KÉRASTASE RÉSISTANCE THÉRAPISTE

I have naturally wild, unruly, frizzy and dry hair and after all the hair-dyeing and blow drying that I subject it to…it is a hot mess. It is such a battle for me to try and find something to tame my hair and when I do, I wear it wild and proud because the frizz calms down and then I can get away with my untamed waves. My hair was always one of the things I hated about my appearance most, but it is finally growing on me …quite literally. I suppose all these big hair trends made me feel more comfortable and my friends are always telling me that people pay to have hair like mine so I have begun to realise that I am lucky. I think we need to do that more…to learn to love our imperfections and realise they are what make us unique.

So on the subject of nurturing my hair I decided to invest in the KÉRASTASE RÉSISTANCE THÉRAPISTE range. It is quite expensive but I have to say well worth it, if your hair sounds like mine then you should give it a shot. I  asked for samples first at my salon and the results were undeniable so I went back and bought it. This range is for very damaged, over-processed hair and the science within the formula literally restores your hair. It contains FIBRA KAP which is a powerful complex that compensates for missing KAPs (Keratin Associated Proteins) and it has a plant extract which revives hair after 10 years of near death. It is literally hair SOS and I swear my hair feels like it has been resuscitated. I can feel it getting shinier and healthier after every shampoo. I previously used Kerastase for years but my hair eventually became immune to it so I switched and this new formula is literally amazing. I will probably change after these bottle finish because I really believe that your hair gets used to a product and becomes resistant but I will 100% go back to it after mixing it up a little.

The products are available to purchase at professional hair salons.

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Kerastase Resistance Therapiste

Feel as though your hair is at the end of its tether? Are you forever doing hair masks but still find your hair dry and damaged? Are you seriously considering a Brazilian blow-dry? I think Zizzle has found the solution to your problems!

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If you have any of the following symtoms your hair is SCREAMING for Kerastase Resistance Therapie

Symptom #1: When you’re shampooing, the hair feels shabby and lifeless, almost like it’s disintegrating between the fingers.

Symptom #2: Visually, the ends look “burnt.” There are split ends everywhere.

Symptom #3: The lengths are tangled and brittle when you run a comb through your hair. The hair looks and feels inert.

Symptom #4: The colour is less vibrant and appears muddy, washed out and lifeless

Resistance Therapiste is designed for very damaged to over-processed hair. It is for hair at the erosion level 3-4 – An overall impression of dryness. Not as soft as it once was, the color is less vibrant. The ends are damaged. The sensation has gone from “rough” to “hard.” Damaged, broken and brittle, the hair feels as if it is disintegrating and the ends appear burnt. It becomes washed out, faded, lifeless. The hair looks and feels inanimate. For the first time, L’Oreal Advanced Research has succeeded in very closely targeting damaged, over-processed hair to give it new life. A range rich with four new product references benefitting from upgraded effectiveness.

L’Oreal Mythic Oil Serum

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I am forever looking for hair products to tame my mane, I have crazy in-between wavy and curly hair with crazy amounts of volume and in the summer plenty of frizz…not a good combination.  When I lived in Peru locals often called me “Cabello de leon” which means Lion hair so you can only imagine my loco hair. I tried the amazing Mythic Oil Serum from L’oreal and its really good, I tried it on wet hair and then tied it up to let it dry into curls hoping it would eliminate the frizz when it dried, and its pretty smooth! I added a little more when it was dry through the ends to give it some more texture and I’m really happy with the results.

Yesterday I used it after blow-drying my hair and it gave it a really nice shiny finish and gave definition to my waves. It has a 24-hour ability to smooth and protect hair from the effects of extreme heat, humidity and frizziness, L’Oréal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil Serum is great for the Middle East’s crazy heat. You can buy it in salons and the couture edition is priced at 130AED or 180AED for the regular edition.

The Jewel Edition bottle of Mythic Oil has a gorgeous, sparkling gift that captures the very essence of its sumptuous experience. I love the richness of the product and you only need a very small amount to get the desired effect! Speaking of effects I thought I would share this seasons looks from L’oreal. The 70’s brit pop shag layers cut is dominating runways as seen on British model Eddie Campbell. The beauty is in its versatility giving you the option to wear it fluffy, messy or tousled.

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Red is the key colour trend to pair with the cut, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Vanessa Hudgens have all been sporting it. I love red highlights but I hate how quickly the colour fades so I am really excited to try L’Oreals Carmine red highlights which contains a patented formula to provide an intense red that doesn’t fade!

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20 Questions About Make-up

I got these questions a couple of weeks ago from the lovely Laila, sorry its a little late but finally found time to answer them! I love receiving your emails! Your requests help me to know what you enjoy reading so keep them coming ❤

Do you remember your first make-up item? 

My mum bought me a Tinkerbell kids make-up set when I was 5 and I was completely obsessed with it!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 

I like mascaras that separate and push up your lashes without leaving clumps. For really dramatic lashes I use Dior Show, its really black and gives loads of volume and thickness but its REALLY hard to take off… that’s the downside. I love
Bad Gal by Benefit and Clump Defy by Maxfactor, the wand is amazing, you can use any mascara and define and remove clumps with that wand after.

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What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I like good coverage that looks natural, Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua are my favourites.

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Favourite high end brand? 
I don’t actually have one, if you look at my make-up collection you will find it is very mixed but I would say the items I couldn’t live without are made by Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Make up Forever.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
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Favourite drugstore brand? 
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Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
No, I only wore them once to a fancy dress party.

Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house without? 
I never leave the house without make up unless I’m going to the pool lol but bare minimum would be concealer and bronzer

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What is your most cherished beauty product? 
My Chanel Bronzer ^^^ I have used it since I was 15 and cannot live without it.

How often do you shop for make-up? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
A bit of both, before I used to shop for make-up a lot more often but now I tend to make a list of what I need and then go on a bit of a haul, I do pick up items off the list too as I like to try new things and sometimes if I see offers while I’m shopping I’ll get some bits.

Do you have a beauty secret? 
Hmm not really because I like to share all my beauty secrets with you guys! umm…let me think…. I hate wasting products so if my lipstick is almost finished or breaks I scoop it out and mix it into one of my lip balms or with Vaseline to make it tinted. If one of my eye-shadows cracks I spray make-up fixing spray on top of it put a tissue on it and then a 1 dirham coin or 10p and apply pressure for 30 seconds, when you lift it its as good as new! (obviously change the object you apply pressure with depending on the shape and size) Also you know when your powder/blusher/bronzer compacts are about to finish and there’s some around the edges that eventually cracks I mix them into my bronzing pearls (if they are similair shades).

What type of product do you buy the most of? 
Lipsticks and lip-glosses

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I try to read ingredients and pick up the ones with less but generally they are difficult to avoid! I also always do a lead test with lipsticks, put the lipstick on your hand, rub a gold ring on it and see if the lipstick colour turns black, if so it contains lead.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

In London the beauty floor in Selfridges is like Paradise for me, seriously I’m like a kid in a candy shop and in Dubai its gotta be Sephora!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I love trying new skincare products, I always feel my skin becomes immune to a product after a certain time and the industry is constantly churning out new and improved formulas. I am a Clarisonic convert though, I will use that forever with different products.

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Sanctuary, OMG that sugar scrub ❤

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
No, So far I find they always do one better then the other and I never use them for both.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
No

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
Yes! I want to learn special effects makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
What don’t I love? I love all the colours, textures and packaging. I love how you can use products to enhance your natural beauty and it probably shouldn’t but I definitely feel make-up gives me more confidence. It changes the way so many women feel covering those things we hate people seeing like spots, pigmentation, scars, yeah… I LOVE MAKEUP!!

Sarah’s Smoky Look

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Smoky eyes suit every single eye colour because they just add that intensity making your eyes look lighter or brighter. Sarah has beautiful brown eyes and you can see in the before and after how it really makes her eyes appear lighter and stand out. I create smoky eyes with layers of colour so I work with a dark urban decay eye palette with 3 or four shades of greys and blacks. I brushed all over her eyelid with a silvery grey then took a more granite colour and worked it into the creases of her eyes. I took a black and added it to the outer corners and worked it inwards in the crease of the eye not going too far in. Then I took a charcoal black and worked it along the outer lash-line and then blended everything in. I added some eye-shadow under the eye and smudged it a little then finished with quite a thick L’oreal liquid liner and lashings of Maybelline Mascara.

If you look at the previous makeover I did on Ruth you can see the difference with how high I took the eye-shadow, on Sarah I stayed around the crease of the eye and left the space under the eyebrow, you could make the look more dramatic if you went up a little higher but I think this was just enough. If you stayed below the crease this would become more of a casual look.

Smoky eyes really make your eyes the focal point of your face and you can literally mute the rest which is exactly what I did. I evened out her skin-tone with some Body Shop Mineralise Foundation, brightened under the eyes with a Pixi concealer to make them stand out that little more. Then I contoured her nose with Pixi’s neutralise palette, sculpted her cheekbones and finished with a nude Benefit lipstick. This is a great evening look!

5 High Street Essentials To Enhance Your Natural Beauty

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This post is for Sarahjane08, I love getting your feedback and emails and will always try and do what I can to help you guys out. Sarah said she is on a budget and wanted to know what are good affordable products. When it comes to Fashion and Beauty I really don’t believe you need to spend money to look good. I have a mixture of high street and high end products and believe you can always rock what you’ve got.

I want to share 5 high street products that will transform your face and I have used them on my face to demonstrate how you can go from being a plain jane (no pun intended Sarahjane08 lol) to really enhancing what you’ve got.

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my 1st essential is a good concealer, I love L’oreals truematch range and used it under and a little on top of my eyelids, on blemishes and any areas that are generally darker just to balance out my skintone. Concealer makes you look refreshed and is definitely my number 1 product.

My 2nd must have is Clump Defy Mascara by False Lash Effect from Maybelline. This mascara was given to me at the Viva Beauty Awards and it is just as good as Benefits Bad Gal and Diorshow for just a fraction of the price. No surprise that it won beauty product of the year!

Thirdly I used L’oreals Super Liner Carbon Gloss. Eyeliner is a great way to define your eyes and really make them stand out. I know a lot of women struggle with applying liquid liners but there are some great youtube tutorials to help you out or try a gel liner for more control.

My 4th product is No.7’s High Shine gloss in a shade called smile by Boots. I love nude’s and natural pinks on lips and this is one of my favourite shades.

The final product I used is Topshops Glow Pot in Gleam. I used that in the inner corners of my eyes just to make my eyes pop a little more. I also applied some on my cheek bones and under my eyebrows to make them more defined.

If you use your makeup correctly it can really enhance what you have and learn how to make it give you what you don’t have (I create more sculpted cheeks with highlighter and contouring under my cheek bones). If you have big round eyes make your eyeline more straight at the ends to make your eyes longer, If your eyes are too close together, start your liner in the middle of your eye to create space between them.

Hope this helped Sarah x

A Refreshing Makeover

ImageI had 15 minutes to give Layan a quick makeover. She wanted something natural and fresh so I decided to stick with a pink dewy palette.

I began by applying L’oreals Truematch Foundation in D/W5 Gold Sand, I usually apply with a foundation brush and blend out with a flat Kabuki or Stipler but as I was pressed for time I went straight in with the Kabuki. I then took a light shade from Pixi’s neutralising kit and brushed it down the centre of the nose and under the eyes just to brighten and slightly contour. I sealed it in by patting Givenchy’s Loose Powder Prism Libre in Sweet Caramel, powders absorb excess product and keep the foundation matt allowing it to last longer.

I used Topshops Glow Pot in Shade Gleam to highlight under the brow with a Pencil Brush. Then I put Urban Decay’s Tainted eyeshadow shade all over the eyelid and added shade Deeper into the crease of the eye making the eyes bigger and more defined. I took a gel liner with a eyeliner brush and applied it along the lash line. I didn’t go over it with a liquid liner as I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. I finished the eyes with 2 layers of Clinique’s black Mascara.

I applied Givenchys lip liner in shade no.1 and then coloured in the lip with Lancome’s colour fever shine in 306. These lipsticks are really moisturising and have a glossy finish, not too shiny but just a little dewy to give you that fresh fuller lip.

Then I took my Large Angled Contour Brush and applied M.A.C’s Bronzing Powder in limited edition shade Solar Riche in the hollows of the cheeks to contour. I applied Benefits Coralista above the hollow on the cheek bone and then a touch of Bobbi Browns Shimmer Brick just above the Cheekbone to highlight and add another dimension. This is great to do on rounder faces as it gives you a more chiselled look.

Layans fresh and dewy look is complete 🙂

Sunsilk’s Seriously Silky Shampoo!

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Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Shampoo – AED16
Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Conditioner – AED19

A few weeks ago I was doing make up for the models at a Sunsilk sponsored Fashion show at the Mall Of The Emirates, to be honest the brand had never been on my radar before then. It was a pretty hectic day so I didn’t really get the chance to learn about the products but when I was leaving I was given some of their shampoos. I just tried one and t really is amazing! Since I went Ombre the ends of my hair are super dry, my hairs actually completely stripped and it was literally breaking off at the ends where its just been completely bleached out so I was in desperate need of a rescue remedy. I have been using argan oil and leave in conditioners which I do regularly because my hair is pretty dry even in its normal state but this shampoo has literally transformed it! Its co-created byThomas Taw of London, founder of Bobsoho Salon, famous for resuscitating damaged hair. I used their most advanced Damaged Hair Reconstruction formulation to give back extreme smoothness and health to your damaged hair and my hair feels like its been restored, its actually silkier then before the bleach!

Tom shared a tip, “check if you have any damage by pulling out a single strand of hair and submerging it into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is healthy; if it sinks, you are in need of some repair.” If it sinks ladies, you know what you need!

I find the most effective test is to hold your hair between your thumb and index finger at the roots, then slide your fingers downwards.

If the hair is healthy, when you repeat this, but moving your finger in the opposite direction, the feeling will be the same. If the hair is damaged, however, you will feel roughness or even hear a squeak, because the cuticles of the outer layer of the hair are broken, open, and raised.

The main thing to know is that an open and rough cuticle allows factors that threaten the health of the hair to easily pass through to the inner part of the hair fibres. The structure of healthy hair is characterized by an intact cuticle that tightly surrounds the cortex; when these are closer together, the hair is better protected from external damage.

They have a whole new range of 8 shampoos so find the one most suitable for you, these can be found at most supermarkets and are a fraction of the price of premium shampoos like L’oreal’s Kerastase, Goldwell and TIGI!