Bargain Nude Shoes £6

 

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Hey Ladies, I usually have difficulty with finding heals that fit me, esp from Primark! But these beautiful nude sandals do not look like they are from Primark. They are elegant and sophisticated and most importantly…comfortable!!

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Above sandal was only £6 !! currently discounted from £12.99!! I couldn’t believe how cheap this was and had to buy it! Wedge medium heal is very comfortable! Beige nude colour. A good day out wedge!

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Half patent half suede sandal. This is a pinkish nude medium heal sandal. £12.99. Sophisticated enough to wear for a nice summer evening out!

Tea Pigs Matcha Green Tea

We should care about our beauty from the outside but also from the within. I have recently been into my fitness and eating healthier. Matcha green tea has become more popular this year and I wanted to see what the big hype was. Matcha green tea origins from Japan, which does not compare to the normal green tea, as Matcha uses the whole leaf which tends to come in a powder form rather than just a tea bag. In fact,One glass of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of regular green tea in terms on nutritional and antioxidant value. I have been drinking this for about 6 weeks now and therefore i am able to conduct a honest and fair review.

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Matcha green tea has lots of health benefits:

  • Full of Antioxidants – much more than berries and spinach
  • Helps weight lost – burns calories and helps boost metabolism.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • Packed full of vitamins, fiber and chlorophyll
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Good for detoxing and cleansing
  • Energy booster

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Purchase

I brought my Matcha from teapigs.co.uk. Tea Pigs have many types of Matcha to choose from but I opted for the Modern Matcha kit! This included, 30g of Matcha powder, electric wisk and a spoon. I also brought the shot glass as this is a quick method for busy mornings! The Modern matcha kit costs £29, however there was a 20% offer with free delivery when I purchased – Bargain!! In 6 weeks I have used this product almost everyday and I still have a bit left. I reckon I can get perhaps 7-8 weeks out of this 30g jar! Therefore a little goes a long way – pretty good value for money in the long run.

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Method

It is very easy to make. I put ¾ of the spoon provided in to the shot glass, pour a little of cold water then I use the wisk to ensure all the powder is mixed up and then add more water to the top of the shot glass. (DO NOT – pour the water all the way to the top and then wisk as this will go everywhere). When I have more time, I make this into a hot beverage, method is the same as above but I use a mug and hot water.

Taste

If you do not like regular green tea you will not like the taste of this. I am a regular green tea drinker and therefore I like the taste, it is pretty earthy , some find it bitter but I personally do not find this is the case. However, fear not non-green-tea drinkers, you can mix this with juice or smoothies and therefore the taste will be better. Nevertheless, a shot is quick and easy to drink and it will be over in a second if you really hate it – but hey – think of all the health benefits gained from it.

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My Conclusion

I LOVE this stuff! I cant comment on all the health claims, but for the detox/ weight loss factor it is working for me. I am not sure how to say this but this tea “cleanses” my stomach and makes me go “regularly” therefore helping me naturally few pounds lighter and detoxed. I also suffer from severe bloatedness and even though I still get bloated, it is not anything as bad as it used to be. But I am pretty sure all my benefits are due to a combination of now working out and the Matcha! Therefore I highly recommend this.

PS – there are lots of other makes of Matcha Green Tea. I have seen other good quality Matcha for a lower price, therefore I will be trying these out next. I have just purchased the clearspring – Japanese Oraganic Matcha Green Tea Powder (Ceremonial Grade). If any one has tried this, please let me know how you find it 🙂 !

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

Hey guys, I know I have been awful with keeping up to date with my blog! I have been crazy busy with several celebrations over the last few months. But I have a few beauty products to share over the next few weeks.

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Today I will review the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation in the shade Y385. If anyone is familiar with Make Up Forever foundations, they have actually discarded their original HD line and replaced it with this Ultra HD one. I did use to use the original foundation in the shade 128. This shade was not a perfect shade, it needed more yellow undertones, but it was the nearest I could find to my skin tone at the time. I had to add Make Up Forever yellow colour corrector to this to make it a perfect shade. ( Correctors are amazing in making the perfect shade – I will review this product soon guys!). However with the new Ultra HD line much more colours are released, some are the same colours as the original and some are brand new shades, making that a whopping 40 shades in total. They have really thought hard about everyone’s skin type, as they have categorised the shades in groups – light, medium, tan and dark and then what undertone you are – red or yellow. It can be a little confusing so ask a beauty advisor to colour match you when purchasing this foundation.

I got colour matched to shade Y385 – Olive Beige (this is found in the medium group range), which is a new shade. This was the best match for me out of all the shades. For reference this shade is near to Mac’s NC40-42. It has strong yellow undertones, I found it look slightly too yellow on my skin, I needed to apply powder on top to calm down the ‘yellowness’. I had brought this last summer and it worked well with my tanned skin, unfortunately a little too dark for winter months.

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The formula is silky, smooth , a bit more runny compared to the original. It is definitely very hydrating, my skin does not feel dry and does not cling on to dry patches. Therefore I would highly recommend this foundation more so for dry- normal skin girls rather than very oily. I have dry-combination skin and this works fine for me. I would say this foundation is medium coverage and is very natural looking.

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It doesn’t look overly yellow in my photos due to the poor lighting, but in reality it is.

What are your thoughts on the new Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation? Do you prefer it over the original?

Thank you for reading

Bhavi x o x o

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Balm + swatches + photos

Sometimes, I just love wearing a simple natural kind of lipstick. I was pleasantly surprised when I brought Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Balm in the shade 700 Not An Illusion from Superdrug’s.

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The colour is a very natural rosey pink/brown that should suit most skin tones. The colour is not intense/pigmented, it is quite sheer once applied on my lips but I like that for an everyday look for work.

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I love how the texture is soft, creamy and hydrating therefore very much like a tinted lip balm, it does not accentuate any dry patches/skin on my lips. It makes my lips look healthier even.

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I love the no fuss packaging, the lip balm looks like a crayon, you just twist the bottom for more product. I can apply this without a mirror even! Does this product last all day, sadly no, however when wearing it for 8 hours I only had to top up once after lunch, for a lip balm that is pretty impressive to me!

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Has anyone tried this lip balm out? I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a simple natural look!

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxoxo

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 

  

Magic Lipsticks + Swatches + Photos

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In the summer I had visited Morrocco, where I realised a magic lipstick was sold everywhere. At first I did not pay attention to it, as the bright green plastic packaging had put me off. However, after visiting a spa, the consultant showed us this Moroccan magic lipstick in detail. She stated it was a magic lipstick that appeared green but changes pink on your lips. For only 90p it was definitely worth a shot!The shade of pink varies on everyone as the colour works accordingly with the PH levels of your skin.

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When I first applied this on my lips, it was very smooth and smelt like aloe vera. My lips turned into a nice mid tone pink. I noticed as the day goes on, the colour becomes deeper and brighter, and becomes more of a hot pink! I would say this lipstick is more like a lip balm as it is very nourishing. The colour is not as pigmented as a lipstick but not as opaque as a lip balm, perhaps more like a lip stain. However, as stated above as the day goes on the colour of the lipstick will show more.

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Not only is this magic for changing from green to pink. It is also magic as this lipstick lasts all day! I can eat, drink, kiss and it does not budge nor transfer!! At the end of the day of course there is a little fading after doing all that, but after 8 hours of wear its definitely much better than any other lipstick out there! I would give this lipstick 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t care if the packaging is worn out and peeling of, it may look cheap,but  it is by far my favorite lipstick. Any girls out there who’s boyfriends hate getting your lipstick all over their faces then you have to try this out and your boyfriends will be a lot happier!!

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Because I loved this Moroccan Magic Lipstick soo much, I wanted to see if I could find something similar in the UK. Also, I wanted to find a red magic lipstick as I usually find red lipsticks are the hardest to maintain without it moving across my face whilst eating! I ordered the Fran Wilson Moodmatcher lipstick.

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This lipstick comes in a standard plastic black and transparent packaging. Again, this lipstick is suppose to change colour due to your mood. This lipstick smells like lipstick compared to the lip balm feel/scent of the Moroccan version. This lipstick is red and once applied it is a pinky-red lipstick. Again, as the day goes on, this lipstick leans more towards a red. Which is great for those that do not want to wear a true red lipstick.

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This lipstick does have great staying power but not as transfer proof as the Moroccan lipstick. This lipstick takes a good couple of hours to fully dry, as the day goes on I find this lipstick becomes more transfer proof. I would give this lipstick 4 out of 5 stars.

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Both these lipsticks are great, they both have excellent staying power and are transfer proof. Sometimes even after make up remover and washing my face I can still see a slight lip stain on my lips. Shows how much these lipsticks don’t want to budge!! FYI – Both these lipsticks have other colours available which all conduct a different shade of pink.

Availability

Moroccan Magic Lipstick – I had purchased this from Morrocco for 90p – If you visit you will find these everywhere for soo cheap! Otherwise, I have found these available on Ebay for £2.50 – Still a bargain!!

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Lipstick in Red – I had purchased this from Ebay for £3.99.

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

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Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder Review

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Whether you like Kim Kardashian West or not, you can not deny that her make up is always on point! A product that she uses for highlighting and brightening under her eyes is Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder.

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About: Ben Nye is a family run business founded 50 years ago, originally created for professionals such as broad way and film stars. Due to its longivity and staying power of their make up it has lead the rest of the public very interested in Ben Nye products. However, ever since Kim Kardashian West had stated that she uses this banana powder, it had many many people out there wanting to try this product and my oh my it has hit the blogging world big time. With many great reviews I had to try this out for my self.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is pretty simple. A transparent  tub with a black plastic screw on lid. I like how it is transparent as it allows me to see how much product I have left. When I first opened this product there was no way the powder could come out! From previous reviews on this product they have stated there is a lid with holes to allow the powder to be shaken out but my product did not have this, perhaps my tub was faulty. Nevertheless, I just poked some holes in my self with a pin!! I have the 42g tub, there are larger tubs available also.

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Formula: The product is a loose powder. I have never been a fan of loose powder as it can go everywhere, but as this powder is soo amazing I am willing to risk that! Plus with some practicing you do get used to it. The powder has yellow undertones, which is great for Asian/Indian/olive/tanned skin tones. This is great because when I apply this under my eye area there is no ash/white cast left be hide which I previously get with other powders. Nevertheless, Ben Nye also do a selection of other colours to suit every skin tone!  The powder itself is very fine and the texture is very smooth which glides on and blends in beautifully.

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Applicaton: I pour a little bit of this loose powder into the inside of the lid, I then dip the tip of my beauty blender dupe in.

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I apply the powder to areas of my face I wish to highlight which are under my eyes, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and my chin. I leave this on for a few minutes and then I brush of any access powder. Don’t worry it my look very yellow on application but it certainly does not finish like this. I would say it is a translucent powder that has a hint of yellow undertone.

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You instantly see the brightness and glow to the areas applied! But not only does it brightens up your face it also great at keeping oily skin at by. This powder has oil control that stays put all day. Leaving your skin semi-matt but with a natural glow finish. If you have dry skin, I would suggest only using a little bit of this powder as too much can look flakey!

Availability: I had purchased this little pot of magic from Guru Makeup Emporium for £9.95!! Now this is a bargain! This product is extremely hard to find at a store in the UK as Ben Nye is an American product. All the details for this store is posted on my previous review where I had also purchased the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation from this store. If you have olive/yellow undertones both these products used together may work great for you as it has for me! 😀

Overall verdict: Ben Nye Banana Powder is my HG powder, No wonder celebrities love using it. I definitely recommend this product for highlighting and for a natural semi-matt finish that controls oil! 5 stars *****

Below is a photo of me wearing both Ex1 Invisiwear Foundation and Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder.

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

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