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J. Beauty Activity at Dolmen Mall Clifton

Attentionnnnn!J. Junaid Jamshed fragrances and Note Makeup by J. are having a super cool activity at Dolmen Mall Clifton!

Yesterday I was invited to come check out Note Makeup by J.’s amazing collection of Foundation, BB cream, Concealer, Blushes, Eyeshadows (2 types), Lipglosses (3 types), lipsticks, lipliner, crayons, eyeliners, mascara, YOU NAME IT!

 

I tried on the Pressed Face Powder, MatteMoist Lipglosses, Blush (which I ended up buying hehe), Terracotta powders (highlighters), and eyeshadows and truth be told EVERYTHING WAS STUNNING. However, my favorite products had to be the blushes and MatteMoist Lipglosses, the latter of which did not dry matte or feel like a gloss, but rather like a comfortable, opaque-finish ink that glided onto my lips like a dream!

The blush I bought was 05 Desert Rose (A rosy pink color which gives a super natural flush to the cheeks). 

They also have the entire range of J. Fragrances for Men and Women on display at the Kiosk so you can go test them and knock yourself out! (My favorite perfume had to be Uroosa!!!)

The Kiosks are setup at Dolmen Mall Clifton, Karachi from 13/10/17 to 15/10/17 (you only have two more days including today) 

They are going to be at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road from 16/10/17 to 22/10/17 
DID I MENTION THERE’S A 15% DISCOUNT GOING ON AT THE MOMENT??!!? Oh and FREE MAKEOVERS YAAAASSS♥️

Check Instagram and Snapchat for Swatches, First Impressions, and all that gooood stuff

Lots of Love,

Zenia

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Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

Elmore Beauty Face Washes | A Review

Two to three weeks ago I was sent a PR package by Elmore Beauty (Elmore is a Registered Brand of Evan & Mayer Inc. USA) which contained two lotions, glycerine cream and two face-washes.About the Brand:

INTRODUCTION

Elmore Cosmetics is a product of Evan & Mayer International,a company dedicated to providing quality cosmetic products to its global customers. Their growing line of cosmetic products under the banner of “ELMORE” is just a first step in realizing this goal. Since 1998, under the trade name of “ELMORE”, Evan & Mayer Inc. USA has been developing and Marketing a growing range of Top Quality Skin Care products where they undergo extensive Research and Development and are formulated after rigorous testing of finest American & European ingredients.

Today’s review is focused on the two face washes that I received from the brand, one being a ‘cooling’ face wash (oil-control formula) and the other being a ‘purifying’ one (Herbal formula). 

Lets begin!

According to the brand, the gel formula of these face washes makes it easy to apply and the compact packaging allows you to travel with it conveniently for use on the go. Also, they claim to have used top quality ingredients to freshen skin without over-drying it.

1. Claims by the Brand:

Cooling Face Wash: Elmore’s Cooling Face Wash gives effective oil control and leaves a refreshingly cool feeling after use. Oil control is the key to preventing whiteheads & blackheads on the skin.

MY THOUGHTS:

This face wash definitely gives a cooling effect to the skin when used. It is a clear gel-like formula that easily foams and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh. However, contrary to the claim of not over drying, it DOES dry the skin up quite alot and if used near my eyes or on my lids, the area starts itching because of the dryness so ladies with dry skin must stay away from this product and definitely not try cleansing eye makeup with it. Since the formula was created for oil control I believe it would be far better suited for people with really oily skin. It reminds me of the Neutrogena Acne Facewash quite alot (which is double the price). I recommend using a gel based moisturizer after using this face wash to avoid over drying. 

2. Claims By The Brand:

Purifying Face Wash: With the effective purifying and soothing qualities of natural neem extracts, Elmore’s Herbal Purifying Face Wash is best suited for those who require a daily facial cleansing product that removes dirt & oil build up without over drying the skin. 

MY THOUGHTS:

Just like the cooling face wash, this too leaves skin feeling fresh. Of course it doesn’t have the same menthol-like feeling but the cool thing is the product is green! This also forms foam easily and washes off easily. What I particularly love about this facewash is that it does NOT overdry the skin unlike the cooling variant so it’s a win-win situation. Combination skin girlies like me, its time to jump on the bandwagon! With this one I don’t find the need to throw on alot of moisturizer either!

Ever since I have started using these face washes my skin has actually cleared out quite alot blemish/breakout wise but then again what works for me may not necessarily work for you!

If you’re still on the lookout for an affordable, travel friendly tube of facewash, look no further! Just remember to moisturize and of course use proper makeup remover to get rid of all the gunk before going to bed!

Both face washes come in typical plastic tubes and retail for Rs. 120 each (SO AFFORDABLE) and as mentioned above, are gel based. You can find them in stores nationwide and other Elmore Beauty products on yayvo.com

Lots of love,

Zenia!❤️

Beauty, Makeup, Reviews

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte: Real VS Fake (INDEPTH)

Hey guys!! Today’s blogpost will be a little long but I promise it will be of great help. If you’ve been following me for a while now, I have been obsessed with Huda Beauty Liquid Matte lipsticks. To me, the formula is super comfortable, long-lasting and the color range is beautiful. I actually prefer them over my Kat Von D babies.
So just recently I got hold of an entire vault of fake huda beauty liquid lipsticks because a) I was curious, b) They were cheap, and c) I wanted to compare them for you guys as well as make a video on them. The video can be viewed on YouTube ‘HERE‘.

Anyways, lets begin with the comparison! The color I am comparing (real vs fake) is Trophy Wife. For reference, the original lipstick is at the top and the knockoff is at the bottom in all the pictures below. Instead of saying ‘real one’ and ‘fake one’, I will be referring to the former as ‘A’ and the latter as ‘B’. Also, the fake box is a material girl one as it came with the vault and had that shade in it.

PACKAGING

– THE BOX 

  So as you can tell, Box B is screaming ‘I’M FAKE’. The image on B is merely printed on white cardboard and is much smaller than A, which comes with a clear plastic outer shell through which the lipstick tube can be seen. The lips on box A are bigger than B and are printed on the clear plastic. 

Real VS Fake
   

If you tilt both boxes sideways, both have the exact same text with social media information but the text on Box B is upside down so you’ll have to flip it which isn’t really an issue but we’re comparing the two so yea. 

  
The back of the box is a whole other story. Box A has ingredients, directions, and english+ arabic descriptions at the back whereas box B just has the name of the shade printed at the back.  
 

At the top and bottom, the only difference is the fonts. 

  
Box A’s plastic shell is slid open smoothly to reveal a picture of another set of the exact same lips biting the lipstick inside.

Box B, however, opens to a completely different color of biting lips.

– THE TUBE

  As you can tell, the tube length is exactly the same. Both contain 5ml/0.17flOz of product and look so similar that it’s hard to tell them apart. BUT WHAT AM I HERE FOR?! Hahahaha. Evidently, the font and color of the text on the tubes is the same but the text on B is bolder and more prominent than A. 

Real Huda Beauty Liquid Matte
Knockoff Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

The applicators are both doe foot ones. The edges and the lid of A are smoother than B. Tube A feels slightly fatter than B.

  At the bottom of the tube, you will find that the text on B’s label is a little faded and blended in compared to A, which bears super white and bold text.

THE PRODUCT

– COLOR

 

Swatches
 The swatches above will show you that the color of A is a dusty, rosy, deep nude-ish brown shade with a mauvy hue. B also has tones of rose and brown but it is far darker, sort of like a burgundy color.


– APPLICATION & FORMULA

Both go on smoothly and B surprisingly isn’t patchy at all. However, the formula of A, as I have mentioned above, is smooth, a little sticky to touch (which means it’s hydrating but not annoying which I absolutely LOVE). It looks smooth and buttery on the lips but when it’s on, its here to stay. A’s consistency is thicker than B.

Chances of B smearing off are lower than A because B dries completely like a regular liquid lipstick, although albeit it doesn’t make your lips feel like a barren desert (YAAAS). Both are comfortable to wear but A is better in those terms because of it’s hydrating formula. Alot of people prefer having their liquid lipstick more drying than this but I am super satisfied with how it dries. 

A smells like a beautiful perfumed cake whereas B smells like alot like chemical stuff (but what was I expecting from something I purchased at a fraction of the original price).

– LONGEVITY

With B I have noticed that my lipstick does stay on all day but starts coming off from the inner, wetter part of my lips when I start talking and eating. It doesn’t really fade off, it completely vanishes from the inside like most liquid lipsticks and I am left with butthole lips- YES THATS A TERM HAHAHA. 

A is quite long wearing too, and what I love about it is that it won’t vanish from the inner rim of my lips, but rather it will fade slightly and blend into the front part so that it doesn’t look crazy. 

So yaaas, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this super in-depth article. Don’t forget to go checkout my new YouTube Video in which I lip swatch the ENTIRE 16 shades collection of knockoffs. 

YOUTUBE LINK: RIGHT HERE!!!

Lots of love,

Miss Petunias ❤️

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Product Details: Get Ready With Me | SWEATPROOF EID MAKEUP 

WATCH VIDEO HERE  
Click ‘WATCH VIDEO HERE’ to be taken directly to the video for this look.

E Y E S

Morphe Brushes Copper Popper Palette

NYC liquid liner

Ardell Demi Wispies

Nyx Cosmetics Concealer Jar

B R O W S

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

F A C E

Mustela PK Sunblock

Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC25

Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro Glow palette

thebalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush

ABH Contour Kit

KRYOLAN Translucent Powder

NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar

L I P S

Huda Beauty liquid matte in Video Star

Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

The Loreal Pure Clay Mask | A Review

The Loreal Pure Clay Mask

Hey there!
Before we get started, I’d like to announce that I FINALLY filmed a skincare video which shall be up super soon on my YouTube Channel. Stay updated on my INSTAGRAM!🌟

Anyway, today I’m reviewing something super cool: The highly raved-about Pure Clay face mask by Lóreal (The Detoxifying and Clarifying one)
This mask has the internet going cuckoo and for good reason. It comes in a small glass tub which gives it an expensive feel, but without the expensive price tag, retailing at 1099 pkr (I bought it from daraz.pk)

Coming to the product, I have to say that I’m impressed. In the past I’ve used face masks which dry and flake off and don’t really do anything for my face but my experience with this has been different. 

This mask has a creamy texture and is best applied with a flat brush like the one shown to ensure even and opaque coverage whilst assuring that you don’t get too thick a layer on. If the layer is too thick, the mask won’t dry properly and it’ll just be a big mess- and quite frankly you don’t even need more than a thin layer. The best way to use it is on freshly cleansed skin and in oily/ porous areas of the area (I use it in my T zone and on my chin) and then waiting for it to completely dry before wiping it off with a damp towel/ washing your face. Beware, you will get grey residue around your sink (but cleaning up won’t be an issue)  

   
 Unlike other masks, the Lóreal Pure Clay one doesn’t over dry my skin and is best coupled with a light moisturiser post-application (but it DOES dry a little, so if you have overly dry skin I’m not sure if this will be your cup of tea). I like to follow mine up with THIS DIY SPRAY

THE PROS

– Cleans pores throughly

– Leaves skin feeling fresh and glowy

– Reduces blemishes

– Does not over-dry skin

– Inexpensive

– Great for oil control and combination skin

THE CONS

– Might not suit dry skin

– Ingredients may not suit everyone, so a patch test pre usage is your safest bet.

– Slightly tingles at first so super sensitive skin should also carry a patch test out.

Would I recommend that you buy this? Hell yea! But don’t forget to be careful because what suits me may not suit you!❤️

Love,

Zenia!

Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips- Review & Demo

Hello everyone! On my recent trip to Dubai, I happened to go haywire when I came across the colorful stand of sheet masks in Sephora!
I ended up picking up a bunch everytime I went back, but today’s post is specifically aimed towards their peel-off nose strips that claim to pull out your blackheads, just like all charcoal strips.

THE PROCESS

1. Heat up a tiny bit of water for 30 secs in the microwave and dip a cloth inside (make sure your nose is cleansed)

2. Make sure the water isn’t too hot, whatever you’re comfortable with. Place the damp cloth on your nose for a minute so your pores open 

 
3. Wet your nose a little more and stick the strip on (black side down) 

4. Wet the cloth again and put it on top on the strip to make it adhere to the contours of your nose 

 
5. Let the strip sit for 10-15 minutes or till it dries (don’t leave it on for too long)

6. Pull it off slowly upwards (not sideways)  

 
7. Voila! (See before and after below)

WHAT DO I THINK?

 If I’m completely honest with you, the first time I tried these with normal water I wasn’t impressed. My nose isn’t crazy full of blackheads but I do have quite a few. The second time, however, I DID see some nasty gunk come out, but it didn’t completely pull out everything. My nose feels smoother and less bumpier but I can still see lots of tiny black spots.

The skin on the sides of my nose (inner third of my face) looks much clearer and I’m quite satisfied with that part.

THE PROS

– Peels off easily

– Easy to apply with alot of water

– Extracts gunk from prominent blackheads

– Inexpensive ($3)

– Leaves skin feeling smooth

THE CONS

– Doesn’t specify the warm water thing on the packet but it doesn’t work at ALL without it

– Doesn’t take out smaller blackheads

– Leaves paper residue on the nose when peeled off 

BEFORE  

BEFORE
 AFTER 

AFTER
 
Did you guys try these strips? Let me know what you yhought in the comments below!!!

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A day at Naureen’s Health and Beauty Studio

23/9/16- A wonderful much-needed spa day by the lovely Naureen’s Salon crew. I’ve been studying for my SATs and Alevel exams so much lately, and the stress has really been getting to me. 

So i was invited to Naureen’s Health and Beauty Studio located in the midst of Khe-Muslim and Bukhari Commercial. Super easy to find, which isn’t usually the case with me when I’m invited to new places because A) I’m bad with navigation and B) the place is really located in someplace hard to find.

ANYWAY, so I got there and got to meet Naureen and the Salon Manager, both of which were super sweet and I was asked what service I’d like to try, so i ended up deciding to get the protein treatment for my hair, a blowdry, and a mani/pedi.

The salon from the inside was beautifully decorated with chandeliers, medieval mirrors and a separate ambiently lit area for hair washing which gave it an overall luxurious feel.  

   
After applying the protein to my hair (very relaxing because I was also given a massage that helped relieve the stress), I was taken upstairs to the mani pedi area which was well lit with sunlight pouring through the windows and cute sofa seats on the left and a yoga area on the right. OOOH. 

   
My manicure and pedicure went really well; the girls doing it were sweethearts and followed my instructions carefully. I got my fingernails filed round and toenails square. They did a phenomenal job! 

Pedi Underway!
  
Fingernails on Fleek!
 
However, the purple essie nail color that I initially wanted to paint my nails with had dried up which was a bummer but I did end up picking this beautiful mint green instead (also by essie).

After the Mani Pedi, my hair was washed and then blowdried straight (nothing fancy because I was in a hurry) and I LOVED IT! The protein treatment had made my hair SO smooth and silky and the blowdry made me look a thousand times better than when I had walked in with dry and damaged frizzy hair. 

Hair all blowdried and beautiful!
 For refreshments we were served healthy food and mint lemonade by a company who’s name I can not recall. It was divine! And I think it was a great idea considering everywhere you go you’re served unhealthy fried items and soft drinks. 

Overall it was a great experience. I will be revisiting and YOU SHOULD TOO! 

Thank you for the wonderful day Team Naureen’s❤️

Love,

Zenia!

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ELF STUDIO LINE PRODUCTS- A Review+ Swatches

Hi there! I have to say I’m quite impressed by this PR package I received from elf Cosmetics Pakistan.  

 They sent me 4 items;

– Blush in Jetsetter

– Bronzer in Baked Peach

– Eyelash Curler

– Concealer in Beige

*Before you get into the post, please know I am completely honest with my reviews and have no interest in writing for brands that send things and expect me to brag about their products even if they suck. 

You can go to the elf website by clicking HERE to purchase these products.

Lets jump into the reviews and swatches!

Blush in Jetsetter & Bronzer in Baked Peach 

Blush and Bronzer (my photography is cool)
 Can we please look at the matte black packaging on these! It reminds me of their matte lip colors which I love and are very good quality. And I’m glad I can say the same for these. The packaging does not feel cheap especially for the price. 
The Blush is beautiful. When applied to the cheeks, it looks like I’m blushing in reality! It looks natural and meshes in so well. The pigment can be built but the downside is that one layer or swipe isn’t enough because it lacks that buttery feel and isn’t as pigmented as the bronzer. It is not hard like a baked product though. The color is very pretty and looks nice when applied but it still needs to be built. In terms of longevity its alright, can be worn 2-3 hours but after that it starts to fade. 

Blush in Jetsetter
 
The Bronzer is more of a highlight than a bronzer. As shown in the swatches, the color is too light and is better off a peachy gold ethereal highlighter. And oh boy is this a God send! The pigmentation is crazy, it feel smooth like butter and the subtle glow it gives off looks like I’m glowing from within. It doesn’t contain huge glitter particles but looks absolutely stunning when applied and is also great in terms of staying power. Highly recommended especially if you’re on a budget. This is my favorite of the lot. Good job elf! 
Bronzer in Baked Peach
 

Here’s a picture of me with my glow on! I got so many compliments. 

 

Concealer in Beige

This concealer comes in stick form so you can easily twist it up to access the product. I love how smoothly it glides on. However it doesn’t cover much. As I don’t have harsh dark circles it worked nicely after being set but for someone intending to conceal big blemishes and heavy dark circles, this won’t be their cup of tea. It blends easier with a brush rather than a Beauty Blender and is good for light coverage. This concealer will crease if not set. Longevity wise it doesn’t do too well on its own but goes a long way after being set with powder. I used the Kryolan translucent powder to set all the areas where I applied it. I love tue dewy finish however, as I doesn’t dry out my under eyes and the rest of my face. This also has the same matte black packaging which I adore.

Overall I think its a good product considering the price you get it for. 

Will I keep using it? Yes because it’s nice with powder for daily use (although I don’t wear makeup everyday haha) 

Will I purchase it? Probably will, probably won’t. I like liquid concealers more than stick ones so it all comes down to personal preference.

Here are a few pictures to show you what the concealer looks like on me! 

Bad condition of my skin; pores, zits, scars, tan, discoloration
  
In process!
  
Blended! (not set with powder)
 
 
Blended and Set with Powder!
 

Here’s a look complete with the blush , bronzer and concealer! 

Lalala!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading and will go check out elf’s new products from their studio line.

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Love Zenia💕

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BioDerma Bloggers Meetup 

Hello again! Like always, I’d like to apologise to my lovely followers for being missing in action.

Last Saturday (20/8/16) I attended an amazing event organised by Bioderma. I’m sure a majority of you know what Bioderma is since their Micellar Water (Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution) is raved about throughout the makeup world, by people like Huda Kattan of HudaBeauty to people like Kathleen Lights and even Jaclyn Hill!

The event started a little later than planned because a majority of the clan arrived an hour late. I was so happy to see Maliha, Jadirah, Aiesha, Umaima, Farah, Bakhtawar, and Anum and meet some new people!

Blogger Squad!
 It started off with a presentation explaining how Bioderma Sensibio works and how it helps take your makeup off without tugging at your skin, spreading all the product around, burning your eyes, or giving you a hard time. They claim that it dissolves the product then and there instead of you having to make multiple windshield wiper motions back and forth in hopes of removing that pain-in-the-ass waterproof eyeliner or liquid lipstick. We actually tested it right there and then by putting random makeup from our bags on the back of our hands and trying to remove it. IT WORKED!

After the presentation, we took part in a twitter activity in which we had to answer basic questions about Bioderma. The winner was supposed to receive a gift but turned out that all of us got the same things as appreciation for our presence and of course to review on our blogs (which I will be sharing here shortly).

They also ran a cool little device all over our faces to tell us our skin types and what kind of products our skins need. 

Decor
 We then headed downstairs where a nice table of food awaited us. The food was SO GOOD, for a moment I felt like I was at a food event instead of a skincare one. Although this is irrelevant, the pizza was really really good. And so were the prawns. And the beef brushcetta. Ok ok zenia, calm down. 

FOOOOD
 
Lets get to the fun part! The goodie bag details!

  
What it contains:

1x 250 ml bottle of BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

1x 20 ml bottle of BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (travel size)

1x 8ml tube of BioDerma Nourishing Cream (moisturiser for sensitive skin)

1x 15ml tube of BioDerma Sébium Pore Refiner (can be used under makeup to hide pores)

1x 2ml tube of BioDerma AquaFluid (tinted moisturiser with SPF yay) 

1x USB Keychain. I love it!!

 It was great experience overall and its always lovely meeting my existing blogger friends and ofcourse meeting new people and getting to know them! Thank you Bioderma Pakistan for having us 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading!

For PR/Invites, peplumsandpetunias@outlook.com is where you can reach out to me!

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Bloggers Meetup at Amethyst By Roohi

Hidden amidst trees and embassies, lies a gem of a place called Amethyst. This is a Spa which you can enter and forget about all your problems, relax and rejuvenate. Now why am I raving about the ambience? Have I even been there? Well yea, took me 1.5 hours to find the place but o well, it was worth it.
I was invited by the lovely people at Cosmo Group to attend a bloggers meet-up at Amethyst by Roohi. Since I had spent so much time looking for the place, I was late but was still entertained. As I entered, I walked through a small lawn and then into the Spa’s reception. The decor was beautiful. I was taken into the mani/pedi room and told to choose a color of OPI nail polish. I picked a dark red. Yikes. But it was gorgeous. While I was being pampered with a nail colour application, there was a small activity going on for which the prizes were OPI nail polish sets. Sadly, I didn’t win anything. But that’s alright, at least I got pretty nails with rhinestones on them. Yum.  

Ahem. We would like to interrupt this blogpost to share some pictures 😉

The New opi Starlight Collection is Breathtaking!
  
Obsessed!
  
Cosmo Group girlies with Maliha and I!
  
#ManiMonday 😉
 
After the nail colour application, I was taken to a desk on which there lay a vast variety of rhinestones and pearls (artificial obviously) by OPI for nail art.

After we were all done with nails, we had a small hair consultation and of course a cute little light throwing device went into the depths of my hair strands with its magic powers and showed that I have dull, dry and damaged hair (I’ve started conditioning my hair again don’t worry).

As usual, we were given goodie bags with yummy skincare products and then bid farewell to all the ladies present. Good day indeed. 

 
*Since I googled the face moisturizer and found out that it is a discontinued product, Cosmo group was nice enough to send us all a replacement product. This is what i received just day before yesterday: 

 

Hope you enjoyed reading!!!

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Zenia💙