Beauty Spotlight: RiRi for MAC

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Sure, there’s the ongoing media obsession over her relationship with Chris Brown, but that’s balanced out by her Grammy-winning singing career, her new fashion line with ‘River Island’ and, now, a new, groundbreaking deal with MAC Cosmetics.

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The first product to launch will be ‘RiRi Woo’ (above), a lipstick inspired by the classic MAC red Ruby Woo – a favourite of Rihanna’s.

Rihanna approached the task with a laser focus. “She wanted RiRi Woo to be slightly more blue-red and retro matte — a matte with moisturizer finish we’d used in a collection years ago and currently only have in one product,” said Balbier (MAC’s senior vice president of global product development). “She was especially adamant that the color be suitable for every skin tone.”

I am super excited to get my hands on this lipstick! However, the dates of the international launch has not be set yet.

I’ll be a keeping an eye on this, I’m sure you guys will too! Am I right ladies?

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Collective Haul: Makeup ♢

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I know I haven’t been posting in MONTHS! I’m not gonna apologize for it, because, I’ve been preparing for my mocks, and I found it very hard to focus on more than one thing at a time. But I’m back, for a few days till my boards actually start! During my absence from blogging-world, I had a few visits to the stores here and there.  So let me introduce you to some amazing products, and some not-so-amazing ones too…Image

This is a limited edition Smashbox eyeshadow palette, from their ‘Love Me’ line. They have 3 different palettes, however I bought the ‘Admire ME’ one. This palette is AMAZING. The eyeshadows have a very nice soft texture, and good pigmentation power!

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I really loved the packaging of this product.

As you can see the palette has “Love Me” written in black plastic and that layer lifts up so you can get to the actual shadows underneath.  I love the shape inside, though the smaller areas can be trickier to get into with a brush.

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As you guys can see, it has very tiny sparkles, which actually makes it softer and easier to blend, when comparing it to usual shimmery shadows.

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Here’s the swatch… Now, this is just one swipe of the colours. So starting from left to right.

We’ve got a  Deep Golden Brown, which is really good as a crease colour, or just for a brown smoky eye. Then a Matt Nude colour, which is perfect for a crease colour, when you want to keep your eye makeup minimal but with a little definition. Then we’ve got a Champagne colour, which is so versatile on it’s own. Then on to a Soft Shimmering Coral, which adds a really soft colour. Finally, a Shimmering Bronze.

I’m really loving this palette right now, especially with Summer coming up, warm colours are the way to go for me!

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While I was in Sephora, the lady working at Smashbox recommended this foundation to me. So, I swatched it! I loved the consistency, coverage, and the hydrating formula.

I bought one, and started using it. Let me tell you… I have never seen a foundation last this long! The foundation claims to last ’15 hours’, which is not entirely true… However it does last long in HOT weather in comparison to other foundations. I also found out that I don’t really need to use a setting powder to set it. It leaves my face matte, without looking …’caked’ on?

Verdict: I quite like this. I don’t think I’ve been THIS thrilled about a foundation before. So I highly recommend it!

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I think by now you guys are like, ‘Smashbox? AGAIN?!’ But really guys, I’m really liking their new products. If you haven’t tried any of their products, am pretty sure you’re gonna like something! With Smashbox, there’s something for everyone! Quit rambling and tell us what this is! This is their new Halo Long-Wear blush. I believe that it actually speaks for itself.

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The thing about this that really drew me in, was that it had a built-in grinder, which gives me control over how much of the product I wanted. However, the only drawback was that things could get mess!

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Verdict: I love the sheerness of this blush! However you can build it up. It does last throughout the day. It is very pigmented so, a little goes a very long way with this one!

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Next up! Brow zings by Benefit! It’s basically a brow kit.

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The kit includes a soft, pigmented wax that defines and shapes brows and a color complementing setting powder to keep them looking wow, plus discreet tweezers for pesky stray hairs, a hard angle brush, and a blending brush.

At first I was a little skeptical about the wax/powder duo. However, I didn’t  like the powder, as it is pure brown, and have darker eyebrows, so the colour pay-off was a little ridiculous, I would say…

Verdict: I really liked this, however I don’t think I’ll be using it on myself. I don’t know… Maybe give it to someone that can totally make this product work for them.

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More on eyebrows! I bought the Makeup Forever ‘AQUA BROW’ eyebrow corrector. I saw a review on this product on youtube, so I was on the look out ever since. I’m like obsessed with this one already! I like that they have a wide range of colours to match your actual hair! So this product is a must-have product.

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It comes in a black mesh case, which is really thoughtful of them, as it keeps your product and brushes together. Along with the eyebrow corrector, an angled brush and a spooly. The brushes make the application more natural. The formula of the brow corrector is AMAZING. It does stay longer than I thought, which is a good thing!

Verdict: I am absolutely in love with the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. I can easily say it is my Holy Grail Eyebrow product and I can’t see myself finding something else that suits my needs better.

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Finally. I got myself an Urband Decay ‘Eyeshadow Primer Potion’. Nothing much to say about this. It’s amazing, but so is NARS eyeshadow primer. I’m really happy with the new packaging of this product, as the old one didn’t really work for so many people. However, the only problem I have with this is that, some times if the product stays in for too long, it tends to ‘separate’ its contents, so it turns REALLY runny. To fix my problem, I found out that I had to shake it really well before using it. I don’t know if this is a common problem, or whether I just got a ‘bad’ one…?

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Verdict: I still do love this, and I’ll probably repurchase this once it’s over!

This finishes my haul, I hope you enjoyed reading all the reviews. Leave a comment if you’d like!

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MAC Haul! ♡

Hey guys! I have a new post today which is something a little different that I haven’t tried. This is my very first haul post! If you’re interested then keep on reading!

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I went to a MAC store and got me a bunch of stuff, and so did my sister! I just had to get new makeup! So the things I picked are:

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  • A mineralize skin finish, in ‘Dark Deep’. I bought this as a contouring powder, and so far, I’m loving it.

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  • A Select cover-up concealer, in ‘NC30’. 

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  • A flat-stippling brush, in 130. For blending my foundations if I put any.
  • A fluffy-domed brush, in 138. For contouring and definition.

THE LIPSTICKS

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So starting from the left to right….

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And of course my sister got sucked in by the saleswoman! Hahahaha! Poor her. However, she did get good finds!

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What she got is:

  • A Mineralize skin finish, as a contouring powder, in ‘Deep’.
  • A Studiofix fluid, in NC41.
  • A flat foundation brush, in number 191.

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 Difference in our contouring powder. (Left: Sister, Right: Mine.)


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So this is it for this post! I’m sorry for the lack of posts but it’s just been SO busy, you wouldn’t even believe it!

Love Always,

Shamma x.

DIY: Cute Glass Containers!

I’m here today with a new DIY idea! I just LOVE DIY projects! Apart from the fact that you could revamp old stuff, you actually can have fun with it, (atleast I know I do!)

So let’s get this started!

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You will need:

  • An old brush.
  • Glitter (Colour of your choice).
  • Some heavy duty crafts glue. (Suitable for glass)
  • Glass container of your choice.
  • A safe workplace.
  • A towel.
  • Old Plate.

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 First off, peel off any stickers, and  wash the glass container very thoroughly, then wipe the container till dry with a towel. This is to ensure that the glue has a good and clean base to stick on to. 

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Unseal the glue cap.

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 Use the plate to pour a generous amount of glue, then pour in the glitter and mix well, until you obtain a good consistency. If the glue is too runny, add more glitters, and if it’s too chunky, add more glue.

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 Get your brush, and dip it into the mixture that you’ve prepared, and paint the insides of the container. Paint even strokes to ensure so you avoid gaps. Voila! ImageImage

Now, make sure to give your container at least 24hrs to dry completely!

This is a really easy DIY, and a very good way to glam up your room. I use these containers to store little nicknacks, like bobby pins, hair bands, makeup brushes, etc. It keeps my things organized, much, much better.

I hope you enjoyed this! Do try it out and show me what you came up with!

Love Always,

Shamma x.

Off goes 2012, In comes 2♡13 ~

I know, I’m kinda late on my New Year’s post, and that’s because I wasn’t home at NYE. So excuse my lack of posts, but I will be posting lots soon (Europe trip, etc.)!

So it’s January again, and am not really big on New Year’s Resolutions and stuff, becuase I never stick to them anyways! So why plan any?! However, this year, I will set up easy little baby plans to follow (which I will post at the end), but for now? I’d like to thank all my friends, my classmates, my family, my loved ones, and the people who did me wrong too. Without my friends and classmates, I wouldn’t have had the fun times that I cherish at this moment. Without my family, I wouldn’t have had the support and love I have now. Without my loved ones, I wouldn’t have the courage to accept my flaws. Without the people who did me wrong, I wouldn’t have learned a lot of valuable lessons and most definitely, I wouldn’t have known how to set my priorities right!

2012 was a year, that I don’t think I would ever want to repeat again. Even though the good memories are plenty, I’m sorry to say that the bad experiences over-shadows them. I think that, what happened in 2012, stays in 2012, and I’m not allow myself to feel bad about anything that happened this last year. But I also believe that, I shouldn’t be thankful for all the blessings, ups, downs, new friends,  shared moments, and the talented people I’ve got to discover and see their work. So, my highlights for the past year were:

  • Meeting the famous actor ‘Hamad ElOmany’ ‘حمد العماني’. Which was actually some what awkward. But it was fun because I had my best friend with me! (Shout out to Mariam!)
  • Discovering my love for poetry and literature.
  • Meeting some of the most closest people to my heart! (Shout out to Fay!)
  • Starting a blog? Definitely.
  • Eating my first beef burger since 6 years? I just had to try Shake Shack! Hahahaha
  • Having my first ever professional facial! (Thanks sis ‘A’)!
  • Getting my Mac Book!
  • Subscribing to a monthly beauty box!
  • All the fun trips ( Only my close friends will know this!)
  • Visiting Hitler’s Camp in Dachau.
  • 24/9/2012, Monday.
  • Losing close people that were close to my heart.

However, on the bright side, my goals are:

  • Make new memories.
  • Try to exercise for 20 minutes each day.
  • Try to keep up with my school work.
  • Put myself before others.
  • Get a second ear piercing. 😦
  • Read more books.
  • Go back to doing yoga.
  • And last but not least, enjoy every moment that comes along, and to learn every lesson 2013 has to offer.

Let’s hope I stick to these. It’s really simple Shamma. You can do it.

Love Always,

Shamma x.

Beauty Review: Thalgo Foaming Marine Cleanser

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Hey lovelies! In today’s post I’ll be reviewing a product which I tried out! Well, first off. I’ve been using a cleanser that stripped down all the natural oil from my skin and felt tight after using. And I’ve tried 3 different cleansers this year! Yes. I thought I’d never find one that would actually work! But my sister who just brought in the ‘Thalgo’ spa line in her Beauty Centre! And I’ve been going there for facial every so often and I gotta tell ya, my skin has never felt/looked this good in my LIFE. But anyways, once day, my sister gave me her ‘Thalgo Foaming Marine Cleanser‘ to try out! Even though I’ve used it only 3 times, I gotta tell you guys… It’s the best thing that happened to my face. Okay, apart from those facials.

The cleanser does EXACTLY what it claims. It comes as a foam, which can be dispensed with a pump, all you need is to, take a pump in your fingers and massage it throughly into your skin. Then rinse away with lukewarm water, and pat! And Voila! You’ve got yourself a clean, makeup-less, and fresh face!

Now this cleanser is made for ‘Normal to combination skin’. As for me, I have combination skin, which is why I found that my skin responded the best to it! Let’s not forget it has nutrients that feed your skin too!