Herbal Essentials Unveils Its First Derma Kiosk + An Offer!

There’s great news for fans of the Himalayan natural and award winning beauty brand, Herbal Essentials, and Jumeirah dwellers, as your favourite locally born skincare line is about to expand even further and take up home in Mercato Mall. Unveiling their brand new derma kiosk, or The Beauty Hub by Herbal Essentials on October 23rd, the retail hotspot will not only stock a host of beautifully natural skincare products but also aims to go the extra mile for customers by providing them with expert staff who can help educate you on your skin care issues with great advice on what to use and what to avoid to restore that natural glow! 

Herbal Essentials beauty hub

To treat their loyal customers, Herbal Essentials will be offering the first 100 people to book in for a complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation at the Mercato kiosk a free full size product, meaning you not only get expert advice on how to maintain and treat your skin’s specific needs, but the opportunity to try this natural skincare line for yourself. Herbal Essentials believes in adapting ‘Ancient Beauty Wisdom’ from around the world for you, the modern consumer. Their first range is based on the secrets of the Himalayas and the principles of Ayurveda. For those who are unfamiliar with Ayurveda and its principles, it is a science and philosophy that dates back over a whopping 5,000 years that dictates that you can make the most out of your wellbeing and beauty by creating a balance that supports everything from energy levels and digestive health. Herbal Essentials works with natural ingredients combined with water from the Himalayas, providing you with the perfect, all-natural approach to wellbeing and beauty.

The new kiosk promises to treat customers to facts and tips on how to embrace better skin care habits with the offer of free skincare analysis sessions where you can ask for professional advice on anything from pigmentation, aging, acne, allergies and sensitive skin. The wonderful educated staff are on hand to guide you on a road to discovery of products that will bring out the very best version of you. So, put yourself in their capable hands and get ready to open the door to a lifestyle that will change the way you think about health and wellbeing forever.

Award winning UAE beauty brand Herbal Essentials offers a range of skincare products that use pure Himalayan spring water, untouched and unprocessed by man, which take 20 years to pass through natural layers of rock, sand and clay which have superior macro mineral benefits for your skin. Shipped to Europe directly from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, this revitalising water, enriched in calcium, magnesium and potassium lends itself to helping create natural products for the face and body – ancient beauty wisdom with pure Himalayan Spring Water blended to the highest standards in Europe.

All products in the range are all-natural, paraffin and paraben free. Herbal Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Programme, meaning products are not tested on animals.  Herbal Essentials products are all certified by Dermatest GmbH, a leading German dermatologist research institute who have approved the products as “dermatologist tested/approved”. The brand is also a proud member of ‘1% for the Planet’ that aims in giving back to Mother Nature what it takes which is knowledge.

** Introductory Offer – First 100 customers to book in for complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation will receive a full size product free **

To book in for your free consultation from the 23rd October, please email beautyhub@herbal-essentials.com or call 800 NATURAL/054 322 8205.

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Poem #1 : Sheikh Zayed!

He was our beloved president
And never there was a better precedent
He had a colossal love for the humankind
This attribute made him one of a kind
His admirable stability and leadership
Stimulated his subjects’ friendship
He was no doubt the best of all
He kept everyone from any pitfall
His helping hands were always extended
Towards the poor and even those who pretended
He loved all people equally
And performed his duties so sequentially
Never there was a more organized man
He exhibited such ability as no one can
His love for the young was seen in all his action
Towards ALLAH and his duties he had such devotion
According to him nothing was based on money
He always propagated harmony
He encouraged in his city
Character and morality
I would like to pay my reverence
To him, who was always the people’s preference
Nothing will compensate for this loss
But we cannot do anything because
We know this was his fate
We can do nothing other than having faith
In GOD the Almighty and merciful
And pray to HIM to bring one as merciful As Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan


Just like everyone else, I was totally shocked hearing about His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s death, 12 years ago. He was such a wonderful & kind person. I wrote this poem and sent it over to Khaleej Times newspaper. They published it couple of weeks later..

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Giveaway : $100 Amex Gift Card (Open Worldwide)!

Welcome to the $100 American Express Gift Card Giveaway Event!

This great group of bloggers wanted to get together, to bring one amazing prize, to one lucky winner!
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One lucky winner will receive a $100 American Express Gift Card.
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  Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil’ Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway.This giveaway starts October 16th, 2016, and will end on November 10th, 2016 at11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, thename will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to worldwide entries.

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Release Week Blitz & Giveaway : All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher!



Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for

All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher

presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

Swoon worthy hockey players?  Sign. Me. Up.


Happy Book Birthday, Erin!!




Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey. When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.   But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.   Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…  

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

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All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher Publication Date:  October 10, 2016 Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

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Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.




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Review : Glow Radiance Defy powder!

Hi guys,

It’s my first time trying a Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid food supplement. Collagen as you might already know, makes the skin more elastic and youthful, while Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture, thus keeping it hydrated.

Glow Radiance’s Defy powder contains 5000mg of hydrolized collagen, which is pretty concentrated and 50mg of Sodium Hyaluronate in each serving. Serving size is 1 scoop, which comes along with the powder. I was pretty excited trying this product since it’s being ingested and hence works on a cell level. Surely there are many products out there which can be applied topically. Ofcourse they do work well but the Defy powder is superior since it’s a food supplement that has a fast absorption.

Glow Radiance defy

This powder comes in a tin and contains 200 gms. It’s a 40 days supply. I waited until I completed the entire course before doing this review, so that I can write a thorough one. The result is amazing!. My skin looks really great and I even got many compliments on my hydrated, moisturised skin. Since many know that I keep trying new creams and such, the common question was ‘Which cream are you using currently?’. Lol!.

Glow Radiance Defy powder

The powder is cream in color, has a strange smell and tastes pleasant. It’s an umami taste. To use it, simply dissolve a scoop of powder in a glass of water after meal once daily. It contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, milk, egg, shellfish, preservatives, artificial flavors or color & is made in France.

My skin looks plumped, youthful, more supple and as if there is an inner glow. Glow Radiance’s motto itself is ‘Boost beauty from within’ which I think is really apt. It was during the third week that I started noticing an overall smooth effect. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to defy age itself (i.e. to an extent).

One thing I found a bit disappointing was that I thought it would diminish my smile lines which are a bit deep, since I smile a lot :D. But it didnt affect it at all. My eye area looks better though and I feel the fine lines there have softened. It also helps in keeping more lines at bay.

Price : AED 270 for a 200 gms tin

Definitely a product worth checking out if you are into an anti-aging skincare routine, just like me. Click here to buy.

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

Shopping deal : EcoTools brush set!

Hiya makeup lovers,

A quick note to let you know that the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set by crueltyfree brand, EcoTools, worth $20 (Approx AED 73.46) is now on sale for only $8.95 (Approx AED 32.87). Offer valid from now until Oct 10th, 9 PM (UAE time). Ships worldwide from US. To UAE, it ships in about 3 days.

EcoTools complexion set

The Beautiful Complexion Set includes all four brushes from the EcoTools Complexion Collection. All brushes in the set are dermatologist tested and are made with soft, cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles.

● Beautifully soft to reduce shineHelp reduce oil and shine for a fresh look that lasts all day with the Mattifying Finish Brush.

● Beautifully soft for an even skin tone – Boost the benefits of your BB/CC cream and tinted moisturizer with the Skin Perfecting Brush.Beautifully Soft for under eye coverage.

● Smooth and reduce appearance of fine lines and under eye circles with the Eye Perfecting Brush

● Beautifully Soft for spot coverage – Precisely target imperfections for an even, radiant finish with the Correcting Concealer Brush.

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Guest post : Bridal Beauty Trends 2016!

Hi guys,

My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on hair styling trends 2016, tips and more, check out my Hair straightener reviews.


The wedding day is the most cherished occasion of any girl’s life as she desires to look her exceptional best on her big day to get incredible accolades and lifelong memories. In this article,  we’ll look at the latest bridal beauty trends for all those beauties who are going to get their wedding bells rung soon. These bridal beauty trends are highly innovative yet trendy as they serve to create a magnificent look for your D-day.

A bride needs to choose the best wedding gown, makeup and hair accessories to achieve perfect glow that draws all eyes on her. However, an even greater need is about having clear skin that is ready to show the enigmatic diva in you to make the event memorable.

Natural Look with Minimal Makeup

One of the most prominent trends of the year 2016 for the brides is to opt for a natural look that is accompanied with minimal makeup like a light colored foundation along with a glow on the cheeks complimented with a natural shade of lipstick. To achieve this look, one needs skin that is well moisturized and has the slightest foundation to cover up any spot or blemish in a single stroke. Moreover, the application of a natural color blush would enhance the glow to the skin with a light shaded lipstick. This light makeup work will ensure that you look simply beautiful.

Use the Highlighter to Get Glowing Skin

Another latest bridal makeup trend is the use of a highlighter stick that helps to get the glowing and not the undesired shiny look. It is intended to provide the dewy look that provides the amazing glow and shimmer to make your face naturally brightens up to enhance your looks. It is required to be applied to the apple of the cheeks, under the eyebrow and the inner corner of the eyes to provide the stunning looks that make you look mesmerizing, so get ready to try this look with remarkable perfection.

Enhance Your Looks with a Lip Gloss

Yes, you can increase your charm and classic look with the use of a lip gloss on your wedding day to get the desired look, but it should be applied carefully to avoid the messy look. All you need to do is to use a lip balm on your lips and choose a light colored lipstick of your choice and add a subtle layer of lip gloss to make you look perfectly flawless. Make sure that you don’t spoil your looks with the incorrect application of a lip-gloss as even the slightest faulty application can ruin your look.

Get Your Desired Looks with Pink Lipstick

Another latest trend of the bridal makeup for 2016 is the use of a pink lipstick accompanied with the use of winged eyeliner along with the added charm of rosy cheeks to create the magnificent look that is certainly going to make you look classy.

Brown Makeup for Eyes

The brown makeup for eyes is a real winner when it comes to the idea of getting the perfect natural look. In fact, you can use the Mac brown eyeshadow that should be enhanced with the use of brown eyeliner and no need to use mascara to get the classy look for your D-day. Moreover, you can use a light colored foundation and natural lipstick to get your preferred look with ease and perfection.


On a whole, check out these simple tips to make your wedding day the most memorable one by picking the nice gown and perfect accessories accompanied with a natural makeup tone that would make you look like a real diva. So, stay happy and stay stylish with the right makeup!

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Self-Awareness: Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem!

Cultivating a healthy self-esteem for your child is key to a lifetime of well-being and happiness. Children with high self-esteem value themselves and have a more realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, while children with an unhealthy self-esteem, often have a hard time fitting in and don’t always have control of their emotions.

Research shows that more and more teenagers are suffering from low self-esteem, this is more prevalent in girls than boys. Statistics suggest that up to 70% of girls in Western countries suffer from low self-esteem especially when it comes to their body image. Girls as young as 10 years old are afraid of being over-weight and often compare themselves to their peers. On the other hand, the number one cause of low self-esteem with boys, is obesity.

Reasons for Low Self -Esteem

When parents are not responsive to the needs of their child, he or she can grow up without any attachment to their parents. Therefore, early nurturing is vital and helps set a child up and make him or her feel good about themselves. Moreover, if a parent is suffering from low self-esteem it tends to affect the child; a parent should never speak negatively or talk down about themselves in front of a child as this causes the child to feel that they too need to change something about themselves in order to be happy.

Way to Boost Self -Esteem

¤ Quality time

Spend quality time with your kids. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

¤ Positive Image

Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

¤ Give Responsibility

When a child see’s that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel they are an important part of the family. For example, when a teen is helping with the dishes, he/she gets a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished.

¤ Being Part of a Team

Children that are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal.  

Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement.

About American Center Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN)

The American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) is a premier medical facility focused on providing patients with the highest quality primary and specialized medical care and health education services. Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, they have since expanded their facilities to Dubai and Sharjah, providing services to over 40,000 patients since its establishment. Thanks to Dr. Candice Render, Educational Psychologist at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology for this informative post.

Dr Candice Render

Dr. Candice Render

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Clinique Beauty Haul!

Hey guys,

This haul is from a while back but I thought I would share my very first Clinique mini haul with you.

Clinique haul

I had run out of an eye cream and that’s when I came across Clinique’s All About Eyes. It’s a light weight eye cream that borders on being a gel/lotion, since it isn’t that thick. It gets easily absorbed, has a velvety texture and leaves the eye area nourished. Even though I take only three tiny dots for each eye, I feel like this little tub won’t last me long. It’s supposed to help with redness, puffiness, fine lines, dark circles & shadows. Frankly I don’t have redness and rarely any puffiness, but still the product looked attractive and that’s why I bought it. You could say it’s an impulse buy, which I don’t recommend any of you to do 😛

Clinique All About Eyes

It’s a nice product, with a light scent to it. My eye area looks better than before. But is it worth the price I paid?. No, it’s not. I really loved Olay’s Total Effects eye cream which lasted me a really long time and cost only about 59 bucks. I actually bought 2 of these eye creams (since I expected it to be fantastic), the other one for my mom.

Price : AED 160 for a glass tub containing 15ml.

After buying these, I got to know that there is a free goodie bag with purchase of AED 400+. So, I checked for something else and came across Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear 5 Pack Set. The colors looked super gorgeous. These lip glosses come in bottles of 2.3ml each and are travel friendly. Some glosses leave your lips super dry but these ones are really moisturizing. They aren’t super sticky too.

Clinique Long Last Glosswear set

It has good staying power. Even though it boasts 8 hours, I have found it lasts for upto 5 hours on my lips, which is still good. The colors, though they appear intensely pigmented in the tubes, are light and sheer on application. Here are the lip swatches :


Bare Lips

Clinique Cupid's Bow

Cupid’s Bow – Probably the lightest shade of red. My favorite out of the 5. Gorgeous, non-shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Purple Crush

Purple Crush – A pinkish purple, sheer and with a slight shimmer.

Clinique Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight – A light violet color, shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Happy Heart

Happy ♥ – A pinkish peach color, non- shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth – Lightest shade of pink, almost on the verge of being white. Kinda makes me look ghastly IRL. My least favorite out of the 5. Non-shimmer and sheer.

Price : AED 147

Though wearable on it’s own, I feel like their performance is enhanced when coupled with lipsticks of the same shades.

Next, here is the goodie bag I received. The bag itself is a keeper, being super gorgeous, multicolored and really good quality. I adore it!.

Clinique makeup bag

Frankly, I am really impressed with the contents of this bag. There were 5 items –

● Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – This is a cream that delivers intense moisture to dry skin. On application, there is a cooling effect which is such relief. Aptly named ‘thirst relief’, this works like how water works for our body!. The sample came in a 7ml glass container. It has a really gentle & pleasant smell. It has a really lightweight appearance and goes on like a serum on the skin, getting absorbed super fast.

Clinique moisture surge

● Clinique High Impact lipstick in the color 13 Flamenco – I literally died seeing a full sized lipstick in this goodie bag!. Like whatt?!. It came in a classic Clinique green colored tube and since High Impact lipsticks come packaged differently, I can only guess the one I got was originally designed as a test product (You know, to be kept on shelves for testing). Anyways, I am super happy to get one ♥

Clinique Flamenco

Flamenco is an ‘orange’ish red lipstick, even though it looks more on the red side, in the tube. It looks super pretty on application. More layers can be added to get an intense, full coverage look. It goes on a like butter on the lips, giving the look of really moisturised lips.

Clinique Flamenco lip swatch

● Clinique High Impact mascara – Never been more disappointed with any mascara like this before. It literally does nothing to my lashes. Wish I could show you a before & after pic, but both looks the same!.


● Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Cleanser – A thick, white colored foaming cleanser that takes away all impurities, leaving the skin looking well cared for and soft. It came in a 15ml deluxe sample tube and I was able to get several uses out of it since a little goes a long way. Loved this cleanser!

Foaming cleanser

● Clinique Aromatics in White perfume – A very feminine, floral, musky scent that’s definitely charming. It has good lasting power. Loved this sample too. It came in a small glass spray bottle.

Clinique Aromatics in White

Even though I have mentioned light scents for the skincare products, all Clinique products are 100% Fragrance free. Also, they are Allergy tested.

Everything shown above (including that cute little camel toy, which cost AED 29) were purchased at Abu Dhabi Duty Free.

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Short Story #2 – Naina!

Naina lay awake in her bed. It was 4.30 AM.She was not in the least sleepy. How could she sleep on a day like this one?. She slowly moved herself on her bed so that now she was facing the window. She opened the curtain slightly and saw that the glorious sun was just rising, for a new day, to lighten up one more day in the lives of the mankind. The light slowly streaked into her room, as it tentatively left it’s place behind the thick clouds. For a moment, she felt that the sun was playing hide and seek with her. It brought a smile onto her beautiful face. Naina was gorgeous. She was a doe-eyed beauty, dark and had a disarming smile. Her black hair, flowing over her shoulders, had a strange charming effect. Yet, one problem prevailed…

She watched the sun rise and reach it’s apex. Soon, her room was flooded with light. She could now hear the chirping of birds. She soon saw men busy with work, rushing around doing their duties. Ofcourse, it was a busy day. It was her wedding day. Her mother came in, kissed her on her forehead and asked her whether she had had a sound sleep. She just smiled, but her mother knew that she hadn’t had even a wink of sleep. Mother told her to come for breakfast and then left the room. Naina went and brushed her teeth.

She then walked over to her dining room. The dining table seemed to be sparkle as there was such a lot of silver wares placed on it. She sat on a chair with exquisite golden work on it. She drank the hot soup kept in front of her in a beautiful bowl which had birds carved onto it’s sides, with a silver outline. Soon, the swamp of guests and the torrent of their greetings and wishes followed.

The time was nearing. She dressed in a maroon ‘laacha’ exclusively ordered and made for her. It had elaborate work on it. Golden threads were woven intricately into the maroon material and the resulting alluring combination was something that could take anyone’s breath away. The ‘dupatta’ was so heavy with sequences and other shiny stuff, that Naina had some trouble wearing it. Her hair was tied high up above her head and the way it danced around her shoulders, was quite fantastic to see. Her smooth hands were laden with bangles, having a large variety of sophisticated designs on it. Necklaces and chains of all lengths adorned her neck. So many were around her to help her dress up. There were many small girls who looked up at her, wondering how they could ever become as pretty as Naina.

Soon he came. She glanced at him briefly. Rachit was so handsome that he seemed to have features that were carved by angels. When he smiled, a deep dimple appeared occasionally on his left cheek. He was well-built and very strong. Yet, there was a softness that surrounded him. But, of all that he had, it was his kind heart that she loved and admired. When she entered onto the stage, where the wedding was to occur, she saw how Rachit’s eyes lit up on seeing her. She couldn’t help smiling and he reciprocated her smile. Soon the wedding took place, amidst hundreds who showered their blessings on that couple, with a tune of Shahnai playing in the background. Later people dispersed and by the each of the day, Naina was totally exhausted.

When she entered into her new room with Rachit, she saw that it had been decorated with jasmine flowers and orchids were set in beautiful vases near the bed. Paintings of water falls, green fields and blue skies adorned the walls. The last streaks of the pale sunset lit up the room for one last time and then darkness came over the sky. As she sat on the bed, Rachit slowly took her hands in his strong ones. Looking into his eyes, she knew that he was the best person she could ever have and that he would support her till she drew her last breath.

He had loved her and been ready to accept her even though he knew that he could never hear her calling out his name or even speak anything. She could only communicate using sign language. But he didn’t care. For him, if their hearts understood each other, then life was going to be a song, a beautiful one, a melodious one…


Naina is a name that I like a lot. So I named the protagonist that. This is a thought that just came to my mind one day, how people love each other overlooking shortcomings / disabilities. Hope you liked reading it.

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