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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our FINAL verdict on Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as Makeup Primer

Hello Ladies how are you all doing? So I finally have a opinion on using "Nivea Men Post Shave Balm" as Makeup primer after giving it chance in different seasons. We all are aware of the shift that covered whole makeup community after NikkieTutorials discovered that any usual primer and Nivea Men PSB has the main ingredients in common. So definitely I had to try it myself too.
I have combination skin but it tends to get really oily and shiny on T-zone area after two to three hours without any primer, except for that I have dry skin on area of my cheeks, forehead and around lips.
Front
Back
Ingredients


My Experience:
I first used it in summers, like in June or July and MANNNNN it was a mess. Firstly I didn't like the feel of it, it was so wet and sticky which also doesn't seem to get absorb. It didn't last for a hour tbh and it was itchy all over my face, my foundation disappeared and what not. So, my first experience was super bad. I still kept it in my collection to see if it will work in winters.
So in the coldest days of winter this January 2017 when I initially applied it I felt so hydrating on skin and I actually liked it as it didn't make my face oily or shiny during day and I thought may be I was wrong as it IS a good primer substitute. Now this week when the temperature is increasing gradually in Lahore and I applied it with two different foundation which are my go-to foundations for work and YES!! you guessed it right, it separated my foundation and made my T-zone oily within an hour.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
It can't be used as regular primer as it doesn't fill up pores or made them blur because it doesn't have silicon in it. It does feel hydrating but only if you have super dry skin and its chilly outside. And Sana says it balls up her foundation especially Estee Lauder one. It separates the foundation within hour. For me and Sana it was basically a mess, I probably will stick to my Benefit Pore Professional for events and Flamor Primer or any other for daily use, even my Neutrogena Sun Screen holds up my foundation well than Nivea Man PSM. I don't say Nikkie's claim is wrong, may be the temperature in her country allows her to use it but if you are in Pakistan and you are planning to use it, it isn't your thing honey!! (as far we believe).

I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE..........EVER. But if it does suit than good for you :)

Regards,
Maria Naz.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ESSENCE Bloggers' Beauty Secret Reveal

Hello ladies how are you all doing? If you are following us on Instagram you would know we attended Essence "Bloggers' Beauty Secret" Reveal on 28th Jan, 2017. We were invited by the Dear Anam who manages Essence cosmetics in Pakistan.

There were basically four palettes by four different bloggers accompanied with a nail polish. Below are some of the swatches we took of different shades in palettes


Vintage Rose by Palmira from beautypalmira
The Glow must go on by Serena Verbon from beautylab
Touch up to go by Diana Lowen from dfashion
Shapes and Shadow by Mary Oliver from strikeapose
On the event
They were also goodie bags for the bloggers which contained the PR sample of one these palettes. Me and Sana picked up different palettes and I took "Vintage Rose Palette" and Sana was drawn to "The Glow must go on".
Inside the Goodie Bag
Your's truly  Sane and Maria on the event



We will post our detailed review on products after using them but on basis of the swatches these seem like reasonable products. 
The products are available on their Face book page 

Regards,
Makeup Beasties.