Friday, March 6, 2015

#IpsyLove - February Ipsy


This months ipsy bag gets a thumbs up from me. I simply love everything I got and I know I I'll be using each and everything. One thing I've noticed is that they are now coming up with really cute looking bags and this one isn't exception. The bag is not only cute but pretty spacious too. 

How it works: Ipsy sends their subscribers four or five cosmetic, hair, and skincare products.  Each bag also includes exclusive coupon and discount codes for the products or companies featured in it, which is nice.  $10 a month for a rolling subscription, which can be canceled anytime, or $110 for a yearly commitment.

Things I received in my February Ipsy bag :

  • Model co blush cheek powder in cosmopolitan 
  • Luxie large angled blush brush 
  • Rob scheppy for 'tini beauty in pearl fizz 
  • Cargo cosmetics in angula 
  • Hey Hobey take it off exfoliating peel off mask


How to get ipsy in Pakistan:? You can contact Makeup & Accessories , But please keep in mind that there is usually a wait list 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rimmel London Velvet Matte Nail Polish


Rimmel London Velvet Matte Nail Polish



Oozing catwalk-cool, the collection’s five rich shades are seriously sumptuous. No matte-r which hue you choose, your fingers will be firmly on the fashion pulse. Indulge in sultry nail noir with slate grey Velvet Touch #013. Add a decadent touch of crimson with Sumptuous Red #014.  Bring on the blues with the dark cobalt tones of Midnight Kiss #015. Give nails a seductive vamp look with Purple Opulence #016. And work modern Goth-chic with inky black Matte-itude #017.

This ultra-covetable matte nail colour has a suitably deluxe design. The contemporary glass bottle is embellished with sophisticated silver foil artwork that spells out ‘Velvet Matte’ in an über-elegant font. The pack is topped with a slanted black cap that is embossed with the distinctive Rimmel crown. You’ll want to get your hands on every bottle!

Gloss be gone - it’s time to make a matte nail statement! Join the velvet revolution with Rimmel Velvet Matte. Get the London look.

RIMMEL VELVET MATTE NAIL COLLECTION

Discover a new take and finish on nails. Rimmel introduces new Velvet Matte, the ultimate velvety matte nail collection in the most opulent must-have shades of the season. Who needs shine when you can have nails with real matte-itude?! Get the London look.

Shades:
Velvet Touch #013
Sumptuous Red #014
Midnight Kiss #015
Purple Opulence #016

Price:AED26
Point Of Sale: Carrefour, Boots, Lifestyle, Max

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#WeeklyEssential - 03

Its time for desi weddings and explore new favourites . The products I am talking about today are some of my mostly used in past few weeks. They work perfectly if used together for a complete daytime look or used individually


Elizabeth and James - Nirvana Black :I got the Elizabeth and James rollerball duo this December. The has both versions but I am in LOVE with nirvana black. When I first sniffed it , it reminded me a lot of Viktor & Rolf flower bomb. Both smell strong and musky. This works wonderfully if paired with white one. They both create perfect balance between feminine and masculine.

MAC Retro Matte - Flat Out Fabulous :
This is really a fabulous lipstick. A beautiful "bright pink plum" . Its bright but not in your face kinda bright and will equally fabulous on fair and tan complexions. My second bright absolutely MAC favorite lipstick ,Moxie being first. 
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara is one of products which made it to my weekly favorites.It took me sometime to fall in love with the mascara but Boy ! i am 60% sure that it can be my HG mascara #2, first one being Bourjous volume clubbing mascara.It gives my barely there lashes , bit of volume ,curl and makes them appear naturally thick, If used with an eyelash curler, the pairing could result in beautiful looking lashes, One con though , if you aren’t careful , it can clump the lashes.
MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC35) : I love my MAC studio fix fluid more than any other foundations I own but I wanted something light for daytime / everyday wear. Its an excellent option for those who have dry skin and want (dewy) light- medium coverage. 
Beauty Blender (Original)This is by far BEST foundation/blending sponge I've tried so far. It cists more than 2000PKR and I gotta admit its worth every paisa. I have had it for almost a year now ,it still works great. The reason I have been loving it because before I was using my sigms F80 and elf flat top brush ,which would do nothing to dry patches on my face but with this I don't have to worry about anything. It makes my foundation look flawless. 
Misslyn Powder Blush #34 Pink Peach : A blush with beautiful pattern and soft texture. A soft coral matte blush .  Misslyn is a European brand which now available at all major cities as well as online at daraz.pk 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rimmel Introduces New Provocalips Lip Colour

RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS LIP COLOUR

Rimmel introduces new Provocalips, an exclusive two-step lip colour that locks in hi-impact colour with incredible shine and moisture. Go wild without a trace - your lips won’t tell!
The slim double-ended Provocalips pack looks lip-smackingly good! One end is opaquely coloured to match the shade inside; the other is white and covered in mischievous lips! The central section, which houses two slanted-tipped applicators, is sleek black and embellished with the distinctive Rimmel logo. See it, love it, get it!
Step one: Apply the colour to bare lips and allow to dry.
Step two: Apply the clear gloss top coat to lock in colour, moisture and shine.

·         The intense, vibrant colour lasts for up to 16 hours – it’s kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, only coming off when you want it to.  
·         The non-drying, lightweight formula is ultra-comfortable to wear. Lips feel smooth and moisturised.
The 10 seductively rich Provocalips shades are designed to bring out your inner-femme fatale.  Do you… Dare to Pink #110 (rose tint), get ready to Pucker Up #120 (pink rose), you Little Minx #310 (Fuchsia). Why don’t you Kiss Me You Fool #500 (bright red) as seen on our very own Rimmel gal, Georgia May Jagger who runs around with her boyfriend in East London causing trouble with those kiss proof lips! Whichever provocative mood you’re in, there’s a shade for you.

Shades:          PINK/ROSE                 Dare to Pink #110
                                                            Pucker Up #120
                        MAUVE/ROSE                       I’ll Call You #200
                                                            Kiss Fatal #230
                        FUCHSIA                     Little Minx #310
                        RED                             Kiss Me You Fool #500
                                                            Play With Fire #550
                        BEIGE/BROWN/        Heart Breaker #750
                        NATURAL                   Make Your Move #730
                                                            Skinny Dipping #700

Recommended Retail Price:         AED47
Point of Sale (ME):  Carrefour, Lifestyle, Max, Boots







.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream & Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion




Living in a world of extremes, your skin encounters heat, cold, changing climates and pollution on a daily basis.
Coupled with travel, stress and extremes, you and your skin must be able to adapt – with more resilience than ever to fight the first signs of aging.
For 2015, La Prairie expands the collection to include Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, fighting the first signs of aging around the eye area and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion, a light-as-air daily moisturizer.  By way of the collection namesake ingredient, Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, and new ingredients formulated specifically into the new launches, La Prairie brings your skin resilience to fight the first signs of aging like never before.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Royal Revolution by Katy Perry


"In some ways wearing fragrance is like putting on an invisible suit of luxurious armor. I want Royal Revolution to inspire women to make their own rules and embrace the idea that beauty and inner confidence can come together to become your secret weapon.”
- Katy Perry



Katy Perry doesn’t break the rules; she makes the rules. Her unconventional artistic vision is at the core of her newest fragrance.

Introducing

Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution by Katy Perry

A fragrance that is as beautiful as it is bold, as royal as it is rebellious.

The Fragrance
  
Top Notes
Pink Freesia
Pomegranate

Middle Notes
Sandalwood
Orange Flower
Jasmine Petals

Base Notes
Black Thorn
Skin Musk

Vanilla Orchid
Tantalizing top notes of pink freesia kissed by the nectar of ruby-red pomegranate captivate the senses. Middle notes of sandalwood balanced with sheer orange flower and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin, ensuring an unrivaled and unforgettable dry-down.

Known in the Dark Ages for its magical powers and used in spells of impenetrable protection, the Mystical Blackthorn epitomizes the balance of feminine beauty and wild rebellion with its delicate white flowers protected by its prickly ebony bark.





The Bottle

Inspired by the beauty, strength and intensity of a royal sapphire the bottle mesmerizes with multiple facets and brilliant shades of blue. The cap in an armor inspired gun-metal tone portrays fearless courage while showcasing Katy Perry’s custom royal crest.


The Collection*

Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum 100 ml : 265AED
Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum 50 ml : 195AED
Katy Perry Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum, 1.7 oz:  $49
Katy Perry Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum, 3.4 oz  :$59.00



Point of sale:
UAE- Wojooh, Sephora, Areej, and all major retailers.
Worlswide : Macys ,Ulta





Saturday, February 21, 2015

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Review ,Swatch

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Transylvania
After seeing endless photos on my intsa and facebook feed, I could'nt resisted and decided to find out what's that hype is all about after all. I was totally drawn towards two not-so-easy to find shades NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Monte Carlo. Today i will be talking about NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. 
Nyx says : Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania is a deep plum-burgandy 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Transylvania-Swatch

Okay i will be honest , This particular shade is totally out of my comfort zone and i know i would hardly ever wear it . But i am a beauty blogger and a lipstick hoarder so i paid more than retail for this just because i got sucked in the hype. I wore it with slightly smoky eyes and posted a selfie on my instagram,Surprisingly everyone loved it. So i am going to keep it.
The texture is very silky and soft but application is another story. If you don't exfoliate prior than it may look very patchy. I prefer  using a dark lipliner underneath and if you have dry lips , i recommend using a lipblam as well.I have applied two layers in the above photo . When you are layering it make sure that the previous one is dry completely. The finish is matte, you can always apply a gloss over it but application of a gloss on top will reduce the transfer-resistance . It comes off with any good makeup remover. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Transylvania

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Monte Carlo & Transylvania-Swatches

PROS:
If you are into matte lipstick.
If you are into trends and like deep shades
Great color
Feels Very comfortable on lips
Its non sticky

CONS
Drying
Hard to apply evenly when layering
Sinks a little bit into lines



Although from my review it may seem, i wasnt very fond of the product but honestly i am digging the matte look these days and have already ordered some everyday shade as well as Copenhagen .But if you want something similar available locaaly then go for DMGM photofix lipcolors (review here)

I got mine from a facebook seller for PKR.1000 , you can get NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream from beautyjoint.com for approx $6 and their shipping is worldwide . 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick Shade 10 - Review & Swatches

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick: Shade 10


I am FINALLY reviewing my HG red lipstick which i have been raving,talking and mentioning for quite a while now. Its Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in shade 10.

Kate Moss Lasting Finish LipsticksRimmel’s cult classic Lasting Finish Lipstick has been redefined with Kate’s glamorous style. A collection of 15 striking shades is now infused with Black Diamond. This unique formula boasts light-reflecting power – adding depth to every pout so that you ooze the same confidence and impact on entry as Kate.
This is a blue-based ruby red which I believe looks stunning on my medium tan skin tone. 

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick: Shade 10
Rimmel london 1000 kisses lip liner in red dynamite , Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in big bang swatch, rimmel london by kate lasting finish lipstick in #10 swatch

My obsession with Red lipstick started when I first bought Rimmel London Kate Moss lasting lipstick in #10 last year and it instantly became my go to lipstick , I literally wore it like every day & got so many complement during my trip to India.I love the formula and staying power of this, It’s not matte nor glossy ,I would say semi matte with slight sheen.

I usually pair Rimmel London lasting finish 1000 kisses lip liner in red dynamite and some mascara and remember Red lipstick is a statement piece, almost an accessory. As such a bold statement, it is important to keep the rest of your makeup toned down. It costs less than 1000 and I have already bought a backup. One red I approve for desi skin tones.

I was so in love with this shade that I bought a bunch of other shsades which I will be reviewing soon on my blog. 

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks costs approx PKR 850 and can be purchased from stores all across the nation. You can also get Rimmel london products online from Just4girls.pk and Beautyarena,pk

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marc Jacobs presents: Daisy Dream The Perfect gift for mother’s day  

Mother's Day is here again. Of the many people who add value to our lives, a mother is undoubtedly the most special.
And just like every year, you want to get her something special, something better than the previous year. Just like every time, you are looking for the perfect gift to show her how much you’re grateful for everything she has done to you since you were born, and how much you honor your relationship.
 
They say that a mother’s perfume arrives long before she does. Well this year, share your love for beauty with your mother by getting her Marc Jacob’s delightful fragrance, Daisy. Fresh and feminine, radiant and enchanting, daisy’s sparkling scent matches perfectly a mother’s comfort and warmtH

THE FRAGRANCE

LIGHT AND AIRY, DAISY DREAM IS BOTH FLORAL AND FRUITY. THE FRAGRANCE CAPTIVATES WITH DELECTABLE TOP NOTES OF BLACKBERRY, FRESH GRAPEFRUIT AND SUCCULENT PEAR. THE HEART IMPARTS A RICH, FEMININE JASMINE, NOTES OF LYCHEE AND BLUE WISTERIA. A DREAMY DRYDOWN OF WHITE WOODS, MUSKS AND COCONUT WATER. 


TOP: BLACKBERRY, GRAPEFRUIT, PEAR

HEART: JASMINE, LYCHEE, BLUE WISTERIA

BASE: WHITE WOODS, MUSKS, COCONUT WATER


FRAGRANCE HOUSE: FIRMENICH 

PERFUMER: ALBERTO MORILLAS

fragrance developed in collaboration with marc jacobs and ann gottlieb.



PRICE LIST:
100ml : 395AED
50ml: : 310AED


POINT OF SALE:
Wojooh, Sephora, Areej, and all major retailers.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Introduction to Cosmo Derme

Bothered by a scar, acne, unwanted hair, or wrinkle? Find the skin care treatments and information you need to look your best at the Cosmo Derme.

Whether you're interested in facials, facial fillers or skin treatments,Cosmo Derme can serve you much more than that.  Cosmo Derme is a full service skin and laser clinic offering safe and effective cosmetic treatments in a professional and comfortable. This is a top quality treatment center providing safe and professional care for laser hair removal, anti-aging, wrinkles, Acne Treatment, Scar Treatment, Laser Resurfacing, Skin Tightening, Derma roller, Photo facial, Sun Spots, Age Spots, And Other Pigmented Lesions, Skin Care, Anti-Aging Treatment and much more.


Acne Treatment
Scar Treatment
Laser Resurfacing
Skin Tightening
Laser Hair Removal
Dermaroller
Photofacial
Sun Spots, Age Spots, And Other Pigmented Lesions
Skin Care, Anti-Aging Treatments
Laser
Chemical Peel
Wrinkle Treatment
Beauty Care
Skin Services
Pigment laser
Unwanted Hair Reduction




Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. They have been providing services for the last fifteen years by foreign qualified surgeons and doctors like Dr. Gouhar Alam is one of the renowned dermatologists from Karachi, Pakistan. He is counted amongst top dermatologists in Pakistan
Dr. Najjia Ashraf, a consultant and advisor in cosmetic dermatology with certification in histopathology. Dr Najjia Ashraf is well reputed laser therapist and cosmetologist highly recognized for her professional consultancy and expertise in hand surgeries.
Their facility of dermatologists is elite in both standardized surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

You can all list of services on their website and there is also an option to send them any treatment related question you have and they keep posting different discount or special offers on their social media. For example these days they are offering 20% on full body hair removal and acne resurfacing for the bridal season.



It is always a good idea to schedule an appointment especially if you are new to the treatments. This gives you and your doctor  a chance to discuss your  concerns and queries at first visit, and long term goals for the future. This will give your therapist the information she/he needs to create an individualized treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Affordability


Valentine’s Day is a big event for love birds and people who want to adore their spouses, partners or soul mates. There are special arrangements for parties, dinners, and Valentine’s Day shopping. People spend a lot of money to buy gifts, flowers, chocolates and other items to wish their loved ones and to express their affectionate feelings to the loved one. This spending seems very attractive but in fact it costs a lot to many people as they are unable to afford expensive or exclusive gift items to wish their loved ones. For that matter, they save money especially to spend on this day on flowers, candies, dinner and run out of budget. Therefore, if you want to make your Valentine’s Day enjoyable and affordable as well, then you can do so with a little strategy to keep your budget in line.
If you go on general retail shops you will see many Valentine’s Day gifts that are attractive, alluring and very convincing to buy since you are have the need and would go beyond your limits to get the best gift no matter what it costs you. Although these gifts are very exclusive and appealing but you need to think wisely that what if you can extend your search a bit more and find some more adorable gifts that are less expensive and as appealing as these are. You can simply click here to see what is the latest collection of gifts this year for Valentine’s Day?






Get deals on Flowers 
Instead of buying flower bouquets from local retailers the best thing to do is search online to find flower shops that deliver flowers online. They also have special deals for such events like Valentine ’s Day. So you can simply get your favorite flowers bouquet online and get it delivered to the loved one with your special message card attached.
Find Terrific Valentine’s Day Coupons
There are many online retailers or even general retailers that bring special Valentine’s Day coupons for certain products and services. You can find such coupons on saloons, spa, clothing stores, restaurants and coffee shops. It is the best way to save money and spend wisely without any guilt.


Get special Deals on Restaurants
Many restaurants offer special deals on meals for Valentine’s Day and some especially host events where only couples are invited to enjoy their meal with each other in a special Valentine’s Day atmosphere.
Discounted Gifts Online
Nowadays finding gifts is not a crucial task anymore as many online retailers like Kaymu, are offering Valentine’s Day products at very affordable prices. These products have extensive range from perfumes, jewelry, shoes, bags to special Valentine’s chocolates, flowers, mugs and photo frames specially customized for Valentine’s Day.
You can find all the precious products at very affordable rates online whereas some online stores offer discount offers on their products to give spectacular purchase deals on this special day to celebrate your love.
Getting Valentine’s Day gifts online is the cheapest and smartest way to celebrate your love with affordability and also please your loved one without disturbing your budget.


Roots Laser Hair Removal- Interview with Mariam


Over the weekend I had the opportunity to do an interview with Mariam, a Technician from a laser hair removal clinic based in Birmingham known as Roots Laser Hair Removal.




Here are some of the questions I asked her…
Q1 – What is Laser Hair Removal?
Scientifically I could go on for hours explaining what it is, how it works, etcetera. But to save your readers from getting bored I will keep it simple.
Laser Hair Removal is the latest and best way to currently remove hair. Not only does it remove hair, the effects are permanent. It works by targeting the hair follicles which produce hair directly. A Laser beam of 808nm in wavelength is fired directly into the skin and damages/destroys the follicle. Once the follicle has been destroyed it will no longer produce hair.

Q2 – It sounds painful, Is it?
Well, this is an extremely common question. Laser hair removal is NOT painful if it is carried out by someone who is qualified, trained and knows exactly what they are doing. If the person who is carrying out the treatment does not know what they are doing, then it can be painful. At Roots Laser Hair Removal, all of our staff are qualified and trained, therefore the treatment is pain free. We have some specific routines and practices we follow to minimize and eliminate pain.




Q3 – How many sessions do I need, how long will it take and is it expensive?
We advise having 6 sessions to see great results. Each session is done every 4 weeks. So 6 sessions will last 6 months. The time the actual session will take depends on the area being treated. Full face for example takes around 40 minutes whereas Full legs can take around an hour.
Pricing is something that we at Roots try to keep affordable; our treatments start from as low as £30 and range all the way up to £1495 depending on how much of the body you would like to treat and how many sessions you would like to have.

Thanks for that Mariam. I’m sure my readers will appreciate the question and answer session and hopefully we have all learnt something from this!
If you have any other questions, you can find Roots on their website at www.rootslaser.co.uk and contact them directly. I’m sure they can help.



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