Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fave summer product: Vichy Idéalia Life Serum Review

Hello ladies

I've a review today of my fave summer product of this summer which is Vichy Idéalia Life Serum, I've now been using daily for a few months.

First of I love the pink packaging & the glass bottle comes in, it's quite compact & can be fit in any make-up bag for travelling without taking much space.
The first thing I learned about it is that it's more targeted to ages around 20-35, because it's not really an 'anti-aging' serum, it prevents & helps behavioral aging, behavioural aging means the things we do that can effect our skin, lack of sleep, stress, exposure to pollution, bad diet... etc. Compared to the Estee lauder night repair serum I used to use which was more directed towards aging skin, I think this suits my needs much better.
The scent of this is quite strong, it has a floral scent which might bother anyone who's sensitive to scents, I'm not, I love the scent of it.
Upon daily use of it I noticed I wake-up in the morning and my skin feels so smoooth, it must have some exfoliating properties, my pores look less visible & my skin looks healthier all over all, I use it mainly at night just pump one pump for my whole face & rub it in.

It's quite light but dries a bit sticky which helps the moisturizer I use after it to adhere, I love that part.
It does give my skin a glow because it has a few pearly particles, now I know I've talked before about how much I hate skincare with shimmer, it freaks me out because in my mind I wonder where all the shimmer goes, into my pores? But I love this product so much I looked passed it. I reckon it would be a great primer for the mornings for those with dehydrated or dull skin because of the pearly effect it has. I must try doing that because it gives the skin a semi golden/pink glow right after you apply it, I think mixing this with your foundation or BB cream would give fantastic results.

From the Vichy website: "New scientific discovery: BEHAVIOURAL AGING- our daily behaviours and relationship with the environment have an impact in our skin aging process. Stress, pollution/smoke, UV-rays or an unbalanced diet impact different aspects of our skin quality: complexion colour, skin tone, facial features or skin texture. 

Vichy introduces its exclusive correcting complex [LR2412+LHA], in a formula that helps repair in real time the damages of life excesses on the skin.  For a spectacular transformation of the skin quality: Fresh complexion, even skin tone, refined Pores, rested features
Efficacy clinically proven on skin exposed to extreme life conditions: stress, UV rays, pollution/smoke & an unbalanced diet. In 8 days, 8/10 women saw a transformation of their skin quality.

A serum that leaves the skin instantly smoothed, plumped, fresh and soft. A radiance primer, enriched with golden and red pearls, for an instant ideal skin colour and unsurpassable luminosity and glow."

This serum was 24 OMR from Muscat pharmacy, can't say it's cheap but compared to the 40 OMR you have to pay for Estee Lauders & most other high-end brands, I'd just take accept it lol.

Conclusion: I love it, I'll keep on buying it this has become a staple in my routine, I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a serum to help improve their skin.
Thank you for reading     

Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream

Hello Ladies

This will be a review post for the  L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream. First thing I learned about this is this is not a foundation neither a primer, it's a blur cream.Real life blur sounds pretty awesome I love it when companies use photoshop terms in real life it sounds so high-tech.
It's supposed to blur pores, mattify & perfect.
When I swatched this on my hand the first thing I thought was dear god this is identical to Benefits Porefessional! It feels silicone-y & it glides on the skin, has a slightly pink tone, comes out thick but really light in weight. I owned benefit the porefessional before & I honestly can not tell the difference in texture between both.

This comes in two shades, light to medium & medium to dark. I have no idea why it comes in shades because it adds no color or coverage! But anyway, first time I put it on my face I loved how it instantly mattified my skin, matte skin shows less imperfections, there's no light bouncing at every curvature showing the pores & fine lines. And also it felt SO GOOD, I just wanted to keep touching my face. It gave my skin this silky feeling, my pores/pesky lines were fading away & my skin was turning into a more blank canvas.
L'Oreal say you can use this alone or under make-up, using it alone is not bad I just think it's so much better to use it under make-up, gives you the full benefits.

Don't expect this to be a primer on your skin though because it will not help elongate the life of your foundation, it just makes it look so much better. The results are quite temporary so that's why I'd advise you carry it in your handbag if you wanna touch up. Especially if you have oily skin, when you get shiny the effect fades away kind of.
 It didn't state that it can be used over make-up but benefit porefessional does & since they're very similar I tried it that way & it worked just as well.

Finally, L'Oreal's words on it from their website:
"Concentrated with light reflectors, the micro-blur technology delivers an optical blurring effect for smooth, poreless looking skin. The translucent coverage is silky smooth and evens out the look of skin tone. C'est Magique!"

You get 25 ml in the tube for 8 OMR.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Inglot Haul

Hello ladies
Today's post is a bit of an inglot haul, I don't go to inglot often but everytime I do they got new stuff released, new collections, new colors, brushes...etc
So it's always always fun for me to try things out

First of I got this sponge that looks very similar to the beauty blender, I've never tried a beauty blender in my life, they don't sell them here but I though this might be the closest thing to it available
I'm excited because I trust inglot so I'll try this out & let you know how good it works
This was 4 or 4.5 OMR

Then I got this eyelash serum that said on it's display in the store that it's lengthening, thickening, moisturing etc. My lashes have been falling off a lot lately I've no idea why I needed something to make it stop, so I've a few hopes on this one
This was 8 OMR 

  Last I got three matte lipsticks & a palette for       them, these swatched beautiful on my hands & they lasted long on it too. I love shades of red that's what I wear most of the time, a red stain is my favourite lip color.The shades I chose are 501, 507 & 508.
These were 4 OMR each

I have to state though I'm not over the moon over how inglot markets their products
Other than the fact that every product doesn't have a name but a number, the eyelash serum had no instructions on how to use it whatsoever, it doesn't even have a description of what the product does, if not for the description on the display in the strore I would have had no idea.
Same with the sponge, it doesn't tell you how to use it or what to expect from it. My prime example of how a company should market their products is Benefit, their product descriptions get you excited to use them!
That was it for this haul, what are your favourite inglot products?

Work make-up

♥ Hello 

It's been three weeks since I've been doing work training & I wake-up in the morning every day like I've woken up from the dead, especially with these late world cup games that make me stay up all night These are just a few steps I do in the morning so I would look a bit more decent, it really takes no time at all especially when you do it every morning

I LOVE Garniers eye roll on for puffy eyes in the morning, I use that & then use just a tiny bit of Estee Lauders double wear concealer on my dark circles, and I look like I've had 10 hours of sleep.
For spf I use Benefits Big Easy better than BB cream spf 35, it's not bad that it has a bit of coverage either.
It's really matte & feels comfortable on my skin, just makes it look a bit healthier.

For eyes I'd rather keep it really simple with just these two products, I use essence long lasting eye pencil in dark brown smudged on my upper & lower lashline + Benefit they're real mascara on my upper & lower lashline.

For cheeks I use this lips & cheeks pot from Bobbi Brown in powder pink, they've changed the packaging since, hiked up the price & lowered the amount of product in them.
For lips I use the same pot for time saving.

At this point I'm done & I'm turning my closet into a warfare looking for a good wearable abaya.

I  wish you all a happy & blessed month 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Play off: Mascara

Hello ladies

I decided to compare two mascaras today that I thought were very similar: Benefit they're Real! mascara & maybelline THE ROCKET mascara.
I think they're quite similar because they both have a thick wand with plastic bristles.
I got they're real mascara about a week ago & been using it everyday, on the other hand I really love maybelline the rocket mascara, I used it for months & it was fantastic.

Length: they're real mascara wins, at first I didn't know how to use it but I remembered the shop assistant telling me to run the ball tip of the wand vertically through my lashes when I've finished coating them, that'd give me more length & she was right, that changed a lot.

Volume: Maybelline the rocket gives more volume, my lashes might not be as long but they're thicker & more voluminous.

Holding a curl: Maybelline wins again, it's one of my favourite part of this mascara, it holds your curl so well. But if you don't like the stiff feel to lashes then you might not like it, my lashes are not flexible with this mascara, it dries hard.

Longevity: this one is really hard, but I think they're real lasts longer. I don't experience any flaking with it, I do however experience flaking with the maybelline mascara which is so annoying, I think it's just me, whenever I wear this mascara I get a black smudge underneath my eyes & on my eyelids.

Ease of removal: they're real is definitely easier to remove, maybelline the rocket is soo hard to remove nothing but waterproof remover would do it. AND it flakes, so it's like, what's the point of being hard to remove if you flake?

Packaging: they're real wins, 100%.

Price: Maybelline was half Benefits price, so Maybelline takes this one.

Irritability: Maybelline burns my eyes after a day of use, but only if I've kept it for too long.
Never experienced any irritation with they're real mascara.

Winner: This might come like a shocker but I prefer maybelline, I just prefer a curlier doll-eye look to my lashes & I'd choose volume over length. But they're real mascara is not bad at all, it's a great mascara I'll keep using it.

Thank you for reading <3

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lancôme Miracle Air De Teint Foundation review

Hello ladies

I know that foundation is probably the most used makeup item in the world, when girls talk to me about make-up, it's usually foundation they're asking about. So another foundation review for today.

 A week or two ago I wanted to change up my day to day BB cream to something that's just as light. I asked the shopping assistant at Areej for something light & she introduced me to Lancôme Miracle Air De Teint Foundation immediately while saying "This is for people who don't like to wear foundation but want a more perfected skin", hello, me. She also said that it's new, it only hit the shelves in Paris on the 12th of February this year, which hello, I like new stuff too!

Immediately I notice how liquid-y it is, it's just a tiny bit thicker than water but nothing like you usual foundation. It's very runny.

It lacks a pump, instead there's a dropper, I'm not a fan of droppers but I don't think anything other than a dropper would have worked well for this runny foundation.

The foundation is liquid at first but then it dries into a powder, matte and radiant. It's made of 90% air & that is what makes it super light.
I prefer to use my fingers with this, I don't think a brush would be good for it, it's so light & I find that just 
smoothing it on with your fingers is the best way to wear it as it helps blur pores & not sink into them or irritate your skin.

As for Lancome's word on it, from their website: "Miracle Air de Teint, pioneering a new generation of nude, lighter than ever thanks to a blend of volatile and semi-volatile oils alongside “Miracle Particles” composed of 90% air.
Thanks to the outstanding soft-focus power of Blur technology, the next-generation complexion product that is Miracle Air de Teint blurs imperfections without ever covering them. How? Its unique ability to backscatter light creates a remarkable blurring effect. Instantly, the complexion is perfectly and transparently evened out, skin is left matte yet radiant with light."
 I think Lancôme doesn't want to think of it as foundation, more a skin perfector. The coverage is medium to light, you would think with how light this is the coverage would not be that good. You'd be wrong, it's the most impressive part of this foundation, how can such light texture provide such well coverage? Genius. Also my second favourite part is how well this conceals pores, perfect. My favourite third part is it has SPF 15.

As for staying power, it's nothing spectacular, like most foundations on me by the end of the day it starts separating. Still there, just not as good as when I fist put it on, I wouldn't have expected anything else anyway, most foundations do that with me.

It comes in 12 shades, when you first put it on, it can look a shade or two darker than your skin tone, but when it dries out it'll lighten, so keep that in mind if you're going to try it!

So yes overall my feelings for this foundation is very positive, I'ven't used my garnier BB cream at all lately because I keep reaching out for this, day or night I've been loving it so much. It gives me the beautiful coverage, feels like air on my skin & blurs out all my imperfections. I'd still have to use a concealer if I wanted to disguise any spot though.
I recommend it for girls who do not like foundation, who are not looking for full coverage or any girl who doesn't like pores & is looking for something fool-proof, doesn't take too long to blend & looks like skin but of-course, better!

This retails for 25.5 OMR at Areej in MCC or any department store.

I hope this was helpful ladies, if you have any questions let me know. And follow me on instagram @arwasblog if you like :D


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Glowing make-up

Hello ladies
So I just wanted to make a blogpost about make-up that gives you a glow.
Now I have to be honest I am not the biggest fan of anything with shimmer or light reflecting properties but that is due to my skin type, I get that "glow" naturally & it exceeds just being a glow to being oily most of the time lol.
But this is something I'd do if I'm not going anywhere that's really hot, & I want really nice glowy skin. And with this type of make-up routine you usually don't wana go heavy on the eyes, just a bit f mascara & lipgloss maybe.

Fod a base I'd use the Elemis pro-radiating illuminating flash balm, now this is just a primer with a bit of shimmer, that helps your make-up last & adds some highlight.
For the foundation itself I'd switch foundation with a BB cream, you want it to look more natural & just dewy, nothing heavy! And this NUXE BB cream is perfect for that, because it has just a tiiiny bit of shimmer, I wouldn't call it shimmer really it's just a radiating BB cream & it makes your skin look like skin but a bit better. I have a review of this BB cream you can check it out here.

For brush for this look I'd use a stippling brush like the Real Technique brush in the picture. These types of brushes usually thin out the product for a more natural look, I wouldn't use a typical foundation brush because we're not looking for full coverage here!

Moving on to highlighter, I'd use Benefit's gil meets pearl liquid highlighter just on the cheeck bones, cupids bow, brow bone & maybe a bit on the forehead. I'd go for liquid highlighters because they look more dewy & natural. And my favourite part of this highlighter is it has no glitter at all, just a beautiful pearly finish!
For concealer, don't go heavy just add a bit of maybelline's illuminating dream lumi touch concealer unde your eyes.

Here's a chart of where you'd typically wanna highlight, now going full highlighter on each of these area's is not something Id wanna do, just be reallyyyy subtle! :

Next up, you'd want to powder a bit, I know that this is suppose to be a dewy look but too much dweyness could look oily, so powder the T-zone at least, I'd use MACs mineralise skin finish powder, the thing about this powder is that it doesn't look too matte or flat, there's tiny amount of shimmer in it, so so tiny but it's there! And it looks beautiful on the skin.
Finally, blush! I'd say, use a cream blusher, even using your fingers dab a bit of pink cream blush on the apple of your cheeks. I love this NYX cream blush in 'glow'.

And you're done, by now the sun is jealous of you, hihi. That was cheesy.
I hope this was somewhat informative or inspiring to you ladies to try out a more dewy foundation look!

Have a lovely day

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Current Favourites

Hello ladies
Been a while since I've done a favourites post, but it's a good thing because right now I've quite a lot to talk about.

My favourite perfume these past couple of months has been Kate Moss's Lilabelle, it's heavenly. Again, white flowers, I love anything that smells like white flowers. It's extremely similar to Benefits 'Laugh with me Leelee' perfume which I love too! And it's so tiny I can just throw it in my handbag.

I have three hair favourites this time which is weird because I'm not a hair person. I always say that, but yeah lol.

Okay let's start with Yardley's Lavender pomade. Last week I got a hair trim, finally, & my hair ends have been much healthier than before but still they're the driest part of my hair. 
I use this pomade mostly on my hair tips, dip your fingers rub it in your hands & smooth it on, first it's a bit on the oily side but a couple of hours later there's no that greasy feeling your hair tips are just soft & touchable and they stay like that 'till the next wash. I also love it for preventing flyaways & keeping your hair neat. Oh & yeah it smells like lavender, which is fabulous.

L'Oreal extraordinary hair oil has also been one of my favourite hair products this month, on my damp hair I just use a pump & rub it on my hair, my hair then goes to dry smooth & less frizzy, there are parts which are left reallly soft. 
I put a picture of it on my blog instagram & a girl commented that itdoesn't penetrate the hair but coats it, or something like that, which is not supposed to be a good thing. I don't know about that I just know that it makes my hair softer & smoother, whether it's coated or absorbed!

Third product this month/months is VO5 volume boost, I don't just love it because it does add more volume but it also makes my hair roots softer & I could go an extra day without washing my hair, it'll still look good. 

So I don't wear makup to the gym, of course. However I do use this Garnier eye roll, I find it de-puffs my eyes & makes them instantly more awake because of the caffeine in it, the first few times I used it I was surprised that I could actually tell the difference. However I don't like it under concealer, it makes the concealer flake & hard to smooth on.

Okay this is my favourite of all the favourites, I think I have finally found my 'IT' liquid eyeliner in Maybelline master precise liquid eyeliner pen. If you've read my past few posts you'll see me talking about how much I love Lancome's Plume eyeliner, & I still do but I ran out. I run out of eye liner very quickly because I use it all the time, I wanted to find a good drugstore liquid eyeliner that would be just as good. It is this! Omg I can't describe how good it is, it applies so smoothly, you can draw the thinnest lines, the thickest lines, everything. It doesn't suddenly stop drawing halfway through the line, you know how annoying that is right? The tip also draws perfectly & it's so fine. I've tried a lot of drugstore pen eyeliners, nothing's even close. Get this if you're looking for an eyeliner. Get it get it get it. 

I've also been loving Essence long lasting eyeliner in '15 bling bling' for my lashline, it's my perfect kind of color for the lashline.

As for lips & cheeks, MAC has been my go to these months. First off MACs lip liner in spice, which is the most flattering color on all skin tones & goes with any look. Second is MACs blush in Melba, which is a pinkish-peach matte blush that also goes with anything & flatters any skin tone.

Let's talk about skin favourites, I love L'oreal's makeup remover for eyes & lips, it removes all my eye makeup effectively & quickly, when it comes to eye makeup removers I am not that picky I like a lot of make-up removers like the bioderma & the body shop butter one, but this one has been what I've been using lately & it works great. I've owned Lancome's eye make-up remover & let's be honest, there's no difference between them, except the price ofcourse.

Second skin care favourite is Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean face wash, come one, the name itself is so cute lol. Regardless of the name it smells like peaches & it is quite gentle on my skin because it's a cream cleanser, but it still purifies. Like I feel my skin is squeaky clean after using it.

Third, Aloe serum from the body shop, I have sensitive skin & this calms my skin down, especially after I've just scrubbed it or used something harsh on it, it's great for under your moisturiser, anything to calm  your skin down is good. I really love it especially for redness.

Last favourite is this eyeshadow from Inglot called 'pearl 395' from their freedom system, I use this on my inner corner, it's shimmery ofcourse but the picture doesn't show it, & the best thing about it is that it lasts all day & I just find it's the perfect color for the inner corners, it's the right amount of shimmer & the right creamy color, it's gorgeous & I've not been using anything but this even though I have a lot of other shimmery eyeshadows.

That is it for my favourites these months! I hope you enjoyed.
If you have any comments or questions let me know below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rainy Oufit Of The Day

Hey girls
Took those pictures a few days back of me & my cousin of our outfits. It was a rainy day & perfect for pictures.

Enjoy! xxx

Cousins outfit:
Watch: Guess
Heels: Domund
Skirt: her mums .."vintage" :p
scarf: H&M
bracelet: Parfois.

Her top is actually a scarf & she just used a belt hold it together, love it!

My outfit

My abaya is from the UAE I have no idea where from exactly my mum got it, sorry! :(

Have a lovely day 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bourjois Eyebrow Mascara Review

Hello girls
Just wanted to make a quick review on Bourjois eyebrow mascara. Yes when I saw an "eyebrow mascara" I was intrigued, mascara for your eyebrows? What? Not lashes? Gotta try that.
So I did, I didn't expect anything & if you know me you know I'm always up for trying & exploring new things.

I wore it  so many times ever since I bought it, basically a brown mascara, light in texture, you brush your eyebrows with it in a few strokes & it helps thicken & keep your brows in place.
To be honest it hardly thickened, you would not notice anything special or too much extra volume, but you'd notice the hold it has on your eyebrows & there's this tiny hint of color. It's not black nor dark brown it's almost a shimmery brown but in a nice way.
My eyebrows look a bit more voluminous & thick with this mascara, with a lovely hint of golden brown.

In conclusion, I really like it, but it's not something I'd say 'Go get!' it's just a luxury, it's nice to use, doesn't change your makeup that much & it just helps your eyebrows to look a bit more groomed. But I can definitely live without it.
Eyebrow people should try this, you know who you are lol.

Have a lovely day ladies