Manike Mage Hithe

My favorite remix of this song!

I’ve been listening to it nonstop for about a month or so and still just as obsessed!

This is the original version of the Iraqi Song called Al Kawkab (which translates to The Planet).

The first time I ever heard this song, I teared up, because the lyrics are just so sweet! They say that Rahma Riad actually wrote this song for her husband ♥

Also how lovely is her voice!

Now this is magic!

It’s the original version of Manike Mage Hithe which has gone viral. Yohani has an incredibly sweet tone to her voice! Paired with the music, the whole thing is just magic!

It’s actually a perfect example of how music transcends language, because I had no clue what the lyrics were, when I first heard it, but fell in love with the song anyway. As I said, the song has gone viral, so it’s safe to assume that plenty of others might have experienced the same thing. It’s sooo good!

I love listening to each one of these songs, while driving in my car or when my friends are over and we’re swimming or chilling outdoors or on my pc while I’m working on something or on my xbox (in my bedroom) when I’m getting dressed or putting on makeup!

I ♥ them all!

Carrera Curling Tong No.537

A longer curling tong means a bigger surface area that can style thicker strands in one go.

The result?

Dream curls, 25 percent faster.

Inspired by the success of the BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron (hauled and reviewed here), I decided to get another Curling Tong.

I mean, read that description. How could I not get it?

On July 12, (during the lockdown), I placed yet another order on taw9eel, which included the Carrera Curling Tong (No.537) for KD 19/750

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My Hair Before and After (BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron C625SDE)

Before + After

On July 11 (2020), I decided to try out my newest Curling Iron (BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron C625SDE).

Typically, I’d wrap my hair in a towel and wait for at least an hour before blow drying it. However, this time, I just hopped out of the shower, toweled up, got dressed and started drying it right away, using my trusty National Hair Styler (reviewed here). As a result, my hair ended up being a bit flat at the roots.

I’m telling you, that one hour wait makes all the difference because usually my hair would have way more volume.

In any case, I only dried it (as opposed to taking the time to meticulously straighten it), because I didn’t want to subject my hair to more heat than was necessary. That’s why the ends were looking extra fluffy (not a good look).

Also, since I’d cut layers in my hair earlier (here), it had gotten harder to make the ends of my hair completely poker straight anyway.

The BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron C625SDE took some getting used to, on account of the shorter clamp and it definitely wasn’t my best work (like I said, I was testing it out for the first time), but I really liked the end result!

In the future, I’d learn to take smaller sections for sleeker curls, work some serum through my hair, then comb the curls out to open them up and make them a bit looser.

Still, for the first use ever, this baby left me sufficiently impressed!

BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron C625SDE

On July 2 (during the lockdown), I placed yet another order on taw9eel, which included the BaByliss Sensitive Curling Iron (model number C625SDE) for KD 14/900

If you enlarge the picture, you’ll see at the bottom it says 160-210 Celsius. The fact that it went all the way up to 210 Celsius was mainly why I chose this particular model.

I learned early on that my hair cannot and will not hold a curl, unless I use extremely high heat.

In the past, I’ve tried using tools from some of the more cheap-y brands (low heat) and although they did curl my hair, the effect barely lasted for an hour. The curl would fall loose and sorta’ become shapeless (which is not what I wanted).

Although it’s not healthy (at all), my personal preference is extremely high heat. The higher the better lol While 210 Celsius was not that extreme (for my hair), it was still pretty hot, so I took a chance and it payed off!

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Hair Care Collective Haulage (taw9eel.com + Sultan Center)

During the lockdown, I was pretty much swimming on the daily and consequentially sharing my Shampoo with friends and family. Naturally, I was starting to run low on Shampoo and it was starting to worry me.

I wasn’t certain how long the online stores would remain open during the lockdown (thinking they could all shut down at any moment).

So, I stocked up on not only Shampoo but Conditioner and Oil Replacement and even Hair Serums.

Did I overdo it? Possibly, but then again, we were in the midst of a pandemic.

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Cream Silk (Gifted to me by Mera)

I’ve written up an entire post dedicated to Cream Silk (Best Hair Conditioner Ever) a few years back, but I’m still just as obsessed with the stuff!

I’m very, very dependent on Cream Silk because it detangles my hair like no other!

I have to take this stuff with me, whenever I’m sleeping over or going to the chalet or traveling abroad.

As such, during the lockdown, my stash was running low and I was starting to hyperventilate. Since she had no prob flitting from one co-op to the next, I’d asked Mera (former friend) to pick up one or two for me, but instead she showed up with ten (which I thought was very sweet of her)!

These are Cream Silk Hair Conditioners that she’d picked up for me (as mentioned, here). I have repurchased more since then, because I go through this stuff like water.

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Hair Removal during the Lockdown

It’s not the sexiest of topics, but Hair Removal during the Lockdown was an issue and as such, I feel the need to talk about it now lol

First of all, if you haven’t already, check out my post on Hair Removal (here). I feel like it’s an interesting read, if I do say so myself (I do!) lol

As I said earlier in My Story: Shaving (here) typically I’ll use Gillette Blue II Disposable Razors (reviewed here) in conjunction with Nivea For Men Cool Kick Shaving Foam (reviewed here) to shave my underarms and legs.

As for my bikini area, I prefer to shave it dry (sans shaving foam). For my brows, I used my trusty Tweezerman Tweezers (the ones from Boots were absolute garbage lol). None of those areas were an issue. I could find disposable razors and shaving creams and foams and even tweezers all on taw9eel.com (My Pantry).

The issue was with the upper lip area. Typically, I’d get my upper lip area waxed and then for the invisible tiny hairs, a once over with thread, all at the salon. During the pandemic, there was no salon.

I called up all my friends and family (even the ones abroad) to see how they were handling the situation and not one of them was helpful! lol

Apparently, they were all between sessions of laser hair removal when the pandemic hit, meaning they only had the whiskers on the sides to contend with, which they just shaved off every few days. I was definitely not going to do that (slippery slope with an unknown end).

Some of my more self-sufficient friends had taught themselves how to thread their own face (and even provided me with a How-To Video on YouTube). There wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that I was ever going to learn how to do that (my hand-eye coordination was not up to par).

That’s when I remembered my own post (Hair Removal) and asked my sister-in-law to pick up a box of Wax Strips on her next run to the cooperative (you had to schedule your visit to the supermarket during the lockdown so my sister-in-law and my younger brother were taking turns buying groceries and whatnot for the house).

She couldn’t find Face Strips but did find Body Strips. Aside from the difference in size, I figured they were both effectively the same. So that’s what I used, up until the salons opened back up again!

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American Eagle Quarantine Haul

My brother texted me saying American Eagle were having a sale (30% off) on some of their stuff so on July 8 I placed an online order with them.

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Ivy Babies

Ivy Babies – https://ivybabies.com/

My youngest niece’s birthday was coming up (mid July) and we were still under lockdown (2020) so I found this really cute online store that sold baby clothing and accessories and picked up a few things for her from there.

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