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Going on vacation – a note from me to you!

Hey there!

How are you, my friend?.. I hope you are doing great. I am flying to India tonight!. I will return on Oct 25th. I am quite excited about seeing my relatives and the journey itself, since I love traveling!. I have worked extra hard to schedule posts ahead of time, so that you won’t really miss that I am gone. I don’t want to neglect my blog in anyway. All I ask you is to share my posts if you find it interesting and comment if you like to :). I will have limited internet access in India, so I might not be able to reply to your comments ASAP but still, eventually I surely will..

I thought I will show you what beauty/skincare products I have packed for my vacation. Here are the two packs:

Rimmel London Makeup box

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It contains the following –

This really awesome, chic makeup box was a gift from a friend in Australia. I love the crown detailing on it’s zip. I will be packing this in my luggage.

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Makeup pouch (see through on one side)

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It contains the following –

  • A Travalo filled with my fav perfume
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Contouring liner in the color Black Tulip
  • Mikyajy Provocative Powder foundation in the color 08 Tender Beige. I am nearly hitting pan on this one. Bought it a while ago. I believe it was AED69.
  • Revlon Lipbutter in Sugar Plum
  • Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara. I quite love this product. It gives more volume and definition to your lashes. It’s a recent purchase. I believe it’s price was in the 40s range on sale.
  • Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift foundation
  • Eyetex Dazzler eyeliner
  • A miniature Ponds Magic talcum powder, which I bought on my vacation last time
  • Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Blush and highlighter in Rosy Glow. This is a gift from a friend in US. It’s such a pretty little palette. Gorgeous colors that really does impart a pretty rosy glow, if applied right!
  • A 6ml sample of Alien Essence Absolue, which I received in a Glambox.
  • A little round mirror that I got as a complimentary gift from Dove when I purchased some Dove products. It was a limited time offer. I got some miniature Dove soaps too, which were so cute!

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It’s always good to carry a see through pooch like this one while traveling. I carry this in my vanity bag. This pouch was a gift from a friend in US. It’s so lovely to have friends who sent thoughtful gifts ♥. I just noticed there are a lot of gifts mentioned in this post!

Do pray that I will have a safe journey. I can’t wait to get back to UAE and continue blogging 🙂

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Naz ♥

My day time skincare routine!

Hello 🙂

I quite recently did a skincare regimen basics/anti-aging night time skincare routine post. If you haven’t read that yet please do read it before continuing to read this post, since I won’t be explaining certain things I have already explained before. FYI : My skin type is normal, leaning towards dry (during winters).

Now, to those who have been waiting for this follow up post, let’s go ahead. My day time anti aging skincare routine is simple when compared to the night time routine. Sometimes I don’t even do all the steps I have mentioned below. I skip some and stay extremely basic: that is just CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize). To say the truth, I give uttermost importance to my nighttime routine and never skip anything that time :P. However, when I do perform all the steps, this is how the morning routine looks like:

Step 1 – Face wash

The first thing that I use when I wake up, is a good face wash. Whatever products are remaining on my face from yesterday night’s routine needs to be washed off, so as to start the day anew. I love the Olay Total Effects Age Defying face wash, which is a gentle product that’s great for daily use. It costs AED 33.25 for 150ml. It lasts a really long time.

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Step 2 – Cleanse

Once I go about my daily chores, I bathe and then continue on with my routine. I apply the Olay Total Effects Age Defying Milk on to a cotton pad and sweep it across my face in an upward circular motion. Even after having taken a bath, you would be surprised to find traces of dirt on the cotton pad. This cleanser is very gentle yet removes hidden impurities from your pores and gives you really clean and radiant looking skin. I can safely say that though I love my Olay Total Effects products, this one is my absolute favorite out of all of them. It costs AED 31.75 for a 200ml bottle. I then wash my face (or sometimes I just spray water onto a new cotton pad and clean the cleanser off).

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Step 3 – Tone

Using a toner is important to keep your pores tight, remove impurities from them that the cleanser didn’t and to maintain the ph level of your skin. I use a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner, the same as the one I use at night. I spray it 5 times onto a cotton pad and gently go over my face/neck. I don’t wash my face after applying the toner, instead I go to the next step.

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Step 4 – Application of serum

Serum has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin, working wonders in those layers where the moisturizer doesn’t reach. I use the Ponds Age Miracle Intensive Cell Regen™ Super SerumIt costs AED 49.50 for a bottle containing 30ml. I am absolutely in love with this serum. I cannot recommend it enough to you!. I love it so much that after my Olay serum gets over, I will be using this at night too. Also, I wont be repurchasing the Olay serum. This Ponds product is much superior in it’s performance and my skin absolutely loves it!. I am on my second bottle so far in this year. The first one was given for review purpose and the current one I am on was purchased by me.

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Step 5 – Application of eye cream

I am using the Ponds Age Miracle Dual Action Eye Cream. It costs AED 44.95 for a container of 20ml. This is a really nice one. I use the Eye-o-sonic by Michael Todd’s True Organics to apply it.

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Step 6 – Application of lip balm

Lips need more protection in the mornings. Even if you are staying inside the house, it would be great to wear a product that has SPF. I use the VLCC Cocoa Butter Lip Shield with SPF 10 in it. I bought this about 2 years ago from Manama Supermarket, Sharjah. I haven’t really seen this product in Lulu Center or Carrefour. I believe it cost me AED 7.50 and the little container is about 15 or 20ml. It is a light salmon color in the tub, however when you apply it on the lips it gives a transparent, balm like healthy sheen to it. It smells of cocoa butter and I love it.

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Step 7 – Application of moisturizer

This is the very last step. I use the Olay Total Effects Day Moisturizer. It costs AED 51.25 for a bottle containing 50ml. It has SPF 15. Even if you are sitting t home, you should wear a cream with SPF in it. I love the pump on the bottle. It is so convenient and hygienic to use.

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Three additional things I do in the mornings are scrub, masks and peel.

Scrub

Scrubs are crucial in a routine. It gets rid of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and gives a radiant look. The more dead skin cells build up on your skin, the more dull it looks. Even though you might now think “Radiant skin, here I come! I am so gonna scrub my face every day”, let me stop you right there. Scrubs should never be used more than twice a week. If you do, more than doing good, you will harm your skin and cause miniature lacerations in the skin that you can’t even see. That will cause red, inflamed and irritated skin. I use scrubs every Monday and Thursday. I set the specific days since days fly by and sometimes I lose track of it. If I don’t set them, I keep wondering when was the last time I used it. “Was it within this week or end of last week?”. You get my point!. On the days that I use this, I don’t use the face wash.

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My absolute favorite scrub is the Himalaya Herbals Walnut scrub with natural antioxidants. It smells amazing and does a really great job. After using it, my skin literally glows. It says on the tube it’s gentle, however I disagree. It’s a hardcore scrub. It costs AED 23.25 for 150 ml. Recently though, I saw it on sale for AED 19.25!. I grabbed it and this is now my back up. I don’t use any other scrubs on my face. This is my one and only as of right now!

Masks/Facials

I am inconsistent with using masks. If I am in the mood and I do it daily, I go for my DIY anti-aging facial. Otherwise, I do a mask probably once or twice a week (depends on my mood). Currently, I am loving Freeman’s Anti Stress mask with dead sea minerals. It’s costs AED 16.25 for 150 ml. This is a blue colored mask which really brightens the skin. This mask is good for all skin types.

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I also go to a salon once in two – three months and get a professional facial. I go for either Kaya whitening facial (not because I am looking to achieve fairness but because this facial was suggested by the esthetician and really makes my skin radiant), Pearl facial or Papaya fruit facial. These work great for normal/dry skin.

Peel

Peels are great for achieving radiant looking skin. I started doing it after I got the Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel system. I still have it and use it occasionally. Again, I have set days for it. I do it every Saturdays and Tuesdays. Once this gets over, I will repurchase it from Amazon, since it’s a phenomenal product. It costs $16.19 (AED59.46) plus shipping charges. I have never done a professional chemical peel at a salon.

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So, all in all, here is a shot which shows all my daytime products 🙂

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Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite daytime products are!.

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Naz ♥