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Review : Dove Elixir Hibiscus & Argan oil!

Hey guys!

About 2.5 months ago, I bought Dove’s Nourished Shine Hibiscus & Argan oil. One of the first things that attracted me to it is ofcourse the brand. I love Dove plus I haven’t come across this Dove product in the UAE. There are three variants and I got the third one which is the Hibiscus and Argan oil one, both of which are great for the hair.

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The oil is light and non greasy. It says ‘Precious oils with real ingredients’ on the outer box and the bottle. You can see golden yellow flakes floating inside the bottle and those are Rose flower petals (according to the ingredients list). These have lost it’s color since it’s completely infused in the oil. I love it’s beautiful smell. It’s so divine. Since it’s a very light oil, you can use it to simply run through your hair even just before heading out, just to keep your hair looking well groomed with no flyaways. I mostly use it at night before heading to bed though.

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The oil comes in a solid glass bottle fitted with a nozzle. I love the bottle since it’s so pretty and can be reused once it’s empty. The nozzle is tiny though, almost as if it was designed to pump a serum product, not oil. Anyways, I use about 10 pumps each time I oil. In the above pic you can see some rose petals have lodged itself in the tube that leads to the nozzle. That’s actually a nuisance. That plus the tiny nozzle makes it tough to pump the oil out. Sometimes tiny pieces of petals makes it’s way through the nozzle but large ones get lodged in the tube.

This was actually an impulse buy. Of late, I research a lot before buying a product. But this one was more like a “Saw it, want it” situation. I grabbed it just before heading to the payment area. Once I got home, I did my usual research, went through the ingredients etc and found something pretty disappointing… 78% of this oil consists of mineral oil!. Like what the hell!. Mineral oil is a cheap, base oil that some companies use. There are debates as to whether mineral oil is good or bad. Some say it’s plain bad while some say it’s good to pull moisture in, especially in hot climates. Whatever the case, 78% of this oil is mineral oil, man.. That means only the rest of it are Hibiscus and Argan and other ingredients.

I can’t say I don’t recommend it. You could maybe buy it and give it a try. But, for me, definitely not a repeat buy.

Price : Rs. 185 (AED 10.34) for a bottle containing 90 ml.

I bought this from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala.

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Birthday Giveaway #1 – Eyova Gift Hamper (Open to India only)

Hiya guys!

It’s my 28th birthday today!. I am doing three giveaways this time and this is the first of them. I have reviewed Eyova Hair oil on my blog before. You know how great egg is for your hair. Eyova is a really wonderful egg oil which takes away the inconvenience of applying raw eggs to your hair. Each bottle contains 50ml and the goodness of 22 eggs!. The price of a bottle is Rs. 590.

Eyova has so generously sponsored to give away 3 bottles, worth Rs. 1770, to one lucky winner, in India!. I am super excited for that winner since the 3 bottles will last him/her quite a long time and they will completely benefit from it ♡. Kindly read the below conditions before entering the giveaway.

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General rules/conditions

■ Must be a follower of mine
■ Must be over the age of 17
■ Must be willing to share a picture of yourselves with the prize once you receive it, so that I can share it here on my blog
■ Must be willing to share your physical address and mobile number with me since those are required for delivery of physical prizes
■ Must live in a major city in India where courier services reach. Suppose you are selected as a winner but it is discovered that you live in a remote area where couriers don’t reach, you will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.
■ Giveaway ends on November 12th midnight.
■ Giveaway winners will be announced on my blog and Facebook page on November 14th.
■ Winners will also be emailed and given a set amount of time to reply back to me to claim the prize.
■ Prize will be couriered by Eyova directly to the winner.

Now that you know the rules, entering it is easy. It’s via a Rafflecopter form :). There are plenty of ways to earn entries. There is only one mandatory entry and that is to be a follower of mine. Rest are all optional entries, however doing them all means you have more winning chances!.

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Goodluck my dear friends!. It’s a great prize and I once again thank Eyova for sponsoring it and helping to celebrate my birthday. To know more about Eyova, visit their website.

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Master The Art of Make-Up At The Lipstick Make Up Institute, Dubai!

Newly Opened in Dubai’s Media City, The Lipstick Make Up Institute offers a Distinct Range of Professional Make-up Courses from Bridal to Catwalk and Arabic to Bollywood

The Lipstick Make Up Institute, nestled in the heart of Media City has opened its doors to all make-up enthusiasts ihe UAE; offering  comprehensive course programmes aimed at producing creative and unique make-up professionals.

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Founded by professional photographer and industry expert Yasmin Hussain, The Lipstick Make Up Institute forms the sister company to successful photography studio – YH Studios. Formed to represent the connection between media and make-up in a stylish, fashionable and unique way; the institute boasts unparralled choices for those wishing to launch careers in make-up artistry or beauty fans looking to enhance their knowledge of the industry.

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Working alongside Yasmin, is master make-up professional and make-up educator Livia Rideg, both artists have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and have translated their expertise into a series of workshops. The classes will showcase the most effective application techniques, whilst also educating students to be precise, quick and practical in order to maximize the experience and gain confidence in the industry.

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Livia’s illustrious career has seen her work with fashion designers, celebrities and professional models across the globe, her unique style, touch and creativity sets her apart in the world of make-up.  

“Liv’s work is her self-expression, she inspires, encourages and brings out the true beauty of the people she is working with, bringing experience and influences from many cultures and styles to her work and teaching.” Elise Fesicha – Make-Up Artist

Supported exclusively by Kryolan one of the primary professional make-up brands in the world, supplying the Film, Theatre and Television Industries for over sixty years, students will acquire product knowledge in all mediums including Stage, Theatre, TV, Beauty, Fashion and Catwalk make-up. 

Upon completion, each will be armed and qualified to enter into the world of Media and Fashion and become freelancers in any of these fields. An International Diploma comes with completion of the Platinum Make-Up Course whilst internationally recognized certificates are awarded at the completion of the other available courses.

The Lipstick Makeup Institute offers 13 pioneering courses including;
–     Platinum Diploma Media Makeup Course                           
–     Gold Media Makeup Course                                                    
–     Silver Makeup Course                                                              
–     Bronze Makeup Course
–     Arabic Makeup Course  
–     Self-Makeup Application Course
–     Smokey Eye Makeup Course                                                  
–     Bridal Makeup Course                                                               
–     Stage or Catwalk Course                                                           
–     Red Carpet Makeup Course                                                       
–     Creative Makeup Course                                                           
–     Bollywood Makeup Course                                                        
–     Exclusive Master Class

For more information on each of the course programmes visit www.thelipstickmakeup.institute/

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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 : Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin cream!

Hey guys!

In Mar 2015, I went to visit Kochi city. It was pretty nice. A fun one day city trip with my sister in law & her family. During the course of this trip, I came across a stand alone Himalayan Herbals store. After browsing through all products, I picked up two products : The Refreshing Fruit face pack, which I reviewed earlier and the Nourishing Skin cream.

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I generally love Himalaya products since it contains 100% herbal extracts. The Nourishing cream contains Aloe Vera, which nourishes & moisturizes, Winter Cherry,  & Indian Kino Tree extracts rich in antioxidants, protects and nourishes the skin.

The cream is white in color and has a light, non-greasy texture. It is indeed nourishing. This is a great cream for the winter. I say so because during summer when you apply this on the face, it feels like your face is literally melting off. The cream just sits on the skin, gives an extremely oily look and on top of that when you sweat, the cream just melts off!. However, on cool days the cream is really great. It absorbs super fast into the skin and gives a youthful, nourished & supple looking skin. This is truly a winter skincare product.

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When you lift the lid of the plastic tub, you can see that it’s sealed with foil. I have been using it on and off since March and I am still only 1/4th into the tub. I went for the bigger tub since in price comparison the bigger one seemed to give more value. However, since I can use it only on cool days, I am kinda stuck with this tub that seems to last forever!. I do like things that last like 2 or 3 months but in this tub’s case, it might be years before it finishes. Being a blogger, I love to keep on trying new skincare products and I rarely buy new products when I have a good amount of products with me, so as to avoid wastage. So, if you wish to try this product, I highly recommend that you go for the smaller tub that’s between 100 – 150ml.

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Price : Rs. 235 (AED 13) for a tub containing 250 ml.

One negative about this product is that it contains parabens (Methyl paraben & Propyl paraben).

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Review : Banjara’s Hibiscus Hair Care Powder!

Hey!

I am very much into haircare right now. I am searching for & trying new hair products, to give maximum support and care for my hair. That’s how I found out about Banjara’s Hibiscus powder. Hibiscus flowers are pretty known for their power to promote hair growth. Actually one can even make use of the hibiscus flowers growing in their gardens to make a DIY hair mask. There are tons of tutorials on how to do that, on YouTube. I don’t have hibiscus flowers at my home though and on my recent trip to the shopping mall, I found this pack which I thought would be great to try out. Hibiscus is effective in combating hair loss, dandruff and scalp irritation. It is also used as a remedy for premature greying. The herb acts as a good conditioner and moisturizer for the hair – making it soft and shiny.

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The pack comes with 5 sachets in them. Each of these packs contain 20 gms and it’s packed in such a way for easy usage. For each application, you can open one sachet and use it’s complete contents. I have seen bulk packs of this powder long before. In such cases, you need to transfer the powder into an airtight container so that it doesn’t solidify into little blocks over time. Banjara’s easy packaging helps to avoid this inconvenience.

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The hibiscus powder is brick red in color. I have long hair now (just above my hips) and 20 gms is enough to cover my scalp and hair. If you have short hair, a sachet is good for 2 applications and if you have very thick hair, you might need to use 2 sachets each time. Though my hair is long, it’s fine in texture.

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To use this, simply transfer a sachet’s content into a bowl and add just enough water to make it into a thick paste (or a level of consistency you personally like). The paste is a dark colored one. Apply it to your hair for 20 minutes (that’s the instruction on the packaging) and rinse off with water. I usually apply it for 40 mins. It’s herbal and putting it on for extra time won’t hurt. I don’t use shampoo while washing it off. Also, while applying it, part your hair section by section and apply it. This way you will cover your hair and scalp completely. Though the package suggests using it thrice a week, I been using it twice a week only. It has a light, natural smell that stays on lightly on the hair for a few hours.

I have completed one entire pack now (five applications). One of the main results I noticed after using this is that my hair is more black in color and has a glossy shine to it. Overall, I am in love with this and I am sure to check out the other hair care powders by Banjara’s.

Price : Rs. 90 (AED 5.07) for 100 gms.

I bought this from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala. This product can be found in any leading supermarkets.

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Naz ♥

Paris Gallery Summer Surprises Sale – July & August!

Up to 70% off  on a large range of products

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Paris Gallery, the retailer with the largest selection of perfumes, cosmetics, eyewear, accessories, watches, jewelry and leather goods, has just announced an exciting two-month long summer sale which will run from July 1st to August 31st. Customers can enjoy up to 70% off on selected products across all categories at any Paris Gallery and Watch Gallery store in the UAE.

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Introducing Balancing Moisturizer Duo by Éminence Organic Skincare!

Skin Mattifier and Hydrator

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Green Tea T-Zone Mattifier

Lightweight, refining moisturizer for combination and oily skin types, especially acne prone. Improve skin’s vitality by controlling breakouts and reducing pore size with this refining skin mattifi er. Antioxidant and vitamin-rich green tea works with the active botanical ingredient, derived from buchu leaves, to reduce acne and minimize oil production.  Willow bark and tea tree oil soothe and repair the skin—especially following breakouts—leaving behind a moisturized and revitalized complexion.

KEY INGREDIENTS: GREEN TEA, BUCHU LEAF EXTRACT, WILLOW BARK, TEA TREE OIL, SALICYLIC ACID, EUCALYPTUS OIL

Pomelo Cheek Hydrator

Vitamin-rich, hydrating moisturizer for combination and normal to dry skin types. This moisture-rich hydrator targets dry areas on the cheeks and returns skin to its smooth appearance and texture. The antioxidants, derived from fresh pomelo juice, goji and gingko, effectively fight off free radical damage and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Soothing shea butter calms and moisturizes irritated skin for a radiant, silky smooth look and feel.

KEY INGREDIENTS: POMELO JUICE, SHEA BUTTER, BAMBOO LEAF EXTRACT, GOJI, GINGKO

Available at luxury spas and salons nationwide

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Did you know that Eminence Organic Skin Care boxes and containers are made from post-consumer recycled material and non-toxic plastic and are all recyclable?  Find out more by visiting their website at https://eminenceorganics.com

Clearance sale on iHerb!

Hey you guys,

I thought to let you know that there is a clearance sale happening on my favorite shopping site, iHerb, which is a US based site that ships worldwide. The sale is for a limited time only, until stocks last. Even though the site says ‘Save upto 30%’, on some products I have seen even 72% discount!. There are over 1200 products featured in this sale.

Here are some interesting products from three categories even though there are more categories featured on the site [Click on the pictures to go to that offer directly] :

Cosmetics/Makeup

Multi-Colored Custom Bronzer by Physician’s Formula, Inc.– Original price : $13.95 / Sale price : $9.37

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Bdellium Tools Studio Line Powder Brush– Original price : $17.00 / Sale price : $10.12

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83 piece Essential Makeup Collection by E.L.F Cosmetics– Original price : $35.01 / Sale price : $24.50

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Bath & Beauty

Rosemary Thyme Olive Oil Hair Conditioner by Isvara Organics– Original price : $74.80 / Sale price : $35.60

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Ultra-Protect Rescue Body Balm by Suki Inc.– Original price : $27.96 / Sale price : $19.57

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Sea Salt Soufflé in the scent California Rose Garden by Bath Petals– Original price : $16.99 / Sale price : $10.28

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Sports/Athletic

Daily Protein Blend in Great Tasting Vanilla flavor by Champion Naturals– Original price : $59.99 / Sale price : $16.54

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Whey Protein Isolate by Klean Athlete Nutritional Supplements– Original price : $56.00 /Sale price : $19.60

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As you can see, there are some pretty great deals available right now. The site ships right to your door via DHL or sends by post, depending on your preference. I recommend DHL because they have previously delivered to me in UAE in 2 – 3 days, which is why I LOVE this site and DHL too. Even local sites take much longer than that to deliver!

Also, in addition to the sale, using my code SCZ695 gives you upto $10 off your bill, if it’s your first order!. Enjoy shopping ♡

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Queen of Spades -The Caravansary!

Queen of Spades reflects on heritage and ethnic trends of the global nomad this Ramadan with a new, tribal chic collection – The Caravansary

Find folksy, artsy pieces that give this range an edge over the usual!

Caravans…oh my soul is on the run

Caravans….moving out into the sun

Inspired by the colour, vibrancy and traditions of the free-spirited gypsy life, Lamya Abedin launches her latest line of creations this Ramadan, aptly named The Caravansary. 

Abedin has reinvented the attires of yesteryears to create her new collection of abayas and kaftans, true to the spirit of age-old desert dwelling. The effervescent collection sees colours like never before, coupled with handmade artistry and decorations of renowned Arab and Asian cultures. You will find Jordanian handmade needlework, Afghani embroideries, Aztec and ghitra prints in synchronized harmony all across her creations, giving this new collection an edge over the usual. 

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Abedin has specially chosen to photograph her collection campaign at the Fatima bint Mohammed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) carpet showroom this year, which is run under the patronage of Her Highness herself. The organization works to support more than 20,000 impoverished Afghans, by creating job opportunities. Working in the midst of striking weave works with vintage style carpets as a backdrop, sets the mood perfectly for The Caravansary Collection. Abedin pays tribute to the heritage and hard work of Afghani women; who spend years weaving intricate carpets in specialised yarns to feed and educate their children. 

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As always, Abedin has looked far and wide to source traditional materials and tribal prints from markets and textile shops across India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and various parts of interior GCC. On her material scouring trips, Abedin has consulted with local artisans, tailors and craftsmen to bring out the originality of their artistry in her own creations. Handmade floral embroideries, intricately dyed textiles, bold prints are some of the quintessential elements of gypsy styles that Abedin has brought to the forefront of her Caravansary collection. 

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Expect dramatic pieces that explore international fashion trends yet stay true to the roots of Arab culture. Patterned monochromes have been mixed with contrasting pops of colour; rich embroideries, crochets, lace and tassles have added texture to the prints. Her very own favourite creation in this collection is the one-of-a-kind cropped abaya with fringes, available in two colour options. Abedin feels this ready-to-wear piece is a great addition to any wardrobe to brighten up everyday fashion. 

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A more luxurious option and another of Abedin’s favourite design is the double Aztec print abaya paired with rich jacquard – available in black and white, as well as a neutral shade of beige.

Lamya has bravely blended styles and adapted age-old fashion elements to create this edgy, ethnic collection. She has created a handcrafted, signature version of the Oqal to use as vintage-style belts for her designs; in order to recreate what the Bedouin sheikhs used to wear ages back. 

Kaftans have become quite the mainstay in this new collection. From soft, layered and flowing varieties to stiffer silhouettes, the kaftan has made frequent appearances in the Caravansary Collection. Very wearable, these abayas and kaftans are sure to appeal every fashion-conscious woman.

Silks, cottons, jacquard, linen and handmade embroidery are the most prevalent textures and fabrics you will find in this series. Turbans and chunky trinkets have become perfect style accompaniments to the collection. “I have always been intrigued by nomadic fashion and culture. I feel the beauty of bare nature makes a perfect backdrop for the vibrant fashion sense of the Bedoiuns and gypsies. The Caravansary Collection is my expression of this love for unpretentious style that can effortlessly stun an audience,” says Lamya as she wraps up her seasonal photo shoot showcasing some of the key creations of the collection.  

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Unique and utterly trendy, the Caravansary Collection will transport you to the early centuries of nomadic Arab lifestyle and culture. Be prepared to indulge in an edgy yet defining collection of ensembles that will not only stand out in a crowd but even tell a story…a story from the heart and the soul of a traveller. 

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Review : Coconut meal natural body scrub!

Hey guys!

In India, it’s quite usual to make coconut oil from the coconuts produced from people’s own homes. Even here, at my husband’s place, we do that. There is a lot of work involved though. The coconuts are taken out of their shells and then dried in sunlight, until it becomes really dry. Then it’s taken to a mill where it’s processed and pure coconut oil is produced. You get about 15 kgs of coconut oil from roughly 50 coconuts.

Once the oil is brought back, you will notice that it looks murky and brownish. Let the oil sit aside and you can see about a day later that the oil at the top is clear while at the bottom there is a thick layer of brown material and that stuff is the coconut meal. Around last March I happened to come across a tub full of coconut meal which my mom in law had separated from the clear oil. I asked her what it is for and she said there are many uses for it including using it as a body scrub!

Can you believe how natural this body scrub is!. From then on, I started using it twice a week. The more the coconut meal sits, the more dry it becomes. If it’s too dry, all one has to do is mix some coconut oil in it, get it into a thick consistency and you have a perfect, cruelty free and vegan body scrub. The coconut meal is abrasive enough to be a great scrub. Also, if you are using new coconut meal, it’s really soft from having too much coconut oil in it. The more it sits, the better it becomes in terms of being a scrub.

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From the very first use, I could see a massive difference. My skin became incredibly soft and there was a natural glow to it thanks to the coconut oil. It smells amazing too. Also, once I scrub my entire body, I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wash off with water. Once water comes in contact with the coconut meal mix, it becomes milky white like coconut milk. So, the water running off the body is white. This scrub can be used on your face too. On the days that I use this, I don’t use soap at all. For some people, coconut oil acts as a comedogenic and thus clogs pores and causes breakouts especially on the face. Those should stay away from this scrub.

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One of the main reasons I decided to do a post about this is because not many use it as body scrub. Instead, usually people let the coconut meal sit until it becomes extremely dry and brick like and then they use it as fuel. It burns amazingly because once my mother in law showed me by throwing a piece of it into the fire in the traditional fire hearth. Some mix the dry coconut meal into the food given to cattle because it’s of nutritional value to them. But trust me, if you have access to it, use it as a scrub and nothing else. Skincare cannot get better than this.

If you don’t have access to it, you can probably buy organic coconut meal, mix in some virgin, raw coconut oil, to make your very own coconut meal scrub.

Have you ever tried using coconut meal as a body scrub?. Let me know your thoughts below.

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Naz ♡