VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist

In today’s post I want to talk about a hair product I bought a while back. It’s from VO5, which is a hair brand I love and it is called Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist. I really love it but for some reason it is hard to find in store these days, but fortunately it is available online on Amazon and in some Supermarkets so I’ll add links at the end of this post.

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After blow drying and hair straightening, all the heat applied to my hair left it looking quite dry. I decided to look for a product that would add shine, however I wanted a spray since I did not want my hair to feel weighed down like serums tend to do sometimes. This miracle mist looked good since it is a leave in conditioning spray and contains 5 essential oils. The first thing I noticed when I applied it to my hair was the smell. It’s a lovely, sweet coconut scent that made my hair feel fresh. Usually hair products smell quite strong like a chemical smell so this was a lovely surprise. The bottle says it includes added heat protection so you can use it on wet or dry hair. Personally however, I still prefer to use a heat defence spray seperately that’s designed specifically for that purpose as I feel other heat defence sprays would be more effective than this at preventing heat damage.

Despite the oils in the product, the spray feels really light and left my hair feeling smooth and looking frizz free. It left a mild shine on my hair and it dried quickly without weighing my hair down. My hair no longer looked dry and looked healthier with a quick spritz of this. Sometimes I just spray it on my hair purely because I love the smell of it so much!

VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist £4.28

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Chapped Lips – Lip Balm Reviews

My lips tend to get dry and chapped unfortunately and as the weather gets colder, it gets worse ūüė¶

I exfoliate my lips once a week with sugar and honey which leave my lips feeling soft and smooth. The sugar buffs away dead skin and the honey soothes and softens my lips so I make sure to do this regularly! Alongside this however, I love using lip balms so in this post I’m going to talk about some I have tried, the good and the bad.
Collection Lip Balm Green Apple £1.99
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I picked this up randomly as it was on offer. The smell is really refreshing and lovely. It glides on smoothly and feels light. However, it did not leave my my lips feeling moisturised for very long at all so I would not purchase again.

Nivea Lip Care Essential £1.65
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This balm is unscented but Nivea also have a range of fruit scented ones too. My lips felt very moisturised and protected when I used this however, the texture feels thick and somewhat waxy. Also its very soft so it is hard to apply on lips lightly or evenly.This lip balm is a good one to use at night before bed rather than for daywear but I still feel this lip balm despite the texture, made my chapped lips feel soothed and protected.

Carmex Moisturing Lip Balm Classic £2.69
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I really love this lip balm except I’m ¬†not a fan of the smell as it is a bit strong. It is really effective on my chapped lips and I really noticed that since using this lip balm, the condition of my lips improved considerably. The texture is light while still feeling moisturising and makes a good base for matte lipstick and makes lips shine. It is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm ¬£1.89
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This lip balm smells lovely and is another favourite of mine. The texture is nice and I do not need to reapply very often. My lips feel hydrated for hours and it works well with lipstick without feeling heavy. I use this regularly and the applicator is a nice shape so  product can be applied evenly.

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip balm £3.60
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This balm contains oils and vitamins so your lips feel nourished and healthy. My lips are really soft and hydrated when I use this balm and it lasts a few hours without needing to be reapplied. I’m really glad I found this lip balm because my lips feel more repaired and the texture is smooth and glides on easily.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm £2.99
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This lip balm is wonderful. It’s very moisturising and lasts ages. This is another balm where I have noticed a real difference to my lips as it feels softer naturally after using it for a month. The lip balm has SPF20 protection so is also perfect for sunny weather too. It’s a really nourishing and softening balm and the texture is so light and nice to wear. This is my current favourite and a must buy!

All these products are available at Boots and Superdrug.
Have a lovely weekend ūüėÄ
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L’Or√©al Paris Elnett So Sleek Hairspray

Whenever I wash my hair and complete my styling, I am always left with frizz which ruins my look. I’ve always been a fan of Elnett so I was pleased to find they had a hair spray that helps control frizz called L’Or√©al Paris Elnett So Sleek Hairspray.

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The reason I adore Elnett is that while other strong hold hairsprays leave you with a hard, crisp texture on your hair, Elnett provides you with great hold while still leaving a smooth and silky finish. This particular spray has another plus point which is that it’s lightly rose scented so my hair smells lovely all day. It’s such a light spray that no matter how much you spray, with just a stroke of a brush it disappears while still taming frizz prone areas. I seperate sections of my hair and spray the So Sleek hairspray directly onto roots (at a 30cm distance as recommended) to give me some volume. The product does not weigh down my hair at all and just as it says, I’m left with a sleek look with no flyaways. ¬†It’s ideal for hair up style like a high ponytail or loose wave look. I only use the spray after using heated styling tools as a Finishing Hairspray but Elnett also has a heat defence range that can be used prior to using heated styling tools. I highly recommended this hairspray it’s my favourite!

L’Or√©al Elnett So Sleek Hairspray can be purchased at
Boots for £3.98 (200ml)
Feel Unique for £7.51 (400ml)

Bellapierre Mineral Foundation Review (Ideal for all skin tones and acne prone skin)

The product I’m going to write about is my ultimate must have. It is called Bellapierre and it is a 5 in 1 Compact Mineral Foundation. The 5 properties the product can be used as are a Concealer, SPF, Foundation, Finishing Powder and Setting Powder. The foundation is great because it is good for your skin since the minerals allow your skin to breathe and also gives great coverage if like me your prone to spots or acne scarring. The product I use is the compact version but it’s also available in a loose powder version. What I love is that it comes with a great colour chart so it’s easier to find a shade that fits every race. My shade is Maple.

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It’s a little pricey at ¬£39.99 but I find that it lasts long since I tend not to need to reapply since the coverage is so effective. It blends in with my skin colour effortlessly. I occasionally breakout with spots which leave me with acne scarring which I hate. So the way I use this product is that I apply a little powder directly onto the scar first as a concealer. Then I apply the whole foundation over it. It really covers the scarring and blends in very effectively without causing irritation to sensitive skin. I’m always self conscious about acne scars left behind so I love how much coverage I get with this foundation. I’ve found products I have used in the past left a cakey texture or greyish colour but this works well with my skin tone. I have been using this foundation for years and it is my favourite product.

The Bellapierre Compact Mineral Foundation is available direct from the website http://www.bellapierre.co.uk

You can also order it for £34.99  from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk

I’m based in London so it’s available in store at House of Fraser.

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My Top 5 favourite Blushers – Ideal for Indian, Tan and Olive Skin

I really love Blushers. It adds the finishing touch to my make up and leaves me with a youthful radiant touch of colour. However, finding a blusher shade  to suit my skin tone is difficult since they are either too pink so it looks completely unmatched or its too dark and looks more like bronzer! After a lot of trial and error I finally found a few fantastic ones that are great for Indian, tan and olive skin. So here are my top 5.

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The first one is from Bobbi Brown in shade Tawny. This is a wonderful Blusher, the texture is smooth and glides onto cheeks effortlessly. There is no shimmer so you get a nice matte finish. It is priced at ¬£19.50 but since it’s highly pigmented a little goes a long way. This is an ideal blusher if you are looking for a subtle natural but noticeable look.
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The next one is great for everyday wear since its so subtle and light. It’s called Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush and it is excellent value for money being priced at ¬£3.99. The shade I recommend is called Live Pink. It has a mild shimmer and is easily buildable because of its light texture. I found this blusher to be long lasting and I don’t have to apply too much for it to be noticeable.

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My next recommendation is a Mineralize Blush from MAC in the shade Gleeful priced at ¬£22.00. This blusher is very versatile since if applied lightly, it’s great for day wear but if applied with a heavier hand it can create a beautiful evening wear look. It has a mild shimmer and enhances cheekbones so I really love the effect this blusher has on my skin. It is very pigmented so will last ages before you need to buy a new one, so despite the price tag being high it a worthwhile investment

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Next is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in the shade Rose Ambre priced at ¬£7.99. The texture of this blusher is baked and its a fine, light powder which makes it easy to blend into skin. It’s a nice peachy pink shade so is ideal for medium to dark skin tone. This blusher also has a soft scent of roses which is really nice and comes with a brush included which is handy for when your on the go. I’d highly recommend this blusher.
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My final favourite is L’Oreal True Match Blush in shade Rosewood priced at ¬£6.99. The powder has a silky texture which feels smooth when applied to skin. It gives a healthy, warm glow and enhances the cheekbones. I found it easy to blend this blusher ¬†and it lasted all day.
So that’s my Top 5!¬† These blusher are all fantastic and great for medium to dark skin.

Where to buy

Bobbi Brown Blush Shade Tawny available at Debenhams
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Live Pink available in Superdrug and Boots
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Shade Gleeful available directly from  Mac Cosmetics online
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose Ambre available at Boots
L’Oreal True Match Blusher in Rosewood available in Superdrug

Oily Hair Solution- Neutrogena T/Gel Shampoo Greasy Hair

My hair is quite thick in texture naturally but the problem I have is that it tends to get greasy quickly. It is also a really long length, so it’s tiresome washing it daily. I needed to find a solution and I heard about T/Gel shampoo from Neutrogena before but this time I came across one specifically for greasy hair.

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I was expecting a strong medicated smell but it was pleasantly mild which was good, and after washing the shampoo off it did not leave a strong scent. I was concerned my hair would be knotted and tangled but the shampoo left my hair feeling soft and tangle free. I found I did not need to use conditioner which is a positive since conditioner tends to weigh my hair down and my hair was grease free. The shampoo is a great solution for greasy hair as my hair felt clean and fresh after use and I no longer need to wash my hair daily. 

Neutrogena T/Gel Shampoo Greasy Hair is priced at £6.99 and is available in store at Boots

The Body Shop – Moringa Range

I love wearing perfume however, unfortunately I suffer from travel sickness and have found the scent of perfume overwhelming during car journeys and it makes my symptoms worse. I decided I wanted to find an alternative to regular perfumes and decide to try a Body Mist from The Body Shop. I love The Body Shop since they have an array of beautifully scented products that feel great even on my sensitive skin. I decided on the Moringa Body Mist.

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It has a delicate and light floral fragrance which I felt would be ideal since I wanted to avoid strong scents during travel. The mist is priced at £7.50 and I was pleasantly surprised that the fragrance lasted quite long without needing to reapply too often. This mist is a perfect alternative to regular perfume if like me you suffer from travel sickness. I loved this spray so much I decided to buy the Moringa Body Milk aswell.

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It’s the same light fragrance, but the texture is also light and absorbs really quickly into skin without feeling oily but still leaving skin feeling moisturised. If you have very dry skin however, I would personally recommend the Moringa Body Butter

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This is equally a great product but the texture is thicker making it ideal for dry skin. 

All three products are available in store at The Body Shop or from the website
On a side note, I’ve tried a lot of travel sickness medicine which have had no effect but I highly recommend one called Kwells which is available at the Pharmacy Counters at Boots and Supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsburys.
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Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation

I have always been nervous with regards to using liquid foundation for two reasons, one is the fact I have oily skin so it was a concern my skin would feel greasy and reason two was about finding a colour that matches, since Indian skin tones are hard to find shades for. However I heard about an oil free foundation from Smashbox so I decided to write about my experience using Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation.

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I went in store to Boots and I was colour matched to shade 3.2. The product is quite expensive at ¬£29.00 but the size of the bottle is quite good and you only need a pump or 2 which is enough for your whole face. I found the colour looked a little more yellow on my skin than I’d want ideally but it blended in better when I used less of the product for a lighter coverage. The texture is light and did not feel heavy on my skin and set on my skin with a matte finish. The oil control was excellent throughout the day and suited my sensitive and naturally oily skin. I’ve used a brush to apply the foundation before, however I’ve found it blended better when I used my fingers to apply it. I really like this product and I’m glad I tried it. It gives me long lasting coverage and my skin looks hydrated while still remaining oil free.¬†

You can purchase Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation in store at Boots
Online directly from Smashbox http://www.smashbox.co.uk/

Fade Out Original Brightening Day Cream SPF15

My skin is good for the most part but occasionally I break out with spots. The worst part are not the spots themselves but the acne scarring they leave behind. I’m often left with dark marks on my skin. The product I’ve mentioned before like Bellapierre is great at hiding the scars but I wanted to look for a more permanent solution to get rid of the scarring and discoloration for good. I decided to try a cream I noticed when shopping called Fade Out Original Brightening Day Cream SPF15.

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The cream is quite thick in texture and since I have naturally oily skin I only apply the cream directly onto my scars as oppose to putting it on all over my face. I’ve been using it for a few of months now and have really noticed a difference. My skin tone looks more even and the acne scars look less dark. Like most products, there’s no instant effect or transformation. You need be patient to see results and for me this product is slowly improving my scars so I recommend it.

You can purchase Fade Out Original Brightening Day Cream SPF15 priced at £9.29
In store at Boots or online http://www.boots.com
Online on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk

Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder

As I’ve mentioned before I have Oily skin. It’s tough as the day goes on to try and maintain a nice matte finish especially on particularly warm days. Thankfully there are now wonderful products out there called finishing/setting powders which are designed to help set your make up and complete your look. The powders are translucent so can be universally used by all skin tones and are meant to be light in texture just to set your make up to finish your look. I was out purchasing my favourite eyeliner from Gosh (mentioned in previous post¬†https://southindianmakeup.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/gosh-cosmetics-velvet-touch-eye-liner-and-eye-shadows/) and came across a setting powder and thought I would give it a try. It is called Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting powder and I purchased it for ¬£6.99 but it is usually ¬£9.99.

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Even though its a two in one product I personally do not use it as a Primer and only use it as a setting powder. The pot comes with a sieve that you can rotate which is handy since it prevents spills or too much powder coming out.¬† So once I completed by normal foundation routine I lightly dipped by brush into the powder and blended it over my skin. It blended in easily with my skin without affecting my foundation or making it appear cakes or patchy and instead, gave me a matte polished look. Throughout the day I didn’t need to reapply my makeup and it controlled shine completely. I highly recommend this Setting/Finishing powder since its a great price and actually works well and lasts all day.

You can purchase Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder
In store at Superdrug

Beauty UK Eyebrow Kit

Okay so we all know what they say about eyebrows, you know how they’re meant to be sister’s and not twins. Well let’s just say mine are more like distant cousins or maybe not even related at all! Eyebrows make such an impact on the face so they are important so I had to find a solution to make my brows presentable. Thankfully I found it, it’s a wonderful product from Beauty UK called the High Brow Eyebrow Kit. This kit completely transformed my eyebrows. It contains 3 different shades to suit different skin tones, I personally use the darkest shade, and the kit comes with a double ended applicator and tweezers. The applicator is small, one side has a rounded applicator and an angled one at the other end. The length of the applicator might not suit some people so you may want to find a longer one but I personally find it easy to use and find that I am able to apply the powder in precise way without it taking too much time. It also comes with a colourless wax but I’ve found the powder lasts long for me without needing to use the wax.

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This Eyebrow Kit Is available online directly from Beauty UK just check the post below ūüôā

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

I have small eyes so I wanted to find an eyeshadow with a more neutral shade to make my eyes look bigger. I also wanted a more neutral shade for everyday wear for a more subtle and natural look. The issue was that all the shades I came across were far too light on my skin. I looked around and came across the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

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There were two options. This original palette or the new 2nd edition. I picked the original one as it had more yellow tones which I felt would blend with my skin better whilst still being noticeable. It also had a vastly contrasting black shade which I love for when I do an evening Smokey eye look. The eyeshadows are really long lasting and blend in with each other very effortlessly when incorporating more than one shade on the lid. I add more than one shade to make my eyes appear more open and bigger and I can do this with these tones without it looking heavy or overdone.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is priced at ¬£23.00. It’s subtle enough to use daily but still lasts long.
It’s available direct from the website ¬†http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/
It’s available online at Feel Unique¬†http://www.feelunique.com/p/Urban-Decay-Naked-Basics-Palette
Major department stores such as
And also online through Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk

Gosh Cosmetics – Velvet Touch Eye Liner and Eye Shadows

A problem I’ve had with eye liner pencils is that other than Black, different colours don’t show up on my skin effectively. Well that was until I discovered Gosh cosmetics. They have a range of colours and when using the eye liner and eye shadow, the colour intensity is remarkable and so vibrant. The Velvet Touch eye liner is waterproof so lasts all day and the soft texture makes it easy to apply. The range is available in Superdrug.¬†

The Gosh Velvet Touch eye liner is priced at £4.99
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The Gosh Eyeshadow Quattro is priced at £7.99
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