Tuesday, June 28, 2011

~ Review: Lumiere Skin & Beauty Bar Cosmetics ~


Hello Lovlies,

How have all of you been over the weekend.

Today I am here to review a couple of cosmetics by Lumiere Skin & Beauty Bar.These products were sent to me by Lumiere to try & review.



First of all a little introduction to Lumiere Mineral Cosmetics:

WHAT LUMIERE S & B BAR HAS TO SAY ABOUT ITSELF:

We here at Lumiere Mineral Cosmetics believe there is a beauty in all of us,and each of us adorns our own unique qualities. 
Our mineral cosmetics are formulated to simply enhance the finest of our features and assist with those areas we like the least. 
Whatever your skin type may be, delight yourself in the look and feel of naturally, smooth and radiant skin with our complete line of mineral cosmetics.
               Don't hide the beauty you possess, captivate it!
Here are the products:


These include:(L to R) 
1.Cashmere Foundation in Fair Golden
2.Blush in Fresh Roses
3.3 D Eye in Helitrope
4. Eye Pigment in Ditto
5. Lipgloss in Pink Quartz
OK So now lets get to the main point the review of the products:

~ Cashmere Foundation in Fair Golden:

Lumiere describes it as:
Cashmere -
Skin type = all skin types
Coverage - buildable light to medium
Finish = mostly matte, has a soft silkiness
Ingredients = real silk powder, serecite (colorless mica), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, boron nitride, iron oxide

WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT:

This mineral powder foundation is extremely light on the skin & has a buildable coverage from minimum to maximum.You can apply it as you want it to be.It has a matte finish but if you have a closer look you will find tiny shimmer particles in it as well that gives the skin a fresh glow as well.Its staying power is quite good but with a bit of concealer and finishing powder it would certainly stay on for a much longer period of time.
This cashmere powder foundation is available in 6 different shades & 3 different sizes 4gm Large jar for $12 XX Jar for $18 & Sample for $1.
Here is how it looks when applied onto my hand: See the difference



~Lumiere Blush in Fresh Roses:
Lumiere describes it as:
Silk Blush:

silk powder, serecite (clorless mica), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, boron nitride,

iron oxide may contain: carmine, silica, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate
Description
Soft & silky sweet pink rose

WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT :
This Lumiere Mineral blush in Fresh Roses is a Pink shade with a browner tone to it & thats why it gives a warmer effect to the cheeks.I would love to use this shade in winters.Though its a pink shade but it has that warmer effect to it.The good thing about these blushes by Lumiere is that these can be worn both dry & wet.If worn wet they appear a bit darker than the dry ones.These are available in 10 lovely shades to choose from & are priced at $4 for Large 4 gm jar & $1 for a sample bag.
Here is a swatch of the Blush:


~Lumiere 3 D Eye in Helitrope:
Lumiere describes it as:
Lumiere eye pigments come in a wonderful variety of shades and textures to complement any eye color and/or preference.Wear each shade alone or mix and match to create a custom color. They can be applied dry for a subtle look or wet/foiled to make a more dramatic appearance - this will also give you longer wear. Can be worn with or without an eye primer.
3-D Powders:
premium grade serecite (colorless mica), mica, iron oxide, avena sativa, 
titanium dioxide may contain: ferro ferrocyanide
WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT:

If you peak into the jar for a moment or hold the jar closed at look at it from outside this shade called Heliotrope appeared to me to be a beautiful grey shade but I was surprised to see that it was more of a purple shade with violet shimmers.By having a look at the range of eye shades available on Lumiere's website I want to own all of them as I like all of them really.These eye pigments are very smooth on the skin and the layers can be build as you like it.These would stay longer on the eyes when an eye shadow base is applied beforehand.Though the eye pigments are quite pigmented themselves but they will come out even better with a base.The large 2gm jar is available for $8 & the mini 1 gm jar for $5.
Here is a swatch of the shade without an eye shadow base:

Eye Pigment in Ditto 6:
Lumiere describes it as:
Description
Ditto06 - is similar to MAC Copper Sparkle
Color Description:
Bold Coppery Sparkles - looks "chunky" but, goes on smooth!
WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT :
Now this what a true copper color is.I am absolutely in love with it.Its very pigmented and stays well put even without an eye shadow base.It is a very rusty copper I would say if asked to explain with a nice balanced amount of shimmer.Absolutely gorgeous.The large 2gm jar is available for $8 & the mini 1 gm jar for $5.
Here is a swatch of this beauty without an eye shadow base:

~Lumiere Lipgloss in Pink Quartz:
Lumiere describes it as:
Description
Rosy pink with iridescent golden pink sheen - Best on COOL undertones
Our Lumi Lips lip colors contain jojoba oil, which is very similar to the oils your skin produces naturally. The jojoba oil works as a protective film, locking in moisture and helping to prevent chapped lips.These lip colors are silky, long wearing, and never sticky.

WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT:
This lipgloss is a beautiful pink shade with a luminous glossy finish.It has a good staying power and due to the presence of jojoba oil it helps to moisturize the lips.Though it would need to be retouched after a little while like most of the lipglosses.I love this small sample that I got.I think its a really cute lip gloss for my collection.Its available in loads of lovely shades and is priced at $8.50 for a Large squeeze tube & A large lip wand & $3 for Mini Sized Lip wand.
Here is a swatch of the lip gloss:

You can order Lumiere cosmetics here.The good thing is that they ship worldwide.
Thanks a lot for reading.Any comments and queries are welcomed.

Stay Happy Always,

Love,

Areej

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

~NOTD :O.P.I No Spain No Gain ~

Hello Lovlies,

How have you girls been?I have been a little bit busy for some days.

Today finally I am here to share with you my latest NOTD.

So here it is:

                                                                 Taken in Day light

Its called No Spain no gain from O.P.I Spanish collection of Fall 2009 that celebrates the beauty of a country rich in art & culture.


Isnt it the season of plums so why not wear such a lovely plum shade on your nails mmm...

I am totally in love with this shade and I am impressed by the opaque texture of this nail color.1 coat is even opaque enough but two are always better for me.This color is very close to the color to the color of plum and berries.I didnt had plums or berries so I combined it with a pair of cherries :)
Taken in room light

O.P.I is always very durable and long lasting.The polish dries out really fast and survives even without applying a base or top coat for some days.Its applicator works out really smooth and the polish gets a great finish.As I mentioned in my earlier post it is expensive compared to other nail colors but then it is O.P.I ! I love it and am looking forward to buy a couple of more shades soon.

O.P.I is available at D.Watson in Islamabad,Naheed's in Karachi & some salons in Lahore.In Islamabad you can try the shades at the O.P.I counter at D.Watson Blue Area.Its priced at Rs.825/-

So girls what are your favorite nail colors these days?

Thanks for reading.

Stay Happy Always.

Love,

Areej

Friday, June 17, 2011

O.P.I Miss Universe Collection: Whats in store:)

Unleash Your Inner Beauty Queen!

OPI Launches Limited Edition
Miss Universe Lacquers

Pageant-pretty nail lacquers in the new Miss Universe by OPI promotion give fingers and toes added glitz and glamour. Featuring four shades packed with shimmer and sparkle, these limited edition colors capture the energy of the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held September 12, 2011, in São Paulo, Brazil.

“Miss Universe is the most popular and publicized beauty pageant in the world,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “We are excited to partner with the Miss Universe Organization, whose contestants provided so much inspiration for rich, high-fashion color.”


With shades ranging from berry and golden pink to electric blue and glittery silver, Miss Universe by OPI provides high-shine lacquers, including:

Congeniality is My Middle Name
And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

Crown Me Already!
A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

It’s MY Year
It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

Swimsuit…Nailed It!
An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

The Miss Universe Organization named OPI its official nail care sponsor this June. Additionally, Weiss-Fischmann will be a judge for the 2011 Miss USA® pageant, a precursor to the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe by OPI Nail Lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited-edition promotion will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information,  visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter@OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

ABOUT MISS UNIVERSE:
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com or follow Miss Universe on Facebook or Twitter @TheRealMissU.

Friday, June 10, 2011

~ Review: DMGM Even Complexion Compact Powder ~

Hello Lovlies

Today I am doing a reviewing a product on a special request and the product is DMGM Even Complexion Compact Powder.


WHAT DMGM HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PRODUCT:


D.M.G.M. introduces a Even Complexion Compact Powder to give the skin a beautiful natural radiance. Lights-reflecting particles make the complexion perfectly even and flawless for a natural & translucent finish. With the Micro Jet technology the ultra-fine texture gives a smooth satin finish for a comfortable skin.

WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PRODUCT:

I think its one of the best face powder that is available in the range of drugstore brands in Pakistan.Overall DMGM has gained quite a popular place among the girls due to their variety of quality products.Its products can be compared to any other International brand.




Okay so now lets get to the product.

I personally use this powder in my daily make up routine without a heavy base or foundation.I apply a light moisturizer on the face & then afterwards I dust the powder all over the face.Without the use of a foundation or base this powder gives a very smooth natural look.

But in case you are getting ready for a many hours function or a night out its better to use it with a matching  liquid foundation.With the use of  liquid foundation,this powder gives a very sophisticated and neat finish to the face.
This powder stays put for quite a reasonable period of time without a base.I do not feel the need of a base due to the good amount of coverage that the powder provides.Its finish is very silky smooth & at once brightens up your face and mood too.It can be used for both minimal and maximum coverage.Here I have applied it on the lower area of my hand.See the difference
.

I love its packaging as well.It comes in this black square compact with a full sized mirror fitted at the top.It also includes a puff to apply the powder with.Its better to use a powder brush to apply it but in case you are on the go and need some retouching the puff is always available.Its quite handy to be carried around in your handbag

When you open the compact there is an insignia of DMGM cosmetics in the centre of the powder.It tells that it is original.Also there is quite a detail written on the back with the MADE IN ITALY too.Its available in 8 different shades to choose from according to your skin tone.



I bought this for Rs.995 a couple of months ago.Its a bit expensive but then its great quality.

Verdict:
Its a great product and i dont find any cons in it.Its worth giving  a try then.

Have anyone of you girls used it.Any comments and questions are welcomed.

Thanks for reading,

Stay Happy Always,

Love,

Areej

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

~ WHY DO I WANT THESE SEDONA LACE BRUSHES ~

Hello Lovlies

This is a post about SEDONA LACE Make up Brushes.

Sedona Lace makes & offers  very good quality Cosmetic Brushes & lovely Eye shadow palettes at affordable prices.

Have a look at this 12 Piece Professional Make up Brushes set:)

Aren't they pretty!! 

I am pretty sure that each pretty lady would want not one such make up brush but all of these to add beauty to their vanity tables.I also want to own these as this is a perfect kit and it includes all the essential brushes for the eyes,lips & face:)

The brushes included in this kit are as follows:

Powder Brush 376
This sculpted brush head with natural bristles, allows for more precise placement.
Great rounded top for "all over" application of loose powder.
 
Duo Fibre Brush 813
This brush is known to add the finish of an "airbrush look" when using liquid foundation, not the best brush for creme foundations.
The great natural bristles of this brush help with the application of blush, also used as a highlight brush.
 
Foundation Brush 727
The synthetic bristles on this brush are non-absorbing to help keep your foundation on your face and not on the brush!
Tapered Oval head gently helps to blend the foundation into place.
Works well with any Liquid/creme products, but works best with Sedona Lace's 10 color camouflage concealer palette.
 
Large Angled Contour Brush 850
This angled shaped brush works best when used for applying blushes.
Used to apply cheek contour, could also be used wet as a foundation brush.
These natural bristles are best when used with Sedona Lace's Contour and Blush Palette.
 
Concealer Brush 954
This Rounded flat shaped, thin precision tip brush with synthetic bristles allows flawless application of cream or liquid concealers underneath the eye or in hard to reach areas, like the inner eye or lash-line.
 
Medium Angled Shading Brush 407
This angled shape, yet flat with natural bristles brush, is best used underneath the eyebrow and inner corners of the eyes.
Also great use for blending shadows outwards.
 
Small Angled Brush 561
This stiff natural bristled brush is angled to help create the perfect eye brow when filling in.
This is an essential brush when applying gel or creme eyeliner.
 
Large Shader Brush 941
This flat shaped brush is ideal for applying eye shadow primer and creme formulas.
Could also be used for concealers in precise areas.
Natural bristles.
 
Tapered Blending Brush 863
This brush has a rounded and tapered top and a perfect size for applying and blending an all over shadow.
Packs color into the lip and also blends for a soft result.
These natural designed bristles are best when used with Sedona Lace's Ulta shimmer 88 palette/matte 88 palette and the 120 pro palette first edition.
 
Pencil Brush 904
This brush is name of natural bristles and is perfect for smudging out eye liner
Great for applying color in the crease and outer corner of the eye.
This brush can easily create a gorgeous 'smokey eye' look.
 
Eye Shading Brush 305
This brush has a soft rounded top to helps apply loose eye shadows and pigments.
Ideal for packing on a lot of pigment and keeping an intense color.
Natural bristles.
 
Eyeliner Brush 772
This extra fine brush with natural bristles helps give a precise line when applying liner.


This kit is so reasonably priced at $49 and you can order it here

For more details on brushes and other products you can also visit SEDONA LACE at www.sedonalace.com

On Face book you can visit them here & on Twitter here.

Thanks a lot for reading.

Stay Happy Always.

Areej


Monday, June 6, 2011

~ NOTD: O.P.I Purple with a Purpose ~

Hello Lovlies,


How are all of you?Another weekend is over.I have been pretty excited over the weekend....Any guesses WHY!!!
Yes you are right!!
I have bought two O.P.I Shades & I am telling you its the first time I have bought & invested in O.P.I Nail Lacquers.
So as you girls must be knowing This summer is all about NEON Shades like Neon pink, purple, yellow, orange, and even green.


I wanted a shade lying somewhere in NEON Category & I got what I wanted:


Here is an NOTD done with what I found:

Its the shade called Purple with a Purpose from O.P.I & its a perfect Neon Purple for me.


Its a Bluish based purple with hints of pink shimmer in it.I have applied 2 coats of this nail color without a base coat or a top coat still it gives the effect of a top coat due to its shiny finish.It dries really quick.As soon as i ended up doing the next nail the previous nail coat had dried.It was really surprising how quick this dries as compared to other Nail colors without getting messy at all.The applicator brush is really good and does its job in a good manner.Overall I am in Love with O.P.I & I would always want to invest in it once in a while.
Though its somewhat expensive compared to other drugstore brands but then it is O.P.I !


For the Girls of  Islamabad: You can now access the O.P.I Counter at D.Watson Blue area & choose from its good enough range.I got this from there for Rs.825/-.


OH....YES...There is another face about this specific Purple shade that I wanted to share with you...It matches my Lovely Sigma Miss Taylor Brush....See...




What a close match :D


Ok Girls so tell me which shades you hace tried and which is your favorite O.P.I Shade.


I would totally recommend you to go on & invest in this purple if you are looking for a very Purple Nail color:)


Thanks for reading.


Stay Happy Always.


Love.


Areej

Friday, June 3, 2011

~ MAY Favorites ~

Hi Lovlies

So as June is here,Its time for a MAY FAVORITES Post!!

I must say that these are the products that I have really been glued to.Whenever I do make up these automatically appear from somewhere ;) & so they have to be my MAY Favorites :)

Ok so here are the favs from my BIRTHDAY Month:)

Starting of with
   
                        DMGM EVEN COMPLEXION COMPACT POWDER

Ok so I confess that I havent been using Liquid foundation lately and am living on a bit of moisturizer and face powder only & this is the face powder that I have been in love with for quite a few months now .I feel like i ll stick to it for quite some time till I find another one worth buying.This shade is Even Beige in 02.It gives my skin at once fresh look when applied.Its worth buying :)

                                      THE BODY SHOP CHEEK COLOR

 Swatch 2 swipes 

This has been my one favorite blush for the month of May.Its the Golden Pink shade in 04 ( I must say that it is also sometimes compared to NARS ORGASM,though its not a 100% dupe to it but still very close).Its a peachy pink shade with shimmers in it.If two to three coats are applied the shimmer is more visible than one coat.This blusher is very long lasting & is one good investment.

                                MAYBELLINE STUDIO GEL EYE LINER

I am very happy that I finally tried a Gel Eye liner and fell in love with it completely.This Gel eye liner works out everything for me whether its the simple eye liner look or the dramatic look even the cat eye look.I even find it comparable to MAC Gel eye liner.it doesnt smudge even on my oily skin & that is one of the reasons i love to wear it.If you want to read my review on this Click here

                                 LANCOME HYPNOSE DRAMA MASCARA

As i said that I have using the dramatic Gel eye liner so I opted for a light effect on the lashes.This Lancome Mascara gives my absolutely what I want not more not less..It creates a fringe like effect on the lashes and that is enough for me for a simple day look.Otherwise some extra coats are applied for an evening or party look.If you want to read my review on this here

                                 FARMASI LIP PENCIL

To outline my lips I have mostly used this lip pencil.As you can see that its a PINK Shade & also in summers mostly our dresses have loads of Pinks so I usually apply a pink,peach or nude shade.With pink Lipsticks or glosses I love to use this PINK Lipliner.

                                  ARTDECO LIPSTICK 
SWATCH


This lipstick is called Nude Antique Pink shade no.22 & is from ARTDECO'S PERFECT COLOR Lipsticks range.I would describe this color as the perfect Nude Peachy Pink shade.I love its Metal packaging as well and the satin finish on the lips.

                                          LOREA'L GLAM SHINE LIPGLOSS

This is always in my handbag & I love to reapply it again and again.Its called Moon Crystals and I bought this after reading about it on our dear Sara Hassan's Blog.Thank You Sarah for recommending this beautiful shade.Its perfect for my summers.

So Girls what do you think of these products.Has anyone of these products been your favorites??

So give me feedback .I love to read your comments.

Stay Happy Always.

Love,

Areej

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

~ MY 150 Followers Giveaway Sigma Miss Taylor Brush (NOW CLOSED)~

Hello Lovlies,

How are you doing....I am so excited to share with you the GOOD NEWS i.e I have reached 150 followers on my blog! To Celebrate & to thank you all I am Hosting this Giveaway & the winner of this Giveaway willl recieve this lovely & glamorous looking brush i.e Sigma's Miss Taylor Kabuki.


Its sponered by SIGMA BEAUTY & Sigma will themselves ship the brush to the winner...! Exciting isnt it !!

                  If you want to read my review on this brush Click here


Introduction to Sigma's Miss Taylor retractable kabuki brush :
The Sigma Makeup retractable flat top kabuki is the easiest way to apply powder products such as blush, bronzer, foundation, and highlighter on-the-go. Practical and classy, the Hollywood Glamour collection is a must!



This Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!

Please read the RULES carefully while entering & Please dont miss anything out.

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 BOTH. (+1 Entry)
3. Like my Facebook Page & mention the name with which you have LIKED my page (+2 Entry)
Facebook Page:Areej Usman's Blog
* If even one point is missed from the  Must enteries i ll not consider that entry.

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 :) (+5 Entries)

2. Add the above picture in your Blog's sidebar mentioning my Giveaway & copy & paste the link of your blog. (+2 Entries)
3.Invite 2 Friends to like my Facebook page & ask them to write on the wall saying that they have been invited by you.Once I find your name twice i ll count ur 3 entries.(+3 Entries)
4.Follow Me on Twitter & Tweet this Giveaway.Mention @AreejUsman in the tweet so I can check back.(+2 Entries)
IMP:If your blog is only for Giveaways I wont consider your blog entry.u MUST have FOLLOWERS & reviews & Blog Stuff:)

The maximum number of entries that a person can get is 17.

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 1st of June 2011  & will end on 30th of June 2011.

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

For more information on Sigma beauty Click here

Thanks a lot & have fun

Love,

Areej


~ 1 LUCKY WINNER OF THE SIGMA F80 YAYYYYY ~

So Pretty Girls 


........................The wait is all over now and here is the winer of the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki 













            CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!


                          I have emailed you .Please reply me back with your details within 48 hrs.


                        To all others who participated dont loose hope as there is always a Next time.


                                             Love,


                                             Areej 

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