BEAUTY FIND: No7 Lash Impact Range

A full lash fan is the biggest fantasy of every girl on this planet. Not everyone is blessed with natural thick lashes so we all opt for falsies. I am no different. I have tried every mascara in the market that promises a dramatic look but I have always wished I never had to make those extra efforts. Thankfully, No7 came out with this amazing serum in their new Lash Impact series. It is called Lash Serum and it promises a fuller lash fan in 8 weeks.


The Lash Impact Lash Serum has replaced the original No7 best selling product Fanomenal Lash Serum. The packaging is pretty decent and the wand is easy to use. Just apply a coat of serum on your lash line before bed time and wait for the results.


The Lash Impact Intense Volume Control mascara is a winner all the way. Ladies, take a moment to appreciate its stunning packaging. I have been using it for my daily looks and I love it. The only con is that it is not waterproof. 

For an intense dramatic look I apply 2-3 coats but if I am using it for a day time look I generally finish with one coat.

You can find the Lash Impact range at any Boots store across the Middle East. 

Xoxo

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: Soap and Glory 3in1 Body Wash

I am sure you must be wondering what a 3 in 1 body wash is. What could it possibly be? Well, the creative folks at Soap&Glory came up with this amazing product which acts a body wash, shaving cream and leaves your skin moisturised. It is called The Righteous Butter 3 in 1 Body Wash.


It is ideal for dry skin and is a great product for women who like to multi task. Soap&Glory are champions in Bath and Body. Their body scrubs and lotions are to die for.  The 3in1 Body Wash is another great discovery. It contains shea butter,cocoa, sweet almond and macadamia nut oils. That is super hydrating, right? It comes in a 250 ml tube and can be easily found at any Boots store in the Middle East.

How to use:


1- It can be generally used as a body wash when you are taking a shower.

2- When you are shaving , Work up a creamy lather between your palms, then massage onto damp skin.This product allows your razor to effortlessly leave your legs fuzz free. Wash off any residue and admire your silky skin. Be-you-tiful!!!

Forever and ever,
Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: Sephora Nail Colour


On a casual visit to Sephora I found this bright red nailpolish that I instantly fell in love with. I have been addicted to it ever since. The formula is amazing and it does not chip off very easily which according to me is one of the biggest USPs of this nail polish. A wide range of beautiful colours are available .This is in the shade ” My Superhero”…the kind of red every woman must own.
I have a thing for bright colours that are noticeable from a distance too and the nail colours from Sephora are exactly what I was looking for. The bottle is not too big and the application tip is just about okay. Nothing too great…but the pigmentation and the formula are driving me craazyy. I got it for 26 SAR which is a pretty decent price for the size of the bottle and I am definitely going for it again after I finish this.

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: Syoss Heat Protect Styling Spray


Hair Dryers and straightners are my best friends. I can’t do a day without styling my hair because straight hair is something I wish I had and in the pursuit of a sleek look everyday I have been torturing my hair for the past 10 years. Although now I can feel less guilty about it all thanks to Syoss Heat Protectant Spray. 

Yeah it’s as simple as ABC. I just have to spray it on my hair before styling and it helps protect my hair from the excessive heat from dryers and straightners. It provides protection upto 220 degrees celcius by coating your hair with a heat isolation mist apparently and ensures ultimate flat control by smoothening the hair for a minimum of 20 hours. It can also be used as a Styling spray as it provides extreme hold for salon styled like hair. I absolutely love it. 

Whenever I find a new product for hair at the department store I am the first one to pick it up and try it out. I am obsessed with beautiful hair and I leave no stone unturned to make sure I put in all the efforts that are needed. I have recently started using it and I am kind of satisfied with this product. It is probably not the Best heat protectant in the market but it is okay for its price.

Also, it smells beauuutiful. You can use it on both dry as well as damp hair. The results are going to be equally good. The packaging is also user friendly and does not require regular cleaning as the nozzle will never clog. 


Hello beautiful hair!

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed.

Pancakes with Cherry Compote


As a part of the #FoodieFebruary campaign on my Instagram I decided to make Pancakes with warm Cherry Compote from scratch for breakfast. It was my first attempt at making a compote and it turned out really well.

I found fresh cherries in the supermarket and I used those for the recipe. You can use frozen too.

For the pancakes-

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking soda

A pinch of salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup Buttermilk/ Milk

Butter, for frying

Method:

Beat the egg until fluffy and then stir in all the other ingredients. The consistency must be a little loose but not too runny.

Heat butter. Pour the batter into the pan and cook on both sides until golden brown.

For the compote-

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted fresh/frozen cherries

2 tablespoons sugar

Method:

Heat the cherries and sugar in a pan until the juices and sugar have combined well. Once the cherries start softening turn the flame off.

Serve the compote with pancakes and whipped cream. You are going to love every bit of it. Bon Appetit!

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Beauty Find: MAC MARIAH CAREY COLLECTION

MAC launched its most beautiful collaboration ever with Mariah Carey in December 2016. I was eagerly waiting for the collection launch in Saudi Arabia and I finally got my hands on the lipstick that looks no less than a dream. It is FIT for a princess. Here’s how it looks…


Yes. Take a moment. You will need it.


The glitter packaging is royal. The beautiful embossed butterfly is the USP of this lipstick. I don’t ever wanna use this lipstick and ruin it.


Coming to the formula of the lipstick, it is Creme Sheen. It is semi opaque so you need to wear multiple layers to achieve a peachy tint to your lips. This particular shade is called Mcizzle and there are a few more shades available. I was looking for a nude shade so I got this one. If you are wearing multiple layers then it is sure to last for a long time but not as long lasting as an Anastasia or Huda Beauty. 

There are other products in the Mariah Carey collection available but I wasn’t quite very impressed with them. This lipstick was ALLLLL I wanted. I got it and I don’t regret buying it.

Isn’t it GORGEOUS?

Xoxo

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Wanna Look Like A Victoria’s Secret Angel?

One of my really close friends Khansa recently shared her Pilates routine on Snapchat and that made me a little curious to find out more about this interesting workout concept. On reading up I discovered some really amazing benefits of Pilates and wanted a Pilates Pro to speak to you all about it. Khansa like always, has been really sweet to me and agreed to be my guest blogger and share her tips with you.

Khansa has been a Pilates Girl at The Designed Body- Plano, Texas for almost 6 months now. She has been trained by the talented Nimisha Calien Kalyan and has been doing Stott Pilates regularly. She also attended Pilates classes in NYC at the New York Pilates and plans to continue doing it because her aim is not to lose weight but to maintain a healthy body and that is exactly what Pilates does.

Khansa says, ” I absolutely love Pilates! It’s my happy hour.”

Enter Khansa.

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A Brief Introduction To Pilates

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body” – Joseph Pilates

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BEAUTY FIND: Garnier BB Cream 


BB cream is nothing but an all in one product that acts as a serum, moisturiser, foundation and sunblock. It is definitely a better option than foundation but it does not guarantee high coverage. For daily use BB creams are the best. Wearing foundation everyday can kill your skin.

So how do you know which one is best suited for your skin?

The Garnier BB cream range comes in Oil Free, Classic and Eye Contour. I was excited to try these products that Garnier sent me and share my review with you. 

Garnier BB cream- Classic


The Garnier BB cream in Classic is for all skin types. It evens your tone, moisturises your skin and hides all imperfections. It contains SPF 15 also. 

It’s application is really simple. After you clean your face just apply the BB cream the same way you wear foundation. If you want more coverage then you can wear one more coat

Garnier BB cream- Oil Free


The Garnier BB cream in Oil Free is specially designed for oily skin. It works exactly like any other BB cream but with the advantage of mattifying skin because of its ultra absorbing pigments. I have an extremely oily skin and this one works well for me. Who wouldn’t love matte skin?

Garnier BB cream- Eye Contour


This is my favourite creation from the BB cream range. The Eye Contour which is nothing but a concealer comes in a roll on form that is extremely easy to apply. Although it does not completely hide the dark circles but for daily use it a better option. Sometimes I wear it alone. Sometimes I wear it over my BB Cream – Oil Free. It is a life saviour. Hail Garnier BB cream!

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Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

Beauty Find: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

    

What is Micellar Cleansing Water? How is it different from other cleansers?

The technology used in Micellar water works in a cool way to cleanse the skin when certain ingredients in the water and the oil produced from the skin come in contact with each other.


The product is suitable for all skin types and gently cleans makeup and removes oil and dirt. It is fragrance free and effectively removes the toughest makeup. I was super happy to see how easily it removed my Colourpop and Huda Beauty lipsticks. The best part is that it is one of the best makeup removers available which is totally inexpensive and will last for a long time. The bottle is 400ml (200 uses)and the packaging is pretty user friendly.


The Garnier Micellar Water also comes in another variety. It is the Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil. It is designed for those with dry skin as the oils nourish the skin while gently removing the makeup. There isn’t much difference between the two but this one is slightly better because of its nourishing and moisturising properties. It promises to be non greasy and definitely stands true to it claims. 

Both are equally good and now they are a staple in my daily routine. Thank you Garnier for sending me these. I love them!

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed

BEAUTY FIND: NYX Cheek Contour Duo Palette

I am not heavily into contouring but I always wanted that defined look to my cheeks and nose so one fine day I went contour palette hunting. I was told Anastasia Beverly Hills makes the best contour kits but after I saw it I didn’t really wanna go for it because I am just a beginner and their kit is too professional for me. I didnt wanna invest in something so elaborate coz I am still struggling with the tricks. I walked into the NYX counter and found this tiny little Cheek Contour Duo Palette. It is available in many shades. I chose the shade Wine and Dine and have been practicing with it ever since I bought it. I can’t say I am perfect already but I am still trying to get a hang of it. It is very important to get contouring right or else your whole face looks distorted.

What I love about the Nyx Cheek Contour Duo Palette is that it comes in two complementing shades and is easy to carry anywhere because of its compact packaging.

I agree the options are limited and not as vast as other contour kits but for someone who is a beginner this is the best option. Also these are really easy to blend and quite pigmented also. If you want to go for something cheaper then Nyx Cheek Contour Duo is the answer. I bought this at a sale for 30 SAR. Cool,right?

I can’t believe 2016 is going to end in a few hours. So grateful for all the amazing moments I’ve had this year. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to my blog. It means alot! 

Wish you all a Happy 2017. 365 new days 365 new chances. Make the most of it 😊

Forever and ever,

Samreen Ahmed