[EYES] Violet Midnight-- Smokey Blue and Purple New Years Eve Look

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 10 Comments

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to make a quick post to wish EVERYONE a happy and blessed start of the new year! Doing eye makeup was the #1 reason why I started blogging and this year has been amazing! 

So I wanted to share with you all my eye makeup for today. I will be going to my cousins place for a late dinner which is going to be a lot of fun with the family! For this look I wanted to use my Essence Urban Messages Eyeshadow in  Nightline, its a rich deep navy blue. Its just stunning. I wanted to use some pinks and purple into the look so I applied some bright purple all over the lid. For the base I used a bright purple eyeliner.

Products used:
  • Essence Urban Messages Eyeshadow in Nightline (Dark Blue
  • Mabrook Palette ( Purple and white)
  • Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Black (waterline)
  • Etude Liquid Eyeliner
  • ELF Essential Mascara
I hope everyone stays safe this new year! 

Take care :)



[Product of the Year] Christine Concealer --My 100th post!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 104 Comments

Hello Everyone!

This post is really special to me since its my 100th! So I wanted to share with you all a product that I have been loving this year. When I look back on 2011 almost every other week I changed what makeup I use, either a different eyeliner, foundation or setting powder. But the one product that I have used consistency since late last year is the Christine Concealer in Shade 05 Tan, it is my most reached for product. I was a bit hesitant on reviewing this product because the brand isn't popular with bloggers since it's only available in Pakistan. I wanted to shed some light on the product since I find that its worked really well for my dark circles. 
Concealing under-eye circles is one step that I never skip out on with makeup, I can always get away with skipping foundation. With wearing glasses my dark circles become more visible. Christine Concealer in Shade 05 Tan is a full coverage opaque salmon-tone shade which is best for blue-based under-eye circles. I find that the product doesn't leave behind a very orange shade, it leaves your skin looking really bright after application.

The product promises to dry out blemishes which I never have  dark blemishes to really test out this claim. 
When I first bought this concealer it was extremely stubborn to work with because the product was so stiff. So I tossed it aside and didn't bother using it for a month or so. Like most of the products I try I always end up forcing myself to use the product again and it really doesn't work out I will never bother with it. So after a couple of times using it by warming it up with my finger it became easier to apply the product. After multiple times using this method the product become really easy to work with and now the product is really creamy. I found that I always need to moisturize my eye area before applying it since it makes the application a lot more easier to blend.

 Christine Concealer in Shade 05 Tan Swatch
No Makeup

The product works best after applying moisturizer, it helps to blend out the product evenly.
Christine Concealer in Shade 05 Tan Swatch

To sum it up:
This concealer works really well for those who have really dark circles or scars. I find that it really brightens up my eye area. It has a orange undertone so it hides blue-tone dark circles really well. I really like how pigmented and creamy it is, though you do have to work with the product to warm it up to get it to become creamy. You have to make sure to moisturize your eye area before you apply. If you find that concealers set into your fine lines then apply a primer, either an eyeshadow primer or makeup base. For long days I find that if I applied too much it will set into fine lines so a little goes a long way. If you are looking for something inexpensive this is a great bargain product.

- Smooth application with moisturizer
- Full coverage
- Inexpensive
- Blends easily
- Brightens up dark circles

- Initial use is stiff
- Sets into fine lines after some hours
- Can get cakey if applied too much


It comes in 9 different shades according to their website here.
Their products are only available in Pakistan. I purchased this for about 150Rs a year ago, price may vary from store to store.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you tried any products from Christine? What did you think of them? Would you consider trying out this concealer?



[REVIEW] E.L.F Super Glossy Lip Shine in Mauve Luxe & Watermelon

Friday, December 30, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 10 Comments

After trying a bunch of ELF products I realized I hadn't tried any of their lip products. So I placed an order on ELF Pakistan for some Super Glossy Lip Shine's and some Essential Lipsticks. For Rs.170 I though why not? I will be reviewing the lipsticks as per request!
So I purchased 2 Super Glossy Lip Shines. I didn't like the other essential lip glosses since they come in a pen so you don't get a lot of product. With these you get a sufficient amount of product for the price! I wanted to try a very opaque shade and a very sheer one and I found that these Mauve Luxe and Watermelon were perfect. 
 ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine

I like both of the shades I picked and they will last me a few months depending on how often I use them.  I love wearing both on their own! If I want to wear a gloss for daytime I opt for Watermelon and for a dark lip for a night occasion I go for Mod Mauve.

Generally lipglosses do not stay on longer then 2 or 3 hours depending on how you eat and how often you touch your lips. With a few tips you can make you lip glosses stay on for about 4 hours or more. By using a lip liner, eating with a utensil and not licking your lips.

ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine Swatch
Mod Mauve is a really pigmented deep rose shade. Watermelon is a bubblegum pink shade. These glosses are really sticky but it contributes to their lasting power. 

The glosses have a thick consistency which I really like since they apply really well and they don't bleed out during the day. I find on some days when my lips are chapped I apply this gloss and it helps to hydrate them but I wouldn't do this often.

                                             ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine Mod Mauve Swatch
                                            ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine Watermelon Swatch

To Sum it Up:
I really like how these feel and smell on the lips. They have a fruity scent which I really like! With the added SPF 15 it is a nice little gloss to have on the go. Now I am not too fond of the tube glosses, they look a bit childish however it is really convenient to use on the go.  Overall a great bargain product. I don't have any major dislikes. 
I will definitely repurchase these shades since they are really pretty. For some the stickyness of the gloss might be annoying but I have started to get use to it and now I like the feeling of the product!

- Pigmented
- Nice fruity scent
- Travel friendly
- Includes SPF 15
- Easy application for on the go
- Inexpensive

- Product can be sticky


Rs. 170

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[REVIEW] Travalo-- Refillable Travel Perfume Atomizer

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 6 Comments

I know I am not the only one who finds large perfume bottles a hassle to carry around. I usually have to take a different smaller size perfume bottle which never last that long! At last the brilliant idea of the traveling atomizer has saved me the annoyance of buying small sized perfumes. The best part is that they come in 10 super adorable colors! I was sent a pretty green atomizer.

The Travalo is a really tiny refillable perfume atomizer, it is super easy to refill and use. It easily lets you transfer your favorite perfume in a handy travel size container. It comes in a clear plastic tube which is really convenient for traveling and keeping your atomizer safe. 

It is the smallest container that holds your favorite perfume! I like how they kept the nozzle the same size as regular perfume bottles.

So how do you refill this little atomizer?
Firstly remove the top of the perfume spray bottle exposing the stick, make sure you place your perfume bottle on a flat surface. I am using my Versace Metal Jeans to refill.

Insert the stick of the bottle into the bottom of the Travalo container. Firmly press down pumping the stick repeatedly until the container is filled.  It is easier to fill the container with the lid on. It takes about 30+ pumps to get it entirely filled.

The bottom of the container doesn’t leak at all!

And that is IT! It is that simple. You can tell when the container is filled by seeing the clear window.The Travalo is so extremely lightweight yet sturdy. It easily fits in the tiniest clutches.
Overall this is a genius idea, I absolutely love this product. Its perfect for those who love to carry around their favorite scents.

The Travalo Excel is available for £12.49 which holds 65 sprays
For more information and where to purchase visit www.travalo.com

You can also have a chance to WIN a Travalo by visiting their Facebook Fan Page hereThey run a ‘Daily Spray’ every day on their Facebook page which gives all who ‘like’ the page a chance to win a free Travalo - every day!! 

A simple and handy product. What do you think of Travalo? Have you tried it before?



[REVIEW] BeautyUK blusher in Dolly Pink---Online Shopping with Just4Girls.pk

Saturday, December 24, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 24 Comments

On a budget and want to invest in a good blush that will last you a lifetime? BeautyUK blusher in Dolly Pink is just one of the many products available at Just4Girls.pk, the online shop dedicated to providing high quality makeup to customers in Pakistan without the hassle! 
BeautyUK's Blusher in Dolly Pink is a matte cool-tone pink perfect for adding a pop of color this winter!

What BeautyUK say:
A must for creating any look in a wide range of colours. Blends beautifully to give your cheeks a radiant glow in any season!
No. 8 Dolly Pink is a matte cool tone pink, it comes off as a fuschia shade. This shade is perfect for giving you a fresh winter glow and for every day wear.

The product has a really soft powder texture, I find that it is easy to work with when using a dense fluffy brush. You do have to swirl your powder brush into the product to get a sufficient amount of product. I find that the first layer I have to blend in really well then add a second layer to get a more richer pigmentation. It blends into the skin really easily. 
The product comes in a large compact, I like how the lid is see through so you can see the shade. The only issue I have is that the lid is not securely fit with the product so the cap can easily be removed or snapped off.

You get 11.8g worth of product which is a TON for a blush. I compared my other drugstore blushes such as Cover Girl, Elf and MUA and most of them were minimum 3g and at most 6g. For the price it's worth the amount you get.

Look at the size of this! 
 BeautyUK blusher in Dolly Pink
BeautyUK blusher in Dolly Pink Swatch

To Sum it Up:
I think this is a great blush, I perfer wearing a matte blush during the day since its the most natural looking. The shade gives a great pop of color on the cheeks. You do have to layer on the product a few times depending on the brush you are using, it applies well with a very dense fluffy brush to pack on the color. For darker complexions you might have to layer on the product more than three times. The color stays put with foundation for quite some hours. Without foundation I find that if I try to blend it in it ends up disappearing. I tested the longevity of the blush with foundation and the color was still vibrant even after 5 hours. 

- Inexpensive
- Matte
- Large size 
- Blends easily
- Soft texture

- Lid can fall off 
- Requires layering depending on skintone


£3.29 on BeautyUK
700Rs on Just4Girls.pk in Pakistan

My view on Just4Girls.pk:

Just4Girls is the Official Reseller of BeautyUK products, which makes it easy and reliable to make a purchase. They offer a huge selection of high-end as well as drugstore brands all at your fingertips. I appreciate their Cash on Delivery option, I always prefer shopping online without the hassle of doing a bank transfer. They offer all their products at very reasonable prices and at your doorstep within 2 days. It can be difficult to purchase from international websites in Pakistan with expensive shipping costs and unreliable postal services, and of course the wait! Most shipping takes more than 10 days depending on where you purchase. 
Some Information About Just4Girls.pk: 
Just4Girls.pk is Pakistan's first online shopping website for women where you will find the latest branded products and local products including a wide range of Cosmetics & Tools, Hair Care products, Body Care products, Skin Care products, Handbags, Jewellery, Clothing, Shoes, Lingerie and much more.

Just4Girls.pk, is a part of Goshopping.pk (Pakistan's online home essential superstore) with its parent company based in the UK. Having stock of thousands of different items ranging from Electronics to Furniture and Home-Essentials, Beauty & Health Care etc. After great success in the UK, Goshopping.pk and Just4Girls.pk have been launched in Pakistan to provide you with a shopping experience never experienced before in Pakistan and providing Pakistani women a 'foreign' shopping experience.

What’s best is that we offer (COD) Cash On Delivery!!! You can pay in cash for your item at your door. Also you can collect your item ‘in-store’ and pay in cash. (Both these services are only available in Karachi (at the moment).

Benefits of purchasing from shopping online at Just4Girls: 
We offer FREE Gifts every so often
We offer free shipping over 3000 rupees
We deliver all our products anywhere in Pakistan
We offer speedy courier service
We provide majority of items not available locally and at good prices
We have a dedicated category on the website "Abhi Lo.. Abhi Pao!" which lets you shop for great items which will be delivered within 24-48 hours all over Pakistan
We offer several international brands on request and we even entertain special requests of our customers for certain items
We occasionally have deals and offers on our website. Certain deals you just dont want to miss! :)

For ordering check out Just4Girls here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


PFDC L'Oréal Paris Bridal Week

[DAY 4] PFDC L'Oréal Paris Bridal Week- Karma, Nida Azwer, Damas, Umer Sayeed

Friday, December 23, 2011 Sidrah!!!! 6 Comments

[December 22, 2011]: L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, and the pioneering Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] presented the fourth and final day of the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week - a platform that endeavoured to define and present contemporary and traditional Pakistani Bridal fashion, jewellery and make-up trends, which together created the ‘look’ for the Bridal Season 2012.

The fourth day of the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week included three fashion shows and one solo jewellery show. Bridal fashion showcases were by Karma, Nida Azwer and Umar Sayeed and the jewellery show was by Damas. The day was attended by celebrities, media, the fashion fraternity and buyers/stockists such as the Manchester based Imani Studio and the Pakistani based Ensemble.

Each day of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week was styled by a different creative team and to this end models on Day 4 were styled by Ather Shahzad with men’s styling by Khawar Riaz for all shows except for Umar Sayeed's which was styled entirely by Ather Shahzad.

The PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week has been produced by Catwalk Productions, with event coordination by R-Team, set design by Hamza Tarar, official photography by DragonFly and public relations by Lotus. The Black Carpet for PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week was sponsored by Damas.

Fashion Show: Karma
Entitled ‘Enchanted’, Karma presented a collection which derived its inspiration from dark fairy tales, their feared villainesses and beloved heroines. The mood was dark and the colour palette was an exploration of velvet noir, evil jewels to candy wrapper pops and an amalgamation of both, the showcase also featured trousseau to bridal wardrobe and mixed up the silhouettes to make the age-old contemporary, adventurous and strong. Karma remains for the strong fearless woman who is always the adored star of the show but wears her dark twisted side with pride. It was an ode to the darkly beautiful and the layered luxurious. Menswear was also seen on the Karma ramp as designed by Ammar Belal, who showcased a capsule Menswear’ bridal collection.

Founded in 2000, Karma has completed a definitive decade in fashion. The journey began with the aim of capturing its share in Pakistan’s growing couture industry. Driven by principles of originality, glamour and professionalism, the team at Karma embraced its mission giving first priority to satisfying its clientele. Karma consists of three brands, Karma Pink (Prêt), Karma Red (Couture) and Karma Princess (Girls Age 1-12). Today, Karma is known to deliver style, taste and elegance and in doing so, it is revamping the image of the eastern girl. With Maheen Kardar Ali as the fashion force behind the label and Saad Ali as CEO, Karma has not only won the Lux Style Award three times which includes the Best Womenswear and Couture in Karachi and Dubai and Best Prêt Wear for Karma Pink in Malaysia but as a company, revolutionised its sector as the market leader in providing a high fashion retail experience.


Fashion Show: Nida Azwer
The second solo fashion show of the evening was by Nida Azwer with her bridal collection, entitled the ‘Awadh Court Collection’. The collection spelt tradition, culture and heritage, in harmony with the designers’ signature style of merging vintage craftsmanship with modern sensibilities. Nida’s collection drew inspiration from the Awadh Dynasty's rich and royal cultural heritage which was known for its grandiose traditions and opulence, in the early 18th century in the Sub Continent. With attention to be found in the intricate detailing, classic cuts and embellishments in Zardozi and Ari with Swarovski crystals, Nida’s collection was based in hues of red and pink, ivory and antique gold. The design house used pure hand woven silk, lamé and pure French lace for this collection. While the Awadh Court Collection was predominantly a womenswear collection, this was the first time the designer introduced pieces of menswear couture alongside her bridal wear for women. The label also showcased its exclusive line for children which was introduced earlier this year and is retailed by the name Nida Azwer Kids. Sufi musician Sanam Marvi sang live for Nida Azwer.

Talking about the event, Nida said, “PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week brought us all an opportunity to be a part in interpreting bridal trends in fashion and beauty and everything within”

Nida Azwer has been designing and working in fashion under the aegis of her eponymous label since 2005. Her label includes Bridal, prêt-à-porter, Couture lines with her most recent fashion expansion being an exclusive line for children. In a further organic extension, the fashion house will also be introducing a Prêt a Porter menswear line between 2011 and 2012. The label has come to be recognised for the designers' love of more classic and vintage design elements infused with traditional Pakistani craft such as ‘tukri ka kaam’, ‘rilli’, ‘kantha’, 'zardozi' and miniature embroidery worked into contemporary fashion silhouettes. Everything made under the Nida Azwer label is hand-worked in Pakistan using only pure fabrics including Irish linen, chiffons, hand-woven silks and brocade. Indeed Nida Azwer is best known for infusing her label with attention to detail, innovative cuts, silhouettes and tailoring.


Jewellery Show: Damas
The showcase by Damas was the third and last solo jewellery show at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week. The multinational jewellery brand presented a wide array of its brands including: Marco Bicego, everyday luxury jewellery reflecting Italian craftsmanship; Mikimoto, originator of cultured pearls which reflected the mystery of creation, combining the best of both worlds – traditional elegance with sophisticated modern design; Boudoor, the popular trilogy collection inspired by the different phases of the moon; Nakshatra’s diamond jewellery which reflected a slice of the night sky and the luminosity of countless stars and romance, a tribute to the beauty of the Marquise diamond. In addition to the above, Luca Carati, Fope Pasquale Bruni, Roberto Coin Jawaher, Kiku, Legacy and Manthourah were also a part of this showcase. L’Oréal Pakistan spokesperson Meesha Shafi opened the Damas showcase singing 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend' live on stage.

Damas is a leading international jewellery brand present in 18 countries with over 300 stores worldwide. The Group has been operating since 1907 and its network of retail outlets exist predominantly in the Middle East, India, Europe and North Africa. Presently, Damas has three outlets in Lahore and is planning to launch a number of outlets within different cities of Pakistan in the near future. Alongside its own branded products, Damas also retails international products from over 25 leading global and regional luxury brands such as Stephen Hafner, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin and Riwaya. For innovative bridal jewelry, brands such as legacy, Nakshatra and Jawaher and others are offered along with the classic signature line from Pakistan.

Indeed with the aim to delight its customers, Damas offers luxury wrapped in trust with the help of a team of dedicated professionals. The brand was established with the mainstay of adorning women – to make them feel precious and loved. The brand endeavours not only to make women feel beautiful, but also to educate them about gems and jewellery and develop an understanding of the art pieces they take home.

Fashion Show: Umer Sayeed

The final show of the last day was by Umer Sayeed, who is often credited as amongst fashion’s design masters in Pakistan. Umar Sayeed has been on the national fashion radar for the last two decades, renowned for his ultra-chic and understated glamour as manifest across his lines which include Bridals, Couture, Formal wear, Prêt-à-porter and Menswear. His bridal showcase was opened and closed by actor, musician and model Fawad Khan and actress Mahira Khan Askari, also lead actors of much acclaimed drama serial “Humsafar”.

In the past Umar has been the recipient of many coveted awards including the Best Designer award in 2002, 2004 and 2005 at the prestigious Lux Style Awards. A leading name in couture, Umar’s romantic, crystal-encrusted evening and bridal gowns continue to attract brides-to-be from various countries. His creations comprise of luxurious details such as hand beading and intricate craftsmanship. Umar integrates hand embroidery with both delicately complex and bold designs. The House of Umar Sayeed also works with select male clients with his exclusive menswear line, including embroidered shirts, formal jackets with well-placed appliqués and fine details.
Photography Credits: Faisal Farooqui - Dragonfly.