Skincare

REVIEW ~ Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser (Oil-Free)

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Clean & Clear is a drugstore skincare brand. I used to love it as a teenager. Whatever minimum skincare routine I had, it was all from there. As I grew up my skin’s needs changed and I started trying other brands. Recently when my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (Click here to read my review on it) was almost finishing I got a little panicked. I usually get backups for all my products well in time but this time around with cleanser I had no idea which one to get next. I thought to repurchase Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Cleanser only but on my way to get it I spotted a gel cleanser by Clean & Clear and after much contemplation picked it up instead.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser (Oil-Free) comes in a 150 ml transparent bottle and has a purple pump. The product is of gel consistency and green in color. Its smell reminds me of detergent and it’s strong.

This cleanser works really nice. I find it gentle on my skin. I use it most mornings before my face wash. It instantly cleans the face of any oiliness or product from last night leaving a pretty clean slate for my face wash. The best thing about it is the way it tingles the skin. It feels so nice and cool. It’s like a jolt of freshness.

It is pretty great with removing makeup too. I don’t purchase makeup removers so any cleanser that helps taking my makeup off completely is always well appreciated. However it doesn’t take off waterproof mascara. I have also noticed if I use it alone sometimes, my skin gets very dry. But as long as I am applying a moisturizer after it, I am all good.

If you are a teenager, this would be a great product for you to use after school or any time in between the day whenever you feel your skin has a lot of dirt or oiliness on it after a game session or some similar activity. It works nicely for adults too. I use it anytime I feel my skin has gone unbearably oily.

I got this cleanser from Lulu Hypermarket Seeb. It was for RO 1.890. Compared to any other drugstore brand, Clean & Clear’s cleanser is half the price and I think it’s pretty good.

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Life

I ❤ Autumn

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The downside of living in a desert country is that you will only get two seasons: very hot summer and mild summer. For some people this might be ideal but for me not really. I like all the four seasons and there is nothing more I like than to daydream about them when most of the world is enjoying them and I am not.

Autumn is my favorite among the four and the amount of autumnal vibes coming my way through social media this month made me want to write a huge post on all the things I love about this gorgeous season. ❤

Changing Colors

Changing Colors

This is my most favorite part of autumn. I love how the trees change colors from green to yellow and orange. I love how the roads and parks are filled with dried up leaves and the crunchy sound they make when a person walks on them. Sunsets become even more beautiful than usual with the sky displaying shades of deep blue, pink, purple and violet and a trip to the beach is always an amazing idea.

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Outdoors

Outdoors

I love it when summer turns to autumn and instead of harsh heat we are welcomed by a cool breeze in the afternoon and evening. For someone who works out this is such a great time to leave the gym or indoors for a while and do their cardio outside. I love walking in huge parks that are not stripped off most of their nature. I love it when we can walk to places that are not very far to get some errands done. I just generally like the whole idea of spending more time out in the nature when the weather is being such a babe.

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Instagram: Lia Selina – Artist & Illustrator

Hot Beverages

After summer and all the cold beverages encircling that season, I love how the choices go from cold coffee/tea and frappuccino to latte, mocha, macchiato, black and green tea. I love drinks so I am always happy when there is a change in that section. I also love how Starbucks comes out autumn inspired drinks like ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ and if you’re lucky enough you get autumn themed cups to go with them.

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Trends

Trends

I love how the lip colors get berry colored bolder and eye lashes become intense than usual. The copper eyelids are another of my favorite thing about this season. Fashion wise I love how everything starts getting darker. Maroon and navy blue colors are such hits. I love those stunning slouchy sweaters and blanket-y yet stylish scarves people start wrapping around them. I also like how everyone starts wearing super cool boots and sneakers.

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Halloween

I love it how with the start of autumn everyone gets excited for Halloween for real and planning their getups. I like it how YouTube gets filled up with videos and tutorials of new ideas every day. I love the mad obsession with pumpkins too and lovely shots people post on their Instagram.

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Lights

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All the Other Things

These are things that I haven’t experienced yet but love them still. I love how everyone starts talking about and buying new fall inspired candles and fairy lights and lanterns become a part of home décor. I love it when people talk about Lush Bath bombs or put up picture of the lovely effect of them in their tubs.

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This was my mini love post for autumn. I hope you guys liked it. Now, why don’t you guys tell me what’s your three most favorite things about this lovely season? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Beauty

The Queen of All Red Lipsticks ~ MAC Ruby Woo

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I love a good lipstick but I don’t wear them at all. I am always very self conscious when I have them on in public, which is very unlike me, so I usually don’t bother with them. There is just one shade I can’t resist – Red. I love trying different red lipsticks from everywhere but I never found any that would beat my Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 527 Lady Red.

A couple of months back I went to MAC and that’s when I saw Ruby Woo. This is not a small name in the makeup industry. This lipstick has a cult following and is considered a must-have in anyone’s collection. My encounter with it was instant love and I marked it on my ‘I am never buying this’ wish list. The reason was simple; at RO 9.250, I could not justify the purchase as I would never use it. Though that did not stop me from crying about it to everyone I know.

My birthday came in May which was a pathetic affair. All my family was busy with work and couldn’t even make it to dinner and I had to spend it alone with my sister-in-law. She was trying so hard to cheer me up but nothing worked. I was feeling miserable and that’s when she surprised me with a pretty black bag from MAC and guess what it held – RUBY WOO. I WAS SO HAPPY!!!!

Ruby Woo is a part of MAC Retro Matte Finish range and comes in their standard black bullet packaging. It has a very pleasant vanilla smell and taste. It has the most beautiful blues tones which makes it the deepest red there ever can be. Its lasting power is good as long as you are not eating or drinking. The best thing about this lipstick is that it goes fabulously with all skin tones making it an instant classic.

It just has one problem; its formula is very drying so it drags on your lips when you apply it. It’s not that big of a problem but for some it can be. It is nothing you can’t work out. I have noticed that if I am taking care of my lips which mean they are well scrubbed or I am using lip balm every day, it glides on without dragging. But if you are a lazy bum, that I am mostly, and lip prep session is never in your routine, this will be a bummer. I am linking a post written by Fatima from Lipsticks and Coffee. She recently wrote about Ruby Woo and has a good tip to share. Click here to read it! 🙂

If you are into red lips you need to buy Ruby Woo. If you’ve swatched it, I assure you there is no dupe that would ever satisfy you just as much as the original. It is such a unique color and deserves all the hype it gets.

I want to thank my sister-in-law so very much for this gorgeous present. If it were to me I know it would have still been on that wish list but thanks to her, I own it now and rock it (ft. in my bedroom with DJ Snapchat).

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Food, Oman

Italiano~

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Italiano is a fairly new Italian pizzeria in Muscat. It is located in Mawaleh next to Al Bahja Complex line while going to The Waves. We went there in Ramadan for iftar one day. The restaurant is quite small and there isn’t much seating space. The ambience is alright. It’s all brown, wicker chairs as well as normal wooden ones, long tables and benches too. The tables have ‘Italiano’ etched on them which I thought was cool.

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The menu is extensive and quite impression. For starters we ordered their Buffalo wings and garlic bread with mozzarella cheese. Then we ordered a Penne Pasta. There are a lot of pizza options. We ended up ordering thin crust Philly Steak pizza and meat pizza. No one was in the mood for drinks so one of us ordered a lime soda. For dessert we ordered Chocolate Fudge Cake.

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Buffalo wings weren’t that nice but the BBQ sauce that came with it was delicious. The garlic bread was good. I found the bread too soft to my liking. I guess I am just used to having Pizza Hut’s hard bread. The Penne Pasta was amazing. I usually don’t order pasta when I am dining out and this was more of my brother’s order and I ate most of it. The pizza was exquisite both of them and so very light yet filling. The toppings were fresh and my taste buds were blown away, in a good way. The dessert however was a disappointment. I was expecting something much better. The drink was alright too.

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We got our bill in such cute little saucer with round cover and an Italian chef/waiter on top. I wish they put it on sale because i wanted to grab one for myself. I can’t remember the correct amount now but maybe it rounded off to RO 12.000 which is such an affordable amount when you’re dinning out with six people.

The staff was okay but they were very caught up because they had a lot of customers and it was getting a little difficult for them to attend to everyone. Also the place is small so if you go there on rush hours, you won’t get a seat and might have to wait for long. I hope they change the venue of the restaurant and get a bigger place and more staff because overall their food is superb and I think everyone should try it. Italiano also does free home deliveries. I will add their number below.

I have been occupied with trying so many other restaurants that I couldn’t make much time but I can’t wait to go back to Italiano for a little more of their awesome pizzas.

Italiano Instagram = italianooman

Italiano Facebook = Italiano

Italiano Contact Number = 24 180 515

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Book Review, Books

BOOK REVIEW ~ The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

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Click HERE for Goodreads Synopsis

I have heard so much about David Levithan and how he is a must-read author so I decided to read one of his books in September. I picked up The Lover’s Dictionary because the chapters looked really short which meant I would end in one sitting.

The Lover’s Dictionary is written, as the title suggests, in a dictionary style starting with A and ending on Z. Now what I was expecting was a proper story of the couple that started with alphabet ‘A’ explaining how they met and ended at Z with their endings however good or bad they were. This wasn’t the case with the book. It was more like snippets of a couple’s life and though that wouldn’t have been much of a problem if it was arranged in a manner that gave some clear insight of the couple’s life. There wasn’t a proper story and more like you had to fit the pieces and make sense of the story on your own.

I know a lot of people like such books and there are people who loved this one but there are some who didn’t which includes me. I couldn’t really connect or relate with the couple. I do believe the concept was great but it wasn’t executed that well. I also believe that you might really like it if you’re in love but if you are not then you might not enjoy it as much.

The book had some good parts. I liked A for Anthem. It was the girl’s song and it was nice. I am not giving up on David Levithan just yet. I want to read some more of his books and decide how I like him. For now he gives off a very John Green vibe to me.

Rating: 2/5

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Beauty

REVIEW ~ Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude Foundation with SPF 20

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I have been crying about Muscat’s hot weather in almost every post since April and let me just do that once again. Our summer was horrendous this year reaching 50+ degrees. It was too hot to even breathe outside or have a comfortable life inside the house. I wilted away all these months cocooned indoors whereas all I really wanted this summer was some quality beach time. boo hoo!!!

With such ‘amazing’ weather came the unpredictable makeup issue. I thought I had it under control because my skincare routine was going great and my Maybelline Fit Me foundation was doing amazing until my face became an oil zone – literally. My makeup was being such a problem and my foundation would just never stay on for more than two hours. That’s when I decided to try a new drugstore foundation and I had Rimmel in my mind. I wasn’t sure which one of their ranges to go for because I tried some of their foundations and wasn’t much impressed. Then one day I visited Top Note in Lulu Hypermarket Seeb and saw a great deal on Rimmel Lasting Finish range and bought it on a whim.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Nude SPF 20 comes in a round transparent glass bottle with a round white slanted cap that has the Rimmel logo on top. It has a pump red in color to extract the product. Pumps are always a plus with me because they make getting the product out of the bottle easy and hygienic. I doubt the bottle is as sturdy as Maybelline Fit Me but then again I did not get a chance to throw it on the tiled floor of my room yet (and I really hope it never comes to that).

Rimmel Lasting Finish is one foundation that does everything it claims. It has a medium coverage that can be built up; a process that I really don’t prefer with any of my foundations because I don’t like the constant reminder that something is on my face. It is of creamy consistency, a satin texture and its formula ensures your skin is hydrated under all that makeup. It is light weight and blends effortlessly. It blurs the spots but not completely so it seems like you don’t have much of anything on. The best thing however about this foundation is that it does NOT budge in hot weather. The line up there that says its ‘sweat, heat and humidity proof’ is very true. I have had it on for more than 8 hours in all that 50+ heat and it stayed and so did all of my makeup. A very big thumbs up to Rimmel for achieving this very impossible task.

I have it in shade 100 ivory. One full pump of product alone is enough to cover all of your face and neck. I take two small pumps of it and that does it for me. It applies well with both a brush and fingers. Its creamy consistency gives you some time to fix it before it settles in completely. It has a strong smell to it that takes a little getting used to but it doesn’t stay for long after you have applied it. I have not noticed any transfer of product while using it so that’s always great. Another thumbs up, Rimmel, my friend.

Super Tip: if you are applying this foundation with a brush, make sure you wash it every week because it can take some time to get it off those bristles especially if your brush hasn’t been washed for two or more weeks. #guilty

There are a few things I want to let you guys know. Give this foundation a little time to settle in if you have fair/desi skin. When I started using it I would freak out every time because I would find it too white on my face. I have fair skin but there is no way I would ever want to leave the house looking like I just dipped my face in a huge bowl of white powder. I wanted to return it after the first time I tried it but after using it for a few times I realized it takes a little time for this foundation to settle on your face and then it’s all awesome. So 10 to 15 minutes and it will look fabulous. Another thing, they have very limited range of shades so keep your fingers crossed when you go to pick yourself a bottle. If you really love the formula and are not a lazy bum like me, I would suggest buying two shades and mixing them to create your shade.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude Foundation has been my summer savior and I love it for that. The weather is changing here in somewhat autumn now. I am still enjoying this foundation and looking forward to how well it will work in the winter if it gets cold.

Until next time,

Ciao! 🙂

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Beauty

FOTD ~ Autumn Edition

I don’t do Face of the Day posts often because I don’t usually switch up my makeup that much but with the slight change in Muscat’s weather and lots of autumnal feels coming my way through YouTube and Instagram, I was feeling excited and decided to do my makeup a bit differently. Most of the products I am using are stuff I bought recently and haven’t spoken about yet on the blog but they will be up soon, doncha worry! 😀

Starting off, I have been trying a primer. It is Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer. I haven’t tried any before so I don’t really have much to compare it with. I use it before applying my foundation and I have noticed it does keep most of my makeup in place for a long time. I don’t wear it that often but whenever I do, it been a good experience.

Next is a new foundation I’ve been trying. It is Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Nude with SPF 20. This one has been amazing on my skin. As the summer was horrendous this year and my face was basically being an oil zone, this foundation gave me a medium to full coverage and lasted as the name suggests for a whole day without budging. Our autumn is going to be summer only but a little less sweaty so I am sticking with this foundation. I take a pump of it and spread it all over my face using my fingers tips. I am being super lazy so my face brush is getting a bit of time off this season.

I am not doing anything special with the cheeks except bronzing them. I have picked up my favorite Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in shade 51. It brings such a radiant glow to the face. Bronzers send off such autumnal vibes and in my opinion this one is the best so far. I use MAC 168 to do my cheeks and later take it up my forehead and down my jaw line. This is perhaps my most favorite step and this brush from MAC is meant for it.

I picked up NYX Show Girl eye shadow recently and that’s all I have been using this past week. I love it so much. It is such a beautiful shade of copper and it makes my eyes look so pretty. I use my MAC 217 and swipe the color all over my lid and that’s about as much as I can do with an eye shadow or an eye shadow brush. 😛

I am skipping mascara and eyeliner these days and have been using just a kohl liner for my waterline.

Finally for lips I am going bold and what better bold than red. My sister in law got me MAC Ruby Woo for my birthday (I am sorry I haven’t blogged about it in 4 months) and I have been using it on end ever since. I doubt I am ever taking it off.

What makeup products are you using this season? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

PS – Please don’t feel shy in commenting and talking. I love to read what you guys are up to too. 🙂

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People I know

Bloggers Day Out

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Hello fellas!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was mighty fine and not the usual staying at home kind. I got done with a lot of errands *cough* shopping *cough* and got a chance to meet some friends. There is one special thing I did this weekend. I meet a fellow blogger – Hunaina from The Peppy Potato. We are good friends but thought to do a ‘Bloggers Day Out’ kind of thing lol.

Hunaina is a Muscat based Beauty, Health and Lifestyle blogger. She writes some of the most informative articles that I have ever come across. There are Do’s & Don’ts, beauty reviews and a lot of DIY beauty stuff. She is fairly new but every post of her is worth reading (and following). Head over to her blog and show her some love, people! ❤

We met on Friday over lunch. First we sat and talked nonstop for an hour or so catching up and all that. Then we had lunch at Santino’s Pizza. Hunaina ordered a slice of Cheese Pizza and Potato wedges and I ordered a slice of Tandoori Chicken Pizza and wings. Once done with lunch, we did a spot of shopping at Victoria’s Secret because why the heck not. This is what bloggers do when they are together. We ended the day at Starbucks *typical*. I ordered a Caramel Frappuccino and Hunaina had a Vanilla Mocha Frappuccino.

Halfway through our convos we realized our choices and tastes are poles apart but concluded that we should meet often, ha. We had a fun day and now let’s see when we plan to meet next. 🙂

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Wishlist

Eyeing Some Drugstore Beauts! x

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Guys, we are just two days away from October… what?! Where did most of the year go? 😐 Let me know if you have any idea!

I compiled a wish list for today’s post. I went to Center Point a while back and saw so many things I liked.

1- Blue eyeliners are having a major moment right now and if you know me at all you would know how obsessed I am with the color blue. Maybelline is doing some of the best blue eyeliners. They have a liquid pen liner, pencil liner and kajal. I have tried all of them. The liquid pen gets the job done in one stroke, the pencil liner has a lasting texture and the Kajal is plain gorgeous. I can’t decide which one to pick and which one to drop (so I might buy them all).

2- I am into Mascaras a lot these days. I love my Essence Get Big Lashes mascara but I will be finishing it soon so to replace it I have two options. I am curious about Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara as almost every blogger/youtuber is raving about it so that’s one.

3- I also had my eyes on Max Factor mascaras especially their Masterpiece Transform from a while now. Let’s see which one I pick. (Pretty sure I am picking both!)

4- I am not really that crazy about eye shadows but ever since I have seen NYX Show Girl I can’t really think about anything else. It’s a pot of copper goodness. I can’t wait to try it on my lids. I’ll prolly be sweeping it all over. Totally in love with this shade.

5- Bourjois is slowly becoming my favorite brand. I already have a blush from them in Golden Rose and love it. I swatched Love Struck Rose and have been dreaming about it ever since. It will be an impulse purchase if I get it.

6- I haven’t really stopped talking about Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick ever since it came here. I have tried one of their bold shades – pink. Pros; the finish is matte and pretty. Cons; It doesn’t go opaque in 1/2/3 go, smells a bit weird and feels like you have oil on your lips. Not sure if I will buy it but I will try the red one. If it is any good I surely will.

What’s on your wish list these days?!

Edit Note: Center Point Muscat is offering Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara for RO 6.800 with a free black gel eyeliner. How much more convincing would one want to get this now? 😉

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A Bit of Shopping

The New Things + First Impression

I did a bit of shopping in last two weeks but they are all random bits so I decided not to do a proper haul post. I will mention them here in pieces though. Let’s start with these two.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser (RO 1.890)

I am almost done with my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (Click here for my review about it!) and I wanted something to replace it. First I thought to repurchase it but then I saw Clean & Clear one and thought to give it a try. So far it has been amazing. It is gentle, tingles in a good way and leaves behind a clean skin. I have been using it for over a week now and really like it so much that I have forgot to finish my Neutrogena cleanser. #reminder You will hear all about it soon in a few weeks time.

Wella Pro Series Heat & Shine (RO 2.200)*

I haven’t really spotted a heat protector in any stores here so when I saw Wella Heat & Shine it was a must-buy. My hair is in a bad state right now and the hair fall won’t stop. I thought to do as much as I can to protect whatever is left of my once luscious locks. I have tried this spray just once before I blow dried my hair. The result was pretty good. My hair didn’t go rough. They were smooth, soft and had a shine to it that was never there before. Let’s hope the result is consistent. I will do a post as soon as I have formed a solid opinion.

*You can get it for RO 2.050 from Carrefour

Guys, I might be blogging a bit on and off for the next couple of days because I am having a bit of an eye situation here. Nothing serious, they just need a little off time from the laptop and work. Also, Eid is hardly two days away and things will get pretty hectic from ummm right after I click Publish here, ha. Regular posts will resume from Monday 28th September, if I go MIA. 🙂

Much Love! xx

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