Review - Luscious Angel Eyes Primer (before & after swatches)

7.16.2014


I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Luscious Cosmetics is on fire this year with the tons of launches from designer collections to super addictive mascaras and now, an eye shadow primer / base that comes in a very royal-inspired purple & gold packaging along with an angel heart animation that makes you want to hold on to the box and not chuck it away haha.


Let me be honest and start of by declaring that this review is going to be a rave one, I really haven't found any down side of using where this primer is concerned and the fact that I've used more than half of it in a very short while should attest to its fabulous-ness. Although this comes in a squeezy-tube, and those are known to be notorious for spilling too much product almost always, I'm happy to report that except for the first time where an entire blob came out, it hasn't happened again.

This primer is smooth texture wise and is almost nude-off white (not clear) making it an ideal base for when you want colors to pop on your eyes! It helps my patchy-not-so-great-quality-eyeshadows go on smoother, appear more vibrant and last a whole lot longer. On the packaging it says to give this Angel Eyes primer a go and use it as a concealer (since it has yellow-ish undertones and is not clear like most primers) and while it helps in neutralizing my under eye circles, I still like to top it off with a proper concealer, only with Angel Eyes as a base, my concealer lasts literally alll day, until I choose to take it off! Given it's incredibly hot and humid where I live, this is quite the feat.

The reason I love this primer with such a passion is because when I'm in a hurry or can't be bothered to faff around with eyeshadows, this is ideal for using on the eye lids on its own, cancelling out any dark-ness or veins peeking through. Looks super natural and gives the appearance of brighter eyes, trust me! The only thing I have to warn you guys about it that when it comes to Angel Eyes (and primers in general be it face primer or eye lid primers) LESS IS ALWAYS MORE! Do not over do it otherwise you will be left with a mess, trust me!


As shown in the first image above which was taken immediately after applying the eye shadows on to my arm, they appear to be visibly brighter and much more vivid as compared to when they were applied without the primer underneath.

The bottom image was taken around 5-6 hours after applying the eye shadows with and without the primer and the eye shadows that were applied without the Angel Eyes primer can barely be seen, where as the right side swatches are still there (if not as vibrant). Given these images were shots on a scorching day with a high levesl of humidity, I'd say they stood the test of time pretty well!

Although the tube looks small, it will last you quite a while since you really need a tiny amount! This product gets a double thumbs up from my side, worth every cent and more.

Price - PKR 875

Available at all leading stores & online HERE!

Until next time, tc.

*PR Sample

Essence Latest Collection!

7.13.2014


Being the pocket friendly brand that it is known for, Essence latest collection practically had me giddy with excitement! I've tried quite a few products from Essence, and for the price that they come with, it has always left me pleased. Let's see how this latest offering of theirs fared :)

While there are alot more products in this collection, ranging from primers to CC creams, what I was sent was a special effect nail varnish, an ombre blush, a volume maximizing mascara and a super long lasting lip gloss. Let's see how they fared individually, shall we? 


Starting with the XXL Long Lasting Lip gloss, the first thing that literally made me laugh out loud was the name! For Bollywood fans, the name 'Baby Dolls Favorite' might remind you of an annoyingly catchy song that was quite the rage a while back. Coming on to the lip gloss itself, it is a lovely everyday color that seems much more intense in the swatch above than it actually does on the lips. If I were a lip-gloss wearer, I would probably reserve this shade for everyday wear since it barely gives off any color when actually applied on to the lips. The XXL Long Lasting claims aren't the most accurate since this does wear off slowly over the duration of 2-3 hours, but in all honestly the concept of traditional lip-glosses and long lasting-ness doesn't really go hand-in-hand! It feels fairly light when applied and isn't very sticky or gloopy!


Now coming on to the product that I was most excited for, the ombre blush! Essence kinda exploded on the Pakistani beauty scene a while back when they brought out their "Roller Miami Girl" collection (pictured right) since the concept of an ombre blush ranging from a coral end to a pinky end was a new one that has not been attempted before, at such a price! Sad news was that the Roller Miami Girl collection was a limited edition collection,and many people could not grad a hold of the blush that was all the rage! Well worry not, because Essence's new 'Blush Up' is the exact same thing as the Miami Girl one, just with different packing! Talk about clever marketing strategies!

When swatched or kept side by side, there is absolutely no difference in the formulation that is easily bendable, the lasting power which is around the 4-5 hour mark or the colors. Swatched above you can see how the color start changing if you go from left (coral) to right (pink). The in between color is the shade you get when you swirl you finger around in both the shades! This blush is the highlight of this collection and I would recommend it to anyone :)


Being the almost lash-less girl that I am, volumizing and lengthening mascaras are a must for me! Anything that claims to make my thin lashes more visible and volumized is immediately going into my cart. Sadly, if you're like me, this mascara will let you down greatly. It did absolutely nothing for me, no volumizing action, no nothing, I could barely tell that it was on! The brush is plastic-y and it tends to hurt my eyes on application which is one of the reasons why it's lying in my drawer untouched since a while. The only saving grace of this mascara has to be the fact that it doesn't clump, and if the formula were better, it would be so-very-easy to layer this on, unfortunately, the formula gets a thumbs down for me. This was the greatest let down in the collection for me. 

Coming on to the last product for today, the Essence glitter jewel effect nail polish was love at first sight for me! It consists of chunks of hexagonal glitter housed among normal glitters in a dark pink shade with variants of silver! I love topping of my darker polishes with this to lessen the 'Gothic' vibe, and using it on top of white nail varnish makes it very appropriate for summers! As all glitter polishes go, removing them is a pain, so I wouldn't hold that against this! Definitely gets a thumbs up from me! :) 

Overall for this collection, I would say my must haves are the blush and the nail varnish, the lip gloss and mascara I could definitely go without. With prices ranging between PKR 220-PKR600 for these particular products, I'd say give them a whirl, you wont be disappointed.

Are you a fan of Essence, let me know in the comments below :) 

Until next time, tc.

Review - Organic Rosehip Oil

6.26.2014


Organic is a term that when used in reference to farming means crops/fruits etc that are grown without the use use of synthetic harmful pesticides etc. Apply the same theory here, and you have Love Organic Pakistan's 'Organic Rosehip Facial Oil' that is all natural, meaning you are not indirectly ingesting chemicals via the use of skin care products. Now who wouldn't want that? 


Starting off with the packaging, the Rosehip oil comes in a typical medicinal bottle with a sturdy and lock effective dropper that ensure that you don't end up spilling oil everywhere. The bottle is roughly about the size of my palm, but fits a complete ounce of the product in it,so I have no complaints with the amount, or the compact glass packaging. Application is easy as well, since I have ideal control over the 'dropper' and no extra oil spills, limiting wastage to a great degree.

Coming on to the oil itself, this was sent to me a long time ago, almost 2-3 months and I' more than halfway through with it, so I've had ample time to use it and see the long term results of this oil. Let's start with the results that I felt in about a weeks time. The most obvious result was the fact that my skin felt softer, and just more 'moisturized'. Now when I use the term moisturized, what I mean is that I didn't wake up with my skin looking like at least a huge tub of the most hydrating  face cream needed to be smothered all over it for it to look remotely healthy, if you know what I mean.

The results after 'every-other-night' usage (give or take a few lazy days in between) are almost the same, except they're longer lasting. Even if I do skip using this oil on certain nights, the effects are still there. My skin still feels clearer, softer and hydrated from within. That is perhaps the best thing about using this oil, that for me, the results aren't dependent on continuous usage.

Coming on to how I use this fast absorbing oil, I pour about 3-4 drops in the palm of my hand and instead of putting it on like a regular lotion I use my palm to push it into my face. This is a random Japanese trick that I learned off YouTube for maximum absorption. By 'pushing' what I mean is that lay your palm which has the rose hip oil against, lets say, your cheek and instead of rubbing the oil just use a bit of force from your palm and push it in. Repeat this for all areas the face and you're done. Give the oil a minute or two to settle in and it will be barely noticeable after that, so no need to fear an oil slick on your face before going to bed! Haha.

This oil has been a life saved for me in the harsh Islamabad winters, and now even though it's hot and humid, I have had no issues with breakouts or anything. The key is to find a routine and for me, using this every other night works best. Since I'm trying out ways to switch to an all natural skin care routine, this has been amazing! I would urge everyone to give it a try, since with a super reasonable price tag, there is not a reason you should not.

Price - PKR 900 

Have you tried any facial oils that have worked amazingly for you? Let me know in the comments below :) 

Until next time, tc.

*PR Sample