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 

  

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hair

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My hair has been looking a little dead,as I have been loosing some hair recently, and therefore wanted to try a volume shampoo regime. No one likes flat lifeless hair right?! My hair is not ultra thin, but nor is it big and voluminous, i would think its somewhere in between.

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I saw John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo + Conditioner at boots part of as 3 for 2 offer, it sounded good  stating it will make hair visibly full as well as being touchable soft. I have been using this shampoo and conditioner for 8 weeks now and I have not noticed much volume, maybe a tiny bit more but not noticeable. However, claims with this shampoo not stripping out your hair is correct as I have noticed it is a lot more gentle on my hair compared to other shampoos, I have also noticed less hair loss. Which is great. The conditioner is not very moisturizing and not as creamy as other conditioners.

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Due to the offer I had also purchased John Frieda 7 day Volume in shower treatment. This is a treatment to amplify hair thickness for up yo  7 days. Now, I do not have one good thing to say about this product. It did absolutely nothing regarding thickness. I had followed all the instructions, but it did not even create volume the slightest bit for one day let alone for up to 7 days. In fact I had noticed the complete opposite – my hair became more flat and more greasy on my roots.

In my opinion , the smell of all these products are not very nice, I mean its not the worse smell, it is very tolerable, but it is a very dull odd smell that i can not describe.

Final Verdict: This product was nice and gentle on my hair but it had not created volume for my hair nor did it smell nice. This may perhaps work on people who have ultra fine hair, but I would not purchase this again. 2 stars out of 5

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

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

L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Colour Blackcurrant 262

Hi All,

I am very sorry it has a been a little while since my last post – it has been a little hectic at home due to having builders at my house. I have recently been getting a few grey years! At just 25 I am turning into a GRANDMA!! I used to notice the odd grey hair since I was about 16/17 years old but up until the last year the odd hair turned into a few!! I wanted to cover these bad boys up!! I don’t know much about dying hair, I had highlights about 10 years ago but nothing since. Therefore I wanted something subtle and that did not contain much chemicals. I turned to my mother who has been dying away her greys for many years – she recommend L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Colour. As this is a semi permanent ammonia free dye that lasts up to 28 washes. Sounded good to me!

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I thought while I am dying my hair I should try another colour, many colours was not suited for black hair ( for reference I have natural very very dark brown/black hair). I picked up colour Blackcurrant 262 which is a browny-red colour. It stated at the back of the packet it would be suited for dark brown – black hair. My mother only uses a dark brown dye which is the same as her hair colour therefore I was a bit apprehensive if blackcurrant would even show up on my hair – but worth a shot for £6.79 and buy one get the other half price from Superdrug (second shade I got was darkest brown).

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What the package included:

*1 tube of creme colourant.

*1 tube of developer creme

*1 precision tip applicator.

*1 bottle of shine enhancing conditioner with royal jelly.

*1 pair of gloves

*1 instruction leaflet

First of all I read the instructions and I did a patch test 48 hours before I dyed my hair, everything was fine no rashes therefore I went ahead with the process.

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First I washed my hair then applied the dye all over. I then applied a shower cap on and instructions states to wait 20 minutes but I had waited 30 minutes before rinsing out (you should wait the given time however as I have very dark hair I wanted to wait longer). Rinsing this colour out was a nightmare I have washed my hair a few times now and my hair is still bleeding and still rubs off on my towel. It is a nightmare, I have not dyed my hair before but my mum stated this is more bleeding than what she experiences!

Results

I was very disappointed with the outcome of this hair dye. My hair colour did not change, I was not expecting a dramatic change but thought there would be a tint of colour but my hair in general looks a bit darker. I think you can see a very slight red tint on my roots in certain lights – if that! However my grey strands did become red! The only plus points I can give is that this dye did cover my greys and that was the main purpose for me! It also left my hair incredibly soft due to the conditioner provided.

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Overall verdict

This dye is good with covering up greys, however the colour did not show up on my very dark brown hair. I have seen youtube videos of girls that have light-medium brown hair and the colour has worked on them. Seeming my hair is not damaged or dry I may use this dye again to cover my greys, but not blackcurrant but a colour same as my hair tone! I have only had this dye in my hair for a week therefore I can not comment about it lasting 28 washes yet but I will post an update.

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

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DIY: Hair Salt Spray

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Hey guys, hope ya all good 😀 Yes, its been a while. It has been a busy couple months with endless weddings and I have just come back from holiday! I visited Morocco and had a amazing time with the girls. Is it just me or does everyone love their hair when they go on a holiday? Well, I definitely loved my natural beach waves. I naturally have slightly wavy hair but it its more of a kinky frizzy wave only in certain areas. Not a great look! But somehow after I had been in the sea water my hair came out in lovely waves, I believe this is due to the sea salt! Therefore I created my own sea salt spray! It’s quick and easy and the results are amazing!

 Get all your equipment together. You will need:

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1 table spoon of Sea Salt
Half a table spoon of Conditioner
Few drops of Argan oil (alternatively coconut or almond oil)
Small jug
Glass of water
Spray bottle

 1)      Pour one glass of water into a jug and heat this in the microwave for about 20 seconds. This helps the sea salt dissolve better.

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2)      Put one tablespoon of sea salt into the jug and mix in until dissolved, heat for an extra 10 seconds if its taking too long to dissolve.

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3)      Put under a half of tablespoon of hair conditioner and a few drops of Argan oil and stir. You may notice not all the conditioner will dissolve and the oil floating on the top. This is fine!

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4)      Mix everything together. Once the water has cooled down, pour this into a spray bottle and then it is ready to use 😀

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 I have very long hair and these measurements work fine for me, this is just a rough guide of what I use. If you have shorter/longer/thicker/thinner hair then me then your measurements may change slightly, it best to play around with the measurements until you find your perfect combination. TIP: you may also like to put a little gel in your mix. I did not want to do this as I much prefer the soft natural bouncy waves and too scared in case it makes certain parts to ‘crispy’.

 Spray evenly into damp or dry hair. Personally, after I have washed and towelled dried my hair I spray a bit into my hair, scrunch it with my hands and then leave it to air dry. Later once it is dry I spray some more on and scrunch again, few minutes later the magic kicks in and you see your hair has turned into waves. After this you can use mousse/gel to hold your beach waves into place! Alternatively, I also use this on dry hair and works well also.

 I love using this salt spray; it’s cheaper than buying a salt spray (which also contains more chemicals) and I usually have all these things laying around in my house anyway, so who can say no to something that’s free?! However, the only down fall is that you should not use salt spray regularly in your hair as salt can be very drying. This is way I have added conditioner and argan oil into the salt spray mix. I can probably get away using salt spray once a week. My hair is not very dry and I often leave in argan or coconut oil in my hair once a week for a few hours to replenish my hair. If you have very dry hair, salt spray is probably only good as a now and then regime. But make sure whether you have dry or great hair that you use a leave in conditioner or oil after using salt spray. Another down fall of salt spray is that it may not work on naturally super straight hair, but works well for people who hair naturally wavy or curly hair.

PS – I have purchased my argan oil from Morocco, however argan oil is available in most boots.

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 If you do try this, let me know how this works for your hair.

Thanks for reading

Bhavi x o x

Schwarzkopf got2b Volumizing Styling Powder Review.

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I hate when my hair goes flat and lacks texture. I love big hair, but I barely have the time to sit there creating this. Plus blow drying my hair with a round brush is extremely difficult for me to do… well nicely anyways! I was on a big hunt to find something to give my hair a bit of ‘oomph’. I did not want to spend too much money, as I don’t believe any product can drastically change your hair or last 24 hours. I wanted something quick to apply to dry hair. I stumbled across the Schwarzkopf got2b Volumizing Styling Powder. I was very intrigued, as I had never heard of a powder that volumes your hair. I saw this on offer in Superdrug for £2.15 and for that price I had nothing to loose!

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 What it claims on the bottle: “Break the rules for how you style with got2b POWDER’ful volumzing styling powder and take your volume to new heights! This revolutionary, weightless formula texturises each hair strand to create maximum volume at the roots – in an instant!” 

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In my opinion, I must say a lot of what they claim is true! I usually shake a bit of this powder to the roots of my hair, and rub it in with my fingers (so that all the white powder is no longer visible). You instantly feel your hair is more textured, sometimes after this procedure I turn my head upside and give my hair a shake for even more added volume. It almost feels like I have back combed my hair without actually damaging my hair the way back combing does. I tried this before and hated it as it made my hair very knotted. So if you do back comb your hair a lot, this powder might be a great alternative for you.

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The down fall for this product is that if you put too much powder on, it does feel a bit sticky, however the next morning the stickiness is all gone. Also, it does not last all day, but the bottle is very small that you can fit it in your bag and do touch ups through the day.

Please see the photos below of how effective this styling powder can be.

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1) Hair is flat and greasy.

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2) Sprinkled a little bit of the volumizing powder on my roots.

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3) Sprinked a lot more volumizing powder on to roots and shake hair up side down.

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As you can see the roots of my hair have increased and instantly created volume.

 For the price this product is a must have, as it will definitely add a bit of volume to your hair.

Bhavini xox

Hair Oils

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Every one wants lovely lush healthy shiny hair. A growing product on the current market that claims to achieve this are hair oils, natural oils that provide nutrients. There are tons of oils to choose from. Argon oil seems to be the biggest craze used by many celebrities, however Argon oil is incredibly expensive and there are way too many imitates that do not contain much of the pure source. For this reason I have not yet purchased Argon oil. However over the years I have been using more affordable oils some passed on from my grand mother. Many people complement on the length of my hair and how I keep it healthy, I think a lot of it is due to using hair oils.  Today, I will be discussing which oils I use and how to apply them.

Extra Virgin olive oil

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Extra virgin olive oil is very thick in texture and this makes it rich enough to nourish and condition your hair, it is also great with replenishing hair shaft. Extra virgin olive oil also helps to condition your scalp and help prevent scalp problems such as dandruff and dry skin as it contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin A. Therefore this oil helps to make your scalp feeling soft and your hair de-frizzed.

Castor oil

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Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of a caster been plant. It is extremely thick and sticky in texture even more so than extra virgin olive oil. It is very pale in colour and almost has no scent or taste. Castor oil is excellent for hair growth and people with thinning hair issues tend to use this. The main ingredient found in castor oil is Ricinoleic acid; this is what gets rid of bacterial infections that can cause hair loss. It is also said that castor oil and can prevent the early signs of greying, if you was too use this oil regularly the strands of your hair will become darker. I don’t know how much truth there is to this claim but my grandmother has been using this oil for years and I can see the results as she still has long hair and has very little grey! It is also great for creating nourished and healthy hair.

Sweet Almond Oil.

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Sweet almond oil is thinner in texture compared to the other oils I have mentioned in this blog. It is a pale yellow colour and is extracted from almond kernels. However, it has high levels of Vitamin E and D  and it also contains calcium and magnesium. It leaves your hair shiny and soft.

How to use these oils.

  • 2 teaspoons of Castor oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of Virgin olive oil.
  • 1 teaspoon Sweet almond oil.
  • Mix all in a heat proof bowl and then place in the microwave for about 20 seconds. (DO NOT BOIL – it needs to be warm which allows all the nutrients to be released into your hair).
  • Massage into scalp for a few minutes as this helps to penetrate your hair cuticles and this increases hair growth.
  • Then use the rest of the oil all over your hair down to the ends.
  • Leave on your hair for a minimum of 4 hours, I usually try to leave it on for 6 hours (longer the better) and then wash off with shampoo and conditioner.

I usually apply this hair regime once a week. I have noticed a difference in my hair growth as I had cut my hair a few months ago and there is significant difference! As well as growth, my hair is softer, shiner and healthier. Regards to hair loss I have only notice a slight difference but hopefully within time this will also be a bigger difference.

Coconut oil

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I absolutely love Coconut oil. I have been using this oil for years and it has been passed down from my great grandmother.  Coconut oil is derived from coconuts, the colour is white and the texture is like a very thick paste. Please do not purchase if it looks like typical runny oil as that is likely to be un-natural. Because it comes in a thick paste form this is why I use this oil alone and do not mix it with nothing else. I usually just put the whole bottle in the microwave for a few seconds where the thick coconut paste will melt down to an oil form, pour into my palms and rub into my scalp and hair. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fatty acid that protects and prevents hair breakage, creating less split ends. I have definitely notice this, as after all the heat and chemicals I use in my hair I am very surprise I have barely any split ends. Coconut oil is a good all rounder as it nourishes and penetrates the scalp increasing hair growth, prevents scalp issues such as dandruff and lice, prevents split ends and creates  shiny, glossy, healthy hair.

I am very happy with the regime I use for my hair; they are very cheap and very accessible. Most the oils I have mentioned you can find in most standard supermarkets. I purchased the Extra Virgin Olive oil in Tesco and the Coconut oil is found in the Asian /continental isle in Tesco. Almond oil and Caster oil I purchased from an Asian supermarket. These oils cost around £2 each! Yes, bargain 😀  ! This combination of hair oils have worked for me, if you are looking for hair growth, dandruff free and shiny healthy hair then I would recommend you trying these out as there is no harm trying cheap natural products. Just make sure you do purchase natural sources and be careful if you have any nut allergies.

Just for some evidence of using the hair oils regularly, you can see in the picture below my hair had grew pretty long!

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Bhavini xox