Review : Vatika Naturals Hair Mayonnaise!

Hi guys,

Mayonnaise is a wonderful treatment for our hair, due to the ingredients in it. It is used by itself or as one of the ingredients in several haircare DIYs. However, of late, some brands have come out with a product called hair mayonnaise. Today’s review is about one such brand – Vatika’s Hair Mayonnaise.

Hair mayonnaise

This is a pre-shampoo treatment. It says on the bottle that you need to apply it only for 3 mins and then you can shampoo. I usually apply it for 5 – 7 mins. It’s white in color and has a thick, creamy consistency. It’s easy to spread onto the hair & also to rinse off. Unlike conditioners that should only be applied from the middle of the hair, this treatment is applied on both hair and scalp.

Vatika hair mayonnaise

It contains coconut, almond & sesame, all of which are known to be extremely moisturizing for the hair. This product is specifically for dry, frizzy & coarse hair. I find that it makes the hair noticeably soft and shiny. I try to use it twice a week. It’s a product that you might want to check out.

My sister in law got it for me from Lulu Center. I believe it’s priced below AED 30 for a tub containing 500 ml, which lasts months.

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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Ideas!

Hey guys,

Yet another Valentine’s day is here, a day to express how much you love your loved ones.. Gifts can be any, as long as they are thoughtful. I have done several gift guides earlier with different themes. This time around, my focus is on ‘skincare’ because great skin is a blessing and if you could gift that to some one you hold close to your heart, well why not?.

Happy Valentine's day image

The basic products of a good skincare routine are Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Oil & Moisturizer. I will be suggesting 5 products from each of these categories, based on personal experience & popular reviews that these products have garnered. I promise that the value that you get these products for, is unmatched. Simply click the images to view details / go to the site that sells it.

Cleansers

□ Hydrating cleanser by CeraVe – 355 ml – $12.24 (Approx AED 44.96)

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

□ Black soap cleanser by Dr. Woods -236 ml – $5.02 (Approx AED 18.44)

Black soap cleanser Dr Woods

□ Cream cleanser by Mad Hippie – 118 ml – $12.79 (Approx AED 46.98)

Mad Hippie cream cleanser

□ Jeju Volcanic Pore cleansing foam by Innisfree (Korean skincare brand) – 150 ml – $9.27 (Approx AED 34.05)

Innisfree pore cleansing foam

□ Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing cleansing gel by Avalon Organics – 251 ml – $8.78 (Approx AED 32.25)

Avalon Vitamin C cleanser

For more cleansers, click here.

Toners

□ Witch Hazel Rose Petal toner by Thayers – 355 ml – $8.76 (Approx AED 32.18)

Thayers Witch Hazel

□ Firming DMAE toner by Derma E – 175 ml – $12.40 (Approx AED 45.55)

Derma E firming toner

□ Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House (Korean skincare brand) – 250 ml – $10.44 (Approx AED 38.35)

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

□ Eucalyptus toner by L’uvalla – 198 ml – $22.32 (Approx AED 81.98)

Luvalla Eucalyptus toner

□ Lemon & Geranium gentle toner by Indigo Wild – 118 ml – $12.60 (Approx AED 46.28)

Indigo Wild toner

For more toners, click here.

Serums

□ Transformative Night serum by EO Products – 30 ml – $29.74 ( Approx AED 109.24)

EO products serum

□ Hyaluronic Acid Day serum by White Egret Personal Care – 59 ml -$11.97 (Approx AED 43.97)

White Egret serum

□ Deeply Hydrating serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – 59 ml – $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29)

Jeffrey James The Serum

□ Exfoliating serum by Mad Hippie – 30 ml – $27.99 (Approx AED 102.81)

Mad Hippie serum

□ Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – 29.5 ml – $13.05 (Approx AED 47.93)

reviva labs serum

For more serum, click here

Facial oils

□ Nourishing Tamanu oil by Aura Cacia – 30 ml – $11.14 (Approx AED 40.92)

Tamanu oil

□ Organic Coconut, Jojoba & Pure Coffee oil by Desert Essence – 118 ml – $10.59 (Approx AED 38.90)

Coffee oil

□ Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing oil by Pangea Organics – 30 ml – $54 (Approx AED 198.34)

Pangea organics oil

□ Soothing Almond oil by Weleda – 50 ml – $18.97 (Approx AED 69.68)

Weleda soothing oil

□ Nourishing oil by Suki Inc – 15 ml – $32.96 (Approx AED 121.06)

Suki Inc oil

For more facial oils, click here.

Moisturizers

□ Black Snail All in One cream by Mizon (Korean Skincare brand) – 75 ml – $16.20 (Approx AED 59.50)

Mizon snail cream

□ Retinol A 1% Advanced Revitalization cream by Life Flo Health – 50 ml – $16.28 (Approx AED 59.79)

Retinol A cream

□ Supreme PolyPeptide moisturizer by MyChelle Dermaceuticals – 35 ml – $56 (Approx AED 205.68)

Polypeptides cream

□ Age Renewal Vitamin E Creme by Jason Natural – 113 gms – $10.87 (Approx AED 39.93)

Vitamin E creme

□ Fresh Watery cream by Nature Republic (Korean skincare brand) – 80 ml – $8.65 (Approx AED 31.77)

Nature Republic watery cream

For more creams, click here.

This entire gift guide is based on my favorite online shopping site ever, iHerb, which offers not only the best value in the world for any product that you need, but also gives you 5% of your bill total back to you (as store credit). They ship worldwide from US. To UAE, they ship in 3-4 days via DHL, right to your doorstep.

Hope you have a lovely time with your loved ones this Valentine’s day ♥♥♥

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iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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How To : Get Rid of (Intense) Stains from Flasks / Bottles!

Hey guys,

Cleaning a thermos flask / regular bottle with plain old water every time, just wouldn’t do the trick. You’ll know that it needs a deeper cleansing, when the stains or the yellow / copper toned layer starts to appear. I will let you know two sure-shot techniques, to get the job done efficiently :

1) The mild method

This method is great for stainless steel products, like a thermos flask. I use one to store hot water since I make formula milk for my son, using that. Since it holds water for long periods, it’ll eventually develop a layer of yellowish gunk that needs cleaning out ASAP. Ok so, you will need :

● A handful of crushed eggshells &
● Water (room temperature should do)

Eggshells

Put the eggshells in the flask. Then add water in it until it’s 1/4th of the flask. Then put the lid on and shake it vigorously for about half a minute. Twist and turn it in every which way possible so that the eggshells can hit every nook and cranny. Then pour out the dirty water, fill with some more water and then wash the inside of the flask again. Job well done!

clean stain from flask

Before & after pic of the base of the thermos flask


2) The intense method

This method is for bottles (glass or Tupperware) and definitely not for stainless steel products (since it ‘s an abrasive method & might leave minute scratches). You will need :

● Sand* &
● Water

The method is same as before. Fill the bottle with a handful (or couple of handfuls) sand, water about 1/4th of the bottle and shake. Since we are using this method for intense stains, you’ll need to continue shaking for a longer time, say a minute or more. Wash out and see if anything remains. If yes, repeat the process.

Here is the Tupperware bottle that I use, to drink cumin water**. After a while, the bottle develops an intense stain and in this pic, actually I haven’t cleaned it out for quite a while… *shameful face*. For the purpose of this tutorial, I first cleaned the bottle using eggshells. You can see how much it removed, but still there is lots left, particularly in the curves of the bottle. The sand method removed it completely and has it looking brand new.

get rid of stains from bottle

* Sand is literally available anywhere. But don’t use it directly for obvious reasons. First, ‘clean’ it. Lol. Wash it until the water runs clear. I go an extra step to make sure it’s super clean. I layer it on a flat surface and let it dry in the sun. After using it, I wash the dirty water away and keep washing this sand until water runs clear again. Then, I dry this sand and store it in a container so that I have ‘clean’ sand available, whenever I need to clean a bottle.

** Cumin water aids in digestion, provides antioxidants by fighting free radicals & also removes toxins from the body. To make it, just boil some cumin seeds in water, until the water becomes a medium strength yellow (dark yellow means you added too much cumin than required). Strain and drink. An additional tip is that, if you crush (not powder) the cumin seeds, you will need to use only a less amount of it, to get the same color / results.

Also, just wanted to mention that if you are not able to get rid of the stain using any of these 2 methods, here might be the reason for it :

● you didn’t add enough eggshells / sand
● you added too much water
● you didn’t shake it enough
● the stain is way too old and now can be considered a part of the bottle / flask… umm, too late, buddy.. lol!

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Book Review : Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal!

Hey guys,

Today am reviewing a Historical Paranormal Fiction titled Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal. This is the first book in the Vanishing series. First let’s get to know the author..

Auburn Seal

Auburn Seal enjoys zipping through life in the lovely Pacific Northwest where she finds herself surrounded by a great family—one super-cool husband and three awesome children—and gorgeous scenery. She is a fair-weather blogger (it’s possible she has commitment issues), and has a unique ability to weave the dead into her stories. Auburn graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Student Loans. Oops, Justice Studies. Note the irony. Still, Go Sun Devils!. One of her favorite activities is getting to know new people, so send her an e-mail and check out her website. auburnseal@gmail.com 

Book Summary

Roanoke Vanishing

When The Lost Colony of Roanoke vanished mysteriously in the late sixteenth century, Elinor Dare’s fate–and that of her family–was lost to the world. Now it’s 2013 and Avery Lane, an over-zealous master’s student, is determined to find out what happened to those who disappeared from England’s first colony. The Descendants have discovered her interest and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret remains buried. Elinor, her spirit having lingered for more than four hundred years, is Avery’s only chance to evade the Descendants and solve one of America’s most intriguing mysteries. 

My Review

Avery Lane is a history student who has been researching ‘The Lost Colony’ aka Roanoke for about an year. However, once she gets deeper into figuring out what exactly happened to those colonists who simply seemed to have vanished, she gets threatened by several people including her ‘respectable’ professor, who all of a sudden wants her to drop her research. What Avery Lane doesn’t know is that she is destined to solve this riddle.

She doesn’t let anything or anyone deter her. She is very strong willed and brave. She faces life threatening situations, gets into scenarios where she is left hopeless, but still strives on. Her best friend, Jen, helps her extensively with her research. I love the portrayal of their friendship. It’s just so beautiful and genuine. One of the lost colonists, Elinor Dare, is the only one who knows Avery’s destiny and in order to help her along with her research, her ghost appears only to her, leading her to clues. The author has written the story quite wonderfully, with each chapter alternating between the present day and the actual happenings of the colonists’ lives about 400 years ago.

There are some questions left behind at the end of the story and I don’t like that. The book cover is beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it. Anyways, if you are into historic reads, this is definitely a good read for you.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘liked it’.

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source– I got this ebook as a freebie for being part of a books related newsletter. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Eskinol Classic Facial Cleanser!

Hey guys,

I’ve been using Eskinol’s Classic Facial cleanser for about 2 months now. It’s a no nonsense cleanser that does it’s work well. It looks just like water. It comes in an oval shaped, squeezable plastic bottle.

Eskinol facial cleanser

To use, simply moisten a cotton pad with the product and use on the face in a sweeping motion. Then wash face. It says on the bottle that it can be used on arms and legs, even though I haven’t tried that. It has a pleasant scent and leaves an airy (or menthol like) feeling on the skin, thanks to the ethanol content in it.

I started using this some months after purchasing it. By then I had forgotten what’s written on the bottle and so used it on my eyes too, to taken off last traces of eyeliner, if any. But probably about a month later, I read the info on the bottle & was surprised to see that it said that the product shouldn’t be brought close to the eye area. OMG LOL!. So far, nothing has happened. Maybe it’s too harsh for that area & that’s why they said so. So, I advise you to not risk it by using on the eye area.

It removes all traces of dirt and impurities, thus revealing radiant, velvety soft skin. It’s noticeable even from the very first use. Definitely give it a try.

Price : Rs 165 (Approx AED 8.89) for a 225 ml bottle.

This product is made in Philippines but imported to India, from where I bought it. I have a feeling I’ve seen this in Carrefour. So, just check out it’s availability there.

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Review : SKIN79 Wonder Fix Brush Eyeliner!

Hey guys,

Skin79 is a Korean brand. Known for their innovative products, this one definitely attracted me because of the precise application that it promised. I am not disappointed at all. More about it :

SKIN79 eyeliner

It’s brush is super pointy yet soft and flexible enough to create a modulable thickness while getting in the inner corner of the eye really well. The color that I got is #2 Brown. It looks great against my black pupils. The liner reminds me of a marker. The color payoff is good and it can be build up to be darker. Also, when shaken, something moves back and forth, inside and reminds me much of how a white ink pen works. This liner definitely is a fool proof way to achieve THE most perfect winged eyeliner look..

Wonder Fix brush eyeliner

I bought this from Glambox Middle East’s online e-shop. I would have linked you the Buy link however unfortunately their e-shop has closed since Oct ’16. I purchased this in Sep.

Price : AED 65 (Approx $17.79) for 0.5gms.

If you are looking for a drugstore dupe for this, definitely try out Physicians Formula’s Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker which I’ve reviewed here. It’s price is $7.25 (Approx AED 26.63) & is 0.8 gms.

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

happy new year image

I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

new year goals

Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

Drink water

Image from Memecenter

Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Review : March 2016 Glambox!

Holla!

March’s Glambox was pretty special and something I looked forward to, since it was an Avene exclusive box. Avene is a very popular French skincare brand. The box contained 4 products :

Avene

Avene

The box specifically contained products from Avene’s Eau Thermale range, which contains Spring water. First time trying these out 🙂

Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Gel – This is a thick gel cleanser. It came in a full sized 200 ml bottle. Gel cleansers are generally for oily skin types while mine is normal/dry skin. I passed this on to my father and he said it’s a fantastic product. During that time he was on the search for a good cleanser that would keep his oily skin in check and to this day he says he hasn’t found a better product than this one.

Cleanance gel

Eau Thermale Avene Spring Water Spray – This is such a wonderful, soothing spray. It is multipurpose. I use it mainly to soothe my skin when it gets too hot. It is gentle enough to be used on nappy rashes too. It came in a 50 ml bottle. I have popped it into my vanity bag coz it’s size is definitely travel friendly. To use, hold it at an arm’s length away and spray. It’s nozzle is really fine and thus the spray is almost like a mist, so gentle and soothing. Spring water has many benefits for the skin. It has a healing touch.

Spring water

Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+ – Indian skin (the type that gets easily tanned) needs high protection sunscreens. I always use the ones that’s atleast above SPF 45. So, finding a full sized (50 ml) sunscreen in the box was a win for me. This one is an emulsion. So it has a lotion like consistency. There is a slight bluish tint on application. I quite love this product. It comes in a tube with a pump!. Ah, I love any product with a pump packaging – hygienic and convenient ♡

SPF 50 sunscreen

Very High Protection Tinted Cream SPF50+ – This sunscreen has a touch of foundation in it. It has a thicker consistency when compared to the emulsion. Love that it combines skincare & makeup ♡. This one is sample sized and came in a little tube containing 5 ml.

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Voucher

Avene cold cream

The box contained a voucher to claim an Avene cold cream hand cream from Boots, which I unfortunately couldn’t claim. Otherwise, I would have included that review too here.

Overall, March’s was a great box ♥. I know this review is super late, but I was busy being a mom.. 😀

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