Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Chocomaniac!

Dear Glammys!

It's been really cold last couple of days... and when its really cold your skin tends to suffer; hence you need something which can battle the harsh times. This reminds me atleast of slathering body butters and yummylicious body washes and body scrubs. So one tends to pay visit to The Body Shop more often than not.

Well, this time I was saved a visit by my sister, as she got my chocoholic/shopaholic addiction covered with this beautiful and valentine-sh looking Chocomania set.


Let me show you the treasures inside.




Chocomania comes with four items; body scrub, body butter, body wash and lip butter. As delicious as it sounds, it smells just as good.  As the name says it all, it has overpowering smell of chocolate. Its that sort of smell which either you love or hate. And though I'm a choco fanatic, I'm not a big fan of this scent. It seems a bit too artificial and chemical-ly to me atleast but it goes without saying that the smell lingers beautifully on the skin. Now let me share my two pence on the products inside.

Chocomania Body Butter


Well, without any doubt, I would have to agree to "Feel Good Hydration" claim. It does leave your skin feeling really moisturized and nourished and its not so greasy so gives perfect amount of hydration without leaving a greasy film/residue on skin.  It easily melts into skin, making it super easy and quick to absorb.




Chocomania Shower Cream


Okay, I wouldn't lie, but I'm not a fan of artificial sort of scents, so I did not like it much like that. For me showering is a whole relaxation experience and frankly Chocolate smell doesn't seem to do that for me. But nevertheless, its pretty good, though I find you have to use bit more than usual to get all lathered up.


Chocomania Body Scrub


To pamper oneself, its always a good idea to exfoliate and moisturize and slough off dead skin. Specially in winters when skin can tend to over react and be flaky and itchy and slathering on moisturizers can lead to build up, in short exfoliation is your best friend in winters as it also helps in circulation of blood. And well, this scrub does what it claims, "Feel Good Smoothness". Though yet again, I'm not a fan of fragrance, but nevertheless the product does what its supposed to do perfectly.


The granules are neither too harsh, nor too soft, just the perfect texture for scrubbing away. The granules melt into the skin leaving skin moisturized and clean.

Chocomania Lip Butter



Well, while we're busy taking care of all our body parts and all, let's not ignore the most important part (*emphasize*) our lips. It takes good care of lips but it tastes so bitter and chemically so I wouldn't repurchase this particular lip butter, but maybe in other flavors.

In short the set is good, but a bit on pricy side. So if you are a choco fanatic then go for it. Personally I would much rather prefer some floral scents next time. Nevertheless, you would enjoy pampering and taking care of yourself. Happy Indulging! Xx
Love, Hadiya

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara

Dear Glammys!


Today I'm sharing my two pennies on this (rather old in Asia; and pretty new in US) mascara. 




Lets first share what Maybelline says what it makes you look like. (below picture is courtesy of Maybelline website :D)



So cat eyes?! Well, let me just start by describing the formula and consistency and all that jazz about the wand. I must say I love the formulation, it's collagen based and has a claw shaped wand. Consistency is pretty wet, but it wont transfer to your lid. The wand is quite curvy and fits at least perfectly with my eye shape. The wand is pretty flexible too I must say. Makes it real easy to apply. When I first saw the brush, I thought its a gimmick. But actually it works. It really works!! 





I specially love the packaging, vibrant and cheetah print-ish . Who wouldn't love that now? Also makes it really easy to find inside your makeup bag :P


It claims that it's going to give you Full and Flared Outer Corner Lashes. And I couldn't agree more. Now lets have a look at that beautiful magic wand.




Do you see those bristles. They feel bit plastic-y to me (in a good sense I mean), but I actually cant quite figure out what's the brush made of. But whatever it is, it holds up to its claim.

I suggest placing curved side first on the lashes and giving lashes a good zig-zag wiggle from roots to ends. Specially focusing on outer corner. Then use the convex side of the brush to really elongate and separate out the lashes. It's really going to open up your eyes, making them seem more awake and beautiful. I love that it doesn't give you clumpy lashes. Although the formula claims to be just volumizing, I personally find it to be extremely lengthening too. Its a good combination of both. And the brush shape is so good that it curls your lashes really well. Also as formula is wet but light weight so it holds the curl pretty much all day. The one I have been using is not in waterproof, but that's available on the market too. Even though it's not waterproof, I still don't have any issues with it's staying power. Once you put it on, it's going to stay put till you take it off.  The brush is deigned such that it gives extra flare to your corner lashes which makes it more cat eye like. I don't even bother to put eye liner with this mascara because this itself does that cat-lining for you. But if you want to accentuate that cat-eye , flick an eyeliner and you will look all glammed up with very little effort. It gives perfect application to both top and bottom lashes. 

It's pretty inexpensive. And I wouldn't mind paying this much for the good work it does. It gives definition, length and volume all in one. Costs around Rs. 890 and is readily available on all drugstores (Check out D. Watson, Shaheen Chemist, Boots, Medi Plus etc)

I would say that this mascara works pretty well for me and I've been complimented quite many times on eyes while wearing this Mascara. So it's a hit for me. Personally I love Maybelline Mascaras and their formulations; but to each it's own. I'm pretty sure that if you like slight volume, good length and defined curled lashes and wetness of formulation doesn't bother you, then you'll love to use this Mascara. (Between I love wet formulations because they don't tug your eye lashes and gives you plenty of time to play around with how you want your lashes to look; also multiple coats won't clump your lashes)

My suggestion would be to give it a try and share how you like it.
Love, Hadiya

Friday, 2 November 2012

Avon True Glow

Dear Glammys!

Hasn't it been ages since i shared anything . . . I know. My bad. Although I have so much toshare, but I hardly find any time to take the pics and then edit them and make them look a bit better (thanks to my poor photography and editing skills :d).

Anyway, lets dig in it while we can. Its been quite some time, that I got this Avon True Glow Set (although I call it a set, I got these things separately, so I dont know if it's sold as a set or not, but since its a true glow range so I choose to call it a set). It has a Perfume, Radiant Body Lotion and Radiant Shimmer Skin Spray. I guess you can see the theme here by Avon in terms of True Glow, which are also emphasized by the way they have named their products.

 
 
 
 


Although the perfume has been discontinued but it keeps popping time and again in their sale catalogues, so keep an eye out if you want it.

AVON TRUEGLOW PERFUME


 

First of all, about this perfume, I would love to talk about it's packaging. Its beautifully packaged in a red/orange box which gives sort of an ombre effect (which is a theme with all the packaging of TrueGlow). Same goes for the bottle inside. As in the picture above of the bottle, you can see how it reflects light in an ombre-ish way from red to orange. Furthermore, look at that magnificient shape which resembles sort of flame and teardrop. The flame element goes classic with the name theme of TrueGlow.

 
 
 As I'm not uber smart with describing fragrances, so I'll quote what Avon has to say about it. 

"True Glow is a fragrance for happy woman. Jean-Louis Grauby, a French perfumeur, created it for Avon. True Glow is an optimistic and luminous floral fragrance with woody middle notes and musky base. The refreshing opening blends with sweet Fresia, mousewatering apple and crisp lemon, which awaken your scents and provide you with optimism. The note of Lotus and Passion Flower are blended with warm woody nuances in the heart of the composition. The sensual base includes Amber and Musk."
 
Now let me share my two pennies of how I find it to be. I feel its a very fresh everyday type of scent. Evn though it has hints of floral, to me it smells more of like a woody musky scent. And although I'm personally not a fan of musky/wooden scents (I'm more of a floral person :P), but still I find it to be quite nice and wearable for everyday.


AVON TRUEGLOW RADIANT BODY LOTION

As the name indicates itself, Radiant Body Lotion and let me tell you my friends, it actually does give radiance to your skin. Perfectly suited for summer days when you feel like glowing without any effort, otherwise its perfect combination for nights out. It helps in making your skin look smooth and supple and works as a real good moisturizer without leaving greasy residues behind. So I'll say go for it if you like subtle radiance which makes you appear healthy.   (p.s: see the ombre effect in packaging again)
 
 

AVON TRUEGLOW RADIANT SHIMMER SPRAY
 
Look at that bottle. Need I say more? It is spectacular to even look at. The sparkle/shimmery thing is evenly distrobuted even without shaing which makes it seem like super good product. And it actually is good. You spray it just a little and it would look as if your skin is itself naturally gold radiant. I would also point out that spray is really nice, makes it easy to apply and evenly distributes the product. The bottle is good plastic so won;t break, that's a plus. And I just can not emphasize enough how good it is. And how beautiful it makes your skin look. I would however strictly use it for evenings out/ parties/ special events. Its very subtle yet overpowering. Can you see the shimmer speckles in below picture. I tried my best to capture them even though I'm a flimsy photographer :D
 
 
 
I would say I super like these products, but then again, I'm not a very tough person to please :D You may be able to find these on Amazon, eBay or Avon's online shop. If you're lucky enough you might find these at your local drugstore. They are good value for money, and I cant give you exact price range because they differ at every place ranging from GBP 5 to 15. You'll have to do your research before buying. Your best bet would be to wait for sales for buying this as I wouldn't want to spend a lot on this. But nevertheless, it's going to be a purchase you wouldn't regret. Happy Shopping!
 
Love, Hadiya 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

RESIGNATION!!!

Dear Glammys!

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year-old.
I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer’s day.
I want to return to a time when life was simple; When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care.
All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset. I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again. I want to live simple again. I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow. So… here’s my checkbook and my laptop, my credit card bills and my 101 issues. I am officially resigning from adulthood.
And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, cause……..
……”Tag! You’re it.”
 
 
Love, Hadiya
 

 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

CHANEL Beauty Pop Up

Dear Glammys!

Hope life is treating you all very well.

Well, well, well... It's times like these which make me wish to be living in Europe or some place just as exotic. Have you heard yet? Well, I am sure you must have, if you are a fashion/beauty fanatic.

I just got an email a while ago from Chanel and ever since I have been drooling over Chanel. Since it has become sort of an obsession, I thought to share this with you guys. They just opened a Pop Up Beauty Boutique in Covent Garden, London. And let me tell you, it's far beyond amazing. I haven't been there, considering I live in this blessed land which is several miles and miles away from the Covent Garden, but nevertheless, the pictures I've seen and the coverage on Youtube tells me enough to say its a experience worth living.


Oh yess! Its 57 square metres dedicated entirely to the world of Chanel Beauty. They have all their products there, new, old, everything in short, including all the beauty and fragrance ranges. And what's more?! You can test everything and try everything yourself. Also you have more than eager to help and show you everything sales people. AHA! That's fun. New collection is also coming out soon I've heard :D

A lot of advertisement campaigns have been going on for this. One of them is fancy Cabs with Chanel written over them. You can find the images all over internet.



I wish Chanel was just as readily available here too, so we wouldn't be just dreaming about it. Well, a girl can dream!

What are your Chanel favorites?
Love, Hadiya

 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

25 Questions Tag!


Dear Glammys!

Today I thought I'd do something rather random. So here is the tag.

TAG Questions:

1. Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment.

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
Iphone, Laptop, TV remote :D

3. What's the weather like right now?
Its hot, ugly, humid

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
I don't drive though I know how to. And as I don't drive, so I haven't crashed either.

5. What time did you wake up this morning?
2:30 am :P

6. When was the last time you showered?
20 minutes ago.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
Water for Elephants (it was really good, I liked it)

8. What does your last text message say?
" :) das gudd..."
between sorry for the way I wrote that, but that's what I wrote, LOL

9. What's your ringtone?
Its on vibrate/silent mode, so no ringtone. Sowwy!

10. Have you ever been to a different country?
Yupps!

11. Do you like sushi?
I haven't tried it yet so can't say but I definitely want to try :D

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
Hmmm ... Metro :P

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
None that I remember of. Does Panadol count in that category??!

14. How many siblings do you have?
We are four.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have both, though nowadays I use laptop more.

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Sweet 16 forever, eh! JK.

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
I'm a glasses person. I believe it suits my face. But then again I could be completely wrong :P

18. Do you color your hair?
Yeah, sometimes randomly.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
I'm planning to read a book.

20. When was the last time you cried?
I don't remember accurately, but most probably within last couple of weeks.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
I love extra cheese, mushrooms and olives. Other than that I enjoy every form of topping as long as it doesn't include beef and mutton :P

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Cheeseburgers. Everyone who knows me, also knows that I can't live without cheese =)

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
Nopes.

24. What is your eye color?
Brown.

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Yesss. Pepsi is way toooo sweet for my liking and it leaves that weird sugary residue on the teeth. It makes my teeth cringe. Yikes. Sorry but I'm not a fan of Pepsi. I prefer Coke.

Hope you enjoy reading (:
Love, Hadiya

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Let's Get Social =)

Dear Glammys! 

This is just a very random post to let you guys know where you all can find me and support me and my work. Your support and feedback is highly appreciated as it keeps me motivated :)

So following are the social netowrking sites where we can hang out together other than this blog. 

  • FACEBOOK
You can like my facebook page by clicking LIKE button.


  • TWITTER
The name matching my blog name was already taken by someone. So here's my personal twitter and I would really love to hear from you glammys there.


  • INSTAGRAM
Okay, I have a confession to make. I am addicted to Instagram and I cant get through the day without checking Instagram out. I seriously need an intervention. But it's so much more fun and personal in a way. I just love it. You can double tap on photos to like them and you can leave comments. It's superb. Even though its a phone app but you can still use your internet browser to follow me there. 


Also to get you all motivated for this, I'm going to give you a sneak peak of me profile there through Internet browser screen shot :P I share random likes theres :)



  • PINTEREST
Lately I've been really interested in Pinterest. Its really exciting. You can make your own boards and organize them and pin the stuff to your boards. Its like really fun. 


  • GFC (Google Friend Connect)
Lastly lets not forget about GFC. Its also somewhat a little bit more important to me and effects me directly. So I hugellllyyy request you all to follow me through my GFC. If you like reading this blog, and if you appreciate what I do then please to keep me motivated follow me through GFC so I know my work is being read and appreciated. I shall be so thankful.
So now let me explain how this works. Its really easy. Don't be intimidated by the name itself. When you open this blog page, on the right side under follow me by email, you can see GLAMMYS and there is a button under neath it saying "Join this Site". Just click on that blue button. It will ask you for your email, which can be either google, yahoo or twitter ID. Just enter than and click OK and you're done. 

Please don't forget to be a glammy. It would mean the world to me. :)

Love, Hadiya

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Glam Spends #1

Dear Glammys!

Today I thought I'd show you one of my weekend spends, which calls for a haul. Now doesn't it. I for one really like reall-lly love hauls, be it videos or blog posts, I just love it It's like virtual shopping or getting the satisfaction equivalent to shopping. And it also gives me ideas of what to buy and try next. So last weekend I went to actually just get some ice cream and ended up spending lots more than what an ice cream costs. Yeah, my bookshop fella had some nail stuff, (which is next to the shop from where I get ice cream) and I couldn't help but peek through the bookstore and that's what always ends me up in trouble because I cant resist buying (the good stuff or at least that's what I tell myself for any consolation LOL). And now that I had spent on the nail stuff, I thought why not just visit the drugstore too which is next to the bookshop, and oh well, that peek costed me too. So here comes the Glam Spends (my fancy name to declare my hauls and shoppings hehe clever I know :D)

First let me show you a collective picture!


Not much I know, but believe me it costed me dough! :D

Okay, so lets dig into Drugstore stuff.


It's summer people, we all need to stay fresh and odourless. And I have been absolutely loving this Nike deodorant. I've been using it non-stop and it has a very fresh scent. Haven't started using Dove one yet, so I'll post a review when I actually use it. (Still have my old one going which I absolutely love). 

Also from drugstore I found this! :D


Yups, a lip and an eye pencil. These two alone costed me like Rs. 700 *phew*. Till now I'm liking both of these a lot. But detailed review would be up soon featuring staying power and all that jazz. 

Now lets get into nail stuff =)


Who doesn't like bling bling?? I do! Hence the stickers. 


I have not used them yet, so can't say how I feel about them yet. But I just love how they look. A look with them should be coming soon along with the review.

Also let's not forget the much ignored hair ties in the collective pic (I just keep losing them and can't be bothered much about them. I use what I get as long as its comfortable hence the plain look of them :O). Also I got a basecoat (very basic from Medora). 

So, that's all folks. Keep your eyes on the blog for more reviews and hauls and much more. 

Love, Hadiya

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Promise?!

Dear Glammys!

Hope you all are doing okay! It's been absolute ages since I last wrote something. I have been extreme busy with some personal stuff. Hence the lack of posts. Although I apologize for disappearing so randomly (me neither likeys it; but we have to manage). Anyway, now that things are better and I can get back to posting more, I've decided to post at least once a week. That is a big commitment for now till I don't get hang of things happening around me, but I promise to try my level best to maintain that schedule for now at least. Let us see how that goes :P

Meanwhile, I tried to re-vamp my blog outlook. I'm still not purely satisfied with it but it will have to work for now till I don't find enough time (and till I don't learn more). I'll keep on experimenting. Hang in there with me guys.

I missed posting here, oh GOSH. Thank goodness I can finally do it again. Looking forward to it and your feedback. Means a lot so keep it coming. 

Also, don't forget to follow me on all social media sites =)

Love, Hadiya

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Detoxify with Green Smoothie!

Dear Glammys!

Today I have something very unusual to share and once you see it; you'll know why and you will pretty much agree that its weird :D

Now that its almost summer time and the weather is more hot everyday, we will be looking forward to drinking chilled juices which no doubt will cool us down but will increase our weight massively (considering I am a typical Pakistani and a huge FAN of "Jam-e-sheeri and Tang" :P), hence making us feel guilty and bad (although I must say I've never felt like that). We definitely don't want that happening.

So we need to find something which is good and healthy for us and which will lessen our guilt towards drinking juices!

Recently I found this trend floating around on internet and I wanted to try myself first before I let you guys know. The rave is all about this "Green Smoothie" which is very very detoxifying for your body. If you search on Youtube, you will come up with so much on it, it will literally baffle you. Anyways, it looks like crap but believe me looks can be very deceiving in this regard. It doesn't taste bad at all.  




So I believe you can agree it looks weird. Well. let me tell you the benefits of it and you might start to like it. It will help detoxify your body, will benefit your metabolism and will also make you feel full ( leading you to snack less throughout the day). Furthermore it will help you loose weight too if you want to and will help you maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Its extremely beneficial. Specially if you're a person who doesn't like eating vegetables and greens; let me tell you this is for you my friend; it can be your savior.

Now let me tell you how to make this goody smoothie. All you need is bunch of green vegetables (hence the color) and some fruits (hence the good taste).

I simply added couple of handfuls of washed raw spinach (just the leafy parts), half a cucumber (you can add full cucumber too depending on how much you want to make), 1-2 apples, juice of half a lemon (optional), half inch piece of ginger and about 1-2 cups of chilled water, you can also add ice if you like it really chilled. Blend this together really well for about 3 minutes so that the texture is smooth and not to leafy. And that is it. This makes about 3 glasses (depending upon quantities of veggies and fruits and the amount of water you use to make it to the preferred texture of how you like to drink it )

You can also do variations. Like you can add carrot or beetroot along with some mint. Today I even added some dried apricots. Also you can add any seasonal fruit like mango, melon, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, apricots, peaches, bananas; pretty much any fruit you like because this is the only sweetness you are adding to your smoothie and lets not forget that fruits are very very beneficial and are awesome source of vitamins and minerals and all the goodness that we need. If you are looking forward to loose weight, to make it even more efficient, instead of making your smoothie with water, add chilled green tea of your desired flavor (lemon, mint, jasmine, cinnamon) in it.

The suggested way is to drink 16 ounces of it (which makes about 2 full glasses) preferably in the morning like with breakfast or before that however you like. You can drink it pretty much at any time of the day.It is a rich source of anti-oxidants and as your using raw stuff, the benefits are even more than you can imagine.

Believe me the taste is not bad at all, you just have to get over the color, if that freaks you. I have been using it for like about a week now and let me tell you, I see the difference it makes already. I look forward to drinking it every morning in breakfast along with my cereal. I like to drink a glass in the morning and a glass in the afternoon when I am craving some sugary snacks and juices. This is perfect replacement for them.

I feel more energized and less lethargic. I snack less on non-healthy stuff and I feel good about my body and my eating habits. Its the little things that make big differences. Give it a try, commit to looking and feeling good inside out.

P.S: I forgot to mention not only it detoxifies, it gives your skin a very healthy glow too :D
P.SS: Also keep in mind I'm not a nutritionist or a dietician or anything, but this is good and so I thought to share it with you. 

Disclaimer/Warning: keep in  mind, you are not supposed to go on diet by consuming only this throughout the day; that is not healthy! If you want to use it for dieting purposes, then drink this in morning and evening and cut your food portions and workout people. 

Love, Hadiya

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Blossom Blush Tint

Dear Glammys!

Today I decided to review my one of the most loved products. No. 7 Blush Tint in Blossom.


To me, its almost like a cream blush in a stick. Convenient and very easy to use. I have the shade in Blossom which is number 15. They've got some amazing shade selection but this is the one I like the most. 





You can see that the color looks really dark but it comes on actually quite sheer on the skin. And its build-able but I like to use it just as a subtle hint to give that glowing blushed look. As its a cream product so it doesn't turn out to be cakey on the face. And you basically cant go wrong with it. Best part is, I don't have to hassle to find the right brush. I just take two fingers, tap lightly on it and blend onto cheeks. For heavier color pay off I directly apply it on the cheeks and then blend it . It gives that perfect rosy-dewy finish which I am a fan of specially for spring and winter.


With Flash
Without flash


 
  
The staying power is pretty reasonable. I prefer to apply it directly above my foundation (if I am using any that day) or just simply over my moisturizer, and to make it last longer I apply light dusting of normal powder blush in some pinkish color to set it completely so it doesn't wear off to quickly. If you don't wish to apply the powder blush on top of this, then you can simply lightly dust it with loose powder which will set it completely (this is what I do for everyday casual look).

It doesn't has huge shimmer in it, and it has that slight satin-ish dewy finish. So you would love it if you like dewy finished glow-y products.


The left one is builded swatch and the right one is blended swatch. You can see how it just beautifully blends giving your skin a very natural blush :)

Blended swatch with flash

This is my favorite product to use. The only downside for me is the price. Even though its a Boots/No. 7 product which is considered as a drugstore brand, still it is sold with a price tag of £10 for just 3.5g of product. I got mine from amazon.co.uk.

Apart from the price, I absolutely love this blush tint and it lasts pretty long time. I have been using mine for around 5-6 months now and its still going good :) If you can splurge, I'd recommend buying it. You won't regret it =)
  Love, Hadiya