I’m all for the latest trends and the talk of the town, but the joy in discovering products that changed your life and are SO underrated is overwhelming! I’m not going to ramble too much & so I’m just gonna get straight into it:
1. Sephora cream lip stains
These are the most beautiful, creamy, non-drying mattes I have ever used! I’ve used a range of liquid lipsticks from Colourpop, NYX, Kylie cosmetics to Kat Von D and much much more, but these somehow seem to be my go-to lipsticks 99% of the time. These lip stains are so creamy on your lips which make them feel so light and weightless & since they aren’t drying, you don’t expose every chaffed bit of your lips as some other lipsticks do! Although they are a bit steep for Sephora’s brand at AED 75 dirhams, I promise they’re worth every cent of your money! I’m not one to splurge on a product if there’s a perfectly equivalent dupe for a much cheaper price but I haven’t come across anything which has a formula even similar to this. I’m actually still in awe that these don’t have more hype to them.
2. Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner
This is my holy grail! The texture that follows once you’ve used this conditioner instantly after you’ve washed it out (and straight after your first use btw!) is insane. This conditioner leaves my hair soft as baby’s butt and smelling like bubblegum! If I’m being a 100% honest I don’t really pay attention to the ingredients of my products all too much and just sort of rely on the results to tell me how good it is. But for those of you that do care: the conditioner is infused with hydrolyzed keratin which helps in reducing frizz and blocking humidity. This is sure to revitalize any type of hair! I’m not sure about the pricing or where you can find it because I got mine in a box subscription but I’m almost positive that it isn’t exorbitantly priced.
3. Vatika hair mayonnaise
I’m quite specific with the brands I use and tend to only use reputable brands, be it high end or drugstore. I don’t experiment very much out of my comfort zone, and although I haven’t used any of Vatika’s other products (though I hear their hair oils are great), this hair mayonnaise is quite the catch. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment that is used to condition your hair naturally! It contains good ol’ egg protein, honey, olive oil, castor and more! It basically comprises everything our mothers have been pestering us to put in our hair for a ‘natural’ treatment all in one mask that’s ready and available at our fingertips! I don’t know about any of you, but I was always too lazy to make myself a mix of all those but now this hair mayonnaise makes things so much more convenient. The hair mayonnaise can be found at any of your local supermarket chains at quite a reasonable price. its definitely worth a look.
4. Indian Aztec Healing Clay
This has quite the hype already although personally I wasn’t convinced and was in fact not too bothered about whether I got my hands on it or not. After a nudge from a friend, I did purchase it and I’m quite glad I did. The biggest plus that I find is the fact that a little goes a LONG way. The tub says it could give you 10-15 facials but I assure you there’s a lot more than that. I’ve had this for somewhere between 3-6 months and my tub looks like its brand new even though I’ve been using it at least every other week! It can be used with either water or apple cider vinegar, although I prefer the latter because I’d just like it to be as effective as possible. It does cause slight redness once the mask is washed off but its nothing that’s permanent or long lasting and usually disappears within 15 minutes to 30 minutes tops. If you have acne prone/oily skin, you could also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your mixture and if you have normal/dry skin you could simply add a little bit of rose water! Alternatively, you could also mix aloe vera into your mixture to give your skin a cooling effect and to feel more refreshed! Although I haven’t noticed a very noticeable change with my acne (perhaps I wasn’t paying much attention), I have immediately felt that my skin felt a lot more soft, clean and breathable. it definitely lifts and cleans all the dirt from your skin and pores. it is officially the only mask I religiously use and swear by!
p.s – you can snag this off souq.com!
5. Ginkolium lip balm
I barely drink water and in turn, that affects my skin and no matter what I do there’s no ultimate fix for it besides drinking more water but I’ve been trying to find the next best thing, something to speed up/aid the process! I’ve gone through loads of lip balms from every brand possible: Maybelline, Eos, boots, the body shop and the list doesn’t cease to end! A friend recommended this and after trying it, I won’t lie, I wasn’t convinced at first. I thought it was just like any other lip balm and it didn’t really do much good. However, I’ve noticed my lips are in a much better condition. this lip balm repairs dry, chapped lips and leaves them plump, hydrated and healthy looking. I don’t need to use a lip balm that often and even if I don’t use it for weeks on end, my lips will still be okay and not require constant care and attention as they would before. A lip scrub once in a while and this lip balm does wonders and leaves you sorted for life! Check out boots to grab yours!
6. Garnier micellar cleansing water
I completely forgot to add this to the list until my mother reminded me! This drugstore cleansing water is probably one of my best investments ever. It’s basically quite the dupe for Bioderma and is probably less than half the price! It lifts off all the makeup off of your skin, including waterproof makeup & doesn’t require you to wash your face after. It is incredibly gentle on your skin, doesn’t require too much rubbing & works great on sensitive skin as well. If you’re splurging on makeup removers, you need to stop and buy yourself one of these! It is an absolute lifesaver! You can grab this from most/any supermarket chain 🙂
7. Inglot breathable (halal) nail polishes
For as long as I can remember not being able to put on nail polish always bummed me out and if I ever did have some on my mum would quickly ask me to take it off before I pray or ask if I was done praying for the day. Being quite the girly girl, this used to bum me out more than you’d expect! So you best believe when Inglot came out with the concept of halal nail polishes, I was thrilled! This is a must-have product for every Muslim girl that loves nail polish. They come in a wide range of colours and some are even matte! I’ve already got myself 4 and I can’t wait to stock up on more. Check out your nearest Inglot store or their online website to see the different shades!
I’m still discovering more products as I explore and if you know of any hidden gems, shoot me a message or drop a comment! I’d love to try them out 🙂