How to : Heal Nappy Rashes at Home!

When your little one gets a nappy rash, it’s really a testing time for you as a parent. Those harsh cries, painful face expressions… it’s enough to make you lose your sleep. Here are five tried and tested things for you to do at home, so that your baby’s nappy rash heals ultra fast!

● Cloth diapers – Stop using disposable diapers, since the sides of it will only chafe against the rash and make it worse. Use cloth or cloth diapers. These are gentle on the skin. Here are some that I use for my son :

Cloth diaper

This one was a gift from someone.

Cloth diaper

This one was bought from India. It’s by the brand Tinycare & costs Rs 85 (Approx AED 4.63). It has these convenient Velcro straps that can be adjusted according to the size of the baby.

Cloth diaper

This one was a gift from someone. It’s my favorite one. It has lots of press-on buttons on it that can be adjusted according to size of the baby. It’s by the brand GreenFuture.

Diaper panty

These are diaper panties. I got these from BabyShop and are by the brand Juniors. The blue one is really great to use. I haven’t used the white one yet because it’s for upto 12 months and is loose for him now.. The blue one costs AED 15 and the white one AED 12.

● Baby wipes – Stop using baby wipes as soon as you see the formation of rashes. The harmful chemicals in it, especially Propylene Glycol, creates a burning sensation for the babies and it makes them cry harder.

● Diaper rash cream – Using these help towards healing rashes faster. Apply it generously on the nappy area after bathing and after each time you wash it. I am currently using one from an Indian brand called Himalaya Herbals. If you are buying online, based on popular reviews, I recommend you try the Calendula Diaper Rash Cream by Weleda.

diaper rash cream

● Dusting powder -After using diaper rash cream or directly after bathing/washing nappy area, use a dusting powder there. This helps to absorb wetness and to calm down irritated/chafed skin. I am using the brand Abzorb. If you are buying online, based on popular reviews, I recommend you try the Silky Dusting Powder from Nature’s Baby Organics brand, which is a crueltyfree/vegan product.

Abzorb dusting powder

● The magical step – Fifth and final step, this makes the whole difference in the world. Do this just once and then itself you will notice a good difference and in three days time, nappy rash would be completely gone.. 100% guaranteed (in my experience!).

You will need to take couple of handfuls of whole coriander seeds and boil it in some water. No particular measurements here. Just a small pot full. It will have an intense color, since it’s concentrated.

After that, when you are running warm water to bathe your little one, strain the coriander seeds out and add some of the boiled water to it. This will look diluted but still, don’t worry, that’s all you need. Also, when washing the baby after s/he does a poopoo, wash using the coriander water. This works because coriander seeds have antiseptic properties and helps heal rashes and itchy skin.

I really hope these 5 little steps help your little one feel happy and rash free ♥

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Review : GlowRadiance Micellar Water!

I am quite excited about this product that I am reviewing today. It’s GlowRadiance’s Micellar Water (pronounced as my-cellar). It is a light weight, efficient cleansing water that removes impurities and all traces of makeup from your face easily.

GlowRadiance Micellar Water

It looks just like water but is a gentle, yet powerful cleanser. What I love the most is that it’s a non rinse formula!. Super convenient ♡. It’s also alcohol free, oil free and soap free.

This product can be used on eyes and lips too. It does sting a bit if you manage to get it in your eye, like I once did. So, be careful when applying on the eye area. It leaves skin feeling really refreshed, soft and decongested. In order to use it, soak a cotton pad with it and apply on your face. After that, simply follow it up with your toner and then rest of your skincare regimen. I highly recommend you try out this micellar water.

It’s packaged in a tall, pretty, transparent bottle with a golden lid. Most of what’s written on the bottle about the product, is in golden font which just enhances the rich feel of the brand. I have been using this for almost a month now and judging by the amount I have used up, I have a feeling that this bottle will last for about 4 – 5 months, which is really great!.

Price : AED 95 for a bottle containing 200ml.

GlowRadiance is a relatively new brand here in UAE. It is a high-end brand for skin and health supplements, that consists of a collection of lavish treatments for the face and body. All their products are medicated and available in pharmacies and online (www.basharashop.com).

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

OPI- Alice Through the Looking Glass- Movie Collab!

The world’s number one salon nail lacquer brand has gone positively mad!

Alice Through the Looking Glass

OPI is celebrating the release of Disney Alice Through The Looking Glass with a new Brights collection inspired by the film’s mad, crazy, wonderful characters and their latest adventures. The story takes Alice back to the whimsical world of Wonderland, where she time travels to save the Mad Hatter, who is not himself.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

The collection features eight insanely gorgeous limited-edition shades – each available in both lacquer and GelColor formulas, plus a bonus special edition nail lacquer. Everyone is sure to find their cup of tea in these bright, bold colors fit for storybook and real-life heroines alike. There’s strength in mesmerizing blues, nobility in gleaming alabaster and glittering gold, and more than a little madness in saturated hues of lilac, burgundy, red and fuchsia. 

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass

“We are thrilled at this opportunity to capture even more of Wonderland’s fantasy, adventure, and whimsy. These shades truly say ‘wear me’, and let Alice fans indulge in a little madness of their own.”said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador.

Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass nail art

Price : All OPI nail lacquers at AED 49 

On Counter in : July 2016 

Point of Sale : Wojooh, www.wojooh.com, Sephora and all major nail salons

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Book Review : Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss!

Hey guys,

Today am reviewing a Science Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense, titled Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss. First let’s get to know the author a bit more :

Lee Strauss

Lee Strauss is the international bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery/Thriller), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction with over 775,000 books read. She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss and inspirational romance as Hope Franke.

Book Summary

Gingerbread man

When that cute chick you met online is murdered – but shows up for your next internet meeting anyway.

Marlow’s just a regular geeky college freshman with little to no experience with girls, so when he has a semi-flirtatious chat with a cute girl online, it’s almost more than his nerves can handle.

Then the girl is brutally murdered.

Or is she?

Marlow finds himself teamed up with intelligent and savvy Sage Farrell, a girl so far out of his league he feels blinded in her presence – literally – damned glasses! Together they work to find the identity of @gingerbreadman. Can they stop the killer before he strikes in more worlds than one?

My Review

We are introduced to Teagen, an introvert yet cute girl and Marlow, a geek, both students at Detroit University, who connect over internet and quickly become chat friends. They then try meeting up in person, which somehow doesn’t work, then they try sending pictures to each other which doesn’t get send and finally even video chat doesn’t work out. At first, the story was going on an OK pace and once these things started happening, along with some misunderstandings and such, I kind of started losing interest. I even felt it to be of a 3 star quality. But then things started happening, at a quicker pace and were explained. Alternate worlds, parallel universe, time travel – that’s what’s happening in this book (not really a spoiler).

It quickly got more interesting when Teagen is murdered in one world but is still living in another world. Seems like there are each of a person in each realm. It’s really interesting. Everything that the author writes, even though it seems of no importance at the time, all falls into place like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Marlow comes to the rescue of the still living, but missing, Teagen, along with the help of Sage, Teagen’s best friend and room mate. Sage is absolutely gorgeous while Marlow is a geek with no real girlfriend. The moments they share are really cute. Marlow is so modest while Sage knows he is definitely not her type. But still, there are sweet, chaste moments between them.

There are some amazing twists that you never would have even thought of but the mystery of who the rapist/murderer is is solved in a rather intriguing way. This investigation also turns out to be a journey (pun intended) of self discovery for Marlow, as he travels from realm to realm.

Such a freaking fantastic read!. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘really liked’ it.

Links to the book

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Amazon

Source : I got this book as a freebie for being a subscriber to a particular newsletter. All opinions are 100% my own.

Enjoy Free Hair Treatments with Beauty by Edge #HairHappyHour!

The beauty gurus at Mercato’s unique go to destination for all things hair and glam, Beauty by Edge, want to treat their customers and fans this holy month with a special promotion during the summer months of June, July and August. 

Hair at Beauty by Edge

Intrigued? Allow us to introduce you to the #HairHappyHour – a happy hour that rather differently promises to leave you feeling gorgeously pampered at pocket friendly prices. Running during the summer months, Saturday to Wednesday between 4 to 7pm, customers can take advantage of three special packages:

• First up is a free ‘Love your Hair’ treatment with any cut and blow dry, to keep your new ‘do in tip top condition.

• Next up is the perfect (and free!) blow dry with highlights or a free hair cut with root colour. Is there a better opportunity to switch up your colour? 

• Finally, take advantage of a free root tint, cut and blow dry when you purchase four packets of tape extensions or 100 bonded extensions (for a limited time and by appointment only).

With a little help from Dubai’s leading glam squad, you’ll be set to spend the summer looking the most gorgeous version of you.

Beauty by Edge is located in Mercato Mall. It opens Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday to Friday 10am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3441799.  For more information visit: www.beautybyedge.com.

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Dealing with Colic in Babies!

Hey all,

I wouldn’t categorize my son as colicky buy there are times when no amount of trying, makes him stop crying. This inconsolable crying that is intense and lasts for some time is the condition called Colic. This is a common condition and can start from as early as 2 weeks and last until 6th month. In my son, I noticed this from 3.5 months onwards. He is 5 months old now.

Some symptoms :

● Crying starts just like that without any particular reason
● No amount of trying helps
● Baby passes more gas
● His little tummy seems swollen
● He furrows his brows with the intensity of crying
● He brings up his legs towards his stomach and clenches stomach muscles

There is no particular cure for Colic. Only passing of time and some medicines will help relieve the baby. Here are the medicines that I use for him, so that he feels relieved from the gas build up in his stomach :

Gripe water – This is a very popular product that is given to such babies. I bought one too. It was an over-the-counter purchase and not with a prescription from the doctor. It’s by the brand Woodward’s, which is popular where I live. It’s a gentle antacid and helps to calm down any acid reflux that happens in the baby. It is colorless and has a soothing taste. Price : Rs 40 (Approx AED 2.19) for a 130 ml bottle.

Gripe water

Colicaid Drops – This is made to deal with Infant Colic, Griping Pain & Flatulence. It’s a thick, white product. It contains Dill oil, Fennel oil and Simethicone, which is an active ingredient that helps relieve colic. Price : Rs 66 (Approx AED 3.61) for a 30 ml bottle.

Colicaid

Colicaid EZ– Produced by the same company that produces Colicaid Drops, this one is slightly different. The ‘EZ’ in the name stands for Enzyme. This works better than the previous one. It contains Diastase, Pepsin and Simethicone. It’s made to relieve Indigestion, Flatulence & Infant Colic. It’s brown in color, thick in consistency and has a very strong taste. Price : Rs 60.50 (Approx AED 3.31) for a 15 ml bottle.

Colicaid EZ

Colicarmin – This is my favorite one because it seems to give instant relief to him. It’s an orange / red colored product. It’s a completely herbal product with Soya, Cardamom, Hing & Sanchal in it. This is a product I highly recommend. Price : Rs 40 (Approx AED 2.19) for a 30 ml bottle.

Colicarmin

Babylac powder – Introducing probiotics into your child’s body is a great way to combat indigestion, which inevitably leads to more gas production. The Lactic Acid Bacillus in this product creates healthy bacteria in your baby’s intestine. It’s a white colored powder, that should be diluted in water or milk. Price : Rs 73.70 (Approx AED 4.04) for a 30 gms container.

BabyLac

Other things that help :

● Putting baby in a prone position helps him to expel gas and be relieved.

● Holding him in an upright position while feeding helps him to swallow less air, thus creating less gas inside him.

● While preparing formula milk, don’t make it immediately before feeding, since you will be shaking the bottle during prep, which creates air bubbles in the milk. Let it settle for couple of minutes and then only offer it to your baby.

Hope this post helps you out in some way or the other. It’s not a comprehensive guide on colic yet these are things that have worked for me. All medicines mentioned above, except Gripe Water were bought after my doc prescribed it for him. Everything was purchased from India. If you would like to buy gripe water or other popular, over-the-counter colic products that doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription, check out this US based site that ships worldwide.

The above is a post I wrote for City Times magazine, back in April. To read the post there, click here

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Book Review : Death’s Servant by C.J.Ellisson!

Hey guys,

Today am reviewing a Paranormal Urban Adult Fantasy titled Death’s Servant by C. J. Ellisson. This is the first prequel book in the V V Inn series. First let’s get to know the author..

C J Ellisson

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs and two cats. She’s battled severe chronic illness for years and is thrilled to report she’s finally approaching the end of treatment. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary erotic romance, urban fantasy, and erotica has helped save her sanity. 

Book Summary

Death's Servant

Jonathan Winchester has clashed with his alpha one too many times. After another argument he leaves the Manitoba pack, his only home since the werewolf attack that changed his life. He returns to his home state of Virginia to start a new life free of pack politics. Jon finds work and meets a young waitress, Raine, who appears to be a lone werewolf, too.

As their relationship progresses, Jon’s embroiled in more intrigue than he bargained for and a danger bigger than he can handle. He’s running scared until his own alpha tendencies surface, making him unable to leave the pretty werewolf’s problems behind. The young man is desperate to save Raine—even if his efforts may lead him straight to death.

Journey along in this first prequel novel involving the favorite characters from the bestselling V V Inn series. Written at reader demand, this stand-alone story explains how the beloved Jonathan came to serve the deadly redheaded vampire, Dria.

My Review

If you read my review of Vampire Vacation, the first book in the V V Inn series, you would know how much I enjoyed the author’s writing. She did amazing. So, I found it pretty fantastic that the first prequel book, The Death’s Servant, was actually a book written by the author, on fan request!. This book isn’t just written in order to put together a book. It’s another well thought out story. I can’t help but admire the author even more.

Jonathan, the only were-wolf in Vampire Vacation serves Dria, the powerful vampire in that book. Death’s Servant (Death being Dria!) describes Jon’s story – why he left his wolf pack to be on his own and the situations leading to him serving Dria. It’s a wonderful back story and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the character of Jon more.

Jon’s love interest is Raine, a waitress. She is somewhat mysterious and it deepens the story and makes it more interesting. Dria and her human husband, Rafe share their magical, enviable love in this book too. This book contains both vampires and plenty of werewolves. I absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to read more from this series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really loved it’!

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source– I got this ebook as a freebie for being a subscriber to the author’s newsletter. You can be a subscriber too by checking out her site. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Biggest Lipstick Launch Ever: Urban Decay 100!

Get ready to witness the launch and reveal of 100 shades (known as ‘Vices’), as Too Much Vice Is Never Enough! 

Vice lipstick

This shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin!. There’s something for everyone – from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. Several shades were inspired by other UD lip products (and even their Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils!).

Vice Lipstick comes in a modernized, luxed-up version of their original lipstick case (that looked like a shotgun shell). It’s new, but speaks to their roots.The luxurious, faceted gunmetal case has a gold base and debossed lettering. Their custom-designed lipstick features an embossed “UD”. Shade-matched labels (including the shade name and finish) make it easy to find your current favorite.

Vice lipstick

Vice Lipstick (AED 104) will be available in June 2016 at all Sephora stores.

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Review : January 2016 Glambox!

Hiya people,

Though late, here are my thoughts about January’s Glambox 2016. First of all, what a delight finding majority of skincare products in here!. I feel Glambox is concentrating more on skincare rather than makeup and I definitely support and appreciate that. When you have gorgeous skin, you will need only the slightest amount of makeup and also it will apply more easily on smooth skin. That’s what I believe any way.

January Glambox

Onto the products in detail,

1) Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Concentrate – I literally yelped seeing this advanced skincare product in the box. It’s supposed to reduce pigmentation, even the skin tone and overall make it brighter. It contains concentrated B-Resorcinol & Glycyrrhetinic Acid, which helps protect against the production of melanin and supports skin cells’ repair of damage induced by prematurely ageing UV-Sunlight, respectively.

Eucerin Even Brighter Concentrate

There are 6 little tubes, each containing 5 ml, neatly arranged into a gorgeous plastic display box. Each vial lasts 1 week, used twice a day. I kind of had a doubt that 5 ml will last that long. But it did last me 7 – 8 days. I have finished all 6 of them and waited around to do this post so that I can completely try it out and voice my opinion about it.

It’s white in color, has a light scent and has the consistency of a serum that gets absorbed really fast into the skin. Within 4 weeks, my skin looked much better, definitely brighter and more even toned. You should be using the product right after toner and before applying a face oil. I really love this product. This 6 weeks product supply is worth about AED 167 and it’s amazing that I could try it out through Glambox. This also happens to be the first ever Eucerin product that I have tried.

2) Three Maxon samples from their Hydramax skincare range, that promises to deliver more hydration. Maxon is a Canadian brand that’s now available in UAE.

Maxon Hydramax

● Cream – Such a gorgeous cream, that can be used both in morning and night. It intensely hydrates skin and I really love it. The sample came in a 7 ml tube and has a thick consistency.

● Foaming Gel – This is an OK product. Does a good job of what it’s supposed to do, that is, cleanse the skin. It lathers well, has a transparent look, thick consistency and a nice scent. I have a feeling that this would be really suitable for oily skin tone rather than my skin type (normal, leaning towards dry). The sample came in a 7 ml tube.

● Cleansing Tonic – This is such a dream product, absolutely priceless. Since it’s watery, I can’t help but think of Bioderma’s SensiBio cleanser and compare it with this one. Maxon would definitely win a showdown between these 2 products!.

Maxon Cleansing Tonic

It’s transparent with a blue suspension on top of it. I give it a good shake, pour a bit onto a cotton pad and cleanse my skin. Even with one swipe, it removes a great amount of makeup and impurities, all the while being absolutely gentle on the skin. It leaves skin looking dewy. It’s definitely a fantastic product that I would buy a full size of, at the next chance I get to go shopping!. The sample came in a 30 ml bottle. This is the main reason I love Glambox. It introduces us to wonderful products like these.

3) Delicca Powder Face Wash – It’s my first time coming across such a product. It’s a yellow powder that needs to be mixed with water and used on the face. It smells so beautiful, exactly like the Papaya facial I usually get at beauty parlour, even though there is no papaya in this product!. It cleans skin well and leaves it looking healthy, soft and fresh, without stripping it of moisture. It is sulphate free. This is a full sized product containing 40 gms. Even though I liked it much, I don’t understand the convenience of such a product, since you need to mix it with water first and such, before application.

Delicca

4) DMGM Smoky Desire XS Eyeliner – First time hearing about this brand. I got this in the color ‘Nude Beige’. Personally, I don’t care much for this color. I don’t think it suits Indian skin tone. I used it to highlight above and underneath my brow bone. I don’t do my brows. But I do thread it. So, using this as a highlighter really gives prominence to the brows. The color payoff is good and it does have staying power. The most common use for it is to use it on the waterline to get an ‘awake’ look. But am not much into that. Anyways, I did like the product itself, just wish it was black in color :P.

Smoky Desire eyeliner

Vouchers

Vouchers

● A voucher for a free massage from WE Nails on every service over AED 70.
● A voucher worth AED 200 to spend towards any 60 minute or longer spa treatment at Heart & Soul Spa.

Overall, it’s a lovely box with a bunch of really new brands, for me. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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

Concept-Me’s Eclectic Arabesque Collection!

Concept-Me offers a unique selection of artefacts from their Zero Collection to add a sparkle to your house and for gifting during Ramadan and Eid. The Collection offers furniture and décor pieces, blending contemporary style with traditional touches. The creative space offers a range of brands available in store ranging from Bedding, Technology, Jewelry, Art and Interiors making it an ideal destination to find the perfect gift for a loved one during this season.

Concept Me decor

Gifts

Gifts

Gifts

Gifts

Concept-Me
Dubai Space – DiaA-gram No.4
Al Quoz Industrial Area 3
+971 4 333 5189
http://concept-me.com/

Opening times : Sunday – Thursday (9-6pm)

About Concept-Me – (Studio – Store – Hub)

Design | Interiors | Art | Architecture – DiaA-gram

The space in Al Quoz is called DiaA-gram no. 4, which is both a map and an illustration of how the space is used, giving it both a meaning and visual identity. DiaA indicates the four major disciplines inside the the space: Design, Interiors, Art, Architecture. Concept-Me aims to grow in detail and complexity, extending the boundaries of product and project development, and paralleled with varying briefs, design factors, and end products.

Continuously awarded as a group of talented and enterprising entities, throughout their history and development, Concept-Me believes in playing a role to expand, illustrate and promote the journey of creative creation as an important aspect of their approach: to provide a constructive and inspirational environment, through intellectual enquiry showcasing the parts that make the whole experience. Thus they are able to provide a broad and extensive portfolio essential in approaching situations with a disciplined yet imaginative approach.

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