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Review : December 2015 Glambox!

Hey guys,

Being a mom is keeping me busy literally 24/7!. That’s why my reviews are being kept pending :(. So, though late, here are my thoughts on December’s Glambox.

December Glambox

1) L’occitane Verbena soap with Shea butter – This is my first time trying a soap by L’occitane. It is extra gentle and has a beautifully pleasant citrus scent. It lathers just the right amount. Majority of the ingredients in it are organic. It comes in an eco friendly packaging, which is great. This is a full size product, being 100 gms. I really loved it.

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2) Bee Venom mask by Abeeco – Bee venom’s usage in skincare is creating quite the ‘buzz’. Apparently bee venom is nature’s botox!. It fools your skin to think it has been stung by a bee and blood is sent rushing to that area, which in turn enhances the production of collagen & elastin, thus making the skin look plump & youthful. Prolonged use will help in anti-aging and getting rid of fine lines. Since the dosage of bee venom in such products is less, it doesn’t actually sting your skin.

Bee venom

I have been eyeing a pretty popular product which has bee venom in it. But it’s price had me doubting whether to invest in it or not. So imagine my surprise when I saw this product in the box. Finally am getting to try out a product with bee venom in it!.

The verdict?. I freaking love it!. Even from the very first use I could tell a difference. It instantly tightens the pores thus making the skin look super smooth. Also, skin feels so soft. This Abeeco product is multi purpose. It can either be used as a mask or a night cream. If using as a mask, you can apply it and wash it off after 20 mins. If using as a cream, just apply and leave it overnight. I haven’t used it as a mask because obviously it feels so wrong to wash off such a wonderful product after just 20 mins. Lol ūüėÄ .

It has a light scent & a lovely, not-so-thick, creamy consistency. It spreads easily so a little goes a long way. Before trying such a product, a patch test is highly recommended to make sure you aren’t allergic to it. The sample came in a bottle with a convenient pump, containing 15 gms. This product is paraben free & contains Lavender oil, Jojoba oil & Manuka oil. This is made in New Zealand with premium local bee venom. Now I know I should definitely invest in bee venom products..

3) Parachute Gold – This is Parachute’s latest variant. This coconut oil is golden in color. It smells so divine just like home made coconut oil. The sample contains 50 ml which is a great size to try out. I been using this for a while and quite like it.

Parachute Gold

4) FreshLook Colorblends contact lens – I am super excited about this product. I got it in the color Pure Hazel, which is one of those colors which look very flattering on Indian skintone.

Pure Hazel contact lens

However, I can’t review this yet since this is a one time use only lens and I would like to wear it for some special occasion. So I will review this in a separate post in the near future.

5) Misa Nail Lacquer – It’s the first time am hearing about the brand Misa. This nail polish is such a fantastic shade of red, I am so in love with it. It’s the shade 229 Red Pumps in the Nordstrom. Since it’s a nail lacquer, the sheen it leaves on the nails is absolutely gorgeous. The sample came in a 8 ml bottle. Misa is free of chemicals & toxins and all their colors are 5-free, durable, long lasting & easy to remove. For me, it lasted a week without chipping. I love it’s glossy look. It’s a brand you must try!

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6) Pure Organic Shea Butter by Shea Butter DXB – A little container full of unrefined Shea butter which is made in Africa but packaged in UAE. Shea butter is a multi purpose product. I am currently using it as a lip balm and also on my heels to prevent them from cracking. Since it’s unrefined and has no additives at all, it has a very earthy scent. I really like this product.

Unrefined Shea butter

7) Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips – I got 2 of these in the box stuck inside a brochure which lists all the benefits of the product & shows the Biore range of Charcoal incorporated products. This easy to use charcoal strips are supposed to draw out & trap skin impurities for a deep clean for all your pores. As a proof you can see white pore plugs on the black strip (disgusting yet oddly satisfying!).

Biore pore strips

Biore pore strips

As per my own experience, as soon as you apply the strip, there is a tingling sensation. On removing it after the required 10 minutes, I found that the skin around my nose feels extremely smooth. I didn’t find any white pore plugs on my strips, but that could because I have a pretty fantastic (not boasting) skincare routine that helps keep my skin clean.

Onto vouchers & brochures

Vouchers

‚óŹ A flyer about Shea Butter DXB which when presented at their store, will make you eligible to get 2 Jars of Shea butter for AED 200

‚óŹ Dermalogica gift voucher of 150 Dhs off towards any of their 60/75 minute services

‚óŹ Brochure about IBX System & gift voucher for a free IBX Treatment session with any manicure and pedicure

‚óŹ Discount code which gives 50% off on Vaniday

‚óŹ Brochure about Abeeco Bee venom mask listing all it’s ingredients & their benefits.

‚óŹ A card about Misa

‚óŹ Discount code which gives 25% off at I Saw It First, a shopping site.

‚óŹ A gorgeous brochure about Parachute Gold

I am absolutely in love with December’s Glambox. It had the right mix of products be it skincare related, hair related or even bath related. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself!.

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

Other Skincare products I use!

Hey guys!

When doing detailed posts on my skincare routine, I had decided to split it into three parts :

  • Night time routine (with all skincare basics),
  • Day time routine and
  • Other skincare products post, where I show all products that I haven’t shown in the above two posts.

So, this is the third part of my Skincare routine posts. Since, I didn’t want to show way too many products in the previous two posts and thus confuse you, I decided to do this one separately. Most of them have been reviewed earlier. If you wish to read and know more about the products, you may click the links to have them open in a new window. Here are all¬†those products plus mini reviews, under each of the following category¬†:

Makeup removers

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1) Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle solution – I absolutely love this one. It is so gentle and yet does an amazing job of removing makeup and impurities from the skin. Price : AED 35 for 100 ml (travel size).

2) St. Ives Makeup Remover & Facial cleanser – This has been my favorite for years now. It’s really thick and a tube lasts for¬†so long. It is parabens and phthalates free and is a gentle formula. It has chamomile in it which is so calming for the skin.¬†Price : AED 16.50 for 170gms.

Cleansers/Face washes

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1) Herbline Essentials White Lily & Ginger Face Wash – This is one of my latest favorites. I love this natural skincare brand and it’s products. They are so worth every penny you spend on them!. Read my full review here. Price : AED 109 for 150ml.

2) Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser РAnother brand that I really love and recommend. This is for Normal / dry skin and thus perfect for me. Read my full review here. Price : AED 36.50 for 200ml.

3) The Face Shop Green Tea Cleansing Foam РMy least favorite one. I still reach for it sometimes since I hate wasting products. Read my full review here. Price : AED 41 (on sale) for 170 ml.

4) Neutrogena Visibly Clear Daily Wash – This was gifted to me by Sally. This product is actually for combination/oily skin. It’s green in color and has a lovely consistency.¬†When I use it, my skin feels tight but I immediately moisturize after that. You¬†must be wondering why do I use it then!. It’s the smell of it!. It has the most amazing citrus scent.¬†It is uplifting and refreshing. Still, I use it only occasionally.¬†Price : AED 44.75 for 200ml.

Scrub

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1) Everyuth Exfoliating Scrub РThis is a very budget friendly scrub that I have been using quite regularly of late. Read my full review here. Price : Rs. 105 (AED 6.28) for 100 gms.

Serum

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1) Mad Hippie Exfoliating serum – This is my love since last October. A phenomenal serum that should be in everyone’s skincare collection, if they are into an anti aging routine. Read my full review here.¬†Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81) for 30ml. I bought it online and had it shipped to me here in UAE,¬†from US in 2 days.

Lip balms

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1) Vaseline Healthy White lip care : This one is a very handy lip balm which I bought from India. It’s basically Vaseline in a tube but it’s consistency is more better suited to easily pump out of the tube. It protects against UV & lip darkening. It guarantees 24 hour+ moisturization and I definitely recommend it. Price : Rs. 60 (AED 3.59)¬†for 9 gms.

2) Neutrogen 6 hour Protection lip balm : This is so hydrating, I cannot recommend it enough!. It delivers almost immediate results. Dry and chapped lips are a thing of the past when I carry this around with me. I love it. Read my full review here. Price : 16.50 for 15 ml.

3) Himalaya Herbals Lip balm : This one contains Carrot seed oil and wheatgerm oil. It is intensely nourishing and I highly recommend it. I bought it from India. Price : Rs. 20 (AED 1.20) for 10 gms.

Moisturizers

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1) Human + Kind Anti Ageing cream – I have had this for a while now. It’s very hydrating and potent. When using this, I skip serum and eye cream that day since this one can be used in place of those. It’s multi purpose. I am about to finish this bottle. Read my full review here.¬†Price : AED160 for 50 ml.

2) Herbline Essentials Nourishing cream¬†– This is a miracle in jar. What a stunning product!. It helped me get through this really cold weather. It protected my skin against the drying, harsh winter. Definitely check¬†this product out!. This tub lasted me about an year. It’s a recent empty product and so I decided to still show it. Read my full review here. Price : AED 141 for 50 gms.

3) Olay Age Perfect Anti- Ageing Cream – I love Olay like crazy. It’s an amazing brand. However, I hate this product. It’s consistency is nice and it gets absorbed into the skin fast. But it left my skin looking greasy and it has the weirdest smell ever. I bought this from India. It’s a Made in Thailand product. Usually, the Olay products sold here in UAe are made in Poland and they are top quality. But I noticed that the ones sold in India is either made n India or made in Thailand and imported there. Anyways, this cream didn’t do anything magical for me. Price : Rs. 125 (AED 7.45)¬†for 18gms. Yes, it contains only 18 gms!. It’s a tiny tube.

4) Skin Drink from Lush – This is another brand that really helped my skin in the winter. It is so hydrating and becomes a shield against the cold winter nights. Totally recommend it!. Read my full review here. Price : AED 135 for 45 gms.

That’s all guys. I sure hope you got a good¬†idea about some products out there that you might like to try. Take care of your skin and show it lots of love ‚ô•

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Love Your Skin This Valentine’s Day with Izil!

Valentine‚Äôs Day is right around the corner, which means stuffed animals, chocolate hearts and red roses everywhere you turn. Valentine‚Äôs Day gives us a chance to step back from our busy lives and take a moment to remember what’s important. It is true that we should love and be kind to our family and friends every day, but sometimes we need that reason to go above and beyond and tell them how we really feel.

Beyond loving each other, it’s a time to remember to love ourselves and make the most of the opportunity to pamper ourselves and commit to treating our bodies and skin to healthy nurturing ingredients.

As you prepare for a night out with your valentine, you may start to feel the added pressure to look your best, and so here’s Izil Natural Argan Beauty’s tips for looking your very best this Valentine’s Day with their natural argan oil products:

L ‚Äď Lather your skin with ‚Äúquality.‚ÄĚ Beldi Black Moroccan Soap (AED 69) is a detoxifying and purifying body soap for silky soft skin. 100% Natural, the ‚Äúbeldi black‚ÄĚ soap prepares the skin for exfoliation. Made from virgin black olive oil and enriched with Argan oil and Eucalyptus essential oil, this natural therapeutic soap is a great exfoliator and moisturizer. It is rich in vitamin E and minerals helping clean and detoxify your skin by removing dead cells and toxins, while leaving an extraordinarily smooth and silky finish. The Eucalyptus oil helps relax your body and add the soap antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Your skin is revitalized, free of impurities and hydrated with a soft touch.

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O ‚Äď Oils. Multi-Purpose 100% Pure Argan Oil (AED 180) is perfect to use on the face for anti-aging, the body for dryness, to help reduce blemishes and stretch marks and also for repairing damaged hair. It is 100% organic, chemical free and has an incredibly high concentration of vitamin E, antioxidants, carotenoids and fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and 9. Your skin will be nourished and incredibly soft after just one application.

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VРVitamins. You’ve been told how important it is to get our daily dosage of vitamins for your insides, but what about your outside? Vitamins are excellent for your skin. The Green Tea Anti-oxidant mask (AED 140) is very rich in trace minerals and vitamins A, B and E that absorb impurities and inhibit breakdown of Collagen that is responsible for keeping the skin firm and elastic. It contains White Clay; a natural cleansing mineral clay that gently draws impurities from the skin without removing natural oils while simultaneously exfoliating, cleansing, and stimulating circulation. It is also packed with Green tea and Argan Oil, which have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are rich and nutritive. This powerful antioxidant combination reduces inflammation, promotes more even skin tone and improves skin health. It also helps remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores.

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E– Exfoliate. The Green Tea Body Scrub (AED 115) is perfect for pre-date body exfoliation. This unique and natural scrub utilizes actual Green Tea leaves to get rid of dead skin while protecting the fresh layer of skin cells beneath from free radicals. Using Green Tea leaves coated in Argan and Aloe Vera, this body scrub allows for the gentle and smooth removal of dead skin, giving you a silkier, more youthful looking complexion and primed for moisturization. Your skin is smooth with a beaming glow and a pleasant fresh scent.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to treat yourself to natural skin care that your skin will love.

Izil Natural Argan Beauty is available in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the following locations:

  • Dubai: ¬†Dubai Festival City and Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Abu Dhabi: Al Wahda Mall and Dalma Mall

About Izil Natural Argan Beauty:

Izil Natural Argan Beauty was launched in the UAE in 2012. It is a highly effective, natural cosmetic brand, which is made in Morocco. All products are made from organically certified, highest quality Argan Oil, together with other natural, pure and rare ingredients. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range consists of the Face Collection, Body Collection and traditional Hammam Collection. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty Range is available in outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For more information, please visit www.izilbeauty.com, https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty or @izilbeauty.

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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.

My Bathtime / Body care routine!

Hiya!

Friends and followers equally loved and supported when I published my night time and day time skincare routines. So, I thought, why not do a¬†bathtime¬†/¬†body care¬†routine post and also show you the products I use!. It’s absolutely important to take care of your skin. This particular routine is not specific to winter. It’s the same all year round. I have normal skin by the way, which leans towards dry in winter.

My routine is split into two : One routine is for 5 days a week and the other is for 2 days a week. The key to the entire routine is ‘exfoliation’. Gentle exfoliation and conditioning for five days and intense exfoliation for two.

Five day routine

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I dry brush my body using a dry body brush¬†before stepping into the shower. Since I have started dry body brushing, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. It exfoliates dead skin cells away and increases blood circulation¬†thus revealing glowing new skin. It’s really up to you how many days you wish to do it. I think five is perfect. I bought this Merben International dry¬†body brush from Amazon¬†for $26.46 (AED 97.19).

Once in shower, I use shower gels / shower creams. I love them more than bar soaps. I use a shower puff to help exfoliate. Both dry brushing and using the shower puff are gentle forms of exfoliation and thus doing them on the same day, does not aggravate your skin in any way. I use a selection of different products, just to keep it interesting. Here are some of the shower gels I use / finished using recently :

  • Nivea Powerfruit Relax shower gel – I quite like this range of Nivea’s shower gel. This particular one has Acai Berry scent and blueberry antioxidants in it. It smells like a berry juice. It is purple in color. Price : AED 12.70 for 250ml.
  • Nivea Water Lily & oil shower gel – This one is light pink in color and has yellow colored micro beads suspended in it. It’s pretty to see. The micro beads are oil pearls. It’s scent is that of water lily which is a very pleasant and feminine smell. Price : AED 12.70 for 250ml.
  • Dove Deeply Nourishing shower cream – This is my absolute favorite one. I already have a back up of this ready to use. It’s creamy and absolutely nourishing. It’s scent is refreshing and uplifting. I highly recommend you try it out. Price¬†: AED 16.75 for 250ml.
  • Sebamed Olive Face & Body Wash – This is very gentle and mild, being soap and alkali free. It can be used on your face too. It is so gentle and chemical free that it can be used for bathing babies and by those with sensitive skin. It has a light scent and is cream in color. Price : AED 31.50 for 400ml.
  • The Face Shop Green Tea mild body wash¬†– This is a an antioxidant rich¬†body wash with Korean green tea and olive oil in it. It is gentle and great for the skin.¬†Price : AED 40 for 300ml.
  • Shower puff – I got mine from The Face Shop. It’s really great. You can buy shower puffs from even local supermarkets for really cheap prices. However, I suggest you buy from a store like this one. It lasts for a longer time and is tightly woven together. I hang mine in the bathroom so that it dries well after every use. Price : AED 15.

After that I wash off the shower gel and apply a generous amount of Nivea In Shower Body lotion. This eliminates the need for applying a body lotion once I step out of the bathroom. The best time to apply body lotion is right after your shower, when your skin is in the most recipient state. Price of this body lotion is AED 19.25 for 400ml. After that, I just wash it off, dry my skin and step out of the shower.

Two day routine

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On Mondays and Thursdays, the same days¬†that I use scrub on my face too, I scrub my body. I start with the Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub, which I bought from Amazon, paying¬†$17.94 (AED 65.89) for three tubs, each containing 510 gms. It is an excellent scrub. I am using my second tub right now. I personally think sugar scrubs are much better than salt scrubs. But if salt scrubs are your thing, I would suggest using a scrub with Himalayan salt in it. It’s great for the skin.

Using a scrub really makes your skin so soft and glowing. I always scrub in an upward direction to stimulate blood flow. It’s the same concept of doing¬†dry body brushing. Once I wash it off, I apply a body mask. I am currently using Izil’s Re-Mineralizing body mask, which costs AED 95 for a tub containing 150 gms. This mask really hydrates the body and the scent of Damask roses is amazing. Then I wash it off after 10 minutes. After this, sometimes I use a bar soap or on some lazy days, I just wash off the mask and step out of the shower. If I do use a soap, my current favorites are:

  • Dove – My favorite soap ever!. It feels so gentle on the skin and makes your skin supple and soft. I also like a variant of Dove which has Shea butter in it, but I didn’t have it on me to click a pic of.¬†Price : AED 4.75 for 100gms
  • Lux Silk Sensation, which has olive oil in it and Lux Secret Bliss, which has Egyptian Violet & Elemi oil in it. I love the scent of this one. Price : AED 4 for 170 gms

After stepping out of the shower, I use one of the body lotions / body creams that I have. I have many at any given time, because I believe moisturization is key and love to try out different brands/products. Here are the ones I currently use / are recent empties :

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  • The Face Shop Green Tea body lotion – A really gentle and pleasant smelling lotion. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin too. It has Korean green tea and olive oil just like the body wash from the same range. Price : AED 50 for 300ml.
  • Vaseline lotions – I like lotions from Vaseline and recently reviewed four of them. They are easy to work with and has a great fast absorbing consistency. Price : Between AED 11.95 – AED 13.50 for 200ml
  • Avocado oil –¬†Especially during¬†winter,¬†our skin tends to¬†like¬†oil more than body lotions since it’s¬†more nourishing. Avocado oil in particular is extremely hydrating. It’s one of my favorite oils. I bought this Now Foods avocado oil from online for $5.34 (AED 19.61) for 118ml.
  • The Body Shop Shea¬†beautifying oil – Frankly, I am not a fan of it. But I am using it, so that I can finish it off, since I hate¬†wastage of anything¬†plus it’s smell is nice. Price : AED 65 for 100ml.
  • Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction body lotion – Where do I start on this!. The smell of it is absolutely heavenly and sensuous. It’s intensely hydrating. It has Aloe, Oats, Grapeseed extracts and Vitamins E and C in it. It’s easily one of my absolute favorites of my entire life. Thanks to Sally for gifting this to me ‚ô•. Price : AED 56 for 250 ml.
  • Stress relief Aromatherapy body lotion from Bath & Body Works : This lotion has Eucalyptus and Spearmint essential oils in it that makes it soothing and uplifting. It is of a thin consistency¬†and gets easily absorbed into the skin. I don’t suggest you use this one if you have sensitive / extremely dry skin. It could irritate your skin. I quite like it though. It’s bottle is made of glass and¬†is gorgeous and classy.¬†Price : AED 45 for 192 ml. It’s priced the same all throughout the year and never featured in their sales.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment & Dove Purely pampering body creams : I got the purely pampering one with Shea butter in it, in a Glambox. The other one, which is the original one, I had bought from Lulu Centre. These are nourishing but with the original one, though it gets absorbed super fast and feels nourishing in the beginning, it tends to leave your skin feeling a tad dry like 5 mins later. I don’t know why that happens. It is especially so in winter. I don’t highly recommend these but you might still try it since it might perform differently on your skin!. Price : AED 12.75 for 150ml.
  • Jergens Soothing Aloe body moisturizer : This is another one of my absolute favorites. It’s scent is so calming and beautiful. It’s perfect for sensitive skin. It is non – sticky and comforting. I highly recommend you try this out. Price : AED 17.65 for 400ml. More often times than not, this one is featured in an offer whereby you get 20% off when you buy two or buy two and get one free. I stock up on one of these sales. I have never bought just a single piece of it. Those sales are happening almost throughout the year!. So, look out for that and do give this a try.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment body lotion – This lotion is so nourishing, perfect for winter. It’s fast absorbing and really hydrating. The effect of it seems to last a long while. My skin feels really soft while using it. I will be buying this again when it gets over. I definitely recommend you check it out too. Price : AED 15.95 for 250ml.

So that’s my two day routine. During daytime, I like using these body lotions or the in shower body lotion. However, during night, just before heading to bed, I believe in heavy moisturizing and that’s why I like to use body butters / heavy body creams. Also, during the day I like to use the same body lotion on my hands and feet however during night I like to use specific creams for hands and feet. Here they are:

Night time routine

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For hands:

  • Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom hand cream – This one smells amazing and is intensely hydrating. LOVE it!. Price : AED 45 for a tube containing 80ml.
  • Caudalie Hands & Nail cream – I got this sample from a Glambox. It’s 15 ml. It’s nourishing and is antioxidant rich. It smells like grapefruits / citrusy. Price : AED 90 for 75ml (full sized version).

For feet :

  • Herbline Essentials Foot cream : It’s the most phenomenal foot cream I have ever used. It brings a long lasting effect. Price : AED 52 for a 150 ml tube.
  • Krack Heel Repair cream : This is an Ayurvedic cream and it’s an Indian brand. This one is OK. I kept using it until I came across the Herbline Essentials foot cream. I kind of got hooked on to it then!. But, I really want to finish off this Krack cream. I reach for it sometimes. This cream is a muddy brown, has a unique herbal scent to it and absorbs into the skin fast. Price : AED 9.95 for 50 gms.

For body :

  • Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze body butter : This one is intensely nourishing and has such a bouncy soft texture. Once again, I don’t recommend you buy¬†any B & BWs creams/body butters¬†if you have sensitive / extremely dry skin. I bought this in the last B & BW sale. Sale price : AED 30 for 200gms.
  • Maui Hibiscus Beach Triple Moisture Body cream : I quite love this heavy body cream. It smells amazing and is very nourishing. I bought this in the same B & BW sale I just mentioned. Sale price : AED 30 for 226 gms.
  • The Body Shop Chocomania body butter : I love this one’s chocolate like smell. I reviewed a bigger tub back in 2012. But the one now (my third tub) is¬†a 50ml one. Price : AED 25

Heavily moisturizing at night means you wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I would also like to suggest you try out a Moroccan Bath once. I have tried it twice at spas and you will leave that place feeling extremely soft. If you follow this routine, not necessarily with so many products, I guarantee you that you will have the softest skin ever and can get rid of body acne forever!

I hope the sheer length of this post, does not confuse you. If you need any clarifications, I am happy to help. Do leave a comment below and let me know if you love the same products as I do or any suggestions of new brands that are your favorites and you would like me to try out!

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January Link Loves!

Hi all!

I hope you all have had an excellent start to the new year :D. I had a pretty good start. I am currently writing this post from my parents’ home in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I just love visiting them!.

Here are my link loves for this month :

1) Robert Hudson, a freelance writer, wrote a guest post on Kelly’s Thoughts on Things, about how the different ingredients in your shampoo benefit you. Its a very helpful and informative post. Next time, you will know what ingredients you gotta look for, to get the results that you are looking for :). Do check it out.

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2) Lara Ramos, expert beauty writer at Home Shopping Network, wrote a post about six tips to help your skin survive winter.  She also suggests some products in that post. I loved the tips and am sure you will too!

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3) Irene of Drab To Fab, did an excellent post on how to organize your travel bag. Its very neatly done and contains the bare essentials that you should travel with. I just loved this post!

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4) Chrys of Oh Chrys!, did a post on the kind of prose that she loves. Being a book blogger, her vocabulary is great and she puts down her words in an excellent way. In this post, she has pretty much wrote about all the kinds of prose that I love too, but using more expressive words. Just love the way she writes!

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Glorious mentions!

1) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog, mentioned my blog in her New Year post, where she talk about how 2013 was for her. She says I been very supportive and seriously, I just love Abidha for being equally supportive of my blog.

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2) Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally (Giveaways Galore) reblogged my post about the January Glambox. Thanks Sally!. She also has nominated me for Wonderful Team Member Readership Award :). You are sweet, Sally..

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3) Deena of Deenass88 (YouTube), uploaded a video which shows her current skincare routine. In the description box, she has mentioned one of the posts on my blog, about the skincare tips for cold weather. Thanks Deena!

I hope you have a beautiful February ahead of you. Stay tuned for more product reviews!. Also, I will be part of some book blasts next month. This means two things for you, my lovely readers : Get to know new books and all of them will have a giveaway attached to it for either an Amazon giftcard or Paypal cash of a significant amount. So follow me by email (On top of this page, right side) or by Bloglovin, by clicking on the button below. You don’t wanna miss those posts ūüôā

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Skincare tips for cold weather!

Hello all,

Please read on to find out some skin care tips for cold weather as recommended by Dr Lillian Khan, Dermatologist & Pond’s Arabia Brand Expert.

DrLilianDr. Lillian Khan, Dermatologist & Brand Expert for Pond’s Arabia

The winter breeze is here, and soon we will be changing and rearranging our wardrobe to warmer clothes and colors. This extends to our dressing table and beauty cabinet. There are things that will be pushed to the back of the cabinet and products that will be pushed forward. Let’s take a journey through your skin care routine for this season!

Pay attention to your face and neck cleansing routine:

– You will notice that your skin will need to change cleansers when the winter air starts blowing in. ¬†During the summer, skin becomes more oily with the heat and humidity, but in winter that’s not the case. Choose a mild non-irritating cleanser, and be sure it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients. One of my favorite is Pond‚Äôs Gold Radiance Foam cleanser.¬† For dry skin types, you will need a milk or a lotion base moisturizing cleanser. All skin types should still exfoliate gently once a week to remove debris, clogged pores, and dry flaky skin.

You will need your moisturizer:

– All skin types in winter will need some sort of moisturizing fluid, lotion, or cream – even acne prone skin. Read labels carefully and choose the product that is specific to your skin type and problem. So, if you suffering from acne, choose a hydrating lotion that is specific for acne prone skin, and that is labeled non comedogenic. If you have dry eczema prone skin, choose a hypo allergic non irritating moisturizer.

Sunscreens and BB creams:

– Just because you feel the cool winter air it doesn‚Äôt mean that the sun isn’t shining along with its harmful rays. A broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB with the recommended SPF 30 and above is still mandatory. You can use the Pond‚Äôs Flawless White BB+ Cream with its GenActiv formula that brightens your natural skin tone. It‚Äôs active ingredients works on your skin tone, and provides both coverage and sunscreen all in one to give flawless looking skin immediately and which works on your natural glow.

Use Milk and lactic acids for softer skin:

– It was said that Cleopatra used to bath in milk which has kept her skin soft and smooth. That’s not far from scientific truth as milk contains lactic acid. This ingredient is used in body moisturizers to help remove dry flaky skin. Look for those in moisturizers; apply it twice daily to rough dry skin to get smoother hydrated healthy looking body skin.

Don’t forget to exfoliate:

– There is a nice honey and sugar body at-home-remedy that I like to make and use myself. Honey acts as a humectant and reduces inflammation and sugar when massaged on the skin increases circulation and acts as a mild exfoliant. Use this mixture once per week to elbows and knees and you will notice those areas becoming softer and brighter with regular use.

Shower oils and lotions:

РI’ve become a big fan of prescribing shower oil cleansers to my patients who complain of dry flaky irritated skin. Many of us have busy lives and this has reduced the need to use a moisturizer right after showering and bathing. Another option is to find good moisturizing shower cleansing lotions such a Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash.

10 minutes showers and bath:

-Feeling cold makes us want to take longer hot showers and baths to relax and warm up. But the longer you shower or bath, the dryer the skin becomes. Limit your bath and shower to not more that 10 minutes and make sure the last rinse is with slightly colder temperature water.

No matter what the season is, you should always visit your dermatologist and catch up. With seasonal changes it might be best to give a visit to your dermatologist to make sure you enjoy the holiday season as much as you can!

I thank Dr. Lilian for sharing these very useful tips which is perfect for the current weather in UAE, with all my readers.

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