Thursday, 6 July 2017

Since we've last spoke, I have been trying to juggle my mental health with my work life and personal life.
I have a new job at the hospital and am hoping to work in the mental health unit in the near distance future in order to give me a taste of how my working life would be if I was to pursue a job as a mental health nurse.

My life has been up and down this year, and truth be told, I literally could not be bothered to blog but then I realised that blogging would be perfect way to get away from my life for a bit and so here I am again.

Some new updates in my life though:

a) I've got a new job, as mentioned in the second sentence of this post, at the hospital so no more working at shitty McDonalds; while I do love Maccies food, working there is a complete different story

b) this is a big one in my life but my friend finally pushed me to get some help for my mental health (which I am more than grateful for) and I have now started medication for my depression and anxiety which has helped a lot!

c) somehow I have managed to cut down on my spending on makeup which is fab but now I have started spending shit loads on food so I may start doing food/restaurant posts perhaps? we'll have to wait and find out aha

d) I had discovered the most breathtakingly delicious food, commonly known as chicken teriyaki. I love all things chicken - except cold chicken, I really don't know how people eat that - and am surprised I have never tried this before as it's now my new favourite food!

e) and finally I've dyed my hair a burgundy/red shade after complaining for the past million years of how much my hair was turning ginger since I last bleached. This is probably the closest I've ever gotten to the hair colour I've always wanted which is just the best.

Til next time,
Nazia xo

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

October Favourites

Hiya my lovely readers,

It's been a while since I have posted but I haven't forgotten about this site. I just needed some time off really so I could start afresh.

This past month has gone by so quick as I've started my second year at my uni (though I am procrastinating a lot), has been my birthday (yay) but generally I feel like this month has been the best month of the entire year, nay halloween of course ever since I was a young girl who got followed home by someone wearing a scream mask - that has probably got to be one of my most scared moments ever.

Regardless, as I write this, it is halloween and I'm lying down in bed, looking forward to what life has yet to bring me despite how clichéd it may sound. I'm finally twenty and feel slightly like a grown up perhaps? I don't know about that but I do know of the piling workload I have for uni which I am yet to start as as much as I hate myself doing this, I work best under pressure and last minute.

I have purchased many (unnecessary yet necessary) products this month and have fallen back in love with some old favourites.

I received the Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette and it quickly has become one of my holy grails! The eyeshadows feel so buttery and are so pigmented, it's unreal. This palette is perfect for warm-toned lovers and such a must-have! I can see why it's been out of stock a lot and its' hype. I've also been loving the gold shade (bottom left shade) in Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita Palette. First of all, I've been lusting after this palette for so long, so I'm so happy it's finally mine. It's slightly smaller than I expected it to be but still such a luxurious product which is definitely worth its' price tag. It's so pigmented and lasts all day (and night). I cannot recommend this palette enough!

I recently depotted some eyeshadows and I was simply not using them enough. One of them was Urban Decay's  Eyeshadow in Beware. I actually bought this about a year ago but it seemed way too cool toned for me, however since depotting I actually tried this and realised that it's the perfect shade for me for setting my entire lid. I also depotted a MAC Eyeshadow in I'm Into It - I've really been into these kind of shades recently and I've been loving this in my crease to darken it up. The final two shadows I have been loving are Anastasia Beverly Hill's Eyeshadows in Sienna and Morocco, these two shades are perfect as a transition colour. I love the formula of these too as they definitely do last all day and night even with my oily eyelids!

Talking about oily skin, Make Up For Ever's Step 1 Mattifying Primer is the best! It's a literal godsend. A little goes a long way otherwise it can make your foundation too drying otherwise you're good to go with a bit on your t-zone, etc. Another love for my oil skin is L'Oreal's Infallible Fixing Mist Setting Spray. When I first bought this, I didn't like it much as I thought it didn't do much for my skin but I've realised since there's a technique to using a setting spray. I used to spray it all over my face and fan it dry but I've realised that if I let it dry 'naturally' as in don't fan it dry then it sets my makeup a lot better. I use this spray after I've done my base and while it dries, I fill my eyebrows in.

Kat Von D has finally reached our shores and I was dying to try out her Tattoo Liner in the shade 'Trooper'. I was lucky to receive a mini with one of my online orders but I have ordered one for when this one finishes. It's jet-black and has a sati-y finish and while I do prefer a matte finish, I settle for the slightly shiny finish as this eyeliner definitely lasts all day and night! Whilst I do love my liquid eyeliner, I always have the problem of the liquid getting on my eyelashes which messes up how my lashes look as by the time I'm on to doing my mascara, my lashes have dried with the eyeliner. Another eyeliner I've been loving is Marc Jacobs' Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner - I received this for free from Sephora as my birthday gift but omg this is perfect for my tightline. No other eyeliner compares to this one! It lasts all day and doesn't smudge at all. It's super pigmented too and has quickly become one of my favourites!

I've been loving lip products that literally require no effort whatsoever this month! The first is one of my holy grails (and is so close to finishing unfortunately) - MAC's Persistence! This is a must have for my brown-skinned gals, it's such a perfect nude shade and legit requires no effort whatsoever! i've applied this many times and it looks decent more or less aha. I've also been loving Anastasia Beverly Liquid Lipsticks! I have the shades Ashton and Veronica. Ashton pulls slightly more orange on me which I love the look of but regardless, this is the best formula I have used and so far my favourite. They fade almost as if they were lipsticks, so not harsh lines but if they do fade, it's usually near the end of the day as these liquid lipsticks last through anything and everything!

This past month I have also fallen back in love with false eyelashes! I've tried loving the Ardell Demi Wispies but the actual lashes are shorter than my actual lashes which sucks :/. My favourite lashes of all time are Eylure x Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance. These are perfect for an everyday look and so easy to apply! My other favourite lashes are Eylure Exaggerate Lashes in No. 143. The bands for this pair is on the slightly thick side so it took a while for the lash band to adhere to my lash line but once on, they're perfect! These are subtle enough for me to wear them everyday but glamorous enough for me to where in the evening.

Now, the first brush I've been loving is Sephoras' Pro Collection All Over Brush #61. This has actually been taken off the website and I purchased it when it was on sale so I'm presuming it's discontinued. This brush was a lot bigger than I expected it to be to be honest, however it's the perfect size to powder (and mattify) my entire face just before I go out. It's perfect for pushing powder into my skin, rather than moving my foundation alongside it, which is why I have been loving this brush recently! A new buy for me was the Kat Von D's Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush #10. I have been loving this brush for applying my foundation with (of course). It applies it so easily and quickly and I very much recommend this brush to each and one of you!

The next brush is the Real Techniques Targeted Blending Brush which forms a part of the Highlight and Glow Set. It's such a shame that this brush isn't available to purchase by itself as it is such an amazing little brush. It's densely packed which allows it to blend my under-eye concealer so flawlessly. Another favourite is So Eco's Multi Tasking Brush which is the perfect size for setting my under-eyes. It's ridiculously soft for a dense brush so it doesn't feel scratchy at all and doesn't hurt the sensitive under my under-eyes. Lastly is another favourite of mine for foundations - B. Blending Brush. It's quite densely packed and has short bristles, so almost like a much denser stippling brush I'd say. The way the bristles are, allows me to achieve maximum coverage with my foundation and I 'push' my foundation into my skin with this brush. It doesn't leave any streaks and blends at the same time, which is a dream.

Last but not least, Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes, are the best thing to have come out of Garnier. I originally bought these wipes for my uni trip, however I was so impressed I have continued using them. They've replaced my micellar water which I have sworn by the past year or so. I have sensitive combination skin, and these wipes remove my makeup effortlessly without leaving a residue or leaving my skin feeling dry/icky. I can see myself using these wipes early every day now (which I do) and highly recommend them to you as they're perfect for a lazy girl.

What have you been loving this past month?

Nazia xo

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Makeup Brushes I Cannot Live Without

If you know me, then you know that I have a vast amount of makeup brushes and the reason for so is that I try to put off washing my makeup brushes for as long as I can. This is quite easily done for me now as I've accumulated so many the past few years that I can easily use a new brush every day and I still will have clean brushes a month later. Having a lot of makeup brushes also means that I have discovered some real gems.

My favourite brush of all time, and of my holy grails, is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I much prefer this brush over the Buffing Brush which I think is too hype up, however the Expert Face Brush is 100x better. It seamlessly blends my foundation in without soaking it up in the bristles. I also love the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush too for my foundation. I originally bought it for 'sculpting' my face but I found it too dense for that, so I apply my foundation with it instead. I find the Sculpting Brush denser than the Expert Face Brush, so the application is just that tad quicker. Another makeup brush that I think everyone needs is the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush. I'd say that this brush is the softest out of the three and is the quickest at blending my foundation in. I definitely will be purchasing another one of this brush and the Sculpting Brush.

For colour correcting concealer, which I do before my foundation, Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush is perfect for this. It's like a mini version of the 102 Silk Finish Brush. I apply my concealer with this brush and blend it out before applying my foundation on top. I've yet to find the perfect brush for my actual concealer, so I'm currently just using any small brush for this.

Usually after doing my foundation and concealer, I check to see if everything is blended. The Zoeva 107 Powder Polish Brush is perfect for this, as it's like a very dense powder brush so a quick once over and it blends everything is blended. The Real Techniques Contour Brush is the best brush out there for setting your undereyes, it's the perfect size and it sets my undereyes without using too much product. Since I have oily skin, I have tried a lot of powder brushes and my favourite for setting my entire face is the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush. It's not too big for my face but it's not too small that it'll take a year and a half to set my entire face. It has the perfect density too so it sets my foundation without moving my foundation because I absolutely hate it when any of my brushes do that.

The last two brushes for my face are the Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush which is fab for contouring. I love how its slightly rounded on top as I feel like this helps when contouring my face. The Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush is amazing for overall bronzing of the face. Whilst I can use this brush for contouring, I feel like the bristles are a tad too long for it so it's much better suited for bronzing in my opinion.

I always do my eyebrows after my foundation and for that Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush has been my go to. I didn't really know how to use this brush at first but Jame Genevieve used this brush on her eyebrows on her youtube channel and so I thought I would. This brush speeds up the process of doing my brows and I recommend this brush to everything. Obviously I use a spoolie brush but I bought mine off of eBay for 99p and it does the job just as good.

Onto eyes, I use the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush to blend out my eye primer. If I want to really pack on my eyeshadow, usually a bronze shade, then the Zoeva 226 Smudger Brush is perfect for this. I pack on the eyeshadow and press against my eyelid to get a true colour. For applying my transition colour, I use a tiny blending brush which, again, I bought from eBay for just 99p. This brush applies the transition colour precisely to one area. The Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush is perfect for applying a transition colour too; I use this one when I want my eyeshadow to go all along my crease rather than one specific spot. For overall blending or just a wash of colour, the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush is perfect for this. It's a bigger and less dense-r version of the 231 brush. Regardless, everyone needs them both!

What are some of makeup brushes you cannot live without?

Nazia xo

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