Home Spa Treatment

Nothing is quite as fun and relaxing as a day of pampering, and since we may not get the chance to treat ourselves often I’ve put together some of my favorite products for a home spa treatment.
Sheet Masks

Ideally, it’s best to start with the gooey stuff like thick face or hair masks. You can try my go-to dewy skin mask which is oh-so smelly but incredibly rejuvenating. I’ve also previously talked about my love for the Sephora Sheet Face Masks which are really gentle but have super hydrating powers.

A new favorite is the Starskin Gold Mask which was a pleasant surprise for me. I always worry about my skin breaking out from new products and so I’m very careful about what I try on my face, and this mask is very soothing and moisturizing. Home Spa

Next up is – in my opinion – the best part, a soak in the tub with some Lush Bombs. The Rose Bombshell smells like the Rose Argan conditioner, a candy and rose water explosion that soothes the senses and relaxes the mind. The flowering tea bath dunk is literally like lying on a field of glittering lavenders, and like all lush products leaves the skin soft and supple.

Lush Rose Bath Bomb Bath Dunk

I recently discovered a natural-based brand in Dubai that makes beautifully scented olive soap bars. Olive soap is so common in most arabic households and I use it around the house for so many things, but I never thought to shower with it. The Shiffa soaps come in delicious scents and have a strong capacity for cleansing and moisturizing.

Natural Soap

Now that you’re out of the bath and glowing, it’s time for some more moisturizing. Sephora extended their line of sheet masks, and now have lip and hand masks as well. I try to put hand cream as often as possible throughout the day, but the dry weather and the constant washing and application of hand sanitizer tends to takes it’s toll on my skin. The hand gloves smell so good and are easy to apply, leaving you with an extended surge of hydration.

Hang Glove Sephora Hand Glove

You can’t have a home spa treatment without some oil and this Elemis Cellutox one is citrusy and very lightweight thus not leaving me with a sticky feeling after use. I usually like to apply pure Argan Oil, but I like how the Elemis oil is absorbed so quickly into the skin.

Elemis Oil

The last step is one of the most important, your eyes. I like to use the lightest possible eye creams during the day so my concealer won’t crease. However sometimes the skin around my eyes gets alarmingly dry and flaky, so I use a heavier cream like this SkinCeuticals Eye Balm during the night.

Skinceuticals Eye Balm

What products do you use when doing a home spa treatment, and are there any other steps you like to include? I’d love to hear about it from you.

xo Rania

Photography by Natelee Cocks.

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Spring Makeup Favorites

I haven’t done a beauty blog post in a while and so I decided to show you how I’d create a simple look using some of my spring makeup favorites for this year. My everyday look is usually the same, but I’m always into trying to incorporate new products especially as the seasons and trends change. At the moment I’m still using the same base for day-to-day outings which is the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment, but I’ve added the Nars Loose Powder (in ‘Eden’) to the mix which helps with keeping everything in place without looking caked on. The shade is too dark for around my eyes but adds a lovely and natural warm tone to my very pale complexion.

Loose Powder in Eden

Nars Loose Powder

For the next step I pulled out my current favorite palette by Too Faced, the Chocolate Bon Bon. The shadows and highlighters smell like actual candy and there’s a wide variety of shades from neutrals to brights, and mattes to sparkly to please everyone’s taste. I applied the shade Cashew Chew all over my lids, and a mixture of Almond Truffle and Cotton Candy to the outer corners of my eyes. I finally used Satin Sheets on my cheekbones to give me that shimmery glow I love so much. The application is just enough to  add pigment without looking over the top, so you can control how heavy the look turns out.

Spring Makeup

Too Faced Bon Bon

Illuminator

Mascara is so relative from person to person and is something I’m constantly experimenting with. Right now I’m using Urban Decay’s Perversion and it’s been working perfectly for me since it separates the lashes and gives length and fluffiness. I love using a lash primer or maximizer but it’s been a while and I’m so glad I picked up this False Lashes Maximizer by MAC because I was pleasantly surprised by the impact it makes.

Mac False Lashes Maximizer

Mascara

For my final step I applied my go-to lip shade for the season which is Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci. I can’t get enough of these liquid lipsticks, and in pure Stila fashion these come in tons of gorgeous shades and are incredibly long lasting without the extra drying factor. They’re also easy to remove which is plus since I hate looking like my lips have been mauled at. I saw this particular shade on my cousin and ran straight to Sephora the next day to pick it up, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I hope you liked this look and will be trying some of these products yourself. Let me know what your Spring Makeup Favorites are for 2016!

xo Rania

Spring Makeup Favorites

April 2016 Makeup Favorites

Stila Liquid Lipstick in Baci

Spring Makeup Favorites: Nars Loose Powder in Eden | Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon | Urban Decay Perversion Mascara | MAC False Lashes Maximizer | Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci. Photography by Natelee Cocks.

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Sephora Face Mask

I love a good salon facial but for the most part doing face masks at home seems more convenient. I usually stick to natural ingredients like this Dewy Skin Mask, which is what drew me to the new sheet masks from Sephora.

I wasn’t drinking enough water last week and my face got pretty dry and flaky, so I used the Rose Sephora Face Mask and it instantly rehydrated my skin. The masks smell amazing and are completely mess-free, which I love!

I’ve tried a couple of the eye masks as well, and although I’d like to tell you they will make your dark circles disappear, that’s not really the case with any product I’ve ever tried. The ginseng and lotus eye masks were both great for brightening and tightening the eye area, giving that ‘good night’s rest’ appearance.

Have you tried any sheet masks yet and if so, what are you favorites?

xo Rania

Sephora Face Mask