Saturday, July 19, 2014

Whites Haul + Exciting Discovery

Hey guys!

I have another haul for you guys! It was my first time shopping at Whites Pharmacy and I totally flipped when I saw the brands there. I had never before heard about this pharmacy so I figured I should let ya'll know. Scroll down for more pictures and brands info.

1. Essence Sun Club Bronzer #01

I haven't tried this bronzer on yet, but let me tell you something. It smells like COCONUT! You can totally smell it the moment you open it. I'm so glad about this because I love coconut. I will buy everything coconut if I could.
Price: 21 sr

Essence Sun Club Bronzer #01

Essence Sun Club Bronzer #01

2. Essence Lash and Brow Gel

This is a clear gel I have used and loved and I ran out of it about a year back. I use it to set my brows when I'm not filling them in and often use it on my lashes when I'm going for a total natural look. The best part is the price. Totally recommend.
Price: 11 sr

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

3. Essie nail polish in:

Mint Candy Apple
This is like the most hyped about color from Essie. Its a beautiful mint color which goes on super opaque, and dries fairly quickly. Favorite.color.ever.
Price: 40 sr

Its a beautiful subtle white. Its a little sheer and you'd probably need a good two coats at least to get it to be opaque. White nail polish is all the hype right now in the fashion world and I totally get it because it gives such a clean, modern and sophisticated look. Totally in love!
Price: 40 sr

On the top: Essie Nail Polish in Marshmallow
On the bottom: Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple

5. EOS lip balm in sweet mint

It feels like a regular lip balm with super cute packaging. It has a strong mint smell and flavor and feels cooling on the lips. The thing I find special about this is that unlike most lip balms that can give a greasy feel, this isn't greasy at all. I think its pretty ideal for using before applying your lipstick as it gets soaked in pretty fast.
Price: 35 sr

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Where can I find Whites Pharmacy in Jeddah?
In Salaam Mall, opposite to Danube.

Makeup brands Available in Whites:
Okay, so by now you probably already know that Whites carry Essie nail polishes. I believe this is the full range and I'm so absolutely stoked about it! They also carry Essence, Incoco, Real Techniques, Ardell Lashes, Kiss Lashes, EOS lip balms- all of which I have never before seen anywhere in Jeddah. They also carry some awesome skincare brands which I'm excited to try out next time.

Other than these, they also carry Loreal, Revlon and Maybelline, which you also get in tons of other places too.

Essie Nail Polishes at Whites

Essie Nail Polishes at Whites

Incoco Nail Strips at Whites

Real Techniques at Whites

Real Techniques at Whites

Ardell Lashes at Whites

Different lash brands available at Whites

Greenland skincare products

So thats it for my haul. 

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below or reach me at my Facebook or Twitter :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review & Swatches

Hey guys!
Today I will be reviewing the MAC pro longwear concealer for ya'll. I hope you find it helpful :)

Its sort of a glass bottle with a pump. Although, I'd say one pump gives a LOT of product, and its kinda hard to do a half pump, so I usually end up wasting a little bit of the product every time cos I don't really need it. I think MAC can definitely work on that pump a bit more.

Its a liquid concealer so its very smooth to apply. It dries nicely after applying so you know its really set in place, although if you are someone with more wrinkles or crease lines or someone with oilier skin, I do recommend you set it with a good undereye powder. 

Coverage wise I'd say its almost full coverage. Although you can easily sheer it out a little if you apply using a damp beauty blender. You can see in the pictures below how pigmented this concealer is!

This is the best part. It is so long wearing its crazy, at least for me. Once I went out to a party and after coming home I slept with my makeup on. When I woke up in the morning my concealer still looked so fresh! It holds extremely well under moisture too!

Final thoughts:
I have loved this concealer since the first time I bought it last August! I finished one bottle and a month back bought another one so I'd say one bottle would last you a long time since a little goes a LONG way! This works excellently on blemishes, and even better under your eyes as it does not crease or settle in lines. It doesn't matter what you apply it with, I've used it with a brush, beauty blender and even my fingers and it does the magic each time! Excellent for parties, brides and even in the summers.

Who might not like it:
People with extremely dry under eyes or anyone who doesn't have any under eye bags to begin with can find it unnecessarily heavy.

Quick tips:
Apply with
*a damp beauty blender for lighter/thinner coverage.
*brush for heavier coverage/ on blemishes etc.
*fingers for a more natural and blended finish.

Around 100-120 sr (I believe it was 105 sr)

Where I shop MAC at:
Red Sea Mall

Pictures and swatches:

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

I use the shade NC20

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Swatches

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below or reach me at my Facebook or Twitter:)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sephora Lipstick Haul: First Impressions & Swatches

Heyy there :)

I've been to sephora twice this past month and picked up three lip products. Two of them I picked up at a 20% off (exclusive for VIB members) which was suuchh a steal!

There'll be swatches at the end so stick around :)

1. Sephora Glossy Lip Pencil - #05 Glossy Pale Pink

Its a warm glossy pink perfect for everyday! Also the fact that its crayon style makes it so easy to use. However, its a bit on the sheer side and so the lasting power isn't that great.

2. Sephora Lipstick #08

This is actually a repurchase since I gave the last one to my sister several months ago. I have loved this for long and let me just start off by telling that this is one of the most long wearing formulas I've ever tried. Even soap and water has nothing on this! Its a beautiful muted pink with slightly mauve undertones and a completely matte finish. I love wearing this with grey smokey eyes.

3. Sephora Cream Lip Stain #01

This is also one of the most long lasting lipsticks I have! Its a warm tone, almost like a chilly red which you can't go wrong with. Its goes on like a cream/liquid at first and dries completely matte, and will not budge unless you have ridiculously oily food. One of my faves!

Here are swatches. 

From top to bottom- Sephora cream lip stain #01, Sephora matte lipstick #08, Sephora glossy lip pencil #05

On the 25th of June Sephora held this Beauty Invite thing for which VIB's got an invitation beforehand, although it was open to all. It was a really fun event with snacks like mini sandwiches, macarons, drinks and even a mascot which was the most funniest thing to me (imagine a huge mascot in a makeup store, that too with a ghutra haha. Ghutra is a scarf like thing arab men wear on their heads, I'm sorry I'm just awful at explaining.)

Also, they had free gifts for VIB's which was so awesome and I thought I'd share this with you guys.

If you shop and sephora often and don't have a VIB card yet then I'd definitely recommend you apply for it! Definitely worth it because you get to know about the latest brand releases, exclusive discounts, free gifts, beauty events and pretty cool stuff like that.

Click the link below to learn how you can get the VIB card:

Goodie bag I got at the beauty invite

So thats it for my haul and first impressions! Don't forget to leave me your feedback :)

Where I shop Sephora at:
Andalus Mall
Salaam Mall
Red Sea Mall
Mall of Arabia

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below or reach me at my Facebook or Twitter :)