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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Levi's® Launches Footwear Collection Nationwide- Press Release

News Flash!

Levi's® Launches
Footwear Collection Nationwide.

Where sporty meets urban casual – the practical choice for everyday wear.

[Pakistan, 15th April 2014]: Leading worldwide apparel brand Levi's® is also the most popular high-end clothing brand in Pakistan. While their summer collection is already flying off the racks, Levi's® has now also stocked its footwear collection for men, at all its stores nationwide. The shoes feature clean designs, ultra-flexible out soles and use of premium material such as canvas, suede and soft leather, aimed at providing the customer with utmost comfort. The collection comprises of sneakers and running shoes.
While Levi's® has made sure the shoes are extremely comfortable, they have not compromised on style at any cost.

The shoes are available in vibrant colors such as red, blue and green with the classic Levi's® red tab visible. The shoes are statement pieces on their own but can also be paired with your favorite Levi's® jeans or perhaps Levi's® shorts during those really hot days.The shoes are a perfect addition to your summer attire making you look and feel your best.
Levi's® is a brand which has been associated with top class quality products, and their shoes are no less durable. Shopping at a Levi's® store doesn't get any better than this, as customers can now find all their needs under one roof.
Go grab yourself a pair which are sure to make you stand out this summer!




About Levi’s®
The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeans wear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style. For more information about the Levi’s® brand, its products and stores, please visit http://www.levi.com.pk/pk/




















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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Victoria's Secret Elegant Clutch


       Recently I got the chance to shop from an online store Platinum.pk. The store has a good range of wallets,clutches and handbags. What surprised me was the brands they were offering. They even have stuff from Kardashian Kollection which I haven't really seen anywhere else in Pakistan.
 I ordered this clutch from them. It has a vibrant purple colour and the glittery surface really catches your eye.
                 

                     
Website Images
           
It is perfect for me while I travel with makeup. I know it is a clutch but personally I would use it as a makeup pouch.

The thing that I liked most about it was the zipper. It is so elegant.
             


The inside is all black with no logo of any kind on it.
                       

What I don't like about it is the black leather strap it has on the outside. I think its faux-leather and could have been a tad better looking.

               

As far as the service is concerned it was good. I placed my order in the evening I got a call the next day and two days later my clutch was delivered. They offer free delivery with COD which is a major plus in my opinion.

Now coming onto the burning issue of originality. I cannot comment on that as I am not technically equipped to judge. If the stuff is original that is good and if it is a replica it is a fine one I have to say(apart from the faux-leather it is very good looking).
              




Price: It costs Rs. 2500.

Final Verdict: The range of products being offered is good but I wish they would lower their prices a little bit.
I am happy with my purchase.

Great News for my readers.
You can get 10% off on your purchase from platinum.pk by simply entering this coupon code Amna

Disclaimer:
 PR Post.

Monday, 16 December 2013

New Year's Giveaway

Hey
     The new year is just around the corner and I have a great surprise for my lovely readers. I am hosting an elf beauty book smoky look giveaway on my facebook page. Check it out here
Thank you to the lovely sponsors Rouge for making this happen :)

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

OOTD- No Devil Wears White :P

Hey
        I do like to do OOTD posts but somehow the cruel internet world scares me :(
You never know what can happen ?
Still for the sake of you guys I am here with an outfit post.
                      


                    


I wore this straight shirt from Elan. Its an off white piece with a plain front. The back is embossed with silk. The back is not really a print. Its embossed with butterflies and flowers and stuff. The fabric and the detailed work is so soft to touch.
                  

                      

I wore it with straight off white trousers.

                 


My neck-piece is from Forever 21.

                      

Haven't I confessed my love for really high heels!! These heels are from 
bebe .The heel is actually 5 inches high yayy. AAAnd its blood red!


I hope you liked this post :) Your comments are always welcome.



 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Olivia Kajal

Hello

     
I have a review for a local brand Olivia. Very recently they came up with their latest offering. A Kajal. It is a lot like Hashmi's blue/red tubed version.
                      





     The packaging is a shiny black plastic with the name written in gold. I would prefer the red/blue packaging since it is easier to spot.
                    


Before I tell you about my experience of the kajal I should tell you that my eye lids are really dry and sometimes its hard to apply liners and stuff because it tugs.

This kajal didn't perform well when I applied it on my upper eye lids. It hardly stayed for an hour or two without primer. It fairs slightly better when I prep and prime my eyes.

On my waterline it did better. It stayed for a good 4+ hours. So if you are looking for something to tightline your eyes with this is is for you.

It isn't difficult to apply but the the fat tip can make things difficult for beginners who aren't expert at eye liner application.
                     



The pigmentation is average. Its not the blackest black thing out there. You have to do a couple swipes to get the desired colour.
                   


Price & Availability: Its available for RS. 50 only at almost all general and cosmetic stores.


Final Verdict: The price is so good you can definitely give it a whirl but don't expect it to blow you away.

You can find out more on their facebook page here

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Red/Green Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

So I posted a photo of the Green Velvet Cake recently on my facebook page.

                   




                     
I have made this cake thrice already. Once in green and twice in red. Every time I have got great praises for it. Its taste and texture is different from normal cakes we bake at home. It is really soft and not very overpoweringly sweet. I make this cake for special occasions only.

                     
Google Image: This is how a red velvet looks like. I don't however add the center layer of cream.

Now I am sharing my recipe with you guys. I found it online but since I  have tried it already you guys can trust this one :) There are a million recipes online but you cant be sure whether they'll work or fail.


Ingredients:
Wet Ingredients:

>Oil             3/4 cups
>Eggs            2 Large
>Vinegar         1 tsp
>Vanilla Essence 1 tsp
> Salt   Tiny Pinch (optional)
>Food Colour   1 whole bottle (Red or Green)
***(T
his quantity depends on which type of colours you are using. Good gel colours are sufficient in little amounts like one or two teaspoons but the ones available in Pakistan are not that good.)
>Apple Sauce     3/4 cups
***(Apple sauce recipe: Take two apples peel them and remove the seeds. Now blend them with 3 Tbsp water and make a paste)***
>Butter Milk     1 Cup
***(Butter Milk: You can make it yourself. Put one Tbsp fresh lemon juice in a cup and add normal milk to it and let it stand for 10 minutes. It changes its consistency and that's when you get your butter milk)***

Dry Ingredients:
Castor sugar   1 1/2 cups
Flour          2 1/2 cups
Baking Powder  1 tsp
Baking Soda    1/4 tsp

How To:
Line your cake pan with butter paper
 or if you don't have butter paper just grease the bottom and sides of the pan with oil. Make sure you have every bit covered.Set it aside.

1.  
In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda together.
**This is your Mixture
 A


2. In a separate bowl beat oil, castor sugar and apple sauce together on fast speed.

3. Now add the eggs one at a time.
4. Keep on beating and now add the vanilla essence, salt  and vinegar.
** This is your Mixture B
 

5. Now put the half of dry mixture A in bowl of Mixture B.
6. Using a spatula fold it in slowly.
7. Now put the rest of Mixture A and fold it too.
8. Add the butter milk and start beating again on normal speed.
9. Add your food colour and beat for a minute or two on fast speed. 




Pour your mixture in the cake pan and bake at 180 C for 30 minutes. 


Cream Cheese Frosting:
Ingredients:
Cream Cheese   6 Tbsp
Butter Melted  4 Tbsp
Icing Sugar    1 Cup
Castor Sugar   1 Tbsp
                     
                           


Mix all of the above in a bowl with a whisk. 
Now spread it thick on your cake covering it well.

                 



 
                                      
 These are the ones I used.


                          

Add in your coloured sprinkles or anything else you want for decor.
                








Monday, 11 November 2013

Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream

Winters are finally here and for girls with extremely dry skin that is never a welcoming news. I wanted to be prepared for the winters. I was looking for a cream that came in a large packaging preferably a tub or a jar with SPF 30 or higher. Well I couldn't get the SPF part but at least I got a big jar of moisturizer.
                       

                      
Google Image

It comes in a plastic tub pack with a green cap. It was sealed with a foil. The packaging is really basic stuff. Nothing fancy going on here! Mine is 150ml tub with 33% extra so 200ml.
                


                      
This cream is meant for the whole body so feel free to moisturize your arms and legs.
The cream is not runny at all and has a thick consistency. It is very absorbent. I love the non-greasy formula. It does not sit heavily on the skin. It absorbs fairly quickly making it an ideal moisturizer.
The all day moisturizer claim did not work for me since my skin gets very dry in winters. I re apply the cream after 6-8 hours.


I does not give out a strong odour. It has a soft smell to it if you observe closely.

Its main ingredients are Aloe Vera, Winter Cherry and Indian Kino Tree."
                   




Some people may dislike the jar packaging but I like it. It makes it travel friendly.

I can't speak for the oily skinned girls but for girls with dry skin it works good. It hasn't caused any breakouts so far.
                      


Consistency Check


I wish they would do something about the SPF part :(

Price & Availability:  It can be found at most general and cosmetic stores. Its also available online at Beauty Arena for Rs 240.
For more updates check out facebook page for Himalaya Herbals Pakistan.

Final Verdict: You get a great amount of product for the price and it works really well in winters specially if you have dry skin.