Kat Von D Alchemist: Holographic Heaven!

I love Kat Von D powder and lip products – most of what I have tried are eye shadows and her liquid lipsticks- and the quality is amazing. The pigment, texture, payoff, lasting power – all are top notch. I tried layering them on other shadows and they looked BEAUTIFUL!!! Frankly, I had thought those swatches on her website were photo-shopped! But they do actually look exactly the same and are oh! So pigmented!! I am in love ❤

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She recently released this gem of a palette – The Alchemist – which had 4 holographic powders to be used on the eyes, face, lips and body. And I wanted it so bad! Lucky for you, its now available in stores and on Sephora.ae for 140 AED. You are welcome!

The packaging is gorgeous. The outer cover as well as the actual palette have this beautiful art-work by Kat which is holographic! So when you throw away the outer cover – you can still see the beauty of the “holo” !

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I know people have said it resembles the Moon Child ABH Glow Kit – but the texture is different. These are not glittery, but have a sort of glow in them. I know the product versus price ratio is not that great – but for the application/way of use and with the pigmentation – these are amazing and worth it.

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You can swatch them in store and I would definitely recommend picking a backup because one of these is just not enough! I purchased my 2nd one recently too.

Do let me know what you think about these.

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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

Cos RX- AHA BHA Toner – Breakout Killer!

As I have probably mentioned and cribbed about here, I have intensely sensitive, acne-prone – oily skin. And if you add hormonal acne to the mix – my skin is a mountainous paradise. Or was, actually! Ever since I went on the pill – it became better. But now that I am off the pill, I started to get a pimple or two around the time of the month. And I was scared that this would turn into a catastrophe!

But it did not.

Infact, my other pimple-type spots reduced and went away! And I realized that I only had these problems when I missed the most critical step (to me now!!) in my skincare routine. The toner – to be specific, the COS RX AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.

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It was an impulse purchase – on Cult Beauty. What sealed the deal was that it was reasonably priced and had both AHA and BHA to treat acne prone skin. And it came in a spray- which I like over the ones you have to spill onto a cotton pad. Mostly its not that effective because the pad soaks it all up!

Now, a bit on AHA and BHA. AHA is what you need to exfoliate the dead skin on top. This will help in reducing texture and marks of previous pimples. BHA is what you need to clean the inside of the skin – pores and gunk and this reduces your chances of breakouts in the first place. AHA just cleans and rejuvenates the op layer to reveal glowing skin.

This product is not only cheap and a good bang for your buck, it is actually beautiful. The packaging is very nice – plastic bottle with a spray. And the spray is good, not that misty that most of it gets lost in the air. I just spray it on my face after I have cleansed it and mostly around my jawline and cheeks because that is where I breakout the most. Then with clean hands I spread it and pat it into my face where I have pores, pimple prone areas. Patting is key. Follow it up with SKII Essence and my Mizon Repair Cream (which you should use when your face is a bit wet – so you use less and it is not heavy and actually works).

My skin is clear as of now. Pores have reduced and there are no new pimples coming out. Highly recommend for people sharing my skin type. You cannot beat the price and the benefits of this!

-xo

 

Lovin’ the First Light!

It blew the market up when it launched and everyone was talking about the beautiful primer Becca launched in the pale lilac colour! Aimed at brightening and making claims of changing a bad face day into a fresh face day – we have the Becca First Light Priming Filter Primer.

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Since it has not launched in Sephora UAE yet, you can get this from Cult Beauty online.

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It came in the standard Becca packaging- similar to its predecessor – The Backlight Priming Filter. The bottle is a frosted glass which feels heavy, luxurious, well made and with a pump to dispense. Again, this is in line with the Backlight they lauched before. Size is a standard 1 ounce.

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One of the most intriguing things about this product is the colour. It is a pale purple- almost pastel colour. And it comes out the same way on the skin. It actually smells nice and fresh like a sweet lemonade. Once you spread the primer though, it sinks into the skin in a few minutes and there is no purple tinge left on the skin.

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Here’s my review on this:

Packaging/smell: I like the packaging. It is actually nice. The smell is a bit sweet citrus and may bother some of you, to me it was fine and it softens as the product sinks into the skin.

Performance: I love this primer. It works beautiful as a base for my oily skin as well. I find that the primer spreads nicely – you need only 1 pump for the entire face and neck. Also, it does appear to leave a cast on the face – but let it sink in for around 2 minutes and that will be gone. My skin always looks brighter, plumper as if it just had a big drink of moisture. It makes me look less tired and dehydrated. I do go over this with the MUFE mattifying primer in areas I get oily, but thats because I live in a very hot and humid place. If you are staying indoors, only this as a base and a mattifying seting powder should be fine.

The trick here is to use only a pump and let it sink in. Dry skinned girls would love it too! Some days I just wear this and the MUFE primer with no foundation, only a bronzer-blush and I am fine! I have received compliments on the glow this gives.

Definitely a recommendation!

-xo

 

Yes High-Liners, No Glitter – please!!

I have wanted to try the Marc Jacobs High Liners for a long while, and I recently bought this trio set of miniatures from Sephora to try the black, brown and copper liner mini’s to determine if I even wanted to invest in the full size ones.

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The packaging is typical luxurious Marc Jacobs – all metal and twist up and sturdy. You can feel the quality of packaging. The colours in this set were also very neutral and everyday wear appropriate. There is also a good amount of product in the liners. In this set there was 1 matte (Black), 1 slightly sheeny (Brown) and 1 glittery (Copper).

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The consistency is on par with the full size High Liners. They are highly pigmented, creamy and set quickly, so last long and don’t tug on your waterline a lot. Even for me, with my watery eyes, they last atleast 4 to 5 hours – which is amazing. They don’t dry out so easily as well – but sometimes the entire kohl just falls out in a stick – and it has happened with only the glittery copper one which I hate anyway.

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It is a good value set to try – the colors are neutral, everyday appropriate. The texture as I said, is amazing. I would steer clear of the glitter ones if your eyes are even slightly sensitive as my water line as well as my eyelid reacted to the glitter and gave me swollen eyes for a week. Even a Sephora MUA at Yas Mall agreed and said she had the same reaction.

Choose between this neutral set, or the other mini set that they have with beautiful colorful liners – and try out this line. I would also be trying the new matte liners that they launched recently. They are comparable to the MUFE aqualiners but not quite as long lasting.

A good value in my opinion and worth trying out.

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The best lip gloss topper!

I never like lip glosses..never!! But then, I have never seen so many lip glosses on the market being tossed around as “awesome” and “everything”, it made me curious. I had a set of Estee Lauder around 6 years back, and I never used them that much.

The kind of lipgloss everyone seems to like is the light peachy golden sparkly one..and while Marc Jacobs Sugar Sugar sounds wonderful, I am not on board with spending around 200 AED on something I am not sure whether I will like or not.

Searching for a cheaper, similar option led me to browse Sephora brand and well, I found a gloss I use bloody everyday! Alone and over liquid lipsticks also! And it is sooo good!

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Let me introduct you to Sephora brand gloss in the color “Sand”. Onto the review:

Packaging is very standard for glosses. But the tube does not feel cheap or anything. It feels very high end luxe. The wand is also a good ol’ hourglass shape and you don’t really get product gooped all around the wand, so you can control the amount of gloss you want.

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The texture is a sticky gloss- peachy in colour and with golden sparkles. You can never feel the sparkles and because it is a bit sticky, it lasts a long time. It gives a beautiful sheen on the lips and makes them look pouty. The scent is a wonderful light vanilla – and I do not mind that at all.

All in all, beautiful gloss to have. Very highly recommend.

-xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mini Face Tartiest :D

Tarte is a brand that is very highly regarded when it comes to sensitive skin and the only things so far I had tried from them were their Amazonian Clay blushes in different holiday kits. They recently launched the Tartiest Range of cosmetics and one of the most buzzed about products was the highlight and contour palette. It however, had a cream contour and was more than what I wanted to spend on a palette which may react with my skin and had an unwanted cream! Tarte can be ordered on their website and is now available in Sephora stores and online!

Lo and behold, I was in the Sephora at Dubai Mall and I saw this last Pro Glow To Go mini of the palette at the till and added it to my purchase.

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The packaging is a standard sturdy cardboard – very thin and sleek, which opens like a little book with a mirror on the left (ideal for touchups on the go) and 2 highlights (one pearl and one sand) and a bronzer/contour on the right. The powders are 2.3 g each and it retails for 100 AED. The full size is 5.0 g each with a value of 200 AED. Not the best value wise, but for someone who doesn’t reach for a full palette all the time – excellent. Get the full size if you need highlighters and don’t have a already big collection!

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I am in love! The quality is amazing, the powders are fine and melt into the skin – the texture accentuation is minimal if you are worried about it – but use a light hand or it will react like any other powder and expose the terrain. The powders are also Cocoa scented which gives me Nutella cravings all the time!

I would say if you were eyeing the original palette and were wary about the cream in that, go with this one. It is the same quality, same product – just mini and without the cream hassles.

A definite recommendation from my end!

-xo