Beauty

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primers

 

Primers are literally a godsend for every woman on the planet. Especially for those who struggle with patchy coverage and end up with a melted, messy face within an hour of applying make-up. However, great-quality primers are like a pearl in an oyster: Rare and precious.

 

I got the opportunity to try out Laura Mercier’s Silicone-Free, Pure Canvas Primers. In this blog, I will elaborate on my experience with each of the five types of Primers: Perfecting, Blurring, Hydrating, Illuminating and Protecting.

 

First comes: The Perfecting Primer. This product glided seamlessly onto my skin. It prevented my face from turning into an oil reserve, which is an achievement in itself! Moreover, I think the presence of Green Tea Extract and Vitamin C made my skin tone even.

 

The second savior of the day: Blurring Primer. I am utterly obsessed with those Snapchat filters which give a soft glow to your face and blur out blemishes. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that this primer can do just that – in real world! It also kept my skin nourished and yet again absorbed any excess layer of oil on my face. At the end of the day, my skin looked flawless!

 

The third knight in shining armor: Protecting Primer. This primer is actually a knight, for it protects your skin dutifully. While being infused with SPF, it provides a protective layer on your skin against harmful sun rays, which slows down the formation of wrinkles and keeps your complexion in check. It was too early to determine the long-term effects of this primer, but I did notice that my skin improved within a few days.

 

The fourth primer I tried was: The Hydrating Primer. It ensures that the natural moisture of your skin keeps it nourished. The dryer parts of my face (apart from the T-zone), which would quite often give my make-up a patchy look, felt more moisturized and healthy after constant use.

 

Lastly, I experimented with The Illuminating Primer. This primer actually gave my skin a glowing, radiant look. Being a mother of three children, it is difficult to look bright and active everyday. However, this primer brought out my skin’s natural glow and gave me a fresh, healthy look everyday!

 

My experience with all five of these primers was amazing. All of them suited my skin for different make-up looks. Laura Mercier’s primers are indeed as valuable as a pearl in an oyster.

Beauty

Overnight Face Masks

Overnight Face Masks

Overnight Face Masks

 

Flawless skin starts with a flawless skincare routine. The principle behind the sleeping face mask is that you counterbalance the active ingredients by absorbing it into your skin, before going to bed. The active ingredients slowly release in all respects to your face, giving the utmost pamper of the lifetime, simply without any heavy lifting.

Hypothesis? You may be following your skincare routine scrupulously, but your skin still seems to be droughty. Your current, skincare products might not be efficient, and you may need to change your direction.

Enter the era of overnight face masks: a super-sonic moisture masks that would descend deeply into your skin. An overnight face mask is the definition of mystery. You implement it before you sleep, and you do not need to rinse off until morning. On the exterior, they seem like reverence night creams. Since they are nourishing and tend to be dense in texture than average moisturizers. But these bad boys, are more than that!

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Beauty

YO GLOW – ENZYME SCRUB by Huda Beauty

YO GLOW – ENZYME SCRUB by HUDA BEAUTY

YO GLOW – ENZYME SCRUB by HUDA BEAUTY

I caved in and finally bought Huda Beauty Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub and to be honest I am not quite happy with my new skincare purchase, though it looks pretty gorgeous & bright on my skincare shelf but performance wise it was it was just okay.

 

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Lifestyle, Parenting

Positive impact of Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the entire world, most of the countries have gone under a lock-down. Majority of the people are now staying at home and working remotely.

Many have stopped all of their outdoor activities and quarantined themselves at their homes as a smart decision. However, the sudden halt in everyone’s social life has had adverse effects.

Nevertheless, there may be a silver lining.

First, by being “forced” to stay inside your homes, many of you (with healthy and functional families) may be spending more than usual time with them. You can take advantage of this opportunity to bond with your loved ones, maybe over a board game, a cuppa or a comedy movie. Prior to this situation, you may have always complained about not having enough time to sit down with your family. Now, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of this epidemic, you can spend time with your children, parents or life partner and develop a strong bond.

Second, with my munchkins being at home 24/7, I have decided to train them to be independent and responsible. All the house chores have been assigned to every member of my family, which has brought us together and also lessened my burden. With my children learning to make instant noodles, wash their dishes and make their beds, I couldn’t feel any prouder. You could do the same with your children, who will then grow up to be strong and capable.

Third, you also have a golden chance to homeschool your children and become their first-ever best friend. You can start by painting together, baking a delicious chocolate cake, learning a new language or playing a sport. You can also form a trusting, friendly and comforting relationship with them. After all, the relationship of a parent and a child is beautiful, yet delicate; the connection you make with each other now will greatly impact their future.

In a nutshell, I understand that this situation is not all glitters and rainbows. Many of you may still be going out to work or may not have a loving family. However, all I’m going to say is that focus on improving your mental health and choose to look at the bright side of this situation. This too shall pass.

Parenting

What Parents Need to Know About the Coronavirus

What Parents Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The latest on COVID-19, including some encouraging news for parents.

I understand the concern about the coronavirus most of us have right now. After all, it’s dominating the headlines and probably your work and home conversation.

But as a pediatrician, let’s talk first about what’s most important to me and you: our kids.

Fortunately, we have not seen any cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at Cook Children’s. The other good news is based on confirmed cases of COVID-19 from around the world, kids have been relatively protected from serious illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are less likely to get Novel coronavirus infections (COVID-19) than adults. And the good news is if they do get it, it’s usually a mild case.

In a study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China, only about 400 cases occurred in children under age 9 with zero deaths.

Most of the kids who caught COVID-19 had mild symptoms, including a fever, runny nose and cough.

“These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon,” the CDC wrote.

The CDC adds, “However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying conditions.”

So now let’s get to some of the basics you may be wondering about.

What is the “Coronavirus?”

COVID-19 is a novel respiratory coronavirus which most often presents with symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath. The rapid spread throughout China (and now outside of China) as well the significant percentage of cases that result in severe illness is what makes COVID-19 a particular concern.

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Food, Lifestyle

Castello Trattoria

Castello Trattoria
Exquisite Italian fine-dining experience.

 

 

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Have you ever been to a place which speaks to your heart, mind and soul in a way that no human has been able to? Such places, particularly such restaurants, feel like they’ve been made just for you, due to its individualistic vibe. In my experience, there have been quite a few which have successfully grabbed my attention. One such restaurant is “Castello”. The first thing I observed (and fell in love with) was the playlist lighting up the whole place. They pl8 Byran Adams & Lady in Red, which attracted me like a moth to a fire. Then, when I regained my senses, I looked around to take in the environment. From the seating arrangement and decoration to the placement of plants and interior design, everything was sublime, well-organized and commendable. The perfect harmony of colours all around added to the aesthetic look of the restaurant. Let’s come to the main (and the most essential) part: FOOD. They indeed did justice to this category. We started our meal with a Caesar Salad and Mushroom Al Granchio. Caesar Salad was, by far, the best salad I had ever had in Karachi. It was fresh, flavoursome and filling. Then, since I am on a diet, we asked them if they could customize our meals accordingly and, guess what? They were more than happy to cater to us, which made me a happy baby. For our main course, we had Chicken Roulade and Bistecca Verde & Grilled Jumbo Prawns. All of them were bursting with flavours, cooked to perfection and tasted heavenly. For dessert, we had bread pudding which had the perfect amount of sweetness and texture. Moreover, one would expect the prices to be sky-high due to the sizes of the portions and the quality of food. However, it was surprisingly affordable, which is definitely another plus point. To conclude, if someone were to ask me to rate this restaurant on a scale of 1-10, I would definitely give it a 100! @castellopk #Castello #CastelloPK #highlifeshenanigans #Karachi #Foodislife #foodphotography #Italian #foodporn

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Have you ever been to a place which speaks to your heart, mind and soul in a way that no human has been able to? Such places, particularly such restaurants, feel like they’ve been made just for you, due to its individualistic vibe. In my experience, there have been quite a few which have successfully grabbed my attention. One such restaurant is “Castello Trattoria”.

The first thing I observed (and fell in love with) was the playlist lighting up the whole place. They played Byran Adams and Lady in Red, which attracted me like a moth to a fire.

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