Review : Mama Earth Toxin free Baby products!

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If you aren’t aware of this Indian baby products brand, you should be. Mama Earth is Asia’s 1st Made Safe Certified Toxin Free Brand. The fact that this brand is founded and created, with a lot of love & thoughtfulness, by a couple who wanted the very best and safe options for not only their own baby but also for other little babies, made me fall in love with it.

Mama Earth follows 4 core values, as shown below in a page from their product catalogue :

Mama Earth values

The ingredients of each and every product are of high quality and free from every NO-NOs out there. You can trust these products to take care of your baby. No doubt about that!. Even though their products target the age out of 0 – 5 year olds, these products can also be used by adults!.

All products feature cute baby animals on them. It’s so adorable!. I got to try four of their products. Here are my thoughts on them :

Moisturizing Daily Lotion : This ultra moisturizing lotion is white in color & runny in consistency. It has a soothing scent as they have used Chamomile essential oil in it. Some of the other ingredients are : Shea butter, Aloevera, Calendula extract, Almond oil, Cocoa butter, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Wheatgerm oil etc. It’s really lightweight & absorbs into my son’s skin easily, leaving it smelling lovely while protecting him from dryness.

Mama Earth lotion

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo : This lavender scented, cream colored shampoo foams up on application & leaves my son’s hair soft & nourished. It’s main ingredients are : Coconut based cleansers & conditioners, Lavender essential oil, Vegetable glycerin, Xanthum gum, Aloevera extract & more. It doesn’t irritate the eyes at all.

Mama Earth shampoo

Soothing Massage Oil : I have used several massage oils from different brands but this one is just phenomenal. This lightweight, non greasy oil is a natural blend of pure almond, jojoba & olive oils. It contains both lavender & chamomile essential oils and as it’s name suggests, is very soothing to the senses. I love using this after his bath time in the evenings. Other key ingredients are : Cold pressed Sesame oil, Coconut oil & Sweet almond oil.

Mama Earth massage oil

Deeply Nourishing Body Wash : This one’s appearance & ingredients are very similar to that of the shampoo. The essential oil included in this product is that of orange & it smells absolutely wonderful. This is a multipurpose product since it can also be used on hair (instead of shampoo). I love products like these.

Mama Earth body wash

Overall, it’s pure joy to use this brand, both for myself and my son. I love that they have included essential oils for scent rather than synthetic fragrances that are harmful to the soft skin of babies. I highly recommend this brand ♥.

It goes without saying, that they are eco friendly and thus the word ‘Earth’ in their brand name. All their products are made in Himachal Pradesh. Also, I wanted to show you guys the lovely & simplistic pouch that the products came in. It’s perfect to stock baby products and to carry in my baby bag.

Mama Earth baby products

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Note:These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Spinz BB Talc!

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All of you are familiar with BB creams. They are everywhere. However, recently, I saw a different variation of the BB concept – a BB talcum powder!. BB here, stands for ‘Brightening & Beauty’.

Spinz BB Talc

It’s by the brand Spinz. This powder gives an instant glow to the skin. As it says on the tin, it does cover spots and blemishes, to an extend. It’s perfect to get rid of that undesirable oiliness that forms on the face, on a hot, humid day. The powder is very similar to powder foundation, but has an orangeish color and is very fine in texture.

Spinz BB Talc

I found this in Lulu Mall, Edappalli, Kerala. It’s hard to find it anywhere else. I definitely recommend it. Spinz has different types of powder talcs, that are easily available everywhere. However, this one is found only in Lulu, as far as I know.

Price : Rs 75 (Approx AED 4.25) for a 100 gms pack.

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Nacomi Skincare & Haircare Haul!

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Today I would love to introduce you to a brand that I got to know myself just recently. It is Nacomi, a Polish brand that’s crueltyfree, handmade, paraben free, SLS free & allergen free. They use only the highest grade raw materials from around the world to make their products highly effective.

Here is everything that I got in my beauty haul & the mini reviews :

Nacomi haul

● Moroccan Argan Intensive Hydration Night cream – This one is a thick, luxurious cream that smells absolutely divine. It is, just as it’s name suggests, intensely hydrating thanks to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in it. Other ingredients that make this cream truly moisturizing are Argan oil (sourced from Morocco), Shea butter (from Africa) & Avocado oil. It melts right into the skin on application.

Nacomi night cream

The brand has different creams targeting different age groups. The one I got is for my skin type (normal/dry) and targeting 30+ when the first wrinkles start showing. I am hitting 30 this year and I feel it’s a match made in heaven for my skin. I highly recommend this night cream ♡

● No Rinse Argan hair conditioner – As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am trying my best to keep my hair looking like it has some life. So, this leave in conditioner attracted my attention. It has Argan oil & Cashmere protein in it to deliver healthy, silky hair.

Argan leave in conditioner

It’s white in color and has a watery texture. It smells like any other hair conditioner – very pleasant and lovely. The smell lingers in the hair, at the same time giving it an instant shine. I like apply it on my hair at night or when it looks extra lifeless before stepping out of my home. It comes in a plastic spray bottle, convenient to spritz on to the hair. It’s long term efforts are yet to be known. Anyways, I got 2 bottles to keep it stocked.

● Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan oil – The ingredients of this thick, white, creamy mask are the same as the ones I just discussed in the leave in conditioner. It is supposed to regenerate and smoothen the hair, strengthening the hair against damage and breakage and restoring shine to dull hair.

Argan hair mask

I usually apply it for 20 mins and wash off. The hair does feel instantly soft and manageable. I am currently using it once a week. It comes in a tube with a flip open lid, conveniently designed to be used while in shower.

All of the above are priced between AED 50 – AED 85 and were purchased from the store named ‘Solace’, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. The staff there are so friendly and amazing. On asking for samples if any, that suits my skin type (normal/dry), they gave me two awesome product samples. Here they are :

● Natural Sugar Scrub – This one is a dense scrub, packed with sugar thats immersed in a base of Argan oil & Shea butter. It also contains strawberry seeds for exfoliation (first time coming across strawberry seeds used for this purpose!). It smells strongly of coffee. I believe it contains ground coffee beans too. I have used it only on my body, since I feel it’s a bit too abrasive for facial skin.

Nacomi body scrub

● Cleansing oil – This yellow colored cleansing oil helps in perfect makeup removal while clearing all impurities from the skin. It smells so heavenly and is a mix of several precious oils. Mann, I wanna make this into a perfume and keeps smelling it throughout the day. What a lovely, effective product!.

Nacomi cleansing oil

Overall, Nacomi a great natural beauty brand. Definitely check them out and if you have any wonderful experience with any of the products from this brand, kindly suggest them in the comments below and I will go try it out for myself =)

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Unboxing : The Day Drinking box April – May 2017 Edition!

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This is the very first time that I am writing about the Day Drinking subscription box, here on my blog. It’s touted to be the best tea & coffee subscription box in the world!. For each box purchased, the Day Drinking box donates a meal to a kid in India. I love the charity part of it!. A new edition of Day Drinking box is launched every 2 months. In every box, over 60 servings of gourmet tea & coffees from exotic brands of the world, are featured. The April-May edition with 79 servings!. This box is an Indian one but they ship to over 70 countries. It’s priced at $34.90 (Approx AED 128.18 / Rs 2250).

Here is what I found on unboxing :

The white box that it comes in has ‘Day Drinking box’ written on it in a golden colored font. On opening, there is a printed sheet of light weight paper sealed with a little golden sticker. With that out of the way, I got a white card which says ‘Welcome to the Day drinking club’ and the hashtag #GetDrunk!. Lol.

Day Drinking box

Day Drinking box

There is an impressive array of teas in this box and some coffee too. It’s definitely a wonderful subscription for tea / coffee lovers, since they can get introduced to new tastes and expand their list of favorites. There are 3 brands of tea and 1 brand of coffee included in the latest edition of this box. They include :

Vahdham tea

● Vadham Tea
Spiced Oolong Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Assam Summer Black Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Darjeeling Organic Black Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Nepal Summer Green Tea – 1 x 5 servings

Garnet Glow Tea

● Garnet Glow Tea
Masala Grove Black Tea – 1 x 6 servings
Mint Tulsi Green Tea – 2 x 6 servings
Darjeeling Mist Black Tea – 1 x 6 servings

Octavius tea

● Octavius Tea
Lemon Green Tea – 2 x 8 servings
Cinnamon Black Tea – 2 x 8 servings

● Teddy Roosevelt Coffee
Arabica Bean Cinnamon Luxury Filter Coffee – 3 x 1 servings

Other than Teddy Roosevelt, all other brands are completely new to me. Another interesting thing about this box is that, it is made by the same people, who does the Violet Box (the latest edition of which, I had reviewed some days ago).

The Day Drinking box is now available on Amazon!. Click here to buy.

Overall, I am excited to try out this box and believe that you will love it too. Definitely give it a try and if you already have, let me know in the comments below, which out of these samples was your favorite 🙂

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

The Top 5 Anti-aging Beauty Trends in 2017!

Aging can start as early as your late 20s. Notice how beauty companies are marketing anti-aging products for women in their 20s and mid-30s. Gone were the days when anti-aging products were only for women 40 and beyond. The late 20s and mid-30s are described by dermatologists as the pre-aging stage, when the lines around the eyes and mouth may start to show.

Whether you just approached the pre-aging stage or are already in your golden years, worry no more because this year is a year for exciting innovations. The top anti-aging products of 2017 contain smart ingredients. Some of them are unexpectedly on the list. Who would have thought that probiotics would be the next big thing in skincare? To further give you more ideas about looking fresh and young, here are products and procedures to keep on your radar this year.

1) Topical and ingestible probiotics

Recent studies suggest that good bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are beneficial for the skin. These probiotic bacteria have tons of benefits and one of them is supercharging our gut health. It’s all about taking care of the body from the inside out to reveal a young-looking skin on the outside. We ingest probiotics through food and supplements. Some good sources of probiotics are kefir, dark chocolate, and miso soup. On the other hand, topical probiotics are known to be an effective treatment against many skin conditions like eczema and acne.

2) Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that naturally occurs in the human body. However, our body decreases its ability to produce hyaluronic acid as we age. This is why synthetic versions gained much popularity in the previous years. They will continue to emerge this year because of their ability to boost skin elasticity. This gel-like molecule that is often used on moisturizers hydrates the skin by drawing in moisture from the surrounding environment. It usually works on all skin types but dermatologists highly recommend them for patients with dry and acne-prone skin.

3) Soft and gentle cleansers

Scrubs and cleansers with harsh ingredients will take a backseat this time around. Instead, ultra gentle cleansers that promise not to strip the skin while removing impurities will take the lead. These soft cleansers use natural exfoliants that are effective in terms of clarifying the skin’s surface.

4) Mesotherapy

The Euphoria Cosmedic Clinic Gold Coast is one of the well-known clinics in Australia that offers this procedure. This technique is known to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, enhance collagen, and hydrate the skin — all that you need to achieve naturally-looking young skin. In general, you will be required to undergo at least five sessions to get effective results.

5) Non-chemical sunscreen

The best sunscreens of 2017 do not contain any of the scary ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients are known for their bad reputation. For instance, oxybenzone can cause allergic reactions when absorbed by the skin. It’s highly suggested that you opt for physical sunscreens that only contain natural minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

As you might have noticed, the year 2017 is a year of the P’s: protection and prevention. Protection involves the use of the most underrated skincare product, the sunscreen. For some, it could also mean undergoing treatments to achieve the best results. On the other hand, prevention is all about cleansing the skin in the gentlest way possible as well as keeping it healthy from the inside.

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Review : Three Crueltyfree Fuschia skincare products!

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Fuschia is an Indian brand that comes under a bigger name, Vkare Bio Sciences. Recently I got to test three of their products and below are my thoughts on it. These products came in a cute, colorful little box that has written on it, the properties of this brand, what this brand stands by – Crueltyfree, Handmade, SLS free, Paraben free, Natural & Phthalates free.

Fuschia skincare

Chemicals harm our skin in the long run and you would be surprised how much of it is present in literally every product that we use. Of late, I’ve been trying out chemical-free options and am pretty impressed that there are so many brands that have taken that route.

Cherry Care Hand & Nail cream – This light pink colored cream smells absolutely divine. It’s a mixed scent of cherry and bubblegum!. It’s ultra moisturizing & has a thick consistency. Working with a small amount of product at a time helps the cream to get absorbed faster into the skin. If you take a large amount, the more you try to rub it in, the more it just keeps spreading around without getting absorbed. This is because of it’s thick, pasty texture.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : Aqua, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Bee’s Wax, Almond Oil, Cherry Extract, Mint Extract,  Vitamin- E. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450 (Approx AED 25.66).

Green tea Clarifying Face & Body scrub – This one has such a refreshing & lovely scent, that if you just close your eyes for a sec, you feel like you are at a spa!. It’s a light green colored scrub that has small green tea particles in it, that’s lightly abrasive. I use it twice a week (like all scrub should be). It immediately reveals radiant, soft skin. It feels just great on the skin and pretty relaxing to feel the light scrubbing action.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : : Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil. Can it get any more natural and simple that that!. I have mostly used scrubs that have walnut shell grits in them. This scrub feels mild (but still highly effective) after having used those for a long time. It’s a pleasant and welcome change. I highly recommend you try this scrub. I LOVE it.

Also, any product that’s ‘clarifying’ is generally meant for those suffering from acne or those with oily skin. However, I feel this scrub would suit all skin types. It’s absolutely lovely and smells wonderful. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

Dazzle Face Mask – This Sandal & Saffron face mask is designed to make your skin dazzle, just like it’s name suggests. It’s the lightest shade of yellow and smells strongly of sandalwood and rose water. On drying, it becomes almost like a white mask on the face.

Fuschia skincare

It says on their site that you can use it for 15 – 20 minutes. However, for me, I can’t apply it for more than 7 minutes because by then it dries, since it contains different types of clay in it. My skin generally isn’t a fan of clay masks as they tend to leave my skin feeling dry. In this case too, after 7 mins (max), I lightly wet the mask, massage it, wash it away with plenty of water and immediately follow it with a hydrating moisturizer.

It’s ingredients are : Rose Water, Kaolin Light, China Clay, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Bentonite Powder, Oatmeal Powder, Sandalwood Powder, Saffron Extract, Vitamin E. I recommend this scrub for those with combination/oily skin. Those with very dry skin should avoid it. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

Overall, am a huge fan of this brand and highly recommend it ♡

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Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

A Drop of Beauty from The Organic Pharmacy!

** Say hello to radiant, energized skin with Beauty Drops by The Organic Pharmacy **

Step into a world of wonder and revitalisation with the latest innovation from the organic beauty experts at The Organic Pharmacy. Radiate inner and outer beauty with the new Beauty Drops (AED 290), taken internally with a glass of water or added to your favourite Organic Pharmacy cream, serum or mask. The Beauty Drops offer an instant boost for radiant and energised skin.

Beauty drops

The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops contain Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Bilberry. Ginseng is a stimulant, diuretic and energy booster known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gotu Kola offers regeneration for the brain, body and nervous system. It also increases blood supply to cells whilst aiding oxygenation.  Bilberry stabilises cell membranes and strengthens capillaries, reducing redness and rejuvenating the skin.

The dual-usage drops can be used by adding it to your favourite skincare formula or by adding to a drink. When used with skincare, the ingredient combination boosts antioxidant protection of skin and when sipped, improves the energy of cells and skin hydration.

To use:

♡ Add 5 drops if taking internally with a glass of water
♡ If using externally, simply add 2-3 drops to your regular cream, serum or mask

The Organic Pharmacy is available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre or online at www.beautifulbrands.aewww.basharacare.com and www.thebeautyfloor.com.

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Review : Deewal Beauty & Youth Face Pack!

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Today’s review is about an anti-aging face pack by Ayurvedic Indian brand, Deewal. It’s called Beauty & Youth pack.

Deewal beauty face pack

First of all, it comes in a simple box with a lovely, attractive woman’s face on it. The powder face pack is sealed inside a little pouch. The first thing that registers on opening this pouch is the scent of roses and sandalwood. It’s a fantastic scent ♡.

Face pack

The powder has the color of chandan (sandalwood). It can be used by mixing it with water, milk or rose water, to make a smooth paste. It says on the packaging that it can be applied for 10 – 15 minutes.

However, if you have normal / dry skin, I highly recommend that you use it for not more than 7 – 8 minutes. By that time itself, the face pack dries, due to the presence of Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) in it.

Once it’s dried, I usually wet the face first and then just massage in the face pack and then rinse it off with plenty of water. The result is really radiant, visibly glowing & youthful skin.

Regular use of this face pack increases the overall health of the facial skin, thanks to it’s wonderful ingredients and helps fight the signs of ageing. I love this face pack and highly recommend you try it out.

The ingredients are Wheat Germ oil, Lemon oil, Almond oil, Rose petals, Sandalwood, Neem, Orange and Fuller’s Earth.

Price : Rs 120 (Approx AED 6.86) for 100 gms.

To know more about this product / buy it, click here.

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Stressed out? Don’t make overeating a habit!

April is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month
Right Bite shares tips on healthy ways to cope with emotional overeating

Living in a big city has a lot of advantages. There is nothing that can compare to the energy, vibrancy and convenience a highly-urbanized area like Dubai can offer. But, like all the other realities in life, there are also challenges that come with big city living – most would agree, the hustle and bustle of urban dwelling is incredibly stressful.  

People have a variety of coping strategies in order to deal with stress. Unfortunately, there are more who have unhealthy reactions to stress, most common of which is turning to food for anxiety relief and comfort. Using food to cope with emotions can lead to overeating, and in turn, result in higher obesity rates and increasing health problems.

Overeating

April is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month and Right Bite, the proven expert in nutritional consultation and the pioneer in healthy meal delivery service, is echoing the call to increase public awareness on the consequences of engaging in such unhealthy behaviour.

Zeina Soueidan, Clinical Dietitian for The Right Bite Nutrition Centre, said, “Emotional overeating is when you turn to food to fill an emotional void and get instant gratification. Food becomes your solution for coping with stress, anger, anxiety or sadness.  You end up adding extra calories to your daily diet and end up gaining weight thus hindering any progress in maintaining health, while you enter a vicious circle of over indulgence and guilt.”  

As Dubai’s stress levels are on the increase and obesity rates continue to rise, it is important to recognise the concerns posed by emotional overeating among residents. Following are top five tips from Right Bite on how to manage emotional overeating and get yourself in control of your health:

● Acknowledge your emotion and accept the fact that having low and sad moments are normal and it’s alright to feel them without seeking immediate gratification. Once you do so, then you avoid turning to something you don’t need to instantly alleviate your mood.

● Know your triggers. Keeping a diary and jotting down your mood as you are eating can help identify the number of times you eat when in a bad mood, the challenging times you have, and which foods create a weakness. This will allow you to understand your habits and prepare solutions.  

● Distract yourself. If there is a weakness towards a particular food item, make sure not to have it at arm’s length.  Instead keep healthy food items at a visible level in your pantry. If boredom is the reason, then find ways to entertain yourself other than eating.

● Keep your hunger satisfied. If you practice eating five small meals in a day, then you balance your blood sugars and hormones, keeping you away from craving that serotonin surge. Include whole grains, healthy fats and good sources of protein in a balanced way. This will get you more in control of your mood, as well as the amount and type of food you consume.

 

● Allow yourself to enjoy the food. When you find yourself unable to fight off the temptation, lengthen the process of eating. Take your time, set up the table with full place setting, chew it well and allow yourself to enjoy it in controlled portions.  Then clean up and leave the room immediately, and move on to other tasks. This will calm you down and lessen your craving for it when the next mood swing comes around.

The Right Bite Nutrition Centre is located in the heart of Dubai, with telephone numbers +971 4 3388763 and +971 4 3425208.

About The Right Bite Nutrition Centre

Right Bite is a specialised centre for expert nutritional consultation and bespoke gourmet healthy meal delivery service.  A pioneer in advocating healthy eating habits, Right Bite is dedicated to helping customers achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through educated food choices, and by providing customised meal packages that are results-oriented, convenient and flavourful.

Right Bite works with the best medical and culinary experts to ensure that eating healthier becomes a way of life for its customers. Visit their site for more info.

Thanks to Zeina Soueidan, Clinical Dietitian for The Right Bite Nutrition Centre, for sharing these tips with my readers ♡

Zeina Soueidan

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Review : Deewal Strengthening Hair Oil!

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Deewal is an Indian Ayurvedic brand established in 1992. Today, am reviewing their Strengthening hair oil.

Deewal hair oil

It is a dark green colored herbal oil, that contains no chemicals at all. It’s 100% natural. I am pretty mesmerized by it’s smell. It’s so therapeutic & potent. From the smell itself you can understand how concentrated it is.

I usually apply it for a minimum of 20 – 25 mins before shampooing. I once applied it overnight too. After application, you will notice that even the room you stood in, has that wonderful smell.

It’s ingredients are : Indian gooseberry, Bhringraj, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Shankhapushpi, Castor bean, Sesame. The Ayurvedic names mentioned above are herbs that are cold pressed during this oil’s preparation.

Herbal oil

This is probably the most expensive Indian hair oil that I have ever used. It costs Rs 900 for just 50 ml!. But, in their defense, what I can tell you is, they have put powerful ingredients that work, into a very simple, non extravagant bottle.

I quite love it and highly recommend you to try it out. Check it out on their site.

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