Saturday, 30 December 2017

several months ago i was sent this super cute package by Elizavecca which had a bunch of goodies to try. i have already expresed my thoughts on 3 product so today i am going to share my opinion on the bunch of sheet masks that i have tried.
isn't the outer illustration on the packaging cute and eye catching

ELIZAVECCA Liar Beautiful Girl Pore Solution mask
I slapped on this mask today and boy the weather today 😱 Brrrr so cold ⛄
Anyways so as you can see this is a 3 step mask
Step 1: Foam cleanser. Has a mild soap like scent nothing terrible. This one foams up a lot. the product inside is good enough to be used 2-3 times. My skin felt soft and clean after washing my face with this
Step 2: Ampoule/serum
A translucent gel like serum which takes it time to absorb again this has product enough for 2-3 uses. This has a scent ( I cant figure what it smells like exactly herb maybe)
Step 3:
Now when I opened this mask in my mind I though of a black sheet mask drenched in some water like serum but I was surprised with this very gloopy translucent gel like serum. The fit of mask was good, adhered well too but what out me off was the scent it was strong and lasted till the end ( I wore this for my usual 40 minutes) the mask was still moist but I could bear to wear it any longer.
Even though I didn't like the scent I. Liked how the left over serum of the mask absorbed quickly into the skin without any patting. My face didn't felt tacky . It felt soft and smooth.i can't comment much on the pore minimizing qualities as one sheet mask os not enough to give desired result but I did notice that the cleanser was pretty good.
This mask contains 🌟 ingredients like birds nest and niacinamide. Oh and it didn't cause any break outs 👍. Overall a nice mask for all skin types. The scent is just not right for me
4/5 💎💎💎💎

ELIZAVECCA Deep Power Ringer Mask Aqua
i kind of enjoyed using this sheet mask as this made my skin soft. the name suits the mass perfectly. this has a nice thin sheet soaked in serum/essence .
there is a bit of scent to the essence nothing too strong or over powering, i loved how the serum is viscous and moisturizes the skin. this mask has a nice fit and adheres well.i think this mask is perfect for all skin types (that includes oily skin ). i have notice a slightly tacky residue on my skin but i think it ignorable

the instructions on how to use the mask correctly as presented in a form of illustration which is cute and informative at the same time

Thursday, 28 December 2017

 Its almost the end of the year and instead being energetic i feel very lazy right now. i hope i drop this terrible attitude by the time its new year.

speaking of lazy i am today going to review an amazing All in one product which has literally been my life saver for the past one month. ( i apologize for not posting about it earlier guys)
i will start with the packaging first which is so convenient, travel friendly and one of a kind in my opinion. like seriously i have seen a cleanser in a stick formulation, lip balm, perfume bar, deodorant but never a moisturizer or a sunscreen so kiddos to the brand for coming up with such a brilliant idea.

Now if you have read the name of the product carefully you might be wondering if i was in my right mind talking about a balm when i have oily skin. yes i am completely sane :)

although the name says balm and it initially looks like a balm ( the clear lemon scented stick looks suspiciously oily/ greasy ) but you are going be caught off guard once you apply it to your skin.
the texture is so smooth and moisturizing nothing greasy or sticky. 

the product its self is made out of 98.99 % natural ingredients like , propolis,sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil,so its safe to be used by entire family ( yes that includes kids )

the product is versatile, it can be used on the face, hands, feet and even hair. i have personally reserved this to use on my face and hands as i am a germophobe an break out easily.
i love to use this as primer/ moisturizer before applying makeup as it feels moisturizing and non greasy ( it contains a blend of oils yet the formula is very light weight and absorbs so easily onto the skin), it helps my makeup to look smooth and flawless. i usually take about 10 mins to put on makeup in the morning and this stick moisturizer is so easy to apply in the morning plus the crisp scent of orange peel oil is so refreshing in the morning. mmmm love the scent.

i use the one with brown packaging a its suitable for oily skin type while my mom likes to use the blue one which is designed for dry skin types
there is 20 g of product in each stick which is going to last very long time. the packaging is sleek and small so its easy to carry it around as it does not take up much space in purse/ bag.
the product can be winded up with a twist mechanism present at the bottom just like a lipbalm.
these don't melt  so there are very travel friendly.

i am super impressed with this all purpose moisturizer as its a quick fix for all my skin problems like dry patches, a makeup primer, moisturizer, cuticle softener, hand cream and a  lip balm. i recommend this product to every one out there be a guy or gal

you can know more about the product by clicking the link here  or purchase it here

Saturday, 23 December 2017

I was guilty of not wearing sunscreen for a very long time until in July 2017 (this year ) when i tested out a korean sunscreen for the first time and realized that there are wonderful, light weight, easy on the skin sun screen formulas out there for people who are willing to explore , experiment (and of course spend money ) When my dermatologist prescribed me a sun screen last year I wore it hardly for a week because it felt so heavy , clogged my pores and caused breakouts

I tend to switch products every season as my skin is quite finicky ( its oily in summers / dehydrated on and off / dry in winters)
So my current preference for sunscreen is hydrating and dewy keeping in mind the current Islamabad weather
Starting with the packaging this has such a beautiful matte, pastel purple tube and this shiny cap. Product comes out through nozzle
About the product:
This contains 35ml of product which is a little less compared to the standard 50ml that most of sunscreen tube holds but for me that's not much of a problem since sunscreens have a shell life of 1yr so I personally think that I can finish up 35ml more easily as compared to 50ml

I detected  a mild pleasant scent on searching this sunscreen. The formula  is light weight and blend-able. the texture is very interesting although its says gel it's more of a lotion (runny/ watery) .it looks white in color but once rubbed into the skin it becomes transparent and leaves hydrating water drops which absorb into the skin
At first when I used this sparingly on my face I got a semi matte finish but once I used a medium sized dollop of this under my foundation I realized that this makes the skin dewy and glowy. I often switch sun-screens and unlike some western sunscreens this didn't clog up my pores or cause breakouts
I feel that this  product is going to be better enjoyed by dry skin people all year long & for oily skin gals in winters
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl  Salicylate, Homosalate, Methylpropanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Caprylyl, Methicone, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Isononyl, Isononanoate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Lauryl Methacrylate, Glycol Dimethacrylate Cross Polymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate, VP Copolymer, Allantoin, Sorbitan, Oleate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Argania Pinos Kernal Oil, Farnesol, Farnesyl Acetate, Helianthis Annuus Seed Oil, Panthenyl Triacetate, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Fragrance.

If you are still considering whether you should incorporate sunscreen in your makeup routine or not I request you do. It a skincare product that won't give you instant effects (other than prevent tanning and protecting your skin from harmful UVA- UVB rays) but you probably are going to look several years younger/ mote youthful in your 50's. I am serious ok 😰

Thursday, 21 December 2017

When I started out with my makeup I didn't knew how important it was to take makeup off and how residual makeup was harming my skin but as years passed on i began to learn about skincare and the importance of a thoroughly cleansed face. Though I have tried out so many makeup removers and face cleansers this year but I still try out never formulas and types of makeup removers. I cant pick out a favourite easily. But if i have to choose an oil cleanser I am going to pick this HEALAVIE Soft Rubbing Cleansing oil gel

⛄ I will start with the packaging which gets my full approval for being so well made (look at that lemon color 😍 it totally stands out on my vanity table) the bottle is made out of plastic and is very sturdy. I have accidently dropped this several times and its still intact. The bottle is totally spill proof + the pump mechanism gives 100% control on dispensing the oil gel. This very hygienic bottle holds a generous 150ml of product.
About the product:

 The formula of this cleanser is unique and the qualities stated are true. This is marketed as a facial cleanser / makeup remover
Once you press the pump a citrus scent transparent yellow gel comes out from the nozzle. Now here is the interesting  interesting part, the "GEL"  once it comes in contact with warm skin it turns into oil cool right? But the oil is viscous so it does not drips down and create a mess. I like to usually warm up the gel on the palm of my hands and then massage the oil onto my face in circular motion. After 1 minute of gentle rubbing I wash it off with water. (the oil turns milky once it mixes with water and washes off easily without leaving a greasy residue or oil film. So you can totally skip up on the second cleanser if you want to
  I usually use a quarter size amount on my face on days when I am wearing several layers of makeup( sunscreen / primer/ foundation/ setting powder) and when I have just my bb cream on then pea size amount is more than enough. The cleanser has the ability to remove waterproof makeup without much effort. It breaks down layers of base makeup and water proof mascara so easily And unlike some cleansers this leaves the skin soft and clean. Just cant have enough of this citrusy oil gel cleanser 🙆. Great Job Healavie!

Monday, 18 December 2017

I truly believe in the healing/ medicinal properties of honey and propolis.
Propolis is an aromatic glue-like substance produced by honeybees from tree resin, waxes, and their own secretions, used in the construction of their hives  ~source advance English dictionary
Propolis is popular for reducing inflammation, healing skin, combat bacteria and fungal growth

The kind people at IUNIK sent me this serum to try and review. This particular serum
contains about 70% Propolis Extract and 12% Vitamin C
Propolis Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Glycosyl Trehalose, Honey Extract, Beta-Glucan, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Adenosine, Dipotassium, Glycyrrhizate, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Centella Asistica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Punica Granatium Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Caprylyl Glycol
A standard glass bottle with glass eye dropper. Holds 30ml of product in it.
About the product:
The first thing I noticed about this serum was its sweet delicious propolis scent. The serum has a nice runny texture which is light weight . It spreads easily on the skin without feeling greasy, heavy or tacky. I usually save serums and essence for night time routine so that my skin can get the maximum benefit but with this I sometimes use this before applying makeup as it makes my skin so much smoother and prepped for foundation

I usually take about 3-4 drops of this and then layer other skincare products on top. I like how this serum is flexible and absorbs so easily into the skin. I feel that this moisturized skin, nourishes it and helps with inflammation. I cant say much about wrinkles as only time can tell

This retails for 14.99$ at unique4u

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Earlier this month I shared a post on my instagram on how much I enjoyed using this mask
So finally here it is my thoughts on these fun sheet masks

One thing which confuses me about these masks is the Japanese written on the packaging, was it because they were originally designed for Japanese market? Or were these masks formulated in Japan and later sold in Korea? If you know the reason please let me know
I like this serum vial shaped packaging looks vibrant and cute. Though the instructions and   ingredients list is stated in Japanese you can know more by clicking at the link here
There are about 6 variants in total in the range
Rice wine - Nourishes , Firmness
EGF - Bouncy skin, Revitalising, Smoothing
Placenta -  Brightening, Smoothing
- Moisturizing
Synake  - Firming , Smoothing
Snail - Anti Ageing
The instructions state to use this after refrigeration in summer and to place it in warm water for 3 minutes in winters
General over view:
These sheetmasks have close to none scent. The sheet is made out of cotton so its thick and soaks up the serum pretty well. The most interesting part has to be the 3D design  these masks are stitched in middle so the fit is perfect . I love how it fit my face so well ( its like an exclusive glove for face
The serum is water like and thin so it absorbs really easily into the skin, since the weather is cold the serum in EGF mask turned into gel but after a few minutes of rubbing it transformed into water again.
The moisture one gets from these masks is amazing. The hydrate the skin but don't leave any sticky / tacky residue behind which is great as I personally prefer masks which give matte finish to the skin. You don't get 100% brightening / lightening effect from these but the effect is there.
I have worn the SOC 3D Beauty Serum Face mask in EGF and Rice wine and really enjoy how it felt on my skin. I have oily skin so I try to avoid sheet mask which have viscous serum but this felt so comfortable on the skin. The watery serum didn't take much time to sink in and made my skin feel so and hydrated. Would recommend these masks for sure

Friday, 15 December 2017

I have been watching Michelle Phan for ages but no matter how many times i tried to re create her easy makeup looks they sadly never turned out the way they should have until i tried out this professional 7pcs Basic Eye brushes set by Jessup and understood the real difference a good makeup brush set can make when creating an eye makeup

the 7 brushes in this set are versatile they in my opinion can be used not just on eyes but on lips and cheeks too 

1.Eye Liner brush

Brush Length :15cm
Brush hair:Synthetic hair
Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners. 

as you can see the brush is a little on thicker side but you can easily create an winged eyeliner or my personal favorite the droopy puppy eyeliner look with it .the bristle are firm yet soft to create the perfect line. i think this can also be used to apply lipstick on the lips as its small and precise

2.Pencil brush 

Brush Length :16.2cm
Brush hair:animal hair
Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of the eyes. 

this white goat hair brush is perfect to smudge eyeshadow under the eyes or to deepen the color in the crease, the hair on this are soft and maintain their shape even after washing. really love how you can use this  to create complex eye looks with this

3.Blending brush

Brush Length :17.5cm
Brush hair:animal hair
Blending Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.


an eye look is never complete unless its blended uniformly and this big fluffy brush is perfect for it . its soft black bristles are soft and sweep so well across the eyelid to blend all the harsh lines of eyeshadows. i have also used this to apply highlighter on the highest point of my cheeks and boy this is perfect

4.Eye Shading brush small

Brush Length :16.3cm
Brush hair:animal hair
Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product. 

the shape of this brush is perfect to pack color on the lid. the bristles are soft and pick the pigments quite well. i also like to use this to place  eyeshadow under my eyes when doing an smoky eye look as its super soft and gentle

5.Large Shader brush 

Brush Length :16.6cm
Brush hair:Synthetic hair
Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.

i originally decided to use this as a concealer brush because the bristles are firm and rally help to place the concealer under the eyes but now i think this is also good at placing eyeshadow on the eyelid specially eye glitter and heavy metallic pigments

6.Small Angle brush 

Brush Length :15.2cm
Brush hair:Synthetic hair
Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder products. 

wow the angle of this brush is perfect to create that sharp crisp cat eye or winged eyeliner look. the bristles are strong and upright and hold their position. moreover they can  also be used as an eyebrow brush

7.Medium Angled Shading:

Brush Length :16cm
Brush hair:animal hair
Soft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.

this brush is perfect for placing highlighter under the brow or for that  nose contour. the bristles are soft and blend the powder products pretty well also the angled shape makes it easy to trace the outline of nose bridge 

final thoughts 

the ferrules of all these brushes is well and does not feel too heavy or too light. the handles are well made and very comfortable to hold and use. i particularly like this black and gold combination its so classy and chic. its advised to wash the brushes with mild shampoo to remove the smell but surprisingly i didn't detected any kind of harsh smell when using these brushes, i gave these brushes a wash and was surprised how they  the maintained their shade after drying. the bristles didn't shed at all  nor did they release any kind of color.

super pleased with  these. i think the quality of these brushes beats that of many high end brands not only are they super affordable but they are also well made. highly recommend you to try Jessup brushes i promise you wont regret your purchase 

can be purchased at the jessup website here for $11.98

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

So I watched this video on youtube by gothamista and glow recipe where they shared a secret to glowing akin aka  The 7sin method. What is seven skin you ask? Well its a new toner application technique to get that glowing skin where you are suppose to apply seven layers of a hydrating toner  one later over another ( it does has to be 7 you can start with 3  and take it up to 5  depends on your preference. This technique is specially beneficial for dehydrated and oily skin.
The toner must be free from alcohol and actives
I have only two toners in my skin stash and only one of them was fit for this skin routine
Its IUNIK Vitamin Vitalising Hyaluronic acid toner
The bottle is well made and sturdy and there is a stopper with a small hole through which you can dispense the product

Initially when I looked at the viscosity of the toner I was under the impression that its going to be a thick tacky toner which is going to take ages to absorb but I was so surprised when I placed a few drops of this on my palm. The texture though viscous absorbed so easily into my skin and my skin felt soft and hydrated. There is  mild scent which disappears within a minute or so . its safe to say that this toner is suitable for all skin types ( yes this includes oily skin )
The star ingredients in this toner
Are Hyaluronic Acid intensive hydrating and smoothing fine lines and
Hippophae Rhamnoides  (Sea Buckthorn) fruit extracts which posses potent antioxidant qualities and 0% alcohol

As for the seven skin method I did enjoy trying it out but I wont be incorporating this method to my skin care routine because
1. This methods makes such huge dents in the product in a single day
2. What should I do with the all the hydrating face creams that I have in my stash
3. I feel too lazy to apply more skin care products to my skin after this method so my other skin treatments get neglected
In short this  IUNIK toner is perfect all year round toner and the price is pretty good considering the amount you get
I would highly recommend you all to try out this toner I promise you wont regret it
Retails for around 16-17$ and can be purchased here at IUNIK website

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The review of this particular scrub has been pending for many reason one my own laziness to write up a review and  two "the weather"  when I got this scrub in my mail the weather at that time was humid  so naturally my opinion on this scrub would have been effected because it contains oil and no one likes to put on oily creams or as a matter of fact any heavy skincare products in that condition
Anyways ever since the weather has become cold my skin looks more dry and flaky than usual so I decided to swap my regular body scrub with this and guess what this is the best body scrub for winters I have ever used
The two main ingredients in this scrub are lemon grass oil and sugar

'Softening Sugar Scrub Lemongrass
Lemongrass Sugar Scrub removes dead skin cells, resulting in delicate and soft skin of the whole body. The scrub contains Lemongrass oil, adding a feeling of freshness. Apply a small amount 1-2 times a week on wet skin, using circular movements to massage and then rinse off. Keep upright after removal of safety foil'
The tub is quite big and contains whooping  375g of product. There is a protective seal on top, here is my tip don't tear the foil all the way just open about it about 1/3 rd this scrub has oil and sugar so it minimizes the mess
What makes this scrub different from other sugar body scrubs is that it doesn't lather up and two it contains lemon grass oil
Lemon grass gas skin soothing properties. It is perfect for people who have sensitive skin. It makes the skin soft and prevents fungal infections. Moreover the scent is very calm and soothing so it helps to get better sleep
I really like how the sugar granules began to melt as your slowly rub it over the skin . The oil acts as a moisturizer so while scrub removes dead skin it sometimes can also make the skin dry but this one just leaves the skin moisturized. What I do is take a scoop full of this scrub and slowly massage it over my body then follow it with my body wash.
The granules are perfect to remove dead skin on body. I even tried the small sugar particles at bottom to scrub on my face and it wasn't harsh as I expected it to be
 Result: Smooth moisturized skin which smells like lemongrass Mmmm so delicious and soothing
Ever since I have started using this body scrub I don't feel the need to use a body butter in winters any more.
Highly recommend this 5/5 💎💎💎💎💎

this can be purchased from our happy box website here and is priced at 15$