Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Blog Giveaway - 1

Two years since I began posting on here. Yayyyy!!!

Although I haven't been consistent about blogging, I'm still happy I've stuck to this more than I ever thought was possible. It's been fun blogging about beauty every now and then. AND hopefully I will continue to do so in the future. So without wasting time, let's get to the giveaway details!

The gift is:


1. MAC Lipstick in your choice
2. NYX Love in Paris eye shadow palette in "Pardon My French"
3. The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara in Black


Now, let me just inform about the rules. They are quite simple, really. 
  • Entry can be made on the giveaway post (this one!) by commenting below OR by following my Facebook Page and liking the giveaway post here OR by following my Instagram feed and liking the giveaway post here OR by following my Twitter handle and retweeting my giveaway tweet here.
Out of these, only one is mandatory to be eligible to enter the draw. Read the next point for optional entries.
  •  You can enter more than once by following all social media accounts and liking/retweeting/reposting the giveaway posts ONCE. That will get you an additional entry (each) in the draw BUT this step is completely optional.
Please do not like/retweet/repost more than once. You can enter only once from all respective social media platforms.
  • No spam/giveaway accounts please. It is totally cool if you followed me only after seeing the giveaway posts but unfollowing/spamming later is definitely not cool. Enter if you really love makeup, not for the sake of winning a giveaway. 

  • The giveaway ends three (3) weeks from today. That's September 30, 2015. 
  • Winner will be drawn at random (from random.org or the likes) and will be contacted within a week from the date on which the giveaway ends. They will also be announced on the respective social media channels that they entered from as well as here on the blog. 
  • The giveaway is international so everyone has a fair chance of winning. 

THAT'S IT! It is very simple, so for your blog entry here, tell me your most favorite makeup product and why. By this, I don't mean something like "I like mascara because so n so" but precisely which brand, range, and shade. That way, I'll get to know which products are worth giving a try in the future :)

Lastly, thank you so much for being a part of my life. Sending you cyber hugs! Xxx

Monday, September 7, 2015

MAC | Lipstick - Rebel

MAC Lipstick - REBEL
MAC Lipstick - REBEL
It is the beginning of Fall, and the first thing that changes in my makeup is the lipsticks. Oranges, corals and bright pinks take a back seat while deep reds, burgundy and plums take up the center stage. Trying a berry lip had been on my lust list for a while and I made the plunge this year with MAC's Rebel. Of course

Rebel is by far the most hyped MAC lipstick ever. When you browse their website and sort out the lipsticks by popularity, Rebel is the first in line. And rightly so. While it isn't a unique color and can be duped closely most of the time, it is by far the best neutral plummy-berry-pink lipstick I have ever come across. Whatever your skin tone might be, you can just as easily rock Rebel even though it is termed as cool toned. 

A beautiful plum with strong hints of pink, Rebel is like a wake-up call for when you are running late and don't have enough time for some heavy makeup routine. One slick swipe and your entire look is transformed from "I just woke up" to Bombshell-ready. The reason why I love this so much is because it looks SO good even when you might be feeling a bit down. And no, I am not exaggerating. This instantly freshens your entire complexion making you look bright and perky.
MAC Lipstick - REBEL
Not in my favorite finish though, Rebel is from MAC's Satin finish range which is neither drying nor moisturizing. It has a little satiny sheen to it and isn't as drying as a total matte lipstick would be but I still dislike that it tugs at my lips a tiny bit when I apply it. On the other hand, Cremesheen and Amplified Creme ranges are smooth as butter. And speaking of longevity, this stays true to its deep shade 5 hours straight. It also leaves a gorgeous berry stain even after fading so you still have some color to your lips despite heavy drinking/eating. 

I love Rebel for its color, staying power and the infamous vanilla scent that all MAC lippies have but no-like the slightly drying texture. It all comes down to personal preference, really. Which is your favorite range in MAC? 

MAC Rebel retails for KWD 8.750. Available in MAC Store, The Avenues. 
MAC Rebel retails for INR 1010. Available in MAC Store, High Street Phoenix.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Saante | Balancing Orange Face Pack

Saante Balancing Orange Face Scrub
Saante Balancing Orange Face Pack
I'm a sucker for all organic, natural and herbal products so when I received this 100% natural scrub/pack in MSM Box, that too a full size, needless to say I was very happy. When it comes to skincare, face masks of all kinds are my favorite therapy as they are an instant pick-me-up!

Saante is a brand I had never even heard of so I was a tiny bit skeptical when I first saw the product, but after a little research I was convinced by its cruelty free, organic and holistic approach towards skincare and general well-being. Coming to the product itself, on its lid it says it is a "Balancing Orange Face Scrub", whereas on the container it says "Balancing Orange Face Pack". So is it a scrub or a face pack? Let's find out!

The product comes in a 100 gms plastic container. Normal, simple packaging - nothing fancy. As soon as you open the lid, there is a strong herbal and bitter smell (that is the bitter orange peel powder btw). The face pack is in powdered form and it is to be mixed with your choice of ingredient to make a paste; be it yogurt, milk, rose water, any floral water etc. It has finely powdered extracts of Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti), Oat powder, mint leaves, sandalwood powder and orange peel powder. Nothing else. And all these ingredients are very good for maintaining optimal skin elasticity. I usually use orange peel, multani mitti and sandalwood for my DIY masks at home. I had never tried oats or mint leaves before. 
Saante Balancing Orange Face Pack
When I make this face pack, I use it either with yogurt or milk as face packs tend to make my skin a bit dry immediately after I wash off. Instead if I use anything mixed with milk/yogurt, my skin is supple and soft due to its natural lactic acid compounds. 

This paste then has to be used as a face pack, and then once it is dry you reapply a bit more milk or rose water on top of the dried pack to make the face wet again and mildly scrub off the pack. So you see, this is a scrub cum pack that deeply cleans from within as well as removes the external dead skin layer. This technique works great. My skin really brightens up after every use, and with the milk/yogurt I do not require any moisturizer afterwards. Skin feels very soft and healthy to the touch. When I make my own face packs at home, I do it exactly the way Saante has. No extra artificial stuff, only pure goodness. So Balancing Orange Face pack/scrub (INR 450) gets two big thumbs up from me.