Monday, 27 February 2017

Matte Liquid Lipsticks Collection 2017

I'm obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks and I love collecting mini liquid lipsticks because I can't go through all the full size liquid lipsticks. 

Here's a photo with most of the liquid lipsticks I own:

I have lip swatch videos for a lot of these liquid lipsticks:
Here's a playlist of my lip swatch videos (for shade reference I'm in NC40-NC42 in MAC):
Swatches on Indian/Pakistani/Tan/MAC NC40/MAC NC42/Brown Skin

Friday, 24 February 2017

New Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation Desert Beige Review

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation retails for $5.99 and contains 1oz of product. It's claimed to look good on camera with and without flash and give no flashback in photos. It's tested under 7 light conditions: clear blue sunlit sky, outdoors PM, Indoors PM, Electronic Flash, Fluorescent Light, Bathroom and Nightclub Light.

Here's my demo and review of Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation Desert Beige with 7-hour wear test: 
 
It comes with a spatula but I personally would have preferred a pump.
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Shades
There are 20 shades to choose from. Click here for my shade reference blog post, where I list the MAC conversion shades and videos by other YouTubers for almost all shades. 
  1. Porcelain - Fair (warm)
  2. Shell Ivory - Fair (neutral) 
  3. Soft Ivory - Light (warm) 
  4. Nude Ivory - Light (neutral)  
  5. Rose Ivory - Light (cool) 
  6. Soft Beige - Light Medium (warm) 
  7. Buff Bisque - Light Medium (neutral) 
  8. Peach Natural - Light Medium (cool)
  9. Golden Beige - Medium (warm) 
  10. Cream Beige - Medium (neutral) 
  11. Bronze Beige - Medium Tan (warm)
  12. Classic Beige - Medium Tan (neutral) 
  13. Desert Beige - Medium Dark (warm)  
  14. Amber Beige - Medium Dark (neutral) 
  15. Caramel - Medium Deep (warm) 
  16. Toffee - Medium Deep (neutral) 
  17. Cocoa - Dark (warm) 
  18. Mocha - Dark (neutral)  
  19. Espresso Dark (cool) 
  20. Mahogany - Dark (cool)
I got the shade Desert Beige and I think I got the wrong undertone and probably should have gotten Amber Beige instead but when I apply the rest of my face makeup, it works out fine. I don't own any MAC foundation but I should be around NC40-NC42 in MAC. Click here for full list of foundations that I wear (I do update blog regularly).
Photo without flash
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Review 
  • Finish: Matte 
  • Coverage: Medium to Full
  • Application: It applied beautifully with a beautyblender and I also noticed that if you use a primer, it gives you a smooth application. It sets fast, so if you try to build it up once it sets, i can easily end up looking cakey. 
  • Wear time: I tested it out for about 7 hours and it slightly faded away but still looked good. I have combination skin (oily t-zone) and I noticed I didn't get too oily with this foundation. However, I'd still recommend setting it if you have oily skin and you might need to touch up during the day depending on how oily your skin is. 
  • Skin type: I think this would work great for people with normal or oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, it could cling on dry patches but I still you can make it work if you use a primer and blend it with beautyblender.

Overall, I think it's a good foundation especially if you oily/combination skin. It looks good on camera and doesn't give me a flashback in photos. I find it's lightweight and lasts throughout the day without making me look too oily. It does slightly fade away though. I prefer applying it with beautyblender because it gives me a flawless, smooth application whereas the brush can easily make me look cakey and clings on dry patches. 
Photo with flash
MAC NC40/MAC NC42/Indian/Pakistani/Brown/Deep/Tan Skin

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks

Each lipstick retails for $4.99 USD and contains 0.21 oz of product, which is a bit more than a lot of lipsticks out there that usually contain about 0.11 oz of product. 

Check out my video for review and lip swatches of 4 shades: 

 
It comes with a doe-foot applicator that makes it easy to apply. 

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Shades
They're currently available in 13 shades but I swatched 4 of them:
  1. Coral Corruption
  2. Flame Of The Game
  3. Give Me Mocha
  4. Berry Recognize

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Coral Corruption
This is a pretty shade but I found it a bit harder to apply. It didn't apply evenly and it was slightly patchy.
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Flame Of The Game
This is such a lovely bright orange/red shade and just like coral corruption, I felt like it was a bit patchy.
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Give Me Mocha
I love this one!! It's such a beautiful brownish nude shade. I feel like this one would complement any skintone and I love how easy it was to apply. 
 
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Berry Recognize
This is another of my favorite shade from the bunch I've tried. I love the color and the formula is really nice too.
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Review
These are seriously amazing especially for the price! They're lightweightnon drying and comfortable on the lips. They aren't as opaque as most other liquid lipsticks but I don't mind since they're so comfortable on lips. These last long on the lips (about 6 hours) but they start to slightly fade away towards the center when I eat. 
Application: These apply like a gloss but dry down to a matte finish. These take longer to set (about 5 minutes). The lighter shades (Coral Corruption and Flame Of The Game) didn't apply evenly and I found they were a bit patchy. 
Pros:
  • Pigmented
  • Smooth and easy to apply 
  • Matte: These apply like a gloss but dry down to a matte finish.
  • Lightweight 
  • Non Drying
  • Long Wearing 
  • Very Minimal Transfer 
  • Affordable 
Cons  
  • Take longer to set  
 
Shade Reference: MAC NC40/NC42/Tan/Indian/Pakistani/Brown Skin

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Current Favorite Eyeshadows


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$49 USD ($59 CAD) - 0.56 oz of product in total
16 shades
I'd love to own the original Chocolate Bar Palette but for now this one of my favorite palettes especially when I want to create a daytime look because it has these beautiful neutral shades and a matte black eyeshadow, which I reach out for a lot. What I love about this palette is the fact that the eyeshadows are so easy to blend but I'd recommend using a primer for a better color payoff and longevity. 
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$49 USD ($59 CAD) - 0.54 oz of product in total
18 shades
This one is so hyped up and I think it's worth the hype. It comes with beautiful shades that can easily be used to create daytime and nighttime looks. I love using this especially in summer.
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$65 USD ($83 CAD) - 0.63 oz
18 shades
 I love the foiled shadows from the palette. I've used Rose Gold and Trust Fund a lot and even though I'm not a fan of the matte shades, I still use this palette a lot. The matte shades are a bit harder to blend so I don't like using them all over the lids but I like the selection of shades in this palette and I'd definitely take it with me when I travel.
Click here for my review of the palette with swatches:
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$42 USD - 0.45 oz of product
9 shades
This has become one of my favorite palettes because the formula is so good. The eyeshadows are so pigmented and easy to apply. I love the shade selection but I do have to reach out for another palette for a matte brow brow shade and black eyeshadow. However, I find myself using this palette a lot especially the bronze and copper shades. They're so beautiful!
Here are my swatches (Not the best photo I have of the swatches but I'm planning to do a separate blog post on the palette and include more swatches there).

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$12 USD ($16 CAD) each (discount if you purchase in palette)- 0.059 oz of product in each pan
I love Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows!! I've been collection so many of her limited-edition palettes because you get more value for the money. My favorites palettes were Tamanna Palette and Maya Mia Palette, which are no longer available but they included some of my favorite shades: Fresh, Bengal, Sienna, Chocolate, Glisten, Noir.
Check out my video for swatches of all the shades that I currently own: 
Shade reference: MAC NC40-NC42/Pakistani/Indian/Tan/Brown Skin

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette Makeup Tutorial

Here's copper makeup tutorial using Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette. I also used LA Girl Pro Concealers (Pure Beige, Creamy Beige Beautiful Bronze to contour/highlight and Orange Corrector to cover up dark circles. I'm still testing out Farsali Unicorn Tears, so wanted to use it as face primer and eyeshadow primer in this tutorial but I will have an in-depth review coming soon. :)
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Farsali Unicorn Essence

Farsali Unicorn Essence Oil Free Antioxidant  Serum + Primer (formerly known as Unicorn Tears) retails for $54 USD ($67 CAD) and contains 1oz (30 mL) of product. It's currently available on their website but it will soon be available at Sephora.
I hauled it in my latest video with a quick demo on how I use it as face primer:


It's an oil free, dual-purpose serum that helps protect skin from free radical damage, while preparing skin for moisturizer/makeup. The water-based formula hypdrates skin without leaving greasy residue.

It's formulated with four superfruit extracts that are rich in antioxidants:
  1. Aรงaรญ Berry: Helps protect the skin from environmental stressors. 
  2. Blueberry: Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E to maintain radiant and youthful-looking skin. 
  3. Goji Berry: Loaded with vitamins and minerals to improve and firm the look of skin tone.
  4. Elderberry: Provides daily protection and nourishment for softer, smoother skin. 

Product Information
  • Suitable for all skin types 
  • Oil Free
  • Free of parabens and sulfates
  • Contains plant-based ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Euterpe Oleracea (Aรงaรญ) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Berry) Fruit Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Red 40, Red 33, Red 4, Blue 1, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
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How to use it
  • Daily Serum - Apply few drops onto clean face and neck before moisturizer
  • Makeup Primer - Apply 2-3 drops on face and pat it in for smooth application and to make makeup last longer. It can also be used under eyes to prevent concealer from creasing
  • Eyeshadow Primer - Apply on lids to get a better color payoff, prevent eyeshadows from creasing and make them last longer.
  • Highlighter - Apply on top of cheekbones, let it dry and top it off with highlighter. 
Beauty Haul/First Impessions video is now live on my channel and blog: www.arzanblogs.com๐ŸŽฅ Here's a quick face makeup tutorial using most of the products mentioned in the video๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น @farsalicare Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Serum + Primer @wetnwildbeauty Products: •Photo Focus Foundation Desert Beige •Photo Focus Concealer light/medium •MegaCushion Contour-Cafe au Slay! •MegaGlo Contouring Palette Caramel Toffee •MegaGlo Highligthing Powder - Precious Petals •MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick Give Me Mocha •Photo Focus Setting Spray @maccosmetics Melba Blush (This is the blush I used in this video) Eye makeup details (products not shown in this video) •@hudabeauty Rose Gold Palette Shades Sandalwood, Henna, Trust Fund, Coco and Black Truffle •@shophudabeauty scarlett lashes @anastasiabeverlyhills brow powder duo #arzanblogs
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My First Impressions
Packaging: I'm in love with the packaging! The purple bottle comes with a dropper and the solution is pink. 
Formula: I find that it easily absorbs into my skin but it does slightly feel sticky.
Scent: It has a sweet scent, which isn't overwhelming and personally I really like it. 
I will keep using this and have an in-depth review coming up but just wanted to give some basic information and my initial thoughts in this blog post.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

February Beauty Haul & First Impressions

Here's my demo/first impressions of most of the products mentioned in this video. I bought some of the new Wet N Wild products including their Photofocus foundation Desert Beige. I also tried out the new Farsali Unicorn Tears
I posted a quick face makeup tutorial on my Instagram using a lot of these products:
Beauty Haul/First Impessions video is now live on my channel and blog: www.arzanblogs.com๐ŸŽฅ Here's a quick face makeup tutorial using most of the products mentioned in the video๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น @farsalicare Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Serum + Primer @wetnwildbeauty Products: •Photo Focus Foundation Desert Beige •Photo Focus Concealer light/medium •MegaCushion Contour-Cafe au Slay! •MegaGlo Contouring Palette Caramel Toffee •MegaGlo Highligthing Powder - Precious Petals •MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick Give Me Mocha •Photo Focus Setting Spray @maccosmetics Melba Blush (This is the blush I used in this video) Eye makeup details (products not shown in this video) •@hudabeauty Rose Gold Palette Shades Sandalwood, Henna, Trust Fund, Coco and Black Truffle •@shophudabeauty scarlett lashes @anastasiabeverlyhills brow powder duo #arzanblogs
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Easy Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial #LOVEUNITES Collab

Here's a quick and easy Soft Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial in collaboration with the gorgeous Sahony Bourdier. I did a simple brown smokey eye with nude lips. 

It's part of the #LOVEUNITES Collaboration organized by Sahony Bourdier. She's amazing for doing this and so supportive. Check out her video and subscribe to this beauty. She's truly beautiful inside out.
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Milani 2 in 1 Foundation 07 Sand Demo/Review

Milani 2 in 1 Conceal + Perfect Foundation is claimed to be a foundation and concealer. It retails for around $10 depending on where you get it. It's currently available in some stores and online at Amazon and Milani Cosmetics website. As for Canada, it's also available on Amazon for $15 CAD.
Here's my demo and review of Milani 2 in 1 Conceal + Perfect Foundation in 07 Sand with 7-hour wear test: 
It comes with a pump, so that's always a plus and it contains 1 oz of product.

Product Claims:
  • Medium to Full Coverage
  • Lightweight
  • Oil-Free
  • Longwearing
  • Water-Resistant and Sweat-proof 

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Shades
There are 15 shades to choose from. Click here for my shade reference blog post, where I list the MAC conversion shades and videos by other YouTubers for almost all shades. 
  1. 00 Light Natural (NEW shade)
  2. 01 Creamy Vanilla
  3. 02 Natural
  4. 03 Light Beige 
  5. 04 Medium Beige 
  6. 05 Warm Beige 
  7. 06 Sand Beige 
  8. 07 Sand 
  9. 08 Light Tan 
  10. 09 Tan 
  11. 10 Golden Tan
  12. 11 Amber 
  13. 12 Spiced Almond 
  14. 13 Chestnut
  15. 14 Golden Toffee 
I got the shade 07 Sand  and I think it's a good match but I've seen other YouTubers with my skin tone using shade Sand Beige 06, so not sure if that would be a better match for me. I don't own any MAC foundation but I should be around NC40-NC42 in MAC. Click here for full list of foundations that I wear (I do update blog regularly).
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Review 
  • Finish: Demi-Matte
  • Coverage: Medium buildable 
  • Application: It's very easy to apply! The brush gives a better coverage, so what I like to do is apply first with a brush and then blend it out with a beautyblender.
  • Wear time: I tested it out for about 7 hours and it looked good throughout the day. It did slightly fade away by end of night. Since I have combination skin (oily t-zone), I did notice my skin looked oily by the end of the day but it's not as bad as I thought. However, if you have oily skin then you do need to set it and might need to touch up depending on how oily your skin is. 

Pros      
  • Natural
  • Easy to blend
  • Lightweight 
  • Photographs well
  • Doesn't cling on dry patches
    Cons 
    • Scent 
    Overall, I think it's a good everyday foundation. It gives a natural, flawless finish. It's very easy to apply and doesn't cling on dry patches. I have combination skin with oily t-zone and this foundation doesn't make me look too oily throughout the day. However, it depends on how oily your skin is. It's great for someone with dry/normal skin and if you have oily or combination skin like I do, then I would recommend setting it with powder and you may need to blot. The only thing I dislike about this foundation is the scent. It really bothers me. It lingers for about an hour after I apply it but then I can't smell it after then.
     

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

    Monday, 6 February 2017

    Bite Beauty The Lip Pencils & Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

    I received this complimentary Influenster Voxbox, which included two Bite Beauty Lip Pencils with matching mini Amuse Bouche Lipsticks shades and Sephora Collection Sharpener.
    Each lip pencil retails for $18 USD ($20 CAD) and contains 0.05 oz of product and each full size lipstick retails for $26 USD ($30 CAD) and contains 0.15 oz of product.
    The lip pencils are pigmented, creamy, lightweight and easy to apply. They're matte but with slight sheen to them. It can be worn on their own but I do prefer pairing it up with a lipstick especially for darker shades. Also, these do transfer throughout the day even after they set.
    The lip pencils are available in 22 shades and I received the following two shades: 
    020 - Beige Nude Lip Pencil Lip Swatch
    044 - Rich Mahogany Lip Pencil Swatch
    The lipsticks are available in 46 shades and I tested out the following shades: 
    Lip Pencil 020 - Beige Nude & Honeycomb Lipstick Lip Swatch
    Lip Pencil 044 - Rich Mahogany & Whiskey Lipstick Lip Swatch
    Here are swatches of the lip pencils and lipsticks. For shade Reference, I'm in NC40-NC42 in MAC.
    As for Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, they are very creamy, pigmented, moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. They Unlike the lip pencils, the lipsticks have satin finish and have a strong scent to them, which I'm personally not a fan of but that's just a preference thing. I also feel like these transfer a lot and they do fade away quickly. However, if you prefer satin finish or a lipstick that's very comfortable on the lips, then you might really like them. 
    Shade Reference: MAC NC40-NC42/Indian/Pakistani/Tan/Brown Skin