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How to: Dry Body Brushing!

Hello!

Dry body brushing has been trending for a while now. I caught up on it only six months ago though. Dry body brushing increases blood circulation, helps in removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and overall, gives you beautiful, glowing, soft skin.

First thing that you need is a ‘Dry body brush’. I use Merben International’s Soft texture Jute body brush. I bought it from Amazon in April this year (Click to read my haul post).

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This handmade brush has natural jute fibers. It’s cotton cord handle is ergonomically designed and is sturdy. The brush is 13″ in length which is perfect because brushing the back is convenient with that length. This particular brush seemed great to me since it’s a good brush for beginners. If you start with a really hard and abrasive brush, chances are that you would lose interest in doing body brushing at all. So getting a dry brush that you like, is key. I highly recommend this brush, to beginners. This particular one is for those with sensitive skin. Though I don’t have sensitive skin, I went for this, since it’s gentle.

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The jute is woven so closely and thus avoids any shedding. I have been using this for several months and never have I seen any shedding. The quality of this brush is really awesome. Also, though this brush looks soft, it isn’t so. It is gentle and yet abrasive enough to get the job done.

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Dry brushes should be shaken after each use to dislodge any dead skin cells from it and never be washed. You can hang it in your bathroom, however I don’t suggest that. Brushes could harbor bacteria if you let it be in a damp place like the bathroom. I store it in my cupboard.

Price : I bought this brush for $26.46 (AED 97.19). However, currently it’s price is $30.57 (AED 112.29)

Now that we have the brush, here is more about dry body brushing:

You should always start from your feet and brush upwards towards your heart. This increases blood circulation. You can either do straight lines or go in circular motion, whichever is convenient. I go in circular motion. Don’t brush the same area continuously, since that could irritate the skin. From the neck, you actually brush downward since you are aiming towards the heart. For the hand, again from the tips of your fingers, you brush upwards towards your shoulder.

This whole thing takes about 3 – 4 minutes and not more. But those few minutes that you dedicate to doing this for your body, are totally worth it. When dead skin cells accumulate, your skin looks very dull. But when that layer of dead skin cells is gone, your natural glow is revealed. I do this 5 days a week. You are rewarded with glowing, soft skin. Increased blood circulation helps in removing toxins from your body and pumps more oxygen to every cell in your body. Immediately after doing it, you feel rejuvenated and more energetic. Body brushing apparently reduces cellulite too but I guess I will have to do it for a longer period to notice any improvement. I will probably update this post, if I do.

So, these are my thoughts on body brushing. I highly recommend it. A few minutes spent each day doing something so significant for your body, can create a world of difference!

Have you ever done dry body brushing?. If so, which brush do you use and what are your thoughts on it?. Leave me a comment 🙂

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iHerb Haul #4 – Skincare, Makeup, Snacks and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site – iHerb!. This time I bought a variety of items. Here they are:

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1) Indigo Wild Zum Soap Lover’s Gift Box – My mom is a huge fan of Bath & Beauty items. Her birthday is coming up next month and what better gift than a Soap Lover’s gift box?. Indigo Wild produces soaps, mists and other body care products containing no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, preservatives, detergents, synthetic fragrances or colorings. It really appealed to me. Goat’s milk soap has many benefits. It delays signs of skin aging due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties (making it perfect for those with acne) and is loaded with vitamins that are easily absorbed into our bodies.

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This box contains 10 items and they are:

  • Three Goat’s Milk soap bars, each 3 oz (85 gms) and having different and exotic smells like Frankincense-Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tangerine-Orange.
  • Three All-Natural Aromatherapy Laundry Soap, each 30 ml, with scents namely Sweet Orange, Frankincense & Myrrh and Eucalyptus-Citrus
  • Three liquid soaps, with scents namely Lemon Grass, Rosemary-Mint and Frankincense & Myrrh
  • One sachet of goat milk bar shavings, which can be used to keep anywhere to take away bad odor like stinky drawers or a stuffy closet.

These smell heavenly and was the first thing I could register when I opened my iHerb package. This is such a perfect gift for those who love bath and beauty products.

Price: $22 (AED 80.81). That’s how much I paid. However, currently there is a promotion and as such it is $20.55 (AED 75.48)

Talking about gifts, iHerb has put together an amazing selection of gift sets for just about anyone in your life, be it men, children, makeup lovers, tea lovers or anyone, in anticipation of the Holiday season ahead of us. Do check it out!

2) 100% Raw Manuka Honey, Active 16+ by Wedderspoon Organic Inc. – I have been wanting to try Manuka honey for so long now. It is a monofloral (means bees get the honey from only one kind of plant species) honey from New Zealand. It is high in anti-bacterial properties making it an excellent product for wound care, skincare and for digestion. So basically, you can eat it, apply it on your face as a soothing face mask (it makes your skin really soft and glowing) and also apply on wounds to help it heal faster.

Since Manuka honey is so rare, it is pretty expensive. I have seen many kinds here in UAE. Were it not so expensive, I would definitely have bought different brands to find out which one is the best. However, that’s just wishful thinking!. Since, I did decide to invest money in it, I thought why not go for the best?. Wedderspoon is a really raved about brand. So I bought the one with the highest Active number, which is 16+ from their range. Active number shows the peroxide activity rate. In layman’s terms, it just means higher the number the better. It starts from 5. But if you are looking for honey to use in wound care, you should definitely aim for 10+.

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During my researches on which honey I should go for, I did come across a particular article which said any company could put any ‘Active’ number on their label and what you really should look for is the UMF rating. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. However, since Wedderspoon is a known brand and there are hundreds of rave reviews on it, I decided to buy it.

Indeed, it has a very unique taste. I would describe it as herbal and woody. It leaves a slightly bitter after taste which goes away within seconds. I really love it. It tastes pretty powerful!. It’s texture is thick, very smooth and almost like a creamy jelly. It’s color is a beautiful golden brown. On the Pfund scale, used to measure the color of honey, I would say, the batch of honey that I received falls in the category between 75 – 85 mm.

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It’s perfect to take while having throat infection or cough and it did benefit me. I will be incorporating it into masks and trying some DIY recipes. Will definitely post one soon. I did try it alone on my face and it’s really nice. Skin seemed visibly brightened and softer. Also, while other honeys are a really sticky mess and tough to spread on the skin, this one goes on very smoothly and overall, it’s application is so convenient and easy.

One thing I don’t quite like about it is that it comes in a plastic tub. Usually potent honeys are stored in dark colored glass jars. Wedderspoon uses BPA free plastic tubs. Only positive thing about it is that they won’t break while in transit!. I definitely do recommend this brand anyway, because the quality of the honey is great!

Price: $40.86 (AED 150.08) for a tub containing 500 gms, which is pretty good pricing considering Manuka honey with Active 15+ rating usually sells for about AED195, here in UAE. Thanks to my friend Abidha for mentioning that to me.

3) Snackimals Animal Chocolate Chip cookies by Barbara’s Bakery : I love chocolate chip cookies. That being said, I actually feel extremely guilty when saying this… I didn’t buy this for myself. I bought it for my little nephew but ended up eating it since that particular weekend that they were supposed to come visit me from Abu Dhabi, they didn’t and the thought that there is a large pack of chocolate chip cookies in my cupboard just didn’t let me think of anything else!. OMG!. How bad am I??. But I also thought, “Hey, I never tested it out. I should probably test it out and only if it’s good I’ll get it for my nephew”. Man, it’s scrumptious!. Such a lovely pack of animal shaped cookies, that is made from organic grains.

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It’s thin but sturdy and crunchy. Since’s it not chewy and rich, you don’t feel guilty at all!. But I got to say it’s not low in calories. You can see tiny sugar crystals on the backside of the cookies, if you notice that in the picture above. One serving, which is 10 cookies contains 120 calories. The problem is that you wouldn’t stop with 10 cookies. I bet you, you wouldn’t even count :P. It’s really yum and a great snack for kids and adults too. My husband who doesn’t even like cookies, loved it!.  It comes in a good quality resealable pack, ensuring freshness every time, not that you will need it anyway. The pack will be over in one sitting! I will definitely buy this one again and I will be buying one for my little nephew too 🙂

Price : $4.46 (AED 16.38) for a pack containing 213 gms.

4) Exfoliating Serum by Mad Hippie Skincare : I came across the brand Mad Hippie by chance on iHerb one day. When I searched more about it, the more I understood that they incorporate really potent active ingredients into their skincare line. Even their motto is “Advanced skincare”. Usually brands incorporate one or two active ingredients in their products. But this particular serum contains a stunning number of 16 actives!. I love serum like nothing else. They are powerful and penetrate into the deeper layers of our skin. Once I try this product out properly, I will post a detailed review about it.

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Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81)

5) Traditional Italian Risotto by Lundberg : I love risotto and though I don’t know how to make it, I have had it several times in hotels. So, when I saw an option to make it at home easily out of a packet, I went for it :). I love mushrooms. So I went for the Porcini Mushroom option.

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Inside the box, there were two packets. One containing Italian Arborio rice (1/4 cup) and the other containing seasoning and pieces of Porcini mushroom. All you got to do is sauté the rice in 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, then add 2.5 cups of water and mix the seasoning in it. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. It’s ready to serve!. It’s that easy.

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The result was quite good. In between the cook, I tasted it and felt it needed more salt. Adding it at that time meant it really got absorbed by the rice. The final product tasted good. I got to say though that in the seasoning, there is butter and dried onion among other ingredients. It tasted a bit too strongly of those two. Once prepared, it amounts to 1 cup of risotto. I couldn’t finish it one go, since I felt it to be pretty heavy. I kept it covered in the fridge and reheated it the next day. I felt it tasted better the next day!. I do recommend this easy and convenient product.

Price : $3.43 (AED 12.60)

6) Dark Chocolate Fusion by The Tea Room : Once I read the concept of this brand, I fell in love with it. The makers of this brand love tea and chocolate. So, they decided to infuse tea into chocolate!. What a novel idea!. Each bar of chocolate contains 1 cup of tea in it. They have infused different types of teas into dark chocolates containing varying degrees of cacao in it.

I bought two bars. First one is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Mate & Cacao nibs, which contains 72% cacao from Europe, organic yerba mate tea from South America, and organic cacao nibs from Ecuador. It tastes very smooth and nice. I have never tasted yerba mate tea. So, I guess the foreign taste it has is of the tea. There are minute pieces of cacao nibs in it which contributes towards the rich and intense experience, that is having this bar of chocolate.

The second bar is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Raspberry Rooibos, which contains 60% cacao from Europe, and organic red raspberry rooibos tea from South Africa. OMG!. This one is absolutely delicious. I love the intense berry taste of this one.

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Overall, the dark chocolate is tasty and so smooth. The bars are covered in a wrap. As soon as you open it, the smell is really inviting. iHerb takes care not to ship out chocolates in hot months. My bars were soft when it arrived. I popped it immediately in the fridge. As you can see, my bars have maintained their structure.

I highly recommend this brand and eventually I hope to try out their other great flavors like Black Masala Chai from India and Lapsang Souchong tea from Fujian in future.

Price : $2.99 (AED 10.98) for each bar, containing 1.8 oz (51 gms)

7) E.L.F Clarifying Pressed powder in Spice : This pressed powder is quite OK. When you apply it, immediately the lack of quality can be felt. The formulation isn’t really great. But when you pay less, that’s all you should expect!. Positives are many though. It’s perfect for someone who is just beginning to collect makeup and is looking for budget friendly options. It takes away any oily sheen on the skin and really mattifies. It also gives a natural look to the face. It’s coverage is low. So, it’s definitely not for someone who even expects medium coverage. For the amount paid, it’s definitely OK and perfect to carry in your purse for touch ups.

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It comes in cute and handy compact, with a white powder puff. I got it in the color Spice. There are a variety of shades and Spice is color just below the darkest one which is Toffee.

Price : $1.99 (AED 7.31).

Discount received

During the month of October, there was a promotion going on whereby if your order is over $40, you get a 10% discount. So, I got a discount of $10.67 (AED 39.19)!. I got a cute little notepad and pencil too in my package.

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iHerb always has some promotion or the other going on in addition to the discounts they give on each product. I just love this site!. You can save so much, while doing your normal shopping.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $13.74 (AED 50.47). This time my order took two days to process and less than two days to reach my doorstep in UAE, from US. I love DHL and I am so glad iHerb has teamed up with them. They move so fast!

Overall, I am love with the things I bought this time. Once again, I highly suggest this site to you. They ship worldwide, ultra fast.

Use the code SCZ695 at checkout to receive upto $10 off your first transaction with them!

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Review : Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse – Complete 10 day cleansing system!

Hello!

Recently when I did an iHerb haul, I had promised a detailed review of the Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing system.

Here it is:

I have been looking for some good weight loss products and that’s when I came across this Enzymatic cleansing system. I read good reviews about it and decided to buy one for myself. Let me first of all tell you that I have never done a cleanse before. Every review I read mentioned that this one is a gentle one and so that’s one of the main reasons I chose it.

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This system is supposed to do the following:

  • Complete detoxification of the body
  • Restore  digestive balance while you cleanse
  • Kick start weight loss

There are detailed instructions of how to have each tablet listed on the box, on each container and in a user guide.

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The box consists of the following –

1) Detox Activation cleansing formula : This tablet activates the detox process in our body. This container consists of 46 tablets. It has a green tint to it. You are supposed to have 5 tablets at night from Day 1 – 8 and 3 tablets per night from Day 9 – 10.

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2) Fiber Fusion PLUS : This special fiber blend with psyllium husk absorbs, binds and flushes toxins and excess waste from the body, supports healthy and comfortable bowel cleansing and promotes regularity.

This container consists of 44 capsules. You are supposed to skip it on the first day, then have 4 capsules at night from Day 2 – 8 and 4 capsules each per morning and night from Day 9-10.

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3) Acidophilus pearls : This is a strip of small round tablets with active culture in it. This restores healthy digestive balance, relieves occasional gas, bloating and constipation. This can be taken any time of the day from Day 1 – 10. You are not supposed to break, crush or chew on it.

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My experience

I really liked this cleansing system. It was extremely gentle. I never found myself rushing to the bathroom except for the very first day I started this system. It helped me lose 1 kg too. I actually expected at least a loss of 2 kgs but I believe 1 kg is better than none at all!. One thing I dislike is that each time you have to have 5 – 10 tablets in one go and that’s very inconvenient. I wish it was just one single tablet which had the power of five!.

All in all, it’s a good system and perfect for anyone who would like to do a mild and complete body cleanse.

Price: $18.87 (AED69.31).

I bought this from iHerb which is a fantastic online shopping site. Using the code SCZ695 at check out, gives you upto $10 off your first order from there. They ship internationally. So, where ever you are in this world, you can buy literally anything from groceries to essential oils to weight loss products to cosmetics from there!. From US to UAE, the shipping takes about 2 days normally, via DHL and is delivered right to your doorstep!

If you have bought something from iHerb after reading one of my posts, do let me know your experience so I may quote it in my next iHerb haul 🙂

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iHerb haul #3 – the ‘Cure all’ oil!

Hey guys!

I am back with another iHerb haul!. I am in LOVE with that site ♥. Recently, a good friend of mine, Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog, told me how beneficial the black seed oil is. I was quite intrigued and did some research on it. One of the main things that caught my eye everywhere is this:

“Hold on to the use of the black seed for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death.” – Prophet Muhammad (S)

Wow!!. How amazing is that?. So many years ago itself, it was considered to be so beneficial and a cure all!. There are many seeds that go by the name of black seed but the one that is being discussed here today, the one which has all the great properties, is the black cumin seed – particularly Nigella Sativa. In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing.” You can even find cheap black cumin seed oil in local supermarkets here but let me tell you, that’s not the original stuff!. Research well before you buy!

It is great for your skin, your health, your hair, for weight loss and is said to even cure diabetes or cancer in the first stages!. I decided to give it a try and searched around for it. I found a local dealer here in UAE who was into selling this oil from the brand Sweet Sunnah. I asked the price for three bottles (each 16oz/approx 473ml) and he quoted me AED 540 (AED180 per bottle) plus AED10 delivery charge to my home. That’s AED550 for roughly 1.5 litres!. I searched online and found that a 16oz bottle of Sweet Sunnah is priced only approx AED91!. So the dealer here was charging me double for each bottle!. I definitely didn’t want to buy from him!.

I then searched on Amazon and found really great prices. I was fixated on the brand Sweet Sunnah but then I found another brand called Amazing Herbs. It was priced $13.96 (AED51.28) for a 4oz (240ml) bottle. So 6 such bottles (total of approx 1.5 litres) will cost me $83.76 (AED307.66) plus shipping. I was excited!. But that’s when I found out something else. Amazon doesn’t ship that product to UAE :(. That’s one of the worst things about Amazon. Not everything you see there can be shipped to UAE. Need help with ordering on Amazon and knowing how to understand what products are OK to be shipped to UAE?. Click here!

That’s when I thought.. “Wait a minute!. Everything I see on iHerb can be shipped to UAE and they are all about healthy products. So definitely the black seed oil should be listed there!”. I immediately checked there and yes! I found the exact same product there :). Click here to check out the product.

However, there was a rate difference. Usually, when I have compared iHerb to Amazon, the price has always been lower on iHerb but this time it wasn’t. A 4oz (240ml) bottle of black seed oil from Amazing Herbs, cost $19.49, which is $5.53 more than the rate on Amazon… Ugh!. What a bummer!. However, I was adamant that I wanted this oil. So I decided to buy anyways and added them to my cart. The total was $116.94 (AED429.53). However, since my bill total is more than $60, I received a 5% off :D. The amount came down to $111.09 (AED408.04)!. The shipping was $11.52 (AED42.31). So grand total of AED450.35!. Just imagine if I had just bought from the local dealer here, I would have paid AED550 for the same amount of product!. That’s AED100 more!. Whoa!. So yes, I got a great deal from iHerb ♥

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I bought 6 bottles by the way, so that I can give two to my father, two to my brother and keep two for myself!. My father has been a diabetic patient for a long time. So I thought I will let him try it out. He said for a while his sugar levels seemed under control. He was also taking the diabetic herbal tea I got for him from iHerb itself, at that time. Of late, he hasn’t been taking it regularly. So I can’t really say how his sugar levels are right now. I even read somewhere that the black seed oil is a natural alternative for the medicine named Metformin, which diabetic patients take. But, don’t quote me on that as obviously I am not a doctor!

I bought for my brother so that he can maintain a healthy body. I bought for myself for the same reason too. Also, I read that it helps regularize periods and I totally agree!. I had a hormonal imbalance which caused irregular periods. It’s regularized now!. OMG.. This is TMI but hey got to discuss it all in an honest review yeah?.

I lost two kilos too while taking this. I been taking it since April this year. It really works!. I still haven’t tried it on my hair though. I usually take 1 tbsp of it right in the morning on empty stomach. It is a golden yellow colored. It has a very strong, pungent flavor and there is an after taste that can stay on for a long time. You can take it in capsule form too if you cannot stand the thought of having oil directly. However, the unrefined oil is said to be at least 2.5 times more powerful than having them in capsule form. When you have 1 tbsp honey with this oil, it enhances the healing properties of the oil.

What I love the most about Amazing Herbs is that it says right on the bottle that it contains only 100% freshly cold-pressed and unrefined virgin black cumin (Nigella Sativa) oil from organic sources!. No preservatives, solvent or alcohol in it. I highly recommend this brand. When you open the black cap, it’s sealed inside too, so you don’t have to worry about any spilling at all during transportation!.

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Let me make it clear to you that it’s not just Muslims who use this oil for it’s benefits!. Everyone from all religions and parts of this world uses it, as is evident by all the customer reviews on iHerb for this product!

I will tell you this, if you have some trouble like say asthma, cold and flu, joint pains or anything at all like that that bothers you on a regular basis, search on Google as to how black cumin seed oil can heal that and you will find a remedy!. Even if you are the most healthiest person and has no illness at all, you can still take this to maintain that level of health.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $11.52 (AED 42.31) as I said before. I chose the DHL option and it was here in UAE at my doorstep, from US in less than 2 days!!. It’s amazing how fast they ship!.

I LOVE iHerb!. What a fantastic site ♥

Recently, Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally, bought some products from iHerb after I suggested it to her and this is what she had to say about how fast the shipping was : “wowwwwwwwwww INSANE!!!

That’s how fast iHerb ships!. I highly suggest you try it out and when you use my code SCZ695 at checkout you can get upto $10 off on your very first order!

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Haul from Bath and Body Works!

Hey guys!

Recently, Irene of Drab to Fab told me that a sale has started at Bath and Body Works. She does amazing hauls. So, do check her blog out. The truth is, I had never stepped into B&BW ever before. I had this feeling that it’s really expensive. Now that it’s sale time, I decided to check out the store and man, I am impressed. I spent like 2 hours there, smelling all those amazing products. The sale is on until June 28th, 2014 in all B&BW stores in UAE and you get 25 – 50% off on selected products.

Here are the products I bought:

IMG-20140612-WA00111) Pineapple Palm Grass scented candle (Sale price AED 12, Original price AED 20) : This is the first time I am ever buying a scented candle. I have seen tons of videos of Youtubers who rave about the B&BW candles. So after smelling myriad different candles, I chose the Pineapple Palm grass candle because it smells like fresh pineapples. I have so far used it only once. After about half an hour of burning it and keeping my room closed, the smell was pleasantly there in the room. Once I snuffed it out, the smell lingered on for some more time. It’s a beautifully sweet smell. I bought a mini version. It came in a glass container with a silver lid which has a gorgeous design on it. It contains 36 gms.

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2) Tiki Beach room spray (Sale price AED 40, Original price AED 60) : This one has such a beautiful and pleasant smell!. Absolutely loved it. It’s pretty intense. A little goes a long way. It’s scent is coconut-y, floral and sweet. The spray can itself is pretty with flowers pictured on it. I highly recommend you try this!. Each can contains 150gms.

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3) Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief body lotion (Original price: AED45. This is not on sale) : This body lotion is part of B&BW’s Aromatherapy line. The lotion is white in color and really hydrating. It gets absorbed into your skin super fast. It leaves your skin smelling pleasantly of Spearmint. It contains Eucalyptus Essential oil which clears your mind and Spearmint Essential oil that uplifts you. It comes in a green glass bottle, containing 192 ml, with a really nice pump.

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4) Pink Passion Fruit Deep Cleansing hand soap (Sale price AED 30, Original price AED 45) : This is a pinkish purple colored hand soap with blue colored exfoliating beads in it. It pretty to see the blue microspheres suspended in the soap. These microspheres effectively cleanse and exfoliate, while conditioning Aloe and protective Vitamin E leave hands feeling soft and smooth. It’s an absolute delight using this. The beads gently exfoliate and your hands are left with a very beautiful smell. The bottle contains 236ml.

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5) Coconut Lime Breeze Intense Moisture body butter (Sale price AED 30, Original price AED 60): B&BW’s body butters are just something else!. The consistency is so thick and hydrating. Of all the ones I tried, I loved the lemony smell of the Coconut Lime Breeze one. Also, I found this to be more hydrating than the other body butters I tried in-store. This body butter promises over 24 hours of nourishing moisture. It’s perfect for this weather in UAE now. The body butter is arranged in a swirl like pattern which is very attractive. It contains Shea, Murumuru butters and Coconut oil along with some other good stuff like Vitamins C & E. It’s completely non-greasy. I just loved this formula so much and I highly recommend it!. Each tub contains 200gms.

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6) Pear Blossom Diamond Shimmer mist (Sale price AED 30, Original price AED 100) : This one’s smell is really nice. Of all the bottles there, I liked this smell. It is infused with real diamond dust. So, wherever you spray it, it shimmers and dazzles. The product is green in color and looks really amazing in the clear bottle. Once I brought it home though and smelt it, I could smell a lot of alcohol in it, which was a bummer. I don’t really recommend you buy this. The bottle contains 236 ml.

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7) Maui Hibiscus Beach Triple Moisture Body cream (Sale price AED 30, Original price AED 55): This body cream smells like heaven. I just love this so much!. It’s very moisturizing too. This cream contains tropical hibiscus, refreshing star fruit, mango wood, Rice Bran oil, Milk proteins and Acai Berry extract. It’s non greasy and easily gets absorbed into the skin. The tube it comes in is very colorful and easy to use. It contains 226 gms.

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8) Midnight Pomegranate perfume (Sale price AED 70, Original price AED 140): I am a huge fan of the smell of pomegranate. That combined with a spice-like scent and I immediately was a fan of it. It contains anise, patchouli, blackberry and cassis along with red, juicy pomegranates. It has a sensual scent, I would say. The smell though doesn’t last a long time. But once you spray it on, the smell is intense, even though it’s not long lasting. I love it!. The bottle is nothing special but it’s color is so gorgeous. The bottle contains 75 ml and this perfume is part of B&BW’s Signature Collection.

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That’s all the items I bought. Overall, my experience at B&BW was really nice. If you like a fragrance a lot and you really want yourself to smell like that, I highly suggest you buy different products which has the same scent. For example, if you love the sensual smell of Midnight Pomegranate, invest in the shower gel, body butter and also the perfume to really intensify the smell. If you want, get a candle too which smells of Midnight Pomegranate, so that your home smells like that too!.

Have you visited B&BW lately?. what is your favorite product from there?.

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Amazon haul #3 – Skincare products!

Hey guys!

I recently went on a shopping spree on Amazon!. I have been meaning to look after my body more and invest in more products as much as I look after my face.

Here are the products I purchased and mini reviews:

Blog pix 0541) Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub (Brazilian Nut) : I occasionally do at- home body scrub DIY. However, I never was consistent with it. Probably it’s me being lazy but I wanted myself to be consistent with scrubbing my body and so I decided to get myself some good quality body scrubs that I can reach for any time. Tree Hut body scrubs are really known. They have different colors based on the ingredients like Almond & Honey, Hawaiian Kukui, Coconut Lime and Original Shea but what caught my eye was the Brazilian Nut one, which was brown in color.

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Blog pix 058It contains Organic Shea Butter, Avocado oil, Safflower seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Sweet Almond oil, Macadamia seed oil, Orange oil and is infused with Brazilian nut oil. For the abrasive part, it contains real sugar grains and ground walnut shells. I fell in love with the ingredients list. Each tub contains 510gms. Now what surprised me the most was the price. It was only $17.94 (AED 65.89). That’s not the price of one tub. It’s the price of three tubs!!. So I bought two sets (6 tubs). I gave one full set to my mom and sister in law.

Blog pix 059The quality of this scrub is just amazing. It really buffs away dead skin cells to reveal glowing, smooth and soft skin. It gives a beautiful and healthy glow to the skin. I expected it’s smell to be nutty however it smells of coffee. It’s a very strong smell. First time I smelt it, I didn’t quite like it. But when I first used it, the smell calmed my senses and was very relaxing. It lingers lightly on your skin for some time after which it fades away. I now am a big fan of the smell. I use it twice a week. I first wet my body, then take a bit of the scrub and work it onto the wet skin. I start from my feet and work upward in circular motion, to get the blood flowing. The entire routine is so relaxing. I have used it only for a few times but my skin is incredibly soft now. I particularly notice that the skin on my elbows and knees, don’t feel ‘bumpy’ anymore. I am in love with this scrub and I highly recommend you try this budget friendly brand.

2) L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Golden Balm – I bought this for my mom. This balm is for the face, neck and chest. It contains 10 precious oils, combined with skin strengthening calcium to attract and maintain moisture in mature skin. This product is meant for people with thinning, mature skin. So, I would say it’s perfect for people who are 35+.

Blog pix 055It comes in a maroon colored glass container with a golden colored lid. It contains 48 gms. The moisturizer is a cream/golden colored one and has very slight shimmery appearance. It has a balm like texture and gets absorbed super fast into the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft. The smell, Oh god, is just deliciously beautiful. I couldn’t stop smelling it once I tried it on my hand.

Blog pix 056This product costs $12.79 (AED 46.98) and I highly recommend it if you have mature skin which is in dire need of hydration and care.

3) Merben International Soft Texture Jute body brush with cotton cord handle – I have been wanting to start body dry brushing, in my quest to achieve the softest skin ever. This jute brush is really great and not highly abrasive. It’s not soft either, though it looks like that. This one is 13″ in length. I found it perfect to reach my back. If you would like a shorter version, there is a 9″ one. This is a perfect starter’s brush, if you are thinking of starting body brushing.

Blog pix 060I will be writing a post soon about dry body brushing in detail and share more pictures of this brush then. Please stay tuned for that post.

The price of this brush is $26.46 (AED97.19).

Shipping

Amazon ships right to your door step. I placed this order on 27th April, 2014. On 30th, it was shipped from US. On 4th May, it had reached Sharjah. That’s quite fast shipping. However, Aramex literally messed up the shipping, once it reached in UAE. If you look at the shipment tracking below, you will see that they kept it ‘In Hold’ for days!. On Hold means it’s kept at their holding facility in Sharjah.

AramexThen they took it out on their van on couple of days, in the morning, for the purpose of delivery and simple lugged it around until evening when it was returned back to the facility. I complained to Aramex telling them I couldn’t understand for the life of me why it just can’t be delivered to me!. They called back to apologize and said it won’t happen again but didn’t give me a definite reason as to why it happened. Finally on the 10th May (Yeah, 6 days after it reached Sharjah!) they called asking for my location. That was precisely when I had stepped out of my flat to go shopping. I asked them to bring it the next day as I was not at home. However, the delivery guy was adamant that it be delivered the same day. I don’t know if it’s the sheer weight/size of the package (Those scrubs were 1/2 a kg each!). So I finally asked him to drop it at a nearby supermarket. In the night, it was in my hands. Everything made it in one piece and that’s all I cared for then. I don’t really blame Amazon for this error. Aramex is the one to blame for their silly attitude.

The shipment charge by the way was $42.09 (AED154.60). That is the most I have ever paid for shipping I guess!. But it was indeed a heavy box.

I hope you loved my haul. Do comment below and let me know what you do to keep your skin soft and smooth.

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iHerb Haul #2 – Skincare oils, Dietary detox supplements and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site, iHerb!. Here are the things I bought:

Blog pix 002 (Click on the above pic to add these items to your shopping cart)

In detail, here are each items and mini reviews (Click on each of the below pix to be taken to that item on the site):

1) Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing System : I have never done a whole body cleanse ever. So, when I saw this, I thought to give it a try. Enzymatic is a famous brand. I really liked this product. It is really gentle indeed, as advertised. I highly recommend it. Please stay tuned for a detailed review soon. [UPDATE: Click here for the detailed review!]

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Price of this pack is $18.87 (AED 69.31).

2) Sugar Controller (Blood cleansing) herb tea from Health King : My father is a diabetic and I bought this for him. The main ingredients in this tea are Mulberry leaf, Green tea leaf and Jasmine flower along with other kinds of seeds and roots, the botanical names of which are listed at the back of the box. The smell is really pleasant and I believe it to be that of the mulberry leaf. He has been taking this continuously and has told me that his sugar has been in control of late which is great. He said it tastes really good too.

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This box comes with 20 tea bags and is made of 100% natural herbal supplements. It costs $5.63 (AED 20.68).

3) Fenugreek seed tea from Alvita : This was also bought for my father. Fenugreek is very potent when it comes to controlling sugar in a diabetes patient. My mom used to soak fenugreek seeds overnight and give that water to my father in the morning as a home remedy. Now these tea bags made it much more easier for her!. It smells really strong. Father tried it and said it tastes much more powerful than when mom used to make at home. He liked this one a lot too. Alvita is a brand that makes great tea and that’s why I chose this one from their range. Also, this is caffeine free.

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This box comes with 30 tea bags. There is no other ingredient in this other than fenugreek seeds. It costs $5.36 (AED 19.69).

4) Avocado oil from NOW Foods : I bought this for my SIL after she fell in love with the one I had bought for myself. Click here to read my review on it.

Blog pix 015The bottle contains 118 ml and costs $5.34 (AED 19.61).

5) Pure Grapeseed oil from Life Flo Health : I bought this one too for my SIL. She told me her facial skin, particularly cheeks are developing rough, dry patches and even using Argan oil hasn’t really helped with it. So I suggested her the grapeseed oil and she decided to try it. I did try it too (for the purpose of this mini review) and I love it!. It’s really light weight and gets absorbed super fast leaving your skin looking moisturized and supple. There is no shiny/glossy look, which you would expect from an oil. It doesn’t have a smell at all. The oil is colorless, though through the plastic bottle it looks like a green tint.

SIL recently told me, after having used it for quite a bit of time, that the dry patches on her face has healed and her skin has this really hydrated and moisturized feel. I am so glad I suggested it to her!. Grapeseed oil, in addition to being a great moisturizer, is also good for treating acne.

Blog pix 011The bottle contains 473 ml and costs $8.27 (AED 30.37)

Freebie- iHerb showercap: iHerb sometimes throws in freebies along with your order. I received a showercap, with iHerb.com printed all over it.

Discounts I got

The time I ordered this, there was a 5 day offer going on whereby if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or above, you get 10% off. So I got $4.35 off!. Also, I had some referral rewards which amounted to $4.95. So total discount: $9.30 (AED 34.16). Yay!

Shipping

I chose the DHL option for shipping. It cost $13.78 (AED50.61). Last time I ordered from iHerb, they had shipped my order within 6 hours of me placing the order, which was unbelievably fast!. But this time, a day passed by and when I still didn’t receive an email saying my order has been shipped, I logged into my account to see the order’s status and found that one of the items had gone out of stock, after I had placed the order!. I immediately visited the link to that product and surprisingly, it still showed as ‘In Stock’, which meant it’s available.

So, I contacted iHerb’s customer service and I’ve got to say they got back to me super fast and apologized saying that it’s some discrepancy that happened on their site and that it will be in stock soon. One more day passed by and then I received an email saying my order was shipped. Then as usual, DHL did this magic somehow. My package was at my doorstep in less than 48 hours. I still can’t figure out how can they work so fast!. Can you believe that?. From US to UAE in less than 2 days. Kudos to the DHL team for making it happen. Love them!

I hope you liked my haul. If you would like to add the above mentioned items to your cart with just one click, visit this link. Once you add it to your cart, you can edit the quantity, delete or add more items from the site.

Discount code for you!

iHerb discount codeUsing my referral code SCZ695, will give you $10 off, if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or more and $5 off, if your bill total is less than $40. The discount code will only work on your first order from them. iHerb ships worldwide, so wherever you are, check out this awesome website!. I can’t recommend this site enough for their excellent selection of products, great prices and superior shipping/customer service.

Click here if you wish to see my last haul from iHerb, which was skincare oils only.

Click here if you would like to see a step by step guide as to how to shop from iHerb. Even if you have read it before, I would love you to check it again as I have updated points 5 – 7 yesterday. Updates are marked in red font.

Oh before I go, I would like to quote part of a comment left on one of the iHerb posts I did. It’s a testimonial from a follower who tried out iHerb after I suggested it here 🙂

Dearest Naznin, You are an angel for sharing about iHerb. I have never been so happier about online shopping. The way you described the whole process was so simple and informative. (Thank you for the code!)..” – Preeti M

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