Weekend Post - Skincare & Kuch Khaas!

11.20.2014

While I love Islamabad, it really needs to catch up when it comes to meet-ups and social events in the beauty industry. Thankfully, Well Beeing, an all natural skin care company based in Canada, decided to hold one in Islamabad to introduce their products into the local market. Here's what I wore to my meet-up which was held at Kuch Khaas, definitely wasn't going for the all-black look, but it just happened haha.


OUTFIT -
Top - Forever 21 
Jeans - Forever21 
Clutch - New Look 
Statement necklace - Topshop (maybe :s) 
Shoes - Honestly no idea! 

MAKEUP - 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor 
The Balm Nude Tude Palette 
Rimmel Exxagerate Eyeliner 
Jordana Extra Lash Mascara 
Luscious BOLD Inense Eye Pencil 
MAC Twig
MAC Peaches 
The Balm Mary Loumanizer
 
Now coming on to Well Beeing , they basically produce handcrafted skincare items with natural ingredients that are completely bio-degradable! Not only are they chemical and toxins free, they are quite easy on the pocket and coming in excellent packaging! Since all natural ingredients are used, they are prepared in small batches, rest assured what you get will be super fresh! The packaging is sleek, doesn't take up much space and it is a relief to see products that are so budget friendly with excellent packaging!  

Since it was a meet up, I had the chance to talk to the man behind Well Beeing in depth about his products and the entire process of what goes behind into making them! What impressed me the most was the fact that nothing that is sold is more than 2 weeks old! Imagine! From the cleansers to the exfoliators, everything is as fresh as can be, and what a treat that is for our skin which is used to products that are filled with chemicals that extend the shelf life of a products for years. In Pakistan, the natural skin care products aren't as popular yet due to very few options, I love that well-beeing has managed to nicely fill in that gap with premium quality products that are not only great for our skin, but super budget friendly too!


Well Beeing was kind enough to give me a whole lot of products to try out, which I am currently doing! I don't want to ruin the review post by talking about how the actual products are but here's a teaser for you - I am so impressed with them that I recommended them to my best friend who is getting married and wants to stay far, far away from chemicals before her big day! They're THAT good! 

After the chit-chat, I grabbed a good old Red Velvet cupcake, some snacks and was on my way! What a lovely day, courtesy of Well Beeing! 

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Until next time, tc.


Luscious Cosmetics BOLD Intense Eye Liner Pencils!

11.04.2014


My go-to, never changing look is a simple liquid liner flick on my eye lids accompanied with kohl/pencil on the lower lash line. I have a habit of changing the kohl with colored pencil, leaving it bare etc, but never my liquid liner, it's a staple and personally I love the neatness that liquid liner brings. So how did these re-introduced BOLD Intense Eyeliner Eye Pencils by Luscious Cosmetics fare?


Being smudge-proof and transfer resistant is the biggest claims these pencils make, do they live upto them? I'd say majority, not all. Like with all collections, there are some that perform really well, but some performances left a bit more to be desired.When I first got these pencil, I quickly got swatchin and loved how they looked on my hands, vibrant and very smooth. Not only were they well pigmented, they lasted a long, long time as well. I didn't wipe the swatches off and got around to my business during the day, eating, cleaning up the dishes and general work, and guess what? After about 6-8 hours, I checked on the swatches, and while the intensity and 'shimmer' had dulled down a bit, they were not a mess at all! They didn't smudge or budge so kudos for that! Also the packaging is super sleek, it's matte and lovely to touch!


Trouble starts with a few of those when it comes to how they fare on your eyes. Some are absolutely amazing, while a few were disappointing. The color I was most looking forward to was Peacock, which is a vibrant green. I always love wearing green on my lower lash line since it really helps bring out the warmth in brown eyes, but sadly, this did not fare very well on my eyes. The color just wouldn't get as intense as I would like and same was the case with Amethyst. Also, comparing it with Metallic Purple 13, which was the same shade with the old formulation, that one is much more vibrant than this and has been a re-purchase for me.


Now on to the good part, the rest of them - I LOVE! Electric Blue is what I've been wearing on my lower lash-line since I got these, it stays put for ages and barely loses it's intensity after an entire long day at university! Definitely gets a double thumbs up for me. Another shade which really surprise me, is Cocoa! I've never been a fan of brown-ish eye pencils, but this has me converted! Love the way this roughly applied on the lower lash-line looks like instant smokey eyes that are day time appropriate! Definitely my second favorite out of the bunch. Copper is another color that is similar, just a tag bit lighter, and I use it for the same purpose - smoke up the lash line a bit without the use of a traditional black pencil!

Shades L-R : Rockstar, Peacock, Electric Blue, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Glitz, Cocoa.
To summarize this post, I'd say go run out and get your hands on Electric Blue, Cocoa and Copper! The ones you don't need are sadly, Peacock and Amethyst! Other than that, these pencils, regardless of the shade are super smudge and budge proof.

Price - PKR 395 each 
Availability - ALL local departmental stores and online at the Luscious website HERE!

Until next time, tc

*PR Samples



Bath & Body Works Candles Haul!

10.22.2014

I'm not too sure about the weather where you guys live, but in Islamabad, the cold has definitely snuck up on us! I clearly remember being too hot in the day time, and BAM! come evening it was freeezing! Literally to the point where I had to take out my thick scarf and wear that to university for my evening classes (obviously people decided to laugh at me, not for long though, when the wind picked up they were definitely shivering in their t-shirts! Ahh sweet karma! Lol. Anyways, since summers here are brutal, I can't even look towards my candles that just lie in storage, un-burned (is that even a word? haha) but worry not dear candles, after a scorching summer, your time to shine has come!


I do LOVE me some Bath & Body Works candles, they are a bargain for the scent quality and power that you get, plus they have impressive sales every month, so what better time to stock them up. I decided to try new scents this time around, from different collection, and I'm soo glad I did! Loving each and every one!


The scents I picked up were - 

1. Limoncello - A lovely scent that reminds me of lemon cakes, which I have a habbit of gobbling up frequently haha!
2. Sicilian Orange - If you guys have tried the Satsma range from The Body Shop, this is basically that scent in a candles! Soo refreshing! 
3. French Lavender - I adore purple, all shades of purple so this lilac-y mason jar was definetly going into my shopping cart, unfortunately, I'm not really feeling the strong lavender in this, I was hoping the vanilla notes would tone down the lavender, but let's see, maybe when I light it up, it won't be soo strong. 
4. Lemon Mint Leaf - Now this one, as strange as it sounds, remind me of Strepsils or Vicks and how they smell haha! Definitely weird in the jar, but when you light it up, it kicks of a much subtle-r scent than you would expect which I really enjoy!
5. Red Velvet Cupcake - OMG! This is basically red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting stuffed into a candle jar. Seriously! When ever I'm having a craving some baked delights, I get a whiff of this, and it is almost strong enough to make me not want to have a cupcake, almost, but not quite haha! Like the other ones, the scent in the jar is incredibly over helming-ly sweet, but burn it and it's much more refined. Make the house smell like there's always baking going around, which I quite like! 


I've been playing around with my new camera, and went a little too image happy in this post, but I really liked looking at the 'smooth-ness' of these candles before they were burned haha. Is that weird? Do you guys get sad before lighting a candle thinking about how they will never be smooth again? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Prices - Small Candles - $10 each
Mason Jar Candles - $12.50 each

Availability - 
For US Residents - Bath & Body Works stores and online here!
For Pakistani residents - Online FB makeup shops. I trust and always do my shopping via Makeup & Accesories!

Until next time, tc.