Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sleek Saturday Series – with Curacao I-Divine

I was so excited when Liloo  asked me if i would be interested it doing a post on Sleek Saturday . Could i be more excited? Sleek makeup is one of my favorite brand and i feature them quite often.

What Sleek Saturdays are :

The idea behind Sleek Saturday is to forget whatever grudge you have with the brand encourage myself and whoever who would like to join me, to play with these sleek products you have in the cupboard and which you don't reach out very often.
I was looking at my sleek makeup i divine palettes and i wanted to do a look with Oh so Special one but its a gloomy , rainy day so i wanted to do something bright, also its Pakistan's independence day so i wanted the look to be green . I chose the Curacao I-Divine from Caribbean collection.

Jet off into paradise with the Curacao I-Divine 12 piece eyeshadow palette (RRP £6.49), a mix of bold corals , ocean blue hues, and tangerine brights. Sleek Makeup's high colour pigmentation helps recreate the stand out orange eyes rocked by Hollywood hottie Scarlet Johanssen and Pop Queen Fergie this spring , Bright eyes are BACK , wear a vivid sweep of corak ir lucid yellow as seen at the Derek Lam and Peter Som shows in 2011

Foundation: Mac studio fix fluid NC30
Powder: Rimmel London's Match Perfection Ultra Creamy Compact Powder
Mac Warmth Of Coral from Mac semi precious collection
Bronzer : NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder 
Eyeshadows:  I used Martini all over lid and bro bone. Green iguana on the crease and the outer V . Then i used espresso martini to contour, also used it on the lower lashline. 
Under Eye Concealer / Brightener : Rimmel London's Match Perfection Concealer. 2 in 1 concealer and highlighter
Eyeliners:  Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Mascara: Bourjois Volume Clubbing mascara
Lips: Palladio herbal lipstick in smokey rose and NARS Lipgloss in Sweet Revenge  

I didnt photograph as well as i wanted it to be, I miss my nikon camera for face/eye photos. Cant wait for dad to come back so i can post them more regularly. Next week you will see something much more better.

To all Pakistani girls Happy independence day :)

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OPI DS Radiance - NOTD

DS Radiance was Part of the OPI Designer Series Nail Collection.
Radiance is a Metallic silver color ,a beautiful Luxuriously rich, brilliant silver.It has a smooth formula , needed only one coat and is easy to remove.
It looks like a perfect silver foil. I only needed one coat of this polish to get the full opacity. It dries super fast which i love. 
Below photos were taken in different lightning

I cant get enough of OPI polishes, thank you maddi and rabeeya for feeding my hunger.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Color Club Beyond The Mistletoe Holiday 2011 Collection

New York, NY – August 2011 - What makes us happy: mistletoe, Santa Claus, candy canes, sparkle, having the best manicure at the company Holiday party. From New York-based Color Club, the new Beyond the Mistletoe holiday collection—bright sparkly fine glitter nail polishes that are sure to dazzle everyone on your holiday list - naughty or nice - and even those who are not. From glittery turquoise to pink and gold—each color perfectly captures the
holiday spirit. Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate the holiday season with names including: 
  • Sugarplum Fairy is a Lilac fine glitter
  • Beyond the Mistletoe is a Turquoise glitter
  • Holiday Splendor is a Green Glitter
  • Jingle Jangle is a Blue fine glitter
  • Candy Cane is a Pink fine glitter
  • and Gingerbread is a fine gold glitter
below left to right - Sugarplum Fairy, Beyond the Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Jingle Jangle, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread
Ready for the most festive manicure in town? Beyond the Mistletoe, coming this Holiday, on 

Color Club products are available at

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L’Oréal Paris introduces their latest Skin Care innovation - New Revitalift with Stimulift

New Revitalift with Stimulift – stimulates skin’s 8 natural lifters

“How do I stay feeling young? By stimulating my body… my mind… my curiosity…And when it comes to my skin, I’ve got it covered with Revitalift with Stimulift formula!” – Hollywood Actress and L’Oréal Paris Brand Ambassador Rachel Weisz

“Skin looks 5 years younger in just 4 weeks” – Aamina Sheikh, L’Oréal Pakistan Spokesperson

(Karachi, 03 August 2011) Revitalift, the World’s No 1 Anti-Wrinkle cream[i] has launched it’s new innovation with Stimulift technology. Thanks to their technical expertise and knowledge of advanced biology, L’Oréal Paris laboratories have developed a unique formula which can now target skin’s 8 natural lifters essential to youthful skin.
With age, our skin’s 8 natural lifters are altered. They can undergo quantitative and qualitative modifications that lead to tissue disorganization and a loss of biomechanical properties (elasticity, tone). Consequently, surface wrinkles become more noticeable and the skin loses firmness. L’Oréal believes that youthful beauty is found by stimulating one’s mind, body and curiosity and is not confined to women of a specific age. With this in mind, the team at L’Oréal Paris worked assiduously to develop a high end product catering to women and their anti-aging skin care needs. The New Revitalift formula works to take action on three major functions — re-tightening, re-pulping and stabilizing — key to stimulating the skin’s “self-lifting” capacity. Firmer and less wrinkled, the skin itself naturally participates in the process!

L’Oréal Revitalift, the latest in a line of expert beauty products produced by the company, targets the skin’s 8 natural lifters stimulating a natural skin lifting effect for in-depth action on signs of aging. Located in the dermal-epidermal junction and the outermost layer of the dermis, the 8 natural lifters play both a biological and structural role: They work by creating a horizontal and vertical network to re-tighten the skin and re-pulp from within, which helps strengthen tone and cohesion. These lifters can be grouped according to three main functions:

Natural Tension [to naturally tighten the skin] 
  • Collagen I – Tone
  • Collagen III – Tone
  • Collagen IV – A mechanical stabilizer
  • Elastin – Elasticity
  • Fibrillin – Elasticity
Natural Plumpers [to expand the dermis]
  • Chondroitine S. – a biological re-pulper

Skin Vitalizers
  • Perlecan - a structural stabilizer
  • Integrin - fixatives and communicators

“Revitalift has Pro-Retinol A which helps deliver Vitamin A to skin cells, revitalizing cell metabolism to create a healthy, youthful glow ” – Dr. Khilji, L’Oréal Paris Skin Expert

With Revitalift's new anti-wrinkle + firmness formula [Stimulift + Pro Retinol A] the cream can now take action on all areas where wrinkle formation and loss of firmness originate: the epidermis, the outer layer of the dermis, and, in an unprecedented advance, the dermal-epidermal junction. This junction not only serves as the biological “glue” between the dermis and the epidermis by stabilizing and anchoring the two layers, it also serves as a space for biological communications within the skin.
Speaking about the launch of New Revitalift Stimulift Cream, Marketing Manager for L’Oréal Paris in Pakistan Zainab Pasha has said, “Every woman wants to look good and forever young. With Revitalift Stimulift, the worldwide leader of anti-wrinkle formulae reaches new height of efficacy - you rejuvenate from inside out naturally. Your skin becomes part of the self-lifting process and you look younger and revitalized.”
Creamy and full, the new Revitalift Natural Lifters texture envelops the skin with firmness and generosity. Rich and suave, it leaves a sensation of freshness and comfort. Non-greasy and non-sticky, the texture melts onto the skin as soon as it is applied, and the gentle fragrance creates a feeling of well-being. In just 4 weeks, wrinkles are visibly reduced, skin becomes firmer and the face looks four to five years younger.

The L’Oréal Paris New Revitalift Stimulift Cream is appropriate and advisable for women aged 28 and above and is ideally used daily on a cleansed face. Priced at PKR 1,250,
the New Revitalift is now available at all L’Oréal Paris counters across the country. For more information about the L’Oréal Paris in Pakistan, visit our official facebook fanpage:

[i] Revitalift, the World’s No 1 Anti-Wrinkle Cream as per survery done using Nielsen, IRI and SRI databases. [official letter can be presented upon request]

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Bourjois Paris Launches in Pakistan- Where to buy ?

Bourjois is now present in 18 shops between Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

Yes its official .

You'll be able to find Bourjois in :


  • Scentsation Park Tower Karachi
  • Scentsation Emerald Mall Karachi
  • Scentsation Dolmen Mall (Tariq Road) Karachi
  • Cos Cos Dolmen Mall Karachi
  • Naheed Store Karachi
  • Agha's Store Karachi
  • Sanaullah Store Karachi
  • Imtiaz Awami Markaez Karachi
  • Imtiaz Nazambad Karachi


  • Scentsation Hyperstar Lahore
  • Al Fatah DHA Lahore
  • Pot Pourri Defence Lahore
  • Pot Pourri Fortress Lahore
  • Al Noor Lahore


  • D Watson F10 Islamabad
  • Al Kausar Shop Islamabad
  • Shaheen Chemist Super Islamabad
  • Medi Plus Super Islamabad 

number of shops is increasing every week so i will update list as soon as i get  new information.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What's cooking - Marble cake

If you follow me on twitter or facebook , you would know i had a major cooking day today. We invited some relatives over for iftar/ dinner and i cooked 3 dishes, including 2 for main course. I got this recipe from internet and it turned out really good. I thought of sharing it with all of lovely ladies here who enjoy baking

Recipe for Marble cake


  • 1.1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1tb baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter .softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2tb cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2tb milk

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F/160 C.Grease 20 cm pan with some oil or butter 
  2. Shift the flour and Baking powder in large bowl and add the butter,sugar,eggs,
  3. Beat well untill the mixture is smooth approx 6-7 min 
  4. Now transfer half the batter to separate bowl 
  5. Combine the coco and milk and stir in one bowl of mixture..Mix well this is coco batter

The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. This is what you do. 2 heaped tablespoons of simple batter (you can also use a ladle that would hold 2 tablespoons) into the middle of the baking pan. Then scoop 2 tablespoons of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter. IMPORTANT! Do not stop and wait until the previous batter spreads - KEEP GOING! Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually. Continue alternating the batters until you finish them. 
This is how it looks after you are done

  • Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Do not open the oven door at least the first 20 minutes or the cake will shrink and will not rise. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean when ready.take out from oven let cool in pan for 10 min . Turn the cake out and finish cooling on a wire rack. You can sprinkle the top of the cake with some powdered (confectioner’s) sugar or leave it plain.

 Please do let me know if you would like to see recipes or my cooking experiments in future. Let me know if anyone of you have some delicious recipes to share :)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Review, Photos & Swatches

A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous. Available in 28 shades.

If you read my recent mini-NYX haul and a beauty swap , you would know that i have only three nyx jumbo pencils.

  • Yogurt: is a frosted copper brown with a gilded champagne sheen.
  • Milk : is a matte white
  • Blackbean : is a matte black

Basically you can wear nyx jumbo eye pencils as an eyeshadow base and layer eyeshadow on top to intensifies eye shadow. When used as a base, it makes an eyeshadow stand out more.Since they are really creamy, they glide smoothly and effortlessly onto eyes without tugging. They are really pigmented so you don’t even need to go over the same area twice , They are easily buildable to an opaque finish. You get good color payoff at the first application. One or  by max two swipes do the job.
Texture wise i find them too thick to blending with a brush so i use my fingers. The fingers  warms up so application is smooth and even. I blend that out into a thin layer all over.
They tend to crease , so i highly highly recommend wearing an eye primer underneath. The size are perfect to travel with but pain to sharpen. Get a good sharpener. I have one which sharpens regular and jumbo pencils.

I like that they have so many shades available. I cant wait to pick pure gold & iced mocha.

I am pretty happy with the shades i have . I picked up yogurt because i read temptali's post that  NYX Yogurt seems to be closest to Urban Decay Sin shadow pencil. It works as excellent highlighter under the browbone.
Nyx jumbo pencil in Milk  is highly pigmented matte white. This makes a great base and highlighter.
The Nyx jumbo pencil in blackbean is a deep super black. Its perfect for smokey eye.

It will crease, it will smudge so always use a good primer underneath But they do excellent job of making colorful eyeshadows to pop. They are creamy , smooth and pigment so i would say give them a try . We Either Love Them or Hate Them .

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are cruelty-free 

Price may very depending upon place/site you pick them usually ranges from $2.99 -$3.55/ $4.50 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Hi I am Sarah and i am a Kajal-holic - My Kajal Collection

Hi I am Sarah and i am a Kajal-holic. There I Said It . If you ask me that What one makeup products i will bring on vacation/ island/desert ?? My reply is always Kajal . Thats  how much i love a good kajal. With time i have collected f/bought/experimented with few . I have loved some , hated some and well i still want more. 

Kohl is known by various names in South Asian languages, like sirma or surma in Punjabi, kajal in Hind .

  1. *Hashmi Kajal in Bullet packaging Review ]
  2. sleek makeuop kajal eyeliner in nocturnal
  3. *Hashmi Kajal in tube Review ]
  4. Lotus Herbal Kajal
  5. Blue Heaven Kajal [ Review ]
  6. Lakme Kajal pencil
  7. Hashmi surma ( loose / powder kajal/kohl)
  8. Noor Kajal

Best :

Lotus Kajal & Hashmi Kajal in tube


Lakme Kajal pencil & Blue heaven

Worst :

Noor Kajal ( OMG ! never EVER buy this  black wax on stick, Gosh it was horrible. I wasted my rs115)

I have tried few other brands too like Shehnaz hussain but i dont have it anymore. My mom loved home made kajal , which she used more frequently.I really want to try the Himalaya kajal , i looked for it in Lahore but it wasn't available. I read good reviews on oriflame kajal too. I will certainly pick these two in future.

Do you use Kajal ? which one is your favourite ?

*Regarding your concern, please note that i contacted hashmi kajal pr a while back, and they told me the product had been tested and found safe for use. Please visit their website and you may find test results which shows it is safe to us.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

French & Fabulous - French Stamp Template DIY Kit

I recently started using the Konad Stamping Nail Art and it is kind of fun if you have steady hand unlike me. If you are just starting the konad , just make sure you have the right kind of nail polish for stamping and also a good quality regular polish underneath.  choose a polish which have a thick, opaque formula.

I was sent the French Stamp Template DIY Kit by . 
The french stamp kit comes with

  • 1pcs scraper
  • 1pcs stamp
  • 2 pcs template M48 & M49

Things you will need 
  1. Nail polish remover
  2. Base coat
  3. Colored nail polish
  4. Top coat
  5. Konad Stamper
  6. Konad Image Plate I used the M48 .
  7. Cotton swabs
  8. Cotton ball (soaked with nail polish remover)
  9. Towel / paper towel (to wipe off )
  10. Konad Scraper
  11. Paper (to protect working surface) 
  12. Bubble wrap to protect table from getting stains
Tip: You make sure you have all things you will need with you .  

This is why we need paper & bubble wrap, I have tendency of getting everything messy.

I have mentioned this so many times that i am very clumsy when it comes to nail polish application. But with time it has approved alot. I tried Konad for first time and as you can see its not perfect but to be honest i am quite happy , because i wasnt even expecting it to turn this better.  Make sure that you know where you are stamping , konad art can get messy on nails so dont try to be perfect at your first time. Keep practicing. 

One thing which i learnt is that when you are holding the Konad Stamper, you need to really firmly press down on the design so it picks up the entire design, If not, then you can repeat the process again. Also make sure that you clean the plate after each time you use it , i simply use the cotton ball , soaked in nail polish remover.

*If you need step by step tutorial i highly recommend checking out this post

Ofcourse i didnt stamp correctly as i missed some spots but you can always re-do them

I used some stones to prettify the design .

 Nail polishes i used for the above nail art :
  • 1 coat of Sally Hensan Base Coat
  • 3 coats of Luscious Nail Lacquer Purple Rain
  • 1 coat of Golden Rose Quick Dry Top Coat
  • 1 coat of Golden rose black Nail Polish  for stamped images
  •  Final coat of Golden Rose Quick Dry Top Coat

Where to Buy Konad Supplies 
New Nail Art French Stamp Template DIY Kit is $4.85 and Shipping is  worldwide & free .  
You can use coupon code GCJ61 to get 10% off any order

I can't wait to try more designs  Always remember Practice makes perfect .

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