I’m a girl who loves trying new hair and skin products and always updating my beauty routine. But, there are some constants that I simply cannot change! I’ve been using these products for over a month now & it’s safe to say that I’m OBSESSED!

Please keep in mind that what could work on my skin and hair may not work on yours! So please do your research before applying anything to yourself!


REVLON ALL IN ONE HAIR TREATMENT

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I’ve recently come across this product in the most random way ever & I’m glad I did. I used this product all summer long and it just feels right to recommend it & share with you guys. This product has saved my hair from getting dry and brittle from all the beach days and the heat during summer. Another good thing about this product is that it’s not an oil or a serum so it won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. Spray it moderately on your wet hair after you shower. This product has 10 benefits and I can assure you they all work!

  1. Heat protection
  2. Repairs dry and damaged hair
  3. Silkiness & smoothness
  4. Hair color protection
  5. Easier brushing & ironing
  6. Split end prevention
  7. Detangling
  8. Shine & frizz control
  9. Long-lasting hairstyle
  10. Adds body

DXB: You can find it on Souq.com for 37 AED

Cairo: You can buy it from big Beauty Salons like Amr Sadek or Mohamed Al Sagheer for around 350 EGP

L’OREAL REVITALIFT FILLER RENEW EVENING MASK

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I don’t know if you noticed but I am a huge fan of L’oreal products. They work so well on my face and I always see immediate results.

I bought this mask at the beginning of August and I have been using it ever since (4 weeks)! I apply a thin layer of this mask every evening and I wake up with my skin feeling plumped, hydrated, and I can immediately leave the house without feeling the need to apply any makeup. I can honestly tell the difference in my skin the next morning if I forgot to apply it the night before (and it’s not a good one). Now the reason this product works magic is due to its concentration of hyaluronic acid & its ability to penetrate through the skin. Hylaronic acid has many benefits for the skin especially when it comes to anti-aging. It also helps with hydrating and calming the skin and can work on all skin types so you don’t need to worry if your skin is dry, oily, or sensitive.

Additionally, this product doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue & its easily absorbed into the skin. It has made its way into my skincare routine & will stay there for a while!

DXB: You can find it on Souq.com for 99 AED

Cairo: You can find it on Souq.com for 340 EGP

Along with the L’oreal evening mask, I have also added an eye cream to my skincare also routine from… L’oreal (what a surprise)

AGE PERFECT EYES 360º

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This product has greatly helped brighten the dark circles under my eyes. Now they won’t be completely gone, but you will definitely see a change after using it for a short period of time. Dark circles are caused by many factors like genes, lifestyle routine (what we eat and drink), skincare and, of course, our sleeping routine. I believe that the eyes and the lips are mostly ignored in many girls’ skincare routine & this can make a huge difference if changed!

I massage this eye cream in a circular motion every night using the applicator as shown above along with the Revitalift evening mask and rinse it off in the morning. The applicator stays cold so it depuffs and cools the under eye area and has a soothing effect!

Disclaimer- it hurts if the product gets in your eye so be careful!

DXB: You can find it on Souq.com for 109 AED

Cairo: It’s actually unavailable on Souq.com but you can find it in the airport’s duty-free  (that’s where I got it)

GREORIN L

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Now I know many people are skeptical when it comes to hair vitamins but I personally noticed a difference after using this product. The main reason people feel that way is because they’re inconsistent. The only way you can see results from any treatment is through consistency. Your body won’t react to anything before two weeks, whether it’s working out, taking pills, or even changing your skincare routine. So, give it time and you will start seeing results after a minimum of 4 weeks. Greorin L is a German brand that only sells hair products. I take two tablets every day after lunch.

DXB: I’ve been searching for it for a while and I couldn’t find it anywhere but you can check in Life or Aster Pharmacy

Cairo: To be honest, I don’t think Cairo has this brand but there are alternatives in the market like Cystine

Saudi: You can find it in Al Nahdi Pharmacies for 270 SR (that’s where I got it)

MARC JACOBS SHAMELESS FOUNDATION

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I’ve recently been buying a lot of foundation products partly because it’s summer & I’m tan so my skintone keeps changing but mainly because I’m trying to find my go-to medium to high coverage foundation. The Fenty Beauty and Nars Radiant foundation used to be my favorite but… things have changed and I find myself using Marc Jacobs Shameless foundation for a while now. The reason this product is a winner is that it’s so light on the skin you almost forget you have it on! You can wear it all day and your face won’t feel cakey or oily. It can be worn in the morning because it has SPF of 25 and at night because it has medium coverage. It’s definitely a must have!!

I use it in the shade of medium Y360

DXB: You can find it at Sephora for 190 AED

Cairo: Unfortunately Sephora doesn’t deliver to Egypt

So these are the products that made my August slightly better. Let me know in the comments section below if you’ve tried any of them & if you’ve seen any change in your hair and skin! ♥

Δ This post is not an ad. It’s just out of my personal experience!

How I Feel After my Study Abroad Semester

Aaaaaah! I’m finally home… I can’t begin to explain how much I’ve missed my family and friends. It’s a blessing to be back safe and sound. I’m grateful for this opportunity but I’d be lying if I said I felt that way all along…

To start off, I started packing 3 weeks or even a month before I was supposed to leave, that’s just how excited I was haha. At times, I felt so homesick that I started radiating negative energy to everyone around me. The other international students didn’t want to leave and were surprised at how excited I was to go back. How can I not be? I have an amazing, exciting life hamdellah. I have a lot to go back to. Towards the end of the semester, it was hard to remember the reason I chose to go and I honestly couldn’t wait to go back. But if it wasn’t for this experience, I wouldn’t have valued my life in Dubai or how to really be independent & lift myself up whenever I feel down. Because of these five months, I’m sure I can handle whatever comes my way…good or bad.

And now that I’m home, a lot of people keep asking me about my experience which I find so hard to answer. How can I sum up so many mixed emotions into one sentence? It felt like a rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs. There were a lot of moments that I will forever cherish and many others I will try to forget. A lot of people ask me if I would recommend it to anyone, my answer is, it depends. These are some points you should think about before taking this decision:

  1. Do it if you’re always looking for a change like me. If you feel like getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new.
  2. Think about everything you’re going to jeopardize by being away, your relationship, your friendships, the opportunities or things you might miss out on back home.
  3. Choose the place you’re going to CAREFULLY! A lot of people ask me why I chose Missouri and the answer is, I didn’t. Well, technically I did but it wasn’t on purpose. I chose four universities in California and when the study away office asked me for a fifth one, I chose Missouri State University without researching the place… four weeks later I got an email saying, “Congratulations! You’ve been placed at Missouri State University!” So yes, you can imagine my disappointment if my expectations were California. BUT that was the reason my experience was different and unexpected. I got the true, midwestern, American experience that I never got before from all the times I visited the US.
  4. Pack lightly haha. I know you think you’ll need that coat or that purse when you leave but believe me you won’t and you’ll end up buying everything there. This is coming from a girl who shipped 2 boxes, 2 bags, 1 carryon, and one backpack…
  5. Be 100% sure you’re IN and you’re doing this! When I arrived, my mom freaked out because of how cold the weather was and insisted on bringing me back to Dubai. To be honest, I wanted to listen to her so badly… I was freaking out myself and just needed to leave. But instead, I calmed her down and I realized I’ve come a long way and remembered all the reasons I chose this! & here I am..

Going back to how I feel now, I feel uncomfortable. There are so many things and people that I got used to that are not with me anymore. I feel like I’m out of my comfort zone again and I have to get used to dealing with the same people I had no problem dealing with before my semester abroad. The only thing that is different now is me. And I’m grateful for this 🙂

Growing up, we take so many things for granted. The food, the people, our parents, and the Arab lifestyle in general. To say the least, we’re used to getting everything delivered to our doorstep even at 1 AM. We’re used to our parents paying our tuition, giving us our allowance every month, and buying us EVERYTHING. But back in Missouri, almost every student works and earns their own money which made me feel like a spoiled brat. So appreciate and thank your parents every chance you get.

The point is, sometimes you need to temporarily get away from your life to realize and see how blessed you are.