The Skin18 Series – Part 4

Hola!!!

Here’s Zoi bringing you the fourth and the last installment to the Skin18 series.

Let’s get started ^_^.

Luke Hydrogel Eye Patch for Eye Puffiness (in Purple) was the fourth product out of the three sent to me.

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Product Characteristics:

* Help reduce eye puffiness and tightening skin under eyes

* Refreshing & Moisturizing

* Visible Anti-wrinkle Effect & Elasticity

* Excellent Revitalization & Resilience

* Highly concentrated Moisturizing patch with high formulated on main ingredient in Marine Collagen, Vitamin A, E and Aloe Vera

* TDS (Transdermal Delivery System) – Provides beneficial nutrition

Main Ingredients and its Functions:

* The extracts of Mugwort and Green Tea – The eye patch contain the extracts of mugwort and green tea which help moisturize the skin.

* Contains vitamin A, C and E – This provide nutrition to skin.

* Hydrogel – Having excellent moisturizing function.

How To Use:

*After cleansing, dry with a towel.

*It is helpful to apply eye cream or essence before pasting the patch to your area (not too much), when apply please lightly pat it under eyes area.

*Peel off the patch from plastic liner and apply onto the desired area.

*Leave on for 20-30 minutes and remove the patch.

*After removing the patch, no rinsing is necessary.

My Views:

Well, to be very honest, this really did not do as it claims. I have horrendous puffy and extremely tired-looking eyes and this product did not do anything good to them. It rather stayed as it was prior to its usage. Having said that, perhaps, a more regular usage of these patches might bring a change, but this is something I am not quite sure of since it did not leave that impression the first time it should to compel me to purchase it.

The scent was some sort of cream-like; it resembled nothing to the ingredients mentioned. If I talk about hydrogel, I guess it wasn’t in ample amount for I did not feel my under eye area moisturized. The patches rather felt like stickers and after some point it gave a really uncomfortable feeling. My under eye area felt heavy and bulgy.

Out of the 3, this was the only product that came out as a disappointment. So far, this is the product Skin18 needs to draw their attention to in order to make it effective enough.

All in all friends, I’d rate my experience with Skin18 4.5 out of 5. The sheet masks did really well and I most certainly would stock on those. I highly recommend them. Don’t forget to check the other parts of this series, they would help you choose wisely ;). The links are below:

The Skin18 Series – Part 1
The Skin18 Series – Part 2
The Skin18 Series – Part 3

Grab yours 🙂 (Shop Now)

See you next time 😉

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A BB-Cream Story!

Hello everybody!

I hope you all are doing perfectly well.

Well, today I am going to share the most prized possession of mine in this post and that too without any further delay 😛

Post my encounter with the Revlon Photoready BB Cream, I was very skeptical of trying any new BB cream out there. Even if I used to make up my mind that I’d try this certain BB cream, I’d never be able to steer up the courage to purchase one due to sheer skepticism as to how would it turn out upon entering a makeup booth.

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Anyhoo, one fortunate night I was randomly browsing through different beauty portals while I came across an article, titled, “The Best BB Cream”, and it literally convinced me to come out of my zone and try some new BB cream products in town. I was drawn to this article considering the extensive research the team at Reviews delved into and out of 106 options, pick-pointed two. The first being, a high-end brand, Dior’s Diorskin Nude BB Creme and second a drugstore, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Protector.

Since, Dior’s Diorskin Nude BB Creme was out of my budget as well as my geographical range, I decided to FINALLY try the drugstore one, the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Protector. Now, I call it “FINALLY” because it is the second BB cream product after the Revlon one that I have tried. Trust me folks, it really needs a heck of your heart to muster up the courage of trying a new makeup product when you have faced disappointment earlier. Make up freaks… . do we agree on this? 😀

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By now, you guys must have deduced the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Protector is that prized possession I was chanting about at the start. There’s hardly been a product to fall in the category of “prized possession of mine”, so you got to stick to this post to know what’s so special about this ;).

Let’s begin the review 🙂

My thoughts:

First and foremost, I’d take a moment to tell you guys, that I am an oil factory. Yes. I have a super duper oily skin and this product manages it really very well. Secondly, I am in shade Light/Medium 110 out of the 5 shades this range of Maybelline’s BB cream offers.
The consistency is just apt. Not runny at all and aptly creamy. One fact to tick when I was trying it at the makeup counter. 😉

Upon application, it settled as a matte-finish and I kid you not, extremely lightweight. Moreover, it manages to give that natural look to your makeup; very subtle and glow-y.
Lovelies, it won’t give you that greasy feel and is not at all a hassle to blend. Also, it is build-able. Feel free to build it as you please and enjoy your desired coverage; you wouldn’t see it giving a layered appearance.

Speaking of its staying power, it managed to last for about good 6-7 hours. And I think that’s fabulous! Let me tell you guys, environmental aspects play a very big part here. Karachi is super hot nowadays, so this product really does it well here. Also, let me mention, it managed to last this long only after having it powdered.
On top of this, I did not see any oxidation occurring. This wasn’t the case at all with the Revlon Photoready BB cream. So, I hereby, proclaim, Maybelline wins it here.

Fragrance, well, this one factor bothers me a bit. This proved to be a major downside for me in the case of Revlon Photoready BB cream. However, when it comes to Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream, thank god, it has a fragrance free formula :).

The only downside to this product is the exaggeration with regard to eight skin benefits (blurs imperfections, evens skin-tone, enhances, etc.) as I believe this can be fulfilled by most of the products out there in the market. Also, you have to run for your concealer to hide those awful blemishes and darkness under your eyes.

As for this, let’s do a round up to see whether or not it fulfills the claims it swears by:

Blurs Imperfections: Yes!
Enhances: Defos!
Brightens: Well, yes! You wouldn’t experience an orange cast or that pinky undertone.
Adjusts to Skin Tone: Not really.
Smooths: Yes, it does even out.
Hydrates: Certainly! Dry skinnies would also enjoy it.
SPF 30 Protection: Nah! Do not solely depend on this.
0% Oils and Other Heavy Ingredients: Thumbs up! Didn’t feel heavy or greasy as mentioned before.

Here’s me sharing my pictures with you wearing this product on two different occasions. Had it not been Reviews.com‘s research, I would not have been enjoying these pictures of mine and you guys, this elaborated review guide ;).

Pros:
-Ideal for oily skin
-Fragrance-free
-Pocket-friendly
-Build-able
-No oxidation

Cons:
-Does not cover blemishes
-Limited shade range (5 only)

I got mine from Just4girls.pk for PKR 799. At such a price, this product is a STEAL!

Do you own Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Skin Perfector? What are your thoughts on this? Do you prefer it over the Revlon Photoready BB cream? Share it in the comments section below :).

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The Skin18 Series – Part 3

I love pandas!
I even daydream about having one as my pet 😀
Just can’t get enough of their adorableness… .

But oh well, since it’s not meant to be, I pacify myself with this panda looking sheet mask ^_^

Without any further delay folks, let’s dive into the post… .

L’affair Animal Whitening Panda Mask is the 3rd of the 4th products I was sent to try.

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How to Use:
-After cleansing, take out a sheet and stick it to the whole face evenly.
-In 15~20 minutes, remove the sheet and pat the remains on the skin to be absorbed.
-It is OK to apply the remains to the body after use.

My Views:

Like the previous two masks, I popped this on after keeping it in the fridge for about half an hour. I absolutely love the cool feeling the moment I put it on.

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This is how you’ll look like 😉

After 20 minutes, I visibly saw a difference. My face was instantly bright and squeaky clean. Moreover, it, as well, sat down with my skin type, which is oily, quite well. Yes, it got a little sticky, but I did not feel the urge to wash the residue off like I felt with that of the previous one.
It had quite an appealing scent; did not bother me at all.

Subtle, soft and brighter skin is what L’affair Animal Whitening Panda Mask is capable of. Grab yours before the crazy discount gets off!!! 😀

Price: $3.oo

Find the other parts of the Skin 18 series:
The Skin18 Series – Part 1
The Skin18 Series – Part 2

Until next time angels,
Love&Prayers

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
Instagram: @Zoified.

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Independence Day Celebrations at Dolmen Malls – 2016

Dolmen Mall, Pakistan’s first international standard mall, is famous for being at the forefront of every major national celebration. With every event, they have continued to raise the bar when it comes to family entertainment and shopping in Karachi.

As our Independence Day approaches, we see the city changing itself to represent the colours of Pakistan, and Dolmen did not stay behind in giving its visitors a flavour of patriotism. This year, their theme, ‘Dolmen loves Pakistan’, was weaved around the concept of #HamariPehchan aimed at giving people a chance to celebrate Pakistan’s identity. Spanning across all three malls, namely Dolmen Mall Clifton, Dolman Mall Tariq Road and Dolmen Mall Hyderi, the event kicked off on 12th of August 2016.

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“Living in a time where there is so much uncertainty and negativity surrounding our identity as a nation, we wanted to celebrate the achievements and entertainment aspects of Pakistan which we are known for. These things are relatable to the older as well as the younger generation of this country and they need to be celebrated. This is what makes us proud as Pakistanis,” said Anum Nadeem, Marketing Head of the Dolmen Group at the event.

A weekend worth of activities were executed in all its patriotic glamour and glory. For this, the mall was draped in shades of greens and whites.The walkways sawmagnificent replicas of the country’s monuments. From live murals of national heroes to specially dressed guards standing and saluting the customers, the entire mall gave off 14th August vibes. The main atrium was designed to take the mall-goers on a photographic journey through Pakistan and its rich culture. Adding to the desi feel, a dhaaba was set up by Chai Wala offering fresh parathas and chai for all those craving for a cup of tea, Pakistan’s undisputed favourite drink. Folk music and a special Azadi Bazaar selling flags, badges, and other patriotic merchandise set the right mood to the three-day event.

To mark the eve of Independence Day, a grandiose performance by Sounds of Kolachi dazzled the audience. The soulful music melted into the beautiful notes of our National Anthem at precisely 12 AM, amidst a shower of confetti while the guards raised the flag and saluted. The moment was breathtakingly beautiful.

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On the same night, visitors at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road were enthralled to find Noori performing live and did not shy away from fully enjoying patriotic beats.

On the digital front, an Instagram competition was hosted, allowing amateur photographers to showcase their talent. Top three photographs were selected and awarded with prizes. More prizes awaited all those who visited Dolmen wearing green. Shoppers and visitors were, thus, pleasantly surprised at various occasions.

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As another successful event comes to an end, Dolmen stands tall and proud; the management determined to keep providing more quality events and celebrations to its visitors. Let’s wait to see what they have in store for the next event!

For more information, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/dolmenmall

https://www.twitter.com/dolmenmalls

https://www.instagram.com/dolmenmall

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Happy Independence Day, Pakistan!

I wish my country a very Happy 69th Birthday! 🙂

I pray that Allah Kareem keeps showering his blessings and barakah on my homeland and also extend my most sincere prayers to those going through tough times, Kashmir, Syria, Iraq, Burma… .Palestine!!!

Love&Prayers,
Zoha Khan

NIVEA Pure Source Cleansing Foam – Review

Hello lovelies,
I hope you’re all doing really very well 

Living in a city like Karachi, humidity and pollution are two aspects which are INEVITABLE and I’m sure this distresses every girl as both are harmful to the skin. In order to make you skin look good and healthy always follow the steps below:

1) Cleanse
2) Exfoliate
3) Moisturize

Let’s discuss what product I have been using for my step 1: Cleansing.

NIVEA Pure Source Cleansing Foam (for combination skin):

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Since I wanted you guys to have a clear picture of the product, I translated on google whatever the product said.

Here you go:
In order for a combination and oily skin looks clean non greasy, skin requires special cleaning to help reduce excess oil as well as moisturize when cleaned
Cleaning the face without making it dry
Carnitine reduces excess oil on the skin
Cleanse and refresh skin with Aloe Vera
Sodium lactate help clean and reducing the appearance of blackheads and blemishes on the face

Result:
 A thorough clean facial skin , not greasy , soft and fresh natural .

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How to use:
Gently rubbed on the face and neck soaked , then massage gently in a circular motion to the top , avoiding the area around the eyes . Rinse thoroughly with warm water

not clog pores
dermatologist tested suitable for skin
does not contain preservatives and dyes

My Views:
I have been using this for almost a month and yes it is a go-go for me!  It literally does what it claims, i.e., it leaves my skin soft, non-greasy (something which I crave for in cleansing foams), and smooth.
For me it works absolutely well since it reduces the excess oil without making it go all dry and flaky.

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Furthermore, this product has a good creamy thick consistency, so even a teeny-tiny amount spreads and lathers up and I did not experience any kind of breakout nor any zit popped up so yes I can say undoubtedly that it goes well with “combination skins”

It quite effectively removes off makeup, be it water proof or not. It gently removes makeup off the face but yes irritates and stings when it comes to removing makeup off your eyes so this is the only thing that disappointed me otherwise I love it.

This product is available at all the leading superstores in Karachi. I purchased mine from The Imtiaz Super Store. It costs PKR 265 and is 100 ml.

Read my thoughts on Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water review.

What’s your favourite cleanser? I’d love to read  new recommendations, please feel free to share in the comments section below 🙂

Much Love xx

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Instagram: @Zoified.

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The Skin18 Series – Part 2

Salaam-namaste! 🙂

I hope this post of mine finds you all in the pink of health. As for me guys, I am in desperate need of prayers. Sigh!
(Results calling!!!!!!)

So lovelies, today I  bring you the second part of my Skin18 shenanigans. SOC 3D Beauty Serum Face Mask Pack (Rice Wine Sheet Mask) is the second product of the 4 I have tried.

Product Characteristics: SOC Rice Wine Mask sheet with active ingredients from three different types of ancient rice that moisturizes, nourishes and firms skin from within the intensive mask process.

My experience: I, before applying it, kept it in the refrigerator for about 15-20 mins for that cool effect. After cleansing, I put this on in alignment to the contours of my face and popped in my favourite movie to relish the mini-spa therapy.

After straight 30 mins, I, after making sure, that my skin has fully absorbed the serum, put the mask off. In my view, this mask is not meant for ladies with oily skin. I have an oily skin, and this mask did not suit me at all as I noticed a greasy film all over my face. Moreover, my skin felt a bit sticky which wasn’t the case at all with the Fresh Fruit Avocado Real Natural Mask Pack I used mentioned in my SKIN18 series review earlier.

Also, I felt a sudden urge to wash my face due to the stickiness and tacky eek I constantly felt after its usage. Having said that, I am sure this SOC 3D Beauty Serum Face Mask Pack (Rice Wine Sheet Mask) will definitely go well with the ladies with dry skin. It’s super hydrating and moisturizing, which I on my skin felt a bit overboard. So yeah, dry skinned beauties, this one’s for you :).

Pros:
-Sheet masks are easy to handle and use
-No rinse needed
-If you have dry skin, you’ll love it
-Pocket-friendly

Cons:
-If you have oily skin, it isn’t meant for you.
-Oily skin ones might feel the urge to rinse off the residue

Until next time girls,
From me to you,
With love ❤

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
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Magical Times at Dolmen Mall

Pakistan’s first international standard mall, Dolmen mall, is renowned for always staying a step ahead of its competitors. As summer 2016 approached its end, Dolmen hosted the city’s biggest Back to School Festival. Held from 29 th to 31 st July 2016 across all three Dolmen Malls, the festival aimed at school going kids and families; giving them a chance to celebrate and be excited about the beginning of another scholastic year.

The Marketing Head at Dolmen, Anum Nadeem said, “We’re holding this event for the first time and are expecting families to shop, eat and have fun. We’ve brought together some great shopping options for our customers.”

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At Dolmen Mall Clifton, the Back to School edition of the Dolmen Bazaar saw leading retailers like Hub, Leisure Club, Kidz Dunya & Sindbad as well as budding entrepreneurial ventures like Magic Hands and Paperworks showcase their Back to school range. From school bags, notebooks and stationery to a delightful display of balloon art, the little ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves in this maze of amazement. Parents, on the other hand, rejoiced the rare opportunity for their kids to have fun in a safe and family-friendly environment.

Adding some magic to the cauldron of excitement, Dolmen Mall conjured up the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in collaboration with Liberty Books on the third day of Back to School Festival. The launch of the 8 th Harry Potter book was held on Harry Potter’s birthday, 31 st July. The response was staggering; the event saw a union of three generations of Potterheads. From five year old HP fanatics flaunting painted scars on their foreheads, to tweens donned in wizard’s robes – even grownups didn’t shy away from swishing their wands and crying out ‘Wingardium Leviosa”. Fans lined up at 9:30 AM to receive their copy of the awaited book on this unique occasion where Harry Potter fandom was so majestically celebrated in Pakistan. Thematic décor, wands, hats, trivia games, giveaway for the best dressed fans and countless photo opportunities with a truly magical ambience and music, the event was a memorable one.

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Dolmen Mall capitalized on the organic pull of Harry Potter fandom and took Back to School Festival to a whole new level. The event exceeded expectation on all fronts, and provided visitors with three days of festivity in a completely family-friendly environment. Dolmen aims to continue surprising its visitors with more such events in the future.

Bloggers and Key Opinion Leaders were hosted by Dolmen Mall and given out special Harry Potter themed giveaways. They shared the impact the book has had on their lives and also relived their back to school memories. They were provided refreshments in the form of crispy and grilled chicken from Golden Chick and delicious cupcakes and coffee from Lals. Everyone left the vicinity of the mall happy and content, with their copy of their favourite book with them.

The Skin18 Series – Part 1

Hi my angels!

Here, I bring you a skin care review series, which you all are absolutely going to love.
I have been on a small virtual trip to Korea, thanks to the Skin18 😀

I am a skin care freak and always on the hunt for good products. Sheet face masks are quite a trend now, and like every girl, I too was drooling over them; searching for some good outlet to shop from. But Skin18 solved this by offering a generous set of amazing Korean skincare goodies and I am really excited to share my experience.

Before I begin my review, let’s just talk about Skin18. It is a beauty haven dealing in a huge variety of Korean cleansers,toners,facial masks (as in, hydrogel, wash-off, sheet) , BB creams, CC creams; you name it, they have it. What I loved about them is that they know what one’s skin require and what product would suit better to what age. Also, their website is really well categorized owing to the skin-type and formula. So, a big thumbs up 🙂

As for the review, I got 4 products out of which I’ll be sharing my experience with one of them.  So today,  I bring forth the Fresh Fruit Avocado Real Natural Mask Pack.


This is a sheet mask from the  brand Mirum which contains avocado extracts and is my most favourite out of the 4. The results were evident instantly and phenomenal. I kept this pack in the fridge for some time before using so that I enjoy a good cool facial therapy. The Skin18’s website provides every bit of information, as to what ingredients it contains, salient product features and how to use it (visit LINK).
As it states, I after thoroughly cleansing and toning, attached this  mask as per my face contours and put some earphones on and ignored the world (Guys, face pack and music is a deadly combo,haha). Upon application, it has that cooling sensation which wasn’t tingly or irritating, but soothing and I kid you not, it had a gorgeous fragrance.

After about 20 mins after the essence has completely soaked in, I put it off and to my surprise did not feel any greasiness or that tacky feeling. The essence worked its magic as I  witness an instant boost and lift to my skin and above all I looked fresh and felt fresh. My skin looked clearer and glow-y.Let me tell you guys, I have an oily skin, and this matches it perfectly. Absolutely loved the hydration it left off it.  I believe a regular usage of this face pack can do wonders for one’s skin; I must stock up on this guysssss! ^_^

P.s: It is perfect for oily skinned beauties, like me 🙂

Price: $1.40

See you guys real soon,
Love&prayers ❤

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