Saturday, 23 September 2017

Homeopathy & Herbs A Natural Healing Hair Oil review

Honestly speaking, I never knew the benefits of oiling our hair. I used to wear hijab, so there was not much problem with split ends and hair damage as my hair was covered from sun and environment.

When I moved to Pakistan, I stopped wearing hijab due to some personal reason. As time pass by, my hair became damaged and split ends were inevitable. When I colored my hair, the hair damage became so immense that I needed to do something about it.

Then I realized, my Pakistani maids have very thick and luscious hair and I've seen them oiling their hair every few days. I started reading about benefits of oiling hair and what good it can do. So I asked around a forum on Facebook and they all swear by "Homeopathy & Herbs A Natural Healing Hair Oil". I was immediately sold and bought this oil as soon as possible.

The oil is available in two different quantity, 250ml (Rs600) and 500ml (Rs1200). The packaging is a lightweight plastic bottle so you can take these babies everywhere. The oil has a red color to it due to its hibiscus extract and the smell is almost flowery.

Hair Oil Method To Use: Always Shake well before use, use twice or thrice a week.. Just take the required amount of oil as per your hair length and apply all over your scalp evenly. Massage on to your scalp and on to your hair cover each and every strand properly with finger tips in a light circular motion for 5 minutes and then let it stay for about 1 to 2 hour.

For best results, leave the oil overnight, and follow it up with shampoo next day. 
For more good results once a week u can apply any one of these three:
 1- by mixing oil and yogurt together 
2- by mixing oil and egg yolk together 
3- or u can also apply by mixing oil and aloevera pulp or aloevera gel to the scalp. 
Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse off.

I personally like to leave the oil overnight but when I forget to then I mix the oil with yogurt and aloevera gel, leave it for 30 minutes or more then rinse off . I have not tried the oil mix with egg yolk though.

Oil added with yogurt

On to my review:

I have major hairfall after having three kids and whenever I brush my hair, the floor will be full of hair (Thats just how bad my hairfall is). I used to have patches of baldness in my hair as shown in the pic below. I have naturally straight hair but my hair looks frizzy and damaged. I have been using this oil for the past month and a half and i'm half way through the bottle. Its safe to say this helped me in all these problems I've been having.

1)Hairfall (my hair doesnt fall that much anymore and my hair is thicker now)
2) Patch of baldness ( its has grown hair now).
3) Frizzy, damaged hair ( its more smoother and shiny).





The owner sent me their Glow Pack mask for sampling. It does not contain any preservatives that's why they asked me to keep them in the fridge to avoid it from spoiling. Here are the recipes that they have suggested on the use of the masks:

Glow Pack Method To Use: 
1) For Pigmentation: mix with lemon juice, honey or rosewater.
2) For Dry Skin: mix with milk, honey, & rose water.
3) For Oily Skin: U can mix It with honey or rose water. 

Things to note:
The mixture should not be runny but if you make it runny don't panic but apply on dry face and if you make it too thick then apply on wet face.. Spread on face like a mask leave on face for 15 mints or till dry and skin gets little tighten and rub it off.. wet your hand and with very gentle pressure massage your skin in round circular movements for 2 minutes, and wash off with normal water..

I enjoy making DIY masks as we know it is all organic and healthy for the skin. So I'm all game for anything natural and organic.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

La'Soul Magic Makeover QQ cream

Its been ages since I've written any posts. Been busy juggling between my three kids and University. Love the routine I was in but now that its summer vacation, I have time to write again. yeay!

Honestly when I heard about QQ cream, I'm quite skeptical about it, helloo..theres so much             XX Cream going on these days from BB cream to CC cream. I mean what is so different between them all btw? Read further for a detailed review.

What are they claiming?

They claim to do 12 wonders to the skin:

  1. Makeup base
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. All day moisturising
  5. Firming
  6. Brightening
  7. Soothing
  8. optimal UV Protection
  9. Anti-wrinkle
  10. 3D hydration
  11. Minimize pores
  12. Reduce pigmentation

Colour range:

They have very limited color range, only two colors available, ULTRALIGHT and LIGHT.
Medium and dark skin ladies will run away at hearing the shade. Though the ultralight shade is not actually that light and it has a slightly yellowish tone to it.  LIGHT doesnt seem "light" though. It can actually suit medium skintone too, more like a universal color really.

Ultralight swatch

My thoughts:

Personally, I think all these names are just gimmicks to make the products different but in reality has similar ingredients with each other. BB cream in my opinion has more coverage with the added SPF and hydration meanwhile CC cream is more towards minimal coverage and still has all what BB cream offers. CC cream for me is best used as a makeup primer if you want to have everything in one product, SPF and hydration to save you some time. 

On to this QQ cream, they also offer all the benefits that a BB and CC cream offers. The only difference I notice is that the coverage is in between of BB and CC cream. It doesnt mask my imperfections and dark spots, it sorts of just like putting a slight filter on the skin whilst still making it look natural. The only good thing about this product is that it made big pores on my T zone disappear ( picture shown below). The downside about this product is that it made my face look dry which is opposite to what they are offering here (Hydration).

Nose pores without QQ cream
Nose pores with QQ cream

What are your thoughts?

Monday, 29 May 2017

All you need to know about “Botox”

All you need to know about “Botox”

Botox (Botulinum toxin A) is a liquid neurotoxin injection to treat facial lines like frown lines, squint and smile lines, nasal crunch lines and forehead wrinkles. Botox has other uses other than treat facial lines; they are used to control muscle spasms and severe underarm sweating although it is widely used as a cosmetic improvement. Botox has gained in popularity because it is a quick and easy procedure to treat facial lines. Botulinum toxins once injected, will block the nerve signal that makes your muscles contract. It makes the muscle relax and when it cannot move, it cannot wrinkle. It freezes the muscles that cause the wrinkles and the lines will be less visible giving a more youthful appearance. Botox is much preferred to plastic surgery as it is not invasive and does not require downtime.

It is possible for the Botox to spread beyond the intended muscles which could also make that area droop temporarily.

Bolutinum when ingested will make people ill, poisoned, paralyzed and even die from botulism. Surprisingly, Botox is made from the same material which is one of the neurotoxins products by Clostridium botulinum.

Botox should only be administered by a highly trained and qualified practitioner. If injected, it can raise the outer part of the eyebrow, lift the corners of the mouth, tightens the lip so that it appears longer and smooth dimpled chins. Botox is not used for lines around the mouth as it will make talking and eating difficult, in this case, dermal fillers are used instead. Dermal fillers work differently; it plumps up the tissues so that wrinkles diminish.

According to a skin specialist and a laser procedure expert in Lahore, Dr  Mahwish Malik, Botox is preferred than plastic surgery because it is non-invasive. Although because its full of chemicals, you can get hypersensitivity or reaction. It is not permanent, so reinforcement of the procedure is necessary.

The injections only take about 10 minutes and any redness/swelling will be gone in the next 10 minutes after the procedure. An injection may hurt but it is usually minimal and the needles used are very small. There may be discomfort afterwards when the anesthetic cream wears off. Usually, you will see the Botox taking full effect after 4-6 days and it lasts 4-6 months.

Botox is not recommended if you are trying to conceive or pregnant or breastfeeding as clinical studies have not been done and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Botox can still be used later on after these phases.

You would need to repeat the procedure in order for the results to continue. However, it all depends from one person to another as some might gain a long lasting effect with repeated use whilst some might need more frequent treatment when they developed a resistance to the drug. Some might get aesthetically addicted to it and end up repeating the procedure more than needed which will make the face appear frozen. The good thing about this procedure is that it is not permanent, meaning, if by any chance if doesn’t work or hit the wrong muscles, the effect will wear off eventually.

Although we hear so many side effects and bad things Botox can do, it would be extremely rare to experience all of them. Here are tips to prevent Botox side effects:

1.     Always go for a highly trained professional or practitioner. A beauty salon stylist does not have sufficient equipment or medical knowledge to treat them if it goes wrong. Some even use counterfeit products or may be diluted so it would not give the result you want.
2.     Talk to your health provider before undergoing the procedure to see if you are fit for it health wise.
3.     Inform the practitioner about any medicine, supplements or contraception you are taking since some combination of Botox and these products can cause serious side effects.
4.     Follow the practitioner’s instruction for before and after the procedure.
5.     Report immediately if the side effect is not going away.

The cost of Botox injections varies from one practitioner to another. Some might charge very less and some exceedingly high. Choose wisely which one you prefer although choosing the cheapest might not be wise. Some might charge by the number of units injected meanwhile some charge by the “zone”. For example, the frown area as one zone and the eye wrinkles another zone.

Although it is rare, but there is a possibility of botulinum toxin to spread to other parts of the body. Seek medical help if you notice these side effects after receiving Botox such as muscle weakness all over the body, vision problems, trouble speaking/swallowing, trouble breathing or loss of bladder control.

However, if you want to treat a specific condition or not overusing the Botox treatment, you may find relief from your condition. When used sparingly, before any treatment, you should know your facts before undergoing any treatment as knowledge is the power to analyze if it is worth the risk. It can either make or break you as if done correctly, everyone will wonder how you always look so youthful and fresh.