Wednesday, 12 December 2018

2018 Christmas Beauty Gift Guide!

Hey everyone!

As we are edging closer to Christmas I thought it would be a good time to do a beauty gift guide. All the things in this gift guide are things I would love as a present and are tried and tested. There are a range of prices to suit all budgets too. So if you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves beauty you are bound to find it here!

A great pressie for any skincare lover. This could be used prior to Christmas or for the days following Christmas and includes some of Dermalogica's best selling products including the Special Cleanse and Daily Microfoliant in miniature sizes. I have done a detailed blog post on why I love some of these products so click here for a read.

From he second this was released I wanted it. I love the the shade range and am in love with some of the shimmers and glitters. It's one of those palettes you will just stare at. It's also very versatile and can be worn from day to night. It speaks for itself really and if you are yet to receive it either spoil yourself or put it on your Christmas list!

I had a sample of this I'm not sure where I received it from but ever since, I have had it on my wish list and I have been lucky enough to be spoilt  with it for Christmas this year from my husband. It is a very feminine and floral scent with hints of musk and it is just stunning. I thought the gift set was well worth the price as the perfume on it's own retails for £35.

This has changed my selfie game. All my pictures are taken on my iPhone and when the lighting is bad, especially in these dreadful months I just clip it onto the back of my phone and it helps. I love that it is rechargeable too as it saves on the batteries! It is especially good for selfies giving you that professional glow. This would make a great secret Santa gift or stocking filler for a beauty lover.

This facial oil has a unique blend of 5 oils and 2 flower extracts and after using it for 6 weeks it left my skin feeling brighter, firmer and stronger. A fixed amount from each sale also goes into empowering women in developing countries, so if you have someone in mind who is ethical with their skincare and also loves giving to charity this might be the perfect present. The website also contains gift sets with a Rose Quartz roller if you are looking for something special.

We Love Lashes sell literally every brand of false eyelash you could imagine and they recently released their very own brand of 3D mink lashes for only £9.99 with free delivery. I think for mink lashes the price point is fabulous and in the pictures below you can see styles 002, 004 and 006. I absolutely love 006 as they are just so fluttery and natural looking and actually very comfortable to wear too. These would be a great stocking filler.

Out of all the DKNY fragrances I love this one the most. It is sensual and quite fresh in its smell. I think it is the type of fragrance that anyone would like and that's why I have included it in my gift guide. I know fragrances can be quite hard to pick for people but this to me is quite universal and perfect for everyday.

This mini liquid lipstick duo includes the colours Too bad I'm bad and Showgirl . I love the formula of this lipstick and I think it makes a great little gift for a lipstick addict. It even looks cute as a Christmas tree decoration!

So these are my top picks for this year's Christmas. They may not be typically Christmassy but I think any beauty addict would be happy receiving them! Merry Christmas!

Amina xx

*PR sample. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Santa's Winter Wonderland!

Hey guys,

Last week I was invited to the launch of Santa's Winter Wonderland* at the Snowdome in Tamworth! It has been running for 14 years now, but even being a local Brummie I had never been. I couldn't wait to go because I knew how excited the kids would be. So I told them I had a surprise for them after school and they weren't left disappointed. There was everything you could wish for in a Winter Wonderland, real snow, Santa himself, and animals!

The experience starts off with one of Santa's helpers getting the children (and adults) excited to enter by doing a countdown. As soon as the doors open what first hits you is the cold! I would definitely advise wearing a coat, hat and gloves as it literally feels like a cold Winter's day. But what also stunned me was the real snow! Not a speck of fake snow to be seen. A trail of snow surrounds the ice rink and you have about half an hour to just have fun. There are sleighs and donut slides, you can have snow fights and just really enjoy yourself. 

Next you enter an mini theatre where you get to watch a mini panto! With everything you would expect, including audience participation! So prepare to get out of your seat and dance a long to some Christmas songs. It was just the right length of time for my two who are five and three. They didn't complain once, they were so engaged and in awe of Santa! 

The experience ends with meeting Santa's animals. There were Reindeer, Alpaca, Rabbits and ducklings, which some you are able to stroke and feed. I thought this was such a nice touch as the kids were so excited. They also had wash basins for washing your hands after you had interacted with the animals. Finally you can end the trip with writing a letter to Santa and posting it in a special post box, which I thought was the perfect end to the experience. All in all the children were totally encapsulated by the whole experience and it has been put together so well. I would have loved there to be a grotto or somewhere you could actually meet Santa. Even if this was something you had to pay a little extra for as I feel like that would have been the cherry on top. But either way we had a great time.

There are toilets situated throughout the experience, but to be honest mine didn't even go once as they were so occupied. The whole experience lasts around 90 minutes. I think it is a great deal for the price, you get a real sense of Christmas and excitement. With saver prices bring £13.95 and normal tickets £17.95, I would get your tickets quick! The Snowdome also has a Starbucks and The Aspen Food Company, if you are looking to grab a warm drink after. Now I have been, I definitely want to visit again for a spot of ice skating or maybe even snowboarding if I'm feeling brave!

Amina xx


Thursday, 15 November 2018

T.W.O.K London!

Hey everyone!

This week I am brining you a review of the T.W.O.K London Flawless Filter Foundation*. This was not a brand I had heard of until recently but the more I read about it the more I like! T.W.O.K stands for The Woman of Kolor and their foundations are made with people of colour (POC) in mind. It's great to see because it can be really hard for POC to find foundations that suit their tone, so I love that these are specifically tailored to match a variety of skin tones. It's great that brands are taking this into consideration a lot more, With the likes of Huda Beauty and Fenty Beauty releasing 30 and 40 colours in their first foundation releases. But I also have to highlight MAC who have been keeping it real for years!

The foundation can be described as a full coverage foundation, it's not what I'm used to wearing at all, as I prefer more light weight to medium coverage. But I was intrigued to see how it would feel on the skin. Initially when I did apply I used a brush and found the foundation to be quite thick and streaky however with continuous blending I managed to create quite a blended look. Since my first try I have used a beauty blender to apply and much prefer the finished look. My skin is normal in sensitivity and combination in oiliness, however I did find the foundation quite drying when I first applied. We all know I love that glow, so I would say to make sure your skin is well prepped and hydrated before application because if you get your skincare right the foundation literally applies like a filter. Also using a finishing mist like the Pixi Glow Face Mist or MAC fix plus would also add a little moisture to the finished effect.

Once I had got past the few teething issues I was in love with the way it left my skin looking. Particularly in photos. It was smooth, streak free and covered any pigmentation perfectly without the need to colour correct. I didn't apply any powder to it as I like my skin to look dewy and it lasted me eight hours plus! The pictures below are unedited and it gives a flawless effect just as the name suggests. If you are looking for an alternative to mainstream foundations that can cost £30 or more then I think this is a great option at £16.99, almost half the price of similar quality foundations. The quality of the product packaging is great, with it being a glass bottle and pump to supply the foundation. I really hope that they add more colours to the range as there are currently ten. In the images below I am wearing Kolor 90 as the foundation and Kolor 60 as a concealer. 

I was also sent some of their lashes which are of good quality. I did find the band a little stiff and thick on the edges but once I had trimmed them down this wasn't a problem. I am wearing Satin Volume (£11.99) in the pictures and think they complete this look perfectly. T.W.O.K have kindly given me a 5% discount code for my followers TWOKIT05 which can be used on both foundation and lashes. I can't wait to see what other products they will add to their collection.

Amina xx

*PR sample. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Dream Curls with John Frieda

Hey everyone,

I have spoken of my love for John Frieda products before in previous hair posts (click here) but recently I was sent one of their new releases and out of all too their products I have used, this one is definitely making the most impact on my hair. I have been using it for the past two weeks and have seen a difference not just in my curls but also in the quality and strength of my hair. The new Dream Curls range was sent to me including the Curl Defining Cream* and the Deep Conditioner *. There is also a Curl Reviving Mousse which I think will be fab for days two or three to get those curls back in shape, but I am yet to try! 

Firstly with the Deep Conditioner, I really like using it as I feel as though it gives the results of a hair mask without having to leave it in your hair for as long. I simply use it at the beginning of my shower, after I have shampooed, and rinse out at the end leaving it in for a minimum of 5 minutes. It leaves my curls detangled and super soft. It's literally like a moisturiser for my hair and I think this has a lot to do with a key ingredient which is Abysinnian Oil. It contains a high amount of vitamins and protein which create a lovely shine and hydration for the hair. I have been using this once a week but honestly I want to use it every time I wash my hair as it leaves it so soft.

Once my hair has been washed and conditioned I then apply some Frizz Ease Serum and then the Curl Defining Cream while it is still wet. The instructions advise a small pea sized amount, however I put considerably more on. But that's just because my hair is very dry and thick and absorbs anything you put on it like a sponge, so obviously apply however much you think your hair needs. This cream is an extension of the conditioner and contains similar ingredients. It holds the curls together but in such a natural way. My curls aren't left feeling stiff or greasy but are soft which is one of the things that has really impressed me. I also think this is what gives the natural healthy look to the curls, the fact that they aren't stuck rigidly in place. If you are a curly haired gal you know the struggle of knotty hair and for me that's largely because I try not to brush it when it is dry as it can pull the curls out. But I have been finding when using this product it is less knotted. 

Overall I have been super impressed with this and can see myself adding it to my routine. I like alternating between products when washing my hair as otherwise I feel like my hair gets too used to a product and stops reaping the benefits (Click here to see what else I use). An ambassador for the Dream Curls range is Rochelle Humes and I have been admiring her curly hair recently so was pleased to see her as an ambassador. She also has talked about how she recently decided to embrace her natural curls after years of straightening, largely due to her daughter and wanting to encourage her to embrace her natural beauty. Similarly, this is behind my reasoning too. My daughter's both have curly hair so if I can help them to love their curls then that makes me happy! I would love if you shared any of you curly hair recommendations in the comments below!

Amina xx

*PR Sample. All opinions are my own.