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$20 off any purchase of $40 or above. Valid till 11th July 2017 & for first time customers only.

Link is :

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All discount codes are attached to this link. Ships from US to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL.

Check out all 12 of my iHerb hauls by clicking here.

iHerb literally has everything that you want and need except for clothes and electronics. Go for it!. You will love the site as much as I do.

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iHerb Haul #12 – One phenomenal Korean skincare product & more!

Hey guys,

Am back with yet another iHerb haul. Remember, in my last iHerb haul, I mentioned that I received $15.41 as loyalty credit?. Well, loyalty credit expires after 60 days, so when I received a reminder in Nov 2016, to use the credit, I decided not to waste it & bought two skincare products. Here are my thoughts about them :

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack – Etude House is one of the most popular Korean brands. Koreans are knows for their elaborate skincare routines and beautiful skin. Sleeping pack is a new concept to me. So, I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a face pack that works while you are sleeping. It’s used in place of the night cream, like twice a week.

Etude House sleeping pack

Before going further with the review, I gotta talk about the packaging!. Koreans make the most adorable & cute stuff. This product is made to look like a bubble tea, complete with tapioca pearls lookalike in it!. It definitely looks edible. It comes in a glass, with a plastic lid and a scoop. Inside, there is another protective lid to avoid the product from transfering.

Etude house sleeping pack

I chose the ‘Strawberry’ one. It’s pink in color and has a unique kind of water like, ultra lightweight texture. It smells amazing. On application, it’s like a splash of water, quenching the thirst of dry skin. It’s super hydrating. When you have extra dry feeling, get hold of one of those pearls with the scoop that it comes with, break it apart, mix with the strawberry pack and apply. On waking up the next morning, the skin feels extremely hydrated, well rested, soft and supple.

Definitely try this out. It’s a boon for those with normal/dry skin. Another variant of this sleeping pack is the ‘Green tea’ one.

Price : $13.84 (Approx AED 50.82) for 100 gms. But I paid only $11.76 (Approx AED 43.72) since Etude House was one of the Brands of the week (which features brands at 10 – 20% off), at that time. In 2017, iHerb has revised several of their product prices. So, currently this one is priced at $12.33 (Approx AED 45.29).

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer– I have so many day and night creams, but nothing that’s general in nature. That’s why I decided to buy a daily moisturizer. This one contains Jojoba oil & Aloe Vera, along with many other plant based ingredients.

Desert Essence moisturizer

It is crueltyfree, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free & contains no SLS, Mineral oil or petrolatum. It does have a sweet scent and that’s actually because of the Geranium essential oil that’s added to it.

The white colored cream is thick and it’s best to work with small amounts, as a little goes a long way. Due to it’s texture, it’s best for winter only. During summer, it tends to melt right off of the face. But it’s definitely hydrating.

Price : $6.28 (Approx AED 23.07) for 120 ml, that should last a good half an year or so!. Super affordable, right?. Currently, this one’s price has been slashed to $5.17 (Approx AED 18.99).

Shipping & Loyalty credit

Since it’s a small purchase, I opted for the Global Mail shipping option which cost $4 (Approx AED 14.69). It was delivered by post and reached me in UAE in 10 days.

I got a loyalty credit of $1.82 for this purchase.

When you use my code SCZ695 (at check out), you will receive an instant 5% off your bill total, plus another 5% as loyalty credit, which can be used in your next order! ♡. Happy shopping!

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Nacomi Skincare & Haircare Haul!

Hey 🙂

Today I would love to introduce you to a brand that I got to know myself just recently. It is Nacomi, a Polish brand that’s crueltyfree, handmade, paraben free, SLS free & allergen free. They use only the highest grade raw materials from around the world to make their products highly effective.

Here is everything that I got in my beauty haul & the mini reviews :

Nacomi haul

● Moroccan Argan Intensive Hydration Night cream – This one is a thick, luxurious cream that smells absolutely divine. It is, just as it’s name suggests, intensely hydrating thanks to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in it. Other ingredients that make this cream truly moisturizing are Argan oil (sourced from Morocco), Shea butter (from Africa) & Avocado oil. It melts right into the skin on application.

Nacomi night cream

The brand has different creams targeting different age groups. The one I got is for my skin type (normal/dry) and targeting 30+ when the first wrinkles start showing. I am hitting 30 this year and I feel it’s a match made in heaven for my skin. I highly recommend this night cream ♡

● No Rinse Argan hair conditioner – As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am trying my best to keep my hair looking like it has some life. So, this leave in conditioner attracted my attention. It has Argan oil & Cashmere protein in it to deliver healthy, silky hair.

Argan leave in conditioner

It’s white in color and has a watery texture. It smells like any other hair conditioner – very pleasant and lovely. The smell lingers in the hair, at the same time giving it an instant shine. I like apply it on my hair at night or when it looks extra lifeless before stepping out of my home. It comes in a plastic spray bottle, convenient to spritz on to the hair. It’s long term efforts are yet to be known. Anyways, I got 2 bottles to keep it stocked.

● Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan oil – The ingredients of this thick, white, creamy mask are the same as the ones I just discussed in the leave in conditioner. It is supposed to regenerate and smoothen the hair, strengthening the hair against damage and breakage and restoring shine to dull hair.

Argan hair mask

I usually apply it for 20 mins and wash off. The hair does feel instantly soft and manageable. I am currently using it once a week. It comes in a tube with a flip open lid, conveniently designed to be used while in shower.

All of the above are priced between AED 50 – AED 85 and were purchased from the store named ‘Solace’, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. The staff there are so friendly and amazing. On asking for samples if any, that suits my skin type (normal/dry), they gave me two awesome product samples. Here they are :

● Natural Sugar Scrub – This one is a dense scrub, packed with sugar thats immersed in a base of Argan oil & Shea butter. It also contains strawberry seeds for exfoliation (first time coming across strawberry seeds used for this purpose!). It smells strongly of coffee. I believe it contains ground coffee beans too. I have used it only on my body, since I feel it’s a bit too abrasive for facial skin.

Nacomi body scrub

● Cleansing oil – This yellow colored cleansing oil helps in perfect makeup removal while clearing all impurities from the skin. It smells so heavenly and is a mix of several precious oils. Mann, I wanna make this into a perfume and keeps smelling it throughout the day. What a lovely, effective product!.

Nacomi cleansing oil

Overall, Nacomi a great natural beauty brand. Definitely check them out and if you have any wonderful experience with any of the products from this brand, kindly suggest them in the comments below and I will go try it out for myself =)

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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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Clinique Beauty Haul!

Hey guys,

This haul is from a while back but I thought I would share my very first Clinique mini haul with you.

Clinique haul

I had run out of an eye cream and that’s when I came across Clinique’s All About Eyes. It’s a light weight eye cream that borders on being a gel/lotion, since it isn’t that thick. It gets easily absorbed, has a velvety texture and leaves the eye area nourished. Even though I take only three tiny dots for each eye, I feel like this little tub won’t last me long. It’s supposed to help with redness, puffiness, fine lines, dark circles & shadows. Frankly I don’t have redness and rarely any puffiness, but still the product looked attractive and that’s why I bought it. You could say it’s an impulse buy, which I don’t recommend any of you to do 😛

Clinique All About Eyes

It’s a nice product, with a light scent to it. My eye area looks better than before. But is it worth the price I paid?. No, it’s not. I really loved Olay’s Total Effects eye cream which lasted me a really long time and cost only about 59 bucks. I actually bought 2 of these eye creams (since I expected it to be fantastic), the other one for my mom.

Price : AED 160 for a glass tub containing 15ml.

After buying these, I got to know that there is a free goodie bag with purchase of AED 400+. So, I checked for something else and came across Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear 5 Pack Set. The colors looked super gorgeous. These lip glosses come in bottles of 2.3ml each and are travel friendly. Some glosses leave your lips super dry but these ones are really moisturizing. They aren’t super sticky too.

Clinique Long Last Glosswear set

It has good staying power. Even though it boasts 8 hours, I have found it lasts for upto 5 hours on my lips, which is still good. The colors, though they appear intensely pigmented in the tubes, are light and sheer on application. Here are the lip swatches :

lips

Bare Lips

Clinique Cupid's Bow

Cupid’s Bow – Probably the lightest shade of red. My favorite out of the 5. Gorgeous, non-shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Purple Crush

Purple Crush – A pinkish purple, sheer and with a slight shimmer.

Clinique Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight – A light violet color, shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Happy Heart

Happy ♥ – A pinkish peach color, non- shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth – Lightest shade of pink, almost on the verge of being white. Kinda makes me look ghastly IRL. My least favorite out of the 5. Non-shimmer and sheer.

Price : AED 147

Though wearable on it’s own, I feel like their performance is enhanced when coupled with lipsticks of the same shades.

Next, here is the goodie bag I received. The bag itself is a keeper, being super gorgeous, multicolored and really good quality. I adore it!.

Clinique makeup bag

Frankly, I am really impressed with the contents of this bag. There were 5 items –

● Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – This is a cream that delivers intense moisture to dry skin. On application, there is a cooling effect which is such relief. Aptly named ‘thirst relief’, this works like how water works for our body!. The sample came in a 7ml glass container. It has a really gentle & pleasant smell. It has a really lightweight appearance and goes on like a serum on the skin, getting absorbed super fast.

Clinique moisture surge

● Clinique High Impact lipstick in the color 13 Flamenco – I literally died seeing a full sized lipstick in this goodie bag!. Like whatt?!. It came in a classic Clinique green colored tube and since High Impact lipsticks come packaged differently, I can only guess the one I got was originally designed as a test product (You know, to be kept on shelves for testing). Anyways, I am super happy to get one ♥

Clinique Flamenco

Flamenco is an ‘orange’ish red lipstick, even though it looks more on the red side, in the tube. It looks super pretty on application. More layers can be added to get an intense, full coverage look. It goes on a like butter on the lips, giving the look of really moisturised lips.

Clinique Flamenco lip swatch

● Clinique High Impact mascara – Never been more disappointed with any mascara like this before. It literally does nothing to my lashes. Wish I could show you a before & after pic, but both looks the same!.

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● Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Cleanser – A thick, white colored foaming cleanser that takes away all impurities, leaving the skin looking well cared for and soft. It came in a 15ml deluxe sample tube and I was able to get several uses out of it since a little goes a long way. Loved this cleanser!

Foaming cleanser

● Clinique Aromatics in White perfume – A very feminine, floral, musky scent that’s definitely charming. It has good lasting power. Loved this sample too. It came in a small glass spray bottle.

Clinique Aromatics in White

Even though I have mentioned light scents for the skincare products, all Clinique products are 100% Fragrance free. Also, they are Allergy tested.

Everything shown above (including that cute little camel toy, which cost AED 29) were purchased at Abu Dhabi Duty Free.

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iHerb Haul #10 – Skincare products & more!

Hi guys!

Here is my recent haul from the best online shopping site ever, iHerb!.

iHerb haul

1) Andalou Naturals Lift & Firm Cream – You will find this product in one of my previous hauls. That time though, I had bought it for my brother. Recently he raved about it to me and so I had to get it for myself. This cream has Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE and fruit stem cell complex (Apple / Grape). The main ingredient in it is certified organic Aloe Vera and also has Argan & Jojoba oils. This product is supposed to help with diminishing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, fade hyperpigmentation and improve overall texture for a visibly lifted, firmer complexion.

Andalou Naturals

I found it to be extremely hydrating and nourishing. It imparts a soft, supple feeling. It’s white in color, has a light Vanilla like scent and has a lovely, creamy texture. A little comes a long way. It’s meant to be used in the daytime. Though not shown here, I bought two of this, the other one a repeat purchase for bro.

Price – $19.96 (Approx AED 73.32) for a tub containing 50 ml.

2) Andalou Naturals Night Repairing cream– Since I bought the day cream, I decided to check out the night cream too, as it’s a known fact that when you get products from the same range, it goes well together, works hand in hand and helps you achieve your goal in a lesser amount of time. This product contains certified organic Aloe Vera, Cacao butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip oil, Evening Primrose oil, Avocado oil and more. The Resveratrol & CoQ10 in it works as antioxidants, to stimulate circulation, slow cellular damage and speedy healthy cell renewal for improved skin texture.

Andalou Naturals

This cream has a balm like texture and is very light. It has a chocolatey smell, which I really liked. A little goes a long way with this product too. It sinks in really fast leaving skin looking healthy and slightly dewy.

Price – $19.96 (Approx ) for a tub containing 50 ml.

Based on my experience with both these products I would definitely recommend you the Andalou Naturalsbrand. Also, I preferred it because it is vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate free, Non- GMO & gluten free. When you use chemical free products, it really makes a wonderful difference in your skin. Both of these creams that I purchased are from their ‘Age Defying’ range and targets ‘Dry & Very Dry’ skin types.

3) Avocado oil by Now Solutions– I love this oil so much since it’s multi purpose. I use it both as a nourishing face oil in my night time skin care routine and as a hydrating oil for my dry hair. This is a repeat purchase. Only difference though, is that last time, I had bought a smaller bottle (118 ml) while this time, it’s a larger one (473 ml).

Avocado oil

Price – $12.22 (Approx AED 44.89) for a bottle containing 473 ml.

4) Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque– Since I have dry hair, I wanted to try a product like this one. Funny enough, I don’t use it as a masque but as an overnight leave-in conditioner. The actual usage of it is to work it into damp hair from roots to end, cover hair with plastic cap for 45 mins and then to rinse off. However, I simply work it into my hair from the middle part until the very tips and leave it overnight. Next day when I wash my hair, it feels soft and manageable.

Nubian Heritage

It is white in color and has a thick texture. I first rub it in between both my hands, warm it up just a bit that way and massage it into the hair. This mask contains great ingredients such as Tamanu oil, Monoi oil, nutrient-rich Garlic extract and Bamboo to fortify hair. This is made for dry, textured and damaged hair. Overall, it’s a nice masque but not one I would urge you to buy because my expectations were really high for this product and it falls short of it.

Nubian Heritage

Price – $11.99 (Approx AED 44.04) for a tub containing 340 gms.

5) Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum by Now Solutions– I was looking for a serum that hydrates well but doesn’t cost a lot. So, I chose this one. It’s supposed to naturally reduce appearance of fine lines.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I love the runny texture of this product. A little goes a looong way. On application, it feels like my skin just drinks it up, leaving it hydrated. It has this extremely refreshing scent. It reminds me of the smell of the leaf of lemon tree. I would like to say this could be a cheaper version of Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating serum, which I have reviewed earlier. No doubt their ingredients are worlds apart but am comparing just the texture and feel of the products.

I love any product that comes with a pump because it’s convenient and mess-free. So, I was delighted to see a pump on this one. However, I was surprised to see that there is no tube inside the bottle. On reading it’s back side, I understood that it uses an airless pump. So, you gotta shake the bottle, then pump to get rid of excess air and then product is dispensed out. If not, shake again. The base rises each time you pump. But I rather prefer a bottle with a pump/tube mechanism. But still, I love this product so much!. I HIGHLY recommend it!. Also, it’s paraben free, cruelty free and gluten free.

Price – $11.04 (Approx AED 40.55) for a bottle containing 30 ml.

6) Badger Beard Balm – I got this for my brother since of late he is into grooming his beard. According to him, it’s a nice product and he would recommend it. It is a cruelty free product.

Badger Beard Balm

Price – $14.39 (Approx AED 52.86) for a tin containing 56 gms.

Discounts and Shipping

iHerb has introduced something new. A loyalty program!. After each purchase, 10% of your bill total (excluding shipping charges) is placed in your iHerb account. It has a validity of 60 days. Next time you purchase within this time frame, this amount is deducted from your bill total!. For this purchase of mine, I got $9.76 (Approx AED 35.85) :).

Since Andalou Naturals was one of the ‘Brands of the Week’ at the time of my purchase, I got an extra 20% off it, thus saving $11.97 (Approx AED 43.97) on three products!

The shipping via DHL was amazingly fast and it reached me from US to UAE in just 3 days. Gotta love how fast DHL’s service is. Shipping cost me $8 (Approx AED 29.38), since iHerb had a special offer running that month that no matter how much ever the weight is of the package, you can get it shipped for a flat rate of $8. There really is no other site that offers you so much value!.

Use my code SCZ695 at checkout to get $5 off your first purchase!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Shopping Ideas!

Hey lovely people,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Trust me, no one likes a last minute trashy gift. I have done ‘Gift Ideas’ post for this occasion before too, with ideas about products from various different stores. However, this time I am basing all ideas on my favorite online shopping site, iHerb, which is an amazing US based site that offers world’s best value plus also ships worldwide ultra fast via DHL (Other shipping methods available too).

This gift guide is mostly a ‘For Her’ guide with just 3 suggestions ‘For Him’. I have categorized the gift ideas to make it easy to browse/read. Give something thoughtful to your loved one, instead of just some flowers or a cuddly toy!. These are just a few examples. There are tonnes more on the site.

1] For the makeup addict

Brush sets are a great gift to give to someone who loves makeup. Here are 3 that caught my eye :

Valentines

♡ Real Techniques has introduced a Limited Edition Deluxe Gift Set with 5 brushes and a gorgeous clutch, recently. Actually priced at $30 (AED 110.19), iHerb is offering it for a special price of $18.99 (AED 69.75) for a limited time!

♡ EcoTools, which is an environment friendly brand, quite recently brought out a pretty 4 piece brush set called ‘Beautiful Complexion Brush Set’. Gift tag, ribbon & gift box are included which makes this a perfect & simple gift. Price – $11.99 (AED 44.04), which is also a limited time special price offered by iHerb. Actual price is $20 (AED 73.46).

♡ Bdellium Tools is such a popular brand. Make someone’s day by gifting them Bdellium Tools’ Yellow Bambu 15 piece Complete Brush Set!. This set is 100% crueltyfree and comes with a roll up pouch that is 100% Linen. Price – $99 (AED 363.60).

2] For those who are into meditation & relaxation

Some really keep some time apart for meditation send also there are some who are too tensed in life. The following gift ideas are for them :

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♡ A Now Foods Essential oils kit called ‘Let There be Peace & Quiet’, which contains 4 bottles of relaxing essential oils. The name itself says it all :). Price – $22.99 (AED 84.44).

♡ Another Now Foods product, this is their very popular Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser. Price – $43.59 (AED 160.10).

♡ This is for those with tensions.. A Sleep Balm by Badger Company. This doesn’t make you sleepy, instead it just helps quiet your thoughts & clear your mind. Price – $5.39 (AED 19.80).

3] For Skincare lovers (like me!)

People like that are always on the lookout for new products & brands. For such people, trial kits that introduce an entire brand to them are great gift ideas. Here are some suggestions :

Skincare

♡ A 9 piece Deluxe Travel Kit by Devita. It contains all the basics and is vegan and gluten safe. Price – $31.31 (AED 114.99).

♡ A great intro kit for combo to oily skin, this is Suki Inc’s 6 piece set for Radiance & Clarity . Price – $33.55 (AED 123.23).

♡ Argan oil is a wonderful & multi purpose product. I personally love Acure Organics’ Argan oil. This Trio Argan oil set comes with variants such as Rose, Coconut & Citrus Ginger. Price – $21.25 (AED 78.05).

4] For those who love cooking

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♡ For a gourmet garlic experience, try Garlic Gold’s 6 piece Organic Nuggets gift box. Price – $29.45 (AED 108.17).

♡ If making icing and decorating it is someone’s hobby, gift them India Tree Gourmet Spices & Specialties’ 3 piece Nature’s Colors Decorating set, created with vegetable colorants. Price – $16.80 (AED 61.71).

♡ If outdoor cooking and barbecue is someone’s love, gift them this pretty 3 tin variety pack of Gourmet BBQ Grilling Salts by Gustus Vitae. These are crafted by artisans in small batches. Price – $24 (AED 88.15).

5] For the fitness freak

Don’t we all have atleast one friend who is a fitness freak?. Lol!. These gift ideas are for them :

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♡ The Ultimate weight loss 5 part program by FitMiss. This brand, completely dedicated to women’s sports products, believes that ‘Strong is the new Sexy’!. Price – $89.99 (AED 330.53).

♡ A Hi-Protein Meal Replacement Shake, Lean Body for Her is a unique meal replacement powder formulated specifically for women’s nutritional needs. It comes in chocolate icecream flavor!. Price : $49.22 (AED 180.78).

♡ Perfect to enhance performance & recovery potential, this is USN’s B4-Burn Exhilarating Pre-Workout formula . Price : $18.19 (AED 66.81), which is iHerb’s special price. Actual price is $42.99 (AED 157.90).

6] For the vegan friend

Veganism is more accepted now than ever before. There are so many who follow this lifestyle. That’s why I decided to do this category:

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♡ Rawmio’s 6 piece raw chocolate gift box will melt anyone’s heart. Price – $23.52 (AED 86.39).

♡ Artisana’s Organic Raw Coconut Cacao Bliss nut butter makes it easy to combine great taste and great nutrition too. This one is on my personal wish list too on the site :). It sounds like a super yum spread. Price – $9.99 (AED 36.69).

♡ Probar’s Superfood Slam Raw Meal bars are lovely snacks that could be gifted. It’s dairy free too. Price – $32.66 (AED 119.97).

7] For Him

Valentine’s Day is not just about the ladies. Men should be gifted too. Here are some simple gift ideas :

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♡ For one who likes to take care of his skin, Billy Jealousy’s Assassin Intensive Face Moisturizer is a great choice. It has some really nice ingredients in it such as Avocado oil, Walnut seed extract etc. Price – $30 (AED 110.19).

♡ For one who sports a beard proudly, this Badger Company’s 3 piece Beard Grooming Kit would make a good gift. The kit contains a beard balm, a beard oil (both of which are organic) and a handcrafted cherry wood beard comb. Price – $30.59 (AED 112.36).

♡ For one who is into fitness and body training, Dymatize Nutrition’s 100% Whey Protein Isolate in Gourmet Chocolate flavor, is a thoughtful gift. Free of gluten and lactose, it contains only the purest proteins. Price – $54.88 (AED 201.58).

Thus we come to the end of this gift guide. Hope you liked it. Sometimes even a kiss would suffice but gifts are always special. Just make sure it’s thoughtful. Have a lovely Valentine’s day with your loved one ♥.

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iHerb Haul #9 – Skincare products!

Hey beauties!

In September 2015, I was quite surprised one fine morning when I found an email from iHerb in my inbox stating that they are giving me $10 (AED 36.73) to shop on their site. That too, no conditions attached which means no minimum purchase required!. iHerb is my favorite online shopping site and I literally need no reason to go shopping there. However, I had just gone shopping there in the previous month (see my August haul post), so I was sceptical about spending more on things I don’t need right now. But I didn’t want this $10 to go to waste (it was valid for only 5 days), so I did just that.. I went shopping with that $10!. iHerb being a site that provides immense value, I was sure I would find something that would ‘fit my budget’. 😀

The first place I headed to is their Specials’ page, which lists special offers and also a 20% discount on 5-7 brands each week. That particular week, the brand EO Products captured my attention. It is a crueltyfree and glutenfree skincare & body care brand with the motto ‘Love Life. Live Clean’. After looking at the array of awesome products they offer, I chose their Rose & Chamomile body lotion.

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This is one of the best body lotions I have ever used. It gets absorbed so fast into the skin, it feels like your skin is drinking up the goodness!. It smells of rose, grapefruit, chamomile & glycerin. It’s such an uplifting scent, it feels like aromatherapy. All ingredients in it are organic and it also has essential oils in it. It is white in color, has a liquidy consistency and comes in a bottle with a pump, which is so convenient. It makes your skin feel super soft. I will make sure I look at more products from this brand, in my future purchases.

Price : $6.90 (AED 25.34) for a bottle containing 236 ml, but since it was one of the brands of the week, I got it for $5.52 (AED 20.27)

Next, I headed over to the ‘Now Foods’ brand page to look for a skincare oil. I am a huge fan of their Avocado oil (see my Skincare oils haul post). I then found Apricot oil there that sounded really nice. It softens fine lines and helps treat dry hair. It’s a multi purpose product which appealed to me. As a skincare oil, it’s actually more suitable for mature skin but since am all about anti-aging and also since I have dry hair, I decided to go for it.

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It’s a heavy oil. It leaves an oily sheen on the skin and hair. It smells lightly of apricot when smelt directly from the bottle but if you take a small amount in your hand and smell it, it just has an oily smell, nothing else. Since I don’t mind using a heavy oil on my face at night, I like this oil.

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. Please note it’s current price is $3.81 (AED 13.99).

Lastly, I checked out their ‘Trials’ page to find something sample sized or a full sized product at a discounted price. There I found Desert Essence’s Ultra Hydrating Lip Rescue lip balm.

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It’s a lovely, non sticky, moisturizing lip balm. It has a beautiful light scent. I love that it contains Shea butter & Rosemary essential oil. Also, Desert Essence is a crueltyfree & vegan brand. Please note that Desert Essence is one of the Brands of the Week right now (until Feb 3rd).

Price : $2.49 (AED 9.15) for a tube containing 4.25 gms. However, since it was featured on the Trials page, I got it for $1.68 (AED 6.17).

Shopping over and my total is $10.38 (AED 38.13). Like how cool is that!. I got 3 awesome products for such a low price ♡.

Shipping

Since I was ‘shopping on a budget’, I chose to opt for the Airmail (by post) option, which cost $4 (AED 14.69) that month. I usually choose the DHL courier option, since that way I get my package right to my doorstep from US to UAE in 2 – 3 days. Even though cheaper or even completely free sometimes, I never chose Airmail before, since it has no tracking and it says on the site that it would take anywhere between 1 – 5 weeks for the package to arrive. By choosing Airmail this time, I could test out whether it reaches safely to UAE and also know how long it takes to reach here. It did reach safely on the 9th day after I placed the order.

Overall, such a lovely experience ‘shopping on a budget’ on iHerb. 😉

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to get $5 off your first purchase.

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iHerb Haul #8 – Tea, Skincare & more!

Hey guys!

Happy 2016 ♡. Hope you all had a great start to this year!

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First post of 2016, I wanted it to be about something am passionate about. Lol!. Am so passionate about shopping on iHerb :D. This haul is from Aug 2015. Here are the things I bought :

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1) Premium Black Cumin seed oil by Amazing Herbs – I have done an entire post on the benefits of black cumin seed oil before. It’s miraculous. This time, I bought 4 bottles for my father & uncle, because both of them suffers from back and leg pain. External application of this oil reduced their pain so much that they asked me to order more.

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They all came individually packed this time. I recently received an email from someone asking me if this oil could help alleviate his mom’s cancer and I said definitely give this oil a try. When researching this product, I read that it can cure cancer if it’s in the initial stage. It’s that powerful.

Price : $19.49 (AED 71.59) per bottle, each containing 236 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 35% lesser than it’s market price.

2 & 3) I haven’t really delved into the world of loose leaf teas. However, during August, Just A Leaf Organic teas had a massive sale going on. All their teas were priced at just a dollar each!. I got the following two tins :

China Rose Infused Black tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves, organic red rose petals & natural essence of rose. It has a really refreshing taste and the scent of roses is truly invigorating. Love it. The pieces of rose petals are so nice to taste in between the sips of this lovely tea.

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Price : $10.22 (AED 37.54) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Bergamot Grey tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves & organic essence of Bergamot. I chose this tea mainly because I have found that I like any perfume that has bergamot listed in one of it’s notes. It has a nice citrussy smell & a very strong, spice like taste.

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Price : $9.45 (AED 34.71) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Currently all Just A Leaf organic teas that iHerb stocks are those which comes in sealed packs. Tin packaging has been discontinued. That’s why I haven’t listed the direct links to these two products here.

4) Hand cream with Argan nut oil by Madre Labs– Before checking out after placing all products in my cart, I always check the Trials section, which lists trial sized products and also full sized products at an amazingly discounted price. This time, I saw this hand cream by Madre Labs, which is unscented & full sized.

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It’s key ingredients are oils of Argan nut, jojoba, sesame, avocado, olive and coconut plus shea butter. It contains no parabens. It’s a thick white cream. It’s very moisturizing. One advice I gotta give is to work with a pea sized amount only. More the amount of cream, the more it keeps spreading & the more you have to rub it into the skin to get it absorbed. But with a smaller amount, it gets easily absorbed. Also, though it says ‘unscented’, it has the faintest scent of Argan oil.

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Price : $7.95 (AED 29.20) for a tube containing 71 gms. However, I got it for a trial price of only $0.10 (AED 0.37)!

Currently in Jan 2016, this product is still listed in the Trials section at $0.10. Definitely give it a try!

Discounts & Shipping

During August, iHerb had a VIP discount going on. Depending on your bill total different percentages of discounts were being given. Since my bill total was $60+, I received the highest discount of 10% :). My shipping charge came to $11.01 (AED 40.44). It reached in UAE from US, via DHL, in 3 days. Love how fast their shipping always is ♡

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to receive an instant discount of $5 from your bill total.

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iHerb Haul #7 – Skincare products!

Holla!

Here is another haul from my absolutely favorite shopping site, iHerb. Unlike my previous iHerb hauls, this one won’t have mini reviews, since I placed this order for my brother and sister in law. However, since I suggested these products for them, I will be writing more about why I decided to choose these products.

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1) Certified Organic Shea Butter by Now Foods – Shea Butter has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin. It is a wonderful emollient that’s perfect for daily use. It can also be used as a scalp moisturizer. My SIL told me it has a hard texture. However, it melts when rubbed between the palms. This is a lovely product that gives intense nourishment and hydration to even the driest of skin types.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a tub containing 207 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 24% lesser than the market value!.

2) Certified Organic Jojoba oil by Now Foods – This is my SIL’s favorite oil. She once bought this from iHerb itself and this is her second bottle. This is great for usage on both skin & hair.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 34% lesser than the market value!.

3) Apricot oil by Now Foods – Apricot oil is the oil derived from apricot kernels, that will naturally nourish and moisturize your skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, this gentle oil has excellent restorative properties. I suggested this to my SIL because just like Jojoba oil, this is a multi purpose oil. It can be used to soften fine lines & restore a healthy glow to the skin while also bringing radiance to the hair. I have actually placed an order for this very same bottle for myself, but that will be shown in another haul post :).

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 36% lesser than the market value!.

4) Lift & Firm Cream with Hyaluronic DMAE by Andalou Naturals – Recently my brother suffered from a really bad sun burn. He asked me to look for a cream that is hydrating but at the same time non – greasy. I searched high and low and finally found this cream which fit the bill perfectly!. It has Hyaluronic acid in it that gives intense hydration. This product contains age defying, fruit stem cells. Also, Andalou Naturals is a crueltyfree / vegan brand. After using it, my brother said that he hasn’t used anything like it before and that it really is an awesome product. Since I have normal / dry skin, I’ve added this cream to my wishlist for a future purchase.

Price : $19.96 (AED 73.30) for a tub containing 50 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 20% lesser than the market value!.

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Discounts Received & Shipping

I placed this order on Oct 6th. At that time, iHerb had the offers of $8 shipping fee via DHL and 5% discount for every order above $40. So, I was able to avail both offers. The 5% discount came to $2.15 (AED 7.90). Shipping fee was $8 (AED 29.38), which is great value. Within 4 hours of placing the order, I received an email saying it’s shipped!. In 4 days, it reached my brother’s office in Abu Dhabi from US. Also, along with the order, iHerb sometimes keeps freebies and this time it’s a cute green and white cloth pin.

FYI : From now until Oct 31st 2015, iHerb is offering a flat shipping fee of $8 via DHL, $6 via Premium Airmail & $4 via Regular Post, irrespective of the bill total amount!. Usually you get the best shipping price only when the bill total is $40 or above. It’s a great offer and you should definitely take advantage of it.

Also, if you are in UAE and wondering if you can order from iHerb, the solution is to ask someone else in another country to place the order for you but give the delivery address in UAE. That way you will still get your favorite products to your doorsteps.. I placed this order from India and got it delivered in Abu Dhabi.

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

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