Get the perfect complexion with the Max Factor CC sticks +Swatches


Max Factor is known for wanting women to have all the tools to create a professional-looking makeup in the easiest way possible. So it was no surprise that they came up with the CC sticks. These CC sticks target several complexion problems (dark spots, redness, dullness..etc). They are extremely blend-able! The way I use it is just "coloring" my face and using each pen on the area required and then blending it all out. It feels very light on the face so it can be worn during the day even. To get the best result, then make sure you use a primer prior to using it. MF also released a primer that is actually creamy so I feel like it moisturizes as well. 2-in-1? Below are the swatches so you can see how they look like!


Bottega Veneta Knot Perfume - Review




Let me start this post by saying that I am not the biggest fan of Bottega perfumes. They are just not my style (but they are perfect for the region with all their spicy and heavy scents). This one is very different though, I was impressed by how luxurious everything was, from bottle to scent.

The bottle is simple with an iconic and smooth "Knot" cap then comes the scent. It starts out as a citrusy scent with top notes of Lime, Clementine, Mandarin Orange, Neroli, and Orange Blossom. As the scent settles, it turns into a musky scent that is long lasting but not too overwhelming. This perfume is a woman's perfume, perhaps it's not a style that everyone will like, but I personally love it and it's a scent that you can remember how it smells like even when you are not wearing it. 

Armand Basi - Red





This is my first time trying anything from Armand Basi, and honestly speaking I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. It is such a classical perfume and it is the kind of scent that is quite familiar. The top notes include: mandarin, bergamot, ginger and cinnamon. The heart encompasses jasmine, rose, lily and violet leaves. The base includes musk and woody notes. It is long lasting with a moderate sillage but at the same time it is light, making it perfect for the day. 


MANDARINA DUCK - Oh Bella review



This is the first time I try this brand, at before trying it, I honestly thought it wouldn't smell good (I don't know why!) but after trying, I realized what a light-weight scent it was definitely delicate and serene! It's long-lasting making it wonderful to wear during the day. It's the kind of perfume you keep at work on your desk

Top notes: Raspberry, Chinese Mandarin Apple, and Pear

Medium Notes: Pink Roses, Jasmine, Freesia and other white flowers

Base Notes: Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla and Musk

Have you tried this brand before? What do you think? 

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara - Review



Max Factor knows that mascara is very important to women, and so they always try to revolutionize their mascaras! and boy oh boy did they do justice to this mascara! Contrary to what many women may still believe, a big brush doesn’t mean bigger and better lash transformation and Max Factor wants to prove that with its new thin brush with short bristles that allows the lashes to get maximum contact with the mascara formula, which evidently gives it volume, intensity, and length! The brush is able to instantly volumise every lash by coating, combing, and separating them lashes for an immediate WOW effect. The shades available are Black and Black/Brown. See below the effects! 


Told you it was "WOW"!



Fall Perfumes for HIM!

Fo a few days back I compiled together the "IT" perfumes for women this Fall! How about I do the same for the men in our lives? ;)



First off we have Roberto Cavalli - Just Gold which is extremely strong! Definitely a Night perfume more than a Day one! This perfume opens with a blend of black pepper, cardamom and nutmeg with medium notes of ristretto coffee. The Base comprises of vetiver and leather contributing which is the reason behind its' elegance and masculinity. The sillage (the extent of others smelling it) is heavy and it's long-lasting. Also, the bottle is just GORGEOUS!

David Beckham's Classic Blue!
People, this perfume has "clean shave" written all over it! Pretty sure a lot of ladies out there know what I mean! ;) This perfume definitely falls under the fresh category top notes of pineapple, grapefruit and violet leaf. The medium notes consist of geranium, clary sage and apple. Whereas the base notes include woody cashmere, patchouli and moss. These are one of the perfumes that would definitely catch people's attention!

An innovative release by Davidoff "Leather Blend" is the first in a line of fragrances based on special notes and celebrates precious leather. The Top notes include spicy flavors of saffron and black pepper. Whereas the medium notes include warm scents of rose with shades of hot amber, and the base consists of precious leather leaving an irresistible scent. This is THE perfume for the typical middle-eastren man!

Wonderful packaging! That's the first that comes to mind when I think of Thierry Mugler - A * Men Pure Wood. This is their newest launch, and it's a great one at that! It has a distinctive scent because it opens with notes of coffee then moves to oak notes, vanilla, patchouli and cypress. Again, I love the fact the bottle is designed in "tree"-y texture. This comes in 100 ml EDT.

A classic? I believe so! The Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is theperfect perfume for the charismatic and smooth (not criminal I hope!) talker in your circle. It has amazing Lavender, Lemon, and Orange blossom top notes as well as warm woody cedar and patchouli base notes. The bottle is extremely sleek and simple, again, perfect for the charming ones!

So there you have it! That’s my list for Fall for men! Which perfume are you (or your significant other) rocking during the sweater-weather?



OPI x Gwen Stefani


What I love about OPI, other than amazing quality of course, are all the collaborations that they do. That includes themes, celebrities and brands.  Their most recent collaboration was with the pop(?) star Gwen Stefani! That lady is known to be daring with her Red Lips, so you guys should see the shades and textures she has! (Yes textures)! I’ve swatched my favorite nail polishes below and then I have uploaded swatches of the rest from OPINails Twitter page :) 



Okay, I am totally eyeing that red one! What about you?

Pic courtesy of @OPINAILS on Twitter

Clarins Autumn Collection + Swatches

In keeping with the trend, Clarins released the Autmn collection called Ladylike. This collection comprises of matte, tones of nude, beige and auburn (I did say it was in keeping with the trend right?)

 

I got to play around with some of the products, so here we go! 


Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadows

The eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and are easily applied. It's very light and long-lasting with colors that are perfect for everyday wear, but can also be manipulated around to be perfect for a night out (Smokey eyes can be easily done with these colors). I've swatched them for you below (you're welcome) 


Top: Taupe, Nude Rose, Rosewood
Bottom: Nude Beige, Earth, Sparkling Grey 




Rouge Eclat

The lipsticks are AH-MAZING! They're light, long-lasting, don't patch, nor bleed. However, what I didn't like is that the colors are pretty much close to one another, especially the pinks. The picture below is one swipe, so you can see how full of color it is. 






Left to Right: 19, 20, 18, 17



Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base

I am crazy about eye primers! so I was so happy to receive this particular product! It's not translucent, which is amazing because I think that nude colored primers make a better base, or can even be worn alone if you're in a hurry and don't actually want to take the time and apply eyeshadow. This is the look I usually go for, a beige eye primer and a black liner! Swatch Below! 



Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette

I honestly haven't tried this particular product yet because I think it's just wayyyy to pretty to mess up, but this is the perfect on-the-go eye kit, because it has 3 eyebrow powder that can double as an eyeshadow, brow wax to tame those unruly hairs, and a highlighter for a high brow! Also, it comes with all the mini tools you need.


Everyday Routine and Weekend Pampering

So, I’ve been looking for the perfect skin routine for a while now, and ladies, I am finally comfortable with this one! I have some speed reviews for the the products I am currently using (and loving!)

Everyday Routine!

I start by washing my face with the Purifying Foaming Gel. This product keeps my face squeaky clean and smelling like bubble gum. It’s note as foamy as I would like it to be, but that’s good because it doesn’t get too messy. I also love using it with my trusty Foreo Luna Mini cleanser. After I am done, I use the Sebium Global all over my face, especially at night right before bed because that’s when your skin really absorbs the treatments. This product is great for those little white spots and blackheads that fill our faces because of UAE’s lovely weather. In the morning (or before applying my makeup on, I use the Pore Refiner which acts as a primer that mattifies your face and makes your makeup application absolutely flawless (I got this amazing tip from the lovely Sarah, blogger of BlendsNSmack, check it out here).


Weekend Pampering!

I start with some masks from Montagne Jeunesse, they have a whole lot of masks specified for the different skin issues, but because I have so many issues, I tend to just try them randomly. They definitely feel very natural and gentle on the face, plus the super cute packaging doesn’t harm (right?) then after washing my face, then I apply the Clarins Super Restorative Night Wear, this creamy yet light weight moisturizer is Ah-MAZING, it definitely does its job after putting on a mask for a few minutes, it also has amazing anti-ageing elements, meaning you don’t have to use many products, it is easily absorbed and smells wonderful. Lastly, I apply the new Guerlain Abeille Royale oil concentrated with Ouessant honey. This product makes your skin feel super firm when massaged onto the skin (MAGIC!) but I do it just because I have super dry skin.



What's your skincare routine like? 

ALL KP BABY!

Katy Perry is one of my favorite singers of all time! (No, I’m not a valley girl or anything, I just really like her music okay?! okay!) and what’s even better is that she is very active in the beauty industry (Beauty Industry = My Heaven) so I literally collect everything Katy Perry! Here is what I have and what I hope to have! 

Have’s: 

The Katy Perry Lashes 

I have the “Cool Kitty” lashes, and I got them shipped all the way from the US before I realized they actually sell them here *Face-Palm* but I can’t for the sake of me realize how to put them on! They do come with lash glue and all, so I guess its a good deal for around 32 aed? Still gonna collect the rest. 



The Katy Perry perfumes

K, so I am a total perfume freak, I can never have enough and I go through one bottle a month (minimum), so Katy Perry + Perfumes = MUST. COLLECT. ALL. 


KP has two collections the cat shaped ones, and the jewel shaped ones. I believe the cat shaped ones are pretty old since I can never find them here, so I just started collecting the other ones! and boy oh boy are they pretty! Below are the main accords; they honestly smell somewhat similar, so just pick your favorite and get it, no need for all three



Hope to Have:

The OPI collection she released. I am already a huge fan of the brand OPI so with Katy Perry involved, I must have! It’s kinda old so I’m trying to score a good deal to buy it online but from past experiences, nail-polishes tend to break :/, what’s even worse is that they are named after some of her songs, which makes want to get them even more (I’m sad, I know!) 


And lastly, The Katy Perry doll! I know it’s not in the beauty industry, but it would be the perfect edition to the shrine I’m building her.. Guys, if you know Katy Perry, send her this please? Much appreciated. I hope she doesn’t think I’m a weirdo.. 


Who’s your favorite celebrity? 

OPI x COCA-COLA



I love love love OPI's collaborations - have you read my recent review on the Gwen Stefani collaboration? check it out here -- and then there was this collaboration! The Coca-cola one! These colors are inspired by the different drink from CC company (Coke Zero, Cherry Coke..etc.) but I've picked my favorite three to swatch below! Let me know what you think? Which one would you choose?




Below are the complete set of swatches courtesy of www.vampyvarnish.com