My Birthday Look 

  

On Sunday it was my birthday, I had plans to go to the shard and dinner and wanted to dress up a little, why not it is my birthday after all hehe!! I wanted to keep my look simple, elegent and sophisticated and nothing too dramatic.

If you would like to create the look in the above photo please see below products I have used. 

Eyes

  • Barry M eyeshadow pot in silver 
  • Rimmel liquid eyeliner for eye wing effect 
  • L’Oreal false lash superstar mascara 

Face

  • Make up forever HD foundation in the shade 128 
  • Ben nye banana powder for setting my foundation 
  • Bourjois blusher in the shade 74 Rose Amber 

Lips

  • L’Oreal  colour riche matte lipstick shade 640 Erotique 
  • Aquaphour skin balm 

Perfume 

  • Lancome hypnose – such a nice sweet scent. 

Clothes. 

  • Dress – Boohoo.com – black peplum dress with emblieshed pearl neck line £25
  • Accessories – silver pearl wrist cuff from primark £3 and White pearl ring from Forever 21. 

  

The shard was an amazing experience and fantastic views, my lychee martini was delicious!! (Had just the one as im getting old lol ) 

 
  

We then went for dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant barbecoa http://www.barbecoa.com. The starters was amazing, small but very tasty (Pork cheeks) but my main was just average (ribs) however the view of St. Paul’s cathedral made up for this. 

 

I had fantastic day thanks to my amazing loved ones  🙂 

Thank you for reading 

Bhavi xoxo 

  

Beauty Blender Dupe

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never really liked using sponges to apply my foundation. I have seen many bloggers rave about the Beauty Blender sponge but was not prepared to pay around £20 for one. However I have seen dupes on Ebay for 99p! Thats right, you heard right 99p!! Please click here to purchase. What a dramatic difference to the original beauty blender price.

This dupe is a pink sponge that can also be purchased in cream or blue. It is not a complete round egg shape like the original but I prefer that it is not because the dents in the middle allow a nice space for your fingers, which allows a good grip for application. I also love the pointed top as this makes applications under the eyes and nose ever soo easy!

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I think this  beauty sponge does a great jobs with applying foundation, no streak marks! Also for those that prefer a natural look, if you dampen the sponge before application you can create a more dewy finish. However I still prefer using my Sigma F88 Kabuki brush as I find the sponge is harder to wash and takes longer to dry. On the other hand, I love using this beauty blender dupe for applying my Ben Nye Banana Powder. I find my foundation lasts a lot longer and provides a more matt finish compared to a using a powder brush. Great for night outs and weddings as it gives a flawless finish!

I can not make a comparison with the original beauty blender, perhaps when the price has dropped I may try it out.

I would recommend this beauty blender dupe to everyone as for 99p you cant go wrong for giving it go :D. The only negative I have is as mentioned above, the cleaning difficulty.

Has anyone else tried the beauty blender sponge or any dupes

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxox

My Saturday Night Make Up Look

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Hi Everyone, The above photo was taken on Saturday night, If you like this DRUGSTORE look and wish to create this your self then please read on as I will list the products I had used.

Face:

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 1)Moisturized my face with Cetaphil Moisturising Cream – This is great if you suffer from dry skin.

2)Applied Smashbox Photo Finish Primer on to my face, only a pea amount is needed. This helps to keep my foundation to last longer.

3)SmashBox Studio Skin 15Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (Sample Size) – This foundation is great, it oil free, it last all night with a medium coverage that looks natural. I only had to re apply powder once therefore it is pretty shine free. I will be purchasing the full size. For reference I wore shade 3.1 which is a decent match for my skin tone. I have not found any blog reviews on this shade therefore I will do one as soon as a purchase the full size.

4) Applied Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 25 – I use this as a concealer highlighter – I applied this under my eyes, bridge of my nose and the arch my my eyebrows.

5) Applied Maybelline SuperStay 24H Waterproof Powder in shade 30 Sand on my T-Zone area- This pressed powder compact is very long lasting, usually only have to reapply this once through the day. Gives me a shine free face. However if I apply too much of this, it does appear ashy as there is not enough yellow tones in this powder. I really want to try Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder (Kim Kardashians HG highlighting powder), but it is very hard to get hold of 😦 – If anyone knows an inexpensive place in the UK to purchase this let me know please!

6) Applied Sleek Face Form Kit in Medium – As you know I am loving contouring ATM. On Satuday I only did a light contour as my hair was covering half my face anyways. Applied the dark powder just with a light hand on the hallow of my cheeks and applied the highlighter on the top of my cheek bone.

Eyes:

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1) W7 In The Buff – As you know I LOVE this eyeshadow palette, please click for full review here. I had applied the shade Camel all over my lid. I wanted a sutle light colour for my lids as I wanted to go for a bold lip.

2) Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner – Applied this on the top of my eyelash line with a wing. Please click for full review of this product here.

3)Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black – I am usually a fan of Loreal Mascara’s but this one was on offer for only £5 at Superdrug. It is indeed an intense black colour. It does lengthen and volumise my lashes however it can easily look clumpy if I apply to much product.

Lips:

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1) Applied Aquaphour lip therapy on my lips.

2) Applied Sally Hansen Inivisible Lip Liner – This is Amazing! It makes my lipsticks last so much longer and prevents them from bleeding.  Please click here for full review.

3) Appled Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in shade Glam Plum Fulham 470 – This lipstick is perfect for Autumn and night outs. It is a lovely deep plum/ dark red colour. I don’t usually like dark colours as I can not pull the ‘vamp look’ off, but this colour does not make me look vampy but like it states ‘glam’.

Brushes:

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Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush –  I love this brush! I used this to apply my foundation.

Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush –  This is from the core collection kit. I used this to apply my concealer as it is a small pointed brush great for under the eyes. I feel it is far too small to be used as a foundation brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – Again from the core collection kit. I used this to apply my powder as I can really buff the powder into my skin. Some like to use this brush for foundation, but I enjoy using this for powder as it is not too big and can reach smaller areas such as under the eyes and nose.

Ecotool Tapered Brush I use this to apply my contour and highlighting. Also great for applying blusher.

Real Techniques Shading Brush – I use this brush to apply my eyeshadow. The bristles are very soft however I find this brush too big  if I wanted to blend two colours on my eyelid but it is perfectly fine to apply one colour or a base colour.

Maybelline Eyeliner Brush –  This came with my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – I enjoy using this brush.

Hair:

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1) Treseme Heat Defence Styling Spray – I must always use a heat defence before applying any heat products on my hair – it really prevents extra damaging!

2)Aussie Mircke Recharge Assome Volume – I spray this on the roots of my hair to create volume. I would not say this is an amazing product. It does provide me a little volume however it does not last all day. Nevertheless the product smells amazing!

3) GHD’s – This is my HG heat product, I can not live without them. I use it for straightening and curling my hair.  In this post I have curled my hair with them. They give me beautiful curls. I have used a wand and Tongs before but the curls don’t come out as nice nor last as long compared to using my GHD’s.  GHD’s last for years, I have been using these for 11 years and this is only my second GHD I had to purchase. My first one broke at University halls, I am not sure whether it was a technical fault or just my fault with a drunken night LOL 😛 !

4) L’Oreal Elnett Supereme Hold Very Volume –  I applied this hair spray all over and a little on my roots to give my hair an extra ‘lift’. This hair spray does provide some volume and good hold for most the night!  It gave my curls a lovely ‘bounce’. It does not make my hair feel like glue after neither!!

All these products can be found in Drugstores, I had purchased these products from Boots and Superdrugs. Apart from my GHD’s those were purchased from a Salon. Please feel free to ask any questions about my Saturday night look or any of the products mentioned above.

P.S – Dress was purchased from Bershka a couple years back. However, I have seen something similar in branch recently.

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H Review

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Hi guys! I have been very intrigued to try out a gel eyeliner as they are very much in trend atm and have heard some good things about them. Today, I will be reviewing the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H – bit of a mouthful I know! I have purchased the shade 01 Black. I picked this up from Superdrug for £7.99

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This eye liner comes in a beautiful small frosted round tub, you may think that there is such a small amount provided, but I can imagine this lasting a long time as you just need to use a little! Maybelline has also provided a brush, I was not expecting a lot from this brush, but boy was I wrong! This brush is a perfect size,tapered, soft and after a few washes no bristles have shed.

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Maybelline claims this is a very long lasting eye liner 24 hours in fact, I do not wear my make up for 24 hours therefore can not comment to that claim, nevertheless I would say it is very long lasting as I have worn this product for 10 hours and it looks exactly the same as when I first applied it. On me I find this product once dried, it is matt, smudge and transfer proof! I have also worn this in heavy rain over the weekend and 99% stayed on! Another big plus, this gel eye liner does not give me panda eyes!

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The formula is a  smooth gel like texture, it is very creamy and glides on very well. It does dry up pretty quick, I find it dries quicker on my top lid rather than my waterline. The gel eye liner also allows me to create either a natural or dramatic look. What I love most about this product is that the colour is amazing, it is very pigmented, the colour is very intense in just one swipe!

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As you can see, this gel eye liner can be used on the top lid or on the waterline and both of course. I tend to find it takes me a little longer to apply compared to liquid or pencil eye liner. I also find it a little difficult when creating a wing look.  However the end results are much better as this creates a more dramatic look and is much more long lasting. Hopefully with some more practise I can achieve the perfect look!

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 Would I purchase this product again? Deffinialty yes! I may not wear this product if I am in a rush but whenever I have that extra couple minutes and nights out I would reach for this. I am very happy with the end results. I am now reaching much more over for this gel eyeliner rather than my pencils and liquid eyeliners.

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What do you think of gel eye liners? have you tried any? Do you think they are better or worse compared to liquid eye liners? Love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

DIY: How to make your own Rakhi / friendship bracelets

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Today is a special day for Hindus and Sikhs, this day is called Raksha Bandhan. It is a festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ means binding or bound. On this day, a sister would tie a special string or band that we call ‘rahki’ or ‘rakri’ on their brother’s/ cousin brother’s wrist. In return he will promise to look after her and give her money or gifts. I have been making my brothers rahki’s for many years with embroidery thread, but this year I wanted to do something different by adding a modern twist. I have decided to make a sliding knot bracelet. This can also be created as a friendship or fashion bracelet.

If you would like to make this bracelet / rakhi, please follow the below steps:

You will need:

  • 1.5mm leather cord in the colour of your preference – I brought mine from Ebay for £3.25 for a 5m role please click here to purchase (you could also use 1mm or 2mm width cord too)
  • 6x6mm Beads of your choice, I chose letter beads – I brought this from Ebay for £3.99 for 500 letters, please click here to purchase
  • Scissors

How to make your bracelet:

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1) Cut about 35/40cm of the leather cord. (It does not need to be a precise measurement as these bracelets are adjustable!)

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2) Tie a knot just over half way of the thread.

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3) Add your beads of your choice in. I have got the word ‘BHAI’ the English translation for this means brother. Then tie another knot at the other end of the beads.

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4) Double check if your beads are roughly in the middle of your cord.

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5) Bring both sides of the cord around to make a circle shape. On one side of the cord (in the photo case the right side) make a small loop whilst holding the left side of the cord underneath.

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6) with the right side of the cord, use the remaining end of the cord to wrap around the loop. Wrap this around twice.

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7) Then you should have about 1cm of the cord left, you insert this into the loop. Pull the end of the cord with the opposite side of the cord. Do this gently and the cord should automatically start to tie a knot.

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8) Repeat with the other side of the cord. You should now have two knots that can slide and adjust when you pull the strings. Do not tie the knots too tight or too loose.

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9) Cut any extra cord bits off.

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10) It is now ready to tie on yours or someone else’s wrist. 😀

Once you have got the hang of making these bracelets, they become very easy to make. Plus it is great that they are adjustable as it is a nightmare to make an exact size for all my brothers as they very from babies to adults. It is very easy and cheap to buy rakhi’s, but it is nice to put some thought into making your own. Get creative!! I hope they like my modern twist to a rakhi 🙂

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Happy Raksha Bandhan to all those that are celebrating!!

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo  

 

My latest accessories

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Hi all,

Just a quick blog to share my new accessories. The reason I wanted to share these was the fact they are BARGAINS!

Aztec/tribal designs are very in fashion this year. I purchased this necklace for £3 and clutch bag for £10 from Primark! Yes I know, half the time Primark products can look cheap or tacky. However, sometimes you can be surprised with what they have to offer.

The bag has gold, black and white bead and sequin work at the front.
The necklace has a 3 gold rope chain design with a gold metal plate in the middle.

I absolutely love my new purchases. Both the necklace and bag is bang on trend and is classy enough to be used together as part of an evening attire.

Thanks for reading
Bhavini

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