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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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Himalya Herbal Skincare Regime

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Winter is always difficult on my skin, with the constantly changing weather, not only my health but also my dear skin takes a hit. So I often tend to lean towards organic & herbal products which are suitable for  all skin types during this season. Himalaya is one such herbal brand filled with nature’s beautiful Ayurveda secrets.

Today I’m going to share my top 5 best working Himalaya Herbals products which did wonders for my skin this season and you could get all this delivered right at your door step with souq.com

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Oil Control Lemon Foaming Face Wash: AEd 31

My skin is combination of dry and oil T zone, in general, oil free cleanser suits it perfectly all year round. This particular one had a very mild smell & did great in department of removing dirt, makeup build up and opening up pores.

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Purifying Neem Scrub & Mask: AED 31 Each

: Neem extracts always comes with massive Ayurvedic benefits and quite a strong scent. If you are able to ignore the fragrance, the combination of the scrub & mask is match made in heaven for home facial. The exfoliates in scrub does full justice of removing blackheads whereas the mask texture is quite liquidy and in all honesty stings a tad bit when applied on the cheek bones or the under eye area but the result is so good & glowing that I’m still using it on a weekly basis, ignoring the sensitive areas.

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Under Eye Cream: AED 27

As a content creator & lifestyle blogger, my work demands me to be in front of a screen almost 10-12 hours a day. Though my sleep is limited to 5 hours a day, I’m graciously god gifted with non-panda eyes, without taking it for granted I’ve started caring more about my skin & especially my under eye area. I apply a pea size amount all over my eye area. For more effective & soothing results,  place the tube in refrigerator as cold cream hydrates & nurtures eyes all night long.

Revitalizing Night  Cream AED 34

During winters I’m constantly on a rush to get to office on time, leaving bed in mornings is one of the hardest tasks of all day. And the only skincare item I can mange to apply is a Water based moisturizing cream, so during my night time skin care regime I try my best to compensate my laziness in morning with a very hydrating facial cream and this gem from Himalaya fits into the picture perfectly.

To take your winter skincare routine to the next level,without getting out of your house, order these beauties online with Souq by just a click.

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Disclaimer: 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 Himalaya Herbal, Souq or any other company

VEET SENSITIVE TOUCH BEAUTY TRIMMER REVIEW

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Hair removal is always a fuss, and a parlour visit for getting waxed is not my cup of tea. First of all, I’m highly allergic to any kind of wax treatment, so your concerned advice to stop shaving would go in vain. Secondly, the lazy girl in me likes to discover products which are effective, time saving and most importantly requires least efforts. Anyway onto the good stuff!

For a really long time now, I’ve been doing my own epilation at home and it works well for me. Recently, I got my hands on the latest launch by Veet – the Sensitive Touch Beauty Trimmer for Gentle Shaving and Precise Shaping for your Sensitive Body Parts like face, underarms & bikini, a pain-free, fast, easy, and you can do it yourself in the privacy of your own home solution !

The box contains:

  • Beauty Styler
  • 2-sided head for eyebrow shaping
  • Bikini trimming head
  • 2 Comb attachments
  • Styler cap
  • Cleaning brush
  • Beauty pouch
  • AA battery

The interchangeable heads are super easy to put together and simple to use, one for your eyebrows and other areas of your face and the other wide head is to get a precise trim on your underarms & bikini area. The Clip-Ons trimming comb gives you your desired length perfectly every time. The cutting teeth of this trimmer are rounded so it effectively trims off the hair without giving cuts or nicks.

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Step 1: Trim

For desired eyebrow length just trim them! Use the small head and add the comb attachment. Place the device over your eyebrow and move it against the direction of hair growth.

Step 2: Shape

For perfect eyebrow contouring, remove the comb and use the high precision head. Touch skin lightly and push it across the eyebrow.

Step 3: Finish

You may choose to fill in your eyebrow by applying a small hatching pattern using an eyebrow pencil for the perfect finish.

Pros:

  1. No danger of cutting/nicking yourself, absolutely safe
  2. Hair does not grow back as thicker or harsher compared to normal shaving blades
  3. Cleaning is quick and easy
  4. Portable and battery operated, Travel-friendly & super light weighted
  5. Adjustable trimming heads for different need
  6. Great for quickly shaving off the short hair on toes & fingers too.

Cons:

  1. The price could be a con for some, but I feel it’s more like an investment – saves you so much time and money on waxing & threading!
  2. Makes huge noise while operating which can get annoying
  3. Need a lot of precision while using it on eyebrows for the perfect trim.
  4. Cannot be used in conjunction with shaving gel or foam.
  5. Not water resistant.

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My Verdict: The Veet Beauty Kit is personally kind of both a hit & miss for me, it’s definitely super convenient for travelling & easily makes a perfect home in your handbag. I’ve never actually done threading or waxing my eyebrows but I did use this gem between my eyebrows and to slightly trim off excess for a somewhat decent shape. The hair grows back between 10 to 12 days but not as harsh or darker. I also tried it on my mum’s upper lip but it is a little difficult to use it on someone else, it’s basically a self-handled device. I wouldn’t recommend to use it on your upper lips regularly but once in a blue moon is absolutely fine. Just ensure after trimming your upper lips, the next trip should be to a salon for a more professional wax or threading.

To my relief, there has been NO shaving rash after using this little trimmer on my face. You can also use the head for sideburns, neck or baby hair on your forehead, you can actually use this particular head at many areas including your toes and fingers.

But the real downfall was the wide head if you can’t use it with water or shaving gel, the whole thing goes down the drain. I did try it on both my underarms & bikini area but was left disappointed. It didn’t give me a close cut as I expected. However, for a quick fix in time of emergency, it does an okay to a decent job.

If you have any questions, comments or anything else, feel free to comment or drop me a message! For everything else, stay tuned to my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can find the Veet Sensitive Touch Beauty Trimmer at all the leading Stores across U.A.E  and online stores too. It is priced at AED 135 on souq.com

 

 

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this article were sent to Rt Hijab Style’s author by VEET ARABIA. However, no compensation was provided in any way for the publication of this post by Veet or any other company. 

 

7 BEAUTY HACKS USING ALOE VERA

As a kid, I remember my mom always had an Aleo Vera plant around the house but never understood why she kept this ugly & prickly looking thing. Until I became more fascinated with DIY beauty projects and read more about natural home remedies for skin care.  The powerful medicinal aloe vera plant contains a soothing translucent gel that can be applied directly on wounds & burns to heal. This gem offers countless benefits for your body.

What do with ALoe vera gel? Do it yourself hacks for face & body

So today I call myself a huge Aleo fan and I do have an extensive amount of Aleo Vera Toner & Moisturizer, however extracting the actual gel directly from the cactus-like leaves is a very painful & hated task by my pretty fingers. So when I received the 95% Dermal Aleo Vera Gel from My skin choice which featuring Top Korean brand, the DIY fanatic within me couldn’t contain her excitement. After months of tried & tested DIY projects, these are my personal favourite ways to use Aleo Vera Gel.

Overnight FaceMask

Aleo is a magical gem used to heal acne, blemishes & irritated skin. With no scent & incredibly soothing properties of the gel, it makes a great sleeping facemask. Apply a generous amount onto your face for a younger, glowing skin in the morning.

What do with ALoe vera gel? Do it yourself hacks for face & body

Eye Makeup Remover

When my stock of Bioderma Makeup Remover is over, my go to item to get those racoon eyes off is a drop of aloe gel onto a cotton ball. With a slight swipe across the eyes, with no harshness or irritation, it removes the steadiest waterproof mascara. For a better result, mix equal portions of coconut oil & aloe vera gel for a gentle & effective makeup remover.

Refreshing Face & Body Mist

Ever since I came across this recipe at Free People there was no turning back. This 10-minute recipe makes such a natural, soothing solution to all the summer worries. You just need a cucumber, lemon, aloe gel & rose water to make this mist. Learn how to make it here

Eyelash conditioner & Brow Gel

Combine equal proportions of Aleo gel & olive or castor oil to enhance your lashes & brows using a clean mascara wand, making them shinier and fuller looking. Tidy your those messy eyebrows with aloe vera without getting your brow hair too sticky.

What do with ALoe vera gel? Do it yourself hacks for face & body

Treatment for Blisters 

Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it will relieve the redness and swelling a blister causes. It will begin healing the skin quicker than just putting a bandage over the area. Reapply until the area is healed. Prevent blisters from the start by using aloe gel on your ankle and toes before wearing tight shoes or heels.

Hair Mask & Conditioner  

Summer is the time when your hair needs the most attention, Aleo vera with all it’s nourishing & anti-bacterial properties cures itchy scalp. Aleo gel by itself is a great overnight hair mask for extra shine. For deep conditioning & preventing hair fall mix two tablespoons of aloe gel & olive oil with one tablespoon of honey and leave the mixture for 30 minutes prior to your hair wash.

To cure dandruff add few lemon drops or tea tree oil to aloe vera gel and apply onto your hair once or twice a week before wash.

Body Scrub

When it comes to exfoliating, nothing is better than natural brown sugar or sea salt DIYs. My current personal favourite formula is 1/4 cup of brown sugar, one tablespoon of aloe gel and 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. The anti-bacterial properties of aloe vera help fight against body acne & harsh blemishes.

Get your Aloe Vera gel now from any Face Shop outlets throughout UAE or via www.myskinchoice.com

What do with ALoe vera gel? Do it yourself hacks for face & body

 

WANNA GET FREEBIES? ‘SKIN18’ IS YOUR ANSWER

Hi Lovelies,

As a beauty blogger, I’m always testing out new products & brands and my product theory is pretty simple: the product either works or it doesn’t. When it comes to Korean Skincare, be it sheet masks, cushion foundation, konjac sponges or lip tints – they have taken the beauty industry by storm.

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So here is introducing Skin18 an online portal for all your skincare needs – housing mainstream Korean Brands such as Nature Republic, Berrisom, Etude House, The Faceshop. With the convenience of shipping worldwide, this site is a holy grail for all Korean Skincare Lovers. They also have free masks and samples to offer listed at zero price on the website. Do check out their freebies section, all you need is to just pay for their shipping to you and you just managed to score some awesome Korean skincare for free.


Here is another way to get FREE product and FREE postage from Skin18!

They regularly invite bloggers or anyone who likes to try Korean Skincare to enter their Skin18 Reviewer Program. All you need to do is  fill out the reviewer application form here or send a  request email to blogger@skin18.com  with a with your blog or social media’s links.

Requirement to enter the Reviewer Program (either one of the following)

  • It would be awesome if you are a blogger (even new ones) and have your own blog page.
  • Host accounts on a minimum of 2 social media channels with over 300+ followers/fans: Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

After approval, sit back relax and wait for your package.


 

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The website was kind enough to send across this goodie bag which included:
  • Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterfall Oasis Mask – Ideal for whitening and brightening your dull skin.
  • Four Seasons Collagen Lifting Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask – Ideal for women who are looking at getting wrinkle free skin and those who have been facing problems with saggy skin.
  • Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask – Best for anyone above the age of 35 years to get rid of wrinkles naturally.
  • Luke Hydrogel Eye Patch For Eye Puffiness & Luke Lemon Tea Tree Nose Cleansing Strips

You should definitely check out Skin18.com if you are looking to purchase Korean skincare! One of the best sites out there for shopping Korean stuff with very affordable shipping costs, a very active customer support team and not to forget the mind-blowing collection of skincare products and goodies/samples at zero price.

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Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this article were sent to me via Skin18. However, this is a press release, aiming at the promotion of their Reviewer Programme to a wider audience. No compensation was provided in any way for the publication of this post by Skin18 or any other company. 

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. 

MAXON CANADA REVIEW

As I always say, perks of being a beauty blogger is learning about new brands and falling in love with them. All thanks to January’s Glambox – a monthly beauty subscription box in MiddleEast, I got to discover Maxon Hydramax Cleansing toner which according to me is a great backup for my personal favorite Bioderma Micellar water/makeup remover.

Maxon sent over to me a completely personalized skincare set based on my skin needs and issues. My skin has seen some pretty good transformation in my past couple of weeks. Some of MAXON products are available online on Glambox shop too.

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Pure Derm Spray 120 AED

To start off, this has got to be my favourite among the lot. If you had experienced back acne ever, you know how hard it is to even apply those acne cream and treatments. This convenient spray-on design by Maxon was a pure delight for battling my body acne. Just a few days but I can seriously see some good changes, purely because I apply it on a regular basis.

Soft White Cream 175 AED

Standing in the runner-up position, this product too lives to its claims. The Soft White Body & face lotion/cream minimise the appearance of acne scars and dark spots. I have been using this one my knees & underarms for 15 days straight though significant difference takes quite some time,  I could definitely sense some progress. Will be updating you about this on my Facebook page.

Soft White Facial Wash 65 AED

Who doesn’t love radiant glowing skin? This non-irritating and paraben-free cleanser gives your skin a clearer, brighter, softer and even appearance.

MAX100 Cream 105 AED

Finally, a skincare routine can’t be over unless you have a good Sun protection cream in your bag. I’m a tad bit “meh” about this one, it may have SPF 50+ but it leaves your skin very oily and greasy which is a complete “NO NO” for me.


‘Developed using advanced technology, and formulated with high concentrations of active ingredients, MAXON’s range of hair, face and body care products deliver results that truly stand the test of time.’


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

BODY SHOP SPLURGE

bODY sHOP MUST HAVESI love shopping but it gets better when my favorite store offers 75% discount. As the new year begins, there is no place you’d rather be – from the fireworks at Burj Khalifa to the DSF sale for the entire month of January, Dubai makes your stay worthwhile. Lately, I have been GAGA over Body Shop products with a massive wish list hanging over my head, this DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival) was an ideal situation for me to spent a hefty amount trying new products.


Body Shop Must haves UAE

OILS OF LIFE™ TWIN-BALL FACIAL MASSAGER 75AED 56AED

To add a deluxe touch to my Oils of life of facial oil, I had to get this 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.


 

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DROPS OF YOUTH™ BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK 90ml 99AED 74AED

Being a sucker for face masks, I had my eyes on this one for a long time. And as expected this mask works wonders though it leaves your skin a tad bit sticky when you apply 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 radiant glow to it.


 

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FROSTED CRANBERRY BODY & ROOM SPRAY 100 ml 49 AED 24AED

This seasonal spritz will scent your body, home, and linens with the vibrant fruity aroma of Frosted Cranberry. I love how it smells like holidays packed into one bottle.

VINEYARD PEACH BODY MIST 100 ml 69AED 41AED

When you first smell it, it appears to be very strong. Sensitive noses may not like it, but as soon as you spray the mist, the entire fruity fragrance surrounds you like a soft veil of peachy aroma. A light and floral-fruity scent ideal for office wear.

ALEO & SOFT LINEN BODY, ROOM & LINEN SPRITZ 100ml 65AED 45AED

I love anything and everything with Aleo, so I had to get this one. I use this fresh dewy aroma as an alternative to air fresheners and spray it on my bedsheets, even my wardrobe because it smells of fresh, clean linens. Now, who can resist the scent of fresh linens, right? 


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MANGO BODY SORBET 200ml 76AED 34AED
This was very much an impulse purchase but one I’m so glad I took a risk on. This cool body moisturizer took me off guard and made me fall in love with it. I was so overwhelmed with the gel-like texture infused with rich tropical mango scent, Oh I just wanna eat this up.  It easily glides onto your skin without any efforts and leaves it hydrated, cool and refreshed free from stickiness or greasiness. Truly a weightless moisturizer perfect for summers.
GLAZED APPLE SHIMMER LOTION 250ml 69AED 35AED

Every girl needs some sparkle in her life! This shimmering moisturizer gives skin a touch of sparkle whilst leaving it feeling and smelling softly-sweet. I use it normally while going out for dinners or evening parties. For me, one pump of this divine fragrance is enough to shine all night long. Unlike their body butter packaging, this lotion comes in a hygienic pump dispenser.


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FIJIAN WATER LOTUS BODY BUTTER 200ML  89AED 59AED

The beautiful ladies at Body Shop added a complementary Body butter to my extravagant purchase and I have to say this was a cherry on the cake for me. The overpowering aroma is perfect for winters and has a very cool & fresh traces in it.

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What are your favorite Body Shop staples? Things you always go back to or treat yourself to?

 *Disclaimer:  The product featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ‘The Body Shop; or any other company.

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.