Thursday, December 18, 2014

~REVIEW:Sweet Touch Magnetic and simple Nail Lacquers~

Hello Lovlies
Hope you all been fine.Sometimes life gets so busy that even if you wish you cant spare time for things you love to do.Same thing happened with me in the last one n half month.But now I am back !So lets not waste any more time and get back to this post.
I got a lovely Care package from Sweet Touch Cosmetics some weeks ago.It contained some lovely nail colors.
Sweet Touch Cosmetics always give special atterntion to the packaging.

It got the two simple nail lacquers and one is the new magnetic nail art polish.
The names of the simple nail colors are
Sweet Kiss 1030
Teal 1113
& the shade for magnetic nail art is 1142 Plum Magnetic.
I ll review and swatch Sweet Kiss and Plum Magnetic today.
Sweet Kiss 1030

Sweet Kiss with nail art 

applying the magnetic nail art

Sweet Touch 1142 Red Magnetic
The thing I am loving most about these nail colors is the formula & the wide brush size.The wideness of the brush helps in coating the nails more easily & specially if you are short of time it makes things easier.The nail colors dry pretty quickly on the nails as well.
The color Sweet Kiss is a nude pink shade & its perfect for everyday wear & winters as well.I applied two coats to get this opaqeness.
The magnetic nail art shade I got is Red & I must say its gorgeous.Red is usually a neutral color so I am loving it more.Sweet Touch introduction of magnetic nail art is great as it is among the pioneers of introducing magnetic nail polish in Pakistan.Just apply the nail color and while its wet hold the magnet on top of the nail.Count till 10 and back and Voila....what beautiful nails.The only thing to take care of is not to let the magnet touch the nails.
One coat of Sweet Touch nail colors starts chipping in a day.Otherwise if  there are two coats the chipping delays for atleast 2 days.
The range of the simple nail colors are from 85-100 & the Magnetic range comes in 6 lovely shades.
The usual nail shades are available for 140-180 at different stores nationwide whereas the magnetic is available for Rs.460.
Overall they are great for everyday use as there is a variety of colors to choose from as well.
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Friday, October 31, 2014

~Empties for the Month of October 2014~

Another very busy month comes to an end today.This month I couldn't give much time to my blog and posts as was busy in preparing for my friend's wedding.I hope I make it up for my blog next time.
Today's post is about the Empties of the month.Its second in the series as I did my first one last month.
Lets see in detail what are the empties of the month
Freeman's barefoot foot mist
Been using this product for a while now.Its really refreshing and at once gives yout tired feet some freshness.I recently bought another Foot mist because I wasnt able to find this one.
St.Ives Mineral Therapy Body wash
This is a good body wash,with a lovely light spa-ish smell.Ofcourse we trust St.Ives.
Freeman Body Soothing Lotion Cucumber and Aloe vera
I have never said Nay to any Freeman product.This one is also one of the best hydrating lotions I have used.
M&S Lemon Shower Cream
I got these in a gift set from a dear friend.Mostly used it in my trips and travel.
Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream
Burt's Bees is one of the best brands when it comes to organic products.Similarly with a lovely coconut smell this maked your feet soft as snow.
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
I am really sad this finished.Very fast acting and wondrous results.
Rasasi Romance & Essence Like a first day in spring
Both of these are my favorite everyday perfumes.Romance has been my favorite for a long time now.
Review for Essence EUD Toilette is here
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
I tried this mascara in travel size .Here is the review.Since then I have been a very big fan of Hypnose Drama.I suggest it to all looking for a great mascara.
Do you like empties of the month type posts?
Have you used any of these products?
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

~Review:L'oreal Paris White Perfect Total 10 Day Cream~

L'oreal is a brand known to all.Whenever it launches a new product I am looking forward to try it and review it for you all on my blog.L'oreal recently launched a new range called Total 10 & I was sent a sample of its White Perfect day cream for trial and review.This product has been in my use for a month now.I feel like its the perfect time to review it.
The packaging of the sample was lovely.I really appreciate the effort of the team.
It was wrapped in a lovely blue wrapping paper & silky white ribbon.
Opening it up brought back the same joy of receiving something as a surprise.
& Here is the lovely White Perfect
It comes in a white cylindrical pump bottle with a transparent cap on top.The packaging is quite sturdy.Though when you hold it it feels light in your hands.This bottle contains 50ml of product.
The consistency of the product is neither runny nor hard,its very smooth and lotion like.Doesn't spill around or create a mess.The color of the lotion is the lightest tone of lilac.My camera couldn't catch the shade and shows it white in the picture.The scent is also very light notes of lavender.
White Perfect just applied
applied and absorbing 
even toned bright skin
This product claims to provide a total of 10 benefits to the skin thats why its called Total 10 or 10 dimensions.Lets have a look at what it really does and what it doesnt.Five benefits are in the skin whitening range and five are skin protection benefits.
Skin whitening Benefits:
FAIRER SKIN: Not visible in a month but may be with continuous use of 3-4 months
ANTI DARK SPOT:There aren't really many dark spots on my skin so I cant say much about it
EVEN TONE: Yes entirely
Skin Protection Benefits:
ANTI OXIDATION:The presence of Vitamin C,A or beta carotene in creams provides protection against free radical damage.
ANTI POLLUTION:Specially designed and made to keep the pollution away from the skin.Yes it helps.
ANTI OILINESS EFFECT:Yes it keeps my oily skin matte and I am happy with it.Well it is now winters but who aint going to love a matte face.Its the best for oily skin.
ANTI UVA & ANTI UVB:It provides protection UVA & UVB rays that cause pre mature skin aging,eye damages & skin cancers.
My skin is oily and therefore I was looking forward to emphasize the anti oiliness effect.It satisfies me on that note and also gives me added benefits that are important to look for in a daily use cream.I really am satisfied after knowing all the protection elements that are there.Each creams promises fairness but doesn't provide protection against the risks of ozone penetrating layers and pollution.
I would definitely buy this product again.L'oreal once again wins.
This product is priced at Rs.999.Some of you may find the price somewhat expensive but the same rule applies.A little product goes a long way.I assume a 50 ml bottle will definitely last 2-3 months.Thats good enough then.
For more details visit L'oreal on Facebook here
You can find this product at all leading drugstores nationwide.
Have you used any L'oreal skincare product before?
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~Review & Swatches:Benefit They're Real Push up Liner~

This product that I am reviewing today has been creating a lot of hype lately.Everyone from the beauty related field was talking about it as soon as it was launched.It was like you didnt had this you were missing something real good and worth having.So as soon as I spotted it with its other counterpart the They're real Mascara I knew I had to get my hands on these.Today I ll be reviewing the deluxe size They're Real Push up liner.

This deluxe size comes with the Benefit The Real Steal Limited Edition Set that contains the Full Size They're Real Mascara,They're Real Push up liner Deluxe Sample and Remover Individual sample
A Little about the Push up liner:
It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!
~My Experience with Benefit They're Real Push up Liner~
The packaging of the liner is really attractive.Infact it is a fact that Benefit Cosmetics is known for their cute and attractive packaging.Its cap clasps upon it tightly and comes off when rotated anti clockswise.The tip is plugged with an orange color stopper.

Take off the plug.twist the base of the liner.Some of the liquid will appear on the tip of the liner.The important thing to remember while applying the liner is that this is not a liquid eye liner but gel.It will tend to be a bit drier when applying.You may have to rotate the base couple of times in the beginning as its called the push up liner.Once adequate amount is present on the tip you will get a better application.

After application I put the plug back inside so that it wouldnt turn out dry.My first cat eye look with this liner was pretty easy and precise.It was not difficult for me to apply the winged/cat look because i am used it in everyday routine.It might be difficult to draw cat eye from this push up liner if you are new at learning eye make up techniques.
This was my first time with the push up liner:
What do you say?
Here's a more complete look

I am impressed by the staying power and the pigmentation.Its actually pure matte black.The tip of the liner is designed in such a way that it bends at any angle possible and reaches the closest to the lash line.With a good stable hand and practice you can become a cat eye expert with this liner.
It claims a staying power of 24 hours.To be honest I havent tried it for that long.But a maximum for 8-9 hours that is pretty good enough.Its surely waterproof so one should not worry.You can wear push up liner and go Dance in the Rain!
The dry swatch is when I didnt twist the bottom of the liner whereas the black swatch is when there was adequate amount on the tip.
This liner with the kit is for $24 on Benefits's Website here
The original size is selling individually for $24 as well here
I got these from online facebook page called BELLS for Rs.3350 which I think is a good price for the whole size mascara and deluxe liner.
I really wanted to try the mascara too so I ordered these from them.
The service and coordination with BELLS was lovely.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

~Empties for the Month of September 2014~

As September is coming to an end,I collected my empty or nearly empty products and bring to you my 1st ever Empties of the month post!I have always learned from and read this type of posts by my fellow bloggers so decided to start these myself.

Here are the empty products this month:
~ Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Hydrating Body Lotion
What do you expect of a VS body lotion!Yes great hydration and wonderful relaxing aroma.Loved this product.Bought this at Shams Islamabad

~ Soap & Glory Hand Food
Details Review here
One of the best hand creams I have found in my lifetime

~ Clean & Clear Makeup dissolving foaming cleanser
This was an excellent investment.Bought this product just on instinct and loved it.I used it on such occasions mostly parties/weddings when you are too tired to manually wipe off your make up.Just wash your face with this and your skin is makeup free.I am now on the look out for a similar product as I havent seen this lately in the market.

~ Garnier Daily Energising Gel Scrub
I love products that are fruity and have that citrusy smell.They just freshen me up instantly.This has been one of those face washes.Though I might not buy it again but it was a lovely product.

~ Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
S&G's Righteous Butter....I only wish it hadn't emptied so soon.Next time I ll buy I full size one
Its soft as fur and smooth as silk

~ Freeman Facial Gel Scrub
Freeman is one of my favourite drugstore brand when it comes to skincare.I love their masks,hand and foot products as well as some facial products.I also liked this one due to its fruity fresh raspberry smell.Smells the same as an raspberry popsicle.This used to be in my shower section.I ll have to replace it with something fruity soon enough.
Do you like empties of the month type posts?
Have you used any of these products?
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Polio:A Leap of Faith

Sponsored Video Polio is a preventable disease that affects young children and adults. Leap of Faith seeks to raise awareness of polio and vaccination efforts in Pakistan. Protect your children from polio and other preventable diseases. Your courage will keep them healthy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

~Review & Swatches:Essence Blush Up Blush in Heatwave~

Lately I have become a blush holic.Pretty Pinks and corals can't escape my eyes.I knew I had to have this blush in my collection as soon as I saw it.This is Essence Blush up in "Heatwave".
The packaging in itself is quite decent.It is one of the most pretty blushers in my collection.Due to its transparent box,it looks beautiful as the colors of the sunset can be seen.It would have been a waste really if it would have a non transparent lid!Essence usually comes up with Chic looking products and so this is one of them.It also snaps with a tick,means you can carry it around in your handbag without worrying of damaging it or your bag.This box carries 8 g of product that is pretty much for a blush on.

~A little about the product~
The hair and fashion trend is finally reaching make-up, too! essence is adding a cool and unique blush with a color gradient to the beauty bags of all global girls. the silky, semi-translucent texture with subtle coverage gives your cheeks a gorgeous, fresh look & and the pink to orange color gradient is sure to put you in the mood for springtime!
At a single glance you can see that its not a one color blush but has an ombre effect to it.It moves from two tones to three tones.Orange-Coral-Pink..Yes its a 3 in 1 blush on.Just looking at this lovely thing makes me happy.The finish is matte but when applied together you get that lovely "healthy glow" on your face.
The pigmentation is neither very good nor very bad for this blush on.You may have to pick the color with care.You can use this product for various looks.Either you can apply an orange,pink or a coral blush on or swipe the brush on them horizontally for a mixed effect.I have been using this blush on usually for everyday make up and I noticed that I have to build up the color on my cheeks dabbing the brush lightly onto the blush.I have used the colors individually and together as well & they look pretty both ways.Coral shade has been my favorite this past summers.In autumn I will opt for this lovely orange on the left.
The staying power of the blush on is quite good.It stays for upto 6 hours when used with a face primer.
Here is a swatch on my hand.This is a single swipe without any primer underneath.
From top to bottom
Bright Pink
Hot Orange
A closer view

As you can see in the closer view the blush pigments are loosely scattered.Therefore its a must to blend them carefully.They would look neat and pretty when applied and blended to perfection.If you are a pink or coral blush lover then this beauty is not to be missed.
I bought this from the Essence counter at Al-Fateh Centaurus Mall Islamabad for Rs.720
It can also be ordered online from Just4girls.
For more details visit Essence on facebook .
Do you like Essence products?Which one is your favorite blush?
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

~Review & Swatches: Mac's Candy Yum Yum~

I am a lipstick holic.As much as I was a gloss person years ago.Now I have totally converted into a lipstick lover.Lately there arrived some new lipsticks in my lipstick stash.And today I knew what I had to review.Its none other than the lovely Candy Yum Yum by MAC.
This lipstick has been there on my wishlist for quite some time.Since I entered the beauty blogging field wearing bold colors have been something exciting for me rather than a fear.Reading reviews and seeing swatches of this lipstick on different skin tones guaranteed me that this is the one bright pink shade that looks good on all skin tones no matter what.So I decided to get myself this beauty.And to my astonishment I am so very in love with this one that I am almost forgetting my previous favorite MAC Pink i.e Chatterbox!
This lipstick is now included in Mac's permanent line so you don't have to worry if you want one.You can order it or get it when on a trip abroad.
Its packing is alluring.Comes in the typical Mac lipstick packaging.The shimmering black bullet.
As all MAC lipsticks,this one also has its name written on the base of the bullet.

Though it comes in Matte finish but still its not very dry.Here is a swatch of the lipstick on my hands.
It is as creamy as it appears here on the hands.It goes smoothly on the lips as well.But for that you must have well exfoliated soft lips.Or else the lipstick will appear flaky and the uneven.It is even better to wear a transparent lip balm underneath.
The staying power of Mac lipsticks is amazing.So I was expecting the same from it.Fortunately this baby also didn't disappoint me.This stays on my lips for good 7-8 hours and is even there after I have had a lunch or dinner in between.I only have to reapply it because of the fact that I reapply my lipstick after every eating session when on the go!
Swatch in Yellow Room Light

In bright daylight
Though its a bright pink shade but its great to wear on a regular basis.Any one who is capable of wearing bold shades is bound to rock this one too.It has a light vanilla smell to it that makes me want to eat it.Its creamy,non drying with a great staying power.
Some people think that Mac lipsticks are highly priced but I am of the mind frame that money should be spent on good investments.And ofcourse Mac lipsticks are always great investments as they don't let one down whether pigmentation or staying power.
I bought this lipstick from Shams Islamabad for Rs.2600
For more detail on finding authentic Mac in Islamabad read my this post
Have you been swept away off your feet by this lovely shade yet?
Check out my recent FOTD post where I am wearing Candy Yum Yum.
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