Maybelline has recently released the Lash Sensational Mascara and I jumped on the opportunity to try it. Let’s get down to it the review shall we?
This mascara comes with a plastic wand which is curved and contains short bristles and long bristles which allows the formula to be evenly applied on each individual lash. This has a wet formula so if you don’t prefer wet formulas this might not be the one for you. It is supposed to be volumizing, but to be completely honest, it did not impress me because I do find that there are better mascaras, like the MAC Haute and Naughty Too Black Lash ( click here if you want to know more about it!), that give tons of volume. This mascara does hold a curl all day, and does not smudge under my eyes like some mascaras do. This mascara gives you very separated and lengthened lashes, kind of like how your lashes look after you wash your face. Overall, I like this mascara as an everyday mascara, and would not prefer this for a dramatic, night-out kind of mascara.
This mascara is available in Jeddah at City Plaza.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is one of the popular palettes out there for contouring and for good reason. It just has everything you would need to achieve that perfect contour.
The palette is made of cardboard which is disappointing coming from a high-end brand because it can easily get damaged. It also does not come with the mirror which was a unfortunate surprise. The palette contains six shades-three in the top row and three in the bottom row.
The top row shades consist of: Vanilla, Banana and Sand (L-R)
The bottom row shades consist of: Java, Fawn and Havana (L-R)
All of the shades are matte except for the Sand which is a really pretty champagne highlight. It has no visible chunks of glitter and is finely milled. Banana is a self-explanatory yellow shade and Vanilla is a cream colored shade used for highlighting and adding light to selected part of the face.
The bottom row has Fawn which is standard neutral contour shade, and two warm shades Java and Havana which could be used as bronzers to add some warmth to the skin.
This is a really great palette to have in your collection if you are into the whole contoured look or if you are a makeup fiend like myself. For girls who can’t be bothered with contouring, might find smaller palettes like the Smashbox contour palette more suitable. It all really depends on personal preference.
If you see my makeup collection, you’re going to find a variety of blushes that are all different shades of pink, so when I first got this blush, I didn’t know how I felt about it. I’m the type of girl who always wears pink blush leaving this blush, Lovejoy by MAC unused. One day, I discovered Mimi Ikonn on YouTube and I fell in love with her makeup. She typically wears the same type of makeup in every single video. On her cheeks, she has this bronzy glowy blush or bronzer which I just instantly fell in love with and I immediately opened my makeup collection to find something similar, and that’s when I figured that Lovejoy would be perfect to imitate Mimi’s look.
Lovejoy is so hard to describe because it’s one of those blushes that has a mix of colors. It it is bronze but it does have some pink in it, some red undertones and golden glitter running through it which is really pretty as a blush but it also gives some definition to the cheeks which I could use. The golden glitter surprisingly is not chunky so I don’t mind it on the face. It compliments olive and tan skin tones very well, but it can work for lighter skin tones if used very lightly because it is dark. I’ve been loving this blush so much and I can’t get enough of it! If you’re wondering where to find MAC stores here in Jeddah, there is one on Tahlia Street.
I’ve always passed by the pink and girly Bassam Fattouh counter at Debenhams wondering if I should try something or not, but never made the effort. This time around, I gave in, and bought the matte lipstick in Starlet. Starlet is a beautiful berry color, one of those colors that just looks great on all skin tones. Matte formulas are one of those make- it – or- break- it kind of formulas, either they’re too dry and drag when you apply it on the lips, or they could be wonderfully creamy and moisturizing. Starlet is definitely the latter. It is matte formula, but it is creamy and very light on the lips. It is very pigmented, all you need is one swipe and you are ready for the day…or night. I just might visit their counter again and see what other good products I can find.
I’m a big fan of The Body Shop and there are certain products that I keep purchasing again and again and again. One of my favorites is the Body Butter Duo in the vanilla scent. This is probably not a surprise because everyone loves the body butters, and for good reason. There is rich cream side for extra hydration which is perfect for knees and elbows and a lighter cream for areas that don’t need a lot of hydration. The formula doesn’t leave you sticky and sinks in quickly so you don’t have to wait a while before putting your clothes on.
My next favorite is the Body Mist in Vanilla. There is really not much to say about this, except that it smells like pure vanilla. If you love vanilla, you will want this in your life. It is mist so it is light and stays on for quite some time.
The Shimmer Cube Palette has 4 different shades which you could use individually or together to create an eye look. What I love about this is that if you want to take only one shade with you, you can just take it out of the box and it has a separate lid so you can just throw it in your makeup bag. The formula is so pigmented and creamy, not chalky at all.
The lip liners are the perfect balance between creamy yet dry-am I making any sense? Basically, the formula is perfect and doesn’t slip and slide off the lips. My favorite shade is called Mauve which is like my lips but better shade. Sometimes I wear it alone, with lip gloss on top or under a lipstick.
Last, but not least, is the lip and cheek stain in Rose Pink. It gives that perfect glow on the cheeks, that color that you get when that cold winter air hits your face. On the lips it gives you a perfect pink color, and if you layer it, it gives you pink-red color perfect for fall and it does not budge, it will stay on your lips for a long time.
The Body Shop also has a Facebook Page where it uploads all it’s promotions and new launches so you can always be up to date.
The quest for finding an amazing mascara is never ending, but mine just might have ended because I may have found the one. I’ve never heard anyone talk about MAC mascaras, but the MAC Haute and Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara is perfection and deserves a spotlight. The formula is pretty wet which was enough to convince me that this one would not be for me since I’m more of dry-mascara-gal, but this has changed my mind. The fiber brush wand really gives a lot of volume, length, it separates the lashes and manages to a hold a curl for an impressive amount of time. The black color of this mascara is intense, it is really really black and it just makes your eyes stand out and makes you look more awake and wide-eyed, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that look?
The changing season calls for changing our makeup routine and adding a few new bits and pieces to welcome the coming autumnal months. Here are few of my lip choices this fall.
1. Bassam Fattouh-Starlet: Startlet is a raspberry pink color, perfect when you want autumnal lips but don’t want to go too dark. The formula of this lipstick is like no other, its matte but so creamy and lightweight.
2. NARS Satin Lip Pencil-Hyde Park: This gorgeous formula is perfect when you want glossy lips. It is a pretty dark raspberry pink color which is flattering on a lot of skin tones.
3. Revlon Lip Butter-Berry Smoothie: This is another glossy lip option and you don’t need to look in the mirror to apply it-perfect for when you’re always on the go and simply do not have the time to fuss with lip liners and what not.
4. The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain-01: If you love match-y match-y makeup, this is something you should keep an eye out for. You can apply this berry hued stain on the lips and cheeks and be ready to head out the door. What I love about this, is that you can choose the intensity of the color. You can layer this on the lips for a dark intense berry lip or apply a light layer on the lips, it is really up to your mood.
5. MAC-Rebel: This satin lipstick is currently my newest obsession. I’ve been wearing this all the time-sometimes dabbed onto to the lips like a stain or straight from the bullet for a full on dark, bold lip. It is a beautiful dark pink-purple color, and should be a staple in every girls collection.
6. MAC-Viva Glam III: This color is definitely on the bold and daring side. It is a matte, reddish brown color that screams autumn. It is one of those universal colors that would flatter a lot of skin tones.
Blush is probably one of my most favorite things in makeup. The right blush can just add so much life and energy to your face. Rimmel’s Soft Color Blush in the color Live Pink is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a fresh pink color that adds so much brightness and aliveness to the face, something you especially need when you have class at 8:30 in the morning. The blush is sheer, so if you are heavy handed with blush (like me) you won’t be walking out the door with bright pink cheeks. The blush has a luminous finish, but the golden shimmer particles aren’t so huge that someone might ask you “why you have glitter on your face” (been there, done that). The formula of the blush and the color is freakishly similar to my other obsession, Dollymix by MAC (Could this be a dupe? Maybe!)
If you’re looking for a body lotion that will give you soft skin immediately and for a longer period of time, this is the one to get. This is one of those products that makes a difference in your skin overnight. My skin used to be so dry that it looked dull and lifeless (cute much?) but things have changed after I discovered Victoria’s Secret PINK Hand and Body Cream. I usually apply this after I take a shower, before going to bed, and the cream sinks in to the skin immediately without leaving the skin feeling greasy. In the morning, I wake up with the softest skin ever and looks healthy and radiant. Seriously though, I can’t stop touching my skin! The body cream comes in a few different scents, the one I own Soft and Dreamy has been discontinued (I think, since its not on the website). I love layering this with my PINK Warm and Cozy body mist as they compliment each other very well and leave me smelling like I’m in some sort of sweet smelling heaven.
This lip gloss is perfection. If something this pretty looks like this on the outside, imagine what it looks like on your lips. Actually, don’t imagine, I’ll tell you, it looks gorgeous. This MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl is a beautiful pale pink lip gloss with golden shimmer. My lips are pretty pigmented, so this lip gloss does not add color to my lips, it just adds a healthy shine, but it does go very well on top of all my lipsticks. Although it does have shimmer running through it, its very fine instead of being chunky. It adds a pretty golden pink sheen to any lip color, and stays on for a long, long time. On a more important note however, it smells like vanilla, which happens to by my favorite scent. I love pairing this with my holy grail nude lipstick NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok. Worth checking out next time you go to MAC? Definitely.