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Review : Iftar at Nando’s, Jumeirah!

Hey guys!

I’m back with another Iftar review. This was at Nando’s in Jumeirah Lakes, Dubai. It’s a really gorgeous place, with lots of greenery, beautiful landscaping and a fountain. It really has got a good vibe going there. Pair it with good food and you have got a perfect evening!

I love Nando’s. I’ve been there several times but it’s my first time being in this particular branch located in Jumeirah. Here is the Nando’s building and it’s entrance :

Nandos

Late afternoon & evening pix

Nandos

The interior is pretty special and has a welcoming atmosphere. The contemporary and beautiful South African art is definitely eye catching. The seating is comfy. The lights are beautiful ☺. Instant relaxation mood is set, once you enter there.

Paintings

I arrived pretty early before Iftar time (since I like to get my pix when not many people are around). My 3 year old was getting restless by then. Nando’s staff are always so friendly and thoughtful. They got him crayons & a paper with pictures in it to color in. That instantly got his attention and he was doodling away with joy 😊. They also gave him a balloon.

Coloring

Not part of the Iftar menu, but the staff got my son a kiddie chicken burger, fries and mildly spicy rice to keep him happy & fed. They are just so amazing!

Chicken burger

The Nando’s Iftar will start diners off with dates and water to break the fast, followed by Hummus and pita bread, rounded off with a delicious, flame-grilled PERi-PERi full chicken, chicken Espetada, four chicken wings, served with Mediterranean salad, PERi-PERi chips, PERi-PERi wedges, spicy rice and coleslaw. This is a meal for 4 persons, at just AED 199.

Nandos menu

They are also offering a delicious meal deal for two to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan. Diners can break their fast with water and dates, Hummus and pita bread, full chicken, PERi chips, rice and coleslaw for the extra special price of just AED 119.

Nandos chicken

Extremely yummy, melting-in-your-mouth marinated, flame-grilled chicken 😋

Espetada

Espetada, which has five pretty big and filling pieces of grilled chicken.

Overall, the Iftar menu is yummy and filling. I had one issue though and I need to say it here. The restaurant was packed by Iftar time. There wasn’t a single seat that was unoccupied. I think there were 3 serving staff. Once the time came to break fast, there was such a rush to serve people.

They seemed like they were unprepared for that many people to come in. I got my food a cool 25 mins after the time to break fast 😐. But, I actually felt bad for the staff. I’m not even kidding, they were literally flying across the room trying to serve soo many people. This was a media event that I was a part of. Maybe that’s why there were so many people. But with my previous experiences at Nando’s, I’d say the wait time isn’t that much and the staff are as always friendly and attentive. Please read my review of a dinner at Nando’s. That was in Al Qasba, Sharjah, which happens to be my favorite Nando’s branch.

Nando’s always so thoughtfully gives a goodie bag when going there for a review. They never fail to surprise. This time, I got a Peri-Peri garlic sauce, a PERInaise (which is a mayonnaise) & an adorable Nando’s chicken shaped USB. Love it!. I’ve been adding the sauce and mayo to my home cooked chicken ever since. They are such a great addition to just about anything. The mayonnaise squeezy bottle has this leak proof kinda lock and it’s just so convenient & mess free to use it!.

Goodies

If you love Nando’s, do check their Iftar out. The menu is designed to be pretty affordable. If you try it out, let me know how you liked it, dearies 😊

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Naz ♥

Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Review : Iftar at Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai!

Hey friends,

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan with a stunning Iftar and Suhoor offering, at the Serdaal Ballroom & Terrace. The property itself is breathtakingly beautiful with a gorgeous interior too.

Westin

Westin

Serdaal ballroom

Serdaal ballroom

Recently, I was invited to review the iftar there. I’ve been to many buffets in my life (being such a foodie that I am) but frankly I’ve never seen a buffet with such an extensive variety of food. It’s lavish & simply stunning, to say the least.

Westin iftar

Ramadan Kareem

Bread section

The generous buffet features an array of Middle Eastern dishes such as traditional hot and cold mezze items, succulent mixed grills, a dedicated shawarma corner and lamb ouzi. There are also European and Indian selections on offer, plus a sushi and pasta station. Save room for dessert, as an abundance of Arabic sweets, including a dedicated Turkish delight corner and an entertaining live Turkish ice-cream station.

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Chicken shawarma station

Westin iftar

All dishes were absolutely delicious, a feast for the taste buds!. I couldn’t try some items simply because I didn’t have room for it. The number of dishes were that many. The chefs have done an excellent job putting forth such a diverse range of cuisines. I even got to try out certain things that I’ve heard of before but never had had yet, namely scallops, gnocchi & seared tuna.

I was delighted to find a live pasta station. Pasta is my weakness 😉. I got a penne pasta with turkey, mushrooms and cheese in tomato sauce. It was really great.

Pasta

The dessert section was decadent and rich. Be it the Arabic ones or the others, the selection as amazing.

Arabic sweets

Chocolate fountain

Chocolate fountain, marshmallows, fruits and more

There was live entertainment (music) that was soothing and mesmerising. There is also a henna corner.

Musician

My son absolutely loved the Turkish ice cream station. We got him a chocolate ice cream. The guy serving was playing around with him, not handing him the ice cream from the get go. Finally, my 3 year old got frustrated and tried to run away. Lol!. It was hilarious. He definitely loved the ice cream. It’s texture is so different from the regular ice cream. I tried some from my son’s. If I had space in my stomach I would have gotten one for myself but I just didn’t. I was so full.

Turkish ice cream

The Iftar will be offered daily from sunset to 9.30pm throughout Ramadan. It’s all priced at just AED 155 for adults and AED 55 for children under 12 (kids under 6 dine for free). I think it’s a steal for this price.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Westin at +971 04 511 7373.

There is Shisha service 8pm onwards on the Serdaal terrace. Suhoor is offered from 9pm – 1 am on week days and 9 pm – 2 am on weekends.

I highly recommend iftar at Westin. It’s something to definitely experience and rave about!

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Naz ♥

Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Review : OPI’s Got the Blues for Red Nail Lacquer!

Hello!

Today am doing a mini review of an OPI nail lacquer that I received for review a while back.

It’s a blue based red color and thus rightfully named ‘Got the Blues for Red’. I love the way OPI names their shades.

OPI Got the blues for red

This garnet shade is quite classy and elegant. I feel it would look the best on pale skin. Even my husband mentioned it doesn’t suit me (my Indian skin tone) much. Maybe it’s because it’s blue based.

Anyways the formula of this one is really nice. It dries extremely fast and gives a smooth application. One coat gives a glassy effect while two coats give a lovely opaque look. At the most, I have worn this for 5 days straight and it didn’t chip during that time period.

Also, if you don’t know already, OPI is a 3-free brand, meaning they don’t contain the three toxic chemicals DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde.

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

Review : April 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

No, it’s not a typo in the heading. This box is indeed Apr 2016’s. I just missed reviewing it!. Even though the box is old, my opinion about the products in the box is new right?. Lol, so I decided to do the review anyways 🙂

The box concentrates on skincare products, which I love. Onto the products, in detail :

Apr 2016 Glambox

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash – This face wash’s main ingredient is Neem, known for its purifying, antiseptic properties. This product helps fight pimples, prevents acne marks & cleanses impurities and keeps bacteria that causes pimples away. This is a highly effective herbal cleanser, perfect for those with oily skin. However, it does not suit me since I have normal / dry skin. I gave it to my father who has oily skin and he absolutely loved it. It came in a full sized 50 ml tube, along with a flyer about it.

Neem Face wash

Pond’s Flawless white Visible Lightening Day Cream – I am not one who wants to achieve ‘lighter, fairer’ skin. I don’t see the need to set that as a goal. That being said, this cream is so lightweight and creamy and I love it. Only a little goes a long way. So, work with small amounts. I finished this tub completely and to say the truth, I did find my skin to be more luminous and lighter in color. It’s light pink in colr and came in a full sized tub containing 50g.

Ponds fairness cream

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mist with SPF 30– Sunscreen in a mist form?. Sign me up!. Lol. This is such a fantastic & convenient concept. The mist feels soothing and moisturizing on the skin while giving a protection of SPF 30 throughout the day. It came in a spray bottle containing 50ml. I have it in my purse for protection on the go. Love this one ♡

Bioderma Hydrabio

Lady Speed Stick Fresh & Essence – This deodorant/anti-perspirant roll on is quite nice. It has a fresh scent. But unfortunately, it is not long lasting. It came as a 50ml roll on. There was a larger than life sized brochure too, in the box. I found it really creative!

Lady Speed Stick

Hiluxe HI Color & Shine Nail Laquer – This is a 5 Free nail polish by the brand Eleanor. It’s in the color NH03 Pretty Purple and is a cool toned purple, which is pleasing to the eyes. In the pic below, I have applied double coat on all fingers except on the little finger, which has a single coat. You can see the difference.

Purple nail polish

Forgive my ‘not so good’ application. I rushed while applying it, this time. The bottle contains 9ml. Even though its a nice color, it started chipping really fast. Am talking about the second day itself!. I don’t even bite my nails.. I dislike it’s quality.

Jane Iredale Just Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain – This is such a magical product. I was quite disappointed at first to see the color of this lipstick. I thought it wouldn’t match me.

Jane Iredale lipstick

However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I swatched it!. It turned the most gorgeous shade of natural pink, on my lips. It’s superb. On the hand though, the color is barely visible and looks more peachy. I haven’t tried it as a cheek stain. Here are the hand and lip swatches :

Pink lipstick swatches

Quizas Loewe Seduccion Eau de parfum – A sample sachet of perfume, containing 1 ml was also included in the box. This one has a very strong scent, which is usual for a men’s perfume. However, this is a women’s perfume and I am surprised by how bold it is. It has notes of Passion Fruit, Blackberry along with Jasmine, Tuberose and the seduction of Vanilla & Caramel. Too strong for me but my husband loved it..

Seduccion perfume

Voucher time!

Glambox vouchers

This box came with so many vouchers!. Here they are :

● Free travel size eyeshadow kit upon any purchase of AED 250 exclusively from Esthetic Sense.
● 10% off all purchases of AED 200 or more from Kardashian Beauty
● 20% discount voucher on Bioderma Hydrabio Range products
● Chantelle Paris gift voucher worth AED 100
● Biolite Aesthetic Clinic Gift Certificate worth AED 250
● 40% Off discount code on Designer-24’s site
● 50 – 70% discount offers on Eleanor’s online site
● #GLAMBREAK online raffle entry

Overall, a nice box with a good, thoughtful mix of products. Glambox has been doing great in bringing in products from awesome brands, of late. Once again, this box doesn’t disappoint. Good job, Glambox!

Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Naz ♥

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

Get silky smooth Hollywood-worthy hair with the Brazilian Blowout!

● Celebrity-favourite hair smoothing treatment available at En Vogue Beauty Center
● 50% discount on all hair treatments at En Vogue Beauty Center in Dubai throughout the summer

Have you ever wondered how celebrities, such as Nicole Richie, Halle Berry and Taylor Swift, achieve silky smooth hair without a hint of frizz?  Wonder no more as En Vogue Beauty Center reveals the Brazilian Blowout as the answer! 

Celebrity hair styles

The Brazilian Blowout is a hair smoothing treatment that tames frizz and makes the tresses effortlessly manageable and with plenty of body and bounce. It works on just about every hair type and texture. If you have curls, a Brazilian Blowout will reduce the frizz and enhance the natural curls.  Wavy hair will be made to appear naturally straight and smooth. Straight, frizzy hair, will get that sleek, smooth look after a treatment, and an incredibly glossy shine.  

Unlike any other smoothing treatment that usually damages hair, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the health of your hair while making it look and feel silky smooth.  Using a breakthrough formula, the treatment improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle, therefore providing protection against any external damage. The best part? There is no down time! The treatment is finished at the salon – once you are done, you are back to your normal life again – you can wash your hair, tie your hair back in a ponytail, style it, and it will remain, smooth, frizz-free and radiant. No wonder, the Brazilian Blowout has a solid following amongst Hollywood A-listers and the brightest names in fashion! 

So now that you know your favourite celebrities’ best kept hair secrets, better schedule your Brazilian Blowout by calling any of the En Vogue branches for appointments! 

En Vogue Beauty Center branches:

En Vogue Beauty Center

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 4501055
Cluster E, Global Lake View Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, 04 5513855
Central Park in Dubai International Financial Centre, 04 3322995

About En Vogue Beauty Center

En Vogue Beauty Center is a full-service salon and spa offering the widest range of advanced services in hair, nails, face and body treatments.  It is a one-stop beauty and grooming destination that serves both women and men, as well as children.  Each of En Vogue branches boasts an urban and contemporary setting in a huge space, with separate entrances and facilities for men and women. En Vogue opened their first salon in 2011 and within three years dominated the market, becoming the number one salon in Dubai. Currently, there are three En Vogue Beauty Centers across Dubai and the company is set to open more locations in the near future.

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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.

A Drop of Beauty from The Organic Pharmacy!

** Say hello to radiant, energized skin with Beauty Drops by The Organic Pharmacy **

Step into a world of wonder and revitalisation with the latest innovation from the organic beauty experts at The Organic Pharmacy. Radiate inner and outer beauty with the new Beauty Drops (AED 290), taken internally with a glass of water or added to your favourite Organic Pharmacy cream, serum or mask. The Beauty Drops offer an instant boost for radiant and energised skin.

Beauty drops

The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops contain Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Bilberry. Ginseng is a stimulant, diuretic and energy booster known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gotu Kola offers regeneration for the brain, body and nervous system. It also increases blood supply to cells whilst aiding oxygenation.  Bilberry stabilises cell membranes and strengthens capillaries, reducing redness and rejuvenating the skin.

The dual-usage drops can be used by adding it to your favourite skincare formula or by adding to a drink. When used with skincare, the ingredient combination boosts antioxidant protection of skin and when sipped, improves the energy of cells and skin hydration.

To use:

♡ Add 5 drops if taking internally with a glass of water
♡ If using externally, simply add 2-3 drops to your regular cream, serum or mask

The Organic Pharmacy is available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre or online at www.beautifulbrands.aewww.basharacare.com and www.thebeautyfloor.com.

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Review : Deewal Strengthening Hair Oil!

Hey guys,

Deewal is an Indian Ayurvedic brand established in 1992. Today, am reviewing their Strengthening hair oil.

Deewal hair oil

It is a dark green colored herbal oil, that contains no chemicals at all. It’s 100% natural. I am pretty mesmerized by it’s smell. It’s so therapeutic & potent. From the smell itself you can understand how concentrated it is.

I usually apply it for a minimum of 20 – 25 mins before shampooing. I once applied it overnight too. After application, you will notice that even the room you stood in, has that wonderful smell.

It’s ingredients are : Indian gooseberry, Bhringraj, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Shankhapushpi, Castor bean, Sesame. The Ayurvedic names mentioned above are herbs that are cold pressed during this oil’s preparation.

Herbal oil

This is probably the most expensive Indian hair oil that I have ever used. It costs Rs 900 for just 50 ml!. But, in their defense, what I can tell you is, they have put powerful ingredients that work, into a very simple, non extravagant bottle.

I quite love it and highly recommend you to try it out. Check it out on their site.

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Naz ♥

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

Herbal Essentials Unveils Its First Derma Kiosk + An Offer!

There’s great news for fans of the Himalayan natural and award winning beauty brand, Herbal Essentials, and Jumeirah dwellers, as your favourite locally born skincare line is about to expand even further and take up home in Mercato Mall. Unveiling their brand new derma kiosk, or The Beauty Hub by Herbal Essentials on October 23rd, the retail hotspot will not only stock a host of beautifully natural skincare products but also aims to go the extra mile for customers by providing them with expert staff who can help educate you on your skin care issues with great advice on what to use and what to avoid to restore that natural glow! 

Herbal Essentials beauty hub

To treat their loyal customers, Herbal Essentials will be offering the first 100 people to book in for a complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation at the Mercato kiosk a free full size product, meaning you not only get expert advice on how to maintain and treat your skin’s specific needs, but the opportunity to try this natural skincare line for yourself. Herbal Essentials believes in adapting ‘Ancient Beauty Wisdom’ from around the world for you, the modern consumer. Their first range is based on the secrets of the Himalayas and the principles of Ayurveda. For those who are unfamiliar with Ayurveda and its principles, it is a science and philosophy that dates back over a whopping 5,000 years that dictates that you can make the most out of your wellbeing and beauty by creating a balance that supports everything from energy levels and digestive health. Herbal Essentials works with natural ingredients combined with water from the Himalayas, providing you with the perfect, all-natural approach to wellbeing and beauty.

The new kiosk promises to treat customers to facts and tips on how to embrace better skin care habits with the offer of free skincare analysis sessions where you can ask for professional advice on anything from pigmentation, aging, acne, allergies and sensitive skin. The wonderful educated staff are on hand to guide you on a road to discovery of products that will bring out the very best version of you. So, put yourself in their capable hands and get ready to open the door to a lifestyle that will change the way you think about health and wellbeing forever.

Award winning UAE beauty brand Herbal Essentials offers a range of skincare products that use pure Himalayan spring water, untouched and unprocessed by man, which take 20 years to pass through natural layers of rock, sand and clay which have superior macro mineral benefits for your skin. Shipped to Europe directly from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, this revitalising water, enriched in calcium, magnesium and potassium lends itself to helping create natural products for the face and body – ancient beauty wisdom with pure Himalayan Spring Water blended to the highest standards in Europe.

All products in the range are all-natural, paraffin and paraben free. Herbal Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Programme, meaning 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”. The brand is also a proud member of ‘1% for the Planet’ that aims in giving back to Mother Nature what it takes which is knowledge.

** Introductory Offer – First 100 customers to book in for complimentary skin analysis and derma consultation will receive a full size product free **

To book in for your free consultation from the 23rd October, please email beautyhub@herbal-essentials.com or call 800 NATURAL/054 322 8205.

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Review : Glow Radiance Defy powder!

Hi guys,

It’s my first time trying a Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid food supplement. Collagen as you might already know, makes the skin more elastic and youthful, while Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture, thus keeping it hydrated.

Glow Radiance’s Defy powder contains 5000mg of hydrolized collagen, which is pretty concentrated and 50mg of Sodium Hyaluronate in each serving. Serving size is 1 scoop, which comes along with the powder. I was pretty excited trying this product since it’s being ingested and hence works on a cell level. Surely there are many products out there which can be applied topically. Ofcourse they do work well but the Defy powder is superior since it’s a food supplement that has a fast absorption.

Glow Radiance defy

This powder comes in a tin and contains 200 gms. It’s a 40 days supply. I waited until I completed the entire course before doing this review, so that I can write a thorough one. The result is amazing!. My skin looks really great and I even got many compliments on my hydrated, moisturised skin. Since many know that I keep trying new creams and such, the common question was ‘Which cream are you using currently?’. Lol!.

Glow Radiance Defy powder

The powder is cream in color, has a strange smell and tastes pleasant. It’s an umami taste. To use it, simply dissolve a scoop of powder in a glass of water after meal once daily. It contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, milk, egg, shellfish, preservatives, artificial flavors or color & is made in France.

My skin looks plumped, youthful, more supple and as if there is an inner glow. Glow Radiance’s motto itself is ‘Boost beauty from within’ which I think is really apt. It was during the third week that I started noticing an overall smooth effect. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to defy age itself (i.e. to an extent).

One thing I found a bit disappointing was that I thought it would diminish my smile lines which are a bit deep, since I smile a lot :D. But it didnt affect it at all. My eye area looks better though and I feel the fine lines there have softened. It also helps in keeping more lines at bay.

Price : AED 270 for a 200 gms tin

Definitely a product worth checking out if you are into an anti-aging skincare routine, just like me. Click here to buy.

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Naz ♥

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

Look to the Far East this September with Glambox!

Calling all beauty mavens! If there’s one country that is leading the way with innovative, quirky and pioneering products in the world of cosmetics and skincare right now then we have to point our finger firmly at Korea. Scour Instagram to get sheet mask envy, listen to whispers of eye liners that can withstand any humidity and get curious as to how charcoal can help you cheat your way to gorgeous skin; the Koreans have piqued our interest and now we want in on their secrets!

GlamBox takes pride in keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of beauty, which is why they have decided to dedicate their September Box purely on the Korean beauty phenomenon. The box launched at an exclusive preview event on the 30th August at Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm.

The box will be packed with fabulous products that will take up permanent residency in your make-up bag. Want to know more about the treats that are in store for you? Allow us to tell you more!

Korean Glambox

* Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Gel Patch by THEFACESHOP
* Melting Colour Lip Creamer by THEFACESHOP
* Charcoal Plant Cleansing Puff by THEFACESHOP
* MISSHA Super Aqua Ice Tear Kit – Toner & Emulsion
* SKIN79 BROW CLASS Colouring Mascara
* SKIN79 WONDER FIX Brush Eyeliner

Be quick to grab your’s, as this beauty box will not be available for long as subscriptions close on September 14th 2016.

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Naz ♥

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