Nail Rehab by Sally Hansen!

RESTORE STRESSED NAILSWITH NEW SALLY HANSEN NAIL REHAB™ AND CUTICLE REHAB™

THINK: Dial up 911 for nails. It’s time for a nail intervention.

WHAT THEY ARE: Two new emergency rescue treatments for your nails. Sally Hansen knows you love colorful manicures, shiny gels, shimmering finishes, glittering polish, and on-trend Nail Art. Unfortunately, constantly changing your nail look can be unintentionally harsh on nails and cuticles because of the dehydrating effects of polish remover.  

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Nail Rehab™: This intensive care treatment delivers instantly healthier looking nails through a sheer pink finish enhanced with optical brighteners. 

Cuticle Rehab™: This soothing, cucumber melon-scented gel treatment hydrates, shields, and helps restore severely dry, ragged cuticles.

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Review : Nokia X mobile!

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Back in April 2014, I mentioned that I have bought a ‘really nice’ new mobile, Nokia X. One of my beloved friends/followers, Praseena asked me in the comments, to review it. At that time, I didn’t think it was a great idea since I am not at all good with explaining any kind of electronics / gadgets (unless it’s a skincare device :P ). Now it’s almost 11 months since I bought it. So, I am in a better position to talk about it and I felt I should write a review.

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The one I chose is green, because it is not the usual kind of color I go for. I was going to choose red but then my brother reminded me that both of my past two mobiles were a red and black combination. I kind of have a thing for that color combination. The mobile is pretty to look at. It’s home page is customizable and you can drag around each of those icons to suit your preferences. The swipe motion is smooth and nice. I love the Here maps app.

Two of my favorite things on this mobile are the Fast Lane feature and the alarm. From the main screen if you swipe right or left, you will reach the Fast Lane. This screen shows everything that you have done recently, on the mobile.

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In this pic, you can see that I have shared a picture from the mobile, received a call from my brother, used the calculator and also received a call from my friend. There is an option to call back or message the caller which comes in very handy. This is the shortcut screen page.

Next, check out this alarm clock. I haven’t seen this kind on any other mobile. You can hold down on the circles that show the number and rotate it to set your alarm. The outer circle shows minutes and the inner one, hours. Once the alarm is set, it displays how much time is left until then. I love it!

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Now, onto the things I don’t like about this mobile.. Though it has nice features that I mentioned above, there are three things I very much dislike :

1) It switches off on it’s own!. I have no clue why that happens. Sometimes, when traveling, I just notice that the mobile has switched off by itself. It happens mostly while in car, not much when I am at home.

2) It has a button on the side that when pressed, switches on the screen display and when pressed again, switches it off. I usually carry the mobile in my hand. When out shopping, there has been several instances when I accidentally switched it on and then went on to dial people or send blank messages or better yet, send gibberish via messages to people!. It’s inconvenient and I have lost quite some bucks due to that. I wish it had a proper lock screen.

3) The final and the big one!.. It has a freaking mind of it’s own. Sometimes, when there is an incoming call, it wouldn’t ring!. I don’t mean that there is no sound. I mean, it just doesn’t show the call. The caller hears a busy tone while in reality it would be right next to me, as free as it could ever be!. Fortunately, I have miscall notification on and thus I get messages when I have apparently ‘missed’ these calls. If I didn’t have that, I wouldn’t have had any idea as to how many calls I have missed.

I use a mobile for just the basics : make/receive calls, text and occasionally check Facebook. Other than that, I don’t do anything else with it. But if this mobile wouldn’t even register incoming calls on it, then of what use is it for me (or anyone else, for that matter)?. So, in my overall opinion, I wouldn’t suggest you buy this mobile!

Price : AED 439

The price seemed amazing at the time. I regret purchasing it. I really should have listened to my husband when he told me to go for a mobile priced above AED1000. But, I felt it to be wasteful to spend that much on a mobile!. I was thinking of all the skincare products I could buy with that kind of money rather than a mobile.. I think I made it clear how much I dislike spending money on gadgets like these!. So, anyways guys, stay away from Nokia X.

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50 Shades of Grey collection by OPI!

OPI to release new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ movie Fifty Shades of Grey!

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OPI announced on Mar 15th, 2015, the launch of six new limited- edition nail lacquers inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey, the film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book by E L James. Available in April 2015, the collection includes five gray nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue.

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Price: AED49

Point of sale: Wojooh, Sephora and Lifestyle

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iHerb Haul #6 – Vitamins!

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Here is another iHerb haul!. iHerb is my favorite online shopping site. It’s US based but ships worldwide ultra fast and offers great deals!. This time, I bought some vitamins for my mom and myself. I did this shopping on Dec 31st, 2014. Here they are:

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1) Natrol Menopause Formula – My mom is 49. She hadn’t hit menopause but had to have her uterus removed a few years back due to some complications and that brought about menopausal symptoms. The worst of it is hot flashes. She would have it many times during the day and even when the A/C is on!. Also, even simple actions like getting ready to go out would make her sweat really badly. She was so tired of it. She saw the doctors about it but nothing really helped. Some said she would overcome it and also gave her some hormonal medicines. But, she didn’t see results and asked me to look into supplements that might help. That’s when I read about menopausal support formula and decided to give this one a try. This Natrol one is hormone free and also supports bone health.

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Price : $9.08 (AED 33.35) for a bottle containing 60 capsules (which lasts for a month). I bought 4 bottles.

2) Evening Primrose oil capsules by Solgar – Solgar is a really known brand when it comes to dietary supplements and vitamins. Evening Primrose oil has several benefits. It helps with achieving the best for your skin, since it has essential fatty acids that help in keeping the skin youthful and also is generally great for women (for PMS, breast pain etc). It great for nourishing your hair and nails too. I bought this for my mom because these capsules also help alleviate menopausal discomforts. When taken along with the Menopause formula, it helps immensely. She takes just 1 tablet a day.

primrose The capsules came in a glass bottle. Inorder to avoid any damage, this bottle was specially bubble wrapped. I love how iHerb really takes care to pack everything well. These capsules are pretty huge and contains 1300mg per capsule. This brand sells premium, cold pressed, gluten free primrose oil and that’s why I chose this brand.

Price : $11.52 (AED 42.31) for a bottle containing 60 softgels (which lasts for 2 months). I bought 2 bottles.

3) High Potency Vitamin D3 softgels by Rexall Sundown Naturals – I bought this for myself. Vitamin D is great for bone health and for immune support. I spend a lot of time indoors and don’t really expose myself to the sunlight, which is a natural source of Vitamin D. Even though now I might not feel it’s effects, later on in life, my bone health would suffer. I like to take precaution and like to take one capsule of this per day.

vitamind Each capsule contains 1000IU and is tiny in size. This bottle will last me a LONG time!.

Price : $11.23 (AED 41.25) for a bottle containing 400 softgels (which will last an year and more!).

4) L- Carnitine by Now Foods – L-Carnitine naturally exists in your body. But I do like to take these tablets. Some of the main things that these tablets do are : give anti-aging benefits for the skin, firm the skin, increase energy levels (Athletes take these tablets) and also help in burning fat in the body (particularly visceral belly fat).

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The capsule is white and each one contains 500mg. I take one tablet daily.

Price : $16.56 (AED 60.83) for a bottle containing 60 capsules (which will last 2 months).

I actually didn’t have a plan of buying these L-Carnitine tablets. I already have a bottle of it that I am currently using and a back up, from the brand Puritan’s Pride, which I bought from a local pharmacy here in UAE. It was the price of this bottle that made me buy it. As you can see, the Now Foods bottle with 60 capsules in it, costs roughly AED 60.83. But in UAE, vitamins are priced much higher. Below are the bottles that I currently own. Each contains 60 tablets and has the same ingredients and all that but costs AED 145 per bottle!

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This one is also white in color and contains 500mg per tablet.

Anyways, that’s my iherb haul!. Hope you enjoyed reading. Disclaimer : I personally research vitamins online and buy it if I like what I see. I just seem to know what’s worth trying and what’s not. Even my husband doesn’t really like the fact that I buy random vitamins for myself. But I do that and I have been doing that for years. For your safety, please research well and I would recommend you take vitamins after having consulted a doctor.

Discounts Received

During December 2014, iHerb had a 50% off on International shipping. Also, I got 5% off my entire order since it was over $40. That came to $5.22 (AED 19.17). Also, iHerb had included a cute notepad and pencil in my package :)

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Shipping

The shipping cost was $10.37 (AED 38.09) after the 50% discount. I had placed the order on Dec 31st. Since it was the new year’s day the next day, there was a note on the check out page that a delay should be expected and that my package will be shipped by Jan 4th. I didn’t mind waiting at all. However, on Jan 2nd itself I received an email saying it was shipped and less than 48 hours, it was on my doorstep, delivered by DHL!.

I can’t stress this enough, iHerb is one of the BEST websites I have ever come across in my life. I highly recommend it.

Use the code SCZ695 at checkout to receive upto $10 off your first transaction with them!

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Decoding types of hair loss in women!

Losing your hair can be very upsetting and stressful, especially if it is a woman going through this ordeal. Statistics also show that one in every five women will lose her hair at some point in her life. 

A lot of apprehension comes with hair loss, adding more to this is the fact of not knowing exactly what is causing your hair to fall off. And for you to find out the reason why you are losing your hair, you have to first decode what type of hair loss you are suffering from.

Considering that hair plays more of an aesthetic role among women more than men, in addition to being her crowning glory,  it is important to learn the different types of hair loss among women, so that you can know how to treat or prevent this kind of crisis.

I have put together the most common forms of alopecia, which is either partial or complete hair loss, amongst women and how you can possibly manage them.

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Female Pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia):  Other than the usual 100 hair follicles that we lose every day, if you suffer from female pattern baldness, you will lose more than that. Your hair will start thinning at the crown slowly moving towards the top of your head. Other areas will not be affected and will remain as they are. Although this type of baldness is not very well understood, it is thought to be caused by either a change in hormones, aging or genetics. The worst part about pattern baldness is that it is permanent and cannot be reversed. But since the follicles still remain alive after the hair thins out, new hair can still be grown on that patch and that can easily be done through a hair transplant procedure.

Patchy Hair loss (Alopecia Areata): If one day you find very smooth and totally bald patches on your scalp, eyebrows or any other part of your body that is normally hairy, then you suffer from this type of hair loss. It develops very fast and can easily attack an entire head of hair leaving it bald. This condition is characterized by some mild irritation, burning, itching and redness on these smooth patches. An auto immune disease is thought to be the main cause of this type of hair loss. The good news about this patchy hair loss is that it can always grow again after the auto immune disease has been treated. This is because when the hair falls off these patches, the follicles remain alive and are able to grow new hair in a few months after treatment. There are also other treatment options including steroids, topical immunotherapy, minoxidil solutions, wigs, etc.

Traction Alopecia: If you have a tendency to continuously pull your hair, in the long run you will damage the hair follicles hence causing this type of hairloss. One can unknowingly do this through several styling methods including corn rows, braiding, weaving, thermal straighteners or the simple but very tight pony tail. This mostly affects the temporal regions of the scalp but can also cause hair loss in other areas as well depending on the hair style. Although traction alopecia can sometimes cause permanent hair loss; it can still be treated if caught early. But when you suffer permanent hair loss through traction alopecia, Hair Transplantation can also be used to correct the problem.

Involutional alopecia: This is basically the ongoing loss of hair as you grow older. Some of your hair follicles decide to rest, and keep on resting more and more as the years fly by. This type of hair loss can be caused by genetics, diet, or some underlying disorder. The best way to correct involutional alopecia is through a hair transplant procedure or with the use of growth factors to stop the thinning process.

Post-partum hairloss: Also known as post-partum shedding, this happens to millions of mothers. When you are pregnant, “pregnancy hormones” kick in and stop the normal daily loss of 100 or so hairs. This is why your hair looks its healthiest at that time. After your bundle of joy arrives, oestrogen levels drop and your extra hairs that stopped breaking off when you got pregnant, go back to their usual routine once more, hence the reason why you can easily notice the hair loss. The good news is that this phase is only temporary because this excessive loss of hair lasts for about six months or more after onset. In a nutshell, there is nothing to worry about because it is all hormonal and not because your body is lacking in anything.

Thank you so much, Anisa for sharing this valuable information with my readers. Anisa Vrabac is a Beauty and Anti-aging expert, as well as the Head of Hair Transplant department at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery.

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About Dubai Cosmetic Surgery

Dubai Cosmetic Surgery aim is to stay in tune with the rapidly evolving world of aesthetic medicine by participating in international congresses as well as bringing experts on board from each continent of the world to share their unique expertise and knowledge. This allows us to inform and educate the public about the newest developments and technologies in the field of aesthetic medicine while offering the latest treatments, techniques, and technologies available in the world to our everyday clients.

Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic has evolved into a complete aesthetic institute, offering the latest techniques and procedures for complete ‘head-to-toe’ aesthetic restoration, rejuvenation, and embellishment. Our team consists of World Renowned experts in the field of Cosmetic Surgery, Hair Transplant, and Laser & Skincare. For more information, visit : www.dubaicosmeticsurgery.com

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Review : Eau de Gaga 001 perfume!

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Eau de Gaga 001 is Lady Gaga’s latest perfume. It’s packaging screams chic. It’s so gorgeous!. It is red in color with black edges. It opens like a jewelry chest, unlike regular perfumes. Set inside, is one of the most elegant bottles I have seen. It’s a beautiful and sleek black bottle with a black lid and a silver plate bearing the perfume’s name, placed right in the middle.

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Top note : Sparkling Lime
Middle note : White Violet
Base note : A sensual trail of leather

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This scent is definitely seductive and glamorous. It has a woody and earthy scent to it that will greatly appeal to both sexes. The lime scent is so refreshing and invigorates your senses. It is incredibly charming and a style statement in a bottle!. Also, it lingers pleasantly on your skin for a long time. I am in love with Eau de Gaga 001 and I highly recommend you try it out!

Price : AED 280 for 75 ml & AED 220 for 50 ml.
Point of sale: Wojooh, Sephora and all major retailers

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Revlon Mother’s Day!

Every woman deserves to feel and look beautiful on her special day. Revlon wishes every Mother a glamorous Mother’s Day!. #LOVEISON

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Review : Pantene Pro – Vitamin oil!

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Recently, my parents visited Mumbai. One of the products that they brought back for me was the Pantene Pro Vitamin oil from Pantene’s Pro-V range of products. It targets hair fall control. I quite like it. It is really non sticky and doesn’t make the hair oily but rather gives it a natural shine.

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It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip open cap. One of the ingredients is Sweet Almond oil. It’s scent is OK. It’s the kind of smell that some might like while some will dislike. The oil is transparent and I really love it’s non greasy feel. In the long term, I do feel it will help control hair fall.

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I definitely recommend it. Since Pantene is widely available in India, I think it can be found easily in supermarkets.

Price: Rs. 68 (AED 4.08) for a bottle containing 95ml. It is so affordable!

Have you tried this oil?. What are your thoughts on it?

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Show Mom Some Love with KARL LAGERFELD!

This Mother’s Day, give your best friend the best of KARL LAGERFELD’S SS15 accessories collection. Reciprocate her motherly love through comfortable espadrilles, square scarfs to bags in the new Karl Kolors that every mother will love!

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KL Espadrilles

Klassik Shoulder Bag

Square Alphabet Scarf

SAC Drawstring

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Review : Angel Schlesser Femme perfume!

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I am delighted to review Angel Schlesser’s Femme Eau de Parfum. The packaging is extremely simple. White and gold, a classic combination, is what makes this packaging so special. The rectangular box has two plain, gleaming gold bands, a narrow band at the top of the bottle and a thicker band with white lettering at the base. A gold rectangle in the middle of the box, bears the designer’s name and the word FEMME in white.

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The bottle is slender and tall. It is a matte white which again is so simple. The base bears the designer’s name in gold lettering and the words Eau de Parfum.

Top notes : Bergamot and Mandarin, which contrast with the spicy warmth of Pepper.

Middle notes : Floral with Jasmine petals, Violets and Ginger.

Base notes : Tonka beans, Musk and Amber.

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I love this perfume because it is sensual, seductive and fresh. The scent lasts for a long time and is that kind of scent that makes you exude confidence and attract attention. I highly recommend this perfume to confident women out there who has a love for oriental/vanilla scents.

Price : AED 280 for 100 ml and AED 198 for 50 ml.

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