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…

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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!)

Evian – Facial Spray

Okay, so when I bought this, I was thinking this will be great on holiday or in Ramadan (when fasting) and your skin is so dehydrated. When I got home – I read the ingredients and it is literally a can of water. 💦 

No word of a lie – just water! Ha! 🤦‍♀️

However, saying that, the reviews are good. A spray prior to makeup application promises to hydrate skin or if your skin needs refreshing during the day. It also promises to ‘fix’ your makeup so acts like a setting spray. I’m not so sure about that part! 

Nikkie (the Youtuber) recently used it in one of her videos prior to makeup application. She also used it to spray her Beauty Blender. I suppose it saves you going to the sink.🚰

I’m taking it on holiday with me and I’ll update you if it is any good! ✈️

Feel free to share your experience if you have used it before. ❤️

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. 

Tip!


No, I haven’t gone crazy….yet! 

After moisturising my face, I usually wait, at least, ten minutes to apply makeup but sometimes (depending on the moisturiser) it is still not enough time to sink in. 

I hate applying brow powder or pencil to a brow that’s still ‘moist’ from the cream I’ve used. It means any product I use will instantly be darker and my brows tend to look more drawn on. This is where the POWDER comes in. I brush some on the brows and then start to fill in my brows. The result is more natural and light. 

❗️Obviously a light hand is a must but the powder just soaks up any moisture to give you a helping hand. 

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. 

How To Spot Fake Makeup


What’s pushed me to write this post is the increasing number of Facebook pages selling fake high-end makeup for ridiculously low prices. It infuriates me that people are being made to believe these products are the real deal. I’m not going to name and shame but I’m going to tell you guys how to establish the real from the fake. 9 times out of 10 these deals are phony. In your heart of hearts you probably already know. Trust that feeling. Trust your gut. 

These ‘offers’ might sound like a great deal but seriously guys, it’s not worth it. These products are usually made in dirty factories. Products have been known to contain urine, YES, URINE – but that’s not all. There have been traces of lead, rat poison and cyanide found in some products. It’s crazy. These products will be going onto your face leaving your skin open to horrible reactions. These people do not care about whether their products are SAFE or not. It’s all about making money. 

The way to remember is thinking about the three P’s. 

1. Packaging – inspect the packaging. Does the font look different? Is the packaging good quality? Sometimes fake palettes come with sponge tipped applicators. These are fake. A high end product would not come with these applicators. Does the product fit properly in the box? Is the product labeled correctly? 

2. PRICE – fake products usually get sold in bulk. So, for example, if you see Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes at a quarter of the price and you can see there are 50 others available too, alarm bells should start ringing. 

3. POINT OF SALE – So many people opt to buy makeup online, which is fine but if you’re not buying from an authorised seller such as the brand itself or any other certified online department store, how do you know what you’re buying is genuine? If you see a deal on EBay or Amazon, check the reviews and see what others say as they’re notorious for having these sellers floating about. Check to see how reliable the seller is. I would definitely be wary of the Facebook pages trying to sell a whole load of products that most people struggle to get hold of, as the products are out of stock on the brand site. I’m referring to the Kylie Lip Kits. Makes you think doesn’t it? 

They’re the main points but if you have the product in front of you – the best way is to swatch like crazy. Most fakes will be poor in terms of pigmentation. The colours will swipe on chalky or faint. Brushes will be rough to the touch. Some can have a strong smell of chemicals. 

I admit, I look at some fakes and I think they look blooming good – you can barely tell the difference. Look closer – there will be. You just need to know what you’re looking for. My personal advice is to only buy makeup from authorised websites or certified stores. If you wish to buy from anywhere else, make sure you research well. 

SHARE this with your friends. It’s important we ALL know what to look out for. 

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. 

Boots Botanics – Hydrating Eye Cream (Organic) Review


This will be a quick review as this product has now been DISCONTINUED. However, there may still be some floating about in Boots (Doha).

It’s such a shame because it’s a good product and on top, it’s a bargain. The ingredients include Rosehip and Almond Oil that really help to hydrate the under eye area. I’m not sure it’s the best eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles but it definitely does what it promises in terms of providing moisture. That’s exactly what I need right now. 

Luckily I bought two. 😀