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Hola Amigos🥺 Hope all of you are safe & sound in your homes 🏡The last few weeks have been incredibly difficult and life changing for all of us around the world🌏And unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a foreseeable end to this pandemic. It took me all of two weeks to try and get used to this new and restrictive routine and finally after a miniature meltdown I resigned myself to the fact that this is the way things are going to be for a couple of weeks if not months going forward. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone may we all come out of this stronger, more resilient and as better human beings❣️#withme #coronavid19 #quarantinelife #quarantinediaries #karachibeautybloggers #pakistanibeautyblogger #dubaibeautyblogger #dubaidiaries #dubailife #cleanbeautyblogger
Today on super short product reviews we will be moving away from skincare & beauty products and shining the spotlight on hair care.
Now usually I review one brand at a time but today I wanted to do an episode devoted entirely to my hair routine.
A little bit of info about my hair: I have thick, long, color treated hair that because of the coloring and the harsh water & humidity here has become very dry and prone to split ends and occasional frizz.
I have tried countless natural shampoos, shampoo bars and conditioners and have found some to be totally awesome while others to be totally awful. You can check my Instagram for the winning and the failing brands.
Ok so the brand(s) in focus today are: Innersense & Jordan Seban.
I chose the color awakening shampoo, conditioner and the sweet spirit leave in conditioner.
From Jordan Seban I chose the the LeBaume leave in conditioner.
Both brands use all natural, organic ingredients and are free from all the usual chemicals: sls, pthalates, silicones.
The Innersense shampoo and conditioner are priced at $28 & $30, the leave in conditioner is $26 all are 10oz.
The Jordan Seban leave in conditioner is $38 for 4oz.
Ok not that we have the specs out of the way let me start with my experience with each of them. The color awakening bath is used like a regular shampoo, not ginormous suds like sulphate shampoos bit good enough that I felt like my hair and scalp were clean. The conditioner is used like conventional conditioners you apply leave for 2 mins and rinse clean.
I did feel that my hair was not totally tangle free with just the conditioner and I had to use the sweet spirit leave in conditioner for me to able to comb my hair after. ( I just used a few pumps and rubbed it through the length of my hair)
Once it was dry though my hair did feel softer, with almost no frizz.
So overall I do like this trio. However I found the conditioner a bit of a let down. Usually when I use a conditioner bar i can detangle my hair pretty easily without the need for a third product which wasn’t the case here.
Also if you occasionally use hair oil, then this shampoo will not be able to wash out the oil, based on the lather it produces.
Ok moving on to the Jordan Seban leave in. I primarily bought that to prep and protect my hair before I use use heat styling and also to further prevent frizz. It’s going to be summer soon and we have 90% humidity in the summer so frizz and fly always are a major problem.
The balm is like a thick gel, and you need only a dime sized amount, I usually use it when my hair is pretty damp right after a shower and then I let it either air dry or use a hair dryer.
When I used the Jordan Seban in conjunction with the inner sense trio I found my hair was, softer, tangle and frizz free and almost straight and this was when it was air dried.
So overall I’m pretty happy with these 4 products and I will definitely be repurchasing the leave in conditioners by both brands. The shampoo and conditioner by Innersense, I’m not sure about just because I regularly oil my hair and I don’t want to purchase a separate shampoo just for those days.
Have you guys tried these brands? What was your experience like?
🍃Let’s talk about the eye area today. I have been through countless eye creams serums and oils from super expensive to drugstore affordable brands all claiming to lift, tighten, brighten and hydrate the delicate eye area and almost all being totally disappointing.
🍃Therefore it’s no wonder I’m extremely skeptical when I see yet another product claiming to be the miracle cure for all the problems in the eye area. So when I read the rave reviews about the @Earthwisebeauty Passion eye serum I was part skeptical part hopeful. Before I start reviewing the product though let me list for you my own problems with my eyes and the solutions I expect a product to provide:
I have dark circles
And my eye area is super dry plus I hate it when eye products migrate into the eye and as I result I get itchy, irritated 😭eyes and blurry vision.
🍃Ok now let’s start with the product:
The passion eye serum comes in a 15 ml bottle and retails for $85💸 which i know is a bit of a sticker shock but it lasts forever because you really only need a drop for both eyes. I’ve been using mine for the last 3 months and I still have more than half still left.
Let’s move on to the ingredients: there are a lot of ingredients so I’m only going to list the most significant ones here:
🍃Seabuckthorn (for firmness), green coffee oil ( to treat dark circles & puffiness), Amaranth ( high in Squalene for lines & wrinkles).
Ok now lets move on to the texture: it’s a deep, gold colored oil, which instantly hydrates, is non sticky, non irritating and won’t migrate into your eyes. Its very fast absorbing provided you only use a small amount: 1 drop 💧is more than enough for both eyes.
In terms of results: I found it to be very moisturizing for my dry under eye area, in terms of dark circles: honestly I didn’t find a visible difference there. For my fine lines I feel like there has been a slight improvement the skin under the eyes does appear less crepey.
Overall I’m happy with the product. Will I repurchase depends on if I can find something that can do all of the above and lighten my dark circles because that’s the one concern I found this product couldn’t alleviate.
And that’s a wrap on this review guys! As always don’t forget to like and follow and share with me if have tried you the passion eye serum. What was your experience like?
🍃Let’s talk concealer👁. As you know I am constantly on the search for a clean, long wearing, non creasing concealer and for a while I was very happy with my Han concealer in the shade medium dark. But after a few months the concealer started feeling heavy on my skin and it was also creasing and settling into the fine lines around my eyes. That meant it was time for a new concealer which is easier said than done because if you are like me and your only option is to shop online for clean cosmetics. Then be prepared for a lot of failed attempts and wasted product and money 💸before you end up with the perfect match. Which brings us to today’s product review the @erinsfaces concealer.
🍃The product is made of only clean, green and vegan ingredients 🍃is buildable and covers beautifully and there is minimal creasing plus it’s very long lasting. Given that I have only worn it during cool weather and it’s true test will come in the grueling, sweaty summers of Dubai when everything melts off your face 🌤🔥. But I will update on the summer wearability later on in the year. In terms of color matching the pictures on the website do not accurately represent the shades. I bought the oak shade based off the color card on the website and it turned out to be too light for me. 🍃The oak in my experience is for people who are light medium in complexion. If you are of Pakistani, Indian complexion then your best and true match will be the cedar which looks orange on the website but is actually a medium dark shade. 🍃In the second picture you can see both shades side by side for a better comparison.
🍃You can also view a Video review of the concealer by clicking on the link. ⤴️
🍃In terms of packaging it comes in a glass bottle so totally ♻️. It retails at $25 for 8 ml which is a fair price. My only peeve is that the shipping is $8 😳which I find too much given that sometimes I only want to buy one product from their site and they never have free shipping ☹️Repurchase : 👍🏼 Recommend: 👍🏼
☀️And it’s finally Friday! 🥳Normally during summer vacations the entire week is one big weekend. But somehow no other day but Friday actually feels like the weekend. Back to the photo: if you think I’m displaying signs of sleepiness you are actually right.
☀️This is a pre breakfast 🍳🍞most importantly pre ☕️coffee/chai picture. And regardless of how many showers🚿 I take or how much makeup I put on or how slick my hair is if I haven’t had my breakfast I will continue to look like I’ve just rolled out of bed🛏😴.
☀️On a different note I decided to try the color pink on for a change. Pink is also one of those colors I would normally avoid wearing mostly because I felt the color didn’t suit me 😳. Back to the outfit I’m wearing a hand block printed( a fabric printing technique from India that requires artisans to carve blocks of wood into intricate patterns then dip those blocks into vegetable dyes and transfer the print onto fabric in this case pure cotton). The pants are flowy, cotton palazzos which are perfect for this weather and I’m wearing my favorite style of flats the jutti/khussa in white with gold and silver hand embroidery 🥰. Cost of each piece between $25-$30 bringing the total again to under $100 for the entire look.
☀️A little BTS 🎬info: the heat was actually quiet bearable which was probably due to the fact it was only 10 am at the time and the sun wasn’t in its full blistering 🔥glory till then. So before that happens I’m off to enjoy the day and all of you have a happy friday😘
☀️Hey Fellow Bloggers!
☀️Hope you are having a fabulous summer. Today I bring you part 2 of my summer style series.
☀️I love mixing up pieces from my wardrobe. It instantly gives a new look to a previously worn piece and is a great way to put your own spin on a look.
☀️This particular dress is my favorite because it combines my two favorite style the desi angharka with a full length maxi and it’s pure hand made cotton so it’s not only super figure flattering it’s perfect for the scorching summers 🥵at hand.
☀️To add some western flare to this otherwise eastern look I slipped on my sleeveless denim jacket which adds all the style without the bulk. You can pair this look with sneakers for casual comfort on the go or slip on sandals or go total desi with khussas(juttis). So here is the total look as promised in the previous post. How are you styling your summers☀️?
☕️Chai has become one of my favorite drinks ever since I became a proper adult has been a properly brewed cup of chai also known as karak and how my family calls it doodh patti ( tea leaves brewed in full cream milk 😋).
☕️Away from home there are very few places that do chai correctly either it’s too bitter😖, too 💧watery, too overdone with spices till it tastes like a herbal🍃 cough infusion 😳or just plain bland. Cupaghawa is one of those very few places that manages to get it right every time and if you pair it with one of their amazing milk cakes the result is deliciousness 🤪.
☕️So here is to chai fans everywhere hope your next ☕️cup is just as delicious 😋p.s (this is not a sponsored post I genuinely enjoy the chai and the desserts here 😋).
☕️P.P.S How do you guys like your chai? Share some of your favorite chai recipes (yes there is such a thing 😉) with me 😘