Kick Your Way To Fitness with Rafat Shawe this October!

Martial arts based fitness training and cardio kickboxing is one of the hottest fitness trends across the world in recent years.  Spurred on by the success of Billy Blanks and his Tae-Bo, as well as the unprecedented popularity of the UFC and champions Anderson Silva and more recently Ronda Rousey, martial arts-inspired workouts are motivating many people to get off the couch and into a fitness program.


Dubai based professional MMA fighter and former international karate gold medalist Rafat Shawe is just one of the fantastic martial arts talent to be based in the Middle East and this October sees him launch his new kickboxing bootcamps in Dubai. Rafat’s kickboxing bootcamps blend boxing, martial arts and cardio kickboxing in a fantastic total body workout.

 Well-known as an excellent form of stress release, martial arts-inspired workouts also improve strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility. The variety of movements used in kickboxing can sharpen reflexes and improve co-ordination and balance. Even better, most participants can expect to burn at least 600 calories during a typical cardio kickboxing class. Rafat’s new outdoor cardio kickboxing bootcamps kick off on Sunday 11th October.

The bootcamps will take place as follows:

• Sunday 7.00pm, Palm Park, Palm Jumeirah
• Tuesday 6.30am, Palm Park, Palm Jumeirah

Additional bootcamps at other locations in Dubai will be announced soon.  Each bootcamp costs AED 100 or AED 800 if you sign up for a package of 10. 

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Celebrate Saudi National Day with OPI nail art!

OPI wishes you a very happy 85th Saudi National Day this 23rd of September 2015.

What better way to celebrate this National Day then to pop on OPI Jade Is The New Black, a vibrant green and Alpine Snow, a fresh, crisp white, for perfect French tips to compliment your Saudi inspired green nails.

OPI - KSA National Day - nail art

Price: AED 49
Point of Sale: Wojooh,, Lifestyle, Sephora

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Master The Art of Make-Up At The Lipstick Make Up Institute, Dubai!

Newly Opened in Dubai’s Media City, The Lipstick Make Up Institute offers a Distinct Range of Professional Make-up Courses from Bridal to Catwalk and Arabic to Bollywood

The Lipstick Make Up Institute, nestled in the heart of Media City has opened its doors to all make-up enthusiasts ihe UAE; offering  comprehensive course programmes aimed at producing creative and unique make-up professionals.


Founded by professional photographer and industry expert Yasmin Hussain, The Lipstick Make Up Institute forms the sister company to successful photography studio – YH Studios. Formed to represent the connection between media and make-up in a stylish, fashionable and unique way; the institute boasts unparralled choices for those wishing to launch careers in make-up artistry or beauty fans looking to enhance their knowledge of the industry.


Working alongside Yasmin, is master make-up professional and make-up educator Livia Rideg, both artists have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and have translated their expertise into a series of workshops. The classes will showcase the most effective application techniques, whilst also educating students to be precise, quick and practical in order to maximize the experience and gain confidence in the industry.


Livia’s illustrious career has seen her work with fashion designers, celebrities and professional models across the globe, her unique style, touch and creativity sets her apart in the world of make-up.  

“Liv’s work is her self-expression, she inspires, encourages and brings out the true beauty of the people she is working with, bringing experience and influences from many cultures and styles to her work and teaching.” Elise Fesicha – Make-Up Artist

Supported exclusively by Kryolan one of the primary professional make-up brands in the world, supplying the Film, Theatre and Television Industries for over sixty years, students will acquire product knowledge in all mediums including Stage, Theatre, TV, Beauty, Fashion and Catwalk make-up. 

Upon completion, each will be armed and qualified to enter into the world of Media and Fashion and become freelancers in any of these fields. An International Diploma comes with completion of the Platinum Make-Up Course whilst internationally recognized certificates are awarded at the completion of the other available courses.

The Lipstick Makeup Institute offers 13 pioneering courses including;
–     Platinum Diploma Media Makeup Course                           
–     Gold Media Makeup Course                                                    
–     Silver Makeup Course                                                              
–     Bronze Makeup Course
–     Arabic Makeup Course  
–     Self-Makeup Application Course
–     Smokey Eye Makeup Course                                                  
–     Bridal Makeup Course                                                               
–     Stage or Catwalk Course                                                           
–     Red Carpet Makeup Course                                                       
–     Creative Makeup Course                                                           
–     Bollywood Makeup Course                                                        
–     Exclusive Master Class

For more information on each of the course programmes visit

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How to : DIY Indian home remedy drink for cough & cold!

Hey guys!

Here is a South Indian specialty drink that’s great to have if you have cough, cold, fever or even indigestion. It’s called ‘Chukku Kaapi’ or Dried Ginger Coffee. There are plenty of ways to make it. The following is how I do it:

Ingredients (to make 1 cup)


Jaggery – 1 piece
Freshly ground black pepper powder – 1/3 tsp
Ginger (Usually dried ginger(chukku) is used for this drink but I use fresh ginger since its readily available) – Approx 1/2 inch piece
Small red onion – 4 or 5
Garlic – 2 cloves
Whole Cumin – 1/2 tsp
Loose black tea or Coffee powder (This requires coffee powder but as I said before, it’s very customizable and I usually use loose tea) – 1 tsp (or less depending on the strength you want it to be)
●Water – 2 cups


1) Place the piece of jaggery in the water and start boiling it. The whole piece needs to melt into the water.

2) Meanwhile, grind ginger, garlic & small onions in a grinder.


3) Add that along with black pepper powder, loose tea & cumin seeds to the boiling water.

4) Let it boil really well. Once you are sure everything is incorporated well into the water, switch off flame.


5) Strain & serve hot!


Since you started with 2 cups, after all the boiling, you will be left with 1 cup into which the flavors & goodness of all ingredients is concentrated into. Enjoy the hot, healing drink!

You can get chukku kaapi mix in hard, pellet form by Indian brands in supermarkets like Lulu Center. I don’t remember how much it is. Probably about AED 8 per pack. These pellets just need to be boiled in water and it becomes chukku kaapi :).. However, I like making it from scratch because the taste is much more intense with fresh ingredients.

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Autumn is coming: Balanced Guru’s Guide to Glowing and Healthy Skin!

Balance starts with you. Balanced Guru have created a line of certified organic skin, body, hair, and energy products catered to helping you find balance in every aspect of your being.

We love this time of year. Cooler autumn mornings with a greater chance of rain and an excuse to get another pair of – essential – black boots. While we love the chance of wrapping up in a jumper and ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ if a coat is sartorially acceptable in Dubai (we’re undecided!), our skin tends to be less happy about the weather switch. Windy, cool days lead to a lack of moisture in the air and make your skin dry and irritated. This weather can also leave your skin red, tight, blotchy and sore, even if you don’t usually suffer from sensitive skin.

Thankfully, Balanced Guru have a number of naturally protecting, calming and hydrating treatments which will help bring your skin back into balance and looking its best. Discover softer, smoother skin with these natural body products, designed to restore body confidence:

Scrub Me Crazy – Body Exfoliator – 175AED

Scrub me Crazy

Would you like some sugar with your coffee? Better yet, add some Dead Sea Salt, Cinnamon and Clove to spice up the mixture. The end result is a rich and aromatic exfoliator for your whole body that wakes you up as you scrub away dead skin cells, leaving behind glowing and radiant skin. Nourishing shea butter, avocado and coconut oils help protect and moisturise your skin.

Soothe Me Slowly – Body Oil – 135AED

soothe me slowly

Naturally hydrate your skin and give your muscles the relaxation and relief they deserve with this soothing body oil infused with arnica. The essential mix of Baobab, Jojoba and Avocado oils that will leave your skin soft and smooth while sesame and Argan will balance your skin so that it never feels oily. Lavender, Orange and Geranium essential oils work together to create a nurturing scent that will linger throughout the day.

Balm Me – Body Balm – 195AED

Balm Me up

Organic body balm good for all skin types. Protect and nourish your skin from head to toe with this easy to carry, convenient and multifunctional body balm. Enriched with Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil protective barrier for your skin and lips against environmental damage and dryness. Safe for expecting mothers, nursing mothers and children.

Balanced Guru products are available to buy in the following retailers: Plethora Hair Lab (Palm strip location), Greenheart Organic Farm Store and For more information on Balanced Guru visit

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Review : Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin cream!

Hey guys!

In Mar 2015, I went to visit Kochi city. It was pretty nice. A fun one day city trip with my sister in law & her family. During the course of this trip, I came across a stand alone Himalayan Herbals store. After browsing through all products, I picked up two products : The Refreshing Fruit face pack, which I reviewed earlier and the Nourishing Skin cream.


I generally love Himalaya products since it contains 100% herbal extracts. The Nourishing cream contains Aloe Vera, which nourishes & moisturizes, Winter Cherry,  & Indian Kino Tree extracts rich in antioxidants, protects and nourishes the skin.

The cream is white in color and has a light, non-greasy texture. It is indeed nourishing. This is a great cream for the winter. I say so because during summer when you apply this on the face, it feels like your face is literally melting off. The cream just sits on the skin, gives an extremely oily look and on top of that when you sweat, the cream just melts off!. However, on cool days the cream is really great. It absorbs super fast into the skin and gives a youthful, nourished & supple looking skin. This is truly a winter skincare product.


When you lift the lid of the plastic tub, you can see that it’s sealed with foil. I have been using it on and off since March and I am still only 1/4th into the tub. I went for the bigger tub since in price comparison the bigger one seemed to give more value. However, since I can use it only on cool days, I am kinda stuck with this tub that seems to last forever!. I do like things that last like 2 or 3 months but in this tub’s case, it might be years before it finishes. Being a blogger, I love to keep on trying new skincare products and I rarely buy new products when I have a good amount of products with me, so as to avoid wastage. So, if you wish to try this product, I highly recommend that you go for the smaller tub that’s between 100 – 150ml.


Price : Rs. 235 (AED 13) for a tub containing 250 ml.

One negative about this product is that it contains parabens (Methyl paraben & Propyl paraben).

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Let’s talk about dragon’s blood!

No Dragons were harmed in the making of the magical celebrity favourite Rodial range!

Don’t we all dream of something a little ‘far, far away’ and something with a sprinkle of magic and dragons? Step up the magical Dragon’s Blood range from Rodial. Ok, it’s not exactly magical, but this exciting range from the innovative brand is aimed at us ladies who are in need of a little boost.


So, we bet you’re dying to know how Dragon’s Blood works? And what’s with the name? Dragons Blood is sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree (drago’ dragon, get it?) historically used for medicinal and healing purposes, and it’s all about giving you a second skin-look. In just three months trial volunteers saw an increase in skin elasticity by 92%, and a reduction of 72% in skin-sagging – what a result! It’s also ideal for sensitive or stressed skin to plump out fine lines and protect from the elements while also hydrating the deepest layers of the skin.

Cameron Diaz, Lady Gaga, Elle MacPherson, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the A-listers that swear by Rodial, the classic skincare range that the stars rely on to look their best. Let’s take a look at why they love it so much:

Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water – AED 195 Remove all traces of make-up and give skin a burst of freshness with dragon’s blood cleansing water, a gentle, hydrating and soothing cleansing water for the eyes and face. This non-sting, no rinse formula is infused with refreshing Rose Water to remove make-up and impurities, whilst Dragon’s Blood soothes sensitive and stressed skin. Vitamin B3 illuminates and evens skin tone for an instant burst of energy and an instantly brighter complexion.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic  – AED 225 The instant skin reviver! Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic is an innovative Hyaluronic formula that locks in moisture for 24 hours. Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic is packed with skin soothing Rose Water and Dragon’s Blood to comfort sensitive skin whilst protecting against external aggressions. This skincare essential is ideal for an instant energy boost, soothing in-flight refreshment or to set make-up. Vitamin B3 and Zinc instantly brighten for a refreshed and even complexion. Skin is deeply hydrated, firmer and pores appear more refined.

Dragon’s Blood Advanced XXL Sculpting Serum – AED 865 This triple potency dragon’s Blood Serum is to sculpt, define and re-densify the skins appearance with biomimetic TGF, red snow algae and Hema’Tîte™. It infuses the skin with intense doses of our unique dragon’s blood complex. Targeting to help improve the skin’s bounce and elasticity so facial contours appear re-defined with the look of wrinkles “plumped-up” smoothing the skin’s surface whilst maintaining optimum hydration levels from the deepest layers.

Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel –  AED 495 An innovative anti-aging formula that helps to volumise and define facial contours. Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel works by forming a unique second skin-like film around the face which effectively protects the skin against environmental aggressors and reduces redness and is ideal for sensitive and stressed skin. Collagen boosting ingredients like Pomegranate Ellagic Tannin help to firm whilst myrrh plumps the skin by increasing the fat storage in the skin to give an overall smoother, plumper and more youthful looking complexion with defined facial contours.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser SPF 15 – AED 335 Protect and perfect skin with Dragon’s Blood Moisturiser SPF 15, a multi-function day moisturiser to plump and firm dehydrated skin for 24 hours. Hyaluronic Acid and Gransil provide long lasting moisture and tighten fine lines. Chromabright and Vitamin B3 even skin tone and illuminate for a brighter complexion whilst Dragon’s Blood soothes and protects sensitive skin.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream – AED 395 Dragon’s blood Hyaluronic Night Cream is an XXL hydrating plumping moisturiser. This overnight skin perfecting moisturiser works to target all the visible signs of aging while you sleep. Retinol penetrates deep into the skin to help plump and minimise the appearance of fine lines while hyaluronic acid reduces the look of wrinkles by the morning. Chromabright technology helps brighten the appearance of the skin and dragon’s blood soothes for a smoother looking, hydrated complexion by the morning!

Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel – AED 295 Target fine lines and dark circles in one with our instantly cooling Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel containing Rose Water, Arnica and Dragon’s Blood. Instantly brighter after application, the delicate eye area is restructured to thicken translucent skin and plump wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid comforts dehydrated skin and refines the skin’s surface for wide awake eyes.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask – AED 269 Drench your skin with moisture with this amazing plumping and soothing face mask. Hyaluronic Acid and tensors immediately plump fine lines and tighten wrinkles whilst providing comfort to dehydrated skin. It works to reduce redness with anti-oxidant benefits whilst Gransil smooth’s imperfections for a smoother and firmer complexion.

Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks – AED 269 A recent addition to the cult Dragon’s Blood range, these innovative eye masks combine the expertise in bio-cellulose technology with our unique dragon’s blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturise the eye area. The dragons blood extract works as a second skin whilst soothing and repairing the skin cells. The Hyaluronic Acid works instantly to plump and hydrate, helping the eyes to appear firmer, plumper and younger! Arnica extract helps to reduce the look of under-eye puffiness and dark circles for an instant, brighter-eyed appearance. If your eyes are lacking life and starting to show signs of aging this eye mask is your solution!

Rodial products are available from Paris Gallery, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales and House of Fraser. For more information please visit .

About Rodial

Rodial was founded in 1999 by Maria Hatzistefanis and was designed to bridge the gap in the market between scientific and more natural based skincare. The brand is now available in more than 2000 doors and 35 countries worldwide. Rodial is based in London and is now recognised as a leading global brand with a huge celebrity following. Rodial offers natural alternatives to injectables & plastic surgery procedures, delivering targeted treatments to specific skin concerns combining the best of anti-aging and firming ingredients. By combining Rodial’s laboratory’s scientific expertise and clinical testing with their unique knowledge of natural skin treatments, Rodial bring you the ultimate in skincare.

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Review : Nature’s Essence Gold Illuminating Face Wash!

Hey there!

Radiant skin is everyone’s desire. Recently, when I came across a budget friendly Indian brand that promised radiant looking skin, I went for it. I haven’t really heard of this brand before but the little tube looked quite nice, with a honeycomb design on it.


The face wash is honey colored, with small golden sparkles in it. It has a medium thick consistency that is still easily spreadable on the face. It’s main ingredients are honey, golden dust & Vitamin E. The rest of the ingredients aren’t listed, unfortunately. Underneath the brand name on the tube, it’s written ‘Aromatherapy Beauty Solutions’. However, there is nothing special about it’s scent. It’s a light smell. A little goes a long way and thus this little tube containing 60 ml will last you a good 1.5 months. The amount shown in the pic below could be used to wash your face & neck twice..


I quite like it. It does leave your skin feeling youthful, radiant and soft. The gold dust doesn’t leave any shimmer on the skin. Even though it says on the package that it is for all skin types, I would advice those with very dry skin to stay away from it. Being a person with normal/dry skin, I find the end result to be perfect but for those with very dry skin, this face wash could leave your skin feeling squeaky clean yet dry.

Overall, I would definitely buy it again and I recommend you check it out too.

Price : Rs. 60 (AED 3.32) for a tube containing 60ml.

I bought it from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala.

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Digestive care that’s easy to swallow!

Chances are you’ll experience one or more bouts of constipation in your lifetime. Some of the likely culprits of this condition include a low-fibre diet, not drinking enough water, taking antacids, stress, or a health problem such as irritable bowel syndrome. Constipation is a frustrating and common problem that plagues up to 15% of us at any one time – most of whom are women – sigh*.  Natural remedies such as taking probiotics may provide you much-needed relief.

It’s time to consider the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in a new light. Though it has the unglamorous function of breaking down food products and excreting the waste, it’s also a willing participant in the epic and heroic battle of good versus evil—bacteria, that is. Our knight in shining armour (A.K.A., the gut or GI tract) is home to trillions of beneficial bacterial flora that are essential for wellness. The villainous bad bacteria can take over under certain conditions, sabotaging our bodies with constipation, urinary tract infections, fatigue and other troubles.


But no need to worry, Biovine Relief Probiotics can play a key role in helping to relieve constipation. BioVine Relief is a probiotic formula that normalises the intestinal function, aids a healthy digestive system and relieves the symptoms of constipation. Fibres also increase the amount of beneficial bacteria which can replenish the intestinal flora. BioVine Relief recommended you take one sachet per day.

So, make BioVine Relief your Body Relief Mate!. Biovine Restore Probiotics are priced at 70 AED and available at leading pharmacies across the UAE. For more information please visit

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Things You Need to Know Before Undergoing Laser Skin Tightening Treatments!

If wrinkles and sagging skin have your mood sagging too, you definitely need to find a solution. Unfortunately, most creams and lotions just don’t cut it. Yet, you may not want to undergo risky surgical procedures. The best compromise may be to have laser skin tightening treatments. But you should know a few things about them before you make that decision.

Skin Tightening Lasers and Hair Removal Lasers Are Different

The first thing you need to know about laser skin tightening is that the lasers used for that type of treatment are different from lasers used to remove unwanted hair. You might have heard that hair removal lasers only work well on people with certain skin types. The reason for that is that they target specific spots on the skin and rely heavily on color differences, such as the difference between light skin and dark hair.

Lasers used for skin tightening procedures are meant to have a more general impact on the skin. They don’t target specific spots. Instead, they stimulate all the skin cells in whatever area is targeted by the laser. Once those cells are stimulated, they should start to produce more elastin, collagen and other “building blocks” of skin cells that help them to keep their elasticity, reducing your sagging and wrinkled skin.

You Don’t Have to Only Treat Your Face

Many laser procedures are only done on the neck or face. However, that’s not the case with skin tightening treatments. In fact, it’s quite common for people to have them done on their arms, stomachs, and other areas. So, regardless of the location of your sagging skin, a good laser and laser hand piece technician should be able to help you to treat it.

Multiple Treatments Will Probably be Necessary

One thing that you should definitely think about before you have skin tightening treatment is that a single treatment may not show results that are as dramatic as you would like. You may need to go back and repeat the procedure several times before you get the desired result. Even once your skin is looking better, the wrinkles and sagging may not be gone for good. After all, everyone’s skin tends to get looser with age. So, you may find yourself back in the laser procedure clinic again at some later date. Those costs can add up over time, but they can also be worth it.

What to Expect Throughout the Procedure

When you go in to have the procedure done, you might be expecting a bit of an ordeal, but it’s actually quite simple. It shouldn’t even hurt at all. Although, your skin might feel warm when the procedure is going on. You might also feel a little charge or snap sensation on the surface of your skin.

What to Expect After the Procedure is Over

You should be more or less able to go right back to your daily life after the procedure. You might experience swollen skin or rashes in the treated areas for a day or two. But that won’t last very long. Blisters could also appear on your skin, but that doesn’t happen to most patients. So, you shouldn’t have any need for recovery time.

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