Hi loves! I thought I'd write a little piece on some new Too Faced samples! I was gifted these items by Wizard Publicity, but of course, all opinions are my own!
I've been a huge Too Faced fan for the longest time & have a huge collection of Too Faced products (let me know if you want me to show you my whole Too Faced collection!)

I'm going to give a mini review for each new product, and let you know how I got on in the past few days of trying these new items out!


I'll start with the classic Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! I can't believe I haven't tried this yet. I've always wanted to, it's just one of them things where I've NEVER run out of mascara to actually need to go buy a new one. This makes your lashes so unbelievably feathery and wispy, and doesn't clog all your lashes up together at allllll. 

The main thing for a mascara for me is that it doesn't transfer onto my undereye. I have tried SO many mascaras before, but usually most of them transfer. It's just a thing with my face! This mascara does not transfer even after about 11 hours of wear, and also doesn't flake off. I'm obsessed! 


& to accompany the mascara, I have liner. Those who know me, know I absolutely can't stand my eyes with a winged liner. It just doesn't go with my small eyes! I have however, started smoking out my eyes a little bit more than usual & this is just the babe to do it with. It's SO precise, and something I hate about eyeliner is how chunky it can turn out looking, which doesn't suit my eyes. This can be as thin or as thick as you want it, and I love an eyeliner that does that. 


What's better than a bronzer that smells like chocolate? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at ALL.  Not only has the Too Faced Chocolate Matte bronzer got such a lovely formula, it smells delicious too! I've been using this for the past few days, and the shade is so lovely for my skin tone but I also think it will suit a broad range of skin tones, just not very deep ones! 

The formula is really nice, it blends out perfectly and stays put all day long!


& I've left my fave thing till last. The Too Faced Hangover 3 in 1. I haven't really ever used a product that's a primer and setting spray all in 1 before! It's pretty innovative really! I used this to test out each one: 
- as a primer 
- as a setting spray 
- as a refreshing spray 

I loved it the most as a setting spray, but it's really nice to spray on as a primer too! Special shout out for the spray cap nozzle thing - it disperses the product evenly which is something I look for in a setting spray product! 

If you have any other questions about these products/any other Too Faced products, let me know! xx

10 September 2019

Too Faced Staples!
































If you've known me for a while, ABH has been a fave of mine from the very beginning of my make up collection! Now, about 5 years on, I have managed to build quite the collection of ABH products and thought I'd share my fave bits from ABH.

This is not my whole collection, but it's a fair amount. I may do a full collection video on my Youtube (soon) so let me know if that's something you'd like to see!
Recently, ABH PR company in London, Purple PR sent me some products I've never tried before! I've added a * onto the ones that were gifted.


This is the only Blush Trio* I own by ABH. It's beautiful! I love the different selection of blushes, and when I visited the counter with Purple PR, the lovely lady guiding me through some products explained how you can mix all three blushes together. Simple me, wouldn't even think about doing that! lol.


I've also been LOVING this ABH Bronzer* in the shade Rich Amber - they have loads of different shades, so have a look at the shades dependent on your skin type! I love this on top of my cream contour to define my cheekbones a little bit more! :)


So I purchased the ABH Eye primer when it first released. I picked up the travel size version instead of the full size in case I didn't like it. But honestly, it's my fave primer to use ESPECIALLY when I'm going all out with colour. It sets your eyelid nicely, and then you can pack so much colour onto the nice nude base!

I've used the ABH Brow Pomade since the beginning of my make up days, it truly is a staple in my collection! I was using the shade Chocolate, but the lovely lady at the counter matched me with Ebony* instead! I also use the Brow Definer, which I forgot to picture!


I have quite a few ABH glow kits, but my all time fave at the moment is the Dream glow kit. I actually don't think they sell it anymore, but thought I'd add it here anyway lol.


Wow, I love this. First of all the packaging is the most beautiful thing ever, and then a setting spray from ABH was just what I was missing! The Dewy Set* gives such a lovely healthy glow!


Sorry the holographicness of this made it so hard to picture. I got two loose glitters* from ABH to try, and wish I tried them sooner. There are 3 shades currently & I own Sunset Aura & Snowflake. NEED to get my hands on 'So Hollywood' which is an original shade from ABH.


This Matte Lipstick Set* makes for such a CUTE present. It features 4 travel sized lipsticks & all really nice shades of nudes! Even if not for a present, keep it for yourself haha!



I have two absolute fave lip glosses from ABH. Moon Jelly is probably my fave lipgloss in my collection, out of every lip gloss I own. Then, Vintage is such a lovely pink toned lipsgloss which give my lips such a healthy look!



I own SO many ABH lipsticks, but narrowed my faves down to these three! 
Buff, Dusty Mauve & Rosewood! Buff & Rosewood are very similar, but I still like both of them just as much as one another! 



& I narrowed down my three fave ABH Liquid lipsticks too! Dusty Rose, Craft & Ashton! I feel like everyone has Ashton in their liquid lipstick collection, am I right? 



I thought I would touch upon the ABH Single Shadows I own! I'm slowly growing my collection, and love building a custom palette, but I'm not going to link them all as I'd be here all day! haha. 

I have left the most complicated product for last.. the EYESHADOW PALETTES. I'm only going to go through my absolute all time fave palettes here, I won't talk about them much as on the blog I've probably got an in depth review on each palette - have a look out for them!


The state of my Modern Renaissance palette shows how much I love this right? I always have this palette out on my desk, to accompany me if I'm using another palette. It is SUCH a staple palette and along with the brow stuff, the MR palette is what started my obsession with ABH! 
hahahahhaha - I was getting ready to crop out that cheeky little ant (I took these pics in my garden) but then I realised, I really can't be bothered. Hi Ant. 


THE PRISM PALETTE. ILY so much. That is all.


The Norvina Palette. This ranked my fave ever eyeshadow palette of 2018. Yes, yes it did. I would quite easily be happy with this palette as the only palette I owned. That's quite a large statement I just made - but it's true. Plus I love Norvina so much - she has such an awesome personality and really does care about ABH's customers.


The Riviera palette - a new palette of 2019- and I was so happy to see this amount of colour from ABH. It really is something different from ABH and I really like that.


You think you'd see this in my best of ABH products? Well you are. The sultry palette for me, is something I don't actually have in my collection! This palette is an all cool toned palette, and I don't think I can compare this to any palette I own. That's why I love it. Sometimes when I'm sick of all the warm tones, I reach for this palette and I honestly really like it! That grey shade and the bloom shade just work SO well together.

That was a lot of products right? Let me know if you have any other questions about these products, or any other products. I tried to keep this as simple as possible as I didn't want it to get too long for you to read, but do of course let me know if you have any questions!

Mehreen xx

21 August 2019

THE BEST OF ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS



 I've wanted to try Profusion Cosmetics for the LONGEST time! The lovely Profusion team gifted me a few palettes to try, and I thought I would share my thoughts about the Pink Nudes & Siennas palettes with you all!

Let's start with the Pink Nudes palette!


This palette is £7! It includes 1 highlighter, 2 blush shades & 9 eyeshadows! I was really shocked with how buttery and good these shades swatched!



The colour story in this palette was DEFINITELY me! I love soft pinky shades and although it looks like the shades are very similar in tones, I can create so many looks with this palette. 
The shade 'Serenity' was a really nice glittery formula that I was actually really shocked to see in such an affordable palette. It was super glittery and glided on so so nicely! 

All shades swatch so beautifully & if you're looking for some pink toned shades on the more affordable side, I would highly recommend this palette! I've linked the palette here!



I then tried the Siennas palette, which leans more on the colourful side, but still so so wearable! This palette contains 21 shadows for £11, BARGAIN. 

Again, a really lovely palette! 



The mattes in this palette did require a little bit more work than the mattes in the Pink Nudes palette, but they still were super buttery and give off good colour pay off! I've linked the Siennas here. 

If I'm honest, I sometimes subconsciously stay away from more affordable brands when it comes to eyeshadows because I feel as if they won't be as good as the more 'higher end' brands, but brands like Profusion continuously remind me that affordable palettes can be just as good, if not better than higher end palettes!

If you're also looking into getting into eyeshadows more/want to build a collection, I'd highly recommend having a browse on the Profusion website and picking up a few! 

Let me know if you have any other questions loves xx



13 August 2019

Profusion First Impressions


Physicians Formula has FINALLY arrived to the UK! I have watched SO many American YouTubers/Bloggers rave about Physicians Formula and always wished I could get my hands on their products! Well now, Feel Unique is exclusively stocking Physicians Formula and I couldn't be happier about it. 

I was so kindly invited to the Physicians Formula launch party last week, and was able to try out and take home some products! I've been using them for a week now, and can now give a review on the items I was kindly gifted. All opinions are my own, of course. 

Firstly, Physicians Formula is a very affordable 'drugstore' type brand. The prices are super affordable for the quality, and quite honestly, better than I thought it would be. 


Let's start with The Healthy Foundation. It's priced at £12.99 and I picked up the shade MW3. I was a bit reserved with the foundation as I haven't got along with many drug store foundations. However.. 


It really does what it says and gives you a 'healthy' look. wow. The shade is a tad light for me, so I will have to wait till my tan fades, but I do feel like it gives an amazing healthy glow, and can see myself wearing this on a day time basis! It's medium coverage, but covered up everything I needed it to! After about 5 hours of wear, I did have to blot, but after a quick touch up it was as good as new! 
If you're looking for a new affordable foundation, give this one a go! 


At the event, the first thing I did was go to swatch these Murmuru Butter Lip Creams. They are £7.99 each and have a really good range. I was taken aback with how creamy and hydrating these were! 


From Left to Right the shades I have are; Brazilian Nut, Brazilian Sunset & Mauvin to Brazil! 


Whilst we're on the topic of lipsticks, The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick are also priced at £7.99, and again a super amazing formula. These dry matte although they didn't look like they would at one point, and I'm wearing 'Berry Healthy' in the selfie above! After eating, the liquid lipstick does need reapplication, but it is not drying and doesn't transfer either! You can't feel it on your lips and I actually really liked how it looked on my lips as it didn't seem into the cracks of my lips and accentuate them (like some other liquid lipsticks do!) 


The shades from Left to Right are; Coral Minerals, Dose of Rose & Berry Healthy! 


There seems to be a lot of different types of Physician Formula mascara on the Feel Unique site, which is great because you can target what you want your mascara to do! I got the Killer Curves Voluptuous mascara to try out, which is priced at £10.99. I am again wearing the mascara in the above selfie! I found it gave my lashes a really nice natural wispy look! It lengthened and did not clump at all! If you are looking for more volume, I would suggest trying a different mascara from Physicians Formula, but if you like the wispy look, this is for you! 


The Murmuru Butter Bronzer in the "deep' shade is priced at £12.99. So far, from the lipsticks, I am a huge fan of the Murmuru range! This did not disappoint, BUT I did not like the application with the applicator it came with. I didn't really know how to use it because it was really hard, but with my usual contour brush, this worked just fine! It's super creamy, and unlike any other bronzer formula I have tried! 


You all know I'm an eyeshadow junkie by now right? There were two eyeshadow formulaes I was given! The Butter eyeshadow palette which is priced at £15.99 and They Healthy Eyeshadow priced at £7.99! I only swatched a few shades! 

The Butter Eyeshadow palettes in Tropical Days: 


Super cute colours, that swatched pretty nicely! They blend really nicely on the eye, and I recommend to use your finger for the shimmer shadows! 

The Healthy Eyeshadow: 


LOVED this one! The shimmers were surprisingly shimmery, and the mattes also worked really well! Usually, I wouldn't even look at drugstore quads because I just don't think the formula is ever any good, but NOPE I really like this one!! 

Overall, I had super positive results with everything I had tried, and as the prices are super affordable, I'd highly recommend you to try a few bits! If I were to just pick three items, I'd recommend The Healthy Liquid Lipstick, the Healthy eyeshadow & the Healthy Foundation!! 

Let me know if you have any questions, loves xx

23 July 2019

Physicians Formula Available in the UK!


(Yes, I know I look super goofy in this pic haha!)

Disclaimer: I literally still know nothing about the process of purchasing a property. I don't claim to know everything, and I am just sharing the very small information I actually know. Take of this blog post what you will, but I am not held responsible for anything hahahaha.

Hi! So the past 6 months have been the most challenging thing ever, and during the whole process, I really WISHED there was something for me to read, to just give me a little bit more information on how the whole 'buying a property' thing works! So here's me telling you what I learnt from the process (if anything).

I really don't know where to begin!

I'm going to start by saying, although this process was extremely challenging, it's definitely doable. I think the reason an average person finds the property ladder quite daunting is because it's not widely educated. I wish there are more resources in educating our generation on how property purchasing works!

Finances

I'm gonna start with the finances & keep it simple. You need to bear in mind a few things:
- A deposit
- A mortgage
- Stamp Duty
- The extras

Deposit: The deposit for a property is usually 10% of the price. This is a good place to start, especially when you're searching rightmove.co.uk & looking for your dream house. I spent a lot of time on that site, looking at the prices of properties and what I could actually afford; comparing my savings to an actual property I liked. My first tip will be; don't be disheartened about the property prices. For your first property, you will not be able to get that 5 bedroom detached house by the river you wanted, or that 1 bedroom flat in zone 1 which is SUPER convenient. Get yourself familiar with the prices of somewhere you wouldn't mind living, and set that as your goal! Don't look at the super expensive ones, that you most likely won't be able to purchase, it's better to start somewhere achievable!

Mortgage: now this is where I feel like I could have used the most help. It was a little bit tricky for me as I'm self employed (AKA a nightmare when trying to get a mortgage) BUT there is help out there. Get yourself a mortgage broker. Some charge a fee, and some don't! We chose a no fee mortgage broker, and they made the process run somewhat smooth! The only problem with no fee mortgage brokers is that they do try to pitch you additional things, and kinda try and convince you you NEED to have certain things.
The general rule on how much you can get for a mortgage is your salary x 5. This does vary depending on the bank, but I learnt CURRENTLY, that's the rule. For example, if your salary is £25,000 times by 5 = £125,000! If you are purchasing WITH someone, and both of you have a salary of £25k, that allows you to £250,000 on a mortgage (roughly).
The process of getting a mortgage is easier than I thought it would be. Once they assess your finance, it's all about form filling, and providing documents. They'll provide you with an offer, and then your solicitor takes over - you just have to complete (will explain this word soon) within a certain time frame as the mortgage offer has an expiration date!

Stamp duty - for a first time buyer, a property up to £300,000 has no stamp duty. THIS IS AMAZING. On the remaining value, you pay 5% up to £200,000. Take advantage of this, I am super grateful for this!!!

The extras: find out from your estate agent payments such as the council tax, service charge etc that a property may have. Also find out how much electricity and water bills are roughly to run the property! These are add ons you may have to pay for & don't forget to take this into account, and your estate agent *should* be on hand to help you with this. Also don't forget your legal fees (the solicitor payment) and other things like a 'survey'.

Help to Buy Schemes - if I'm honest, I didn't do much research on this scheme as I didn't opt for this route. I love that the option is there should you need it, BUT do your research on it! All I know is you can use a 5% deposit instead of the 10% required.

Leasehold vs Freehold

Shoutout to my girl Pooja the solicitor who taught me this. From what I remember:
Freehold means you own the property the land is on.
Leasehold means you own some sort of contract the property is on. For example, most flats are leasehold, as you can't solely own the land it's built on, so you own a LEASE. Apparently, as long as there's over 99+ years on this, you are good. IDK DON'T MAKE ME GET INTO THIS SIDE OF THINGS. GOOGLE IT (I tried).

The Estate Agent

Estate Agents will help you find your property. We got in touch with ours online, after searching and narrowing our location down. The properties you're looking at will be registered to an estate agent in that town.
From my experience, Estate Agents are hard work. We didn't really have a good experience with ours, or any we came across, which is a shame! I think their job is super demanding, that they aren't able to hold your hand too much on the whole process. As a first time buyer, a bit more help from the Estate Agents would be greatly appreciated, but don't expect them to help you much! (One day, I might tell you the hassle the estate agent caused us, but right now I'm all about good vibes only x)
What I learnt about the Estate Agents job; they show you a property.. multiple properties.. when you're ready to place an offer, you phone them up with the offer. They tell the seller, the seller then rejects or accepts your offer.
A few bits of paperwork and then the solicitors take over..

Solicitor

I can't stress enough how important it is to GET A GOOD SOLICITOR. Don't use the online companies you come across, and get someone who is close by (should you need to visit in emergencies), and reputable. Again, I LEARNT THIS. I did not do this, BUT I LEARNT IT AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.

Solicitors/Conveyancers (a fancy word that means someone who will help you purchase your property - I still haven't worked out if these people need a law degree lol) ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING. They basically have to do everything for ya.

They have to carry out some searches, negotiate with the seller on what stuff will be kept in the property (don't let them take your cooker lads), help with your stamp duty calculation etc etc and etc. You just need to communicate with them on what you want, and leave it to them. They also then have to work out when you will 'exchange' which means exchanging contracts with 'the other side' (a word I found out means the seller). Once you've instructed (chosen) a solicitor, they are your point of call throughout the whole purchase, speak to them about everything, call them anytime you want between Mon-Fri 9-5pm. but they might not wanna pick up lol sorry lol getting personal here.

But also, try get a 'no win no fee' solicitor, where if the deal doesn't go through, you don't have to pay them!

Just get a good solicitor and then maybe there'll be minimal stress lols x

Surveyor
For your mortgage, you have to have at LEAST a basic survey done. This is where the bank goes round to check out the property and do some checks on it.
I think this costs around £50 (I don't remember now) and I'm unsure if it changes depending on the property. Your mortgage provider will set this up!
For peace of mind, independently to the bank survey, you can actually get an even more in depth survey done, to find out what's going on in the property you are purchasing.
There's a few different types along with the basic survey and I think they were a homebuyers survey, and a structural survey.
Homebuyers survey: This is pretty self explanatory, but a homebuyers one is to check all the stuff a homebuyer would want to know i.e. any leaks in the home, how the electrics are etc.
Structural survey: along with everything in the basic and homebuyers survey, the structural survey goes into all the nooks and crannies, finds out the structure of the property and I guess a lot more lol.

These surveys vary in price depending on which company you choose, so do shop around! These are optional, but I recommend them. I feel like it gave me peace of mind making sure the property I am purchasing isn't wack. Also, you get a survey where they value the property, and you can use that to negotiate the price of the property if it comes out less than what you have offered, although the seller and estate agent may hate you.

So you've done everything.. now what?

So you set a date to 'exchange' contracts. This means you are now in a legally binding contract and your deposit has gone through. I don't remember if it goes to the sellers solicitor at this point, but it basically means you got the goods. There is a chance it can STILL fall through, but don't ask me how because I didn't even want to get into that lol. On exchange, you set a day to 'complete'. This means YOU GET THE KEYS IF ALL GOES TO PLAN. The solicitors normally advise 10 days between exchange and completion, but I think you can choose a date that's best mutually agreed for the buyer and seller.

On the day of completion.. you just have to wait. Wait for a call from your solicitor to say that you can go pick the keys up from the estate agent! This should be pretty straight forward, but I think if you're moving it's quite hard to be on a tight schedule and have all your moving vans and furniture waiting around for you haha. You then go get your keys from the estate agent, and there you have it.. a property.

So I'm going to turn this into a Q&A with some questions you all asked me on Instagram (I tried to incorporate most of the questions in the post anyway), of course do let me know if there are any other questions you might have!

How much do you need to save?  It of course.. depends on the property you are purchasing but hopefully the finances section of this blog post gives you an idea!

I am Self Employed - What do you provide for your mortgage? This was extremely difficult for me because I did not have many self employed years under my belt. I have to provide my accounts for my tax year. Get a mortgage broker, who will help you with this!

How long is the process? Every single property purchase is different! I found out some people did everything in a month, and some can take a year. Because you are depending on different people at each step of the process, you really can't put a time to it. BUT, if you want to speed (or slow) things down, communicate that with your solicitor, and be ON TOP OF EVERYTHING. If you want to speed things up from your end, just make sure there's nothing outstanding from your end. If they need a form filled, fill it and return it within an hour etc.

What don't people know that they should/Biggest Misconception about purchasing? I love this question. I think the biggest misconception is that it is impossible to purchase. I said this at the beginning, and even I was very doubtful that I would ever be able to afford to purchase. It's all about doing your research and educating yourself on the process so you know what goals to set yourself!

How did you know it was the right time to buy? I didn't. I don't really get the whole 'is it the right time to buy?' thing, and still don't know much about house prices. For me, it was a goal I set. It was more about finding the right property that was perfect for us at the right time. Basically, it all fit into place.

ISA Bank Scheme? Yep - I used this scheme with my bank for a number of years, it only allows you to add a certain amount a year, but a very good scheme!

How many properties did you view? Enough to know this one was the right one haha

How can you afford to buy so young? For a few years now, I have always prioritised purchasing a house. Because of this I deprioritised a lot of other things people my age usually do. For example, I've not gone on holiday for over 3 years now! I knew that saving money, and missing out on a few things would help me achieve my goals, and although I have missed out on other things I would have quite enjoyed, I'm happy with my life choices this far!

How to Save? I wanna write a full blog post about this, so do let me know if you want that!

I hope that this has helped, even a little bit on how the property purchase works, and like I have said.. I still know absolutely NOTHING LOL. The journey was super stressful, and at times I did lose hope on if it would ever happen! Do let me know if you have any other questions though, either here or on Instagram! & let me know if you have any property/home posts you want me to do!

(If you got this far, good luck with the purchase!)

8 July 2019

Buying A Property as a Millienial


I was invited to try out Duck & Dry's new home in Mayfair! I had initially tried out the Duck & Dry Express bar in Primark Tottenham Court so I was familiar to the brand, and loved the treatment I received there!

 The location is great, 5 minutes walk from Bond Street Station, and super close to Selfridges (where you can always find me spending too much money), so I found the location super convenient. 



The first thing that caught my attention were the egg shaped stations, they are SO cute. 

They charge £35 for a signature blow dry, and even do up dos! They're priced quite reasonably at £35, whilst an up do is £45. 


I love how everything is super instagram worthy, including this Duck & Pluck station! But the best thing.. 


The floral bird cage! What better way to show off your newly did hair than by this gorgeous backdrop? 


Getting my hair done and a cute insta worthy spot at the same time? This place is definitely a place to check out! 

I was super impressed with how my hair had turned out! The staff were also super friendly, offering a complimentary drink on your visit too!

Have fun loves! 

20 May 2019

Duck & Dry Mayfair!

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