The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cleansing Foam| Review

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cleansing Foam| Review

As I reach the last bits of foam from this cleansing product I thought of letting you guys know how the journey has been.

I was looking for a face cleanser that would be moisturizing and also calm my skin (dry skin issues ya know). I came across this one from The Body Shop and decided to give it a try.
I knew this wasn’t necessarily going to moisturize my face but I want something that didn’t dry my face at least.
To brief up this review I would say that this product delivers what it promises and that is always a nice thing.
I love when face skin care product are fragrance -free because that means less chances of it irritating my skin thereby making breakouts happen and then also frees us from month-long waiting sessions.

Another phrase that makes me sigh with relief on a skin care product is when they are “alcohol-free” because skin. Not an expert on this but I just know its horrible for my skin so anyone interested please feel free to spend hours on google. You’re welcome! 🙂

The product has The Body Shop signature cleansing foam packaging which super nice. Its plastic bottle with the most ideal pump. The liquid magically transforms into foam somewhere between its journey from the bottle to mouth of the pump. It’s just super easy to use.

I feel this cleanser would suit any skin type.It says it’s “formulated for sensitive skin” and I can see that.Its so calming to the skin and it feels like some of those products for babies, so soothing. It does cool the skin thanks to all that Aloe in there.

This is a cleanser I would use when I want to just soothe and calm my skin and pamper it with a lot of care but not really looking for anything extravagant. However right now I am looking for my face wash to moisturize thus my newest haul. Check my latest haul HERE.





Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator | FIRST IMPRESSION

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator | FIRST IMPRESSION

I am foraying into something so much recently that my impatience never allowed me to before. I have been experimenting and looking out for some good skin care products out there in order to be able to take care of mine. In my almost mid twenties I have been countering time and again the phenomena of aging. And like my best friend always used to drill my brain in college saying how one you hit your twenties there’s no slowing down.
I was graciously handed this sample along with a few more at a Elemis spa quite a few months ago and since then been dying to use it up to give you guys a first impression.
A first impression because it would be unfair to judge a skin care product by just a few uses.

I got a deluxe sample containing 15ml of product.

The product description according to the Elemis website:

Reveal radiant, soft skin with this gentle exfoliator. Micro-spherical Jojoba beads are blended with hydrating Rose Absolute to gently exfoliate the surface of the skin leaving it silky smooth and soft to the touch. Cucumber extract, rich in Vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant, moisturises as it soothes and refreshes. Use weekly to buff away dirt and dead skin cells to achieve a glowing, youthful complexion.
The first thing I noticed when I used it was that it was definitely gentle on the skin and the strong smell of roses. The product is clear,gel-like and has small pink beads. They are in no way harsh on the skin. They helped calm my skin but does not moisturize. The skin does feel soft after use though.
A 50ml tube is priced at 30 pounds.
This is a really nice exfoliator if you are looking for something cooling, gentle and for every day use. However for me personally nothing was exceptionally good or intriguing for me to go get the full size.
Have you used this product? What do you think of it?
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Review

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Review

I had to hold this post until they have the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette back in stock. Also I’m just going to take a minute and pray that it doesn’t get sold out by the time I do end up putting this up. A review has to be an honest opinion and in all honesty I love and adore this palette. It’s everything that I needed in a palette. Unlike their liquid lipsticks this palette nailed it with me with absolutely no qualms.
I know this has been a controversial palette with mixed reviews and criticism over packaging and price point. However let me explain why I love it and why I think perhaps it’s not everyone’s cup of tea at the same time.img_5497-1

Retailing at $65 this palette is a splurge. The packaging itself is a very basic plastic palette with a clear top. The Huda beauty signature eyes in a dual effect cardboard casing does come covering the palette. To be honest you’d expect a better packaging considering its price point and rightfully so. Also the cardboard casing is something that in practically terms won’t last and I really wish it was on the plastic casing top instead because it’s super pretty and I want to have it permanent and hassle free part of the packaging.img_6717

I love this palette. It has to be one perfect palette and has all the perfect colors I have been looking for lately. Since the day I got it I haven’t been able to put it down. The colors are so versatile and there’s so many looks that you can go for with it.
However having said that I can understand why this palette had mixed reviews and why some people don’t like it. I mean anything and everything is subject to tastes and preferences at the end of the day.
This is a very warm toned palette with some strong reds and pinks. Everytime I look at it i see it as a palette for someone who loves experimenting, uses very warm bright colors and someone who loves the shine and bling. So for anyone who’s more into very subtle or monotonous shades and looks this palette can be overwhelming.

There is 18 shades in the palette including 6 foiled, 2 frosted and 10 matte shades. It’s very hard to find a palette in which you like all the colors and use them all but this is one such palette for me.img_6714

The shadows are buttery enough and blends beautifully. They are highly pigmented and the color pay-off it amazing. I usually start with less and build up to my desired level.

The foiled shadows give best results when used with fingers and they are gorgeous. I love how the two frosted eyeshadows glow with a lovely sheen-like finish.

Honestly, I don’t have much else to say about this palette except that i love it and have made 101% use of it ever since I got it.It has made my eye makeup time shorter by just making like easier with all the incredible color palette they have. The shades are amazing with ‘desi’ clothes and more everyday high street fashion and caters to any kind of eye look you would want to go for; subtle or over-the-top or somewhere in between. img_6716


The Foiled-Shadows

img_6626Left to Right : ‘Dubai’ ,’Fling’, ’24K’, ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Trusted Fund’.

**P.s: I forgot to swatch ‘blessed’ *eeks* but ill get back to it soon.

The Matte Shadows


Left to Right: ‘Black Truffle’, ‘Seude’, ‘Coco’, ‘Maneater’, ‘Henna’ and ‘Sandalwood’, ‘Bossy, ‘Flamingo’,’Shy’ and ‘Bae(doesn’t really show on my skin).

The Frosted Shadows

img_6625‘Angelic’ and ‘Moondust’

Have you splurged on this palette? Are you planning to? Do you like it? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. I always love to hear :*

P.s: Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day! 😃





Huda Beauty Liquid Matte lipsticks Review

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte lipsticks Review

The Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks are one of those things that you really want in your makeup stash thanks to all that hype and gorgeous packaging. When I bought it I felt very compelled to like it. I mean what can I possibly not like from this pretty bottle of lip paint.

Liquid lipsticks are something I have been very recently experimenting on. I like the general basic formula for liquid lipsticks although for some reason I stayed away from them assuming I may not.img_6237-1

The Huda ones have a very limited color selection but whatever they have are the best shades out their I believe personally. So selecting the colors was a task and how. On a totally unrelated topic the lady in front of me at the counter billed Huda beauty products up to £500+ and given how lust-worthy they are I couldn’t really blame her.

The full collection consists of 16 shades. The full collection is for sale at $260 and each individual lipstick is sold at $20 on the Huda Beauty website and Sephora.

I narrowed in on 3 shades; ‘BOMBSHELL’, ‘GOSSIP GURL’ and ‘CHEERLEADER.

The packaging has a very personal signature ‘Huda Beauty’ touch to it with the lip design on the cardboard case. The tube itself has a tempered plastic like semi-opaqueness topped of with a matte black plastic lid. The lip applicator attached is doe-shaped unlike the more general long curvy applicator. This gives precision while application and that’s always a good thing.


Bombshell is a one of the most beautiful peachy nude I’ve seen. It’s a shade that is very versatile and will suit almost all skin tones. I feel like its got the right amount of brown, pink and peach mixed to create such an exotic shade. *I don’t know why I just called it exotic but you get my jibe right? 😉 *

Gossip Gurl is the quintessential pink. It’s girly, the right amount of pink and oozes femininity for the lack of a better word.

Cheerleader has to be the most exciting color of all. It’s a dark toned red. It looks amazing on the lips.img_6422

My favorite shade has to be ‘Cheerleader’ and my husband loves ‘bombshell’ on me and it’s such a beautiful nude to be honest. Gossip gurl although a lovely shade I just have so many lipsticks almost the same shade that I wish I got another shade instead. I wear it the least.

The formula feels really good, very opaque. With two good coats of the lipstick should give you a perfect coverage. Until the lipstick dries off the lips and settles tend to look a bit overpowering therefore I just let it dry up before I decide whether there’s too much or little on the lips.

As the product description says, it does dry matte and beautifully.

My lips are generally dry therefore I like to prime it beforehand to avoid cracks. The lipsticks are a bit drying awhile after application but that’s the case with most liquid lipsticks that I’m not sure if it’s me or them. *sigh*

However my only problem with these lipsticks is their staying power. I have tried all three at so many occasions in different ways but they just don’t stay put and that’s a huge turn-off for me. I like to be able to trust my lipstick to remain throughout whatever event I am at. I mean my lipstick always does, it never usually budge as I eat,drink and talk away. Although I have tried using them with my Huda beauty lip contours and various other lip liners it just doesn’t stay. I have even tried setting it with powder.

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Do you like them? Are they on your must check out list?





Lush Holiday Haul

Lush Holiday Haul

Every year I try to pick up something from the Lush holiday collection. Last year it was the Santa’s lip scrub. This year it was some bath and bubble.
Choosing between these bars are so hard( first world problems anyone?). My coat was literally covered in gold glitter by the time I was done choosing and had clean it in the store itself so I don’t walk around like a Christmas decoration 😁
Anyways these are the cutesy bars I bought home with me…



How cute is this goofy guy!!! I did drop this guy into the water over the weekend and how much fun is he!

He is said to have Bergamot oil, Sicilian Lemon oil and Orange flower absolute.

SUNNY SIDE BUBBLE BARimg_5133The gold glitteryness transfers like ALOT! but then i still wanted it so I can mask myself in gold glitter because that is #goals :D.

This one is said to have Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Lemon Oil and Tangerine Oil.


img_5134This one is supposed to have orange and lime oil in them and true to that it smells just that. I love how that smells and really cant wait to try it out.

I’m starting to  think I have a thing for the citrus-y fragrance after writing up this haul. I mean the only bath bars I was tempted to take home in the whole selection has either some lime,lemon or orange in them. I think the citrus scent always makes me feel more cleansed for some reason I can’t explain.

Have you picked up anything from lush lately? Have you picked up any of the above ones? How do you like them?

Keep Smiling! Xx





Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Review

Soap & Glory Soaper Spa Review

Soap & Glory has been on my wish list for a while now but I just never could find a place that sells them online and ships to where I live. Therefore, it was in my list of to-buy when I was in London last month. I really wanted to try the brand out but I never really knew what products to try. I was looking for a new shower gel so I thought I would try theirs. Walking into boots(gosh people… that place is madness and they have everything!) this Soap & Glory Soaper Spa caught my eyes. One of the major points is how much value for money you get.


The set has 7 products from the Soap & Glory Fruity-Floral Original Pink selection .

They consist of (from their website):

CLEAN ON ME™ Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel (500ml)

THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Super-Smoothing Body Buffer (200ml)

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter (200ml)

HAND FOOD™ Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream (50ml)

HEEL GENIUS™ Amazing Foot Cream Marvel (50ml)



And all this for only twenty pounds! How awesome is that! I mean some of their full size products individually costs like eight pounds.

Even if you wont use a product or two you could always give it away to a friend or family who would so that’s a con that can be actually sorted.

The packaging is super cute too. It comes in a pretty large hard board pink box with a clear front window.Im in awe of their whole packaging style, I mean how incredible is all that witty writings on everything. I live for things like this ❤

If you are someone like me who wanted to try out a few products from their line or want to gift it to someone who likes S&G I think this is a pretty incredible purchase.img_4835

Do you have a favorite from Soap & Glory? Would you purchase this or any other products from S&G?

Thanks for reading! Xx





MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact| Review

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact| Review

Mac Cosmetics is on a roll. They are coming up with some really fab products and collections. They are putting in so much effort into packaging lately which is a very rare for MAC given how they usually stick to their classic no fuss ones. The Nutcracker collection that’s out and everywhere makes this fact evident.
This collection is just sooo beautiful I must say.img_4481

The packaging is a whole new thing and the range of colors and product is so feminine, young and everything I love in makeup.
I would have swooped up the whole collection if only I didn’t have 10 others of very similar shades.
The colors they’ve worked with are very feminine and very workable so it’s something you’d actually use after the whole hype has died down.
Quality wise I don’t need to say much when MAC is concerned since they always nail it.
However despite not really needing anymore makeup I could not resist picking up the Sweet Copper Face Compact from the Nutcracker collection which I decided to give you lovelies a review on.
Let me start from the packaging… The bright pink and purple packaging with the gold and black details is beyond beautiful. I’m more than impressed and in love with how pretty the packaging is. They’ve got this golden embroidery of the nutcracker collection logo on the compact top (see below!) and  how cute is that! 😀img_4482
Now that, that is out-of-the-way, let me explain a bit about the product itself.
This product consists of two gorgeous products: Whisper of Gilt and Pleasure Model. img_4483

You get 4.5g(0.16oz) product of each for $35.

Whisper of Gilt is an extra dimension skin-finish of a warm golden shimmery shade with a frost-like finish.  It is highly pigmented so always use with a light-hand.

The only reason I made this purchase (apart from the packaging of course) is for whisper of gilt. When this highlighter came out as a limited edition a couple of years back I couldn’t get my hands on them and somehow knew it would come back (geez, I need to get a crystal ball and try make a living with all this non-gross gut stuff going on).
This would probably be my first gold based highlighter and I’m pretty excited to try it out. I’m sure it would compliment my skin tone very well.

Pleasure Model is an extra dimension blush shade which is of a coppery shade with a satin finish. This blush reflects in five shimmering shades which gives out a metallic effect. It is a very buildable shade with warm undertones. Initially I wasn’t sure Id have much use with this one especially since I stick to my all time favorite blush which is a matte.However this one literally just blends into my skin and has a natural finish.


img_4480Left:Whisper of Gilt, Right: Pleasure Model

 Have you tried this? Have you got anything from The Nutcracker Collection? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to know 🙂





Reviewing My Go-to Palette| Too Faced Natural Matte

Reviewing My Go-to Palette| Too Faced Natural Matte

Today I have finally decided to review my go-to, love-palette of my life. 😀 **fireworks** **because I am finally updating something** 😛


The first thing I ever thought of this palette was how soft and buttery the shadows felt on my fingers and then I knew I’m gonna really really like this one. Me at Sephora is a very nerve-wrecking scenario. I mean I am usually smart(or I would like to believe) but every time I am at that makeup heaven (for the lack of a better word) I have my head spinning with lust that I forget my wish list and end up creating a whole new one on the spot ( y’all can imagine what that leaves me at).
I looked at the sample of this palette with puppy eyes at the already crowded counter and as I outstretched my arm to grab myself a palette, there were 2 other ladies who grabbed it at almost the same time as me. Thank god they had stock and these two random ladies and the salesperson saying “that seems popular” gave me enough reason to take it all the way to the cash counter and purchase this palette.
To be honest this has been the only palette I’ve never regret buying. I’ve used it so much that I might hit pan soon and that is a rare for me. The colors are so basic and in the real world that’s what you need mostly.

The tin packaging is very cute, the lingerie inspired design is chic and overall easy to use.


The palette has 3 highlighter shades and 6 eyeshadows. All are matte shades therefore even the supposed highlighters can be used as you like.

Whoever is coming up with the names for the Too-Faced palette shadows needs to be high-fived like over and over again. I’d say give her(or him) a raise but I don’t want to be putting people in the spot here.
Anyways I love them.
There is almost no fall off, the shadows feel soo buttery I can’t get over it.
The palette is a combination of both warm and cool-toned shades however has more cool shaded ones. The pigmentation is really good but I feel the warm toned shadows have more pigmentation than the cool toned ones. However I really don’t mind that since I like using my cool-toned shades light-handedly.

My absolute favorite is ‘honey butter’ which is obviously also the most used shadow in my palette followed by ‘chocolate cookie’, ‘strapless’ and ‘sexpresso’. Such cheesy names by the way.

This is one palette that I can use more than half he shadows during one makeup look which is so versatile.

With the right many shades packed very practically into a light packaging of the right size, this one is perfect to carry with you when travelling too.

The palette comes with a 3-steps guide and is designed to give 3 different kinds of makeup looks; ‘Day’, ‘Classic’ and ‘Fashion’.

The price point is at $34 when I purchased it last year and I as far as I know it’s still the same.



Top : Heaven, Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso

Middle: Lace Teddy, Strapless and Risque

Bottom: Nude, Honey Butter and Chocolate cookie

Do you have this palette? Is it on your wish list? What do you think of it? Let me know in a comment below. 🙂

Have a great weekend. Xx





My MAC Eyeshadow Collection + Swatches

My MAC Eyeshadow Collection + Swatches

img_6612Whatever fancy brands and products your makeup stash may have there’s no way you don’t have a MAC product tucked away somewhere safe in it or its definitely on  your wish list. It’s a makeup junkies’ must have. I am very finicky with what I add to my stash. I mean don’t get me wrong I am as unreasonable as all of you out there and I want almost everything out there in the market. But I am very very fussy with the colors I invest in be it my eyeshadow or my lipstick stash. I mean I don’t want to spend the money on something I won’t probably wear instead of something I would. The business student in me ironically wants to have the maximum return in investment in this uncanny situation.

So let me cut to the chase now and introduce you to my small yet loved pots of MAC shadows.img_6618-1

In no particular order…


Finish: Veluxe Pearl

This is the eyeshadow for the ultimate feminine pink lids with the right amount of pearly metallic shimmer. I love pink on my lids and this is just soo soo romantic on the eyes.


Finish: Frost

The MAC website describes this as ‘Red-plum with pink shimmer’ and I would say this is the most versatile shade I’ve come across. It would suit most skin tones, looks amazing as a transition shade, just flat on the lids or to create that unconventional smoky eye. It definitely has to be my most favorite in terms of practicality out of my little collection.img_6617


Finish: Satin

This was a lovely gift from my beloved Aunt because she just knows what I like best. The color is soooo pretty and my love for blue just overpowers in this case. The color itself is very bold and highly pigmented. Also I just keep thinking how it feels somewhere between satiny and chalky.


Finish: Dazzleshadow

This shadow was a limited edition that released sometime back. It is a dazzleshadow which is I believe the most recent “finish” by MAC. It is described as “An eye shadow with rich, stay-true pigments that impart a beautiful, twinkling sheen” and is basically a very tone-down pigment pressed into a pan. I picked this up while I was in Dubai and am I glad or what that I did. As I mentioned earlier I love my pink eyes and this is the most playful, twinkly shade I’ve ever seen. It is soooo pretty that it hurts! 😉


Finish: Mineralized

If I am not mistaken this was a limited edition shade duo and came out just when mineralized shadows were introduced. I have to be honest and say the only reason I own this is because its my favorite color. Also I graduated uni using this to cover my racoon eyes after every sleepless nights writing away assignments or studying for exams. I just love everything about this one and the pigmentation is at some other level(its mineralized so yeah..).img_6613







Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure | A Review

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure | A Review

I finally feel ready to review my face primer that I have been using for close to an year now. Primer unlike most other makeup products (atleast for me) is soemthing that I neeed to try out for a long period of time in order to truly understand how it works on my skin. I wanted this review to be as thorough and as deatiled as possible therefore I waited all this while to do this.

The primer in question is ,as the title suggests, the Primed & Poreless Pure by Too Faced. It was a highly spoken about primer at the time I purchased this especially in regard to minimizing pores. My real need for primer was at that point to minimize pores and this was one of the few primers that were being raved about most people.

I have a love-hate relationship with this product so keep reading to find out all about that. 😀

To start off, lets talk packaging. I love the box it comes in and like all Too Faced products this too has a vintage yet modern oxymoron-ish appeal to it which speaks right to me. The white and gold combo is just so pretty. It comes in a white tube that you squish for the product to come out. It’s easy to use and that’s really important.

The texture of the product itself is very thick, gooey and rubbery( I really can’t think of any sophisticated terms to describe that at the moment). I believe this like most pores minimizing primers is silicon-based and thus the texture.img_6508

The product is significantly thick in texture therefore goes on as a transparent yet apparent layer on the skin.img_6510

It does make my pores appear less significant and also help with smooth application of my makeup. It is a great base and helps keep my makeup on for hours ( I have gone a good 6-9 hours without a budge).

I do not use it all over my face and limit it just to areas that I feel need it which is usually my T-zone.

The product promises to do these:img_6513

At the time I purchased this I hadn’t realised my skin had made a shift from normal-combination to dry however this primer worked just fine for me. The silicon-y feel of the product does not dry out my skin and make it flaky, also my T zone is not as dry as the rest of the face which perhaps might be the case.

My only problem with this product and which makes me not want to use it is the SMELL. I don’t know if it’s the silicone or one of the other gazillion complicated chemical names listed on the ingredients but it has a strong, chemical, ewww-ey smell that I really can’t stand. It does die out once I get the rest of my makeup on but I wish that smell was not there. It really bothers me but otherwise it works fine for me which is why I keep going back to it despite the stench.

It is priced at $30 if any one is interested.

Have you tried this primer? what do you think of it? Have you tried the other Too faced primer(the pink one) ? What is your favorite primer?

Thank you for reading! Xx