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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Skincare

Nighttime Skincare Routine

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I am not really a routine kind of a person. I like to use different products that too whenever I want to so following a routine has never been my thing. However, recently I made a little effort in sorting a nighttime skincare routine for myself because I need to finish off products so I can buy new ones, ha. Also because I want to write in-depth honest reviews.

I wear foundation almost every day now so the first thing I do when I come home is take it off by applying The Body Shop Cucumber Cleansing Milk. It is one of the greasiest cleansing milk I have tried and under normal circumstances I would have hated it but this product does wonders for my skin. It takes of the makeup in a jiffy and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped off any moisture after I wash it with water. If I have a lot of makeup on my face I first remove it and then I go on a second round with this cleanser just to massage my face and pamper it a little extra. It feels so good and helps fighting any next day break out.

In case my skin is feeling dull and there is sign of breakout, I go for The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask because it is just amazing at fight off acne. It presses new pimples down and makes sure there are no new ones the next day under normal circumstances. It evens out my skin too and gives me a smooth canvas for the next steps.

Next I go with The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner for Combination/oily skin. I take a few drops on a cotton pad and rub it in my skin. I focus on my nose because I have horrible blackheads problem and no matter what I try they don’t go away. I have noticed if I use this toner regularly there are fewer blackheads on my skin which makes me very happy. It is so light and refreshing on the skin you can feel it tingle. I am half way through with this mini and can’t wait to get my hands on the full sized bottle.

Once the toner has sunk in, I take a few drops of The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil and warm it between the palms of my hand. I then apply it on my face dabbing it and later massaging it in circular motions. This product has helped me a lot with restoring my complexion blurring acne marks. I breakout when I am stressed, not eating right or abandon cleansing completely so new pimples keep coming and the marks are increasing. I am trying to combat them with this product and so far it’s working well.

After the serum/oil I go for moisture and my pick is either The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream because it is very light on skin and is quite liquid so you get in a little massage time or Olay Essentials Beauty Fluid because it sinks in real quick and does the moisture job pretty well too. I usually go for oily/combo one but my mum picked up normal/combo this time. It still works great.

Guys I want you to keep this in mind that these beauty products only work if you use them on a regular basis. They are not a permanent fix. If you want a permanent fix you need to take care a lot of your physical health and mental as well. I am prone to stress and sadness and I do try to fight them off but I don’t win every time. Hence I use these products because I welcome a little extra help. 🙂 So far this routine has been working quite well for me unless my internal system messes it up.

I am quite low maintenance still in this skincare department but I do plan to include some more products soon but let’s just leave it for another post. 😉

Let me know if there is a product you would like me to try and review. Blackheads and acne are my main problem so any help/suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Love,

~Fatima x

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Beauty

Flawless Face On a No Makeup Day (Beauty Routine)

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Do you some days feel like you don’t want to put any makeup on and just wash your face, be out of the house but still have a flawless face? While some of us may be blessed with blemish free and non oily skin, I certainly am not one of them. I have faded pimple marks from when I was a teenager and some of the blemishes I have are quite recent and prominent. Me walking out of the house without any product on and being totally ignorant about is no more possible. Even though my makeup craze has only now begin and I want to use every product I get my hands on, I do have those days too when I don’t even want to be reminded of something called foundation, let alone put it on my face. For such days I have come up with a routine of my own that I have been putting into successful practice.

After waking up and doing my skincare routine, I apply Olay Essential Moisturizer on my face and neck. Olay moisturizer is non greasy, soaks into the skin quickly and works as an excellent face primer. I then take The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in shade 01. It is of light to medium coverage. It is very lose in consistency so while taking it from the bottle I make sure the opening side is upwards. I take two drops of it and put it all over my neck and face in dotted form. I then spread it using my finger tips. Once done, I take my favorite Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 and apply it on areas that need more coverage like under my eyes and some prominent blemishes.

Applying Kajal/Kohl is a very important part for me before I leave home. If you see me without it you will think I had been crying or am sick. So if it’s a makeup day or even a no makeup one, Kajal/Kohl is a must. Once done with the face I focus on eyes and take Maybelline The Closssal Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Black and apply it all over my water line. That’s my eyes done. I then take The Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Strawberry and apply it all over my lips in generous amount. This leaves my lips soft, moisturized, glossy and pink stained. If I feel like I can do more I sometimes apply Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in 130 Fuchsia Flash on top of The Body Shop Lip Born Lippy Balm.

That’s my face done as minimal as possible.

What routine do you go for when you feel like having a no makeup day?

Much Love,

~F x

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Beauty

Review – Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (Light)

Blemish Balm aka BB creams have been quite a thing from a while. I have read so many bloggers rave about a number of them. Being new on the makeup scene, I practically had no idea about them. I consulted a friend of mine, Sanam, about them and she told me that she had been using one as an alternative to foundation and it’s quite good. I wasn’t sure if I really needed a BB cream in my makeup routine and if so which one I should get to experiment with.

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Hello, Mr.Grey, 🙂

Two weeks back Sanam got me a tube of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream (8-in-1) in Light. Ever since then I have been using it on and off. It claims to:

1-      Create a natural glow

2-      Compliments skin-tone

3-      SPF-30 UV protection

4-      Hydrates all day

5-      Blurs imperfections

6-      Oil free, non-greasy

7-      Looks visibly smooth

8-      Feels fresh

I must say it’s a decent product and does fulfill most of these claims. It is non greasy which a big thumbs up for someone like me who hates the feel of anything on the face, your face looks totally natural, its application is smooth, and blurs any spots or pimple marks you have on your face. It lasts on the face a long time too. If some area on your face is darker than other, this will help you in forming a single color all over the face. Corner of my lips are darker than any other area of my face. This cream helped me in neutralizing the complexion – another thumbs up.

Maybelline BB Cream (2)

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Bad lighting but I guess you can make out how tanned it makes my hand look. (I had been stupid enough to spread d whole cream but the sides of my hand is bare)

I’ve been having some problems with it though. For once, I have fair skin and this Light shade makes me look like I have got a tan, which would be great if I had pale skin but I don’t. It actually makes me look tired like I’ve had a longggg day and had had no time for a touch up. I have tried it in small portions as well as medium but there still hasn’t been much of a difference. I did try it on my hand for sample picture for the blog and after a while it became lighter but that did not happen for my face. I would think of getting a lighter shade but this is the lightest Maybelline has in the range. They have five shades in total for this product; light, light/medium, medium, medium/deep, and deep.

Secondly, I had it on last night and I could feel my skin burning. What am I doing wrong here? This cream can be used with or without a moisturizer and I usually do apply my Olay Essentials Moisturizer before applying this. It can’t be Olay because it’s a staple in my makeup/skincare routine and it has never given me a burn or any irritation. Is it the hot weather here? It’s like 45 degrees these days.

Whatever the reason I doubt I’ll repurchase Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream, unless of course they come up with a lighter shade, but I am pretty sure I will purchase a BB cream from another brand that goes with my skin color because it really is an amazing product. You don’t always feel like doing the whole makeup haul on your face when going out. The weather here is crazy these days anyway and it’s not even July yet. Most of the days I don’t want to have anything on my skin.

I love Maybelline and its entire product line. I actually have a strong loyalty towards this brand and am madly in love with their concealer, colossal kajal and mascaras. I was really hoping their Dream Fresh BB cream would go perfectly with my skin. I have read some people saying the same about the shades that they are not light enough. I don’t know about the deep shades but I hope they are better.

Have you tried Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream? What shade was it? Were you satisfied? Would you suggest me a good BB Cream?

Hope this helped someone! 🙂

Till next time,

Love,

Fam xx