27.9.12

Dear 14 yr Old Self


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It's 2012 now and you're 20. Not that many people will believe you. Also, your 'baby' sister is actually now in Yr 8, the only boy in your family has started college and your other sister has started uni. Yes time flies. 

Now let's talk about you. I don't know how to put it, but grow a backbone love! Seriously who cares that your 'friends' are really the meanest, lowlifes the world has ever had the misfortune to see? So what if everyone thinks you're slightly odd and a whole lotta weird? Being nice and everybody's friend doesn't always mean that everyone will be your friend or for that matter be nice to you! 
Don't beat yourself up about it! It will get better! (Except in Yr 10 STAY AWAY from the new girl and the 'crew', trust me on this one! And you need to become less naive!)

Be strong, it's one girl whose causing you all that grief. Granted she could get a medal in bitchiness (excuse me) but I'll let you in on a little secret; Yr 10 she'll be a nobody just have patience, although you'll dislike her for most of your life. Don't worry I'm working on getting over it!

I'm sorry that your 3 yrs at secondary school have been miserable but even if school's not the best, at least you have loads of actual friends outside of school. Be grateful for them, without them, I don't know what you would become.

You know that belief you have in your abilities? Hold on to it! Even if your class and your teachers don't believe in you. Oh and Hooyo (mum) will become your rock, be mindful of the stress you've put her through, be thankful for her and once in a while come downstairs and try to be happy, only for her sake? She's saving you from depression love, you just don't know it yet.

14yr old me, I'm here to tell you that believing in yourself pays off. Even if only education wise. You'll have a happy ending (sort-of). You'll go to college and you'll have the best two years of your life (so far) and meet some of the most amazing people, you'll be studying subjects you love, you'll have teachers that actually believe in you and bring the best out of you and you wanna know who everybody's best friend is? You. You'll even win an award (Oscar's style because of your grades!). You'll go to the best uni and meet even more awesome people and make all kinds of memories. 

So just hold on and have patience, it's all going to turn out okay.

Love
  
Asmaa

Ps. Stop kidding yourself, you're not going to be a soldier or a marine biologist or forensic scientist or CSI...

MAC See Sheer, Review and Swatches

Hola mi lovelies!






Yep another lipstick! I do apologise if they're not your thing, thought I don't know if you're aware of this but I have a slight addiction to them! The lipstick in question here is MAC See Sheer, which is a Lustre.




I picked this up sometime this week and I'm in love with it! I had dragged my poor sister to the MAC store and proceeded to swatch the 10million plus lipsticks there! I say poor because she has zero interest in makeup! Finally having covered my hands in swatches and forgetting what colour was for what lipstick, I asked her to pick one. She picked See Sheer and I was literally in shock at how fast she chose it and how well it suited me! Anyway!



MAC describes See Sheer as a 'grapefruit pink' and I think that's a pretty accurate description. The pictures don't do it justice. It's almost coral but more pink than orange if that makes any sense! 


Left: Heavy swatch, Right: One swipe


As it's a lustre, it's pretty sheer (but pigmented enough to make my two-toned lips one colour) and has a sheen. However, you can build it up. It's the perfect colour to transition from Summer to Autumn and I for one will be wearing it all year round. Why limit yourself eh? If it looks good-rock it gurlfreeennddd! Sorry.

On my pigmented lips the colour is more muted and brightens up my face. 

Bare lips


Wearing See sheer

Whatever complexion you are, you should go and check this out! It'll suit anybody but keep in mind that it'll look different on different skin tones. 

See Sheer is available here and retails for a rather painful £14.

    So tell me, what's your favourite MAC lipstick? And if you haven't got one, which one appeals to you the most? 

Thanks for reading!

21.9.12

17 Lipstick in Belle

Hola mi lovelies!

Excuse the label-forgot to take it off!
 I wanted to share with you one of my recent favourites! I've been wearing 'Belle' almost daily. It gives me a subtle tint and being from the 17 Mirror Shine On range, it's glossy. 



It such a perfect everyday colour and suits many skin tones! This might be because it's sheer and the colour in the tube doesn't translate onto the lips, instead it's lighter, giving a soft hint of colour.  

However it does have it's downsides! 
1. Due to it's glossiness, it doesn't last very long. But being so sheer, you don't have to faff about with a mirror to apply it. 

2. The smell is not too strong but it has a plastic sort of scent that am not too fond of. 

3. Also, it's very soft and melts fast! Really, mine is now a mess! 
4. Some people may not be too fond of the packaging, though personally I quite like it!
5. Not too moisturising. However applying a little lipbalm before hand solves this one! 

On the upside though, for the grand price of £4.59 you get pretty good quality lipstick/lipgloss hybrid that isn't sticky or heavy and suits almost everybody! 

You can find these in Boots or here.

 What are your favourite everyday lipsticks? 

17.9.12

Brows, brows, brows: HD Brows kit in Vamp

Hola mi frambuesas!

I just called you a raspberry, you don't mind do you? La frambuesa-such a pretty word! Go on say it! *cough* I digress!

Please ignore the lid-I got nail polish remover on and it left a lovely grey patch!
 You know how nice brows frame your face? Well I've been blessed with sparse misshapen brows. Not only that, but I'm lucky enough to have one eyebrow that is permanently raised (fun fact; I can't physically raise that one, how fascinating am I HA!). Saddest thing? My brother has two perfectly arched brows and my sister has perfectly curved brows. I have one of each. Wanna see?





They look okay here, but in reality-I look a tad bald and half surprised! So the only solution (apart from threading and all of that which apart from being a right chicken, I'm sure that if any part was removed I'll wind up with no eyebrows) is filling them in. 



I got this handy little palette; 'HD Brows kit in Vamp' in a blog sale. I use the colour Dark Brown (which should really be called grey) with the E.L.F Small Angled brush. Truth be told I haven't got the hang of it quite yet. I had taken an after picture but being a hero, I deleted it! (hangs head in shame). But here's a 'professionally' cropped picture!

I haven't gone all the way in because whenever I do I look like I have a uni brow!

The shadows can be used to fill in the eyebrows, as eye shadows and as eyeliner just to add extra definition. It also comes with a mirror. Pretty compact and useful for on the go, for example blending a little Rich Brown or Carbon into your crease to take your makeup from day to night-such endless possibilities!
Onto swatches! 
Lightly swatched


Heavily swatched
There are three different ones-Bombshell, Foxy and Vampy, each catered to different hair colours. Vampy is the one for dark hair. You can get it here for £19.96. Pretty steep but oh so worth it! 

What do you use for your eyebrows? Or are you one of those blessed with perfect brows? 



Reflections #1


Exercise 

001. I want a toned body with abs of steel (HA!) but I'm far too lazy and too fond of my junk food (how can I cut back on the gorgeousness that is Kit Kat peanut butter chunky?) to do anything about it. 

002. Exercise eludes me-determination and persevering are not in my dictionary. The rare times I try to exercise-like today-the physical pain and grunting involved as I strain to lift myself off the floor (I can barely do 1 push up -pathetic!) illustrates that any sporting/strength gene in my family has bypassed me in favour of the rest of my siblings. 

Thought according to my parents I used to be the most active, hyper kid so maybe said gene is now dormant. The only time I can do anything remotely active is if there's someone standing over me-yelling military style- I kid you not. Fear is really a powerful driving force. Even if the source is pint sized and I look down on from my lofty almost 6ft height.

003. I'm too good at excuses. The main one being that it doesn't matter, I'll start martial arts again and it'll all drop off'. The second one- gah! Why is martial arts so freaking expensive! I'll just wait till I get my student grant. 

004. I really want abs. You know that lean kinda stomach with the elongated belly button because the muscles are so damn toned? Really? No idea? Well I want that!

005. The only thing I enjoy is swimming. But the nearest leisure centre now has male lifeguards. WHY?!? It's women only! (muslim=hijab so big no no!)

So, I have a new plan now. Running up & down the stairs every morning and night. You know prepare myself for when I eventually start martial arts again and this time the Sensei won't have to yell much at me! Great plan eh! I'm going to start it tomorrow! 

Twitter!

Hola mi beauties!

Just a quick heads up-I've finally joined the rest of the world and got myself a Twitter account! Thought it boggles my mind- I'm sort of getting the hang of it! If you want to make my day :p you can follow me here

Also if any of you lovelies has a Twitter account-do make sure to link it down below! I would love to check it out! 

Muchos gracias!











16.9.12

Feeling ill? Google is not the answer!

Hi there!

Have you ever felt unwell and thought why go to the doctor's when I have the bleedin internet? No...? Okay. Just me then.

Well let me just tell you in advance-avoid googling your symptoms- under no circumstances should you do that! You will convince yourself that you're on the verge of death! You have been warned! 

Being the hero I am, coupla months ago I had a really bad stomach, I'm not going to go into details! Let's just say I became very acquainted with the toilet- make of that what you will!
So I thought hey, I'll just google my symptoms and not go to the doctors! How clever am I!  

After hours of researching, each solution worse than the last, I had come to the conclusion that I either had pancreatic cancer,bowel cancer and/or colon cancer! Each involved cutting things out of my stomach if I remember correctly and sticking things up places that are better left alone. 
Needless to say after two weeks of agony, fear of the doctor (hello sticking things up places!) and waiting for my inevitable death, it all just turned out to be that apparently Pepsi and my stomach don't work too well together. Especially if large quantities are consumed.

Moral of this story?
I shouldn't drink Pepsi.

15.9.12

Blog design

Hi there!

I've been trying to design this blog and things are all over the place. Especially since I'm totally illiterate in computer-speak (see what I did there?? Ah the fun we have here-not). 
This is just a quick heads up that things are going to be quite mad around here for a bit!



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14.9.12

Things that make me happy #1

There's always a time that you feel a tad out of sorts-I'm having one of those moments so I thought I'd just remind myself of the little things that make me happy! 



001. Dancing and singing around the house-not that I can sing well, or dance!




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002. Sunshine
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003. The Freedom of Summer
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004. That Autumn Feeling- crisp nights, sharp air, soothing warmth, big jumpers and hoodies, snuggly nights, hot drinks and books that take you to far away lands, cosy nights and candles, and coming home after a long cold day.

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005. Cherry Blossom/Sakura 



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13.9.12

Sleek Contour Kit-Dark

Hola mi beauties!


     Contouring helps bring back dimension to your face after applying foundation. If done right it can help give the illusion of slimmer face with sharp cheekbones. You can use it anywhere on your face that needs a little definition. 



     The Sleek Face Contour Kit is perfect for this. Being of a 'darker complexion' it's hard to find a contour that actually shows up on my skin. This one thought I actually have to be careful not get carried away and end up looking burned!


   It comes with a highlighting colour which is not the best, and the contouring colour. Now this is sheer magic I tell ya! It makes my nose look slimmer and more defined and my cheeks all kinds of amazing!

 If you're looking for a new contour colour-do check this one out next time your in Superdrug. It lasts relatively well during the day and comes in 3 colours-Light, Dark and Medium and costs £6.49. What's not to love? 

 Sleek can be found in Superdrug or online


          What do you use to contour? Or do you skip this step? 

Thanks for reading!