Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flormar Illuminating Primer Makeup Base

Hello Ladies! How are you all doing? When I first got Flormar Illuminating Primer I wasn't really sure that if it will work out for me as I had never heard of anyone using it before. But after using it for quite few months, I finally have something to say on this product.

Flormar is one the brands which are easily available in Pakistan and is considered to be very economical too. I am fan of their nail polishes since the day I first bought one. Primer was something new for me from the brand, and I am glad I took the chance.



As on their site:

"It creates a powdery and mat effect on the skin with its soft texture. As a smooth skin can be achieved by covering the thin lines using primer makeup base, the acacia and green tea in the formula supports the elasticity of the skin. Prepares the skin for the makeup giving it a smooth look, moisturizes the skin all day and prevents it from drying"

Packaging:

Flormar Illuminating Primer comes in a plastic bottle with black cap and has pump dispenser.




My thoughts:

They claim it to be powdery and matte yet illuminating, tricky right? When I first used it I wasn't so impressed or you can say I couldn't really tell how effective it was as I wore it for few hours only. Recently I started wearing it to work and that is when it clicked me that what a gem it is. It comes out white but sinks into skin transparent, the formula is more on liquid side instead of creamy. The smell is a little strong initially but it becomes fade within seconds. Flormar Illuminating Primer feels cool on skin too, probably it is the green tea effect. Although they claim that it cover thin lines but I haven't felt same way that it fills up fine lines, mainly because it is not a silicone based primer.
When applied to the skin it gives a pretty fresh luminous glow, even after applying foundation my skin felt fresh and luminous and the luminosity lasts through out the day. In terms of holding the makeup on skin it is a quite decent product, my nose tends to get oily during day so it wasn't really helpful in it, but on overall face, it does pretty decent job. Unlike some primers, it doesn't balls up foundation.
I would definitely recommend it if you are trying to find some primer from your local stores, it is almost available on all big stores. I got it from Best Buy Store in Cavalry Ground.

Price:
Flormar Illuminating Primer Makeup Base cost below PKR 1000/-

Pros:

  • Economical.
  • Easy available.
  • Give skin luminosity and glow without looking greasy and tacky.
  • Last for good 8-9 hours.
  • Travel friendly,
  • Pump dispenser hence more hygienic.
  • Contain green tea as key ingredient.
Cons:
  • Smells may irritate few people.
  • May not work for oily skin types.
Do you use primer on daily basis, or only on special events? Please tell us in comments.

With Love,
Maria.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

St'Ives Black Head Clearing Green Tea Scrub

From few months I have been obsessed with scrubs and masks, I drop two or more tubes in my trolley during purchasing grocery every month and still I want to go back and purchase some more.
Today I will be writing about St'Ives Black Head Clearing Green Tea Scrub which I purchased 2 months before, I think I have used it enough to have an opinion.

Front side
Back side


As on their site:

Green tea packs a punch in this derma-tested, blackhead-tackling scrub. It’s got those good guys – antioxidants and it’s moderately exfoliating too, helping to target blackheads, unclog pores and calms redness, for a more even skin tone. It also contains olive leaf extract which the Egyptians saw as a symbol of heavenly power. And who’d argue with that?
Natural Ingredients:
  • Green tea
  • Exfoliating mineral
Extra Benefits:

  • Contains 1% Salicylic acid which helps to clear blackheads
  • Unclogs dirt and oil from pores, helping to clear blackheads and calm redness
  • Instantly reveals skin’s natural radiance
  • Made with 100% natural exfoliants
  • Medium exfoliation scrub factor level
  • Hypoallergenic & Paraben free
  • Dermatologist tested & non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t block your pores.
How to use:
"Squeeze a dime sized amount of scrub onto your fingertips and massage onto damp skin. Spread in small circular motions, applying gentle pressure to wake your skin’s natural circulation. Work all over, right up to your hairline and onto the sides of your nose. When you’re done, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel."

Some informal information:
All hail the green tea revolution! Not only does it make a refreshing drink, but did you know its also got all sorts of skin benefits too? We’ve gone all green-eyed.
Our green tea leaves come from China and are processed in the traditional Chinese way. This involves heating them to stop oxidation so they stay that lovely vibrant green color. The goodness is then extracted by very gently by soaking them. It takes a little longer but we think it’s worth it. 

Packaging:

It comes in a standard squeezable tube with a flip cover which has 6 OZ/ 170g of product.






My thoughts:

I pretty much love all my scrubs as I have dry skin which tends to get scaly too at times, I HAVE to use scrub to remove dry skin and clear my pores. The formula is grainy but the particles are not as clear or separate as the regular oats or apricot scrub, also the scrub feels more like aqua-ish than creamy with mild harshness (I hope it makes sense).  When I first used it I was more than amazed, I was in LOVE. It made my skin so smooth and fresh and I loved every bit of it, and then reality happened. Two days after using it my skin became more drier and I had alot of dry patches too. I used it 4-5 more times to see if it was actually this scrub causing the dryness which later was proved right.
The back side of the tube says clearly that under heading Warning "skin irritation and dryness is more likely to occue if you are using another topical acne medication at the same time. If irritation occurs, only use one topical medication at a time". Although I am not using any medication as I hardly get acne, but it is probably just my sensitive skin being more sensitive :p. Also in Direction  heading it says that dryness can occur from first usage so you should increase its use gradually from one time a day to 2-3 times a day.
I believe that it is more suited for people who have acne as the scrubbing particles are mild and more likely will suit those who have oily or combination skin. It really does what it claims, it doesn't magically eliminate all black heads in single go but it does make your skin feel smoother and fresh. 

Final thought:
I would definitely recommend it to any one who is dealing with acne and have combination/oily skin. It may not suit well to people with dry skin, but it doesn't hurt to use once in a month when you REALLY need some scrubbing.

Pros:

  • Travel friendly as comes in tube which closes with click.
  • Economical and easily available over the counter.
  • Lesser harsh chemicals, made with natural ingredients.
  • Quite effective on newly-formed blackheads and whiteheads, prevents future zits
Cons:
  • May not suit extra dry skin.
  • Can be too mild for extra oily skins.
  • The results may not be shown right after first usage.
Price and availability:
I got it from Al-Fatah Gulberg and it cost around Rs. 250/-

We greatly value your feedback, please do tell us in comments your favourite scrub and skin type.

With Love,
Maria.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fortress Square Bloggers Meetup

We got invited by Fortress Square marketing team on 27th Feb,2017 in Bloggers Meetup. The agenda was selfies, food, goodie bags, chit chat with other bloggers & team marketing. They briefed us about upcoming events that will be happening in coming future and welcomed us for our suggestions and feedback.



Marketing Team Fortress Square
Female Bloggers
All participants
Did I tell about the cutest Goodies bag? Take a look
Inside the goodies bag

Thank you so much to Fortress Square for giving out a positive image considering the current security situation in  Lahore. As Fortress Stadium is perfectly secure I will suggest you all to do visit and enjoy the perfect time in shopping and munching with minimal security threat, that too under a same roof :)

Regards,
Maria.




Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review on CLEAN & CLEAR Advantage Nose Pore Cleansing Strips and a "FAIL" Product

Hello Ladies! We all know the craze of pore strips and satisfaction that follows after removal of black/white heads by one single strip. I used to get intrigued by the charcoal strips the most, probably because it shows it on black background I guess. As we don't get Biore Pore strips in Pakistan like I searched in Alfatah Lahore, so I had to settle for some available brand. So like any other excited person I picked the first Charcoal based nose strips I saw. Here I will be talking about two of the brands though
Front

Back with detailed directions
Separate Strips inside package
Back Side of strip inside package
Pore strip side 1
Pore strip side 2





How I prep for it:
I use it after shower because I believe that is when my pores are soft or open so I scrub my face (Any scrub would work) and apply it OR you can also use warm cloth to open your pores too if you can't scrub.

"REVITALE" Deeply Absorbent Nose Strips- Charcoal Magnetic Cleansing:
When I saw the terms Charcoal and Magnetic I thought "OHMYGAAAWDDD my nose will be clean and smooth as baby's bum". So it comes in a cardboard package with 5 pore strips separately packed in another sheet cover.  There are directions to use it on the back side of package. You remove the strip from the sheet and apply the shiny side on nose. So after a few seconds I apply it, it starts to tingle a little like kind of minty, I actually like when products do that as it makes me a little satisfied that Yes something is happening. When I removed it there was literally one to two dots of stuff that I saw and my nose didn't feel clean at all. I tried it for 3 more times with in a month and the result was same so for me it was FAIL.

"CLEAN & CLEAR" Advantage Nose Pore Cleansing Strips:
Last summer Sana picked it up from Alfatah for her and I was like Eh!! as I wasn't into pore strips then. So I picked it up after my last fail pick because I remember Sana told me that it is a great product. It also comes in cardboard packaging and have 5 pore strips separately packed in it. It isn't charcoal based as you can see in pic too, it has hard cloth like texture. It applies with the same direction as previous one. When it removed it I was SO surprised as it was full of all the gunk and stuff (which is kind of gross and exciting also) and I almost showed it to everyone at home. My sister also used it and the result was same on her too. My nose felt so clean and smooth although not as much as baby's bum :D but still in comparison to Revitale it was much MUCH better. I am absolutely in love with this one and I think it is a pretty decent product although I wish I could get my hands on Biore one too as it is said to be the best one.

Pore strips necessarily doesn't remove or eliminate all black/white heads from your nose or minimize the pores forever. but it does clean it for a week or two. It is just your personal preference and choice to use it. It is advised to be used only once a week and also strip should be removed in upward direction or else it will rip or cause rashes on your skin (victim here :p).

They both cost below Rs 350/- for pack.

Regards,
Maria.