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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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Lush Hair Lab Review

When someone asks me what I’m interested in, “besides fashion & beauty” my go-to answer is ‘branding’. Ever since my college days, I loved serious meaningful conversations about those cult favourite brands, of course, it made me sound smart too. And ‘Lush’ was definitely at the top! Most of my research on key marketing terms- CSR, Word of Mouth, A/B Testing, was backed up by the examples of this particular brand.

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I fell in love with Lush, right from the moment I heard about it on Zoella’s youtube channel, visited the store later that week and there was no going back. Lush is known for the rigorous staff training on how to treat the visitors as a family and you feel that core value & passion throughout the employees, even in the way they treat you. With all honesty, instead of forcing down a purchase, they love to educate you about the brand & its products, a reason why you leave the store with a generous chunk of samples.

Recently, I went down to the New Lush Store at City walk, which apparently is also the biggest one in the Middle East to review an interesting idea – Lush Hair Lab. Loving the brand and its history so much, I couldn’t help myself but decided to go for a quick shopping spree on their valentines collection before hitting the lab.

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“Fancy having a professional wash and blow-dry, trying exciting new products or even a henna application? You can have a luxurious hair treatment and fight animal testing by visiting the Lush Hair Lab”

Hair Lab is a relatively new concept where you can experience the products on spot and get instant results. It is an entirely complimentary process, inviting you to test out new products or enjoy a truly pampering hair-washing experience. Decorated with reclaimed wood and white ceramic tiles among Basins & hair styling equipment where clients can have their hair washed, dried and styled on the go. At the far end of the small, no door room, a tiny shelf holds all the products in use.

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Also, you can try out Henna to colour your hair, which is a no chemical process.

Each treatment at the hair lab starts by an in-depth consultation with your hair technician about the condition of your hair, how you like to wear it day-to-day, and what type of results you are looking for. And mind you she is not satisfied with a simple answer like ‘Glowing shiny hair’, she wants to know all the dirt – itchy scalp, hair fall and so on.

Next, she picked the perfect products to use on my hair & went in a detailed explanation about which ingredients are used in the products and the benefits I shall reap.

Lush City Walk Hair Lab Review Free hair treatment - Dubai beauty blogger - uae hijabi stylist - best hair care shampoo conditioner and hair oil treatment for hijabi rehab shampoo reviewI was given the choice of hot oil treatment or a deep conditioning hair mask, while I have been relying upon Jasmine And Henna Fluff-Eaze to revamp my hair from 2016 January, so we started off with something new – a hot hair oil treatment with Damaged packed full of extra virgin olive and Rich and conditioning Organic Avocado Oil.  Again following the solid shampoo & conditioner bars, the product was actually a small 20g block of serum on a wooden stick which you have to melt with boiling water. How cool is that?? Especially when you get to be a queen and the work is done entirely by someone else. My hair technician massaged the vanilla infused oil on my scalp for a good five minute, oh but the oil hardens up quickly, giving you a slight headache.

Secondly, we jointly picked up Rehab, just like the name suggests, it’s a rehabilitation centre for your vulnerable destroyed hair. Rehab is a thin, runny shampoo with extracts of tropical fruits like Papaya, Kiwi & Pineapple juices, vegetable oils and stimulating peppermint which cleanses your hair in depth. Rehab was my personal favourite during summer 2016, it detangles hair and you can afford to skip the conditioner once in a while, especially when you are running late. However, with personal experience, this shampoo on its own doesn’t give any shine or glow to hair.

We finished off with Rehab’s partner in crime, Lush Retread Conditioner, a super-smoothing cream with seaweed, yoghurt, cantaloupe melon and jojoba oil to give seriously sad hair its shine back.The smell is not off-putting and stays on the whole day (this is a pro if you like are into fruity scents).  Retread thankfully contains no silicones or the majority of horrible ingredients you find in regular conditioners.

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VERDICT: Lush hair care range is my personal preference among the store, especially because of the amazing outcome. I’ve always selected Lush products after a thorough understanding and a detailed discussion with the staff, they genuinely want to help you, and your only work is to tell them exactly what you are looking for. They are termed as ‘Lush Experts’ for a reason. And the Hair Lab is one step forward to assist you in your purchase by showcasing the results then and there. The only thing I was quite sceptical about is why the Lab doesn’t have a door, being a hijabi it was quite a No No for us.

Appointments run on a first come first serve basis at Lush City Walk, but you can definitely call & book a date on 045608509


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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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LUSH HAIR CARE REVIEW

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For the first time, I have no idea how to start a post. I’m still ‘thrilled’ by the fact RT Hijab Styles is collaborating with my all time favorite brand ‘Lush'( the 15-year-old Rahma is dancing on the cloud nine). I fell in love with the brand ever since I first walked into the colorful aromatic Lush store in UAE. The exquisite fresh floral/fruity smell of a Lush store sweeps me off my feet every single time.

It’s no mystery that I’m a HUGE Lush fan, so I couldn’t resist screaming “OH MY GOODNESS” when I got this huge box of Lush hair care products. Going bananas over the Lush Bath bombs and massage bars was a ritual but how I could never tried their hair care range before is beyond me. For a hijabi whose hair is tied up and covered 75% of the day, this was a neat (very much needed) surprise. The following products were in my Lush box:

  • Jason and the Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar
  • Rehab Shampoo
  • Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo
  • Big Sea Salt Shampoo
  • No Drought Dry Shampoo
  • Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioning Hair Perfume
  • Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment

Even though these were sent over a month ago, I still haven’t gotten the time to try them all. Mainly because I do not want these beauties to get over so quickly. Meanwhile, read my review on some of the awesome sauce products.


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Big Sea Salt Shampoo:
This is my holy grail shampoo. If you want an extra ‘oomph’ look no further, from additional bounce to super shiny hair this body-building shampoo gives you all. The sea salt chunky textures surely adds on some fun, what I love is to massage these chunks on my scalp for a deep cleansing of the product buildup, you can feel that effect right after rinsing it out.  To my nose, it is not a very pleasant or appealing odor, but it doesn’t bother me enough to be a deal-breaker. If you deal with oily scalp like me, BIG may be the product for you. As per my experience, BIG is not a daily shampoo, I have been using it only once a week and be sure to use a kick-ass conditioner later on.Though it is on the pricey side, the fullness and bounces it gives your hair is so obvious and nothing less than magical. To my surprise, all my family members love this very shampoo and I could observe such a bounce in my brother’s stiff hair too.


Happy Happy Joy Joy is a lightweight conditioner that is great for detangling and shine. I love that it’s not heavy and does not weigh my hair down. And the scent is to die for!  I seriously cannot stop smelling my hair. The blend of rose water, grapefruit oil, almond milk and orange flower is absolutely divine and uplifts your spirit beautifully. Though I wear hijab, people have complimented me on my perfume but it’s actually this lovely fruity conditioner. The fragrance truly lingers on for a very long time and I think everyone should try it at least once. I really am loving this stuff, and I wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase this beauty again.

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Rehab Shampoo: Another solution to oily hair, this shampoo will give you a deep & thorough cleansing effortlessly without drying out your hair. It puts your hair into a real good ‘REHAB’. You need to shake the bottle well as the texture of this particular shampoo is quite runny, look at the bright side you will be able to get every last drop of it out. Rehab is a thin, gel-like shampoo with Papaya, Kiwi & Pineapple juices, vegetable oils and stimulating peppermint, the tropical over-powering minty touch is mind refreshing and invigorating.


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No Drought Dry Shampoo: This is my absolute FAVOURITE dry shampoo.  I love the  citrusy scent and I just think dry shampoos are the best invention ever. It soaks up my hair oil perfectly, doesn’t feel like there’s anything in your hair & when you brush it out there’s no white cast leaving behind a decent amount of volume. I always sprinkle this into my roots and wait about 5 minutes to let it work it’s magic. Even though I have dark  hair blending is never an issue.


I’m super excited to try on the Argon Oil Solid shampoo, however, the Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment is basically for frizzy and curly so may not be using it. Stay tuned to my Instagram as I will add this beauty to my Giveaway very soon.

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Disclosure: The products were sent over to RT Hijab Styles for review however, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lush Cosmetics. 

VANIDAY ‘VALENTINE’

Happy Valentines Day lovelies!!! It’s time for a special self-pampering session. Every year I pledge to love myself more and have some personal ‘me time’. What I mean by that is spending bonkers of money on Beauty Salons & Spa, this year Vaniday dropped a bombshell and made the lovely red hearts day better than expected.

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Vaniday is a fabulous mobile app which hooks u up with the best beauty & wellness services around the clock in UAE.  It allows you to compare the treatments, offers & costs between different salons. Vaniday hands down is the  most convenient solution to your salon booking hassles. And oh yea, I forgot to mention it is absolutely free – It’s the Zomato for the beauty world.

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All thanks to Vaniday app I booked an amazing Head, Neck & Shoulder massage at Ayurveda Soft Touch Spa in Kempinski, Hotel Ajman.
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I have to admit, my experience at SofTouch Spa was nothing less than a royal mirage. My masseuse Ms.Jyoti gave me the most nerve calming massage ever, for a hijabi like me, a good head massage is all I needed to conquer the world. From the aromatic oil to soft soothing instrumental music, Soft Touch Spa gives the ultimate luxurious treatment, we all women deserve.
Vaniday is offering 15% off on your first booking, download the Vaniday app today – a one-stop online platform for all your beauty needs.
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Disclaimer: This treatment was courtesy of Vaniday, however, the opinion & review herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Vaniday.

 

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER – NIVEA MICELLAR WATER

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH…

‘Nivea Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water’

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In every beauty blogger’s life, on some pleasant yet extremely rare occasions we come across a product which deserves our utmost appreciation and to honour these splendid beauties, I have created a whole new category of Product of the Month. Each month you will be able to add one new product to your wish list as cutting through to reach the top spot will not be any easy.