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.

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!!”

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!!”

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.”

Review- GlamGals Color Stay Dual Lip Gloss

If you guys are following me on Instagram and Facebook, you must have seen the pictures I posted of the beauty products sent to me by GlamGals for reviewing. Mini reviews have also been posted. Thanks to this awesome company, I’ve been introduced to another range of beauty goodies that I get to try and like. Liked or loved, that we will find out as I share my reviews.

Today I have for you, the GlamGals Color Stay Dual Lip Gloss. If you have noticed, I have been adding lots of videos in my blog posts. I really enjoy the few seconds video I make to show the product, I think you get an idea of how the product actually looks like through video not unless you have captured a very good picture. But since I am still learning to do product photo shoot, bear with my video craze. 😛 I think I can take decent pictures but the silver packaging of this product just challenged me a lot. LOL

Product Details:

Brand: GlamGals

Name: Color Stay Dual Lip Gloss

Shade: DLG12

Price: AED35

Ingredients: 20150925_184438

The Packaging:

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Unlike any other lip gloss I ever held in my hands, this surely was heavier. Normally, I barely feel I’m even holding anything but this one was screaming “Hello, I’m here!” The tube came in a silver box with all necessary details printed on like ingredients, labels, application tips, address, production/expiry date etc. The lip gloss tube is of very good quality plastic material, reminds me of my acrylic drawers. Since it is dual ended, one end has the colored lip gloss and the other end with the transparent one.

What they say: Triple effects- Condition, Moisturizing and Long stay all day wear with 3D Diamond Shine.

The Inside:

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On one end, you get the colored pigment and on the other end is a transparent product that is supposed to moisturize your lips. It is a beautiful red shade , the formula is perfect not too thick and not too thin, covers the lips’ own pigmentation, glides on very well and applies evenly. The transparent end of the lip gloss is a very shiny liquid which has exactly the consistency you need.

How to apply: Apply the colored lip gloss on lips, wait for about 2 minutes then coat it with the moisturizing lip gloss.

pizap.com14431937318101I wore only the lip gloss for 2 days, the whole day and it is very good on its own only. If you are a fan of matte lips, you will be happy with it this way. It is not drying and do not chap your lips. I was a bit skeptical using the moisturizing lip gloss at first as I thought the brush might pick most of the red color, but it actually did the opposite. It was very easy to apply without smudging my red pigment and it actually felt very good on the lips. I felt it actually moisturized my lips at the same time giving my lips that non-overwhelming spark.

Pros:

  1. cruelty-free (has a bunny on its box)
  2. not drying
  3. perfect formula
  4. pigmented
  5. moisturising but not sticky
  6. good quality at affordable price
  7. 15 shades to choose from
  8. long wear
  9. quality packaging

Cons:

Very light smell when applying, not really that bothering as it fades away very quickly

Shades: pizap.com14431856844581

Current outlets :
1)Deira City Centre (outside Sephora)
2)Dubai outlet mall (outside Cold Stone)
3)Arabian Centre midriff (outside Costs coffee)
4)Century Mall (outside Carrefour)
5)Al Foah Mall AlAin (outside lulu)
6)Sharjah City Centre (outside Ecity) – coming up next month .

Facebook – Glamgals cosmetics

IG – glamgals cosmetics.

**PR Samples**

Check out the video and see for yourself the packaging.

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.

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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DIY- LIP EXFOLIATORCondition Lips-

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.
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Review- B Natural Organics Anti-Aging Collection

Howdy beauties!

Hope you all are taking care of your skin,very well very well . Makeup isn’t everything we need to look beautiful. What matters is the “thing” under your makeup and that is your skin, that needs a lot of care specially when you get older. As bad as “older” sounds, let’s face it as it is reality. Once we hit 25years of our ages, we need to pay more attention to our skin and start using anti-aging products. As we grow older, our skin becomes drier as it stops producing necessary properties that maintains youthful glow hence leaving our skin with wrinkles and unwanted spots.

In my case, I started anti-aging products a the age of 32 and I sometimes feel bad for having started it really late but “late is better than nothing” , right? Since then I have tried different products , there have been hits and misses but something makes me wonder, that is the products that work for me do not last longer. I feel like they do their job better for 1.5 to 2 months at most then later it just stops giving me results. That’s the reason my hunt for skincare products keep going and I have embraced the fact that my skin responds to certain product for maximum of two months and not more than that. So it is very much natural if you find yourself in the same position as mine and not freak out. Anyway ,this was just a random thought I wanted to share. Moving on to the purpose of this post, as promised, I will be coming with different skincare solutions for all your problems and today I have another one.

B Natural Organics is a Botanically Active Skin Care company that provide you with natural healthy skin care line that is free of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances and harmful preservatives.

Today I have for you , the Anti Aging Collection.

B Natural Organics Anti Aging Skincare Collection
B Natural Organics Anti Aging Skincare Collection

They were so kind and generous to send me one of their best line to try and share with you all and I received them in a very cute box, very well packed with two booklets containing information about their company and the details of the products sent. It makes me feel really good to receive PR samples in a very good condition, properly packed with all information. First impression is the last impression ,as people say and it is true. So this brand won my heart the moment I saw what I received.

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What the kit contains:

1. Bio-Active Cleansing Treatment

2. Daily Botanical Enzyme peel

3. Niacin Complex Balancing Mist

4. Sea Kelp Moisturizer

The above are the four products you need mainly but with those you get 3 other products listed below.

5. Aloe Leaf Body Lotion

6. Mother of Pearl Facial Scrub

7. Pomegranate Facial Scrub

So they provide you with a complete range of anti-aging products you need in one kit. The best part is, if you do not want to spend a lot yet on something you haven’t tried before, they have a “Trial Kit” for you which are sample sizes as you see in picture. The quantity is good enough and will last for 3 to 4 weeks depending on usage. The trial kit is for $25. You get 7 Organic anti-aging products good for 1 month which in my opinion is a great deal.  The full-sized kit costs $85 which I feel will be too much for those who haven’t tried their products yet considering the fact that it will be their first time using it. So I suggest get yourself the trial pack first , try it and I’m sure you will opt for the full-sized one. Please note the full-sized kit contains 1 to 4 products plus one eye cream. Please check here for details.

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  1. Bio-Active Cleansing Treatment:
Ingredients:Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) Leaf (and) punica granatum (pomegranate) (and) vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) juice, decyl glucoside (and) sodium lauroyl lactylate, vegetable glycerin (and) camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, vacciniummyrtillus (billberry) fruit/leaf extract, xanthomonus campestris (xanthan) gum powder, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, cedrus atlantica (atlas cedar) wood, abies balsamea (balsam fir) needle, juniperus communis (juniper) berry, litsea cubeba (may chang) fruit, lavendula angustifolia (lavender), eriocephalus punctulatus (chamomile cape) flower, anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) flower, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower, cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) grass, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract.
What they say:This anti-aging cleansing treatment utilizes aspen bark enzymes to microscopically exfoliate the skin. This process stimulates collagen and elastin proliferation to plump and tighten skin. Pomegranate and blueberry juice provide intensive anti-oxidants while vitamins and extracts nourish and protect the skin with every cleansing. Made in a pure aloe vera juice base to add a rich supply of amino acids to help combat the signs of aging. Your skin will be left clean, stimulated and radiant. The anti-aging and nutritional benefits of this cleanser are accumulative.

What I say: It is one of the best cleansers I have used. There are very products that gives you instant results and this is one of them. It has transparent thin liquid inside which forms lather when rubbed onto hands ,making application very easy. Skin feel very smooth, fresh and cold after rinsing. The softness of our not-so-old yet not-so-young skin is restored which is the best part. However, you will feel your skin tightened and stretched which is okay as the product is doing its work.

How to apply: Massage the product onto skin in circular motion for at least a minute(face & neck) ,rinse with tap water.

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2. Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel:

Ingredients:Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice, lactic acid (plant-based), populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) extract.
What they say:Botanical Enzymes have been called the most important skin care agents of the decade. The active enzyme used in our Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel loosens dead cells from the skin’s surface by dissolving stubborn glue-like substances that refuse to release dead skin cells through normal cleansing. These cells create a barrier for proper absorption of moisturizers and serums, so getting rid of these dead cells means that fresher cells are exposed resulting in optimal absorption of products.

What I say: This enzyme peel increases the production of collagen that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and removes all stubborn impurities.As such I do not see any difference physically but definitely feel a little burning sensation.

How to apply: Apply all over face using cotton pads , just the way you apply face toner. It feels a bit tingly at first. This has to be applied once a week until the tingling sensation becomes bearable, then you can increase the use gradually. At first, your face will become reddish ,do not freak out as this means the product is doing its work.

 

DSC_66483. Niacin Complex Balancing Mist:

Ingredients:Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), alpha lipoic acid, phospholipids (and) ubiquinone (CoQ10), dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE bitartrate), niacin (B3), salvia officinalis (sage) extract, carica papaya (papaya) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel, citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower, eriocephalus punctulatus (cape chamomile) flower, anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) flower, salvia sclarea (clary sage) leaf, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) leaf.
What they say: This balancing mist is a powerhouse of nutrients, alpha lipoic acid, and DMAE to tighten, nourish, and protect the skin. Our liposome delivery system imparts vital nutrients as it adjusts skin to optimal pH levels for complete nutritional absorption. Made in pure aloe vera juice, adding a rich supply of amino acids to help combat the signs of aging. This mist is a nutritional treatment in itself..

What I say: This comes in a spray bottle which has to be applied right after the Enzyme peel. On days you do not use the enzyme peel, still this has to be applied as it is one of the key steps of this whole routine. After this is sprayed, the burning sensation due to enzyme peel will increase a bit and there will be more redness but this redness won’t be there longer. Hardly lasts for 5mins then skin color is back to normal. This feels so refreshing that I use this on and off during the day to hydrate my skin. Not sure if it’s fine to use it in such a way, but I did as it feels really nourishing.

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4. Sea Kelp Moisturizer:

Ingredients:Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice, vegetable glycerin (and) macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, cetearyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, panthenol, myristyl myristate, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), hydrolyzed avena sativa (oat) flour, allantoin, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf, lavendula angustifolia (lavender), anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile), citrus paradissi (grapefruit) peel, eriocephalus punctulatus (cape chamomile), cedrus atlantica (atlas cedar) wood, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf, ormensis multicaulis (wild chamomile), citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower, citrus sinensis (orange blood) peel distillation, cananga odorata (ylang ylang), acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract.
What they say:  We have incorporated intensive amounts of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, allantoin, and red raspberry seed (offering one of the highest anti-oxidant profiles for natural sun protection). While our fruit extracts offer natural glycolic and lactic acid and our sea kelp offers protection from environmental toxins. Our preservation system is aspen bark extract, which is loaded with salycilates for intensive anti aging results. From the depth of your pores to your skin’s surface, our anti-aging cream will repair, nourish and protect your skin, while restoring the natural glow of young, healthy skin. Specially formulated without the use of waxes to provide deep absorption for optimal results.

What I say: The moisturizer feels a bit greasy and uncomfortably suffocating on the skin when applied. But then eventually I learned and found a way how to adjust it with time. When applying , massage it gently till it is absorbed by skin and see the magic. Skin feels very soft, non-greasy and very nourished. Now it has become my favorite moisturizer.

Important Links:

www.benaturalorganics.com

Anti-Aging BTrial Gift Collection

Anti-Aging A Retail Gift Collection– Full sized

Watch out for the review of Aloe Leaf Body Lotion, Mother of Pearl Facial Scrub and Pomegranate Facial Scrub shortly.

 

 

 

Please note, all products mentioned in this post was sent to me by Be Natural Organic for reviewing and all views and opinions expressed are solely mine and not at all monitored or paid by the company.