Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Blog Goals for 2016


This year was the year that I started blogging more ‘seriously’ and took a break and started blogging again and this cycle occurred a few times but hopefully 2016 will be the year where I blog continuously for the entire year.

 THE NUMBERS

Blog – I currently have 383 followers but I’m aiming for at least 500 by the end of 2016
Twitter – I recently made myself a twitter and have 107 followers but aim for 250
Instagram – currently have 1403 followers but am aiming for 2,000, this is very doable as I’ve realized that the better quality photos I have, the more followers I achieve
Tumblr – I made a Tumblr recently too. I had a personal Tumblr for about 3 years but I deleted that one and started afresh. I try to post daily on it and have about 17 followers but aim for 50
Pinterest – I have 4 followers on Pinterest but I am 20. I’ve realized the key is to just ‘pin’ items 

PERSONAL GOALS


  • Improve on my photos – I’ve come a long way since I started blogging last year but I know I can do a lot better than I’m currently doing 
  • Try to blog more often at least every 2-3 days – with work and uni, I’m constantly busy but if I can make some time for five episodes of Malcolm In The Middle in a row, then I can make time for blogging more often too 
  • Start saving my money – I do a lot of frivolous spending and seriously need to get a grip on my finances otherwise I’ll be poor every time payday comes 
  • Start commenting more on blog posts – whilst I do read a lot of blog posts, I rarely comment simply due to laziness and I need to start sharing the love and commenting more on posts I read
What goals have you set yourself for 2016?

Nazia xo

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Some Makeup Bits



This past month I have been treating myself, and picking up a few bargains (mostly the latter). After this mini haul, I will be going on another makeup ban until January so I can save my pretty pennies unless I happen to go into a Tkmaxx by chance obviously.

The first product I picked up was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette. This retails for a hefty £65 so I had to make sure I definitely wanted this and was going to use this. I read countless of reviews on this stating that the palette was really smaller but to be honest I found it a lot bigger than I expected it to be. This may have been because of the reviews I had been reading that I had expected it to be teeny tiny. Temptalia’s detailed review included some calculations which showed that the palette wasn’t worth it money-wise. This meant that you were paying more than the actual palette is worth. I was all for this and decided to buy the blush palette and lighting palette together when I realized that the blush palette was limited edition to last year and so I couldn’t buy it. I bought the palette from Space.NK and it arrived in a few days. The shades have a lot more shimmer than I expected them to, but this doesn’t translate to the skin as much, thankfully. So far, I have used the pale yellow shade on the top left (Diffused Light) to set under my eyes and my eyelid and it’s been doing great. Another shade I’ve been using from the palette is the blush on the bottom right (Mood Exposure) which is such a beautiful shade and one that would suit most skin tones. I would say that this shade is a muted berry shade. I’ve yet to use the other shades but will report back.

 This time, as you can see, I was on an eyeshadow spree (I didn’t even realize this until I took the picture). A bargain I picked up from Tkmaxx was this NARS Eyeshadow in Grenadines (I can't find this eyeshadow on NARS website so it may have been discontinued) – would you believe this cost me a tenner, saving me £8! Now this eyeshadow definitely is teeny tiny but the pigment is definitely there so it would last quite a while. It’s a raspberry shade which looks beaut on the lids and can double up as a blush too! Grenadines blends like a dream, and I’ve even ordered myself another eyeshadow in Persia! For my birthday I ever so kindly received Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Palette which I love, and on Black Friday FeelUnique had the Naked Basics on sale so I obviously had to pick it up and I’m so glad I did. I can see why this palette is so raved about as the colours are so wearable and blendable. Another eyeshadow I have seen raved everywhere about was their shadow in Riff. This is a very warm brown, with slight orange hints in it and has a shimmer running through it. The shimmer doesn’t translate to much on the eyelids, which I prefer as I love my matte shadows. I’ve been obsessed with this colour ever since I’ve bought it and have been wearing it non-stop. My sister recently gave me a Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Cinderella (which are all stocked in beauty bay, by the way). This isn’t a colour I would have picked out myself as I tend to go for matte or shimmery bronze-y shades. Nevertheless, I can see myself reaching for this colour as it’s such a pretty colour which translates to just shimmers on my eyelids. I’m sure that on lighter skintones, this eyeshadow would have an actual colour pay-off but I kind of like how it shows up as just shimmers on my skintone. The last eyeshadows I bought were Make Up For Ever’s Shadows in M738 Auburn and M664 Fawn. Auburn is a red-brown shade, whereas Fawn is a orange-brown shade which compliment each other on the lids. I love how the pans are a lot bigger compared to other brands as you can see in the picture. These shadows blend like a dream too.

I own Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer but it’s so close to my skintone (NC42-44) that there isn’t much pay-off to be seen so I use that for muting down and cleaning up any eyeshadow that I might be wearing. Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Bronzer was on sale in Debenhams on black Friday so I obviously had to buy it and I’m so glad I did. This gives the most subtle contour whilst still looking natural and chiseled. Even so, I don’t know how I managed to contour with this product. Lastly I picked up two of Jeffree Star’s Liquid Lipsticks in Androgyny which is the most perfect dusty rose shade. This was originally limited edition, hence the packaging, but due to demands Jeffree announced that he will be making this permanent next February – I can’t wait!

What makeup bits have you been buying recently?

Nazia xo

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

last minute christmas gift guide

With Christmas just under two weeks, some of you may be panicking about what to purchase as gifts! I thought I'd gather up some of my favourite items and show you which gifts I have loved receiving (and bought myself!) to give you an idea!

First and foremost, I love how some brands do sets that contain minis of their most popular items. This is a sure way to play safe as then the gift-receiver can try out the items, without there being a risk of them not liking the item and with £20+ down the drain. Benefit do gift sets all the time. How To Look The Best at Everything is one that I received for my 19th birthday. I have it in the shade 'deep' but the set is also available in 'medium' and 'light'. This set is perfect as it covers all the bases (primer, powder, foundation and concealer) so it's good for travelling or on-the-go touch ups! One I've bought recently is their Operation Pore-Proof which contain Benefit's best items for oily skin! I'm currently trying this out but so far I am loving their Porefessional License To Blot. I was the most excited to try out their Agent Zero Shine, so I'll do a more in-depth review of this kit in a month or so when I've tried out all the products in it.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit is a limited edition palette that's exclusive to Space.NK so it's best to buy it now before they run out of stock! This palette was a lot bigger than I expected it to be and it's just so pretty! A cult classic is Too Faced's Soleil Bronzer! I have this in both Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. Milk Chocolate is almost my skin colour (NC42-44) so I use this as a crease shade. However, Chocolate is the perfect colour for contouring! In my opinion, I find the packaging a tad tacky but most people tend to love the packaging as it's slightly girly.

Urban Decay is well-know for their Naked Palettes (which I don't own and currently am not planning to). But their Naked Basics Palettes are the best! I received the Naked Basics 2 Palette for my birthday and during Black Friday last month I purchased the Naked Basics Palette. Both of these palettes are perfect for creating any looks and they're also travel-friendly! Urban Decay's Single Eyeshadows are also such great quality! I bought this shadow on Black Friday too (can you see a pattern of my spending now, lol) and although it was a bit smaller than I expected it to be, I don't regret this purchase! I love the packaging for the single shadows, and all of their eyeshadows have such great colour pay-off! The last item I've tried from Urban Decay (but not for too long, ;)) are their Matte Revolution Lipsticks. I have the shade 1993 and it's the most perfect brown-nude colour which doesn't wash me out! These lipsticks are very creamy and I mentioned this lipstick here.

Another brand that I want to try more from is Zoeva. I've only tried their Cocoa Blend Palette so far and am in love with it! Their brushes look very promising, and I've read reviews after reviews of how excellent their brushes are, so they will very soon go into my shopping basket! Two brands that have become very popular because of instagram are Gerard Cosmetics and Jeffree Star! Gerard's Lipstick in 1995 is a very unique shade but is very much on trend currently. These lipsticks do smell a bit like orange chocolate (at least in my opinion aha) but they pretty much last all day! Jeffree Star is a brand that I've been wanting to try for ages but they're always out of stock because of their popularity. I picked up two of his Liquid Lipsticks in Androgyny. The limited edition packaging is gorgeous and I can't wait to pick up more from his permanent line! Any makeup lover would, for sure, love any of these as they're just to die-for!

MAC Lipsticks are another cult-classic which I'm kind of on the fence about! Whilst I do admit that I love the shade range, I'm not keen on the formula as they can vary a lot. During the holiday period, MAC tend to release collections after collections (as if they don't already) and most makeup lovers love their lipsticks, especially if it's limited edition! They go out of stock very quickly on their website so if you are planning on buying these limited edition lipsticks for someone (or for yourself) be sure to ready so you don't miss out on them

Last, but not least, is a brand that I have recently fallen in love with: NARS. Their packaging is so simple yet chic and, in my opinion, they're underrated. Although I secretly love how they're underrated as then their products don't go out of stock that fast and there's more for us! A cult-classic is their Laguna Bronzer which is raved about everywhere and anywhere! It's the most perfect contour shade for most skin tones. NARS even released a bigger version of this with a tiny ITA Brush called the Tahiti Bronzer. The bigger version is definitely worth the money but I hope NARS created a bigger version of Casino soon! This bronzer doesn't suit me unfortunately as it's a bit too light for me. I could layer it up, but I'm too lazy to do that all the time so I much prefer Casino which is crazy pigmented! They recently bought out a collection with Steven Klein which can be purchased from feelunique and NARS. The palette that I have (pictured) is their One Shocking Moment Palette which can only be purchased from NARS and Space.NK. This palette has a few blush shades, a contour and highlight shade, and a bronzer too, meaning that it's well worth the money and will definitely make the receiver happy!

What do you hope to get this Christmas?

Nazia xo


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