Everyone needs a taste of this Cake!

I’m a huge movie buff & I’ve always truly felt Pakistani movies were so underrated and not made enough.

I don’t know what it is about them, whether it’s the streets of Pakistan, the depiction of a true homely life or their blown-out Pakistani weddings – I’ve just always been a fan.

When Cake came out, I knew I had to watch it. The trailer was practically soliciting me to book my tickets, and so I did! Not just for myself, but my entire family! Aunts, uncles, cousins – I knew this was a movie that was perfect for us to watch together. And I was right, so if you haven’t watched this movie yet, grab your family and do so! You’ll enjoy it all the more together.

There was so much to love about the movie from its script to the cinematography – but let me just get right into it!

Firstly – I absolutely loved the story-line, it was fresh, relatable and above all raw and honest. I, personally, didn’t think it was predictable at all but some quick thinkers might feel so! The script had a good mix of its emotional moments, lots of funny ones and a lot of events that give you a reality check. The plot was diverse, interesting and entertaining – the perfect ingredients for the perfect Cake.

The acting was phenomenal with all actors really becoming their characters – you could feel the emotions they felt and somehow while watching, you could probably be convinced it was a real family. The mother and father were crowd favorites for sure with their witty banter and fun loving personalities!

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The cinematography was beyond gorgeous – the film was well made, had some beautiful scenes and definitely some exquisite shots. Often times, a movie can be so good but poorly filmed or just not have a good appeal to it, Cake was the exact opposite of that! I couldn’t help but appreciate the cinematography in between scenes.

As far as I heard, this was Asim Abbasi’s first major film that he directed and his debut was nothing short of outstanding. He truly set the bar quite high for Pakistani movies to follow and I am astounded to say the least that he executed the film so well his first time around. Abbasi is an example to other Pakistani directors and the industry of what magic can be created in the beautiful Pakistan. We need not bend to be like other industries like Bollywood and Hollywood, but rather, have plentiful potential within our own country.

I’m more excited than ever for Pakistani movies to come and moreso for future Abbasi films! If you’ve watched Cake, let me know what you thought!

 

Does this face mask actually live up to the hype?

The Indian Aztec Healing Clay is one mask that’s been the talk of the beauty world for quite a while now.

And although it has possibly been well over a year since it first emerged into the spotlight, its praises are still being sung loud as ever.

I figured being someone that fell prey to all the hype and now religiously uses it as my go-to face mask, I’d drop a review and tell you guys how I feel about it!

For starters, it’s super easy to find – you can buy it off of Souq, Glamazle or Amazon! Now, the prices usually differ based on where you choose to buy it from and which seller – I bought mine off of Souq for roughly AED 50-60 so keeping that in mind, I’d say it’s a definite steal. Most high-end sheet masks are about AED 100+ and are just a one time use. However, my 1 pound tub has lasted me over a year and I’m not even through half of it! I’ve used less than a quarter of it and make enough for myself and at least 1 or 2 more people with every facial! So in retrospect, regardless of the price tag, it definitely gives you your money’s worth.

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Now, moving on to what it does and how it works. I use it when I feel like my skin is getting rough or perhaps my pores are clogged or when I just feel like I need to have a deep clean. Every time after I’m done using it, I instantly feel like my skin is a lot smoother and my pores have been deep cleansed. It makes me feel like my face is super clean and rid of any dirt that could’ve been on it from makeup, the weather or just anything at all! Though thankfully I’m not someone who suffers from acne very much, I can’t vouch for how much it helps with reducing cystic or persistent acne. I have used it while I’ve had perhaps a pimple or two at the most and they have gone away, however that may very well be because that is the norm for me and my pimples eventually do go away after a while on their own. Though I do have a few acne scars, I haven’t had much help with that nor seen any miraculous change in their appearance but I’m not too bummed by it as I’m pretty happy with the results I get either way.

The tub reads that you can mix the powder with either water or apple cider vinegar, however, I choose the latter as I feel like it’ll be more effective. Although when I make my mask, I simply mix the powder with ACV, there are other ways to do it too! For acne prone skin, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your mixture as it contains antimicrobial & antibacterial compounds which act against the bacteria that cause your breakouts!

For normal or dry skin, you could simply add a little bit of rose water or, add some aloe vera into your mixture to give your skin a cooling effect and to feel more refreshed! Although I haven’t given this a try myself, I definitely think it’s going to become an imprinted step in my masking routine as I’d do anything to rehydrate and cool off my skin!

Overall, there are some great masks in the market and this one definitely makes it somewhere at the top of the list. You may think it’s overrated or spoken about too much, but all of it is true! It’s something you’d like to have nearby on your bad skin days. 🙂

 

My Top 5 Wardrobe Essentials

As a girl in love with Fashion, it’s safe to assume my closets are the modern day equivalent of Narnia: filled to the brim with all sorts of tops, jackets, and pants, it sometimes gets hard to find what I need.

However, putting all that aside, I decided to chalk up my top 5 wardrobe essentials. Though this was as hard as could be, here they are:

1.A good fitting pair of Jeans

Your jeans are the one pair of clothing that will take you anywhere from the moon to a slumber party. They can be your go-to when you’re lazy or your holy grail when everything else is dirty – either way, your wardrobe is incomplete without one pair of these!

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2. All Black or All White Sneakers

These are classics – all black or all white sneakers can pair well with your t-shirt and jeans but also with your little black dress! They complement every outfit and are quite a comfortable alternative to heels = win-win!

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3. Wide-Legged/Loose pants

On days where the sun may be boiling or you simply don’t feel like wrestling in your skinnies, these pants are your savior! I always have one pair of chic yet comfortable pants that I can throw on whenever, be it to a formal event or to the movies. Trust me on this one, you’ll thank me later!

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4. Leather Jacket

Around since James Dean, the leather jacket is never going out of style incase you were thinking that so it’s time to get on the bandwagon and get yourself one. Your leather jacket could be paired with any outfit and automatically make you look more put together and attractive.

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5. Black Stilettos

In black stilettos, there’s nothing you can’t do. Every girl needs to feel like she can take over the world at some point and these shoes are the perfect boost!

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I’ve kept this short and to the point but by all means, please don’t feel obliged to do the same! I’d love to hear about your wardrobe essentials and the backstories behind them!

My Favorite Nudes

It’s no secret I love my Nude Lipsticks.

And there’s no greater joy than adding a new one to your collection. So I thought I’d share a list of my favorite go-to nude shades!

In no specific order:

1.Sephora Cream Lip Stain – Shade 40 – Pink Tea: I think I’ve made my love for these cream stains apparent on multiple occasions and although I did say this is in no specific order, this has to be my reigning number one. The formula is non-drying, smooth and the color is just right for almost every skin tone and doesn’t leave you looking washed out or too dark or too light.

2. NYX Lingerie – Ruffle Trim: This lipstick was something I ordered from the States on quite a whim after coming across it through a google search – one of the best purchases I ever made! This is probably my everyday lipstick – it’s a nude that’s more on the pink side so it’s perfect for everyday use as it doesn’t come off too strong or dull but rather a little rosy!

3. MAC – Velvet Teddy: This is a nude I’ve wanted for a long time, the Sephora lip stain is actually quite similar to this. This is definitely my favorite MAC lipstick & pairs well with any makeup look and/or outfit.

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4. Kat Von D – Bow n Arrow: I received this as a gift & I’m so glad I did because quite honestly, I never bat an eye towards it before. In KVD’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Line, I always had my eyes on shades like Lolita and Outlaw that I never really paid much attention to other variations of the same colors. I love the formula and the texture as I do with KVD but! I must say, fair warning – this does lean towards the brown side.

5. MAC – Twig: Twig is quite similar to Whirl, very similar infact but I would say the only difference is it’s got a more pink undertone. But either way, it’s a gorgeous lipstick that is so worth every cent. You need to get your hands on it and see for yourself.

6. MAC – Whirl: So this is a bit of a cheat because it’s more on the brown side but nonetheless, it’s sort of a nude right? I love MAC as you can tell & this lipstick is definitely one of my staples in my makeup bag.

So that wraps up my top nudes, (for now!) If you’ve got recommendations that aren’t on this list, please drop a comment or shoot me a message; a girl can never have too many lipsticks right? 🙂 x

A Little Something For All You Coffee Lovers

So not too long ago, I collaborated with a company known as The Dirty Lamb. Coffee being their main identity – I was already on board considering how I love coffee scrubs. And though, I don’t get around to using them very often, I wanted to check out what all the hype was about.

They sent me their Face and Body Coffee Scrub alongside their Turkish Coffee Mask .

I’ve used them a few times and finally came to an honest, fair consensus.

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The Face and Body Scrub has a bit of a strong smell but works wonders on the skin. My face instantly became softer and smoother. To the point where my mother instantly told me I had a glow on my face, LOL. As someone who has dehydrated skin, the one thing that matters to me the most is soft/hydrated skin and this scrub gave me the touch of just that. Retailing at 20$ for an 8 OZ jar, I think it’s a definite steal.

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Now coming down to the Turkish Coffee Mask – I had high hopes for this after using the coffee scrub however it didn’t live up to the same expectations, but that’s probably because a) I set the bar too high. b) I didn’t exactly follow the instructions correctly! c) I was unaware of what the mask was actually supposed to look like & so assumed what I was using was how it should be – WRONG! But I’ll get into that in a little bit.

So I put on the Turkish Face Mask and the label on the jar advises to keep it on for about 15-20 minutes but I’m fairly certain I exceeded that – that resulted in having patches of yellow (thank you turmeric!) left around a few areas of my face. Although none were too obvious and they did disappear in a day, I was a little worried at trying my hand at the mask again.

However, after some time I think I came to realize that I hadn’t given it a fair chance – what I failed to notice instantly was that my mask had hardened quite a bit in its jar which was one of the reasons why it was hard for me to put on; it felt more of a scrub than a mask.  I think I could credit it to its long journey from Ohio to LA to Dubai since I had it shipped to my brother. Perhaps due to the long ride, the mask may not have been in its right form.

The best part about all this is that – the website provides a ton of information on anything and everything you need to know and I wish I had seen that sooner. Aside from the usual How to Use and Ingredients, it tells you how often you should be using your product, what it treats and even some tips & tricks.

Although I’m yet to give the mask another shot, the multiple (and I mean far more than 10, I’ve done my research!) reviews have me convinced that I’m missing something. Also, I pulled out my jars to take out some pictures for this blog post & I was greeted by a much more mayonnaise-like consistency in the Turkish Face Mask jar, as assumed the mask wasn’t in its right form early on and I’m officially super excited to give it a shot once again.

 

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I will have a follow up added to this post later and a shout on my InstaStories to let you guys know how it went.

But till then, fingers crossed!

Oh and one last thing, the Turkish Coffee Mask retails at 44$ for a 4OZ jar!

But! If you use my code “ZAINAB”, you get a 50% off your whole order. Which means your 8 OZ Coffee Scrub is just 10$ and your Turkish Coffee Mask is 22$! I don’t make any money off of the sales, I’d just like everybody to get good skincare at an affordable price!