2015: Skincare

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2015 is almost over and I thought I could finally share my favorite products and things that I’ve been using since start of the year. So expect a marathon of blog posts from now until end of year! The marathon will start with skincare routine.

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Before I tell you about the products I’ve been using I must tell you a little bit about my skin. It was oily and acne prone and for that reason I went on Roaccutane to calm it down as I was fed up with constantly breaking out on my chin so I just decided to go on roaccutane and I’m so happy I did, thank God now my skin is all cleared out and it has never been better! Thank God.

The products I will mention are helping my skin stay hydrated, moisturized and soft. However, these products are not clearing out products, they will not clear out acne or eliminate breakouts. After roaccutane my skin became pretty normal and less, less oily.

Step 1:Filorga Cleansing Foam (Day & Night)
Step2: Sunday riley Good genes treatment (Day)
Step 3: Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Serum(Day&Night)
Step 4: Lush Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturizer (Day&Night)

Step 1:Filorga Cleansing Foam (Day & Night)
My dermatologist prescribed this cleanser for me. I’ve been using it since march till early December. It’s been so good to me. Did not break me out, kept my skin clean, removed my makeup (not that well but did a decent job). I loved it, the entire time I’ve used it, until recently I felt like my skin started to get a bit too dry.. cold weather and a foam cleanser during winter isn’t the greatest choice to go for, so just last week I bought a new cleanser. I’ve been using Filorga Cleansing Foam all year long & haven’t had a chance to fully test the new one for it to be in this post.

Step2: Sunday riley Good genes treatment (Day)
I love this so much! I only use it during the day as I feel it wakes my skin up! It’s supposed to help your skin get rid of any blemishes.

Step 3: Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Serum(Day&Night)
This is my second emptied up bottle! Such a nice product! I’m not that great with describing what skincare products do to my skin but what I could say about this one is that it makes you soft. Soft like a baby. And also it has anti aging qualities so that’s a plus!

Step 4: Lush Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturizer (Day&Night)
All moisturizers break me out. ALL. except this one!! Beginning of the year I’ve been actually using  Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum which is also fantastic and a great substitute for cream moisturizers if they break you out but I ran out of it quite quickly since I was on roaccutane and needed constant hydration. So I decided to try out lush’s moisturizer , so glad I did! AMAZING moisturizer and does not break me out.

Step 5: Fresh Sugar Lip treatment
The best lip balm no doubt, no question. Go get it. You’ll pray for me.

You’re probably wondering why I don’t have an eye serum in here, because all the ones I’ve tried suck, suck, suck and only make my eyes worse and puffier! I just stopped using my eye cream 3 weeks ago and noticed a huge difference! My under eye area is actually way better!!! I simply hate eye creams. They only make things worse!

That’s my 2015 skincare routine xx

 

 

What’s in My Package? Shop ban.do

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I love coming across funky sites. fortunately instagram made the process of unique finds much much easier!

Been following @Shopbando on instagram for so long. Always wanted one of their famous agendas but they weren’t delivering internationally yet, finally and luckily for me they realized that their fans are not just located in the states.

Link to site: Here

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I got the following:

I’m very busy – agenda: Beautiful agenda. my favorite out of all their creations
Pen Set: Very cute pen set each has an adorable saying like “You’re better than unicorns”
But first coffee – Thermal mug: It says it all
cooler bag – watermelon: I thought it be cool for summer
mobile charger: turned out to be really bad, I would NOT recommend it.
pencil pouch – i am very busy: It could be used for anything really!
sticky note set: Super cute! lovely addition to my desk!

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Seashell Party

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset I’m pretty sure by now everyone knows the famous party planner Haya. If not then check her instgram account: @Haayya She’s one of the most creative people that I have ever known. A multitalenter, and indeed a innovative one. From creating her own Abaya line to throwing the perfect themed parties!

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Current Favorites

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetYou realize what makeup products you like the most when you find yourself reaching out to them whenever you’re in a good mood or going somewhere special. I thought I would do a little post about the products I’m currently loving.. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset If you want to save yourself a read then here is a list of the products I will rave about

Benefit porefessional Primer Chanel Mat Lumiere Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 2000 collection concealer MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder YSL Radiant Touch Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion The Hourglass – modernist Chanel Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow-Emerveille Stila waterproof liquid liner Chanel Volume MascaraNars Laguna Bronzer CT Glow UD All nighter makeup setting spray

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetI’m not a big fan of premiers and I rarely use them, but I actually ended up loving Benefit porefessional I‘d usually apply it after moisturizing. Then I’d follow with my favorite foundations, Chanel Mat Lumiere and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, I mix them together and use Sigma F82 for application and then just to make sure that my foundation is well blended I follow up with a clean Real Techniques Stippling Brush. If I’m having a good skin day I’d skip this step but if there are any imperfections I’d use 2000 collection concealer to cover any blemishes or breakouts, etc.. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetFor highlighting and brightening, I’ll start applying MAC Pro Longwear Concealer using Sigma E60 brush under my eye then I’ll set it using NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder with Real Techniques micro Setting Brush. There are two ways mac concealer could go: either you get it right and it looks amazing!! Or you get it wrong and it looks cakey.   Sometimes I would highlight lightly some areas like the bridge of my nose or the peek under my eyebrows using YSL highlight pen. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetBefore applying eyeshadow I use Sigma P84 brush to get rid of any creasing on the eyes. Then I’ll apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and blended also using Sigma P84 brush. Been very much loving the Hourglass palette it’s highly pigmented but I wish there was a bit of shimmer to it, it’s too mat! and also I wish I made a wiser choice of the colors. Mine is The Hourglass – modernist, been using the beige mat as base for Chanel Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in the color Emerveille using Sigma E55. Absolutely love the two together! Finish up with Stila waterproof liquid liner ,curl my lushes & Chanel Volume Mascara.(It’s more than amazing, go get it!). (Unfortunately I forgot about taking pictures of the rest of the products so I just listed them up). Side note: Please let me know what you prefer in the comments. More detail or less detail? just a list or how I personally feel about each product? I’d love to know your opinion xo

N-A-P Beauty Haul

IMG_8514 copyThere is nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of receiving a new package especially when it is coming from the ultimate luxury destination. I was extremely excited when Net-A-Porter extended to beauty and I finally found myself in actual need for new beauty products so I thought it is the perfect time to go droll and scroll on NAP page!

IMG_8538 IMG_8549 copy Here’s what I got:

IMG_8578Skincare: SK-II Pitera Essence SetI don’t think I’ve ever heard bad things about SK-II and I’ve always wanted to try out their Facial Treatment Essence. So I figured I’d try out this set which comes in a reasonable size for a first time try and includes what I believe my skin needs right now.  Set includes Facial Treatment Mask, Facial Treatment Essence and Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.

Haircare: Another thing I’ve always wanted to try is Oribe Signature Shampoo and I also went with the Oribe Signature Conditioner.

Bath&Body: Le Labo, Rose 31 Shower Gel. I got this because I miss, miss, miss and miss my flowery and rosy shower gels -As some of you might know I used to get most of my shower gels from Jo Malone until I started boycotting them because they come under Estee Lauder Group which funds war against Palestinians- I honestly had so many moments where I was like I’m just gonna go in and buy one thing but I keep reminding myself that people’s lives are more important than a shower gel. So long story short I thought I’d give this product a try. I hope it smells as good as the description.

IMG_8608 copyMakeup: I loved almost everything that I previously purchased from CT. Two things I did not try before from her line were lipsticks and eyeshadows so I went for Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Palette – Fallen Angel and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Love Liberty. I’ve always wanted to try out Hourglass Highlights and Blushes because that’s what they’re mostly known for however at the time of my purchase they were sold out so instead I went with Modernist Eyeshadow Palette – Monochrome.

I was in need of a new eyelash curler so I added Le Metier De Beaute Eyelash Curler to my bag. And finally I got By Terry Lip Balm in Rosy Babe I’m REALLY disappointed with this product, I’ve already gave it a try and its not what I expected it to be! The color sucks and it isn’t nourishing or moisturizing enough! Such a shame cuz I was really looking forward to it😦

IMG_8641 copyHope you enjoyed the haul as much as you enjoy receiving packages *I hope too much hehe* xox

December Ends Again

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My annual birthday post is a little bit late this year. Only because it’s been a chaotic year with lots and lots of ups and downs until the last minute of the 31st of December.  Like every year December would come and remind me of what’s actually important in life and what I should value more and what I should just ignore, cut off my life and never look back at.

I can never express in words what 2014 has taught me, so darn much. And I’ve been thinking for a while if I should write about it on my blog or is it too personal to share? it’s still a decision I haven’t made, we’ll see..

This post isn’t about the “turning point” of my life but it’s about the love and gratitude I hold in my heart toward those that have showed me constant care, love and patience over the years. I really can’t even begin to describe how good my friends have been to me & how lucky and grateful I am to have them..

So much I want to write but my hands can’t seem to type much… I think I lost the ability to blog or I’m a bit rusty for it? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I loved every little detail and appreciated every effort my sister and friend Haya put in this beautiful tea party!

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