ve ever smelled before! (should I say the word smell some more?)

This new spray called ‘Let’s Spritz’ is the complete opposite of the first body mist. This one is in a blue and pink bottle with a white lace print covering the back. The packaging follows the same theme as the previous range just with tweaks in colour and accents but it’s still very pretty!

zoella let's spritz tutti frutti

Right I’ve just grabbed the bottle to smell. So….it smells…powdery (talcum powdery new cleaned up baby smell) but at the same time it’s quite lemony and fresh. Don’t let the pink liquid put you off – the range is meant to be geared towards teens. The mist seems like it would be very sweet and a bit sickly from the packaging, but actually I think it is rather grown up – so I’m pretty impressed with that!

It’s a steal at £7 currently in Superdrug, and I think I will end up swapping between this one and the original because I love them both!

Have you tried anything else from the Zoella Tutti Frutti (shudder) range?

Thanks for reading!

Roshni xxx

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My Beauty Guide to Dealing with Heat

heatproofmakeupIt’s hot at the moment in the UK.

I bet when this post goes up though, it will be peeing it down like nobody’s business…

There are certain ways you can avoid literal beauty meltdowns, conveniently today I have some tips for you!

1. POWDER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND – 

On those days where it is hotter inside than outside, a good MATTE powder will help you out. Dust a light powder over your T zone and down the sides of your mouth, using a sparse make up brush. Don’t use a dense bristled make up brush or you will end up with too much product on the brush. Rimmel does a great translucent powder which is a bargain too! 

2. USE AN EYESHADOW PRIMER – 

This step will help your eyeshadow stay on your face! It will also help if you have oily eyelids (yuck, but it does happen). A primer will help colours pop, especially if you use a very pale coloured paint pot or primer. This helps in particular when you are slowly building up eyeshadow layers, for example using your transition colour first, then your crease colour, centre of the eyelid colour and then inner corner highlight! Oh and brow highlight if you are going all out :). I love the MAC Painterly Paint Pot, which lass forever. 

3. WATERPROOF EYEBROWS – 

Something that ASTOUNDED me when I received the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in my online Beauty Bay order (and blew my mind) was that it is waterproof. Waterproof eyebrows of all things, lol. Sounds ridiculous, but it actually is waterproof. Those days when it’s boiling at work and you are rubbing your face/head/eyes you don’t want your eyebrows to be smeared half way down your face!

4. A MAKE UP SETTING SPRAY – 

Nowadays you can actually get make up setting sprays that are MATTE! How amazing, so you can put all the prep work in using the tips above to make sure you don’t end up a sweaty betty and then you also have the added assurance of having a matte setting spray! It will help keep everything in place even if it is boiling hot and you feel like your face is going to melt off your skeleton. This NYX one looks like a contender!

5. KEEP YOUR HAIR OFF YOUR FACE – 

This one is more of a skincare tip, but keeping your hair off your face will mean that you have to touch your face less. Touching your face lots in the heat isn’t good for your skin (especially if you are working in an office or germy environment) as it will transfer bacteria! This just means more spots to cover up with concealer…ew. For this easiest way is to plait your fringe across the top of your head, use a bobby pin to clip your hair back, or an Alice band to keep it off your face!

I hope you guys have enjoyed hearing my tips! Do you have any of your own?

Thanks for reading :),

Rosh xxx

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My Obsession with Dainty Jewellery

Hello Everyone!

I have an obsession with dainty jewellery, particularly necklaces and earrings. I think there’s something so beautiful about a slim, delicate chain with a small, simple pendant. On asian skin as well, bright golds and silvers look really pretty!

The shops that I think are best for dainty, delicate jewellery are probably the usual suspects: Accessorize, H & M, and Topshop! I think gold is my favourite style, with silver and copper coming a close second. I have a picked a selection of my MOST favourite pieces for you to peruse below:

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This necklace is my most recent purchase, from H & M (I think it was around £4.99). This is quite a pale coppery colour, and it has a really thin chain and a simple horse shoe and circle design. The only thing I get annoyed about is untangling it!

turkeynecklace

This is one of my favourites 🙂 this necklace I bought when I went to Turkey with my sister. The shop was quite big, but it was run by a very old man with a white beard and shuffly sandals on. This is a REALLY thin gold ball style chain, with a bright blue and silver round pendant. The chain is so delicate that I have to be quite careful with it as I’m always scared it’ll snap!

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I’m so pleased with how this photo turned out! This necklace is a beautiful chain with triangular amethyst stones. I like how there are 5 (an odd number always looks very satisfying) and the chain again is very dainty and thin. I love the bright purple of the stones against the coppery/gold chain.

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This last necklace is from Accessorise, part of their ‘Z’ collection. The jewellery from the ‘Z’ range is a bit more expensive, but the pieces are usually so beautiful and dainty that I think it’s definitely worth it. The stones on this necklace are like a light aqua blue, so set against the bright almost yellowy gold it’s really striking. Something about it makes me think of Greece, they carry that style through to the packaging and font in the range design so I love that all the pieces are designed within the same style.

What is your favourite from the bunch? Or are you the opposite and loving in your face blingy necklaces and earrings?!

Thanks for reading,

Roshni 🙂 xxx

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Hazy Summer Night Out Make Up Look – Using MAC Soft & Gentle

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, it’s gorgeous and sunny here, not as warm as last week but I don’t really fancy melting anyway.

I’ve done a make up look which is perfect for a hot summer night out, as it’s one of those looks that is built to withstand a lot of heat. I’ve mainly used a new addition to my make up stash, which is MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlighter. This product is so versatile, it’s quite flashy so you can use it gently as a highlighter or even as an eyeshadow.

Please take a look, leave a like if you enjoyed it and subscribe if you want to see any more videos like this!

Thanks 🙂 xxx

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The Liebster Award…Round Two!

Hello Erryone!

I have kindly been nominated for a Liebster Award (second time, lucky me) by the lovely Lipstick and Laughter. Thank you Deija! You can read her brilliant post here :).

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I love the Liebster Award because it encourages bloggers to engage with and talk about newer, smaller bloggers. I found that this award really helped me benefit from traffic from larger bloggers and get a bit more integrated in the blogosphere!

I really like writing posts like this, answering the questions is fun and I always get a giggle from reading other bloggers’ posts. My first Liebster award post is available for you lucky lot to read here!

1. Why did you start your blog? 

I started blogging because I remember looking for a make up tutorial online and finding Tanya Burr’s channel and blog. I loved how chatty and informal it was and it felt like I was talking to her in a room! I wanted to share something like that and writing/reading/creative stuff has always been a passion of mine.
2. Where is your favorite place in the world?

Hmm, this is a tricky question. I’ve travelled before for holidays but I’ve never actually been travelling etc. Somewhere I’ve been but I don’t remember much is Goa in India. We went as a family when I was four years old so although I remember very little I just know that if I could be transported there with a click of a finger I’d be very happy indeed! If you aren’t sure why, google it please :).

3. What is your favorite animal?

When I was younger I had two favourite animals. I always used to do projects on them at school and used to draw them and find out facts about them from an ENCYCLOPAEDIA. Yep. No internet in them days. Well, not as a regular thing. I used to love dolphins and field mice. Not necessarily together, but they were my favourite animals. I guess that hasn’t changed much either!
4. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

My mum. She’s the strongest, kindest and funniest person and I love her very much.
5. Pancakes or Waffles?

WAFFLEZ YO.

6. What is your biggest achievement thus far?

My biggest achievement thus far in my career has been graduating from university and getting into a job where I have had steady progression for almost 4 years now. It made me realise that there is a lot that I can do and that I am prepared to work hard to do it. My biggest achievement BLOG wise happened recently actually. I was actually approached by a brand to work with them and get some samples sent to me. This was so exciting as I hadn’t had to apply for anything, THEY found ME and that shows that I must be doing something right.
7. What is one beauty product that you cannot live without?

Mascara! It instantly makes you awake :).
8. What is your dream job?

Funny you should ask that really, as it’s this! I think that blogging is so exciting and really satisfying when people comment/like/double tap on instagram, makes me smile!
9. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Hmm, I think this is kinda similar to question 6 so I’d probably chuck that blog one in this slot *grabs it and throws*…

10. If someone was interested in becoming a blogger what would your key tips be?

My tips would be the following:

  • Make sure you are on all social media and blog circulating sites
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
  • Make sure your contact details and addresses/links etc are correct and up to date
  • Have some fun!

I nominate the following bloggers:

BellaNinaBeauty

Chicinitié

Dorkchops

MakeMeUpMarie

Simplybful

Thanks for reading!

Rosh xxx

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