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Sparkle With LUSH!


It’s finally that time of year, when the parties are endless, love is all around and happiness spreads like dandelions as we fill with holiday cheer!

Put on your best party suit and a bit of festive facial glam with Lush’s shimmering makeup range, and you’ll be sure to shine all season long.

Liquid Eyeliner

LUSH liquid eyeliners are vegan and made with two different types of base – Independent and Fantasy. These have a no-smudge, stay-put formula so your makeup will be party-proof all night long!

Cream Eyeshadow

The cupuaçu butter in the eyeshadows helps to set the color pigment nicely, so they offer beautiful color which doesn’t set straight away, giving you plenty of time to blend and get your look just right.

 

Liquid Lipstick

Lush’s liquid lipsticks have a super softening base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelia wax and rose wax. As well as being intensely skin-softening and soothing, the base also carries pigment incredibly well, so your lips will stay fabulous throughout the night.

You can check all their collection in all their branches or even order online.

Did you visit the newest branch in ABC Achrafieh?

Don’t forget to check the whole selection of festive gifts to delight everybody you know!

Kiehl’s Now In Lebanon!


I was invited a while ago, with my fellow bloggers, to the launch of the American, unorthodox brand Kiehl’s!

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With Lara Ajouz from Lara Speaks Style

 

After we got introduced to this innovative brand, I got more and more curious about it, because I haven’t tested it before, so I went to visit their branch in ABC Achrafieh to get more information.

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A bit of History

Founded in 1851 by John Kiehl, Kiehl’s began as a homeopathic pharmacy located at 3rd Avenue and 13th Street in the East Village of New York City.

In April 2000, the French beauty and cosmetics company L’Oréal acquired Kiehl’sL’Oréal stated it planned “to increase the brand’s presence but maintain it as a luxury line rather than a mass-market one”.

About their Products

They have a wide range of skin care products for men and women, they also have products for body as well as for hair.

Since I have mixed skin, I learned more about their Oily Skin Care System: The 3 steps to healthier skin.

To prepare my skin in the morning, I should start with the Ultra Facial Oil free Cleanser, which thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving skin looking more balanced, and leaves skin clean and refreshed without over drying.

Then I use the Ultra Facial Oil Free toner which gently removes residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.

And then apply the Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream, which visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface and Re-balances skin barrier for a smoother, fresher appearance.

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Mixed skin products

If you still didn’t check their products, you definitely should and don’t forget to ask for your samples to test them at home!

Boost Your Day With Lemon Water!


Lemon is undoubtedly one of the most widely used citrus fruits in the world.  It contains a very high level of vitamin C. Though, the inner flesh is extremely sour to be eaten, it is often used to add flavor to other ingredients and dishes due to its refreshing smell and tart flavor.

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One of the great ways to use lemon in the morning is squeezing half of a lemon and adding it to a cup of warm water.

A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A.

But how is Lemon water beneficial to your health?

Drinking a cup of warm lemon water in the morning is like doing magic to your body, here’s how:

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– Reinforces your immune system:

Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies. Lemon water can help keep you healthy and beat off infection.

– Helps in curing a throat infection:

If you have a sore throat you could make a warm lemon drink to sip every couple of hours. That said, if you are having a lemon water every morning you’re probably unlikely to get one in the first place.

– Mood energizer:

The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

– Freshens your skin:

Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. Vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.

Further, lemon juice can be applied topically to scars and age spots to help reduce their appearance.

Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.

– Weight loss:

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings.

For a quick weight loss proper hydration of body is required. Drinking good amount of lemon juice can improve metabolism. As metabolism improves, the body starts burning fat after workout. So sip a lemon drink and enjoy the taste. But you should add honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners to reap maximum benefits.

– Aids in digestion:

Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating.

Not only will this killer combination relive indigestion, it will also help flush you out.

– Reduces bad breath:

The high antioxidant and antibiotic compounds in lemon water may also help reduce body odor over time.

Besides fresher breath, lemons have  been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

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There really are a lot of good reasons to start your day with the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon in a glass of water. After drinking, wait 30 minutes before you eat your breakfast so the lemon water can work its way through your system. This gives the lemon water a chance to flush out your system of debris and toxins and prep if for your meals!

Try it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes, I would love to hear your experiences.

Rejuvenate and Revive Dull Summer Skin!


A while ago, I introduced to you the revolutionary “Innovi Cell Therapy Clinic” and the interesting services they provide.

If you haven’t had the chance to check my previous post, you can check it out here.

After my visit to their clinic in Sodeco, I got the chance to test two of their services, the “Cosmo Peel” and the “Ozone Therapy”.

I chose to test the “Cosmo Peel” because I had acne and scars, especially on my cheeks and on my chin.

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The “Cosmo Peel” treatment is by “Dermaceutic Laboratoire”, which is the partner of choice for over 30,000 aesthetic dermatology specialists throughout the world.

One of the first cosmeceutical companies to develop products using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, stabilized vitamin C, and glycolic acid; Dermaceutic has led the cosmeceutical industry in the discovery of effective combinations of ingredients for use in aesthetic dermatology.

A Dermaceutic Rejuvenation Cosmo Peel is a simple procedure with very low down-time in most cases. It is recommended for advanced signs of sun damage and ageing of the skin such as loss of elasticity, scars, wrinkles and a smokers complexion.

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The “Cosmo Peel” is one of the deepest chemical peels, it includes 4 in clinic peels. Each peel is spaced 2 weeks apart and takes approx. 20 mins.

How does the “Cosmo Peel” work?

The session is of several steps and lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.

First the skin is cleaned with a pre-peel cleanser, then the main product is applied all over the face, except the eyes area. During this phase, you will feel a weird sensation of tingling and heating, which is completely normal and is sign that the product is working fine.

The skin care specialist was so kind and considerate during this phase and during all the treatment, she tried to make the experience as comfortable as she could.

After the application time is over, the skin care specialist applied the Cosmocream, which gave my skin an immediate sign of comfort. I had to keep this cream on my face for the following 12 hours. (No face washing before going to bed!).

A few days after the treatment, my face started to peel, it started with my nose area, then moved to the cheeks, then forehead and chin.

I was expecting it to be annoying, and I thought that I would be hiding from people during this period, but on the contrary, my skin was peeling gradually and wasn’t annoying to others.

During 15 days, I was just using the Sun Ceutic sunscreen before going out to protect my skin from UV light and I couldn’t spend any time under the sun.

After my skin peeled completely, I could feel that my skin was softer and brighter and the scares were reduced.

For a more optimal result, it is recommended to repeat the treatment at least four times every two weeks.

Everyone can benefit from the Dermaceutic gentle peels. They produce drastic results, from which recovery is quick with no time taken from work or family.

Whether you are 20 or 50, you can begin a program of skin rejuvenation to keep your skin looking great!

Stay tuned for my last post where I will be explaining more about the Ozone Therapy!

Stem Cell Therapy In Lebanon


There’s a medical clinic, who opened its doors recently in Lebanon, that combines medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology, where they use stem cell therapy, other cell therapies and a range of treatments to cure diseases, alleviate symptoms, relieve pain and improve the quality of life of their patients, on the inside and out.

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Innovi Cell Therapy Clinic, also banks your stem cells so that the day you need them, they’re ready to help you heal!

They use your own cells and the most advanced technology to treat skin injuries (including burns), heal wounds, and alleviate musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome – as well as many other conditions and diseases.
Their treatments are notable for their anti-inflammatory activity, ability to find and repair damaged tissue, and capacity to repair and recover quickly, with minimal scarring.
This rejuvenating technology can also restore you to your ideal image, healing stretch marks, eczema, wrinkles and other blemishes to give you the skin, weight and shape you’ve been wishing for.

They provide you with different kinds of services:

– Curing diseases: which include the Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cell Banking and the Ozone Therapy for all diseases.

– Rejuvenation services: Like the Laser skin rejuvenation, rejuvenation for face, neck and hands, stretch mark and burn elimination, acne treatment…

– Non surgical procedures: Non surgical fat removal, non surgical body firming and toning

– Glyco Line: which is a complete exfoliating program that stimulates cell renewal and boosts collagen formation, firming the skin and treating wrinkles, lines, pigmentation and excess sebum.

As well as you can find fillers and Botox services.

Innovi Cell Therapy Clinic, is not a beauty clinic, these cosmetic procedures complement their work in stem cells, a far less understood and rapidly evolving area of medicine.

As well as stem cell therapy, their expert doctors and scientists are specialists in a whole range of regenerative medicine, including orthobiology, bioactive stimulators and PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
Only the Innovi Clinic in Lebanon masters and combines such a broad range of modern therapies to give you exactly the combined treatment you need.
Their stem cell therapy uses your adipose stem cells – cells from your own fat – which are available up to 250 times more readily than those found in bone marrow and easily harvested under local anesthetic.

Stay tuned for my second post to check the services that I tried!

10 reasons why you should be drinking Rooibos Tea


Most of you know that I am a tea freak! Everywhere I go, I keep searching for new flavors and combinations to try. But this time I had a full box delivered to my desk, the best gift anyone can ever offer. It was a Dilmah wooden box full of 5 different tea flavors: Earl grey, Naturally Zesty Lemon, Pure Green, Pure Peppermint leaves and Organic Rooibos.

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I hadn’t try the Rooibos flavor before, but it turned out to be a really magnificent plant, here’s why…

Rooibos, meaning “red bush”; is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa’s fynbos.

The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos or bush tea. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries.

Rooibos is becoming more popular, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to these 10 amazing health benefits. Pay attention ladies to benefit #8 😉

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1- Caffeine Free: 

The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine. This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women. The other key benefit of no caffeine is that rooibos tea can be consumed in unrestricted amounts.

2- Contains powerful antioxidants 

Rooibos tea contains a wide array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilize themselves. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.

 

3- Prevents against some cancers

Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) properties. This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.

 

4- High mineral content

One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health. These include: magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium & manganese (essential for strong teeth and bones), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen).

 

5- Improves circulation

One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

6- Relieves stomach complaints

As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin. It has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion. Flavonoids are known help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies. It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies. As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.

 

7. Aids absorption of iron

Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea supports the body in absorbing iron. Rooibos tea contains less than half the tannins of black tea.

 

8. Can relieve skin conditions

A recent found that rooibos tea can help you to look more beautiful! Rooibos tea contains phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.

 

9. Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease

Drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This occurs when free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s.

 

10. Encourages restful sleep

Rooibos is unique in that it can be consumed as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it’s known to help people to feel calm and relaxed.

 

Did you have the chance to taste it?

Will you add the Rooibos tea to your morning ritual? 

 

All New Self-Preserving Products from LUSH


Lush has always used natural preservatives like salt, honey and clay to keep its products fresh for longer. As a result, more than 70% of its range is entirely self-preserving – something not many other cosmetic companies could claim.

 

But that wasn’t enough, Lush has come up with an innovative way to re-balance its formulations, which means that the artificial preservatives can be removed from some of the products 
that you know and love, all without significantly altering the look, the feel, the price, or reducing the shelf life, and always with the freshest ingredients.

 

The original preserved versions will continue to be stocked, but Mask of Magnaminty, Ocean Salt, Dream Cream and Sympathy for the Skin are now available in self- preserving formulas – with lots more to come!

 

Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving

A multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients to clean, calm and clear the skin – now in a self-preserving formula.

Easily smoothed over the skin anywhere you like, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish, antibacterial honey, and peppermint oil to stimulate the blood cells just under the surface of your skin to leave it looking bright and refreshed.

 

Ocean Salt Self-Preserving

Cleansing lime, coconut and sea salt scrub. Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water, then cleansing and refreshing it with lemon, grapefruit and lime juices. Fresh avocado moisturises and softens the skin, while violet leaf absolute calms and nurtures. Use it on oily skin every day and use it to refresh dry skin once a week.

 

Dream Cream Self-Preserving

A soothing and all-round dreamy hand and body lotion that’s suitable for everyone – now in a self-preserving formula.

This simple cream works like a dream on upset skin: cooling and soothing ingredients like oat milk, rose-water and chamomile blue oil calm down hot and itchy skin, as well as a  blend of essential oils help to nurture skin: redness-reducing rose absolute, anti-inflammatory chamomile blue, antibacterial and antiseptic tea tree and conditioning lavender.

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