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Father's Day with Fragrance Direct

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Happy humpday guys! We are officially halfway to the weekend and I cannot wait for the weekend to arrive!

Today's post is one that is very close to my heart. It's a Father's day post. I think parents should be celebrated every single day but it's great to have special days like Father's day and Mother's day to do something extra special to let them know that they mean the absolute world to us because let's be real they are incredible human beings. 

Whether it's your dad, step dad or even your grandad! 
Father's day is fast approaching and I know you guys may be struggling to find a gift, which is where I come in and although I am no expert, I think fragrances are great as gifts, whether it's someone's signature fragrance or something new for them to try. I find that all the fragrances I own remind me of a special memory or person, which is one of the reasons why I love gifting fragrances.

This year Fragrance Direct have a quiz that will help you find the perfect gift for the superhero in your life. Whether your Dad's a Rustic Gent, City Slicker or Sporty Cool, there is a fragrance out there for him!


Take the quiz here!


I was kindly sent three fragrances by the lovely guys at Label PR and I was so overwhelmed when I saw Davidoff Cool Water in my package because there were always a bunch of Davidoff fragrances in my Dad's collection and their fragrances always remind me of my Dad.


This Father's day not only will I be celebrating my Dad but I'll also be celebrating my Mum because she's always made sure that we were never reminded that our Dad was no longer around. She's made sure we always remember the beautiful memories we had with our Dad and with her around it honestly feels like he's with us too. 


I don't think that we, as kids will ever truly appreciate our parents until we become parents ourselves. The sacrifices they make, the struggles they go through to make sure we have the best of everything. There is nothing more beautiful to witness than the bond between parents and their children. 
So this Father's day, wherever you may be, I want to say thank you to my Dad for everything that you did for us. From the smallest things to the biggest things. You mean the absolute world to me and there isn't a day that goes by where I don't think of you. I know you're watching over us and smiling. I miss you immensely and love you to the moon and back, I always will.

I hope you all have an incredible Father's day!



Yogita x

Kylie Cosmetics | Review, Swatches + Customs

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hello my lovelies! I know it's been quite a while and I am extremely sorry, unfortunately things are only getting busier for me, but I do hope to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks! 

I am starting this post with an extremely heavy heart because of the incidents that occurred here, in London last night. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone, not just the people of London. An attack like this is an attack on humanity and it's heartbreaking. What could anyone possibly get out of hurting and instilling fear in innocent people? The one thing that is beautiful to witness is the kindness, the kindness of people towards absolute strangers and the courage from our emergency services, it's incredible. Please stay safe and try and help those around you if you are in a position to do so.

Today's post is one that I was extremely excited to write (I'm pretty sure I say that about every post I write, but I really am excited). I received my first Kylie Cosmetics order not too long ago! I know I'm a little late but as I said before things are only getting busier for me which means I'm a little late when it comes to hopping on the bandwagon. Now, I bloody love Kylie Jenner, I am no-one to judge, I don't care what she's done to her lips (she didn't borrow my lips, so why should it bother me?), I don't care who she's dating (she isn't dating my boyfriend, so why should it bother me?), I don't care what she's wearing (It isn't my nip that she's flashing, so why should it bother me?), I think she's beautiful and I think it's great that she's built such a solid empire at such a young age. My love for her is one of the reasons why I wanted to get my hands on her Lipkits!
I purchased the Lipkits in Dolce K, Pumpkin, Ginger and Exposed and was kindly sent the So Cute gloss as my order took a little longer than usual to arrive, which was a lovely little surprise!


I have to talk about the packaging because I absolutely love it. It's very minimal, which, if you know me you'll know is right up my street. I am someone that loves hoarding pretty packaging, I really don't know why because I doubt I'll get much use out of an empty box that can barely hold a lipliner, let's be real, but you can bet a pretty penny that I'll be keeping these boxes hah!

The formula of these liquid lipsticks and the lipliners is incredible, definitely the best I've come across, the lipliners are pigmented and as are the liquid lipsticks, but they are a serious workout to remove, which in my opinion is great because it means you won't have to reapply throughout the day. They come off pretty easily with oil based makeup removers, which is what I personally use and would definitely recommend you do the same, otherwise we'll be here all week trying to get these off! I am aware that a lot of people compare these to the Colourpop liquid lipsticks just because they're made in the same factory and have the same formula (I have been told), but I much prefer Kylie's formula, which means there has to be something different about them right? The Lipkits are lot easier to wear and don't feel heavy on your lips whereas the Colourpop liquid lipsticks, as beautiful as they are, are a lot heavier on the lips and I can't stand it when I can feel things on my skin.

When it comes to liquid lipsticks in general, I exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub and moisturise them with a lip balm immediately after exfoliating and blot them a little to take off any excess lip balm with a piece of tissue paper, just to prevent any dryness or flakiness. I've found that taking these steps prior to applying liquid lipsticks means that the overall application is a lot smoother and the colour lasts a lot longer.


Top-bottom (lipliner and then the corresponding liquid lipstick): Dolce K, Pumpkin, Ginger, Exposed and gloss in So Cute

In the tubes Pumpkin and Ginger look very similar but are a little different when applied. Pumpkin is a lot more on the orange side and Ginger is a little more brown. The So Cute gloss is a little pale on it's own but over a darker lipliner, it is absolutely stunning. It isn't sticky or uncomfortable on the skin, I'm not a gloss kind of person but I absolutely love this formula. My favourite out of the bunch has to be Exposed, it is the most beautiful nude shade I have ever come across and would probably look insane on any skin tone. The applicator is your bog standard doe foot applicator but it doesn't cause any streakiness or unevenness when applying the liquid lipsticks and are really soft on the skin.

I know you may be thinking $29 (£22) is a lot for a liquid lipstick and lipliner but if you think about it, a Mac liquid lipstick is £17.50 and a lipliner is £13 (£30.50 in total for the two), which is a lot more than £22 for a lipliner and liquid lipstick. Also, considering the formula, I think these are totally worth the money. The formula is beautiful and pigmented, the lipliners are extremely creamy and so easy to work with.


Customs

Now on to the topic that no-one really wants to talk about, but want to know everything about. Customs 😱 You have to pay customs on any goods that are ordered from outside the EU that you have paid more than £15 for and also an £8 service charge from Royal Mail if the goods are delivered by them. Always keep this in mind when purchasing from abroad because the last thing you want is a hefty customs bill you weren't expecting, on top of what you've already paid for your items.
I was charged customs on the basis that I paid full price for the items, which is incorrect as I purchased the lipkits during a promotion. You can fill in a form along with a copy of proof of purchase and any other documents you may feel are relevant if you believe you have paid too much. The form can be downloaded here. Make sure you pay the customs charges asap just to avoid your items being sent back. The reason I was charged customs on the basis that I paid full price is because the people at Kylie Cosmetics filled in the customs declaration on the outer packaging incorrectly, so I will be filling in the form that I mentioned above so that the mistake can be rectified and I will keep you posted on the progress because I know how confusing customs can be. 
I really hope large companies such as Kylie Cosmetics and Colourpop recognise the problems that customs declarations can make and start filling in the customs declarations as they are on your purchase order, because it means avoiding all the hassle of getting reimbursements for any excess payments you have made for customs. You can read more on customs here.

Customs Update

As you guys know I did fill in the Customs form mentioned above just a little while after I received my Kyle Cosmetics order. I received a letter and a cheque rectifying the miscalculated customs charge, so I would definitely say it is well worth filling the form out and sending it off with your proof of purchase, photocopies of the customs charges that you paid and copies of any other documents you feel may be relevant. Although it did take a long time to get processed, I'm so glad the mistake was rectified because the customs charges for some of these orders are horrendous especially when they are miscalculated! 

Another thing I would like to mention is where to purchase Kylie Cosmetics products, especially here in the UK. 
I get asked about this so much and all I can say is DO NOT purchase Kylie Cosmetics products from anywhere other than their official website. There are so many fake websites and people selling fakes that contain ingredients that are harmful. Please be aware.

Taking into account the price, customs, delivery etc. Do I think these Lipkits are worth it? Hell yeah! I definitely want to get my hands on more of them and also the eyeshadow palettes!

I really hope you guys found this post helpful. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me via my social media links, which are provided at the top of my blog or through the comments section below.

Official Kylie Cosmetics website
Kylie Cosmetics Lipkits - available here
Kylie Cosmetics Glosses - available here

Please be safe and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Yogita x



DermaQuest | Review

Sunday, 14 May 2017

I am going to start off by apologising, I know it has been quite a while since I last posted and I am making no excuses but I have been extremely busy (busy may be an understatement) and this may be the case for the coming few weeks, although I will try my very best to post as often as I can.
Today's post is one that I have been extremely excited to write. A few weeks ago I was sent a bunch of stuff from DermaQuest and of course I wasn't going to tell you my thoughts until I had tried the products out and that is exactly what I've been doing for the past few weeks.

I wasn't expecting any miracles but around the time I was sent these products I had a painful breakout and I had an inkling that this pesky little thing was going to turn into a mountain overnight if I didn't do something about the unwanted guest pronto! I applied the BHA Spot Treatment on the breakout before I went to bed and I am telling no lies, I woke up to a totally dried out spot, of course it was still slightly visible but it was totally dried out and wasn't causing any pain. If there was one product I could compare to this it would have to be the Mario Badesco Drying Lotion and I have sworn by this product for years! It's main ingredient is Salicylic Acid, which, if like me you've suffered from acne in the past, you will be extremely familiar with.

Another product I was sent was the SheerZinc SPF 30. If there's one product you NEED to have in your skincare routine it's SPF, regardless of whether the sun's out or not, the UV rays will always find a way. I have absolutely loved using this. It is a cream formula but it is extremely light on the skin, now I have really oily skin but this hasn't made me excessively oily or left any white residue, which is great because the last thing you want to do is look like a zombie out in the sun. This offers UVA and UVB protection. Also if you're someone that uses acids on your skin, whether it's hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid or any other acid, SPF is always a must!
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UVA and UVB) damage the skin, age it prematurely and increase the chances of skin cancer, which is why SPF is so essential in your daily skincare.
As you all know I am someone that has suffered from severe acne in the past, which is why I try not to use new products because you never really know how your skin will react. None of the products I was sent have made me breakout or caused any irritation.

Lastly I was sent the Essential B5 Hydrating Serum. Now I know you guys must be thinking why on earth is this girl using so many hydrating products when she already has oily skin. Just because you have oily skin doesn't necessarily mean your skin is hydrated. Your skin will always need hydration, whether it's in the form of a cream, serum or just you drinking water regularly. I love having a serum in my skincare routine and this little gem contains Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin B5.
Vitamin B5 is known to hydrate the skin but is also a natural healer and protector of the skin.
One gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to six litres of water and as we age our skin loses it's natural ability to retain moisture and that's where Hyaluronic Acid can help. As well as hydrating the skin, Hyaluronic Acid revitalises the layers of your skin and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Ferulic Acid is naturally found in seeds of fruits such as apples, oranges and even in some vegetables, nuts and grains, where it plays a vital role in the plants' protection and self preservation. It helps fight against the free-radical damage that contributes to ageing. It basically helps slow down the clocks when it comes to ageing.
The Essential B5 Hydrating Serum from DermaQuest contains all three ingredients, so you know it's a load of magic in a bottle. This product has made my skin extremely smooth and so naturally glowy (and I am bloody loving it). It really is hydrating but very lightweight at the same time. The serum has a pump, which is always useful because it means you won't waste any product, one pump of this is more than enough to cover your whole face. It's also won the Best Daily Serum Award at the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017 and I can't say I'm surprised, because it is incredible. Definitely my favourite out of the lot.

Honestly, I can't praise these products enough. I genuinely wasn't expecting any miracles when I received these products, but they really have helped transform my skin and have become such an essential part of my skincare. I will definitely be purchasing the SheerZinc SPF 30 and the Hydrating Serum once I run out because I am obsessed! Another thing I loved about the products was the packaging, I am a sucker for anything minimal. DermaQuest caters for a whole range of skincare concerns, whether it's ageing, acne, pigmentation. They literally have a product for everything.
When it comes to skincare, everyone reacts differently to products so it is extremely important to do your research and avoid any products that contain ingredients that you may be sensitive to. Finding products that work perfectly for you is an ongoing journey, some things may work and some may not but doing your research and being patient is essential to your own personal journey.

DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum - available here
DermaQuest SheerZinc SPF 30 - available here
DermaQuest BHA Spot Treatment - available here

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Yogita x


*Products featured in this post were kindly sent to me. Please refer to the Disclaimer page for more information.

Spring Scents | Gucci Flora #SummerWithFD

Saturday, 29 April 2017

We have another bank holiday weekend ahead of us and boy am I glad, although we have kind of been spoilt with all the bank holidays recently, who wouldn't love another one?!

Summer is fast approaching and it is my favourite season to try out new scents, especially because the heat really tests the staying power of the perfume. Heat isn't something we get a lot of in the UK but on the rare occasion that we do, it's perfect to experiment with new scents.

Today's post is about a newbie in my collection although it has fast become a favourite and that is, Gucci Flora.
For me the longevity of a perfume is just as important as the scent itself. I absolutely hate strong scents that linger for a lifetime and give you a pounding headache, so I tend to reach for light floral/sweet scents and Gucci Flora is one that I have found myself reaching for quite regularly.
The staying power of this scent is impeccable, I've put my clothes in the wash and they've come out still smelling of the perfume, which is insane.
The scent features top notes of Mandarin Orange, Peony and other citruses, heart notes of Rose and Osmanthus and base notes of Pink Pepper, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Give me anything with hints of Peony, Rose and Sandalwood and I will happily sleep in it for the rest of my life! Mum if you're reading this, I've seen you watching him (yes my bottle of Gucci Flora is a male) and if he goes missing, you're at the top of my suspect list #justsaying.

I've always been a huge fan of Gucci as a brand but I've also found that their perfumes are absolute classics. The scents never go out of fashion, the staying power is impressive and the packaging is beautiful. I am a packaging hoarder, so of course I still have the box (sorry not sorry). I love that the packaging mirrors the scent, the bold hints of gold and black and the beautiful floral print, sums this scent up perfectly.


Gucci Fragrances - available here
Gucci Flora Collection - available here

Fragrance Direct currently have free delivery on orders over £20 with the code FREEDEL20 and you can get 10% off with Unidays, so there couldn't be a better time to switch up your scent!

There's a Royal Challengers Bangalore match on today and on Monday, so you know where to find me if you need me ;)
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Yogita x


*Items featured in this post were kindly sent to me. Please refer to the Disclaimer page for more information.