Saturday, 31 October 2015

The Birthday Post

I turned 19 three days ago (28th October) and this year I decided to do a 'birthday week' rather than a 'birthday' as usually not everyone is free on my birthday and I love having things to look forward to over a span of a few days. 

 

My 'birthday week' actually started on the 25th where my family ordered some cake and my sister made roast chicken and veg with some yorkshire pudding, which I absolutely love. My sister gave me my present that day, which I will talk more about after.

On the Monday, I had uni until 6 which was very boring and I came home to an emoji pillow on my bed, which is very soft and I'm currently resting my head on it as I'm typing this. I went to a restaurant after, Irmak Grill which sells Turkish food, yum.  For starters, I had some turkish bread which tastes even better with some garlic sauce. Then I ordered myself Chicken shish which is chargrilled chicken with salad (which I didn't eat) and I opted for some chips with it. It was soo delicious and much better than Lamb Shish I had a few weeks back. For dessert, I had warm chocolate fudge cake with some ice cream!

On Tuesday, I had uni again until 4 but then I went out to another restaurant that's recently opened up where I live: Downtown Dessert. I chose meat lasagne with chips and onion rings. The meat lasagne had the perfect amount of spice for me; I could feel the spicy-ness of it but it wasn't so spicy that I was chugging down water after lol. The sauce that came with my meal was sweet chilli, which was just sweet so I didn't like that at all. For dessert, I ordered a waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, ice cream and chocolate. It was mouth-wateringly tasty!

On Wednesday (my actual birthday), I went cinemas with my nephew and sister. We watched Hotel Transylvania 2 which i was super excited to watch, and I was not disappointed. I recommend the movie to everyone because it was soo good. I really want to watch the first now lol. After that, I bought a subway which was so yum.

Onto my actual presents now, I was planning on doing just a post on my birthday presents but then thought that it would be more interesting if I talked about everything I did. I did purchase some items for myself, but some of them are yet to arrive so I'll do a post of what I bought for myself when they do arrive.

My brother bought me the NARS Virtual Domination Palette as an early birthday present, back in August, which I've talker more about here.

I received a Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything in Deep, I've only used the Boi-ing Concealer in Shade 4 so far but I love how it feels on my skin so far. I've been after the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette for so long now, and was soo happy when I received this. I've only used the last three shades ('cover', 'primal' and 'undone') so far, but they blend like a dream! My sister also gifted me the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Benefit's Hoola Bronzer which I'm still yet to use. She also gave me Smashbox's Photo Finish foundation Primer which I used on my birthday and i'm currently liking at the moment.


My sister also gave me Ted Baker's Slim Bow Pencil Case which I'll use to store my makeup in if I go out of town for the day and Ted Baker's Slim Bow Small Wash Bag which I'll use for holidays. I also recieved an Armani Jeans Purse which I was so shocked to receive, especially since I only just got given a purse for my last birthday. I'm going to be saving this purse for special occasions, days out and holidays.


Nazia xo

Friday, 30 October 2015

Five Things Friday #2


I've finally come back with a second edition of this segment on my blog. I was going to post one last Friday, but I didn't have enough products or 'things' to talk about so I didn't.

As mentioned in this post, I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer which keeps me oh so matte especially when paired with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder that I apply with the Real Tehnique's Powder Brush. Some shine does come through at the end of the day (after about 5-6 hours), if that. So I recommend this primer and powder duo to all my oily-skin people!

I've also been loving the Beauty Blender recently. Whilst this does blend in your foundation, I feel like this little sponge is actually better for mattifying your skin too! Wherever a bit (or a lot in my case) of shine comes through, I just dab the sponge over that area and instantly the shine goes away!

I finally got around to buying Urban Decay's De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray and I've got to say that this version is a lot better than the original spray. I stay matte for all day now, even when I'm feeling a bit hot from sitting in my lecture room for nearly two hours lol.

What have you been loving this week?

Nazia xo

Monday, 26 October 2015

NARS X Steven Klein Collection



Last Wednesday, my NARS order finally arrived and I was excited; well actually my sister was the most excited as I had ordered one of her birthday presents and she couldn't wait to see it and literally stared for a while at how beautiful it was.

The first thing that went into my basket was the NARS One Shocking Moment Palette and it's actually a lot bigger than I expected it to be, to be honest. It contains Paloma which is a Contour Blush, and I'm quite excited to see how this fairs on my skin. Next to that is Laguna which is one of the most raved about products in the blogosphere. In this palette, you receive 0.5g more than the normal sized pans so it's quite good value for the £49 I paid for this palette. However, I don't like Laguna as much as I like Casino. But with my tan gradually taking its time to fade away, this may suit me. Onto the blushes! The first on the left is Robotic which is exclusive to the palette. I'd say that this shade is pink is a bit on the warm side and is quite pale, so even though I won't use this shade as much, I would use it unlike Sex Fantasy in the Virtual Domination Palette which I'm still trying to make it work for me. Blasphemy is a gorgeous pink blush that's slightly mauve-y and I'll know that I will get some use out of this colour. Luster is an orange-y brown blush that's more on the brown side.  This is a blush that would look amazing on nearly all skintones. Finally Dolce Vita is the blush that I was most excited about. I wanted to buy the singular size of this but didn't want to spend about £23 on just a blush, so I thought that this way it would be more cost effective as I rarely, if ever, hit pan on blushes. Dolce Vita is a mauve-y dusty rose colour. I can see this colour quickly becoming one of my favourites!

The second item I purchased was the A Woman's Face Neutral Lip SetIt included a lipstick in  Dolce Vita but it was too sheer for my liking so I'm selling it unfortunately. The set also included a mini Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.  This contains 1.8g of product, whereas a normal size contains 2.4g, so this mini contains quite a lot of product. Unlike the lipstick, the velvet matte lip pencil suits me and is a 'my lips but better' shade. I don't like how you can't twist the product up but instead have to sharpen it. The last item in this set was a Velvet Lip liner in Patong Beach. This colour is so flattering on my skintone and I'm so glad I picked this set up, as usually it's quite hard for me to find nude lip colours that work for me.

I think, if it's still in stock in November/December, then I may pick myself up the Despair Palette aswell, as all the blush shades appeal to me and I wouldn't mind another baby Ita Kabuki brush.

What did you pick up from this collection?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas - Makeup Brushes Edition #2

Christmas Gift Ideas - Makeup Brushes Edition #2



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Some of these makeup brush sets are limited edition, so be sure to snap them up before they're gone forever! I've got my eye on the Zoeva Rose Golden Set, Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Set, Real Techniques' Travel Essentials as I really like the Multi Task Brush but they don't sell it separately, and their Duo Fibre Collection. Oh, and Real Techniques is a lot cheaper to buy from the actual website when you convert the dollar to the pound. Post and packaging is also very low as it's dependant on the weight, plus there's no custom charge if the item costs less than £15! I've actually saved around £20 by ordering two sets from the website, rather than from Boots which kinda was a struggle as I do love receiving Boots points.

Will you be purchasing any of these brush sets?

Nazia xo

Saturday, 24 October 2015

NARS Casino Bronzer

Earlier on this week, a parcel arrived for me. In it, was NARS Casino Bronzer. To say that I was excited for this product is an absolute understatement as I've been lusting after this particular bronzer for half a year. As mentioned here, my brother ever so kindly gifted me the NARS Virtual Domination Palette, which was unfortunately exclusive to the holiday season last year, as an early birthday present. It contained Laguna, which I'm on the fence about (yet again). I love how I can build up this bronzer but dislike how I have to build it up as it takes some time for it to show on my skin. I honestly thought that I'd be contented with Laguna and wouldn't care for Casino anymore, but quite the opposite occurred.

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After seeing that I could get some student discount on this bronzer (thanks, unidays), I quickly snapped up Casino. When it arrived I was quite amazed as to how big it was. For some reason, I was expecting it to be smaller but for £27.50 (well, £24.75) you receive a whopping 8g of product which I'm sure will last me a very long time! The packaging is typical NARS and I love how simple it is, yet chic. One thing that does irk me is how quickly the packaging becomes dirty; I've only used it a fair few times and it's already got fingerprint marks and smudges on it. But it's nothing a wipe won't sort out!

This is a lot darker than Laguna, and slightly more shimmer-y I'd say. It is more on the warmer side so can appear slightly orange if not careful. I've only used this to contour with so far (which it's fab at, if I do say so myself), but I'm yet to try bronzing with it. The pigmentation of this bronzer is intense and I'm seriously not exaggerating. I decided to try this out when I was at home, incase I did end up looking crazy and didn't have enough time to fix it. I'm sure glad I did as I instantly turned most of my (non-existent) cheekbones and the rest of my cheeks a brown-y orange colour. This was because I tapped my brush in the bronzer twice. On my other cheek, I used the bare minimum and it looked soo gorgeous! I can tell that this is going to last me a very long time! The bronzer was quite easy to blend out though, which I like.

I recommend this bronzer to any and everyone. But I'd say that if you do have slightly lighter or pale skin, that you'd have to use this bronzer with a very light hand and blend a lot!

Have you tried this bronzer? What are your thoughts on it?

Nazia xo

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Autumn/Winter Beauty Swaps - Madison Victoria




Hello my name is Maddie and I come from a little blog with a small community across the pond called Madison Victoria x (www.bloglovin.com/blogs/madison-victoria-x-13548613) and last week I approached Nazia due to being an avid follower of Nazia's blog. Nazia and myself had a few ideas but today chose to do our Autumn Beauty swaps which means to talk through all the items I swap around in my makeup as we transition into one of my favourite seasons; Autumn. 


One of the first products I swap is my base as in the Summer I wear a variety of bases from a light base like the Bourjois CC Cream to a more heavy coverage like the Max Factor Face Finity Foundation that claims to include primer, foundation and concealer although I still pop a primer underneath and a concealer over the top especially when you have bags like mine. This base gives more of a matte finish due to its oil absorbency qualities which is a god send for us oily girls and stays on for the majority of the day without many touch ups.  

Second of all I have my Maybelline Fit Me concealer with its sleek packaging and Nars creamy consistency. One of this concealers claims is that it is supposed to have a translucent base meaning that the natural highs and lows of your skin although I do not notice this property it does make my skin look fresher without highlighting my problem areas. Maybelline have made this concealer so it has even, natural and breathable qualities meaning that it is suitable for even sensitive and blemish prone skin. This concealer claims to fix all problem areas be it blemishes or redness it conceals with a bit of extra help from your base. 
Another base product that I change in my make-up bag is my bronzer as in the Summer I tend to stay away from my bronzers as I have a natural Summer glow but when it enters the Autumn months. I grab a bronzer that makes me look a bit more alive and less dead as I lose my summer tan. The bronzer I love is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer due to its warm tones that give me a natural glow. Its glow means I don't look overly tanned and look like an orange snowman but gives me more of a just landed from Spain glow. I dust it in a three shape to give my face a bit more structure and warmth.



Changing from the shimmery light pinks I transition in to the warm berry tones and this Creme Puff Blush is prefect in the shade Gorgeous Berries. The pigmentation is quite strong so when applying do it with a gentle hand to prevent over doing it. This berry toned blush can give a flush of colour in winter months and give the desired just been out in the snow look and goes perfectly with that black thick scarf you have hidden in the back of your wardrobe as the winter and autumn months approach.



Moving on to the eyes I change from the champagne shimmer bases to darker shaded eyeshadow sticks and cream shadows. One I recently picked up is the Kiko Cosmetics Long Lasting Shadow Stick in 05. This shadow has a complex colour with a hint of brown but has a purple and rosy tone as well. The shadows claim to be waterproof but I am unable to comment on this because even though I encounter rain a lot in the UK I haven't had time to test it out. Although the pigmentation is fab and it has a long lasting power and even when you get towards the end of the day and start rubbing your eyes the colour does not budge with a hint of shimmer running all the way through.


Another eye product I retrieve from my make-up collection in the Autumn months is the original Naked Palette (although the Smoky one looks great for this time of the year). With a range of shades from pink tones to deep shades including browns, greys, taupes and blacks. This palette has a range of finishes including matte, satin, sparkle and shimmery which makes it possible to create a wide range of looks from smoky eyes to simple everyday looks. Each eyeshadow, except for a few champagne and pink toned shades, have perfect pigmentation with a long lasting power so you can create looks in a small amount of time and have them last all day, which is great when you want that extra ten minutes in bed. 


Lastly I change my lip shades from a light pink Chanel shade to quite a dark and nude shade of lipgloss from Urban Decay. This lipgloss claims to be ultra nourishing; however, I find them slightly sticky when you apply to much. They have a creamy texture with an exceptional high gloss finish which as I said may result in a bit of sickness so it might be worth staying out of the wind. It is great to put on to tie any look together or just need a quick and easy look for when you are running late in the morning. Although if I want a more bold lip colour which is more than likely in the Autumn/ Winter months and with a matte finish it is perfect to create that bold lip look. With fab pigmentation and has a velvety and satin application meaning that it lasts a good time whether you be eating, talking or just going around your normal life and it needs very few touch ups, if any. 

That is it! I hope you enjoyed this post and swim across to my side of the pond and have a bit of a look around. I was wondering if you have any products you swap in for in the Autumn/ Winter months?

From Maddie xx

(Be sure to check out Maddie's blog here)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Wishlist #6

Wishlist #6



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I always make lists of everything as they just make me feel more organised as I tick the items/chores/tasks as I go along. I have a wishlist of all the items I really want to buy (probably in January/February) on my phone.

I'm not one for high end mascaras as I genuinely do believe that there are many drugstore alternatives/dupes of the high end version, such as Maybelline's Lash Sensational is an obvious dupe for Benefit Roller Lash as you can tell by the sheer likeness between the wands. I have read countless of blogs and watched numerous youtube videos that rave about the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, so naturally it had to be on my wishlist. I really do hope a drugstore counterpart is shown soon. Next up are eyelashes, the Demi Wispies and Wispies by both the brands Ardell and Red Cherry are ones that I so desperately want to own. I'm planning on buying them from falseeyelashes.co.uk as eyelashes cost just £3.49 on their website with free 1st class delivery within the UK! Zoeva's Rose Gold Brush Set is one that is on every bloggers' wishlist and I just have to have it, including their Luxe Face Paint Brush as I have nothing like it, and their Luxe Highlight Brush. I have really been into dark nudes recently which is so unlike and as NARS have quickly become my favourite brand, their Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama has quickly come under my radar too. Lastly, I also want to own MAC's Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in both the colours C4 and NC42. I feel like some of my foundations make my skin appear pink, so I'm hoping C4 will counteract that and NC42 is my shade when I don't have a tan!

What's on your wishlist?

Nazia

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas - NARS Edition #1

Technically Halloween hasn't even occurred yet, so it must seem a bit strange how I'm mentioning gift ideas for Christmas already. But since the limited edition holiday gift sets are already releasing, it's best to get your mittens on these products before they're out of stock!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you'd know that I have been counting down the days until the NARS x Steven Klein Collection will be release. They're due to be released on November 1st, but on Friday NARS started selling them on their site including the Space.NK exclusive 'One Shocking Moment' so naturally I had to purchase a few items from the collection for myself and my sister's birthday.


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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot Primer

I obviously had to jump on the bandwagon and had to share my opinion on this primer to you. For reference I have a very oily t-zone, that instantly becomes oily when exposed to the sun for more than 5 minutes, 'normal' cheeks and dehydrated undereyes but that doesn't matter as I rarely, if ever, put primer or foundation on my undereyes as they're so sensitive.

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To be quite frank, I'm not at all impressed with this primer. Alarm bells should have been ringing in my head when I read reviews of people with dry skin stating that they loved this primer. Surely if this primer mattifies your skin and keeps it oil-free, it shouldn't work alongside dry skin? I can say that this primer definitely does not work with oily skin. My T-Zone got oilier even quicker, which is quite hard to do to be honest, so it didn't exactly keep me oil-free but rather quite the opposite. It did lengthen the wear time of my foundation on my 'normal' skin. 'Normal' here meaning that it's neither oily nor dry. The formula of the primer reminds me a lot of Wilkos Prime Of Your Life Smooth Light Reflecting Primer, which is at a fraction of the price and I'd much more recommend to you.

Have you tried this primer? What's your opinion on it?

Nazia xo

Friday, 16 October 2015

Five Things Friday #1

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This week, I tried out my new (favourite) lipstick: Urban Decay's Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993. The black and purple packaging is to die-for! The design is very sleek but I just don't like how it doesn't 'click' as that noise is so pleasing and satisfactory to hear.

Another product I've been loving this week is Soap and Glory's Supercat Eyeliner. I won't say any more as I'll be posting a review up on this very soon, but do know that I am in love with this product even though it took a few tries to get used to the application.

If you've read this post, then you'll know that I've been shopping recently and purchased myself a few (too many) pressed powders. I have quite a collection of powders now, being an oily-combination skinned girl. I remembered a few months back my sister gave me her Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder in 10 Classic Ivory which is way too light for my skintone. Since this is yellow-toned, I thought to use this to set my undereye with and it instantly brightened my underyes whilst setting it!

You'll probably hear me raving about this product the next few weeks (and for a good reason)! NARS Bronzer in Casino finally earlier on this week and I love it! I've been contemplating buying this for quite a while now (half a year, to be exact) and I finally bit the bullet and purchased it, and am glad I did because I am obsessed with this.

As previously mentioned in my 'little' (read: big) haul, I picked up Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil. This smells soo good and honestly does tame my frizzy hair. The best thing about this product is that it's really liquid-y so a little is required meaning that it'll last a long time.

What have you been loving this week?

Nazia xo

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Born Pretty Store Fan Brush* ♡

Last week, I posted a review on Born Pretty Store Blush* here. This week, I've got the other product that I was the most excited to receive from the Born Pretty StoreBorn Pretty Store Fan Brush*. I can safely say that this brush exceeded my expectations!


The brush retails for $2.82 which is £1.81, which is really affordable. The bristles of the brush are dyed white and black and are synthetic, but feel very soft so are quite up there with my Real Technique brushes. The ferrule of the brush is gold and it has a cheetah print handle, which I love as I do love my animal prints! I used this brush to apply my highlighter with, and it distributed the product evenly so I highly recommend this brush, as it's a must, in my opinion. The low price of the brush makes it even more easily attainable!


Also, the lovely people at Born Pretty Store gave me a code so you can save some money with. Use the code NAZH10 to save 10% on your order.

Nazia xo

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Born Pretty Store Blush* ♡

A few weeks ago when Born Pretty Store contacted me asking me to review some of their products, I obviously jumped at the chance as they're basically the eBay of beauty products. I was quite amazed at how affordable the products were, and their quality. Once I chose the products, they arrived to me in about a week, which was very fast!

The first product I chose was their Kiss Kiss Girl Color Blush in No. 01*. It retails for $8.76 which is about £5.72 which is a very good price for a blusher, in my opinion. The blush is currently retailing for $3.99 so you can get 54% off! This translates to roughly £2.58. The amount of product received is a whopping 7.5g, which will surely last a long time. The packaging of the blusher is beautiful. I love the design of the box and the minimalist packaging of the blush itself.


The packaging of the blusher is very MAC-esque, when compared to the old MAC blush packaging (which I much prefer to the new packaging), even down to the label on the bottom of the blusher. I also love the black packaging of these blushers as they look much more chic and elegant than they already are.



In the packaging itself, the colour of the blush is a pale, barbie-pink shade with some white in it too. The way the colours are arranged in the pan reminds me of a cheetah print. This particular blush has some shimmers running through it, which translates into glitter on the skin. On my medium-dark skin tone (NC41/42/44), the blusher doesn't suit my skintone as much as I'd like it to. The colour pay-off is quite okay, but could do better. It looks much more like a highlighter on my skintone than a blusher, but on lighter skintones and paler I can see this blusher to be a more gorgeous pink colour. The blusher lasted about 5-6 hours on my combination skin.


I didn't realise, until I used the blush, that you can lift the blush up to reveal a mirror and a small brush. This reminds me much of Soap and Glory's Kick Ass Concealer, the way you lift it up. The mirror is small, but you can just about manage to apply your blusher using it. The brush included is also quite small, but this is because it has to be small enough to fit into the little compartment. I'm not sure what the bristles are made out of, as it doesn't state what the material is on the website. However the bristles feel synthetic, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the bristles are definitely made out of synthetic hair. The bristles feel soft to the skin, but not as soft as Real Technique brushes. The brush isn't cut to a straight edge, which does bother me slightly.


The lovely people at Born Pretty Store gave me a code so you can save some money with. Use the code NAZH10 to save 10% on your order.

Nazia xo

Thursday, 8 October 2015

So I Broke My Spending Ban...

I broke my spending ban this month. Well, not so much as 'broke it' as I ended it, per se. My spending ban started on 2nd August and ended on 5th October and I'm quite proud of myself, even if I do say so myself! I never knew I could last this long to be honest.

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I've mentioned before how much my old laptop was breaking and how the wifi card was very weak, and so was very inappropriate for me as I do do a lot to things online and I've started uni so I needed a laptop of some kind to do my work and assignments on. I finally bought myself a new laptop which is the Macbook Pro and, while it did take a while for me to get used to the new software, etc. (I'm constantly google-ing how to do things to a macbook), I'm very glad I chose to buy it. I purchased it from Argos and have about 6 months to pay it off as my sister has an Argos card (benefits of having a sister) so this appealed to me even more as then it would be a lot easier for me, as a student, to buy a new laptop.

The first shop I actually went to (as I bought the laptop online) was Boots. Boots has got to be my all-time favourite shop as it has a vast range of brands and offers, and their loyalty card is the best. The first thing I picked up was the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil, this was on offer so I saved a third off which was even better! I remember a few years back watching an American YouTuber use Organix products, her hair was so healthy and to die-for but unfortunately Organix wasn't available widely in the UK then. The bottle is also super cute and dinky!

L'Oreal was having 3 for 2, so I picked up their Infallible Mattifying Base Primer, which I'm super excited to try out. I also picked up their True Match Powder in D3-W3 Golden Beige. Since I have oily skin, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect powder for my skin. I received their True Match Concealer in 4 Beige for free as part of the offer. The stand I went to next was Soap and Glory. I really wanted to get their Kick Ass Powder but it was out of stock, so I picked up a back up of their One Heck Of A Blot Pressed Powder, as mine is almost finished. A new release of theirs was the One Heck Of A Blot Primer which I was also very excited to pick up. Soap and Glory also had the 3 for 2 offer so I picked up their Super Cat carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen, for free, as it's been raved about so much in the blogosphere and because my eyelashes have had a sudden growth spurt or something as whenever I apply eyeliner, I keep on getting eyeliner on my lashes now (ah, the cons of having long eyelashes). As I'm constantly using (read:stealing) my sister's Carmex, I decided to pick up my own. I've found that the tube ones work much better than the tub versions, but they don't last as long. I've been really into wearing fake nails recently, so I picked up some nail glue. Nailene Ultra Precise Nail Glue has quickly become my favourite, as it definitely does 'stick' the nail to your real nails and makes it feel super secure. I think I might purchase some more of these when this one finishes. I also picked up Elegant Touch Firm Hold Nail Glue, which I hope is as good as the first nail glue I mentioned. Nailene 200 Full Cover Nails in Oval was also picked up. These are quite short, so would be perfect for every day. Finally, from Boots, I picked up Broadway Nails 2Step Kit in Long Natural Square. I can't find the link to these online, but they definitely do sell them in-store. These are super, long. I naturally have quite long nails, but I don't think I'd be able to handle these to be honest. As they're crazy long (in my opinion), I'm planning on wearing them for my birthday. I think I might have to cut them down a bit though, or at least shape them.

After Boots, I continued my shopping spree in Superdrug. They had a buy one, get one half price deal on Rimmel products so I picked up a few. I've been wanting to try out the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer so I finally picked one up. A lipstick I was after was the Shade 107 in the Kate Moss Collection, but this was out of stock so I settled on their Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 001 Translucent as an oily-skinned girl can never have enough powders. I picked up a back up of my Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 004 Black Brown, just incase mine finished soon (even though I still have half the pencil left, lol). It took me three years, but my eyebrows are finally where I want them to be, so I very lightly fill in them and set them with a brow gel. As I very lightly fill them in now, the pencil lasts forever! I also picked up an Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 064 Obsession, which I cannot wait to use!

Finally I made my way to my Wilkos and headed straight to their Essence stand (mostly because that's right near the door). Both of my sisters use either their I Heart Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara or their I Heart Extreme Waterproof Volume Mascara as I love the way these two look paired together. Last week, I saw a fellow blogger's snapchat story where they used the Gel Nail Polishes and their nails looked crazy good. I picked up 48 My Love Diary, which is such a weird name for a nail polish. It's Essence's colour of the year, which is a gorgeous nude-y mauve-y pink colour which is very on trend. I will definitely be wearing this shade on my birthday. 10 True Love is a deep cranberry red, which is a perfect colour for Autumn (not that that stops me from wearing dark colours all year around). I also picked up two clear polishes in 01 Absolutely Pure as I currently don't have any clear polishes.

Phew, this was a long post and thank you for still reading if you still are. I've recently made a clothes haul too, so let me know if you'd like me to post that.

What have you recently bought?

Nazia xo

Disclaimer: I'm not super rich, if that what this posts makes me seem like. I bought all of this with my maintenance grant which is supposed to be used for living expenses but oh well.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Real Technique Dupes

As mentioned a few times on my blog, about a month ago I ordered some brushes off the good old eBay. I mainly wanted a stippling brush, but didn’t want to fork out a tenner for one so I purchased some cheap ones which arrived all the way from China within two weeks. As these brushes are from China, I’m not sure whether they are very animal-friendly or not, nevertheless these brushes are very reminiscent of Real Technique brushes!


The first brush I knew I would definitely be purchasing was a stippling brush. At first glance, this brush could easily be mistaken for a Real Techniques’ Stippling Brush. This brush has both short, black bristles and long, bristles hairs which reminds me a lot of duo-fibre brushes. The bristles are very soft to the touch, but not as soft as Real Techniques’ Like the other brushes I also bought, the ferrule is pink (the exact shade as the Real Technique ones) with a black handle and is made from plastic so you can definitely hear how cheap it is, if you were to tap it. The pink ferrule is also a much duller colour than a Real Technique brush. For application, stippling brushes are best for stippling on foundation or any cream products such as cream blushes. However, I am yet to find a way to actually stipple on foundation with this brush without any streaks. Instead I use this brush for applying powder on my face as I do have an oily, combination skin. I think I might be stippling the foundation in a wrong way perhaps, so I will definitely be practicing more with that.

The next brush I bought was a flat top brush. This reminds me of a less ‘denser’ version of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush which I don’t own. I bought this mostly because I enjoy using a brush to apply my foundation on with. The bristles on this brush are all one length, they’re a deep brown colour with the ends dyed white, which mimics duo-fibre brushes. These kind of bristles are very ‘on-trend’ currently as most brands are selling similar brushes like hot cakes. This brush is definitely one of the most softest brushes I have ever owned. As the brush isn’t as dense as I’d like it to be, I don’t use it for foundation, but do use it for applying my primer with or buffing in powder. This brush cost me just 99p with 19p post and packaging, like the previous brush I owned and it was definitely worth the £1.18. 

The last brush has quickly become one of my favourite brushes – a setting brush. This one, unlike the other brushes, has a Real Techniques logo on it and does say ‘setting brush’ on the other side of the brush. But I really don’t think this is a real Real Techniques brush as it cost me just 99p with 50p post and packaging. The handle is also black on this and the ferrule is pink, but more of a fuschia pink so is a shade or two darker than the other brushes and the Real Technique brushes. The bristles are not densely packed and are a very ‘domed shape’ with black bristles that have a white tipped. The tip of my brush is a different colour now but that’s only because I haven’t washed it since I last used it, but it definitely does wash back to the white colour. All of the brushes don’t shed, which is always fab. The reason this brush is one of my favourites is because it applies the perfect amount of highlighter so there is no way you can go overboard with highlighting (unless you use the highlighter in the Sleek Face Contour Kit).

I would definitely recommend these brushes as they cost all just under £4 and they’re such amazing quality for the price. I’m sure you can buy these brushes from sellers in the UK but they do charge a couple of pounds extra, and to be honest I don’t mind waiting a few weeks for the brushes. I have reviewed another eBay brush, like the Nars Kabuki Artisan Yachiyo Dupe, on my blog before too.

Have you purchased any eBay brushes before and how was your experience with it?

Nazia xo

Sunday, 4 October 2015

XO ♡

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As mentioned in this post I stated that I would be posting regularly again, however life got in the way. Life as in plasterers and painters. Since I could only use my laptop downstairs as it wouldn't connect to the wifi otherwise, I couldn't really blog as there were people in the way. But today I bought myself a Macbook Pro, which I'm quite surprised it arrived in less than 3 hours, so I can now blog in the comfort in my room without any worries. I'm still getting used to the new software, as it is a lot different from a Windows laptop, but I'll get there.

In other news, I started uni this past week and it's been quite fun. I remember on the first day I was feeling very anxious and really didn't want to go in but I'm glad I did now. I have my first proper lecture on my course tomorrow, so I can't wait to see how that goes.

This week, I've been shopping quite a lot (with my maintenance grant, obvs) so do expect a haul post very soon which includes numerous bags because a girl's got to have options, right. I do want to start posting very regularly soon, at least every other day but I want to include a new segment called 'five things Friday' where I just talk about five things, basically. I don't know if I'll carry on with my 'Sunday edit' but I'll guess I'll just have to see as time goes.

Nazia xo