Saturday, 21 October 2017

The most important nail thing I have - BeautyBigBang Nail Polish Holder

Hello everybody! It's been a looong time but I've started uni a month ago and its been a whirlwind and I'm still struggling to catch my breath!

But today I've got a review post for you guys and I'm not going to lie, but this thing is an absolute necessity for me! I legit won't paint my nails without it! It's the wearable nail polish holder from BeautyBigBang. They've got it in a range of cute pastel colours like a pale pink and a mint green but the blue one was a lot more my style because bright colours make me happy πŸ˜†

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 That is the unit pictured above. I usually wear the thing on my index and middle finger but you could wear it on your middle and ring one if you like a more 'centered' look.

After putting it on your preferred fingers, you unscrew the cap of the polish bottle and then insert it into the polish slot (pictured clearly below). Then from there on out painting your nails is soooo much more convenient! No more gripping the bottle with your toes and having it slip and spill polish on your mothers new rug (totally a fictional scenario....not).

I mean it! Its the most important nail thing I own now! You coukd literally sit anywhere and not worry about your polish bottle slipping over! It takes away the anxiety I have while I'm sitting on the carpets and painting my nails...... I know its weird that I like sitting on the ground when painting my nails but man you should try it sometime! Its so much easier to lay out your stuff and plan your nails πŸ˜…

Right so after you've got the polish holder on, paint your nails *fabulously and with no anxiety* and then look at the picture above, see the two finger slots? You can see two 'antennae' of sorts... those are THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to take note of! You need to pull them UP towards the polish bottle and LIFT the polish holder OFF your fingers. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT attempt to slide it off your fingers. Disasters will ensue. Okay so maybe not disasters exactly; but you will smudge your polish and then blame the product when its actually your own fault......so.. disaster πŸ˜†

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
For the sake of the review, I got out allll the different shaped polish bottles so I could test out if the holder worked universally ie; for everyy bottle out there. I'm talking minis and giants ladies and gentlemen. Here's my line-up:

The Butter Adventures Different Polish Bottle Line up
 So moving left to right, we've got the fattest bottle I own; the Probelle nail hardening base coat I talked about here. And here's how it holds up to the polish holder. I honestly was not expecting it to fit but there it is, sitting all snug in the holder.

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
Also, I wanted to test out how well it would do if I were to rotate my hand 180 degrees. Basically I wanted to test if the bottles would fall out of the holders if I were to hold them upside down... here's my results for each bottle.
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 Call it weirdness or call it curiosity, I just wanted to know okay πŸ˜†.

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 This is the tallest bottle of polish and it fit pretty snug too...

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
And didn't fall out either.

And here's a standard square shaped bottle... Essie-like...
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
Held up great too...

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 Then this is the skinniest bottle I own. Internally I was thinking well, I wouldn't blame it if it were to slide out of the holder during the upside-down will-it-fall test.....
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 But this one held up fine too! The slant was because of how I initially placed the bottle, not because it slid forward during the test.
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
(I was getting delusional at this point, there were soooo many pictures πŸ˜… but I persevered and went on to my final experiment. The minis. 

The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
 ..........and dah-dah-DAAAHH. The mini didn't slide out either! A round of applause for the polish holder with the fabulous grip!!
The Butter Adventures Nail Polish Holder Review
You see why I was so excited about this holder thing? I refuse to paint my nails without it because now I don't have to depend on a stable surface to put the polish down on and then have trouble reaching it AND also; I feel super cool using it okay? All my friends do to, so there. It costs $3.12 as of now but you can use the code UPTOWN for 10% off this and any other thing off their website



Thanks so much for sticking with me for so long and I hope you liked my review πŸ’“

Happy shopping 😏
--Mirza.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Green and Gold for Independence and EnjoyOurs Review

So it's no secret that my favourite polish is a metallic dark green that I miraculously found, you can read about it here. so I basically wear that any time I want a confidence boost. I knew I wouldn't be able to paint my nails as frequently as I am used to given the busy schedule, and with Independence Day right around the corner, the green was an absolute no-brainer.

I said there was another review in the works on my previous post, and today I'm here to deliver! I've got another item from EnjoyOurs to share with you. In case you haven't already please read my review policy here. So I'm coming at you today with some simple solid-coloured mani to give you guys some inspiration for the 14th, and to showcase the incredibly cool rings!

Check it out.

The Butter Adventures Review

I'm wearing these rings in their gold version. It's a 10 piece set that retails for $1.79 currently.  As you can see, I only have nine on my fingers, and that was for two reasons, one; because I ran out of finger space to fit the elephant ring. It was sized like a regular ring so I think I can wear it as a midi-ring on my thumb. And the second reason is because the elephant looked a little... squished.. like.. it was too short to be an elephant so I just left it out.

The Butter Adventures Review

My favourite pieces out of the whole bunch would have to be the ankh (the Egyptian symbol on my pinky) and the one with the moon on it (the top one on my ring finger).

The rings are all made of light-weight metal. I don't know if they are prone to rusting just yet, but I just to be safe, I will keep them away from water, moisturizer and perfumes so that they don't discolour or rust. The rings are sturdy enough though, so the metal used was definitely not too cheap and the rhinestones used aren't too bad either, so 9 good rings plus 1 okay-ish ring for less than $2 is definitely a good deal.

You can choose your set from out of three colours; gold, silver or bronze and you can use the code below (CDA10) for 10% off your entire order and free shipping!

The Butter Adventures Discount Code

I hope you guys like my reviews so far! I've got so many more posts I want to put out!

Have a great day everyone!
-- Mirza

Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Stamping Review - Enjoyours Review

Hey everyone! I'm here with a new mani and a review on the items that I used to create it.

I received some items from the EnjoyOurs company to review, and as stated here, all opinions are my own. If you pop over to their website and something takes your fancy, you can use the code "CDA10" to get 10% off on your purchase.

RIGHT. So... onto the naaails!

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07
This is the plate BC-07 from their lace collection series. I looked it up on their website and here's the link to this plate, just click on the 07 option. It currently costs $2.19.

The engraved images on the plate are exactly the same as the image shown on the website. This plate has a bit of a modern-lace feel to it with the smaller images like the three crowns. I don't know what the palm trees are doing on a lace plate but I live five minutes away from the beach so the palm trees are always welcome! πŸ˜†

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

 So after removing the plastic from the plate and sitting down to do my nails...I wanted to play up on the 'modern vibe' of the lace so I put on this corally-red base. It's the go-to shade for me when I have no idea what to do because this shade always looks good with everything in my closet.

I also picked up my one-coater gold polish to go with the red. I assumed that because it was a one-coater that it would stamp really well.....(spoiler alert, it didn't). And of course can't stamp without a scraper and a stamper so I got those too. Put everything together and you've got yourself a pretty flat-lay. (Yay, I'm picking up on the blogging things xD)

(And for those interested in the background image, its some water colour brush calligraphy I did a while ago)

Okay back to nails! I thought  that that gold polish would stamp perfectly. I thought WRONG. It stamped so sheer I couldn't even capture the image when I picked it up on my clear stamper. Sad. So I tried twice. Just in case it was a fault with the image. It wasn't. So I switched to my trusty L.A. Colors Black polish and used that. As you can see, it stamped great. The image picked up flawlessly and I absolutely love this rose print! Its just that quintessential lace print for me.

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

 The image below is the completed mani. I used five images in total from the plate to make this mani. You can't see two out of those five images because that gold refused to stamp with a respectable amount of pigment. But I can see the gold peeking through (on the index and middle fingers) and I think that adds a little bit of  dimension....so its like the plate is serving its purpose LOL, making my nails look a lot more attractive in lace.

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

Overall, I think its a really nice plate. Its something I would definitely get given my love for all things Victorian. Also, I think you would really like this plate if you liked matching your nails to your outfits! It's summer and lace is always trending! So its a win-win.

Now that the nails are done, I would like to talk about the actual parcel delivery service. It took about a month and a half for this parcel to get to me. But SHIPPING IS FREE. This is something that is so necessary for me! I live in Pakistan so getting anything shipped to me costs around $30-40. That is a scary amount and I know it's the same rate for a lot of countries so I literally do a mini happy-dance when I see the words "free shipping" on any website.

Before this one was shipped out, one of my parcels had been lost in the mail and the lovely Sherry at EnjoyOurs was kind enough to resend this parcel to me.So I just know that their customer service will be just as lovely!

Again. I'm leaving you guys a code for 10% off. Give the website a go! They've got a great variety of things on there so there's something for everyone! I have my eye on a phone accessory that's a phone stand in the shape of two hands! How CUTE!!

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

Happy shopping guys! I hope you all enjoyed my review! There's another one in the works!

Take care,
-Mirza.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

What They Don't Tell You About Eid

Today, I'm going to talk about the other side, the dark side of something that millions of people around the world celebrate; Eid.

Where I live, the sightings of the moon dictate the arrival of holidays. So the night the moon is sighted signifying Eid the next day, is called chaand raat (chaand = moon, raat = night). And its so sad how something designed to be happy and celebratory has become so synonymous with something so negative. Not many people know of the negatives so I'm here to blog about them in the hopes that someday it will all come to a definite stop.

Here's what you don't know about Eid:

The exploitation of labour.

Every year at chaand raat, thousands of girls are hired for henna application purposes. Some, that are fortunate enough to have contacts of their own are directly hired by these individuals and so they spend the whole day working. Then, at the end of it, they go home with all the money have earned.
Most girls, however, are not so fortunate. They are hired by salons or some other form of middle-man, that takes gives them only a percentage of the total earnings. This is ridiculously unfair. Henna application is something that's labour intensive and then giving that labourer less than half of what they have earned for the salon is ridiculous. 

As if the unfair pay wasn't bad enough, these girls come in every age  group! I've seen girls of not more than 10 years of age, sitting there in those tents and salons, working so they can make a quick buck. This is child labour. They aren't paid right. And its not as if only the really sketchy places and shady areas of town hire these under-age girls. Just this year, I saw a 15 year old working at a well known sports club. And I'm sure she wasn't the youngest girl there.

To top it all off, these girls work long hours and into the late hours of the night. The classier establishments and salons close around a standard 1 a.m. while there is no definite closing time for the other places. Those young girls are responsible for their own transport home. Those young girls live far away from those well known, classier, establishments so they get home around 4 a.m. But before they can go home, they must deal with women straight out of a nightmare. They get yelled at by women who aren't satisfied with their henna. It's a sad and ugly truth but they do encounter a few such women that will yell at them, whole-heartedly so.

They also have to deal with constant comparisons. So because people can choose which girl applies their henna, they will go around judging the girls' work. There's nothing wrong with picking the girl who's application you like most; after all, you do pay for it....but it isn't fair when people go around and voice out negative opinions. These girls are human, they have emotions. You can't tell her you think she's a horrible artist. You can't say "Oh, you're a horrible henna artist, I'm going to the lady behind you". Those girls have been working like robots, pausing only to take sips of their tea in between customers, and they sit there and take your yelling and your criticism and the antics of your little children and then take home less than half of what they earned. Well guess what? They didn't sign up for your shit.

No one's asking you to praise them for work that isn't quite what you wanted. But you don't need to be a jerk about it. But when you do like your work, or even if its not the best you've seen, please do tip your henna-girl. They come from families that aren't as financially stable as yours. They do this because they need this extra money. They might need the change to pay for their transport home. Please understand that establishments also hire girls that have zero experience with henna application Please keep in mind that this girl with zero experience...SHE'S BARELY THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. She goes to school, of course she's not as talented as that instagram artist you want her to copy. And please for the love of God, don't yell at her. You chose to have her do your henna. The hand you are dealt is on you. Even if it does look horrible, speak to the management about it and have them drop your fee. Or just be a nice person and let the henna-girl make a little more money. Your henna will fade away and no one will think less of you if your henna didn't turn out that great.

EID IS ABOUT GIVING. EID IS ABOUT SHARING. EID IS ABOUT CELEBRATING AND BEING MERRY.  STOP RUINING THE SPIRIT AND PURPOSE OF EID.

--Chandni

Monday, 22 May 2017

What do Pakistanis Eat? Hanifia!

I'm back with another food post, only this time I have more than just food descriptions and pictures. I've got food history and it spans all the way back to a hundred years!! Also, it's exclusive to Karachi (heheh in your face Lahore-walay πŸ˜‹πŸ˜†πŸ˜)

Right so I'm assuming the name Hanifia (hun-ee-fee-a) comes from the name "Haneef". What it actually is....well...it started out as a teeny tiny shop that sold hunter beef, hunter chicken and hunter beef burgers.And according to their website...they were the first people to ever sell burgers in Karachi....err... that I'm not too sure about but I know for a fact that they were the first people in Karachi to sell hunter beef; it's what they were famous for. 

Coming towards the history bit; Hanifia started up in 1889 in subcontinental India in Simla by Al-Haj Muhammad Hanif Shimlavi. After the Independence and Partition between Pakistan and India they moved themselves and the business to Karachi, Pakistan. They have since expanded their menu and services and sell fried chicken and a variety of sandwiches and wraps.

So essentially, about 30 years ago, students from all over, frequented the small joint at New Town, Jama Masjid in Karachi and would hang out after school/university... grab a bite of "fast food" as it was known then (keep in mind McDonald's opened in Karachi in the early 2000's). At 75 paisas a burger its not hard to imagine why. As of today it costs 160 PKR (about US$2/ £1.30) and its the same one they've been selling for about 70 years..

On to the sub-par food photography!! *sarcastic yay* If you take a look at their website here you'll see some pretty pictures of their food...it looks like something out of a commercial. It's also not how their food really looks unfortunately.

So a takeaway burger comes in a styrofoam box. I'm pretty sure the design of this box has also remained the same for the past 70 years πŸ˜•. The burger comes with the "secret" mustard sauce they created back in Simla. I can tell you for a fact that this mustard sauce does not taste like mustard at all...in fact I don't think I know what it tastes like because my mouth feels like its burning if I try to use it as a dipping condiment. So the secret ingredient is probably red chili paste or something. AKA; not something I want to dip my burger into.

The Original Hanifia burger
And this is what the burger looks like. I got the original beef burger. So its a traditional bakery bun with hunter beef shredded and tossed into that chili mustard sauce.

What it actually looks like
So looking at the bun you're probably thinking that the bottom half is a lot thicker than most buns. This is what a traditional bakery bun looks like in Pakistan and to be completely honest I think this is the best bun to use for this burger. Its a lot denser to it doesn't get soggy as quickly...which is saying a lot because they drench the thing with that mustard sauce! Also.. as I said earlier...the sauce is really spicy so having that thicker bottom half of bread helps ease some of the spice factor.

Inside the burger hidden in the plethora of that sauce you will also find a slice of tomato and maybe two slices of cucumber. For me...its just a hassle really, because I don't like raw tomato and hate cucumber in any sandwich.

Despite its successful history as the go-to burger for young people, I don't think anyone with a low spice tolerance can eat this without feeling sick. It's pretty spicy but if you ask the guy at the register to go easy on the sauce, that helps tone it down a lot! Also, if you're really hungry or have a big appetite then just one of these burgers won't suffice as a meal. And a personal note is that a Coke really is necessary with this burger because even with a controlled amount of sauce, the burger is hella spicyπŸ’€πŸ’€!!!

And this concludes the third part of my 'What do Pakistani's Eat'. I hope you enjoyed reading about this Karachi-exclusive, "secret" mustard sauce drenched burger!

--Chandni