October 2014 Link Loves!

Hiya!

How was your month?. I spend most of it in India, on vacation. This time, I spent a lot of time at home rather than traveling, seeing relatives and shopping. So when compared to my vacations in the past, this one was pretty dull. But still, there was plenty of rain to sit and watch!. Loved that part.

For my birthday, I had a pretty lovely day. My husband wished me right in the morning, which came as a surprise since last time he had forgotten it :P. We cut a small cake and then had dinner from outside. It was really a very sweet day ♥

OK so it’s Halloween!. Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate it. Here is a funny pic I came across online :)

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On to my favorite posts this month :

1) Camila of TitiCrafty made this stunning red berries trifle, which is just soo heavenly and she has done a step by step recipe post, so that you can recreate it too!. I love the presentation and the yummy pix!

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2) Sarah of Blend N Smack has done a step by step, detailed post of how to apply / blend your eye shadow. For someone like me who sucks at applying eye shadow, it’s really a blessing!. Do check it out. I love how she has included lots of pix so that you can really understand.

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3) Jamie of Some of This and That has done a spider cookies recipe that is so appropriate for Halloween!. It’s pretty cool and presented very well too..

 

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4) Nur of Nur Al Ayn Beauty has done an awesome post on how to use chocolate in face masks and create four awesome masks!. I will definitely try some of them out :)

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That’s all for this month!. But before I wind up, here is an awesome gift code for you guys :)

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When using this code, you will get 20% off your entire order from Arganfarm.

Also, Arganfarm was sweet enough to send me a birthday gift!. The only brand to actually do that. I was quite delighted to receive an amazing glass bottle of 30ml of premium Argan oil, produced in Sep 2014.

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If you have missed my Arganfarm argan oil review, then click here to read it.

I hope you have a nice November ahead of you :)

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Naz ♥

Review : October 2014 Glambox!

Hey guys!

I am back from my vacation. What awaited me here was October’s Glambox which is one of my favorite boxes to date!. It contains some really great brands.

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1) Caudalie Divine oil : This is my favorite product this month!. This multi purpose oil can be used on your hair, face or body. It smells absolutely divine and lingers on the skin pleasantly for a long time. It is a luxurious blend of Grape oil, Hibiscus oil, Sesame oil and extra virgin Argan oil. It feels rich and indulgent when applied on the skin. It’s a dry oil and thus gets absorbed super fast into your skin. It makes the skin incredibly soft and leaves it glowing. It’s consistency is not too thick nor liquid. What a gem of a product ♥. This is a 15 ml deluxe sized product. I am so glad I received this. Some others would have received Caudalie’s Vinosource SOS Thirst quenching serum in their boxes, instead of this oil. The price of the full sized product (100 ml) of this oil is AED 164.

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2) MaXfactor 2000 Calorie Dramatic volume mascara : Yet another MaXfactor mascara!. Wow!. I quite love this one’s packaging and formula. The tube is perfect to be held when applying. It really does volumize your lashes. This mascara is the Best Mascara award winner in the Viva Beauty Awards 2014!. This full sized product is priced at AED39.

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3) Calvin Klein pouch with a 1.2ml sample of their latest perfume, Reveal : The pouch is a light pink and silver one, which is super cute. Reveal, has a woody floral smell. It’s nice though it’s not exactly the kind of scent I like to use usually. However, I can easily see it being other people’s favorite. A full size bottle (100 ml) of Reveal costs AED480.

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4) OPI nail polish, named First Date at the Golden Gate : This is a classic red nail polish. It’s gorgeous. However, since I don’t wear nail polishes, I will probably feature it in an upcoming giveaway. This full sized product costs AED 49.

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Vouchers

There are so many vouchers in this box. Here they are :

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1) 15% Discount card to Lens.ae

2) Complimentary luxury wash and blow dry from Marquee salon

3) AED 80 coupon to http://www.AlwaysHappyInTheSun.com, an online beachwear destination

4) 15% discount voucher on Right Bite Full Package

5) 40% discount voucher to http://www.nutridiet.ae

Overall, Glambox has outdone themselves this time. Amazing box!.

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Naz ♥

Note: I was provided this product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Priti NYC Nail Polish Now Available in the UAE!

The luxury, eco-friendly nail polish Priti NYC is now available to purchase in the United Arab Emirates online at https://eidealonline.com

Founded in 2005 by ex-model Kim D’Amato, Priti NYC was born from the desire to decrease the amount of chemicals and pollution poisoning the earth and give beauty lovers a green and deluxe alternative option to their daily beauty regime. Since its founding the growth of the brand has been exponential, now being sold in more than 25 countries worldwide.

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With an A-List fan base spanning Hollywood actresses such as Natalie Portman, super star singers including Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and the fashion industries most recognized designers including Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karen, Priti NYC is notorious among beauty insiders as the pioneer in natural, organic and ecological beauty.

Completely nontoxic, Priti NYC polishes are a 5-Free brand, meaning they are free of the five most toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in regular nail polish, as well as being fast drying, chip resident, extremely durable and glossy they also contain a UV inhibitor.  Expecting mums will be delighted to hear they are completely safe for use during pregnancy and on their children, with the Priti Princess collection dedicated entirely to little fashionistas.  To complement the eco-friendly values of Priti NYC nail polish, the brand has also expanded to include products such as soy nail polish remover, a biodegradable, 100% non-toxic remover that is the cleanest and greenest in the industry.

“At Priti NYC, we believe that women everywhere can help keep their bodies healthy and their planet pretty- and look good while doing so. We in believe in beautifying without harming the world or ourselves”

Available in over 100 different shades including metallics, mattes, bright neons, rich darks and classic nudes, Priti NYC is the only polish to be using in your beauty regime for a stunning, natural and green manicure, every time.

About EIDEAL

EIDEAL™ is the leading provider of premium hair products and tools across the MENA region. The brand combines innovative technology with contemporary design to produce a range that has fast become a sensation in both retail and in salons.

The EIDEAL range was born through a necessity for high-quality tools that produce professional results. The founder, a former hairdresser, was driven to create a range of products that would set the standard for those in the industry. Since its inception, EIDEAL has been growing at a substantial pace, thanks to its founder’s constant search for idealism and a distinctive ability to provide the professionals with the best quality tools for their salons.

Currently, EIDEAL offers a vast selection of Hair Dryers, Straightening Irons, Curling Irons, Hair Clippers, Hair Brushes, Scissors and many other hair related accessories. These products are made from the highest quality materials, obtained from a range of natural sources including our Ceramic Brush, infused with tourmaline gems, and our DiamonSilk Flat Iron, the first flat iron to have diamond coated plating.

EIDEAL’s technological innovations and remarkable sales figures are reflected in the company’s widespread presence in major international exhibitions. Since 2008 EIDEAL has been one of the largest corporate manifestations at Dubai’s prestigious Gulf Beautyworld ME and at In-Shape health, beauty and fitness fair, in Lebanon.

This, however, is far from the limit of our potential. At EIDEAL the R&D team is working day and night to develop more innovative tools. Combining creativity with practicality, to improve the performance of hair professionals and satisfy the needs of every woman aspiring for beauty.

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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 : Shea Beautifying oil from The Body Shop!

Hey you guys!

Here is a detailed review I had promised back in December 2013, when I had done a haul and showed the Shea beautifying oil from TBS. I chose to buy this product because I love anything with Shea butter in it. Also, I saw it was a multifunctional oil, that can be used on the face, hair and body.

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I first tried it on my body and liked that it’s quite a light oil that gets absorbed fast and leaves the skin looking hydrated. I even included it in a DIY body scrub. I then tried it on my hair and surely it gave a nice shine to it. However, long term usage didn’t bring any particularly significant change. I never tried it on my face since I didn’t feel it to be very natural.

It says on the bottle that this is a dry oil with Shea butter and three precious oils such as Kukui, Marula oil and Sweet almond oil. It comes in a plastic bottle, with a flip open lid. It has a very soft and pleasant smell. However, it lingers on for a short time only. I currently use it occasionally on my body but not on my hair. I am now wondering whether it was worth paying AED 65 for a very light oil that hydrates my skin, when I can get much better products for a much lower price!.

The bottle contains only 100 ml, which will surely last for quite a while but still costs AED65. So, overall, I don’t think it’s worth it. I don’t recommend you buy this product.

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ar457 Body care collection – to complete your lavish beauty ritual!

French luxury skin care brand ar457 introduces a new collection to complete your lavish beauty ritual.  The ar457 body care collection features four indulgent Argan oil-based products for a lush pampering experience, a perfect complement to the brand’s face care range.

Aligned with the brand’s focus of using the purest Argan oil as its key ingredient, the ar457 body care collection promises any skin type the boost that it needs to make it look and feel extra nourished, more radiant, and amazingly firm.

Silky Body Oil [hcor] 

Silky Body Oil [hcor] is a refreshing and nourishing body oil that moisturises, protects, revitalises and tones the skin while the anti-ageing Argan complex restores balance and structure. The oil, with a subtle and satin-like texture, is fantastic for enhancing the tone, elasticity, and firmness of your skin, thus helping you achieve a naturally youthful look.  The ar457 Silky Body Oil contains a blend of the purest traditional Argan oil and a modern formulation of fresh fragrances.  It also has a ‘dry oil’ specific formula that enables you to get dressed immediately after application.  The Silky Body Oil is also ideal for reviving tired skin, especially after sun exposure and after any hair removal procedures, including waxing and laser hair removal.  Price: AED 325

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Cellulite & Slimming Control Care [ctrl] 

Kiss your cellulite worries goodbye with the ar457 Cellulite & Slimming Care [ctrl].  With a trio-combination of natural active ingredients, Cellulite & Slimming Control Care promises to redefine your body contour leaving it firmer and more supple with less cellulite.  A 26-day clinical treatment test reveals that the product effectively treats with a 19% average reduction in cellulite when applied twice a day.  Fat reduction of up to 4.5 cm on hips, 2.5 cm on thighs, and 5 cm on the stomach were also observed after a 56-day treatment programme with the same twice a day application.  Price: AED 425

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Redefining & Firming Care [backup] 

Getting rid of stubborn stretch marks becomes easier with the ar457 Redefining & Firming Care [backup].  Boasting a spectacular fusion of super active natural ingredients and revolutionary compounds, this product provides skin with an in-depth regeneration that prevents and repairs stretch marks and has shown a 72% decrease in stretch marks depth, making the skin visibly smoother, softer and toned.  Price: AED 425

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Intense Argan Oil [pur]

Infused with 98.5% pure premium Argan oil, the ar457 Intense Argan Oil [pur] is the purest Argan oil that nourishes, firms, purifies, protects and revitalizes your skin.  Suitable for all skin types and with a blissful, delicate scent, it is rich in anti-aging properties that makes your skin firmer and smoother.  Price: AED 325

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The ar457 body care collection is available at Beauty Solutions Trading, and can be ordered through telephone number +971 4 3746950.  The products can also be purchased online at www.basharacare.com.

About Beauty Solutions:

Beauty Solutions Trading and Consulting is the leading marketer and distributor of globally-recognised lifestyle and beauty brands to the Middle East. Actively researching international markets for the most innovative and pioneering products, Beauty Solutions is focused on bringing the most sought after and world-renowned brands that deliver on their promises to the region’s discerning consumers. Beauty Solutions, with its team of international experts, also provide consultancy services to brands wishing to enter the GCC Market and to business people in the region wishing to successfully launch luxury lifestyle and beauty brands locally.

www.facebook.com/BeautySolutionsTradingAndConsulting

info@beautysolutions-me.com

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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.

Birthday Giveaways (UAE and International)!

Helloo :)

Yay!. It’s my birthday!!. I am super happy today because I get to offer you giveaways for my birthday ♥. I hope you enter all those giveaways that you are eligible for. Try your luck!

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General rules/conditions

  • Must be a follower of mine
  • Must be over the age of 17
  • Must be willing to share a picture of yourselves with the prize (except for the ebook prize) once you receive it, so that I can share it here on my blog
  • Must be willing to share your physical address and mobile number with me since those are required for delivery of physical prizes
  • Giveaway ends on November 12th midnight
  • Giveaway winners will be announced on my blog and Facebook page on November 14th.
  • Winners will also be emailed and given a set amount of time to reply back to me to claim the prize

For each of the giveaways below, there are plenty of ways to earn entries. There is only one mandatory entry in each of the giveaways and that is to be a follower of mine. Rest are all optional entries, however doing them all means you have more winning chances!. Entering by Rafflecopter is easy. Click on the terms and conditions on each form to know more, if you have any doubts. Also, certain entries on each forms are repeated, like asking you to repin a pin, commenting on this post and posting about this giveaway on your blog. You may provide the same link on every form for that.

There are a total of five giveaways and six winners!. Only the first giveaway mentioned below is open to international entrants. Rest all are UAE only!.

Ebook Giveaway (1 winner – open to UAE and International participants)

I have mentioned Theresa Dalayne plenty of times on my blog. She is one of my favorite authors. She just released her latest book, an adult contemporary romance novel titled The Edge of You, on September 25th, 2014.

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I am so happy to announce that she has agreed to giveaway on ebook copy of Edge of You to one winner!. Enter here -

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Once the winner responds to my winning email notification, I will email back the ebook prize to them.

Herbline Essentials Giveaway (1 winner – Open only to UAE entrants)

One of my all time favorite brands, Herbline Essentials has kindly sponsored a gift hamper worth AED 300 to one winner!. Enter here -

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The prize will be shipped by Herbline Essentials to the winner, once I pass on your delivery details to them.

Vaseline and Clear Giveaway (2 winners – Open only to UAE entrants)

Unilever has kindly offered to sponsor a gift hamper each to two winners!. Each hamper contains four Vaseline body lotions, one Clear Intense Hydration shampoo and one Clear Intense Hydration conditioner.

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This is such a wonderful chance for two winners to own these classic favorites!. Enter here -

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The prizes will be shipped by myself to the winners.

Glambox Giveaway (1 winner – Open only to UAE entrants)

I love Glambox and am so glad they are sponsoring a box for a winner!. The box won’t be of a particular month’s, instead it will contain beauty products chosen by the Glambox team, exclusively for this giveaway ♥. Enter here -

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The prize will be shipped by Glambox to the winner, once I pass on your delivery details to them.

Montagne Jeunesse Giveaway (1 winner – Open only to UAE entrants)

Montagne Jeunesse has kindly offered a gift hamper containing upto 13 face masks, to one winner. These masks will be custom selected to suit the skin type of the winner!. Enter here -

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The prize will be shipped by Montagne Jeunesse to the winner, once I pass on your delivery details to them.

I am incredibly thankful to all these brands who kindly agreed to sponsor prizes for my birthday. Yay!. I do hope you enter and share all the giveaways, dear readers. Leave me your thoughts below :)

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