Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Beauty Favorites!

Since every beauty blogger and youtuber I know, do their beauty favorites of the month , I decided, I should too write about my most used and loved products from this month.

I have been hooked on a few mac products and I can't get enough of them this fall.



Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle: When I first got this product, from the packaging I thought it was too shimmery for my taste, but no, this product proved my hate for shimmery highlighters and blushers wrong. This is by far the best highlighter I have ever used!
 I use this more than any other highlighter in my collection. It is a powder with intense pigmentation and the color is perfect! It is the most beautiful golden champagne highlighter with golden chunks of glitter in it. It is shimmery but it doesn't make my cheek pores prominent. It gives a beautiful subtle healthy glow to the face. I love using this with almost every blush combo. For me it is one of those "Where were you all my life?" products!
I love pairing this up with my Nars Laguna Bronzer, with no blush at all. Just the highlighter and  the bronzer , gives that amazing sun kissed J-Lo glow! And eyeshadow, how can I forget how I love using this highlighter as an eyeshadow. Just this on my eyelids and two three coats of my favorite mascara and I'm good to go!

Mac Blush in Plum foolery: How can you not fall in love with this beautiful sheertone shimmer Plum color blush this fall?Definitely my favorite from my Mac blush collection. It is a beautiful warm rosy Plum color with golden shimmer, some compare it to Nars Sin, but it is lighter.

Mac lipstick in Rebel: I have no words to describe my love for this lipstick. It is bold enough for this falls dark and vampy lips trend, but not red , or fuchsia . It is a beautiful opaque, deep, fuchsia berry lipstick with a glossy finish. Its swatch is up on my favorite Fall lipsticks post.

Nars Laguna Bronzer: I have never been a fan of bronzers, but this has hooked me so bad! The only bronzer I was in love with before i got my hands on this Cult favorite was my Revlon Bronzer in Sunkissed Bronze. Nars Laguna just warms up my face and is great for contouring and gives great definition to my face. It is, however, a bronzer with gold shimmer in it, so some might not like to use this as a contour. I love to blend this in with my blush and it looks amazing. Another version of this is Nars Casino bronzer for deeper skin tones.

L'oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara: My all time favorite mascaras have always been Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes and Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition, but when I finished using their second tubes, I sort of got bored using the same mascaras and I wanted a change so bad. So I decided to pick this up. This one is definitely more black, loreal mascaras are always richer. It has plastic bristles, which I love, the wand is not so big so it is easier to apply mascara without smudging it on your lower lash line and can be easily used on the bottom lashes as well. It can smudge because the product is very densely pigmented, it will make your lashes wow in just two coats. Extremely lengthening and thickening mascara. It is also quite wet and dries up after you have the desired lash effect you want. It does have the tendency to give you spider lashes if you over apply this product. Three coats of this mascara and I'm the happiest girl in the world ( P.S: I love spider lashes, so I take my own time to apply and enjoy this mascara ). With the quality of this product and for its price, it deserves a shot! I loved this more than my high end Dior Show mascara, which I purchased out of curiosity to see what the hype was all about...and guess what? I couldn't have been more disappointed! Drugstore mascaras are the best, hands down <3


Where to find:
 Mac products : Mac Addict ( facebook page )
 Nars Laguna : I picked up mine from a blog sale
http://www.sephora.com/bronzing-powder-P12790
Loreal mascara: Easily available brand now in Pakistan
( Naheed supermarket, Aghas, Ebco, Farids )
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1150030&categoryId=cat80040

Want to see me do a FOTD using my favorite products of the month?
it'll be up soon!

Hope you enjoyed this girlies!




Thursday, November 28, 2013

DIY : Mac Fix Plus Spray at Home

You don't like that powdery look on your face after you are done with setting your makeup with a setting powder ? Do you need something that will melt your powder into your foundation?  And definitely Mac fix plus spray is the solution. But why spend so much money when you can get the same results by making a spray yourself?
For me Mac fix plus is not a setting spray, it is more of a product I use when I don't like the powdery look on my face. I love using my Kryolan Professional Make-up setting spray for setting my makeup so that my makeup lasts longer and the amount of product you get with the price is just amazing.
My DIY solution for your powdery face?
Here it is! 


What is it and what you need?
Very simple :)
You just need a bottle of Rose water. You can easily get it in any grocery store. And a bottle of Glycerin.
Portions:
Small bottle of Rose water as seen in the picture
3 tablespoons of Glycerin.
After adding Glycerin to the bottle shake it well.
And your Mac fix plus spray is ready!
It will give a subtle glow to your face and help "melt" the powder into your foundation.
Best way to use it, is to keep it in the refrigerator. I like to use it as a cooling spray as well and not only for melting down my powder into foundation. It is best to carry it in your bag all day and travel with it. Very refreshing for your skin.

Hope this was helpful! xx
More DIYs will be up soon!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nars Orgasm Blush and DUPES!!

All hail the Queen Orgasm ( uhh nuh, I just wanted to write orgasm, but anyway ;) ) it is, however, the queen of all blushes. There is a reason why every girl either owns this blush or wants it so bad. It is a Cult Classic, and has won so many awards. And there is also a reason why it is named Orgasm, because, "I think", they meant that women have this color glow on their faces when they orgasm? makes sense now?
Honestly, when I used to see its swatches online, I did not like them and I would always tell myself, 'why? Why, oh , why is this blush so famous?' Well, there isn't a reason to everything, you know. What may work for others, may not work for you. I took so long to decide if I want this in my life. I was never into investing ( yes, you invest in makeup , you 'makeup lovers' ;) an amazing product is worth investing in ) a lot of money on high end makeup, i would always search for reasonable, easy on the pocket dupes, but come on, you've got to spend some to get the real deal,  eh? I like to do it very often though, i want something new everyday!

What Nars website say about this blush:

Peachy pink with golden shimmer
 "Best Blush for Fair skin and Fair to Medium skin"
InStyle "Best Beauty Buys"


My experience:

this is a beautiful  peachy pink blush with lots and lots of shimmer. I'm not a fan of too much shimmer, because I like using my highlighters for that. I love the texture of this, it is very soft and easy to apply. And you don't get a a lot on the brush in one swipe, so you can build it up depending on how you like it. But, I would suggest not to use heavy hand on this one because Nars blushes are already very pigmented, plus this one has gold specks of glitter in it. And ladies, more shimmer on your cheeks mean more prominent pores. So, yes, you will have to be careful with this.

I compare this more with the Etude blush in number 20. It is very similar in texture to the Nars blush, definitely a great dupe and an amazing affordable blush brand we have in Pakistan. I also have Sleek blush in Rose Gold, but I think Rose Gold is more peachy pink with more coral than pink to it, although it is also considered to be a great dupe.
Here are some comparison pictures for you



Left to Right: Etude blush in #20, Sleek Blush in Rose Gold, Nars blush in Orgasm

Left to Right: Nars Blush in Orgasm, Sleek Blush in Rose Gold, Etude blush #20

Where to find Nars blush: I got mine from +Just4Girls.pk 
Sleek Blush from: Beauty Unleashed 
Etude blush: Naheed Supermarket

Hope this was helpful girlies! xx



Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Body Shop All in One Face Base

Okay, so lets be honest, this is my fourth bodyshop all in one base. Yes, I love it that much.
I was searching for a good powder foundation to take with me on vacation last year and something which was easily available in Karachi. I searched this product online and read some amazing reviews and decided to give it a try.

What the Body Shop website say about this product:

A powder and foundation in one neat compact. Use dry for a light matte finish and wet for high coverage. Perfect for on-the-go touch ups.
Velvety feel
No added Fragrance
Includes sponge and mirror
Dermatologically tested


My experience:
When I first got this product, I did not like it at all.
Now, I tell you why: First, I was trying this as a setting powder. Yes, a lot of people apply this on top of their liquid foundation, it may work for some people, but, it just didn't work for me. My foundation got patchy, and the last thing you know, I had to go wash my face and reapply my base.
And then the second time when I applied it on its own, I liked it so much better, but it took time for me to blend it well with the sponge onto my face. If you're a brush person, you will have a hard time getting this product on and getting the flawless result. I prefer the sponge applicator it comes with in the packaging. It gives me the best result.
It is not a long wearing foundation, it gives me a decent four hour wear, and I'm okay with it because it is usually in my bag when I'm on the go. I like to reapply it every four hours. Also note, I have dry skin, so it may not be a good choice for oily skin because it doesn't have much wear time. I do not use it wet, but ,you can use it with a wet sponge or brush to get good coverage foundation result.


Now, how I like to wear it: I have extremely dry skin, so I always moisturize first. It is a powder foundation so it can get patchy on dry skin so make sure you use a good moisturizer.  I put my under eye concealer first and then like to put the Bodyshop All in One base all over my face using the sponge applicator it comes with.

Here is a picture of me wearing this foundation. Im in shade 03.

Whats on my lips: Mac lipstick in Impassioned.


Pros:
Gives excellent matte finish
Great for touch ups and 'no-makeup' makeup days
Good for Hot weather, doesn't melt down

Cons:

Expensive for a compact foundation
The compact lasts me maximum 2-3 months

Cost: Rs.2400

Where to find: Any Bodyshop outlet in Karachi. I got mine from Park Towers.
You can also find this at Naheed supermarket and Ebco.

I hope this was helpful! xx


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Favourite Fall Lipsticks!

It is that time of the year again when you keep away from wearing all your coral, pink and orange lipsticks and take all the dark, bold lip colors out. 
This fall is all about pulling off bold lip colors, even if you're still not over your orange and coral lipsticks, putting on a berry red lip color will definitely lift your mood. 




You don't have to do a lot on your eyes when you have a dark lip color on. A simple golden eye shadow and mascara is all that you need this fall. 
Another amazing trend is dark smokey eyes with nude lips ( does that even ever go out of trend? ) . 
Smokey eyes are best for fall, but if you want to do a bold lip then its a big no no, you don't want a lot going on there girl. It depends what you think is your best feature. For me, it is definitely the eyes ( it has always been that way ) but I'm all about lips this fall.

Sharing some of the lipsticks I'm wearing this fall



left to right: Mac lipstick in Up the Amp, Revlon Lipbutter in Creme Brulee, Mac lipstick in Rebel, Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose, Revlon Lipbutter in Raspberry Pie, the Bodyshop lipstick in #10

Mac Up the Amp: it is described on the Mac website as a "lavender violet". It has an "Amplified" finish, which makes it more opaque, creamy and shiny. I think that is a very good description-it is a purple lipstick, with a blue tone and a lavender touch to it which gives it that milkiness and makes it more wearable. It has a glossier finish to it and doesn't dry on my lips.

Revlon Lipbutter in Creme Brulee: this one is best for when you want to wear a dark smokey eye with nude lips. It is a great "nude" lip color...your lips but better.

Mac Rebel: I have been wearing this lip color everyday ever since I got it. It is a beautiful berry red color, very opaque but has a little sheerness to it.

Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose: it is a beautiful warm peachy rose color, it is very wearable when paired with a smokey eye makeup and looks good on every skin tone.

Revlon lipbutter in Raspberry Pie: It is a medium dark raspberry pink, very buildable color. Revlon describes their lipbutters as sheer, but honestly they are very pigmented and true to their shades seen in the packing.

The Bodyshop lipstick #10: this lipstick has mauvy undertones, it looks plumy, but in reality it is more milky pink. It is very sheer and hydrating but with less pigmentation.

Without Flash
left to right: Mac lipstick in Up the Amp, Revlon Lipbutter in Creme Brulee, Mac lipstick in Rebel, Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose, Revlon Lipbutter in Raspberry Pie, the Bodyshop lipstick in #10

With Flash
left to right: Mac lipstick in Up the Amp, Revlon Lipbutter in Creme Brulee, Mac lipstick in Rebel, Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose, Revlon Lipbutter in Raspberry Pie, the Bodyshop lipstick in #10

Where to find:
Mac lipsticks : you can order online from facebook page: Mac Addict
I got my Revlon Lipbutters from just4girls.pk 
The Bodyshop lipstick is from their outlet at Park Towers, Karachi.

Hope you girls enjoyed my review.
I'll be back again with my current favourite makeup products and a huge makeup haul!
Separate product reviews will be done from the haul! xx