Top 4 Foundations

Hemayal and I have a warm/yellow undertone but different skin types as I have combination to oily skin and she has dry skin, I have acne prone skin with acne marks and she has clear skin but these 4 foundations work great for the both of us so if you’re skin type matches ours then here are the Top 4 suitable foundations for you.

Being a blogger getting ready is an essenital part of our work and these foundations stay on perfectly during shoots and events that last around 6-7 hrs.

1 – Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk Foundation

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As the name suggests, this foundation literally makes your skin look like silk. It gives a luminous feel to your skin but if you’re looking for some coverage then this is not the perfect foundation for you. You can still make it work by mixing it with a foundation that has good coverage but it won’t do such a great job alone. Works best during good skin days.

Originally for $64, sells for 9-10k in Pakistan.
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Pro –
Not cakey – Skin like
Luminous feel

Cons – 
Expensive
Doesn’t give a good coverage

2 – Maybelline 24hr Super Stay Foundation

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What we love the most is that despite being full coverage this specific foundation is very lightweight and doesn’t look cakey AT ALL. You have to work with it quickly since it tends to dry down on the skin and you can’t blend it if you leave it on for too long. Also, we got a few dms where people said it oxidizes but it didn’t oxidize on either of us, despite having it on for hours.

Availibity
We got #Maybelline Superstar 24H full coverage foundation for 2199/- from maybellines counter at Packages Mall, Lahore. It’s available on almost all maybelline racks and counters. It is originally for $9, not sure why it’s so expensive here.

Shade – Ivory

Pros –
Full coverage
Matte
Light weight

Cons –
Dries quickly

3 – Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

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Another light weight foundation that helps your skin breath and at the same time covers your imperfections. Actually one of the very few foundations that has a good range of option for medium skin tones like ours. Full Coverage, water resistent foundation perfect for long hours.

Originally for $12, online pages sell it for 1500 onwards.
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Pros
Lightweight
Buildable
Flawless Finish

Cons 
Itches some people

4 – Loreal Infalliable 24hr Foundation

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Claims to be a stay fresh foundation that fights makeup meltdown and gives a flawless finish throughout the day. It pretty much does do what it claims and doesn’t dry out on the skin.

Originally for $14, sells for around 3k in Pakistan.
Shade – Natural Rose

Pros
Medium to high coverage
long hour foundation.

Cons
Expensive for drugstore
Tends to get oily after a couple of hours

Premier Beauty Forum 2017

An exclusive unveiling of Premier Beauty Forum 2017 took place today at L’AUBERGE–Lebanese Restaurant at Faletti’s Restaurant. The event was attended by many make up pros,renowned beautician, brands head/owners, beauty bloggers and journalists.

For the first time ever in Pakistan, such kind of beauty forum is happening in Pakistan which is organized by Pink Lotus (the creative agency). PBF2017 is a two day event that will held on 5th & 6th May 2017 at Royal Palm Golf & Country Club, Lahore where one can find leading companies in beauty, skin care, spa, nails, beauty equipment, international distributors/franchise,aesthetics doctors, wellness centers, and fitness centers, apparels designers, showbiz celebrities and general public.

Speaking about the PBF2017 at Press Lunch Break, Mrs. Sobia Faraz, CEO Pink Lotus said, “At Premier Beauty Forum our endeavour is to bring the industry together to learn about upcoming trends and spread education regarding latest techniques and product awareness to further accelerate the growth of this incredible sector.”

The key feature of the forum is to setup your customized stalls, side-by- side with industry competitors and, to display the product line/range to a wide audience. The special feature of the forum is the live demonstration stage with selective brands participating also there will be a beauty trend show titled ‘ Premier Beauty Runway’ in which established and upcoming beauticians will be showcasing hair and makeup looks for summer 2017.

Industry’s top aesthetics doctor Dr Zarqa will be conducting a skin care workshop, In makeup session Master Make up Class is offered by one of the best and multi-talented makeup maestro, Ather Shahzad and much more.

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The Makeup Bullet

We did it before Nikkie, sorry, had to say this lol.
Beauty blenders have been a life saver for all of us makeup junkies and the makeup bullets are just another addition to the beauty blender family, a younger and a much convenient addition. An alternative of beauty blender have been of all the rage this year on the internet there have been silicon sponges, boiled eggs,  makeup bullets and what not.

It’s a little hard to hold a beauty blender in your hand and merge your eye makeup with a blending blush at the same time, hence, a makeup bullet makes it possible for you to do both simultaneously. You won’t even have to worry about your beauty blender falling from your hand again and again. It fits your finger perfectly and helps reach the little corners and niches  of your face that your regular beauty blender is not able to.

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It has a good finish and blends your makeup seamlessly . For people who unintentionally go in with their hands while doing their makeup this product will be a life changer for you as it is a much cleaner substitute.

We love it and would keep on using it but we’ll have to put it out there that it has not stopped us from using our regular beauty blender.

Hope you guys like the review and if you want to see more reviews like this then comment on the Instagram post and we will try our best to bring in more fun product reviews for you!

Favourite Makeup products of 2016 

2016 was the year I & everyone around me was literally OBSESSED with make-up & also the year which made me realize that half of your make-up is your skin so if you need to get your make-up game on point you need to get your skin on point first.

Putting the obvious aside I’ll start with my ABSOLUTE favorite products of the year;

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– Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation.
I had to get my hands on this one as all the make-up gurus were raving about it & I must tell you guys that it’s worth every penny. I believe we’ve all moved from the full coverage heavy looks to the more natural “no make-up looks” so if you’re looking for a light flawless looking coverage then this     ml bottle is all you’re looking for.

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Shade adjustment drops
Although the strong scent might be a turn off for some people it doesn’t seem to bother me, this little dropper is like my little secret to luminous flawless looking skin. You can either use it as a highlighter or add it in your base to give it a little liquidy/luminous touch & also to lighten it’s shade.

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– StageLine liquid lipsticks
I was introduced to the brand Stageline on Sobias masterclass & I never knew it’ll turn out to be so GOOD. From the Tv sticks, to the mascaras , to the liquid lipsticks everything is worth more than the price, if I be honest. They’re long-lasting, not drying & pretty vibrant but its a bummer how they only have a few colors so far.

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 – Hoola bronzer
Till the start of 2016 I was all about the cream contour but as time went by I realized that 1 – my face doesn’t need that much contouring 2 – I don’t have so much time to cream contour my face on a daily biases & just  then I was introduced to the holla bronzer. It’s SO pigmented & its little brush is the perfect shape for contouring, one swap & I’m good to go with more sculpted cheeks & a contoured nose.

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 – Mac Prep & Prime Fix
I haven’t really used the spray as a primer yet but I’ve been using it as a setting spray and it has clearly been doing its job as one, it holds the makeup in place for hours and literally makes it melt into your skin hence giving you a flawless looking skin.

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Lip & Cheek stains are a secret ingredient to my makeup routine, they look absolutely natural and stay all day long. I use the Stainiac lip & Cheek stain from the balm cosmetics, i don’t personally like it on the lips but its perfect for the cheeks and I don’t think I’ve used powdered blush ever since I’ve got my hands on this.

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 – Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
An oil free concealer that covers all types of blemishes and doesn’t look cake-y or bulge up. The only drawback is that they only have a limited amount of shades available.

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– Sexy Mama Translucent Powder
Sexy mama does exactly what its supposed to do; powder your face without a trace. Doesn’t cake up & leaves a matte finish.

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– Inglot Gel Eyeliner
Darkest & smoothest liner to work with, glides on your eyelids & doesn’t smudge.

Do share your favorite makeup products of 2016 with us 🙂

Style your Eid outfit with Kayseria

Lively, Traditional and colorful, Kayseria has endured the true colours of Eid this season. The collection consists of all one wants this Eid; digital prints, banarsi inspired necklines,  chunri dupattas,  gold flapper/shararas, block prints and tulip shalwars. The prints are more on the plain side compared to the Jungle theme prints we’ve seen and worn all summer. There’s a vast variety of prints, colors, stitched and unstitched fabric to choose from and below are a couple of prints we choose to wear!

Look 1

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You can buy this unstitched suit with an embroidered lawn dupatta Online for only 3590/- I didn’t go for the dyed cambric trouser that comes along with it but decided to go with a skin trouser instead which is available in their pret collection and has a little embroidered cut work at the bottom of it. I opted for a middle parting with side braids to make the look a little bit more traditional!

This year Kayseria came out with exquisite hydrabadi handmade bangles to match your Eid outfit, hurry up before your favorite color runs out!

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A fusion of pink and purple with embellished  swaroski crystals on top of it, this Kurta is simply beautiful and looks best paired with a white trouser. I decided to wear a truck art chappal to brighten up the look and paired a double tone Kulus bag with it. Click here to buy this cotton lawn shirt.
Rs 1790 – unstiched shirt.

Look 2-

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I  paired this vibrant green Kurta which consists of a golden embroidered neckline with a skin trouser . i just HAD to add the trending silver based khussa to this look to make it whole. You can buy this best seller of the week unstitched suit from here.
Rs 3990/- Unstitched suit.

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We’ve all been wanting plain shirts and I finally found one for myself, simple clothes look best with a pop of color whether its in the form of your lipcolor or your heels!
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This printed cotton lawn shirt is from Kayseria’s pret collection with a henley collar & glass embellishments which looks best with a plain skin trouser and a red pair of heels! You can buy it for 3890/- here.

I hope you guys liked this post, don’t forget to check Kayseria’s Eid collection out, they’re giving away free bangles with every purchase so you better hurry up!

How to deal with Acne!

Acne, something that we all wish we never have, something that no girl wants to have but at some point in our life, we have.

Background to my acne story

Just about 6 months ago i started my battle with Acne, the triggering moment of my acne was my very first Facial, i had ever gotten a Facial done before, which is why my skin reacted in a negative manner. The Facial was carried out in a very professional way, but my skin didn’t take it too well, after my treatment was done, my skin became very sensitive than usual.

The time i got my Facial done, i had to attend weddings & events back to back, which means getting in contact with heavy makeup. I was wearing makeup every single day for good 2 – 3 weeks, the next triggering moment was poor removal of makeup. It is so important to remove makeup off our face properly, the chemicals from those products if left on the skin for too long can clog our pores & cause bacteria on the skin, and that is the last thing we ever want.

These two points have been the main cause of my Acne, Facial & Poor removal of makeup.

How i took care of my skin?

1 – Visit a good dermatologist or doctor

This was the very first step i took when my break outs became serious, i took a visit to my Doctor and explained the issue i was facing. I was then prescribed ‘Contraception pills’, shocking i know! My first reaction was ‘i’m not married doctor’, i was then told that Contraception pills are sometimes given to young girls to control their hormonal system, the change in our hormones can cause our skin to break out for example ‘Teenage acne’. I then started to take those pills, but it didn’t make any difference to my skin. I went back to my doctor who then referred me to a dermatologist in London, my skin was then checked and i was given a gel called ‘DUAC DAILY GEL’
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Duac gel was given to me to put over my pimples every night before going to bed, i used this gel for good 3 months to actually see the results, this gel at the beginning was quite irritating on my skin, but i was later told that i was applying it wrong. This gel is quite strong, which is why it should only be applied to the pimples.

2 – Find the right skincare products

This step has been one of my life changing step, after using numerous amount of different skin care item, i was able to find few of the most amazing skin care products that has totally changed my skin game.

Cleanser/Facial wash

These are three cleanser/facial wash i have used through my acne phase, i will start with my most used/favorite out of the three.
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  • Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser – This Face wash has become my everyday facial cleanser, i use this day & night to cleanse & remove makeup. This does an amazing job of removing your makeup including eye makeup, it cleanses the skin without leaving your skin feeling too dry or tight. This is a fragrance free product which is amazing if you have sensitive & acne prone skin, the gentle formula is very comforting to the skin, a little product goes a long way. You only need a pee sized amount to wash the entire face.
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  • No 7 melting gel cleanser – I have recently started using this cleanser to remove my makeup, this is a very interesting type of cleanser, it comes out as a gel, turns into an oil when applied to the skin and then turns into a milky texture which really fascinates me on how it does that. This is not foamy at all, feels like cleaning your face with oily liquid, but it does the job of cleansing the skin beautifully. This is for normal to dry skin users, it would not work on oily skin.
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  • Olay refreshing facial cleanser gel –  I have been using this facial wash for years, even well before my skin broke out, this is an amazing facial wash which removes all the dirt & makeup off your face. This is the most foaming cleanser out of the three mentioned above, however, this did start to break me out when my acne became extreme, hence why i stopped using this. The reason i’m mentioning this is because this will be an amazing cleanser if you don’t have acne prone skin.

Toning
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  • Pixi glow tonic – This has become my holy grail skincare product, this toner has completely changed how my skin looks, it has really brightened & toned my skin as well as helped me to take control of my acne & breakouts. This is all because of the active ingredients in this product, glycolic acid is an amazing ingredient which should be Incorporated into our skincare as it helps with lightening discoloration of the skin, and exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cell, revealing new brighter looking skin complexion. Highly recommend all ladies to try this product, you’ll thank me later. I use this day and night after cleansing my skin with my facial wash, this is one of my most crucial step in my skincare routine.

Moisturizing
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  • Kiehl’s ultra facial cream – I have been using this cream for nearly a year now and still can’t get over the fact of how amazing it is. This is a perfect dose of hydration for all normal to dry skin toned ladies, this cream softens the skin without making the face look greasy or tanned looking. If any of you suffer from dry patches, this cream is amazing for getting rid of them (but don’t forget to exfoliate you skin as well). I use this cream at day time only after toning my face to complete the whole skincare routine.

Treatments
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  • Kiehl’s midnight recovery oil – I just can’t say enough about this product to be honest, this oil has been a blessing to my dry acne prone skin, i use this every night before going to bed after toning my face with pixi tonic (mentioned above), i don’t know what this oil has but it transforms my skin into baby soft texture when i wake up in the morning. It makes my skin even as well as helping me tackle pimples, it soothes and hydrates the skin, giving you a perfect base to start your makeup on.

These have been my daily and most used products that have made my skin clear and healthier looking to what it previously was.

3 – Be confident

I know having pimples on your skin sucks, no body likes any form of imperfection on their face, but you should never forget to accept that you are beautiful no matter what. ALLAH has made us all equally beautiful and perfect, trust your self and bring out your inner beauty because it’s worth it :’)

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Duvi Stockholm Products

Hey, guys!

I hope you like the new layout of the website, we all love a little change, don’t we? Talking about change, I just changed my skin care products last month and my skin has never felt better.

I never review skin care products until I’ve used them and I’m sure about my opinion on them therefore it took me more than a month to review these Duvi Stockholm products.

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I’ll start with my favorite product out of these two and that has to be the Green Tea Facewash!

Duvi Green Tea Face Wash – Rs 1150/-

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I’ve had some horrible experiences with face washes and I was quite near to believing that face washes and I would never get along until I came across this Duvi Green Tea Face Wash. It’s for all skin types and includes Aloe Vera extracts, it LITERALLY removes all the dirt, MAKEUP and impurities from your face without drying your skin. It actually does reduce the severity of breakouts, trust me on this one, my skin hasn’t gone all wild ever since I’ve been using this little white 150 ml bottle which is enriched with natural ingredients.

Duvi Vitamin Toner – Rs 1300/-
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The Duvi Vitamin Toner removes all the left over makeup and impurities from your face that your face wash fails to remove and returns your skins bright complexion that is hidden behind all the dirt, tiredness and impurities of your skin. The Vitamin Toner consists of Organic Apple extracts from French Provence,  Vitamin C,B1,B2,PP,B5,B6,B9, Provitamin A and Vitamin E. For better results a toner is always to be used after cleansing your skin, it is to be applied on a cotton pad and swept gently on the face and neck, make sure to avoid the areas around your eyes.

The soft towel with the products I received was like a cherry on top and the results of the products were so impressive that I ended up ordering their White Daisy Skin Brightening Cream and I’m loving it.

You can order Duvi’s products from Daraz.pk or their website Duvi.com & you can follow them on Instagram.

Summer Hairstyles Part 1

Braided hairstyles are the Ultimate Go to Hairstyles this year, easy to do and fun to wear! But did you know you can look all chic with just the help of TWO bobby pins?

Yes, you read that right. Two bobby pins it is!

Here is how to get this cute look. It is very fast and easy and is my favorite braided hairstyle for a casual day out.

STEP 1: Brush your hair and get rid of all the tangles.
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STEP 2:   Take a small strand of hair from the back of your ear.

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STEP 3: Make a Simple Braid out of the separated hair strand and repeat the same step on the other side.
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STEP 4: Now take the braided hair to the alternative sides and secure it with bobby pins!

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Max Factor Lipfinity

Hi, guys!

So I was at greenvalley a couple of days ago and I saw this lip colour by Maxfactor and decided to give it a try.

Choosing one colour out of all of these colours was a pretty tough job but I guess eenie meenie was on my side and I went with this 150 bare nude-ish colour

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The pack consists of a matte lip color and a clear moisturising top coat

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I’ve been in love with this ever since I got it as it actually does stay up for 12 hours and is water and food proof, like for real.

Here is a picture of all the other colours available

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Can’t wait to get my hands on ethereal, vivacious, hot red and flamboyant 🙊

Also, green valley has a couple of promotions going on and this was for 1200 during the promotions!

Skin Care Routine

Hi, my lovelies!

Quite a lot of you have been asking me to share my skin care routine, so today I’ll tell you how I take care of my skin! Don’t let all the products in the picture scare you, I don’t use them all in one day, lol.

Before I start I would like to mention how my skin isn’t too oily or too dry, its a combination of both and I don’t get a lot of acne or breakout so the products I’ll be mentioning below are those which suit my skin the best.

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I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Softening Face Wash as it removes my makeup pretty easily and leaves my skin feeling baby soft. I keep on changing my face wash a lot so I can’t say that is my very favorite one or the one that I’ve been using for months because I’m yet to find that ultimate favorite one!

Facial Skin Polish;
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I’ve been using this Hollywood styles Facial Skin Polish for months and I absolutely love it, I use it twice or thrice a week. I use it every time I think my face is looking dull or tan or when it needs a little care. It removes dead skin from your face and eliminates dark spots.

Detoxifying Facial Clay Mask
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I use this Avocado and Green Tea mask twice or thrice a month, it helps in minimizing and detoxifying the pores. It also leaves your skin looking fresh and is to be used after cleansing your skin for better results.

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This cleansing butter is my go to for when I can’t get makeup off my face, it gently removes makeup and all the dirt from your face and leaves your skin feeling clean and pampered.

Soft Touch Double Action Cleanser:
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Soft Touch Double Action cleanser has been passed on to me by my mom and I absolutely love it, It’s a little time consuming to massage it on your wet face until it dries and whisks away the dirt from your face but its worth the time and energy.I use it on a pamper night once or twice a month!

Revive Pomegrante face oil
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I’ve already talked about this product so I’ll just share the link of my previous post Here.

Conatural  Saffron Complexion Builder;
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You can read about this product here.

Soft Touch Moisturizing Scrub Cream
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One of my favorite scrubs as it unclogs pores, removes black heads and exfoliates your skin. It actually does help in brightening your skin by whisking away the dull and dead surface from your face. I use this one for my hands and feet aswell!

Sephora Lotus Mask
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Sephora’s Lotus Mask hydrates your skin and reduces the sign of fatigue and tiredness from your face. I use it once a month and It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh.

Facial Cleanser
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I ordered this Facial Cleanser from Fashion City and it comes with 5 interchangeable heads that can be used in your daily skin care routine.
1- The brush head can be used while you wash your face with a face wash as it will thoroughly clean your skin and it will improve the blood circulation of your face.
2- The two foam heads can be used for applying your foundation evenly and scrubing your face as one of them is soft and the other is hard.
3- The rough pink head can be used to whisk away the dead skin from your face.
4 – The roll on can be used to massage oil or massaging creams on your skin/face.

I hope I’m able to help you guys with this! 🙂 x