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Review : Three Crueltyfree Fuschia skincare products!

Hey guys,

Fuschia is an Indian brand that comes under a bigger name, Vkare Bio Sciences. Recently I got to test three of their products and below are my thoughts on it. These products came in a cute, colorful little box that has written on it, the properties of this brand, what this brand stands by – Crueltyfree, Handmade, SLS free, Paraben free, Natural & Phthalates free.

Fuschia skincare

Chemicals harm our skin in the long run and you would be surprised how much of it is present in literally every product that we use. Of late, I’ve been trying out chemical-free options and am pretty impressed that there are so many brands that have taken that route.

Cherry Care Hand & Nail cream – This light pink colored cream smells absolutely divine. It’s a mixed scent of cherry and bubblegum!. It’s ultra moisturizing & has a thick consistency. Working with a small amount of product at a time helps the cream to get absorbed faster into the skin. If you take a large amount, the more you try to rub it in, the more it just keeps spreading around without getting absorbed. This is because of it’s thick, pasty texture.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : Aqua, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Bee’s Wax, Almond Oil, Cherry Extract, Mint Extract,  Vitamin- E. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450 (Approx AED 25.66).

Green tea Clarifying Face & Body scrub – This one has such a refreshing & lovely scent, that if you just close your eyes for a sec, you feel like you are at a spa!. It’s a light green colored scrub that has small green tea particles in it, that’s lightly abrasive. I use it twice a week (like all scrub should be). It immediately reveals radiant, soft skin. It feels just great on the skin and pretty relaxing to feel the light scrubbing action.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : : Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil. Can it get any more natural and simple that that!. I have mostly used scrubs that have walnut shell grits in them. This scrub feels mild (but still highly effective) after having used those for a long time. It’s a pleasant and welcome change. I highly recommend you try this scrub. I LOVE it.

Also, any product that’s ‘clarifying’ is generally meant for those suffering from acne or those with oily skin. However, I feel this scrub would suit all skin types. It’s absolutely lovely and smells wonderful. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

Dazzle Face Mask – This Sandal & Saffron face mask is designed to make your skin dazzle, just like it’s name suggests. It’s the lightest shade of yellow and smells strongly of sandalwood and rose water. On drying, it becomes almost like a white mask on the face.

Fuschia skincare

It says on their site that you can use it for 15 – 20 minutes. However, for me, I can’t apply it for more than 7 minutes because by then it dries, since it contains different types of clay in it. My skin generally isn’t a fan of clay masks as they tend to leave my skin feeling dry. In this case too, after 7 mins (max), I lightly wet the mask, massage it, wash it away with plenty of water and immediately follow it with a hydrating moisturizer.

It’s ingredients are : Rose Water, Kaolin Light, China Clay, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Bentonite Powder, Oatmeal Powder, Sandalwood Powder, Saffron Extract, Vitamin E. I recommend this scrub for those with combination/oily skin. Those with very dry skin should avoid it. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

Overall, am a huge fan of this brand and highly recommend it ♡

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

A Drop of Beauty from The Organic Pharmacy!

** Say hello to radiant, energized skin with Beauty Drops by The Organic Pharmacy **

Step into a world of wonder and revitalisation with the latest innovation from the organic beauty experts at The Organic Pharmacy. Radiate inner and outer beauty with the new Beauty Drops (AED 290), taken internally with a glass of water or added to your favourite Organic Pharmacy cream, serum or mask. The Beauty Drops offer an instant boost for radiant and energised skin.

Beauty drops

The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops contain Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Bilberry. Ginseng is a stimulant, diuretic and energy booster known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gotu Kola offers regeneration for the brain, body and nervous system. It also increases blood supply to cells whilst aiding oxygenation.  Bilberry stabilises cell membranes and strengthens capillaries, reducing redness and rejuvenating the skin.

The dual-usage drops can be used by adding it to your favourite skincare formula or by adding to a drink. When used with skincare, the ingredient combination boosts antioxidant protection of skin and when sipped, improves the energy of cells and skin hydration.

To use:

♡ Add 5 drops if taking internally with a glass of water
♡ If using externally, simply add 2-3 drops to your regular cream, serum or mask

The Organic Pharmacy is available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre or online at www.beautifulbrands.aewww.basharacare.com and www.thebeautyfloor.com.

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Review : Deewal Beauty & Youth Face Pack!

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Today’s review is about an anti-aging face pack by Ayurvedic Indian brand, Deewal. It’s called Beauty & Youth pack.

Deewal beauty face pack

First of all, it comes in a simple box with a lovely, attractive woman’s face on it. The powder face pack is sealed inside a little pouch. The first thing that registers on opening this pouch is the scent of roses and sandalwood. It’s a fantastic scent ♡.

Face pack

The powder has the color of chandan (sandalwood). It can be used by mixing it with water, milk or rose water, to make a smooth paste. It says on the packaging that it can be applied for 10 – 15 minutes.

However, if you have normal / dry skin, I highly recommend that you use it for not more than 7 – 8 minutes. By that time itself, the face pack dries, due to the presence of Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) in it.

Once it’s dried, I usually wet the face first and then just massage in the face pack and then rinse it off with plenty of water. The result is really radiant, visibly glowing & youthful skin.

Regular use of this face pack increases the overall health of the facial skin, thanks to it’s wonderful ingredients and helps fight the signs of ageing. I love this face pack and highly recommend you try it out.

The ingredients are Wheat Germ oil, Lemon oil, Almond oil, Rose petals, Sandalwood, Neem, Orange and Fuller’s Earth.

Price : Rs 120 (Approx AED 6.86) for 100 gms.

To know more about this product / buy it, click here.

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

Review : Nerium Age-Defying Day & Night creams!

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

Nerium day and night creams

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

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

Nerium night cream

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

Nerium day cream

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

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

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

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

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

Nerium products

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

Bonus: Nerium Age Defying Eye Serum review

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

Nerium eye serum

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

Nerium before and after

Nerium before and after

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

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

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

To buy, click here.

Did you enjoy this review?. Leave a comment below 🙂

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

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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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!

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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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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.

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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)

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

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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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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.