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Blast from the Past : Top 10 posts of 2013!

Hi again!

This past year had been an eventful one!. I would like to take you on a short journey through these past posts. According to the total views received per post, I have selected my top 10 posts (out of 79) and linked them below. If you have missed them, please do check them out!

Without further ado, here they are in descending order!

10) Haircare : A conditioning DIY hair mask.. came in 10th place with a total of 524 views.

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9) Review: Lily Cole Pearl Radiance Primer from The Body Shop.. came in 9th place with 658 views.

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8) Eight Valentine’s day gift ideas for her!.. came in 8th place with 763 views.

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7) Ben Nye banana powder in UAE!.. came in 7th place with 1688 views.

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6) How to: DIY ACV face toner!.. came in 6th place with 2642 views.

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5) Review : Dove Hair Fall Rescue Intensive Roots Treatment! .. came in 5th place with 2968 views!

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4) How to: Purchase from Amazon US store from UAE!.. came in 4th place with 3921 views!

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3) Daily dose of anti-oxidants (DIY at home facial).. came in 3rd place with 4302 views!

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2) NARS makeup in UAE!.. came in 2nd place with 5298 views!

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And now for the WINNING post!.. 

1) 2 eggs = 1 fabulous DIY hair mask + 1 face mask!.. came in 1st place with WHOPPING 30,433 views!!

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My blog and it’s viewership has grown so much. To think that my top post of 2012 had only 499 views!. Oh boy!!. Now look at the number of views on my top post of 2013. It’s 30,433!. That’s really huge. For me, views mean a lot.

I am quite glad that giveaway posts are not the ones that made it to my top 10. That means people view my regular posts more. I love it when people follow me to know more about my thoughts on different things and not just for giveaways. I am slightly low though that none of the book reviews have got into the top 10. Anyways, am overall happy with the 2013 results!. Thank you all for sharing my posts and referring your friends!

I hope you had a beautiful, wonderful 2013. Here is to an even better 2014 🙂

Love,

Naz 🙂

How to: DIY ACV face toner!

Hello guys!

It seems like I haven’t done a DIY in a while. So here is one, for a toner which I have been using for 7-8 months!

Before I go ahead with the DIY itself, let me first discuss what a toner does. A surprising number of people don’t know what a toner is or what it does. So info first!

A toner is an astringent liquid used on skin to clean away dirt and oil, tighten the pores and achieve fresh looking skin. It is usually applied after a cleanser. Cleanser opens the pores and cleans the dirt. When you follow that step with a toner, which cleans the skin further and closes the pores, you are good to go. You can then follow it with a moisturizer. Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize (CTM) is the motto you gotta hold in your heart and practice every day, for better and beautiful skin!

Usually the toners available in the market contains alcohol which can be really drying on the skin. So a DIY toner is perfect, according to me 🙂

Now onto the DIY and will discuss more info later:

You will need:

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1) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Our skin is acidic. All the times that we wash our face, put products on it, go outside etc, the acidic mantle is disturbed and our skin becomes alkaline. When it’s acidic (normally) our skin can battle against those nasty bacteria in the atmosphere, protect it from infections and shed dead skin cells, thus revealing a new layer of skin. However, when it leans towards the alkaline side, skin becomes dull and prone to infection thus leading to breaking out (Who doesn’t hate acne yeah?). ACV is acidic, anti bacterial, antiseptic and full of antioxidants. Using ACV to make this toner, helps not only in sloughing off the dead skin cells on our skin but also in restoring the ph levels of our skin.

I use the brand American Garden. I believe it’s AED7 for a 946ml bottle.

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2) Water (Drinking water/distilled water. Not tap water!) – It helps dilute ACV, because it cannot be applied on it’s own.

3) Measuring cup

4) A spray bottle – I use this small spray bottle from The Face Shop. It’s AED12. I have seen such handy bottles also at Daiso (for AED7) and Sephora (AED30 for such a bottle plus other small handy containers, in a pack). The one I am using for this tutorial, can contain 40ml.

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Method

1) It is very important to dilute ACV before applying it to the skin. The first time I used this toner, I made it in a 1:2 ratio (one part of ACV and 2 parts of water). But now that my skin is used to it, I am going to move to a 1:1 ratio. If you have sensitive skin, try a 1:4 ratio and also do a patch test probably on the crook of your elbow. If you have normal skin, you can start with a 1:2 ratio and then move to a 1:1 ratio.

I filled 20ml of water into the bottle:

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2) Fill the rest of the 20ml with ACV.

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3) Here is the final mix!. This mixture has a really pungent smell but it goes away within minutes and anyways you will get used to the smell, as a toner is something that is to be used daily. This teeny amount can last you upto 7-8 months.

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How to apply

1) Take a cotton pad. Spray it (like 5 times) until the cotton pad gets enough product to get soaked.

2) Apply to your face and skin in upward sweeping motion. Avoid the eye area.

3) Don’t wash away your toner. Let it dry for a few seconds and follow with a moisturizer.

Please note that though I have told you guys that I use the normal ACV from the brand American Garden, I suggest you use, an ACV with the ‘mother’. This might sound real funny!. But by saying “with the mother” it means that, that ACV is in the purest organic form and contains good bacteria. Here is an example of one that I found in store:

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I certainly would have bought this in the first place but I couldn’t find it when I was looking for it and now I have a 946ml bottle to finish first. So I didn’t buy this when I found it later on. Once my current bottle is over, I will purchase this one, for sure. This one is more costly than the other. 473 ml costs AED11.95.

HUGE NOTE: This ACV toner is perfect for anyone with normal – combination – acne prone skin. Also, ACV is different from your normal vinegar. So don’t get confused.

If you try it, let me know.

Love always,

Naz 🙂