NYC You Stole My Heart. OOTD (Picture Heavy)

Happy Monday! I am sure that is far from the case as many do not like Monday, however the sun is shining bright here in NYC and the weather is warm and probably still will be for the rest of the day. That is a good enough reason to be happy if you ask me. This wonderful labor day weekend I spent time with my family and visited Camdan Plaza in Brooklyn NYC. Honestly when walking around the beautiful park looking at the sights and activities I felt like such a tourist! I am a full on NYC girl yet there are parts of the city that are totally unknown to me. In a way it just tells me that I need to explore more, which I am definitely up for. Any who the park is huge and near the Brooklyn bridge and you can see the Statue of Liberty across the water. It is the perfect place to go to just relax. There are awesome activities to do there as well with your family such as roller blading in the ring (you can rent the skates), biking, Kayaking, and even movie nights! I decided to pull out a cute little outfit together for the day, hope you enjoy and outfit details below! This post is a bit picture heavy as I included some areas of the park and cool street art I saw along the way. Gotta love NYC!

Blouse: Benetton USA

Bottoms: Uniqlo

Shoes: Franco Sarto

Bag: H&M

Nails: Revlon Scented Polishes in Apricot Nectar 

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xo

-Shazia A <3

FREEDOM! OOTD

As summer comes to a close I am rushing to make the best of the bright and light colors. From nails to clothes I am taking this warm weather to create some cute outfits till the colder front comes in. Of course I am more than excited for the fall since it is my favorite fashion and beauty season! For now I am just basking in the sun and sneaking in a last minute tan before going back to school and work and all that adult lifestyle stuff :( Below is my OOTD for today for simply a nice day out and the color I did my nails, enjoy! Oh and excuse my toes haha :) ALSO, I have switched over my Instagram account to itsshaziaa, its new so go follow!

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OOTD 

Top: Hollister

Sweater: Zara

Bottoms: Benetton Jeggings (but fit like jeans, they are perfect!)

Shoes: Franco Sarto

Bag: Forever 21

Arm Candy: Watch- American Apparel

Nails:

Hands: Milani in Spotlight While

Toes: Essie in Bahama Mama

-Stay Positive & don’t forget to follow me on instagram: itsshaziaa

<3 

Sunday Funday: The Fault Within Our Stars Review and Mini Updates!

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Guess whose baaaacckkk?!?!?! Okay once again I apologize for my lengthy absence, I got sick again and my immune system simply sucks. However it is another thing I just have to live with. I noticed a lot of new readers subscribing to my blog so welcome and ALSO thank for all the nominations for awards. Since I am so backed up with so many of them I may do a few as I keep blogging. I really appreciate the nominations and will mention the wonderful bloggers who took the time out to mention me in their blogs in my next post, I promise! Just need to organize a bit :(

OKAY! So even though I have been m.i.a and all I still did my fair share of hauling and gained some wonderful fashion, health and beauty inspiration and I cannot wait for those posts to start rolling out! Today however I decided to take a break from already taking a break hahaha, and share my simple Sunday.

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I started reading The Fault Within Our Stars by John Green a week ago and literally just finished. Hmmm… where do I start? This book became so popular after the movie was released and I wanted to see what the hype was about and it definitely left me with some mixed feelings. For starters if you love books with some sarcasm and that weird kind of love story then read this. I would not say that the story line is over emotional but there are definitely moments that make you really think about life in general and makes you want to appreciate a lot of things. One thing this book is NOT is a sad sad story about cancer. It is about two cancer patients simply trying to live their life with normal feelings and situations. Don’t want to give much away but I do recommend this book!

Below are a few quotes I found insightful and ones that really connected with my life:

“Sometimes is seems the universe wants to be noticed. That’s what I believe. I believe the universe wants to be noticed I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history to tell the universe that it- or my observation of it- is temporary?”

” I kept thinking there were two kinds of adults: There were Peter Van Houten- miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically, doing whatever they had to do to keep walking around.”

“According to Maslow, I was stuck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, of course, utter horeshit? The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”

Also my simple make up of the day: (not the same make up in my selfie)

Face: Physicians Formula CC cream (AMAZING STUFF!-Review next post) Shade Light/Medium

Eyes: Loreal Voluminious Mascara 

Lips: Burts Bees honey lip balm and Revlon lip stain in 001 Honey

Last BUT not least what do you guys think about my haircut (The first picture in the post, the cute selfie haha)? I got it deep conditioned and cut at the salon and absolutely love it. Can’t stop smelling my hair, you know…that after the salon smell…LOVE IT!

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Post very soon ;)

-Shazia A. 

Versatile Blogger Award!!!

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First off I want to apologize for not doing this award sooner! I want to that Christina from A Casual Beauty for nominating me for this award. I know this is long over due but I always need to acknowledge my readers and they make my blogging experience a lot more worth it.  Please check out her blog as she gives great reviews, OOTDS, honest opinions and all things positive! Once again thank you Christina for the nomination, your the best!

Reason for the award, quoted from her blog:

“The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you by your blogger peers, for writing quality posts that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life.”

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:

Display the award certificate.
Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Present 13 deserving bloggers with the award.
Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

I seriously nominate all of you for this award. Since I have been very out of the blogging world and out of touch I have not been able to keep up with many blogs because I have been struggling a bit but I know you all deserve this award too so please take the time to post it on your own pages because your all create passionate writers with a goal<3 Please please please use this award you all deserve it!

Seven Interesting things about myself:

1. Im quiet but I hear everything. (Not creepy I swear, Im very observant I like to see the true side of individuals through their actions)

2. I have a love and hate relationship with chips. I once went 5 years without eating chips. But then now I like potato chips. I don’t know, I’m weird.

3. I love playing around with make up and experimenting looks with others except when I do my own make up I get so simple and shy. I want to be more vibrant!

4. I think cold pizza is acceptable in life.

5. I can drink mango juice for the rest of my life. I’m a true south asian homegirl. Mangos=Life

6. Need for Speed is my favorite video game.

7. At 21 I am still too lazy to go take my drivers test. I can drive but I am lazy. LOL Goodness!

I guess you can say I am soo boring but these are all the interesting things I know about myself.

Stay strong, positive and healthy.

Much Love <3

MAC Mineralized Foundation Review

Hello!!! So I have been missing from my blog but I do have a reason. Unfortunately I have been in the hospital for a month. I have been working hard and just rushing to make everything on time that I really neglected treating my body right. It is something I regret but I hope that my experience can remind others to take small breaks throughout the day, eat right, be patient, tone down the stress and really take care of yourself. I wish nothing but the best for everyone out there but success is nothing without good health, which is what I learned the hard way.

Enough of the sadness though! Today I want to give you lovelies a review on the MAC Mineralized Foundation my boyfriend got me around early February. Since then I have tried it out in cold, warm and regular weather. Sometimes I would layer the foundation, use powder, bronzer and blush. Basically I tried different looks to see how well the foundation holds up. To my surprise I really liked it!

Pros:

-Light

-Good for normal to dry skin

-Lets your skin breath

-Easily Blend able

-Good Coverage

-Many shades available

-Minerals in the formula helps your skin

-Gives you a natural glow

Cons:

-NOT for oily combo skin

-Can Oxidize a bit

-Tad bit pricey ($36 I think)

When I first got this product I was iffy based on the reviews I read on the MAC website but after trying it out this foundation caters better to those who do not have oily combo skin. BUT if you do have that skin type you can still wear this during the fall and winter time or set it with a setting powder. I will most likely buy another foundation for the spring summer which is here, because I WILLL TAN! I look too pale!

Anyway missed you all tons, and now with my in recovery expect a lot more post including outfits and food and see how I just venture into the beauties of life.

Much Love <3

Review/Look Requests/BH Cosmetics Sale

OHHH my goodness! I am so ashamed because I have not blogged. No I have not forgotten about it, life just came at me fast and demanded I grow up within a matter of two weeks. Or maybe life has been warning me a while and I just refused to get with the program! Typical procrastinating me, however I needed to post because I missed blogging and interacting with you all so much!

Okay ENOUGH of my blabbering boring life story, what I wanna know is…what would YOU all love to see me review next? Some of my positive beautiful subscribers have already put in requests (you know who you are, I replied back to your comments:) .) Also I do have a few posts I am working on this week including some awesome awards some of you gorgeous souls nominated me for. However any special questions or requests based on my past posts of hauls I will gladly give you a full review on. Make up look requests are also a possibility. I am here for you all so put in your beauty requests and I will put it on my list :) Simply comment on this post.

Below are links of my most recent haul and looks, you can ask for reviews and feel free to lounge around my blog as well.

Most Recent Beauty Haul

Purple Lips

 (Would you like me to do a make up look with this color?)

Wavy Hair Classic Updo

(If you like the way i wore my hair for this post, I can also do a tutorial on it, let me know!)

FINALLY the sale part! I am subscribed to BH Cosmetics through my email and I saw that they are having a 75% off sale so I wanted to really link you all in. This is in no way sponsored, I just really find this brand to be of good quality and of good affordable price. Here is the link:

BH Cosmetics Spring Fling Sale

Enjoy & Stay positive beauties  <3

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Wipe that Eye Make Up Off…Or Not! CVS vs. Neutrogena

Well hello… ;) Haha setting up the mood for my blog post! Okay on a serious note I wanted to share two eye make up removers. One is a remover I am so very disappointed in and another is one that I am going to stick to from now on. Both are under $10.00 which is great however one does the job and the other does not. Below is the CVS eye make up remover comparing itself to the Loreal remover (regret) and the Neutrogena Oil Free Remover (Love). Before I go on my review, I looked online and saw CVS has two removers out. The one that compares itself to the Loreal Make up remover is the one I am very disappointed with. My mistake was assuming that the formulas were the same. None the less my discovery is your benefit!

CVS Oil Free Make up Remover (Comparing itself to Loreal Remover) $5.79 4 OZ

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This remover smudged my make up all over my eyes, Instead of removing my make up I just ended up looking like a hot mess raccoon, hot nonetheless :) Does not work well with water proof eye make up.  Even after multiple wipes I still had make up left on.

CVS Oil Free Make up Remover (Comparing itself to Neutrogena) $8.49 6.4 OZ

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This is the remover I purchased before that I loved and worked just like the Neutrogena remover and is a tad bit cheaper. I mixed this up with the one above (silly me.) If you want a Neutrogena alternative use THIS ONE. Great for water proof make up too.

Neutrogena Oil Free Make up Remover $9.00 5.5 OZ

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Best to sometimes stick to the original brand. This oil free formula is perfect, does not dry out eye area and removes water proof make up. No raccoon eyes! Also it is cheaper to buy at target. I paid $9 because I needed it ASAP!

Hope this really helps as having the perfect eye make up remover is essential to my beauty routine. I like to come home and remove my make up fast, not struggle for fifteen minutes to get my eye make up off.

Love you all and Happy Sunday <3

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Friday Night: Haulin’ & Readin’ !

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Guess what day it is??? AHHH yess FRIDAY! From my last post I know you all understood I needed the weekend to come BAD. No amount of dramatization can explain how at peace I feel being home, with home cooked meals, being in my PJs and catching up on YouTube videos and some magazines. It is simply awesome, home is where the heart is my loves <3 Anyway I just wanted to show you all a COLLECTIVE drugstore haul. I feel like brands have been blooming out some great products (you’ll see Maybelline mostly in this post, not biased I swear haha) and the sales are so great, that I was more than happy to buy and share with you all. Below are swatches of what I purchased over the month. Some may be repetitive, but hey just trying to be informational. Hope you beautiful awesome darlings enjoy and also have the best Friday of your life. You all work hard so do what you gotta do to shake that stress off. No negative Fridays <3

Maybelline Color Tattoo

Left to Right: Electric Blue, Barely Branded, Pomegranate Punk

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Lip Product Swatches:

Can also see the applied Lipstick Violet Intrigue and Raspberry Rhapsody Elixir gloss here: Click

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Maybelline Concealer:

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My Sad Heart Donut:

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Haha you all know I have a bit of jokes!

Product in haul picture not mentioned: Loreal Advanced Repair VOLUME FILLER Shampoo & Conditioner. I will try this out for two weeks then give you all a review. My hair is lacking volume at the moment so perfect time to try it out. However it smells amazing!

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Photo Chronicle: No Sleep Week

We all have that week period where there is a huge lack of sleep. I have literally been in Zombie mode since Monday and I cannot wait till end of Friday. Then it will be my bed and I sleeping until late afternoon and watching movies! Girl needs a break you know! Anyway below is just some of the highlights of my week, not all of it has to be bad :) Hope you guys enjoy and thank you so much for the positive feed back on my YouTube Video. If you have not already please check it out <3

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Filmed a YouTube Glam Video : Click Here to See More

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Dinner date night with my Boo <3

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 Wearing Rays on the train because obviously I don’t know why LOL

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 Best grilled cheese with sweet potato fries!

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 Had a twinsie Dr Rescue Maybelline Babylips moment with another beauty blogger :)

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 One of my OOTDs all Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch with my lovely daily bracelets

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The LOOK: Classic Glam Love Affair

Darlings!!! LOL I am so diva-ish sometimes, but its okay! So on my last post I asked if you all wanted to see a tutorial on the Classic Glam Love Affair look, and many of you liked the post so here it is! Please be kind as I am trying to fix up my editing skills and getting comfortable in front of the camera. However I know you are all very supportive positive individuals so therefore was more motivated to make this video without being too self conscious. REALLY, hope you all enjoy. Thank you <3

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