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Amazon haul #3 – Skincare products!

Hey guys!

I recently went on a shopping spree on Amazon!. I have been meaning to look after my body more and invest in more products as much as I look after my face.

Here are the products I purchased and mini reviews:

Blog pix 0541) Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub (Brazilian Nut) : I occasionally do at- home body scrub DIY. However, I never was consistent with it. Probably it’s me being lazy but I wanted myself to be consistent with scrubbing my body and so I decided to get myself some good quality body scrubs that I can reach for any time. Tree Hut body scrubs are really known. They have different colors based on the ingredients like Almond & Honey, Hawaiian Kukui, Coconut Lime and Original Shea but what caught my eye was the Brazilian Nut one, which was brown in color.

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Blog pix 058It contains Organic Shea Butter, Avocado oil, Safflower seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Sweet Almond oil, Macadamia seed oil, Orange oil and is infused with Brazilian nut oil. For the abrasive part, it contains real sugar grains and ground walnut shells. I fell in love with the ingredients list. Each tub contains 510gms. Now what surprised me the most was the price. It was only $17.94 (AED 65.89). That’s not the price of one tub. It’s the price of three tubs!!. So I bought two sets (6 tubs). I gave one full set to my mom and sister in law.

Blog pix 059The quality of this scrub is just amazing. It really buffs away dead skin cells to reveal glowing, smooth and soft skin. It gives a beautiful and healthy glow to the skin. I expected it’s smell to be nutty however it smells of coffee. It’s a very strong smell. First time I smelt it, I didn’t quite like it. But when I first used it, the smell calmed my senses and was very relaxing. It lingers lightly on your skin for some time after which it fades away. I now am a big fan of the smell. I use it twice a week. I first wet my body, then take a bit of the scrub and work it onto the wet skin. I start from my feet and work upward in circular motion, to get the blood flowing. The entire routine is so relaxing. I have used it only for a few times but my skin is incredibly soft now. I particularly notice that the skin on my elbows and knees, don’t feel ‘bumpy’ anymore. I am in love with this scrub and I highly recommend you try this budget friendly brand.

2) L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Golden Balm – I bought this for my mom. This balm is for the face, neck and chest. It contains 10 precious oils, combined with skin strengthening calcium to attract and maintain moisture in mature skin. This product is meant for people with thinning, mature skin. So, I would say it’s perfect for people who are 35+.

Blog pix 055It comes in a maroon colored glass container with a golden colored lid. It contains 48 gms. The moisturizer is a cream/golden colored one and has very slight shimmery appearance. It has a balm like texture and gets absorbed super fast into the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft. The smell, Oh god, is just deliciously beautiful. I couldn’t stop smelling it once I tried it on my hand.

Blog pix 056This product costs $12.79 (AED 46.98) and I highly recommend it if you have mature skin which is in dire need of hydration and care.

3) Merben International Soft Texture Jute body brush with cotton cord handle – I have been wanting to start body dry brushing, in my quest to achieve the softest skin ever. This jute brush is really great and not highly abrasive. It’s not soft either, though it looks like that. This one is 13″ in length. I found it perfect to reach my back. If you would like a shorter version, there is a 9″ one. This is a perfect starter’s brush, if you are thinking of starting body brushing.

Blog pix 060I will be writing a post soon about dry body brushing in detail and share more pictures of this brush then. Please stay tuned for that post.

The price of this brush is $26.46 (AED97.19).

Shipping

Amazon ships right to your door step. I placed this order on 27th April, 2014. On 30th, it was shipped from US. On 4th May, it had reached Sharjah. That’s quite fast shipping. However, Aramex literally messed up the shipping, once it reached in UAE. If you look at the shipment tracking below, you will see that they kept it ‘In Hold’ for days!. On Hold means it’s kept at their holding facility in Sharjah.

AramexThen they took it out on their van on couple of days, in the morning, for the purpose of delivery and simple lugged it around until evening when it was returned back to the facility. I complained to Aramex telling them I couldn’t understand for the life of me why it just can’t be delivered to me!. They called back to apologize and said it won’t happen again but didn’t give me a definite reason as to why it happened. Finally on the 10th May (Yeah, 6 days after it reached Sharjah!) they called asking for my location. That was precisely when I had stepped out of my flat to go shopping. I asked them to bring it the next day as I was not at home. However, the delivery guy was adamant that it be delivered the same day. I don’t know if it’s the sheer weight/size of the package (Those scrubs were 1/2 a kg each!). So I finally asked him to drop it at a nearby supermarket. In the night, it was in my hands. Everything made it in one piece and that’s all I cared for then. I don’t really blame Amazon for this error. Aramex is the one to blame for their silly attitude.

The shipment charge by the way was $42.09 (AED154.60). That is the most I have ever paid for shipping I guess!. But it was indeed a heavy box.

I hope you loved my haul. Do comment below and let me know what you do to keep your skin soft and smooth.

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Naz 🙂

Amazon haul #1 – Haircare, Jewelry and more!

Hello beautiful people!

I love online shopping, like crazy. It’s easy peasy and can be done at the comforts of your home. What can be more convenient than that? (Not for everyone though, like poor Roger below :P).

1029I mostly do local purchases, because I don’t have to worry about customs or the weight or anything like that. But then I decided to shop at Amazon US store because there are some items which are not available locally and I wanted to try them. I am always up for trying new products :). It’s so much fun right?.

As the title says, I had placed the order back in February and chose a shipping option of 8 – 16 days. I received one item within 6 days and three items in March (in 13 days). Everything came carefully and neatly packed. There were small air bags inside, so that the products (which were individually wrapped) are separated well and don’t get damaged while in transit.

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I delayed doing this post, because I didn’t want to jump to conclusions about any product that I am reviewing here. Three months is a good amount of time to judge a product. So here goes…

All the prices mentioned in this post are the ones I have bought it at. I have noticed that Amazon prices tend to fluctuate. The prices in the brackets are the cost of it as of today. Anyways, here are the 4 items that I bought:

1) Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask, 8.5 ounces Jar (250 ml) : If you just type this in a YouTube search bar, you will be surprised at the number of people raving about it. Being a hair-care freak (well the number of haircare DIYs on this blog might have given you a hint!), I wanted to try this so badly.

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The tub is really pretty. In fact, to me, it looks like a coconut (Forget the green part of it :P). Brown on the outside and creamy white inside. The smell is literally HEAVENLY. Like you guys won’t believe how rich, luxurious and amazing the smell is. The tub comes with directions and it says there that this is an intense repairing mask and thus should not be used more than twice a week. I totally agree with that. You should never overwhelm your hair with products, however amazing they are.

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I used it twice in the first week that I received it. Then on, I used it once every week. While applying it, at that time itself, hair feels super-duper soft. The directions on the tub says to apply it liberally onto wet hair. The very first time, I shampooed my hair and then applied it. I found my hair to be really dry after it completely air-dried. The second time though, I applied it to wet hair without shampooing and found that my hair had a really soft texture and was easily manageable. So that’s how I have been using it since.

The directions say to apply it for 7 minutes. I have timed myself every single time and never exceeded that time limit. However, I did find someone saying that they applied it for 20 minutes and then her hair was much more softer than a 7 minutes application. But well, I am happy with 7 minutes. I apply it only to the lower half of my hair (from the level of my ear and down). I believe that conditioners should not be applied to the scalp, because it’s totally unnecessary. The new hair at the scalp is already nourished by the oils produced by our skin and does not require an external conditioning treatment.

I would definitely purchase this again. I highly recommend this product to all. It does what it promises and that according to me, is a great deal!. It will be after quite a while though, because this tub is going to last me a LONG time.

Price : US $16.86 (As of today, it costs US $18.84)

2) Organic R/s Root Stimulator Hair Fertilizer, 6 Ounce (170 gms) : Ok, another hair-care product :D.. Hehe. The name itself is very attractive. Not the fertilizer part. Well, that brings images of plant manure and what not. But believe me, ‘this fertilizer’ smells good and has a cream colored mayonnaise-like texture. The tub says to apply it daily. But I chose to apply it thrice a week. I do other hair-care DIYs too. So I really don’t want to overwhelm my hair with daily application.

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The product is very thick and at first I feared applying it would be tough. However, the product is absorbed by the hair pretty fast and I like that. It does not leave the hair greasy, which is a huge plus. I usually brush my hair first and make sure it’s untangled. Then I scoop the product out, apply on the scalp and then brush again so that it’s evenly distributed.

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I believe this is formulated to be applied on the hair and washed off after some time. But nothing is mentioned about it in the directions. So I chose to apply it in the night and wash off in the morning. As it’s not greasy, it’s totally ok.

Within the second week of using it, I felt a really good difference. My hair has a beautiful shine and it’s softer now.

I would highly recommend this product too :). I would definitely re-purchase. 

Price : US $7.69 (As of today, it costs US $7.67)

3) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream, 0.5 Ounce (15gms) : This product is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eye area.  As I didn’t have an eye cream for my skincare routine, I decided to make this a part of my night time routine. It contains Alpha Hydroxy in it and it’s supposed to be anti-ageing. That’s what attracted me to this product. I have used it for 1 month now and it’s nearly over.

I just take a tiny dot on my ring finger and work it around my eyes in a patting/dabbing motion. Eye creams should never be rubbed on, as the skin is really delicate there. I think it has the right consistency. Not liquidy nor thick. Very easy to apply. It has a VERY faint smell of medicine/pharmacy!. But it’s a nice smell not bad at all. Infact, after the first couple of uses, you can’t even smell it anymore because by then you would get used to the faint smell. This cream can be applied under makeup too but I have never tried that. Also, it says to apply it twice a day but I apply it only in the night. Please keep in mind that products with alpha hydroxy acid should not be worn out in the sunlight, as our skin becomes more susceptible to damage.

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Well, about it’s effect on my skin, umm, I am still kind of undecided on it. I am 25 by the way and I don’t actually have a lot of lines around my eyes. I *think* the lines on the crow’s feet area is lesser. But, you know how sometimes you like to make yourself believe that a product is working and it appears like it really does work, while probably it’s not?. Jeez!.. Does that even make any sense?. But that’s how I feel about this product. Maybe others have totally benefited from it and it does say on the tube “Clinically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eye area”. I think I am fooling myself into thinking that this product works. For 15 gms, it’s pretty expensive, mostly because it’s from the brand Neutrogena (I have had positive experience from other products of this brand but this… um….).

I won’t be re-purchasing this product and I don’t really recommend it to others.

Price : US $9.83 (As of today, it costs US $12.50)

4) 18K Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Diamond Heart MOM Pendant Necklace (0.01 cttw, I-J Color, I3 Clarity) : This is such a gorgeous chain and pendant. From the below picture on the site, I kind of expected the pendant to be slightly bigger than it actually is.

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But still, I am not complaining. Sometimes, small and simple is more beautiful. My mom absolutely loved it.

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If you are new to my blog, you probably wouldn’t know that I had gifted it to my mom along with a DIY greeting card, on Mother’s Day. This is actually a beautiful gift to give to your mom, any time of the year.

Price : US $39.00 (As of today, it costs US $29.00 (Man, I feel ripped off!!), but is temporarily out of stock)

My total shipping fee was US $23.02 and was delivered right to my door step by Aramex. The people at Amazon decided to divide my order into two and I believe it’s done so that, what is available readily, gets faster to me. The chain arrived first and the rest followed. I paid only one shipping fee for the order and obviously was not charged for two separate deliveries.

I really hope you loved my mini haul from Amazon / review 😀

If you are in UAE and you have never purchased from Amazon before, you will find my “How to” guide extremely useful!

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Love,

Naz =)