Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Colorpop Lippie Stix & Ultra Satin Lip


After the disastrous experience with Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks (I will write about it sometime soon too) we lost our faith a little on this brand. But BOY OH BOY How we were wrong :D !!!
We took advantage of Colourpop's free shipping over $50 deal and ordered a bunch of their stuff. Firstly we were not sure what to buy but after viewing their website in detail we were confused what not to buy (especially me ;p). What I love the most about this brand is they have something for EVERYONE. From Nudes to bomb Vampy shades to quick dry to Glossy lips to Glitters to matte bright shades, everyone has something to pick from. This time we went for Lippie Stix and Ultra Satin Lip.

Lippie Stix:


Our purchase included four shades:
  1. Topanga (A mid-tone dusty coral in a Satin finish)
  2. I Heart this (Red based fuchsia in a matte finish.)
  3. Poppin (Blue undertone dark pink in matte finish)
  4. Love Life (Brownish brick red in a Matte finish.

Left to Right: Topanga, I heart this, Poppin, Love Life (Outdoor)

Indoor
My thoughts:
Topanga has satin finish, which is the smoothest buttery lippie stix I have used to date. Specially in winter it will be a treat for some one who has dry lips. It is opaque and stays for 4-5 hours easily without eating. Poppin and I heart this are rather similar shades (ThankGod one of them belong to me and other to Sana :p). Love life is the MOST BEAUTIFUL shade everrrrrrr, the pictures don't do justice to its beauty. Me and Sana are in mad love with this shade, it is just so beautiful for every day office wear, hang out with friends or a event. Its not too much, not too less. It has the right amount of bossiness and flirtatiousness. Apart from Topanga other three shades are matte, which aren't too dry. A lip balm underneath will keep you safe for 5-6 hours. Staying power is amazing, and it doesn't come off unevenly, doesn't settle in fine lines and doesn't make your lips flaky.

Ultra Satin Lip:

Our purchase include two shades:
  1. Calypso (mid-tone pinky nude)
  2. Lyin King (saturated raspberry)
Left to Right: Topanga, Lyin King


Outdoor

Indoor


My thoughts:
The packaging is same as of their Liquid Lipsticks with doe applicator. Let me tell you guys I am head over heels with this formula. Its not gloss, its not lipstick, it is something in between which spreads like butter on lips and feel like a dream too. I am not even exaggerating, i am SO MUCH in love with the formula, its unreal. Calypso is a perfect office wear shade, it was part of their fall edition. Lyin King is a daring bright raspberry shade with cool undertones, which is perfect for cold winter night events. The pigmentation is intense and opaque on single application. It does not bleed but it tends to transfer (you will be leaving gorgeous lipstick stains on your coffee/tea mugs :p) which is only draw back. Still I love this product.

Overall Experience:
Overall it was my most favorite haul to date. I loved everything. Colourpop is literally killing it with their economical prices and wide range of shades. 

Price and Availability:
Lippie Stix $5 each
Ultra Satin Lip $6 each 
We bought it from their website but many face book pages have it in stock. But honestly they are selling it so expensive, i will suggest you to wait for their free shipping offer and purchase directly from their site.

Do tell us your views about Colour pop products in comments below, and don't forget to take part in the ongoing giveaway on our face book.

With Love,
Maria

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Artiste Palettes Featuring The Pout Painters.

Gone are the days when we had to pump our foundation on back of our hand girls...

The biggest problem for a make-up lover has always been getting the right shade, either it is lipstick or foundation. For that we all have messed up our hands, scooped out portions from different jars, a little bit of that a little bit of that, light and dark and WHAT NOT!
This might take us where we wanna be in terms of shade and consistency but at the cost of loss of product, messy hands and the biggest of all, allowing cultures of bacteria to settle and reproduce inside.
A while back, our fellow bloggers The Pout Painters introduced Artiste palettes to save us from all the hustle and TRUST me ladies it's a MUST HAVE!


No more wastage, bacteria or product everywhere.
It's not only economical but a huge advantage for all the hygiene maniacs out there.
As mentioned by them on their face book page the palettes are made up of light weight stainless steel which is rust proof. The backside is coated in a sheer polish. These are available in smaller palettes i.e oval, square and a bigger paint palette. Separate spatulas can also be ordered which are also of the same material, one side of which is kind of pointed and other side is squared.

All you gotta do is scoop the product out with the spatula and mix it or place it on palette. I mainly loved it because I will not have to pour foundation again and again from the jar and I can pump it or scoop it once and can apply on whole face in a single go, without any fear of drying product on face before blending. 
The palettes were in their respective velvet pouches which makes the keeping of palettes easy. You guys I have been LITERALLY waiting for someone to work their Brain and get this out in the open. Now when I see global You Tubers pouring their foundation on back of their hands I chuckle a little for they don't have our Pout Painter Sadaf and Fizzah :D

You can order it from their face book account The Pout Painters. The small palettes are for 600/- Rs each and bigger one is for 1000/- Rs.

With Love,
Sana

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Our Gerard Cosmetics Collection

The one brand that was most difficult for us yet to photograph and work on was none other than Gerard Cosmetics. You want to know why? Because it is in GOLDEN color.We were so obsessed with its golden packaging that we wanted to lay hands on it as soon as possible. Our first purchase was few of its lipsticks from a reasonable deal they offered, and second was again from their deal on shopping above some specific amount which assured us free delivery. So now finally as I have taken the pictures, without further ado I will start my post.

About Brand:

Gerard cosmetics is a UK based brand created by its CEO Jennifer Gerard.
"Gerard Cosmetics was created with a pure passion and clear vision to offer every woman products that were the solution to everyday makeup blunders."

About the product:

Star Powders:

Whether you're going to a breakfast at Tiffany's or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world's most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blend able formula will make this your go-to highlight.  Click here



We bought three shades
1) Marilyn: (A subtle highlighter with pale golden hues)
2) Grace: (A opalescent, frosted white gold with a beautiful sheen)
3) Audrey: (Warm champagne gold with yellow undertones) 

Packaging:
It comes in black matte card board packaging. The highlighter comes in square shaped golden compact with a soft button click to open it. the product is secured with a plastic lid which is really impressive as I haven't seen any other brand using a extra lid to secure the product. It has a large mirror in it too which makes it ideal to keep in bag all the time, I mean who doesn't like a handy mirror? On the back of the compact the shade and ingredients of the highlighter are mentioned,

Left to Right: Marilyn, Grace, Audery

Left to Right: Marilyn, Grace, Audery


My thoughts:
The product is really soft milled powder compressed tightly in the compact, which is smooth to apply. I am however in a love-hate relationship with the highlighters. The shades Marilyn and Audrey are really subtle highlighter shades which are ideal for someone who doesn't like SO much prominent highlighter, it really blends well in the skin. Specially the shade Marilyn is a great soft substitute for The Balm Mary Luminizer. Audrey has yellowish undertones which I am confused that how I really feel about it. Shade Grace however was such a disappointment because it was powdery and had so much fall out. Also I didn't like the formula on Grace which was different than other two. I applied all of them with fan brush, but when I touched pan on Grace, it was all over the place. On applying it too it just looked out of space. So I didn't like "Grace" from my purchase, the other twos are not bad.

Lipsticks:

Lipstick shades that we will be talking about today are:
1) 1995 (The most sought after shade of Gerard, with the grudge revival matte nude shade of 90's)
2) Tequila Sunrise (A creamy fresh and peachy coral matte lipstick)
3) Sangria (A creamy beautiful berry shade which reminds us of freshness all year along)
4) Merlot (Notes of Red and Berry combined together to create this matte vampy hue)







Packaging:
On our first order they didn't have any package for lipsticks but we got our lipsticks in second order within card board packaging. The lipsticks which are shaped as bullets define class and elegance. The packaging is fancy and the lipsticks caps are not lose.

Left to Right: 1995, Tequila Sunrise, Sangria, Merlot

My thoughts: 
You guys have absolutely NO IDEA about how much I wanted to get 1995 and after I got it how many friends asked me to let them apply it as they wanted to see what all that rave was about. The shades 1995 and Merlot are matte while the other two have kinda creamy consistency. Well again I have love-hate relationship with these lipstick. The shade 1995 is a beautiful shade but not really pigmented. I have to swipe it 3-4 times to get the required shade, and the shade Merlot has inconsistent application. It gets streaky and uneven on lips after second swipe, the shade however is really gorgeous. Tequila sunrise also need 2-3 swipes to get the color on the lips but the shade is beautiful and really soft which makes it perfect for everyday use. Sangria has to be my favorite one from all of these not because of its vibrant berry shade but also the formula. It is really creamy and pigmented. It appears darker in tube lipstick but applies lighter in a really beautiful shade, on lips. The staying power of matte shades is 4-5 hrs without eating and Sangria stays for 3-4 hours but its worth it.

Final thoughts:
I don't know if I will get any more of Gerard's products, may be their SLAY Setting sprays because I have seen many You tubers using it. We got it from their website and they keep on having many reasonable deals, if you want to see it, you can check their Instagram.

I will rate it 2.75 / 5

What do you think about our picks and do you own any of Gerard Cosmetics product? Do tell us in comments below.

With Love,
Maria & Sana.




Monday, October 17, 2016

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SunBlock

"Want to get rid of dark circles?" Apply Sunblock
"How to avoid wrinkles?" Apply Sunblock
"How to avoid breakouts?"Apply Sunblock
"Want glowing skin?"Never forget applying sunblock
and the list goes on...

For someone like me who had never bothered to apply sunscreen before, it was such a daunting sight to see in almost every article. My initial idea was that the white stuff on cricketer's face is sunscreen and I do not want that white cast on my face at any cost so I was like "NOPE, thanks". This summer I decided to take this risk and started my quest for a good sunscreen. From one of the local drugstore shop in my colony I came across "NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer- Dry Touch Sunblock"





As on their website

Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 is dermatologist-tested formula that contains Helioplex® Technology. It helps prevent damaging UVA rays from penetrating deep under skin's surface. Dry-Touch technology helps leaving a clean, lightweight, non-shiny finish
erious sun protection never felt this light on your skin.
This product features Helioplex®, a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that delivers superior protection from the sun. To learn more about Helioplex® Technology, .

  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
  • Water resistant (80min)
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Oil-Free
  • PABA-free

About product:

It comes in a cardboard box(which I have lost and it has ingredients mentioned on it), the tube is soft squeezable with flip cap. It has a cream like texture with a pleasant faint fragrance. 


Texture and color of product

After application on skin


My thoughts:

Oppose to my fears Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock doesn't leave white cast on the face. I have dry skin and I have been using this whole summer and it did not make my skin more dry or scaly. I was scared that it will budge my foundation or BB cream which I apply on daily basis at work, but it did not, infact I feel like it helped my BB cream to stay in place even after 7-8 hrs at work. If you ask me if I felt any drastic difference in my skin tone or if it actually did help me to avoid getting tan, then I wont be able to help you in that case as I work indoor and I am in direct sun for very few minutes. But as far as the product overall performance is concerned, I am satisfied and happy to use it. It did not break me out, it does not have white cast to it, it does not shine or become oily with time, it does not separate my BB cream/ foundation. I apply pea size product on my face and neck and it absorbs right in. You can get more information about how "Helioplex broad spectrum uva-uvb rays" work on their website. 

Pros:
  •  Doesn't leave white cast.
  • Locally available.
  • Travel friendly.
  • Does not make your skin oily or dry.
Cons:
  • None yet.
Price and availability:
I purchased it from a drugstore shop near my home for 650/- Rs.

With Love,
Maria

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why APPLE CIDER VINEGAR is my favourite DIY staple?

"Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color Wikipedia"


I first learned about Apple cider vinegar from Huda Beauty's blog while searching for DIYs I suppose and trust me I got glued to her blog for days to follow and I did suggest it to almost everyone I know to check her blog. (If you want to read her blogposts on ACV Click here, DIYs from kitchen cabinet, Increase Hair Volume and many more). Apple Cider Vinegar seemed like a holy grail to me after reading all this and some further research, and let me tell you I am not disappointed.

Its been few years I have started using it and currently I have ran out of it (Must Purchase it On Next Grocery Shopping- Mental note) and I can't wait to restock it. I will be mentioning few things that I used it for.

1-Treating Acne:
Few properties that help are
  • Anti-Bacterial and Antiseptic properties help to kill bacteria that block pores and cause acne
  • Its alpha-hydroxyl acid rejuvenates the skin by exfoliating the dead skin cells.
  • It helps to restore the skin Ph. level by balancing acid-alkaline levels.
  • It works as astringent which means it dries out the pimple which helps to get of them faster.

I have a sensitive dry skin and I rarely get pimples but some of them do need extra attention. When I feel like a pimple is going to pop up the next day or there is redness/itching on my face which means I will get one tomorrow, what I do is I mix few drops of ACV in equivalent amount of water and apply directly on the spot. It do sting a little at first but that doesn't last for more than mere seconds. If I feel my skin is dried out from that spot after pimple is healed, I use scrub to get rid of it

2-Hair Mask:

Like Huda suggested, I used to pour a mug of water with few drops of ACV at the end and after few minutes wash it again pouring few more mugs of water. It does makes your hair soft and shiny. it helps to clear your scalp from excessive oils too. If you have lice problem you can treat it too with ACV, apply a diluted ACV on head and cover it with shower cap for half hour and wash it with regular shampoo later. It can be used in the same manner for people with dandruff issues.

3- Increase Metabolism/helps in digestion:

Although many people claim that it will reduce extra fat and makes you loss weight in weeks, no its not true. Abundance of one thing can never give you any required results, its always about "mix and match". I love to drink it in morning before breakfast, just mix one tea spoon in water and drink it. I do not like its smell btw (its CIDER Duh!! ) but I have heard Organic ACV does not have foul smell.
I feel light and active in days when I take this in morning as it helps in digestion and with continuous use you can reduced few pounds as it betters the metabolism function of your body, with right exercises and diet you can easily achieve your weight loss goal.

Other uses of ACV includes:
I will recommend everyone to include this in your pantry and take as much advantage of this natural staple as you can. It has been beneficial for me from years, it will help you too. It is easily available on super markets, I have been using American Gardens one but now I am planning to get BRAGG as its organic.

Please do tell me in comments if you have used it too for any cause or planning too.

With Love,
Maria.



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lahori Ink goes Mini this EID

Lahori Ink a Lahore based online brand, and according to their facebook page description:
A stylish, hip and comfortable clothing line with a deep element of Lahore embedded in each of our products. Lahori Ink's products are truly unique, apart from our designs, we develop our own Fabrics.
Lahori Ink is Centered around our authentic fit system where each style is strenuously fitted and quality tested to make sure it is prepared for every possible urban environment .
Lahori Ink is about universality of craftsmanship, design and aesthetics. We bring you the highest quality product in the most economical prices.
This Bakra Eid they have added a new line for Kids"Chotay Nawab", and their Mother-Daughter bakra Eid collection "Ammi & Nikki" is now available online. They revived the sheer elegance using net with cotton under shirts. Pastel and bold hues, embroideries, pearl detailing are key features of this collection









Apart from this their Eid Collection also includes embroided net anghrakha cut shirt with crisp sharara pants in cotton, and other straight beautifully embellished net shirt with cotton inner.


We are loving this collection with really cute and super adorable models. Do check their Face book and Instagram account to view and order their products.


With Love,
Makeup Beasties

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Clean & Clear Deep Action Daily pore cleanser

The ladies who work and have sensitive acne prone skin as well, know the struggle of trying to keeping their skin clear. Its hard to find something that isn't harsh, clear your skin without giving any harsh reaction on skin and suits your super sensitive skin too. The product me and my sister are using from last few years (we have finished almost 10 of these or more) is "Clean & Clear Deep action daily pore cleanser, Oil free..


About the product:


Clean & Clear products are always a safe choice of me as they are mild and do not cause dry or red patches on my skin, neither in summer nor winter.It comes in a blue tube with a flip cap that closes tight. The cleanser is a jelly like transparent product with blue and white finely milled particulars in it. On the back of it the detailed ingredients are mentioned, the prominent ingredients includes "Rice seed protein, Kiwi, Fruit juice, Orange and Grapefruit Juice, apple juice , sweet almond seed extracts" and many other interesting ingredients.






My Views

I have tried couple of cleansers before but after some disastrous experiences which left my skin dry and irritated, I stopped taking chances, but this cleanser has been my most favourite one since I have started using it. Its foamy, smells nice, gentle with exfoliating beads which aren't harsh and keeps  my skin clear. After coming back from work, I wash my face with Clean & Clear deep action daily pore cleanser and trust me I hardly get any pimple if I am using it daily. Its really economical and easily available. So far Clean & Clear products are my first choice for daily usage, due to being mild and economical.
What is your favourite daily cleanser?

With love, 
Maria.

Monday, August 29, 2016

CLAZONA 24- HRS LIQUID LIPSTICK

Liquid lipsticks were such a hit in last few year that almost everyone wanted to increase their stash from liquid lipsticks of all brands available. The real joy was when we found a local brand selling them in such a low price and top notch quality. Clazona has been known in blogger's community for its liquid lipsticks from last few years but I didn't know it as was a unknown brand to me until Sana found them in a local store near our home. She grabbed a couple to try and after being satisfied we went to grab a couple more.


About the product

Clazona liquid lipstick comes in a glass tube with the tight black cap and the applicator is the regular doe face which is found in most lip glosses and liquid lipsticks. On the bottom of the tube it is written as "LONG LASTING, Vitamin E & A & C . 2 in 1 NET: 6 g 24 hours Lip gloss". Except for that there is no information about ingredients on product, which is a little turn off if the mentioning of ingredients matters to you.


(Left to Right) 528,506,505,517
I have it in 4 shades.(Left to right)
1- 528 A warm brown shade with maroon undertones, really pretty to wear with luscious eyelashes.
2- 506 A berry kinda shade, perfect for day or night events.
3- 505 Bright red with coral undertones, perfect for spicing up the looks with pastel dresses.
4- 517 Bright pink

Swatches
When applied

After drying up
Indoor light

My views

I will be honest here that I didn't expect a local brand to make such exceptionally well liquid lipstick, the formula, the pigmentation, the staying power, the consistency and the color pay of is just so good. It glides on smoothly on lips, the formula is more on creamier side instead of liquid like Color pop LLs, it dries matte completely within few secs, which also means you have to be careful and quick to apply it. It stays 5-6 hrs on me even with eating and drinking (as long the food isn't oily a lot ). Even upon reapplication it doesn't blot or becomes scaly. The thing I liked most about it is its finish,it doesn't settle in fine lines and give you a smooth beautiful finish. For the price I will say it is a pretty decent product.
Pros:
1- Locally available
2- Economical i.e 150 Rs.
3- Awesome pigmentation.
4- Stays for 5- 6 hours with eating and drinking.
5- Easy to apply
6- Faint scent, almost undetectable.
Cons:
1- No information of ingredients on product.
2- The writing/ design on bottle seems to come off very soon.
How many of you have this product in your bucket list, do tell us in comments below :)

With Love,
Maria

Friday, July 15, 2016

NARS Limited Edition Blush- ORGASM

If someone ask me what are my 3 beauty essentials that I can never live without, my answer always its 1) Mascara 2) Blush on 3) Lipstick. All these essentials and  I can survive a day outside with friends and family. In this post I will be reviewing my newest addition in blush family that is one of its kind. Please keep on reading to know my reviews and experience with NARS ORGASM Blush.

I had been skeptical about NARS ORGASM for the past 3 years? YES you heard that right!!!. The price tag always made me wonder if it is a worth purchasing or not. But the moment I saw it in a Brand new Limited Edition packaging I broke through and with fingers crossed, went for it.






As on their site:

More Blush-More Rush!

Introducing Nars Biggest Orgasm yet- an Out sized Limited Edition compact so irresistible. Its enough to make you blush.  Same iconic, universally flattering shade. New insatiable experience.
 • Nars special edition orgasm blush 3.04oz
 • Nars original orgasm blush 1.92oz

On the sephora website:

What it is: A soft, sheer, pressed powder Blush. 

What it does: NARS blush offers a translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for a natural looking blush undertone to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layer together for more depth, it provides a healthy glow that flatters any skin tone.

What else you need to know: Orgasm blush gives cheeks a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is a repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favourite.  


MY EXPERIENCE: 

The special edition blush comes in a same rubberized NARS compact. But it has NARS ORGASM imprinted on it which basically is the feature of this limited edition.
Front
Back

 Inside the mirror has the Hashtag #WhatmakesyouBlush imprinted on it. Actual blush is covered by a removable plastic film, which mimics the outer box features a beautiful young lady.


Now on the blush itself, On the Nars and Sephora website it is described as "peachy pink blush with golden shimmer" and I strongly agree with that. It is a warm peachy pink with loads of golden sheen running through it. Shimmer is very finely milled that it doesn't bothers me at all, in fact I kinda like it, as it subtly highlights the cheekbones at the same time.
Upfront closeup
Arm Swatch Indoor


Arm Swatch Outdoor

 Orgasm is their best seller due the fact that it suits a wide variety of skin tones. To be honest I don't have anything similar to this in my collection before. Lets talk about pigmentation, it is very pigmented and glides smoothly on cheeks too although it doesn't have creamy texture and requires few swipes to put product on brush. But if you want to build it more, the only thing that seems to get stronger is the golden sheen, which is a little annoying for me that all I wanted was to have naturally flushed cheeks. But the plus point is there is no fallout, Absolutely NOT!! And on my combination skin it last for well about 6-8 hours which is very decent. I am wearing it constantly the day I got it and loving every time I apply it. 

Overall I think it is pricey but the shade it self is beautiful. 


Price, Availability, Quantity:
I bought mine from Shopaholic for $39. And you get 3.04oz which is almost double the quantity of a regular NARS blush and you pay $9 more. 


Pros:
 • Comes with a huge mirror. 
 • Zero fallout. 
 • Universally flattering shade.
 • Highlights the cheekbones as well. 


Cons:
 • Hefty price tag. 
 • Not easily available.
 • Visible shimmer can bother someone.
 • Compacts get messy easily due to the texture of the outer material.
 • Not practical for travelling. 

Please do share in comments about your favourite blushes and wish list :)

With Love,
Sana.