The Ordinary Skincare Review

The Ordinary was probably the most hyped skincare brand of 2016, and the hype has not died down yet. They claim to have simplified skincare by providing cheap, simple products that get the job done. They are definitely a skincare brand on the cheaper end of the price scale as their most expensive skincare product…

Prologue

My grandmother lost her virginity at the age of fifteen. She was standing on a chair cleaning the display cupboard in her aunt’s living room one day, when she slipped and fell, legs open, on the protruding end of another chair and her virginity was no more. That was the official story. I was fifteen…

L’écrivaine

I started writing when I was twelve. I had the most over-active imagination ever, to the point where it had turned me into a pathological liar. I loved telling people stories, even if they weren’t true. The complicated part was when they realized none of it was real, they thought I was an asshole which,…

Maghrebi Mondays: Maaqouda

Maaqouda is a potato patty (or beignet, fritters, whatever – it has a lot of nicknames, more than it should) that originates from, and is commonly eaten in, the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia). It is one of my favorite ‘light snacks’ or entrées, although anyone who has seen me attack a plate of these will…

Hiatus

I’ve decided to take a break. I am not quitting blogging or anything like that, but my workload as we catapult towards the end of the academic year is steadily increasing. I have a dissertation that is seriously trying me, and exams are coming soon. Too soon. This coupled with the fact that I haven’t…

Tutorial: Purple Smokey Eye

This week’s video is a tutorial on how to get a purple smokey eye out of the Morphe 35W Palette! This palette was the first Morphe product I ever bought last year, as I’d heard so many mixed reviews about both brand’s products and the company itself so I wanted to make up my own…

Tutorial: Neutral Eye

Apologies for the lack of posting in March, I did a bit of travelling and did not have enough time to pre-write or film. I am back though, and back with a simple neutral eye tutorial using a very affordable palette: Makeup Revolution’s Ultra Eyeshadows palette. I’ve only used this palette once so far (while…

Discover: Bastion 23, Algeria

Bastion 23, also known as Le Palais des Raïs (The Palace of Kings) is an Ottoman era fortress located in central Algiers. Construction began in 1576 under the orders of the Ottoman Dey Ramdhan Pacha, who wanted to reinforce the defenses in the Lower Casbah, and continued until 1798. Bastion 23 was originally a part of…

WWYF: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” – We Should All Be Feminists Like many people, I have a lot to thank Beyoncé for. One of those things is introducing me to…