Reviews, Skin

Dermapen Review at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai

May 22, 2015

I don’t have a regular dermatologist, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one before and that’s mostly because I’ve never really had any serious issues with my skin. Even when my hormones went crazy last year and took it out on my skin, a trip to my gyno stopped the break outs so I didn’t feel the need to add another expense to my already depleted wallet ( doctors are expensive here). Anyway, I have a lot of scars left from that hormonal break out and so far I’ve been treating them with good skin care and rose hip oil (which is fantastic), the scars have lightened a lot but I still have this weird uneven texture on one side of my face. So, when Kaya Skin Clinic reached out to me, I thought this would, at the most, be an informative experience because I don’t feel like I’m the most knowledgeable person when it comes to beauty treatments ( I’ve learned the little that I know from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, haha!).

Just a heads up:

  • There will be not so glamorous pictures of me sans makeup, but we’re grown ups here, right?
  • I have oily, combination skin that is sensitive
  • I do break out a little at that time of the month
  • Some of these pictures scared the crap out of me

I had an appointment with Dr Marwa at Kaya Skin Clinic, Dubai Marina. Before my consultation, I had to fill up a questionnaire about my skin and lifestyle habits.

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After a quick chat with Dr Marwa about my skin concerns, I was taken to the skin analysis area of the clinic. This is where it got fascinating yet scary. They use the Visia Skin Assessment machine, it has three cameras that takes photos of your face so they can thoroughly analyze your skin from every angle and give you visual feedback. It’s not a very flattering experience but it’s pretty informative.

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As you can see, they have a breakdown of categories with percentages. And the picture below is a 3d representation of my skin which shows the uneven texture of that area thanks to acne scarring. dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai

This report below is an indication of bacteria? SO GROSS. And also, I look a bit like a white walker, no? dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai

This next report measures UV damage. Again, I look terrifying (like a corpse) and I was all, “hey! I use SPF 40 everyday!”. Here’s what I was doing wrong- I wasn’t applying my sun screen thirty minutes before I left the house. Damn.

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On a side note, she also asked if I had recently lost weight, and I was surprised by the question. Apparently, when we lose weight, the first place we lose fat is on the under eye area and that’s how she could tell. That’s a little unfortunate, isn’t it? dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai

After my assessment, I was prescribed four to six sessions of Dermapen treatments, two to four weeks apart, followed by two final peel treatments.

The Dermapen treatment involves getting your skin stamped with a disposable head that contains several needles. The doctor can use different depths of needles for different areas of your skin depending on your scarring or wrinkles. These needles injure your skin (in a very minute way, there’s no blood or visible damage) which then encourages your body to produce collagen and and heal the skin on these damaged areas, giving scarred areas to heal properly again without the indentation, uneven texture or dark spots. It’s also supposed to be great for wrinkles and hyper pigmentation.

I was then taken to the treatment room, which is a good reflection of what you’re in for. I was familiar with Kaya Skin Clinic, so I wasn’t surprised but everything around you is very clinical. This isn’t a spa experience, and there was nothing relaxing about it.

dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai

The doctor applied vitamin rich serums before and during the treatment, followed by a vitamin C face mask. The whole stamping experience was painful, at first it mostly hurt on the forehead and jawline but during the second round of stamping/ needling, the areas where she had used deeper needles hurt when they were stamped again. I received two rounds of stamping, with increased pressure and needle depth for the areas with scarring and uneveness. It was definitely an uncomfortable experience and I was gritting my teeth through out the treatment.

dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai Post treatment, my skin was a red hot mess. I wasn’t in any pain after the treatment, my skin just felt hot and irritated and it stayed inflamed for the next two hours. This is definitely not something you can do hours before an event, but she did say a lot of women get this treatment a day or two before a big event because it really plumps up the skin and diminishes wrinkles. After my skin calmed down, I didn’t see any visible results but my skin did feel really soft. I was allowed to wear make up but I had to make sure I used lots of sun screen and moisturizer for the next few days. dermapen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai Here’s a before and after treatment shot on their skin analysis machine: derma pen treatment at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai So, it’s been two weeks since I had my Dermapen treatment, did it work?

Firstly, I was informed that I would need 4 sessions to see a major difference in areas of scarring and indentation. They also mentioned that you really notice a difference in your skin a month later. The pigmentation around my mouth has lightened, this has been the most impressive result because I couldn’t live without using an orange corrector concealer before, but I’m skipping it now because I don’t need it. Yay! I feel like my skin looks brighter and my skin tone is more even than it used to be. I haven’t noticed any difference in scarring or the uneven texture, but I’m guessing that would take more treatments. dermapen in dubai Would I do it again? Yes, it was painful but I’m willing to sit through the pain if it means getting rid of one my insecurities and wearing less make up. I found the staff at Kaya Skin Clinic professional and helpful, and it was an educational and positive experience.

Each session of Dermpen at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai costs AED 650, you can learn more at kayaskinclinic.me

*Disclaimer: I was invited to review a service at Kaya Skin Clinic but as usual, all opinions are my own.

OOTD

Kimono Sleeve Printed Playsuit

May 7, 2015

These photos were taken at the gorgeous Zabeel Saray hotel, as soon as I spotted this wall, I knew I needed a photo with it! Thanks to fellow blogger, Aseya, for taking these photos. You should check out her beauty website, Hello Pretty!

I’m wearing a fake septum piercing these days because I’m considering getting a real one done. I think they look so beautiful but the only thing putting me off it is how painful it could be. I got my nose pierced when I was fifteen years old and I still remember how painful it was even months later. I ended up taking it out a few years later anyway (what a waste of my dad not speaking to me for two weeks, tsk!).

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OOTD

Holiday dreaming

April 28, 2015

You guys, this outfit has me desperately craving for a holiday in some Mediterranean paradise. I can just picture myself exploring the narrow alleys of Santorini, scoring something beautiful and unique at a local boutique, and then enjoying a seafood feast by the water. Argh, that sounds so perfect.

Well, let’s pretend this is Santorini and not the roof of my building…
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OOTD

Lazy Weekend Style- A Checked Maxi Shirt

April 25, 2015

I love lazy weekends, I am perfectly content with just bumming it out on the couch with some take out and catching up with my favorite TV shows. However, it feels like we only have a week of “good” weather left in Dubai, the official unforgiving summer heat is just around the corner so we’ve been making the most of the remaining outdoor weather. We grabbed a late lunch at Marina Walk on yesterday, it’s still one of my favorite spots in Dubai and I miss living there. It’s always bustling with residents and tourists, there’s a variety of restaurants, and watching the water with a cup of tea has been my therapy for years.

I usually braid my hair at night so I can wake up to tangle free curls the next morning, I didn’t take these out because I put in some of Jessicurl’s Oil blend and didn’t feel like washing my hair (I told you this was a lazy OOTD). I wanted this checked maxi shirt for ages but I thought it was a bit expensive for what is essentially a checked shirt, I gave in anyway and I’m really getting my worth per wear from it. I wear it so often because it looks great with jeans or shorts, which is what I live in on most days. But it’s trendy at the moment, so I still feel like I put some effort into my outfit.

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We had lunch at one of favorite cafes, Le Pain Quotidien, because the man was craving a croque madam. Looking at these photos is making me hungry again! IMG_4775 IMG_4773 IMG_4771

I hope you had a great weekend too, what did you get up to?

 

Hair, Reviews

Jessicurl Curly Hair range & Dessata Brush Review

April 21, 2015

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If you’re a fellow curly girl, you already know that finding great curly hair products in Dubai can be next to impossible. There are a few options, but I usually resort to Amazon.

This is why I am SO excited to post this review, I’ve heard so many great things about Jessicurl and I think it’s amazing that such a great curly hair brand is now available in Dubai.

British Beauty Brands (Jessicurl’s official distributor here) sent me the Rich and Radiant collection which is specifically for thick, curly hair that lacks moisture. They also sent me the Dessata detangling brush.

A brief intro about my hair- the hair that used to be purple? It’s a stretched out, dehydrated mess. I’ve tried tons of products in attempt to get some kind of curl pattern going on but none have worked. I usually resort to braiding my hair overnight. The rest of my hair is Type 3.

A brief intro to Jessicurl- the American brand was created in 2002 by Jess, who started out on the message boards of NaturallyCurly.com. She shares her own hair routine here, and comes across very knowledgable and helpful in their instructional videos and FAQs section. She also has gorgeous hair!

The brand promises to be silicone and sulphate free, as well as vegan. While the products are not 100% natural, they’ve enlisted all ingredients here and explained them well. Their products come in two scents- Island Fantasy, Citrus Lavender or you could opt for no scent.

I recommend visiting their website, I especially love their How- To videos.

Now, on to the Jessicurl routine I tried. I’ve gotten 3 uses out of the pack they sent me, so here’s what I can tell you for sure: Technique is everything. My usual method left me with wiry, undefined waves but trying out the Jessicurl method left me with shiny, defined curls.

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The Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream is my favorite product from the range. It’s a moisturizing cleanser that leaves my scalp squeaky clean, my hair soft, and it does not dry out my hair at all. I usually follow the no shampoo method because shampoos make my hair feel like straw, and leave me with dry, frizzy hair and a destroyed curl pattern. This cleansing cream is perfection, it lathers up and cleanses like a shampoo but it’s so gentle and it doesn’t fade my hair colour. I am 100% purchasing the full size version!

Jessicurl Too Shea! and Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment

Step 2 involves detangling my hair with a wide tooth comb. This can be a breeze or a nightmare depending on  how emollient your conditioner is. Both the Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Treatment made the detangling process easier. Too Shea! is meant for regular/ daily use while the Deep Conditioning Treatment is meant to be more of a weekly indulgence. They were both lightweight and hydrating, and neither left me with any greasiness or build-up issues.

Here’s the weird part- I felt like they were both equally hydrating on my hair, but I actually prefer the Too Shea! conditioner. It’s quicker to use (you only need to keep it on for 3-5 minutes) but I felt like it had the same effect as the Deep Conditioning Treatment (which you keep on for 20-30 minutes). Also, it didn’t weigh my hair down like the Deep conditioning Treatment did, so if you have fine hair, this is a winner. I also loved it as a leave in conditioner!

Jessicurl Confident Coils and Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets review

After washing the conditioner out, I move on to Step 3- styling. This is where the technique comes in! I flip my hair upside down (without wringing out any water) and apply Rockin’ Ringlets on to my soaking wet hair. Rockin’ Ringlets encourages curl formation and definition, while providing light to medium hold. You only need a tiny amount of product, and make sure you scrunch your hair to help form those curls. This stuff puts the waves back into my stretched out, damaged curls. I love it!

The next step is such a smart tip that I feel stupid for never thinking about it- scrunch the hair with a cotton tshirt to absorb the excess water. It definitely speeds up drying time and helps avoid weighing down curls. So genius, yet so simple. Also, I’m sure you already know this if you have curls but in case you don’t- never use a regular towel on your hair, only a microfiber towel or a  a cotton tshirt, as the regular ones cause major frizz.

How to dry curly hair I then apply a small amount of Confident Coils Styling Solution, it’s supposedly pretty potent and too much of it can weigh your hair down. It basically provides hold, definition and keeps curls frizz free. I scrunch again and then move on to drying my hair with a diffuser. I dry my hair until it’s about 70% dry because any more than that cause major frizz and puffiness on me.

I’m pretty much done at this point, I let my hair air dry which takes ages. It makes this next tip super hard to stick to but it’s crucial in curly hair care- Don’t touch your hair until it is completely dry. I’m terrible at this FYI, it’s torture for me. Can you tell by how miserable I look in the photo? Hahah!

jessicurl best curly hair products review When my hair is finally dry, I scrunch it for more volume, and that’s it! The products don’t leave my hair crunchy or weighed down, I’m left with soft, bouncy, touchable curls :)

Here’s why I’m impressed with Jessicurl- while my natural curls look fab, the bleach- damaged hair at the top of my head usually just hangs straight but with their products, it’s wavy. Like I said before, most of the stuff I’ve tried before had zero effects on this hair.

I’m definitely looking forward to using their products more and experimenting with combinations, you can combine their styling products to see what works best for you. Going through their FAQs on the website will give you a few ideas. The only negative I experienced was frizz, it could be that my hair is so dry or that I live in Dubai, but I feel like I need a little more frizz control so I’m going to give their Spiralicious Styling Gel a shot.

jessicurl best curly hair products review Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray Review I only used the Awe Inspiraling Spray on the damaged hair, the rest of my hair was still curly and intact. This revived the curl pattern but I would recommend using it along with Confident Coil or using it on damp hair because the scrunching technique left me with a lot of frizz.

And finally, let’s talk about the Dessata brush!

Dessata detangling brush

I had never heard about it before but I wanted to compare it to the Tangle Teezer. For one thing. the Dessata brushes cost less. You also get the option of choosing from funky, colorful designs and they have a mini and original size. Ergonomically, the original sized brush is easy to hold and use. I found the Dessata brush more effective in detangling, it definitely performs better on thick hair. I also saw a dramatic difference in terms of hair shedding, this brush seems to pull out less. The only con I can point out is that it’s slightly less pain- free, but I’m ok with that since it detangles a lot better and I don’t lose as much hair.

The original brush costs AED 50 and the mini costs AED 40.

Ok, let’s conclude this super long (but hopefully helpful and informative) post.

In short, Jessicurl products are a win for me. I’m interested in trying more of their products, especially The Oil Blend and Stimulating Scalp Massage (I’ll keep you posted!). You don’t have to get the entire collection, I’d recommend trying out a cleansing and styling product based on your hair type first. They have a helpful list here.

Prices of all products are listed on the British Beauty Brands Facebook page

If you’re in Dubai: All products listed in this post are available for purchase from Britsh Beauty Brands Dubai. You can contact them on Facebook, or visit their website. Jessicurl products are also available at Zanedo.

These products were sent to me but as always, my opinions are 100% honest.

OOTD

Missguided Plus size Green Tartan Skater Dress

April 13, 2015

I am LOVING this dress! I needed some green tartan in my life and this is a nice, stretchy option that I can wear through summer. Also, I am going through a hat phase, it kind of came around due to an abundance of bad hair days and now I’m just enjoying how stylish they make me feel.

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Dress- Missguided

Hat- Forever 21

Boots- Zara (old) ( similar here and here or you can customize your boots with these)

Necklace- Forever 21 (sold out)