So yesterday I was sent half a dozen of assorted cupcakes by Maheen of Baking Sensation and I thought of reviewing them immediately while the taste is fresh in my mind.So I was sent three flavors to try which weren’t labelled but I assume they were Chocolate, Coffee and Red Velvet. Lets talk about them individually:
This is the first flavor I tried (gave one to my brother because he was showing me the puppy dog face😂). The cupcake itself was a chocolate one and the icing seemed to be coffee flavored buttercream. I quite enjoyed the fusion of the two flavors (coffee and chocolate) and so did my brother although I would like it more if the cupcake itself was vanilla because in my opinion that would complement coffee icing alot better. It didn’t taste bad at all though. The cupcake was moist and had just the right amount of sweetness to it which I loved.
Because of the terribly hot weather, the dark chocolate icing that rested atop this beauty ended up melting and that is how I received it. However, after refrigerating it, the chocolate topping solidified into a beautiful disc. The dark, bittersweet topping perfectly balanced the flavors of the sweet cupcake so it was definitely a party in my mouth. The chocolate cupcake itself was the same as the one with coffee icing
When I think of a red velvet cupcake, I immediately think of cream cheese topping. However, this cupcake was topped with purple buttercream which ofcourse didn’t taste bad but in my opinion didn’t entirely help mesh the two flavors. The presentation was beautiful, finished with silver beads (is that what they’re called?!)
The cupcake itself was not very sweet which is good in my opinion because it helped maintain balance with the sugary icing. It was moist and tasted super nice!
My favorite one had to be the chocolate one because both the cupcake and the topping were a perfect match. Go check out more of Maheen’s work on her Facebook (@BakingSensationKhi) and Instagram (@BakingSensation) pages! If you want fudgy, moist and fresh cupcakes that are beautifully packaged, please order from this girl!
Yay! Good news! theBalm is finally here!!! The brand famous for its kinky names and pictures on the packaging. The brand that is midway between highend and drugstore. Yes, the products come with a bit of a steep price tag but what’s inside, in my opinion, has always been worth it.
So this is what the website says about their history:
theBalm cosmetics boasts a complete line of makeup, skin care, hair care and nail polish. With a “beauty in five minutes” philosophy, theBalm’s multi-use, mega fabulous products have become its calling card, offering quick fixes and wondrous solutions for a wide range of beauty wants and needs. The company’s wearable colors and fantastic formulas allow women to release their inner artist so they can look and feel fabulous. In 2004, Marissa Shipman, founder of theBalm, realized there were a few simple products she needed to help her look and feel glam all the time-and if she needed them, other women did too… Marissa decided to indulge her cosmetic curiosities and went to Amazon where she bought 11 books on how to make makeup and started mixing in her kitchen. “I went makeup crazy. I incorporated the company, worked out a budget, hired a chemist and designed a website.” She began integrating anti-aging ingredients, triple-milled pigments, fabulous scents…and theBalm was born. Fast forward ten years, you can now find theBalm’s Paraben and Cruelty-Free products worldwide.
Wow, Marissa sounds like a person I’d like to chill with! Oh my God you guys, I’m not even just saying this because I’m a blogger and like I attended the event and all, but like I’m a sucker for packaging and these guys never fail to lure me into their mystical world of pin-up characters. Their packaging screams ‘you want me, you know you do Zenia’. And I’m like ‘erm no’. And then it goes ‘YES YES YES!!’
Well you know who wins the argument eventually -_- (ps its not me!?)
Not even just the packaging, the product itself and the feeling that you’re investing in something that’s worth it is so satisfying.
Anyway, MOOOVINNNGGG ONNNN.
Ok so I must admit I was an hour late, but I didn’t miss much so YAS, no guilt!
As I enter Scentsation in Dolmen City Mall, Clifton, I see lots of traffic. As I make my way further into the store, I see the pink stall with all sorts of colorful makeup products neatly organized atop: Blushes, Bronzers, lipsticks, lipglosses, eyeshadow palettes, concealer, foundation, brushes, etc (my insides are screaming with excitement. OK Zenia, control yourself. The makeup stays. Relax.)
I can’t see the beauty blogger squad anywhere, so it’s getting a little awkward. Anyhow, I push myself a little further through the crowd to see an adorable dressing table filled with theBalm products and a makeup artist named Sarah Ali working her ‘beauty in five minutes’ magic on a model who’s sitting there. I watch the demo for a bit and FINALLY spot the squad. Maha, Maliha Rao, Bakhtawar, Farah, Shumaila, Ana, Anila, Sana Nbi, Fatima and Gul e Zehra (met these two for the first time) are standing here! Maha and I catch up over some pink lemonade since we thoroughly enjoy each others company.
As I casually walk around chatting and giggling away, amidst the humongous crowd, the real star of the show catches my eye: THE CAKE! A beautiful beautiful fondant cake surrounded by pink fondant topped cupcakes and a dispenser for the pink lemonade.
As Maliha calls us outside the store for pictures (since theBalm set their background up there for the pictures), I see lots of Pakistani celebs! As far as I remember, there was Sarwat Gillani, Ahsan Khan Behroze Sabzwari, etc.
We stand with Sarwat and Adeel (the brand manager for theBalm Pakistan) and pose for like ten cameras (aye celeb moment!!!) and stay still long enough for my cheek muscles to start hurting because smiling needs effort! Also, I have a picture face (atleast I’m honest :D)
And of course All is well that ends well, and an ending with goodiebags HAS to be a good ending.
As we depart from the venue, we’re handed these adorable bags with a theBalm Cosmetics mug (its so pretty I can’t even use it without the fear of it breaking. And the thought haunts me) and four OH MY GOODNESS little baby theBalm powders: FratBoy Blush, Balm Desert Bronzer, Instain Blush in lace, and Hot Mama blush in it.
I can’t bring myself to use these. They’re too cute to be used. Mini sample versions of the normal products. Haye<3
As I’m on my way home, I’m thinking to myself, what a good day! Alhamdulillah:)
I’m so glad I can finally go buy things in person by testing it instead of taking the risk online!
Hope you enjoyed reading and you go check out their crazy range of products too!
Hiii, back with a review after ages! My internet was so bad I couldn’t upload ANY pictures but thankfully that issue has been resolved so yay!
Today we’re taking a look at this gorgeous palette by bh cosmetics, not a high end brand but albeit a very very popular one. And very expensive here in Pakistan because women sell it with lots of profit. Thankfully i had someone order it for a little above the actual price.
I got this in the shade light/medium. This palette consists of 5 pressed powders, two being contour shades, one a blusher and two highlighters.
As you can see, the packaging is adorable. Its pink and has a magnetic lid which closes like a macbook😂
It isn’t cheap at all. Perfect 10. Sleek, sturdy, cute.
The yellow powder is more like a setting powder for under the eyes. I love it! The highlighter is super butteryAND THE PIGMENTATION IS BOMB!
I feel like the contour powder in the middle is not exactly suitable as a contour powder because its too light and hardly pigmented. The blush needs lots of effort to go on and actually show up on the cheeks. Once it does, its a pretty pink color. All these powders are kind of chalky because theres alot of fallout but the product is great!
The actual contour powder on the far right. Wow! Its the best. Super pigmented so it can go on as dark or as light as you want it to!
I have to say bh never disappoints! This is by far my favorite face palette😍 The Pros
The contour powder and highlighter have great pigmentation
The setting powder works perfectly for its purpose
Buttery and smooth
Sleek, sturdy, pretty packaging
A little will go a long way
Lots of fallout
The blush and lighter contour powder isn’t very pigmented. Maybe it’ll work for someone with a lighter skin tone than mine!
So thats it! Your lazy blogger hopes you enjoyed reading this! I have lots of pending stuff to post, its all really piling up. But oh well, I can do this!!! InshaAllah.
I’m back with something i got afew requests for. Its a bit of a challenge and I’m no professional, but we’re always learning aren’t we❤️
The classic smoky eye has been in fashion for ages now. However, it requires time and effort to do it so I’m going to show you how I did mine using TWO products; an eye pencil and a powder highlighter.
So lets start!
Step 1: Concealer.
Apply concealer and eye primer to cover up and discoloration on your eyelid and to fix the makeup we’re about to apply
Step 2: Black/brown/gray.
Draw a line with your regular black/brown/gray eyeliner(something easy to blend and pencil not liquid or gel) thick on the outside and thinner towards the corner. Extend the eyeliner from the outer corners as shown below. This doesn’t have to be neat, since we’re gonna be blending all of it! I used the nyx jumbo eye pencil in slate for this.
You can also apply a bit of a lighter shade of eyeliner in the corner, just as a base for the highlight, I used the nyx jumbo pencil in strawberry milk
Step 3: Blend.
Here’s the tricky part! Use the pad of your middle finger and pantiently begin to rub it inwards in one direction, not above the crease.
Step 4: Highlight.
Use you fingertip to pat a powder highlighter or a lighter colored shadow in the inner corners of the eye and stop towards the middle of the eyelid and a little above the crease and on the browbone. Blend blend blend!
Step 5: Neaten.
To clean up the untidiness on the sides of the eyelids: use a small brush to dab some concealer in a straight line as shown. Make sure you clean the extra eyeshadow with a qtip before you put the concealer on.
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
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.