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in hair, product review

The Product You NEED for Gorgeous Beach Waves

We sipped the Ouai juice, and we’re hooked. But did you expect anything less from Jen Atkin, the queen of Cool Girl hair? Just check out her clients like Chrissy Teigen and the Kardashians for reference. Atkin pretty much discovered how to bottle beach hair in her Ouai Wave Spray that has a light, white musk scent (or is it jasmine? Whatever it is, we likes). It gives our locks a little bit of body and a wave that can go from subtle to beach babe depending on how we use it. We’ve been stocking up since we got our hands on it.
ouai wave spray

What it is: A waving spray that can be used on wet or dry hair to create a beachy wave.

What it does: Uses rice protein to add hold for a natural wave look.

What we liked: If you’ve used wave sprays in the past, you know the deal. Either your hair gets super crunchy or weighed down. We love to use this on our wet hair and let it air dry for a subtle beachy look, and before a rough blow dry followed by an iron for more defined waves. Plus so much body! All that with no added salt in sight.

What we didn’t like: That air dry tip didn’t work for our fine hair tester as much as it did for our tester with thicker hair. And though we love the smell, it’s not for everyone if you’re not into the musky-type perfume scents.

Fun fact: Ouai is pronounce “way,” inspired by the cool Parisian way to say “oui” or “yes”

Price: $26


foreo issa hybrid
in beauty, product review

Is this Electric Toothbrush Worth its $200 Price Tag?

foreo issa toothbrush

Here’s an adult decision you may or may not have come across already: it’s time to upgrade your toothbrush. Fortunately, Foreo has your back. The futuristic looking Foreo Issa Hybrid silicone brush adds a, ahem, sexy touch to your vanity, sure. But rest assured, its $199 luxe price tag justifies more than just its pretty face. Take its bacteria-preventing silicone suit (the company says it has 10,000x less bacteria than regular brushes). Or that one full charge lasts six months. Or that you won’t even have to change the head until a year goes by. And, most impressively, its Sonic Pulse Technology that goes hard on plaque, but easy on gums. We tried it and this is what we thought:

What it is: An electric toothbrush made with a mix of bacteria-resisting, nonporous silicone bristles and and inner PBT polymer bristle for a thorough cleaning that’s easy on gums.

What it does: Cleans teeth for a timed two minutes at varying strengths (there are eight settings you can choose from).

What we liked: From our experience with Foreo’s products, it follows suit with its easy-to-use design. The soft skin of the toothbrush and ergonomic handle makes it super comfortable to hold, and the hybrid of silicone and PBT polymer bristles makes sure you get a deeper cleaning while still going gentle on gums. It feels soft but not so soft that it feels ineffective. Every 30 seconds, the brush pauses to you know to change quandrants for a total of two minutes. We love that it does all the thinking for you (especially before bed) so you’re ensured a thorough cleaning every time. Our teeth feel clean without any residue and, dare we say, even a little brighter.

What we didn’t like: That we don’t have more than one – the colors are so pretty! (It comes in mint green, cool black, cobalt blue, and lavender). The price tag is still admittedly an investment, but that said, you’ll get what you pay for.

Price: $199.99


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This Twist Up Charcoal Cleanser is Everything

We admit it, we were a little confused at what the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick was exactly upon first sight. With its gold cap and accents, it looked too pretty to just be a cleanser. Plus, with a similar packaging as Tarte’s Lip & Cheek Tints, we thought it could be makeup. That is, until you twist the cap open to find a black solid.

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It’s described as an “exfoliating gel” — all of which you’ll mostly understand when you use it for the first time. Good luck going back after you do.

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What it is: An exfoliating sea algae and charcoal cleanser in the form of a solid stick that is activated to a gel when applied to wet skin.

What it does: Uses charcoal powder and microexfoliants for a light scrub and cleanser that helps draw out impurities in the skin. To use, wet face, then rub on face directly until evenly applied. Use fingertips to massage on face then rinse off.

What we liked: It was easy to apply, and even though it melts to a gel upon use, there’s fairly no mess. The microexfoliants scrub without being harsh and the charcoal helps to absorb oils and other impurities (charcoal is known to absorb about 200 times its weight in impurities). The cleanser has no strong discernable scent and also doubles as a mask if you leave it for a couple minutes. The result is a shine-free, dirt-free finish. The cleanser is also compact and solid which makes it good for travel and those on the go. Plus it looks pretty on our bathroom counter.

What we didn’t like: The balm can’t get into the inner corners or around the nostrils upon contact but you can also use your fingers to wipe around those areas. And although it’s gentle enough to use everyday, we don’t recommend using any granule product more than 2-3 times a week!

Who it’s best for: Good for all skin types, and people who usually carry around their life in their bag (we see you, Jetsetters).

Price: $22


Fun fact: Tarte is launching in the Middle East on October 27th! Get excited 🙂

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in Perfume, product review

All About the Global Launch of the New Christian Louboutin Fragrances!

Today marks the launch of Christian Louboutin’s very first foray into perfumes—three to be exact–and we were lucky enough to get them in our office to try them first! Spoiler: They’re incredible.
christian louboutin perfumes

Time and money were no object to Louboutin, who had these scents brewing for three years until now. He went to four best perfume houses in the world and what they came up with is seriously incredible! It was so hard to pick favorites!

The first one, Bikini Questa Sera (“Bikini Tonight” in Italian) is supposed to evoke an intimate, beachy feeling. The notes of jasmine, tuberose, and sandalwood. The second, Tornade Blonde aka “Blonde Tornado” is about a women who leaves a trail of golden light behind her. Picture you’re at a bar and see a gorgeous women who disappears in moments, leaving you wondering, “who was she?” (as the Louboutin team explained). It has a mix of violet, roses, and cassis. Finally, Trouble in Heaven is about a woman who is at ease with being sexy – provokes and doesn’t mind being provocative. The scent is the strongest of the three, with notes of bergamot, amber, patchouli, and iris.

The bottle itself is a work of art – the clam shell is supposed to emulate a Caesar or Oscar award (and honestly, we want to display it on our shelves like one!). Louboutin actually enlisted an architect, Thomas Heatherwick (who also recently designed the new London double decker buses) to come up with a classic, strong design that really gives these scents a commanding identity. There’s a mix of complexity and simplicity in the design that we’d only expect from Louboutin.

Christian Louboutin Fragrance
The perfumes are decadent, sexy, and quite honestly, to die for. They are all launched today at 1320 dhs in the UAE and $275 each in the US. Which perfume describes you? Anyone out to buy one for themselves? Like all Louboutin beauty products, we think this is something you’ll use AND collect to display like works of art. The scents are so distinct, they’re perfect for layering as well. We’re seriously obsessed! Check them out at Louboutin stores, on Louboutin’s site, or online retailers like!

To see a sneak peek of the perfumes as well as the newest Louboutin matte lipstick, follow realhudabeauty on Snapchat!!!

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You’re going to want every single lipstick in this celebrity-inspired collection

I’m not going to lie guys, I was sooo nervous to meet Charlotte Tilbury for the first time when she came by the office recently! Tilbury has worked with some of the most famous faces like Kate Moss and Rihanna, and I’ve always been such a fan of her work! I got a chance to take a look at her new Hot Lips collection, and the colors are absolutely breathtaking. Housed in the line’s signature rose gold, lipsticks are named after and inspired by some of Tilbury’s own celebrity friends.
Charlotte Tilbury
I love the unique shape of the bullets that has a slanted square tip to make it easy to apply right on the lips. Some of the office favorites are the taupey pink of Super Cindy (named after Cindy Crawford), a bold fuchsia (Electric Poppy, after Poppy Delevingne), the deep mulberry of Hel’s Bells after Helena Bonham-Carter, and a siren red (Carina’s Love, after Chinese actress Carina Lau). They run from sheer to more opaque variations and have a cream finish that helps keep lips soft. I’m having so much fun trying on the different shades. There is seriously something for everyone. Here are some swatches from the collection above – let me know what you think!

You can check them all out at

in Makeup, product review

Should You Buy These Weird Brushes?


By Huda Heidi Kattan


Hey My Loves! These makeup brushes from Artis Brush are definitely some of the more unique looking ones and cost a pretty penny, but do they work? I worked half my face with the Artis brushes and the other half with normal ones, so you could see the difference. Check out the video to see my full review and thoughts on the collection!

Have any of you tried them too? What did you think??

Products I used:
Artis Brush Elite Smoke 5 Brush Set: