Getting back to basics

Over the past couple of months, I’ve neglected my skincare routine. I know, shameful. Y’all are free to drag me. It wasn’t something that happened suddenly but slowly over the winter months. I wasn’t wearing much makeup or going out much so I kept convincing my self that going to bed without washing my face was no big deal (*** insert GoT shame gif)

After really looking at my face over the weekend, and seeing the damage my laziness has done, I’m slowly trying to get myself back to a semblance of a skincare routine. Below are a few tricks I’ve used to motivate myself to go through my routine, when I’d literally rather be doing anything else. 😥

  • Play a Youtube video while doing your skincare routine.

I recently got a pop socket for my phone and it’s been a game changer. It helps me watch videos while doing chores and especially while washing my face. My favorite people to watch at night while going through my bedtime routine are Fleur, Estee, and Amelia. They’re so chill and inspirational in terms of skincare routines, that I have no choice but to plow on with mine


  • Facetime a friend who’s also into skincare

This is a little unusual but it has helped me so much! My friend and I have the same schedule and love catching up before bed. This way, we also get to see what we each use during our routine. We tend to face time on Sundays as we both have more time to chat and catch up on all things fun, like the thirst levels produced by the box office hit that is Black Panther 😛

  • Do it right after walking through the door

I tend to have a lot of more energy as soon as I get home compared to at 10 pm when it’s time to go to bed. For that reason, I immediately walk myself to the bathroom when I know I don’t have to leave my apartment for the night and take off my makeup. It makes the rest of my night feel like a Sunday.

  • Use multipurpose products to make the process go by faster

I’ve found I get exhausted just thinking of the 4-5 serums or the 10 steps in my routine, so I’ve tried cutting down the process. One way I did this was in using products that are muilti-functional. For e.g. my beloved toner which has 7% glycolic is already a treatment because of the high % of glycolic acid. Therefore I feel satisfied to use a basic serum afterwards and then a moisturizer instead of using two serums (one to prevent oiliness and one to target hyper-pigmentation) so my routine goes by much more quickly.

The current steps in my routine consist of the below

  1. Makeup remover-Bioderma
  2. Cleanser: M-61 Glycolic cleanser
  3. Toner: The Ordinary 7% GA
  4. Serum: The Ordinary Buffet
  5. Moisturizer: Glossier priming moisturizer

P.S, I ditched using a separate eye cream recently and instead take my already potent night cream and take it up high.

What are some tricks you use to motivate yourself to go through your skincare routine.


Glossier Review

One of the best things about living in New York is the fact that everything seems to happen here. Be it free last minute concerts (a la Alicia Keys) or pop up shops (a la Kylie pop up).  I therefore try and take advantage of all the beauty happenings that come up in the city and the Glossier showroom was one of them!


Glossier, is a brand that has been popular for the past couple of years. Being that it is based in New York -brand creator Emily Weiss is based in New York- there has always been a huge marketing presence of Glossier in the city. One of those marketing strategies, is the glossier showroom. I’ve always wanted to try the boy brow and the Generation G lipstick and the showroom was the perfect opportunity to touch and play with all the products before buying.  On that account, I popped down to the Glossier show once it open and picked up a few bits.

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The tale of the gypsies + boat rides + getting lost

My second/full real day in Paris started with a breakfast of a baguette and Nutella, plus Moroccan tea. Side-note: French Nutella is somehow way tastier than American Nutella and baguettes are super cheap, hence le breakfast. I got lost 4 times on my way to the metro which was right in front of me the entire time but this however made me ask over 5 French people on the street where the metro was where they then proceeded to look at me like I was mentally handicapped because like I said the metro was right in front of me THE WHOLE TIME. When I finally got on the right bus, I headed for  orientation at ACCENT and then a boat ride on the Seine. We were warned of all the things NOT to do in France and of pick pocketers in the metro who don’t look like pirates and were then left on our own for lunch. We ventured out in our obviously American tourist group for lunch and then found a super cute crepe/panini place where I for zeh third time had a baguette (twas divine :)).



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Random French architecture

We then then headed to the metro to get on the boat and proceeded to lose a member of our platoon on the train. This guy from IL couldn’t get off the train on time and we watched his terrified face as the train took of while we all stood on the platform. It was more terrifying than funny at the time but we all couldn’t help laughing because his face was priceless! He later found us by following the Seine though, so no casualties! So we finally got on the Seine and it was so unbelievably touristy and I LURVED every minute of it. I got my first glimpse of “la tour Eiffel” and I HAD ARRIVED HONEY. (in my Nene Leakes voice like my sister says )

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After the boat ride, our ACCENT leader totes abandoned us and told us to enjoy. Now I’d packed imagining to have pretty warm weather and even though its 40-50 everyday which is way better than -30, I felt super cold like usual. We however decided to soldier on and look for the phone service place to get phone numbers because we are all phone-less and dependent on WI-FI. This excursion got us completely lost but we however ended up on the most prestigious shopping street in all of Paris, Rue St. Honoré. Now if any of you guys know me well you can imagine my face when I saw the stores around me. My heart was smiling so big and I suddenly felt warm. The stores were some of the most expensive couturiers  you could think of, the likes of Hérmes and Lanvin and  It was by far the happiest I’d ever been being lost. Definitely coming back here someday when I’m not a broke college student. We also accidentally came across the famed Macaroon place a la Gossip Girl,  “Laduree”, and we of course went in and got ourselves des macarons pistache.

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We finally found the phone place where we found that twould have all been done online but no biggie because being lost on St. Honoré definitely made up for it. We then did some more getting lost on the way home and almost got robbed on the metro by gypsies.

Gypsies or as they are they’re called travelers almost robbed a friend while we were on the metro. It was super packed on the train and these preteen girls got on the train with us and one started acting like she was helping my friend hold on to the pole. She was very loud and obnoxious about it and jostling us all around so we all thought that she was drunk and tried to shuffle around. A French guy on the train suddenly yelled at this girl and her band of friends to leave us alone and to get off the train. WE of course thought this guy was being a major douche because these were just preteen girls. The guy got into a fight with the girls and they kicked him and then got off the train and the man then explained that the girl was distrcting us while her friends stole. My fiend then noticed that her bag had been opened but none of us knew how close we were to being robbed. Turns out the douche yelling at the kids was saving our obvious tourist butts. This saviour gave more advice and we then got off the train clutching our bags and warily headed home.

I got lost again on the way home SURPRISE SURPRISE! But I got kebabs while lost and then proceeded to pass out due to exhaustion at 9pm (SHAME).

A tout a l’heure- Sameera


Hi there you, so this is my pre departure post and right now all I’m filled with is anticipation, excitement, fear and HAPPINESSS!! Paris is the one thing that I’ve been waiting for for AGES and in T-18 days I’ll be breathing French air!

Welcome to my travel blog which is supposed to be a way to update everyone on what and where I am so stay tuned 🙂