|L-R: Masarrat Misbah Dahlia, MNY Berry Much, Shades by GAL Boysenberry, MAC Chili, Milani Uptown Mauve|
|The Body Shop Black Musk Eau De Parfum|
|Milani Uptown Mauve Lipstick|
I think my obsession begin when I saw a beautiful green eyed blogger review MAC's Heroine. Never before I had seen anybody pull a purple lipstick off so well. However, I just did not know where to begin with a shade that would suit me until I had a chance of looking at Just4Girls' new in stocks. Milani is one brand that I have heard people rave about endlessly because of its affordability and quality. I jumped at the chance of reviewing one of their Color Statement lipsticks because along with their blushes, the lipsticks have been very popular with beauty gurus.
Fashion Pakistan Week got much delayed this season, however, when it finally happened, it sweeped us off our feet. The theme was Winter Festive, and we saw a great incorporation of colours and heavy embroidery in most collections. On the whole, most designers opted for bridal pret, yet there were a couple collections that stood out, as my favourites did it differently.
|Pizza Hut Triple Treat Box|
The first story of the box has a lid while the other two can be opened up like a drawer. In this box, you get two regular size pizzas, 12 potato wedges, 6 chicken wings, 1 garlic mayo dip and 1 Hershey's cookie along with a 1.5-litre bottle of soft drink for a total of 1999 PKR exclusive of tax.
|Sweet Touch England Bridal Shower Location: Orrery Restaurant|
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Not too long ago, Sweet Touch England announced their Bridal Shower contest under the name of 'She Said Yes' campaign. It was one of the biggest Facebook giveaways of the year and was well received by the targeted audience. The lucky girl who won herself a grand bridal shower at Orrery restaurant was Sana Sultan, and Sweet Touch England ensured to give her a memorable day.
I hate winter for my skin, but I love winter clothing apparel. It is so comforting and I am a fan of layering so it goes without saying how excited I feel for this giveaway sponsored by Shamraf's on my blog. I asked you all too on my Facebook and my heart swelled with joy to see your enthusiasm for this wonderful fall giveaway.
Shamraf's is a rising clothing line of Pakistan with a wonderful variety of designs and materials. In this giveaway, one lucky winner will be getting a three piece suit by Shamraf's. Please follow the instructions below carefully in order to enter.
You can enter on my blog's Facebook page here.
1. Like my Jasmine Catches Butterflies Facebook page.
2. Like Shamraf's Facebook page.
3. Share this photo on your Facebook profile publicly.
4. Follow Shamraf's on Instagram.
5. Follow Shamraf's on Twitter.
6. Follow Jasmine Catches Butterflies via Bloglovin' and leave your profile link.
7. Comment 'Done' below the photo (on Facebook).
|Jordana Lipsticks (L-R): Poppy Pink, Raspberry|
If it weren't for the products sent to me for review, there would have been a lot that I would have skipped myself. Of course, in doing so I would have missed loads of stuff that I now love. So, thanks to Jordana Cosmetics and just4girls.pk that I got to try Poppy Pink and Raspberry lipsticks from the brand. No surprise that I ran miles away from bold, bright pinks and only gravitated towards muted, rosy ones. I can brave reds out but for some reason I could never see myself rocking pinks until more recently. Though I am still always shy about wearing it in the broad daylight, the colour seems to have grown on me and I like it with my fancy eastern apparel.
More than the wedding day itself, all the pre-wedding shenanigans are what make this special occasion memorable for everybody. From picking a colour palette that makes you to stand out, days of shopping sprees with mum and aunts, the gents of the house distributing invitation cards, dholki rehearsals with cousins to best friends arranging a bachelorette, everybody is just so involved. This is the time when family and friends come together for support and fun. However, news is, the popular makeup brand, Sweet Touch England wants to take up a role too in making this milestone even more special for you by arranging a fully sponsored bridal shower that would prove be LEGENDARY!
How? Why? Now, wait for it...
October this year went by in a weird way. A lot of doors opened for me but I was quite busy to enjoy life to its fullest. Nonetheless, I managed to like some of my new goodies including NYX stuff from my birthday haul. Sorry that I haven't been able to review them yet, but you can get an idea in today's post. Hang tight, I will try my best to post more reviews during November.
It's Halloween already and I can't believe I couldn't post the looks I have been doing any earlier. This just has been such a busy week for me and it isn't still over. Anyways, here are the two looks I did a while ago which would pass as last minute Halloween ideas. Both of them are super easy so if you give them a go, do share your photos with me on Instagram.
Look #01: Gluttony
Inspired by the 7 Deadly Sins, I based this look on Gluttony! It is kind of cutesy and at the same time appropriate for this time of the year. I actually found a photo on Pinterest as an inspiration and then recreated the look with my own touch. The cupcake on my left eye is what I picked up from that image. The detailing can take some time but other than that even if you are a beginner like me you can get away with chocolate dripping down your mouth. All of it is just makeup, coloured liners and eyeshadows mainly! If you want to know specifically what products I used for a certain bit, ask me in the comment section.
Alas! Enjoying the sudden chill in the air and spooky October with Halloween getup all across the social media, aren't we? I sure am and now the time is right to get to know my Otherworldy (just kidding!) October advertisers closely! They have been hanging around in my sidebar all month long and I am sure you are already familiar with them by now. It has been a pleasure to have them on board as each of them is a darling and their blogs are great enough to inspire us all in many ways!
Say hello, follow them around and tell them I sent you! ;)
For years and years having a mere flashback of Mufasa being pushed down the cliff by Scar teared me up. I am not much of a TV viewer and the only Disney movies close to my heart are the really old school ones. So, when Maliha from Pakistan Beauty Society came up with this Halloween activity for us bloggers with a list of themes, Disney being on the top, I had to pick Lion King as my favourite. Now I do still love Mufasa and Simba but Taka, or better known as Scar, with time just makes so much more sense to me. Also, well, I have always longed for a scar on my eyebrow too and now that I think about it maybe it really was Scar from my childhood feeding my subconscious for I find scars mysteriously attractive.
Hello my Loves,
Today’s post holds a lot of significance for me for two Primary Reasons:
1. I happen to have the privilege of doing a “guest post” on the Internationally Recognized “Jasmine Catches Butterflies”, owned by the very well known, to us all, Jadirah Sarmad.
2. Allah has granted me a platform, out of the blue, to voice my opinion, on a subject of Supreme Significance to Women, belonging to any Class, Color, Creed, Race &/or Religion. Not to mention, that personally I do not believe in these man-made divisions.
|Sweet Touch England Fall Makeup|
You might have already seen the cute photos of the invitation, giveaway goodies and brownies on the social media, which were exclusively given to the Karachi beauty bloggers at a meetup held at the New York Coffee cafe in September. Just in case you missed them, check out my Facebook page and Instagram, before we dig into the goodies I received.
First of all, let's just take a moment to appreciate how adorable the mini cage filled with makeup products looks! Sweet Touch did really well on the creative front this time. I was lucky to get two of their new matte lipsticks, a lip liner pencil, an eye liner pencil and a liquid liner. I have been testing them out for a while now and here are my thoughts on them.
Before we go rash and rabid, I wanted to give you guys something wearable to rock this Halloween. So for a more sophisticated look for formal gatherings while still playing the fall and spooky cards, I decided to do a cult classic black smoky eye look. This is fairly simple and you won't even end up looking like a raccoon. I have already worn it three to four times in the past couple of weeks and I am obsessed. The photographs do no justice to the actual impact of this look and too bad the close-ups didn't turn out very well either, but just follow the instructions closely and you will do great on your own.
Over the past couple weeks I have been complimented on my eye liner more than usual so it is about time I share with you guys why Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner in Ultra Black has been the centre of attention. We have discussed this before and I am sure you will all still agree that here in South Asia we go through kajal/khol liner very quickly since it is one makeup bit that is a dominant part of our culture. I myself have tried numerous options available in the markets including Maybelline's own Extra Black Colossal Kajal and I was intrigued by the whole of their new Master Drama range that came out a few months ago. Everything, other than the khol even seems promising and whatever I have tried so far has turned out to be great in quality.
|Start Healthy, Stay Healthy|
So, I got myself some stuff, not really as birthday presents, but now that they are here, why not label the splurge? Crossing items off my wishlist, I am quite pleased with my haul this time. Most of these items are what I purchased from just4girls.pk after eyeing NYX on their website for a while now. They have been stocking and running out of their NYX stock quickly so in case you are interested in any of these, make sure to get hold of them before somebody else does.
Let's dig into my own haul!
|Sigma Beauty F25 Tapered Face Brush|
Time defeats all, in every possible way. I know it sounds cliched, but this year seems like has gone by the fastest ever. Already bidding September farewell, and eager for the month of Halloween, I present before you, my September Favourites. As quickly as I gained momentum with blog posts in August, I lost it soon enough in September, nonetheless I tried achieving my goal of at least ten posts a month. I had been so occupied with university work and social life during the month that I hardly got any time to use enough makeup products or enjoy anything else altogether so there are only a few things that I actually have for you to see this time.
|Bed of Nails Coffin Shaped Glittery French Tips|
Jabeen Qadri, the blogger behind Jaybee's Journal and the girl I can most relate to when it comes to skin care, recently started her own small business of the cutely hand painted false nails, called Bed of Nails, on Facebook. Now, to be honest, I have been stalking her page and Instagram back and forth for I absolutely love her creativity. Jabeen is talented and innovative and that is what you can instantly tell once you see her blog and work. I am somebody who doesn't like to grow nails out even 0.0000001 mm long just because I get annoyed by them too easily. Though, on most people I adore long nails and therefore falsies are what I can do every once in a while.
After the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, I wanted to try something different from their range and ended up picking this interesting sounding St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. Heads up, I am a reptile for the most part of the year so I love me a good scrub and in fact, I am kind of a scrub hoarder. So I got this scrub because how often do you even hear Pink Lemon? At least, I never had before and the citrusy combo seemed quite appealing to me. But how did it fare for its 'Even and Bright' claims? You will soon (and by soon, I mean soon, since we won't linger) find out.
Judging by the title, you know this is going to be a lifestyle post, and no I won't tell you that my life is as always doused in assignments, quizzes, projects, presentations, and exams. Instead, let's talk about Nutella paratha, reading challenge, songs and more.
Facebook gets me the most amount of traffic and I am so truly grateful to everybody who reads my blog and interacts with me. The 2k likes giveaway has been long due but since I recently hit 3k, it was only just to do a 2-in-1 giveaway, so here it is!
There are two prizes and there will be two winners! Prize #1 is a Surprise Beauty Box from my side and Prize #2 is the gorgeous MUA Glamour Days Palette generously sponsored by just4girls.pk.
|L-R: The Original Tangle Teezer, Aqua Splash Tangle Teezer|
Welcoming my Sweet September Advertisers on the blog! I am sure you have been already seeing them on my social media and now is a great time to officially introduce all of them to you! New on the board we have Gul Zehra and Ayesha, both of these lovelies are budding bloggers and I am glad they are quickly getting a hang of the blogosphere. On the other hand, like I mentioned in my August Advertisers post, Fatima and Kanwal are continuing this month and I expect you all to be kind to them once again by visiting their blogs too.
My eyes tell the most terrible night tales and even though I try hard to catch up on sleep, it is just not as easy to get rid of the dark circles. I have previously tried stick/cream concealers but haven't ever been much of a fan. Just like my preference in foundations is liquid, turns out the same is true for concealers too. I bought this Maybelline Fit Me concealer in particular because I have been longing for NARS creamy concealer but since it is not available in Pakistan, I had to settle for Maybelline as both are compared a lot.
I have always adored that Rapunzel hair and I can recall myself wrapping a long dupatta around my head to pretend as if I had super long hair when I was as little as four. My parents, on the other hand, back then were very conscious about the health of my hair and in order to keep them manageable for me, I had to walk around with either a boy cut or a mini bob all throughout my childhood. In fact, I used to get my head shaved until 2nd grade which means I was six at that time. Obviously, all of that was very heartbreaking for me but I am grateful to my parents for all the care they have taken of me till date.
I have had Twitter since even before I got Facebook as far as I can recall. I admit, as a beginner it was a tough cookie and back in the day it was much much harder to figure out since nobody I knew was on it. It took me 3 years to actually use it and that was the time when I made this blog. However, it was only last year that I actually upped my networking game and around this time of the year, or maybe even a little late, I started participating in Twitter chats. I knew they existed, but I wasn't really into them until I saw Noor Unnahar, who is my lovely friend from Noor's Place blog, hosting her own Twitter chat called #socialbloggers one fine Saturday night. I enjoyed the session she held so much that I started chatting more frequently with other bloggers. That chat was also the reason why we got closer and this is how I found her twin, Areeba Siddique, too who blogs at Not Your Type blog. So, I chatted a lot all throughout the second half of 2014 and this made so much of a difference in my blog traffic, plus I made some more international blogger friends too.
In July, I was so occupied with work that I hardly got time to enjoy anything including my makeup stash and food. However, this month, that by the way has passed too speedily, I got back in routine and made sure to try out new products while still loving some oldies. As a result, this is going to be a longer than usual favourites post, but I know a lot of you guys look forward to these so I hope you enjoy reading as much as I love writing these.
1. Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Wipes
Remember the time when I blogged about my Makeup Removing Arsenal and ranted about makeup wipes stating that baby wipes worked just as well if not better? Well, on my most recent superstore trip I decided to give them another chance and I was pleasantly surprised by these Nivea ones I picked. I have been using Nivea's daily essentials range for dry/sensitive skin for a couple of years and I am glad to report that these makeup wipes did not disappoint either. In fact, these are so amazing that I had to share them with you. Nivea Cleansing Wipes are not soaking wet and when I first pulled one out I thought these feel just as dry as the L'Oreal ones which I did not previously like. However, once I wiped it against my skin, this gentle face wipe effortlessly removed my makeup. The pack is a bit pricey at around 600 PKR, from the top of my head, for just 25 wipes but I can remove my Masarrat Misbah Silk Foundation, which is full coverage, heavy and a tad bit tough to take off, with just a single sheet and even then it still feels usable. There's hardly anything left for my Bioderma to remove once I use this and therefore I highly recommend Nivea wipes. These are the best ones I have come across so far! Super gentle, moisturising and even the sheets are nicely folded so you don't accidentally pull out more than one.
This isn't how it always is, usually you meet my advertisers in an introductory post at the beginning of the month. However, since I was a bit caught up at the start of August, and one of my advertisers was out of town, we had to reschedule this post for later. These lovely ladies will be continuing through September for that very reason, but it is only just for me to give them their very own limelight. I would really call them angels for all their patience and keeping up with me through August.
As much as we love applying makeup, taking it off and washing the brushes is such a chore. However, if you do not wash your brushes regularly and do not take care of them, they will not only house bacteria but also, you will be needing new brushes sooner. Therefore, depending on my usage, I wash my brushes on a weekly basis but some of them, like foundation brushes, require washing after each use for flawless application. Now, brushes for me are a huge deal, since I know how much of a difference they can make when it comes to makeup application. Most of my brush collection comprises of Sigma Beauty and these brushes are not that easy to get hold of locally, besides they aren't the most inexpensive ones out there either. I have had much of what I still have for around 2 years now and none of my brushes has shed or broken. So, in this post I walk you through how I have been washing and maintaining the longevity of my brushes by following a few simple steps. Also, I have included my review of the Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove* as it has now become a part of my brush washing routine.
It's my blog's 3rd anniversary and I feel tongue-tied. Three years, eh? In all honestly, knowing my nature, I am not consistent in keeping up with anything for this long and today, if I am still sitting behind my laptop, typing this post, even if not really knowing what to write, you can say that I found love in a hopeless place. Starting this blog on a whim, not even for once I have thought of giving up so far. I was always this awkward introvert, still am, who got underestimated by most people initially but I have never let that hurt me and that is how underestimations have always turned into expectations. I do not stand on either of the extremes to displease or please but what matters is that I am still standing and my knees just aren't as wobbly as they once were. During this course, I have had a fair share of insecurities and doubts, but I always tell myself, my blog is my happy place and I wouldn't let anybody take that away from me. Of course, the idea seemed silly to many around me when I started, some still do not understand the gist of it but either way they all started appreciating little by little, day by day, sometimes even off guard that they are proud of where I am now. So, as my token of love right back at them, I want everybody who has ever landed on my blog just to support my effort, to know that I am deeply touched and grateful for having them as a part of my internet dwelling. I truly do appreciate and I would love it if you stick around to water my roots.
The promise of super long lasting and matte drying liquid lipsticks seemed so alluring that most of us at some point got sucked in by it. Isn't it? However, I am sure the struggle only just began once we got on with our first tubes. Recently, I asked on my social media and local bloggers group to send in their liquid lipstick troubles and I was not at all surprised by their queries because those were the very same problems that I had faced too initially. Jot down your own and I am sure they'll match one or the other of these; messy application, uncomfortable to keep on, difficult to layer, flaking right off, transferring and not at all long lasting as per their claims.
I have been meaning to write a post on my own liquid lipstick experience for a long time, but I wanted it to be fruitful for you all. So, before giving you any advice, I had to perfect my own lipstick applying skills. Therefore, I carried out a little research to master this art. Even now, I wouldn't call myself a pro, but there is this very key technique that I know makeup artists use and I just took what I had to from it, played around a little bit and here I am with a fool-proof guide on how to make that liquid lipstick TWERK! -snaps in a Z-
|Eye of Horus Goddess Black Mascara|
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara looks as divine in its chunky black and gold tube as it sounds. For the record I love all of Eye of Horus packaging as it is sleek and high quality. The Goddess Mascara comes in two shades; black and brown. I currently have the black one and boy it is dark as night. If you have been hanging around lately, you would have noticed this has been a month of positive reviews, and let me inform you this will be no different.
I love playing with colours so much that I don't really have a single favourite, however, often I have noticed people find it tough to balance out everything when it comes to colourful eye makeup. Therefore, I have come up with a soft makeup look that can help you in enhancing your brown eyes without resembling a clown. For this, the key is simplicity and you can complete your eyes in just 4 easy steps. Let's jump right in.
|Jordana Perfect Pressed Powder|
Let's be real, this is where it all begin, didn't it? Packing on your mum's face powder was as real as it got back in the day. To be honest, I did not even know foundations existed when I was around ten and apart from that fruity, transparent, roller lip gloss, face powder was the only it makeup bit. Years later, we all still find face powders to be a purse essential even if now a lot more is loaded on before getting to the powder. As a result, today I am reviewing Jordana Perfect Pressed Powder, that I have been using for quite some time now. Before we move on to the performance of this product, I want you to take a minute and think what do you expect out of a face powder. You will find my own answer when you finish reading this post.
Luscious Angel Eyes Eyeshadow Primer/Base has been time and again compared to the infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion, and even though I haven't tried the latter, getting my hands on this much-raved primer for much less was crucial. However, I had a hard time finding it in my most visited supermarkets, until a couple months back. Of course, at that time my excitement sky-rocketed, but the real test was yet to be taken.
|MUA Lipsticks L-R: Fawn Fancy, Shade 10|
Not too long ago, I totally skipped lipsticks with a full face of makeup, because I always felt lipsticks require so much courage to be pulled off. That might have been the case mainly because the shades I was drawn too were usually on the bolder end of the spectrum while the hunt for lights and neutrals to suit my complexion was always on. Makeup Academy has been around as a popular drugstore brand for as long as I can remember. However, I never got the chance of trying anything from them because MUA is not sold locally but can be luckily bought at just4girls.pk as they now officially stock the entire range. I personally went for Makeup Revolution (MUR) over Makeup Academy (MUA) while it was still new but to be honest, all along I was always drawn to MUA lipsticks after reading so many positive reviews. Today I am reviewing two of the MUA lipsticks, Fawn Fancy and Shade 10. that I have been recently loving and in fact you have already seen Shade 10 in my July Favourites.
|Masarrat Misbah Silk Foundation - Mocha|
Low sleep levels, gloomy rainy days with no hint of sun, and staying outdoors for the most part, caught with work and social activities followed by Eid are all just excuse of my own incompetence of wisely managing time and making the most of what I had at hand. I have fallen way behind my schedule and saying that I am a 'sucker' is an understatement. I do duly apologise for missing in action and I will try the best I can to make up for the loss by blogging as often as possible.
Now since I was hardly having any "me-time" the past month, I only have a few products that I have been using on a daily basis to share with you guys. Do watch out for detailed reviews within this month.
This collaboration has been in the pipeline for ages and it is something I have been looking forward to the most since the beginning of my semester break. Isobel and Marian, from the Original Minds, suggested we should together come up with makeup looks that go with our complexions as we all fall in different skin tone categories, and that sounded like a great idea. You can see complete details of our looks on their blog by clicking here. Don't we look bomb? ;)
|PHB Ethical Beauty Makeup|
I am a beliver even if imperfect, but that does not mean I do not want to perfect my belief. Such is the case of choosing the right makeup products. With the spike in social awareness, a lot of us have been striving to turn to makeup products that are organic and cruelty free. The brands that aren't atleast organic outweigh the ones that are so discovering brands that can provide the former competition is always something I find pleasing. PHB is one such brand, based in UK, that takes pride in being vegan, cruelty-free and in addition to that is certified halal, which is something every Muslim would appreciate. Thanks to Halal Certified Cosmetics Pakistan on Facebook for bringing PHB to Pakistan and through them I got to try out some of PHB's mineral makeup.
|Thredz Orange Kurta - 3995 PKR|
Thredz Green Pants - 1945 PKR
Thredz Dupatta - Around 1000 PKR