Finally! A handful of interesting items that are worth labelling favorites. I’m very hard to please *flicks hair* Continue Reading…
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?
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.
A busy summer wasn’t what I had in mind. I imagined long days at the beach, hanging out with friends until late hours, eating all the food in the world, etc. Starting from mid-July none of that really happened (except for the food part – that’s mandatory). Instead, I ran around Beirut finishing paperwork for university. Makeup-wise, I didn’t even bother. Only two looks were worn this summer 1) very little makeup look and 2) no makeup at all. Here’s how it went down when I happened to wear makeup ..
First rule: no foundation. I’ve put a big cross on that for the past two months. Blame my good friend humidity. I though that I was smart enough by running away from it in Dubai. Well think again Zein, Beirut’s humidity makes errrthang go cray. But thank you humidity, I always wanted to look like the Lion King.
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.
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!
Most of my beauty dilemmas consist of choosing which mascara I’m going for on that day. I know, I know, I have a tough life. No need to remind me. Lately, I’ve been juggling between two mascaras : the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara and the UNE 3 in 1 Ultra Black mascara.
- It gives the volume promised
- Very lengthening
- Curls lashes pretty nicely
- Formula is not too wet, no too dry – just right
- Final result : full lashes that lift the eye look
- Not black enough
- More than a second is needed to perfect the lash look desired
- Too much product gets onto the brush
- Curls the lashes
- Very black
- Dry formula (a personal preference)
- Provides enough volume
- Not lengthening enough
- There isn’t as much volume as the Bourjois one
In three days, a new revolutionary product will be introduced to the public. I can’t talk about it just yet. So today, not only I have a sneak peek of this mysterious product, but I also have this month’s Glambox that you’ll be getting by the end of May.
Glambox has collaborated in the past with Benefit, and this May they are introducing to us other products that haven’t been featured or that have launched since their last collaboration together. I’ve already tried all of the products in the box – including the missing mysterious product, so I’ll be able to review them quickly.
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?
Even though it’s a new year, some things never change. For example, waking up on time in the morning. Alarms become useless the moment I shut them off and go back to bed for another fifteen or twenty minutes. Obviously, this consumes the time I use for doing my makeup properly. Hence, a new go-to look has been created for people who take time like me *waves hand innocently*.
When I go to school, I prefer using products that suit me instead of trying a new foundation or blush that make me look like an oompa loompa. We all have those days… So most of the products mentioned are old favourites that I’ve been rediscovering, at the momento.
My skin has gone back to being really pale. Surprisingly, not as pale as last year. So I popped out Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser, a last year’s winter favorite. Whoa! I forgot how great it looks on the skin. It goes on so smoothly and blends perfectly with your skin. I believe I have fallen back in love with this treasure. And to cover up dark circles, blemishes and whatever sleep deprivation does to your face, I use my beloved, old and boring MAC studio finish concealer. Surprise, surprise..
Another old treasure that I’ve been using is MAC’s gingerly blush. I’m so surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying this lately. I’m almost sure that it’s the only flattering blush in my collection now. When I bought it at first, I thought it would look good as a bronzer, but it’s actually a melange of both, bronzer and blush. Talk about best of both worlds, eh?
As for eyes, it’s really the standard Zein look: Sigma cream base in Provoke and a good coat of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. This mascara is the only one that seems to give me, both, volume and length at the same time. Where are them other good mascaras at??
As you may have noticed, I’m sticking to the products that I know best. But this will get pretty boring after a week or two. I’m open to new products suggestions. Concealer? Mascara? Blush? Anything! It gives me another excuse to go shopping 😀
What are your “keeping it safe” products?
This month’s Glambox landed on my desk a couple of days ago. If you haven’t heard of Glambox before, it’s a subscription service of beauty boxes which are delivered at your door by the end of every month in the UAE. Each box includes four or five deluxe samples. So basically it’s like christmas all over again!
Don’t forget to enter the Benefit giveaway here!