26 July 2017


I put my hands up, I haven't always been the most committed SPF wearer. Let me explain, one it leaves this horrible horrible white cast and two my skin is super reactive and SPF is infamous for causing a breakout. It was only a few years ago, on holiday where I burned really badly that I started to religiously apply SPF every day all year round.

Sun protection awareness is definitely not where is was years ago, it's on everyone's radar. SPF this season's number one beauty essential comes in several forms and has most definitely come a long way in that you find SPF mists, oils, sticks, balms and the more traditional lotions. There is definitely no excuse and no exception for not wearing sun protection.

What is SPF? 
SPF stands for Sun Protective Factor, and the number tells you the length of time you can stay out in the sun without getting burned.

Why do we need SPF?
The sun radiates two kinds of rays, UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin layers and UVB rays which burn the superficial layers of the skin. SPF protects the skin against premature and skin cancer which is a result of sun damage. SPF works by blocking sun rays, decreasing the risk of skin cancer and the ageing of the skin.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30:
I love Murad skincare in general, definitely a brand that takes skincare seriously. The fact this SPF doubles up as a primer makes a winner in my book. The clear velvety gel like consistency is lightweight and easily absorbed. It uses a 'soft-focus complex', which aims to smooth and blur imperfections creating a perfect canvas for makeup. I have definitely noticed that makeup sits nicer on my skin, and also the most impressively my makeup wears better and still looks pretty great at the end of the night. As someone that breakouts very very easily, I had no problems in that department with this SPF. The perfect sunscreen for everyday protection for every skin type.

no white cast best spf for all skin types

Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Fluid SPF 30:
This weightless luxurious formula is designed to counteract the damages of pollution and stress, by protecting and hydrating the skin. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling moisturised without feeling greasy. It contains hyaluronic acid, which works to retain more moisturise within the skin. Leaving your skin looking more plump and hydrated. It boosts both UVB and UVA protection against the harmful sun rays. This is the perfect way to introduce SPF into your routine, the fact that it doubles up as a moisturiser means that there is no need to add an extra step to your routine - win win

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturiser Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30:
This one of my first ventures into the Perricone MD brand. This tinted moisturiser encompasses formulations and textures designed for all skin types but the fact that it's oil-free makes it perfect for those of us with oily skin. The formula is infused with powerful anti-aging and antioxidants, which work to reduce the appearance of imperfections caused by sun damage. The fact that it's tinted means there's no white cast making it perfect for those lazy days. The texture is uber luxurious and smooth, feels really nice on the skin.

Murray City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50:
I tend to stay away from heavy SPF, I wouldn't go near an SPF 50 a couple of years ago. Around the beginning o June, I went to Dubai and boy was it boiling hot (but very beautiful, check out my Instagram for the photos). I mean it got to 46 degrees while I was there. And not once did I burn, well actually there was one day and on that day I forgot to apply this Murad SPF I took away with me. This Murad offering is the opposite to what you would think it would be like, it has a thin lightweight consistency that easily blends into the skin leaving no white cast or greasy residue. The formula has a peach tint, which serves to offer colour correcting properties. With added Vitamin C that works to brighten the skin. The formula, is a 100% broad spectrum PA+++++ and SPF 50 that protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays, and also infrared radiation and blue light from electric devices. I would totally recommend this SPF, I don't think I have felt as passionately about a SPF as I do this one.

I have been converted to the proper sun protecting ways. Let me know what your favourite SPF are.

Zeynab x

P.S Before I let you go, I just wanted to let you know that I have a new post schedule. I will be putting a new post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will see you back on Friday for a new post :)

19 July 2017


how to declutter your bag

I am guilty of carrying way too many products in my makeup bag than I actually need, who actually needs around 7 lipsticks with them at all times? It's ridiculous and kinda heavy, I certainly don't want to be carrying that around especially during the summer where I just can't be bothered with a big handbag. Recently I decluttered my makeup bag and surprisingly it was kinda hard letting some of the products go. I have been really strict and managed to significantly reduce the size of my makeup bag.

Top tips for decluttering your makeup bag:

1. Swap your makeup bag for a smaller one. If you have a smaller bag, you have less space for a makeup. I have swapped my larger makeup bag for a smaller one and I am carrying a lot less and that's because I can't fit them all in.

2. Separate the content of your makeup bag into two groups, products you have actually used in the last couple of days and those you haven't used. There are always certain products that seem to find permanent residence in our makeup bags that we actually never seem to use. I don't know why this happens but it happens quite a lot (maybe it's just me, tell me it's not). By separating the content of your bag into two groups, you know what to keep because you actually use those products and what to get rid of because you are just not using them. If you do this, I am sure the content of your makeup bag will significantly reduce in size.

3. Lipstick, this is where the major problem comes in for me at least. I seem to have a whole load of lip products, that I rarely use but I feel the need to carry around with me because you never know when a situation could arise and you need a different lipstick. My solution for this lipstick problem is to carry 3 different lip products, so a lip balm (essential), nude/everyday lip lipstick and a bold lipstick (you never when you might need a bold lip). I know this is still quite a few lip products but I am crazy like that and I could easily carry more - so three is a good compromise, so come to a compromise you can make.

4. Thinking about what you actually need. I know some people who just carry around with them everything that they have used that day, which is ok if you want to do that but it's kinda unnecessary. It's really important to think about the products you actually need throughout the day, and are really going to use that certain product throughout the day. Do you really need an eyeshadow palette?  I am not a touch up your makeup kinda girl but sometimes there have been situations, where I have had to and it's good to carry the essentials if this happens. For me, the essential has to be a powder with coverage, and lipstick and maybe a eyeshadow stick.

I know not everyone wants to reduce the size of their makeup bag but if like me you are wanting to carry around a smaller bag during the summer or if you are going away on holiday then hopeful this has been useful. Let me know what your makeup bag essential essentials are.

Zeynab x