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Nacomi Skincare & Haircare Haul!

Hey ūüôā

Today I would love to introduce you to a brand that I got to know myself just recently. It is Nacomi, a Polish brand that’s crueltyfree, handmade, paraben free, SLS free & allergen free. They use only the highest grade raw materials from around the world to make their products highly effective.

Here is everything that I got in my beauty haul & the mini reviews :

Nacomi haul

‚óŹ Moroccan Argan Intensive Hydration Night cream – This one is a thick, luxurious cream that smells absolutely divine. It is, just as it’s name suggests, intensely hydrating thanks to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in it. Other ingredients that make this cream truly moisturizing are Argan oil (sourced from Morocco), Shea butter (from Africa) & Avocado oil. It melts right into the skin on application.

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The brand has different creams targeting different age groups. The one I got is for my skin type (normal/dry) and targeting 30+ when the first wrinkles start showing. I am hitting 30 this year and I feel it’s a match made in heaven for my skin. I highly recommend this night cream ‚ô°

‚óŹ No Rinse Argan hair conditioner – As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am trying my best to keep my hair looking like it has some life. So, this leave in conditioner attracted my attention. It has Argan oil & Cashmere protein in it to deliver healthy, silky hair.

Argan leave in conditioner

It’s white in color and has a watery texture. It smells like any other hair conditioner – very pleasant and lovely. The smell lingers in the hair, at the same time giving it an instant shine. I like apply it on my hair at night or when it looks extra lifeless before stepping out of my home. It comes in a plastic spray bottle, convenient to spritz on to the hair. It’s long term efforts are yet to be known. Anyways, I got 2 bottles to keep it stocked.

‚óŹ Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan oil – The ingredients of this thick, white, creamy mask are the same as the ones I just discussed in the leave in conditioner. It is supposed to regenerate and smoothen the hair, strengthening the hair against damage and breakage and restoring shine to dull hair.

Argan hair mask

I usually apply it for 20 mins and wash off. The hair does feel instantly soft and manageable. I am currently using it once a week. It comes in a tube with a flip open lid, conveniently designed to be used while in shower.

All of the above are priced between AED 50 – AED 85 and were purchased from the store named ‘Solace’, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. The staff there are so friendly and amazing. On asking for samples if any, that suits my skin type (normal/dry), they gave me two awesome product samples. Here they are :

‚óŹ Natural Sugar Scrub – This one is a dense scrub, packed with sugar thats immersed in a base of Argan oil & Shea butter. It also contains strawberry seeds for exfoliation (first time coming across strawberry seeds used for this purpose!). It smells strongly of coffee. I believe it contains ground coffee beans too. I have used it only on my body, since I feel it’s a bit too abrasive for facial skin.

Nacomi body scrub

‚óŹ Cleansing oil – This yellow colored cleansing oil helps in perfect makeup removal while clearing all impurities from the skin. It smells so heavenly and is a mix of several precious oils. Mann, I wanna make this into a perfume and keeps smelling it throughout the day. What a lovely, effective product!.

Nacomi cleansing oil

Overall, Nacomi a great natural beauty brand. Definitely check them out and if you have any wonderful experience with any of the products from this brand, kindly suggest them in the comments below and I will go try it out for myself =)

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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.

Violet box Mar Apr 2017

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 РGreen 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 ‚ô•. 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

Luxury dark chocolate

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

A Natural Savior: HumanKind Family Remedy Cream!

HumanKind Family Remedy Cream is hailed as a miracle cream that’s effective on a wide range of skin complaints and is suitable for the whole family!

Human+Kind is an Irish skincare brand that challenges today’s skincare industry by advocating a pared down approach to beauty and by offering all-natural, simple and multi-functional products of superior formulations, benefiting skin types of all ages. Human+Kind Family Remedy Cream is an all-natural cream which offers 15 skin benefits in 1 cream. It can be used for eczema/psoriasis prone skin, minor burns, insect bites & stings, acne prone skin, stretch marks and scars, cold and bed sores, athlete’s foot, brittle nails, itching and razor burn, sunburn, and it hydrates dry, cracked and sensitive skin and nappy rash.

All-in-One Family Remedy cream 100ml+40ml HR - 1

With super-rejuvenation-powers, Human+Kind Family Remedy Cream contains hypo-allergenic and natural ingredients that are known to soothe, relieve and reduce the appearance of a multitude of skin irritations. This deeply reparative formula is tough enough to combat chapped and sore babies bottoms, but hydrating enough for the most delicate, sensitive skin.

Human+Kind have selected Mother Nature‚Äôs kindest ingredients and blended them with timeless beauty secrets from around the world. So you get all of the healing and nourishing benefits with none of the ‚Äėnasties.‚Äô

Aloe barbadensis gel is a powerful moisturiser, which penetrates the skin supplying moisture directly to the tissues. It is renowned for its soothing and calming effect on burns. Aloe improves skin tone and colour by increasing the blood flow to the areas of application. It reduces skin redness, and works synergistically with the other anti-inflammatory ingredients in our products.

Marshmallow has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in healing wounds, burns and alleviates skin irritations.

Betula Alba Bark (Birch) Extract Contains salicylate, the compound found in aspirin. Salicylate relieves inflammation. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions of birch bark support its traditional uses in skin disorders such as eczema.

Broccoli Extract Contains sulforaphane which reduces the inflammation caused by UV damage.

Shea butter is a natural moisturiser which prevents dermal irritation and aids in skin regeneration. It is suitable for particularly dry skin. It works as an anti-inflammatory helping to soothe itchy, irritated or sunburned skin and helps the skin to retain moisture.

Calendula has excellent anti-inflammatory properties for skin. It is ideal where tissue degeneration is an issue – such as stubborn wounds, sores, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, bruises, rashes, eczema etc.

Centella Asiatica Extract Boosts circulation, improves the collagen foundation of the skin, and fights oxidation – thereby making it a superb ingredient for anti-ageing skin care products as well as improving skin firmness and elasticity.

Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) extract is high in silica, a trace mineral required by the body for glowing skin. Breakdown of connective tissue causes the skin to sag and develop wrinkles but silica rich Horsetail extract helps to strengthen connective tissue. It has healing properties so it helps to soothe cuts and improve dry skin conditions as well as having astringent properties which help to shrink pores and tone skin.

Lilium Candidum Bulb (White Lily) Extract Used to treat ailments and problems, such as burns, wound healing, treating damaged and irritated tissue and rejuvenating the skin.

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil has anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.. It can be used to help clear up acne, skin lesions and blemishes, cold sores, athlete’s foot, sunburn, fungal nail infections and infected wounds, while the balsamic properties of the oil soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract Rich in oleanoic acid, flavonoids and a compound called secoiridoid oleuropein. These have significant benefits for skin conditions as they assist in the healing of wounds.

Organic Coconut Oil is absorbed easily into the skin. It ideal for the relief of dry skin and psoriasis and eczema. Coconut oil aids in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother.

Avocado oil is rich and deeply penetrating. It has excellent emollient and skin healing properties. It contains an abundance of vitamins and is high in sterolins which help to reduce age spots. Avocado oil is used as a treatment for dry skin and itching making it an ideal remedy against skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps to smooth out stretch marks and wrinkles.

Rosehip Seed Oil is high in Vitamins A and C. It is also high in essential fatty acids like linoleic acid or omega-6, and linolenic acid or omega-3. It is used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema. It is suitable for mature and sun burnt skin and is frequently used to heal scarring

There is no longer a need for cupboard cluttering, countless creams for each ailment or skin irritation, as this handy little tube is a family saviour and will be there for every graze, rash, burn or dry skin day!

Human + Kind All-in-One Family Remedy cream 40ml retails for AED 70, and the 100ml retails for AED 120.

The Human+Kind skincare line is available in Boots the Pharmacy, United Pharmacies, Marina Pharmacies, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative, and Down To Earth, as well as online through Glambox.me & Zanedo.com.

To learn more about the story of the Human+Kind brand, log on to www.humanandkind.com.

About Human+Kind

Human+Kind is an Irish skincare brand that challenges today’s skincare industry  by advocating a pared down approach to beauty and by offering all-natural, simple and multi-functional products of superior formulations, benefiting skin types of all ages. Please visit www.humanandkind.com for more information.

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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.

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 ūüôā

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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 ‚ô•

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

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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Review : Shea Beautifying oil from The Body Shop!

Hey you guys!

Here is a detailed review I had promised back in December 2013, when I had done a haul and showed the Shea beautifying oil from TBS. I chose to buy this product because I love anything with Shea butter in it. Also, I saw it was a multifunctional oil, that can be used on the face, hair and body.

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I first tried it on my body and liked that it’s quite a light oil that gets absorbed fast and leaves the skin looking hydrated. I even included it in a DIY body scrub. I then tried it on my hair and surely it gave a nice shine to it. However, long term usage didn’t bring any particularly significant change. I never tried it on my face since I didn’t feel it to be very natural.

It says on the bottle that this is a dry oil with Shea butter and three precious oils such as Kukui, Marula oil and Sweet almond oil. It comes in a plastic bottle, with a flip open lid. It has a very soft and pleasant smell. However, it lingers on for a short time only. I currently use it occasionally on my body but not on my hair. I am now wondering whether it was worth paying AED 65 for a very light oil that hydrates my skin, when I can get much better products for a much lower price!.

The bottle contains only 100 ml, which will surely last for quite a while but still costs AED65. So, overall, I don’t think it’s worth it. I don’t recommend you buy this product.

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Review : Jojoba & Clove organic oil treatment by Old Wives Tail!

Hello beautiful,

In this world that we live in, with various products loaded with chemicals and sold purely to make profit, Old Wives Tail emerges as a breath of fresh air.

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OWT is a small hair care company, based in the UK, selling handmade, organic hair care products with absolutely no additives or chemicals!. Their main lifetime goal is to eradicate animal testing in the beauty industry and 10% of their profits go to charities that save animals from being tested upon!

The first time itself that I heard of OWT and their ethical approach to creating organic, cruelty products, it really appealed to me!. They make oil treatments and mask treatments for hair and also sell hair accessories and cosmetic brushes (with bamboo handles). I am delighted to review one of their hair oil treatments today.

It’s the Jojoba and Clove organic oil treatment. Each of their oil treatments target different hair problems. I chose the Jojoba & Clove one because it is made for dull, thinning, brittle and broken hair. After my rebonding experience, my sole goal has been to take as much care of my damaged hair as possible. This treatment seemed just perfect!. It came wrapped in a very pretty printed napkin, which is so lovely!. I could see that extreme care has been taken to package the product, so that there is no damage caused during transit.

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Once the napkin was removed, there was a plastic wrap inside with a little sheet which listed the benefits and usage directions of the product.

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The product is solid/creamy in consistency, yellow in color and filled to the brim of the container.

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Truth be told, seeing the container, I felt it’s way too small. Looking at the picture on their site, I had expected it to be much bigger. Ofcourse, it’s mentioned there that it’s 100ml but still, that info hadn’t registered with me. Seeing the container in real, placed in my hand, I wondered how little 100ml actually is. I thought to myself that this surely isn’t going to last me a long while.

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I have long hair that reaches around my elbow level. You can imagine my surprise when I had to use only 1/2 a tbsp (shown below) for my entire hair!!. It’s solid at room temperature. So, I took a little bit in between both my hands and rubbed them together. Your body temperature makes it melt into a luxurious oil. Then I spread it on my hair, massaging it on the roots first and then onto my entire hair. My husband quite loved this treatment too. For him, I used a little less than 1/2 a tsp.

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Here is some info about the product from their site РThe pure organic jojoba oil penetrates every hair follicle to add strength, volume and texture to weak, lifeless hair. This treatment has both anti-bacterial and stimulating properties which when massaged onto the scalp will naturally sooth, balance and stimulate your roots to encourage healthy hair growth.

Directions for use: Use on damp hair and massage into your scalp. Leave the treatment on for one hour. Rinse with fresh water and shampoo. Repeat this process until your hair feels clean and product free. After shampooing you can use conditioner on the ends of your hair only. Rinse out thoroughly and style as normal. If your locks are really damaged, then use twice a week leaving the oil on overnight wrapped in a warm towel. Store in a cool, dry, dark place РA cupboard in a ventilated bathroom is fine to store your hair treatment.

As directed, I applied it on damp hair. Once it was washed off, my hair looked shiny and felt healthy. Also, the color of my black hair seemed to look more intense after the treatment! It’s main smell is that of cloves. It’s a beautiful and strong smell that lingers on your hair even after you wash it off with shampoo. I could smell that pleasant smell even the next day!. I use it only once per week.

Here are the all-natural ingredients in this amazing product : Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Karite Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

It is made with certified organic ingredients only. It’s paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian with no animal testing. I loved this treatment and I really recommend you try it!. OWT offers free worldwide delivery on any order, which is a huge plus!. I got my package by post via Royal Mail.

Price: $22.76 (AED83.60) for a 100ml container

Giveaway!

OWT is holding a giveaway on their site, whereby when you follow their rules and participate in it, you stand a chance to win TWO hair oils of your choice!. It’s an excellent opportunity to win and try some awesome, organic hair products!. Go ahead and participate in this worldwide giveaway!. It ends on November 1st, 2014 and winner will be contacted by OWT via email.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Review: April 2014 Glambox!

Hello guys!

The April Glambox came with some quite thrilling products!. Here is what I found when I opened it:

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1) A beauty tip card which Glambox includes with every box. It gives one important tip on one side (this card highlighted the importance of being sunscreen savvy!) and on the other, lists the contents of the box and it’s prices.

2) A beautiful leaflet from Hawaiian Tropic, which shows their range of Silk Hydration lotion sunscreens. It also has a SPF selection guide on one side which helps you choose the right sunscreen for you according to your skintype.

3) A gift voucher for a complimentary nail polish change from N Style International.

4) An AED500 gift voucher to redeem for a Laser Treatment or Ultrasound Cavitation Treatment from Wellbeing Medical Center.

Now comes the more exciting part – the products!

Blogpix 0431) Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration protective sun lotion : This sun lotion boasts a very high protection with SPF 50 (The other two products in this range has SPF 30 and SPF 15)!. It’s smell is just so heavenly. It’s a tropical smell, that lingers on for a long time. It gets absorbed into your skin really fast and doesn’t leave a tint behind. When you start applying it, it looks like it would leave a whitish tint. But when you work it into your skin more, it just leaves your skin looking glowing and hydrated.It also gives your skin 12 hour moisturization.

This product has ‘hydrating ribbons’ in it, which moisturizes your skin at the same time, protecting it from the harmful sun rays. The ‘ribbons’ make the bottle pretty to look at. The ingredients in this product are just amazing. Here are some to name a few : Papaya, Mango, Passion flower, Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, Coconut and Plumeria flowers!. It comes in a squeeze bottle with it’s lid at the bottom. It’s 180ml and it’s price in the local market is AED50. This brand is just amazing and I am so happy that this full-sized product was included in this month’s Glambox.

Blogpix 0462 & 3) Caudalie Vinoperfect Broad Spectrum SPF15 day perfecting fluid and Caudalie Hand and Nail cream – I was so glad to see Caudalie products in the box!. I have never tried this brand before simply because it’s so expensive. This is one of the good things about Glambox. You get to try things you won’t buy otherwise!.

The Vinoperfect perfecting fluid looks like a tinted foundation with a consistency that just melts into your skin. It’s beautiful!. It has a very pleasant smell. It comes in a tube with a precision tip and contains 10ml. The Hand and Nail cream is really nice and has a strong, citrus like smell. It really nourishes your hand and nails. I use this immediately after bathing. I have never used a cream which is made specifically for your hand and nails. I always have used a general body lotion for my body!. This cream comes in a tube with 15ml. Both of these will last a long while because you need just a little each time.

The price of these products (for full sized ones) : AED 205 for a 40ml Caudalie Vinoperfect perfecting day fluid and AED90 for a 75 ml Caudalie Hand & Nail cream.

Blogpix 0494) Inglot Freedom AMC Eye shadow square : It’s my first time owning an Inglot eye shadow. I haven’t swatched it. The color looks nice. It’s silver colored and full sized. It is square shaped and comes with a mirror and applicator. Price : AED 35.

Blogpix 0445) Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter & Vanilla cream: I love Dove products. This body cream is nourishing and get easily absorbed without leaving any greasy feeling. The fact that it has shea butter in it means it’s so good for the skin. I own this cream already. So this one will now be my back up!. The product in the box is full sized. Price : AED 14 for 150 ml.

Blogpix 0456) Glambox’s very own Stippling brush – I have always wanted a stippling brush. Applying foundation with this brush gives your face an airbrushed, flawless look. You can use this with liquid, cream or powder foundations. It’s super soft. It‚Äôs made of high quality Nylon hair, a brass ferrule and a wooden handle. I am super excited to get this!!. You can purchase this brush or other brushes from Glambox by clicking here. This brush is priced at AED 29. It looks like a Sigma brush!!. Love it.

Blogpix 0477) Last but not the least, there are two sachets of Herbline Essentials Fairness cream – It contains Aloe Vera and Glycerrhiza. It’s formulated for all skin types and each sachet contains 5ml. I haven’t used this yet.

Blogpix 048All in all, April’s Glambox is just out of this world!. Three full sized products, a brush and high end samples. Totally worth it!.

What do you think of the April Glambox?. Leave me a comment below. 

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Note: I was provided the April Glambox for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.