The Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette| Review

The Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette| Review

Makeup is an addiction that I never thought I’d have. But then here I am sharing my thoughts on another new palette. Like always this post is long due and so are all those sitting in my draft box waiting to be edited.

I have eyed the Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette ever since I saw the first swatches out on social media. I marked the date and secured my palette in the early hours of its pre-launch. It is the first ever palette I pre-ordered and I am glad I did.

The packaging is the exact design as her previous palette with BH Cosmetics and the design itself is pretty cool with the white and grey marble print. This is a bigger palette than the earlier one and includes some shades from the old palette and a few new shades. This diversity kind of interested me because I didn’t buy her previous palette.

To be honest, I don’t want to bore you all and myself with the not so important details. Also there’s so many reviews out there stating the obvious.

This is how the inside of the palette looks like:

I think the palette is really pretty and has nice vary of shades. My first thought on top of my head when I held open the palette was that I can totally create 4 different looks at least from this palette without putting much thought. Versatility is a  pretty cool to have in a palette.

The palette consists of 21 eyeshadows and highlighters. There are 11 original shades(from her previous palette) and 10 new shadows and highlighters.

Moreover, I love how the shades itself are complimentary to a very wide range of skin tones. Personally, I a medium skin toned woman find it super hard to find an entire palette that can complement my skin tone however this one was a nice difference from the usual.

The eyeshadow are super buttery, I really don’t know how she does it especially the shimmer shadows are a treat to swatch. They are also extremely pigmented and the color payoff is amazing given the price. The staying power is beyond amazing.

This is priced at $22.50 (exc. shipping) and can be purchased from the BH Cosmetics website. I preordered it for $19.50 (exc. shipping).

SWATCHES

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3rd Row

4th Row

5th Row

Did you get your hands on this palette? Are you interested?What do you think of it? Whats your current favorite palette?


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My Fundamental Principles of Skincare

My Fundamental Principles of Skincare

I love my makeup. I do hauls more than its necessary. It’s an art-form that really has become a passion over time. However I am a stronger believer of loving yourself with and without makeup. I believe in investing time in looking after my health and especially my skin.

The thing about skin however is that it’s never the same. It’s a roller coaster ride and you go through so many ups and downs, good days and bad days and its a constant struggle.

I have a few fundamental principles of skin care that I follow religiously. These are simple and I have gathered them over the years trying to understand how skin my works.

So here they are:

  1. Know Your skin – The first thing to having a skin care routine is to understand your skin. Is it oily/dry or combination? What is it sensitive to? You really have to find the basics.
  2. Drink Water – I may love my coca cola but nothing compares to good old water. It helps to flush out the bad stuff.
  3. If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Fix It!- Don’t pack your face with products you don’t need. You are just feeding unnecessary chemicals.
  4. Use a Mild Face Wash – Because why slap your face with all those harsh chemicals.
  5. Always Take Off Your Makeup Properly – Even the stubborn eyeliner and mascara 😀
  6. Moisturize- Just do it!
  7. Eat Healthy- This is something I constantly struggle with however I have realized they aren’t kidding when they say “you are what you eat”. 😉

These are my go-to solutions to try keep my skin healthy. What do you resort to? What are your basic set of rules you follow in keeping your skin glowing?


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An Eyeliner Guide: Finding the Best Ones

An Eyeliner Guide: Finding the Best Ones


The eyeliner is key when it comes to my makeup. It was the first thing ever that I learnt to do makeup-wise. A confession would be that I can’t do my eyeliner without a wing. I just don’t know how to. Now I can on best days create a wing so sharp that I am pretty much left with awe. But getting here took time and effort.

I have constantly been on a look out for good eyeliner. I have tried on so many. Some a hit and some a miss. It’s a constant quest and I am always looking for better ones.

Someone recently shared with me an amazing guide on eyeliners made by a team of experts.

Since I always share anything and everything I find interesting and useful with you guys, I decided to share this too.

What really caught my eye was a list of “six overall best eyeliners” based on different factors. A narrowed down list from the gazillion eyeliners out in the market makes our search so much easier. The list consists both high-end and drug store so everyone has a choice.

Here are the six:

  1. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil($20)
  2. stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner($22)
  3. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner($31)
  4. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner($7)
  5. Almay Amazing Lasting 16 Hour Eyeliner($7)
  6. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner($6)

I have used at least 4 out of these liners and found them really good. I am currently obsessed with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner.

You can find the link to the ‘Eyeliner Guide’ HERE. There are reviews and more details of each eyeliner and why each one made it to the list. Please have a look if  interested because it is pretty useful. 🙂

Hope you have a fabulous week! Xx


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Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette First Impression& Swatches

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette First Impression& Swatches

Having followed Huda Kattan on YouTube for a very long time, I have watched her create Huda Beauty and I love how much heart she puts into her products. They are always path-breaking. I finally have my hands on her highlighter palette. I was waiting for it since she teased us about it on social media. It was all over Instagram and everyone was constantly using and swatching it. I just really wanted it not that I need a another highlighter. But hey who said beauty blogging is about needs. 😉

Once I had my Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Golden Sands Edition (not-so-subtle product introduction) I really couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you guys. I have worked on this post for the past three but life got me preoccupied. The hustle is real but I am still learning on that time management thing. 😐

Before we get started on the paragraphs, can we just take a second to appreciate how gorgeous the packaging looks.

Done? Good! Now read along and then leave me your thoughts and opinions below 🙂
The first impression was that it was a big palette. I really didn’t expect it to be so big or to hold so much product.
I purchased the Golden sands edition since I thought it would compliment my skin tone better.

The packaging it beautiful and it comes with the signature Huda Beauty packaging. I have to mention that this packaging is more sleek and kinda prettier than the Rose Gold Palette.The palette comes enclosed by a plastic transparent slip-on cover.The palette top itself has the gorgeous Huda Kattans face with the 3D effect glow on the eyes and cheekbone area.

‘The Golden Sands Edition’ is for medium to deep skin tones while ‘The Pink Sands Edition’ is for light to medium skin tones. I live for golden shades. I LOVE EVERYTHING GOLD!!! 😀
As you flip open you find 4 highlighter shades. The first one Fiji,is a cream based shade that is supposed to act as a base to your highlight. The other 3 Seychelles,Tahiti and Zanzibar are powders. The 4 are named after tropical beaches which I think is pretty cool.

According to her website:

This palette is packed with 2 different textures:

– the Melted Strobe, a pearlescent creamy formula enriched with Karite Butter to create a flawless lit-from-within canvas for layering powders.

– 3 light catching pressed pearls staggered in complimentary tones to give you a sculptural, 3D radiance.

Fiji is creamy golden beach sand like shade. Seychelles is a pearlized golden powder with warm undertones. Tahiti is a pearlized bronze powder while Zanzibar is a peachy pink with golden shimmers in them. They are some absolutely gorgeous shades and they really make me wanna try out the pink sands edition too.

You get 7.5 g of Fiji and 8g each of the other three.

The flip cover has ‘how to apply’ directions on it (BELOW).

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Left to Right: Fiji, Seychelles, Tahiti and Zanzibar

Each palette is priced at $57 and are on the pricey side.

I am super excited to put this palette to use. Have you tried this one out? Are you planning to buy it? Will you? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Two.BB.Clean| Review

Two.BB.Clean| Review

I am the girl who isn’t happy paying for shipping in the countless online orders that she makes everyday. I am the girl who doesn’t want to buy unnecessary gimmicky stuff although has dozens of lipsticks that look painfully alike. I am that girl! So it shouldn’t be a surprise when I say I jumped into the Beauty blender bandwagon when it was priced twice as much as it is now. However I am also the one who refused to check out the liquid blender cleanser when it came out. Cleaning my beauty blender has been a fuss but I always thought why pay for a beauty blender cleanser when hand wash/face wash/shampoo would all pretty much do the same thing. It’s all detergent at the end of the day.

Cut to couple of years later to now, here I am reviewing it with an opinion to tell.

I was at my wallet’s hell, Sephora (2 months back I guess) looking to pick up another beauty blender (because they are life) when I saw this value pack.

It’s priced at $40. It was a deal and I had to have it.

The set has two original beauty blenders and one 5 oz. liquid blender cleanser.

I am all about the beauty blender(you’d know if you have been following my blog) so I will not rave anymore of it here but I will link my beauty blender review HERE.

The two beauty blenders in the set are slightly smaller and oval than my regular ones. However I don’t see any problem in it. It does not make any real difference and the only reason I spotted it was because I was comparing them while photographing.

The liquid blender cleanser is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. I may not be huge chemistry buff but I like when products don’t have these.

Ingredients of the liquid blender cleanser:

Water, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Potassium Oleate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Citrate, Maris Salts, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Citric Acid.

I have to be honest and say that I was not really expecting much from the cleanser. I just thought it was just another gimmicky product but bhoy was I wrong.

Being formulated specifically to clean beauty blenders this cleanser is good. It gets the job done with ease and not time-consuming like it usually is with the beauty blender.

They have a fancy pump that is shaped for the beauty blender. You place your blender there and push for the product.

It really does clean 90% of the stains with very little effort and time.

Here is a before and after using the liquid cleaner.

They say stubborn stains can be cleaned by soaking the blender in cleanser for a day or so. Although I’ve never tried it, I can totally see it working.

Also a little goes a long way so I can see it lasting for a while.

I don’t know yet if I would repurchase a single liquid cleanser however I am very much enjoying how clean my beauty blenders’ look now. 🙂

Have you tried these? What is your favorite method of face makeup application? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂


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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.


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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

SWATCHES

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

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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! 😃


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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.

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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?

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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…
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CHRISTMAS PENGUIN BUBBLE BAR

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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.

GOLDEN WONDER BATH BOMB

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?

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