Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life Update | In Sickness and In Health, Love Yourself

The last time I posted here was in December of 2016. And while I am a procrastinator anyway, I hadn't planned on taking such a long break from blogging. These past 7 months have been somewhat of a mild breakdown for me. I tried to connect with my inner self to understand and introspect where I was going right and/or wrong in my life. 

Believe me when I say I have THE most leisurely life possible. I eat, read, sleep, laze around as I please. I don't work a 9 to 5 job so any work-related stress is something I have never experienced in my life. I freelance when I want to, blog about beauty on and off, and on most other times I do nothing. I am completely blank. 

Another thing I have never mentioned before on the blog is that I have endometriosis since the past 3 years or so. The debilitating pain I used to go through at every menstrual cycle is gone due to medication. The condition, however, continues to worsen day by day and there is no scientific 'cure' in sight. If you or anyone you know has endometriosis or PCOS/PCOD, you'll know what I am talking about. So while there is nothing malignant about this condition, some very irritating side effects are always at the ready to put you through immense mental pressure.

I am generally always 'chillaxing' ever since I got done with schooling, except for the past few years. If you are constantly faced with chronic fatigue, weight gain, bloating, hair and skin disorders, IBS, hot flashes, constant mood swings and general weakness, life isn't all that leisurely to be honest. See the irony from the second paragraph? I mean, if you have all the time in the world to do anything you want at any time yet you are unable to do so because your mind and your body refuse to cooperate, seriously what's the point? 

I'll touch more on endo later; so I decided to refocus my entire attention to bettering my health as best as I could. Medication is helpful, no doubt, but I wanted to do something that could give me some hope, some respite from my mood swings, weakness and such. I didn't feel like blogging or being active on any social media to join in on the competition or even just for the sake of it. It seemed too pretentious when all I wanted to do was stuff myself in a cocoon and sleep away the troubles.

Since March, I took to healthy eating and sleeping habits (should have done that long ago, I know!). Eating healthily (and gradual fat loss) helps in normalizing body's insulin levels, a common cause of inflammation/swelling/bloating etc. While I still binge on a lot of potatoes and other outrageously delicious food, which can be deemed as unhealthy if cooked in the wrong way, I have managed to drop around 8 lbs. No crazy crash-diets, no starving and no overdosing on detox waters and green teas. Nothing. I've done none of these extra fancy stuff. In fact, I'm generally eating much more than what I used to. My sleeping pattern got sidetracked during the month of Ramadaan and I'm trying to get it back to normal again. A "Sleep early, wake up early" mantra and my entire day is much more calm.

Next, I took to exercising seriously. Nothing fancy here too. I do a smart mix of cardio, strength and Pilates just at home. And I rarely go above 30 mins at a stretch. My body just doesn't allow it and I don't push it to do something it doesn't want to do. Listening to (and understanding) my body's signals has been one of the hardest things I've had to learn, really. But truth be told, it feels really great after I break out a sweat. It clears my head and I'm able to focus clearly.

Only recently, I have started practicing a lot of affirmative thinking and that has also released some of the mental pressure off constantly brooding over all the little things that make me feel sick, and always moody. I have a deck of affirmation cards that I use from time to time to encourage myself to think positively.

None of the above steps have been drastic. I have taken it really slowly, incorporating one small change at a time until it became a habit for me. And thankfully until now, I've stuck with it. My mood swings and anxiety have reduced, I feel energetic in and out. I still go through periods of unexplained depression but its SO much better now than it was before. 

That's my health update. On the lifestyle front, I've chucked out enormous amount of things that were serving me no purpose. I de-cluttered boxes upon boxes of clothes and other stuff that belonged to me and also other people in my home. And just like that, I gave them away. I am not a minimalist, but to do a cupboard-cleanse every now and then feels really good. I get to make a lot of life's serious decisions while I'm properly folding my clothes, lol. 

I also try to stop buying unnecessary items. That includes clothes, shoes, and yes, even makeup. I think the last big beauty related haul I did was waaay back in December. I still have lots of products that are unused, brand new clothing items that never fit me as I put on over 25 lbs during the past few years. The point is, I am really blessed with so much of stuff, it seems crazy to continue hoarding. It gives me no pleasure at all. I constantly thought about how much I already had, and never put it to use, and that caused me a lot of stress. Since my "ban everything" ban has been underway, I sincerely push myself to use what I already have. If I had about 3 more heads, I would easily survive for a year on what my beauty drawers contain. Since dropping a few pounds, I am also able to wear clothes that I couldn't before.

I have a lot more planned ahead in terms of de-stressing and de-cluttering my life. It is going to be a long, (and) slow process but I'm looking forward to ticking off all the boxes from my list. 


PS. I know people go through much worse, and I am not portraying myself as a weakling or attention-seeker. This post is just to convey that the somewhat "simpler stuff" is also hard to bear, at times. It's important to love yourself and to understand that you deserve better. I still have the most amazing life and I'm very, very grateful for it! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GOSH | Kiss Me Matt Lips

GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips

GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips

004 Flirty Kiss

005 Irresistable Kiss
I flipped when I heard that GOSH is finally available locally in Kuwait. GOSH Darling lipstick is a cult favorite among the beauty world and I always wanted to try the brand. Alas! It was hard to get hold of so I was always grumpy about not being able to try it.

Anyhoo, now that GOSH is here I have discovered my first favorite product from the brand. Their Kiss Me Matt Lips*It is a lipstick-crayon hybrid that released a couple of months ago. It comes in six beautiful colors, provides easy application with its square-ish flat tip and oh-my-GOSH pigmentation! They are also fragrance and paraben free.
Quick Info: GOSH is a cruelty free brand.

However, there is a catch. The name is a complete bummer. Clearly these lippies are NOT "Matt". They apply smoothly and have a soft touch creamy finish. More like a semi-matte look which is incredibly comfortable to wear. I totally dig the formulation as I am not crazy about the matte lip trend anyway. Although matte lip lovers will be disappointed (and cheated) as the name is confusing. So beware.

Now onto the colors I own, there is 004 Flirty Kiss and 005 Irresistable Kiss. Flirty Kiss is a beautiful pink, a touch cooler in tone. It translates really well onto the lips and is a perfect day wear shade. I thought I was going to love this color as it is more wearable and 'safe' BUT...

Irresistable Kiss stole the show. Hands down. A deep wine red. Classic vamp shade. It is such a strong, powerful color and I am totally obsessed with it. I applied this on my lips the other day and then worked through the rest of my makeup accordingly. I would totally recommend you pick this up if you wanna step into the bolder shade category. Besides, it's perfect for holiday season.
Swatches - GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips 
I haven't found any fault with these yet, except maybe that they aren't transfer-proof. Otherwise, the finish is semi-matte, and has great color payoff. The packaging is travel-friendly too. 

GOSH is available exclusively at Lifestyle stores across Kuwait.

Have you tried GOSH? Which products are your favorites?! 

Thank you for reading. See ya!


*PR sample

Friday, September 9, 2016

Blog Giveaway - 2

It is Giveaway time again! This year I complete 3 years of blogging in this little space of mine and I am super happy about managing to blog, albeit occasionally, for another 365 days. And while I am glad about my own determination, I'm also extremely grateful to every one of you who reads what I've got to say. Every single view means a lot to me and if I manage to help out even one person with any of my reviews, that knowledge makes my day.

So here is this little gift I have prepared for you. 

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Carina
2. Clarins HydraQuench Creme-Mask
3. Maybelline White SuperFresh Compact Powder - Pearl
4. Bling Nail Appliques 
5. Makeup Revolution Powder Blush - Sugar

Unlike last year, I have chosen these particular shades of makeup items on my own and I hope you approve. These will suit almost all skin tones.

Now onto the giveaway details. I have added this Gleam.io giveaway app below which will enter you into the draw. Last year, I had kept it on all of my social medias, and it was sooooo exhausting to go through all the entries manually. This year everything is auto-magic! LOL.

Fayhalicious 3rd Blog Birthday

Your only mandatory entry will be to enter your email address where I can contact you if you win. The others are all completely optional, and will only give you an extra entry each. 

Please note:
  • There will be one winner only.
  • The winner will be contacted within 1 week from the date on which the giveaway ends.
  • The giveaway ends three (3) weeks from today. That's September 30, 2016.
  • The giveaway is international so everyone has a fair chance of winning. However, please note that if the courier refuses to ship any of these items to your country due to any restrictions, I will have to draw another winner unfortunately. 
  • I'm only responsible for the shipping from my side. Once the gift is shipped, the winner will have to bear any customs/taxes on their end.
Any spam/giveaway accounts will not be allowed to enter. While I have kept this giveaway in an automatic giveaway bot, I will still be ensuring genuine entries are validated. Also, following for the sake of the giveaway and then unfollowing when it ends is not cool. I do have a list of people who had immediately unfollowed me as soon as the winner was announced last year. So if you are of them, beware. And don't blame me. LOL. I understand your unfollowing me if you do not like my content and such but do I need "giveaway loyalists", really? Nope.

Anyhoooo, thanks so much for being a part of my life, and I appreciate every one of you. Sending you cyber hugs! xoxo