Fresh summer bronzy look with just 6 products!

It’s the summertime and it’s the perfect time to glow to the heavens. I do already have that pregnancy glow that everyone envies…but I feel like since I am getting closer to due date, my dark circles are deepening as I am getting more tired, which doesn’t bother me much anyway. But just so I don’t look like a zombie for the rest of my pregnancy I am making efforts to put on a little bit of makeup. I don’t like to put a ton of it because it feels gross with the extreme heat we’ve been getting here in Montreal. This is why I usually like to use cream products during the summer because they blend nicer and stay put on the skin and blend as one rather than sitting on top. I also usually love to tan quite a bit in the summer; I like to spend a lot of time under the sun because being a golden goddess is the best way to go! Since I don’t want to end up with the “pregnancy mask”, I am more vigilant in being out in the sun and I make sure to put sunscreen and reapply whenever I need it, I have now converted to using a little bit of help with the glow/bronze department and I am actually enjoy it.

You don’t need a huge amount of products to look good….you can do it on a budget and what’s amazing in the beauty world is that many products have multi-purposes. You can, for example, use a lipstick as blush and eye shadow too…depending on the color obviously.

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So, with only 6 products, I have created an everyday simple, fresh summer look…with extra glow and extra bronze. This is for the woman on the go who wants to look good, without spending too much money or time…again, it’s not everybody’s cut of tea…but it works great for my current lifestyle.

1) L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

This pretty much is the central focus of the entire look. I don’t usually wear foundation because I don’t like the texture of the look on my skin…I like to go natural most of the time and I try to rely on good skin as a canvas. This Glotion adds just the right about of glow and coverage because it is slightly darker than my skin tone; so it makes me look extra bronzy, which is why I love it. I don’t go crazy with it, but I put a pea size amount and mix it in my sunscreen and spread it all over my face and neck evenly. The slight tint in it makes my skin even and we can barley see the unevenness in my skin anymore and I am quite happy with that. I am starting to get a little darker around my mouth because of the hormones but nothing too crazy…but with this Glotion…I can get the evenness I am looking for. It’s a drugstore product and so it isn’t super expensive and a little bit goes a long way.

2) Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

As soon as my base is done and I am satisfied, it’s straightforward from there, I either go out like this or add more color if I am feeling adventurous. Most of the time, I go out barefaced because it’s just simple. On the days I want to look extra put together I work on adding more bronze by using a bronzer. I have mentioned the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder before in a previous post and I am still an avid fan; it’s a good color and it blends well and for me it double as an eye shadow; it’s 2 in 1. When you can save up on using multiple products, then why not?! I use it on my eyelids to add more depth and sometimes on my lower lash line, depends if I’m feeling rebellious that day. You don’t necessarily have to use this bronzer in particular, you can stick to using your favorite…just working up the bronzer in a 3 shape around the forehead, cheeks and jawline…you’re good to go!

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3) MAC Powder Blush (PINK SWOON)

After bronzer….the color starts to come in. Adding blush is optional but, again, I don’t want to look dead or 1 dimensional, so adding blush is crucial at this point. I like to go for something either nude-y or something a little more pink…sometime coral but very rare. My current favorite is the MAC Pink Swoon blush…Mac blushes never seem to hit pan! I have had this for almost 2 years and it’s still going strong. Adding blush not to close to your nose will make you look much healthier and more defined. I like to add it a little closer to the ears and a blend it in closely with the bronzer so that it is all seamless.

4) Sephora All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette

That’s when the fun starts!!! Extra highlight! I am always up for more highlight…expect I keep dropping mine and shattering them on the floor…so I always run out; every freaking time! Since I haven’t been out shopping for new highlights at the moment. I am trying to use up this palette so it doesn’t go to waste and so the highlighter has been the main focus…it’s not crazy bright but you can easily build it up. You, however, need to be careful so it doesn’t look chalky or powdery on the skin. I simply add this bad boy on my cheekbones, on my brow bones, some on the bridge of my nose and sometimes on my temples (sometimes). It adds a je ne sais quoi without being too in your face and that’s what I like. I don’t want to look like I spent 20 hours doing a simple makeup look.

5) Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

This step is a no brainer and well the most important of them all…MASACARA!! I seem to have lost the oomph on my lashes and I don’t know if that has to do with the pregnancy or just ageing in general; they just seem sad all the time…le boo!!! I have discovered this mascara because I heard so may people talk about it and I figured I tried so many mascaras, I have nothing to lose in trying a new one. So I went off to Sephora and bought it and I can instantly say that it is a love affair. This mascara transformed my lashes from non-existent to full on in your face. And the most wonderful part about it is that you can build it up…add more layers without having spidery lashes! Volume, curl and definition; all in one. This mascara is a total win for me.

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6) Lumière Lippie Stix lipstick ColourPop

Last but not least, adding lipstick just make you go from a 5 to a complete 10. Orange is usually my go to summer color, but lately I have been feeling the nude. This Lumiere Colourpop lippie stix is perfect, it’s easy to add on the go…no mirror needed. It’s like your lips but better. I am currently suffering from blueish/purpley lips due to the lack of oxygen getting there…lol 8 months pregnant here, my lungs are quite restricted. Adding this by either tapping it in or simply directly from the tube makes my lips better and gives me a much healthier look. I don’t like to fuss around with color much on my lips these days because I am constantly nibbling something; I don’t want to worry about reapplying too too much and this is a great option.

So there you have it boys and girls, this is my current summer makeup look using only 6 products….my current favorite 6 products. It’s quick, simple and easy and also perfect for the lazy gal or the gal on a budget. Remember, you don’t need to spend a huge sum to look like a million dollars…you just need a few products to enhance your natural beauty and you’re good to go!

Four things that cheered me up this month

Since I was feeling down since the beginning of the New Year and felt a bit out of the loop on living life cheerfully and lightly. I am usually a pretty cheerful and positive person but being physically sick ain’t that exciting and I feel like it affects my mental state very much. Since feeling much better physically, I have been on a journey of self-care and I make sure to stay jolly. Every month that passes, I focus on finding little things to keep my spirits high and my mood chappy. Here’s a little list of those things.

Praying (also meditating)

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Being a Muslim, I mean it is required for us to pray 5 times a week…but since moving to Jericho, I have become a little bit more negative than my usual self and i don’t like that side of me because that never was me! I am always the girl that lives in a “delusional” world, where everything is perfect no matter what happens and that when you fall, you can easily get up and move forward. Anyway, to break this ugly and disastrous self-sabotage cycle of loathing, I have turned to mediating and praying. I would do yoga whenever I can but praying has also helped me find inner peace. This isn’t to really push anything down anyone’s throat but I do feel more Zen nowadays. I never took to praying so deeply until passing through some hardship and now I know that it is there for a reason; it keeps us light-hearted and relaxed. I would describe it as doing yoga, really, it’s a 5 minute process that I do 5 times a day and it helps me re-energize and re-center. You sort of disconnected for your troubles and worries and just work on rebuilding your trust in God, in life and in the good things that come your ways.

Florence Welch (& the Machine)

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I have fallen back in love with her music. There’s so much to listen to these days, but I stumbled onto the Dog Days and just remembered how good it was. I listen to other music obviously, but this month I have had Florence and the Machine on repeat and it has been giving me life! I like to blast the music high when hubs isn’t home to dance around a little bit while making dinner. Music can easily and quickly lighten my mood. I don’t usually go for a favourite band (except maybe for Coldplay), but I like to listen to meaningful lyrics and that goes for any genre of music. This month in particular, music has been a good way to keep me active too. So it’s always a win with music.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

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It was a while since I even opened the TV, even if I am home alone, I rarely open it. I don’t feel motivated to sit there and watch it all by myself. I get a little more excited watching with someone else…but going on to Netflix recently, I was curious as to what I could watch…something not too dark and not too serious. I stumbled onto RuPaul’s drag race and that’s where the love started. I binge watched by way up to season 7. It’s so freaking amazing! I am totes in love with this show. The first episode of each season is always my favourite because then you get to see the transformations of each contestant and their reactions to each other. I love how talented some of these queens are; I mean I wish I could do my eye shadow half as decent as they do. I also love how some of them are so talented in sewing and just make beautiful costumes out of nothing. So inspiring! Their will to succeed is touching and exciting to see.

Skincare/Makeup

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Although I don’t usually go ham with it but I love playing with it nowadays. I have mentioned it in my previous post, but skincare/makeup have been keeping me quite content these days. I now find the time to really cleanse my skin and exxfolitate properly and even get some masks done. A little R&R never hurts! Also, there’s something just so satisfying about adding a pop of color on a bland canvas (my face at the moment); seeing the little changes that happen is awesome. Sometimes, I take the time to put some makeup even if I’m at home, just for fun. Because why the hell not?!

 

 

Zhush up your face…in 5 minutes!

One of the things that has been keeping me happy these past few weeks is maintaining my skin healthy and hydrated at all times. Even more so, having minimal makeup has been boosting my energy and making me feel like a pretty little lady. I am not known to sport heavy bases such as foundation or even BB cream; I’ll do that for certain occasion, but not on a daily basis. I feel like I look too made up and sometimes with my drier spots, the base will show and it can look quite ugly. Since I am having good skin at the moment, I haven’t been needing much concealing anyway, except for my deep dark under eye area. In today’s blog post, I would like to share the products that I have been using on a daily basis to zhush up my look.

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I certainly take the time to clean my face in the morning and at night…but sometimes, I feel like I can’t be bothered and end up just slashing my face with water and call it a day. However, I force myself to make an effort and enjoy it now before things get hectic in a couple of months. So here are the products I use and this literally takes me 5 minutes to do.

1- AHAVA Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer

First and foremost, I make sure to have a good base and so I moisturize my crazy dry skin with the Ahava . Even though this has a thick cream consistency, it’s easily absorbed by the skin. It doesn’t leave any residue or sticky feeling. The skin feels plump and ready for the day! I apply a small amount because a little bit goes a long way and take it down to my neck as well.

2- Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF 50+

After moisturizing is the exciting part!!! Where glow comes into play!!! I obviously put on my SPF cream on, but I mix it with a little bit of wonder glow from Charlotte Tilbury. This Avène SPF is honeslty the only one that doesn’t bug me as much as other ones do. I sometimes leaves a white cast if you put too much of it…so I always make sure to put only half a pump and apply it everywhere even down my neck. The wonder glow is basically a liquid slightly tinted glow with micro gold glitters. It blends into the skin beautiful and leave a light layer of shine and this somewhat blurs the slight imperfection you may have with your skin.

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3- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Shade: Ginger)

I then proceed to adding some concealer to my under eye area…I don’t put it everywhere under my eye as it will look weird without full makeup. I just tend to take some bit of product with my ring finger, warm it up and put it where it’s really dark and sometimes I set it and other times I don’t….depends on how I feel really. This has been my go-to concealer for a couple of years now…it’s good and doesn’t crease on me.

4- Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (Shade: Medium 2)

Then to add some dimension to my eyes, I add a little bit of Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing powder (in the color Medium 2). A wash of color on my crease and voila, the trick is done. It instantly just wakes my face up and adds color to my sometimes pales yellowish tone. I know it’s a bronzer but I prefer to use it on my eyelids and have been since I got it as a sample a while ago, I never even tried it as a bronzer yet. I used it almost on the daily and I made a dent in it. I even use it as a transition shade in my crease whenever i do heavier makeup looks.

5- Bobbi Brown Lipstick (Shade: Brownie)

My life obviously wouldn’t be complete without doing lipstick! I never go out the house without lipstick. It usually is the only product I will put on my face most days. Lipstick is so crucial in my life and I usually double it as blusher…just because I am lazy and just because it saves me time. I apply a little bit of lipstick onto my fingers…warm it up and pat it onto my cheeks ever so slightly and there I have an almost complete look.

6- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

I add mascara, obviously! This L’Oreal mascara isn’t my favorite one out there, but it does the job of giving me something. It doesn’t hold well, but it lasts for a good amount of time…it starts flaking off after a couple of hours, but then again, for the price, can’t complain.

7- E.L.F Baked Highlighter (Shade: Blush Gems)

Last but not least, how could life be interesting if you don’t add even more highlight on your face? I mean obviously you want your cheeks to be popping! I add this really affordable E.L.F highlighter with a light brush dusting over my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on the high points of my brows and sometimes forehead.

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And there you have it, the 5 minute wake-up makeup…minimum products required. Keep me fresh and happy and all th

The transforming moisturizer!

Pregnancy hasn’t been all that bad, I mean, yes I felt sick and weak for the most part, but I am starting to see the light. Pregnancy has given me amazing hair, nails and skin and I am totes enjoying while I can, because I know it might go downhill after birth. My skin is pretty much very clear since I got pregnant, I do get the occasional hormonal breakout, but it’s not bad at all. The only thing I have noticed is that I am very very dry, even more so than I was pre-pregnancy. My skin is sensitive and dehydrated and it is super easy for me to react to environmental changes and products I use. I suffer from eczema and contact dermatitis, so it is very necessary for me to keep my skin hydrate at all costs. I know that with pregnancy, there are many products that you cannot use due to ingredients, but I have had this particular cream with me for a good while and I absolutely love using for days when my skin is super parched…which has been for a couple of weeks now. Vomiting doesn’t help either! For the first trimester, I found it super hard for me to even digest water, drink it, smell it and all the jazz. I forced myself to drink water by adding lemon slices to it, but I still didn’t consume enough of it. Right now, I am very thirsty, so I am capable of downing 2 liters, no problem; which I am completely happy about it, because it helps with dehydration.

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I haven’t been worried so much about my skin; I am just trying to keep the eczema at bay, because it’s painful as hell. I get it around my eyes and lips mostly, but it can be around my nose and the rest of my body if I am not careful. I have done multiple allergy tests and just turns out I have contact dermatitis and can easily have eczema and the worst part is that cortisone cream doesn’t work all that well with me. Total suckage!

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So to come back to original part of this post, my face has been extremely dry especially around the lips and nose and this cream saves me every time! I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream last May to prep my skin for the wedding. I have always had dry skin and tried a couple of different creams, but nothing really kept me happy…it was either too thick it broke me out, or too blah and did nothing for me. I had read a lot about the magic cream before buying it, because this damn this is freaking expensive! It literally is a pay check on its own. It cost me about 200$ to get the 50ml size. Damn import charges. I hate those, because they kill! But honestly, from my experience, it was worth every penny spent. Will I repurchase, probably!

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The cream itself is like a facial on its own. The consistency is thick and rich, but not greasy. It feels luxurious on the skin and sinks in right away. It doesn’t leave any oily film or weird layer on the skin; it literally just disappears into the skin the minute you put it on. The skin is instantly subtle and I know it sounds way out there, but it’s true! I have felt a difference whenever I use this. PS: I also love to take it down to my neck. Sometimes, I stop using it and my skin screams for it, then when I go back, my skin is happy again. I mostly use it at night because I want to keep it as long as I can and so when I wake up in the morning, I see brighter, healthier, happier skin. I might even add glowy! It truly is a magic cream, for me anyway. It smells a little bit rosy, which is delightful; it’s light and not overbearing whatsoever because the minute you apply the product, the smell dissipates.

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For those who are looking for instant, luxurious, amazing hydration…look no further, this is literally magic!

Wine Stock; burgundy love!

Been going nude for a little while now, on the nails that is (I mean duh! What were you guys thinking?!). I wasn’t really inspired lately to do any nail art/color for a while. Last time I had any lacquer on was on my wedding day (July) and this is the color I have been obsessing over for the past month. I have had it on and off on my nails and I love it; it’s such a fall/winter/Christmas-y color. I love burgundy in general, hence the theme to my wedding. I find burgundy to be such a luxurious color, whether in veils, dresses, skirt or even nails. There’s just something about it that captivates my heart. I mean it’s like a hybrid between a red and a purple, but it has a life of its own and it’s proud and awesome. I chose a couple of different tones of burgundy while wedding shopping a few months ago…one from Essie, one from Nails Inc and one from Ciaté, but the one I fell in love with was this one from Sally Hansen. I found that it was more red toned and that’s exactly what I was looking for; didn’t really want the purple undertone as my nails needed to match my shoes!

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line is basically the next best thing to a salon gel manicure. I am always afraid to get those and ruin my nail beds forever. So without taking a risk, you can easily just use this range and be sure to get the salon results in the comfort of your home. Also, there’s no light needed, just two simple steps; first apply the colour and then stroke a little of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat over the top. The color I chose from this range is Wine stock; it’s wonderful on the nails, one coat is more than enough and the shine is there. This color is subtle yet festive, if you know what I mean. I know that it’s a two-step process, however, I just went in with my Seche Vite after that and it’s all good in the hood and I still get the gel effect without the heaping salon price. Also, on a little side not, I usually don’t use gloves to do my house chores and so, having my hand in the bleach and the water doesn’t change the longevity of the nail polish so much. I will have a few chips by day 10, but for the most part, the color is still there and my nails still look good.

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I have been a Sally Hansen fan since my college days, and I like the brand very much, especially the nail vitamins they have; they really do work! They have over 40 nail care products offering solutions for every nail care problem. I know that Essie is somewhat comparable, however, I find that Essie colors don’t last on my nails as much as the Sally ones do and it’s weird… maybe it’s just me?!

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So, why pay big bucks if you can get beautiful quality lacquers at the drugstore for an affordable price.

What are you favourite nail colors? I would like to know in a comment down below!!!

Top 10: favorite lipsticks of all time!

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you my go-to, most used, most cherished, most loved lipsticks in my collection (for all of eternity). These are lipsticks I have collected over the years and continue to use all the time, all year round. I may be a lipstick hoarder. I mean it’s justifiable, since I am not a foundation, blusher, eye shadow kinda gal. I sometimes go out bare-faced, but end up so rocking a bold lip, like a really sexy orangey-red. I remember there was one season where I would not stop using Cruella (obviously it’s on this list, duh!)…and I had to buy another one because I had used it all up. Anyway, not to make this intro too too long, here are my 10 favourite lipstick of all time and why I love them so much……

 

1- Bobbi Brown: Brownie

This is my go-to every day color. I use this on a daily basis whenever I am going for a natural bare nude lip. It’s a very beautiful nude, your lips but better, color and it is suitable for daily use. It’s got a pinkish brown undertone and I find that it matches skin tone perfectly. What I like about this one in particular is that it has a slight sheen to it. It doesn’t dry matte or anything, it’s just got a very juicy, plumpy, yummy finish to it and this one is always in my bag. I received it in a sample bag from a Sephora purchase a few months ago and I have been using it like crazy and I still have loads left. Plus!!! The lips stay hydrated the whole time you have it on (hello Vitamin C & E). This is definitely a brand to look into and to invest into. Bobbi brown has got it all down when it comes to natural makeup.

2- Kat Von D: Cathedral

Much like the Bobbie Brown color, this is a brown based nude. It is similar in color, however, the finish is different and Cathedral dries down completely matte which emphasizes the brown a lot more and this is exactly what I love about this lipstick. The brown is not a yucky 1990s brown but rather a very complementing one; it works with my skin tone and it gives me a natural yet dressed up look (if you know what I mean). It is absolutely freaking gorgeous and the neutral base in this lipstick helps it match with any eye color you wish to do. It’s kind of a bold color but in a subtle way. It’s very long lasting and honestly, I don’t think about replying it all that much. And hello, can we also talk about how freaking cool the packaging is?? I like how she matched to the product name; studded! I remember being addicted to Kat Von D since spotting her on that TV show; LA Ink, gosh, she was always so badass yet gracious in her work…so I’m super glad she got into makeup because she’s doing it well!

3- Marc Jacobs: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

 

This one is an oldie (in my collection) but a goodie. I remember wanting to invest in a good quality pinky, nude lip a little over 2 years ago and then came across this one at Sephora. I was so excited that I had found Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It’s the perfect pink based nude, unlike the two previous lipsticks. I remember misplacing it and going crazy, so I repurchased another one, so now I have 2 (found it..haha)! It dries matte but it is very comfortable on the lips, it’s not drying and it doesn’t settles into the dry lines. It applies very smoothly and glides with perfection; very much like the name says, it’s creamy. The packaging is to die for, it’s sleek and heavy; super luxurious. I feel like a bond girl, whenever I get it out in public to reapply..hahahahaha! March Jacobs will forever be my #1 when it comes to luxury makeup, because I know that I will get my buck’s worth.

4- ELF: Hot Commodity

This is one of the most affordable lipsticks in the bunch and I’m super happy that I can count this as one of my faves. The color payoff is fantastic and the longevity is great. I was looking for a coral lipstick last summer to go well with my blue liner and my olive tan…then I stumbled onto this lipstick from ELF at the drugstore. I can almost compare it the Marc Jacobs lipsticks in application. It dries down semi-matte, it has a slight sheen to it and it doesn’t leave your lips parched and dry. The only negative thing I would say about this color is that it will emphasize the dry patches on your lips if they’re not properly hydrated and exfoliated beforehand. However, tbh, this always happens to me whenever I use light coloured lipstick…I find that soooo weird. Usually, people have patchy issues with darker ones, but I get that with lighter colors. I wear Hot Commodity mostly in the summer because I find that coral suits my tanned skin more than my regular days. Plus, for 7$ you can’t really go wrong! So if you’re looking to purchase lipstick but no break the budget, I definitely suggest your looking into ELF.

5- Bite Beauty: Honeycomb

I know that beige nude is a little scary to wear, but this one from Bite Beauty is amazing, I usually pat it onto my lips rather than gliding it, I find that the color payoff is much better and exactly how I want it to be. This beige nude is just basically my lips but with a little bit of an oomph. There’s a slight sheen to it and I keep this very close to me and sometimes, I just use is a lip balm because it’s not too too out there in color. Plus, I am super proud that Bite Beauty is not only Canadian, but they make their products from food-grade ingredients. The Amuse Bouche lipsticks are super hydrating and they feel like nothing on the lips! Super worth the investment!!!

PS: Another plus side to this, it smells amazing, super citrusy, unlike those super high end lipsticks that smell like my grannie’s antique perfume.

6- Charlotte Tilbury: Electric Poppy

This is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and I am glad I invested in one of her lipsticks. I was on the hunt for a bright, almost fuchsia, pink lipstick to go with my golden summer tan and after endless hours of research, I took a chance on this one. Worth it! I was afraid that this color would make me look darker than I already am, but on the contrary, it brightens my face in the most feminine, delicate way possible. The color payoff is rich and the longevity is great. You only need to apply one and honestly, this is one of the few lipsticks that doesn’t end up in my teeth (this is a huge problem for me…all my lipsticks end up on my teeth). It dries matte but still keeps your lips hydrated and plump. It’s rich, it’s luxurious and it’s fantastic. It works! Plus the packaging is the bomb (yes, I am a sucker like that).

7- Milk: Name Drop

This one a new addition to the lipstick fam I own. I always thought orange-red lipstick was killer on others and I never dared to try it. However, recently, I figured I ain’t losing nothing if I try one for kicks. I went off to the Sephora website and looked in every brand out there, then this one from Milk caught my eye. Yes, I did! I bought a color online, based on the photo and I do not regret it as the color came out even better than I expected. This color suits me so well and the orange pigment is bright enough to notice but not too much that it will make me look gloomy and dark. Very much like the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, this glides on with perfect, it’s creamy, hydrating, and comfortable…and yet still dries down demi-matte. I have a thing with matte lipsticks. I don’t like the sheeny ones unless it’s a nude sheen like the Bobbi Brown color above. It’s also infused with mazing ingredients such as Shea butter and Coconut oil ❤  What I love about this Milk lipstick is that it comes in crayon form, so it’s easy to apply and you don’t need a liner. Sometimes, applying a bold color without liner comes out catastrophic, however, this is applies perfectly. I am glad I got  ahold of this bad boy…it gives me Rihanna sort of vibes and I love it!

8- Nars: Cruella

This Nars lipstick doesn’t need much introduction as it is a cult favourite amongst many Youtubers and Bloggers. This is basically a universal red that pretty much works with everyone; I feel like it suits every skin tone. This pencil is obviously super easy to apply and it gives incredible pigments, rich and infused with Vitamin E. The finish is velvety matte but the color stays vivid and deep and this is what I love about this lipstick, the color is long-lasting and it doesn’t budge and it stays on my lips-not on my teeth. I went through a whole one and I am going on my second pencil now and I think this will be my staple, go-to red color for a long time. Unlike other red lipsticks, this doesn’t emphasize the dryness of my lips or the creases, so yay to Cruella!

9- The Face Shop: Moroccan Rose

I bought this two years ago and it is still going strong. I got it to wear to my engagement but ended up going with the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang instead. This Face Shop lipstick is beyond anything I have used and I have used and tried plenty of lipsticks. This one in particular is infused with anti-aging ingredients and gives the lip the boost they need to stay plump and young. Moroccan Rose is the prefect shy girl pink, you can build the color up to the intensity you want. I sometimes just dap it lightly in the center of my lips to get the fresh bitten look, or glide it on my lips to get the deep mauvey-pink color. I even use this particular lipstick as blusher sometimes and it works perfectly. It has a light sheen and when you warm it in your hands and apply it to your skin, it gives you the most beautiful, natural flush ever. This is my lazy go-to all around lipstick and I am so sad that I am almost running out of it. I feel like the Face Shop brand doesn’t get loads of hype, but the products are super worth looking into! Annndd, they’re not super expensive either! So win-win.

10- Colourpop: Poppin’

Last but not least, this color has got me feeling all sexy! Whenever I feel like I need a boost to slay, this is the color I choose to put on. Give me superpowers to conquer the world! I love anything Colourpop because everything they do is quality yet super freaking affordable. The matte-X formula is my favourite because it not just matte, it’s ultra-matte and it works perfectly for vibrant colours such as this one. It’s the perfect summer fuchsia pink and I love it, it’s a tad bit richer in pink pigment than the Charlotte Tilbury one. This lip color is so va va voom; filled with attitude and pizzazz. It’s surprisingly comfortable to wear even though it’s extremely matte and it doesn’t settle into the lines very much. I sometimes just add a little bit of lip balm before putting this color because I want it to last longer and it does; it doesn’t transfer and it doesn’t budge. I also love that it reapplies well, whenever you need a touch up. For those looking into crazy colourful, yet affordable lipsticks, I suggest looking into the Colourpop ones!

So there you have it, my top 10, ride or die, rock my sock lipsticks and I feel like they range from affordable to expensive (ish); there are suggestions for everyone and some are even budgets friendly.

My top 5 favorite perfumes

As an avid fragrance addict, I love how certain smells and perfumes take us back to old memories. They makes us travel back in time and somewhat relive the good memories. I may or may not be a perfume hoarder, but that’s only because each scent holds a special place in my heart. I generally, whenever I travel, like to purchase a new perfume, because it forever keeps reminding me of that particular place I went to. I  have this weird thing, where whenever I finish a perfume, I cannot ruse it…bizarre I know, but that’s just me. However, over the past few months and years, I have collected the ones I know that I will surely come back to as they truly do represent me as a person…a little bit of a badass princess.

Here are my top 5 favorite fragrances:

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1- Now this is probably on my most loved perfume out of this bunch, because it takes me way back to Morocco; it reminds me of the morning walking in the souks and the beautiful, colorful spice racks that were on display and the warm, welcoming people of Morocco.  There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about it that really makes me travel back in time to relive my greatest moments of  solitude and self-discovery. This perfume is very sexy, woody and intoxicating in the best way possible. I tend to gravitate towards musky fragrances rather than floral-y or fruity ones and so I feel like this compliments my personality so much. The notes of Oakwood and Vanilla create a lovely, magical balance which wraps you in a warm, leather-y aroma. I find that the Elizabeth & James fragrances are all unique and for the price, they’re worth it because the scent is there and the staying power too.

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2- I have talked about this perfume already in a previous post. This fragrance really does live up to its name; it is the most decadent, rich, luxurious, feminine and sultry scent you can ever possibly come across. I have gone through a lot of perfumes in my life time, from CK One, to Dior’s Miss Cherie…but this Marc Jacobs fragrance is a definite keeper for me…It’s floral-y but in a warm way; with hints of amber. Marc nailed in on the head with this one! I feel like I am (literally) unstoppable with this one, it lasts all day and you can smell it on yourself and when I do, I feel like a surge of energy hits me and then I just keep going (if that makes sense). If I were a super badass, super vigilante, heroine, I would imagine myself always smelling like this.

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3-As the name suggests, the main, key player note in this fragrance is Oud. This particular scent has always been associated with Arabic culture, it is to an extent the definition of royalty, strength and power. Coming from a little of a Saudi Arabian background, I have always smelled this around me and I feel this perfume in particular takes me back to my childhood. I am very fickle when it comes to Oud, because it can sometimes be too over-powering to the point where it gives me migraines. However, Roberto Cavalli made this one work in the most delicate way; it’s an absolutely rich fragrance but it’s not overbearing. I love wearing this one of special occasions (mainly because it’s a gift from my sissy), because it’s not a daily fragrance. But whenever I do choose to wear it, I always get complimented on it! It honestly smells amazing and even though the main ingredient is Oud; its undernotes are sweet and floral.

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4-Yes, I am slightly obsessed with the Elizabeth & James perfumes, but what can I say, they always get it right! This is quite a new addition to my little collection of perfumes (I only have 8 and some were gifts). I know it sounds a little stupid, but when I saw it launch on the Sephora website, I knew I would love it, purely by its name….yes, I bought a perfume only based on its name! Amethyst; it sounds so luxury to me! With notes like Tobacco and Cedar, this perfumes give me rebel vibes. It’s feminine yet masculine. It has a slight resemblance to the Bourbon perfume but it’s a lot more special. It has an edge and perhaps it’s the Tobacco in there that gives it a little bit more kick. This too is very sexy but in a subtle way.

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5- Last, but definitely not least, this one is a little bit of a funny story. I was out looking to buy my husband a new perfume as a birthday gift, but ended up loving it so much, that I got it for myself (insert the See-No-Evil monkey emoji here…you know the one covering its eyes). LOLZ! But since I am not a greedy person, I also ended up sharing it with the hubs. Yes, I do realize that the Armani Code is a masculine scent, but hey, works for me! It literally smells like a hot man! It’s seductive and opulent and elegant and the list goes on. My husbands sprays it on himself before going to work and he still smells yummy after 12 hours of wear. It literally lasts for forever and a little bit goes a long way. It too has notes of amber in it (QUELLE SURPRISE!), but by now, I guess you all figured out what I like in my fragrances.

 

**PS: I am now putting up 3 blog posts a week at 11 am EST**