Beauty

Appreciation Post ~ Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid

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Today I felt like writing an appreciation post for one of my most favorite and go-to product ever.

Moisturizer wise Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid – Moisturizing Day Fluid for normal/combination skin is the only one I have stuck to for years. There was a time when I would use it on and off but now it’s the first thing I reach out for in the morning after I am done with washing my face. I got into the habit of using it because of my mum. She is an avid Olay moisturizers user since the very start and her skin is super soft due to it till date.

Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid is an extremely light weight formula. It goes on the skin effortlessly and sinks in super quick. It leaves the skin soft, glowing and hydrated for hours. A coin size amount is enough to work its magic.

Here are some ways I like using it in my daily routine:

Home facials – I like to take two coin size amount of it and massage it all over my face. It softens the skin which makes it ideal for an exfoliating session right afterwards.

With facial oils – I like to mix a few drops of any facial oil I am using with a coin size amount of Olay Essential Beauty Fluid and massage it all over my face before going to bed. I wake up with super soft and smooth skin and lighter face marks the next day.

Primer Alternative – I have used this beauty fluid as a primer for quite a while and still do. Its non greasy formula is always great in giving me a smooth canvas (I am being fancy so read ‘skin’) for my makeup later.

With Foundation – Sometimes when I don’t want any foundation on but also want to blur out any acne or scars I take a pea size amount of my foundation and mix it with a coin size amount of Olay Essential Beauty Fluid and apply it all over the face. This works wonderfully as it achieves the blurring effect, gives my face a very no makeup look and I feel like there is nothing at all on my skin.

No Nighttime Routine – when I am not following any nighttime skincare routine or am being too lazy, I just apply it. It provides my skin with hydration overnight and the next morning my skin is soft and supple.

I love incorporating Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid in my daily routine any way I can because the end result is always marvelous. I can never suggest this moisturizer enough. It is one of the best multifunctional products that are out there in the market. Give it a go yourself. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

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Life

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thoughts & Reflections

2015 Favorites~

2015 favs

It’s time for yearly favorites *yay* I don’t do monthly favorites so I had almost forgotten about this year’s favorite post too. So glad I read it over at some other blogs and realized I have enough time to squeeze in a post before 2015 is over.

I believe 2015 went by in a blur and I didn’t get a chance to try out much stuff but when I started looking back at old posts to gather my favorites I was amazed. Damn there was a lot. Without further delay let’s get started.

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2015 Beauty Favs

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I realize beauty wise I got around to using quite a bunch of stuff. I got to use two different foundations, different eyeliners, lips, mascaras and what not. Below are my favorites.

Liner – I am still stuck on my Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in 01 Darkest Black. I’ve had it since 2014 and it’s still going strong for me.

Mascara – Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl has got to be the one for me. Perfect effect without crisping the eyelashes, what else does one want?

Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hr Nude Finish Foundation because it saved me through the horrendous summer we had this year. Thank you, Rimmel, I am forever in debt.

Lip Liner – MAC Beet

Lipstick – MAC Ruby Woo

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2015 Skincare Fav

~Skincare~

I’ve been very bad with the whole skincare department this year. I am just glad I picked up The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment as it had helped a lot with blemishes.

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~Fragrance~

Spritz wise Victoria’s Secret – Secret Escape Body Mist has been my bae this year and I doubt I will be falling out of love with this one anytime soon.

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2015 Books Fav

~Book~

I’ve been failing miserably at completing my goodreads challenge this year but I’ve got a few days in my hand and I hoping I’ll get it done in time. This year there has been just one book that I’ve wanted to reach out again and time again – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I loved it so much. I am linking my review of it so you can read me cry more about it in a detailed post. (CLICK HERE!!) My second favorite was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, but I haven’t done a review yet so I was thinking to save it for 2016. Oh well. I am highly recommending these two to everyone I know that includes you too.

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That’s about it, guys. I will see you in my next post very soon! 🙂

Much Love,

~F x

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Wishlist

WISHLIST ~ Swooning Over Some H&M Beauty Products

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H&M has come out with a whole beauty range recently and wherever I turn I hear raving reviews about it. Before this official launch, H&M was doing bits and pieces of beauty, skincare and mists but I never heard or read anyone talk much about it. I bought their gel eyeliner once and I wanted to grab one of their palettes that had neutral eyeshades and almost every blush color. I never got around to doing that and I doubt they stock it anymore.

Today I thought to make up a wish list of everything beauty by H&M I’ve been meaning to purchase soon. I didn’t get a chance to go to the store and explore everything yet but I’ve been going through the beauty catalogue and swooning over a few pieces.

1- Concealer – RO 4.500

I love my Maybelline Fit Me concealer damn too much but I was thinking its time I try a new. H&M concealer has caught my fancy. If I find the formula worth giving a try this one will be going in my basket right away. I believe I will be shade Desert.

2- Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black – RO 2.900

I believe it’s about time I start filling in my mismatching eyebrows as I am very annoyed with their current shape and no parlor has been able to fix them yet. H&M eyebrow pencil seems like a good one because of the little spooly at the end.

3- Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Rich Cocoa – RO 2.900

I haven’t tried pencil eyeliner yet and I don’t see many brown eyeliners so yap prolly will give this one a go.

4- Colored Eyeliner – RO 3.900

What would be my year if I don’t buy a few colored eyeliners? The last I bought was in sparkly blue from Rimmel. Now I am eyeing three from H&M; (left to right) Goldie Luxe, Into The Blue, and Azure Thing. They are all pencils. I might buy one of them for a trail and if I like it enough I’ll probably go buy some more.

5- Eyelash Curler – RO 2.900

Your homie here doesn’t own or have tried an eyelash curler yet and this one seems super pretty.

6- Colored Mascara – RO 6.900

Because why the heck not? 😀 I like unusual things too, y’know! Lolita Purple and Nephrite Blue, I’m coming to get ya.

7- Cream Lipsticks – RO 6.900

I swatched a few of their lipsticks the last time I was in H&M and I’ve been mad about them since. Left to right; Rosehip Jam, Rambling Rose, Deco Ruby and Heyday. I don’t know if my H&M has matte lipsticks yet. Any recommendations will be more than welcome in the comment section below.

8- Dry Shampoo – RO 2.900

I didn’t spot a single dry shampoo in any store yet and now H&M has one to offer so yap I have to give it a go.

9- Micellar Water – Makeup Remover – RO 3.900

This is on my Maybe list. I don’t know how I feel about it yet. Anyone has given this one a go?

10- Spray Travel Bottle – RO 1.900

Because it’s very cute and I want to have it, Nuff said.

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Is there anything I need to add to my list? Let me know about your favorite products from H&M so far in the comments below! 🙂

Have a nice weekend, fellaz!

~F x

Image: H&M website. (Extremely sorry about the products picture quality)

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Beauty

REVIEW ~ Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Image: Left – before it’s damp || Right – after it’s damp

Beauty blender and sponges have been in the market from a while but I never really cared about them. I thought they are just another way for the cosmetic companies to draw us in. I gave in around October because my curiosity wouldn’t let me be. I decided on Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and damn did I choose well.

Packaging

It’s made out of foam and has a flat surface on the top for the whole face and a pointed tip at the end for corner of eyes and nose.

So far it’s only available in orange color.

How to Prepare the Sponge

The best way to use it is by damping it. Just take it under the tap of running water. Let it soak the water and then squeeze it out a couple of time. You will notice the sponge gets bigger in size. Yes, that’s what it is supposed to do, don’t worry. Squeeze out all the excess water before using it.

It’s not necessary to be very gentle with squeezing the water out but I would suggest be gentle enough that you don’t end up tearing it apart or getting a mini heart attack thinking that you did.

You can use the sponge dry too but I have noticed that doesn’t give the best finish.

Application

The application is similar to the brush. Once it’s wet (or dry), you can take your foundation as you normally do with a brush; put it on your hand first to warm it, or dot it over the face or take it on the flat surface of the sponge. It doesn’t matter which method you go for. Then start to dab, stipple or rub in the foundation like you would do with a brush. Use the flat surface for flat areas and the tip to reach the corners.

I don’t prefer using the sponge dry but if you do, the method is the same though I would really suggest you not to take the foundation on the sponge and then apply it on the face.

Finish

Damp: It gives a well blended and flawless finish. I have used it with both liquid and cream foundation and also with a foundation that doesn’t give you more than two minutes before it sets in.

Dry: It gives a good finish but you might find some streaks if you don’t use the sponge right as paint brush motions. That’s why I prefer the damp method. It’s absolutely fuss free and you don’t even need to be careful with how you go about in on the face, lol. It does the job for you. #LazyGalAlert

After You’re Done Using It

This sponge takes time to dry after you’re done with your foundation. Keep it out to dry completely before storing it back.

Bonus

It can be used with pretty much any product making it a multi-tasker. It’s perfect with cream contouring, blush, highlighter, anything really. I have read a post where the blogger does her complete makeup with it and the final result was full blended and perfectly done face. I think it was a sponge challenge or something. I can’t seem to find the post now or I would have linked it up. Anyway, you can YouTube it and you will find a gazillion videos on it.

Shelf Life

It has a very short shelf life. It’s suggested to change it after every three to four months. I am pretty sure none of us will be listening to this suggestion.

Cons

I have noticed that it retains some of the water after you damp it and no matter how much you squeeze it, it doesn’t come out. I think it drinks up a little of the foundation too. Not too much but enough to stain its surface. I believe this will make us change our sponge after a while lol.

What I Don’t Know About

I really need to learn how to clean this sponge because as you can notice so far I am not able to take out the foundation stains and yes that’s driving me insane. Honestly, I didn’t get much to look around the internet on how to do it. If you have any easy methods please help a sister in need and leave them in the comments below.

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I am absolutely in love with the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Before using the sponge I thought its okay if the foundation goes a little streaky on the face but after using it I know that’s not supposed to happen. I am highly recommending it to everyone. Give it a go and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

PS. Thanks a ton to Makeup Medley Muscat for getting me the sponge. ❤

Until next time people,

Byeee xx

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A Bit of Shopping

BEAUTY HAUL ~ Real Techniques Brushes

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I am having a hard time believing we are in December right now. Where has this year gone really? 😐

I did a haul in October and because November was just one massive blur I am going to share whatever I got in today’s post. I was talking about building basic brushes collection in the start of the year and I had my eyes on MAC mostly but after trying a few of their brushes I was not impressed and decided to look elsewhere. I am still in that stage where I am figuring out if I like makeup for real or will I be abandoning it after a while so I don’t want to get really spendy yet. Real Techniques sounded like a great option for brushes and after reading such rave reviews I thought to give it a go.

The first thing I ordered was their Core Collection. It’s a set of 4 face brushes of different kind. You get a pointed foundation brush, foundation buffing brush, contouring brush and definer brush. I have given them all a go except for the foundation brush and find them nice to use. They have been through a wash too and damn do I have things to say about them. You will just have to wait for a full fledge review, sorry peepz! So far my favorite is the buffing brush. I have read some saying it’s similar to Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki but I don’t own that one yet so I can’t compare. I do have my eyes on it so prolly a comparison will happen someday very soon. 😉

Next I bought two separate brushes – Blush Brush and Powder Brush. They are good too and do what they are meant too.

I would admit one thing; I was expecting the brushes to be super soft and though they were soft but not as soft as I had them in my mind. Sigma and MAC has set my brushes softness standard pretty high, ha.

Then I got one of their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I would sum this purchase up in Chandler’s baffled voice and expressions ‘OH. MY. GOD.’ I mean that. There are so many beauty blenders/sponges around and I never gave them a serious thought but after using this one I want to try every single one from every brand because I truly am blown away by the awesome result. I will do an in depth review soon, promise.

I also got Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel (Click here for first impression post!). It cleans the brushes super quick. I have tried it a few times and it’s been great.

So this concludes my haul. In case you’re from Muscat and curious where I got all the above mentioned stuff from, it from an Instagram page @MakeupMedleyMuscat. They have RT stuff at the best prices. They also have other brands that are not easily available in Oman.

I will see you guys in my next post!

Byee ❤

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Hair Care

The Deed Has Been Done

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I GOT MY HAIR CUT YESSSSS!!!!!!

I am a massive short hair fan. There is just something so very attractive about a short bob, boy and pixie cut that attracts me so very much. In February I blogged about how I am going to try take care of my hair so I can cut them short and dye them blue (Click here to read it). Well the taking care part didn’t happen much and my hair fall didn’t stop too. So two weeks ago I was in one of my ‘fuck it’ mood and that’s when I decided I’m cutting my hair short. ‘Fuck it’ is my favorite approach for making ‘rational decisions’.

If you follow me on Instagram (Click here if you’re not!), I posted a picture and you can see they were pretty medium to long length. I never really had long hair while growing up and that’s why I suck at managing them when they grow below my shoulders. Anyway, when I told my hairdresser, who is one hell of a meanie, that I wanted a short bob, I received a look that said ‘NOT HAPPENING’. It took me fifteen minutes of nonstop talking (I don’t do that shit) to convince (read beg) that I really do need it. After a lot of exasperated scowls and tantrums, we came to an agreement that the cut will be short but with a bit of oomph effect to them. This is the end result and I am over the moon right now!! 😀 Short bob with a mix of layers and steps is exactly what I had in mind when I would picture myself. It’s so perfect!!

What do you guys think?

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Beauty

MAC Lip Pencils Review And Why You Should Get Them

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Makeup is an expensive hobby to keep especially if you love trying new stuff like me. I would invest in basic things (according to me) like foundation, blush, lipstick and kohl, but if you ask me to invest in things like mascara, eyeliner, lip pencils, lip gloss, bronzer I would be a little reluctant. But give me a product that’s a multi-tasker and then we’re talking.

A few blog posts back I mentioned getting MAC Lipstick Ruby Woo as a present and how I would never buy one because of the price tag. RO 9.275 for one lipstick, seriously? Not happening. Fast forward to a few months and my hopeless attempts at applying Ruby Woo perfectly on my not so defined lips. I had no idea how to make it work and the idea of getting a lip liner wasn’t something that would happen with me because lazy AF. I don’t use a hair conditioner after shampooing my hair, what makes you believe I would use a lip liner to define my lips before I apply a lipstick. No I don’t care my lips need them. I would never go that extra mile for anything. Also, they are always almost the same price of a lip stick which seems unfair to me.

Ruby Woo lip pencil hit the market a bit back. I really wanted the lipstick to look good on me, so I went to the store, swatched it, and bought it. MAC Lip Pencil in Ruby Woo has the same deep red shade as the lipstick. The pencil has a defined tip and glides on the lip’s line perfectly to give you your desired result. Putting on lipstick after that has been an easy peasy task. It looks so well done, ha. The best thing about it is its creamy formula. Some days I use it as a lipstick if Ruby Woo lipstick is being too dry.

My MAC Lip Pencil love affair didn’t end there. Last year just around autumn/winter, I swatched a few lip liners from MAC and there were some brown shades I really liked. I was kind of sure I would get them but I have been obsessed with bold lips recently and I ended up buying MAC Lip Pencil in Beet. It’s a berry toned/magenta shade and I absolutely love it. It has the same creamy formula and because I don’t really have a lipstick to go with it yet, I apply it all over my lips and it looks fab.

Now a lip pencil range that has amazing nude and vibrant shades, is creamy and can be worked on as a lipsticks too, is available and you don’t avail the opportunity to use it, would be a very sad thing, really! Do I say it’s worth the money? It so is.

Let me know in the comments below if you try some or if you have a favorite one already. Also, I would love it if you suggest some other lip pencils to me. I heard Maybelline came out with a new range. Need to check them myself.

Thanks for reading, guys! 🙂

MAC Lip Pencils: RO 8.000

Store: Muscat City Center – Ground Floor opposite Claire’s (It’s renovating ATM)

A Bit of Shopping

The New Things + First Impression #2

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I recently did a spot of shopping and picked a few things I wanted from a while.

1 – Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Waterproof (RO 6.800)

I mentioned this in my last wish list. I wanted to buy new mascara and and settled for Maybelline Lash Sensational because of the raving reviews it’s been getting. I got it on offer from Center Point. You get Maybelline’s Lasting Drama 24H Automatic Gel Pencil for free when you purchase Lash Sensational mascara.

I have used it a couple of times. It’s truly waterproof and doesn’t come off from normal cleanser. I think you would need a proper eye makeup remover. I found it a little clumpy but it settles after a while. I am still testing it out and am undecided how I really feel about this product but hopefully by the time I do a review I would have a clearer idea.

2 – Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel for Makeup Brushes (RO 8.000)

Yes!!! I finally have it!!! *happy dance*

I have been after this cleanser from a bit and I am so happy to finally have it. I tested it just once and I am very impressed by the result. It didn’t even take me two minutes to clean my brushes and they came out squeaky clean, super soft and no shedding. I am going to try it a couple more times over the weeks and will report back. Though let me just tell you guys, I am already in love with it.

I would like to give a huge shout out to ‘Makeup Medley Muscat’ for arranging this cleanser for me. Thank you so much!! If you’re from Muscat and are looking for someone who can get you not easily accessible brands and products, I would recommend MMM. They are really friendly, helpful and suggestions are always welcomed. I am linking their Facebook page and Instagram below. Let them know if you’re visiting their page because of my blog. 🙂

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Hair Care

REVIEW ~ Wella Pro Series Heat & Shine (Heat Protector)

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Back Story (Skip it and read below if you’re here for just the review)

I had wavy hair since I was a kid and a bit of blow dry for special occasions always felt like a treat. My dad would do it for me. ❤ Then I left using them completely because who really cared at age 9? Later in my teens I discovered straighteners and I thought I found the cure to everything in life. I would straighten my hair every chance I got and to be honest, I had no idea about the adverse effect it would have. It was not until my hair was severely damaged by all the heat that I realized what I had put my hair through. This led to a lot of google searching and that’s when I found out about heat protectors. Now starts the hard part; where to get one from. Up until 2014, shopping or spending wasn’t my thing. I would either spend too much on stuff I would never use or not spend at all for months which means I really sucked at shopping.

It took me a while to realize we don’t really have any hair protector in the usual hypermarkets. Some time back I spotted one from a company called Kera in Carrefour Hypermarket’s hair care aisle. I didn’t buy it right away but the next time I went to purchase it, it was gone and there was nothing similar from any other brand. I was so disappointed and pissed at myself. A few months back I was at Carrefour Hypermarket again and that’s when I spotted Wella Heat protector. Now I don’t learn by making a mistake once, I like to make it several times, just to be sure, you know. I did not buy it and the next time I went, it was gone. The time after that I spotted a bottle, I grabbed it and rushed to the counter before I got tempted to repeat my usual behavior.

Main Thing

Wella Pro Series 2 Phase Spray Heat & Shine comes in a round red plastic bottle. It has a faint smell similar to all other Wella products. Sometimes it’s pleasant and other times not so much. The product is very light weight. The bottle’s nozzle sprays a generous amount with every pump. I use about three to four and sometimes five to six pumps of it taking it on the top and some after sectioning the hair. Sometimes after spraying I massage my hair a bit hoping the spray would reach any parts it hasn’t already.

Claims:

Heat Protection

Extra Shine

Results:

I have noticed no damage to my hair every time I use Wella Heat & Shine before any heat equipment.

My hair is quite damaged and rough but whenever I apply Wella Heat & Shine my hair goes soft and smooth.

Usually my hair starts turning back to waves in an hour or so but now they stay in place. Super like!

I feel a significant volume in my otherwise limp hair when I use it. Another like!

The first time I tried it, I noticed a clear shine in my hair and it was super awesome but after that I didn’t see any noticeable shine again.

I feel like my hair goes a little too frizzy after a while though so boo-hoo to that

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I would conclude that it is a fairly good heat protector. Though the frizzing is annoying but as long as my hair is not getting damaged further I wouldn’t abandon this product and will keep looking for other heat protectors too.

Do you use a heat protector? Which one’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Price: RO 2.200 // RO 2.050

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