Beauty

Makeup Haul First Impressions

Heeeeey guys,

Guess what? I’ve been buying MORE makeup, which isn’t really that much of a surprise is it? oops. But, that means there’s more for me to try out and share how I feel about it with all you lovely lot. I bought a few things I’ve wanted for ages, and a couple of bits that I just could not resist, I mean it’s okay to treat yourself now and then, right?

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Look at all of this deliciousness!

So, if you guys want to know my first impressions and how much I loved everything, then keep on scrolling.

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In the shade, Elegant Gold

I’ll start things off with the Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation (£34.50). I have some amazing foundations in my makeup bag, and the most recent one I bought was Nars, Sheerglow (you can read my review about it on my Birthday Makeup Treats post) which I absolutely LOVE, so the bar was really high when I was looking for something new. I had quite a few foundations tested out before I came to the Givenchy counter so I was really hoping to be impressed by something amazing. As soon as the makeup artist applied this foundation onto my face, I knew it was the one, I got the makeup feels, is that a thing? The application was so smooth and lightweight (which you know I love) compared to some other brands I have used and tried, that I just couldn’t resist buying it. I’ve used this foundation a few times since I bought it and it’s not failed to impress. How can something so lightweight have such amazing coverage? Whenever I use this foundation it literally looks like my skin, but better, seriously. You can wear this foundation everyday because it genuinely doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything, but it’s also perfect if you’re wanting a high coverage look. Basically, I have nothing bad to say about this product.

Overall rating: feels so lightweight when you apply it, that you feel naked.

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In the shade, Audace de L’or

As I was at the Givenchy counter, the Prisme Libre Loose Powder (£36.00) caught my eye, I mean it’s so pretty. I wasn’t actually going to buy a powder but when I tried it out, I had to have it. This has to be one of the best powders I have ever owned, it does amazing things for my complexion. It is a little on the pricey side for a powder, but it is so worth it, just think of it as an investment into looking amazing. The main reason I couldn’t put it back was because of the four light rosy/peachy shades that help even the skin tone and cover up any imperfections. The colours work together really well to give the skin a natural glow. This is the perfect powder if you’re looking for something that is subtle but still high coverage, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything.

Overall rating: if you want glowy makeup that doesn’t move, you need this.

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Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Gilded Honey

There’s a new Laura Geller counter in Debenhams, so obviously I had to go and check it out, I mean how could I not? The first thing that caught my eye was the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator (£21.00). I’ve been wanting to get this highlighter for ages, it’s a cult favourite so there was absolutely no debating whether to buy it or not. And I can tell you, I am not disappointed, this highlighter is THE bomb, if you can get your hands on one you really should. The pigmentation is absolutely amazing, some highlighters fade after a while, but not this one, it’s popping all day long (finish off with some setting spray on top to slay all day). I bought the Gilded Honey highlighter because I find golden shades work really well with my skin tone. This has definitely become one of my fave makeup products (which says a lot really) and it completes every makeup look flawlessly.

Overall rating: this is the highlight will slay any makeup look and have your makeup popping all day.

 

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In the shade, Delicious Shades of Nude

After the highlighter, I spotted the Laura GellerThe Delectables Eyeshadow Palette (£24.00 from BeautyBay) and I just couldn’t help myself. The colours in this palette are so pretty, and I just have a thing for golds. You can create so many looks with these eyeshadows, from something soft to full on glam, winning. This palette is quite similar to the Naked 2 palette, just with a few more earthy tones and not AS pigmented, but for £24 who’s complaining? If you’re looking for a good quality palette with shadows that don’t slip and slide (which is the worst thing to happen after blending for ages) for a can’t-complain price then this is the one for you. PLUS there’s two other bomb shades to choose from, there’s no excuse really.

Overall rating: pretty bomb palette that everyone should have in their makeup bag.

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Left: Intense Pink, Right: Call Me Crazy

There’s a Boots right opposite Debenhams so how could I just walk past without going in? I have a lot of lipsticks but I don’t have that many lipliners so I wanted to get a couple of nice colours that I can use on the reg. The Intense Pink lipliner is from the Maybelline Colour Sensational range; it’s a really pretty pink shade that complements a lot of different lipsticks, it’s just a really great everyday colour to have. I bought the Call Me Crazy liner because I bought a really pretty orange lipstick last week and realised that I don’t have a liner to go with it, girl probs, so when I saw this colour I had to have it. Again, it’s a really nice colour, either on its own or with another shade, and I know summer’s gone but we can still be colourful now and again right? Oh, and both liners are £3.99 each!

Overall rating: I love these colours so much, they go with everything, plus they’re so affordable! 

Wow! This was a long post, I swear my eye is twitching a little bit from concentrating so hard, but it’s worth it. As always, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and if you have any of these products, I would love to know how you feel about them! Love ya!

xo Amerjit 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty

5 Beauty DIYs You Have To Try

Hey guys,

It’s officially Autumn, I think it has been for a while, but anyway… We’re all enjoying stepping on crunchy leaves, cosying up on the sofa with many blankets watching GBBO and of course, getting ready for Halloween! BUT, alongside enjoying everything Autumn brings with it, we also have to spare some time pampering ourselves, obviously.

As we all know, from September onwards, the temperature drops, and mums everywhere start telling you to layer up instead of turning the heating on (I know, it sucks). The cold weather isn’t too great for our hair and skin, and we don’t exactly want to break the bank by stocking up on pricey treatments and products, especially when everything we need is right there in our kitchens (no, not the chocolate).

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Just some sugar and spice
We all have our fave products that we just can’t do without, but I’ve rounded up my 5 favourite beauty DIYs that I know you guys will not stop loving. So carry on reading!

 

  • Turmeric Face Mask

This face mask is the best thing that I have ever used on my face, hands down. Who said we needed to spend loads on getting beautiful skin? This mask is great for brightening the skin and reducing the appearance of any scarring that you may have. Because of its anti inflammatory properties, turmeric has been used forever to make the skin look radiant. In Indian culture, brides get a full face and body treatment with turmeric to give them a glowy look for their wedding, but you don’t need to be a bride to enjoy glowy skin, right? For best results, apply this mask about 2-3 times week, and leave on for approx 20 minutes. Disclaimer: You might look like a Simpson after washing your face, but just use a gentle cleanser, and you’ll be fine, I promise. 

How to make it: 1tbsp yogurt + 1tbsp turmeric + honey if you really want to hydrate your skin.      

  • Coconut Oil and Rosemary Oil Hair Treatment

If you want strong and healthy hair, then you need to give this treatment a go, it’ll get you heating up that coconut oil for sure. I’ve had problems with my hair falling out in the past, and it’s an awful thing to deal with. I tried everything from gentle shampoos to not applying heat to my hair, which helped a little, but it wasn’t enough. I was starting to think that there was nothing I could do to prevent my hair from breaking off, until my mum told me about this amazing treatment. The Coconut oil in this hair treatment will work as an antioxidant and the Rosemary oil will act as a stimulant which will support hair growth. All of this without any harmful chemicals! Winning.

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All you need: 1tbsp of coconut oil + 4 drops of rosemary, give it all a mix, massage it into your hair for about 10 minutes, I mean really rub it in there, and just leave it on for a few hours (or overnight if you prefer). You want to follow this about 3-4 times a week to see some great results.

  • Tea Tree Oil for Spot Treatment

Now, this is a DIY remedy that is a complete life saviour for when you need to get rid of that annoying little friend (or more) on your face. I’m sure many of us have a spot busting product that we find ourselves reaching for quite often, because apparently you can be 22 and still suffering from breakouts on the reg, great. And let’s face it, those products can be pretty pricey, so why not try something natural? Tea tree oil is used in most skincare products, but then so are a lot of other harmful chemicals, so let’s just use it on its own. Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties that disinfects the pores and prevents further breakouts. I recommend using 100% pure tea tree oil so you can enjoy all the natural benefits. And it’s super easy to use.

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All you have to do: Apply a few drops of the oil where you need it using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight. Use as often as you need to.

  • Coffee Face Scrub

We all need a good exfoliator that leaves our skin looking fresh, and feeling smooth. I love using this coffee scrub whenever I want to give my skin a good boost. This scrub is great at getting rid of dead skin cells, and coffee has tons of benefits, I‘m talking exfoliation and a heap of antioxidants! Who said coffee was just for drinking? The best thing about this scrub is that you can store it. I like to use a mason jar because they’re really cute and you can get them from pretty much anywhere. I love this one from amazon, it’s so cute!

What you need: 3 tbsps coffee + 1tbsp natural oil of your liking (olive, coconut or almond) + 1tbsp brown sugar. Give everything a good mix, gently massage onto a clean, damp face for 1 minute, and rinse off.

  • Sweet Lip Exfoliator 

Autumn means amazing lip colours, from a bold red to matte mauve tones. But I know that when it gets cold, my lips start drying out like crazy. So, how do we handle this problem? Exfoliation is key for anyone who wants soft and hydrated lips, and this honey scrub is such a sweet and easy solution!

Just grab: 1 teaspoon honey + 2 teaspoons sugar + an oil of your choice. Optional: dash a little cinnamon in there if you want plumper looking lips. Mix everything into a paste and use on your lips (just try not to eat it, it’s pretty tasty). You can store the mixture in small containers, like these, and you’re good to go.

So guys, we’ve made it to the end of this post! Now, go grab a drink, try out a face mask and pamper yourself, because you know you deserve it. Let me know which DIY is your fave, and if there’s any you recommend, I would love to try some out. 

xo Amerjit

p.s I get all of my essential oils from Naissance because they only use natural and organic ingredients. I’ve added links in this post for the oils, but just incase you missed them, here’s the website: http://www.enaissance.co.uk/  

lifestyle

8 Things No One Tells You About A Long Distance Relationship

Hey guys,

Today’s post is a little different, I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while. A lot of you may be able to relate, and a lot of you may just be curious about the ins and outs of a LDR (yeah, I’m too lazy to type the whole thing out) if so, then carry on scrolling.

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Accurate representation of being in a long distance relationship. I’m the bird.
  1. This one is quite obvious, but I’m going to jump right in and say it how it is, LDRs are hard work. Not necessarily in a bad way, but missing someone when there is an ocean between you, and it’s not like you can apparate (can you tell I’ve been reading Harry Potter lately?), is actually quite hard work.
  2. There are a lot of ridic late nights involved. Now, for someone who LOVES sleep, not getting enough is comparable to the end of the world. Falling asleep whilst talking is not uncommon… it’s always great to wake up to nearly being strangled by your headphones (not fun).
  3. Now, because of missed calls, time difference, and because you just simply cannot say all that you are feeling over a phone, frustration and misunderstanding just crops up. This isn’t the case for us all the time, but sometimes things go unsaid, and we end up interpreting meanings that don’t even exist. It’s pretty crappy when this happens, but once we talk it out (which can take a while), it’s clear that these things are quite minor.
  4. Since being in a LDR, me and my phone have a special relationship. It’s glued to me all the time (there is a total panic when the battery gets to the 20% stage) because right now, it’s the love of my life (sadly, Siri does not return these feelings).
  5. We have come so far in terms of technology, but there seems to be no solution to a lagging connection. I mean, we have wireless headphones now, so why do I still have to put up with that irritating beeping sound every single time I make a call. My mum is not a fan of my outbursts every 30 seconds when the wifi decides to take a break.
  6. Different time zones and busy schedules means double effort at communicating with one another. This means making sure you make time for each other despite having a lot going on – even if it’s just sending a quick message to say you’re busy (trust me, this makes a HUGE difference).
  7. Selfies. This one is pretty important. The media section on my Whatsapp is just full of selfies (there are A LOT) and the snapchat dog filter tends to feature quite a bit. I don’t think there is ever a bad time for a quick snap (any excuse to take selfies right?)
  8. The best thing is, that despite being away from each other for what seems like a lifetime, it never seems like you’ve been apart for long and all the effort seems so worth it. Awwww.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I know I had a lot of fun writing it. If any of you are in a LDR (or have ever been in one), then comment down below because I would love to hear about your experiences. 

xo Amerjit