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🎉Shopaholic’s Versatile Blogger Award!🎉

Hello my lovely blogging friends! 

I know I know I have been totally ignoring the blog for the longest time but hear me out. Way too many things were going on at once and I am so bad at managing time that a lot of things took a back seat and unfortunately the blog was one of them.

Anyways with my studies hopefully under control, unexpected vacations over and a wonderful opportunity to make a comeback thanks to the lovely lady over at strictlylighthearted 💕. I will be more regular with my posts incase anyone was missing them (fingers crossed🤞🏼).

So here is today’s comeback post (do I sound like a flop movie star ⭐️ trying too hard 😋). The ✨Versatile Blogger Award!✨. Do check out strictlylighthearted’s blog esp her totally funny award post 🤣.

So as per the rules I have to tell you guys 7 things about myself, so here goes peeps. TMI time 😋

1- I still haven’t figured out what I want to do with myself I mean I have bopped from one interest  to another in hopes of finding a fit but nothing has worked out for me yet. So if anyone out there is wondering if they are the only looser out there who doesn’t have a clue what to do with their life maybe we should get together and start a club 😖.

2– I have recently become addicted 😍to the CW series Crazy ex girl friend and omg I can so relate to her idiotic and downright frustrating antics … anyone else a fan ?

3-I realized on my recent trip to Prague, that I adore 💕traveling to places that have legends and myths associated with them not just shit boring historical facts 👸🏼🤴

4– I often wonder if every one else’s life is as routine and uneventful as mine 🤔

5- I wish people would have the common courtesy of not talking just amongst themselves and leaving the third person feeling like a moron and having to resort to mindlessly playing with their phone. (Yes I’m referring to yours truly 🙄)

6– I wish society would drop the fake beauty standards already I mean aren’t we exhausted ladies? Fake eye lashes, extensions, implants ,fillers, having a perfectly baked, contoured face and the list goes on and on….

7-I can totally tell the difference between a genuine and fake compliment now 😳 A real compliment makes me ridiculously happy 😊 

So guys hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better 😘

I’ll only be nominating three people even though there are tons of wonderful bloggers out there ✨

Ciarasspaceface

Irishrosebeauty

Thefaithfulfashionista

Ladies congrats on the nominations🎉 now just link back to my blog, list 7 things about yourself and nominate some fab bloggers of your choice ✨

All you bloggers out there check out these wonderful blogs and leave me some love in the comment section 😘😊💕

Until next time loves 💋

🎉Blogger Recognition Award! 🎉

✨Hello Everyone!

✨It’s been quiet a while since I have done an award blog post. So I was delighted when TheBeauty&FoodLab nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award🎉.

✨Rules: Let’s get these out of the way first.

✨-Thank the blogger who nominated you while providing a link to the blog site.

TheBeauty&FoodLab is the property of the lovely Shehnaz. It is really a visual treat with stunning photographs, mouth watering recipes and beauty reviews. I highly recommend you check it out and many thanks to her for this nomination 😘

✨-Discuss the reason for starting the blog and talk a little bit about it.


✨I started the blog for two reasons actually. One I was very bored, 😐I had just started my studies, we had just moved to the UAE and I didn’t know a soul and had no idea what to do with my time.

Two I had a habit of writing really long statuses on Facebook 😋. Usually about something interesting/ outrageous or hilarious. A lot of my friends enjoyed reading those so they would encourage me to start a blog. However since I’m a technical dummy I really didn’t want to get into the entire HTML , coding or *%# crap. However as it so happened my first semester ended up being a stress fest and it got me riled that I sat and wrote a 1000 words about my experience. At that very time I got an email from the university asking for volunteer bloggers for the uni student blog. So feeling excited I sent in my blog post only to hear …Nothing.

So I thought to myself oh well it was probably a crappy piece and forgot all about it. The semester ended and about that time I got the same email again requesting blog posts from student volunteers. So I made a few tweaks and resent my post. And would you believe it heard back from the head of student affairs within a few mins. She wrote that she had seen my article before but had got caught up and it had slipped her mind and seeing it again today reminded her. 

She gave me directions to set up an account on WordPress and my post went live the same day and that fellow bloggers was the official start to my blogging journey. 😇 Here is a link to the article incase you want to take a look. 

Read Me😘

I made a separate account for my personal blogging . I had a hunch the university would not be interested in reading about the latest eyeliner I was currently fancying 😜.

And well, you guys know the rest about the blog. It’s mostly product reviews, funny stories and my love for posing for the camera 😋.

✨-Give 2 advices to fellow bloggers/readers.

Be genuine, your blog should reflect your personality.

 Write like you would talk about something, don’t use overly complicated vocabulary, just be yourself. 

✨-Nominate 15 bloggers who you think deserve this accolade.

This part takes me forever to be honest to link the blogs 😫.

I’ll nominate 5 people honestly there are so many I would love to do but the linking thing drives me insane 😖.

Makeupandbeyondweb

riyahearts

beccapbeauty

Lifewithlilred

Ankhoryou

✨-Inform all the nominees by commenting on their blog.

Yes your majesty I will be doing that just as soon as I post this 😋.

That’s it for me guys ! Hope you enjoyed this post 😘

Leave your comments down below 💞

✨Shopaholic Reviews : Maybelline Master Kajal✨

Hello Everyone!

Today’s blog post  is all about my 💞favorite makeup product -Le Eyeliner👏🏻.

Since I am a total moron when it comes to applying makeup I keep things simple lipstick, eyeliner, blush. Which time wise comes out to be roughly about 15 mins on a good day. Close to half an hour or 45 mins if my hand eye coordination happens to be on a strike😒.

So to make a long story short eyeliner is a staple in my bag. Over the years owing to my shaky hand and overly blinking eyes I have gone through my fair share of eyeliners. Before finally finding my tool di resistance ✨ the angled liner brush 🎉.

However a fab brush is pretty much useless if the accompanying liner sucks😒. So after going through countless pots of liner , gel and powder both of which would dry out and start flaking 😪. I decided to branch out and try my hand at the new line of kajal liners. The one I chose is the Maybelline Master Kajal which boasted of a super dark, dramatic line with a flick of the wrist. 😒 


I don’t know why I tend to gravitate towards pencil liners, instead of the liquid ones. Somehow pencil ones appear to be less intimidating to me than their liquid counterparts.

 Back to the product, the liner is indeed super, intense black and glides on without tugging or drying out. That being said the chunky shape makes doing the flick a pain 😡. It’s fine when the liner is new and has somewhat of a point but after a while when you have a rounded tip I don’t see how I will be able to pull off a cats eye with this. In terms of wearability, on me it didn’t last very ⏱long. Probably because I didn’t apply an eyeshadow primer or any sort of base and my lids tend to eat eyemakeup I can’t explain it they just do 😳.

So overall I think it’s a decent eyeliner though I still prefer my brush if only I can find the right liner for it 😩. I would give it 3/5 ✨simply because once the tip gets rounded the only look you can do with it is probably Emo 😳 

Have you guys tried this product let me know how you liked it?

Until next time loves xoxo 💋

✨Shopaholic’s Back to Basics ✨

✨Hey Loves!

✨As much as I love trying out new products there comes a time when i tend to go back to the basics 💞. Products that have stood the test of time and trail repeatedly and have emerged as stellar ✨. One such brand is Olay✨. As a kid I remember the pearlescent pink bottle with the black cap on my grandmother’s side table. Years later I would sneak the red Regenerist container from my mother’s dresser hoping to get glowing skin like hers .😇

✨So when I started my hunt for anti aging skincare ( yes I’m an old maid😒) the first brand I tried out was Olay. Over the years though I’ve constantly tried different brands I’ve always gone back to Olay after a while. Regenerist, total effects I’ve tried them all, some hit the mark others I decided to pass on the next time around. 

✨While I enjoyed using the Regenerist line for a while my personal favorite is their total effects line. In particular the serum and the face lotion, which tackle the seven signs of aging : 

Loss of moisture

Wrinkles

Uneven skin tone 

Uneven skin texture 

Lackluster skin

Lack of hydration 

Visible pores

✨Plus it offers SPF 15 for sun protection.☀️ They have also expanded their anti aging line by adding BB and CC creams. Both the BB and CC creams offer the same anti aging benefits as the original total effects but with a hint of foundation for slight coverage. 

✨I personally use the serum and anti aging moisturizer on a daily basis with the CC cream occasionally when my skin is misbehaving and I need a little coverage. If you are a foundation fan then you will find the coverage with the BB and CC creams minimal. Since I don’t bother with foundation it gives me the coverage I need without the need for blending.

✨The formulas are non greasy and offer day long hydration and smooth my skin out. Plus they are priced reasonably and are available at most drugstores.

✨Have you guys tried Olay products? Which ones are your favorites ? Let me know here 😘

💔Shopaholic Rant: Unfriending people on Facebook 💔

💔Genuine relationships require a great deal of time, energy,commitment and emotional investment.

💔For this reason I have always been utterly bemused by the sheer no of friends people claim to have these days, esp since the widespread usage of social media. Almost every person’s profile I have clicked on in the last few months has a had friend count of over 500 😳.

💔With an average school having between 400-500 students thats like being friends with every single person in school !😱

💔 I mean even at weddings the maximum guests you have if you are Caucasian 👱🏼‍♀️is 50-250, or if you are brown 🙎🏻is between 200-400 and that includes the entire odd assortment of relatives and colleagues, friends of your parents, their extended families etc. So where exactly are these 500+ “friends” ? I’ve personally never seen anyone at one time hanging out with 500 close friends have you? I mean even in the cult favorite show “Friends” there were only 5.

💔Have we redefined friendship to include any person with a social media account to have free access to our personal life? Or has the numbers game taken over relationships as well in this day and age?

💔I personally find the idea of someone I barely know, have access to all my social media just plain odd and awkward. I’ll give you an example, recently  I stumbled upon a middle school classmate after almost 10+ years through a common friend. Even though we were never more than polite acquaintances back in school immediately she requested to befriend me on social media. Since she had already whipped her phone out and was looking at me expectantly, it seemed rude not to comply. A couple of weeks later however since I didn’t hear a single peep from her, I ceremoniously unfriended her off all my social media accounts. 😕.

💔Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a mean, hateful person ( well not all the time 😋) and I love the idea of making new friends. But here’s what I don’t get: befriending someone on social media only to ignore them in real life? Picture this I went to the movies 🎬with a “friend” and the entire time we were there she was busy liking pics on Instagram and commenting on Facebook. 😡 The whole point of going to the movies with friends is to laugh together and comment on the funny and interesting bits. I honestly was pissed off and left wondering why she had bothered to come at all.

💔Secondly why would you want divulge all your life details to someone you just met( let’s face facts people from what we are eating and drinking, to what we are wearing to who we are with and where we put in all on social media). 

💔Finally why would you want to have someone who you have zero interest in past the intial friend request, have all of their crap show up on your newsfeed? I mean it’s frustrating enough to have to deal with insufferable people in real life,  but to have them irritate you online as well? I’ve frankly got no tolerance for the selfie queens, attention seeking status posters, repeated game request senders,or people who just want to add and forget you…😒.

💔Why not just unfollow them you ask? Well I’ve done that but that still lets them look at my stuff whenever they choose to and I’m not in the habit of putting up a zillion different privacy settings everytime I post. Plus everytime I happen to look over my friends list and see a name that i haven’t had any sort of contact with in ages it makes me wonder what on earth are they still doing on my friends list?🤔

💔I mean the last time I checked Facebook wasn’t a dupe for the yellow pages 📒.

💔To be honest I feel much better after I spring cleaned my social media contact list. It may have dwindled my friend count but atleast the ones left are the ones that matter. How do you clean up your social media let me know here 😘

Until next time loves xoxo💋

✨Shopaholic Product Review : Dirty Works ✨

✨Hey Guys! 💞

Today’s product review features a brand that I happened to stumble upon accidently and ended up absolutely loving💞

          ❗️Presenting “Dirty Works“❗️

✨Honestly I had never heard of this brand before but the colorful packaging caught my eye amongst the hundreds of other skincare brands that were jostling for attention. ( I guess packaging is the most important “P” in marketing 😉 see I retained something from way back in college. 

✨So anyway I spent a good 15 mins at the “Dirty Works” display. They have a good product range from skincare to body care. I ended up buying the “8 in 1 Miracle Serum” and the “Miracle Cream”.

Dirty Works is a U.K. brand and is available through Tesco and Sainsbury and if you are in the UAE you can get them at Carrefour, Boots & Spinneys.

✨ Let’s start with the serum first:

✨In a 30ml tube you are promised firmer, more even toned, wrinkle free, bright and hydrated skin 😳. That’s a long list of claims for a product to make 🤔. From my personal experience the serum does a good job of priming and in my case mattifying the skin before moisturizer.

✨It has a very light gel to lotion like texture and goes on smoothly, no greasy after feel. I’ve only used it for a few days so in can’t vouch for the anti wrinkling properties. However it does leave your skin soft but you will definately need to follow up with moisturizer unless you are super oily in which case this should be enough. My own skin is combination with t zone oiliness and a tendency to break out randomly. 

✨Which is why I followed it with the “Miracle Cream“.


✨I was initially apprehensive about using this moisturizer because it is a cream. Most creams I’ve used in the past have been felt very heavy on my skin, causing mid- morning oil slicks and breakouts 😡.

✨This cream has a very light texture, a very subtle sweet fragrance. I cant stand skincare products that are heavily scented😷. They are incredibly overpowering😖 I mean hello there  is a reason perfumes are sprayed on the body and not on the face🙄.

✨It is incredibly moisturizing and there is no greasy after feel. Even mid -day when I’m usually reaching for tissues for blotting, my skin was relatively less oily. 😱

✨I am loving💟 both these products 💞, so much so that I’m going to try out their other stuff as well 😇. Have you guys tried “Dirty Works“? Which product is your favorite ? Let me know in the comments below 😘

✨Until next time xoxo💋

✂️Shopaholic Gets a Haircut✂️

✨I’m someone who has always been very attached to her hair. For as long as I can remember my hair has been down my back to my hips. My mom would cut my hair at home, spreading newspapers down and cutting it straight across never more than an inch. 

✨She was the one who oiled it regularly, braided it and never allowed me to open my hair except for special occasions.

✨It’s no wonder the first time I went to the hairdresser myself I was almost in tears when I saw my hair piling on the floor as the hairdresser snipped away with vigor despite my repeated just admonishing of “no more than an inch please”.

✨Even today, dozens of haircuts later, when I hear the rrrr of the scissors as they weave in and out of my hair I can feel panick setting in. 

✨However over the years it has become harder and harder to maintain the length of my hair. Since I am an avid fan of highlights I find my hair texture has changed dramatically. It is prone to being dry and frizzy particularly at the ends and no matter how much I condition or treat it eventually I find myself cutting it to maintain the health of my hair.

✨Today was one of those days when fed up with the dried, frizzy mess I decided to head on to the hairdresser. 

✨My go to hairstyle for the last few years had been side bangs with long layers. I am totally low maintaince when it comes to my hair I don’t even own a hairdryer. Which I is why I opt for this particular style, it’s no fuss and looks good straight out of the shower.

✨That being said bangs if cut incorrectly can end up being a disaster and layers done wrong can look like someone just took a hack saw to your hair and went on a chopping spree 😱

✨Since this was a new hairdresser I was more nervous than usual. As always I showed her the picture on my phone (pictures are always more effective than trying to exhaust your vocabulary😓).

✨Plus ever since I moved to the UAE I have had horrible luck with hairdressers apparently side bangs are a foreign concept to them 🙄.

✨45 mins⏱ and a whole lot of hair on the floor later she handed me a mirror and asked me to turn around to take a look at the final result. ✨While it was a whole lot shorter than I had anticipated, she got the bangs somewhat close to what I had asked for. 

✨What do you guys think of this look? Let me know in the comments 😘 plus what is your go to hairstyle?