Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Toni&Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo | Review

If you wash your hair every single day, this post might not interest you. But if you think washing it everyday is damaging for the hair or you're just a lazy person like me (I feel you girl) then keep reading.
We all know that a right dry shampoo can save your day, but in order to find that right shampoo, you have to waste a couple of bucks. I've had my fair share of weird smelling dry shampoos and am still in search of a dry shampoo that does what it claims & smells nice\fresh.

I don't have an oily scalp, and my hair used to look fresh without washing it for 3-4 days (lucky, I know) but ever since I moved to Islamabad, there's something in the air that has made my scalp a bit oily and i have to wash my hair every other day.
(a struggle which you will only understand if you have long/thick hair)

I've been using the Batiste Dry Shampoo for over 2 years but wanted to try something new and that's when I came across the Toni&Guy matt texture dry shampoo, and decided to give it a try.

Now for some reason I had this image in mind that every product by Toni & Guy would be a 10/10 because Toni & Guy is a multi-award winning hairdressing brand with more that 50 years of experience in haircare expertise (source:google). And they have salons in different cities so they probably know what they're doing. But I was a little disappointed with this product.

Directions for use: Shake can before and during use. Spray on dry hair from root to tip. Allow product to set for a few seconds and then work through with fingers. For longer lasting texture, finish with Toni&Guy Flexible Hold Hairspray.

Okay can we just stop right here and talk about how all these brands wants us to purchase their entire range of products in order for us to see the 'results'. Why can't we buy the product individually and see the results.
So they want me to buy more products from this range and then you 'suggest' that it works better if you use the shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, serum etc from the same range?
No thankyou.
I'm not gonna spend my money on your entire range and then be disappointed with every single product. k thnx.

My thoughts:
It does give a matte finish not gonna argue with that but it makes my hair so stiff that i can't brush it once i've sprayed it on. I have to use a wide tooth comb that too very gently or the hair just breaks. Every time I use it I feel like there's so much product in my hair, and it just does not feel clean. Also, it smells really weird. It has a chemically scent to it. It just smells like a bad shampoo.

4 years back I purchased a Toni&Guy dry shampoo, it looked similar to this shampoo but the bottle was white in color, and it worked really well for me. Even though it did have a soapy scent but it made my hair non-greasy without making it stiff. Not sure if they discontinued that product or changed the look (and formula) and came up with this one, which is a no-no for me.

Final Verdict:
If you don't mind a dry shampoo that smells a bit weird and makes your hair stiff and at some times difficult to brush, then this is the product for you.
But I have to say that it does give the hair a matt finish and absorbs the oil on your scalp.
I don't think I'll repurchase it but I wouldn't stop anyone else from buying it either, because if you want a dry shampoo to give your hair a matt look, you should give this product a try.

You can getthis dry shampoo easily from Shaheen Chemist and D-Watson. I don't remember exactly but I think I paid 1100rs (or less) for it.

Thanks for reading people x
Comment down below your favorite dry shampoo

Monday, 29 May 2017

Conatural Lip Scrub | Review

During the winters, the air starts to lose it's moisture and that's how we end up with dry and chapped lips. But if you're like me and you experience the dryness of lips all year round because you're too lazy to drink 8 glasses of water a day, then this product is for you. 

About the product:
Treat your lips to a deliciously sweet treatment with our organic exfoliating scrub. Sugar gently scrubs and polishes, while almond oil hydrates to unveil supple, baby soft lips.
Antioxidants in vanilla essential oil prevent free radical damage and fine lines around the lip line. Regular use evens out and brightens lip color.

Apply a coat to lips and lightly scrub in soft, circular motions, then rinse off with water or wipe off with a damp cloth.

Let me start off by saying that I was a little skeptical about this product since I heard mixed reviews about Conatural. The products worked for some people and for others, were a total waste of money. I decided to give it a try because ever since I moved to Islamabad, my lips have become very dry and flaky. 
About the packing: I love how beautifully packed all Conatural products are. It's so colorful and the jar containing the scrub is sturdy, not made of cheap plastic.
I like that the scrub has different size of sugar granules, and does not feel harsh on the lips. The smell is oh so amazing, it smells like vanilla and cookies combined. It does not have a chemically smell at all. 
You need a little bit of the scrub for your lips and it does an amazing job. My lips feels so moisturised after washing the scrub off that I don't even need to apply a lip balm. The product claims to evens out and brightens the lip color but I've been using it for over 2 month now and have not noticed any difference in the color of my lips but it doesn't really matter because all I want is soft lips. Period. 
And did I mention it is Paraben free!

Final verdict:
This lip scrub has become my holy grail product. My lips have never felt so soft. I love the smell, the texture, the result, basically, everything about it. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lip scrub that actually works. 
Keep in mind this is no magic potion that's gonna keep your lips soft and smooth forever. Drink lots of water and use a lip balm regularly, to keep your lips from cracking. But use it before you apply a matt lipstick and you'll see the difference.

I got this scrub for pkr540 from Shaheen Chemist Islamabad. 

Thanks for reading x
Comment down below your favorite lip product?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Weekend Getaway - Bhurban

Last weekend we decided to take a short trip to Bhurban. We stayed at the Chinar Family Resort which is located on Bhurban road near PC Bhurban. This was our first time staying at this resort and we absolutely loved it. We stayed in room 204 which is a corner room and the view from the balcony is breathtaking. If you stay at the Resort, you can get access to the Chinar Golf Club as well.
(did you know the Chinar Golf Facility was opened in 1932 and is 11th highest in the world)

We ended up paying 13,920 pkr (incl.taxes) for a night. We were told that rate increased from 10,600 pkr to 13,920 pkr within a week because it was the tourist season.
We got complimentary breakfast for 2 person. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The restaurant is open for non-resort guests as well.
Since we were only visiting for one night, we decided to make the most of it and went to PC Bhurban for dinner, which is located 150-200 feet away. We ordered Chicken Ala Kiev and Chicken Parmesan, and enjoyed it while listening to live music.
Next day we checked out at 1pm and headed back home. On the way back we stopped at Gloria Jeans Coffee located at the Express Highway. It was one of the highlights of our trip. That place has some mesmerising views to offer. We had coffee, did a little photo-shoot and headed back home.

Why did we chose Chinar Family Resort over Pearl Continental?
PC Bhurban is one of the most crowded places in that area and the reason we took this trip was to stay at a place where we could relax and enjoy the view..away from the people :D

Overall we had a wonderful experience at the Chinar Family Resort. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quite place to relax.

*take my hand*

Chinar Family Resort
view form the window
mesmerizing sunset

Gloria Jeans Coffee

Thanks for reading :)

What are your plans for the weekend?

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Gharara Pants | IMO

Hello ladies,
For today's post I wanted to talk about a not-so-new trend in town, I'm sure everyone of you is aware about the Gharara pants. And for those of you who don't know what a Gharara is, according to Google
Gharara : a pair of loose trousers with pleats below the kneww, worn by women from South Asia, typically with a kameez.

Of all the people, I thought I'd be the last one to buy it because I could not imagine myself running errands while wearing a Gharara.
But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and got this white Gharara pants from Ethnic Pakistan for 1600pkr. (don't even get me started on how I felt when these pants went on sale 4 days later)
Anyhow, at first I didn't really know how to style it so it just sat in my closet for an entire week. Then one day I decided to take them out for a spin, I knew I'd either look like a fashionista or this whole situation could end up being a total fashion-disaster, either way, I was willing to take the risk.

Styling these white Gharara pants was a lot easier than I imagined. You could wear it with a solid or printed tunic, an A-line frok or a peplum top. I feel that the length of the top should be above your knee so the pleating could be visible otherwise this could look like an ordinary flared boot-cut pant. And we don't want people thinking we're basic, do we? I mean we got a Gharara pant, we want everyone to know that we're wearing it while sipping a cup of coffee or while buying groceries.

2 things you need to keep in mind before you decide to wear a Gharara pant:

(a) You need to shave your legs since these pants are very flowy from the knee below (I learned the hard way)

(b) Do not use a public toilet. The biggest struggle that I faced was using a public toilet while wearing these pants. The floor was wet, I ended up with a wet Gharara, which is worst than a dry Gharara pant.

But on the plus side, these pants are very comfortable to wear during summers.

Was it a Yay or a Nay?
If you ask me, I would like to keep my Ghararas reserved for formal occasions. So it was a Nay for me.

Thanks for reading :)

Meemmakeup is now Meem-jeem!

Hello people!

It feels weird to be writing this post, wow, can't believe it's been 2 years since I last posted on my blog. It was May 2015 but it feels like I published that post yesterday. My life took a 180 degree change in these past 2 years and I've never been happier, Alhumdulilah.

I started this blog because I wanted to have a platform where I could share my views and write about things that I like. My blog was previously known as 'meemmakeup' (M for makeup, and 'M' in urdu is 'meem' so... yeah, creative, I know).

But I decided to change the name because I didn't want to limit my blog to just makeup related posts. So I decided to change the name from meemmakeup to meem-jeem (my initials M-J) also I'm so excited to announce that I have converted my blog into a website, ah!
*happy dance*
It might not be a big deal for some of you but I've been wanting to do it since the day I started my blog.

So here's to many many more posts in the future related to lifestyle, fashion, beauty, travel etc.
And a big thank you to everyone for supporting me and for leaving comments on my page.
Oh and since it's Global Love day, I wanted to tell you that I love you guys *sending virtual hug*

Spread love wherever you go,

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Jewellry Haul | Born Pretty Store

Few days ago I ordered some jewelry from Born Pretty Store, and I fell in love with it the minute I opened my package. Born Pretty store has a huge variety of jewelry, nail art, clothing & apparel, watches etc and they provide free shpping worldwide! I love pairing jewelry with my outfits everyday during the summer time. It was really hard for me to choose few items because there were too many pretty things. I ended up getting the following four items from the Jewelry & Accessories section.

Shiny Rhinestone Ring Boho Letter Ring 

It's a 7 piece ring set, the rings are gold in color with rhinestone detailing on 4 of them. I have been obsessing over midi and knuckle rings and when I found it on born pretty store, I couldn't help myself from getting it (even though I already have like a gazillion midi rings). These rings are super pretty and the quality is good for the price. You can wear them separately or you can stack them up, while going to school/college/work. Each ring has a different design.

You can get this rings set by clicking here.
Price: $2.99

Rhinestone Ear Clip Dazzling Crystal Ear Cuff

Ear cuffs are the season's hottest accessory. Celebrities and runway models have been seen wearing different types of ear cuffs. I was looking for something that was not too fancy and had a little bit of edge to it and I found the perfect one. It's easy to wear and looks good whether you wear it during the daytime or the night time. Born pretty store has a wide variety of ear cuffs to choose from.

Get this ear cuff by clicking here.
Price: $3.80

Bright Color Metal Necklace Pretty Crystal Flower Elegant Detachable Collar Necklace

Can we take a moment and talk about how beautiful this statement necklace is. I can't get over the fact that I got this amazing quality necklace for just $8.
I love pairing statement necklaces with my outfits as its a great way to spice up your outfit and it can bring any outfit to a next level. This necklace that I ordered is available in 4 shades, peachblow, blue, green, beige.
I ordered it in beige cause I feel like it can be paired with any color, bright or neutral. The crystals are super shiny and I would say that the pictures doesn't do it justice, it's far more prettier in real. I've gotten a lot of compliments from my friends on this necklace.

You can get the necklace by clicking here.
Price: $8.27

Retro Earrings Heart Shape Stud Earrings
The last item I picked are these heart-shaped diamond plated stud earrings. Theses studs are bigger in size than I expected but bigger is better, right? These are perfect for everyday wear. I don't know why but there's something about heart-shaped jewelry that makes me happy.

You can get these studs by clicking here..
Price: $3.59

Overall, it has been a wonderful experience shopping from Born Pretty Store. I highly recommend that you go over to the website and check out the wide range of products that they have. The quality of their jewelry is amazing for the price and their attendants are very helpful & friendly. If you have any queries, just drop them an email and they will get back to you right away.

I received my order within a week which was pretty impressive. It was very well packed and thankfully nothing was broken.

Don't forget to use code MEXT10 to get 10% off your entire order from Jewelry & Accessories section.

Thanks for reading :)
What's your favorite jewelry item for the summers?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Food Panda Home Delivery Service - KFC Experience

Hello everybody, today I'm going to talk about my recent food experience. I mean, who doesn't love food, right? I have been trying to eat healthy for quite some time now but I have my cheat days (which sometimes turns into cheat-weeks, but hey, no judging). I ordered from KFC using Foodpanda Online home delivery service.

About Foodpanda
Foodpanda has online menus from the staggering selection of delivery restaurants around you. Simply enter your area and search for cuisine type, restaurants or even price. The restaurant index also includes address and delivery hours so you are never mislead. Foodpanda App makes it all the more easy! Browse the menu on your smart phone, select, check-out and voila! The food arrives in time. Or when the tummy knows what it wants, simply call us at 111-89-89-89 and we’ll get your order through!
Foodpanda provides services in 40 countries at the moment. All you have to do is enter you city and the list of restaurants in your area that deliver appears on the screen.

Experience with Foodpanda
This was my first experience ordering food through Foodpanda and it has been good. It's super quick and simple, all you need to do is follow few steps and voila.
Once your order is placed, they send you a confirmation code and then you receive a call from Foodpanda's local office. My food was delivered within 40 min.
I downloaded the foodpanda mobile app and ordered the food through my cellphone. Tbh, I always find it difficult to navigate websites on my phone. But Foodpanda's website was so simple, and if I can order online, well, then anyone can.(trust me)
They have apps for Google Play, App store and Windows store.
Once you download the foodpanda app on your phone, they send you notifications on almost daily basis about the deals of the day.

Following is a step-by-step procedure of how you can order food using foodpanda's mobile app.

(L) Confirmation main (R) Deals notifications

Experience with KFC
For yesterday's cheat day I decided to go for the Mighty! I haven't ordered from KFC in so long, so I thought it was about time to enjoy some fried chicken. I ordered a Might Zinger (with cheese, of course), fries and 7up and I do not regret it AT ALL! The deal costed me only 600 PKR.
To describe the Mighty Zinger in one word, Ah-mazing! And the French fries were delicious as well, who cares about the 'once on the lips forever on the hips'  right?
Let's start with the bun, it was so soft yet sturdy to hold the chicken patty in place, and wasn't sloppy at all. The chicken tasted like heaven (can't think of a better description than that). I've always been a fan of KFC's chicken, it always has the right balance of sweet and spice in it and just the aroma is enough to make you drool. Probably the best burger I've had in a while *thumbs up*

*if only you could taste it through the picture. Technology, I'm not impressed*
Overall Foodpanda and KFC's food has been an amazing experience. I can't wait till my next cheat day to order some more fried chicken. When ordering from Foodpanda, you can either make an account on the website or just place the order by entering your email address. The send you an email for feedback once your order has been delivered. 
I totally recommend the Foodpanda online delivery service and KFC's food.

You can download the foodpanda app directly to your phone by clicking the following links below:

Rating (Foodpanda & KFC)

What did you have for lunch/dinner today? :)x

Toni&Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo | Review

If you wash your hair every single day, this post might not interest you. But if you think washing it everyday is damaging for the hair or y...