I’ve been a peroxide blonde for nearly 3 years now, and pretty addicted to the color. The countdown is on for a recoloring session, but I’m dreading the backlash the chemical cocktails have on my hair. Bleaching strips my hair of natural hydration and gives my ends this hay-like dryness that is definitely never hitting the glam-squad charts any time soon.
I’ve invested heavily in leave-in hair serums and conditioning masks. Most seem to work, but only temporarily. And I find myself dousing my mane with conditioning promises and finishing off bottle-fulls by the week.
I had the pleasure of attending the Fall/Winter 2018 Sephora Middle East press launch last month, and got introduced to Briogeo; a natural hair-care range hailing from New York.
I may be a slacker in many other departments, but when it comes to my bedtime ritual of really cleansing my face, I adhere to it with the staunch religious piety of a newly converted nun.
I cannot fathom the thought of going to bed with even the lightest veil of makeup. Doing so is a cardinal skincare sin, and is akin to marinating your pores in makeup (and you have the after-effects to show when you wake up looking like you’ve had a rendezvous with The Grouch from Sesame Street).
Love organic beauty products? Make Neal’s Yard Remedies your one-stop shop. Apart from a gorgeous range of skin, hair care and essential oils of their own, their stores in the UAE also curate and stock interesting organic and natural beauty brands from across the globe.
I recently discovered NOAH, an Italian hair-care range that boasts of not having any chemical nasties like silicones, parabens, paraffin mineral oils, DEA and SLS.
Let’s face it, organic skincare is big business these days. Many new brands are coming out of the woodwork banking on keywords like ‘natural’, ‘organic ingredients’ and even ‘superfoods’. Our beauty shelves are exploding with options, but take a good, close look at the labels and you will still find many incomprehensible names on the ingredients list, and only a minute percentage of the key ingredients they boldly print on the front label.
I am a skincare addict. I proudly admit I bought into the ‘natural skincare’ bandwagon well before it was a trend, and have been studying ‘good for you’ skincare ingredients with so much an inquisitive gusto that I’ve been whipping up DIY Face Masks for as long as I can remember.
As much as I love my eggs sunny side up, I often smear uncooked eggs on my face. Gotta love DIY Beauty.
This super simple face mask really does deliver on an instant, dewy glowing complexion and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. And for those of you who fear the stench of raw eggs, the orange and honey really do manage to mask it up!
Rosehip Oil is a bit of a juxtaposition… the bare mention of ‘rose’ might conjure up an overbearingly floral, scented picture but in contrast you have an oil that smells of… well, an oil.
Rosehip Oil is far from rosy, and has a characteristically bright yellow color. Although the oil has been used for beauty since the era of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties, it was probably Australian beauty Miranda Kerr who brought it back to the limelight.
I was recently sent a large box of LUSH in the mail, and in it sat these adorably cute pots of brand new jelly masks.
I got introduced to the Origins skincare brand at the Sephora Fall 2017 event last month, and am so glad we now have this range available in our region. First off, this absolutely stunning natural skincare brand was conceptualized and created by William P. Lauder (grandson of the Estee Lauder beauty empire).
And secondly (and perhaps more importantly), despite the high quality and the luxury cosmetics association, the Origins skincare range is super affordable to boot!
I was given a tube of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, my very first product from this brand, and wanted to share my insights with you…
The very thought of oiling my hair has always been rather icky to me. Sure, I love a good hot oil massage, but hate the feeling of lukewarm oil on my scalp. Many hair oiling advocates even urge sleeping in with a head full of oil… the very thought of slick, stained pillows and greased up cheeks in the morning turns me off.
Yet my hair is crying out for some serious TLC. All that hair coloring has stripped it of its natural moisture, and a regular hair conditioner is just not cutting it.
Like a prayer answered, I was sent this bottle of WoMn Cosmetics Hair Moisturizer with Brahmi and Hibiscus Oil from my favorite local organic beauty brand Womn Cosmetics. But how am I to fit hair oiling sessions into my busy lifestyle? You have to keep the oil on your tresses for atleast 3 hours (and rookies do an all-nighter). I certainly can’t show up with a greasy, limp scalp at work, and this month is chockablock with post-work blogging events.
Do you have a similar dilemma to mine? If so, read on for some sneaky tricks on squeezing some much needed (oily) TLC for your tresses:
Last week I was sent this wee parcel, and got especially excited to see that it has been sent all the way from New Zealand. I felt a pang of homesickness as I haven’t been back in over a year.
New Zealand has to be the most pristine, naturally beautiful country in the world (but as a Kiwi myself, ofcourse I’m biased!). It is therefore very exciting to get introduced to Antipodes, a natural beauty brand based on organic ingredients derived from New Zealand.
Antipodes is a genuine ‘green beauty’ brand that is proudly conceptualized and created in New Zealand. Certified vegetarian, Antipodes is designed for eco-conscious world citizens. Click here for more information on the Antipodes brand ethos.