A Cool Hangout Spot – Dip N Dip

Coming back from a rough day at work, my colleagues and I stopped over at Dip N Dip, Jumeirah in search of some chocolate-y goodness.
Ended up trying their famous brownie crepe which was super soft and delicious! Topped with Belgium chocolate this warm treat is perfect for a cold and windy day. Apart from the brownie crepe, we also tried out the waffle stick which was a bit chewy and strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, a sort of low carb option.
Dip N Dip is a casual dine in/takeaway place. Red and white runs in their decor which are the colors seen in their logo as well. The staff were courteous and smiling throughout the service.
If you are a chocolate lover, this place is a must visit. Dip N Dip has wide variety of crepes, bakery items and ice creams. A cozy hangout place with chocolate fountain for view.
Excuse the sorry image, our phones were as drained of energy as us.
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Cost : AED 80
Location: Reem Mall, Near Emirates NBD, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai
View menu on Dip N Dip Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Restaurant Review: Caliburger

Caliburger a well known establishment from the golden state (California) has opened their stores in Dubai and are soon expanding to other Emirates. The decor is super trendy and casual. I loved the outdoor seating but since it was sunny that day we choose to dine inside.
When I checked the menu, we were been informed that their halloumi sandwich is only available during breakfast (until 11a.m) now as I am a vegetarian, I cannot try their other burgers. I inquired the staff if any exceptions can be made. At first I was been declined and then after a bit of inquiring I was been informed that lettuce wrap is what I can get. I wasn’t too keen on trying that and inquired if it can be given in a bun at least. The staff agreed and prepared a grilled cheese sandwich for us. We also tried the wild fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks. These were saviors of our lunch and my guest and I enjoyed the same. The mozzarella sticks were stringy and the cheese was oozing out! Along with this we had lotus milkshake each, it was a bit runny for a milkshake but good on flavor.
Coming to the desserts, we tried the Apple pie with ice cream and Brownie sundae. Now I don’t understand the obsession with lotus because both of desserts had lotus and caramel sauce. The piping hot Apple pie with vanilla ice cream was delicious! On the other hand the brownie sundae was no less!
Overall, we enjoyed the sides and desserts but definitely I couldn’t try the burgers. The staff in the beginning were very flustered as they mentioned that they weren’t aware of my visit. After about ten minutes I was been informed that it’s ok to dine . The menu doesn’t mention that breakfast items are available until 11am so I couldn’t try the halloumi sandwich which I was intending to. I will definitely go back to try it.
The place is a self/semi self service one wherein you order and once the tracker rings you can pick it up which is something common in US and majority of fast food joints across UAE.
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What’s interesting is that they also had a gemjump challenge for their diners. I hope they do introduce that again because it was an amazing challenge where you could win prizes up to 10000$, ipads, burgers and many more things.

Home Delivery
Wheelchair friendly

Kid Friendly

Outdoor Seating

Wifi
Contact : 8002254 for orders
Address: Opposite Mashreq Bank, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
For menu and more images visit  CaliBurger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tacos To Churros, All At Tortilla

When we talk about Mexican cuisine, first thing that comes to our mind is TORTILLAS. Oh aren’t they just yum? That’s exactly what the owner for franchise name Tortilla thought. The name explains the cuisine but does this new franchise live up to the hype? Read along to know more..

Tortilla is a brand from UK and they have opened their first branch at Dubai Festival City center. Located at the food court, this casual dining restaurant is very vibrant and they have tried to retain the Cali feel for their customers.
My guest and I tried many dishes. Trio of Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fajita rice bowl and to wash all that down we had the frozen lime margarita. All the dishes are prepared right in front of you and everything can be converted to vegetarian/vegan.
Highlights of our meal was the big fat burrito, all stuffed with rice, vegetables, salsa, beans & cheese. We loved it! Though I found it a bit bland ( my indian-ness is coming around) so I added a good squeeze of sirarcha on it and it was perfect! Another dish to try is the fajita bowl (minus the meat for me) I loved how the subtle flavours of rice and roasted bell peppers were paired. All the dishes are good for two and pricing is pretty reasonable considering the quality offered.
The manager was informing me that they replace the vegetables/salsa within every few hours so that the customers can enjoy fresh dishes without worrying about quality. All the staff handing food are seen with disposable gloves which are changed often too.
coming to the drinks, they offer the local Mexican sodas which are known as Jarritos. At one point of time I was crazy about this soda brand and tried all flavours including the hibiscus one. So instead I opted for the frozen magarita & it needs a special mention. with hot, spicy and delicious food this drink provides refreshment.
We were really stuffed but the staff insisted us to try their newly launched desserts. The option was between nutella & banana quesadilla and churros. We opted for the latter because who can say no to churros ever? These churros are to die for. Crunchy bits outside and soft inside, they are fat little fried doughnuts! Served with chocolate and toffee sauce it is a delicious treat. It was so good that now whenever I go for movies to dfc I buy these and happily munched on them (no I dont share it 😛) The chocolate sauce is created from authentic mexican cacao and is not overtly sweet but perfect!
Overall, I love the concept of fresh food prepared right in front of you and the fact that they are adding dishes as per market demands like the churros weren’t initially the part of menu and later added as many customers asked for it. Lovely decor and a fun place to visit. Also the staff is courteous and advise you in advance for spice levels of the sauces. Probably the only thing I want to point out is that their tortillas for the wraps are prepackaged ones and not fresh. Also the quesadillas need to be a bit more cheesier.
P.s: a bit messy to have tacos and burritos by hand but that’s how it to be eaten and trust me you will love it!
  • Kids Friendly
  • Casual dine in/takeaway
  • Fast Service
  • Reasonable prices

Walk ins are accepted. Contact 04 4376062 for more info or visit  Tortilla Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Veet Sensitive Precision™ Beauty Styler Review

My long time beautician & a dear friend :”I am going for a vacation”
Me: please don’t go! who will do my eyebrows? *puppy eyes*

I am okay to get anything else done other than my eyebrows at any other salon. However when I am away from my favorite beautician, I feel scared to even try out any new salon for my eyebrows.

Being an Asian, I am blessed with super thick eyebrows that don’t take much time to grow. I don’t wish to ruin the shape but the problem is how do I maintain it? I am sure many of you have faced this problem too. Especially when one is travelling, you can’t really pack your beautician with you.

Our prayers have been answered ladies! Veet’s sensitive precision trimmer is an easy way to maintain the shape of your eyebrows & keep it always on fleek! Besides eyebrows, this lovely trimmer can also be used for trimming sensitive body parts such as bikini and underarms.

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Let’s find out the benefits as described on the pack:

Introducing the NEW Veet Sensitive Precision™ Beauty Styler, designed for use on the face, underarms and bikini area where skin is more sensitive and requires more gentleness.
It’s quick and gentle with cutting blades that don’t touch the skin, so no fear of cuts! And thanks to its two different sized trimming heads and dedicated accessories you can achieve high precision whilst shaping and styling

How to Use

Use the desired trimmer head to achieve the perfect shape of your brows or bikini line. The additionally comb attachments are ideal for achieving a uniform hair length for the perfect finish. Use on dry skin only.

Hazards and Cautions

• Please read all instructions before using this product
• If your skin is sensitive, allergic to cosmetics, or easily irritated when shaving, please try on arms or legs before using the product
• Do not use with shaving gel or foam. Use on dry skin only
• Do not dismantle
• Keep out of reach of children

My review

On eyebrows: Loved it! it’s effortless and you can’t feel the blade but it does the job really well. The styler along with the eyebrow trimmer though I felt was a bit too big and instead I felt comfortable to use the blade without styler brush.

On sensitive areas: I generally prefer waxing bi-weekly to get rid of hair in these sensitive areas such as bikini and underarms. This time I tried Veet trimmer, it’s definitely not like a full fledged epilator and the process of trimming these areas is really slow. I somehow felt the blades should have been a bit sharper for as the hair growth is generally thicker.

Pros:

– Perfect for carrying while travelling
– Easy eyebrow trimming tutorial
– Good to even trim hair in smaller area
– no risk of cuts! literally not, I tried it personally and the blades are safe to use.
– Reasonably priced
– doesn’t require and shaving gel/cream application prior usage.
– wireless
– Cleaning brush included

Cons:

– battery operated! I would prefer it being with charging device.

– works only on dry skin, cannot be used in water

– Battery wears off soon!

– needs noise cancellation! there is too much of a buzzing sound while using the device which is a bit distracting.

-instructions manual : a tad bit of clarity on instructions paper is required for users to understand how to use the product.

– needs eyebrow stencil

Final Verdict

There is a reason why this sensitive trimmer is marketed more like eyebrow shaper. Definitely does wonderful job of trimming eyebrows and keeping the shape intact. I have tried the general blades and even electric blades for eyebrows earlier and I made a disaster out of my eyebrows but thanks to Veet,  I will not face that issue anymore. The USP of this product is the blades which promise no cuts and is exactly that! good for those who have hyper sensitive skin because I have it too but Veet styler doesn’t cause any redness.

I am unsure of the bikini area and underarms as I would have loved if the blades were a bit sharper for this. The product cannot be used in showers as it cannot be in contact with water. The blades can be separated and washed.

Overall, I am glad that a Veet has innovated such a wonderful product that is so easy to carry. Perfect for busy women of today!

Veet Sensitive Precision Trimmer is available in all leading hypermarket, supermarkets and drugstores across UAE, currently retailing at AED139.

Click here to watch Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler – Tutorial

SS16 Mood by Jon Richard collection

A few weeks back Jon Richard team sent me some gorgeous pieces from their SS16 collection. I am so much in love with them! Wore them for Ramadan and am now introducing it on my blog. Before that I have added an excerpt from their press release..

“Step into the summer with the latest Spring Summer 16 collection from Mood with pops of colour and stylish fringing embellishment. The must have look of Semi-precious stones and rhodium based textured metals create a stylish Pool Side inspired range with a colour palette of cobalt and light sapphire blues creating that pool side glamour. Chunky multi row necklaces are the perfect summer accessory adorned with colourful beading creating a contemporary day to evening wear look. Lush lilacs, blush pinks and colour pearls adorn the ‘Romanticism’ trend taking inspiration from the catwalk, whist taking your evening style to 70’s casual glamour with black & gold plating, textured chains accompanied by polished metal.

An Amazonian theme of gold, blues and white mother of pearl adorn this collection characterized in statement fashion earrings and wrist wear. The beautiful abalone shell effect with a mother of pearl interior and turquoise streaks is a key piece and the perfect accessory to your summer wardrobe.”

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This gorgeous chunky piece is guaranteed to make all the heads turn. Best to wear with bold and bright dresses/tops to accentuate the look.

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Going with the theme this beautiful pearl earrings are a perfect summer accessory. Wear it with a delicate white dress or with a bold bright red, it suits all.

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Going with the summer theme this multi chain collection is the perfect way to flaunt your day look.

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Along with the multi chain featured above this gorgeous wrist wear is easily the favorite from the collection. Delicate danglers and colorful beads just add to the look. I wore this with my nude colored dress and the accessory fits so perfect with it!

These accessories are perfect for yourself or even to gift someone. The SS16 Mood by Jon Richard collection is available throughout Debenhams stores and online at http://www.debenhams.com and http://www.jonrichard.com. Prices start from £6 (AED 30). Visit Debenhams to find out the location of stores in gulf.

 

Reviewing 7th Heaven Beauty Products-Part 2

As I mentioned in the earlier post, 7th heaven products are really reasonable and effective. Now I was sent quite a few of masks so it took time to try them all but I finally did it! Also many of you have been inquiring of the prices for these facemasks and since they have huge variety, I decided to add a photo of the entire section which I took at the nearest Carrefour as Spinneys near my house just closed down :(. Hope that helps you folks.

I tried these masks are results are below:

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Argan Oil Mud Mask

While Mud masks generally absorb off the excess oil that skin produces they tend to dry off the skin too. That’s certainly not what we are looking for.. now 7th heaven has introduced a well balanced formula to work both ways. The Mediterranean Clay absorbs the excess oil while the Argan oil does the moisturizing magic. Paired with subtle scents Jasmine, Chamomile and Vanilla this masque does the trick! My skin a combination of dry & oily felt so much better after the use of this masque. This is by far the most impressive Sachet face masque I have tried.

Pulped Papaya Rescue Masque – Hair & Roots

These Herbalist at 7th Heaven are creating magic with these masques! Just when you thought they had ended with series of facemasks, 7th heaven introduces hair and root masque. Simple application, just follow the instructions as per the pack. The difference is noticeable as soon as hair have dried. The goodness of all those botanical oils & papaya  made my hair shiny & the fragrance lasted for about good 8-10 hours. One disadvantage is that one sachet was not enough for my shoulder length hair. I had to use two of these to cover the entire area.

AloeVera Face Spa

Aloevera comes with a lot of healing and moisturizing properties. Some prefer to drink aloevera juice for healthy skin (which is yuck btw, I tried it once) and some apply the aloe gel on the skin directly. The gels are available across drugstores but they do get mixed with chemicals and the original plant gel will only save your skin for upto days unless applied every week consistently. In such scenarios, it is best to use a aloevera mask by 7th heaven. Needs a weekly application, skin felt clean but not much difference though. I think this mask needs multiple applications to see the difference. I tried only twice.

Banana & Honey Masque

If you have been my blog follower for a long time then I am sure you definitely know how crazy I am about DIY beauty. I had even created a DIY masque blogpost last year you can have a look here) Now Honey & Banana are age old combination for good skin. So if you dont have time to make your own mask, this one works just fine. Lightens the skin, makes its brighter & radiant!

Tea Tree Masque Sheet

Tea tree oil has been known to treat acne problem. Now since I dont have much acne I thought to experiment this masque on my sister who has acne issues during PMS. You can choose to use the mask otherwise too as there is no harm in that, it will definitely help in increasing the radiance. Anyhow my trial on the sister was successful and I was so right about the acne reduction. Her acne did actually dry out the very next day and within a week the skin was clearer! Acne prone people.. this masque maybe a blessing in disguise!

Overall it was a fun thing to experiment with all these masques and understand the properties, advantages and disadvantages of each. Actually disadvantages are so minor because these masques are herbal and made with fresh ingredients. Also these products are so budget friendly that even if I buy 10 masques I am still paying under 100AED (36$)

I am adding a high res image below..just click on the image and you will be able to zoom in to see the prices.

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Valentine’s Day Special Treats from De La Mer Day Spa

Are you still planning of what special to do for your loved one on this Valentine’s day? Check out these amazing offers from De La Mer Day Spa.

Sugar kiss scrub, rose petal facial and chocolate orange all make up De La Mer Day Spa’s gorgeous packages for Valentine’s Day. Why not make a day of it and enjoy the spa’s gym, jacuzzi and pool too as you get ready for your night out!

Love your skin: 2 hours/560 AED

Begin your pampering with a light exfoliating treatment, a delicious chocolate and orange scrub, followed by a cocoa shea butter Balinese massage, and finishing off with a hair wash and blow dry.

Lavender and Rose Ritual: 1 Hour 30 mins/375 AED

Revitalize with an exfoliating lavender and rose petal scrub followed by a relaxing back massage. Finish off with an indulgent rose petal facial that will leave you with beautifully glowing skin.

Polished Perfect: 1 Hour 15 mins NOW 285 Dhs

Enjoy a gorgeous sugar kiss scrub and a chocolate and vanilla treatment for hands and feet, followed by a mani/pedi. Finish off with a deep scalp hair treatment a head massage, a hair steam treatment finishing off with a blow dry.

Packages are available throughout February 2015. Prices include the 20% discount. To use the gym jacuzzi and pool facilities costs 80 AED a day.

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For bookings contact: : +971 4 328 2775, info@delamerspa.com or visit  http://delamerspa.com, Villa 783, Jumeirah Road, Umm Sequim 2, Dubai

Text Source: Official Press Release