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!

Happiness at your Fingertips

I’ve recently had some bad days where I constantly felt down, unmotivated to do ANYTHING, and it just felt like I wasn’t really myself. And so, I got up one day and decided that it has to stop & I needed to take control of it.

I started noticing some simple situations that happened randomly but still made me feel energized, happy, or care-free. And so, I created a list!

This list has some things that can make my day slightly better and maybe yours too! But, watch out, there might be a couple of contradictory points so just do the opposite of whatever that you usually do! (If that makes sense)

  1. Update your music playlist. Image result for music sign png

    Yes. This works. Listening to music can cheer you up but listening to different genres and songs every once in a while can have a greater impact. If you’re feeling down, avoid listening to sad music. Don’t make it worse for yourself! Listen to music in every chance you get. It can help block your thoughts and keep you in your own bubble whenever you’re in public.

  2. Smile. Image result for smiley face sign png

    Most of the time, our faces frown without us being aware of it or even without a valid reason, it’s just our resting “frowning face”. Be aware of your frown & try to smile even if you’re not really in the mood for it. In other words, fake it till you make it. 

  3. Be kind & spread love on a daily basis. Image result for heart sign png

    Remind your friends and your family of how much you appreciate their existence in your life. Even when it’s uncalled for in the middle of the day. You’ll be surprised of how much love you’ll get in return.

  4. Invest in something you love. Image result for fun sign png

    No matter how crazy things can get sometimes, give time to something that you love even if it’s as small as buying a book, going to the gym, or even starting a project you’re passionate about.

  5. Be lazy. Image result for lazy sign png

    Doing absolutely nothing on a Friday night is socially, mentally, and physically OKAYGive yourself a break without having to think about deadlines or evening plans. Almost anything can be postponed for later. I’ve been doing that a lot in the past few months and it feels GREAT.

  6. Be productive. Image result for work sign png

    It really cheers me up when I tick off my “to-do” list. Yes, I have a to-do list because I tend to forget a lot of things and I try to organize my thoughts as much as I can. So, finish up your assignments, or plan that trip that you wanted to go to, or go watch your favorite movie!

  7. Socialize. Image result for socialize sign png

    Spending time alone can be great for you but too much alone time can turn you into a loner! Surround yourself with people who enjoy your company and turn down plans that don’t interest you. Don’t waste your time on negative or fake people just for a “fun” night out.

  8. Don’t open any social media for a day. Image result for no social media sign png

    Sure, social media is fun and helps us feel connected to the world. But taking a break from it can be great for your mental health. It can give you a chance to look at your own life without having to constantly compare it to what you see on Instagram or Facebook. I have actually noticed a shift in my mood when I stopped using social media for a DAY. I just didn’t care how everyone’s day was going, I needed to focus on mine.

  9. Cook. Image result for cook sign png

    This has got to be the hardest thing for me but one of the things I mostly enjoy. Although it doesn’t happen often, but cooking your favorite meal is way more satisfying than eating it in a restaurant. Search recipes and start exploring your kitchen!

  10. Let go of everything that is beyond your control. Image result for let go sign png

    This took me a long time to work on and achieve. If you’re facing a problem, fix it. If the problem cannot be immediately fixed or if it is beyond your control, then stop worrying about it for the time being. I can think of many problems that could happen tomorrow or even months from now, but worrying and obsessing over them won’t help. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. And believe it or not, it is for your best even if you don’t see it right now, you’ll find out why it happened soon enough. So be patient.

Favorite Makeup Look

Once I’ve found the right makeup products, I rarely replace them. Here are the reviews of some makeup products that I use, hope you find them helpful 🙂

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Farsali: I bought this serum a few months back and I wouldn’t purchase it again. It moisturizes the skin and can be applied as a good base for your makeup but it’s not the best out there. I don’t really spot the difference in my makeup if I don’t have it on. It’s for AED 200 & can be bought on Farsali’s website.

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NYX Total Drop Foundation in the shade of “beige”: I’ve recently started using this foundation but I can’t say it’s my favorite. However, this foundation is light on the skin, has a light coverage for girls who like to wear foundation everyday, and it’s buildable (you can add layers for more coverage). It dries quickly on the skin so make sure you blend it in directly. It’s quite affordable, AED 68, and can last up to two months. You can buy it at any Lifestyle store or any NYX stand.

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FitMe Concelear by Maybelline, shade #25: Having the right concealer can be challenging. I’ve been using this concealer for two years now and it works perfectly for me. It has a medium coverage so you can wear it in the morning or at night. It’s for AED 44 & can be bought from any Maybelline stand. 8917304311838

Sun Shield by Obagi Medical: Sunscreen is as important as any product in your life. As some people may already know, I’m on Roaccutane treatment so my skin can get really sensitive when I’m exposed to the sun. However, most girls don’t value the importance of sunscreen as they should. Sunscreen DOES NOT block the sun but SCREENS out any unhealthy sun rays. My favorite thing about this product is that it has a finished matte look and doesn’t make my makeup look cakey.  It’s a bit pricey (AED 230) but it’s definitely worth buying. It’s available on souq.com.

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Cream Lip Stain By Sephora Shade #13 (Marvelous Mauve): Since I’m not a big fan of dark lipsticks, this pinkish/nude shade by Sephora is everything!! It can last up to 6 hours but can dry out your lip so make sure you wear lip balm before applying it. It’s for AED 75 and can be bought online or from any Sephora branch.

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Rosegold Eyeshadow Palette by Huda Beauty: A LOT of good reviews have been already posted on this product and I can’t help but agree. This palette has a range of matte (transition colors) and shimmery shades. The matte shades can be applied daily without giving an overdramatic look. My favorite thing about this palette is how it’s so PIGMENTED & can be easily BLENDED! For maximum payoff, use your finger to apply the creamy metals. Do not apply with an eyeshadow brush. Find it in Sephora for AED 250.hud023_hudabeauty_rosegoldeyeshadowpalette_1_1560x1960-vx0mn

Becca in the shade of C POP is the only highlighter I ever bought. Lasts for a whole year and is fairly pigmented. You can find it in Sephora for AED 174. You can spray the Prep+Prime Fix by MAC on the brush before applying it to make it last longer.

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