The Power Of Turmeric

The power of turmeric has been known for centuries. Turmeric has impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric face masks have been a traditional part of Indian heritage for centuries and are commonly used by brides-to-be. The face mask is known to give the bride a majestic glow on her big day.

Celebrities such as Thandie Newton swear by the power of turmeric calling it her “secret beauty weapon”.

I have tried numerous brands but nothing compares to organic, natural ingredients. I have tried to steer away from using unnecessary chemicals on my skin and thus have looked for natural ways to keep my skin looking radiant.

This turmeric face mask does exactly that and is known to combat wrinkles too. I apply this once a week and it has my skin feeling soft and subtle. Harsh chemicals in shop bought face masks can really dry, as well as irritate the skin. This face mask is a great alternative for sensitive skin.

Tightening + Radiance Face Mask:

Mix 2 teaspoons of gram flour, honey with one 1/4 of a tea spoon of turmeric.

Cooling + Plumping Face Mask:

Mix 2 table spoons of yogurt, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a squeeze of organic honey and a 1/4 of a tea spoon of turmeric.

Apply a thin layer to the entire face and neck. You can also take this mask up to the eye as it will help to eliminate dark circles, just be careful not to apply it too closely. Leave on for approximately 30 minutes and wash off with a wet flannel.

Apply a face moisturiser straight away to lock in all the goodness.  

I hope you enjoy the benefits of this face mask as much as I do. Thank you for reading!

Annie Shah x

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Desk To Dinner

Make your transition from desk to dinner effortlessly sublime. Whether its cocktails with the girls or a dinner date, I have compiled a look which I believe is extremely versatile! Taking you from your 9-5, into the late evening.

Just Swap Your Accessories

Accessories are heaven sent! A killer pair of heels, a gorgeous clutch and some statement jewellery are all things that you can keep in your drawer. A strong dark lip will have you ooze into the starry night. I have so many gorgeous heels but I always reach for these white heels from Zara. Its all in the details, the chrome finish on the tip of the heel allows me to incorporate my chrome jewellery. My clutch is from French Connection and is the perfect size for my phone, my purse and my lipstick of course! The white and red mesh clutch actually inspired me to create this entire outfit.

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White On White

The stunning recent weather has given me the perfect opportunity to showcase white on white. White is such a simple, subtle yet powerful colour and works so harmoniously with a range of colours and tones. My white jeans are from Zara and my white blazer is from Mango. I always find white on white exudes classiness. Be it cocktails or a date, you can rest assured white will have you looking confident and classy!

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Bold Colours

Keeping a bold colour central to the outfit allows you to mix and match your attire. My top is from Zara and again the neck detailing is what drew me to buy it!  A central bold colour can help you to bring in accessories that will complement the colour too. Elegant cuts and formal finishings will mean that struggling to find an outfit to wear to work and dinner will no longer be the case.

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So ladies, its time to say YES to cocktails with the girls and YES to a date with your latest tinder match! Put those drawers under your desk to good use and stack them with ready to wear accessories.

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LASH OUT – TOP 4 MASCARA PICKS

We all swoon over gorgeous long wispy lashes however, the difficulties surrounding false eyelashes mean that most of us reach for a good mascara to create that mini faux lash.

These four mascaras are by far the best mascaras that I have used. They individually and combined create long, wispy and naturally thick looking lashes. Clumpy lashes are definitely not a good look and we want to create the illusion that our lashes are naturally thick and long. Clumps definitely do the opposite.

Firstly, this Dior (Diorshow Iconic Overcurl) is excellent for curling lashes. We all dream of those hassle free mornings and this mascara essentially combines a lash curler and a great mascara. The wand is curved so that you can really lift the lashes from the very root, which helps them stay curled for the entire day. This is the mascara I reach for everyday as it separates, thickens the look of lashes and curls them all at once! I use the shade (090) which is a jet black shade.

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Secondly, this Guerlain Cils D`Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara (01 Noir) is great for natural looking lashes. The wand is particularly good at separating lashes which creates the illusion of more individual lashes. The simplicity of the design means that the product is build-able so, if desired, a more dramatic look can be created with this mascara too.

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Thirdly, if I want to create a dramatic eyelash look, one that mirrors the look of a mini faux lash, I always reach for my L’oreal Volume Million Lashes (shade black). The reason for this is that, this wand has anti-clumping wipers which ensure that you can create a thick lash look ensuring that you have zero clumps. Additionally, with this mascara, only a couple of coats are required to create that wide eyed faux eye lash look.

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Finally, in terms of value for money I would recommend the Kiko Falselashes Concentrate Volume Top Coat Mascara. This mascara is brilliant for lifting lashes as the brush is much larger than those that have previously been mentioned. I find that with this mascara, that I can really volumize my outer corner lashes and the larger brush allows me to lengthen them. The shade is also particularly black with I adore. 

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Workout With Beyoncé

Today is the launch of Queen Beyoncé’s very own ‘athleisure’ line. A co-founder of her brand ‘IVY PARK’, she has teamed up with Topshop honouring us with 200 pieces of sportswear including Ivy Park branded sweat bands, leggings, t-shirts, bralettes and more.

Fitness and fashion is an ever-growing niche and with summer round the corner – ladies its time to hit the gym and work on our summer body goals. The gym is an ever-increasing fashion platform and Beyoncé has recognised the scope of this. Ladies, if we must work out, at least we can work out in style!

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Inspired by her fitness and physique, I have created a wish list of my favourite items (it was hard to narrow it down to eight items as the entire range is gorgeous). The items are both sport and fashion friendly. Mesh and sheer black tones play a huge part in the line and can easily be mixed and matched. The range plays on both body hugging lycra and flattering oversized mesh tee’s. The bomber jackets are very on trend, they incorporate a huge 2016 trend that continues to increase in popularity. These bombers are definitely not simply gym wear, they are statement wear!

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2.  Hexagon Mesh Bomber Jacket by Ivy Park

3.   Logo Mesh Tee by Ivy Park

4.   Mesh Panel Body by Ivy Park

5.   Sheer Mesh Hoodie by Ivy Park

6.   Colour Block Long Sleeve Top by Ivy Park

7.   Reflective Cross-Back Crop by Ivy Park

8.   “I” Low-Rise Capri Leggings by Ivy Park

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Strobing Secrets

Strobing/Highlighting is a 2016 beauty trend that continues to evolve. Highlighting enhances certain features/areas of the face as the glow/shimmer reflects light, giving you a dewy, luminous and youthful glow.

I am a huge fan of highlighting and wanted to share some products that I have been particularly impressed with. Strobing is the new ‘hot topic’ in beauty, but it is important to know where to apply the highlight. Below are a list of areas that will benefit from a little highlight:

– Under the brow bone to define and lift the brow

– On the very top of the cheekbones to help define them

– On the bridge of the nose to slim and lift

– On the inner corner of the eyes to make them appear larger

– Just above the cupids bow to emphasise your pout

It is important to use highlighters that match your skin tone and to invest in a good fan brush when using powders.

I am a fan of both liquid based and powder highlighters. For a more subtle look I opt for a liquid and dab it on with either my fingers (the ring finger is the most gentle, so when dabbing around the eye, I use this finger) or a small beauty blender to ensure I have control and direction as to where I apply it.

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The Sleek Barekissed Illumiantor (Monaco), NYX Born to Glow Illuinator (Sunbeam) & Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Illuminating Liquid Glow (Champagne) are by far my favourite liquid highlighters. The nossles are small, so you can stay in control of how much you want to apply and they blend super evenly into the skin. They are also build-able, so you can opt for a subtle, or a dramatic look.

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If I want a more dramatic highlight I opt for liquid as a base and using my fan brush, I apply a powder highlight on top. When choosing a more dramatic highlight look, try to build the product on little by little to ensure you remain in control of the product. In terms of powder highlighters I would recommend the Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter (Iridescent Gold).

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Gel Cream Shadow works well as a highlighter – I use the colour 05 – Eternal Gold and it lasts all day.

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The Sleek Highlighting Palette – Precious Metals is a quad of three liquid highlighters and one powder highlighter. I prefer the liquid highlighters in this palette as opposed to the powder as they show up more. This palette is a great buy for a combination of tones and the chrome packaging is very pretty too.

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Kylie Jenner $tyle $teals

Kylie Jenner has effortlessly cool style. Inspired by her style and dominant 2016 trends, I have found some dupes in order to recreate her edgy look from www.misstempted.co.uk.

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Kylie is a huge fan of the colour Khaki and boy does she love a bomber jacket. This dupe bomber jacket is almost identical and even has the coral lining! Kylie tends to throw this jacket with a multitude of looks – from a tight bodycon dress and boots, to a more relaxed ripped jeans and heels vibe. That is why it is so versatile because the colour Khaki goes with everything. The bomber jacket has been a 2016 trend, for that on-the-go military/off duty look. A definite must have because of its versatility and a style steal!

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Ripped skinny jeans are an essential, for a Kylie Jenner look – she incorporates them into the majority of her looks. These jeans are an amazing fit and If you are a fan of super super skinny jeans – these are a must have. Black ripped jeans incorporate well with that ‘off duty’ day look but can also be teamed with a glam top to take you into an evening vibe.

The lace up front top is an additional dominant 2016 trend and one of my favourites! The stitched up look was among countless catwalks in Spring 2015 including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy. Kylie wears the lace up trend in both tops and dresses and this dupe will be sure to give you her style (at at a steal).

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This jewellery is the cherry on top to finish off your look. I cannot express how obsessed I am with this ring and bangle. Step into the wild with this incrusted tiger ring, it oozes ferocity. The ring is also adjustable to fit even the smallest fingers.

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If you would like to shop this entire look, head to www.misstempted.co.uk and thank me later.

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These products were sent to me for reviewing purposes, however all opinions are honest and my own.

Guerlain Beauty Favourites

Guerlain is a beauty brand that I have recently fallen in love with.  Below are some of my favourite products at the moment.

1. Terracotta Joli Teint

If you have a olive/caramel skin tone and struggle to find a subtle bronzer – this is the one for you. Not only is it the perfect blend of apricots and browns (to give you an early summer glow) it is also scented! Yes, Scented! Who doesn’t want a scented bronzer? This bronzer is buildable, so you can opt for a subtle, or slightly more contoured look. It also comes in 4 different shades!

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2. Guerlain Eyeliner Pencil

If I could give an award for THE best eyeliner – this would hands down win. I always find it difficult to find super soft eyeliners as my eyes are quite sensitive and tend to water when I apply eyeliner. This eyeliner is so soft and does not irritate the inner eye at all. This eyeliner glides on effortlessly and is so blendable. I found it worked well to smoke out for a smokey eye look too. The black is the eyeliner I use everyday (Jack Black) but for a more subtle look, I opt for the brown(Jackie Brown). The blue is for when I am feeling wild (Katy Navy)!

3. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche

This scent is so refreshing – especially for spring. A blend of rose petals, mandarin and pistachio, this scent if gorgeous!

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4. Guerlain Meteorites Oxygen Care Moisturiser & Radiance Booster

As well as being a super hydrating moisturiser, this is an amazing make up base . It absorbs into the skin really quickly and has a very light feel. I have incorporated this into my daily skin routine and I am loving it.

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