Looking Unfiltered -I

I love different components of face makeup – eye shadow, concealer, highlights and of course blushes!! Who doesn't love a beautiful rosy hue on the cheeks or a just bitten-by-cold flush?

This palette by Nars, the Unfiltered I, stole my heart because it had the Exhibit A blush (which is permanent, by the way) and that red made me want to have it. I may have "umm'd" and "aaah'd" too long, because it sold out on my local Sephora and I was told it ain't coming back.

But I found it in stock on Nordstrom and ordered it asap. It has such a beautiful packaging, I think they made it red to tell people "This has Exhibit A". I adore this packaging!

As you can see, it has 6 *almost* full size Nars blushes and highlighters/blush toppers – 5 are new and 1 is permanent / re-promoted. There is a big mirror as well which is great if you prefer to use that. The colour scheme in this palette as compared to Unfiltered II is very bold and versatile.

The texture is as high quality as you can expect from Nars. The darker and bolder blushes do stain the skin a bit and are quite long lasting. The pigment in them is amazing so a little goes a long way and they are easy to blend as well. I think a value of 295 AED for 6 powders (nearly full size) as compared to one blush / highlight for 165 AED makes it a steal.

Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth getting your hands on.

– xo

Le Rose Quartz Bling

I have not posted in such a long time that it feels like I am not doing it right!!! Get a grip woman!!! So much more makeup has been launched that I fear for my wallet!

I really wanted to get my chubby fingers on the new Becca Light Chasers and such. But I resisted because they were not my cup of tea. I was also reminded of how I missed out on the limited edition Becca Rose Quartz, which was my cup of tea, and how badly I wanted it even now.

Recently, I happened to catch Olivia's (from livlovesmakeup on youtube) comparison of the Jouer Rose Quartz Highlighter to the Becca Rose Quartz one – they are dupes!! Whats more, she claimed that the consistency of the Jouer one was better than Becca and I was sold.
Thank me later!

The packaging is great although a fingerprint magnet. Also, the highlighters from Jouer much like Becca are very "buttery and delicate". They can shatter as easily.

The colour is beautiful and the consistency is like they claimed – butter! It feels like a cream but is a powder. There is no kick back when you dip your brush in it. Goes on smooth and does not sit on the skin or emphasise texture on the skin that much. The glow is delicate and can be built up too. The colour is very flattering and can be also used as a blush topper.

All in all, this is a very good buy for me. Jouer highlighters are also a bit more affordable but the quality is as high up as Becca, Urban Decay, etc.

Must recommend!!

-xo

Color me Pastel Goth!

‘Ts the season of spring (it’s blistering summer here already in Abu Dhabi) wordwide. That means colours and bright colours… did I mention colours??!!

It is also time to talk about the palette that was limited edition and had to be re-released by Kat Von D because it was so good, and so unlike the brand’s usual releases! The Pastel Goth Palette.

The gorgeous dripping bright oil pastel coloured art work is courtsey Kat herself. The inside of the palette is no less beautiful. Infact the colours on the cover match the layout of the inside eyeshadows – which is pretty cool. I waited since Feb for this palette to re-release on Glamazle after it sold out the first time. Sadly, unlike the Alchemist, this never made it to Sephora in UAE. My patience paid off and I finally was able to get my greedy hands on it.

The names of the eyeshadows are on the back of the outer box as well as the palette.

The colours are beautiful and although pigmented well enough, I would still use them over a white base or a lighter / coordinating base to really bring their vividness into play. The palette is vegan and cruelty free and all I could ever hope for. I could not believe it was this bright and vivid in person at all, but it is and its amazing.

I have no idea if this is coming back again, I would love to see it permanent. If you missed out on it, fear not – try matching with Inglot as they have similar shades as well in their collecton.

I am absolutely loving this palette at the moment. Worth the wait and effort for me!!

-xo

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

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.

-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

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