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APLAVA.COM REVIEW

what-to-do-when-bloggers-blog-strikes-001We all have our favourite online retailers. Whether they are our favourites due to the website layout, the products they sell, the beautiful images they use or their little discounts & offers at checkout, we find ourselves choosing a selection of faves and sticking to them. And Aplava is definitely one of my faves beauty stores in India.

This review was long due since I made my purchase in late June. So, without further ado let me quickly share my views on this web siteaplava.What does Aplava offer?

We have an impressive spread of online beauty products in India. But, we are not just any other website forcing you to pick stuff from our portal. Instead, we focus on making it a personalised shopping experience with only the best beauty products. We believe that each customer is different and has a different set of requirements. So, why should you be left in the dark while picking beauty products or personal care products?

How are they different?

In case of beauty products online shopping, Aplava focus on offering a unique experience that is completely personalised to meet your needs. Here is how it works:

Step 1: Create a personalised profile for yourself. This will be your personal care profile that will help the team understand your skin type and accordingly recommend beauty products.

Step 2: Get expert advice throughout the process of choosing the right mix of beauty products. All this from the cosy confines of your home ensuring that you don’t move an inch.

Step 3: Build a beauty regime that will last you long. Yes! Aplava experts will build a customised regimen for you allowing you to pamper your skin.

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You shall find countless Indian plus International skincare, makeup and haircare brands at Aplava. Overall I am very happy with my hassle free shopping experience. I am looking forward to shopping with them again.

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Things That I Liked about Aplava.com:

  • Both Indian and international drugstore & high-end brands to choose from.
  • Product recommendation based on your need and concern by select experts.
  • Free delivery over 1500 INR.
  • 24×7 customer care service.
  • Easy navigation & user-friendly website

Things That I Don’t Like about Aplava.com:

  • Ships only within India.

 

Disclaimer: Sponsored post by Aplava but my opinion is 100% honest as usual. 

TERRA BELLA BOX 2016

TERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXTERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXTERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXWith so many beauty products going onto my skin constantly for reviews, it was high time to invest in some Natural skincare gems. That’s when I discovered TERRA BELLA BOX, a subscription service that sends you 3-4 natural beauty & bath products each month to your doorstep for $32.95, which includes free shipping in the U.S.

Every box helps to support local small businesses which use cruelty-free ingredients and develop ethical products. In this Green Box of Glow, you’ll receive cleansers, moisturisers, masks, exfoliators, hand and nail products, hair products, bath products and such.

TERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXOnce you upon the box you get an info card with each product description & retail price.

Klen Shower Steamer in Happy ($3.99) With constant travelling because of my two jobs, I hardly get any time for a bath or to use my beloved Lush bath bombs. For a little pampering session, a shower streamer is the best choice. Just pop this little guy on the tub floor, with a few drop of water and let the magic begin. Your whole washroom will be filled with Jasmine fragrances with few seconds.

 TERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX meraki-botanicals-rose-lemongrass-toning-mist-reviewMeraki Botanicals Rose Lemongrass Toning Mist ($20) – Ever since I got this beauty, I have never left home without it. Everything about this toner from the fragrance to the ingredient combination refreshes your mind & soul in this hot summery weather of Dubai. It is great for spritzing in the middle of the day for a cool, calm effect.

TERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXWoolin & Co. Handcrafted Soap in Ylang Ylang & Geranium ($7) – Who doesn’t love some floral scented natural soap on their vanity right? I have included this gem in my Eid Giveaway, enter here to win the gift hamper.

TERRA BELLA BOX MAY 2016 WORLDWIDE BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOXPurelygreat Lavender Cream Deodorant ($15) – Using a spatula or my fingers to apply deodorant does creep me out majorly but does the job right!! The Jasmine fragrance does last forever, a great natural alternative.

Orglamix Blacquer Shadow & Liner ($18) – Though it is a 3-in-1 cream, I only use this multi-pearl formula on the outer corner of my eyes for a natural smokey look. Coconut oil makes it too creamy for my oily eyelids and as an eyeliner, it’s staying power is very limited.

Orglamix Eco Chic Bent Eyeliner Makeup Brush ($7.50) – I always wanted to test out a curved eyeliner brush, it does take some practice to get that perfect wing but it’s not impossible.

The overall value of the box is approximately 70$, it’s a great gift for someone who is just getting into a vegan lifestyle or opting to use only natural skin care.

 If you are interested in subscribing you can find them here !!

Disclaimer: The Terra Bella Box featured in this post is complimentary for review consideration. However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Terra Bella or any other company

 

 

GLAMBOX | FEBRUARY 2016

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Hi lovelies,

Time to make the ultimate decision of whether to renew my Glambox subscription box or not. The last six month of this GLAMourous journey has its very own ups and downs. Though I have enjoyed some of the products and vouchers, the overall experience was bizarre. I love the concept of subscription boxes but Glambox doesn’t hit the mark. With therapy box under construction hopefully, UAE will see more subscription boxes in the future and with that my blog post full of amazing reviews.

For now, time to check out this month’s Glambox contents.

  1. Hand tied lashes from Beauty by Edge: I was surprised how lashes really change your face Until now I never got to try fake lashes but these look so good on, you feel like a DIVA. But getting these lashes on were just a pain in the neck.
  2. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash 50ml
  3. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment 15ml
  4. Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir – NOT A FAN

DISCOUNT VOUCHERS

  • 30% online discount at Beauty by Edge
  • 40% online discount at Vaniday
  • 100 AED off at K.Lynn Lingerie
  • Free Complimentary Cologne Absolute 30ml and personalized leather case with the purchase of any 200ml Atelier Cologne.

Click here, to know more and read my previous months reviews.

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If you’d like to find out more about Glam Box Middle East or sign up to their monthly beauty boxes you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page
*Disclaimer:  The subscription featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Glam Box or any other company.This post also contains a referral link. Using the link to register with Glam Box middle east a referral credit that support’s RT Hijab Styles further expenditures.

BOX THERAPY | JANUARY 2016

Box Therapy January 2016 Review

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Another month, Another Blue Box of Delight – Yes that’s what I call my Box Therapy Subscription. A blue gem which never fails to blow you away although this time, it had an extra oomph factor to it, maybe coz it’s my BIRTHDAY. 

So last month, I kept babbling about how the boxes weren’t personalized enough, nevertheless, Box Therapy started off 2016 with a BANG, if you like me I’m sure you had an “Oh My God” Jump in the Air moment and NO, I’m no exaggerating. Being a sucker for customized gifts, their ‘Live for today’ butterfly bracelet was custom-made with my initials RT and went perfectly with my logo. Anything beyond this was just an icing on the cake for me. Click here, to read my reviews on their past boxes. 

GLAMBOX | JANUARY 2016

GlamBox January 2016 reviewGlamBox January 2016 reviewJanuary GLAMBOX time!

If you’re new to Glambox, it’s basically a monthly subscription box that sends you 4-5 grooming, beauty, and lifestyle samples for just AED80/month. When you sign up you take a style quiz and they send you products that best fit your profile. Both well-known and up-and-coming brands are included, all in generously sized multi-use samples.

Glambox definitely stepped up its game in the month of January, you actually get to say ‘Hello’ to some exquisite high-end brands and affordable drugstore ones. Glambox made sure you outshined the crowd with a radiant and glowing skin this year. It’s monthly surprise I give myself – my birthday came early this month. 

 

Let the January 2016 GlamBox unboxing begin!

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GlamBox January 2016 reviewMaxon Hydramax Cream, Cleansing Tonic, and Foaming Gel: I’m Bioderma girl when it comes to makeup remover but Hydramax Cleansing tonic is surely in the right footsteps to give Bioderma a tough competition.  

  • Hydramax Cream 40ml: 95 AED
  • Hydramax Cleansing Tonic 180ml: 65 AED
  • Hydramax Foaming Gel 200ml: 75 AED

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Delicca Powder Face wash: Trying out new brands with creative products I never heard about, that’s what Glam box means to me. For all my Oily skin ladies this is a must have, it leaves your skin oil free for a long time while retaining a soft, smooth and refreshing finish. 40ml: 17 AED

DMGM Smoky Desire Eyeliner: Black eye pencil is always a great staple piece to carry around your purse. Is this my favorite? Not really not even close to my top 10.  AED 20

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Eucerin Even Brighter Concentrate: My life would be all cookies and candies if this product actually works. *finger crossed* – I will surely update you guys on this one. 30ml: 167 AED

 

DISCOUNT VOUCHERS

  • WE Nails Voucher – FREE MASSAGE
  • Heart & Soul Spa Voucher- FREE MASSAGE

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So What do you think of this month’s box? I was quite happy with it but they NEED to add more makeup products. “fingers crossed” 

Click here, to know more and read my previous months review.

 

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If you’d like to find out more about Glam Box Middle East or sign up to their monthly beauty boxes you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page
*Disclaimer:  The subscription featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Glam Box or any other company.This post also contains a referral link. Using the link to register with Glam Box middle east a referral credit that support’s RT Hijab Styles further expenditures.

BOX THERAPY – DECEMBER

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Highly unlikely of them, Therapy Box missed the boat for December and I welcomed my Blue Box of Delight yesterday afternoon. If you are unfamiliar with Box Therapy, it is a deluxe subscription box in UAE endeavoring to provide therapeutic solutions to your oh-so stressed mind & soul. Click here to know more about this subscription box and my previous review.

Admittedly, I am a bit unconvinced if this month’s box was worth the hype or my excitement, for a year-end box I assumed an extra festive and personalized touch – ’emphasize on the PERSONALIZED’. The box in itself was not extremely joyful or shouting out ‘Happy New Year’ as I wanted. Off the top of my head, a colorful wrapping paper instead of the boring gray, a personalized greeting card or a more customized Daily planner would have been icing on the cake.

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Never the less, December’s therapy box included the following products:

 

Organization Kit

  • 2016 Annual Calender: I just love how each month portrays a different season and you can choose to add your favorite pictures to personalize it your liking and change them whenever your prefer.
  • 2016 Reve du Soleil’s Journey Daily Planner: A planner is the most crucial aspect of a blogger, as I mentioned a bit more customized planner would have made my day. Anyhow this one goes directly into my purse, and surely would be my life saver throughout this year.

Gardening Kit

  • Petunia Seeds and Gardening Pot: Now this is something I am going to have fun doing with my colleagues. Plus petunia seeds smells like HEAVEN !!!

Fashion & Beauty Kit

  • Spongette: I’m a huge fan of konjac sponges, so trying out a new brand of sponges is going to be really interesting for my skin. However, I doubt if this could come even a tad bit closer to my fondness for konjac sponge.
  • Lovisa Earings: Though Lovisa has some seriously beautiful collection, this pair of red earrings was not upto my standards, it seemed very cheap and fragile.

 

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*Disclaimer:  The subscription featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Box Therapy or any other company.

GLAMBOX | DECEMBER 2015

Glam Box DecemberGlam Box DecemberA beautiful year is about to end on a very happy note, all thanks to this month’s GlamBox, Unlike. last previous boxes, this month’s Glam box was on point and delivered extremely well to my expectations. Though, the surprise was busted when Glambox announced the items way ahead of its time, the discount vouchers were the show stealer for me.

For starters, I received my box on time at the correct address, so kudos to Glambox and finally I got my Body Shop item pending from last month – Oils of life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil !!

Without further ado, check out the contents for Decembers which were profoundly my favorites.

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip: These babies were absolute magic, I can’t stress how well they do their job. Will I buy them? Hell yea, these gems are No.1 on my shopping list.

FreshLook One-Day Contact Lens Gray: To be honest, getting something in my eye is a nightmare for me, so I’m a tad bit skeptical about if I should even try these.

Misa Nail Lacquer- 237 its you: Again I’m not a fan of nail polish, so I would surely pass this one to a friend.

Shea Butter DXB: Firstly, this 100% pure organic butter directly shipped from Africa is deeply nourishing and moisturizing. Oh but the smelling the butter is an awful and extremely obnoxious experience ever. So this one goes directly into my foot massage kitty.

Abeeco Bee Venom Mask: As many of you know, face masks are kinda my weakness, so Glambox surely got some brownie points for including this Mask/Night cream.

Loccaitane Extra Gentle Soap with Shea Butter: No one I know has ever complaints about this particular brand so adding a pure vegetable soap was such a Winner for an organic beauty product enthusiast like me.  In fact, it smells like lemongrass, one of my fav scents ever.

Parachute Gold Thick & Strong Coconut Hair Oil: Hands down, I had a quick visit back to their childhood, when all I did was cry getting that painful hair oil massage with Parachute. Though I hate the smell, but this oil is the best treatment for your damaged hair.

Body Shop  Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil: You may call me an impulsive buyer but I had that heart touching moment when you come across a product and you instant know that’s what I was looking for all these years – QUITE DRAMATIC!!! Honestly, that was my reaction the 1st time I applied this oil onto my face and today I’m a proud owner of BodyShops Oils of Life 30ml bottle priced @ 175 AED.

Glam Box December Vouchers

DISCOUNT VOUCHERS

  • Shea Butter DXB 2 Jars for AED 200 Flyer – @sheabutter_dxb
  • 50% Off on Vaniday – @vanidayae
  • 25% Off on I Saw It First Online Clothing Store – @isawitfirst_shop
  • AED 150 off  towards any 60/75 minute service at on Dermalogica – @dermalogica_me
  • IBX Gift Voucher: 1 free IBX Treatment session with  any manicure or pedicure – @owtbeauty

What do you think of this month’s box?

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If you’d like to find out more about Glam Box Middle East or sign up to their monthly beauty boxes you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page
*Disclaimer:  The subscription featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Glam Box or any other company.This post also contains a referral link. Using the link to register with Glam Box middle east a referral credit that support’s RT Hijab Styles further expenditures.

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GlamBox November 2015 : Horrible Experience

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Hope you lovelies had a great weekend!

Subscription boxes are my favorite thing in the world, like come on a bundle of joy packed and delivered at your door is perfect to the ‘T’ for pampering yourself. From the past 3 months, I have been looking forward to the opening a ravishing pink box of surprises. Though, it may not have reached up to the mark, I was always had a happy go lucky feeling towards GlamBox !!

But last weekend, my pink box of wonder turned into a delayed package of terror & sorrow !! “DRAMATIC MUSIC PLEASE”. When Glambox released the sneak peek of this month’s box I had dual feelings. The whole surprise aspect was gone ‘Bummer’, but no complaints Body shop & Bioderma products made me go bananas !! So how it turned into a nightmare?

Basically, a closer look on the sneak peak made me realize one of the product had jasmine and I informed Glambox I’m allergic to the smell and asked them not to send me anything with Jasmine contents. Secondly, I changed my delivery address and contact number on the site and again as a good customer also informed them via email two weeks before.

So what’s the result you may ask? My delivery got delayed by almost 5 days and both Glambox and the courier company kept blaming one another. Okay so now I get to the most amazing part, revealing the contents. and another bummer no product from Body Shop, you can imagine how devastated I could be !!

So one of the staff calls me after my missing item email, so what they say is hilarious that they mistook my words regarding my allergy and did not add any Body Shop product though she apologizes and ensures me they will add a sample in my next box.

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Hydrabio Perfector SPF 30 by Bioderma (40ml): I just love the Pump-Tube-Pompe thing going on, the product gives high protection against UV rays and dehydration. I use it as a mositurizer+ primer in the mornings these days, but the consistency is too thick and not super blendable.

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Hydrabio Serum, Perfecteur and Creme (5ml) by Bioderma: To be honest, I had my eyes set on the Serum, as last month I already received Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion. The serum is just divine, so soothing and relaxing, I basically envy every single one who got the full-size Serum.

Dadi’ Oil 95% Certified Organic Nail Treatment (3.75ml): A mixture of Avacado, Olive, and Jojoba oil makes this such a treat for your cuticles. Plus, the warm exotic combination of Lavender, Lemongrass & Vanilla takes you to a different world. All I want for my birthday a candle of this smell. “Best Friends please note”

Rasasi Lamaat Musk Tabriz & Jazeebiyat Musk Tabriz (1ml each): If you are a fan of Arabic fragrance, you just have to try these out. These not too overpowering unisex scents are musky & tantalizing. Do give them a try.

Either one of Body Shop Aleo Soothing Toner – Oils of life – Jasmine Body Shower Gel. 

Discount Vouchers

  • 20% discount on Body Shop Skincare Product
  • 10% discount on Rasasi outlets
  • Gift voucher from Eternel Clinic
  • Free skin analysis by Bioderma Skincare expert.
  • A chance to win 3-month subscription from GlamBox

Final Verdict: This month’s box was a true gem and definitely an answer to all our complaints and I’m sure every one of you would have loved it. It was my pure bad luck with all misunderstandings. However, Kudos to GlamBox for the 20% discount on Body Shop !!

 

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If you’d like to find out more about Glam Box Middle East or sign up to their monthly beauty boxes you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page
*Disclaimer:  The subscription featured in this post is purchased with personal funds. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Glam Box or any other company.This post also contains a referral link. Using the link to register with Glam Box middle east a referral credit that support’s RT Hijab Styles further expenditures.

GLAM BOX OCTOBER 2015

GlamBox Middle East October 2015Another box from the almighty “Six-month subscription to my Glam Box” delivered personally to my office. After a frustrating and depressing start to this beauty subscription last month, would Glambox be able to live up to my expectations was a question running through my mind will I unwrapped this month’s box.

GlamBox Middle East October 2015October Glambox goodies, all I have to say is, not as disappointed like last month. The collection this month was based around heat protection which I genuinely cherished, living in UAE. Introducing the content of this month’s Glam Box 2015: