2017 ft. Skin 18!

Hola!

I hope you all are fine and shining bright. As for me, I am drowning in flu and in the pool of medicines. *sigh*

2016 has been a rough year for me. But there is always some light in the dark tunnel and that light was my admission into the university after long stressful days. Phew!
Wish  me luck, guys! ❤

And with 2017, I am going to bring you another skin care series in collaboration with Skin18. Previously, it had been quite a satisfying experience. Let’s see how it turns out this time.

This is it, mates! A very Happy New Year 2017 to you all. I hope and pray that happiness and peace prevails. Sending you all lots of best wishes, prayers, love and of course a little fairy dust never hurts. See you real soon Xo!

Zoi.

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Youtube Beginnings!

Hi guyssss!

*Phew*

Okay… .after much reluctance, hesitation and what not, I finally gave in and consented for a YouTube channel with the sister dearest OR you can say it’s more or less reverse. We both were equally skeptical. And man, I literally had to hop out of my comfort zone to do this. I have never been this transparent, you see.

We came off from a party, and then quickly sat down; as we came back with a pact which said, “No More Procrastination”. We, the camera and guys, our first SHOT! 🙂

It would mean a lot if you guys could go and give a watch to my first video ever and of course like, comment and SUBSCRIBE!

Let me know in the comments section below of what do you think. Any suggestions or feedback is more than welcome. It’s been such a wonderful experience at blogging and I hope I get to have the same with Vlogging as well.

Sneak Peek: Get to know me a little in the video and let’s be friends forever 😀

To watch: Click Here.

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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 😉

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
Instagram: @Zoified.

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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

Twitter: @Zoi_fied.
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.
Instagram: @Zoified.

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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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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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The Indie Arts and Crafts Show 2016

Hello Earthlings!

17th of July was a day when the creative streak of Pakistan was at its best. This event, The Indie Arts and Crafts had it all; you name it, it had it!
It was organized by The Crafter’s Guild and Firefly at The Royal Rodale Club in Karachi and had crafters from the city and other parts of Pakistan.

This event was a splash of freshness amidst the chaotic happenings and it was a lovely sight to see people gathered for nothing but to radiate good vibes and share the common love or I must say a passion for art and artists. Whilst some stations gave an insight to the attachment with their  heritage, some reflected the inner sweet-tooth in their products. From home decor with a cultural touch to mouth-watering desserts, it was all under one roof.

One such sugar craft was Terry’s Treats and I kid you not, it indeed had some heaven variety of pastries and cakes. Me and my sister, not being  able to resist the temptation, treated ourselves with their best-seller rainbow themed pastries. *Nom Nom*

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In addition to this, Isholicious with their Kheer, Delicacies with their Cupcakes and Fiori Cafe’s chocolates added further sweetness at the event.
Fiori, a special thank you for making my nephew’s day with your chocolates 😀

Moving on, the event had some real organic galore! Yes, my lovelies, it had a variety of organic beauty products with Food For Your FaceSeen Meem Enterprise and HeaLiv at the lead. If you didn’t attend this, you missed a great deal of organic dose! 😛

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The event had a wide array of crafts, including an exquisite glass painting collection by Sakina’s and breathtaking portraits from Kamaash. Bollywood had never looked this catchy and lively.
Bisera Jewels, where each piece is designed ‘Once’ especially for you, showcased aesthetic jewelry pieces whilst Zed Mars rocked it with their uniquely carved clutches.

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The Tuttie Cuttie Boutique, catering the needs of your little ones, exhibited a twinkly and cutie patootie range of clothing for baby girls. It is the first ever tutu store of Pakistan and everyone out there, including me, was genuinely awestricken. How I wish to get back to my younger days, only to wear these oh-so-pretty dresses :D.

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Image Courtesy: Tuttie Cuttie Boutique’s page

Chic Footwear by Walk About and Bee Flair with their home-made beeswax scented candles variety literally got the crowd crazy.

Not only this, there were demonstrations by crafters held in collaboration with the Craft Circus  (visit the link for videos) where onlookers were exposed to the basics of card making and what goes behind the art of ink. It was surely a treat for the novice crafters as it gave them an insight to the world of arts and crafts and a cue to begin with their passions for it.

There is a tonnes of stuff I am missing but just for record, the show had embroidered bed coverings,paintings,ralli art (clutches),ajraks calligraphy,various fashion accessories, magnets, keepsakes and ceramic works as well as quirky truck art. Sara’s Henna, based in Hong Kong,  was the talk of the event who brought the White Henna Formula with herself for the very first time in Pakistan.
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Image Courtesy: Sara’s Henna page
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Image Courtesy: Starsshine Creative Gallery

Well guys, this piece of mine might not be able to do the justice to this event as it deserves but surely Happiness is indeed HANDMADE.
The Indie Arts and Crafts Show was multifaceted in it truest sense as it brought forth and provided a platform to many crafters.
It nurtured talent, celebrated passion and united hearts; all at once.

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P.s: All pictures are mine. Those not are labelled. 🙂

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Sneak Peek – Review

Hey beautylilies,

I so damn wanted to come up with an Eid post, but to my utmost disappointment, my photographer cousin apparently has misplaced my pictures 😦 (I am going to kill him for this).

Anyhoo, while I am trying my level best to get the pictures back, I thought I’ll give you a sneak peek of my next post 😉

Here you go:

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Summer DIY!

Summer is that kingdom, of which Karachi is the king!
And I was a happy commoner residing within it until the  King declared war with its own people, defying the love and loyalty we have always had to offer. 😦

My slogan: Beat the Heat!
Their slogan: Heat shall prevail!

During the face-off on the battle ground, they started shooting their oily missiles, but fear not friends; I outnumbered them! 😉

Here, I bring you one strategy to combat the opponent if any such thing happens to you :).
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Grab an egg, separate the whites from the yolk and  apply the whites evenly onto your face. Let it dry. Apply a second layer and again leave it to dry. After you have applied the third layer and that too has dried, wash it off thoroughly with water. And voila, the victory shall be at your feet ;). You will slowly experience a reduced oil-skin and upon application twice a week, a drastic change shall be evident.

I hope this helps you out and you get your due rights like me :D. Please do share your experiences in the comment section with me!

Love you all!

Zk

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