[SWATCH] Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage in the recent years, with every brand releasing their own type. Whenever I fall in love with a lip product, I end up getting a wide range of colors from the range (i.e. my obsession with Wet N’ Wild Megalast lipsticks). When I first tried out BauHau5 from the Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick range, I fell in love! I end up purchasing a few more and then received a couple of minis free with my order from KatVonDBeauty.com.

…and let me tell you that these are so my favorite! I've been on a gotta catch em' all kinda obsession lately.
Each Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick comes in a slim, black box. The body of the box has a rose design while the word “EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK” is printed in silver foil letters and stamped on the box. The name and colour of the lipstick shade are printed on a sticker-like material and pasted at the end of the box.

The formula for all of these are consistent throughout, usually some darker colors tend to look patchy but all of these have a beautiful consistency. The texture is liquidy and not at all moussey, and they dry very matte but without any cracks on the lips. They feel so lightweight on the lips and they will fade after eating anything oily, otherwise these stay put for hours! I love wearing Double Dare to the office and it stays on comfortably past lunch. The only one that I have to layer on is BauHau5, even in the swatch you can see some patchiness but it's not at all prominent on the lips.

Overall these are some of my go-to liquid lipsticks when I don't want to fuss with a bold lip color. I ended up getting the mini's as a gift with purchase when I ordered from the website directly. The full size are $20 each but the minis will last you a while!

Sunsilk Wedding Diaries!

We all know how important the wedding season is to us, whether it's a family member or a close friend. So when it comes to hair, who honestly has a hard time figuring our a hairstyle? 

Sunsilk has introduced its signature wedding hair trends for the season. As Pakistanis, our cultural wedding festivities span over a week or two with multiple events occurring back and forth. It gets stressful for young girls to ensure that they don’t look the same at every function. The versatility comes about from their dresses and the way they make their hair.

In a 60 second commercial directed by Farooq Mannan, Sunsilk projects the complete wedding look by guiding girls on how to be flexible with their hair using Sunsilk’s pink variant shampoo, thick and long. Thick and long hair can allow you to play with your hair anyway that you want promising less damage and healthy hair that look beautiful tied or let loose. 

Can we talk about the beautiful dresses in the ad? The model Hania Amir was styled by Yelli and the three glamorous dresses were designed by Sania Maskatiya for Mayun and Mehndi and Nomi Ansari for the Shaadi. The melodious song being sung in the background was by Rachel Viccaji. 
I've been a fan of Sunilk's range of shampoos and there's no doubt the wedding season is going to be a game-changer for our hair styles. Taking Point PR sent over a few goodies, I already know that Sunsilk shampoos are great especially during the drier weather seasons. If you've tried the new Lusciously Thick and Long shampoo and conditioner, it's worth checking out during the wedding season.


[REVIEW] Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Getting older as much as we hate to admit it, our skin immediately starts to show signs of aging. Out of all of the moisturisers I’ve tried out, the Elemis brand is one that always impresses me. From their Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm that I've used consistently before foundation, their range is one that you'd fall in love with! The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is targeted towards anti-ageing benefits that has been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and hydration in 15 days.
Product Claims:
The unique Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica has been shown to dramatically increase the quantity of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) within the skin. By special cell communication, these water-attracting GAGs are responsible for skin moisturisation, improving suppleness, firmness and  elasticity. In addition, Ginkgo Biloba providing superior free-radical protection has been blended with precious Rose and Mimosa Absolutes, thus creating the ultimate anti-ageing cream from ELEMIS.

Let's Talk About it:
As most of us who are well aware of how important collagen is in the appearance of our skin, once we reach our mid or late twenties loss of collagen increases drastically. This cream works by causing your body to produce more collagen to the applied area. The cream is extremely luxurious with the consistency and texture after it’s been absorbed into the skin. The scent of the cream is very soft and floral, especially using it before bed was not overpowering. The consistency isn’t like other creams as it’s light enough to hydrate the skin and not clog pores.
I have been using this consistently for over 2 months specifically on my neck and face. I normally use Rose Hip Oil as a night time moisturizer which has worked well for pigmentation, but using this my skin has become softer but I wish it would have lighten acne markets and darkness around my under eyes. Best part is that it completely absorbs into the skin when you wake up, not leaving any greasy residue whatsoever. It works well on the hands too! My skin feels moisturized and plumper every morning.

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[Haul] AliExpress Jewlery

It's all about chokers these days, and once a trend hits it's all over the market. I've been trying to find a few unique pieces since I love this trend and finding a white choker in Karachi is nearly impossible! So I ordered a few from AliExpress during their Black Friday sale and I wanted to share them with you all. 

Since I bought these during the sale my total for everything was about $7! If you're looking to buy directly from the site, I suggest getting a UBL internet Wiz card since it works smoothly on the site. 

These chokers are all made out of really soft material. Exactly the same as you would find them in the market! 

The Black set was exactly what I was looking for. The style is so retro and goth, love it! 

I bought everything from this store, they usually change prices from time to time. Also it took about a month and a half for my order to arrive! 


Breast Cancer is Treatable, but Early Detection is Key [Chughtai Lab Karachi]

Chughtai Lab’s consultant pathologist says that young women should create an early breast cancer detection plan because that’s the key to treatment and ultimately, to saving lives.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chughtai Lab has embarked on a month-long nation-wide campaign, termed #ThinkPink with Chughtai Lab, to bring awareness and education to the nation’s women and men. After a series of events in Lahore and Islamabad, Chughtai Lab held an event at its flagship lab at Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi to spread awareness of this disease and the benefits of early detection. “If you’re above 20 years, you need to examine yourself monthly”, according to Dr. Sehba Arij, Consultant Pathologist at Chughtai Lab. She elaborated on the myths surrounding breast cancer as well as the symptoms and signs to watch out for.

Muniba Mazari, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Chughtai Lab, also spoke at the event and implored young women to take their health seriously and opt for self-examination on a regular basis. She opined “Breast cancer is a topic that is hardly talked about by either men or women. It is because of this societal taboo that many women keep on suffering for a long period of time until the cancer reaches a stage where it becomes harder to treat than it would initially have been.” She implored young women not only to learn to self-examine, but teach other women to do so as well.

Speaking about the #ThinkPink campaign, she commented, "It isn't just about combatting the disease but also breaking the taboo of talking about diseases and ailments of all kinds. The more we talk about these things, the easier they will be to treat."

Dr. Omar Chughtai, Lab Director of Chughtai Lab said that with the opening of a lab facility in Karachi, he hopes they can bring quality and convenient testing services to the metropolis. Some of the conveniences he mentioned included Chughtai Lab’s free home sample collection service, online and emailed lab reports, SMS alerts and the custom Chughtai Lab mobile app. “Come visit or call us, we are always looking for ways to serve you better”, he said.

Chughtai Lab is one of the leading pathology labs in Pakistan that has been serving the nation since 1983. Chughtai Lab has made promising progress in the field of diagnostic testing and has a vast network of 150+ locations nationwide, functioning in all provinces of Pakistan. Under its social arm, Chughtai Foundation conducts free medical camps and public awareness campaigns in a bid to bring free health education to the nation.


Artsy.Pk Natural Living Exhibition

If you're all about organic and natural skincare, Artsy.pk is the place for natural handmade products created by local artisans and businesses. With so many Facebook pages popping up with organic brands, it's hard to find them especially if you're searching through Google. Artsy.pk have created a wonderful platform for Artisans and Artists to showcase and sell their work online.

With the launch of Artsy.pk, they've made it easier for homemade businesses to come together. To give their customers a look at local talent and bring their creations to a wider audience, they are showcasing the ‘Artsy Natural Living Exhibition’ taking place from 15th – 25th April. The exhibit will feature some truly delectable, all-natural products including scrubs, soaps, and essential oils with a 
flat 10% discount on most of the products in the category along with free delivery all over Pakistan.

The team was ever-so gracious to send me a box of googies to try out and review for you all. From scrubs to shampoos, here's a look at what you can find on the site.

Keep in mind these are sample sizes, prices mentioned are for full sizes with jars.
Berry Blast - Premium Salt Scrub 
I'm all about using a body scrub on a daily basis! Especially with the dirt and sweat build up, a scrub gets my skin so squeeky clean. If you LOVE fruity/berry scents, this stuff is amazing. It's nothing like I've ever used scent wise, it really leaves a beautiful aroma after you're done showering. The salt is abrasive enough to cleanse off dead skin. It made my skin feel really smooth. 
Price: Rs.540 (Rs.600)

Organic Secrets - Sea Whisper Shampoo
I've never used a sea salt shampoo before but this is something I will look into for deep cleansing my hair. Since my hair tends to be on the oily side, the sea salt helps to cleanse the roots and from any leftover hair-styling product.
Price: Rs.720 (Rs.800)
Purchase Link

Rose Bath Crystals
If you love rose scented bath products, this has a very fresh scent. The fine crystals have the same texture as salt but is best used to relieve any stress during a bath, salt is known to relieve any muscle aches and pains. 
Price: Rs.585 (Rs.650)
Purchase Link

Chocolate Lip Scrub

I love homemade lip scrubs! This chocolate scrub is definitely something I'll use everyday. The sugar grains seem to be mix with cocoa to give that chocolate flavor. It did a wonderful job of exfoliating my lips and leaving them very smooth and soft. Definitely recommend this! 
Price: Rs.225 (Rs.250)
Purchase Link
Meetha Sarson (Sweet Mustard Oil)
The meetha sarson is ideal for using on frizzy hair, I prefer using hair oils at just the ends of my hair to tame any frizz. This is ideal for thoes looking for luscious and healthy hair, you can never go wrong with organic oil!
Price: Rs.360 (Rs.400)
Pure Desi Coconut Cream
The coconut cream is definitly my favorite! It smells very similar to Vaseline's Cocoa Butter Petromleum but it absorbs into the skin easily. It has a very thin texture but it does hydrate the skin, I love using this on my cuticles during the day. 
Price: Rs.450 (Rs.800)
Purchase Link

Pure Desi Special Ubtan
I love using ubtan masks for a quick pick-me-up when my face is looking a bit dull. This ubtan is very finely-milled so it mixes easily with Rose Water or Yoghurt depending on your skin type.  
Price: Rs.720 (Rs.800)

Purchase Link
100% Rosehip Oil
I've been wanting to use Rosehip oil for ages! This is such an effective oil for skincare and anti-aging. This beauty oil is very lightweight and is easily absorbed into the skin without a greasy residue. You only need to use the smallest amount before going to bed for best results. This sample size will be launched in June exclusively for Artsy.pk for Karachi.
Price: Rs.1250
Purchase Link
If you'd love to try out any products from Artsy.Pk, they've given me a special discount of 10% off that runs from 15th - 30th April 2016. The code is: SIDRAHBEAUTY

For more information visit Artsy.pk, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. To check out the Natural Living Exhibition click here


[REVIEW] Anti-Aging Skincare with Du'Vi Stockholm

In the past few months I've noticed so many girls getting into good quality skincare, since we end up wearing so much makeup on a daily basis it's good to keep your skin clean and free from build up. With the arrival of Du'Vi Stockholm in Pakistan, the Natural Skin Care Brand of Sweden, it's the perfect time to start your new skincare routine!
Du’Vi Stockholm is passionate about developing skin care products with a unique combination of natural and organic ingredients from different parts of the world to give your skin a treatment it truly deserves.

“Transform and nourish your skin with Du’Vi Stockholm”

Each of our product features a combination of active ingredients, with tested results, that caters to specific skin concerns.We follow a holistic and broad approach to solve skin care concerns. Our team thoroughly analyses all aspects of skin care concerns and the external factors that can affect your skin.

Forever Young Night Cream
Forever Young Night Cream is using the best of nature for an intensive action. Enriched with Alaria Esculenta Seaweed extract, this active ingredient is renowned for minimising fine lines and wrinkles, while preserving skin suppleness and elasticity. 
The heart of this formula is a powerful combination of last generation natural active ingredients, they prevent collagen and elastin from degradation, while protecting your skin during the entire period of sleep. Hypoallergenic fragrance.
Price: ₨2,550.00


Forever Young Face Scrub
Thanks to its Fair Trade, Organic and Natural active ingredients, Forever Young Face Scrub exfoliates dead cells to reveal the healthy new ones. 

Enriched with organic fair trade marula oil. This oil is known for minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while nourishing and improving skin elasticity, leaving you with a youthful and radiant glow.
Price: ₨1,500.00
Skincare is definitely something we all tend to neglect. The 2 products that I've been trying out from Du'Vi Stockholm target aging skin, in particularly fine lines and dehydrated skin. I can say both products have an amazing way of making my skin feel so refreshed and not at all dried out. I've been testing them out for the past month and a half so I really put them to good use

The Forever Young Face Scrub is not at all like your typical facial scrub, it's not abrasive like the St.Ives scrubs. It's gentle and more like a cream cleanser that does not dry out your skin after use. Since my skin is prone to breakouts whenever I use a hydrating cleanser, this didn't cause any clogged pores or any breakouts. The creamy texture doesn't exfoliate your skin but gently cleanses it, it does contain small particles but doesn't exfoliate the skin enough for a deep clean. If you're looking for something that will gently cleanse on a daily basis this is great for you but for girls with really oily skin this might not give you the best 'squeaky' clean feeling. Since my skin has been leaning towards normal in the past year with a little oil on my nose, this works really well to cleanse off any dirt and makeup at the end of the day.

The Forever Young Night Cream is such a wonderful hydrating cream to use overnight. If you love waking up to smooth skin and don't have any issues with oil build up, this will really improve the texture of your skin. This cream is very emollient, the smallest amount goes a LONG way. You need only 1/8th of a pump to hydrate your entire face, eye area and down your neck. It keeps the skin feeling moisturized throughout the night instead of drying up completely after you wake up. I generally avoid applying this on my nose since I get more oil build up, but around my checks and forehead I felt the biggest difference. On days when I use a clay mask, I apply this at night to really nourish any dry patches. For the price and amount that you're getting, this will last you more than a year!

Overall, this brand is worth checking out if you love natural skincare that won't cause any irritation. I have the Vitamin Toner on my wishlist at the moment. 

Until April 3rd, if you order from Duvistockholm.com.pk you can get free shipping along with a free facial towel! It's worth mentioning that the towel is very soft and gentle on the skin.

Purchase Online: Duvistockholm.com.pk, Daraz.pk
Available in Store: Pot Pourri DHA Lahore