Makeup Favorites of 2013!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 22 Comments

I rarely ever post about my monthly favorites since I feel like I would be repeating the same products over and over again, with that said I wanted to share my staple beauty favorites that I absolutely loved in 2013! Most of these have popped up in some of my favorites last year as well. 
2013 Favorites
When I look over 2013 and my makeup stash, I feel I used a lot more lip products and I kept going back to the same lip color over and over again. For 2014 I really want it to be the year of experimenting with eye makeup, let's see how that works out!
Cheek Favorites

Cheeks (I don’t think I’ll ever get over peach blushes)

Color Studio Pro Blush in Natural Glow [review] - I would say this is the blush that I really fell in love with since the start of the year. It’s the perfect natural looking blush to wear without giving you an excessively bright cheek. It’s wearable for daytime and evening.

Catrice Blush Duo in Peach Sorbet - Loved this blush for daily wear. It looks very bright and livens up my complexion and goes well with nude and light pink lipstick. I really like the duo shades since I use the lighter as a highlight shade.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine - Where have you been all my life!?! The newest dusty peach blush in my stash that wears all day without fail. It looks so beautiful on the skin, easy to blend out. It’s just effortless!

Eye Favorites

Eye Makeup

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadows in Comfort Zone  [review]  I definitely used more of the brown side of this palette, my favorites are the Eyelid and Crease shades. It just looks lovely with any makeup look.

Catrice Maximum Resist Volume Mascara – I never got around to reviewing this one since I’ve run out of it. This gave my lashes such volume and curl all day without flaking. It wasn’t the most perfect mascara since it made my lashes stick together sometimes but it was a good one to use this year.

Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris [review] This was my repurchase this year and I will keep going back to it. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t smudge on my waterline, love it!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold [review]  Paired with any bronze makeup look, I used this as a base and it really makes metallic eyeshadows pop. Wears all day without fail. 

Face Favorites


Catrice Infinite Matte Foundation in 030 Apricot Beige – A very lightweight foundation that wore really well in the evening for a light coverage. I’m not huge on full coverage foundations but this one I really liked for the natural finish.

Garneir Oily/combo BB cream in Light – I loved this BB cream formula, it’s the most matte BB cream I’ve tried and I really like how it brightens up my complexion during the daytime. 

Pressed Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 050 Silky Beige – I hopped on board the Stay Matte train since this is so raved about, I love how it feels on the skin with application. I got this in a slightly darker shade to wear on top of the Garneir BB cream, the perfect pair for me.

Luscious Flawless Finish Powder Foundation in 0.5 Warm Ivory [review]  Every time I needed a completely mattifying finish, this powder was there for me. I wore this on my t-zone throughout the Summer months and it outlasted every other powder I have to keep my t-zone shine free.


ELF Studio bronzer in Golden [review]  Another recent purchase that I felt was missing in my makeup stash all along, love this for an everyday highlight but can also be intensified for nighttime.


Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Tan – I’ve tried sooo many concealers this year, I can think of at least 4 off the top of my head and none of them I truly fell in love with then with this baby. It’s the perfect shade with the best coverage and wears nicely all day.

Lip Favorites

Lip Balm

MUA Love Hearts in Hot Lips - I really like the texture of this compared to any other lip balm. It has a sweet vanilla scent and really keeps my lips hydrated.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch - I love the scent of this one! I got this in my secret blogger swap from the lovely Sara Hassan. I love wearing this on top of any lipstick to hydrate my lips. 


Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie [review] - My go to bold berry lips!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balmstain in Honey [review] - My everyday too lazy to wear makeup lipcolor

Color Studio Pro Color Rush Lipstick in Acapulco [review] - An easy to wear browny nude lipcolor

Wet n Wild Megalast in In the Flesh [review] - My everyday pink, loved this one a lot. 

Rimmel London Kate Moss in Shade 05 [review] - The best bright pink lipstick that perked up my makeup

Luscious Signature Lipstick in Coral Pink [review] - My favorite long wearing everyday peachy nude lipstick. I think this will be the very first lipstick that I will use up all the way. 

Luscious Super Moisturizing Lipstick in Dusty Pink [review] - This is one of those lipsticks I never wear at the start of my day but mid-day to hydrate them a bit

Lip Gloss

Luscious Plumping Lip gloss in Berry Smoothie - The only lipgloss I really wear on its own, it feels smooth and hides any dryness on the lips

I hope you all had a lovely 2013, looking back I'm really excited and looking forward to 2014. I hope you all gave a fun and blessed new year :)



[REVIEW] ELF Studio Bronzer in Golden

Saturday, December 28, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 13 Comments

I'm not a huge fan of using highlighter on my checks since the shimmer has a way of accentuating pores. So I wanted to get a highlighter that would brighten up my complexion without it being overly glittery. Thus I came across the Elf Studio Golden Bronzer.
What ELF say:
Create a healthy looking glow all year round! The sheer soft powders provide the perfect hue of colour. 

Blend all 4 colours together to achieve a blend of perfection or choose your favorite colour or colours to mix, match and blend. 

Golden Bronzer- An illuminating shimmer that is subtle and radiant. Ideal for summer or year-round.


Let's Talk About it:
The ELF Studio Bronzer come in 3 shades total. Out of the 3 I picked out Golden since I was looking for a warm shimmery highlight. 

Let's talk about the packaging. The powder comes in a really huge compact, its split up into 4 shade variations from light beige to a darker bronze. You can dip your brush into each shade since its large enough to work as individual shades. I love the huge mirror it comes with, it's perfect for travelling.

This is definitely not a bronzer for medium to dark complexions, its very pale to work with. For me I wanted to get this as a natural highlight. It has a gorgeous luminescent sheen to the skin. Its not over powering which I really like about this powder and its exactly what I was looking for. Its not chalky as some highlighters tend to be. 

The powder has a stiff creamy texture. I didn't experience any huge powder fallout or fluff from the pan but you do have to press your brush into the powder to get the product out. 

Application wise it applies beautifully onto the skin. Since it has a stiff texture the powder didn't spread all over my cheeks and face.  Wherever you place it it will stay put. You can choose to use a fluffy brush to add a glow all over your skin or use a smaller/stiff brush for target highlighting on the cheekbones. I tend to avoid using this anywhere near my nose since it will accentuate any pores. I prefer to apply it on the uppermost part of my cheekbones. 

The darkest shade can be used as a bronzer to add some warmth to your cheeks. If your in a pinch- this also works lovely as an eyeshadow! It lasts all day with some minor fading.

-No powder fall out in pan
-Long wearing
-Subtle sheen
-Doesn't transfer
-Tons of product
-Huge mirror

-Can Accentuate pores

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $3.99



[REVIEW] Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner Waterproof

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 99 Comments

Essence is one of those brands where their products can be a hit or a miss. I always try to read up reviews before I buy anything from the brand, the Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner in Waterproof is one product that I should've read more on. 
Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner Waterproof

What Essence Say:
this is the must-have eyeliner! the liquid ink eyeliner waterproof with the special fine tip applicator makes applying an accurate, black line as easy as child's play for gorgeous eyes.
Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner Waterproof

Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner Waterproof Brush
Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Liquid Swatch

Let's Rant!
Let me start off by saying that there is nothing waterproof about this liquid eyeliner! This was a total miss for me as a waterproof liner. It smudges really bad if you're planning on wearing it all day on your upper lashline. If you have slightly hooded eyelids, this transfers onto the crease even after it's dried down. It doesn't flake off during the day or feel drying/tight on the eyelids. I was thinking to try it with a matte eyeshadow on top to set it, but with prolong wear even the shadow will transfer everywhere.

Initially when I was looking at liquid liners, I wanted to purchase the felt tip one but it was out of stock. This has a very flexible brush tip which is the only aspect that I like about the product. I've been getting away with wearing this for evening occasions since I know I will only be wearing makeup for a few hours so it doesn't smudge instantly. It has a slightly glossy finish. 

In the swatch, I waited about 10 minutes for the product to dry and I rubbed my finger over it slightly. This definitely won't last if you have oily or watery eyes.

-Flexible Brush
-Doesn't Flake off

-Not waterproof
-Smudges after extended wear

Price: 320RS

Rating: 2/5



[NAILS] Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat

Monday, December 16, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 6 Comments

Plenty of brands have been launching textured polishes and funky nail toppers, thus comes Sally Hansen's Fuzzy Coats! These are exactly what the polish is described as...fuzzy/feathery top coats for your polishes. These multi-colored, thread-like texture gives off a 3D feather effect with a clear nail polish to layer over any nail polish. I have 2 shades to share, Peach Fuzz and Tight Knit. 

Fuzzy Coat

Special Effect Textured Nail Color
The ultimate outfit for your nails! Sally Hansen continues to lead the nail category with new 3D, unique textures inspired by fashion. Fuzzy Coat transforms nails with a 3D textured, woven fiber effect.

Application Tips
Shake gently. Apply 2-3 coats (depending upon desired effect).

Dries quickly
Unique fiber texture
Provides a 3D look
Multidimensional shades
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat 400 Tight Knit
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat 400 Tight Knit Swatch
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat 300 Peach Fuzz
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat 300 Peach Fuzz Swatch 
Layered on top of Color Studio Haute Wheels 

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in 300 Peach Fuzz just reminds me of a perfect summer manicure with yellow thread-bars with hints of a light peachy orange. Fuzzy Coat in 400 Tight Knit is a true royal blue with white mixed in

Formula of these fuzzy coats are pretty smooth to work with without getting overly clumpy on your polish. The texture evenly distributes onto the nail polish without finicking with it. The brush size is average, nothing special about it, while it applies the polish very evenly you can end up with empty spots on your manicure. The fuzzy texture gives a 3D effect which feels rough on the nails so I always top it off with Revlon's Colorstay Super Top Coat to give it a smooth and glossy finish. 

I love how these can jazz up a manicure without looking overly glitzy like most glitters end up. These add a fun colorful effect to the nails

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polishes are available at Priced at $6.99


Eye Product,

[REVIEW] Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 012 Bronze

Sunday, December 08, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 14 Comments

I’m all about minimal, long-wearing makeup. So when it comes to eyeliners, I can’t skip out on using a waterproof kohl. These Scandaleyes eyeliners from Rimmel London have been raved about all over. I wanted to pick one up to use as a versatile liner/shadow. Let’s see how it worked out for me!
What Rimmel London Say:
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner long lasting shocking color intensity with kohl Britania High intensity color for an instant color impact Ultra smooth & creamy formula that glides on easily Waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof.

Let's talk About It:
This Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal is hands down the creamiest and longest wearing eyeliner that can be used as eyeshadow. It applies opaque in just a single swipe. It will take a few seconds before it dries down to a long-wearing liner so you can smudge it to your liking. 

Bronze has a golden shimmer finish which makes it gives it a slight gritty texture when applied to the eyes. I purposely bought this to wear as a quick eyeshadow look. I love the wearable bronzy eye look I get whenever I use this. I can easily get away with skipping an eyeshadow primer with this and not have the liner crease all day. It applies very easily onto the eyelids without it tugging. I didn't like the effect it gives on the waterline since the shimmer doesn't show up that prominent, instead it just looks like a light brown liner.

As for the waterproof claim, it definitely lives up to it. I can easily wear this anywhere on my eyes without it smudging or flaking off. It didn't fade or crease all day in the waterline nor as eyeshadow. It is a bit difficult to take it off with just soap and water, you'll need an oil-based makeup remover to effectively clean it off. 

What I really like about this pencil is that I don’t need to sharpen it often. The tip is sturdy enough to smudge it all over the eyelid with pressure without it breaking off.

I really want to pick up the Nude liner from this range since it’s something that I don’t own and with a long-wearing formula I can't skip out on these!

-Creamy formula
-Easy Application

-Shimmer can feel gritty
-Color isn't prominent on waterline

Rating: 4/5
Price: 850rs



[REVIEW] MUA Hide and Conceal in Almond

Saturday, December 07, 2013 Sidrah!!!! 9 Comments

With my dark circles, concealer sticks are what I normally go for because of the high coverage. I picked up MUA's new High & Conceal Stick just to see if I was missing out on a good product. So was it worth it? 
What MUA Says:
"A NEW Formula... our NEW Hide and Conceal Sticks in three colours- Fair,Natural and Almond. A creamy, easy to use new and improved formula to cover any blemishes or skin imperfections."


Let's Talk About It:
I picked this up in the shade Almond since it was the most peachiest shade out of the range. I have pretty prominent dark circles and since I wear glasses the dark shadows are more visible so it's highly crucial for me to conceal.  

Almond is a very pale peach shade. It has a very creamy, emollient texture, it's not at all stiff or hard. If you suffer from dry eyes, this will work really well to combat any dry areas. It blends into the skin really easily but does need to be layered on a few times for medium coverage but will begin to crease if applied too much.

Since the texture is very creamy, the concealer slips and slides all over the place if not set with a good mattifying pressepowder. It will crease after about 4-5 hours even after setting it with a powder, it will settle into any and all fine lines that you may have. If you have very dark, purple tone undereyes this will leave a grey cast since it's not that peachy. 

don't reach for this concealer often to hide my dark circles but instead I use it to highlight right above my cheek bones, I love the effect it gives with my foundation. If you're looking for a cream product to use along with your concealer to help it brighten, this will work really well. 

-Creamy Formula
-Easily Blendable

-Not long-wearing
-Settles into fine lines
-Not full coverage

Rating- 3/5
Price- 200rs