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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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Love,

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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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.

Review: Ponds Age Miracle products!

Hello beautiful people 🙂

I am a huge fan of anything that helps the process of anti-aging. Recently, I tried out three products from the Age Miracle skincare range from Ponds. This range contains Intelligent Pro-cell Complex™, which is created by (and is a trade mark of) Ponds, after a decade of skin science research. I have been using these for more than a month now. Here are my thoughts on it:

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This is the first time I have come across an eye cream which targets specific problem areas around the eyes. That means, a cream each for upper eyes and lower eyes!.

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The pink cream, which is for upper eyes, is enriched with cell boosting Collagen, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet for a smooth and lifted look. The white cream, which is for under eyes, is powered by CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which helps stimulate skin to reduce puffiness and dark circles, thus instantly brightening up tired looking eyes.

The packaging is really pretty. It’s a glass container with a lid that separates both the creams. It contains 20 ml, which will last you a long while because a little goes a long way when it comes to eye creams.

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Within 2 weeks of it’s usage I noticed significant difference with my dark circles. It really works. I feel like my upper eye area is looking better too. It’s consistency is perfect enough that you can easily pat it around the eyes and it gets absorbed super fast. The white cream is slightly thicker than the pink one, but still easy to work with. I say this product really lives up to it’s claims and so, this is one eye cream you got to be checking out right now.

Price : AED 44.95 for 20ml. Available at all local supermarkets.

Cell ReGEN™ Day Cream SPF 15

The packaging of this day cream is elaborate and nice. It’s a gorgeous glass container which is packed in a square plastic covering. The red lid is pretty and the container has a very unique shape. When you open it, there is a white lid (which I never discard in any creams, because I love how hygienic it is when the product doesn’t get smeared all over the main lid). It comes with a leaflet which shows all the products in this range (this comes along with the eye cream too).

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I love the fact that this day cream contains SPF. This particular cream is for normal/dry skin. It helps renew skin faster and intelligently targets fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, resulting in exceptionally smooth skin.

The consistency is velvety and creamy. It has a pearlescent look. Being creamy, it gets absorbed fast. You need just the slightest amount to cover your entire face. It is pinkish white, with the slightest bit of shimmer in there, which leaves skin brightened up and looking youthful. It smells very pleasant and feels extremely light on the skin. The result is skin that is velvety soft to touch.

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One thing I really dislike about it, is that it leaves a whitish tint on the skin. It shows very well on me because I have a dark skin tone. It might be because of the SPF content but even if that’s the reason, for SPF 15, it’s too much of a tint. I have got to say though that when my mom uses it (she has been using this range for some time now), the whitish tint doesn’t show really well because she has a fairer skin tone.

Overall, I recommend this cream to all because it gives such a soft skin tone. But I personally won’t use it again, because even though it has it’s pros, the whitish tint is a bit too much for me to work with.

Price: AED 52 for 50 gms. Available at all local supermarkets.

Intensive Cell ReGEN™ Super Serum

Serums are crucial to the skincare regimen because of it’s power to penetrate and go deeper into the skin cells. I just love serums. This super serum from Ponds is intensive and highly potent, containing 20 times the concentration of CLA when compared to the day cream (reviewed above). It dramatically boosts skin’s capacity for young cell generation.

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It comes in a tall, metal like container, fitted with a pump. It contains 30ml. The serum has a pinkish hue and is absorbed by the skin extremely fast. I used three pumps of it on my face and two on my neck, both morning and night.

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Dispensing the product is convenient and hygienic with the help of the pump. It has a very pleasant and soft smell that lingers on. This product lasts a month. I kind of expected it to last me a lot lesser time but 30 ml for a month is a good deal.

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The result from using this serum is instant youthful looking and rejuvenated skin. I am not kidding you when I say ‘instant’. It really does get to work as soon as you apply it. My skin feels extremely hydrated and soft. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this serum. This is a definite buy for me in all the years to come.

Price: AED 49.50 for 30ml. Available at all local supermarkets.

I highly recommend you try Ponds Age Miracle skincare products. Your skin will definitely thank you!. Have you ever tried Ponds?. Let me know in the comments below.

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Love,

Naz 🙂

Note: I was given these three products for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

A Mayan Adventure for Middle Eastern Women!

The World at her Feet, women’s travel group in the Middle East, will depart to the tropical and scenic haven of Guatemala. A charming island floating in the glistening waters of Central America, this travel group will set off on 21st February 2014 for 6nights/ 7days adventure. Amidst ancient ruins, rare biodiversity, and flavourful food, the ladies can expect a true discovery of Mayan heritage and Spanish colonialin Guatemala. For only AED 8,500 on twin sharing basis, the World at her Feet promises a Guatemala tour complete with an array of sightseeing, food and traditional crafts.

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Rich with spirituality of customs and traditions as well as the charm and energy Guatemala isa vacation spot with a growing spark of artistic evolution. Its fascinating past and influences drives forth a creative future of literature, music, and handicrafts, giving Guatemala the complex layers that beckon to be uncovered.

“Guatemala is a unique destination not one that travellers think of regularly, especially women. We wanted to design that once-in-a-lifetime travel experience and Guatemala won the votes. Whether it’s the Mayans and the shamans’ rituals or the traditional markets, this hidden adventure trove has a lot to discover for our adventurers “ said Paulomi Bhatt, Founder, The World at her Feet.

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From La Antigua to the Mayan ruins of Iximche and Tika; the Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes to a visit to the authentic Guatemalan coffee farm and traditional marketplaces, experience Guatemala and all its glory with The World at her Feet.  To book for this Guatemala adventure visit  www.theworldatherfeet.com or write to info@theworldatherfeet.com.

ABOUT THE WORLD AT HER FEET

The World at her Feet is a travel organization run by women and for women. It is aimed at the woman traveller who out of choice chooses to travel alone. Their escorted adventure trips save you up to 30-40% off the price of traveling the same itinerary on your own. As a women-only travel organization the participants in these trips can be married / single or partnered. Mothers and daughters, sisters, friends and co-workers sometimes join us as a pair. Many women travel alone because their spouses/companions don’t like to or don’t have time for travel. Their tours offers a sense of camaraderie, a supportive environment, and special features designed just for women, and one of the advantages of our tours is that you will make new travel friends. Many women come back with friends they made on prior trips.

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.

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GlamBox just got more glamorous this January!

Hello All!

Some say a girl can never have enough beauty products. Many might say that a girl can never have enough make-up. However, all agree a girl can never have enough jewellery… right?

How would you like to receive a piece of beautiful, gold plated jewellery with delicate Swarovski crystals, for free? Does this sound too good to be true?

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Thanks to GlamBox and Valentina Jewellery this is absolutely true, with a very special offer this January to wish you a Happy New Year.

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Simply visit GlamBox.ME during the month of January and subscribe for 3, 6 or 12 months and you will receive a free gift from Valentina Jewellery. Now that is adding the ultimate in glamour to your GlamBox!

The monthly delivered GlamBox is always filled the very best and most sought after treats and treasures from the beauty world. Subscribers – or Glamistas – have been delighted at its concept and results since the launch 2 years ago.

From celebrity secrets, exclusive brands such as Benefit, to local star products from Herbline Essentials, you will know every trick in the trade to looking fabulous. Say goodbye to frizzy hair, say hello to flawless complexions and flutter your dazzling eyelashes from sparkling eyes. GlamBox gives you all of this plus jewellery with its January offer!

So, enjoy a very Happy New Year and be glamorous in 2014 with GlamBox.ME. The offer ends 31st January or while stocks last.

About GlamBox.Me

GlamBox.ME launched in December 2011 and is part of a global network already successful in key markets including South Africa, China, Russia and Brazil. It offers consumers in the Middle East a great way to keep up to date on seasonal make-up trends and test a set of luxury products hand selected by beauty experts. All this is delivered to their doorstep for an amazing price, starting at AED 70 per month. Glambox.ME also features an online shop where consumers can purchase the products they tested and loved, and earn GlamPoints. There they can also find The Glamista, a hub designed to be a source of advice, tips and inspiration for beauty buffs across the region. For more information, please visit www.glambox.me and follow GlamBox.Me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GlamBoxME), Twitter (www.twitter.com/GlamBoxME) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/glamboxme)

Love, Naz 🙂

Note: My friend, Sally of Giveaways Galore has a coupon code for Glam Box subscriptions. Use the code ‘glamsally’ at checkout to receive 10% off any of the monthly subscription boxes!