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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Ideas!

Hey guys,

Yet another Valentine’s day is here, a day to express how much you love your loved ones.. Gifts can be any, as long as they are thoughtful. I have done several gift guides earlier with different themes. This time around, my focus is on ‘skincare’ because great skin is a blessing and if you could gift that to some one you hold close to your heart, well why not?.

Happy Valentine's day image

The basic products of a good skincare routine are Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Oil & Moisturizer. I will be suggesting 5 products from each of these categories, based on personal experience & popular reviews that these products have garnered. I promise that the value that you get these products for, is unmatched. Simply click the images to view details / go to the site that sells it.

Cleansers

□ Hydrating cleanser by CeraVe – 355 ml – $12.24 (Approx AED 44.96)

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

□ Black soap cleanser by Dr. Woods -236 ml – $5.02 (Approx AED 18.44)

Black soap cleanser Dr Woods

□ Cream cleanser by Mad Hippie – 118 ml – $12.79 (Approx AED 46.98)

Mad Hippie cream cleanser

□ Jeju Volcanic Pore cleansing foam by Innisfree (Korean skincare brand) – 150 ml – $9.27 (Approx AED 34.05)

Innisfree pore cleansing foam

□ Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing cleansing gel by Avalon Organics – 251 ml – $8.78 (Approx AED 32.25)

Avalon Vitamin C cleanser

For more cleansers, click here.

Toners

□ Witch Hazel Rose Petal toner by Thayers – 355 ml – $8.76 (Approx AED 32.18)

Thayers Witch Hazel

□ Firming DMAE toner by Derma E – 175 ml – $12.40 (Approx AED 45.55)

Derma E firming toner

□ Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House (Korean skincare brand) – 250 ml – $10.44 (Approx AED 38.35)

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

□ Eucalyptus toner by L’uvalla – 198 ml – $22.32 (Approx AED 81.98)

Luvalla Eucalyptus toner

□ Lemon & Geranium gentle toner by Indigo Wild – 118 ml – $12.60 (Approx AED 46.28)

Indigo Wild toner

For more toners, click here.

Serums

□ Transformative Night serum by EO Products – 30 ml – $29.74 ( Approx AED 109.24)

EO products serum

□ Hyaluronic Acid Day serum by White Egret Personal Care – 59 ml -$11.97 (Approx AED 43.97)

White Egret serum

□ Deeply Hydrating serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – 59 ml – $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29)

Jeffrey James The Serum

□ Exfoliating serum by Mad Hippie – 30 ml – $27.99 (Approx AED 102.81)

Mad Hippie serum

□ Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – 29.5 ml – $13.05 (Approx AED 47.93)

reviva labs serum

For more serum, click here

Facial oils

□ Nourishing Tamanu oil by Aura Cacia – 30 ml – $11.14 (Approx AED 40.92)

Tamanu oil

□ Organic Coconut, Jojoba & Pure Coffee oil by Desert Essence – 118 ml – $10.59 (Approx AED 38.90)

Coffee oil

□ Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing oil by Pangea Organics – 30 ml – $54 (Approx AED 198.34)

Pangea organics oil

□ Soothing Almond oil by Weleda – 50 ml – $18.97 (Approx AED 69.68)

Weleda soothing oil

□ Nourishing oil by Suki Inc – 15 ml – $32.96 (Approx AED 121.06)

Suki Inc oil

For more facial oils, click here.

Moisturizers

□ Black Snail All in One cream by Mizon (Korean Skincare brand) – 75 ml – $16.20 (Approx AED 59.50)

Mizon snail cream

□ Retinol A 1% Advanced Revitalization cream by Life Flo Health – 50 ml – $16.28 (Approx AED 59.79)

Retinol A cream

□ Supreme PolyPeptide moisturizer by MyChelle Dermaceuticals – 35 ml – $56 (Approx AED 205.68)

Polypeptides cream

□ Age Renewal Vitamin E Creme by Jason Natural – 113 gms – $10.87 (Approx AED 39.93)

Vitamin E creme

□ Fresh Watery cream by Nature Republic (Korean skincare brand) – 80 ml – $8.65 (Approx AED 31.77)

Nature Republic watery cream

For more creams, click here.

This entire gift guide is based on my favorite online shopping site ever, iHerb, which offers not only the best value in the world for any product that you need, but also gives you 5% of your bill total back to you (as store credit). They ship worldwide from US. To UAE, they ship in 3-4 days via DHL, right to your doorstep.

Hope you have a lovely time with your loved ones this Valentine’s day ♥♥♥

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Naz ♥

Review : February 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

Though late, here are my thoughts on February’s Glambox 🙂

February 2016 Glambox

It contained the following products :

1) Hair & Beauty by Edge Hand-tied False Eye Lashes – Everytime I have received false eyelashes for review or as gift, I have passed it on to others, because I don’t wear it. This time though these lashes looked soo amazing, that I decided to try it on. It felt very foreign on my eyelids but it looked really pretty. These are hand tied lashes and looks high quality. It’s light weight. This is the ‘Rockstar’ variant. It has a natural, fluttery-lashes finish. This pack doesn’t come with a glue though. I had to get one and since I couldn’t get an eyelash glue itself easily, I ended up getting and using a Bindi gum. It worked just fine. I have worn it 3 times so far. The below pic is when I wore it for a special occasion.

Hand tied lashes

False eyelashes

Just in case you are wondering, I’m wearing Fresh Look Color Blends Pure Hazel contact lenses.

After each use, I cleaned the band using a makeup remover so that all traces of glue are gone. Then I stored it in the same packaging that it came in, so that it retains it’s shape and I can reuse it. If you take good care, a set of lashes, particularly one that’s this high quality, can be reused several times. Even though the resulting look is pretty and feminine, I do find the application of false eyelashes quite cumbersome. Lol!. Those who know how to apply it fast and easily, well, lucky them!

2) Derma E Hydrating Night Crème – I was super excited seeing this product in the box, because I had almost bought this online once but then decided not to get it. However, having tried this from the Glambox, I freaking love it, and next time I need a night cream, I am going to get a full sized one.

Derma e Hydrating Night Creme

This is a cream colored, light weight cream. It smells just like bubblegum and is so wonderfully pleasant. It gets absorbed fast into the skin and is really hydrating. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, paraben free and gluten free product.

3 & 4) Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel & Aloe Bha Skin Toner – These are some Asian skincare samples from the brand Benton. The first one is a 5 ml sample of Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, that contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice 80% and Propolis Extract 10%. It’s a transparent gel that feels so soothing on the skin. I used it as the final step (as a moisturizer) in my skincare routine. It’s supposed to be unscented however I did find that it had a light, peculiar scent. It has a light and non sticky application.

Benton Aloe

Second one is the Aloe BHA 0.5 Skin toner – This is such a fantastic toner. I got only about 6 uses from the little sample bottle, but even from the very first use I found that even though it’s gentle, it even removes any traces of impurities or makeup that the cleanser might have missed out on. ‘Gentle but pretty powerful’ is how I wish to describe this product. It looks and feels just like water. I disliked it’s smell though. It feels like smelling chemicals. Other than that, it’s an awesome product. Loved it!

5) Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir sample – Oh!. This is probably one of the best Oud perfumes that I have ever tried out. It’s not overpowering at all yet lingers on the skin for a long while. I got 2 samples along with two pretty post cards.

Atelier Oud Cologne

Vouchers

Vouchers

1) A Vaniday gift voucher worth 40% off
2) A gift voucher worth 30% online discount at www.BeautyByEdge.com online store
3) An AED 100 gift voucher to spend at K Lynn Lingerie (on a minimum spend of AED 300).

Overall, I quite liked this box. Be it my first time ever trying Asian skincare or false eyelashes on, I loved my experience with it. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Naz ♥

Note: This Glambox was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

iHerb Haul #9 – Skincare products!

Hey beauties!

In September 2015, I was quite surprised one fine morning when I found an email from iHerb in my inbox stating that they are giving me $10 (AED 36.73) to shop on their site. That too, no conditions attached which means no minimum purchase required!. iHerb is my favorite online shopping site and I literally need no reason to go shopping there. However, I had just gone shopping there in the previous month (see my August haul post), so I was sceptical about spending more on things I don’t need right now. But I didn’t want this $10 to go to waste (it was valid for only 5 days), so I did just that.. I went shopping with that $10!. iHerb being a site that provides immense value, I was sure I would find something that would ‘fit my budget’. 😀

The first place I headed to is their Specials’ page, which lists special offers and also a 20% discount on 5-7 brands each week. That particular week, the brand EO Products captured my attention. It is a crueltyfree and glutenfree skincare & body care brand with the motto ‘Love Life. Live Clean’. After looking at the array of awesome products they offer, I chose their Rose & Chamomile body lotion.

iHerb

This is one of the best body lotions I have ever used. It gets absorbed so fast into the skin, it feels like your skin is drinking up the goodness!. It smells of rose, grapefruit, chamomile & glycerin. It’s such an uplifting scent, it feels like aromatherapy. All ingredients in it are organic and it also has essential oils in it. It is white in color, has a liquidy consistency and comes in a bottle with a pump, which is so convenient. It makes your skin feel super soft. I will make sure I look at more products from this brand, in my future purchases.

Price : $6.90 (AED 25.34) for a bottle containing 236 ml, but since it was one of the brands of the week, I got it for $5.52 (AED 20.27)

Next, I headed over to the ‘Now Foods’ brand page to look for a skincare oil. I am a huge fan of their Avocado oil (see my Skincare oils haul post). I then found Apricot oil there that sounded really nice. It softens fine lines and helps treat dry hair. It’s a multi purpose product which appealed to me. As a skincare oil, it’s actually more suitable for mature skin but since am all about anti-aging and also since I have dry hair, I decided to go for it.

iHerb

It’s a heavy oil. It leaves an oily sheen on the skin and hair. It smells lightly of apricot when smelt directly from the bottle but if you take a small amount in your hand and smell it, it just has an oily smell, nothing else. Since I don’t mind using a heavy oil on my face at night, I like this oil.

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. Please note it’s current price is $3.81 (AED 13.99).

Lastly, I checked out their ‘Trials’ page to find something sample sized or a full sized product at a discounted price. There I found Desert Essence’s Ultra Hydrating Lip Rescue lip balm.

iHerb

It’s a lovely, non sticky, moisturizing lip balm. It has a beautiful light scent. I love that it contains Shea butter & Rosemary essential oil. Also, Desert Essence is a crueltyfree & vegan brand. Please note that Desert Essence is one of the Brands of the Week right now (until Feb 3rd).

Price : $2.49 (AED 9.15) for a tube containing 4.25 gms. However, since it was featured on the Trials page, I got it for $1.68 (AED 6.17).

Shopping over and my total is $10.38 (AED 38.13). Like how cool is that!. I got 3 awesome products for such a low price ♡.

Shipping

Since I was ‘shopping on a budget’, I chose to opt for the Airmail (by post) option, which cost $4 (AED 14.69) that month. I usually choose the DHL courier option, since that way I get my package right to my doorstep from US to UAE in 2 – 3 days. Even though cheaper or even completely free sometimes, I never chose Airmail before, since it has no tracking and it says on the site that it would take anywhere between 1 – 5 weeks for the package to arrive. By choosing Airmail this time, I could test out whether it reaches safely to UAE and also know how long it takes to reach here. It did reach safely on the 9th day after I placed the order.

Overall, such a lovely experience ‘shopping on a budget’ on iHerb. 😉

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to get $5 off your first purchase.

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Naz ♥

iHerb Haul #7 – Skincare products!

Holla!

Here is another haul from my absolutely favorite shopping site, iHerb. Unlike my previous iHerb hauls, this one won’t have mini reviews, since I placed this order for my brother and sister in law. However, since I suggested these products for them, I will be writing more about why I decided to choose these products.

iherb haul 1

Click the above picture to add all four products to your shopping cart in one click.

1) Certified Organic Shea Butter by Now Foods – Shea Butter has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin. It is a wonderful emollient that’s perfect for daily use. It can also be used as a scalp moisturizer. My SIL told me it has a hard texture. However, it melts when rubbed between the palms. This is a lovely product that gives intense nourishment and hydration to even the driest of skin types.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a tub containing 207 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 24% lesser than the market value!.

2) Certified Organic Jojoba oil by Now Foods – This is my SIL’s favorite oil. She once bought this from iHerb itself and this is her second bottle. This is great for usage on both skin & hair.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 34% lesser than the market value!.

3) Apricot oil by Now Foods – Apricot oil is the oil derived from apricot kernels, that will naturally nourish and moisturize your skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, this gentle oil has excellent restorative properties. I suggested this to my SIL because just like Jojoba oil, this is a multi purpose oil. It can be used to soften fine lines & restore a healthy glow to the skin while also bringing radiance to the hair. I have actually placed an order for this very same bottle for myself, but that will be shown in another haul post :).

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 36% lesser than the market value!.

4) Lift & Firm Cream with Hyaluronic DMAE by Andalou Naturals – Recently my brother suffered from a really bad sun burn. He asked me to look for a cream that is hydrating but at the same time non – greasy. I searched high and low and finally found this cream which fit the bill perfectly!. It has Hyaluronic acid in it that gives intense hydration. This product contains age defying, fruit stem cells. Also, Andalou Naturals is a crueltyfree / vegan brand. After using it, my brother said that he hasn’t used anything like it before and that it really is an awesome product. Since I have normal / dry skin, I’ve added this cream to my wishlist for a future purchase.

Price : $19.96 (AED 73.30) for a tub containing 50 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 20% lesser than the market value!.

iherb haul 2

Discounts Received & Shipping

I placed this order on Oct 6th. At that time, iHerb had the offers of $8 shipping fee via DHL and 5% discount for every order above $40. So, I was able to avail both offers. The 5% discount came to $2.15 (AED 7.90). Shipping fee was $8 (AED 29.38), which is great value. Within 4 hours of placing the order, I received an email saying it’s shipped!. In 4 days, it reached my brother’s office in Abu Dhabi from US. Also, along with the order, iHerb sometimes keeps freebies and this time it’s a cute green and white cloth pin.

FYI : From now until Oct 31st 2015, iHerb is offering a flat shipping fee of $8 via DHL, $6 via Premium Airmail & $4 via Regular Post, irrespective of the bill total amount!. Usually you get the best shipping price only when the bill total is $40 or above. It’s a great offer and you should definitely take advantage of it.

Also, if you are in UAE and wondering if you can order from iHerb, the solution is to ask someone else in another country to place the order for you but give the delivery address in UAE. That way you will still get your favorite products to your doorsteps.. I placed this order from India and got it delivered in Abu Dhabi.

Use the code SCZ695 at checkout to receive upto $10 off your first transaction with them!

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Naz ♥

Stand Out Eco Beauty Brand Herbline Essentials Re-Brands As Herbal Essentials!

Award winning UAE beauty brand Herbline Essentials celebrates their continued success with some exciting new changes, including a move to Germany for all future product production, the launch of  new products and a new name – Herbal Essentials.

  * A Brand On A Mission  

Invoking the highest standards of purity, Herbal Essentials continues on an exciting road of discovery, revelling in new European Union accreditations which see the brand reach the highest quality standards and certifications.  

■ Herbal Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Programme –  products are not tested on animals

■ Herbal Essentials products are all certified by Dermatest GmbH, a leading German dermatologist research institute who have approved the products as “dermatologist tested/approved”

■ All Herbal Essentials Sun Care products have been independently tested at Helio-Science in Marseilles and meet EU guidelines on Broad Spectrum protection and SPF certification.  

* A Tale Of Ancient Beauty Wisdoms  

Accreditations aside, Herbal Essentials continue to convey the heart of their message  – ‘Natural beauty garnered through Ancient Beauty Wisdom’. In other words, the very essence of the brand is based upon a bedrock of Ayurvedic Philosophies where the body or any skin ailments are encouraged to heal itself using natural occurring ingredients.

In their new production base in Germany, established and new products continue to be lovingly crafted from natural ingredients that adhere to the principles of Ayurveda.  

A key aspect of the brand is the use of pure Himalayan spring water, untouched and unprocessed by man, which take 20 years to pass through natural layers of rock, sand and clay. Shipped to Germany directly from the Himalayan Mountains. This revitalising water, enriched in calcium, magnesium and potassium lends itself to helping create natural products for the skin and hair – age old wisdom with pure Himalyan Spring Water blended to the highest standards in Germany  

* A Bounty Of Beauty Products  

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Since the re-branding, customers have continued to enjoy established products while benefitting from a bounty of brand new Herbal Essentials beauty products such as:  

■ Premium Under Eye Gel with Hyaluronic Acid – Lovingly formulated with moisture-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid and enriched with  Aloe Vera Leaf Juice. AED 325

■ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 50 for enhanced UVA and UVB protection. AED 145

■ Honey & Walnut Face Scrub – with natural walnut shell extracts to effectively exfoliate and leave skin feeling clean and refreshed. AED 129  

To find out more about Herbal Essentials’ all-natural approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbal-essentials.info

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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.