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Review : Rich Hand & Cuticle Duo from The Face Shop!

Hey guys!

Of late, I have been using the Rich Hand & Cuticle Duo cream from The Face Shop. It is a moisturizer that intensely moisturizes and delivers softness to dry and rough hands.

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It is a thick cream that is easily absorbed into the skin, without leaving it looking greasy. Instead, it leaves your hands looking youthful, hydrated and not to mention, absolutely soft. It’s scent is very pleasant and soft. This cream is enhanced with Vitamin E. Some of the ingredients in this cream are Sunflower seed oil, Shea butter, Beeswax, Macadamia seed oil and more.

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The packaging of this product is very clever. You might be thinking that it’s just a regular tube containing a cream that serves both as a hand & cuticle cream. Wrong!. The cuticle balm is stored in the lid!!. That’s right!. When you flip open the lid you can see the cuticle balm while to get the hand cream, you need to unscrew the lid. I think it’s absolutely clever.

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The cuticle balm looks like Vaseline but has a less thicker consistency. It’s perfect to work it over your cuticles and what you get is healthier and shinier looking nails. Even though the lid is small and apparently contains a small amount of balm, I think it will last a good while.

I love this duo cream & balm. I highly recommend you check it out. I bought this last December during The Face Shop’s year end sale.

Price : AED 31 (on sale) for a tube containing 50 ml of cream & 1.6gms of balm.

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Naz ♥

Review: Jewel Therapy Volume & Wave Hair Treatment lotion by The Face Shop!

Hey guys!

The Jewel Therapy Volume & Wave Hair treatment by The Face Shop is a relatively new product of their’s, if I am not wrong. To say the truth, I don’t look after my hair as much as I do my skin. So, my mom got this for me purposely, so that I look after my hair more in 2015!

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First of all, I love the tube that it comes in. It’s a beautiful shade. It’s very handy and easy to dispense the cream. The product is more of cream than a lotion. It’s white in color. It gives a mild shine to the hair and makes it feel so healthy. I love applying it at night before heading to bed. It is specifically made for wavy hair. It has a mild and pleasant scent.

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It says ‘Jewel Therapy’ on the tube because this product contains five different gem-stones for silky soft hair with a beautiful shine. Do check out this product :). There is one problem though. The tube wouldn’t last long. For my long hair, I take atleast three pumps each time.

Price : AED 40 (on sale) for a tube containing 150ml.

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Naz ♥

Review : Green Tea Facial Foam from The Face Shop!

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I love foam cleansers a lot. I think they are absolutely great for normal skin type. So, I was pretty excited to try out the Green tea facial foam from The Face Shop. There are certain ingredients I see featured on a product packaging that instantly attract me to them. In this case, they were two : Green Tea and Phyto powder. FYI : ‘Phyto’ means relating to plants. This product practically screams ‘natural’ and it’s from one of my favorite stores The Face Shop.

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It came in a tube form. It’s easy to hold and handle. The leaf print on the tube further appealed to me. It says on the tube that this rich and mild foam will cleanse impurities and makeup residue, thus providing skin a refreshing and sparkling finish.

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The product is of a thick and pasty consistency, with an iridescent shine to it. I had my hopes up for this product, considering how natural I felt it to be. However, I was so wrong. It does do a great cleaning job but it leaves my skin feeling so dry that I need to moisturize immediately after using it. Just the amount I have shown in the above pic is enough for one use. When you spread it on your face it’s almost like a pasty mask. Then when you splash your face with water, it’s foams and lathers. It leaves your skin squeaky clean however any product that does that, immediately dries out my skin. It might work for oily skin though. It doesn’t say on the tube for what skin types this cleanser is made for. When it’s not mentioned, it almost always means it’s for all skin types.

I checked the ingredients list at the back of the tube and it is loaded with parabens and also Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I couldn’t really believe my eyes. Here I was thinking it’s natural and blah blah. There are indeed leaf extracts listed in the ingredients. But still, it didn’t perform as well as I thought it would have. I am highly disappointed with this product. I do not recommend you buy it.

Price : AED 41 (on sale) for the tube containing 170 ml.

If you have tried this cleanser and you have a different or even similar experience, I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below..

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Prize Received!

Hey guys!

Here are the winners of my recent Birthday Giveaway, who kindly shared their pix with me. All of them are so happy with their prizes and thanked me. But I got to thank the brand sponsors namely Herbline Essentials, Glambox, Montagne Jeunesse and Unilever for their generous cooperation ♥

Herbline Essentials Gift Hamper winner Safa

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Safa received a Pore Cleanser, the Skin Protection and Healing cream, which is one of Herbline Essential’s latest products and finally Henna & Liquorice shampoo & conditioner. The gift hamper is worth about AED300. She also has left a Thank you note for me in the pic. So lovely of her. I hope she enjoys these top quality products by Herbline Essentials.

Vaseline & Clear Gift hamper winners Insiya and Fatema

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Insiya sent a pretty picture of herself holding 4 out of the 6 items that she won 🙂

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Fatema shared a picture of all the products in her hamper, on her Facebook page. Sweet of her to do so!

These body lotions have arrived at their places pretty much at the best time possible since winter is the time you need to moisturize your skin the most. Hope they both enjoy their prizes =)

Montagne Jeunesse winner Sarah

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This picture really put a smile on my face :). How cute and creative it is!!. Sarah is one of my favorite bloggers and am glad that she was one of the random winners in this giveaway. She received a gift hamper containing 7 masks!

Glambox winner Sarita

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When Glambox agreed to sponsor a box, they hadn’t promised any particular month’s box. So, I myself was delighted for the winner, when she received the much raved about November FaceShop Glambox where Glambox teamed up with The Face Shop to create Glambox’s first ‘All natural Green box’ and offered subscribers some really amazing products!. Perfect for winter :). Sarita left me a thank you note too!

Once again, thanks to all winners for sharing their prize shots and the brands for sponsoring my birthday giveaway, enabling me to give out gifts for my own birthday ♥

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How to: DIY ACV face toner!

Hello guys!

It seems like I haven’t done a DIY in a while. So here is one, for a toner which I have been using for 7-8 months!

Before I go ahead with the DIY itself, let me first discuss what a toner does. A surprising number of people don’t know what a toner is or what it does. So info first!

A toner is an astringent liquid used on skin to clean away dirt and oil, tighten the pores and achieve fresh looking skin. It is usually applied after a cleanser. Cleanser opens the pores and cleans the dirt. When you follow that step with a toner, which cleans the skin further and closes the pores, you are good to go. You can then follow it with a moisturizer. Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize (CTM) is the motto you gotta hold in your heart and practice every day, for better and beautiful skin!

Usually the toners available in the market contains alcohol which can be really drying on the skin. So a DIY toner is perfect, according to me 🙂

Now onto the DIY and will discuss more info later:

You will need:

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1) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Our skin is acidic. All the times that we wash our face, put products on it, go outside etc, the acidic mantle is disturbed and our skin becomes alkaline. When it’s acidic (normally) our skin can battle against those nasty bacteria in the atmosphere, protect it from infections and shed dead skin cells, thus revealing a new layer of skin. However, when it leans towards the alkaline side, skin becomes dull and prone to infection thus leading to breaking out (Who doesn’t hate acne yeah?). ACV is acidic, anti bacterial, antiseptic and full of antioxidants. Using ACV to make this toner, helps not only in sloughing off the dead skin cells on our skin but also in restoring the ph levels of our skin.

I use the brand American Garden. I believe it’s AED7 for a 946ml bottle.

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2) Water (Drinking water/distilled water. Not tap water!) – It helps dilute ACV, because it cannot be applied on it’s own.

3) Measuring cup

4) A spray bottle – I use this small spray bottle from The Face Shop. It’s AED12. I have seen such handy bottles also at Daiso (for AED7) and Sephora (AED30 for such a bottle plus other small handy containers, in a pack). The one I am using for this tutorial, can contain 40ml.

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Method

1) It is very important to dilute ACV before applying it to the skin. The first time I used this toner, I made it in a 1:2 ratio (one part of ACV and 2 parts of water). But now that my skin is used to it, I am going to move to a 1:1 ratio. If you have sensitive skin, try a 1:4 ratio and also do a patch test probably on the crook of your elbow. If you have normal skin, you can start with a 1:2 ratio and then move to a 1:1 ratio.

I filled 20ml of water into the bottle:

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2) Fill the rest of the 20ml with ACV.

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3) Here is the final mix!. This mixture has a really pungent smell but it goes away within minutes and anyways you will get used to the smell, as a toner is something that is to be used daily. This teeny amount can last you upto 7-8 months.

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How to apply

1) Take a cotton pad. Spray it (like 5 times) until the cotton pad gets enough product to get soaked.

2) Apply to your face and skin in upward sweeping motion. Avoid the eye area.

3) Don’t wash away your toner. Let it dry for a few seconds and follow with a moisturizer.

Please note that though I have told you guys that I use the normal ACV from the brand American Garden, I suggest you use, an ACV with the ‘mother’. This might sound real funny!. But by saying “with the mother” it means that, that ACV is in the purest organic form and contains good bacteria. Here is an example of one that I found in store:

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I certainly would have bought this in the first place but I couldn’t find it when I was looking for it and now I have a 946ml bottle to finish first. So I didn’t buy this when I found it later on. Once my current bottle is over, I will purchase this one, for sure. This one is more costly than the other. 473 ml costs AED11.95.

HUGE NOTE: This ACV toner is perfect for anyone with normal – combination – acne prone skin. Also, ACV is different from your normal vinegar. So don’t get confused.

If you try it, let me know.

Love always,

Naz 🙂