How To: Grow thicker, longer lashes overnight!

Hi guys!

Thanks for stopping by ūüôā Today’s post is on how I get thicker, longer lashes overnight and naturally! I have seen countless products all over the internet claiming to make your lashes thicker and longer with ridiculous ingredients and even more ridiculous prices…and yes I fell victim to a few of those products…Lashem¬†anyone? :-/

I have been using this beauty hack for a long time to get thicker eyebrows due to the unfortunate hot “Thin brow” look of the 90’s lol! I over plucked my brows back then and found that the hairs never seemed to grow back. I began reading about Castor Oil¬†, which is derived from the castor seed, and how it contains very high concentrations of a special fatty acid called ricinoleic acid. It has been used for centuries internally and externally for its many health benefits. It also contains Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, Vitamin E and other moisturizing minerals. I thought to myself “What the heck?” it’s super cheap and natural so I started to slather Castor Oil¬†on my brows before I went to bed. I was literally AMAZED at how hair started growing back in one or two nights (I am not exaggerating guys). I found that I needed to pluck more often every time I used this phenomenal oil and decided to apply it nightly. After about a month of use, I noticed that my brows were remarkably thicker! I then began to apply it to my lashes and noticed almost immediate thickness overnight. Castor Oil is a Godsend for hair growth lol!

Before bed, I literally just use my finger to smooth a good amount of the oil over my brows and then rub some on the top of my lashes and lash line as well as underneath my lashes (like how you would apply mascara). Although you will see a difference overnight, this does require some commitment if you want to get the maximum benefit of the oil. I have made this a nightly routine and now it’s just habit before bed. The best way to see the difference in your lashes is if you put mascara on the day before you start…take a picture…then the following morning when you do your makeup, apply your mascara again and see the magic! It’s no joke!

The exact product I use is Home Health Cold Pressed Castor Oil which is only $12 for 32oz and literally has lasted me at least 2 years or even longer lol

Since we are on the topic of lashes, I will also share with you my FAVOURITE mascara…the Almay One Coat Mega Volume.¬†This very underrated mascara combined with the castor oil application nightly is life changing. You can find both of these products at the links I provided or at your local drugstore. Let me know if you are going to try this awesome beauty hack!

Wishing you beautiful, lush brows and lashes always

Xo, Sahar

Disclaimer: Please consult with your medical practitioner if you are pregnant and/or before ingesting castor oil for health benefits. Side effects such as nausea, stomach or abdominal pain or cramping, diarrhea or weakness may occur. This post is intended to provide information on using castor oil externally for the benefit of hair growth.



Everything SUNSCREEN!

(Photo above taken by me in French Polynesia)

Hi beauties!

Today’s post is ALL about SUNSCREEN! I’ve been meaning to write a post on sunscreen for a while now and with warmer weather just around the corner, this is the perfect time! I also get quite a few questions about sunscreen…This topic might sound pretty simple but it’s actually not LOL There are so many different types of sunscreens and ingredients out there and it’s important to know what products are actually effective at blocking those damaging UV rays.

Okay so I have a serious confession to make…I used to be a major sun worshipper :-O Being born and raised in the beach cities in sunny Los Angeles, it just felt normal. My grandmother actually TAUGHT me how to tan and lay out at the beach when I was just 7 or 8 years old (crazy and horrible I know). It became a habit. I NEVER wore sunscreen, I used to live in my swim suit and my skin was ALWAYS burned/tan. I actually thought that I had darker skin than I do naturally (I’m actually SUPER white)! I used tanning beds for years and years because being tan made me feel good! Unfortunately all of that sun tanning caught up with me and I developed a cancerous lesion on my leg. I had it removed and luckily it was just at the beginning stages. This was a SERIOUS wake up call for me. I began to study about UV rays and learned just how damaging they are to the skin and to the body. I kick myself thinking about all of the skin damage I brought on to myself…but hey we all make mistakes.

Although I made some not so smart choices in my younger years…the good news is that some sun damage is reversible with light and laser procedures and further damage can be prevented by using sunscreen and taking other precautionary methods.

There are TWO types of sunscreen that you can buy in stores:

Chemical Sunscreen: Products that absorb UV rays and prevent them from penetrating into the skin such as PABA and Oxybenzone

Physical or “Mineral” Sunscreen: Products that use UV filters that reflect, scatter and block the sun’s rays such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide

Research has shown that some chemical sunscreens cause allergic reactions, hormonal issues and other skin sensitivities. A good physical or “mineral” sunscreen with UV filters is the recommended choice as it sits on top of the skin and causes the least amount of irritation while protecting from both UVA and UVB rays. This is why you will find that most sunscreen for babies are physical ones as it provides the most protection and is the least irritating. It is still important to check with your dermatologist or skin expert to see which sunscreen is best for your lifestyle.

I have tried maaaaany sunscreens but when I tested ¬†the La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral tinted SPF 50 I never looked back. I know this brand’s price point is a little steep BUT…It is a¬†100% physical “mineral” sunscreen with antioxidants to protect from environmental damage associated with atmospheric skin aging. It’s filled with good for skin ingredients, is lightly tinted, fast absorbing, non greasy, with ultra-light texture and a matte finish. It is perfect as a first step before makeup. The universal tint matches most skin tones and provides a natural glow. On days I want to go make-up free, I just put this on and it gives my skin such a beautiful, glowy, natural look with just the right amount of coverage. I have tried tinted sunscreens that have turned me orange or the tint was off, but with this sunscreen the color blends into the skin seamlessly. If you aren’t a fan of tint they also have the Anthelios mineral SPF 60 which is basically the same product but colorless….I use this one for my neck and chest so that I don’t transfer color onto my clothes.

If you prefer an easy one step foundation, moisturizing type of sunscreen (think all in one moisturizer, primer, foundation AND sunscreen) then the La Roche-Posay Mineral Sunscreen Tinted Primer is your best bet! This one is also pretty awesome. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the anthelios, the Neutrogena Sheer SPF 50 is a great option!

On days I want even more coverage, I use the IT cosmetics full coverage CC cream SPF 50 over top to ensure that I am fully protected. This combination is amazing and gives such a beautiful, hydrated, glowy look to the skin which we are all so desperately after…right? ūüėĬ†It’s important to know that just because some make-up products have SPF in them does not mean that you should skip your sunscreen. Sunscreen is always number one then the¬†SPF in makeup is just an added bonus. According to directions, you are supposed to re-apply sunscreen every few hours if you are out in the sun…the BEST way I have found to do this without ruining my makeup is dust a translucent sunscreen powder on my face to keep everything looking fresh while protecting at the same time. The brand Colorescience has got this down to a T. I’m obsessed with this product!

All Products mentioned:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral tinted SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios mineral SPF 60

La Roche-Posay Mineral Sunscreen Tinted Primer

Neutrogena Sheer SPF 50

IT cosmetics full coverage CC cream SPF 50

Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Powder

I hope this post has brought you some clarity about sunscreen! What brand/type of sunscreen do you wear currently? Comment below! Wishing you happy, healthy, glowing skin always!

Xo, Sahar





The ONLY eyeshadow brush you need!

Hi beauty! 

Thanks for stopping by! Today I’ll be talking about one eyeshadow brush I use on the daily to create all of my makeup looks. This works for day or night time looks! I know that when it comes to brushes, there are SO many options out there and it can be very confusing.

The ONLY brush I use for my crease and entire eye area from lid to brow is the Morphe M441 blending brush¬†which runs for about $6 on I used to use the Mac 217 blending brush which goes for $30! until I came across the Morphe. This brush is PHENOMENAL! I am not kidding. If I could only choose one eyeshadow brush for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It has lasted me years, doesn’t shed at all and still works beautifully. It blends shadow so easily and can be used in the crease or all over from the lid up to the brow bone. I use this brush every single day to dust a light bronzer over my lids for a little color or I will use it in my crease for evening looks.


The second brush is optional because you can actually use your finger for your eyelids…but I use a flat brush such as this one¬†or the one pictured above and below, to pack color on my lids such as a shimmer or if I want to use a different color than what I used for my crease. As I said, this brush is not a necessity and I usually use my finger…but having said that, it can be useful if you want to pack a LOT of color on for a dramatic look, or if you want precision for a cut crease with concealer and shadow.

Beauty Tip: To create the perfect eyeshadow look, take the Morphe 441 blending brush and dust a light color or¬†bronzer into your crease and then with your finger or a flat brush, pack on shimmer or a different color on the lid. Blend the outer edges, add some mascara and you’re done!


Xo, Sahar

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Make Money While Xmas Shopping!!


Seasons Greetings friends!!

I hope you are all doing well! I’ve just been busy with mom life and let me tell you, have I got my hands super full! I’m currently typing with one hand and holding my baby in the other LOL

As you all know, Christmas is right around the corner and being a new mom does not give me the freedom of just bouncing over to the mall for some gift shopping like I used to  do..boohoo (Who wants to go to a hectic, crazy mall anyway!?) Thanks to my laptop, I do all my shopping at home and have the gifts come to me! YAY!

I love using Ebates because I get cash back instantly on all of my purchases…which I then use to buy more stuff lol If you’re an online shopper and haven’t been using EBATES, you are missing out! You¬†are literally getting cash back for spending money at all of your favorite stores! ūüėÄ I’ve already done all of my Christmas shopping for the year and have a ton of cash heading my way hooray! Just wanted to give you guys this tip in case you didn’t know about it!!

If you want to start earning cash for online shopping you’ll get $10 instantly…Happy Shopping!

In Canada click here

If you are in the USA click here!

I hope this tip helps you all a little this holiday season and I hope you have an amazing Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here is a simple holiday makeup look for ya!


Xo, Sahar

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Plastic in your toothpaste??

Hi guys!!

In today’s post, I just wanted to share something alarming I learned while I was at my dental office for a visit¬†the other day.

As my dental hygienist was cleaning my teeth, she asked me specifically if I was using Crest 3D white toothpaste, which is what I have been using for the last few years. She stated that she could literally see the blue, tiny pieces of plastic that are stuck in between my teeth and gums from the toothpaste! This is extremely alarming as I had no idea and thought this was a safe toothpaste to use, especially being pregnant! There is no doubt that I have swallowed some of that plastic as well.


This article explains polyethylene with a list of all toothpastes that contain this toxic ingredient. If the plastic stays in your teeth and gums, it can cause chronic gingivitis and other issues. I have had inflamed gums for the past year and wonder now if the toothpaste is causing this problem.


I definitely do not want my family and I using this, and immediately threw out the product when I got home. Apparently you can return the toothpaste for a refund, but I did not have my receipt. I now use Pronamel, which is recommended by my dentist and does not contain those harmful toxic ingredients.

Just thought I would spread the word to raise awareness around this and hope that you guys switch to a different toothpaste stat!

Xo, Sahar

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My Maternity Photo Shoot!

Hi friends!

So I know this isn’t beauty related but I thought I would share a few photos from my maternity shoot ūüôā

I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and so ready for this baby to arrive! Being pregnant was an amazing experience but I am definitely ready to meet my baby! Not gonna lie, I am pretty curious as to what/who he looks like lol!!

I was blessed and lucky to have such a smooth, easy pregnancy and can only hope and pray that my delivery will be the same! From here on out we’re just playing the waiting game!




sahar4.jpgThe shoot was super fun and these are just a few of my favorite photos ūüôā¬†My amazing gown was from Sew Trendy Accessories¬†and all photo were taken by Behind Closed Doors Productions.

I have been getting asked a lot on how I kept fit during my pregnancy and my experiences in general so I’m thinking of adding a baby section to my blog. I’ll also be sure to add a labour and delivery experience post after bubs arrives!

Wish me luck!

Xo, Sahar

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DIY How to get whiter brighter teeth at home!

Hey beauties!

Today’s post is on how I get my teeth whiter and brighter naturally at home! I get a lot of questions on how I keep my teeth white and here is your answer!


If you want the fastest, cheapest way to whiten your teeth then you can use Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel

I’ve been using this gel for years and it is SO effective. It’s also ridiculously cheap and you only leave it on for 5 minutes! It’s perfect for me since I don’t have a ton of time to spend on teeth whitening with a toddler on the loose!

All I do is squeeze the gel on a Q-tip and apply it to my top and bottom teeth. I leave it on for 5 min and then rinse with cold water as well as brush my teeth afterwards. That’s it! If I feel like I need to whiten more then I will do this once a day for a few days and then when I’ve reached my desired whiteness I’ll do it just once a month or so for maintenance.

If you want a more natural approach to whitening then here are two alternatives… Depending on what I have on hand at the time, I switch between the two.

  1. Baking Soda and lemon juice mix
  2. Coconut Oil and Turmeric

Baking Soda and Lemon juice mix

This combination really whitens and cleans BUT it can be corrosive/damaging to the tooth enamel so I only recommend this every once in a while to freshen up. Basically you take a spoon of baking soda and squeeze in some lemon. The mixture will bubble up then you can take a tooth brush and brush your teeth lightly and rinse.

Coconut Oil and Turmeric mix



Have you heard the term “Oil pulling” ? Well this is exactly what the coconut oil does when you leave it in your mouth. Not only does it draw out toxins, but it whitens your teeth too!

For this mixture, you will need a spoonful of coconut oil and a pinch of turmeric…just mix the two together and brush your teeth with it. You will want to leave the mixture on your teeth for 5-10 minutes then rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste. This mixture might stain your hands but not your teeth! There are a ton of health benefits of both ingredients in this mix which make it the ideal natural choice for teeth whitening….you can also do it as often as you like without worrying about damaging your teeth ūüôā

I personally prefer Plus White simply because it is safe, fast, effective, and cheap! You can purchase it here.

I hope this post helped, let me know what you use to whiten your teeth!

Happy Whitening!

xo, Sahar

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How to get smooth, acne and blackhead-free skin naturally!

Hello loves!

Today’s post is a beauty tip (or hack!) on how to exfoliate your face or body for smooth, acne and blackhead-free skin naturally!

There are SOOO many exfoliating products out there and for such ridiculous prices! The last sample I received of an exfoliating product had ingredients listed that I couldn’t even pronounce. Why bother spending a ton of money, when you can get the same if not better benefit of a natural product that is most likely right in your pantry (and only $2!)

Now this one might come to you a surprise…(or not)…but you likely have this product sitting in your fridge to keep smells at bay lol

Arm-Hammer-Pure-Baking-SodaAnd TA-DA! Here is the magic product….Baking soda! Now HOW does this product keep your face smooth, exfoliated and acne-free you ask?

  • Baking soda dries up acne and is a natural antibiotic that heals the skin. Its long term benefits include fading acne scars and speed¬†the healing of acne damage.
  • Baking soda can help remove blackheads. When left on your nose (like a mask) for a few minutes, it loosens the tough skin so that you can easily extract the blackheads with a tissue….most of the time it just does the trick after I wash it off!
  • Baking soda keeps oily skin at bay and prevents pores from clogging up. It provides a beautiful smooth canvas for makeup application.

I usually mix a small amount into my daily face wash but you may not need to use it every day. My skin is quite oily and I do wear a lot of makeup, so I need to exfoliate often.

If you have never tried this before, or if you do not regularly exfoliate…complete a patch test in a small area first to ensure you don’t have any reactions. If you do not have a reaction then you can mix a tiny amount (about the size of a pea) of baking soda in to your face wash no more than 2 times a week.¬†

It is important not to leave the baking soda on your skin for too long. I try to stay away from “Baking soda masks” as it can irritate your face due to the pH and acidity of the product. You can get some for cheap here!

There are so many other uses for baking soda as well…you can add it to shampoo to keep flakes or dandruff away and to exfoliate product build up on the scalp….you can add it to your toothpaste to whiten your teeth (not often though!) I use it to exfoliate and soften my nails and cuticles… It’s an all around great product ūüôā

What types of exfoliating products do you use? Have you ever thought of using baking soda? Try it out and let me know your thoughts! ūüôā

Xo, Sahar


My Beauty Secret For Natural Glowing Skin

Hey lovelies!

I am giving away my #1 beauty secret…yup…I love you that much ;D

I’ve been planning to write this post for a loooooong time, so here we go!

For the past three-four years, I have been using a miracle essential oil/water¬†that is SO good for the skin and super inexpensive to buy…




Pure Organic Rosehip seed oil  which is only $6! 

and I LOVE Mario Badescu’s rosewater spray¬†which is $7

The benefits of Rosehip seed oil and rose water on the skin are incredible and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone:)

I use the pure rosehip seed oil as a moisturizer in the morning before makeup application and in the evening before bed. You can also mix a 1-2 drops of the oil into your foundation to give you a beautiful, youthful, glow from within look. NO, this will not make your skin oily! I have oily-combo skin and this does not make me greasy or shiny. You can try with one drop at first to see how you like it. I also use this as an eye makeup remover or on any (healed) cuts/scars I might have.

Rosehip Seed Oil Facts:

  • Extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in Chile
  • Naturally contains vitamin A, C, & E (all wonderful anti-aging essentials)
  • High in essential fatty acids
  • Was used by Ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties

Benefits of Pure Organic Rosehip seed oil:

  • Corrects UV damage from the sun
  • Naturally tones the skin
  • Minimize appearance of wrinkles
  • Prevents scarring and stretch marks
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Rejuvenates skin cells
  • Dramatically improves skin moisture levels
  • Reduces stress naturally!
  • leaves the skin looking radiant and with a healthy glow

Now…the Rosewater Spray…

I mist the rosewater all over my face before makeup application, and spray on to my beauty blender to blend out my concealer and foundation. I¬†spray the rosewater on eyeshadow and highlighter brushes before dipping in the product, to give a more pigmented, brighter look. I will also spritz it all over my face after makeup application to set and remove any powdery residue…as well as spraying it all over for an all natural beautiful smelling fragrance!

Benefits of Organic Rosewater Spray

  • Tones and softens delicate skin
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Lessens acne
  • Help prevent wrinkles
  • Help maintain youthful glow
  • Awakens the senses
  • Brightens complexion
  • Cleanses pores
  • Uplifts mood
  • Tightens pores

And THIS my friends, is why I use Rosehip seed oil and Rose water for EVERYthing. Try it out for yourself and let me know how you like it!

The exact products I use are here and here. 

I wish you all happiness and beautiful glowing skin…always! ‚̧


Xo, Sahar

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Going Green for 2016

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you all have had a great start to the year! In this post, I want to talk about something that I have been thinking about for a while now…Going green aka going natural with beauty products!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on beauty products out there and…it is INSANE how many toxins and chemicals are in the products we use every day ūüė¶ Including toothpaste, shampoos, etc!! Obviously, I think it’s impossible to go 100% green…but I can definitely look at ingredients and ensure that the big no-no’s are not on the list.


(Wearing Bite Beauty Matte Lipstick in Cognac! One of my faves and all natural!)

I started going the more natural route with skin care, deodorant etc…but it has taken me a long time to do so with makeup! The most difficult part I think, is throwing away¬†all the money I have spent!!!

What I currently use in my beauty regimen:

For a few years now, I have been using

  • Deodorant: Tom’s deodorant which is natural and aluminum free here
  • Face Wash: Neutrogena Naturals face wash (although I am switching to a fragrance free, more natural product as I don’t think this one is very good)
  • Nuxe Rose Petal face wash here
  • Toothpaste: Nature’s Gate here
  • Face Moisturizer: Organic cold pressed Rose Hip seed oil here¬†(My next post will be a review on this AMAZING oil!!)
  • Exfoliator Face/Body: Baking Soda (It’s amazing at keeping acne away and keeps your face as smooth as a baby’s bottom!)
  • Body/Hands/Cuticle Moisturizer: Good old fashioned tub of Coconut Oil here
  • Makeup Primer/Set: Organic Rosewater spray here
  • Lip balm: Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask, coconut oil or Vitamin E here
  • Soap: Royal Herbs Natural Honey & Oatmeal soap here
  • Shampoo & Conditioner: Nature’s Gate here

I suspect transitioning my makeup will be a bit more difficult as I have to do some more research on product ingredients. Basically, the main things I want to avoid are: Parabens, Phthalates, Lead and Sulfates as well as ensuring products are cruelty-free.

Sephora is pretty good with listing product ingredients and if they are formulated without the ¬†cancer causing junk….so I feel that that’s a good starting point. So far, I ¬†have found that Tarte, Bite Beauty, Urban Decay and Kat Von D are some of the many brands that formulate products without parabens and are cruelty-free.

I have a feeling this is going to be heartbreaking as I am sure many of the products I own should be tossed (ahem, Anastasia Beverly Hills) ūüė¶ After doing a ton of research, I found that¬†Anastasia Beverly Hills does not even disclose what the ingredients are in her lipsticks and glosses and I can’t find them anywhere on the net! Based on the product ingredients I have seen on Sephora…it doesn’t look good. ¬†Ingredients in her contour kit and brow products include talc, parabens, phthalates..I have emailed the company asking for the lipstick/gloss ingredient list.

This topic is obviously a bit overwhelming and can drive me nuts! It will be an ongoing work in process. I am definitely going to take this a bit more seriously this year…as I use a TON of products on a daily basis.¬†I do think, however, that if you use all makeup but go a more natural route for skin care…it is one step towards the right direction.

Have you thought about going green? What products do you recommend or are you wanting to try out?


Xo, Sahar