Haul - MAC Prabal Gurung, Tarte Holiday Collection & More!

12.13.2014

'Tis the season to haul! With all the Sephora 20% off codes floating around and the limited edition makeup collections launched one after the other, it's no wonder I caved and brought a few bits and pieces I had been lusting over since their release announcement! Definitely no more hauling since I'm trying (key word being TRYING) to save up for a holiday next summers! Lord, let me be strong for the after Christmas sales are approaching! Haha


First up is this mini The Body Shop gift bad featuring their Coconut collection! I love me some Body Shop during the winters. As soon as my Sweet Lemon stuff finishes up, I'm busting out the Coconut stuff and pretending I'm in some exotic location somewhere in Hawaii instead of being in the middle of a cold, colllllddd winter!


I know many people are on the fence about celebrity fragrances, I personally have quite a few favorites, mostly from Britney Spears and Taylor Swift though haha. It was love at first sniff when it came to both of these scents. The Lady Gaga scent, in a very non-Gaga-ish way is pretty wearable for everyday and quite unique, thus, me getting a giiiinormous bottle of it haha! Carolina Herrera's Do You Know What Private Means id more of a night out scent, I still love it! Very unique and strong, not in an over powering - headache - inducing way though haha!


I'm still pissed at the fact that I missed last years Tarte Off The Cuff blush palette so when I heard of this one for Holiday 2014, I was going to order it as soon as sales went live, and that is exactly what I did! For $42 this is a bargain and more! 


Not a fan of red, not a fan of splurging on lipstick shades that I will never wear but something about this incredibly hyped up MAC x Prabal Gurung ... ahh just something about it made me go forward with my order. In my mind I justified the purchase with some weird theory about how every girl needs a red in her collection and I decided to go forward with the payment. I'll keep you guys updated on whether I will ever be using it haha.

What have you hauled recently? Leave me some blog links so I can feel a little better about my small yet non-budget-friendly purchases haha! 

Until next time, tc

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