Strobing- The New Contouring?

Have you been thinking that the whole contour/highlight process is too complicated plus time consuming and maybe you need something easier to start with and look gorgeous at the same time?

 Why not just focus on spots where you know the light hits your face the most. One word: HIGHLIGHT! The opposite of contour. Highlight the bridge of your nose, your browbone, your chin, the area above the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go! I ❤️ playing around and trying new highlighters. They just make you look so alive and fresh and give you that nice glow that you see on tan skin. The funny thing is that here in Pakistan its the opposite. Girls wanna look extra white and artificial. Embrace yourselves! Every skintone is beautiful❤️ 

 With the normal highlight we’re focusing on just making these areas brighter so we use a light toned matte liquid, cream or powder. That’s where STROBING comes in. Strobing isn’t a particularly old method, I believe we’ve been practicing this for ages now but hadn’t give it a particular name.

 This process involves illuminating the areas of your face where you know the light hits your face, like the areas you usually highlight. But there’s a twist. You use shimmer and shine to really accentuate features that you know the light catches first to give an illusion of lift instead of a matte regular highlighter.

Illuminators are products that help reflect light from your skin and nicely substitute for a summer tan and to really bring out your prominent features, making them even more prominent and of course making them glow healthily.

 To be honest, I do not own a liquid illuminator because I’ve always been double minded about it. Gonna try one soon! I own a few powder highlighters which I love, even though I don’t like a shimmering face. A baked highlighter for instance, gives you more of a natural glow instead of an artificial shimmery look. It all really depends on the colors you pick and how good quality they are and OFCOURSE how you apply it.

If you’re looking for a liquid illuminator, you can try the Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Illuminator. This comes in a nailpolish looking bottle. Mac also has a thing called a strobe cream. How cool is that!? Other high end options would be YSL Touche Éclat or whatever its called, Neutrogena shimmer sheers and Lancome Éclat Miracle. If you’re new to strobing and would like to use a more affordable product that gives almost equal satisfaction, I recommend the cute little e.l.f shimmering facial whip. Comes in a little tube! And has some absolutely gorgeous shades to choose from. Drugstore products to the rescue once again!

You can also mix a shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter powder with some waterbased lotion or cream OR your regular foundation to make yourself an illuminator. Hello glow!

If you’re looking for a powder highlighter, I’ve heard good things about the NARS and ofc Mac ones. Good dupes are the ones by e.l.f, Makeup Revolution😍, BH cosmetics and NYX. 

The powder highlighters I own are:

1. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter- Golden Lights

2. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter- Peach Lights (AH BEAUTIFUL ON TANNED SKIN)

3. BH cosmetics San Francisco Palette Highlighters

4. Makeup Revolution blush palette Hot and Spice highlighters

5. The Mary Loumanizer

6. Bh forever nude palette highlighter.

So give it a try if you’re on the go and you don’t have time to go through the whole contour/highlight process. Grab a pretty highlighter like the ones by Makeup Revolution that I just reviewed and START SHINING🌟

Hope you enjoyed reading. Sorry I’m so lost, the internet is really bad.

Love, Zenia💕

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The Diva Challenge Day 5: Halloween Party

Hellooo lovelies, lets make this real quick because I am LATE LATE LATE! 

Took me lots of time to research for this one, wanted to recreate the character’s outfit with a slightly modern (plus modest😉) touch. Wanted to accesorize alot and keep the outfit simple yet classy. 

As we all know its superhero Season so my outfit is a WONDERWOMAN✨ outfit! Yay

 Here’s a look at the possibly original wonderwoman costume evolution over the years (not in order)


My outfit:


Get the look:

  1. White house black market womens golden metal collar necklace 
  2. Charlotte Russe black lace up platform chunky heel booties black
  3. Monsoon lace sparkle tiara
  4. Carolina Herrera Skinny front plate belt 
  5. Prabal Gurung Viscose Crepe Crewneck Peplum blouse
  6. Emilio Pucci Leather leggings
  7. Forever 21 Midi rings

Hope you lovelies liked it! Till next time❤️


The Diva Challenge day 3: Movie Night

I was a little late for day 2 so I have to post this one as well. Its day 3 so lets do this!

Get the Look:

  1. RVCA womens label wilding sweatshirt
  2. Dorothy perkins petite rip ‘Frankie’ jeggings
  3. Fluid womens sandals Black
  4. Givenchy Antigona Small leather satchel bag 
  5. Michael Kors Grayson Zipped Bowler
  6. Spirit pf the eagle expandable necklace

Makeup Shown

  • Napolean Perdis Matte eye ink 
  • Nyx mosaic powder Blush Dare
  • Covergirl outlast stay fabulous 3 in 1 foundation
  • Nyx matte lipstick in Nude
The Diva Challenge

The Diva Challenge day 2: Job Interview

Nominated by the gorgeous Natalia Pessoa!

 Honoured to be on board! 

Theme no. 2 is ‘Job Interview’ . I am a little late for this one oops

Here’s the outfit I created!

Get The Look:

  1. Stella Mccartney Amal Trousers
  2. Mango crochet appliqué blouse
  3. White house black market womens 3/4 sleeve white blazer
  4. PLEASER day&night GOR20 Women’s fashion stylish plain platforms
  5. Mango adjustable tote bag.
  6. Fendi Cat eye acetate sunglasses

Makeup Shown

  • Forever 21 natural eyeshadow palette
  • Covergirl full lash bloom Mascara by lashblast black 
  • Dior ‘diorskin’ nude skin perecting hydrating concealer
  • TBS honey bronze bronzing powder 
  • Fresh face large powder brush
  • Revlon ultra HD lipstick

The Diva Challenge day 1: First Date.

Nominated by the gorgeous Natalia Pessoa, here’s the outfit i created! Honoured to be on board! 

Theme no. 1 is ‘First Date’ 


Get the look:

  1. Cami cut blouse by JC
  2. Shein Blue Boyfriend Ponte Rolled Sleeved Blazer
  3. J brand Maria High Rise Skinny Jeans
  4. Christian Louboutin So Kate 120 leather pumps
  5. Bowling bag by DKNY
  6. Ray Ban 2140 wayfarer blackleather polarized
  7. Maison Margiela Stacked ring necklace 

Similar things in my closet:

  • Next high waisted skinny jeans
  • Zara basic plain white shirt
  • Debenhams white and blue lace patterned blazer
  • Ray Ban Aviators.
  •  American Eagle ballerina flats
  • Necklace by H&M (saw somthing similar to the one above at outfitters)

Makeup Items Shown:

  1. The Balm Mary-loumanizer
  2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation 115
  3. Maybelline Volum’ Express Rocket mascara
  4. Mac superslick liquid eyeliner in ‘on the hunt’
  5. Color Studio Professional pressed powder
  6. Nyx matte lip cream- Addis Ababa
Beauty, Makeup

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette- Hot Spice Review+Swatches

Hello my beautiful followers. I’m back yet AGAIN because I have so many things to post and I don’t want them to pile up. I also like to limit myself to posting once a day maximum or either not post at all because I wouldn’t want to overdo it and confuse or annoy you guys!❤️ Thank you for all the love and support, means so so much to me, it’s only been a few days and Peplums and Petunias is getting way more traffic than I expected. Maybe expections don’t really hurt that much😉 

Buying this palette was one of the nicest decisions I made. However, everything has it’s pros and cons and ofcourse, everyone has a different opinion!

Anyway, moving on!🙈 let’s look at this beautiful palette with 8 shades of gorg.

The Palette💰


front of the box


the back of the box
The palette itself
 As you can see, the packaging is a 10. Its sleek, sturdy and not cheap feeling at all! Actually feels great in the hand. This palette comes in a nice matte black box, whereas the palette itself has a black glossy finish on the outside. 

Coming to the 8 blushes! We’re  looking at a combination of matte and shimmer powders here, not chalky and minimal fallout. 

The one on the top left is supposed to be a contour powder which is also why i chose this palette over the more pink toned one. I wanted a nice powder contour and more earthy toned blushes.


Top Row; with flash
Top Row, without flash
Bottom Row; with flash

Bottom Row; without flash

The contour powder is kinda orange toned for contour I believe but it isn’t that bad actually. I use a cream to contour my face. Its basically two shades of the Kryolan TV paint stick mixed together and depoted. Did that at home. Anastasia BH is too pricey😬 and I haven’t heard very good reviews about the cream contour kit. What are your views?

The highlighter that comes with this is so pretty, slightly warm and toned and super pigmented! Kind of like the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights also by MUR

The shimmer shades aren’t very shimmery, infact I don’t see any shimmer on my face at all so that’s a win-win for me, yay! 

I haven’t tried the pink baked blush on my face as yet so I can’t say much about that one. Reminds me of the blush from my Vivo Palette in Paparazzi. 

The orange blush also looks fascinating! Haven’t tried that on my face either. Has a hint of shimmer which I’m really not a fan of but i guess that won’t really show so woohoo!

Not a fan of the second from the left in the top row. Boooring!

My personal favorite is the one second from the right in the top row😍 its really pigmented so a little will go a long way and it is a super pretty peachy pink color.

These powders are of great quality! I swear MUR never ceases to amaze me. This is my favorite product from their line😍 Looking forward to trying the other blush palettes as well!

Hope you enjoyed reading! Till next time my lovelies❤️

Love, Zenia🌺

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11 Things You Did Not Know About Me!

Hello again ladies! Cheonsadiana tagged me in this post called ’11 things you did not know about me’. Seems pretty interesting!

This is a tag post so the rules go like this: You have to answer 11 questions by the blogger you were tagged by. Then when you’re done answering, you tag 10 bloggers of your choice to answer the questions you leave for them!

1❄️ Do you prefer shopping at the mall/boutiques or online?

I like shopping at the mall because I know exactly what I’m getting. Its a little bit of a risk buying something online but here in Pakistan you hardly ever get the brands you need in stores. Thus, the internet😍
2❄️ Your Favorite store to shop at and why?

Outfitters! So affordable, such beautiful designs and theres always something new that catches my eye and I end up buying. Like I said in one of my instagram posts, I might contribute to like 50% of the store’s income. I always find something I like there, even if its a scarf or a piece of jewelry.
3❄️ Have you ever dyed your hair? If yes, what color(s)? 

I’ve never really dyed it completely but I did get magenta streaks a long long time ago when my mom was doing her hair coloring diploma. People tell me my natural hair color is beautiful and I don’t need to dye it, but I really want a teal/plum ombre!
4❄️ Are you still studying or working already? What is/was your course?

I just completed my O’levels and am going to A’levels college this year! I had pure sciences in O levels but that just wasn’t for me. I’m switching to social sciences and math.

5❄️ If you could live your life based on a book/movie, what would it be?

I would love a day in the life of Julia Roberts in the movie ‘Eat pray love’. Honestly one of the best movies I’ve seen so far😍 Also the indian movie ‘Queen’ haye❤️
6❄️ Favorite music genre and favorite singer/artist?

I love pop and dance music even the slow sad ones at times , If thats  even a genre 😂 Don’t have one favorite singer, but a few are Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, owl city, maroon 5 etc..
7❄️ Name one product on your wishlist.

The ABH contour kit and UD naked smoky palette. Sorry thaz 2😁

8❄️ If you could travel right now, where would it be??

Probably the Bahamas, need to get away from everyone I know for a bit. UAE would also do, miss my birthplace more than anything💖😪
9❄️ What country/countries have you always been curious about? Why?

Probably Africa, I don’t quite understand. Everyone makes it sound like an underdeveloped jungle?!!?! I mean whats the real deal niggah.
10❄️ What’s the nicest thing you did so far for this week?

Probably tolerate my sister😁 OH and I treated myself to lots of new makeup, does that count?!???!? Please say yes😂
11❄️ Your favourite quote?

Don’t have a fave but this is nice!  

I nominate:

  1. HeavenZanny’s skincare and makeup tips
  2. Jessie
  3. Make it Rayne  
  4. On The Edge
  5. The Style Plaza
  6. Shoeaholicandmore
  7. Serenity’s Door
  8. The Blonde Delusion
  9. LauraJaneStyle
  10. Mintushka

Questions for bloggers tagged:

1. What’s your favourite cake flavour? 

2. Where are you originally from?

3. Best thing thats ever happened to you?

4. How many siblings do you have? Are you the oldest, youngest, or in the middle?

5. Brownies or cake? Why?

6. What is the one thing you tell yourself everyday?

7. Weirdest/creepiest/funniest dream ever?

8. Would you rather marry someone who loves you and has no money or someone who has money but doesn’t love you? Be honest with this one😂

9. If you could be the CEO of any brand, what would it be?

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

11. If you were stranded on an island and only had one person next to you, who would it be? Why?

Hope you guys enjoyed reading and will continue the challenge/tag!

Love, Zenia💞

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The ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer

Hi everyone! Its Ramadan and I’m getting lazier each day. Haven’t been posting as frequently BUT I have alot of drafts and ofc lots of stuff in line to review. I got another MUA eyeshadow by the way☺️ 

Anywayyy, today I’m discussing the pros and cons of the eyeslipsface Mineral Infused Face Primer. Apparently it comes in multiple shades but I got the clear one online. 

As most or some of us know, elf is a very cheap (in terms of price) brand and the packaging isn’t something they keenly work on. However, I was surprised to see that this has pretty nice packaging. Its in a pretty plastic pump bottle with letters printed so nicely that I don’t think they’ll fade away like those on other elf products. The bottle doesn’t feel cheap in hand.

Coming to the product. Yas, this is my first primer. I never really understood the purpose of a primer. I thought it was just a marketing gimmick and plain moisturizer would do. People still believe that but my perspective has changed since I bought this. I realized that once it comes on, it really does make your skin feel flawless and like velvet. Imagining how high-end primers must be😍 

The truth is, primers are a must for people who’s skin gets irritated by foundation. It creates a barrier between your skin and makeup and really helps it stay put all day. I don’t usually wear makeup for a whole day because of my acne and even if i do, its very light. When I create looks at home, I cleanse my face after like 15 minutes because I get zits. People with cosmetic induced or any type of acne should keep their makeup minimal because any impurity may trigger those ugly pesky little zits. Esp in my case😖

This primer is a little drying but thats not a problem for as I like moisturizing my skin before I put it on and I have combination skin anyway. It works great for me! Also helps fill in fine lines so there’s no creasing either. Can’t say much about how long it keeps your makeup on because I haven’t worn it for that long yet. This is my first primer but I am in Love! Never knew there would be something like this in the market! Sucks that you don’t get elf here in Pakistan, or I would go crazy over like I am over MUR😍 This cost me 1100 pkr, and I got it from a Facebook page.

The Pros🍄

  • Pretty packaging.
  • Makes skin feel and look flawless.
  • Goes on like a dream.
  • Fills in fine lines.
  • Prevents creasing.
  • Good in terms of staying power. 
  • Mattifying.

The Cons🍄

  • Can get too drying on naturally dry skin.
  • People say the pump gets damaged. I have no complains so far.
  • Takes some time to dry 

Hope you enjoyed reading!💞 

Love, Zeniaaaa😻

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Jordana Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks

Guys I AM SO LAZY MAKE ME STOP!!! I have new stuff coming in almost everyday and my drafts are starting to pile up because I’m super lazy to go take pictures because I always want to have details and pictures to go with what I write so my posts are more colorful and ofc fun to go through!

Today’s post wasn’t very planned because I’m actually working on a blush palette review but there are teensy weensy things left for that to get ready😉. However, here are my two favorite matte lipsticks by Jordana Cosmetics. Apparently Carli Bybel uses them too, so I obviously had to buy both that were available at Just4girls!😄 I got them in Rose Lust and Red.


Left: Rose Lust, Right: Red

As you can see, the packaging is kinda cheap. Jordana needs to work on that! Its a golden tube with a black base. Hate the gold wrapping. I like the bullet though, and I absolutely ADORE the colors😍


In sunlight w/out flash

with flash
One word: Amazing! Buying these was probably the best decision I made. I am a matte lipstick addict and when you get such nice stuff for such amazing prices, you just know its worth the splurge. These lipsticks go on nicely and smoothly and have extra good staying power. They stay on even after eating/drinking so I don’t really find myself reapplying at all. These are quite drying but just a little moisturizing lipbalm underneath and you’re good to go! 

RED 💋 


Red is a beautiful blue toned universal red shade. The perfect red to go with all skintones I believe. I am in love with it. Originally ordered it for a friend but then loved how it looked so I ordered it for myself as well 😍


Rose Lust
I found no swatches for this one on the internet so it was a bit of a risk since I always like to do my research before buying something online. I’m very happy with my choice. This is a subtle mauve-pink toned lippy. I have nothing like this shade😍 so unique! Its so nice for wearing casually everyday!


The Pros:

  • Amazing pigmentation 
  • Unique colors
  • Matte finish💖
  • Staying power is great
  • Affordable
  • Yummy smell

The Cons:

  • Cheap Packaging
  • Kinda drying 

Hope you enjoyed reading! Is there anything you’d like to see on my blog? Comment! If you have ANY questions about me, please feel free to ask so I can do the About Me tag here!

Love, Zenia⚡️

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