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

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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 

International Giveaway Alert! Beauty Basket Up For Grabs!

Its been a year & more to P.A.B. For all the love on my blog and social media, I have decided to giveaway a cute basket full of beauty goodies. Read on to know more..

Firstly let’s look at the awesome basket:

Ooooo nice isn’t it?

It contains the following products:

  • Victoria’s Secret Lustrous Hold Hairspray
  • Victoria’s Secret Hydrating Secret Charm Body Lotion
  • Neutrogena Spot Control Daily Scrub
  • Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Eye Shadow
  • One Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Varnish
  • Samples from Jergens, Rahua Luxury hair care, Nivea (not pictured here and I will keep adding more samples till the end of giveaway)

How To Win?

Winning is easy peasy with Pink Asfoura Blog. All you need to do is follow any of Two steps below or both!

Option 1: Subscribe to the blog & leave a comment below with your name, country and email address with which you have subscribed.

Option 2: Follow me on Instagram @PinkAsfouraBlog and repost the entry using #PABgiveaway . No restrictions at reposting, you can repost as many times as you want and most importantly invite your friends to participate in the giveaway as well. Comment with your name, country & invite 5 friends to join the giveaway.

Follow me on Facebook & Twitter.

Terms & Conditions

  • Giveaway is worldwide, delivery costs will be taken care by me.
  • Delivery will be arranged for areas only covered by Aramex Couriers
  • There will be only one winner that will be selected at random from combined entries of blog & instagram.
  • Winner will be asked to email a copy of identification document
  • Contest ends on 20th November 2015
  • This giveaway is not sponsored by any brand and all products are purchased by me. The samples are something that I have received for reviewing.
  • Participants that unfollow the blog/instagram accounts after the giveaway ends will be noted & banned from future Pink Asfoura Giveaways.

Product Review: Asatex Strengthening Shampoo

Living in Gulf countries has its own disadvantages. Our hair are exposed to high amount of heat most of the times. Also the water we get is treated water which is equally harmful for our hair. These are just environmental factors, apart from these stress, unhealthy diet, lack of vitamins and allergies also cause hair loss.

I have lovely luscious hair but of lately the heat has been massively affecting my hair. The amount of hair loss that I have had, scares me. I have tried treatments, oils and what not to strengthen my hair but somehow my attempts weren’t that successful as I thought they would be.

Recently came across Asatex™ Strengthening Shampoo that promises to prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and give a shinier look. You can read the complete press release here

Watch below, unboxing of Asatex™ Strengthening Shampoo.

Product contains:

  • Melatonin – The effect of Melatonin on the activities in the hair follicle has been investigated in various studies.
  • Ginkgo biloba – Ginkgo biloba possesses antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities, as does Melatonin.
  • Biotin – Biotin is an essential micronutrient for normal cellular function, growth and development ASATEX®

My review:

You can never review a shampoo/ hair care product in first try. Its important to test out the product across weeks to actually see how much time it takes to give the result. I followed the same.

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Tested out the product throughout three weeks and noticed a massive difference. Though the product doesn’t claim to eliminate dandruff, it actually does. Also hair loss has reduced massively, I can see the difference just by brushing through my hair. I can’t say anything about glossy hair because I have shiny hair anyways but they feel thicker now. Only disadvantage is that its a bit pricey for a 200ml bottle but way better than getting any treatments done for hair loss.

Asatex Strengthening Shampoo is available at all leading pharmacies in the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. Also available in KSA under the brand name of Hairdal Shampoo.

Product Review: The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm

The Body shop, I was so fascinated by the name of this brand that hit the middle eastern markets in 90’s. I read about Dame Anita Roddick and actually had visited the first store which was in Jumierah near Magrudys. I was about five or six and after reading about this ambitious woman, I wanted to make sure that one day I will buy something from her store. Anita Roddick’s philosophies, her ideas were revolutionary and her passion has made this brand recognized all over the world. She was and is my idol, I love how she stood up for herself and changed the beauty world.

When I first started earning, I was fifteen and it was a promotion that I did at a mall. We were paid wages by hours, after my day’s work I was strolling around and I spotted The Body shop store. I made my first purchase, it was coco body butter and I just loved it! I had fulfilled my little wish and ever since then I have been purchasing from The Body Shop.

My favorite ranges are Vitamin C range and Tea Tree.

Recently I realized that I have been only purchasing products from their skin regime range and not tried anything different. To start trying out other ranges, I tried the BORN LIPPY™ pot Lip Balm Strawberry flavor.

Let us first learn about the ingredients of the product:

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Cera Alba (Emulsifier/Emollient), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Occlusive, Skin Conditioning Agent), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Aroma (Flavour), Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), CI 15850 (Colour).

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Two weeks down I regret my purchase of this product. The fragrance is fantastic but honestly this product doesn’t do any good to the lips. There are too many flaws in this product and I shall be pointing them out to you in points as the nerd in me says so.

  • The product claims to give a red tint to the lips, nothing as such really happened.
  • You have to use your fingers to dip in and apply on lips. Its a nightmare for women with longer nails.
  • Heals Chapped lips? No. not at all.
  • Long stay? Not that either, you have got to apply this product every 2-3 hours
  • Super sticky! Winding day, blowing hair and disaster that the hair get stuck on lips thanks to the lip balm.

Conclusion: Even though I love The Body Shop, I will definitely not recommend this product to those who are looking for soft and supple lips since it doesn’t help at all. I think it product is targeted to the younger audience because the range has these funky names like Satsuma Shimmer, Raspberry, Strawberry and Pink Guava. These are generally popular with teenagers.

Solution to Adult Acne? Spots & Blemish facemask by Skin Republic!

According to a recent UK survey of 92 dermatology clinics, enquiries about acne treatments have risen by 214 per cent in the past year. Stress, pollution and diets rich in junk foods and sugary snacks are believed to help trigger the skin condition, seen mainly Acne is a growing problem among adults and has been highlighted by celebrities including Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz and Emma Stone have all publicly spoken about their struggles with the condition. The survey found that the number of people seeking acne treatment has more than trebled over the past year. More than a third of those people affected were over the age of 35, with nine per cent coming in at over 55. Women make up a majority of patients, according to 84% of the dermatologists surveyed.

Research from the University of Pennsylvania has found that low-grade, persistent acne is common among women in their twenties, thirties, and forties (yep, that magical time when wrinkles start to appear). While acne may be nonexistent or dormant for years, certain factors like stress, hormones, and diet can eventually cause it to surface, with frustrating emotional side effects. “I’ve seen patients shy away from certain situations—they’ve canceled dates and rescheduled meetings at work—because they’re ashamed of their breakouts,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. More than one in four (27%) of dermatologists say stress, combined with hormones, is the primary cause of adult acne. Whatclinic.com Director, Emily Ross said “It doesn’t matter what age you are, acne can really impact on your confidence and self-esteem. It is greatly encouraging to see a range of treatments available that are in reach of the average.

Whether brought on by lifestyle (stress, diet), PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the result is the same—an increase in cortisol (also known as the stress hormone), which gets broken down into testosterone, a male hormone that pumps excess oil through your pores. “When your hormones are out of whack, your skin’s oil production may go into overdrive, causing an acne flare-up,” says Zeichner.

And it doesn’t take a midlife crisis for it to happen. “Even a moderate amount of daily stress, like balancing a career and a social life, or coming home from work and having to cook dinner for your family is enough to trigger a breakout,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and author of Heal Your Skin.

In addition to seeking treatment to control hormone fluctuations, dermatologists recommend using treatments which contain tried and tested ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree.

Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask

The Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask was formulated to combat problem skin. The hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested formulation contains spot fighting ingredients Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. This mask cleanses the skin’s pores and prevents future breakouts whilst simultaneously tightening pores and stabilising the barrier function of the skin, helping to prevent spot causing bacteria from entering the dermis. In addition, key ingredient Salicylic Acids helps regulate the skin’s oil production without over drying. Sheet masks are one of the most effective delivery systems of nutrients to the skin. Combining the latest advances in mask technology with nature’s restorative properties the

Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask treats problem skin, fast. When applied the Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask acts as a ‘second skin’, providing a continuous and concentrated dose of ingredients. This helps the skin absorb the serum faster and more efficiently than traditional face masks and creams. Sheet masks also prevent spot causing bacteria and dirt being passed onto your skin which could be the case when applying cream masks.

How does Adult Acne differ from Teen Acne?

When dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells mingle, they plug the openings of your pores. This allows an army of Propionibacteria living in your sebaceous glands to set up camp, multiply, and create trouble for your skin. Although this pore-clogging process is the same whether you’re 13 or 35, adult acne pops up in different places than the teen kind: “It typically appears on the jawline, chin, and neck, as opposed to the forehead, cheeks, and nose,” says Zeichner. As the skin has a four-week regeneration period, Skin Republic’s Face Masks are most

effective when used twice a week for the first month and then as required. An application takes between 15-20 minutes.

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Skin Republic Spots and Blemish Masks have a three-year shelf life and are available from Spinney’s, Boots the Pharmacy and United Pharmacy across the UAE retailing for 22 AED

Image and Data source: Official press release

Make Up Must Have – Clarins Three Dot Eye Liner!

Few days back the lovely Arwa from Slice of Dubai blog approached me for a guest post contribution on her blog. The topic was for bloggers beauty must haves. You can read her complete compilation post here with my mini review along with choices of many well known bloggers. Also adding a detailed review below so that you can understand how this product could fit in your daily beauty needs.

My favorite product that I heart is the Clarins Three Dot liner. I had heard not-so-good reviews about it but last year I decided to give it a try.I was recommended the product at Clarins boutique, thought at first that maybe it isn’t for me but then bought it anyways.

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Why I love the product?

Though its not as thick as the conventional liners, it is still a better product than the felt tip liners available. As much as I love make-up, I prefer the day makeup to be as light as possible. So I stick to sunscreen lotion, thinnest line of my clarins three dot liner and a lip balm.

Great thing about Clarins Three Dot liner is that it helps in fills my lashes, giving it a fuller look. I am blessed with beautiful lashes and this product totally defines the eyes making it stand out without giving that make-uppy look. I have been compliments so many times on how defined and fresh my eyes look. It all because of use of this simple product that can help you achieve the perfect no make up look.

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Verdict

You could use this  product as a normal eyeliner, its not runny and the color is intense. However it you are someone who loves doing cat eye or the arabian look, this product is definitely not for you. Its a bit overpriced but I really like the way it sets on my eyes which is why I feel its worth spending Aed 119. Product is available in two colors black and brown. Its easy to apply, just keep filling the top and bottom lashes to see the difference.

Purchased from: Clarins Boutique, Dubai Mall

Have you tried this liner? Whats your take? let me know in comments below.