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BODY SHOP SPLURGE

bODY sHOP MUST HAVESI love shopping but it gets better when my favorite store offers 75% discount. As the new year begins, there is no place you’d rather be – from the fireworks at Burj Khalifa to the DSF sale for the entire month of January, Dubai makes your stay worthwhile. Lately, I have been GAGA over Body Shop products with a massive wish list hanging over my head, this DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival) was an ideal situation for me to spent a hefty amount trying new products.


Body Shop Must haves UAE

OILS OF LIFE™ TWIN-BALL FACIAL MASSAGER 75AED 56AED

To add a deluxe touch to my Oils of life of facial oil, I had to get this facial massager. The roller is quite a good way to massage the oils on your face for further enjoyment. It leaves your skin with a radiant glow by improving your blood circulation and skin elasticity.


 

Body Shop Haul

DROPS OF YOUTH™ BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK 90ml 99AED 74AED

Being a sucker for face masks, I had my eyes on this one for a long time. And as expected this mask works wonders though it leaves your skin a tad bit sticky when you apply which is the only negative, but as soon as it soaks in, it is the most hydrating and moisturizing skin care treatment. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks extremely hydrated with a beautiful radiant glow to it.


 

Body Shop Haul

FROSTED CRANBERRY BODY & ROOM SPRAY 100 ml 49 AED 24AED

This seasonal spritz will scent your body, home, and linens with the vibrant fruity aroma of Frosted Cranberry. I love how it smells like holidays packed into one bottle.

VINEYARD PEACH BODY MIST 100 ml 69AED 41AED

When you first smell it, it appears to be very strong. Sensitive noses may not like it, but as soon as you spray the mist, the entire fruity fragrance surrounds you like a soft veil of peachy aroma. A light and floral-fruity scent ideal for office wear.

ALEO & SOFT LINEN BODY, ROOM & LINEN SPRITZ 100ml 65AED 45AED

I love anything and everything with Aleo, so I had to get this one. I use this fresh dewy aroma as an alternative to air fresheners and spray it on my bedsheets, even my wardrobe because it smells of fresh, clean linens. Now, who can resist the scent of fresh linens, right? 


Body Shop Haul

MANGO BODY SORBET 200ml 76AED 34AED
This was very much an impulse purchase but one I’m so glad I took a risk on. This cool body moisturizer took me off guard and made me fall in love with it. I was so overwhelmed with the gel-like texture infused with rich tropical mango scent, Oh I just wanna eat this up.  It easily glides onto your skin without any efforts and leaves it hydrated, cool and refreshed free from stickiness or greasiness. Truly a weightless moisturizer perfect for summers.
GLAZED APPLE SHIMMER LOTION 250ml 69AED 35AED

Every girl needs some sparkle in her life! This shimmering moisturizer gives skin a touch of sparkle whilst leaving it feeling and smelling softly-sweet. I use it normally while going out for dinners or evening parties. For me, one pump of this divine fragrance is enough to shine all night long. Unlike their body butter packaging, this lotion comes in a hygienic pump dispenser.


Body Shop Haul

FIJIAN WATER LOTUS BODY BUTTER 200ML  89AED 59AED

The beautiful ladies at Body Shop added a complementary Body butter to my extravagant purchase and I have to say this was a cherry on the cake for me. The overpowering aroma is perfect for winters and has a very cool & fresh traces in it.

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What are your favorite Body Shop staples? Things you always go back to or treat yourself to?

 *Disclaimer:  The product 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 ‘The Body Shop; or any other company.

WINTER SKINCARE ROUTINE

Wonders of a Magical Winter has begun. It’s time to bring out those cherished winter essentials to save your skin during this cold chilly weather. Though drinking hot chocolate and making a statement with dark lips are a few perks of winter, it also means a whole lot of trouble and worry about your dry itchy skin & chapped lips.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTo be very blunt, washing my face in winter is a nightmare. So initially, I skipped exfoliating my skin. But that’s not the case this winter, Tish Tash introduced me to Konjac Sponge which turned out to be such a great discovery and investment.

  • DERMA E HYDRATING CLEANSER WITH HYALURONIC ACID

    This ultra-hydrating facial cleanser is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile, Lemon Grass and Papaya plus antioxidant Vitamins A and E to gently cleanse and condition skin for a soft, smooth, dewy feel with no drying, aging after-effects.

My skin has been really dry recently leading to my extravagant search for a new hydrating cleanser, which basically got over when I got this blue beauty. The consistency is of transparent gel-like and you require only a pea size amount which means it will last forever. It is very gentle on your skin and gives a very clean rinse with minimum lather. The smell is not overpowering and has a very fresh floral scent to it. I have incorporated it in my everyday skincare routine for over a month and I do not feel any dryness or itchiness.

I really enjoy this cleanser to remove my eye makeup in evenings and the results are fab, no raccoon eyes what so ever !! I totally recommended this cleanser to girls with normal to dry skin. (120 AED)

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  • KONJAC FACIAL PUFF SPONGE BAMBOO CHARCOAL

Packed with mineral rich activated carbon, our Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal deep cleans skin pores to eliminate blackheads and dirt whilst absorbing excess oils and toxins. A natural antioxidant, it kills stubborn acne-causing bacteria and is an effective natural treatment for acne sufferers.

The whole idea behind Konjac sponge is so fascinating to me, a solid rock expanding into a soft gentle sponge double the size, as you soak it in water. This environment safe beauty product should be in your skin care routine at all times. Instead of an exfoliator,  this winter I used konjac sponge alone for gentle exfoliating  or with my Derma-E cleanser for a deep cleansing. However, taking care of this Sponge can be messy and painful. You need to let them dry completely or else they smell kinda fishy.

The Bamboo charcoal konjac sponge is said to be perfect for acne prone skin, and I can swear that over the past two months of using this gem, I can see my acne marks lighten up, giving an additional glow to my skin tone. (75 AED)

  • NIVEA SENSITIVE 3 IN 1 MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER

NIVEA Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar  Cleansing  Water cleanses, removes make-up from face and even eyes and moisturizes in one step. The caring formula with Dexpanthenol & Grape Seed Oil cleanses deeply thanks to its extra effective yet mild cleansing complex, moisturizes and refreshes the skin and is free of parabens, colorants, perfume, and alcohol.

Nivea’s micellar water is a cheaper yet excellent alternative to toner and makeup removers. This oil free cleanser leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated and moisturized. Click here to read the full review on my knight in shining armor. (27 AED)

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  • BODY SHOP ALEO CALMING TONER

This dermatologically tested, alcohol-free toner is designed for skin that needs more gentle care. It removes the last traces of make-up and impurities. Removes traces of make-up and cleanse, primes skin for moistur and Leaves skin feeling soothed.

I have this fascination with Aleo vera which drew my attention to this Toner. As it is made for sensitive skin and alcohol-free my expectations from this one was pretty high and may I tell you it certainly lived up to them. As the title mentions “calming”, this toner is soothing without any irritation or tingly feeling, unlike the tea tree oil toner from Body Shop. Brownie points to Body Shop for not adding any kind of smell to this gem. (59 AED)

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  • BODY SHOP OILS OF LIFE – INTENSELY REVITALISING FACIAL OIL

By infusing 3 precious seed oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin – Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile – with a powerful blend of essential oils, we created a lightweight daily facial oil to intensely revitalise skin, instantly replenish moisture and revive radiance.

This deluxe skincare treatment has become a day necessity mainly because of its luxurious experience. I never tried a facial oil before so trying it for the 1st time was such a treat to my skin. The oil is very relaxing and light weight on the skin, the most excellent feature of this product is the smell – earthy and natural, as I said it gives you a feeling of a deluxe spa treatment. Paired together with the ‘Twin-Ball Facial Massager, the roller is quite a good way to massage the oils on your face for further enjoyment. It leaves your skin with a radiant glow by improving your blood circulation and skin elasticity.

Though it’s they are on the pricey range, facial oil @170 AED and facial massager @75AED, I love feeling luxurious at my home instead of regular trips to a spa. Unlike many oils, this one doesn’t leave your skin greasy, in fact, it absorbs within a minute of application leaving my skin smooth and hydrated. Few drops are all you need to feel good about yourself, so a 30ml bottle definitely goes a long way.

  • DROPS OF YOUTH™ BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK

Bouncy Sleeping Mask, enriched with Edelweiss stem cells. Designed to be left on overnight, it leaves skin looking bouncier and feeling replenished. The youth-enhancing formula for a bouncier-looking skin.

Recently, I have been making regular visits to the body shop, and this overnight face mask was the latest addition to my masque collection. After applying my facial oil, I wait a good 30 minutes before using this face mask. The smell is clean and fresh, not overpowering at all, making it appropriate for a sleeping mask. The texture is so uniquely weird, it actually bounce back.

This mask works wonder though it leaves your skin a tad bit sticky which is the only negative, but as soon as it soaks in, it is the most hydrating and moisturizing skin care treatment. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks extremely hydrated with a beautiful glow to it and my overall complexion was smoother. (99 AED)

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  • FIGS & ROUGE CHERRY BLOSSOM LIP BALM

Ultra-hydrating & Multi-tasking. Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm is a 100% natural and nourishing balm that keeps lips super soft throughout the day. Packed with Natural Antioxidants & deeply penetrating skin conditioners it keeps lips supple and hydrated.

Figs & Rouge are known for their lip balms, and this lippy is not an exception, considerably it has thick and waxy like texture maybe that’s why it stays on for a longer period than any of my lip balms. It is slightly tinted with pinkish-red color with a very pleasant shine. It definitely is made for the cozy winter mornings to nourish and soften your lips

Honestly, I’m not such a big fan of the packaging, no applicator seriously? Who likes having icky fingers in the morning? (35 AED)

None the less, winters are such a great time to enjoy with your family and friends.

A time of sharing and loving and giving and receiving – Joey aka F.R.I.E.N.D.S

BODY SHOP DETOUR – MUST HAVE

 

Body Shop Must Haves UAEWhen I received November’s Glambox with a cheekY little discount voucher for Body Shop, glimpses of an empty wallet was all I could see. I desperately needed a refill for my Tea Tree toner; with that came the right opportunity to test out some new products on their shelves.

What I didn’t realize for a very long time was the fancy treatment Body Shop’s staff gives their customers, I was thrilled to see a staff member constantly at my disposal, advising me products as per my inquiries. She unquestionably was the most well-informed sales lady – from the prices to each product’s key ingredients.

Further on, this comes as no surprise to girls who make regular visits to Body Shop that the staff member insists on a facial massage. I’m so glad I took the chance, she used all the Best Sellers for the facial, leaving my skin calm and with an instant glow.


Kudos to the Sudan-based BODY SHOP Staff member ‘Alla’  of Ajman City Center for such a heart-warming welcome and for one of a kind facial massage”. 


 

Body Shop Must Haves UAE

OILS OF LIFE – INTENSELY REVITALISING FACIAL OIL: I never tried a facial oil before so trying it for the very 1st time turned out to be a luxurious experience. The oil is very relaxing and light weight on the skin, the most excellent feature of this product is the smell – earthy and natural, as I said it gives you a feeling of a deluxe spa treatment. Though it’s on the pricey range @170 AED, for me, this oil has become a necessity mainly because of how it makes me feel.

Body Shop Must Haves UAE

 

ALEO CLAMING TONER: I have this fascination with Aleo vera which drew my attention to this Toner. As it is made for sensitive skin and alcohol-free my expectations from this one was pretty high and may I tell you it certainly lived up to them. As the title mentions “calming”, this toner is soothing without any irritation or tingly feeling, unlike the tea tree oil toner from Body Shop. Brownie points to Body Shop for not adding any kind of smell to this gem. AED 59

 

CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL (AED 64): The hype of this product has been all over the Internet for a few years and I complete understand why, using an oil based cleanser is so comforting on your eyes – no irritation no raccoon eyes. Even the waterproof mascara and long lasting makeup items starts to come off instantly, leaving your skin clean and hydrated.

TEA TREE OIL FACIAL TONER (AED 45): You know my love for this toner, if you have been here from the start though it is tingly on your skin, it definitely is proven to reduce by acne and blemishes. Click here to read my review.

GLAZED APPLE BODY & ROOM SPRAY: I picked this green magical holiday themed fragrance at the clearance for only AED 49. Though it doesn’t last longer than 2 hours, I’m a huge fan of this Green Apple – Sweet Candy – Refreshingly Yummy Fragrance in general. This one is so perfect for kids and people with sweet tooth.

*The only complaint I always had with Body Shop is they never displays their prices, ultimately making my shopping experiences a tad bit annoying. 

 

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So what are you opinions on the body shop? What are you FAVOURITE products that you recommend that I try out for myself? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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*Disclaimer:  The product 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 ‘The Body Shop; 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.

Glam Box December

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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MORNING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

A lot of you have been requesting beauty related posts, so here is one topic which is my personal favourite. Firstly, I was and never will be a morning person, waking up early morning is often the most difficult task I accomplish, particularly when your wake call is 5.30 am. Nights have been my best friend from school days & If you are anything like me, the ever so beautiful sunrise doesn’t look so pretty after all to you.

Morning Skin Care Routine
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser: AED 37/ $8 Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne pink grapefruit Daily Scrub: AED 42/ $9