Vacation time…

So this is my little farewell post…as I am going on vacation for a couple of weeks to visit Palestine again..can’t help it! Totes fell on love there and fell in love with everything I saw…the people, the scents, the ambiance. It’s so relaxing despite what we see on TV.

I won’t deny I was a little scared to go…but my sister pushing me was definitely the best thing she ever did. I get a little anxious and home sick sometimes, so I find it necessary when I get that good ‘ol kick in the arse.

So here I am going for the second time and I will keep you with these 2 little glimpses of it…and will do a nicer photo-heavy blog post about what Palestine really is.

 

So arrivederci people of the internet!

 

Keep it real x

My summer scent

I adore every perfume Atelier Cologne put out, they all have a je ne sais quoi! They’re rich scents that last for days. They’re super decadent, opulent and every kind of luxurious out there…sadly they’re pricey and this is why I just like to smell them from far…well until I gave in 2 years ago and bought the Figuier Ardent for the Collection Azur from Atelier Cologne.

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It’s a unisex scent which definitely makes it the perfect summer scent. It’s my go to summer scent because of the beautiful fig notes in there. It’s zesty and just sharp, that’s the only way I can describe this. I bought this at Sephora for 130$ CAD and I still have loads of it left.

This is how it’s described on the website:

A completely unexpected experience inspired by ingredients from regions where water and sky become one, Figuier Ardent is a woody and floral fragrance with notes of fig leaf from Provence, bergamot from Calabria, and cedarwood from Virginia. The sumptuous floral opens to reveal a peppery heart reminiscent of dappled spring woods, magical and secret.

Now this might not last all day like my Marc Jacobs perfume, but it’s good enough for 8 hours ish. I feel sophisticated and carefree when I wear it. Makes me feel powerful and free-spirited (more that I already am).

They sell different sizes and even roller ball sizes and this might be perfect for those wanting to try something new without breaking the bank. I personally do not like the roller ball perfumes because I find the scent a little deceiving from the big format one..it’s as if it doesn’t smell the same. Anyway, that’s just me.

So that’s that…ttyl!

Cheers xx

 

 

Bananaaassss; delicious and nutritious!

I am not a super big banana eater but I love me some banana peels! Yes, banana peels!!! They’re super awesome to use for face masks. The peels have loads of benefits and are a great mask alternative for people who do not wish to buy anything or for anyone with skin sensitivities. Benefits in using banana peels include brightening the skin, reducing wrinkles, treating acne and even naturally moisturizing the skin.

Back when I had a major hormonal acne break out a couple of month ago, I used the peels to treat my face. For 2 weeks straight, I only cleansed my face and put on banana peel mask for half the day. Since bananas are natural, there is no harm leaving it on for a while, unless of course you’re allergic. Duh! I like to go about my day and do whatever I want to do but still have the mask on.  At the end of 2 weeks, my active acne started to calm and my scarring started to fade. So now whenever I have dryness and breakout problems, I opt to sleep with a banana peel mask on and then I wake up to amazing youthful glowing skin.

It is also really interesting to mix the banana peel with different ingredients that are also beneficial to your skin like lemon, avocado and more… My favorite mix is the following:

-Banana Peel.
-Raw honey.
-Turmeric powder.

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I love honey because it contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which prevents bacteria to linger on the skin and that can leIMG_8517.JPGad to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation. Often times when I will use honey to help my skin feel fresher and hydrated.

Now, turmeric powder on the face sounds a little scary. But trust me, your skin doesn’t turn yellow. If you buy organic turmeric that is not just a generic street buy, you won’t have a problem. Turmeric helps clear acne, reduces inflammation and oil secretion. This has been used loads in country like India. It’s like a bridal ritual to use turmeric masks all over the body to purify and detoxify it.

You can do whatever mix you want. The beauty of it is that you’re not spending loads of money on skincare that may be unsafe for you. You’re just investing in nature’s goodness and this is the best this you can do. Healthy, glowy, younger skin without the use of harsh chemicals.

Whenever I pop a natural mask on, I will try to share it, like that it could be helpful to you guys.

Have you tried natural masks and if so, which ones?

Until next time xx

Arabian Gypsy

This yellow skirt is the focal point of this outfit. I am not usually a yellow kinda girl because I find it makes me look weird. I much prefer mustard because it suits my skin tone better. Yellow is a little too bold and a little too out there, it’s like wearing neon orange, it scares me sometimes but I so envy the girls who can pull it off. Although there aren’t any rules when it comes to color and fashion, I sometimes (rarely) avoid taking risks.

I bought this skirt while thrifting with mum a couple of weeks ago but never got the chance to wear it until now. So I told myself that today is the perfect opportunity to be a lemon!!! Because why not?!

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Since the skirt I midi length and a little bit on the overly flowy side, I felt it was very fitting for me to wear it in a hippie/gypsy kinda way. But obviously add my own Arabic touch in it…and not forgetting a little bit of American flare. Can I just humbly add that I am in the with my skin at the moment ❤

Okay so here’s what I came up with:

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What I wore: 
-Thrifted denim shirt.
-Thrifted yellow skirt.
-Forever 21 floral kimono.
-Aldo sunglasses.
-Adidas trainers.

 

What do you guys think of this look?? Let me know in a comment below or hit like if it’s a yay!

 

Hasta luego xx

 

 

My go-to masks…

I’ve got about 99 masks I use, but 2 of my favorites are then ones I will talk about below. They don’t hurt my eczema-prone skin. Of course, I have always patch test with loads of products, since I sometimes ended up with burns..not fun when you have an event the next day this happens.

The reason why I take the time to always pamper y skin and take care of it is because I do not wear foundation and will not wear foundation because it is not really necessary to hide what we have. I understand makeup is a means of being artistic and expressing thyself. However, for me, I like to feel as natural as possible and let my skin breath. I’m a lipstick addict and that you’ll catch me wearing a ton…even on my teeth!

In order to have beautiful skin, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to get there. –I will write up a blog post soon about what I do to have healthy glowing skin- And masks for me are a ways to help maintaining healthier skin. These are the 2 masks I swear by:

1) Peter Thomas Roth-Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (72$ CAD)

Looking at how  much I spent on this mask makes me wants to gag. It’s expensive but trust me guys, this works wonders. I mean I would never spend money on just voidness. But this purchase is justifiable because it really works. It’s a potent mask that helps exfoliate the skin gently with pumpkin enzymes and AHA acids. It literally saves the skin when it’s revolting and starting up a war of zits and pimples (yes I am talking about that dreadful time of the month). I will have to say that at first this tingles for a minute or two but then it subsides. I usually leave it on for like 10-15 minutes then wash it off and my skin just looks healthy and less spotty. My skin looks smoother and radiant and the texture improves quite a lot. You have to be careful though using this, because it could irritate sensitive skin if left on for too too long. Don’t exfoliate before using this because this already does the job. Also, a little goes a long way, I have had this product for about 4 months now and I still have loads left.

2) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (18$ CAD)

You get so much product in this tub!!! For 18$ CAD you get 1 lb of product. And it lasts like forever. I have had this for almost a year and I haven’t even gotten to half the product. Basically, it’s powder that you can mix with water or apple cider vinegar, which then turns into clay. I prefer mixing it with apple cider vinegar because I feel it works better for me that way. It is recommended to apply for 10-15 minutes onto sensitive skin or 25 minutes to normal skin. I apply it and sometimes forget it’s there…even though can’t really forget it because it hardens. I usually like to bubble bath and have this on, like that with the heat vapors it stiffens less and I have an easier time removing it. This mask, no joke, removes every piece of gunk on your face, it deep cleans your pores that when you remove it, you’re seriously squeaky clean!!! Like baby bum shiny clean and smooth. I stay a little red after using it sometimes, but that’s because I leave a bit more than 15 mins and for sensitive skin, it is recommended not to.

 

If I had to choose between all my masks, these 2 definitely take the top prize. They give me results and they help keep my skin healthy and glowy.

If you’re looking into buying some potent masks that give instant results, I suggest you guys to look into these.

 

Hope this post helped!

Cheers x

The perfect summer dress!

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I found the perfect summer dress while thrifting with my sister a few days ago. This is so reminiscent of the 90s and those maxi dresses I would love to wear going to school. It’s like a cross between She’s all that  and Never Been Kissed. This dress totes reminds me of skipping class and sitting by the bleachers or going to the mall at lunch break. Carefree, innocent, youthful times….AHH, youth!!! “Nobody feels the youth pass, but everyone feels when it’s gone”. LOL! I am totes being dramatic. PS: that’s a famous Seneca quote. So, I wouldn’t want to go back to high school, not that my days were bad, they were actually really really really good, but I just prefer life now as an adult. I mean how can I live without paying bills and taxes, huh?!! Adulthood rocks!!!

Anyway, what I am saying is this dress is a beautiful little number that takes me way back to the carefree days (can’t you see how much I want to twirl in this?). This is such a versatile piece because it can be worn in some many different ways and this is exactly why I love it. It’s so girly, delicate, summery, feminine, sexy and just so so unique. PPS: it cost me only 14$CAD…such a bargain and plus I shopped green…so it’s a win win win win situation and everyone is happy. Also, what I like about shopping at that particular thrift store is that some of the proceeds of the sales go to help Montreal’s Diabetes Center.

So without further ado, here’s how I decided to wear this baby…

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What I wore:
-Thrifted Sunflower dress
-Shelly’s London straw shoes.
-Gap acid wash denim jacket.
-Betsey Johnson sunglasses.
-Kate Spade heart-shaped bag.

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So let me know what you guys think of this outfit in a comment below!

Have a wonderful sunny day xx

 

 

 

Arabian Princess…

So today is Eid for us Muslims, as I am sure most of you know. It is specifically Eid Al-Fitr (which means the Eating Festival/holiday). This is a celebration we do after fasting the month of Ramadan. What is Ramadan? I will just give you a little explanation before sharing what I wore today.

Okay so, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims everywhere around the world where we fast on a daily basis from dawn to sunset and no we do not fast for 30 days straight. It’s from dawn to sunset daily. Ramadan is a pillar in the five pillars of Islam. Not to make this too long and for those who are curious, Ramadan is a period for us to redirect our heart away from worldly activities. It is the opportunity for us cleanse our soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice (be selfless), and empathy for those who are less fortunate. This holy month encourages us to undertake actions of generosity and charity.

After Ramadan we celebrate by visiting our families, friends, offering money to those in need. Giving gifts to little ones and money all around. We buy new clothes and have fun with the people closest to us. So, since I was raised in Canada and we’re far away from our big family, we celebrate with our friends and just sit and enjoy each other’s company.

Since I didn’t really do much shopping for this event, like every other year. I pulled something out from my closet I bought last summer from Palestine but never ended up wearing it.

It’s a beautiful handcrafted long jacket that worked on by local in the town of Jericho in the West Bank. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. With Arabic calligraphy and crochet detailing, this is definitely a collectible piece for me. Even though it’s heavy and the workmanship is intricate and detailed, it’s a very delicate piece.

Here’s the look:

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What I wore: 
-Long embroidered vest from Jericho, Palestine
-Forever 21 black bodysuit.
-Skinny Tommy Hilfiger jeans.
-Zara red shoes.
-Simmons sunglasses.

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I sincerely cannot staring at this beauty!!! This piece makes me want to dress like a Sheikh’s wife for life. So luxurious and exquisite ❤

So that’s it for now!

Until next time,

 

Cheers x