Surprise Birthday Party!

I’m sure you all know by now that I always give Hemayal a surprise birthday party a couple of days before or after her actual birthday. 

This time around I told her 2 days after her birthday that we need to go for a meeting and fortunately we had an event to attend the very same night which means that she’ll be ready so that I don’t have to hear that she wasn’t ready for the pictures for the rest of my life, lol.

I took her to BLT where our friends had already organized everything with the help of Dream Creations Islamabad.

I called Sobia (Owner of Dream Creations) a night before the birthday since everything was very last minute and she literally took control of EVERYTHING. I told her to decorate the table whatever way she likes it & I think that was the best decision ever since the balloons, flowers, decoration pieces, backdrop, Lights, everything was P E R F E C T. 

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Thanks to Hashir the photographs do absolute justice to the decor and how they looked in real life. Thankyou for capturing everything so beautifully.

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The cake was from Old Town Coffee & Cake which our friend, Laraib, bought & it was D E L I C I O U S.

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Do you like planning birthday surprises? Let us know in the comments section below.

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How I planned a Birthday Surprise!

It’s really hard to plan a surprise birthday party when you’re a desi person who lives, goes out, breaths and sleeps with the person they’re planning the surprise for & it gets 5x more difficult while inviting everyone on the same day and time because everyone has their very own curfew days and times. Guess that’s just what makes it more challenging and fun!

Here’s how I planned Milo’s Surprise Birthday Party ( someone had to make up for her pampering me all the time).

Step #1 Venue
Its super hard to choose a venue specially when you live in the twin cities as half of the people find Islamabad more convenient and half of them find Rawalpindi more convenient.

We (her friends & I)  went back and forth deciding wether to do it somewhere out or on our rooftop & we FINALLY agreed on throwing the birthday at 10 eleven lounge (Street 22, F8/2 Islamabad). It’s a beautiful place which consists of live bbq, bonfire, open sitting place with sheds on top. It was just the type of place we had in mind & thanks to Zeeshan we faced no difficulty in booking it.

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Step #2 Decor
After deciding the place its time to design the decor & OMG THE OPTIONS AND IDEAS ARE UNLIMITEDDDD but they also tend to get expensive at times. Since I was away on work it was really difficult for me to meet event managers for the decor so I decided to settle for the last minute balloon decor & it pretty much did the job.
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Step #3 Menu
A birthday is all about the food and thats basically the most difficult part to decide, Khana Kya hai bhai? It’s really hard to satisfy everyone when it comes to food but we desi’s always have a way out and in this situation it was none other than the evergreen & delicious desi food platter + something light & non desi (sandwiches and fries) a perfect blend of the both Worlds.
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Cake –

As delicious as a fondant cake looks it always goes to waste so we always prefer a regular butter cream cake that looks and tastes beautiful & most importantly doesn’t go to waste.
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Step #4 Photographer 
Ab sab tyar houn aur tasweerain na houn? C’mon now! Without questioning myself or anyone I straightaway called Ali from the photoneers and Wallah my photography tension was solved & thanks to the photoneers our pictures turned out just the way we wanted!
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Real Question – Did Hemayal get surprised? See it for yourself ;)
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Hope this blogpost was helpful and gave you some ideas for the birthday surprise you’re planning for! 🙂

Top 5 products of 2017

New year, new us but we’re still in love with some old products that we used in 2017.

– Glow Tonic To Go
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Working? Traveling? Always on the Go? Pixi has the perfect solution to tone, brighten & hydrate your skin with these pre saturated/soaked pads. The package is super travel friendly so you don’t have to carry a separate bottle of tonic and cotton balls along! Click HERE to buy. Price: 3 – 4k

– Eveline Cosmetics White Prestide 4D Day Cream
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We know the word ‘white’ would attract half of you and trigger the rest of you, but this cream is not like your regular whitening cream, its actually a brightening cream which helps your dull skin regain its complexion and smoothness. Its best for getting rid of dark spots & has a very light non greasy texture. Click HERE to buy this for 1050

– Beautify By Amnas 24K Gold & Roses Serum
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Hands down the best product to use before doing your makeup as it hydrates your skin and leaves your skin glowing with a natural radiant! It absorbs super fast & doesn’t leave a greasy texture on your skin. You can also use it on days you don’t do your makeup as it’ll work as a moisturizer & a natural highlighter! (All Skin Types) Click HERE to buy this for 2100

– Cetaphil
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Been obsessed with this one ever since the Makeup Guru NikkieTutorial shared it on her social media pages, by far the most hydrating lotion everrrrr! Even the tiniest drop does wonders, perfect for winters! (Dry Skin)

– Eveline BB Blemish Base Cream
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Don’t feel like wearing foundation? Go for the Mattifying BB cream without worrying about your skin as it already has SPF-15 to protect against UVA/UVB. Tested and worn it for more than 6 hours and it didn’t dry up on the skin or wear off. (Oily – Combination Skin) Click HERE to buy this product for 545

These were our favorite products of 2017, we hope this article was helpful for you. Comment below with your favorite product from 2017!

 

 

Casual to Chic Fall/Winter Looks

Hi guys,

How often do you guys like stuff online but are afraid to order it because you’re unsure of the quality, authenticity of the product & its fitting?

Isn’t it a bummer when everyone around you is wearing the same clothes because there are limited shops available locally where you can get trendy clothes?

Well, we’ve got it all covered for you guys!!
As winter is approaching and the Smog ( A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE) is already here we decided to collaborate with brands that have trendy clothes and are of good quality, not to forget that they deliver worldwide so all of you can benefit from this post.

Mode of payment: Mastercard, Visa, American Express & PayPal.

Casual –
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This Orange Trap Jogger set shouts comfort, this was the first set I ordered from Coal n Terry and I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing it through out this winter season!Also, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear a specific color, life is too short to wear boring colors!

Chic –
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I don’t think I’ve to tell you guys that denim jackets are back in fashion and OMG I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THE PERFECT ONE FOR SOOOOO LONGGGGG. I received this distressed denim jacket from Windsor which has faux fur on its collar & it lead to an end to my perfect denim jacket hunt. I paired it with a pair of jeans and a grey tank top.

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For the casual look I went for a black tank top with plain blue denim jeans and paired it with a chiffon kimono from Windsor store. It’s a layed back and at the same time a well put together look. The floral kimono is the best thing to wear on anything.

Chic –
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This jumpsuit was the first thing i eyed on the windsor website, I instantly knew how i would wear it and that is exactly what I did! Brown heels and looped earrings.
Strips make you look taller and that is exactly what I was aiming for.

Photography Credits: Zulqarnain Ali Syed

Hope you guys liked this post!

Day to Night Fall Looks

Hello, guys!

The weather seems to be getting a little chilly and the rate of people getting sick and flu is increasing which means that its time to put your off shoulder tops and lawn dresses away and prepare for a cooler weather.

We collaborated with one of our all time favorite eastern clothing brand; Kayseria to bring you some Day to Night Fall looks so you guys can get a variety of ideas to pull off this Fall Season!

Day Looks

For the day time look I chose this cotton modale dress in lilac color & added frill sleeves as this season is all about fiddling with the sleeves to make a statement so the frill sleeves had to be done. The knee length shirt complimented the flared pants well and I completed the outfit wearing pink pump heels. Not to forget the purple jhumkis that I tossed on in the end which I got from a stall in Islamabad.
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For the makeup look I wanted to do something out of the box and colored eyeliner being all the rage this season I opted for a lilac eyeliner to match my outfit and fusia pink lip to compliment it. For the hair I went for beachy waves which I got done from Faiza’s Salon as they look the best in day time.
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Yellow & Orange are the most trending colors of this season , so I got this Khaddar suit and adorned it with Handmade buttons that enhance the print on the shirt. I made the look a little more fancy with a pair of traditional earrings and a colored liner which is quite a trend of the year.
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Night Looks –

For the night time look I went for a black and red outfit. The peplum top with the tussel umberella sleeves was my pick as it would accentuate my lean figure. The bell bottom trouser added a few inches to my height & to complete the look I went for skin wedges and these silver rajestani ear rings I got from Karachi .
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I popped on an orange lip with a perfect black wing because my outfit had lot of flare and I didn’t want to take the attention away from it so I went for a low pony tail with a simple middle parting .
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While hoping for winters to come up real soon I choose a 3 piece suit with a beautifully printed shawl for my night time look. Nothing looks more decent than a plain suit and a colorful printed wool shawl in a chilly night. All I needed to complete my look was a bold lip color and my all time favorite middle parting ponytail to make sure that the only thing I have to take care of is the shawl and not my hair.
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Grab these outfits from HERE as there’s a sale going on which is UPTO 50% off.
Hope you guys liked these looks Xx

 

What we wore on Keune Care Treatment Sessions

Hello, guys 💕

We’re super sorry for not updating you guys here on the blog but we’ve been extremely busy organising and attending Keune Care events & now that we’re finally done with them we decided to bring you guys all the fun outfits we wore to all the 3 days of the event.

So basically we had 3 event in 3 cities being Lahore, Islamabad & Karachi & here’s what we wore to each one of them ;

Lahore event 1 –

Lahore being the hub of all the designers puts you in the position of dressing your best as that’s what everyone around you is doing.

We both wore pieces from Erum Khan Couture on the first event .
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Hira – I wore this navy blue suit from their mantra collection with a tank top to add a little touch of myself to it and to make sure I don’t look petite in the full navy blue look. I went for minimal makeup and my usual straight hair with a middle partition.

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Hemayal – The whole look was created around the long kimono that I got from Erum Khan’s Mantra collection, as the kimino did all the talking I kept everything else pretty simple – A basic white top and a pair of jeans that say ‘bad girls dont cry’. I opted for black kitten heels to complete the look.

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Islamabad event 2 –

Islamabad being our hometown gives us the feeling of our very own home which means that we can go totally casual in this very city!

 

Hira – I went with a pretty basic shirt that I got from almas.pk (& OMG can we just take a moment out and appreciate them for making such cool shirts and retailing them in such affordable prices, Thankyou for letting us splurge! ) and paired it with my comfortable pair of black jeans and white sneakers. I mean I knew I’d be running around the entire time so why not toss some comfortable shoes on?

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Hemayal – For the second look I opted for formal pants and a buttoned shirt that I got from Mango. I went for sneakers instead of heels as I had to run around and manage alot of things!

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Karachi event 3 –

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Hira – I decided to mix a little chic & casual for my very last look with black formal pants and a white formal crop jacket from Quiz. In between both of these formals I wore a basic T shirt that said ‘Girl Pride’ which I got from Mango again & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it for its text. I went for a very glow-y makeup look and a nude lip color and just to add a little pop of color to my monochrome look I went for pink pump heels.

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Hemayal – For the final look I went for the easiest option, a jumpsuit! Yes a jumpsuit! I know a lot of you have been asking me where I got my top from but it is actually a jumpsuit and I got it from Quiz a day before we went to Karachi. To complete the look I wore red pump heels.

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Kayseria x Bhari Eid

As impending Eid-ul-Adha approaches the fret of what to wear multiplies and by so many brands all over the place, choosing the ‘perfect look’ part gets very difficult. Therefore, to simplify things down we decided to unleash the looks we have chosen to rock, this Eid!

So guys, embrace yourselves to have a look at Kayseria‘s delightfully charming and enthralling Eid Pret Collection.

This Collection exhibits the art of fancy florals and ethnic Indian patterns with great aesthetic pleasure of embroidery work. Decorated with classic accents of Gota and Tilla, along with hand embroideries, the detailing and carefully crafted cuts are sure to steal the spotlight everywhere you go.

Look 1-

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I opted for a lime green cotton net kurta adorned with embroidery and trendy straight pants with moti beads separating the bottom 1/4. Along with that, I wore sea green tussle earrings which according to me go perfectly with my look.
You can buy this article online from HERE.

Look 2-

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I went for the red/orange family coloured kurta with wide sleeves end and I  paired it with white bell bottoms with a patch of embroided chiffon at the bottom. To compliment my look, I went for very classic & ethnic ‘afghan styled earrings’.
You can buy this article online from HERE.

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Boasting a diverse color palette including the staple Blacks and feisty Reds, youthful Pinks and Blues, this Eid Collection is a star studded event that you wouldn’t want to miss! 

Almirah #FestiveFrenzy

I believe most of you think that Almirah only stocks eastern wear that consists of embroidered shalwar/kameez or Kurta’s but you’re all wrong, just like we were before we raided Almirah’s store located in Giga Mall.

We were shook by the embellished shirts and monochrome trousers they had in stock to pull off a complete western look. Coming from a profession that involves attending events all the time, we face a lot of trouble finding the perfect white/black/plain shirts & trousers that the others aren’t wearing or haven’t worn already (lol) , thanks to Almirah we found the perfect spot to shop these items from now onwards. Don’t believe us? See these items for yourself.

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Don’t worry they also have the traditional wear that we all seem to love & the best part is that their eastern wear is of both categories; they have plain white & black kurtas for people who don’t like to go out of their comfort zones & they also have heavily embellished and embroidered kurtas for those who love experimenting with their looks. Here are a few articles for you guys to see;

 

Here are the looks we tried while we were at the store ;

Look #1
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The most attractive thing about this dress were the sleeves, I absolutely loved them specially the fact that they have another pair of sleeves attached to them which makes it super comfortable to move your hands here and there & not to forget that fancy embellishment on the sleeves! The gharara pants are everyones favorite these days, I love baggy and flow-y clothes so that I can make boomerangs in them, hehe. Shirt: 6450/- Gharara pants: 2650/-
Look #2

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I choose this simple black shirt and tried it out with two different bottoms. The shirt was perfect to pair with absolutely anything, it had a longer back side short front.  The reason I wen’t with a white embellished trouser first was to create a monochrome look. I paired the same shirt with this cool dhoti type shalwar making it more of an ethnic outfit. I loved the minimalistic details on the shirt though it was very plain and simple but as they say once you go black you cannot go back.

Hope you guys liked these looks!

Mascara Galore!

For us Mascara is the most BASIC & IMPORTANT part of creating any makeup look, wether its a full on drag queen makeup or just your everyday no makeup look. A mascara is the one thing that can make or break the whole look.

It doesn’t only make your eyes look more awake and wide but also changes your entire look with just one application but it all depends on the which mascara you use. So, here are a few of our fav mascaras which might help you pick the one that best suits your needs.
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Starting with our personal fav one Super Model Mascara from Sivanna. It is a dual side mascara with a fibre and a mascara side. First you coat your lashes with mascara and then apply the fibre and then again seal the fibre with the mascara. Why I LOVE this mascara is because it makes your lashes thinker longer and DARKER than any regular mascara. The curved mascara wand beautifully grabs all the lashes in one go. So, for us it is the Best one out of these but if you are someone who does not like clumpy (because it does clump a little) lashes then this bad boy is clearly not for you.
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Pros

  1. Fibre coat
  2. Makes eyelashes thicker longer and darker as compared to any other mascara
  3. Dual side
  4. Curved wand

Cons

  1. Makes lashes clumpy
  2. Not easily available in Pakistan
  3. Slight fall out
  4. Not waterproof

Better Than Sex by Too Faced is all the rage in the mascara world and we vouch for its excellence!  The credit for this mascara goes to its balled tip wand which makes it easier to cover the tiny lashes at the corners of both the end and the beginning of your lashes. It gives you fuller/darker lashes without them clumping or looking any extra, its the most natural looking mascara that cover almost all your lashes due to its well sorted wand. It is not waterproof but they have a waterproof version launched as well.
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Pros

  1. Balled tip
  2. thickens lashes

Cons

  1. Not waterproof

The next mascara we are going to talk about is a very pocket friendly one. It is one of the best drug store mascara out there Volume Million Lashes by Loreal. It has a cone taper wand which separates your lashes and elongates them and makes sure the focus is on your lashes! The best part is that this one doesn’t clump, so its a win win situation!

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Pros

  1. Cone taper wand
  2. separates the eyelashes
  3. elongates them

Cons

1. Not as dark in color

Clinique’s chubby lash mascara works exactly the way its name suggests, its a fattening mascara that adds volume to your lashes by the help of its oversized volumizing brush. It is a buildable formula so you can go to any extent with it without it clumping your lashes.
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Pros
1. Lightweight
2. Builable
3. Volumizing

Cons
1. Not waterproof

Bad Gal lash by benefit is another volumizing big brush mascara but this one tends to get a little messy while applying, other than that its a good option for a matte black buildable mascara.

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Pros

  1. Buildable

Cons

  1. Gets messy

Let us know if you try one of these mascaras. Hope this post was helpful, do share your favorite mascara with us! Xx

 

Yalghaar (Review): heavily invested in, but was it worth it?

We attended Yalghaar’s premiere at CineGold Plex thanks to HumPR & Constantine events , it was one hell of a star studded event but it wasn’t crowded like the usual, I must say that it was a very well managed event.

Here’s our take on the movie;

With the star-studded cast, fancy equipment and the controversy of the biggest star (Shaan Shahid) missing from the scene/movie promotions the movie has been getting  a lot of attention lately.

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It was a great initiative to show how hard the Army works for us and to give a little insight about their life outside the battlefield but we believe that the idea of incorporating so many stories could have been executed a little better, nonetheless we enjoyed the punjabi jokes every now and then.
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The graphics and the equipment being on point clearly made up for the cost of the movie, but despite the on point visual effects there were somethings that bugged us.

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The first person/thing to put us off was Ayesha Omer, she being a well known name according to us deserved a bigger/better role in the movie with atleast more than 6 dialogues, high time girls are used for more than just a decoration piece.
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Sana Bucha on the other side still stood out with her acting skills and dialogue delivery not that she got more time to be on the screen, but whenever she was there she said something worth our while.

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We understand an expensive movie deserves a heavy sponsorship but that clearly doesn’t mean that the entire movie is supposed to be based on Bank Alfalah and the debit/credit services it offers. If it were on us we would have snatched that card from Bilal Ashraf’s hand if he used it one more time.
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Nonetheless we think it was a great effort, not to forget how beautiful Uzma Khan looked in every scene. We’re all for Pakistani cinema, hence we would love to see more and better work from our cinema!

Here are a couple of images of us from the premiere:
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