Review : Queen Helene’s Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment!

Hiya friends,

Today am reviewing Queen Helene’s Jojoba Hot oil treatment. This brand is quite a popular one especially for it’s Mint Julep Masque for acne prone skin. It has 3 resealable tubes that can be used on three separate occasions (or 6, if you have short hair). This is especially formulated for dry, brittle hair. It is supposed to moisturize and restore healthy, strong hair. Here is how the packing looks like :

Hot oil treatment

Each tube contains 30 ml of Jojoba oil blend. My hair is of medium length and I decided to use a full tube for each application. It’s easy to use. All you need to do is to place the tube in a cup of hot tap water for one minute. Then twist off the tip to open. The twisted cap can be inverted and used to seal the tube again. It has a pleasant smell.

Hot oil treatment

It says on the packaging that it should be massaged through the hair and then covered with a shower cap for 3 minutes. I think 3 minutes is way too short so I usually leave it on for 30 mins.

Hot oil treatment results

Here is the pic with my results, explained below :

Before – I have dry & lackluster hair in this pic.

During – On application, it doesn’t feel like an oil. Such a different texture it has. It’s a slightly viscous yet runny kind of texture. It’s not sticky at all & is easy to apply. It gives the hair a wet look rather than an oily/greasy look.

After – After washed with a shampoo & conditioner, I’ve air dried my hair and it has an insane kind of shine & softness. Hope that shows clearly in the pic. It’s not oily at all.

Overall, I love this product & highly recommend it. I did this treatment once a week. I actually bought this online, from US on iHerb.com. Currently it shows as out of stock. The shipping is super fast as usual and reached UAE in a week (by post).

Price : $3.27 which I think is super affordable since each tube cost only a little over a dollar!

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Review : GlamEgo Jan 2018 Beauty Box!

Hey guys,

Am so excited to review GlamEgo’s very first box of this year!. It’s aptly new year themed and it’s so adorable. The #NoResolutions hashtag made me smile.

Other than the picture in the front, every other space on the box is covered with typical resolutions people make such as : Lose weight, Grow hair (which is my personal, one & only resolution this year) & also some not so typical resolutions such as : Talk less, listen to him, do not freak, less instagram etc!

Glamego jan 2018

Such a fun box at the very first glance. On opening it, there is a card which says “Thanks for making GalmEgo India’s No.1 Beauty box”. Well, no wonder there. At just Rs 299 per month, GlamEgo is definitely worth it. This month’s products which concentrate on the theme of “Lap of luxury” are simply incredible and worth upto Rs 2500!.

At the back of the card, they have listed the price and description of the 4 products included in the box. It contains 3 full sized products and 1 deluxe sample.

On to the products :

1) Bio Bloom’s Face oil : This is THE most fabulous thing I’ve ever seen in ANY beauty subscription box ever!. I am a die hard fan of face oils because it takes your skin care regime to the next level.

Bio Bloom face oil


This one ticks all the right boxes :

* It’s 100% natural
* It comes in a tinted, brown glass bottle which is great to retain the properties of the natural blend of oils
* It is age defying (talk about antiaging and I am done for.. it’s my weakness!) plus a radiance booster
* Contains a potent mix of wonderful oils – Apricot kernel oil, carrot seed oil, rosehip oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, frankincense oil, myrrh, rosemary, vitamin E & evening primrose. That’s it. No other unintelligible & unreadable ingredients!. The Vitamin E in this acts as a natural preservative.
* It has a dropper to dispense the product. Is it just me or do you find droppers just so freaking amazing, convenient & expensive looking??..
* It’s suitable for all skin types & for anyone above the age of 18.

It has a lovely scent, a potent kind of smell that lingers on the skin and is dominantly of lemon & frankincense. It’s not a heavy, greasy oil. It isn’t that lightweight too. It’s in the middle but gets absorbed into the skin super fast and leaves it looking glowy with a light sheen. Its a beautiful product. I am so in love with it. Because of all it’s ingredients that are expensive in their own right, this premium product is pretty expensive, costing Rs 1499 for a 15ml bottle.

The bottle will surely last me a long while since I use it only at night (after serum, before night cream) & only use 6 – 7 drops each time. I’ve used this for some days now and I do feel my skin looks like it’s glowing, in the mornings. It’s age defying results can only be seen after a long term use, however it’s ingredients list makes me believe that this brand knows what they are talking about!

2) Bella Voste Lip Gloss in the color Rust Crush – This is my first time trying this brand and I quite loved it’s quality. It’s packaged well in a long, glass tube. The pigmentation is definitely great and it stays on the lips for several hours,  while imparting moisture to the lips. It’s formulated in Italy and is mineral oil & talc free.

Bella Voste lip gloss

Rust Crush is a beautiful nude pink with the slightest, barely-there golden shimmer. It’s an everyday-wear kind of color. Another plus is that it’s non sticky and feels great on the lips. GlamEgo lets the subscriber choose tge color they like. I had 4 choices and I selected this one.  Here is the lip swatch :

Rust Crush lip swatch

Price : Rs 599 for the tube containing 3.2ml

3) Natural Bath & Body’s (NBB) Vital Nourishment Cream : This lightweight, white colored cream gets absorbed right into the skin as if it is quenching up the thirst of dry skin!. It smells citrus like and is such a heavenly, luxurious smell. Their tag is “Your lighter-whiter-brighter fix” (though I do not support the ‘whiter’ look claim).

NBB Vital nourishing cream

It’s ingredients are mainly Vitamin C & Grapefruit, both of which are known to be skin brighteners. This one was a deluxe sample containing just 20 gms. It’s full sized one is valued at Rs 220.

4) Bio Bloom’s Handmade soap : For this 4th product, different people got different things in their boxes. It could have been any skincare /makeup product that’s worth upto Rs 350.

Hand made soap in India

I am glad to get this soap. It’s titled Romantic & has rose oil in it which gives a really great scent. It lathers just right and leaves the skin feeling soft.

All in all, I am in love with this box and feeling like a spoilt princess ♡. What a great value & a wonderful start to the new year!

Check out Glamego’s site to subscribe ☆.

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Naz ♥

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

Review : Mediheal’s Dress Code Sheet Masks (2 variants)!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me three MediHeal Dress Code sheet masks, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here). So, here are the masks I got :

Mediheal dress code sheet masks

Two were the same type. So, my review will be for 2 variants. The ones I got were –

a) Black (For Whitening) &

b) Violet (For Tone Up Care)

These masks are very sturdy, high quality but yet so soft and stretchy. They are easy to apply and fuss free. Both of these give a snug fit on the face. They feature masquerade ball mask designs on them and are probably the most beautiful masks I’ve ever tried on!.

Violet mask

This one contains acai berry, pomegranate & mulberry extracts. Since its formulated with hyaluronic acid & hydrolyzed collagen, it helps seal in moisture & enhance skin elasticity. Other ingredients in this are witch hazel, lavender, olive & fig extracts among other ingredients.

The mask uses advanced fiber material with high transparency and 3D cutting. The special dye used in it (which is harmless) causes no staining or discoloration. Its safety formula combines care and beauty, bringing a new concept of visual mask!. This one really hydrated and nourished my skin.

Black mask

This one is formulated with Pearl powder extract which is known for exceptional whitening properties. Pearl is effective in moisturizing and anti-aging, can protect and revitalize the damaged skin as well as improve upon skin problems. This mask too uses advanced fiber material like the Violet one. Other fantastic ingredients in this are royal jelly, caviar & honey extracts among many other fab ingredients.

Even after a single use, I felt a dramatically refreshed, more brighter look. I am not much into whitening skin hype but I can see whitening ingredients such as Niacinamide listed in the ingredients list.

Btw, I am pretty shocked to see how extravagant this one looks. It has red stones on them!. How gorgeous 💖

The masks are brimming with essence. There was only a little essence inside the packs. Rest were all contained within the masks itself.

The Black mask has a lovely, pleasant scent but the Violet one’s scent isn’t that great. Both are cool to touch and non greasy. I left these on cleansed skin for 20-25 mins. Both contain 27 ml of product.

I do recommend you try these masks. The only problem I found with it is that both has parabens in them. Unlike some of the other sheet masks I’ve tried, these contain no alcohol. So, that’s a plus.

Price : Around $2 (Approx AED 7.35) for each of these masks. They are definitely budget friendly.

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Naz ♥

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

Six Wonderful Winter Skincare Tips!

Winter can be a season that is harsh on the skin. This is especially true for those who live in climates that get snow or colder temperatures. Unless you plan to move to a warm climate, there’s not much you can do to change the fact that winter is going to come your way. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help protect your skin all winter long. Yes, you can have beautiful skin all winter, and head right back into summer with a glow that will leave others envious!

Winter

picture of beautiful woman in winter hat.

When winter arrives, we tend to change up our routines a bit. There are people who don’t exercise as much, others who spend more time snuggled up on the couch watching the television, and others who completely change their diets. While you are reaching for more comfort foods this winter season, be sure to keep a healthy skincare routine on your mind.

Here are 6 wonderful winter skincare tips you will want to keep in mind when it starts getting colder outside:

• Don’t over bathe. It can be tempting to take long, hot showers, especially during the winter months. But did you realize that doing so can help dry your skin out? It’s true! Showering and bathing can strip your skin of natural oils, leading it to become dry, cracked, and itchy. You can help avoid this by keeping showers to no more than around five minutes.

• Moisturize daily. It’s imperative that you keep a good quality daily moisturizer on hand so that you can use it every time you get out of the shower. Pat your skin dry, don’t rub it or you can damage it, and then apply moisturizer to help keep it soft, supple, and smooth. Make moisturizing your skin a daily habit and you will see the benefits that it provides.

• Stay hydrated. People often drink plenty of water in the summer, but they cut back when it’s colder outside. You may need more water in the summer if you are active with sports and such, but you still need to stay well hydrated in the winter, too. Be sure to get plenty of fluids in you. If you are not partial to drinking much water, opt for drinking things like unsweet tea and green tea.

• Treat the acne. Winter is a great time to take the time to address problems you may be having with your skin. If you have acne, find a product that will address it once and for all. While you are hiding away this winter, get the acne cleared up, so you emerge feeling and looking your best. You can learn more in Facingacne.com about how to take care of your skin condition.

• Cover your skin. If you live where there are harsh winter conditions, it is important to keep your skin covered when you go outside. The dry air can damage your skin. Some people find that the exposed skin becomes so damaged in winter that it’s flaky, dry, itchy, and may even have bleeding. You can avoid all that by making sure you keep it covered when you go outside. Also, don’t forget to use a good lip balm to keep your lips from chapping.

• Humidify your house. Winter is often a time when houses become dry inside. If the air in your home is too dry, it will lead your skin to become dry. Ever take your sock off in the winter and see lots of skin flake off from your leg? You know when you see that it’s time to moisturize and humidify. You can pick up an affordable humidifier at the department store and keep it running during the season.

Winter is also a time that you want to make sure you get enough sleep. Continue with the good sleep habits that you have always had, or should have, so that you can wake up feeling and looking your best each day. Healthy skin requires sleep, a good diet, plenty of hydration, and care from the elements. Keep these things in mind throughout the winter and beyond!

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Review : Brillare Science’s Power Repair Haircare range!

Hey guys,

After trying out Brillare’s Micellar Water mist, I  became a huge fan of this brand. So, when I got to try out their shampoo/conditioner as well, I really was excited and looking forward to it’s effect on my hair.

So, today’s review is about Brillare Science’s Shampoo & Intenso Fluid Creme from their range called Power Repair which targets Damaged & Treated hair. My hair type is fine,  damaged & treated (read my famous hair rebonding story!). So this suits my hair well.

The Shampoo

Brillare Science shampoo

This product reinforces the natural strength of the hair by providing them the bond repairing natural extract (chestnut) & cuticle resurfacing extract (black oat). It is formulated with highly natural, mild, hypoallergenic, sulfate free cleansers.

It is colorless and slightly viscous. A little goes a long way in this case. It lathers mildly. It leaves the hair feeling cleansed and healthy without overly drying it. That’s one problem I face with regular drugstore brands of shampoos. They leave my hair feeling squeaky clean and extremely dry. After all those shampoos, Brillare’s shampoo is actually a breath of fresh hair. It’s a great product & I feel this bottle would last me about 3 months ♡

Price : Rs 895 for a 200 ml bottle.

The Conditioner

Brillare science conditioner

They have named their restructuring conditioner as Intenso Fluid Cream. As the name suggests its a cream and it has a runny, lotion like consistency. It penetrates deeper layers of hair and provides greater nourishment. It too contains chestnut and black oat extracts.

This product can be applied from root to tip after shampooing. I usually leave it on for about 5 to 6 mins and rinse. It leaves the hair feeling so soft and nourished. It’s white in color. I find that I need a lot of product to generously coat my hair. The bottle might not last more than a month.

Price : Rs 995 for a 200 ml bottle.

The lightly orange tinged packaging of both products looks simple yet wonderful and high end. Both smell so beautiful and luxurious. While using these, it’s almost a spa like experience!.

Both are free from color, parabens, formaldehyde, mineral oil, petroleum wax. They are also cruelty free. These might look expensive but products that are chemical free are a great investment for the health of your hair. So, I highly recommend these!.

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Naz ♥

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

Giveaway Winner of Cake Rack Cupcakes!

What’s up guys!

The Cake Rack cupcakes giveaway saw a lot of entries. A total of 200 entries which is great!

The extremely lucky, random winner is Ms Fatima Lamyae.

Cupcakes

Winner, please reply to the email I will be sending you soon. Others, please stay tuned for more giveaways on my blog &
congratulate the winner ☺..

Naz ♡

Review : Balancing Essential Micellar Water Mist by Brillare Science!

Happy New Year, dear friends!

I always make sure the first thing I post in a new year is very special. Today am reviewing Brillare Science’s Balancing Essential Micellar Water Mist, which is very special indeed & my favorite cleanser/make up remover at the moment.

Micellar water

Before that, I wish to discuss about the brand. Their unique approach is about focusing on the entire list of ingredient that goes in formulating a product. Keeping the ingredients as natural as possible, using only the clinically verified actives, blending them with target delivery techniques and making them 100% free from harmful/toxic/allergic chemicals. So, it’s free from parabens, formaldehyde, artificial fragrance and color.

It works well for the following :

● Pore rebalance
● Deep cleaning
● Makeup removal

Micellar water mists are known to really deep clean. So, its perfect to use before going to bed at night or even while you are outside. It comes in a very sturdy plastic, handy spray bottle. The nozzle is tiny, so it sprays well and as it’s name says, is a mist.

Micellar water

The product looks and feeks like water. However when the bottle is agitated, it becomes frothy. When I read ‘pore rebalance’, I automatically thought its for those with oily skin. However, it’s thankfully for all skin types.

The way it should be used is to spray 4 – 5 times on to a cotton pad. It immediately starts to foam.

I have darkened the pic so that the foam is more clear.

It feels so soft and silky on the skin and leaves the skin looking very clean, plump and youthful. The key actives are Red Algae extract, Papaya extract & gycerin. It’s smell is absolutely amazing & luxurious!.

These are the sides of the packaging.

Price : Rs 750 for a 100 ml bottle. It’s definitely on the pricey side. However, considering all the goodness packed to it, it’s a worthy investment.

To buy, click on the below image :

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

Review & Giveaway : Red Velvet Cake from Cake Rack!

Hey guys,

My friend, Jeena Asghar, is a creative cook & baker. I have had the chance to taste her dishes several times. So, recently when she mentioned that she has started a business called Cake Rack, I was overjoyed. More than being happy for her, I was happy that others could taste her creations too!

Recently she created a Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, especially for me since I love Red Velvet cakes. Let me tell you this, red velvet can be created in many ways but the classic way is to combine it with a layer of not just cream but a cream cheese frosting. She does that absolutely perfectly.

Here is the cake she made :

Red velvet cake

Red velvet cake

Just look at how defined & moist those layers are!. It had just the right amount of sugary kick with the deliciousness of cheese. Yum!. I actually got a spoon and finished off the cake  after cutting off a layer of it for the purpose of this review!. It was that heavenly. So tasty, that I was craving for more, the moment it got over… The cake was topped with pretty & colorful flowers that were made with sugar.

Next time you are in need of a cake for an occasion or you just wish to treat yourself to something special,  remember Cake Rack. She can do creative, unique and customized designs as per your liking. Hop on to her FB page to get all information on how to order, the directions to her place and most importantly, amazing pictures of the cakes she has created so far..

Giveaway

Now, on to the exciting giveaway – Jeena has agreed to give away 6 cupcakes to one of my followers!. Entering is easy, using a Rafflecopter form. Some points to note :

● There are only 3 mandatory entries, rest are optional but the more entries you complete, more are your chances to win.

● Giveaway is open to UAE residents. However, since Cake Rack is based in Abu Dhabi, enter only if you or someone related to you are in Abu Dhabi.

● If the winner is within the town area, the prize will be delivered to you by Jeena. If you are not within the area that she covers usually, you will have to pick up the prize. Once your (winner) address is disclosed to me, I will check with her if she can deliver to you.

● Giveaway will end on Jan 8th and the winner will be announced on Jan 10th on my blog and Facebook page.

Ready to enter?..

Umm, before you enter, here are some examples of Jeena’s cupcake creations. I tell you, she is one heck of a talented baker ♡

Designer cupcakes

Cake Rack

Now that you have satisfied your eyes, here is a chance to satisfy your taste buds.. Click the button below to ‘log in’ to the giveaway form via email (You won’t be signed up for anything).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck dear friends ♡

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Naz ♥

Giveaway Winner of $50 Gift Code to Jord Watches!

Hey guys,

Smitha Vinod is the winner of $50 gift code that can be used to buy a fantastic wooden wrist watch from Jord Watches.

Winner, please email me at nazninazeez@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Naznin ♡

Giveaway : $50 Gift Code to buy a Jord Watch (Open Worldwide)!

Hi guys,

I recently came to receive a $50 gift code to spend at Jord Watches. It’s a freaking amazing site and they have wooden watches. They are gorgeous. They ship worldwide.

Jord wood watches

Since I won’t be using this gift code, I wanted you to have a chance at winning it. All their watches are priced between $139 – $275. This code can help you get $50 off!. I am keeping this giveaway extremely simple. All you have to do is :

● Subscribe to my blog by clicking the “Follow me by email” and confirm your subscription by clicking the activation link sent to your email.

● Leave a meaningful comment on this post.

All names in the comments will be put into a draw and a random winner will be picked using random.org. I will let this giveaway run until Dec 6th. That’s 1 week. Winner will be announced in a post on Dec 7th. The gift code expires on Dec 31st, so you will have plenty of time to make your purchase.

Kindly share this giveaway with anyone whom you think would love to buy a fantastic watch.

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