R E V I E W Anastasia Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

This limited edition palette features six metallic powder highlighters for ‘intense luminosity’.

I bought this a while back but I really wanted to have a good play around with it before sharing my views. My initial thoughts were this palette is nothing like the earlier Glow Kits. It’s IN-YOUR-FACE sparkle and if you’re not that kind of girl, I’ll be completely honest, this palette isn’t for you.

In comparison to her earlier Glow Kits, the colours in this palette aren’t as smooth. Expect to see a lot more shimmer and glitter.

You don’t have to stick to your cheekbones. You can use the highlighters on your eyes, face and body. You can also dampen your brush either with water or setting spray and apply. This will intensify the colour making that highlighter stand out even more.

Apart from one colour (Forever Lit), this palette is more warm toned so might not be great for lighter skin tones.

I enjoy using the shade ‘Forever Lit’ in the corner of my eyes to give that wide-eyed effect. I’m half asleep in the mornings, so this makes me look a little more fresh and awake!

It’s a gorgeous palette with lovely shades but the only downside is that it doesn’t have a mirror. When you pay so much for a palette, you expect it to have a mirror.

It’s definitely one to buy if you want more from your highlighter. I would highly recommend it.


E.L.F – Lash and Brow Clear Mascara Review

This clear mascara has two ends – one for your brows and one for your lashes.

I'll be honest, I only used the lash mascara once and I wasn't overly impressed. It didn't really do much. I was more interested in the brow mascara.

When I first pulled out the wand, it had too much product on the brush. I made the mistake of applying it on my brows. Too much product all at once isn't a good idea.

It also gets quite clumpy leaving the odd blob of gel on my brows. Not a good look!

If you use brow powder/pencil on your brows, this gel tends to pick up any product on your brows changing the gel colour from clear to brown.

My brows are all over the place. They never stay put so I need something that will hold them in place. The ABH Brow Gel was perfect but I am always on the lookout for an alternative.
This just doesn't have that holding power unless you really overdo it when applying.

However, it doesn't flake or leave your brows looking white, which is a plus. If your brows aren't as stubborn as mine, this could work for you. It lasted for around 4-5 hours for me and then my brows started doing their own thing.

It's cheap and cheerful so I can see why it's popular. Unfortunately, I won't be buying it again.

*ELF products are now being sold in Superdrug.

Cetaphil – Moisturising Cream (For Face and Body) Review

I've tried so many creams to help with my dry skin so when I saw this for half price, I thought, why not?

I tried it for a couple of days and although my skin felt softer, my dry patches were still there. I didn't have much hope but I know some products take longer to kick in – so I persevered.

I do like the formula – it feels so light on the skin, like a silky serum but I felt it wasn't enough; my skin still felt tight.

One morning, I applied my usual moisturiser (Nivea) – completely forgetting I was supposed to be using Cetaphil. I then applied Cetaphil on top and this is where the magic started.

The combination of the two is the perfect formula for my skin. I continued to use the two and surprisingly my dry skin has gone, my skin feels soft and those annoying, tiny bumps on my skin have started to disappear.

The second ingredient in this product is glycerin. I've read many articles regarding people using glycerin as a moisturiser due to its ability to attract and retain moisture in the skin.

I can't stress how good it is – I've actually stopped wearing foundation because my skin looks so much better.

I am going to run out and buy a few more before I travel back. If it passes the Doha Heat Test, then it's a keeper. Obviously, intense heat and the excessive use of AC's is going to cause the skin to lose moisture causing dry skin. Sigh.

However, I have high hopes for this product and my skin. Please don't let me down Cetaphil. 🙏

☝️ UK ladies, I bought this in Superdrugs for £6.65 (on sale).

☝️This product sells in most pharmacies in Qatar.

GOSH – Eyebrow Pencil Review

GOSH – Eyebrow Pencil (Grey Brown)

I’ve never really tried anything from this brand purely based on the fact I’ve not read enough reviews about their products. 

However, I decided to try their eyebrow pencil seeing as my ABH one is all used up! 

I’ll start with a positive comment – and that’s the colour. A lot of eyebrow pencils tend to be a reddish brown. I hate that because the colour is so unnatural. This shade is perfect for me. No red tones whatsoever. 

There are only three colours to choose from, soft black, brown and grey brown which is the one I have. 

It also comes with a spoolie at the end similar to the ABH eyebrow pencil.

So let’s talk about the negative aspect and that’s how soft the pencil is. An eyebrow pencil needs to be firm and pigmented. This pencil is pigmented so there are no issues getting the colour on your brows but because it’s so soft, I just couldn’t work with it. It felt more like an eye pencil and to be perfectly honest, I’ve resorted to using it on top of my eye lids. 

I like to do thin strokes following the direction of my hair – but it’s impossible to do as the pencil doesn’t stay sharp for very long as it’s so soft. 

If you read the reviews, they’re positive – people have had a good experience but unfortunately this product didn’t work for me. I won’t be buying it again. 

Evian Facial Spray 

Remember this? It’s the Evian Facial Spray.

I know I was mocking it a little 😬 but in Ramadan it has proved to be quite useful. Even if you’re not fasting – this is a great product. You can take it to the gym, while having a run or just pop it into your bag and spritz whenever you need to.  

Ok let’s keep it real – this is not a setting spray guys. As much as it likes to think it is, it’s not. It’s not going to moisturise your skin. It is a bottle that sprays a mist of water. 

Saying that, it’s perfect for when you’ve just come from outside feeling like your skin is melting. Doha temperatures are soaring right now. 🔥🌞

It cools my face down instantly. Yes, I know, a splash of water can do the same thing. 🙈💦

BUT if you’re wearing makeup or you’re out and about, you can spray this onto your face without your makeup getting ruined. 

Would I buy it again? Yes – I might do but next Ramadan. 🙂 

Moisturisers for DRY SKIN – Review

If you’ve been following my page, you know that I am on a quest to find a good moisturiser for dry skin. I want something that will last throughout the day, not just a couple of hours. So here is a quick review of the four that I’ve tried. 

Boots Botanic’s Organic Hydrating Cream

Let’s start with the first cream I used, which benefitted my skin the most. 

It’s not a ‘creamy’ cream as such – it’s more of a thick consistency, which soon changes as you begin to rub it into your hands. It melts and becomes easier to manage. Even though it’s thick, it’s not greasy in the slightest. It absorbs into the skin after a few minutes. 

I liked the floral scent but I know many reviewers said they found the smell off-putting. 

I’ll be honest – my skin greatly improved whilst using this cream. I found my skin felt softer, more hydrated and generally less red. 

I would recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin. I have a few dry patches on my face that are drier than normal and this wasn’t rich enough to keep those patches hydrated for long, which was disappointing because I enjoyed using this cream.

Saying that – I would definitely buy this again as I feel it’s the only cream that has helped my skin get back to some sort of ‘normal’. Plus it’s 81% organic which makes me feel good about using it. 

Seba Med Moisturising Face Cream 

Okay – I need to talk about the scent first. It’s strong and it smells like aftershave – think ‘Old Spice’! The smell, for me, was enough to stop me from using it but I continued in the hope that it would help me. 

This isn’t an expensive cream. It’s affordable and has good reviews, which led me to buy it. 

The texture is creamy – exactly what you would expect from a moisturiser for dry skin. It sinks into the skin nicely not leaving a greasy film on the face.

Does it hydrate? No. Maybe for the first hour but I would be lying if I said it kept my skin moisturised for longer. 

This was such a quick buy – I was walking past and it caught my eye. I quickly read some reviews online and bought it. I remembered a friend using their products due to them being gentle on the skin so I thought I would give it a go due to my own skin’s sensitivity issues!

Unfortunately, it’s not one I would recommend or buy again. 

Nuxe 24 Hour Soothing and Moisturing Cream

Before I go on, I need to point out that everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products. My skin may have a reaction but someone else with the same skin type, as me, may not.

My skin reacted horribly to this cream. Regrettably, I continued to apply it thinking it was down to me fasting and the intense heat here in Doha! 

It left bright red patches on my face and those patches were dry beyond belief. I tried to cover the redness with foundation which was fine but my skin was noticeably flakier with foundation on. It was a bit of a nightmare, more so because I felt I was at a real turning point with my skin. This just threw me back to square one again. 

The smell was very similar to the Seba Med cream. (That aftershave smell) The consistency was thick but easy to apply. 

I was given this as a sample to try – I’m not sure I would have bought it prior to receiving the sample, as there aren’t many reviews for it.

It didn’t work for me and it’s not one I would recommend. 

Nivea Creme

Last but by no means least, it’s the cream that most people have worn at one point or another. I’m not sure about you but we’ve grown up using this cream. My Mum loved it and I can see why. 

It’s a thick cream and takes a while to be massaged into the skin. I find a few drops of facial oil added to the cream help with application. 

Okay – if you have oily skin, you can avert your eyes, as this is a big pot of grease. That actually makes it sound disgusting but please continue reading, as this grease pot is actually quite good. 

I was panicking about my red skin and was wondering whether to rush out and buy the Botanics cream again when I saw this. I grabbed it as a temporary measure until I could find something better. Plus I needed something rich to nourish my parched skin. 

I haven’t used it for years but I’m so glad it’s made a reappearance in my life. It works best as a night cream. I massage it in – which leaves my face quite shiny but by morning time, my skin feels soft and hydrated.

During the day – it’s more of a pain so I’ve been blotting my face with a tissue before leaving the house. It kills the shine so I don’t look like an oily mess. 

There is a slight scent to it but nothing overpowering. 

Honestly – this has, literally, saved my skin. My redness has died down and the dry patches feel more moisturised. 

Like I said, this is a temporary measure but I may keep the cream for night time use only. 

Definitely one I recommend for anyone with dry to very dry skin. 

Let me know what moisturiser you’re using especially if you have dry skin. 

Huda Beauty – Liquid Matte Minis – Nude Edition Review 

Huda, Huda, Huda! You have nailed it with these lipsticks. 

As most of you know, I am not a big fan of matte lipsticks. I find them drying and many have longevity issues. In all honesty, I bought these due to the major hype surrounding them. 🙈 Yes, I know, I am very late to the party but when I saw she released a mini nude edition, I knew I had to have it. 

The four colours are gorgeous – I mean, she has a variety of colours to choose from but I wanted the ‘Nudes’. Apart from one, the shades are quite similar. ‘BOMBSHELL’ is more on the peachier side whereas the other three are leaning more towards brown/nude. 

The lipsticks are easy to apply. I find the applicator allows you to glide the lipstick on for an effortless finish. I, personally, did not find them drying. I have dry lips so I am always concerned about matte lipsticks just emphasising the dryness. I did exfoliate and moisturise prior to applying (which is a must if you have dry lips) but I found they didn’t dry my lips further. 

The colour goes on quite shiny but dries to a matte finish. You can play around with the colours, layering them if you wish. I found myself using ‘VENUS’ quite frequently, as the colour is a very soft brown and looked good against my pale skin. 

These lipsticks are long lasting. I took them on holiday with me for our evenings out and they didn’t budge. Saying that if you were to wipe your lips, you would get some colour transfer onto your hand/tissue but it isn’t a substantial amount. You do need a good makeup remover to remove all traces of lipstick and to me, that just shows it has good staying power. 

I agree with their statement about the lipsticks being comfortable to wear. Sometimes, when you wear a liquid lipstick, it doesn’t allow you to forget that it’s sitting on your lips. My lips can feel dry and tight. I didn’t get this feeling whilst wearing these. The formula is so lightweight but it doesn’t lack in the pigmentation department. 

Definitely one to buy and I’m sure I’ll be adding more to my makeup kit. 


Tarte – Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara Review

I have never truly committed to any particular mascara. I’m always after the next best thing. The problem is – I just can’t find a mascara that wows me. 

I really wanted this to be my ‘holy grail’ mascara but it’s left me feeling somewhat disappointed. 

I’m a sucker for makeup that looks good. This stood out. I like the gold packaging. It’s different. 

Moving on to the unusual brush -there are two sides of the brush that you use. The ‘number 1’ side is used to give your lashes some volume and ‘number 2’ is there to lengthen and separate. 

I enjoyed and still enjoy using the first side of the brush. It separates my lashes and lengthens them, however the second side is useless. It clumps and it’s clumps horribly. You can’t just layer on your mascara, which I love to do. The bristles on the brush are so long and so spaced out. It does nothing for my lashes. The shape of the brush makes it extremely difficult to coat my lower lashes without causing a mess underneath.

It doesn’t end there. If I’m going to vent, I might as well let it all out. 😬The curl of the lashes does not last. A few hours is all it takes for my lashes to drop and it smudges more often than not. 

What makes me laugh is that the product description states it will increase lash volume by 752%. Seriously? Who writes this stuff?

Would I buy this again? No. It just didn’t work for me. 

The search continues…

Wet ‘n’ Wild – Bronzer (Bikini Contest) Review

I couldn’t help myself. 🙈 I was walking past and I couldn’t resist. 

This particular shade would work best on someone with medium/olive skin tones. It has reddish undertones so it looks unnatural on my pale skin. The lighter colour seemed a bit too light for my liking hence me buying this one.

It has a slight shimmer which I absolutely love and if I apply it with a light hand, I’m able to pull it off. Although, to be honest, I will probably only use it as a blusher.

It’s very pigmented so a light hand is essential. That’s a good point though. Your product is going to last if you only need a small amount. 

Unfortunately the packaging isn’t sturdy. The lid doesn’t click in place – it’s quite loose. Not sure this is one to keep in your makeup bag. 

I might just pop back and get the lighter shade. Definitely one to buy though – it’s a bargain. Quality product (if you exclude the packaging!)

Skincare Products Review 

Let’s start with the BOTANICS HYDRATION BURST HYDRATING DAY CREAM. The name is a bit misleading. This is a gel, not a cream. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t have the extra power to keep my skin moist throughout the day. It isn’t greasy and sinks into the skin quickly. It’s gentle and would be great for anyone with normal to dry/sensitive skin. If your skin is quite dehydrated, this probably isn’t the right cream for you. 

NIVEA SOOTHING TONER – a lot of toners can strip your skin of moisture and dry your skin further. This didn’t. It also didn’t irritate my skin. The almond and castor oil help with keeping skin soft and moisturised. It’s a good, basic inexpensive toner for anyone with sensitive/dry skin. 

BOTANICS HYDRATION BURST 3 IN 1 MICELLAR CLEANSER – I absolutely love this. No need to use my waterproof eye makeup remover separately. This removes all makeup with ease. It’s gentle on the eyes. Micellar water cleansers have been quite popular recently. I can see why. My skin feels so refreshed after removing my makeup and thankfully not dry or tight. 

I have just started to use BOTANICS ORGANIC HYDRATING DAY CREAM after reading many positive reviews and although I’ve only just begun my journey with this cream, I am extremely happy with it. My skin has been feeling so soft this week and ‘those bumps’ I keep going on about have reduced even further. I am always excited a week in – the true test is in the coming weeks. 🤞

Lastly, another product I have just started to use is the BOTANICS ORGANIC ROSEWATER TONING SPRITZ. Guys, this product only has 5 ingredients. That’s impressive. I love the fact it’s a spray. You can either spray it directly onto your face or onto a cotton pad. It’s refreshing but I’m not going to form an opinion yet as I feel this might not be as gentle as my skin would like. Only time will tell. 

As always – I will keep you in the loop.