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.

Best Oil for Hair Growth & Prevent Hair Fall

Disclaimer: While this oil is very effective and showed results, it might not be the case for everyone. But there is no harm in giving it a try.

This is my first port related to “Hair Care” and I thought it to be the best time to share with you all some of my favorite oils that I have used for myself as well as kids. Well, let’s include hubby dear too. I have years and years of relationship with these oils, I use them for different purposes but today is all about hair care so let’s get started. Women’s most common issue is hair fall specially after having kids and if you live in U.A.E, you’d know what I’m talking about. The water here is the main cause for hair fall. There may be other reasons for hair fall like stress, too much dandruff or inadequate attention towards hair ,we need to work on this as soon as possible or we will end up being bald. If not cured, it will just worsen. This is the reason people complain of less volume in hair. It’s a process, excessive hair fall leads to less hair! So I tried many oils but to be honest I become impatient after a month when I do not see obvious improvement. That’s the reason I keep experimenting and trying different oils.

Just so you know, I do not use any hair products such as hair spray, I do not use any kind of serums for ironing or curling (because I do not do them)The only products that I ever applied on my hair are shampoo, conditioner and hair oils. I have naturally thick, silky and soft hair but everything was ruined after I had baby. I had too much of hair fall and I didn’t attend to it immediately thinking it will be “fine” on its own. Don’t make this mistake.

So, finally I’m able to create my very own mixtures of oils that suited my hair because just after using it for one month only, I can see a difference. I’m not saying huge difference, but there is definitely one. I applied this daily on the first week, showered daily but applied shampoo only thrice a week but if I need to shampoo in between I use baby shampoo(by the way our family use baby shampoo hoping it has less chemicals). From the 2nd week on wards, I apply it on alternate days.

What you need:

  • Almond Oil- 80ml OR 1/3 cup (available at LULU)
  • Coconut Oil- 80ml OR 1/3 cup (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Castor Oil- 1 tbsp    (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Black Seed Oil- 1 tbsp   (Lulu & Carrefour)
  • Empty Bottle- Daiso
  • Measuring cup

The above info on where to buy the oils is for the residents of the UAE

Method:

Mix all 4 oils in one bottle and shake gently.

Note: Take equal portions of Almond and Coconut oil OR if you prefer, you can take more of coconut oil and lesser almond oil and adjust the rest of the measurement.

Just play around with the measurement according to what you think is your hair’s need. It is totally safe. Sometimes I take more coconut oil as it is my favorite for hair growth. 🙂

Watch the video to see how I do it.

Review- GlamGals Professional Glitterati Nails

Hello Beauties,

I wanted to do some de-cluttering earlier today and ended up playing with another amazing product from GlamGals. Whew! I wish I had so much time to try out the glitters with different nail colors but I’m still happy with how much I did. Today I have with you another pocket -friendly beautifying product for your nails that is the GlamGals Professional Glitterati nails. I have talked about GlamGals in my previous post that how impressed I am with the quality of their products and packaging for the price they offer. I received quite a few items from them and decided to review them one by one starting with my most favorite product the Dual Lip gloss and today my 2nd fave product. ❤

This time I will just go ahead with the review and pass on with the packaging as I have talked a lot about it already.

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So this one has the colored nail polish on one end and the glitter nail polish on the other end. You can wear them alone separately or with each other. I have tried wearing only the red, then red with glitter on one nail ,then glitter all over the reds and lastly used the glitters on top of while nail paint. It is up to you how to use it. Just play with it and be creative. For me glitters are always my top most choice as you do not need a lot of hard work applying them and it gives that oomphy look in just few seconds. Not to mention all the hard work you need in removing them. 😛

Continue reading “Review- GlamGals Professional Glitterati Nails”

If Makeup Foundation Was A Woman.

So just a random crazy thought I usually have. Showing you today the weirdest craziest side of me. Smile with tongue out Today I feel like doing something different from the usual posts I do.

Sitting in front of my dressing table and deciding which foundation to wear today was not different from any other days as this is something I face every time I start putting on makeup. I admit, I do not have many foundations as I wasn’t a foundation girl before. I lived my entire life using My Benefit BB Cream until makeup addiction happened. In love From that blessed day up to date, I own only 4 foundations. Thinking smile I hope it is 4 only. Oh wait 4 liquid and 2 cake foundations. Yes ,so 6 in total. Oh wait, add 1 cream to powder foundation too Angel So 7 in total. I need to move along now before I start remembering all my hidden treasures.

Continue reading “If Makeup Foundation Was A Woman.”

Makeup Series- Lips Routine for Beginners

Finally we are here today for the last segment of the Makeup Series for Beginners and I had a step by step post on how to apply makeup a month ago and split it up into different segments. Foundation Routine, Eye Routine and today we have the Lips Routine.

You will find below how I apply my lipstick/lip gloss and what steps I follow when preparing my lips for that.

Steps in order:

  1. Exfoliate lips- Make it a habit to exfoliate your lips. Lipstick makes dry and chapped lips more visible hence to avoid that, exfoliate regularly. While there are many lip exfoliators/scrubs available in the market, I use my very own home-made lip scrub. Do you want to make your own too? Click the picture to know how.
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2. Condition Lips- Always condition your lips. Keep it hydrated all the time to avoid gross flaky dry skin. There are plenty of lip conditioners and balms in the market and one very reasonable option for that is Vaseline also known as Petroleum Jelly. You do not have to spend a fortune on lip balms. You can find it in all price range. My favorite lip balm at the moment is from Utama Spice. click the picture below to know why.

Utama Spice Lip Balm
Utama Spice Lip Balm

  3. Line lips- Lining my lips is very important for me. By doing this, I am giving my lips a more defined shape and outline at the same time prevents lipstick from smearing around lips. Make this a habit and always include in your makeup routine. Use lip liner that matches your lipstick shade ,if not the closest.

Lip liner suggestions: Get any lip liner from drugstore to high-end, it doesn’t really matter as they perform the same way. I have from NYX, Essence, NARS, Misslyn etc.

4. Apply lipstick / lip gloss- Last step is to apply your desired lipstick or lip gloss. Lip products come either with matte or glossy finish. It is totally on you which you prefer. Nowadays I am more into matte lipsticks as I find them more long-lasting and they hold on to your lips very well that they don’t smear all over. I like the look of matte more but occasionally I love wearing my glossy lipsticks too if I go for light eye makeup , I like keeping my lipstick dark and shiny then. The same way, Lip glosses nowadays have come in matte formula and is very much “in” and are commonly known as  Lip cremes. L.A Girl matte lip pigments are my favorites. Click the picture to know why. While lip cremes are ruling over the beauty world currently, one cannot resist the charm of lip gloss. The touch of that shine is what a girl needs most of the time. So always experiment and understand what you like. As I mentioned earlier, there is no rules to makeup.  You can even give your glossy lips a touch of matte by following this method.

L.A Girl matte lipgloss
L.A Girl matte lipgloss

Lipstick/lipgloss suggestions: NYX,  Maybelline have very good options of lip products both matte and glossy , however you can find equally good in other brands like L.A Girl, Sleek, Mikyaji, Givenchy, Anastasia Beverly Hills etc.

You just need to explore the market and do not hesitate to try to experiment on new products as you will find hidden gems there. ❤

Other lip products such as lip primer and lip concealer are very unnecessary in my point of view. Apply your lip liner all over lips , it will act as base for your lipstick and will cover your lips’ natural pigmentation acting as lip concealer.
Continue reading “Makeup Series- Lips Routine for Beginners”

Review- Kuwaii Box

After my bad experience and frustration with my previous subscription with Glambox, I was in a hunt for other sub boxes that ship internationally and was so lucky to find Kuwaii Box that not only ships worldwide but ships them for FREE!! Isn’t that amazing? I found other boxes too but the temptations of the products in Kuwaii website was just too much. They are so full of cuteness that I feel like a kid again. I really don’t want to keep you guys waiting so let’s just move on to what I received. Scroll down for the video where I showed each and every stuff.

Kuwaii Box is a subscription Box you will receive from Japan and Korea. They have different super affordable subscription plans to offer to their subscribers and I suggest you check them out here.

I received a total of 11 items in the box and some cards and flyers.

Kuwaii Subscription Box August 2015
Kuwaii Subscription Box August 2015

So, like many subscription boxes out there, they have 1 welcome card with list of items they sent printed at the back.

I also received flyers with the following info:

  1. Share your Kuwaii Box & Win a Kuwaii Megabox worth over $100. – So use #KUWAIIBOX and share on all social media they are pretty much everywhere. 
  2. Japan Candy Box- This is another subscription box full of sweets and snacks that you can subscribe to and ships for free worldwide.

Check their website http://www.japancandybox.com

3. Blippo Kuwaii Shop- This flyer offers you 10% discount code you can use when shopping from http://www.blippo.com

4. Welcome Card and Items List

DSC_6685Kawaii Neko Plush

DSC_6688Tin Dinosaur Pencil Case

DSC_6687Macaron Ink Pen

DSC_6682Cloud Memory Letter Set- Check out this video below to see what are the colors of envelopes I got. ❤

DSC_6684Korean Deco Tape

DSC_6683Popsicle Squishy Charm

DSC_6689Mini animal Spray Bottle

DSC_6681Alpaca Tin Case

DSC_6680Puffy Paradise Stickers

DSC_6678Naru Naru Gumi Numi DIY Candy Kit

DSC_6679Polka Dots Shoe Laces

So here are all the items I received in my August Box , hope you enjoyed looking at them as I did and my daughter is the happiest to own all of them except for the mini spray which I am keeping for my makeup use. So if you are someone , who loves subscription boxes and are interested in little cute things then definitely go for Kuwaii box. It is even very good as surprise gifts and very affordable.

Their website http://www.kawaiibox.com/

Their Facebook Page

“This box was sent to me by Kuwaii Box for reviewing and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post is totally mine and is not paid whatsoever.”

Review & Swatch – Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak

I know ,this is a very old product and I am too late to review and swatch as probably all of you must have owned this already ,if not ,at least are aware of this product. But I just had to bring it out once again as “Strobing” is so much in nowadays. With strobing conquering the whole beauty world, how can I just ignore a highlighter? So I decided to bring to you different highlighters that I already own and plan to own shortly 😛 and review them.  For today, I have the Urban Decay Naked Flushed in the shade Streak.

The box
The box

The box looks like any Urban Decay makeup product. That is their signature look probably, you don’t even need to read and you will just know it is from Urban Decay. The back of the box mentions everything about the product in the palette one in English and one in another language.

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These are the sides of the box where you will find all the necessary details such as ingredients , location etc. Nothing new or special with the ingredients, they are pretty much the same as any other bronzer,blush or highlighter.

URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED IN STREAK
URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED IN STREAK

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URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED-STREAK

The palette consists of powdered bronzer, highlighter and blush. The bronzer is brown with a bit of orangish undertone. Highlighter is sort of pinkish which I think is just perfect for any skin tone. The blush is a very beautiful peachy shade. The colors are no doubt, very pigmented but …so here comes the “but” ! They are too powdery, though they feel very soft, velvety and creamy. When I swipe my brush on the palette, I can see a lot of powder accumulating on the sides which is a total turn off for me considering the worth of the product. It is a high-end brand, people, for the amount we pay , I at least expect perfection. I use my Sleek Blush palettes a lot and those palettes never had any kind of fall outs. Sleek palettes cost around AED65 here in UAE and UD Naked Flushed AED235(approx). With this price difference, I have the right to demand a lot!

I will link Check out the video to view a live swatch of this palette so you can see for yourself.

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***This product was sent to me by Ebeautique for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are totally mine and by no means not PAID.

Review & Swatch – Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer from Stunzzle Glam

So I did a purchase from this online Store on Facebook ,Stunzzle Glam and received this beautiful lip product as a gift from them. I love it when I receive goodies along with my order. Who doesn’t? It was my first time ordering from them and my experience was very good, I was attended to very nicely and my stuff arrived in perfect condition. So if you live in U.A.E, go ahead and check them on Facebook as they have lots of makeup that you might like. Review time now!

So I received Makeup Revolution Velvet Lip Laquer in the shade in Keep Crying For You.

Makeup Revolution Lip laquer
Makeup Revolution Lip laquer Keep crying for you

With all the news flying around about almost every brand releasing their range of matte lip cream/matte lip gloss or whatever you can call it,I was so glad to receive one and that too from a brand I haven’t tried yet. Well I tried their eyeshades but this is the first lip product ever from this brand.

The packaging looks really good. Nothing cheap about it at all. The box has all the information one needs about the product.

makeuprevolutionIt comes in a plastic tube just like other lip gloss in the drugstore range. I love how it looks. When I see good products , I enjoy taking their pictures by the way:D

Makeup revolution Velvet Lip Laquer
Makeup revolution Velvet Lip Laquer
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Makeup revolution lip laquer-keep crying for you

The shade is beautiful pink with orange undertone. I actually avoid such colors as I feel it doesn’t suit me at all. With my skin tone, I feel such colors make me darker. :/ So I kept it and I’ll gift it to my baby sister. I’m sure she will be happy to own this amazing lippie. This reminded me a lot of the Lipstuck shade from Wojooh, that was a bit lighter though.

The product has a very good pigmentation, glides on easily on the lips but dries quickly so you need to be quick in applying it. Once it dried, the color became more intense which was really lovely. What I didn’t like was it made my lips dry. I already have naturally dry lips and the least I would want is having any product making my lips drier. So I applied lip gloss on top and it was all okay. But for a person like me, I am not into lip gloss at all and I know I can’t put up with the whole process of coating it with gloss hence, decided to “not own it”. Staying power is good though and I’m sure it will be a perfect gift the next time a see my sister. 😀

Thank you Stunzzle Glam for this beautiful gift. ❤ Highly appreciate the gesture.

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.
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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.