From her shining curly tress, thanks to her line of silk pillowcases, to her smooth brown paper bag complexion, when Farah enters a room, you take notice. Her hair, skin and always chic attire are signatures that never fails to impress – that’s why we had to tapped this fashionista to share her Ultimate Beauty Arsenal with us.
All about female empowerment, Farah has been sharing her beauty secrets on a global platform since 2012 when she made the big decision to go natural – clueless as to what the journey would be like or that it would lead her to begin her company, Butter + Nectar. After hours of experimenting with tips, tricks and products that promised to create beautiful, healthy hair she found what she calls, “my “holy grail cocktail”… silk!” Sleeping on a silk pillowcase totally transformed her hair. In her words, “my hair no longer suffered breakage, dryness or shedding, and I wake up everyday feeling confident and beautiful. Silk is a gentle yet powerful tool for preventing damage to your hair, protecting its natural moisture, and creating an overall silky, smooth finish.”
Venture below to learn more about Farah’ tips and tricks as it pertains to hair, skin, make-up and more.
I wear my hair curly in a wash and go all year round. I shampoo once per week with DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence; apply Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner; and sometimes (depending on the weather) style my hair with Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl Style Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil. Frankly, the most important part of my routine is simply sleeping on my Butter + Nectar pillowcase – it has changed my life.
I have never been big on skincare until shortly after hitting the BIG 4-0. I now cleanse using an oil-based cleanser, right now I am obsessed with the Eve Lom Cleanser, which I use with a hot muslin cloth (provided) to remove makeup and oil-based impurities such as sunscreen. Next up is toning to help restore moisture and balance my skin’s pH level. Eve Lom Brightening Lotion not only hydrates but also brightens. In order to save on time and max out my moisturizer I simply mix-in a few drops of serum – currently using Bakel Deep Hydration Serum and Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream.
I love a summer glow all year round so my last step is combining a swipe of my favorite foundation Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick with a drop of Kiroja Argan Oil (this oil works wonders on my skin when it’s dry, and I love to use this on my hair, body and face on weekends or when I’m going make-up free).
My everyday look is usually fresh, simple and takes just a couple minutes. Following my cleansing routine I apply a couple coats of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. My favorite make-up look all year round is undeniably a bold lip. Now don’t get me wrong I love a soft pink, or a neutral brown lippie but I do not restrict myself to just those colors – anymore. My go to this summer are Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V. and Guerlain Maxi Shine Gloss d’Enfer in Browny Clap.
I am unfortunately hooked on shellac/gel manicures for their durability. I always feel more confident and put together when I have well-manicured hands and feet. I have become quite adventurous when it comes to polish color but for my summer go to color I stick with white – to be honest, no particular brand as long as it is alpine white.
Although I have a few scents I appreciate, I keep these two scents on rotation all year round. Dior Hypnotic Poison and L’Artisan Parfumeur Merchant Loup – found the latter in Paris years ago and fell in love.
I love the fact that I can now find more beauty products that are Paraben free, Gluten free, Synthetic fragrance free and are made of fair trade, natural and organic ingredients. Unfortunately, I pay a little more but considering the possible outcome and consequences – I am worth it. Oh and a quick trip to a nearby spa for a massage and occasional facial is a treat:)
Our goal with our Ultimate Beauty Arsenal series is to showcase women who have varying lifestyle and beauty needs, in the hope that you’ll not only be able to relate–but that through reading about their beauty must-haves, you’ll be able to find a few Holy Grail items of your own.