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Review : The Violet Box March – April 2017 Edition!

Dear friends, hey!

It’s my first time trying out The Violet Box, a bi monthly Indian subscription box that ships not just within India but to over 70 countries including US & UAE!.

What is the Violet Box?

Violet Box is a beauty box with 10 to 12 beauty products. Indulgences like gourmet teas, coffees or chocolates are also added depending on the curation. A new box is launched every 2 months. It has been reviewed as one of the best beauty boxes in the world. For every box sold, Violet donates a month’s period essentials to a girl in need in India. I love that they are involved in charity work too.

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The March-April Edition of Violet Box has 14 amazing products focused on body & eyes. They include 5 full size beauty products, 7 deluxe size beauty products, dark chocolate & luxury coffee. Products are worth over $80 USD (based on US prices) while it’s price is $39.99 (Approx Rs. 2998). Currently though, this box is on sale and thus its price is Rs. 1499 (Approx $23). Awesome savings!.

Violet Box Mar Apr 2017

In detail – This Violet box is a white colored box with it’s name written in a golden font. On unboxing, the first thing that registered on my mind was a heavenly coffee scent and also mixed with it, a smell of a luxurious spa. The products were all laid out on a bed of coconut fibre. I knew I was in for a treat. This box focuses on body & eyes and truly is a dream box for a skincare lover like me.

Full size beauty products

1) Raw Rituals – Caffeine Infused Body Scrub – 75g

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This scrub is probably the first dry scrub mix that I am trying out. I thought it should be mixed with water to make a paste. However, in the ‘Directions’ mentioned at the back of the tub, it says, you need to just wet your skin while in shower & rub this dry scrub, in a circular motion. Leave it on for 4-5 minutes and rinse with warm water. It smells heavenly, like luxurious coffee.

The antioxidant properties of coffee and the exfoliating effects of the sugar makes this a truly wonderful product, that moisturizes & makes the skin soft. It contains ‘Grinded Arabica Bean Coffee, Coffee powder, Sugar mix, Hempseed oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil, Himalayan salt & Coffee oil’. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, chemical free, natural, preservatives free product.

It comes in a 75 gms tub and is worth Rs 300.

2) Raw Rituals – Green Tea Under Eye Cream – 10g

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Just when my Clinique eye cream was about to get over, I find this in the box and I am absolutely overjoyed!. This antioxidant rich, Green tea & Coffee infused under eye cream is quite unique. For one thing, it’s not a cream!. It’s more like a light weight balm. It has a lovely scent of both green tea and coffee and has a light green color. It is easy to apply it around the eye, due to it’s balm like texture.

It comes in a 10 gms tub & is worth Rs. 300.

3) Fuschia – Sandal Saffron Bath Salt – 100g

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This is my first time ever trying out a bath salt. Fuschia is another Indian brand that is crueltyfree, vegan, handmade and natural. Since I don’t have a bath tub (and even if I had one, I am not in the habit of using one), I looked for alternate ways to use these bath salts and tried it in 2 ways.

One way is to use it for exfoliation. Since these salts are fine, it feels great to use it as a body scrub. It almost feels like a skin polish. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way is to use it in a foot soak. I quite loved soaking my feet in warm water, with these salts in it, for 25 – 40 mins. It’s very relaxing.

It smells so very much of Sandalwood and I really liked it. This scent lingers on the skin for quite a while. The salts are a mixed color of pink/saffron. The ingredients are ‘Sea salt with Dead Sea minerals, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Sandalwood Essential oil, Saffron threads & Olive oil’.

It comes in a 100 gms plastic tub and is worth Rs. 450.

4) Neemli Naturals – Coffee & Cocoa Body Wrap – 75g

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First time trying a body wrap. I read instructions at the back and understood that it can be used on face too. It’s ash in color and smells predominantly of coffee. I took some of this powder in a bowl, mixed some water in (you can mix milk or rose water) and made it into a paste. The end result was a thick, bottle green colored paste!.

I applied it on face, neck and shoulders and left it on for about 10 minutes. It started drying to an ash color. I then washed it off to reveal soft skin. But I have a major problem with it. It left a greenish tint on my skin!. What a horror, looking like Hulk, albeit a less ferocious, lighter green version. Lol!. My husband made fun of me. Anyways, the tint faded away some hours later. Fair skinned people beware!. It will show more prominently on your skin.

The product contains ‘Coffee, Cocoa powder, Zeolite clay & Bentonite clay’. It’s a crueltyfree, natural product and I will continue using it because of the wonderful ingredients in it, but I will definitely avoid using it on my face!.

It came in a resealable pack containing 75 gms & is worth Rs 550.

5) C.A.L. Los Angeles – Draw Me Eyeliner

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Wow, this eyeliner is the perfect, jet black color, that’s an essential product for every makeup lover. On application, it dries immediately with a glossy finish. It’s waterproof and so velvety smooth that it just glides along the eyelid. It came in a little pretty black bottle with a golden lid. It is a crueltyfree product.

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6) Ital Veloce – Fine fragrance Body Mist

This is a 12 ml sample, called Shooting Stars, in a small spray bottle. It has a beautiful, floral scent that’s very feminine & is pink in color. I absolutely love this one and will try to get a full sized version.

7) Tatha – Shea & Cocoa Body Butter

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This thick body butter has the goodness of both Shea butter & Cocoa butter. It is named ‘Spicy Sandal’. It has a really lovely scent of cocoa butter more than sandal. It’s so moisturizing.

8) Tatha – Green Apple & Jasmine Shower Gel

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This shower gel smells so uplifting and fresh, thanks to it’s dominant green apple scent. The jasmine scent is quite subtle and I prefer it that way, since am not a huge fan of that scent. It lathers just right and feels divine!. Love this vegan, crueltyfree product. It came in a 30 ml bottle.

9) Natures Co – Lemongrass Footspray

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This one is targeted at those who are on their feet throughout the day. It energizes tired feet and banishes bad odor. It smells so refreshing since it’s main content is Lemongrass oil (which is pretty expensive). It also contains Patchouli oil, Tea tree oil & vegetable glycerin. The sample came in a handy 10 ml bottle.

10) Just Herbs – Apricot Scrub

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This scrub, named ‘Apricot sparkle’ contains apricot kernel oil, walnut shell grits, Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil etc. It is as natural as anything can be. It’s very similar to any walnut scrub out there in the market, however it smells much more organic and also it’s base (what the walnut shell grits are present in) is more lotion like and not thick. I am in love with it ♥. The sample is a good sized 35ml bottle.

11) Khadi Naturals – Jasmine Moisturiser

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I am not a fan at all of Jasmine scent in skincare products and was not really excited to read ‘Pure Jasmine’ on this product’s label. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I took a sniff of it. They have captured the scent of jasmine in probably the best manner possible. It lifts the mood and overall is enticing!. It’s a lovely herbal moisturizer that literally melts into the skin. The exotic fragrance lingers on so strongly that you don’t need to wear a perfume. The sample is a 15 ml one, good for 3 or 4 uses considering how much you use each time.

12) Thalgo – Brightening Cream

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This one is called ‘Melt-in Smoothing Brightening cream’. It has a lovely, lightweight texture and easily melts in to the skin just like it’s name. In a hot, humid climate though, this one would ‘melt’ (pun intended) right off of your face.. It came in a 2 ml tube, good for a single use.

Indulgences

13) Teddy Roosevelt – Luxury Instant Coffee – 5 servings

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This finely powdered coffee smells really strong. Even though each pack included here is a single serving, I used the content of 1.5 sachets to make a perfect cup of coffee. It’s deliciously luxurious.

14) Christopher Cocoa – 55% Dark Chocolate – 40g

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I loved this chocolate. There were 4 pieces, each wrapped in golden foil and containing an almond & a raisin. These were packed into a black resealable pack.

Other than Thalgo, every other brand is new to me. What a delight to try out new brands and products!. That’s why I love the concept of beauty subscription boxes. Visit their site to see if your country is one of the 70 countries to which they ship to. They ship free to most countries, including UAE. Also, in international boxes, there are slightly difference to certain products since they are thoughtfully curated in such a way that there are no problems with international customs etc.

Did you enjoy this review?. Do leave a comment below, with your feedback =)

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Naz ♥

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

Review : Nerium Age-Defying Day & Night creams!

Hey guys,

Nerium International is a US based brand that has developed several products from Nerium Oleander, a plant that is toxic in all parts!. Nerium is probably the most poisonous garden plants. But through years of research, it was found that this plant has super antioxidant / antiaging properties and Nerium International developed their products in such a way that they are highly effective while being completely safe.

Nerium day and night creams

Ofcourse, after learning about it, I was a bit scared to try it out. Lol!. I did a patch test, as a precaution. When all was well, I went ahead and tried out Nerium’s day and night creams. Both products are powered by their proprietary NAE-8 extract, which helps:

● Address both the signs of aging as well as the causes.
● Acts as a powerful antioxidant and works to inhibit free radical damage.
● Boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger-looking skin &
● Targets the causes of skin-damaging inflammation.

Nerium night cream

The night cream is yellow in color, has a serum like texture and feels mask like on application. It leaves the skin looking dewy. It has a strong smell that I am not really fond of. I can’t really compare it to any other smell, so that I can tell you ‘It smells like such & such thing’. Anyways, thankfully the smell fades after a while. For better absorption, the brand advises to apply it on damp skin. Within minutes of application, you will feel a tightness and a slight warm feeling. In the morning, I just wash my face and follow up with the day cream.

Nerium day cream

The day cream is so different from the night one!. Usually products like these, that complement each other, are visually similar. The day cream though, is white in color, so hydrating that it blends with the skin as soon as it’s applied, has a light weight formula and is non greasy. It has a pleasant scent.

Both these products are par excellence and one of the best product combos that I have ever tried out. The results are really noticeable. I have much more radiant skin and look super youthful. Lol, my cousin asked me how am I growing younger!.

At any given time, I am trying multiple skincare products, being a beauty blogger. However, I always give due time to see the results of every single product. I have used these two creams for about a month now and I swear by it’s effects on my skin. I love it.

The bottles look expensive and pretty. It has a nozzle that can be pressed down to dispense adequate amount of product. The day one is white while the night one is a dark grey color. Each bottle contains 30 ml.

Price : $190 (Approx AED 697.87) for the combo if you want to buy both.

Nerium products

To see real results (Before & After pics) of customers, click here.

Bonus: Nerium Age Defying Eye Serum review

Two sample sachets, each containing 0.3ml, of Nerium’s Age Defying Eye Serum were included in the pack that I received. The formula is so advanced that it gets to work within 5 mins of application, masking wrinkles and fine lines. One sachet has enough in it for a single application around both eyes.

Nerium eye serum

Since I don’t have enough lines around my eyes to do a ‘Before & After’, I decided to try it on my mom who is 50+. The results were pretty dramatic. Where this serum was applied, it had a blurring effect. You can see it for yourself in these two pix of her left and right eyes. The fine lines all went away.

Nerium before and after

Nerium before and after

The amazing thing is, I tried it on her about 3 weeks back and still there is a noticeable difference. Long term usage of this serum is said to ward off future wrinkles and lines. I think it’s phenomenal!

The serum is white in color, has a runny consistency that’s easily absorbed by the skin. Definitely amazing!.

Price : $80 (Approx AED 293.83) for a 10 ml bottle

To buy, click here.

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Naz ♥

Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Hey guys!

I’ve been gone for a while.. My last post was on Nov 3rd. That’s coz I faced a life threatening condition called Eclampsia on Nov 4th. I was 7.5 months pregnant and all of a sudden my BP shot through the roof. I had eclamptic convulsions and was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state. Emergency cesarean followed and I gave birth to a boy :). Am still recuperating in hospital but there is not much to worry now. My BP is back to normal. Baby is underweight though but slowly gaining weight. I would totally appreciate it if you all would include me and my baby in your prayers..

On to my birthday giveaway winners, that I was supposed to announce on Nov 14th.. All winners are randomly chosen as always.

Eyova Gift Hamper winner

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Congratulations to Bazigha Sameen from Hyderabad!. You have won a generous hair oil gift hamper from Eyova. Enjoy your prize :). After reading my review of Eyova, I have been receiving plenty of enquiries about where to buy it and such. Bazigha now gets to have 3 bottles of Eyova egg hair oil!. Yay 🙂

Glambox winner

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Congratulations to Adiba Khan from Dubai!. You have won either Glambox’s December box or a random Glambox. Enjoy the goodies in your box 🙂

WhipEye ebook winner

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Congratulations to Mary Preston from Australia!. You have won an ebook copy of WhipEye by Geoffrey Saign, which has won the 2015 International Book Award & also the 2015 Outstanding Children’s Fiction Award in the IAN (Independent Author’s Network) Book of the Year Awards!. You have a choice of 2 formats – mobi or epub. Enjoy this lovely book 🙂

I would love to specially thank the three sponsors of these prizes. All three were exceptionally understanding when I informed them of my current situation and were totally ok with the delay in announcing the winners. I have already contacted all three winners :).

I probably will post again only in 2016. Need some time to get back to normality. Hope you all will continue supporting me. Happy holidays ♥

Cheers!

Love,
Naz 🙂

New shades from Bourjois Color Boost lipstick & 3 must have colors from their 1 Seconde Nail Polish Collection!

The Color Boost lipstick has a light, non-sticky texture, and your lips stay moisturized and smooth, thanks to the silk extracts. The luscious formula leaves a veil of perfectly even shiny and slightly transparent color. The 3 new Color Boost shades from Bourjois, compliment all the hues of your winter wardrobes, and, more importantly, all complexions.

 The Bourjois advantage: 10 hours of comfort and moisture!

07 Proudly naked (AED 63) – It’s slightly pinker than the color of your lips, which adds sophistication to your make-up without looking like you touched your lips.

08 Sweet Macchiato (AED 63) – Also nude, but veering toward reddish-brown, which is especially well suited to lips with more natural pigmentation.

09 Pink Of It (AED 63) An indisputable touch of elegance. This is the dense, indulgent winter raspberry that cheers the complexion under the cold, frosty light of early January.

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1 Seconde Nail Polish in 3 must-have colors for the winter, inspired by Parisian interiors; Luxurious, Opulent and Sophisticated. Why is the “1 Seconde Nail Polish” utterly Parisian? Because it is shaped like the Eiffel Tower? Perhaps, but mainly because it combines style, speed and performance.

First, there is the exceedingly clever panoramic brush. It is ultra-wide and spreads into a fan shape to cover the entire surface of the nail in one flawless stroke. Then there is the single-coat formula enriched with volatile silicones for fast drying and high coverage for a shiny, dense and intense color. 

46 Berry Important Person (AED 40) – Dark fuchsia with bluish gleams of crushed blackberry

47 Indigo For It (AED 40) – This vibrant intense blue stands out as the new chic.

48 Nice Tomette You (AED 40) – Say “yes” to an unexpected statement color, like this soft, orange-tinged brown inspired by the amber hues of cognac.

Ready, set, polish!

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Naz ♥

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.

Dove Launches New Purely Pampering Range!

Indulge Your Senses for The Ultimate Pampering Experience

Dove launches new delicious range of Purely Pampering Body lotions

With the introduction of NEW Dove® Purely Pampering Body lotions, there is now a new delicious way to care for skin. The new body lotions pamper skin with the most wholesome caring ingredients – ranging from shea butter to luscious almond cream.

The new moisturising Dove Body lotions care for skin layers deep, deeper than any other lotion, leaving skin healthy and beautifully soft and smooth.

NEW Dove Pampering Body lotions are available in the following variants:

  • Shea Butter & Warm Vanilla

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  • Almond Cream & Hibiscus 

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Not only do the new Dove Body lotions offer everyday superior care for skin, but they envelop the senses with delicious fragrances. The unique scent combinations in the lotions have been carefully chosen by the fragrance experts at Dove to offer an immersive, indulgent everyday pampering experience, which awakens the senses.

Dove spokesperson Katya Ivanova, Global Technical Brand Manager, Dove Hair commented:

“Dove is committed to product innovations that offer the best superior care to women the world over and is excited to bring this new deeply lotion that combines all the goodness and care from Dove with yummy ingredients. Dove is encouraging women to consider the benefits that come from the right kind of pampering experience. When you take time to pamper yourself, you nourish yourself both inside and out, which can boost your overall happiness and sense of well-being.”

Dove Purely Pampering Body lotions are currently available at major supermarkets.

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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.

Do take part in my Second blog anniversary giveaway. For UAE giveaway, click here and for International giveaway, click here. Ends April 12th, 2014!

Review: Herbline Essentials products!

Hey you all!

Herbline Essentials is a range of truly natural beauty products for the face, body and hair. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas and adhere to the principles of Ayurveda to provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

I was so excited to try out two products from HE. Before going onto my review, please note that my skin type is normal, leaning towards dry (particularly in winter):

1) Aloe Vera, Apricot & Sunflower Nourishing Cream : This is a rich and nourishing formula. I have been using this for two months now. This cream is just perfect for cold, dry winter mornings. This cream really lives up to it’s name as ‘nourishing cream’. It moisturizes dry skin in a jiffy and keeps it nourished for a long time. I felt like it completely heals my dry skin, by hydrating it and keeps my skin looking fresh and supple.

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It comes in a tub containing 50 gms. There is a transparent lid inside which makes sure the cream doesn’t get smeared over the main lid.

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It’s consistency is really rich and heavy. But for such a thick cream, it gets absorbed within seconds, leaving your skin radiant, soft, hydrated and looking youthful. Once you spread the cream onto your skin, there is a cool sensation which lasts quite a while and you really feel the dryness getting healed.

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It has a really mild and pleasant smell. It also contains SPF 10. I use this in the morning, right after my shower. This is a cream for Normal/Dry skin. The ingredients of this cream are Spring Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sunflower oil, Coco Palm Wax, Apricot Oil, Almond Oil. Phenoxyethanol and Natural fragrance.

It’s a bit pricey, at AED 141 for 50gms but a great investment, since you get all the natural goodness and it really benefits your skin. Click here to buy this directly from Herbline Essentials’s e-store for USD38.31 (AED140.71) and they ship free of charge in UAE!. This cream is also sold on Mumzworld.com, Glambox.me and Souq.com for AED141 and also available at most of the pharmacies in UAE.

2) Cucumber & Rose Water Skin Tonic : I received a travel size version of this in a Glambox, sent to me for review, which you can read by clicking here.

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This tonic contains pure natural extracts of cucumber and rose, to cool and soften the skin. It is blended with a natural moisturizer and a mild astringent. It’s light pink in color with a beautiful smell that reminds you straight away of a rose. The smell lingers on for a little while.

It comes in a bottle with a pump. After many uses, I was like “Why is this tonic not getting used up??”, because the level had not gone down in the bottle. It’s funny!.

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But that’s when I noticed that there is a base, inside the bottle which gets sucked up with each pump. It’s clever. After nearly a month and a half of use (both day and night), I am done with the 30ml bottle. It sure lasted me a good while because 30ml is really just a little. I have saved this bottle because once the base is pushed back all the way down, you can refill and reuse the bottle and seriously, with a pump as neat as that one, I can’t really throw it out!. I am planning to fill it up with a DIY toner.

This tonic has to be applied onto a cotton pad and gently dabbed onto your face. It has a cool feel to it and your skin looks instantly fresh and feels soft. I really loved it. When it got over, I was pretty sad. That smell is just so nice, I miss it!. This tonic is for Normal/Dry skin type.

The ingredients in this tonic are Spring Water, Rose Water, Cucumber Extract, Glycerol Vegetalis, Natural Fragrance, Sodim Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, FDA approved colour.

Click here to buy this directly from Herbline Essentials’s e-store for USD28.54 (AED104.83) and they ship free of charge in UAE!. This cream is also sold on Mumzworld.com and Glambox.me for AED105 and also available at most of the pharmacies in UAE.

I am really impressed with Herbline Essentials brand. You can feel it’s natural goodness working wonders on your skin. I highly recommend you their products. Note: I was given a complimentary Nourishing Cream for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Naz 🙂

NOTE : Have you taken part in my second blog anniversary giveaway?. For UAE giveaway, click here and for the international giveaway, click here. Ends on April 12th, 2014. Good luck!

Second Blog Anniversary plus giveaway!!

Hello all!

I am so excited today!. I have just completed two years of blogging :).. Oh my!. That’s huge. Thank you to all who stayed by me through these years, mainly to those who actively comment on my posts and let me know their feedback!. I appreciate you so much and welcome to new followers ♡.

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I have reached over 200 email followers and garnered 105000+ views till now. It’s so awesome!. This is definitely celebration time :). There are two UAE-only giveaways (one here and one on my Facebook page) and one international giveaway this time, with the total number of winners being not one.. not two.. but six!!

For the UAE-only giveaways, I am collaborating with Ponds Arabia and they have kindly offered five sets of their skin care range called Ponds Clear Balance!. Each set contains four facial cleansing solutions namely : Pond’s Clear Balance Oil Control, Pond’s Clear Balance Clear Solutions, Pond’s Clear Balance No Blackheads and Pond’s Clear Balance Smooth Pores.  Lucky you guys!. Please noteFour sets are being given away here and one set is being given away exclusively on my Facebook page.

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Conditions to take part in this giveaway

1) Must be a follower of my blog

2) Must be a resident of UAE. If you are staying abroad but you have family living in UAE, you can enter this giveaway!

3) Once the winners are announced (in a separate post and on my Facebook page on April 14th), contact me by email and we will take it further from there. Your physical address and mobile number will be passed on to the Ponds team, so they can courier you the prize via DHL. Do stay tuned for the winners announcement post on April 14th, because if you fail to contact me within a given number of days, another winner will be chosen (and I hate doing that)..

4) Must have parents permission if below 17 yrs of age.

5) I would appreciate if the winner sends me a photo of themselves with the prize, once they receive it,  so that I can share it here, on my blog.

Enter this giveaway by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below. Some of the options can be repeated daily. This gives you more chances to win!. Once you enter, head over to my Facebook page to get one more chance to win this amazing set!

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Now, onto the international giveaway. Click here to see what one winner can get their hands on :). Even if you are in UAE, you can enter it.

Thanks a lot to Ponds Arabia team for collaborating with me for this giveaway and to my lovely followers who encourage me to keep blogging. You all are awesome ♥

Love,

Naz 🙂

Getting to know Minted.com!

Hey you guys!

I am sure you will agree with me when I say that, something that is printed or hand drawn on a paper holds a special value and thoughtfulness when compared to an email that typed out in a jiffy. When someone gifts you a keepsake which is thoughtful, it leaves you with a lasting impression. Now here is where Minted.com comes into play.

Here is an intro first : Minted is a website which sells baby shower invitations, stationery products, photo journals, art prints, bridal shower invitations, party invitations, journals and much more, all the while focusing on quality and delivering 100% satisfaction. They use only the finest paper stock, rich inks, and crisp printing methods. The designs on each of these items are by indie designers from all over the world!. I love that they are encouraging freelancing artists on a global platform.

Though Minted.com sells an eclectic variety of items, today I would love to focus on their latest collection of baby shower invitations. These invitations are beautifully printed on your choice of luxurious signature paper, 100% recycled matte stationery paper or gorgeous pearlescent paper. You can customize these cards immensely. You can personalize it with your own message and choose the kind of paper, color and size that you want.

Here are a few examples of some gorgeous work by some really talented indie designers (Click on the images to go directly to the product on the site):

1Designed by Kelli Hall, from USA

2Designed by Sheila Sunaryo, from Indonesia

3Designed by Eric, from California

4Designed by Candice Leigh, from Washington

5Designed by Aspacia Kusulas, from California

6Designed by Katie Beth Owens, from Alabama

7Designed by Robert True, from California

8Designed by Kristen Dake, from Illinois

These are my personal favorites among all those gorgeous invitation cards, featured on this fabulous site. Ordering is pretty simple. Personalize your card and then provide your physical address. Fedex will deliver it right to your doorstep and not to your post box. They do ship internationally. Until 17th March, use the code BKSPRING15 to get 15% off all Baby and Kids orders!. I loved this site at first sight.. or rather browse!.

I am absolutely in love with the art prints section too, particular the one on ‘Love and Marriage‘. What items did you find irresistible on this site?. Have you heard of this site before?. Leave me a comment below…

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Naz 🙂

New Luxury Skincare Range from Herbline Essentials!

Natural skincare meets high quality ingredients in Premium Essentials, a new luxury skincare sub-range from home-grown UAE brand Herbline Essentials

Herbline Essentials, the award-winning caring and consumer trusted,all-natural, home grown beauty brand, has just expanded its offering with the launch of Premium Essentials, a new luxury skincare category that complements perfectly its existing skin, body and hair care product line, already a top seller at leading pharmacies in the UAE and the region.

Inspired by the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas, as well as being paraben, paraffin and animal cruelty free, Herbline Essentials’ range reflects a holistic approach to beauty that is gaining momentum nowadays and sees market share soar globally for the all-natural beauty sector, whilst, importantly, it is also met with a lot of interest by discerning consumers.

“As the beauty industry evolves, women are expecting products boasting all-natural, luxurious ingredients, innovative and proven formulations, in beautiful packaging. Our mission is to provide just that: the purest, most effective, premium quality skincare through all-natural, high performance formulations. That’s why we are relentless in our search for wholesome, luxuriant and effective beauty products and that’s why we developed this new skincare category,” explained Aly Rahimtoola, Managing Director of Harmony Cosmetics and founder of Herbline Essentials.

“We believe that Premium Essentials can bridge the gap in the skincare market between the natural products women would like to use and the luxury products they crave for, and we are thrilled to introduce our new luxury range here in the Middle East, one of the most sophisticated and growing luxury markets in the world,” added Rahimtoola.

Premium Essentials will launch with two initial products featuring advanced anti-aging creams packed with vitamins and essential oils formulated for a truly luxurious feel on the skin and visible long lasting results.

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The Intensive Age Defense Cream is a rich luxurious cream that works by stimulating the skin cells in the body, creating a natural peptide to repair and rebuild collagen. The natural peptide is created through the mix of essential oils from mint, grape seed, sunflower and orange coupled with vitamin C and coconut powder. It also contains derivatives of olive oil containing four major antioxidants, allowing it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer and protector of skin.  Among these antioxidants are vitamin A and vitamin E promoting anti-aging benefits by restoring skin elasticity.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) have been praised as the anti-aging miracle workers in the latest generation skincare, given their ability to help smooth wrinkles, hydrate the skin, help clear blemishes and lighten pigment spots. The AHA Cream from the Premium Essentials works as an light exfoliator to help break the bonds that hold dry and damaged cells together leading to healthy and fresh skin. It helps even out skin pigmentation, removes top layers of dead skin cells to defeat dull looking skin. Simultaneously it increases the elasticity and the thickness of the deep layers of the skin to help plump out wrinkles, fine lines and promote firmness. It contains active ingredients such as essentials oils from grape seeds, castor, coconut and almond blended with lactic acid, aloe vera gel, rice bran and shea butter to provide the ultimate anti-wrinkle and anti-aging results.

Product information

Premium Essentials will be on sale at all leading pharmacies in the UAE by the end of March 2014, with a roll out across the GCC later in the year.

The Intensive Age Defense Cream is retailed at AED380

The AHA Cream is retailed at AED342

Herbline Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies programme, the only company in the Middle East to do so to date and is included in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (www.ewg.org/skindeep), which is compiled by EWG in Washington DC.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ all-natural approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com.

About Herbline Essentials

Essentials is a range of truly natural beauty products for the face, body and hair. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas and adhere to the principles of Ayurveda to provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

Established in 2005 and inspired by 50 years of extensive plant and mineral research, Herbline Essentials is a joint collaboration between Harmony Cosmetics and their Research and Development partners based in the foothills of the Himalayas.  The range is paraben and paraffin free and is also enrolled in PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” program as a cruelty free brand.

The Herbline Essentials range of products is currently available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies, including the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies at Dubai International Airport. The brand has recently started retailing in Kuwait and Pakistan, with plans to launch across the Middle East, South Africa and Turkey in 2013. Customers can also order online through www.herbline-essentials.com with worldwide shipping.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ Ayurvedic approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/herbline.essentials) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/hessentials) as well as www.natural.ae.

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Spring Makeup Trends 2014 from Pond’s Arabia!

Hey y’all!

Read on to find out the latest trends according to Nilo Haq, Make up Artist & Brand Ambassador for Pond’s Arabia.

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Ponds_MakeUpArtist_NiloHaq_2Spring is a great way to bring new colors into your makeup wardrobe.  This spring brings together some bright, bold and fun trends.  From orange lips, bushy eyebrows and white eyeliner there is something different for everyone to try!

Trend #1: Bright Orange Lips

Orange lips have been a popular color during the warm weather for quite some time.  Take this trend up a notch by going bolder and brighter than ever!  It’s a great pop of color for the spring/summer as compared to the usual red lip.

Trend #2: Glowing Skin

This spring bring on the glow!  Everyone loves healthy, glowing skin.  Try the trend by mixing a bit of Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream into your foundation for a natural yet glowing complexion.  For added shine, apply a powder highlighter on the cheekbones.  You’ll be getting compliments all day!

Trend #3:  Pops of Blue

Make your eyes a notable statement with bright blue eye shadow on the eyelids.  Play with the trend to suit your personality by even placing pops of blue shadow under the eye or even bold blue liquid eyeliner paired with heavy mascara.

Trend #4: White Eyeliner

White was a happening color this past winter and continues into spring 2014.  Dare to wear something different by adding some white to your makeup!  Try replacing your usual black eyeliner with white!  It’s a fun way to change up your look without being too drastic.  Complete your look by pairing it with a hot pink lip color!

Trend #5: Bushy Brows

Overly shaped and even arched eyebrows are a trend of the past.  This season it’s all about bushy brows.  Bushy brows may not be for everyone, so instead change up the shape of your brow by keeping them square.

Trend #6: Orchid

Radiant orchid is the color of the year for 2014!  You’ll be seeing it from clothes to bags to coats. Adding orchid into your makeup bag is a must!  Try the trend by applying some orchid eye shadow to your eyelids or a beautiful orchid shaded gloss.  You will love it!

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