Dubai | Feb 2016

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I visited Dubai for about 5 days around mid Feb and made a video of my highlights from the trip! Hope you guys enjoy it!


 

Have you guys been to Dubai?


 

Sachita x

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Charlotte’s Magic Cream | Review

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Since trying out Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation (check out my review here), which I am totally in love with right now, and after hearing so much about Charlotte’s Magic Cream going hand in hand with the foundation, I thought that I would yield to temptation and invest in this magical ‘dew of youth and luminosity‘.

I’ve heard many mixed reviews about the Magic Cream but I was still eager to try it out for myself and after countless visits to the Selfridges CT counter and them never having any samples in stock, I just couldn’t resist but buy the whole jar!

Now onto the cream itself! I’m still uncertain as to how I feel about it exactly, but I have made some conclusions which I feel are pretty accurate considering I’ve been using it for about two weeks now. My skin type is currently normal to dry and as winter is approaching, my skin always tends to become dryer around this time of year.

 

 

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Ingredients

With all of our favourite ingredients including hyaluronic acid, damask rosewater, rosehip oil, vitamin C and spf 15, it can transform dull and lifeless looking skin into a glowing complexion within seconds after application. My favourite ingredient has to be the hyaluronic acid – this stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of pitted scarring and fine lines, smoothing out the skin for a more even finish.

I can definitely say that my skin appears more hydrated and and slightly more plumped around the areas of my imperfections, so for me that’s a plus!


 

Formula

For someone with normal to dry skin, I think this moisturiser works perfectly. However I would not recommend this formula for people with combination or oily skin. The formula is very creamy but absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a soft and pearlescent finish. This may emphasise shine on combination or oily skin which can look unpleasant.

Like in many of Charlotte’s videos, she would always start by using the Magic Cream as a base for make up thus serving really well as, a primer and providing a smooth canvas for foundation. When I use the Magic Cream in combination with the Magic Foundation, the result is incredible!

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Pros:

  • Amazing moisturiser for normal to dry skin types
  • Leaves a soft pearlescent finish to the skin for a rejuvenated glow
  • Works beautifully as a foundation primer
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid to stimulate collage production and reduce appearance of pitted scarring

Cons:

  • The price – Magic Cream retails at £70 which is slightly over-priced IMO, however it does last for a very long time with 50ml
  • Can be quite harsh to the eyes causing them to water for the initial few applications
  • Only has an SPF of 15 which, for the purpose of a sunscreen would need to be paired with an SPF 30+
  • The rose fragrance is quite intense so could be quite unpleasant

 

So, all in all, the pros and cons seem to outweigh each other. I don’t regret my decision buying the Magic Cream, it’s a beautiful moisturiser which I will continue to use however for me, this moisturiser is more of a luxury skin rejuvenator which I would use a 3-4 times a week rather than everyday!


 

My obsession with Charlotte Tilbury makeup is still at an all time high and I have next to review the Matte Revolution Lipstick, is this something you’d like to hear about?

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Sachita x

 

What I got upto for Diwali! 🎉💥

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With Diwali upon us, it’s been nothing but indulgence into some of the most delicious Indian sweets, playing around with coloured powders creating traditional rangolis and creating henna tattoo designs to stain the hands for a gorgeous brown/orange pattern.

I recently purchased some henna/mehndi cones from @hennavisa on Instagram. I have been following her for a few years now and the flow/stain of her mendhi is amazing! I thought this year, after developing my confidence in designing henna patterns, I would buy her cones and try them out for myself!

Henna Visa Instagram page

Henna Visa Instagram page

Henna on my friend Ashni; follow her blog: All About Ashni

Henna on my friend Ashni; follow her blog: All About Ashni

Henna on myself

Henna on myself

Henna on Ashni

Henna on Ashni

The stain was incredible!

The stain was incredible!

We also decorated some rangoli boards with coloured powders for this festive occasion. It’s so much fun but it can get pretty messy so be sure to lay out a tonne of newspaper before starting! We decorated with some tealight candles to finish off the design.

Rangoli pattern by my mum and I

Rangoli pattern by my mum and I

Rangoli pattern by my cousin and aunt

Rangoli pattern by my cousin and aunt

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Wembley Stadium Arch lit in the colours of the India flag to welcome Prime Minister Modi

And of course, to start the Hindu New Year with a bang, some fireworks had to be done!

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year!

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year!


Do you celebrate Diwali? What do you do to celebrate and what is your favourite food to eat during Diwali?


Sachita x

Indian Outfit No. 2 | GRWM

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On Saturday was my baby nephew, Aanav’s Penda Party, and of course again, a great opportunity to get my Bollywood on and glam up for the day, as it’s always way more fun adding colour into my usually monotoned, outfits.

I am totally obsessed with these long ‘dress-type’ Indian outfits! I find that the Anarkhali-style outfits can sometimes not fit right and especially the trouser part of the outfit, that never fits me well! – I always opt for leggings, anyone else do this?  These longer styled outfits are totally in fashion now and so easily elegant, check out my other GRWM – Indian Engagement for a look at one of my other outfits, similar to this one.

This outfit is also from Venisons in Wembley, London just like my royal blue outfit in my previous GRWM – I think Venisons have such great choice of heavy and simple outfits and they tailor the outfits so well for that perfect fit!

I’d say the colour of this outfit is a mixture between jade green and olive green, so not too bright and the perfect colour for Autumn. It has a lovely gold border and gorgeous pearl and diamante embellishments along the neckline and down to the waist, of course it’s not an Indian outfit for me without that added bit of sparkle!

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Once again, I opted for my go-to gold flats which I think just complete the outfit really well. As this dress is the perfect length for me, I felt that with heels it would’ve looked a little odd so I just went for the sensible flat choice 🙂


Do any of you guys prefer the dress style outfits to the standard Anarkhali set? I’d love to see your pics in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | First Impressions

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I know it’s been a while since my last post on my holiday to The Canaries, but I’m back in the game after much relaxation and ready to share my first impressions of one of the most talked about, iconic, luminous and weightless foundations out there – Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. After walking into Selfridges and collecting a few samples to play around with myself at home, I felt that shade 9 was the perfect match for my skin tone and decided to buy it on my next visit which was yesterday! When I was matched at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I felt at first that it was slightly more on the warm side, but after wearing it throughout the day, the colour grew on me more and more, and the luminosity that was brought out by the foundation, totally overpowered that slight mismatch in colour – so for me, this is the perfect shade!

Magic foundation is heralded as miracle in a tube with it’s flawless, powerless and long-lasting coverage, I can definitely say, it lives up to it’s promises! As a full coverage girl, who has some scarring – I’m always looking for that extra bit of coverage and after a first buff of this foundation into my skin, I can instantly see my skintone looking more even and with it, a subtle glow, blurring out my pores and covering my scars.

The finish of this foundation is demi-matte on me and I have a combination skin type. I feel like I don’t need to wear any concealer on top of the Magic Foundation to cover up any blemishes or scars, I would just add a touch of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Caramel to brighten up my undereyes for that highlighted effect. It feels comfortable on the skin and stays on for a long time without transferring. Although the end result is a radiant, luminous finish, it sets into a gorgeous, velvety texture.

One of the reasons, I was so drawn to this foundation was because of one of the main ingredients in the formula – Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – For a long time now, I have been researching a solution for minimising acne scarring and the pitting caused by this, and although hyaluronic acid acts as an anti-aging property, it’s a great product for plumping the skin by increasing the collagen production around problematic areas on the face. This is something that immediately drew me in and I was also very intrigued by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream also containing hyaluronic acid as well a number of natural magical ingredients. Retailing at £70, I thought i’d try out the foundation before I made the splurge, but I may be enticed to make the purchase very soon.

Previously, I would wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) in NC44.5 and this has been my holy grail foundation for so many years now! In comparison to the SFF, Magic Foundation definitely has a deeper and fuller coverage, and minimises the look of pores really well. I feel like SFF can have a slightly drying effect on the face as the finish is matte rather than demi-matte like the Magic Foundation, which can sometimes result in flakey-ness around blemishes. The Magic Foundation is great at preventing a dry look and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and luminous all day!

The swatch above shows the Magic Foundation in shade 9 with no blending and the swatch underneath shows how it looks when blended. As you can see, I’m still rather tanned on my arms from my holiday so the colour of the foundation doesn’t match too well on my arms, however i can assure you it looks like a perfect match on the face haha.


Have any of you tried the Magic Foundation or any other products by Charlotte Tilbury? I can’t wait to get my hands on the Magic Cream!


Sachita x

I’m back! – Post holiday blues…

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I’m back from The Canaries and missing it more than ever! As I mentioned in my previous post, I have so much more to share with you guys from the rest of our holiday 🙂

After some lovely relaxation for the first couple of days, we thought it was about time to venture out and explore the island a little.

Heading over to the famous town of Playa De Las Americas, we spent the day on the sandy beach. In Tenerife, the beaches’ natural sands come from the volcano, Mount Teide on the island, which gives the sand a slightly darker, more brown tint than normal golden sand, still very fine and soft.

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Sunset in Los Cristianos

Playa De Las Americas

Piña Coladas

My cousins and I along the Marina

Making our way to the stunning Teide National Park we boarded a cable car to Teide Volcano, the highest point in Spain – towering the landscape at a mighty 3718m. As the car rises, the splendour of the landscape unfolds beneath your feet – it’s absolutely breathtaking! A definite must when in Tenerife!!

Mountain Range landscaping Teide National Park

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View from above

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Sunset view over Teide National Park

We made a few stops along the way up to Teide Volcano, one including a visit to an authentic Spanish Bodega or wine cellar called Zeverón, producing specialist wines for international export. I’m not usually much of a wine drinker but I have to say, some of the wines we tasted were delicious and freshly distilled adding to the smooth and rich flavour.

Viewpoint on Teide National Park

Bodega

And of course we had to make the stop when we saw an authentic Churreria for some mouth-watering Churros con Chocolate! Also a must when in Spain, these deep fried dough pastries coated in sugar and cinnamon, dipped in a cup of hot, dark chocolate sauce, are to die for!!!

Wine distillery

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Churros con chocolate

The next morning started with a horse-back riding hack along the coastline of South Tenerife. I absolutely love horses and horse-riding! As I no longer have time to take lessons, I try to take every opportunity to go, when abroad 🙂

As we were living on the footstep of a golf course, we had to take the opportunity to play along the captivating coastline with views of Mount Teide in the distance, the warm sea breeze blowing through your hair…

Stables by Amarilla Golf

Stables by Amarilla Golf

On Horseback

Amarilla Golf Club

Hitting that shot after 100 attempts! LOL

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Gorgeous sunset view

Mount Teide mountain range in the distance

Our second to last day had arrived, and we decided to take a trip up to North Tenerife, which took around an hour by car, to visit Loro Parque – a parrot paradise and dolphinarium. There was 4 shows which we saw; the Loro Show, Dolphin Show, Whale Show and Sea Lion Show. The best two, in my opinion, where the Whale and Dolphin shows – they were absolutely magical! A definite must see in the Canary Islands!!

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Arrival at Loro Parque

Gorgeous Macaws upon arrival

Sea Lion Show

Waffle Break

Waffle Break

White Tiger

White Tiger

Dolphin Show

Dolphin Show

Orca Ocean - Whale Show

Orca Ocean – Whale Show

And that concludes the end of this little getaway! I had such an amazing time and starting to feel those holiday blues…
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Sunset from the plane back to London


Have you been to any of the Canary Islands before? What did you get upto on your holidays?


Sachita x

Moving in day – Back to uni!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I have actually been away on work for the past week and was totally knackered to post during the time I was there. Now it’s the weekend, I have finished my summer job and back to uni for me!

This summer for me has probably been the most intense so far, with our Kilimanjaro Trek (check out the video here) at the beginning of summer and starting my job a week after we returned! It has definitely been a super intense but fantastic experience and I have learnt a heck of a lot this summer, not just about the working life, but also about me as a person. Tbh I never thought in a million years that I would be working a summer job during summers between uni until my year in Industrial training as part of my course, and for me to actually get through it and stick it out till the end has made me realise that I can really complete anything I set my mind to. It leaves a great feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment 🙂

An inspirational summer to say the least, and now it’s back to uni and a much needed holiday to the Canaries in two weeks!

Here’s a few snaps of my time at work, being given the amazing opportunity to work on the World’s Leading Defence and Security Event #DSEI

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Royal Air Force Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

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Eurofighter Typhoon

Royal Navy Helicopter

Royal Navy Helicopter

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View from the Sunborn Yacht

View from the Sunborn Yacht


Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! How have you’re summers all been?


Sachita x