Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Glaston-berry

Hi lovelies!

I never rave about lipstick as I am allergic to most lip products and so I have limited options to choose from. And if you know me then you'll know that I always favour well-defined eyes over prominent lips. Regardless of all that, I have been craving the bold burgundy/berry lip recently and wanted to invest in a good lipstick that will suit me. After some speculation as to which lipstick to try and crossing off some brands off my list, I went ahead and tried Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in Glaston-berry.. Wow. That's all I can say. I am in love. This may be one of the few lipsticks that I am in fact not allergic to. But that's not why I am complimenting the lipstick so much. The product itself is amazing through and through. 
It has a square angled tip for more precise application

For starters, the application is great. It glides on seamlessly and coverage is great. It is very pigmented indeed. It is matte but does not look 'dry' on the lips and neither does it dehydrate the lips. It contains 'Lipstick Tree extract' - a natural antioxidant to protect the lips, and orchid extract to soothe and hydrate the lips. The lipstick is said to have '3D glowing pigments' to create the illusion of fuller lips. Staying power is amazing - I had it on for 8 hours before I took it off, so I'm certain it would've lasted longer if I had kept it on. I went for dinner and coffee too, and it still lasted through that! The intensity of the colour slightly fades throughout the day (as expected with any lip product) but overall coverage is brilliant. I was very impressed; there was no need to reapply throughout the day. It's a dark burgundy colour but can look more 'plum' and berry in certain lights (on my lips). 

This is what it looks like on me! (This is also my first proper photo within a post!)

The lipstick retails at £23 and can be purchased here. I bought it from Selfridges though. Yes it is pricey compared to many brands (e.g. MAC) but you get what you pay for. Lipsticks last a long time anyway so it's really worth investing in a product you'll love and use for ages. For me anyway, the fact that it suited my lips and didn't cause irritation was a major reason that I bought this. If you also have sensitive lips then I recommend you try out a few different brands, particularly those that pay special attention to retaining the lip's moisture. People often say to me to check which ingredients I may be allergic to but, are you kidding me? Have you seen the list of nonsense names on the ingredients list? It's never ending! How would I possibly know what is causing my lips to react? Sigh. It's just a case of trial and error (and money wasted in the process). That is why I basically never buy lipstick because I just end up wasting my money and giving it away. 

Final conclusions! Would I buy this product again? Oh hell yes!! I am not disappointed at all and this lipstick has convinced me to try other CT products too (if any of you have tried her mascara or blusher, please let me know)! These lipsticks come in 10 beautiful shades, and I am looking forward to trying more soon.

This colour is perfect for this time of year (yay for autumn!) and I'm so excited to use it! You can try various looks with it. For evening wear, I am going to try a bold intense lip with just mascara and a thin layer of black top liner on the eyes, and soft rose blusher. For daytime, I'll do less application so I get lighter coverage with more prominent blusher on the cheeks and coloured eyeliner (depending on my outfit). 

Have you tried CT products before? What's your favourite lipstick brand?

Lots of berry love,
Ayesha xxx

World Mental Health Day

Hi beautiful people!

Today, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health. So, take a moment to think: how do you feel about mental health? Mental health (MH), by the way, does not only refer to MH disorders, but all aspects of MH - good and poor. But, as we live in a society where still there is a lot of stigma towards MH problems, I'm going to talk about that. I've talked about MH stigma previously too (it's a very important topic for me!), you can check that post out here and my poem on it.

Okay, now let me rephrase what I initially asked: how do you feel about poor mental health? When you think of someone suffering from a MH disorder, what thoughts come to mind? It is very likely that one of your loved ones or acquaintances is or has been suffering from a MH problem. MH problems are very common. And you know what? That's ok. It's ok to be going through MH issues. Some well-known MH disorders such as depression and anxiety are not unknown to most people, but other disorders such as schizophrenia result in a lot of speculation. Unfortunately the media tends to place a heavy bias on negative aspects of such disorders. News headlines seem to depict the 'worst' side of a mentally ill individual. This is not always the case. Yes, some people with severe MH problems can tend to behave in a dangerous way, but that can be said about 'normal' people too, right? For example, not all 'normal' people are criminals, yet 'normal' people do commit crimes. Similarly, not all mentally unwell people are criminals, but some do commit crimes and that's what the media likes to exaggerate. I'm mainly talking about schizophrenia here, which is a very misunderstood MH disorder.

As with any health problem, support is available. Physical health problems are rarely stigmatised against, at least not to the extent to MH problems. Society really needs to have a broader mind and be more receptive to such sensitive topics. Love and support people experiencing MH disorders. Be more understanding of what they are going through rather than becoming distant with them.

I have discussed MH problems in some of my previous blog posts which you can have a read if you wish: DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS, SCHIZOPHRENIA, ANXIETY

I have always been a promoter for MH awareness and volunteered a lot in the past for people experiencing poor mental health. I still aim to reduce MH stigma (or at least try) as I feel it is still a big concern. Luckily there are people out there who are also keen on providing support and are not judgemental towards friends/family members going through MH problems. Let's all share awareness for a positive MH outlook for everyone and provide support to those who need it. Thank you :)

Peace and love,
Ayesha xxx

iPhone 6s rose gold and Skinny Dip dino case


So I got the new iPhone. And I love it.

I have had it for a week now and used and explored it well, and here's my opinion/review. Well.. it's great. Let's start with the new rose gold colour. Oh my, it's absolutely beautiful. It's so feminine and pretty. Very appealing and soft to eye. The combination of rose gold and white makes it looks extremely classy. Well done Apple. In different lights the rose colour is more prominent (i.e. it looks more pink). 

Taking the plastic protective cover off
The 6s is Apple's most advanced handset yet, and comes with a variety of new features. 

The 3D Touch. Wow. That's a really cool new addition which I'm surprised Apple didn't bring out earlier. The 6s has three layers to the screen that are used for different actions. The top layer is 'touch/tap', the second is 'press', and the third is a 'deeper press'. That basically means that in addition to a touch screen, if you press the screen it will perform further actions as the screen will respond to the pressure of your finger. One new thing this is used for is Live Photos. These are basically photos that when pressed, move. The camera takes extra photos before and after you take the photo, combining them to create a collage of photos of the moment (like a mini video). These Live Photos can be used for wallpaper for your lock screen. 3D Touch is also useful for many other things, including being able to preview your mail or webpages without clicking on them. All in all it's a really good addition. 

The camera is great. 12 megapixels and 5 megapixels front-facing camera (yay clearer selfies!) with its own flash. And did I tell you it's got the ability to record up to 4K quality videos?! Amazing. The technology and performance is the best too, with a 64-bit A9 chip (that basically means it's really fast and powerful). The Touch ID feature is much faster too.

I bought myself a Skinny Dip case to protect my phone, as it's too valuable to risk getting damaged! Being a lover of quirky things I decided to let my inner child out and got the dino case. It is currently out of stock on their website but is available at Selfridges for £12. I love the dino print so much, and the fact that it is clear means I can still see the beautiful rose gold colour. The colour combination of pink and blue matches my phone perfectly. They had lots of other different styles too (I loved the llama one). It is not too thick so doesn't make my phone seem bulky. I've never bought a Skinny Dip case before so I don't know how durable they are, but I have heard positive reviews. :)

My crazy awesome case!
You can buy the 6s here. What are your opinions on the iPhone 6s? Have you tried it out? :D

Lots of love,
Ayesha xxx

Master of Science degree..? Tick!

Hello beautiful people!


Yay :) That's the most recent and biggest life change for me at the moment. This is also why I've been terrible with blogging (I'm sorry!) but my degree was my priority and took up most of my time. I now have lots of time to myself before I embrace a new journey in my life. I miss university, my life there and all my friends, but I'm excited for the different challenges that are ahead of me.. Life goes on and things are always changing. As always I'm going to take each day as it comes and live in the present. There's no need for me to make big plans ahead of time!

Soooooo. Let me talk a little about my degree. I studied at The University of Manchester - a very prestigious university and one of the best in the UK and worldwide. It is well-known for its quality of research, something that was a major part of my degree. I studied Clinical and Health Psychology. This is studying how psychology affects our mental health, and how psychology affects our physical health. My research project was 1/3 of my degree. My project explored the effect of sleep on emotional wellbeing, by investigating emotional face recognition memory amongst good and poor sleepers. I will talk about my research specifically (what I did and what I found) in a future blog post. I am yet to find out my results and my degree classification.

It's crazy how fast this year has gone and it's even crazier how hard this year has been. It has really been a big roller coaster for me filled with lots of learning and change. I've definitely changed as a person - for the best in my opinion. I've matured a lot. Oh yes. I feel like I've come out a much stronger and wiser person, and most importantly, an adult. Experience in life is key to growth, and my year has been filled with plenty of this. My postgraduate year prepared me and developed me as a person in ways I didn't even expect, and certainly much more than my undergraduate degree. Not only is the academic part eye-opening, but you meet so many different people and see the world a bit differently because you're older now. 

Academically speaking, I am a much more capable person now. My Master's was 12 months long but it felt like I was doing my three year undergraduate degree in one year - that's how tough it was. I guess that explains why the course was so competitive to get onto and why it is valued so much. And at the end of the day, it is at a high standard university so they are bound to make us sweat.. Postgraduate level is a definite jump from Bachelor's, obviously, but you only realise that when you're there. You have be fully committed and focused. The workload is not only higher but more rigorous. The marking is stricter. You are required to be almost fully independent in everything (more so than compared to undergraduate level). Well, as much as I doubted myself at times and thought I'd never make it through, I did, and I cannot express the relief and contentment I felt when I saw my research project printed out in front of me. I made it through, and I'm proud of myself. I remember saying to my friends on submission day "never again!" But who knows what's in store for me in the future. 

I value education a lot and I don't think I will ever fully retire from studying. If any of you are looking at further education I suggest you follow your dream and go for it. It's worth it. It's life changing. 

Bye for now! Lots of love,
Ayesha xxx