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#BreakTheNorm – Stay at Home Moms Vs Working Moms

Women’s day is all about celebrating women around the world and raising awareness about their rights in man’s world. This year it was quite a stir about stay at home moms vs working moms after Filmstar Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajpoot spoke about her being a proud stay at home mom while choosing to judge working moms. This international women’s day on Pakistani Twitter (apart from this Saas bahu type discussion of working Vs homemakers) was all about courageous women who have proved their matel in every walk of life. 

Gosh Pakistan, a Copenhagen based cosmetic company decided to honor such brave women from every walk of life this women’s day and got noticed. It is not easy to be a women in man’s world and definitely an achievement to be at the top of your field. No matter how many times she has to break the norm of being a girl, she is there to achieve whatever she dreams about. Good to see such encouragement and celebration from brands. #BreakTheNorm hashtag made me share my story too which a lot of people got inspired by. It was my honest tale about marriage, work and having kids. I kinda find myself relating to Mira Rajpoot as well as the other mommies around. 

Mira Rajpoot, being completely an outsider to bollywood might not know how to be politically correct like her husband but her choice of words at public forums has sparked outrage often. Being a stay at home mom myself I can relate to her sentiments but then I work (freelance) too. That makes me understand the perspective of both working as well as homemaker women.

I would like to give Mira some linenacy as her intentions might not be derogatory towards working moms but her statement reflects otherwise. Being a star wife and choosing to be a mom at such young age is her choice and she’s happy with her role. I hope in future she realizes that her statements has a mass reach and she should be respectful to other women.

In response to her sentiments there was an open letter written by three working moms explaining their struggles to raise kids as well earn for themselves. The points were extremely valid but was it an effort to demean the stature of stay at home moms? I felt like it was written in a way to portray that working moms are superior to stay at home moms because they have to battle it out more. Then again it is a matter of choice.

Moms are brave, bold and powerful. If they chose to stay at home or work, let them be. Being a women we should support and encourage moms in every possible way. 

I choose to stay at home but I am earning through my freelance work projects too, which allows me to be with the kids most of the time. They’re so young to take care of themselves and I chose to be with them. Whenever I have to go out for any event or any assignment I make sure that the kids stay with their father. It is a constant juggling between the roles but I am trying to manage it. I don’t compare my choices with any other women rather I try to break the norm for myself and excel in doing what I love to do. Between kids and job it is like a demotional experience for mommies. (Shahrukh Khan coined the term demotional which means to be detached and yet emotional about someone). 

Embrace every role in your life with dignity. Be the women who support other women rather than being the one who pull others down. It needs a lot of courage to pursue your dreams, don’t let your gender be a reason not to do so. 

Ballet Glow Blush by MM Makeup 

If there’s one Pakistani cosmetic brand that you shouldn’t miss in your makeup stash, it has to be MM Makeup. Their silk foundation is a must have. Apart from that I really liked MM lipsticks & blushes. They have two variants in blushers but I’ve used only stay on blusher yet. 

The packaging of Ballet Glow shade is very nice. With a clear top you can see the shade even before opening the lid. The blusher quantity is huge as it is very well pigmented and you don’t need to rub brush again and again. Pro Tip:Don’t over do the shade though as it will not look good on the cheeks. Be gentle while applying. 

MM makeup stay on blusher in Ballet Glow is a glowing  peachy pink shade that will suit Asian skin & almost every complexion. You might need to skip using highlighter with Ballet Glow as it is quite glowy on the skin. Lasting power is pretty good for a powder blush. Loved the fine yet subtle shimmer in the shade. A pop of color to your cheeks. For the price the quantity of blush is apt & will last for a long time. 

As per MM website, 

You need a blush that lasts hours, not minutes, right? Our Stay on Blusher formula provides long lasting and fade-resistant color that glides on smoothly and blends easily.

MM makeup has also launched a new shade in pressed powder called deep honey. The shade is on a darker sandy side and I think it will go well with MM Silk Foundation shade Latte but I haven’t experienced both as it is not my skin shade. If you have tried it do let me know. 

What’s your favorite MM makeup product? You can check the MM Makeup online here. 

#OliviaShukria – Must have Olivia Products

Growing up in the 90’s with minimal locally available beauty brands, Olivia has been there in my memories. Mom didn’t use makeup at all except that natural lipstick (remember the orange/green one that turns pink?), a talcum powder and a cleansing milk by Olivia. That’s all that I’ve seen in mom’s closet. Later on I’ve been introduced to Olivia blusher stick and oh Gosh!! how I miss that miracle of a blusher stick. 

Last month came across a New year greetings video on Facebook by Olivia & I was surprised. Such a nostalgic trip down memory lane it was to see such an old brand stepping into digital sphere in style. Then came their new lotions range ad with such fun Vibes. Loved the fun packaging & variants of it. 

Olivia Products are Halal & ISO Certified too. Here’s my two favorite & highly recommended Olivia products. 

Olivia Kajal 

If you’re a kajal person, you must be been through the struggle to find the best one. I find Olivia kajal among one of the best options. 

Why Olivia kajal? 

  • Smudge free 
  • No irritation after application 
  • Blackest of the black color
  • Easy application 
  • No sharpener needed
  • Very economical (Just Rs50) 

    Packaging is not bad for the pricing & the bullet shape of the kajal makes it stand out among all those kajal pencils that you need to sharpen often. The product is the best in its category. 

    Olivia lotion Coco butter yum

    Lotions are a new  edition in Olivia’s line of products. Very trendy & cute little packaging with a quality product inside. This one will make your skin smell like chocolate-caramel ice cream & you might end up craving for some lol. It is a handbag essential these days for me as I have to go out with kids often & after every handwash I need something to moisturize my skin on the go. This chocolatey goodness is easy to carry along. 

    I hope I get my hands on Olivia blusher stick too which I was obsessed with during my college days. Looking forward to some great Halal products addition in Olivia’s range as they’re the most affordable Pakistani brand in market. 

    Have you ever tried Olivia products? Which one’s your favorite? 

    #HealItOnTheGo – A memorable Spa Eve with Vaseline 

    Since the birth of my kids I find it really time consuming to visit a spa & to be very frank I do miss going for a pampering session often. With new responsibilities you have to readjust lifestyle and priorities change. Motherhood is so demanding yet I try to take care of myself as much as possible.

    One fine day I received a gorgeous invite from Vaseline Pakistan for a pampering session at Blush Salon & spa with my favorite bloggers who’ve actually became friends over the period of time. I decided not to miss the relaxing day out & I am so glad that I made it to the event.  

    The winter care package was just gorgeous. Felt already so pampered by just seeing at the hamper. Imagine how beautiful the event is going to be. Vaseline Pakistan hosted the Spa Eve at Blush Salon & Spa located at Shahbaz commercial, DHA, Karachi. It was a Cinderella kinda evening where Vaseline became fairy God mother for us all. From that pumpkin cart to cinderella shoes, everything felt like a royalty. 

    A chauffeur driven car picked me up from home. Was Greeted by a beautiful blue bouquet that smells so dreamy. A note in the car says, ” sit back, relax, hydrate yourself & listen to some music”. That was so spoiling. The hour long journey to the spa was easy breasy. 

    Blush Salon is housed in a multi storey building which is quite spacious, beautifully decorated & luxurious. We went to the first floor for manicure & Pedicure treatment along with some really cool hosts. Vaseline Pakistan girls were so sporting & engaged us in some fun healthy skin trivia games. There were prizes too which I managed to win too. So Yaaay again. It was a great day. 

    One important thing about dry skin care that I learnt was that the more you expose your skin to water the more it get gets prone to dryness. That’s why you need to moisturize your skin every time you take bath or wash your hands even. Vaseline lotions have been formulated with micro droplets of petroleum jelly to #HealItOnTheGo without making your skin feel oily at all. 

    I have been using Vaseline healthy white (pink bottle variant) at home while my husband likes to use the Aloe one(green Vaseline). The Vaseline girls told me that Vaseline Cocoa glow is specially formulated for winter weather and it is better to use it in winters while pink one can be used throughout the year.

    Meanwhile, we were being pampered by a Cocoa glow Mani & Pedicure. The staff was very efficient & know their jobs.

    Loved the ambiance of the spa too. Dim lights & relaxing services made me feel so comfortable. Not to forget the delicious spread by the Patio. So yum. The day couldn’t get any better than this. 

    Been using the Cocoa glow Vaseline since then & my skin felt so much better despite the dry weather. The smell is amazing too. I have a new moisturizing favorite which can actually #HealItOnTheGo. 

    Thank you Vaseline Pakistan & TBC team for such a beautiful evening. Loved every bit of it. Follow Vaseline Pakistan on Facebook for some useful skincare tips & fun giveaways. 

    About first ever #OriflameBloggersMeetup and Product Review

    The invite of first ever Oriflame Pakistan’s Bloggers meetup came in as a sweet surprise to me because I haven’t seen them very active on social media platforms before. In fact their direct selling method is the one which keeps you wondering about them. Few of my relatives & friends  are already working with Oriflame as their consultants and keep informing me about the new offers & products. So, it is a kind of household name to us. 

    The products need no fake praises because everyone knows that they’re worth every penny. Also, the ingredients are cruelty free & natural, making their skin care range one of the best out there. But that wasn’t the goal of this unique bloggers meetup. I was excited about going there to actually know what makes them go active on social media. Glad that I went and met Oriflame Pakistan’s enthusiastic team with some amazing fellow bloggers. It was one of the best meetups that I have been to. 

    We were greeted by Fahad, Sufyan & Gul afshan at the meetup as we’re like their family. It was all about the vision behind Oriflame Sweden’s birth & then how it spreads globally. Oriflame Sweden aims to fulfill dreams of their employees(basically the resellers, whom they call consultants and managers). 

    Oriflame Sweden is almost 50 years old & one of world’s few certified direct selling companies,  providing employment opportunities to people from the comfort of their homes while having no compromise on the quality of their products. In fact they are proud of the way they operate. 

    In past 8 years Oriflame Pakistan has managed to become a family of 12000 consultants Countrywide. As per standard procedure Oriflame products came in catalog offers to their respective consultants for buyers. You’ll get them sometimes with a discount too when there is a promotion going on. The key is to keep an eye on offers. 

    Product review- Oriflame Products that I’ve tried so far:

    I’ve used Oriflame’s 5in1 facial foam, Tea tree based blemish corrector, The ONE spa care lip balm, Giordani Gold bronzing pearls(In Natural peach shade this bronzer is a bomb) and eye liner way before this meetup happened. This was the first time that I’ve tried their complete makeup range and skin creams. The goody bag (even the invite) was surprisingly a generous one with lots of winter essentials. 

    I’ve used their The ONE illuskin foundation in Ivory shade. It has a very light, non greasy formula that spreads evenly on your face giving medium coverage. Somewhat similar to a BB cream or fit me foundation. With a pressed powder  you can get a perfect base for a formal look or you can easily carry it without powder for everyday look. The foundation has SPF 20 protection & the pump dispenser comes with a twist n lock head. That’s a plus. 

    The oh so heavy jar of Milk & Honey gold nourishing hand & body cream is my favorite product these days. The cream is quite pasty n thick, easily manageable, not an oily one & gives a softer hydrated feel. O Gosh it makes your skin smell like just out of a dessert bar. Perfect winter companion. 

    Pure color Lipsticks didn’t impress me with their pigmentation & packaging. They are pretty glossy & have low staying power. 

    The ONE lipsticks both matte & glossy are decent. I got Cranberry blush shade of The ONE lipstick & coral shade in matte. Both packaging & pigmentation is good for these two shades(the stain of matte lipstick stays way longer than you actually want). The Giordano range of lipsticks felt like royalty. They were so moisturizing & luxurious. 

    Feet-up foot cream is on trial these days & I’ll review it after using for atleast 2 weeks but so far so good. There are lots of other items in the goody bag that I’ll be trying soon to let you all know what’s worth buying from Oriflame Pakistan. 

    PS: Go through Oriflame’s love Natural skin care range as it is my favorite one so far. You’ll love it because of the tea tree benefits. 

    It is good to see Oriflame Pakistan growing at a pace in Pakistan. I hope they continue to strive for the best in future too. You can check Oriflame Pakistan’s website to explore their products or ask from any of their consultants near you.