Sunday, January 29, 2012

L'Oreal RevitaLift, The Verdict

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Good Evening Lovelies,

I have taken ages to tell you all about what I think of the L'Oreal RevitaLift night cream and under-eye cream. I did that just to be sure of my verdict.

Am going to try and make this post short, sweet, & to the point :)

Let me start with the eye cream, seriously, WOOOW.
I mean, I love it, love it, love it. First things first, I really like the texture, it is easily absorbed under my sensitive delicate eye. It doesn't sting my eye. I have tried several other products and they all seem to burn under my eye after cleansing (washing or using make-up remover). I came across some creams that feel like you have applied Tabasco right under your eyes. I can't remember the name of that La Prairie under eye cream sample I had before. It was horrible, I had to run to the bathroom to wash my eyes and it still wouldn't stop burning! So the L'Oreal is very gentle.

Now to the most important part, Does it really work? is it really a mini-eye lift in a tiny jar. drum roll please.......


YES IT DOES. I have some crow feet looking skin when I smile on the sides of my under eye area. It is mostly from de-hydration & laziness. But, they are about 80% gone now in a little over 3 weeks. 
This wrinkle smoothing effect I have ONLY experienced once before with the Lierac Serum I have talked about here. The best part is, L'Oreal is only 1/4 of the price. yaaaay :D

So the effects for me where smooooothing, hydrating, & healthy looking under eye area. And, just because I love you guys, I am going to tell you about my mother's experience with it too :D (of course she had to try the new creams I just got back home).

For mature skin, it is very effective. Actually the real results of this cream appears on more problematic skin types. My mum is 47, & has a very healthy life style, but there is no escape of the dreadful wrinkles & ageing.
So she tries it for the same 3 weeks I did, and she noticed very visible changes.
Her under-eye is more smooth looking, less crow feet, with a fuller/tighter skin appearance look. 
Not just that, I caught her the other day applying the EYE cream on her expression lines (around her mouth & on her forehead) and she LOOOVVEESSS it. she swears it's very effective, and I have to tell you, the results are very noticeable.

Bottom line, BUY THE EYE CREAM. it is so worth the price. My only comment is that I think this will only be a winter under-eye cream for me. It kind of leaves a slight sticky feel under your eye. You can only fell that if you touch it. It really doesn't bother me though. 
There are worse, & I don't care :), it's such a small downside for all the results in return.


Moving on to the night face cream. 

This is quite lovely as well, the first thing I noticed about it is the glow. It gives my face such a lovely glow the next morning. I have noticed this after the first 2 days of using it. 
It is nicely absorbed with little residuals, & my recommendation for that is to apply it an hour before you go to bed (you don't have to though). 
Again, as with the eye cream, this is probably going to stay in my winter kit. I know that it will be heavy for my skin in the summer times to absorb. It is working perfectly now with my normal/dry winter skin :D (oily/combo in the summer :S ).

I did expect more from it though, but I think I know why it didn't do much filling or lifting for me, Why??? Because I don't need any!! But I have to say that it feels lovely on my face, very nourishing. Maybe I was expecting it to wipe out my two tiny expression lines next to my mouth (1 on each side). I know, it's stupid & doesn't show, but PERFECTION! :D :D

As with my mum, she again quite likes it. she has finished almost half of the jar :S Good for you mum :D
And yes, the results are more effective and visible for mature skin. A more filled up face, it kind of makes her look like she had a very well done mini lift and plump action.
one more thing, both creams will last you forever. If I have been using them alone, I would say around 3 months usage out of both :D

So, If you are looking for a quick fix, these two are an excellent choice. Am so happy both turned out to be that good. doesn't it feel great when you buy something and then know for sure that it's money well spent?! They do what they say, reduce the appearance of wrinkles :D

Completely random but, don't you just love these Chirstian Louboutin? I think they are to die for, aaaahhh. would you wear these? occasionally maybe? let me know :D :D


Have a happy, wrinkle free face & life & may you all have new pink shoes :D

Truly Yours,

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

L'Oreal RevitaLift Eye & Night Cream Trial

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Hello Lovelies,


Today I have a very quick post for you guys :D 
I went to the drug store because I desperately needed a night & an under-eye cream. I have been noticing my skin getting a bit dry at night those last couple of days, so I thought, time to go shoppiiinnnngggggg........

Doesn't shopping just cheer you up??!!!!
Oh my, my mood changes, I feel happier, prettier & more satisfied when I do :D


So, moving on....


Today I bought.......


L-R: Eye cream, Facial Night cream
I Still haven't tested them both yet, but I couldn't resist not opening and using the eye-cream :D

I can tell you this for sure, I love the texture of it, it's not too thick or greasy, and you can instantly feel a tight "firming" sensation. I noticed that after a couple of hours of applying the eye cream, I can still feel it under my eye. 
It doesn't feel heavy at all, but it feels like an under-eye make up base. 

By the feel of it, I THINK, NOT SURE, that it would make my foundation & concealer glide on easier & would NOT let my make-up sink in my little under-eye fine lines.
Like a "thick-ish" eye primer :D

I will try it in the morning, apply make up & will let you guys know how it feels in a couple of days after I give it a real try.

Am sure some of you are wondering why I bought an anti-wrinkle & firming products while am still 23 years old. Well, I mentioned it before, most of the anti-ageing products are designed for dry skin.
You can read all bout it in my Winter Morning facial care post.

L-R: Eye, Night


Here is what L'Oreal have to say about their night cream:


The L'Oréal Paris laboratories have reformulated REVITALIFT Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night cream to be enriched with Elastin; it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps improve the skin's elasticity; skin feels firmer.

Unless you want a permanent lift, there's always Revitalift

How to use

The ultra-rich texture of RevitaLift Night is quickly absorbed, leaving skin feeling supple & comfortable

Use REVITALIFT Night every night on thoroughly cleansed skin. Avoid contact with the eyes. After application, for a relaxing feeling, apply pressure to the skin using your fingertips. Start at the temples, move to the bridge of the nose and finish with the neck.
Night cream's colour, looks rich too :)


ANNNNDDDD,
This is what they have to say about the under-eye cream: 
Same as above, PLUS
The delicate and fragile skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to the signs of ageing: lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity to the eyelids and bags.
To help reduce the signs of ageing, the L'Oréal laboratories have created REVITALIFT Eye cream.

How to use:

Use REVITALIFT Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye cream daily, in the morning and evening. Apply delicately and pat lightly with fingertips from the inside of the eye area to the outside until absorbed.
The luxurious and fresh texture of REVITALIFT Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye cream is instantly absorbed, allowing you to apply make-up immediately after use.
Unperfumed. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Eye-cream, it's off-white, & it has no smell, which is good :)

Fact:
  • Loreal Revitalift skin care line offers two main ingredients to boost skin cell renewal and elastin, Pro-Retinol A and Pro-Lastyl. 
  • Pro-Retinol A contains retinol which works to speed the process of cell renewal.
  • The Pro-Lastyl works to boost elastin in skin. Elastin is responsible for skin's firmness.
  • The eye cream DID NOT STING under my eye, am usually very sensitive towards most of the available eye cream (some of the expensive ones too), but this is very gentle. wooohhhhhoooo


Now, Let me test this & post a review about the real deal behind this product.  
I will apply it regularly after cleansing & toning my skin.

Coming soon, The RevitaLift review, hope it works & money isn't wasted :D
Have a wonderful evening girls, I feel like some berry tea now, mmmmmmmm
Truly Yours,
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Morning Facial Skin-care Routine

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Good evening lovelies, 




Winter is officially here! I wish the whole year would be sea, sand & sun :( 
As much I as I love summer, I still feel excited with the weather changes between each season. 


(Guys, please note that I have started this post about a month ago :( and I never got the chance to post it. this is very old, and late, so am sorry for all the lovely girls that I have promised this earlier)

I love getting out my leather jackets and elegant coats. My cosy boots and warm gloves. Aaaaahhhh, it's still very soothing, and comfy in-front of our fireplace with a delicious cup of hot cocoa and a couple of marshmallows melted in it :D






So with all these changes, comes a very important ONE... 
My daily facial skin care routine, wooohhhoooo :S :S :S


You should all know by now how important it is to establish a proper daily care for your face. And you should all know that this routine should be different according to each season. 


 Today, of course, I will tell you guys how I try hard to keep my skin moisturized, pimple free & as healthy looking as possible. 


 A little bit about my skin type. 


I have combination skin. Naturally I don't have pimples and don't usually break out. It's a bless I guess :)


My skin acts pretty weird, it's normal that this happens, but in a weird way I guess, lol


In the summer times, my face seems to be oily (specially sweaty) all over and not just in the combo. Skin's conventional T-zone.  
On the not so hot days, like spring and flowers and stuff, my face tends to be t-zone oily only with normal cheeks. 
Now when it starts getting cold, my while face tends to becomes normal (not sweaty and oily like in the summer). 
BUT When then real windy, cold winter in here my cheeks turn dry where as my t-zone stays normal or only very little/occasionally dry. 





As you can see, it's a bit of a hassle, but it's so worth it to know your skin so you can use the right products for it.


I mean, having an oily face, for example, doesn't mean NOT to use any creams and to scrub alot. 
On the contrary, this will make the face even more oily. This happens due to the fact that the face feels extremely dry (without moisture & with excessive scrubbing) , so it works more to try and produce more moisture (hence the oil :D ) to substitute for what it's lacking.


Where as, having a dry face doesn't also mean splatting lots of heavy face creams and avoiding facial washes and so on. 
This is also bad, as it will clog your pours and will result in breakouts and dull looking skin. So know your skin and WORK ON IT! 


 Quick fact:

  • we are all born with normal skin (which is perfect skin) but as we grown up and get exposed to different environmental conditions, and changes, our face skin also changes with that :(  don't we all want baby soft face skin (and baby soft butts too, haha)



I like to start with a gentle facial polish or a cleanser. It's not really scrubbing but about products that have much softer, gently ex-foliating facial beads. Am a great fan of St.Ives daily facial cleanser. I like both the Invigorating and renewing. I am currently using the renewing skin.


As a personal preference, I do not like using facial washes in the morning, because I use them at night!
I think it's too much tampering with my skin's natural moisture.
Also, as I wash it at night & put creams & what not, I go to bed after. I mean, It's not like it get dirty so it would need a soapy wash in the morning (I prefer soap free washes). The Cleanser/soft scrub is then just enough :)
I cant stress enough how much I love this, it never dries my skin & really is invigorating :D
After that, I pat dry my face and I ALWAYS,MUST, ALWAYS USE ROSE WATER (or a tonner if u wish) on my face. I cant stress how useful & important this is to use whenever you wash your face (specially with warm water)

Quick Fact:

Rose water works on your face as a tonner (even better as pure rose water has not alcohol and is even cheaper). 
A tonner is used to help close your facial pores after using warm water and cleansing products.
it's important to close your pores back to their normal size, after washing, because if left opened it will:
  • collect more dirt & germs, i.e. breakouts
  • it will absorb more of which ever face products you put after, again breakout and heavy/dull looking skin
  • will age faster and it contributes to having permanent large pores
  • it will lead to dry skin easily.
I never tried doing my own, I always buy it, but you can find some recipes online 2 how to make your own :)


For easy application, I like to put my rose water in a spritz thingy, and after each wash I spray and leave it on my face & neck until it dry. This only takes less than a minuet to dry & the tight, clean sensation is wonderful


Now it's time to replenish lost moisture.....I like to use a face serum and them a facial cream/lotion.

I AM SO IN-LOVE WITH LIERAC Exclusive Active Serum Wrinkle Filling Face Serum.
yes, it says a wrinkle filing serum, and no it's not only for mature skin. (as long as it doesn't say lifting & stretching & stuff :D )

Before I tell you about this, let me first point out one thing.......

Products for mature skin, doesn't mean for old skin. The main reason for wrinkly skin in dehydration. that's why even 20 year olds have fine lines under their eyes. Because it's dry, Not because they are old :D


so products that are made for "mature skin" are basically products for dry skin :D
This stuff is made from a 10% concentration of B-relaxor Complex, a botox like compound. it make my face feels soooooooooo amazing. Its Pricey though (for almost a $100 :s :s :s), but its incredible.

I even use it under my eyes, and the little crow feet under my eyes (unfortunately I have a little of them when I smile), just after one week of use, they became way better, almost even invisible
even those little expression lines beside my mouth, GONE :D


I didn't buy this though, my dad got it for me as a gift, yaaaaay, thanks daddy :D


Tell you something, you do not have to use serums. it's a bonus. Not before you are 25 I guess, and even if you are to use them, you so DONT have to buy expensive ones.






I Love Soap & Glory's Rejuvenating face serum it's about £12 and it's wounderful. you can read my review about it here S&G Product Review


NOWWWW, Face moisturiser :D
I Love S&G's Glow Job, again it's reviewed here S&G Product Review, I also really like Botanics range from Boots. I currently have the one with Marshmallows, their skin calming cream I believe.





As a matter of fact, Garnier makes some pretty nice, moisturising ones. I have tried their Fresh Skin essentials range. 
They have decent products even though I feel that their facial wash is a bit harsh on my skin in the winter times. 


Their 24hrs hydrating day care cream in lovely for this cold weather. very nourishing and it's all my skin needs, even enough without a serum. 


Try their night cream for combination skin, I think (not sure) it's the one from their essential range as well. I can't seem to remember it's name, let me know if you know what am talking about :S


Garnier toner & day cream
So to sum it up about the Garnier Fresh range products, I Like their

1-Day Cream
2-Grape water tonner (gives a nice tight feeling to the skin, excellent for summer times)
3-Makeup remover (it's fine, but a but hard to take off all my mascara with) 


I would like to note here that, I do have a combo skin, but with the Garnier products for combination & normal skin, they feel somehow drying in the winter times
I like to switch to their Soft Essentials range (the pink ones) for dry & sensitive skin. I only experience this with those products only. 
I mean, the Soft Essentials feel just right for my skin in this cold weather :)



Almost, done...


I just need a little bit of under eye cream. This is very important, as it really helps with fighting small fine under eye lines. 
It also makes make-up application, like primers & concealers, glide on easily and establishes a good base for them.


My Favourites are:
  • Botanics organic face moisturising eye cream (yes it says face & eyes but its for the eyes :D )
  • REN Active 7 radiant eye gel (I have a few free samples of this one, it's pricey, but I didn't have to but it, yaay)
  • and, Garnier Essential regenerating eye cream (cheap AND GOOOOOD, excellent under make-up)






Let me tell you pretties a little more about how I like to "save my skin". 


 when I do get a nasty pimple or two, I like to use.....





From left to right,
1- The tea tree & witch hazel night treatment gel is awesome. I apply it at night all over my face after cleansing, and that does it! 
For those of you lucky enough to have a Boots pharmacy (UK/English Pharmacy, but still available in some of the Arab countries), GO AND EXPERIENCE WITH THIS PRODUCT RANGE.
It is unbelievable, a couple of years ago, my sister as a teenagers had a lot of breakouts on her forehead & nose area. she used this, and half way through the tube, her face was already clear. I had to buy one just in case I need an intensive pimple treatment. 


I heard their facial wash, scrub and make-up removing pads are amazing as well, not to mention that it's also very pocket friendly :D


2- The tea tree & witch hazel night & DAY treatment stick, this is so handy. I like to keep this in my make-up purse in my bag. Whenever I get a break out I use the night & day part as appropriate, and somehow, the little sucker's size gets smaller, and smaller, and the next day, taaddaaaa, GONE! no jokes, it's that good & fast. (it does say fast action on it)


3- Dr Murad Blemish spot treatment, this is also good, though after experiencing with the Boots range, I don't think I would have bought this. the problem with this one is that, it kind of makes the pimple bigger before it gets rid of it. It makes all the disgusting gooey stuff under your skin, around the pimple, collect & gather next to each other right under the head of the pimple, then you can be able squeeze it out the "right way".




Quick note: 


The right way to squeeze a pimple out is to, grab a clean towel or a cotton pad, wet it with HOT water, then hold it on the pimple. keep repeating this for a couple of minutes.


After that, the pimple would get hot and the pores would open. NOW, you can gently squeeze it out. GENTLY.
And, please, please, pleaseeee, do NOT squeeze it out until blood comes out of it. this will cause scares.


After all the white stuff of your pimple comes out, hold a COLD wetted towel or a cotton pad to it to close your pores again (rose water helps too)
finally, dab some disinfecting spot treatment, like any of the ones mentioned above.






Quick fact:

  • The oil is active against bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. It’s used to aid in healing abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, and warts.
  • Tea tree oil kills pimple acne and is an ingredient in many acne skin care formulations—cleansers, toners, and moisturisers. 
  • Tea tree oil is considered as effective as benzoyl-peroxide for killing pimple acne bacteria, but it takes longer. However, tea tree oil doesn't cause the redness, irritation, and inflammation that’s common with benzoyl-peroxide.





Random favorite face stuff that I love



AQUALIA ANTI-OX Deoxidising Pro-Youth 24Hr Hydrating Care

Awesome make-up remover, very moisturising too

B B cream is nice, but makes me white/Gray-ish so I like to mike it with a  darker foundation to make my right colour
No.7 Tinted moisturiser is it, I don't even think I need to search for another, the perfect glow.


Quick DIY:
  • Grab your favourite, light weighted morning face cream, mix in a little bit of your foundation. do not add too much foundation, little by little till you get the desired colour/coverage. Now you have your home-made tinted moisturiser :)
  • If you don't know how the results will be or don't want to risk mixing your face cream & not liking it after. make a test sample, use a little of your cream & foundation & mix in a different container. if you like the result, then you know what to do!

This is an old picture, I don't have it now. it feels heavenly under your eyes and works as  a very good make-up base. It has mineral water & aloe vera

I Like this Protective face lotion, belongs to the same range as the eye stuff, but I would have to say that there are cheaper alternatives.  Its very nourishing & satisfying  for my face :D


My only problem with this is that the jar is a bit small for its price, but I have to say that you only need very little of this.


Pure blessing in a jar, if you havent tried any of the Burt's Bees products before, start with this one. you can really feel the honey on your face!


That's it :D
Hope you find this helpful, let me know about your feedback and comments.


If you have tried any of the products mentioned in this post, or something similar, I would love to hear about your experience. It's pretty nice when I can share with you beauties :D


Have a very lovely evening.
Missed you all since I last blogged, will do my best to post more


Truly Yours
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Peace, Love, & A Boho Chic

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Hello Beauties,


Today I woke up to a wonderful morning. A warm sun, birds singing on the trees by my bedroom's balcony, and a huge cup of tea. 


I would like to first, welcome you all new lovely girls interested in my blog. 
Thank you for your time & support for me and my little writings ( and videos too :D ). It means a lot to me.
I wish I had one of those :)


This is actually a late post. I have made the tutorial for this a couple of days earlier, uploaded the video a couple of days later, and now, writing this post. That's almost a week long :S :S


Anyways, I have for you today, A simple yet flirty, Boho Chic look. yaaay.




I love this kind of make-up looks.They are usually very easy for anyone to try them out. Effortless chic, that's how I see it :D (I know I do a lot of similes :D ).






Time for a History class!! 


Yep, a brief intro to the origins of Bohemian style. I know that I hated history back in school. But if History was bout fashion & make-up. I would have never leaved the history class!

  • The Bohemians, as a counterculture, appeared in France after the French Revolution.
  • As a minority, they lived very cheap,  and wore worn out and unfashionable/used clothing.
  • They were artists, gypsies (gypsies are awesome & cool), crafts men, & writers; Geniuses of all types of arts & music.
  • Their arts became a part of them, reflected on their clothing, easy flowing hair, colorful scarves, and Multi- strands of beads, several bangle bracelets, and the wearing of hand crafted jewelry.
  • And of course, their makeup was messy, easy, big smokey eyes, nude lips, and an easy face with high cheek bones.




AND A



Pictures for this look 


I just want to say one more thing. Somehow the camera makes the shadows look brown. It's NOT. It's Light & dark grey, with a little bit of tan brown to blend & soften the edges in the crease. You will see what I mean in the tutorial (I hope it's clear enough)


With flash & NO lipstick


Different light setting, with flash, different camera


No Flash, No lipstick


HERE IS A LINK TO THIS LOOK'S TUTORIAL  


Watch me getting Bohemian


Just to show u guys the grey shades I was talking about


Sleek Makeup Paraguaya palette


Thank u all for visiting,


Lot's of Love, Peace & Happiness


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Few Of My Favorite Things

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Good Evening everyone,


How have you all been? Been a while since I posted anything, I don't know, been like this lately actually.
Hope you'r all feeling great.


Well, a couple of days ago, I found myself singing: 
"Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Silver white winters that melt into springs, These are a few of my favorite things"

Yes, The sound of music, by Maria I guess, aha, :D And then I got the idea. I should do a post bout "These are just few of my favorite things" haha.

I thought you guys might like to get to know me a little bit more. I mean, who is she again making tutorials behind a screen??? :D :D

Let's start with


No, am not English, But I LOOVVEE IT THERE

Moving on to.....

Mostly Ardell & Eylure lashes :D
Some more still,

on a table next to my vanity table

theeennnn,

I have these blue-tacked :D on my wall



Ein El Soukhna (red sea)
Dont u just love spending time on the beach :D :D :D <3 <3 <3
AND


I have no clue why i bought this, I don't think I can ever wear it, I want to though.
looks like a gateaux box



I am a huge music fan. I LOVE MUSIC, anywhere and anytime, you have got to have something to listen too. So, am going to list down a few of my favourite tracks





Favorite songs/tracks without any preference order:

Norah Jones-Don’t Know Why & Painter song
Bob Marley-Jammin’ & Three little Birds
Chicane-Middledistancerunner
Fiona Apple-Sullen Girl & Shadow Boxer
Oasis-Stop crying your heart out
R.E.M-Imitation of like
Radical Face-Welcome Home
Lilly Alen- Knock ‘em out
Sade- Smooth operator.
Florence & The Machine- Dog days are over

And of course, all the most amazing DJs ever


Steve Lawler, Hernan Cattaneo, Max Graham, Jochen Miller, M6, Ocean Lab, Erick Morillo, Dave Seamen, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, and the list goes on..............

I love almost every genre :D, you can kind of get to know the moods of a person from what they listen too. I think am very versatile :D

I write my blog posts there. Don't you think I need to hang a picture above my bean bag??

Quick Facts:



  • My BF calls me Didi (nickname for Huda), so I though I should call myself Didilicious :D
  • Am still finishing my International Studies BSc in Banking & Finance from the LSE lead college of the University in London. 
  • The previous fact explains why most of the stuff/.brands I use are from the UK. I travel there often & I get to shop till I drop (literally)
  • I Love you all, you encourage & support me to do more & go forward with my "beginner" blog :D 

That's it!
I Loved writing this post, it made me go through the things I love & made me remember very sweet details about them.


I would like to thank you all fabulous people, and I hope that this gave you a window view into my simple life.


Lots of Love
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