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Showing posts with label review. Show all posts

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




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$

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

 I am very picky when I comes to face creams because I have oily skin so for me if a cream sits on the face, feels heavy , causes breakouts or make my akin look greasy I just pass it on to someone is going to love it more


since its winter and my skin is behaving ( producing less oil) I love to slather creams both in the morning and before bed time
Skin elasticity improvement


i recently hit pan on my  favorite oriflame tea tree cream and was quite bummed out because i couldn't find it online but swanicoco bio cell cream turned out the  be the savior for my cold distressed skin.




 PmGF-x contained
 Volume lifting effect via mineral water

Ingredients


Mineral Water, sh-Polypeptide-16, sh-Polypeptide-4, sh-Polypeptide-22, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen Amino Acids, Grifola Frondosa Fruiting Body Extract, Maltodextrin, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Astaxanthin, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Angelica Gigas Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bletia Hyacinthina Bulb Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Phytosterols, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Trehalose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Propanediol


Packaging
I love swanicoco for its sturdy packaging. The tube is very travel friendly and not bulky. I love the chic white packaging with the instructions written over it. This comes in a cardboard box and and inside the box as you can see in the picture more details are present along with illustrations. To keep up with hygiene they have included a cute little spatula to scoop out the cream and a lid to help the cream remain fresh for longer duration
This cream contains mineral water. Initially this feels quite thick and I feared it would feel heavy and suffocating on the skin but I was so surprised when this immediately absorbed into the skin without. Leaving any greasy residue behind. My skin felt soft and supple with soft matte finish.


One thing that didn't settle well with me was that this has a mild smell ( kind of smell that comes of from wet clothes if they are left in a closed container) but the good thing is that it doesn't linger for long. ( 30 secs maybe)
Other than that I really like this cream. This has now become my every morning pre makeup staple
If you are an environment conscious person and care about carbon footprint. Then swanicoco is a brand for you. They make environment friendly products which are great for both your skin and environment






Sunday, 19 November 2017

If you are fan of Korean beauty and skincare then I am sure you must know Lisa of Beauty Bemused. She recently launched her very own online korean store by the name of Bemused Korea what differentiates this online shop from the rest is that instead of finding all the popular Korean skincare and makeup brands you can actually purchase some really nice hard to find brands like 107oseven, A BY BOM cosmetics and merbliss korea etc.
I have seen reviews of the store by many people and really like how they send the parcel in pretty packaging so it feels more like opening a gift
Lisa was very generous and sent me two kinds of sheet mask by Merbliss to try you can have a look at the package below
Isn't the pink and silver confetti cute ❤
Now I haven't personally tried out any thing by Merbliss so far but I have been following them on instagram and wow I cant believe Ahn Jae-hyun  is currently endorsing this brand( incase you cant remember he was one of the leads in Korean drama "Blood" "Cinderella and the four knights" and also starred in "You who came from the stars"
Enough of that fan girl moment lets get on to the review 😁
MERBLISS Intense Hydration Coating Nude Seal mask (WEDDING DRESS)
This mask retails for 3$ each and can be purchased in a box of 5
Its is a 100% natural sheet mask and contains 25ml of serum in it
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Pearl Powder, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Galbra (Licorice) Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zinziber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Fragrance
The outer packaging is matte and has a cute white wedding dress printed on it. The claims are simple skin brightening and hydration to get that bride like glow 😍
After tearing open the foil I was met with a mild pleasant scent ( don't be alarmed its very mild and vanishes in a minute or two)

As the name suggests this nude seal mask has a light thin sheet mask (0.21mm) with a protective white plastic cover to retain it's shape
The mask is drenched in a thick viscous transparent serum. I squeezed out the excess serum before hand for later use
The fit if this mask is good. I have a small face so adjusting sheetmasks is a little tricky for me but this one adhered well to the skin.( I roamed around the house without any fear 😅 ). I improvised on the instructions and wore this for 50 minutes because
1. Its winter and my skin is feeling dry
2. This mask felt so nice so I didn't felt like taking it off after 20 mins
What surprised me was the fact that even after 50 minutes the sheet was moist( don't know if its because of winter or perhaps this particular sheetmask has the ability to retain more moisture than an average sheetmask
Anyways after taking it off the remaining serum absorbed on its own without any external effort aka patting 😆

I really liked how my skin looked matte but glowy without the greasy or tacky feel it was soft and hydrated. I can totally agree on the brightening part (my skin didn't look its usually dull self). Super impressed with its performance 5/5

MERBLISS Intense Soothing Gauze Seal mask ( Nurse Healing)
100% Natural sheet mask. This has a scent similar to the Merbliss wedding mask but what sets this mask different from all the mask I have tried out in past is that its made of gauze. Now I am a medical student so you know I get to use gauze a lot in hospital but the texture of particular gauze make is different. Its strong so it does not tears apart no matter how much pull it around to adjust it on your face.
Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trehalose, Chlorphenesin, Allantoin, Arginine, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Fragrance, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Melaleuca Althernifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Leaf Extract, Diamond Powder, Centella Asiatica Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Thuja Orientalis Extract,Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Phenoxtethanol
The gauze soaks up a lot more product than an average sheet mask so this remains moist for a really long time. I hung this mask up to see how long it took for it to dry and was super surprised when it dried up after 2hrs cool right.


I wore this mask for 40 minutes and then massaged the sheet on my arms and neck ( there is still a little serum in the foil so I am going to use it later)
Unlike the Merbliss Wedding Mask this gives hydration , moisture and nutrition. The serum takes some time to dry down but one its all absorbed the skin feels soft minus the tacky greasy feel. I liked how my skin felt plump and soft. This is perfect for all skin types ( mine is oily acne prone) I would have loved to write mmom'sms thoughts on this but she is hesitant to use sheet mask in winters ( she is afraid she might catch cold)
Nonetheless these masks are definitely one of the best masks I have tried and have made it to my special sheet masks list.
Even though these masks were sent for review my opinion would have been same even if I would have purchased these with my own money
these masks can be purchased at bemused korea website here
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Ever since I have started following Korean makeup trends. My craze off having super matte skin has finally died down. Now I look for formulas which can help me achieve that subtle glow.
still that does not means that I don't use powder makeup products
I purchases this cult favorite loose powder by Innisfree called the No Sebum powder X Emoji edition ( its a limited edition)
ABOUT THE PACKAGING
As you can already see the packaging is super adorable. There are a lot of options I choose the blushing emoji. The container is sturdy and is small m it contains about 5gm of powder which initially looks quite less but trust me I have been using this for months and its still looks barely used at all. There is a cute yellow puff included with it m inside the is a plastic guard with small square holes punched to allow small amount of powder to come through
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
I love how finely milled this powder is. It has a faint very refreshing mint scent which lingers for few minutes. This product does not leave a white cast what so ever on the face but be warned that it flashes back on flash photography
I like to dust this all over my fave during summer time because that's when my T-zone produces the oil most and thanks to super humid and hot summers that we get in Pakistan I set my makeup with this to prevent it from melting and smudging.
in winters I like to dust this only on my nose and forehead for that soft matte look.
I can clearly see why this powder is popular all over Asian beauty community. This powder is affordable and easily available at many reputable online stores.
there are a lot of fake look alike copies of this powder circulating on internet and stores so be careful before making a purchase

I purchase mine from the skin maskeurade

Monday, 23 October 2017

Hey there 🙋
I love products which promise to deep cleanse and make my pores less noticeable but not all cleansing products are made equal . some instead of deep cleansing over cleanse the face stripping it off of all the natural oil/sebum leaving the skin in a more dehydrated and damaged condition then it was before.

 I got a chance to try out this cute black hell pore pack by elizavecca its one of their newly released product of this year. This is a two way pore pack. Initially it works as a mask and absorbs all the oil from the face  but once you add water to it and massage its foams up and deep cleans the pores

Packaging:
Its super cute and vibrant on one side you can see a cartoon character  of a devils and on the other side there is an angel lol 😊. It's a nice squeeze tube with a nice sturdy cap. The product is sealed to prevent it from drying up.
Due to circulation of counterfeit products online and many stores elizavecca has decided to add scratch-able seal on their product which contains a number to ensure quality and authenticity of their products.

About the product
Its a black charcoal mask which has a thick slightly gloopy texture. Though you can spread it on your face using a spatula or i preferred using my fingers. I tried to apply the pack as evenly I could but I think I layered it thickly at some parts on my face 😔. On my face this dried up after 20 mins. It does not dry up like a clay mask( in fact it feels more like q peel of mask slightly slippery) first I added up small amount of water and massaged my face but was quite disappointed when it only turned grey but didn't bubble up but then I added more water to wash it off and was surprised how it began to foam up. (The foam was quite thick) so get the foaming/bubble effect you have to use a lot of water anyways I massaged for around 2-3mins and then washed it off( this washes of easily) but it can be a little messy. ( side note: Charcoal mask are messy)    It   Looking pore something that gets deep into the pores and clean them? I applied this cute charcoal mask and wow the  results are amazing.

The charcoal in this pack is very finely milled so you can actually feel the particles on your skin. My skin looked squeaky clean and a little dry after washing it off. The pores looked better too but the stubborn blackheads on my nose were still there 😡

Since the weather is starting to become cold I have decided to use this once very week or fortnight  or else my skin might become too dehydrated. All in one this is a fun mask/ pore pack to use and the results it delivers are good too

 you can know more about it here



I Love lipsticks . Even on days when I don't wear makeup I like to have a bit of color on my lips. They make my face look more lively and fresh. For me a lipstick should have three qualities
1. It should be pigmented
2.it should be long-lasting
3. It should have a comfortable formula
I tried out these cute and chic lipsticks by a Korean brand called CELRANICO and was amazed by their performance

Packaging:

the lipsticks came in a very secure cardboard box with the individual shades and their numbers marked on them


inside the slender cardboard box were housed the most luxuriously packaged gold case lipsticks. The lids on these lipsticks closes with a satisfying click so be assured the lipsticks won't make a mess in your purse. Plus the packaging is so sturdy that it wont break if you accidently drop them ( happens with me a lot)


What the brand has to say about them


CELRANICO It's Chic Matt & Moist Lipstick - The pretty lips even if you only wear it once. 11 colorations of paraben-free lipsticks that present moist and pretty lips at all times.
Texture - The soft feeling of use as if a primed was rubbed on by being differentiated with the previously - existent matte lipsticks.
No dryness - No dryness because of extracted vegetable oil ingredients from: chamomile flowers, olives, avocados, rose hip fruits, and Jojoba seed. The lips get moist the moment they come in contact with the lipstick
Colors 11 shades

[How to use] For a lighter shade, use a foundation or a powder. For a more intense color, fill lips fully with the lipstick to fit the lines of your lips. If you want a natural-looking finish, tap the inner sides of the lips and gradate to the outside.

Main Ingredients:
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

ABOUT THE PRODUCT

Onto the best part 😍. I was always under the impression that Korean lip products especially lipsticks have sheer pigmentation since most of Koreans like to wear gradient lips but boy I was wrong these lipsticks are packed with pigment. One swipe us enough to cover the whole lip completely( please note that I have pigmented lips)

these lipsticks have a matte finish but the formula is unlike anything I have tried out before. Its a soft matte light weight lipstick that feels super comfortable on the lips and keep the lips feeling hydrated and moisturizer. The texture does not accentuate dry parts or cracks on the lips. The bullet glides smoothly on the lips 👌


I tried out three lipstick shades from the range


RD 11
A beautiful cool red color which makes my teeth look white in contrast with the lipstick. This us a perfect lip color to rock when going on a date, or perhaps when you want to strike an impression

RB 02
you must know by now that I am a big fan of nude lipsticks or mlbb lipsticks so I was super happy when this lipstick shade turned out to be so close to my original lip color. I have definitely found my everyday holy grail lipstick guys. This is a rose brown lipsticks perfect shade which can be paired with any makeup look and use to create a gradient lip effect 😍

PK 01
and lastly a very vibrant pink lipstick. This is by far one of the most beautiful hot pink lipstick I own the color appeals for it self it bright and beautiful. It might not be an everyday color for some of you but the color sure is unique and pretty


here are the lipstick themselves and their pretty swatches



these lipsticks retail for 22$ at kbeautie website and at Celranico