First Impressions: Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer and other stuff…

Currently having the best time at home, being pampered and fed and surrounded by family and friends. YAY! Anyway, we know what travel means – making the tough decision of picking selected current makeup favourites to pack (ugghh!) #FirstWorldProblems.

This time, I made the executive decision of packing samples of products I had, rather than carry full sized ones. Considering we have a proper winter here in Pakistan, I figured it would be a good way to put them to an appropriate weather test as well. 

Skincare: Kiehl’s Reviving Concentrate

For cleansing, I have been using my Clarins Energizing Cleansing Gel or the First Aid Beauty Cleanser (which smells a bit too much like Coconut Oil for my liking) and then I have been using the new Keihl’s Reviving Concentrate as my serum before the moisturizer.

This is the day version of the infamous and amazing Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and I feel like it’s lighter (less greasy), but works just as well for the day. It has this wonderful citrusy scent that wakes you up, and is almost cooling (I might be making this up). I apply 3-4 drops in my palm, rub hands together and just pat it on. All in all, I would definitely purchase a full-sized product.

For more details on my love for serums check out my previous post here.

Primer: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer

All beauty bloggers and their mothers have been raving about the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Primers … I got the samples as part of a Sephora ME perk for Black Card members, but just got around to using it.

Verdict – It definitely smoothes, but I feel like I need to use more than I would use any other primer, and I don’t know if it does anything for the longevity of the makeup. Worn alone, I feel like it took some time blend, but used after the Kiehl’s serum, or any other facial oil, it definitely blends easily and feels really silky.

To be fair, I don’t think the lighting is particularly good here, specially during the winter, so I will decide whether or not I will be repurchasing it once I get back to Dubai.


Eyes: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage.

I am terrible at applying eyeshadow, and also extremely lazy, so I love paint pots like the  Maybelline colour tattoo, or the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize.
The Chanel D’Ombre in Mirage is a beautiful bronze-gold, with a cushiony texture. It applies really well with the fingertips and can be layered on for extra colour. It did not last particularly long, but I did not use any eye primer so I will try it with that next. Overall though, I am happy with my purchase as it is a great neutral.

I found out about this colour from British Beauty blogger Anna; read Vivianna’s review and look here.

Off to eat some more! Later! x



  1. the chanel looks gorgeous!! I love gold colors too 😀 just curious, what is Sephora black?
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