Ever since I had to chop off my long locks (it was so ruined by the sun) last year into a short bob…I’ve been heartbroken over it, 6 months has gone by and I still haven’t got over it.

Til now, I’m still convincing myself that change is good! Change is good…repeating myself over and over again in an effort to convince myself! Ok I admit, while the bob does suit me and my fiance tells me that he loves my hair, I can’t help but feel a bit green eyed, surrounded by lebanese women with perfectly long flowing locks looking like they were born from the hairdresser. With overwhelming frustration and determination for my quest to long hair,  I had gone overboard on googling hair vitamins, ‘Top 10 food for hair’, eating walnuts like there’s no tomorrow and looking for  products for strong thick hair (yes I foolishly fell for it hook line and sinker)!

This obsession means a trip to the hairdressers usually involves me bringing my own boatload of my hair products, stocked with shampoos, conditioners, hair thermal protection cream, spilt end protection and hair serum! Yesterday, I booked a coloring session with my hairstylist and midway while driving there ‘OHHHHHHH SHHHH…..TTTTTTT’ comes into my head! I had forgotten to bring my precious products…’Oh well, I guess I’ll manage without it this once’….

‘Where’s your bag’…my hair stylist immediately notices and yes he meant the ones I forgot back home… he starts laughing at my frown and then jokingly tells me that all my products are putting him out of work since I only come in once every 2 months!

During my appointment, I noticed a leaflet on the table for Keratase Elixir Ultime…I heard so much about them in the blog world, magazines and even at my local nail salon…It has gotten great reviews and feedback, even though I thought it was quite a bit expensive ($44)…I impulsively brought it and wow I do not regret it! Silk in a bottle, that’s what it is. This light serum, gave my hair shine and softness that it so longly missed. The secret in Exlir Ultime is due to a blend of beautifying oils of Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia and Argan oils.

Maize Oil delivers emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine. 

Pracaxi Oil brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair. 

Camellia Oil helps smooth the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine. 

Argan Oil helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.

According to the leaflet, it has multi-use..one of which I applied on my damp hair before styling and also as a finishing touch after.

  1. This product can be used before cleansing to remove impurities and deeply nourish.
  2. Elixir can be administered to damp hair for intense conditioning.
  3. Utilize before blow-drying for additional protection and shine.
  4. Add product as a finishing touch for enhanced shine and frizz-control.
  5. Apply multi-use elixir to dry ends throughout the day for ultimate smoothness.

A must buy especially for summer, humid conditions, chopping off my locks was a lesson learned   ♥ ♥

Wanted to share with you my all time favorite perfumes that I would buy over and over again. The kind you would get a lot of compliment on and the kind that would weaken someone’s knees as you walk across the room with that heavenly scent and definitely the kind that would make you irresistible to a man ♥♥♥


My mom wears this and I love this smell on her! As they say Mothers are always right and she’s definitely got it right with this gorgeous perfume!

• Top notes: Creamy florals meet exotic spices. The mix of dewy freesia and Moroccan incense conjures up images of Hawaii, St. Barth’s, and Marrakech.
• Middle notes: Tuberose, blue orris, white wings peony, and arum lilies carries you to New York, London, and Beverly Hills.
• Bottom notes: Cashmere woods, musk, and vetiver, notes which bring to life the glamorous nightlife of Palm Beach and St. Tropez.


I got this as a gift on christmas and while it’s tricky to buy the right perfume for women, they got it right with this one! An empty bottle now!

  • Heart notes: Iris, Bulgarian rosebud 
  • Top notes:Green sap, pink grapefruit
  • Base notes: Heliotrope, Solar wood 


I really can’t get over this smell…it’s sooo sensual and sexy…one of my dear favorites and definitely got a lot of compliment using this. I need to restock on this perfume asap, another empty bottle!

  • Heart notes: Peony, rose, mandarin orange and woodsy notes


My all time favorite, its a classic that you can wear for so many years. This perfume is the kind that weakens every knees in the room either men or women! So refreshing, classy and feminine.

  • Top Note: Orange, Bergamot
  • Middle Note: Rose, Jasmine
  • Base Note: Patchouli, Vetiver

Would love to know your favorite perfume, drop in a comment ♥♥♥

A month ago, I asked my fiance what his favorite desert is, as we all know the greatest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

He told me that he loves cheesecake and being the obsessive perfectionist that I am, I set out to the make the best cheesecake ever known to a man!

But one thing you have to know, for all the women out there, nothing can simply beat his mother’s food, even if you did a better job, you really don’t come close to her! Their sentences always ends with ‘but mom makes the BEST….’.

Its ok to be second best in this case..accept it and move on…I know I did..

I hunted for cheesecake recipes online..and boy was I confused by the variety! So I went back to him and asked him what his favorite cheesecake topping was….”blueberry”

So I scoured all over the internet for a berry cheesecake. I wanted something simple and quick to prepare…no complicated weights and measuring flour and eggs thats bound to be a disaster. (Maths isn’t my forte). I found a lot of recipes that uses eggs and they bake their cheesecakes until its all wobbly! (Do I want to wait anxiously outside the oven on my knees and poking the cheesecake with a toothpick to see if it’s done….no thank you..)

Don’t worry…I wont do that to you either! Here is my no bake cheesecake version that my fiance loved! Daring to ask if it was better than his mom’s…he said ‘only cause you used real berries, mom didn’t do that’. Now thats how you get to his heart


No bake berry cheesecake 


-McVites Digestive original biscuit box 250g

– Lurpak butter 125g stick

– 3x 200g philadelphia cream cheese original

1 puck 250ml  thick cream (this is usually available in the Middle East, you can use nestle thick cream or any kind of thick cream if you couldn’t find puck)

3 tablespoon of icing powder sugar

1 Jar Blueberry jam (Hero brand is my favorite, but you can use other brands)

-a box of fresh blueberries and blackberries for toppings.

-a tablespoon of  Vanilla essence

-a cake tin


Put all digestives in the food processor and grind until smooth.

melt the butter in the pan (don’t burn it) then add the digestives from the food processor into the pan with melted butter.

make sure all the digestive is coated with the butter stir using a wooden spoon and cook on low fire for 5 mins.

add the biscuit mix onto the cake tin, use your hands or spoon to make a flat thick layer, cover the cake tin with cling flim and store in fridge.

Mix all the 3 tubs cream cheese and a tablespoon of vanilla essence and 3 tablespoon of icing sugar in mixing bowl with electric whisk, until smooth.  Then add the puck cream and whisk till its all mixed well.

Take the cake tin from the fridge, remove the cling film and add the cream cheese mix on top of the biscuit base and spread it around evenly. Cover with cling flim again and store in fridge OVERNIGHT. (the longer you leave it, the better the flavor.)

Before serving, spread blueberry jam (which should be stored in fridge beforehand) all over the cheesecake top and add fresh blackberries on top. Remove from the cake tin and place on a round plate to serve. Voila!

I really hope you guys try this out, it’s very easy and if you do please let me know how it went! p.s. The cheesecake picture is my actual berry cheesecake, not taken from web xxx

In the kitchen, you would not realize how many items makes a great natural beauty treatment. The strange looks I got, when I walked in and took a bottle of Rose water to my room and it has never returned to the kitchen since! I have been using Rose water daily now as a part of my skincare regime for the past few weeks and I’m loving its benefits!

-It makes a great toner, daily regular applications helps to tighten the pores, reduce appearance of fine lines.
-Its NATURAL 100% no chemicals or weirdly named ingredients. 100% pure rose water.
-Helps cleaning up clogged pores, oil and dirt and keeps your skin clear from acne and pimples.
-Keeps your skin matte
– Cleansing property of rose water leads to a healthy skin!
-Reveals your skin natural radiance.
– It is the best agent to hold on to your youthful skin.
-Can prevent skin irritations and sun burn

To get the maximum benefit of rose water,  apply it everyday on a cotton ball, sweep across the face and neck in the morning before you apply your moisturizer and at night after removing make-up, before going to sleep. It helps treat the skin off all the impurities it has collected in the whole day.  You can also keep it a spray bottle and spray it throughout the day to refresh your skin. Even you can put a little in your water and drink it, works greater inside out.

Find it in your local supermarket, any brands, just check the ingredients to make sure its 100% rose water and it barely costs much.

First it was L’oreal (nothing special) and then it was Maybelline great lash (overrated!!), then it was YSL (loved but way too clumpy)…so I decided to try Lancome (loved loved loved but got bored after a year) then I decided to go back to L’oreal (I was right the first time around) and THEN I found the ONE! Clinique high impact curling mascara! (you fulfilled my every lashes needs) curls amazingly, super long thick lashes and made me look like I’m wearing fake eyelashes.

I always buy brown shade mascaras as it looks more natural and matches my skin and hair tone. The only thing I would complain about this mascara, is that its a bit hard to take off but other than that its perfect! A product definitely recommended by ME! ♥♥♥

Finally I have found an amazing shampoo that prevents your hair from falling easily and makes your hair stronger!  If you run your hand through or brush your hair  and find lots of hair falling out then this shampoo is the solution! Plus it gave my hair an amazing shine and I definitely recommend it for men also! (I really wish men would take control of looking after their hair and skin as they neglect this the most, looking after yourself doesn’t make you any less macho!)

The Klorane shampoo with Quinine and B-vitamins is perfect for thinning and fine hair. The vitamin B complex (comprised of B5, B6, & B8) reinforce hair structure and stimulate growth and the quinine stimulates the activity of the hair bulb to revitalise the hair from the roots.The only downside of the shampoo is the smell, it smells like men shampoo but that didn’t put me off and it really doesn’t smell like it on your hair I promise especially if you put conditioner afterwards.

I found this shampoo at Mazen’s pharmacy Mazraa for 15 alef , they also sell them in most pharmacies and in Boots (UK and UAE).

Combined with multi vitamins or omega 3 vitamins and eating spinach, avocados, raw nuts such as walnuts (omega-3 fatty acid that helps condition your hair), brazil nuts (best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp) and almonds/cashews/pecans (a great source of Zinc, a zinc deficiency can lead to hair shredding) can give you stronger healthy hair! Go nuts!

I always add walnuts into feta cheese sandwiches or if I’m in the office i will order chicken avocado sandwich on multi cereal bread. Avocado is great for nourishing the hair and without protein one can experience weak brittle hair, so make sure to include a lot of lean turkey and chicken fish into your eating regime.

If you want to know anything about hair treatments or solutions or healthy eating, please please don’t hesitate to ask me

I’m a beauty junkie! I’m that girl you find at the pharmacy store browsing for ages and refusing to leave til I have brought something! I love buying beauty products, especially if it helps us to look better each day! Now to tell you the truth, I’m not a great fan of the Body Shop, its alright nothing over the top wow. just simply alright…well apart from the dry brush I brought the other month which is doing a wonderful job keeping my skin smooth aannnnnnnnnnnnnddddd the Tinted Glow enhancer that I can’t live without right now! I randomly brought it from the Body Shop and fell in love with it! great for mixing with your usual liquid foundation or wearing on it’s own, for natural looking happy glow, make sure to reapply once again in the afternoon for some extra happiness! Love it. p.s I use shade no2  ♥♥♥



I am anxiously waiting for spring/summer to start and even turned up to the office wearing t shirts!  The weather forecast says its gonna rain this evening, no way jose! in my mind it’s spring and i want it to be spring and I’m absolutely certain that in march we will be going to the beach (that is if you live in lebanon, dubai people has already beaten us to it pffffff)

It’s time to say bye bye to socks and boots! I hate wearing socks in winter, cause when I get back home to get in my gym gear, you can see socks imprint on my ankle..not a good look with gym shorts. And if you live in lebanon, you know they look at you from foot to head and then back down to foot! Its a common habit around here and honestly if I do look at someone, its because I’m inspired by what they are wearing. In lebanon, there’s a pressure to look good all the time, if I’m meeting up with a friend of mine, she will msg me and say wear flats please!! I do like to get dolled up and get out of the work clothes and feel brand new and other times, I put whatever on cause I want to feel comfortable and not care. Winter season has made me realize how much i miss the simplicity of summer clothes, the lightness and comfort of a simple dress and sandal instead of drowning in layers of cardigans and scarves and scared of wearing suede boots in case it rains.

Thats why I’m soooooooooo relieved that winter is almost over!! Girls, it’s time to get our spring mode on, get your pen and paper ready, cause here’s a checklist of the spring must have that you need to take note of.

Citrus Colors

Time to stand out of the crowd, go for bold colorful pieces, turquoise/royal blue, orange hues, striking hot pink and lime yellow and there’s no rule that says you can’t wear 2 bold colors together.

Jumpsuits & Playsuit

Yes they are back and more playful than ever! Looking forward to wear this with wedges or simple flat sandals.

Flared Jeans

After a skinny jeans world domination it’s time to hide them away (thank god cos I couldn’t stand them in the summer). Sleek 70’s jeans are cool again, tuck a white shirt in and wear with heels to look longer and leaner.


Go crazy but not that crazy! Stick to one or two colors when mixing and matching.

I’m in total awe of these bad ass girls in this video, the feeling of power, strength and to feel that you accomplish anything through determination and hard work, is one of the best feelings!

When I watch movies like Sin City, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Lara Croft, Charlie’s angels, Kill Bill, to name a few, I get really inspired and I would love to accomplish such strength but not really knowing how to get to that level. I’ve been working out for quite a while now, but never seeing any big changes, it’s because we keep training the same muscles over and over! We need to shock our body with new moves and power training in order to see change. That sore pain you get after working out, the next day, means greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build. Thats how you can tell that you killed it in the gym!

Check out this video by Brian Nunez, a personal trainer from California, this is what I call a damn good workout! Get motivated!


My favorite smell in the world is vanilla! I love vanilla in body spray, perfume, lotion and food (well except for lipton vanilla tea…tried it and it was too weird for me). My friend came by my place the other night and she said ‘I smell vanilla all over the house!’ My secret is I place AIR WICK scented oil plug ins ‘Vanilla & Orchid’ in my bathroom, bedroom and the corridor.

I’m too scared to use candles and I’ve smelled some gorgeous vanilla candles but I just cant relax at the thought of lighting up a candle and leaving it in the room, I have a huge fear of fire blazing in the room (and also when someone talks to me with a pen in their hand and start talking with their  hands moving around and im like ‘ummm hello I like my top, please get the pen away from me!’ I get real nervous)

One of the vanilla products I cant live without is St.ives creamy vanilla body wash! I’ve been using it for 2 years now and sometimes I try switching to other body wash but I always come back to this one!! for the reasons being :

Its made with natural ingredients
Contains 100% natural extracts
Formulated without parabens and phthalates
Does not contain animal ingredients
Not tested on animals

I watched a documentary about the chemicals that goes into beauty products and its really shocking how much chemicals we use on our precious skin that we are unaware about!! Two of those chemicals we must look out for in our products are parabens and phthalates! Take a look at your shampoo bottle and look for these ingredients: Propyl, Butyl, Methyl, Ethyl and Iso and always end in paraben.

Parabens act as a preservative in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and many other products to reduce the chance of contamination of bacteria, mold, and fungi.  Sounds simple enough, right? Where the issue is being raised is concerning Parabens acting as estrogenic compounds. Basically, the body treats Parabens as hormones, thus disrupting the endocrine system, increasing cancer risks. Parabens are easily absorbed through the skin. They have lipophilic properties, which means they can accumulate in fatty tissue such as that found in the breast. This makes the use of parabens in underarm deodorants, skin cremes, and sunscreens a concern if they are found to be harmful to our health.

Phthalates are commonly found in dozens of personal care products including deodorants, nail polishes, fragrances, and hair mousses. Research has found that this preservative is an endocrine (hormone), toxins that interfere with the normal activities of the endocrine system, which regulates hormone levels in the body. (it messes up the hormones in our body) Phthalates are one of the most widely used types of chemical compound today, phthalates are found in thousands of everyday products, from shower curtains to nail polish. Blood and urine tests done by studies performed in the United States and Europe have found that phthalates and phthalate metabolites are present in the bodies of 90-100% of citizens in these countries.

Always check the back of the products you use on your skin, shampoo, lotions, nail polish remover and cosmetics!

Last week I brought the St.Ives Vanilla body lotion in TSC Hazmieh, and its also formulated without parabens and Phthalates, it smells gorgeous and gave soft skin. Vanilla obsessed!

Please be more aware and look after your gorgeous skin!

If you know any great 100 percent natural lotions, please share xx

source credit: wiredmamas.com, greenfacts.org