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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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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

GREENFRIDAY

Black Friday

(Click the image to automatically apply the code to your cart)

If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

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If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

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Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

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Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

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Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

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Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

Gift ideas

Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Review : Wow by Wojooh Mosaic Madness Eyeshadow Mix (Edition 1)!

Hello beauties,

The Mosaic Madness eyeshadow palette has the right combination of colors. You can create a smokey look or go natural with this palette. The nine colors are different tones of grey, purple & brown. It comes in a black, almost weightless base, fitted with a mirror. It’s travel friendly and the best part is that it lasts a good few hours before needing a touch up. I tested it for about 5 hours and it lasted without any smudging.

Mosaic Madness

Mosaic Madness

The colors are named creatively and here are the swatches :

Mosaic Madness swatches

Under a tube light

Mosaic madness swatches

In natural light

Caramel Caftan is my favorite color and sometimes I just pop this alone on my lids or with just Mocha Chocolata in the crease area. The colors are easily blendable & of a smooth texture. Definitely a palette that’s worth checking out, since it has both shimmers and matte shades. It can help you create diverse looks.

Price : AED 155

Available in all Wojooh stores.

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

Shopping deal : EcoTools brush set!

Hiya makeup lovers,

A quick note to let you know that the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set by crueltyfree brand, EcoTools, worth $20 (Approx AED 73.46) is now on sale for only $8.95 (Approx AED 32.87). Offer valid from now until Oct 10th, 9 PM (UAE time). Ships worldwide from US. To UAE, it ships in about 3 days.

EcoTools complexion set

The Beautiful Complexion Set includes all four brushes from the EcoTools Complexion Collection. All brushes in the set are dermatologist tested and are made with soft, cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles.

● Beautifully soft to reduce shineHelp reduce oil and shine for a fresh look that lasts all day with the Mattifying Finish Brush.

● Beautifully soft for an even skin tone – Boost the benefits of your BB/CC cream and tinted moisturizer with the Skin Perfecting Brush.Beautifully Soft for under eye coverage.

● Smooth and reduce appearance of fine lines and under eye circles with the Eye Perfecting Brush

● Beautifully Soft for spot coverage – Precisely target imperfections for an even, radiant finish with the Correcting Concealer Brush.

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Guest post : Bridal Beauty Trends 2016!

Hi guys,

My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on hair styling trends 2016, tips and more, check out my Hair straightener reviews.

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The wedding day is the most cherished occasion of any girl’s life as she desires to look her exceptional best on her big day to get incredible accolades and lifelong memories. In this article,  we’ll look at the latest bridal beauty trends for all those beauties who are going to get their wedding bells rung soon. These bridal beauty trends are highly innovative yet trendy as they serve to create a magnificent look for your D-day.

A bride needs to choose the best wedding gown, makeup and hair accessories to achieve perfect glow that draws all eyes on her. However, an even greater need is about having clear skin that is ready to show the enigmatic diva in you to make the event memorable.

Natural Look with Minimal Makeup

One of the most prominent trends of the year 2016 for the brides is to opt for a natural look that is accompanied with minimal makeup like a light colored foundation along with a glow on the cheeks complimented with a natural shade of lipstick. To achieve this look, one needs skin that is well moisturized and has the slightest foundation to cover up any spot or blemish in a single stroke. Moreover, the application of a natural color blush would enhance the glow to the skin with a light shaded lipstick. This light makeup work will ensure that you look simply beautiful.

Use the Highlighter to Get Glowing Skin

Another latest bridal makeup trend is the use of a highlighter stick that helps to get the glowing and not the undesired shiny look. It is intended to provide the dewy look that provides the amazing glow and shimmer to make your face naturally brightens up to enhance your looks. It is required to be applied to the apple of the cheeks, under the eyebrow and the inner corner of the eyes to provide the stunning looks that make you look mesmerizing, so get ready to try this look with remarkable perfection.

Enhance Your Looks with a Lip Gloss

Yes, you can increase your charm and classic look with the use of a lip gloss on your wedding day to get the desired look, but it should be applied carefully to avoid the messy look. All you need to do is to use a lip balm on your lips and choose a light colored lipstick of your choice and add a subtle layer of lip gloss to make you look perfectly flawless. Make sure that you don’t spoil your looks with the incorrect application of a lip-gloss as even the slightest faulty application can ruin your look.

Get Your Desired Looks with Pink Lipstick

Another latest trend of the bridal makeup for 2016 is the use of a pink lipstick accompanied with the use of winged eyeliner along with the added charm of rosy cheeks to create the magnificent look that is certainly going to make you look classy.

Brown Makeup for Eyes

The brown makeup for eyes is a real winner when it comes to the idea of getting the perfect natural look. In fact, you can use the Mac brown eyeshadow that should be enhanced with the use of brown eyeliner and no need to use mascara to get the classy look for your D-day. Moreover, you can use a light colored foundation and natural lipstick to get your preferred look with ease and perfection.

Conclusion

On a whole, check out these simple tips to make your wedding day the most memorable one by picking the nice gown and perfect accessories accompanied with a natural makeup tone that would make you look like a real diva. So, stay happy and stay stylish with the right makeup!

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Note: I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.

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 :

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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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Shopping deal – Real Techniques, EcoTools & more!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to inform you about a shopping deal. From now until Sep 28th, Real Techniques, EcoTools, Acure Organics & Now Foods will have a 10% discount on their entire selection of products.

If you wish to stock up on makeup brushes and accessories, click on the images below to head on to the site.

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If you are looking for skincare products and more, check out the below links.

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The site, though US based, do ship worldwide. So definitely don’t miss out 🙂

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Look to the Far East this September with Glambox!

Calling all beauty mavens! If there’s one country that is leading the way with innovative, quirky and pioneering products in the world of cosmetics and skincare right now then we have to point our finger firmly at Korea. Scour Instagram to get sheet mask envy, listen to whispers of eye liners that can withstand any humidity and get curious as to how charcoal can help you cheat your way to gorgeous skin; the Koreans have piqued our interest and now we want in on their secrets!

GlamBox takes pride in keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of beauty, which is why they have decided to dedicate their September Box purely on the Korean beauty phenomenon. The box launched at an exclusive preview event on the 30th August at Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm.

The box will be packed with fabulous products that will take up permanent residency in your make-up bag. Want to know more about the treats that are in store for you? Allow us to tell you more!

Korean Glambox

* Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Gel Patch by THEFACESHOP
* Melting Colour Lip Creamer by THEFACESHOP
* Charcoal Plant Cleansing Puff by THEFACESHOP
* MISSHA Super Aqua Ice Tear Kit – Toner & Emulsion
* SKIN79 BROW CLASS Colouring Mascara
* SKIN79 WONDER FIX Brush Eyeliner

Be quick to grab your’s, as this beauty box will not be available for long as subscriptions close on September 14th 2016.

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.

Review : February 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

Though late, here are my thoughts on February’s Glambox 🙂

February 2016 Glambox

It contained the following products :

1) Hair & Beauty by Edge Hand-tied False Eye Lashes – Everytime I have received false eyelashes for review or as gift, I have passed it on to others, because I don’t wear it. This time though these lashes looked soo amazing, that I decided to try it on. It felt very foreign on my eyelids but it looked really pretty. These are hand tied lashes and looks high quality. It’s light weight. This is the ‘Rockstar’ variant. It has a natural, fluttery-lashes finish. This pack doesn’t come with a glue though. I had to get one and since I couldn’t get an eyelash glue itself easily, I ended up getting and using a Bindi gum. It worked just fine. I have worn it 3 times so far. The below pic is when I wore it for a special occasion.

Hand tied lashes

False eyelashes

Just in case you are wondering, I’m wearing Fresh Look Color Blends Pure Hazel contact lenses.

After each use, I cleaned the band using a makeup remover so that all traces of glue are gone. Then I stored it in the same packaging that it came in, so that it retains it’s shape and I can reuse it. If you take good care, a set of lashes, particularly one that’s this high quality, can be reused several times. Even though the resulting look is pretty and feminine, I do find the application of false eyelashes quite cumbersome. Lol!. Those who know how to apply it fast and easily, well, lucky them!

2) Derma E Hydrating Night Crème – I was super excited seeing this product in the box, because I had almost bought this online once but then decided not to get it. However, having tried this from the Glambox, I freaking love it, and next time I need a night cream, I am going to get a full sized one.

Derma e Hydrating Night Creme

This is a cream colored, light weight cream. It smells just like bubblegum and is so wonderfully pleasant. It gets absorbed fast into the skin and is really hydrating. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, paraben free and gluten free product.

3 & 4) Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel & Aloe Bha Skin Toner – These are some Asian skincare samples from the brand Benton. The first one is a 5 ml sample of Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, that contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice 80% and Propolis Extract 10%. It’s a transparent gel that feels so soothing on the skin. I used it as the final step (as a moisturizer) in my skincare routine. It’s supposed to be unscented however I did find that it had a light, peculiar scent. It has a light and non sticky application.

Benton Aloe

Second one is the Aloe BHA 0.5 Skin toner – This is such a fantastic toner. I got only about 6 uses from the little sample bottle, but even from the very first use I found that even though it’s gentle, it even removes any traces of impurities or makeup that the cleanser might have missed out on. ‘Gentle but pretty powerful’ is how I wish to describe this product. It looks and feels just like water. I disliked it’s smell though. It feels like smelling chemicals. Other than that, it’s an awesome product. Loved it!

5) Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir sample – Oh!. This is probably one of the best Oud perfumes that I have ever tried out. It’s not overpowering at all yet lingers on the skin for a long while. I got 2 samples along with two pretty post cards.

Atelier Oud Cologne

Vouchers

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1) A Vaniday gift voucher worth 40% off
2) A gift voucher worth 30% online discount at www.BeautyByEdge.com online store
3) An AED 100 gift voucher to spend at K Lynn Lingerie (on a minimum spend of AED 300).

Overall, I quite liked this box. Be it my first time ever trying Asian skincare or false eyelashes on, I loved my experience with it. 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.

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.

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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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