20 October 2017


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If you were looking for a reason to start a beauty blog, I have 15 for you! I have been blogging for a little over 2 years now ( I can't believe how fast the time goes by) and it has been pretty amazing. I love creating posts for my blog, it's a creative outlet.

It's crazy how I stumbled upon the whole blogging community, it was love at first sight and I haven't looked back since. I think the blogging community has come so far, in the last couple of years and it's become this enormous ''industry'' but for me it's my little space online where I can share my love for beauty. Being a beauty blogging has opened a whole new world of opportunity for me and I have loved every second. For this post I thought I would put together some of my favourite things about being a beauty blogger.

1. Perfect excuse to buy more makeup.
2. Meeting new people that you wouldn't have otherwise.
3. Talking with people all over the world because of a common interest.
4. Ability to describe a beauty product beyond '' it looks nice''.
5. Opportunity to work with cool brands on exciting projects.
6. Discovering new beauty brands.
7. Given the chance to test out new products before their release dates. 
8. Attending amazing events.
9. Being part of one of the best and most supportive blogging communities.
10. Taking your photography skills to the next level.
11. Developing an eye for photography styling.
12. Being able to code a website, and trust me not easy. 
13. Getting the loveliest comments on your posts.
14.  Creating content about your favourite lipstick.
15. Obviously the blog readers, they are just some of the loveliest people online. 

I love blogging and I am definitely excited to see where my blogging journey will take me. I appreciate everyone that comes to check out my little space on the big wide web. If you are blogger, let me know what you favourite thing about blogging is?

Zeynab x

18 October 2017


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Women are always made to feel like they need an excuse to wear makeup, there is this pressure to explain ourselves. Why do you need a reason to wear makeup? Why can't you wear it just because you want to? 

I'm the worst, I explain my decisions all the time even when I am not asked to just because I feel like I need to. With social media (here we go again) I see it over and over again, people asking or commenting on people's choice to wear makeup ''Why does she have to wear so much makeup, she doesn't need it'' ?'' Why is wearing that eyeshadow''? Basically a lot of WHYs!

I adore everything beauty, that is why I started a beauty blog. I needed an outlet for my obsession because everyone in my real life were fed up with me.  Also, can you really have enough makeup? Every red lipstick is different, believe me.

I wear makeup because I love it, it's that simple. I enjoy putting on my makeup, even if that means waking up a little earlier in the mornings (and I really love sleep). I find its creative and therapeutic, it gives you that time to zone out and focus on yourself.

I don't wear makeup every day ( I am so glad I can do that, all thanks to this intense but worthwhile treatment for giving me the clearest skin) and that is still fine. Sometimes, I wear loads of makeup and that is fine even if I go out with highlighter that out of this world just to go grab some bread from the corner shop. Sometimes, I wear the bare minimum and that is fine. I don't think wearing makeup with a purpose is a bad thing, it's just that you don't have reserve makeup for special occasions. If you want to wear your special pink lipstick on a gloomy Wednesday morning go ahead. Every day is an occasion, and makeup has the power to make you feel like a better version of you when you wear it.

So this week I said to myself, you know what I am gonna wear all the makeup products I want and experiment with my look (finally use up more of the products I stored away in drawers after drawers). There is no reason why you can't wear that beautiful sparkly eyeshadow to get your morning coffee.

Do you feel like you need an excuse to wear makeup?

Zeynab x

14 October 2017


Murad has quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands. It's one of the brands, where I know that I will like 99.9% of their products. It's a brand you can trust (now that really sounds like an ad, I promise I am not being paid or being forced in any way to say this).

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to be invited to have breakfast with the Murad team and the Dr Murad himself ( he is a pretty big deal in the industry). They showed some of their new releases and their reveal their new campaign.

Part of the reason why I trust Murad as a brand is that they do the science and research behind the products. One of their new exciting releases is the new Murad Rapid Relief Spot treatment*. As some who seems to always get a new blemish popping up at the most inconvenient of times, this product is a savior. A clear gel formula that works to heal and reduce the size and redness of blemishes within 4 hours. It contains 2% salicylic acid that attacks the spot, with a clever patent complex inspired by pine and thyme extracts to work on skin irritants to create a healthy skin balance. While horse chestnut and oats extracts soothe the skin and reduce redness. I couldn't do a review without testing the very impressive 4-hour claim. Isn't it funny that when you want a new blemish (said no one ever) you don't get one but you don't want them (100% of the time) they appear out of nowhere. I can report back that it worked for me. The spot looked significantly smaller and almost all of the redness had disappeared. I love that there is no drying or peeling, so you can put it underneath your makeup and just let it do its magic.

I am a face mask fanatic, they are one of my favourite things to do (as you can see I lead a very exciting life, check out favourite 4 masks you need to combat the havoc winter causes your skin). This new dual system is genius - definitely the way to go forward. The Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel* injects the skin with moisture and while also exfoliating the skin to reveal smoother and brighter skin. The first step is the Retexturing Swab which is drenched with an AHA blend of Lactic and Glycolic Acids, they work together to gently exfoliate the skin getting rid of dull dead skin cells and unclogging pores. The next step is the Moisturise Infusion Mask, it's a sheet mask infused with botanicals extracts and Hyaluronic Acid to provide an immediate boost of hydration to the skin. Together both steps leave your skin looking, plumped with moisture, smooth, clear and brighter.

Anything to get great skin, I am up for. There is definite hype surrounding supplements at the moments. I like the idea of taking supplements, its show that you really have your shit together. The Murad Hydo-Glow Food Supplements* work to promote healthier looking skin from within, it boosts cellular hydrations levels. It contains Glucosamine, which an active ingredient which serves as the foundation for Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen. Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen are important for retaining and locking moisture in the skin cells. Over time the supplements help to increase hydration in the skin, making sure that skin looks hydrated, smooth and radiant. I can't really give any feedback on this because honestly, I have been taking them properly. But I am going to be really strict this month with taking them daily. I will report back if I do see any difference in my skin.

These are my favourite, the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel*. I love Glycolic Acid, my skin really gets on with it. If I find that my makeup is just not sitting right on my skin or the texture just doesn't look right this is the product I turn to. I love that it's just so easy to use, definitely lazy girl approved. The towelettes are individually wrapped so all you have to do is open one and wipe it all over your skin and let it do its magic. The potent combination of Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C work to instantly and gently retexturise skin, leaving your skin looking bright and refreshed. The next morning your skin looks amazing! Also, I have super sensitive I haven't experience any reactions or stinginess whenever I have used the peel. I would definitely recommend you this product, especially during this time of year when the cold weather can make your skin look super dull and lack lustre.

Can you tell I love Murad? Murad is a great brand and you probably already know that. Let me know if you use Murad and what your favourite products are?

Zeynab x

*products have been gifted to me, however all opinions and images are my own. Also I used affiliate links, see you next time.