New winner of Signed book!

Hello!

I got this terrible case of deja vu. Didn’t this happen for my New year giveaway??. Anyways, winner Anne didn’t get back to me. I already gave her more than 3 days to contact me.

New winner is :

newwinnerChelsea Nicole Hunter from USA. Congratulations and I hope you will contact me in 3 days. If you fail to, another winner will be chosen.

Once the winner contacts me, this post will be taken down and the original winner’s announcement post will be updated.

Love,

Naz

One step to a flawless-looking complexion with Neutrogena!

There’s nothing else that can boost your confidence quite like glowing skin. Of course, to glow is one thing, to shine is clearly another. And shiny, greasy, oily skin is a problem most women struggle with in this region, especially with the arrival of the summer months.

The source of the problem is the sebaceous gland, found in the dermis, which produces sebum – a combination of fats and dead sebaceous gland cells. The sebum reaches to the skin surface through pores, and when it is in excess, it causes a lot of trouble, making the skin oily, blocking pores, and setting off acne breakouts.

If this sounds all too familiar, you’ll be glad to know there’s a new hard working ally in your corner: Neutrogena Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine, a double action product range that tackles pores and shine in one go, helping you achieve a flawless-looking complexion.

The new range consists of a daily wash and a daily scrub formulated to unclog and minimize pores’ size; and clinically proven to immediately remove 77% of excess sebum, providing a lasting matte finish without over-drying the skin. What’s more, the new range has a delectable and uplifting tangerine and lime scent, which will make your new cleansing routine a joy.

Keeping pores clear and tight is the key to a flawless-looking complexion. The Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine Daily Scrub, with its micro-beads and salicylic acid, allows you to exfoliate daily, gently but efficiently, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh and glowing.

The Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine Daily Wash with its effective double action formula unclogs pores, cleansing your skin thoroughly, whilst also significantly reduces shine. The result is a naturally fresh, matte finish and visibly refined-looking skin.

Product and Price information:

Neutrogena®Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine Daily Wash, AED 44.86

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily WashNeutrogena®Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine Daily Scrub, AED 44.86

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily ScrubNeutrogena® product range is available in pharmacies and supermarkets across the UAE.

About Neutrogena®

A worldwide leader in premium, dermatologist-recommended skin, hair and cosmetics products, Neutrogena® Corporation has been providing consumers with health and beauty improvements for over 40 years.  The Company manufactures and markets a line of premium-priced skin and hair care products that are distributed in more than 70 countries.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, Neutrogena® is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based health care products company.To learn more about Neutrogena’s product range, please visit http://www.neutrogena-me.com or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NeutrogenaME

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Review: April 2014 Glambox!

Hello guys!

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

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

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

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

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

Now comes the more exciting part – the products!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Naz :)

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

Second Blog Anniversary giveaway winners announcement!

Hello all!

My second blog anniversary celebration giveaways came to an end on 12th April. There were over 100 unique entrants in the giveaways!. Thanks to all who took part :)

Without further ado, here are the winners (please scroll to the bottom to know how to claim your prize):

Ponds skincare set winners from my blog

SAGBWinnersCongratulations Shilpa Jain, Abidha Basheer, Sally Gray and Renu Lalwani!!.

Ponds skincare set winner from my FB page

SAGFBWinnerCongratulations, Manica Jain!

Signed book by Marc Kuhn winner

SAGSBWinnerCongratulations Anne Marie Carter, from USA!

Note to winners

Please email me at nazninazeez@gmail.com to claim your prize. I will reply back with what details I need from you, so that the prize is sent to you. You have 3 days to contact me. Failure to do so will result in new winner(s) being chosen.

To all others, stay tuned. Giveaways don’t ever end!. Please congratulate the winners.
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The ABC’s of Skincare!

Hello all!

Please read on to find out more about the ABC’s of skincare, according to Dr. Nathalie Domloj, Dermatologist and Brand Expert for Fair & Lovely Arabia.

Fair&Lovely_DrNathalieDomloj_Dermatologist&BrandExpertThe ABC of skin care starts with the knowledge of your skin, its functions and knowing your skin type and texture.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, 2 to 3 mm thick. It has three layers:

The epidermis, dermis and hypodermis:

  • The epidermis is the outer-most layer that acts as a protective barrier against UV radiation, harsh weather, microorganisms as well as water loss.
  • The dermis is the middle layer, made up of fibroblasts that produce collagen and elastin giving the skin its form, shape and elasticity.
  • The hypodermis is the bottom or deepest layer of the skin which is made up of fat cells and fatty tissue that protects the body from mechanical trauma.

The first step in taking care of your skin is to actually know about your skin type which depends on its tone, moisture, and degree of sun exposure.

Melanin is the pigment that defines your skin tone. It is the body’s natural defense mechanism against the sun UV rays. Thus the higher the melanin, the darker the skin color. Based on color, we have 5 skin types ranging from Skin Type 1, which is very fair skin to Skin Type 5, which is a very dark skin tone.

People with Skin Type 1 always burn but rarely tan when exposed to sun whereas those with Skin Type 5 lie in the other extreme – when exposed to sun, they always tan but rarely burn. Skin types 2, 3 and 4 show varying degrees of burns and tans.

According to the texture, you can be classified as having a sensitive, environmentally-damaged, problematic (acne prone), or hyper pigmented skin that shows areas of dark patchy color. A lot of factors influence your skin texture, as well as skin tone, including genetic make-up, hormonal changes, and environmental factors like UV radiation, weather conditions or certain medications as well as diseases.

So, how should we take care of our skin?

There are basic steps that you can take care of keeping in mind your skin tone and type.

  • Cleanse – Cleansers remove makeup, dirt and oil from your skin, hydrating and revitalizing your skin. Depending on your skin type, there are 5 types of cleansers – gel for oily skin, lotion for normal skin, foam for men, creams for dry skin and soap-less cleanser for sensitive skin.
  • Tone – Toners remove all impurities from your skin and shrinks your pores thus preventing pimples. It refreshes and prepares the skin for moisturizing. People with people with acne prone skin need a toner the most.
  • Moisturize – Moisturizers hydrate your skin making your skin soft and supple, preventing wrinkles. They stimulate new cells giving you that healthy complexion. It is recommended to use rich creams for the night and light cream or lotions for the day. Regardless of your skin type, everyone needs to moisturize.
  • SPF - An ideal sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage. Choose a product according to your skin type with SPF such as Fair & Lovely Advanced Multi Vitamin Cream with SPF 15 and apply generously.

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I thank Dr. Nathalie for sharing these very useful, fundamental skincare tips, with all my readers.

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Naz :)

Review: Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel system!

Hello you guys!

In Jan, I was browsing through Amazon, which is one of my favorite sites ever for online shopping, when I came across an Olay product that I have never seen in the UAE market. It’s a microdermabrasion and peel system from the Regenerist range.

FYI: my skin type is normal, leaning towards dry at times

I love Olay. It’s an amazing brand. 90% of my skincare products are from this brand. I currently use Olay Total Effects range. I understand that the Regenerist range of products is best for 30+ aged people. However, this one product I saw really tempted me. I have never done microdermabrasion in my life, either with at-home products or professionally. I researched more about this product, read reviews and all that. Then I finally decided to buy it!. Here is more about this product, which came in a cardboard box:

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The Olay Regenerist M & P system is an advanced specialty treatment, which promises to do the following:

  • Resurface skin’s texture
  • Activate surface cell renewal
  • Balance skin tone
  • Regenerate skin’s appearance
  • Condition skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

What’s not to like about it!!. The box contains two products – The Microdermabrasion treatment and the Peel Activator serum.

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The microdermabrasion treatment with derma-crystals, comes in a tub. It has a thick yet liquid like consistency. But every bit of it is made up of very fine crystals. It’s yellow in color and has a very nice pleasant smell. The tub contains 64 gms. It has a peel off cover when you open the lid:

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On opening that, here is what you see..

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The peel activator serum contains lactic acid. This is a natural AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) found in sour milk. AHAs are excellent for anti aging and definitely gives the six benefits, which I mentioned above, that this system promises to do. That’s one of reasons I trusted this system/product would really work.

The serum is colorless and syrupy in consistency. It has a fruit like smell. Something like bananas. It’s definitely pleasant. If you are thinking “Oh it’s an acid, it might smell like a chemical”, well no. That’s wrong. It comes in a bottle, containing 59 ml.

Here is how it works / Directions to use (as listed on the labels):

Step 1 : Apply derma-crystals to clean,dry face (about the size of a quarter). Cover entire face like a mask (avoid the eye area). Gently massage for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Step 2 : Apply the activator serum onto fingertips adding a thick layer directly over the entire derma-crystal mask. Gently massage for upto 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, using a wash cloth for best results.

When applying the derma crystals, it feels mildly abrasive. The smell is really pleasant and soothing though. I sometimes take more than a quarter to work on my entire face and neck. I don’t press hard instead I gently spread it. Then, on adding the peel activator serum, it reacts with the derma crystals and dissolves it, along with a layer of your skin. There is a mildly warm sensation. Also, when these two products meet, a white foam is produced. It is a conditioner, released to your skin’s surface. If you wish to, you can add more serum to dissolve the crystals. It’s not harmful or anything. Though they suggest you wash your face with warm water, I did try with regular water at room temperature and the results are just the same. Immediately after using this, they suggest to apply a serum to keep your skin moisturized. I use Olay’s serum from the Total Effects range.

If by reading the last paragraph, you are skeptical or scared by the words like ‘warm’, ‘white foam’ or ‘dissolve’, let me assure you that it’s gentle!. The warm sensation, on a scale of 1 to 10, is at 1. Just a warm feeling that spreads on your skin. Dissolving a layer of your skin would mean that your skin instantly looks fresher, brighter and feels incredibly smooth because a dull layer of dead skin cells is what was dissolved off.

This product is gentle enough to be used twice a week. But you shouldn’t be overzealous and try your luck by using it more times. You might end up irritating your skin. Also this product shouldn’t be used on irritated, damaged or diseased skin (as written on the label). You should never use this along with other exfoliating products or with cleansing devices. Before, first using this on my face, I did a 1 day patch test on my hand. Though lactic acid is good, it’s natural and you can never predict how your skin will react.

My skin feels and looks incredibly soft and smooth after using this product. There is a brightness to my skin that is very much noticeable. When my family saw me after some time of being apart, they really noticed the difference.

If you are a fair person, I guarantee one thing!. Your skin will be red after using this product. My skin doesn’t turn red usually, because I have a dark skin tone. Yet, on the sides of my nose, I noticed slight redness, during the first three times I used this. But now, it doesn’t turn red anymore.

Though the tub contains only 64gm and the bottle contains only 59ml, this is an 8 week treatment. I highly doubted that it would last that long. However, surprise!. I have used this for 9 weeks now and check out how much more is left!

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The one thing I don’t like is that I cannot determine how much more product is left in the bottle. When I hold it in my hand, it does feel like there is a considerable amount left. So yay!. I don’t know how many more weeks I can use this but it’s totally worth it!

The shipping was fast. Amazon shipped it via Aramex and they delivered right to my door. It took 8 days to reach me once I ordered it, which is quite good.

Price of this product is $19.19 (AED 70.48). Looks like a great price right?. Well, that’s until you know how much the shipping charge was!. It was $15.91 (AED58.48) :(. It’s so sad that the shipment charge is almost as much as the product itself. But I really wanted to try it. So that’s why I bought it and seriously, I am in love with this product. I just wish it was available locally at a lower price because I will definitely buy this again and again!. I did search on Souq.com to see if it’s listed and it was but the price was AED198!. That is AED70 more than the total Amazon price!

FYI, I just now checked and noticed that the price of this product has increased to $20.99 (AED77.10) as of right now. If you wish to place an order, click here.

So all in all, it’s freaking amazing. I love it and I highly recommend it to all.

If you are in UAE and you are doubtful about ordering from Amazon, click here to read various steps to follow, to purchase from there.

Please leave your thoughts about my review in the comments section below and if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer!

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Naz :)

Kadalys launches anti-ageing banana-based cosmetic!

Kadalys launches anti-ageing banana-based cosmetic in BEAUTYWORLD DUBAI 2014

SHB SAS of France is a highly innovative company specialising in natural cosmetic products incorporating the unique anti-ageing benefits of Banana tree active ingredients into a proven formula. The company, based in Martinique and Paris, will showcase its KADALYS skincare brand as part of the French Pavilion organised by UBIFRANCE – the French Agency for International Business Development – from May 27th to 29th, 2014. Kadalys is seeking distributors in Middle East.

SHB SAS is a French-based company specialising in cosmetics that was created by Shirley Billot in 2011. SHB SAS runs operations in Martinique (in the French West Indies) and in Paris (in mainland France). The company specialises in researching and developing new active ingredients inspired by Creole medicine, the traditional medicine of the Caribbean region. SHB SAS has acquired particular expertise in the beauty benefits of active ingredients extracted from the banana tree.

SHB SAS launched Kadalys®, the first cosmetic brand to use anti-ageing Banana Tree benefit. Referred to as Kadali in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, the banana tree is, in the Hindu tradition, an embodiment of Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty. This giant tropical plant, known as the Tree of a Thousand Uses, holds a special place in the traditional medicine of tropical and sub-tropical countries. Thus, banana tree has long been known for its healing and soothing properties.

After two years of R&D, Kadalys has created two unique, oily active ingredients, which concentrate the extraordinary antioxidant and anti-ageing properties found in green and yellow bananas that grow in the Caribbean region. Kadalys explains that MUSACTIF® fights against signs of ageing by stimulating the skin’s natural mechanisms with clinically proven results: the cosmetic product elaborated by Kadalys boosts the production of collagen by 136% and increases the person’s epidermal thickness, points out company founder Shirley Billot. MUSACTIF® is 100% natural and has been certified organic by ECOCERT.

All Kadalys’s anti-ageing skincare have clinically proven results: Anti-ageing, Repair, Firmness, Perfection, Radiance, Revitalisation, Moisturization.

Since its launch in September 2012, Kadalys has enjoyed considerable coverage in the French media. The company won two awards in September 2013. Firstly, the quality of Kadalys’ products was recognised as part of the Victoire de la Beauté Awards, whichare the most prestigious French prize in the field of cosmetic products. Kadalys submitted three different products — Musaclean peel, Green Banana nutritive oil and Musalis serum — to the 70-strong jury in 2013. After rigorous tests, all three won the prestigious award, which is regarded as a guarantee of a product’s effectiveness across the industry. Kadalys’ cosmetic products were praised for their texture, perfume and efficacy.

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Secondly, Kadalys’ products won two prizes at COSMEETING Paris, which focuses on the most promising brands and stages a competition that is highly valued by industry players and specialists. The COSMEETING awards stem from the recognition that is afforded by a demanding jury going by the highest standards — a jury made up of international prescribers on the look-out for new talents and innovative concepts.

Each year, at COSMEETING, brands are singled out that meet stringent criteria in terms of innovation, originality and novelty. In 2013, Kadalys won two Beauty Challenger Awards: the Press Favourite Award and the Emerging Brand Award.

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