Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Skincare Routine

Hey guys!


Writing about my skincare routine has been pretty requested in my last poll vote, so I thought to give it to you guys right away - because that's what friends are for (hehe). Right now, my routine is pretty stable and I absolutely love how it treats my skin - but, I do switch products in and out sometimes. Don't worry, I'll mention those too. So let's get started!





I wash my face twice a day - as soon as I wake up and right before I go to bed. All week long I use VLCC's Mandarin & Tomato Natural Fairness Wash - it doesn't really make your skin go lighter, it just fades away any dark acne scars really fast. I also really love the gel texture of it, as I feel like it doesn't make my skin oily afterwards. My all-time favorite facewash though is Guerlain's Secret De Purete Foaming Cleanser. It is a bit pricey but it is totally worth it - light and works wonders.

Twice or three times a week though, I'll switch the VLCC face wash for the St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the mornings - it's really important to exfoliate but not to overdo it, so I think two or three times is ideal if you want to get rid of dead skin cells and regenerate skin faster and clearer. St. Ives has been my go to scrub brand forever, and I will never stop repurchasing - it's my skin's drug.




After cleansing my face, my next step is to dab rose water on a cotton ball and tone my skin with it. It isn't pictured here cause I literally JUST ran out (wince). I've been using rose water since I was 11 or 12 years old and not only is it all natural unlike those manufactured toners full of chemicals, it also smells pretty neat too.

After toning, I moisturise with the Olay Beauty Fluid in the morning, and then the Olay Double Action Night Cream at (you guessed it) night. My mum has been using this ever since she was a teenager and I'm absolutely in love with her skin, so I guess it's kind of inevitable that I'd be hooked on it too. My grandma uses it as well - you could say it's kind of a cult classic in my family.

Also, recently I have been using sunscreen on my skin everyday (Just the regular Nivea one) because of the horrible, horrible damage the sun does to your complexion - it ages you drastically and makes you more prone to skin cancer, especially in such an OVEN of a country like Bahrain.




Lips are also part of your skin and it is very important to take care of them as well - d'oh. Twice a week I like to exfoliate with the Popcorn Lip Scrub from Lush (it's in French in the picture cause I got it from the store in France). Next, I moisturise DAILY before I apply lipstick in the morning and once before I head to bed with my home-made lip balm. I've been experimenting for a while now but for some reason I've been hooked on this particular formula, and it's lasted me ages. (Let me know in the comments below if you'd like a recipe for the lip balm).





Last but not least, my body skincare is pretty simple - I like to use Soap & Glory's Clean On Me shower gel because not only does it smell amazing, but it also comes with what they call a "built in body lotion" and leaves my skin super soft afterwards. Also, straight after my shower when my skin is still wet, I use Johnson's baby oil gel before I go to bed. Seriously, it's absolutely CRAZY how underrated this is! I wake up with baby soft skin. It's an extra step but I promise it's worth doing.

I guess that's it! Hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments section below what you would like to read next.

XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

Friday, November 21, 2014

November Inspiration Post

Hey beautiful!

Today's post will just be a bunch of pictures that have been inspiring me lately - I've been really vibing off the whole mix of minimalism meets glamour. The things I've been loving this month are fur, luxe sweats, clean sillhouettes with interesting fabrics, modernised 40's hair and the colors grey, cream, silver, dusty pink and camel. Here they are and I hope they inspire your wonderful energies as well!










































































Hope you enjoyed this post, please answer the poll below and let me know what you want to read next! Also, let me know in the comments section what you're really loving this November.


XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

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Monday, November 10, 2014

GOD BLESS BARLEY WATER: Nature's Own Health & Beauty Detox

Hello hello hello!

It seems like over the past couple of years the world has started to become uber-conscious of their health. We've heard of all the different kinds of water - vitamin water, detox water, lemon water - all beneficial in their own ways! The water I wanted to share with you today is my ultimate secret. My mom drinks it, and my grandmother drinks it - it's a secret that's literally been passed down through generations! It's been drunken by the ancient civilizations of the world, and is drastically underrated in the modern world of medicine and fancy mineral water. and Uggs.

Who would've thought that the magical cure to glowing skin, strong hair, and a healthy body was Barley? Barley water is an amazing way to incorporate this wonderful seed into your diet - the benefits of drinking it are absolutely endless.





BENEFITS OF DRINKING BARLEY WATER

FOR YOUR HEALTH:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Helps you lose weight like crazy! Flushes out all the toxins.
  • Aids in protecting your body against Cancer.
  • Improves your immunity system - goodbye colds and infections! Ebola has got NOTHING on Barley.

FOR YOUR SKIN:

  • Improves your skin tone! Say goodbye to patchy, discolored skin.
  • Maintains skin elasticity, meaning less wrinkles in the long run - woohoo!
  • It can ACTUALLY be used as treatment for acne. HORMONAL IMBALANCES, KISS MY CUP OF HOT BARLEY WATER.
  • It helps heal zits and pimples by flushing out all the gunk in your system.

FOR YOUR HAIR:

  • Restores the vibrancy of your natural hair color.
  • Combats hair loss. Hello thick, luxurious hair!
  • Essential vitamins that are nutritious (mo'3athy, you feel me) for growing your strands.

Now that nature's secret of the GODS is on the table (or should I say on the screen?) I'm going to teach you how to make a jug of hot Barley water in three easy steps:

  • Soak 1 cup of barley seeds in water for five minutes, then soak the water out.
  • Add 2 cups of water and the cup of soaked barley into a kettle and let it boil.
  • The barley seeds would've opened up into the water; stir, let it cool down a bit and enjoy!

Drink a jug (or share it with your family and friends - sharing is caring) daily for a month and watch how amazing your hair starts to look, your skin starts to feel and your body starts to work. I honestly never looked back. Barley water turns a creamy beige color after it has been boiled and has a slight nutty flavour (which I absolutely love on its own). However, if you're not a fan of nutty tastes (for example, almond milk), you can add lemon, honey or ginger and enjoy the delicious flavors they have to offer, and feed off of their wonderful health benefits as well!

I really hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it - in fact, I am sipping my hot glass of Barley water right now. It feels good to be back on the blog, let me know what you think I should write next!

XO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Inevitable Changes of Life (And How to Accept Them)

Today's post is going to be a little different than to what you're used to reading on my blog. The past few months have been a heck of a whirlwind for me - hell, 2014 has been a heck of a whirlwind for me. I've had ecstatic highs - where I'd wake up really early without an alarm clock, eat my favorite breakfast and re-watch Eat, Pray, Love for the nth time - and horrible, melancholic lows; where I'd just sit in my sweatpants for days and eat Pringles and cry until I felt better.




What I've realized from the bigger picture is that (analogically) life is the sun. A huge force of energy, and an even bigger source of light. It is up to us, of course, to decide whether to resent the heat emitted from the sun or allow its light to guide us unto our rightful paths. These paths (the sunrises and sunsets) are unique, on-going, and ever-changing. If you've ever stared at the night sky, or were trapped in a metaphorical darkness per-se, the sun eventually comes up. Not immediately, but eventually. And that, my friends, is life.

You may feel like the changes happening in your life right now are permanent, but they are not. The only constant thing in life is change itself. This paradox may seem quite frightening but it is in fact one of the most beautiful blessings about living. Nothing wonderful is permanent, and so we learn to appreciate its wonder, with all of its joviality and euphoria and ever-changing levels of light (like a sunset). Likewise, nothing horrible is permanent, and so we learn patience and understanding, and to grow fond of the emotion or lesson and understand it,  rather than resent the experience (like wondering in the darkness).




Once you learn to bask in the sun and enjoy the night sky, once you smile at the first trickle of sweat from your forehead and laugh at the noises you hear during a midnight stroll - that is when you finally learn to accept the changes of life; that nothing is always what it seems, nor will it ever be. The unknown is a beautiful and exciting thing, and nothing it holds is ever positive or negative except through judgement or perception. Obviously, optimism through any given situation is the divine key to acceptance, because it makes the process easier, and helps you understand and appreciate the bumps along the way, rather than kicking at them senselessly.

The last force I would like to bring attention to (because it deserves it, and is called overrated so much that it is, in reality, vastly underrated and forgotten about) is Love. Love is the universal force of Life, and without it, the journey is bound to be a tough one. This definitely does not mean grabbing the nearest person and forcing yourself to feel for them - not at all. Love is the simplest emotion that lies within the most complex being on the planet - You. Once you accept that change is constant, you begin to live life with a lot more Love. For yourself, for the planet, for the sun, moon and stars; for the people around you and for the thoughts within you. Once you begin to live with love, the inevitable changes become a journey of enlightenment. Life becomes a miracle (using Lexigrams, you can see that the world "miracle" says "I'm Clear." Miracles aren't hidden between the lines. They are hidden in plain sight - in the most simple emotion hiding in the most complex beings.

Are You Beginning to Understand?


Zayn Al-Qahtani

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Met Ball 2014 Best Dressed List

Hello lovely!

I'm cringing as I stuff my face with sweet popcorn right now, cuddled up in a Matthew Williamson throw and vigorously typing into my laptop - the reason for this being my one month MIA stunt regarding my blog. To be quite honest, it's been a holiday month of frolicking at the beach, late night outings to hookah cafes and non-stop adventure - I've been loving it so far. May has brought me back on track though - I've bunched all of my ideas into my blog-book (my notebook where I write cool stuff to post on Musings of a Moonchild) and I'm so excited to announce that there are a TON of new posts headed your way!

Enough blabbering though - occurring yesterday was one of the biggest events of the fashion calendar - The Met Ball. This year's theme was a far cry from the punk feel of 2013. As the museum itself was celebrating the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the legendary couturier Charles James, so was the theme: ball gowns, drapes, sequins, minuscule details that even Anna Wintour herself would not be able to appreciate enough. Without further a do, I present to you the best dressed celebrities of the 2014 Met Ball!


THE MET BALL 2014 BEST DRESSED LIST


Adriana Lima in Givenchy Haute Couture



Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere




Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney




Chanel Iman in Bespoke by Topshop





Florence Welch in Valentino Couture



Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga




Joan Smalls in Vera Wang



Katie Holmes in Marchesa



Lea Michele in Altuzarra




Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci




Nicole Richie in Donna Karan Atelier



Rihanna in Stella McCartney



And there you have it! My personal favorite looks from the 2014 Met Ball. A lot of you might be surprised that I didn't include Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian or Karolina Kurkova - to be blunt, I thought their outfits were off the spot completely. I'm also really disappointed in Chanel - the way they dressed Anna Wintour, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart was just distasteful, grandma-esque and  just hard to look at overall. Speaking of Kristen Stewart, who in the world made her the face of Chanel?! I don't know if it's just me and my personal vendetta against Kristen Stewart and her painful-to-witness acting, but I am mega bummed about the news.


Who do you think had the best and the worst outfits at The Met Ball? Leave your comments down below!

Until next time,
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani


Sunday, March 30, 2014

UNICEF Tap Project: Provide Water For Children In Need

Hey guys!

Today's post is a little off-topic than any beauty, fashion or food related post I usually publish, but it is just as important to read, and even more important to participate in. One lovely user on ask.fm sent me the link to the UNICEF Tap Project and asked me to do it, and so I did.

The aim of the challenge is to basically go without touching your phone, something most of us consider "an item we can't live without", to help people in need get what they really can't live without, but are - clean water. For every ten minutes that you go without using your phone, you provide one person with clean water for an entire day. My best has been 40 minutes, meaning I've helped provide people with four days of clean water; and that means more to me than any text message or silly Instagram post.

GET STARTED!



After watching the video above, make sure to log on to uniceftapproject.org to get started, and do not touch your phone (for at least 10 minutes)! Go out, take a walk, paint a mural, learn a recipe, play a sport - there are so many productive things you can achieve while also helping a movement achieve a greater good for our world.

Thank you so much to you guys that took the time to read this post, and mention below in the comments if you're going to try this out! And if you did, what was your best time?

Until next time!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What To Wear: Formula 1 Outfit Ideas 2014

Hey lovely!

When sports, fashion, business and entertainment mesh together at one ginormous social event, you can pretty much bet that it's going to be the biggest event of the season (or maybe even the year)! The Formula 1 Race Days have been rattling the social stratosphere of Bahrain since 2004, and since then it has been a must-go in everyone's agenda. Whether you go for the actual race, or you're more into the people spotting or concerts (Avicii and The Scorpions are set to perform live this year - eep!), there's always bound to be something interesting going on.

Now, the immediate question that comes into the mind of one who is addicted to fashion as a drug mule is to meth - "What do I WEAR?!" Have no fear! Last year, my What To Wear: Formula 1 blog post was an absolute hit (and is still one of my most viewed posts of all time). So I decided to turn it up a notch and give you guys a post for ideas on what to wear, all updated to suit 2014 - here we go!


FORMULA 1 OUTFIT IDEAS 2014


The soft grunge 90s Chick

Style Equation: Cropped Plain Top + Boyfriend Jeans + Chunky Ankle Boots + Hologram Bag


Melbourne Casual




The Biker with a Bag Collection
Style Equation: Colorful Sweater + Zippered/Leather Skinnies + Timberlands


Moto Woman



The Beach Babe

Style Equation: Floaty Sweater + Printed Shorts + Fluoro Bag + Gladiator Sandals


Beach Babe





The Goth Gal

Style Equation: Black Lace Top + Black Mini + Black Buckled Sandals + Transparent Clutch



Goth Gal




"I'm only here for the concert"

Style Equation: Jersey Mini + Sequin Tank + Over-sized Cardigan +Smokey Eyes



Party Gal




The Girly Athlete

Style Equation: Varsity Top + High Ponytail + Nikes + Sparkly Accessories


Sporty



The girl who wants to get featured in Grazia

Style Equation: Graphic Top + Hologram Slip Ons + Gold Watch + Over-sized Sunglasses


Classy lassy




The Life of the Party

Style Equation: Sequin Dress + Destroyed Denim Jacket + Platform Sandals + Dark Lipstick

Stay The Night





The girl who's a little too cool for you to understand

Style Equation: Sparkly Crop Top + Printed Skirt + Novelty Sunglasses + Plated Trainers


The Eccentric





"I'll be at the Paddock, or at the VIP section!"

Style Equation: Bright body-con miniskirt + Plain Blouse + Platform Heels + Floral Headband



Posh Totty





And that's it for the looks! I decided to give each one a theme so that people could relate to the equations easier, depending on what they believe suits them. I personally am a little bit of all of these! Of course, don't take the sets too literally - explore and break a little guideline! I hope this post helped you guys figure out what you're going to where to the Formula 1, and make sure to tell me which outfit equation is your favorite in the comments section below!

See you at the races!
XOXO
Zayn Al-Qahtani