[BEAUTY] How I grew my eyelashes at home

Hey everyone!

Long time no see, how are you all? I’ve become one of the worst bloggers out here… I don’t even think I can call myself a blogger anymore! I have actually been so so busy, so many exciting things have happened in the last 4 months I have not had the chance to sit down and write anything. Hopefully one day soon I can do that, as even though I doubt many people still read my blog it would be nice to just have everything written down so I can remember it at a later date. If you’re reading this and you’d like to see that definitely let me know in the comments! Also, leave me a quick comment with your blog link so I can have a good stalk through it 😉

Anyway, I was sent the Quickmax Eyelash Growth Enhancer, which does what it’s says – grows your eyelashes. I believe you can also use this product for eyebrows too, if you want to make them thicker, but I didn’t test that out.

So here’s how I used it:

Every night, for around 7 weeks, I applied the serum (which comes with a thin applicator in a small gold tube) to my lash line, as if I was putting eyeliner on. I made sure to do this right before I went to sleep, to ensure that it can really sink into my lashes without interfering with make up/other products, or getting in my eyes whilst they were open.

I took a few photos of my eyelash growth progress and I wanted to share them with you here (sorry that my eyes look so tired and weird):

As you may see, there isn’t a massive difference. I was expecting a significant increase in the length of the eyelashes, especially considering the hefty £49 price tag, and the fact I used the product for nearly 2 months! However, there was a noticeable difference in the thickness of them, and this was further exaggerated once I’d applied mascara.

In conclusion, this eyelash growth enhancer didn’t cut it for me; I would not recommend spending £49 on a product that doesn’t do much… Then again, this is my own judgement and everybody is different- this serum could work wonders on your eyelashes, you never know until you try! Plus, it’s currently on offer for £24.95 so you could give it a whizz for a cheaper price.

Have you tried any Eyelash Growth Serums that you could suggest for me to try?

Love, Kavi xo

[BEAUTY] My New Hair – The TRANSFORMATION

Hi everyone! How are you all? So I’m sure you will all know that I have decided that blogging is not a regular, scheduled thing for me now – I just write spontaneously when I feel like it, as this is when I enjoy it the most. Anyway, I started back at school again- and I’m not going to lie it’s very tough, but oh well we all have to go through it at some point so instead of complaining I’m just getting on with it. Luckily, so far I’m managing my time quite well which is why I have enough time to write a good blog post 🙂 I hope you’re all well, have you gone back to school/work?

As it was a new year and I wanted to change a few things, including my general mindset towards things and positivity, I thought it’d be nice to also switch up my hair a little bit. I’ve never really done anything dramatic with my hair because it’s very frizzy/curly which means it’s already hard enough to manage as it is. However, it used to be a rich, dark, chocolatey colour and I wanted to change it by adding in some light to lift it up a bit. The look I decided to go for is called Balayage, and I have been getting a lot of questions on it so I thought I would write about the process.

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I went to have my hair done at a salon called Gibson and Powell. Here, they sat me down and brushed out my thick, dry hair (see the picture below). The stylist then straightened my mane so that she could have more control when applying the dye. After, she used a mixture of bleach and a light brown/blonde tint which she brushed through my hair using a thick brush. Brushing it on free hand ensures that there is no obvious line, which you can see when people ombre their hair.

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(The hair is blonder/lighter underneath)

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(The hair looks different in different lights)

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She left out bits of my hair to make sure that it looked more subtle and sun kissed, instead of a block of blonde hair. Therefore some bits of my hair is lighter than others, and other bits are the same as before. The whole balayage look focuses on applying the dye on the lower half of your hair, instead of all over (otherwise it would technically be called highlights). After the dye was painted on, it was left on for around 25 minutes. The longer it stays on, the lighter the hair. And finally, it was all washed out and roughly blow dried. I find that with the colour my hair looks better and nicer when it is curled, so I have been curling it or keeping it natural with my mad hair.

So that’s the whole transformation. I really like it, it adds something different to my hair but it’s not too IN YOUR FACE HELLO. The sun kissed look is definitely what I was going for, so I am very happy with it. The only downside is that my hair is very dry, so I have to use double the amount of hair oil that I used to.

I hope you guys enjoyed learning about my hair transformation.. Let me know what you think of it! Have you done anything different with your hair at all?

Love,

Kavi xox

[Beauty & Fashion] Huge Summer Haul

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday ❤

If you don’t know already I am back to blogging for good now – fill yourself in by looking at Sundays post if you missed it. Anyway, I promised a haul for you and this time round its fashion and beauty, as a couple weeks ago I went shopping in Oxford Street with my best friend – it was so much fun but some pretty bizarre stuff happened. Firstly there was what sounded like a plane but was actually a massive colour bomb dropped from somewhere, to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and it looked insane. As well as that, the Sunday we went was ‘National Naked Cyclist Day’, which meant there were a good 100 or so men and women cycling through the middle of London, completely nude. Lovely.

I always seem to sidetrack… Onto the haul!

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Let’s start with beauty. I was kindly sent these facemasks from StyleLux, which I’ve been meaning to review for a while but obviously unable to what with the radio silence of my blog. They are called Blackhead Killers*, and it’s basically a black substance that you put over your face and peel away the blackheads. Luckily, I don’t suffer with many blackheads but I did around my nose, and after using these I don’t have any in this area now. The facemask is very strong, so be careful if you have sensitive skin as this stuff really does ‘kill’ your spots away.

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When I went shopping for some new make up, Superdrug were offering two of these cute make up bags for free with your purchases, which are so handy as I always run out of space to store my make up when travelling, not to mention how nice they are. The makeup I actually purchased is this Revlon lip butter that I’ve been wanting for years (genuinely years) in ‘Juicy Papaya’, which is so pretty and easy to wear, plus it’s extra moisturising so basically feels like a luxury tinted lip balm. I also got this cream to powder eyeshadow in ‘Bronze’ from Maxfactor, and a beautiful beautiful blusher called ‘Seductive Pink’, which is surprising because usually I never purchase anything from this brand as nothing particularly interests me. Being the Barry M nail addict I am, I of course had to try the new Sunset range, I mean how pretty is the packaging and how exciting is it to have an affordable gel nail polish you can do at home?! I picked up the shades ‘Fuchsia Generation’ and ‘Peach for the stars’. I have to say I am quite satisfied, but you will see my full opinion on them when I review them, if you are interested.

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Next up.. Clothing! I love clothes, and there are some really lovely pieces out in store right now so I don’t think my purse will be full any time soon.. I did pick up some other stuff a few months back, but I don’t doubt you won’t see that featured on here at some point, maybe for a Summer Lookbook? Anyway, I got this beautiful dress from Miss Selfridge for only £18, which is brilliant for them as usually the prices are pretty steep for a high street brand. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone, but it has that festival vibe and I just couldn’t resist buying it. From Bershka, I picked up a few things as the summer collection is on point this year. All the items are focusing on this years top trend of the Off the Shoulder look, which personally I find very flattering. The white lace top looks so pretty with high waisted shorts, and the black with floral print top is also a killer with a high waisted item on the bottom half. I then got this super girly and cute white dress, which is longer on I promise!! It’s so thick and really makes me happy as it fits perfectly. My last clothing purchase is this super feminine (Serena from Gossip Girl like) pink lace dress. It was super affordable, as H&M usually is, but looks so elegant on and I can’t wait to wear this soon for my birthday.

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That’s everything I got guys! I know it’s not HUGE to some people, but altogether this was quite an expensive haul, so it’s big for me!!

What’s your favourite thing I featured? Have you done your summer shopping yet?

Love,

Kavi xox

[LIFE] MY FIRST BLOGGER’S EVENT

Hello lovelies! How are you all?

In December I did something I’d wanted to do for ages… I went to my first blogger’s event! I was super nervous but at the same time really excited because I couldn’t wait to ramble on to people who had the same interests as me and finally talk face to face to people I follow online.

Sarah and Bex organised the event, and there were supposed to be a lot more people attending but in the end it was just a handful of us, which is understandable because it was Christmas time and the holiday season is always jam packed! Although I didn’t get the chance to properly talk to all the bloggers, we all had a lovely time and have agreed to do another meet up soon, which is good news.

The event was held at Pizza Express where we munched on salad and Pizza, chatted about our favourite bloggers, explained our FOTD’s and OOTD’s and snapped away pictures for our blogs. The lovely bloggers were Sarah, Beth, Bex, Lisa, Shona and Emily. I must give a huge virtual hug to Beth from BeautyInBeta who is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met and was so caring on the night! I was so excited to meet everyone behind the screen 😉

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Here’s the gorgeous Beth and I! Yes, we were wearing the Christmas Cracker party hats..         (photo credit to Sarah)

Sarah very kindly bundled us each with a lovely little goodybag, filled with make up and a little yankee candle (because I don’t already have enough candles).

All in all it was a lovely event and I can’t wait to attend another one!

Have you been to a blogger’s event? What’s your opinion on meeting the girl behind the screen?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[BEAUTY] A Little Beauty Haul

Hello lovelies! Happy February! I can’t believe we’ve already demolished a whole month of 2015, each day of January seemed to go slowly but really it zoomed by.. How was your January?

In the middle of January I decided to make a list of all the beauty items that I wanted. A lot of them are quite expensive/high end so that means I need to save up a bit, which I don’t mind. I have, however, managed to pick up a couple of items on my wishlist and so I thought I would share what I got with you. By I will have done a lot of shopping because I’m saving up until then, so expect my next haul to be around that time! Anyway, enough rambling, let’s get on with the haul…

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Nanshy kindly sent me their beauty blender/sponge, and I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I definitely think using the right application can make your make up look so much better; using this sponge means that I actually enjoy using foundation! It’s only £5.95, so it’s definitely worth trying if you want a great yet affordable beauty blender.

From Boots, I picked up this new mascara from Maybelline. It’s the Lash Sensational mascara which is a new release so therefore the price was only £5.99. Personally I think the packaging is much nicer than other mascaras by Maybelline, even though it’s the same price. I can’t wait to try this out because I needed a new mascara!

Boots also very kindly sent me this ‘Nude Magique BB’ blusher from L’oreal, to update my make up bag for the New Year! I’ve seen this in store before – it’s a clear gel/mousse that turns pink once it touches your skin. I’m not sure about the consistency of this product but I am excited to play around with it, especially for the Summer time.

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In Debenhams they have an offer on in which you can trade in your old cleanser for a new Clinique one! So obviously I bounced on the offer, replacing a yucky Simple one with the Clinique Foaming Facial Wash. This will be perfect for weekends away, 2 bits of skincare in one bottle!

Sticking along the lines of skincare, Zuzka sent me this Rose Petal Cleansing Milk. This is really lovely to use on a day where I want to feel well and truly pampered. It’s natural and organic and quite a feel good product. Looking at the other products they stock definitely tempts me to buy some more skincare!

The last two products are from my first order on feelunique! I was super excited ordering this and I found these two items that I badly wanted in the sale too. It’s also free delivery and they popped a free tea bag from teapigs in my order, so I know I will be buying more products from this site. I chose the Macadamia Nourishing Leave-In Cream which is the only thing that seems to shape my berserk curls! I tried a sample of it before and loved it, plus I couldn’t resist when this tube was under £4.

I’ve seen this highlighter been constantly talked about in the blogger’s world, and it’s been on my wishlist for a long time. Seeing it for £14 made me crave in and buy it because it’s the cheapest I’ve seen it and with Spring quickly approaching I thought it was only appropriate to buy it! The packaging is gorgeous and the product itself is so gorgeous and buttery.

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Last but not least, I had to buy Tanya’s book! It looks great and it’s filled with happiness tricks, baking recipes, beauty tips and more. It’s right up my street and on the day of release my mum managed to find one in Tesco for £7!! I’m so excited to read this and I’m so proud of Tanya, I’ve been watching her for 3 years now so I couldn’t not pick it up!

That’s everything I have bought lately! Hopefully this will stop my cravings until March/April where I will splurge out my money…

What have you bought this month? Do you own any of these products?

Love,

Kavi xox

[BEAUTY] The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter Review

Hello lovelies! I’m so relieved right now and just feeling a bit better, I’m excited for this week now even though not much is planned at all, which is always good 🙂 I hope you’re all well – have you got any exciting plans this week?

Firstly I want to say a thank you to all the lovely feedback on my Sultry make up tutorial, you all seem to want more posts featuring my face, so I guess I’ll have to work on that.. (catch up here.) So today I’ve got a review post. I know this blog has really been beauty based lately, and I love that but hopefully soon I’ll get in some lifestyle or fashion posts – I haven’t done an OOTD in what feels like forever! What do you prefer my blog to be based on?

For Christmas I received this Cleansing butter that I was lusting for, after reading brilliant reviews and the concept reminding so much of higher end products, like the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. I was delighted to see this and I thought I ought to do a review on it..

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The Cleansing butter is Camomile scented, which is very faint but nevertheless quite relaxing. Scented products are a No No when it comes to skincare, but then unscented products quite frankly stink, so this is a great in-between! The butter is a solid balm consistency but only takes a rub between your fingertips to create an oil/butter. From here, I spread the butter all over my palms and melt away my make up. Using massaging motions the oil dissolves the make up and leaves a yucky residue on the surface of your skin, which you then rinse off with water or a flannel. You are left which soft, buttery (see what I did there) skin that feels deeply cleansed and just damn clean.

I use this on the days where I have energy to keep my eyes open to do skincare (other days I just use Micellar Water and a cotton pad). Every time I do use it, my skin looks and feel lovely. At £12, it’s worth a try if you want something more for skincare. Plus, The Body Shop always have deals on so I’m sure you can get a couple bucks off if you are considering purchasing it.

Rating : 4/5 – I hate that I have to rinse it off, I’d much rather use a cotton pad because I’m so lazy! Also, I can imagine if you live in a hot country this would not last long…

Have you tried this product? What does your skincare routine consist of?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[BEAUTY] Subtle & Sultry Makeup Tutorial

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 This week has been a long one, but I’ve got an even more exhausting one ahead of me… How’s your week been?

Today I’m showing you a subtle, glowy, dewy make up look/tutorial inspired by the Victoria’s Secret Angels and the fast approaching season of Spring. December was filled with bold red lips and piles of glitter, and now I felt like it was time to take it down a notch. Lately I’ve been wearing this look for every occasion. It adds a little healthy glow back into your face (with a perfect flawless base) and gives your eyes a little twinkle.

I must admit I am a bit hesitant with showing my face but you can’t do a make up tutorial without a selfie, am I right? 😉 Anyway, onto the tutorial!

IMG_2164IMG_21621. Base. I used the Mac Studio Fix Foundation which is really lightweight and dewy. It’s probably the best foundation I’ve tried – I’m not a big fan of foundation so I am super impressed with this and will hopefully buy the full size soon. I dampened the Nanshy 4-in-1 Marvel Makeup Sponge* and used the flat pointed bit to apply and blend it into my face. This way your foundation looks much more subtle and natural looking – great for people who don’t want to look and feel like they are caked in make up!

2. Cheeks. First I took some Cream Blusher by Maybelline and swept this onto the apples of my cheeks. Using a tapered fluffy brush I applied Contour into the hollows of my cheeks and temples. The key here is blending – you want to look like you’re naturally bronzed. Using my fingers I swept a little bit of the Highlight from the Sleek Contour Kit onto my cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose.

3. Eyes. Using a Champagne Cream Eyeshadow over my eyelid, I blended and set that in place with a shimmery light Gold Eyeshadow from the Hard Day Palette by Makeup Revolution. Then I curled my lashes and applied a good coating of the L’oreal So Couture Mascara, ensuring that I wiggled the brush to get natural fluttery looking lashes.

4. Lips. I picked out a random lip colour (this one happened to be MUA’s Lipstick in Nectar) and blotted it onto my lips, using a blending brush to buff it in, which creates a sort of just bitten look.

The Final Look:

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I love how glowy it looks! The camera was so stubborn and no matter where I went the lighting would not help to show how lovely this look is. It’s a perfect way to slip in something Spring(ish) even though it’s still January…

What do you guys think of this look? Yay or Nay? More Makeup Tutorials or should I stick to the usual stuff?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

P.S. I’m feeling so cold lately. I found this comfy women’s gilet from Woolovers in Nude, and it’s on sale too. I think it’d look great under big coats and long knee high boots, but I’m not sure if it’s very me or not. Opinions please? How do you layer your clothes?

[BEAUTY] COLAB DRY SHAMPOO REVIEW

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well 🙂

I feel like I haven’t done a review in ages, but that’s purely because I like to properly try out products for a while before sharing my thoughts, otherwise my writing tends to be based around what other bloggers say – there’s no point in that is there?! Anyway, I have been trying out a lot of the products that I got in December or for Christmas and replacing them with my usual staples, so I thought I would start reviewing them. Today I have the COLAB Dry Shampoo in the scent ‘New York’, by Ruth Crilly from amodelrecommends.

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Usually, I stick with the cult of Batiste, but when I went to a Blogger Meal I was delighted to find this newly hyped about product in my goody bag! It’s a small little thing, but damn does it have power. The scent is fabulous, super fruity and refreshing – it honestly feels like I’m spritzing perfume into my hair! Every time I swish it and it flops into my face I feel like a L’oreal model and my hair just smells divine. Unlike Batiste, the COLAB dry shampoo doesn’t actually leave any white residue in your hair, so no signs of fake ageing here ladies! As for cleaning my hair, it does okay because of the scent but if I’m honest with you I don’t really feel like it absorbs the oil, which sucks because otherwise this product gets a solid 10/10 for me… Ooh I forgot to mention the packaging! It’s much more attractive then Batiste and looks like something less tacky and childish, if that makes sense.

Even though the dry shampoo isn’t so absorbing, I’m intrigued as to what the other kinds will smell like and maybe they will be more absorbing (there are 5 scents). At £3.49, it’s not going to harm my purse so next time I pop into Boots I’ll make sure to sneak the others in my basket!

Pick it up here.

Have you tried the COLAB Dry Shampoo? What are your thoughts on dry shampoo – yay or nay?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[FASHION] 5 Things I’ve Purchased This Month

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe it’s Sunday already – why does the week go so slowly and the weekend just flies by?! I hope you’re all well anyhow 🙂

So with great feedback on my last ‘5 Things’ post, which you can check out here, I decided that this is a series I want to be doing. I need to decide how regular it is going to be, maybe once every two weeks?

We all know that the shops have some kind of deal or sale on after Christmas, and after some searching around I found a few pieces in the sale and a couple other things. So I present to you a 5 piece haul, from Zara, Primark and Boots!

Primark is always worth a visit, sale or no sale. They are pretty cheap but have some good stuff, so I was delighted with these two items. I found this gorgeous oversized cardigan that is so so soft and cosy, I have literally been begging people to feel it. I love these granny cardigans because I can just chuck them over any outfit and I’m good to go. Pretty sure I will be living in this for the whole, including summer. This was £12.

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I also found this cool turtle neck cropped top. I got in a huge size so therefore it isn’t tight at all, just looks like a normal top. It’s got this weird yet funky print on which I can’t find a word to describe, but hopefully the picture will do it for you. It was only £6, so obviously that’s a massive plus.

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Onto Zara! I found that Zara sales are absolutely brilliant, everything is so cheap and I’m pretty sure my whole family found something in here. I don’t usually shop in Zara, but boy do I wish I had the money to. The quality is amazing, and this Slogan Tee and Flannel are no exceptions. The black T-Shirt is humongous, and it says ‘Darling, I have it on vinyl’. Cos you know with my record player and all..? Yeah. It was £5.99 which I consider great, the same price as Primark or H&M!

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The flannel is my final piece of clothing that I purchased. It is very, very big as you can tell, but I think it’d work great as a nightshirt, thrown over a T-Shirt or Vest, or tucked into high waisted jeans with a big bag and a messy bun. It looks like a man’s shirt, I know, but I’ve been searching for the perfect flannel shirt for ages and it looks like I’ve found it. It was again pretty reasonably priced, at £19.99.

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The final item I purchased is a make up item. I’ve been eyeing up this Bourjois Lip Lacquer/ Rouge Edition thing for ages, so many people have loved them and I am of course another one of them. They are so buttery and soft, but last for ages – I still can’t get it off from yesterday!! This one is the shade ‘Peach Club’ which is a bright and vibrant coral kind of pink. I love wearing bold lips now, whereas before it was all about the eye make up. At £8.99, it’s worth a try and I’m sure you’ll find a colour that suits you.

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So they are the 5 things I purchased in 2015 so far! Which of my items are your favourite? What have you picked up recently?

Thanks for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

[BEAUTY] Luxury Beauty Wishlist 2015

Hello lovelies! Happy Friday! This week has actually gone fairly quickly, even though it’s been so hard to get used to things again… How’s your first week back been?

Today I’m going to do a wishlist post, and I love writing these because the collages are so fun to make and it always makes me excited to see what you guys think of the products I’m lusting over. I’ve read many reviews on these products and with the sales still on, I may just have to pick some of these up! I’m not going to bother explaining each product because I want to solely hear what you guys think of them, so I’ll leave the product pictures below along with the links. If you guys know any deals they have on beauty products (high end wise), please let me know 🙂

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Clarins Face Treatment Dry Oil  // YSL Black Opium Perfume // Lancome Gradiose Mascara // YSL Babydoll Kiss and Blush ’07’ // Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick ‘Sexy Sienna’ // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush //

So that’s my current wishlist guys! I’m really into lipstick and blusher right now, as you may have seen.

Do you have any of the products I want? What’s your thoughts on them? Have you purchased anything from the sales?

Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya Sunday!

Love

Kavi xox