Shea Butter DXB & Benefits

I am a huge fan of beauty products that are natural. Most drugstore or even luxury brands claim to contain more natural ingredients but actual content of in terms of percentage is found to be lower.
If you are someone like me who loves natural products then this product is certainly for you.
Shea Butter DXB offers Shea butter straight from West Africa! Packed in a beautiful glass jar this product is one of most interesting natural products I have tried.
What is Shea butter? ivory colored butter is basically fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. As its refined it gets the ivory/whitish color.
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Texture: It is exactly like butter but a off white-ish color. Consistency is that of a petroleum jelly and once in contact with heat of you palms this will melt which makes it easier to apply.
Application: Just like your regular lotions except here you need to scoop out a smaller quantity to begin with.
Results:
I have been using this for a month now and I have noticed massive difference in my skin. It feels more hydrated and the product leaves a healthy sheen on the skin. I wouldn’t advise it to wear during humid days but this can be a great add to your night skincare routine. If you are situated in a colder region then this can substitute your day cream as well.
Benefits of Shea Butter
–  Helps in getting rid of sunburns
– Moisturises and hydrates skin
– Reduces stretch marks
– Can substitute as a makeup base & lip balm
– Helps strengthening cuticles
The only thing I found a bit strange was the fragrance of this product. Since its  au naturale there is no added fragrance to it. At the beginning I was a bit turned off but the results within a week encouraged me to continue application. I have a dry sensitive skin and this works fine for me.
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Want to try it yourself? Visit @sheabutter_dxb for orders or call on 0505982393. Large jar costs AED120
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VLCC Slimming Treatment Review

What’s the first thing that pops in your mind when I say VLCC? Most associate them with weight loss hoardings seen across the city or even for their well-known beauty products found at select retail outlets. However, there is much more to the brand than what we know, as I discovered for myself.

VLCC has a very holistic and practical approach towards the whole mystery of slimming down and maintaining a healthy body.

I got the opportunity to try out one of their slimming sessions called Tei machine that focuses on fat loss from thighs, arms and stomach area.

This was my first visit, and to begin with, I was asked to share my brief medical history and my lifestyle with their wellness counsellor. Once she had all details noted down, she began explaining to me on how VLCC works on setting smaller weight loss targets which make it easier for clients to achieve. Also, the monitoring of same is done week on week basis so that one is aware of how and what exactly is helping them lose weight.

Experts and counsellors at VLCC ensure to design a healthy mix of passive treatments such as Tei along with a diet plan to achieve desired goals.

Tei Treatment- My Experience

Prior to the treatment, my weight was checked on their Body Composition Analysis (BCA) Machine. The machine also calculates metabolism rate, weight in specific areas and the BMI which is calculated keeping in mind the weight and height.

This session is completely private and done in a closed room. Gel slathered straps were attached to targeted areas. What Tei machine does is help in loosening fat from the areas and increasing the metabolic rate. In the forty-five minutes of the session the straps emitted heat at various degrees. Along with variating degrees of heat the straps also vibrates. These vibrations like heat variate the pattern to maximize fat loss.

The treatment rooms are equipped with televisions and are very relaxing. Use of mobile phones is permitted or one can even choose to catch up on some much needed sleep while in session.

Post treatment the weight analysis is done again. This helps in drawing comparisons pre-& post sessions.
There aren’t sudden changes in the weight post the sessions but these help in increasing metabolic rate that promotes fat loss. For someone who has a slower

VLCC treatments are:

  • Non invasive
  • Targets body toning and help in reduction of fat cells
  • Personalized sessions 
  • No muscle loss happens with treatments
  • Dedicated area for Ladies
  • Use of Exclusive VLCC products that are enriched with herbal oils to keep skin hydrated and tightened
  • Reasonable prices for tailored packages

Thank you VLCC Karama team for the wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend a visit to your nearest VLCC branch to find out more about their slimming sessions. Click here for VLCC locations.
VLCC offers complimentary Body Composition Analysis to first time visitors. UAE readers may contact – 04-3273574 / 04-3435633

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Hair Tales With Abeer Beauty And Spa

I was invited to review the fabulous Abeer Beauty Spa services. Was super excited to visit because I had finally grown my hair upto my waist and wanted them all colored. However it seems fate had something else in store for me. Just a day before my visit to Abeer Beauty Spa, I burnt my hair with my new hair curler. In hurry I chopped it off and cried the whole night! From waist length hair to shoulder length. Oh it was the worst evening for me!
On the reviewing day, I was hoping some miracle happens and that my hair grow back or look presentable enough.
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When I consulted their senior stylist, she chose the color that would suit my skin tone and also chopped off few odd ends to give my hair some volume.Thier amazing stylists are a blessing in disguise! She chose the perfect color and styled my hair accordingly. The color used was loreal Professionel Caramel Ashe and It brings out my skin color!
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Overall, the service at the salon was perfect and I couldn’t ask for more. Abeer beauty and Spa have lovely treatments like their royal Hammam and beauty services. If you are looking to be treated like a princess, this is the place to be.
All services are reasonably priced and they do also retail Abeer Beauty lashes which look amazingly natural!
Follow them on instagram Abeer Beauty to be updated of their latest offers or visit their website for rate cards and services
Location:

ABEER AL YASEEN BEAUTY SPA

OPENING HOURS 9am – 9pm | OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Jumeirah, Al wasl Road, Utamah Villa 1053A

UAE/Dubai P.O.Box 120174

+97143808703,   +97143431611,

+971555771217, +971563537830

Revlon Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette Review

I am all in for beauty products that offer convenience. Generally I don’t carry a lot of makeup but when it’s meetings/office events I require to do a quick makeover to my face. In such scenarios a palette that offers all in one option works really well which is why when Revlon released their Eyes, lips and cheek palette I was very much interested in trying it out.
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Coming to the palette, it’s compact and easy to carry around. I received this kit from Revlon team for reviewing and this is the Romantic Nudes 100 set. The palette mentions that the shades are universally flattering.
Features:
• Includes mirror and mini applicators

My review

Eyes – The top two shades are shimmering shades, very light and not very pigmented. On the other hand the remaining shades are a bit promising because once you start applying the color is visible. The darker shades are decently pigmented, very build-able and blend-able. I would highly recommend to use a good primer as the base to build your look and to make these eye shade last longer ( I used Nyx primer) The mini sponge applicator given along with the product is okay to use. You can expect these shades to last at least 4-5 hours without fading out.
Lips: The two shades given at the left are lipsticks. One is slightly towards coral, it’s buttery and I loved this shade even without adding the lipgloss. The other shade is a light plum-ish color. Both are great shades, one for day and night look. There is a lipstick applicator with the palette but I used my finger which was easier as the lipsticks have a very smooth texture. The lip glosses are great too! Gives lips a healthy sheen and not too sticky.
Cheeks: The blush powder comes with a tiny and cute blush brush. Honestly, I didn’t find this blush helpful at all. I applied it several times but couldn’t see the color on my cheeks. It’s a very light shade and I have a pale/wheat-ish skin on which there was no effect.
Pros: 
  • All in one compact palette
  • Mirror included
  • Easy to carry
  • Can create multiple looks, day and night
  • Darker  eye shadow shades are more towards matte
  • Shades to suit any skin tone
Cons:
  • The palette doesn’t have any cover for the lipsticks which are liquid. The powders tend to fall on the lipsticks
  •  Inconsistencies in pigmentation of shades
  • Eye shadows requires a lot of blending
  • Cost 
Revlon Eye,lips and cheeks palette is available through Desert cart at AED 55, I haven’t seen these at drugstores yet.

REVLON ULTRA HD MATTE LIPCOLOR REVIEW + SWATCHES

I am in love with Matte lip shades! Really not the shimmer kinds and glitter was never the thing for me especially on the lips. I would go for a daring color but in matte only. Keeping up with this matte trend, Revlon has introduced these cool new Ultra HD Matte lip colors. Let’s learn a bit about them.
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Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Review + Swatches 

I really liked the shades that I was provided for reviewing. One on the verge of blush pink  HD Passion and other a daring pink HD devotion which is fun and flirty. Coming the the texture, these lipsticks are highly pigmented and have a light sheen when applied. The packaging mentions that it is a high definition lip color which is seen as just in one sweep the color is visible on lips. The wear time for these would be anywhere around 4-6 hours. It’s very lightweight, velvety and creamier in comparison to predecessors of Revlon lippies. There is a hint of vanilla and mango fragrance but it is not overwhelming at all which is great! The price is super affordable with AED 40 and all pink shades, who could say no to that? There are 7 shades available in Middle East, originally 16 were released in USA.
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On the downside, I found it a bit sticky on lips and the matte-ness reduces with time. Also if I don’t apply lip balm, this product leaves my lips dry after a while. This is observed in previous Revlon lippies too! Which is strange because this product contains shea butter and is suppose to moisturize . Since this is a gel base lipstick, it needs a lip liner to finish the look.
I like the packaging, its easy to carry and breaking from the norm of going for a cylindrical shape or boxed, this product has a smooth oval shape that is cute and easy to even carry in the back pocket. The applicator brush is double sided sponge brush for easier application of course.
Overall, the shades are designed to suit almost all skin tones. It’s light but needs constant touch-ups. If you are someone who doesn’t want to invest much on lipsticks then this is certainly a good drugstore brand to go with. I would wear it because I love the shades. Can be used frequently if you apply a good lip balm prior application of this lip color( I used clarins hydraquench moisturizing lip balm).
Revlon products are available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and drugstores across middle east.

Mini Dermal Haul from MySkinChoice.com

Korean beauty products have created their niche in this large beauty market. With unique products such as snail serum, oyster masks and many more..
Well I am not the kind who would experiment with any products containing animal contents so I chose to go green. I was sent these gorgeous products by Myskinchoice to try and the verdict.. Well read below guys, not giving everything away now!
Dermal Aloe Vera Gel 
This product is exactly how one would imagine it to be. Clear as aloe liquid and lightly fragranced. I really like the texture as its light and quickly absorbs in skin, its best to apply in day time. though if you are like me living in a desert then this product is best for winters.
Aloevera is good to treat sunburns, anti aging and reduces acne. Recommending this gel to those who do not go heavy on makeup and need a light moisturizer for keeping skin hydrated. This product is very close to the actual aloe gel and requires frequent applications to see the results.
Verdict: for aed24, I am definitely buying this again!
Dermal Bamboo Sheet Mask

 I generally use masks on weekends as I get time to multitask and relax too. So I used this mask sheet to see the results. It contains Bamboo essence but honestly the result was just about okay. My skin did feel tighter for a while but the effects wear off soon. I am guessing it is because maybe the product is too natural and not been messed with. Try it if you have a normal skin type, mine is combination skin and this mask didn’t help. However it totally doesn’t hurt to try out as its super budget friendly and has minimal side effects.

Try out the above and more Korean products,from Myskinchoice.com they have an awesome sale going on so go grab some festive beauty treats.

Kiss Gel Nail Varnishes

How many of you have tried gel nail paints? I really love the finish of the gel manicures but hate when the nail starts growing and I have to visit a salon to get the gel removed. Also the cost for gel nails is anywhere between 150-300aed (includes removing process). if you are looking for a budget friendly solution to this then read along to discover Kiss Gel Nail varnishes.

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After personally testing all the shades I am declaring Kiss gel nail varnish as the best in drugstore range. The colors are intense and one coat is thick enough but I would recommend two coats if it’s a lighter shade. I am a total sucker for pastel shades so when I got my hands on these I was thrilled to try them all and see how they look. The varnishes do not chip off and the top coat from Kiss USA too is really strong too. My nails were growing but the varnish wasn’t off which is a good thing.

Here’s how the nail looks after two coats and top coat:

Benefits:

  • No need of UV/led lamp
  • Easy Application
  • Large brush for covering entire nail in one sweep
  • Easy Drying
  • Intense colors
  • Large variety of glitter/ non glitter colors available

Highly recommending these to those who want to have fabulous manicures in budget friendly way. Kiss Gel nail varnishes are available at at all leading drugstores, hypermarkets and supermarkets.