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Story Time With ShopaholicBlogs: Featuring Crappy ๐ŸŽ Gifts!

Hola Love Bunnies ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’•!

Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button๐Ÿ˜˜ because today we will talking all about theย not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜–

As always your comments are always welcome so share your gift receiving stories with me right here ๐ŸŽ! & don’t forget to share, follow and subscribe!

Chaand Raat OOTD๐ŸŒ™

๐ŸŒ™Hola ๐Ÿ’•Love Bunnies!๐Ÿฐ

๐ŸŒ™First off Chaand Raat Mubarak (Day before Eid) to all those celebrating ๐ŸŽ‰Eid Al-Adha! Secondly today thankfully the weather eased up a bit and according to the forecast September will be cooler so yay๐ŸŽ‰ Dubai people finally can rejoice! 

๐ŸŒ™Which brings us to today’s OOTD, since it happened to be the day before Eid and it had become a bit cooler though the lack of heat was made up by the increase in humidity ๐Ÿ’ฆ. Nevertheless Eid has a way of cheering you up regardless of the weather so me and family decided to head out and enjoy ourselves desi style ๐Ÿ˜‹. Which basically means an evening centered around food ๐Ÿฅ˜.

๐ŸŒ™So here’s a peek into the latest OOTD, and yes I did include pics of the yummy food ๐Ÿ˜‹.๐ŸŒ™Hope you guys enjoy this special OOTDโœจ! Best wishes to all of you celebrating today and tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜˜

First Ever Vlog๐Ÿ“น!

Hola Love Bunnies ๐Ÿฐ!

๐Ÿ“นI’m finally back to the blogging world after a long siesta ๐Ÿ˜ด. I took a break from blogging to enjoy my summer vacations โ˜€๏ธ. Plus we had a lot of stuff happening at home with my sister expecting her fourth ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป baby, our whole extended family staying over and me trying to finish my assignments in this joyful chaos. ๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ“นOnce I got back however I decided to try my hand at vlogging. I do like talking to myself and it’s strange how something that could get you certified ๐Ÿ˜ตinsane once has now become the in thing to do worldwide ๐Ÿ˜ฒ.

So without further ado here’s presenting my hand at vlogging :

Do check it out and let me know what you think ๐Ÿ’ญ by commenting down below.

Shopaholic Reviews : Conatural ๐Ÿƒ

Hello Loves๐Ÿ’•

As you are probably aware I have been away on summerโ˜€๏ธ vacations all this time which explains my absence from blogging ๐Ÿ˜‹. However while I was here I continued my hunt for natural๐Ÿƒ locally made skincare products and starting today I’ll be reviewing all of my favorites and not so favorite products. 

โžก๏ธOne important thing to note ๐Ÿ“ down : A lot of skincare products here in Pakistan use the term organic๐Ÿƒ in their labeling even though the ingredients they use are NOT certified organic. At the most the ingredients will be locally sourced but again there is no guarantee of them being ๐Ÿ’ฏ % organic so it’s best to use your own judgment and apply the ” if something sounds to good to be true it isn’t”rule here. 

Ok let’s start with one of the more popular “organic๐Ÿƒ” brands : Conatural .

๐ŸƒThe company website states they are an ISO 22716 certified company which means their mauufacturing procedures are up to code which is always a good thing. Hopefully it means no ungloved, grimy hands are meddling with your skincare products always a plusโž• for me ๐Ÿ’•. 

They claim to use certified organic oils in their products but no where on their products or website does it state where this certification comes from. As far as i know no such organization in Pakistan exists ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ that offers certification for products meeting guidelines for being ๐Ÿƒorganic. Come to think of it no such guidelines exist either hmm๐Ÿค”…  Also since their products don’t display any internationally recognizable certified organic seal(s) I wonder what’s the rationale behind this claim being certified organic ๐Ÿ˜. 

Ok moving on to the actual products, they offer a good variety of products ranging from hair and body oils to shampoos, anti aging skincare and face masks and very pretty vintage packaging particularly for their facial skincare. 

I also applaud their choice of colored glass containers which increase the products shelf life while decreasing light degradation of the ingredients. I chose to try three of their products :

๐ŸƒThe age defying serum is a water based serum with glycerine and aloe. It is a very basic serum that absorbs quickly with no stickiness but other than that it has made no remarkable difference to my skin. I’ll give it a 5/10.

๐ŸƒThe advance super revitalize cream is supposed to lighten your skin gradually without the use of steroids or harsh bleaching agents. It is supposed to be used nightly and so far I like using it. It goes on non greasy and is very moisturizing. I’ll give it 2 more months to see if it lives up to its lightning claim overall a good basic nighttime moisturizer. 7/10.

๐ŸƒThe “organic” age defying cream. This has to be the worst product here ๐Ÿ˜ก. It is beyond greasy ! The moment I put it on my face and I swear I put the size of a tiny bead maybe even less and I diluted even that with the age defying serum it made my face  super greasy. I was wiping off beads of sweat ๐Ÿ’ฆ off my face all day I just couldn’t understand it๐Ÿ˜–. I made my sister who has super dry skin try it thinking maybe it would suit her but she complained of the same thing ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. 3/10 ( Just because I like the packaging ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Would I try Conatural products again ? I think not. Their prices are quiet steep approx $22 for the face moisturizer and for me the products didn’t deliver. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป

Have you tried conatural how was your experience?

๐ŸƒNext blog post is for a brand I stumbled upon and happened to like a lot Aura.Crafts. Stay tuned for the review coming up soon ๐Ÿ˜˜


Shopaholic gets a fright๐Ÿ’€

Hello Loves โฃ๏ธ

Today I’m going to tell you a story, a freaky story and a true story ๐Ÿ˜ˆ. So last night I went to bed pretty late ( I’m on vacation don’t judge me ๐Ÿ˜ฌ).

Before I go to bed I usually keep a bottle of water  ๐Ÿ’ฆon my nightstand since my mouth gets very dry in the middle of the night. And since I watch way too many horror movies ๐ŸŽฅ there is no way I’m going out in the middle of the night to become the easy, unsuspecting prey to a psychopath serial killer, a vengeful spirit or restless ghoul.

Getting back to our tale of terror ๐Ÿ’€, I woke up around 4 am, groped about in the dark for my water ๐Ÿ’ฆ bottle which I found under the bed empty ๐Ÿ˜กthanks to the plethora of forever thirsty nieces sleeping over ๐Ÿ˜ด.
Since I couldn’t go back to sleep with a parched throat ๐Ÿ‚and the nieces were sleeping even more deeply than Snow White and Sleeping beauty๐Ÿ‘‘ combined. I braced myself to tackle the impending task alone and after peeping around the door for potential death traps  ๐ŸŒ‘ tip toed gingerly into the living room. 

It’s a mystery to me how my eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ even with their pathetic vision suddenly start seeing all sorts of unworldly objects and paranormal activity โ˜ ๏ธ in pitch black darkness. Harmless shadows resemble ominous ๐Ÿ‘ปfigures, mundane sounds like the clock ticking sound like echoing ๐Ÿ‘ฃfootsteps you get the idea….

I hurriedly refilled my bottle willing my mind not to rerun through every single horror movie I had watched. As I made my way across the living room I happened to glance at the window and I literally jumped out of my skin. There pressed against the window was the silhouette of a giant cat sitting perfectly still staring off into the distance. This on a night that was the background of a typical Hollywood horror flick complete with a thunderstorm โšก๏ธand pouring rain outside. โ›ˆ

If that wasn’t enough to petrify me the cat that had been stationary till then decided to swivel its head and stare straight at me. The sight of two fluorescent slits in a pitch black  room was the last straw I stifled a blood curling scream that was about to explode from me (the last time I had screamed at that sight of a stray cat in my supposedly dark and empty bedroom had resulted in dire consequences : brown people read your mom’s chappal ๐Ÿ‘ก). 

I willed my legs to move which at the first instance of terror turn into two solid pillars of lead incapable of movement. The cat meanwhile was content to sit on its perch and stare at me with those creepy glowing eyes. I finally dragged myself to my room double bolted the door ๐Ÿšช dived under the covers and pulled the blanket over my head  frantically reciting every prayer I could recall. 

I want to ask at this point โ˜๏ธ why when we are feeling the most terrified do we think that a lifeless piece of fabric aka the blanket or duvet can provide us the ultimate protection against ghosts, ๐Ÿ‘ปghouls, ๐Ÿ’€or knife wielding murderers๐Ÿ”ชโ“

Plus no matter how hard you try to think ๐Ÿ’ญ innocent thoughts your mind will determinedly conjure up the things that terrify ๐Ÿ’€you the most. Long story short despite the fact that I was sleeping in a room literally littered with nieces sleeping on every available space we could fit a mattress in. I stayed up till sunrise cowering under my blanket, terrified I was going to be attacked by a possesed cat that would apparate into my room and change into a something from a James Wan movie ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I think I only dozed off ๐Ÿ˜ดwhen I saw the sun โ˜€๏ธ shining through the curtains. ๐Ÿ˜– 

Have you guys ever had one of those nights when you were scared and couldn’t sleep? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜˜

๐Ÿ’‹Shopaholic’s 15 Fun Facts About Me ๐Ÿ’‹

๐Ÿ’‹Hey Lovelies ,

 Todayโ€™s post is going to bring you up close and personal with your favorite blogger : Me! ๐Ÿ˜˜ haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ ok so maybe Iโ€™m not on your top 10 favorite people list yet but maybe this fun fact sheet will change that and get me into the top ๐Ÿ’ฏ?

Letโ€™s get started already!

๐Ÿ’‹1- I donโ€™t wear makeup unless itโ€™s a special occasion. Everyday Iโ€™m barefaced and yes that includes most OOTD posts unless I specifically state Iโ€™m wearing makeup. Even then itโ€™s limited to tinted moisturizer, lipstick, kohl and blush.

๐Ÿ’‹2-I love acting would love to make a career out of it someday lol wishful thinking ๐Ÿ˜‹.

๐Ÿ’‹3- I love buying clothes I mean if I could wear a new outfit everyday that would be the perfect world ๐ŸŒŽ for me ๐Ÿ˜‡

๐Ÿ’‹4- I hate working out ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป but I do it anyway because my body attracts fat like a magnet ๐Ÿ˜ณ.

๐Ÿ’‹5- I wish I had the power to travel back in time and redo some of the things that I messed up ๐Ÿ˜”.

๐Ÿ’‹6-I have always wanted to do a cartwheel and a handstand.

๐Ÿ’‹7- I wish junk food and desserts werenโ€™t fattening. ๐Ÿ˜‹

๐Ÿ’‹8- I have always dreamed of waking up looking perfectly made up like in the ๐ŸŽฅ movies or in Instagram selfies ๐Ÿ’‹.Usually when I wake up I look like Iโ€™ve been wrestling wild cats all night๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜บ.

๐Ÿ’‹9-I donโ€™t believe in ghostsโ€ฆ.except when Iโ€™m by myself at night and Iโ€™ve watched a horror flick ๐Ÿ˜ณ

๐Ÿ’‹10- I hate wearing heels ๐Ÿ‘  if could wear my Tomโ€™s everywhere I totally would ๐Ÿ˜Š.

๐Ÿ’‹11- I color match my lingerie ๐Ÿ˜ณ it drives me crazy if they arenโ€™t the same color ๐Ÿ˜–.

๐Ÿ’‹12- I hate airplane food โœˆ๏ธwhenever I can I always buy myself a sandwich and a muffin( Costa, Paul or Starbucks ๐Ÿ˜‹)to eat on board. (Doesnโ€™t work out so well for long haul flights though ๐Ÿ˜ก).

๐Ÿ’‹13- I love ๐Ÿ’•rose scented anything (perfumes, cosmetics, skincare products ๐ŸŒน). I recently tested ( more like sprayed it all over myself till the sales person raised her eyebrows) the rose ๐ŸŒน scented Oud (Arabic fragrance) from Loccitane and totally loved it ๐Ÿ˜. (Hey it was a tester ๐Ÿ˜ณ)

๐Ÿ’‹14- I used to love reading ๐Ÿ“– but I havenโ€™t been enthralled by a book since Harry Potter ๐Ÿ˜ข. (Any recommendations?)

๐Ÿ’‹15โ€“ I am so sick and tired of people going on racist rants and spreading hate and violence just because they think they are entitled on the basis of their skin color which FYI is determined by your genes and not something that makes you superior or that you can change. ( Unless you happen to be Michael Jackson๐Ÿ˜Ž).

๐Ÿ’‹So there it is guys a little bit more about myself. Hope you guys enjoyed reading do let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜˜.

๐ŸƒShopaholic DIY : Homemade Face Mask ๐Ÿƒ

Hello Lovesโฃ๏ธ
๐ŸƒWelcome to another shopaholic DIY. Today I’m going to show you guys how to make your very own brightening face mask. This mask is quick and easy and works to soothe your skin while subtly lightening your skin tone โœจ. Plus it’s free from chemicals and preservatives. So let’s get startedโœจ

๐ŸƒYou will need:Rose petal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.๐ŸƒThis mask has a mild exfoliating effect so you can use it daily if you prefer. Rose ๐ŸŒนpetal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Licorice root powder helps to fade blemishes and dark spots. While Orange๐ŸŠ peel powder contains nutrients that help brighten the skin and fade away acne marks and discoloration. 

๐ŸƒRose water and aloe gel will leave your skin soft , hydrated and โœจglowing. I personally find it perfect for using after you come in from the heat. If you refrigerate the rose water and aloe gel it will feel deliciously cool against your skin โ„๏ธ.

๐ŸƒDo try this mask out for yourself all ingredients can be found at Amazon or your local health food store. Let me know how you are liking this DIY series I would love to hear you comments ๐Ÿ˜˜. 

Until next time loves xoxo ๐Ÿ’‹