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Thursday, 12 April 2018

My Day & Night Skincare Routine - Zeena Xena

My Day & Night Skincare Routine - Zeena Xena
Thursday, 12 April 2018
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Wooo. I'm on a roll with my blog at the minute right? I'm really trying to focus on creating the best content and taking my blog further as a business this year so I'll be putting so much effort into it from now on.

This is one of my MOST requested posts in history and it's been something I've been saying I'm going to write for the longest time, so here it finally is guys hehe! I'll be doing different versions of my skincare routine as it's all different, but today I'll be focusing on my daily skincare routine.

Morning Routine

Dove Soap
I use this soap like my life depends on it. As soon as I wake up I have to wash my face with Dove, then I'll do so again in the shower. Some may say it's too harsh on the skin but Dove do have other versions of their soap which may be kinder to the skin. I honestly don't feel clean without my dove soap haha.

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Tropic Skincare Smoothing Cleanser 
This is like my go to cleanser for literally everything. I use it just as I've come out of the shower, to take my makeup off, I sleep in it sometimes (using it like a masque because it's so moisturising) and even use it as part of my facial routines. It's infused with green tea, golden jojoba, and eucalyptus leaf oils so keeps skin feeling fresh and nourished. If you didn't know already, Tropic Skincare is by far my favourite skincare brand... With this brand, you know you're putting nothing but goodness onto your skin.

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Tropic Skincare Vitamin Toner Mist
Again another Tropic Skincare product that I absolutely adore is the Vitamin Toner Mist. This really helped my skin throughout winter and even on days that I wasn't feeling particularly well. Infused with aloe vera juice, vitamin c and cranberry extract, this is the kind of product you need on dull skin days to keep you feeling refreshed! I also love taking the mini version (You can find it in the travel kit here) on holiday with me to hot countries to again keep me feeling refreshed and facially energised lol!

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Rose Water
You will NOT catch me leaving the house without having toned my face with Rose Water. Honestly it's the most soothing, healing and refreshing infused water you could possibly use on your face. I buy my Rose Water from Tesco which is about £1.50 - please ladies and gents, add this to your skincare routine!

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Glam Glow Pout Mud
As I get older my lips get hella dry so I need a product that can help scrub away the extra skin, The Glam Glow Pout Mud does just that. This is a fizzy lip exfoliating treatment which activates with water. You simply take a small amount, add some water then apply to lips and scrub. You'll see how fresh your lips look and leaves you smelling minty fresh.

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Jurlique Moisturising Replenishing Day Cream
I've never come across such a heavy duty cream in my life. This cream will leave you with deeply moisturised skin, helps restore suppleness and helps to protect against the environment. This cream is so good my mum often steals it... I'm sure you can tell by the amount of times it has been squeezed haha.

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Tropic Skincare Good Skin Day Serum
So after I've done all the above, in the day I like to use my Good Day Resurfacing Serum by Tropic Skincare. This serum helps skin appear brighter and leaves you looking and feeling more youthful thanks to all the good ingredients (Lime pearl, papaya, hyaluronic acid etc). I love taking my mini version away with me... I'm packing it as we speak!

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Evening Routine

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
So after a really long day and heaps of makeup, this is the one product that really helps to dissolve all my makeup away... Even makeup that's difficult to remove such as mascara and red lipstick. Unlike my other cleansers, this is a cleansing oil so leaves skin feeling even more smooth and helps to prepare the skin for the midnight recovery process. Just want to note, I don't use this when I've had a breakout just because oil for me makes getting over a breakout much harder.

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Decleor Aurabsolu Cream
Now this cream is one of those products that I like to bring out on special occasions. I probably only use this every two weeks to a month because it is more on the luxury end of my product range haha.

When giving myself facials, I prefer using this cream as it's lightweight but very moisturising. This is a day cream but I also love using it at night, I really recommend this product it's helped brighten the appearance of my skin over a number of years.

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So there we have it beauties, my day & night skincare routine which I'm so happy I've finally got out on the blog. Let me know if you've tried or plan to try any of the products listed above.

Until next time...


Monday, 9 April 2018

What To Expect When In Marrakesh - Zeena Xena

What To Expect When In Marrakesh - Zeena Xena
Monday, 9 April 2018
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Okay guys, so I've kinda neglected my blog since my last Marrakesh posts I know. Don't get me wrong I love writing on my blog but sometimes I get so lazy and almost see it as a chore, but I shouldn't because I love sharing and feeling like I'm talking to you guys personally. I guess with the way social media is moving, it can often feel like people don't really care about reading blog anymore. You guys want fast to the point content on other outlets such as Instagram which I get, however I really don't want the blogging industry or my blog to die down... I've got to keep this blog alive! 

So, this will be the last post in my Marrakesh travel series. Today I'll be discussing "What To Expect When Visiting Marrakesh". Often on social media you'll see the highlights, the colourful buildings/souks, amazing riads but do you really know what it's like to visit Marrakesh? I'll be shedding light on the good, the bad, the ugly - but remember people, not everyone's experience is the same.

Palm Trees Are Everywhere 
If you love Palm Trees you'll love Marrakesh, think of it as the Moroccan LA (just super cultured haha). If you're after Palm Trees and sun, Marrakesh is the place for you!



Riad/Hotel Staff Are So Lovely 
Each time I stay at a new Riad I don't want to leave the place. The relationships you form with the riad owners/staff is just something so beautiful, it's almost as if you're a part of a family. This is one thing I love about Marrakesh, because of people like this you'll be itching to go back in no time, they make Marrakesh feel like home. Check out the Riads I stayed at here.

Taxi Drivers Will Rip You Off 
If you're not Moroccan taxi drivers will feel no shame in ripping you off. It's sad, but for them they believe as a tourist you have the money so there is no harm in charging you more. It really depends on how you look at it, these people like us have bills to pay, only they are on a much lower wage so can of course come off as greedy. Essentially, these taxi drivers are just trying to feed their families. Before you get into a taxi make sure you haggle a price, generally you shouldn't be paying more than 30DHS for a cab journey within Marrakesh. If you're travelling as a group some taxi drivers will charge you per person because they won't be able to pick anyone else up along the way so just bare this in mind.


There's So Much To See & Do
Being in Marrakesh doesn't leave you short of things to see and do. From desert tours, to botanical gardens, souks to exquisite restaurants, you'll be spoilt for choice in the city of colour! Where to eat here + my outfit diaries and where I went here

Men Will Cat Call
Ugh, the most ANNOYING thing about Marrakesh is that you'll forget the amount of times you've been cat called because it almost becomes a part of your holiday *rolls eyes*. Men here in Morocco get quite excited about tourists and anything that's not the "norm" to them. I've discussed how you should consider dressing when out and about in the streets of Marrakesh here

There's No Beach
Sadly there isn't, and if you happen to visit Marrakesh in the Summer you'll probably find yourself venturing out because it's just too hot. Essaouira would be your closest option, but I'd say it's best to do your research as there are some nicer beaches in Morocco.

Cats Are Everywhere
Honestly everywhere you turn, you'll probably find a cat. From riads, to cafe's to cats just roaming the streets... They're everywhere. Sadly, it's not very common or seen as "clean" to own a cat in a typical Moroccan home so this is one of the main reasons you'll see many on streets. Some locals/market stall owners do feed street cats however.



The Food Is Amazing
My gooooooooooooooodness Moroccan food makes me feel so proud to be Moroccan. Nothing you eat from this country is tasteless, the food is just on another level and instagrammable due to the colours and the way its served (especially the teas and cakes). Breakfasts at Riad's/hotels are fit for a king or queen... You won't be needing a buffet!

In this post, I've actually gone into where you should eat around Marrakesh... You won't be disappointed.

Shop Keepers Will Persuade You To Buy Their Shop
Ugh, honestly it's the most annoying thing about visiting shops/souks in Marrakesh but it's something you HAVE to deal with. Just like the taxi drivers, shop owners will often rip you off. I've gone into shops looking at rugs and have been quoted £100 for a small piece of God knows what, and start speaking in Arabic and all of a sudden the price has been dropped dramatically haha. This is just one of those things that is very common in Morocco/North Africa. If you really want an item, you've just got to be firm and haggle until you get to a point where you think the price is fair.



Locals Are Sweet
The people of Morocco are generally lovely. As mentioned previously, some men and even the young boys can be annoying/disrespectful towards  women/tourists but overall locals are lovely. Especially the ladies, if you're lost they'll be happy to direct you to places without asking for money or anything of the sort.

Staying in a Riad? I'd suggest looking around and buying things from the locals there so you can build good relationships with them. Because of your custom, these people are happy to again direct you to places if your lost, talk to their other friends to find the best prices for items and they'll even scare people that are bothering you away haha. It's nice to also help these people out with business, so I'll often buy fruit from the locals or snacks for when I get peckish in the evenings.

Marrakesh is a lovely little city and is somewhere I hope to move one day soon. My goal is to buy an apartment out in Marrakesh one day soon. I hope this post prepares you for your travels to Marrakesh or even encourages you to visit the lovely city. Any more questions? Feel free to drop a comment below.



Until next time...








Thursday, 8 February 2018

Marrakesh Outfit Diaries - Zeena Xena

Marrakesh Outfit Diaries - Zeena Xena
Thursday, 8 February 2018
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Hey guys! Keeping this post short and sweet today. I've uploaded a few of my Marrakesh outfits to instagram so wanted to also share what I wore whilst on holiday to the blog. If you've never been to Marrakesh before when it comes to dressing, you don't really have to worry much. Rules aren't as strict as the Middle East for example, but I would say do research for the areas/places you are visiting especially if you're travelling solo/as a duo or group of women only.

I always like to pack light jeans/trousers/long dresses/long cardigans (to cover my bum, or anything that may be a little cropped) when travelling to Morocco. Generally, you will get a few stares and words from locals because a) they know you're not Moroccan and b) you're dressed different, but it's nothing to worry about. My best tip is to carry that cardigan I mentioned & to also bring a scarf with you that can hide the boobage/belly area if you are wearing anything revealing.

These precautions are not necessary but as a woman sharing tips for other women, I'd like for you to all feel comfortable when visiting Morocco.

Here are a few of my outfits and  where I wore them to:

Yellow Satin Dress - Desert D'agafay

Dress - PrettyLittleThing


Red Stripe Trousers - Streets of Marrakesh 

Trousers - PrettyLittleThing
Khaki Jumpsuit - Exploring Marrakesh Medina
Jumpsuit - In The Style

Pink Palm Print Jeans - Exploring The Streets of Marrakesh 


Casual Outfit - Desert D'Agafay

Trousers - In The Style


Satin Yellow Top - Secret Garden Marrakesh 

Top - PrettyLittleThing
Jeans - Miss Pap
Mustard Swimsuit - Riad Yasmine

Swimsuit - Forever 21
Out of all these outfits, I felt most comfortable in the khaki jumpsuit + nude trousers and jean jacket (go In The Style). Both outfits were super comfortable for all day wear, I wasn't too hot or cold (temperatures were up and down) and overall these outfits weren't the least be revealing. 

If you have any other questions about what to wear to Marrakesh please hit me up on instagram! I'm always happy to answer any blog related messages on there. If you're not following me, make sure you keep up with all my content: instagram.com/zeenaxena

Until next time...



Monday, 29 January 2018

Where To Stay & Eat In Marrakesh - Zeena Xena

Where To Stay & Eat In Marrakesh - Zeena Xena
Monday, 29 January 2018
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I'm baaaaaack! You may have caught my recent trip to Marrakesh via instagram (or not), if you haven't, I've decided to do a small post series on my visit. In this post, I'll be discussing where's best to stay and eat in Marrakesh. Some spots I've visited/stayed in and others are my recommendations from research and speaking to locals who have reccomended these places. *Note* In this post I use both spellings of "Marrakesh" / "Marrekech" simply for SEO purposes.

Where To Stay 

Riad Yasmine 
If you didn't know already, Riad Yasmine for me is a home away from home. This was my second time staying here and honestly, I was so sad to leave. The people that work at this riad treat you like their family, they're attentive, helpful and go above and beyond to make your stay truly welcoming. Let's not forget, this is one of the most instagrammable riad's in Marrakesh... From the Bali like terrace to the Desert inspired rooftop, you're definitely guaranteed that insta worthy shot.

I'm also convinced that this Riad is one of the main reason's tourists come to visit Marrakesh, it's literally a tourist attraction within itself haha. I'd suggest booking this riad months in advance as availability is quite hard to get here. 

Riad Bliss 
I found out about this GEM of a riad by total accident. I'd booked a different riad via Air bnb who happened to cancel on me, so booked this one instead. Let's just say, I'm SO happy that the original riad cancelled. Firstly, the laid back vibe of Riad Bliss is everything you need to escape the mayhem of the Medina and daily stresses back home. Each night I came back to the riad, I just felt so relaxed and chilled, especially as they have incense blowing through the air and super chilled playlists, such a vibe.

Again, this riad will get you insta worthy pics from bedrooms, to public spaces and the rooftop of course. What was great about this riad is there is an outdoor pool (although very cold), to cool off into after a spot of sunbathing and also has a cool little swing which also doubles up as an outdoor shower.





























Lastly, the service here is second to none. I've definitely left this place with a friend for life (Hi Sheila) - the manager aka superwoman who literally keeps this place running and makes it look super easy. She's definitely someone I aspire to be like one day, a true BOSS LADY! If you stay at Bliss, Sheila will definitely look after you.






















If it's your first time using Airbnb get £25 in travel credit using this link: www.airbnb.co.uk/c/zeenax & thank me later *winks*. 

Riad Be Marrakesh 
I managed to stay at Riad Be upon my last stay, sadly they didn't have any availability this time. This riad is an actual dolls house and again super instagrammable. I didn't have enough time here to assess the customer service properly upon my last visit, however, the owners were very very lovely.

La Sultana 
If you're planning a mini moon or romantic getaway to Morocco, this is the place to stay in. La Sultana oozes luxury and culture. From cookery schools, to traditional spas, this is one of those hotels that has everything under one roof.











Photo credit: La Sultana

Mamounia Marrakech 
Mamounia is a palace full of dreams, the type of place we all wish we lived in. Again, oozing luxury on a whole new level and full of history. If you're lucky enough to stay here (I envy you haha), you have so much to experience. Rooms are elegant, the spa you've probably seen on all over instagram, the kind of hotel which literally a movie set. You really won't have to leave if you do not want to experience "the real Marrakesh".

Staying here not in your budget? Opt for a day SPA pass for 500DHS approx £40 per person.









Photo credit: Mamounia Marrakech

Where To Eat 

Le Jardin Restaurant
Guys Le Jardin Marrakech is possibly the best restaurant I've eaten at in Marrakesh. I was kind of sad that I didn't re-visit in the day time (to get a pic for the gram of course haha), but overall a pleasant experience. I can't say the service was amazing here like other places I visited, but the food was so damn good. I went for the Chicken Brochette with fries (classy) and wiped my plate absolutely clean. My meal including a drink cost me around £12, which you'd end up paying double here in the UK.

To my creatives: If you want to get a cute pic here, go in the daytime for some mint tea which costs about £2.



Photo credit: Le Jardin 

Zwin Zwin Cafe
I'm so upset I didn't get to go Zwin Zwin Marrakech because I'd actually planned a outfit for my visit haha, but I'd definitely recommend the visit. The food here looks really healthy, tasty and instagrammable. If you're used to having fresh juices and avocado in the UK this is the place for you, give it a visit!

Atay Cafe Marrakech 
Again another spot I had saved to my list but didn't get to visit. :( Atay Cafe is loved by tourists and instagrammers. The Trip Advisor reviews are great so I'll make sure to visit on my next visit to Marrakesh.



Photo credit: Atay Cafe 

Food Central, Gueliz (Near Starbucks)
So on one of the days we decided we wanted to eat like locals and decided to go to Gueliz (Oliveri is here also). We stumbled across a cafe style restaurant called "Food Central", I know what you're thinking... This place sounds so basic but I promise the food is good. I ordered my favourite Moroccan soup (harira) whilst my photographer ordered a Pizza which we shared. The food here is SO cheap so you're guaranteed to leave feeling full + there's so much to choose from.

Note: 3-4 people could probably dine here for the same price it costs to dine at one of the more higher-end restaurants.

Nomad Marrakech
Again, Nomad is another cafe I didn't get to visit although it was so close to my riad (we were actually on our way and had a bunch of men annoying us, so we decided to leg it in the other direction). Nomad Marrakech looks like such a cool laid-back place to visit and the type of escape you need when visiting a place like Marrakesh.

To my creatives: If you're into boho vibes, a nice white flowy dress would look amazing to shoot here!
















Le Salama Marrakech
I was lucky enough to receive an invite to Le Salama the night before I left for London. I honestly wish I had enough time that day because it would have been such a lovely opportunity to get a cool photo here, but I guess some experiences are to be left for the mind.

I actually had the BEST harira at this restaurant and a lovely virgin mojito with my main meal. This place is located right in the main square (Jemaa el fna) so you shouldn't find it hard to locate when visiting. Tip: If you have no signal/wifi when heading out, route the journey back at your hotel and your GPS will be able to guide you.














Photo credit: Le Salama 

Terrace Des Epices
Terrace Des Epices is a lovely little rooftop restaurant located a few minutes away from our riad (we were in the most perfect location). The food here was ok, I again ordered the Chicken Brochette as I loved it so much at Le Jardin but it wasn't on par. This is a place I'd visit again, but perhaps for drinks on a really hot day. The service however, just great! We had a really nice waiter who seemed to love his job, people like this definitely make the world a happier place.




















Oliveri
Now this is possibly the best icecream I've ever tasted in my life. I've had gelato in some of the best places in London & Italy but honestly prefer Oliveri. When I visit Casablanca in the Summer I always hit up Oliveri at least two times so decided to do so here as well. With this place, you know what you're getting. Ice Cream that tastes like the actual flavour + a nice little chewy texture ahh my mouth is literally watering right now.

Lunch in Desert D'agafay 
I wanted to save this place until last because this is one of the best experiences of my life thus far. Lunching in the Desert with the most beautiful views, I mean...... I have no words. I booked a trip to the Desert with my Riad (Private car costing approx £46 for two), and had lunch in the Desert for £15 (set menu lunch consisting of - a starter, two tagines + bottle of water) booked with Terre Des Etoiles. Included in the trip is a tour around the main camp, where they show you rooms (yes you can stay here), the pools, garden (they source their vegetables for lunch here) and little farm on site - we even managed to see a peacock here.

Other Activities at Desert D'agafay: Quad biking, Camel riding, Trekking, Yoga and Meditation.











































So that's my little roundup for places to eat and stay in Marrakesh, I hope this gives you a little insight if you plan on visiting. Stay tuned for my next Marrakesh post... Don't forget to save my link: www.airbnb.co.uk/c/zeenax for £25 Airbnb credit to use on your next trip.

Love & Light... 





Sunday, 10 December 2017

How To Prevent Brands From Walking All Over You - Zeena Xena

How To Prevent Brands From Walking All Over You - Zeena Xena
Sunday, 10 December 2017
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Blogging Tips For 2018 

How To Prevent Brands From Walking All Over You... 

Coat - here
Jeans - here
Jumper - Bershka
Boots - here
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review - Zeena Xena

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review - Zeena Xena
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
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Northern Ireland's Luxury Spa 

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review... 


Monday, 6 November 2017

Rudie's Jamaican Sunday Roast Review - Zeena Xena

Rudie's Jamaican Sunday Roast Review - Zeena Xena
Monday, 6 November 2017
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Monday, 9 October 2017

My Autumn Fashion & Beauty Staples - Zeena Xena

My Autumn Fashion & Beauty Staples - Zeena Xena
Monday, 9 October 2017
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Jacket - H&M 
Dress - Windsor Store
Boots - LAMODA 
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Negative Impacts of Social Media & How To Overcome Them - Zeena Xena

The Negative Impacts of Social Media & How To Overcome Them - Zeena Xena
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
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"Having your priorities straight, focusing on you, your work, those that make you happy...Praying, doing good, thanking God... These are the things that are important in life. Don't get lost in social media's of living." - Zeena Xena 

I posted this quote on social media not too long ago and it seemed many of you could relate. I really wanted to write this post to highlight the negative impacts social media can have on us. I often speak about the positives however, think it's very important to be transparent with you guys and highlight the negatives too. Here we go...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

How I've Been Feeling Lately... - Zeena Xena

How I've Been Feeling Lately... - Zeena Xena
Thursday, 27 July 2017
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