Monday, 31 August 2015

August Favourites ♡

This month has gone a bit slower than others, but it was definitely a good month even though I did reconcile with a past friend of mine who I'm still secretly cautious of. One thing I definitely had a lot of, was favourite items.


A lipstick I cannot stop using/talking about is MAC's Taupe Lipstick which is the perfect nude for darker skintones. I've been using this non-stop the past month and I've already used up half of it! I did a review on this lipstick here. I have finally found a concealer which is my actual skin colour and it's from the drugstore which I absolutely love about it. I am absolutely obsessed with Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer in 30, this has nearly taken holygrail status from my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer even though I've only been using it for about a month or so. My brother recently gifted me NARS Virtual Domination Palette which I reviewed here, and it was so obvious it would appear in my favourites as I have been talking about this non-stop on my blog. I have a love-hate relationship with Laguna but I love applying it with eBay's Dupe of Nars Yachiyo Brush which I talked more about here. Deep Throat is also another blush which I have love applying, but on the days where I have to do my makeup quick, I've just been swirling my brush in all the blushes. The Real Techniques' Contour Brush is in my favourites again, for the second month running. I just love how this subtle-y contours without making it look heavy-handed. I mentioned here about how I purchased some brushes from eBay and they finally arrived midway through last week! I have been loving the Setting Brush for my highlight and the Stippling Brush for applying powder on my t-zone. I will definitely be writing a review for these soon so do keep an eye out for that!


I have also been loving this Sleek Makeup Bag which my sister got for free for ordering some Sleek makeup from Superdrugs a few months ago. It is the perfect size for me as then I can't take too much makeup for me (which I always do) so I'm made to only take the essentials. Garnier's Micellar Water has been reformulated and I love this formula so much more, though not the packaging as much. The new formula takes off my mascara effortlessly, which I absolutely love. Superdrug's Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is one that I have been using for my pores, especially on my nose and chin and this has definitely helped me out a lot this month. I have been using Boots Exfoliating Face Scrub every day and this has helped my skin so much. I only read, about a few days ago, on the back of the tube that you should be using this once a week but this isn't as extreme for my skin so I'm okay with using it every day but I wouldn't suggest that for those with sensitive skin. My brother bought me Rihanna's Reb'l Fleur Perfume about two months ago, and whilst it isn't a smell I would usually go for as it's really fruity I do love using it and have been using it non-stop! As mentioned in my LUSH haul here. I picked up the Mask of Magnaminty which I have been absolutely loving and their New Charity Pot which is a Hand and Body Lotion which has helped my dry hands recently. Finally, I have been loving Wilko's Fake Nails. These are the ones with the glue. I painted them a deep purple colour and they last sooo long, even with me washing up and the nails coming in contact with water every day. I removed them by placing my fingertips in warm to slightly hot water and peeled them off and they still refused to come off which resulted in me nearly ripping my own nails off, ouch.

Almost forgot to mention, but I've also been watching Once Upon A Time this month on Netflix which I've nearly finished the first series of in a week! I cannot stop watching this, alongside The Amazing World Of Gumball which is my current favourite TV programme.

What have you been loving this month?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday Edit #6


D O I N G 

I went London this week with my family this week, more specifically Southall and it was fun, It rained half the day but then was sunny but I didn't mind the rain as much as I had an umbrella. I did some clothes shopping and also bought my Eid outfit which I'm super excited to wear! I went to a dessert place called Creams and I got myself a chocolate sundae (can't remember the exact name) and it was nice but got bitter near the end. One of my sisters ordered waffles with strawberries, chocolate shavings and whipped cream and it tasted sooo good. I will definitely be ordering that next time. I watched the new Minions movie this week and to be honest, it was much better than I'd thought it to be. The movie was really good and the minions are cute but I just hate how minions are everywhere now, in shops etc. I also visited Bournemouth on Thursday and it was so beautiful. I hope to go there soon again. Oh, and as mentioned in this post, the lipstick my sister ordered for me (MAC's Whirl) finally arrived and I absolutely love it. Unlike the lipliner which doesn't show up on my lips at all, the lipstick is the perfect 'my lips but better colour' and I know that I will definitely be getting more wear out of it.

D E C I S I O N S

I've made plans to go to Brighton for the weekend, before my birthday, for my birthday and I'm super excited now! I'm just hoping that I can save up the money for the rooms quick and that the rooms don't get booked before I do! I will be going with my sister and her kid and I can't wait! I love going out with my sister as it feels more like I'm out with my friend than a sister so I feel more relaxed and comfortable with her. The reason I chose Brighton is because it's my favourite place even though I've been there twice (lols). I'm hoping to move their in the future, fingers crossed.

S H O P P I N G

This past week I went clothes shopping as I realised that I always go makeup shopping, but rarely buy clothes and, lets be honest, I don't need any more makeup. The way I go clothes shopping now, is that I try to imagine an outfit with the item I'm buying as this means that I'm more likely to wear the clothes and thus, getting my money's worth. I'm also selling some of my clothes on eBay which have only been worn a few times, never worn or don't fit anymore.

Also, today marks the day I started my blog last year! I never knew I would still be blogging a year later.

Nazia xo

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

NARS Virtual Domination Palette ♡

As mentioned in this post, my brother gifted me NARS Virtual Domination Palette a week ago as an early birthday present and I have been using it everyday since. Now, I know this palette was exclusive to the holidays season last year and was limited season but the palette itself is way too beautiful to not share.


The palette, itself, costs £45.00 which does seem a lot but it has a combined retail value of £117 so you save about £84.  The actual palette gives off a Christmas-y vibe as the casing reminds me of snowflakes and icicles, which I think looks really pretty.

Included in the palette, is a highlighter (Miss Liberty), three blushes (Sex Fantasy, Deep Throat and Final Cut) and a bronzer (Laguna). A mahoosive amount of Laguna is included, as it contains more than a full-sized Laguna that you can purchase individually.

Miss Liberty is a pale, peach highlighter with warm undertones. Like MAC’S Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, this contains some glitters too but a far less amount. Even still, it’s easy to over-do, so a light hand is definitely required since.

Deep Throat is a coral-ly pink colour with some gold shimmer running through it. This is my favourite blush in the palette and one I have been using a lot of. This gives the most natural look on my skin. I love using this with Real Techniques’ Blush Brush and Duo-Fiber Face Brush. Sex Fantasy is a pale, cool-tone pink which is very matte, which I have yet to use. I think this shade is the one I won’t use as much as I feel that the colour may look ‘off’ with my skintone, but I'm still yet to try it so who knows I may end up liking it! Final Cut is a warm-toned peach colour, that is also matte. I've yet to use this too but I tend to like using coral shades on my skintone so I feel like I may like this more than Sex Fantasy. But I’ll know when I try it. The latter two are limited edition blushes.

A cult-favourite is Laguna, one which I have developed a love-hate relationship with. Whilst I do admit it is very pigmented and I can see why it is a bloggers' favourite, I dislike the actual shade as I feel like it’s not dark enough for my NC44 skin. I work around this by bronzing my face with it, or using it for a very subtle contour. I think that Casino would be better suited for my skintone. 

I have read many reviews saying that the quality of these are not up the usual quality expected from the standard and all I can say is that, if the quality of these are not good then I definitely cannot wait to try more from NARS as these are super pigmented and blend like a dream for me!

Have you tried this palette? What’s your thoughts on it?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Sunday Edit #5


As mentioned in this post, I haven’t been posting as much as I really don’t want to just publish any posts that I am hundred percent satisfied with.

D O I N G 

In the past two weeks, I've had pizza three times which is really unhealthy but to be fair I do have a reason; I got into university and my parents wanted to treat me and my siblings! As I just mentioned, I've been accepted into a university but it took a while for it to happen. I was quite disappointed with my results and I didn't get accepted by my firm offer. I tried phoning them during clearing, as usually they lower the amount of ‘points’ required to enter the uni but this particular uni still had the high standards so unfortunately I didn't get into that uni. The course I would be doing would be history as I love history. But as I read all the history courses offered by universities, I realised that I preferred learning about my favourite part of history – modern history in particular world war two, however the universities would be covering a lot more of history in a short deal so I decided to change my mind. In a month time, I will be reading health and social care at my local uni which I am quite proud to do! I also visited Watford last weekend and went to their infamous Tinseltown Restaurant, which I honesty do not recommend. The food wasn't up to my standards, especially for the price you were paying. However, the milkshakes were super yummy, especially The Ambassador which I highly recommend you get if you do go that restaurant. I have found a ‘dupe’ for this milkshake. That sounds so weird saying it for food and drinks, but honestly the milkshake I had a few days ago definitely tastes the same but for a lot cheaper! My local takeaway shop sells milkshakes and the Ferrero Rocher flavour tastes exactly the same!

S U P R I S E S

My brother gave me an early birthday present (my birthday’s October 28th!) when he came back from Germany! It was NARS’ Virtual Domination Palette which I have been using ever since! As mentioned in this post, I started off on a bad note with NARS’ Laguna Bronzer but I've been loving it for warming up for my face! My sister also bought me MAC’s Whirl Lipstick for getting into uni and I can’t wait til it arrives! I've been using hers as I'm (im)patiently waiting for mine to come and I am obsessed with the colour! It is a perfect nude colour for my medium-dark skin girls. It’s just a bit darker than MAC’s Taupe Lipstick which I also am currently obsessed with.

T E S T I N G

Last week I picked up the tester for MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation and have had it on my skin for about 2 hours so far and looove it for my oily skin. It looks soo natural on my skin and perhaps even makes me look younger! I will be posting a review for this soon as I have completely test this out!

B U Y I N G

I have been the typical blogger this week and have been hauling at LUSH this month. I published a post here and I honestly cannot stop buying from there! It’s soon become my favourite shop!

Nazia xo

Saturday, 22 August 2015

LUSH Haul ♡

Long time, no write?

I admit it’s only been a week yet I feel like I haven’t posted on my blog in months. The reason for my short disappearing act was because I made a routine of posting every day so I felt like I had to post something every day but I didn't want to post anything which I didn't put much effort into. Due to this, I've decided to post between every 1-3 days as this is a much better schedule for me.


Anywhos, I recently went into my local LUSH store and picked up two bath bombs, Sakura and Intergalactic. I was a bit disappointed by Sakura as it had a subtle scent to it and turned the bath water a bit murky. My nephew used Intergalactic last week and it has a definite strong smell which certainly does contain some spice. It left some glitter in the bath which was quite fun. I also picked up a sample of their Cupcake Face Mask, which I tried that very night. I applied it all over my face, and a bit more on those places that I felt didn't have much face mask on. When I was ‘layering’ it, the face mask rubbed off even though I didn't rub it which really annoyed me. This face mask does work, but I don’t like how it’s a bit drier in the tub than normal face masks. Lastly, I picked up a Charity Pot which contained a Face and Body Lotion. I don’t like the smell of this lotion but the smell does fade after 5 minutes or so, so it doesn't bother me as much. I love taking this out with me as it’s super small so it can easily fit into my makeup bag. It really does moisturise my hands without making them feel ‘sticky’ after. I will definitely be repurchasing this when it finishes, but it seems like the tiny pot will last a long time as a little goes a long way.

Last week, I went out of town with my sisters and I obviously stopped by another LUSH store. From there, I picked up their bath bomb in The Experimenter. This looks soo pretty. I was about to buy this from my local store but decided against it, but picked it up soon as I saw it in this store. I read online about someone receiving a dud bath bomb, so I hope mine isn't a dud. I just realised that the bath bombs I picked up were exclusive to Oxford Street, but many other stores are receiving these too now. Finally I bought the Mask of Magnaminty, which I feel like has helped clear up my skin. I've been wearing face masks a lot recently. I try to wear them everyday with a day break every 4-5 days as I feel that this is helping my skin calm down, and it definitely has.

What are your favourite products from Lush?

Nazia xo

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Current Base Routine ♡

 With the weather in England warming up (though it has been raining the past two days and cold as November), my base routine has been changing to adapt to the weather.
 
base routine
 
As mentioned here, one of my current techniques is to wear Nivea Mens Aftershave as a primer. This has glycerine in it so it extends the wear-time of my makeup as the 'tackiness' sticks my foundations to my skin. This may sound like a weird hack that you often see advertising on a side banner but it honestly does work.
 
After this, I love applying my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I have this in the shade Spice Sand which is the perfect colour for me. This foundations lasts through anything and everything and was featured in my July Favourites here. I apply this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in a bouncing motion as I find that this blends in my foundation flawlessly.
 
Using my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 35 Deep, I conceal my dark circles under my eyes. I love this concealer as it isn't too brightening so it looks super natural and just conceals my under eyes.
 
To set all this in place I use my Maxfactor Professional Loose Powder with my Real Techniques Blush Brush and spray my face with Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray as this lengthens my makeup wear-time too. After all this, my face is ready for whatever else I have in mind to put on.
 
What's your current base routine?
 
Nazia xo

Friday, 14 August 2015

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I'v mentioned this brush about a million times on my blog, but I still don't think Real Techniques Expert Face Brush gets the praise it deserves. I know many people who prefer the Buffing Brush over this, but it's the opposite for me.


The brush has an orange ferrule as this (in Real Technique's world) means that it's a base brush. I love how the black part of the brush is flat as then it's easier to stand the brush up if you wish to do that. The actual bristles are made from Taklon which is synthetic so it's cruelty-free and they quick (thought this brush takes at least a day to dry). 


real techniques expert face brush, real techniques expert face brush review

The brush is sightly flat, a lot like their Sculpting Brush, and is domed. It is very densely packed but, in my opinion, this helps with the application. This brush blends foundation like a dream. I do sometimes buff my foundation in with this, which it does flawlessly. But, I mostly tend to use it for stippling my foundation in.


This brush costs £9.99 so isn't expensive, but it isn't super cheap either. I'm quite tempted to buy a back up for this brush, to use for when the other one is drying.

What's your thoughts on this brush?

Nazia xo

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Mens Aftershave As A Primer?

As mentioned in this post, I've recently been trying out Nivea Men Replenishing Post Shave Balm in Original as primer. I got the idea after watching NikkieTutorials use this. I read a few reviews on this and found out that this technique works best on oily skin so I'm not sure how it'll work out on people with dry skin. 


The one Nikkie uses is Sensitive, as that version is the best. However, Superdrugs doesn't stock this (I think?) so I bought the Original version. The reason this is supposed to work as a primer is because it has glycerin in it, which makes your skin tacky just before it dries completely, so you're supposed to apply your foundation when it's tacky to get the best result. I waited about 30 seconds and then applied my foundation.

I was quite surprised as to how liquid-y this was - it's very thin. I use a flat top brush to apply this with as I find that the easiest method. I just stipple this into my skin and then apply my foundation about 30 seconds after. This does have a strong but I like it. The smell does go away after about 5 minutes so there's no fear of smelling like a guy after. After this, I just apply my makeup as per usual. In my opinion, this smoothens the appearance of my skin, making it look better. 

I wore this to wedding on Saturday and I had my makeup on for about 7 hours. The actual wedding hall was quite small so I was sweating quite a lot, but still my makeup looked just as good when I get home, perhaps even better! 


I would recommend this to all my oily skin gals as it does help control the oils as I didn't get shiny at all!

Have you tried this technique? What did you think of it?

Nazia xo 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

NARS Lip Gloss In Istria ♡

As mentioned in this post, my sister recently bought NARS Blush Lip Contour Palette and gave me the mini lip gloss that came with the palette.


The lip gloss shade is Istria which is a pale pink. In the actual tube, it appears to have some shimmers running through it however this isn't visible once applied. There is 4ml of product in the tube, which is quite a hefty amount as the actual size in a normal tube is 6ml, so a lot is received in this tiny tube. I visited a NARS counter last Friday and found that I actually prefer this smaller tube than the larger, normal size. This is probably because it's smaller and so much cuter, but also because I don't really like the packaging of the normal tubes. If I was to pay £19 for a lip gloss, then I am very bothered by the packaging.


The lip gloss has a doe foot which very much helps the process of applying it. The colour, once worn, is very sheer so I prefer wearing this over a lipstick. This does only last about 1-2 hours, which isn't much considering the price you'd pay for a normal tube so I wouldn't actually buy another tube. But saying that, I would be pleased to receive this as a present. The lip gloss, itself, has a very plastic-y smell to it but I don't really care for the smell as it can't be smelt once it's worn. 

Now, I'm very much a lipstick person and rarely, if ever, wear lip gloss. The only lip gloss I have found that works for me is Revlons Super Lustrous Lip Gloss as it's not sticky whatsoever. But that lip gloss is nothing compared to NARS lip gloss. This feels so silky on my lips, almost like oil but not oily (as if that makes sense). I love how this lip gloss makes my lips feel and it makes them look bigger which is also a plus in my books.


My final thoughts on this lip gloss is that, whilst I do like it, I would never go out of my way to buy a NARS lip gloss. However, having said that, if I were to receive it as a present then I'd be pleased with it.

Have you ever tried NARS lip glosses before? What's your thoughts on them?

Nazia xo

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Contour On A Budget ♡


Contouring is a trend that has exploded in the blogsophere this year. The point of contouring is to accentuate your cheekbones and enhancing your features. It can also make your face look a lot slimmer!

I, personally, contour my cheekbones and my jawline on a daily basis. To do so, I have been using a brown shade that's 2-3 shades darker than my skintone. Generally you're supposed to use a cool-toned brown colour but you can get away with a warm-toned brown as long as it's not so warm that it's on the verge of making you look orange.

My all-time favourite is NYC's Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder. As it's a bronzing powder, it's very warm-toned. This shade, I'd say, is a warm version of my actual skin colour which I prefer as then it's easier for me to contour with, without go over the top. I started out using this powder and have been through two of these within the past two years. I've only just recently hit pan on this.

Another product I use is Sleek's Face Contour Kit in Medium. I've been using the contour side for about a year now but am yet to touch the highlight side. As you can see, this is very much loved by me and I have already hit pan but to be fair, it did take a year to take pan which is great value for money. This is very pigmented so a little goes a long away so I wouldn't suggest this if you were just starting out with contouring.

I recently used my sister's Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Whilst I do think the packaging looks quite cheap in my opinion and I really don't like the smell of chocolate on it as I feel that it's a perishable product even though it's obviously not, I do have to admit that it does live up to its hype. The shade she has is Medium Deep which is slightly cool-toned, but not as cool-toned as Sleek's. I might be tempted to buy this, once both of the products, I mentioned before, finish.

What products do you use to contour with?

Nazia xo

Monday, 10 August 2015

Favourite Face Brushes ♡

I recently did a post here on my favourite eye brushes, so I thought to do a follow up post but on my favourite face brushes!

favourite face brushes, face brushes, drugstore face brushes

Me being indecisive, I simply couldn't choose between these three brushes for foundation. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge was the one I bought at the beginning of the year and it’s the most quickest way for me to apply my foundation. The sponge expands when it’s dampen, as does a Beauty Blender but not as much. I squeeze out the excess water and then squeeze it out again but this time in between a towel so it’s not too wet for my liking. My most recent purchase was the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I love this brush, it buffs and blends in my foundation effortlessly and, dare I say, is much better than the Buffing Brush. This brush does take about 10 years to dry which sucks but I guess we have to suffer for beauty sometimes, aha. One of the oldest brushes I own is the eBay Round Top Kabuki Brush. This brush is the best. I featured this brush here. I love using this for everything, for buffing and blending in my foundation and concealer, to setting and ‘baking’ my face. After I've applied my foundation, I like to set my face as I have oily skin and for this I love using my Real Techniques Blush Brush to set my entire face with. Now see, my sister has this brush and her brush picks up the right amount of product so I purchased the same brush but mine picks up wayyy too much. This is probably because her blush brush is a lot older, so I use mine for setting my face instead now.


A trend that I've been personally following since two years ago is contouring. This is just like one of those things that I never did because I didn't see the point, but now that I do it, I honestly cannot imagine myself not ever doing it. Again, I was very indecisive and couldn't choose between these three. The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is one that was released at the beginning of this year. I reviewed this here. I find this the perfect size to fit just under my cheekbones and to accentuate them. I tend to use this for when I want to do heavy contouring. Next is a new product which is Real Techniques Contour Brush. I love using this for subtle contouring as the brush is super fluffy so it doesn't place the product too harshly and it blends as it applies the product so most of the work is already done for you. The first ever brush I used for contouring, and my all-time favourite, is this eBay’s Angled Brush. This has lasted me a good two years without any shedding and the ferrule has only just fallen apart, but it’s nothing a bit of super glue can’t fix. I love this brush as it’s sort of a hybrid between the sculpting and contour brush I mentioned just before. This blends my contour like a dream, whilst dispersing just the right amount under my cheekbones. 


Since I've recently gotten a tan, and I don’t want to buy another foundation only for it to be too dark for me in about half a year, I've been bronzing the perimeters of my face. For this, I've been using eBay’s Powder Brush. Like the Angled Brush, this came in a set of 24 brushes (I think?). I love how fluffy this brush is as that enables me to bronze up my face without fear of certain parts of my face being a lot darker as this blends out my bronzer at the same time. Real Techniques Cheek Brush, from Nic's Picks, is my favourite brush for blush. This brush is quite narrowed and domed. It’s quite dense but not as much as the Expert Face Brush, so it dispenses the right amount of product. I've recently discovered how to make highlighting work for oily skin! I only highlight my cheekbones, but sometimes I like to highlight my inner corner too and rarely my cupids bow. For highlighting my cheekbones and cupids bow, I love using Primarks Stippling Brush. I talked more about this brush here. This is the perfect size for highlighting as it’s not too small nor too big. I love using this by making it just touch my skin and then softly blending it out. This allows my highlight to not look too harsh. Finally for my eyebrows, I love using a Spoolie Brush to brush my eyebrows out with before I fill them in and after so they don't look 'too done' and still look natural. I'm currently using my sisters’ one from her kit which is Rosa Line 00414 Brush but I recently bought myself one from eBay for a mere 99p! I really don't mind what brand/how much my spoolie brush costs as long it’s stiff and doesn't twirl/move when I use it.

A nice little sidenote, I featured mostly Real Technique Brushes in this post, but I'm definitely not sponsored by them, aha – I just like these brushes a lot!

What face brushes do you use on an everyday basis?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Sunday Edit #4

As suggested by the title, I've been doing this series for a month now which is the longest I've kept doing something consistently. As some of you may have noticed (or maybe not, aha) I didn't publish a post yesterday nor today as I've been busy. I had an hour spare yesterday however it takes a lot longer than an hour to take pictures, edit and write a post – something which everyone doesn't realise when you first start blogging.

the sunday edit, sunday edit

D O I N G

I haven’t been up to much this week, but more so near the end of the week. I went Milton Keynes and brought a pair of heels for the wedding I attended yesterday. I got a pair of suede, black kitten heels which I didn't like that they were named as kitten heels as they were a lot bigger than kitten heels, at least 3 inches I’d say. Also because I used to wear kitten heels when I was 8 so I felt like a youngster again, however those heels did make me feel tall even though I was still the shortest in my family with them on. Yesterday I applied some fake nails which I got for a pound (I think) from Wilkos. I painted them a deep purple colour as they were French manicure and I don’t like French manicures. I put them on and they still have lasted me today even though I've gotten them wet a few times through washing up and washing my face etc. I never realised how hard it is to wear fake nails until yesterday. I naturally have long nails but it’s a lot different than that. I'm yet to figure out how to open small tubs like Vaseline and Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. I really don’t know how to describe it, but I do know that it’s definitely different. Anywhos, I went to the wedding yesterday (it was my brother’s friends’ wedding) and everyone was so welcoming. Me and my sister felt very undressed as usually in Asian weddings people dress for the nines, but they were really dressed for the wedding. The girls’ makeup was soo beautiful, it only made me wish I could do mine like that. Oh, and before I forget I made myself a twitter account, there's a widget on the right hand side of this blog which you can follow me by or here.

T E S T I N G

NikkieTutorials (on Youtube) uses mens' aftershave as her face primer for makeup. The reason being that it has glycerin in it, which lengthens your makeup wear time. I bought made an online order from Superdrugs on Tuesday and it arrived on Friday. Oh, sidenote, if you have a loyalty card with Superdrugs then you can get free home delivery on anything even if it’s under £10. You just simply select home delivery and it’ll say that it costs £3 but when you’re about to pay it changes to FREE. I've been taking advantage of this since the beginning of the year! Anyways as I was saying, this works best for oily skin so I put it to test when I went to Milton Keynes and it worked but the actual test for it was at the wedding yesterday as the wedding hall was small which meant that I would sweat more (so sexy, right) and my makeup lasted all day! I took my makeup off at 1am so it was on for 7 hours and it looked just as good before, and I’d go far as saying that it looked even better than freshly applied! I will be reviewing this soon, so keep an eye out for that!

My sister brought NARS Blush Lip Contour palette, which I hate how you have product under the compartment as I feel like if you were to travel with it, then it would smash. Anywhos, it came with a mini lip gloss in Isteria which has 4ml of product in it, which is pretty close to a normal amount of product in their usual lip gloss which is 6ml. My sister gave me the mini lip gloss and to be honest, I much prefer the smaller one than the actual size as it’s much cuter. A review will be coming soon for this too! Included in the palette, is the infamous and cult favourite Laguna bronzer and their Albatross highlighter. I’m surprised their blush in Orgasm wasn’t included as they usually include that in every palette they do. I’m NC44 in MAC and Laguna doesn’t show up on my skin whatsoever. I’ve tried building it up and still nothing shows. I guess if I did happen to own this in the near future then I’d use it as a setting powder, otherwise I will be purchasing Casino soon as that’s the darkest bronzer they own and one I think would suit my skintone. Albatross looks white in the pan but has gold shimmer running through it. This needs to be applied very light-handedly otherwise you’ll run the risk of turning into a golden disco-ball. I really don’t like this highlighter as I feel that it doesn’t suit my skincolour.

L O V I N G

I've been loving Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer! It’s the only drugstore concealer that’s my skin colour so it isn't obvious when I have it on which I prefer. I piled this on yesterday when I couldn't do my eyeliner wing right and had to cover it up (which happened about a million times) and this did not crease whatsoever! This definitely has reached holy grail status for me.

Nazia xo

Friday, 7 August 2015

Current Wishlist #4

I posted my last wishlist here and thought to do an update!

wishlist, current wishlist

I still have the same three lipsticks I want from MAC on my wishlist - Hang Up, Creme In Your Coffee and Studded Kiss. I decided against Verve and Persistence as I don't want those colours as much as I want the shades mentioned before! As mentioned a million times already, I'm lusting over Zoeva's Cocoa Blend Palette, especially the shade Freshly Toasted which I feel was made for me. My sister has this palette and I love using that shade and Subtle Blend. Another product still on my wishlist is the Naked Basics 2 Palette, now I've decided to only buy this palette if it goes on sale for £13 on BeautyBay again. I still regret not picking it up when it was on sale. Makeup Forever have started stocking in UK, in Debenhams. Their eyeshadow in Auburn is a beautiful shade that I must pick up soon! 

From Zoeva, I'm eyeing up their 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush which is a supposed better dupe for MAC's 217 Brush. Zoeva's 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush and 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush have also caught my eye! I've been looking for some new primers as my current one (GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer) has been reformulated unfortunately and doesn't work the same anymore. Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer is supposed to be a good primer, as is L'Oreal Professional Mattifying Primer. Hopefully these will work on my oily/combination skin. Finally I've recently been lusting after Nars Bronzer in Casino, which is slightly darker than Laguna. I was hoping to pick this up in Nars Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette but unfortunately as mentioned here I'm on a spending ban.

What's on your wishlist?

Nazia xo

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Nars Kabuki Artisan Yachiyo Brush Dupe? ♡


I love me some eBay shopping - mostly because I can spend about a pound or two and get a million things from it. I brought this about a few months ago (I think?) after reading about it on someone's blog post (sorry, can't remember who!). 

This looks really similar to the Nars Yachiyo Brush but about £42 cheaper. It's made of goat hair (as the description stated) but I'm not sure on this. Mostly because brushes made with natural hair tend to cost a lot but these set me back a mere 99p including post and packaging. This arrived 3 weeks after I've paid which is quite quick to be fair as it did arrive all the way from China. This brush has yet to shed, or break which is really good. I love using this for my blush as it blends it out so well so most of the work is already done for you. The best part is, this looks the real deal so you can get the looks of the Nars brush but without the hefty price tag.

Have you purchased this too? What's your thoughts on it?

Nazia xo

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Best Foundations For Oily Skin


If you're like me, then once you find a foundation that works for you, you'll stick to it for a good half year or longer.

I have oily skin, though now it's more only on my t-zone than my entire face so it's oily-combo I'd say. Through trial and error, I've found foundations that work really well with oily skin especially in this hot weather of a mess we have in England.

The first, and only high-end foundation I own, is Estee Lauders Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup Foundation. I love this stuff. I tried it out last month and very quickly it has become my favourite, as shown here. This foundation dries matte and does not budge whatsoever, even if you have a cheeky nap! I like applying this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as it applies it evenly and flawlessly. Another current favourite of mine is L'Oreals True Match Foundation which I also featured here. This dries to satin-y finish which I love and lasts about an hour without a primer and setting spray, but with both a primer and setting spray this about 4-5 hours which is enough for me to go to college and come back, or go on a quick shopping spree.

Maybelline Fit Me is an old favourite of mine. I've been using this foundation for about nearly 2 years now and it has served me well. The shade is the perfect colour for me and it lasts 6-7 hours which is the longest any drugstore foundation has lasted on my skin. Finally Rimmel Match Perfection is another favourite of mine that I've been wearing since the beginning of the year until a few weeks ago as I've got a tan. This one does require setting (as if I don't set the other foundations aha) as it doesn't 'dry' but once set it can last up to 5 hours so I love this for college/ just going to shops.

What are some of your favourite foundations?

Nazia xo

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wilkos Premium Brushes


Since eyeing up Wilkos Premium Brushes, I just knew I had to buy some. What caught my eye was that these are very like Real Technique Brushes, colour-wise. The black and orange packaging is very like their base brushes. Despite these being premium, the price tag isn't as eye-watering as others, i.e. No7, so these can be purchased on the lowest of budgets.

The first brush I brought was the Stipple Brush, which retails for £4. Despite it being a stipple brush, mine says foundation brush on it which is weird. I did check my sister's brush and the others in the store, so it seems like only my brush says that. The bristles are really spread out, so much so that it's actually quite hard to stipple in my foundation with this brush unless the foundation is very lightweight like Rimmel's Wake Me Up. With thicker foundation, this doesn't stipple the foundation in no matter how long you spend trying to do so. I love using this brush to brush off excess powder off my face as it's really good for that and is very soft so it won't scratch my face.

A few months ago, I purchased the Foundation Brush, which also costs £4. I really like paddle foundation brushes but only if they're slightly on the thick side as I feel that this helps the brush blend the foundation in more and less likely to create streaks. The reason I brought this brush was because I really wanted the Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush, but that costs a hefty £24 which I can't justify. I'd say that this brush is a good dupe for the Louise Young brush, but a bit on the small side. I love this brush for foundation as it blends it in so well and quickly, without any streaks.

I have washed both brushes numerous times and neither have shed (and hopefully won't in the future) and both are as soft as they originally were. I love how they have a flat 'bottom' as then it's easier to stand them if you were to.

Have you tried Wilkos Premium Brushes?

Nazia xo

Monday, 3 August 2015

Bronzed Life ♡


I originally bought this on a whim about a year ago and now here I am, a year later, repurchasing this beaut. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny is a warm toned bronzer, but not so warm toned that it'll appear orange on tanned skin, though this is more likely to happen on paler skin.

I love using this bronzer to contour with, as it's quite hard to over-do my contour with as it's super easy to blend with. This results in a contour that looks so natural on tanned skin. Recently, since I've gotten a tan (god knows how as I'm an introvert to heart), I have found some of my foundations to be quite light for me, so I use this bronzer on the perimeters on my face so my face doesn't seem too light. But usually I just dust this ever-so-lightly all over my face and voila, my face is suddenly not a shade lighter than my body.

What bronzer do you like using?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Sunday Edit #3


                                         (Taken yesteday when I went on a long walk to Pizza Hut!)

E A T I N G 

My brother treated myself, my sister and my nephew to Nando’s on Thursday. It was sooo good. I ordered myself a chicken in medium, can’t remember what size (?) though and mash. The mash is heavenly, I just really want to know the recipe so I can make it at home myself. We went to Cookies and Creams after and I got myself their Profiterole Temptation which tastes soo delicious. The profiteroles and whipped cream tastes soo good but I’m not that keen on the ice cream they serve it with so I think next time I might order something else. My mum treated me and my sisters to Subway. If I had to choose one takeaway to order food from for the rest of my life, I would choose Subway although technically it’s not a takeaway lol. I always get chicken tikka with some salad, but I realised that their chicken tikka has no flavour whatsoever so it only tastes nice with the rest of the food, not alone. This week, I've also been having pancakes every morning, except for yesterday and today, and I think I'm hooked onto them aha. Yesterday I bought myself Cookie Dough from Pizza Hut and it made me feel super sleepy which was weird so I don't think I'll be buying this again to be honest.

B U Y I N G 

I really want a stippling brush, but I haven’t got exactly got money to spend on one that costs a lot in a students’ world (I’m looking at you Real Technique), so I hopped onto eBay and purchased myself three brushes, which are reminiscent of Real Technique all for under £4! I’ll talk more about that when that arrives. This week, I also went to Costa which I haven’t been to in weeks and I got myself a Strawberry and Raspberry Ice Cooler and just, eww. I admit it tastes nice but the aftertaste just reminds me of green tea and the only tea I like is a cup of normal hot tea so obviously I didn’t like this. A drink I did like though was a strawberry and raspberry slushie, now that tasted heavenly. We have a stand outside our Boots in my local shopping centre and I almost always get one from them, plus the large slushie only costs £1.50 which is super cheap!

D O I N G 

This week, I've felt super motivated to blog more than ever before. I think it’s because I've stopped comparing my blog to others as I used to put myself down, like why my photos weren't as great as others and my writing, etc. Since I've stopped this, it’s almost like a huge relief has washed over me and I feel a lot more motivated. Results day for my A2 results is a week this Thursday and I'm super nervous, I really hope I did great so I can enjoy the rest of my summer holiday. I almost forgot to mention this but I'm also on a spending ban. I feel like if I mention it on my blog then I'm more likely to abide by it. I'm not going to allow myself to buy any makeup unless I actually run out of them. So if all my primers finish, then I can purchase myself another one otherwise I can't. I've gotten into a bad habit of buying a lot of makeup and then I don't get to finish off any of my old makeup. Hopefully, I will successfully end this ban around the beginning of September.

W A T C H I N G

I have this thing about Australian/New Zealand accents, I love them so so much! Shaaanxo, a New Zealand Youtuber has been uploading daily vlogs on her vlog channel this week, so I've been getting my daily dose of my favourite accent this week!

L O V I N G 

I'm sure I've mentioned this a million and one times the past week or so, but I've been loving Mac Taupe Lipstick with Essence Lip Liner in 05 Soft Berry – it creates the most gorgeous colour which lasts all day (supposed I don’t eat or drink)! A new favourite combination of mine has been Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 057 Ravish and MAC Lipstick in Amorous. I wore this lipstick alone to college for a few months straight when I first bought it but I don’t like how it only lasts about 2-3 hours as it’s a Satin finish, so this lipliner enables it to last a lot longer.

Nazia xo

Current Favourite Eyeshadows

As you would have realised by me constantly talking about how much I have been loving wearing eyeshadows, it was inevitable for this post to arrive – it practically wrote itself!


My all-time favourite eyeshadow that I have been raving about constantly the past week, has been Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige. I use this as a base/primer and won’t talk any more of this as I’ll probably bore you to death with me still raving about this. I featured this here in my July Favourites. Alongside this, I've also been loving another in Chocolate Suede. This is a version of On and On Bronze but for darker skin. Though being a Leather Effect, this has some shimmers on it making it a beautiful bronze-y colour.

Starting clockwise from the bottom, I have Natural Collection’s Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut. This is a super dark brown, but with grey undertones though almost slightly warm. I love using this in my crease and blending out, or using it very lighth-handedly and contouring it with it. L'OrĂ©al's Color Riche L’Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in 500 Gold Mania is another eyeshadow I've raved about this week. I featured this eyeshadow here. I love using this shade all over my lid and packing the colour on. 

Next is Collection’s Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in 3 Baked Bronze which I featured here. This shade is one that I don’t own at all and is such a beautiful colour on my lid/crease. Makeup Revolution’s Mono Eyeshadow in MMMM which I also featured here is a matte warm brown which I've been using in my crease constantly since I've bought it. Finally Revlon’s ColorStay ShadowLinks in Cocoa is a gorgeous cool-toned brown colour with a satin finish, which I also use to deepen up my crease. 

What are some of your favourite eyeshadows?

Nazia xo

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Whats My Face Worth #3

I did my last one here, and thought it was time for an update! This is my current makeup routine, which I have been wearing religiously the past few weeks now.


For my base I've been wearing GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer (12.99) as I'm trying to finish this. The new formula doesn't do much for me and I much preferred the old primer. A primer that does do its job is Makeup Revolution’s I Heart Makeup No Shine Please Primer (£1.91). If I rub this into my skin, then it does turn into the tiny balls so I pat this into my skin, likewise with my foundation. I use this primer on my cheeks which is where I have large pores. I then use Wilkos Smoothing Light Reflecting Primer (£3.00) everywhere else. This smoothens my skin, making it appear and feel soft!

My current favourite foundation currently is L’Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99). I pat this into my skin using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This allows my foundation to blend seamlessly. I then use my Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer (£5.99) in 35 Deep under my eyes and on any blemishes/spots I may have. This is the only drugstore concealer I own that is my actual colour. I blend this in by ‘tapping’ it with either my middle/ring finger. After this I use Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) to brighten my under eyes. I set everything and ‘bake’ using my Max Factor Loose Powder (£7.99) with a round top kabuki brush. I find that ‘baking’ really locks in my foundation/concealer and makes my makeup last longer as my face takes longer then to become oily. 

I then fill in my eyebrows using Rimmel London’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil (£2.99) and then set them with L’Oreals Brow Artist Plumper (£5.99). As mentioned a million times on my blog, I'm completely in love with Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige (£4.99); I use this as a base and primer and my eyeshadow doesn't budge for 12+ hours! The eyeshadow on my lid changes continuously so I won’t mention that but I am blending out my eyeshadow and the Color Tattoo with Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadow in Mmmm (£1) which I finally bought after hesitating for about half a year. I’m still loving my usual eyeliner which is Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner (£5.29). I've been using this eyeliner, though not necessarily the same actual one, for about 2 years and I definitely won’t be changing it anytime soon as it lasts all day on my oily eyelids, doesn't smudge, and gives me a clean eyeliner look. For mascara, I've been using my old Rimmel Bold Curves (discontinued but around £6) mascara which curls and lengthens my lashes and Miss Sporty 24hr Pump Up Booster Mascara (£3.99) to thicken my lashes. I remember using this mascara when I was in year 8 and I don’t know why I stopped as it’s the best mascara ever. 

I've been bronzing my face with NYC Bronzing Powder in Sunny (£1.99) on my temples, cheeks and my jawline with my Real Technique Contour Brush. I then contour subtly with the same product and then move onto using my Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium (£6.49) to contour my lack of cheekbones with the same brush. I recently bought Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Sugar Plum (£1.99) and have been loving this just above my contour where I feel my blush looks best. I do this with my Real Technique’s Cheek Brush as it’s the perfect size for it! I then apply my highlight. I've been currently been loving a combination of Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights in the shades Breathe (£6) and Glow (£6) mixed together. I use this with Primark’s Stippling Brush, which I have had no shedding with whatsoever even though it’s been washed multiple times. I find this the perfect size for highlighting. After this, I spray my face with Urban Decay’s Long-Lasting All Nighter Setting Spray (£21.00). My favourite lip combination at the moment is Essence’s Lip Liner in 05 Soft Berry (£1) with MAC’s Lipstick in Taupe (£15.50). This lipstick is the perfect nude for me but it doesn't last as long on my lips and is super creamy even though it’s a matter. The lip liner doesn't last long either but together, they last through everything and anything! I take Soap and Glory’s One Heck Of A Blot (£12.00) out with me as I do have to touch up my face at least once as I have oily skin.

TOTAL: £139.59
(I’d like to just add that I didn’t include the price of brushes in this)

What do you think your face is worth?

Nazia xo