Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Review of Blue Dissidents.

(Picture credits: Faryal Pechuho/Curls & Cookies)

This was my first ever shopping experience with daraz.pk & I must say I'm very happy about it. daraz.pk is a Pakistani online website where you can buy almost everything from clothes to shoes to accessories to makeup products etc just a click away!
I bought Blue Dissidents Dark Blue Women Slim Fit Denim Jeans. As you can see in the pictures above, these jeans fit me perfectly (thank god for that!). The material of the jeans is cotton and is soft & comfortable. These jeans are straight from knee down. I wouldn't really agree with the part where they say it's slim fit, since knee down they were loose on me. These pants are low waistline, which again I am not very impressed with. The quality of the fabric and cuts and stitching is worth praising. These jeans have stylish triangular cut back pockets.

You may wash them inside out, separately in cold water.
Over-all, I would totally recommend these to anyone who is looking for comfy, stylish yet affordable pair of jeans! 

Price & Availability: I bought these jeans from daraz.pk
These are worth 990Pkr.

My Verdict: I love how comfortable these jeans are. They look and feel great. You should get your hands on them if you're looking for pocket-friendly, comfy pair of jeans. 

(Note: This is a PR product. Send to us for use & review. But this in no way will alter our opinion about it. We will put forward our 100% honest reviews for our readers.)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Magnum Karachi Store Launch.

Group photo of all the bloggers at the event.

My Customized Magnum

Free Magnum Coupon

Free Magnum Coupon

Magnum Toppings

Magnum Toppings

Magnum Toppings

Magnum Toppings

On a fine Saturday evening, 14th September, 2014 we along with other bloggers from Pakistani Beauty Bloggers Community & twitterati were invited to the exclusive launch of Magnum Pleasure Store. Dress code for the evening was anything with a hint of gold.
This is the first ever Magnum store in South Asia. Magnum has opened it's doors in Pakistani, Karachi for the first time. 
The event was hosted by Sara Muzammil on behalf of Magnum Pakistan. It was quite a fun-filled, energetic, full of life evening. There was music, activities, pictures, selfies, magnums, laughter & so much more! 
On arrival, we were briefed by Magnum Pakistan's brand manager on magnum store locations across the globe & launch of magnum pleasure store in Karachi. This was followed by "Make your own Magnum" challenge where people got their favourite flavoured Magnums with their choice of toppings. 
This was followed by an activity where people had to Tweet tagging MagnumPakistan and had to answer the questions tweeted to them by Magnum Pakistan. There were ten lucky winners. And each winner was given a gift hamper by Magnum Pakistan.
The fun doesn't end here, all the bloggers, twitteratis were given a coupon for a FREE Magnum! Wohoo!
To sum it all up, I along with my co-blogger Maryam Amin had an amazing & quality time at the Launch. Thankyou Magnum Pakistan for such a pleasant evening! :)
If you haven't visited Magnum Pleasure store yet, hit the store already and make your own Magnum! 
Store location: Magnum Pleasure Store, Clifton block 7, across Boat Basin. Karachi, Pakistan.
For further queries & info please visit Magnum Pakistan's Facebook page here

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Professional Makeup Demonstration by Maria Salim.

(Picture Credits: Faryal Pechuho/Curls & Cookies)

Pakistan Beauty Bloggers Community provided an opportunity to 20 lucky members of PBBC (Facebook page) to attend Free Professional Makeup Demonstration by Maria Salim at Maria's Salon & Institute. 
Yes, I was the 20th lucky member to get to attend the free makeup demonstration class by Maria. How cool is that? 
Maria's salon & Institute is run by sister duo Maria Salim & Khadija Salim. The salon is located in DHA, Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase 6, Karachi, Pakistan. 
All the participants were expected to reach the venue by 12pm sharp. On arrival at the salon, the first thing that caught my attention was the decor & the ambiance. The salon has a beautiful interior. The staff was very welcoming.
Maria was very punctual about the timings and started at dot 12. Guess who was the model for the demo class? Our very own, gorgeous, PBBC admin Rabiyah Tungekar. 
Maria Salim is a super talented, down to earth, Pro MUA. She knows her work really well. During the demo class, she shared different tips & different makeup techniques like layering, foiling etc. She emphasised more on the right technique of applying makeup, be that with local drugstore makeup rather than buying high-end makeup. The best part about her class was that she used all the drugstore makeup and created a breath-taking flawless look. From brushes, to sponges to makeup products everything was local brand, easily available & light on pocket. 
Overall, from hospitality to teaching makeup everything was great and I loved being a part of this Demo Makeup Class by Maria Salim at Maria's Salon & Institute. 

Special thanks to PBBC's (Pakistan Beauty Blogger Community) admin Rabiyah Tungekar for giving me & several others this opportunity to attend Maria's Professional Makeup Demonstration class. 

For further queries & info, please visit Maria's Salon & Institute Facebook page here 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Medora Lipsticks


Medora Flavour
Medora Flavour
Medora Flavour
Medora Flavour
Medora Terracotta
Medora Terracotta
Swatches: L: Flavour
R: Terracotta


Medora is a local Pakistani cosmetic brand. I have grown up seeing my mother & aunts wear medora lipsticks, thus being a very old & a popular brand of cosmetics in Pakistan.
Recently, I decided to buy Medora lipsticks & try them out since they are the new in! 
I bought Medora Matte range of lipsticks in shades Flavour (216) & Terracota (208).

Flavour is a matte, Rose pink with slight peachy undertones. This is my current favourite every-day kinda colour! I can wear this with nude face as well as with makeup! It just suits me in every way, be it bare face or with makeup! 

Terracotta is a matte, brown lipstick with orange undertones. I am not a big fan of brown lippies since they usually make my face appear washed out but to my surprise this colour did not! I kinda like it. I usually wear this with bare face or when wearing minimal makeup. It looks the best on me during the day time. This can make a perfect office wear colour! 

The texture of these lipsticks is matte. Like extremely matte. So make sure your lips are super hydrated & scrubbed properly before wearing Medora matte lippie else it has the tendency to settle in dry lines of the lips. It can make your lips very dry at times so you can always couple a matte medora lipstick with your favourite lip balm. 
They are amazing in terms of longevity. Lipstick stays put on my lips for straight three to four hours (provided I don't eat or drink in between). 

The best part about Medora lipsticks is that it has a wide range of colours to choose from! And different finishes like semi-matte, glossy etc. 

Price & Availability:Worth 110 Pkr each. If you're in Karachi, you can get these from Imtiaz, Naheed, Uzma Centre (near Schon circle), Gulf market and other local drug stores across the nation. 

Points in Favour:
  • Wide range of colours & different finishes to choose from
  • Staying power of the lipstick is for a good 3-4 hours.
  • Easily available at local drug stores (in Pakistan).
  • Very very affordable.
  • Pigmentation is really good. One or two swipes is all you need!
Points not in favour:
  • Matte Finish lipsticks can make lips very dry, Prior scrubbing and hydration of the lips is important.
  • Can settle in to dry areas/lines of the lips.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Face Powder.

What does Maybelline say about this product?

The All-In-One that does it all!

Protects, brightens and controls oil for flawless, matte skin all day.

(Picture credits: Faryal Pechuho/Curls & Cookies)

Before moving on with the review I'd like to mention here that I have the deluxe size of this product (as shown in the pictures above) & not the full size product.
Yes, this powder comes in two different sizes. How cool is that? Something which we don't often see with the other local drug store brands. So for people who are not sure about this product can buy the deluxe size & if they like it they can go on & buy the full size product.
This product (deluxe size) comes in a small, light purple coloured pan with an in-built mirror and a sponge for the application of the product. Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Face Powder comes in four different shades. I have this powder in shade Nude Beige.
Currently I am in love with this product! I have been using it almost everyday now for 2-3 weeks. And I'm definitely going to buy the full size product too. I use the powder with either my MUA Powder brush or a local sponge but not with the sponge that comes with this product since it's very small for my use. The mirror is small for my use too but the full sized product has a better & a bigger mirror than this one. 
This powder stays put on me for a good two to three hours in this humid  & terrible hot weather. Which I feel is not bad at all. I wouldn't really agree to the claim that it keeps your face matte all day long as my T-zone starts shinning within 2 hours and then it definitely needs touch-ups. But considering this awful weather I think I can over look this. 
This face powder works like magic for me. It instantly brightens my complexion, evens out my skin tone and hides the blemishes as well as my mild under eye dark circles to a good extent. It's like when I face one of those lazy days when I don't feel like wearing any makeup I just put on my sunscreen and I wear this face powder on top and I am good to go! 
This powder has an added benefit of having SPF 25 which is protective against harmful sun-rays. Although I would still recommend you to wear your sunscreen before this and not completely rely on this powder as SPF 25 is not a lot. 
Over-all, I absolutely love this product for daily wear. Best for people with combination-oily skin. 

Price & Availability: The deluxe size of this product is worth 250Pkr. The full sized product is worth 575Pkr. In Karachi, Pakistan this can be bought from the local drugstores like Farids at Ocean Mall, Scentsation at Dolmen Mall Clifton, Ebco at The Forum, Agha's, Naheed Store etc.
You can also buy this product online from Just4Girls.pk.
For further queries & information visit, Maybelline's Website Here.

Points in favour:
  • Available in two sizes, deluxe size & full size.
  • Easily available.
  • Super affordable.
  • Keeps oil at bay for two-three hours.
  • Evens out the skin tone.
  • Hides blemishes and other mild-moderate flaws.
  • Blends effortlessly.
  • Has SPF of 25.
  • Comes with an in-built mirror and a sponge for application.
  • Deluxe size product can be carried every where easily. Fits in to my smallest of the clutch bags too.
Points not in favour:
  • Does not keep my face matte all day long. Oil shows up on my T zone after two-three hours.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Luscious Studio Secret Instant Brightening Concealer

What does Luscious Cosmetics say about this product?
A professional-grade formulation that magically covers and brightens under-eye circles, erases blemishes, dark spots and imperfections to create a flawless complexion. Provides smooth, long-lasting, invisible coverage for an air-brushed finish. Packaged in a convenient brush-pen for a precise application. An instant bestseller, Studio Secret concealer is a favourite among celebrities and Luscious fans alike. Dark circles and spots magically disappear, providing a flawlessly even complexion.Dermatologist Tested

(Note: This is a PR product. Send to us for use & review. But this in no way will alter our opinion about it. We will put forward our 100% honest reviews for our readers.)



Before & After the application of Studio Secret Concealer

(Picture Credits: Faryal Pechuho/Curls & Cookies)

Luscious Studio Secret concealer comes in a black brush-pen form. Total product quantity is of 2.3ml.
This concealer comes in a total of five shades. I have this concealer in the lightest shade i.e. shade number 1. For the reference I am around NC 25 with neutral undertones. Although I selected this shade for myself online so it was risky, but it suited my skin tone perfectly. 
Initially, we have to twist the lower area of the concealer brush-pen multiple times till you see the product coming out on the brush. Thereafter, a single twist is enough to get the product. 
This concealer has become my HG concealer! I was surprised to see the results. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this. I usually wear this concealer during the day time & knowing the current weather conditions of Karachi, this concealer stayed put on my skin for a good four to five hours without oxidising or smudging or wearing off. Although through these four five hours I sweat too but this didn't come off. It does not settle in to skin creases either. Makes my under eye area bright. One thing I would want to mention here is that I don't have severe dark circles, I have mild-moderate under eye dark circles and this concealer perfectly conceals & brightens my under eye area.
I wouldn't agree with the claim that it completely erases the blemishes and dark spots, however it does blur blemishes on my face. I have a few acne marks on my skin and a dark patch near my lips & when applied there it blurs them out & hence evens the skin tone. 

For very dark patches or severe under eye circles I'd recommend you to use a corrector first and then apply this concealer on the top to even out the skin.
The best way to wear this concealer is, to wear it with your pressed/compact face powder. After putting the concealer, top it off with your face compact powder. This will not only increase the staying power of the concealer but will keep it secured in place.
One thing which turns me off is that this concealer brush pen gets really messy while applying so you have to be very careful & patient while working with it.

Price & Availability: It is worth 925Pkr or US $9.28
In Karachi this can be bought from Luscious Kiosk at the Scentsation, Dolmen Mall Clifton, Karachi. Or you can also buy it from Agha's, Naheed Store, Ebco at The Forum. 
You can also buy this online from Luscious Cosmetics website, here.

Points in favour:

  • Packaging is travel friendly. Can always carry it with you in your bag.
  • This concealer stays put for a good four-five hours. Can stay even longer.
  • Does not come off with sweat. 
  • Transfer resistant.
  • Instantly brightens the under eye area 
  • Conceals mild-moderate under eye dark circles.
  • Blurs the acne marks, blemishes & dark spots.
  • Comes in five different shades to choose from.
  • Easily available.
  • Super affordable.
Points not in favour:
  • Brush pen can be a bit messy while applying.
My Verdict:
If you're looking for an affordable, daily wear concealer then this will be a good buy. For the price it comes in it works amazingly!