Giveaway : Makeup Classes at DHD Beauty School, Dubai!

Hey guys,

I am so excited to team up with DHD Beauty School in Dubai, to give away makeup classes to TWO winners!. Each winner will win an admission each in a public group class. A class is 3 hours long and held at DHD Beauty School’s bright and spacious private classroom/studio.

Makeup class

The group classes are for seven women, to learn how to master the art of make-up on themselves. Taught by their own master trainer Dahlia, these small, intimate classes allow for a relaxed, and personalized teaching experience. These classes normally cost AED 450 per person.

Dahlia DHD Beauty

Dahlia

How these classes works usually is, people put down their names on DHD’s public class registry form, and when they get seven names on the list who all has the same learning outcome goal, from three options, they host a class.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win this amazing opportunity to learn from the best!. Onto the giveaway details :

● There are 3 mandatory entries to enter this giveaway. Complete that and then do the rest of the entries for more chances to win.

● Giveaway is open to UAE residents only, because, well obviously the classes are being held in Dubai.

● There are three class options, to learn- Everyday daytime make-up, Glam evening make-up & Bridal make-up. Since each winner will go into two separate classes, I am going to let the first winner (whom I’ll choose randomly using Rafflecopter) decide which class she wishes to take. Then the second winner will choose a class out of the remaining two options.

● Giveaway will end on June 8th, 2017.

● Winners will be contacted via email by June 10th & also announced on the blog.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any doubts at all, just ask in the comments below. Good luck!

Here are some more details about DHD Beauty School’s classes, that you might wish to know :

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kits for evaluation (to be able to recreate the look at home) but also to use DHD’s professional kit to try new products and tools as well. They are based in Barsha Dubai. They also hold private makeup classes whereby a group of seven women can book a session together at a cost of AED 3000. This would be a fun and unique idea for a bridal shower, hen party, bacherolette party, birthday party, baby shower or just a casual girls day out. Decorations and catering are available on request.

Definitely check out DHD Beauty’s website for more information and share this giveaway with your friends right now, because it’s a great opportunity!.

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How to : Kerala Style Mutton Biryani (with tips for beginners)!

Hey guys,

One of the very first dishes that I learned to cook, was biryani simply because it’s my favorite. I love to have it any time of the day, lol!. That’s absolutely bad for my waistline but I still do it.. 😀

Biryani preparation intimidates a lot of people due to the various steps involved. But I will make it simple for you and list it in points. Even newbies can try this out and for that reason, I have explained everything in detail and also included several tips. This is my mom’s recipe ♥

Btw, I will be including links to several of the ingredients I mention below so that you can find them easily in case it’s not locally available to you and also because the site that am linking to, gets you everything on a discount and ships worldwide from US.

Ok, let’s make mutton biryani 🙂 . Btw, the spice level is hot. Tone down the chili if you like it mild.

Preparation

Here are some steps that should be done before hand (or during the cook, if you are ok with multitasking).

● Clean the mutton very well. Remove unnecessary fat layers, hair if any and if you look close, it might even have wood pieces in it, from the cutting board used by the butcher. Remove these by hand, wash several times, then add a little bit of salt (for it’s cleansing properties) & turmeric powder (for it’s antiseptic properties). Do one final rinse & keep in a colander so that excess water is gone.

Mutton

Those marked in red, goes away

CleanCleaning mutton

● Ginger, garlic and chilies should be ground together coarsely.

● Onion should be sliced lengthwise & as thin as possible. You will need onion for 3 purposes – to make masala, for raita & for Birista (deep fried onions used for garnish).

Tip – If you separate the outermost layer of every onion and slice that thinly, that’s the best choice for frying, since this layer has the least water content and fries faster.

● Grated coconut & around 12-15 cashewnuts should be ground with a little bit of water, to make a fine paste. Adding this makes the masala richer.

● Tomato should be diced into cubes. Add the juice of 1 lemon to this.

● Coriander & Mint leaves should be chopped into tiny pieces. This is used for two purposes – for adding into masala & for garnish.

Tip – Use the more leafy part for garnish while the stems and all goes into the masala.

Herbs

● Pineapple should be diced into tiny cubes. You just need a handful. Take it into your hand and squeeze to get it’s juice. Dont throw those cubes away now that you have taken it’s juice. These are used for garnish. Add 2 capfuls of pineapple essence to the juice. Keep aside.

Pineapple

● Take 1 tsp of milk (that’s at room temperature) & mix 2 drops of yellow food color in it. This is used also in the final garnish process.

Tip – If using powder food color, go for the slightest amount, like maybe 2 mg or something, coz they tend to be pretty pigmented. If milk is not available, you can substitute with water.

● By now, water should have left the mutton. Make a mix of 8-10 tbsp yogurt, juice of 1/2 a lemon, some mint & coriander leaves, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt. Mix well with mutton and let it marinate for atleast 1/2 an hour.

Tip – Yogurt & lime helps to make the mutton tender while the spices, herbs & salt helps mutton pieces to get more flavor.

● Place a pan on high flame & pour equal amounts of RKG (Cow ghee) & vegetable ghee. Once it’s hot, lower the flame & add about 50 gms of halved cashew nuts. Let it fry just the slightest bit. It shouldn’t become reddish. Remove immediately & then fry the onion in the same ghee. The leftover ghee is used in the garnish process. So, keep that aside.

Fried nuts Onion birista

Note – You can add sliced almonds too along with cashew nuts. Also, golden raisins can be added too if you like the sweet taste that they impart. Fry them until they puff up and remove before they become reddish brown.

Tip : Frying the nuts first infuses the oil with a lovely taste & smell. This transfers onto the onions when you fry then next. When frying onions, make sure there is a good amount of ghee, so that it’s immersed in it. We are deep frying the onion. Next thing, don’t stir the onion. Just let it be. When the onion on the sides start gaining more color, give a slight stir. This ensures golden fried onion. A tip within a tip (Whoa, Inception!) – Before frying the onion, add a pinch of salt & 1/2 tsp sugar to it. It gives the onion birista a wonderful flavor & the sugar helps towards making it caramelized.

Ingredients for meat masala

Mutton

Biryani ingredients

Indian spices

Mutton – 2.5 kgs

Onion – About 25 (Yes!. I do mean 25, not 2-5) medium sized ones (used for three purposes, explained earlier) -that’s roughly 2 kgs

Green chilies – 15
Tomato – 4 – 5 medium sized ones
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Lemon – 1
Vegetable ghee – 5 tbsp for masala & as required for preparing onion birista
Cow ghee– As required
Ginger garlic paste – 3 tbsp (or you could use fresh ginger and garlic)
Garam masala – 2 tbsp
Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
Chili powder – 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tbsp
Chicken stock cube – 1
Salt – To taste
Coriander leaves – 2 bunches
Mint leaves – 1 bunch
Cashew nuts – Roughly 50+ gms
Grated coconut – 1/4th of a coconut

Method of making the meat masala

Add 5 tbsp vegetable ghee to a deep pan, on medium flame. Add about 3 tbsp ginger garlic green chili paste. Saute for about 3 mins, until the raw smell of the ginger garlic goes away. Then add onion. Keep sauteing, until translucent/light brown. Add salt (it helps the onion to lose its water content and fasten the process of becoming translucent). Add garam masala, coriander powder, chili powder & turmeric powder to the onion. Saute and mix well.

Add tomato & lime mix to the pan. If you want, you add 1 cube of chicken stock at this point (irrespective of what meat variety you are using. This gives an enhanced flavor). Add yogurt, coriander leaves, mint leaves, cashew/coconut mix. Mix well in between adding the above 4 ingredients. This onion & spices mix is called ‘masala’.

Meanwhile, put the marinated mutton in the pressure cooker (without adding water) and depending on how tender the meat is, pressure cook it for 2- 4 whistles. It should be done to about 80%.

Add this to the masala when it starts to boil slightly. Close the lid. Let it be, for some 10 mins, on sim. This step helps the mutton to draw in the flavor from the masala. Switch off flame & keep aside when you feel the meat is done.

Biryani masala

Method to make rice

Rice – 1.5 kgs (Tip – Usually the rice : meat ratio is 1:2)
Fennel seeds– About 1 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks – 5 one inch pieces
Cardamom – 7-8 big ones
Cloves– 10
Whole peppercorns – 12-14
Bay leaf – 2
Half a lemon
Salt – to taste

Use good quality long grained Basmati rice for biryani.

Long grained Basmati

Wash the rice several times until water runs clear. Strain and keep aside. No need to soak the rice. Then take a pot with 3/4th of it filled with water. Add fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom, whole peppercorns to it, in order to let it infuse in the water. Add salt in such a way that the water actually tastes salty.

Indian spices

Tip – This is because this water is drained away once the rice gets cooked. By making it salty, the rice gets the right amount of salt in it.

Once it starts to boil, add the rice. Immediately add the juice of half a lemon to the pot.

Tip : This ensures that the rice doesn’t stick together when cooked.

Now, be alert and check the doneness of the rice after about 6 mins and onwards. It should be 80% done when you drain away the water.

Cooked rice

Final cooking process

Add one layer of masala at the bottom of the pan that you are planning to do the ‘Dum’ process (which is the cooking of the meat, masala and rice together). Then add once layer of rice. Next sprinkle some coriander leaves,mint leaves, ghee (leftover from making the onion birista), pineapple cubes, pineapple essence/juice mix, milk/food color, cashew nuts (From here on the above will be mentioned as ‘garnish’).

Next add another layer of rice, then a layer of meat masala, then rice, garnish and repeat the above if there is more rice/meat masala. The final layer will be rice that’s topped with the garnish.

Biryani dum process

Tip – Now seal the pan with a layer of foil. This seals in aroma & heat.

Then put on the lid of the pan. Keep something heavy on top of it, like the mortar (from the mortar & pestle thing). Keep on high flame for 3 mins, then on sim for 15 mins. Biryani ready!

Dum biryani

Kerala style mutton biryani recipe

Note – If you are using fish or chicken as your meat choice, fry them first. A little of the oil that it is fried in, can be added while making the masala and also during dum process. It brings more flavor.

Biryani should be served with a yogurt salad called raita.

Method of making raita

Ingredients :

Yogurt – As required
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1 medium sized one
Green chilies – 3
Curry leaves- 2 stems
Salt – To taste

Method :

Chop onion finely. Dice tomato. Add chopped green chilies and curry leaves along with a little salt. Next, squeeze and crush these together with your fingers to let it release it’s juices. Then add yogurt to make it the perfect raita.

How to make raita

I hope you try this biryani recipe. If you do, please share your experience with me & my readers ♡. If you have doubts, leave a comment & I will try my best to explain more. I have put in a lot of effort in doing this post. Would be great if you shared this on any social media channels. Thanks!

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Naz ♥

Review : May 2017 Glamego – Most affordable beauty subscription box in India!

Hey guys,

Today’s review is about Glamego, India’s most affordable beauty subscription box. At only Rs 299 (Approx AED 17!), May’s box is so worth it because it contains four full sized skincare products from premium, organic brands with a total worth of Rs 814!. It came in an eco friendly, simple box with Glamego’s [quite stylish] logo on it. Here are the products and my opinions about them :

Glamego

Glamego May box

Premium Himalayan Crushed Roses foot soak/Bath salt by Soap Square – Man, the scent of this!!. It’s heavenly. It’s like you stepped into a rose garden. It contains Rose petals, which are rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties along with Pink Himalayan salt & Rose oil.

Pink Himalayan salt roses bath salt

I never knew bath salts could be of such high quality. This is the best bath salt I have tried. I used it as an exfoliator since it’s crushed to a fine form. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and scented. The divine scent actually stays in the shower for hours on end. When I got it, it had hardened into a block. But, it can easily be crushed. This brand is paraben free, crueltyfree, SLS free, vegetarian, natural and handmade. The benefits of using Epsom salt bath salts and foot soaks are many. I am yet to use this in a foot soak.

This pack containing 140 gms is worth Rs 400.

Choco Strawberry lip cream by Vedic Line – This one has the wonderful scent of chocolate. It has cocoa butter and beeswax, both being ingredients that are known to deliver moisture & softness to our lips. Funny enough, I don’t find ‘Strawberry’ listed in the ingredients list!. Huh?. Strange. Anyways, am in love with this creamy, indulgent & rich lip cream ♥

Choco lip cream

It is 15 ml & worth Rs 85.

Neem Caffeine face wash by M{Caffeine} – This brand is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand. Quite interesting!. Coffee is an ingredient that has been found to be pretty beneficial to skin, be it in DIYs or skincare products, for it’s high antioxidant properties.

M caffeinated face wash

Seeing Neem on the label, I had a feeling that it’s not a match for my skin type (normal/dry) since it’s usually found in products targeting those with acne taking into consideration it’s antiseptic properties. But surprisingly, it felt great on my skin. It didn’t leave a dry, stretchy kind of feel. Instead, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed.

It has a pretty great scent. Actually it reminds me of that fresh, sharp scent that men’s aftershave has!. I love it and so does my husband :). It also contains Vitamin E which gives a healthy glow to the skin. It’s texture is thick and gel like. For that reason, you just need a teeny tiny amount each time you use it. This 50 ml bottle will last quite a while. It’s worth Rs 199.

Lavender scented handmade soap by BioBloom – One of my most favorite scents ever is lavender and am glad I got this. Some received other variants in their boxes such as Rose soap & Neem & Aloe Vera soap. The scent is soft, relaxing & pleasant. This soap has a creamy feel on touch and lathers just right. It cleanses well. This brand is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Formaldehydes, SLS etc.

Lavender scented soap

It is 100 gms & worth Rs 125.

Overall, am happy with the value Glamego delivered this month. It’s price, Rs 299 is inclusive of shipping too (only in India)!. How amazing is that?. Definitely a beauty subscription box worth checking out. Sign up here.

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Naz ♥

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

Five Simple Beauty Tricks While On The Go!

Keeping up with our beauty routine is much easier when we are in the comforts of our home. However, when we ladies are on-the-go, especially when traveling, keeping up with all of these may not be the first thing that comes to our mind. We may not have the time to deal with all the demands of our beauty regimen.

Yet, your beauty routine doesn’t have to suffer even when in transit. Even when we are at our busiest, it is still possible to look our best. Check out these 5 simple beauty tricks while on the go.

1. Always keep hydrated.

This may be the least thing related to your beauty regimen, but for you to have great skin, you must always include hydration in your skin care routine. This is extremely important, especially when traveling by plane. Traveling at high altitudes can cause flaky skin as the air can be very dry. Drink plenty of water every now and then. In addition to that, apply your favorite moisturizer to your face and body for added skin hydration.


2. Treat your hair before traveling.

Being in transit for long periods of time doesn’t do our hair any good. As harsh as it is to our skin, being on the go can also affect our hair. That is why treating your hair while you are still at home by applying hair masks can make a difference. Doing this will suffice, so while on the go, you may simply spray dry shampoo. You’ll definitely look like these top models we see on tvs. Bringing handy hair masks and hair essential oils on your trip will also do.

3. Skip foundation.

Applying foundation is time-consuming. And when you are in transit, it may feel like such a hassle to apply it. So when you are on-the-go, it may no longer be necessary. Instead, use tinted moisturizers as they are lighter than the foundation, but with added benefits. It will keep your face hydrated, and at the same time, it can also cover up dark spots and blemishes. The best thing about this is that it will only take seconds to apply. Even while you are inside any type of vehicle, you can just squeeze a little in the palm of your hand, apply it lightly on your face, and you are good to go.

4. Use multi-purpose beauty products.

This product is heaven-sent to those who are perpetually late. Instead of bringing a lot of products in your bag, you can just use one for several purposes. One example is coconut oil which you can use as a lip balm, face and hair moisturizer, and even as makeup remover! Another example would be tints that can be used not only for your lips but also as a blush.

5. Always bring blotting paper.

Bless the soul of the person who invented this amazing product. When on-the-go, our skin can get very oily, especially in the forehead and nose area. Fret not; instead of redoing your entire beauty routine, you can simply put on that oil blotting paper to get the unwanted shine off of your face.

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Review : Nature Republic’s Real Nature Aloe Sheet Mask!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me Nature Republic’s Aloe Sheet mask, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here).

Nature Republic sheet mask

It came wrapped in a thin cover which had stars and zodiac signs printed on it. So pretty!

I like the concept of sheet masks. They are easy to use and fuss free. Ok, so this mask has the most realistic visual of Aloe Vera, printed on it’s pack. It’s beautiful & attractive enough to make anyone reach for the pack. Inside, I found the mask that is composed of three layers of cellulose, that’s brimming with essence. I found most essence on the mask itself and next to nil dripped inside the pack.

Nature Republic sheet mask

Here is the sheet mask pack. It came with a Thank You card from Skin18.

The essence has a light, pleasant scent and is thick, cool to touch and non oily. It says here on the pack that it should be applied on cleansed skin, right after applying a toner. So, I used my Jeffrey James Botanicals toner on cleansed skin and then applied the sheet mask.

Applying sheet mask

I promise the end result isn’t as scary as it looks in the beginning, lol!

On application, my skin felt hydrated, moisturized & soft. I left it on for 20 mins. Aloe is soothing and has healing properties. This mask is best for dry, irritated skin. I do have normal/dry skin, however it is not irritated. Still, I benefited much from the mask as it left my skin feeling refreshed and full of life!.

I do recommend you try this mask. The only problem I found with it is that it has a high alcohol content.

Price : $2.40 (Approx AED 8.82) for a pack containing 23ml essence

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

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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Naz ♥

Five Ways to Combat Slow Metabolism!

You’ve likely heard all types of health banter around metabolism, “Oh she is so fit, her metabolism must be really high,” or “Watch out, your metabolism slows down as you age.” There are many misconceptions about metabolism, what exactly it is and what it means for your weight and health. Clearing up the confusion can put you on the right track to recognizing and tackling a slow metabolism the right way.

What is Metabolism?

When you eat and drink, your body breaks down what you consume, delivering minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to vital organs, and converting calories into energy. That process of converting what you consume into energy is called metabolism. Powered by hormones produced by your thyroid and adrenal glands, the metabolic process that takes place in your body can be affected by everything from your lifestyle and diet to genetics, age, gender, underlying medical issues, and your environment.

How Can I Tell If My Metabolism Is Slowing Down?

Many people are quick to blame a “slow metabolism” for their weight gain, but it is not common for metabolism alone to pack on the pounds. Diet and exercise are still the key factors to healthy weight management when other underlying medical issues are not present.

Exercise

When you intake the same amount of food regularly, but your metabolism slows down, your body is slower to convert calories into energy. This means less nutrients are reaching your blood system and therefore your organs, muscles, and brain, and more fat is being stored. Slow metabolism symptoms include chronic fatigue, sugar cravings, hair loss, headaches and trouble concentrating, dry or cracked skin, often feeling cold even in warm temperatures, difficulty losing weight, and general muscle weakness.

Recognizing a comprehensive presence of multiple symptoms definitely warrants a trip to the doctor to have a conversation about what you are experiencing and whether testing should be done to check your thyroid and adrenal glands.

How Can I Boost My Metabolism?

The good news? Activity, diet, and smart thinking can naturally help boost your metabolism and your overall health.

● Contrary to presumption, eating regular meals or smaller meals throughout the day can boost your metabolism. If you significantly cut your diet and go without eating for extended periods of time, your body will naturally slow the metabolic processes because it is aiming to conserve as much energy as possible.

● Getting enough sleep and staying hydrated are also important factors in boosting metabolism, helping you stay alert, active, and warm which cues your body’s metabolic process to keep burning calories.

● Ditch processed foods and meals with high sugar content (women should aim for eating around 24g of sugar per day) – they disrupt your body’s natural blood sugar regulation and slow down metabolic functioning.

● Get out and exercise! Incorporate light weight lifting into your cardio workout – muscle burns calories faster than fat, and regular exercise gets your body into a new routine of expending energy and building muscle.

● Limit caffeine and alcohol intake as both can affect your appetite, sleep, and calorie to energy conversion.

Convinced your metabolism is slowing down? Taking small, manageable steps to whip it back into shape starts with you. Start a new tradition of eating a protein-rich breakfast each morning, taking a brisk 20 minute walk every day, and working on getting to bed a littler earlier each night. Small changes can make a big difference, naturally!.

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Note: This is a sponsored post and I am being compensated for publishing it.

Review : April 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

No, it’s not a typo in the heading. This box is indeed Apr 2016’s. I just missed reviewing it!. Even though the box is old, my opinion about the products in the box is new right?. Lol, so I decided to do the review anyways 🙂

The box concentrates on skincare products, which I love. Onto the products, in detail :

Apr 2016 Glambox

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash – This face wash’s main ingredient is Neem, known for its purifying, antiseptic properties. This product helps fight pimples, prevents acne marks & cleanses impurities and keeps bacteria that causes pimples away. This is a highly effective herbal cleanser, perfect for those with oily skin. However, it does not suit me since I have normal / dry skin. I gave it to my father who has oily skin and he absolutely loved it. It came in a full sized 50 ml tube, along with a flyer about it.

Neem Face wash

Pond’s Flawless white Visible Lightening Day Cream – I am not one who wants to achieve ‘lighter, fairer’ skin. I don’t see the need to set that as a goal. That being said, this cream is so lightweight and creamy and I love it. Only a little goes a long way. So, work with small amounts. I finished this tub completely and to say the truth, I did find my skin to be more luminous and lighter in color. It’s light pink in colr and came in a full sized tub containing 50g.

Ponds fairness cream

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mist with SPF 30– Sunscreen in a mist form?. Sign me up!. Lol. This is such a fantastic & convenient concept. The mist feels soothing and moisturizing on the skin while giving a protection of SPF 30 throughout the day. It came in a spray bottle containing 50ml. I have it in my purse for protection on the go. Love this one ♡

Bioderma Hydrabio

Lady Speed Stick Fresh & Essence – This deodorant/anti-perspirant roll on is quite nice. It has a fresh scent. But unfortunately, it is not long lasting. It came as a 50ml roll on. There was a larger than life sized brochure too, in the box. I found it really creative!

Lady Speed Stick

Hiluxe HI Color & Shine Nail Laquer – This is a 5 Free nail polish by the brand Eleanor. It’s in the color NH03 Pretty Purple and is a cool toned purple, which is pleasing to the eyes. In the pic below, I have applied double coat on all fingers except on the little finger, which has a single coat. You can see the difference.

Purple nail polish

Forgive my ‘not so good’ application. I rushed while applying it, this time. The bottle contains 9ml. Even though its a nice color, it started chipping really fast. Am talking about the second day itself!. I don’t even bite my nails.. I dislike it’s quality.

Jane Iredale Just Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain – This is such a magical product. I was quite disappointed at first to see the color of this lipstick. I thought it wouldn’t match me.

Jane Iredale lipstick

However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I swatched it!. It turned the most gorgeous shade of natural pink, on my lips. It’s superb. On the hand though, the color is barely visible and looks more peachy. I haven’t tried it as a cheek stain. Here are the hand and lip swatches :

Pink lipstick swatches

Quizas Loewe Seduccion Eau de parfum – A sample sachet of perfume, containing 1 ml was also included in the box. This one has a very strong scent, which is usual for a men’s perfume. However, this is a women’s perfume and I am surprised by how bold it is. It has notes of Passion Fruit, Blackberry along with Jasmine, Tuberose and the seduction of Vanilla & Caramel. Too strong for me but my husband loved it..

Seduccion perfume

Voucher time!

Glambox vouchers

This box came with so many vouchers!. Here they are :

● Free travel size eyeshadow kit upon any purchase of AED 250 exclusively from Esthetic Sense.
● 10% off all purchases of AED 200 or more from Kardashian Beauty
● 20% discount voucher on Bioderma Hydrabio Range products
● Chantelle Paris gift voucher worth AED 100
● Biolite Aesthetic Clinic Gift Certificate worth AED 250
● 40% Off discount code on Designer-24’s site
● 50 – 70% discount offers on Eleanor’s online site
● #GLAMBREAK online raffle entry

Overall, a nice box with a good, thoughtful mix of products. Glambox has been doing great in bringing in products from awesome brands, of late. Once again, this box doesn’t disappoint. Good job, Glambox!

Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Naz ♥

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

Get silky smooth Hollywood-worthy hair with the Brazilian Blowout!

● Celebrity-favourite hair smoothing treatment available at En Vogue Beauty Center
● 50% discount on all hair treatments at En Vogue Beauty Center in Dubai throughout the summer

Have you ever wondered how celebrities, such as Nicole Richie, Halle Berry and Taylor Swift, achieve silky smooth hair without a hint of frizz?  Wonder no more as En Vogue Beauty Center reveals the Brazilian Blowout as the answer! 

Celebrity hair styles

The Brazilian Blowout is a hair smoothing treatment that tames frizz and makes the tresses effortlessly manageable and with plenty of body and bounce. It works on just about every hair type and texture. If you have curls, a Brazilian Blowout will reduce the frizz and enhance the natural curls.  Wavy hair will be made to appear naturally straight and smooth. Straight, frizzy hair, will get that sleek, smooth look after a treatment, and an incredibly glossy shine.  

Unlike any other smoothing treatment that usually damages hair, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the health of your hair while making it look and feel silky smooth.  Using a breakthrough formula, the treatment improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle, therefore providing protection against any external damage. The best part? There is no down time! The treatment is finished at the salon – once you are done, you are back to your normal life again – you can wash your hair, tie your hair back in a ponytail, style it, and it will remain, smooth, frizz-free and radiant. No wonder, the Brazilian Blowout has a solid following amongst Hollywood A-listers and the brightest names in fashion! 

So now that you know your favourite celebrities’ best kept hair secrets, better schedule your Brazilian Blowout by calling any of the En Vogue branches for appointments! 

En Vogue Beauty Center branches:

En Vogue Beauty Center

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 4501055
Cluster E, Global Lake View Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, 04 5513855
Central Park in Dubai International Financial Centre, 04 3322995

About En Vogue Beauty Center

En Vogue Beauty Center is a full-service salon and spa offering the widest range of advanced services in hair, nails, face and body treatments.  It is a one-stop beauty and grooming destination that serves both women and men, as well as children.  Each of En Vogue branches boasts an urban and contemporary setting in a huge space, with separate entrances and facilities for men and women. En Vogue opened their first salon in 2011 and within three years dominated the market, becoming the number one salon in Dubai. Currently, there are three En Vogue Beauty Centers across Dubai and the company is set to open more locations in the near future.

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Naz ♥

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 : Mama Earth Toxin free Baby products!

Hey guys,

If you aren’t aware of this Indian baby products brand, you should be. Mama Earth is Asia’s 1st Made Safe Certified Toxin Free Brand. The fact that this brand is founded and created, with a lot of love & thoughtfulness, by a couple who wanted the very best and safe options for not only their own baby but also for other little babies, made me fall in love with it.

Mama Earth follows 4 core values, as shown below in a page from their product catalogue :

Mama Earth values

The ingredients of each and every product are of high quality and free from every NO-NOs out there. You can trust these products to take care of your baby. No doubt about that!. Even though their products target the age out of 0 – 5 year olds, these products can also be used by adults!.

All products feature cute baby animals on them. It’s so adorable!. I got to try four of their products. Here are my thoughts on them :

Moisturizing Daily Lotion : This ultra moisturizing lotion is white in color & runny in consistency. It has a soothing scent as they have used Chamomile essential oil in it. Some of the other ingredients are : Shea butter, Aloevera, Calendula extract, Almond oil, Cocoa butter, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Wheatgerm oil etc. It’s really lightweight & absorbs into my son’s skin easily, leaving it smelling lovely while protecting him from dryness.

Mama Earth lotion

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo : This lavender scented, cream colored shampoo foams up on application & leaves my son’s hair soft & nourished. It’s main ingredients are : Coconut based cleansers & conditioners, Lavender essential oil, Vegetable glycerin, Xanthum gum, Aloevera extract & more. It doesn’t irritate the eyes at all.

Mama Earth shampoo

Soothing Massage Oil : I have used several massage oils from different brands but this one is just phenomenal. This lightweight, non greasy oil is a natural blend of pure almond, jojoba & olive oils. It contains both lavender & chamomile essential oils and as it’s name suggests, is very soothing to the senses. I love using this after his bath time in the evenings. Other key ingredients are : Cold pressed Sesame oil, Coconut oil & Sweet almond oil.

Mama Earth massage oil

Deeply Nourishing Body Wash : This one’s appearance & ingredients are very similar to that of the shampoo. The essential oil included in this product is that of orange & it smells absolutely wonderful. This is a multipurpose product since it can also be used on hair (instead of shampoo). I love products like these.

Mama Earth body wash

Overall, it’s pure joy to use this brand, both for myself and my son. I love that they have included essential oils for scent rather than synthetic fragrances that are harmful to the soft skin of babies. I highly recommend this brand ♥.

It goes without saying, that they are eco friendly and thus the word ‘Earth’ in their brand name. All their products are made in Himachal Pradesh. Also, I wanted to show you guys the lovely & simplistic pouch that the products came in. It’s perfect to stock baby products and to carry in my baby bag.

Mama Earth baby products

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Naz ♥

Note:These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.