New Start

Hey everyone

You have probably definitely noticed that I haven’t posted in a while.

No really?!

Anyways. I just didn’t feel like writing and didn’t have any ideas that I was actually interested in. I also didn’t want to force myself to write some total trash just to give you guys something to read.

SO now I will be restarting / continuing my blog because I have some new things to write! Also I have tons of pics from my summer break so I will be posting those too even if they are like 2-3 months late 🙂 I am going to a Dua Lipa concert tomorrow so expect a post about that.

xx

Hreem

Why I Love Traveling

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I’ve been a bit M.I.A recently so I’m sorry about that oops.

Since it’s summer vacay now and I’m going to be traveling soon *woop woop* I thought it would be interesting to do a post about why I love going to different places and stuff. Just ’cause.

First of all, it’s super interesting to go to places that have a culture very different to yours or the country you live in. For example what the traditional food is like in another country or the way they dress. Trying out new foods in different countries is so exciting, except it’s pretty difficult for me since I’m a vegetarian and most traditional foods include a meat of some type #ohwell.

Next, the weather and stuff is generally quite different. I live in Dubai and the weather is literally hot, sunny and humid all year round except for about three months where there is a bit of wind and rain; not fun at all. But it’s so interesting to go to places where it’s snowing or really cold because it’s the complete opposite of the place that I live in. You get me? I hope so.

Doesn’t everyone have that one country they’ve been to that is just their favourite because of the architecture and the style of the buildings, or the views and mountains, or maybe just both? The only thing we see in Dubai is skyscrapers and tall buildings so any other style of houses is pretty fascinating for me.

And the main point is just being able to explore an unfamiliar place. Walking around and seeing some beautiful fountains and monuments, unique little shops and small unknown restaurants with great food.

I hope if you are traveling now or you will be traveling that you have lots of fun!

Where is your favourite place in the world?

xo Hreem

 

Does the Ph of Your Cleanser Affect Your Skin?

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hey everyone!

I am a person who really loves buying tons of face masks and different skincare products even if they don’t actually have an impact on my skin (oops)

So recently I found out a little about how the Ph of your face wash is actually really important and can have a major impact so I wanted to share the information with you guys!

Basically the Ph of your skin (Potential hydrogen. The acidity or alkalinity of your skin) is somewhere between 4.0-6.5. Your skin has an acid mantle which is acidic so that it can act as a barrier to keep away bacteria, viruses, dirt and other things which can penetrate the skin. The Ph of your skin can be altered by weather, UV light, the products and even the water you use.

Using this products on your skin can disturb it’s Ph, making it too acidic or basic, which causes more breakouts, makes skin more sensitive and creates a good environment for infections. Using these a few times only temporarily changes the skins Ph and it can still recover however using these products more often can cause long-term damage to your skin.

Most soaps and some cleansers have a Ph of about 9-10 and that is really bad for your skin. *that is one reason why you shouldn’t wash your face with shower gel or anything like that.

Sooo how can you be sure that your cleanser has the right Ph? Most cleansers would say ‘balanced Ph’ on the packaging or might have the Ph written sOmEwHeRe on the bottle. For example after I learnt this I did some research about the cleanser I was using at the time and realised that it had a Ph of 7! I immediately threw it out and found another one.

Okay guys that was kind of a long one but I hope this helped you even a little bit 🙂

Hreem xo

The Post-Exams Post

*credits to Milla for giving me this title*

Guess what, guys?!

My exams are over! Finitooooo (didn’t I say that in my exam post last year? I’m sure I did)

Anywaaays I’m super free now and I have more free time than I can handle because even the teachers have given up on teaching so we have no homework or anything. It’s actually quite boring tbh.

So now all I do is practice my guitar and learn new songs which is interesting until it gets to the point where I realise that all my favourite songs have super unknown chords like B minor or something like that. Some chords that literally aren’t humanly possible.

On the bright side I also have so much more time to have fun and hangout with my friends. Summer vacation starts in two weeks which is sooo exciting except for the fact that the weather in Dubai is already burning hot and it’s only going to get worse. I can’t wait to do some traveling too because I LOVE to travel!!

Have a great day 🙂

XO Hreem

The Art of Procrastination

P.S. Sorry about the super-duper long wait; my computer crashed and I had to give it in to get it repaired so I couldn’t write! (if I write it from my iPad the format is terrible)

Raise your hand if you are a certified procrastinator

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Admit it, if you’re reading my blog you are probably only reading it to get away from something else you really don’t want to do. So, welcome to the Procrastinators Club! Collect your nametag at the front desk, thank you 🙂

Our end-of-year exams are coming in approximately two weeks (!!!) so I am kind of already drowning in all the revision and I probably shouldn’t be doing much writing because of that so consider this the last post you see until around June 14! I sound very excited but trust me I am NOT. I am dreading these exams, they were literally the worst things last year.

Anyways, because of this, our teachers were telling us about how to manage our studying time well and how to not procrastinate.

It’s only when you’re doing homework or revising that you realise you just have to do a Buzzfeed quiz to see if you can identify the celebrity by their foreheads (seriously why do they even have these kinds of quizzes?) I mean sure I would want my math homework to be done – in the past tense. I don’t actually want to do the homework.

Here are some top tips that have helped a master procrastinator like me:

  • study for 30 mins and then take a 10 min break in between. After you’ve studied for 30 mins twice, take a longer break that is about 15-20 minutes long. It’s a teeny bit confusing but it makes sense.
  • when you’re taking a break don’t do anything that gives you new information (such as checking the news, social media, watching tv shows) instead do something else like practice playing an instrument, do your nails, write in a journal.
  • do your work in a place where other people can see what you’re doing and can warn you when you’re going off task.
  • reward yourself for staying on task by getting something delicious to eat such as ice cream, or something healthy if you want to be healthy.

That’s not a lot but it’s all I have time for sorryyyyyy!

You’ll get much more interesting posts in the summer break so stay tuned for that ❤

xo Hreem

related: exams over! and how to survive them when they return

Finding My Style

hey everybody 🙂

First of all I would like to announce: I HIT 100 FOLLOWERSSSS !!! (106 to be exact but yeah) And I know that there are so many bloggers out there with thousands of followers who gain like 100 more every day. But it is still a big deal for me because it’s pretty wild to believe that there are 100 people out there who like to read the random things I write.

THANK YOU ALLL SO MUCH!

Anyway, so this post is a fashion post *fun*. Lately I’ve actually started to care more about what I wear instead of just throwing on the first thing I find in my closet. When I look at my clothes half the things are literally unwearable and I’m like idontwannawearthis. 

So I’ve been finding stores and colour schemes and designs that I’m really starting to like that kind of fit my personality???? My favourite ever shop is Hollister but oof it’s expensive. You have to be really really sure you like something because if you don’t, you’ve wasted about $70 on it, happy times.

I’m starting to find more inspiration on what I want my look to be like. You know how you look at people’s Instagram feed and when you look at all the things they wear, the outfits are kinda related. Know what I mean? So I’m searching Pinterest and tv shows to see what I would want my theme – if you will – to be like.

Another thing is that it is now summer! I’m only excited that there’ll be no school and I get to travel, not excited about the weather. In Dubai it’s like “Oh summer’s coming up, time to see which stores stock refridgerators big enough to cool one or two PEOPLE.” The weather gets up to like 50°C so wearing jeans or something means taking a big risk. Because of that I have to buy new shorts and tops that aren’t full-sleeeved.

* The shorts in the pic are new and I love love love them 🙂

Homemade Eggless Gnocchi

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I haven’t done a recipe post in a while and I recently came across this one which is reaaallly fab so I thought why not share it with you guys?

I really love food and cooking and pasta (and I’m a vegetarian btw), so this recipe is perfect for amateur cooks like me who like to make food. Another thing, many people assume that if gnocchi doesn’t have egg it tastes extremely weird but some of my friends have tasted it and according to them it tastes the same. and you don’t mess with the experts.

Serves: 4 | Time to make: 30 mins | Difficulty: simple-dimple

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • water

How To Make It:

  1. Firstly, boil the potatoes (in boiling water, duh) until they are soft enough to mash and grate.
  2. Then wait until they are a little less hot and peel off the skin.
  3. Little by little, start adding in some flour and mix it until it is fully incorporated into the potatoes. Here’s the thing: I have no clue how much flour to add! This is becasue it depends on how soft you like your gnocchi. Basically, keep adding flour until it isn’t as sticky as before (but it will still be a bit sticky, don’t overdo the flour).
  4. So then, sprinkle flour onto the counter where you will shape the gnocchi pieces. Take a chunk of dough and roll it into a long strand as thick as you’d like. Cut the strand into little pieces.
  5. Put a pot of water on the stove and let it boil. When it starts to bubble, drop one or two pieces of the gnocchi as a test run. When the pieces float to the top you can remove them. Now taste to see if you need to add more of anything and then do the rest of the batch!
  6. Finally, make the sauce of your choice (arabbiata, alfredo, pesto, whatever) and mix it in with the gnocchi. Then eat and enjoy!

P.S. If you have extra gnocchi left over just store it in the fridge 😉

Hope you try this recipe out; if you do, make sure to comment and tell me how it went!

What was your worst cooking disaster?

XO Hreem

 

BTS of Feb and March

Hello everybody!

So, usually whenever anything happens I think about writing a blog post about it #thestruggleofcomingupwithpostideas

That’s quite a lot hashtag, hope it doesn’t catch on.

Anyway, I usually don’t have much to say about whatever event happened and I don’t like writing super short blog posts so I just decide to forget about it. But I really want to share a few things that happened these past 2 months so get ready for some unseen pictures and short descriptions!

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In Dubai, every year we have something called RedFest, which is a two-day show with singers like Demi Lovato and The Chainsmokers. This year on the day that I went there was Jax Jones, Macklemore and Camila Cabello! I went mostly for Camila because I love all of her songs 😉 Me and my friends had loads of fun dressing up and screaming at the top of our lungs.

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We had international day in school and me and two of my friends were dancing so we had to look similar and yeah, this is what we looked like! I think I cut my hair like, one day before this so it looks really nice all blowdried ♥️

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We also had spirit week in school at the beginning of March. My favourite days were Twin Tuesday (where you wear the same clothes as a friend) and Throwback Thursday (dressing up as the 70s, 80s and 90s). My friends and I dressed up as the Spice Girls and I was Baby Spice 😋 We were aware that double denim is a crime but IT LOOKED FINE.

What was the best part of your March?

Hreem XO

New Skincare Products I’m Loving

hey everyone!

The weather in Dubai is sooo unpredictable! Like, one second it’s nice and sunny and then the next it’s randomly windy, dusty and a LOT of rain. 5 minutes later it’s normal and sunny again. What?! MAKE UP YOUR MIND. Stay rainy plss, I know other countries are hoping for sun but I want the opposite Oops.

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Not-so-recently I found a new skincare brand I really love. The products only use natural ingredients so there shouldn’t be any chemicals that affect the skin. I’m quite sure this brand is only available in India but I think if you order it, it can probably be shipped to wherever (woop).

I bought 3 products and they are: The Sugared Rose Petal Lip Balm,  Eladi Teenage Day Cream and Hasayan Facial Tonic Mist Rosewater. I didn’t buy a cleanser because I already have one from The Face Shop.

Starting off with the lip balm, I love this lip balm SO MUCH! It smells like a rose, it’s super light, moisturizing and also the packaging is beautiful. The only thing I wish is that it would be bigger! Whenever I have chapped lips this lipbalm is the perfect remedy, totally reccommend it 🙂

Next is the Eladi Teenage Day Cream. Now, I’m not completely sure what eladi actually is. I mean, I tried to do a little bit of research but I don’t really get it! The cream is made specifically for teens (as you can probably tell) and it has SPF 30. It is designed to regulate sebum production, balance and hydrate it, while protecting it from environmental damage. I can’t exactly tell if this works or not because I need to be using it for quite some time to figure that out, but I do think it’s not very harsh on the skin.

Finally, the Hasayan Facial Tonic Mist Rosewater. I bought a small size in a spray bottle just to test it out and see if I like it. The mist is so refreshing and soothing and also smells quite good. AL the scents are quite flowery because flowers are (usually) the main ingredient. I know that rose water is supposed to be good for your skin, which is why I got this.

Hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to maybe get something for yourself.

What skincare brands or products do you reccommend?

XO Hreem