Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Review

Sunday, 22 October 2017

After my last Foundations Files post on Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r foundations, I've been inundated with requests of swatches and a review of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation and of course I had to oblige!

As with the Fenty Pro Filt'r, I tested this foundation in various ways to find which way worked best for me, read on to see what I think..

Sunday Swatches: L'Oreal Matte Addiction Lipsticks

Sunday, 8 October 2017

So after my #MatteAddiction campaign at the beginning of this year, I was sent the full 16 Matte Addiction lipsticks in an unexpected lush package that I knew I needed to swatch for my YouTube channel asap!

As you guys may know already if you read my personal blog post about the campaign earlier this year, my shade in the campaign is 633 Moka Chic which is a perfect nude pink for my skintone and pigmented lips (watch it in action on my YouTube here and here).

So many of you lovely followers sent me pictures on instagram/twitter/facebook of your Moka Chic purchases, which really meant a lot to me 💗

The support has been unreal, I'm glad you guys loved my shade and after receiving this package a lot of you requested a swatch post and video, so after months of editing the video on and off, here it is!


Affordable Beauty: Eyelashes - All Under £5

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

There's some makeup things in life that you can't afford to scrimp on, but when it comes to eyelashes, I've never really been too comfortable spending anything over £15 for.. and even then I question whether I can get them cheaper because even though they're reuseable, I tend to have to cut off a fair bit to fit the short width of my eyes, which really does hurt sometimes!

Alas, I have scoured a few places to put together an affordable list of eyelashes, most of which suit small eyes like mine and all under £5 🙌🏽
Read on to see what I've found so far..

Tuesday Takeover: Amina - Aliandher

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

I've got another Tuesday Takeover from one of my blogger faves, Amina!
The last time Amina guest posted for me, she reviewed the Too Faced x Kat Von D Ultimate Eye collection (here) and today she's reviewing the NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Creams!

Read on for her thoughts and swatches <3

Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation

Sunday, 17 September 2017


Fenty Beauty is all the rage right now and of course after my last post about the Match Stix Trio, I needed to follow up with this much requested Pro Filt'r foundation review!

I have to say this blog post's planning, execution, testing, write up and everything has felt more like a final year degree project/dissertation, I have even tested this foundation under different conditions (explained below) like a true scientist to give it a fair test.. guess my BSc Human Nutrition taught me that much at least 😂

The Store Visit
It may not be that deep for anyone that isn't this fazed by foundation or this product in general but the response I've had on my instagram from many girls like me has been phenomenal and because many of you can't visit Harvey Nichols easily (especially in tourist central Knightsbridge here in London!) AND a two hour wait, it's not the most convenient thing to check out in person, especially if you work full time or have kids.

So when I visited the store second time around on Tuesday (the second weekday after the launch weekend), I still had just under an hour's wait to get in at midday and unfortunately I didn't get to swatch the full foundation ranges but you can see below mostly medium to tan shades from the 40 available foundations (which was no easy feat during launch madness - I even tweeted tips for anyone planning to visit here!)

I have to say the waiting process at the Knightsbridge store is pretty civilised and controlled, the security and counter staff were also nice enough to let me go back and forth from the counter to the corner near the doors for daylight so thanks Harvey Nix staff!

A lot of the messages I received on IG were of course asking what shade I think they would be based on MAC, NARS, L'Oreal etc so I decided to trek to a MAC store to get samples of their best selling/universally popular foundation - Studio Fix Fluid - to compare a few Fenty shades to.. in the hope this helps.

So make sure you have a cuppa ready and without further ado, here is my full in depth review, starting with swatches:

Review & Swatches: Fenty Beauty - Match Stix Trio

Friday, 15 September 2017

I'm sure you already know that Rihanna has launched her own makeup line called Fenty Beauty "so that women everywhere could be included" and initially I was dubious seeing as celebrity makeup launches tend to be a bit gimmicky, but as the launch approached I became more and more intrigued especially because of my quest for finding the perfect match foundation, so I decided to sit up and research this new brand.

In case you didn't know, Rihanna's full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty which is where her "Fenty" brand comes from and she's focused her line on "hard to match skin tones" as well as products that should work for all skin types.

I'm here to test out a few of these products and give my opinion based on my experience as a makeup artist and of course years of blogging; I already held an instagram live the day I visited Fenty Beauty, so if you're not following me, make sure you do (@safiyahtasneem) for more current opinions!

In this Fenty Beauty blog post I'll be reviewing the Match Stix Trio that I purchased on the first day I visited Fenty Beauty at Harvey Nichols (I waited an hour and a half!) 
Read on to see why I bought this and for the full review with swatches <3

Saturday Skincare: The Body Shop Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Saturday, 19 August 2017

If you're not following me on Instagram, you may have missed just how excited I was for the release of this new Body Shop Expert Facial Mask: The Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask.

As soon as I saw the preview pictures, I knew I had to have it; I've never been this excited for a skincare product launch, but I was for this one because anyone who knows me knows I'm pretty matcha obsessed and have been for years ever since discovering it.

I feel quite proud when followers tag me in matcha related posts on social media as I I feel like everyone should know about it and at least try this superfood once in their life! You can read about it's health benefits in my matcha chiller/frappe blog post.. considering it's the only food related post I've written on the blog, you know the love is real lol.

I was super thrilled to have received the mask from The Body Shop before it's release date and even held a first impressions demo on Instagram Live, also using one of the two new facial toners (Chinese Ginseng & Rice) which was pretty fun to do with my followers.

Read on to see my thoughts on the mask and your chance to win a mask for yourself!

Naked Heat Makeup Look 3 - He Devil Halo

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Last in this Naked Heat series trio of makeup looks is this fiery halo eye that I've called He Devil Halo (antithesis much?!)
I decided to use the reds in the palette to create a "halo" (or 3D) eye effect which is basically a technique using darker/matte shadows on the inner and outer corner eye and shimmer on middle of lid.
This technique suits more rounded eye shapes than mine but is one of my fave styles recently so I hope you guys are inspired by it <3

Naked Heat Makeup Look 2 - Smoked Ashes

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Second in my 3 part series of Naked Heat looks is this smoky matte look using shimmer shadows on the bottom lashline and a slight change of colour on the lips as I mixed 1993 Vice liquid lipstick with my fave nude pink shade Backtalk (yes it's personalised!) for this look.
Read on to see all products used and more pictures 💗

Friday FOTD: Naked Heat Makeup Looks - Look 1 - Baked Ember

Friday, 11 August 2017

After my Naked Heat review + swatches (here), I wanted to create a couple looks with it so you guys can get some inspo seeing as many of you either already have this palette or wanted to see certain shades used (like Ashes and He Devil!)

I was going to just create two smoky looks (second smoky look here) as that was most requested but really wanted to add a reddish one (here) seeing as this palette is about bringing the HEAT:
Instead of putting them all in one post and making it super picture heavy, I've decided to split them up into three posts so keep an eye out for the other two makeup posts 👀
I pretty much used the same face/lip products for each look, with just a different eyeshadow technique, so I hope you enjoy this quick makeup series!

Read on for the first look and products used!

Tuesday Takeover: Truly Madly Beauty

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

I received a cute Model's Own x Sophy Robson package a while back and because I felt I wouldn't do the collection much justice (I can just about paint my nails one colour these days without smudging!) I looked for someone to guest post for me and chose Aysha who's guest posted for me before (click here).

Read on to see what she's created with these fab Models Own polishes!

Hello there lovely readers!

I'm so delighted to be collaborating with the beautiful Safiyah again, I've alotta love for this lady, not only have I been a follower of hers for donkeys years (oh gods that makes us sound ancient doesn't it?) but she also taught this dunce how to contour correctly, me & my defined cheekbones are forever grateful for your tutelage my dear!
She's now played the role of fairy blogmother & very kindly offered to send over to moi some of the new Models Own polishes to play with. On par with cake & cats my passion is nails so I was more than happy to step in & swatch these beautiful polishes for her as well as rustle up some quickie nail art looks for you with them.

Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Heat Full Review

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Over the years of being into makeup and blogging, I find it amazing how trends change and would never have guessed even 5 years ago that red toned makeup palettes would be a thing as most people were scared to wear it around the eye area for fear of looking like you had some sort of eye irritation/infection!

Back when I worked for Urban Decay, there were probably maximum two pink/red shades that were rarely sold because of the fear of red and I remember telling customers to explore by adding depth to a look - by using a red or pink lightly above the crease if they wanted to try something new.

Fast forward to 2016/17 and warm/red toned palettes are so hot right now we can't seem to get enough as it's wearable all year round but especially for Summer and Autumn/Fall.

I missed the flash preview sale of the UK Urban Decay website of this Naked Heat palette and vowed to make a beeline to the store as soon as it was released to add it to my Naked palette collection.
Then Urban Decay ever so kindly sent me this palette before the release date this week and I was positively grinning from ear to ear and knew I needed to swatch, wear and review it asap and I've literally been wearing different looks every day with this palette to test it out since receiving it.

Read on to see my thoughts on this new addition to the Naked palettes..
 

Friday FOTD: Ariana Grande Beauty and the Beast Makeup Tutorial

Friday, 14 July 2017

For monthsss I've been meaning to upload this tutorial; I filmed it straight after watching Beauty and the Beast at the cinema, but didn't get round to editing it fast enough and then when the Manchester tragedy occurred it felt too wrong to post.. RIP all those innocent lives lost </3

I've always lowkey been an Ariana fan, but after watching Ariana's benefit concert in Manchester it was set in stone that she was awesome!

With the UK DVD release of Beauty and the Beast being this weekend, I thought I'd upload it in time for that, but do check out my video tutorial below as it's quite a wearable look using none other than the ever popular Modern Renaissance palette (yet again!).
The palette is definitely my favourite and most wearable pink-red hued palette so far (read my full review here), and seeing as most people (should) have it, I thought it would fit this "Ari-inspired" look best.

Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation Concentrate

Sunday, 9 July 2017

After my last blog post featuring my Eid (Ul Fitr) 2017 makeup look where I used the Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able foundation the whole day, I thought I'd give my review next as it was also the second most popular voted foundation to review after NYX Total Control!

Friday FOTD: Eid Make Up Look 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

So it's a bit delayed but here's my Eid FOTD this year that I posted on Instagram already, thought it would be better off logged (and more easily searchable) here.

I ran an IG giveaway just before Eid this year and asked you guys/my IG followers what kind of makeup you usually wear on Eid/will be wearing this year (here) and felt so inspired!

I knew I wanted to wear something pastelly pink but ended up getting something pastelly peach-pink to wear instead, so the makeup I chose was a soft peachy pink look with glitter and a a heavier than usual winged liner.

Read on to see full list of products used and my OOTD!

Tuesday Takeover: Cydney Helsdown

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I've got another Tuesday Takeover guest post for you this week and its from the naturally gorgeous Cydney Helsdown who I first discovered on Twitter!
Cydney is another fellow mummy blogger, who blogs about not only beauty but lifestyle, mummy posts, food and travel.. so it's definitely worth checking her blog here.

She's going to be reviewing some Tarte products today which I've not actually had the chance to access much so I'm glad she's guest posted this for me.

Read on to see her thoughts on the Tarte Kit which includes the Amazonian Clay foundation, Maneater mascara and more!

Eid Gift Ideas - Beauty

Thursday, 22 June 2017

By now, if you haven't got your Eid gifts sorted you may be desperate for some inspo, so if stationary isn't their thing, then here are my beauty picks for Eid.
I've started with two brands that have Eid-specific products which I think is amazing and would love to see more brands cater to gifting for Eid time if possible as it does make gift searching a lot more easier!

After these, I've included my favourite beauty products released so far this year (whilst they're still available!), which can also come in handy for some birthday present inspiration.

Usually if I don't know what the person wants for Eid/birthdays, I tend to scour the internet for gift sets which are better value for money as you tend to get more products for the price you pay.. which is always a win.

Read on to see my personal favourites and recommendations this Eid...

Eid Gift Ideas - Stationary

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sooo, as we get closer to Eid, I thought I'd put up a post of gift ideas, first starting with stationary as it's something that can be gifted to males and females.

Whilst browsing Etsy for Eid related ideas (they're the best place to shop for personalised/niche products btw!) I found a few small businesses online that offer Eid related stationary/gift ideas, but also included my current favourite non-islamic related stationary shop I'm obsessed with too at the end of this post.

I personally love stationary and think it makes a great gift as most people will use it at work or if a student or at least use it as a prop for their pictures if they're a blogger like me haha. 
I adore monochrome or geometric patterns and when they have hints of metallic shades in them (particularly rose gold) I'm sold! 

I've both purchased and been sent some of the stationary from small businesses in this post, I do love supporting smaller businesses in general as it takes a lot of initiative and commitment to start business in the first place, so do check them out for some more fab ideas 💞

Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review

Sunday, 11 June 2017

[picture heavy post!]
Whenever I get a NYX package, whatever is on my blogging to do list gets forgotten and I bump it right up the list because I'm over excited and know that everyone in the world will be too.

So when I received this mahoosive delivery of ALL 24 shades of Total Control Drop foundations.. I was in awe and made sure to get it on my face asap so I could get reviewing.

Months after the US had it and paraded it over our Instagrams, the long awaited NYX Total Control Drop Foundations have finally reached the UK and here's what I think about them.. 

Halal Nail Polish? Nova Nails

Friday, 9 June 2017

I recently discovered Nova Nails nail polish online after searching for a real "halal" nail polish.. something I've been looking for the last couple years actually, so I thought it would be perfect to try in Ramadan.

I have a couple Inglot O2M "breathable" nail polishes which are supposedly also halal but I've there's always a slight niggle that makes me worry that it's not fully halal so when I stumbled across these Nova washable nail polishes, I was over the moon!

Admittedly it comes with pros and cons, read on to see what these are and a demo video of how it works!
 

Saturday Skincare: Thirsty Skin

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Since my last skincare post, my routine has changed considerably; mainly because it was very basic (you'll know if you caught my Instagram Live a couple months ago!) and also because I've received a fair few new skincare products through PR packages, so I've been giving them a whirl and thought I'd share my new routine/suggested products for this month of fasting when our skin is most likely lacking in hydration!

I try to wear 
even more minimal makeup in Ramadan than I usually do because I like to use it as a detox monthand focus my saved time elsewhere either spiritually or at least focussing more on skincare.

I've followed the Spend/Save theme as before where I could below, suggesting both affordable and high end options for you to check out if you're feeling spendy.

Read on to see what steps I'd recommend for parched skin; some of these are suitable for combination to oily skin types too of course 💗

Ramadan 2017 - The Body Shop Eid Treats Beauty Calendar!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

So Ramadan is upon us once again and despite recent incidences in the news I'm hoping this month teaches us the true meaning of peace and patience as well as general reflection on ourselves.

This year will be another hard year as the hours of fasting are 18+ here in the UK and like last year, ironically the weather has decided to finally become hot again in time for Ramadan. If you missed my matcha milkshake recipe last year on the blog, be sure to check it out here if you'd like some extra health benefits when breaking your fast and an alternative refreshing drink with a quick caffeine fix if you're a tea/coffee drinker.

Despite this and the 24 hour job of being a mother to a boisterous 3 year old (and toilet training atm!), I have a couple blog posts planned that I hope to get up this month, including an Eid gift guide and hopefully some more foundation reviews to add to my Foundation Files database! 

Be sure to also check out my Instagram too as I will be opening this calendar every day and plan to do a few giveaways as well as a special Instagram takeover too 👀

I thought I'd start this month by sharing this absolutely stunning and well made "Eid Treats" Beauty Advent Calendar especially made for Ramadan/Eid ever so kindly sent from The Body Shop.

Read on to see more!

Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Following my last post of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Files post, I decided to review the Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick foundation next, to compare it to the original and popular Double Wear foundation.. read on to find out what I think and who I recommend it for 👀

Tuesday Takeover: Amina - AliandHer

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Again I've enlisted the help of fellow blogger Amina to guest post for me on one of the Too Faced x Kat Von D products I was recently sent and thought would be best suited to Amina as a makeup artist and blogger too!
I love her blog and can so relate to the mummy bits (her recent Valentines post about loving kids so much it can be an ache is so true!), so be sure to check it out if you're a mummy blogger too.

Read on to find out what she thought of the TF x KVD Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection...

Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Estee Lauder Double Wear

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Fourth in my series of Foundation Files posts is this requested review of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is has been a cult product for years and currently titled the "UK's number 1 foundation".. today we will find out if it really is worth the hype!

Friday FOTD: Mermaid Lashes Makeup Look - L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll

Friday, 21 April 2017

So lately I've been skipping uploading makeup looks to my blog purely because it's hard work enough uploading x3 makeup look IG posts these days let alone here on the blog with full reviews and swatch posts too!

I also find it easier to do a fast makeup look and take selfies with my phone if I have to, to keep my creative juices flowing and my instagram feed active. But for this particular look I brought out my SLR to take proper pics as it really made me feel some type of way. 

In case you're not following me on Instagram, I recently have remembered my fondness of colour and how happy it makes me feel to wear bright colours, so I thought I'd upload the latest IG post here that made me feel all mermaid-y using blue shades.
Read on to find out what I used!

Sunday Swatches: NYX Lip Lingerie - 12 New Shades!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

After the popularity of my last NYX Lip Lingerie post (it's my most popular post in all my 6+ years of blogging!), it made sense to push this NYX post to the top of my blogging list yet again, just like with the Away We Glow highlighters (which I'm using everyday lately, LOVE them!)

Since my last post, the swatches on the Boots website haven't improved unfortunately, but I guess that's where bloggers like us come in and help you decide what they may look like on you!

Read on for my thoughts on these 12 added shades to the Lip Lingerie collection and of course the SWATCHES!


Tuesday Takeover: Jadirah - Jasmine Catches Butterflies

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

So as I'm busy with my never ending blog to-do list, I've enlisted the help of a fab blogger Jadirah to fill in for me and discuss some amazing key Spring products.. including products I've personally been asked about from my followers (the ABH Glow Kit and Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks), so I was interested in this post myself to be honest as I've never tried them!

I also agree about MAC Crosswires, I'm sure I've used it in makeup looks on this blog in the past and still love the coral shade for Spring/Summer.

Thank you so much Jadirah, read on to see what she thinks of these products and more :)

Sunday Swatches: NYX Away We Glow Review

Sunday, 26 March 2017

You know when you have a long to-do list and something crops up that you push to the top? Well that's what happened with this post, simply because I'm in loveee with these NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighters that I was sent along with a few other new releases this Spring, which all have a mermaid-y unicorn-y theme to them.

These liquid highlighters stole the show for me though, namely because they reminded me strongly of my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight that I love to use with the corresponding pressed powder for an intense glow.
So I immediately thought "ooooh, dupe?" 
Read on to find out if it is 😉

eBay Bargains: Brushes - all under £5

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Right so, since I've been starting to use Instagram Live and Stories, there's been a fair bit of interest to do this eBay brushes post and as someone who trawls eBay regularly I'm more than happy to share my (good) finds!

Two of the items included in this post are already in my Rose Gold Gift Guide so I won't be repeating myself here, but it's worth including in this post to see how I've gotten on with them.

Read on to check my eBay bargain brushes!

Saturday Skincare: Face Masks - Save/Spend

Saturday, 18 March 2017

It's been a while since I've written a Saturday Skincare post (see previous posts here) and after last week's Instagram Live topic of masks, I decided to write up my most favourite masks right now and am planning on doing more Save/Spend dupe style posts soon!

So this post is featuring my most used masks: the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment and The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask; read on for my thoughts on the two!

Sunday Swatches: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis - Red Edition

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Here's the fourth and final part in my Huda Swatch Series (for now at least), unless another mini lip set is released!

I actually borrowed this Red Edition set from a friend who bought it when it was released before all the other sets last year, as I wasn't fussed about red lipsticks; I rarely wear a red lip these days and knew the nude sets were going to be released later.

Read on to find out what I think about the Huda Beauty Red Edition liquid matte minis!

Tuesday Takeover: Halima Fashionicide - Stila Glitter Underground Review

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

As you guys may or may not know by now, I absolutely adore today's guest poster Halima (Fashionicide), simply because her creativity and photography skills know no bounds!
I genuinely wish I could take half as amazing pictures as her, read on to see why!

Stila Heavens Hue Highlighter Review 2

Sunday Swatches: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis - Pink Edition

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Third up in my series of swatch posts (and videos!) is the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis - Pink Edition
Read on for my thoughts and swatches on this set!


Something Different....

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Hi my lovelies!

This week I'm holding off from my Huda Beauty Sunday Swatches series despite having half-prepped the Pink Edition post (and swatch video) already. The reason I decided to take a break this week is because I'm plugging a campaign I was asked to be a part of by L'Oreal and also sharing what I felt!

Read on for my thoughts and feelings 
I felt with my first campaign which is small in the grand scheme of things but big for me.

Sunday Swatches: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis - Brown Edition

Sunday, 12 February 2017

So second up in my series of swatch posts (and videos!) is the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis - Brown Edition
Read on for my thoughts and swatches on this set!

 
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