ASOS Autumn/Winter Wishlist!

I’m a HUGE ASOS fan, and seem to check the site for new items every day at the moment. I’ve found a few pieces that I’ve totally fallen in love with, so thought it was time for a bit of an ‘ASOS Wishlist’ post! Plus, these pieces are all currently 25% off in the ASOS Winter Wins promotion! Essentially, I’m looking for you guys to be massive enablers and tell me I totally need these pieces, haha!

Let’s start with shoes…

ASOS Autumn Winter Shoes Wishlist

ASOS EMPEROR Chelsea Ankle Boots

ASOS AGONY Leather Ankle Shoe Boots

I’m totally obsessed with the 90s checkered style of the Emperor boots, and adore the spikes and studs on the Agony ones. I know I’d get so much wear out of both pairs but when I look at my shoe collection I just can’t justify another pair! Our apartment couldn’t take the weight of a shoe shopping spree right now ;)

And on to clothes!

ASOS Clothing Autumn Winter Wishlist

ASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans in Smoked Black Acid Wash

ASOS Abstract Bodycon Dress in Animal Print

River Island Removable Faux Fur Front Parka

As many of you will know, I’m totally obsessed with animal print, so couldn’t resist including this awesome bodycon dress in my wishlist! I also love dark coloured clothing, so the acid wash jeans were a natural choice – I’m definitely due some new jeans, so these may well make it into my basket before long! The faux fur parka from River Island is simply beautiful, don’t you agree?

Which items from ASOS are you lusting after at the moment?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

How To Start (And Finish!) Your Christmas Shopping Early

Dare I mention the ‘C’ word on my blog when it’s technically still October? Considering I’ve already started my *whispers* Christmas shopping, I think it would be a bit hypocritical to scoff at the mention of it at this stage! Each and every year, without fail, I end up running around like a headless chicken on Christmas Eve trying to get those final last presents for people, and I decided that this year I will break that cycle. I am being organised, and no one can stop me!

Chyaz Tiz Christmas Jumpers

Even the thought of Christmas shopping can feel daunting, so I’ve put together some of my tips for starting – and finishing – your Christmas shopping early. I’m not talking about just going on one huge shopping trip and buying whatever looks alright either – I really believe in finding the perfect gifts for people, not just getting caught up in the Christmas ‘deals’ (which are often not deals at all!). Here we go!

  • Lists! They’re your best friend when it comes to being organised. Note down the names of everyone you’re intending to buy presents for and keep it handy for jotting down ideas. You could even keep a secondary list on your phone for thoughts you have whilst out and about (can you tell I love lists?)
  • Keep an ear out. There’s no denying that it’s the time of year when people tend to drop hints, so keep your ears open for any that come your way. Even if your family and friends aren’t giving out hints, they may mention things in passing that make great gift ideas – be on the ball and it will pay off!
  • Get your online orders in early. There’s nothing worse than sitting, waiting for the post and realising your items aren’t going to arrive in time for Christmas. The trick is to start seeking out a variety of different sites – ask on social media for recommendations and start browsing in plenty of time. You won’t end up stress-buying gifts that just aren’t quite right!
  • Don’t be pulled in by gimmicks. Things like Christmas markets are exciting, but don’t always offer the best gift buying options. Don’t get me wrong, some of the pieces on offer are awesome, but planning to leave all of your shopping until you visit a city market could be a mistake. Plus, the markets are often SO incredibly busy that it’s virtually impossible to have a big shopping spree. However, I do have to applaud some of the independent, handmade stalls found at the Christmas markets – they have some awesome gifts available!
  • Buy your wrapping paper early, too. I find that it prompts me to get a move on with my shopping, as I know I have the means to get things wrapped and hidden away as soon as they arrive in the post, or I bring them home from a shopping trip.

I’m always interested to hear other people’s Christmas shopping tactics, so please do leave me a comment below letting me know what you’re doing this year!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Review: Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Stick Lipsticks

Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Stick Lipstick review

Before I went to Hong Kong, I expected to do quite a bit of shopping – as it turned out, we were so busy having adventures and travelling around the awesome sights Hong Kong has on offer that we barely shopped at all. I did, however, pop into a store called ColourMix to pick up some pieces from Korean cosmetics line Lioele. My sister is a huge fan of their BB Cream, and after buying  couple for her my attention turned to these little lipsticks – the Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Sticks!

I purchased two shades as they were on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer. The shades I got were Milky Pink and Blossom Red – let’s take a closer look at each one, starting with the latter!

Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Stick Lipstick Blossom Red

I’m a massive fan of red lipsticks, and tend to go for the boldest shade possible. This was a little different for me, as I’m not usually a lover of sheer lip colours. However, the reason these products are more sheer is because their middle (hence the donut name!) is actually a lip balm, making them super moisturising and, naturally, more of a gloss than a lipstick. I have super dry lips so was immediately attracted to these beauties from Lioele – I would wear Blossom Red with dark smokey eyes and fuller coverage foundation, and although it’s not quite the shade I’d usually go for it’s growing on me. It really does offer wonderful hydration, and would look great as part of a full look.

Lioele Essential Donut Glo-Stick Lipstick Milky Pink

Now for Milky Pink! Granted, the name sounds a bit odd, but once you see the shade it makes more sense. It’s certainly a pink, but a washed-out looking one – don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that negatively. I actually love this shade, and it’s my clear favourite of the two. On the lips there are some more peachy shades to the colour, and again it is super moisturising and has a gorgeous glossy finish. This is a shade I could easily wear with something like cat eye eyeliner, or even just a slick of mascara. It’s the kind of thing I’d wear on a daily basis, to give my lips a little splash of colour whilst stopping them from drying out (I swear my lips actually hate me in the winter).

All in all, I am really glad I picked these up on my trip. I wish Lioele cosmetics were readily available in the UK, but alas they’re tricky to find. One of the best places is Amazon, and if you’re careful you might also be able to find genuine products on eBay too!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Medusa Halloween Make Up Tutorial

Halloween Medusa Make Up tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner (yippee!) and it’s definitely time to start costume planning. The Medusa look is an amazing choice, not only because it’s relatively easy to achieve but because it’s something a little different from the hundreds of zombie, witch and red devil looks you’re bound to stumble across. Luckily for you (if you’re planning a Medusa look, of course!) I’ve provided a helping hand with this do-able make up tutorial!

All of the products I used are available from Tesco Direct, or in Tesco stores. Perfect for picking up when you’re doing your weekly shop!

One thing I loved about creating this look is that it’s the kind of thing you could create with minimal stress and hassle. There’s nothing worse than getting all dressed up for Halloween, sitting down to do your make up and getting totally flustered as it’s just too tricky. My Medusa look uses simple and straightforward techniques to create effective results – I actually think the finished look is quite pretty!

It’s always much easier to watch a make up tutorial than to explain it in writing (which is why I’ve included the video link above!) but I wanted to share a couple of extra bonus tips in this post!

  • Get as creative as you like with the fishnet technique. I used it to create an asymmetrical look on either side of my face, but think it would also work wonderfully to put a spooky twist on emphasising the cheekbones (as I did on one side), or making an awesome pattern on the forehead. Play around and find which look you love most!
  • Don’t give up on the false lashes. I know falsies can be tricky to apply, but they totally make a dramatic look pop. Spend some time before the night of your Halloween outing practising getting them just right, and I promise it will be worth it!
  • Don’t forget to top up your lip make up. When you’re out and about for Halloween, sipping drinks inevitably leads to your lip make up fading. When it’s a bold colour like black, this is super noticeable so be sure to keep your products handy for those little top ups.

What/who are you dressing up as this Halloween? I’d love to know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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Chyaz’s Leg Shaving Tips!

Leg shaving tips advice

Whilst I was away on holiday, a few videos went live on my channel – one of those was packed full of top tips for getting silky, smooth legs whilst shaving! Granted, not that many people have asked me outright, “Chyaz, how do I shave my legs properly?” but that’s the thing – people don’t tend to talk about body hair all that much. I wanted to help break that cycle by offering up some advice and talking through some of my own techniques!

When it comes to shaving my legs, I like to keep things pretty simple. There are literally hundreds of products available designed to help you with the task, but I’ve often found that they’re not totally necessary. Here are some of my tips for gorgeously soft, smooth pins:

  • Pick the right razor for you. I’m sometimes wary of the phrase “you get what you pay for”, but when it comes to razors it’s totally true. I like to minimise waste, and get a lovely close shave, by using the Gillette Venus Embrace razor and the matching refills. I’ve had the same body of the razor for around 5 years and it’s in brilliant condition, so it’s totally worth the investment!
  • Use conditioner as shaving lotion! I picked up this tip from an online beauty article (I can’t for the life of me remember which one!) and it’s been amazing. Instead of spending money on sometimes expensive foams and creams, make use of that conditioner that just didn’t really work on your hair (we all have one lying around somewhere!). I use the KeraStraight Conditioner I was given after my straightening treatment with the brand.
  • Rinse your razor after every stroke. It’s so easy to get lazy or forgetful and just keep shaving away without thinking of all the little hairs that are clogging up your razor, meaning your shave is less effective and your blade seems to last a shorter time. I keep a very light trickle of water running if I shave whilst in the shower – if you’re in the bath, it’s even easier to rinse your blade!
  • Pay extra attention to those tricky areas. I find the top of my shin, my knees and my ankles are really awkward places, and I always end up with rogue hairs left behind. If I spend just a couple of minutes going over those areas again with careful strokes, I really notice the difference – apply light pressure with your razor and don’t pull too hard. You’ll have smooth-all-over legs in no time!
  • Apply the right body lotion. If you have super dry skin, choose a moisturiser accordingly – I do, and know something like the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Cream is great for me. It’s actually a great time of year to look for deals on things like body moisturisers, as loads of Christmas gift sets are appearing and there are deals to be found.

I’d love to hear your leg shaving tips too! Feel free to share them in the comments.

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox