Friday, 23 September 2011

Lil Miss Random: Recent Ramblings :$

This Monday I went off to Manchester for three nights to see one of my friends, and also go to the freshers party events for Manchester University.
Here are some photos:

We took loads more photos but I look even more horrendous in most of them! During one of the days, we watched a movie called 'Fright Night' which I absolutely LOVED! I do love Vampires so this was definitely a hit! I would highly recommend you check it out!

What I learnt this week: 
  • People in Manchester are so chilled out and lovely (compared to Londoners).
  • Dentistry students are really nice.
  • Pretending to be a dentistry student is pretty fun :P
  • Customising t-shirts is very difficult, especially if you're left handed and you're using right handed scissors.
  • I only like getting dolled up in my own bedroom.
  • I will forever appreciate my bed :)
  • I learnt that alcohol breaks me out.
  • Subway tastes AMAZING (I haven't had it for the last 4 months!)
  • Odeon cinemas are way more expensive.
  • Manchester is beautiful but my heart is set in London <3
  • Late nights, alcohol, and an unhealthy diet make me ill :( 
  • No matter how hard I try, I cannot emulate the Manchester accent (or Northern accent? Whatever you call it?)
  • I am not as girly as I used to - applying makeup for a night out seems like a chore to me right now!
I also saw the beautiful Halima from Designer Spray, who happened to walk past me in the city centre.Unfortunately I did not say hello because I thought she was in a rush - hopefully I'll see her again soon :)
After I got back from Manchester, I was actually meant to go to work. Unfortunately, I came down with a terrible cold and stayed in all day. I ate loads of fruit and vegetable today, drank loads of water, relaxed and drank soup. I feel back to normal now (yay!) 

I also managed to do a bit of shopping today as I'm starting uni next week (4th and final year might I add!). Here is what I bought:

Stationary :)
Pyjama Bottoms :)
Jumper for Autumn
Gloves :)
  • I purchased some stationary from Wilkinson's. Wilkinson's is SO cheap and always has lovely designs. I really want to check out their home ware stuff! Buying stationary always gets me motivated to study. I'm actually excited to start university next week - due to having time off, seeing my friends and having a life again. In my third year I had to work 9-5 (it was a placement), study and work on Saturdays too- it was pretty tough - and I don't think I would ever be able to do that again!
  • Unfortunately, I won't be earning much now as I'm back to being a student. Going out to restaurants and going to the cinema will be given a miss. I will be resorting back to treating myself every two weeks (and that's pushing it!). Moreover, I popped over to Primark today and picked up the most comfortable pyjama bottoms EVER! My mum and my sister are going to buy them too; I think they're perfect for winter :)
  • I also purchased a lovely jumper from Primark. Is it me or is Primark kinda pricey now? (Pricey for me anyway!). The blazers are £17, tops are over £10 - I cannot haul like crazy anymore :(
  • Next I bought two pairs of gloves for a measly pound. I always manage to lose one the gloves (I don't know how I managed to do that!)
How was your week?
Have you bought anything nice recently?

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Lil Miss Fluffy: My hair care routine *

I've recently been obsessed with taking care of my hair. I go through different phases, for example, last month I was obsessed about lipsticks and the month before it was eye shadows! 

I was also inspired to do this post after reading my beautiful friend Sriya's post on hair care. 

Here are some products that I have been using:

 Before washing my hair:
 I am fortunate enough to have naturally thick hair, but it does go through different phases! I use Argan oil or Almond oil on my hair before every wash. I massage it in and wash my hair an hour later.  

1)Argan oil is considered by some 'liquid gold'. I purchased this in Morocco and I really wish I bought a few more bottles! My hair always looks so healthy and shiny after washing it. 

2)Almond oil is great too - especially for dry and damaged hair. I purchased this from my local Indian grocery store (I believe that Waitrose sell this too). 

Washing my hair:
 I don't use all of these products whilst washing my hair but I do mix and match.

1) Timotei shampoo - unfortunately I have extremely sensitive skin. Most shampoos break my forehead out! This one does not break me out though - thank god! I buy this from my Local Wilkinson's - it only costs about £2. I've noticed that this shampoo gives me lots of volume - I really like it! I don't like the packaging though - one time I left it in my drawer and it leaked! 

2) Joico K-Pac conditioner: I use this conditioner twice a week on the ends of my hair. It makes my hair feel so nice and soft. I received this product in my goody bag at the National Beauty Bloggers event. It also smells very nice and fresh. I will definitely be purchasing this product! 

3) Aussie Luscious Long Conditioner - I have mentioned this product in a previous post, but because I love it so much I mentioned it again! I love this product because of the smell - it makes my hair smell so sweet and fruity. Furthermore, it adds a lot of shine to my hair. I won this product in a giveaway btw :) I do have other Aussie Conditioners but this is my favourite one :)

4) Tony and Guy conditioner for damaged hair - I nabbed this at the Tony and Guy fashion show event (which I will be blogging about!) I used this on Friday night and it made my hair feel very soft. I did have some trouble straightening my hair though because the product made my hair very silky! I am off to Manchester tomorrow to party with my friends and I will be taking this product as it is travel friendly :)

Styling my hair:

I am not very creative with my hair. I tend to straighten it, and tie it up at night so it's slightly wavy! I am trying to spend more time doing my hair but I get really bored. I purchased these products last year when there was an offer at Superdrug.

1) Tresemme Salon Silk - I use this on my hair when it's wet and avoid putting too much on the crown of my head (where it gets greasy). This makes my hair more sleek, but doesn't get rid of all of the frizz! I do like this product because it's travel friendly and quite cheap.
2) Tresemme Heat Defence- I always make sure I add heat protection to my hair before straightening it. I spritz this all over my hair and let it dry naturally. I don't use hair dryers unless I'm in a hurry - the less heat the better. Even if I don't style my hair, heat protection is important as the Sun damages it. This product is great because it lasts forever!

When my hair is dry
Neal and Wolf Shine Spray - I received this in my Glossy Box for September. I was not expecting the product to be a miracle worker. I LOVE this product. I sprayed it in my hair whilst it was wet (you're actually meant to spray this product when your hair is dry) and it added lots of shine. I went to work on Saturday and four customers complimented by hair (three were men and one of them was a hairdresser). I've never received lots of compliments on my hair, especially by men, so I was pretty chuffed. I believe it was this product! I'm so glad I subscribed to the Glossy Box because I never would have heard about this brand. 

 In between washes:

 You guys know how much I love Batiste dry shampoos! I avoid washing my hair everyday because I feel that it's 1) Too time consuming 2) Getting rid of those beneficial oils in your hair. I wash my hair every two days, and I use dry shampoo from the second day. I tend to use the dry shampoo at night time as it usually gets fully absorbed by the time I wake up. I love this Tropical Batiste shampoo because it smells so nice and fresh :)

 Hair care tips:
  •  Avoid styling your hair too much. All that hairspray and malarkey is damaging your hair! I try to only straighten my hair once or twice a week to prevent heat damage.
  • Eat carrots - well eating healthily is known to benefit your hair but carrots in particular are good for preventing hair loss.
  • Wheat germ - I've done a post on this, so have a look. When I was eating wheatgerm my hair was growing so quickly. It may not work on you but it worked very well on me!
  • Avoid touching your hair too much
  • I also use a silk pillow at night time, which has helped tame my frizzy hair.
  • I really recommend massaging oil into your hair - coconut oil is also good for your hair.
  • I used to use henna to condition my hair. It also slightly lightened it but made my hair look glossy for weeks.
  • Ensure you're eating enough iron - as a vegetarian I have low iron levels - which causes my hair to fall out. I try to eat lots of spinach or take iron tablets.
  • Brush/ comb your hair everyday - my hair dresser told me that it prevents your hair from falling out too much. I also try to brush my hair during the day to keep it straight (it actually works!)
And just in case you're wondering, here is my natural hair (it's pretty crazy right?)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Lil Miss Materialistic: Recent haul +

Hi guys! Hope you're having a fab Friday!! I've decided to stay in and blog :) 

A few weeks ago, Forever 21 opened in London. I was super excited as I've always wished for a Forever 21 store to open in the UK. When I first went in I was surprised at how beautiful the decor was - it put Top Shop and all the other UK based shops to shame! There were pretty chandeliers everywhere and lots of space! My favourite thing about Forever 21 is their jewellery - not only is it creative and pretty, but also pretty affordable! Here is what I picked up:

These earrings - I prefer small ones for work.
I believe this was under £3
I've received so many compliments on this pair!

I also purchased a Mac lipstick in the name of 'Girl About Town' - which on my lips is a hot pink lipstick with a slight blue tone to it. To be honest, I didn't buy the lipstick, I got it for free using Mac's 'Back to Mac' programme! Score! This lipstick is far too bright for my skin tone, and I feel that it looks better on darker skin tones (it looks gorgeous on my sister); however, I am going to try and alter the shade using different lipsticks in order to capture that 'hot pink' lipstick look that is in my mind.

 Moreover, I won an Aussie giveaway, and received this gorgeous conditioner! I used it straight away on the ends of my hair and my hair smelled amazing! I love fruity smells - and the smell lingered on until my next hair wash. I felt that my hair looked very glossy and I was able to style it appropriately too.

 I finally received this months Glossy Box today. I used this body scrub in the shower and my skin felt SO smooth afterwards. I only managed to use up half a packet, and lucky for me, Glossy Box gave me two packets! I highly recommend this if you want baby soft skin :) 

I haven't actually bought much makeup recently -  I feel that I have far too many products and I'm trying to save my money too! 

Have you tried any of these products?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Lil Miss Greasy: Batiste Dry Shampoo review

Hi guys! A little while back, Batiste sent me this dry shampoo. This has to be my favourite dry shampoo EVER!

I have noticed that my hair has been getting very greasy recently ( no idea why) so I've been using this shampoo for some extra help ;)

The Low Down: 
 ''Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo is the latest addition to the Batiste family.  It blends the legendary benefits of Batiste Dry Shampoo with ultimate volumising power.  A quick burst of XXL Volume will provide a volumising makeover to help transform dull or limp hair into big and bouncy locks.   No backcombing or water needed!  And, because this is Batiste, you will also be able to refresh your hair instantly and banish oily roots – all in one easy jjush!''

How much does it cost?
£3.99 (rrp)

How much do you get?
200 ml.. which is a massive difference from the previous Batiste bottle. I used to have to purchase a new bottle every month, but now with the bigger size it lasts so much longer :)

How do you use it?
Just like the other Batiste Dry Shampoos, shake vigorously before use. Keeping nozzle about 30cm from hair, spray into roots. Massage through with fingertips. Brush and style. I also recommend you use it at night time to prevent any white marks in the morning!

What does it smell like?
This is my favourite smell of all the Batiste shampoos I have. If it came in a perfume form I would certainly buy it! The smell is quite sweet but not overpowering!

I have noticed that this spray gives you extra volume. My hair is pretty much volumised anyway but extra volume does no harm. 

The bottle is quite big - which isn't so great for travelling. On the other hand, Batiste do sell travel sized products so that's another alternative :)

Where can you buy it from?
Superdrugs, Boots and independent chemists. 

Any anyone tried Batiste dry shampoos?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Lil Miss Outgoing: My day in photos $%

Hi guys! Hope you're all well! I was fortunate enough to have a day off today, and I took my lovely camera with me too! Here are some photos:

I went off to Angel Islington  and ate at an Indian restaurant called 'Masala Zone', which I have heard rave reviews of.

Puffed hollow biscuits filled with chick peas mash and splashed with yoghurt and chutneys
I have no idea how to describe this!

Me drinking salted lassi! If you ever go to an Indian restaurant, make sure you try this!
Chilli Paneer (cottage cheese) and rice.
I also went to a cafe in Islington called Kipferl. I had this amazing latte!! I highly recommend Kipferl.
Me pouring some milk into my friends Earl Grey tea (which I am not very fond of!)
The beautiful, cobbled streets of Islington.
A beautiful flower in Islington <3
A boutique with vintage clothes :)
More flowers. Can you tell, I love flowers?
Angel Islington :)
I also went to watch the Inbetweeners. Source

 I love days out like this! If I was at home all day, I probably would have procrastinated. 

I would highly recommend Kipferl (the cafe) which you can find on a lovely cobbled street in Islington. The coffee in Kipferl is to die for! The service is also impeccable - if I ever receive bad customer service from a place I tend to hold a grudge forever  lol! 

I personally did not like Masala Zone that much. I am an avid fan of Indian food but this restaurant did not deliver! It was a bit of a rip off and the food was average - but that's just my opinion!

The Inbetweeners movie was AMAZING! Funniest film I have seen all year!! I actually could not stop laughing! I haven't even watched the series, and I understood what was going on. I am going to watch a few episodes tonight hehe.

Have you watched any movies recently?
 Can you recommend any nice places to eat?

Love from Roshas xxx

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Lil Miss Glamorous: Nephews Birthday :)

Hi guys! Hope you're having a fab weekend!

A few weeks ago, I guest posted on Kaushals blog at Beauty Fulfilled. (Please follow her if you already don't - her blog is amazing!) In case you missed the post, here it is:

I went to my nephews 1st birthday party a few weeks ago! Here are some photos: 

My outfit is from Bombay Looks- a store which I use regularly to buy Indian outfits :)

My beautiful niece and I

I had literally come back from holiday, and I was sporting a tan! Unfortunately, my foundation was far too light for me, so I compensated by adding lots of matte bronzer! I didn’t want to fork out £20 for a new shade of foundation (my tan fades quickly anyway) so I used what I already had in my collection!
Face makeup:
Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C40
Mac Moisture cover concealer in NC30for under eyes
Mac Fix +to set (this makes my skin look dewy, which is very helpful as I use a power based foundation)
Benefit Hoola Bronzerall over face
Body Shop Blush Trio in Warm Sunset on apples of the cheeks
I decided not to add highlighter on my cheekbones as the blusher already had lots of shimmer, and I did not want to look like a glitter ball!

Eyes (sorry about the rubbish photo!):
I used my naked palette for this look!
Urban Decay Half Baked and Smog all over the lid.
Urban Decay Creep on the outer V and blended slightly in the crease.
Mac Cork eyeshadow on the crease
Art Deco eyeshadow in no.29on brow bone.
Collection 2000 liquid eyelinerto line upper and lower line.
Sleek kajal eyelinerin the inner rim of the eye
Eyelure lashes in no.101.
Bobbi Brown lipstick in Carnation

I’ve been struggling with applying fake lashes recently but I’ve noticed that they make a massive difference to my eyes. They really open them up and add a glamorous touch to my makeup.

I wanted to keep the main emphasis on my lashes, therefore I did not extend the eyeshadow above the crease. As I have very small eyes, I try not to add too many dark colours near the crease because it closes up my eyes even more! My tip for small eyes is to use a warm brown eyeshadow to outline the eye socket in order to create depth.

Hope you all enjoyed this post!!