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

~Beauty~

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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Fashion, Nails

#LongLastingLove ~ New Nail Colors from Essence Cosmetics

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I did a huge haul of a mix of things and i am still making up my mind on blogging about it or not but here are two things that I just had to write about because pretty nails, ha.

I didn’t go to Essence Cosmetics counter for a new nail polish in a while now and that’s just so unlike me. I always love picking up vibrant colors from them as their collection never disappoints. Life got just too hectic and I didn’t get much time to spend at the mall hence there hasn’t been an update but I went there a few weeks back and got my hands on these two.

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Now everyone here knows how much I love my blue nails and all that blue jazz but I made a little change this time. I decided to go for a pink shade. *who is this person?* I got Essence the Gel Nail Polish in shade #09 Lucky. It’s a gorgeous hot pink and is so flattering on the nails. The formula as usual has been amazing and one coat makes the nail opaque. I am very happy with this purchase.

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I tried checking out without getting a blue shade but how is that even possible?! I got Essence the Gel Nail Polish in shade #30 Let’s Get Lost – Oh, interesting name. 😀 It is a robin’s egg blue color. The formula for this one is good too. This shade looks a lot like Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra Britpop can be considered as its perfect dupe.

These colors are from their summer collection I believe, I am not sure, but they are hash tagged with Long Lasting Love. You guys need to head out to an Essence counter near you and check their collection because they have come out with a whole new range of colors and all of them are amazing. I have my eyes on the maroon and purple one. 😀

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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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Beauty

The Long Lasting Eyeliners – Drugstore Edition

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~Left to Right – Revlon, Essence & Maybelline~

Doing an eyeliner post is just so hilarious for someone like me who has no space at all for it thanks to my hooded eyelids. That however doesn’t stop me from buying any eyeliner I like, ha. Today I am going to share three of my favorites that help this hooded eyelids look a little better. Just a little side note: I love my eyeliner black and I am yet to venture in the colored eyeliner department. I already have my eyes on Bourjois Eye pencils because I swatched them the other day at the mall and they were pretty impressive. I like the color range too so I guess a little purchase is in order.

1- Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in 01 Darkest Black

This is my most recommended eyeliner I have been using this one for over a year now; it is still going strong and hasn’t dried off. It is the blackest black there is and has a glossy finish. My favorite thing about it is how strong its tip is. It didn’t bend till day and I can draw a line or flick in a jiffy with it. It is so easy to use. Its staying power is very good too and it doesn’t really budge unless you have very oily eyelids like mine with no space on the lids because then the skin just keeps rubbing against more skin and you have eyeliner all over your lid and also if you love to rub your eyes every ten minutes after putting your eyeliner on. However this has given me a number of great days and it is my party time or a long-day-ahead go-to liner. I think I will repurchase it once this one gives up on me.

2- Essence Stay No Matter What Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Midnight Black

I don’t know if I have emphasized enough on how much I love Essence Cosmetics. I love everything by them especially their nail polish range. They have such good quality and their prices are so affordable. I got this eyeliner in the middle of last year. After half a year and quite a lot of usage, it is still pretty black. It has a matte finish. Its tip however has bent. Though that hasn’t brought any problem in applying eyeliner for me but I really preferred it while its tip was strong. I might just repurchase it because it was my go-to eyeliner for every day and it last a long time as well.

3- Maybelline The Colossal Kajal in Black/Noir

This isn’t really eyeliner but it can be used as one and anyone who is into pencil liners would really like it. It is very dark but you will have to be careful with it because it’s amazing on the water line but I doubt it holds up that well on the lids. You will just have to make sure you don’t rub your lids too hard when you have it on.

I hope this was helpful. 🙂 Thanks for reading y’all!

Love,

~F x

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Thoughts & Reflections

2014 Favorites :) ❤

Hola Fellaz!!

I can’t believe today is the last day of 2014. I mean it was just yesterday I was out and about shopping for my birthday. Time is passing so quickly I can hardly keep track anymore.

Now I am not a very cool person and doing monthly favorites or general favorites for that matter have never been my thing. I fall in and out of love way too quickly. However this year I decided to do a 2014 Favorites post. So let’s get started! 😀

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~ Blog ~

I have written some cool pieces this year and I am kind of very proud of them (even if they aren’t very cool as per the standard, haha). The first thing I am super happy about is the ‘Lately’ posts – snippets of my everyday life. When I started Rebel’s Spot I had somewhat promised myself not to go personal on the blog but there was also a part of me who wanted to turn a section of the blog into my private diary kind of thing and hence started the Lately category. Thanks to Becky from MilkBubbleTea blog for inspiring me. I actually love all of them and am linking them (CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM) for you all to have a look. 😀

I wrote two personal posts which I love rereading every now and then and I think you should give them a read too so; SMILE – YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO BE THIS SAD and THOUGHTS ~ Staying Strong 365 Days a Week Book by Demi Lovato & Mantra Magic

 My favorite post however remain saying Goodbye to 2013 (Click here to see it). Favorite post ever I would say.

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~ Beauty ~

I like how I have got into beauty recently (I don’t like the affect it has made on my saving plans though 😛 ) Most of the year has been spent checking the aisles of the beauty section of every store I have ever been to. I have experimented, learned and read so much about beauty, skincare and have discovered such nice products which is an extremely new thing for me. All in all I am happy about it.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash has been my constant partner this year keeping my oiliness much under control. The Body Shop Born Lippy in Strawberry has been a complete babe. I just love the lip balm so much. It leaves my lips soft, smooth, plum and pink. Maybelline Colossal Kajal and Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen have been amazing too. I do not look like someone has smacked my eye sockets ever since I started using these, ha. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer have helped me cover up my acne so well throughout the year. I love these too as they are light on the skin and have 12+ hrs amazing staying power. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream has been such a soothing product for my face and has fixed my dry patches immensely. The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask has been a champ. It reduces oiliness and blackheads when used regularly and I have been doing nothing else. I do let the routine slip sometimes and that’s just okay.

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~ Body ~

Marks & Spencer Nature’s Extracts Fresh Aloe Vera Exfoliating Body Scrub has been amazing. It keeps the skin smooth and smells so fresh and green.

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~ Nails Wise ~

Essence Nail Polish in That’s What I Mint, Wanna Be Your Sunshine and Off To Miami by Essence have been gorgeous. I love wearing these three together.

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~ Fragrance Wise ~

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell in Bloom and Victoria’s Secret Night body mists has been my favorite this year. I have loved using 212 VIP Perfume by Carolina Herrera a lot too this year.

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~ Fashion ~

I loved my Leopard Ring by Max and my Leaf Ear Cuff by Parfois. The best picks of this year, ha. Let’s not forget my latest purchase Printed TightsI am in love with these and can’t wait to wear them out, haha.

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~ Books ~

I am actually sad about this category because I didn’t read much this year. With what little I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Click here for review) has been the best book. I loved it so much and would recommend it to the whole wide world. A must, must read if you haven’t already. There are two other books I liked and did not review yet; 1- Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1) which was all kind of amazing and 2- The Truth About Alice was such a good read and I would recommend it to every (teenage) girl out there.

I wish I could include The Book Thief and The Forty Rules of Love here but as I sucked at reading this year, these two will be included in next year’s post, lol.

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~ Movies/Shows ~

I am not a movie person anymore. I’ve become too impatient for them. Favorite movie for this year has got to be The Fault in Our Stars (Click here for review). The book didn’t have that much affect on me the way the movie did. I simply loved it.

SHERLOCK and DOCTOR WHO!!!!! Team Moffat all the wayyy, haha!!! 😀 I have loved these two so muchhhh and these shows have made me cry buckets and buckets of tears but that’s alright. Mr Moffat is allowed to do as he pleases. I can’t wait to watch more of these two in 2015.

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~ Music ~

Hmm, I have been hearing a few albums on repeat this year. For once I have heard old albums of One Direction on repeat. Then albums wise I have heard X by Ed Sheeran, Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey, Four by One Direction and 1989 by Taylor Swift. Singles wise: Rude by Magic, I Wanna Be Yours by Artic Monkey, Parachute (acoustic version) by Ingrid Michaelson (thanks Pretty Little Liars), Counting Stars and Love Runs Out by One Republic, Team by Lorde and Ayo Technology by Milow. Soundtrack wise: (500) Days of Summer.

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I didn’t do Food favorites because… seriously how do you even decide that? Some life related stuff; I graduated from uni with Bachelors degree and I have started working full time now for an Electrical Engineering company.

 And that’s it. We have covered my year in 2014, ha.

Hope you guys had a good 2014. May you have a splendid 2015 filled with love, happiness and lots of peace of mind. 🙂

See you on the other side, aye! ❤

Love yourself – often and enough

~F x

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Catch-up Posts

CATCH-UP POST #6

This week has been quite random. It is all sorted now and from next week you will see a proper organization in posts again. 🙂

Catching up this week we have:

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1- Lately #6 – Lately post of last week.

2- Living The Starbucks Life – My life as a Starbucks addict, what drinks I like ordering the most and drinks I try.

 3- MOVIE REVIEW ~ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Went for Mockingjay on the weekend and wrote a review on it. Rest assured there are no spoilers included in this review.

4- NOTD ~ Off To Miami by Essence – New nail polish love. ^_^ A mix of Peach and Salmon. Absolute favorite.

5- SKINCARE ~ A Lesson Learned The Hard Way – Pimples and Blemishes talk/note.

6- Lately #7 – This week’s Lately post.

Ciao

~F x

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Fashion, Nails

NOTD ~ Off To Miami by Essence

*Effortlessly gorgeous nails alert!!*

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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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Beauty

My Pamper Routine

One thing I like watching on YouTube is ‘Pamper Time’ videos. I love the whole idea of a good pamper session to refresh oneself after a stressful week or two. I usually don’t get much time to do a complete session because I am either too busy procrastinating or am rushing from one thing to another without a minute’s break. Yes, it is really that crazy in my part of the world, ha. I have however come up with a good routine that I would like to share with you guys.

Now a lot of people like to do their skincare routine first and do the bathing later. I prefer to do it the other way around. I have a reason for it. I am always trying to save time (for no apparent reason other than to gain more time for procrastination) and hence am always multitasking.

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We don’t have a bathtub in our new house like the last one unfortunately but I make showering fun still by trying different products. Hair in a bun, I soak my body first. Taking Marks & Spencer Aloe Vera Exfoliating Body Scrub, I start scrubbing from my toes to my shoulders. The scrub is gentle but does the job of properly exfoliating the body. The fragrance Aloe Vera is refreshing and makes the scrubbing part fun. After scrubbing, I shower and pick between The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel and The Body Shop White Musk Shower Gel (it’s an instantaneous decision because I am all about that life) and give myself a quick wash.

Next, I unleash my mane from the bun and shampoo it with Pantene Pro v Classic Care. Then I towel dry my hair lightly, apply L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair Serum in Mask to the length and avoid the roots. I go for the mask right after shampoo because it works as a conditioner too hence saving me the time. As instructed, I wait for two to three minutes before I wash it off. I towel dry it lightly again.

Body towel clad and hair wrapped in a towel above the head, I start with my face next. I begin with cleansing by taking The Body Shop Cucumber Milk Cleanser and applying it all over my face and neck. The cleanser has a soothing and calming effect to the skin. After it is done breaking off any makeup, oils or impurities, I wash it by splashing water. Not a fan of muslin towels yet. Then I exfoliate my face using YC Whitening Facial Scrub with Avocado extracts.

Once done, I change into my comfy clothes and let my hair lose. Securing the front hair by a clip, I take The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask and spread it evenly on my face and leave it to dry. In the mean time, I am either dancing (read Jumping) to one of my favorite songs or picking one of my Essence Cosmetics nail polish and painting my nails. This takes about 15 to 20 minutes and by that time my mask is ready to wash off. I follow it by applying Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid, a staple in my skincare routine, and applying Vaseline Fresh Aloe Body Lotion to my legs and arms. It soaks in real quick and gives a tingly feeling, ha.

To finish off my pamper session I watch a few episodes of any TV series I am watching or continue dancing (again read Jumping) or by fixing myself a snack. 😀

What is your pamper time routine? Let me know if you have done a similar post. 🙂

~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.

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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.

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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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A Bit of Shopping

A BIT OF SHOPPING #1 ~ BEAUTY HAUL

Hello people!

Hope everyone is doing well. I am doing okayish. Just very uninspired these days and my routine is messed up too. I have been waking up really late around 4pm or 2pm and that’s very annoying for me as I miss out on almost all the day and I cannot really do much in the evenings or late at night. Also, because I take pictures in sunlight I don’t have any good pictures for the blog anymore so please bare with these dull pictures. Moving on…

I went shopping two weeks back. It was more of a restocking kind of a trip but I did buy a few new things I liked and wanted to try.

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1- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (RO 3.390)

Ha, ever since I saw it being promoted on Facebook a few months back I had been crazy about it. It must be the color that caught my attention I guess because lately I have liked pink for a change because usually I don’t prefer pink. I prefer blue over it. I prefer blue over anything anyway, haha. I am actually trying it to compare to the previous cleanser I was using that’s Olay Milk Cleanser. Let’s see how well this one goes with my skin. So far the smell is making me fall in love every day. It’s just amazing.

 2- Marks & Spencer Aloe Vera Exfoliating Body Scrub (RO 2.5)

So I was researching some good facial scrubs when I read something about how important it is to scrub your body as well to remove dead skin cells. I was rummaging through Marks & Spencer beauty section and that’s when I spotted this and it reminded me of that article. This smells incredible too. I have a rough patch below my neck that might be dead cells probably. Will see how well this scrub works for that area.

 3- L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair – Repairing Mask with Serum (RO 3.610)

My hair is undernourished. I only use shampoo on it, oil it once in a blue moon and I have pretty much damaged them a lot by using heat equipments and dyeing them, so yap you can really imagine their state. I am trying to take care of them now and I thought I need to add a hair mask in my hair care routine. I tried it for a week. It went quite well but I am not done experimenting with it as yet. You will hear from me very soon about this product in a review.

 4- Vaseline 24hr Nourishing Lotion in Aloe Vera (RO 1.160)

This was a repurchase. I had been using this body lotion ever since it came out. It soaks in real well and quick without leaving any residue or greasiness. It is my must-have and go-to body lotion most days. Though I just use it for my hands and arms, I do sometimes apply it to my feet and legs. Love this and would recommend it to everyone.

 5- Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in 022 Nude Kiss (RO 1.3)

Essence is one brand I am trying these days. I like their products quality and of course the affordable prices. This is the first lip gloss I am trying of theirs. This is a dull pink more like tea pink and it goes sheer on my lips because mine are the same color. So far I’ve wore it once but I will be wearing it more often for a better review.

 6- The Body Shop – Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Strawberry (RO 2.1)

So I wanted to try a pot lip balm and I am so glad I went for The Body Shop Born Lippy in Strawberry. I am in love with the smell, taste and texture so far. Best buy I would say.

This is everything I got. Review of these products will be up as soon as I am done experimenting. If anything from my shopping list went into yours too, do let me know. If you have posted about your shopping list, do link it below. I would love to read and add a bit of something to my next trip, hehe. If you have any questions you can always tweet me. My twitter is linked below or you can also find it by clicking on the Social Media page at the top.

Till next time,

Love yourself often and enough!

~Fatima x

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Currency: Omani Rials

Purchased from: City Center Seeb

Drugstore Items: Carrefour Seeb

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