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[REVIEW] Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 13 Comments

An eyeshadow palette that I've been craving for the longest time! I finally got my hands on the much awaited Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone palette featuring 8 richly textured eyeshadows. 4 in browns and neutrals and 4 olive shades, let's check out this palette up close!
 Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette Swatches

Let's Talk About it:
I'm sure there isn't a single beauty fanatic out there who hasn't heard amazing reviews about Wet n' Wild eyeshadows. I was expecting these eyeshadows to be more on the creamy side since each shadow is highly pigmented. The texture of these are powdery but is formulated so it clings to the skin easily without too much fall out. I swatched the shadows WITHOUT any primer and I was truly amazed at how easily these apply on the lid with a brush. Blending the shadows wasn't difficult since the texture is easy to work with but the shimmer does leave fall out.

All of the shadows have a shimmery finish. The 2 lightest Browbone shades have more subtle shimmer compared to the rest of the shades. My favorite shade out of all of these is the Peach tone Eyelid shadow, it's perfect for an all over lid shade paired with a matte brown shadow. 

Both of the Definer shades and Olive Crease shade have bigger specks of sparkle but doesn't show up highly shimmery on the eyelid. I do wish the palette consisted a matte shadow, either a matte brown or matte cream color as a highlight. 

As for the wear time on the lids, since I hardly ever wear eyeshadows on a daily basis I wasn't able to test extreme longevity but with a eyeshadow primer these can wear well for hours without fading or creasing. The times I did test the shadows I didn't experience any creasing or fading after 4-5 hours of wear. 
The Look:
Shadows: Light Cream (highlight and inner corner), Olive (all over lid), Deep Green (outer corner and lower lash)
Mascara: Catrice Maximum Resist Volume Mascara 010 Blackest Black
Liner: Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever

-Highly pigmented
-Variety of shades and tones
-Easy to apply
-Easy to blend

-Shimmer fall out
-Not easily available
-No Matte shades

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: 720RS (price may vary)
Available: BeautyInBudget4u


[OUTFIT] Pink Blossom

Monday, February 11, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 8 Comments

With the winter weather almost fading away, we can transition into richer colors and fabrics. Aisha Alam's latest collection for Fall/Winter includes rich shades of plums and pinks embroidered with sleek embellishments including buckles, pleating, over-sized buttons.
About the designer:
Aisha Alam is an upcoming fashion designer with an aesthetic for chic yet bold prints. Her summer collection is said to be inspired by a keen sense to create trendy and fashionable prĂȘt wear while being easy on your wallet. By incorporating bold printed shirts with simple embellishments along with fashion forward cuts create a trendy fashion choice.

Her popular designs include her sailor-cut shirt, her cowl neck kurta, and long flowing shirts. Aisha has said to enjoy using color blocking into her works of art. By using elegant, easy flowing shirts and bold color choices ends to create a unique look. “Color blocking is really fun and exciting,” says Aisha Alam. “It’s a great way to mix and match colors and create gradients and shades.”

The Outfit:
The butterfly designed shirt by Aisha Alam is something new that I haven't seen many designers come out with. The shirt is a loose fitting top and has an elastic band fitted on the waistline to give the butterfly design some shape. I paired the top with a basic fitted blue jeans. I think the shirt would look nice on most body type except for petite women since the shirt design doesn't have a formal fitting. I really like how the shirt length hits the knee so  it's not too long or too short. Overall the dress is very comfortable to wear and the loose fitting would appeal to most body types. 

You can find Aisha Alam on Facebook for her latest collection.
Price: 5,300PKR



[OUTFIT] Feminine Chic

Friday, February 08, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 4 Comments

Today's outfit is by a fairly new designing duo out in the fashion market, Aleena & Fareena recently launched their collection for the public. Their recent showcasing was at Easy Breezy Chic in Karachi. Their outfits consist of  semi-formal and formal dresses using chiffons and georgettes mostly.

Let's Talk About It:

The outfit by Aleena & Fareena is a grey and red long pleated dress made using georgette fabric. The traditional style dress has a lot of fabric that is weighed down using tassels stitched the bottom of the dress. The heavy fall of the dress gives it a formal and feminine look. The contrasting red embroidered neckline of the dress structures the outfit since it’s completely made of georgette material.

The dress came with a chooridar sleeve chamis since the outfit is sleeveless. I really like the style of this dress but the amount of fabric can be overwhelming to wear to an occasion. I paired the outfit with a plain red dupatta, dark grey chooridar tights and red/black peep-toe heels. Overall I really like this outfit, it’s perfect for any formal occasion and partywear.

For more information on Aleena and Fareena check out their Facebook.



[REVIEW] Essence 2 in 1 Hand & Nail Balm

Thursday, February 07, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 12 Comments

When the winter season begins, I always need to carry a hand cream with me in my purse during the day. The Essence 2 in 1 Hand & Nail Balm Care cream promises to hydrate and protect during the cold dry season. Let’s see how it worked out for me.

Let's Talk About it:
The Essence hand cream comes in a convenient squeeze bottle perfect to carry around. The product has a very unique subtle scent, I can't really pin-point it but it’s almost like a yogurt/vanilla scent since it contains ingredients of yogurt extract. It’s not a strong scent and it fades after a few minutes of using. The cream has a nice consistency, not too thick or too watery it’s ideal to use often throughout the day. I like that it doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy or sticky which matters most to me for a hand cream.

The cream feels really nice on the hands especially if your hands are dry because of the cold weather. It hydrates the hands enough that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue all over the place. The hand cream sinks into the skin after about 10 minutes. If you suffer from very dry hands, I recommend using a larger amount of the cream since it doesn’t have enough moisturizing properties to hydrate the nails and cuticles with a small amount. I did end up reapplying the cream a few times through the day and I didn’t notice any drastic changes but if I end up using a coin size amount the cream will feel more hydrating.

Portable packaging
Creamy consistency
Absorbs quick

Not hydrating for cuticles
Not suitable for very dry hands
Need to use a few times for better results

Rating: 3.5/5
Price: 160RS

For more information, you can find Essence Pakistan on Facebook



[OUTFIT] Jeweled Emerald

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 6 Comments

The color of the year, Emerald Green is going to be springing up this year more often. For today's outfit we have a dress by designer Monica Couture. 
Monica Couture is a not just another fashion brand. It has set itself a noble and challenging task of reviving centuries’ old techniques of hand embroidery and embellishment using gold, silver and silk threads and semi-precious stones. These specialized crafts move down in families but are a dying art due to lack of innovation and declining demand and its total absence in the pret wear. 

Monica Couture’s strategy is to introduce it in more popular, middle ranging lines with rapid turnover to create demand for the work. Traditional patterns and motifs inspired from Ottoman and Mughal periods on latest trends and cuts catering to the international market is one of the ways to operationalize this strategy
The lush emerald shade of this dress is vivid and bright yet subtle to be carried for a evening outfit. The sequence design on both sides of the outfit gives the dress an elegant formal touch. The pleating of the dress gives the top a loose fit. The dress is very comfortable to wear and is the perfect length with the rounded damaan. I paired the outfit with a basic white trousers and dupatta since the top gives the dress a classy look. 

You can find Monica Couture on Facebook for more information. 
Price: 9,800PKR