Saturday, 15 April 2017

NO7 Foundation review: Essentially Natural, Stay Perfect and Instant Radiance

So recently I have been trying out a few NO7 products after their very catchy adverts reeled me in to their beauty counter at my local boots. NO7 are rand created by Boots themselves and they started off with creating anti-aging creams which proved to be a great success. After this they expanded their expertise to producing make-up and now they have a extensive range of products! They were also one of the first brands to use the skin matching technology to give you the perfect foundation- so when I went into the store they assigned me the shade Deeply Honey
Top to Bottom: Essentially Natural, Stay Perfect and Instant Radiance

Instant radiance 

When I first heard the idea of this foundation I knew instantly that I wanted to try it out, I imagined it would it would give a healthy glow to all the dull areas on my face. So I bought one at my local boots in the shade Deeply Honey. I've used it many times now and I thought the consistency was thinner than most foundations I've tried before but I wouldn't say it was much of a problem, I also noticed that it did look a bit lighter than my other NO7 foundations in the same shade which was expected as it was meant to make me radiant - so far things were looking good. But once I had used it, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, the undertone was quite cool which I felt didn't give it the healthy glow I was looking for and the lightness in the shade just ended up making me look ashy. The coverage was also poor despite its claim to be medium coverage so to get anything close to a satisfying coverage I had to use about two pumps; the finish wasn't a disappointment though, it looked smooth and wasn't dewy. For a price of £12.50 I definitely unfortunately did regret buying this and think there are foundations out there that are cheaper and more effective.

Now this next one called Stay Perfect is meant to be up to 24 hour wear one which is a pretty ambitious claim that I don't think it fulfilled- I wore this to school almost daily and it lasts well for about 6 hours and then not so much after. However the coverage was much better, it's meant to be the same medium coverage as the Instant Radiance but I felt this one did a lot more work on my blemishes. The finished look was very dewy especially if you use a beauty blender but this was easily fixed with a bit of powder, though I wouldn't recommend this to people with oily skin. I used about a pump and the consistency wasn't too thick so it felt quite light on the face. Overall I was impressed with this but I did think that for a price of £14.50 it could have been better and I wouldn't pay that much again.


Essentially Natural

This final one is called Essentially Natural. As the name suggests, this foundation is meant to be only light coverage. This wasn't really enough for me but it was my own fault since I should have known that I definitely preferred heavy coverage foundations. Otherwise, the finish was smooth and it also did blend quite easily so if you're going for a casual, relaxed look this would be perfect and pretty much effortless. At a price of £9.95 this is the cheapest of NO7 foundations and I still unfortunately thought it was too much for what it really gave, the main reasoning is the bare minimum coverage it gave.

So that was it for the foundations, I did get them on a 3 for 2 offer which Boots seem to have running all the time and I also had a £5 off voucher so I did get a pretty large discount! Along with these three foundations I also purchased a couple more NO7 that I will review next time.

Let me know what your thoughts! 


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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Keeping motivated!

So I told you in my last post that I wanted to stay extra motivated this year and to do that I use quotes to pick me up. And today I'd like to share some of those quotes/motivational pictures and hope that it may someday help you!






I hope you found them as useful as I do, many of them can be applied to a number of situations e.g school to relationships. Let me know what you thought and whether or not you have any personal favorites!

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Starting 2017


2017 is finally upon us and we're all more motivated than ever to make this year the year. For me this year is mainly about finishing my a levels and starting university, a test of my independence and maturity! So to get the best possible start I did these three things...

De-clutter your space:

I don’t know about you but I cannot feel fresh until my surroundings look like it first. So my first step was to pick up the post-apocalyptic mess up from my floor and organize it. This consisted of long-lost school books that I had been looking for and also many, many, socks that crave for a spin in the washing machine. 

New years resolutions:

As always I will make a new year’s resolution list. But this time I won’t fill it up with unnecessary crap that would only be on there for the sake of it. I want to keep it to a minimal of 3 resolutions:

  • Read more – Not only to extend my vocabulary but to also broaden my knowledge around all topics.
  • Be more energetic- Firstly I need to stop taking a nap everyday after school. Also I hope that being more energetic will boost my confidence up to a point where I can easily deliver speeches in front of large crowds.
  • Maintain my blog- I want to post at least once every week on my blog and also at least 4 times a week on my Instagram. I find it much easier to keep up with my Instagram but it’s still going to be hard taking so many pictures!

Start and hope to end with a positive mindset:

A positive and happy attitude is key to moving forward I think. Every time I feel a bit disheartened by a failure I have a bunch of quotes I scroll through(and I’ll share them in my next post!). They just help me fuel myself back up again so I can get over whatever had me down.

Let me know how your new year was and if you have any new years resolutions!
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Coconut Lane must haves + A promo code for you!

 Coconut Lane are an online site that incorporate chic and classy to bring you a beautiful range of home ware and fashion accessories. Today I have made you a list of items from their site that I thought were definitely worth it and I've also attached a promo code for you to get a discount, find that at the end of the post!

This A5 notebook is perfect for making quick lists or recording your homework in for school (see my school revision tips here). Coconut Lane do many variations of the A5 notebook but this cute Hawaiian design will only make me want to pull it out of my bag every chance I get and start jotting down my thoughts! By the way, does this remind anyone else of Lilo and Stitch?


You know when you need to leave your house in 5 minutes and you put your phone to charge hoping it will go up from 23% to 100%? Yeah that never happens… but it’s okay because nowadays portable power-banks are the answers to all our problems! Usually power-banks are just plain colored blocks which get really boring really quick but then Coconut Lane jazzed it up and made this one in a unicorn shape. Not only is it the cutest thing ever, but it is also very useful as it provides 100% charge for the iPhone 6s! Check it out here


To accompany your portable phone charger I would recommend this phone case decorated in Pineapples. The hard cover gives your phone the perfect protection from any potential drops and the matte finish makes it look neat! If you don’t like the pineapples then there’s plenty more to choose from, Marble to tie-dye.


Anyone who sleeps with less than one pillow doesn’t sleep right! I love this gold marble splatter cushion cover that’s perfect to accompany your bed while you catch some beauty sleep or to simply bling up your living room sofa. There’s also a black marble version which is just as classy, see more here.


You can check out other products on the Coconut Lane site here, they have a very wide range from laptop covers to socks! Also if you use the code khevana20, you would be entitled to 20% off, there’s a deal not to miss ;)
Let me know what your thoughts were!


All opinions are mine. All pictures are from the Coconut Lane website and I do not claim credit for any of them.

Monday, 29 August 2016

3 states in 4 days: Washington

Ah Washington; The Capital and the residence of the president.

Washington wasn’t what I thought it would be like; it didn’t feel as glam as I thought a Capital city would be like. A lot of the city seemed a bit run down unless you were at the absolute heart of it where the big attractions like Capitol,


The capitol

 The meeting place for the countries legislature and also a tourist attraction because of the architecture and the display of art and history inside. The construction started in 1793 and ended in 1800. If you’re a fan of political history then the newly introduced visitor center is the place for you- there’s plenty of information there about how the government came to be and how it’s run today with details of all the roles within it.

Botanical gardens

After hearing great things about this place I had to pay it a visit. The Botanical Gardens is basically a huge greenhouse that you can walk through; there are different sections to the “greenhouse” such as “tropical plants”, “medicinal plants” and many more. You really don’t need to be in love with nature to enjoy it there, anyone can take advantage of the pretty colors! One thing I was very relieved about was that there were no bugs, no doubt if this was outside the place would be infested with bees and wasps!

National Air and Space museum

The most exciting part of the visit was being able to touch the “Moon Rock” they had on display, even though the sample didn’t feel like it came from out of the world, it was still cool to be able to say you’ve touched a part of the Moon! If you have the slightest interest in Space or Air vehicles, then you should definitely pay this center a visit; They have endless amounts of display’s from the Apollo 11 that went to Moon to some of the world’s first ever planes. Each display has a bundle of information written about it on a plaque next to it so you can take away plenty of information with you!

Science museum and of course the white house! There was a lot of graffiti dotted around which I loved, shame I didn’t get any pictures. But anyway, here are a few must see’s:

White house 

Probably the most popular place to see in Washington; The white house is definitely as large as it looks in any pictures or videos you may have seen and the grass is as green as it gets but from a tourists point of view, that’s all there is to it. I only saw the White house from the back side which is okay because I’ve heard that side is the best for a closer view. The atmosphere was quite calm because the street was pedestrian only and there was plenty of security to straighten out any craziness. 

 That's two states done and dusted and one more left in this series. Read my last post about Things to do in New York here!


P.s. Sorry about the quality of all these pictures, I took them but they weren't intended to be a part of a blog post!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

T.M.LEWIN: Infinity Suit

You know that feeling you get after 8 hours of work where you cannot wait to change out of your clothes and into a fresh set? What a nightmare! Well let me introduce to you T.M.Lewin’s new Infinity suit.

It’s in the name- with this suit you will remain to feel as fresh at the end of the night as you did when you first put the suit on at dawn, infinite times. The suit has an open weave which will absorb water to constantly keep you cool and the crease proof material will leave you worry free for the entire day regardless of whichever activity you partake in!

The suit comes in a Normal and Slim-fit size and in the colours Navy and Charcoal; Pair the suit with one of T.M.Lewin’s Non-Iron shirts and definitely look as good as you feel!

Navy Infinity Suit
The model Chase Armitage is a parkour and free run professional and recent guest at the Cannes Film Festival for his short film ‘Free Inspiration’. Chase was the perfect model for the Infinity suit because who else could do a free run over London to prove its everlasting refreshing capabilities. 

Check out my last collaboration with T.M.Lewin about versatile outfits you can wear to work and after-work!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on: Twitter/Instagram or Snaphcat @allkhev