Lippie Review! – Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer 

My current obsession is most definitely lipsticks. Lazy old me makes it a point to put on a different shade every morning because I have realised that a good lip color is a real pick me up for me.

Today I’ll be reviewing Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in shade Heather Shimmer (220).

I got this as a gift from my cousin in the UK along with another shade that I will be reviewing later.

Okay, so this lipstick comes in a purple and silver tube that looks really pretty and is also quite sturdy in feel. These look a lot similar to Maybelline colorSensational ones but are slant at the top.

Rimmel claims/product details:

  • Rich colour and intensely moisturising 
  • Enriched shade palette and highly improved moisturising formula
  • Vitamins a, c and e and SPF 20 for protected and cared-for lips
  • Maximised, radiant colour
  • Lips feel up to 70% more hydrated and up to 60% smoother

Let me just start of by saying that this shade is totally mine. I have found my nude lip and I am absolutely loving it. I have a neither fair nor dark complexion and finding the perfect nude seemed elusive. But Heather Shimmer has become my go-to shade for a simple and effortless look.

The pigmentation is strong and so is the scent, which might be off-putting to some but I don’t really mind.

Heather Shimmer is beautiful neutral brown/pink shade that can easily complement a lot of skin tones and look great in a variety of styles. It isn’t in your face at all but does have an impact and quality of a statement shade.

The formula is super creamy and feels a little unnatural on the lips for the first couple of seconds. It doesn’t emphasize fine lines and cracks in the lips but doesn’t do much to make them disappear either. Being creamy like it is, it doesn’t stay on the lips for long and transfers a little bit so be sure to blot it after applying.

The color pay-off is fabulous though and the subtle shimmer and shine is a nice change from my regular matte lips.
You can also read this on Piñata.


Lippie Review! Smashbox Always On – Girl Gang

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage these days and with all the options available, a little confusion (read: obsession) is inevitable when you embark on the quest of finding the perfect one for you.

Here’s a review of a gorgeous shade from the Smashbox Always-on Liquid Lipsticks line.

Infused with the Smashbox Primer Oil Complex, the Always On Liquid Lipsticks dry down to a completely matte and transfer-proof finish and are incredibly light on the lips. The first of the two shades I added to my stash is Girl Gang.

A dark and vampy burgundy-plum, Girl Gang is a stunning shade and is absolutely perfect for a night out.  Though the formula is super smooth, it is unfortunately a bit patchy. I had to take care not to let my lips touch before the liquid lipstick set. A second dab was needed to even out the patches.

But the best part, they really are Always on! With over 12 hours of wear and countless drinks and snacks later, there was no transfer or fading at all. Patchiness aside, this one is a keeper!

(You can also read this at Piñata)

Book Review – We’re Going To The Farm by Nancy Streza and Adam Pryce

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We’re Going To The Farm

Written by Nancy Streza

Illustrated by Adam Pryce

 Publisher: Xist Publishing
 Release Date: 2 July 2017

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A really fun to read-aloud book with absolutely gorgeous illustrations! My 18 month old really enjoyed the words because they can be sung to the tone of ‘The Farmer in The Dell’. The illustrations are colorful and fun and have quite a lot of things to point at while reading with your kids. The full color pages include multicultural characters, farm animals, familiar objects and some of the sounds they make.

Recommended for story-tellers at libraries and day-care centers. Also, the rhymes may get stuck in your head, parents!

Xiaomi Redmi 4X Launch in Pakistan

Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market

One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner SmartLink Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.

Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.

Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”

Redmi 4X

Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorised online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

Key features of Redmi 4X:

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)

• 4100mAh battery

• 13MP camera with PDAF; 5MP front camera

• 5-inch HD display

• Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)

• LTE support

• 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash

• Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage

• Rear fingerprint sensor

• Available in Black

About Xiaomi

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision “innovation for everyone”. We believe that high-quality products built with cutting edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

About Smartlink Technologies

Established in 2016, Smartlink Technologies is a brainchild of a pool of professionals whose strong vision and even stronger conviction paved the way for an exclusive partnership with Xiaomi. We believe in reaching out to both the low-end and the high-end consumers and still give out state-of-the-art and warranted products at the best possible prices. We live in an age where the digital world meanders from smartphones to smart everything – we see it all around us. Smartlink Technologies strives to connect latest technology with modern and innovative sales techniques to change not only how brands are marketed but also how they define themselves.

Book Review: How To Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

images (4)How To Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life By: Lilly Singh

 Publisher: Random House
 Release Date: 2017

The Short Summary:

Youtube star’s motivational rules for living life.

The Summary (via Goodreads):

From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. 

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. 

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

Review:

stand-3.5stars

 Let me put out a disclaimer first: I love Lilly Singh. ||Superwoman|| is one of my favorite YouTube personalities and I absolutely adore her work. That being said, I detest self help books. Hate is a strong word, but I really, really, really don’t like them. So I put in a lot of thought before picking this one up. I basically decided to give this a shot because I love Lilly’s style and knew that any book written by her would be fun to read.

The kids’ nap-time resulted in me sitting down in peace to read this and guzzle down chocolate chip cookies.

I’ll be honest, the writing style is great. You can actually hear her talking while you read. Pair that with the vibrant photos of Lilly that accompany the chapters, and the unique numbering style of the text itself, this book sure does have a lot of personality.

BUT…

There isn’t much meat in it. The advice is pretty much stuff you have heard all your life. It is motivational, yes, but cliched too. Lilly says we can take this advice from her because she has been through depression and ‘gets it’. Okay. Fair enough. But tell us more about you, Lilly. There are sections in the book titled ‘Out of the Blue’, which are basically her own story, but they are so short and left me hankering for more of her personal back story.

This book made me smile a lot of times, the advice she gives is pretty honest and would help people, maybe. It just wasn’t something for me. The chapters are too short. As soon as I would start getting into it, The End. Why, Lilly, Why? A little more length to tie the knot would have been great!

This book is more geared towards teenagers and I sort of felt a little too old reading some parts (I am not old, nope) and it has a lot of things that the youth does need to hear these days. I liked it but did not love it. Probably will not give it a second read, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

3 and half stars for being a lovely mix of humor, sass, wisdom, and common sense.

The Lazy Girl’s Basic Skin Care Routine

I am awfuly lazy. This has not come about becauseI am a mom to two under two. I have always been lazy. I have never been really beauty inclined either. My daily routine included nothing except for a face wash in the morning and repeating after school. No make up, no bb cc dd creams, no moisturizing. Now that I’m a mom I sometimes forget the face wash too, a splash of cold water is all my toddler will allow me.

So because I have never had an extensive routine, I have never bought many products either. Occasional splurges aside, I seldom buy expensive face care potions and lotions. But now I feel I need to change myself a bit.

Because days when I put on red lipcolor are way better than days when I don’t, I finally agree with the look good, feel good adage. 

I’ll start simple, with a very basic routine:

This Clean and Clear daily scrub is an old favorite. I have been using it since my teenage years and it makes me feel so fresh. But I won’t be buying it again because I saw a video about the hazards that these micro-beads pose to the environment.

The Comvita cleanser is honey based and oh so mild and gentle. It is great at removing makeup too. 

My post shower routine is spritz, comb and moisturize.
I absolutely adore this body mist from The Body Shop. The Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is so delicate and refreshing and has really calming undertones. I got it as part of a set (mist, lotion, shower gel) from Lush Beauty Shop at a great price and will definitely be buying the mist again when I’m through with this bottle.

Another The Body Shop product (bought from Lush too) is the Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Hair Cream. I have hair that has a mind of its own and misbehaves most of the time. This cream tames it to quite an extent.

For post shower moisturization, my current favorite is Mango and Papaya from I love… The scent is heavily and the lotion doesn’t leave any oily residue on my skin.

Here’s hoping I can follow this routine everyday this summer. 

(P.s. Lush Beauty Shop has a lot of TBS products instock and all at such unbelievable prices. Be sure to check them out.)

(P.s.s This post is NOT sponsored by Lush lol.)

Displacement

Mama said my home

Is where my husband is

They nodded and I

searched in all the places I knew

Obvious places; the office with its tie sporting

men and clickity clackity

women,

at his mothers’, no – not in the kitchen

or inside his closet,

I went to his haunts – his hunting spot his bowling place

his burger joint his best friend’s space 

my husband lost, and I, displaced.

My home is where my husband is.

The Accomplice

It is 4 in the morning. The winter is settling in between the tiny cracks the earthquake left behind and I am sitting barefoot on the marble floor, cleaning out his gun.

I pause after each swipe, look up at his sleeping face, smile to myself and go back to the sliding feel of the washcloth against the metal.

I think of all the death there will be today. I think of what my part is going to be in it. The blood will be on my hands and will make its home there even before I touch the casualties. Murderer. Murderer. Murderer. I look up at him again. Is he really? No. It can’t be that easy.

I put in the chokes and screw them tight. Long range, he won’t have to get so close to the victim. He will only see the gaping bewilderment frozen on their faces once all that made them alive has been drained out.

I hope he doesn’t bring them home. Cooking hunted birds is not something I want on my conscience.

Growing

There is more from where this flows.
A bloody trail, not even red
A blackness – thick tar
It covers you – crown to rump

That’s how they measure you now, isn’t it?

Twisty limbs poking here and here and here.
I should scream but I don’t.

Don’t be ungrateful child.

Peekaboo

Hello

Anyone here?

Who am I kidding? No one hangs around when there is no activity for more than two years. But would you all come back? I’ve missed this place and all that went on here.

So I’m hoping to give this another shot. I might not be as regular as I was before, but I really do need to get back into the writing zone. Fingers crossed to this (umm fourth?) try being a successful one.

 

 

Coffee, Tea and Company (Him and I #10)

Like I mentioned earlier, we’re individuals with starkly different tastes. And even though we usually try and sample each others’ preferences, the line is drawn when it comes to hot beverages. Winters for me mean steaming mugs of coffee throughout the day. He still remembers the time when a single cup of coffee in the morning had him feeling nauseous for longer than is normal.

He sticks to his tea. Sweetened. Heavy handed on the milk.

Two mugs on the wicker table in the gallery. Two people who always have something to talk about.

It’s the conversation that matters, who cares about the contents of the mugs.

Tango (Him and I #9)

“It takes two to tango.”

“Yes, but not a pair and a half of left feet.”

So we went through the motions with the lady leading, the gentleman stumbling. ‘La Cumparsita’ flowed from the speakers for the umpteenth time.

There is stepping on toes, collision of knees, stiffening spines and angry sighs. We have a no shoes policy during practice; broken toes are not fun to walk around with.

This happens every Saturday. It’s my life’s mission now, to teach him how to tango. But for someone who has all the poise when doing all that routine work during the day, he is incredibly bad at remembering how to stand with shoulders back. I refuse to be deterred, Tango is what we’ll do on our 25th Anniversary party.

And even with all the gruelling footwork to learn, he smiles when we’re done. Every time.

“I’ll learn. Someday. Soon. Coffee?”

Masochist

I found my drug,

right after that plunging knife

dug deep into my gut

and was twisted

once then twice then another round

till there were streaming tears with a watery smile.

The kind of pain that cripples you.

The kind of love that kills you.

 

Monsters In Her Eyes

Hello. I made this. Bye.

 

Because there was a sinister truth in her eyes,

Hidden behind monsters, her daughter drew,

in vivid colors, reds and blues.

Yellows, greens, purple smiles, toothy byes.

It’s a mask, dear girl,

your cartoons lie,

your childhood’s been corrupted so.

Draw not your evil smiley friends,

they are being used to hide her many crimes.