$200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway!

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014, hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or a PayPal cash prize (winner’s choice)

Contest Ends: September 30, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored, hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Good luck to all of my lovely followers :). Winner will be contacted directly by Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews. So follow the maximum number of entries and get more chances to win this awesome giveaway!

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August 2014 Link Loves!

Hey!

Yet another month has passed by!. I really hope you had an amazing month. I fulfilled one of my wishes this month and that was to visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world :). Then I spent some quality time with my parents when they came to visit me recently. We went shopping to Mega Mall in Sharjah.

Another really exciting thing is that my hair is now completely back to how it was look-wise before I rebonded my hair, five years ago!. The first time I rebonded my hair was in 2009 (Want a detailed post?. Click here). I rebonded a second time in 2010.

As years went by, the new hair seemed wavier than before and the bottom half of my hair was still straight. It’s not a really neat look. I have always sported long hair and I didn’t want to cut a big chunk off in one go. I kept letting my hair grow then trimming it and repeating this process. I would have an inch cut off every 2 or 3 months, thus getting rid of the straight [damaged] hair but at the same time, keeping my hair length the same throughout. This month, the last of the straight hair was trimmed off!. I am not saying my wavy hair is damage free now. Of course not. Hair strength and damage wise, I don’t think I can ever go back to my virgin hair but hey a girl gotta keep trying right?. So, I will keep looking after it by oiling regularly, applying deep condition masks and all that.

Alright, on to my August favorites:

1) Camila of Titi Crafty has created these gorgeous DIY Modge Podge Wooden Jewelry boxes and done a complete tutorial on it. They are so perfect and pretty. I love the pattern combinations on each box. Check them out!

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2) Sarah of Blend N Smack has done a post on how you can turn an eye shadow into a lipstick. She created some really different colors with it. Do check it out!

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3) Daania of Serendipity Happens is in Sri Lanka at the moment on vacation. She visited this picturesque place called Sembuwatha lake. I am in love with the photos!. I hope I go there one day <3. Check out more pictures from the post.

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4) Chrys of Oh Chrys! did a post highlighting the cons of being an inactive blogger. With the help of memes that she created, she drives home the message clearly!. If you are not into blogging frequently, you got to read this!

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Glorious mentions

1) Daania of Serendipity Happens has done the lip product addict tag after I tagged her :). She has mentioned my lip product addict tag in that post too.

dsc_03002) Michael Todds True Organics has permanently linked my Eye-o-sonic review on their website, specifically on the Eye-o-sonic product page!. I am so proud to see my name there. Click the link above or checkout this screenshot below:

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3) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews has mentioned my When Violet was Blue book review in her Book Blitz wrap up post. Thanks Renee!

violet4) Eyova recently sent out an email newsletter to a closed group mentioning my Eyova egg oil review. Since it was sent to a group of people and not published online, here is a screenshot for you guys!

Eyovaemail5) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews has also mentioned my Dream Warriors book review in her Book Blitz wrap up post. Yay for the mention!

DreamWarriors-Cover563x9006) Irene of Drab 2 Fabz has started a mission!. She mentioned my blog in that post since I am also taking part in it along with my other blogger friend, Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog. Check out the post to find out what that mission is :D

That’s it for this month. I hope you have a sensational September ahead of you ♥

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Naz ♥

Review : Figs & Rouge hand cream!

Hey guys,

Our hands reveal our age pretty fast. If you do everything for your face yet nothing for your hands, you are doing a mistake!. Hand creams nourish and hydrate your hands and fight to keep it looking young and tended to.

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Figs & Rouge recently came out with a multi-tasking hand cream that I am loving at the moment. This is the first ever product that I am trying from this famous UK based brand. They are known for their gorgeous product packaging. This hand cream is no different. First thing you will notice about it, is the kaleidoscopic tube it comes in!. It has a floral design on it too, since it belongs to the Cherry Blossom range.

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It is a thick and non greasy, white colored cream. It instantly hydrates your hand, cuticles and nails, to give it a healthy and moisturized glow. A little goes a long way. I have been using it in the nights for over a month and a half now, but have used up only 1/4th of the product.

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It’s smell is very refreshing and fruity, yet reminds me of bubblegum :P. The scent lingers on for a while and it’s an absolute delight going to bed with this on. It’s a deliciously rich cream and feels luxurious on your skin. It also contains antioxidants and rich cocoa butter.

If you are on the lookout for a good hand cream that will last for quite a while, does it’s job and doesn’t break your bank, go for this one.

Price: AED 45 for a tube containing 80ml.

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Naz ♥

Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Rexona, Now With New Motion Sense™ Antiperspirant Technology!

Rexona, the world’s number 1 deodorant brand, has revamped its entire range for men and women in the Gulf with the new Motion Sense™ antiperspirant technology along with the brand’s new look-packaging.

MOTION ACTIVATED FRESHNESS

New Improved Rexona with Motion sense™, is the only antiperspirant that has microcapsules that release extra bursts of protection when you move better than the best protection ever from Rexona. The more you do, the more it works

HIGH-PERFORMANCE DESIGN

The new breakthrough formulation is combined with a packaging upgrade for both men and women packs.

Rexona_MotionSense_WomenThe Rexona Men spray packaging has been redesigned by Pininfarina – the Italian car design agency behind Ferrari. The new motorsports-inspired spray packs feature car tyre tread grips, a locking mechanism and high-performance rotational spray mechanics in matte brushed-aluminum cans.

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Rexona_MotionSense_XtracoolThe revamped Rexona range can be found in all major supermarkets across the UAE starting from AED 13.

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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.

[Literally] At The Top!

Hey there!

I recently went to At The Top, the tallest observation deck in the world!. It’s situated on the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, Dubai!

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It was an absolutely stunning, once-in-a-lifetime experience!. So, let’s see some pix!

BurjKhalifaentrytktThis is my Fast Track (Let’s call it FT) ticket. FT tickets are priced at AED300 and gives you priority at the reception area and near the lifts. Regular adult entry tickets are priced at AED125. There are a lot of people visiting this place and thus FT tickets do save you a lot of time. It is definitely pricey however I am so delighted to tell you that I bought two tickets for AED115 each on Cobone, one of my all time fav couponing/deals sites!. It’s even lesser than the regular ticket!

The entry to At The Top is surprisingly situated in level LG of The Dubai Mall. First of all let me tell you that the staff there are just so amiable!. Once you enter, this is what you see: a lovely miniature form of the building itself.

BlogPix 100That long line of people you see consists of those who took the regular tickets. On the extreme right, you see a lady standing there, that’s the FT lane. That lane cuts to the right. You can’t see the people standing in front of her in this pic. There must be probably 4 or 5 people in front of her. That’s how short that lane is.

This queue leads to area that looks like it’s straight out of an airport. You have to drop your bags there and it’s scanned. You need to then walk through a metal detector. From there, you walk forward and pose for a photographer, against a green background. They later edit that and gives an amazing background to it. You can buy it if you wish to later on, once you are back from the observation deck, in different sizes with the price ranging from AED100 – AED350!.

Once the photo session is over, you step onto a 65-metre-long travelator. I loved this part!. On your right side, a multi – media presentation plays showing the history of Dubai. It’s really beautiful. 

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BlogPix 037chosenThen you see a souvenir from the Mission Impossible shoot, framed and displayed!.

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BlogPix 043You straight away head to the high speed elevator to the observation deck. It’s an amazing lift. From ground to 124th level in 60 seconds!. You don’t feel any movement at all except for that pressure you feel in your ears. A music plays that builds a suspense and culminates with a bang when you reach level 124.

Then you head on over to the deck and you can see floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide a breath-taking, unobstructed 360-degree view of the city.

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Burj Khalifa has 163 floors. Once you are on the 124th floor, you can look up and see the rest of the towering structure!

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There are special telescopes fixed throughout the place that was just so futuristic!. Absolutely loved how creative it is. You can focus on an area ahead of you and look at the display and view the same area as how it looks like in Daytime, Nighttime, Live (which is basically what you are looking at at that time) and Historic view, which shows that area from the past (There is barren land in most of the views and very few low rise buildings!). It was phenomenal!.

I spent about an hour there. That’s basically how much time you need to see it. There are souvenir shops on the 124th floor and also at the exit area once you reach back down to the LG level of Dubai Mall. Overall, what an amazing experience!.

Have you ever been to At The Top or would you like to go there one day?. Leave me a comment below :)

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Human+Kind brings you its 4-in-1 Skin Lightening Cream!

Are you feeling self conscious due to skin pigmentation? Is your face feeling dry and uneven? Does it worry you that so many skincare products contain harsh chemicals? Do you seek a solution that is kind and filled with natural ingredients? If so, your skin simply needs a helping hand from Human+Kind, the Irish ‘skincare with a conscience’ brand.

Human+Kind’s revolutionary new product, the Skin Lightening Cream (AED 120) will assist to lighten, brighten and even out the tone of your skin whilst working on areas of hyper-pigmentation. What’s more, it has an instant effect!

As with the entire Human+Kind range, the Skin Lightening Cream contains no parabens and no chemicals. It is multi-functional and effective, formulated with high quality and a high percentage of active ingredients to provide you with more than just a beauty fix.

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The Skin Lightening Cream is packed with natural kindness. One main ingredient is Aloe Vera, which will penetrate your skin by supplying moisture directly to the tissues. Renowned for its soothing and calming effects, Aloe Vera also improves your skin tone and colour by increasing the blood flow to the applied areas. It also contains Avocado Oil that is rich and deeply penetrating, reducing age spots and dry skin. Blended with Crambe Abysinnica Seed Oil which is rich in Omega 9, and Sunflower Oil that is high in Vitamins A, C and E, an addition of Shea Butter adds even more moisture to this cream. Extracts of Lady’s Mantle, Mallow, Peppermint Leaf and Yarrow also give goodness to your skin with Jojoba Oil minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

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Used as an effective moisturiser, up to twice daily, this cream will also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. It will prevent skin dryness and ensure an even luminous quality and a radiant smoothness. A unique extract of no less than seven Swiss Alpine plants has been proven to give excellent results for all skin types and tones.

Human+Kind products are on sale in the UAE at the following outlets: Boots, Marina Pharmacy, United Pharmacy, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative and Down To Earth, as well as online through Glambox.me & Zanedo.com.

Product & price information:

All-in-one Skin Brightener 50ml, AED 120

To learn more about the story of the Human+Kind brand, log on to http://www.humanandkind.com.

About Human+Kind

Human+Kind is an Irish skincare brand that challenges today’s skincare industry by advocating a pared down approach to beauty and by offering all-natural, simple and multi-functional products of superior formulations, benefiting skin types of all ages. Please visit www.humanandkind.com for more information.

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Review: August 2014 Glambox!

Hello!

This month’s Glambox is designed in such a way that it serves as a Beauty First Aid box!. It contains a deodorant, a cleansing gel, a strip of nail wraps, two sunscreens of the highest SPF and a box of oil control film. It’s got basically everything to keep you looking fab this month!

Products

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1) Derma Eco Cleansing gel : This transparent gel gently removes makeup and other impurities, leaving the skin clean, balanced and soft. It contains no perfume, parabens or dyes. What I loved about this is that it is based on pure, natural and organic ingredients like glycerine and aloe vera. It doesn’t lather much but does a really good job of cleaning your makeup. The sample included contains 15ml.

2) Fa Floral Protect Poppy and Bluebell deodorant : This one is Fa’s latest launched product. It has a very soft, fresh, floral and pleasant scent. I quite like it. What I love the most about it is that it is completely alcohol free!. The sample contains 50ml.

3 & 4) Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF 100 cream and fluid : Sunscreen is a must for summer!. I personally have skin that’s very sensitive to sunlight. I always use something above SPF 50. These both have SPF100, which is perfect. These both absorb very fast onto the skin, leaving it looking hydrated. I personally liked the fluid more. These samples are 5 ml each.

5) Sterikare Oil Control Film : This is perfect for blotting your face when you feel it to be oily. It absorbs unwanted facial oil / shine without disturbing make-up. It’s safe for daily use. It comes in a little snap open box that you can carry in your purse. It’s a product made in Japan. This is a full size product, with 50 sheets. Though this is suitable for all skin types, my face doesn’t get a shine ever and thus I haven’t opened this product. It’s price is AED15 and it’s available at all Carrefour Hypermarkets across UAE.

6) NCLA House of Hollywood Nail wraps : These nail wraps are some funky looking tribal prints that’s perfect for a season of bright maxi dresses and statement jewelry. You don’t need a heat lamp, drying time or waiting time to use this. The pack contains 12 nail wraps and one nail file. I don’t use nail wraps (or any other nail products for that matter!). So, I haven’t used this.

Vouchers

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The August box contains two vouchers of a good value.

1) AED 200 voucher to enjoy either a Sports or Swedish Massage (1 hour full body) at Wellbeing Medical Center, valid till 15th November 2014.

2) AED 50 voucher to spend in-store at She Moves, located in City Walk Mall, Jumeirah, valid until 30th September 2014. The first 20 voucher redemptions get a free Marika Sports bra!

Though this box contains the basic items you need to keep looking fresh this month, I personally would have liked the sunscreen products to be of a bigger size. Subscribers can easily be disappointed by this box. However, if they make use of the vouchers well, this would be a good box worth the money they spend.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.