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7 STEP SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR SUMMERS — CLINIQUE

Good morning lovelies! I’d like to start this post by giving out a big warm cozy bear Hug to every single one of you for all the love that I’m getting lately on my Instagram. I never imagined that girls would care about my opinions and the fact that we are 21k strong on Insta in just two years of knocking content, is surreal!

That said, let’s get down to business with today’s beauty post provoked by Dubai’s horrible heat! Following one of my favorite desi mom’s advice — i.e; not to play with products that go on your face, I play awfully safe during summers. NO winged eyeliners, NO cut crease, NO crazy brands & experiments and a complete NO to the whole contouring dilemma.

Just to give you an idea about my definition of ideal skin for summers:

Natural-Matte Finish: I’m so not a fan of dewy makeup looks, I love a matte face with quick arched eyebrows, a pop of color on lips and maybe a highlight.

Perfect blend: With combination skin type (Oily T-zone and Dry/flaky on cheeks & chins) I prefer a skin care regime with minimum items that suit perfectly my skin type and strikes a hydrating finish.

Quick & Long Lasting: Hustling around the busy streets of Dubai, I’m not the one with super long makeup routine, I need something that lasts from day to night with minimal to NO touch ups.

SPF anything: I learned it the hard way, but sunscreen is super important even for brown skin like mine, but most lotions are super tacky and silly. Hence, I spray ons.

So how do I achieve it?  My routine is limited to few items (in fact, just seven simple steps) and is stuck to only one brand – Clinique. (Another desi mum advice! You see, my mum loved this brand for years and as they say like mother like daughter!)

clinique dubai marina mall new store in uae review clinique haul best products from clinique review beauty blogger dubai rthijabstyles rahma talwar review (1)Step1: Wake Up Duty! Starting off my morning with their Sonic Deep Cleansing brush (Though this purchase was heavy on my pocket, it handles my black heads wonderfully and also stopped those terrible breakout sessions) and extra gentle cleansing foam. Lately, I’m loving foam cleansers, because they are perfect for dry skin yet doesn’t leave your face dehydrated.

Step2: Moisture Everything! I tend to have a love-hate relationship with mosituzers, hence, I favor moisturizing water based gel which hydrates my skin enough without being too tacky or sticky.

Step3: Natural MakeUp All the Way!  I am no makeup guru or anything but I know what I like. To me, I can spare extra money, on a long lasting full coverage – light weight foundations — Beyond Perfecting Foundation which doesn’t cause breakouts and clog my pores. Apply some mascara for dramatic eyelashes and a pop of color using Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm and I’m done for the day!

clinique dubai marina mall new store in uae review clinique haul best products from clinique review beauty blogger dubai rthijabstyles rahma talwar review (1)Step 4: Sun Protection! I realized the importance of SPF once I started driving and saw an insignificant shift in my skin color. This oil free SPF 30 Body Mist is perfect for those last minute “oops, I need to apply SPF” moments.

Step 5: Take it Off! Returning after a hectic day, all I want is to crash on my bed yet with little energy left in me, I head off to my washroom for an effective night time routine. To me,  a makeup remover should quickly remove all traces of waterproof makeup with few swipes. And I did notice, a little Clinique’s Take the day off remover goes very far one does the entire job using only one cotton pad.

Step6: Night Time Sleepy Time! A freshly cleaned face is all I crave for a peaceful sleep, plus a fixed night care routine actually tackles acne problems too. I match my cleansing brush with Clinique’s Anti blemish solution cleansing foam. Technically all anti-acne related treatments leave ur skin super dry so restrict its use to once a day.

clinique dubai marina mall new store in uae review clinique haul best products from clinique review beauty blogger dubai rthijabstyles rahma talwar review (3)Step7: Miracle Happens! You know those nights when suddenly a pimple shows up and an important meeting is scheduled next morning (you might feel crying!). I found a perfect solution – Clinique Clearing Gel, a spot treatment which does wonders and you see true results within a night.

Super happy that they finally opened up an independent store in Dubai Marina Mall! The price? Well as everything good, the prices are super high but a flawless skin needs a stable investment.

Cheers Dubai!

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Glam Up with Gosh MakeUp

Ever since my teenage years, I’ve always been intimated by high-end brands and stuck to drugstore makeup lines, last year when a Denmark originated brand started creating a massive buzz in the blogosphere because of it’s ll natural ingredients which mean they’re Paraben-free, fragrance-free & cruelty-free, I went ahead with making my own purchases and fell in love with it’s seaweed collection.

Earlier this month. I got contacted to have a makeover done by them, and if you watched my vlog, you know your girl, had the best time of her life.I have the ugliest eyebrows in the history of mankind, (due to religious reasons I don’t get them plucked) bushy & untameable, or that’s what I thought. Until Gosh’s makeup artist did the magic and I had the honor to use #EyebrowsonFleek on my Instagram. 😍

Gosh Makeover Dubai Beauty Review UAE Youtuber Vlogger ggGosh Makeover Dubai Beauty Review UAE Youtuber Vlogger fDuring my visit to the Lifestyle store in Mall of Emirates, I got to know more about the brand and their awesome range in foundations, premiers & mascaras. Truth be told, when a brand offer makeup premiers to suit all 3 skin types (dry, oily & combination) it deserves all the shootouts & crazy fan following. Also, the mascara line up by huge, each one did something special & different.

I was suggested products which would go well with my dry skin, and to my surprise, Argan Oil was a promising ingredient in most. I walked out the store with a few products and hopefully, I will be reviewing them soon.

Until, Next Time, Love Rahma


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POLISHED SPA SHARJAH REVIEW

Hello Stylers!! <3

As a blogger, you need to stay updated with all recent fashion trends & beauty launches, working your way to a picture perfect Instagram feed. Recently I’m more conscious about my expenses on materialised things, instead I try to invest in beautiful memories & refreshing experiences. With working around the clock to somehow balance my jobs, I tend to forget myself between the two on countless occasions. With a more penny-pinching personality, for a couple of days, I’m constantly embracing happy & unique adventures of life.

Instead of spending on makeup & skincare items, I’m indulging in plenty of affordable Spa sessions. Last week, I got invite to try a Balinese Massage at Polished Spa located on University City Road, Sharjah, luckily it’s just around the corner of my office. POLISHED Spa offers a plethora of treatments ranging from Signature body massage, premium facial, mani-pedi and Moroccan baths.

polished-spa-sharjah-review-balinese-massage-uae-beauty-blogger-4Upon entering the spa premises, I’m mesmerised with my personal favourite Lavender scents & offered detox water to instantly refresh the soul. Before heading for my massage, I was given a quick tour of the Orange & White interiorized Spa home to a relaxing Hair Styling Room, Reflexology counter & many more rooms.

polished-spa-sharjah-review-balinese-massage-uae-beauty-blogger-1My therapist directed me towards the changing & locker room where I could dump my belongings & quickly change into their comfy slippers & robe. Before starting off with the relaxing one-hour journey, she explained me the benefits of Balinese Massage which as per my understanding included a combination of rough techniques to relieve tensions & stress particularly suited for adults & sportsman.

As I was looking for a more ‘peaceful’ treatment, one where I don’t scream out every two minutes, I adopted to try Balinese techniques on my Back & for the rest of my body their signature relaxing massage. She began with submerging my feet in warm water mixed with lavender sea salts & essential oil.

polished-spa-sharjah-review-balinese-massage-uae-beauty-blogger-5Later I lay head down on the treatment bed & she began her magic with gentle stroking, percussion & application of essential oil all over my feet & legs. She proceeded on my back with a tad more pressure and went along the shoulder blades & arms. You can definitely feel the difference in techniques between the two, with a tedious 7-5 job my back really needed some serious hardcore traditional methods.

The therapist is happy to adjust her pressures, music & fragrance according to preferences. When I was told to turn over, the therapist placed an eye mask and continued her magic on my stomach and neck.

The treatment ends with a gentle head rub using rose oil and the therapist allows me to have a 15mins nap as I snuggled up on the bed with the soft towels.

She wakes me up with a hot cup of lemon tea and atlas it was time to take a shower. However, the essential oils felt such a heart-warming fragrance on my body that I wanted to enjoy it a bit more and decided to change into my clothes quickly.

I left Polished Spa with a relaxed body and soul, leaving all my stress & work tensions behind in that room. With such great massage experiences lined up along this entire month, I’m becoming a huge addict to regular spa visits for peaceful self-pampering sessions.

Plus, I love the fact that they have a loyalty program which offers free Mani-Pedi & Body Massage for collecting points.

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For bookings or more information on POLISHED Spa, visit their website or Facebook

A Day Spa blended with passion! Get Pretty, Get Pampered, Get Polished @ 06-5435453.

NAYOMI BEAUTY SALON REVIEW

nayomi-beauty-salon-review-ajman-spa-uae-beauty-blogger-1Earlier this week, I made my way to Nayomi Beauty Salon in Ajman, located on Ground Floor of City Life Mall, Al Jurf to try & test their New Paraffin Treatment & the Oxygenating Facial. Popular for their ravishing Nayomi lingerie collections, the beauty salon is nothing less than a Princess Paradise. The elegant baby pink & white interiors are an additional touch to their Princess ideology.

With my Salon visits getting extremely limited because of my hectic work schedules, I knew I should use this review the right away! I needed some Silent self-pampering time away from all the worries of life and the gorgeous Nayomi Salon accommodates these wishes perfectly– it truly is a hidden gem.

Nayomi’s salon has an impressive range of options and treatment rooms dedicated to professionals who work their magic beautifully. If you’re looking to pop in for a hair treatment, full pledged makeup look or a mani-pedi Nayomi has it all.  You’ll also be pleased to know that Nayomi has a hidden, relaxing spa area to enjoy for facial & massages. And another room assigned for hair removal services.

nayomi-beauty-salon-review-ajman-spa-uae-beauty-blogger-2The cashier and waiting area as we got into the salon looked professional, neat and chic But I was immediately struck by Nayomi’s enormous colourful and quirky Nail Polish Collection contrasting really well with its white/pink decor.

My Treatments

Facial Treatment: (350 AED) After accessing my facial conditions, my Beautician ‘Mira’ suggested the Oxygenating Facial and further explained its benefits. In my case, my skin is dehydrated so I’m really glad that this treatment gives full hydration and promotes cells repair to my skin. The treatment room follows their Princess ideology and also comes with spa relaxation music & beautiful scented candles so you can be sure to fully relax and rejuvenate during the 1.5 hours facial.

Nayomi Beauty Salon  Review Facial Ajman Beauty Blogger UAEWhat I love about their trained specialist was she firstly confirmed with me whether I would like to know the treatment & products going on my face as the process continues or I would prefer a silent facial. Her hands were profoundly magical and I dozed off a couple of times during the treatment. She also gave me a complimentary hand massage while the Thalgo serum & masks were doing a wonderful job on my skin. The end results were shiny as hell, I was left with a glowing skin with a bit too much oil than I like, but after a few minutes the oil sink in beautifully.

Manicure & Pedicure: (150 AED) While I sat on their Pink Princess Throne drinking my lemon tea, the ladies  began with a thorough hand and foot wash, scrub, massage and continued their magic on my nails with filing, cutting, buffing and perfecting.  For my nails, I wanted to try a nude polish by OPI which suggestively would last me 15days.

Nayomi Beauty Salon Manicure Review Ajman Beauty Blogger UAEParaffin Treatment: (180 AED) Analysing my cracked heels, the girls suggested for their Popular Wax Treatment, The hot paraffin sits around your hand like a glove, and it feels really nice, warm, and oily! She wrapped both my hands & feet in a plastic bag and then into a washing mitt. After about 10 minutes my hands started feeling cold, which was the indication that the paraffin has cooled off and it was time to remove it.As she disclosed the bag, it left a nice layer of oil on the hands & feets, which she massaged in for a bit. The oil gets absorbed slowly, but it doesn’t leave any unpleasant feeling like when you use body butter on your hands.

The treatment definitely did wonder for my cracked heels, they were so soft & looked shiny smooth. Out of all the treatments, this particular one was my favourite and highly recommendable. <3

My overall impression for Nayomi Beauty Salon, its staff & treatments is highly positive. I’m definitely going back there for another treatment in the future especially for a back massage by Mira which costs just 100AED for half hour.There is no doubt that Nayomi provides professional, high-quality services in the most lavish, fun atmosphere.

NOTE COSMETICS LAUNCH + REVIEW

Note Cosmetics Launch Cove Beach Dubai Turkish Makeup Line Paraben Free BrandYet Again Lifestyle Gulf opens its doors to another Paraben free Make Up line, this time, all the way from Turkey. Beauty Lovers, Bloggers & Experts were super excited with the Grand Launch of Note Cosmetics known for its environment-friendly & natural ingredients. Also, their product and price range matches our budget friendly pocket.

A few days ago I attended the Lavish Launch of Note on a Runaway at Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai with my partner in crime ‘RiyaHearts‘ as a part of their Top Notch Media. Note Cosmetics unleased 4 beautiful distinctive looks on the runway to showcase their versatile collection.

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At the launch, we got a few goodies and I was quite impressed with the quality of the product & the packaging as well.

Long Wearing Lipstick in Shade 11 Funny Lips (AED 39)

The vibrant pink colour is perfect for summers and with Macadamia Oil & Shea Butter Extracts, the creamy texture is moisturising & comfortable on lips. The special formulation with palmitoleic acid prevents drying and cracking leaving a silky smooth finish. It has a butter cupcake scent as well – nothing too strong but it’s definitely there and I personally fancy it.

Creamy Lipstick in Shade 206 Fashion (AED 49)

Pencil Crayon Lippies are the new thing for lazy girls (no lip liner needed), the hydrating formula and gorgeous color payoff  leaves an intense bold satin red color in a single application. It didn’t bleed on the corners of the lips as some of the dark shades usually do.

Luminous Silk Quattro Eye Shadow in Shade 04 Pink SwatchLuminous Silk Quattro Eye Shadow in Shade 04 Pink (AED 54)

Enriched with Vitamin E, this eyeshadow quad is definitely a keeper. You can get both a subtle look and really smokey eye dramatic look with the beautiful combination of Shimmery Mauve, Champagne, Dusty Silver & Matte Purple. Each color blends away really well & soft texture feels amazingly comfortable on eyelids. The Shimmery Champagne shade gives a gorgeous pearly finish highlighting inner corner of your eyes.

Note Cosmetics Launch Cove Beach Dubai Turkish Makeup Line Paraben Free Brand  (1)Icon Nail Enamel in Shade 517 (AED 19)

I’m not a huge fan of Nail Polishes and often try to refrain myself from painted nails. But this shade is definitely a winner for bright summer days. Available in around 50 shades, Note Cosmetics has a lot to offer in the Nail Art Department.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this article were sent to Rt Hijab Style’s author by Note Cosmetics. However, this is a press release, aiming at the promotion of their Paraben Free Range to a wider audience. No compensation was provided in any way for the publication of this post by Note Cosmetics or any other company. 

 

 

5 PINK LIP SHADES YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS SUMMER

Never underestimate the power of a bright pink lipstick.

Top 5 pink drugstore lip shades for Dubai summers by UAE makeup artist and Indian beauty blogger from brand Rimmel London, Bourjois Paris & Nyx Arabia

If you’re reading this now, odds are you’re asking the same question, “What is that perfect shade of Pink?” The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to pack up the dark vamp toned lipsticks and switch back to bold bright shades. All my pinks, coral & neutral lippies are stored for summers as the sunny weather really brings out the pigment. My favourites run the down from 79 Dhs to 32 Dhs, these easy to find picks have got you covered this season in full swing! Next time you hit the drugstore hope you get the perfect pink.

Top 5 pink drugstore lip shades for Dubai summers by UAE makeup artist and Indian beauty blogger from brand Rimmel London, Bourjois Paris & Nyx Arabia
Drugstore Pink Lip Shades in Swatches

Top 5 pink drugstore lip shades for Dubai summers by UAE makeup artist and Indian beauty blogger from brand Rimmel London, Bourjois Paris & Nyx Arabia

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick – 05 Ole Flamingo: Usually I stay miles away from Hot Pink lippies, but this soft matte deep pink gem is my exactly kinda fuchsia. The soft, velvety formula & incredibly intense pigmentation of Bourjois Lipsticks hits the top of my chart every single time. The sponge doe-foot applicator attached to it makes application super easy & precise. Unlike the others, this Velvet Matte range does not dry out the lips, or exaggerate cracked lips. The beauty of this shade is you can easily carry out for a daytime look as well, with a gentle swipe and build up the colour for a bold pretty pink for night time.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss – 103: The colour is perfect during the day time, especially if you are looking up a daily wearable shade for the workplace. Finding a good neutral shade for Brown skin can be frustrating, the nude-pink matte lippies, is just enough pink to give a little pop of colour to my lips. The staying power is fairly decent, but you will need to reapply every 2-3 hours. As for the texture, initially, it is somewhat moisturising but leaves an unappealing grainy residue after few hours.

 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss – 106: Though being from the same range, the texture is so different; it has a slightly satin finish contradicting the name itself. But the fun raspberry, pink-based red shade looks so attractive on any skin tone. It has a floral fruity scent, but this does not last more than a few minutes. You can experience minor bleeding if you do not use a good lip liner.

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 11 Milan: First and foremost this particular colour looks different from person to person depending on the skin tone. On me, it is a bubblegum pink, with a bluish undertone. The scent of NYX matte liquid lipstick range is phenomenal, vanilla buttercream cupcake on your lips is like a dream come true. Out of the lot, these are super affordable, but usually, sell out pretty fast, so grab them straight away. The unique formula is creamy mousse-like however feels like a very light additional layer on your lips (the only drawback). I top this lippie with San Paulo for a slightly dark shade, which looks so good on Brown Indian Skin tone.

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 08 San Paulo: Trying out new Nyx lip creams are always on my wishing list and this particular shade has been on my favourites list for a very long time mainly because it looks gorgeous when the rest of the face is with minimal or no make-up. The texture is like soft, light whipped cream and it feels like dessert on the lips! This product would certainly be worth repurchasing. The colour is a beautiful, warm plummy rose shade which is very rich and highly pigmented. Plus the price is right!

Until next time, Much Love

Rahma Talwar

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MY WELLBEY JOURNEY

With Eid being just around the corner, scheduling Salon appointment is a top priority at every girl’s agenda. With the ongoing rush at beauty salons, I prefer to book my treatments way ahead of time, but not having a go to salon often puts me in a very tricky position.

My Wellbey jounrey reivewRecently I came across Wellbey, a handy new website that is the gateway for you to discover new salons and services dotted around the city at the click of a button. Though currently, Wellbey is a massive directory of service providers in UAE, Jordan and Qatar, soon it will be launching there in house online booking platform and mobile application.

My beauty regime begins days before Eid and includes a relaxing facial, fancy mani-pedi, stylish henna design and a soothing massage. But the only dilemma is where to go?

My Wellbey jounrey reivewSo having discovered this new platform I hopped onto the Wellbey user-friendly website on my mobile to look for answers. All you need to do is enter your preferred service and nearby area and in a matter of seconds you get a choice of salons with user reviews. Each salon is also ranked on prices, making it easier for you to select the services under your budget.

All thanks to Wellbey’s quick interface, you get the contact information of each Salon with all treatments it offers in a jiffy. I tend to avoid online payments as much as possible, so booking appointments via phone calls are my safest bet. I was able to find some really great spa & salon near to my office courtesy Wellbey, so the last few days of Ramadan, you all know where I shall be found.

I’m eagerly waiting for their mobile application launch and with that said, you will have countless beauty treatments just a click away.

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Stay tuned to my Instagram & Snapchat to see the backstage action of my pre-EID beauty regime.

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: JANUARY– KONJAC SPONGE

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor a while now, Konjac Sponge is one of the most talked about product on my blog. Last year in November, Tish Tash introduced me to Konjac Sponges and ever since they have been an obsession. I never looked back and these sponges became an essential in my everyday skincare routine. This probably the longest overdue post that I’ve ever had.

After using this little squashy miracle whole-heartedly for 3 whole months, I think I’m qualified to say ‘Konjac Sponge is a Miraculous Must Have for Everyone”. My intrigue level was quite HIGH when I first received the ‘6 WAVE GREEN CLAY BATH SPONGE’ for oily and blemish-prone skin and just one week later I ordered the ‘KONJAC FACIAL PUFF SPONGE FRENCH GREEN CLAY’ for my face.

What Does the Konjac Sponge Do?

Konjac Sponges feels like a soft textured bouncy marshmallow which gently exfoliates and cleanses your face and body. The provide a much more precise and intense cleansing when compared to using just your fingers. These mineral-rich sponges draw out impurities and toxins leaving a smooth fresh and toned complexion. These incredibly gentle radiance-enhancing sponges give you an instant glow and unlike harsh scrubs, it leaves your skin hydrated and extremely healthy looking.

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How Do I Use the Konjac Sponge?

When you first open the Konjac sponge package, it’s a solid rock – certainly doesn’t look like something you’d put on your face. The whole idea is so fascinating to me, a solid rock expanding into a soft gentle sponge double the size, as you soak it in water.

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These winter mornings I used konjac sponge with my Derma-E or my Murad Clarifying cleanser for a deep cleansing. Whereas at nights, I remove my makeup with Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Oil and use my wet and soaked konjac sponge without any additional cleansers in circular motions around my face and neck to remove dirt and impurities.

Then I rinse my sponge again and gently press it between my palms to squeeze the excess water and hang it up to dry. Never twist or  wring out your sponge, this will tear the fibers and cause its life to end faster.

How To Care for Your Konjac Sponge?

The biggest pain with Konjac Sponge is taking care of them or you will end up shortening their life and no one wants that. Your Konjac Sponge needs to be replaced every 2-3 months depending on how you take care of it, which is quite affordable according to me.

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Before and after each use, rinse well your sponge and squeeze out excess water by pressing gently the sponge in your palms instead of twisting. And leave it to completely dry between uses by hanging it in a cool dry location or else it smells fishy.

I usually disinfect my sponge every 2 weeks by placing it in boiling water for few minutes or you could even place it in micro-wave for 5 minutes.

Final Verdict

Konjac Sponge is one product you have to try yourself for a few days consistently to see the difference. The Bamboo charcoal konjac sponge is said to be perfect for acne prone skin, and I can swear that over the past two months of using this gem, I can see my acne marks lighten up, giving an additional glow and silky smooth feel to my skin tone.

Priced at 75 and 95 AED for facial and body sponge respectively, these are quite affordable and convienet for traveling as well.

Konjac Sponge is 100% natural and made from pure edible vegetable roots. What I love about this sponge is that it is 100% Biodegradable and 100% Colouring Free.

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To know more about Konjac Sponge visit their website or follow them on facebook | The Konjac Sponge Co. Sponges are now available for him or for her in Holland and Barrett, The Organic Café, Make Up Etc, Basharcare.com, Glambox.me and Thebeautyfloor.com

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of When Masks or any other company.

WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE

Wonders of a Magical Winter has begun. It’s time to bring out those cherished winter essentials to save your skin during this cold chilly weather. Though drinking hot chocolate and making a statement with dark lips are a few perks of winter, it also means a whole lot of trouble and worry about your dry itchy skin & chapped lips.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTo be very blunt, washing my face in winter is a nightmare. So initially, I skipped exfoliating my skin. But that’s not the case this winter, Tish Tash introduced me to Konjac Sponge which turned out to be such a great discovery and investment.

  • DERMA E HYDRATING CLEANSER WITH HYALURONIC ACID

    This ultra-hydrating facial cleanser is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile, Lemon Grass and Papaya plus antioxidant Vitamins A and E to gently cleanse and condition skin for a soft, smooth, dewy feel with no drying, aging after-effects.

My skin has been really dry recently leading to my extravagant search for a new hydrating cleanser, which basically got over when I got this blue beauty. The consistency is of transparent gel-like and you require only a pea size amount which means it will last forever. It is very gentle on your skin and gives a very clean rinse with minimum lather. The smell is not overpowering and has a very fresh floral scent to it. I have incorporated it in my everyday skincare routine for over a month and I do not feel any dryness or itchiness.

I really enjoy this cleanser to remove my eye makeup in evenings and the results are fab, no raccoon eyes what so ever !! I totally recommended this cleanser to girls with normal to dry skin. (120 AED)

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  • KONJAC FACIAL PUFF SPONGE BAMBOO CHARCOAL

Packed with mineral rich activated carbon, our Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal deep cleans skin pores to eliminate blackheads and dirt whilst absorbing excess oils and toxins. A natural antioxidant, it kills stubborn acne-causing bacteria and is an effective natural treatment for acne sufferers.

The whole idea behind Konjac sponge is so fascinating to me, a solid rock expanding into a soft gentle sponge double the size, as you soak it in water. This environment safe beauty product should be in your skin care routine at all times. Instead of an exfoliator,  this winter I used konjac sponge alone for gentle exfoliating  or with my Derma-E cleanser for a deep cleansing. However, taking care of this Sponge can be messy and painful. You need to let them dry completely or else they smell kinda fishy.

The Bamboo charcoal konjac sponge is said to be perfect for acne prone skin, and I can swear that over the past two months of using this gem, I can see my acne marks lighten up, giving an additional glow to my skin tone. (75 AED)

  • NIVEA SENSITIVE 3 IN 1 MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER

NIVEA Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar  Cleansing  Water cleanses, removes make-up from face and even eyes and moisturizes in one step. The caring formula with Dexpanthenol & Grape Seed Oil cleanses deeply thanks to its extra effective yet mild cleansing complex, moisturizes and refreshes the skin and is free of parabens, colorants, perfume, and alcohol.

Nivea’s micellar water is a cheaper yet excellent alternative to toner and makeup removers. This oil free cleanser leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated and moisturized. Click here to read the full review on my knight in shining armor. (27 AED)

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  • BODY SHOP ALEO CALMING TONER

This dermatologically tested, alcohol-free toner is designed for skin that needs more gentle care. It removes the last traces of make-up and impurities. Removes traces of make-up and cleanse, primes skin for moistur and Leaves skin feeling soothed.

I have this fascination with Aleo vera which drew my attention to this Toner. As it is made for sensitive skin and alcohol-free my expectations from this one was pretty high and may I tell you it certainly lived up to them. As the title mentions “calming”, this toner is soothing without any irritation or tingly feeling, unlike the tea tree oil toner from Body Shop. Brownie points to Body Shop for not adding any kind of smell to this gem. (59 AED)

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  • BODY SHOP OILS OF LIFE – INTENSELY REVITALISING FACIAL OIL

By infusing 3 precious seed oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin – Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile – with a powerful blend of essential oils, we created a lightweight daily facial oil to intensely revitalise skin, instantly replenish moisture and revive radiance.

This deluxe skincare treatment has become a day necessity mainly because of its luxurious experience. I never tried a facial oil before so trying it for the 1st time was such a treat to my skin. The oil is very relaxing and light weight on the skin, the most excellent feature of this product is the smell – earthy and natural, as I said it gives you a feeling of a deluxe spa treatment. Paired together with the ‘Twin-Ball Facial Massager, the roller is quite a good way to massage the oils on your face for further enjoyment. It leaves your skin with a radiant glow by improving your blood circulation and skin elasticity.

Though it’s they are on the pricey range, facial oil @170 AED and facial massager @75AED, I love feeling luxurious at my home instead of regular trips to a spa. Unlike many oils, this one doesn’t leave your skin greasy, in fact, it absorbs within a minute of application leaving my skin smooth and hydrated. Few drops are all you need to feel good about yourself, so a 30ml bottle definitely goes a long way.

  • DROPS OF YOUTH™ BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK

Bouncy Sleeping Mask, enriched with Edelweiss stem cells. Designed to be left on overnight, it leaves skin looking bouncier and feeling replenished. The youth-enhancing formula for a bouncier-looking skin.

Recently, I have been making regular visits to the body shop, and this overnight face mask was the latest addition to my masque collection. After applying my facial oil, I wait a good 30 minutes before using this face mask. The smell is clean and fresh, not overpowering at all, making it appropriate for a sleeping mask. The texture is so uniquely weird, it actually bounce back.

This mask works wonder though it leaves your skin a tad bit sticky which is the only negative, but as soon as it soaks in, it is the most hydrating and moisturizing skin care treatment. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks extremely hydrated with a beautiful glow to it and my overall complexion was smoother. (99 AED)

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  • FIGS & ROUGE CHERRY BLOSSOM LIP BALM

Ultra-hydrating & Multi-tasking. Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm is a 100% natural and nourishing balm that keeps lips super soft throughout the day. Packed with Natural Antioxidants & deeply penetrating skin conditioners it keeps lips supple and hydrated.

Figs & Rouge are known for their lip balms, and this lippy is not an exception, considerably it has thick and waxy like texture maybe that’s why it stays on for a longer period than any of my lip balms. It is slightly tinted with pinkish-red color with a very pleasant shine. It definitely is made for the cozy winter mornings to nourish and soften your lips

Honestly, I’m not such a big fan of the packaging, no applicator seriously? Who likes having icky fingers in the morning? (35 AED)

None the less, winters are such a great time to enjoy with your family and friends.

A time of sharing and loving and giving and receiving – Joey aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY – LOVAGE COSMETICS

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For those of us who blog part-time rarely think about the money associated. It’s the blogging perks that really make our blogging journey worthwhile and among that is encountering new brands & falling in love with them. I’m new to the Lovage Fan Club but a very loyal member after I tried their  Uplifting Collection – Macaron Box.

For those who don’t know, Lovage Cosmetics is a Dubai-based cosmetics and personal care brand which instantly turns around your mood and allows your mind to travel through a relaxing road of exquisite aroma. It takes you back to essentials, what’s better than pampering yourself at home instead of those lingering tedious trips to the spa. With a wide range of natural care, for skin, hair, and mood handmade locally in UAE- Lovage Cosmetics has become my number one brand for this month majorly for its premium collection replicating moods important in our stressful lives – Uplifting, Relaxing, Energrzing& Refreshing – each handmade with fusions of rich natural oils and enticing fragrances. Out of which I tested out Macaroon Box Uplifting Body Oil & Body Wash.

In addition to their Sets in Mood range, I also was fascinated with their wide natural soap collection and the exclusive herbal Essence from Earth range.


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As someone who is very selective of body lotions, trying out a Body oil for the first time I expected sticky and greasy finish. But I was delighted to be treated to a most amazing surprise, this Body Oil from Lovage Cosmetics has become my go to product espcecially after shaving my legs. The scent is utterly fantastic–not too heavy and definitely not too feminine. It’s more like a sweet, herbal blend that’s just delicious. Ingredients like bergamot, restoring clary sage and jojoba are oh-so moisturizing.

But what totally sold me is how it feels–enriching but not at all greasy, fast-absorbing and refreshing in its texture.


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I love taking a nice hot shower, and nothing makes it more exciting than luxurious body wash and scrubs when it comes to aloe vera nothing captures my heart more. Just like the Body Oil the scent is very relaxing and candy-like, so I always leave my bathroom feeling like I’ve been to a spa.

Lastly, their prices are quite affordable for the most part, and the range of products is quite extensive.


My birthday is knocking at the door and I could never forget about you beautiful ladies who made my year so wonderful, so Lovage Cosmetics and RT Hijab Styles would love to share an amazing Giveaway and discount code with all you lovely ladies.

Visit their wesbite and at the checkout simply enter the code RT1040 to get a straight 15% off. However, this code is not valid with any other promotions.

And what about winning an exclusive Macaron Box gift set and starting off your year with an exotic pampering session. All you need to do is

Follow @RthijabStyles on Twitter and Instagram and leave a comment on my Instagram Contest Picture or on this blog about your 2016 New Year Resolution.

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Lovage Cosmetics can be found in Dubai Festival City, Ettihad Mall Dubai and Dalma Mall Abu Dhabi. Also, now you can order online at Lovage website and follow them on Facebook for more information.

 

Disclaimer:  the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lovage Cosmetics or any other firm. This competition is open to residents of GCC till 15.01.2016 and the prize for this giveaway has been sponsored by Lovage Cosmetics.
***The 15% promo code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.