March Favourites

IMG_0161I’m always testing the latest hair serum, dipping my finger in pots of moisturisers and playing around with eyeshadows and lip glosses, but rounding everything the best products of last month has been incredibly easy.

Superdry Watermelon LipFix*

The popular clothing brand Superdry have now branched out into cosmetics with an affordable line with the most expensive product costing just under £20. I’ve tried a few of the products but the Superdry Watermelon LipFix has been the biggest help. My lips have been super dry lately (gerrit??) and has helped to soothe and soften my lips.

Gunjeoir Neroli Face Elixir*

Towards the end of the month my skin started breaking out, not because it was oily but because my skin was dehydrated and in need of a serious drink. After complaining about the woes of my skin to my friends they recommended I try a face oil. I remembered I had the Gunjeoir oil lying around in my room so I couldn’t run home quick enough to eagerly slather it all over my skin to only wake up in the morning to my skin significantly calmer and moisturised. I’ve used the Face Elixir during long-haul flights to stop my skin from drying out and now I’ll be using it to put a end to those pesky breakouts!

Elemental Herbology Purify & Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm

There’s nothing like coming home after a long day to cleanse away the days grime with a rich, moisturising and essential oil laden balm like Elemental Herbology’s Purify & Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm. The balm is packed with argan and sesame oils, chamomile, bitter orange peel and marshmallow extract to soothe sensitive skin, brighten, stimulate cell turnover and nourish the skin. I don’t think I’ve come across a cleanser that doesn’t leave my skin far from stripped after cleansing.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion*

IMG_0145Although their products are hard to find in the UK with the exception of Harvey NicholsMario Badescu is one of my ultimate go-to brands for my problematic and acne-prone skin. I’m besotted with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but I’ve found a great friend in the Buffering Lotion too which I’ll dab over a zit and the next morning the irritated and angry red zit is no more (well almost!).

The Corals

IMG_0159I actually don’t care if it’s snowing in London during April, I’ll sport spring trends if I want to! I’m not one for trends but I adore coral nails and Revlon’s One Perfect Coral and Bourjois Tangerine Fatal* are the shades you’ll be seeing on my nails this season.

Daniel Sandler Scandal At Midnight Eye Shadow Quad*

IMG_0157A great eye shadow quad is one with shades for the day and shades to transform your look from day to dramatic enough for the evening and this quad from makeup maestro Daniel Sandler ticks all of those boxes. The brown shade is a lovely neutral daytime shade but a sweep of the black across the crease definitely screams ‘scandal at midnight’.

Alterna Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream*

IMG_0160I like to think that I look after my hair; I hardly use heat, I regularly use conditioning treatments and I made the big decision of no longer colouring my hair more than a year ago, however when the rare moment I straighten or blowdry occurs my hair becomes susceptible to damage so I’ve been using the Alterna Caviar Repairx Re-Texturizing Protein Cream in the attempt of repairing my hair and now I feel like banging my head against a wall because I hate myself for not discovering this sooner!

February Favourites

february favourites

So we’re in March which is insane considering it was only January a week ago, but it’s a new month for new beauty discoveries and last month I found some amazing products that I have to tell you all about:

Mavala Nail Polish in Moscow* – First of all, I love the cute and teeny weeny bottles Mavala nail polishes come in (5ml to be exact), but what I love even more is the classic red Moscow. It’s such a timeless colour that would look perfect on casual short nails or on a formal night out.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief *- I’ve used this before and after long haul flights to prevent my skin from drying out which it usually doesn’t do. However, my skin’s been so dry and flaky as of late and no amount of exfoliation would work. I’ve been using products with glycolic acid, facial oils and the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to get my skin back to normal and it’s worked a treat!

Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation* – I’m not sure why I haven’t talked about my love for Burberry cosmetics but their Lip Mist in Copper* is one of my favourite nude lipsticks of all time, and I’m not even a fan of nude lipsticks so that’s saying something! Moving on to the Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation, I don’t even know where to begin. My skin is covered in marks and slight hyperpigmentation from breakouts in the past but just a dab of concealer over the marks and a dusting of the powder is enough to cover everything. It gives me instant confidence whereas before I couldn’t even dream of not wearing something high in coverage. It also smells gorgeous too; like powdery roses.

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hummingbird – This is actually bittersweet; I discovered this gorgeous berry coloured lip gloss in February but Becca will no longer be available in the UK anymore. Anyone have any other alternatives?

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush* – There’s a rule: every blush junkie must have at least one Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in their makeup stash. It’s an absolute must! The unique liquid formula makes it easy to apply with the Daniel Sandler Waterbrush*, a stippling brush or your fingers. After applying, it sets perfectly and is pretty much budge-proof. I have quite a few shades, but my favourite is Spicey.

Archipelago Caramel Soy Candle – Okay, so this isn’t quite beauty but it’s the things that I do whilst it’s flickering in the background that count, right? I light it when I’m in the bath, doing a DIY facial, getting ready.. pretty much everything beauty related. The scent of the candle either makes me want to stuff my face with toffee and caramel or satisfies my cravings. Also, the scent fills your room even when it’s not lit.

Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating Cream* - I like my moisturisers simple – no fussy ingredients whatsoever and that’s why I like this moisturiser from Vichy for combination skin. It’s uncomplicated in its nature, but it’s quite effective at helping to treat dullness and uneven skin texture as it’s enriched with kombucha, a powerful tea extract. It also contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water like all of their other products!

April Favourites

I’ve been MIA from Muslimah Beauty for a while however, I’ve been using and loving some products and here are a few that were my favourites last month!

JASON NATURAL COSMETICS APRICOT SCRUBBLE

JASON is one of those brands that have a great reputation for natural beauty products and their Brightening Apricot Scrubble* is definitely in my good books. I’ve tried the St Ives scrub but I haven’t used it in years and I expected the JASON scrub to be similar but for me, it’s so much better. First of all, this scrub contains a lot more natural ingredients such as aloe vera juice, jojoba seed oil and apricot seed oil in comparison to St Ives. Every time I use the JASON Brightening Apricot Scrubble, my skin is a lot smoother, brighter and it’s worked wonders on my blemishes. It’s mild enough to use daily however, I use it twice weekly as my skin’s still breaking out and I wouldn’t want to make it worse.

Another awesome use for the scrub is as a pre-shaving treatment; ladies can use it anywhere on the body and men too!

SAAF FOOT SOFTENING BALM

Regular readers will know just how much I love Saaf Pure Skincare but the Foot Softening Balm* is one of my absolute favourites out of their entire product range. I massage the balm which is packed with cocoa butter, beeswax, black seed, neem, rosemary, olive and lemon myrtle oils  all over my feet, pop some socks and leave it to sink into my feet overnight. Once the socks are off, your feet are a lot softer and smoother. The balm also has anti-fungal and and anti-viral properties because of the neem, lemon myrtle and rosemary.

Seeing as summer’s around the corner, this is the perfect product to get you ready for sandles season!

NYX COLOUR LIP BALM IN GRAZIE

I’ve come across rave reviews of NYX products but I’ve never tried a single product because they’re quite hard to find in the UK so I was pretty glad to find this lip balm in my Amitee Pamper Secrets Box. It’s as though the team behind the box knew the type of shades I wear because this is exactly  the colour that I’d choose. It’s a gorgeous pomegranate/watermelon colour that you can either wear sheer or build it up for full colour. The great thing about the lip balm is that it’s incredibly moisturising yet so pigmented and it smells amazing; not quite sure what of but it’s very fruity! Another thing I like about the lip balm? It reminds me of sorbet!

YSL FOREVER YOUTH LIBERATOR SERUM

I tried the YSL Forever Youth Liberator* which came in the Harrods Edition of the GlossyBox a few months ago. My sister kept going on and on about how wonderful it was on her skin and that it healed her blemishes quite quickly after using the serum so obviously I joined in on the fun and I literally noticed a difference in just one day! My skin was left smoother, more moisturised and any irritation from breakouts were calmed down. This could be due to the 3 glycans in the serum which are sugars that essentially keep the skin moisturised which therefore helps fight ageing but I think that YSL‘s missed the point where it helps with healing the skin from any blemishes, scratches and irritation because that’s the biggest thing for me.

NARS BLUSH IN TAJ MAHAL

NARS are known for being the kings of blush and Taj Mahal I feel places them in that position. Which other brand would deliver a shimmery orange blush and make it work? None other than NARS of course!

This is my official summer blush and I wore it almost everyday during my visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt last summer and best believe that I’ll be wearing it again. It’s the perfect product at creating that bronzed, golden look that we’ve all come to love. I’m sure that many of you would be too scared to try something so bright but it asI’ve explained before that with a light hand, once it’s been blended in the blush looks gorgeous!

NARS LARGER THAN LIFE LIP GLOSS IN NORMA

NARS recently released the Larger Than Life lip glosses in the UK which are very much different to the regular NARS lip glosses. The first thing is that the brush is a lot different (I should’ve taken a photo) as they’re a bit flat and shorter. Also, as many of you have noticed, the regular NARS lip glosses tend to be very sticky but the Larger Than Life aren’t sticky at all which therefore make them a lot easier to apply. The shades in the range are brighter and more intense and Norma is the brightest of them all. It’s a bright cherry red and I think NARS have been reading my mind as I’ve been looking for a red lip gloss for the longest time and there you have it!

The packaging is also a plus for me. It’s sleeker, more stylish and not frosted like the regular lip glosses.

ILLAMASQUA NAIL POLISH IN VICE

The Illamasqua nail polish in Vice is one I picked up from their Theater of the Nameless collection. The polishes are meant to give off a waxy/rubbery texture so they’re not matte nor do they have a shine to them but to me, this nail polish looks a bit darker than Babybel but a very similar texture to it.

MAC PREP & PRIME

Don’t you love having a sister? As well as having a friend, you’ve got someone who also has beauty products in her stash so what’s hers is mine too and the MAC Prep and Prime is one of those products I’ll gladly steal off her!

I use different primers depending on how I want my skin so if I want completely matte skin, I’ll use something like the Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion but if dewy skin is what I’m after Murad’s Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish will help but the Prep and Prime is in between. It’s neither dewy nor matte for me, rather it helps to achieve a very natural look.

The Prep and Prime also contains SPF50 which’ll be perfect for where I’ll be heading off to this summer!

MONU COLLAGEN CREAM

The MONU Collagen Cream* isn’t the type of moisturiser I’d use simply because it’s for very dry skin and my skin is far from dry however, I’ve started mixing it with my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and I’ve come to find that it’s the perfect moisturiser for that. I barely wear foundation but as we all have those days where our skin ‘s looking a little ‘bleh’, diluting foundation with this moisturiser was just perfect.

I’ve not made the habit of wearing this regularly because I fear it’d cause my skin to breakout however, I travel frequently and I always seem to breakout due too my skin being far too dry therefore the skin compensates by producing too much oil so I’ll be sure to try this in between flights very soon and I’ll be letting you know whether it helps.

BOOTS NATURAL COLLECTION VANILLA BODY SPRAY

I never use body sprays that contain alcohol because they’re too drying however, after a friend of mine would always smell so good, I just had to ask her what made her smell so much like vanilla and it was the Boots Natural Collection Vanilla Body Spray. This doesn’t necessarily smell as strong as a perfume as you’re only spraying this on your body so it’ll leave your skin with the scent rather than your clothes which is the case with perfume but the scent lingers on your skin for hours upon hours!

I’d love to know what your favourite products were last month so do comment and let me know!

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March Favourites

SLEEK MAKEUP LIPSTICK IN MULBERRY

I’m aware that it’s March and the sun is up and shining so there’s no need for such a dark lipstick but who cares? It’s one of my favourite lipsticks because it’s so deep, wicked and dark. It’s a similar lipstick to the one Mary J Blige wore in her Not Gon’ Cry music video and I always wanted a lipstick like it! As much as I love this lipstick, I’d love it even more if it didn’t have so much of a sheen, it needs to be toned down a little.

L’OREAL’S GLAM SHINE CREAM IN SENSUAL GRENADINE

My love for this lipstick started many years ago when my mum bought this back with her after spending some time in Dubai and I’ve been hooked since. I can’t find it in London so I have to either find it in the Middle East or online which is a shame as I’d love for L’Oreal to stock it here.

It’s a rich, moisturising, creamy lipstick with full on colour. The shade is a plum with red/brown undertones and after a while, the lipstick does wear off but leaves a subtle reddish plum. It also smells really good, I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells of though.

SLEEK MAKEUP’S BLUSH BY 3 PALETTE IN FLAME

Sleek are my heroes this month with this blush palette. Unfortunately their blush palettes are limited edition so I got my hands on another two but this palette is perfect for spring and summer. From left to right order, Molten is a shimmery peach shade, Bonfire a bright, matte red shade is my favourite out of the trio and then there’s Furnace, a coral with a gold shimmer to it. Perfect!

LAVERA BASIC SENSITIV HANDCREME

I have a crazy collection of hand creams so I wasn’t too excited to receive this in last months JolieBox but after giving a try, I really like it. I tend to like my hand creams on the thick side (hence why the Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector is my favourite hand cream) but this one is a lot lighter and melts into your hands in no time. It might be light but the shea butter, jojoba and sweet almond oils make it a rich cream that left my hands moisturised for hours upon hours. By the way, please excuse Charlie who took it upon himself to sit right behind the hand cream whilst I was taking a photo of it!

TAAJ AYURVEDA PURIFYING AND REVITALIZING MAKE-UP REMOVER

Another great product from last months JolieBox! I wrote a review on it not too long ago but my love for it is still strong. Eyeshadow, waterproof make-up and mascara don’t stand a chance with this micellar water and in just one swipe, my make-up’s gone! Yet again, don’t mind the attention seeking but cute cat.

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