My Skincare Routine

Skincare is an often neglected element of our lives. It seems like we are always hard pressed for time though we are quick to whine when the weather takes a toll on our skin.

The secret behind great skin is nothing but a solid skincare routine that’s carefully formulated based on your skin type. Being consistent is key as much as a healthy diet is.

Each skin is different and needs to be tended to in a different way. Here are a few staples that have stood by my combination skin through thick and thin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

On days that I feel my skin needs hydration I find myself reaching for the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion, which gently cleanses without stripping natural oils away from the skin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Khadi Natural Rose Water

Rose water acts as a natural toner for the skin which helps balance our skin’s pH levels. It soothes the skin without drying it out.

Khadi Natural Rose Water Skin Toner

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

The Effaclar Duo is a gel cream that delivers the perfect amount of moisture when you aren’t looking to pile on the grease on humid days. It effectively reduces acne and claims to lighten blemishes.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

Originating in the La Roche Posay thermal spring that’s known for it’s skin care properties in France, all of their products are Paraben and Fragrance free. They are tested for sensitive skin as well.

The Anthelios XL sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 50 feels does a successful job of protecting the skin from sunburns even over extended periods of time.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma, the pioneers in micellar water have simplified our lives by helping us wipe the day off in one clean swipe. It also acts as a toner (sans the harsh alcohol) and mild moisturiser.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena has been a life saver to purge pollutants from the skin leaving it fresh and squeaky clean.

This step of double cleansing ensures that the pores are prepped to soak in the good stuff.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This facial oil not only does wonders for the skin but comes in a lavender fragrance as a bonus, which is proven to relax our senses and promote better sleep.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Clinique Moisture Surge

For days that my skin feels extra thirsty I slather this intense moisturiser, which it drinks up quickly without appearing greasy.

Clinique Moisture Surge

Laneige lip sleeping mask

Parched lips are definitely one of my pet peeves. This incredible lip mask mends chapped lips and plumps them with by locking in moisture.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Berry)

Clinique Pep Start

Exfoliating once or twice a week based on your skin type is a crucial step in any skin care routine to scrub away dead skin and avoid clogged pores.

Clinique Pep-Start 2-In-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Lush The Kiss LipScrub

This scrub doesn’t just buff away dead skin with the tiny sugar granules but also hydrates the lips with a dose of moisture.

Lush Lip Scrub

GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

A trailblazer for face masks, Glamglow has definitely taken the world in a storm. This face mask can be applied once or twice a week to reveal brighter skin.

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment Glam To Go

Love,

Cozy Winters

It’s that time of the year when spirits are high but the temperature is constantly dipping.

Fortunately, we have it quite easy down here as the weather doesn’t get as chilly.

Nevertheless, here are a few essentials to get you through this season as snug as a bug in a rug.

Pictured: Fleece Throw – Ikea

Fur Cushion – Ikea

3 Wick Candle – Bath & Body Works

Fleece & Woollen Throws

Leave a fleece or woollen throw in your living room or wherever you like to lounge.

Fur Cushions

Prop them on your couch for additional warmth and comfort.

Candles

Pop them on your nightstand, coffee table or in your bath to get those good vibes flowing.

Pictured: Clinique Moisture Surge – Nykaa

Laneige Lip Mask – Nykaa

Mini Trunk – Crabtree & Evelyn

Moisturiser

An intense moisturiser is a sine qua non for dull and dry skin.

Lip Mask

A regular lip balm doesn’t cut it. A deeply nourishing lip mask is the way to go on bitter winter nights.

Pictured: Hot Water Bag – Paperchase

Hot Water Bottle – Typo

Hot Water Bag

A hot water bag is indispensable during winter to keep aches and pains at bay.

Hot Water Bottle

We often forget to consume our daily requirement of water during winter, even though it is just as important as it is during summer to keep ourselves hydrated since we tend to get dehydrated by catching frequent colds. It would be worthwhile having a bottle of water near your desk to remind you to sip through out the day.

Pictured: Wool-Blend Jumper – H&M

Suede Trousers – Zara

Tea Cup – Home Center

Embroidered Notebook – Accessorize

Feather Pen – Typo

Over Sized Jumper/Sweater

A no-brainer 🙄

Chunky Trousers

Thick trousers are another obvious requisite to keep you toasty.

Pictured: Pile-lined knee length socks – H&M

L’occitane Foot cream – Nykaa

Socks

Pile-lined & woollen socks are basic necessities to keep those feet nice & warm.

Foot Cream

Douse your feet in a heavy duty cream before you call it a day, to keep them soft and plump.

Pictured: Coffee Mug – The Decor Kart

Over-Sized Mugs

If you ever needed an excuse to double your hot chocolate portion size. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Love,

Hiba

Travel Essentials

Hello Globetrotters!

Spring/Summer break is right ‘round the corner and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for.

Though travelling can be easy and spontaneous for some it can be stressful for others.

If you’re looking for a travel checklist for a smooth flight, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a compilation of a few basic essentials for your carry-on while flying light.

Comfort

This is the first thing we can think of while hovering more than 20,000 ft above home ground. A cashmere jumper and a pair of socks will help you stay warm and cozy during cold and sterile flight conditions.

Socks: Puma
Cashmere Jumper: Marks & Spencer

Sleep

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A neck pillow is an absolute necessity when you’re planning to get some shut-eye (unless you want to clumsily rest on your seat-mate’s shoulder and irk them).

And to arrive looking well-rested you’d need a sleeping mask to turn out the lights and be off on a long slumber.

Memory Foam Pillow: Travel Mate

Hydration

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Climatic conditions on a flight can get bitter and sharp at times, stripping moisture off our skin. Face creams, hand creams and lip balms can easily address these issues by keeping parched skin hydrated. If you can’t find your preferred cream in a travel size, transfer them to travel-friendly bottles, keeping it light and preventing leakage.

Lip Balm: The Body Shop
Hand Therapy: Crabtree & Evelyn
Hand Recovery: Crabtree & Evelyn

Hygiene

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A PocketBac hand sanitizer is totally essential to get rid of the germs you come in contact with in public places (especially if you have OCD like I do).

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste during long haul flights.

Make-Up Remover Wipes: Purederm
Hand Sanitiser: Bath & Body Works

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Gum, tic-tac, fresh mints whatever you prefer to keep your breath fresh. But you gotta have ‘em on you girl!

Entertainment

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An iPad to watch videos and listen to podcasts when in-flight entertainment is a disappointment.

A Kindle if you are a voracious reader. It is great for an extended trip where you don’t need a bunch of books weighing you down.

A phone is an absolute necessity to stay connected with loved ones and to keep them updated with your travel status.

Ebook Reader: Amazon Kindle

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Carry a portable charger as a back-up when your gadgets need more juice.

Don’t forget to plug in your earphones to avoid ruffling some feathers. You could also switch to noise cancelling headphones if yelling kids are the last thing you wish to hear when you’re in la la land.

Portable Charger: Mi
Earphones: Apple

 

Aesthetics

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You might need a hair brush to tame your mane and a mirror to keep it in check.

A perfume atomiser to carry your favourite perfume in a travel size and some basic make-up like lipstick and mascara to arrive at your destination with a half-decent face.

Lipstick: Sephora
Mascara: Chambor

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And obviously, a wallet for your cash and credit cards. Always make it a point to have both local currency as well as home currency for unforeseen circumstances.

You’d need a pair of sunglasses to reach out for, if you’re getting off the aircraft on a rather sunny afternoon or at a tropical locale.

Wallet: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Aldo

Check-In

Lastly, the most important thing that you can’t travel without, literally, i.e. your travel documents like passport, ticket, visa, medical insurance preferably tucked in a file and a pen to fill out forms.

Bon Voyage

10 Wardrobe Staples of a Hijabista

Have you ever dreamt of a closet that magically renews itself, not having to spend another panicky morning, staring into the emptiness (or rather the crowded-ness), thinking “I have nothing to wear!”, yet again?

We have no fairy godmothers, so the closest we could get to that is by investing in a few timeless pieces that can work it’s charm anytime, anywhere with grace and elegance.

Here are a few classics:

1.  A White Button-Down Shirt

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A crisp white button-down is the most versatile piece in a wardrobe. Suit up for office or dress it down for the weekends, layering it under crop tops and jumpers.

2.  Maxi Cardigans

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For sheer comfort and ease without compromising on coverage.

3.  Basic Tees

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An essential layering element, they can be used as a foundation for your outfits.

4.  Wide Leg Trousers / Denims

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Pull together a pair of wide leg trousers with your favourite top as alternate work wear and a pair of denims with an over-the-top flared sleeve tunic for brunch with your girls.

5.  Scarves

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An absolute necessity for every hijabi, there’s nothing wrong in hoarding them in every colour, print and texture you spot! ;p

6.  Trench Coat

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Throw it over any outfit to up your game instantly.

7.  Blazer / Leather Jacket

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Be it work or a casual weekend you can werk it anyday, anytime!

8.  Maxi Dress / Maxi Skirt

img_0664There’s nothing that translates to hijab chic like maxi dresses and maxi skirts.

9.  White Sneakers

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If they go out of style you’ll still need them for your workouts. Duh.

10.  Classic Pumps

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Black and nude pumps are basic essentials in every wardrobe. They’ll go with practically every outfit you put together.