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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

July 31, 2015


You’re probably wondering why it’s quiet around here (or you just don’t give a damn) but I’m back from London! It was a really tough decision to choose what makeup I should take for a whole week #MakeupAddictProbs.

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FOTD : Fun Summer Look

June 28, 2015

Claris summer 2015 collection

I don’t know what has gotten into me lately, but I’m totally getting out of my comfort zone. Yes, I’m wearing blue eyeliner – whatta rebel!

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Brushed it : 3 Eyeliner Brushes You Need

November 11, 2014

Eyeliners. You make one mistake and it’s over. You end up with a super thick line. And when there’s a mistake in that super thick line.. Well, you get the picture. Now, gel liners depend on the brushes you use. Obviously. There are different types of brushes that cater for your different gel liner “needs”. Continue Reading…

Disappointing And Revised Products

October 31, 2014

Ever had second thoughts? Or thought that a product was spectacular but turned out to be rubbish? So it turns out I’m not always right. There, I said it.

To everyone who thought “Yes, this is it!”, this one is for you.

There is something about sharing negative product reviews that makes bloggers feel bad. It’s like betraying our beloved makeup brands or not committing to the relationship we have built together ever since the start of our beauty addiction. The struggle is real, people.

Now that I think of it, not everything gets to be sugar coated for free. A few products have been overrated and it would only be fair to the good or excellent products to associate the mediocre ones with their genuine rate. Shall we?

Starting with the most irritating duo: Benefit’s They’re Real. I honestly started by loving the Push Up liner as much as I used to love the mascara. After using the eyeliner for a while, it became hard to work with. It dried too quickly, always gave a thick line and turned into a mess during removal. Not very convenient for one with little patience. And the mascara.. Well.. No. It’s not working for me. Its finish is too sticky, plastic and fake. Also, it adds a lot of weight to the lashes which tires me instead of making me look awake. How ironic.

Sticking with mascaras, MaxFactor’s Lash Extension Effect sounds like you’re going to end up with Burj Khalifa for eyelashes. I was more than just bummed when my lashes barely “grew”. The mascara was hardly good enough to define them with a descent coat of black for a natural look but it stops at that. Use it for two weeks and then toss it out.

Who doesn’t love a good blush? Believe it or not, blushes are my weakest point. I would buy a whole rack of them if Bill Gates was my father. What I also love is Jane Iredale. This lady does the best cosmetics! Now what’s not to love about her blush in Cotton Candy? Silver glitter. It breaks by heart into little pieces when a formula is so darn good but silver or gold glitter sits right there on your cheek. I think it brings the whole product down. Unfortunately, not recommended.

Fact: my eyebrows are a mess. Filling or shaping them is mission impossible. In moments like these I pray for Lisa Eldridge to appear in my life. I also pray to find a good brow product that is easy to use. Revlon’s Brow Fantasy failed to do so. Why? a) I picked up a lighter shade which made my brows look like a 70 year old’s brows. My bad.. b) the pencil is not creamy and pigmented enough to actually fill in the blank spots. I would repurchase just because the brow gel is fantastic. I’ll make sure it’s the right shade this time.

What are your “revised” products? Have you ever tried these? Thoughts? 

– Zein xx

FOTD : Return Of The Eyeliner

September 14, 2014

With good eyeliners I find myself wanting to line my eyes everyday. I don’t usually go for the perfectly winged out or dramatic look. Simple is what I like most. You know me. This is how it goes down when simple and eyeliner meet.

No foundation is required here. I’ve been having a good skin week so far *knocks on wood*. Maybelline’s Instant Anti-Age concealer was applied to the under eye area and around the nose. 
I can’t get enough of the Clarins bronzer. I’m probably annoying you with that by now. Sorry not sorry. I used this lightly to warm up the face with the classic “3 shape” technique. It’s all about giving life to your complexion, people! Click here for more about Clarins bronzer. 
After mentioning it in my last post, I remembered how amazing this stuff is: Tom Ford’s blush in Love Lust was blended on the apples of the cheeks and brought up to the cheekbones. 
UD Naked Basics palette served me well: Foxy on the lid, Naked 2 and Faint in the crease, Crave in the outer-corner, and Venus on the brow bone and inner-corner. I’ve been using this really often. What makes this palette amazing is that it’s exactly what you need and it works for every occasion. Pure genius!
Then a not-so-thin and not-so-thick line using MUFE’s Artist Liner happened. This was featured in My top 5 eyeliners post. It’s very creamy and black. What makes this one special is that you can smudge it to create a smoky effect without eyeshadow. The intensity of the product can be played with. 
I’ve been really loving the first step “Extreme Volume” of the MaxFactor Excess Volume double-ended mascara. It actually looks a lot like their normal mascaras that they already have. The second step which is called “Dark Lacquer” is to avoid. It’s complete rubbish. 
Another favourite that has been featured here and here is Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction. It’s the perfect nude version of my lips but better. 
Au naturel. In other words: couldn’t be bothered.  
What do you have on your face today? Tried any of these products? 
– Zein xx

My top 5 eyeliners

July 31, 2014

Eyeliners. They’re hard to use and take time to apply. Well, for me at least. This is why I go the easy way by totally rejecting them on daily basis. However, I found myself using them a lot at the moment. Like, a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love an eye look with liner but it’s such a hassle to put it on and take it off. I need to be mentally prepared in advanced for this process. A few eyeliners have made it to my top list at the moment.

Starting with Bourjois. They released a new line of eyeliners lately and I have the shades Ultra Black and Crazy About Brown. Coming from a drugstore brand, they are crazy pigmented, super creamy, very long lasting and waterproof. Love love love. I used that brown shimmery shade in my waterline for my graduation look (click here to see it) and it lasted a pretty good while. They also have crazy and fun colours in their line. Very interesting!

Moving on to Make Up For Ever. They came out with three new eyeliners this season. First is the artist liner. It’s a twist up kind of pencil. So no need for sharpening. Thank God! Another extremely creamy and black liner. It works amazingly as a base too for a smokey eye and can be easily smudged – you can play with the different intensities. A multitasking product is always a winner!
Next is the graphic liner. We all love those liner pens, don’t we? You can go from very thin to very thick. This type of liner makes it super easy to create a flick as you easily have full control of that pointy tip. Amazing stuff!
Last but not least is the ink liner. What makes this different from any other liquid liner? It dries matte. Ah! Matte. If you’re not into matte at the moment then I suggest you change decades immediately. C’est fini le glossy liquid liner. What I love about the applicator is that it’s not a brush but a hard bendable sponge type of thing. Makes sense? I don’t think so.. 
What are your top 5 eyeliners? Have you tried any of the above? Would love to know it the comments! 
– Zein xx

Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up liner

May 23, 2014

It’s all real! 

Indeed it is. And what’s even more real is the fact that all of my friends are out tonight and I’m here, in bed, being in denial about how tired and sleepy I am. Point is, Benefit is changing the world one launch at a time. 
The secret is out and I’m sure you’ve all heard by the now the revolutionary product that Benefit has been preparing for us makeup junkies. You are correct, it’s the missing product from May’s Glambox
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Benefit is introducing to the world an eyeliner, part of the They’re Real range, that has been 5 years (I think) in the making. As you may have noticed in the pictures, it is no ordinary eyeliner. It is designed to answer our beauty prayers by getting our lives out of a living hell. In other words: it solves the biggest dilemma that is lining our eyes. I have to admit after years of using eyeliner I still can’t get that line right. 
At first, I didn’t understand how an eyeliner could be a revolutionary product. I thought that revolutionary was a bit of a big word for a simple eyeliner (something I don’t wear everyday). Keep on reading.. 
The Benefit team really thought it through: wooden pencils were hard to use, pot gels are messy and require a separate brush and felt tip pens dry out quickly. So the final product is
a) a long lasting waterproof/smudge proof matte black gel formula that won’t dry out 
b) a twist out gel eyeliner in a pen, and … 
c) a pen with the AccuFlex tip that makes it easy to get the closest possible to the lash line and that helps to keep the line straight and tidy
What is my personal review you ask? I’ve had enough time to play around with it. It is indeed very black, matte, long lasting and glides on like a dream. Although I had a bit of a hard time getting the hang of it at first, it did make application way easier, stable and prettier – especially when it comes to adding the flick for a winged look. Love it! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of drugstore brands recreating the AccuFlex tip for their liners in the future. 
Only problem is that the tip has to be wiped off before every use and you have to be careful to not twist out a lot of product.
Benefit is also growing the They’re Real collection by adding up an eye makeup remover that they call They’re Real! Remover. It’s a cream/lotion/milky type of formula – the type that smudges a lot while removing makeup and makes the process really messy. Despite that, it’s more effective than the Bioderma one when it comes to removing this eyeliner. Amazing stuff! I love this mostly to erase small mascara or eyeliner smudges around the eye area with a cotton swab.
So there you have it: They’re Real mascara (that you all already know), push up liner and remover. One big happy family! I can’t recommend these the two products reviewed enough. I’m sure you’ll see them more often on the blog. 
They’re Real Push up liner is launching in July and the remover in august, if not at the same time. 
What is your favourite type of eyeliner? Comment below by naming the eyeliner that you’re currently using 🙂
– Zein xx