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Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Ideas!

Hey guys,

Yet another Valentine’s day is here, a day to express how much you love your loved ones.. Gifts can be any, as long as they are thoughtful. I have done several gift guides earlier with different themes. This time around, my focus is on ‘skincare’ because great skin is a blessing and if you could gift that to some one you hold close to your heart, well why not?.

Happy Valentine's day image

The basic products of a good skincare routine are Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Oil & Moisturizer. I will be suggesting 5 products from each of these categories, based on personal experience & popular reviews that these products have garnered. I promise that the value that you get these products for, is unmatched. Simply click the images to view details / go to the site that sells it.

Cleansers

□ Hydrating cleanser by CeraVe – 355 ml – $12.24 (Approx AED 44.96)

CeraVe hydrating cleanser

□ Black soap cleanser by Dr. Woods -236 ml – $5.02 (Approx AED 18.44)

Black soap cleanser Dr Woods

□ Cream cleanser by Mad Hippie – 118 ml – $12.79 (Approx AED 46.98)

Mad Hippie cream cleanser

□ Jeju Volcanic Pore cleansing foam by Innisfree (Korean skincare brand) – 150 ml – $9.27 (Approx AED 34.05)

Innisfree pore cleansing foam

□ Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing cleansing gel by Avalon Organics – 251 ml – $8.78 (Approx AED 32.25)

Avalon Vitamin C cleanser

For more cleansers, click here.

Toners

□ Witch Hazel Rose Petal toner by Thayers – 355 ml – $8.76 (Approx AED 32.18)

Thayers Witch Hazel

□ Firming DMAE toner by Derma E – 175 ml – $12.40 (Approx AED 45.55)

Derma E firming toner

□ Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House (Korean skincare brand) – 250 ml – $10.44 (Approx AED 38.35)

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

□ Eucalyptus toner by L’uvalla – 198 ml – $22.32 (Approx AED 81.98)

Luvalla Eucalyptus toner

□ Lemon & Geranium gentle toner by Indigo Wild – 118 ml – $12.60 (Approx AED 46.28)

Indigo Wild toner

For more toners, click here.

Serums

□ Transformative Night serum by EO Products – 30 ml – $29.74 ( Approx AED 109.24)

EO products serum

□ Hyaluronic Acid Day serum by White Egret Personal Care – 59 ml -$11.97 (Approx AED 43.97)

White Egret serum

□ Deeply Hydrating serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – 59 ml – $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29)

Jeffrey James The Serum

□ Exfoliating serum by Mad Hippie – 30 ml – $27.99 (Approx AED 102.81)

Mad Hippie serum

□ Professional Strength Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – 29.5 ml – $13.05 (Approx AED 47.93)

reviva labs serum

For more serum, click here

Facial oils

□ Nourishing Tamanu oil by Aura Cacia – 30 ml – $11.14 (Approx AED 40.92)

Tamanu oil

□ Organic Coconut, Jojoba & Pure Coffee oil by Desert Essence – 118 ml – $10.59 (Approx AED 38.90)

Coffee oil

□ Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing oil by Pangea Organics – 30 ml – $54 (Approx AED 198.34)

Pangea organics oil

□ Soothing Almond oil by Weleda – 50 ml – $18.97 (Approx AED 69.68)

Weleda soothing oil

□ Nourishing oil by Suki Inc – 15 ml – $32.96 (Approx AED 121.06)

Suki Inc oil

For more facial oils, click here.

Moisturizers

□ Black Snail All in One cream by Mizon (Korean Skincare brand) – 75 ml – $16.20 (Approx AED 59.50)

Mizon snail cream

□ Retinol A 1% Advanced Revitalization cream by Life Flo Health – 50 ml – $16.28 (Approx AED 59.79)

Retinol A cream

□ Supreme PolyPeptide moisturizer by MyChelle Dermaceuticals – 35 ml – $56 (Approx AED 205.68)

Polypeptides cream

□ Age Renewal Vitamin E Creme by Jason Natural – 113 gms – $10.87 (Approx AED 39.93)

Vitamin E creme

□ Fresh Watery cream by Nature Republic (Korean skincare brand) – 80 ml – $8.65 (Approx AED 31.77)

Nature Republic watery cream

For more creams, click here.

This entire gift guide is based on my favorite online shopping site ever, iHerb, which offers not only the best value in the world for any product that you need, but also gives you 5% of your bill total back to you (as store credit). They ship worldwide from US. To UAE, they ship in 3-4 days via DHL, right to your doorstep.

Hope you have a lovely time with your loved ones this Valentine’s day ♥♥♥

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Naz ♥

iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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Review : Eskinol Classic Facial Cleanser!

Hey guys,

I’ve been using Eskinol’s Classic Facial cleanser for about 2 months now. It’s a no nonsense cleanser that does it’s work well. It looks just like water. It comes in an oval shaped, squeezable plastic bottle.

Eskinol facial cleanser

To use, simply moisten a cotton pad with the product and use on the face in a sweeping motion. Then wash face. It says on the bottle that it can be used on arms and legs, even though I haven’t tried that. It has a pleasant scent and leaves an airy (or menthol like) feeling on the skin, thanks to the ethanol content in it.

I started using this some months after purchasing it. By then I had forgotten what’s written on the bottle and so used it on my eyes too, to taken off last traces of eyeliner, if any. But probably about a month later, I read the info on the bottle & was surprised to see that it said that the product shouldn’t be brought close to the eye area. OMG LOL!. So far, nothing has happened. Maybe it’s too harsh for that area & that’s why they said so. So, I advise you to not risk it by using on the eye area.

It removes all traces of dirt and impurities, thus revealing radiant, velvety soft skin. It’s noticeable even from the very first use. Definitely give it a try.

Price : Rs 165 (Approx AED 8.89) for a 225 ml bottle.

This product is made in Philippines but imported to India, from where I bought it. I have a feeling I’ve seen this in Carrefour. So, just check out it’s availability there.

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Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

GREENFRIDAY

Black Friday

(Click the image to automatically apply the code to your cart)

If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

SCZ695

If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

(Click any of the images to take you to that page)

Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

Sports

Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

Skincare

Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

Coconut

Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

Gift ideas

Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Herbal Essentials Unveils Its First Derma Kiosk + An Offer!

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

Herbal Essentials beauty hub

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

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

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

All products in the range are all-natural, paraffin and paraben free. Herbal Essentials is a certified member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” Programme, meaning products are not tested on animals.  Herbal Essentials products are all certified by Dermatest GmbH, a leading German dermatologist research institute who have approved the products as “dermatologist tested/approved”. The brand is also a proud member of ‘1% for the Planet’ that aims in giving back to Mother Nature what it takes which is knowledge.

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

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

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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 : Glow Radiance Defy powder!

Hi guys,

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

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

Glow Radiance defy

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

Glow Radiance Defy powder

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

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

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

Price : AED 270 for a 200 gms tin

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

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

Shopping deal – Real Techniques, EcoTools & more!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to inform you about a shopping deal. From now until Sep 28th, Real Techniques, EcoTools, Acure Organics & Now Foods will have a 10% discount on their entire selection of products.

If you wish to stock up on makeup brushes and accessories, click on the images below to head on to the site.

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ecotools

If you are looking for skincare products and more, check out the below links.

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The site, though US based, do ship worldwide. So definitely don’t miss out 🙂

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Review : GlowRadiance Micellar Water!

I am quite excited about this product that I am reviewing today. It’s GlowRadiance’s Micellar Water (pronounced as my-cellar). It is a light weight, efficient cleansing water that removes impurities and all traces of makeup from your face easily.

GlowRadiance Micellar Water

It looks just like water but is a gentle, yet powerful cleanser. What I love the most is that it’s a non rinse formula!. Super convenient ♡. It’s also alcohol free, oil free and soap free.

This product can be used on eyes and lips too. It does sting a bit if you manage to get it in your eye, like I once did. So, be careful when applying on the eye area. It leaves skin feeling really refreshed, soft and decongested. In order to use it, soak a cotton pad with it and apply on your face. After that, simply follow it up with your toner and then rest of your skincare regimen. I highly recommend you try out this micellar water.

It’s packaged in a tall, pretty, transparent bottle with a golden lid. Most of what’s written on the bottle about the product, is in golden font which just enhances the rich feel of the brand. I have been using this for almost a month now and judging by the amount I have used up, I have a feeling that this bottle will last for about 4 – 5 months, which is really great!.

Price : AED 95 for a bottle containing 200ml.

GlowRadiance is a relatively new brand here in UAE. It is a high-end brand for skin and health supplements, that consists of a collection of lavish treatments for the face and body. All their products are medicated and available in pharmacies and online (www.basharashop.com).

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

Review : January 2016 Glambox!

Hiya people,

Though late, here are my thoughts about January’s Glambox 2016. First of all, what a delight finding majority of skincare products in here!. I feel Glambox is concentrating more on skincare rather than makeup and I definitely support and appreciate that. When you have gorgeous skin, you will need only the slightest amount of makeup and also it will apply more easily on smooth skin. That’s what I believe any way.

January Glambox

Onto the products in detail,

1) Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Concentrate – I literally yelped seeing this advanced skincare product in the box. It’s supposed to reduce pigmentation, even the skin tone and overall make it brighter. It contains concentrated B-Resorcinol & Glycyrrhetinic Acid, which helps protect against the production of melanin and supports skin cells’ repair of damage induced by prematurely ageing UV-Sunlight, respectively.

Eucerin Even Brighter Concentrate

There are 6 little tubes, each containing 5 ml, neatly arranged into a gorgeous plastic display box. Each vial lasts 1 week, used twice a day. I kind of had a doubt that 5 ml will last that long. But it did last me 7 – 8 days. I have finished all 6 of them and waited around to do this post so that I can completely try it out and voice my opinion about it.

It’s white in color, has a light scent and has the consistency of a serum that gets absorbed really fast into the skin. Within 4 weeks, my skin looked much better, definitely brighter and more even toned. You should be using the product right after toner and before applying a face oil. I really love this product. This 6 weeks product supply is worth about AED 167 and it’s amazing that I could try it out through Glambox. This also happens to be the first ever Eucerin product that I have tried.

2) Three Maxon samples from their Hydramax skincare range, that promises to deliver more hydration. Maxon is a Canadian brand that’s now available in UAE.

Maxon Hydramax

● Cream – Such a gorgeous cream, that can be used both in morning and night. It intensely hydrates skin and I really love it. The sample came in a 7 ml tube and has a thick consistency.

● Foaming Gel – This is an OK product. Does a good job of what it’s supposed to do, that is, cleanse the skin. It lathers well, has a transparent look, thick consistency and a nice scent. I have a feeling that this would be really suitable for oily skin tone rather than my skin type (normal, leaning towards dry). The sample came in a 7 ml tube.

● Cleansing Tonic – This is such a dream product, absolutely priceless. Since it’s watery, I can’t help but think of Bioderma’s SensiBio cleanser and compare it with this one. Maxon would definitely win a showdown between these 2 products!.

Maxon Cleansing Tonic

It’s transparent with a blue suspension on top of it. I give it a good shake, pour a bit onto a cotton pad and cleanse my skin. Even with one swipe, it removes a great amount of makeup and impurities, all the while being absolutely gentle on the skin. It leaves skin looking dewy. It’s definitely a fantastic product that I would buy a full size of, at the next chance I get to go shopping!. The sample came in a 30 ml bottle. This is the main reason I love Glambox. It introduces us to wonderful products like these.

3) Delicca Powder Face Wash – It’s my first time coming across such a product. It’s a yellow powder that needs to be mixed with water and used on the face. It smells so beautiful, exactly like the Papaya facial I usually get at beauty parlour, even though there is no papaya in this product!. It cleans skin well and leaves it looking healthy, soft and fresh, without stripping it of moisture. It is sulphate free. This is a full sized product containing 40 gms. Even though I liked it much, I don’t understand the convenience of such a product, since you need to mix it with water first and such, before application.

Delicca

4) DMGM Smoky Desire XS Eyeliner – First time hearing about this brand. I got this in the color ‘Nude Beige’. Personally, I don’t care much for this color. I don’t think it suits Indian skin tone. I used it to highlight above and underneath my brow bone. I don’t do my brows. But I do thread it. So, using this as a highlighter really gives prominence to the brows. The color payoff is good and it does have staying power. The most common use for it is to use it on the waterline to get an ‘awake’ look. But am not much into that. Anyways, I did like the product itself, just wish it was black in color :P.

Smoky Desire eyeliner

Vouchers

Vouchers

● A voucher for a free massage from WE Nails on every service over AED 70.
● A voucher worth AED 200 to spend towards any 60 minute or longer spa treatment at Heart & Soul Spa.

Overall, it’s a lovely box with a bunch of really new brands, for me. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Naz ♥

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