Thursday, April 28, 2011

~ Review : Oriflame PowerShine Lipstick ~

Hello Lovlies,

I came across Oriflame products recently and so I tried Oriflame PowerShine Lipstick & because i find it interesting so here's my review for it.

Lets get to know something about Oriflame Cosmetics:

Oriflame says that :

~ Nature is our greatest source of inspiration, and we have a deep sense of respect for it. That is why all the natural materials we use are from renewable resources, and why we always make a point of acting in an environmentally-friendly way.  
~ Oriflame finished products have never been tested on animals, and we have never tested, nor commissioned the testing of, cosmetic ingredients on animals.
High purity ingredients and strict manufacturing standards






Lets get to the product I am reviewing today.


Its the Oirflame PowerShine lipstick.


What Oriflame has to say about it :
Lipstick with incredible 3D sparkle for ultimate mirror-shine. Enriched with rosehip seed oil and vitamin E to help keep your lips moisturised. Exceptionally creamy formulation for easy application.


Available in 15 different colors :


           
Ingredients:
ricinus communis, octyldodecanol, polybutene, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, synthetic fluorphlogopite, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-1, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, lanolin, euphorbia cerifera, paraffin, calcium aluminum borosilicate, polyethylene, cera microcristallina, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, copernicia cerifera, tocopheryl acetate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, parfum, tocopherol, canola, propylparaben, rosa rubiginosa, synthetic wax.  


About the ingredients:
Silver-coated pearls reflect the light like micro-mirrors for a high-lustre effect. Rosehip seed oil rich in fatty acids and Vitamin C helps moisturise and protect lips, naturally. SPF 12 protection-UV filters protect lips from the potentially damaging effects of the sun.
How was my experience & what I have to say about it:
The lipstick that I am reviewing is Oriflame PowerShine in "Peach Nectar".Its a lovely peachy pinkish kind of shade.This particular shade is very much suitable for summer season.Its neither very bright nor dull.I must say a subtle one.The packaging of the lipstick is very handy to be carried & classy in appearance.This lipstick is very creamy in texture & is quite pigmented as well.It has a particular shine to it that is said to create the 3D effect when applied to the lips.The small granules like shimmer particles reflect the light & the shine is visible on the slightest application.This lipstick when applied gives the combined effect of a lipstick and a lipgloss.Its got a very fruity melonish scent to it.The lipstick creates a  balm like effect on the lips that helps in moisturising them & also gives the lips UV protection.Its staying power is around 3 hours if you do not have a meal in between.Otherwise you ll have to retouch it.When the first application wears off the lips feel dry because at all this time you had the moisturising effect due to the presence of the lipstick.When the lipstick is gone so is the effect. 
The lipstick is priced at Rs.660 for 1.6 grams which I believe is quite reasonable for such quantity.

Swatch of Oriflame PowerShine lipstick in " Peach Nectar" with Flash.

Swatch of Oriflame PowerShine lipstick in " Peach Nectar" without Flash.

Here is how it looks on my lips:

The Verdict:
As all products have their pros & cons so does this.One of the cons to me is the 3 hours staying power,but then when do we not reapply our lipsticks after an hour or two so this is not to be worried about.Overall I would recommend this lipstick because of all its positive aspects like the Shine,the moisturing effect,the sunscreen part,the variety of colors in this lipstick & the price.

You can order the products & view the full catalogue of products here Oriflame Pakistan & also for any information contact oriflame.isb@gmail.com

Thanks a lot for reading,I am sure you will have a great experience with Oriflame products.

Stay Happy Always,

Love,

Areej  

Sunday, April 24, 2011

~ EOTD : A look Wearable at any MEHNDI Function ~

Hello Lovlies,

Hope you girls are having fun & enjoying the Weekend:)

I am here today to share with you my new Eye make up that I wore to my friend's Mehndi 2 days ago.

I have created it using my 48+48 Glamorous Face Palette.I would like to mention that there is a Giveaway going on & I am giving another palette away.If you have entered its great,but if you havent you are welcome to enter.It will end on the 5th of May.

Ok so now the look :


The palette & shades that I have used:


I have marked the colors that I have used in my palette.The yellow & white that I have used are from the Makhmally/Shimmery side & the Black & grey are from the Matte side.I started with applying some Artdeco eye shadow base to the whole lid area.I took Yellow shade and tapped it one the upper lid .Next some black  and patted it across the above crease and the outer V.Took some more black eye shade and created a darker effect around the outer V to emphasize.Blend there together with the Yellow to create a neat look.Take some more Yellow and dab on the inner & middle lid.Now take the Highlighter color that is the shimmery white & pat along the brow bone.Added some black to the lower lash line & smudged with a smudger brush.Finished off with Maybelline Studio Gel eye liner & Lancome Hpynose drama mascara.


Here is a closer look at the eye :

And here is the complete look:


I hope you girls enjoyed & liked it.This look can be worn to any mehndi function because it will complement any yellow orange,silver,gold colored dresses .

Stay Happy Always,

Love,

Areej



Monday, April 18, 2011

~ Review : Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Mascara ~

Hello Lovlies,

How are you doing?I hope all of you are having fun:)

Today I am writing a review about one of the Most talked about Mascaras out there in the Glam & beauty world.

Yes its a Lancome Mascara & its HYPNOSE DRAMA!


WHAT LANCOME HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT :

Get instant lash drama in a single coat with this ultra volume-boosting mascara that’ll take lashes from so-so to show-stopping. The full contact brush, with its S-shaped curve, grasps and loads lashes for a fanned out, full body fringe. Lancôme’s luxe Texturizing Complex features highly saturated waxes and intense black pigments for maximum lash volume. The triple coating system delivers a fluid and creamy application to quickly and easily build big, battable lashes that won’t clump or flake.



        

Product Features

  • Lancome Hypnose Drama .135 oz / 4 ml Travel Size Excessive Black Mascara
  • This Is A Promo Size Not A Full Size Mascara


WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT:

I have always heard a lot about Lancome ad specially when it gets to Mascaras.I definitly wanted to give it a try so I asked a friend and she brought me this cute mascara called HYPNOSE DRAMA.

I have given it a try & I would say that It is one of the best Mascaras I have ever used.I have used RIMMEL,YSL,Dior but this is one I would say I am lucky to have now.I applied a single coat in the pictures to show you all the effect of a single application.At once after applying this mascara my lashes seemed to have created a fringe like effect going it their particular directions.They were separated individually & obviously had a greater length than before.I would say that for a normal day out one application is enough but in case you want to create a very dramatic look 2 coats are advisable.

The Mascara that I have got is a travel size and has 4ml of product and is based around $6 is very affordable for such an awesome product.

The other size is the normal mascara size that is around $25 .

I would recommend to get a travel size mascara because you girls would have noted that A mascara can last forever.I am not saying that we keep it forever but the travel size will definitly finish by the time we say that its time to throw the old mascara away & get a new one.

Its application wand is S shaped & due to it the small lashes around the corners of the eyes 
nare within grasp,it is safe for contact lens wearers as well.

Now i ll show you the result of a single application of Hypnose Drama

Before:


After 1 coat of Hypnose Drama Mascara



You can clearly see the before & after effect on the lashes.There is a noticeable difference both in the volume & the length.The centre of the collage pic is taken in day light whereas the other two in room light.

So the verdict:

I would recommend it DEFINITELY to all the girls specially those who are in search of the best mascara for everyday use.

You can find Lancome on Facebook here: Lancome & the site is Lancome USA



Thank You pretty ladies for reading.Any comments or queries are always welcome.

Stay Happy Always,

Love,

Areej


Thursday, April 14, 2011

~ My two Blogger Awards ~

Hey Lovlies,

Recently I got Two blogger Awards Yipeeeee :)

Shang.J from Feminine Art has awarded me " The Stylish blogger award "

   The 2nd award that I got is from Sumitha at Be Beautilicious & its the " Versatile Blogger Award"
                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Thank You Lovely Ladies for these awards:) 

There are some rules that are to be followed after I get these awards

 ~  Thank and link back to the person that awarded you this award.
 ~  Share 7 things about yourself.
 ~  Award 15 discovered great bloggers.
 ~  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

                                  7 Things AbOut Me !!!
1. I have a very large number of friends & most of them are my best friends :)

2. I love PINK !

3. I love the Victorian England era & any movie or book about it is my love.

4. The living thing i hate most in this world is a lizard & specially when its in the room i am not able to sleep all night....Ewwww....

5. My Father wanted me to be a Doctor bt somehow I didnt become one...:D

6. I love to eat,sleep & Paint :)

7. I am a travelholic & one day I wish I would travel the whole world.I have ticked the following countries Yet :) England,Switzerland,France,Holland,Germany,Luxembourg,Saudi Arabia,UAE,Oman,Malaysia,Thailand :)
                           
                                       My Discovered Great Bloggers
2.   GlamoRama!
6.    Jeeya's Blog

Love you all ,

Stay Happy Always,

Areej

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

~ Book Review : The Time Traveller's Wife ~

                                                          " A book is a Man's Best Friend "


Hello Lovlies,

How are you doing...Well I am doing well & besides all the activities going on in my life I still felt something was being left out...After pondering for a while I realised that I am missing my reading habit...Lately I have been caught up in the love for make up bt before that came along my 1st love was always book reading.

So I think some of you out there still read & enjoy the essence of reading...I am thinking about starting a good book really soon...but today I have decided to review a book that I read an year ago bt I still remember how much I enjoyed it.

It started one afternoon I was watching TV with my sis in law when I saw a very eye catching trailer of a movie coming soon ..I should mention here that if a movie is based on a book then that movie catches my xtra attention as well coz i just love movies based on books & novels.So the movie was called  " The Time Traveller's Wife ".This name was familiar to me as I had already bought the book a month ago bt hadnt read it..so I aimed for that book :)
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Something about the Author :
Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is an American writerartist and academic.
She is also a professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She is the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer's group that also performs and exhibits in Chicago.


Courtesy:Wikipedia


Something about the Book :


It starts off like this : 
                  Clare: It's hard being left behind.I wait for Henry,not knowing where he is ,wondering if he's okay?


                           It's hard to be the one who stays.....


So girls what do you think this is about Ok i ll tell you:


It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.




My Thoughts about it :
As I was hooked to this after reading the Prologue of the book :this book is amongst my Favourite books.


Its the story of a woman who suffers in life due to the fact that his husband time travels without any notice in a single minute...He has a genetic disorder due to which he travels back & forth in time leaving his wife alone n stunned every now and then & then she has to wait uncountable hours for his return..I feel that this book is all about the strength & endurance that comes with Love.The characters of Henry & Clare are such that while reading the book the reader can fully transcend into them & can sympathize with them.The time traveller & his wife are shown passing through different phases of life..they are in love madly so they endure this curse i.e time travelling.


This book can not be categorized as science fiction.I would place it under the section that Says: The best heart touching books.


The book is mostly sad at times but then it is the theme of the book to feel what love makes you do & live with the hardships that come on its course one way or the other.It makes you laugh & cry as you go through the love story.


I would highly recommend this book to people who love to read a good book that stays in your minds as afresh as yesterday.


                                          A small inscription by me at the end of my book.


 In August 2009 the movie The Time Traveller's Wife was released starring Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams .The movie is a very touch too & a good one to watch on a Saturday night .


I hope you all enjoyed reading.Stay Happy Always.


Love,


Areej


Monday, April 11, 2011

~ EOTD for today: Purple Haze ~

Hello Lovlies,

How are you girls? Enjoying and having fun Right :)

For quite some days I have had a thing in my mind :To do an EOTD that is a bit playful ,more colors on the eyes.Not like a rainbow as i have done here Rainbow Eyes but something Dramatic with Blues,turquoise and Purple.So I finally used my eye as an artist's canvas & painted some colors.

Here is what I achieved :)


I have used my 48+48 Glamorous face eye palette for this look.

Here are the colors i have used:
The colors that I have used are Matte shades.


I have used a Green Glitter pencil on the water line along with some Green & Purple eye shadow blended on the lower lash line too.I have applied Maybelline Studio Gel liner in black & Rimmel 123 looks mascara to give the complete look.

Here it is ..


So,do u like it :)

Comments & Questions are invited.

Thanks for reading.

Stay Happy Always.

Love,

Areej


              

~ Giveaway contest on Sara Hassan's Blog ~


 Hello Lovlies,
YES Sara Hassan is  holding a giveaway contest for all her lovely followers and readers.The best part about this contest is,

IT'S OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!!


What are you waiting for? Hurry and enter! You could win 3 nail polishes by piCture pOlish of your choice

For Rules & Details click here...Sara Hassan's Blog.

Thank U Girls

Love ,

Areej

Friday, April 8, 2011

~ NOTD from Luscious's Nail Lacquer PANSY ~

Hello Lovlies,

 I hope all you gals are doing great & also taking part in my currently "ON" Giveaway.

Well I am surely enjoying it & its great to have all the entries uptill now.

Today I am sharing a NOTD with you which I have done using the Color PANSY from LUSCIOUS Nail lacquer Creme Finish collection.

Another thing about Luscious is that  Luscious offers Nail colors with two types of finish .First is the Creme Finish & the other is the Frosted Finish.I love them both as they both look great.

Ok so now lets get to the NOTD ~


Luscious itself explains this shade as a PALE PINK WITH A TOUCH OF GOLD.Though for me it would be on a bit brighter side if seen in room light.

This nail color has been with me for over 3 months now but it still is very smooth & easy to deal with.U must have noticed that some nail colors seem to harden after a certain time limit but I gathered that Luscious nail colors stay in a very usable condition for quite a long period of time.The applicator or brush is also very good & applies the nail color without being messy.You can achieve a smooth look with the help of a couple of strokes.

This color PANSY is good to wear in Springs/Summers.


Its priced reasonably at Rs.225/- which is a very good offer as the quality of the product is 1st class.


You can order online as well here: LUSCIOUS COSMETICS

Thanks for reading,

Stay Happy Always,

 Love,

Areej

Monday, April 4, 2011

~ 50 FOLLOWERS GiVEAWAY ~ NOW CLOSED !!

Hello My Lovlies,

Well here I am to announce my First Giveaway to Celebrate 50 Followers on my blog!!

Yayy I am so happy,I want to Thank all of you who have been there with me since the day I stepped into the blogging world & therefore my blogging journey.Your comments,queries & love is the best part of it all.

To celebrate the love I am hosting this giveaway & I am giving away a product that I have been in love with since I came across it.Though the one I got for myself was from Karachi bt I looked for it here in Islamabad & luckily I found it :)
Its the Glamorous Face MAKHMALLY + MATTE TOUCH 48+48 Eye shadow Palette :)

































Ok so something about the product.This palette contains 48 Matte eye shades on one side & 48 shimmery eye shades on the lower side.The shimmery or makhmally shades & the matte shades are quite pigmented & have a great staying power.They blend well & are can be used to create a variety of looks.One lucky girl will be the owner of one of my fav palettes.

This Giveaway is open ONLY to the residents of Pakistan.Next will be an international one :)

Ok so now lets get to the Rules: Please Read them carefully & Enter accordingly.

RULES TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:


    The MUST entries!!!
1. Follow my blog Publicly with Google Friend Account (GFC) (+2 Enteries)
2. Write ENTER ME with your GFC & email id. (+1 Entry)
3. Like my Facebook Page & mention the name with which you have LIKED my page (+2 Entries)
    Facebook page Areej-Usmans-Blog

    The OPTIONAL entries!!!


1. Do a blog post about my giveaway also add the above picture & copy & paste the link of your blogpost so that I can reach it :) (+3 Entries)

2. Add the above picture in your Blog's sidebar mentioning my Giveaway & copy & paste the link of your blog. (+2 Entries)

   The OPTIONAL entries for the Non-Bloggers :


1. Invite only three friends to join my blog through GFC & like my Facebook page.When they have done both tell them to write your name in the comments area.Your extra entries will be counted once your name is mentioned thrice in the Comments area.  (+5 Entries.)


The maximum number of entries that a person can get is 10.

Please make sure that you read everything clearly :) I have kept the rules very simple & have mentioned clearly what to do.Please provide everything clearly in order to qualify for the giveaway.

If you have any queries u can always ask me my email is itsme_jeejo@hotmail.com or you can ask on my Fb page too:)

This Giveaway starts today on the 4th of April 2011  & will end on 5th of May 2011.

Winner of the Giveaway will be chosen through www.random.org

Thank u all once again for all the Love:)

Have fun & Stay happy Always,

Love,

Areej

Saturday, April 2, 2011

~ Haul from Lahore ~

Hello Lovlies,

How are all of you doing?Well Today I am doing a post about my latest haul from Lahore.I was in Lahore a couple of days back to see off my uncle & family to Canada.I paid a visit to Al-Fateh DHA .I was impressed by the variety of Brands & products they have there.Believe me or not I have not seen such a collection of MAC & BOBBI BROWN,ESTEE LAUDER,CHANEL  products on any other store throughout Pakistan.My eyes were opened wide after going through their collection of MAC Lipsticks,MAC lip & eye pencils,MAC Eye shades ,MAC & Bobbi Brown Lipglosses etc etc etc....

I wished that I could buy all of those lovely things,but anyways i ended up buying this stuff that I am sharing with you guys:)


Following is the list of products that I bought & their prices with them:

!.FREEMAN facial detoxifying mask in Chocolate & Strawberry ~ Rs.275
2.FREEMAN facial gel scrub Raspberry ~ Rs.275
3.Citre Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ( I didnt buy this myself so dont know the price :) )
4.BENEFIT Lipgloss in 9~ Rs.395
5.BENEFIT Lipgloss in 2~ Rs.395
6.STAGELINE Lipgloss in Shine Pink ~ Rs.575
7.MAC Lipstick in Girl about town ~Rs.1950
8.MAC 239 Eye shader brush ( These are Thailand made GRADE A replicas) ~ Rs.295
9.MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading brush ~Rs.350
10. MAC 219 Pencil brush ~Rs.350
11.LISA WATIER Powder brush ~ Rs.450
12.CLARITY Eye shadow brush ~ Rs.90
13.RIVAJ brush in R09 ~Rs.50

Ok so how do you like my things...Lets get to the details about some of the products..

First of all comes the MAC Lipstick called Girl about town.This is a lovely Hot Pink or you can say Barbie pink color that is going to be the color for this Summer as I have read in a couple of magazines.This is my 1st MAC Lipstick & I am totally in love with it.

 I ll show you how it looks when applied to the lips
                                          
                                      
I have always been a MAC eye shades lover & now it seems i ll be after their Lip colors .Though sometimes this Hot pink shade doesnt look too good with some skin tones but this is the shade that is bound to look great on everyone.

Ok so now I ll get to the lipglosses that I bought ...

The ones that are the same packing are from benefit cosmetics that is an American brand & the third one is from Stageline cosmetics.
Here i ll show you the swatches
     From Top to Bottom:
~ Benefit Lipgloss in Shade 9
~ Benefit Lipgloss in Shade 2
~ Stageline Lipgloss in Shine Pink
 The lipsglosses by Benefir are very fruity in fragrance & I am specially in love with the silver one its very shimmery & can be used to coat any lipstick.The other two are both lovely shades of Pink.

Now lets get to the brushes...Al Fateh really not only  ranks on Top of any store when we talk about cosmetics but also about the collection of Make up brushes whether replicas or originals.I got these ones.
The first three are MAC!! Dont be surprised ,they are Grade A replicas made in Thailand.:)

Lets have a closer look at them
 From Top to Bottom:
~ MAC 219 Pencil brush: Used for precision shading along crease,lid or lash line
~ MAC 275 Medium Angled brush : Used for applying or belnding eye shadow
~ MAC 239 Eye shader brush: Used for shading and blending eye shadow

Though these brushes are replicas but I must say that they are nothing less than originals.The fibres are soft to touch & dense to feel,the fibres are smooth & firm ,though i haven't used them for a proper eye look yet but i have tried blending and applying with it and I place these in my top brushes from now on.I am lucky to have found such great MAC replicas.

Next is a loose powder brush by  LISE WATIER.
Its round & tapered towards the centre & can also be used for precise application of Powder.

Next are two more brushes :
These I picked randomly, the brown one is by CLARITY its an eye shadow brush,2nd is by RIVAJ & i ll use it  to blend eye shadow along lower lash lines.

Now lets get to the toiletries ,I always go for FREEMAN products as I believe that they are really good & worth buying.These are two new products from them.
This is  the detoxifying mask with chocolate & strawberry extract that helps tone skin & diminishes the appearence of large pores.It also nourishes & moisturises.It has that heavenly smell of chocolate.

Next is a scrub by FREEMAN
 It says that the Rapberry & Aloevera extract gently clear away impurities that clog pores and reveals brighter & smoother skin.Its got a lovely Raspberry scent.
Next is the Citre Shine Anti Frizz Serum

 I have used this product and it is doing wonders to my frizzy hair just the way it says that it smoothes & seals cuticle for dry and frizzy hair.

So these are all the products I recently added to my Vanity table.

I hope u liked them,any comments & queries are appreciated.

                                         Thanks for reading.

                                          Stay Happy Always.

                                              Love,

                                             Areej

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