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iHerb Haul #12 – One phenomenal Korean skincare product & more!

Hey guys,

Am back with yet another iHerb haul. Remember, in my last iHerb haul, I mentioned that I received $15.41 as loyalty credit?. Well, loyalty credit expires after 60 days, so when I received a reminder in Nov 2016, to use the credit, I decided not to waste it & bought two skincare products. Here are my thoughts about them :

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack – Etude House is one of the most popular Korean brands. Koreans are knows for their elaborate skincare routines and beautiful skin. Sleeping pack is a new concept to me. So, I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a face pack that works while you are sleeping. It’s used in place of the night cream, like twice a week.

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Before going further with the review, I gotta talk about the packaging!. Koreans make the most adorable & cute stuff. This product is made to look like a bubble tea, complete with tapioca pearls lookalike in it!. It definitely looks edible. It comes in a glass, with a plastic lid and a scoop. Inside, there is another protective lid to avoid the product from transfering.

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I chose the ‘Strawberry’ one. It’s pink in color and has a unique kind of water like, ultra lightweight texture. It smells amazing. On application, it’s like a splash of water, quenching the thirst of dry skin. It’s super hydrating. When you have extra dry feeling, get hold of one of those pearls with the scoop that it comes with, break it apart, mix with the strawberry pack and apply. On waking up the next morning, the skin feels extremely hydrated, well rested, soft and supple.

Definitely try this out. It’s a boon for those with normal/dry skin. Another variant of this sleeping pack is the ‘Green tea’ one.

Price : $13.84 (Approx AED 50.82) for 100 gms. But I paid only $11.76 (Approx AED 43.72) since Etude House was one of the Brands of the week (which features brands at 10 – 20% off), at that time. In 2017, iHerb has revised several of their product prices. So, currently this one is priced at $12.33 (Approx AED 45.29).

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer– I have so many day and night creams, but nothing that’s general in nature. That’s why I decided to buy a daily moisturizer. This one contains Jojoba oil & Aloe Vera, along with many other plant based ingredients.

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It is crueltyfree, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free & contains no SLS, Mineral oil or petrolatum. It does have a sweet scent and that’s actually because of the Geranium essential oil that’s added to it.

The white colored cream is thick and it’s best to work with small amounts, as a little goes a long way. Due to it’s texture, it’s best for winter only. During summer, it tends to melt right off of the face. But it’s definitely hydrating.

Price : $6.28 (Approx AED 23.07) for 120 ml, that should last a good half an year or so!. Super affordable, right?. Currently, this one’s price has been slashed to $5.17 (Approx AED 18.99).

Shipping & Loyalty credit

Since it’s a small purchase, I opted for the Global Mail shipping option which cost $4 (Approx AED 14.69). It was delivered by post and reached me in UAE in 10 days.

I got a loyalty credit of $1.82 for this purchase.

When you use my code SCZ695 (at check out), you will receive an instant 5% off your bill total, plus another 5% as loyalty credit, which can be used in your next order! ♡. Happy shopping!

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iHerb Haul #11 – Skincare, hair care products & more!

Hey guys,

Here is yet another iHerb haul. This one is actually from Sep 2016, but I took time to try out everything to give a thorough review for you guys.

This haul focuses on skincare, health and haircare products.

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The Toner by Jeffrey James Botanicals – I decided to try this brand because it has so many rave reviews. I have used a DIY ACV toner for a really long time & pretty much don’t experiment with toners. But decided to give this one a try.

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It contains Vitamin C, Colloidal Silver & Camu Camu berry. It helps the skin fight against free radicals, restores balance to the skin, is antioxidant rich & firms and brightens.

It has a really lovely, refreshing scent of roses. It can be used in two ways –

○ as a toner – just spray 2 to 3 pumps onto a cotton pad and wipe away the day’s impurities from your skin. No need to wash it off.

○ as a mist – just spritz it directly onto your face and neck for a refreshing feeling. Leave it as it is, without wiping off.

It comes in a spray bottle. I definitely recommend it.

Price : $16.80 (Approx AED 61.70) for a 118 ml glass bottle. Currently though, at the time of writing this post, this product’s price has been increased to $19.20 (Approx AED 70.52), which is still 20% lower than how much you get it for, normally.

The Serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – This is a deeply hydrating serum with over 50% Hyaluronic acid in it. It’s definitely a great serum and does what it says. It also contains Vitamin C & Green Tea.

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It has a slightly runny consistency, perfect for a smooth application. It is transparent and comes in a bottle fitted with a nozzle, which is very convenient.

Price : $30.80 (Approx AED 113.13) for a 59 ml glass bottle. However, it’s current price is $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29) & still, 20% lower than it’s regular price.

While Jeffrey James brand is definitely on the higher price range, it is of high quality and not just that, it is also crueltyfree, paraben free, sulphate free & gluten free. Both products mentioned above are good for all skin types.

Bee Propolis Trio supplement by NaturaNectar – This is a supplement that gives overall health, immune support, improves respiratory system and much more. It says ‘Trio’ because it’s a combination of three types of Premium Brazilian Bee Propolis – Brown (85%), Green (10%) & Red (5%).

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I bought this for my mom and she took 1 capsule per day. She has felt a burst of energy and also her constant cough went down. She recommends it a lot.

Price : $24.74 (Approx AED 90.87) for 60 veggie capsules (2 month supply). But, since it was one of the Brands of the Week, I got a 20% discount and thus paid only $19.79 (Approx AED 72.69) for it.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I generally love glycolic masks because they always brighten up the skin by gently dissolving and sweeping away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for an even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

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This one in particular, doesn’t disappoint at all. It contains Manuka honey & organic pumpkin. It’s a really lovely mask. It can be applied on dry or damp skin, but I prefer applying on damp skin since it feels less abrasive and more comfortable that way.

Price : $12.71 (Approx AED 46.68) for a 50 gms tub

This mask, just like any other Andalou Naturals products, is vegan, crueltyfree and gluten free.

Boar bristle brush for fine hair by Bass Brushes – This is a much hyped about product. Finally, I decided to try it too when I saw one that is specifically made for my hair type (fine). You have got to experience it!. It’s amazing. Here is a before and after pic :

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Definitely not one of my best pics. But, to be honest, I clicked it to show a friend and not for the blog.

It smoothes the hair and gives it a very natural shine. It also works out tangles. The handle is made of pure bamboo. It can be used even on wet hair!. This hair brush is gentle enough to be used as a baby brush too. Such a lovely product and it’s quality is awesome for the price it’s offered at.

Boar bristle brush

Price : $10.20 (Approx AED 37.46). Currently though, it’s price has been reduced to $9.89 (Approx AED 36.33).

Cedarwood essential oil by Now Foods – I bought this because Cedarwood oil helps massively in hair loss. In fact, it’s a product that’s recommended for alopecia patients. It’s my first time trying an essential oil and having heard of how potent it could be, I was sceptical. However, after much researching, I understood that this one can be used neat (directly). So, I have been using 2 – 3 drops directly to spots that needs more hair or by mixing it with hair oils. There is definitely a difference, though it’s not magical.

Cedarwood essential oil

If you are planning to buy this one, I suggest you check out the ‘Atlas Cedarwood oil’ like this one, because apparently that’s the one that’s used more in hair treatments. The one that I bought is extracted from the bark of a Juniper tree and not from a true Cedar it seems!. Bummer. But it does work. Also, since this oil has antiseptic properties, I use couple of drops of it in my foot soak.

Price : $4.57 (Approx AED 16.79) for a 30 ml bottle. Currently, it’s price has been reduced to $4.04 (Approx AED 14.84).

Replenish & Repair oil by The Jane Carter Solution – This hair oil contains Maracuja oil, Coconut oil & Sunflower oil. It is a light yellow colored, lightweight oil, with a subtle, pleasant scent.

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This is a vegan & crueltyfree haircare brand.

Price : $10.80 (Approx AED 39.67) for a 177 ml bottle.

Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – This is hands down one of the BEST serums out there. I saw a massive change within a couple of uses itself. My skin is plumped, very much more hydrated and supple. Absolutely love it and I can’t recommend it enough!

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It’s transparent and has a slightly runny consistency. My skin seems to just drink up this product. In the first pic, you can see that I have bought two bottles. One was for my sil and she has had a very similar experience too.

Reviva Labs serum

It says here, on the bottle, that it contains ‘professional strength’ hyaluronic acid, however, the exact value is not written anywhere. Reviva Labs is a fantastic brand, that’s much raved about. I am glad I tried this product. It’s like a Holy Grail product ♡

It can be used alone for a hydration boost or under a cream. I use it at night, below my skincare oil and follow it up with my night cream. It comes in a glass bottle, with a pump.

Price : $14.31 (Approx AED 52.56) for a bottle containing 29.5 ml. Since I bought two, I got a 5% ‘Quantity discount’. Thus my total was $27.19 (Approx AED 99.87). Currently though, this product’s price has been reduced to $11.37 (Approx AED 41.76) per bottle.

Lift & Firm cream by Andalou Naturals – This is a repeat purchase for my brother. I think it’s his third tub. He swears by it and says no other cream has worked this well at moisturizing his skin.

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Price : $21.21 (Approx AED 77.90) for a 50 ml tub.

Shipment & Loyalty credit

Shipment was via DHL & it cost $8.86 (Approx AED 32.54) this time. It was shipped the very next day from US and reached me in UAE in 3 days. Love their fast shipping.

iHerb was giving back a loyalty credit of 10% of the bill total, back in 2016 (Currently, it’s 5%). So, I ended up getting $15.41 which could be used towards my next order, if placed within 2 months. Awesome savings!.

iHerb has made many changes to their site in 2017. That’s why they have reduced the prices of over 20000 products and increased the prices of a few products. Also, they have introduced ‘Shipping Savers’, which are products that can be added into your cart to help lower your shipping charges. To check the list of those products, click here.

Let me know if you need product suggestions etc while shopping at iHerb. I love to help out.♡

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

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I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

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Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

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Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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iHerb Haul #8 – Tea, Skincare & more!

Hey guys!

Happy 2016 ♡. Hope you all had a great start to this year!

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First post of 2016, I wanted it to be about something am passionate about. Lol!. Am so passionate about shopping on iHerb :D. This haul is from Aug 2015. Here are the things I bought :

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1) Premium Black Cumin seed oil by Amazing Herbs – I have done an entire post on the benefits of black cumin seed oil before. It’s miraculous. This time, I bought 4 bottles for my father & uncle, because both of them suffers from back and leg pain. External application of this oil reduced their pain so much that they asked me to order more.

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They all came individually packed this time. I recently received an email from someone asking me if this oil could help alleviate his mom’s cancer and I said definitely give this oil a try. When researching this product, I read that it can cure cancer if it’s in the initial stage. It’s that powerful.

Price : $19.49 (AED 71.59) per bottle, each containing 236 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 35% lesser than it’s market price.

2 & 3) I haven’t really delved into the world of loose leaf teas. However, during August, Just A Leaf Organic teas had a massive sale going on. All their teas were priced at just a dollar each!. I got the following two tins :

China Rose Infused Black tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves, organic red rose petals & natural essence of rose. It has a really refreshing taste and the scent of roses is truly invigorating. Love it. The pieces of rose petals are so nice to taste in between the sips of this lovely tea.

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Price : $10.22 (AED 37.54) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Bergamot Grey tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves & organic essence of Bergamot. I chose this tea mainly because I have found that I like any perfume that has bergamot listed in one of it’s notes. It has a nice citrussy smell & a very strong, spice like taste.

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Price : $9.45 (AED 34.71) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Currently all Just A Leaf organic teas that iHerb stocks are those which comes in sealed packs. Tin packaging has been discontinued. That’s why I haven’t listed the direct links to these two products here.

4) Hand cream with Argan nut oil by Madre Labs– Before checking out after placing all products in my cart, I always check the Trials section, which lists trial sized products and also full sized products at an amazingly discounted price. This time, I saw this hand cream by Madre Labs, which is unscented & full sized.

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It’s key ingredients are oils of Argan nut, jojoba, sesame, avocado, olive and coconut plus shea butter. It contains no parabens. It’s a thick white cream. It’s very moisturizing. One advice I gotta give is to work with a pea sized amount only. More the amount of cream, the more it keeps spreading & the more you have to rub it into the skin to get it absorbed. But with a smaller amount, it gets easily absorbed. Also, though it says ‘unscented’, it has the faintest scent of Argan oil.

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Price : $7.95 (AED 29.20) for a tube containing 71 gms. However, I got it for a trial price of only $0.10 (AED 0.37)!

Currently in Jan 2016, this product is still listed in the Trials section at $0.10. Definitely give it a try!

Discounts & Shipping

During August, iHerb had a VIP discount going on. Depending on your bill total different percentages of discounts were being given. Since my bill total was $60+, I received the highest discount of 10% :). My shipping charge came to $11.01 (AED 40.44). It reached in UAE from US, via DHL, in 3 days. Love how fast their shipping always is ♡

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to receive an instant discount of $5 from your bill total.

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Review : Physician’s Formula Felt-Tip Eye Marker!

Hey guys!

I have been using Physician’s Formula Felt-Tip Eye Marker for some time now. I am not a fan of felt tip liners because I have felt they are a bit harsh on the eyes. But this one is one of my favorite eyeliners. It came in a packaging like this:

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The felt tip is sharp. It facilitates the easy application of a fine line or a bold one. The marker is thin and is very easy to hold and draw. I have it in the color 2430-Ultra Black. However, it is not an intense black. I expected it to be much more blacker. This is more like an ash black I feel. It dries almost as soon as it is applied but it has a reflective quality that gives it a liquid liner finish!. I am quite surprised at it. Also, looking at it, you will feel that if you try to rub it off, it’s going to fade. But try as you might, it stays put. This is a stunning fade proof, smudge proof and smear proof eye liner!.

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Another perfect thing is that just about anyone can use it, a beginner or an expert!. Beginners will find it ultra easy to try it. This is definitely fool proof. Even if you make mistakes, it’s easy to remove it with any makeup remover and start over. My tip would be to apply makeup remover at the tip of a cotton bud and work it only over the ‘mistake’. I haven’t ever come across an eyeliner that stays in place, is smudge proof but at the same time is super easy to remove too!. Usually the stronger formulas are tough to remove. This product comes off with just one swipe of a cotton pad with makeup remover on it. Even the gentlest makeup remover can remove this formula!.

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This product is literally perfection. I was sent this from US as a gift from a friend who knows I love eye liners ♥. What a thoughtful gift!. For the amount of versatility this product offers, it couldn’t be any cheaper!. It’s only $7.25 (AED 26.63) for the marker that contains 0.8gms. You can buy it from this US based online shopping site that ships worldwide. If you are a first time customer, you will get a guaranteed $5 off (even if it’s just one product you are ordering), which means you can get this product for as less as $2.25!

Do leave a comment below and let me know if you have tried out this product.

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iHerb Haul #5 – Skincare/Haircare products and snacks :)

Hey guys!

Back with another haul from my absolute favorite online site, iHerb!. This time I shopped for my family rather than for myself. Here are the things I bought 🙂

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1) Nature’s Gate body lotion – This body lotion contains colloidal oatmeal and is made especially for itchy, dry and sensitive skin. Oatmeal is a key ingredient that you need to look out for in products targeting dry skin. FYI: Colloidal oatmeal is just oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder.

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The other ingredients in this body lotion are just great as well. That’s what attracted me to buy it for my mom. Here is the list: Shea butter, Sweet almond oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Soybean oil, Canola oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vegetable glycerin and Vitamin E.

All these work towards softening and hydrating your skin. Another great thing is that this brand is free of parabens, phthalate, mineral oil, petrolatum, PEG and fragrances. This brand is also cruelty free, vegan and made in USA. Mom quite loved this product. I tried it out too and it’s very nice. However, there is a natural scent to it which I didn’t like a lot. It might be oats or anther smell. Can’t put my finger on it. But my skin loved it!

The bottle is a sturdy one with a pump. It contains 946 ml and will surely last a long time.

Price: $11.92 (AED 43.78)

2) Jojoba oil by Now Foods – This is a multi – purpose oil. You can use it both in skincare and hair care. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, helps in hair growth, in conditioning the hair, hydrating the skin and also is a great carrier oil. My sister in law has been having excessive hair loss and that’s why she asked me to place an order for this.

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It comes in a plastic bottle and easy to dispense lid. Even though it looks like a little bottle, it lasts a long time since I already own the Now Foods Avocado oil which comes in the exact same bottle and is one that I have been using over the past one year. I covered it in my first iHerb haul post.

Price: $11.46 (AED 42.09) for a 118ml bottle. However, since all oils were on 20% off on iHerb during that week, as a weekly offer, I got this for $9.17 (AED 33.68)

I also wanted to highlight something. This particular Jojoba oil is specifically said to be ‘Certified organic’. There is another Jojoba oil listed on the site from the same brand that comes in the same kind of bottle, containing the same amount of oil which just says ‘100% pure’ on it. That one costs $9.93 (AED 36.47) on a regular day and on discount that week, was $7.74 (AED 28.43). However, I felt it was a better decision to go with the ‘certified organic’ version.

3) Rosemary Essential oil – This is one of the most popular essential oils. My sister in law wanted it because when this one is combined with a carrier oil, especially Jojoba oil, it becomes a potent hair care treatment for longer, stronger hair. That is the main purpose she wanted it. However, Rosemary essential oil has numerous other uses too, be it aromatherapy, stress relief or skincare.

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It came in a dark brown glass bottle. The scent of it is absolutely amazing. It’s very aromatic, warm, potent and camphorous.

Price: $6.11 (AED 22.44) for a 30 ml bottle. I got 20% off on this oil too :). So, it was $4.89 (AED 17.96)!.

4) Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum – I bought this in my last iHerb haul. I also reviewed it some days ago. Anyways, my mom really loved how much beneficial this serum has been for my skin. The result was that profound!. So, she wanted one too. Since, it’s anti aging, I felt it would suit my mom’s skin too. So I bought this bottle for her.

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Price: $27.99 (AED 102.81) for a 30ml bottle.

5) Snackimals Chocolate Chip cookies by Barbara’s Bakery – I bought this in my last haul too. Remember back then how I shamelessly ate what I had originally bought for my nephew?. :D. Well this time I am making up for it!. I promised I will buy it again when I order from iHerb next time. So, this time it’s definitely for my little adorable nephew… Am keeping my paws off it!. I freaking love these cookies. They are so yum!. You got to try these out ♥

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Price: $4.46 (AED 16.38) for a packet containing 213 gms. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last that long 😛

Discounts received

In addition to the 20% discount I received on two of the five items I ordered, iHerb had something called the ‘VIP discount’ happening the time I had placed this order. I am not sure when that offer started/ended. However, I am indeed glad I got it. I got a 10% discount which worked out to be $5.84 (AED 21.45). Seriously, iHerb is an amazing site that gives discounts on top of discounts. You save a great deal when shopping from there.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $18.99 (AED 69.75). I think this is the highest shipping charge that I have paid when ordering from iHerb. It’s because of the pretty heavy body lotion. Once again, my order was shipped ultra fast. Shipped the same day that I placed the order and arrived at my doorstep in UAE, from US, in less than 48 hours!.

Everything was packaged very carefully so as to avoid any damage during transit. The Jojoba oil, Rosemary essential oil and the Nature’s Gate body lotion were individually packed in zip lock bags. Once again, I highly suggest this site to you. They ship worldwide, ultra fast.

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

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iHerb Haul #4 – Skincare, Makeup, Snacks and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site – iHerb!. This time I bought a variety of items. Here they are:

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1) Indigo Wild Zum Soap Lover’s Gift Box – My mom is a huge fan of Bath & Beauty items. Her birthday is coming up next month and what better gift than a Soap Lover’s gift box?. Indigo Wild produces soaps, mists and other body care products containing no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, preservatives, detergents, synthetic fragrances or colorings. It really appealed to me. Goat’s milk soap has many benefits. It delays signs of skin aging due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties (making it perfect for those with acne) and is loaded with vitamins that are easily absorbed into our bodies.

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This box contains 10 items and they are:

  • Three Goat’s Milk soap bars, each 3 oz (85 gms) and having different and exotic smells like Frankincense-Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tangerine-Orange.
  • Three All-Natural Aromatherapy Laundry Soap, each 30 ml, with scents namely Sweet Orange, Frankincense & Myrrh and Eucalyptus-Citrus
  • Three liquid soaps, with scents namely Lemon Grass, Rosemary-Mint and Frankincense & Myrrh
  • One sachet of goat milk bar shavings, which can be used to keep anywhere to take away bad odor like stinky drawers or a stuffy closet.

These smell heavenly and was the first thing I could register when I opened my iHerb package. This is such a perfect gift for those who love bath and beauty products.

Price: $22 (AED 80.81). That’s how much I paid. However, currently there is a promotion and as such it is $20.55 (AED 75.48)

Talking about gifts, iHerb has put together an amazing selection of gift sets for just about anyone in your life, be it men, children, makeup lovers, tea lovers or anyone, in anticipation of the Holiday season ahead of us. Do check it out!

2) 100% Raw Manuka Honey, Active 16+ by Wedderspoon Organic Inc. – I have been wanting to try Manuka honey for so long now. It is a monofloral (means bees get the honey from only one kind of plant species) honey from New Zealand. It is high in anti-bacterial properties making it an excellent product for wound care, skincare and for digestion. So basically, you can eat it, apply it on your face as a soothing face mask (it makes your skin really soft and glowing) and also apply on wounds to help it heal faster.

Since Manuka honey is so rare, it is pretty expensive. I have seen many kinds here in UAE. Were it not so expensive, I would definitely have bought different brands to find out which one is the best. However, that’s just wishful thinking!. Since, I did decide to invest money in it, I thought why not go for the best?. Wedderspoon is a really raved about brand. So I bought the one with the highest Active number, which is 16+ from their range. Active number shows the peroxide activity rate. In layman’s terms, it just means higher the number the better. It starts from 5. But if you are looking for honey to use in wound care, you should definitely aim for 10+.

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During my researches on which honey I should go for, I did come across a particular article which said any company could put any ‘Active’ number on their label and what you really should look for is the UMF rating. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. However, since Wedderspoon is a known brand and there are hundreds of rave reviews on it, I decided to buy it.

Indeed, it has a very unique taste. I would describe it as herbal and woody. It leaves a slightly bitter after taste which goes away within seconds. I really love it. It tastes pretty powerful!. It’s texture is thick, very smooth and almost like a creamy jelly. It’s color is a beautiful golden brown. On the Pfund scale, used to measure the color of honey, I would say, the batch of honey that I received falls in the category between 75 – 85 mm.

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It’s perfect to take while having throat infection or cough and it did benefit me. I will be incorporating it into masks and trying some DIY recipes. Will definitely post one soon. I did try it alone on my face and it’s really nice. Skin seemed visibly brightened and softer. Also, while other honeys are a really sticky mess and tough to spread on the skin, this one goes on very smoothly and overall, it’s application is so convenient and easy.

One thing I don’t quite like about it is that it comes in a plastic tub. Usually potent honeys are stored in dark colored glass jars. Wedderspoon uses BPA free plastic tubs. Only positive thing about it is that they won’t break while in transit!. I definitely do recommend this brand anyway, because the quality of the honey is great!

Price: $40.86 (AED 150.08) for a tub containing 500 gms, which is pretty good pricing considering Manuka honey with Active 15+ rating usually sells for about AED195, here in UAE. Thanks to my friend Abidha for mentioning that to me.

3) Snackimals Animal Chocolate Chip cookies by Barbara’s Bakery : I love chocolate chip cookies. That being said, I actually feel extremely guilty when saying this… I didn’t buy this for myself. I bought it for my little nephew but ended up eating it since that particular weekend that they were supposed to come visit me from Abu Dhabi, they didn’t and the thought that there is a large pack of chocolate chip cookies in my cupboard just didn’t let me think of anything else!. OMG!. How bad am I??. But I also thought, “Hey, I never tested it out. I should probably test it out and only if it’s good I’ll get it for my nephew”. Man, it’s scrumptious!. Such a lovely pack of animal shaped cookies, that is made from organic grains.

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It’s thin but sturdy and crunchy. Since’s it not chewy and rich, you don’t feel guilty at all!. But I got to say it’s not low in calories. You can see tiny sugar crystals on the backside of the cookies, if you notice that in the picture above. One serving, which is 10 cookies contains 120 calories. The problem is that you wouldn’t stop with 10 cookies. I bet you, you wouldn’t even count :P. It’s really yum and a great snack for kids and adults too. My husband who doesn’t even like cookies, loved it!.  It comes in a good quality resealable pack, ensuring freshness every time, not that you will need it anyway. The pack will be over in one sitting! I will definitely buy this one again and I will be buying one for my little nephew too 🙂

Price : $4.46 (AED 16.38) for a pack containing 213 gms.

4) Exfoliating Serum by Mad Hippie Skincare : I came across the brand Mad Hippie by chance on iHerb one day. When I searched more about it, the more I understood that they incorporate really potent active ingredients into their skincare line. Even their motto is “Advanced skincare”. Usually brands incorporate one or two active ingredients in their products. But this particular serum contains a stunning number of 16 actives!. I love serum like nothing else. They are powerful and penetrate into the deeper layers of our skin. Once I try this product out properly, I will post a detailed review about it.

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Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81)

5) Traditional Italian Risotto by Lundberg : I love risotto and though I don’t know how to make it, I have had it several times in hotels. So, when I saw an option to make it at home easily out of a packet, I went for it :). I love mushrooms. So I went for the Porcini Mushroom option.

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Inside the box, there were two packets. One containing Italian Arborio rice (1/4 cup) and the other containing seasoning and pieces of Porcini mushroom. All you got to do is sauté the rice in 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, then add 2.5 cups of water and mix the seasoning in it. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. It’s ready to serve!. It’s that easy.

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The result was quite good. In between the cook, I tasted it and felt it needed more salt. Adding it at that time meant it really got absorbed by the rice. The final product tasted good. I got to say though that in the seasoning, there is butter and dried onion among other ingredients. It tasted a bit too strongly of those two. Once prepared, it amounts to 1 cup of risotto. I couldn’t finish it one go, since I felt it to be pretty heavy. I kept it covered in the fridge and reheated it the next day. I felt it tasted better the next day!. I do recommend this easy and convenient product.

Price : $3.43 (AED 12.60)

6) Dark Chocolate Fusion by The Tea Room : Once I read the concept of this brand, I fell in love with it. The makers of this brand love tea and chocolate. So, they decided to infuse tea into chocolate!. What a novel idea!. Each bar of chocolate contains 1 cup of tea in it. They have infused different types of teas into dark chocolates containing varying degrees of cacao in it.

I bought two bars. First one is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Mate & Cacao nibs, which contains 72% cacao from Europe, organic yerba mate tea from South America, and organic cacao nibs from Ecuador. It tastes very smooth and nice. I have never tasted yerba mate tea. So, I guess the foreign taste it has is of the tea. There are minute pieces of cacao nibs in it which contributes towards the rich and intense experience, that is having this bar of chocolate.

The second bar is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Raspberry Rooibos, which contains 60% cacao from Europe, and organic red raspberry rooibos tea from South Africa. OMG!. This one is absolutely delicious. I love the intense berry taste of this one.

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Overall, the dark chocolate is tasty and so smooth. The bars are covered in a wrap. As soon as you open it, the smell is really inviting. iHerb takes care not to ship out chocolates in hot months. My bars were soft when it arrived. I popped it immediately in the fridge. As you can see, my bars have maintained their structure.

I highly recommend this brand and eventually I hope to try out their other great flavors like Black Masala Chai from India and Lapsang Souchong tea from Fujian in future.

Price : $2.99 (AED 10.98) for each bar, containing 1.8 oz (51 gms)

7) E.L.F Clarifying Pressed powder in Spice : This pressed powder is quite OK. When you apply it, immediately the lack of quality can be felt. The formulation isn’t really great. But when you pay less, that’s all you should expect!. Positives are many though. It’s perfect for someone who is just beginning to collect makeup and is looking for budget friendly options. It takes away any oily sheen on the skin and really mattifies. It also gives a natural look to the face. It’s coverage is low. So, it’s definitely not for someone who even expects medium coverage. For the amount paid, it’s definitely OK and perfect to carry in your purse for touch ups.

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It comes in cute and handy compact, with a white powder puff. I got it in the color Spice. There are a variety of shades and Spice is color just below the darkest one which is Toffee.

Price : $1.99 (AED 7.31).

Discount received

During the month of October, there was a promotion going on whereby if your order is over $40, you get a 10% discount. So, I got a discount of $10.67 (AED 39.19)!. I got a cute little notepad and pencil too in my package.

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iHerb always has some promotion or the other going on in addition to the discounts they give on each product. I just love this site!. You can save so much, while doing your normal shopping.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $13.74 (AED 50.47). This time my order took two days to process and less than two days to reach my doorstep in UAE, from US. I love DHL and I am so glad iHerb has teamed up with them. They move so fast!

Overall, I am love with the things I bought this time. Once again, I highly suggest this site to you. They ship worldwide, ultra fast.

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

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Review : Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse – Complete 10 day cleansing system!

Hello!

Recently when I did an iHerb haul, I had promised a detailed review of the Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing system.

Here it is:

I have been looking for some good weight loss products and that’s when I came across this Enzymatic cleansing system. I read good reviews about it and decided to buy one for myself. Let me first of all tell you that I have never done a cleanse before. Every review I read mentioned that this one is a gentle one and so that’s one of the main reasons I chose it.

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This system is supposed to do the following:

  • Complete detoxification of the body
  • Restore  digestive balance while you cleanse
  • Kick start weight loss

There are detailed instructions of how to have each tablet listed on the box, on each container and in a user guide.

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The box consists of the following –

1) Detox Activation cleansing formula : This tablet activates the detox process in our body. This container consists of 46 tablets. It has a green tint to it. You are supposed to have 5 tablets at night from Day 1 – 8 and 3 tablets per night from Day 9 – 10.

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2) Fiber Fusion PLUS : This special fiber blend with psyllium husk absorbs, binds and flushes toxins and excess waste from the body, supports healthy and comfortable bowel cleansing and promotes regularity.

This container consists of 44 capsules. You are supposed to skip it on the first day, then have 4 capsules at night from Day 2 – 8 and 4 capsules each per morning and night from Day 9-10.

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3) Acidophilus pearls : This is a strip of small round tablets with active culture in it. This restores healthy digestive balance, relieves occasional gas, bloating and constipation. This can be taken any time of the day from Day 1 – 10. You are not supposed to break, crush or chew on it.

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My experience

I really liked this cleansing system. It was extremely gentle. I never found myself rushing to the bathroom except for the very first day I started this system. It helped me lose 1 kg too. I actually expected at least a loss of 2 kgs but I believe 1 kg is better than none at all!. One thing I dislike is that each time you have to have 5 – 10 tablets in one go and that’s very inconvenient. I wish it was just one single tablet which had the power of five!.

All in all, it’s a good system and perfect for anyone who would like to do a mild and complete body cleanse.

Price: $18.87 (AED69.31).

I bought this from iHerb which is a fantastic online shopping site. Using the code SCZ695 at check out, gives you upto $10 off your first order from there. They ship internationally. So, where ever you are in this world, you can buy literally anything from groceries to essential oils to weight loss products to cosmetics from there!. From US to UAE, the shipping takes about 2 days normally, via DHL and is delivered right to your doorstep!

If you have bought something from iHerb after reading one of my posts, do let me know your experience so I may quote it in my next iHerb haul 🙂

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iHerb Haul #2 – Skincare oils, Dietary detox supplements and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site, iHerb!. Here are the things I bought:

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In detail, here are each items and mini reviews (Click on each of the below pix to be taken to that item on the site):

1) Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing System : I have never done a whole body cleanse ever. So, when I saw this, I thought to give it a try. Enzymatic is a famous brand. I really liked this product. It is really gentle indeed, as advertised. I highly recommend it. Please stay tuned for a detailed review soon. [UPDATE: Click here for the detailed review!]

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Price of this pack is $18.87 (AED 69.31).

2) Sugar Controller (Blood cleansing) herb tea from Health King : My father is a diabetic and I bought this for him. The main ingredients in this tea are Mulberry leaf, Green tea leaf and Jasmine flower along with other kinds of seeds and roots, the botanical names of which are listed at the back of the box. The smell is really pleasant and I believe it to be that of the mulberry leaf. He has been taking this continuously and has told me that his sugar has been in control of late which is great. He said it tastes really good too.

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This box comes with 20 tea bags and is made of 100% natural herbal supplements. It costs $5.63 (AED 20.68).

3) Fenugreek seed tea from Alvita : This was also bought for my father. Fenugreek is very potent when it comes to controlling sugar in a diabetes patient. My mom used to soak fenugreek seeds overnight and give that water to my father in the morning as a home remedy. Now these tea bags made it much more easier for her!. It smells really strong. Father tried it and said it tastes much more powerful than when mom used to make at home. He liked this one a lot too. Alvita is a brand that makes great tea and that’s why I chose this one from their range. Also, this is caffeine free.

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This box comes with 30 tea bags. There is no other ingredient in this other than fenugreek seeds. It costs $5.36 (AED 19.69).

4) Avocado oil from NOW Foods : I bought this for my SIL after she fell in love with the one I had bought for myself. Click here to read my review on it.

Blog pix 015The bottle contains 118 ml and costs $5.34 (AED 19.61).

5) Pure Grapeseed oil from Life Flo Health : I bought this one too for my SIL. She told me her facial skin, particularly cheeks are developing rough, dry patches and even using Argan oil hasn’t really helped with it. So I suggested her the grapeseed oil and she decided to try it. I did try it too (for the purpose of this mini review) and I love it!. It’s really light weight and gets absorbed super fast leaving your skin looking moisturized and supple. There is no shiny/glossy look, which you would expect from an oil. It doesn’t have a smell at all. The oil is colorless, though through the plastic bottle it looks like a green tint.

SIL recently told me, after having used it for quite a bit of time, that the dry patches on her face has healed and her skin has this really hydrated and moisturized feel. I am so glad I suggested it to her!. Grapeseed oil, in addition to being a great moisturizer, is also good for treating acne.

Blog pix 011The bottle contains 473 ml and costs $8.27 (AED 30.37)

Freebie- iHerb showercap: iHerb sometimes throws in freebies along with your order. I received a showercap, with iHerb.com printed all over it.

Discounts I got

The time I ordered this, there was a 5 day offer going on whereby if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or above, you get 10% off. So I got $4.35 off!. Also, I had some referral rewards which amounted to $4.95. So total discount: $9.30 (AED 34.16). Yay!

Shipping

I chose the DHL option for shipping. It cost $13.78 (AED50.61). Last time I ordered from iHerb, they had shipped my order within 6 hours of me placing the order, which was unbelievably fast!. But this time, a day passed by and when I still didn’t receive an email saying my order has been shipped, I logged into my account to see the order’s status and found that one of the items had gone out of stock, after I had placed the order!. I immediately visited the link to that product and surprisingly, it still showed as ‘In Stock’, which meant it’s available.

So, I contacted iHerb’s customer service and I’ve got to say they got back to me super fast and apologized saying that it’s some discrepancy that happened on their site and that it will be in stock soon. One more day passed by and then I received an email saying my order was shipped. Then as usual, DHL did this magic somehow. My package was at my doorstep in less than 48 hours. I still can’t figure out how can they work so fast!. Can you believe that?. From US to UAE in less than 2 days. Kudos to the DHL team for making it happen. Love them!

I hope you liked my haul. If you would like to add the above mentioned items to your cart with just one click, visit this link. Once you add it to your cart, you can edit the quantity, delete or add more items from the site.

Discount code for you!

iHerb discount codeUsing my referral code SCZ695, will give you $10 off, if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or more and $5 off, if your bill total is less than $40. The discount code will only work on your first order from them. iHerb ships worldwide, so wherever you are, check out this awesome website!. I can’t recommend this site enough for their excellent selection of products, great prices and superior shipping/customer service.

Click here if you wish to see my last haul from iHerb, which was skincare oils only.

Click here if you would like to see a step by step guide as to how to shop from iHerb. Even if you have read it before, I would love you to check it again as I have updated points 5 – 7 yesterday. Updates are marked in red font.

Oh before I go, I would like to quote part of a comment left on one of the iHerb posts I did. It’s a testimonial from a follower who tried out iHerb after I suggested it here 🙂

Dearest Naznin, You are an angel for sharing about iHerb. I have never been so happier about online shopping. The way you described the whole process was so simple and informative. (Thank you for the code!)..” – Preeti M

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