22 September 2017

DOES ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WHITEN YOUR TEETH?


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As a beauty writer, I try out a lot of products, many weird and wonderful products. Over the last couple of months, we have seen a rise in popularity in activated charcoal. People are eating it, drinking it, washing with it and most commonly people are using it to whiten their teeth. 

I have pretty sensitive teeth. The Crest teeth whitening strips are amazing but the sensitivity that it leaves me with is not worth it. This is where charcoal toothpaste trumps the more traditional strips. If you want whiter teeth but can't be bothered with complicated at home kits or the sensitive, this is the route you should be going down.

I am the type person that will try everything in the name of beauty, well I do have some limits and I had to see what the fuss with activated charcoal was. If we really look back, charcoal in dental care is not actually anything new. The Ancient Egyptians were using it back in the day. If charcoal has stood the test of time, there must be something to this charcoal teeth whitening situation.


In a bid to get my teeth looking super white and sparkly, I have been testing out the Noir Activated Charcoal Toothpaste*. The Noir toothpaste makes use of not just any ordinary charcoal it has activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is heated to create larges pores in the mineral, which work to draw and trap chemicals and impurities because they are super absorptive. The Noir toothpaste uses a combination of natural ingredients including mint (gives it a really nice taste, which I haven't found with other charcoal toothpaste) for antibacterial properties and citrus fruits for their cleansing properties. These ingredients work together to deliver faster results, I have been using it every day for the last couple of weeks and my teeth do honestly look whiter, brighter, and cleaner. I can also report zero sensitivity.


Charcoal toothpaste is effective in gradually reducing discolouration caused by coffee, tea, and wine that can not be easily removed by regular toothpaste. Of course, this doesn't work overnight but with continuous use that I will get my Hollywood smile without the pain.

The Noir packaging makes it super easy to use and it doesn't get messy - trust me some brands use the worst ever packaging and you will be left with a black sink. It doesn't have any weird tastes (it actually tastes really good because of the mint and oranges ) or grainy texture because it's so finely milled.

Activated charcoal gets a thumbs up from me. Have you tried any charcoal toothpaste, what do you think?

Zeynab x

*This post was in collaboration with Noir, however all imagery, wording and opinions are my own.


21 September 2017

CLEARER SKIN IN 30 DAYS WITH ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE DUAL CONCENTRATE

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How to get clearer skin? I have probably can account for 90% of this search on google. I still don't know what the answer is, but it did help me when I decided to go with Roaccutane (I did a whole post on that, check that here). The Roaccutane treatment was the best and worst thing I could have done. Best thing, cos I have been left with amazing clear skin. But now, I am just like a ticking time bomb waiting for the blemishes to attack (fingers crossed that never happens). 

I am doing everything in my power to maintain my clear skin status, and really investing in my skincare routine. For my skin, in particular, simplicity is the way to go forward. 1, I don't have time to do a crazy 20 step skincare routine and 2 how do you even know which, products are working and not working for your skin? Trust me, I know how it feels to have blemishes and it doesn't feel good. It's important to remember that everyone gets spots, even Kendall Jenner has some skin issues (I love that she is being opened and honest about her 'bad' skin). It's normal, I understand it's easy for me to say that now but trust me you can do something about it. 

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Lancome recently brought out their new Advanced Genifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate specifically for sensitive skin. The serum consists of two potent concentrates, which you mix together to activate the key ingredients. The two concentrates are enriched with ferment extract, bifidobacterius extract as well as a lactobacillus ferment extract and Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. These ingredients work together to instantly soothe and repair the skin. 

I find that as the seasons change, my skin becomes increasingly sensitive. By now, we have come to realise that skin is affected by a multitude of factors including external factors (traveling, air conditioning, pollution, weather) as well as internal factors ( stress, hormonal cycles, fatigue). These factors can play havoc on our skin and it's so hard to distinguish, which is affecting your skin directly. This is the great thing about incorporating an effective serum like this into your routine as it works to protect the skin against these factors. 

I have been using the serum as part of my evening routine, every day for the last month. The serum applies with a light gel-like texture which, sinks straight into the skin without leaving any stickiness or residue. It feels really comfortable and luxurious on the skin. I have noticed that my skin is less reactive and it feel comfortable. For me redness is a major issue, I noticed that with continuous use of this serum that the redness has gradually reduced. This is a one-month treatment, which can be quite annoying as I do really like it as it's not the cheapest of skincare products. 

Let me know if you have tried this serum and what you make of skincare products with time limits. 

Zeynab x

18 September 2017

GLOSSIER IS FINALLY COMING TO THE UK AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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Glossier, needs no introduction from me. Beauty junkie across the global covet the pretty in pink beauty range. Glossier had a humble beginning, it all started off with a mood board created by Into the Gloss' Emily Weiss. Beauty brand with a difference Glossier is all about being the real you in the present moment and forgoing the unrealistic 'perfect' airbrushed beauty standards set by many brands.

Glossier is all about having the cool understated real beauty. The Glossier girl strives to look real and the best version of herself rather than flawless unrealistic Instagram look - starting a new wave of beauty. This is an ethos that I can absolutely be on board with. Not only am I bored of the same more is more look but I am too lazy. Glossier is definitely making accepting your imperfection and yourself cool - it's refreshing in today's beauty industry.

For so long, Glossier was only available in the United States and I was left to drool over the brand on social media. So when they finally announced that Glossier would be available in the UK, you could only imagine the joy. I have been lucky enough to get some of the products, I actually squealed when the delivery came. It's everything you would expect and more and the stickers, my goodness the stickers).

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Priming Moisturiser:
I was a little unsure about how this would work, I've tried many priming moisturisers and many have failed to live up to their exceptions. The Glossier offering, however perfectly lives up to the ideals of both a primer and moisturiser. It hydrates the skin, while leaving you with a smooth canvas for your makeup. I tend to forgo primers because of the greasy silicone texture but this one, there is none that and you get the added benefit of good skincare properties - the formula is packed with hyaluronic acid, mushroom extract, vitamins A, C, and E, green tea and honey. On first impressions, I love that it leaves your skin with a super natural glow from within finish - this will certainly be a saviour during the cold dull winter. I am excited to introduce it to my skincare routine, and see the benefits of regular use. Thanks to the combination of antioxidants and powerful oxygenating agent, it works to improve skin's texture and prevent cell damage.

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Milky Jelly Cleanser:
The most perfectly named product to exist. The consistency is that of a milky jelly, there is no there way to describe it. The texture is super soft and it just melts into the skin resembling that a much more higher end cleanser. It feels amazing, I actually look forward to cleansing my face. I have the most reactive skin, and the formula is free of harsh chemicals, parabens, and SLS and it just leaves my face feeling super soft. It's a no frill get the job done well kinda cleanser. I really like it, if you hadn't noticed already.

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Haloscope Highlighter: 
The Glossier highlighter is infused with real crystal extracts, if that doesn't win you over I don't know what will. Unlike, any other highlighter it's a dual formula, so the outer halo is infused with crystals and then the inner core is made up of a solid oil of vitamin rich moisturisers. Essentially, what it leaves you with an all-day hydrated dewy finish. What really makes this product a stand out for me is that it doesn't dry matte, I just hate it, when a cream highlighter dries matte. I want that wet sheen look mate.

So you could say that the Glossier hype is the ploy of a really good marketing strategy. I love a good hype and Glossier doesn't disappoint. I can't wait to get my hands on the whole range because let's be real I am getting everything.

Let me know if you have tried Glossier and what your favourite products are.

Zeynab x