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PHOTOGRAPHY AND ME

Most of all, I am a photo maniac. I love pictures. I must have over a million photographs.”

One of my great hobbies is collecting photographs. Way before the internet, I endlessly added to my archive and consider fashion and beauty photography among my greatest inspirations. The first great beauty and fashion photographers for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have supplied me with endless creative motivation.

My Personal Aesthetic:

Melvin Sokolsky’s otherworldly photographs of fashionable women floating in bubbles (most notably his “Bubble on Seine” for Harper’s Bazaar, 1963) have been nothing short of a revelation for me and my personal aesthetic. I’ve had many portraits taken over the years, and the ones I have creative control over have, lately, involved me surrounded by products of my design (for Nabila K) displayed stylishly in floating bubbles.

I also love anything whimsical that has to do with insects, especially butterflies. Melvin Sokolsky’s amazing photographs of women’s faces obscured by projected images of 

winged insects are right up my alley, and you can see the resemblance in my butterfly-filled portraits. Irving Penn’s inspired 1995 photograph, “Bee-Stung”

 is also a great source of inspiration for my personal and professional beauty and lifestyle designs (as it so cleverly depicts a woman’s rouged lips complete with a lighted bumble bee).

Lifestyle (Nabila K, Spartan and the Green Egg)

Horst P. Horst’s incredible 1976 photograph, “Face Paint,” depicting a model with her eyes done up to resemble hot air balloons, embodies a flower child aesthetic that is, at once, enchanting, playful, and fashionable. My stationery designs for Nabila K depict hot air balloons attached to boats in faraway fantasy landscapes, bubbles beneath the ocean filled with colorful fish and messages in a bottle, majestic city skylines, colorful insects, and even more hot air balloons. Let’s just say they’re a favorite motif of mine! My beauty and lifestyle collection (that has also inspired my line of children’s books and accompanying educational materials, Spartan and the Green Egg), Nabila K offers luxurious silk, cashmere and modal scarves decorated with unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. This artwork (which can also be seen on my collection of postcards) includes flowers and, of course, whimsical insects (mainly ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies), hot air balloons, and fanciful floating bubbles.

Nabila K Cosmetics

Irving Penn was arguably one of the greatest beauty photographers of the 20th century. For my line of clean cosmetics, I’ve always loved a good swatch or smudge photo that really captures the intense pigment of a product, especially lipstick or gloss. That’s why, to convey the high-end quality of Nabila K’s all-natural, paraben-free lipsticks, Penn’s “Mouth” comes to mind.

For my skincare and bath products (one of my first loves), Horst P. Horst’s simple black and white photo of a glass bottle and Lisa Fonssagrives’ hands surrounded by tiny white flowers (taken in 1941) really sums up my vision. Understated elegance and classic, organic ingredients have always motivated me. Nabila K’s vision for skincare, beauty, and bath products is that luxury has nothing to do with a price tag; it’s a lifestyle. Playing with glass bottles as a child is what motivated me to create my first Nabila K product, bubble bath. Of course, the lifestyle products also encompass this aesthetic (as you can see with my candles and oil fragrance diffusers).

To learn more about some of my favorite photographs mentioned, click the link below:

https://archive.beautyandwellbeing.com/beauty/irving-penns-iconic-smudge-of-cosmetics-advertising/

For more information on the Nabila K lifestyle and beauty brand (including products mentioned, pricing, design, and other details), follow the links listed and visit the website:

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/stationery/postcards

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/accessories/scarves

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/skin-care/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/bubble-bath/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/home-ambiance/candles/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/home-ambiance/diffusers/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/lips/lipsticks/

To learn more about Spartan and the Green Egg, visit the website here.

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STEP INTO NABILA K’S “ROSE GARDEN”

Passion and Perfume

Since their discovery, people have been perfuming themselves with the king of flowers, the rose. You may wonder why its allure has lasted throughout the centuries, and the answer is, at once, simple and also quite complex, just like its fragrance.

Roses are, undoubtedly, the most romantic flower and are always associated with love and passion. The red rose immediately evokes thoughts of delicate beauty and inflamed desire so, of course, they are associated with Valentine’s Day.

Kneading lavender powder with musk rose water is, according to “The Perfumed Garden” (an erotic Arabic text from the fifteenth century by Nefzawi), a cure for unwanted smells that affect the most amorous parts of the body.

Poetry

From fairytales to Romantic poets, roses symbolize an exquisite quality that seems almost out of reach or unattainable. Like the magic rose under glass in “Beauty in the Beast” or Snow White’s lips that are as red as a rose, there’s a mystical quality that permeates our associations with the flower.

From William Blake’s “crimson joy” (The Sick Rose, 1789) to Lord Byron’s “roses of love” (Love’s Last Adieu, 1849), the Romantic poets revered this blossom as the most idealistic.

Nabila K’s “Rose Garden”

A bottled rose garden, Nabila K offers a roll-on perfume distilled from the purest essential oil. With a portable method of application, you can experience the true luxury and romance of roses anywhere at any time. Surprise that special someone in your life with the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. You will literally end up smelling like a rose!

The rose has an extensive history in the world of perfumes. Rosewater has been used as a key beauty treatment since the eighteenth century. Beloved by the Arabs and Berbers of Morocco, the ancient Persians, Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, roses are synonymous with exotic fragrances and have been used in religious ceremonies, medicine, and aromatherapy. Rose oil is still widely used today for its aromatic benefits. Did you know that roses are used for their therapeutic qualities, and the fragrance can act as an antidepressant?

Rose scent

Why do roses smell so sweet? One reason is that they contain a lot of essential oils. The other is their celebrated thin, delicate petals (which allow for the fragrance to be released more easily). Roses also contain natural sugars that release a perfume when the flower is cut.

The scent of roses is known to enhance romantic attraction, promote relaxation, and even help us sleep more soundly. There’s nothing quite like roses to suggest seduction and feelings of love. Marie Antoinette is credited with the creation of the first modern rose perfume (during the 18th century). While roses have been used since ancient and medieval times, the distillation process has become much more refined and sophisticated. With Nabila K’s “Rose Garden,” just a dab of fragrance goes a long way. Because it is so finely crafted from pure essential oils, Nabila K’s roll-on perfume captures and bottles the essence of roses so you can linger in a rose garden year-round.

To learn more about Nabila K’s “Rose Garden” perfume (and to get your own bottle), check out the website and link below:

https://nabilak.com/product/rose-garden/

To read more and consult information in this blog, click the links below:

https://www.thesmellofroses.com/rose-fragrance

https://www.thesmellofroses.com/posts/the-scent-of-roses-past-and-present


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.scentspiracy.com/blog/the-rose-history%3fformat=amp


https://nabilak.com/product/rose-garden/

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THE MIRACLE OF MASSAGE

A good massage is one of life’s great pleasures and, for some, an absolute necessity. Nothing combats tight, sore muscles like a deep tissue rubdown. Traveling can be hard on your muscles and skin; after being on a plane for hours, I always stay deeply hydrated by drinking lots of water and using my Nabila K creams, lotions, and serums. Not being able to stretch and too much sitting can wear on your body; this is why movement is crucial. There’s nothing more regenerative or soothing than a full-body massage. Tight muscles are the root cause of myriad issues, and regular massages can help to prevent, treat, and manage pain.

Keep calm and book a massage.”

Ancient Rituals of Holistic Healing

What are your favorite methods of massage? There are many different types that can help promote physical and psychological well-being.

Traditional shirodhara massage is native to Southeast Asia, is based on ancient principles of Ayurveda, and has been used for thousands of years.

There’s a Scandinavian ethos of taking a sauna and then a cold plunge for wellness (you can see Helena Christensen doing this on Instagram). Also, if you’re feeling really decadent and adventurous, try getting a Platza at your local spa. This is a traditional wellness massage found in Russian bathhouses that involves being gently whipped by a fragrant bundle of oak leaves.

Beauty Treatments; Facials

You are one facial away from a good mood.

When it comes to beauty and wellness, we’ve come a long way but sometimes simple and straightforward is best. That’s why the Nabila K brand is all natural, clean, and organic. It’s classic, and it works.

•  Staying true to your habits can be a good thing. For one, I’ve always loved creams, lotions, and serums, and massaging them into my skin is a wonderful, relaxing ritual I perform in the morning and, most especially, at night before bed. With each stroke of Nabila K’s elixirs and oils, I feel like I’m massaging away all my stress and fatigue. A hard day literally melts away with each product I apply; doing so with care is a great routine and beauty secret!

  • Try Nabila K’s Argan Oil, Hibiscus and Rose Face Elixir as the best-kept beauty secret in a bottle. Just a few drops strategically massaged into your most sensitive skin will leave you glowing. Because the elixir locks in natural moisture while supplying additional antioxidants, your skin will look and feel restored. The Damask rose was a closely guarded secret of the East for so long, and now that the secret’s out, it’s no wonder it’s the national flower of Iran.

 

  • Finally, a facial oil that still allows the skin to breathe! Manuka Honey Renewal Deep Hydration Face Oil is Nabila K’s deeply hydrating serum that attracts moisture and helps your skin retain it without greasy residue. Manuka Honey face oil combined with coconut oil and the perfect properties of safflower oil balances pH levels, clears complexions, firms, and hydrates.

Massaging your face (with or without oil or serum) with a gua sha is incredibly effective for smoothing out lines and potential (and even existing) wrinkles. The cool stone of your facial roller helps naturally treat and prevent inflammation. Any sort of facial massage is beneficial for health and beauty wellness because it promotes healthy circulation and blood flow. Ice facial massagers (kept in the freezer) have become increasingly popular but are really just sophisticated patents on an age-old secret. Ice cubes have always been used to tighten and de-puff the skin; it’s basically an instant facelift!

Shampoo

Fran Lebowitz wasn’t wrong when she said the best form of safe sex is having your hair shampooed at a salon. Nothing quite compares to this quiet form of luxury and self-care. A scalp massage is incredibly effective when it comes to relieving stress and tension. Try turning ordinary hygiene into something enjoyable and transformative with my line of Nabila K shampoos. All infused with biotin and collagen, your hair will look and feel beautiful and healthy. Just lather fully and really massage your scalp; this not only feels great but is also the key to really clean hair. If you wash your hair more thoroughly, you’ll see that you don’t have to wash it as frequently (and this is great because it allows more time for oil to gradually build up and naturally keep your scalp from over-drying).

Pretty Pedis

Don’t forget to pamper your feet, especially this winter. Reflexology (when pressure is applied to parts of the body, specifically feet) has been known to work wonders for all sorts of ailments. One thing we can all agree on is that, after a long day (especially in heels), sore feet are a big problem and can severely limit mobility. Taking care of one’s feet (including their appearance) instantly makes you feel better. Have your own spa day in the privacy of your bathroom with Nabila K’s Peppermint Mani/Pedi Oil.

Body Beautiful

Nabila K Body Oils are some of the most sumptuous, sensual gifts you can give any time of year! Massaging oil into your skin is something you can do for

 yourself or your partner. Trust me, they’ll love it! Talk about a treat! Sometimes, something as simple as touch is what we’ve all been craving.

Available in fragrances such as Nicotiana, Jasmine, Manuka Honey, Peony, Polynesian Monoi, and Royal Wood, Nabila K offers just about every scent imaginable.

For more information on all the Nabila K products mentioned above, check out the links below and visit the website.

(Vintage photographs above depict Carmen Dell’Orefice, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, and Christy Turlington.)

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/hair/shampoos/

https://nabilak.com/product/argan-oil-hibuscus-rose-face-elixir/

https://nabilak.com/product/manuka-honey-renewal-deep-hydration-face-oil/

https://nabilak.com/product/peppermint-mani-pedi-oil/

https://nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/body-oils/

For more information on the practice of ancient massage techniques mentioned above, click the following links:

https://www.avatawellness.com/content/ancient-secrets-to-reducing-stress-through-shirodhara-massage

https://www.health.com/swedish-massage-7963962

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SEDUCTIVE SCENTS

Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it.” –Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

To evoke memory through scent is a luxury. I have been enamored of perfumes, lotions, and potions my entire life, ever since I was a little girl taking bubble baths and playing with elegant glass bottles. The seductive allure of perfume never palls for me. Anyone can make their life more rich and more luxurious just by using their favorite exotic scents and botanical oils.

This is why I started my line of bath, body, and makeup products: to bring a little clean beauty and some of my favorite scents to fruition (in many forms). Some of my favorites include jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, and rosemary. You’d be surprised at some of the many fabulous tidbits of information surrounding some of my favorite fragrances.

As other minds sail on the crest of music mine floats on the waves of your perfume.”

Baudelaire

 

  • Jasmine is known and loved for its heady yet delicate sweetness, tiny white flowering vines, and aphrodisiac qualities. Because it blooms at night, jasmine is a bit of a mysterious and romantic plant. It is common in India for married women to wear jasmine flowers on their fingers as wedding rings and in their hair as beauty accents. Even men in Morocco and Tunisia can be seen wearing sprigs of jasmine tucked behind their ears to enjoy the sweet fragrance.

Known as the “Queen of the Night,” jasmine has been used to perfume bath water and fountains flowing in reverence to Egyptian gods and goddesses since the 1st millennium BC.

The fragrance of jasmine in the garden, at twilight, is like the perfume of a celestial woman.” –Kahlil Gibran

  • Nabila Koffers “Jazz” perfume with jasmine and essential oils, a Jasmine & Honey diffuser to flood your surroundings with this favorite fragrance, candles for perfume and ambiance, and soothing body oil (with argan, shea, jojoba, and aloe vera) that can be added to baths, used as a moisturizer or with a massage. 

  • Lavender: there is so much myth and folklore surrounding lavender. It’s been said that Cleopatra favored lavender as a lure in her seductions and that the asps that killed her hid in lavender bushes. It is also believed that the sacred virgin, Mary, hung Christ’s clothes on a lavender bush after the crucifixion and, when banished from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve took lavender with them as tokens.
  • With lavender lip polish, bath salts, bubble baths, candles, diffusers, hygienic wipes, shampoo, and conditioner, Nabila K has everything you need to fill your life with the lovely scent of Southern France in summer.
  • Sandalwood oil comes from the tree Santalum album, native to India and Southeast Asia. One of the most expensive woods in the world (as it’s so rare), sandalwood comes from a soft tree that keeps its fragrance for decades and is synonymous with incense. Used for centuries in India and ancient Egypt, the earthy-scented, seductive wood served as a religious sacrament and favored perfume.

First discovered thousands of years ago, it remains a sacred and protected tree in India, where it is widely considered a sign of reincarnation. It is also thought, in Hinduism, to bring one closer to divinity.

Nabila K offers a body oil aptly called “Royal Wood” because you will, upon use, feel like the queen of a tropical forest grove. Put a few drops of the oil into a running bath or rub directly onto your skin (it’s that gentle and organic) to treat dryness and restore elasticity and glow.

• Try Nabila K’s Botanical Best Collagen and Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner for gorgeous hair this summer. With rosemary as a key ingredient, your hair will appear fuller, rejuvenated, shiny, and manageable, with a fresh evergreen fragrance. Rosemary is known for its revitalizing, herbal scent that will transport you to a forest experience.

To read more about the scents mentioned in this blog (along with history and other fun facts), check out the links cited below:

https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/products/all-about-jasmine-absolute.html#:~:text=HISTORY%20OF%20JASMINE%20ABSOLUTE,-Known%20for%20its&text=Native%20to%20the%20Arabian%20Peninsula,often%20used%20for%20personal%20adornment.

https://usa.histoiresdeparfums.com/blogs/hdp-blog/jasmine-across-history-and-across-the-world

https://us.clivechristian.com/blogs/olfactive-family/what-is-sandalwood-scent

http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2008/01/lavender-in-history.html?m=1

 

For more information on jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, and rosemary-scented products by Nabila K, click the links below and visit the website.

https://nabilak.com/product/jazz/

https://nabilak.com/product/jasmine-and-honey/

https://nabilak.com/product/jasmine-body-oil/

https://nabilak.com/product/lavender-lip-polish/

https://nabilak.com/product/organic-lavender-bath-salts-product/

https://nabilak.com/product/heart-de-provence/

https://nabilak.com/product/botanical-best-collagen-and-biotin-shampoo/

https://nabilak.com/product/royal-wood-body-oil/

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Train Travel

Consider Taking a Vacation by Train this Year

 

Traveling by train may not be your first go-to when planning a trip with your family; however, you would be missing out on one of the best and most relaxing ways to travel. Taking a train is a stress-free way to travel as you don’t have to worry about driving, traffic, or stops for human needs (bathrooms, eating, stretching legs, etc..) It’s all taken care of. Trains can even come with different car options, such as luxury seating or even sleeper cars for longer overland trips.

Favorite Train Trips I Recommend

There are many places that offer amazing rail travel packages. For those traveling with younger children, the Rocky Mountaineer and  VIA Rail Canada are excellent companies to work with as they have a 2-3 day trip that is suited for children. For those who want a little more activity in their train travel, the  Glacier Express that runs out of Switzerland has a train trip that occasionally stops to allow passengers to disembark to go hiking amongst the mountains and glaciers. Should neither of those interest you, there is a company called Golden Eagle’s 21-day Silk Road which, as the name suggests, travels along the ancient trade route called the Silk Road and is a 21-day train ride from start to finish. It is advised you have prior rail riding experience as 21 days in a train can be taxing on those not used to rail travel. Not looking to leave the country, try these fun trips:

 

 

Planning Your First Rail Trip

Planning for a train trip may seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time riding one. However, the more experienced rail riders use travel agencies to do all the booking and planning, so all they have to do is show up at the station. If that is not your speed, then what many do is go through train companies like Amtrak. Here you can pick your destinations and select from many possible destinations using Amtrak’s “500 Destinations page”.  From there, it’s pretty much the same as purchasing plane tickets. Once you have your destination down, you can figure out what you will need to pack and bring.

Tips and Tricks for Traveling by Train

Like with anything that has been around for a long time, there are tips to train travel. Because even though train rides are relaxing and accommodate most things, there are ways to be more prepared and comfier while enjoying the trip.

Pack Light

While there are baggage cars on trains, those sometimes come with extra fees, as with air travel, so many passengers pack a decent-sized carry-on with everything they need. This way, you save some money and space in your seating area or travel car.

Learn the Route

This may seem like an unnecessary thing to do since you are not the one who is driving the train. But, if you experience or have high anxiety or become impatient, then knowing how much longer you still have before reaching your destination can be beneficial because being anxiety-ridden on a long train ride can make it feel so much longer.

Bring Entertainment

Bring something to entertain yourself, as there may not always be something scenic to catch your eye out the window or someone to talk to. So, it’s best to bring something to distract you from those boring times. Good things to bring onboard are books, portable gaming systems, drawing books, electronic tablets, and downloading some favorite shows onto your phone (often there is little to no Wi-Fi on a train).

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Happiness 101

The Power of Positive Memories

Have you ever lost yourself in a good memory for a while? Maybe you reflected on a wonderful vacation you had with loved ones. Aside from giving you a feel-good moment, did you know that memories, especially positive memories, are powerful in other ways too? And now, research is backing that up.

 

How We’re Wired

As human beings, we evolved to recall situations that cause us pain so we can avoid it or make plans to deal with it before it happens. It’s an ancient early-warning system of sorts. While this served us well when most of the animal world was trying to eat us, it can work against us in the modern world. That means our desire to remember the positive aspects of our lives isn’t as easily triggered as remembering the painful aspects. However, new research shows that positive memories allow you to access deep personal resources that can inform your choices and experiences and contribute to better mental health.

Science Agrees: Positive Memories Can Heal

Of the numerous studies on positivity, one particular study published in the journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, showed impressive results. Using a technique called Social Broad Minded Affective Copying (BMAC), test subjects who were diagnosed as having suicidal thoughts were simply asked to recall a recent positive memory of being with another person. As they did this, their brain waves and vitals were monitored. The results showed that when a test subject was engaged in remembering a positive memory or experience that involved another person, all the areas of the brain involved in creating feelings of self-worth were activated. The person re-experienced the event as if it were happening again and received the same benefits and feelings of positivity as the first experience. This opens up epic possibilities for creating a wonderful reality for ourselves with the proper tools.

Positive Experiences build Positive Memories

It is now emerging from several seminal studies that human beings can consciously alter their own brain. The more you practice positive emotions and positive memories, the more your brain will change to accommodate this new normal. It’s a type of activation, and like lifting weights to build muscle, having positive emotions and positive memories upon which to call, build strong mental health. The sciencey word for this is experience-dependent neuroplasticity. Boiled down to its simplest definition, it is your brain’s ability over time to quickly access positive emotions by accessing positive memories and to remain in that state. This is a powerful tool to have at your fingertips, often at the price of only recalling something wonderful. You can literally shift that negative filter we inherited as primitive humans (our default mode) and deliberately shift it to a positive filter.

How Can it Work?

Simply recalling good memories sounds rather farfetched, but the truth is ,when you are stressed out, your brain shuts down your cognitive emotion regulation. This cycle, or downward spiral, can literally be interrupted by a positive memory, which thus frees up your brain to actively handle what is going on in a positive way. A 2019 study from England discovered that patients diagnosed with clinical depression had the inability, or a blocked ability, to recall positive memories. In fact, their cortisol levels were at the bottom. This led scientists at Boston University to do their own long-term study. Their research suggests that the key to treating certain mental health disorders may very well lie in the retraining of the mind; to allow positive memories to leave a stronger footprint on the brain than negative ones.

Choose Your Mental Real Estate

This same study out of Boston University discovered that positive and negative memories are stored in completely different places in your brain. The ramifications could be huge after further research is conducted. Consider that there could be a treatment that, coupled with retraining of the brain, could completely reverse such disorders as depression or PTSD. That’s huge. That’s powerful.

How Do You Use this in the Real World?

There are quite a few ways you can apply this to your everyday life. And many of them are pleasurable to do, take almost no time, and can have a massive impact on the quality of your life. Here is a list of a few things you can do to help switch off the negative filter and create a new positive one.

  • Keep a picture on your work desk of a favorite vacation spot. In times of stress, simply lose yourself in that moment once again.
  • Create a list of your top 10 most favorite memories (like a top 10 playlist). Spend time each morning flooding your brain with feel-good hormones, and then go take on your day.
  • Keep a picture of your loved ones where you can see them often. Recall the situation that prompted the photo, what this person wearing, and engage all of your senses in that one moment.
  • Find mementos that represent something positive and make an appointment to touch them once a week, recalling why it is special to you.
  • Keep a gratitude journal (literally counting your blessings boosts positive emotions).
  • Practice self-care by spending some time alone, maybe with a good book, a lovely scented candle, and a wonderful fluffy blanket.

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BLUSHING BEAUTY: New makeup from NABILA K

“On the secretly blushing cheek is reflected the glow of the heart.” –Kierkegaard

Glamour from the ’70s and ’80s is making a comeback in a big way (social media is absolutely filled with pages dedicated to beauty, glamour, and fashion of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s). People are nostalgic for the pre-internet days of Studio 54 nightlife, glitzy outfits, disco, and statement makeup. Think back to the uber fun, candy-colored photographs that made up all the glossy fashion magazines in the ’70s: from bright pink cheeks on all Guy Bourdin’s models to Lisa Taylor captured by Chris von Wangenheim, “maquillage de poupée” (doll makeup) is having a resurgence.

Rosy cheeks, however, never went out of style. Women have always when out of proper blush, pinched their cheeks, scrimped and saved for a pot of rouge, or even—quite a long time ago—used crushed berries to achieve a flirty, seductive look. Well, look no further for the perfect, clean blusher you can feel good about using. Nabila K has got you covered (literally) for all your high-fashion makeup needs and desires.

At First Blush

With shades ranging from dusty rose and golden sand to hot pink, Nabila K’s new line of blush covers every hue imaginable for every skin tone and mood. Deliciously light and shimmery or matte, Nabila K’s blush goes on effortlessly and, when applied to the apples of the cheeks or cheekbones, will turn any makeup look up a notch.

  • For a party where you want to look extra done and glitzy, try Nabila K’s “Pumped Up” to accentuate your cheekbones, channel Melanie Griffith in “Body Double,” or even a Peter Sato painting. When you have nostalgia for the mall and maybe even some ’80s pop music, this product will bring back memories. You’ll instantly feel like Debbie Harry. For a harlequin or doll look, apply a circle of blush to the center of your cheeks.
  • All you need to complete your look for date night is Nabila K’s “Bottoms Up” blush (that and a cocktail!).
  • “Hot and Spicy” is the perfect sandy, nearly terracotta bronze for a touch of highlight, shine, and a healthy, sun-kissed glow. An essential product for any seductress.
  • “Ruffles” is the go-to cosmetic for all our girly girls out there! For that à la mode look where you use a bit of blush on your nose (as if Jack Frost has been nipping at it), this is perfect. It’s subtle enough to use liberally and has just enough pop to really stand out.
  • “Ladybug” is the cute, lightweight blush every woman needs to feel her best and most feminine.
  • “Playful” is the ideal cosmetic for those fun-loving, flirtatious girlies out there looking to have a good time, and if you blush, it’s no big deal—no one will notice.
  • To achieve an effortlessly sexy look, try Nabila K’s triple-milled fine powder blush in “Sultry.” With pigments that last all evening, your sensuality will, too.
  • “Excessive” can be used as a bronzer and blush that will brighten your features and add a special glow to your overall appearance. Perfect for women with olive, tawny complexions!
  • “Echo” is the blush you’ll want for every day, at the office, or simply running around town. With a matte finish, you’ll feel glamorous all day long.
  • Feeling lucky? “Lucky 13,” with its frosted shine, is the deepest hue of all blushes and will make you feel as if kissed by a rose.

(Nabila K Blushes pictured above include: “Excessive,” “Pumped Up,” “Ruffles,” and “Lucky 13.”)

For more information on all the products mentioned in this blog, check out Nabila K’s website and the links listed below:

https://nabilak.com/product/ladybug/

https://nabilak.com/product/playful/

https://nabilak.com/product/pumped-up/

https://nabilak.com/product/sultry/

https://nabilak.com/product/excessive/

https://nabilak.com/product/bottoms-up/

https://nabilak.com/product/hot-and-spicy/

https://nabilak.com/product/lucky-13/

https://nabilak.com/product/echo/

https://nabilak.com/product/ruffles/

 

For more beauty tips and inspiration, read the blog.

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Safely Spice Up Your Look Using Healthier Methods

“At the dressing table, every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said, ‘completes what nature left unfinished.’” –Sophia Loren

 

We all need a little appearance pick-me-up now and then; it’s simply a part of life and good grooming, but we also want to avoid a lot of fuss, cost, and harmful chemicals. Here are some ideas for livening your lovely locks, treating your nails and toes so they look sensational in sandals—and bare on the beach and poolside—this summer, along with some makeup and skincare tips to try any time you need a little self-care.

Hair 

  • If you’re thinking about dying your hair, try to visit a salon that uses natural and organic products or purchase your own healthy hair color from your local drug store beauty aisle. There are lots of dyes to choose from that are loaded with silky conditioners and other supplements to actually help improve your hair, such as biotin, etc. 
  • Use a natural hair mask after shampooing to restore natural shine and body.

If you’re starting to turn grey and want to go au naturel, there are lots of ways to enhance a silver mane so that it looks chic and stylish. Try a special shampoo to really make your natural highlights pop. 

  • If you’re worried about touch-ups and want to keep your tresses colored, there are all sorts of hair powders you can use that don’t permanently dye your hair but are effective at covering that inch or two near the roots in between salon visits. 
  • Henna is a plant-based dye that is very popular. If you’re in the mood for a sexy red rinse, give it a try. Henna is also wonderful for decorating the skin with beautiful patterns; try it this summer if you’re looking for a bit of fun embellishment. 
  • To style your hair without using heat, try curlers or simply pin your mane overnight for soft, natural-looking waves.

Nails

If you’re looking for a good manicure or longer fingernails, you have several options, but the best for your nail health is to:

  1. Use dietary supplements, such as Biotin, to naturally promote nail growth. 
  2. Try press-on nails rather than acrylic. These just pop on and off with glue so there’s no harsh grinding away of the natural fingernail. Do not force nails off; soak them thoroughly in Acetone until the false nail easily detaches on its own.
  3. Nail hardeners (applied exactly like a clear varnish) really work wonders if used regularly. Also, remember not to leave false fingernails on for longer than a week; moisture always inevitably gets underneath and can trap bacteria.  
  4. Try new non-toxic nail polishes that lack harmful chemicals. 

Eyelashes 

We all want long, lustrous eyelashes; that’s why mascara is a must-have beauty product! If you want to make sure your lashes are extra long and glamorous, try using your own strip of fake ones (or you can apply them individually). This is a much better choice than opting for long-lasting eyelash extensions, as these can sometimes be irritating and leave you with puffy, red eyelids. If you must have extensions, make sure you visit a trusted salon with a skilled technician who will make sure they’re applied properly (also, if you have very sensitive eyes and skin, this is probably not for you).

Makeup/Skincare 

What do most women do when they want a little cosmetic treat? They usually go buy a new tube of lipstick. A new color can create a whole new look and attitude. The best way to go about trying on and purchasing any makeup is to make sure it’s free of harmful chemicals, parabens, and phthalates. This is what we call “clean” beauty. Try Nabila K’s new line of all natural beauty products! There’s everything you need for fresh, beautiful, and daring makeup transformations (including eye shadows, eyelashes, eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner).

And the same goes for skincare! Nabila K has everything you need for clean, healthy, radiant skin. Whether you need a good beauty mask for a glowing new you, a gentle cleanser to wash away impurities, or a luxurious cream to restore soft, supple skin, Nabila K’s got you covered.

For more information, visit Nabilak.com

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Sensational Summertime

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here, While these visions did appear, And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding, but a dream.” –Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There’s nothing quite like summertime. The long, lazy days filled with everything we can think of to beat the heat are almost as magical as the nights. A summer night—after the sun has gone to bed and the heat has settled a bit—can make up some of the best moments of our lives. If you’re not already making the most of your summer, start immediately!

Summer days spent at the beach, on a lake, or at the pool are ideal for soaking up some Vitamin D and enjoying quality time with friends and family. Of course, there’s plenty of opportunities to practice your backstroke and diving, too. The ocean has many advantages that, for instance, another natural body of water or swimming pool cannot offer.

On the Beach

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”

 –Jeanne Moreau

  • Make the most of the beach and build sandcastles, write your name in the sand, collect seashells, and stack stones one on top of another to create a Zen sculpture. If you can go out on a boat to sail or deep sea fish, do so! There’s nothing better than catching your own supper and cooling off with a salty maritime breeze. 
  • Run through the dunes, watch the boats in the distance and the seagulls overhead, and don’t forget to catch the best of nature’s theatre: a beach sunset.
  • Embrace solitude. Even if you’re with friends and family, take some time to yourself to go for a walk and be silent. Stroll in the surf and listen to the waves. Observe the tides as they roll in and then out again: this is extremely calming and meditative. 

Poolside 

Make the most of your time at the pool and relax under a colorful umbrella with a good book in a chaise lounge. Use a fun, novelty pool float and always have a good pair of dark sunglasses handy. Don’t forget your sunscreen! 

Lakes and Rivers 

Lakes and rivers are usually associated with camping, bonfires, quaint cabins, rowboats, and fireflies. Don’t hesitate to go downstream in a raft, soar above the water on a tire swing, jump off the dock or pier, and go skinny dipping! 

The Hostess with the Mostest 

Summer parties, barbeques, and potlucks with your favorite foods (you know what I mean: barbeque, fresh vegetables—especially corn on the cob and heirloom tomatoes—macaroni and potato salad), are essential for the season. Host your own party if you can and, if not, be a good guest! 

For decoration:  don’t forget bouquets of seasonal wildflowers, Japanese lanterns, hand-held fans as party favors, and wind chimes (for those delicious summer breezes).

It wouldn’t be summer without lots of cool things to eat, like ice cream, shaved ice, and gelato. Fruity cocktails are an absolute must! Create your own drink and give it a name! Flowers really add something special and exotic to non-alcoholic beverages: use rosehip, lavender, prickly pear, elderberry, and juniper berry syrups to give any drink extra flair and flavor. Oh, and don’t forget plenty of freshly picked mint!

Make the Most of Summer Fashion

“I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes.” –The Rolling Stones

Make this summer (and the whole year) one of body positivity! Life is too short. Don a cute summer dress, halter top, or something sleeveless and show off your freckles, tan lines, and everything else. Summer is a wonderful time for accessorizing and making the most of fun, funky fashions. Incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe, wear a flirty bathing suit that accentuates and hugs your curves, and don’t forget a flowy sarong to complete the look!

Sandals and strappy heels with spangles and sparkles are always lots of fun; the same goes for an enormous sun hat (the bigger, the better; this is functional fashion). Don’t shy away from chunky jewelry (anklets are a must), henna tattoos, a fresh pedicure, and flowers in your hair. 

Dancing barefoot (preferably to live music), going braless, and sporting tousled hair—air-dried after swimming—are all effortless ways to feel unencumbered and beautiful this summer. You can always don a cute swim cap if you’re not into the beachy waves hairdo! For dewy beauty, try Nabila K’s shimmer makeup trick for that golden goddess glow.

  • Simply mix the second and fifth colors in Nabila K’s Moroccan Sand eyeshadow palette and combine the shimmer with the Here I Am daytime face cream. This will give your moisturizing routine that extra oomph (and sparkle) you’ve been craving. 
  • Or mix your favorite Nabila K eye shadow with the Aloe Surge facial mist! Make sure to use enough shimmery powder to achieve the desired effect, and then spritz away! 

For more information on the Nabila K cosmetics mentioned in this blog, check out the links below:

https://nabilak.com/product/moroccan-sand/

https://nabilak.com/product/here-i-am-day-cream-with-aloe-sage-rose/

https://nabilak.com/product/aloe-surge-facial-mist/

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Deodorant: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

“Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.” –Elizabeth Taylor

What to Know About your Deodorant 

Sometimes we all like a natural smell; it’s how we attract one another. Everyone has their own unique blend of pheromones but with summer here in full swing, we want to feel fresh… even in the heat. There are natural alternatives to your outdated deodorant: one shouldn’t use antiperspirants because they keep us from sweating, and that’s unnatural and simply not healthy. We also don’t want to use a deodorant with aluminum as an ingredient. An aluminum-free option is your best bet. 

Whether you use roll-on, aerosol, or cream underarm deodorant, you should know what’s in it (and, well, aerosol is not good, either). The key is to purchase a reliable, natural, probiotic deodorant and, if you don’t have that option, avoid applying too much. If it’s natural, you can feel okay about applying more as needed. It is healthy to sweat, after all! We just don’t want to have a musty odor, or to ruin our clothes; that’s why underarm deodorant is an essential must-have, especially during hot summer months. 

We don’t want to stop sweating; we just want to feel dry enough to be comfortable and to smell fresh. Sweat really only smells foul due to bacteria on the skin. Instead of simply using deodorant as a quick cover-up, there are other measures you can take to smell sweet, such as chewing on mint leaves, cloves, dill, anise, or even a couple of sprigs of parsley. We are what we eat, after all. 

Natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk, also help to reduce sweating and it’s always a good idea to change your clothes immediately after a workout or rigorous activity; don’t walk around in that damp, sweaty tee shirt! 

Cologne, natural fragrances to use…

  • Feminine wash and spray: if you practice sensible hygiene, you really shouldn’t need a scented feminine deodorant and most certainly not a douche. These can be irritating and can upset your body’s natural pH balance. Opt for non-scented anti-bacterial soap and hot water, instead. 
  • Did you know that lemons eliminate odor? When used on the skin, they really help to get rid of any lingering smells. People who, say, live on the beach and work around fish products all day use lemons all the time to stay smelling clean. 
  • Wash your sweat-prone areas with baking soda or use apple cider vinegar diluted with water. This is also a good idea for your laundry.
  • Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to standard deodorant because they’re organic and even contain antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lavender, peppermint and rosemary are all refreshing, natural scents that will leave your skin smelling great. Some people even opt to make their own deodorant using only clean ingredients. 
  • Tea tree oil is wonderful for keeping fingernails and toenails healthy and free of odor.
  • Bergamot is also a popular option as it’s antiseptic as well as antimicrobial and smells incredibly fragrant (with prominent citrus notes).
  • Witch hazel is a beauty must-have. Not only is it wonderful for toning the most sensitive skin, it’s also a natural deodorizer and can be applied directly to your sweatiest areas for relief. 
  • For clean beauty and skincare products that will leave you smelling fresh and lovely, try Nabila K’s all natural vegetable-based glycerin soaps and roll-on perfumes (made with essential oils and botanicals). 

To learn more, visit the site and check out the links below:

https://nabilak.com/product/full-bloom-set-10/

https://nabilak.com/product/full-bloom-set-9/

https://nabilak.com/product/nabila-k-roll-on-with-essential-oils/

 

For further reading on natural deodorant alternatives, consult the links used in the writing of this blog:

https://www.almanac.com/natural-ways-tame-body-odors#:~:text=Try%20fennel%2C%20dill%2C%20caraway%2C,couple%20of%20fresh%20mint%20leaves.&text=Sweating%20is%20natural%20and%20healthy,with%20bacteria%20on%20the%20skin.

https://www.healthshots.com/preventive-care/self-care/5-essential-oils-to-eliminate-body-odour/

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