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Blast from the Past : Top 10 posts of 2014!

Hey guys!

It’s time to reflect back on this year!. Here are my top 10 posts of 2014. If you haven’t read them yet, do check it out :). Also, this time I have chosen to feature only my top 10 non-giveaway posts.

Without further ado, here they are in descending order!

10) How to: Purchase from iHerb! came in 10th place with 210 views!

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9) iHerb haul #3 – the ‘Cure all’ oil! came in 9th place with 224 views!

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8) Review: Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel system! (Amazon purchase #2) came in 8th place with 229 views!

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7) Review : Eye-o-sonic by Michael Todd’s True Organics! came in 7th place with 259 views!

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6) Review: April 2014 Glambox! came in 6th place with 311 views!

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5) iHerb haul #1 – Skincare oils! came in 5th place with 446 views!

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4) Review: Foreo Luna! came in 4th place with 512 views!

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3) Affordable jewelry from Cost 21! came in 3rd place with 732 views!

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2) Review: EYOVA Hair nutrient with Egg oil! came in 2nd place with 825 views!

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and finally,

1) Review : Ponds Age Miracle products! came in 1st place with 4073 views!

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My top three posts of all time!

All three were originally published in 2013

3) How to: Purchase from Amazon US store from UAE! came in 3rd place with 15056 views!

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2) My experience with hair rebonding… came in 2nd place with 31671 views!

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1) 2 eggs = 1 fabulous DIY hair mask + 1 face mask! came in 1st place with a whopping 58612 views!

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Top 5 commenters!

I love comments!. They show that you care for the efforts I put in to each of my posts. My top 5 are mentioned below. I thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥

1) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s Blog

2) Praseena of Coral Crue

3) Irene of Drab 2 Fabz

4) Sarah of Blend N Smack

5) Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally

Alright you guys.. This is a long post. I hope 2014 treated you well. Here is to an even better and prosperous 2015!!

Love,

Naz 🙂

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: Purchase from Amazon US store from UAE!

Hi all!
I made a purchase from Amazon two months ago. The following are several questions that arose in my mind before placing the order. Hope the answers help at least some one out there 🙂

1) What is the mode of shipment?

A : Usually anything from US, is sent by post (it’s way cheaper than courier service). I have previously received gifts from friends. So my first doubt was whether I should provide my postal address which is in Abu Dhabi or my physical address which is in Sharjah. Amazon has a live chat option on their site which I simply love. One of their agents told me that unless and until they actually assign a delivery service to it, they themselves don’t know how it would be send.

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Finally, I went with my gut feeling and provided my postal address. Later on I received an email informing me that the service assigned to ship my package is Aramex!. Everyone out there knows that Aramex does not deliver to a post box. Usually if a wrong address is given, the package is send back to its origin. I felt real low.

I contacted Amazon again and asked if I could change my address to physical. They had split my order into two separate packages. This is done as per availability of certain items and shipped to you separately at no extra cost. They informed me that the first shipment was already out and they couldn’t do anything to change the address. However, I could change the address of my second shipment. So I went ahead and changed that address to the physical one. Then I liaised with the local Aramex office and they informed me that once the package is in UAE, they will contact me and check for my physical address. That relieved me a lot!

I had opted for the 8 – 16 days shipment option (The other option is 2 – 7 days) but received my first shipment (with one item) in just 6 days!. That was super fast. Everything was neatly and carefully packed.

My second shipment (with 3 items) arrived in 13 days. Even that was delivered right to my doorstep by Aramex. I can now safely say that Amazon would be generally using Aramex to ship to UAE. So go ahead and provide your physical address as your default shipping address.

2) How do I know which items are shipped international and which locally in US?

A : While browsing for products, make sure the International Shipping option is selected in the search bar, like below:

SearchbarAnother option is to search anyway, but check the box AmazonGlobal Eligible on the left side of the screen.

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Or just click here to go to their page with International Shipping already selected.

3) International Shipping is selected in the search bar but still when I click on a product it says like below. Why is that?.

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A : That particular item might be shipped from US to other international places like say Europe, but unfortunately not to UAE.

4) I didn’t get a message like the one mentioned in question 3 but another message as below is shown in the ‘Product details’ for the product that I selected. Is UAE among the ‘select countries’?

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A : The best way to know is ‘Add it’ to your shopping cart anyway and continue. Finally a page comes where you have the option to ‘Continue shopping’ or ‘Place the Order’. If that button can be selected, it means that product is eligible for shipping to your country. If the button is visible but cannot be selected, unfortunately that product is not eligible to be shipped to your address. Also a message as below will be displayed:

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5) How can I make the payment?

A : Amazon provides a number of payment options. You can pay with a Visa/Mastercard credit/debit cards, Amazon gift cards, American Express etc.

6) Are liquid items permissible to be purchased and shipped into UAE?

A : I haven’t purchased any liquid items yet. I have my eyes on one particular such product. If I successfully buy that, I will come back and update this answer.

7) A product that I wish to buy is being offered by several sellers. From whom should I buy?

A : This one is quite a personal choice. Some sellers on Amazon does ship international. But I personally prefer buying something from Amazon directly. It’s kinda like a trust issue :P. I look out for a message like below, while shopping:

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Those are the seven main questions that arose in my mind. Have you ever purchased from Amazon?. What did you buy?

To see what I bought on Amazon, click here 🙂

I hope you find this post useful. If you do, please share and also leave a comment below. I love feedback!.

Now that you are here, check out this online site iHerb which ships worldwide. They ship from US to UAE in less than 2 days. Ultimately fast shipping!. They also sell literally everything you need from makeup brushes, cosmetics, natural supplements and even grocery items!. Use the code SCZ695 for a $5 or $10 discount on your first purchase!.

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Love always,

Naz 🙂

How to: DIY Mother’s Day greeting card plus a gift idea from Amazon!

Hi all!!

I am super excited to bring you this post today :). Mother’s day is celebrated on different dates in different parts of this world, like in US, it’s on May12th while in UK it’s on Mar 10th. Well, in UAE it’s coming up on 21st of March. I thought I will do a post ahead of time for two reasons : 1) I always love to help you guys out with ideas 🙂 and 2) I am 100% sure my mom won’t be checking this post. I hate to ruin surprises!

Read ahead and find out how you can make a frame-like greeting card for your beloved mom. I have listed everything step by step:

Here are the things I thought I will require:

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First, I took the cardboard piece, which I had saved from inside a pillow case set and wrapped it, using the A4 sized sheet of paper. If you need the step by step procedure for that, please visit my last DIY greeting card. In that DIY too, I had used a cardboard piece just like this one. I could have used normal paper to do that DIY. But this particular DIY card, requires you to use a sturdy cardboard piece itself, because in the end, I am planning to convert this into a frame-like structure.

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Next, I took this pretty, shimmery golden ribbon (which was used to wrap the flower bouquet my husband gave me for Valentines day this year :)) and had an idea to wrap it around the edges of the card.

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I took a piece of clear tape and bent it to turn it into a double sided sticky tape, like this.

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Then I made many of them and lined it across one side of the card.

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Next, I flattened out the ribbon across the card like below.

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Then I trimmed off it’s edges, like this.

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I gotta tell you that it was pretty hard to stick the ribbon down with the tape. But after keeping it pressed with my hand for a few secs, it held on. I did put on couple more of tapes on top of the ribbons to make sure its intact. Also, did the same as above to the rest of the sides.

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Here are two shells I got from the beach. They were joined together when I got it and that’s why they look identical. I broke them apart so I could stick them separately on the card.

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I then placed the shell where I wished to stick it. You gotta always have an idea first as to where you want something to be. I wanted it in the corner. I am using a Fevicol Super Glue to stick it. You can get it for just AED 1 at any super market.

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Once I stuck it, I pressed down hard on the shell and held it in place to make sure it stuck real well.

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Here I am applying the glue to the second shell. Lemme remind you that working with super glue is a nightmare. Just be real careful with it. I got it stuck on my finger and ughh, it’s horrid!. I hate the smell of it, hate the feel of it but yet it does it work, so yeah… I am using it 😛

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Look how nice it looks once the shells are in place!

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Next, I started drawing a heart right in the middle of the card. Notice, if you can (hope it’s not too light), how I put those tiny dots around, so I know how to join the heart and try to get a heart shape which is near-perfect. I am using a graphite lead pencil here.

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The heart is complete. Make sure you have an eraser handy!!. I didn’t have one lying around but finally found a pencil which had one at it’s end. Jeez, I still find it super tough getting a heart shape right!

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Using a red lip pencil, I outlined the heart. I know, I had those oil pastels handy, but in order to get a thin line, it’s better to use a pencil. I been using this lip pencil for such art and craft for a while. It did come as a little one in a makeup set, but I don’t use it on my lips.

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Next I used the red color from my oil pastel set, to color a thicker edge to parts of the heart.

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Then I wrote “Happy Mother’s Day” in it, trying my best to make it look fancy :D.. I used a pencil, just to be on the safe side. It’s always good to start with a pencil and you can make any number of amendments to it.

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I then started writing on top of it using my purple Stabilo pen. I love how extremely fine it’s tip is.

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It looks like that once I am done.

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Next, I decided to draw swirls around the heart, like this.

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I decided not to do it around the entire heart. So I did part of the heart only.

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I then used a purple color pencil and my red lip pencil to alternate coloring those swirls.

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Once I was done with that side, I decided to cut the monotony and draw flowers on the other side of the heart.

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In addition to the purple pencil and the lip pencil, I decided to use the purple Stabilo pen too to alternate while drawing in, the flowers.

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Next, I wrote “Dear Mamma” above the heart and “I Love You” below the heart, trying yet again to make it look fancy 🙂

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I then colored in both with the Stabilo purple pen.

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Now, here is a piece of sturdy cardboard which was used as a partition in an offer pack of something I bought.

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It could be opened like this.

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I decided to use just this one part which I have caught hold of, in the below pic. I cut along the line to get a piece of the length I required.

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I then bent it on both sides and stuck one side of it right in the middle of the card, at the back, using the super glue.

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Now, that’s how it’s gonna stand 😀

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Obviously, when you close it, a part of it is going to be visible from the front. I decided to draw hearts on it, so that it doesn’t look blank and weird!. I will be signing off with my name there.

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So that’s how it’s gonna look 🙂

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Now that our card is done, let me discuss a gift idea with you. At first I thought I will do a list of gift ideas but then I knew it would be a similar list to my Valentine’s gift ideas post, in which I had listed my favorite gifting ideas. Instead, I decided to show the gift I got for my mom.

It’s an 18K rose gold plated sterling silver chain with a heart mom pendant. It has three minute diamonds on it too.

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I bought this from the Amazon Curated Collection of Amazon for USD 39.00, which I thought was a neat price for such an elegant necklace.  Here is the direct link to this necklace if you wish to surprise your mom with it too :). Here is a close up image of the pendant (my camera doesn’t focus too well in the pic I clicked). Isn’t it gorgeous??

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I had selected the 12 -18 days shipping option while checking out, because there was still a long time to go for Mother’s day. However, imagine my surprise when it reached me in a short time of just 6 days, which I thought was super fast shipping!. I paid USD 9.44 for the shipping (handled by Aramex), which I think is very reasonable.

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So here is the final gift that I will be giving my lovely mom.

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Guys, please comment below and let me know what you thought of the DIY and the gift choice I made for mom.

Lots of love,

Naz 🙂

Note: I will be doing a post on my Amazon purchase (I have bought more stuff) and if you have any questions regarding shipping or anything, please leave them below and I will answer it in my upcoming post.