January Favourites '15

January Favourites 2015

Time and again I have tried being consistent with favourites and empties post but I always lose track. This year, posting monthly favourites has become one of my goals. These posts won't be long, repetitive and at least feature 3 items that I have been particularly loving that month. So, here are my favourites for January.

Himalaya Herbals Walnut Scrub | Review

Himalaya Herbals Walnut Scrub Review

I bought Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub only because my local supermarket did not have either Freeman or St.Ives in stock at that time. Even though, I have always heard positive things about this brand, I don't seem to recall trying anything from their range before. So this was probably my first time and more of a temporary replacement as I needed to get a scrub urgently. The tube itself seemed good quality and easy to dispense product out of.

Daraz Haul and Recent Shopping Experience

Generation Red Cotton Button Style Kurti - 1398 PKR*
5 Pcs Nail Art Stamping Set - 250 PKR*
Essence Kajal Pencil Teddy 08 - 195 PKR*
I had only shopped from Daraz once back in the day when it was still new and my experience at that time was fairly good. When I was again recently given the chance to redeem a voucher at Daraz in return for a post, I accepted. Now while I am pretty happy to see that Daraz has started stocking more brands and even makeup, there are minor website glitches I faced while surfing. Also, I feel the service has gone down a bit. I had some payment issues initially as my parcels were sent in two partial units. Then I wanted to return the kurta I got earlier but their phone line was unresponsive. However, their email support is good, they patiently replied to all my queries and handled the matter smoothly. I was compensated and the deliveries were all on time.

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint Apricot Glow | Review and Swatches

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint 005 Apricot Glow Review and Swatches

I had been eyeing Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tints, but I wasn't aware they were being sold here until I accidentally discovered them in Imtiaz Supermarket. I am a huge fan of liquid and cream products because I have dry skin but also they are easier to work with and look natural in comparison to powder products. So when I saw these, I went a little crazy and soon had swatches all over me. These come in a total of 5 shades but, unfortunately, 004 Sunkissed Cherry, wasn't there on the counter or I would have definitely picked that since I gravitate towards coral red shades. So, I settled for 005 Apricot Glow as it looked nice too but honestly they all seemed pretty and I would love to collect them all.

MAC Ruby Woo Review and Swatches - Favourite Red Lipstick

Ruby Woo by MAC

I have always been drawn to reds when it comes to lipsticks but since I was always a shy lipstick wearer I hardly ever dared wearing red and when I did, it didn't look all that great. After spending over two years blogging, I have learned how lipsticks work, yet I got Ruby Woo pretty much on a whim. I wasn't sure if I would really like it or reach out for it all that much, but this is such a popular shade from MAC that I had to get it.

Cosmo Derme - Skin Treatments

Cosmo Derme
Dr. Najjia performing Vella Treatment
I was recently introduced to Cosmo Derme which is a new Karachi based company that provides a number of cosmetic treatments for people who struggle with maintaining their own effective skin care regime. The brand locally launched with the beginning of the new year and claims to bring out the best in you. They have a panel of devoted dermatologists comprising of big names like Dr. S. Gouhar Alam and Dr. Najjia Ashraf, whom I have been seeing day in and day out on the television screen for the past few years.

NYX Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches | Guest Post

NYX Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches

Asalam-o-Alaikum Butterflies =D

I am Bakhtawar Tahir from Beauty Mayhem Blog and I am here with the review of NYX Matte Lipsticks. But first of all I'd like to thank Jadirah, she's a sweetheart <3 =).

Ok now let's see what NYX has to say about their Matte lipsticks:

NYX Matte Lipsticks are highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish.

Now, on to my review =D !

RTW Creation Store and Bag Review

RTW Creation Store and Bag Review

I actually came across RTW Creation a few months back on facebook and had adored the designs they do. However, I forgot the name and when I needed to get something for the recent Fashion Pakistan Week to go with my outfit, I was in a bit of a frenzy for being the last minute shopper. Thanks to Sherbano Khattak of From The Other Side of Mirror for referring to them and I was glad to re-discover the brand. Now I really wish I could have bought one of everything as it all seemed great, but I ended up picking this Summer Bag which I would describe as a cross between a bag and a clutch. Most of RTW Creation designs are Aztec prints which can pass for semi-formal to casual/daytime looks.

Q&A: Eating Pamphlets, Sleep Routine, Academics and More!

One Lovely Blog Award

A few weeks ago I was nominated/tagged by a dear friend of mine, Noor from Noor's Place for One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks, love! Now over the past years I have been tagged for various awards so many times that I stopped posting about them as they got repetitive. So it has been a while and I decided to change things up a bit, therefore, asked people on my social media to ask me what they would like to know about me. I mistakenly thought I was supposed to spill 15 facts but actually I am only supposed to tell 7. Coincidentally, there were 7 questions I got altogether on my Twitter and Instagram so here are my answers. :)

1) Narrowing down is impossible! I have a very versatile fashion taste, but I usually prefer either an elegant look, be it dark or creme OR I love my brights, talk about rebellious pieces. So you see naming one is a tough call. Especially because when we talk about our designers it's not just restricted to Karachi. But if I specifically pick one from Karachi itself, I'd say Huma Adnan because I feel her clothing line is funky and practical at the same time.

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks: Nude, Beloved and Dare | Review and Swatches

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks: Nude, Beloved and Dare Review and Swatches
Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipsticks Matte Shades: Nude, Beloved and Dare - 225 PKR* Each
The hard working team at Makeup Revolution Pakistan read my thoughts about the Amazing Lipstick in Dusky and generously sent over some of their matte range for me to try out, granting the wish I had mentioned in my review. In my care package, I got three of the Amazing Lipsticks in the shades Nude, Beloved and Dare, all of which are matte.

Twenty Fourteen Milestone Timeline

Twenty Fourteen has been an amazing year filled with love, support and rewards. I feel humbled and grateful for everything that I have been blessed with this year. I was planning to do an end of 2014 post, but I didn't want to do the usual yearly favourites or stuff that you are already seeing in your feeds. Therefore, I decided to a Milestone Timeline to keep track of all that I have achieved this year. I know it's impossible to fit it all in one post but here are the major highlights. :) I got this idea thinking about a milestone timeline I had made of my mum back in eighth grade.

January: My First Facebook Giveaway! // First Launch Event that I got invited to that too by a brand like Maybelline about which I felt over the moon. Later on I had my face in print for the first time too!! :D
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