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Shopaholic’s Recipe: Homemade Lip Balm💋

Hello Loves!

💋Today’s post is going to be a DIY first for me 🎉! I’m going to share with you guys how to make your own all natural, organic lip balm 💕. Lip balms are an essential part of my everyday getting ready routine, in fact I carry one around in my bag all the time because my lips are constantly dry. Over the years I have tried commercial lip balms, the old standby Vaseline but I have had to keep reapplying them throughout the day and let’s face it, most lip balms out there are far from all natural 🍃. If you think about it we actually ingest anything we apply on our lips throughout the day 😳. So I finally decided  I was going to make my own lip balm using all natural, good for the body ingredients. This lip balm has no preservatives or harmful chemicals or additives. Best of all you need only four to five ingredients !✨So let’s get started!

💋You are going to need :

1 tbsp unrefined , raw Shea butter ( you can get yours from Amazon or try your local organic food store.)

1 tbsp organic, virgin coconut oil.

1.5 tsps of organic beeswax pellets. (If you cannot find beeswax pellets you can grate a beeswax candle as well.)

1.5 tsps organic honey. ( You can skip this step if you want, I personally like the sweet smell of honey 🍯 in my lip balm and hiney adds moisture to your skin).

Seeds of one vanilla pod (Again this is optional, the vanilla seeds add a lovely speckled effect to the balm and a faint vanilla scent💕). 

💋Start by putting the Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2 mins. (The time depends on your microwaves wattage but it shouldn’t take you longer than 3 mins).

💋Once everything is melted add in the honey and the vanilla seeds you can also add any essential oils of your choice at this point and mix well. 

💋Pour into your chosen container (I used tiny glass jam jars but you can get metal or plastic containers from your local craft store.)

💋The lip balms will harden in around an hour at room temperature or you can stick them in the fridge to speed things up, only after they cool to room temperature. This recipie will yield 56 grams for me that’s 28 grams per container. That’s a huge amount! Most lipbalms are around 5-10 grams 😳.

💋This balm is perfect, it makes your lips soft and keeps them soft for hours. You can use it not only on your lips, it works great as hand and body cream as well.💕

💋Let me know if you guys try this recipie I would love to hear from you 😘

Until next time xoxo💋

☀️Shopaholic’s Summer Blues OOTD ☀️

☀️Hello Lovelies!

Summer is here in all is sweltering glory 🔥! When frizz messes with your hair, humidity stresses your skin and all you want to do is stick your face in the air conditioning vent 🌬. 

Dressing up in summers for me requires some serious debating 🤔 Anything tight and form fitting is out of the question, fabrics must be light and airy. Dresses, skirts and float pants and loose tops are the most comfortable for me. In terms of colors, whites, pastels and my ever favorite blue 💕 makes up my summer palette 🎨. 

So for this OOTD, I opted for my absolute favorite blue : the chambray 😍. There are so many variations of chambray you can opt for: dresses, tops, shirts, skirts , pants there really is something to suit everyone’s style. For my look I chose a shift dress that i paired with leggings. It’s comfortable, casual which is me to a T 😇. You can totally change this look and make it dressier by omitting the leggings and adding wedges. So here is presenting today’s OOTD which happens to be all about the blues 💕

☀️Outfit deets:

☀️Dress & leggings : Old Navy

☀️Shoes : Toms

☀️Accessories : Fossil

Let me know your favorite summer looks 😘

Until next time xoxo 💋

Shopaholic Reviews : 🍃Organic Press 🍍🍌

Hi Guys! 

🍊So I’m sure we are all aware of the well worn adage “you are what you eat “. And as of late I was realizing that my diet was far from healthy. I was consuming way too many processed foods and loading up on sugar since I was always feeling lethargic. I have never been a fan of greens or fruits and I always thought I could make up for my diet deficiencies by loading up on supplements. But despite popping pills regularly I could see my skin, hair and nails steadily detoriating. My skin was looking lack luster, my hair was falling out and my nails were getting brittle to the point I had to cut them all the way back to the quick to avoid them snagging on clothing and breaking. 😭

🍎Now again im not one for making drastic changes so I knew I had to ease into the realm of healthier eating gradually. Amongst other things one change I made was incorporating fresh, raw fruits into my diet. Now since I don’t like eating fruit ( yes I’m an alien 👽my mom’s told me that like a million times now 😖). I decided juicing was a viable alternative . However finding fresh, raw unpasteurized juice without added sugars or preservatives turned out to be quiet a challenge. I mean despite grocery stores being filled with juices of all kinds even the organic variety. They were all full of sugar, preservatives and were pasteurized. Which is basically cooking the juice at high 🌡temperatures to ensure it doesn’t rot. Of course this equals to all the vitamins and minerals in the juice being dead 💀. So basically you are just consuming a non carbonated sugary beverage. 

🍓After much research I came upon Organic Press🍍. They are a Dubai based company that produces fresh juices, smoothies and dairy free 🥜 nut based milks. Since they use a hydraulic press all their juices are raw and unpasteurized and contain no added sugars. I tried their raspberry smoothie, almond cacao milk , almond milk, pineapple and mint juice and coconut water. All the products were delivered chilled in clear plastic bottles (500 ml) with the ingredients and calorie counts clearly labeled.

🍍So far I have enjoyed everything I have ordered. My favorite is the Almond/Cacao smoothie which tastes just like a chocolate milkshake without the zillion calories 🍫.🍓The juices and smoothies taste fresh, aren’t sugary sweet and best of all the bottles are clear so I can see through to the very last drop what’s going into my mouth. I don’t know about you. But ever since I saw people posting pics of nasty ☠️bacteria at the bottom of their cardboard container juices/milks I have started avoiding cardboard beverages altogether. If i can’t see 🔬what’s in it it’s not going into my body simple. 

🍊The company offers several juice detox combos as well as giving you the option to customize your own package. Delivery is free on orders above 200aed. So go ahead and try them out you will love it 💕. Shopaholic’s promise 😘.

🍒If you have tried Organic Press let me know what’s your favorite juice/ smoothie flavor? 

A random act of kindness💕

So this is a completely unplanned post but given the rarity of the event I felt I had to share it with you guys .

To be honest given the no of times I have encountered rude, irresponsible and downright , unfathombly vicious and intorelable behavior either directed towards me or some other unfortunate soul. I go out everyday expecting to be confronted by some form of unpleasantness or the other. So today when I made the incredibly amateurish mistake of visiting the mall during lunch hours I was convinced of being at the receiving end  of some parking lot rage. 😟 

As I circled around the first floor lot ( I hate parking on the higher floors I don’t know why. Technically I know that horizontally it’s the exact same distance to the mall you just need to take an escalator down 😖). Anyways so there I was driving around trying to find an empty spot. One of my pet peeves about parking lots is the parking sensors that refuse to register tiny cars. I mean there you are getting all excited at the prospect of finding not one but three unoccupied parking space during rush hours. Only to find that there is either a Mini Cooper or some other tiny car happily sitting beneath the green indicator light😡.

So long story short as I made my way around the lot after being hoodwinked by not two not three but four!mini cars 🚗 hogging the so called empty spaces. I saw a guy waiting by the side of the lot in sweltering heat trying to get to the other side hoping one of the drivers would halt and let him cross. Now I’ll be honest given my mood at the time I wanted to drive past the guy and continue my search for a genuinely vacant parking spot before someone else beat me to it. But I decided nevertheless to stop and gestured him to cross. In return he gave me grateful wave and went on his way while I found myself stuck behind a car flashing its indicator lights having scored a soon to be vacant parking space 😖aagh!! That could have been me! 

I sighed resignedly, muttered to myself about my sudden bout of chivalry and waited a good 5 mins before resuming my search. I had barely driven a few yards when I saw the same guy walking alongside my car. Upon recognizing me he waved at me to roll down my window. Puzzled I obliged whereupon he mouthed if I was looking for a parking and when I nodded, motioned me to follow him to his spot. A couple of parking spaces down, he motioned for me to wait, got into his car and galantly backed out waving at me to the now empty spot that I happily eased my car into not forgetting to give him a grateful  wave in return. Ignoring the line of parking spot stalker hopefuls that had by now formed behind me. ( It takes me a couple of tries to park 🙄 don’t judge me 😣). 

So there it was peeps my very own first hand experience of an act of kindness being repaid in an instant. ✨ Have you ever had a good deed come back to you like that? Share your story with me 😘

✨Shopaholic’s Dream Dressing Room ✨

✨What girl doesn’t want her very own dream space to store her ever increasing hoard of shoes, clothes , makeup , handbags, accessories and whatever else we fancy going on a shopping spree for?😍

✨Unfortunately 😭 for most of us our dream dressing room is limited to wishful doodles on our notebooks or an ever growing collection of virtual boards on pin interest. 

✨For most of us the celebrity dressing spaces that we swoon over are bigger than our entire living spaces. Nevertheless that doesn’t have to stop one from dreaming. For me personally given my obsession with organization having my own personal room where I can have a place for everything and everything in its place is the ultimate dream come true. 

✨Normally Iike most people I’m short of storage space so my clothes are fighting for space inside my closet along with my shoes and my poor handbags find themselves stashed on a shelf somewhere.

✨My usual getting ready routine involves a trip to my closet for clothes, another to the dresser for undies, a third to the bathroom for toiletries and makeup and yet another one to the dresser again where I have a mirror with enough lighting to ensure I’m not walking around with lipstick on my teeth. 

✨So my must have dressing room simply has to be a space that contains all of my getting ready essentials in one place. Here’s a look at what items would be a must have for my dream dressing room.

✨Lighting for example is so important. I personally hate white light I feel it washes me out and makes all my imperfections glaringly obvious. A well lit room with warm light in my choice of light fixtures : I personally love chandeliers they become a focal point in the room and illuminate the space. I love this open chandelier from Arhaus it not only adds visual interest but provides ample light. 

✨You can add additional lighting by means of floor lamps or in my case I prefer sconces esp around the vanity to provide light and add a decorative touch. 

✨Speaking of vanities I have always wanted a dedicated space where I can sit and do my hair and makeup. ✨This vanity table is sleek enough to fit into tight spaces and the tufted chair is supremely comfortable for long makeover sessions add a mirror and you are all set for  your very own makeover party 😘

✨Moving on to the most important part of a dressing space the storage. I am not a huge fan of bulky closets which I why I prefer this closet rack on wheels.✨It’s spacious, airy and offers storage on the bottom as well. You can have multiple of these lining both sides of the room. If you are still short on space consider adding shelves to the walls to make use of the all the vertical space. 

✨Moving on to additional seating, every girl needs a place for trying on shoes. I love leather and this ottoman is the perfect size for a smaller space. 

✨You can add warmth and color to any space by adding a rug. Blue is my favorite color and it’s soft underfoot.
✨Finally a full length mirror is a must in any dressing space. ✨ I love the simple wooden frame on this mirror which makes it work with a lot of different design aesthetics. 

✨I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my imaginary dream dressing room 😘 Hopefully it’s inspired you to design your own dream space. Just remember even a small space can be multifunctional if you make smart design choices so how do you design your dream dressing space let me know in the comments below.

Until next time xoxo 💋!

Image credits : 

Arhaus

PotteryBarn

West Elm

✨What’s in my handbag?✨

Hello bloggers!

I’m back with everyone’s favorite 💕 post drumroll🥁 please “the what’s in my handbag!”

Everyone knows girls carry everything but the kitchen sink in their handbags ( I know that metaphor has been beaten to death but bear with me 😜). I totally adore the small clutches and trendy flap bags that are all the rage and look so chic. But in all honesty they can’t even hold 1/3 of the stuff I lug around on a daily basis. 

Hence the tote or the really large hobo have become my preferred style. So today I’ll be giving you a detailed insiders view of my handbag ✨🎉. Let’s get started!✨First off the bag 💕. I bought this beauty from JOYN. The company employs talented artisans in Rajpur, India and provides them with steady jobs, vocational training and education. I love the block printing on the side of the bag and it’s 100% leather. It’s a north south tote so it holds a lot without overwhelming my petite frame. The inside is roomy with plenty of pockets to organize and the lining is a light neutral which makes locating my stuff so much easier. Oh btw the little voodoo dolls don’t come with they are my cute add on ❤️✨Moving on let’s see what’s actually stashed inside 😇Cosmetics case : Starting from the top right is my cosmetics case which I custom ordered from Etsy 💕. It has three pockets on the inside and a wrist strap for easy carrying read inside a plane toilet ✈️

Tissues : if I happen to have a cold.

✨Feed case : I got this when I purchased my Feed bracelet I use it now to store my headphones. So now no more tangled headphones🎉!

USB : which I never use yet I keep hanging on to it.🤔

Car and house keys : i am forever loosing my keys so I finally got myself a keychain in Prague👑 that doubles as a souvenir. 😍

✨Eyeglasses: My contacts have recently started irritating my eyes so I keep my glasses with me incase I need to pop the contacts out and still be able to see🤓.

Pen: I always keep a pen handy for emergencies : read : on a flight and filing out the customs form with a red crayon from the kids coloring pack 😳

Wallet : Tory burch birthday gift 🎁 last year 💕

Sunglasses : For some reason I’ve gone back to my Coach aviators after becoming bored with the Tom Fords. 

Gum: Instant breath freshner 😜

Baby wipes : For cleaning hands I find they work better than hand sanitizer which dries my hands out. Plus they are a great at cleaning up makeup mistakes. 

Now let’s take a look inside the cosmetics case. What you thought we were done already 😊Ok let’s see yikes !looks like I have a mini pharmacy in here 😱

✨Mini hairbrush : self explanatory 

✨Hair tie : For emergency buns and braids on the go.

✨Kohl: my go to eye makeup

✨Mini toothbrush, Floss & Toothpaste : Aligner wearers will get this 😭.

✨Liner and pad : period emergencies 

✨Panandol: random headaches, period cramps you get the idea 💡 

✨Hair pins : to tame my unruly bangs.

✨Cuticle oil: For my ever flaky cuticles TMI I know 😳

✨Hand cream : This crab and tree mini is the prefect size for handbags.

✨NYX lip cream : my fav matte lippie💕

✨Tinted lip balm: doubles as my everyday lipstick 💄 

✨Loccitane Shea butter : for severely chapped lips and dry hands. I got this in Hamburg where my lips were uncomfortably dry. 

✨Neosporin : for cuts and booboos😭

✨Maybelline age rewind concealer : one of the best under eye concealers I have tried. 

✨It cosmetics blush and brush: for rosy cheeks 🌹

✨Sunblock : because tanning  is not an option 🌞when you are a desi brown girl.

✨Mini compact: for checking my face randomly throughout the day 🙃

Whew! So thats why that bag weighs a ton! Gosh I would have never known 😜. Hope you guys enjoyed this post. What do you carry in your handbags ? Let me know in the comments 😘

 👃🏻Shopaholic Reviews: Beauty Formulas Pore Strips👃🏻

Hello Loves! ☀️

☀️Today was the official start of summer here in Dubai 😭. Of all the seasons summer is the one I detest the most no offense to anyone. 😘 

☀️I hate the heat doing a double attack on my person, beating down relentlessly on my head and rising from the ground in suffocating waves. 😖 Summer here is no laughing matter and it takes a toll on your skin and hair as well. Which is why come summer I have to give my skincare regime a complete overhaul.

☀️One of the major issues with my skin as a result of the heat and humidity is clogged pores. After trying countless products I have finally found one that lives up to its claims. ☀️Yes the humble pore strip 😋. Don’t turn your nose up just yet✋🏻. I know most pore strips are simply : put crapola in a fancy box. They either don’t stick properly despite going over them repeatedly with a paint roller dipped in super glue 😒. Or they adhere so bad that you fear your skin coming off along with the strip 😱 And your pores remain clogged 😫.

☀️The Beauty Formulas strips promise you cleaner, less noticeable pores minus the torture of a skin peel.☀️They come in a pack of six and are partially precut to adhere to your skin with just water 💦. Goodbye crazy glue 👋🏻 Just wash your face, dampen the skin, peel the strip, press firmly to ensure no air bubbles are left and leave till stiff 10-15 mins. Then peel off and voila! ✨ Smooth, bump free skin, smaller pores and one heck of a satisfyingly nasty strip. 😝☀️I usually follow with quick exfoliation with a scrub and use a toner or a mask and that’s it! Pores be gone! This strip pulls out blackheads and whiteheads. Just be careful though and don’t use it if you have active or painful acne or any skin condition. 😘 I give this product 5/5!✨

☀️So that was part of my regimen for summer skin. How do you guys take care of your skin in the summer and what are some of your skin peeves? 

☀️Let me know here! 

Until next time 💋!