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ShopaholicBlogs: Hair Diaries✂️

⚜️Every six months give or take I color & cut my hair. It’s a monumental task both financially ( with my length and thickness the bill is usually $$$💸) & in terms of ⏰time invested both in searching for the best colorist and hair dresser ( with the exception of two ladies with whom I could rest assured that my hair was in safe & capable hands🙌🏻 my hair coloring & cutting experience has been a hit and miss for the most part 😒) & the time spent on the actual coloring and styling process ( 3-4 hours, on occasion I have even endured 6 hours in the stylist’s chair 😳)

⚜️Apparently finding a good colorist and hair dresser in one is a nearly impossible task. You can either have one or the other🙄. I have experienced hair disasters ranging from my hair being longer on one side shorter on the other, walking out with a giant raccoon 🦝like white streak in my hair ( too much bleach that one time 😫) having my bangs cut so short I looked like a toddler with an at home hair cut gone predictably wrong and having my dark hair turned almost old lady mousy 🐀brown.

⚜️Over the last two years however I have been lucky enough to find the right colorist/stylist who understands my hair color to complexion balance ( I don’t want to go blonde or ash or any where close to that color family pleaseeee🙏🏼) and who doesn’t insist on painting ruler straight, obvious as hell highlights in my hair.

⚜️I am not much for experimenting when it comes to hair color and usually all I request is to go a little lighter and have color that adds dimension without being in your face noticeable.

⚜️So today I had something similar in mind when I headed down to @mindandsensespa for my appointment. And as usual they did not disappoint🥰. Despite my stylist being an hour late she had me done in 3 hours color and cut done as per my request. ( I highly recommend having picture to show your stylist it minimizes confusion). So here is the before and after of my hair transformation 🤩🥰.

⚜️Well I’m thrilled 🤩to be honest. Let me know what you guys think and share your hair transformation ✂️stories with me 🥰

Shopaholic Reviews: Qua Organics 🍃 Dia De Los Muertos Soap💀

💀Todays review is going to be short, sweet & to the point👉🏻💀The Dia De Los Muertos💀Soap

From @quaorganichaircare 🥰 this is one soap I had been waiting to try for the longest time💕.

💀It’s not only adorable looking it’s smells divine 🌹and it has a sandstone base for exfoliating away dead skin and a creamy top for moisturizing.

💀Plus all the soaps are made from all 🍃natural ingredients like Coconut Milk soap base, Rose Hips Butter, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oi, Vitamin E and Silk Protein and come in recyclable♻️packaging.

💀Recommend: Yes 🥰 Repurchase: Yes 🥰

☀️ShopaholicBlogs Reviews: Marinne Puppy🐶Skin Sunscreen☀️

⚜️Let’s talk about sunscreen☀️. As someone who lives in a country where the sun shines year round protecting my skin from the UVA/UVB rays is extremely important. Both cause premature aging of the skin, pigmentation and frankly speaking I have yet to meet a Desi girl who wants a tan😒. (If that was the case Fair and Lovely would have been out of business long ago💸). Now I have tried countless sunscreens over the years and here is what almost all of them had in common: They would break me out 😖, either leave white streaks, or leave an orangey🍊tint, would feel greasy and heavy on the skin or would have a nasty chemical smell and of course nearly all were chock full of unpronounceable ingredients.

Enter the @marinnepuppyskin skin tone correcting UV sunscreen with SPF 40. It is lightweight, translucent, fast absorbing and leaves my skin hydrated without breaking me out 🥰. It is formulated with both physical sunscreen Zinc Oxide and organic sunscreen made of a derivative of cinnamon leaves, balsam of Peru, and is free of harmful chemicals like Oxybenzone, Avobenzone and Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA). Recommend? Yes! Repurchase? Yes!!

🍃Shopaholic Reviews: Booda Organics🍃

🍃Today I will be talking about the brand @boodaorganics 🍃. As you all know or if you are new will get to know that I’m a skincare afficianado😍hence I’m always on the hunt for all natural, simple & organic skincare. This time around since I was scheduled for a trip✈️ I wanted a no fuss, travel friendly, multitasking & affordable trio of products that lived up to their claims 😳tall order I know.

🍃The @boodaorganics did not disappoint : they are easy on the pocket under $25 for all 3 products. Are made from all natural🍃USDA certified ingredients: shea & cocoa 🍫butters, 🥥coconut, jojoba & olive oils & smell delicious (especially the lip balm and body butter) , the soap bar is unscented.

🍃Live up to their claims and reviews: the lip balm is super hydrating without being greasy or heavy, same for the body butter, the soap is very moisturizing. And finally they have multiple uses: the body butter I use as a face cream at night, as a lip balm, as a hand and foot moisturizer, I also used it on a cut when I had nothing else handy. The soap can be used as a shampoo as well ( only tried this on virgin hair so far not on my own color treated hair). The lip balm I used as a hand moisturizer once when I forgot my hand cream. Finally it’s super easy to travel with as it’s a no spill, easy to store packaging. Recommended❓ Highly❗️Repurchase❓Yes❗️

ShopaholicBlogs: Bad Hair Days A Behind The Scenes Look🎬

So this was me in my night shirt, with my unkempt hair dreading the inevitable hair wash 💦day (which is usually after every 3 days) and which usually starts with me trying to coax my hair into behaving and lasting one more day which it clearly isn’t 😒. After which I give up and begin the tiring process which involves slathering on copious amounts of hair oil, combing out the tangles and trussing my hair up into a tight braid for a couple of hours while i dread the tiresome task of washing out the aforementioned oil which inevitably leads to sore, aching elbows (is it just me who gets tired just by washing my hair🧐) Not to mention the second round of combing, detangling & brushing that follows (which has become a lot easier thanks to the @johnmastersorganics detangler🤩). Then ofcourse there are the 4-5 hours I have to endure walking around looking like the survivor of a major frizz bomb deployment (it takes that long for my hair to settle down after wash💦 day 😳). So why this picture then? To show you that behind the photoshopped, impossible to achieve perfectionist obsessed world of social media is this reality that everyone wakes up to ( celebrities, social media stars everyone!). So let’s embrace our flaws and celebrate our imperfect, all natural selves from time to time.

🍃ShopaholicBlogs Reviews: Good Medicine Beauty Lab🍃

✨Let’s talk about moisturizers✨From the age of 10 – 16 the only moisturizer or cream (as we called it)we were aware of were the greasy concoctions known as Nivea in the blue aluminum tin or Cream 21 in the bright orange plastic tin. Both of which required the user to dash off to the bathroom afterwards and wipe off their face vigorously with a towel in a desperate attempt to get off the greasy sheen.

A few years later we were introduced to body shop and bath & body works concoctions courtesy of our travels and of some gifts brought by relatives living abroad✈️. Even then my daily routine consisted of slathering on whatever hand or body cream was available on my face and calling it a day. It wasn’t until I moved to the US 🇺🇸that I came upon the Olay Line at Target and i bought my very first Total Effects Lotion that I realized that there was an entire parallel universe of products dedicated for the face that I had never even known existed 😳.

Over the years I stuck with the Olay line of products trying different brands along the way but never really finding any that worked the miracles they claimed to on my skin. ☹️ It was years later when I moved to Dubai and I discovered that my staple Olay had a totally different formulation and after striking out miserably with all other mainstream skincare brands available that I seriously to started researching alternate skincare brands.

That was when I stumbled upon organic🍃, natural skincare brands and my journey of experimenting with the various organic skincare brands began. Over the years I have tried countless products from various brands and honestly there were only a handful that genuinely suited my skin and lived up to their claims. One of such products is the Clarity Face cream from @goodmedicinebeautylab.

This is the first truly matte moisturizer I have ever come across, that does not leave my face greasy. It actually has made my skin better, I rarely breakout anymore not even the pesky before period breakouts ✨my skin is hydrated and the best part is it’s made with only natural ingredients 🍃The cream is available as a 1oz deluxe sample as well so you can try it out before committing to the full size.

💦ShopaholicBlogs: Talks Face Washes💦

💦Did you know that the face 💦wash is not only the first step in your skincare routine it is also one of the most important❓

💦It’s the first product we use on our face to take off all the makeup, wash away any product residues and if you are in Dubai🇦🇪🌵 to wash away all the fine sand stuck to the oiliness so that there is a fresh, clean canvas to work with.

💦However the fact is that most of us are using face washes/cleansers that are unnecessarily harsh and strip our skin of all moisture causing our sebaceous glands (natural glands in the skin that are responsible for maintain healthy moisture levels) to go into overdrive and produce more oil to counter the effects of the face wash. This results in an over oily 😫T-zone area for people with combination or oily skin along with breakouts and for people with dry 🍂skin well their skin just cannot produce enough moisture to keep up with the drying effects of their face wash so they end up with guess what even drier, parched skin.

💦This nugget of wisdom might seem very strange coming from a person who spent her life washing her face with everything from LUX( I don’t care how many movie stars✨ endorse it, this chemical concoction leaves your skin looking and feeling like old , dried 👢boot leather 😳) CAPRI & TIBET soaps (same moisture leeching abilities along with a overpowering jasmine fragrance😷)before moving on to a seemingly gentler DOVE (I could never seem to wash that greasy feeling off) PEARS bar (I was so fascinated by the orange see through bar) and then finally becoming a “burger bachi” 😬(Karachi aur khaas kar ke Defence waaleh from the 90’s will get this reference 😉) and moving on to Clean & Clear and St Ives & Johnson’s face washes.

💦All of which were harsh, sulphate based (back then I didn’t even know what sulphate meant not that I ever bothered reading the ingredient list of it was available at AMI’s or AGHA’s it was imported and thus good enough😬).

💦Over the years I have become a 🤓savvy and informed consumer and I make sure I read the ingredients list carefully to avoid products that contain harsh chemicals like:

☠️Sulphates

☠️Parabens

☠️Propylene Glycol

☠️Toluene

☠️Synthetic fragrances

☠️Formaldehydeyde

☠️Triclosan

☠️Phthalates

☠️Ingredients like these are are skin irritants and they further aggravate your skin and have been linked to causing horrifying diseases like cancers and birth defects 😱.

💦After that shocking revelation let’s come back to the product review at hand 😋🍃The @Sukin brand is an Australian brand that makes plant based and gentle skin care. If you are looking to make the switch to a healthier face 💦wash that won’t cause a dent in your wallet this is a good brand to try. I especially like their sensitive cleansing gel because it’s soap free and doesn’t dry out irritate my skin like most face washes do. It also contains natural oils of avocado 🥑, green tea🍃 and cucumber🥒 to leave the skin soft and balanced. Plus it won’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight like most face washes do🍂 Win win✨ So try it out and let me know your experience with it 😘 Available at all Life Pharmacy stores in Dubai.