[REVIEW] Real Techniques Brushes & Complexion Sponge

Can we say hiatus much? Its been months since I posted my last review since let's be real I got really lazy in keeping up taking product photos and writing reviews. Here I am now and I've kicked the lazy bug. So I finally got hopped onto the Real Techniques bandwagon and I got a few items that stood out the most for me, I'm the last person to check out products from the Samantha Chapman line. 
 Real Techniques Brushes & Complexion Sponge
Blush Brush
Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

Expert Face Brush
Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 
  • 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use
Real Techniques Blush Brush Expert Face Brush Review
Real Techniques Blush Brush Expert Face Brush Review
Miracle Complexion Sponge
Optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge. 

  • Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion.
  • Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
  • Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.
Real Techniques Complexion Sponge Review
Real Techniques Complexion Sponge Size
Let's Talk About it:
When I was deciding on which products to buy, the Blush Brush was at the top of my list because of the unique egg shape and I have to say I'm not at all disappointed. This brush is perfect for those highly pigmented blushes, it has a way to sheer out color and apply it perfectly onto the cheeks. The bristles are sort of a duo-fibre type, it's dense at the base while it's spaced out at the tip. If you have trouble applying blush, this is perfect. I do think the shape is a little bit big so I tend to use just the tapered tip of the brush. This is also perfect for applying powder all over the face. 

The Expert Face Brush is a dense and short bristles brush ideal for buffing foundation. It's quite small compared to the blush brush and I have to say this is my least used brush. Since the size is smaller it takes longer to apply foundation. It doesn't do a flawless job with foundation, it leaves streaks if you haven't taken the time to blend. I use this just for setting my under eye concealer and even applying a little bronzer on my cheeks since the shape is more flat and rounded.

Last but not least, my favorite of the bunch is the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I wanted to try out a foundation sponge and since the hyped up Beauty Blender is a bit pricey, I was hoping this would work just the same. I love this compared to any foundation brush but the trick is to dot your foundation on your face and then tap it out with the sponge. I find that dipping the sponge into the product absorbs it a lot and I end up using twice as much. Needless to say this blends foundation out beautifully..it melts foundation into your skin and leaves it looking flawless. I prefer using the flat side and since it's very soft and sized quite big after you soak it under water. This also works wonderful for cream blushes, it blends out really easily. Cleaning it is a breeze, I rub it against a soap bar and gently massage all of the foundation out. Since its soft it can break really easily so be gentle!

Overall its a hit or miss with Real Techniques but there are a few gems from the range!

You can find Real Technique brushes at Just4girls.pk. 

[SWATCH] Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks

I got into these Wet n' Wild Megalast lipsticks late last year and somehow I ended up collecting quite a few. I've reviewed the first one In the Flesh in detail, I wanted to show you some swatches of the rest I picked up for comparison. 
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick Swatch

  • 905D Smoking Hot Pink- Bright pink with a warm tone (very wearable)
  • 906D Wine Room- Deep, rose-pink with a hint of mauve
  • 908C Sugar Plum Fairy- Deep Berry tone pink
  • 909D Cora-line- Warm coral with a hint of red 
  • 912C In the Fleshrosy-nude, reviewed here
  • 913C Sand Storm- Warm beige-brown
  • 915B Spiked with Rum- Burgundy-brown
  • 965 Cherry Picking- Bright pink that shows up with more red tones on the lips.
All of the shades have amazing pigmentation and are long-wearing. I love how every shade applies just the same with a smooth, matte finish. The swatches were done in just a single swipe.  I purchased some from BeautyJoint and BeautyInABudget

Which ones your favorite?! 

Hauling Around! Sleek, Jordana, Rimmel, Revlon

I love a good haul! I made quite a few online orders via Facebook pages for my birthday which was at the end of March, but unfortunately my orders have been delayed and I have yet to receive them :(. I wanted to do a collective haul until I got the rest of my orders but I wanted to go ahead and share with you what I hauled so far from various places. 
I realized while taking photos that I bought quite a bit of lip products. I really wanted a few new lip balms and I love a good cooling mint balm. The Palmer's lip balm smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream while the EOS lip balm is more on the sweet candy mint scent. 

If you haven't seen some of the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Kate, you NEED to visit your local supermarket that carries them. There are a few stunning reds that I fell in love with and had to buy these since the formula is very long-wearing and moisturizing, this was before I bought a few Wet n' Wild lipsticks and Revlon chubby balms. I also bought the new Retro Glam Mascara that came in a low cost bundle offer with a pen liner and a kohl pencil that I ended up giving away to my liner-addict cousin...not a huge fan of them!

The Sleek blushes...I don't think I need to say anything but if you haven't purchased at least one Sleek blush, you need to! Amazingly pigmented, lasts all day through this unbearable heat and blends like a dream. The ELF Studio highlighter is another amazing product for the cheeks, it gives an intense in-your-face glow. 
 
Jordana Matte Lipstick in Matte Mystery (450rs)
Wet n' Wild Lipstick in Coraline (500rs)
Wet n' Wild Lipstick in Spiked with Rum (500rs)
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate- Shade 30 (950rs)
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate- Shade 31 (950rs)
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Smitten (1,500rs)
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm- Sultry (1,350rs)
EOS Lip Balm- Sweet Mint (695rs)
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate and Peppermint (250rs)
ELF Studio Baked Highlighter- Moonlight Pearls (750rs)
Rimmel Scandeleyes Retro Glam Mascara (1,150rs)
Sleek Makeup Blush- Pomegranate (750rs) 
Sleek Makeup Blush- Sunrise (750rs) 

I hauled these items from Just4Girls.pk, Naheed Supermarket and BeautyInABudget4u on Facebook. 

Dove® Proves That Beauty Is A State Of Mind


In this day in age, we can all get lost in hiding behind our true beauty. Some might not feel confident enough which is not to say that we rely on makeup and skincare to bring forth our true beauty. 


The Inner-Beauty Social Experiment

In an effort to make women realize their true beauty, Dove conducted a social experiment led by psychologist Dr. Kearney-Cooke. The experiment was conducted as a placebo effect, leading one to believe that it's all in our mind. 

The experiment utilized a  “beauty patch” as a treatment devised to “enhance the way women perceive their own beauty.”  The social experiment revealed that an alarming 80% of women feel hesitant to share the way they look. The study highlights how the right state of mind can unlock the powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside majority of women. 

The beauty patch would essentially change their personal lives in ways that they had not imagined. The women participants wore the patch for two weeks and would record their daily lives.
The Beauty Patch
At the end of the experiment, it was revealed that the “beauty patch” contained nothing, no ingredient, no formula. The patch gave these women the power of believing in their own true beauty. It was remarkable how these women were affected by the patch, some would’ve purchased the patch in the long run.

"When a woman feels beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence, which inspires her life in a significant way,” said Dr. Kearney-Cooke.  “These women, like so many others, struggle to recognize their own beauty and it severely affects their daily lives.  This first of its kind experiment designed to illustrate that beauty is a state of mind and that the power to feel beautiful comes from within.”


Dove: Patches, the Film launch in Pakistan

Throughout the Dove: Patches film, it becomes clear how low self-esteem affects many elements of the women’s lives.  As the women become more confident about the way they look, feel personal relationships flourish and they develop a more optimistic outlook on their daily life. 

Dove hopes that all of the women’s inspirational stories featured in the Dove: Patches film will serve as powerful examples and encourage all women to develop a stronger relationship with their own beauty.

The Dove Patches documentary was revealed in Pakistan at a launch held at Verde Bistro Cafe to showcase the Social Experiment.  Fellow bloggers and socialites attended the event among successful women who encapsulate the terms ‘beauty’ and ‘strength’.
Dove at Verde Bistro Cafe
Dove invites all women to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.  When women look and feel their best, they feel happier, and Dove believes it is important for women to see the beauty in themselves so that they can inspire the next generation.  The brand has set a goal of reaching 15 million young lives with self-esteem programming by the end of 2015 and has reached over 12 million to date. 
Dove at Verde Bistro Cafe
Maliha, Rabiyah and Marium at Verde Bistro Cafe
The Digital PR event was managed by Creative Chaos and the on ground activation by Bulls Eye 360.

Watch the Dove: Patches film at dove.pk/patches and join the conversation at #BeautyIs.

[REVIEW] Loreal Miss Manga Mascara

If you love Mega Volume, the latest launch by L’oreal Miss Manga Mascara is said to create full volume for more wide open eyes. Influenced by Japanese culture, Manga is hugely popular with many girls' eye makeup. Who doesn’t want gigantic ‘mange eyes’? Did it amp up my lashes? Let’s find out!
Loreal Miss Manga Mascara
What L'oreal Say:
Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara creates mega volume on top and bottom so eyes look more open.

Our exclusive formula, made up of enlarging collagen spheres works perfectly in conjunction with the 360° flexible cone shaped brush to amplify upper lashes and reveal lower lashes.

The exclusive formula also contains a trilogy of polymers for absolute hold and staying power.
Loreal Miss Manga Mascara

Packaging:
With an adorable metallic pink and black tube, the mascara comes with a flexible wand applicator to bend and reach every lash. The mascara brush is a bit thin in size and has a tapered tip. The bristles are quite spaced out and uneven for more volume.  
Loreal Miss Manga Mascara Brush
Loreal Miss Manga Mascara Swatch
Let's Talk About it:
Let me start off by saying, if you wear glasses this mascara is one to try out! I'm not huge on mascara but if one can volumize, keep my curl all day and still look visible behind my specs, its a winner for me. The wand allows the product to coat each lash to create intense volume.The lengthening isn't as intense but it works really well for the lower lashes. The tapered bristle does have excess product that needs to be wiped off before applying. 

The formula is pretty good and I can get away with applying just one coat, the second coat can look a little spidery. It doesn't clump even with more than one coat but I have noticed it flakes throughout the day with bits of mascara on my undereye. The flaking is minor but it can be annoying to check up on your makeup and see some flecks around your cheek and undereye. The formula is not waterproof and its easy to remove with water, that being said it can easily smudge with any water contact so I recommend being careful with watery eyes. 

Likes:
-Lengthens lower lashes
-Holds curl all day
-Intense Volume
-Doesn't clump

Dislikes:
-Minor flaking
-Tapered tip has excess product

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: 1,500RS
Available: BeautyArena.pk, Just4Girls.pk

For more information on L'oreal Pakistan, stop by their Facebook page. 

Luscious Cosmetics Ather Shahzad Master Makeup Palette

One of my favorite beauty brands Luscious Cosmetics recently launched an exclusive collection featuring renowned celebrity makeup Ather Shahzad. Today I'll be reviewing the Master Makeup Palette consisting of 48 matte and shimmery eye shadows, 4 blushers and 2 highlighters.
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette

Can we just take a second to admire how adorably chic this gold & black wrapping is! 

Celebrity makeup artist Shahzad Raza is renowned for creating some of the most iconic looks in fashion and beauty, as well as for his signature bridal makeup. He now shares his professional secrets with you. This palette includes 48 eyeshadow in shimmer and matte textures, 4 easy to blend blushes, and 2 highlighters. Everything you need to be your own makeup artist! 
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Back


Eyeshadows

Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows Swatches Row 1 & 2
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows Swatches Row 3 & 4
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows Swatches Row 5 & 6
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Eye Shadows Swatches Row 7 & 8


Blushes & Highlighters

Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Blushes
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Blushes
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Blush Swatches Row 1
Luscious Cosmetics Master Makeup Palette - Blush Swatches Row 2
Let's Talk About it:
Packaged in a very sleek palette, the first thing I noticed about this palette is how portable it is. You get a pretty good variety of shadows and blushes to create any sort of look you want. With a lightweight cardboard packaging and a magnetic closure, its not at all bulky or heavy. The mirror however is a bit off, it has a wider reflection when used horizontally or vertically. It has strained my eyes so I prefer to not use it at all. 

Getting to the eyeshadows- with 48 matte and shimmery shades about 5-6 matte shadows I couldn't get any pigmentation off of. They weren't showing up at all on my brush or finger to swatch. With that said, I have to say there are a few stellar shades that I am in love with- one being a matte cobalt blue from the last row. Its very smooth to apply and looks amazing on the lower lashline. The shimmery shades all have smooth textures, they are creamy to work with and apply easily on the lid. Beware of fallout from this palette, it can get messy with some shadows. 


The same goes for the blushes and highlighters, not all of them are consistent in textures. Highlighter 01 is a very pretty bronze with shimmer, I like using this as a bronzer to warm up my complexion. It doesn't look overly shimmery on the cheeks but gives a warm glow, it applies smoothly and evenly. Highlight 02 and Blush 01 are both pinks with a golden sheen. They look very similar and don't show up very prominently on my cheeks. This might work for someone with pale or fair skintone. Blush 02 is a matte cool tone pink. This has a smooth texture and applies easily on the cheeks. Blush 03 is a bright orange with a slight pink tone. This one brightens up my complexion and applies evenly. The darkest color Blush 04 was the most disappointing. It has a very stiff and dry texture. While it does show up on my cheeks, its not the most flattering color since it has a very deep brown tone. Overall, the blushes that show up well lasts about 6-7 hours without any fading. 


Rating: 3/5
Price: 3,750RS
Available: IloveLuscious.com

For more information on Luscious Cosmetics and they latest launch with Ather Shahzad, stop by their Facebook page. 



Primark Handbag from Platinum.pk

I think we can all admit how convenient online shopping has become. One store that has a pretty good selection of handbags and clutches is Platinum.pk. I recently picked out a Primark handbag, here are my thoughts!
Primark Handbag from Platinum.pk
Primark Handbag from Platinum.pk
Primark Handbag from Platinum.pk
Platinum.pk Primark Bag
My Shopping Experience:
Platinum.pk know their way around customer satisfaction. I placed my order on Feb 13th, immediately I received a call to confirm my order. The next day I received it! It was really quick and convenient to not wait around for my order to arrive. They do offer an exchange within 2 days if you aren't fully happy with it, their staff is helpful and respond immediately with it comes to placing an order and any questions you might have. 

Handbag Review: 

The handbag I picked out is branded from Primark, I had asked them if these are original and they stated that it is. When it comes to the actual bag, I would have to say that the images from the website are quite a bit off. My expectation was a huge let down. I was expecting a sleek and classy handbag, what I received was something far from it. 


The size is pretty big and can fit quite a bit of stuff, its sized at around 32 inches length. I would call this a 'weekend' type since its the ideal size to take with you for an overnight stay. The zippers are very sturdy and is made quite well. The lining of the bag is also made from a good material and its stitched quite sturdy. 

I faced a few disappointments with this bag itself. First, it doesn't come with a strap. The bag does have a hook on each side for a strap, I assumed it would come with one. The bag is made out of Polyurethane material. The texture is rough and the color has a faded, aged look. While I don't mind the overall look, it has a very bulky feel. Not the least bit chic or sleek when carrying it around. 

One aspect that really bothers me that overrides every other fault is the strong plastic scent.  Its utterly annoying especially when its placed near me. Now I'm not that sensitive to smells but this really annoys me. I've never owned a bag which has quite a strong scent so it does give a replica feel.

At the time that I ordered this handbag, it was priced at 3,000rs on Feb 13. The latest price has been increased to 4,000rs which is disappointing considering the look and feel of the bag isn't the best.


If you are considering purchasing anything from Platinum.pk (I'd recommend the cute clutches) you can receive 10% off your order using the code beauteous

You can visit Platinum on Facebook or on their web store for ordering. 


[REVIEW] Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream

I love how the BB cream craze is still going strong. I would pick a BB cream over foundation for daily wear any time! Its quick and easy to wear with such a natural finish. With so many brands coming up with different variations, ArtDeco has come out with a Skin Perfecting BB cream. Lets see how this one worked out for me.

Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream
Moisturizing beauty balm for a perfect complexion
The Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 combines 8 characteristics in only one product. It provides moisture, sun protection and color, in particular Hyaluronic acid, squalene and brown algae provide the skin with an explosion of freshness. Thanks to the very light, creamy, water-based texture that makes it easy to blend effortlessly into the skin. 

The Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 contains minerals such as smithsonite and zinc which nourishe the skin. Vitamin A and vitamin E protect the skin from free radicals. Free of fragrances, parabens and talc. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Skin tolerance dermatologically confirmed.
Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream
Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream
Swatches
Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream Swatch
Artdeco Skin Perfecting BB Cream Skin Swatch
Let's Talk About it:
The BB cream comes in a squeeze tube bottle which is ideal for such a liquidy consistency it has, you can dispense the right amount of product without any wasteThe shade that matched me is 03 Sand. Shade 06 Pale Peach is ideal for Tan complexions with a peach tone. 

The texture feels very creamy on the skin and applies easily without the need of blending it too much, the claim of it being water base prevents any dryness from occuring. On application, I dotted various parts of my face that needed coverage and blended it out with a flat top foundation brush. On some areas I did feel the need to go over it with another layer. It has a sheer coverage and isn't buildable even with 3 layers, imperfections do show through so a concealer is a must if you have any dark spots or scars on your face. I don't mind the sheer coverage since its ideal for daily use, the finish gives a very natural glow to the skin while slightly blurring any imperfections. 

I wore this during the winter season since BB creams generally have a very hydrating texture. Since my skin was extremely dry around my cheeks and mouth area, it hydrated the dry patches enough without giving a tacky/sticky feeling. I've been wearing this on its own and a bit of concealer on my dark circles and it wears nicely throughout the drier months. With the summer season, I'm not sure how well this will hold up on my oil prone skin. My nose does get shiny mid day so a pressed powder was a must with this. 

The downside to this BB cream is the high price for a small bottle. I know I'll finish this bottle within a few months with daily use since I do feel the need to apply a few layers.

Likes
- Easily blendable

- Light coverage
- Sets into the skin
- Hydrates dry patches

Dislikes 
- Pricey for small bottle
- Not buildable

Rating: 4/5
Price: 1,990RS
Availability: Just4Girls.pk