October 15, 2018

PHYSICIANS FORMULA Butter Bronzer, Butter Blush and Butter Highlighter Review and Swatches

This is my first time using anything from Physicians Formula and I am pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous the product range is. I decided to share with you the new Butter Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter today as they were the very first products I tried from Physicians Formula, available at London Drugs. These deliciously fragrant powders, in brightly colored packaging, look amazing on skin and the best part is that they all work really well for my normal/dry skin and do not cling to any dry spots, may be because they are infused with Murumuru butter!
For full review and swatches, keep reading!

October 4, 2018

Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Review

So my entire family took turns to get sick this season. We usually don't get a cold/flu until December but hey, winter came in early for Calgary and I have a lot to complain! We didn't even get a flu shot, my trees were still green and I hadn't even emptied my annual planters! There was literally no autumn like activity in my yard! The trees on the median and road side had a wonderful golden display that could last just a day before 20 inches of snow got dumped all over the city. No matter how much I complain, this weather will constantly drive me crazy and wreak havoc on my skin and hair. My lips are dried, chapped, flaky and cracked and no amount of lip balm helps and I am actually desperately looking for something that is actually nourishing in accordance to the crazy Calgary weather. Is it just me or do vacations make you long for summer days more? Its like the more you see the sun/beaches/greenery/life , the more you despise your current situation.  
Anyways, so at least for dry hair, I have something you might like to read more on. Its the Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, available at London Drugs, that is giving my hair some life this season. It adds volume without the frizz and it makes my hair look smoother and shinier. This is my everyday shampoo/conditioner duo and I can't wait to share this with you today.


September 12, 2018

PHILLIP ADAM Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I just recently started using Phillip Adam's Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo and conditioner and packed them for my trip to Orlando as the light weight packaging made it perfect to add to my beauty bag. I usually do not have much expectations from shampoo and conditioners because I always use styling products to finish my hair. However, I was amazed at how my hair looked and felt after using this duo from Phillip Adam. There was absolutely no frizz and I actually ended up using nothing other than argan oil in to style my hair!                     

August 31, 2018

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation SPF 25 in Honey Beige - Review and Swatches

My makeup bag got a mega update with the new La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation. I am the shade Honey Beige NW30 and I can not wait to share this beautifully crafted, luxurious, long lasting foundation with you today. You might recall this picture from my instagram where I participated in the #CaviarinMyBag in my own way and I encourage you to share yours with me too. La Prairie's Skin Caviar products are always one of my favourites and I am so excited to share this innovative cushion foundation today which is infused with caviar water. 
For swatches and review, keep reading... 



August 14, 2018

Origins Never a Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher Review

I bought this Origins Skin Brightening Face Polisher because I wanted a 'grainy scrub', after months of chemical exfoliation only. Sometimes I just want to feel that 'sloughing' on my skin! I hope you understand that feeling of physical exfoliation. So started looking for scrubs that were good for normal/dry skin. After reading the ingredient list on the Origins Never a Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher, I was intrigued by the effects of bitter orange flower water on my skin. I have kept myself away from Vitamin C based products because for my skin type, I need to use them exclusively or I run into sensitivities and breakouts. I love the effects of lemon sugar scrub on my skin, so I wanted to give this one a try.


July 25, 2018

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel Review

Its hard for me to waste even a single day of summer time in Calgary, so I am always looking for fun things to do at home and outside. The city looks beautiful in summer time and I can't get enough of all the blooms and greenery all around me. When I moved to Calgary, I would tell my friends that this city looks like a resort - its well kept, with beautiful public spaces and relatively less people to share it with. Having nearly 8 months of winter, I obviously look forward to the summer months but that brings new challenges for skincare - especially sun spots!! And they are so hard to get rid off.
Since I had always been a fan of Dr Dennis Gross's skincare line, I wanted this Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel to exfoliate my skin and lighten the dark spots. I have a good amount of acne scarring from the past three years that seems to darken a bit more under the sun, so I am on to all kinds of facial peels even lemon juice! 
So, when Sephora Canada offered a box of 3 peels as a 100 point perk, I picked up as many of them as possible. I got over a month's supply of high quality facial peels for free and that is the only reason I save my points at Sephora and spend them at something amazing like this! 

More on this, how to use and the results in today's blog. 

July 20, 2018

Ana Luisa Jewelry Review

“AnaLuisa_Ruqaiya”/Yesterday I was getting ready for a meeting and I decided to elevate my relatively simple grey outfit with my newly acquired Giselle Earrings from Ana Luisa NY and I got asked about those earrings so many times that I had to share it with you guys here. They are made with sterling silver and everything from the design to the setting of the crystals is outstanding.

So, today I decided to share some beautiful jewelry pieces from Ana Luisa NY and wait till you see the pics to admire how elegant these pieces are. I picked the Tia Large Hoop earrings which is 14K gold plated and the Giselle Earrings which are made with sterling silver! Absolutely impressed by the craftsmanship on these jewelry pieces and how stunning they look. They elevate the simplest of my outfits and the quality definitely shines through and they are quite affordable for many of us. You can also sign up using the button here and use code Ruqaiya15 to get $15 off your order.

July 17, 2018

YVES SAINT LAURENT Volupté Liquid Color Balm in No. 6 Undress Me Coral Review and Swatches

Forever a fan of YSL lip products and this one is definitely a favorite and one of those products that I reach for on a daily basis. This summer is all about the outdoors and family time, so  I look for products that are truly effortless and long wearing. This YSL Liquid Color Balm in the shade Undress me Coral is a beautiful punchy coral pink that screams summer time!!
 

July 9, 2018

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vinyl Couture Mascara Review and Swatches

Hi everyone,
So I bought the newly relaunched YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara, back in early spring. It was launched last year as well (correct me if I am wrong) and then pulled back from the market due to safety/health concerns. The new formula got me interested and I've always loved this packaging, so decided to give this one a shot. Its a beautiful mascara, non irritating to the eye, holds on well to lashes throughout the day and lifts and curls as expected. However, there were some new unexpected issues that I never thought I would run into. 

July 5, 2018

Dermalogica mediBac Clearing® Skin Kit Review

This four piece kit from Dermalogica is described as 'a kit for adult acne that helps treat, clear, and prevent the triggers that lead to breakouts'.  It has four essentials to cleanse and moisturize skin, namely, Clearing Skin Wash, Oil Control Lotion, Overnight Clearing Gel and Sebum Clearing Masque.
I purchased this kit from Sephora because I was sick of my frequent breakouts and wanted something that would work fast and effectively. Ever since I turned thirty, my skin is not the same. There are breakouts, pigmentation, weird dry patches and what not. It feels like everything I do or eat causes acne! I would work in the garden and there will be breakouts, working out in the gym and guess what, swollen comedones!! I am literally at the point of checking out everything in store and in my pantry to treat my skin and there was quite a bit of a learning curve in maintaining my skin's healthy pH. I will discuss all the details on that in another post, for now, lets focus on this skin clearing kit for adult breakouts from Dermalogica.
Dermalogica products come with a promise of visible results and its a brand I trust over many others, however, this kit was far from what I expected. For the good and the bad, keep on reading...