Friday, August 22, 2014

~Collective Summerlicious Haul~

In the recent one and a half month I have done quite some shopping but haven't been able to share them with you people.So now I thought about collecting them all from here and there and present you an haul post.I love haul posts and I am sure you guys do too.
A trip to Shams,a trip to Centaurus & some online shopping got me this stuff!

From Shams Islamabad:

MAC Candy Yum Yum (Finally off my wishlist): Rs.2625
Essential Burt's Bees' Kit:Rs.2395
Victoria Secret's Moonlight Kiss Hand & Body Cream:Rs.1395
Bioderma Sensibio H20:Rs.950
Neutrogena Make up Remover:Rs.350
From Centaurus Islamabad
Al Fateh
MAC Kinda Sexy ( Yay-finally I got my hands on this beauty too): Rs.2100
DMGM Photo fix Coral Cameo: Rs.1020
The Body Shop:
TBS Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream:Rs.1450
TBS Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub:Rs.1490
TBS Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner:Rs.1290
& from AMOR

The Balm Nude Tude Palette:Rs.2900
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:Rs.2000
Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2(In love with these already):Rs.4900
& some presents

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Monday, August 11, 2014

~Review & Swatches:Sweet Touch Matte Lipstick Shade 761~

I am not new to this brand called Sweet Touch but I have also not used many of their products.I remember having one of their lipsticks long ago but have totally forgotten what it was like.Recently I was sent a care package with a lipstick, nail polish and mascara in it.Here is my review of the  mascara.Lets see how I find this lipstick.

Sweet Touch Matte Lipsticks have radiant colors that infuse lips with lasting moisture and fulness.Lips have never looked so all day sensuous.Available in 61 jaw dropping shades.
Sweet Touch Matte Lipstick shade 761
Sweet Touch Matte Lipstick shade 761
The packaging is like any other normal lipstick.Quite sturdy and closing with a click.So no worry about accidental opening and messing up.The lower side has the number of shade mentioned upon it.The color of the lipstick container is a lovely dark fuchsia shade that is appealing to the eyes.
The lipstick looks very creamy in the tube.Even swatching it on the wrist it feels creamy.But when applied on the lips its dry.The best result could be achieved after applying a lip balm underneath.It helps in reducing the dryness.The shade is very pretty.On different lips it may appear different because some people have less and some have more pigmented lips.Its a beautiful coral pink shade with a tendency to appear different in different lights.Corals are a lot in these days so this is a very go to lipstick these days.
A perfect summer shade it is.
Here are some swatches on my lips in different lights

The staying power is a good 4-5 hours depending on the fact that you don't eat/drink much.A freshening/touch up is needed after this much time.
Overall its a good everyday lipstick in a reasonable price that is Rs.290
Price may vary at different places or drugstores but should not be more than Rs.400
They say they got 61 shades.I would love to explore more of their shades too.
Available at all make up and drugstores nationwide.
For more details visit their Facebook page
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

~Review:Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Cake Powder~

New product launches are the most exciting thing a beauty blogger can experience.Recently Maybelline NewYork launched a new Face powder.I was sent a sample for review.Its been a while I have used it so I feel like its the right time to review it.
~A few lines about the product~
At Maybelline New York, it’s all about setting the right trends with the best possible formulas; the To Go version of Clear Smooth All in One Cake Powder embraces this: It is the ultimate protecting, perfecting skin shield and is ideal for summer, especially for girls on the go!
Designed to protect, brighten and control oil for flawless, matte skin all day, the Maybelline New York All in One convenient compact Cake Powder  & comes in 6 different shades. 
~What I have to say about the product~
The shade that I got in my mail is 01 Light.As I looked at the shade I had the feeling that it would give me a very chalky look.But on using the powder I was satisfied as it blends into my skin tone and doesn't give me that ghost white face.The packaging of this To-Go version is really light.Its so small,really.I believe it can even fit into your mobile pouch(provided its empty).A small mirror is glued to the round top that I don't think is of any use as its too small to look in.A full size one would have done better.It also comes with a sponge but I never really use a sponge for applying face powder.Its always with a brush.

The experience with the face powder is better than I thought.I primed my face and apply the powder directly without a foundation and still its good enough.I have oily skin and after a couple of hours of make up application I need to freshen up my makeup.Similar is the case with this face powder.After around4 hours I need to reapply my face powder.Though the time it is there it does give me shine free face and a brighter looking tone.
Here is how my face is prior and after using Maybelline's Clear Smooth All in one  face powder

Can you spot the effect the powder gives ne in a few minutes...Yes it conceals the dullness and gives a bright appearance to my face.
This cake powder claims All day Shine control: Yes it does control shine but with continuous applications.
UV protection: Yes SPF !
Fairer Skin:Sudden difference is visible
Conceals:Not majorly
Long wear: Not much
Smoothes: Yes
Evens: Yes
Non comedogenic: I believe Yes,because its very light on the skin and didn't irritate my skin.
Gentle on Skin:Yes
Overall I am fairly impressed by this product.Its worth its price.A must have product for everyday use as its travel and pocket friendly.Ofcourse you would not want to use high end face powders in everyday make up routine.This compact fills in the need of a good budget friendly face powder for daily use.
This TO-GO is available for Rs.250 at Maybelline Counters nationwide whearas the bigger one is for Rs.575.For further details you can vist their Facebook page
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

~Review:Sweet Touch Cosmetics Lash Boost Mascara~

Some days ago I recieved this lovely care package from the people at Sweet Touch Cosmetics.The package contained different goodies.I am reviewing the mascara that was sent to me.It is called the Lash Boost Mascara.

A Little about the Brand:
Sweet Touch England, is a color cosmetic brand manufactured in Italy, Germany and UK. Since its launch in 2001, it has become a GLAMOUR BRAND for women of all ages.Its extensive product line includes make up for eyes, lips, face and nails. Its uniqueness lies in the broad spectrum of color shades. 
A Little about the Mascara:

~My experience with Lash Boost Mascara~

Mascara is the most important when it comes to eye make up.Whether you apply eye shadows or not ,its important to apply mascara.It at once enhances the look of the eyes and makes it appealing.One of my favorite mascaras is Lancome Hypnose Drama.Though it is a high end mascara but its worth buying and investing in it.You are lucky if there is a drug store mascara and it does you good because mascaras shelf life is short and its must to change it after a few months.
This mascara has green tea extract in it and it is for enhancing the volume of the lashes.
The thing I like best is the wand comes with.It reaches into the very beginning of the lashes and separates it from the start.It also makes the applying of mascara easy on the lower lashes.My eyes are very sensitive but usually I get away with most eye cosmetics.I was also afraid while trying this mascara but luckily I didnt had any redness or irritation after using it.
I also dont use an eye lash curler as I have naturally curly eye lashes.This mascara enhances the curl and gives the lashes a volume.They suddenly appear thicker and volumized.The mascara transfers very quickly from the wand to the lashes so you have to be very careful & steady in application so that you dont get any mascara on your eye lid or lower eye area.Its a good reasonably priced mascara for everyday use.The only thing I don't like about it is that it clumps my lashes in one application.I have to apply 2-3 coats to get the clumping off.
With Mascara-Without Mascara

The mascara stays on for some good 4-5 hours.Honestly I havent been out more than this time otherwise it could have been 7-8 hours.This mascara is not waterproof.It starts pouring down at the touch of a water drop & thats not good.Someone like me who has watery eyes will have lot of problem with this mascara & would not buy it again.
I would recommend this to people who have normal eyes and want a reasonably priced mascara for everyday use.If you want a clump free and waterproof one this is not the answer to your solution.
It is for Rs.495 & is available at Sweet Touch Counters nationwide.
For more details you can visit their  Facebook page.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

~Review: Dresslily Online Store Ear studs haul~

Online shopping is sometimes a source of happiness and great fun.I was very much excited when I got an invitation to choose anything I wanted for $20 from
I love to surf the sites and look upon the items and then choose what I want.I had seen a couple of reviews on dresslily before so I jumped at this oppurtunity and hauled what I am crazy about these days...Yes Ear studs!They are my new love since my toddler doesn't like me wearing long earrings so I have limited myself to studs!
Ok so a little about Dresslily:
DressLily is a leading international online fashion clothing and accessory store. Focusing on the very latest in affordable fashion styles, both attire and stunning accessories, we feature thousands of the newest product lines, providing maximum choice and convenience to our discerning clientele. We also aim to provide an extensive range of high quality, trendy fashion clothing together with a professional dedicated service to our valued customers from all over the world.
Our goal is always to provide our customers with stunning, high quality fashion products at down to earth prices. offers trending fashion-forward styles, edgy and innovative designs all delivered with a truly class-leading professional service.
Ok so here is what I got for myself from Dresslily.
Now this doesn't mean that the site only has jewelry!It has everything from hats to shoes.But I am usually the one who cant take risk with dress and shoe size so I love to haul jewelry and accessories.Besides I am being a ear stud-holic these days.
They have loads of variety in their jewelry section.Bangles,bracelets,necklaces,charm bracelets,earrings,ear studs,rings etc etc.One is really spoilt for choice.I searched and looked and nearly completed having a look at all the earrings and earstuds variety.
I chose ear studs that had several pairs
Yes this is the same quality that is found in Forever 21,H&M & Dorothy Perkins.I rank these ear studs No.1 in quality.There is literally no compromise in quality.We all know that China sends out its no.1 quality products to these known brands & definitely China is the whole sale supplier to these business sites as well.So you can say that whether you buy at H&M or Dorothy Perkins or Dresslily its the same thing.
Lets have a closer look at my picks
6 pairs of Holiday themed earrings Sale Price:$2.95 Orinally $3.54
9 Pairs of Exquisite Gemstone Embellished Earrings Sale price:$3.17 Originally:$5.39

3 Pairs of Chic Rhinestone Embellished Alloy Earrings Sale price:$2.47 Originally $4.20

Now Lets have a look at the single pair earrings

Pair of Punk Retro Style Rivet Embellished Earrings Sale price:$1.95 Originally:$3.32

Pair of Delicate Rhinestone Bird Earrings Sale price:$2.35 Originally:$2.82

Pair of Sweet Rhinestoned Black Kitten Shape Stud $1.30 Originally @2.21

Pair of Simple Cute Pearl Stud Sale price $2.21 Originally:2.65

Last but not the least I also got a brooch for my son!He loves horses

Fully-jewelled Horse Brooch Sale price;$3.04 Originally:$7.07

I really love all the pieces that I have ordered.The earrings are nearly same as they were on the website.I was only disappointed with the parrot shaped earrings.They were kinda small than I imagined.Anyways they are cute & I still love them.The shipping time was also appropriate.I got my parcel after 2 weeks of shipping.Shipping was free for me as I entered a code given by the PR person with whom I was coordinating.I placed the order on their website & as a result they shipped out my things.I expected the quality to be a little bit different than that in the pictures but it was just rge best.Some of the earrings also had extra stoppers.Their prices are awesome and the sale prices are even more attractive.
I would recommend Dresslily to all who love fashion and accessories.You can update your wardrobe by ordering chic trendy stuff from Dresslily or beautify yourself by adorning lovely jewelry and accessories.
You can visit Dresslily for more details.They are also available on Facebook
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Friday, June 20, 2014

~[Review & Swatches]:Revlon Color Stay Foundation in 250 Fresh Beige~

I was so happy when I spotted Revlon's counter at Al Fatah Centaurus Mall Islamabad lately.At last Islamabad girls can check out their testers and stuff before buying Revlon stuff.I am sure Scentsation in Safa Gold Mall Islamabad will soon open its Revlon counter too.Anyways where was I...Yes I purchased my long On The Wishlist Revlon's Color Stay Foundation.

Previously I was using photoready foundation in Medium Beige.So I was of the thought that I should get the same shade in Color stay but when I tried a couple of testers on my skin I felt that Fresh Beige was much better than Medium Beige Photoready.

Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon has the solution - ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™.Specially formulated for normal or dry skin, this oil-free, moisture-balanced formula gives you flawless looking skin. Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay™ Formula. Medium to full coverage, with SPF 15 protection.
~My Experience with Revlon Color stay Foundation Fresh Beige~
I have always heard good things about this foundation and was sure that it would suit me very much but I didnt buy it in the first place and tried Photoready.I am happy that Revlon's Photoready also did me well.So now is the time to buy and try Revlon's Color stay when my Photoready is near finishing.
The foundation comes in a glass bottle labelled 30 ml.I should mention here that this one is for combination/oily skin as I have oily skin.The only bad thing about the packaging is that it has no pump or dispenser like the photoready.
Its packaging is very similar to Mac's Studio Fix.Only a tad bit talller and thinner than Studio Fix.Well I am used to pouring out foundation being a Mac's Studio Fix regular user so I have no concerns with Revlon's Color Stay's missing pump.As long as it works well it is acceptable.
Its formula is a bit dry not very runny like photoready's.Though its dry but is very blendable and easy to work with the help of a beauty blender or a stippling brush.Getting the right shade for yourself is the trickiest when buying a foundation.Thereore I had already made up my mind that I ll be getting the same shade that I have been using in Photoready.But seeing so many shades at the Revlon counter made me try a lot of them before I finally settled for Fresh Beige(Pink undertones)Surprisingly this foundation with Pink undertones is suiting me well too.
Here is a swatch 

The foundation provides light to maximum coverage and is buildabe.I used it with a primer underneath and it lasted well enough for 7-8 hours.Though its claims are for many more hours but still 7-8 hours is very good enough for me.It has proved to be one of the  best foundation for hot and humid days.I had a very good experience lately.The light went off and there were no fan/acs.Though I didnt stop sweating but the foundation didnt leave its place as well.I only had to dab a tissue or apply some facepowder on top to go fresh again.It also has SPF & that makes it even better.Its extremely light to wear.Doesn't give me the heavy cakey feeling.It is not fragrance free,has a light odor to it.
Here is a comparision swatch with MAC's studio fix

ME-Wearing Revlon Color Stay Foundation Fresh Beige finished off with a make up fixer & other makeup.
Its available online at Just4girls for Rs.2355/-
I bought it at Al-Fatah Centaurus Mall Islamabad for Rs.2355 as well.
What foundation are you using these days?.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

~NOTD:Summer Bling Nails~

Its Monday so why not make it a Manicure Monday..
I did this NOTD just for fun !
The base coat is Chateau by Color Studio Professional.
I have applied 2 coats of Chateau and topped with confetti glitter nail polishcalled PE Beauty that  I picked at Al Fateh Centaurus Mall recently.

The red of the nail shade is just like the red of a cool watermelon!
I am feeling somewhat cool in this heat after wearing this nail color along with this confetti glitter coat.
What are you wearing on your nails today.
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