Okay so the title's a bit weird, so what? It's just that recently, I've been acting like a girl more, which made me realize "I haven't taken care of myself in so long!"
Although all I did was apply facial and hair masks, dive into the world of makeup, and stopped wearing hoodies all day.
Okay, kind of drastic changes.
ANYWAY - onto the content of this post!
I'll tell you my experience with traditionally "girl stuff", then give you advice on how to create luxury for yourself - because you deserve it! Makeup, masks, and accessories are what we'll be talking about.
Taking care of yourself isn't an option. Look good for YOU! Cause ain't nobody gonna love you like you do, hun.
I'd like to begin by saying sorry for not posting for two weeks. I've been caught up with summer camp, and then I was crying over missing my summer camp friends, you know - the usual.
I didn't really have a thing for makeup. I only used it when it was a wedding or some sort of event. Other than that, my naked face was what everybody saw.
However, for Eid, I got makeup from BOTH my aunts + my grandma. IT WAS SO GORGEOUS I LITERALLY SCREAMED!
And I didn't even expect myself to! After that, my conscience kept telling me it wasn't okay to let such amazing cosmetics go to waste. My conscience was right.
So off to YouTube I went, and ... I now apply makeup more than twice as much as before (still a plummeting three times a week, but better than the once a month that used to happen.) I now am the makeup guru of the household, if not the entire family.
(Talk about how makeup changes people!)
All I use though is some kohl, eyeliner (my only true love), mascara, sometimes blush, and the entire lipstick spectrum. Forget contour if you can't/don't want to. I rarely ever use more than concealer, tbh.
My advice to you girls is to try a little makeup. It's so much fun! Not to mention; "It's a scientific fact that giving yourself a makeover and looking good is good for your health." - Meghan Baker, Foreshadow, 25:266.
But seriously - it does wonders. Try a little kohl and lipstick - you'll thank me :)
You know that moment when you're cleaning your room and find long lost items? Picture that, but with accessories.
I found so much cute stuff I had trouble figuring out what to wear. (Note to self: please throw out the rings from fifth grade.)
From necklaces to earrings and bracelets, I found a lot of things that brought back memories (and some accessories that made me think when was the last time I actually cleaned my room. What, fifth grade?!)
Mix and match bags as well as scarves (if they don't heat you to death, that is.) Ugh, the fashion side of me is fangirling.
So from this, my advice to you is this: wear accessories! They're so much fun and as mentioned above, make you feel powerful, gorgeous, and overall ready to take on everything!
Maybe even a small, golden earring - and never take it off. (NOT ACCESSORIES, or else you'll get an infection!) Add a simple bracelet, and boom - instant glam.
"The most essential part of being a female," my aunt Taghreed. And she isn't wrong, either.
On a weekend, a bland day, or when you come back from school, a hair mask gives your hair energy and minerals it needs - leaving you looking gorgeous.
I try (and fail) to hair mask myself twice or thrice a week, but I'm kind of proud with the once a week I reached. Oh well.
Here are some healthy ingredients you can use in an at-home, all-natural mask:
Honey: perfect for dry hair since it attracts moisture. It's also full of antioxidants that encourage hair growth.
Lemon: dandruff treatment. Just massage on the scalp for 5 minutes, leave on for 15, and rinse.
Yoghurt: Helps get rid of dandruff, calms frizz by keeping your hair moisturized for longer, and controls hair fall by improving scalp health and reducing the clogging of follicles.
Coconut oil: stimulates hair growth, promotes the scalp health, fights dandruff, adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair, and prevents hair breakage and split ends. Long story short: just use it!
Olive oil: main objective - strength and shine. Protects hair keratin and seals in moisture. Full of vitamins A, E, and antioxidants. (Psst ... super healthy.)
Shea butter: helps relieve many scalp problems such as dandruff. On oily scalp, it helps reduce excessive oil production by the skin glands. It can moisturize dry scalp and reduce flaking due to dryness.
Eggs: rich in biotin and protein, promoting hair growth.
All you gotta do is bring a bowl, pick the ingredients you want, mix it up, rub it through your hair roots, scalp, and ends, then leave it for as long as you'd like.
To increase the effect, cover it with a hair cap to sweat it out and encourage the scalp to absorb the goodness of the mask!
Oh, sweet, sweet spa day. Any mask is the key to relaxing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and clearing your skin.
Whether it's store-bought or home made, facial masks are definetly a source of relaxation. Add cucumber circles to your eyes and you have an auto pass to excuse yourself from any chores.
(But seriously - cucumbers reduce dark circles below your eyes and moisturizes it, AND the vitamin C, antioxidants, and folic acid helps in waking up your skin. Bonus - you can snack on it after you're done.)
As far as face mask recipes go, there are endless possibilities. Almost everything can be used. Honey, lavender oil, oats, bananas, coal, and milk are just a few of the many I have seen and/or tried.
Here's a link to my home made favorites for glowing skin!
As for store bought, L'Oreal's three-clay charcoal face mask works wonders. Just use it every other day and I promise you you'll look like a gem.
Of all the masks I've tried, this wins an easy number one. There are three kinds for different objectives (all by L'Oreal - extremely effective), but all have same fabulous results.
That's pretty much it! And take my advice - take care of yourself! Create luxury for you! "Dalle3ei nafsik", as we like to say in Arabic.
Look good, feel good.
Even though these are typically stereotyped as "girl stuff", it doesn't mean it's self-absorbed or wrong to take care of yourself. DO IT! It's actually wrong NOT to!
Staying healthy and pretty is for our own selves; nobody else. Period.
What are your favorite masks or makeup tips? Share them in the comments below!
(spoiler: next blog post is going to have some super awesome news!)