London Wedding

Hello hello, it’s been a while!

Over the past couple of months, life has been really hectic for me. Personal issues, work, uni…everything came in one go that I needed to take a step back and just focus elsewhere.

I took a long break from blogging but now I am back and I intend to stick to it!

Around a week ago my best friends sister got married in London! Me and my friend Anna hopped on a train, attended the event and had the chance to look around London for a few hours.

Saturday
We left Edinburgh around 11.30.

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Later on in the evening after we had arrived, we decided to go out and grab dinner. I already had makeup on so I popped on Kylie Jenner liquid lipstick in Leo to make the overall look more evening appropriate.

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Sunday

On the day of the wedding, we both woke up really early and started to get ready. Not gonna lie, I was actually a little bit stressed as I had decided to wear a sari. Since I had never worn one before in my life and had to do it alone, I really didn’t want to mess up!

Having seen the sari a few days before the big day, I knew that I didn’t want my makeup to look too dramatic.
For the eyes I used the Makeup Revolution ‘Eyes like Angels’ palette and my trusty Maya Mia palette by Anastasia Beverley Hills.
I blended warm toned eyeshadows into my crease and patted on a shimmery purple eyeshadow on my lids. I went for wispy eyelashes to compliment the eye makeup.

Onto my sari! I actually managed to tie it pretty nicely however when I left the wedding it literally came apart LOL!

I let Anna borrow one of my Asian suits which I then wore in the evening  for the second part of the wedding.

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For the evening makeup look I went for defined brows, minimal base and lots of highlighter. As we woke up really early that morning, I did not want to keep my heavy base on so I actually took it all off and concealed/powdered where necessary.

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My bestieeeeee

 

 

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3 amigos ❤

 

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The prettiest wee bride ❤

Monday

Our train back home was really early in the morning so we left around 5.30am. I am so glad we attended the wedding, such  fun a weekend ❤

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, I have plenty more coming up! xxx

 

 

 

 

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Get the look; Eid Al-Adha

Hi lovelies,

A few days ago it was Eid Al-Adha! Eid is a celebration day for Muslims all around the world where we spend time with our loved ones, exchange gifts and eat lots of yummy food ❤ I was so exhausted on the day, I just wanted to curl up and sleep BUT I knew I had to use all my energy and dress up on this special occasion ❤

Outfit:

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I wore this stunning abaya which I purchased from Saudi Arabia when I went for Hajj last year. With the baby blue colour and multi coloured embroidery/beads, it reminded me of Barbie for some strange reason! The funny thing is that I even got told that I look like a Muslim Barbie doll! ( couldn’t decide if that was a compliment or a wee hint I was wearing too much makeup!)

Makeup:

Keeping with the Barbie theme, I opted for colourful eyes, flirtatious lashes and a nude pinkey lip.

Eyes:

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  1. After priming blend burnt orange into crease
  2. Pat on the blue eyeshadow in the centre of lids
  3. In the inner corner/first half of lids apply gold eyeshadow
  4. To deepen the crease blend light purple eyeshadow in the socket
  5. Define outer V with dark purple and dark brown
  6. Apply black eyeliner and pop on your favourite lashes

Face:

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  • Chanel foundation and Estee Lauder foundation mixed together
  • LA Girl Cosmetics…Creamy Beige for concealer and Beautiful Bronze  to contour
  • Baby pink blush from BH Cosmetics blush palette
  • Sleek Makeup Face Contour kit to set cream contour and highlight
  • Collection loose powder to set under eyes and T Zone

For lips I used Sleek lip cream in Birthday Suit. You can use any similar products in your makeup collection, totally not necessary to use the same products to achieve the same look! Have fun with bold colours! I know it can be a bit intimidating to use so many different colours but no harm in turning into Barbie once in a while eh ;o)

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Take Care XXX

Special Events- Highlight and Contour Routine

Hi lovelies,

Today I will be going through my highlight and contour routine which I tend to do when I am attending special events. It is a full coverage routine so hence why only for special occasions!

Highlight and contouring really depends on your face shape. The areas of your face you want to push in, you apply the dark product and the areas you want to bring out, you apply the light product.

Now it took me a while to get into the swing of the whole extreme contouring thing. It has become such a trend that people feel like they HAVE to do it. I really disagree since the art of contouring really depends on YOUR face shape. Where I may have to contour, for example along my nose to slim it down, some people could easily skip that if they already have a cute wee slim nose.

Liquid products:

Highlight

  • LA Girl Cosmetics orange concealer to counteract the dark circles under my eyes.
  • Maybelline Fit me Concealer in shade 20 to hide the orange tones
  • Extended down along my eyes for a bit more coverage
  • Patted it into skin with my Bare Minerals concealer brush
  • Further blended it into skin using a sponge

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Contour

  • LA Girl Cosmetics concealer in Beautiful Bronze.
  • Applied some down my cheekbones, a little bit along my forehead, along my jaw line and down the sides of my nose.

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Powders

To further highlight I took out my trusty Collection loose powder and ‘baked’ the concealer under my eyes with a LOT of powder using the same sponge. I applied this down the centre of my nose, on my forehead since its quite small and along the sides of my jaw to bring them out as I have a really round face.

I set the contoured areas with the Sleek Face Contour kit in medium. This also comes with a gold toned highlighter which I popped right on the tip of my nose and the high plains of my face.
After 10 minutes I dusted of the excess powder and I was left with nice highlighted face. My face literally looked air brushed and flawless from 1.30pm all the way till 3 in the morning! Caked it for a looong time ;o)

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Get the look; Mehndi Raat Face

Hi lovelies!

A few days ago my uncles fiancée had her Mehndi/Henna party which is sort of like a hens party for us Muslim ladies ;o) I will be sharing with you all the look I created on that day. I was inspired by the Pakistani dress I wore, the beautiful gold detailing with hints on turquoise.

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Base

  1. After my skin care routine I smoothed out my skin using Porefessional primer by Benefit
  2. I used a stippling brush to apply my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation
  3. I corrected my dark circles using an orange concealer from LA Girl Cosmetics and then used my Maybelline Fit Me concealer to hide the orange tones
  4. After ‘baking’ with Collection Translucent powder I proceeded to powder contouring and highlighting using my Face Contour Kit by Sleek in medium

Eyes: I used my BH Cosmetics 120 palette to create the dramatic eye makeup.

  1. I blended a brown matte eye shadow in the crease
  2. In the inner corner I applied a mix of a yellow and gold eye shadow
  3. In the centre I first applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Turquoise Forever and mixed a blue and green eye shadow to pack on top
  4. I deepened the outer V with black eye shadow and blended it into the brown shadow
  5. I lined my eyes with NYC eye liner
  6. I tight lined my upper and lower lash line with NYC black eye pencil
  7. After popping on Huda Beauty lashes in ‘Giselle’ eyes were all complete!

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The finished look….

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Here is my outfit which was a pressie from my mum ❤ I love love love this dress! Very different from the other Asian outfits I have ❤

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Stay tuned for the makeup look I created for the wedding!

Take Care XXX

Cafe’o’clock- Lovecrumbs

Hi guys,

It Cafe’o’clock again! For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this concept, then it is basically me chit chatting about a recent cafe visit. My last Cafe’o’Clock post was Piece Box, check it out here https://obsessionmuch.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/cafeoclock-piece-box/. Now if you were to ask me where most of my money goes towards then I would tell you it goes towards food! Not food where you pop into Scotmid and buy a bar of chocolate but cafe food! Coffees. teas, cakes, biscuits…..and the list goes on. Yes I know, so very unhealthy but actually most of the things I buy are moderately healthy ish ;o)

Today I will be talking to you about Lovecrumbs. Lovecrumbs is located on 155 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP.  They are a cake-only cake shop.

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The shop opened at 10.30 am and I was one of the first few people to arrive. To my surprise within 20-25 minutes of the  place opening it was super busy! There were students like myself, the elderly and also mums who had come hence showing that this cafe is welcome and suitable for all. After I entered the store the first thing I spotted were the beautiful cakes, scones and croissants on display! My heart really did skip a beat ❤

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The pumpkin spice cookie I ordered is the one on the top left covered in icing! NOM NOM NOM

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The pricing was decent, not too expensive. My total was £3.80. I gave my order ( black coffee & Pumpkin Spice Cookie) to the person behind the till who was very smiley. I do like when the staff are friendly as it creates a more positive environment. Thumbs up to the cheerful staff at Lovecrumbs!

I managed to find a small table to sit down. A few minutes later the coffee was brought to me in a little cup with my cookie which by the way can I say was so yummy! The coffee cup was a bit small but I was kind of glad because it tasted a bit funny….I believe their coffee beans must have been quite different compared to my normal Costa/Starbucks coffee beans.

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They had small tables and big tables which is perfect as some people came in big groups which meant that the cafe was accommodating everybody. The cake was buzzing with everybody talking, the noise of the coffee machine, a little baby girl crying/laughing away. For me personally a good cafe is where I feel comfortable and can just get on with my business. I have been to a few cafes where I felt uneasy at times for different reasons. However at Lovecrumbs, despite it being busy, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.

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Overall my experience here was fab :o) I really had to force myself and leave actually. I was so engrossed in reading my book and just feeling comfy that it made me leaving my chair a bit of a struggle. Highly recommend checking out this cafe!

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selfie check ;o)

Thanks for reading lovelies, take care ❤

http://www.lovecrumbs.co.uk/

Top 10 under 10

Hi Guys!

As 2015 is literally around the corner I compiled my favourite products of 2014 which also seem to be under £10 :oD We all love beauty products that are amazing for their quality and the price right?! I have seen a few videos on You Tube where people talk about their favourites and I always thought it was going to be hard but surprisingly it was the opposite. I say surprisingly because I always switch up my products but when it came to selecting out the products to write about I just knew which ones were my favourites! Lets just say some of these products were also my morning life savers…you know when you miss your alarm and have like 5 minutes to get ready but NEED to look presentable…..Yup those kinda mornings….

Here are my top 10 products UNDER £10!

1)

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/storm-i-divine-palet-storm-i-divine-palette

 

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This is the I Divine in Storm Palette by Sleek retailing for £7.99. For the price, this palette is amazing! The eye shadows are incredibly pigmented and smooth. I am a huge fan of primers, both face and eyes, though for these I can get away with not using a primer. With the variety of colours this offers, you can easily use it for a subtle day time eye or pump your whole look with the gorgeous shimmery cranberry, navy blue or even the forest green colour ❤

2)

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http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com/index.php/collections/eyeshadow-collection/the-matte-eyeshadow-collection/eyeshadow-mmmm.html

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Not going to lie but I had a bit of a moment when I swatched this eyeshadow for the first time. For £1 the quality and pigmentation of this product is on a whole new level. A level I didn’t even knew existed. This is the Mmmm mono eyeshadow by Makeup Revolution. It is a matte deep brown with great colour pay off. It blends like a dream and is fab for contouring!

3)

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http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-1000-Kisses-Lipliner-Spice-11/p/516658#.VJ7yO1AGAKs

I am so sure I use this every day….This is the Rimmel lip liner in Oil Spice retailing for £2.99. What can I say about this lipliner?! Simply just love it! It is very easy to apply, creamy and leaves a matte finish without over drying the lips. Also very suitable for a variety of skin tones as I have used them on different clients before.

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http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Wake-Me-Up-Make-Up-Concealer-Ivory-10/p/435558#.VJ7zo1AGAKs

Being a concealer addict always on the hunt for great concealers this one by Rimmel is great bargain for £5.49. Very thin consistency and creamy, blends beautifully and doesn’t cake up under the eyes!

5)

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http://www.superdrug.com/B-/B-Vibrant-Lip-%26-Cheek-Colour-Goji-138/p/779560#.VJ70lFAGAKs

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This is the B.Vibrant Lip and Cheek colour in Goji 138 which costs £3.99 ( normally £7.99 but reduced down in Superdrug). This is a lovely berry colour. I usually wear it as a day time bold lip but equally looks nice on the cheeks. It is very hydrating on the lips so for the price this product is a must for me.

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http://www.muastore.co.uk/lipstick-shade-11

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This lipstick is simply called shade 11 by Makeup Academy and retails for only £1. Makeup academy always have very creamy and hydrating lip products and this one as always is just as amazing. It is quite a browney colour with a pink/burgundy undertone. Colour is hard to explain but great for the days when I want a natural lip colour.

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http://www.superdrug.com/NYC/NYC-Liquid-Eye-Liner-Pearlised-Black-888/p/186430#.VJ7-zlAGAKt

I decided to go out and buy this eyeliner by NYC after hearing Desi Perkins from You Tube rave about it. After buying it for only £2.49 I totally knew why she was in love with it. It has a very thin point which allows for a sharp flick and accessibility to go right in the inner corners of the eye. The liquid is indeed a true black, perfect for a dramatic eyeliner look.

8)

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http://www.superdrug.com/MUA-Face/MUA-Blusher-Lolly/p/621696#.VJ74G1AGAKs

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This blush by Makeup Academy retails for £1 and is simply the bomb.com. It is called Lolly which totally reminds me of the Chupa Chupa lollipops :oD…..just me?? It is a bubblegum pinkey colour and as you can see, I have hit pan. It is totally worth that quid considering how pigmented and long-lasting the colour is.

9)

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http://www.superdrug.com/2True/2True-Instant-Colour-Mascara-Shade-1/p/311677#.VJ75B1AGAKs

I use this clear mascara as a clear brown gel. It is by 2True and costs only £1.99. It does the job of a normal brow gel, keeps them in place all throughout the day! It is not clear any more as it has been mixed in with the brown powder I used on my brows. Overall a great product :o)

10)

http://www.yourdiscountchemist.com.au/maybelline-volum-express-the-colossal-waterproof-mascara-glam-black.html
Picture taken from: http://www.yourdiscountchemist.com.au/maybelline-volum-express-the-colossal-waterproof-mascara-glam-black.html http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Volum-Express-The-Colossal-Mascara-100-Black_1379053/

Whenever anyone asks me for my recommendation of a mascara I honestly always tell them to go for the Maybelline Colossal mascara which costs £7.19. I definitely have a soft spot for this product because it was my first ever mascara I bought and luckily it was worth every penny. I am not a mascara fan but this makes my lashes look so full! It gives the lashes length and volume, works wonders I tell you.

That is all lovelies! Was quite a long post but hopefully it can give new product ideas?!

Love you all! XXX

Fruity Kale Smoothie

Hi Lovelies!

Hope you are all having a great Saturday so far. I have been up since 6am :o/ Had an early morning shift at the hospital, then took 2 buses home then again took 2 buses to go to Fort Kinniard, which is a shopping centre place in Edinburgh. Luckily in the morning I whizzed up some smoothie which fuelled me up till lunch time! Wanna learn this simple, sweet and healthy recipe..?? Lets get started.

Ingredients

  • Handful of Kale
  • Half a banana chopped
  • Handful of Strawberries
  • Half an apple sliced
  • Quarter of a lemon
  • Teaspoon of Chia Seeds
  • 2 glasses of water

 

And obviously a blender to blend it all up ;o)

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Put everything in a blender and whizz away! Remember you can swap any of the fruits for a fruit of your preference and increase or decrease the quantity :o)

Happy blending! xoxo

Neutral Eyes and NO lipstick?!

Hi Guys! I hope you are all having a great day so far!

Last week me and my friend went out for lunch to Gourmet Burger. Since I have already mentioned where we went to I shall also say that Gourmet Burger food is just delicious. They have a variety of burgers, sides and the chicken is halal! So if you are ever in George Street for lunch, do check them out!

Now let’s get to the makeup part :o) I chose very neutral eyes with a pop of shimmer in the inner corners of my eye. Surprisingly I didn’t feel like wearing lipstick….whoever knows me personally knows that I am a hardcore lipstick addict! Instead I just applied a thin layer of lip balm and rocked my natural lip colour. My outfit and hijab style was very Arabian inspired. Recently I have been loving wavy dresses and messy but not so messy hijab. You know the effortless and elegant look!

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This dress was purchased from the Edinburgh Mela. I love the net lacy detailing across the neck and arms. The colour of this dress is a stunning cranberry shade-perfect for Fall/Autumn.

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My eye make up was super simple. I patted gold eyeshadow on my lid and with a blending brush I defined my crease with brown eyeshadow. Even though it was a simple eye, I kept on building up the crease with different shades of brown for a more smokey look. In my waterline I applied white eyeliner and smudged out my lower lash line with dark brown eyeshadow. In my inner corner I gave a pop of colour which was a shimmery white colour. Obviously I gave myself a winged liner, topped with mascara and voila!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, follow me on Instagram @ObsessionMuch for more pictures and makeup looks xoxox