What They Don’t Tell You About Hair Extenstions

So you’re thinking of getting extensions and hopefully doing extensive research before going forward with it.  I decided to write this post as a follow up for my previous post about keratin bonded extensions about everything you should know about them in more details because I recently removed my extensions.

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  • Itchy Feeling

This irritated me the most because I had to wash my hair more frequently than I’m used to and it’s not exactly convenient for a mom since I normally shower fast. By time, my scalp was getting irritated from the weather as well, I can’t exactly scratch comfortably because you can feel the notes where the extensions are.

  • Changing Hair Care Routine

I hate change, when I’m comfortable with a routine PLEASE don’t make me change it. Having extensions makes you change everything when it comes to hair care, the products you use, the time you spend washing your hair, how do you style it. Even when your hair gets a little bit sweat from the summer heat or even at the gym, you have to wash your hair and blowdry it right after which was such a hustle for me because I normally air-dryed my hair.

  • Brush, brush, brush

After getting a special brush for my extensions, I kept getting annoyed that I have to brush my hair while avoiding the notes where the hair and extensions connect. I wanted to brush my hair fully from roots to tips without dealing with the apparent road bumps.

  • They’ll show … Eventually

By time, your hair grows out and the extensions will show so you’ll have to change the way you style your hair to blend them which goes back to my second point “I HATE CHANGE”, there’s a certain way I like my hair to be and I’m comfortable not changing it.

I kept my lovely extensions in a bag in the closet, maybe someday I’ll attach them again when the weather is less humid and not too hot, probably grow out my hair more so it’ll blend better since my hair is shoulder-length at the moment. Until then, the only extensions I’ll be keeping are my lashes, those I can’t live without.

 

 

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5 Things You Need To Know About Hair Extensions

According to my mom, our hair is our crown. Being a teenager back then I enjoyed going against her and I managed to destroy her heart when I cut my hair one day which once upon a time reached my hips, all the way above my shoulder. She was devastated and I remember that she didn’t speak to me for a couple of days, she took care of my hair for so long and I ended it all in one impulse moment. Till this day, she repeats how I managed to ruin my hair that easy. Now that I’m older, I’ve kept my hair controlled always above my shoulder just so I don’t become my mom’s favorite Rapunzel.

After giving birth, my temporary luscious hair began to wither and fall out faster than leaves in autumn and I made the decision to cut it all. I did miss having longer hair after all these years so I started researching about hair extensions just so I have the required knowledge before actually getting them. I eventually chose to have keratin-bonded extensions because I felt more comfortable when I read about them.

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I found a well-reviewed hairdresser who has experience in hair extensions for 5 years in Iran, so I went to the salon and did it. It’s been almost two months now since I’ve had them and it’s definitely one the best decision of my life. I love having the long hair feeling, I missed it but I don’t miss the amount of time I spend in washing it. Here are the things I learned during this two months having extensions :

  • Use sulfate-free hair products

Now this point is something I’ve been doing before I even had extentions, I think sulfate-free hair products are better and a healthier choice for your hair.

  • Comb your hair twice a day

Because the extentions are longer than your actual hair, they tangle easily and you might tug it hard on a knot and the strand will fall out.

  • Keep your hair in a braid when you sleep

As I mentioned the hair tangle easily so keeping it in a braid when you sleep makes it managable the next day.

  • Dry your hair instantly after washing it

This point annoyed me because I’m used to air-dry my hair after I wash it, water breaks the keratin bonds faster so you have to blow dry your hair whenever you wash it. I normally just dry the roots where the bonds are and leave the rest to air dry, it gives my hair the natural waves as it dry. Also avoid keeping the blow dryer heat on the bonds as it breaks the bonds faster as well

  • Uneven hair

With time, hair strands starts to fall out and it begins to show how your hair shape is changing and somewhat thinning.  Also your hair grow out with time and the growth shows where your real hair ends and where the extentions are. it’s annoying but can be managed with certain hair styles top blend your real hair and the extensions .

Makeup Haul

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I’m trying to remember when was the last time I actually bought makeup, it’s been quite some time. Last year I was pregnant and I didn’t bother wearing makeup during that long journey, so I can safely say my makeup products were expired. After throwing most of them, I finally bought new items that I’m very excited to share my experience in a long-waited makeup post.

Maybelline Superstay 24H Setting Spray

I forgot to include this spray in the picture, I apologize for that. I’ve been a fan of Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and it’s probably the only one I used ever since I learned how to properly do makeup so trying something new was a huge step for me.  One of the things I hated in Urban Decay’s setting spray would be the smell, I’m glad to say that this spray doesn’t have that smell which I appreciate. The spray locked my makeup the entire time I was at work and may I add it’s also matte-fying, so I’m going to give it 10 extra points for that.

NYX Lip Lingerie (Embellishment & Cashmere Silk)

Now I know I have almost 100 nude shade already but is it ever enough? I can call myself a certified nude lipstick collector from the amount of lipsticks I have. I got two shades from the Lingerie line which are 02 Embellishment and 18 Cashmere Silk. Embellishment is mostly purple but it’s not that intense, as it’s described as a muted purple. I wouldn’t really wear it everyday for example work but I would wear it if I’m going out with my friends if I’m thinking to be a little bit extra and I needed some attention. While Cashmere Silk is mostly beige with a slight visible pink which I can tell you my favorite nude shade and I’ve been wearing it to work recently. The formula of these lipsticks is very creamy and it’s definitely long-lasting, it stayed in place for hours and didn’t smudge after it dried on my lips.

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Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick

I’ve never really used sticks for contouring so this would be my first time, and it made me convert. It’s very easy to apply on the areas you want to contour from both sides of the stick and since it’s very creamy I used a contour brush to blend it,  and it came out looking nice on my face.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter (Soft & Gentle)

I never thought that I’ll reach the day that I’ll buy something from MAC, I’ve always viewed this brand as luxurious and out of my league. This highlighter was recommended to me by my cousin so I decided to get it in Soft & Gentle shade because it looked more natural for me to apply as I don’t like glowing like I’m one of the vampires from Twilight movies. I am insanely in love with it already, it’s the perfect finish I need for my look as it gives that subtle shimmer and glow.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

I didn’t really depend on concealers before, so now that I have a baby my dark circles are showing generously from the lack of continuous sleep. I chose this concealer because it claims to be a treatment as well for fine lines and dark circles, and it does fulfill that purpose of erasing dark circles under the eyes. It’s easy to blend with a brush or a blender.

L’Oréal False Lash X-Fiber Mascara

I usually avoid those two step mascaras because part of me thinks they are just a glorified normal mascaras that charge more, I only got it because my sister recommended it to me and also I wanted to test out the Fiber side of it. The mascara is double sided, the first step works as a black primer which thickens the lashes with volume then the second step comes to lengthen the lash with fibers and give the lash more of a long lush fix. I think I’m fine with using the first step wand as a mascara and that’s it, the second step adds fibers and it can slowly fall around the eye to be honest so I wouldn’t say it’s the best mascara I tried.

Overall, I honestly missed shopping for makeup like this. Hopefully I’ll keep this momentum and post more makeup related entries, hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice day.

My Experience With Livar Argan Oil Hair Products

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Ever since I went back to my original hair, I’ve been using sulfate-free hair products and I’ve stopped dyeing hair for one year as a healing period. I’ve been using more natural products with less chemicals involved and of course Argan Oil has been my favorite since it’s good for hair and skin as well.

Livar Argan Oil Shampoo

If you’re not familiar with sulfate-free hair products, you should know that the shampoo doesn’t really bubble like normal shampoos would. The shampoo itself leaves your hair a bit dry so I would suggest to use a conditioner right after rinsing the shampoo, it leaves your hair clean that’s for sure but slightly dry. I kind of miss seeing the foam build up on my hair and I would randomly create weird hairstyles with it, and see myself as a diva, maybe it’s time to buy those normal shampoos.

Livar Argan Oil Conditioner

I always recommend using more conditioner than shampoo, it moisturizes and leaves the hair with a healthy shine. Now this conditioner is like a step two to the shampoo I reviewed earlier and I feel they should go together, The dryness you get from the shampoo completely disappears after using this conditioner. I’ve been using those two products for about 4 months now and I’m honestly very satisfied with them.

Both products obviously contain Argan Oil and as amazing this ingredient is to our hair and skin, I really don’t like the smell of it. It’s not a strong smell actually, I just didn’t like how my hair smelled after using them. I would use a hair mist while my hair is still damp and that is the last step of my hair washing routine. Other than the smell, I loved those two products. I would highly recommend it just like Nashi Argan products I reviewed before, mainly because I believe Argan Oil is so great with hair as I experienced in plenty of other hair and skin products.

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Testing Facial Cleansing Brush

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Originally I wanted to try LVL lash treatment since it’s been on my mind after I tried lash extensions a year ago. It’s much pricier but I thought if the process is worth it, I might just continue with it instead of the extensions. But it turned out I can’t do it because I’m pregnant and apparently it’s not good for breastfeeding ladies as well, probably because of the serum used to keep the lashes lifted and curled. I might consider doing it by next year if that’s the case, so I just changed my appointment to manicure since my nails need a little love and I don’t mind a free hand massage. When I was at the salon waiting for my turn, the hairdresser was talking to me and showing me this facial cleansing brush. I got interested because I’ve seen it in few ads and like the Pore Cleaner Vacuum, I wanted to test it out for myself.

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The packaging is really nice to be honest, and it looks fancy. The device is made of silicon and it has two sides, a cleanser and a massager.

How Does it Work ?

It’s waterproof so it’s easy to clean after usage, you can use it after dampen your face and applying whichever cleansing product you like. There are two buttons to control the vibrating settings to whichever you’re comfortable using.

Does it Actually Work ?

I used it with my usual cleansing gel and the whole vibrating process was actually pretty relaxing. My skin seemed much smoother and the pores weren’t that visible as I’m used to see. I would honestly say this product worked well with me from the first use.

The Verdict

If you don’t want to pay over $100 for a facial cleanser, I highly recommend trying this product and adding it to your skincare routine because it really helps in reducing pore visibility and the whole cleansing process. Along with skincare, it’s also a relaxing massage device.

Have you ever used a facial cleansing device before ? Do you recommend it ?

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Testing Pore Cleaner Vacuum

Originally I was planning to post March Glossybox but when I got it yesterday from Aramex office, I found out the packaging is really messed up and one of the items is missing. I’m sure one of Aramex workers messed up the packaging when he/she was checking the content of the box but I don’t know who to blame for the missing item. Anyway it was my last box before I cancelled it today since I’m getting overwhelmed with many products, I’ll reactivate it again soon enough.

I decided to post this review instead, it’s something I’m pretty sure you’ve seen floating on social media for awhile. I got it few months ago from LightInTheBox but it got discontinued, so I found it on eBay as well if you are interested.

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How Does it Work ?

It’s a bit tricky and I would say it’s annoying, you have to gently press with your thumb on the cap that closes the battery area and it’ll stop working if you remove your finger so you got to hold it while using it.  While moving it around your skin, it supposed to have enough suction to clean the pores and remove blackheads.

Does it Actually Work ?

I have mixed feelings about it, it works but not as efficient as deep facials you get in salons. I would say it worked well on my T Zone but not as much as on my nose unless I keep my face in steam for awhile to keep my pores open. It’s more of a hustle to do that’s why I didn’t use it as much.

The Verdict

I don’t think it’s that useful if you’re looking for deep cleansing tools, the vacuum itself doesn’t have that much power to clean the pore without effecting the skin itself because it’ll give you red marks if you keep using it in one area.

Have you ever used this tools before ? What do you think about it ?

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Sephora Mini Haul

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Last week I was in UAE finishing my Eid outfits since I’ll be larger by the time ramadhan ends. When I was done, I had the time to check out Sephora since we don’t really have the store in my country. I honestly wanted to understand the hype behind Fenty Beauty products so I decided to get couple of items from that brand to test them out.

Fenty Beauty – KILLAWATT Freestyle Highlighter (Trophy Wife)

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I wouldn’t go for such a bright metallic golden color but I’ve seen so many people I follow praising it, I thought of trying it out. I don’t know if I can use it as a normal highlighter unless I keep it light but I could use it as an eyeshadow because it has a really pretty shimmer.

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Fenty Beauty – MATTEMOISELLE Plush Matte Lipstick (S1ngle)

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Lipsticks were the new products in this brand and I was more interested in trying them out. I chose this nude with slight pink shade for an everyday look, it looks too natural and the formula is very creamy and didn’t dry out my lips. It’s also long lasting so consider me a fan, I’m in love with it.

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Yves Saint Laurent – Les Sahariennes Bronzer (5 Ambre)

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Honestly I wasn’t planning on getting this but the lady working in Sephora was recommending it to me and I tried it on my hand and I liked it. It works well as a contour and it gives that natural look after applying it, it has a really nice powdery matte finish and also blurs the skin so it hides any pores or imperfections. It blends easily and has a slight shimmer which faded after awhile after I tried it out. The package includes a brush and soft sponge which I haven’t used because I’m more used to my own brush collection.


Have you ever tried any of these products ? Let me know what do you think.

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