Kiehl’s skincare review

Hey my loves, i’m really excited to share a skin care review of Kiehls using products from their Ultra Facial range as well as concentrates to help battle my dull dry skin. I’ve been cleansing, toning and moisturising regularly for the past 2 weeks and have blown away by the results!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – This cleanser claims, “to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove makeup, without over – drying or stripping skin of its natural oils” Since I’ve been using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for 5 years now, I was reluctant in trying a new cleanser however, overall im really pleased with how smooth hydrated and plump my skin feels. After working the cleanser into my face i either wash it off or use my N0.7 beautiful skin brush for a deep clean (I’ve recently bought this brush, a review will be up on my instagram page very soon!) With the Cleanse and Polish, I could easily use that on my eyes and remove any stubborn liner or glitter, however this isn’t suitable for the eye area which is a bit of a deal breaker and something I have to consider before buying again.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner – I’ve always been used to a light watery toner, this is a little thick but I love how it feels after cleansing, it doubles up the moisture in my skin so its perfect before a concentrate or a moisturiser. I WISH I took before and after shots, im kicking myself. 2 weeks ago my skin had dry patches, it was flaky, it was dull and I had quite a lot of redness under my nose and my cheeks. Now I get compliments saying my skin looks clean, it looks fresh! Im not a skincare expect so im not sure which product caused the dramatic change to my skin, but i’ll 100% be sticking to the cleansing, toning and moisturising products to keep my skin at this level.

Over the past few years ive suffered from a skin picking disorder caused by stress at a time where I was at a low point in life. I didn’t know it was a “thing” until i researched skin picking and eventually controlled my bad habit. Consequently, picking my skin has left scars and ive struggled to diminish them. Towards the end of 2017, my bad habit flared up again and i kept picking my dry skin on my cheek. It left a lot of redness on my cheek and pimples that just wouldn’t go and it became a struggle to cover it with makeup. Again, i wish i took before and after shots as not only has the redness significantly reduced, the tiny pimples have disappeared too in just 2 weeks. My cheek looks absolutely normal as if it hasn’t gone through skin picking and redness! Looking at how healthy my skin looks now, its really motivated me to keep my bad habit under control

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The side of my cheek that is affected – In 2 weeks the redness, annoying pimples and texture has gone down. My cheek feels smooth with just a bit of scarring left that’s easy to just conceal

Ultra Facial Cream – Although my Liz Earle moisturiser keeps my dry skin at bay i wanted something stronger to combat my dry patches and the dry skin on my hands. Using this cream is probably my favourite step, it gives you the most perfect smoothing and moisturising finish to the skin. The cream itself isn’t too thick and heavy but its very smoothing and at the end of this routine my skin is glowing,  its even and it feels amazingly clean

Concentrates – I bought the Midnight recovery concentrate which is very popular as it claims to, ” give you younger looking skin by morning. It regenerates, repairs and replenishes skin for a smoother healthier look” Ive tried a few facial oils etc; and haven’t really noticed much a difference. The Midnight recovery is to be used before moisturising and ideally before bed. I will say that it did help me fall asleep quicker once because it smells so luxurious and dreamy, i like how it sinks into the skin but still leaves a bit of a shine. I suffer from terribly dry skin in the winter so seeing  a shine is a miracle for me. Im not sure about the younger looking skin claim but usually when i wake up, my nose is a bit oily and my skin looks a bit dull. However, with this i notice a slight change. My skin isn’t that dry and its a little smooth. It is really the tiniest change, but i do enjoy applying it and hopefully in time, i’ll notice a bigger difference.

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It’s said that the Midnight recovery works best with the daily reviving concentrate to, “strengthen skin’s defences against daily aggressors to keep skin youthful and radiant looking all day”. I’m all for the radiant skin claim, i use this before moisturising in the day, 2 or 3 times a week and i love the glow it gives. I wouldn’t recommend using every time you cleanse etc; but using this a few times a week will make your skin look energised and healthy!

And that brings us to the end of the review guys, im so glad i found a skincare regime that tackles my problems. I’ll still be using my Liz Earle Cleanser for when i need to remove heavy eye makeup. However, if your looking to switch up your usual routine, i suggest doing some research about your skin first, and you’ll know what your skin needs. Do plenty of research of the new products and even take an hour talking to the staff at the skincare counter if you have to. The more you know, the better products you will buy, and the better results. I’ve also added some changes into my diet for example drinking a lot more water than i used to, eating clean and cutting down on oily foods, which may have contributed to the overall effect. Skincare is only part of the equation, looking after yourself is just as important! Kielhs is a bit on the high end side, but I’ve never had results like this and since my wedding is coming at me fast, I need to be shining! So for me, its worth the price tag.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned. See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

One brand review – Makeup Revolution

Hey my loves, im back with another one brand review, this time reviewing a brand im not too familiar with – Makeup Revolution! Its a brand I like keeping updated with online but always walk past their stand at the drugstore, and not really have any products from. Makeup Revolution has recently been the talk of the beauty world lately with all their new exciting releases, so I thought to give my opinion on some products which caught my eye!

I’ve heard so many positive reviews about eyeshadow palettes from this brand. The Iconic Fever palette is the one that looked the most appealing with all the lovely warm mattes and shimmers!

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Iconic fever palette, (£4, Available from Superdrugs)

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SWATCHES – The swatches of the matte shades were a little disappointing. Swatches from the lighter transitional shades turned out to be patchy whereas the darker shades turned out to be a little richer in pigment. However, the shimmer shades look beautiful  and swatch beautifully too. The shimmers are pigmented and have a grainy buttery feel and the shades look amazing!

APPLICATION – For an easy smokey eye, where I would pat either a dark transition shade or a brown shade on the centre on my lid and blend outwards and use a shimmer shade right in the centre of the lid, the shadows work great. They blend quite well. However, when i tried a cut crease, the matte shadows don’t blend into each other when I layer them for definition for the crease. The shadows are patchy and separate even after blending so for a more creative eyelook, the shadows don’t work that well. I feel this palette is great for an everyday eye with some gorgeous shimmers at such a great price at only £4, but it would at the bottom of my palettes to use for a heavier eyelook.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define in C5 (£4, Available from Superdrug)

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Even while I was away on holiday, I managed to hang onto the online buzz about these concealers! The formula claims to be lightweight with full coverage to cover blemishes, dark circles and even out skin tone with a soft matte finish. I absolutely love and root for drugstore concealers, one of my go to’s is the Maybelline fit me for both concealing, highlighting and contouring. Getting hold of this in store was nearly impossible as it was sold out everywhere, so I got C5 and C15 to contour (which was unfortunately was way too dark for my skintone, and I should really stick to shade matching myself in store, I always mess up online😩). The packaging is sleek, I also love how affordable it is which makes it easier to stock up! The large doe foot applicator makes application so easy and so smooth, perfect for days for when I can use this as foundation. I didn’t notice the concealer settling into my fine lines to where it looks obvious that it has so I was pleased about that. Overall I think its a great product to stock up on, and i’ll definitely by stocking up on C5 as well as lighter shades to highlight with!

Finding the right concealer or the right foundation online can be a bit of pain, especially when like me shade matching online doesn’t always work out. So I’ve found a foundation guide that helps you in shade matching as well comparing over 700 foundations from different brands, so you get the perfect fit for you! Just click on this link for all your foundation needs!

Makeup Revolution HD Pro Powder Contour Light Medium (£8, Available from Superdrug)

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Makeup Revolution offers a whole range of different powder and cream contour palettes, but this one looked it could replace my old but gold Kat Von D shade and light palette. The swatches were disappointing and not as pigmented as I hoped it to be. Its also the same for application, I had to keep dipping my brush into the contour shades multiple times just to get a very light dull looking bronzer and contour. The banana shade at the end performed slightly better than the rest, but overall its a pretty disappointing contour palette and one I wont be using again

Makeup Revolution Dark Brown Brow Pomade ( £6, Available from Superdrug)

I picked up a brow pomade for times when my brows are a little messy and so need something more than a pencil to neaten them up. Im not a big fan of pomade’s but they do an excellent job of getting a “snatched brow” (which is perfect for special occasions, not really my style on a daily basis) For only £6, its a great pomade that does the job, and using my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow brush in 12, I can get great looking brows from a pomade that will last me a good time!

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Makeup Revolution Iconic Matte Nude Lipstick in Inclination (£3, Available from Superdrug)

Last but not least, I grabbed a gorgeous pinky nude from their ranges of lipsticks. Im not a fan of the packaging, the formula is creamy and it has good staying power. For just £3 its a great buy as well as other lip kits, glosses and more lipsticks to stock up on!

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And that is the end to this review guys, im glad that I finally got to try out Makeup Revolution, i was both shocked and suprised thinking where have i been all this time!  Its also made me want to try out more drugstore brands ive never tried so let me in the comments what brand you would like to read a review on!

See you in my next post guys!

Love from Sahibah x

How to have a stress free wedding

This is for the new brides of 2018, the one’s planning their big day in the future, or the curious ladies wanting to know just what  goes on in a bride’s head!
A stress free wedding may seem impossible for a bride who wants a wedding to be perfectly in line with the one she imagines. If ive experienced anything in the past few weeks even, is that its pretty stressful and tough to bring that perfect wedding you want to life. This is coming from a bride who threw a tantrum when she couldnt get the decorated candles she wanted🙃. So i’ve come up with a few tips to help you girls to to make the whole wedding planning experience a pleasant one which in turn will help calm nerves on the big day!

1) Keep a checklist!

Bit obvious i know, but you would be surprised how effective and organised it is keeping a paper checklist on hand when you wedding shop. Phone memo’s just dont cut it😩. For me, writing everything you need to sort out and buy for different occasions, (especially for asian weddings when our pre wedding celebrations last a month) helps me to organise my day too so I don’t overspend or spend time looking at unnecessary  items. Of course wedding shopping is meant to be fun and girly and cute and memorable, but it will be all these things when its a lot more organised and clear for you!

2) Don’t be a perfectionist

As much as it hurts to say this, as I want every tiny little detail to be gleaming and 100%, it takes all the fun out of it! Being a crazy perfectionist spoils the mood and atmosphere of it all so try to relax, allow little mistakes and spontaneity and fun!.  Let go of your inner control freak and let other people for example your partner, family members take hold of the reins and run errands while you take a little break as it becomes a shared experience this way. Also, maybe condense your wedding preparations from the usual 12 months to maybe 5 or 6 months. For me, I have exactly 3 months. It may be a complete tiring whirlwind of 3 months, but as long as your organised and a little relaxed, I feel its a lot more effective than dragging out the preparations in a year.

3) Don’t lose sight

In the midst of all these preparations and keeping up with tradition, its so important to not lose sight of what it is that you are planning. Its no fun planning a wedding to such an extent where you ignore your partner and forget about the meaning of it all and the changes your wedding will bring. Keeping this all in balance will ensure you have a blessed and joyous experience!

4) Relax and allow mistakes!

As mentioned before, its important to relax and not to over think about tiny little details and maybe let things slide. Not major details like the colour and design of your dress or the theme, hell no, but more along the lines of noticing the cupcakes are green instead of light green (trust me, we do actually throw a fit over details like this!). Just laugh it off and let it slide. Don’t worry too much about social media either. For example, I used to overthink about whether I should post on the day, or after or how much should I share being an influencer/blogger. Now I will say, don’t let the smaller details of coloured cupcakes and pictures worry you and take you away from all the emotions and experiences

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Exhibit A of me snorting, choking on food and giving a devilish smile on my engagement. Lord knows the faces I’ll make on my wedding😩😂

All of your efforts will come together beautifully, so let funny pictures of yourself snorting, stuffing yourself with food slide and relax, take it all in and live in the moment!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah xx

Reviewing the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray

Heyyy my loves! It’s BEEN A WHILE since I’ve blogged and reviewed a product for you guys! Your girl drowned in assignments, she got engaged, she went through a whole bunch of things but i’m glad to be back here and doing what I love. I hope you guys like the new look of the website and I cant wait to bring out more content! So without further ado, let’s get into the review!

The Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial spray as well as other skincare products under Mario Badescu have been all over social media for as long as I can remember. This facial spray however has been under the public eye the most and so I thought to buy it and see whether it will make a difference to my skin. Skincare is really really important to me and is something that needs to be spot on for me to be comfortable and confident when wearing makeup. I like my skincare to be natural, organic and to give me fast results without being harsh or drying to my skin. I have combination skin, however in the winter it tends to be overall more on the dry side, Hence, I like to use oils and moisturisers and hydrating products.

WHAT IT CLAIMS

A refreshing, hydrating mist for all skin types. Created with a blend of fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater, it lightly refreshes skin whilst boosting hydration and relieving dehydrated, tight complexions.” (Description from Beauty bay)

WHAT IT DOES

I’ve got to be honest, I had to do some research to see what its actually used for, or even when you should use it. From a quick search from other bloggers, you could use this after moisturiser, as a setting spray, or as a hair mist, it was just unclear as to how it would work for me and that’s frustrating. I first tried it out a setting spray, spritzing it on my face like how I would normally use a spray when I’ve finished my makeup. It didn’t work. After a few spritzes, it felt heavy on my face and if I hadn’t have blended it in it would have sat on top of my makeup. So for me, it was terrible as a setting spray.

I then used it in my night time skin care routine, just after moisturising, spritzing it on my face and patting it in with my hands, to see if it would help in hydrating my skin. I noticed a slight difference with my skin feeling a lot smoother as ive just toned it and slightly firmer in some areas for example my cheeks and forehead. I would have liked to see my skin looking refreshed as it claims and feeling hydrated but unfortunately it didnt.

Overall its a nice product, but not a product that i couldnt live without as it just doesnt make the difference that i want it to make. I got my 30ml bottle for under £10 from Harvey Nichols, its an inexpensive product that you could easily try and test out in different ways but overall, its just a “meh” facial spray for me!

Let me know your thoughts about the facial spray in the comments below, or any other products you’ve tried in the Mario Badescu range, i’d love to know!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

 


 

My Vanity Femme Seminar experience

Hey my loves, I finally get to talk about my makeup seminar experience with the popular beauty blogger on Instagram, Vanity Femme. In no way is this a hate post or a post about me complaining, its rather an expression and a story of how disappointed and let down I felt and how I still feel for putting my trust and admiration into someone online

Why I went to the seminar

To give you guys an idea of why I reacted so deeply about this situation im going to be talking about why I went. The tickets went live on her instagram page late summer last year and it was around this time where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in beauty. I knew I had the passion, the willingness to learn but I just didn’t how to get started. I was thinking of setting up a beauty page with reviews as I thought a blog would be complicated (lol @ at how naïve I was) but I was still skeptical and scared of taking the plunge. I didn’t really have much contact with influencer’s/makeup artists/ or bloggers who could give me tips in starting out so Mariyah (Vanity Femme) offering an intimate class giving her advice on how she got started was just perfect for me. I also had the intention of observing and networking with the other students, finding out how they started, the challenges they faced and where they want to be at in the future. So the intention wasn’t to learn about makeup, it was to network, meet new people talk about their experiences in a massive industry that I was so scared to step into, and of course meet Mariyah herself. An influencer I admired so much. I didn’t care much about the “controversies” and stories she was involved in, i just looked up to her as a woman, an influencer and a business woman and i think she’s absolutely stunning

The event itself

Looking back i would give the event a 6/10. The content and technique’s she taught was information i knew already but it was a great experience seeing makeup applied in front of you and seeing the transformation without the lighting or super speed that im so used to seeing on online. I immediately warmed up to her I thought she was lovely and answered every weird question i had because i wanted to absorb as much information as i could.

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So you’re probably wondering what’s the problem. The goody bag was the problem. All students were promised her collection of glow dusts and her eyelashes. On the day of the event we took home the glow dusts because the eyelashes were low in stock, so she said we’ll be getting the lashes in a week’s time.

2 weeks later. No lashes. 2 months later. No lashes. Last December after waiting endlessly for her to reply to my emails, i commented, “if anyone attended the Birmingham seminar please DM me” under her picture on Instagram, as i thought maybe it’s just me she has trouble sending the products out to. I then got blocked. As someone who has never got blocked by someone my naïve little mind thought she deleted her page. But it quickly came apparent that she saw my comment and blocked me. I cant express how let down and hurt i felt by someone i admired and even loved so much that she cut me off so abruptly without thinking how i would feel. And that’s where major influencer’s get it wrong. Maybe they don’t realise that their vast number of followers on their page are actually people with feelings and maybe they have a bigger impact on people than they realise.

I gave up after that. I was still really hurt, not over the lashes but over how the first beauty influencer i met, the first makeup artist i met, the first look i had into this industry resulted in such a hurtful negative experience. I deleted my instagram soon after because it made me feel so low and i thought what’s the point of coming into this industry if i get treated like this? Also her customer service team is appalling, i don’t understand how you could ignore so many emails when that is your only job to do. It baffles me.

Fast forward to summer this year, Mariyah herself sent an email out to her students…

 

 

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To be honest, i was quite glad that she was resolving the issue by logging into her email 7 months later and reading all of our emails, some of which called her a scammer. It was good that she acknowledged that her customer service team is actually awful by not communicating with the brand owner and sending out pretty basic certificates using the Word page design template we all used in primary school. However, reading that i became a little hopeful again.

Its December, and the lashes are nowhere to be seen and probably wont be. Some of her attendees from her other seminar’s  that took place earlier than the one in Birmingham have the same problem with the same product’s, and we’ve all pretty much given up at this point. I called her a shitty businesswoman in one of my emails and i stand by that 100%

If i was in her place, a brand owner and influencer. Firstly i would have an awareness or a sort of appreciation of who follows me and understand my impact upon my audience. Then i would fire the customer service team and handle all that myself and make sure everyone’s satisfied. I also wouldn’t have lied and led my students on month after month and just be honest and say. “im sorry but its not possible for me to give you the lashes, but here’s how im going to make up for it for making you wait all this time”. I would’ve created some sort of buy one lash get the other half price or for free, or a discount code just for the student’s who attended. Lying and deceiving your students, some of which may be loyal supporters is not the way to do business and i hope she learns that from this experience.

If you guys are wanting to attend a makeup seminar, i wouldn’t recommend going to a Vanity Femme one if she decides to hold any in the future, simply because its unreliable and straight up unprofessional.  I would recommend attending a seminar from someone the likes of @makeupbymario who is having his Masterclass in London next April. @soniaxfyza held an small seminar in November and so many celebrity makeup artists hold seminar’s across the UK so i would definitely keep an eye out and attend!

To wrap up this post, I don’t hate Mariyah, i just don’t agree with how she runs her business and i think she could have made this into a more positive experience if she just put some effort in. Although she has blocked me, i still view her profile from my sister’s phone, watch her YouTube tutorials and even have screenshots of her makeup because i still admire her skill and style. Overall, it was a lesson to perhaps not to put my trust into people so quickly, and that not every influencer treats their followers the same, as through this blogging journey I’ve met the most beautiful, good hearted sincere souls!

Hope you enjoyed reading this experience, see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

 

 

Fall Queen makeup look 

Serving you some dark sultry neon vibes with this fun photo shoot I arranged with my friends to get myself experimenting with different colours and create a simple striking look!

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I absolutely loved how this look came together, it turned out better than I imagined and I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive model and the photographer Sophie, who is a talented content creater for business marketing and media, including photography, videography and blogging. If you are looking to enhance your social media or website with new engaging content get in touch with her because she was a real pleasure to work with🙌 I’ll link her website here if you want to get in touch! 

Product Details

FACE

Urban decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 4.0

Maybelline age rewind concealer in medium

Urban Decay Naked skin concealer in light

La Girl pro concealer in Fawn to contour

Kat Von D shade and light contour palette to set the cream highlight and contour

Mac strobe cream

Mac cosmetics highlighter in Whisper of Gilt

Vanity Femme Glow Dust in Crushed Pearls

Mac Melba Blush

EYES

Benefit Ka – Brow in the shade 2

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism eyeshadow palette using the shades Lure and Parallel for the cut crease and Sphere for the vibrant neon yellow pop of colour that complimented the model’s deep blue eyes!.

Eyelure 141 lashes

LIPS

Ofra liquid lipstick in Hypno for the sultry vampy lip

I wanted to keep the eyelook very simple, keeping Sphere as the emphasis to tie in and compliment a dark lip creating some real creative fall vibes and I hope you guys enjoyed the look. I’ll be creating some fun festive looks in collaboration with Sophie soon so stay tuned!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

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Laura Mercier Flawless fusion foundation review

Hey my loves! Its been a while since i’ve done a product review and i thought what better product could there be than the new Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation that ive had my eyes on for quite some time. Ive seen many influencers put the “15 hour wear claim” to test and it looks very promising.

If you guys didnt know already, over the summer i put a stop to foundation. Mostly because due to breakouts and the feeling of foundation on a hot summer’s day was enough to embrace my bare face. I’ve really been loving the skipping out foundation routine, so the foundation has to be pretty phenomenal to persuade me to start wearing it again!

This foundation claims to provide ” all the wear, all the coverage, without the weight”. It’s high performance wear thats ” sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant” with a weightless texture that feels like “second skin”. When i came across this i felt like it fit the description of what i need. A second skin feeling so i wouldnt feel weird wearing foundation again but giving me enough full coverage.

My shade

I brought home two testers, one was in the shade Buff and the other Macadamia. After trying buff (the darker shade), it matched perfectly with my forehead but in different lighting it was too dark for the rest of my face. Macademia looked too light when swatched on to the skin however when blended in and after highlighting and contouring it balanced in nicely. So I went ahead and bought Macademia to test how I feel about it, whether it does really feel like second skin and if it lives up to the long lasting claim!

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• At 7am i applied the foundation using my all time favourite Morphe M439 and using a beauty blender after. I set my under eye concealer, nose, the area under my nose my forehead and smile lines which are the places i tend to get oily throughout the day. I finished off using my Nyx dewy setting spray

• Throughout the day i felt like i could touch my skin without my skin feeling tacky or any foundation rubbing off and it felt like an invisible smooth layer. It also covered up the redness around my cheeks and nose very well and didnt budge

• I did notice my nose getting oily even after setting with powder but the rest of the face was perfectly intact. 10 hours in and i didnt feel like i needed to take my makeup off. A childish word yes but my skin didnt feel “icky” (thats the only word to describe it😂)

• At the end of the day about 9pm so thats  14 hours of wear i noticed the foundation seperated on my nose and i could see skin peeking through but honestly it wasnt a big deal for me. I was still happy about how it kept my oiliness at bay and how it felt so lightweight! I would never wear foundation for more than 14 hours anyway but i was still pleased with how it held up🙌

Final Verdict

Overall, i think this foundation lives up to its claims and its made me excited to wear foundation again. I didnt feel as if there was a heavy layer on that would transfer everywhere and it was super lightweight. I cant emphasise it enough!. It looked and even felt like soft even supple skin! I think its a great buy and would definitely recommend to grab a couple of samples, see how the shade looks like in natural light, in low light or sun light and give this foundation a go! It might just become a staple in your collection❤

Do let me know if you have any further questions and i shall see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x