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.

Top Five Skin & Lip Care Products For Winters

I have been testing various products this winter so that I could provide an accurate summary of the products  I feel are perfect for my lovely fans!

These products are in no particular order & may be luxury or drugstore products, however these are great to use and perfect to keep your skin & lips moisturized.

L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This classic hand cream is an absolute must have. With a combination of 20% shea butter, honey, almond extracts & coconut oil this cream works wonders! I love how light it is and how easily it blends on the skin. This product can be used in all seasons, recommending this product specially to those who are always sitting in airconditioned areas. No more dry skin with this fab product! Its luxuriously thick & wonderfully fragranced.

Purchase from: http://ae.loccitane.com/ or Loccitane stores nearest to you.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream

Another fantastic product to add to your beauty kit is the figs & rouge hand cream. If you are someone having excessive dry hands, this product is for you. Its non greasy and makes your skin soft & smooth. I noticed a huge difference on my skin after application of this cream in just a week. This cream contains coco Butter, Natural Antioxidants & Algae extract for Protection against daily elements. Infused with Glycerine & Ginseng to soften & nourish throughout the day.

Purchase from: Boots the Pharmacy, United Pharmacies, Marina Pharmacies, Organic Foods & Café, The Change Initiative and Make-Up Etc.

Labello Lip butters 

Lips are a very fragile part of your face. The cold wintery air can not only make your lips dry but also really chappy. However with Labello I have noticed a great difference in lips. Firstly Labello butters are not at all sticky, they perfectly blend on lips leaving a healthy sheen. Found in various flavors, this drugstore product is an absolute necessity for your lips.

Purchase from: Nearest drugstores & all leading supermarkets/hypermarkets.

Human+Kind Day and Night Cream

I found this product of great use during winters. Though you can use it throughout the seasons but in winters it has worked well. It is a bit greasy than the other products, however it moisturizes well and keeps the skin looking fresh.

Purchase from:  Boots the Pharmacy, United Pharmacies, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative, and Down To Earth.

Figs & Rouge Lip Balm

This one definitely is in my list of top five products because its a multitasking product. Packed in an adorable tin, this product is wonder fixer for moments when you realise that your dry skin has patches. Just rub in the lip balm and see the difference on your skin. Also keeps your lips soft, supple and protected. Read my detailed review on this product right here

Purchase from: Boots the Pharmacy,Organic Foods & Café, The Change Initiative and Make-Up Etc.

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Featuring Labello lip butter & Loccitane Shea Butter hand cream.

 

 

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

DIY Facemasks That Can Glow Your Skin!

Learn these beauty hacks that are suggested by my granny and you will be glowing in no time! These face masks can be made and stored up to two days.

Cinnamon & Oats:  Soak 1/2 cup cooking oats & 1tsp cinnamon in 1/2 cup milk (almond milk can be a substitute) for 2 hours. Apply the oats mask on your face and neck, let it stay for half hour and wash. This facemask will rejuvenate and lighten your skin.

Dried Rose: Crush dried rose petals and add 2 Tsp honey to it. Mix well and apply on the face, leave it for half an hour and wash. This facemask is good for tightening skin and refresh dry skin. Use this mask twice in a month and you don’t need anything else for your skin.

Ripe Banana & lemon : Mash ripe banana, juice of 1 lemon and honey together. Apply on face and neck, leave it for fifteen minutes. Wash and see the difference in skin shade. This will immediately lighten the skin and frequent application of this face mask will make your skin as soft as that of a baby.

Coffee & cocoa: Mix finally ground organic coffee , 70% or more unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tbsp honey. Gently scrub this mix in curricular motions on your face and leave it for half an hour. Wash well and see the glowing skin. This scrub is good for those who have acne issues.

These super easy facemask ideas are quick and easy to make. If you have any queries, please do mention them in comments below and I will resolve them for you.

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Along with skin care if you are controlling on your diet and need some healthy recipe inspirations, visit this link- ALOHA

Skin Care Product Review – Herbline Essentials SPF 40 Sunscreen lotion

This is a perfect time to test out sunscreen lotions that suit your skin. Its just the beginning of summer and as you know it gets awfully humid and hot by May. Which is why finding your perfect sunscreen lotion is very important. Even if someone is exposed to the Sun for a shorter while, the rays cause harm to the skin and result in excessive dryness, aging and break outs. In such scenario the most simple solution is to prepare and product yourself beforehand.

For preparation, one needs to know what best suits their skin, There are a lot of SPF lotions available in the market but most of them don’t turn out as expected. I recently purchased a brand that made my skin greasy and caused irritation that lasted an entire day. Also there was one of SPF lotions that tanned me instead of saving my skin. However these experiences don’t deter me from testing until I find something that is just perfect. Today I am reviewing Herbline Essentials SPF 40 Sunscreen lotion. Read to know whether this could be on your summer must haves list.

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I was recently introduced to Herbline Essentials SPF 40 Sunscreen lotion, also was assured that this product unlike other SPF lotions is lighter and better.Questions that I had.. will it suit my dry and sensitive skin? Will it be greasy and sticky? Will it moisturize my skin? When I finally got my hands on Herbline Essentials SPF 40 Sunscreen lotion I set to try it out. Applied it in morning before my 30 minute walk. The lotion is so light and non greasy I loved the texture. Also there was no excessive sweating caused due to the lotion. My skin stayed soft and hydrated throughout. After that I have been using the lotion for past two days and I have to say this is the best SPF lotion I have ever tried.

Many may argue that the SPF needs to be higher as the temperatures rise in UAE at an unbearable level. As Herbline Essentials SPF 40 Sunscreen lotion is 100% organic, the maximum it can go upto is 40. It can be used by anyone right from children to elders. Also the lotion has healing qualities for minor burns and rashes caused due to heat. Its a great product for those like me who have a very sensitive skin and cannot stand high percentage of chemicals in their creams.

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Ingredients:

Spring Water, Coco Palm Wax, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerrhiza, Rosemary Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Avocado, Wheat Germ Oil, Indian Madder, Liquorice, Lactic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Natural Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

Definitely stocking up this product, Its handy and easy to carry around in my handbag. It is the best skincare investment you can make this summer!

Herbline Essentials Sun Screen SPF 40, 120ML retails for AED 109 at pharmacies across the UAE and Kuwait, you can also order online as worldwide shipping is offered. Visit Herbline Essentials to order yours and read more about theirs products. 

Party in a pot! – Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

Yes you read that right.. its a shower jelly!

Its wobbly, its smells fantastic and it is super fun to use. As Lush staff told me, this product is a party in a pot. Spotted this product at Lush Dubal Mall, I instantly fell in love with it. Asked the staff there if I could try it out prior purchase and they were happy to help me with it. Plop! the jelly landed on my hand and rest is history..

I was sold when I read the description ” If a bar of soap and a bottle of shower gel had a steamy affair, this would be the resulting jelly baby”

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Excerpts from official Lush website:

“This is a sweet, sweet little cutie-pie. We start this jelly by making an infusion with cherries and coconut, we then add carrageen seaweed and boil it up until it turns all jelly and wobbly on us. Then we have to get it into the mould quickly, before it sets in the pan! ” 

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What I like about sweetie pie shower gel?

The sweet fragrance

The wobbliness is super cute and fun not only for kids but adults too.

Its sparkly. The glitter doesn’t exactly stick to the body but sort of makes it look like light shimmer has been dusted.

It retains moisture on the skin leaving it supple for a long while.

Vegan product and free of any harmful chemicals.

What I didn’t like about the product?

Jelly is a bit too delicate. I have long nails and while using Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly I crumbled a bit accidentally. You cant put the crumbled bits back on the jelly.

The product contains coconut too, however I couldn’t get fragrance of any.

Final verdict

Will I repurchase it? I will purchase this again because its cute and the idea of wobbly jelly is fascinating to me. It suits my skin type (sensitive) and leaves it soft for a long while. It is one of my favorite from Lush handmade cosmetics.

Product was purchased from Lush Dubai Mall for AED 43 (100gm pot) 

Win this product and other gorgeous goodies in my international giveaway here

New Skincare Range Launched! UrbanVeda: Aryuveda skincare with a modern twist!

Every day we go into battle with environmental factors such as excessive central heating or air conditioning, exhaust fumes, dust, dirt and stress, which negatively affect the health of our skin as our lifestyles are mirrored in our complexion. The UrbanVeda range has been formulated using natural ingredients and the principles of Ayurveda in a relevant way for 21st century skin care complaints to ‘pollution proof’ skin leaving it less vulnerable to the environment.

UrbanVeda believes the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda fits seamlessly into a modern 21st century lifestyle. But unlike so many things in the modern world, Ayurveda doesn’t believe just in the quick fix. Naturally formulated using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives, UrbanVeda helps to maintain the skin’s natural balance by infusing it with Omega-rich bio-oils, free radical-fighting antioxidants and vitality-boosting essential fatty acids.

Inspired by Ayurveda – an ancient Indian health and wellbeing system based on the holistic and therapeutic properties of plants- UrbanVeda is targeted to help pollution-proof modern lifestyles. The four amazing ranges in the UrbanVeda collection have been created to target different skin types, which in Ayurveda are associated with ‘doshas’ – The Ayurvedic terms to describe the physical and emotional tendencies in our mind and body.

The four ranges are Radiance, for dry and dull skin; Purifying, for oil-prone and congested skin; Soothing, for distressed skin relief; and Reviving, a pampering and replenishing range with naturally anti-aging ingredients suitable for all skin types.

For dry and dull skin types, and for the Vata dosha, the Radiance Range utilises natural Ayurvedic botanics Himalayan Goji berry, Papaya and Pomegranate. Star ingredient Turmerone, a distilled fraction derived from Turmeric, is an active and powerful antioxidant, shown to enhance complexion by up to 30%. The Radiance skincare is enhanced with an anti-inflammatory peptide sequence to impart a glow and luminosity helping to revitalise lack-lustre skin.

For oily and congested skin in need of detoxifying, the Purifying Range (for Kapha dosha),utilises 12 bioactive botanics including Spearmint, Mulberry, Eucalyptus and Quassia with an energising, stimulating and fresh aroma to invigorate mind and body. Star Ayurvedic ingredient, Neem, is a cold-pressed oil traditionally held to cleanse, tone and moisturise in one. It’s highly antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it an excellent natural ingredient for those with excess skin oils, granting mild cleansing properties throughout their skincare regime. The Purifying Day Cream and Purifying Protecting Night Cream help mattify shiny skin and refine excessive pores.

To soothe distressed skin, aromatic Sandalwood oil is infused with 16 botanics including organic Aloe Vera juice, Myrrh and Clary Sage. Brimming with harmonising and therapeutic botanics to fight fatigue, dehydration and stress, the Soothing Range helps to balance elemental damage and alleviate rosy complexions to calm, clarify and content the Pitta dosha.

UrbanVeda’s tri-doshic Rose + botanics range, suitable for all skin types, offers antioxidant and flower water fortification to pamper tired and mature skin. Drawing on Rose’s natural anti-aging properties, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives, the Reviving Range includes naturally anti-aging evening Primrose, Omega-rich Rosehip, Borage, Rose Geranium, harmonising Jasmine and collagen-boosting Arjuna.

Each collection contains a full regime of both facial skincare and body care, from intelligent plant-based hydrators naturally formulated to factor in the effects the environment; stress and dehydration play on skin health, to body washes that cleanse without stripping using luxurious skin conditioning plant extracts.

All UrbanVeda packaging is recyclable, and bottles are made using post-consumer recycled plastic. UrbanVeda use Forest Sustainability Certified packaging and are Vegetarian Society certified. Belief in the value of nature means valuing plants as nature intended- all UrbanVeda products are free from GM ingredients, parabens, SLS/SLES, artificial colours and mineral oil.

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As a holistic brand UrbanVeda don’t, and will never, test on animals. UrbanVeda will be available from March 2015 exclusively in Holland and Barrett. Prices start from AED 75

Image and Text source: Official press release