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Beauty Skin

My 2 holy grails <3

If I was stranded on an island and I could only bring 2 things with me, it would be these 2 babies. So in love with them because they offer me endless and unconditional love and hydration, hello!!! This is why I love them and will continue to repurchase them…unless I find something better (I kinda doubt that).

Product #1
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The first product I cannot live without is Avene’s Cicalfate Repair Cream. This little metal tube of white thick emollient is ready to rescue skin from any mishap. Slight burns, dry spots, over exfoliated skin, hair removal sores…the bunch.

This potent cream has anti-bacterial agents that encourage healing, which is amazing to protect irritated skin. It is also perfect for sensitive skin because it is fragrance and paraben free. Its combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation. Let me tell you that it is super super soothing to those who have fragile skin.

It was recommended to me by the allergist after going through endless creams to help protect and sooth my irritated, allergic skin (especially my eyelids..thank you contact dermatitis :(..blah!). Now, I cannot live without this baby, especially when I have bad eczema outbreaks. Thankfully this hydrates my skin without causing further damage or breakouts.

The CICALFATE CREAM is formulated for dry irritations in adults, children, and infants. It can be applied on skin or parts such as the lip (I have used it a few times as lip balm) or nostril (especially when you have a cold). This tube was about 20-30$ at the pharmacy and it lasts for a long time because a little goes a long way. This price is really not bad for a skin savior (superman in a metal tube)….

Product #2
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This little tube is magical and wonderful and just all over fabulous. Bite’s agave lip mask is the answer to your chapped, irritated lips. When going on long flights, going through the super rough cold weather or simply licking your lips way too many times a day; this mask is honestly the best thing you will ever try to combat dryness. I usually put this at night before going to bed and sleep with it. Then the next morning I wake up with super soft, subtle lips. Or sometimes, when I really really need it, I will put a very thin layer in the morning. This is a very thick mask, so when you put it in the morning, you have to be careful, because sometimes it causes you to have a white film on your lips.

Basically this tube is like the perfect friend that is always there for you when you need it most. And a little goes a long way. This tube lasts forever and costs 30$ at Sephora.

 

So, if you were stranded on an island, hypothetically speaking, what would you want to have with you?

Until next time!

Cheers xo

 

 

 

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Beauty

My dermapen experience!

So I have been in dire need of a facial..but one that would help reduce my scars (after a severe allergic breakout/naughty phase). I also needed a facial to give me luminosity but in a kind and gentle way. Since my skin is now super sensitive and I suffer from contact dermatitis, I have to be really careful with what I do with my face. This is when Linda came to the rescue! She is a wonderful esthetician and a great friend. I started doing hair laser removal with her and that’s when she noticed my skin getting from good to bad to worst. She suggested I take care of my skin with cleansers and gels, but also suggested I start needling (a.k.a dermapen treatment).

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Linda’s info if you are in the Montreal/Laval region. You can follow her on facebook or instagram @megalash

I was super curious to know what this was all about. When she explained and showed it to me, I kinda really panicked. The thought of having needles stab my face constantly for about an hour was not so promising nor exciting! I was totally against the idea but when my face was becoming really bad, I couldn’t help but think…what’s the worst thing that could happen?!

That’s when I booked an appointment and went for it. For those who are unaware of what dermapen is…here’s a tiny summary:
Needling is a technology that uses multiple needles (a disposable head) that vertically pierces the skin with a vibration function. This lightly punctures the skin (sounds painfullllll!!!) while moving across the skin’s surface and thus stimulates natural collagen reproduction. Along with other different benefits, this process helps and increases the absorption of active ingredients into the skin. So basically the dermapen technology creates stimulated repair and faster resurfacing results without any major downtime. There are different levels to the needle penetration depending on pain tolerance. You can also prep the skin with numbing cream. I usually go in there without any numbing cream..I mean it hurts but it’s tolerable (for me anyway).


This is what my face looked a few weeks before my treatments and so far I have had 3-4 treatments a few weeks apart:

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This is the only photo I found that actually showed my scars on my cheek and some minor breakouts on my forehead. (PS: This photo is not retouched)

I took pictures right before the session, during and right after…here they are:

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This is before I got anything done and after 2 sessions and my continuous use of my Skinceuticals’ range.

 

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After cleansing, a layer of collagen is slathered on the face to help the pen glide better and help boost the skin’s healing process. (obviously I’m excited…NOT!)
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Disgusting I know and not nearly as glamorous as Kim Kardashian’s vampire facelift. But this is what it looks like during the dermapen treatment.
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Right after wiping the blood of and hydrating the skin. It looks red and irritated but it calms down after a few minutes…promise!

Want to know what it feels like right after needling?!?!  Well, it felt like I had a bad sunburn. It felt tight and I looked red. But it wasn’t bad at all. Afterwards, you can’t wear makeup for at least 24 hours and should be gentle to your skin for several days after the treatment.

**PS: Each session costs between 100-150$ depending on your esthetician.**

To sum it all up, this is what dermapen helps you with:

-Refining pores
-Reducing scars
-Collagen induction
-Firming skin
-Reducing fine line
-Even helps reduce stretch marks

The last photo is to show you what the face looks like a day after having the treatment. Now, what’s really important after the dermapen treatment is hydrating your skin with a good and deep moisturizer. It is crucial to let you skin heel on its own and not pick at dead skin. The skin will definitely flake!!! But it doesn’t matter!! It’s part of the regenerating stage. Also, for maximum and positive results, try to avoid putting makeup a week after the session (at least). Like that, you let your skin breath and take in all the goodness without pressuring it or damaging it further more. It is okay if you have scars nor perfect skin!! The road to achieving that is it to take the time and be patient. Give your skin the necessary time to get better on its own.

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Hope this detailed post helps you in any way possible and please remember that what is good for me might not be good for the rest. So take the time to do your research and learn about what’s good for you and your skin. Find a good practitioner or esthetician you trust before you decide to go through with this treatment.

For more info and details about this process, you can visit this site.

Microneedling Pens & Skin Treatment Devices

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!! It will be my pleasure to answer them and give you more details!

Cheers xo

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Beauty Fashion Inspiration

Wanderer

This week I was feeling quite nostalgic. I have been missing my friends and my summer vacation so badly…So to get back to it a little, I decided to dress and express myself freely. I wanted my outfits to recall everything I felt while wandering the Middle East for 6 weeks. My vacation was nostalgic, romantic, exotic, scary, emotional, beautiful and most importantly super liberating. I am sharing with you some this week’s outfits and I hope you like them as much as I do.

The boho casualist
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For this outfit, I wore my favorite Zara Boho Kimono and paired it with a red top and Tommy Hilfiger high-waisted jeans. I topped this look off with a tasseled necklace, a wedged heel and a gold scarf. The beige coat is thrifted and I am super in love with the fit and feel of it. Makes me definitely feel lady-like and super chic.

The Wind Chaser

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For this outfit I wore a Forever 21 long tunic with a 90s vintage pencil skirt and topped the whole thing off with a statement necklace, orange scarf and keen-high boots. This is one of my favorite looks because I felt super gracious, feminine yet very fierce.

The Middle Eastern Princess

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If I had to pick one look to wear constantly and apologetically, it would definitely be this one. I felt amazing wearing this 90s Liz Claiborne Maxi dress. I paired this beauty with a Zara floral kimono and accessorized the whole look with a red scarf and stackable rings. The vintage necklace was the focal point of this look…but guys, let me tell you that it is the heaviest necklace I ever wore…Gosh after a couple of hours…it starts to hurt!! And As proof, here’s an extra photo of me wearing the necklace on my head after my neck gave out!! X)
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The modern day Gypsy

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For this look, I kept it simple and played more with the accessories. The main focus color was blue. I played around the gypsy look and made it my own by wearing a plain black top and skinnies, and then I combined my white Forever 21 tunic. I wore my favorite Charles & Kieth oxfords. I added a cute vintage necklace around my waist as a belt to give this outfit a bit of oomph. Then I stacked a couples of bracelets and bangles.

So that was it for this week..I had so much fun with this bohemian theme. I usually don’t follow any particular theme and I dress according to my mood. But lately, nostalgia hit me pretty hard and I just wanted to feel my feelings in the most healthy way possible! FASHION <3 Dressing up definitely makes me happy and looking good gives me confidence.

We should always dress good!!! Not for others, but for ourselves. Hope you liked these looks! Please leave me a comment below on which look you liked best.

 

Cheers xo

 

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Beauty

Sensitive skincare

For the past couple of months I have been struggling to find the perfect skincare routine due to my newly diagnosed skin condition (contact dermatitis). For those of you who do not really know contact dermatitis, briefly, it’s a skin condition caused by the inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis is caused by the skin reacting to allergens or irritants and it is usually characterized by red, itchy skin that can become blistered and sensitive. My skin swells badly and crusts up, which creates scar afterwards. Sucks big time, I know, but thankfully I am so not into layering loads of foundation and makeup on my skin (feeling bothers me and also because I think less is more…but that’s just me).  
My sensitive skin doesn’t love products very easily; it’s super stubborn, dries out fast, gets super itchy and sometimes breaks out. So I have been in the hunt for something that will hydrate my skin and keep breakouts at bay. After spending so much money on different skincare products, I came across the Skinceuticals range. Now, everybody’s skin is different and what works for me might not work for the rest. But what I really love about the Skinceuticals range is the work behind it. There is a wide network of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aestheticians who are specially trained to create the ideal skincare regimen that can help prevent accelerated skin aging and sun damage. They mainly focus on protecting the skin, correcting existing issues and preventing future damage. Prevention, Protection, and Correction!!!
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Since my skin has been quite naughty lately, I have had to change a couple of creams/cleansers around because some dried me out, some burned my skin and some made me breakout (HARD). I have specific products for eczema prone skin but I needed some serums to hydrate my skin further. So obviously because of my issues, when I came across this brand, I was hesitant to try it, because it was expensive and I didn’t know what to expect..but then I figure what the hell..let me give it a go.
So depending on what I needed to correct and recommendations and reviews I saw online, I took a plunge and bought the Phloretin CF Serum. This is a daytime antioxidant serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and diminishes the appearance of discoloration. This serum is part of the prevent range and even though it is under the anti-aging section, I figured I can start the prevention plan now and since I have a few spots and scars from breaking out, I decided to give it a try. 1 week in using this product, I noticed a huge difference with my skin tone; my skin color was more unified and less spotty.  A month later, I get compliments on how my skin glows!! My severe eczema is at bay, my skin is hydrated, I have fewer spots popping (that time of the month..ugghhh) and my scars are slowly starting to fade.
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Since noticing change in my skin, I decided to invest in more bits and bobs from this brand. For the naughty days, I invested in LHA Cleansing Geland the LHA Solution Toner. I cleanse, tone and then follow up with these babies: the Retexturing Activator and then finish up with the Blemish + Age Defense Serum. I use these mainly when my face is feeling dull, especially when Aunty Em hits town. I am super happy investing in these products because they help me keep my skin under control and mostly importantly hydrate it (because I am super prone to scaling and peeling). These products are part of the correct range and they help fight breakouts and improve the appearance of blemishes. These serums help maintain excess oil stable while exfoliating dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores for an overall improved skin appearance. You have to be careful of not overusing this because it does dry out a little, so this is why I only use this at night after putting on moisturizer.
I know that these products are super expensive but they are well worth every penny. I am happy with my skin routine and will keep using these products for as long as I can and as long as my skin loves them too. Since I hate wearing any sort of foundation, I try to keep my skin happy, healthy and clear, therefore a proper skincare regimen is super essential for me to accomplish all that and more. And because the SkinCeuticals’ philosophy is built on principals that address and minimize the visible effects that environmental aggressors have on skin, I like to invest in them. And I have also noticed that my skin glows..total bonus <3
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So this is my skin now without foundation or editing..excuse the bags under my eyes and the white-haired brow X)
Since my skin went through hell and back (got burned a couple of times, did a major chemical peel, allergic reactions…and now dermatitis), I am now more careful with what I put on my face. What works for me, might not work for other skin types, but I hope that with my sharing this post, some of you can benefit from it.
Cheers xo  
PS: for more product details, you can go check them at: http://www.skinceuticals.com
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Beauty Travel

Hydration tips for long flights.

In lights of my next 12 hours long trip tomorrow, I wanted to share with you some of my tips on staying hydrated on long flights and ways to keeping your skin happy <3
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Hydration is key to staying comfortable on your flight. Keeping your skin happy will make you enjoy the trip more. Drinking loads of water prior to your trip is key. You must stay hydrated at all times, especially during the flight. Since the air inside the cabin is humid, we tend to dehydrate very quickly and this could lead to serious problems if we do not take the necessary precautions.

Here are some of the items that are a must for me to bring on board the plane:

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  1. Water: Super essential to stay hydrated from the inside out. It will help you stay healthy and feel fresh. Drinking plenty of water will also help your skin feel soft and smooth.
  2. Face moisturizer: When stuck on long flights, it’s always a must to bring along a good moisturizer with me, because it helps my skin not feel super tight or itchy. My favorite one is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane. It helps keep my dry intolerant skin very smooth. The formula is concentrated in La Roche-Posay’s thermal spring water and this helps in soothing the tight, burning, pulling sensations. Because I suffer from contact dermatitis and severe eczema, this intensely nourishes my skin and restores comfort without irritating me. What I love about it; it’s fragrance-free, preservative-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.
  3. Moisturizing facial spray or Fiber mask: You can choose which ever suits your comfort. Putting a fiber face mask on the plane seems a bit excessive, but trust me it helps a ton..Especially on 12 hour flight. The worst feeling in the world for me is to be dry or itchy and this is why I don’t mind looking silly on the plane. Having a Jason X mask is definitely not the sexiest, but hey, it does the job! For those worried about looking crazy, you can opt for facial mists. This is a great alternative and you can put that as many time as you want. My favorite fiber masks are the Sephora ones because they do the job just great and are inexpensive!
  4. Lip care: Now there are times when I went on long flights without lip care products and let me tell you that the days after landing I suffered majorly with extremely dry and blistered lips. Not the greatest feeling in the world!!! You can opt for any regular lip balm rich with coconut oil or emu oil. But what I choose to put on long flights is Bite’s Agave Lip Mask. I put it once and if necessary I would apply again. But for the most part, doing it once is enough for me during the whole trip. This product is the bomb! It keeps my lips hydrate, plum and super moisturized.
  5. Eye drops: Let’s not forget our eyes!! They too need care! And sometimes on planes, they get really really dry and itchy. Eye drops are good to help alleviate the dryness and they keep you happy! The one I like the most is the Refresh Liquigel because it helps ease any issues with a long lasting effect.
  6. Body lotion/hand cream: We can’t forget about the rest of our body. I know the face is important, but we can’t keep the rest of our body neglected. So to give some love to my skin, I choose L’Occitane’s hand cream for dry skin. This is a thick cream formula which keeps the skin hydrated without being greasy. I love hydration but hate grease and this baby offers me exactly what I want.

These are some of my favorite products for long flights. What are yours? Maybe I’ll discover something new…Cheers xo