Favorites | September 2017

This may look incredibly unappetising to some but this is literally heaven on a banana leaf.  My whole childhood consisted of eating off of banana leaves and taking these separate dishes and have them become a massive one.

Hair: Ouai Rose Body and Hair Oil 

This has been part of my daily routine for over a few months now.  Not only does the scent perfectly emulate a rose garden, but the oil works on the toughest, driest skin turning it into a baby's bottom. I love to use this on dry areas of my body.  In addition, it's wonderful to use in my hair and has provided more strength, scent, and reduced frizziness.  I use about one to four pumps on a daily basis and have barely made a dent considering I received this product back in mid June 2017.  Though the price tag is hefty, it is long lasting so your dollar stretches.  It will easily become a staple product in your skin or hair routine.  One downside to the product is not the actual oil itself, rather it is the packaging.  Perhaps I had gotten a faulty bottle but I find that the lid does not screw in properly; causing leakage.  This is something to be mindful of. 

Face: Pur-Lisse: Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoiliant 

This mask feels glorious on the skin.  I'm usually quite sketchy about masks as I feel they don't live up to the hype (other than the Charlotte Tilbury Dry Mask which will remain an all time favorite).  I usually prefer charcoal based face washes or masks but this one provided my skin with a glorious glow.  However, I do not feel that it is significantly 'exfoliating' as it claims to be in the name.  It is a luxurious product that is fun to use on a spa-day treatment for yourself or before an important event.  Nonetheless, I do still believe you should exfoiliate prior to its use with a brush or a appropriate face wash as the granules seem quite fine in this product. 

Lips: #GRLPWR The Beauty Crop Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

I usually shy away from nudes because they wash me out compared to compliment my skin. Nevertheless, this liquid lipstick was a trooper and sustains all forms of weathering and contact bar eating.  It is perfect for darker skin-toned individuals looking to branch out of their usual dark lipstick collection (i.e. me).  It's perfect for formal wear as well as everyday.  A detailed review of this product will be provided after this one and linked here. 

Drink: Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

I'd say I'm ashamed, but I am far from.  Pumpkin spice lattes are heavenly.  I'm one that loves anything pumpkin flavoured: pumpkin spiced cookies, lattes, cake, pies, and my mom makes a mean pumpkin curry.  Pumpkin mixed with cinnamon is a beautiful concoction so of course,  I am a massive fan pumpkin spiced lattes.  This isn't me jumping on the band wagon, this is me continuing my long love affair with the orange vegetable.  It does help that orange is also my favourite color.  If you haven't tried this drink out, for fear of appearing 'basic', come out of your comfort zone and give it a go.  It most likely will fail to disappoint you.

Shoes: Adidas Burgundy gazelles.

Only in the last year or so have I become a huge lover of gazelles.  It all began with a baby pink one, and then a navy and now burgundy.  These were one of the many thoughtful presents I received and it brings me immense joy to have them on my feet.  The color is stunning and goes with pretty much any laid back look.  I prefer to pair them with light jeans when I want emphasis on the shoes or dark jeans for a more blended, subtle appeal.  

Exam tips for University!

School is a blessing that feels like a curse.  To have an education is what millions of people fight for on a daily basis which sadly many of us take for granted. Me included.  On the contrary, I wanted to spread some joy and hope for people who may feel they're struggling in school or need a little bit of guidance or inspiration.

A little background.  I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Medicine and am now studying an MPh in Global Health at an elite university.  Growing up, I was never the smartest person in the room.  I wasn't naturally clever or gifted in what felt like any subject.  I was lazy, lacked motivation, and had to slay over my textbooks in order to achieve average grades or marks.  It was a constant game of 'catch up' with my fellow classmates though I was putting in hours of work everyday after school.  I've slacked immensely due to hopelessness.  I was doing the work but achieving nothing.  Overcommitment and under delivering.

Now, 20 odd years later, I have finally solidified the best way to study for me.  Yes it took far too long but better late than never right?

Here is the step by step process in how I prepare and study for my upcoming exams.

1. Read the syllabus.  It is critical that you are aware of what to expect when you show up for lectures.  Make a list of all the topics on a piece of paper for each subject or module that you are taking.  Have four columns labelled: Lecture/Topic number, Lecture/Topic title, Notes, and Revised. This will allow you to know how many topics or lectures there are that need to be tackled and the title or what the lecture will outline.  The 'notes column' can be ticked as you finish producing notes for the relevant topic or lecture and once exam time comes around, you can tick off whether or not you have revised said topic.  This method allows you to visually track whether or not you have tackled and made notes for each topic and how much there is to study.

2. Make or begin notes for your lecture ON THE DAY.  I couldn't stress this enough.  You do not want to be frantically making notes with your exams looming around the corner.  This will just cause added unnecessary stress.  It is must better for you to make all of your notes on the day of your lecture. This will aid in consolidating your understanding of the topic so you can go into the next one more confident in the material.  If possible, it may help in making lecture notes before your lecture so it can act as a revision class.  Some teachers may not make notes accessible online until after class so this may not be probable for most.  In addition, by making it a habit of doing your notes on the day of the lecture, the material will feel a lot less foreign to you when it comes to revision.

3. Have notes in the format of your examination.  If your exam is multiple choice, then bullet point notes would be most preferred.  My mid terms and end of year examinations consisted of multiple choice in my first and second year of my BSc.  The rest of my exams were essay based.  For essays, have your notes in an essay format.  This will allow you to produce a mind-map quickly in the exam and easily write down everything you know that is relevant to the question at hand.

4. Do the past papers.  Past papers not only test your understanding or knowledge on a subject, but are great insights in terms of exam format or detecting possible patterns.  For example, in my first year, I found that a lot of essay questions were recycled.  Therefore, I made sample essays of all the questions and emailed them to my lecturers to get marked.  A majority of them replied with advice on how I can attain the highest marks if that essay were to come up.  If you are struggling with time, then instead of doing a full blown essay, you can make mind maps of past paper questions.  For technical subjects such as mathematics, it is helpful to look at past papers to identify the method or apply your knowledge under different circumstances.  Remember: past papers are made accessible for a reason.  Lecturers want you to do well.  How well you do in their class is a direct reflection on how good they are as a teacher so of course they are ready to help you 9 times out of 10.

5. When revising: teach, write, or talk out loud.  It is so vital to be active in your revision.  Passive studying is reading over the same text multiple times.  This will not help you achieve top marks. Active revision will allow it to stick in your brain for longer.  After reading a set of notes or a passage, either try to write it down from memory or say it out loud if you're lacking time.  In addition, teach the topic to someone or simply yourself in the mirror.  Personally, I align all my stuffed animals and talk to them about intense metabolic processes.  I couldn't have gotten through my bachelors without my teddy bears.  Active learning will allow you to know exactly which areas are your strengths and weaknesses.

6. Don't just revise the easy stuff.  I know it's tempting to boost our confidence by becoming experts in topics that are like second nature to us.  However, that will not allow us to reel in the best grades. It is important to allocate a large amount of time to subjects that tend to blow over our heads.  For me, it was biochemistry.  I struggled to remember processes, enzymatic reactions, and other fancy shmancy things.  However, because I knew this was my weakness, I put forth more effort in this module and managed to come out with a first class mark (grade A) after my exam and was in the top 5 of my year. This boosted my confidence to wicked heights.  It's always a great feeling to master what you initially felt was a huge difficulty.  As I've mentioned before, the fences of your mind are your greatest obstacles.

7. Leave yourself at least 4-5 days to study per subject.  Using these tips so far, nothing in your exam will be 'new material'.  You would've glossed over the topics at least once whilst making notes. Therefore, I found that having at least 4 full days to study before an exam is more than enough to allow you to do well and achieve top marks.  You would not need to pull any all nighters though late nights and early mornings may be a given.

8. Revise each individual topic of a subject at least 3 times.  Three always seemed to be the magic number.  The day before my exam, I would read through all of my notes and material at least three times.  This allowed me to remember minute details that could easily slip someone's mind. I also tend to sleep easier at night knowing I've covered everything necessary.  On the day of the exam, I designate enough time to be able to read through all of my material, or at least the topics that I found difficult, at least once.

9. Tackle at least 75% of the subject.  If you're struggling with time, try to learn at least 75% of that module to the best of your ability like the back of your hand.  If possible, skim through the last 25% nearer exam time.  Sometimes, material just doesn't stick.  There have been times in my past where I had to be smart and selective with my revision.  I indeed have omitted 5 out of 20 lectures because the topics were just far too complicated or intricate to be learnt well by myself.

10. Understand before you study.  This ties in when you're making your notes.  Whilst making your notes after your lecture, make sure you understand what is being taught.  That way, come exam time, you will be a lot quicker in memorising the material

11. Study groups.  Sometimes, studying with others is helpful.  It allows you to ask questions or see someone else's interpretation on the topic.  However, these are not always efficient.  As a result, make it a point to do your own revision beforehand and write down any gaps that need filling before you arrive.  That way, you can get the information you need and you've compensated by studying your own material first.  I find that it is a lot better to revise with people NOT on your course.

12. Allocate a study area.  I can't study in bed.  Before I sleep, I may graze over my notes but I cannot do active revision, only passive.  Therefore, try and find a place that you associate with work. For example, in my first year I had a desk in the living room that I used for studying.  In my second year, I liked coffee shops for producing notes or essays and I also enjoyed just studying on my bedroom floor.  My third year was a mix between coffee shops, the library, and the floor.  It doesn't have to be an 'out of this world' study area.  As I described, it can simply be the floor next to your bed or a desk.

13. Pace yourself.  During your exam, it is important to pace yourself.  Know whether you are someone that tends to have ample amount of time left over (me) or someone that writes till the last second.  Whilst doing past papers, time yourself to get an idea of your pace during an exam. Adrenaline rushes may speed some people up or cause a mental block.  If ever you find yourself stuck or struggling, circle that question and come back to it later.  Do the easy questions first to build up your confidence.  Take deep breathes and control your heart rate and breathing to the best of your ability.

14. Time passes.  This suffering, struggle and monotonous routine is only temporary.  The amount of acute pain and irritation you are feeling now should be your fuel.  The constant reminder to yourself that this will be over and be more than worth it later should motivate you.  Do not regret not spending this time wisely later if your marks are below par.  You can do this. You will do this.  Take it from a girl that was told she would never amount to much, now achieving and fulfilling all her dreams.

My go-to Outfits | Vol. 1- Hanji Hello

I wanted to add these segments which highlight my personal wardrobe choices or preferences so you guys may be inspired or get to know me better via my outfits.

As I've mentioned previously, Hanji Hello by Raxstar is one of my favorite go-tos for sweatshirts and T-shirts.   I vividly remember buying one of his first T-shirts which was a white tee with floral bordering the 'Hanji Hello' logo. I love to pair them with Levi jeans (dark or light wash) with my adidas gazelles (navy, pink, or burgundy).  My favourite habitat is comfort.  Luckily these looks are comfortable, simple, yet still, in my opinion, adorable and can leave your doorstep.

Shop the looks here: Hanji Hello by Raxstar

Outfit 1: Graphic T shirt

I'm usually not a graphic T-shirt person.  I prefer simplicity in my outfits such as solid colors and no extortionate prints or patterns.  However,  this T-shirt is just too cute to dismiss. Novelty tees are an essential in your closet in my opinion.  They have an edgy vibe but pairing them with a black pencil skirt it can give it a girly touch.  Also, can we appreciate the pose?  I was laughing so hard at my stance.

Shop the look:

Hanji Hello 'Earth' Black Tee: $25.95 but currently on sale for $12.00

Outfit 2: Navy blue Hanji Hello sweatshirt

I had my hair tucked in at the back of the sweater, which is why I look inflated in this picture.  On a brighter note, this is a simple sweater.  It's not too thick that you feel suffocated but not too thin to feel like a shirt.  I adore the #HanjiHello on the corner; the coherence of the branding is well done.  

They have released new sweaters with 'Hanji Hello' written in the middle surrounded by a paisley border which can be found on their website.  It's a casual mix of graphic and subtle.  Also, I need to practice posing.

Shop the look:

Hanji Hello Hashtag Sweater in Navy Blue: $29.95 on sale for $23.00 

Outfit 3: Parka Jacket and Burgundy 

This is probably one of my favourite outfits even though the only difference is the parka jacket.  I love parkas because they synch at the waist and provide enough length that it doesn't seem like a dress, but works with any type of look: sweaters, tees, dresses, skirts, etc.  I personally do not like tops poking out from underneath my jacket.  This parka is thin enough to work with sweaters and still provide warmth.  I like the sleeves of my outfit to poke through the jacket as it gives off a more put together appeal in my opinion.  It seems more consistent.  On the other hand, to prevent everything from looking too 'matchy-matchy', I switched to navy blue gazelles.  

Shop the look:

JustFab Puffer Parka in Black: £70.95 reduced to £54.00 

Review | Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (8.5mL) UK : 3.55 + 3.88 shipping 
Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (8.5mL)USA: $3.99

Concealers are usually hit or miss with me.  I find it exceptionally difficult to find one that doesn't look caky, crease, and cause an ashy white caste.  Thankfully, I came across the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer which comes in the perfect color for my skin tone.  Though I do believe a greater range of colors should be available, I was lucky enough to attain one suitable for me.  With a bit of red lipstick or color corrector around the mouth or under the eyes, this concealer works wonders in giving a flawless finish with no ashy-ness.  It is important to remember that all face products work differently due to variable skin types.  Similarly with perfume: both react with the natural oils or textures of your body causing a different appearance or scent compared to others.

For me, this was a very durable concealer.  It did not crease, cake, or budge throughout the day.  I find that using this without any other base such as foundation or bb cream is more than enough for me.  I baught five when in America before moving back to England because it's evidently more expensive here.  You do not need to slather on layers of this product.  I found that one was enough to blend out and cover up all my dirty secrets.  Therefore, it is worth the price.  Another huge plus is that Wet n Wild make cruelty free and vegan makeup.

Shade: Medium Deep Tan

How it wore throughout the day

10:30am: Another busy day but I decided to give myself a lie in.  I applied my normal skincare routine which consists of sunscreen and a rose facial oil by Ouai.  Despite this, the concealer doesn't slip and slide; aiding in easy and smooth application.  I set my face with the Revlon PhotoReady Powder which I've been using for 6 years now and refuse to cheat on.  

11:30am: I've been running around in the Big Smoke but whilst checking myself out in the bathroom mirrors of a restaurant I found that there was no evidence of creasing, fading, or caky-ness.  It's only been an hour however since application. 

1:00pm: I've been sweating slightly from wearing multiple layers to tolerate the English weather. To my pleasant surprise, my face still looks fresh as a fiddle.  There must be some magic fairy dust in this concealer. 

2:30pm: Decided to head to the high street for some shopping but sadly didn't find anything eye-catching. On the plus side, my face remains looking like I only applied the concealer a few moments ago.

3:30pm: By this time, even my foundation begins to appear run-down but I'm still bright-eyed and bushy tailed.  There are still no signs of creasing or fading.  

4:30pm:  It's starting to rain.  There's a long walk home before I get to check if the concealer is wearing at this point.  I've been making a conscious effort the whole day to prevent myself from wiping my face due to the pollution, rain, and sweat. 

5:00pm:  Home sweet home.  A thorough analysis in the mirror shows very little signs of wear, fading and absolutely NO creasing.  Like I said before, there is magic dust in this concealer which is granting everybody's wish of long-lasting face products that don't budge or look ashy, crease, or fade. After a shower, it came off easily with face wash and water without any effort.  

Overall, this is MOST certainly going to be repurchased by me.  As I said before, I got over 5 whilst in America.  I recommend it to everyone who is looking for a drugstore priced concealer that won't break the bank but make you look like you're ready to walk the red carpet.  This is going to be my go-to concealer for any occasion: formal or casual.  The price is the best bonus alongside the quality as it means I won't feel guilty for overusing it.  

Ten ways to be more Positive

That amazing moment in my life where I realised I'm taller than Harry Potter.

Practicing positivity is like exercising a muscle.  It takes time.  It's a journey not a destination.  It is hard to make a habit of something that seems maddening at the moment.  At the end of the day, we all yearn for happiness.  This is the ultimate goal of life.  I have some tips here to maybe help instil a more positive outlook in your life.

1. Stop comparing.  Someone else's successes is not going to define how you are going to be in life.  It will not hinder or depreciate you.  It is a strange idea that we believe someone else's achievements means we cannot attain it, as though that position is already taken.  Life doesn't work that way.  We can be happy, prosperous and successful despite how triumphant people are around you.  And trust me, I understand that brown parents have been blessed with the ability to compare their children with every other individual in existence.  At the end of the day, we all have capabilities. We all have strengths and weaknesses.  We must play to our strengths.

2. Stop overthinking.  I am a hypocrite here as I am the queen of overthinking.  9/10 times the situation in your head isn't going to pan out in real life.  Odds are, the problems that you are overanalysing do not exist or will not occur how you believe they would.  The brain has the ability to conjure up the worst case scenario.  However, a great wise man/woman once said, the fences you build in your brain are the greatest obstacles you will face.  Life is too short to make everything seem worse than it is.

3. Spend more time with family and friends.  This invested time is going to make you happier in the long run.  It is one of the biggest regrets that individuals have in life- they haven't spent quality time with those that truly loved them.  These people who love you dearly will make your happiest memories.  At the end of the day, you cannot replace a person.  I've mentioned before that God is the most amazing artist.  He created us all so differently that it would be a shame if we got caught up in materialistic, worldly problems or yearnings at the expense of those that loved us.

4.  Gratitude.  Pay attention to the little things in life.  There are many people that are praying for the what we take for granted on a daily basis: clean water, safe walks, education, cheesecake (I am very grateful for the existence of cheesecake).  There is always something to be grateful for in every single day.  A practice my mom instilled in me when I was little, which I need to recuperate, is the habit of writing down 5-10 things I am thankful for in each day.

5.  Laugh as much as you breathe.  I am guilty in taking myself more seriously than I should.  I'm very much an overgrown 5 year old where the simplest things can make me double over in laughter to a point where I feel a six pack coming in (but it never does).  Sometimes, I admit, it's embarrassing when people around you keep reminding you that you act immature or like a child.  Nevertheless, during my first year of university, you most definitely can catch me doing bhangra or gaana in public near every bus stop because I was dared to on multiple occasions.  Be carefree.  As long as you are not hurting anyone or yourself, have fun and enjoy life.

6. Forgive.  This. Is. Difficult.  Unfortunately, my mom always said: by holding a grudge, the person that made you upset actually wins.  At the end of the day, you control you.  Kill people with kindness. Never go out of your way to seek revenge or hurt someone despite their actions.  It's okay to be upset and grovel over a situation but don't let it consume you or cloud your thoughts, morals, or influence your actions.  Don't be cruel to other people and inflict pain.  That will not bring any fulfilment.  How people treat you is a reflection of their own personality or character, not yours.  The worst individuals in your life will give you the biggest life lessons.  Never stoop to their level.  Aim to be a blessing rather than a lesson in someone's life.

7. Say yes.  I can be an introvert.  But say yes to experiences whilst keeping your morals in tact.  At the end of the day, you aren't going to be thinking back to that amazing night's sleep you had the other day.  Make happy memories for yourself.  Never hinder or prevent yourself from having an amazing opportunity due to fear, laziness, or nonsensical priorities.  Escape your comfort zone to allow growth, development, and that amazing breath of fresh air.

8.  Optimistic outlook.  Whatever the situation might be, try your hardest to look at it in a positive way.  God has a funny way of panning everything out so it works in your favour.  Have faith in the system.  I don't know what you are going through.  I don't know what you are facing on a daily basis or what is filling your plate.  But I can promise you this: It will get better as long as you believe it can.  It is your optimistic outlook on life that will give you the strength to propel and face any shortcomings.  For example, failure.  There are reasons that people fail such as not being ready to be put in that specific situation.  Remember that the universe has a way of making it work in your benefit as long as you put in the effort.  Nothing will help you if you don't help yourself.

9. Live in the moment.  A problem that a lot of people have is that they live in the past or they live in the future.  Both of which are non-existent.  One can never physically live in the past or the future, it's like a parallel universe.  You only really have right now.  Therefore, when you are thinking about the past or the future, you aren't living in the moment so...are you even living? Your past is your past. Learn from your mistakes and move on.  Close that chapter.  Bluntly speaking, odds are, people don't care anymore.  If people want to mention the old you, then they're not ready to meet the new you unless you've specifically formed scars in that individual's memory.  On the other hand, don't worry about the future.  No one can predict it except God.  However, one thing you can do is invent the future.  You can only invent the future if you put in that time and effort right now to shape it in your favour.  You can have anything as long as you live in the moment and do what you need to do now.

10. Sm:)e.  That seems super cheesy to hear right now but smile, give love, and show happiness. Fake it till you make it.  Try and smile whenever you catch yourself frowning.  Sometimes, when I look at myself not smiling, I look hideous.  Therefore, I need to make it a practice to keep smiling.  No one want's to talk to someone rocking the 'girl dog' face.

11. Empathy.  This is a bonus that I couldn't help include.  Practicing empathy is so vital.  We do not know what anyone is going through or the battles they're facing behind closed doors.  Always put yourself in the other person's shoes to comprehend why or where they're coming from.  Regardless of the deed being positive or negative, understanding someone else's point of view will be more fruitful and simmer down any reactive emotions you may have.  The situation unfolds in a clearer light.

Where have I been?

Let's address the elephant in the room.  I've evidently not been posting or present on my twitter, blog, and barely on my Instagram.  The good news is: I'm alive, I've graduated with a BSc Hons in Molecular Medicine, and I've officially moved to the big city London from America to pursue my masters in Global Health.

I assumed that moving to London was going to be quite a culture shock but it was surprisingly easy. Many of the streets reminded me of Bristol.  There are countless parallel characteristics between both cities.  In fact, I was immensely underwhelmed.  This could be due to the fact that I am a New Yorker.  Therefore, the large, boisterous city is the kind I've always thought London would be similar to. Nevertheless, I assimilated quite quickly.

The only downside is getting to your destination.  It isn't difficult to get from one place to another, but it is a lot of effort.  Transportation is time consuming but easy to follow despite the fact that there are 20 odd bus stands near my house.  My fear of not being able to understand the tubes or bus maps was quickly eradicated during my first few days here.  However, I always loved public transport. Something about having a coffee in one hand whilst taking the tube is so glamorous to me in a metropolitan way.

Perhaps I may begin posting monthly updates about my time here to enlighten any individuals thinking of breaking out of their comfort zone.

On another positive note, I am making it a point to do three blog posts a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday despite the fact that this post is going up on a Thursday.  I will be following this newfound schedule starting this Saturday.  In addition, I will attempt to make sure I have a fairly even spread of fashion, lifestyle, and beauty so that this blog does indeed encompass all that it is meant to.

Review | Stila Stay All day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria: 16.00

Liquid lipsticks are everywhere, so it's very difficult to resist temptations when new brands or lines are popping on shelves left, right and centre.  In my Birchbox USA, I managed to get a hold of the Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in 'Aria'.  It is a beautiful pink berry toned lipstick with cool undertones that works perfectly for any skin tone.  It's a beautiful color to welcome the colder seasons.  

The application of the lipstick is simple.  It dries quickly to a matt finish as seen in the picture below. However, it does tend to highlight the crevices and cracks in the lips, giving them a 'lined' appearance. Nevertheless,  the lipstick does not feel drying in any shape or form. It almost feels non-existent which surprised me greatly.  This is a characteristic that most liquid lipsticks fail to illustrate. Throughout the day, the lipstick showed very little signs of wearing.  Once I got home, I was shocked to see that this liquid lipstick is a soldier.  This is most certainly one that I will purchase in the future with around 21 different shades to choose from this line.  

How the liquid lipstick wears throughout the day

9:30am:  After my shower, I did my normal everyday skincare routine alongside moisturising my lips with an EOS lip balm in Vanilla.  I then applied one even layer of the lipstick as no more is necessary considering it is amazingly opaque.

10:30am:  The London pollution is getting the better of me.  No wonder the city is called 'The Big Smoke'.  I'm constantly wiping down my face and around my mouth, being careful not to move or distort the lipstick.  It's a series of constant bus rides and long walks so I wouldn't have the chance to touch up even if I needed to.  However, after a quick look in my phone camera, I notice that the lipstick looks as good as new.

12:00pm: I forgot to eat breakfast again.  This is becoming a bad habit.  I bought myself a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks (obviously, how can I not?) and a KFC zinger burger.  I couldn't help myself.  After my 'brunch', I notice that the lipstick, once again, held up nicely showing no signs of fading.  It didn't transfer on my food or cup either.

1:30pm:  It started to drizzle, which comes to no surprise in England.  I was worried that the water would cause the lipstick to move.  At this point, I noticed that there was slight signs of fading near the inner portions of my lips rather than the outside.  Perhaps a light touch up would be necessary but the fading was barely noticeable by the naked eye.

3:00pm:  Arrived home to drop off the groceries and other 'moving in' essentials purchased.  I made myself a quick apricot jam sandwich before I had to head out again. The lipstick didn't appear to do any further fading though the 'lines' on my lips seem to be further emphasised at this point.  

4:30pm:  After signing up with the local library, sorting out the laundromat, and buying vegetables for days, I can confidently say I am done for the day.  I arrived home and notice that the lipstick has faded slightly more from the inner lips outwards.  It's beginning to highlight the dry patches on my lips suggesting that reapplication would be a must or complete removal of the lipstick.  My lack of water intake throughout the day, running around like a headless chicken, and the polluted city air could also play a vital role in sucking out any remaining moisture within me.

All in all, about 6-7 hours of wear throughout the day is perfect for anyone that is cooped up in a 9-5 job or on the go and cannot afford to think about touching up their makeup.  Nevertheless, about one touchup would be required for maintenance after 4-5 hours.  I think the light-weight feel of the lipstick makes it a best seller considering it doesn't feel drying or present on the lips.  However, exfoliation and lip balm is a must as with any matt liquid lipstick.  Overall, I would most definitely repurchase it and I'm already tempted by the other shades available!

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