Color Pop Haul!

So apparently I had shifting to do.. and it was messed up and so all consuming that I did not even have the time to breathe!! Dramatic, but true and yet when I received the notification that Color Pop Cosmetics was giving free shipping world wide, my little heart fluttered. And we have a haul!
It is a well known brand on the internet and YouTube world but in the Emirates you can either buy it from their site or from Glamazle.

My order was the Nectar Collection and boy, am I glad to have it!!

Cute packaging as you can see and everything came intact. It did take 2 weeks plus to reach me and at one point I convinced myself that the order was lost!

I got the Knockout powder blush/highlight duo, a set of lippies and an eyeshadow palette.

Here’s a look at the goodies up close:

The Knockout Palette.

The eyeshadow collection “Blow Me Away”


You can actually remove the insert and make the palette into a Z palette kind of thing.

And, finally- the trio of lippies in mixed finishes. There’s an ultra matte (The Twirl), ultra satin (Likely) and ultra glossy (Up Do).


Well, I will be trying them and updating you guys, as usual. But I am impressed with what I have swatched and seen so far.

Definitely try them out when they have sales for good, affordable makeup!

-xo

Wet n Wild Blushes @ Virgin Megastore!

I saw this dupe video by Jaime on how the Wet n Wild Blushes were dupes for higher end blushes and then some, I was sorely tempted to get my hands on them. But for the life of me, I could not find them online or in the popular stores which have makeup.

Thats when I found these beauties stocked at Virgin Megastore – and you actually get them for only 29 AED or even less as they keep having sales online and provide free shipping occasionally! Or like me, you can go in store and swatch and pick these up!

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I picked the colurs Rose Champagne and Apricot in the middle – which I found I had nothing like in my *ahem* collection of blushes. I will not bore you with swatches – but these are beautiful. The formula is great and it lasts on the skin pretty longer than before. The amount of product you get is also very generous pan wise. They are also cruelty free – for those of you who prefer to make cosmetic choices based on animal testing or a lack of thereof.

If you are looking for any Wet n Wild products – Virgin Megastores would be the way to go!

Highly recommend if you don’t want to splurge!

-xo

The Cheeky Lips(tuff) in my bag.

I have been blessed with the weirdest chappiest lips – no matter winter or summer – thou shall flake and ache! It may be partly also because I keep licking my lips, but oh well…

I was going through my bag the other day to sort of clear the things out and lo behold, found some lip / cheek products that have been must haves for me recently, so thought to share them here and tell a bit more about them, in case you wanted to try them out for yourself.

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Clockwise from bottom – Revlon Sultry Matte Balm, Dior Addict 871 Power and Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon.

Revlon Sultry Matte Balm – I purchased this shade and a couple others when there was a sale going on. I liked the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains (especially in the shade Honey) for that subtle tinted glossy look. These are moisturizing, more pigmented but not fully matte – they are more of a sain finish on the lips and easy to use. I find that because of this, they don’t last long and if my lips are very dry, do tend to cling a little once the moisture is absorbed. They build up nicely, so reapplying is not an issue. If you have dry lips, do moisturize as a part of skincare. I do like the shade Sultry. It pulls more dark berry-ish on my pigmented lips and warm toned skin, it is beautiful.They also have a mild minty feeling, which doesn’t tingle, but you can feel the mint. So if you like or do not like mint- here’s a headsup. I have also used it as a blush once, and it was fine dabbed onto the apples of my cheeks with my finger.

Dior Addict Lipstick 871 Power – I got this after watching it in a video on Youtube. It was 180.00 (approx.) AED in Sephora which made me cry a bit initially. But on the lips, this is divine. It is deeply moisturizing, has the most wonderful glossy finish and it will give your lips the most beautiful tint of tomato-red which is pigmented enough that you can see it and glossy to where your lips look juicy; and it fades beautifully. My lips at their driest and chappiest have responded well to this lipstick and looked amazing and plump. The colour and feel as well as the overall package are very classy and the lipstick is darn good enough that when the moisture is gone, the lips stay hydrated. Bonus – it looks good when you bring it out to retouch. I would highly recommend this if you like Dior and can spend a few bucks extra for a good quality high end product.

Becca Beach Tint Watermelon – I ordered this off Cult Beauty when it came as a GWP if you spent 50.00 GBP. The basic concept of this is that it is  a pigment in oil which hydrates but stains as well and it is waterproof – ideal for the beach (Hence, Beach Tint). There are many shades to choose from and initially I was planning to buy all of them, but then I realized I only use this as a blush, more than a lip tint. It gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks and once the oil is abosrbed, the tint remains put. It blends easily and smells divine. I usually blend it in with my fingers. A tip I have is- squeeze the tube with the lid on, pressing at differnt points before you use it – it separates sometimes and only the oil comes out – which is not what anyone is after. It comes in a small tube, so easy for travel and on the go. On the lips, it’s a beautiful berry red shade which then shrivels my lips like a matte lipstick once the hydrating core is gone. It also breaks off and clings to dry patches and causes flaking on my lips. Once it is dry, building it up is not a good idea, as I have tried. So I have not purchased them since I own pretty much all colors in blushes already. As a quick waterproof fix, this is a good blush. Not my favourite for the lips.

I want more recommendations for glossy, easy lip products for the office and on the go. Let me know your faves, if any.

-xo

Steal A (Stila) Haul!

Did you get it??  No?? Oh, never mind!

This particular “haulage” happened when I was low, so I had a bit of retail therapy. I was anyway looking for a muti-tasking face palette which would enable me to atleast look presentable in the mornings at office. On normal days, I just wear concealor in a hurry and some mascara – it makes me look so flat faced that I have to have something more. This, when I saw it on Youtube, seemed like the answer to my woes.

Anyway, here are the palettes from Stila – The “Perfect Me Perfect Hue” Palettes in Light/Medium and Medium/Tan shades or “Hues“. Each has 2 blushes and 4 eyeshadows and 1 base for the eye, all powder formulations. I got mine from Cult Beauty recently. Stila is fairly easy to find though – ASOS, FeelUnique, and Glamazle also carry this brand. Except the prices at Glamazle are high – 250 AED or something. I got mine for 125 AED approx. each which makes me wonder – Why yo prices high yea, Glamzy?stila1.JPG

The packaging is beautiful with the leopard print. I somehow thought these would be a bit bigger but they are a little on the smaller side and fit in my hand easily. Each has a mirror, so good for travel and on the go. The palettes come in four different “hues” to complement fair/light, light/medium, medium/tan and tan/deep shades of skin tones. I got the two I thought most appealed to me, although except for fair/light, I liked all the other three.
Here’s a shot of both palettes –

Stila Palette in shade Light/Medium
stila 3.JPGI liked the color scheme of this palette. The base is softer and the eyeshadows are easy everyday neutrals (champagne, gold and brown vibes) but are also highly pigmented and blend well. The blushes are pigmented and not chalky at all. All products are generously sized and compliment each other well.

Stila Palette in shade Medium/Tan
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This was the one I fell in love with at first online view. It was warm, coppery, delectable and everything I wanted with that coppery blush and the eyeshadow and brown and burgundy vibe. It is perfection for me.

I would highly recommend these to you. A bonus- the names all the pans and how you apply is given on the back of each palette – but you do you babe. It’s makeup, you go to town with it!

I however, have only ONE major gripe with these palettes. The PANS– they seem a little off. Some eyeshadow pans are loose and about to come off. I can actually depot them. I am thinking it may have happened during transit because the weather here in Abu Dhabi is currently Humid Central status and I get simultanously steamed and fried everyday. Apart from that, these are excellent palettes for travel and on the go makeup. I keep one in my small office makeup pouch and am no longer, Le Flat Face.

-xo

The Mara(Cheeka)thon!

Now, you would not catch me even lift a finger, much less my body to go to my terrace for a walk. But..you better be sure than I ran my fingers on the keyboard at incredible marathon speeds to find out where this product was – The Benefit Cheekathon Palette!!

Now, this is not the first time Benefit Cosmetics has done a palette like this where they combine their cult favourite Box Blushes (and Hoola Bronzer) in a travel palette (with obnoxiously useless packaging) around the holidays. They did one years ago, but they have been doing them consistently for the last 2 years or so.

The offering this time – 5 full size products as pictured below.cheekathon 1.JPGThe last one I have is the Sweet Box o’ Blushes with the now discontinued Bella Bamba. I did not bother with the next one, The Real Cheeky Party Blushes,  as both these ones got “not so good” reviews fromTemptalia here and here. This one got a little better reviews and was a good value for money – so I went for it.
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I bought mine from Glamazle for 310.00 AED and free delivery. They do stock the latest releases before they hit Sephora Middle East which, if you want to buy them beforehand, is a good thing. The individual Box Blushes are about 145 AED a piece, so I would say this is a steal!!

About the palette now – I was thankful it was not in the some tin box like the previous one and quite light and compact. Benefit Cosmetics always include Hoola and the brush in the palettes. The powders are in a foamy sleeve from which you can depot them in a Z palette for travel. The quality is better than the previous ones for sure! They swatch very close to their original counterparts in the boxes. (No swatches as I suck at them)
It has full sizes of Hoola (Bronzer), Dandelion (Pale Pink Brightening Blush/Powder), Rockteur (Glowing Blush / Topper), Dallas (Bronzing Blush – Dustry Rose) and Coralista (Coral Blush).

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It even got a good review on my favourite blog ReallyRee

Let me know what you think about this and if you got yours, what do you think of it?

-xo