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Tarte BB tinted treatment primer- Review

Tarte Cosmetics was always a brand I was interested in but they never stocked the brand in Dubai or offer international delivery from their website. Sephora in Dubai just started selling Tarte a couple of months ago although ironically their website now offers international shipping too. 

Anyhow, the first Tarte product I decided to purchase is the BB tinted treatment primer. A couple of things attracted me to this. Firstly, it is a BB cream which I prefer to use instead of foundation. It is also a primer and the major plus point is that it contains SPF30, and lists zinc oxide as one of its active ingredients. What’s not to love? 

The texture of this BB cream is powdery when applied. It has light to medium coverage which is buildable. I usually apply it with a buffing brush or even with my fingers at times. I just need a light layer, and it immediately covers any redness and gives me an even skin tone. It is quite matte and does not really need a powder on top. Skin looks smoother, pores disappear, and since it is also a primer, it leaves my skin oil- free for about 8 hours at least. 

This would work best on normal /combination or even oily skin. Also, the zinc-oxide is known for healing the skin and getting rid of blemishes. What more can one ask for? 

My rating – 10/10

What is your favorite BB cream? 

Review- Gosh Contour N’ Strobe Kit

Hi friends, it’s been months since I reviewed a product so here goes… 

In terms of makeup, the moment I reach out for a particular product every single day, then I know this is it!! I love it and it is worth blogging about and telling people about it. 

The product in question this time is the Gosh Contour N’ Strobe Kit in the shade Medium . Anyone who knows me well, knows that my favorite contour palette is the one from Charlotte Tilbury and I haven’t found a good enough replacement until now. 

Gosh is a drugstore brand and none of its products have disappointed me yet. The darker contour shade in this palette is seriously the BOMB!  It is heavily pigmented, blends easily and gives a contour that is on FLEEK. I’m obsessed. The blush shade is also quite pretty and gives a natural glow. 

Only gripe with this palette is the highlighter shade. It is quite a pretty color but quite difficult to get any product on my brush for some reason. 

All in all, if you are new to contouring and want something that is reasonably priced, then definitely go for this. 

Gosh can be found in Centrepoint stores in the UAE. 

Do you recommend any other drugstore contour palette? 

Sephora Nuit Kajal- review

The Sephora Nuit Kajals were released in Dubai about a month ago with huge hype so I was really excited to buy these and try them. I bought 2 colors- Fascinating Black and Charming Brown. 

Firstly, I love eye pencils that don’t need sharpening because I am lazy like that😁😶. YSL did release a similar design for a kajal previously which I didn’t like much and which I also hated because the cap would always slip off. Fortunately , these Sephora Kajals dont have that problem . 

I put these eye pencils to the test by applying it early morning before work- on the eyelid as well as waterline. I then use a smudger brush and smudge it slightly to create a subtle smokey effect and to make it look less harsh. 

Unfortunately , these do not last well at all on the eyes, especially on the waterline. By afternoon , it looks patchy (bear in mind I don’t have oily eyelids) . Also, if you love very dark black eye pencils, then this isn’t for you. The brown color lasts even less longer for me. 

I would give these a 6 over 10 and I have way better alternatives for eye pencils/kajals. Read my post on the blackest eye pencils https://naysdesires.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/the-blackest-eye-pencils/?preview=true

I am currently loving the Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder eye kajal in Black Saffron. 

What are your favorite eye pencils/kajals? What are your thoughts on the Sephora Nuit Kajals? 

Vichy Purete Thermale waterproof eye make-up remover- Review

When I have heavy eye makeup on, I make sure I take it all off using a dedicated eye make-up remover before I remove my face make-up using my oil cleansers. 

I am onto my second bottle of the Vichy Purete Thermale waterproof eye make-up remover and it is brilliant. I have always hated waterproof eye make-up remover- in general because they are so oily and hated the feeling on my eyes. This one is relatively lighter, and takes everything off with 1 or 2 swipes of a cotton wool. It also doesn’t sting my eyes. 

Boots usually has amazing offers which is when I stock up and this is an excellent alternative to other more expensive eye make-up removers in the market. 

Anyone a fan of the Vichy Purete Thermale? What products do you use to remove your eye make-up? 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips- review and swatches 

Hi everyone, 

It’s been a while since I posted anything about makeup but anything Charlotte Tilbury deserves a mention (or blog post) 😀. 

Her Hot Lips lipsticks were too hard to resist especially since they were in collaboration with certain celebrities. It was so hard for me to choose but I went for 3 different pink shades as I find pink toned lipsticks suit my skintone better. 

The first one is Liv it Up named after Liv Tyler. It’s a pale pink shade which is hydrating and has a satin finish. I was worried that this particular shade would not suit me because it’s too pale but I quite like it and is perfect for wearing to the office as it is really subtle. Love it. 

Liv it Up

Liv it Up lip swatch

The second pink shade I chose was Bosworth’s Beauty which is a bright pink shade and this is my favorite of the 3. Named after Kate Bosworth,  this has a matte finish but Charlotte Tilbury takes matte to a whole new level. I am yet to come across a matte lipstick that matches her formula which is hydrating yet has a matte finish. It doesn’t tug at the lips at all. 

Bosworth’s Beauty

Bosworth’s Beauty lip swatch

The third pink shade I went for is a fuschia color called Electric Poppy named after Poppy Delevingne. This also has a matte finish and is extremely flattering on the lips. 

Electric Poppy

Electric Poppy lip swatch

I bought my lipsticks online from Beautylish and each costs $32.
Has anyone bought any of the lipsticks from this collection?  What’s your favorite color?

Beauty Haul from Feel Unique

It’s been so long since I did a proper beauty haul from online,  especially from one of my favorite websites- http://www.feelunique.com.

I bought a bunch of stuff which I needed (and some which I just wanted😆) and I can’t wait to share my purchases with you. The best part is I got everything for 20% off.

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The Glamoriser detangling dryer brush looks so interesting. This caught my eye because rather than just blow drying my hair, I would also be detangling it simultaneously which definitely makes things easier.

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I have heard of this brand before but never used it.  It is made of natural ingredients and I love the smell of coconut. Can’t wait to use this on my special pampering days.

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Nuxe reve de miel lip balm is my absolute favorite and I use it every single night. This is a repurchase since my current one is almost over.

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If you are following me on Instagram or a regular reader of my blog,  then you would know I am never without my Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm. This is a repurchase since my skincare regimen doesn’t exist without this.

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I love Real Techniques makeup brushes but I don’t own any from the bold metals collection. This seems like an amazing contouring brush.

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This was a spur of the moment last minute purchase as I love anything that is leave-in lately for my hair. Can’t wait to see how this fares when applyed on to my hair.

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I used to use Moroccan Oil on my hair and I quite liked it.  This was a good offer for a bigger 125ml size with a free tote bag and of course with the 20% discount.

Have you tried any of the products I bought? Let me know what you think of my latest haul.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream- Review

Hello everyone.  I know this BB cream is quite old and was released a while back but since I heard one particular blogger I admire rave about this, I decided to give it a try.

Firstly, the Vichy Idealia BB Cream contains SPF 25 which is great as I just use this after my moisturizer and I’m good to go, eliminating the need to use a separate spf. It is also paraben-free which is a plus point. It’s quite scented so for those of you are bothered by scented products, you might not like this.

This BB cream applies smoothly, feels hydrating and is a beautiful texture (not too thick and perfect for all skin types). As you will see from the swatch below, it gives a beautiful, natural glow and what I noticed is that it photographs beautifully. It does not really require to be topped up with a powder, however I do need a touch of powder on my t-zone after about 5 or 6 hours of wear.

I have been using it every single day for work ever since I bought it and I love it. Although it is a drugstore brand,  it is not too cheap. I bought it for Dhs 170 from Boots. Unfortunately, it comes in only 2 shades- Light and Medium. I got the Medium shade which fortunately matches my skin tone perfectly.

Have any of you tried this BB cream? What are your thoughts? What is your favorite BB/CC cream?

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