Revlon Colorbust Matte Balm// Sultry : A review and swatch

Now I'm sure we were all waiting with baited breath for the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms to hit our shores - well...I was - being the lip product fanatic I am! So when I saw them in Boots you could say I was a little excited! After swatching all the colours (several times- and being very restraint) I decided on Sultry - a mauve-y pink that looks beautiful in the tube but goes on more a dusky pink on my pigmented lips.

In a nutshell I'm not too sure if I like the colour but the formula! Let's talk about the formula! It's something else- even though it's matte it feels more creamy but still retains the matte look on the lips. For someone who is used to the Sahara-dry matte that is MAC Ruby Woo, this is just perfect.

Even though it isn't marketed as a stain, I noticed that it fades away into a lovely pink (one that I liked) so in terms of longevity this'll stick around! Like the original Balm Stains, this has that minty kind of smell that thankfully isn't too noticeable once you apply it.

So what colours are you thinking of getting?
Until next time!

*Also I decided to change the blog name to Asmaa Writes- your thoughts? :) 


#1 Some favourite reads

Ah it's good to be properly back in Blogland *takes a deep breath of the lovely candle and cupcake scented air*.

Working in a bookstore is quite bad for my bank balance to say the least but I've found so many gems!  Today's offerings are three popular books: To Kill a Mockingbird// Harper Lee, The Hundred-Year-Old Man who climbed out of a window and disappeared//Jonas Jonasson and lastly, Man Repeller// Leandra Medine. 

Look at that cover guys! So beautiful eh! 

I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird (almost said Mockingjay then!) when I was younger and enjoying it - so I thought I'd give it another whirl and I think it's even better this time round! It's warm and funny, yet at the same time it discusses violence, race and other 'heavy' subjects which are filtered through the innocent eyes of the young Scout.
It's honestly one of the best books I've read- definitely think everyone should give it a read!

 Now The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of a window and disappeared (longest title ever) is exactly what the title says. But through a series of unexpectedly hilarious events you realise that this particular 100 year old man is quite spectacular!

Another funny book (see a trend emerging here?) is fashion blogger Leandra Medine's Man Repeller .
I saw this in one of Anne's posts a long while back and because everything she recommends I must have- I ended up getting it. I must say though- I really enjoyed reading it. It's something of a biography and the one thing I ended up wanting when I finished the book was a good leather jacket. (Still on the hunt)

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books?
Until next time!


Illamasqua Cream Blusher // Seduce: A review

Illamasqua Seduce Blusher- a little redder in real life though

A makeup review that isn't about lipstick? Yes I know - hark at me being all professional with my variety!
The Illamasqua Cream blusher in Seduce is  exactly what I had been looking for- a darkish plummy flush with a bit of sheen that looks quite natural. It's a Cream blusher and unlike the Topshop Cream Blushers actually stays...creamy - when applied on the skin that is.
Top: Blended out
Bottom: One swipe (Again a tad darker and more plum in real life)

 I find that it goes on well using either my fingers or a brush. I like to dot it on with my finger then blend it out with my Eco Tools Blush Brush which is a travel size one and works perfectly for blush, contour and highlighter (preferable not all at the same time..obviously) because of its shape.

This retails for a whopping £18 (attempting to whisper the price here)- because my family would think it was complete and utter madness to spend that much on a blusher... regrettably I'm bloody happy with myself...

Update: You can get this for £7.50 in the Illamsqua sale- HERE... this simply means I can get a different one guilt free- I have my eye on Dixie.. 

Does this blusher strike your fancy?
Until next time! 



*Yes this is embarrassingly late; though I did write it on the 17th Dec. so I hope that makes it somewhat okay :/

I was part of Rosie's Bloggers Book Swap and was paired with the awesome Eadaoin.

The packages in all their glory-
please ignore the crappy lighting etc. shorter days and all.
Also- in contrast to my shoddy and questionable wrapping skills- everything was so beautifully wrapped!

E sent me the loveliest package that literally made my day- but the funny thing was - our packages were so similar! Down to the brown paper packaging tied up with string (these are few of my favourite things!) the little notes in the books and the extras! I must say though- I am now addicted to Percy Pigs - so thanks E (yes I blame you- not my lack of self control...).
This post was long overdue but I've read Gone Girl now so at least I can report on that- and my oh my it is one hell of a book. I still can't decide if I like the actual story or not but it's so. well. written. It's very gripping and intriguing. There were some aspects of the character development etc. that completely took me by surprise- I won't go into more detail for fear of spoiling the story.

I have yet to read The Shadow of the Wind but am really looking forward to it as it seems like it would be right up my street!

Have you read either of these books? And if you haven't would you?
Until next time!