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☀️Shopaholic Reviews : La Rochay Posay Sunblock☀️

Hola Love Bunnies🐰💕

It’s product review time again here on the blog ✨. Today I’ll be reviewing a skincare item that is a must have for everyone regardless of your age or gender : Sunscreen or Sunblock ☀️.

☀️I’m sure you are all aware of the dangers of exposing you skin to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. Unprotected and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause a number of skin related problems including but not limited to  : 

☀️Hyper-pigmentation 

☀️Early aging 

☀️Skin Cancer 

☀️Therefore protecting your skin is imperative when being in the sun. For people of color like myself it is especially important as my skin tends to go into an overproduction of melanin if I have repeated unprotected exposure to the UV rays. 

☀️That being said choosing the correct sun protection for the skin can be a bit daunting given the staggering array of products and brands offered in stores. For me personally a few things are very important when choosing a sunscreen . 

1- ☀️It has to be oil free and streak free. There is nothing worse than heading out in the boiling weather with your face covered in a oil slick and worse white streaks 😳! 

2-☀️It should provide coverage. Since I don’t wear foundation or concealer on a daily basis, a Sunblock that does double duty (protection + coverage) is a winner in my book.

3-☀️It should have a SPF factor of between 30-50. In case you didn’t know the higher the SPF the longer time in terms of protection you get which means fewer reapplications. 

☀️The one brand that satisfied all my requirements ended up being:

                     ☀️La Rochay Posay ☀️  

   ☀️The product comes in a 5o ml tube with an airless pump dispenser. It has a tinted dry touch gel creme texture which means no greasy after feel and offers an SPF of 50 against UVB and UVA rays. 

☀️I found it easy to apply and it provided just the right amount of light coverage which helped blur out any discolorations on my face. I’ve attached an unretouched picture below 😱 (0️⃣ filters on this picture 😳 ack!). I’ve applied the product on one side of my face so you can see the extent of the coverage. 

     ☀️In terms of applicability the product stayed put and didn’t melt off my face even after a few hours. Granted I was indoors for the most part. 😏 So I cannot at this point comment on its performance outdoors.

☀️All in all this is one sunscreen I actually don’t mind using everyday 😍. Considering the fact that normally I hate applying sunscreen due to its greasy feel and the peculiar, artificial white sheen most of them leave behind 😳.

☀️Have you guys tried this brand ? How did you like it? Do let me know in the comments and what is your preferred brand of sun screen? Share with me here!😘

Until next time loves 💋💕!

Shopaholic Presents : Closet remix OOTD✨

Hola Love Bunnies💕!

✨Today’s post is one that I love putting together for you guys!💞. It’s the OOTD❣️Nothing makes me happier than dressing up and posing for the camera 😍📸! I love putting together outfits and matching accessories and it’s always a challenge when you are trying to put together a different look using the same pieces from your wardrobe . 

✨So today I’m going to show you an OOTD using the same dress that I used previously in one of my OOTD’s and show you how awesome it looks styled slightly differently this time. I’ll link back the original OOTD post as well so you can check back and see how I originally wore this dress 😘. (Just click on the blue OOTD😘)So here goes guys my closet remix OOTD ✨! 

     

   ✨Outfit deets:
Dress : Loft

✨Shoes: Aldo

✨Bag: Kate Spade

✨Shrug: American Eagle 

✨That’s it for today’s OOTD ❣️ Hope you guys enjoyed reading it let me know in the comments😘 and let me know how you remix your closet 💕!

✨Until next time loves! 😘💋

Shopaholic Reviews: Shirley Conlon Body Butter🍃

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🍃Hope you are all doing awesome! I have been fairly absent from blogging lately 😖, but I have been so bogged down with studies I simply couldn’t find the energy to pen down anything for the blog 😩.

🍃Anyways I’ll try to be more regular starting today and you guys can expect to see a new post every week 😬. So today’s post is a product review featuring a local Dubai brand : Shirley Conlon Body Butter.

 🍃I can across this brand when I was searching on Instagram for locally made organic skincare products. I had run out of my diy body cream and the ingredients to make any more batches😓. So while the new ones were on the way I needed something to keep my skin moisturized💦. 

🍃The hard water 💧and dry ☀️weather makes for really itchy and dry skin here in the UAE. So long story short I placed an order via the website and a week later my product was delivered. I paid 140 aed which is around $38. Steep 💸 I know 😓 but the product sounded promising so I figured maybe it would be worth it …. Not!

🍃First off the Body Butter was more like body oil 💦it was totally melted and had leaked all over the plastic container it came in as well the packaging😡. Which was annoying but I figured ok it’s a natural product they don’t use chemicals or binders so no big deal I’ll keep it in the fridge to harden up. Now please note it was listed on the website as a whipped cream consistency. 

🍃However once I took it out of the fridge it had solidified into a solid block 😳. So I figured never mind I’ll keep it out at room temperature which in my house is around 24 degrees 🌡celcius and it will soften up. Guess what? It turned back into a melted mess again! 😫 I was like what on earth?! I paid💰 that much for a tub of oil?! 

🍃Part of me wanted to chuck it out because I was totally frustrated by that point. I mean if I wanted a body oil I would have just gotten one that was just that: an oil! 😖. I didn’t want to call them and complain because they had taken over a week to ship out the damned thing with no communication in between whatsoever, so I wasn’t expecting any amazing customer service from them anytime soon.

🍃So here’s what I did instead I had about  half a jar of my diy cream left so I melted  my cream and mixed it with the tub of Shirley Conlon Body Butter/Oil 😒 and cooled the lot together in the freezer for a few mins and then whipped it with my handy little mixer into voila : a cream!😍 And it worked ! I had a jar of creamy body butter at last! 🎉

🍃Whew! I was so thrilled ! I was honestly pissed into speechlessness when I saw what I had received from the company. However a little ingenuity on my part saved the day, my cash and the product😇.

🍃Here is the finished version of the body cream or butter I chucked the offending jar of Shirley Conlon out and reused my old diy cream jar 😍.  

  🍃Doesn’t that look creamy and delicious❓😉. I’m so happy it worked out in the end 😇. Would I recommend Shirley Conlon products ? No way! I think I’ll stick to making my own creams from now on ✨.

🍃Have you guys ever bought any products that were total disasters? Let me know about them in the comments section 😘.

🍃Until next time loves 💕💋!

Story Time With ShopaholicBlogs: Featuring Crappy 🎁 Gifts!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰🎁💕!

Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button😘 because today we will talking all about the not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents 🎁😖

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

Chaand Raat OOTD🌙

🌙Hola 💕Love Bunnies!🐰

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

🌙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 💦. 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 😋. Which basically means an evening centered around food 🥘.

🌙So here’s a peek into the latest OOTD, and yes I did include pics of the yummy food 😋.🌙Hope you guys enjoy this special OOTD✨! Best wishes to all of you celebrating today and tomorrow 😘

First Ever Vlog📹!

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📹I’m finally back to the blogging world after a long siesta 😴. I took a break from blogging to enjoy my summer vacations ☀️. Plus we had a lot of stuff happening at home with my sister expecting her fourth 👶🏻 baby, our whole extended family staying over and me trying to finish my assignments in this joyful chaos. 💕

📹Once 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 😵insane once has now become the in thing to do worldwide 😲.

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

Do check it out and let me know what you think 💭 by commenting down below.

Shopaholic gets a fright💀

Hello Loves ❣️

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

Before I go to bed I usually keep a bottle of water  💦on my nightstand since my mouth gets very dry in the middle of the night. And since I watch way too many horror movies 🎥 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 💀, I woke up around 4 am, groped about in the dark for my water 💦 bottle which I found under the bed empty 😡thanks to the plethora of forever thirsty nieces sleeping over 😴.
Since I couldn’t go back to sleep with a parched throat 🍂and the nieces were sleeping even more deeply than Snow White and Sleeping beauty👑 combined. I braced myself to tackle the impending task alone and after peeping around the door for potential death traps  🌑 tip toed gingerly into the living room. 

It’s a mystery to me how my eyes 👀 even with their pathetic vision suddenly start seeing all sorts of unworldly objects and paranormal activity ☠️ in pitch black darkness. Harmless shadows resemble ominous 👻figures, mundane sounds like the clock ticking sound like echoing 👣footsteps 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 ⚡️and pouring rain outside. ⛈

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 👡). 

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 🚪 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 ☝️ 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, 👻ghouls, 💀or knife wielding murderers🔪❓

Plus no matter how hard you try to think 💭 innocent thoughts your mind will determinedly conjure up the things that terrify 💀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 😱 I think I only dozed off 😴when I saw the sun ☀️ shining through the curtains. 😖 

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