GOSH To Be Cool In Copenhagen Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

goshpalI love compact palettes a lot. These are saving grace for days when you want to change your look instantly.

Gosh’s To Be Cool In Copenhagen Matte Eyeshadow Palette comes in a small but sturdy casing. I really like that because I don’t prefer the palettes that come in hard cardboard especially those like huda beauty and the balm cosmetics ones. This case comes with a large mirror which is perfect to create the look.

Designed for cooler looks the palette comes with 8 shades ranging from lighter shades like cream to darker shades like charcoal gray. The shades are not named so let’s say I will be interpret them in my way for you all.

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Why I love the palette:

  • The shades are actually matte shades and are long stay.
  • Darker shades are perfect even if primer isn’t used. Highly pigmented.
  • Easy to carry
  • Versatile colors to suit all skin tones
  • Easy to create a day look or a night look with just one palEtte
  • Reasonable pricing and easily available
  • Less or no fall out

What I don’t love:

  • The lighter shades desperately need primer
  • Pigmentation of the shades is inconsistent
  • Blending issues with lighter shades

Overall, even though there are a few flaws I would still opt for this palette in a heartbeat because it’s very convenient. Gosh is the only drugstore brand that retails products free of any parabens and they believe in a cause dear to me that is of being cruelty free. Also they try to incorporate natural contents in their cosmetics which means less damage to the skin especially as sensitive as mine. Some of you may prefer having the palette with brush but personally I have never preferred those tiny brushes. I prefer using a sponge applicator and my blending brush that I got from Sephora.

You can purchase Gosh Products at Lifestyle Gulf and Boots Pharmacy.

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Disclaimer: Products are sponsored by Gosh Arabia, all opinions are my own

Gosh Liquid Matte Lipstick & Velvet Touch Lip Liner Review

2016 was all about matte! Nails, lips, eyeshadows everything went matte! I personally love Matte so for me this is by far the best makeup trend of the year. The trend started with luxury beauty brands and soon drugstore brands caught up too. One such drugstore brand is Gosh from Denmark.
A few years back this brand was not a familiar one. However their products, marketing efforts, pricing and packaging all have created quite an impact in middle east. Gosh products are paraben free and they believe in a cause dear to me that is of being cruelty free.
I recently got the opportunity to meet the fabulous person behind the marketing of the brand and also got a chance to try out some products from their wide range. I will be reviewing the products in parts and today It’s two products, Gosh matte lipstick and Gosh lip pencil.
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Gosh matte liquid lipstick

The shade I chose was Nougat crisp 007. I don’t get the idea behind naming it that but this is a nude shade perfect for day wear. When the Mua at Gosh kiosk applied it for my mini makeover, I fell in love with the shade instantly.
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Review: The Matte lipstick is really pigmented and it is indeed a long stay lipstick. I was surprised to see that touch ups weren’t really required for this one. Though the color faded gradually but it did stay almost 6-8 hours. I had also swatched some of darker shades at the kiosk at realized that those were much more pigmented.
Now the issue with any nude shade Matte color is that they need a smooth surface to apply on which means your lips needs to be really healthy and moist prior to application. Gosh solves that problem because their liquid matte lipsticks contain plant oils that keep lips hydrated throughout. I have generally seen that in my lancome lipsticks but this is a first for drugstore lippies.
My only complain with this product is that it’s not ultra Matte but still recommended for daily wear.
Benefits:
– Easy applicator with flat sponge brush
– Intense colors
– reasonably priced
– Highly pigmented
– Perfume free
– Free from minerals

Gosh velvet touch lip liner

Review: Super smooth and creamy liner perfect to outlook your lips for liquid matte or even by itself. I got the shade nougat crisp 001 a shade that’s very in these days. Texture-wise its,similar to MAC lip liners. The color pay off is fantastic! The shade suits my wheat-ish pale skin tone.
I tried wearing just the lip liner instead of lipstick but it lasted just about two hours.
Benefits :
– Contains vitamin E and jojoba oils
– Water-proof
– Wide color range
– Highly pigmented
– can be worn as a lipstick
You purchase Gosh Products at Lifestyle Gulf and Boots Pharmacy.
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Disclaimer: Products are sponsored by Gosh Arabia, all opinions are my own.

Revlon Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette Review

I am all in for beauty products that offer convenience. Generally I don’t carry a lot of makeup but when it’s meetings/office events I require to do a quick makeover to my face. In such scenarios a palette that offers all in one option works really well which is why when Revlon released their Eyes, lips and cheek palette I was very much interested in trying it out.
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Coming to the palette, it’s compact and easy to carry around. I received this kit from Revlon team for reviewing and this is the Romantic Nudes 100 set. The palette mentions that the shades are universally flattering.
Features:
• Includes mirror and mini applicators

My review

Eyes – The top two shades are shimmering shades, very light and not very pigmented. On the other hand the remaining shades are a bit promising because once you start applying the color is visible. The darker shades are decently pigmented, very build-able and blend-able. I would highly recommend to use a good primer as the base to build your look and to make these eye shade last longer ( I used Nyx primer) The mini sponge applicator given along with the product is okay to use. You can expect these shades to last at least 4-5 hours without fading out.
Lips: The two shades given at the left are lipsticks. One is slightly towards coral, it’s buttery and I loved this shade even without adding the lipgloss. The other shade is a light plum-ish color. Both are great shades, one for day and night look. There is a lipstick applicator with the palette but I used my finger which was easier as the lipsticks have a very smooth texture. The lip glosses are great too! Gives lips a healthy sheen and not too sticky.
Cheeks: The blush powder comes with a tiny and cute blush brush. Honestly, I didn’t find this blush helpful at all. I applied it several times but couldn’t see the color on my cheeks. It’s a very light shade and I have a pale/wheat-ish skin on which there was no effect.
Pros: 
  • All in one compact palette
  • Mirror included
  • Easy to carry
  • Can create multiple looks, day and night
  • Darker  eye shadow shades are more towards matte
  • Shades to suit any skin tone
Cons:
  • The palette doesn’t have any cover for the lipsticks which are liquid. The powders tend to fall on the lipsticks
  •  Inconsistencies in pigmentation of shades
  • Eye shadows requires a lot of blending
  • Cost 
Revlon Eye,lips and cheeks palette is available through Desert cart at AED 55, I haven’t seen these at drugstores yet.

REVLON ULTRA HD MATTE LIPCOLOR REVIEW + SWATCHES

I am in love with Matte lip shades! Really not the shimmer kinds and glitter was never the thing for me especially on the lips. I would go for a daring color but in matte only. Keeping up with this matte trend, Revlon has introduced these cool new Ultra HD Matte lip colors. Let’s learn a bit about them.
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Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Review + Swatches 

I really liked the shades that I was provided for reviewing. One on the verge of blush pink  HD Passion and other a daring pink HD devotion which is fun and flirty. Coming the the texture, these lipsticks are highly pigmented and have a light sheen when applied. The packaging mentions that it is a high definition lip color which is seen as just in one sweep the color is visible on lips. The wear time for these would be anywhere around 4-6 hours. It’s very lightweight, velvety and creamier in comparison to predecessors of Revlon lippies. There is a hint of vanilla and mango fragrance but it is not overwhelming at all which is great! The price is super affordable with AED 40 and all pink shades, who could say no to that? There are 7 shades available in Middle East, originally 16 were released in USA.
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On the downside, I found it a bit sticky on lips and the matte-ness reduces with time. Also if I don’t apply lip balm, this product leaves my lips dry after a while. This is observed in previous Revlon lippies too! Which is strange because this product contains shea butter and is suppose to moisturize . Since this is a gel base lipstick, it needs a lip liner to finish the look.
I like the packaging, its easy to carry and breaking from the norm of going for a cylindrical shape or boxed, this product has a smooth oval shape that is cute and easy to even carry in the back pocket. The applicator brush is double sided sponge brush for easier application of course.
Overall, the shades are designed to suit almost all skin tones. It’s light but needs constant touch-ups. If you are someone who doesn’t want to invest much on lipsticks then this is certainly a good drugstore brand to go with. I would wear it because I love the shades. Can be used frequently if you apply a good lip balm prior application of this lip color( I used clarins hydraquench moisturizing lip balm).
Revlon products are available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and drugstores across middle east.

Mini Dermal Haul from MySkinChoice.com

Korean beauty products have created their niche in this large beauty market. With unique products such as snail serum, oyster masks and many more..
Well I am not the kind who would experiment with any products containing animal contents so I chose to go green. I was sent these gorgeous products by Myskinchoice to try and the verdict.. Well read below guys, not giving everything away now!
Dermal Aloe Vera Gel 
This product is exactly how one would imagine it to be. Clear as aloe liquid and lightly fragranced. I really like the texture as its light and quickly absorbs in skin, its best to apply in day time. though if you are like me living in a desert then this product is best for winters.
Aloevera is good to treat sunburns, anti aging and reduces acne. Recommending this gel to those who do not go heavy on makeup and need a light moisturizer for keeping skin hydrated. This product is very close to the actual aloe gel and requires frequent applications to see the results.
Verdict: for aed24, I am definitely buying this again!
Dermal Bamboo Sheet Mask

 I generally use masks on weekends as I get time to multitask and relax too. So I used this mask sheet to see the results. It contains Bamboo essence but honestly the result was just about okay. My skin did feel tighter for a while but the effects wear off soon. I am guessing it is because maybe the product is too natural and not been messed with. Try it if you have a normal skin type, mine is combination skin and this mask didn’t help. However it totally doesn’t hurt to try out as its super budget friendly and has minimal side effects.

Try out the above and more Korean products,from Myskinchoice.com they have an awesome sale going on so go grab some festive beauty treats.

Veet Sensitive Precision™ Beauty Styler Review

My long time beautician & a dear friend :”I am going for a vacation”
Me: please don’t go! who will do my eyebrows? *puppy eyes*

I am okay to get anything else done other than my eyebrows at any other salon. However when I am away from my favorite beautician, I feel scared to even try out any new salon for my eyebrows.

Being an Asian, I am blessed with super thick eyebrows that don’t take much time to grow. I don’t wish to ruin the shape but the problem is how do I maintain it? I am sure many of you have faced this problem too. Especially when one is travelling, you can’t really pack your beautician with you.

Our prayers have been answered ladies! Veet’s sensitive precision trimmer is an easy way to maintain the shape of your eyebrows & keep it always on fleek! Besides eyebrows, this lovely trimmer can also be used for trimming sensitive body parts such as bikini and underarms.

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Let’s find out the benefits as described on the pack:

Introducing the NEW Veet Sensitive Precision™ Beauty Styler, designed for use on the face, underarms and bikini area where skin is more sensitive and requires more gentleness.
It’s quick and gentle with cutting blades that don’t touch the skin, so no fear of cuts! And thanks to its two different sized trimming heads and dedicated accessories you can achieve high precision whilst shaping and styling

How to Use

Use the desired trimmer head to achieve the perfect shape of your brows or bikini line. The additionally comb attachments are ideal for achieving a uniform hair length for the perfect finish. Use on dry skin only.

Hazards and Cautions

• Please read all instructions before using this product
• If your skin is sensitive, allergic to cosmetics, or easily irritated when shaving, please try on arms or legs before using the product
• Do not use with shaving gel or foam. Use on dry skin only
• Do not dismantle
• Keep out of reach of children

My review

On eyebrows: Loved it! it’s effortless and you can’t feel the blade but it does the job really well. The styler along with the eyebrow trimmer though I felt was a bit too big and instead I felt comfortable to use the blade without styler brush.

On sensitive areas: I generally prefer waxing bi-weekly to get rid of hair in these sensitive areas such as bikini and underarms. This time I tried Veet trimmer, it’s definitely not like a full fledged epilator and the process of trimming these areas is really slow. I somehow felt the blades should have been a bit sharper for as the hair growth is generally thicker.

Pros:

– Perfect for carrying while travelling
– Easy eyebrow trimming tutorial
– Good to even trim hair in smaller area
– no risk of cuts! literally not, I tried it personally and the blades are safe to use.
– Reasonably priced
– doesn’t require and shaving gel/cream application prior usage.
– wireless
– Cleaning brush included

Cons:

– battery operated! I would prefer it being with charging device.

– works only on dry skin, cannot be used in water

– Battery wears off soon!

– needs noise cancellation! there is too much of a buzzing sound while using the device which is a bit distracting.

-instructions manual : a tad bit of clarity on instructions paper is required for users to understand how to use the product.

– needs eyebrow stencil

Final Verdict

There is a reason why this sensitive trimmer is marketed more like eyebrow shaper. Definitely does wonderful job of trimming eyebrows and keeping the shape intact. I have tried the general blades and even electric blades for eyebrows earlier and I made a disaster out of my eyebrows but thanks to Veet,  I will not face that issue anymore. The USP of this product is the blades which promise no cuts and is exactly that! good for those who have hyper sensitive skin because I have it too but Veet styler doesn’t cause any redness.

I am unsure of the bikini area and underarms as I would have loved if the blades were a bit sharper for this. The product cannot be used in showers as it cannot be in contact with water. The blades can be separated and washed.

Overall, I am glad that a Veet has innovated such a wonderful product that is so easy to carry. Perfect for busy women of today!

Veet Sensitive Precision Trimmer is available in all leading hypermarket, supermarkets and drugstores across UAE, currently retailing at AED139.

Click here to watch Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler – Tutorial

Johnson’s & Johnson’s Hydration Essentials Cleansing Wipes

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As a busy woman who is always travelling, I am always on lookout for products that make life hassle free. When I first heard of Johnsons & Johnsons hydration face cleansing wipes I was very much interested in trying it out.

I tested the Johnsons & Johnsons hydration face cleansing wipes for normal & combination skin that comes with extra ocean minerals which help in keeping skin hydrated. The fragrance is a familiar one, the kind you always associate with baby powders from J&J. The packaging comes with sticker on top that doesn’t let your wipes dry off and best part is that the sticker stays despite all the dust in my handbag (opps confession, my handbag is a well :P). A pack of 25 is perfect as one for each of working days.

Verdict

this little drugstore beauty product is a treat for your skin! Easily removes layers of makeup without damaging the skin. The product is designed as such to remove the toughest of makeup layers especially the mascara which most of us tend to go overboard with. Since the wipe has tendency to get abrasive, I would suggest to gently wipe sensitive areas such as under/over the eyes. My skin feels refreshed and hydrated post use of these.

In case you are one of those who don’t use makeup or keep it minimal, this product still works wonders in keeping skin moisturized.

Available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets & drugstores.