September 2014 Link Loves!

Hiya guys!

How was your September?. Mine was pretty hectic I should say. Preparing to go to India, blogging day and night to schedule posts ahead of time.. Man!. I dunno how I did it :P. It was my husband’s birthday on the 21st and my family came over to celebrate it together. They brought a gorgeous cake too :). It was the Praline Berry Splendor ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. Yum!

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My husband won a cricket tournament and brought home a massive trophy. I just had to share it with you guys. I am way too proud of him right now ♥. Also, kudos to his team for being awesome!

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I became extremely happy when a friend of mine who doesn’t follow a skincare routine, decided to get all the basics to start a routine, after reading my skincare basics post. It’s so delightful to be able to inspire someone to take action! She shared a picture of the products she got and I am so thankful to her for sending it my way:

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She bought herself:

  • An Olay offer pack, containing  day cream, a night cream and  face wash, costing AED30
  • Olay Regenerist Pro X skincare tool, costing AED137
  • A Dermoviva toner costing AED6

All of these were purchased from Carrefour, Sharjah City Center.

Alright, on to my favorites this month:

1) Jamie of Some of This and That, did a Swedish meatballs with mushroom cream sauce, which had me drooling over the pix!. It looks really delicious. Do check it out.

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2) Megan of Lush to Blush, has done a very informative post on how WordPress is better than Blogger. I completely agree with her. I have no experience working on Blogger but I have enough and more friends who complain about it. I personally love WordPress so much. It’s so user-friendly. If you are considering whether to move to Wordpress or not, I say, go ahead!. Please do and also check out this awesome post by beautiful Megan..

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3) Sarah of Blend N Smack, has done a fierce, step by step Halloween makeup tutorial with a half skull, half glam look, that is just so stunning. It amazes me how talented this young friend of mine is. Gosh!. You have got to check her out, especially since this is just the first of a series of Halloween looks that she is going to create!

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4) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s Blog, has done a very helpful post sharing her DIY cleansers for AM and PM. I love DIYs. Natural, homemade things always interests me. I am especially in love with her AM cleanser and hope to try it out soon. Do check out this versatile blogger friend of mine!

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Glorious Mentions

1) Sarah of Blend N Smack, accepted my nomination and did the Lip Product Addict Tag. She also mentioned my own tag post in it. It was lovely reading through your answers, Sarah. Thanks for doing the tag :).

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2) Daania of Serendipity Happens, accepted my nomination and did the Seven Sins of Beauty Tag and also mentioned my own tag post in it. Thanks for doing the tag, Daania. It was so nice getting to know more of your beauty product favs :)

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3) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews, did a wrap up post for the Frankie DuPont book and mentioned my review of it, in that post. Thanks Renee!

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4) Renee also did a wrap up post for two Jeff Gunhus books namely Night Chill and Killer Within and mentioned both my reviews in that post. You can read my reviews by clicking here and here.

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5) Monica of Pink Asfoura, did a post on things to remember while shopping when there is a sale going on. I thought it was a very interesting post and when I added a tip of mine in the comments, she loved it and updated her post with it, giving credit to me and mentioning my blog :). Thanks, lovely Monica.

6) Eterspace has mentioned my review of Pose Organic cosmetics on their website permanently :)

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7) Lastly, Renee also did a wrap up post for the book From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson and mentioned my review of it, in that post :).

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That’s all for now :). I am super stoked for next month, since it’s my birthday month. I have prepared a pretty good giveaway for you guys. So stay tuned for that!. By the way, next month I will be doing posts every alternate day and not every day like I have been doing since July.

Here is wishing that you have an outstanding October ahead of you ♥

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Review : Loreal Elvive Extraordinary hair oil!

Hello :)

Back in Dec 2013, I did a collective haul post and promised I would do a detailed post on the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary hair oil. Here it is!. The first thing that I love about it is it’s chic, tinted glass bottle. It looks extremely high end and just so beautiful!. It comes with a neat golden pump that makes it easy to dispense the product. The pump can be twisted from side to side to lock/unlock, which is very convenient and avoids wastage of product. The one I own is for ‘All hair types’.

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More than being an oil, this is more like a serum. It’s viscous and has no color. It contains an extraordinary blend of 6 oils such as rose oil, lotus oil and chamomile oil, extracted from flowers!. So, it smells incredibly good. The formula is surprisingly non-greasy. It says on the bottle to use just 3 or 4 drops throughout the hair but I am surprised that I use 8 or 9 pumps for each application!. Each pump dispenses just the right amount (as shown in the picture below), so 9 pumps isn’t really a lot. Also, though it feels thick and rich, it’s amazingly light on the hair, never weighs it down and brings a beautiful natural shine to the hair. Once applied (even 9 pumps!) it doesn’t look oily at all.

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Usually, I apply this overnight and just leave it in my hair. This is a multi functional oil. You can use it before shampooing your hair, to nourish, before blow drying your hair, to protect or as a leave in to give it shine and smoothness. It does make your hair more manageable too. I have been using this on and off for the past 7 months. I really like it. I can’t say my hair has improved just by it’s usage but immediately after application, my hair does feel, look and smell great. I would suggest you try this oil out and see how your hair feels.

Price: I bought it for AED 34.50, when there was an introductory offer going on. I believe it’s about AED 36.50 at the moment for a 100 ml bottle.

Have you ever tried this product?. What are your thoughts on it?. Comment and let me know ♥

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The Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control from Neutrogena!

One Sure Way To Beat The Stress:

The Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control from Neutrogena, the dermatologist recommended brand

We live in a fast-paced world where stress has become the norm in our everyday life. The worst part is, this constant state of panic starts to show on our skin. In fact, stress is believed by the majority of women to be the 3rd leading cause of spots. When we get stressed, we get spots, which stresses us out even more. It’s a vicious circle!

But now there’s a way out! The NEW Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control range can lend us the help we need, with its unique formula clinically proven to help treat and prevent spots before they appear, so we have one less stress to deal with.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stres ControlSpot and acne-prone skin types shed even more skin cells which deposit on the skin’s surface, clogging pores and hair follicles. As this debris of dead cells and follicles builds up, the skin produces excess oil, which in turns leads to blackheads, breakouts and spots.

The microbeads in the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub gently exfoliate the skin, whilst its Microclear® technology breaks through oil and dirt to unclog pores, allowing the formula to penetrate deep down and help clear spots. Frequent usage of the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub has been clinically proven to reduce by 88% the occurrence of spots in the future as well.

Moreover, there are plenty other benefits derived from the regular usage of the Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control: it improves our skin’s complexion and texture, from dull to radiant; it keeps the skin smooth and soft; and it diminishes the appearance of large pores, giving our skin a healthy polished glow.

So, keep calm and smile on! The NEW Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control is one sure way to beat the stress in our life.

Product and Price information:

Neutrogena® Visibly Clear® Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub, AED 44.86

Neutrogena® 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 : QV Cream!

 

Hello!

Do you ever worry about really dry, even flaky skin?. Then QV cream can come to your rescue. It is a thick cream, white in color, that hydrates dry skin. My skin type is normal but leans towards dry during winters. That’s when I love to use this cream. I don’t use it in a daily basis but still when my skin just feels in need of a ‘drink’, it’s this or avocado oil I reach for. On the tube, it says ‘Replenish your skin’.

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This cream is available only in pharmacies and not in local supermarkets. When my mom developed extremely dry skin around her neck, the doctor prescribed this cream for her. That how I first got to know of it and tried it out. It’s heavy duty!. You need just a little for each application. It can be used on your face or body.

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Look at how hydrated my skin looks in this pic. This cream is perfect for any skin type, even acne prone, sensitive and for those with eczema. I highly recommend you try this cream. Also, baby’s tend to need some extra moisturization sometimes and QV cream had a baby version too. My nephew used to use this and I clicked this click so I could inform you guys :)

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Price : AED 50 for a 100 gms tube. I believe the baby cream costs either AED 45 or AED 50 just like the adult version.

Have you ever tried QV cream?. Let me know your thoughts on it!

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What every gym bag needs – Human+Kind’s Shampoo + Body wash!

Human+Kind, the skincare brand with a conscience, brings you their new multi-tasking shampoo + body wash!

A lot of people are giving up on their sedentary lifestyle and heading to the gym or to classes to get in shape. But that commitment does not come easy. It is essential you wear the right clothes, carry the right gear and make the right choices for you to achieve the best results. We say why stop making the right choices after a good workout? Why not use the right products when you hit the gym shower too?.

The Human + Kind Shampoo+Bodywash is a 2 in 1 cleansing product designed to simplify your shower routine. This 99.6% natural product is SLS and paraben free and has not been tested on animals. Since it is designed to function as a shampoo, you have the option of choosing from a variety of three to suit your hair type.

You can use the Orange Shampoo+Body Wash for Dry, damaged hair along with the matching conditioner. The product is designed to add volume and shine due to the orange extracts that also invigorate your skin.

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For Sensitive Hair and Skin, the Apple & Herbs Shampoo+Body Wash works wonders while being gentle. With the extracts of Calendula, Aloe Vera and Marshmallow root, the products restores moisture, soothes your scalp and helps in detangling your hair easily – everything we need after a good workout!.

And if you are unsure about the nature of your hair or are looking for something that works on all concerns, why not go for the Grapefruit Shampoo+Bodywash that is designed for all hair types. It nourishes and softens your hair and skin while the gentle fragrance of grapefruit will leave you feeling energized.

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The Shampoo+Body Wash’s also come with complementing hair conditioners that are designed to add further nourishment to your hair, which are also available in 250 ml tubes that are perfect to carry in your gym bag and for daily use.

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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.

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash Normal hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Normal hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Wash dry hair 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner dry hair 200ml, AED45

All-in-one Shampoo+Body Sensitive 250ml, AED45

All-in-one Conditioner Sensitive 200ml, AED45

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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Going on vacation – a note from me to you!

Hey there!

How are you, my friend?.. I hope you are doing great. I am flying to India tonight!. I will return on Oct 25th. I am quite excited about seeing my relatives and the journey itself, since I love traveling!. I have worked extra hard to schedule posts ahead of time, so that you won’t really miss that I am gone. I don’t want to neglect my blog in anyway. All I ask you is to share my posts if you find it interesting and comment if you like to :). I will have limited internet access in India, so I might not be able to reply to your comments ASAP but still, eventually I surely will..

I thought I will show you what beauty/skincare products I have packed for my vacation. Here are the two packs:

Rimmel London Makeup box

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It contains the following -

This really awesome, chic makeup box was a gift from a friend in Australia. I love the crown detailing on it’s zip. I will be packing this in my luggage.

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Makeup pouch (see through on one side)

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It contains the following -

  • A Travalo filled with my fav perfume
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Contouring liner in the color Black Tulip
  • Mikyajy Provocative Powder foundation in the color 08 Tender Beige. I am nearly hitting pan on this one. Bought it a while ago. I believe it was AED69.
  • Revlon Lipbutter in Sugar Plum
  • Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara. I quite love this product. It gives more volume and definition to your lashes. It’s a recent purchase. I believe it’s price was in the 40s range on sale.
  • Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift foundation
  • Eyetex Dazzler eyeliner
  • A miniature Ponds Magic talcum powder, which I bought on my vacation last time
  • Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Blush and highlighter in Rosy Glow. This is a gift from a friend in US. It’s such a pretty little palette. Gorgeous colors that really does impart a pretty rosy glow, if applied right!
  • A 6ml sample of Alien Essence Absolue, which I received in a Glambox.
  • A little round mirror that I got as a complimentary gift from Dove when I purchased some Dove products. It was a limited time offer. I got some miniature Dove soaps too, which were so cute!

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It’s always good to carry a see through pooch like this one while traveling. I carry this in my vanity bag. This pouch was a gift from a friend in US. It’s so lovely to have friends who sent thoughtful gifts ♥. I just noticed there are a lot of gifts mentioned in this post!

Do pray that I will have a safe journey. I can’t wait to get back to UAE and continue blogging :)

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Giveaway and Book Blast : Lobo Goes to Galapagos by C.L. Murphy!

Lobo Goes to the Galapagos by C. L. Murphy

About the Book

Title: Lobo Goes to the Galapagos (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo) | Author: C.L. Murphy | Publication Date: August 27, 2014 | Publisher: Peanut Butter Prose | Pages:32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 7

Summary: Lobo returns in this adventure, sweeter and a bit salty this time. This lil’ wolf pup finds that there’s nothing like a little sea air to bring out the best in him and his unlikely tag-alongs. Take a trip to the Galapagos with Lobo and his right-hand raven, Roxy, as they help an injured, new feathered friend return home. Lobo faces some fears and witnesses the joy that comes from helping others in this “birds of a different feather DO flock together” tale.

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The Buzz

“Who knew geography and learning about animals could be this much fun? Lobo Goes to the Galapagos is my new favorite children’s book and is highly recommended. ” ~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

“While Ms, Murphy’s uniquely whimsical and vibrant illustrative style is perfectly suited for the wild, tropical feel of this colorful book, and easily captures young readers’ attention, there is also a subtle, quiet beauty to the storyline’s overarching themes of friendship, trust, perseverance, and goodwill. Lobo’s tenacious and giving spirit are delightfully captured in this fifth installment of puppy-fueled fun. In fact, it’s sincerely so easy to fall in love with “Lovable” Lobo that I’d happily follow this well-meaning, big-hearted, wolf pup to the very ends of the earth!” ~ 5 Star Review, Indie Author Girl, Amazon

“What an adorable story! I read this to my nephew and he couldn’t stop giggling at the silliness of Roxy as well as Lobo’s cute friends Bobby, Sunny, Coconut and Sandra. The author was very clever in portraying a tale of friendship, adventure and excitement that is sure to enthuse young minds around the world.” ~ 5 Star Review, Gina D., Amazon

About the Author: C.L. Murphy

C.L.MurphyWhile new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. Murphy (Cathy) has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children.

She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI.

She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years.

Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize (winner’s choice)

Contest Ends: October 23, 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 by C.L. Murphy and is 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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