Tasnia Nasar


5 Thanksgiving outfits you can binge eat in

It’s that time of year again! The time when your summer body inflates back into its regular shape filled with carbs, sugar, and guilt-free saturated fat. And with the days getting shorter and the weather getting a little chiller, hiding in the dark under an over-sized sweater has never felt so satisfying. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How do you wear those comfortable, over-sized clothes in a way that won’t inspire Aunty Jo to ask you when you’re due…again. Below are some tips on how to look fashionable in clothes you can actually eat in.

1. Peek-a-boo, I don’t see you

#DIY off the shoulder top and cigarette pants:

Turn heads in an off-the-shoulder top. Easy to dress up or down, this number will definitely be a tease at the dinner table. The best part about off-the-shoulder tops like these is that they drape over your body without looking frumpy. Pair with heels for that extra oomph.

2. Fit n’ Flared 

Spring Trends 2015: Black & White; Stripes; Wide leg Trousers; Colorful accessories - SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT SET:

A moment of the lips is a lifetime on the hips! Embrace it in a pair of palazzos. These flared pants were all the rage this summer, but can be easily transitioned into the fall. Pair with a fitted jacket and some dark lips for a more autumn look.  Don’t worry ladies, there’s no need to unbutton anything in these pajama-like beauties.

3. Pretty in a pancho

Taupe Knit Poncho Sweater by Extra Petite. Picture for knitting inspiration. Fall fashion forever.:

This outfit screams sophisticated-city-girl. Not only is it a great way to layer up, this cape is versatile enough to wear in many different ways. Pair with a  button up shirt, or wear with neutral colours for a sleek and elongated look.

4. A Maxi, Maybe? 

Poor Little It Girl - Fall Floral Maxi Dress - @poorlilitgirl:

Channel some serious boho-chic vibes in a maxi dress. Who says this head to toe ensemble is merely for hot, summer beach days? Opt for deeper hues and prepared to be showered in compliments as you float about at your mom’s house. It’s flowy, it’s airy — and allows you to hide your meat sweats.

 5. Sweater Weather 

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You can never go wrong in a comfy sweater dress. It’s warm, it’s adaptable, and it’s effortless. Accessorize your sweater with a long necklace and some tall boots for the ultimate girl-next-door look.

That extra slice of pie has never tasted so good. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! Happy eating!  

21 Things I Learned at 21

Turning 21 is the ultimate plot twist of life. It’s the awkward age between transitioning from teen-hood to adulthood. And while it’s officially unacceptable to act like a 16 year old, you’re also too young to be taken seriously as a functioning member of society. But despite all the confusion, being 21 also offers a lot of learning experiences that can, in turn, help us become the types of people that we aspire to be. You know, the types that actually separate whites from blacks when they do their laundry. #goals

So as I leave behind my 21-year-old-status, here are some of the things I personally learned this past year – while riding the roller coaster of young adulthood.

1. You’re your first priority.

Your life is about you. So never let anything or anyone take a step before you. Your health, your happiness, and above all, you and everything about you is the most important. Be selfish.

2. You can’t have everything in life

Fight as hard as you can for it. Then fight a little bit harder. If you still can’t acquire it, do yourself a favour and let it go. Because sometimes, as hard as it may be to understand, it just wasn’t meant to be.

3. Be Humble 

Once you forget the source of where all your blessings come from, life has a way of humbling you, in the most unexpected way possible. So, simmer down.

4. Sometimes you fall…hard 

I’m still in the process of learning ‘how to want him without needing him,’ but falling in love at 21 with the wrong person has been the worst thing that has happened to me. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. Take risks

Warning: taking risks may result in high doses of fear, followed by a chance of failure. To avoid injuries of the mind and soul, read lesson #6.

6. Lose all expectations.

From your family, friends, partners, life – even your dog. Your heart will be happier.

7. Lose control 

However much you try, some things will slip out of the very fingers you are holding it with. And that’s okay. It will be scary, but you will be fine. I promise you.

8. Write about things that you are most afraid to write

Often times, the best content is produced at your most vulnerable state. The results are raw, they’re genuine – and they’re the utter truth.

9. Let others see weaknesses

Showcasing yourself as a strong, independent young woman has its upsides, but after more than a few vulnerable moments, I’ve learned that letting others see you make mistakes- big and small – reminds them you’re human.

10. You will have bad days   

You will have trouble getting up from bed. You will have trouble communicating. But despite struggling to come to terms with it, sharing my story on how I dealt with my depression and anxiety earlier this year has helped me grow substantially as a person.

11. Roommates are a blessing in disguise

The right one will make you see the beauty in living on your own.

12. Let your guard down

You never know what may come out of it. When you feel that level of comfort with a person, let your guard down. Share your emotions, share your thoughts, let them see who you really are.

13. It’s never TMI with your best friends 

If you’ve never sent a snapchat to your best friends while you were pooping, you’re not friendshipping right. These are the people you tell everything to. Even the shady stuff. They’ll provide you with some good insight – sans judgement.

14. Arguments help relationships grow 

Lash it out. Even if it’s over the last slice of pizza. And although it will be uncomfortable , what comes out of these seemingly pointless arguments is a stronger, more resilient bonding of two – or more – people.

15. Always ask people if they’re okay. 

If you see someone hurting, it always helps to just ask them what is wrong. Yes, they may not open up or they may lie and say nothing is wrong, but they at least know that someone is there for them, regardless. We’re all going through stuff – let’s do it together.

16. Spend time with your parents and grandparents 

Despite what they try and convince you, they’re getting old! So cherish the moments you spend together, and make them last. Because they won’t be here forever.

17. Say no. 

This one’s especially difficult for those of you who have an uncontrollable need to please people. However, it goes hand in hand with lesson #1. Repeat it when they don’t hear you.

18. Apologize; even when you don’t have to

Many argue against this statement, given that over using the word sorry can give people a leeway to take advantage of your apologetic tendencies. However, sometimes apologizing is the only way to be at peace with yourself – and others.

19. Travel 

I’m known to disappear with my thoughts by the lakeside near my house when life gets a little too complicated, but sometimes going away to places just a little bit further is much more effective.

20. Laugh- at everything 

Yourself, your friends — your dad’s jokes (because no one else does). It makes life more fun, in addition to making you feel 12 years old again.

21. Confidence is key 

Put that pretty smile on your face and own what you’re doing – even if you don’t know exactly what that is. I won’t tell if you won’t!

It’s been fun, 21. Hello, 22! 

What life lessons did you learn at 21? Let us know in the comments below! 


Top foods to boost your mood

Feeling down? Your diet could be a factor. Despite the everyday stresses of life, poor eating habits can also contribute to your bad mood. Lack of mental and physical energy is not something you want to deal with while trying to conquer the world. If you’re experiencing a case of the Debby Downer lately, try these mood boosting remedies:

1. Apples

They always say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are one of the most valuable remedies for mental depression. The various chemical substances present in this fruit help the synthesis of glutamic acid, which controls the wear and tear of nerve cells. Try eating the apple with honey and milk. This combination makes an effective tonic that helps recharge nerves, gives new energy, and vitalizes the life.

2. Root of asparagus

The root of asparagus is highly nutritious and is used as an herbal medicine for mental disorders. Much like apples, it is a good tonic for the brain and nerves. One or two grams of the powder of the dry root of the plant can be taken once daily.

3. Bananas

There is logic behind the phrase ”going bananas,” you know! Eating bananas facilitates the cross-talk among the brain cells and affects the mood. To prevent recurring minor depression, a banana- a – day therapy will help.

4. Cardamon

Add some cardamon seeds to boiling water along with a teabag. These seeds will add a very pleasant aroma to the tea, which can be used as a medicine in the treatment of depression.

5. Rose Petals

Feel like a queen by infusing half a cup of rose petals in two cups of boiling water. Drink it occasionally, instead of the usual tea and coffee, and get the benefits. If you wish, leave it to cool off, place it in the refrigerator and drink it cool.

6. Cashew nut

The cashew nut is another valuable remedy for general depression and nervous weakness. It is rich in vitamins of the B group, especially thiamine, and is therefore useful in stimulating the appetite and the nervous system.

7. Herb lemon balm

The herb lemon balm has been used successfully in the treatment of mental depression. It alleviates brain fatigue, lifts the heart from depression, and raises the spirits. A cold infusion of the balm taken freely is excellent for its calming influence on the nerves.

8. Peanuts

Peanuts are good sources of trytophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. Surprisingly, peanuts may have good affects in lowering depression.


Remember: In addition to eating healthy, daily exercise and a positive attitude is also highly important. If you’re experiencing depression and anxiety and are having trouble completing day to day activities, be sure to also visit your doctor for more information on how to improve your mental health.

Good luck!

What do you eat to boost your mood? Tell us in the comments below! 


Bringing back the Burkini: Thanks France!

Muslim women have a lot to celebrate when it comes to living in the west. The right to higher level education, the right to an independent lifestyle, and the right to modesty are just few of the many things they can rejoice. And with the invention of the burkini a few years ago, Muslim women can now even spend a day at the beach wearing the full-body bathing suit, all while eating that extra slice of pizza. Because coverage.

However, up until this morning, planning a European getaway in the most romantic country in the world would have likely left you feeling otherwise. Beaches were being patrolled by police after several cities on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts banned the burkini.

The ban followed a number of terrorist attacks that took place in the country over the last couple of years, most recently occurring just last month. Conveniently, France’s secular political class said the burkini subjugates women and is incompatible with a country whose motto celebrates equality and freedom. The logic behind the ban also stemmed from security concerns, because according to French men, no day at the beach is complete for Muslim women until they bring their weapons and explosives hidden under their fitted suits.

The woman was on the beach when the police arrived.

At first, you may have seen the ban as slightly amusing. ‘So ridiculous, its funny.’ However, France strongly implemented the ban, as the world saw just a couple of days ago when the now infamous photographs of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach, making her remove some of her clothing. The incident caused a media frenzy, dividing the world in two; with one side not being able to see the logic behind the ban, and the other side looking to implement the ban in their own cities.

On behalf of Muslim women, I can ensure you that the only thing that’s being hidden under these burkinis are a treasure of secrets and pearls of wisdom that they have acquired from decades of life experience. Thankfully, like the rest of the world, many non-Muslim women have evidently realized the convenience of the burkini, as some retailers have actually experienced an increase in sales since the ban. International debates ensued and political and religious tensions increased.

Image result for police measuring bathing suitAfter several think pieces, blogs and contradictory images of both men and women dressed in what is essentially a wet suit, France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, overturned the so-called burkini bans in 26 of the country’s coastal towns and cities just this morning.

The court struck down both arguments for the bans: It ruled that the burkini is neither an insult to the equality of women nor a harbinger of terrorism. The attempts to ban it, the judges maintained, insulted “fundamental freedoms” such as the “freedom to come and go, the freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”

Rejoice again, Muslim women. For you can, once again, celebrate the very reason you’re living in the west; freedom– and a slightly more liberal view on modesty and religious practices.

Because let’s not forget, France has still placed a ban on the niqab, or full-face veil in public, along with outlawing the headscarf and other conspicuous religious symbols in state schools. But hey, thanks for listening, France! One step at a time, right?

Veiled or not, the badassery won’t stop.

Let’s stop hating on women through social media, shall we?

Over the past week, the world witnessed some rather high profile women get into some rather uncomfortable situations. And while life is bound to get messy at times, the problem with modern day society is that spectators are now able to watch the events unfold time and time again, while at the same time adding their thoughts and opinions on the matter — anonymously — through the click of a button.

And while this way of life has brought the world closer together and has provided insight on the mindset of today’s society, it has also allowed people to lack in forgiveness and spread negative dialogue. What hurts the most however, is to see independent, well educated and woke women engaging in the same negative dialogue – to criticize other women. Not only are we pushing the feminism movement back a couple of years by doing this, but we are doing our gender a disservice by dragging our colleagues through the mud.

Just last week, Qandeel Baloch split the world in two after being strangled by her brother because of the “kind of pictures she had been posting online.” Like many of you, I found myself scrolling through the deceased social media star’s Instagram, coming across sexually suggestive pictures and videos of an attractive South Asian woman boldly expressing herself.  The think pieces and blogs flooded my newsfeed, with comments from mourners condoning the death and asking people to take a stand against these types of ‘honour killings’. However, in the same comment section, there were people — many of them women — who felt bad, but understood what provoked her brother to brutally murder her in the first place.

“She was asking for it.”

In a very different situation, the Internet witnessed Taylor Swift being ripped apart by Kim Kardashian West on Snapchat when the reality-tv star posted a telephone conversation between her husband, rapper Kanye West, and what is believed to be singer herself. The topic of the telephone conversation was the allegedly misogynistic lyrics directed at Swift in one of West’s singles. Swift had previously released a statement saying she wished the couple would ”just leave me alone.” Kim, listen up: A hundred years have passed since this shit storm started and Kanye West’s single released. Since then, we’ve already seen you and Swift publicly lash out at each other, while the Internet followed along, taking sides. So why don’t you exclude us from this narrative, and give each other a call?

Because here’s the thing, ladies. There are a lot of women out here that are fighting for your rights and freedom. Women that are currently driving on streets they are not allowed to drive on. Women that are interviewing for a job they are deemed unqualified for. Women that are being utilized for their body without their permission. The least you can do, is offer a little support. They’re not asking for billboards of heartfelt messages with a hashtag, or a protest in lieu of every mistreatment that takes place. However, when someone is strangled to death in the comfort of their own home for essentially being themselves, it is not an invitation to slut shame the victim and justify their killer’s actions. She wasn’t asking for it. No one ever is.

Neither was Leslie Jones; one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters movie, which has been getting mixed reviews. Jones announced early this week that she was leaving Twitter “with tears and a very sad heart” after receiving racist and sexist abuse that she describes as her own “personal hell.” Her response to the incident was not only relevant to the situation at hand, but also to the events that have occurred in the past weeks regarding social media hate.

Jones called on Twitter to crack down on the hate, posting, “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that.” She had a few things to say about the negative comments as well. “You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out. I don’t know how to feel. I’m numb. Actually numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos y’all. Meaning people took time to sprew hate. I’m more human and real than you fucking think. I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love. I’ve never claim to be better or special. I just try to do my job as best as I can. Isn’t that any of us yall. So Yea this hurts me!”

The question arises; how do we overcome this girl-on-girl hate? Social media has evidently fuelled gender violence. Comment sections will make you lose faith in humanity while trending hashtags will encourage you to take part in a social media cleanse. Imagine the difference we could make if women gushed about what they love about other women by merely swapping hate and jealousy for support and encouragement?

A big difference. Let’s start THAT hashtag!

What are your thoughts on social media hate against women? Let us know in the comments below! 

My beauty privilege makes me a bad feminist

“He probably just liked what he saw.”

The amount of times I’ve heard my friends and family say this to me after I’ve accomplished something big or small in my life is appalling. Whether it was getting out of a speeding ticket, bagging a new job, or even getting a discount on a new cellphone plan, it’s as if my skills and abilities to function as a member of society is downgraded due to my physical appearance. However, the more experiences I’m gaining as a young adult, the more I’m starting to see that beauty privilege may be an actual thing.

As a feminist, the concept slightly haunts me. Because while I strive for equality and credibility amongst the male gender, I also find myself being inert towards certain projects I take on, knowing that smiling a little brighter and flipping my hair a few extra times will get me the results I’m looking for. And although feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men, I just don’t think it’s fair to get to that stance by playing on the opposite gender’s weaknesses. Think about it – have you ever seen Hillary Clinton with smoky eyes and red lipstick? I didn’t think so.

I’m not here to complain about my beauty, nor am I here to brag about it. I’m just here to say that I know my physical appearance aids in helping me getting places a nano-second faster and easier than it would have for an ‘Average Jane’. And if you’re in my position, you should be aware of it as well. It’s become apparent that staying young and attractive certainly seems to be hugely important in today’s society. It’s difficult to imagine anyone bemoaning the fact that they’re beautiful; being physically attractive is considered fortunate, and when beautiful people complain about their beauty, it seems ungrateful almost. While I want to embrace it, I can’t help but feel guilty about taking advantage of it.

So while I accept that I have beauty privilege, I’m also willing to accept that I will not have this privilege forever.  The thing about good looks, I suppose, is that they are not permanent. Eventually, even the most well-preserved of females will see their looks fade. And if we don’t know how to fight for equality in sweatpants and a messy bun, how are women to adapt once they are no longer able to rely on their good looks? And while women are perfectly able to conquer the world with our Louboutins, we also need to opt for Uggs once in awhile– just to show society we can succeed in both. And because the foot pain will come back to haunt us.

What are your thoughts on beauty privilege? Let us know in the comments below!

5 new ways to spice up your coffee

Mornings can be rough. The nights are short, the kids are off from school, and frankly, it’s too nice outside to even think about spending your day in the office. If you’re like me, you’ll need that cup of coffee before you say your first word. Why not try something new in your daily brewing routine and try these five different ways to spruce up your coffee. You’ll thank us later.

  1. Stir in some black sesame powder:

Black sesame seeds are highly nutritious, packed with vitamin B1, fibre, magnesium and calcium (just to name a few).  Add in a teaspoon to give your coffee a rich, nutty flavour.  This tastes especially good with coconut or almond milk.

  1. Sprinkle on some spices:

You don’t need a trip to Starbucks for that gourmet kick in your cup of joe. Add in some ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or cardamom directly into your cup before you pour in your coffee for a refreshing spice kick. Alternatively, you could sprinkle on the spices after you have poured your coffee for a lighter taste. These spices are a great alternative to sugar!

  1. Try using a different type of milk:

Swapping out your usual milk and creamer can add a new unique taste to the coffee. Try using variations such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, hemp milk or cashew milk. You can even pick between sweetened or unsweetened.

  1. Blend in some coconut oil:

Yes, that’s right, coconut oil.  Similar to the “bulletproof coffee,” this interesting add-in brings creaminess to the drink and can keep you full all morning.  Make sure you blend in the coconut oil so that is incorporated properly with the coffee!  This also makes it frothier – almost like a latté mmm!

  1. Try sweetening with maple syrup or pure vanilla extract:

Maple syrup contains 54 antioxidants and makes a healthy, low-calorie swap for your regular sugar.  Alternatively, you could add vanilla extract; just a few drops will do to add some sweet vanilla flavour.  If you are feeling adventurous, you can also try using almond extract.

You’re welcome.

How do you spruce up your coffee? Let us know in the comments below! 


Review: Me Before You

Based on the best selling novel, Me Before You tells the story of Louisa Clarke, a recently unemployed, self proclaimed ‘fashionista’ whose family relies on her having an income. After taking on a job of a companion to the wealthy Will Traynor, who is paralyzed from the waist down, Clarke finds her priorities change.

At first glance, the film is what it is marketed to be; a romantic flick meant to be enjoyed on a girls night out or with a significant other; a box of tissues on one side and a tub of ice cream on the other. Yes, it is a tear jerker. And although Emilia Clarke’s bright smile and over active eyebrows will keep you preoccupied for most of the film, what lies underneath is a problem most audiences will be unaware of. Let me break it down for you:

It’s no doubt that Me Before You is a film about disability and assisted suicide. This is troubling enough but is made worse by the fact that it uses a non-disabled actor (Sam Claflin) in the role of a quadriplegic. Claflin’s studly posture, even if on a wheelchair, and swoon-worthy smile may make him an obvious choice for the part, however, many are criticizing the decision. Thus, similar to the #OscarsSoWhite movement, a non-disabled actor playing the role of a quadriplegic is causing a stir on social media.

Here’s the thing: there is a big difference between actual human people having feelings about their actual lives and experiences of disability and a fictionalized account written by someone who isn’t disabled. The problem is the film heavily romanticizes very problematic stereotypes about disability. It’s important to criticize and be aware of the fact that the non-disabled media heavily over-represents disability discourses that fit into ableist stereotypes, which makes it harder for the viewer to differentiate between the feelings of individuals and the experiences and feelings of all disabled people.

And while some may argue that the purpose of the movie was to give fans a treat by bringing the best selling novel to life, the depth and meaning was evidently lost in the making. The conversation on paralysis was overshadowed by more marketable things such as unconventional relationships, bucket lists, and awkward love triangles. It’s still a pleasure to watch, no doubt, but expect no more than some eye candy and lines you wish your significant other would say to you, but never will.

Rating: 6.5/10

Did you watch Me Before You? Tell us what you thought in the comments below! 

How to want him without needing him

When to walk away, is wisdom. Being able to, is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.”

There it is; Wisdom. Courage. Dignity. More often than not, we confuse the three. And every once in a while, you’ll find yourself immersed in someone else’s idea of these values. All of a sudden, they come into your life with such ease, becoming so important to you within such a small amount of time, you begin to question why there was any confusion in the first place. It’s what makes life worth living- and sometimes so challenging.

But while its worth living, this someone is like a plate of deep fried chicken wings- both mouth watering and unhealthy. You enjoy the moments you spend together, not realizing the consequences. At first sight, he’s a real looker, one with a smile that can make you palpitate. Except unlike the plate of fried chicken, he can’t be packed away for later. And the damage he will do to your heart cannot be fixed with healthy diet or exercise.


After coming out of a serious but rather mundane and loveless relationship, I had sworn off any emotional attachments for the time being. I began to approach men with a casual attitude, shutting them down when they began questioning ”our future”.

He was no different on this list — until I realized that I couldn’t shut him down. Although we’ve never met in person, mutual connections brought us together and we took it from there on social media. Through frequent texting and flirtatious exchanges, it was apparent that our common interests, combined with his suave demeanour and my distinctive personality had us both intrigued.

The late night phone calls began – and after a lot of persistence on his part and a lot of reluctance on mine — mostly due to his mysterious ability to always say the right thing at the right time — I soon found myself in an emotional relationship. Our feelings were addressed, dreams were discussed, and our goals and ambitions for the future were encouraged. I would play along, knowing fully well there was a slim chance of it becoming a reality. It was just all too good to be true.

But he made me happy.

His passion towards his unconventional career choice made him sexy and different from the men I’ve previously been involved with. He didn’t just slip into his profession. He chose it. And although it was difficult to picture myself actively adapting to his unpredictable lifestyle, I could never let his priorities change because of me. I wouldn’t.

However, being so different, yet so incredibly similar left us with a compatibility and chemistry that I had always craved for. And although we had our share of turbulence along the way, I genuinely cared about him. His straightforward personality and way with words left no room for speculation. He loved me. And I loved him.

But hearing him whisper “I’m not the right guy for you” every other night made me wonder what I was getting myself into. In the midst of our twisted games and ability to toy with each other’s emotions, I grew accustomed to his doubtful pursuits. It was soon after that I realized I needed more certainty in my life- certainty that wouldn’t come from him.

I’ve attempted to take the high road and walk away. Be a ‘wise’ person. And because I even considered it, I guess, made me ‘courageous’. But its walking away with ‘dignity’ that I’m still working on.

Too often, we choose the idea of settling in fear of never meeting someone like him again. We break under the pressure that the man we’re destined to be with won’t be in the form of the handsome, charming, and alluring man that we first fell in love with. The intensity of our relationship was one that was reminiscent of the sappy films we watch on rainy days. And no matter how many obstacles come in front of the love struck couple in these films, you sit and hope that they’ll somehow end up together in the end.

But most of the time, they don’t.

It’s not going to be easy coming to terms with the absence of him in my life. And even more difficult once we meet in person. The memories of his arm around my waist, the smell of his cologne, or the way he looks at me will probably linger in my mind for years to come. But it’s a step I’m willing to take to remind myself of my individual strength and my ability to see him as a desire and not a necessity.

Because he’s something I’m going to have to learn to live without.

How do you handle difficult relationships? Let us know in the comments below! 

4 facial oils to use before bed

Ladies, I understand. Sometimes you want to take a selfie, and you don’t want to use a filter. Because flawless. However, as flawless as you are in your head, you can’t help but add a little Valencia to your dull complexion and scarred cheeks from time to time. There’s still a lot of work to be done before I can confidently own my no-makeup look, however, I believe I’ve found the solution.

Oil. I’ve been using various types of oils on my face for about a month now. Whether it’s to treat pimples, reduce acne scarring, or add some well needed natural moisture to a face that undergoes harsh contouring, baking, and probing techniques on a daily basis, natural oils have become a highly beneficial addition to my beauty practices. Not to mention what the nightly massages have done for my mood!

After a lot of experimentation, I have narrowed down my list of oils to an essential five. There are various uses for each of these oils and although they can be used in a routine like I do, its recommended to try each oil out individually for a couple of days before becoming a grease monkey.

1. Coconut Oil

Boy, do I love my khol! A deep, smoky eye and waterproof mascara is a must for my daily makeup, but it can also be extremely difficult to take off. Eye makeup remover can get pricey, and some of them don’t even work. Instead of creating that unnecessary dent in your bank account, dip a cotton ball in some coconut oil and slap it on your eye. After letting your eye soak the oil, begin gently rubbing the ball in circular motions around your eye and magically watch as your dark circles and beady eyes take form again.  You can use the same technique to take off your stubborn matte, all day lipstick. I even massage any excess oil on my cheeks, especially on days where I’ve put on a lot of product, such as blush and/or bronzer. Wipe the oil off with a makeup wipe to reveal smoother, more supple looking skin.


2. Olive Oil

Olive oil isn’t a part of my daily routine, however, I do like to use it from time to time. The days I’m craving for change, I opt for olive oil to remove my makeup. Given its ability to maintain skin elasticity, olive oil is also a great addition to use as a moisturizer. But I find the best use for olive oil is as an exfoliate. Add some sea salt to a couple of table spoons of olive oil and begin scrubbing on your face to remove any dead skin cells and impurities that the coconut oil may not have picked up. Wash it away and marvel at becoming one step closer to Beyonce. #flawless


3. Argan Oil

Argan oil is the type of oil that makes you want to wash your face at night, just so you can use it. Not only is Argan oil packed with good stuff such as vitamins and nutrients, it’s also extremely hydrating. However, the miracle of Argan oil is not its benefits, but by how surprisingly light it feels on your skin. While coconut oil will leave you feeling a little like you just swam out of an oil spill (hence why I advise you to wipe it off), Argan oil will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. After exfoliating, clean your face with your daily cleanser and take a small, quarter sized amount of Argan oil in your palm and rub your hands together to heat it up. Begin to massage the oil in circular motions on your skin. Skip that rejuvenating, replenishing, time renewal moisturizer.

The best part of Argan oil? It’s anti-aging properties. Yay for youthful skin!


4. Tea Tree Oil

Okay hun, you’re not Beyonce yet. Because Beyonce does not have pimples! And even if she does, she does not let them show. Do yourself a favour and stick a cotton swab in a bottle of tea tree oil and dab them on your pimples. Tea tree oil has immense anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. You may have to endure the slight, stinging sensation that the tea tree oil will cause as it cleans out your pimples, but it is worth it to replicate that inner beauty with your outer beauty. Because what is the use of concealer, if you can’t conceal the dark spots of your heart. Of course, there will be no use for concealer when you begin using tea tree oil, because breakouts will be a thing of the past.


Have you been using facial oils as a beauty practice? Let us know in the comments below!