Sunday, December 14, 2014

Color Studio Professional-New Products, Reviews & Swatches

Color Studio Professional arranged an amazing meet up for all the beauty bloggers at Cafe 44 for their new Kohl Addict blackest black pencil launch, along with some other products which were given to us for testing and reviewing.
The meet up was so well organised, the hostesses were very welcoming and gave us some great information about Color Studio brand and products.

We were given the following products to test and review:

Kohl Addict pencil eyeliner
Hypno Eyes Felt tip eyeliner
Eye Stylist brush liquid eyeliner
Obsession Voluptous Volume mascara
Hypnotic Curve and Volume mascara

Let's start with the pattern I applied my makeup in. I used different liquid eyeliners on both my upper lash lines because I wanted to try out both at the same time and see what difference of application I find. I have never used a felt tip eyeliner. I found Hypno eyes felt tip eyeliner easier to apply since I got the wing easily with it. But the downfall was that it wasn't dark enough to fill up all the space in between and left spaces ( air spaces ) if that makes sense. So I'd say if you're ready to use two eyeliners, then this felt tip could work great for the wing, but not for filling the top lash line. On the other hand when I applied the Eye stylist liquid eyeliner, it was so smooth and perfect, just that I'm bad at making wings with liquid eyeliners. Other than that I knew Eye stylist was my winner when it came to smoothness, pigmentation and ease of application. It is a thin brush so you can't go wrong with it.

Then I applied the Kohl Addict eyeliner pencil on my lower lashline. It is probably the blackest pencil I have in my collection apart from Avon shock gel eyeliner pencil and the UD pencils. This pencil is super smooth to apply, I use this for both upper and lower lash line, it is also super easy to wing out with pencils for daytime looks. Here I only applied it on my lower lashline. It glided on smoothly, it is super pigmented, applying it once is enough you can see its intensity and pigmentation in the lower lash.

Next I used two different mascaras on both my eyes. I applied Obsession Voluptous mascara on my left eye and Hypnotic curve and volume mascara on my right eyelashes. I found the Obsession Voluptous mascara quite drying, it didn't do much except lengthening my eyelashes a bit, even after three applications I couldn't see much difference or the wow effect I usually expect from mascaras. Next I applied Hypnotic on my right eyelashes, it has a curvy bulge on one side of the wand, which I found quite irritating, but when I applied the mascara I quite liked its result, it opened up my eyes immediately, gave enough volume and lengthening in one swipe. I applied it three times and my eyelashes looked better with every swipe.

Oh, and I've used Naked 1 on the eyes and Nyx milk jumbo pencil for the waterline :)

I'm really impressed by Color Studio products and the changing scene of makeup brands in Pakistan.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Maybelline New York Millenial Fashion Show 2014

Maybelline New York Millenial Fashion Show 2014 took place at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi. This event was especially organised to promote young talent in Pakistan fashion industry, as six new designers were introduced and the winner will get a chance to showcase their collection with the old fashion pioneers in the Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2015. I was so excited to attend a fashion show for the first time and to see all the models do what they do best. I reached there in a hurry wearing my Ruby Shakel Outfit, my Dior tribal earrings and my Chanel bottle clutch, since this event was something to flatter all that you have ;) The show started off with Raana Khan's introduction as the official makeup artist for the event, where she discussed different looks she did on the models depending on the collections by each designer.
First designer to showcase was Aalish Mansoor, his collection was called the "Royal Soccer". I'm not sure if I should start with my least favorite designer from that night, but his collection lacked everything that I was expecting. He explained onscreen how his collection was inspired by royal arts and soccer ball. He played with a lot of silhouettes, prints, blacks and whites. Areej was seen wearing a beautiful draped saari which was the only design I liked.

Second to showcase was Nitasha Yaqub, she showcased her collection called the "Vanishing Culture" inspired by Anglo Indians of the subcontinent. Yes, it was something to look forward to. I loved the detailing which was given to hair accessories, pearl jewelry and the beautiful umbrella which Rabhya Chaudhry carried with her. The dresses were all similar, but the impact of the showcase was great. The only color she played with was cream, it was all thick cottons with laces and floral print detailing.

Third in line to showcase was Sameer Sain, with his Denim Collection which was exclusively for men. He used denim in different ways and styles, just too much denim on the ramp made it a little boring, even for the men. I'm sorry, definitely not something I would want any man to go for. The designs were something that would only work for the ramp, I didn't see much creativity, except for the lovely bronze faces of our handsome male models. The only design that caught my eye was the first model to walk the ramp, with white shoes, jeans shorts with a touch of white to it and jeans shirt with a white blazer on top. The rest of the designs kept trying.

Then came Abel Emmanuel with his collection called "Scarlet Night". This collection was something I genuinely liked, something that showed potential. The first walk on the ramp with little dress with a tail, lots silhouettes and that hair accessory was something that took my heart away. He played with reds, blacks and whites, sequins and silhouettes (not all at the right places) ,  All his collection needed was a little more direction.

Just when I thought Abel Emmanuel was my winner of the night, there came Madiha Raza with the collection nobody was expecting from a night where none were good. Her collection was inspired by topical birds called the "Flight of Birds". A lot of time and effort was put into this. I loved the detailing of colors, feathers, not only on clothes, but the immense amount of work done by her on the handbags and the shoes. I was amazed when her show started with the entrance of Hira Tareen in that unique off white dress. She played well with the leather cuts and laces mixed. The effort and the originality counted the most.

The show definitely ended with the best designer of the night! xx

Pictures by Tapu Javeri and Kashif Rashid