Soap and Glory Haul. Testing New Hair Products and Face Mask

Today, I will review 4 Soap & Glory products which I got in my GlamBox package. I came accross this brand 5 years ago and I like many of their body products. However, I never tried hair products or face masks before so let see how it will work.

1. Curls Allowed Shampoo – I don’t have a curly hair but still I am amaized by the shampoo. The texture is like nothing I experienced before. It is so consentrated and give lots and lots of foam. Absolutly in love with it and can’t wait to try their shampoo for fine hair. Wonder if it will work even better for my hair type.

2. Curls Allowed Conditioner – This product is from the same line as shampoo. The texture is very light weight, more into the range of hair serum. Smell is very present and super soft comparing with the majority of Soap & Glory range. It just keep my hair detangle and light weight.

3. Split Happens Conditioning Styling Oil – This one is my favorite from all the products I was trying today. It smells heavenly and it gives hair perfect shine without weighing them down. Plus, it have heat protection which just perfect if you are reagular user of hair styling tools. I guess this bottle will last for me a couple of years but I would deffinitly consider to get another one. By far it is one of the best hair oil on the market.

4. The Fab Pore, Pore-Refining Face Mask – The mask is my least favorite of all the products. It made me feel so cold like it is -30* at home. Can’t say that it did something to my pores but I deffinitly felt for super hot shower after it. This one I deffinitly not going to buy.

Let me now what is your favorite products of Soap & Glory in the comments below. Also, if you tried some of the products I reviewd, I would love to know your oppinion.

GlamBox Event at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

This September GlamBox hosted a wonderful event at Atlantis The Palm, Nobu Restaurant. The organization, beauty brands, and the venue was beyond my expectation. In fact, I always feel very honorable to be invited to GlamBox as I stand by their brand and products selection. During the event, I had a chance to speak directly with representatives of fabulous brands from the September issue. Below you can see the products which I got and soon will be trying and reviewing.

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For those who never came across GlamBox, in brief, it is a company which sends on monthly basis selection of beauty products. So every month is a surprise but always in the most wonderful way. Every time I get in the box something I love using and excited to recommend. So by just apply for a membership, you can be the lucky one who receives beauty surprises every month.

Here is what came in the September 2018 box,

Revlon Makeup Palette and Mat Lipsticks

Today the review is going to be about Revlon Makeup palette in Nude Colors and two recent mat lip products. My first impression of the palette was great, you can check it out my YouTube review. Revlon Palette includes 6 eye shadows, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses and 1 blush. Such an amazing set for everyday. In fact, it is a great purchase for traveling as you get all necessary products. Also, from many palettes that I had, I noticed that this one is super slim and doesn’t take much space. Mine has nudes colors which suit me really well. Besides, you cannot go wrong with it as colors are very soft and even if you are not a makeup artist, your face will look flawless. This palette is great to start if you don’t own any makeup or if you want to get maximum good products for the money.

  • Quality – good, easy to apply
  • Package –  great package, very thin and easy to fit in the purse
  • Effect – soft nudes colors, great for day looks and gives a nice fresh glow
  • Smell – none
  • Skin reaction – none, very comfortable for eyes and skin
  • Price – $$
  • Total – ★★★★★

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Moreover, I got two mat lip products in pink and red color, I am not sure of the name of each as it isn’t mentioned on the package. Those lipsticks were a love from the first side, especially the pink one. Pink is very easy to apply and it stays for the whole day. Red is beautiful as well but you need to have a lip pencil so your lips don’t look messy. I found the red is more tricky to apply and it is not as mat as the pink one. In addition, both of them doesn’t dry lips as all others mat lipsticks I ever tried. The texture is very smooth and light.

  • Quality – excellent
  • Package – very velvety and nice to hold
  • Effect – perfect mat lips
  • Smell – light berry scent
  • Skin reaction – none, comfortable for lips to wear it
  • Price – $$
  • Total – ★★★★★

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Laser Peeling Review

A week ago I tried laser peeling for my face, Ultra Peel and would like to share my experience. I did it in EuroMed Clinic which was opened recently in Dubai on Jumeirah Rd. This clinic is super clean and has the most sophisticated equipment in the beauty industry. Plus, they have one of the best cosmetologists, Rebecca Treston. So I was very confident that it is the right place to try something new for my face. When I entered, I saw lovely interior and cozy ambiance. I was asked to fill some documents regarding my medical history as well as my cosmetologist, Rebecca asked about my skin concerns. After our consultation, she recommended light peeling, explained healing process and what I can achieve with this treatment.

The procedure takes just 10-20 minutes and it is not painful (from 0 to 10 pain level), I would give 1-2. You will feel mainly tingling and a little burning on your face. But as I said is the least painful cosmetic procedure ladies go for.

After peeling is over, cosmetologist put some healing cream. Then I was asked to go to another room for calming face mask which took 10 minutes more. During it, I was feeling that my face is actually burning. The whole experience identical to a mild sunburn.

In fact, the first day after laser peeling, it is the most painful time. Pain level for me was 3, as I said identical experience with a sunburn. The skin is extremely sensitive so be prepared that you will not be able to put any face cream neither foundation for sure. I tried 5 different creams but once I apply my face was on fire so I had to remove it same second. The only product I could put is 100% pure Argan Oil. So my personal recommendation first day, forget about your beauty products just apply some light and pure face oils.

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Day 1.  Right after peeling, ready to go home.

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Day 1. Getting more pink, 1 hr. later

After 2 hours the pink look went away but then in the evening I felted again. Burning sensation was on and off the whole day. During Day 2 my face looked nice but felt very tight and dry.

The next three days (Day 3, 4, 5), my skin was peeling a lot so it was impossible to apply foundation. Almost like a snake losing its skin. So be prepared not to put any makeup during those days at least for a week after you did laser peeling. However, my skin looked quite good even without any foundation. I was going to the events but no one noticed anything. If you look at the person from a normal distance, skin looks fresh and even.

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Day 3. Lots of dead skin on the surface.

Then after the skin fully recovered, my face looked even, blemishes disappeared and pores became much smaller. I absolutely love the result and would love to do this procedure at least once a year in between my semi facials with the massage. In fact, laser treatments can solve many skin issues and make your face look like from a Vogue cover page. The most important are to find the right cosmetologist and a good clinic. If you live in Dubai, EuroMed Clinic is great for such serious treatments. Besides, they have many others services.

  • Name – Euromed Clinic
  • Location – Jumeirah Beach Road Umm Suqeim 1 – Villa 611
  • Treatment – Ultra Peel
  • Welcome – nice greetings and care
  • Service -excellent service, exceeded my expectations
  • Ambiance –  very nice and cozy
  • Price – $$$
  • Overall Experience – ★★★★★

Bigger Lips in 20 Minutes

 

Recently I did lip augmentation and decided to share my experience with you. Also, I recorded a full video about it, the same day  with an update after a couple of days. It is my fifth time of doing the injections so I have quite an experience of lip augmentation. This time my doctor injected Juvederm Ultra Smile 0.55 ml. The product is made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural part of our skin. Therefore, cannot lead to allergic reactions. The previous time, 10 months back I did two of such packages (Juvederm Ultra Smile 0.55×2).

The two main reasons I did it,

  1. Lip asymmetry
  2. Small lips

So the injections gave me exactly what I wanted. My lips got a much better shape and they became slightly bigger. Also, they look very natural and hard to tell that I did anything. Right after, I had small bruises for 6 days but it was easy to cover with a lipstick.

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Before

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After

FAQ

  • Is it pain?  – Yes, a little bit but only for a couple of minutes.
  • How long does it take to do lip augmentation? – Just 20 min.
  • For how long does it last? – Usually for a year, for me even longer like 1.5 years.
  • How much does it cost? – I paid last time $200 for 0.55 ml Juvederm Ultra Smile.
  • Do I need to stay at home after? – No, if your doctor is good and you follow all recommendations you can go to work the same day.
  • How I find a good doctor? – The best way by asking friends and people you know for a  doctor contact details.
  • If I don’t like, can I remove it? – Yes, you can remove it the next day, there is special injection and it is easy to correct.

This my experience, if you have something to add, leave the comment below. Also, feel free to ask questions, I would love to answer them.

GlamBox Korean Beauty Set Review

GlamBox is a fun way of discovering new beauty products and a great kit to start your own blog. I discovered this company during their event which was about an upcoming box for September and the theme was Korean Beauty. Venue took place in luxury restaurant, Ossiano Atlantis The Palm. During the event, there were beauty stands with lots of Korean products where I got a couple of nice samples to try it at home. Then the afternoon tea started. All guests were served with the finest snacks, desserts, and teas. It was one of the best  afternoon tea I had, plus was so much fun to learned about GlamBox . So for the event, I give A+ to GlamBox, really liked everything about it.

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September Box full of Korean beauty products.

For those who didn’t hear about GlamBox yet, here is a little info. The main concept of this company is to send you a box with 4-5 beauty products every month but you will never know what is coming in the next box so it is always a surprise. I guess it is a very popular concept in many countries, but had no idea it existed in the UAE. After the event, I received one of such dream boxes. In September, it was filled with Korean beauty products. The best part, that I never tried them before or any Korean products for that matter so I was thrilled to test it. Below is my review what I like and didn’t like about them.

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This modeling gel lip patch is a very fun thing to use. Unique concept although it doesn’t stick nor help with anything, felt like putting a cherry pudding on my lips. Also, lipstick is a nice beauty toy, it has pop-up pink color and very soft hydrating texture.

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This product is exactly what I needed. It has a creamy texture with soap touch, perfect for gentle face cleansing. Removes makeup and leaves skin crystal clean.

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Love this gel sponge for face wash, very unique and perfect for my daily skin care routine. Can be used for 2-3 months, it has gel texture which doesn’t change after usage.

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Eyebrow coloring mascara, perfect for people who color their eyebrows. Nice eyeliner in brown color, texture of a pencil. Nice products will definitely use them from time to time.

If you live in the Middle East, you can easily get your beauty boxes from GlamBox. To get started you will need to subscribe on their website in the Middle East, GlamBox.me. They have an option there to subscribe for 3, 6 or 12 months for 71-80 AED per month. Really great deal for beauty addicts. Wonder what they will put in their next box, maybe Russian beauty products…