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iHerb Haul #10 – Skincare products & more!

Hi guys!

Here is my recent haul from the best online shopping site ever, iHerb!.

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1) Andalou Naturals Lift & Firm Cream – You will find this product in one of my previous hauls. That time though, I had bought it for my brother. Recently he raved about it to me and so I had to get it for myself. This cream has Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE and fruit stem cell complex (Apple / Grape). The main ingredient in it is certified organic Aloe Vera and also has Argan & Jojoba oils. This product is supposed to help with diminishing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, fade hyperpigmentation and improve overall texture for a visibly lifted, firmer complexion.

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I found it to be extremely hydrating and nourishing. It imparts a soft, supple feeling. It’s white in color, has a light Vanilla like scent and has a lovely, creamy texture. A little comes a long way. It’s meant to be used in the daytime. Though not shown here, I bought two of this, the other one a repeat purchase for bro.

Price – $19.96 (Approx AED 73.32) for a tub containing 50 ml.

2) Andalou Naturals Night Repairing cream– Since I bought the day cream, I decided to check out the night cream too, as it’s a known fact that when you get products from the same range, it goes well together, works hand in hand and helps you achieve your goal in a lesser amount of time. This product contains certified organic Aloe Vera, Cacao butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip oil, Evening Primrose oil, Avocado oil and more. The Resveratrol & CoQ10 in it works as antioxidants, to stimulate circulation, slow cellular damage and speedy healthy cell renewal for improved skin texture.

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This cream has a balm like texture and is very light. It has a chocolatey smell, which I really liked. A little goes a long way with this product too. It sinks in really fast leaving skin looking healthy and slightly dewy.

Price – $19.96 (Approx ) for a tub containing 50 ml.

Based on my experience with both these products I would definitely recommend you the Andalou Naturalsbrand. Also, I preferred it because it is vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate free, Non- GMO & gluten free. When you use chemical free products, it really makes a wonderful difference in your skin. Both of these creams that I purchased are from their ‘Age Defying’ range and targets ‘Dry & Very Dry’ skin types.

3) Avocado oil by Now Solutions– I love this oil so much since it’s multi purpose. I use it both as a nourishing face oil in my night time skin care routine and as a hydrating oil for my dry hair. This is a repeat purchase. Only difference though, is that last time, I had bought a smaller bottle (118 ml) while this time, it’s a larger one (473 ml).

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Price – $12.22 (Approx AED 44.89) for a bottle containing 473 ml.

4) Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque– Since I have dry hair, I wanted to try a product like this one. Funny enough, I don’t use it as a masque but as an overnight leave-in conditioner. The actual usage of it is to work it into damp hair from roots to end, cover hair with plastic cap for 45 mins and then to rinse off. However, I simply work it into my hair from the middle part until the very tips and leave it overnight. Next day when I wash my hair, it feels soft and manageable.

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It is white in color and has a thick texture. I first rub it in between both my hands, warm it up just a bit that way and massage it into the hair. This mask contains great ingredients such as Tamanu oil, Monoi oil, nutrient-rich Garlic extract and Bamboo to fortify hair. This is made for dry, textured and damaged hair. Overall, it’s a nice masque but not one I would urge you to buy because my expectations were really high for this product and it falls short of it.

Nubian Heritage

Price – $11.99 (Approx AED 44.04) for a tub containing 340 gms.

5) Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum by Now Solutions– I was looking for a serum that hydrates well but doesn’t cost a lot. So, I chose this one. It’s supposed to naturally reduce appearance of fine lines.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I love the runny texture of this product. A little goes a looong way. On application, it feels like my skin just drinks it up, leaving it hydrated. It has this extremely refreshing scent. It reminds me of the smell of the leaf of lemon tree. I would like to say this could be a cheaper version of Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating serum, which I have reviewed earlier. No doubt their ingredients are worlds apart but am comparing just the texture and feel of the products.

I love any product that comes with a pump because it’s convenient and mess-free. So, I was delighted to see a pump on this one. However, I was surprised to see that there is no tube inside the bottle. On reading it’s back side, I understood that it uses an airless pump. So, you gotta shake the bottle, then pump to get rid of excess air and then product is dispensed out. If not, shake again. The base rises each time you pump. But I rather prefer a bottle with a pump/tube mechanism. But still, I love this product so much!. I HIGHLY recommend it!. Also, it’s paraben free, cruelty free and gluten free.

Price – $11.04 (Approx AED 40.55) for a bottle containing 30 ml.

6) Badger Beard Balm – I got this for my brother since of late he is into grooming his beard. According to him, it’s a nice product and he would recommend it. It is a cruelty free product.

Badger Beard Balm

Price – $14.39 (Approx AED 52.86) for a tin containing 56 gms.

Discounts and Shipping

iHerb has introduced something new. A loyalty program!. After each purchase, 10% of your bill total (excluding shipping charges) is placed in your iHerb account. It has a validity of 60 days. Next time you purchase within this time frame, this amount is deducted from your bill total!. For this purchase of mine, I got $9.76 (Approx AED 35.85) :).

Since Andalou Naturals was one of the ‘Brands of the Week’ at the time of my purchase, I got an extra 20% off it, thus saving $11.97 (Approx AED 43.97) on three products!

The shipping via DHL was amazingly fast and it reached me from US to UAE in just 3 days. Gotta love how fast DHL’s service is. Shipping cost me $8 (Approx AED 29.38), since iHerb had a special offer running that month that no matter how much ever the weight is of the package, you can get it shipped for a flat rate of $8. There really is no other site that offers you so much value!.

Use my code SCZ695 at checkout to get $5 off your first purchase!

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Naz ♥

Brand New to Dubai – UrbanVeda: Ayurveda skincare with a modern twist!

If you are a fan of natural skincare, then new brands will always be on your radar. Well, UrbanVeda is brand new to Dubai and we are ecstatic to have it here! Every day we go into battle with environmental factors such as excessive central heating or air conditioning, exhaust fumes, dust, dirt and stress, which negatively affect the health of our skin as our lifestyles are mirrored in our complexion. The UrbanVeda range has been formulated using natural ingredients and the principles of Ayurveda in a relevant way for 21st century skin care complaints to ‘pollution proof’ skin leaving it less vulnerable to the environment.

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UrbanVeda believe the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda fits seamlessly into a modern 21st century lifestyle. But unlike so many things in the modern world, Ayurveda doesn’t believe just in the quick fix. Naturally formulated using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives, UrbanVeda helps to maintain the skin’s natural balance by infusing it with Omega-rich bio-oils, free radical-fighting antioxidants and vitality-boosting essential fatty acids.

The Purifying range

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The Reviving range

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The four ranges are Radiance, for dry and dull skin; Purifying, for oil-prone and congested skin; Soothing, for distressed skin relief; and Reviving, a pampering and replenishing range with naturally anti-aging ingredients suitable for all skin types.

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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.

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 🙂