At Home Keratin Hair Straightening

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So… I achieved a major milestone yesterday by completing my MSc dissertation! Woop woop!

This means I finally have evenings and weekends without my uni work plaguing me – it’s not all over just yet as I need to do the poster still but at least the biggest job is over. It feels strange as I’ve done my MSc part-time over the course of two years and now it is coming to an end!

This does mean I can finally focus on my blogging once again :)

So, I am trying to embrace Cambridge life by cycling to work – on the first day it took me 45 mins, but now after 4 days I have managed to get that down to just over 30 minutes.

I don’t like to spend too much time on my hair, especially in the mornings when I know that I will be cycling to work and it would get messed up on the way to work anyway. So I decided to use a keratin straightening treatment by Keratin Kits:

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The kit cost £30 roughly, plus an extra £10 each for a salt-free shampoo and conditioner. Having spent £50 I expected the results to be amazing.

The kit included everything I needed in there:

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I had to wash my hair first using the clarifying shampoo – this appears to have a high salt content because my hair was literally squeaky clean! After shampooing and rinsing three times, I had to towel dry my hair, and blow dry it as straight as possible.

I find it easier to blow dry someone else’s hair straight than my own – so I did straighten it before moving on to the next step.

I sectioned my hair and applied the keratin creme – It was very stinky and started to sting my eyes – so I put the fan on and opened the window as wide as I could.

After applying the creme, I let it develop for approx. 30 minutes then I had to blow dry my hair straight again.

The final step was to straighten my hair – each section done at least 6 times.

The entire process took 3 hours but my hair was super straight at that point.

I wasn’t allowed to wash it for three days after that – that was frustrating because I don’t like having dirty hair and it seemed to get greasy quickly. Also – the keratin smelled like vanilla whey protein shakes which is I smell I absolutely hate.

Overall I’m happy with the result – every time I wash it, I don’t have to blow dry it straight or straighten it anymore. It does save me a lot of time in the mornings but the only bad thing I will say is that my hair is getting greasy far more quickly than usual.

Hopefully the treatment will last at least a month – I’ve had it for about 10 days now and it is still as good as before.

I would not recommend going swimming with it though as the chlorine in the pool will strip the keratin from your hair.

Next time, I think I will try Japanese Yuko Hair Straightening!

Hope you found this useful!

Love to you all,

CaramelQueeny (Amna)

xoxo

Make Your Lips Look Bigger

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It is very easy to make your lips look bigger without causing any bruising on your lips and mouth – as caused by the Kylie Jenner challenge.

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All you need is a hand full of beauty products: these are not listed in order:

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highlighter – I use mac studio finish concealer and Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Nectar

cream contour stick – I use one by Bobbi brown

contour powder (or bronzer) – I use one by No7 – just make sure it is not orange

lip gloss

lipstick

lip liner

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  1. apply your foundation as normal on moisturised and primed skin
  2. use the cream contour stick just underneath the bottom lip – this will make it look like your bottom lip hangs over more
  3. set this with a contour powder or bronzer
  4. use the cream concealer on the lines of your philtrum (this is the space between your upper lip and nose with the two lines.
  5. gently highlight this area using a fan brush
  6. apply your lip liner – ideally an exact match to the lip stick you will be using – make sure your “over line” the lips i.e. go over the edges of your lips to make them look larger
  7. apply the lipstick, starting with the bottom lip first
  8. use lip gloss – the shinier the better – this will create a reflective surface to make your lips appear larger. Apply extra gloss on the centre of your bottom lip to really accentuate this area.

Ta Da!

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When making my lips look bigger I usually tend to go a little gentler on the rest of my face so I have used soft pink blusher and eye shadow.

I left my hair super flowey and volumey – mainly because it was wayyy too hot for blow drying and straightening.

Hope you found this useful so you can make your lips look bigger without causing any damage to your lips or mouth.

Love to you all,

CaramelQueeny

Amna Qureshi

xoxo

Pink and Silver Glamorous Makeup

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Baking and strobing are some new terms in the makeup world – its a step up from the contour and highlight fad. When you think about it, its just highlighting (strobing) and setting your liquid layer (baking).

Here’s me “baking” my face:

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I don’t know why I look so grumpy here!

I have used Ben Nye banana powder and applied it with a damp beauty blender. I waited a few minutes after applying foundation so that my skin had soaked up the liquid. Using a damp beauty blender to layer on the banana powder meant that the powder was melding into the skin and foundation to create a smooth layer.

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So here’s the completed look – I absolutely adore this colour and was really excited at doing my makeup in the pink-silver shades.

I decided not to wear false lashes because they make my eyes wayyy too tired!

Originally my hair was in an updo – as seen in the above pictures

but then it all went a bit wrong…

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I took a picture from the back and felt like it looked too messy so I ended up having to take it out :(

I don’t ever do updo’s because it is so much harder to do it on yourself so I was very pleased when I actually managed it – until I had to take it out :(

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In the end I had to quickly pin it up on one side which definitely looked a lot less glamorous. I literally just had enough time to put some extensions in to make my hair look fuller. As a tip – it is always a good idea to curl/wave the ends of your hair when the extensions are in so that the ends blend in nicely.

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A selfie with my mum at the end of the evening – she hates putting makeup on – Anytime I do her makeup (like on this night) she always complains that it is too much on her face – I guess she’s just not used to it.

She always ends up blinking or talking or moving in pictures – there was one that ended up looking like she was puckering up! But I won’t include it here!

All in all the event was so much fun with lots of good food – at Spice Village in Ilford.

Would love to know what you think of my makeup here – with the house move this summer I haven’t done very much of it as the makeup and brushes were packed away for a very long time. At some point when I stop being so busy I will film a tutorial for this look!

Wishing you all an awesome summer

Love to you all

Amna Qureshi

aka CaramelQueeny

xoxo

House Move to Cambridge | Summer Holidays

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So it has been an absolute age since I posted anything on this site!

My main excuse for this – which you’ll be aware of if you follow my Instagram (@amna.q) – is that I have moved from the London to Cambridge!

I first came to visit Cambridge around 3 or 4 years ago and fell in love with the people and the place and the pace of life. I guess I knew straight away that one day I would want to move here.

And now the dream has come true! :)

It’s not all groovy though because my family is all in London and I constantly find myself missing them – it’s been three days so far so I’m sure that will wear off with time! I missed my niece’s birthday party which was the day after I moved :(

In these three days I have moved and managed to unpack almost everything – the last few things include my shoes – but I have run out of storage space again which means I will have to take a long hard look at the contents of my wardrobe and think “do I really need to keep this?”

It hasn’t all been about staying in the house and getting everything unpacked though – I have managed to fit in some time of cycling and swimming (I went to the Jesus Green Lido) yesterday which was so perfect in the hot weather!

I have also done a lot of walking! This makes a huge change from the couch potato lifestyle that I had become accustomed to over the past few months. I need to lose weight and become fit and healthy again – it’s a work in progress as of the 30th of July so watch this space…

Anyway, enough rambling – here are some pics that I shot using my Nikon camera which I have had for months but never used until now. Let me know what you think!

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Here  I am in the town centre – it was on the Monday evening a few days before the actual move and I had come to Cambridge to collect the keys to the new house – literally the most exciting thing ever!

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Cambridge has the most beautiful architecture – I think I did an ok job with the photography especially for a first attempt. I wont lie though, I did have the camera on automatic setting!

Even the shops are beautiful…

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I had to wait forever to get an empty street for this pic!

One of my favourite things about Cambridge so far is how green it is…

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Cycling or walking along the river Cam has been my favourite thing to do so far – although it was a bit windy on this day and I managed to get covered in raspberry syrup from my ice cream – luckily I was prepared with wet wipes

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Here’s me again enjoying the greenery… it’s a bit awkward taking a selfie on a camera that you can’t see yourself in – reminds me of the good old days when mobile phones didn’t have cameras on the front.

I have such a massive to do list so I best get on… plus I can finally wear makeup again and do my hair so I am really looking forward to feeling like a girlie girl again.

Would love to hear thoughts about my amateur photography – plus any pointers on how to improve. I have literally never thought about it before but seeing as I have a DSLR camera I feel like I ought to put it to good use!

With the house getting to the point where it is pretty much sorted, I am looking forward to my summer of fun – which will consist of swimming, cycling, walking around and sight seeing, the occasional picnic and anything else that I can cram in!

Love to you all,

Wish you all a very happy summer of fun

CaramelQueeny (Amna)

xoxo

Thought | Living with a Muslim Pakistani

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This is the first time I am reblogging a post – I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I did!

The Misanthropy of MV Blake

Living with a Muslim Pakistani by MV Blake

I sneeze.
“Bless you,” comes the response from the sofa. It’s irritating but I forebear. I’m fairly sure I won’t be.
“Thank you,” I say, the empty gesture useless in the air. Thanks for what? She didn’t even reach for a tissue.

It sometimes amazes me how much I’ve been indoctrinated into religious observance. If something shocks me I often blaspheme:

“For Christ’s sake!” or “Jesus!” Or “God damn it!”

It’s ingrained, and as an ex-Church of England atheist, quite annoying at times, if also not especially in line with correct use of the Lord’s name, which I most definitely speak in vain.

My girlfriend is not an atheist. Far from it.  My other half, the light of my life, is a Muslim Pakistani.  She has been brought up on the teachings of the Quran and celebrates Eid by feeding me to…

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Makeup Haul | Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation | BH Cosmetics | Review | CaramelQueeny

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So I have been a bit a of a busy bee shopping online at the BH Cosmetics store and the Laura Mercier stand at the Liberty mall in London. In this review, I talk about my thoughts on the BH Cosmetics blusher palettes and the new Laura Mercier foundation!

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peach maroon eyes and lips tutorial | CaramelQueeny

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So this video tutorial shows how to recreate the look from my profile picture. It is one of my favourite looks especially because it is so easy to create. Hope you find this video tutorial useful – I had a great time creating this video :)

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