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My take on eyelash enhancement treatments

Hello everybody!

 

Eyes are our windows to the outside world and they provide others with glimpses into our inner thoughts and feelings. I am lucky enough that I was born with long lashes, but just like most of the girls, taking a special care of the beauty of my eyelashes and trying to add to their allure is my number one beauty interest.

 

Having said this, it is not a secret that I tried most of the eyelash growth, volumizing, and curling treatments out there, from semi-permanent eyelash extension, LVL treatment, to using eyelash growth serum.

 

In this post I will compare between both treatments and share with you my thoughts about them and my take on each one of them.

 

  1. LVL eyelash treatment:

LVL stands for length, volume, and lifting. The idea of LVL eyelash treatment is simple, a therapist uses a setting serum to straighten your natural lashes at the root (making them look curled up), and then your lashes are tinted, creating the appearance of mascara.

 

Treatment duration Pain Price Post treatment care My take on it
45 min to 60 min None From AED 250 – AED 400 Avoid water touching your eyelashes for the next 24 hours. –          Looks supernatural, as if you haven’t done anything to your eyelashes.

 

–          Treatment providers tell you the results can last for 6 weeks. In my case they only lasted for 10 days or less.

 

–          No risk of your own eyelashes falling because of this treatment.

 

–          Normal mascara usually gives me more visible results in terms of eyelash curl and colour.

 

 

  1. Semi-permanent eyelash extension:

My favourite eyelash extension hack since 2011! There is more than one type of lash extensions, including: synthetic, silk, and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 20mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using special glue that is formulated in a way that will not irritate the eye.

 

Treatment duration Pain Price Post treatment care My take on it
Up to 2 hours None From AED 250 – AED 600 Avoid water touching your eyelashes for the next 24 hours. –          It is called fake lashes, so you don’t expect your eyelashes to look natural! Everyone will know you have done something ‘beautiful’ to your eyelashes.

 

–          Lasts for 2 – 4 weeks, if you take good care of them. You can do refills, up to 2 to 3 times, so one set can last up to 3 months with refill sessions.

 

–          Saves time and effort wasted in trying to wear temporary eyelashes and perfecting them.

 

–          The risk of your own eyelashes falling down is high. However, you will get them back in 4 weeks.

 

–          You don’t take them off on your own, this procedure should be done at the beauty center using special product.

 

–          When you take them off, it will take you couple of days to get used to your looks without the eyelash extension.

 

  1. Eyelash enhancing serums:

These are the healthiest eyelash treatment you can give for your eyelashes hands down. They guarantee lengthier lashes that are the real deal. These products are packed with conditioning peptides and fatty acids to stimulate and promote growth. The best part: they’re simple to apply, too.

 

Treatment duration Pain Price Post treatment care My take on it
Should be applied on eyelashes once a day. Results can be seen after 4 to 4 weeks. None Approx. AED 300. Can be bought from most of beauty centres. –          Must be applied on clean eyelashes (after cleaning your eyes from makeup or before wearing makeup.

 

–          Avoid going out in the sun while wearing the serum.

–          Apply on the serum every night on clean eyelashes.

 

–          Apply it every day and you will see the results in 3 to 4 weeks.

 

–          The result is fuller, curlier, and longer lashes.

 

–          In my opinion this is the best solution to get your eyelashes back to norm after wearing semi-permanent eyelashes sets for so long.

 

–          I have sensitive eyes, but the serum I’m using did not cause any side effect. However, I would recommend that you consult a doctor before using it.

 

Sumptuous Scervino

When it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for a special evening out, I’ve always been a fan of feminine pieces. I’m talking about sophisticated as opposed to over-the-top ruffles. To be honest, I’m a bit of a fusspot when it comes to pulling my outfits together and am guaranteed to spend a good month on the hunt before I narrow in on my prey. I discovered Ermanno Scervino’s Spring Summer 2016 collection when I was on the hunt for a wedding outfit. Granted, the wedding isn’t until April, but I gave myself plenty of time because it’s a close friend’s special day.

The whole collection is right up my street. It’s feminine, with its gorgeously soft fabrics, effects of lace and sharp cuts. If there’s a piece every woman should have in her wardrobe, it’s a timeless gown that does all the talking, without the need to accessorise. Over the years, I’ve found it’s a go-to item that you can revisit and pull out of the wardrobe when you need to impress.

Ermanno Scervino ticks all of my boxes. The dusky pink and white lace gowns in their new collection are elegant and ooze femininity. They look expensive, which may sound like a silly statement but in my experience, you can pay a lot of money for items and not be able to decipher their worth. These dresses look and feel high quality – think investment pieces. As they look very feminine, you can wear them in many different ways depending on the season and occasion. In the summer or at a wedding (which is where I’ll be donning my gown), you can wear an elegant strap heel. You don’t need to accessorise more than that. The dresses make enough of a statement! To add some edge in the winter months or for less formal occasions, you can add a strong ankle boot. As I said, they’re timeless so you can update the accompanying shoe and keep the dress as the staple.

Of course, while I was looking for my gown, my eyes were averted to the other pieces in the Ermanno Scervino collection. Like a kid in a candy shop. I’ve fallen in love with the tuxedo dust coats. They’re not for everyone, but I like sharp pieces in my wardrobe. I tend to wear them to death, until I realise I may have over worn it and will then tuck it into the back of my wardrobe, before resurrecting again a year down the line. It’s an item I’d recommend for those who like to stay ahead of the trend. You can wear it on top of your gown or pair with some simple trousers to make a statement.

All in all, for me, the great thing about the collection is that it’s effortless. Each piece can be worn alone, or you can layer and mix them up to create different looks. Stand out from the crowd!

Here are some photos from Ermanno Scervino’s SS16 collection, which is now available at the Dubai Mall.

Guess which one I will be wearing at my friend’s wedding? 😉

ermanno scervino ss 16 pink

ermanno scervino ss 16 white

ermanno scervino ss 16 yellow

ermanno scervino ss 16 colors

Things You Should Consider Doing Before Your Big 30

FullSizeRenderThere is no certain age for doing things you love. The perfect time to do things is when you want to do them, afford doing them and handle their consequences.
However, let us agree that as we grow up things change. We start having more responsibilities, our lives get more complicated and we have less time to do things we always wanted to accomplish.

For all those of you who have not turned 30 yet, here is a bucket list of things you may want to consider before your life gets too busy.

1. Travel more
Travel more and travel not like a tourist. Travel to exotic places and interact with strangers.

Traveling at a young age is desirable, because it teaches you a wide variety of things that you can use in your daily life, such as finding solutions to the most difficult situations, dealing with different mentalities and understanding others. Traveling makes you a street smart, which is a very important complement for being a school smart. Moreover, when you travel you acquire an exceptional wisdom that sometimes cannot be obtained from books.

2. Read more
Reading is your way to gain knowledge. At some point you may lose your job, position, health and even people, but you can never lose knowledge.

Also, a reader is a well-rounded person who is equipped with the best asset to face any life circumstances. So, read more when you are young, because the more you read the more information you have in your head and you never know when this information might come in handy.

3. Listen more, talk less
Listening does not only mean allowing others to complete their speech, but it also means that you are allowing yourself to understand the other person and get prepared to respond based on the situation. This will result in a deeper contribution to the conversation and will reflect a better image about you.

Listening helps you become a better thinker and a more balanced person, because you will train yourself to not to jump to conclusions without listening to the story from all dimensions. As a result people will appreciate you more and wait for what you are going to say.

4. Surround yourself with many people, but trust few
People. You cannot live without them, but you have to be careful with them. They are the best and the worst thing that happens to you. Some will help you become a better person and others will drag you down to their level. Some people will betray you and walk away from you when you need them the most.

Only few people will change your life to the better, so it is worth it to spend your life looking for them. When you find them, hold them close to you and do for them as they do for you.
To be able to find the precious few, surround yourself with many people, winnow out those who you don’t need in your life and allow a limited number of people in your close circle.

5. Your health is priceless, appreciate, nurture and protect it
When you are in your 20s your health is at its peak, so don’t take it for granted because it will not stay like that for the rest of your life.You have to appreciate your health and nurture it to maintain your strength and energy across your life span. This can be realized by:

a) A healthy and a balanced diet, to reduce disease risk, regulate your blood cholesterol levels and maintain a strong immune system.

b) Steady exercise to boost your brain power, save your brain from cognitive decline at an older age and sharpen your memory and ability to learning new things.

In addition to your body, you have to take care of your skin. When you are in your twenties your skin is in its ‘glory years’ and if you don’t take care of it now, then it will start losing its radiance at an early age. My advice to you is to consult an expert and start using anti-aging products now. Remember that when you get older, your skin starts losing collagen and elastic tissue and the best thing you can do to delay the appearance of the thin lines on your face is wearing sunscreen to protect your skin against early aging caused by the sun’s UV lines.

6. Learn to be patient
It is said that: “In order to live happy you have to plan in decades, work in years and live in days”. I agree with this saying to a great extent. In my opinion one should learn to be patient, because valuable things will not come to you quickly. Things that take time to be built and gained are the things that you will appreciate the most and will be careful not to lose.

Another good thing about not getting what you want immediately is that when you get used to living for a long time without the things you like, it will be easier for you to get along with life if you lose them again. If you know how life feels like without something, it won’t scare you to lose it, because we are only afraid of the unknown.

7. Embrace failure and rejection with grace
Failure is not the end of the world, but it is the key to success.
In fact, failure is a great opportunity to understand your weaknesses, strength points and learn from your own mistakes.

The more you fail, the harder you get on yourself and become more determined to succeed. Always remember that the most successful stories in life had a long hard struggle behind them and a person who has never failed has never lived.

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Previously in this section:
wafasdiary.com/2016/01/life-experiences

Welcome On Board!

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Hello friends,

Welcome on board to this new section in Wafa’s Diary 🙂

This is the first time I write a non-product profiling topic. In my one year or so of blogging experience, I have not shared any personal experiences or lessons that I learnt the hard way sometimes and the easy way at other times.

Usually I am a person who sets up high walls around herself and does not open up easily or tell others what she thinks or feels. Although I might seem the most talkative one in any group I am in, but if you listen carefully to what I say you will find out that it is either incomplete or does not answer any queries.

Generally, I am very comfortable in talking in one on one meetings, whether they are casual or formal. I find gatherings awkward. I feel shy to talk when surrounded by many people. Some people think I am arrogant or not sociable. In group meetings, I either become a listener or escape to socializing virtually through the social media applications on my mobile phone. If I find myself obliged to talk or practice actual socialization, I get along with it by releasing a lot of smiles or interjections.

However, this has been changing recently thanks to a friend of mine, who has helped my mind let go allowing me to express myself with ease. This has led me to open this new section in the blog, under the name (Life Lessons). This division is a significant progress for me. Of course, I am still uncomfortable expressing myself ‘too much’ in group meet-ups, but at least, now I can write to you sharing my own thoughts, and opinion.

Here’s a shout out to my friend and if you guys like what you read in this section please say ‘Thank you Yin’. 😀

Now, let’s move to the next topic in this part of the blog:
Things You Should Consider Doing Before Your Big 30

Recke Multicooker, a Superstar in my Kitchen :D

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Hi world!

Today I want to talk about my experience with Recke Multicooker.

I’ve been using this magical machine for more than a month and I’m very satisfied with it so far.

The machine makes cooking an easier and more enjoyable experience for all levels of cookers. It can do cooking, frying, boiling, steaming and baking all in one machine

All what you have to do is choose a recipe (the packaging comes with a recipe book that includes more than 250 selected recipes from different cuisines including: Arabic, Asian, European and others). If you already know some recipes then you can jump immediately to the next step and place the ingredients into the Recke Multicooker.

Then you have to choose one of the automatic cooking programs and adjust time and temperature manually in Pro.mode.

Press start and leave your food cooks by itself. After few minutes the machine will beep announcing that your food is ready to be served. Pour your food into your favourite serving plate, do some garnishing and Tadaaa! your meal is ready 😀

The model I got for review is MC-X170 MultiCooker and it has the following features:

  • About 70 cooking programs, 20 Automatic/49 Manual
  • PRO+ Mode with Meal Type Selection
  • Touch Control Panel
  • 5L, 2.0 mm Non-stick Ceramic-coated bowl
  • with Handles (GREBLON® Germany)
  • Minimize use of oils/fats for Healthy Lifestyle
  • Power: 860W, Voltage: 220~240V, 50-60 Hz
  • Heating temperature up to 180°C

The packaging comes with the following accessories

  • 250 Recipe Book, Steam container, Yogurt cup set
  • Spoon & Ladle, Measuring cup,
  • GREBLON® Ceramic coated bowl – 5L

My opinion on Recke Multicooker:

  • The fact that you need to add less or no cooking oil to your food when using this machine, makes it a very good option for  getting tasty and highly nutritious food.
  • The design of the machine which comes with a sealed cover makes food save its own juices which preserves a natural taste.
  • The multicooker saves some space in the kitchen because it does cooking, frying, steaming and baking tasks all in one machine.
  • If you have kids, you don’t have to worry about them opening the cooker, because you can easily click the lock button and rest assured about your kids safety.
  • If you are an amateur cooker, you do  not have to worry anymore about how many minutes you need to leave your food cooking on the stove, because with Recke all you need to do is select cooking program and the timer will start counting down till the cooker automatically stops when the food is cooked.
  • When I got the cooker, I was worried at the beginning that it won’t have enough space for cooking for a big number of people, but for my surprise Recke Multicooker had enough space to cook large meals feeding up to 10 people.
  • To sum it up, Recke Multicooker is a Superstar in my Kitchen!In addition to the model I have (MC-X170 MultiCooker), the company sells the following models:
    MC-110 MultiCooker
    MC-150 MultiCooker
    MC-150 Limited Edition

Want to buy your own cooker?
Follow this link for details: http://myrecke.com/where-to-buy/

 

مرحبا يا أصدقائي!
اليوم حابة أتكلم عن تجربتي في استخدام جهاز ريكي للطبخ بأساليب مختلفة (كسلق الطعام، والشواء، والخبز، والقلي، وغيرها من أساليب الطبخ المعتادة).

 

انا استخدم الجهاز من أكثر من شهر، وسعيدة جداً بتجربتي حتى الآن.

 

أهم ما يميز الجهاز أنه بيجعل تجربة الطبخ سهلة وممتعة للجميع سواء كنتم محترفين أو مبتدئين في الطبخ.

 

كل ما عليكم هو اختيار الوصفة التي ترغبون بطبخها (يأتي مع الجهاز كتاب يحتوي على أكثر من 250 وصفة متنوعة بين المطبخ العربي، الآسيوي، الأوروبي، وغيرها). أما إذا كانت لديكم وصفة جاهزة في البال، فبإمكانكم الذهاب مباشرة إلى الخطوة التالية، وهي أن تضعوا جميع المكونات في جهاز الطبخ.

 

وبعد ذلك، عليكم أن تختاروا برنامج الطبخ الأوتوماتيكي الملائم للطبخة التي تعدونها، وقوموا بتعديل الوقت والحرارة يدوياً من خلال الاعدادات الخاصة.

 

اضغط على زر التشغيل واترك الطعام لبضعة دقائق حتى تسمع صفارة الجهاز التي تخبر عن الانتهاء من الطهي. اسكب الطعام في إنائك المفضل، وقم بتزيينه بالطريقة التي تروق لك حتى تستمتع بأشهى الأطباق!

 

الموديل الذي حصلت عليه هو (MC-X170 MultiCooker).

 

ويتمتع بالخصائص التالية:

  • حوالي 70 برنامج طبخ (20 برنامج أوتوماتيكي، و49 يدوي)
  • برنامج الاعدادات المتطورة واختيار نوع الطعام
  • لوحة تحكم باللمس
  • مساحة الوعاء تصل إلى 5 لتر، مع غطاء سيراميك بسماكة 2 مم.
  • حامل يدوي (GREBLON® Germany)
  • التقليل من استخدام زيت الطهي، ليمنحك خيار أكل صحي
  • مميزات الطاقة: 860 واط، 220 إلى 240 فولت، و50 إلى 60 هرتز.
  • تصل حرارة الطبخ إلى 180 درجة سيليزية.

 

الاضافات والاكسسوارات المصاحبة:

يأتي الجهاز مع كتاب يتضمن أكثر من 250 وصفة طبخ، وإناء للطبخ على البخار، وأواني خاصة بطهي اللبن (الروب)، وكوب للقياس، بالإضافة إلى ملعقتي سكب.

 

رأيي بجهاز ريكي للطبخ بأساليب متعدد:

  • يتيح فرصة للحصول على أكل شهي وصحي بنفس الوقت لأنك لن تحتاج إلى زيادة كميات كبيرة من زيت الطهي.
  • يتمتع الجهاز بتصميم خاص يتميز بالخطاء المحكم الذي يساعد الطعام على الاحتفاظ بالسوائل الخاصة به، مما يجعله يحافظ على نكهة طبيعية.
  • يساعدك ريكي على توفير المساحة في المطبخ، لأنه يقوم بالعديد من مهام الطبخ في جهاز واحد.
  • لا داعي للقلق من أن يقوم الأطفال بفتح وعاء الطبخ، لأنه يمكنك بسهولة الضغط على قفل الأمان للتأكيد من سلامة أطفالك.
  • لا داعي للقلق إذا كنت لا تعرف كم من الوقت يجب أن يستهلك الطعام على النار، لأن جهاز ريكي يقوم بالتوقف عن العمل فور انتهاء المدة اللازمة للطبخ بفضل ميزة العد التنازلي الأوتوماتيكي.
  • عندما بدأت باستخدام الجهاز كنت أعتقد أن مساعة الوعاء لن تكفي لطبخ كميات كبيرة من الطعام، لكن ريكي كان على قدر التحدي واستطعت أن أستخدمه لطبخ ما يكفي حتى 10 أشخاص.
  • ببساطة، هذا الجهاز هو نجم جديد في عائلة الأجهزة المطبخية!

بالإضافة إلى الموديل الذي حصلت عليه، توفر الشركة الموديلات التالية.
MC-110 MultiCooker
MC-150 MultiCooker
MC-150 Limited Edition

للتعرف على أماكن بيع الجهاز، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي:
http://myrecke.com/where-to-buy/

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I am Back!

Hi my lovelies!

It’s been a long time since I got in touch with you through the blog! I miss you all <3

We had some technical issues, but we are back stronger than before and ready to rock it out 😉

Love you all and I’ll come back soon with interesting news!

bisous xx

مرحبا يا أحلى متابعين،

من زمان ما تواصلت معكم عبر المدونة. كان في مشاكل تقنية والحمدلله قدرنا نحلها.

استنوني ورح أرجعلكم بموضوعات حلوة كتير، يا رب تكون على ذوقكم!

بحبكم كلكم
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