Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Review: Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist

 

I’ve always been a fan of Origins skincare. My first ever eye-cream that I purchased from the brand was the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream, a creamy and lightweight cream that worked wonders after long nights back in my university days. Throughout the years, I’ve continued to use a variety of their products, tried different ranges, and my favourite is still the Ginzing collection (and of course their face masks, which literally work for every skin type and make the perfect travel companion.)

When I saw that Origins had launched a new Ginzing range I was extremely excited to try it out. The product that stood out to me instantly was the Ginzing Lotion Mist, purely because I had never tried a mist from the brand and was already quite familiar with their moisturisers. 


The Origins lotion mist aims to instantly refresh the skin and leave it looking radiant and energetic. I first tried the mist in the morning before my skincare routine, so that I could see exactly the effect that it had. After a couple of sprays I noticed that it left my skin with a glowy but subtle sheen that looked as though I had just moisturised. I now personally love using this both in the mornings and throughout the day as it plumps up the skin and keeps it looking hydrated.

The mist has a citrus-esque smell which I don't mind at all and actually quite like, and it feels refreshing especially in the morning to wake up the skin. This would also be a great addition to your evening skin care routine.


The Origins lotion mist retails for £18, which I think is great value considering the range of ways it can be used and how useful it would be when travelling.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

City break essentials



When travelling for a city break it can be extremely hard to pack, especially if you're heading to a completely new destination. I've always been one to overpack - especially when it comes to make up, let's be honest, don't we all?! As I've discovered more products that I love and use on a daily basis, it's become a lot easier to filter through what to take. Gone are the days where I take new products away with me to try on holiday, because frankly, most of the time you'll wish you had your staple products there that you know and are familiar with. That being said, there are always the essential companions that I pack for every trip, such as a good pair of earphones, a good wash bag and travel case that always come in handy.

When it comes to beauty products, I have a few staples that I always have in my handbag and take around with me daily, so eliminating through products is easier. Outfits can be more difficult- but if you really want to nail packing for a city break, then put together all your outfits together beforehand so you know roughly what you'll be wearing on each day. Some of my city break essentials are below.




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Sunday, 18 June 2017

What to buy in June



Who's enjoying the beautiful weather in London? So happy that the summer months are finally among us! If you're off on holiday this month then you may be looking for new wardrobe essentials that will carry you through the warmer months, and there are so many brands and retailers that have amazing new pieces out that I've included as much as I can in this shopping list (there are lots on sale too) This post is longer than usual, but have a browse through and I hope you find it useful! Thanks for reading - A x


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

10 fragrances to get you ready for summer


There's been so many beautiful Spring/Summer fragrance launches over the past month that it was time to do a round up of some of the best perfumes around. My favourites include Flowerbomb's new version Bloom (smells even better than the original - yes, that's possible), Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess which is a cult summer scent and a new release by Guerlain. Scroll through the list below and click to find out more about each perfume.




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Just like the original Flowerbomb but punchier, this fragrance is the perfect everyday scent for warmer days.

I first tested this fragrance whilst working on a beauty desk for a magazine last year, and ever since I've been recommending to anyone who's looking for the perfect summer-in-a-bottle scent.

Mon Guerlain is the new feminine fragrance in town. Inspired by Angelia Jolie, the fragrance is sweet yet strong and has notes of jasmine and sandalwood.

Peonia Nubile is a warm floral fragrance with notes of raspberry and top notes of peony.

Whilst not the most popular Jo Malone fragrance, this one is a perfect balance of calmness and sweetness which makes it perfect for cosy summer days.

Scent of a Dream was created by Charlotte Tilbury to change the energy frequency of those around you. This fragrance is definitely one of the strongest out of the bunch and one that lasts all day with only a spritz needed.

Estee Lauder are back with their iconic Bronze Goddess collection featuring the ultimate summer fragrance. This fragrance is summer epitomised and packed into a shimmery bottle.

Laura Mercier's Creme Brûlée is the perfect pick me up fragrance: with notes of caramel and vanilla bean the warm scent will quickly become your everyday go-to.

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra is perfect if you want to make a lasting impression as for me this is the scent that turns heads as you walk by.

You can rarely smell Molecule 01 on yourself as it works with your body and smells differently on everyone, and is said to be more about the effect it has on other people.
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Monday, 8 May 2017

Review: Becca's under eye brightening corrector



If you read my February favourites post then you'll know that I've been a big fan of this product lately.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What To Buy in May


This months shopping list includes overstated earrings, blush and nude colours and lots of new beauty products to add to your collection in preparation for summer. Hope you enjoy x
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Exploring South London with Airbnb


A couple of weeks ago a very exciting e-mail landed in my inbox. Airbnb had reached out to me and asked whether I'd be interesting in trying out one of their newest features: The Airbnb experience. These are a way of exploring any city you're in with a truly authentic experience that you maybe wouldn't know about if you weren't using the service. They vary from trying out a new restaurant, visiting a new part of town, experimenting with a sports activity, you name it.

We had the choice of a few experiences and decided to go for a wine tasting experience in south London. The idea of a wine tasting experience in Tooting sounded too intriguing and exciting to pass, especially as I'm not that familiar with south London, so we set up a date and booked the experience.

The experience was at Unwined, a cosy wine bar in Tooting Market. We were greeted by one of the hosts called Laura who immediately made us feel welcome and as if we've just stepped into a very familiar restaurant. We sat down with a group of people who were also there to experience the wine tasting trial and, as Laura was telling us, the spot has not only been popular by Londoners, but also people around the world. We got to learn about the hosts' background and their extensive knowledge about wine as well as learning about their background and why they chose to open a wine bar in Tooting. Laura stated that south London doesn't get as much exposure as it should, and since opening their wine bar a couple of years ago the market in Tooting has attracted the likes of Franco Manca and other popular restaurants.

We had a four course wine tasting menu ahead of us which kicked off with champagne, bread and butter and pancakes. Before beginning the wine tasting, we were given 12 gold coins to rate each course and the pairing with the food and wine.




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We then moved onto mains. The first course was Mackerel cooked with cucumbers and topped with a mixture of herbs and paired with a crisp white wine. We then moved on to course three which consisted of beef cooked in XO sauce paired with a violet red wine.

For desert, we had fresh rhubarbs with crunched granola and white chocolate topped with a pairing of goats cheese. This wasn't a traditional desert pairing, however the combination of a sweet rose wine and the desert worked extremely well! 

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The entire experience was an experiment of different tastes and flavours and see which wines paired well with the food.

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If you're visiting London or a Londoner yourself, I'd highly recommend visiting Unwined in Tooting and having a wine experiment of your own. We loved all the wines we tasted and even left with a couple to take home. It was also a great way to meet new people and experience a completely new experience in a city. Have you been to any wine bars recently?

Thank you to Airbnb for taking us on this experience. All views are my own. 
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

30 things to buy under £30 at Asos




Am I fuelling your Asos shopping addiction yet?


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: YSL Beauty Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation


Cushion foundations first emerged into the beauty scene thanks to Japanese beauty brands. The trend was then followed by the rest of the world and brands understood the hype behind these skin-like foundations that aim to make skin look natural and glowing.




I've tried a couple of cushion foundations and have been generally impressed overall. The longevity and coverage of course varies on the formula designed by the brand but generally the skin-like glow from within is a finish that seems to work well on my combination skin.

I've been wanting to try this product from YSL Beauty as it's been raved out from bloggers and beauty experts, so I picked one up in Debenhams and gave it a try. With any product from YSL, you can expect the packaging to be sleek with a modern-looking finish. It completely stands out on your dressing table, and if purchased with outer packing (re-users can purchase the capsule foundation alone) makes for a great keepsake product.

The longevity
Is surprisingly good. I've been testing this on 9-5 work days, where I apply my make up around 7.30am and find that it lasts all day without going patchy or coming off.

The coverage
Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage of this foundation. I'd say its a medium finish that leaves skin light and glowy and covers more than your average tinted moisturiser. I got this in shade B40, which in reference is around a NC37 in Mac foundations and 'Barcelona' in the Nars Sheer Glow. The shade selection isn't as good as the rest of the foundations from YSL, but if you have olive skin with warm undertones B30 or 40 would be a good match.

The price
This is the only down side to the product. At £38 a go, it's not a cheap product (although it's available on sale here.) However, once you buy the product with the packaging, you can buy the inside fillers for a lot less so that it saves having to re-purchase the packaging. I'd recommend going to a YSL beauty counter and getting the make up artists to swatch the product and test it all over so you can see the coverage. Make sure you look at your skin in natural day light too as the colour can adapt to your skintone.


I'd definitely recommend going to a YSL counter if you're on the hunt for a new everyday foundation and giving this a go. It's a massive yes from me! X



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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide



If there's one person who we can depend on, it's our mums. With Mother's Day coming up on the 26th of March, be sure to spoil or treat your mum with a thoughtful gesture that feels right to you. This doesn't have to be a gift, as when we tend to ask our mums what they'd like they say they don't need anything, so be creative and think of what she would really like. I've picked out some items to make shopping a little easier if you're on the lookout for something special. All the links below are shop-able. Happy spoiling x

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

What to buy in March

Image source: Lauren Conrad

With fashion month having flown by, there are so many trends that we've seen both from the runways and on street style bloggers that are being picked up by the industry.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

February beauty favourites



February was an exciting month in terms of new beauty launches and products I've tried. With a strict 9-5 beauty regime, I find myself going to the same products for daily basis and I don't tend to experiment too much during the week days. The weekends are where I try a host of products and really test them out to see what I like and don't. That being said, I've incorporated a lot of new beauty products into my routine this month and tested some pretty exciting products that I think you guys will love too. Read below to see all my favourites from the month!



Mac Strobe Cream, Goldlite, £25: Mac's strobe cream has been a make up artist and beauty industry favourite for years, so it was inevitable that the new collection featuring five new shades would be a hit. I went for the shade 'Goldlite' as I love a bronze/dewy look and I absolutely love wearing this under make up. It adds a subtle glow from within and keeps the skin hydrated. 

Becca Eye Brightener, £21: This is a fairly new product in my make up bag but it's safe to say I love it. It gives a really dewy glow under the eyes and works great under concealer. You could use this on it's own too if you want to brighten and hide any dark circles. 

Benefit Nude Gen Lipstick in Honeybun, £16: I've been a big fan of matte lipsticks lately and not really tried any dewy and hydrating lipsticks. I came across the Gen-Nude collection and I absolutely love that the lipsticks are formulated with natural oils and butters to provide moisture to the lips. The whole collection is really beautiful, I would try them out next time you're near a Bare Minerals counter if you're into nudes/mauves/pinks. 

NYX Wonder pencil, £4: Using a white eyeliner in the waterline is something I love doing and I find that it really helps look my eyes more awake. I love this one by NYX, it's goes on really smooth and lasts all day- and at £4 it's a bargain! 

Clarins Multi Active Jour moisturiser, £42: I've loved Clarins skincare since I was a teenager and have tried different moisturisers from their range. I love the Multi Active Jour as it's quite a thick moisturiser but really hydrates the skin and leaves it with a nice glow. It works for every skin types and doesn't agitate the skin.

Mac Golden Glow bronzer, £24:  This is my go-to bronzer when I want to add a bronze glow to the skin. On a daily basis I'll wear this on it's own, sweeping it over the cheeks. If I'm going out or want my skin to look quite bronzed, I'll use a matte bronzer first to contour then add a bit of this on top to give it some glow. It stays on really well and doesn't go patchy after a few hours like some products can do. 

Chanel Chance perfume, £61.50:  Chanel Chance has been my go-to scent for years. I love how fresh this perfume is and it never feels heavy or like you've got too much perfume on when you're wearing. This is a great everyday scent.


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Friday, 3 February 2017

What to buy from Asos this month | February


Welcome back for a new shopping style post. Those who know me know how much I'm obsessed with Asos - I'm on the website weekly if not always checking for new pieces and trends that I can find. I love the versatility of the site, and that it offers so much choice (which can be quite stressful too!) but you know you'll always be able to find something. I love reading these shopping style posts on blogs I follow as it's really easy to find all the items mentioned in one place, so here's a new feature that I'll start to include monthly. Enjoy. A x



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Thursday, 12 January 2017

What To Buy In January


New year, new clothes - right?! I hope you all have had a great start to the new year, and get exactly what you wish for in 2017. One of the biggest lessons I learnt in 2016 was that if you work hard and have determination, you will get far.  It takes passion and a whole lot of hard work to see results (whatever your goal is) but as long as you put your heart into it, it will happen.

That being said, I think January is the perfect time to have a wardrobe refresh. I know I've said this before- probably in spring time (isn't that when everyone does it?) but why not get ahead and start the new year with a fresh clean out. That's what I'll be aiming to do anyway - (watch me talk in Spring about needing to do a spring clean out.. lol.)

Here are my top picks for things to buy this month. I'd love to know what's on your shopping list.. Tweet me at @alarabasul :) & thanks so much for reading as always! X





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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The fragrance I can't get enough of | Valentino Donna


Ah boxing day. The day where you know you shouldn't be browsing online, because Christmas was just the day before, but you can't help it.  I inevitably fell in the newsletter-looks-too-good-to-miss trap and found myself on a couple of websites, looking at things I certainly didn't need. Apart from one thing. Perfume.

There were so many great discounts going on in, especially in department stores, that I thought it's a great time to take advantage of favourite products and trying new ones. I needed a new everyday fragrance and found myself browsing through the fragrance department at Debenhams (so many discounts, such little time.)



When it comes to scents, I usually go for sweet, musky scents that are easy and suitable for everyday. I don't like something too powering as I find it's usually too much to wear during the day and in the office. I was between two scents actually, B by Balenciaga and then came across the Valentino Donna scent which was one I've wanted for agesssss.

This fragrance is the most elegant perfume I own. When I tested it on my wrist I immediately loved the smell and knew it would be a great everyday perfume. Valentino Donna has top notes of bergamot, with base notes of vanilla which creates the most amazing & subtle scent. It also has great packaging, with almost stud-like glass covering the pretty pink bottle. It's the perfect accessory for the vanity table (when you're not using it, of course.)  I'm literally obsessed with this perfume and so glad I tried it. I definitely recommend trying it next time you go past a Valentino counter as I guarantee if you like similar sweet and musky scents like me you'll love this one.

I bought the fragrance from Debenhams, and they currently have three sizes available.

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