Tuesday, 9 August 2016

CHANEL INSPIRED SLINGBACK SHOES

I wasn't planning on doing a blog post on these beauties but I thought, why not? and I was inspired by the lovely Kitty. Make sure to check out her blog Kitty&B to know why I was inspired.

I am sure most of us have seen the coveted Chanel slingback shoes that have been  all over Instagram and Pinterest for a while now thanks to fashion bloggers but the price point is not really friendly if you are on a budget, plus they are hard to find in the Chanel stores because they sale out fast.

The lovely Muzabula of MissKundwe sent me a link to these beauties and I just died!! I knew I had to get them. They were only £8 after-all. Bargain!!!!!


They are super comfortable and can be tightened if you want them to be snug and secure. They are true to size as well. They have a soft suedette finish which will obviously make it hard to clean but who cares? lol The sole of the heel is slightly textured but not enough to keep you safe on tiled and slippery floors, I would suggest to use a nail file just to give the sole a bit of texture. 

These beauties are currently on sale for £8 on New Look


I have seen quite a few Chanel inspired slingback shoes out there in the fashion world, do let me know if you have any or plan on buying any.

Lots of Love,

Kapinda. X


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Thursday, 4 August 2016

SWEET CHERRY PUBLISHING: CHILDREN'S BOOKS REVIEW

WOW!!! It's been 4 months since I last blogged, not sure how that happened but time does fly by quickly especially when you have an active toddler that needs to be entertained all day and fighting nap time. A not so strict daily routine does help the day go by quickly when we are staying indoors too.

Reading books is part of our daily routine. I want her to continue reading and loving books through out her life because we learn something new from just reading books and opens our mind to a lot of different things that you would not have given a thought to, so I jumped on board when Sweet Cherry Publishing asked me if I wanted to review some of their books.

Sweet Cherry Publishing are committed to producing beautifully designed and engaging books for children of all ages and levels. Their books aim to spark your imagination and give you the opportunity to revisit your favourite characters again and again making them stand the test of time.

We received; 

A Case Of Good Manners  which comes in a glossy carry case and includes 12 mini books titled:  Excuse me, Helping, Please, Thank you, Honesty, Sharing, Keep trying, Confidence, Taking turns, Kindness, Listening and Sorry.  My 20 month old toddler is still a little young to get the concept but you know what they say, "start them young". She loves playing with the books and looking at the pictures as well as "reading" them to mummy. The books are very bright and colourful, they also have helpful hints for parents at the back.They are a great way to talk about good manners and an everyday reminder. The books also make a jigsaw when you turn them over. It is quite difficult to get the books out of the case which is frustrating for both of us, she loves to take things out and put them back in place but since she can't do it on her own I have to do it for her and I do not mind if its just 3 to maybe 5 times but its usually what feels like a 100 times!







Dr Hedgehog 3 Book Collection is intended to be read aloud to young children. There are common characters, but each story can be read independently of the others and they come with lovely pull out posters that can be framed and put up on the walls. I believe they would be a great addition to any kids room decor. The collection includes Dr Hedgehog and the river rescue, Dr Hedgehog and the tree rescue, Dr Hedgehog and the post box rescue. The books are easily written and beautifully illustrated which captures my little munchkins attention. They also show consequences of doing something wrong. The only issue that I have is with the ending of the post box rescue when Mavis mouse was so excited that she forgot to say thank you to Dr Hedgehog. I think it should have ended with her calling Dr Hedgehog to thank him for helping Martin mouse.



MR PATTACAKEWhich is also a 3 book collection includes: The Big Idea, The Dog's Dinner Disaster and The Pirates. The collection tells the stories of a goodhearted, eccentric chef and his ginger cat, Treacle. The books are full of of bizarre characters and disastrous adventures that capture your imagination. My little munchkin is a little too young for this series. I will probably read them myself and keep them for her till she is old enough to read and understand them.

Make sure to check out Sweet Cherry Publishing for more interesting books.

Happy Reading,

Kapinda.

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Disclaimer: I received the books from Sweet Cherry Publishing to review. All views expressed are purely of my own.
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

MONU SKIN HYDRATING MOISTURISER SPF15 REVIEW

Am I the only one out there slacking when it comes to skincare? My night time skincare routine has been thrown out of the window by exhaustion thanks to my active toddler, well since she has been here really, I just need to stop being lazy when it comes to skincare and other things really, maybe to be addressed in another post, who knows. But, I think I do pretty well with my morning skin care routine. I have very oily skin, my whole face gets shiny, strobing got nothing on me. As oily as it is, my skin needs to be hydrated, and finding a hydrating moisturiser that worked well and did not leave me looking like a shiny mess a few minutes after application has been hard. Not anymore, simple hydrating light moisturiser is really good though, especially winter time but hands down the best hydrating moisturiser for oily skin is the Monu Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15!!



I received a sample of the moisturiser in one of the beauty boxes I was subscribed to early last year and fell in love with it straight away. It is from the brand MONU PROFESSIONAL SKINCARE that offer natural skincare. They are against animal testing, they use the best of nature such as plants, herbs, minerals and the products are made in the UK.



According to Monu Skincare, the moisturiser is formulated to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. Containing Instant Blur technology, it blurs imperfections and corrects skin tone. It is paraben free and can be used by all skin types.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Zinc Oxide provides a physical barrier against the sun's harmful rays.

Cassia Alata Leaf Extract reduces the visible signs of photo-ageing and protects the skin against UV damage.

Blackcurrant Seed Oils boost moisture levels, restores softness, elasticity and suppleness.

Vitamin E, an antioxidant, fights free radicals,

YOUR RESULTS

Protected, younger-looking skin today and tomorrow.

HOW TO USE

Apply every morning after cleansing and toning.

MY THOUGHTS

I am just going to go straight into it, this is by far the best moisturiser I have ever tried! It does not leave my face feeling greasy. Most moisturisers with SP tend to be too greasy for my skin but this one is just amazing. My skin pretty much stays matte all day, slight blotting here and there but nothing excessive like I normally get. My skin is a lot brighter and healthy looking, acne scars seem to be fading too.

The moisturiser is thick in consistency but sinks into the skin pretty quickly,  I usually use one and a half pump.




Priced at £29.95 it is a bit pricey, but it will last you a really long time and it is so worth it. It is safe to change your sun protection every year though, since SPF is not as effective after a year.

What type of moisturiser do you use?

Lots of love,

Kapinda. X

P.S You can get it for £23.15 on feelunique. Check out my previous post if you are looking for a moisturiser that does the same but with a tint in it and better SPF.



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Sunday, 20 March 2016

MUMMY & DAUGHTER COLLECTIVE CLOTHING HAUL || H&M, FOREVER21,TOPSHOP

To all haul lovers, I have a new clothing haul for you guys.



£4 from £7.99 H&M

£5.99 H&M

£17.99 NEW LOOK


£7.99 H&M

£14.99 H&M
£7.99 from £14.99 H&M
£5.99 H&M
£12.99 H&M
£7.99 H&M
£22 from £45 TOPSHOP
£5.99
£9.99 from £25 FOREVER21
IN LOVE
£1.99 FOREVER21
£0.99 FOREVER21
£11.99 FOREVER21
£22.00 from £59.99 MANGO VIA SECRET SALES and thanks to KITTYANDB

Hope you liked it.

Lots of love,

Kapinda. X
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Monday, 14 March 2016

NARS VELVET MATTE SKIN TINT FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW

Spring is here, Summer is almost here and no one likes a heavy foundation during the hot seasons. Tinted moisturisers always come in handy whenever you just want something light that can even out your skintone. When you have very oily skin, finding a good tinted moisturiser that will not leave you oily in a minute is a bit hard so when I saw the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint on the Sephora website, I knew I had to get it and try it, plus it has SPF30!



This is my first Nars purchase so I cannot compare it to other tinted moisturisers by the brand but it comes in 12 different shades and I opted for the shade, Polynesia Dark 1. According to Nars, the Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF 30/PA+++ effortlessly presents and protects with a soft-matte finish. The oil-free formula wears comfortably, maintaining skins natural moisture barrier, while working to control shine throughout the day. It helps to blur imperfections, even the look of skintone and smooth the appearance of pores and fine lines.



I have only used it twice but so far so good and I think it is enough for me to know that I love it. I wore it throughout the day on both days and it kept me matte for about 7 and a half hours. My nose is the only place that got oily really and this comes from someone who gets oily everywhere and not just the T-zone. I did not wear any primer or any setting powder.

The Matte Skin Tint has a sheer coverage but you can easily build it to medium coverage so it will not cover all imperfections. My acne scar did slightly peak through but I did not mind. My skin looked evened out and matte just how I like it. It stayed in place and did not separate or crease.

The formula is very lightweight which makes it so comfortable to wear. Made me forget I was wearing any makeup.

Before

After
Next day with a full face of makeup



It is easy to blend. I used my fingers to apply it and then used a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which gave me a smooth finish. It looked a bit red when I was applying it but it looked great once I was done blending it into my skin.



Overall, I think it is an amazing tinted moisturiser and I will be getting a few more products from Nars. LOVE IT.

What is your favourite tinted moisturiser?

Lots of love,

Kapinda. X
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Friday, 4 March 2016

TODDLER BEDTIME ROUTINE



    


Hey loves, 

I am sure we all know the importance of a routine by now, so I will not go into it. If not I would suggest you google it, sorry having a very lazy writing moment.

Bedtime routine usually changes as they grow and this is Liseli's current bedtime routine. She is 15 months old.

 7:00 pm Bath.

 Liseli loves her baths, will give her a wash, brush her teeth. she then plays with her bath toys and bath book. She has normal to dry skin which is prone to mild eczema so we use the Aveeno body wash for dry and sensitive skin and it works pretty well.

7:20 pm 

Massage and moisturise using Optima raw virgin coconut oil.


7:30 pm Story Time

When I am done reading one of the books, she gets the book, flips through it and reads. It is the cutest thing ever. Her favourite is Kiss Goodnight Sam by Amy Hest. 



7:50 pm Bed

We say a prayer, kiss her goodnight, tell her we love her, switch on her Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Night Light and put her down. She falls asleep by 8:00pm.


What does your toddlers bedtime routine look like?

Lots of love,

Kapinda. X

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

ALIEXPRESS》 ALIBARBARA MALAYSIAN VIRGIN HAIR》 BODY WAVE



Let us talk about hair extensions, what brand, type, length do you like? I like to switch up my hair a lot, I get bored with the same hairstyle but I do love curly,coily and kinky(my natural texture) hair. Maintaining curly hair is just so much work so I knew I wanted something short and easy to maintain.

My friend Bee and I were talking about our next hairstyles as we usually do and she suggested I look at hair by Alibarbara hair products Ltd on Aliexpress. I have never been sure about getting anything from Aliexpress because of all the bad reviews I read. Bee told me she gets most of her hair from Aliexpress and it always looks great so I decided to try it.

The hair I ordered is the Unprocessed Malaysian Virgin Hair Body wave. I got two 10" and two 12" all for £37.36 including postage!!!! Bargain!!!


I ordered the hair around Christmas time and delivery took a week via DHL. The hair was individually wrapped and came in the pink bag with the eye lashes which I thought was a good touch even though they are a little dramatic for me.




The hair was very soft with minimal shedding when passing my fingers through it. I co washed it with Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine conditioner and the water did not have any dye in it, just the cloudy colour from the conditioner. The waves dropped after co washing it which was such a bummer. 




The hair was less soft after wearing it for a month but I think it is because of the hair moisturiser that I put on my own natural hair. I do not put any products on the extensions. I wash it every two weeks and I have noticed a lot more shedding.




I have been loving this hair and will definitely buy from them again!! Thanks  Bee :) 

The hair was installed by my hairstylist Catherine. Do check her out if you are in London, Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. She is amazing!

Lots of Love,

Kapinda. X

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