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Tips for staying healthy🍎 & fit💪🏼 in Ramadan 🌙

🌙Hola Loves❣️

🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.

🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:

🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.

🌙Here is what you can do instead :

  1. At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
  2. Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
  3. Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼‍♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.

🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓

Until next time loves 💕❣️

✨Shopaholic Reviews: The HydraFacial✨

Hola Loves 💕!

💫It’s a new year and we are already nearing the end of January😱 time it seems is literally flying 🛫. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are working hard at your new year resolutions. I’m not so much a resolution person myself I find being sporadic tends to work better for me. All of my best laid plans have a tendency to go awry anyways 😒.

💫So back to the topic I’m totally not a facial kind of person I hate being touched and honestly I have yet to see a facial do miracles 🙄. However the “HydraFacial” had me intrigued. The idea of not having my face polished, scrubbed and shined like shoe leather 👞 (which is exactly how I describe typical facials😋) is what appealed to me. The “HydraFacial” uses a patented vacuum technology which creates a vortex effect that easily dislodges and removes impurities while simultaneously hydrating the skin with tailored serums and potent antioxidants. Add to that the fact that it’s favored by top Hollywood celebrities ✨i was totally interested in booking myself a session. 

 💫However that was easier said than done, the HydraFacial is a very costly 💰indulgence so after looking around for months for discounts I finally found an awesome deal that I just couldn’t pass up😍!

💫The TaoSpa at Jumeirah Mall were offering an amazing 50% off to try the HydraFacial for the month of January 🎉✨! Since my skin was looking unusually lack luster and tired and it was the new year I decided it was the perfect time to renew and refresh ✨❣️ 

 💫The mall has plenty of parking which is always a relief and the spa will validate your parking as well. The spa itself has a very Asian inspired decor. 

  💫Upon entering I was asked to fill out a short form and then I was escorted down a very dimly lit corridor to my treatment room. 

 💫Once I was comfortably lying down I was covered with a towel and we went over my areas of concern: dullnes, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores 😳 enough to make a girl blush 😩)!

💫Back to the facial !The HydraFacial is a five step process: Vortex-Exfoliation™, Vortex-Peel™, Vortex-Extraction™, Vortex-Boost™, and Vortex-Fusion®. It typically lasts an hour but they also have the express option which takes just 30 mins.

 💫It begins with the therapist cleaning your skin using a special cleanser.  

 

💫This part is done by hand and to be honest it was a tad bit reminiscent of the traditional facials I have had in the past 😱. Thankfully it lasted only a few mins and then we got started with the high tech stuff 😬. For each process the therapist used a different colored sterilized tip. The first step was the vortex cleansing and exfoliation. 

  
💫Your therapist will customize the vacuum suction based on your skin type. My skin is very sensitive so the suction was adjusted accordingly. The wand head simultaneously deposits the cleanser and sucks out the gunk from your pores.  💫The process is not the least bit uncomfortable all you feel is the cooling sensation of the cleanser/ serums and a light suction from the wand. After each step the wand tip will be rinsed and changed but the process will be the same: application of product followed by suction.  Before the final step my therapist applied protein mask around my eyes while she proceeded to apply the vitamin serum.  
 Yes I look peculiar I know 🤫. And here is me post the treatment tada✨ 
 💫My skin looked fresh, felt squeaky clean and baby soft 💕😱! FYI I’m not wearing any makeup here 😬 aah my dream of being able to face the world bare faced was finally coming true 😍❣️.

💫To sum up I would highly recommend the HydraFacial ✨it is recommended to get multiple sessions to see the full benefits. Alas ☹️ owing to the exorbitant cost that might not be a possibility for me atleast for the time being . That being said I would definitely try the HydraFacial again if I happen to stumble across a bargain deal 😘.

That’s it for this blog post my loves 💕! Thanks for stopping by❣️

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!

First Ever Vlog📹!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰!

📹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’s 15 Fun Facts About Me 💋

💋Hey Lovelies ,

 Today’s post is going to bring you up close and personal with your favorite blogger : Me! 😘 haha 😂 ok so maybe I’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 💯?

Let’s get started already!

💋1- I don’t wear makeup unless it’s a special occasion. Everyday I’m barefaced and yes that includes most OOTD posts unless I specifically state I’m wearing makeup. Even then it’s limited to tinted moisturizer, lipstick, kohl and blush.

💋2-I love acting would love to make a career out of it someday lol wishful thinking 😋.

💋3- I love buying clothes I mean if I could wear a new outfit everyday that would be the perfect world 🌎 for me 😇

💋4- I hate working out 🏋🏻 but I do it anyway because my body attracts fat like a magnet 😳.

💋5- I wish I had the power to travel back in time and redo some of the things that I messed up 😔.

💋6-I have always wanted to do a cartwheel and a handstand.

💋7- I wish junk food and desserts weren’t fattening. 😋

💋8- I have always dreamed of waking up looking perfectly made up like in the 🎥 movies or in Instagram selfies 💋.Usually when I wake up I look like I’ve been wrestling wild cats all night😾😺.

💋9-I don’t believe in ghosts….except when I’m by myself at night and I’ve watched a horror flick 😳

💋10- I hate wearing heels 👠 if could wear my Tom’s everywhere I totally would 😊.

💋11- I color match my lingerie 😳 it drives me crazy if they aren’t the same color 😖.

💋12- I hate airplane food ✈️whenever I can I always buy myself a sandwich and a muffin( Costa, Paul or Starbucks 😋)to eat on board. (Doesn’t work out so well for long haul flights though 😡).

💋13- I love 💕rose scented anything (perfumes, cosmetics, skincare products 🌹). I recently tested ( more like sprayed it all over myself till the sales person raised her eyebrows) the rose 🌹 scented Oud (Arabic fragrance) from Loccitane and totally loved it 😍. (Hey it was a tester 😳)

💋14- I used to love reading 📖 but I haven’t been enthralled by a book since Harry Potter 😢. (Any recommendations?)

💋15– 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 Jackson😎).

💋So there it is guys a little bit more about myself. Hope you guys enjoyed reading do let me know in the comments 😘.

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 😘