6.12.13

Topshop Lipsticks | Straight Ace & Bombshell



Straight Ace & Bombshell 

Taken in natural light
With flash


As I have said before many times, I love Topshop make-up, first of all due to the brilliant quality especially their lipsticks, and secondly the amazing sale prices and yes you guessed right I got these two lipsticks for £1 each! I recently did a post on eye-crayons I bought from the Topshop sale for a pound each also, so I'd definitely recommend popping into a store on a regular basis to keep an eye on those bargains, before someone like me comes and takes them all! And the little cherry on top is that if you're a student you will always get a further 10% discount on sale items yay. Does anybody know of any other shops that also give student discount on sale prices? 

These are both bright funky colours which I like to wear with minimal make-up so the lips really pop. These are super creamy and moisturising, with a sheen finish which you can see in the pictures.
After a while the sheen wears off, so they become almost like lip stains which is great because my lips still feel natural and there's no smudging either because they 'sit' in your lips. I wore the purple lipstick for 8 hours today and only needed to reapply once which was after about 5 hours, and I even had lunch and it stayed on! I usually steer towards matte lipsticks but wearing a sheen finish just adds that extra glow to the face and keeps it fresh.  



2.12.13

Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer | Review


There is only one beauty rule I live by which is: check for reviews before buying anything! This is super important because you can't return something after using it, and there's no point in giving it to your sister or friend if it's rubbish, so really it's just a waste of money. Sometimes the first time I hear about a make-up item is through a review on a blog or Youtube so if I see it in Boots I know it's a 'safe' product, or just before popping into town I'll quickly google something I've had my eye on to double check if I really want it. If you see a lipstick you want to buy, it can easily be tested on the back of your hand and if you like the colour then there's no way you're walking out of the shop without it. But, with something like an eye shadow primer, it's very important to do background research, which I am now saying with experience. 
I've been wearing eye shadow a lot more recently, I think winter time is always the time to experiment with eye shadows as it's the festive season, and it's easier to wear more make-up because it won't melt off or make you feel really uncomfortable. I wanted to try a high street primer as I don't wear eye shadow enough for me to justify spending on an Urban Decay one or any other dearer brand so the obvious choice was Rimmel. Rimmel is my go-to brand in the high street, the quality and prices are really good, however, this primer has really let me down. 
I feel like this primer did absolutely nothing when I used it, in fact it made my eye lids very oily which caused all the eye make-up to slide off about two hours after I applied it. What were you thinking Rimmel?! It has a doe foot applicator, and the primer is white and dries clear on the lids. Obviously this is the only eye primer I've used so I'm not an expert, however, the fact that it made my eye shadow slide off and gave me oily eyelids (I don't have oily eyelids! haha) was enough to tell me that this is not a good product. Have you tried this? And have you got any recommendations for good high street primers? 

1.11.13

Friday Fitness | The Weighted Hula Hoop



I never thought I would be advising people about fitness and exercise but this is happening! But I'm not sure if this counts as an 'official exercise' post because a weighted hula hoop is so much fun with a side bonus of giving you a workout and I couldn't say the same thing about other exercises I have tried which have left me unable to move for days. 
The hoop is made out of metal, which gives it the weight, and is covered in a soft padding to make it easier to hold and to stop it hurting your body. Your body can feel sore after the first couple of times you use the hoop, so I would recommend using it every other day until your body gets used to it, otherwise it will be super uncomfortable and you'll probably have a lot of bruises to show that! I never actually hula-hooped as a child because I could never keep the hoop up, gravity would take over and it would always fall to the ground. However, this is obviously an adult sized hoop so it's really easy to keep up and I can easily hula hoop for ten minutes without dropping it. So the bigger the hoop, the easier it is to keep up, and a little rule to determine whether it is big enough is that it should come up to your stomach as a minimum.
Hula-hooping directly tones the stomach and waist area but works the whole body as you are using your arms and legs whilst twisting it around, and it burns lots of calories. There's lots of videos on Youtube showing different styles of workouts but this is probably the most simplest and easiest exercise equipment to use.
This is ideal for people who find it difficult to make time to exercise, as you can do this whilst on the phone or watching the television, and best of all it's something you can do in your own home or garden. Here is the link to the hoop. What do you think of the weighted hula hoop? 

27.10.13

Topshop Crayons | Ramble & Sun Shower




  
I've heard great things about Topshop's make-up collections, however, I don't own many items from there as the Topshop in my home town doesn't have a make-up counter! They only sell the nail polishes which is disappointing as I always want to check out their blushers and lipsticks. Also I like to swatch make-up before I buy it; I never buy cosmetics online unless I've tried them before because you can never be sure about the colour and there's always the risk of it smashing and we don't want that. But luckily the Topshop store in my university town has a huge make-up counter so I can now add these two eye crayons to my small collection.

I found these crayons in the sale section for just £1 each! Now that's what I call an amazing bargain! They are really easy to apply as they are highly pigmented and smooth, and can be smudged out to create an eye shadow. The brown crayon called Ramble is great to wear on it's own and also can be added to a smoky brown eye to add more depth and sparkle. And of course the gold shade, Sun Shower, is super bright and can be used to line the top of the eyes to make them stand out! They are long-lasting and are a great alternative to using eye shadows as you can achieve a fun party look in the matter of minutes.

I Thrift

Hey guys <3

I'm always going into charity/vintage shops in hope of finding something really unique and cheap, however, nothing has stood out to me in recent months. It's so exciting when you bag yourself a bargain especially a vintage find, however it's disappointing when you go on a regular basis and always see the same clothes and trinkets. From my experience of volunteering at a charity shop I know it's a long process to get the clothes ready for the shop floor as you have to do all the steaming, tagging and labelling by hand, so the stock is not changed regularly. However if you look hard enough and maybe rummage to the bottom of a basket you probably will find something you like, so I did that and here's what I found! Have you found something amazing recently? 







11.10.13

100 followers and update | A rambling post


cake
From Pinterest, as usual

Hello everyone, 

As you can probably tell from the title this is a celebratory post, because there are more than 100 of you lovely people following this blog. Woohoo!! I hit one hundred followers a while back if you count the followers on GFC and Bloglovin combined, but now that I have 100 followers on Bloglovin it seems a little more official! I would like to say a big thank you to all my readers and followers, and for all the lovely comments you leave on my posts. I love reading them and really appreciate them :) Also, doesn't this cake look like it might be the best tasting cake on the planet?


On a side note, I am thinking of starting a new series for my blog in which I will do history related posts. As some of you may know I am studying History at university so I really want to incorporate two of my passions; history and beauty/fashion and write up some fun and informative posts. Don't worry, I am not planning on boring you guys by uploading my essays on here, but I think topics such as fashion through the decades or the history of lipstick are very interesting and I am super excited to find out about these and share them with you (this is my inner geek speaking)! I actually did a post on the swinging sixties quite a while back, where I talked about the fashion and music in Britain in the 1960's, and you can read that here!


That is all for now so till my next post, bye :)



9.10.13

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss | Sizzle



As we all take out our berry toned lipsticks in autumn/winter you might be thinking right now 'hey, what is a bright orange-red lip gloss doing here?' Well I actually bought this about 6 months ago but I have hardly worn it, it somehow made it to the back of my make-up draw so I didn't see it all summer! It's the perfect gloss for an orange-red lip.

This is in the shade 'Sizzle' (great name) and I just love the packaging; it looks and feels like a high-end product which is great as it costs around £8. Even £8 pounds can seem expensive for a lip gloss, however it is definitely worth it due to the colour pay-off and shine. It's perfect to wear on its own, but over a red lipstick it just looks super glamorous which will be perfect for the festive season.

What's your go-to lipstick/lip gloss shade in the autumn/winter? Do you tend to gravitate towards darker tones or do you wear a mixture of everything? I enjoy following seasonal trends, such as wearing darker red and purple lipsticks in the colder months. However, I think it's very easy to get caught up in a little bubble, feeling that you have to follow certain trends whether they are in fashion, beauty or music, so I think everyone needs to just stop for a second and inject some personality into their style, so you can stand out from the crowd! So if you feel like wearing that coral you rocked all summer, just go for it! 
Now that my mini rant is over, we can go back to the purpose of this post, which was this amazing lip gloss!  Are there any high-street lip glosses you would recommend?  

5.10.13

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey guys :)


I have been nominated for 'The Versatile Blogger Award' by the lovely Renny from Sincerely Renny, which means I've obviously been doing something right on this blog (I hope)! I was super excited by the Liebster Award nominations, and this award sounds even more official woop! Thanks Renny, and if you haven't done so already, check out her blog, it's great! 


The rules:
  • Display the Award certificate on your blog
  • Tag the blogger who nominated you in your post
  • Nominate deserving bloggers
  • Let your nominees know you have nominated them
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself!

So here are 7 interesting facts about me:

  1. I love celebrity fragrances as they are super fun, both the scent and bottle packaging. My everyday perfume for a while has been By Night by Christina Aguilera which is a very feminine and glam scent, and it is affordable too.
  2. I am obsessed with Pinterest, hours fly by as I scroll through pictures, from the grumpy cat starring in Disney films to slightly normal fashion inspiration pics!
  3. Elephants are my favourite animal at the moment, my favourites do change a lot but I've always had a soft spot for elephants as they look cute and slightly sad all the time. Is it weird that I like them because they look upset? 
  4. I don't have a favourite colour, but looking around my room I have a lot of pink items! But my favourite colour to wear has to be black.
  5. I used to love S Club 7 back in the days, I still know all the words to Never Had a Dream Come True haha.
  6. One of my all time favourite films is Drive; the soundtrack is just amazing.
  7. I want to eat these right now:
Birthday Cake Pancakes!

And finally my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award are:

Alexandra from Tiger Lilly
Lisa from Mascara&Mirrors



24.9.13

Liebster Award 2&3



I have been nominated for the Liebster Award again!  I was nominated by Rianna from Greensapphir and Katharina from Catoufashionblog, thanks for the nominations and great questions guys . Instead of doing the 'official' Liebster award post, I will answer some of the questions I really liked and can hopefully let my readers (you guys) know a bit more about me!

What is your favourite part of being a blogger?
I love being able to share my thoughts and ideas but my favourite part is finding bloggers with similar interests and amazing blogs, and I love trying out products everyone reviews! 

What is the most memorable book that you have ever read?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This is a hard question as I have read lots of amazing books, but the story and characters are just unforgettable. 

Who is Choupette?
Haha I love this question. I had to google this one so here's a pic; yes it's Karl Lagerfeld's cat who has more than 32,000 followers on Twitter!



Is fashion art?



Yes! If you're designing a fashion item you're creating a piece of art from your imagination, and by wearing it and how you style it expresses you're creativity. And every form of expression is an art.  



Would you save money just to buy a Chanel bag? 
I am already saving for one! No, I lie :(  but I so would for a classic flap bag in black!


Your favourite quote?


Sorry for my lack of posts and presence on this blog recently, as I have moved back to university for my second year so I have been a very busy bee. I did have posts drafted but it didn't feel right posting them when I can't reply to comments etc. As I settle back into university life I hope to blog a lot more and about more exciting things so watch this space!


15.9.13

What I wore | Blue skies


Scarf - TU, Watch - ASOS Marketplace 

Jeans - New Look, Shoes - Primark
Cardigan - Primark, Dress - H&M

13.9.13

I declare a thumb war (a rambling post)

Sorry about the weird grass-less patch above  


Have you ever bought something that you don't actually like? When you 'need' something in a certain style or colour but you can't find the exact thing your looking for, so you just settle for something you can get your hands on the easiest? I did this when I purchased the above rings and I seriously need to break out of this habit as it's not very savvy. 

I've had a recent obsession and need for thumb rings (thanks Pinterest) so I've been running to the jewellery section in every shop in search of the perfect thumb ring. Obviously during my pursuit I have purchased lots of jewellery that isn't a thumb ring which explains the recent picture heavy jewellery haul posts on this blog! I went into 5 shops and had no luck so finally in River Island I found these rings that had a huge sticker on saying 'Thumb Rings' (woohoo)!! This pack of two was for £4 which is a really good price. But to be honest I'm not a big fan of jewellery that has 'Love' engraved all over it as it can look cheesy and slightly tacky but I was so desperate (slight exaggeration) to have a thumb ring I bought them anyway. At least there's a gold and a silver, I thought to myself. 

When I came home and tried them on properly, without all the packaging in the way, I realised they are actually really cute and I wear them pretty much everyday now! There isn't really a moral to this story even though I have ended up loving these rings, because I've made plenty of weird purchases that I didn't 100% like when buying them and still dislike them now! 

What do you do with clothes, jewellery and make up that you have fallen out of love with; do you give them away to friends/family, sell on or stash away in case your brain tells you that you actually like them? 

12.9.13

Liebster Award



Hey guys,  so I've been nominated for the Liebster Award woohoo! I was nominated by Rinica from Subject Beauty (thanks chica), and she has a great beauty/fashion/skincare blog so check her out! 
Before I go onto answering the questions I would like to thank everyone who has supported me by reading, liking and commenting on my posts, and of course for following me on Bloglovin and gfc. I appreciate all of you :) 

The Rules
Link to the blogger that nominated you: Subject Beauty
Answer the 10 questions your nominator has asked.
Keep the chain growing by nominating 10 of your favourite bloggers who have less than 200 followers, let them know you've done so.
Create 10 brilliant questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are my answers to the questions Rinica asked:


1. What makes you laugh?
I'm one of those people who laughs at everything and anything, even in serious and awkward situations. Funny memories make me laugh a lot and they always randomly pop into my head when I'm walking by myself somewhere. It's so embarrassing because I have this huge uncontrollable grin on my face and I probably look crazy!

2. If you could go anywhere on holiday where would it be & why?
There are soo many places I would love to visit, but New York is definitely in my top ten! 

3. What is your one holy grail product that you cannot live without?
At the moment it's the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as I use it everyday and just leaves my skin feeling super clean and soft.

4. Summer or Winter?
Winter! I love the fashion for colder months, my birthday is in December and I just love Christmas time.

5. Youtube or TV?
Youtube 

My Nominees

The Questions 
What is your all time favourite perfume?
Bronzer or blusher?
What was the last book you read?
Do you prefer a beach holiday or a city escape?
What is your dream job? 









11.9.13

Pinspiration

-slight flick-


I found this amazing picture on Pinterest and I immediately fell in love with the make-up look as it's so simple and is a look which I would realistically wear. There are thousands of make-up images on Pinterest and it's rare I come across one where I like everything, not just the lips or the eyes, and is something easily achievable by someone with basic make-up skills (me). The internet and beauty/fashion magazines are full of gorgeous make-up looks but I wouldn't try 90% of them because of the eye make-up. Applying eye-shadow just scares me due to my lack of blending skills, and I feel like it just doesn't suit me.


Coming back to this picture, I absolutely love:
  1. Her glowing skin; I think everyone dreams of having skin this bright and flawless.
  2. The bronzed cheeks, I am now officially on 'the pursuit of this bronzer'.
  3. The natural brows; I love how they're combed upwards and haven't been over filled which makes them look strong and delicate at the same time, if that makes sense.
  4. The full lashes and double flicked eyeliner.
  5. And lastly the berry stained lips, that again are very natural looking.

I think this look is perfect for the transition between summer and autumn, so I'm definitely going to attempt it and if it looks anything like this image then I will post it on here! 





9.9.13

What I wore

T-shirt - Primark, Checked shirt - New Look, Skirt - New Look

Scarf - Primark, Shoes - Primark 

 I've been wanting to do an outfit post for a long time now but the pictures never look right to me, but I thought I should stop fussing and give it a go. This is what I wore this weekend so it's pretty casual. I wear a lot of maxi skirts and dresses during the warmer months as they are super comfortable, and I have worn this checked shirt to death and will continue to do so! 


6.9.13

A few facts about me!

Hi guys,

This is my first post about me! I haven't officially introduced myself on here yet, which is weird as it is my blog. So here's a few facts and a picture of me! 

  1. My name is Hafsah and I am 19 years old. 
  2. I am about to start my second year of university, where I'm studying a History degree.
  3.  I actually started this blog in August 2011 but I've been writing on a more regular basis since August 2013, so two years later!
  4. I love making lists especially to-do lists and things that I have done lists, like all the books I've read or all the films I've watched. Yes, I'm weird. 
  5. I am a lipstick addict, I always tell myself that I don't need any more but I somehow find myself in the make-up aisles in Boots, with my hands covered in lipstick swatches. 


3.9.13

August Favourites 2013


Top - Bourjois Color Boost in Peach on the Beach, Middle - MUA Power Pout in Irreplaceable, Bottom - Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Punch 


I have been obsessed with pink and peach lip colours throughout the month of August because they are super summery and really compliment that summer glow! I found out about the Bourjois Color Boost lipsticks through beauty bloggers and youtubers and I instantly fell in love with the shade Peach on the Beach. It's such a gorgeous coral colour and I feel that it is the perfect peach for all skintones. Before I bought it I was worried that it would be too light, however, it looks great on.

The MUA Power Pout is a similar product and I have been wearing this like crazy recently, that's why all the writing has been rubbed off from the lipstick! It's in the shade Irreplaceable which is a dark pink/fuchsia, and is perfect for summer evenings. The shade is build-able, you can wear it like a lip balm which gives a pink tint or wear a couple of layers and it turns into a bright fuchsia lipstick! Both of these lipsticks have the right amount of gloss and feel very light on the lips.  



The SunTint Bronzing Pearls by Natural Collection are a summer essential and I use this product as a blusher, because it is bronzing as well as highlighting. And it's super cheap at £1.99! I have it in the shade Sahara Sun. 

The Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette by Sleek is a staple product and I use this everyday. This is in my August favourites because I absolutely love the highlighter, it has a gold shade to it and stays on the face all day. I wear it on top of my cheekbones and it really makes a big difference to my whole face, it adds a summery glow and completes the make-up look. 


 Lastly, this my absolute favourite summer scent by Soap & Glory. It's the Original Pink perfume with top notes of orange leaf, lemon, peach and strawberries, middle notes of mandarin, summer rose, gardenia blooms and jasmine, and a base of patchouli, warm amber and musk. It is a fruity, fresh and sweet scent and is quite strong as soon you wear it but then slowly fades into a light musky scent. 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? 

1.9.13

Anatomicals Facial Spritz Review



Hey guys <3 

I can't believe it's September already, where did the summer go? Let's just hope the weather doesn't change too drastically as I'm definitely not ready to wear boots yet! So here's a review of a summery product in hope that the good weather stays. 
In hot stuffy weather there is no worse feeling than your face heating up, and getting clogged due to a heavy foundation and layers of powder you have used in attempt to mattify your face. So when I received the anatomicals spray misty for me facial spritz in the July Glossybox I was very pleased, as a cooling facial spray is an absolute essential for the summer months. It contains ingredients such as peppermint, rose, lavender, aloe and witch hazel which all help to cool your face down. What I love about this product is that it works on bare skin and on top of make-up, so even if you are all made up to the nines on a hot day you can count on this facial spritz to keep your face feeling refreshed. 
I have been spraying it first thing in the morning under my make-up to instantly refresh my skin for the day and I then spritz throughout the day when I feel need, from a distance of about 30 cm to ensure it doesn't interfere with my make-up.


30.8.13

Tribal Love

 
Primark £5
New Look £3 (sale)
All rings from Topshop £3.50 (sale)

Gift from Pakistan 

New Look £2 (sale)
H&M £3.99


Hey guys <3

I was just organising some recent buys when I realised how much all these pieces of jewellery matched! I've bought these throughout the last month and I actually didn't buy any of these together or had any scheme in mind. It seems as if my brain went into tribal/ethnic mode and I've ended up with this little collection! All this jewellery is silver, which has really refreshed my look as I've been wearing a lot of gold jewellery, and lots of it at the same time which doesn't really work everyday unless you're Rihanna. I can't pick a favourite but I absolutely love the turquoise ring from Topshop. I'm definitely going to be incorporating these pieces into my everyday jewellery or I might even throw them on all together and replicate the image below, who knows. 

❤
(from Pinterest)