Paris Gallery Summer Surprises Sale – July & August!

Up to 70% off  on a large range of products

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Paris Gallery, the retailer with the largest selection of perfumes, cosmetics, eyewear, accessories, watches, jewelry and leather goods, has just announced an exciting two-month long summer sale which will run from July 1st to August 31st. Customers can enjoy up to 70% off on selected products across all categories at any Paris Gallery and Watch Gallery store in the UAE.

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Let’s donate clean water with Essential Mall & UNICEF!

Dear friends,

Shopping is not only a global phenomenon, it’s also a very satisfying one!. Don’t you agree with me?. Especially with online shopping, things just got easier. Shopping for just about anything, from the comforts of your own home, is wonderfully convenient. Now consider this : What if you could be a part of a noble cause and donate to needy children around the world, while shopping for your favorite products?. Doesn’t that just elevate the satisfaction level involved in the shopping experience?.

Let me explain more. Essential Mall is a popular shopping site in UAE. What most might not know is that Essential Mall is a non-profit global and socially conscious online shopping network. Since 2014, they have partnered with UNICEF. They donate 100% of their net profits to UNICEF’s water aid mission, where UNICEF provides clean essentialwater to where the need is greatest.

The process is a very transparent one. When you shop on Essential Mall, for every $1 AUD (AED 2.83) you spend, 1.2 days of clean water are provided to a child by UNICEF. Other than spreading awareness about this mission, in this post I also wish to give you a code!. When you use this code, you will help double the social impact. So, when spending $1 AUD, you will be able to provide 2.4 days of clean water!. It creates a huge impact in the long run.

The social impact code is naznin

With the help of the below pictures, I would like to give you a peak into how this simple process works :

Suppose you decide to buy a ‘Redness FX Calming cream for dry skin’, which costs AED 91.81. On placing it in the cart, you can see under Social Impact that with this purchase you will help provide 38 days of clean water!

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Now after applying my code, naznin, you can see that you are now helping to provide 76 days of clean water!. Can you imagine the social impact you create just by shopping!. You are not spending anything extra just for charity sake. You are just going about doing a normal and simple act as shopping but at the same time making a huge difference..

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Sometimes it’s easy for us to not think about the world and It’s wide array of problems. It’s so very easy to get lost in our own world and our little problems. But did you know that one child in this world dies due to consumption of contaminated water every minute?. “I am just an individual and what difference can I possibly make” might be a question on your mind. But you, yes YOU, the one reading this right now CAN make a difference. Simply shop on Essential Mall. To date, Essential Mall has created over 220,000 days of clean water.

Essential Mall stocks more than 30,000 products and also offers between 10 – 90% off!. Popular brands on the site are Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Benefit, Dr. Hauschka, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, Lancome, Max Factor, NARS, Laura Mercier and many more. Also, at the bottom of the site, you can find linternational links to the same site that serves in other countries such as US, Canada, India & more.

As of 21st April 2015, Essential Mall has stopped paid advertisements and depends on social volunteers to spread the word about their noble mission. When you use my code, other than doubling the social impact, I do not get any monetary benefits from it. Also, I am not paid in any manner for doing this post. I urge you to use the code naznin while shopping on Essential Mall and also, kindly spend a couple of seconds to hit any of the share buttons below this post.

To read more about Essential Mall’s mission, click here. Each month, they update their Facebook page with the amount of clean water they have provided to children in need. Let’s all support this noble cause!

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A unique product range for your newborn’s sensitive skin!

Because a newborn’s skin is vulnerable, dehydrated and still maturing, it needs protection, gentleness, comfort and safety. BIODERMA has used its dermatological expertise to benefit paediatrics by offering an extra safe and extra gentle hygiene range for babies. All products are specifically formulated in accordance with the ABCDerm Dermatological Safety Commitment to respect the delicate skin of babies and young children.

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ABCDerm Moussant

ABCDerm Gel Moussant is a gentle soap –free cleansing gel for babies. It is high-safety and high-tolerance mild soap-free cleansing gel for the sensitive and fragile skin of babies and children. Its mild, non-abrasive cleansing base respects the skin and hair balance of all skin types, even the most fragile.

ABCDerm Shampooing

ABCDerm Shampoo gently cleanses the delicate scalps of children. Its cleansing base contains mild surfactants which respect the natural hair balance of children and provide very good skin and eye tolerance. Hair becomes silky and easy to detangle.

ABCDerm Huile douceur

ABCDerm Huile douceur is a relaxing and nourishing massage and/or bath oil which soothes it and wraps it in softness. It nourishes and strengthens the skin barrier, leaving it relaxed for a cuddly moment with mom.

ABCDerm H20 Lingettes

A cleansing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin with extremely convenient wipes. It respects the skin balance of all skin, even the most fragile. They effectively cleanse in just one easy step and provide a pleasant sensation of freshness to your baby’s skin. 

Price:

·         ABCDerm Gel Moussant (200ml) – AED 38
·         ABCDerm Shampooing (200ml) – AED 48
·         ABCDerm Huile Douceur (200ml) – AED 69
·         ABCDerm H20 Lingettes  (60 wipes) – AED 39

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Unveiling Colab – A new haircare sensation in the UAE!

This June we’re excited to introduce to you COLAB™, a new sensation in dry shampoo couture, where long lasting volume, texture and style comes to you straight from the can. 

COLAB™ is the creation of an influential collective of beauty insiders, led by Ruth Crilly, international model and founder of beauty and fashion website, ‘A Model Recommends’.  As a successful vlogger, blogger and model, Ruth understands the importance of looking and feeling your best even when there’s not a second to spare. This is the essence of the backstage routine. She saw the gap in the market for a residue free, high performance dry shampoo and set about working with a dynamic beauty team to solve the problem.

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The result of this unique backstage collaboration is an inspiring breakthrough formula that fuses the art of catwalk styling with the science of formulation. The result is a multifunctional product that fits as easily into your handbag as it does in your home styling routine. The show stopping range is designed to revive & refresh style anytime, anywhere, giving you clean hair for longer, with no fear of white residue and a veil of fabulous fragrance.

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The Dry shampoo is priced at: 
•           Travel Size 50ml – 29 AED
•           Sheer & Invisible Sheer Dry Shampoo 200ml – 39 AED
•           Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo 200ml – 49 AED 

Currently on sale in Virgin Megastore.

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Wow by Wojooh launches the new Master Blender Collection!

THE BLEND TREND with Wow by WOJOOH

THE ENTIRE Wow by WOJOOH MASTER BLENDER COLLECTION is HERE!

There are beauty products and then there are beauty products — those all-star beautifiers that overachieve in the best possible sense of the word.The Master Blenders by Wow by Wojooh are in that category of products; when you have little time and must look fabulous, act like the professional makeup artists and use these beauties in the best possible way.Wow by Wojooh has created the Master Blender collection as a bright addition to your make up essentials, the collection holds blenders in all needed shapes, sizes and colors providing to all of your beauty moods.And since we’re big on sharing, Wow by Wojooh shows you how to use each blender like a pro!

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THE CLASSIC

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Chances are that you’ve seen or used this cult-classic, egg-shaped makeup sponge. The Classic blender provides an easy application of liquid primers and liquid foundations by dabbing your product on the round tip and smoothing it all over your face and neck.Use the pointed tip to get close and personal on the edges of your nose to eliminate extra bits and don’t’ forget to roll it around and under your eye corners to banish dark circles.

MINIS

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The Minis resemble the Classic in shape and color but are of better use for liquid concealers and highlighters.Thanks to its small form, this blender gives you an intimate access to the edges of your nose and corner of your eyes and is perfect to touch up your make up when you are on the go!

FLAT

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The Flat blender comes in an orange hue and is specially designed to help you cover your face and body with a water-based foundation guaranteeing a smooth and flawless coverage.

SWIRL

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Swirl is a bright green blender used for the application of liquid concealers and highlighters much like the Minis;Swirl is your ideal partner to smoothen the tricky areas around your nose and eyes thanks to is small edgy tip that can reach deep into the corners.

TOUCH

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Touch is made up of one flat end and one fat edgy tip and comes in purple;Touch ensures a flawless application of liquid primers and foundations by using the flat tip for your face and neck and by swirling the pointed tip to a 90 degree angle for the areas that need more coverage like the edges of your nose and the corners of your eyes.Touch is also known for blending your foundation perfectly without getting your hands dirty.

FLAT-TOP

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This blue blender is made of two round sponges linked together in a way that offers two flat surfaces, making it the IT tool for your contouring routine.The flat tip is to be used to blend your contour and the round ends make for a great grip allowing an easy and unique contouring experience.

Whatever your daily make up routine may be, the Wow by Wojooh Master Blender collection has you covered from light concealing to full coverage and even contouring.Find the Wow by Wojooh Master Blender collection at your nearest Wojooh store or shop it online on www.wojooh.com.

Price: AED 40 / AED 45 / AED 55
Point of Sale: Exclusively available at Wojooh 

Wojooh, formerly known as Faces, is the Middle East’s preferred beauty retailer having over 80 stores across 10 countries in the region.Wojooh is the Middle East reference, sharing your love of beauty.

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Introducing Balancing Moisturizer Duo by Éminence Organic Skincare!

Skin Mattifier and Hydrator

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Green Tea T-Zone Mattifier

Lightweight, refining moisturizer for combination and oily skin types, especially acne prone. Improve skin’s vitality by controlling breakouts and reducing pore size with this refining skin mattifi er. Antioxidant and vitamin-rich green tea works with the active botanical ingredient, derived from buchu leaves, to reduce acne and minimize oil production.  Willow bark and tea tree oil soothe and repair the skin—especially following breakouts—leaving behind a moisturized and revitalized complexion.

KEY INGREDIENTS: GREEN TEA, BUCHU LEAF EXTRACT, WILLOW BARK, TEA TREE OIL, SALICYLIC ACID, EUCALYPTUS OIL

Pomelo Cheek Hydrator

Vitamin-rich, hydrating moisturizer for combination and normal to dry skin types. This moisture-rich hydrator targets dry areas on the cheeks and returns skin to its smooth appearance and texture. The antioxidants, derived from fresh pomelo juice, goji and gingko, effectively fight off free radical damage and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Soothing shea butter calms and moisturizes irritated skin for a radiant, silky smooth look and feel.

KEY INGREDIENTS: POMELO JUICE, SHEA BUTTER, BAMBOO LEAF EXTRACT, GOJI, GINGKO

Available at luxury spas and salons nationwide

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Did you know that Eminence Organic Skin Care boxes and containers are made from post-consumer recycled material and non-toxic plastic and are all recyclable?  Find out more by visiting their website at https://eminenceorganics.com

Clearance sale on iHerb!

Hey you guys,

I thought to let you know that there is a clearance sale happening on my favorite shopping site, iHerb, which is a US based site that ships worldwide. The sale is for a limited time only, until stocks last. Even though the site says ‘Save upto 30%’, on some products I have seen even 72% discount!. There are over 1200 products featured in this sale.

Here are some interesting products from three categories even though there are more categories featured on the site [Click on the pictures to go to that offer directly] :

Cosmetics/Makeup

Multi-Colored Custom Bronzer by Physician’s Formula, Inc.– Original price : $13.95 / Sale price : $9.37

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Bdellium Tools Studio Line Powder Brush– Original price : $17.00 / Sale price : $10.12

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83 piece Essential Makeup Collection by E.L.F Cosmetics– Original price : $35.01 / Sale price : $24.50

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Bath & Beauty

Rosemary Thyme Olive Oil Hair Conditioner by Isvara Organics– Original price : $74.80 / Sale price : $35.60

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Ultra-Protect Rescue Body Balm by Suki Inc.– Original price : $27.96 / Sale price : $19.57

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Sea Salt Soufflé in the scent California Rose Garden by Bath Petals– Original price : $16.99 / Sale price : $10.28

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Sports/Athletic

Daily Protein Blend in Great Tasting Vanilla flavor by Champion Naturals– Original price : $59.99 / Sale price : $16.54

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Whey Protein Isolate by Klean Athlete Nutritional Supplements– Original price : $56.00 /Sale price : $19.60

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As you can see, there are some pretty great deals available right now. The site ships right to your door via DHL or sends by post, depending on your preference. I recommend DHL because they have previously delivered to me in UAE in 2 – 3 days, which is why I LOVE this site and DHL too. Even local sites take much longer than that to deliver!

Also, in addition to the sale, using my code SCZ695 gives you upto $10 off your bill, if it’s your first order!. Enjoy shopping ♡

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Queen of Spades -The Caravansary!

Queen of Spades reflects on heritage and ethnic trends of the global nomad this Ramadan with a new, tribal chic collection – The Caravansary

Find folksy, artsy pieces that give this range an edge over the usual!

Caravans…oh my soul is on the run

Caravans….moving out into the sun

Inspired by the colour, vibrancy and traditions of the free-spirited gypsy life, Lamya Abedin launches her latest line of creations this Ramadan, aptly named The Caravansary. 

Abedin has reinvented the attires of yesteryears to create her new collection of abayas and kaftans, true to the spirit of age-old desert dwelling. The effervescent collection sees colours like never before, coupled with handmade artistry and decorations of renowned Arab and Asian cultures. You will find Jordanian handmade needlework, Afghani embroideries, Aztec and ghitra prints in synchronized harmony all across her creations, giving this new collection an edge over the usual. 

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Abedin has specially chosen to photograph her collection campaign at the Fatima bint Mohammed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) carpet showroom this year, which is run under the patronage of Her Highness herself. The organization works to support more than 20,000 impoverished Afghans, by creating job opportunities. Working in the midst of striking weave works with vintage style carpets as a backdrop, sets the mood perfectly for The Caravansary Collection. Abedin pays tribute to the heritage and hard work of Afghani women; who spend years weaving intricate carpets in specialised yarns to feed and educate their children. 

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As always, Abedin has looked far and wide to source traditional materials and tribal prints from markets and textile shops across India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and various parts of interior GCC. On her material scouring trips, Abedin has consulted with local artisans, tailors and craftsmen to bring out the originality of their artistry in her own creations. Handmade floral embroideries, intricately dyed textiles, bold prints are some of the quintessential elements of gypsy styles that Abedin has brought to the forefront of her Caravansary collection. 

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Expect dramatic pieces that explore international fashion trends yet stay true to the roots of Arab culture. Patterned monochromes have been mixed with contrasting pops of colour; rich embroideries, crochets, lace and tassles have added texture to the prints. Her very own favourite creation in this collection is the one-of-a-kind cropped abaya with fringes, available in two colour options. Abedin feels this ready-to-wear piece is a great addition to any wardrobe to brighten up everyday fashion. 

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A more luxurious option and another of Abedin’s favourite design is the double Aztec print abaya paired with rich jacquard – available in black and white, as well as a neutral shade of beige.

Lamya has bravely blended styles and adapted age-old fashion elements to create this edgy, ethnic collection. She has created a handcrafted, signature version of the Oqal to use as vintage-style belts for her designs; in order to recreate what the Bedouin sheikhs used to wear ages back. 

Kaftans have become quite the mainstay in this new collection. From soft, layered and flowing varieties to stiffer silhouettes, the kaftan has made frequent appearances in the Caravansary Collection. Very wearable, these abayas and kaftans are sure to appeal every fashion-conscious woman.

Silks, cottons, jacquard, linen and handmade embroidery are the most prevalent textures and fabrics you will find in this series. Turbans and chunky trinkets have become perfect style accompaniments to the collection. “I have always been intrigued by nomadic fashion and culture. I feel the beauty of bare nature makes a perfect backdrop for the vibrant fashion sense of the Bedoiuns and gypsies. The Caravansary Collection is my expression of this love for unpretentious style that can effortlessly stun an audience,” says Lamya as she wraps up her seasonal photo shoot showcasing some of the key creations of the collection.  

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Unique and utterly trendy, the Caravansary Collection will transport you to the early centuries of nomadic Arab lifestyle and culture. Be prepared to indulge in an edgy yet defining collection of ensembles that will not only stand out in a crowd but even tell a story…a story from the heart and the soul of a traveller. 

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Review : Cadbury’s Marvelous Creations chocolates!

Hey guys!

Here I am with the review of Cadbury’s ‘Marvelous Creations’ chocolates. These are brand new and will only be released in the UAE market at the end of June / early July ’15. But, I thought to give you guys a preview of what’s coming up :)

There are two different chocolates in this range – The ‘Jelly Popping Candy’ & ‘Cookie Gummy Crunch’. The wrappers of this range are really colorful & attractive. The font used for the words ‘Marvelous Creations’ reminds me of carnivals for some reason. It’s playful & nice. The Jelly Popping Candy Cadbury comes in 2 different sizes – 38 gms small pack & 160gms big pack, while the other one comes only in the smaller size, as of now. Another main difference between this range and the regular Cadbury Dairy milk chocolates is that, as shown on the wrappers, each piece is of different sizes and has different patterns printed on them but fits together to be one fun looking, perfect sized bar. Usually, all Cadbury chocolates have the word ‘Cadbury’ printed on them. This new range doesn’t have that.

Jelly Popping Candy

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This chocolate has lots of M&M like candies and jelly (tasting of strawberry, if am guessing right) in it. When you take a bite, you get both the gummy feeling of jelly and the crunch from the candies, which has more chocolate inside them. Each bite seems like a revelation!. The mixture of these tastes gel well together and makes this range a very different experience from the regular Cadbury chocolates.

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Cookie Gummy Crunch

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This one has jelly (the same as the Jelly Popping Candy ones) and pieces of cookies in it!. This one has more of a crunchy feeling.

Personally, I am in love with both. I can’t decide which out of these both is my favorite. The smaller pack will be sold for approx AED 2.75 & the big pack for approx AED 9.50. Wait around for these chocolates to release and once they do, definitely do not miss trying them!

Are you looking forward to this new Cadbury range of chocolates?

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Review : Coconut meal natural body scrub!

Hey guys!

In India, it’s quite usual to make coconut oil from the coconuts produced from people’s own homes. Even here, at my husband’s place, we do that. There is a lot of work involved though. The coconuts are taken out of their shells and then dried in sunlight, until it becomes really dry. Then it’s taken to a mill where it’s processed and pure coconut oil is produced. You get about 15 kgs of coconut oil from roughly 50 coconuts.

Once the oil is brought back, you will notice that it looks murky and brownish. Let the oil sit aside and you can see about a day later that the oil at the top is clear while at the bottom there is a thick layer of brown material and that stuff is the coconut meal. Around last March I happened to come across a tub full of coconut meal which my mom in law had separated from the clear oil. I asked her what it is for and she said there are many uses for it including using it as a body scrub!

Can you believe how natural this body scrub is!. From then on, I started using it twice a week. The more the coconut meal sits, the more dry it becomes. If it’s too dry, all one has to do is mix some coconut oil in it, get it into a thick consistency and you have a perfect, cruelty free and vegan body scrub. The coconut meal is abrasive enough to be a great scrub. Also, if you are using new coconut meal, it’s really soft from having too much coconut oil in it. The more it sits, the better it becomes in terms of being a scrub.

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From the very first use, I could see a massive difference. My skin became incredibly soft and there was a natural glow to it thanks to the coconut oil. It smells amazing too. Also, once I scrub my entire body, I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wash off with water. Once water comes in contact with the coconut meal mix, it becomes milky white like coconut milk. So, the water running off the body is white. This scrub can be used on your face too. On the days that I use this, I don’t use soap at all. For some people, coconut oil acts as a comedogenic and thus clogs pores and causes breakouts especially on the face. Those should stay away from this scrub.

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One of the main reasons I decided to do a post about this is because not many use it as body scrub. Instead, usually people let the coconut meal sit until it becomes extremely dry and brick like and then they use it as fuel. It burns amazingly because once my mother in law showed me by throwing a piece of it into the fire in the traditional fire hearth. Some mix the dry coconut meal into the food given to cattle because it’s of nutritional value to them. But trust me, if you have access to it, use it as a scrub and nothing else. Skincare cannot get better than this.

If you don’t have access to it, you can probably buy organic coconut meal, mix in some virgin, raw coconut oil, to make your very own coconut meal scrub.

Have you ever tried using coconut meal as a body scrub?. Let me know your thoughts below.

Love,
Naz ♡