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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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Gift Guide : 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

December 15, 2014

Nine days left until christmas and you still haven’t bought any of the gifts you thought you have planned in advance. Don’t worry, I got you covered. I’ve gathered ten gift ideas that I, honestly, would love to receive. This might turn into a christmas wishlist.. Continue Reading…

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

Major Beauty Haul

July 27, 2014

I totally bought a crap load of makeup.

So I didn’t buy all the products in this photo. I received a few “souvenirs” that you’ll know more of later in the post. I posted on twitter that I was travelling to Lebanon for a few weeks and made a short long pit stop at the duty free’s beauty department that had 20 per cent off on all products. Yes, 20 freakin’ por ciento. Crazy is what my mother and I were in front of the counters.

Now not all the products are mine. I’m sharing them with the big sister and the mother. But showing you the whole haul was necessary.

First at the duty free was the Chanel counter. My mum needed a mascara and a foundation pretty badly. After reading and seeing so many good reviews, I ended up picking up for her the Vitalumiere Aqua compact foundation and the Volume de Chanel mascara.

Another Chanel eye candy is the Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction. I saw this in Tanya Burr’s haul and knew that I needed this right away. Now that I have it, I can finally die in peace. I have a feeling that I’m really going to like this one. I can feel it in my bones!

Then the YSL counter happened. Heart melts. The YSL packaging kills me. It’s so luxurious and heavy making you feel like a thousand dollars just by looking at it. Of course, price tag inspired to faint. All products picked up from this brand are due to peer pressure (damn you bloggers and youtubers!). The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush are in shade 3, 9 and 12. The big sis is taking 3, mum is taking 12 and I’m taking the shade 9.

Next is this gloss in the shade Golden 19. The perfect pink nude. In reality it’s a tad bit lighter. And oh em gee it’s so pretty and not sticky. Yves does it best.

Finally are these Kiko products. My aunt went to Italy recently and she knows how big my love for makeup is. She got these palettes and lipsticks for mother and I that I just can’t wait to try out! The colours are so pretty in reality that the pictures don’t do them justice.

Bottom to top 220; 288; 241 and 295; 243; 401

Shade 04 and 03 (orangier) 

That is all for the haul! Sadly I don’t own this entire set of goodies. Nevertheless, I am going to try them all and hopefully report back. Have a great Sunday and Eid Mubarak for those of you who are celebrating!

Have you tried any of these? What have you bought lately? Leave a comment, would love to know! 

– Zein xx 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Graduation look

July 21, 2014

It’s about time I dedicate a post to this babe! I think palettes are so practical. I’m just going to put it out there. I’d rather buy a palette than buy separate eyeshadows. Single eyeshadows are .. well .. sort of useless. They use up so much space and they always end up forgotten. I tend to reach out more to palettes than single eyeshadows. Aaaanyway, when I first saw the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette I thought “Uhu, yup! I need that”. And guess what? A few days later I got it for my birthday. Yay!
Don’t get me wrong, single eyeshadows have the same quality in and out of a palette. But they somehow look more juicy appealing and attractive when combined with other shadows. AMIRIGHT? Whoever agrees please say I *all together* I. 

I’ve already tried Too Faced shadows with their Natural Eye palette. That’s actually a lie. My mom owns it and I’ve played around with it a few times and I wasn’t really impressed. However, after googling a few reviews, people really seem to enjoy the pigmentation and blendability (is that even a word?). Maybe mother dearest’s palette is old? Or maybe they reformulated their eyeshadows? I don’t know and I don’t care.

All I know is that the Chocolate Bar is beyond amazing. You NEED it. What’s not to love about it? The pigments are insane. The shadows blend like a dream. They are so creamy buttery and smooth. Zero fallouts. Let’s talk about that shade selection: err, just about every neutral girl’s dream! It’s the perfect mix of warms and pinky neutrals and of mattes and shimmers. And and and the actual palette is shaped like an actual chocolate bar. Plus the 16 eyeshadows are named after chocolate. So much goodness and amazingness that I just can’t! So I’m asking you again. What’s not to love about it?

I’m going to tell you what’s not to love about it. First is that awkward pink eyeshadow in the middle of the palette, the ugly duckling of the familia that has no place in my heart. And second is that hideous fake chocolate smell that never fails to be the source of a bad headache. Fortunately, that smell doesn’t transfer onto the skin. Those are my only two complaints. Sheesh, that’s not bad at all!

I used this palette for my graduation look and here are a few pictures of what it looked like. Never thought I’d post these pictures on the blog…

Ladies and gentlemen I am proud to announce that this has topped the Naked palette, for the moment. I mean I’ll always have a soft spot for the Naked palette but I’m sharing this spot with the Chocolate Bar. There is new star under the spotlights.

What do you guys think? Will you be purchasing it, if you haven’t already? Let me know! 

– Zein xx

Oldies but goodies

May 7, 2014

I dug up last night all the makeup that I haven’t been using a lot lately and that has been well loved in the past (past as in probably a fews months ago, just so we’re clear). Now, as my birthday is in about a month and I’m finally graduating from high school soon, I gave myself the permission of going wild at all Sephora stores to celebrate after these events. My mother doesn’t know about that yet though.. So I’m really trying to use up the makeup that has been forgotten for a while to replace it with new goodies. Newer is always better, right? 

We first have the MAC Studio finish concealer. We’ve all tried it. We’ve all loved it. But it’s time to say goodbye. I can’t see it in front my face every time I open my makeup drawer anymore. I’ve had this for so long and it won’t finish. I’m serious. Look at how much product I’ve used up and there is still a lot more in the pan! 
Staying in the base section, we have the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. This has saved my life many times. Now that it’s getting humid sticky and icky in Dubai, popping this out couldn’t be more appropriate. This is actually my second round of Stay Matte and I have to say I’m a bit bored of it. Because setting powders are so interesting *inserts emotionless emoji* Yes they are actually. 
On this list I have three eye products that haven’t been getting enough attention. First one is the Sigma cream eye shadow base in Provoke. I didn’t stop wearing this back in November or December (or January? Can’t seem to remember..). The pink in it is great for spring. Next one is MAC’s Brule eyeshadow. I used this all the time last year as a one colour eyeshadow on the lid. It helped contour the crease a lot without using dark eyeshadow in that area. Contour the crease, is that even sayable? And then there is the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara. This is the best mascara that has had physical contact with my lashes. Since it’s a pretty pricey one, I want to use it and abuse it. 
Last but not least is the Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait. Ah! Lip butters. Who remembers them? This shade is really flattering on me and it’s almost done. However I’m so bored of it that I really want to finish this peach tube.
This is like a shopping my stash/project 10 pan or whatever bloggers call it kind of post. 
Btw I had this crazy idea of converting to Google+ – crazy, I know – and I have no idea on how to use it or manage it. Please help! 
What are the products that you want to use up lately? 
– Zein xx