Liebster Award 👑 Nominations!

Hello beautiful people! 💞
So I have some utterly fantastic🎉news to share with you guys! second only to a 50% off the entire store sale 😁 💰.
I just found out that I have been nominated for the ” Leibster 🏆Award”by the lovely, Danetigress💞. Be sure to check out her awesome blog!

I am extremely humbled and honored 👑that just a week into blogging I’ve been welcomed so graciously into the blogging community 💞😇. Thank you for taking time out to read my posts, your support and encouragement means so much ❣
Ok i’ll stop being sappy 😊 now and get to the rules :

1-Tag the person who nominated you and thank them.

2-Answer 📝the 11 questions you are given.

3-Nominate 11 new bloggers and tag 📍them.

4-Give them 11 new questions 🖊to answer.

5-Notify 💌 your nominees.

So here are the questions asked to me by Danetigres1-What is your blog about and why did you choose that theme❓

✨My blog is basically about all things that are important in a girl’s life. Starting with shopping , beauty, fashion, relationships and all the funny things we experience in our lives. I love making people laugh and smile and I try to include a touch of humor in my writing. I chose the name shopaholic because that’s what my friends and family call me 😇.
2-Where are you from?
✨I am a Pakistani/American. 🇺🇸🇵🇰
3-What’s your favorite country to travel to?
✨I’m a city girl so basically anywhere there are tons of shops with outrageous bargains I’m ready to fly ✈️!
4-What’s your favorite beauty brand?
✨Honestly there are several, like most of us I tend to use different products from different brands. My all time favorite is the Burts bees lip crayon in Napa vineyard, it’s a universally look good on everyone color that’s a breeze to apply 💋. For the face I’m right now hooked on Dusty girls tinted cream.

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5-What’s your favorite handbag?
✨I love buying new handbags ! So it’s hard to pick just one , but since I’m a tote girl it would have to be my LV Never full tote, which can hold a small car ! 🚗 It’s definitely a shopaholic must have!

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6-Which post was the most challenging to write?
✨I’m in the middle of writing 📝 a post as of now. Usually I can finish a post in a couple of hours ⏲ but this time I feel like I’m in a rut 🕳. Hopefully it should be finished in a couple of days I’ll be sure to tag it as the most diffcult post written so be generous with the likes⭐️ ladies 😉
7-Who’re your favorite three bloggers?
✨That’s a difficult question 🤔 I love everyone’s blogs here, they all have their own unique style. But if I had to pick just three they would be
⭐️Danetigress
⭐️Dolledupbyj
⭐️CyndelB
8-What’s your favorite YouTube channel?
✨I love comedy so it would be karachi vynz official .
9-What’s your favorite music?
✨Anything that’s fun and upbeat right now I’m loving Shawn Mendes- Stitches 🎧
10-Who is your favorite author?
✨J.K Rowling without a doubt ! I could read Harry Potter over and over and i do! 💞
11-What’s your favorite food?
✨Anything my mom cooks ! 💖 I love cumin scented potatoes I could eat them everyday 😁

Well there you have it ladies a little bit of info about your favorite shopaholic 😇.

And now it’s time for my me to announce my nominations for the 2nd Liebster 🏆Award”.

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The nominees are :

🎉1-Dolledupbyj
🎉2-Drops of Velvet
🎉3-poo&kan
🎉4-girlytreasures
🎉5-kelifornia79
🎉6-suzielily
🎉7-jessicaandlove
🎉8-Hello Lesya
🎉9-natalieslovelyblog
🎉10-cinderzena
🎉11-idoandadieu

Be sure to check out the blogs of these lovely people, they offer interesting and different perspectives on beauty, travel, blogging and a whole lot more! In the meantime here are my questions to the nominees:

1- ✨What is the most difficult challenge you faced as a blogger when starting out and how did you overcome it❓
2-✨What 3 tips would you offer to new bloggers❓
3- ✨Name the one beauty and skincare product you cannot live without .
4-✨ Which product would you rate as the absolute worst purchase ever and why❓
5-✨Post one blog here which you found entertaining, informative or both.
6- ✨Do you think blogging is better than making videos ❓why❓
7-✨Name your favorite fragrance.
8-✨What 5 items are always in your handbag❓
9-✨Which store do you usually shop at for your beauty/skincare products❓
10-✨How would you define your blogging style❓
11- ✨If you had one wish what would it be❓

That’s it ladies ! Hope you have fun answering these questions !

Xoxo💋!

Shopaholic beats the Sunday blues 🌚

So here’s the thing, everyone of us,with the exception of Mr Rogers 🌞 has our “down days”. Days when we feel
despondent, melancholy or just plain blue 🌚 when everything seems to go downhill and the only thing you want to do is curl up on the couch , channel surfing 📺and eating your weights worth in junk food.🍟🌭🍕🍔🍰🍦🍫🍩🍪🌮
Generally, my all around cheerful, upbeat outward demeanor has people wondering “is she on crack?”. But let me tell you during my bad 🌧 ☹️ days I can give Eeyore and Charlie Brown both a run for their money💰.

Today was just one of those days. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was Sunday. 

Sunday,I’ve noticed for most people is usually a pretty crappy ❌day probably because it’s the predecessor to Monday. There is no actual school📚 or work 💻 on Sunday, but because it means the eventual and unavoidable start of both those things the following day, it has a pretty bad rep. 👎🏼

Usually I would have just bundled up on the couch ( it was pretty chilly 🌬❄️) and moped about till bedtime. But that usually just ends up with me going to bed 💤 all cross and bothered 😡. So this time around I decided to woman up and kick those blues🌚 to the curb.

There is no better way to turn a blue mood bright and yellow🌒🌓🌖🌕! Than some good ole retail therapy💸! 

The flashing sale signs 🤑, the bright lights💡and the hum of eager shoppers mingled with the smell of coffee ☕️is enough to amp up any mood☺️! 

That being said any shopping even window shopping is not complete without a sugar rush -read double chocolate muffin 🍫and a cup of steaming hot ☕️latte! Yum ! 

So there you have it ladies , the sweet🍬 recipe for curing those Sunday blues 😰.

So next time you’re feeling majorly bummed try heading out even if it’s for a few minutes. Add your favorite hot toddy and bite into some sugary goodness 🍩to super charge those happy endorphins!

I guarantee you’ll feel like a queen 👑!

That’s a shopaholic’s promise 💖

Share your feel better tips with me right here !

 Until next time ladies xoxo!💋

Like my Facebook page for more Shopaholic adventures 💞

Hi Guys!

So i finally got around to setting up my facebook page🎉! Which considering the fact that i’m clueless when it comes to even basic techie stuff was quiet a feat whew!✨

Head on over to http://www.facebook.com/shopaholicblogs and show me some shopaholic love!💞

Stay tuned for more shopaholic adventures coming soon!

xoxo!💋

What’s inside a Shopaholic’s bag 👜

I love buying handbags 💞! I mean come on now ❣ They are one of the most important things in a girls wardrobe and on her body. They are arm candy🍬 ( they definitely hang around longer than a 🏃🏾guy). Me and most girls I know, stash  everything but our car inside them😳  (except the ones that carry about the itty bitty bags 👛, more power to you ladies!).

So it’s only natural that me being a curious kitty😸always wanted to take a peek inside someone else’s handbag and see what goodies she was toting about. That being said I realized that it had been quiet a while🗓since I had actually looked inside🔍 my own bag . Which frankly was starting to feel like I was carting around🏋🏻 a ton of bricks lately. So here comes the big reveal ladies 🙀

Bag – Marc Jacobs, Too hot to handle hobo in praline . I love Marc Jacobs bags, the leather is buttery soft and the bags have an effortless slouch to them. This one can be carried two ways , over the shoulder and cross body for hands free bargain hunting 😘. ( Macy’s)

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Sunglasses-Coach, I had been dying to try (I’m a drama queen 👑 I know ☺️) aviators for the longest time. However every 🕶 pair I tried on made me look like a member of the mafia 🔫 or an extra terrestrial under disguise 👽. So you can imagine my delight 🎉when I finally came upon these. (Sun glasses hut).

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Wallet-Again Coach💞 I was in love with this color but the idea of carrying an orange🍊 bag seemed a bit too much. So I opted to go with this wallet. 100% leather with two zippers compartments and a smaller zippered pocket on the inside for keys and change. The carrying strap means you can use it as a wristlet as well.(Coach)

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Cosmetic caseEtsy. After throwing out dozens of cases, either because they fell apart or got stains or they weren’t the right size. I finally found this one at etsy. It’s 😍 perfect especially like me if you carry a lot of stuff. It’s generously sized, the print is gorgeous, the leather details add the perfect finish in touch and it’s held up beautifully to months of use (read 🛠abuse).

Here’s what’s inside:

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Sample size Moogoo Full cream for moisture on the go (www.moogoousa.com). They usually throw in one or two samples with your order.

Rose bud salve, for cuts and scrapes when I’m out and about. I also use it as a lip balm in the winter. (Sephora)

Neosporin, I’m unusually clumsy and am forever getting paper cuts 😢ouch! This provides instant relief.(Target)

Mini Estée Lauder Pleasures perfume, for a quick spirtz of sweetness during the day. It’s one of my favorite fragrances.💐 Got it free with the Estée Lauder gift set (Macy’s or Nordstroms)

It cosmetics lip vitality lipstick and lipgloss duo, this is a very light pink shade that’s perfect for the daytime. The lipstick is very moisturizing , I find the lipgloss a bit sticky to be honest. (QVC)

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Mini mirror compact, picked this up on a whim when I realized the iPhone camera wasn’t really doing it for me. Small enough to fit in any bag. (Victoria’s secret)

Hand sanitizer -when washing my hands isn’t an option. It’s awfully drying so I use it when absolutely necessary. ( Bath and Body works)

Mini hairbrush – For tangles on the go (Body shop)

Kohl stick– I’ve used this brand since I was  15, and it’s the only one I use. The color is the deepest black and it’s all natural. It’s not water proof but I still love it 💞 (Hashmi Kohl)

Hair ties and hair band– for when my hair refuses to behave (scuncci)

Headphones– I like to listen to my music in private it makes me feel like I’m in my own world 🌏🕶 (Apple 🍎)

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Johnsons baby wipes-these take makeup off in a jiffy and also freshen you up (Target)

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Metro cards – when driving is not an option.🚝

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It cosmetics lip vitality stain stick – this is a lipstain and blush combo. Beats having to carry a separate blush/brush. Very hydrating and gives a subtle pop of color to lips and cheeks.💋 (QVC)

Burts bees lip crayon in Napa Vine Yard – this is the prettiest shade of red in an easy to apply lip crayon , no lip liner needed. (Target) 💋🌹

Loccitane en Provence nail and cuticle oil- my cuticles are usually a disaster 🖐🏼this keeps them in check.(loccitane)

Bottle of water – My dad is adamant I drink atleast 6-8 glasses a day 💦

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Well there you have it ladies the top secret contents of a Shopaholic’s 👜 handbag!

Until next time lovelies! xoxo💋

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopaholic goes organic 🍃

Being an all natural girl, I’ve never really been into makeup too much. Don’t get me wrong I adore Sephora as much as the next gal. But while most of them flock to the makeup aisles I hover over the skincare section. Testing out moisturizers, serums, face oils, lotions, eye creams you name it i have it, have tried , it or I want it.

Over the years however due to hormonal changes my skin has become somewhat sensitive and less tolerant to the typical chemicaly laden, cleverly disguised products. A recent bout of breakouts and excessive dryness led me to actively be on the lookout for more natural alternatives.

As it turned out natural, organic skincare was a dime a dozen. From drugstores to high end boutiques, everywhere I turned organic and all natural products were on display , ready and willing to prove their dedication to Mother Earth . 🌍

Well this was a piece of cake I thought as I skipped home clutching my bulging bags, heck I feel closer to nature already.🍃Look out Pocahontas !

However I did a double take 👀 as I unboxed the first item from my haul and went over the ingredients list. The 💯% Shea butter lip balm contained only 5% Shea butter 😱! The rest of the 95% was a jumble of tiny, 🔎unpronounceable print out of which petrolatum and 8% almond oil was all I could make out.

The rest as they say is a very expensive history 💸💸. Every single product from the face wash to the moisturizers from a wide array of brand names swearing up and down about being organic 🌚. were anything but ❌.

So what’s with all the labeling you ask❓Here’s what’s happening. There are no FDA standards or regulations in place when it comes to labeling cosmetic products as organic. Basically it means that even if one of the gazillion ingredients is organically sourced the entire concoction can be labeled as an organic product. 🚫

So what’s a gal to do⁉️ You need to play detective that’s what🔍. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the word “organic”. Look for products with the USDA organic seal if possible, this will ensure the product contains only organically sourced ingredients.

Check the ingredients list, an organic product should contain between 70- 95% of organically sourced items excluding water and salt. Basically the fewer ingredients a product has the better it is for you.

Now here’s the bad news ; Your chances of finding all natural , certified 💯% organic , cruelty free products in your nearest beauty store are about the same as finding a single,handsome, charming hunk of a guy👤 ready to commit at the word go, when you turn the corner . Basically zero to very slim 😪.

But not to worry ,yours truly has done the work and weeded out the crazies for you. Below are the products i have tried, tested and vouch for as being all natural and effective in what they claim to do.

In no particular order:

Moogoo Anti Aging Face cream with SPF15– with milk protein, olive & raspberry seed oil and zinc oxide for sun protection. This is one of the best moisturizers i have tried hands down. Its non greasy, super moisturizing and wont break you out. Plus its all natural ingredients (i can pronounce and recognize all of them). You can get yours at moogoousa.com priced at $34.90.

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Moogoo Udder Cream and Full Cream– I use them after a shower as an all over body moisturizer, they are super creamy and smell yummy. Personally i prefer the udder cream i feel it has a thicker texture, the full cream i feel is a bit lighter for me probably better in the summer. Available in 100 grams- $11.90 or 270 grams $18.50 at moogoousa.com

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Moogoo serums-These have been a lifesaver for me. The super c vitamin serum, the 3 vitamic eye serum and the tamanu oil . I use them all over my face, they absorb instantly , no oily residue , no break outs, just healthy moisturized skin. They have a serum tester pack if you want to sample all of them first. priced at $69 for four full size bottles.Contains the evening primrose oil serum as well. (Haven’t gotten around to trying that but i’m sure ill love it !)

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100% pure organic Argan oil by Moroccan Gold-got this from Amazon, super moisturizing , hydrating , pure argan oil. USDA/Eco certified/ Approved fair trade certified. Its a dry oil so once you apply it will absorb into your skin no greasy residue. Has a funky smell but it dissipates within a few seconds. priced at $15.76. (Amazon keeps changing the price but this was the price as of 01/26/2016).

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Made from earth-USDA/ECO and cGMP certified products, a bit pricey. I have tried their vitamin C moisturizer, its contains coconut oil and aloe vera and rosehip oil. Another favorite of mine just too pricey to keep buying though was priced at $54.99 now on sale at $38. Get yours at madefromearth.com

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Dustygirls earth cream– i love love love 💞this cream, its a tinted moisturizer avaiable at dustygirls.com.au a sister site of moogoo. They have an entire line of all natural, cosmetics so all you beauty mavens head on over and check them out. The earth cream is my go to moisturizer everyday, it offers between light and medium coverage. It goes on smoothly, no creasing, caking or streaking and is suitable for acne-prone skin. Comes in light and medium shades. priced at $18.

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Some other products i have heard really good reviews but haven’t gotten around to trying yet are:

100% pure cosmetics – my best friend swears by these. Made from organic fruit extracts no chemicals! you can get yours at http://www.100percentpure.com

sheaterra organics-these are next on my list, especially the rose hips facial cream and the mango shea butter smoothee yumm! check them out at http://www.sheaterraorganics.com
That’s all for now folks! i hope you found this review/rant/infomercial helpful and do let me know if you try and like any of these products.

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FYI- I am not a sales/spokes person for any of these brands nor do i have any grudges against Sephora i still love going there.

Till we meet again love you all xoxoxo!💋

A petite girl's take on fashion, organic beauty & skincare all fueled by a love for lattes & food.

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