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iHerb Haul #11 – Skincare, hair care products & more!

Hey guys,

Here is yet another iHerb haul. This one is actually from Sep 2016, but I took time to try out everything to give a thorough review for you guys.

This haul focuses on skincare, health and haircare products.

iHerb haul

The Toner by Jeffrey James Botanicals – I decided to try this brand because it has so many rave reviews. I have used a DIY ACV toner for a really long time & pretty much don’t experiment with toners. But decided to give this one a try.

The Toner

It contains Vitamin C, Colloidal Silver & Camu Camu berry. It helps the skin fight against free radicals, restores balance to the skin, is antioxidant rich & firms and brightens.

It has a really lovely, refreshing scent of roses. It can be used in two ways –

○ as a toner – just spray 2 to 3 pumps onto a cotton pad and wipe away the day’s impurities from your skin. No need to wash it off.

○ as a mist – just spritz it directly onto your face and neck for a refreshing feeling. Leave it as it is, without wiping off.

It comes in a spray bottle. I definitely recommend it.

Price : $16.80 (Approx AED 61.70) for a 118 ml glass bottle. Currently though, at the time of writing this post, this product’s price has been increased to $19.20 (Approx AED 70.52), which is still 20% lower than how much you get it for, normally.

The Serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – This is a deeply hydrating serum with over 50% Hyaluronic acid in it. It’s definitely a great serum and does what it says. It also contains Vitamin C & Green Tea.

The Serum

It has a slightly runny consistency, perfect for a smooth application. It is transparent and comes in a bottle fitted with a nozzle, which is very convenient.

Price : $30.80 (Approx AED 113.13) for a 59 ml glass bottle. However, it’s current price is $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29) & still, 20% lower than it’s regular price.

While Jeffrey James brand is definitely on the higher price range, it is of high quality and not just that, it is also crueltyfree, paraben free, sulphate free & gluten free. Both products mentioned above are good for all skin types.

Bee Propolis Trio supplement by NaturaNectar – This is a supplement that gives overall health, immune support, improves respiratory system and much more. It says ‘Trio’ because it’s a combination of three types of Premium Brazilian Bee Propolis – Brown (85%), Green (10%) & Red (5%).

Bee Propolis

I bought this for my mom and she took 1 capsule per day. She has felt a burst of energy and also her constant cough went down. She recommends it a lot.

Price : $24.74 (Approx AED 90.87) for 60 veggie capsules (2 month supply). But, since it was one of the Brands of the Week, I got a 20% discount and thus paid only $19.79 (Approx AED 72.69) for it.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I generally love glycolic masks because they always brighten up the skin by gently dissolving and sweeping away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for an even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

Glycolic mask

This one in particular, doesn’t disappoint at all. It contains Manuka honey & organic pumpkin. It’s a really lovely mask. It can be applied on dry or damp skin, but I prefer applying on damp skin since it feels less abrasive and more comfortable that way.

Price : $12.71 (Approx AED 46.68) for a 50 gms tub

This mask, just like any other Andalou Naturals products, is vegan, crueltyfree and gluten free.

Boar bristle brush for fine hair by Bass Brushes – This is a much hyped about product. Finally, I decided to try it too when I saw one that is specifically made for my hair type (fine). You have got to experience it!. It’s amazing. Here is a before and after pic :

hair transformation

Definitely not one of my best pics. But, to be honest, I clicked it to show a friend and not for the blog.

It smoothes the hair and gives it a very natural shine. It also works out tangles. The handle is made of pure bamboo. It can be used even on wet hair!. This hair brush is gentle enough to be used as a baby brush too. Such a lovely product and it’s quality is awesome for the price it’s offered at.

Boar bristle brush

Price : $10.20 (Approx AED 37.46). Currently though, it’s price has been reduced to $9.89 (Approx AED 36.33).

Cedarwood essential oil by Now Foods – I bought this because Cedarwood oil helps massively in hair loss. In fact, it’s a product that’s recommended for alopecia patients. It’s my first time trying an essential oil and having heard of how potent it could be, I was sceptical. However, after much researching, I understood that this one can be used neat (directly). So, I have been using 2 – 3 drops directly to spots that needs more hair or by mixing it with hair oils. There is definitely a difference, though it’s not magical.

Cedarwood essential oil

If you are planning to buy this one, I suggest you check out the ‘Atlas Cedarwood oil’ like this one, because apparently that’s the one that’s used more in hair treatments. The one that I bought is extracted from the bark of a Juniper tree and not from a true Cedar it seems!. Bummer. But it does work. Also, since this oil has antiseptic properties, I use couple of drops of it in my foot soak.

Price : $4.57 (Approx AED 16.79) for a 30 ml bottle. Currently, it’s price has been reduced to $4.04 (Approx AED 14.84).

Replenish & Repair oil by The Jane Carter Solution – This hair oil contains Maracuja oil, Coconut oil & Sunflower oil. It is a light yellow colored, lightweight oil, with a subtle, pleasant scent.

Jane Carter hair oil

This is a vegan & crueltyfree haircare brand.

Price : $10.80 (Approx AED 39.67) for a 177 ml bottle.

Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – This is hands down one of the BEST serums out there. I saw a massive change within a couple of uses itself. My skin is plumped, very much more hydrated and supple. Absolutely love it and I can’t recommend it enough!

Hyaluronic acid serum

It’s transparent and has a slightly runny consistency. My skin seems to just drink up this product. In the first pic, you can see that I have bought two bottles. One was for my sil and she has had a very similar experience too.

Reviva Labs serum

It says here, on the bottle, that it contains ‘professional strength’ hyaluronic acid, however, the exact value is not written anywhere. Reviva Labs is a fantastic brand, that’s much raved about. I am glad I tried this product. It’s like a Holy Grail product ♡

It can be used alone for a hydration boost or under a cream. I use it at night, below my skincare oil and follow it up with my night cream. It comes in a glass bottle, with a pump.

Price : $14.31 (Approx AED 52.56) for a bottle containing 29.5 ml. Since I bought two, I got a 5% ‘Quantity discount’. Thus my total was $27.19 (Approx AED 99.87). Currently though, this product’s price has been reduced to $11.37 (Approx AED 41.76) per bottle.

Lift & Firm cream by Andalou Naturals – This is a repeat purchase for my brother. I think it’s his third tub. He swears by it and says no other cream has worked this well at moisturizing his skin.

Andalou Naturals

Price : $21.21 (Approx AED 77.90) for a 50 ml tub.

Shipment & Loyalty credit

Shipment was via DHL & it cost $8.86 (Approx AED 32.54) this time. It was shipped the very next day from US and reached me in UAE in 3 days. Love their fast shipping.

iHerb was giving back a loyalty credit of 10% of the bill total, back in 2016 (Currently, it’s 5%). So, I ended up getting $15.41 which could be used towards my next order, if placed within 2 months. Awesome savings!.

iHerb has made many changes to their site in 2017. That’s why they have reduced the prices of over 20000 products and increased the prices of a few products. Also, they have introduced ‘Shipping Savers’, which are products that can be added into your cart to help lower your shipping charges. To check the list of those products, click here.

Let me know if you need product suggestions etc while shopping at iHerb. I love to help out.♡

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Guest post : An Essential Oils Guide for Beginners!

Over the years, essential oils have been gaining more and more attention and it’s because of the benefits that it gives. Many people could tell that essential oils make them feel better. They have the ability to relieve several symptoms such as anxiety, stress, headache, and many others. And because of that, a lot of people are considering them as their natural relief for respective symptoms.

What are essential oils?

An essential oil is a natural oil which is a product of the process known as distillation. It is famous for the smell and aroma that it provides and this aroma has a lot to offer—including relief for specific symptoms and conditions. From dietary to cosmetic aspects, an essential oil offers a variety of benefits.

How is it produced?

Basically, an essential is extracted not only through distillation but as well as cold pressing and rein tapping. How to Use Essential Oils There are a lot of ways to make use of essential oils and these include the following:

1. Aromatic

Essential oils are powerful that even if you just sniff them, you will experience physiologic, emotional, and psychological responses. It’s because they are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors which are directly connected to the limbic system. As you may know, the limbic system is crucial to supporting various functions of the body such as smelling, feeling different emotions, behaving, and thinking. Because of this, it is no surprise how essential oils can do wonders to the body’s system.

Essential oils simply uplift you and if you feel somewhat stressed-out over the daily hassles and pressures in life, just the smell of their aroma can make a difference. Other effects of essential oils include calming sensation.

If you are using essential oils aromatically, you do not need diffuser devices. All you need to do is to pour a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cup it around your nose, breathe deeply, and enjoy its relaxing scent.

You can also perform a different method. Example, you can apply an oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car. You can also combine your oils and place the combination in a spray bottle with water, then mist it on your carpet, furniture, or bedsheets. Or, you can also add an oil if you are washing your sheets. Other people use an essential oil in household surface cleaners, too.

2. Topical

Topical application, otherwise known as skin application, is one of the effective methods when using essential oils. It’s because they have low molecular weights and they easily come through the skin. When the essential oils are absorbed, they remain in the applied area where they provide therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

One of the efficient ways to easily absorb the essential oils to the skin is to perform a light massage to the area. This will increase the blood flow, therefore, the distribution throughout the body is well-improved. The absorption is also much better if you opt for a carrier oil, especially when the skin it’s being applied to is dry or flaky.

To avoid skin sensitivity, you should use a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. This kind of oil dilutes more potent oils. Recommended dilution ratio should be one drop of essential oil to at least three drops of carrier oil.

Parts of the body where you can apply essential oils are arms, legs, the bottom of the feet, chest, abdomen, neck, forehead, and temples.

3. Internal

Essential oils can also be used internally as they are also considered as best dietary supplements. An example of this is using a sprinkle of cinnamon on your oatmeal. You will see how tasteful it is when there’s cinnamon. Another example is sipping a mug of peppermint tea or adding fresh basil leaves to your pasta. See, there are a lot of uses of essential oils and all you need to do is to just discover them.

Adding essential oils to your diet gives you a lot of health benefits. Not only that. It also adds flavouring and aroma to the food. And when they are in their concentrated forms, they can also be used as supplements to relieve specific symptoms. Rest assured that they are safe and very effective to use.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Some of the benefits of essential oils include relief of the following symptoms: · Asthma · Acne · Colds · Dry skin · Flu · Flatulence · Loss of appetite · Anxiety · Fatigue · Gout · Stress · Stretch marks · Scars · Depression · Emotional imbalance · Allergies · Arthritis · Insomnia

Conclusion

Now that you learn about the wonders and benefits of essential oils, you might be thinking about buying ones for yourself. Essential oils can be bought online or you can also visit your favourite stores near you.

About the Author:

Hello! My name is Lea Harrison, a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. My goal and the purpose of www.essentialoildiffuserusa.com is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils safe.

Thanks to Lea for sharing this informative post with my readers!

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Review and Giveaway : Pandavita’s Baobab powder!

Hey guys,

Today am super excited to review a superfood which most of you might not have heard about – Baobab Powder!. Pandavita, a UK based brand, sells 100% natural, 100% organic Baobab powder that’s produced in Ghana, Africa & packed in the UK.

Baobab

What is Baobab?

Baobab (Bay-Oh-Bab) is an exotic fruit, grown on magnificent trees in Africa. It is the only fruit in the world that naturally dries inside its shell and this is because of the hot weather. Pandavita removes the sweet-tasting, dried fruit powder and pack it into kraft-paper pouches. Their baobab fruit powder is 100% organic and free from nasties like sugar, preservatives and additives. It is just a pure, raw superfruit.

Baobab fruit

Baobab fruit

Baobab tree is also known as the upside down tree, the monkey bread tree or the tree of life. They look other worldly. Pretty breathtaking, don’t you think?..

Baobab tree

Benefits of Baobab

Overall studies have shown that baobab has:

●10 times the antioxidant level of oranges and 6 x more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.

● Up to 6 times more Vitamin C than oranges.

● 4 times more potassium than a banana.

● 2 times more calcium than milk.

● More iron than spinach.

It also contains zinc, manganese, essential fatty acids, phosphorus, protein and vitamin B complexes.

To read more about the benefits of Baobab, click here.

No wonder it’s a superfood!. Just imagine the benefits of including Baobab powder into your daily diet.

How to add Baobab in your diet

To try it for yourself, use 5-10g (1-2 teaspoons) of this fruit powder in water, a fruit juice or a smoothie; or you can sprinkle it onto cereal or yoghurt.

Smoothie

Baobab & Carrot Smoothie Bowl

raw fudge

Raw Cacao, Baobab & Almond Butter Fudge Bites

Check out Pandavita’s super informative & beautiful baobab recipes that allows you to get creative and gives you ideas on how to incorporate it into foods.The health benefits (such as a positive mood shift, increased energy, better digestion, glowing skin & much more) that you will get from using this vegan-friendly, sugar-free and dairy-free baobab powder are enormous.

My experience with Baobab powder

This fine, cream colored, raw fruit powder is a treat to the taste buds. It has a tart, citrusy taste. It has a full bodied, complex flavor that leaves you with a filling sensation. I first tried the powder on it’s own to understand it’s taste.

Baobab powder

Then, I tried it as a drink. When mixing with water, add a little water to the powder to create a paste, then gradually add more water while stirring. It’s a lovely drink with a citrusy taste. I tried with 2 tsps in a glass of water as suggested on the pack that the powder came in. But had to increase the number of tsps to get the right taste.

The Baobab powder comes in a resealable, recyclable environment friendly & cute Kraft paper pouch. Just love it!. 5% of every purchase on Pandavita goes to charity, which is great. I highly recommend you try this because it is so delicious and will enhance the flavour of anything that you are having, that has a fruity taste to begin with. Not to mention all the wonderful benefits it comes loaded with. Also, this product is gluten free, vegan friendly, paleo friendly, non GMO, dairy free & sugar free.

To buy, click here. It’s available in 50 gms, 100 gms & 250 gms packs. You can get 10% off by using the discount code 10OFF.

Reading about all of it’s benefits, being the skincare crazed person that I am, I couldn’t help but wonder whether it’s available as a skincare product. Guess what I found online?. Aura Cacia’s organic Baobab oil!. That’s on my wish list now 🙂

Also, did you notice Pandavita’s logo?. It’s so adorable and cute. They chose their name based on the fact that Pandas are adorable and seem so happy and ‘vita’ in Italian means ‘happy life’. It’s all about achieving a happy, healthy life ♥.

Giveaway

The amazingly friendly Director of Pandavita, Kieran, is sponsoring a pack of Baobab powder (containing a generous 50 gms) to one of my awesome followers. It is open worldwide and can be entered using the Rafflecopter form below. Please enter only if you have a postal address. Giveaway ends on Mar 21st, 2017 and winner will be announced by Mar 24th. Good luck!.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own. All images on this page belong to Pandavita, unless otherwise specified.

Review : Vatika Naturals Hair Mayonnaise!

Hi guys,

Mayonnaise is a wonderful treatment for our hair, due to the ingredients in it. It is used by itself or as one of the ingredients in several haircare DIYs. However, of late, some brands have come out with a product called hair mayonnaise. Today’s review is about one such brand – Vatika’s Hair Mayonnaise.

Hair mayonnaise

This is a pre-shampoo treatment. It says on the bottle that you need to apply it only for 3 mins and then you can shampoo. I usually apply it for 5 – 7 mins. It’s white in color and has a thick, creamy consistency. It’s easy to spread onto the hair & also to rinse off. Unlike conditioners that should only be applied from the middle of the hair, this treatment is applied on both hair and scalp.

Vatika hair mayonnaise

It contains coconut, almond & sesame, all of which are known to be extremely moisturizing for the hair. This product is specifically for dry, frizzy & coarse hair. I find that it makes the hair noticeably soft and shiny. I try to use it twice a week. It’s a product that you might want to check out.

My sister in law got it for me from Lulu Center. I believe it’s priced below AED 30 for a tub containing 500 ml, which lasts months.

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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Ideas!

Hey guys,

Yet another Valentine’s day is here, a day to express how much you love your loved ones.. Gifts can be any, as long as they are thoughtful. I have done several gift guides earlier with different themes. This time around, my focus is on ‘skincare’ because great skin is a blessing and if you could gift that to some one you hold close to your heart, well why not?.

Happy Valentine's day image

The basic products of a good skincare routine are Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Oil & Moisturizer. I will be suggesting 5 products from each of these categories, based on personal experience & popular reviews that these products have garnered. I promise that the value that you get these products for, is unmatched. Simply click the images to view details / go to the site that sells it.

Cleansers

□ Hydrating cleanser by CeraVe – 355 ml – $12.24 (Approx AED 44.96)

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

□ Black soap cleanser by Dr. Woods -236 ml – $5.02 (Approx AED 18.44)

Black soap cleanser Dr Woods

□ Cream cleanser by Mad Hippie – 118 ml – $12.79 (Approx AED 46.98)

Mad Hippie cream cleanser

□ Jeju Volcanic Pore cleansing foam by Innisfree (Korean skincare brand) – 150 ml – $9.27 (Approx AED 34.05)

Innisfree pore cleansing foam

□ Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing cleansing gel by Avalon Organics – 251 ml – $8.78 (Approx AED 32.25)

Avalon Vitamin C cleanser

For more cleansers, click here.

Toners

□ Witch Hazel Rose Petal toner by Thayers – 355 ml – $8.76 (Approx AED 32.18)

Thayers Witch Hazel

□ Firming DMAE toner by Derma E – 175 ml – $12.40 (Approx AED 45.55)

Derma E firming toner

□ Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House (Korean skincare brand) – 250 ml – $10.44 (Approx AED 38.35)

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

□ Eucalyptus toner by L’uvalla – 198 ml – $22.32 (Approx AED 81.98)

Luvalla Eucalyptus toner

□ Lemon & Geranium gentle toner by Indigo Wild – 118 ml – $12.60 (Approx AED 46.28)

Indigo Wild toner

For more toners, click here.

Serums

□ Transformative Night serum by EO Products – 30 ml – $29.74 ( Approx AED 109.24)

EO products serum

□ Hyaluronic Acid Day serum by White Egret Personal Care – 59 ml -$11.97 (Approx AED 43.97)

White Egret serum

□ Deeply Hydrating serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – 59 ml – $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29)

Jeffrey James The Serum

□ Exfoliating serum by Mad Hippie – 30 ml – $27.99 (Approx AED 102.81)

Mad Hippie serum

□ Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – 29.5 ml – $13.05 (Approx AED 47.93)

reviva labs serum

For more serum, click here

Facial oils

□ Nourishing Tamanu oil by Aura Cacia – 30 ml – $11.14 (Approx AED 40.92)

Tamanu oil

□ Organic Coconut, Jojoba & Pure Coffee oil by Desert Essence – 118 ml – $10.59 (Approx AED 38.90)

Coffee oil

□ Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing oil by Pangea Organics – 30 ml – $54 (Approx AED 198.34)

Pangea organics oil

□ Soothing Almond oil by Weleda – 50 ml – $18.97 (Approx AED 69.68)

Weleda soothing oil

□ Nourishing oil by Suki Inc – 15 ml – $32.96 (Approx AED 121.06)

Suki Inc oil

For more facial oils, click here.

Moisturizers

□ Black Snail All in One cream by Mizon (Korean Skincare brand) – 75 ml – $16.20 (Approx AED 59.50)

Mizon snail cream

□ Retinol A 1% Advanced Revitalization cream by Life Flo Health – 50 ml – $16.28 (Approx AED 59.79)

Retinol A cream

□ Supreme PolyPeptide moisturizer by MyChelle Dermaceuticals – 35 ml – $56 (Approx AED 205.68)

Polypeptides cream

□ Age Renewal Vitamin E Creme by Jason Natural – 113 gms – $10.87 (Approx AED 39.93)

Vitamin E creme

□ Fresh Watery cream by Nature Republic (Korean skincare brand) – 80 ml – $8.65 (Approx AED 31.77)

Nature Republic watery cream

For more creams, click here.

This entire gift guide is based on my favorite online shopping site ever, iHerb, which offers not only the best value in the world for any product that you need, but also gives you 5% of your bill total back to you (as store credit). They ship worldwide from US. To UAE, they ship in 3-4 days via DHL, right to your doorstep.

Hope you have a lovely time with your loved ones this Valentine’s day ♥♥♥

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Naz ♥

iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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Review : Eskinol Classic Facial Cleanser!

Hey guys,

I’ve been using Eskinol’s Classic Facial cleanser for about 2 months now. It’s a no nonsense cleanser that does it’s work well. It looks just like water. It comes in an oval shaped, squeezable plastic bottle.

Eskinol facial cleanser

To use, simply moisten a cotton pad with the product and use on the face in a sweeping motion. Then wash face. It says on the bottle that it can be used on arms and legs, even though I haven’t tried that. It has a pleasant scent and leaves an airy (or menthol like) feeling on the skin, thanks to the ethanol content in it.

I started using this some months after purchasing it. By then I had forgotten what’s written on the bottle and so used it on my eyes too, to taken off last traces of eyeliner, if any. But probably about a month later, I read the info on the bottle & was surprised to see that it said that the product shouldn’t be brought close to the eye area. OMG LOL!. So far, nothing has happened. Maybe it’s too harsh for that area & that’s why they said so. So, I advise you to not risk it by using on the eye area.

It removes all traces of dirt and impurities, thus revealing radiant, velvety soft skin. It’s noticeable even from the very first use. Definitely give it a try.

Price : Rs 165 (Approx AED 8.89) for a 225 ml bottle.

This product is made in Philippines but imported to India, from where I bought it. I have a feeling I’ve seen this in Carrefour. So, just check out it’s availability there.

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Review : SKIN79 Wonder Fix Brush Eyeliner!

Hey guys,

Skin79 is a Korean brand. Known for their innovative products, this one definitely attracted me because of the precise application that it promised. I am not disappointed at all. More about it :

SKIN79 eyeliner

It’s brush is super pointy yet soft and flexible enough to create a modulable thickness while getting in the inner corner of the eye really well. The color that I got is #2 Brown. It looks great against my black pupils. The liner reminds me of a marker. The color payoff is good and it can be build up to be darker. Also, when shaken, something moves back and forth, inside and reminds me much of how a white ink pen works. This liner definitely is a fool proof way to achieve THE most perfect winged eyeliner look..

Wonder Fix brush eyeliner

I bought this from Glambox Middle East’s online e-shop. I would have linked you the Buy link however unfortunately their e-shop has closed since Oct ’16. I purchased this in Sep.

Price : AED 65 (Approx $17.79) for 0.5gms.

If you are looking for a drugstore dupe for this, definitely try out Physicians Formula’s Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker which I’ve reviewed here. It’s price is $7.25 (Approx AED 26.63) & is 0.8 gms.

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

happy new year image

I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

new year goals

Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

Drink water

Image from Memecenter

Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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Naz ♥

Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Naz ♥