Narimaan Farouk, is an Egyptian beauty blogger born and raised in the UK and has been living in Cairo for the past few years. Her passion for beauty started from a young age but it really blossomed at university. “Living most of your life in a very creative city like London really pushes you out of your comfort zone which helped me pursue my degree in Art, Design and Media. Whilst studying, I would constantly be watching Youtube beauty tutorials and practice makeup looks on myself and my friends. It took me a few years of trial and error and a lot of practice, but I finally started to feel confident with my own skills and knowledge in all things beauty; and so the start of my Instagram blog, Life With N began. “ Here, Source Beauty sits down with Narimaan to get the exclusive on her makeup and beauty regimens.
Day: Since becoming a mother, I’ve really had to switch up my skincare routine. Along with crazy hormones and my acne prone skin I’ve had to really focus on treating a lot of breakouts. Since mornings have become really jam-packed for me, I decided to stick to something really quick and easy and leave the more in-depth skincare routine to night time when my baby’s gone to sleep. So I recently achieved this by using a gentle cleanser like the one by Cetaphil, followed by The Ordinary’s, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution‘ which helps exfoliate the inside walls of my pores and fight the appearance of blemishes. And to finish off this quick routine I will then apply a SPF 50, I am currently loving the Biotherm, Creme Solaire Dry Touch.
Night: My night skin care routine has a couple more steps but is still super quick and easy. I usually start my night time routine by double cleansing my face. Yes, this may sound tedious but I have really seen a difference in my skin clarity since I have started adding this extra step. I will use my Eau Thermale Avène, Cleanance Cleansing Gel facial cleanser from and massage this into my skin for at least a minute focusing on the areas of my skin that get the oiliest. I then wash it off with a warm, damp wash cloth and repeat the same step again but only massage it into my skin for a few seconds. After my face is cleansed, I like to go in with a toner. I alternate between the Ole Henriksen, Balancing Force Oil Control and The Ordinary’s, Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution to help with my skin’s texture. After I have toned my skin I will alternate between The Ordinary’s, Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone which helps to brighten any acne scars that I have and the Summer Fridays, Jet Lag Mask to deeply hydrate my skin.
I try to do a face mask as least once a week, especially when I have a lot of breakouts or my skin is feeling very dull or dry. I will use either the Lush, Mask of Magnaminty or the L’Oreal Paris, Pure Clay Mask for my breakouts; and days my skin just feels too dry or dull I will use thick layer of the Summer Fridays, Jet Lag Mask to nourish my skin.
Before having my baby I would love getting professional facials once a month. Now it’s become very difficult to visit the dermatologist with a very bouncy little baby. I love to read beauty forums and watch skincare videos whenever I have the chance and educate myself as much as I can.
- Drink water! I know we’ve all heard it before and sometimes it’s easier said than done, but drinking water really is the best thing you can do for your body.
- Take the right vitamins for you! Vitamins are a great way of making sure you receive all the nutrients your body needs. Of course, make sure to consult a doctor first.
- Wear SPF every day! Even on the cloudiest days, sun rays can still get to your skin – it’s the best age-defying product you can use.
- Keep an eye on expiration dates with your products. They usually have a small opened jar symbol on the back that tell you how long you can use the product after it’s opened. I usually write down on the product the date I can use it by with a sharpie.
- Don’t think you have to use any beauty products just because it is popular. See what suits you and your skin only.
Honestly, I barely put any makeup on anymore. There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t leave the house without at least some concealer on my face because I was so insecure about my skin. But thankfully, with time I’ve learned to accept my skin and just know that no one is perfect and this is who I am. Now, makeup is more of a creative tool for me; I love creating looks to post specifically for my instagram and then 90% of the time I end up washing it off right after I’ve taken a few good photos to post.
If I do end up putting some makeup on to see friends or run errands I will only reach for liquid products because of how easy they are to apply and then I would just go in with some loose powder in the areas where I would get the most oily. But of course, If I’m going to an event like a wedding I would use more full coverage products that are more sweat proof because I know I will be dancing a lot and I don’t want my makeup to budge.
My top makeup tool is using my fingers, I just love how my skin looks when I use my hands. It’s something to do with the warmth of my fingers and how it activates the product to just melt into my skin and give me that natural, effortless look. For more full coverage looks, I love my Beauty Blender sponge, it gives my skin that airbrushed look that I always want to achieve without looking cakey.
Best Beauty Decisions
- I love using essential oils. I use them in my hair, on my body, on my baby and I even started putting a few drops into my humidifier to add a beautiful aroma in the house. Buying natural oils from Egyptian brands like Nerfertari and Areej are not only far more affordable than abroad but it is just so much more satisfying to use because you know that this product was locally made in your own country. Recently I’ve been obsessed with almond oil for my body and lavender oil in my humidifier.
- My family and I cannot live without Areej’s, No More Bites Mosquito repellant! A great all natural product made in Egypt and something I can use for the whole family without worrying about any chemicals. A game changer for sure!
Worst Beauty Decisions
- Anything from the brand Clinique, unfortunately all the products I’ve used from them have broken me out. I really want to love this brand because its so popular in the beauty community but it just doesn’t work with my skin.
- Derma-planing, in theory this should have really helped me especially with any breakouts under the skin; however, it really enlarged my pores.
- Micro-blading, it was more of a useless treatment for me personally. I already have pretty bushy brows but I really wanted to try this new treatment that had entered the beauty scene at the time. Honestly, I didn’t see any difference so I would only recommend to people who have thin or sparse eyebrows only!
Postpartum hair is real! I unfortunately don’t have full, thick, luscious Egyptian hair to begin with so after having my baby I started to get bald patches on my hair-line. I have had 2 Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) sessions with a dermatologist and thankfully that has really helped with reducing the hair loss and filling up those bald patches along with taking my postpartum vitamins of course. Other than that, I try to do a hair treatment at the hair salon to help nourish my hair and keep it looking healthy at least once a month; I am currently loving the Kérastase, Fusio Dose line. I get my hair trimmed every 3 to 4 months or depending if my hair is feeling extra brittle and dry.
3 products you can’t live without
- My Eau Thermale Avène, Cleanance Cleansing Gel facial cleanser gives my skin that super clean feeling without leaving my skin feeling dry.
- My Summer Fridays, Jet Lag Mask when I say this is the best mask I’ve ever used, I am NOT over exaggerating. I use it as a mask when my skin is feeling dry or dull and I also use every other night as a night cream because it’s so rich.
- My MAC, Eyelash Curler. I pretty much use this everyday, even without following on with mascara because it just gives my no makeup days a little something without any effort.