Clean&Clear Essentials Moisturiser – Review

Hi, my lovelies 🙂

I hope this post finds you all in the pink of health, Inshaa Allah!

Today I’ll be taking forward the last post of mine which you guys must have seen earlier 🙂

Here you go.

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To begin with, I really like the packaging; very sturdy and easy to handle. The product is easy to squeeze out of the flip-flop cap and surprisingly, it allows quite effectively to handle the quantity as well which mostly doesn’t happen with flip-flop caps.

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I have an attraction for products with “oil free” written on them so, naturally, I had to purchase this one. But let me tell you, I first bought the smaller size for in case I was to be disappointed, I’d overcome it in a matter of minutes, haha!
I am an oil factory, and upon application, it blended well with my skin type. I was truly elated to see how non-greasy it is and you don’t feel as if you have a layer on. It is super duper lightweight and a little goes a long way; a pea-sized amount works well enough.

Not to forget that this works really great under makeup. I slather it all over my face and neck before using makeup and it helps my skin in being super hydrated and also keeps makeup from collapsing 😀
For many people, its scent seemed somewhat of a hospital one, but I kinda liked it so yeah, you got to decide that on your own whether or not you like it.

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I have forgotten the price tag, my sincere apologies! :(. However, I can assure you that it’s under 200 PKR and guys so is  therefore super pocket-friendly. And I think, for the price, it is certainly a good catch 🙂

This is it lovelies! I shall catch up with you all with yet another review :).

Until next time,
Love and prayers!

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Essence Liquid Lipstick Peach Party -Review

Hola!!!

They say, “Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world”.

Does Essence Liquid Lipstick in the shade Peach Party live up to this popular quote? Read to find out! 😉

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Product Claim/Description:
Liquid love! This new formula combines the best of both lipstick and lip gloss. Get the impact and coverage of a lipstick with the moisturizing shine of a gloss.

Price: 430 PKR.

Packaging:
It comes in a wee cutie plump bottle and contains 0.13 oz of the product. I love how the packaging is in color coordination with the lipstick shade, as if you own a plethora of lip colors, there would be no hassle in locating the color you desire. In addition to this, the applicator is flat from both the ends, which personally appeals me as it give me better control unlike those full round pointy applicators.

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My Thoughts:
Firstly, let’s talk about the formula. Well, it is thicker and sticky considering that it’s a hybrid formula and it has to give that consistency which a lipstick gives. Having said that, it settles more like a gloss, but gives a medium coverage which matches to that of lipstick. Moreover, the shine is just to the point, not so much and not too less. Here, the Essence Cosmetics have done pure justice to the concept of the hybrid formula. It wins it here for me.

The shade is a beautiful baby pink kind of, and would match with lighter-skinned beauties. The pigmentation is quite strong and upon its application I noticed a subtle glow on my face. I don’t know, but it really is that color which lifts up your complexion and brightens up your overall look.
As for longevity, it manages to last for good 4-5 hours. The best part is, the color doesn’t transfer and you can eat and drink as you please. Phew!!!

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Without flash and zero edit 🙂

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The cherry on top is that it is super duper hydrating. It does not feel dry and is very moisturizing. Absolutely love the moist feel over my lips. ❤
And, and, anddd I absolutely love the biscuit-ti fragrance. Creamy and yummyilicious!

Now comes the only downside I encountered, which is that as you apply, it settles more or less like a patch. It doesn’t glide on smoothly; even if you double up the application, it just doesn’t go smoothly and sticks onto your lips in small portions (if I make sense). I grab a lipstick brush to smooth it out a little and to some extent I manage to overcome this dilemma.

Yays:
-Adorable packaging
-Super hydrating
-Good color payoff
-Excellent longevity
-Apt amount of shine

Nays:
-It settles patchily
-You think the quantity is too less for the price
-You think the color doesn’t go with your skin or is too pink to handle
-If the biscuit-ti fragrance bothers you
-You expected a fuller coverage

I purchased mine from www.daraz.pk. It is my go-to shopping stop; extremely reliable and hassle free :).

Until next time, enjoy this Peach party and I shall catch up with you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Zoi
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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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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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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Does this work?

Bonjour!

I know many would have used it by now and reached their verdict. But this has just started to get common in my city Karachi, and after usage, I really don’t agree with the hype and hoopla.

Micellar Water, a concept, making its path all the way from France, got its fair share in many vanity boxes and regular skincare regime, but to be really straight it did not impress me much *sigh*.

Well, so what exactly is Micellar Water?

It is water infused with tiny oil molecules, known as micelles, which zaps up dirt and impurities off the skin. Basically, it is a skincare practice which acts as a make-up remover, cleanser, and toner all packed in one. As other make-up removers, generally, involves rinsing as part of regime, using micellar water does not.

My thoughts: 

Hmm, so friends, I have been using this bud for about a month now, and sadly it hasn’t made to my favourites, unlike for many girls out there. Firstly, it stung my eyes and secondly, it gives a really hard time whilst removing mascara.
Yes, it does not involve rinsing for upon usage, it does not leave that greasy film behind, however I do feel the need to wash my face after like an hour or so. I don’t know, but I feel a tad bit of dullness and sweat on my face.

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I have been very happy with Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Make-up Remover and still do use it, but when it came to the micellar water bandwagon, Garnier still needs to get it right. For me, it does not do the job and isn’t especially meant for eyes as claimed on the bottle for it stung really bad.

Pros:
-Scent free
-Decent amount at a decent price
(Pocket-friendly)
-For even sensitive-skin

Cons:
-It stung eyes
-The need to wash face after an hour or so

I got mine for the price of PKR 420 from Omega Chase. It is readily available at all the leading stores nationwide.

Love,
Me 🙂

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Instagram: @Zoified.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick – Review

I have already used foundation in stick form by the German brand Kryolan, but when my eye caught Maybelline‘s version of the stick foundation, I had to give it a shot.

Product Description: It’s one-step perfection.  The first of its kind – lightweight gel stick foundation with an anti-shine powder core

Packaging: It comes in a cylindrical swivelled tube; the transparency of the cap allowing a peek into the shade of the foundation.

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My thoughts: Talking about its formulation, its creamy and a perfect one, but the fact that it it meant for oily-skin is downright a wrong claim. I kid you not guys, I have a kind of oily-skin that you can even fry an egg, and this foundation really doesn’t sit well with it.

I just slather it over my face and blend it with a beauty blender.  Speaking of this, it blends really well and quite easily. However, after only 3-4 hours, my face looked as if I had a bottle of oil toppled over my face. The element “shine-free” , sadly, wasn’t there. To add more to my disappointment, it oxidizes real quick and bad. *sigh*

In my view, I believe its opposite the claim that it is formulated keeping in mind the oily skin, i.e., it would be more suitable for a lady who has dry skin. But still, longevity issue is a problem as it only lives up till 3-4 hours.

Pros:
-Travel friendly

Cons:
-Oxidizes
-Not meant for oily skin

Price and Availability: I got mine from Imtiaz Superstore. Other than this, it is available at all Maybelline booths at leading stores nationwide. It is priced at PKR 1699.

What are your thoughts Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick?  Comment below:).

Until next time,
Love and fairy-dust all the way!❤

Zk.

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
Instagram: @Zoified.

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Luscious Face Contour Kit – Review

You can finally put an end to that scratching on your head and relax for I am all set to reveal my Sneak Peek shenanigans.

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I love and feel immensely proud when I see a Pakistani brand making its way into the line of favorites of many. And Luscious Cosmetics is one brand that is ruling everyone’s mind , be it, their eyeliners, lipsticks, blushes (I personally am a huge fan of their blushes) and of course The Face Contour Kit.

Let’s take you to a Luscious ride 🙂

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The Brand Claims:

Whether you are a beginner or expert, this kit is designed to help you highlight, define, and sculpt your features in a few easy steps. Featuring 4 silky, blend-able powder shades that work together to create celebrity-grade contours on any complexion or face shape. Advanced light-adjusting technology ensures the results always look natural. Use the contour shades for shading/defining, the highlighter for emphasizing and the illuminator for a sexy candlelit glow.

My  Thoughts:

May I please borrow good 5 minutes to just fully unleash how smitten I am by its packaging. I am head over heels with its artistic metallic packaging. To me, the metallic packaging gives it a luxurious appeal and in addition to this, protects the product much, much better. Girls, it’s sturdy and trendy; and I love it! ❤

If you are new to the contour world, fret not for this kit comes with an enclosed illustrated guide booklet that guides you through the techniques of highlight and contour.

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Luscious Cosmetics Face Contour Kit brings you 4 powders, a darker contour, a medium contour, a highlighter and an illuminator. I love the fact that they are formulated keeping in mind the skin-tones of Asian women, because trust me guys, hell breaks loose when we brown girls set our foot out to search that perfect contour shade.

All four of them are highly pigmented and gives off a really natural finish. The product blends well, stays put and looks good. 😉
I use the darker contour to define my cheekbones, jaw line and nose. Absolutely love the chisel it gives off.
Medium shade is my muse for the forehead and sometimes the nose. Actually, whether I want to use the darker or medium shade for my nose depends on my mood (I know it’s weird). If I am not in the mood for contour thingy, or to be more precise, lazy, I just grab a fluffy blush and use the medium shade to add warmth or a wash of color to my face so that I do not look like a zombie.Haha! 😀

Now, now, now! Let’s talk about the highlighter. I was a tad bit disappointed with it. Perhaps, it is meant for girls who are more towards that subtle highlight. As for me, I like it a bit dramatic or vivid. It seems too dull for it to be a highlighter. In my view, the illuminator does a far better job and photographs so well.

The illuminator can work well if you’re going for the strobe technique. But you got to be careful, make sure it aligns well with your complexion for it is a white powder with a sheen and might appear a bit whitish in your photographs if it doesn’t go too well with your complexion.
If you ask me, the illuminator has to be my most favourite of all 4. I love the glow and luminosity it adds to my face.

This Luscious Face Contour Kit does a fairly good job. However, Luscious Cosmetics, needs to up the game with regard to bringing versatility to their shade range and of course
a bit of a drama in the highlight pan won’t hurt much ;).

All in all, Luscious Cosmetics have literally nailed it if you talk about the formulation of the powders. Finely milled and absolutely gorgeous upon application!

PROS:
-Sturdy packaging
-Comes with a illustrated guide
-Formulated keeping in mind Asian skin tones.
-You like a subtle highlighter
-Great pigmentation
-Easy to blend

CONS:
-You like a bit of drama in your highlighter
-Illuminator does not sit well with your complexion
-It is pricey
-Excess fall out within the kit

Price and Availability: Within Pakistan, Luscious Face Contour Kit is available at Luscious booths at all the leading stores for the price of PKR 2,250. International users, grab yours online from Luscious Cosmetic’s website. For all the updates, tune to Luscious Cosmetic’s Facebook Page, Instagram and Twitter.

Have you tried the Luscious Face Contour Kit? What are your thoughts? Comment below :).

See you soon,
Love and fairy-dust all the way!❤

Zk.

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
Instagram: @Zoified.

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Just Concealer Things – Review Post

Sawadika! 🙂 (Thai obsession)

If you ask me what is that first place in my travel bucket-list , then it, my friend, is THAILAND!

Thailand’s on my mind these days! *dreamy sigh*
Everything is so picturesque about it… .

Ah… .I guess I must stop gushing about it and head straight towards the point of this post; because guys, when it I talk about my Thailand obsession, I daydream, and when you daydream then you can do nothing else :P.

Well, today, the post is dedicated to “Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer.” I am in shade “030-Classic Beige.”

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Claim: Banish the signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area. With an oxygen complex. Lets skin breathe.

Packaging: It comes in a cutsie wee fawn colored tube in combo with the color blue. It’s sleek and slender, with a brush applicator inside.

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My thoughts: First and foremost, I am quite impressed by the way the consistency is formulated. Girls, it has a great coverage to offer, yet it feels light-weight and it does not at all give that heavy-ish feel. To sum up, it sure fulfills the “concealer” claim. As far as the highlighting part is concerned, for me it does not live up to its claim; I did not, to my utter disappointment, get that brightness or the illuminating effect that it claims to offer .

The sun’s lost its temper here in Karachi, and this concealer manages to battle the searing heat for about good 5-6 hours. And the best part is, it, at least in my opinion, does not appear cake-y upon application and I even did not see it creasing.

The applicator is similar to that of L.A girl pro HD concealers; the downside is common. It is so much of a heck to control the product when you squeeze the tube for the product to flow out. You may end up wasting it and mannnn, it hurts!

It is priced at PKR 565 and I got mine from Chase Value Centre, Karachi. Affordable and perfection; that’s what Rimmel’s about.

PROS:
-Light-weight.
-Pocket and travel- friendly.
-Does not appear cakey.
-Does not feel heavy.
-Affordable

CONS:
-The quantity should have been more.
-Hard to handle the squeeze tubing.
-Does not live up to its claim of highlighting.

I highly recommend this product and look forward to hearing about your experiences with this Lil buddy! 🙂

Until next time lovelies,
Love and fairy-dust all the way! ❤

Zk.

Twitter: @Zoyie23.
Instagram: @Zoified.