3 Winter lip colours for Asian/Tan Olive skintone

Hey guys, it has been really cold this past two weeks in London. What is the weather like where you are at now?

Today I thought to share a couple of my favourite winter shades that have been my go-to this winter season. I have a Tan Olive skin tone and it took me sometime to find a suitable shade for winter. I feel there are not many articles out there about lip colours for Asian/Tan Olive skin so it was more of a trial and error for me to find the right shade. Finally I found a few winter shades that suit my skin, so I thought to share it with you guys.

These shades suit tan olive and Indian/Asian skin tones and are all drugstore makeup brands.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Really Red(006) – £7.49 at Boots. This is a matte lipstick in a natural red shade with warm undertones. It glides on the lips well and does not bleed. This is great as I can use it in days when I don’t have time for lip liner or whenever on the go. This red shade is more of an all round red so you can wear this colour in summer and still rock it.

 

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NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Cherry Skies(LSCL03) – £6.50 at Boots. This is a deep red colour that dries matte. I love this lipstick as the colour is pigmented and it glides on the lips so smoothly that one-two application is more than enough to achieve the colour needed. As with all matte lipsticks, don’t forget to moisturise your lips before applying as it could get flaky if you have dry lips.

 

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Sleek True Colour Lipstick in the shade Vamp(786) – £4.99 at Superdrug. This is also a matte lipstick in a really dark red colour with brown undertones. The thing I like about this lipstick is that you could build it up to create a bolder look or just a swipe or two to create a subtle look. As with all matte lipsticks, it is better to exfoliate your lips before you apply them. This shade has been my most worn red this Autumn/Winter. I also love the black matte packaging of Sleek lipsticks.

 

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Bonus: Sleek True Colour Lipstick in the shade Mulberry(788) – £4.99 at Superdrug. This has a sheen formula in a dark purple/aubergine shade. I bought this lipstick for Halloween to create my cat look. However, I could not use it after that since I wasn’t comfortable wearing such a dark colour. Since I did not want it to go to waste, I tried to mix it with other lip colours to see if it works. To my surprise, it gave a lovely colour when it was mixed with the Sleek lipstick in Vamp which is my new favourite winter shade. However, if you are comfortable wearing a dark lipstick then go ahead and use it on its own. Since it has a sheen formula, you may want to go over a couple of times to achieve the desired shade – but be careful it could stain your teeth if you put too much of it. To see the actual colour on the lips, check out my Halloween makeup post.

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The third colour swatch is a combination of both the Sleek lipsticks mentioned in this post.

 

 

Favourite health food store – Holland and Barrett

I had always seen Holland and Barrett (H&B) as a store where my parents and grandparents go to buy their vitamins and other health products. Only when I went in there I found out what a wonderful store it is. If you are trying to eat and stay healthy with a budget, it is one of the right stores for you. They have many different offers throughout the year and I try to make the best use of them.

My favourite offers are

  • The Penny Sale – where you buy one product and get the second product for a penny (only on products in the offer). This is a useful offer for me as my boyfriend’s protien powder is usually in the Penny Sale and this is the time he stocks them up.
  • Buy one get one half price – I buy my shampoo and conditioner from H&B and I definitely save a lot of money when this offer comes up. I buy extra during this offer.
  • Offers on Vitamins – they have various offers throughout the year which makes it useful to buy vitamins if you use them. They also do amazing offers on Manuka Honey during the year. Do check them out if you use any of these items.

I am a lazy person who can’t portion control on snacks. I can finish a snack pack,that was meant for two, in one sitting. So I find their ‘good to go’ packs very useful. I love their 2 for £1.50 offer on these packs and I stock up during this offer. Their packs include almonds, cashew, fruit bites, dried fruit etc. I love that they sell dried apricots that have no preservatives which is really good. It is one of the few stores in London that sell such apricots.

They have a large variety of health foods, superfoods, teas, dried fruits, nuts, beauty items and free-from products. They are such a useful one stop health food shop. I do recommend you check it out if you are trying to eat and stay healthy this New Year.

Below is a picture of when I stocked up during the 2 for £1.50 offer.

The Delicious Dates pack is not a ‘good to go’ pack.

Everything in this picture costed me less than £12 and they usually last me for nearly two weeks. The sunflower and pumpkin seeds packs are not ‘good to go’packs but were under £2 each.

Room storage shopping on a budget

In my previous post about organisation tips, I spoke about how to organise a small room. In this post I show you guys how I implemented it in my room.

  • Luckily my bed in my new room has space under it so I bought an under bed storage box to store all my accessories, winter socks and my books. I bought an under bed storage box with 5 compartments from Amazon for £7.99. For my accessories, I simply bought plastic food storage boxes from Sainsbury’s and stored them in it. This is a cost effective way to store your chains, earrings, bracelets etc.
  • I also bought a set of 4 drawer organisers for my socks and under garments. However, I use two of them in my cupboard and two in my underbed storage. They were also from Amazon for £8.99. The best thing about these organisers is that they can be easily folded and put away until needed. They don’t take up much space and are very useful for me.
  • I filled two big suitcases with my summer clothes and shoes and kept it next to my cupboard. I have a long single-door shelved cupboard where I store all my jumpers, cardigans, scarves, winter tops and pyjamas. Since I put all my summer clothes in my suitcase, it helps me to see and use my winter clothes more efficiently.
  • I bought a clothes rail from Argos for £8.99 to hang my coats and jackets. I already had a hanging clothes organiser from before that I added to my clothes rail. The clothes organiser contains my everyday go-to jeans and tops. You can get this clothes otganiser from Argos too. The rail also has a space at the bottom to put my shoes which is very handy. There is also a cover for this clothes rail for £6.99 that I am planning on buying
  • I bought a lovely overdoor hanger/hook from Home Sense to hang my clothes that I had worn on the day but don’t need immediate washing.

I hope these tips are useful for you to help you organise your room when on a budget. Since all these items are under £10, I did not have to splash out a lot of money to organise my room. Most of the items mentioned here can be easily folded and stored when not needed and isn’t a hassle to carry when you moved house again.

Tips on organising a small room

Now that all the festivities have finished, I finally got some time to fully unpack and arrange my new room. I am going to share with you a few organisation tips for a small room that I have used. I have an average sized student room and I usually love to organise things and everything to have its place. My next post will include the things that I bought to organise my room.

  • One good way of making a small room look spacious is by having few things on the floor. The more floor you can see gives you the feeling that you have a spacious room. Having more free space and less things to bump into on the floor allows you to move around easier making it feel bigger.
  • Make use of under bed space. If you have under bed storage space, then use it efficiently. Keep out of season items, suitcases and things you use less frequently under your bed. This gives you more floor space in your room. Using under bed storage also makes it look neater instead of making it look you shoved random items under your bed.
  • Store out of season clothes and accessories separately in a suitcase or vacuum bags. This gives you more space in your cupboard, so you can use your in-season clothes and accessories to the maximum.
  • Have separate storage boxes for socks and undergarments so they are not left lying around or in one heap in the cupboard. Try to not just dump clothes in the cupboard but to try and neatly fold them in.
  • If you have a cupboard with only a hanging rail, hang your most used coats and clothes first. If you have many scarves, try to use a scarf hanger as they all can be stored in one place. If you have space at the bottom, use storage boxes to organise and store the rest of your clothes. This prevents it from ending up in a huge heap at the bottom of the cupboard. Trust me, it has happened to me.

These are my organisation tips for now. I will write up another post soon with more organisation tips. 

Money saving shopping tips – January sales edition

Now that all the festivities have calmed down, it is the right time to start shopping for next Christmas. Certain items for Christmas and New Year never go out of trend and so it is smart to buy these items after the season ends. If you have enough storage space at home, it is wise to shop and stock up on these items now. Since I work in a supermarket, I have seen so many customers stock up things for next year. This way they save way so much money and will also be half prepared for next year. It also allows you to beat the rush of festive shopping.

Things that are likely to go on sale now that Christmas and New Year celebrations are over:

  • Wrapping paper – now is the right time to buy seasonal wrapping paper as the prices get slashed to less than half the price. Some wrapping papers go down to as low as 20p from £2.
  • Cards and gift tags – similar to wrapping paper, Christmas cards and gift tags are so cheap at this time of the year. You could get gift tags for 10p per pack.
  • Paper plates and napkins – seasonal designed ones
  • Christmas lights, seasonal decorations, figurines and other little Christmas ornaments – they get sold for nearly half their price
  • Bedding and sheets – especially seasonal designed ones
  • Many winter clothes will also start to go on sale – there may not be a huge variety to choose from but it is always worth a visit as you never know what you will find
  • Many clothing stores still have their Boxing Day sales up until January. I went shopping yesterday and I found really good deals at Next and Gap.
  • The best buy would be gift sets and hampers – gift sets prices go down to really good prices so you could stock them up now. Since these gifts sets are usually perfumes, bath and body sets, spa gift sets etc, they are suitable for gifting to people all year round. You could buy these ones now if you know you have parties coming up or you could just buy it for yourself.

Now that most stores are looking to clear out their Christmas stock, they slash their prices so that they get sold off quick. Go to the larger supermarkets/superstores as they would have a wider range of goods to choose from. These tips are not only for those living on a budget, but for everyone trying to shop smart. If you have the storage space, then use it efficiently as you will definitely save a lot of money by shopping smart.