Category Archives: skincare

🍃Shopaholic DIY : Homemade Face Mask 🍃

Hello Loves❣️
🍃Welcome to another shopaholic DIY. Today I’m going to show you guys how to make your very own brightening face mask. This mask is quick and easy and works to soothe your skin while subtly lightening your skin tone ✨. Plus it’s free from chemicals and preservatives. So let’s get started✨

🍃You will need:Rose petal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.🍃This mask has a mild exfoliating effect so you can use it daily if you prefer. Rose 🌹petal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Licorice root powder helps to fade blemishes and dark spots. While Orange🍊 peel powder contains nutrients that help brighten the skin and fade away acne marks and discoloration. 

🍃Rose water and aloe gel will leave your skin soft , hydrated and ✨glowing. I personally find it perfect for using after you come in from the heat. If you refrigerate the rose water and aloe gel it will feel deliciously cool against your skin ❄️.

🍃Do try this mask out for yourself all ingredients can be found at Amazon or your local health food store. Let me know how you are liking this DIY series I would love to hear you comments 😘. 

Until next time loves xoxo 💋

Shopaholic Remedies:  Get Rid of Pimples Super Fast!

Hello Loves! 

🌱Today I’m going to share with you guys my remedy for getting rid of the annoying, unwanted skin peeve we all end up facing :  “pimples” 😖. You know the ones i’m talking about : the red, inflamed, painful sometimes filled with icky 😷white bacteria that appear out of nowhere smack in the middle of your face😱. Right before an important event when you are all set to look like a diva👑. 

🌱We’ve all been there 😖…. I for one feel like the moment I get a pimple on my face everything else about me becomes oblivious and the only thing people around me can focus on is that one abnormal growth on me😖. 

🌱No matter how many tricks or home remedies I tried nothing would work read (toothpaste, tea tree oil, mouthwash, ice even garlic 😷). I would have to simply wait for the monstrosity to grow, take its time and sit on my face making me miserable for days. If I tried popping it or squeezing it I would be left with angry looking scars that would take months to fade. 

🌱So coming to the remedy , about two days ago I was sitting watching useless videos about DIY fails on YouTube. When I felt out of nowhere something painful above my lip. Puzzled I went into the bathroom to take a look in the mirror and to my horror I saw a red, inflamed bump starting to form on the left side of my lips 😱. Now the next day I had to be somewhere important and sporting an angry looking pimple, disguised with concealer was not the way I wanted to be. 😡

Which brings us to the remedy, I tried this the night before and the morning after as well and continued till I felt the bump recede and then vanish✨. I was thrilled honestly this was the first time ever that I had been able to prevent a pimple from forming on my face🎉. So let’s get down to the details ✨the products I used were: 

🌱Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey 🍯 Glyolic Mask,

🌱Alba Botanica Deep Clean Astringent

🌱Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Clarifying Blemish Gel.

🌱Start by applying the glyolic mask, making sure it covers the blemish. 🌱Let dry about 10 mins the mask will sting a bit depending on your skin type. The glyolic mask contains pumpkin enzymes and manuka honey 🍯 that slough off dead skin cells and impurities. Wash off and follow with the astringent toner. 🌱The toner consists of salicylic acid that prevents breakouts. Finally apply the blemish gel with extracts of tea tree and witch hazel helps heal existing pimples and prevents new ones from forming. 🌱So there you have it guys my tried and tested remedy for getting rid of pimples fast⚡️. How do you guys deal with breakouts? Share your remedies/tips with me right here 😘

Until next time xoxo💋.

Shopaholic DIY : Rose 🌹 scented face and body cream 🌹

Hello Loves!

Welcome to another DIY post 😘. Since I had so much fun making my own DIY lip balm I decided to give face and body creams a try ✨ Making your own creams and butters can appear a bit daunting at first but if you use a few pure, ingredients it really is very simple. Just remember this one ☝️ cardinal rule : ‼️Anytime you add water, extracts, gels or tinctures to an oil/butter mix you will need to add preservatives‼️

Meaning as long as your cream/butter mixture contains oils, essential oils and butters you can use them without refrigeration or the need for any preservatives. However since water 💦 creates an environment for mold and bacteria you will need a preservative or your cream/lotion/butter will develop mold and go rancid even if you refrigerate it.  Also please note that vitamin E 🚫oil is not a preservative and will not prevent mold from forming you will need a chemical preservative.

Ok now that we have all the ominous⚠️ stuff out of the way let’s get started with our DIY✨

You will need :

🌱3/4 cup Shea butter
🌱3/4 cup cocoa butter 

(Make sure you use the raw , unrefined version, you can easily find these and all the other ingredients used in this recipe at Amazon or your local organic store).

🌱1/2 tsp 🐝beeswax pastilles or 2 tsp arrow root powder. 

( Beeswax binds the oils and butters together, while arrowroot gives the cream a slightly matte feel which I find perfect for the summer when you don’t want a greasy after feel from your cream especially if you are planning to use it on your face. If using the arrowroot omit the beeswax if you use both you will end up with a somewhat firmer texture to your cream. If you want a lighter texture just use the arrowroot powder).

🌱1 tbsp each of avocado 🥑 oil , jojoba oil  and almond oil.

🌱1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil 

🌱1/2 tsp of neem oil ( Neem oil is a great anti inflammatory oil and helps prevent breakouts. However it has a very strong, bordering on stinky odour so if you find you cannot😷 stand the smell use tea tree oil instead).

🌱30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (I chose Rose 🌹 Geranium oil).

🌱Start by sterilizing your equipment, I wiped down my utensils with alcohol 🍺 swabs and air dried them. 

🌱Next heat up your shea and cocoa butter along with the beeswax ( if you are adding it) in a heat proof container placed over a pan of simmering water. 🌱Stir together until the butters are melted through. 

🌱Cover with plastic wrap and place container in the freezer for 10 ⏱mins to cool down and thicken slightly. 🌱This is what your mixture will look like after about 10 mins slightly thick but not frozen. At this point add in the oils, the arrowroot powder (if using) and start whisking with your electric mixer you can also use a stand mixer if you have one and make your task less labour intensive 😘.

🌱After about 10 mins your mixture will start to resemble a thick whipped cream 😱😍. 🌱Add in your essential oil and continue to whip or mix until the cream thickens and sticks to the whisks. 🌱And voila✨ your homemade cream is ready!🎉 All that’s left now is to transfer it your storage container and it’s ready to use 😍. Make sure you sterilize and dry your storage containers ‼️remember water breeds mold ‼️. The cream will keep easily for several months at 25 🌡degrees C (that’s the temperature indoors here) if it’s hot where you live keep it in the refrigerator ❄️. 🌱This cream is buttery soft, melts on contact with your skin and is non greasy thanks to the arrowroot powder. The geranium oil adds a lovely floral scent 💐. It’s very concentrated so a little will go a long way. Plus the best part is it is all natural and contains zero chemicals✨.

🌱Do try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you 😘

Until next time loves xoxo💋!

 👃🏻Shopaholic Reviews: Beauty Formulas Pore Strips👃🏻

Hello Loves! ☀️

☀️Today was the official start of summer here in Dubai 😭. Of all the seasons summer is the one I detest the most no offense to anyone. 😘 

☀️I hate the heat doing a double attack on my person, beating down relentlessly on my head and rising from the ground in suffocating waves. 😖 Summer here is no laughing matter and it takes a toll on your skin and hair as well. Which is why come summer I have to give my skincare regime a complete overhaul.

☀️One of the major issues with my skin as a result of the heat and humidity is clogged pores. After trying countless products I have finally found one that lives up to its claims. ☀️Yes the humble pore strip 😋. Don’t turn your nose up just yet✋🏻. I know most pore strips are simply : put crapola in a fancy box. They either don’t stick properly despite going over them repeatedly with a paint roller dipped in super glue 😒. Or they adhere so bad that you fear your skin coming off along with the strip 😱 And your pores remain clogged 😫.

☀️The Beauty Formulas strips promise you cleaner, less noticeable pores minus the torture of a skin peel.☀️They come in a pack of six and are partially precut to adhere to your skin with just water 💦. Goodbye crazy glue 👋🏻 Just wash your face, dampen the skin, peel the strip, press firmly to ensure no air bubbles are left and leave till stiff 10-15 mins. Then peel off and voila! ✨ Smooth, bump free skin, smaller pores and one heck of a satisfyingly nasty strip. 😝☀️I usually follow with quick exfoliation with a scrub and use a toner or a mask and that’s it! Pores be gone! This strip pulls out blackheads and whiteheads. Just be careful though and don’t use it if you have active or painful acne or any skin condition. 😘 I give this product 5/5!✨

☀️So that was part of my regimen for summer skin. How do you guys take care of your skin in the summer and what are some of your skin peeves? 

☀️Let me know here! 

Until next time 💋!

🎭Shopaholic Reviews : Sheet Masks 🎭 

🎭Hello Loves!

🎭So the weather here has started to warm up already 😭 which means it’s time to start investing in a summer skincare regime.

🎭I’ve been hearing a lot of rave reviews about sheer masks lately so I thought about giving them a try. I picked up this sheet mask from Boots at 25 aed. 


🎭As per instructions you are supposed to leave it on your face for 10-15 mins for the ultimate spa experience at a fraction of the cost 💸. The mask is a standard size which meant it was too large for my petite face 😋. It comes pre cut with openings for the eyes and mouth and contains the moisturizing and hydrating mixture and also made me look like a knife wielding murderer 🔪.Nope I’m not uploading that picture here 😋. 🎭Despite being at room temperature the mask felt very cold and to be honest slimy 😱. I didn’t enjoy the feel of it on my face at all 😮 honestly I couldn’t wait to take it off 😕. Afterwards my skin did feel soft and a bit sticky I had to wash my face and apply my regular moisturizer. ☹️

🎭So at least it wasn’t a total loss, I got to experience the latest beauty rage and realize it was not for me at all 😒 and I didn’t end up breaking the bank. 

🎭Have you guys tried sheet masks ? What was your experience like? Which brands would you recommend I try?

Let me know in the comments 😘

Until next time 💕

✨Shopaholics Sporadic Shopping Spree✨

Hello 💞guys,

Today’s post is completely unplanned. I was at the mall ( big surprise there 😉). No I had to visit my cell phone provider and that’s it I swear. Halfway through the mall Mother Nature 🌹decided to make a visit 😱. Yes I know TMI but bear with me it will make sense. To be honest I had been expecting her for a while but if she would just bloody make up her mind and show up on time for once we wouldn’t be having this conversation. 😡

So once I felt the warning signs I rummaged through my bag for my emergency 🚨 stash. Yes I always have the essentials since the visits have been sporadic for awhile now. However as 🍀luck would have it I was totally out. Which brings us to the “sporadic shopping spree” bit. I nipped into the nearest boots, which thankfully was deserted given, it was 1:30 on a weekday and no annoying sales people! 😱 I swear if anyone had approached me with the intention of pestering me to buy the latest anti aging on special I would have snapped 🔥.

I just wanted to pickup what I needed along with some non essentials to camouflage incase the cashier was a guy (yes I’m very paranoid in this regard 😥) and rush off to the nearest ladies room. 

I ended up buying what I needed, I got the Lillets,  point blank because the packaging was adorable 💗 I mean who wouldn’t want to buy that seriously 💕. Along with, drumroll 🥁:

✨A sheet mask.(They are trending in skincare and I wanted to know what exactly is so amazing about them).

✨A Mustela baby bar🍼& baby wash.  I love mustela products, ever since I became an aunt and I sneaked baby meemo’s baby wash 😋. I love the fragrance and how they aren’t harsh or drying to the skin.

✨And finally the Beauty Formula, face wipes. I’ve used their pore strips before and they worked amazingly well so I decided to see if these would work just as well. 

Then since I was near a Starbucks and quiet frankly worn out from stress and cramps I treated myself to the ultimate comfort food outside of home. A white chocolate caramel mocha 🍫☕️. 

So there you have it guys my unplanned mini shopping spree rant.  Hope you enjoyed that and do share your shopping stories with me I would love to hear them 😘.

Much love xoxo💋

✨Shopaholic Reviews : Maybelline Lasting 24 Hour Gel Eyeliner✨

Hey Everybody! 💞

Your fav shopaholic here with a short and sweet product review. If you have been following my Instagram which you totally should btw 😉 since you will catch all of my awesome updates there ✨. You might have noticed a sneak peak of this product there 🎉. As I have mentioned in countless posts before liner is my go to makeup item and one that I can make look half way decent on myself 😇

I have gone through a fair share of eyeliners over the years pencils, powder and gels. However I always am on the lookout for something that will make applying liner a breeze and give me somewhat symmetrical looking eyes😒.

I’ve honestly found over the years that a high price tag doesn’t equal superior quality or better results. So I do like to try out drugstore brands quiet often even though they do have the problem of not allowing you to try the product in store before buying. ☹️

So usually with drugstore brands it’s hit or miss. For this product I was a little wary to being with since I couldn’t try it but I figured I always do need liner and as long as it didn’t give a horrible rash it was worth a try. 😵

So here’s presenting the✨ Maybelline Lasting 24 hour Gel Liner✨.I chose the color black that’s it no fancy names here. The packaging is pretty basic: a tiny glass pot with a aluminum lid accompanied by a dual ended brush.😕Onto the product, the liner has a creamy texture and goes on smoothly. 

The color is  rich and intense and even though looking at the brush I was initially doubtful at being able to line my eyes it surprisingly did a pretty good job. Either that or my hand was extra steady today 😜. 

That being said taking it off was pretty difficult I used a makeup wipe and I had to really go after it to get it completely off. Now normally that would mean good news since it reads long wearability to me. However I haven’t tried this liner in the dead of summer here and that is when most makeup items fail the long wear test miserably.

So for the time being I give this product a 4/5. If any of you have used this do comment below and let me know how you liked it. 

Until next time my loves 

Xoxo 💋!