April Favourites '15

April Favourites '15
April Favourites
This post contains PR* samples and an affiliate* link.
What a hot summer day it is at 97 degrees. I feel drained and lazy, especially because I have been a bit unwell and cannot bring myself to eat anything since last evening. Anyway, putting in all my energy to blog today, here is my April edition of favourites.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation in shade D/W3 Gold Linen
L'Oreal True Match foundations are one of the most raved about drugstore foundations by popular YouTube gurus and beauty bloggers. Since most of the YouTubers I follow are US based, I was met with confusion when I first went to pick up this foundation as I was not aware that here in Pakistan UK versions of the matte and lumi ranges are stocked. I had to get the latter because of my skin type, and for a long time I was under the impression that True Match Lumi (US version) and Lumi Magique (UK Version) were the same. After some research, I gathered that they are, in fact, a little different and the shade ranges of the US versions are a lot wider than the UK ones. Bummer! So, there were only 9 shades to match myself and in this quest the helpful salesgirl at the L'Oreal counter made me try on all the shades close to my complexion. The light ones looked pale and the darker ones, W4 and W5 looked pink on me! Therefore, we ended up settling for D/W3 Gold Linen, somewhere in the middle of the range.

"What is advertising on a blog, Jadirah?" and More Such Qs!

Blog Advertising

"What is advertising on a blog, Jadirah?", "How does advertising work on your blog?", "How do I advertise on your blog?", ever since I have started taking advertisements on my blog, these are some of the most common questions I have been asked. I have addressed this time and again and I feel if you just go through my advertising page, you will be able to figure it out but still apparently, most of the local bloggers haven't been familiar with advertising on a blog previously so here I am to answer all your queries today.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer Review
Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer
(PR Sample*)
Lately, I have had a couple people ask me what primer would I suggest to them and even though I have only tried a few, Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer was my top suggestion for everybody. I have been using it for a few months now and my opinion since the first use has not altered at all.

Brand Impression: W7 Cosmetics

Brand Impression: W7
W7 The Fixer Face Spray and Fruity Flavoured Lip Bomb
(PR Sample)*
I keep on finding ways of bringing something innovative to my blog and today's post is a result of that. Now, many a times I get to try out new brands, but if I haven't tried enough products from their range, especially some key ones, I feel doing an impressions post would give you a gist of what I experienced and what to expect. So, I was recently sent these W7 goodies by BeautifiedPk, which is a newly launched online store for makeup. What I really like about it is that you can get hold of UK brands like Sleek, W7, Barry M, Real Techniques etc, which are more difficult to get as compared to American brands. Talking about my PR package, I got W7 Lip Bomb and W7 The Fixer Face Spray, but as you can tell, neither of them belong to the main makeup range of W7, so I can only give you an opinion about what impression the brand has made on me so far. Find that towards the end but first, I will review each for you.

My 100k Journey and How to Increase Pageviews

My 100k Journey and How to Increase Pageviews

I have mentioned this time and again that I did not start blogging after seeing other people blog. In fact, I had never even consciously read a blog before. I was not prepared since I had no idea what the online world was made of. I blogged because I wanted to write and be maybe even read. Being somebody, who just has one sibling, that too miles apart, and only a handful of people to truly fit in with, I have always found it incredibly difficult to share all of my rants and raves with either of my friends. I am the kind of person who loves a little bit of everything and an online presence before a sea of people, was the only delta to my river of thoughts. The journey for me has been more unforgiving than your average blogger because I had nobody to guide me. It took a lot of trial and error but at the same time I do take pride in learning everything on my own all along the way. My style is not inspired, it is true to who I am. (So modest! -rolls eyes-)

U-Veil Forte Cream SPF 60 Review

U-Veil Forte Cream SPF 60 Review

U-Veil Forte Cream SPF 60 featured in my March Favourites and since some of you guys wanted a full review, here it is. I am sure most of you are well aware of the brand as this is the a commonly prescribed sunscreen by dermatologists locally. In the past, I have done a detailed post on how sunblocks work and discussed all the nitty gritty from SPF to the types of UV rays, so if you would like to read that too, click here.

Broadway West Side Garlic Chicken Pizza

Broadway West Side Garlic Chicken Pizza
Broadway West Side Garlic Chicken Pizza
(Provided by foodpanda)*
Ever since Broadway Pizza came to town, I had been wanting to try it, given the fact I am such a pizzaholic and endure hate for teasing everyone with my posts over on Instagram all the time. So, last night, it was just me and mom and we decided to finally give Broadway a go for dinner. From a number of Broadway "specialties", West Side Garlic Chicken Pizza grabbed my attention and I placed my order over on foodpanda.

Maybelline Colossal Kajal Extra Black Review and Swatch

Maybelline Colossal Kajal Extra Black Review and Swatch
Maybelline Colossal Kajal Extra Black (PR Sample)*
Maybelline Colossal Kajal is one of the most hyped about kohl pencils locally available. Only recently, I got a chance to try out this Extra Black version which claims to be smudge-proof as well as water-proof and everything else that dreams are made of. In the past, I was always a bit skeptical about picking any of Maybelline's kohls as the ones commonly available were rumored to be fake. Also, they costed a lot more than the current pricing. I am not sure what happened during this period but apparently now everything seems more sane, with the rip-offs gone and the product being made inexpensive.

Misslyn Rich Color Gloss 183 Very Berry Review and Swatches | Guest Post

Misslyn Rich Color Gloss 183 Very Berry Review and Swatches

Today on the blog let's welcome, Minsa Hassan from the blog Fashion Blitz, for reviewing Misslyn Rich Color Gloss 183 Very Berry. Even though, she is fairly new, Minsa is doing a great job and I would definitely love it if you all could show some love and encouragement to her.
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Asslam o Alaikum Cupcakes, Chocolates, Muffins and Sugars! How are you dear? I am really happy to be writing this guest post on my dearest friend cum mentor Jadirah Sarmad’s blog “Jasmine Catches Butterflies”. Jadirah is not only a successful and famous blogger but also a really nice and down to earth girl who welcomes and encourages newbies open heartedly. Love you Jadirah Janoo!!!!

Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week Favourites | Day 3 and 4

Laal Shah Mast by YBQ
Laal Shah Mast by YBQ
Here I am, back with another edition of my Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week favourites. In case you missed out my last one, click here and check out what I liked from Day 1 and 2. Just for the record, Zaheer Abbas, the designer I most liked and praised previously, read my post and followed me on Twitter! Eeeep! :D Now that's big! Anyways, back on my feet, let's jump in.

Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week Favourites | Day 1 and 2

Zingara by Sanam Chaudhri
Zingara by Sanam Chaudhri
First and foremost I’d like to congratulate everybody. The whole Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week team, HSY, Latitude CRS, Lotus PR, Nabila Express, Maybelline and, of course, ALL the designers for bringing this show together and making it happen once again. Now, obviously everything that goes down the ramp is not my cup of tea but rather than completely bashing anybody’s effort and point of view, I am sharing my own favourites from the Fashion Pakistan Week this time. I did ask whether I should show you everything in a single post or four separate posts for each day and the feedback I got was fifty-fifty so I am breaking my TFPW favourites into two parts. This first part will be covering Day 1 and Day 2, while the second part will cover Day 3 and Day 4.

Meet My Amazing April Advertisers + Giveaway!

Meet My Amazing April Advertisers

It's day 3 of mids, and I present you my 3 Amazing Advertisers for the month of April! Well, actually I had 4 originally and I am only mentioning this because I had an A-list slot booked for this month too, but unfortunately the blogger who had made the reservation had to delete their blog for some reason. So, I am sorry if anybody else was interested in booking it but I only got to know while writing this post as their blog wasn't accessible. Anyway, The Syeda Sisters, who are my very nice friends are on board, along with Isma Munir from Walk In Vogue who is a newbie in the blogging community. Also, we have a Seedling with us! That's right, I am excited to present a small scale business, AK. Toonify, this month too! ^_^