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. 

Inglot – Eye Makeup Base Review

If you’ve heard of MAC’s Paint Pot, you’ll notice this is similar. Although MAC’s Paint Pot is described as an ‘intense eye colour’, the colour ‘soft ochre’ is used by a lot of YouTubers as a base for the eyes.  

Similarly, Inglot’s Eye Makeup Base needs to be applied before you apply eyeshadow. It is there to prevent creasing, intensify the eyeshadow colour and ensure longevity. 

It’s a creamy consistency but dries to a powder finish. The colour is beige/nude. 

There’s a trick to applying this! You only need a tiny amount, as applying more than necessary results in creasing. I always finish it off by dusting some powder over my lids to set it. I shouldn’t have to do that but I just feel it doesn’t work as well without it. 

I’m not going to lie. There are better primers out there. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t do a good job. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, this is definitely one to try out. 

DUO Lash Adhesive – Dark Tone Review


I prefer this over the clear lash glue if I am wearing eyeliner. It dries black and blends in with the eyeliner. The clear glue is supposed to be ‘clear’ once dry but I find it is noticeable, as I always find myself covering it with a dark eyeshadow once it’s dry. 

I honestly think this is the best high-street glue out there. Affordable and easily accessible here in Doha. The only drawback is that it can take a while to get tacky (approx 30 seconds) but that’s never been a real issue for me. 

It’s a staple part of my makeup kit and a product I would definitely recommend. 

Inglot – Matte Lipstick 405 Review


I chose this because the sales lady said this was one of their best sellers so I was eager to try it. I fell in love with the colour. 


Firstly I want to say I love Inglot’s lipstick packaging. They’re not an expensive brand but their packaging screams ‘quality’. It’s not a cheap bit of plastic. It’s glossy, it’s black, it’s chic AND the lid clicks into place. I really hate it when a lid comes off easily. Those lipsticks need to stay away from handbags. 

I think this is one of those colours that would suit most skin tones. It’s a ‘safe’ shade to go for. It’s an everyday colour. If your skin tone is medium to dark, then you’re looking at more of a nude/natural finish. 

If, like me, you suffer from dry lips, then ensure you exfoliate prior to popping this on as it will just catch those dry bits and make them stand out. Not a good look. 

It is extremely pigmented but it just doesn’t last as long as I would like. The colour starts to fade where your lips meet. Maybe I lick my lips too much but eating and drinking only adds to the problem. I suppose you can keep it in your handbag and touch up as and when but I’m lazy. I want my lipstick to last that bit longer. Mine started to fade within an hour of wearing it.

Once it’s on, it doesn’t dry out your lips like some other matte lipsticks do. It contains Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil and Avocado Oil, which are obviously meant to help in that department, however I found I had to wear a balm prior to application.

It’s a budget friendly lipstick for everyday wear but be prepared to reapply.