Taking it back to the 1950’s

Hey!

Hope you guys all had a great Easter! The four day Easter weekend has gone by so quickly and now it’s time for me to get down to doing some hard core revision for my upcoming exams, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself LOL, but of course there’s always time for a blog post or two 🙂 Over the weekend my family and I celebrated my uncle’s 60th birthday party and we always like to make things a little bit interesting and fun so we decided to go for a 50’s theme! He was born in the 50’s so it only made sense to dress the part!

Taking inspiration from some of the greatest fashion icons from the 50’s like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, it wasn’t too difficult to come up with an outfit style.

Here’s how I decided to put the look together.

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Outfit

Black Turtle neckMiss Selfridge size 4

Grey striped SkirtASOS Marketplace – Pink Strawberry size XS

Black UnderskirtAmazon UK size XS – this gave the skirt that extra 50’s flare

Accessories

Grey court shoesMatalan – I bought these last year so they’re no longer on the website 😦

Vintage Pearl Necklace – Claire’s accessories – this necklace was so hard to find!

Pearl BraceletTiffany & Co


 

Have you guys ever dressed up for a 50’s themed night or anything similar?


 

Sachita x

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Morphe 35T Taupe Eyeshadow Palette | First impressions

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This Morphe 35T palette has got to be one of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve tried and at such an affordable price, it’s a steal! The range of colours are stunning and with 35 shades you can really mix it up with the variety of looks you’re going for. In the Dubai Sephora, I finally picked up the TooFaced Shadow Insurance and I can’t believe I hadn’t used this earlier! I’ve never really been a daily eyeshadow wearer but this eyeshadow primer has now found itself a permanent place in my everyday makeup routine! And paired with the shades from this palette you can create a natural everyday look or a more glam evening look – it doesn’t move for the whole day!

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The brand

The U.S. make up brand Morphe Brushes have started to make their mark on the YouTube beauty-sphere, more commonly known for their extensive line of synthetic yet affordable make up brushes, giving some of the higher end brands like MAC and Sigma a good run for their money. As with their brushes, their eyeshadow palettes are becoming more and more popular, with the limited edition Jaclyn Hill palette being a cult favourite.


 

The colours

This 35T palette takes the signature naked eye to the next dimension! It includes 35 shades ranging from neutral, taupe, metallic coppers, brick red shades and more golden and bronze shimmer shades. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by the lack of matte transitional shades to create a complete look. I’d say to pair this palette with a matte palette like the Urban Decay NAKED Basics or theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude for an extra variety of shades to create more dimension.


 

The formula

The application of these shadows are smooth and highly pigmented however I would say the mattes are a little more difficult to build than the shimmers.

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The price

The price of this palette is so impressive, I bought this palette on BeautyBay.com and it retails for £18.25!


 

The look 

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Crease: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid outer V: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid middle: 4th row, third shade from the right & 2nd row, 5th shade from the right

Lid inner corner and tear duct: 2nd row, fourth shade from the right

Brows: ABH dip brow pomade – dark brown

Liner: Kat Von D ink liner in Trooper and set with NYC liquid liner

Mascara: L’Oréal Telescopic Carbon Black


 

The brushes I used

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From top to bottom

Sigma E40 – Perfectly tapered for blending

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease – Crease and transitional shade

MAC 213 – Lid

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer – Smoothing and defining

Bdellium Tools 716 – Inner tearduct highlight


 

Have you guys tried out this palette or any other Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow palettes? What did you think of them?


 

Sachita x

 

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar | Health and Beauty Benefits

 Hey guys!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has become my new obsession! For about 3/4 months now I have been having a tablespoon of ACV diluted in half a glass of water once a day and I couldn’t be more impressed with the results! It’s wide-ranging benefits include everything from curing hiccups, alleviating cold symptoms and some people have turned to ACV to help with health concerns including diabetes and high cholesterol. I wanted to share with you guys how ACV has benefitted me and why maybe you should consider adding ACV into your daily routine!

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Does it matter what kind of Apple Cider Vinegar you use?

Yes, absolutely! You want to use the raw, unfiltered and organic variety that contains the ‘MOTHER’. This is the key ingredient with all the good stuff! The mother is the sediment at the bottom of the bottle which will probably freak you out first but after a good shake it will mix in quite nicely. There are so many brands out there but the most popular is the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar which, for us UK residents, I think is only available here on Amazon.


 

How much do I drink and how do I prepare it?

I tend to take one tablespoon of ACV and dilute it into half a glass of water every evening. But let my warn you – this stuff is potent! It took me a good few weeks to get used to the taste! It seems easier to take it as a shot so you can avoid the taste but unfortunately this isn’t recommended as it can damage teeth enamel and throat tissue. Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of honey or even substitute the water for some juice to help it go down a little smoother!


 

What are some of the ways it’s benefitted me?

  • Helps to clear skin imperfections and blemishes – I have noticed such great results! You don’t just have to work from the inside out, ACV acts as a great natural toner with it’s antibacterial properties, it will leave your skin looking healthy and refreshed! It also helps to absorb excess oils and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It really is a lifesaver, if you have a small blemish the night before by the next morning it’s gone!
  • Helps soothe a sore throat caused by colds  – ACV contains malic acid which gives it it’s antibacterial properties and along with a bit of honey, your cold symptoms will be alleviated instantly! It also helps to reduce mucus in your body, helping to clear sinuses.
  • Teeth whitener – ACV helps kill bacteria in your gums and mouth, removing stains leading to brighter and cleaner teeth!
  • Acts as a detoxifier – I have been loving including a detoxifying super green juice into my daily routine but sometimes if I’m in a rush or just don’t have the time to blend up some greens, ACV is the perfect alternative to balance that pH level!
  • Reduces leg cramps – Sometimes I tend to get quite bad leg cramps due to low potassium especially at night but since taking ACV, I haven’t been getting them as much or as bad!
  • Helps fade bruises and scars – Just dab a light layer of ACV on top of the bruise or scar and repeat a couple of times to help fade the discolouration.
  • Improves your hair’s body and shine – I love this one! Just add one part ACV to three parts water in a spray bottle and spritz into your hair concentrating on the ends after shampooing. Rinse out and you’ll see the dramatic results!

 

Are there any precautions?

  • It will make you urinate quite a lot so be cautious when taking it LOL
  • Don’t take too much – If you’re lazy like me and will eventually give up with the tablespoon and start to pour it straight into the cup from the bottle, try not to overdo it! I think I have been overdoing it the past few days and my stomach hasn’t been feeling too great, but I can’t be sure it’s because of the ACV so I’m going to lay off it for a couple of days and see what happens!

 

Have you guys tried out Apple Cider Vinegar? How has it been benefiting you?


 

Sachita x

Kat Von D | Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks | #obsessed

Hey guys! 

I know it’s been a while since my last post but I promise I have a good reason 🙂 – around three weeks ago I turned 21 and about 4 days after that I was jetting off on holiday to India and Dubai for a couple of weeks, so haven’t really had a moment to pause and breathe until now!

Whilst I was in Dubai (vlog coming soon!), it was of course mandatory to make that all important trip to Sephora! (For all of us beauty loving UK residents who pray for a Sephora store to open here, isn’t a trip to Sephora just what we live for!?)

So you could say I went a little crazy but really I only picked up the “necessities” haha! Most of what I picked up was from Kat Von D as that and Anastasia Beverly Hills were the only couple of brands you can’t get here in the UK. One of my all time favourites from Kat Von D are her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and since trying the gorgeous medium-dark pinky-red Bachelorette about a year ago and loving the formula, application and longevity of wear, I knew it was time to pick up a few more shades from the range! Liquid lipsticks have become so popular at the moment and every make up brand has started coming up with their own formulas, but I think the Kat Von D’s are my favourite that I’ve tried so far!

The pigmentation is long lasting and really comfortable to wear. It dries to a true matte finish and lasts for upto 8 hours but I’d definitely say to use a moisturiser on the lips before application, as it can tend to be slightly drying after a little while.

Here’s the shades I picked up:

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Without flash

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With flash 

Bachelorette – described as a  “dark reddish fuchsia” – so great when on holiday to bring a nice pop of colour to the face!

Bahau 5 – described as a “deep raspberry” – I’d say it comes out a little more like a purple-ish berry on my skin tone rather than a deeper shade.

Lolita – described as a “chestnut rose” – the perfect dusty pink/browny-nude, great with any outfit or make up look and perfect on any skin tone!

Nosferatu – described as “blood crimson” – a beautiful burnt orange with brown undertones.

Exorcism – described as “ripe blackberry” – I absolutely love this shade! It such an elegant bold lip shade – great winter colour!


Have you guys tried these cult favourite liquid lipsticks? What shades have you tried and what’s on your Sephora wishlist?


 

Sachita x

Bare Minerals | Ready Foundation | Review

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I’m back on the blogosphere! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a super busy few weeks with Christmas and exams but now I’m back and ready to update you guys with new posts, hopefully every week!

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In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Bare Minerals – Ready Foundation. This is a pressed compact powder, full coverage, SPF 20 foundation. Straying slightly from my holy grail Mac Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC44.5, although this is my absolute fave foundation, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect powder foundation and have tried the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation, but found that it started making my skin slightly oily after just a few hours of wear. In search of a better alternative, I decided to try out this one.

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Now I’d never tried Bare Minerals products before this one because I felt my skin wasn’t at the perfect stage where I was happy to just use a powder foundation that would be enough to cover the imperfections. Recently the hormone imbalances in my skin seem to have levelled out and, let’s just say I’ve been seeing more “good skin days” than bad :). I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for me to try the Bare Minerals products and completely on a whim, I decided to go for the full coverage pressed Ready Foundation as appose to the more popular, light to medium coverage, “Original – loose mineral powder foundation“. I’m always going to be a full coverage girl so I knew this was the foundation for me!

My shade is R430 which is just about the perfect match to my skin tone which I think is definitely important when picking a powder foundation in particular. With liquids, if the shade doesn’t match exactly there are always ways around it, like mixing it with a moisturiser or a lighter/darker shade of foundation.

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I’ve worn this foundation for a few days now and so far I’ve been loving it! It leaves my skin looking smooth with a slight glowy finish – perfect for a night out! The coverage is great and immediately counteracts any discolouration or scarring. It’s very long wearing which is definitely a plus for a powder foundation and doesn’t transfer!

In a sleek, black and matte compact packaging with a mirror, it makes this product super travel friendly, although there can be quite a bit of fall out after being used a few times.

Although this foundation applies really well with great coverage, one of the downsides is that it really accentuates the size of pores making them look larger than they are. This has slightly put me off using this foundation all over my face, however I’ve started to apply the foundation in areas where I don’t have many pores, and just stick to my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the areas with slightly more pores – this method has seemed to work really well for me 🙂

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I aslo purchased the Bare Mineral Precision Face Brush which applies the product seamlessly with its dense hairs and think it’s the perfect applicator for this foundation! Slightly on the pricey side at £24 just for the brush, which retails just slightly less than the £26 Ready Foundation, I think it’s still worth it for the unique shape and density of this mineral synthetic brush.

Overall I think this foundation serves it’s purpose well leaving my skin looking bright and youthful, as it claims to. However I’m not sure if I’ve found that perfect powder foundation yet, to leave me with a light and natural feeling to the skin. I would definitely recommend this foundation to those with more oily skin types as it definitely does well in keeping excess oil to a minimum. The shade range is also really great!


Have you guys tried this foundation? What did you think of it and what skin type do you have? I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂


Sachita x

 

 

Africa again! | Cape Town, SA

Hey!

So you guys may have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while and that’s because I was on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa! This was probably one of the most incredible holiday destinations I have ever been to and just the views itself were breathtaking! Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, an adventure packed holiday or even one for the wine enthusiasts, Cape Town has everything to offer!

I just arrived back in London yesterday morning and couldn’t wait to share my experiences with you guys so be prepared for a long stream of picture overload!

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Cape Town International Ariport

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Panoramic view from our Villa

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Tandem jumpers on Lions Head

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Camps Bay

On our first day, we went on the Hop on Hop off Tour bus (HOHO) and decided to take the Blue Mini Peninsula route. This was such a great and inexpensive way to start off the holiday, taking in the gorgeous views of the iconic Table Mountain, Constantia Winelands and the stunning white sand beaches like Camps Bay. Definitely a must do when in Cape Town!

Day 2&3

We spent a night at Gondwana Game Reserve where we experienced an authentic African safari along the scenic Garden Route. Since visiting Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, East Africa earlier in the year and loving it, we had to have the South African experience this time around and it was extraordinary!

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Lunch upon arrival

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Afternoon game drive

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African Impala

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Black Rhinos

We had a strange encounter with the Rhinos as they came dangerously close to our Jeep and started to move it with their horns. It was so crazy and pretty scary if I’m totally honest!

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Lion Brothers

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Giraffe

On our journey back to Cape Town, we visited a cheetah rehabilitation centre called Cheetah Outreach which is a must for those who want to challenge their fears touching a wild predator haha!

This was such an incredible experience and the fact that these animals aren’t sedated and go back into the wild made it even more satisfying.

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My dad and I with Rafiki the Cheetah!

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Jus’ chillin’

Day 4

On the fourth day we travelled through Cape Peninsula down to Cape Point, part of Table Mountain National Park, the most South Western point of South Africa. We rode the funicular up to the lighthouse where we enjoyed breathtaking, panoramic views of the Western Cape.

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Cape Point

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The last stop of the day was Boulders Beach, famous for being home to a breeding colony of over 2000 African penguins. We strolled down Foxy Beach for the best glimpse of the colony and it was truly a special experience.

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Foxy Beach – Boulders Bay

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Penguin selfie! Outfit – Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins

Day 5 & 6

We visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is acclaimed to be one of the greatest botanic gardens of the world and I can assure you, it was beautiful against the backdrop of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes.PC141740.JPGPC141757.JPG

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We stopped for a lovely afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, which compared to afternoon tea’s in London, this was much more affordable and also had a much larger variety! I would definitely recommend this to any of you guys who love a bit of afternoon tea and are visiting Cape Town, but do book in advance as it can become very busy.

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I opted for the authentic South African Rooibos tea

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Outfit – Dress: H&M on sale!, Necklace: Forever 21

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Day 7

South Africa being famous for its winelands, we couldn’t leave without a bit of chocolate and wine tasting and a visit to one of the oldest vineyards in the whole of South Africa, the Groot Constantia producing wines for over 300 years!

We ended our day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a very popular tourist destination so it was always very busy! And they had a MAC store and H&M haha!

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

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Outfit – Shorts: Dorothy Perkins, Vest top: Hollister, Cardi: New Look, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Day 8

On our eighth and final day in Cape Town, luckily the weather was suitable for us to take our trip up to the summit of Table Mountain, as the cable car does not operate in high winds so be sure to check the wind forecast before you go!

It was the best way to end our holiday with the phenomenal scenery of iconic landmarks such as Lions Head, Robben Island, the Olympic Stadium and Clifton Bay. cable-car.jpg

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Outfit – Dress: Foschini (South Africa), Bag: H&M

Day 9&10

Back to London! We left from Cape Town International Airport on Thursday 17th at around 1:30pm and arrived back in London at around 6am on Friday 18th!

South Africa is an amazing country and one I will be sure to visit again in the future! I loved trying some crazy new experiences and it’s a must for those of you who enjoy an adventurous and thrilling holiday!

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Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Cape Town or anywhere in South Africa before?


Sachita x