Hair Care

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

Wella

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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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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Beauty

Review ~ Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara

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Before I begin, I can’t seem to recall when the last time I used Mascara was. It was a good couple of years ago and I was totally into the hardcore Max Factor and Maybelline ones at that time. Fast forward to 2015 and with a pair of immensely sensitive eyes, when I started getting into makeup and buying eye products I was in tears, literally. Anything too strong would immediately make my eyes water. I was eyeing quite a lot of Max Factor Mascaras but one swatch of them and I knew they weren’t going to work for me plus wassup with the crispy lashes man? Like seriously? (I am talking like an old woman I know but please bear with me…) After almost giving up, I ended up at Essence Cosmetics counter. I saw this pretty bottle, picked it up, paid for it and left. Best.decision.ever.

Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara comes in a salmon pink cylinder shaped bottle. It has a curved fiber brush and almost tightly packed bristles. The curved fiber brush provides the lashes with a perfect dramatic curl. The tightly packed bristles help in giving the lashes the most volume. The formula is thick but doesn’t weigh down your lashes. It also doesn’t make them go crispy after a while of applying. The color is darkest black that gives the eyelashes an intense look. It has a similar scent that most mascara’s have but isn’t irritating. It didn’t sting my eyes.

It is not waterproof but it ends up staying on for a good 4-6 hours. It doesn’t smudge and doesn’t lose its curl that quickly unless you are sweating like a sinner in church. You don’t need any fancy eye makeup remover for it. It comes off easily with water itself. I carry it around in my bag and I have no complains about any slippage. The packaging is sturdyyy.

If you’re someone who is just beginning with makeup and don’t know which one to pick I would recommend Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara. Not only is it easy on the eyes but it also gives your eyes the most gorgeous effect.

Essence Cosmetics have a range of other mascaras too and I can’t wait to try them all now. *excited*

PS. I did try to take a picture with the mascara in action but it was an epic fail. I shall soon learn how to take pictures with mascara on, don’t you worry.

PSS. I get asked a lot where I get Essence product from. I get mine mostly from Carrefour Hypermarket in Muscat City Center, Seeb. Their counter is also available in:

Carrefour Hypermarket – Qurum City Center

The Sultan Center – Qurum

Vacha’s Hypermarket – Al Azaiba

And just in case anyone is wondering, here is Essence Cosmetics Oman official Facebook page.

Cya guys later!

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Fashion, Nails

NOTD ~ Off To Miami by Essence

*Effortlessly gorgeous nails alert!!*

Off to Miami (1)

Off to Miami (2)

I just can’t get enough of Essence it seems. I have bought yet another nail polish from them and this one is a massive favorite. 109 Off to Miami is a peachy salmon color that goes on your nail effortlessly, dries off real quick and last for eons. Honestly. The formal is extremely superb.

I have been reaching out for Off to Miami so much these days. It is just the perfect color to wear in this confused weather where we are not sure whether it is summer, autumn, spring or winter out there or all four of them at once. It suits all skin tones and goes well with neutral colored dresses as well as colorful ones. You don’t need to change your nail color for the evening *woop woop*

I’ve been getting quite a lot of compliments on it and people often ask which nail polish I am wearing. It’s such a fabulous feeling, ha. Essence nail polishes range impresses me yet again. Can’t wait to go back and purchase another gorgeous shade.

What do you think of Essence Nail Polish range? Do you like this color? Do let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Love,

~F x

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Fashion, Nails

NOTD ~ Flashy Pumpkin by Essence

If you live in the Middle East, summer is never really over. While other countries celebrate spring in full swing, we wait on just the tiny ruffle of leaves. It’s not false to say we mostly experience season summer year round. Well it does give us a privilege of wearing summer clothes, accessories and do summer bits like go to the beach for a swim and not bundle up in our sweaters and stay home when we don’t feel like it, ha, and this is when I present a new nail color which goes well with our hot weather.

Flashy Pumpkin by Essence (famtaqblog.wordpress.com) (1)

Flashy Pumpkin (does it ring a bell? :D) by Essence is a bright/neon orange color that goes with about anything and I do mean anything. It even looks amazing with black and grey dresses, what else would one need. I wanted to get it from a while but when I went to purchase it I was dissuaded by a friend but once home I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Hence I had to make another trip to Essence’s counter the very next day.

Flashy Pumpkin by Essence (famtaqblog.wordpress.com) (2)

I have been enjoying this color very much. I love wearing it with anything white. It gives the right pop of color any plain dress or tee-shirt requires. It is such a happy and bright color and I often reach out for it more than I do for Wanna Be Your Sunshine, again from Essence. Another reason why I love Flashy Pumpkin is because of its name as it reminds me of The Slutty Pumpkin from How I Met Your Mother.

Now that Halloween is just a few days away I think I have an idea what I want to dress up as, ha. Flashy Pumpkin, you are going to come very handy this year. *evil laugh*

Have a good day everyone!

F x

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