BEST OF MAKEUP 2012 (Part 2)

Assalamualaikum everyone!

This will be the second post under the title BEST OF MAKEUP 2012. I really hope you liked and enjoyed my last post! Do check it out if you haven't already (I talked about my fave face products like primers, foundation, concealers and all that good stuff :) ) Heres the link to it

Okay. SO! Firstly I'd like to apologize for posting this so late! I was busy with school, then I wasn't in town for a while and we have our final exams coming up really soon too.
P.S, please pray for me guys!

Anyhowww, this post will feature my favorite lip and cheek makeup products from last year.

Without further ado, lets jump right into it :D

BENEFIT's Watts Up
This is a cream to powder finish, beautiful champagne highlighter that gives a dewy look to the face. Its MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE HIGHLIGHTER EVER! I'd recommend this to those of you who love the dewy effect. I know this is more on the pricey side but, I've been very unsuccessful at finding a cream highlighter at the drugstore :( [If you have any recommendations, please leave them below :D] However, I'd say this is definitely worth your money because the amount of product it comes with is ginormous!

NYX's Rouge Cream Blush 
I have this in the shade "Glow" and I love it! Its a pretty natural pink blush. It makes your cheeks look very glowy and healthy. I love the formulation of this product. It stays on really well throughout the day. I'll definitely be trying more of these in different shades.

E.L.F's Blush 
I have this in the shade Pink Passion. Its a nice hot pink color that instantly brightens up your face once you put it on! I already have a post with swatches and stuff where I talk about this product (and lots of others too!) - so if you want to know more about this product, follow the link below-

BENEFIT's Hoola Bronzer
Its a matte bronzer. I love this for precise contouring. I'd say this is awesome for people who are in the light to medium shade range and are looking for a good matte bronzer. I know, its again on the pricey side, but it comes with a lot of product and I definitely look at things like these as makeup investments as they last for years!
I've also heard great things about the BOURJOUIS bronzer. If you ever tried it, do let me know in the comments below as I'd love to check it out too!

And yes, I'm in love with this brand! :P

NARS Bronzer Trio Limited Edition Cheek Palette 
This trio literally has all my favorite go to cheek products, especially times when I'm in a hurry or times when I have to get ready at a friend's place, or school, or even the car :P  I just think its really convenient to have the blush, bronzer AND the highlighter all in one palette. I love it's packaging as I've probably dropped it a ga-zillion times and it hasn't shattered one bit! I'm a bronzer maniac and I love how they put the bronzer in the biggest slot :D its also very nice how NARS put their best selling blush and bronzer in this palette :)

MAKE UP FOR EVER's lipstick 
I have this in no. 32. This was a gift from my loveliest sis @GirlNextDoor.
Its a really nice and pigmented cool toned bright pink lipstick. Its a matte and isn't drying at all. I loved wearing this by lightly dabbing it on my lips for a natural pink color and sometimes I'd just apply it heavily for that night time party look.

MAC's Lipstick
I have this in the color "Impassioned". Its from their "Amplified" line of lipstick so its a crazily pigmented matte color. I saw MakeupWithJeniffer on YouTube use this in one of her tutorials and went crazy about it. Although, this looks a little different on my lips than it did on her's but I still love it. Once again, this isn't drying at all. I'd say its a bright fuchsia with slight coral undertones to it. I think this an awesome lip shade to wear to a party.

RIMMEL's Kate Moss Lipstick
I know what you're thinking...
 "What? Another lipstick?!"
Well, yes, another lipstick :P I actually went crazy once I entered lipstick-land last year!
Anyways, I have this in the shade 08. Its a really nice mauvy pink shade which looks superbly natural on the lips. Its creamy and richly pigmented. We gifted it to one of the participants of a giveaway we held last September (I think) and she told us that she loved it too! If you're looking for a lipstick in this shade range, give this a try as its really affordable. Trust me, you CANNOT go wrong with this!

NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream
I have this in "San Paulo". Its a really pretty mid tone-ish dark pink color (It looks like a burnt pink in the picture but trust me its not! I was taking the pics right before sunset so it didn't come out so true to color). Its formulation is not that of a lipstick, neither of a gloss. Its the perfect blend! Its finish is exactly as the name of the product- a soft matte! It looks so beautiful on the lips, I cannot explain how much I love this product overall! I'd definitely recommend you all to try this :)

URBAN DECAY's Lip Junkie 
Lastly I'd like to show ya'll my favorite lip gloss of the year. I have this in the color "Naked". Its a sample size version that actually comes with their Naked 2 Palette (which I love! Stay tuned for the last post where I rave about the Naked palettes :P and other stuff too) Its a really tiny lip gloss that's almost the size of my pinky. Its has a plumping effect on the lips, and it smells and tastes like mint. It gives a sheer color to the lips. Looks very natural, and feels highly refreshing on the lips!

If you don't know where to find these brands, below are the places where I usually purchase them

BENEFIT products from Sephora at Andalus Mall, Red Sea Mall, or Mall of Arabia
NYX and RIMMEL products from Centrepoint at Andalus Mall
NARS products from 
Urban Decay products from 
MAC products from the MAC store at Red Sea Mall or Mall of Arabia
E.L.F products from a stall at Shallal Theme Park

That's all for part two :) I hope this post proves helpful to you. Stay tuned for the final part where I'll feature my fave eye and brow products from 2012.

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BEST OF MAKEUP 2012 (Part 1)

Assalamualaikum, and hello to all :)

I've tried out a lot of makeup products last year, and a lot of them ended up becoming my favorites.
So I thought maybe I could do a blog post featuring my faves from 2012 :D that way maybe you could go try them out and if you like them perhaps they'll end up becoming you're fave too! :D (InshAllah)
I've decided to make three different posts since there are SO many products and if I were to write them down all in one post along with the pictures, that'd be one GIGANTIC post, lol :P

This part will be featuring those products that constitute the base of my makeup. Like primer, foundation, concealer, powder etc.

MAC Fix+
This is that one product without which my makeup always feels incomplete. I love to spray it on before and after my whole makeup is done. Click on this link to one of my blog posts if you'd like to see how exactly I like to use this product and why.

BENEFIT's Porefessional Primer
I love this primer. I use it mainly on my T-zone because:
It reduces the appearance of pores which I have [especially the annoying ones on my nose :( ], keeps my face from getting oily throughout the day, makes the foundation glide on so much smoother and makes my makeup last SUPER long. I'd definitely recommend this to you if you have oily/combo skin and you're looking for a good primer. Trust me, this WON'T disappoint you.

I know you're probably thinking why I put two primers in here. Although I use the one I mentioned above for my T-zone, I like to use this one for my cheeks, chin and a little on my forehead. Its almost hydrating and makes a huge different as I tend to have particularly drier skin on my cheeks. I first used this product two years ago ( back when I had nearly perfect skin as I was only some 13 years old :P) and it actually did an awesome job for my pores too! Hence, I'd recommend this to those of you who have nearly perfect skin with very little issues.

MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Foundation
I use this in the shade #117. And... well, its my favorite foundation ever. Period. Like I mentioned earlier, I have combo skin and anything a little heavier tends to look too cake-ey on my cheeks and anything too thin tends to settle into my pores. Since it is a foundation, AND its high-end, I wouldn't straight up recommend anyone to buy the full size product before you try it on first, or buy a sample size instead.

This is something that I discovered towards the end of the year and when I did, all I could think of was "WHERE IN THE WORLD WERE YOU ALL THIS TIME?!". I use this when I don't want to use foundation maybe because its not needed for that occasion, or simply because I'm not in a mood to. It evens out my complexion and blends into my skin like a dream!
I have this in their lightest shade (they only have three shades). If you're starting out with makeup, or even if you're not ( :P) I definitely recommend this to you! And since its only some 19-24 SR ONLY, I guess it shouldn't hurt to give this a try ;)
P.S, I've recommended this to a lot of my friends, even gifted a few and they all love it :D

LANCOME's Long Lasting, Softening Concealer
I use this in the shade 02 Beige Sable. Its my favorite concealer ever and I feel so bummed because I don't understand why I've never heard anyone on YouTube talk about it before! It covers the darkness under my eyes amazingly and brightens it up at the same time! Its a little pricey but I find this is what works best for me :)

ANA HILWA's Powder Foundation
I use this as my setting powder on the center part of my face in the shade 03 JUMEIRAH. I don't have anything specific to say about this other than the fact that it has a nice texture, good staying power and is SUPER affordable (I think its 19 SR). I recommend this to anyone who's starting out with makeup :)

MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder
This was passed down to me from my sis @GirlNextDoor (we run this blog together), and I love her for that! I use this in the shade NC20 (which is a little darker than my skin tone) on the outer part of my face and as a natural contour color for my nose. I LOVE this powder so much that if I were to start raving about it, I'd never stop. I love its formulation. The powder is so fine and blends SUPER smoothly. I'm actually considering buying another one in my own shade soon :D

If you don't know where to find these brands, below are the places where I usually purchase them:

MAC products at the MAC store in Red Sea Mall/Mall of Arabia
MAKE UP FOR EVER, BENEFIT, LANCOME at Sephora in Red Sea Mall/Mall of Arabia/Andalus Mall
GARNIER at Danube/Hyper Panda
ANA HILWA at Mikyaji in Andalus Mall/Aziz Mall/ Red Sea Mall/Mall of Arabia

* Many of these are products that I first tried out from my sisters' collection and then I bought it for myself as I liked it so much. Otherwise, I would never recommend buying full size high end products without any consultation or without doing any research on them before-hand (unless you're super rich :P) because you never know whether you're really gonna like it or not, and if you don't, you can't even return them here in Jeddah if the product has been opened. 

That is all for part one :) I hope this proves helpful to you all. Stay tuned for part two which'll feature my fave lip and cheek products from 2012.

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