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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A Bit of Shopping

Haulin’

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So I have been buying a few random bits from a few months so I thought I’d do a collective haul when I have enough of them because I realized I haven’t done one in a while. I have given all the things a go already so this is more of a haul/first impression post.

Starting from bath, after getting Nature’s Extract Foam Bath in Aloe and loving it, I went back to Marks & Spencer and got another one in Water Lily (RO 2.000). It smells heavenly and works so well with the skin leaving it soft, smooth and extremely silky. It has become a staple in my stash.

I mentioned in one of my last skincare post that I wanted to add a few items in my skincare routine. I went to The Body Shop to buy their Aloe Serum and Vitamin E Eye Cream but ended up buying Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment (RO 2.400) and Elder Flower Unperfumed Eye Gel (RO3.300). The Seaweed Night Treatment is amazing for acne. I will write a detailed post very soon. The Eye Gel is fine so far and helps lighten the dark circles but it’s not that brilliant. I’ll let this one pass.

Makeup wise I’ve been loving the brand Bourjois a lot. They have some really cool stuff. I purchased their blusher in Golden Rose (RO 5.400) which is all sorts of pink with a touch of gold but extremely subtle heaven. I am so tempted to just go to Bourjois counter and buy all their blushes because they perfect!! Next I bought their Bronzing Powder (RO 7.120* in sale). I don’t know if it comes in different shades because I have just spotted one pack. This is perhaps the loveliest bronzer I have tried. I wanted to get The Body Shop honeycomb bronzer but it was too dull. Bourjois one gives your face a proper glow. Super love it.

I wanted to get back into the whole mascara game. I tried one from Max Factor but my eyes are not used to the crispy feeling yet. I was looking for less crispy/gentle mascara. I went to Essence counter and tried their Get Big Lashes Volume Curl (RO 1.200). I have been enjoying this mascara a lot. It gives your lashes a proper curl and keeps them in place but doesn’t go extremely crispy. Definitely something I will repurchase. I think Essence has other mascara too so I’ll proper need to check them out too.

Detailed review for these products will be coming up soon in the coming days so stay tuned! 🙂

Leme know what you liked the most in the haul. My favorite has got to be products from Bourjois ❤

Love,

~F x

Beauty

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 #2

Hieee Guyss!!

I have recently discovered I can’t be left alone in the mall with my wallet for even five minutes. I have become a shopaholic. Yes, I do tend to think (read over-think) and contemplate a million times before I buy something (and later sometimes regret why I bought it) but I’d still shop.

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I went to buy myself a pair of trainers last month and I have no idea how this all happened (VS had a really good offer I had to avail it of course!! He he) Following are some things that’s been on my wishlist from a really long time.

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1- Trainers

I’ve been looking for a pair of gorgeous but sturdy shoes that would be compatible with workout as well as walking/running/jogging. I’ve been obsessed about the idea of owning a pair of Nike so I gave in and got myself these Air Free 5.0. Best thing about these, they can be worn with casual clothing as well.  Expensive as hell but I do hope these last me a really long time.

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2- Foundation

Foundation is such an important part of a person’s makeup. I previously owned Maybelline 24hr Superstay foundation in a shade that didn’t go with my complexion. I actually picked it in a wrong shade. I didn’t wanted to go back and buy the same one in another complexion because 1) I wasn’t satisfied with its application and 2) I wanted to try something else and then came Bobbi Brown. I bought the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Sand 2.5. I am totally in love with it. It is so light on the skin and really lasts a long time. A detailed review will be up soon in the coming weeks so look out for that! 🙂

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3- Scent

With my Cabotine and CH 212 VIP almost ending, I am looking for new perfumes. I think body mists is such a good idea as they are cheaper than the perfume and come handy in making a decision if you want to buy a certain perfume. I am in love with Bombshell in Bloom and want to be certain if I want to buy the perfume hence taking the body mist on a test drive, ha. Angel smells equally nice. To me it smells like Jimmy Choo Flash. Not sure if I want to buy Angel perfume but Bombshell in Bloom is definitely making it to my wishlist.

(The offer  was too good. Buy one body mist and get the  other free. It’s a permanent offer here in Oman. Its on the big bottles too. The variety is superb)

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4- Face Powder

I lost my beloved unbranded pressed powder while we were shifting. It was my absolute favorite and now it was time to replace it. I picked up Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 01. Let me be honest with you. The crown on the powder is the reason I bought it. I love crowns/tiaras. (I sound like Amy from The Big Bang Theory here)

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5- Candles

Giving scented candles a go. I actually like the pot and oil thing more but candles are easier lol. Got this from Lifestyle in Lavender and I would just say I am rather disappointed. The smell is too faint and unless and until you are sitting too close to the candle, you can’t really smell it. I think I will stick to Adore. Adore is a little more in price but so worth it.

That’s all there is to the haul. I hope you had fun going through the post.

Please don’t be shy and leave a comment or two and let’s interact! 🙂

Love,

F x

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Flawless Face On a No Makeup Day (Beauty Routine)

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Do you some days feel like you don’t want to put any makeup on and just wash your face, be out of the house but still have a flawless face? While some of us may be blessed with blemish free and non oily skin, I certainly am not one of them. I have faded pimple marks from when I was a teenager and some of the blemishes I have are quite recent and prominent. Me walking out of the house without any product on and being totally ignorant about is no more possible. Even though my makeup craze has only now begin and I want to use every product I get my hands on, I do have those days too when I don’t even want to be reminded of something called foundation, let alone put it on my face. For such days I have come up with a routine of my own that I have been putting into successful practice.

After waking up and doing my skincare routine, I apply Olay Essential Moisturizer on my face and neck. Olay moisturizer is non greasy, soaks into the skin quickly and works as an excellent face primer. I then take The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in shade 01. It is of light to medium coverage. It is very lose in consistency so while taking it from the bottle I make sure the opening side is upwards. I take two drops of it and put it all over my neck and face in dotted form. I then spread it using my finger tips. Once done, I take my favorite Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 and apply it on areas that need more coverage like under my eyes and some prominent blemishes.

Applying Kajal/Kohl is a very important part for me before I leave home. If you see me without it you will think I had been crying or am sick. So if it’s a makeup day or even a no makeup one, Kajal/Kohl is a must. Once done with the face I focus on eyes and take Maybelline The Closssal Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Black and apply it all over my water line. That’s my eyes done. I then take The Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Strawberry and apply it all over my lips in generous amount. This leaves my lips soft, moisturized, glossy and pink stained. If I feel like I can do more I sometimes apply Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in 130 Fuchsia Flash on top of The Body Shop Lip Born Lippy Balm.

That’s my face done as minimal as possible.

What routine do you go for when you feel like having a no makeup day?

Much Love,

~F x

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Latest Cosmetics Haul

Hello Everyone!!

I am finally doing a Cosmetic Haul post *yaaaay* I have been putting it off from a week but thought of posting it now as I have a lot of other things I want to blog about.

So my new year’s day was spent shopping with mum at Centerpoint in Carrefour, Seeb. As I have been a little makeup obsessed lately I was sure I was going to purchase some. What I didn’t really expect was that my obsession and compulsive buying behavior will be leaving my wallet crippled, haha. Even with the sale, makeup was quite expensive, at least for someone who survives on pocket money. I don’t really understand now how people keep up with all the latest products from all the different brands. I mean hats off to all the beauty junkies. I seriously feel for your bank accounts.

Okay, enough blabbering and let’s get down to business. Following are the products I bought from the recent sale.

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1-       Maybelline – Fit Me Concealer

When I thought of buying my first ever concealer, Maybelline came to my mind. I don’t really know why but maybe because I see it in almost every store here. I didn’t know how to pick one and tried to Google it but couldn’t find anything useful. So I went with the same theory I used for picking my foundation. I read/heard it somewhere that you should get it in one shade down from your natural skin tone. (Is it true?)

My concealer is a number 20. It is blends in perfectly and leaves no traces at all, making the skin look pretty natural. Also, I recently got some bad-pimple spots on my face, this concealer helped cover them quite well.

2-       Maybelline – The Colossal Kajal

A kajal (Kohl) is a staple in any South Asian girl’s life. We love, love, LOVE using it. One of our first kajal would always be ‘Hashmi Kajal’ Hahaha. It is of amazing quality, dark, cheap, and one stick lasts forever. But the only problem with Hashmi Kajal is, it runs all over your eye area making you look like either a panda or like somebody smacked you in the face. So I decided to go for a proper kohl pencil.

A lot of my friends have raved about Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal recently and even though I already had enough in my cart that day, I couldn’t stop myself from buying this little pencil. I would just say it stood up to its reputation. It is beyond perfect. The sheer black, lasts for as long as forever and the only time it’s going off is if you, yourself, wipe it from your eyes. It can also be used as a perfect eyeliner so bonus.

3-      Revlon – Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen

My friend suggested me this when I told her I wanted to buy liquid eyeliner. She said this would be perfect as the color is proper black and applying from a pen is easier. I would say the color is good indeed but because I had previously used wand liquid eyeliner, it’s still taking me time to warm up to the whole pen concept.

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

I guess by this time, if you’ve been nice and following all my posts, you would know I love color blue and all shades of it. It’s like, Blue is me, I am blue. I loved it as soon as I set my eyes on it and when I tried a swatch of it I knew I just had to get it. It’s perfect and totally gorgeous. They had more colors in this and if you are a fan of colored eyeliner as much as I am, you would definitely buy these. I will prolly go back and buy some other colors too. ❤

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

I actually got it to go with the lipstick I bought. It’s nice as well. There is nothing much to say about it.

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

So I actually wanted to get a coral color or something really light but ended up buying this. It doesn’t really suit me, so bad decision eh? I have worn it in the house sometimes in hopes of getting a hang of it but haven’t worked out yet.
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From Left To Right: Maybelline The Colossal Kajal, Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen,Rimmel – Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner (240 Aqua Sparkle), Rimmel – Lasting Finish – 1000 Kisses Stay on Lip Contouring Pencil, and Rimmel Lipstick Collection by Kate Moss 084 Amethyst Shimmer
From Left To Right: Maybelline The Colossal Kajal, Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen, Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner (240 Aqua Sparkle), Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay on Lip Contouring Pencil, and Rimmel Lipstick Collection by Kate Moss 084 Amethyst Shimmer

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

In one of my previous posts I had mentioned a Tiffany Blue unlabeled nail polish I bought at an exhibition and that I want to buy the same color from a good brand. So I spotted Britpop in the store that day and got it because 1) blue and 2) kind of looked like the one I already have. I am super happy with this purchase. ❤

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Index finger has Britpop and the middle finger has the unlabeled polish.
Index finger has Britpop and the middle finger has the unlabeled polish. (Even the nail polishes i get are British, LOL)

And I was thinking while I am at it, I will include two more products I bought last year in March and hadn’t really use.

1-      Maybelline – Color Sensational Lipstick – 527 Lady Red

I was obsessed with everything red last year. Also, red lipstick started appearing everywhere and became a must have. So when I went out with a friend, we stopped by Maybelline’s stall and while looking over some products we found Lady Red. I was reluctant to buy it but my friend insisted it look cool on me. I gave in and purchased it. Haven’t worn it ever because I am just cool like that. (I waste a lot of money on stuff I will never use, I know!!!!)

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2-      Maybelline – Master Drama Kohl Liner

Biggest mistake ever. It dried off too soon.

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Kohl Pencil and Lady Red Swatch.
Kohl Pencil (only worked here) and Lady Red Swatch.

3-      Maybelline – Super Stay Foundation 010 Ivory

Yes, this is when I got meself a proper foundation *yaaay* If it wasn’t for my mum, I’m pretty sure it would have dried off too. It suited her more than me and she made good use of it all year. Good for her. She hardly buys makeup now. Thinks she is too old for it. Nope, she ain’t. No woman is ever old for makeup. I also use it now when I am in the mood of makeup.

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I am finally done with this post and now it’s your turn to tell me what you think of the three brands I have purchased from. Also, do let me know if you guys have any favorite products from them and what would you suggest me to try.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post. 😀

Thank you so much for reading. Please keep commenting and interacting. It really makes me happy to hear from you all. =)

Love,

Fam xx

Rimmel Amethyst Shimmer 084 vs. Maybelline Lady Red 527
Rimmel Amethyst Shimmer 084 vs. Maybelline Lady Red 527

A very funny. smiling-like-an-idiot me.
A very funny, smiling-like-an-idiot me with Rimmel Eyeliner Aqua Sparkle on.