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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 Reviews: Shirley Conlon Body Butter🍃

Hola Love Bunnies🐰!

🍃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 💕💋!

☔️Shopaholic’s Spring Showers OOTD ☔️

☔️Hello Lovelies! 

☔️So the past week the weather has been surprisingly awesome 👏🏻 well for me atleast 😁. I know a lot of people associate cloudy weather and rain with doom and gloom 🌚. But trust me when you have the sun beating down on you year round non stop a bit of rain is a welcome change. 💕

☔️Here in Dubai rain usually means light showers 💦which cools the temperature down without making you stuck indoors. Today was a perfect day for an OOTD, it was drizzling on and off accompanied by a light breeze and gorgeous clouds spread across the sky. 

☔️So here is today’s spring shower OOTD , showing you two looks with the same dress 👗 hope you guys enjoy 😊 

☔️Outfit details : 

💦Dress and jacket : Old Navy

💦Bag: Joyn

💦Scarf: Zara

💦Shoes : Sam Edelman 

Leave me your comments and suggestions I would love to hear from you 😘

🎭Shopaholic Reviews : Sheet Masks 🎭 

🎭Hello Loves!

🎭So the weather here has started to warm up already 😭 which means it’s time to start investing in a summer skincare regime.

🎭I’ve been hearing a lot of rave reviews about sheer masks lately so I thought about giving them a try. I picked up this sheet mask from Boots at 25 aed. 


🎭As per instructions you are supposed to leave it on your face for 10-15 mins for the ultimate spa experience at a fraction of the cost 💸. The mask is a standard size which meant it was too large for my petite face 😋. It comes pre cut with openings for the eyes and mouth and contains the moisturizing and hydrating mixture and also made me look like a knife wielding murderer 🔪.Nope I’m not uploading that picture here 😋. 🎭Despite being at room temperature the mask felt very cold and to be honest slimy 😱. I didn’t enjoy the feel of it on my face at all 😮 honestly I couldn’t wait to take it off 😕. Afterwards my skin did feel soft and a bit sticky I had to wash my face and apply my regular moisturizer. ☹️

🎭So at least it wasn’t a total loss, I got to experience the latest beauty rage and realize it was not for me at all 😒 and I didn’t end up breaking the bank. 

🎭Have you guys tried sheet masks ? What was your experience like? Which brands would you recommend I try?

Let me know in the comments 😘

Until next time 💕

✨Shopaholics Sporadic Shopping Spree✨

Hello 💞guys,

Today’s post is completely unplanned. I was at the mall ( big surprise there 😉). No I had to visit my cell phone provider and that’s it I swear. Halfway through the mall Mother Nature 🌹decided to make a visit 😱. Yes I know TMI but bear with me it will make sense. To be honest I had been expecting her for a while but if she would just bloody make up her mind and show up on time for once we wouldn’t be having this conversation. 😡

So once I felt the warning signs I rummaged through my bag for my emergency 🚨 stash. Yes I always have the essentials since the visits have been sporadic for awhile now. However as 🍀luck would have it I was totally out. Which brings us to the “sporadic shopping spree” bit. I nipped into the nearest boots, which thankfully was deserted given, it was 1:30 on a weekday and no annoying sales people! 😱 I swear if anyone had approached me with the intention of pestering me to buy the latest anti aging on special I would have snapped 🔥.

I just wanted to pickup what I needed along with some non essentials to camouflage incase the cashier was a guy (yes I’m very paranoid in this regard 😥) and rush off to the nearest ladies room. 

I ended up buying what I needed, I got the Lillets,  point blank because the packaging was adorable 💗 I mean who wouldn’t want to buy that seriously 💕. Along with, drumroll 🥁:

✨A sheet mask.(They are trending in skincare and I wanted to know what exactly is so amazing about them).

✨A Mustela baby bar🍼& baby wash.  I love mustela products, ever since I became an aunt and I sneaked baby meemo’s baby wash 😋. I love the fragrance and how they aren’t harsh or drying to the skin.

✨And finally the Beauty Formula, face wipes. I’ve used their pore strips before and they worked amazingly well so I decided to see if these would work just as well. 

Then since I was near a Starbucks and quiet frankly worn out from stress and cramps I treated myself to the ultimate comfort food outside of home. A white chocolate caramel mocha 🍫☕️. 

So there you have it guys my unplanned mini shopping spree rant.  Hope you enjoyed that and do share your shopping stories with me I would love to hear them 😘.

Much love xoxo💋

✨Shopaholic Reviews : Maybelline Lasting 24 Hour Gel Eyeliner✨

Hey Everybody! 💞

Your fav shopaholic here with a short and sweet product review. If you have been following my Instagram which you totally should btw 😉 since you will catch all of my awesome updates there ✨. You might have noticed a sneak peak of this product there 🎉. As I have mentioned in countless posts before liner is my go to makeup item and one that I can make look half way decent on myself 😇

I have gone through a fair share of eyeliners over the years pencils, powder and gels. However I always am on the lookout for something that will make applying liner a breeze and give me somewhat symmetrical looking eyes😒.

I’ve honestly found over the years that a high price tag doesn’t equal superior quality or better results. So I do like to try out drugstore brands quiet often even though they do have the problem of not allowing you to try the product in store before buying. ☹️

So usually with drugstore brands it’s hit or miss. For this product I was a little wary to being with since I couldn’t try it but I figured I always do need liner and as long as it didn’t give a horrible rash it was worth a try. 😵

So here’s presenting the✨ Maybelline Lasting 24 hour Gel Liner✨.I chose the color black that’s it no fancy names here. The packaging is pretty basic: a tiny glass pot with a aluminum lid accompanied by a dual ended brush.😕Onto the product, the liner has a creamy texture and goes on smoothly. 

The color is  rich and intense and even though looking at the brush I was initially doubtful at being able to line my eyes it surprisingly did a pretty good job. Either that or my hand was extra steady today 😜. 

That being said taking it off was pretty difficult I used a makeup wipe and I had to really go after it to get it completely off. Now normally that would mean good news since it reads long wearability to me. However I haven’t tried this liner in the dead of summer here and that is when most makeup items fail the long wear test miserably.

So for the time being I give this product a 4/5. If any of you have used this do comment below and let me know how you liked it. 

Until next time my loves 

Xoxo 💋!

🚫Shopaholic Scammed! 🚫

Hola Readers 😘

So as you probably gleaned from the title this is a rant blog post 😡. As you all know I am addicted to shopping and online shopping is hands down my preferred way to hunt for bargains. 

Strangely enough this new year for some reason my Facebook newsfeed was bombarded by ads for the revolutionary hair straightening device the Dafni! Now I have been considering purchasing the Dafni for quiet a while, the high price being the only put off $200 for a hairbrush 😳💸.

Now this particular advert was offering the Dafni for a mere 200 AED that’s $54 ! Hold on I know what you are thinking🤔girl you can’t spot a scam ⚠️when it’s staring you right in the face! I admit it was part stupidity, part sheer disbelief at the possibility of an amazing bargain on my part. So anyway long story short i called placed an order for cash on delivery and after 48 hours I was handed a black polyester shopping bag with the so called deal of the century and a free bottle of hair oil from some brand called Dr Rashnel❓I tried googling the name but nothing came up hmmm…

Anyways the packaging looked genuine enough from the outside. Once opened the box though I found the hair brush with a flimsy plastic cover on the brush part the kind that’s used as a shoe insert on new sandals.

That was it. No warranty card, no registeration card, no paperwork of any kind just two cheaply printed cards with barely there instructions. The brush itself felt ridiculously light probably since it was made out of paper thin plastic. It had the Dafni logo on the handle and the center on/off button which when pressed turned on green not blinking red like the real Dafni. The bristles were some kind of cheap rubber and were all loose there was even one missing bristle 😱.

I was so mad😡😡 I msged the company on their FB page only to be told after repeated msgs that they do not deal with returns or refunds and that I had to email the company. Apparently they will only reply in minutes if you are ready to place an order. Anyway I emailed them requesting a refund along with a picture of their defective item I didn’t mention that it was fradulent. No response.

Now usually I would have ended it at that cursed my luck and chucked the item in the bin. That particular day I was in an unusually bad mood and being ripped off just added fuel to the fury fire. 🔥

I msged the company threatening to report then to the police for offering fraudulent merchandise and would you believe it I got an email within the hour offering a replacement (as if!) or a refund.

Two days later there was a messenger at the door holding out my money and requesting their piece of junk back. Good riddance! So if you are in the UAE and have seen adverts for the Dafni being offered at a too good to be true price BEWARE! The company i dealt with is going by the name Wow Offers but there are others as well trying to rip customers off with this inferior copy 😡😡.

Luckily for me this ended well , let me know if you guys have ever been a victim of an online scam. 

Until next time loves xoxo💋