January 22, 2016

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara


 

Claims: "A revolutionary new mascara, provides 200% more volume, and clump-free separated lashes even after 30 coats!"
Formula: I absolutely hated how dry, thick, and messy this formula felt on my lashes! It was so thick that it made my lashes spike together at the tips, giving me a weird spidery look. The formula is so dry, that when I applied multiple coats it flaked, everywhere. It made my lashes feel heavy and crunchy,  it was just dreadful. There was a bit of clumping, but only at the end of my lashes. 
Wand Type: The wand is just like the original lash blast but slightly curved. I really liked how the curve was a gradual curve, and not an extreme C shape curve. The small rubber bristles deposit too much product, and are too short to comb through the lashes. This is why I dislike the Lash Blast line, all of the bristles are so short that they don't separate the lashes properly.
Price/Availability: I paid $8.00 at CVS 

Results:
This mascara didn't do much for me. The lashes look very spiky and unnatural. I prefer separation and length, which Clump Crusher just doesn't have (my lashes are naturally that long). If you look closely at the tips of my lashes, you can see that there are clumps. Normally the outer corner of my lashes don't droop down as they are in the picture. This happened due to the thickness and heaviness of the formula. Clump Crusher doesn't live up to any of its claims! 

Likes:
  • The packaging is different, I haven't seen a green mascara tube at the drugstore
  • The gradual curve on the brush fits many eye shapes 
Dislikes:
  • The formula is way too dry and thick
  • It made my lashes spike together at the tips 
  • Doesn't separate the lashes
  • The small rubber bristles deposit too much product and can't comb through lashes
  • There was clumping at the tips of my lashes
Overall:
This mascara isn't for me. I'm a fan of Covergirl products in general but this mascara just didn't do it for me. I was just hoping that the curved brush would offer something different. The small rubber bristles aren't good enough for separating through the lashes. Also, the short rubber bristles cause the mascara to settle in the wand a lot faster, and I find myself constantly wiping off excess product. Mascara shouldn't make your lashes look crunchy or heavy, and that's why I really hated Covergirl's Clump Crusher. 

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January 15, 2016

Current MAC Essentials



10 – Paint Pots / 9 – Skin Refined Zone / 8 – 138 Brush
7 – Lip Pencils / 6 – Dainty Mineralize Blush / 5 – Brow Pencils
4 – Studio Fix Powder / 3 – Face & Body Foundation
2 – Studio Finish Concealer / 1 – Mineralize Skinfinish
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 10 – Remember when MAC was the only company making cream eyeshadows that actually lasted? Pretty much every makeup brand is trying to make their very own version. Maybelline Color Tattoos being one of the better dupes. I still come back to Paint Pots though. They give a beautiful clean and long lasting base for any eyeshadow look.
9 – This primer is amazing and I don’t know why it doesn’t get the love that it deserves. It’s a fluid-gel consistency that sets to a rubberised ‘second skin’ finish, completely smoothing over the look of pores and keeps oil at bay. I actually think this does a better job at smoothing pores than Benefit’s Porefessional.
8 – The 138 is probably the most expensive brush in my collection. The reason I’ve included this particular brush above all others is that one it was a gift to me and two I have yet to find a convincing dupe. I use this brush for just about everything base related; powder, blush, bronzer, contour, highlight, you name it. The tapered shape makes for quite a versatile brush, and it’s size and shape varies depending on the pressure you apply. Light pressure = small pointy brush; Strong pressure = big fluffy brush.
7 – I have always been a big fan of MAC Lip Pencils for a couple of reasons.
  • They come in a fantastic array of colors so you’re almost guarunteed to find something to match your lippie.
  • The texture is the perfect balance between hard and soft. Hard enough to be precise, soft enough to blend well and feel comfortable.
6 –  The mineral formula is very finely milled powder  with tiny specks of shimmer suspended in a peachy pink base. It can be dusted lightly for a subtle flush, or built up to rosy red cheeks. I absolutely love it, and I’m not much into blushes.
5 – I go back and forth between the MAC Brow Pencils and the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I love them both and I honestly don’t think I could choose between them, they are quite different after all. MAC’s offering is more pigmented and softer with a finer nib, so like to use it for precise and dramatic brows, while Anastasia gives a softer more natural look. MAC’s teeny tiny nib makes drawing individual hairs a cinch – although Lord knows why you would want to do that, talk about tedious.
4 – I love this foundation. It’s compact so carry with you and it provides full coverage and it’s also great for touch ups. MAC classify this as a full coverage foundation and I agree, you can get mega coverage from these bad boys. You can also use a light hand and a soft fluffy brush to apply these as setting powders; they will leave a sheer layer of coverage and mattify the skin while making it look super duper smooth. I also use these as bronzers and even contours for fair skin, and conversely as matte highlights on darker skin. The shade range is amazing so you should be able to find a color to suit your needs.
3 –  I love this stuff so much. That is all I have to say about this product for now. A full on review will be coming soon.
2 – This concealer is densely pigmented, very soft and easy to blend and works amazingly well at covering redness, blemishes and to a certain extent, under the eyes. I love the little palettes you can get now with 6 different shades of concealer and color corrector, and the handy little duos on counter look like a great thing to carry in your handbag.
1 – I only use this powder oh how about, ALL of the time. Let me list the reasons why I love this powder in some handy dandy bullet points
  • It’s fine and soft and never cakes
  • It gives a little bit of coverage (not too much!) and layers without caking – perfect for popping in your handbag
  • The color range is excellent and most of the shades have a lovely neutral tone.
  • It’s mattifying, but not too mattifying, leaving a soft healthy sheen to the skin.
  • It works great all over, as a brow highlight and cheek highlight at which is my main use for the product
For these reasons and more, this is my holy grail powder and why I use it in just about all of the time. I also love using a darker shade as a bronzer because they’re so easy to blend and look so natural on the skin.
And there you have my Top 10 Picks from MAC Cosmetics. Do you agree/disagree? Any others to add? Let me know in the comments!

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November 1, 2015

Life in Oklahoma

Ireally love living in Oklahoma. I can honestly say that this is such a beautiful state to live in. Don’t get me wrong I do miss northwest, and it’s just as beautiful. There’s just something about Oklahoma that intrigues me.
For those that know me know that I’m a homebody. I love to be home, watching movies, reading, working on projects, and so on. If there’s something to do and a place to go that I find interesting then of course I’ll go.
One of my favorite places to go here in Oklahoma is the Wildlife Refugee, Mount Scott, The Holy City, and Medicine Park. These places are intertwined with one another. You pass through one to get to another. If you go to the top of Mount Scott you can see a beautiful view of the other surrounding locations.




Being able to go out here and enjoy nature and soak in the beauty of everything is not only a blessing but it is quite relaxing. With so much weighing on me at the moment, this is the one thing that can take all stress away. Even if it just for the day.
Meers may look run downed but it’s not. On the inside it’s quite lovely. It looks and feels like an old time western restaurant. The food there is amazing and the portions are huge for their prices. The staff is also very polite and it just has a nice atmosphere and vibe to it.
Whenever I go to Mount Scott, I feel completely at peace up there. I like to go and sit and just stare off and think. I thank Allah (swt) for all my blessings and it’s the perfect place to make salaah. I’ve taken my travel rug up there plenty of times for when it’s time to pray. The kindness that others have given me is amazing. When some people see me taking my rug out for prayer, some have told others in their party to be quiet because I was praying, some have made sure their kids didn’t disturb me that were running around. I’ve even had a little girl maybe about three or four years old pray with me. Masha’Allah was the cutest thing ever.



If you ever get the opportunity to make your way through southwest Oklahoma, please stop by and check out these places. I promise you that you will not be disappointed not one bit.


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September 19, 2015

Review | Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs


I received a another Vox Box from Influenster and in it was the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs to test out. Well sadly I had misplaced the actual product but luckily I had a coupon that came with it. I went down to my local Walgreens and used the coupon to purchase some of these.

In the box there it was a cream or a lotion but when I went to the store they didn't have any. I was really upset about that but decided to go with the spray. I don't really think there would be a big difference other than how it is applied.

I wasn't sure which one would be a good color for me so I grabbed three of them. The colors that I got were light, medium, and deep. There is also a tan that is available.  My skin tone is a bit off and blotchy and so I decided to test each one to see which one would work best.

I ended up going with the medium one. The light made me look too ashy and the deep was, well do I even need to say?
(L) No product - (R) With Product in Medium

After you apply it and rub it in, make sure you blend it into your skin so that you can have a flawless finish. Oh and did I mention that it's water resistant? Yup it sure is. I love that part because it get crazy hot here where I live so with sweating and pool time, I don't don't want any embarrassing streaks going down my legs.

I do love this aerosol can though. All you need to do is spray a light mist over your legs and rub it in. It is quite easy to control how much product you use. If it is not enough the first time around you can always add more to build it up for a bit of a deeper tone.
 I will be honest though, I'm quite surprised at how much I like this product. As you can see I really don't need a tan. It kind of comes natural to me, lol. However, I don't look at this product as a tanner but more as a concealer for your legs. I just love how it even outs the coloring of my skin. It didn't cover completely because some of my scars do still show but I love the flawless finish. It does exactly what it says it does.

Would I recommend this product? Yes I would.
Is it worth the price of $13.99? I wouldn't mind it be a bit lower.
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August 5, 2015

My Eid OOTD for 2015


Salaam everyone. I'm friends with a lovely young lady on facebook and YouTube that I got this beautiful dress from. I absolutely love it. It's comfy, light weight and did I mention beautiful?

I was able to pick from this lovely teal and navy blue or a salmon and black I believe. I of course picked the teal with navy blue. I didn't have a hijab to match it and so I just pared it with a black hijab and some flats. Wasn't sure on what kind of jewelry to wear either so I just put on my silver wrap with a little black and white bead.

The only thing that I don't like but it's my own fault was the sleeves. I was asked if I wanted 3/4 length or full long sleeve and I went with the 3/4. I under estimated how fat my arms were. Oh well, still cute and will still rock it.
 
 


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July 29, 2015

Keeping my faith| Moving| School


Assalamualaikum (May peace be upon you). I hope that everyone is well in shaa Allah (God willing). I just thought I would do a bit of an update here on the blog to fill everyone in what has been going on. Well I won't go into full details but will say enough.

I have been dealing with a lot lately. Whether it be emotional, spiritual, and well physical as well. I have stepped away from my faith for a while because I was going through some things. I kept up with it to some extent but I wasn't where I wanted to be or where I should be. Instead of putting my trust in Allah swt, I just gave up. I know that he will not put anything upon me that I can't handle. I have been doing a lot of (extra) praying, reading the Qu'ran, and obtaining a lot of knowledge from Qu'ran Weekly, and Bayyinah TV over on YouTube. The things that I have been reading has reflected my life. Coincidence? I think not. I took it as a sign, that to put my trust and faith back into Allah (swt) because he knows what I'm facing, and he will guide me to where I need to be.

Those that follow me on my personal Facebook page, know that I've somewhat been talking about moving. I try not to discuss it too much due to personal reasons. What I mean by that is where I plan on moving to, why I'm moving, and when. I do what I can to keep a lot of things to a minimal when it comes to posting things. Yes I have my blog, YouTube and other social media sites, but those are more for business purposes.  Something happened not long ago and it's really taken a toll on not only myself but on my son as well. I will just leave it at that. I've contacted a few people that are doing what they can to help me out and you know who you are, so thanks ladies.

With everything that has been going on, has done nothing but drained me. I'm so worn out and tired. I wouldn't wish this feeling on anyone. No one should have to stress about anything in their life, but sadly that is just one of the natural form of emotions that is beyond our control. At least that is what I think anyway. I have always been the first one to tell someone to never give up, and yet that is the first thing that I do. I will look at this as a learning experience and pray that I make better choices in my life to not allow myself to be put in situations such as this again.

As far as school goes, I'm still in school, for now. I'm going to keep going in shaa Allah. That is one thing I love about taking online courses, because I can take it with me where ever I go. School is only thing that I have right now that keeps me going. Well beside my Allah, and my son of course. I never had the opportunity to attend college right after high school. Then by the time I was ready, I thought I was too old. Even now I often second guess myself when it comes to education because I struggle so much with learning comprehension. I have my entire life. It's no walk in the park, I can tell you that for sure.  I am trying my best to not let what is going on personally to deter me from finishing this.

Because of what is going on and until I get it taken care of, I will not be posting anymore videos. This is one of the reason's on why I haven't been posting much and keeping a schedule to begin with, it's because of dealing with a past personal problem. I will do what I can though. No promises.

I also would like to thank everyone for your understanding of all this and the few for your support. Masha'Allah I love you all so much.
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