30 September 2015

Paris Diary: Day 1 | River Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral and Shopping

It feels like yesterday that I was waking up in my hotel in Paris and planning how I was going to spend my day! However, I've been home for a while now and I just about managed to recover from the 1-hour jet-lag (just kidding ;) ) and got back into my usual routine.

I have so much to share with you guys! In fact, its too much to put down all in one post, especially the amazing photos I managed to take, so I decided to dedicate a week or two for publishing what I did on each of the four days I was there. And let me tell you, it was a lot!

Today I present to you, Day 1 in my 4-day instalment of my Paris trip. 

As I had never in my 20 years been on an aeroplane, I was both excitement yet at the same time nervous for going on one! I had heard that the turbulence can be pretty scary but thankfully the weather was lovely and we had no problems taking off or landing. In fact, I loved the entire flight as I just watched the world below looking beautiful through my tiny little aeroplane window. already I knew it was going to be a good few days as just the flight had exceeded my expectations!

Although we were knackered from the flight and had trouble finding our hotel, when we finally settled down to unpack, we decided to just walk around and see where it takes us.

We ended up seeing quite a lot on the first day, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, walking through the Louvre, visiting the Latin Quarter markets and doing some shopping on a huge Paris high street! I also tasted my first authentic French Croissant and it was delicious!

France Paris holiday french food croissant and jam

France Paris holiday louvre museum mona lisa architecture

France Paris holiday visiting the louvre museum pyramids sunny day

France Paris holiday louvre museum beautiful buildings

France Paris holiday bridge and love locks

France Paris holiday notre dame cathedral on the bridge

France Paris holiday markets stalls shops shopping tourists

France Paris holiday sephora shopping makeup beauty designer products

France Paris holiday old buildings

I hope you enjoyed taking a sneak peek into my first day in Paris, watch out on Friday for my post documenting Day 2 of my trip which involves going to Disneyland Paris!! 

27 September 2015

5 Tips For Being Organised at University

5 Tips For Being Organised at University

Now that Freshers week is over, I guess its time to get your head down and start real work. Now I'm not saying you need to spend all your spare time in the library with your head stuck in a book, but instead take this opportunity to get a real feel of university life. Whether thats getting to bond with your flatmates, meeting knew people by joining societies or just exploring the new city you will be living in for the next few years. One thing not to forget is that this is still your education and so to do well it does require you to keep organised and focus on learning everything you need to gain success within your degree field.

This time last year, as I was just beginning my own first year at uni, I was lost. I had no idea how to organise notes, nor did I know what to expect when it came to my lectures and seminars. Today I'd like to share with you the things I have learnt over the past year involving how to stay organised through your study and hopefully help you to focus your energy on making the most out of your time at university.

1. Make a timetable. A good rule of thumb is for every hour-long lecture, do an hour of revision outside of university. Whether its going over what you went thorough in the lecture/ seminar or expanding your research, utilise this tie wisely and you'll soon find your exam revision a heck of a lot easier to get through.

2. Know how to organise your notes. Whether its writing notes in a pretty notebook or storing your print-outs in a ring binder, decide now where and how you want to organise your notes so that you're prepared. This way you don't have to worry about crumpled notes in the bottom of your bag (hopefully anyway!).

3. Do some extra reading. There may seem like a lot to do already but doing some outside reading really improves your academic writing as well as your knowledge by learning things other than what is told to you in lectures. Remember to make notes too as you read for your revision, to show the examiner that you really know your stuff!

4. Make friends with your fellow classmates. This way you can trade notes, explain things through with each other and create revision groups all the while making some good friends.

5. Utilise the university's resources. Whether its using the library whenever you can or just emailing your tutor for some information on something that confuses you, make use of what is available. After all, you are paying for it through your university fees so make the most of it!

Thats all for now, I hope this helped anybody starting university or just continuing another year. If you have any questions, leave them below and I'll try my best to answer them!

22 September 2015

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Eraser Concealer | Review

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Eraser Concealer beauty Review

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Eraser Concealer makeup Review

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Eraser Concealer Review

I have seen Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer all over the blogging and vlogging worlds and thought it would be a nice addition to my make-up bag. I am not usually one for concealer but I loved the reviews of this, with claims that it conceals brilliantly but leaves a dewy finish on the skin. What more could I want?

The packaging is sleek and compact, as you would expect for a concealer. What does make it different however is the application sponge which releases the product after a trust of the top. Now people seem to either hate this or love it. I for one love it! It makes using the product so much easier and applies evenly under the eye and wherever else you wish to conceal. I usually use this under the eye and then go in with my Maybelline Better Skin concealer to cover redness from spots as it has a little bit of a thicker consistency and a darker shade range to blend in to the rest of my face.

After application, I found that it blended like a dream and instantly made my face a whole lot brighter looking. It lasts all day on me without the need for powder, although when I do set it with the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, I get a great airbrushed look. Unlike other concealers, when adding two layers of the product it still doesn't crease for me, which is brilliant when I've had little sleep and a long day ahead of me. The coverage isn't as high as other drugstore concealers out there but with this you get so much more than a cover-up.

There's nothing more I could have wished for in an under-eye concealer and would definitely recommend to anybody looking for a concealer. It can liven up your face and give it a lovely dewy look without making your skin look oily. Although its double the price of the much-acclaimed Collection concealer,  I found it the Lasting Perfection formula too thick and drying on my skin. I'd rather pay more for Maybelline's concealer, plus theres always offers on such as 3 for 2 on their products, so why not pick up a couple more of your favourite products while your there!

Have you guys tried the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer? If so, please share you thoughts!

19 September 2015

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit | Review

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit | Review

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit | Review

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit | Review

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit | Review and swatches

After falling in love with my Sleek Contour Kit (review here), I wanted to give something else a go. I came across this Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit on offer at Boots, and I was more than happy to purchase it to see how it different on my skin. Coming in two shades (fair and medium), I found that there wasn't enough of a variety to cater for those with darker skin tones. I opted for the shade Medium which even then seemed like quite a light shade for my Asian skin tone. However, it did provide me with something a little different to my Sleek kit, which is quite similar in terms of packaging and product (I will be doing a comparison post soon so watch out for that!).

Aside from the name, which I actually really like, the packaging also pleasantly surprised me. Made from a sturdy plastic material, it seems it won't fall apart in your stuffed make-up bag, making it great for travel. It also reminds me a lot of the Nars duo blush packaging, that uses a similar pan shape and black plastic. The large mirror inside also makes it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups too, as does its sleek packaging.

The product itself didn't disappoint. The creamy formula applied lovely on the cheeks, although I feel if your skin isn't properly moisturised, it can look a little chalky if too much is applied. Its also easy to work with as the blend-ability is good, allowing me to create different looks with it depending on the occasion.

Because of the soft tone of the darker shade, I sometimes like to use it as a bronzer, softly applying it to my cheeks, forehead and nose for that little bit of added dimension to my face without the shimmer of usual bronzers. Other times, I use it as a regular contour product for under the cheekbones, temples, the sides of my nose and under the jawline as guided to by the handy leaflet that comes with the product.

Whilst I still like to use the highlighter sometimes, its not exactly my favourite one out there. It has quite a chalky texture to it, much more than the contour shade, and once blended out it can leave a slight white residue. It doesn't have any shimmer to it either, which some people may prefer but I personally prefer my highlighters to give me a glowing look that hits the light. Saying that though, I have found that this is perfect as a base my eye lids as well as a highlight for my brow bone as it gives a subtle brightening look to my eyes.

Although I do like the palette as a whole and think it is a good product for the price, I'm not sure if it's the best drugstore contour kit out there. While I adore the soft tone of the darker shade and its application, the highlighting shade wasn't too great. Using it for another purpose did help to redeem itself however, but the formula for me was a little bit too chalky for my dry skin. I'm sure for other skin types it will be fine, although I would test it out in Boots before making a purchase.

16 September 2015

What I Got For My Birthday 2015

What I got for my 20th birthday 2015 - paperchase scrapbook, rose gold jewellery box, cinnamon yankee candle, H&M paris hat

20th birthday presents / gifts 2015 - urban decay naked smoky palette, kenneth cole reaction make-up bag, lacoste touch of pink perfume set

Phew, this has been a busy week! Now some of you may know, it was my birthday last week (8th September) and before I could do a post on what I got for my birthday, I jetted off to Paris for a few days. I will soon be writing a blog post dedicated to my travels of the beautiful city but until then, I wanted to share with you what I got for my 20th birthday because I personally love reading these types of posts. Now usually I never ask for presents as I just don't want anything too badly, but as you probably saw from my Birthday Wishlist, I managed to compile quite a hefty list! I didn't really expect to get anything from my list, but I got more than I could have expected and more. I can't explain how grateful I am to my friends and family for making my birthday a lovely one. I didn't really do much apart from going on a nice shopping trip with my mum and then finishing off with  family dinner to Pizza Hut but I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I can still feel the excitement even now!

paperchase scrapbook, cinnamon yankee candle, urban decay naked smoky eyeshadow palette

tk maxx rose gold jewellery box, kenneth cole make-up bag, urban decay naked smoky palette

H&M black parisian style hat, lacoste touch of pink perfume and lotion set

As you probably saw earlier on my wishlist, I had down a scrapbook, a yankee candle and best of all, the Naked Smoky palette. You can't even imagine my delight when I got gifted all of these! I didn't realise I had gone on about them all so much but apparently I did, as both my friends and family did well in buying me them. I can't wait to start using my scrapbook to stick in all my photos and tickets from the Paris holiday, whilst burning the Cinnamon scented Yankee Candle which is a perfect winter smell. The Naked Smoky palette is just as beautiful as I imagined. I didn't realise how much I love a smoky eye until I used this palette, and the formulation is by far the best I have ever tried. I will definitley be writing a more detailed review soon so watch out for that. 

While out shopping with my mum, she gave me the opportunity to buy my own birthday present that could be anything I wanted. To some people this would be a dream, but for me it was just to difficult to find something I really really liked for my mum to buy me. After trawling the entire town centre, we popped into TK Maxx and I laid my eyes on this beautiful rose gold jewellary box. I love it so much and is perfect to put all my little trinkets inside. Then I came home to find that my dad also bought me a make-up bag which is brilliant to store my ever-growing collection of beauty items. This one is great as it has see-through compartments to keep everything all organised (not like its going to stay that way!). 

Lastly, my friend decided to buy me a beautiful black hat for me to take to Paris and I love it. It really is Parisian chic and is perfect for both summer and autumn wear. I also got this Lacoste Touch Of Pink gift set which is a lovely fresh scent that I love and reminds me of my school days when everybody used to wear it!

Thats all for now, but I just want to say that I am just so grateful for everything I got! I am not trying to show off in any way but just want to share my appreciation of both my friends and my family whom I love to bits! Plus, we all got to eat this delicious cake, what was not to love?

bismillah bakery cream happy birthday chocolate and vanilla cream cake

06 September 2015

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum | Review

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum Skincare Review

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum Skincare Review

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum Skincare Review

After trying out quite a few of the Witch products as you may have seen in my recent haul, this was the product that I was most excited about. I am a sucker for serums and moisturisers, whether they are high-end or a budget buy, I just love finding something that truly nourishes my skin to give a healthy glow to it. 

I was at first a bit apprehensive in trying this when my skin was breaking out and being overly dry, but I guess that was the true test to see if it actually worked well or not! First of all, I have to say I really like the packaging. The round lightweight bottle is in a different format to the slim packaging I've seen other serums in but thats not to say its any worse. And although the bottle is quite wide, its not so tall so it wouldn't take up much space in your travel bag, which is something I sure do look for in a good skincare product. It also has a handy little pump that releases a nice amount of product with ease without any spillage which is always good!

The application is also lightweight too making it easily spreadable around the face. A lot goes a long way too as I found I only needed one pump for my entire face. The quick absorption bought on some doubts at first as to how much it was actually moisturising my face, but that quickly disappeared soon after as I instantly felt my skin feeling plumper and looking hydrated. 

After using it for around 2 weeks, I could tell my complexion did look brighter and my breakouts were calmed. I had dry patches on my cheeks too but they soon disappeared after using this, instead leaving my skin well nourished-looking. The positive effects of this product may have been because I never used to use a night serum, but whatever the reason, I can say for sure that I really enjoyed using it and am pleased with the way it worked on my skin. Serum's can be very expensive, but for only £5.99 (with offers often on), it is well worth buying for everyday use. 

Have you ever tried the Witch Overnight Clearing Serum or any of the other products in their range?

03 September 2015

Witch Skincare Haul | Face Wash, Blackhead Clearing Gel, Overnight Serum and Blemish Stick.

Witch Skincare Haul and Review

Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash

Witch lackhead Clearing Gel

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum Skincare Review

Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stickz

I have used Witch since I was a teenager and as a throwback, I decided to try out their products once again and see how they lived up to my memories. From what I already know, the Witch range is great for problematic skin types that is prone to acne and break-outs. Although my skin is usually fairly calm, I have found myself breaking out more often now that I've started to wear more make-up. My skin is usually dry too, which isn't the best skin type for these products but I loved the fact they are so affordable and often on offer in Boots that I just had to give them a try to see to what extent it could clear my skin. 

As part of my morning routine, once a week I like to exfoliate using this face wash as I find it really cleans my skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. leaves my sin feeling clean and refreshed. The Witch Hazel Extract in it also has some great benefits including tackling spots, removing excess oils and naturally toning. I loved the application of this as the tiny balls in the product are not harsh at all as the texture is gel like, making it a lovely soothing morning skincare addition. However, I wouldn't recommend this if you have dry skin as it can leave face feeling tight and it may even break you out which is what happened with me.
So I passed it on to my teenage brother whose oily skin was getting on my nerves. After a week of using it, I could see a huge difference in his complexion. It totally got rid of the excess oils on his face and made him look much cleaner and fresh faced, which made me very happy to see.  I would definitely recommend this if you have oily skin, but anything less, you need to be wary when using it. 
As like all the other Witch products I purchased, it does have a slight Witch Hazel smell to it. I like this though, as it just reminds me of the freshness the products provide and is a nice soothing scent to use both in the morning and at night-time.

Next is the clearing gel, which has a lovely like texture to it that absorbs applies nicely onto the skin. I like to use this as a second cleanse, as it is great to remove any traces left of make-up leftover after my first cleanse, after which I then apply my usual moisturiser. I have noticed a difference in my complexion after using it for over a week, as the size of my pores have reduced and blemishes seem to have faded slightly. I will be sure to do a more thorough review once I have used the product a little more, so watch out for that soon!

With my skin being already dry, I felt the need for a serum. Although this wasn't my first choice of serum as initially I didn't think it would provide the moisture my skin needed but seeing as it was on offer, I thought I had may as well try it along with everything else in the range. After switching my usual overnight cream for this serum for the last few days, I was pleasantly surprised with the difference it made to my skin. It looked my hydrated and plumper, something I didn't really expect, but I actually love this! You can find a more detailed review here

I don't get many blemishes (thankfully!), but when I can anticipate an annoying zit popping up on my face, I like to apply a little of this to soothe it a little. Although I don't feel it gets rid of the actual spot or anything, I do find it refreshing to apply and calming to the skin. It goes on smoothly and works well under any make-up you put on top. I think this product would work well alongside other spot-reducing products, especially if you have blemishes or oily/ spot prone skin. 

Have you used any of the Witch products? If so, what are your favourites?