Friday, December 30, 2011

FOTD:Sleek Monaco Palette !

Hey Lovlies,
Last evening I had a lovely gettogether with my friends.Had a lot of fun!!I am sharing my look for the evening with you all :)
Hope you like it :)
~Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Beige( For Review Click here:)
~DMGM Even Complexion Face Powder Even Beige(For Review Click here:)
~Sleek Nude Collection Blush in Seude
~Midnight Garden,Sunset & Washed Ashore from Sleek Monaco Palette(For Review Click here)
~Maybelline Studio Gel eye liner Black (For Review Click here)
~Rimmel 123 looks Mascara
~Diana of London eye pencil
~Revlon Color stay Lipstick in 300
Thanks for reading.
Stay Happy Always

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

~Review:Raw Gaia Bamboo and Pumice Exfoliator~

Hello Lovlies
How are you doing?I have been recently a big fan of natural & organic products.The product that I am reviewing today is also from the same category.Its the Raw Gaia Bamboo and Pumice Exfoliator.

Raw Gaia is the world's first range of living organic skin care products and organic beauty products, hand-made using only cold-pressed, organic, vegan, cruelty- and chemical-free ingredients.

Our natural & organic skincare products have outstanding skin moisturising and uplifting qualities because they are absolutely pure, alive and made with the Earth's most nourishing and beautifying skin care ingredients, which are far more effective than any chemical or artificial moisturisers.
What makes Raw Gaia stand out is that we use only 100% organic, living and vegan ingredients such as cold-pressed butters and oils as well as high-grade essential oils. Moreover, our products are made following a process that avoids temperatures beyond 40°C.

Our Bamboo and Pumice exfoliator will help to effectively remove the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, to let a more radiant skin through, while at the same time assisting the newly exposed skin to function better. It will remove the dullness of congestion, and will also help to refine the skin texture and by doing so, help to reduce the size of the pores naturally.
Usually I have seen exfoliators coming in tube shaped or jars type packagings.But this is a very different kind of packaging as it comes in a cute little pot.The look of the product is very spa-ish!
On opening the product for the very first time,I thought this looks very powdery,well where are the granules that are to result in exfoliating the face!!
The powder is very finely ground with only bamboo & pumice as the ingrediants & nothing else really!I can say its the most natural exfoliator I have ever used.The directions are mentioned on the back of the pot.As I have used this exfoliator twice weekly last couple of days I tried the mentioned way of use + a couple of other techniques.The other one is like picking some powder with the help of a small spatula,place the powder in your palm,take some amount of water,create a mask like consistency and then place it all over your face & exfoliate.Picking the right amount of powder is important.
The result of exfoliating is excellent.The product when applied on the face changes into the tiniest granules one can feel.It removes all the dead skin & impurirties from the face & neck and brings out a visible fresher  layer of skin from underneath.It also helps improve the skin texture by shrinking the size of the pores.The skin feels baby soft after use.I am really happy that this exfoliator worked out too well for me.I have oily skin & therefore I need to exfoliate couple of times in a week.The pot may seem small but as only a small product is used,so the pot may last for quite a long period on your shelf!This 50 g jar comes for £20.99 which may sound extra expensive but then you get what you pay for & offcourse a little goes a long way!

I would recommend this to all of you who are willing to spend some extra bucks for your skincare essentials.This product has many purposes,it cleanses,exfoliates,rejuvenates & actually POLISHES your skin.There are a lot of other great products on their website as well.
For more details click here.
You can also find them on Facebook & Twitter
Thanks a lot for reading.
Stay Happy Always.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

~Review:Born Pretty Nail Art Stamping Plate with my First Presentable Nail Art~

Hello Girls,
How have you been?Well this is a post that has been pending for a long time now.Yes its the nail art stamping plate by Born Pretty Store.As this was the first time I laid my hands on a nail art stamper and a plate I wanted some time for myself to get used to the product and how to do something presentable with it.Ok so today I am sharing my review of this nail art stamping plate & my nail art !
Here is what I got for review from Born Pretty Store:

Born Pretty is specialized in providing nail art, nail polish, nail care, eyeliner, eyelashes, false nail, acrylic nail, french manicure, gel nails, pedicure etc.
You will always find great stuff on relatively low prices & loads of deals are always going on on their website that offer interesting stuff.

I ll share my over all experience of trial & error with you.The main thing when you want to try nail art is to have a clear table infront of you with some important stuff like nail polish remover,a wipe so that you dont have to use 100's of cotton balls,stamping plate,stamper & scraper along with the base coat & the nail color you are using  for the stamper.I tried various different nail polished for the plate but ended up understanding that always use a nail polish that is really thick .And I mean really thick ,it will do the trick for you.Ok as we have a lot of varieties available in Pakistan,I had some old nail polishes from Medore that come really cheap in our market.I found out that they were the best to use for stamping because after some time they turn really thick.The nail art that I am sharing today is done with Medora French Manicure White.

I am sorry for the unclear pic I always found that the sunshine or flash was getting in the way ,but anyhow i was able to take a presentable pic :)
Ok so now getting to how to use the plate.

Its not like you will try it for the first time & end up creating something marvellous but it requires a lot of patience and time to learn the tricks of how to create a good looking nail art.After a bit of practicing you will be able to do it more quickly and neatly.
~First of all paint your nails with the base coat that you have chosen.I used OPAL by Picture Polish here.I applied a first coat & then a second and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
~Secondly pick up the nail color for the stamping process.Dip the brush into the color and you will be able to see some thick polish on the brush.Take your stamping plate & fill the color onto the design that you want to print.As soon as your color takes space in the design hold your scraper at an upright 90 degree angle and scrap any other polish of the plate.
~Next take your stamper ,hold it straight & upright too and quickly press hard onto the plate.
~Next roll on the stamp image from one side of the nail to the other without moving it up or down but only from one side of the nail to the other.You also have to keep in mind how you want the design to be copied on your nail.Otherwise you will end up creating different looks on different nails!

You will always need to clean the plate with the nail polish remover before doing the next nail if you want clear designs.

Ok so coming to my stamping plate & stamper:
The plate I got has some beautiful flowery designs but I noted that some of them were more easy to work on than the others.The "others" didnt pick up all the image actually.

My stamper is also two sided but I mostly use the smaller side as the images are no bigger than that!

What you say girls.I am still in the learning phase & will love to share my future nail art attempts with you girlies :)

For more details & orders you can visit Born Pretty .You can also find them on Facebook.
Have you tried nail art with stamping plates.Please share any tips & tricks that you learnt with me.
Thanks for reading.
Stay Happy Always.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Hello Dear Girls!
How is everything!Well we all are geared up to say Good Bye to 2011 & Welcome another New Year 2012!
So come on Girls LETS CELEBRATE!!
I am happy to be hosting this Giveaway sponsored by CHARM FACTORY!You can enter & win a branded beaded bracelet of your choice from a range of charming bracelets!
For my review on The Pink & White Bracelet from Charm Factory Click here:
 All you have to do is to follow the simple rules!
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 Entries)
Facebook Page:Areej Usman's Blog
4.Visit this link: & mention the name of the bracelet you would like to have in case you win !(+1 Entry)
5.Open the giveaway pic on Facebook Page(Photos:Happy New Year Giveaway) & below it simply copy & paste "I have entered the NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY on @Areej Usman's Blog"(+1 Entry)

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 :) (+2 Entries)
2. Add the above picture in your Blog's sidebar mentioning my Giveaway & copy & paste the link of your blog. (+2 Entries)
3.Share your new year resolution with me .(+2 Entry)
4.Invite 4 Friends to my FB page & ask them to write your name that they have been invited by you.(+2 Entry)
The maximum number of entries that a person can get is 15.
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 or you can ask on my Fb page too:)
This Giveaway starts today on 5th Dec & ends on Dec 31st!
Winner of the Giveaway will be chosen through
There will be only one winner & CHARM FACTORY will ship the prize directly to the lucky winner!
For more information on Charm Factory Click here!

Thanks a lot & Have fun!!!!


~Review:Pink & White Beaded Bracelet from Charm Factory~

Hello Sweet Girls!
What comes into your mind when you say Beautiful!!Well Beauty doesnt only come with make up but it can be acquired by 1000's of different ways...Sometimes you stay simple yet you look beautiful Well I guess that is your inner beauty expressing itself:)
Ok lets be practical when you are preparing for a wedding/party/a night out what else is there that makes you look pretty other than Makeup! Yes it can be the way you dress ,the way you carry your accessories & what jewellery you are wearing..
As Jewellery is part of our daily beauty routine I am today reviewing a lovely piece of Bracelet for you.
 I recieved it in my mail a couple of days ago from the CHARM FACTORY for review.Here it is:
We feature almost 5000 high quality, unique sterling silver charms, bracelets, beads and more.Silver charm bracelets are so easy to personalize. Start by choosing a charm bracelet (or necklace). Then add as many .925 sterling silver charms as you like. Each charm comes with a free jump ring to attach it to your bracelet.
Our charms and beads are .925 sterling silver and manufactured in the United States, all lead and nickel free. Our pewter charms are also nickel and lead free. Charm Factory products do not contain cadmium, which is a concern with some products made in Asia. (The jump rings attached to our pewter charms do contain a small amount of nickel. A few imports that we do not make here, like some chains from Italy, are noted in product details.)

~The Pink And White Beaded Bracelet~
One end screws off
Material: Silver Plated Brass 
Lead free pewter
Assembled in the USA 
Pewter beads - Made in the USA 
Bracelet and glass beads - Imported
Bracelet Length: 8 inches (also available in  7 1/2 inches and 9 inches )
Price: $17.99
The service at Charm Factory is really good.I recieved this bracelet within 9 working days.The boxed bracelet was not only packed up in a usual brown envelope but then packed again in a customized shipping envelope.The bracelet comes neatly packed up in a white box.I can say that its packaging is so perfect for gift purposes.Anything from Charm Factory can make a great gift!

This bracelet is made of three kinds of beads Glass,Pewter & Enamel.I specially love the intricate flowers on the enamel beads.I chose this one out of their beaded range because I love PINK & I loved its combination.It can nearly go with any dress I wear because of its color combination.I would love to wear a silver watch to add some Chink to this Bracelet though it looks very pretty alone too.
Here is a shot of it on my hand:

My bracelet is 8" long but it is also available in size 7 1/2 " & 8".
I am seriously loving this bracelet.Usually when it comes to wearing jewellery I am more of a bracelet & ring person so I guess I would be wearing this bracelet very often.

The beads are looped on a silver tone chain with a clasp at one end to secure it together.
Charm Factory is a one stop online store for anything you want.It has European Style Bracelets & Beads,Charms,Chains,Rings,Necklaces etc.You can even design a personalized bracelet choosing different beads & also can personalize as a gift for someone special!
For more Details visit Charm Factory here:
You can also find them on Facebook,Twitter &Youtube.

I have a great news for you.
CHARM FACTORY was kind enough to sponser a New Year Giveaway for my blog.
So do you want to win a bracelet for yourself.Head on here to Enter my Giveaway!
All the best!!


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