Friday, 30 December 2011

NOTD: Rimmel Lycra Pro Professional Finish In Fancy Fuchsia

I'm so excited for the return of Pretty Little Liars. Only four more days left. I thought I'd do a NOTD post in honour of Pretty Little Liars. I love the nail colour that is shown in the opening credits. It's such a pretty neon pink. I want to get my hands on the exact nail polish, but till then I've painted my nails a similar colour and started counting down the days till the return of PLL!

4 days left till Pll ( In Pakistan)

The girls on the show always have the most amazing colours on their nails. They're always rocking the latest nail trends. Over the next few weeks I'm going to do PLL inspired NOTD's.  

Okay, so I know this isn't the exact shade, but this is the closest I have to it right now. I have Rimmel Lycra Pro in Fancy Fuchsia on my nails. Rimmel nail polishes are probably some of my favourites nail, because of the 'mistake free' brush. I just wish Rimmel nail polishes had a wider range of shades.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: Benefit Watts Up!

I admit Benefit lures me in with their gimmicky products, but that does not mean that the products themselves aren't great. I always find myself reaching for Benefit products the most when I'm getting ready. Every time I use Bella Bamba, I get asked what I have on my cheeks. Watts Up has quickly become another favourite. 

I used to reach for NARS Albatross the most for highlighting. I'm someone who doesn't do a lot of make-up. With that in mind I start getting ready minutes before I'm about to leave, and that always results in me doing my make-up in a rush. You would think I'd learn from my mistakes, but I obviously haven't. I have to leave for a friends dance practice in a bit, and I'm sitting here writing a blog post. So yeah, I used to reach for Albatross the most because it did not require much effort. With Benefit High Beam I had to work a little to blend it to perfection.

Watts Up, has now become my favourite highlighter (that didn't take long). It's a shimmery champaign beige that looks a little scary at first, but when blended it transforms into a mega-watt glow. I just swipe it on to the desired places and blend a little. I don't have to work hard or use a brush.I recommend using your fingers, rather than the sponge tip that it comes with. I used the sponge tip the first time I tried Watts Up, and it smeared my make-up a little. 

It lasts pretty for almost the entire day. I've really had time to test it out because I've been on the go with one friend or the other this entire month, and I'd come home with Watts Up still lighting up my cheeks. 

I asked my friend Anum (aka- Fairy godmother) if she'd like to model Watts Up for me.

Even though it's expensive at 30$, it's well worth the investment. 

(Yesterday, when I tried Watts Up on Anum it looked so good she now wants to use it on her Mayon (a pre-wedding celebration).)

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Review: Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eye Pencil

These last few months I've been obsessing over finding an eye pencil or liner that actually stays on my waterline. I've tried a few high end brands from Urban Decay to NARS in the hope of finding one that works for me. I have watery eyes, and when I wear lenses it gets even worse. I bought the Bourjois 'contour clubbing waterproof ' pencil two months ago and it's fared better than any high end brand. 

The black one is a repurchase (proves how much I love it). The softness of this pencils can rival Urban Decays 24/7 eye liners. The Bourjois pencil is extremely pigmented and it glides on smoothly without tugging at the skin. The lasting power of these pencils is ah-mazing. These stay on for four to five hours before they start fading just a little. I don't mind the slight fading because I'm happy I don't get raccoon eyes. I've tried both these pencils with and without lenses. They work best with my glasses because, then my eyes aren't that watery. The only issues I have with this pencil is when I'm wearing lenses. After an hour or so it'll start spreading from my inner corner. That is the only place where I experience the spreading.

The softness of the pencil makes it easy for tight lining the upper water line. However the colour transfers to my lower waterline, which I find very annoying especially on the days when I just want to tight line my upper water line. 

My sister had the same problem as me, everything she tried gave her raccoon eyes. I suggested this to her and now her pencil lasts pretty much all day, without any hint of raccoon-ie-ness (note: she does not have to wear glasses/lenses). This is what I reach for to line my water line when I plan on wearing my glasses. Since I wasn't happy when I paired it with my lenses, I continued my search for perfection. Now Bobbi Brown gel eye liner is getting a test run. 

I highly recommend the Bourjois clubbing pencils for those who have problems with pencils/liners staying on the waterline. These come in a variety of colours and are cheaper compared to Maybelline and Rimmel pencils and are definitely worth a try.

Price: RS660

Available at Al-Noor Liberty. Pot Pourri, Al-Fatah. Hyperstar and Mall of Lahore

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

NOTD: Luscious Nail Lacquer In Valentine

I'm going out with one of my friends today. It's going to be another day of sitting at our favourite coffee place and talking about conspiracy theories (we've just started watching The Arrivals and trust me when I say its captivating). Sounds exciting doesn't it?! Ha!Ha! 

Since I'm going out I thought I'd paint my nails a bright red. Luscious nail polishes are always a hit or a miss for me. This red (in Valentine) is my absolute favourite!! It applies smoothly and lasts a decent amount of time, but the gorgeous shade is what wins me over time and again.

 Luscious nail polishes are inexpensive compared to some other high end brands, which is always a plus point. 


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Haul: NARS,Benefit, Bobbi Brown & MAC

My best friend decided to play the part of my fairy godmother yesterday, and showered me with things that have been on my wish list for ages. I couldn't even make myself open anything because it all looked so pretty. I'd look at the pretty Benefit bag which had all the amazingness inside and think aaaaaaaaaaaaaah ♥ (it's a dreamy aaaaah of contentment and disbelief)! Before I get too carried away with the dramatics, here's a peak inside my goodie bag.

♥ all the gorgeous-ness inside.

Who can resist a fairy in a light bulb? I for one, cannot! I've been resisting buying this ever since it came out because it's a little on the pricey side. After I saw it had been given a 10/10 on Temptalia, I knew I had to have it in my life. 

I'm still on the quest for finding the perfect pencil/gel liner that stays on my waterline. I've found a pencil that I adore (a review coming soon) but it's not ideal for tight lining. Beauty guru's swear by the Bobbi Brown gel eye liner!! Fingers crossed!

NARS is the best when it comes to blushes. This one is in 'Deep Throat' and it's SUCH a pretty colour. 

I'm a blush addict! There is no reasonable explanation for this one. I loved the swatches online and I thought I'd give it a try. I was hoping it would look like this 

I'm still wonderstruck at the moment with all this make-up gorgeous-ness! Maybe Anum should take the role of my fairy godmother permanently  ♥. 

PS. Anum, if you're reading this THANK YOU, and you know what's on my wishlist ;p


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Beauty Trail: Permanent (Upper Lip) Hair Remover Lotion

I'm so lazy when it comes to getting up upper lips done. For me it's a nightmare. I'm such a baby, I start dreading the pain and keep delaying the inevitable. Today, I finally got them done (because I'm meeting my friend Aroosa, the moochain (moustache) inspector).
The girl who was did my threading, Alisha, told me that she has a 'treatment' that can get rid of the unwanted hair about four to five months. 

 'No need for a laser treatment'
'Removes unwanted hair from your face'

Without much deliberation I screamed out a "YESSS" (it was more like "haaaan", but you get what I mean). After she did my threading, she put this serum/lotion called the 'Permanent Hair Remover Lotion' on my upper lip for about ten minutes. When the serum/lotion dried she dabbed on some more. She did the same for the third time. 

Now I'm supposed to dab it on my upper lips before I got to bed tonight. I also have to apply it once a day for the next four days. After that I have to repeat the same process she did today (dab it on three times after it dies) after fifteen days (pheeew). That's a lot of dabbing isn't it?

Hopefully after that my upper lips will be hair free for the next couple of months. Well, that is if this tiny bottle lives up to it's claim! I have my fingers crossed. I'll keep you guys updated about this 'treatment'. 

It cost me Rs600, which is pretty reasonable when I think about the painless months ahead. It didn't hurt or burn my skin when she applied it. It did itch a little but it was nothing I couldn't handle. Otherwise it just felt like a cold, thick liquid. It hasn't caused my skin to break out either. 

Let me know in the comments below if this is something you're interested in and want to see updates on. Do you dread getting your upper lips done as much as I do?

PS. This 'treatment' can be used for most parts of the body


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Pakistani Style: Ethnic/Desi Style Bangles From Milli

Along with being obsessed with make-up, I'm really in to jewellery as well. You can always see my standing googly eyed in front of the jewellery section at Accessorize. I usually tend to stick to my favourite places when it comes to shopping. I'm not a very adventurous shopper. However these bangles were a bargain I couldn't resist. 

I saw my friend wearing these a few days ago. When I asked her where she got them from I expected the answer to be either Funk Asia or Nishat. I was really surprised when she told me that she'd got them from Milli (it's a shoes and accessories store in Liberty) instead. 

Nishat and Funk Asia have ethnic/desi style bangles exactly like this, and they cost around RS1200. This on the other hand is a bargain at RS390. Milli makes bangles on order as well. You can tell them the colours and the material you want your bangles in. How cool is that?
I love these. These are an ideal way to dress up an otherwise boring outfit.