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.

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Review- Glamgals Creme Matte Lipstick

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Glamgals Professional Creme Matte Lipstick

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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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Review- NuSkin Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher

I still remember how my last review from this line was a hit on my Facebook. Why won’t it be? It was a really good product.  I do not compromise at all with products I apply on my face and whenever a new company contacts me for reviews , I thoroughly do my research first before anything. NuSkin is one company I haven’t heard of at all till I used their Mask for the first time ,which I really loved (I did hesitate when applying for the first time though)but since then they earned my trust and so I started using another product from them which is what this post will be about.

But before anything , I’d like to highlight something that I have noticed and would like to pour in my opinion. As I’m part of many Blogging Facebook groups, I have noticed that a lot of members have phobia of sellers from Forever Living, Younique etc. We can’t really blame them as their representatives didn’t leave any leaf unturned in destroying these companies’ reputation by following annoying selling method. So , recently I saw a post in a group about the same complain but with NuSkin mentioned as well as other other two mentioned above. The main issue that groups’ members have is why are these companies allowed in bloggers’ groups and attract bloggers by advertising saying”opportunities for bloggers” when in fact they are just trying to sell. I 100% agree to this. But I definitely would like to share my experience with Nuskin. I was contacted by a very nice lady , introduced me to their products (the best sellers I believe) then asked me if I would like to review. I asked for the website and while chatting with her I went through their website and Googled about them. I said yes for the review and we finalized everything with the address where to get the samples delivered.  During this chat, the lady offered me to join them but she wasn’t at all annoying or insisting and I really appreciate that. She let me decide and gave me my space about this. I posted the same review about them in those groups which you are reading at the moment. Yes Nuskin do recruit reps but my experience wasn’t bad at all that I will block them. That’s the reason you all can see my reviews of their products. I am not their rep at all and just like other companies do, they sent me samples to review with no strings attached. However, I know for the fact that they would want me to join. Aim of this mini experience review is to give people/brand due respect they deserve. If I experienced bad, I would definitely talk about it, but if my experience is otherwise then I should let everyone know about it too.

So moving on to the review.

Product Name: Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher( Click the picture to be directed to their website)

polishingpeel-microdermabrasionKey ingredients: (from their site)

Pumpkin enzymes—immediately work to resurface and smooth skin by dissolving built up dead and damaged cells.
Bentonite clay—a natural clay derived from volcanic ash; acts as a magnet to remove dulling skin cells and toxins
Concept(from their site)
Enjoy skin smoothing results clinically proven to be equivalent to a professional microdermabrasion session without ever leaving home. Polishing Peel™ features pumpkin enzymes to resurface,soften, and polish the skin and bentonite clay to remove dull skin cells and toxins. A convenient alternative to professional micro-dermabrasion treatments, Polishing Peel™ delivers a fresh, healthy complexion. To maintain apolished appearance, use three times the first week and twice a week thereafter.
My thoughts:
What intrigued me was that, people go for professional surgical treatments , spend a lot of money and their time to bring back their youthful skin which is highly affected by exposure to sun, ageing or any skin problem. Nuskin claims that this polishing peel does the same job as any microdermabrasion treatments do. Of course there will be a bit of a difference, I haven’t tried the surgical one but with surgery you see results immediately. Of course, with something you are doing yourself , the results will take some time. The result of this polishing peel is amazing. at first, I found it very hard to deal with as I wasn’t really sure how to use it. I let it dry completely due to which I found it very hard to rub it off. So do not let it dry completely, as soon as it settles on the skin start massaging in circular motion, you will see all the dirt coming off. I applied it all over my neck and face and every time I do that, my skin looks lighter , smooth and non-greasy. For all those wanting to get rid of their fake tans, this one will do the job for you as it literally rips off unwanted layer on top of your skin.
Watch the video for the demo on how to use it , I used my hands as I do not show my face  but the steps are the same when applied on face. Make sure to start with a clean dry face and finish off with face toner and then moisturizer.
To order and check reviews, click here. OR you can email at thueyw@hotmail.com

Bloggers Award

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Hah!! Finally got to do awards related post after ages. Sorry guys for the delay. It might have taken 2 months for me to post but I did!! It’s always great to be nominated for different awards as I feel appreciated, noticed and this is a way to interact with fellow blogger and help each other.

So Lindsay nominated me for two awards and Mirror the love nominated me for one but I decided to merge both the awards as they are the same ad I feel so happy that through these awards, I discovered two more amazing blogs that I can go to during my coffee time. Interesting stuff to read and fabulous pictures. You guys should check them out. Go ,go go. 😀

Award #1 The Premio Dardos Award

The rules are:

  1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  2. Pass the award on to other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.

Award #2 The Beauty Blogger Award

Rules:
1) State the name of the blogger that nominated you.
2) Answer the questions you were given.
3) Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
4) Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5) Let the bloggers know that you nominated them.

Lindsay’s Questions for me and my answers 😀

  1. How long does it take to do your makeup on a regular day?

15 to 20 minutes if simple eye makeup, no contouring and correcting.

2.Smokey eye or natural for a special event?

Smokey all the way…<3

3.What brand of makeup brushes do you prefer?

BH Cosmetics, Good quality at affordable price.

4. Do you ever go makeup free?

Yes, many times. In fact most of the time.

5. What is one makeup product you wish companies would improve and why (nail polish, lipstick, blush, etc.)?

Many to mention. Not really improve but stop bringing to the market like lip concealer, lip primer, eye primer, I feel they are not really necessary. Bronzer and powder contouring products should be the same and not separate, why make people spend unnecessary and on top of that makeup became confusing due to this.

6. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?

I was 25, eyeliner and lipstick only. I started wearing full makeup at the age of 28.

7. What’s your best tip for perfect eyeshadow blending?

Get the right blending brush, blend till your fingers hurt but not eyes. 😛

8.What brand of foundation is the best?

Many. But my favorite foundation has been my Karaja pore minimiser ,so for me it is the best. Otherwise Loreal and Maybelline has some really good foundation.

9. Who is your makeup idol?

I look up to Nikki tutorials on Youtube. I would want to be able to do makeup like she does.

10. What’s your favorite mascara brand?

Loreal, Burjouis and essence.

Mirror the Love’s Questions for me and my answers 😀

  1. Any blogging regrets?- None
  2. Biggest beauty trend regret?- Lip enhancers
  3. One product you think everyone should have?- Moisturiser
  4. If you were creating your own beauty line, what would you call it?- “Native”
  5. Have you ever had a beauty “disaster” while doing someone else’s make-up?- I still need more faces to be able to do some disaster. hahaha
  6. Bold eyes, bold lips or both?- I can go with both. Not following rules really, just depends on occasion.
  7. What has been your biggest life lesson so far? (taken from a question asked to me!)- Attend to yourself first before others, this way you are fit to attend to others then.
  8. Favourite music video make-up?- None :/
  9. What is your favourite make-up remover?- Bioderma
  10. What is one product you just can’t get the hang of? Or if that’s not applicable, that you cannot stand to use?- False Eyelashes. Somebody teach me the easiest way please!!! GRrrr

I nominate the following bloggers because they are amazing and would want to hear more of them. ❤

Aysha Sana

Rockette Queen

The single Life Unscripted

Living Life with Joy

Makeupateers

Happiness wherever you go

Nicole Elysia

Driftinglexi

Cookie and creams

Lainey Loves Life

Questions for you all:

  1. Best thing about blogging.
  2. why did you start blogging?
  3. You favorite post.
  4. Do you take photographs for your blog yourself? If not ,then who does that?
  5. How many social media platforms you have.
  6. How many times a week do you blog?
  7. Your favorite beauty product.
  8. Nude or bright lips?
  9. Best compliment you received ever since you started blogging.
  10. What is the biggest challenge you are facing in the world of blog?

Would love to hear all your answers , girls. For those who do not wish to do this, please ignore and if you are doing this award, do leave a link to your post on the comments section below.

Thanks again, Lindsay and Mirror the Love for the amazing questions.

Motivational Posts- My Facial Care Planner

I have always been someone who stayed away from Beauty Salons. It isn’t that I have anything against them, but I just do not have the patience to sit there for hours and let them do all the stuff to me. I dread the moment when I cannot move because someone is working on my face or nails and I might just make them uncomfortable or injure myself or whatever. I want to move all the time, walk, run,fly (okay not really fly) but I want to be free. I am so impatient when it comes to getting pampered at salons.

Besides this, I love to do hair , face, nail, body care myself. The fact that I am doing something for myself feels so good. My skin and body needs my attention and I have to give that no matter what. Being a mom of 2, it was very difficult to take out time for myself and it was a struggle. Believe me, a very difficult step to take. If you are a mom, you would understand what I am talking about. But eventually I learned to deal with the difficulties I faced. Once a woman becomes a mom, it doesn’t at all means you have to just give up on everything and focus on parenting. Parenting should be priority,of course, but if you are “fit” then you have a happy family.

There was a time when I gave my 100% to my kids , not a single percentage to husband even, I felt somewhat miserable but wasn’t actually aware of it. There is always that “one day” in everyone’s life when things become clear in front of you and you just know what to do next. I knew that not only my kids, but my husband needs my time, my house needs my time, my in-laws and every body part of my life needs a part of me. Life is too short to cut off myself from all of these. I knew I had to balance things. I knew I had to look pleasant when my eldest daughter started appreciating my beauty when I do my hair. This is just one example. I knew that if I take care of myself, end result is a happy family. So I did it.

It was difficult but not impossible. Now my kids are going to school, so I have the first part of the day to pamper myself. I do not need to do that pampering daily , but yes, skin care is important and should be done daily. If you are interested in my skin care routine, click here.

If your kids are still very young for school ,they are with you 24 x 7, take out time for yourself when they are playing or napping. There is time for you , you just need to make THAT effort. There is NOTHING in the world that can stop you from taking care of yourself but only you.

So keeping track of everything sometimes becomes hard as I have million of things to do and forgetting something is what I don’t want. Skin care has to be consistent. So what I do to make my life easier is I created a planner and stuck it on my washroom mirror to remind me of what I have to do next.

All of us have different skin types and our skin has a certain requirement of care depending on our age. I am over 30 years already so I decided to do complete facial twice a month, I exfoliate  maximum thrice a week and use mask 2 or 3 times a week. If you are under 25 years, I suggest apply scrub and mask once a week only and full facial once a month.

Facial Care Planner
Facial Care Planner

So this is my Face Care schedule for the month of September, it is never too late to plan your next steps.

I will keep you all posted for my Nail , Body and Hair Care planners too. ❤

If you are someone struggling to take out time for yourself and found this post helpful, do comment below and let me know if you worked out on this. Tweet me regarding your progress, I would love to hear from you all. Let us be an example to others.

Love yourself , you are beautiful! ❤

 

Something I grabbed from BH Cosmetics on Sale!

Gosh I feel so ashamed of myself! I’m posting this so late when sale is already over. I discovered they were having sale on the very last day itself and luckily the lady I use to order from was able to get these for me. So in any way I wouldn’t have been able to let you all know.

Moving on to what I ordered.

BH Cosmetics
BH Cosmetics

I’m really sorry for I do not remember what this deal was called as it’s been a while already since I ordered them but I will share with you all the separate links of both the items.

  1. Wild & Radiant – Baked Illuminating & Bronzing Palette- Click here to view it on their website. This stuff is  a bomb! I love the shades, the pigmentation , the texture and formula. However you need to be a bit careful as sometimes it can be too powdery.

    Bh Cosmetics Wild & Radiant baked illuminating & bronzing palette
    Bh Cosmetics Wild & Radiant baked illuminating & bronzing palette
  2. 12 piece Wild Brush Set-Click here to view it on their website. I’m not that crazy about the casing. I love animal prints , but if it is Cheetah print I would only want it in brownish shade not coral or orange. But that doesn’t really bother me, it is still cute and what I am happy about are the brushes. I am a big fan of BH Cosmetics makeup brushes, they are very affordable and of good quality at the same time look so cute. I have noticed , they tried providing us brushes in different cases/holder with funky chic patterns or printed brush handles which I really admire as we girls love cute things. ^-^

For the price, I’m quite happy, in fact very happy with the stuff and I highly recommend these products to be added to your collection. ❤

Ordered this from Avon,FM & Other Cosmetics on Facebook.

Makeup Series- Eye Routine for Beginners

Hi beauties!

So here is a continuation of my previous post regarding face/foundation routine ,dedicated specially for makeup beginners. ❤

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW TO READ THE DETAILED REVIEWS.

Today we will be knowing about “Eye routine” and information I am sharing here with you all is what I do when I apply makeup. As many of the beautiful and lovely ladies, keep asking me questions related to makeup, I thought why not dedicate a whole series to you all.

Please Note: I’m not an expert or any kind of beauty guru but playing with make up has given me enough experience that I can share with you all about it.This is simply how I do it and you can do it your way too with a little of information from here. 🙂

So moving on to the step by step guide, here is what you need to do.

First of all there is no rules as to which one should be done first. Face makeup or the eyes. So it is totally up to you which one you prefer. I personally like doing my eyes first because I usually do a lot of bold makeup and end up having fall outs, applying foundation after, helps a lot as I can still clean them then.

I really need to highlight this part just to make sure you don’t miss this point. As I will be suggesting products too that is suitable for beginners, please don’t expect me to be talking about Urban Decay Naked palettes. Because I won’t! As a beginner, I will never suggest anyone to go for high-end options as you will be doing trial and errors initially , you will need to get the feel of “it”first, you might not want to continue applying eyeshades etc and so spending a lot on high-ends for this purpose is just not practical. If you see your idol or friend that you look up to using UD or Lorac and they look so pretty, you do not have to go and get those palettes without thinking. They looked good because they applied makeup well. So you need to practice first and you will get those looks with any drugstore palette. If you have lots of money to waste, then go ahead. 😀

  1. Primer or Eyeshadow base- While I can live without using face primer, it is not the case with my eyes. I need some kind of prep for my eyes too. For that I use eyeshadow base. I have two favorite ones, that is the Lancome and NYX eyeshadow base. I use either one of them depending on the makeup that I am doing . If I am using bright shades I always like applying white eyeshadow base as this will intensify the color more, if I am doing neutral or smokey makeup I am fine with my beige eyeshadow base. Eye shadow base acts as a primer too and some are 2 in 1, primer+base like NYX eyeshadow base. You don’t have to go for primer and base separately. DO NOT BUY PRIMER AND BASE SEPARATELY NO MATTER HOW MUCH PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU TO. It is purely unnecessary. Buy yourself NYX white eyeshadow and it will work for both bright as well as neutral shades. NYX Jumbo pencil is ideal thing for this too. Very affordable and works perfectly. What? You think I missed mentioning the Urban Decay eye primer? No, I didn’t miss it. I just don’t want to suggest any unnecessary stuff to you. (Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against this brand, it’s just that , they are very costly specially for beginners and you get equally good products in the drugstore range) If you think that your eyeshadow is not having good pigmentation and that the color isn’t showing up then refer to this video on tricks to make the color pop using white eyeshadow base.

Suggested Eye Primers and base: NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk, NYX eyeshdow base in pot, Wet n Wild take on the day Prep and Prime(also considered as dupe of Urban Decay Prime Potion)

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

2. Eyeshadow palettes- I would really ask you to get palettes instead of individual eyeshades because,

a. It is economical

b. You get to play with few more colors and see what suits you.

Regarding which eyeshades should you get, cool tones or warm. It totally depends on your choice. But initially, I’d suggest you to get a palette with more of warm tones, like browns, grays, taupe etc because they are easy to work with and won’t be overwhelming for those who just started this journey. Practice with that single palette and once you feel the urge of trying out some bold colors, that is when you can really tell that you have practiced enough to be able to wear other colors confidently. So go ahead and get the colors you want to rock. Remember, applying eyeshadows need a lot of practice and there can never be a point in life when you can say ” I don’t need to practice anymore as I am an expert already” because you need to practice constantly to get a look you want. Even renowned MUA’s would practice a look they would want to do on their brides. If you think you are an expert, then this post is just not for you. 🙂

Get yourself mattes shades first as shimmery will be kind of tricky for beginners, however there is no restrictions. Just that mattes look good mostly and are easy to work with.

NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Nyx Love in Paris Eye shadow palette
Nyx Love in Paris Eye shadow palette

Suggested Eyeshadow Palettes: I’m not going to mention the names of the palettes as tehre are many, but I would definitely mention the brands so it is easy for your guys to check. I guess 4 suggestions are enough.

  1. Coastal scents eyeshadow palettes-they have plenty of palettes to offer for a very good price and quality. If you live in U.A.E, you can buy this brand from Alshop.com.
  2. . Nyx paletts- from Lifestyle for U.A.E residents
  3. Wet n Wild- from Lifestyle for U.A.E residents addtext_com_MDAzNDQ3MTc0NzM
  4. Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow palettes- From online stores , check this post for details.
Morphebrushes multi-matte palette 35c
Morphebrushes multi-matte palette 35c

Check the video version of this suggestion ❤

3. Eyeliner- Eyeliners are everyone’s favorite. I mean even those girls who say they don’t wear makeup at all, have eyeliners in their collection along with lip glosses.

NYX Jet Black
NYX Jet Black

There are varieties of eyeliners, gel liners, pencils, kohls, pen, markers and what not. I personally think the easiest to apply are the pencil eyeliners as a beginner. Gel eyeliner has to be applied using a brush and that might get very challenging for newbies, similarly the pens and marker ones can get too messy. So ideally a beginner should have the pencil ones. Eyeliners come in different colors and so I won’t restrict you to only black however black is a must have.

Suggested eyeliners: Again, I’ll mention only brands. I have used the ones listed below and loved them. So next time you head to lifestyle, do explore these brands. 🙂

1. NYX Blackest black

2. Maybelline

3. Loreal

4. Revlon

4. Mascara- The makeup industry just have the solution to everyone’s problem specially a beautiful woman’s issues of having very short and thin lashes like myself. :/ So you need not worry now because there is this one mascara in the market that will do the trick for you. Getting the right mascara for myself has been a long journey for me as there were many hits and misses. Though I’ll suggest mascaras that I think are good, you will still need to find the right one for yourself. I think mascara is a very personal thing. It is not always that some random person gave a good review on a certain mascara and it just worked for me. Never happened. There are always ticks to make some products work and this is my trick on how to achieve longer lashes using even the worst mascara you have. 🙂

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Suggested Mascara by me: Essence have surprisingly good mascaras for aed12 to 25, Maybelline, Loreal, Revlon, Max Factor and of course Avon. 

Don’t forget to do your brows. This will be entirely separate post. 🙂 For any questions, feel free to comment or email me at veenazkit@gmail.com or use the contact form below in case you do not want your comment seen.