Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year.New Mani - Essie Red Nouveau [NOTD]

What better way to start a new year with a new mani. I painted my nails with this beautiful red shade by *Essie “Red Nouveau” Its a red with orange undertone almost tomato red. It needs at least 2 coats or more to be fully opaque.I think this shade is perfect for desi weddings , when you know you can rock red nails or want a bright summer mani/pedi shade, or like me just want a reason to celebrate. 

Essie is available in salons only from where you can buy to take home but they do plan to retail it at stores nationwide.Prices will be somewhere about Rs.750-800 per bottle, depending on what individual salons charge. 

How did you celebrate NYE? I stayed home with family , and to be honest joy of celebrating the start of a new year surrounded by people you love is priceless. I did secretly prayed for 2014 when clock hit 12am. Do you do that too ?

*PR sample

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Favorites - Makeup

 A year has been passed so quickly, I remember doing my 2012 favorites and how I was taking photographs and Now! What better way to start a new year with a 2013 favorites. 2013 was full of great things, I did try to use the makeup i already have and tried to control my makeup lemmings (Boy! That was hard ) but if i compare my this year favorites with 2012s, I think i had some staple which i kept coming back to over & over again.  
Lets get started with my 2013 Favorites - Makeup .

2013 Favorites – Lips 

By Far the most difficult category , It took me hours to pick the winners for 2013,I kept adding few lipsticks and then taking some out ,This was a year of lipsticks for me. I hardly used any lipgloss . I loved my bright lipsticks , Like maybelline vivids, Catrice , and what not but after some hard work , i present you my lipstick loves for 2013

2013 Favorites - Eyes

Eye Shadows : I have two favorites this year , once which i am sure will be in almost every beauty bloggers yearly favorites post & other is a single eye shadow which i simply swipe on the lid, apply kajal on lower lashline and finish with a mascara. 

Eye Primer & Concealer 

  • Smash box Photo finish lid primer 
  • Bobbi Brown creamy concealer in warm beige

Mascara :

Eyeliner & Kajal :

Eyelash curler : 

  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler

2013 Favorites – Face 

I cant stop myself from buying more foundations, In fact i am waiting for an order , which included yet another foundation.This year i enjoyed using one particular foundation and to be honest i didn't have such high hopes but essence stay all day surprised me and this is why it is in my 2013 favorites. 

Foundation & BB creams :

Primers :

  • Smashbox Photofinish primer
  • Illamasqua gleam cream in flex 

Concealer & Powder :

  • IT cosmetics bye bye under eye concealer(which is too thick to use underye but works wonder if you have to cover any marks ,spots etc)
  • Color Studio Professional Invincible All Day Water Proof & Heat Proof powder

2013 Favorites – Cheeks 

I loved so many blush this year , Essence miami roller girl, artdeco LE blush , Milanis but when it came to pick for favorites post  ,This was no brainier for me, I have used Nars blush in madly  more than any other blush this year and to my surprise i didn't include any pink/berry blush this year . 

Blush :
  • NARS powder blush Madly 
  • NARS powder blush Torrid 
  • MUA powder blush#5
Contour :

Here we are , finally ! i haven't been commenting lately due to internet issues. Do share your 2013 Favorites in the comments below , i will make sure to check your posts and comment . Btw looking at this post makes me realize that i am behind reviewing , i have so much makeup and i blog about them like 10%. Next years resolution inculdes more reviews :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking Back at 2013

Today’s post is all about the random moments of my life posted here over the course of the year I post on Instagram a lot than I shared here , so if you want to take a look at what you missed, Check out here

January:  I started the year with my 2012 favorites post, To be honest 2012 was such a bad memory, and I am glad 2013 turned out to be different and way better.
February: It was such a special month for me, we took a PBBC step further and arranged first ever Pakistani beauty bloggers swap around the world. I went to India with my friends,  I have always wanted to travel to because I am captivated by their culture. And ehm ! Who wouldn't like to shop there? Going abroad with friends is like a dream come true. We were group of Foodies so we tried to visit best of the best restaurants. I made some amazing makeup purchases from Chandigarh.
March: I was getting out of India trip side effects, and I totally forgot to post what I got in my Pbbc secret swap, but you can check out what I send to Ayesha and Nayab
Gifts from sister

April: It was  a slow month blogging wise since, my sister and nephew were visiting us from U,K, and I was already planning to go back to India second time.I didnt post about gifts she bought me but posting a photo here.
May: May was a special month, It’s my birthday month, and I was going to India second time. I took the plunge and posted my birthday FOTD (I was scared to get negative criticism)

June: I got back to blogging –Finally and For me highlight of June was ESSIE being launched in Pakistan.
July: Rabiyah and I, planned another beauty blogger Eid swap after the success of first one and to our surprise turnout was double, There is no denying that bright lips were  the rage this summer, and I am guilty of owning so many bright lipsticks.

August: August was a busy month, I posted my first ever eye makeup tutorial , We had an amazing experience with second PBBC swap and I showed you what my swap partner Rabiyah send me . I was lucky enough to get Eid gifts and bought few goodies myself, a haul post it was.
September: I was travelling yet again but this time was going to Lahore. I showed you what was in my makeup and when I came back I posted about what I bought from my trip.
October: A slow month it was blogging wise, I Just reviewed new reformulated Rimmel  Moisture Renew lipsticks  .
November: Finally some reviews, I did well this month. I talked about Sleek Makeup Face form, Reviewed a beautiful Maybelline vivid lipstick in Fuchsia flash , Shared a quick homemade brownies recipe .

December: I did a little change; I started posting my full face photos in most of reviews. Highlight of this month is I think my dewy face makeup tutorial. And of course the excitement of new kajal pencil LOrealParis Kajal Magique

To be honest 2012 was such a bad memory, and I am glad 2013 turned out to be different and way better. I am glad I got back to blogging because I wasn’t so active since 2011 and it was great to repurchase my own domain. I got to know some amazing Pakistani bloggers through PBBC. For 2014, I want to travel more, Maybe U.K this time and learn makeup from Illamasqua, I would love to revisit India again. I am in love with Chandigarh. I am planning to blog more, coming up with new ideas for PBBC , keep my blog and Facebook page more interesting , I Plan to buy less makeup and use more of what I already have, Eat healthy and try to lose extra weight I gained in last couple of years.

In Coming Year,Enjoy every single moment,The good, bad, beautiful, ugly,inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments.And Thank GOD through it all.To accomplish great things,We must not only act,But also dream,Not only plan but also believe,Best wishes for New Year 2014