Lifestyle · Season · Thoughts

Adeus 2017

Hi everyone!

Wow, it’s the last day of 2017 and it’s nearly 2018. Well, which also means the 2nd year anniversary of this blog!🎉

I simply want to thank y’all for a tremendous year of blogging (even though I know, I haven’t been consistent). Thank y’all for the appreciation you’ve shown to the blog posts and I welcome everyone who has joined😊.This year has undoubtedly been an interesting rollercoaster. However, above all, it has been a year of personal growth for me. Some of them involve realising that..

* Having inner peace is the most liberating feeling ever.

*Sometimes, people that hurt you, need healing the most.

* If it’s meant to happen, it may happen, but most of the time, YOU have to make it happen.

* Everyone that comes into your life always isn’t meant to stay honey. You’ll realise that with time.

*Live and let live.

May 2018 is filled with more happiness, love, hope, positivity and bring all the best wishes for you. I cannot wait to discover what this year unfolds! Hope you’ve had an amazing Christmas (or vacation) and Happy New Year! 🎉

See ya in 2018!

*Also, sorry 2018 (in advance) for when I write the date incorrectly. I’ll get there, eventually*

Best wishes xx

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~Alifia

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Beauty · Fashion · Makeup · Season

Skeleton Makeup Look

Aloha pals!

I hope y’all are fantastic and indulging in the joys of this season as much as I am. As Halloween time is here, I thought it would be fun to make the best out of this opportunity. If you know me, I take great delight in creating new looks so this is merely my take on a Halloween skeleton inspired look. It’s relatively easy and affordable but obviously, you can personalise it however you like. Enjoy!

Eyes

  • Conceal and correct. (It’s alright even if you don’t, we’re creating a skeleton face after all)
  • Sweep a white powder or eye shadow across your eye from lash to brow.
  • Blend a brown eye shadow just above the socket.
  • Apply a sharp black eye shadow in the crease, simultaneously blending it with the brown eye shadow.
  • Keep on blending to achieve smokey eyes.
  • Use eyeliner to line the upper lids and extend it to the end of the black eye smokey shadow to give it a winged eye effect (shown in the images).
  • Darken it with a liquid eyeliner if you wish.
  • Take the black pencil eye liner (or liquid) and draw an extended black line at the inner corners of your eyes.
  • Fill in your eyebrows and give them a sharp edge.
  • Then use a glittery white/silver eye shadow/highlighter and sweep it at the upper inner corners of your eyes (above the black line). Define the lash line with the same eye shadow.

Nose

  • Then just draw a skeleton-like nose and fill it in. If you wish, you could extend the black line over your eyebrows as well. Slightly blend it out.

Face

  • Contour with a brown shade at the hollows of your cheeks, temples (all the usual places).
  • To give it a more skeleton-like effect, take a black eye shadow and use the same contour brush to blend it with the brown contour. This will give your cheekbones more depth.
  • Sweep some highlighter over the top of your cheeks.
  • Draw vertical lines (as teeth) about half an inch apart on your lips with a black pencil lip liner/ liquid liner.
  • Lastly, use a highlighter to brighten your lips between the vertical lines. Voila! You’ve been transformed into a skeleton!

Who says you can’t smile when you transform your face into a skeleton-like face!?

Keep smiling! Happy Halloween!🎃

I also have an Instagram account for my blog now!! If you wish to see what I’m upto, then follow me on gleam.in.eye😊

See ya💗

~Alifia

 

 

 

 

 

Awards · Thoughts

Liebster Award 2

Hi pals!

So, I was nominated by lovely Dalila for this award. Thank you! Check out her blog as her posts are vraiment interesting!

The rules are:

-Post this award to your blog.
-Thank the person who nominated you.
-State 11 random facts about yourself.
-Answer the questions given.
-Think of 11 more questions for the nominees to answer.

11 RANDOM FACTS

  1. I will be going to Geneva, Switzerland this October for an A level physics trip.
  2. I am dreading year 13.
  3. I don’t want the summer holidays to end.
  4. I’ve been enjoying the series ‘Reign’ (I feel like I am the only person who actually watches it, anyone?).
  5. I’ve never watched Game of thrones (I’ve watched it now)
  6. I am secretly a neat freak.
  7. I can lift my left eyebrow high enough if I tried (such a weird fact).
  8. Tea > Coffee. Always. Definitely my cup of tea (see what I did there 😉 )
  9. Currently, I am reading ‘Brave New World’ by Huxley.
  10. I like to think that I am a feminist.
  11. I think the best part about makeup is doing the eyes (You can see it evidently on my blog😂).

Q&A

Do you believe in soulmates?
– I think there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. In my opinion, compatibility lies to an extent and every relationship needs effort, time and compromises. So, I think the answer is no. I don’t believe in soulmates. Although, I have to admit, only fictional soulmates perhaps😉.

What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard?
– Tears in heaven by Eric Clapton.

If you could buy one material thing, and money was not an issue, what would it be?
– I would buy a private helicopter so that I can travel all around the world because exploring new places makes me so happy.

What is the most important memory you have and why?
– Too many to chose from…

If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
– I think the discovery of X-Rays by Roentgen or Halley’s Comet which reappears after every 76 years.

What is the most memorable class you have taken?
-I have so many but I think GCSE textiles last year stands out the most😂. However, this year, it was Chemistry.  Sophie who always enlightened us with her witty jokes😂.

Favourite childhood cartoon?
– It’s definitely ‘Tom and Jerry’ as I used to love it as a kid.

Which era in the 20th century would you have wanted to grow up during?
– Probably the 1950s or the 1960s as I am inspired by the fashion during the decades.

Favourite non-english song?
– Sorry I have so many…cannot choose.

Which food can you not live without?
– Probably, fish or chicken.

Do you consider yourself a lucky person?
– I like to think I am a lucky person. I guess every person is lucky in one way or another. You just have to feel and believe that you are and be grateful for everything.

Questions for the nominees…

  1.  Your favourite TV show/film?
  2. Favourite genre of books?
  3.  Do you believe in ghosts?
  4. Do you prefer a city in the day time or night time?
  5. The most exciting memory you can remember?
  6.  The most inspirational quote you’ve ever heard?
  7. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
  8.  The best thing to blog about?
  9. A place you’d like to travel to?
  10. Would you rather: forget all the past memories or never be able to make new ones?
  11. What’s the superpower you would love to possess?

My nominations…

Elsie LMC

Isobel

Will

Morgan

Last but not the least, thank you so much for 100+ followers! I am so grateful!

Keep smiling 🙂 !

~Alifia

Beauty · Lifestyle

Love your skin

Hey pals,

I hope all of you are fine!

People often wonder as to how I possess a clear skin and if I’ve ever had any acne. The answer is yes. I have. However, I do try to maintain my skin when I can. I am not a skin expert but I understand that everyone’s skin type is not the same. I’ve jotted some ways of loving my skin in simple ways. Some of you probably know these already. Happy reading!

  • Keeping hydrated and healthy.

I often tend not to drink as much water as possible but my skin is a good indicator of pointing out that I need to drink enough water. Sometimes, it turns scaly and dry. Drinking water and eating fruits plays a significant role in maintaining your skin.

  • Enough sleep.

You may know that sleep has excellent benefits and one of them is the ability of the skin to renew itself. Sleeping at least for 8 hours is essential. In addition, use a soft pillowcase as this will be more comfortable to your skin. You may also choose to use baby powder or other scented talcum powders and sprinkle it on your pillowcase. It really is kinder to your skin.

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  • Exfoliate once a week.

When I say, exfoliate once a week, I am not always loyal to this step. Although, I enjoy creating my own DIY exfoliators especially during the holidays. So, get creative! (But make sure that the ingredients are safe!)

Exfoliation 1: FOR DRY SKIN

-Take two tablespoons of sugar and mix it with one tablespoon of Honey. (You can also substitute Olive oil for Honey)

-Give it a good mix and massage the scrub all over your face for 2-3 minutes. Rinse.

This scrub softens your skin and rids you of any dead skin cells.

Exfoliation 2 : FOR OILY SKIN

-Take one tablespoon of lemon juice and mix it with two tablespoons of sugar and a few drops of Honey or Olive Oil (or any preferred oil).

-Massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse.

This scrub reduces excess oil production and makes your skin less oily.

  • Moisturising everyday. 

Moisturising your skin proves extremely effective. You can also use a moisturiser, preferably one containing SPF to protect your skin. I use the Simple Moisturiser which is one of the most affordable drugstore moisturisers available. I am also a huge BB cream lover!

Love your skin and it will love you back!

~Alifia xx

Lifestyle · Season · Thoughts · Travel

July in pictures

Hiya Pals!

Undoubtedly, July is my favourite month. I feel like I took initiative in trying numerous new things and visiting new places so I merely wanted to share my outlook through some pictures from last month. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

A visit to Cardiff

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National museum Cardiff (Definitely worth the visit if you adore historical places)

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Art at the Museum

This is also the place where I achieved a greater insight about one of the world’s most famous authors Agatha Christie. I remember playing mystery games about her works such as Agatha Christie End house, Death on the Nile etc when I was younger. However, I later found out that she was, in fact, an author. The museum contains an enormous room dedicated to showcasing her life and her beautiful works.

The city of Bath and University

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70 years to construct!?

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Dessert at Bath Uni residential formal meal (Couldn’t resist the Panna cotta, it looked mesmerizing)

A year older

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Cheeky Nandos

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Ignore the confetti on the cake

Visit to Thorpe Park for the first time!

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Thorpe Park (entrance)

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Stealth ride

Believe it or not, Stealth was the first ride I went on (considering I have never been on a proper roller coaster before). It is 62.5 metres high (205 ft). No idea what I was thinking at the time. I thought I was going to die when I was high up although I enjoyed it nonetheless. What I’ve learnt after riding on several roller coasters : Scream. It helps!

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Thanks for this guys ^^  + the pink cupcakes! (you know who you are)

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I actually enjoyed Derren Brown’s ghost train more than I thought I would. The suspense is the most terrifying yet the exciting part.

UCL Summer School 

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Staying in the heart of London for a week was simply spectacular.

20170802_155413Apparently, this is the lecture room where a scene in the movie Inception was shot. Leonardo Dicaprio came to UCL!? Mind blown.

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West End School of Rock Musical (worth the watch if you ask me).

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Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy UCL

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St. Paul’s Cathedral (I was on a London tour bus when I clicked this picture)

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China Town (Had no idea this town existed until I visited) I would definitely like to visit again.

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Pikachu (It was vraiment cute)

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The architecture in London is simply breath-taking. I mean it (metaphorically and literally)

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The tallest building in London = The Shard

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I thought it was slightly leaning (probably just me)

This is also to all my pals who live outside the UK and love travelling! I hope you have an idea of some of the places in the UK.

~ Alifia

Fashion · Makeup · Season · Thoughts

Petalled Eye

Bonjour pals!

I hope all of you are fine! It’s summer here and I cannot wait for the holidays to begin. I also wanted to mention that I recently finished reading the novel ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. I was not satisfied with the ending. Did anyone feel the same way after reading the novel? I wish to know more about the protagonist but I guess it’s a way of letting the readers imagine the possibilities. I digress.

So, I thought of expressing my admiration for nature through yet another one of my eye looks. This time, it’s flower petals. Let’s start!

  • Start by prepping your eyes as usual. Use a white pencil eyeliner to trace petals at the corner of only one of your eye.

  • Go over it with a blue liquid eyeliner.

  • Fill the petals as well as the eyelid with a white eyeshadow.

  • Then using a black pencil eyeliner, I outlined the petals again so that they can stand out. If you wish, small streaks can be drawn inside the petals to represent a flower of course. You can either keep the eye this way or you can add something else at the corner of your eye. A blue heart sticker.

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  • Then on the eyelid, you can either keep it simple by the application of a white/ silver eyeshadow or you can go for the smoky eye look.
  • Although I also admire simplicity, I thought black eyeshadow could make the eyelid more dramatic. Apply a black eyeshadow and keep on blending.
  • Then, add a silvery eye shadow near the inner front corners of your eye as a transition shade.

 

  • Add the silver eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eye and tidy up any rough edges. The look is complete!

 

Sometimes embrace the mess you are and keep smiling!

~ Alifia xx

Lifestyle

Blogger Recognition Award

Hey pals!

I would initiate this post by thanking Will for nominating me for this award. Thank you buddy! He has a fantastic blog, hence please check it out!

Here are the rules…

-Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
-Write a post to show your award. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

-Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How did I start this blog?

Basically, as I was contemplating life on the 30th of December, inducing a new blog came to my mind. The aim was to express my overflowing thoughts, interests such as bringing my imagination to life through eye looks and so on. Most of all, an atmosphere that thrills me and transforming my pessimistic thoughts at times into positive motivation.

*Advice*

*Don’t be afraid to think out loud (Trust me, it does not mean you are crazy).

I talk to myself for motivation, for boosting my memory, for confirming my thoughts about an aspect, specifically for thinking out loud (Ed Sheeran probably agrees with me too). This blog is a way of keeping myself optimistic (as I tend to be very pessimistic at times).

*Always be grateful.

The expression of your interests or your thoughts is more valuable. The size does not matter, the quality does. Take criticism positively and be thankful (obviously, when within the right bounds).

Additionally, a shoutout to the bloggers:

Morgan

Isobel

Don’t feel obliged to go ahead with the tag if you do not wish to. Having said that, anyone is welcome to do this tag😊

Good night (another eye look coming up soon) xx