A Bit of Shopping

The New Things + First Impression #2

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I recently did a spot of shopping and picked a few things I wanted from a while.

1 – Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Waterproof (RO 6.800)

I mentioned this in my last wish list. I wanted to buy new mascara and and settled for Maybelline Lash Sensational because of the raving reviews it’s been getting. I got it on offer from Center Point. You get Maybelline’s Lasting Drama 24H Automatic Gel Pencil for free when you purchase Lash Sensational mascara.

I have used it a couple of times. It’s truly waterproof and doesn’t come off from normal cleanser. I think you would need a proper eye makeup remover. I found it a little clumpy but it settles after a while. I am still testing it out and am undecided how I really feel about this product but hopefully by the time I do a review I would have a clearer idea.

2 – Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel for Makeup Brushes (RO 8.000)

Yes!!! I finally have it!!! *happy dance*

I have been after this cleanser from a bit and I am so happy to finally have it. I tested it just once and I am very impressed by the result. It didn’t even take me two minutes to clean my brushes and they came out squeaky clean, super soft and no shedding. I am going to try it a couple more times over the weeks and will report back. Though let me just tell you guys, I am already in love with it.

I would like to give a huge shout out to ‘Makeup Medley Muscat’ for arranging this cleanser for me. Thank you so much!! If you’re from Muscat and are looking for someone who can get you not easily accessible brands and products, I would recommend MMM. They are really friendly, helpful and suggestions are always welcomed. I am linking their Facebook page and Instagram below. Let them know if you’re visiting their page because of my blog. 🙂

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A Bit of Shopping

The New Things + First Impression

I did a bit of shopping in last two weeks but they are all random bits so I decided not to do a proper haul post. I will mention them here in pieces though. Let’s start with these two.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser (RO 1.890)

I am almost done with my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (Click here for my review about it!) and I wanted something to replace it. First I thought to repurchase it but then I saw Clean & Clear one and thought to give it a try. So far it has been amazing. It is gentle, tingles in a good way and leaves behind a clean skin. I have been using it for over a week now and really like it so much that I have forgot to finish my Neutrogena cleanser. #reminder You will hear all about it soon in a few weeks time.

Wella Pro Series Heat & Shine (RO 2.200)*

I haven’t really spotted a heat protector in any stores here so when I saw Wella Heat & Shine it was a must-buy. My hair is in a bad state right now and the hair fall won’t stop. I thought to do as much as I can to protect whatever is left of my once luscious locks. I have tried this spray just once before I blow dried my hair. The result was pretty good. My hair didn’t go rough. They were smooth, soft and had a shine to it that was never there before. Let’s hope the result is consistent. I will do a post as soon as I have formed a solid opinion.

*You can get it for RO 2.050 from Carrefour

Guys, I might be blogging a bit on and off for the next couple of days because I am having a bit of an eye situation here. Nothing serious, they just need a little off time from the laptop and work. Also, Eid is hardly two days away and things will get pretty hectic from ummm right after I click Publish here, ha. Regular posts will resume from Monday 28th September, if I go MIA. 🙂

Much Love! xx

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Beauty

Review ~ Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara

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Before I begin, I can’t seem to recall when the last time I used Mascara was. It was a good couple of years ago and I was totally into the hardcore Max Factor and Maybelline ones at that time. Fast forward to 2015 and with a pair of immensely sensitive eyes, when I started getting into makeup and buying eye products I was in tears, literally. Anything too strong would immediately make my eyes water. I was eyeing quite a lot of Max Factor Mascaras but one swatch of them and I knew they weren’t going to work for me plus wassup with the crispy lashes man? Like seriously? (I am talking like an old woman I know but please bear with me…) After almost giving up, I ended up at Essence Cosmetics counter. I saw this pretty bottle, picked it up, paid for it and left. Best.decision.ever.

Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara comes in a salmon pink cylinder shaped bottle. It has a curved fiber brush and almost tightly packed bristles. The curved fiber brush provides the lashes with a perfect dramatic curl. The tightly packed bristles help in giving the lashes the most volume. The formula is thick but doesn’t weigh down your lashes. It also doesn’t make them go crispy after a while of applying. The color is darkest black that gives the eyelashes an intense look. It has a similar scent that most mascara’s have but isn’t irritating. It didn’t sting my eyes.

It is not waterproof but it ends up staying on for a good 4-6 hours. It doesn’t smudge and doesn’t lose its curl that quickly unless you are sweating like a sinner in church. You don’t need any fancy eye makeup remover for it. It comes off easily with water itself. I carry it around in my bag and I have no complains about any slippage. The packaging is sturdyyy.

If you’re someone who is just beginning with makeup and don’t know which one to pick I would recommend Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara. Not only is it easy on the eyes but it also gives your eyes the most gorgeous effect.

Essence Cosmetics have a range of other mascaras too and I can’t wait to try them all now. *excited*

PS. I did try to take a picture with the mascara in action but it was an epic fail. I shall soon learn how to take pictures with mascara on, don’t you worry.

PSS. I get asked a lot where I get Essence product from. I get mine mostly from Carrefour Hypermarket in Muscat City Center, Seeb. Their counter is also available in:

Carrefour Hypermarket – Qurum City Center

The Sultan Center – Qurum

Vacha’s Hypermarket – Al Azaiba

And just in case anyone is wondering, here is Essence Cosmetics Oman official Facebook page.

Cya guys later!

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Catch-up Posts

Catch-Up Post #12

Catch up 12

Wow, I didn’t realize I hadn’t done a Catch Up post from two weeks, ha. So let’s catch up on posts you have missed or must reread. 😀

1- FOTD with New Drugstore Purchases – I purchased some new bits from drugstore and thought to do a Face of the Day for you guys! 🙂

2- The Hand Creams You Don’t Necessarily Need – This one is a The Body Shop disappointment post. Read for yourself if you’re curious.

3- 3 Books I Can’t Wait to Read – Some books I can’t wait to read. 🙂

4- Passion Café Oman – Had a bad experience in one of the local restaurants and thought to share.

5- Quote of The Day~ – 🙂

6- Lately #11 – Got back to doing a lately post after a while. As usual its one of my favorites.

7- The Miracle Hair Bursh  – We are talking The Wet Brush here guys!! 😀

8- The Book That Has Got Me Captivated & Fixed My Funk ~ The Enchanted Rose (Misty Hills #1) by Nadia Nader – A series you should keep your eyes open for. Got done reading the first part and loving it. Can’t wait to read its sequel.

9- The Harry Potter Tag by Emily Reads Books? =D – A book tag with lots of Harry Potter characters? Of course I’d do it!!

10- Babia’s Happy Ending  – 

11- The Beginner’s Lipstick Shades – Talking about two every day shades that can get you into liking lipsticks.

12- Lately #12 – This one is completely lifestyle plus a project announcement 😀

~F x

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Beauty

FOTD with New Drugstore Purchases

I thought to do a Face of The Day with some products I recently bought. I haven’t done any FOTD posts before so if you like it, do let me know and I might post some more. 🙂

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This is an everyday kind of a look for me these days. Starting from primer, I don’t own one and rely on my The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream. My skin has been acting up recently and I have got dry patches on my cheeks. I prep my skin by apply the Moisture Cream as it hydrates those dry patches instantly and gives me an even canvas to apply my foundation on. I take my newly purchased Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation in shade 115 Ivory. This is such an incredible foundation. I had been eyeing it since forever and I finally get the chance to experiment with it. I use about one and a half or two pumps. It is liquid so it gives you about two to three minutes to set it before it settles. I don’t use a foundation brush yet and apply it with my fingers in a stippling motion. Maybelline Fit Me gives a smooth finish and feels weightless on the skin – definitely my kind of foundation. I will do a detailed review on it soon. For blusher I went for a light pink tone without any contouring this time.

Once done with the face I go for the eyes. I keep it quite basic. I use Maybelline The Colossal Kajal in Black/Noir on my water line. If I don’t use any kajal/kohl my eyes look quite dead/sad. For eyeshadow I went for an orange color with copper/rust touch. For eyeliner I use Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in shade 01 Blackest Black Noir Intense. An easy to use liquid pen eyeliner that stays on for half a day at least. Its my most favorite and recommended eyeliner. For Lashes I use Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara. This is an amazing Mascara as it gives such a great volume to your lashes without clumps. Love this product. Detailed review for this one will be up soon too.

For lips I use Maybelline Baby Lips in 05 Quenched to prep them as it sinks in real quick and doesn’t leave much of a residue. I apply my lipstick on top of it. Here I used Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in number 12. It is a bright orange that I bought as compensation to MAC So Chaude. I tried So Chaude and I don’t think I can rock that color (This doesn’t guarantee I won’t buy it). Rimmel Kate Moss in number 12 looks much better on me. If you dap your lips on a tissue paper after applying this lipstick, it gives a salmon color which looks quite good too.

I hope you guys liked this post! If you did do leave a comment below!

Thank you for reading 🙂

~F x

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Catch-up Posts

CATCH-UP POST #10

Hie Guys!

Today is my first post for 2015. I hope you all had a fun start. I wanted to do a catch up post and round up for 2014 last week’s articles before I start off blogging from tomorrow. Here’s it all:

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1- FASHION ~ Printed Tights – I did a fashion post about some printed pants I bough recently. I am usually a plain tights girl but these were hard to resist.

2- Red Nails for Christmas – I was super bumped because I had an extremely busy December at work and couldn’t go out to buy a tree and be part of the festivities. To compensate, I bought the redest red nail color.

3- REVIEW ~ The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask – The best face mask I have tried in a long while. A must read review and a must buy product.

4- First Ever Cosmetic Haul Review – Do you remember I did a drugstore haul in January 2014? I didn’t get a chance to do a review about it until recently, ha.

5- 2014 in review – WordPress made an overview for my blog this year. Have a look and let me know what you thought about it. 🙂

6- 2014 Favorites 🙂  – The best of the best of 2014 for me. My favorite posts and linked here. Do give it a read.

That’s it for today. I will see you guys in my next post. Have a good dayy! 🙂

Love,

~F x

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First Ever Cosmetic Haul Review

There is just one thing I want to do before this year ends – write a review of my first ever cosmetic haul (Click here to see it) I did back in January and never got around to writing a final impression post. Before I get down to it lets keep a few things in mind; 2014 was the first year I started using makeup. I wasn’t decked up in makeup every day and not even frequently but by the end of this year I had read/watched and experimented enough to know a few things.

Now let’s get started.

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1-       Maybelline – Fit Me Concealer

This has got to be the best concealer ever. The formula is light, creamy and blends out real well. It has a great staying power as well. I love the extremely chic packaging. It is easy to carry around in your bag and I have done that year around. The packaging is sturdy and I have never encountered a leakage. Because I haven’t used it enough I still have a lot to get through. I am really excited to get done with it so I can buy another one. That’s like one of my goals for 2015, lol. My current concealer is a shade 20.

2-       Maybelline – The Colossal Kajal

Aaahh, the best kohl pencil I have tried so far. It is jet black and lasts forever. It can be used as eyeliner too but if you have droopy eyelids like mine which are oily as well, this isn’t a good idea. But if you want something that will stay on your waterline all day all night long, this is the product for you. I have sensitive eyes and it took me a while to get used to this pencil but once I got used to it, I never bothered taking it off. Love, love, LOVE this. I have already bought another one and am so proud I actually finished off the first one within this year.

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3-      Revlon – Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen

This liquid pen eyeliner has been so nice to me all year. I have neglected it so much but every time I picked it up from my makeup bag it proved to be so good. No eyeliner really stays for long on my lids because they are droopy and oily but this out of all has given me the most hours. Also I was under the impression that it might have dried off by now but nope. It has stayed in good condition and I can go as far as saying it has become better. Is that even possible? If you are into trying new stuff but returning to your old ones too from time to time, this is a great liner. Also, of you are a wand eyeliner person and are thinking to shift to pen, I would highly recommend Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen.

4-      Rimmel – Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner (240 Aqua Sparkle) 

This gorgeous pencil has been on my eyes more than any eyeliner or kohl this year. Blue is my absolute one true love and I am so glad I bought this. Though I must admit I never went back to buy more colored eyeliner but then again I didn’t buy much cosmetic all year. (Goals 2015 = buy more makeup)

I have used it on my eyelids most and sometimes outer part of the waterline. Never on the waterline though because I was afraid would I irritate my eyes. When I sat down to write this post I realized I never used this eyeliner on the inner corner of my eyes. Another one in the Goals 2015 list, ha.

5-      Rimmel – Lasting Finish – 1000 Kisses Stay on Lip Contouring Pencil

I have nothing to say about it because I lost it before I could experiment with it. 😦

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6-      Rimmel – Lipstick Collection by Kate Moss – 084 Amethyst Shimmer

A year has passed and this lipstick remains a bad decision, Hahaha. This time I have even put up a picture for you guys to see.

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7-      Rimmel – Salon Pro Nail Polish by Kate Moss 713 Britpop

I love Salon Pro range from Rimmel. The formula is thick, glossy and one swipe is enough to make your nails opaque. I have done a complete post on Britpop (click here) and my recent purchase Rock N Roll (click here). Click on the links to read the deets. 😀

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8-      Maybelline – Color Sensational Lipstick – 527 Lady Red

Favorite red lipstick 😀 Color Sensational Lipstick range is really amazing. Lady Red is a bright red with orange undertone. It is so creamy and glides on the lips effortless. It doesn’t flake nor does it leaves your lips dehydrated. The formula is light as well.  It tastes really good too, lol. I still don’t wear it often but sometimes I do and those days are such happy days, haha. I am just not very bold about my makeup yet.

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9-      Maybelline – Master Drama Kohl Liner

The last time I wrote about it, it was a one liner – worst mistake ever. I think I should elaborate now. It’s not often (read ever) that I dislike something from Maybelline. I love Maybelline and have a strong brand loyalty towards it but this product was such a disappointment. It would just not appear on my lids no matter how hard I tried. Then its lead kept breaking and every time I would sharpen it, it wouldn’t come up properly. You know right, when the skin is covering half the lead? That’s what happened with me. So upsetting because I thought this would be better compared to The Colossal Kajal. They have some new products out in Master Drama range which a lot of people are raving about but I am reluctant to get them. Let me know if you guys have used the new products and if there is anything worth investing in.

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10-      Maybelline – Super Stay Foundation 010 Ivory

This was my first ever proper foundation and I was idiot because I chose it in a color darker to my skin tone. I have no idea now where I read that’s how you choose a perfect foundation but it taught me a very good lesson, ha. I didn’t really like the formula of this one as I could easily feel it on my skin and that is just something I don’t like. I think I would have stuck to it if I got it in a proper shade but alas we would never get to know that end of the story because I gave it away, haha. I am glad I did because my mum got me Bobbi Brown Foundation then, lol.

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Done, done, doneeee!! 😀 I have achieved my goal. I am so happpyyy, haha. I hope you guys had fun going through the review and I hope there are more shopping hauls in 2015 because I really love talking about new shopping and about makeup once I am done experimenting with it. I hope you all have great plans for the coming year and may you all find peace of mind and happiness in the New Year. ❤

Lots of Love,

~F x

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A Bit of Shopping

A BIT OF SHOPPING #1 ~ BEAUTY HAUL

Hello people!

Hope everyone is doing well. I am doing okayish. Just very uninspired these days and my routine is messed up too. I have been waking up really late around 4pm or 2pm and that’s very annoying for me as I miss out on almost all the day and I cannot really do much in the evenings or late at night. Also, because I take pictures in sunlight I don’t have any good pictures for the blog anymore so please bare with these dull pictures. Moving on…

I went shopping two weeks back. It was more of a restocking kind of a trip but I did buy a few new things I liked and wanted to try.

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1- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (RO 3.390)

Ha, ever since I saw it being promoted on Facebook a few months back I had been crazy about it. It must be the color that caught my attention I guess because lately I have liked pink for a change because usually I don’t prefer pink. I prefer blue over it. I prefer blue over anything anyway, haha. I am actually trying it to compare to the previous cleanser I was using that’s Olay Milk Cleanser. Let’s see how well this one goes with my skin. So far the smell is making me fall in love every day. It’s just amazing.

 2- Marks & Spencer Aloe Vera Exfoliating Body Scrub (RO 2.5)

So I was researching some good facial scrubs when I read something about how important it is to scrub your body as well to remove dead skin cells. I was rummaging through Marks & Spencer beauty section and that’s when I spotted this and it reminded me of that article. This smells incredible too. I have a rough patch below my neck that might be dead cells probably. Will see how well this scrub works for that area.

 3- L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair – Repairing Mask with Serum (RO 3.610)

My hair is undernourished. I only use shampoo on it, oil it once in a blue moon and I have pretty much damaged them a lot by using heat equipments and dyeing them, so yap you can really imagine their state. I am trying to take care of them now and I thought I need to add a hair mask in my hair care routine. I tried it for a week. It went quite well but I am not done experimenting with it as yet. You will hear from me very soon about this product in a review.

 4- Vaseline 24hr Nourishing Lotion in Aloe Vera (RO 1.160)

This was a repurchase. I had been using this body lotion ever since it came out. It soaks in real well and quick without leaving any residue or greasiness. It is my must-have and go-to body lotion most days. Though I just use it for my hands and arms, I do sometimes apply it to my feet and legs. Love this and would recommend it to everyone.

 5- Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in 022 Nude Kiss (RO 1.3)

Essence is one brand I am trying these days. I like their products quality and of course the affordable prices. This is the first lip gloss I am trying of theirs. This is a dull pink more like tea pink and it goes sheer on my lips because mine are the same color. So far I’ve wore it once but I will be wearing it more often for a better review.

 6- The Body Shop – Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Strawberry (RO 2.1)

So I wanted to try a pot lip balm and I am so glad I went for The Body Shop Born Lippy in Strawberry. I am in love with the smell, taste and texture so far. Best buy I would say.

This is everything I got. Review of these products will be up as soon as I am done experimenting. If anything from my shopping list went into yours too, do let me know. If you have posted about your shopping list, do link it below. I would love to read and add a bit of something to my next trip, hehe. If you have any questions you can always tweet me. My twitter is linked below or you can also find it by clicking on the Social Media page at the top.

Till next time,

Love yourself often and enough!

~Fatima x

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Currency: Omani Rials

Purchased from: City Center Seeb

Drugstore Items: Carrefour Seeb

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