Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spring makeup look!

Hi guys!

Earlier this week I received some strip lashes from Nouveau Lashes and this inspired me to do a Spring makeup look! Luckily, I picked a day when it wasn't snowing, otherwiseI'm not sure how the pictures of me outside would have turned out - probably more like Olaf than Elsa! We've had rain, sun, hail, sleet and snow all within a week, all within April. I mean April for God's sake!

So, if you are feeling cold I hope this make up look warms you up. I was so excited when creating this look and I got a little bit creative (in the image department) with some help from my sister!

It is quite an easy look to create. As a base I used a very light coverage foundation, MAC Face & Body (C5, £22, 50ml), as I wanted to leave quite a natural looking, dewy finish. On the eyes I used Kiko Water Eyeshadow in Lavender (£4.40), which I applied all over the lid. This eyeshadow is great as it can be used wet or dry. I used it wet to give an extra vibrance to the colour. For a transition colour you can use any matte eyeshadow with an orange base to it. I chose orange because it really set off the Lavender and just made it pop. For the eyelashes I chose a lovely pair of Nouveau Lashes in Natural style 3 (£6.99).

I thought these lashes would give a doe-eyed feel to the look. I didn't apply any liner to the lid as I wanted it to look as natural as possible. However because of the style of lash, with gaps in between the lashes, you will need to make sure you keep the strip lash very close to the natural lash line or fill in the gaps with liquid liner, otherwise you will be able to see where the lashes have been placed on top of the natural lash. Because of this, this style of lashes did take me a little longer to apply, but that might just be me. However, the quality was spot on, which is most important.

For lips, I opted for Rimmel Moisture Renew in Saved by the Bell (£6.49). I have spoken about this lipstick before on my blog and it is just such a lovely metallic lipstick with hints of orange in it - perfect for spring or summer. With the blush I used Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Reflex (£31). Finally, I highlighted using The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (£17.49). I have only detailed the main parts of the look, as things like the lip liner and powder are personal choice.

So there it is. A bright pastel look, which is very achievable for spring. I really hope you like the look as much as I loved creating it! What colours do you like to use in spring? Have you tried any new looks recently? I would love to hear your comments.

Amina xx


Thursday, 21 April 2016

My skincare routine!

Hi everyone!

 I have been getting lovely comments about my skin recently and thought I would share my skincare secrets with you. First secret.... there is no secret! Haha. It's probably all that lovely vitamin D I got off holiday :oP. To be fair I am quite lucky, in that I have never really had problematic skin. I would class my skin as normal to dry, combination skin. So occasionally I can get a bit oily in my T- zone, but never too much.

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My skincare routine starts with me washing my face in the morning with water. That's right, just WATER, nothing else! This might be a shock to some and quite normal to others, but I prefer to just cleanse my face with water every morning and exfoliate twice a week.

Once I have done this I then apply my Lacura Renew, anti-wrinkle, daily face cream with Q10. Which is a whopping £3.49 from Aldi! Yes, you read right - Aldi! Lacura have award winning products and I can absolutely say I love this cream. It is just perfect for me, not too greasy and not too absorbent. It is just want I'm looking for. Plus the anti-wrinkle and SP15 are both a bonus. As I am getting older (27 now) I am buying more anti-wrinkle products. We age much quicker than we used to because of all the pollution in the air, so I advise you to start thinking about it much earlier. I have also recently purchased some anti-wrinkle products from Avon and once I have tested these out will be posting, so watch this space.

If I am going to be applying my everyday makeup, I then apply Olay anti-wrinkle firm and lift hydration primer (£9.99) I love this product because it has a 2-in-1 purpose. It hydrates your skin, as well as priming it ready for makeup, leaving your skin feeling soft. I then apply my makeup as usual.

Before I sleep I usually remove my makeup with a makeup cleanser and wash my face again. Once it is washed and dry, I then apply Lacura face treatment oil (£3.99) from Aldi. Now you might ask why do I need a facial oil if my skin is normal to dry. Well the fact is oily skin ages much slower than dry skin. Take my eldest sister, for example, she has oily skin and out of all four sisters she is always mistaken for being the youngest! So, any oil that nourishes the skin is good. I have also heard facial oils can be good for oily skin as the oil on top of oil can cause a counterbalance, but don't quote me on this. After using this product for two months I can definitely say I am hooked. I apply a few drops, warm it through my hands, and apply all over the face before I sleep. When I wake, my skin has absorbed the oil and my skin is left feeling youthful.

And that is it. Quite simple, but effective. Do you have any skincare secrets? Sharing is caring, as they say! I would love to hear any tips.

Amina xx

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Travel tips for parents


As I mentioned in my last post I have just returned to Birmingham from Ayia Napa, Cyprus. It was fab! Sun, Sea and much needed relaxation time (even with the kids)!

 It has taken me a long time to pluck up the courage to go abroad with the children, my eldest (Bubbles) being two and a half and youngest (Choochi) just over one. I haven't been on holiday in 3 years!!!! The last time was when I was pregnant with Bubbles. 

I have always been so worried about the kids being too much of a handful, what with travelling through airports and on planes. But I am so happy to say that everything went much better than I thought and we actually had a great holiday. The best actually.

I thought I would write a post for all those parents who are in the same situation as me and give you some travelling tips!

1. Location:

When booking a holiday obviously the first thing you think about is location. We thought long and hard about where we wanted to go. I know there are a lot of braver parents out there that take their kids back packing (my husband would probably love to do that), but I wanted somewhere relaxing where we could just chill, and wouldn't have to travel around too much. That said, it's important to keep the kids occupied, so we made sure our hotel was child friendly. The Atlantica Sun Garden hotel had a children's outdoor and indoor play area, a toddler pool that was shaded, and was 300 metres from the beach, which was perfect, as when we weren't in our room or outside the resort, they still had plenty to do. I would definitely visit again!

2. Moving around:

I am going to start with the logistics of actually travelling with two children under three. Luckily Choochi had just started to walk properly a few weeks before we departed. Even so we still needed the pushchair for when she got tired. The company we flew with allow you extra allowance for things like pushchairs and carseats. So make use of this, especially if you are hiring a car, as then there is no need to pay extra to hire them. Because Choochi is still light enough to fit in the papoose we also took this with us. This was great for when we needed our hands free, i.e when handing over boarding passes and passports or when having to walk for miles to the boarding gate. Although, to be completely honest, at times both children refused to go in the push chair or papoose which left us holding them aswell as pushing the pushchair. Luckily the ratio was one adult to one child! 

3. Snacks, snacks and more snacks!

Now, when it comes to food, I always take snacks with me. In general, you never know when something may happen or you may get stranded. So like most people I don't travel light. Of course you can buy things at the airport and on the plane, if you don't mind the hefty price. 

The travelling days are long. We were at the airport for 7am and didn't get to the hotel in Cyprus until 4pm.  At home, my children will usually have a couple of snacks and lunch during this time, so I accounted for this. However when children are bored, they tend to eat more. I also took some sort of sweet for them to chew or suck on, on the plane. Choochi was fine as she had her dummy. 

When it comes to liquids, remember to empty your child's beaker before you go through security. This can then be refilled once you get through. It's also a good idea to check the security policies of the country you are flying to as when traveling back Cyprus did not have the same rules about liquids so we were allowed to have them pre filled.

I also packed snacks in the checked in luggage, to keep in our hotel room, which my husband couldn't seem to understand as we were 'all inclusive', but you just never know!

4. Keeping them entertained.

The part I was most worried about was the flight. I knew once we arrived at the hotel, the actual holiday would be great, but the thought of the flight gave me the most anxiety. Especially with it being over four and a half hours. We flew with a budget airline, and there was no in flight entertainment. So we took our own entertainment: a tablet with pre downloaded films and headphones, colouring book and crayons, books to read, and small toys. This practically took up a whole hand luggage allowance, but it was well worth it.

5. Relax

At times I could see myself over thinking situations and getting carried away but then my husband reminded me to chill out! So all I can do is reiterate this. Relax! You deserve this holiday and are entitled to have some chill out time so make the most of it. Also, just take everything in your stride. If something out of the ordinary happens you will deal with it when it does.

I hope I have inspired some of you to bite the bullet and go on that long deserved holiday. If any of you have any travel tips I would love to hear them for next time!

Amina xx


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Holiday makeup essentials!

Hi Everyone! How are you all?

I have just got back from a week in Cyprus and it was amazing! I can actually say for the first time, in a very long time, I am feeling relaxed, fresh and ready for anything! And it has got me so excited for Spring/Summer and the lovely weather (fingers crossed!)

As you know, I have kids so had to pack carefully making the most of any space I had. I decided to only pack a few key makeup items and needless to say, I made the most of them! My Manizer Sister's Trio by The Balm cosmetics (£24) was particularly handy. This is such a great choice as it has a bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one. They are also perfect for when the sun is shining as it just makes your skin glow.

The Manizer Sisters trio

I personally just love to sunbathe and soak up some rays, so it was great to use the bronzer to accentuate my tan too! The Mary-Lou Manizer allowed me to highlight and just gave me a gleam and the pink blush just added a bit of rosiness to my cheeks. I was so glad I took this with me and is now an essential in my holiday makeup kit. 

To compliment the look I used Rimmel Moisture Renew in Saved by the Bell (£6.49), which is a orange toned lipstick with a gold shimmer running through it. In the day, I would also wear my Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment (£8.20) to protect my lips from drying out or getting burnt in the sun. I then changed my eye makeup depending on how I felt. Sometimes I opted for a liquid liner or smudged kohl look and sometimes I simply wore mascara.

Rimmel Moisture Renew in Saved by the bell.

The finished look was a sun kissed natural look which is perfect for the hot weather. Let's face it, the last thing you want is feeling like you have a load of makeup on.

What do you think of my holiday look? Have you got any holiday makeup essentials? I would love to hear what makeup you can't live without. 
Amina xx

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