Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial

Here's a gold glitter makeup tutorial and my brother did my voiceover. He was so lost and had no clue why I applied so much makeup lol Special thanks to him for doing this. I had to ask him for weeks before he actually agreed to do it. I'm also planning to film a video with my other brother. :D

In this video, I tried out L'Oreal Total Cover Foundation 309 Caramel Beige (Review should be up next week). Also, I wanted to do a quick demo of Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask. I don't have a full size of it and not sure if I'm willing to spend that much on a mask but I do find it makes my skin soft and my makeup applies nicely.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Easy Holiday Makeup Tutorial 2016

Here's a soft holiday makeup look using Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I also tried out Real Techniques Diamond Sponge (review/demo will be up tomorrow). Happy Holidays!! :D
Products Mentioned
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
Elcie Cosmetics Micro Silque Foundation - Warm Ivory
Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer - NC35 & NC30
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Dark Brown
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
➤ Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette
MUFE Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner M-10 (Matte Black)
Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies
➤ House of Lashes Lash Glue
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - Trooper
Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer - 11 Tatin
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick - Chestnut
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal (liquid highlighter)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Translucent
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Becca Mineral Blush Wild Honey
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
Huda Beauty Lip Contour Pencil - Trendsetter
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick Icon
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation Cashew Review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation retails for $42 USD ($48 CAD).  It comes in a glass bottle and contains 1 fl oz (30 mL) of product. It doesn't come with a pump, so I bought a foundation pump from MAC.
Product Claims
  • 24-hour staying power
  • Lightweight
  • Oil-Free 
  • Buildable Formula
  • Fragrance-Free and Non-Acnegenic 
Here's my review of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Cashew 3W2). I also tested it out for 7 hours. I have combination/oily skin and for shade reference I'm in NC40-NC42 in MAC (I've listed out the foundations below). If ever you have Indian/Pakistani/NC42/Tan/Brown skin then hopefully you can get an idea of how the shade Cashew looks on someone with a deeper skin tone.  
Photo taken with flash
  • Finish: Semi-matte (natural finish)
  • Coverage: Medium to Full Coverage
  • Wear time: I tested it out for about 7 hours and it looks pretty good. I have oily t-zone and it gets a bit oily throughout the day but it's not as bad compared to other foundations. 
Application: I decided to apply it with a beauty blender and Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer on one side and Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush on the other side. I noticed when I applied with a brush, it did cling more on dry patches and it looked a bit cakey, whereas the beautyblender side looked more natural but provided less coverage. What I like to do is apply it with a brush and then blend it out with beautyblender after. Also, I have combination skin and I have an oily T-zone, so whenever I wear this foundation, I do have to set it properly.   
Photo taken without flash
Coverage: This is a medium to full coverage foundation and gives a flawless finish. I have mild redness and it covered it well. It did a good job at concealing my dark circles but I would still need a corrector or concealer. It also covered most of my acne scars. It's buildable but I don't like building it up too much especially with a brush because I noticed it can easily end up looking cakey.
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Photo taken outside without flash
  • Full Coverage
  • Flawless finish
  • Long wearing
  • Lightweight
  • Photographs well
  • Wide range of shades
  • Slightly clings on dry patches
  • Doesn't come with pump

Photo taken in front of window with flash
There are 35 shades available at Sephora and I got mine in Cashew 3W2. If you're not sure what shade to get, check out my blog post where I listed MAC shades and videos by other YouTubers wearing all the shades.
Photo taken in front of window without flash
Shade ReferenceI don't own any MAC foundation but I should be around NC40-NC42 in MAC. Click here for my blog post with list of foundations that are good match for my skin tone.
Here are some of the foundations that match me well: 

MAC NC40/MAC NC42/Indian/Pakistani/Brown/Deep/Tan Skin

Foundation Shade Reference (MAC NC40)

I usually rely on other YouTubers to find the right foundation for my medium deep skin tone, so I've decided to list out all the current foundations I own that match me well. These are more suitable for people with brown/tan/Pakistani/Indian/Olive skin tone. I don't own MAC foundation but I should be around NC40. I will keep updating this blog post with time. Click here for my YouTube Foundation Playlist.

Update: I just recently reviewed MAC Foundation Stick and I like the fact that the shade didn't oxidize on me as opposed to MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC40, which oxidizes and looks a bit warmer for my skin tone.

Here are some of the foundations that match me well:

Elcie Micro Silque Foundation Warm Ivory
I find this is one of the foundations that matches me really well.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation 300


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation 290

LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation Warm Beige
I compared it to Make Up For Ever Ultra Foundation Y385.
I'm in between 308 and 309. 

This one is warmer for my skin tone but I can easily pull it off in winter.


Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation - Desert Beige
The shade Desert Beige is a bit darker though but I think I can pull it off in winter.

Friday, 9 December 2016


Welcome to my blog! My name is Nazra, which is arzan spelled backwards. ;-) I'm a Canadian beauty blogger living in Montreal. I make beauty, fashion, food and lifestyle videos and I usually do have a corresponding blog post. If you're a foodie like me, then I'd recommend checking out my vlogs because I love eating out and trying new things. 
  • Name? This isn't a question that people ask too often but many people think my name is Arzan but it's actually Nazra (Arzan backwards hehe). 
  • How old are you? I just turned 29 years old on November 21st.  
  • What is your nationality? I'm Pakistani :) I was born in Pakistan but lived in Saudi Arabia for the first 7 years of my life and then moved to Montreal,Canada and I've been living here ever since.  
Here's a Desi/Ethnicity Tag I did answering questions about my Pakistani background.
  • Where do you live? I live in Montreal, Canada :D I love it here! I honestly can't picture myself living anywhere else. I love everything about it except when it's winter lol  

Beauty Related Questions 
  • Skin type? I have combination skin (oily t-zone) but I have a sensitive skin and I tend to breakout very easily. 
  • MAC shade? I've never purchased a MAC foundation but I'm around NC40-NC42. I have a medium deep skin tone or many people would refer to as Indian/Pakistani skin tone or brown skin. Click here for my blog post with list of foundations that match me well.

    Thursday, 8 December 2016

    Real Life vs Instagram Makeup Tutorial

    Here's how I do my makeup in real life and for Instagram:

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    Tuesday, 6 December 2016

    Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate and Peaches Palette

    Here's my review, demo and swatches of Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate & Peaches Palette. I also compared it with Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette because I was curious to see if it's a dupe for it since a lot of shades seem to be similar.

    I'm also hosting a new giveaway. Prize includes: Kylie Cosmetics Mini Lip Kit (koko k, candy k, dolce k, exposed, kristen, leo), Kylie Cosmetics metal lipstick in Kymajesty, Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick Venus,  Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips Tulle & Stingraye, Benefit ka-brow! in Medium, Royal Langnickel Moda Total Face 7pc Set and more. Check out my video for giveaway details.
    Prize includes Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Edition Mini Lip Kit
    Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate and Peaches Palette retails for £7.99, which is about $11.99 USD ($13.43 CAD) and contains 22g (0.78 oz).
    The shade names are listed on a plastic sheet and I really wish the shades were listed on the palette instead. It does come with a sponge-tip applicator but I personally don't use them.  

     Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Polybutene, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfume, [+/-: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850, CI 77510, CI 16035, CI 77742]
    Here are swatches of Makeup Revolution palette:
    Here are swatches of Too Faced Sweet Peach palette:
    Makeup Revolution vs Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

    Price & Size
    • Makeup Revolution £7.99 $11.99 USD ($13.43 CAD)   22g (0.78 oz)
    • Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette retails for $49 USD ($59 CAD) 17.1g (0.54 oz) 
    • Makeup Revolution: 16 Matte & Shimmer shades
    • Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette 18 matte & shimmer shades
    • Makeup Revolution Palette: 
      • Comes with sponge-tip applicator 
      • Shades aren't listed on the palette 
    • Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette:
      • Shades are listed on the palette

    P&G PR Package - Winter Edition

    I got a PR Package from Beauty United filled with P&G goodies. I'm really looking forward to trying the Olay gel moisturizer. 
    I did a quick unboxing in my latest vlog:

    I am a Beauty United influencer. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

    Friday, 2 December 2016

    Sephora holiday Reward card 2016

    Sephora sends annual reward cards ($15 to $25) to beauty insiders that can be used in-stores and online on purchases of $50 or more. They're usually emailed to all beauty insiders, so check your email. If you still haven't received them by December 3rd, then call or Facebook message them (that's what I usually do).
    • Beauty Insiders: $15 (expires December 13th 2016)
    • VIB: $20 (expires December 14th 2016)
    • VIB Rouge $25 (expires December 14th 2016)

    How to redeem?  
    • In stores by showing your email 
    • Online
      • United States: On checkout page, enter your gift card number and PIN in the "Use Gift Card, eGift Card or Reward Card."
      • Canada: On checkout page, enter your unique promotion code in the Promotion Code area (some people received gift card numbers and if you didn't get the PIN, then call Sephora customer service).
    • Minimum of $50 purchase is required. 
    • Valid at any U.S. & Canadian Sephora store, online or Sephora Inside JCPenny. 

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2016

    • Anastasia Beverly Hills November 25th 2016 at 12:00 PM EST to November 28th 3 AM EST
      • 60% off eyeshadow singles & contour refills
      • 50% off concealer & waterproof creme color
      • 40% off contour kits & cream contour kits
      • 30% off lip gloss & metallic luster liner
      • 25% off pro brushes (new launch) & darkside liner
      • 20% off illuminators, stick foundations & brows
      • 10% off glow kit
    • Benefit Cosmetics  
      • Cyber Monday November 28th 20% off when you spend $50 in boutiques and online code CYBER
    • ColourPop 
      • Black Friday November 25th20% off liquid lipsticks
      • Cyber Monday November 28th: 20% off sitewide
    • elf cosmetics 
      • Black Friday: 50% off on orders $30+ code BLACKFRIDAY  
      • Cyber Monday: 50% off + free kabuki brush on orders $30+ code CYBERMONDAY 
    • Essence 50% off
    • Farsali 20% off November 25th to November 27th code BFEM16
    • Giorgio Armani Beauty 20% off and Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. Must sign up for email to have access to sale.
    • glo minerals November 22nd to November 25th 2016 20% off + Free Shipping using code BLACKFRIDAY16
      • Black Friday November 25th to November 27th20% off sale in-store & online code BLACKFRIDAY
    • Kylie Cosmetics 
      • Black Friday: Free Matching Gloss with certain lip kits (Candy K, Koko K, Posie K & Exposed)
      • Cyber Monday: November 28th at 12 AM EST: 20% off sitewide 
    • Macy's (in-stores & online) Various Beauty deals (check their website)
    • Makeup Geek Deals
      • Brush Pack $35 includes Angled Stippling, Chiseled Cheek, Pointed Crease, Pencil, Outer V
      • Sparkler Bundle $15 - Solar Flare, Stargazer, Solstice, Asteroid
      • Eye & Face Palette $28 -

        Travel Vault Palette, Barcelona Beach, Casino, Chit Chat,  Motown, Peach Smoothie,  Shimma Shimma,  XOXO, Covet 

      • Eyeshadow Bundle $45 - Flame Thrower / Cocoa Bear / Wild West / Creme Brulee / Showtime / Cherry Cola / Americano / Epic / Enchanted Forest

      • Duochrome Collection Full Set $99: 12 pans & 8 Jars 

      • Blush / Contour Bundles 

        $25 each set:

        • Porcelain Bundle: Break Up/ Love Triangle / Cherish / Promise Ring 

        • Fair Bundle - Bad Habit / Infidelity / Heart Throb / Love Letter 

        • Medium Bundle - Complicated / Half Hearted / Infatuation / Puppy Love 

        • Deep Bundle - Deal Breaker / Scandal / Chivalry / Desire 

          Contour Powder Pan complete set - 8 shades 

      • Pigment & Sparkler Bundle $28

        Pigments: Vegas Lights / Sweet Dreams / Utopia. Sparklers: Light Year / Meteor Shower / Constellation 

      • Eyeshadow Pans 3$ each: Sand Dollar, Casino, Sin City 

      • Black Friday November 24th at 8PM PST to November 25th: 25% off code FRIDAY25 
      • Cyber Monday November 27th at 8PM PST to November 28th 25% off code CYBER25
    • NARS - 20% off Now till November 29th code TAKE20 (online & in boutiques)
    • Nailhur November 21st to November 28th 
      • Buy 2 sets get one free
      • Buy 4 sets get two free
      • Gelsonic Kit for $34.99
      • Black Friday November 25th 50% off 
      • Cyber Monday November 28th 50% off code monday50
    • Paula's Choice November 25th to November 28th 2016 20% off + Free Shipping (U.S. & Canada)
      • Black Friday November 25th
        • 20% off $20 code SAVE20
        • 30% off $50 code SAVE30
        • 40% off $80 code SAVE40
      • Cyber Monday November 27th-28th: 40% off using code CYBERFUN
    • Sahi Cosmetics 25% off + Free shipping (no minimum) code BLACKFRIDAY
    • Sigma Beauty 
      • Black Friday - November 24th to November 25th 2016 25% off sitewide + Free Worldwide Shipping using code BLACKFRIDAY25
      • Cyber Monday - November 28th to November 29th 2016 30% off sidewide + Free brush cup with $50+ purchase using code CYBER30 (free U.S. Shipping on orders $50+ and free International shipping on orders $150+).
    • Shop Arzan Sale already applied + Free Shipping to Canada (no minimum) code BLACKFRIDAY
    • Tarte Cosmetics (ships to US & Canada) 25% off (some exclusions apply) using code FRIYAY & Free Shipping on $40 US Orders & $75 CAD orders 
    • Too Faced 
      • Pink Friday:
        • Early access to Matte Chocolate Chip Palette
        • 2 for $30 all Melted lipsticks
        • 50% second item when you purchase Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
    • The Balm Cosmetics 
      • Cyber Monday: 50% off sitewide (Shipping fees apply: $5 US, $20 Canada & $38 all other countries)