REVIEW TIME | Malis Cosmetics | TRYING OUT A NEW SKIN CARE LINE

Malis Cosmetics is a new Pakistani brand that has launched it’s skin care line that contains a German formula in its products. Surely I am the first one trying this out & reviewing it. I was contacted, offered the products & sent in mail by the company. I was sent their daily use cleanser & the weekly use instant glow set.

Product Name(s): Malis Facial Cleansers (For Daily use) & Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly use)

Ingredients: Vitamin-C, Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Vitamin-E & Fruit Acid.

Price: PKR. 1800 (For daily facial cleanser & weekly instant glow set)

CLAIMS

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Hypo-comodegenic
  • Brightens
  • Instant Shine/Glow
  • Remedy for clogged pores
  • Remedy for uneven skin tone
  • Remedy for excessive sebum
  • Remedy for dull complexion

MY TAKE ON THESE PRODUCTS

The product packaging is pretty descent. I love it’s aesthetic.  The packaging has all the directions of use & ingredients printed on it. The best thing about the product is that it has a pump which makes the use hygienic. Since, I don’t really like the idea of a product in which you are supposed to dip your fingers into the package to get the product out. Well, this depends on everyone’s personal preferences. Besides, the product packaging says “for the glowing skin you deserve” which indicates that the product is suppose to brighten & glow. Basically, I am crazy for anything that says “brighten” “glow” “shine.” I am all about such products. Plus looking at the ingredients mentioned, makes it a to die for product.

1. Malis Facial Cleanser (For Daily Use)

You get about 50ml of product inside the facial cleanser container. The product has a liquid  consistency & comes out in a  foamy liquid form. It is a hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic product which means neither this product would cause any allergic reactions nor it would clog facial pores. It is a must have for people who have a dull complexion, clogged pores, uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmented skin, excessive sebum (oily T-Zone). As mentioned earlier, the product is supposed to open & clean the clogged pores & brighten the skin making it look fresh, bright & youthful. I gave this cleaner a fair try of about 7 days straight away. I noticed a visible difference in my skin tone & its texture. Every time I used it my skin looked extra clean & my hyper-pigmented areas looked less visible than they normally.

Malis Instant Glow Set (For Weekly Use)

You get 2 bottles of product inside an instant glow set. The packaging on each bottle directs “Step-1” & “Step-2” for ease. Each bottle contains 30ml of product.

  • Step-1: The product is creamy & white, which smells sweet & resembles the scent of Vitamin-E. A thick layer of product is suppose to be applied on to the face for 2 minutes, massaging it gently into the skin, until it is absorbed. Let it sit for 2 minutes & work it’s magic then finish by washing off with normal tap water, patting dry. After 2 minutes of patting dry the face, step-2 needs to be applied.
  •     Step-2: It contains a transparent gel that is the double action cleansing gel which smells like fresh fruits. It is suppose to be applied in the same way as Step-1. It contains Vitamin-c & Fruit Acid.

I gave the weekly instant glow set a good try of 2 weeks. Since it is for weekly use, I used it once each week. I used 2 pumps of each. Immediately post usage my skin felt baby soft, cleaner & tighter which means it deep cleanses the skin making it feel softer & look pinker, giving it a healthy glow & plumping effect. It provides skin the hydration, it loses in the daily pollution. The thing I loved about this set is that it can be used when you have some where important to go, where you need to look fresh & glowing in no time. My family complimented the skin as soon as I used it which is the sign of a visible glow on my skin. Literally, it takes less than 10 minutes to apply the entire set. I loved the results. It really is what it claims to be & really does what it claims to do. I love its fresh & sweet scent. Anyone who is all about brightening skin care range with a plus of natural & fresh scents, will definitely love Malis Cosmetic. I 100% recommend Malis Cosmetics & I will surely buy this product once I am stocked out. This is my new favorites & in the list of must haves.

My Rating & Recommendations: A 100% Pass (10/10) Loving it!!!!

P.S. Thanks to Malis Cosmetics for sending their line for reviewing. I loved the entire collection.
#ShoutOutToOurPakistaniProducts #ShoutOutToMalisCosmetics

 

REVIEW TIME | Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks Vault of 12 | TRYING OUT DUPES

We all are familiar of a famous makeup brand known as “Huda Beauty” created by a famous makeup artist “Huda Kattan.” The brand is quiet expensive. For those who love playing with makeup & colours & those who crave brands can not afford it. Currently, “The Dupe Trend” has changed the game.

Why buy expensive brands when high quality dupes are available?!

I was offered & sent Huda Beauty Dupes in my mail by a facebook page “She Means Beauty & Business.” Tbh I was surprised to see the vault & the product’s quality. I swatched the liquid lipsticks on my arm. Moreover, I wore the liquid lipsticks turn by turn to test for the claims of 24 hour wear time to check how much water proof & kiss proof they are. Surprisingly, my take on dupes totally changed as I tried this.

Product Name: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks Vault of 12

CLAIMS

  1. Matte finish
  2. Maintains lips’ hydration
  3. Light weight
  4. Transfer-free finish
  5. Long-wearing
  6. Transfer-proof

MY TAKE ON THIS PRODUCT

The vault is extremely attractive & eye catching. As shown in the photos on internet, it is black in colour with product branding on the top.

She Means Beauty & Business” placed a note inside the vault which said “Dear Ayesha, We hope you like the product. Looking forward to a healthy
relation & a positive review. Keep shopping with us! Team, She Means Business! XO” The best thing about opening the vault was seeing this note waiting to be read, which was placed over the colourful liquid lipsticks.

The liquid lipstick container is made of frosted arcylic container with a doe foot applicator which was neither too stiff nor too soft. The doe foot applicator picks up moderate amount of product from the lipstick container.

When it comes to the liquid lipstick claims most of them are true, surprisingly even with these dupes. They have a matte finish. They are long lasting, water proof, transfer proof, light weight. There was something more that I noticed. These liquid lipsticks are scented. They have a sweet & pleasant scent. Whereas, I did not find these liquid lipsticks to be very hydrating as I already have dry lips which makes matte lipstick application alone, without any top coat or clear gloss uncomfortable for me. Since I face this issue with every other matte lipstick I use from whatever brand, therefore I am not counting on this issue much. Other than this I love the versatility of the shades. Ranging from nudes, pinks, purples, reds & browns.

I applied all the 12 shades on my arm for swatching purpose. Here are the swatches along with the shade name mentioned accordingly:



The swatch marks lasted for straight 48 hours. I used soap, cleansers, loofah & everything except makeup removers to check how long they stay. The colours definitely became dull as I used loofah but they were bright enough.

Something I heard about dupes was that they are not same as the original. They are sticky & smell like chemical. They taste bitter. They cause sores & infections. I had the same things in my mind & I was reluctant to try out dupes. But this experience has totally changed my mind & views about dupes. I would love to buy & review dupes. I totally agree with the statement She Means Beauty & Business mention regarding their product saying they are “Highest Quality Dupes at Reasonable Prices.” I totally agree with this statement. Moreover,  I would recommend people to buy dupes from She Means Beauty & Business.

You can also get upto 10% discount on your purchases by using the discount code “THEGLAMLIFEBYAISHAIQBAL” on your purchases from She Means Beauty & Business.

P.S. The video is sponsored by SHE MEANS BEAUTY & BUSINESS.

 

THE BENEFITS OF CASTOR OIL

Castor Oil is derived from the seeds of the castor bean plant Ricinus communis. Records show that many years ago the plant was referred to as the “Palma Christe” because the shape of the plant’s leaves were said to resemble the palm of Christ.

Castor Oil can do wonders for your skin & body.

  1. Castor Oil is used for Warts, Skin Tags, Acne, Dry Skin, Moles & Cellulite.
  2. Castor Oil contains Ricinoleic Acid that kills Germ & Bacteria.
  3. Castor Oil contains Omega-6 Fatty Acids that soothe cracked & dry skin.
  4. Castor Oil contains Vitamin-E that fights Free Radicals & Skin Aging.
  5. Castor Oil naturally boosts immune function & speeds up healing process.
  6. Castor Oil increases white blood cells & the count of T-11 cells that acts as anti-bodies that help kill viruses, fungi, bacteria & cancer cells.
  7. Castor Oil helps balance hormones & improves fertility.

The following essential oils can be added to Castor Oil for added benefits:

Castor Oil & Tea Tree Oil for Warts

Mix 1 teaspoon caster oil, 1 tea spoon baking soda & 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture & cover with a band-aid & leave overnight.

Caster Oil & Rosehip for Dry Skin

Mix 1 teaspoon castor oil & half tea spoon rosehip oil & apply on dry skin twice a day.

Caster Oil & Lavender for Acne

Mix 1 teaspoon of castor oil & 2 drops lavender oil & apply after cleansing of affected area.

CASTER OIL & COCONUT OIL

Mix 1 teaspoon of castor oil, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil & rosemary leaves & apply on scalp for 2 hours before shower.

REVIEW TIME | Tarte Skincare | Scrub Clean Set

Product Name: Tarte Skincare | Scrub Clean Set

The SCRUB CLEAN SET Contains: Cleansing Cutie Scrubber, Deluxe Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Travel Frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Price: PKR. 1900-2500

DEEP DIVE CLEANSING GEL Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Propanediol, Sodium Coco PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, Fructosyl Cocoate/Olivate, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Cocoyl/Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Oat/Wheat Protein, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Sodium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Cocoyl Hydroxyethyl Imidazoline, Methyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Algae Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Linalool.

FRxxxTION STICK Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Diatomaceous Earth, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate.

SCRUBLET is made in China.

Formulated Without: parabens, formulated without mineral oil, formulated without  phthalates, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfates, formulated without gluten.

MY TAKE ON THIS PRODUCT

The Tarte Frxxxxtion Stick is a 3 in 1 exfoliating cleanser/scrub/mask. It is a twist up black solid product containing micro beads. The product gradually pops up as the base is twisted. It is applied on dampen skin for best results, where it converts into a gel consistency. It feels cool on the skin. It is best for sensitive skin types. I applied it on my dampen skin & let it dry for some time & then I massaged it with the scrubber. The product is said to remove the dead skin. And really it did. I left it for 15 minutes on my face & then washed it off after a good massage. My skin felt so clean, cool & even. I could see a visible difference in my skin as I have hyper-pigmentation issues. My skin looked & felt better. The packaging is simple & cute, plus it is travel friendly.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel comes in a cute little blue packaging with pretty flowers on it. It feels cool on the skin as I have a very sensitive skin. I use it usually when I am home after a whole day out in sun. My skin literally burns if I’m out in the sun for too long. Applying this product after a long, hot day on my skin literally feels like heavens.

Overall I love the Tarte Scrub Clean Set & I will definitely buy the complete Rainforest of the Sea Set.

My Rating & Recommendation: Pass! (10/10) Love it!

ORDERED FROM: Mum'z World
Mum'z World provides original cosmetics & skin care products shipped directly from Sephora. I 100% recommend ordering products from there.

 

REVIEW TIME | Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube | Hot Aubergine | 12

Product Name: Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube

Number: 12

Shade: Hot Aubergine

Price: PKR.950

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Polyisobutene, Mica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, CoperniciaCeriferaCera, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Geraniol, [+/- CI 15850, CI 19140, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 42090, CI 45380, CI 75470]

MY TAKE ON THIS PRODUCT

The shade Hot Aubergine is a brownish-maroon colour. There are 10 different shades in total. The product packaging is simple. The name clearly reflects that the packaging is transparent cube shaped which makes it easy to see the product colour inside the container. You get a doe foot applicator with a thin wand for an easy application.

The product is itself quite thick & shiny. The best thing about it is that it does not feel sticky at all, as most glosses have a sticky feeling. It has a miniature glitter in it. The glitter is not tacky, which is a plus point. The gloss is high shine. It is not highly pigmented. Even the wear time is not that great. I was highly disappointed by the wear time which has less than 2 hours. I have an oily skin & I do not expect glosses to stay long on my lips. But this was very disappointing as there was no stain, no moisture left, literally no signs of gloss after 2 hours of application.

My Rating & Recommendation: Pass (6/10)

BEAUTY

BEAUTY – We often hear this word. We almost hear it every day.We have heard people calling different things as beautiful. Even different people are called beautiful, for their looks & qualities. But none of us has ever wondered that what does the word beauty mean?

The general definition of beauty is the combination of qualities which give pleasure to the senses & exalts the mind & spirit. Most of us only consider half of this definition which says “Beauty is the combination of qualities which give pleasure to the senses” but we neglect the remaining part of the definition which is far more important which says “that gives pleasure to the senses & exalts the mind & spirit”. But we have confined the word beauty to the physical attributes only like color, shape, appearance, etc. In reality beauty is much more than just a physical attribute as the definition itself says “it is a combination of qualities.”

Different people have different definition of the word beautiful. Some people consider rain beautiful while some consider it irritating. Some people consider babies beautiful, but for others they are annoying & messy. Some people fall for the blue eyes while others are crazy for black ones. Each & every person has a different perspective & different choice when it comes to calling something or someone beautiful. Beauty has nothing to do with physical attributes, in fact beauty is completely related to attributes that satisfy our soul. Beauty is everlasting, it is not temporary & this is the only reason for which it is called beautiful because it is not going to end. If beauty was only related to physical appearance, then how it would be everlasting & if it is going to end or change then how it is beautiful? What is unique about being beautiful? As everything is temporary, it changes. Beauty has the tendency to remain permanent. Whatever makes us feel happy remains close to heart forever. Everything is temporary except soul & the good deeds that will remain forever. Temporary things which look beautiful are juts an illusion which deceive us for a certain time period & they will vanish as the poet  John Keats said; A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.”

Many people, especially girls feel like they are not beautiful. They consider themselves inferior on the basis of their complexion, weight, figure, dressing & many other material things & physical attributes. But the truth is that a person who has a caring heart & soul is a beautiful person. The person who cares for others, love others, help others, see good in others, who can feel other people’s pain & becomes the reason of someone’s smile is a beautiful person. If you prove yourself to be an umbrella for people who are in pain, no matter what colour you are, what race you belong to, what dress you wear, what language you speak… Trust me you are the most beautiful person of this world! Shout out to all those people who have been the reason of someone’s happiness, who have helped someone, who care for other people, who try to spread happiness. Such people are more than beautiful because you have “the heart who cares!”

“What you feel is what you are,
And what you are is beautiful.”

HOW TO STORE YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS?

Just like all other products, beauty products also have a life. There is a shelf life & period after opening which means life of the product, once the lid of the product is opened for use.

You can find a product’s (PAO) Period After Opening, mentioned at the back of the product, like this:



Usually products do not expire after PAO because the way you handle your makeup in general can extend its shelf life. If you take care of your products, they can last more than expiry date being safe to use.

Other than this, there are several different environmental conditions & things that can destroy your product like heat, sunlight & oxidation. Specially when you use beauty products that contain skin care ingredients in them be destroyed before time, if not stored properly.

Heat & Sunlight can change the texture of the product. In extreme cases it can cause bacteria to grow inside. This phenomena is commonly observed in Wonder Wax (Cold Wax). It gets watery & less tacky if kept in heat. Also, it gets too thick & less sticky if kept in very cold weather.

Oxidation is the phenomena where chemical change takes place in a product due to coming in contact with air. Oxidation can change the chemical formula of the product, resulting colour & fragrance change of the product. In extreme cases the product can even dry out & become tacky. It is important to close the lid of the products well after use.

The following products are Extra Sensitive & need to be stored in a dry & cool place, away from heat & sunlight:

  1. Natural Oils
  2. Serums
  3. Anti-Aging Products
  4. Sunscreens
  5. Foundations
  6. Concealers
  7. Organic Creams
  8. Glosses
  9. Mascara

5 BEAUTY MYTHS BUSTED (PART-1)

  • PEOPLE WITH OILY SKIN SHOULD NOT USE OILY PRODUCTS

There has been a question by those who have an oily skin that using serums & moisturizers make the skin oily? No definitely not. It is important to find the right kind of product you need. Applying serums, moisturizers & facial oils on oily skin doesn’t make the skin oilier infact it stops the skin from producing its own oils to keep it hydrated which can be a reason of breakouts.

  • AGE SPOTS MEANS YOU ARE GETTING OLDER

Age spots are not just a reason of aging. Age spots can be caused due to several other reasons such as hormonal fluctuations, genetics & too much sun exposure. In order to prevent your skin, it is important to wear sunscreen all the time.

  • DRY SKIN? DRINK MORE WATER!

Yes, water is good for your skin. It helps to keep your skin hydrated but it won’t treat your dry skin. Many studies have compared the water content of dry skin to that of normal or oily skin, which shows that there isn’t a significant difference. The causes of dry skin are far more complicated than water consumption. So you need to apply serums, lotions & suitable oils to keep your skin from drying.

  • TINGLING SENSATION MEANS THE PRODUCT IS WORKING

    This is one of my favorite myths because there was a time when I believed that when bleach tingles that means its colouring my facial hair golden & cutting down all the dirt. But as I got more into cosmetology I understood that tingling means irritating your skin instead of helping it. So the tingling sensation on your skin means your skin is being irritated by the product.

  • TESTING FOUNDATION ON YOUR WRIST

Back in the days when makeup artistry was not so common it was said you can test a foundation by applying it on your wrist. Wait… No! No one ever told that your wrist tends to be lighter or darker than your face tone, therefore while choosing a foundation, test it on your jawline for the right shade.

 

Makeup Freak Behind THE GLAM LIFE!

Hey there! For those of you are subscribing or reading my blog should know about me… My name is Aisha Iqbal. I was always into doing some creative stuff, makeup just came naturally. I never learned it from anyone. I was in class 7 when I first time started experimenting with makeup. I would do my own makeup, my mom’s makeup or my friend’s makeup.  This way I ended up learning a lot & understanding the chemistry of different skin types, makeup tricks & techniques. Recently I have been doing my friend’s makeup for their birthdays & bridal showers.

I am super obsessed to makeup. People who know me well, the are well aware of my makeup shopping problem. Though I have plenty of makeup but every time I go out for shopping I end up buying things I do not even use & need. I believe makeup is an art that enhances & brings out the natural beauty.

Thats it about me!

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Let me mention, I am not a certified makeup artist or cosmetologist, its just that I keep on trying new products, new things, makeover ideas & stuff. My comments & suggestions regarding any product are my own personal opinions.