Discovering VANIDAY.

Often times it so happens that we want to book an appointment to our favorite salon but don’t have time to call them or completely forget about adding an appointment. I am one of those people too, I forget placing appointments all the time! Not only that.. but you can’t experiment with salons unless you personally visit them and find out about them. Thanks to Vaniday, all your salon appointments have been sorted.

When I came to know about the application, I was instantly sold on the idea because any app that would ease my work. Yes please! However at the same time I had my own concerns. Would it be easy to use? High tech? maybe my area isn’t covered? and most importantly, how would payments be made?

Vaniday is a free application that you can download on your smartphone or you could access their website to book salon appointments. They have a wide range of services such as hair, nails, spas, make up, massages & more available for both men & women. Let’s explore this app further and see the verdict.

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Downloading & Discovering

Vaniday app is available on Google play store and App store .You can download the application or choose to browse their website. I personally preferred the application over the website as using the location tracking, Vaniday can track and list the salons nearest to you. Currently they offer bookings for Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

My hairdresser migrated from UAE and I am one of those that cannot adjust quickly to another one quickly. However I had to find one urgently so I set to explore with Vaniday and then found Beauty Balance Salon. Upon searching a bit on social media I found out that this new salon in town has had a lot of positive reviews. I was excited to try them out and booked my services though Vaniday.

The process of booking is really easy. Check out the steps below:

Explore: I could browse through menu of various salons in my area or any area for that matter. 

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Book: I selected the service of my choice. I could select multiple services or one. The prices are clearly mentioned throughout the booking process so there is no room for doubts on the service charges. You can select the desired date & time for booking. If you haven’t already, you are required to log in/ sign up to move to the next step. 

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You have an option to pay through the website, your information is secured OR you can opt to pay directly to the salon. In case if you have any coupon code, you can use that to avail discounts in this section.

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Enjoy: Post booking, you just have to relax. A reminder email is sent to you with your booking details that have been confirmed. Free cancellation or rescheduling up to 12 hours before your appointment. You can read up the complete terms here.

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Gorgeous Salon

When I visited the salon, they were well prepared as per my appointment and I didn’t even wait a minute. For payments I had informed that it was through Vaniday. That was it really!

Verdict

vanidayreminderVaniday is a fantastic online platform that helps you with all beauty needs. Booking process is easy. It didn’t even take five minutes in total for the entire process and saved me from searching for prices and services. I was very satisfied with the whole experience and really didn’t have any issues with it. They also offer discounts on some salons, you can check the website for those. I did like the feature wherein the app gives pop up reminders about what services can be availed. You can also book your beauty services by phone on 052-428-4395 (for UAE only). Best to subscribe to their newsletter which will give you all the latest news & information on special vaniday packages. You could also gift a card to your loved ones.

Only possible drawback with the application/website is that you can only use the discount codes if you are paying through credit card. Some are reluctant to use the cards online but since this a secured site, I don’t  think any problem should occur.

About Vaniday

Vaniday offers salon/beauty booking services in Brazil, Australia, Russia, Italy, Singapore & UAE. For more details view their websiteVaniday.ae 

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Exploring Yas Island My Way..

Many a times it so happens that a particular place gets stereotyped for a particular event because it has been associated with it for so many years. One such example is Yas Island which is generally known for F1 Grand Prix, grand concerts & other annual sports events. Travel agencies, marketing firms rely heavily on these events to gain tourism in this region of Abu Dhabi. However there is a lot more to experience at Yas Island. Whether you are attending one of the sporting events or someone who is at a short business trip or someone who has been tagged along with their partner on a trip or with your family, Yas Island has something for everybody.

Instead of relying on travel advisors & magazines try finding unique activities with help of bloggers, Instagram users from that region & interact with locals. I have made your research a bit easier by adding a few hidden gems that will enhance your experience and will give you unlimited options without spending a fortune.

Dining

– Learn how to master the art of making perfect pasta with Chef Angelo at Yas Viceroy’s cozy & beautiful Italian restaurant – Amici. Delizioso!

– Dine at Yas Mall’s Rogo which is F1 themed restaurant where food is served directly from rollercoaster track to your table or at Yas Marina’s Stars n bars which features a table that encases racing star Lewis Hamilton’s driving suit.

– Visit Ferrari world’s ll Podio that offers Asian & Italian delights that are prepared right in front of you.

Enjoy

– Take up a gaming challenge at Softair’s Battlezone at Yas Mall. You are just 8 levels away from being a champion. Fun &interactive!

– Always wanted to know how it feels to fly a plane? Try Etihad pilot simulator to fly over one of 24,000 airports. This one is an absolute real experience and the same stimulator is used to train real pilots.

– Visit Yas Viceroy’s Burlesque Bar & Lounge to step back in time. Glamour, drama, theater, live bands, Djs & dance performances while you sip on creative cocktails. Also you could check with your hotel for nearest rooftop bars or lounges.

– Stars N Bars hosts open mic sessions, live band sessions with in house talent Sound City & quiz nights where you can exercise your brain cells while feasting on.

– Quiz nights are also hosted at Golf Club’s Hickory Sports Bar located at Yas Links.

– Fan of Classic Cinema? You must ensure to visit Yas Marina’s Iris. Stylish Surroundings, warming and magical way to watch your classics such as Casablanca.

Explore & Relax

– Unwind like a celebrity, invite friends or just for yourself. Charter a Yacht with Safwa Marine and explore the Yas Island’s spectacular coast.

– Captain Tony’s Boat tours are very popular in the region. Hop on and explore the coast and inhabitants such as the dolphins. Their most popular stopover is at the Dolphin Bays and bank where you could snorkel too.

– One of most unique experiences is the Sunset or Sunrise Kayak tours where you can drift through mangroves and get close to wildlife such as Gazelles.Contact Noukhada Adventure Company for this innovative tour.

– Go Aerial with Seaplane and view a different angle of Yas Marina’s sparkling waters.

– Unwind at the award winning ESPA spa at Yas Viceroy. Equipped with modern technology such as jet pods, Espa spa will help you relax in every way possible.

– Get your skin glistening with rose facial at Radisson Blu.

Hope you have added this destination to your travel diary and noted down the ways to explore to the fullest. For more information visit www.yasisland.ae

Rahua Body Collection…Now available UAE!

Rahua, the trusted purveyor of eco-friendly, luxury, and organic hair care is pleased to introduce a much-anticipated line of three 100% natural body products. The Rahua Body Collection, which includes Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Amazon Body Oil, uses symbiotic (rainforest grown) ingredients ethically and sustainably sourced from the Amazon Rainforest, including Sacha Inchi oil, Buriti oil, Quinoa, Palo Santo and Rahua’s star Ungurahua oil. These rare and potent miracle ingredients, provided by Mother Nature, are proven to provide superior results to chemically laden alternatives. What we put on our skin, our biggest organ, eventually goes into our bodies, and chemical-laden body care products can actually accelerate the effects of the sun and pollution on the skin. Rahua Body Collection uses 100% natural plant-based emollients and purifiers that cleanse, protect and strengthen the dermis and epidermis to create beautiful, soft, supple and glowing skin.

Like Rahua hair care, the inspiration for Rahua Body came from ingredients introduced to founders Fabian Lliguin and Anna Ayers by women of the Quechua-Shuar tribe in the Amazon Rainforest.

The women harvest and process the Ungurahua nut to produce Rahua oil in accordance with ancient, ancestral wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation. Lliguin and Ayers, amazed by the ingredients they were exposed to in the Amazon, enlisted the help of top US chemists and scientists who have a deep understanding of biology and natural ingredients to further test the benefits and find out why these natural ingredients performed so well. After years

of research and development Rahua is pleased to share three body products that are made by “We chose to create a body line out of the need,” says Ayers. “I was looking for a fabulous hydrating lotion that felt amazing on the skin and was natural. During my pregnancy I only wanted to use the most natural solutions available. I could not find “the lotion,” so we decided to make it!

Same with the shower gel & body oil — I wanted natural luxury & indulgence for my skin. When our loyal fans of Rahua hair care started asking us if they could use the Elixir & the Conditioners on their skin, we knew it was time to make body products that customers could trust to be safe and effective but still luxurious! Fabian and I are very pleased to offer more products that benefit more people & serve more purposes.”

Rahua’s signature soothing Palo Santo scent has been combined with lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla bean to give the Rahua Body Collection a warm and sensual aroma.

Key ingredients are:

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 Rahua Ungurahua Oil: The small molecules that make up this omega-9 rich oil penetrate deep into the skin, working into the dermis and epidermis and resulting in supremely hydrated skin, in even the driest season.

Sacha Inchi oil: This fantastic, plant-derived Amazonian oil is rich in omega-3 (a fatty acid usually found in fish). The lipid compound moisturizes dry skin improving softness and elasticity. Essential fatty acids like this one are vital for skin’s health and now, instead of ingesting omega-3 supplements, we can apply this nourishing oil directly to the skin.

Quinoa: This organic plant-based, super-food/protein deeply moisturizes and softens skin, while its antioxidant properties continuously rejuvenate and protect skin from the

Buriti Oil: Another Amazonian wonder oil, this is a natural emollient that provides high levels of the carotenoid pro-Vitamin A, adding a luminous and healthy glow to the skin.

Palo Santo “holy wood”: Rahua’s signature scent offers a delicate fragrance while providing a soothing aromatherapy experience.

Three products that have been introduced to the UAE Market from Rahua Range are:

RAHUA BODY SHOWER GEL. Energize your shower experience with Rahua’s 100% natural, organic, gluten free and vegan shower gel. Scented with Palo Santo, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla bean. This Shower Gel transforms your regular routine into an uplifting aroma-therapeutic experience while gently cleansing skin and removing dirt and dead cells without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

RAHUA BODY LOTION. Moisturise and nourish your skin to health with Rahua Body Lotion. This rich 100% natural, organic, gluten free and vegan Body Lotion uses a fabulous omega-3 and -9 compound that works with organic Quinoa, Rahua Ungurahua oil, Sacha Inchi oil and other natural ingredients to moisturizes and repairs the dermis and the epidermis. Rahua Body Lotion enlivens dull, dry skin that is caused by environmental damage.

RAHUA BODY AMAZON OIL. This ultra concentrated yet light oil will revive the skin and encourage a healthy, touchable glow. Omega-9 revives the skin while omega-3 lipids and antioxidants help reverse the appearance of aging, resulting in beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Enriched with Buriti, an Amazonian oil containing vegan carotenoid pro-Vitamin A, this natural oil promotes a luminous tone for all skin types. Use regularly to keep skin youthful, radiant, toned and gorgeous.

The Rahua Body Collection is available in House of Fraser Yas Island, Posh by Feryal at The Burj al Arab and Address Downtown, Make-Up Etc and online at Bashacare.com.

Text & Image source: Official press release

Weekly Photo Challenge- Early Bird in Desert!

I remember this photo very well.. not very long ago I was visiting Abu Dhabi for work purposes. I was stressed, I was disappointed. Something was just not right. I needed air to breath and the warmth of the sun. I walked out of my hotel and reached this beautiful place..just at the perfect time. This sunrise brightened my day. Here is the picture for this week’s Photo Challenge. 

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Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. Also do browse through photography section on my blog or follow me on Instagram for more images.

WIN! WIN! WIN! Pink Asfoura’s Summer Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

I want to thank each and everyone of you for being my blog fan, following me and sharing your views. I am introducing a lovely giveaway today for all. So love, like and share to win!

Whats up for grabs?

– Two in One Necklace from D’s Couture, India that can be worn as a collar necklace or as a long draped chain.

– VLCC Sun block lotion SPF 40 (Full Size product)

– VLCC Pomegranate & AloeVera Face Scrub (Full Size product)

– Sweetie Pie shower gel from Lush handmade cosmetics (Full Size product)

– Travel Lip and Eye shadow kit from CP Trendies

– Handmade Candies from Spun Dubai

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How to win?

1) Simply like, share and invite all your friends on giveaway posts available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #pabgiveaway so that I can track your shares/reposts. 

2) Subscribe to my blog via email 

3) To increase your chances, keep interacting on through all social medias and invite authentic accounts to follow

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Terms and Conditions

– This is an international giveaway and there will be one winner chosen at the end of contest.

– It is mandatory to subscribe to my blog and share/repost giveaway images on your social media accounts.

– Please do not un-follow the blog after the giveaway is over. I have loads to giveaway and obviously you won’t be aware of what’s new if you don’t follow me.

– Free shipping will be offered for the prize as long as the delivery area is covered by Aramex courier

– Above mentioned products have been purchased by me and not sponsored. The full size products are in their original packing.

– Handmade candies by Spun were won by me. I have added it in giveaway for my fans.

– I have the right to disqualify any entrant who hasn’t followed all the steps mentioned. Please don’t just write you have followed without actually doing so.. I am right here to keep a check.

– Winner will be drawn from eligible entries

– Contest ends on 15th April 2015

Good luck everyone!

Restaurant Review- Dollops Of Butter at Kulcha King

I have been a big fan of Kulcha King, Bur Dubai branch in particular. The reason why I like this branch is because they deliver quick and I love the Kulchas (Naan type flaky bread) here. My friends and I have dined on several occasions at the Nihal Hotel branch(Deira) but I really find the service there very slow and also the place is quite stuffy.

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Love the unique placemats

So recently I visited the place I have been ordering those delicious Kulchas from- The Bur Dubai Branch. It is the smallest one with five to six tables only. Also there is only one serving staff seen even on busier times. However the service was not at all slow(at the beginning). Everything we ordered was sent out on time, infact earlier then expected!

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Delicious warm food ❤

My order consisted of cheese kulcha, aloo kulcha, Paneer kulcha, bhindi masala and Paneer tikka masala with accompaniments and drinks. We got our order served within fifteen minutes which was fantastic. I am particularly fascinated by their cheese kulcha. Its rich, flaky and buttery served with Chole Masala and a sweet spicy sauce which becomes the perfect accompaniment to the dish. I think they used tea in the cooking of the chole dish as they were darker in color but maintained the great authentic taste of Punjab. When we think of Indian food, first thing that strikes us is spices. In Kulcha King, the spices are used to enhance the flavor and create a wonderful combinations. The food is not spicy, its not heavy and is presented well.

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I dream of this.. Cheese Kulchas.

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Paneer Kulchas and Chole dish

Though I did not try the carrot halwa on my last visit but I have tried that one few weeks back. For desserts, carrot halwa is a must have. Its warm, sweet, melt in your mouth dish that will break your diets! The experience was enjoyable except the service glitch. I hate ordering breads (rotis) especially tandoori ones in advance because once they cool down, they are chewy and difficult to bite. In midst of my meal, I ordered some extra breads and those took a very long time to arrive. I could see the server struggling with orders as all the tables were filled and everyone was waiting for their dishes to arrive. Besides the service and ambiance, everything is great with the Bur Dubai Branch. I think I will stick to ordering take outs from this branch rather than dine in. They serve some great variety of authentic Punjabi food which is lipsmackingly delicious! Rarely do you find a place that serves good food and the prices are a bargain. Kulcha King is one of those rare finds. Try it if you haven’t but as suggested, take-aways/ home deliveries are a better suited for this branch. Rating: Food 4/5 Service 3.5/5 Ambiance 3.5/5 (Extra half point for neat appearance ) Cost: AED100-150 for three Extra comments: – Inform the staff beforehand if you are on diet, you might want to avoid the dollops of butter on the kulchas and breads. – Order extra crispy cheese kulcha and you are not going to regret it! – No matter what you do, the staff will stick to conversing in English so even if you are saying ‘ No makhan’ do repeat that in English so its clear. – Bur Dubai Branch is closed from 4pm-7pm daily.

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