My beauty routine (when no other routines are established)

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I am turning 30 this year. When I was a teenager I thought 30 is the age when life has already passed and people quietly retire. Little I knew back then. I now look at my 20 something year old self, and wish to go back in time and just give myself a big slap in the face (or maybe not even one). I have done many stupid and immature things in life, but taking care of my skin was never one of them. Since little girl I always struggled with skin allergies. As teenage years stroke, I discovered the world of skin care. Having the standard problems such as spots and blemishes I was doing loads of homemade masks. Fast forward to my twenties I already knew what works and what doesn`t for me. Being able to work and earn my own money I went from the drug store to the more luxurious brands. I probably tried and tested most big names out there. I have few favorites that I will keep buying and will always be part of my skin routine. As a person with many skin allergies my advice is always to test the products before going for the regular size. You can`t imagine how many expensive products I had to give away because they were causing rashes or spots. Fast forward to present day and one child running in the house I no longer indulge myself with home made remedies. I simply don`t have the energy to explain gazillion times that this is not food or it`s not supposed to be spread like butter all over the furniture. So I keep things simple and in jars in our bathroom 🙂 As I go to work every morning I have around 5 minutes to get my face ready for the outside world and this includes the make up routine. The products I have been using are my best friends for many months and even years.

SKINCARE

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Face wash and make up removal

I never liked using wet wipes or cotton bolls to remove make up or clean my face. I only feel my skin clean if I wash it with water and face soap. I have an  allergy to abrasive cleaning products, so I only use smooth, mousse like, face wash. My current favorite is this Chanel Mousse Douceur. It takes just a pea size of this product to form nice cleaning foam on your face. It`s perfect for make up removing and leaves the skin super soft. I use it twice a day and it is going for months.

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For the past one year I have been using this Chanel Hydra Beauty Cream. I have tried the gel version of it, but I wasn`t really impressed. The gel left my skin a bit dry and I felt like it isn`t doing it for me. The cream version however is an absolute hit. My skin feels nourished and soft, but not greasy. It gets rid of the dull skin tone and gives me really fresh look when I wake up in the morning (usually at 6 am!).

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Face mask

Once every week (or two) I like to use Hydra Zen Anti Stress Mask by Lancome. It`s so great because it is a leave-in mask, meaning I can apply it instead of my cream and sleep with it. The texture is very light, gel-like and it is really pleasant. Lancome was my favorite cosmetic brand for many years, but I am currently favoring Chanel.

I still can`t convert to use separate night or eye cream. I might be wrong, but I always get funny rashes from most of them. I am not sure why, but my completely unprofessional explanation is that the products are strong for my skin. This is why I keep it really simple with only three products! Since I live in the UAE my skin is exposed to the sun all year around and I sometimes get this funny dry bits around my chin, I then rub some coconut oil (straight from my kitchen) for couple of nights and it usually sort me out.

MAKEUP

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Foundation

After using Estee Lauder Double Wear for nearly ten years, I accidentally tried this Dior Nude Air Serum. And I have been committed ever since. It is like no other foundation on the market. Its texture is liquid, but almost water like. It is extremely light, yet with good coverage. You literally need couple of drops to cover your entire face and neck. It lasts for ages and is almost invisible on your face. Honestly, it`s phenomenal! It also combines foundation and skin serum in it so it`s a win win.

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Mascara

I have two requirements for my mascaras- not to smudge and to wash easily with water. Trust me if you are a mum you need this in your life! I am currently using Dior Show Iconic and Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara. They are both long lasting, easy to wash and just too good to change!

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Blusher

The blusher is probably my favorite makeup product. I love the pink, orange-y colors as they give me fresh and rested look. Having a toddler of course almost automatically means that all my blushers are crushed to peaces 😀 I currently use three different ones. Benefit, Givenchy and Guerlain.

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Eye liner

I love a good eyeliner, but I honestly couldn`t find a good one for many years. Until last month when I bought this Écriture De Chanel. This thing is a game changer. It has a brush and little reservoir that you will put together yourself when buying it. The color is deep black, the brush is precise, it`s long lasting and it washes super easy. I am hooked. I will never give up on this product I think.

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Eye shadow

For my daily make up I use this single color eye shadow by Lancome and my all time favorite Estee Lauder duo. You can apply small amount of the product just to give your eyes a little shadow, or be more generous and create sexy smoky look.

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Contour stick

Whenever I feel fancy (rather rare these days) I like to give my face a bit of contour  using this Dior Blush Light & Contour Stick. If you like me are fascinated by all the girls skillfully applying contour makeup on their faces like a pro, but are absolute dummy in the whole thing yourself this is the product for you. It has two sides- one with the contour pen (I think it comes in three different colors) and a highlighter. You only need to apply on few sections on your face and blend with nothing but your fingers. Easy right!

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Concealer

I always liked my concealers light. But having many sleepless nights I went on a mission to find a product that will easily eliminates all traces of tiredness. I found all this in this little jar. The brand is probably well known to the Dubai mums- Mikyajy. It is affordable, but with really good quality. It takes very (really tiny) bit of this product to completely cover the dark circles around my eyes. It brightens the face immediately and in general is a good purchase. The only downside is that it tends to build up in the creases of your eyes, which is not ideal. I am still searching for a product that ticks all the boxes.

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Primer

This Dior primer is super light and not sticky. It gives the skin super radiant look and it has tiny bits of glitter in it. The skin look sun kissed and refreshed. I also apply it around my eye area instead of eye shadows if I am in a rush. 

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Lip gloss 

I do have several good long lasting lipsticks, but they are not something I would put every day. Instead I love this lip gloss by Lancome. It is extremely long lasting and the color is bright and deep. It will easily stay until the late afternoon without re-applying.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your favorite brands in the comments below.

Radina xoxo

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Why comparing children is wrong

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I want to write about this for a very long time. In fact I think I have so much to say, that I will most certainly miss something. My daughter is now 2 years old and for the past 20 something months I have met with many different mums on very different occasions. I also got myself into online mum groups to seek advice, share things that happened to my daughter or just reading other mum`s problems and how they solve it. Being a mum means you will become part of at least one mum group at some point of your parental experience. There is a stage after birth that your single friends will come one by one to meet the new addition and bring lovely gifts, but then will almost forget your existence. They just assume you are too busy or may not fancy listening about baby burps and sleep habits just yet. I don`t blame them, it is kinda  boring anyway. This is why you gradually find yourself with these new mums and their lovely babies. Some of them will share your way of parenting, some of them will have their own ideas of how things get done. And that`s perfectly normal. Until you meet this one person who always compare her child with everyone else`s. Or even worse, telling you how your child is supposed to reach a milestone and she hadn`t yet! Or how her son is eating big portions of broccoli, while your child eat only pasta and bread. It can be devastating! I remember being so frustrated reading a thread in one Facebook group about kids at my daughters age able to say 30-40 words! They were all at the same age, but my darling could say only mama and dada at this point. I was angry, I felt helpless, I even took my 12 months old daughter to be seen by the doctor if she has slow speech development. My doctor laughed and she said she is perfectly normal and I shouldn`t expects much before her 2 birthday. It was a relief, and then I realized I need to get rid of all these people comparing my child with any other person out there. We are all individuals, and so are our babies and toddlers. Think twice next time you want to say something about a child that doesn`t walk or talk yet. It hurt the parents so much and give them unnecessary worries. Every child that is healthy will reach his milestones at some point. Don`t push him to drink from a big cup if he is not ready yet, don`t teach him to clap all they long and then get disappointed if she doesn`t do the same, don`t  push him to do activities that he is not ready to process just yet. Let your child lead you and be grateful when he does things on his own, because this is what counts. Instead of worrying about your child not being like the rest in his group, concetrate on him being an individual and doing things his way. Celebrate his success and respect his pace. You will be surpised what few weeks can do to a small child. She can get from silent to little chatter box, she can not only walk, but even run, she will try to make you laugh and she will copy everything you do. So instead of comparing, just give love and care. Be there for your child and be reasenoble. Be proud, but also try to stay humble.

Radina xoxo

Potty training made easy

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As a mother of a toddler I was dreading the moment of potty training. In fact I was reading so little about it that from all the materials out there I could only remember that the good age to start is 25 months (or at least someone said that somewhere). But time really fly and here it is my lovely daughter turned two last month. I knew the time is close. I decided to read the 3 day potty training method, and laughed my socks off after. Continue reading

Leaving your child with nanny

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Going to work after having a baby is challenging on it`s own, but when you have to leave your child at home with some random person you will require all the strength in the world! Unlike our home countries we rarely have our parents living with us in Dubai, so having a nanny is not a novelty for most families. Continue reading

Guest post: How To Tackle Your Maternity Policy! Where do I start? by Fiona Blakey

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I have been meaning to write this blog for a while as it’s something very close to my heart and I want to spread the word and getting others to act on it… you dont have to be a Mum to act you can be a Dad, a Sister, a Brother or any family or friend or anyone that has been affected by the short 45 days maternity leave which applies to the private sector here in the UAE. Continue reading