What’s In My Makeup Pouch

After all my serious product reviews, raising beauty related issues articles , I thought of giving a shot a light-hearted and fun post. I have spent few months of my life watching What’s in my Purse videos and remember having so much fun watching them. So I thought of doing one myself in a blog post form and of course a video related to this post will be up too shortly. But I thought of starting first with my makeup pouch then a separate post for ” What’s in my bag” 😀

So here is what you will find inside my makeup pouch

Givenchy-JaneIredaleI carry 2 makeup pouches in my purse and one mini brush holder. The first one I have is the Jane Iredale Makeup Pouch that came along with the starter kit Basharacare sent to me. Check the related post here. The second I have is the Givenchy makeup pouch which I received as a gift upon purchasing from Sephora. These two are my favorite makeup bags, awesome quality and very classy. The third is a mini brush holder that I used to hold my spooly and the pencil products I have.

what is in my makeup pouchProducts: Try clicking the names of the products to see the detailed review I did( if I did). Some I haven’t reviewed yet, so obviously it won’t be linkable.

  1. Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette. 

I carry it as it has a blush, bronzer and highlighter inside. Very compact as you have all three products in one place.

2. Jane Iredale Hydration Spray:

This spray has been so helpful and handy. Dubai’s weather will either cook your skin or melt it down. This spray is so refreshing at the same time so hydrating that going out of the house without this has become impossible.

3. L.A Girl Matte Pigment Gloss : Lately I have been obsessed with matte lippies and this brand has topped my list,so is the reason you will find this in my purse. I carry with me a nude shade , ready for times when I need to leave the house hurriedly without any makeup on, this lip product will just do its job when I am in the car.

4. Givenchy Mascara:

For some reasons I started liking this mascara for everyday use when I am in mood of having just a natural look. It is also ideal for touch ups if I’d need to or if I needed to do my makeup in the car and the size is so travel friendly and can be tossed easily from one bag to the other.

5. Essence Brow Mascara: This brow mascara is one brow product that I have reached to a lot lately and one of the most important as anytime my brows can deceive me and won’t be in place ,so I need this to put them back in shape. Can’t get enough of this. My eyebrows are so stubborn.

6. Sephora Makeup remover- My holy grail makeup remover esp for my eyes. I will definitely write a detailed review on this. Very much handy to be in purse if you would need to clean up some makeup mess on your beautiful face.

7. Jergens Hand cream- Who doesn’t need a handcream in the purse?

8. Evidence L’Eau De Parfum- Since it is the only travel sized perfume I own, it was the first to be in my purse. Not to mention the heavenly scent! It is just a wow.

9. Oil Control Film – If you have an oily skin, girl you need this.

10. Hand Sanitizer

11. Wet tissues

12. Some eyeliners and lip liners which is inside the mini brush kit.

13. Spooly for my brows

14. Random stuff as hair bands, bangles, scarf pins, Q-tips etc.

So these are all you will find in my makeup kit. I have one separate brush for my blush but I put that in my purse as it won’t fit in my pouches. Hope you guys enjoyed looking at the stuff inside my makeup purse. If you have a similar post to this, do tag me and I will check it out.

Review- Glamgals Creme Matte Lipstick

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Glamgals Professional Creme Matte Lipstick

Ingredients:glamgalslipsticksingredient-review-lipstickreview-makeuptips-Shade: 105 Girly Purple- It has a total of 12 shades

Price: AED45

Pros:

  • it has SP15- ideal for the U.A.E weather where the sun has full potential of hurting your skin with its kiss :/ SPF will protect your lips from that.
  • contains Argan Oil
  • the box has complete information of the product like ingredients,expiry date, main elements etc.review-makeup-makeuptips-beautytips
  • affordable
  • very creamy
  • not drying
  • glides on lips smoothly
  • nourishes lips due to oils it contains
  • though the color is purple, it is so wearable and doesn’t at all look overwhelming
  • 12 shades to choose from

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Cons:

  • the packaging- I wish the lipstick bullet where the product is in, would have been of good material as Glamgals’ other products which has an awesome packaging.

Check out my earlier Glamgals Product reviews on their nail product and dual lip gloss that won my heart.

My final verdict:

As I have mentioned the Pros and Cons already, I wouldn’t be going to much of those details. I’m sure you might be wondering about the longevity of the lipstick. It is not long-lasting, which is very much okay with me because it doesn’t claim to be one. Not unless you are buying a long-lasting lip product, you shouldn’t expect one to be. Lipsticks always need touch ups that’s the reason I make sure I carry the lipstick shade I am wearing on a particular day, in my purse as I’d be needing it for touch ups sometime later during the day. So here you are getting extra makeup tips from me. 😛 However the Glamgals Creme Matte lipstick did last for hours till I had burger and french fries party 😛 You get so much of the product in the tube that make is so worth every penny and of course the quality which I already have raved about earlier.

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The Launch- Roja Parfums

So I entered this small but not so tiny room with a very cozy ambiance to find myself surrounded by beautiful people and very pleasing aroma of Arabic perfume but with a touch of the western world. The environment gave an instant feel of Aoud and Bukhoor all over the place and couldn’t just take my eyes off the endless collection of perfumes displayed for all of us to try. Who doesn’t love Aabian frangrances. Don’t judge me if I felt like showering myself with everything I laid my hands on there. They were irresistible. I am not a big fan of perfumes all my life and that’s because I am allergic to too much of it. You will find me sneezing where perfumes are sprayed. But this time it was different. Not a single time a sneezed or felt my nose was bothered. There was something more with those perfumes than just some fancy bottles with ordinary aromatic fluid inside. I picked a random bottle that was displayed and sprayed on myself, it reminded me that I was on the land of The Arabs and few minutes later, I realized it wasn’t just the typical arabic smell but there was more to it but what was it? This question was answered when the Master Perfumer started speaking about his perfumes.

 Roja Dove:

British Master Perfumer

Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign

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I am fortunate to have always lived a charmed life – happy to walk the path I was born to travel along. I was exceptionally lucky with my debut into the professional world of perfumery as I was offered a role within the most prestigious of all French perfumery houses. My training was classical, studying the great masterpieces, and learning the beauty of the raw materials and how they have been used over time to create different effects. In some ways I was totally ruined, I grew up in a world full of vicuna, silk, and cashmere, rather than wool, cotton, and nylon.-Roja Dove”

My favorite quote:

I do not believe it is possible to be creative to order, it is an emotional process. My intuition alone leads me.” – Roja Dove

 Roja Parfums

Redefines Luxury and Sophistication in Perfumery for the Modern Age

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1. They use the finest quality materials available; from precious Rose de Mai to legendary Ambergris.

2. Roja Parfums is made without compromise.

3. Every element has Roja’s personal attention to detail.

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4. They are fragrances that discretely deliver quality, luxury, and sophistication; quite simply.

5. Not just for fragrances, they also use precious natural materials for the packaging. For the bottles, caps, plaques and boxes they use crystal, gold, precious metals, and silk.

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6. Each bottle is manufactured in France and made of the purest, clearest glass used in the industry

7. The gold detail is screen-printed in England onto the glass by hand in a process that takes three days to complete.

8. Each perfume cap, the symbol of Roja Parfums, requires fourteen Swarovski crystals each set by hand in a process that takes five days to finish.

rojaperfumeswarovskicapThe design on of the Swarovski work on the cap is inspired by the Maestro’s diamond ring. ❤

9. The front of each bottle is adorned with a golden plaque applied to the glass by hand in England.

10. Each precious bottle sits within an equally precious presentation box that is hand assembled in England by award winning craftsmen who use the finest quality papers, woods, and silks, many of which are created exclusively for Roja Parfums.

Following are the details of the Parfums launched.

Roja Parfums A Goodnight Kiss-

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So lying in one corner was this very beautifully presented perfume(not that the their perfumes aren’t presented well) that looked very different from the rest. The white flowers gave a very feminine feel to the perfume.

A Goodnight Kiss is a new perfume for women inspired by Roja’s mother and was created on her birthday. Though I love most of his perfumes, I know for sure that this is my favorite because its fragrance reminds me of the bond between two people; how a son captured a moment in a luxurious bottle in remembrance of his mother.

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I remember vividly being about 6 years old and seeing my mother standing in the doorway of my bedroom wearing a gold lame cocktail dress, the light from the landing coming over her as if she had a corona around her. Enchanted by this vision, as my mother came and kissed me goodnight, her scent together with the smell of her face powder pervaded me. Her scent, intertwined with that image, will always stay with me.

Roja Dove Tutti Frutti

rojaparfumstuttifruttiThe sweet-toothed I am,this line of perfumes seriously made me hungry. The master Perfumer has for us these yummilicious perfumes that is a blend of sweetness and Aoud.  Fruity, Candy and Sweetie are three irresistible perfumes that begs to be endeavored.

Surrounded by indulgence and edible guilty pleasures whilst working in the Middle East, I noticed that lovers of Aoud were craving something new – something creative – so I began playing with the idea of infusing Aoud with gourmand elements.” – Roja Dove.

Candy AoudRich, Soft, Warm, Fruity, Sweet & Spicy

Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit

Heart Notes: Banana, Pear, Blackcurrant, Apple, Roserojaparfumcandyaoud

A rich, leathery base of Gurjum, Amber, Frankincense, Labdanum, Birch Tar, Fir Balsam, Leather, powdery Orris, and Musk is warmed by a blend of Aoud, Sandal, Cedar, and Casmir Woods, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Amyris, and Cypriol, which mingles with an unusual note of Rhubarb, the whole enlivened by Cardamom and Saffron, whilst Rose further sweetens a fruity heart of Banana, Pear, Blackcurrant, and Apple, counterpointed by citrus Bergamot and Grapefruit.

Fruity AoudRich, Soft, Warm, Fruity & Sweet.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Artemisia

Heart Notes: Blackcurrant, Rose, Raspberry, Strawberry, Violet, Orange Blossomrojaparfumsfruityaoud

A fresh burst of Grapefruit, Bergamot and aromatic Artemeisa opens this creation, made ultra-fruity by a medley of Blackcurrant, Raspberry, and Strawberry, further sweetened by Orange Blossom, Rose and Violet, underscored by an earthy blend of Patchouli, Cypriol, Amyris, and Oakmoss, further warmed by Aoud, Sandal, Cedar, Casmir, and Guaiac Woods, the whole nestling on a soft, sensual base of Vanilla, Orris, Frankincense, Labdanum, Birch, Tar, Gurjum, and Leather Notes, with whispers of Musk.

Sweetie AoudRich, Soft, Gourmand, Warm & Sweet

Top Notes: Bergamot, Artemisia

Heart Notes: Rose, Patisserie Accordrojaparfumssweetieaoud

Bergamot mingles with Artemisa to create a fresh foil for a note of cool Rose at the heart of this creation, further sweetened by a Patisserie Accord, warmed by a blend of Cedar, Guaiac, Cade, and Aoud Woods, with sandalwood-like-Amyris, where exotic notes of Gurjum, Cypriol, and Patchouli are enlivened by Cumin and Cardamom, nestling on a leathery base of Frankincense, Cistus, and Labdanum.

Cost: AED 2370 each 50ml at Paris Gallery

Roja Parfums De La Nuit

Surrender to the Spell of the Night

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When I hear palettes, makeup comes in mind. Contour/highlight palette, lipstick palette, blush palette and eyeshadow palette. But Roja Dove introduces us all to a perfume palette with three alluring elixirs that weave their own magical spells, as night falls. The palette represents the three characters one can find in the darkness of the night. This part of the event made me wander through my wildest imagination as each and every scent was perfectly explained taking you to a whole different place with different scenarios.

The rich, oriental fragrances inspired by the after-dark feature a plethora of luxurious ingredients that demand attention

No.1

Provocative and rich, this fragrant exhibitionist instantly announces its presence. Mesmerizing any who fall into its path, it is the most alluring of perfumes.

Oriental: Rich, Soft, Very Warm, Sweet, Spicy, Leathery & Very Sensual.

Top Notes: Bergamot

Base Notes: Guaiac Wood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Papyrus, Clove, Cedarwood, Saffron, Cistus, Labdanum, Tolu Balsam, Styrax, Benzoin, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Civet, Castoreum.Rojaparfumdelanuit1

Bergamot wraps around a warm blend of Guaiac and Cedar Woods, Patchouli, Papyrus, and Vetiver, enlivened by Clove and costly Saffron, the whole held captive in a soft, balsamic base of Cistus, Labdanum, Benzoin, Tolu Balsam, Styrax, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean, made sensual by Civet and Castoreum.

No.2

Soft, warm and tantalizing, this fragrance revels in the power of attraction. The warmth of a touch, the excitement of a quick glance, No. 2 is the master of magnetism.

Oriental: Rich, Soft, Fresh, Sweet, Warm, Sensual, & Leatheryrojaparfumdelanuit2

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon

Heart Notes: Rum, Cocoa

Base Notes: Guaiac Wood, Papyrus, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cistus, Civet, Labdanum, Benzoin, Tolu Balsam, Tonka Bean, Castoreum.

A Rum Accord blends with Cocoa at the heart of this creation, which is counterpointed by the freshness of citrus Bergamot, Lemon, and Orange, warmed by papyrus, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Guaiac Wood, the whole sublimated by a soft, sensual base of Cistus, Labdanum, Benzoin, Tolu Balsam, Tonka Bean, Civet and Castoreum

No.3

Exotic, mysterious, and enticing, this fragrance invites you to experience the allure of the unknown.

Oriental: Rich, Soft, Sweet, Warm, Spicy, Very Dry, Leathery & Very Sensual

Top Notes: Bergamot

Heart Notes: Rose, ArtemisiaRojaparfumdelanuit3

Base Notes: Juniper Wood, Patchouli, Cypriol, Sandalwood, Cumin, Cedarwood, Guaiac Wood, Saffron, Cardamom, Amyrus, Amber, Incense, Cistus, Labdanum, Benzoin, Styrax, Gurjum, Leather.

Fresh Bergamot, Amyris, and Artemesia counterpoint a note of cool Rose in the heart of this creation, where a lively blend of Cardamom, Cumin, and Saffron is warmed by Cedar, Sandal, Guaiac, and Juniper Woods, made earthy by Cypriol, Gurjum, and Patchouli, underscored by a rich base of Incense, Styrax, Benzoin, Amber, Cistus, leather-like Labdanum, and other Leather Notes.

Cost: Aed5700 each 100ml , exclusively available at Paris Gallery – The Dubai Mall.

Roja Risqué Parfum Pour Homme

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Risqué Parfum Pour Homme is a sensory exploration of how society tells us to behave, think and act, so I created a perfume that represents a deviation from propriety. A scent that seems disciplined but reveals itself to be darker and more complex over time.

The scent appears to be gentlemanly and refined, but with each breath it subtly reveals something more carnal. Risqué Parfum Pour Homme – something that should be kept behind closed doors.” – Roja Dove, Master Perfumer

Chypre: Warm, Dry, Fresh, Soft & Sweet

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Lavender

Heart Notes: Carrot Seed, Geranium, Jasmine, Peach

Base Notes: Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh, Tonka Bean

The warmth of Cedarwood, Vetiver, and Oakmoss is enlivened by Pink Pepper and Cardamom, held captive in a soft base of Frankincense, Myrrh, Labdanum, and Tonka Bean, where a heart of Geranium and Jasmine mingle with an unusual note of Carrot Seed, further sweetened by Peach, the whole freshened by Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender, and Litsea Cubeba.

Roja Dove’s Risqué Parfum Pour Homme will be available at Paris Gallery starting September 2015

Cost: AED 2050 for 50ml.

Roja Parfums “Beguiled”

When Nothing Is What It Seems

rojaparfumsbeguiledThat day , I recalled a word I have read only in romantic novels I read during my teenage life; Beguile… As creative and artistic as Roja is, I wasn’t at all surprised that one of his perfumes is named Beguiled. He knows what he does, understands a woman and observes her from head to toe. A woman is someone who can be who and what she wants. She wears an invisible veil so people can only see what she wants to show at the same time she hides what is not meant for the world to see.

Roja Parfums says:

Behind its floral innocence, Beguiled reveals a darker side; nothing is what it seems as natural aphrodisiacs weave their powerful magic, creating a seduction that is so addictive it begs to be smelt again and again.

The woman who wears Beguiled casts a fragrant spell – captivating all who encounter her. With each breath they are helpless, enchanted by its potent hypnotism. And so the perfume’s power to beguile begins…

 

Floral: Sweet, Fresh, Powdery & Soft

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarinrojaparfumsbeguiled

Heart Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang

Base Notes: Raspberry Leaf, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Pepper, Pink Pepper, Orris

A burst of Bergamot, Lemon and Mandarin opens this creation which is sweetened by a bouquet of Rose, Jasmine, and creamy Ylang Ylang, where an unusual note of Raspberry Leaf is enlivened by Pink Pepper and Pepper, nestling on a warm base of Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood and powdery Orris.

Cost: AED 2050 for 50ml at Paris Gallery

My Thoughts:

If you have been following my blog, you’d know by now that I am not into high end brands that much because I find them to be over priced for no good reason. Specially with makeup, you can find the exact dupe of high-end stuff from the drugstore. So , I really had all the good reasons to stay away from them but this event by Paris Gallery changed my perspective with regards to high end brands. I am really impressed by the tremendous effort placed while making each perfume. From ingredients to the packaging. The concept behind each fragrance was so deep and really got me thinking. This I would say is so worth every penny. I would suggest you all to study each and every fragrance if you plan to buy one because it will help you choose which scent you really want and prefer. I was in abaya when I sprayed the perfume on and it’s been 4 days already and my room smells so “Beguiled” ( this was what I splashed on myself at the event) 😀 A Goodnight Kiss is definitely in my wishlist. ❤

My Favorite Blending Brushes

A secret to perfect eye makeup look is a lot of blending. We do not want to show anyone as if a painter used our eyes as canvas. When doing my makeup, I always remember these golden words-

Yes, yes ,yes to blending and No to harsh lines”

I always say this, there are no rules when it comes to makeup. If I find a brush that works perfectly on the crease of my eyes, is soft, and fluffy, I will use it as blending brush. All depends on what look I am going for that day.

So here are my favorite brushes to blend my eyeshadows , whether matte or shimmery. I own way more than a normal girl should own(not proud) brushes but I picked my top most favorites.

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Me favorite blending brushes

So I have here :

2 Sigma Dual brush I got from my Eyeshadow palettes in Dare and Flare- The black bristles shed a bit otherwise it is just my ideal.

2 Real Techniques brushes- The very soft bristles makes blending of multiple eye shades on the crease.

1 dual eye brush from my Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Palette. – This brush is my no.1 favorite because of the size. Perfect for cut crease looks.

1 from Bh cosmetics which I grab most of the time. This came in a set I bought not too long ago and it was such a bomb deal. Check here.

1 bought from a Facebook seller ,a dupe of BH Cosmetics Sculpt line and it is amazing.

What is your favorite blending brush?

Remember, our brushes need equal care and we should wash them regularly. Check out this post to see how I clean my makeup brushes.

Happy Makeup- ING ❤

Am I late?–Fall Favorites!!

Hello Beauties,

It’s all about Fall in the beauty and fashion world. I couldn’t resist but dig into my makeup stash fro some “fall-ish” products which I am going to share with you all. My bad, I cannot get all makeup brands in Dubai. Even the drugstore ones becomes high-end if bought from here. Thinking smile So I always opt for online stores/sellers that can get all my desired products from U.S for a lesser price than what the market offers. I wish I had a best friend in the U.S who would volunteer to ship to me and I can whole heartedly shop from the U.S websites. Angel Okay so me coming back to reality, I have ordered online couple of items which are ideal colors for FallRed heart

Continue reading “Am I late?–Fall Favorites!!”

The Nubian 2 Palette by Juvia’s Place

So excited to introduce this palette to all of you lovelies here. I am not going to lie that I bought this palette just because of its beautiful, artistic and very creative palette. I did not care about the quality of the shades. I liked the color choice and moreover the packaging. 😛 I always research and check lots of reviews on a product before buying but this time, I was under a spell.

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