Update: Catapulted into adulthood

I’m always really surprised when I get views on any of my posts because I really only started this blog for myself and to share stuff I’m into or my thoughts. So, before writing this update style post I contemplated if it was even worth making because it’s like who cares? This being said, I thought I’d write it anyway because I thought it would be good to write down my thoughts about where I’m currently at.

My last post was in January and I haven’t posted in 6 months and this is purely because of the uni.  The work load and intensity of the final year meant that I had little time to do anything other than work which is why I haven’t had a chance to post.

So, I’m completely done with uni. Like, I’ve graduated and everything. Crazy! It’s honestly so weird because in my mind I feel like I’m still going back in september! If anyone is curious I studied Law and got a 2:1, which I was, and still am thrilled, with. Since finishing uni I have felt a mixture of emotions. Initially it was pure relief, happiness and excitement to graduate. However, now that I’ve actually graduated I feel slightly different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still over the moon and happy that I’ve finished uni because the struggle was real. On the flip side, I feel like I’m supposed to be an adult now and tbh I don’t really know how to. I’m 21 but don’t feel like an adult. Aren’t adults supposed to have their lives together and not be watching Netflix marathons on a weekday??? cos #guilty.

I feel like at every other point in my life I’ve always known what the next step is, like you leave primary school to go to secondary school to go to college to uni. Now, my mind is like ok so we’ll go from uni to ??? 

I feel I’m in limbo at the minute because I don’t have a particular career path that I 100% know I want to go down. I’m conscious of pressure and expectations of what others expect my career to be, but I’m also conscious of the fact that I don’t want to pursue something I’m not passionate about. It also doesn’t help that everyone seems to have some sort of life plan apart from me which is always fab to know *sarcastic thumbs up*.

Although, I’m never thrilled about going there, my part time job keeps me occupied whilst I decide where to go next. Hopefully, this post is the first step towards me actually figuring out what my next move is.

If anyone has any advice or has similar thoughts then feel free to leave a comment. I hope I’m not the only one in this boat.

See you soon, hopefully with a progress update!

Nav 🙂

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2017: Girl Love, Happiness & Adventure

I know it’s a little late, 19 days late in fact, but Happy New Year! The past year for me has been one of change, growth and happiness which I’m truly thankful for. As it’s the new year many of us have embarked on new year’s resolutions to overcome or achieve certain things. The new year symbolises, for many, a fresh start and a new beginning and this is something I believe in too. I’m not really big on new year’s resolutions but here are a few of my ‘goals’ for 2017 and life:

1. HAPPINESS.

My first goal is to only do things that make me happy. I know that happiness is not a destination but last year I decided that I was only going to do things that I was happy with doing and I can honestly say following this mantra actually left me feeling a lot happier. Obviously, there are certain things in life that we have to do and we don’t particularly enjoy but the general ethos behind this goal for me is to avoid situations that make me uncomfortable. This is not to say that I will not push myself outside of my comfort zone however, I know, from the past, that certain situations make me feel uncomfortable so I have decided to eradicate these anxious feelings by follow the mantra ‘do what makes you happy.

2. GIRL LOVE.

I recently had a conversation with an old school friend and we were talking about the lack of union there is between women and after it really got me thinking about ‘girl love’ and how much of it we don’t have these days and it honestly made me sad. As social media and the world has evolved I have noticed more and more the lack of unity between women. Regardless of being old or young I have seen both online and in person the poor relationships that women share and this is what I DON’T want in my life.

I have always advocated and always will support the growth and empowerment of women but I never really speak about it. I’ve realised I’m more of a admire-from-a-distance kind of person and I really want to change this. From now on I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to voice my support for the women in my life as opposed to supporting in silence. I know unity amongst everyone is ambitious but if I can start with those around me then that would make me happy. Unity between the world would obviously be the ultimate goal but baby steps. Believe in the sisterhood.

3. POSITIVITY.

Always look for the good whether it’s in people or circumstances. I can’t lie I’m not positive 100% of the time and sometimes we lose sight of the good in life because of the circumstances we are in. I have always believed that any bad situation we are in is a learning curve leading you to the positive. That might sound hippyish or whatever but I think it’s true. I’ve learnt so much about people and now know that some people are meant to be in your life and others were only meant to be there for a while and that’s okay.

Im not really one for quotes but to quote a quote “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned”. This quote has really resonated with me because I’ve learnt that if someone or something is not making me happy then simply LET GO and don’t let them/it reduce your happiness anymore. Surround yourself with positive people and positive energy. Make YOUR life the most happy it can be because at the end of the day it’s YOUR life.

4. ORGANISATION.

I’m sure this goal resonates with many as it’s something that we strive for but often don’t achieve. Organisation for me is something that comes and goes, as in some days I’m super organised and productive but other days I spend the whole day watching Netflix in my princess pyjamas. What I’m hoping to achieve this year is some consistency in my work ethic and more free time. Now, ‘more free’ time sounds rather ambitious even to me as I do a full time law degree and have a part time job, however I think that being more organised will help me factor in some ‘me time’. To help me stay organised I’ve bought this: Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 11.50.14.pngA simple but adorbs notebook which, I am planning to write in everyday. Since purchasing a diary last year I’ve found that it really does help me keep on top of my uni work, so I thought I’d buy another for everyday day and personal use. I also love the title ‘making things happen’ as it’s almost a reminder that you go achieve anything (kinda deep but I think it’s true).

5. WATER.

Drink more water. This is something that I struggle with in the winter as water in the winter means constant peeing but I refuse to let this be an excuse. I’ve enlisted the help of my Primarni water bottle to help me do this and so far it seems to be working!

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6. HEALTH.

Make conscious decisions regarding my health. I think we often find ourselves eating and drinking certain things without realising the impact it has on our bodies. Trying to keep fit and exercise is usually something I only stick with typically 2-3 weeks before I slip back into old habits. This year I’ve decided that I’m not going to be super strict but just be conscious of what my food intake is and how regularly I exercise. I figured this way I can’t really fail and it’s healthy way to be healthy, if that makes sense!

7. SPEND LESS, EXPERIENCE MORE.

I hold my hands up, I can be very spendy. I don’t spend my money on designer goods or anything wildly expensive but I do accumulate a lot of random things like head bands with bear ears on and multiple packs of fine liners. My justification is always something along the lines of ‘it’s cute’ and before I know I’ve spent a lot on a lot of random and unnecessary things.

I’m not totally irresponsible with my money and I always have money allocated aside for my responsibilities like my car etc. However, I do feel I can really cut back on spending money on things which I simply don’t need. To help me monitor my spending I’ve noted down my monthly incomings and outgoings, given myself a weekly spending allowance and set up a monthly saving goal. I’m hoping that my savings will enable me to travel more whether it’s this year or the next. Essentially, I want to get more out of my money and I feel like I’ll be able to do this by experiencing things instead of buying ‘things’.

Side note: my friend Diane recently made a youtube video on money management which you can check out by clicking HERE <<<<

8. ADVENTURE.

Be adventurous. I have learnt that I often let my anxieties hold me back from going out and doing things. I’m that person who thinks of every possible worst case scenario and convinces myself not to do something. It’s been a battle which I’m slowly defeating but I can’t lie some days I do feel defeated. I have found that my mindset really helps with my confidence so I’m training to train myself to have a more optimistic outlook on life.

Sometimes taking the plunge and doing something you’re not comfortable with opens doors to new friends, new opportunities and new memories. Other times you can take the plunge and it can be an awful experience but an experience none the less. I want this post to act as a reminder to myself and anyone reading to: stop saying and start doing!

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I hope 2017 is everything you want it to be and more!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

See you soon,

Nav

Anastasia who? Getting the glow on a budget

Being a student means that high end make up remains on the wish list section of most websites. Ever since Anastasia Beverly Hills released their glow kits I’ve been lusting after them but the price really put me off. Whilst shopping in my local Superdrug I came across this beautiful highlight pallete at an even more beautiful price of £6!!! Yes £6!!!

So what is this mysteriously-cheap-yet-stunning-pallete I hear you all cry? It is the Make Up Revolution Golden Sugar Rose Gold 2, quite a mouthful I know!


The pallete is excellent value for money as you get 2 blushes and 6 highlight shades for an amazing price of £6!!!


Being a girl of a deeper skin tone I find that the highlighters compliment my skin tone well, however the one blush (shade 8) comes across ashy as you will see in the swatches. Despite this, I’m still in love with the pallete as you get so many shades for such a reasonable price!


The shades are very pigmented which makes the pallete all the more lovable and again excellent value for money. The rose gold theme is very evident and I love that the colours actually show up on my skin tone. This may sound odd to some but often I find that shades can look ashy or not even show up my skin tone but the colour pay off with this pallete is great!

You’ve probably guessed I’m a big fan of this pallete and I can’t recommend it enough! If you’re a fan of highlight and are looking for high end dupe I think Make Up Revolution offers some great alternatives, so check out your local Superdrug!

Get that glow gurrrrrrrrrrrl ✨

Thanks for reading!

See you soon,

Nav

Kylie Lip Kit Review

I, like many others, have been lusting after Kylie’s lip kits ever since she first came out with them and 2 weeks ago I took the plunge and ordered some. The shade range is indescribably beautiful so went it came to choosing which shades I wanted it was a tough decision to make. After watching reviews on youtube, googling swatches and a lot of umming and arring I picked my shades. I went for ‘Brown Sugar‘ which is said to be the perfect nude for deep skin tones and ‘True Brown K’ which is supposedly what it says on the tin, a true brown.  I’ve been dying to write a review on these but forced myself to wait a few weeks so I could give you my honest opinion of what they’re like and how they wear on the lips!

The wait is over…

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Each package comes with a lovely post card from Kylie thanking customers of the purchase of her lip kits which is a really nice touch!

Brown Sugar

When Kylie first mentioned she would be releasing the perfect nude for deep skin tones my eyes lit up. Being a girl of a deeper skin tone has meant I have struggled to find nudes that suit my complexion. I do love a brown lip but when I want to opt for something lighter I have never been able to find a shade that’s quite right. After doing a bit of research online about Brown Sugar I knew I had to have it!

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Each lip kit comes with a matte liquid lipstick and a lip liner. The packaging, in my opinion, looks nice and I personally like that it’s not too fancy shmancy.

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I love the dripping lipstick design on the box and, as lame as it sounds, the packaging almost feels special because it’s kind of weird to have it in your hands after lusting after it for so long, haha!

Brown Sugar on the skin:

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The first thing I noticed when I swatched the lip kit was how pigmented it is. The first swatch is the lip liner and the second is of the matte liquid lipstick, as you can see the colour match is pretty spot on! Although the swatches are on my hand I think they suit my skin tone well. However, sometimes, I feel like this lipstick has a hint of orange in it but I’m not sure so if anyone feels the same let me know in the comments!

The liquid lipstick takes about 30 seconds – 1 minute to fully dry and has a very sweet vanilla smell which is quite strong but you can’t really smell it when it’s on the lips.

Is Brown Sugar the perfect nude for dark skin? 

For me personally, yes! When researching I’d read that people were of the opinion that Brown Sugar was too close a match to their actual skin tone. I have a deep indian skin tone and I feel that Brown Sugar compliments my complexion well and doesn’t blend into it as others have experienced.* I sometimes feel like my lip line is not as strong as I’d like because the liner and lipstick colour match is so perfect. Therefore, to give my lips more definition I like to take a slightly darker lip liner to line my lips and then I fill them in with Brown Sugar. I find that doing this helps to make my lips pop! Overall, I do love Brown Sugar as an everyday nude so props to Kylie for making it!

*(For reference my MAC foundation shade is NC45!)

Now that I’ve had time to try out the lip kits properly I’ve learnt a few things:

  • They don’t budge! Even when I’ve had the lipstick on for 10-12 hours without touch up my lips still look presentable. I have noticed that it does wear off in the centre of the lips by the end of the day, but this is pretty inevitable with any lipstick. However, I find that I can happily go all day without the need to touch up which is pretty insane!
  • They feel weightless on the lips! Whenever I wear the lip kits (pretty much everyday) they feel as if there’s nothing on the lips. With some matte lipsticks you can feel that the lipstick is on the lips and this can often feel uncomfortable however with Kylie’s the formula is so light and comfortable!
  • Smooth application! Kylie’s lip kits melt like butter onto the lips and the formula is so pigmented that you hardly ever need more than one coat!
  • Not too drying! I guess it’s inevitable with a matte lipstick that your lips are going to feel dry by the end of the day, however these lipsticks are incredibly moisturising. Even as I sit here at 10pm I don’t feel like my lips are overly dry or crumbly which is what I’ve experienced with other lipsticks!

True Brown K

What’s better than 1 Kylie lip kit? TWO of course! I’ve been eyeing up True Brown K since  Kylie first brought out her make up line. It’s one of the original shades and is simply beautiful! It’s a deep chocolate brown shades which, in my opinion, is likely to suit most, if not every, skin tone. For me brown shades are always a fail-safe so when I saw that it was in stock on the site I quickly added it do my basket!

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As expected the kit comes with a matte liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner.

True Brown K on the skin:

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From the swatch you can clearly see that True Brown K really is a true brown. The lipstick and liner match perfectly and glide beautifully onto the lips. I would highly recommend this shade if you’re into autumnal shades!

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Prices, Postage and Packaging

The bit everyone dreads… the price! Each Kylie lip kit retails at $29.00 which in English pounds equates to £23.69. This can be considered expensive to some but if, like me, you’re a lipstick addict this is, in my opinion,  a reasonable price as the kit comes with a liquid lipstick and a lip liner. From memory, the postage from America cost me around $14, which is £11.44. Typically, I detest paying for postal charges however I’d been pre-warned of the horror stories about the postage and shipping prices, so on this occasion I was willing to take the plunge.

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On top of the delivery charge I had to pay the dreaded customs charges. I’d heard various stories of some people being charged and others not, but unfortunately for me a £16 customs charge was waiting for me and I had collect if from the post office! So, all together the lip kits, delivery charge and customs charge cost me around £76 which made quite the dent in my purse! To be fair to Kylie, the lip kits arrived within 3-4 days and the customs charges aren’t exactly her fault!

I have to admit I’m not a fan of the shipping and customs charges but I don’t think that would stop me ordering from the site again in the future because the quality is so amazing!

I hope you enjoyed my review on Kylie’s lip kits and found it helpful if you’re deciding whether to purchase or not. Personally, I’m a huge fan as I think shades suit me well and the formula is so long lasting!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the lip kits and what your thoughts are in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!

See you soon,

Nav

My thoughts when watching the Olympics

I’ve been enjoying keeping up with the Olympics so I thought I’d share a list of thoughts that have occurred to me whilst watching:

  1. *Whilst eating crisps* Shit, I really need to start working out.
  2. She’s the same age as me and she’s an Olympic champion?!
  3. *After hearing athletes have trained everyday for 4 years* Jeez I am SO lazy
  4. OMG, that was incredible!!!
  5. How is this even an Olympic sport???
  6. These people have NO hair on their body.
  7. I’m only watching and I already feel exhausted!
  8. Ooo he’s alright 😉
  9. Come on… COMEEE ONNNN…YEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!
  10. Wait, why do they always bite the medal???
  11. Ugh, I wish I was in Rio… I’m deffo getting tickets for the next Olympics!

 Hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts, haha! Feel free to share yours in the comments 🙂

See you soon,

Navjot

Interviews: F.A.Qs & Tips

Over the summer I, along, with many other students have been looking for a job and with jobs inevitably come interviews. Now, although my working life has been short (I’m only 20) I’ve had a fair few interviews so I’ve managed to accumulate a list of questions which crop up a lot.

Having been successful in my recent interview and securing a job (WOOOOO!!!) I thought I’d write a post about reoccurring interview questions and general tips. Recently, I have experienced both face-to-face and telephone interviews along with assessment days so I will be sharing my tips on how to excel in these 3 areas!

WOOOOOOO YEEEEEAAAHHH!!! You’ve bagged yourself an interview so what can you do to help prepare yourself?

  1. RESEARCH: Find out as much as you can about the company you’re going to be working for. The ‘About Us’ section is about to become your new best friend. Most, if not all, companies have websites these days and there is always a section labelled ‘About Us’ where the company will talk about who they are and how they started. Some companies may go in depth and mention their history and recent achievement i.e. awards. Having this kind of knowledge about the organisation you’re applying for shows that you’re interested and willing to go the extra mile because you’ve taken time to research.

I’ve had many interviews where I’ve been quizzed on something related to the company. For example, in an interview for sales assistant I got asked what I thought the next fashion trends would be. Inside I was slowly dying because I’m not a huge follower of fashion so was stumped, but in reality I had to make something up… I believe I responded with something awful like ‘neon colours’ hahaha needless to say I did not get the job! However, I did learn you need to have a good amount of product knowledge and awareness of topics related to the company. So for example, if you applied for a job in a clothing store having knowledge about fashion trends is ideal. Knowledge is power, people!

  1. DRESS SMART. This probably sounds so obvious but make sure you look clean and presentable. No one wants to see foundation marks on your collar or off-white shirts. Looking smart really helps give off the vibe that you’re an organised, put-together person which adds to a great first impression to any interviewer.
  1. HAVE THE ESSENTIALS TO HAND. Essentials include: A copy of your CV, your passport, national insurance card and bankcard. I have found, both, on assessment days and in interviews that there is sometimes a requirement for your passport, national insurance card and bank details.

Obviously, you usually get told beforehand to bring these items along but sometimes you’re just expected to bring them. In my experience, on two different occasions I have found myself returning the next day with my national insurance/passport because the company required photocopies. The best thing to do is carry the essentials with you to save you running back and forth and looking unorganised. It may seem a bit extra to carry your passport just for the interview but better safe than sorry.

Side note: make sure your CV is truthful! I have known friends to ‘bend the truth’ on their CVs and they’ve found themselves being quizzed on their so-called ‘hobbies’ which is hugely embarrassing: don’t be that person! Don’t get me wrong we all want to give the impression that we are the perfect candidate but make sure you’re truthful. I.e. don’t say you’re hoping to win gold at the Olympics for swimming when in reality you only go swimming once every three months!

  1. BE FRIENDLY. Make sure you’re friendly and approachable to the people around you. A lot of people see interviews as competitions so people can often be reluctant to start conversation. Personally, I feel it’s good to make conversation with the people around you because you may end up working together and it’s nice to already have a friend. I’m not saying you’re going to become BFFs but it doesn’t hurt to be friendly, plus this will help you relax a little if you’re feeling nervous as it takes your mind off the interview!
  1. BE CONFIDENT. Easier said than done, I know. Sometimes, even confident people get nervous in interviews, including myself, but let me tell you honey: you gotta fake it til ya make it because in certain roles confidence is essential especially where there is regular customer interaction. In interviews it can sometimes be hard to get your personality across because you’re in a nerve-wracking situation but try to answer questions with confidence. I consider myself a confident person but even I struggle with nervous butterflies but with a deep breath or ten I’m usually fine!

The recruitment process for me went: Telephone Interview – Assessment Day – Face-to-Face Interview.

Telephone interview

The telephone interview was based on generic questions such as how far I lived from the store and my right to work in the U.K. There were also a few questions regarding my skills which I will go into detail later…

 

The Assessment Centre

Sometimes you can be invited to an assessment centre as a part of the recruitment process where you can be made to do a variety of activities testing skills such as engagement, teamwork and interaction. I recently experienced an assessment day, which lasted about 2 ½ hours where I had to complete a variety of tasks before I was invited for an interview.

My 3 activities were:

  • TEAMWORK: Myself and the other candidates were split up into 2 teams where we had to work together to build the tallest tower made out of paper and straws and which could take the weight of a candle. Not exactly a strenuous task but the key here was to show off communication skills as well as co-operation as you need to show you’re able to work well in a team.
  • INTERACTION: As the role I was applying for largely based on customer interaction I was sent out onto the shop floor and tested on this whilst being closely monitored by a supervisor. In situations like this you need to show how confident you are in talking to new people and your willingness to help. Even if you feel hesitant or unsure showing willingness to help is something employers love!
  • PRESENTATION: My final task of the day was a presentation, which I had been dreading since I had first read it on the itinerary (I literally had heart palpitations, lol). Each candidate had to pick a product and we were then given 10 minutes to prepare before standing up and selling it to the group.

If you’re asked to present take a deep breath (if you’re nervous) and wait for a few people to go before you to calm yourself down (that’s what I did, lol). Make sure you make eye contact and come across as enthusiastic. Employers aren’t expecting you to be experts after 10 minutes prep they just want to see enthusiasm and engagement.

Using these tips combined I got myself an interview: WIN!

 

Questions I’ve been asked in Telephone Interviews/Face to Face Interviews:

  1. Tell us about yourself?

This isn’t a particularly hard question but when I was first ever hit with this question I felt a sudden pressure to respond with a list of reasons of why I’m so amazing and all the amazing things I’ve done (which quite frankly is a very short list). I usually tackle this question with what my current situation is: which for me is studying. I mention the subject, which university, anything I’m involved with both in and outside the uni and that usually helps to build a picture of who I am.

  1. Why should we hire you/what motivates you?

Now, if we were brutally honest with this question the truth would be, especially if you’re a student, ‘I need the money’. Obviously, avoid this answer at all costs because it fails to show passion for the role or the company.

Here is where you want to talk about your qualities and what you can contribute to the company, as well why you want to work for this company in particular. Highlighting the achievements of the company shows you’re interested and that you’ve took your time to research.

  1. Can you describe a difficult situation you’ve been in and how you overcame it?

This question is asking how you deal with pressure and this is where you want to make sure that you’re coming across cool, calm and collected. Think about how you first responded to the situation, your quick thinking skills and your plan of action to show that you can deal with stressful scenarios.

  1. Can you describe a time you’ve worked in a team?

This can be any type of situations i.e. at school, uni, or voluntary work. For this question I would talk about my role within the team, the objective of the teamwork, how we achieved the objective and why you like teamwork.

  1. What is a skill you’ve learnt this week and how have you used it?

I found myself pause at this question thinking to myself ‘omg I’ve literally learnt nothing!!!’. I have since decided that life hacks are a good way to tackle this question because we learn life hacks all the time and put them into practice.

For example, I recently learnt that if you poke a few holes into the top of an empty milk bottle and fill it with water you’ve got yourself a DIY watering can. Your response can be something as simple as that and it shows you’re creative too! 

  1. What do you think about our values/how would you put them into practice?

Firstly, make sure you know the values of the company as in nearly all my interviews ‘core values’ have been mentioned somewhere. This is all down to research, information like this can easily be found online via the company’s website. Learning what the values are and giving examples of how you would use them shows the interviewer how well you are suited to the workplace.

  1. Do you have any questions?

YES YES YES. Always ask a question even if you know the answer because it shows that you’re engaged and care about the role. Obviously, make sure it’s not a question that’s already been answered. It can be something as simple as ‘when can I expect to hear from you?’ Personally, I think this is a nice and optimistic way to end an interview and shows that you really want the role!

Thanks so much for reading this very lengthy post. Hopefully you find these tips useful!

Feel free to leave any comments or alternative tips below.

Good luck with your interviews and see you soon,

Navjot

Unity

Hi all, I hope you don’t mind but today’s post is a little different from usual because I felt like I wanted to say something regarding recent news. Note: These are just my thoughts on recent news and there is no intention to offend anyone.

Recently, particularly in the past few days, the news has been congested with stories of violence, suffering and pain. In today’s society we constantly shout about equality yet in practice discrimination is still very much alive. It’s alive in our schools, in the workplace and recently illustrated on our streets. In light of the recent attack in Orlando and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile I believe we must use the power of speech to speak for speechless to bring about action to prevent such injustice.

No life is more worthy than another, which is why we must unite as a human race to protect one and other from brutalism. Protection from such acts can only be achieved through unity and what many fail to realise is that without one and other we cannot survive. We are haunted by stories in the media and sit in disbelief because we forget that  discrimination exists even today in our modern society. We can pray and wish and hope for change but it will only ever come about through speaking up and taking action.

Gender, skin colour, sexual orientation, religion or any other factor should not segregate humanity and regardless of these factors we should stand together as one. I believe that love is around and within us but has become shadowed by hatred. This needs to be reversed by education and understanding which can only be done by coming together. I urge you to use the power of speech to fight against discrimination and work in harmony to piece together a world, which is shattered by hatred.

At this heartbreaking time my thoughts and prayers go out to families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, along with the family members of the victims of the Orlando shooting and all those who have lost their lives as a result of discrimination.

In a world where time is not guaranteed spend it being kind to one and other because in the end each other is all we have.

Please be respectful in the comments and be mindful that this is a sensitive topic for many.

Thank you and see you soon,

Nav

Vegan Week

So last week I decided to do vegan week and here’s how it went…

Veganism is not something I’ve ever thought about converting to but since seeing the hype online (and my brother pushing me to do it) I thought it would be worth a try. Admittedly, I hadn’t done a significant amount of research before I started which is probably why I struggled on some days but I survived it nonetheless.

For those who don’t know, a vegan is somebody who doesn’t eat or use animal products but for my vegan week I only opted for non-animal food. I probably should have kept a diary of all the foods I ate within the week but I only realised half way through but I did manage to take a few pics.

As I’m already vegetarian I didn’t think I’d find it too difficult to maintain a vegan diet but then I realised that milk is in basically everything I like to eat *cries*. I didn’t realise how much dairy was in my diet until I wasn’t allowed to eat certain things anymore. I substituted milk for almond milk which I wasn’t a huge fan of but found that when mixed into smoothies it was alright.

I found myself eating a lot of fruits and vegetables which is great but I found my meals to be a bit repetitive probs due to my own lack of research *sigh*. As a lot of my meals were vegetable based I found that I was eating a lot more to stay full but I was eating extremely healthily which makes it ok, right?… the struggle was real when I hit the half way point because I wanted to give up and just eat chocolate but I pushed through and completed it.

The week wasn’t totally miserable as I discovered vegan brownies which I reckon saved me haha! Admittedly they don’t taste as good as regular brownies but tasted better than my alternative snack of raisins.

I do think being vegan requires dedication in the beginning but then I guess you kind of adapt to not eating certain foods. I think if I had carried on for a few weeks I would have (struggled but) gotten used to not eating certain foods and would have adapted to the lifestyle much more.

A typical day in vegan week:

Breakfast: One strawberry, banana and blueberry smoothie with almond milk and one bowl of fruit.

 

Lunch: Mashed potato and corn on the cob with veg.

 

Dinner: Rice with kidney beans and veg with pitta bread.

I wouldn’t ever rule out a vegan lifestyle in the future as I think there are loads of great benefits in this way of life (i.e. my skin was glowing). However, being a uni student I think I’d find the diet aspect to veganism difficult to maintain but I may attempt it again this summer, who knows!

Overall, I would definitely recommend giving vegan week a try if you’re interested because there are great benefits to it and it’s an interesting challenge.

Let me know your thoughts on veganism and if you’d ever try ‘vegan week’ in the comments.

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The NYX Launch

So today my local Boots (U.K drugstore) launched a ‘NYX’ counter and I have never been so excited! As a U.K purchaser the only way I could purchase Nyx products, to my knowledge, was online through websites such as feelunique.com so when I heard they were bring Nyx in store I was, for lack of a better word, buzzing. Although I love online shopping I prefer shopping in store when it comes to make up because there’s nothing better than physically trying and testing the product in real life!

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Boots had a huge selection of Nyx products so inevitably I grabbed a basket and began to browse…

Liquid Lipstick

Firstly, I was most excited for the Nyx’s liquid lipsticks from the ‘Lip Lingerie’ collection after seeing the hype across social media. I was hesitant to order them online as I was unsure what shades would suit me but when I went in store today I found 2 shades which I was instantly drawn towards.

The first shade I picked up was ‘Honeymoon’ which is a gorgeous brown-y mauve shade. It comes in standard lipgloss-like packaging but still looks chic and is affordable at £6.50. When you first swatch the product it glides on due to the creamy texture but dries completely matte which I love!

Honeymoon (01):

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I swatched ‘Honeymoon’ (01) on the back of my hand and found it to be creamy and very pigmented just from one swipe!

The second shade I picked up was ‘Beauty Mark'(05) which is, again, reasonably priced at £6.50 and I would describe this as a brown with a hint of purple as it can look different in different lighting. The texture is exactly the same as ‘Honeymoon’ in the sense that it’s creamy upon application but dries matte.

Beauty Mark (05):

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In natural lighting ‘Beautymark’ seems to appear brown once dry. It’s also worth noting that once dried both liquid lipsticks did not smudge when I ran my finger over the product suggesting that they’re long lasting which is a bonus!

Concealer

Next, I picked up the Nyx concealer palette. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I live for a good concealer. Me being the eye-bag queen means I’m always on the hunt for a new concealer so when I spotted this I knew it had to go into my basket.

I had seen this palette on feelunique.com but whenever I went to purchase it was always out of stock so when I saw it instore I grabbed it. The lovely lady at the Nyx counter helped me choose the palette which we thought would best suit me so I ended up buying shade medium.

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Just by looking at the palette I got instant ‘MAC Pro Conceal’ vibes however the Nyx palette is a fraction of the price retailing at £10 compared to the £35 MAC palette.

There are 6 shades within the palette which can be used for a variety of purposes including correcting, concealing and contouring which means it would be a great palette for someone who travels a lot!

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I did one swatch of each shade and found the texture to be, both, creamy and bendable which is great for the price!

These swatches are going across from left to right:

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Foundation 

Next, I picked up the Nyx ‘stay matte but not flat’ foundation. This was an impulse buy as I wasn’t really looking to buy a new foundation however when I swatched the product I couldn’t not buy it! Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of shades they had to offer as being a girl of deeper skin tones means it can be difficult to find high street make up that matches my skin tone. When I tested the product I was amazed at how easily the foundation blended and the fact it matched my skin and felt weightless lead to an immediate purchase.

The foundation is said to be water based, oil free and is supposed to leave the skin with a matte finish. One thing I found when I tested the product was that a little goes a long way which is great as it means you use less product. The foundation was also a steal at £7.00!!! I cannot wait to test it properly so I can offer a full review but as of now I’m thrilled with this purchase!

I picked up the shade ‘Cinnamon Spice’:

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Setting Spray

My final purchase was the Nyx ‘Matte Finish’ setting spray. I’d seen this product floating around online but had never really thought about purchasing it. I picked this up as my MAC fix+ is about to run out and thought this could be a cheaper alternative as it’s only £7.00 in comparison to fix+ which is £17.00!

Initially I thought the bottle was quite small for the price you pay but I thought I’d still give it a go. To my knowledge, Nyx offers two setting sprays: one in a matte finish and one in a a dewy finish. Obviously I opted for matte as the weather in the U.K is getting warmer which can mean make up doesn’t wear as long and also because I’m an oily gal, haha!

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So, this concludes my Nyx Haul and I have to say I’m thrilled with my purchases and cannot wait to test them out. Let me know if you’d like any reviews on any of the products mentioned and feel free to leave your comments!

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A.B.H Contour Kit: First Impression & Review

Now, I’m sure everyone and their mother has heard about the hype around contouring and it’s kind of become the norm these days. I have to admit I am a lover of contour myself but when contour palettes were introduced I was kind of confused. Firstly, most of the contour and highlight shades come in a palette with 6 shades which can be somewhat overwhelming to a newbie. I know when I first saw the 6 shade palettes I thought ‘are you supposed to put all the colours on your face?’. However, after watching several youtube tutorials and reading reviews online I slowly got the gist of it.

There are so many contour palettes available on the market ranging from high street to high end and from cream to powder. I, personally, was after a cream contour kit because I’d read raving reviews about how they blend so naturally (which I can happily report is true). I was particularly interested in the Anastasia Beverley Hills Cream Contour Kit as I’d seen so many positive reviews on it. After weeks of umming and arring I took the plunge and bought it. A month and a half later and with consistent use I feel like I’m ready to share my thoughts and offer my review on the product.

So where to begin.. The A.B.H Contour Kit comes in 4 sets which range from light to dark and each palettes has 6 shades so it likely to suit a range of skins tones. The kit is quite pricey as it retails at £39 and is available at CultBeauty.com which is handy for UK purchasers like myself.

The main issue I had when choosing the pallets was deciding what shade to pick. I had difficulty choosing between medium and deep but ended up going with deep in the end after googling swatches and watching youtube tutorials. For reference I have deep indian skin and my mac shade is NC45 and found that deep was the right palette for me.

Upon, receiving the kit my initial impression was that it was smaller than  I thought it was going to be. I guess that kind of happens when you order stuff online but none the less the kit comes nicely packaged with an elegant sleeve printed with the A.B.H logo.

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Once the sleeve is removed you are left with the palette itself. as you can see there is a clear ‘window’ which allows you to see the shades inside. Initially this did not bother me but now having used the kit you are able to see how messy the kit gets inside which is something I’m not keen on. Perhaps a opaque flap would have been better, however that being said when you first receive the kit it does have that high end feel to it.

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The contour kit comes with 6 shades as previously mentioned. The first shade is a highlight shade which can be used to highlight the under-eye area, the nose and anywhere around the face that you prefer to highlight. Next to this is an orange corrector shade which can be used to conceal dark spots and then next to this there is a concealer shade which can be used to conceal the areas which have been corrected.

Now, onto the contour shades: there are 3 contour shades along the second row. I think they put 3 there to allow variety and to cater to women of different tones which I think really works. I found that I am able to comfortably wear all 3 shades without it looking like the contour is too dark for my face. Personally, for an everyday contour I stick with either the 1st and 2nd of the contour shades but if I want a deeper contour I opt for the darker shade.

(Excuse the finger print: I got a bit carried away an swatched the last contour shade before taking the picture, lol)

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The shades with flash photo on:

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As you can see from the pictures it seems as if the pans within the palette are removable but I personally haven’t tried to remove them and I’m not sure if this means that the pans are refillable.

I found the texture of the creams to be, ironically, quite stiff and almost wax like which is something I was not expecting however when I dip my brush into the pans product does pick up. With regards to the contour shades, I could say a little goes a long way especially if you’re opting for a deeper contour than usual. I personally like to use a beauty blender to blend my contour as I’ve found this gives me the most flawless finish.

The creams are quite pigmented which is why you don’t need a lot of product when applying it to the skin. I did one swatch of each shade on the back of my hand to show you how pigmented they are:

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For me the contour kit is a major hit, in order words, I love it. I find that I can get both a subtle or strong contour with this palette and have found the other shades to be useful too. For example, the orange corrector is pretty good at covering dark blemishes on the skin which I was pleasantly surprised at. However, I do find the highlight a bit too bright on me for day to day but I’m sure others would like it if they like bright under eyes.

A top tip: if you feel as if you’ve left your contour sitting on the skin too long and you’re finding a bit difficult to blend, then try spritzing a mist, like mac fix+ or setting spray, as this will dampen the skin making the contour easier to blend.

Overall, I’m thrilled with this product and even though it’s quite pricey I feel like it will last a long time so you’re deffo getting your money’s worth.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on the A.B.H Contour Kit and if you have any questions feel free to comment them below.

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