Sunday, August 31, 2014

EOTD: Deep Chocolate Smokey Eyes


For this look I used:

* Sleek Eye Dust in Dirty (review coming)
* Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette (read review)
* Revlon Color Stay Eye Liner in Black/Noir
* Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow in Winter White (read review)
* Glamorous Face Funky Look Eye Liner in 01

This look can be worn to a party or celebration or any formal event. Hope you liked it.






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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ladies Love: Everything Pink



The "Pink" Revolution.


Just about a few years ago "Pink" was just an ordinary color. It was plain, sweet and girly. But today, pink is a lot more than just a color. It's a style icon and has gained popularity opposite the ever so classy "Black".
As of now The more pink stuff you have the more stylish you are considered. From cellphones to laptops, from notebooks to bags, we even have exclusive pink furniture available these days. Of course this concerns ladies only. Pink is so not for men in my opinion.
So if you're not into pink yet, this lens will definitely change your thoughts about the hottest color around.

I like Pink because

It makes me feel more girly and nice.Lol,and maybe the fact that it's something so new in technological fields. We never had pink phones, laptops or gadgets. Everything out there was either black or silver. So when pink popped in, it really created a difference and maybe that's the reason i love it.

Pink Clothing


Pink clothing is not something new. But what is new is the transformation. Pink dresses either come in beautiful prints or embellished with sequins, beads, crystals and stones. You’ll find lots of funky tops, tanks and shirts with pink girly slogans and glittery text.
So if you don’t have anything pink in your wardrobe you better start looking for some nice pieces. They’ll surely add more elegance to your style. And i think the best place to look for pink clothing is victoria’s secret as they own a “Pink” brand as well.


Pink Makeup


Makeup has moved to most lighter shades of pink like rose and nude. Such makeup is a favorite of celebrities and other makeup buffs such as me. I never go out without a nude pink lip gloss and i hope you don’t either. It gives you a more subtle and natural look.





Pink Perfumes


Who would fall in love with pink perfumes? I have, lol. It’s not actually the perfume, it’s the bottle. Gaint perfume brands these days design the most beautiful bottles on the planet. Sometimes, i feel I’m actually paying for the bottle and not what’s inside it. They somehow seem to mesmerise me and i don’t throw away the bottle after I’ve used the perfume. Some of my favorites are Nina by nina ricci (picture on the side), touch of pink from lacoste and victoria’s secret perfumes.



Pink Bags


I really like pink totes, wallets and buket bags. Although they’re just normal bags, but the pinky color tone makes them fun to carry around. And i don’t really know why? 

Pink Jewelry and Watches

I see jewelry encrusted with pink gemstones or a less expensive version is charms and gumdrops. Pink watches have been teen favorites for some time now. So if you’re missing out on any pink accessories you’re keeping yourself out of fashion competition.


Pink Shoes


From the softness and cuteness of furry slippers to the sexyness and sheen of high heel sandals, you’ll see a lot of pink shoes on fashion ramps and on the streets. So if you wana own a pair as well, below are some good deals.



Pink Hair Straighteners


They only straighten your hair and nothing else. So what’s this color craze about? Well, a lot of fashion addicts own pink hair straighteners and i would love to get my hands on one too. Specially the Ghd pink hair straightener on the side.

Pink Ipods


Pink is so contagious. Nothing is out of its reach, not even ipods. I’m glad to see they come in a metallic shocking pink tone which is a glossy like color and so pretty to look at. So if you’re thinking of buying an ipod, you might wana rethink your choice of color.

Pink Cameras


Digital cameras can’t be bought very often. So if you’re going to buy one, go for pink. Digital cams are expensive but they can make great gifts for your someone very special, if you can afford one. These days almost all major digital cam brands have both shades of pink (light and dark) in their color scheme.

Pink Cellphones


Girls kinda like it to show off their pink phones. As far as i know the “Pink Phone” trend was introduced by Motorola which was actually a big hit and kept on growing. Today, after basic colors for a phone are out, there’s an exclusive pink color launch following right behind. And as surprising as it may sound, pink phones of the same model are rather expensive than other colors. Wohoo Pink!

Pink Laptops


This is a treat for girls. Specially me. Computer giants like dell, hp and acer have launched the cutest little netbooks which are easy to use, affordable and of course come in “pink”. And if you want to play with your laptop you can buy plain or printed laptop skins or decorate it with beads and swarovski stick ons.  

Hope you enjoyed the post. Have fun!


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White-Review, Photos, Swatches


Company/Brand Claim: 12 hour wear eye shadow

For Skin Type: All

Packaging: Thick chubby pencil with transparent plastic cap

Product Coverage: Sheer

Formulation: Cream

Texture and Feel: Very soft but transfers a lot of product.

Color: 01 Winter White
       
Fragrance: A very slight wooden fragrance

Application: Wear it like a regular eye shadow.

Result: Milani shadow eyez is a creamy eye shadow pencil which does not offer anything out of the ordinary. It is an eye shadow pencil and is suppose to work as an alternate to regular pan eye shadows. Now there are a few things of concern. Firstly, it is pigmented as it claims but sheers down to a very light color if you try blend it with your fingers or even a brush. The pencil transfers a lot of product which is OK with some of its shades but I wouldn't want to wear a lot of white shadow alone. You will need a thick pencil sharpener for this and that will of course waste a lot product. The uses I can think for it are as an eye shadow base, to highlight the tear duct and eyebrows. I would not recommend using it on the lower lash line as it clumps the lashes and makes the eyes seem zombie like. If you're into very bright looks or don't mind the sheer look after blending then you should try one out. 

Staying Power: Will last a few good hours if not rubbed away.

Times Tested: Several times
 
Cons: Not blendable

Anything Else: I wish it was a twist up. A sharpener can really eat it up quickly.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow comes in a 2.8 grams content pencil and is available in 6 bright shades and 6 neutral shades including a black.

Rating: 2/5





Take it:

You're looking for a color eye shadow base
You're into bright colors
You prefer metallic finish
You like bright eye makeup looks
You want to wear it as a highlighter for brows and tear duct

Leave it:

You find it hard to blend
You have oily lids 
You want to wear it as kajal 
You don't want to wear it alone as an eye shadow
You don't like sheer coverage
You find it expensive

Price: Rs. 950/-  
Available at: 
Pakistan: Naheeds, Chase-up and other leading super stores. Online at Just4Girls and Beauty Arena.
UAE: -

Alternatives:  White shadow pencils available locally can do a similar job for a much lesser price. I have one named Italia ultra fine eye liner in shade 717 White Pearl which can be used as kajal and highlighter. I highly recommend it over the shadow eyez.

Conclusion: I love Milani for its range of products and bright colors but this one just falls flat. Recommended? No.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eye Shadow 01 Winter White blended over eye lid
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eid and OOTD


This Eid I wore a White printed Al Mirah outfit my mother gifted my on my first visit to Pakistan after marriage. By now I'm sure know of my obsession with the brand. I'm even thinking of doing a separate post for my collection. Perhaps anytime soon.

So this dress is a straight salwar suit with a printed lawn dupatta. The shirt has silver work on the front which seems heavy and feels like nothing upon wearing the kameez. I've always loved JJ and Al Mirah for their quality. I paired it with Kolapuri Chappal for a more traditional look. Hope you guys like my outfit. Do share you comment. Enjoy!




dupatta print


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shop Sephora Volume I


So it's time to reveal the surprise! Today I'm launching a new segment that is going to be a regular feature *fingers crossed* on KBB. As the title reads "Shop Sephora", you might have a rough idea about what's it going to be. 

I just love love love Sephora! They have so much under one roof and undoubtedly a lot for everyone. The idea behind launching this segment was that there are several Facebook pages taking custom orders for the cosmetic giant and I believe there's a lot there that is missed out. A great offer, sale or maybe something that's new and a must have. Here's when I pop in! 

Every 2 weeks, I will pick and feature 10 products from Sephora, that I find "qualitative and worth a purchase". If you are about to place an order/s you might want to checkout my picks as they may be of help. So check back in time if you don't want to miss out on some great deals!

This is not a sponsored feature nor is it affiliated with Sephora. 


So let's begin...
Bare Minerals Show Me The Shimmer Set is a collection of their dazzling Marvelous Moxie lip glosses is great for someone who loves neutrals and shimmer to top off a beautiful shine. For $15 it's actually a great deal. For more details click here.

Glimmer twins from The New Black are a treat for nail polish and nail art lovers. Enriched with slight and heavy shimmer. Priced $7, the beautiful hues will add a touch of glam to your nails. For details and more color options click here. 

Laura Mercier Hi-Lite Duo is a must have summer essential. The set comes with a face highlighter and a nude toned lip gloss. Applied along with a swish of your favorite kajal, they'll complete a subtle summer makeup look for sure. Priced at $15, for details and color options click here.
Smash Box try it kit is still available at Sephora. It contains five of their besties in delux sizes. For a flawless finish experience try it for $19. For more details click here.


If you've been coping with acne, here's your chance to try out Clinique's Acne Solution Clear Skin System starter kit. I've always been a fan of Clinique's clarifying lotions as they really do help with acne problems. This kit comes with an overall clearing treatment cream, clarifying lotion and cleansing foam. Priced $36, for more details click here.
Beauty Blender Best Friends. What so special about this one? The duo comes in a detachable heart shaped case, so you can share one with your best friend. I'd share it with my mom. Priced $39.95, for more details click here.
The Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler for her is a heavenly case of mini luxurious scents from brands such as Gucci, Lancome, Juicy Couture and more. It's the perfect gift for someone special and you can even share. Plus, try a new one everyday! For $58, it is not to be missed. For more details click here.
Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for her is a holy grail kit for ladies on the run and/or frequent travelers, specially who do not have time to pack up every little thing. The pouch comes with 16 essential daily use products that can be used for hygiene purposes. For only $16, it's a bargain. For more color options and details click here.
Sephora Put to Reuse Bag is a canvas tote and can convert into a small bag also. It's basically a sweet charm for all  Sephora fans and for $10 it's an essentially trendy bag to have. For more color options and details click here.

Volume I Top Pick!

Givenchy Black for Light Mask is a foamy, feather light, carbon colored mask that I have personally used and I'm a fan. Certainly every girl with oily skin is going to love this mask as it not only purifies the skin but also produces a luminous glow. There's a visible difference after use and I can't wait to have more of it! Priced $86, for more details click here.

That's it for Shop Sephora Volume I. I hope you enjoyed it and grabbed some ideas for your list. If you've already used any of the above products do share your experience in a comment below. I'd certainly love your feedback as well. Till Volume II arrives, Happy Shopping! 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jewelry Haul from Nishat- Arm Candy


It's the holy month of Ramadan and I'm sure the ladies out there are also planning on their Eid outfits and looks. So I thought to share with you guys my jewelry haul from Nishat Linen. I bought these pieces from their branch in Dolmen City Mall Karachi. All of these were priced at Rs. 500/- and under. The quality is great and there was loads to choose from. Checkout Nishat for some beautiful Eid jewelry. Enjoy!





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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Perfect "Pout" War


What creates the perfect pout? This question is debatable and there seems to be no definite answer to it. The cosmetic industry is swarming with lip products, with new ones launched every now and then, promising softer, supple, pouty, kissable etc lips that will leave, if not everyone, then at least your friends and rivals wowing! 

Of course lip shape and skin type also matters, but is there any product/s worth the claims? Well, after several years of wearing lip stuff, today I am going to jot down my answer to who wins the "Perfect Pout War".


Lipsticks:

I believe it depends on the finish. Lipsticks with cream formulation tend to produce more pout over mattes or any other. Since cream lipsticks also moisturize the lips, leaving them soft and healthy appearing, nothing extra needs to used.

I recommend: Rimmel London Lasting Finish  (read review) and Kate Lipsticks.


Lip Gloss:

My absolute favorite beauty invention! Lip glosses double the size of the lips, in my humble opinion, making them appear fuller and of course very bright. The work best not only for naturally full but thin lips as well.

I recommend: L'Oréal Glam Shine range (read review), Borjouis Effect 3D glosses


Chap stick/Lip Balm:

A chap stick is all benefits. Not only does it remove chap, create a soft and smooth lip canvas but also makes them appear slightly pouty. With lip balms you have the option to choose between various shades. So those looking for naturally enhanced lips should wear these more often. 

I recommend: Chapet, Maybelline Baby Lips (read review) and E.L.F Studio Conditioning lip balm.


Lip Butters and Lip Stains: 

Lip butters are only moisturizing whereas stains come in different finishes. But when it comes to the pout factor, I think lip butters do a better job and have longer wear time, whereas lip stains are more pigmented. 

I recommend: Revlon Lip Butter (read review) and Lip Stains


Lip Liners:

It might surprise some of you why'd I add lip liners to this list, but trust me, there were times when ladies would line and then fill in lips with the same pencil and such times still exist. So a lip liner is meant to give definition to the lips and ease lipstick application. But if you wear it all alone, it will not create a luscious pout.


Lip Lacquers:

They're similar to lipsticks, only in liquid in form. I love the fact that lip lacquers are not only pigmented but create a beautiful pout as well. Some of them tend to dry the lips afterwards, but if you use chap stick underneath it might hold on for long. 

I recommend: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer (read review)

So for me "Lip Gloss" wins the war, as I believe it not only creates the perfect pout but also moisturizes the lips. The color range is huge and the formulation is comfortable. I hope you enjoyed today's' post. Do share your thoughts and opinion. Ciao!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Guest Post By Sarah Nazim: You Got A Gift

Sarah Nazim, shares with us the launch of one of its kind eGift Card shopping service, You Got a Gift. Plus there's a special discount exclusively for KBB readers. Promo code below. Do share with family and Friends. Enjoy!

P.S: Not a sponsored post.

Gift shopping, made easy!

Have you ever been tight on time to shop for a gift or don’t know what to get someone with a picky taste?  I found the perfect solution! There’s this cool gifting site that offers digital prepaid eGift Cards that are delivered instantly by email, SMS or Facebook. All you have to do is visit www.YouGotaGift.com, browse through 55+ popular stores, select your card and then send away! The service is currently available in the UAE, Lebanon and Qatar.



The nice thing about these eGift Cards is that they can be personalized with a photo and message! In fact, you can send your greetings with a video or audio message – pretty neat! 



While browsing their site I also noticed they have a Money Wedding Registry, which is a great concept for those who are tying the knot. Instead of having friends and family gift you random dishware and mismatched items, they can send you money instead, so you can purchase what you need the most! The way it works is that the bride and groom set-up a wedding page and are then provided with a url that they share with their loved ones to contribute.




Want to send an eGift Card? The folks at You Got a Gift have offered KBB readers AED 30 off your first purchase! Simply use promo code KIRANBEAUTY, valid until August 4, 2014.
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