Being born with straight hair, you always want the opposite, and believe me i have tried every possible way to make my had curly. Starting from eleven years of age when i went for a permanent perm, which i honestly believe has affected my natural hair! Maybe the products went into my roots i don't know! haha. Jokes aside, i had such silky straight hair before that, that i couldn't even put a clip inside it, it would fall straight out. Either way, i used to think straight hair is boring and i badly wanted curls. So i done the crazy thing and at that age, i remember my father not talking to me for a week after! haha.
Next was my school days, i was young but nonetheless very creative. I used section my hair and wrap not so big strands (because it was impossible) around a pencil! I then used to hairspray the bunch and use a hairdryer to dry it into shape. Oh Lord, i don't know what i was thinking at the time. It would probably take me whole day to do that and i probably looked like a poodle after.. lol. Oh dear.
So next, now a little older and wiser (if you like) in highshchool, i bought my first pair of GHD Straighteners and i have been curling my hair with them eve since, if i wanted tight curls i would bunch up less hair, and bigger waves, more hair strands in the bunch. Using GHD straighteners is not the easiest way of creating curls or waves of course, there is a specific product made for that and thats the curling iron, or tongs or curling wand, or whatever you want to call it. I just don't understand why i have never in all these years ever bought one. I guess i was just used to using my GHDs and didn't think of an alternative. But boy could i have saved myself time and effort.
I bought these new curling irons, E-Rod, from my salon: 'Pastels' in The Ritz Carlton on JBR, for i think under 500AED . And it is such a relief! Curling my hair with GHD's always resulted with one particular part of my hair that just didn't want to curl, and it stressed me out so much, especially if i was rushing to get ready. But using the E-Rod is so easy, and the perfect result every time. So much quicker to use, and the curls last so much longer! You do have to mind your fingers mind, but otherwise I'm kind of slapping myself for not investing in one all those years.
Getting ready for Fall, means embracing those yummy Fall flavours, and my favourite, chocolate!
Eyeshadow one (base): Mac Cosmetic's Bamboo
Eyeshadow two (crease): Mac Cosmetic's Patina
Eyeshadow three (crease and lower lash line): Mac Cosmetic's Brown Script
Lashes: Huda Beauty's Samantha
Liquid Eyeliner: Sephora's Long lasting Eyeliner
Mascara: L'oreal's L'oreal's Mega Volume Collegene 24 Hours
Pencil liner (upper & lower waterline): Bourjois' Kohl & Contour, Noir Expert Eyeliner
Lipstick: Mac Cosmetic's Verve
Lipliner: Mac Cosmetic's Vino
Since my move to Dubai about four years ago, i have been a die hard fan of L'oreal's Kerastase range. Trying between all the different variations to find that perfect shampoo and hair mask, and I've had many moments i couldn't think of possibly changing the brand because i sincerely loved the product. Finally i was ready to try a new brand. After going blonde, I've been in search of a shampoo and conditioner that can give me that hydration back into my hair, and voila! Never having tried the Redken products before, this is by far the best transformation I've had. And i say transformation because you can really feel your hair transform as you put in the products. And oh my, the smell is so yummy i could picture myself inside the herbal essence's erotic adverts.
I always love learning new tips and I have been oblivious to this very simple but very effective method all this time, so if your already aware of this, then let it be a gentle reminder, and if like me, you had no idea, your life is about to change - or your hair, rather. So after applying shampoo and washing it thoroughly through, make sure you not only squeeze the excess water out but also towel dry the hair before applying conditioner, don't go wild and start rubbing your hair between the towel because that only damages your hair more, but just twist your hair to wrench the water out and soak up the water from your hair with the towel. Do this before applying any conditioner or hair mask or treatment, and make sure to massage the product into the hair. As shampoos are created to take out the grease, you will lose some moisture, so the conditioner is designed to put back in the moisture, and on wet hair, its just going to slip right off.
I am so in love with these products, and already after the shampoo and conditioner my hair feels so silky smooth, but for even further moisture i use the Extreme 'anti-snap' leave in conditioner before i blow dry my hair, another scrumptious smelling product. You guys definitely need to try this, and let me know how it felt in your hair.
I love ombre lips, they look so hot, and it gives some dimension to regular lipstick applications. For these lips i used Mac Cosmetic's Vino lipliner to firstly line and fill the lips in, i then used Mac Cosmetic's Viva Glam 1 Lipstick in the centre and again went over the edges with the lipliner to perfect the look. Simple.
Visiting the silk production line is Bali, we went into their store, where everything was handmade. This beautiful makeup bag set which can be stacked inside each other, like a set of Russian dolls, are to die for. They are so cute, and the hand painted pattern with its rich colours are so stunning i couldn't resist but to bring them back with me. I think they'd be perfect for travelling, where you can separate your lipsticks and shadows for example. Love!
The 'Tangle Teezer' is perfect for combing through tangled/knotted hair while its wet or dry. Ever tried brushing your hair in the shower, or even right after, and you end up with a huge bunch of hair being pulled out and you wonder whether you'll be bald before your dad? Well, with this little beauty, you can brush through without pulling out all of your hair, and its so pretty too, i love this pink and purple combination. It does come in a few colour variants, if this one doesn't quite tickle your fancy. The reason why i invested in one of these recently is because after dying my hair blonde, of course the texture became a lot more dry than before and brushing through the lengths became more difficult, and this is my solution to my little struggle and i thought id share it with you.