Chicago Photo Diary # 1


There's something special about Chicago. Look above you and you'll see sky scrappers disappearing into the sky on a foggy day, look behind you and you'll see an old Metra train passing by on even older rail tracks - how this beautiful city balance the character, charm and history of its past with the new, you'll never know. What I do know is that all it took was three months for me  to fall in love with Chicago - the hustle and bustle, the quite, the gleaming Trump tower and it's reflection in the river, the rush of tourists in the day, and the familiar tracks of its residents by night - there's no place quite like Chicago. 

The Perfect Pamper Session At Home!


While we all love to go to salons and get pampered, who really has the time and extra cash to do that on a regular basis? Definitely not me since I'm always scurrying from uni to my work and attempting to complete a thousand household chores in between lol. That is where at-home pamper sessions come in super handy, and when the products you use are even more luxurious and beneficial than the ones used at salons - I say why not!? 

African Xeminia Scrub

This has to be the most finally milled/crushed body scrub I've ever come across yet it does not compromise on its scrubbing properties. The right amount of abrasiveness in the scrub guarantees that all dead/dull skin will come off - I prefer to vary the amount of pressure I pit whilst scrubbing so I can customize my scrubbing experience to either a strong one or a milder one. I love this scrub since you get the good old salon scent from it, and the tub is huge! It will seriously last you ages and beyond. Soft, supple skin even in the winters; here I come! 

Japanese Camellia Cream

This super amazing scented cream has the consistency that falls somewhere between a whipped cream and mousse-y texture. It literally melts on to your skin and locks in moisture ensuring that no dry skin peeks through during these harsh winters. I love using this all over my body and and even on mynahs throughout the day. Hello amazing smelling, super moisturized hands. 

These tubs are super huge, full to the brim with natural goodness that will last you a long, long time. With New Years and Christmas right around the corner, these will also make perfect presents for anyone that needs some downtime.


African Xeminia Scrub* - PKR 4180
Japanese Camellia Cream* - PKR 4450

*PR Samples

Oils Of Life - 7 Day Trial Results

Before I kick things off with the review, boy am I glad to finally come across an advertising campaign that does not pose to be 'miraculous' - miracles truly have become fads these days. From miracle whitening creams, to seven day miracle weight loss pills - I've seen about everything lol. What sets this Body Shop Oils Of Life campaign miles apart is the fact that they don't claim it to be a miracle. Their slogan is 'It's not a miracle.. but its close' - Definitely refreshing for someone like me!

First off, I love the packaging! Gold glass and black matte lids - definitely gets a thumbs up for the presentation. So what I did for this range was, I used it exclusively for 7 day straight. The moisturizer and essence lotion during the day, and the facial oil during the night. My experience and results, are down below.

Intensely Revitalizing Gel Cream

Based on my oily-to-combination skin type, I was recommended the Intensely Revitazling Gel Cream and I can for see that this is going to be a staple for me in the summer months. This product seriously has the moisturizing properties of a super intense, rich and deep cream yet absorbs into skin as if you're applying gel. How amazing is that - get the hydration without the stickiness/oilyness or greasiness with this product! 

If you're an oily skin type  person who is just sick of using creams that make you greasy throughout the day - this is the one for you. Amazing cool texture, super quick absorbent characteristics and keeps the oily-ness from peeking through for a good amount of time! 

Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion

For me, this is the ultimate gem from this collection! If you were to ask me which product I can't imagine not using from this collection - it would have to be this! The Essence Lotion is basically water - yup, you read the right. Except, this isn't regular water. Imagine having the moisturizing and absorption properties of your favorite moisturizer but having it in the form of water - this is exactly what this it. The absorption rate for this is seriously unbelievable given that it has a lot of oils in it. It dried almost as quickly as normal water would on your skin but leaves it moisturized like no other! Hands down my favorite product from the entire range - I will definitely be stocking up on this during the 20% of sales that The Body Shop usually has.

Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil

Now this is quite the multi purpose product. I've seriously used this on my lips, all over the face, mixed with my other moisturizers and even mixed with foundation. When it comes to facial oils, this is as pure as it gets. With a pipette style dropper, it is almost impossible to waste any of the product. My favorite way to use this is to apply it at night before going to bed for some intense moisturiziation - even though it's an oil, it also sinks in beautifully albeit takes a while longer than the other two products. If you have de-hrdated skin, or are someone whose skin plays up during the winter moths this will be a savior. 

I also added a few drops to my foundation that works perfectly during the summer months, but since the weather is getting cooler, tends to dry me out. The addition of a couple of drops to my foundation made a world of difference, seriously. My skin looked super healthy and glowy from within! 


So I tried this product range exclusively for 7 days straight, in the mornings and the most obvious difference was that the annoying dry-ness that comes during the winters around my nose, completely disappeared. Even though the harsh winters are here, my skin generally feels a lot more supple and moisturized from within, if that makes sense haha! My skin is definitely ready for winters haha!


Gel Cream* - PKR 4550
Water Essence* - PKR 2910
Facial Oil* - PKR 5130 

Now I know, these aren't the cheapest skincare products, but I'd advise you took stock up on these during the amazing Body Shop sales they have throughout the year, I know I will be doing so haha! 

*PR Samples

The Latest From Farah Talib Aziz - Silk Printed Kurtas


Karachi’s highly coveted private label that has been creating customized couture for almost a decade, launches it’s exclusive Silk printed kurtas.

The label focuses on pure fabric (100 percent pure silk) and uber contemporary yet feminine prints that range in a variety of colors from soft pastels to festive hues. The silhouettes are comfortable and chic keeping in mind that the tunics can be belted (belt provided) for an western look or accessorized  for an eastern kurta look.

FTA not only aim for the younger trendy market but also for the middle aged women who want to wear comfortable yet fashionable clothes that are affordable and effortless.

FTA has recently made a name for herself in the mass market by launching her Lawn collection earlier this year that was received with an overwhelming response both nationally and internationally.

The designer comments, “We wish to make every day wear that is affordable and effortless, comfortable yet chic, wearable with versatility  - all the while highlighting femininity through natural motifs and colors that make an instant statement”  FARAH TALIB AZIZ 

Easy Brown Smokey Eye Look + 1st YouTube Video!


Hey guys! I'm soo super stoked to be writing this post! I've finally taken the plunge and started a YouTube channel to compliment my blog - and posted my very first video as well! It's the simplest, quickest brown smokey eye look and I assure you - no matter what your level of expertise, you would be able to re-create it (and do a better job haha) 

Please subscribe to my channel, it would mean the world to me. I'm hoping to get two videos up per week, if not then one is a definite every Sunday <3 

Click HERE to watch it! <3

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