Beauty

Brand Obsession: Huda Beauty

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If you’ve read my past reviews about some of the products from Huda Beauty, then you already know how obsessed I am with what this brand has to offer. The creator behind this brand is Huda Kattan (you can read more about her on her wikipedia page).

How I heard about this brand: The Internet & Youtube. I stumbled across one of her videos years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. In fact, she is one of my main inspirations and reason why I started blogging. She introduced her namesake makeup line with the introduction of false lashes, famously worn by Kim K.

 

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First Item Purchased: Believe it or not, it wasn’t the lashes. In fact, it wasn’t even me who made that first purchase. My mom had heard through friends in Dubai that Huda Beauty had one of the best liquid lipsticks at the time. We collectively decided to try them out and was glad when Sephora was offering the brand through their online store. I blogged all about it here.

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Favourite Item So Far: Her first eye shadow palette. Goodness, I have used that palette so much that I’m not even sure what I would do if I were to hit pan on majority of these shadows (since it is limited edition). I won’t lie though, the Golden Sands highlighter palette comes SUPER close (the highlight is b l i n d i n g).

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Why I’m Obsessing Over This Brand So Much: It’s fun. It’s relatable. It’s beautiful. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth. Everything I own is super pigmented and I’m very happy with the products.

What I’m Looking Forward To From This Brand: I haven’t tried the foundation and the primer…so there’s that. BUT, I really want Huda Beauty to come out with an eye lash kit, that has a mascara, individual false lashes and smouldering liner. I’m counting down to that!

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What Should You Get: The eyeshadow palettes! Even though her original palette was limited edition, she has come out with mini eye shadow palettes that are perfect for travel! There are 9 shades and a mirror, what more can one want! Also, if you’re going to try any of their liquid lipsticks or liners, Bombshell and Famous are my favourites! You can currently purchase these through Sephora’s website or her own website!

 

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Skin Care

My Skincare Routine

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Morning Skincare

  1. Clinique 3 Step: Cleanser, Toner & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in that order.
  2. Tarte’s Tarteguard: I’m like on my third bottle now and I can’t stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen for your face everyday…no matter the season!
  3. Origins’ Ginzing Eye Cream: Coffee for your under eyes. No joke.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub: This is such an interesting lip balm. It’s got sugar bits that literally melt on your lips keeping them soft! Perfect base for using liquid lipsticks (which are my go to for the work week).
  5. If I have a pimple or some sort of breakout, I’ll use the Clean and Clear Advantage spot treatment.
  6. Clinque Pep Start: I love using this before I apply makeup or even on its own because it legit blurs all the pores on my face!

Night Time Skincare

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: I swear by this cleanser at night because it really cleans out my skin without damaging or drying it out.
  2. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I’ve been using this for years and I can’t seem to stop.
  3. Currently I’m alternating between Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum and Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Both are great, both do different things for my skin…so it really comes down to how I feel on the night of. If I want a radiance boost or my skin is super dull looking, then I’ll go with the radiance serum otherwise I’m always using the Estee Lauder.
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Cream: This makes my under eye area feel super awesome the next morning!
  5. Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: If my skin is feeling extra dry or I’ve used like every makeup product I own on my face, then I’ll use this. It adds hydration to my skin instantly!
  6. One a week, I’ll use Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to add back any hydration I’ve lost during the week!
  7. Lush’s Honey Lip Scrub: Again, because I use liquid lipstick so much…I feel like I need to use a lip scrub once every 3 days.
  8. Dior’s Creme De Rose: I apply this to my lips right before I go to sleep!

 

Beauty

Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Basic Bitch Eyeshadow Palette

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I bet you’re thinking…why did MAC just name a palette Basic Bitch? Don’t worry, I thought the same thing too. As a part of MAC’s Girls line, MAC released 6 limited edition “personality” eye shadow palettes. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this is the most talked about one….the Basic Bitch palette.

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What’s in the palette: This palette is filled with 8 eye shadows, which range from shimmers to mattes, and a highlighter. This palette is filled with greys, plums and purples…perfect for a smoky eye! The highlighter in Love this bitch (lolz) is a frosted baby pink highlighter. Sly Girl & Tattle-Tale (probably two of my favourite shimmer shades by MAC) are micro-glitter shimmering shades. Hell in Heels & Gameplayer are your creamy mattes. Me, Me, Me, Ms. Personality, Big White Lie and Text Me Later are satin shades. The packaging is pretty sleek and includes a mirror.

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The Good: Even past the controversy, I love everything about this palette. Majority of the shades are gorgeous on my lids and the names are super fun! I’m assuming MAC believes that the average basic bitch (I feel so strange writing the B word on my very G rated blog, but you know that’s life) is one that wants to have a smoky eye all the time. The formula of these shadows and the one highlighter are super-duper silky smooth. It wasn’t powdery when I swatched them and I loved how they just glided on without any fuss. The opacity is pretty decent, although some shades require you to pack on the shadow, majority of the shades are pretty opaque.

The Bad: So you can probably tell by the swatches that the colour pay off isn’t the best for some of the shades in this palette. BUT I will say the shades which didn’t have full opacity on first swatch, were super opaque when I spritzed my shadow brush with Fix+ to foil the shadows. They looked incredibly gorgeous. But aside from that, this palette is pretty awesome! I can see the name of this palette being an issue for a few and I wish the name wasn’t SO big on the palette.

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 8.5/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Prissy Princess)

 

Fashion, Style

5 Times Ryan Reynolds Slayed His Style Game

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a swell day! If you didn’t check out my previous post, then you can do so by clicking here. As always, make sure you follow me on all my social media accounts, listed on the top bar of this page. Today’s post is all about hottie Ryan Reynolds’ effortless style. It’s hard for some men to experiment with different kinds of style but Ryan shows them all how it’s done. Seriously, this man can style sweats in the most fashionable way possible. He also cleans up really well at formal events, making him the ultimate style bae of my dreams (if he wasn’t married to Blake, I’d def try to steal him…lolz). Anyways, I’ll stop boring you with my obsessive comments about Ryan and show you 5 of my favourite looks he’s worn!

6a04ad15300f5b3cbf5815abd6271b06Ryan’s all about that hot lumberjack Canadian swag here, obvi cuz he’s Canadian. Duh. (kay I’ll stop)

6be16e22f3ee14fe9b9e4cbd5e8dbdb2Remember how I said he cleans up well? This is pure proof of that. Not only does he break all norms by wearing a tan coloured suit here, but he looks adorbs doing so 😍

309f83a306cda05dbd649c27a894a3daCan all men around me dress like this? Mr. Reynolds makes this layered outfit look absolutely flawless.

861c81af0a5b402a3c683f7f8972ca17My heart flutters by just looking at this picture. He’s hot yes, but his outfit just enhances his hotness more. Plus, I love men in glasses. 😍

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See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

Beauty

10 Beauty Products I Obsessed Over In 2016

Hi Dolls! If you haven’t read my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking here! With 2016 coming to a close, I wanted to share with you 10 beauty products I’ve been obsessed with this year! Seriously, what an amazing year for beauty, right? So many new products were launched and each one knocked it out of the park! So without further adieu, here are 10 beauty products I was obsessively obsessed with:

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  1. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint: This foundation is perfect. It’s buildable, it melts into your skin and it pictures really well. Did I mention it’s got SPF too? Score.
  2. Tartelette in Bloom Palette: Tarte really hit the ball out of the park with ALL the palettes they released this year. This one, by far, is one of my favourites because you can wear the shadows as they are or wet and it looks AMAZING! It’s also got a good mixture of mattes and shimmers.
  3. Tom Ford Beauty’s Blush in Wicked: This is wickedly awesome. I’ve never loved a blush more than this particular one. You can build the colour for intensity and it looks flawless (like you actually woke up having rosy cheeks).
  4. Dior’s Diorshow Mascara: My love affair with this mascara will never end. It made my favourites list numerous times and well, it’s the best mascara my eyelashes have ever tried.
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown: I was never into doing my brows until I purchased this product. This is the easiest brow pencil to use and you are guaranteed to have on-fleek eye brows that look natural!
  6. Urban Decay’s Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Lip Pencil: I did not wear any of my lipsticks this year without this as my lip primer. This thing makes the lipstick stay on what seems forever and I can’t be happier.
  7. NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic: I don’t know why I didn’t find this product earlier but this has to be the prettiest nude lip colour on my lips. Not only does it brighten up my look but its perfect for day-time wear!
  8. Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Lipstick in Heartbreaker: Heartbreaker, you’ve got the best of me (yes, I’m Mariah-ing it as I type). If you’ve read my review, you already know how much I love this. This shade of red is one of the prettiest I’ve seen!
  9. Kat Von D’s Lipstick in Tijuana: Not only do I love this lipstick to bits, but this was also my most viewed blog post this year (thank you!). This bright red looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to keep wearing this into the new year!
  10. Black Eye Liner: Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner+NARS Larger Than Life in Vio Venito: The reason why I paired these two together was because I always wear them together. The liquid liner is one of the best I’ve ever used. The NARS liner is perfect to wear on your waterline. Making these two the perfect pair! (I also love them individually too).

See you in the next post! It’s going to be the last one for 2016 (AHH!).

kisses,

S

Beauty, Style

5 Favourite Celebrity Looks Of 2016

Hi Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous blog post, then you can do so by clicking right here! With this year coming to a close, I wanted to share with you 5 celebs who killed it with their hair, fashion and style! This year saw a lot of celebs slaying their style game but these are my favourite ones that stood out:

Priyanka Chopra

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Can we take a moment and appreciate this Quantico star’s style! I’ve met her before and  not only does she slay her fashion choices but she also slays in real life too! This particular outfit was one of my favourites of this year! With every gown and casual outfit PC wore, she proved more and more why she is Hollywood’s next IT girl.

Kristen Bell

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When Kristen Bell wore this gown, she knew that she would be making news! Not only was this one of the most memorable red carpet moments of 2016, it also inspired many people to wear floral prints again! I love how simple Kristen always keeps it with her style and anything she wore this year was nothing short of cool!

Beyonce & Blue Ivy

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Beyonce’s Instagram was on fleek this year. Not only did she showcase all her outfits but she also gave us a glimpse of Blue’s budding fashion moments. Seriously, I’m not even surprised because Beyonce slays anything and everything she touches. This particular look was one of my favs because of its fashion forward simplicity. Tres chic!

Michelle Obama

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Again, anything Michelle wears becomes a fashion statement and everything she wore in her last year as First Lady became an instant fashion statement. There are very few political figures that can slay their fashion choices but Michelle has easily become a fashion icon. This particular look was stunning on Michelle!

Kate Middleton

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Does Kate Middleton ever dress horribly? Like I have yet to see a single outfit I don’t like that she has worn. Every thing she wears, sells out within minutes and that’s why she has become one of my favourite royals to follow! Her fashion choices this year was nothing short of perfection and I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for her!

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

(pics courtesy of Pinterest)

Skin Care

Review: Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t read my previous blog post, then you can do so right here! As always, follow me on all my socials by searching “Daff Diaries” or click the links on the right hand side of this blog page.

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Okay, face masks were and still are the IT thing. Everywhere I went, everyone would be asking me about face masks or telling me about the face masks they’ve tried. Of course, in true Daff Diaries manner, I made a trip to my local Sephora to pick up a few to see what the rage was all about…and now I’ve got a review for you!

First Impressions

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When the worker at Sephora pointed me towards their face masks, I knew that there was one brand that I can always trust…and that’s Origins (remember how obsessed I was with THIS). Well, of course I had to go ahead and see what Origins had to offer. They had plenty but this was the one I gravitated towards the most. I have combination oily skin that’s also sensitive; so all I really wanted my face mask to do was not strip my face of moisture but still clean everything out. Also, I wanted that oh-so-glowy-face. This particular one made claims that it could do it all, including minimizing my pores (YES!). As I opened the bottle to smell it, I was mesmerized. It smells amazing. It’s got rose clay, which is great because clay is supposed to attract the dirt out of your skin. It’s also got Canadian Willow herb (which I’m assuming smells amazing because this product smells great) along with jojoba beads to exfoliate your skin (you can read more on their website). This product’s first impression for me was great and I couldn’t wait to go and try it!

Product Application & Result

I absolutely love the texture of this face mask. Even though it’s got jojoba beads to exfoliate, the formula/texture isn’t grainy at all. In fact, it’s smooth and very simple to apply on your face. I applied a thin layer and waited the 10 minutes the product recommends for it dry. It dried really fast and I could feel my face already tightening. Washing this product off was super easy. All you need is your fingers to gently massage the face mask off and warm water. Nothing else. So easy! The results were amazing. My first application of this product left me with super smooth, glowy and radiant skin! Although my pores didn’t minimize completely at first application, by the third application (I use this once a week), I could see my pores begin to vanish. I don’t think I’ve gotten this many compliments on my skin ever! Makeup application was easy (the next day) and my face looked healthier than ever!

Product Application Rating: 10/10

Price, availability and accessibility

As mentioned, I purchased mine at Sephora for $32 (CDN) and it’s worth EVERY single penny!!

Final Verdict 

This is a perfect face mask for anyone looking to try a face mask! Every claim made by this product is true! Not only was I left with the best skin of my life, it didn’t seem to irritate my super sensitive combination oily skin (SCORE)!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S