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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The Beauty Tag

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First of all I want to apologize for disappearing this long from blogging, I’ve been sick and for some reason medicine weren’t that effective. Thankfully I’m fine now and I’m so happy that I’m back to my blog.

I’ve been tagged by the beautiful Michala to do this beauty tag, it’s been a while since I did those tags so I thought it would be fun to post.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
yes, a vanilla scented lip-gloss and I remember it was in a tube container. It was unnaturally shiny but I thought I looked cool.
 
2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
One that separates lashes and give them more volume and length. I would say Too Faced Better Than Sex and also L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara are my current favorites.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

Medium or light, I don’t mind showing my face imperfections.

4. Favourite high end brand?
Kat Von D

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

Nars, Jeffree Star, Morphe .. Probably more but I can’t think them now
 
6. Favourite drugstore brand?
Definitely NYX.

7. Do you wear false lashes?

Not always, only on special occasions.
 
8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
I don’t mind going out without makeup actually.
 

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
I’m not sure about this, I don’t think I have one

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once?
Honestly it’s once in a while because I like staying on what I’m more used to so I buy if that product finishes. Also I receive plenty in Glossybox.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

 I spend not freely but insanely … guilty.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

 We don’t really get much of that in shops, except for Shukran points if that counts.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
Depends on what catches my eyes, I wouldn’t say I have one specific item. 

 

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand?
Herbal Essence hair products, I tried multiple shampoos even conditioners but it always made my hair more frizzy more messy more dry.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates?

 Not really, I tried recently TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo that claims it has less Sulfates. The only difference I noticed is that it doesn’t bubble like normal shampoos but has the same effect and outcome anyway.

16. Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

 Not really, it depends on what I want. Some stores sell that brand some don’t.

17. Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine?
Yes, this is why I subscribed to Glossybox. They send out brands I never heard or or tried before so I’m always excited to try them out.

18. Favorite bath and body brand?
Bath and Body Works

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

This is hard. I can’t …

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
Kat Von D for sure

21. Which celebrity always have great makeup?
Blake Lively, her look is always so effortless and I love how she keeps it natural.

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22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?

Not really, I’m not that DEEPLY into makeup.

23. 5 Favorite beauty gurus?
Like I said before I’m not that into makeup to follow beauty gurus, I guess I can say it’s not in my interests list.

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?

Yeah I wouldn’t mind using them but they aren’t a priority to me.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Honestly, can you ever do a perfect line on both eyes in one go ? I don’t think so.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Nope.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

I don’t wash my hair daily so when I do wash my hair, obviously I’ll use shampoo then conditioner and sometimes hair mask. After that, while it’s damp I use an oil on the ends.

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

I don’t really use concealer so foundation. 

29. Would you ever consider taking makeup classes?

Not really, like I said it’s not one of my interests and I feel I teach myself how to do makeup the way I’m comfortable in doing.

30. What do you love about makeup?

I guess it’s always nice to have an option to enhance your look.

I Tag:

Anyone who wishes to do this tag.

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Hair Myths I Tested

Recently I’ve dyed my hair back to black after being blonde for almost 3 years, I’ve done Brazilian treatment and recently did a protein treatment as well. I can say I’ve pushed my hair’s boundaries, I’ve damaged my hair too much so I would consider myself well-informed with all the hair damaging procedures. I won’t call myself a hair expert but I think I can honestly say what’s real and what’s not in the book of hair myths, so here’s my take on the truths of these myths.

  • Dyeing your hair too much will make you bald.

If I got a dollar for every time I heard this sentence, I would be rich. The truth in this myth is that, your hair will fall out but not THAT much that you would be bald.

  • Trimming your hair will make it longer.

I don’t know the logic of this myth exactly, I mean technically you are cutting your hair so obviously it’ll be shorter. Here’s my take on this one, cutting the ends of the hair to eliminate the split ends or any breakage happening will make your hair look better OBVIOUSLY … but it won’t make your hair all the sudden grow faster.

  • Fancy hair products work better for your hair

I’ve tried a massive variety of hair products, and I do mean a looooooooooooooooot. Here’s what I found out, hair products don’t help your hair as much as food does. It’s all about what you eat, this is why those hair pills are getting popular. They give you the nutrition that you can originally get from food but in more focused levels.

And always remember conditioner is your best friend whether in make your hair silky smooth or using it as a shaving cream (trust me it works perfectly).

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More GOSH Makeup Haul

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We are starting the new year with a makeup post, I need something to distract me from the madness I went through when I played Doki Doki Literature Club … J̴͍͖̥̝͌͊͑u̵̢̥̥͌͝s̸̲͌̀͜t̶̘̳̪͎̉͆ ̵̺̍̐͌M̷͚͚̥͂̀̕͠o̷̞͙͆n̶̬͔͖̫̓̈́͆͋i̵̧̞̥̪̿̌̔͠k̸̺̤̈͝ä̶̜̬͎́̈̔ͅ. Anyway I’ve tried GOSH products before and I was very impressed so I decided to try more products from this brand plus the L’Oreal Paradise Mascara since it was over-hyped by my sister.

GOSH Contour’n Strobe Kit

I’ve been using Kat Von D Shade+Light contour palette and theBalm Bahama Mama bronzer for years so in the spirit of change, I got this palette. I got it in medium shade since I’m Arab so I have a naturally tanned skin and I tried the contour part. I wouldn’t say it’s as good as Shade+Light palette but it takes time to reach the contour level I’m aiming for. I also tried the highlighter on the inner corner of my eyes and I noticed it’s not too glowy like theBlam Manizer I’m more used to, it has a shimmer but subtle. I would say it gives a natural glow but not exactly that much to notice. I know it’s going to take me a while to get used to it, it’s an alright palette I guess.

GOSH Contour Brush

Along with the palette I decided to try the brush as well. I have a brush collection from E.L.F and it doesn’t contain a proper contour brush. The brush is almost similar to those brushes I mentioned, quite soft and picks up the color pretty well. I used it with the contour I mentioned above and it blended pretty well, I like it

GOSH Catchy Eyes Mascara

I’m a total mascara hoarder, I just can’t stop collecting them. This mascara is AMAZING, the bristles are almost similar to Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara I tried before and loved. The wand is a bit curved so it instantly lifts the lashes from the first coat and it separated the lashes to keep them looking natural. I absolutely love this mascara.

L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara

Now this mascara is overly hyped, and my sister just dropped it in my shopping bag with no words but “try it“. The packaging honestly reminded me of Too Faced Better Than Sex, also the wand … It was exactly like that mascara and I researched about it just so I want to make sure that I wasn’t the only one who felt that, and I found this article from Allure about it. Basically … it’s exactly like Too Faced Better Than Sex so I’m not going to complain about it because I’ve been obsessed with that mascara for years.

Overall, I don’t want to judge the contour palette too hard because I’m more used to another brand which I’ve been using for years so I’ll keep using it for awhile before I give it my final judgement. The mascara is absolutely amazing, I want to use it everyday … all day.

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GOSH Makeup Haul

I’m not exactly a fan of trying new makeup products, other than what I’m more used to. I’ve been trying to go out of my comfort zone and try to experiment with makeup. I went to buy my new favorite primer and foundation since I was almost out, but I decided to try a new brand this time which is GOSH.

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Primer Plus +

Let’s talk about this primer, it comes out with white-ish color but as you apply to your skin the color changes to your skin tone. It gave my skin a healthy glow, it also feels very light like you didn’t put anything on your face and made my skin look so smooth and healthy. I’m very impressed with this primer that I started using it alone without applying foundation or powder to my face.

BB Powder

I’ve never really used Powders on my face so this was new to me. I loved it because it has a matt finish and it’s light coverage which is great to use with the primer I mentioned earlier, it also gives a natural look.

Intense Eyeliner Pen

I’ve been trying to find an alternative for my all time favorite eyeliner Kat Von D Tattoo Liner but I keep failing because nothing is good enough for me as Kat Von D eyeliner. Anyway this eyeliner is good though, I would continue using it every once in a while.

Lash Sculpting Fibre Mascara

I’ve always liked these fiber wands because they give my lashes more of a natural look, they spread out the lashes and give them more length. This mascara is great for an everyday look, I’ve been using it more when I’m going to work.

Overall, I’m very much in love with the primer as you can clearly see. The powder is great as well, probably gonna keep using it for awhile instead of liquid foundation.

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