Best Product To Help You Remove Your Makeup Without Damaging Your Skin

Have you ever thought of a product that would make you forget your makeup wipes, cleanser, toner and your face wash without giving you panda eyes? (I’m talking about what happens to your eyes when you remove your eyeliner and mascara 😛 ) well this one doesn’t!

We all are well aware of the wonders of cleansing our skin in the best possible way. Who doesn’t love clear skin?! But when it comes to products that we use on a daily basis, I prefer those that are light on our pocket. Hey let’s face it, we can’t get high end products that we know we have to use at least twice a day if not less unless you are sitting on a gold mine because they do cost an arm and a leg if used frequently. I’m sorry but I feel this way. People like me who have 3 children think about all aspects before befriending anything and I know most of you can relate to it.

Coming back to the product that I have been using for a long time now and I love it. I don’t post about anything till I’m 100% sure about what I’m saying and this one is definitely worth a standing ovation for it works three ways. It cleanses, removes makeup and all impurities and refreshes and soothes skin. The best thing is that you don’t necessarily have to wash it off as it is super light and doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable on your skin. I’m talking about the worthy Miceller Water. Now you could use any brand you prefer but i’m completely glued to Garnier Micellar Water. It has to be one of the best that you can find comparing to high end and drugstore waters. Try it. You’ll know what I mean. I haven’t been using anything else at all as it covers all that I need to do. As they say it’s a lazy girl’s dream come true! 😛

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What is Micellar Water?
Micellar water is made of tiny balls of oil molecules called micelles, which are suspended in soft water. The clever little micelles are made of surfactants, which act as magnet to attract dirt, makeup, and sebum, lifting impurities from the skin without stripping away natural oils like harsh chemicals and alcohol can. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad in micellar water and wipe away your makeup (even tough eye-makeup) and any other grime or oil that has built up – no need to rinse because the formula draws out impurities without unbalancing your skin, and doesn’t leave behind oil.

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As a result, it’s incredibly hydrating for your skin, so if your skin tends to be oily, you may even find you can skip moisturizing before bed which I do.

You can get a 125ml bottle for AED16 and a 400ml bottle for AED 44.99

Before this I was using cleansers, and makeup wipes to remove makeup. Wipes always left my skin with rashes or irritable skin so this has been a life saver in every way!

Do try it and let me know what you think!
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Much love! xoxo

Dose Of Colors – Desi x Katy

Dose of Colors showcases the work of Anna, a passionate artist with a love of unique and beautiful colours. Richly pigmented glosses and high fashion matte lipsticks. Meet transformative lashes and illuminating highlighters that are expertly designed to help skin appear youthful, healthy and clear. Vegan and cruelty free, all products are created with an innate love and passion for cosmetics, inspiring everybody to love makeup and the distinctive hues that Does of Colors creates.

In the nineties, best friends would express their love for each other with matching broken heart necklaces.These days, YouTube stars are celebrating their friendship with something their fans can shop. Desi Perkins and Katy DeGroot, who is better known as LustreLux, collaborated on a makeup collection together for Dose of Colors.

With all the hype surrounding the collab on social media, the new lipsticks, palette, and highlighters Perkins and DeGroot teamed up on sold out in less than a day. Yup, every single piece of the six-part collection flew of digital shelves, including the $167 bundle with everything in it. People on Instagram and Twitter are loving it so much that they’re begging Dose of Colors to make the collection permanent.

You have to see how jaw-droppingly stunning these look on different skin tones.

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Just look at all that beauty in all it’s glorious splendour!

Don’t forget to watch this video to get a load of all that this range has to offer.

All About Hair Extensions

Heyyyyyyy! Okay I know that I should’ve posted this sometime back but I got busy with an exam and the whole stress that it brings with it. Speaking of which please remember me in your prayers for the dreaded result. So anyway let’s talk about hair extensions.

Hair extensions have been around for quiet sometime but they have become a huge thing over the last few years. This post is going to be all about hair extensions, I will try to give you all the info you need if you are considering getting them or maybe help you understand the extensions a bit better if you are against them (so maybe you will understand why your certain friend is using them and judge her a little less :P)

We see hair extensions all over Hollywood red carpets. They are a fabulous way to add length and volume. First things first, let’s first decide what you really want and if you are ready to carry them with confidence or not. If you want a drastic change and would go for much longer and heavier extensions then make sure that you are completely ready to rock them. If you are looking to just add a bit of volume without playing with the existing length of your hair then you must learn the correct way of putting them up in your hair to make it look very natural. If you are someone who uses extensions only on big occasions like weddings etc then you have nothing to worry about.

Let’s first see what kind of extensions are available in the market. Now these are some of the top methods known to us

Clip on extensions

Clip On extensions are the easiest to use and probably the cheapest option when you want to give your hair that extra boost of volume. They can be applied without the help of a specialist and they last for about a day or two, just enough so that you can look fabulous for whatever important event you have planned. They are usually attached with a bobby pin, a clip or a comb which usually has to be concealed with your natural hair; and when it comes to matching them with your hair colour, there are many options out there for natural coloured hair. The advantage of wearing clip on hair extensions is the fact that you can easily take them off and just wear them without any prior preparation; however, they generally have to be removed before going to bed.

Bonding

Bonding is a method that implies weaving but is not as durable as classic weaving methods. The method involves applying glue to an extension and adding it to a person’s hair. This doesn’t cause as much damage to the hair as other application techniques as long as it is removed by a professional. The Tape In method is similar to bonding but the extensions come with an already applied tape that will stick to the hair. There are two types of bonding: soft bond which is a little more delicate on your hair and a hard bond that is usually done when the soft bond doesn’t hold the hair properly. These are semi-permanent bonds and they usually last about 4-6 weeks.

Lace front

Lace Fronts is one of the newest methods when it comes to weave in extensions. They are made with a nylon mesh material that has been formed into a cap; onto the cap the stylist knots single strands of hair, a method that allows for a more natural look than other extension application techniques. These can be either woven in or attached with special adhesives.

Fusion

Fusion is like bonding but it’s much more time consuming and expensive; however, the effects are long lasting and the overall look and feel is more natural. To apply hair extensions with a fusion method the specialist uses an appliance similar to a glue gun that allows them to literally glue strands of hair on a person’s natural hair. This allows for a natural look and the person opting for this can easily wash their hair every week and use various styling products. There are also cold fusion techniques that don’t require any heating treatment on the glue, but they are even more expensive than the hot technique. This is a great way to achieve amazing volume but there are some disadvantages when using this method: you need a specialist to apply the extensions, the procedure takes between 5 to 8 hours, and it is very expensive. People should never try to apply these on their own because they can easily damage their skin and hair.

Tracking
Tracking is a method that allows the braids to be sewn together while adding the extensions to the braids; this method is long lasting and will require a lot of hours because the hair will be braided in concentric circles and usually eight to fifteen tracks are needed to achieve a great amount of volume. The advantages to this style is that it is long lasting and you can care for it like you would with normal hair. The “track and sew” method is one of the most popular methods people choose when they opt for hair extensions because they are low maintenance and come for a decent price. If you are just starting with hair extensions and want something more permanent than clip-ons, this method is one of the best choices.

Ponytail or Bun extensions

Very similar to the clip-ons and quite inexpensive, these extensions are great for a quick fix and can be even found in supermarkets. They are applied over your hair and will add colour or a new texture; they are temporary and you can only apply them when you go out for a nice twist to your hairstyle. Before trying the more permanent methods, you can experiment with various clip-ons and see how they feel.

Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, weaves are best suited for curly hair.

Human Versus Synthetic Hair

When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length.  The human hair cuticle is preserved, instead of stripped, and all the hairs run in the same direction, maintaining that natural soft, silky texture.  Synthetic hair is much cheaper but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. It can’t always withstand heat styling and tangles easily. It can be a great way to try out extra length or bangs without a big commitment, though.

What to Look For

“It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair. Take my advice and touch the hair first. If it feels dry, it’s going to tangle more easily. And avoid hair with excessive shine: Shiny hair is coated with silicone, which will wear off quickly and lead to tangles and dulling. As for your stylist, experience is a must. Improper application or removal is when damage can occur.

Important

The weight of extensions can put additional stress on the roots, so it’s important to match hair density to avoid unnecessary tension on natural hair. In other words, if you have fine hair, your extensions should be a lighter density; those who have thicker, more coarse strands should look for hair with medium density. Avoid areas along the hairline or the back of the neck, where hair is the most fragile. If you’re starting to experience hair loss, address it right away. This will eventually damage the hair follicle and the hair loss will be permanent.

Everything has its pros and cons and so do the hair extensions.

Pros first 
* You can change the appearance of your hair resulting in an obvious change in your overall appearance

* Really simple to create a dramatic change

*Its cheap and quick compared to extensive methods of gaining volume like transplants

*You can create a different look everyday

Cons

*The best can be quiet expensive

*Improper application can result in hair damage

*you might get used to the extensions and start ignoring the natural care your hair deserves

Hope you find something in here that can be useful for you
Much Love xx

 

 

5 Face Masks that work!

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your interest in my IG story about homemade face masks that actually work. I have received some very nice messages over the last two days from you lovely people showing your interest and eagerness in this post. So without further adieu let me share the tried and tested face masks based on ingredients right out of your pantry. These are very simple, these work for me so I’m hoping they’d work for you too. For starters I have a combination skin, also let me tell you that these masks are known to work on all skin types. You can give it a go and see if it’s right for you.

Lemon & Honey Mask

Lemon is known as a bleaching agent. It helps with areas that get affected by the harmful rays of the sun giving you an uninvited tan. It also works wonders on the dark areas on your face which could be the upper part of your lip or maybe something on the cheeks. (Not for dark circles- don’t try it there because I haven’t :P)
Add a tablespoon of honey into lemon, mix well of course and massage gently over your face targeting the dark areas (if any). This one can be left on overnight as well. (I’m not brave enough to do it as it contains honey and could ruin my pillow-cases or invite ants straight upto my face to have a little party of their own 😀 ).
Leave it on for a while. Rinse off. This can be done once a week.

Pigmentation is a real pain for many of us no matter what our skin colour. It could happen due to many reasons, inflammation, aging and sun-exposure being on top.  This mask is good for pigmented areas.

Banana Mask

They say who needs botox when you have a banana? Lol yesss! You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. If you have acne then you can take 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 medium banana. Mix it up into a paste and apply it on your face for 20 to 25 minutes.

Both these masks are very good for your skin. Do try them.

Oatmeal & Tomato Juice

Tomato is enriched with natural goodness and it works really well for skin. People who eat raw tomatoes or use them in their salads more know what I’m saying.

Adding some oatmeal to a tomato juice would give you a skin lightening mask that helps with pigmentation and leaves your skin feeling unbelievably fresh. You can add some honey to it if you want.

Cucumber Mask

Cucumbers feel so good on skin that its unreal. Its cool effect works really (and I mean really) well on pimples. It’s very simple to use. Grate or puree a cucumber and apply it directly to your face. If you have pimples do it regularly and you will see a visible difference.

For exfoliation – add  some yogurt to the grated cucumber and apply.

For more younger looking skin you can add honey or aloevera to cucumber puree and apply.

Gram Flour Mask

Gram Flour masks work really well for skin. I posted a few masks earlier as well. There are different ways to use gram flour and make quick masks at home. If you want to take a look at those, click here.

Moving on take 1 teaspoon of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix it well with curd (form a paste). Apply this mask for 20 minutes. Rinse off.
If you have been out in the sun a lot lately or your skin needs a bit of a healthy boost, try this.

Hope these work for you. Do try and share your experience with me.

Much Love!

 

|Faces| Huda Kattan

Like most successful people, Huda Kattan started small.  While holding down a job in finance that she hated, she launched a beauty blog in 2010, soon after which she quit her finance job. Kattan then started her Instagram account in 2012, followed by a beauty business selling false eyelashes in 2013.

Luck seemed to be on her side and in her case small got huge very quickly. The Dubai-based Kattan is now unchallenged in the makeup world. She has a breathtaking 20.7 million Instagram followers and has smartly leveraged that social media following to grow her business. She now offers liquid lipsticks, lip strobes, highlighter palette and eye shadows in addition to her lashes, which are available through her online shop and Sephora, which has 11.9 million followers on Instagram.

Kattan was born to Iraqi parents. She attended college in Michigan where she studied finance, a career she quickly gave up to become a makeup artist. Kattan met her husband at college and they moved to Dubai in 2008, where she now happily resides with him and their daughter.

When asked about the way beauty is perceived in Dubai she said  “Beauty in Dubai is on another level. I grew up in Tennessee. I loved to wear full glam. I used to want to wear flash lashes every single day. I remember wearing them once and someone was like, “Are you wearing false lashes?” I felt embarrassed. In the U.S., it’s perceived as though you’re trying too hard.

In Dubai, people respect you if you wear lashes to the grocery store. I’ve been at the gym at 5 in the morning and seen full glam, which, I think working out with your full makeup is just crazy. But it’s more over the top here. Middle Eastern women have very strong features, and makeup tends to accentuate those features really well without looking like too much.”

She says “I took beauty so seriously before, and I do still, but not in a way where I can’t have fun with it. I’m passionate to learn more, passionate to know how we can change people’s lives by giving them one tip. But when it comes to the look, it should be fun. You should just be like, “Yeah, I’m a cake face — so what?”

It is said that she makes an astonishing AED 66,000 with each instagram post.  Huda Kattan has changed a lot over the years and that simply proves that you CAN be the best version of yourself. She never feels shy to talk about her surgeries, fillers etc. unlike other public figures.  She is extremely humble, down to earth and truly inspirational. She is on the Internet’s most fascinating people’s list

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An Upcoming Event and No Time For Facial

Hi my angels! Hope all is good at your end. The heat is pretty intense here in UAE which of course you can’t really feel if you are indoors but once you step out, you realize the kind of damage your skin gets exposed to. Speaking of which, there is so much going on during summers, dinners, events, launch, etc etc. It’s not always possible to step out for a facial or any skin treatment for that matter, especially if you are a mom of three. One thing that really proves useful every single time is the DIY gram flour mask that you can apply while doing your regular chores or right before getting into the shower. Gram flour has a lot of benefits but it’s specially known for giving you a healthy glow. It is mainly used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.
All you need is ingredients from your very own pantry and you are good to go.

Let’s start!

For Oily Skin

If you have oily and greasy skin, try this face pack for immediate results. Mix gram flour along with yogurt or raw milk and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This pack also removes the dirt and makeup residues from your face.

To Remove Tan

Mix 4 teaspoons of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of lemon, 1 teaspoon of yogurt and a pinch of turmeric to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and neck. Wash it off with cool water once it dries. It makes your skin smooth and radiant. Repeat this procedure daily for best results.

Skin Lightening

Gram flour, used along with lemon, is a very popular home remedy for skin lightening. Mix 4 teaspoons of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of raw milk and 1 teaspoon of lemon to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and gently scrub in circular motions. Wash it off with cool water.

Body Scrub

Gram flour is beneficial for the skin as well. Indulge in a homemade body scrub.
Mix 3 teaspoons of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of grounded oats and 2 teaspoons of corn flour with milk. Apply the mixture on your body and gently scrub. This is an excellent body scrub which removes dead cells, excess sebum and dirt quite effectively. It gives you a clean and smooth skin.

Do try these as they are free from any harmful chemicals and the best part is that all you have to do is step into your kitchen and find the right ingredients. Anyway Eid is just around the corner, something which we all are looking forward to. Treat yourselves to these super amazing masks at home and feel the difference.
P.S. send me flowers once your skin glows 🙂

Signing off

Sonya Ali

 

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50

Hi my angels! I’ve been away for quiet sometime. Had to travel to my country for a couple of weddings and what was supposed to be a 2 week trip turned into nearly a two month vacation. lol

Weddings! weddings! weddings! When we talk about weddings, we go into all kind of details of course from decor, theme and food to guests, dresses, rehearsals etc etc. Now if there is one things which may not be talked about much but is part of everyone’s preparation, and that is make up.

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Speaking of makeup, primers have become a huge deal over the past few years. There was a time when no one ever thought of applying a primer before foundation or all the other products that have become our makeup essentials lately. Coming to primers, now we all do understand what difference a good primer can actually make to our overall makeup. and i have to say here that i’m not talking about people who think women only wear makeup bcuz they are ugly and they try to hide their flaws (that is a whole different topic and I would be coming to that soon). A good primer can do wonders to your makeup and how it stays on for your special events. I have been a huge fan of the ultimate benefit porefessional primer. Having tried good primers, not-so-good primers, Nivea after shave, primer oil and even a bit of vaseline, I can easily say that each one has a different finish and by that i mean the way your makeup  looks can actually depend a whole lot on primers.

This primer that i’m talking about today is pretty well known in the world of beauty of course. Those of you who religiously apply SPF before stepping out, this one serves all your needs for sure. For starters, it comes in a white glass bottle with a black dropper on top. The bottle is opaque which is fantastic to keep the ingredients intact and also it helps keep the SPF from expiring prematurely . The product itself is almost like water but thicker, its a whitish liquid not oily at all. The product has light white tint but it becomes absolutely clear once you start applying it on your skin. The best thing you will notice about this primer is that its not sticky like those typical SPF’s. It leaves the skin much smoother and gives it a bit of glow which is wonderful. The foundation goes on a lot more smoother and helps last much longer. It will help keep your foundation from separating but its not something that will stay on for 12 to 14 hours. Will it stay on and keep your makeup fresh for a reasonable amount of time? Yes!

Now I must add here that I’m not someone who religiously applies sunscreen so this primer could actually be more beneficial for women like me. It’s not very light on the pocket though.
You can get it for $64 at www.sephora.com,
AED399 at www.souq.com
Rs.12,427 at www.pkship.com

This product could be a great way to keep your skin safe from the harmful effects of the sun, it provides your makeup a smoother canvas making it appear less damaged and less wrinkly. For people who have been using it know what i’m talking about. Wouldn’t hurt to do something for yourself now would it?! Do keep in mind that this primer is not for all of you out there. You have to try it and then decide if it suits you or not.

Let me know what you think.

The weekend is almost here and the 3daysale starts tomorrow offering 30-90% off .
I’m super excited!
Smile and keep your love ones happy! Share good times!

Ciao!

Skin Replenisher

Skin is not something to be tempered with and proper skincare products can make a huge difference to your skin for years to come. Speaking of which, let me tell you about an extremely beneficial, amazing Skin Replenisher that I came across about 3 months ago and I have been religiously using it since then. I have to say that I’m a happy, satisfied customer who has seen change in my skin texture and appearance.

Forever Alpha E Factor is truly an amazing product. Its a power pack of antioxidants. Using it before going to bed at night would do wonders for your skin. It nourishes and soothes the skin leaving it smooth and hydrated. I noticed a difference after only 3 days to be honest. I am in love with it!

Cleanse your skin thoroughly before applying it to get rid off any makeup or impurities. Leave it on through the night to work its magic. You will notice smoother skin in the morning. It also works great on dry, chapped lips, much better than most lip balms. Try applying a drop 15 to 20 minutes before lipstick and you will see a smoother application.

For those of you who are in family way and are concerned about stretch marks should definitely give it a try as it reduces the appearances of stretch marks and gives you a younger looking skin. It’s a must have ladies!

If you have dry skin, you can use it as a primer oil. I have used it as a primer oil on many occasions even though I have combination skin and it gave my makeup a smooth finish so I would definitely recommend it to everyone!

It comes in a pretty little bottle and of course we love that about products too, don’t we  😉 Thumbs up to this one!