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Friday, December 27, 2013

No.7 High Shine Lip Crayon

2013 has been the year of red lips for me. Prior to this year I would not go near red lips, but now I love them! One of my favourite shades is this red No.7 High Shine Lip Crayon from Boots.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Now Christmas is over

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I spent mine with my family and relatives in Wales. It was a lovely day with a lot of stress to get the food made on time, way too much eating, and catching up on the Christmas special of Eastenders and Mrs Browns Boys.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowflake nails

I have an array of red glitters I am thinking of wearing for Christmas Day, but couldn't help trying out this little number Snowflakes from Models Own. I have used it over a layer of Bright Red in 262 from Barry M and it is the perfect Christmas combo.

I love the flecks of gold that give a subtle sparkle without overdoing it.

How will you be wearing your nails for Christmas?


Festive crochet project

For the past few months I have been getting hooked on crochet. It started off as something to pass the time while travelling on trains and grew into projects I can't wait to get finished to gift to others.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm

Having been out of action for a while due to Asif having his back operation and me travelling between Maidenhead on weekends and London during the week I have had little time for anything else in the meantime. But during a few moments of downtime I thought I would show you this delightful Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

31DC2013 Day 3: Yellow

Today's manicure was a yellow one. Now this was a colour I shied away from in recent years, but it seems lately this colour is everywhere and I have even picked up a few different yellows with the aim of using it for nail art.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

31DC2013 Day 2: Orange

For day two of the 31 Day Challenge it was an orange theme. I went for a base of a creamy orange in Rimmel Tangy Tangerine.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Nails Inc Monogram Manicure

I love making a statement with my nails. Most of the time I like trying out new nail art designs or new colours, so I was excited to try out this new Nails Inc Monogram Manicure kit.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Royal and Langnickel eye brushes

I have coveted brushes from Royal & Langnickel for as long as I can remember since I got into paying more attention to my eye make-up. And the brand is one of the best out there for quality.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

31DC2013 Day 1: Red

Call me crazy, but I am attempting to take part in another nail art challenge. My last one was back in January, and I think I did well keeping up with it and trying different designs. The latest one is a 31 Day Challenge by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. I will try my best to stick to the challenge, or at least try out new designs for the challenge.


Weekly catch up 01/09/13

Hey guys!
I hope you have all had a great weekend. Mine has been super-chilled and I have been spending some quality time with Asif ahead of his back operation next week. It means he will be out of action from a few weeks to a few months.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Afternoon tea at House of Fraser

I love nothing more than a cuppa tea and a natter on a Saturday afternoon, and this is exactly what I got up to with the delightful Aysha and Ayshe a few weeks ago.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Green eyes

I love green. And I think I can fairly say it is probably my favourite colour to wear on my eyes. Maybe it's because it goes so well with brown eyes because of the contrast, but I love doing heavy green smoky eye make-up.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week catch up 25/08/13

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a great week and are enjoying the Bank Holiday. I have had a busy one already with one day to go. I may just have a chill out tomorrow ahead of starting back at work on Tuesday.


Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot Speckled Pink

I love speckles, and glitters and effects, so when I spotted this in Boots I HAD to have it! Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot in Speckled Pink has a slight pink tint with lots of white and black specks of different sizes.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Outfit of the day - Cousin's wedding

This is the outfit I wore to my cousin's wedding - which had its own dramas!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Glossybox August box

I don't often show Glossybox pictures, purely because I have them delivered to my parents' house, so when I do pick them up it's ready for the next box. But on this occasion I happened to be home for Eid when this one was delivered. It is the highflyers August box with products for girls on the go, including products from around the world from Brazil to Sweden.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Outfit of the day - Pink sari

This is the sari I wore to a wedding - and considering it was my first time wearing a sari - it held up pretty well!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lush's Herbalism Face Cleanser

I'm addicted to Lush. I might as well get that out there right now, as it would explain my need to buy something from Lush every time I walk past the shop.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Alton Towers

A few weeks back it was my younger sister's birthday and to celebrate we went to Alton Towers for the day.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Real Greek

A couple of weeks ago Asif and I went to see a film in Westfield Stratford and decided to get some food. I fancied trying out The Real Greek as I liked the sound of their menu. The restaurant itself is airy and rustic looking, with seating available outside.

We opted for a table indoors and chose the Greek flatbread with olive oil and dukkah - a spicy mix of ground, dry roasted nuts and seeds. To get the full effect you dip the flatbreads in the olive oil followed by the dukkah, which we loved. It was quite fresh and tasty, I liked the taste. We followed this with the souvlaki for two which contained Greek wraps, like kebabs using meat, Cypriot halloumi and chicken. They were halved and served with a Greek feta salad and a lahanosalata.

The wraps were yum, we had a half of each one each, and I liked the mix of meat/ halloumi and salad and sauce. The salad had tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, Greek olives, red onion, feta and olive oil. The lahanosalata was a Greek coleslaw with white cabbage, fennel, dill and a creamy sultana sauce. It was a little bland and drier than I usually like my coleslaw to be, but I did like the taste of it.

Overall, we liked our meal, but I came out feeling like I had just had upmarket kebabs and wraps. I would definitely go back as there were lots more tasty looking dishes on the menu and I would love to try something different next time around.

Have you been to The Real Greek?

The Real Greek, Chestnut Plaza, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, London, E20 1GL Tel: 020 8503 1844.

Other restaurants are available at: Bankside, Spitalfields, Covent Garden, Westfield London, and Marylebone

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bloggers do battle - Vapor Blasters


My husband is a Nerf blogger, I need to preface this post with this to explain why a bunch of 20 and 30 somethings were running around Hyde Park with Vapor Blasters shooting each other. Asif got sent a bunch of blasters and water pellets to review and we roped in some blogger friends, Joanna, Kacper, Aysha, Aysh, Grace, Banke and decided to turn it into a picnic and a battle. What we didn't account for was:

A - That rain can potentially dampen a picnic and a water fight - but thanks to Kacper we decided to stick it out  and the rain passed, leaving us with the most glorious sunshine.

B - How much fun it would actually be!

C - Just how vicious those bloggers can get when in a battle - I'm looking at you Aysha and Joanna! Don't let their height and sweet faces fool you - they are quick!

So we were the first to get these new Vapor Blasters, which hadn't been released in the UK yet, and the aim was to try out the four different types - Atlas, Delta Sport Atlas, Delta Blaster, Delta Sport. I personally liked the mid-size ones - Delta Sport - easy to load up, hold and shoot. I found the pellets got stuck in the smaller and biggest blaster more quickly, but this could be as much down to technique as anything else as Asif found them easy to use.

The pellets themselves were great. We had about 4,000 between us (they cost about £10 for 1,000 on eBay), and they are like little gel capsules filled with water that burst on impact, but this only gives a tiny burst of water - no chance of getting totally soaked.

They were pretty easy to load up, just went into the bullet compartment, locked shut and you were ready to go. I prefer these to Nerf blasters as you don't have the chunky bullets which you have to search for afterwards, or water fighting, as lets face it, if girls have made the effort to get dressed up we really don't want to get soaked.

And we had loads of people stopping and watching our battle fascinated by the blasters. It definitely got the thumbs up from us! Are you into Nerf/ blasters? What's your best way to cool off on a hot day?

*Pictures were taken by me and Asif, and also courtesy of Joanna and Banke.

Returning to blogging

Sometimes you just need a break – you know – to switch off and recharge your batteries. I decided to take a break from blogging to spend more time with Asif and chill ahead of Ramadhan. It wasn’t until I met up with Julie and Joanna this week, and them chastising me for being away for so long that I realised it has been two months!

Well I won’t lie, it has actually been a good break, and sometimes it is good to take time out from the blogosphere, but I have missed the people behind the blogs more than blogging itself.
Well I haven’t been totally switched off, I have been cooking quite a bit and trying out new recipes and I am quite liking it. I have been setting up another blog focused solely on food which I will be letting you guys know about soon. I will post a few taster recipes here soon.
Ps. Do you like the picture above?! No effects on it, it was just the sun shining behind my head.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tweezerman event

I bought my first pair of Tweezerman tweezers eight years ago, along with a magnified mirror that sticks to my bathroom mirror. I have never needed to buy any other tweezers, as I love the look of them for starters - pink - and I can get them sharpened for free.
So when I was recently invited to a Tweezerman event at The Groucho Club to celebrate the launch of some new products from the range I was intrigued to see what else they had coming out. They had some more magnifying mirrors, which are ideal for seeing those stray hairs, and they had a range of patterned mini tweezers which were funky. I also loved the rose-gold eyelash curlers shown above. But it was the range below I was most interested in.
There are two new gold items - the cuticle cutter, and slant tweezers, which were beautiful! The tweezers are exclusive to Harrods, so get yourself down there if you are a gold fiend.
But take a look at the diamante tweezers! I LOVE them! They are not cheap at £79, but if you want to add a special item to your beauty collection, this would be it, and like I said before, you only need one of these tweezers for life, as you can get them sharpened for free.

Which is your favourite out of the collection? And how much would you pay for a pair of tweezers?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Outfit post - Italian jewellery

Last month I went to Italy for mine and Asif's wedding anniversary. While out there I picked up some jewellery. It would be impossible to go on holiday and not pick some up. I bought this from Mercato Centrale in Florence - a bustling market area with streets full of goods. A great place to pick up anything from leather goods to picture souvenirs. I spotted these turquoise pieces of jewellery and haggled for ages before settling on a price. The lady said she liked me so gave me an extra pair of earrings, which were lovely too.

I dragged Asif out for an impromptu photo session on our way to lunch to picture the photographs - note - never expect more than two minutes for photos when your designated photographer is hungry. I took my Segue Italian bag out for another outing. I am saving it for days out as it easily picks up dirt.

What is your favourite piece? Have you been to Italy? Where would you say is the best for shopping?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hydrate your skin with the Dove moisturising range

I love spring, the sunshine and warm weather, especially after the never-ending winter we have just had. But if, like me, you have kept wrapped up over the winter and maybe not given your skin the attention it deserves, you will certainly need to hydrate it if you are planning on getting those pins out. My only antidote to the harsh, cold weather has been amping up the central heating, which can play havoc with my skin, drying it out. With the recent sunny weather I have been turning back to my moisturisers to see where I can get a quick burst.

I was set these Dove lotions a while ago, and they have been a life-saver recently. They are all designed for dry or damaged skin and are perfect for those dry elbows and knees. My favourite has been the Dove Intensive Hand Cream. I tend to paint my nails a lot, which means using a lot of nail polish remover, which dries out my cuticles. I have been trying out this hand cream, and I like that it's not greasy and sinks into the skin well without leaving a residue. I have been keeping this on my desk at work, and like that it doesn't take long to absorb into the skin before I am back on the phone or typing. It has shea butter in it and smells lovely, which is a bonus!

The Dove Silky Beauty Body Cream is thick, and is good for extra dry skin. But my favourites were the Dove Essential Nourishing Lotion and the Dove Intensive Nourishing Lotion, because they were so easy to use, and it didn't take long too apply and for it to be absorbed before I could dress.

And I have to give a mention to the Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash. It contains shea butter and warm vanilla, which sounds delicious in itself. Asif said was his favourite of the lot. Yes, I made him test them all out too, but he said the bodywash was his favourite. He even ditched his own to steal mine. Think I will have to claim it back.

What are your dry skin tips? And how do you hydrate your skin?
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