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Monday, October 2, 2017

My Hair Story: Extensions, Wigs, Bad Hair Cuts & All!

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My Hair Story: Extensions, Wigs, Bad Hair Cuts & All!


Growing up I never liked my hair. My parents always wanted to cut it short and I always dreamed of having long hair. Negotiations would take place when a hair cut appointment was on the horizon. One time, my mother allowed me to highlight one "khesle" (small, small section) so that I would get a coupe carre (remember the coupe carre's of the 90's, square headed kids everywhere?). As I grew older, I had more autonomy when it came to hair, but I soon realized that I wouldn't be able to have the long pretty hair I always dreamed about. The reality was that I had (and still have) sparse, fine, curly, and frizzy hair, that takes about 50 years to grow a centimeter. I know it can be categorized as a #FirstWorldProblem but I wanted long pretty hair dammit! Then, one day, I discovered something that changed my (hair) life forever: Hair Extensions. 


Natural Hair, straightened - December 2007


The first time I tried hair extensions was for my high school graduation. As the day to wear my cap and gown (and prom) approached, I started panicking about what to do with my hair. My mother took me to Paul & Mego and they clipped them into my hair for the first time. I could NOT believe that the reflection in the mirror of that girl with long hair was me, ME. I HAD LONG HAIR! The best part was that you couldn't (well kind of) not tell it wasn't my hair either! Unfortunately, I had to return the hair extensions two days later to the hairdresser, but I remember not taking them off that glorious weekend. Even though in hindsight my hair probably ended up looking like a birds nest after the second day, I didn't care, because it was long. 


Hair extensions from Paul & Mego - May 2008

As much as I liked the hair extensions, it was a "special occasion" thing for me at that point in time, until my sophomore year of university when I started visiting another hair dresser who suggested I clip in one line of extensions to give myself a little volume and length. I began to wear the clip ins every day, and once they were on their last leg, I upgraded to two lines. Two lines became three, and next thing I know, I had been wearing clip-in hair extensions almost everyday for around four years (late 2009 to some time in 2013). 

Clip in extensions - September 2010

Clip-in Extensions from Elio Constantine - sometime in 2011


One day as I was getting a blow-dry at the salon, my hair dresser mentioned that the area where I would clip in the extensions was getting sparse. I started to panic. I didn't want to have even more sparse hair, but I also didn't want to remove my extensions. After some period of weighing the pros and cons, I decided to give the clip-ins a break, I would only wear them for "special occasions". 

Clip in extensions - October 2013

Dealing with my natural hair was and still is a struggle. Although curly, it's not the Myriam Fares kind of homogenous curly that has volume and looks pretty, it's a combination of super curly in the back mixed with some waves on the top and two strands of straight hair in the front. Over time I learned to just go with it. I would fill in any area that showed sparseness with dark brown or black eyeshadow and I would use a shit-ton of oils and mousse to keep everything in check. 


Natural hair from my head - September 2014

Then I got bored. I wanted long hair again, maybe a different color. So, after taking a break for around five to six months, I headed down to Hair & More in Sin el Fil and I got a new pack of ombre extensions. From all the clip-in extensions I had tried, this was my favorite (and the most expensive, it was around $200). I wore them for a long time, and even got red highlights put into them at a L'Oreal Professionals. 


Clip in Extensions from Hair & More - October 2014


Clip-in extensions, as with all extensions, have a life-span though. You can't buy a set and use it for ever and ever, you need to take care of the hair you've got and make sure it lasts as long as possible, but the time will come where you have to say good bye to them. Once the time came to say goodbye to this set, I decided to take another break. This time, I started to enjoy my short curly hair. I wore it "natural" for over a year, and I was proud of myself for having finally learned how to deal with its natural, god-intended state. 


Natural curls from my head - March 2015


You have been reading for a while, but the story is not over kids. One day, while the best friend was getting her hair did at the salon, my hairdresser mentioned that he had gotten a new kind of extensions and that I should try them. Since I was on my "I love my short curly hair" high, I dismissed the idea but said thank you. 

Natural Hair from my head - June 2015


The next day, I don't know what came over me, but the high was gone. I called him, booked an appointment, and got my first set of tape-in extensions. Tape-in extensions are a more "long-term" commitment. You cannot put them in and take them out as you please. Tiny strands of hair are taped to your hair and at the end, you're left with a more cohesive look. You can swim in them (although, in my experience, not recommended), take showers, workout, bungee jump, sky-dive... you name it. As your hair grows out, the position of the tape needs to be adjusted and if there are any strands that fall out, your hair dresser can glue them back in. They have a life-span of around two to six months, depending on the quality of the extensions, the way they're put in and how well you take care of them. My first set lasted me from March 2015 to June 2015, and I took a break for almost a year. 


Tape in Extensions by Elio Constantine - May 2016

For an article that didn't end up making into Mondanite, my coworker and I went blonde for a day. This was my first experience with a wig. Juliano Asmar made us blonde for a day. They really do have fun. 


Blonde wig from Juliano Asmar - June 2016


During this "break" I had the urge to dye my hair. I was browsing through YouTube and I came across "Wig Collection" videos. Next thing I know, I was adding a wig to my Aliexpress cart. This is where the "Girl With the Green Hair" phase began. The wig that I got was synthetic hair, so I knew it wouldn't be a long-term thing, but it was fun to have green hair for a month. Also it made getting ready in the morning a breeze! Just pop on the wig and out the door. 


Green Wig from Ali Express - December 2016


I got a second wig, this time silver/grey, but I ended up wearing it a hand-full of times because there was a problem with the cap and I could only wear it with a beanie or something covering the problem area. I still have this wig and I'll probably wear it for Halloween. 


Silver Wig from Ali Express - January 2017


Once the wig died (may it rest in peace), I took another break. It was a good long break and my hair wasn't looking too bad during this time, if I do say so myself. 


Natural hair from my head - April 2017


Four months later, I got my second set of tape in extensions. This time, I even added strands of blue, then purple into the mix. This, along with the green hair, was my favorite look. I felt like I was always meant to have colored hair. As someone who's too scared to dye her own hair, colored hair extensions were the best. I had this set in my hair from June 2017 to September 2017. 


Tape-in extensions by Elio Constantine - July 2017


Once I took them out, I decided to also cut my hair. This brings us to the present. I'm currently sitting at my desk with puffy-curly hair that doesn't even reach my shoulders in its dry state. Although it's not my favorite, and I had a bit of a drama during the extension-removal and hair cutting stage, I'm enjoying this hair cut.  Hair dressers will ALWAYS cut more than you tell them to, that's just the way it goes. With that said, my hair feels healthier. Washing my hair takes about four minutes, and it dries in under 15. Although it doesn't always do what I want it to do, I'm learning to love it. 


Natural hair, curled, freshly cut! - September 2017




TLDR + FAQ:
I like hair extensions and wigs. 



Where to get hair extensions from in Lebanon?
Most hair dressers sell hair extensions, and you can also find them at beauty stores. 
Elio Constantine Hair & Technics, Hair & More, Harout Berberian, Wadih Challita at Beauty Lounge Ashrafieh, Paul & Mego are all places that I (or my close friends) have tried. 

Can you order them online?
Yup, you can order the extensions online and have your hair dresser put them in. Try out 1001extensions.com and aliexpress.com

How much are hair extensions?
It all depends on the hair that you're getting. You need to consider all of the following: type of hair extension (clip-in/ tape-in etc), type of hair (synthetic, real, dyed etc), length of hair, pack's weight (how many grams you're getting). You also need to add the labor cost of putting them in. In general, it can cost anywhere between $200 to $600+ (they can go up to the $10,000 mark depending on the type of extension and where you get it done). 

How long do extensions last?
It depends on how often you wear them, on the quality of the hair, the way it was applied etc. 
Clip ins last long from my experience, because you don't sleep in them and you can take a break easily (so around six months to two years). Tape ins have a shorter life span, usually around two months to four months. 

Do extensions ruin your hair?
In my experience, wearing clip-ins everyday made the area where they're clipped in sparse. I also had to straighten my hair every time I wore them since my natural hair's curly and the extensions were straight/wavy. It didn't "ruin" my hair, but it wasn't good for it. 
As for tape-in extensions, I felt like my hair grew out really well while I had them in. I was straightening my hair less and using less heat. With that said, the having the weight of the hair and the glue in your head is not good for it either. You should check with your hair dresser and do research before trying them out. 

Where do you buy wigs from?
You can find them at beauty stores like Hair & More, or you can order online from websites like aliexpress.com, amazon.com and other specialized online wig retailers. 

What type of wig should I get?
Whether you decide to get synthetic or real hair, make sure it's a front lace wig. This means that it will blend with your hair line much better and it makes it look super natural. 

How much do wigs cost?
Synthetic front-lace wigs start around $50 and they go up based on quality of hair and all that jazz. Real hair front-lace wigs have a starting price of a couple of hundred. I personally haven't tried them out. 

How do you blend in a wig?
First of all, make sure to get your hair as flat as possible underneath. Wear a wig cap. Next, trim the lace based on your natural hair line shape. Use concealer on the parting area to make it seem like it's your scalp. Trip the hair to make it more flattering for your head shape. Spray dry shampoo on the hair if it's too shiny in order to mattify the synthetic hair. 

Can you make your hair grow more? What can you do to prevent hair loss?
You can take supplements and use Rogane (monoxidil), but there's nothing that will give your hair an instant hair boost, it all takes time. Visit a doctor to make sure that everything is going right. 

Why is your hair like this?
Because I was born with fine, sparse, curly hair, it's in za DNA. I also have PSO (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) which does not help my hair growth case. 




What's your hair story like? 



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks REVIEW

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks REVIEW
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink - Believer



Another day, another liquid lipstick review. Welcome to my Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick review (try saying that 5 times in the morning before having your coffee). I didn't hear much buzz about this product from the online beauty community before purchasing the lipsticks, whether locally or internationally, but I did watch Thrift Thick's Youtube review. Although I own way too many liquid (and nonliquid) lipsticks, I found myself adding the Maybelline lipsticks to my Feel22 cart one rainy Sunday afternoon (it was actually actually Wednesday and sunny, but that's not how the song goes). To *somehow* justify my purchase, I thought it would be wise of me to write up a review and share my thoughts on the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (it's still the morning, and I haven't had my coffee yet, typing that name out was hard, yo!). 

As per usual, not all the colors I saw on beauty blogs abroad are available in Lebanon (or at least on Feel22, as I did not venture into a physical store to see if they stock the whole range). I had my eye on "Lover" as it looked like it would be the most flattering everyday mauve color, but it wasn't available so I settled for "Dreamer", which is a lighter more pink shade. Since I'm a sucker for all things purple lipstick, I also picked up "Creator" and "Believer". 


L to R : Believer, Creator, Dreamer

First impression based on swatches, all three looked like colors I would wear. The prettiest being "Creator" since it looked like a liquid Heroine by MAC meets Colourpop's Lychee liquid lip. All three swatches were very pigmented but took some time to dry completely (around 7 minutes), once dry the swatches would NOT come off. I tried out "Dreamer" first since I was in the office and it looked like it would be the most "office appropriate" one. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the color, it's a bit too much of a light pink for my complexion. With that said, I really enjoyed the other two! i'm totally going to be rocking Creator and Dreamer this Fall/Winter season :) Side note: I really like the names, they're very inspirational sounding.






Packaging: I like the packaging, it's matte and angular, which is different from most of the liquid lipsticks on the market. It's not the most beautiful, but I think it's cute for what it is.

Applicator: It has a unique applicator that has a narrow tip, it doesn't look like all the other doe foot applicators most other liquid products come with. This allows you to get a precise outline around the lipstick, which I really enjoyed. The smoothest to apply was Creator, Dreamer and Believer were slightly more "patchy" but still manageable.

Color Selection: Dreamer (light pink), Pioneer (Red), Heroine (Orangey/Coral), Romantic (Fuchsia Pink), Creator (Bright Fuchsia Purple), Believer (Purply Wine), Escapist (Dark Burgundy), Voyager (Burnt Red/Brown).

Texture: Smooth with a hint of tackiness. It doesn't feel like other liquid lipsticks since it's on the sticky side upon application.

Finish: Matte

Scent: Sweet scent, not overwhelming, it fades once applied on the lips.

Pigmentation: Creator and Believer were super pigmented, did not need a second coat. Dreamer on the other hand needed a second coat.

Longevity: Claims 16 hour wear and they ain't lying! In my Insta Story "Wear Test" Review, the lipstick stayed on for 15 hours and 40 minutes, I finally removed it before going to bed.

Feeling on the lip: When you first apply it, it feels tacky. It takes some time to dry (around 5 to 10 minutes) but once it is dry it doesn't feel too tacky. With that said, it doesn't feel weightless on the lipsticks, you still feel like you have something on your lips, although it is not an uncomfortable feeling. The stickiness goes away after a while, but not completely.

Removal: You need to remove this lipstick with a makeup remover, preferably one that works with waterproof makeup. I used the Body Shop Camomile Oil Cleaner (my go to) and it came off just fine. A fine stain is left-over, but that's very normal with purple lipsticks. I get the same stain when I use MAC Heroine...

Shades reviewed: 10 Dreamer, 35 Creator, 40 Believer

Price: $12 (use NouchalineFeel22 for 10% OFF, $10.80) in Lebanon

Rating: 4.5/5

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink - Creator

Maybelline Super Stay Matt Ink - Dreamer



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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. The opinions mentioned are 100% my own. The lipsticks used for this review were purchased with my OWN money. 



Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Beauty & Fashion Favorites!

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July Beauty & Fashion Favorites!



Monthly favorites are one of the most popular videos posted by the beauty community on YouTube, they're sort of considered a "classic" along with the What's in My Bag videos. They've been around for ages and people, including myself, still enjoy watching them, although some "beauty gurus" need to chill with the amount of sans-disclosed-sponsored-content. It's just nice to see what the folks who love makeup and beauty products as much as you have been loving. Since I'm back on YouTube, I knew that my next video would have to be a favorites! Without further ado, here's my July favorites :)






✭✭Products mentioned✭✭

♡ Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner https://goo.gl/ZCYRRi
♡ Nyx Cosmetics HD Concealer (4.5 Sand Beige)
♡ Pixi Rose Oil Blend
♡ Sephora Collection The Master Cleanse, Brush Cleanser
♡ Secret ‘Coconut Splash’ Deodorant
♡ Stradivarius Velvet Sandals (currently on sale!) https://goo.gl/jp8DMG
♡ The Keepers on Netflix



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Zaful Review: My Experience

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Zaful Review: My Experience


A while back I shared a post about my Zaful wishlist on my blog, and I mentioned that I will be trying out the website and getting back to you guys with my experience. For some reason, it has taken me a while to sit down and write this up. For those of you who don't know what Zaful is, let me introduce you, it's a Chinese online store that sells clothes, accessories, shoes, and some beauty bits. I had seen a couple of videos about it on YouTube and the reviews were mixed, but I really wanted to try it out, especially since the prices are really low and they had a "plus size" section. After I shared my wishlist, I placed my order. Here's what I ended up getting: 




Three Quarter Sleeve Dress - 2XL $23.49
I was most excited about this dress from the two clothing items I ordered, unfortunately I ended up getting a top instead of a dress... I don't know if this was a mix-up in the order or if I'm just so big that a dress before a top (although I'm pretttyyyy sure it's not the later). Either way, I kinda like the top and I shall wear it soon. The material is a bit cheap, but it will do for a fun summer evening top.
stars: 3/5


The one on the right


Leaf Print Flare Sleeve Shoulder Dress - XL $16.99
I noticed after ordering that the XL for this dress meant it's a US 8 (which universally is NOT considered an XL, but I guess it is in China), so yeah my bad. It didn't fit, but it's a cute dress. I ended up giving it to my friend Shahine (she's an 8 US) and she loved it!
stars: 2.5/5



Cat Shape Solid Color Bag - Black $31.99 
I have a thing for cat bags so I couldn't help but purchase this, it's just so cute! I like that it's subtle design so the cat is not all up in your face. In terms of quality, it's pretty legit. I was definitely not disappointed with what I got. I've been using this bag almost everyday this summer because it's not too small and not too big, everything fits perfectly inside.
stars: 4.5/5



Triangle Insert Cat Eye Sunglasses - Deep Purple $6.99
I had been wanting a pair of dramatic cat-eye sunglasses for a while, but I didn't want to pay a lot of money for one because I knew I'd get over the style quickly or I'd lose it. When I saw these on the site, I knew I just had to have them. They're very cute on, but they're a fit flimsy and easy to bend around. Either way, they've become my back-up sunglasses for the summer. Ps. They're the glasses are not purple in any way, more of a faded grey/black.
stars: 4/5




Cosmetic Organizer Jewelry Box $37.99
This was probably the best purchase from the site. The organizer is exactly like the picture, and although I have yet to get arranging, I can't wait to organize my makeup with it! I have to say though that it's definitely on the pricy side, with all the other products on the website considered. Zaful kindly sent this particular product to me as a gift.
stars: 4/5


Pros:
-The website is easy to navigate. 
-There's a lot of variety on offer, it's not just clothing. 
-Very affordable pricing. 
-I did not have to pay any customs fees once it was delivered (via LibanPost).
-You can track your shipping.
-You receive points when shopping which give you discounts later on. 

Cons:
-Shipping took some time. 
-What you see is not what you get with all the items, it's a bit hit or miss. 
-Sizing is a bit off, you need to triple check the size chart. 
-Customer service is a bit iffy. I had an inquiry about my order so I emailed Zaful, although they did respond, the messages were not very clear. Communication was not very easy. 


My thoughts on the website, would I order again?

Honestly, I think I would, but I'm not as excited with this website as I was with ASOS. The handbag that I got is VERY cute and I've been using it almost everyday since I got it, I also like the sunglasses, and the makeup organizer. As for the top and the dress, the top (aka dress) fits and I have an outfit in mind but I have yet to wear it. The dress is too small for me, but Shahine says it fits perfectly on her.

If you want to try out the website, I think you should go for it, but just know what you're ordering. Don't have very high expectations, and be selective with your order. It's not going to look exactly like as on the website. Size up when ordering clothes, especially if it's a piece on the fitted side. 


Rating: 3/5


Have you tried Zaful before? What are your thoughts? 

Any other website I should try?





Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I paid for the first four items with my money in order to get a fair feel of the Zaful experience, the last item was sent to me after my initial order. 



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Summer Makeup Routine + Video

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My Summer Makeup Routine + Video




I didn't realize up until this past weekend that it had been TWO years since I last uploaded to my YouTube channel. Obviously I was aware that I didn't update the channel often, but dayummm two years is a long time! It's sad because I LOVE YouTube, I spend countless hours a week on the platform, watching my favorite YouTubers and cat videos (because cat videos are an important part of the YouTube experience). A few years back I decided to launch my own channel, kinda like a hobby to this hobby, but then I realized how much work it takes to shoot, edit and upload a video, so it kind of went on the back burner. Although I did shoot some stuff in those two years, I never got around to steps 2 and 3. This past weekend though, I had a sudden urge to sit down and film. I honestly don't know what came over me. I even shot something I've never shot before: a makeup video! It was really awkward to shoot, I was clueless and nervous, I had a 'fun' time editing (by 'fun', I mean not fun), and even more 'FUN' uploading (it took like 15 hours!? something ludicrous like that- I mean it's a long video... but still Ogero, wtf man!). Anyway, I got through it and I've decided to publish it... so here it goes! Be kind, please!





Products Used:

-Becca Backlight Filter 
-NYX Hd Concealer
-Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer https://goo.gl/UQ5mH5
-Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (3.0)
-Gosh Prep n Prime Loose Powder
-NARS Laguna & Orgasm mini duo
-Colourpop Eyebrow pencil 
-Colourpop Eyeshadow ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Glow’
-Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette
-Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara https://goo.gl/KAGNqt
-Yardley London Liquid Matte Lip Vynel ‘Miss Mauve’
-MAC ‘217’ eyeshadow blending brush
-Kiko Cosmetics Eyeshadow brush '56’
-E.L.F. Cosmetics Eyeshadow brush 
-Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge
-Real Techniques setting brush https://goo.gl/cAUeWC



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Free delivery anywhere in Lebanon 
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