Favorites 2016: Beauty, Skincare & Lifestyle

Hey guys! First, I wanted to start this blog post by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Personally, I had a super chill weekend; I watched Love Actually over 3 times, no joke!

Now that the new year is only a week away, I thought why not write a special post dedicate to my absolute favorite things of 2016. I usually really enjoy watching or reading these types of posts, so I hope you enjoy my version 🙂

B E A U T Y

I listed below my top favorite items that I used on a daily basis this year

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  • L’Oreal super liner : This is definitely my favorite eyeliner so far. It’s really easy to use especially if you’re new to the winged liner club. If you feel like tying it, head over to Feel 22, and benefit from a special discount using promo-code LARASPEAKSSTYLEFEEL22  by clicking here
  •   L’Occitane Neroli & Orchidee Perfume: Ever since I received this perfume in my        Pretty Little Box – L’Occitane edition, I really couldn’t stop wearing it. I feel like it  really suits me, and its perfect purse size makes it so easy for me to carry around  everywhere I go
  • Sephora Lipstain #13: If I could choose 1 beauty favorite for 2016, it would definitely be this lipstick. I don’t want to seem too dramatic, but ever since I tried this shade, I felt like I found my perfect holy grail shade for  life! If you’re based in Lebanon, you can find some Sephora products on Feel 22 here 
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: Sadly, this product is not available in Lebanon, so I had to ask my friends living abroad to get me a handful of tubes! I’ve already mentioned this concealer on the blog, but it has certainly been my everyday choice since it’s lightweight and covers just enough

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S K I N   C A R E 

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Ultra Doux Body Lotion: 

Ever since I received this new range of body lotions back in February, I couldn’t stop using them. They are seriously competing with my body butters from The Body Shop! They are all made from natural ingredients and they smell incredibly good. It is also important to mention that they are easily accessible and very fairly priced. I just really wish they add a Coconut scent

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  Bioderma Micellar Water & VICHY Thermal Water:

It is no secret that Bioderma makes my favorite makeup remover of all time. Truth is, you will definitely find this product in my all time favorites not only this year’s favorites (I feel like I am being too dramatic today lol).

My second favorite is actually a new discovery. I’ve never really had thermal water as part of my skincare routine, but I really like this thermal water especially when I need to refresh my face after a long day

S E R I E S:

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Yay now off to my favorite part! I finished Westworld only in 4 days last weekend, and I can confidently say that it is my absolute favorite series for this year, and definitely one of my all time favorites. If you haven’t watched Westworld yet, I urgently ask you to spare a few days and dedicate them fully to this brilliant show. If you’re not convinced yet, this show features A-list actors and actresses including the legendary Anthony Hopkins

Here you have the show’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX3u0IlBBO4

P O D C A S T S 

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In 2016, I started getting into the world of Podcasts. I don’t feel I have enough background to mention my absolute favorite podcast for 2016, but it’s fair to mention one of my favorite channels, TED Radio Hour. As you can imagine, all the podcasts are informative and they cover interesting topics

M E M O R Y 

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I wanted to end this blog post with my favorite memory of 2016! Going through this year, I realized just how much I’ve been through with all my new experiences and adventures. If I have to pick one memory for this year, it would be in Budapest when I met my partner after a 6 hour ride from Prague, and a stop in Bratislava. I remember it was a long day filled with emotions, I was really anxious and excited to see my boyfriend after planning for this trip for so long. He couldn’t make it with me to Prague, but we met in Budapest and it was truly an unforgettable moment

Okay too much cheese for 1 post, what were your 2016 favorites?

Lara xx

New In: Skin Care & Makeup

I am not a huge makeup freak, but I like to experiment with my look every now and then, especially lipsticks and recently eye shadows. Skin care on the other hand, has been a subject of experimentation for a long time now.

I decided to dedicate a post to my recent makeup and skin care (some purchased and some I received as a gift), with a small first impressions review.

S K I N   C A R E 

1- Sephora Rose Face mask & Avocado Eye Mask

I haven’t tried both products yet, but I will surely keep you posted!

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2- Bioderma Micellar Water, eye cream, and Sebium Global

Hands down, this brand is one of my all time favorites and I am a very loyal customer! Their Micellar Water is definitely the BEST in the market and worth every penny. I’ve also been trying their eye cream and so far I am loving it. The Sebium Global cream I use every now and then, whenever I have a breakout 20161119_105435-edit

M A K E U P 

3- Lexi Cosmetics Nail Polish & Cuticle Treatment

This is a new local brand and I am so happy with the quality of their nail polishes. Even their topcoat is amazing, dries my nails in a few seconds. What I loved even more about this brand is that they have specific shades dedicated to a great cause, so when you buy those shades, the proceeds go to the specified NGO (Examples like DSC & No Label)

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4- Sephora Lip Stain #13 & Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

One of my favorite interns (Hi Zeina) told me about this Sephora lip stain, and I had to buy it as soon as I had a chance! Basically, it is the best lip color I’ve ever had in my life. No wonder it’s sold out all around the world

This concealer is a YouTube favorite to I had to give it a try. Sadly, it is not available in Lebanon 😦 It is perfect for everyday when you don’t want to overdo it with the makeup look, and it’s super pocket friendly

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5- NUXE Multi Purpose Oil & The Body Shop White Musk Perfume Oil

I’ve heard so many great things about multi-purpose oil so I had to give this one a try. To be honest I don’t use it regularly, but I can tell you it’s not greasy at all and it smells divine.

The White Musk scent is one of my favorites although it’s considered as a controversial scent, you either love it or absolutely hate it. This one is an oil perfume and it can last you for a full day

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Have you tried any of the listed items?

Lara xx

Products not Worth the Hype

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I have to admit, YouTube made me buy many beauty products! If you’re a YouTube fan like me, you know the power of Vloggers and all their beauty favorites. In my case I bought many beauty products and after giving them a chance, I realized that I was truly disappointed and unimpressed.

Before I begin listing the products, I need to mention that the products listed below didn’t work for me, but they might work perfectly well for you. Each person reacts differently to products and what works for you might not work for me.

1- Origins Charcoal Mask 

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This product has been a YouTube favorite for years and years. This summer, one of my blogger friends (Hi Aline) was in California so I asked her to get me this mask from Sephora. This mask is not terrible and I will probably still use it; but when you watch or read all the tremendously positive reviews on this product, you expect it to do much more, and in my case I wasn’t super impressed.

2- TRESemme Dry Shampoo 

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To be completely honest, before diving into the world of YouTube I didn’t even know Dry Shampoo existed. The reason is we don’t easily find Dry Shampoos in supermarkets so it’s just a product that you can easily not hear or know of. I have greasy hair, so when I heard of Dry Shampoos I knew I had to buy one. After giving this product so many chances, I finally decided that they are just not made for my hair. Every time I use it, my hair gets super greasy, it’s really embarrassing haha!

3- First Aid Beauty – Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream 

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This is also an other SUPER popular product/brand on YouTube. I don’t want to say I hate the brand because I’ve only used this product, but I can say that this sleeping cream did absolutely nothing to my skin, and for that reason I am not really impressed. I really do want to give their face masks a try, and once I do I will update you with my honest opinion. I also bought this product from Sephora California (Thanks Aline)

4- John Frieda Frizz Ease Touch-Up Cream 

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John Frieda is also a beloved brand online so I decided to give this touch-up cream a chance since I suffer from frizzy hair. This is also a product that has done absolutely nothing to my hair, the only thing it does is make my hair smell nicer, but other than that it’s useless in terms of eliminating the frizz. I am currently using the touch-up cream from Ultra Doux, I am not IN LOVE, but I have to admit it’s reacting better with my frizzy hair.

Which products did you regret buying?

Lara xx

Lush “Love Lettuce” Mask Review

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Hello everyone and happy Easter! Since today I am off from work, I thought of writing a beauty review of this mask that I have been using for the month of March.

I’ve always heard wonderful things about Lush Cosmetics, but to be honest I never bought any product from this natural/handmade brand.

After diving into the YouTube world, I started getting introduced to several products each day and Lush masks always make the best buy lists, so I had to try myself. The sales lady at Lush advised me to get the “Love Lettuce” mask based on my skin type and so I started using it every other day just like she recommended. Here you have my review

Pros:

– It’s natural which is awesome since you avoid using any chemicals on your face

– My face feels softer than before

– It actually exfoliates the skin too, so I felt it was getting cleaner as well

– Before I used the mask my face used to become oily by the afternoon, but this mask eliminated this oily skin problem

Cons:

– Actually the only bad thing about this product is that it has a very short shelf life. I have used this mask in the smallest size every other day, and it is still half full. I would hate to throw away half of my mask knowing that it’s a bit pricey. That is something to take into consideration if you are not willing to invest in a new face mask.

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Have a great week everyone!

Lara xx