Saturday, 12 October 2013

Karen: My Summer Holiday in Hong Kong

Hey, so sad news, summer holiday has come to an end :( I'm now back to the UK, which has been freezing for the past few days... Sorry if we haven't been updating the blog for a while, it's because uni has just started and we need to get used to the study life again. Anyway,  I want to share what I have been doing in Hong Kong and show you some beautiful pictures of this small city as it is quite different from the UK and other parts of the world :) SO, here's the highlight of my summer in my home town!
The flag of Hong Kong :)

This was taken in Causeway Bay where I think it's a place for younger people to shop and hang around in :) 
A view from a shopping centre, as you can see, the buildings are built really close together. This is because Hong Kong is a really SMALL city with a high population, therefore the houses/flats have to be this close to fit everyone in their home :/ Also, this is why most people live in a flat. Living in a house would mean that you are from a wealthy family. 

My rainbow birthday cake with family. My birthday is actually in February, but because I wash't at home to celebrate it with my family, so we did in June :P The cake looked really nice, but it had too much cream which was a bit sickening :/ 

Qing Yuan 
I went away for a few days with my parents to another town in China which was called Qing Yuan. It was very countryside-ish, and we spent ages on the coach to get to our destination. However, the atmosphere and air were fresher and much nicer than Hong Kong which was great :) Also, the view of the countryside was amazing :)
This was incredibly amazing, it looked like a painting when I was there! 

I have no idea what the gold thing represents behind me, and nor do I think I was allowed to stand on there, but I thought it looked really Chinese, so I took a picture with it...?  
Again, I don't know the story behind this place, but I thought it looked Chinese so I took a picture :S haha

I went to a cafe in Hong Kong and its theme was that you can bring your cats here to play with other cats. I am a cat person, so it was a pleasant experience to be there :) 

Sai Kung, which was a great place to relax and enjoy the sun :) 


Cheung Chau - a small island in Hong Kong. To get there, I needed to be on a ferry from the city and the journey took about 45 mins :) 
The view of the island on top of the hill, which was breathtaking!
I stayed there for 2 days, and I got a bit cloud crazy haha!
The view from our small holiday apartment, and it was nice and windy :) 

Cafe 103 at Ritz-Cartlon Hotel 
I went to the tallest building in Hong Kong which was called International Commerce Centre (what a boring name -,-), it has 118 floors- pretty insane eh? Anyway I was only on floor 103 for a lunch buffet, and in my opinion, that's exciting enough haha :P 
At the hotel :)
The macaroons there were so yummy, and I went pretty crazy on the desert bar haha :P 
The view from floor 103! Notice all the tall buildings and how crowded they are... The taller buildings are usually offices, and the shorter ones are flats/apartment. 

This is the night view at the habour, I was actually on a ferry when this was taken. It was beautiful and such a relaxing city view :) 

Hope you like this kind of posts, I just thought it was nice to take a break from beauty and fashion :) Also, I hope this isn't too boring for you :/ Let me know if you enjoyed reading this x

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Monday, 2 September 2013

John Frieda Frizz - Ease Shampoo and Conditioner - Love it!

Hello there :)
I (Avneesh) am always on a hunt for new shampoo or conditioner, I think everyone of us is. And I found this combination a while ago and I have to say I love it. It is the John Freida Frizz - Ease Curl Around Style Activating Shampoo and John Freida Frizz - Ease Curl Around Style Activating Conditioner.

They are to enhance your curls, I used to have curls but now I just have waves and it boosts my waves. They give volume and thickness to the hair without weighing the hair down or making it greasy. They have made my hair, healthy, shiny and not only they are soft when I touch them, but also looking at my hair I see the softness. I hardly use any heat styling or other styling products so I look for shampoos and conditioners which will give my hair volume and enhance my waves. I love how these two smell, they have a very soft smell (if that makes any sense) and the smell lasts as well. They come in tubes which is practical and handy. They are easy to work with, cleanses my hair well and I am really happy with these two. They have lasted me a very long time and I will repurchase them too. For the price they are sold that, this product is wonderful!

Let us know which shampoo or conditioner you love :) xx

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Friday, 30 August 2013

6 Autumn/ Winter Lip products

We still have summer here in the UK, but we are sure that everyone out there can feel the autumn breeze kicking in. With that we have started moving towards everything which is related to autumn and for some reason this time we are excited about autumn/winter, maybe had too much of a summer?
So lets get started!!!

Karen's Picks

I love wearing this colour during autumn/winter, because my outfits in that season are quite dark, for example, my coats are usually black. Therefore, to brighten up my overall look, I like to wear this lipstick. This colour isn't too bright, but enough in my opinion and I always get compliments when I wear this :) Also, this is not drying at all, which is perfect for the cold weather! 

As I have mentioned, I like to wear a brighter lip during autumn and this is another reason for choosing this lipstick. I am not yet comfortable to wear a bright red lipstick, and this is the closest shade I could wear to a shape red colour. I love this because it has a mint scent to it, which is always nice to smell haha :) 

This is one of my favourite lipsticks! The pink shade of this is absolutely lovely and it is such a 'me shade'. I believe that this is an 'underdog' product, because noone ever talks about this!! However, if you are willing to invest into a high-end lip product, I would 100% recommend this! BECAUSE, first, just look at the packaging, it's so elegant and beautiful! Second, as this is a serum for the lips, it was designed to treat your lips with moisture which is amazing for all year round. Third, the product is so smooth, and it just melts onto your lips :) There are just so many good things about this, so you should really check this out next time you walk pass a Dior counter :P x 

    Avneesh's Picks
                Left Rimmel 128 Starry-Eyed| Middle Maybelline 540 Hollywood Red| Right Revlon Lipbutter 010 Raspberry Pie

    Rimmel lasting finish lipstick- 128 Starry-Eyed
    I Love this colour, it is dark, but not vampy. It is a bold colour which says "I'm Fashionable". It just adds to any outfit or make-up look. It looks lovely ith a natural eye look and even with a winged-eye liner. The pigmentation is great of these Rimmel lipsticks and it lasts well too. Unfortunately I couldn't find this colour on the boots website, you guys should check it out in store if they have it.

    Maybelline colour sensational- 540 Hollywood Red
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this colour, this is one of my favourite lipstick. During the colder months I wear it all the time but even for summer it is a good colour. It just brightens my face up without looking like I have put too much effort, I will say as it is, it makes me feel pretty! Pigmentation is great, lasts really well, moisturising and creamy. I think this colour will always be in my collection forever. I will repurchase it again and again! Unfortunately I couldn't find the link on boots. But they do have it in store.

    Revlon colourburst lip butter- 010 Raspberry Pie
    When I bought it I didn't like it at first, now I can't remember why I didn't like it. The hype about these lip butters are all worth it. This colour especially, is also my all time favourite, it is glossy as well but not sticky like a lip gloss. The pigmentation again is great and lasts so well. I apply it lightly if I want a subtle look and if I want to go bright I layer it up. Also it smells like vanilla. Absolutely love it.

    We love these shades, we already know we will be wearing them like there's no tomorrow. ;)
    Let us know which are your autumn/winter favourite shades! xx

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    Monday, 26 August 2013

    Karen's review: The Body Shop ALL-IN-ONE BB CREAM

    HEY :)
    Today, I'm going to review the Body Shop ALL-IN-ONE BB cream which is a colour-adopting tinted cream. I have had this for about a month now, and have featured this in my July favourite (here).

    I first heard about this bb cream from Michelle Phan, which I'm sure you all know her because she's one of the most famous YouTubers! She introduced this in one of her videos and described this very briefly. However, she mentioned one thing that interested me the most, which was that this bb cream adapts to your colour... SAY WHATT? Because of this, I went to a Body Shop near where I live and checked this out.
    Before and After blending! 

    The bb cream comes out white at first, all most looks like a moisturiser. However, once this is blended into your skin, it turns to your skin colour - like magic! I really like this, because it will match your skin tone as most bb cream do not come in a lot of shades. Also, this is perfect for the warm weather, as it is very light coverage, so it's great when you want a little bit of makeup on :) You only need a tiny bit of the product for applying onto your entire face! Moreover, the Body Shop makeups are very affordable and reasonably priced, so I really recommend this to you.
    However, if you have super-oily or really bad skin, I don't think you will like this a lot. After wearing it for a good few hours, my face tends to be a little bit shiny. But I use blotting paper during day, and it's fine :)

    Let me know if you've tried this and how you think of this x
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    Sunday, 25 August 2013

    Avneesh's Boots/drugstore Haul

    Hello there Reader ;)
    So I have been kind of trying not to buy many things lately so I would save some money, but I thought I had done that for a while and just wanted to buy a few things I really wanted for a while. So lets get started!

    I think you might all be wondering why I bought the Nivea men cream. Well guys I don't have a manly face, its actually for my dad. Its the Nivea Men Active Age Night Regenerator.  So if you want to give your dad's or any man a little present (accidentally reminding them that they are getting old), then this is a good buy. It was on sale so I got 2. My dad is very happy with these so I am glad.

    I bought the Colgate Plax complete care alcohol free sensitive mouthwash-smooth mint a while ago and I have been loving it. As it is alcohol free it doesn't sting in the mouth, also its really lovely to use and leaves the mouth feeling clean and fresh. As I was running out of it I needed more so I got the same one and along with that I got the same one in clean mint. They were also on offer for 2 for £5 so bargain.  

    Lately I have been obsessed with grapefruit products, not sure why because I don't eat that much grapefruit. Also I love the face products especially face washes from Neutrogena. So I bought the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash. It was also on sale, so bargain bargain bargain. I also wanted to get the scrub from this range but I already have face scrubs stocked up so I resisted.

    Really boring but its used everyday and I don't know what I would do without the Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Pads. Cheap, affordable, multi-purpose and amazing. What more should I say guys? I'm sure everyone out there uses these. 

    Away from boring stuff on to the interesting things. Bourjous is 3 for 2 in boots at the moment and I wanted a few things from it so I took the opportunity and grabbed them. I think you can tell by now how big of a sucker I am for sale, but who isn't? So the first thing I got was the cream blush in 04 sweet cherry. I really love the colour of this blush, the formula is good too and I love the packaging, it has a little mirror inside which is very cute.

    Second thing from Bourjois is the much hyped product Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder. They have two shades, I got the darker one in 52. This product smells absolutely gorgeous and again love the packaging. It has slight shimmer but its not over powering and not noticeable when applied on the face. It doesn't make me look like a disco ball. 

    The third product from Bourjois's new lipstick launch which is Shine Edition lipstick in the shade 22 famous fuchsia. I checked on the boots website and they don't have this shade mentioned, I think it is shine famous on there but I am not too sure, and I don't know why they have done it either. Anyway I love this product, it is shiny, lovely pink colour. You can apply a light sweep on colour or build up the colour for a colour pop. I have used it and it lasts about 3 hours.

    On Revlon they have an offer for 2 for 10 so I thought I better take this opportunity and get another Revlon lip butter. I bought the Revlon colourburst lip butter in 096 Macaroon. This is my go to product already. I absolutely love the shade, it goes perfect with my skin tone, I think anyone who has a tan or dark skin, this colour will just look amazing on them. It polishes the look instantly. It has shimmer in it but it doesn't take over, it just makes it look skiny. It lasts well on me and I love love love it!

    The second this I got from Revlon is the Revlon Lash potion mascara by Grow Luscious in 001 Blackest Black. When I first used it I was like ok this is alright, but after that I absolutely started loving it, because it lengthens the lashes so well, just makes my eyes pop. Its easy to work with and I am loving it for now. The packaging is so attractive. And I am glad I bought it.  

    Last but not least is the Real Techniques Blush brush. As you all must have heard that the Real techniques brushes are amaaazing. I didn't have the blush brush so I thought I should grab it. Loving it so far.

    This is it for my haul guys, I hope you enjoyed me talking a lott about all the products I bought. I don't regret buying any of these products and I am actually very very happy with my choices. Let us know what you guys have bought recently and how you like it xx
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    Friday, 23 August 2013

    FeelUnique SALE and another haul ;)

    If you don't know what is, it is a website where they sell beauty, skin care and hair care products. They have a variety of brands that you can choose from, high and low ends. They are currently having a summer sale on there, and we did some cheeky purchases when we visited the site :P There's a great sale on, so we really recommend you to check it out! 
    Anyway, let the haul begin! The first two items are Avneesh's and the rest are Karen's. Hope you enjoy reading this, and let us know what you think of the products! 

    From £11.50 to £9.78 (14% off)
    I have seen everyone rave about this product so I really want to see what the fuss is about. I also love the packaging and as it was on a little sale I went ahead and got it.

    2. Daniel Sandler Blend Brush 
    From £16.25 to £13.81 (15% off)
    Blending brush is crucial for eye make-up and I don't have any, I just use the shading brush from real techniques to blend my eye shadow. And this blending brush seemed like a good product.

    3. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex 75ml Duo Pack 
     From £80.00 to £25.85 (67% off!!)
    This is such a bargain; I get two face cream for 25.85! Also, before I purchased this, I went online and read a lot of reviews about this product. They were mostly good reviews, and this is why I made the decision to order this!

    4. DIOR ADDICT Lip Glow
    From £22.50 to £20.25
    This product is not longer on sale! However, when I was ordering, I managed to get this when this was still on sale which was great :) I wanted this product so much long, ever since EssieButton mentioned this in one of her videos! I am a huge fan of 'colour-changing' products, so I already know that I am going to love this so much!!! I want wait to try this :)

    5. YSL Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss - 49 Golden Violet 
    From £22.00 to £14.71 (33% off)
    The reason why I got this was because I love the packaging and I have been eyeing on this range for ages! As this was on sale, so I went ahead and bought this :)

    6. Real Technique Setting Brush 
    From £6.99 to £6.29 (10% off)
    I wanted this brush for so long, but Boots and Superdrug were always out of stock! So I took this opportunity to order this online haha!

    7. Elizabeth Erden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free 50ml
    From £25.00 to £20.00 (20% off)
    Finally, this is a product that I ordered for my mum. She gets the occasional dry skin and I have heard that this product is really good, so I got this  :)
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    Wednesday, 21 August 2013

    Karen: Drugstore Beauty Haul

    Hey ladies :) The drugstores are doing some great products at the moment which a lot of bloggers may have raved about. If you live in the UK, you'll also know that Boots is doing the offer of 3 for 2 on selected items. As I'm in Hong Kong during this summer holiday, I didn't get to enjoy that offer; however, I asked Avneesh to get me some products ;)

    These items are still at Avneesh's, so they have not been opened yet and I can't do the swatches for you, sorry :/

    Revlon Photo Ready Cream Brush in Coral Reed
    Never owed a cream brush, and heard a lot of things about the revlon one, so I bought it :) Also, I have seen other people wearing this in their pictures, and it looks lovely on them. Although the packaging looks scarily red, it doesn't come out like that once it has been nicely blended. 

    Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher in Soft Pink
    Another cream blush that I wanted to try ever since it was launched. This soft pink looks great and I think it's a shade for every skin colour.

    Maybelline Baby Lips in Intense Care
    As mentioned in one of our posts (read here), I quite enjoy the baby lips for moisturisation. I had the blue tube one before, and I want to try this 'Intense Care' lip balm :)

    Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush
    I need a new liner brush, so I got this one. There isn't much explanation as to why I wanted it haha!

    Real Techniques Core Collection
    This collection contains four brushes, which are the detailer brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush and buffing brush. I love Real Techniques' brushes; I think they are very affordable and great tools. I have heard so much about the buffing brush, which is the main reason why I wanted this :)

    BarryM Gelly Nail Polishes in Prickly Pear, Grapefruit and Greenberry
    Need I say more about these nail polishes? I love them and I wanted to have shades haha! We have done a blog post on these, it was our first blog post too... (Read Here)

    Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fushia-Ristic
    I know a lot YouTubers love this product and I just want to see what the fuss is all about. I bought the shade fushia-Ristic because I don't have many lip products which is a fuschia shade!

    Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminzing Face Powder
    Again, this is such a hyped up product, and I just really want to try it!

    Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Lotion
    Soap and Glory's body products are known as their heavenly scents! I have their shower gel which smell soooooo GOOD! So, decided to get more of their products :)

    Soap & Glory The Breakfast Body Scrub

    I really can't wait to open these bad boys when I see Avneesh after summer!!!! I'm so excited to try these out :)
    Hope you enjoy this post, and let me know what you think of the products x

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