December Favourites 2014

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re well! Can you believe today is the last day of 2014? Where on earth did this year go? I did a little review/look back on this years goals which you can read here and I’ve just sat and thought about some of my goals for 2015, which will of course be up tomorrow. But this post is about all the products I’ve been loving throughout this month...leggo!

Part 2 - Smoky Not Smudgy - KDivision, Natura, Jawhara Jewellery and more ^_^

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Part two and the final post on Smoky not Smudgy 2014! Read part 1 here

Smoky Not Smudgy part 1 - Hijab Bowtique, Samia’s Treasures, Hijab Candy and more!

smoky not smudgy part 1 the blushing giraffe 7th year

First things first I am SO sorry this post is weeks late! I blame that on taking over 300 photos and not having the time nor head space to sort through them until the holidays. So a word of warning - this post is extremely picture heavy! So picture heavy infact that I’ve split it into two. Enjoy!

Smoky not Smudgy is an annual charity event hosted by the ISOC at Imperial College London. This was their 7th year running and it was truly wonderful. It’s a female only event, for women to come together, have a shop and browse at the bazaar and attend workshops about makeup and skincare and there is a fashion show too! Very exciting!

My Favourite Blog Discoveries of 2014

favourite blog discoveries of 2014

Illustration displayed at GFW2014 - NOT MINE! (I WISH)  Photo taken by me, how could I resist?

Bloglovin is one of the best thing’s that has happened to the blogging world in my option and through it I have found so many great blogs. If you read this post you would have seen some of my absolute favourite blogs of all time. Today I thought it would be nice to share 5 of my FAVOURITE blog discoveries of 2014. Each of these are wonderful additions to anyone’s bloglovin feed and I highly suggest checking each of them out!

Reviewing 2014’s Goals

reviewing 2014 goals

Right at the start of this year I set myself 10 goals. Not resolutions, but clear focused goals. And today I want to review them on the blog, and hopefully share the new goals for the new year sometime next week. You can read the full list and reason for 2014’s goals here.

Central Heating Repellent!

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well and enjoying the holiday period. Today I wanted to share two products that have really helped me to repel the effects of central heating on my skin. Now don’t get me wrong, having radiators is a huge blessing, and I always think about the poor souls who have nothing but a thin blanket to keep themselves warm in the harsh winters. Something we probably take for granted most days.

However heating can be pretty damaging to the skin, especially if your skin type is normal/dry. Personally I have found itchiness, irrtated skin and general discomfort of my face and hands. My feet actually seem ok because they’re normally wrapped up in my favourite slipper socks, but you can’t really wrap up your delicate face and hands so it’s important that we take the steps to give our skin a helping hand, and here are two of my absolute favourites.

Hijab | Lulu Bag Review!

lulu bag hijab subscription review

Hello everyone! I want to introduce a new section into my blog titled ‘hijabs and jewels’. It’ll probably only be once a month at the most, but as you probably know I wear a hijab and there are so many companies out there offering lots of hijabs (and jewels) that I thought it would be beneficial to review some of them here on my blog! The first review is on an awesome concept and very similar to beauty boxes but with hijabs instead! It’s called a ‘Lulu bag.’

Review | Topshop Glow - Gleam

topshop highlighter gleam glow review swatch

Hello lovely readers, I hope you’re well and enjoying the holidays - I know I’m enjoying posting daily for sure! A couple of months ago I picked up Topshop’s cream highlighter in Gleam (link) - £9 and I’m now ready to let you guys know how I feel about it.

Update | It’s not a spending ban - it’s appreciating what I already earned

update

Cor, talk about the longest title in the whole wide world eh!

Anyways today I wanted to write a post about some of my recent reflections. Beauty blogging has so many positives, and I have learnt so much since beginning. I’ve gained confidence in myself through The Blushing Giraffe and received the most lovely messages saying I have helped others, which is most definitely the BEST part! However reading beauty blogs almost every other day builds temptation after temptation, and what with online shopping making it easier than ever, suddenly my parents find parcels on the regular and nothing being chucked out either. My mum’s friend used to have a ‘one in one out rule’ which sounds brilliant, but I personally cannot part with makeup or anything I have bought, till I have got my moneys worth. So that’s not really an option for me, which means only one thing...I gotta STAP buying da makeups!

Review | Lush Eau Roma Water Toner

review lush eau roma water toner review

This year, one of my goals was to start a skincare routine and that involved doing some reading into it, understanding where my skin lies in the spectrum of dry-combo-oily and then trying to purchase products for it. At the start of the year my skin was a little on the drier side and so every time I used a face wash or exfoliated, my skin would feel pretty tight, even when I moisturised. I purchased the Lush Eau Roma Water when I got to go to a bloggers event (more info here) and after hearing about what this is good for I thought I’d give it a go!

Review | Rimmel London 1000 Kisses lipliner in ‘Spice’



rimmel london 1000 kisses lipliner spice review swatch

Lip-liners are the THING this year aren’t they?? Almost every single blogger and YouTuber I’ve come across has raved about at least one, especially since Kylie Jenner’s selfies took the world by storm. Personally I have always loved one lipliner even before the craze began, and today I’m going to share it with you all!

Inner-corner highlights

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I remember the first time I inner-corner highlighted...it was a sparkling moment (hehe). Ok so why bother adding that highlight into the inner corner you ask? Well it helps your whole face look a little brighter, your eyes look bigger and it somehow pulls together the whole eyeshadow look. Of course you don’t always want a shimmery colour in your inner corner, but I think when makeup is neutral and matte, you need a bit of suttin suttin to liven it all up! Especially in the winter time when lighting is gloomy, weather is cold and everything just feels a bit blurgh.

November Favourites 2014

november favourites

Hello everyone! I’ve typed another update post for tomorrow so I won’t make this intro too long, but I have quite a few things to share with you all as I didn’t do an October faves, so on we go.