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Fenty Beauty Haul

Sunday, 25 February 2018
Namaste guys! Another fun post this Sunday, although it will just be a photo heavy post. A few months ago my sister and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Harvey Nichols to check the Fenty Beauty range out and I think it’s safe to say we got carried away. Below are the gems I picked up!

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer - available here
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - available here (the colour range is incredible so I highly recommend getting matched in store just to be safe)
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife - available here
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio - available here (these come in a range of shades and are also sold separately, I bought them as a trio in the shade medium)
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint - available here (the pigment of this lip paint is INSANE)

Let me know if you would like to see an in depth review of the products along with swatches!
I hope you guys enjoyed this short and sweet post and loved the photos as much as I do. I thought I’d post something a little different to me just rambling on.
See you in the next one!

Yogita x

Beauty Bay Haul | Skincare

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Hi guys! Today‘s post is a quick Beauty Bay (or as I like to call them, Beauty Bae) haul. They had a promotion, where it basically meant the more you spend, the more £££ you get off your order, this was for a show on tv called ‘Survival of the Fittest’, which Beauty Bay are sponsoring. Now, I don’t watch the show but boy am I grateful it brought along this promo! I took full advantage and bought a few things that I’ve wanted to try for a very long time and a repurchase.

It is a little bit of a skincare heavy haul, but I’m someone that likes to invest more in my skincare than in my makeup. I did however, pick up one haircare product and that is the Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield. You can never rely on the British Weather and that means my frizz ball is prone to going crazy in the rain and humidity and I read some great reviews on this product so I thought why the hell not?! I’ll give it a try. 

I also picked up the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, now this is a moisturiser that is a little pricey but bloody amazing and well worth every penny. I had totally forgotten how much I loved this and I am sure you have heard a lot about this product because everyone and their cats love this. It’s a great base for makeup and a great moisturiser on bare skin. It keeps my skin looking healthy and keeps my skin hydrated pretty much all day. I love using this after cleansing in the evening and leaving it on overnight.

Now the next two products are the ones I am most excited about because I’ve read some great reviews and I’ve heard nothing but great things about them, not to forget the wonders they claim to work. So I purchased the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins which, with continued use claims to ‘target all forms of build up, blemishes, congestion and impurities. It is suitable for all skin types. After the first use, SS leaves the skin looking nearly pore-free and its surface exceptionally cleaned, as if its radiating from within’, now if that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will. The fact that this product is made with unrefined ayurvedic ingredients is a massive selling point to me (that’s the Indian in me coming through). This is in no way a makeup remover, makeup should be removed before using this. I love that this product is kind of multi functional because it can be used as a mask (that’s my Saturday night sorted). I honestly cannot wait to use this because who the hell wouldn’t want pore free skin that looks like it is radiating from within?! 
The second NIOD product I purchased is the Mastic Must. This product is ‘a transparent masque for efficient, yet inocuous, cleaning and visible refinement of pores and impurities, resulting in immediate and maintainable visible reduction in both the number and the size of pores’. I think it’s pretty obvious that pores were the selling point for me when purchasing both these NIOD products. The way this one works is a little bizarre, which just makes me want to try it out even more. You need to apply this product to your face in the morning, leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and although not essential it is recommended that you dry your face with a blowdryer, apparently this will help enhance the results of using this product. Crazy right? As crazy as it sounds, I will try this out and let you guys know how I get on. To say that I am excited about this is an understatement.

I also purchased The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. This is a product I was meaning to try for a very long time. Less for the anti ageing properties and more so for the brightening properties. I’ve used it twice already this week and I can already see the difference, my skin is definitely a lot brighter and it hasn’t caused any sensitivity or breakouts. The Ordinary is such an inexpensive yet effective skincare brand as it is and I’ve never used a product from their brand that I don’t love. This has definitely got a thumbs up from me. So far so good!

And last but not least. I purchased the Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream. I’m not someone that suffers from wrinkles or dark under eyes so when I purchase eye creams, I usually just purchase them to avoid getting any problems with my under eyes in the future. This cream claims to target visible signs of ageing, smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles and encourages brighter, younger looking under eyes. I use this before I go to bed because it does make my eyes water a little. My Mum has been testing this out with me and she loves it because she has quite a bit of dryness around her eyes and she has said it’s the best eye cream she has ever used (she has tried a lot to target the dryness around her eyes, so that says something), and to be fair I can totally see the difference around her eyes. Dry skin around the eyes can be a little ageing so if you suffer from dry skin around the eyes, I would totally recommend this, plus it’s Mum approved. My skin is the total opposite to my mum’s and although my skin is oily, I still like to keep my skin hydrated and this has helped keep my eye area hydrated and bright. A little goes a long way with this one!

I had to pop this photo on here because packaging is a huge thing for me (call me sad), but can we just appreciate the packaging of the NIOD products? I mean HELLO.

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins - available here
NIOD Mastic Must - available here
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre - available here
Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream - this is sold out, sorry guys!
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension - available here
Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield - available here

I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it and I shall see you sooner rather than later. 
I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

Yogita x

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant | Review

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Hi guys! Has it been a while or has it been a while?! Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very late happy new year. To say that 2017 was super busy for me, would be an understatement, hence why I have been so inactive on my blog. BUT I promise to be a lot more consistent with my blog this year. Especially with Instagram being such a let down in terms of interaction and the whole order of how posts are displayed, I just don’t get what they’re doing but I am using that as motivation to be a lot more consistent with my posts on here.
Thank you to all the lovely people that have stuck with me!

I have a pretty exciting post today. I was sent a bunch of things from Dermalogica and Influenster to test out and I was so happy when the package arrived because Dermalogica have been my absolute ride or die. If you read my very first skincare post, you’ll know that their Clear Start range had a huge hand in clearing up my severe acne years ago.

I was kindly sent their Daily Superfoliant, Precleanse Balm, Special Cleansing Gel and the Skin Smoothing Cream.
I knew pretty much straight away that I’d love the Special Cleansing Balm because it is very similar to their Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash (that was a right mouthful), so I won’t bore you with saying how great it is (again) because I love it just as much as I loved the Clear Start one, so if you would like to know my thoughts on that, check out my good old skincare post.

If you’re a fan of double cleansing like myself, you will absolutely love the Precleanse Balm. This stuff is incredible at getting deep into your pores as well as taking all the gunk off the surface of your skin before you do your everyday cleansing routine. It is a balm that turns into an oil, but isn’t heavy at all. This product comes with a cleansing mitt, which is just incredible. Now, I know there’s a tonne of different mitts on the market, but this one is very gentle on the skin. I can’t fault this product, it’s gentle enough to use around the eye area, it doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils and it even gets rid of waterproof makeup!

The Skin Smoothing Cream is the perfect everyday moisturiser. It does exactly what it says on the tin (or tube in this case). Once applied this cream pretty much keeps my skin hydrated all day or until I cleanse again. I have very oily skin but this didn’t feel heavy on my skin and it didn’t cause any sensitivity or breakouts. This wasn’t a product that I had used before, so as always I was a little hesitant. I have very sensitive skin so when I find products that work for my skin, I usually tend to stick with them. And I can confirm this will be one of those products.

I have been using these products for a while now and although most of the time I used them together, step-by-step; I did ocassionally mix and match them with other skincare products and they worked just as well as they did together.
But there is one product that was my absolute favourite out of the lot (although that is a bold statement because the love I have for Dermalogica is very real), if you read the title of this post, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and that is, of course, the Daily Superfoliant. I am beyond obsessed with this and I have been using it religiously ever since I received it. It is absolute magic in a bottle. My skin has never looked as good as it does today. Having suffered from severe acne in my teen years, I had scars and an uneven texture to my skin where I had picked my spots (don’t ever pick your spots kids!). The way this product works is incredible, its a powder that you basically rub between your hands and it turns into an exfoliating paste, it activates with a little water. A lot of people think that exfoliating everyday isn’t great for your skin, which in most cases it isn’t. That’s where this product comes in. It’s gentle enough to use daily, but if you have skin that is even more sensitive than mine you can use it every other day. It contains charcoal, which is known for it’s purifying properties. It also contains Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract, which shield your skin against the damage that pollution causes.
Dermalogica were not messing around when they said this products resurfaces your skin to the smoothest it could possibly be. You can pretty much see the effects of this product after one use, so you can only imagine what it could do for your skin after a while.
My skin not only feels smooth but it also looks smooth. This product has helped make my acne scars a lot less visible and it hasn’t caused any breakouts, redness or sensitivity. It isn’t drying and it doesn’t strip your skin of its moisture. My skin tone is even, which was a huge concern of mine because of how severe my acne was and although I don’t wear makeup daily, I can see that I wouldn’t need a lot of coverage when wearing it ocassionaly. The Daily Superfoliant is a product that I will definitely be repurchasing, it has worked absolute wonders on my skin. I’ve tried products that have cost me double the amount this costs, but didn’t do anything for my skin, so in my opinion, this stuff is worth it’s weight in gold. If you haven’t tried anything from Dermalogica before, this is the perfect product to start with, especially if you’ve already got a pretty solid skincare routine but you’re missing that little something!

Dermalogica is a brand that is gluten free, vegan, paraben free, cruelty free and they don’t use artificial fragrances or colours (what’s not to love?!)

How I use the products:
I start off with the Precleanse Balm. I wet my face and rub a small amount of the product between my hands and rub it all over my face and eyes. I then use the cleansing mitt to really rub the product into my skin and into all those places our hands wouldn’t necessarily reach. I then wash the product off and use the Special Cleansing Gel and rub some product between my hands and then all over my face and neck. Once I’ve rinsed this off, I tap some of the Daily Superfoliant onto my wet hands (a little goes a long way) and rub my hands together to activate the product and turn it into a paste, I then rub this all over my face and neck in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. I do this for about a minute. I then rinse this off and pat my face dry with a clean towel. I finish off with the Skin Smoothing Cream.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. I shall see you in the next one!

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant - available here
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel - available here
Dermalogica Precleanse Balm - available here
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream - available here

Yogita x

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. But as always my opinion is 100% honest.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters | Review + Swatches

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Afternoon all! I hope you are all doing extremely well on this fine evening, wherever you may be. I am currently sweating my a*** off because it is beyond boiling in London today, let's hope this weather continues through the long bank holiday weekend (although I can't stand the heat and much prefer the cold weather).
I know, I know it's been a long time, but I am back with a good one today. You will not be disappointed (I hope).
As you all may know Makeup Revolution released their liquid highlighters this week and let's be real which one of us isn't obsessed with highlighters? As soon as Adam Minto announced their arrival on his Instagram page, I was like 'shut up and take my money'.
Makeup Revolution has got to be one of my favourite drugstore brands, not only are the products extremely affordable, they also pack a punch against the high end products on the market. Speaking of packing a punch, who is looking forward to the Mayweather v McGregor fight tonight? I bloody well am. Team McGregor up in here!

Stop getting distracted Yogz.

Back to the topic in hand. Makeup Revolution came out with 7 shades in total, although I only purchased 6 out of the 7 because as much as I love highlighter I am not going to get much use out of the Unicorn Elixir highlighter and the name just makes me picture myself as a unicorn prancing around with that highlighter on (I know you pictured it too, it's ok to admit it).
I know there's a heck of a lot of liquid highlighters out on the market but none of them are as affordable as these, at just £6 a pop they cost a fraction of the price of most highlighters, yep you heard right, I said £6! They are also currently on offer at Superdrug. So for me they worked out at £4 each, which is insane.

My holy grail highlighter has got to be Mary Lou Manizer from The Balm, but powder highlighters can often end up looking cakey if they aren't applied correctly, which is why I believe liquid highlighters are a god send, providing you use the right amount and the right technique/tools.
When it comes to liquid highlighters I prefer using a wet beauty blender and I try not to blend it out too much because otherwise you'll end up with just specks of glitter on your face.

On to these bad boys.
I'll start with the packaging. The highlighters come in glass bottles and although they feel quite delicate they have been packaged very well. I was pretty impressed to see that the highlighters came in glass bottles because at that price I was expecting the packaging to be plastic. The applicator is a pipette, which I think is great, because it means no mess or waste. You can just pop a couple of drops on your cheekbones and dab away.
The bottles may look small but you need very little product and when I say very little, I mean very little. These will last absolute ages.

Shoutout to my sister for the picture above, you the realist.

The quality of these highlighters is incredible, whether we're talking about the packaging, the shade range or the product itself. These highlighters are extremely pigmented and give the most beautiful glow to the skin. These can be used on the high points of your face or on your body. Another perk of liquid highlighters is that they look beautiful on your body as well as your face and as I mentioned before it won't look cakey.

Top to bottom - Starlight, Luminous Gold, Champagne, Bronze Gold, Rose Gold and Lustre Gold

As you can see from my amateur swatches above (I thought swatching liquid lipsticks was hard, little did I know), there is a good shade range and they are very pigmented. Starlight has a pink undertone, Luminous Gold looks like it has a peach undertone whereas the rest of them have a golden undertone, which is usually the kind of highlighters I go for and although the bottom three highlighters are a little dark for me and may be for others too. You can still make them work for you because they blend beautifully.
Another thing I noticed about these highlighters was that it was an absolute battle to remove these off my arm, so you can bet they'll last all night. They'll probably be able to see you in Mars whilst you're trying to wash it off your face.
You can use these on their own, mix them with your foundation or even with your moisturiser (this is my favourite technique) for a natural glow all over your face and body. As you guys know I'm not a fan of using makeup on a daily basis and usually stick to translucent powder and mascara, but I am all for these highlighters in my moisturiser. If you see someone looking like a disco ball on the tube, it's probably me (sorry not sorry).

You better believe I had to take a photo of these highlighters that can turn you into a glowing goddess with one dab, in the sunlight. I highly recommend wearing your sunglasses for the following swatches. Just saying 😎

Top to bottom - Starlight, Luminous Gold, Champagne, Bronze Gold, Rose Gold and Lustre Gold

Champagne is my favourite shade out of the lot. Speaking of favourites, if you haven't watched Sophia and Cinzia on youtube or follow them on Instagram you are missing out big time. These girls are beyond hilarious, absolutely gorgeous and are totally my soul sisters. They have got me hooked on Paige Toon. I have been reading her books non-stop. I ordered another 5 of her books as I was writing this post, yes I am that obsessed. If you haven't read any of her books you NEED to read them asap. Every book connects to the other in the most smartest way. Paige Toon if you're reading this you are AMAZING (let's be real she probably has better things to do).

You can watch Sophia & Cinzia here and follow them here

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters available here and here (currently 3 for 2 at Superdrug)

I hope you all have a lovely long bank holiday weekend and I shall see you all in my next post (let's hope the next one comes sooner than this one did).

Yogita x