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Shopaholic’s Recipe: Homemade Lip Balm💋

Hello Loves!

💋Today’s post is going to be a DIY first for me 🎉! I’m going to share with you guys how to make your own all natural, organic lip balm 💕. Lip balms are an essential part of my everyday getting ready routine, in fact I carry one around in my bag all the time because my lips are constantly dry. Over the years I have tried commercial lip balms, the old standby Vaseline but I have had to keep reapplying them throughout the day and let’s face it, most lip balms out there are far from all natural 🍃. If you think about it we actually ingest anything we apply on our lips throughout the day 😳. So I finally decided  I was going to make my own lip balm using all natural, good for the body ingredients. This lip balm has no preservatives or harmful chemicals or additives. Best of all you need only four to five ingredients !✨So let’s get started!

💋You are going to need :

1 tbsp unrefined , raw Shea butter ( you can get yours from Amazon or try your local organic food store.)

1 tbsp organic, virgin coconut oil.

1.5 tsps of organic beeswax pellets. (If you cannot find beeswax pellets you can grate a beeswax candle as well.)

1.5 tsps organic honey. ( You can skip this step if you want, I personally like the sweet smell of honey 🍯 in my lip balm and hiney adds moisture to your skin).

Seeds of one vanilla pod (Again this is optional, the vanilla seeds add a lovely speckled effect to the balm and a faint vanilla scent💕). 

💋Start by putting the Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2 mins. (The time depends on your microwaves wattage but it shouldn’t take you longer than 3 mins).

💋Once everything is melted add in the honey and the vanilla seeds you can also add any essential oils of your choice at this point and mix well. 

💋Pour into your chosen container (I used tiny glass jam jars but you can get metal or plastic containers from your local craft store.)

💋The lip balms will harden in around an hour at room temperature or you can stick them in the fridge to speed things up, only after they cool to room temperature. This recipie will yield 56 grams for me that’s 28 grams per container. That’s a huge amount! Most lipbalms are around 5-10 grams 😳.

💋This balm is perfect, it makes your lips soft and keeps them soft for hours. You can use it not only on your lips, it works great as hand and body cream as well.💕

💋Let me know if you guys try this recipie I would love to hear from you 😘

Until next time xoxo💋

☀️Shopaholic’s Summer Blues OOTD ☀️

☀️Hello Lovelies!

Summer is here in all is sweltering glory 🔥! When frizz messes with your hair, humidity stresses your skin and all you want to do is stick your face in the air conditioning vent 🌬. 

Dressing up in summers for me requires some serious debating 🤔 Anything tight and form fitting is out of the question, fabrics must be light and airy. Dresses, skirts and float pants and loose tops are the most comfortable for me. In terms of colors, whites, pastels and my ever favorite blue 💕 makes up my summer palette 🎨. 

So for this OOTD, I opted for my absolute favorite blue : the chambray 😍. There are so many variations of chambray you can opt for: dresses, tops, shirts, skirts , pants there really is something to suit everyone’s style. For my look I chose a shift dress that i paired with leggings. It’s comfortable, casual which is me to a T 😇. You can totally change this look and make it dressier by omitting the leggings and adding wedges. So here is presenting today’s OOTD which happens to be all about the blues 💕

☀️Outfit deets:

☀️Dress & leggings : Old Navy

☀️Shoes : Toms

☀️Accessories : Fossil

Let me know your favorite summer looks 😘

Until next time xoxo 💋

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 😘

✨Shopaholic’s Dream Dressing Room ✨

✨What girl doesn’t want her very own dream space to store her ever increasing hoard of shoes, clothes , makeup , handbags, accessories and whatever else we fancy going on a shopping spree for?😍

✨Unfortunately 😭 for most of us our dream dressing room is limited to wishful doodles on our notebooks or an ever growing collection of virtual boards on pin interest. 

✨For most of us the celebrity dressing spaces that we swoon over are bigger than our entire living spaces. Nevertheless that doesn’t have to stop one from dreaming. For me personally given my obsession with organization having my own personal room where I can have a place for everything and everything in its place is the ultimate dream come true. 

✨Normally Iike most people I’m short of storage space so my clothes are fighting for space inside my closet along with my shoes and my poor handbags find themselves stashed on a shelf somewhere.

✨My usual getting ready routine involves a trip to my closet for clothes, another to the dresser for undies, a third to the bathroom for toiletries and makeup and yet another one to the dresser again where I have a mirror with enough lighting to ensure I’m not walking around with lipstick on my teeth. 

✨So my must have dressing room simply has to be a space that contains all of my getting ready essentials in one place. Here’s a look at what items would be a must have for my dream dressing room.

✨Lighting for example is so important. I personally hate white light I feel it washes me out and makes all my imperfections glaringly obvious. A well lit room with warm light in my choice of light fixtures : I personally love chandeliers they become a focal point in the room and illuminate the space. I love this open chandelier from Arhaus it not only adds visual interest but provides ample light. 

✨You can add additional lighting by means of floor lamps or in my case I prefer sconces esp around the vanity to provide light and add a decorative touch. 

✨Speaking of vanities I have always wanted a dedicated space where I can sit and do my hair and makeup. ✨This vanity table is sleek enough to fit into tight spaces and the tufted chair is supremely comfortable for long makeover sessions add a mirror and you are all set for  your very own makeover party 😘

✨Moving on to the most important part of a dressing space the storage. I am not a huge fan of bulky closets which I why I prefer this closet rack on wheels.✨It’s spacious, airy and offers storage on the bottom as well. You can have multiple of these lining both sides of the room. If you are still short on space consider adding shelves to the walls to make use of the all the vertical space. 

✨Moving on to additional seating, every girl needs a place for trying on shoes. I love leather and this ottoman is the perfect size for a smaller space. 

✨You can add warmth and color to any space by adding a rug. Blue is my favorite color and it’s soft underfoot.
✨Finally a full length mirror is a must in any dressing space. ✨ I love the simple wooden frame on this mirror which makes it work with a lot of different design aesthetics. 

✨I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my imaginary dream dressing room 😘 Hopefully it’s inspired you to design your own dream space. Just remember even a small space can be multifunctional if you make smart design choices so how do you design your dream dressing space let me know in the comments below.

Until next time xoxo 💋!

Image credits : 

Arhaus

PotteryBarn

West Elm

✨What’s in my handbag?✨

Hello bloggers!

I’m back with everyone’s favorite 💕 post drumroll🥁 please “the what’s in my handbag!”

Everyone knows girls carry everything but the kitchen sink in their handbags ( I know that metaphor has been beaten to death but bear with me 😜). I totally adore the small clutches and trendy flap bags that are all the rage and look so chic. But in all honesty they can’t even hold 1/3 of the stuff I lug around on a daily basis. 

Hence the tote or the really large hobo have become my preferred style. So today I’ll be giving you a detailed insiders view of my handbag ✨🎉. Let’s get started!✨First off the bag 💕. I bought this beauty from JOYN. The company employs talented artisans in Rajpur, India and provides them with steady jobs, vocational training and education. I love the block printing on the side of the bag and it’s 100% leather. It’s a north south tote so it holds a lot without overwhelming my petite frame. The inside is roomy with plenty of pockets to organize and the lining is a light neutral which makes locating my stuff so much easier. Oh btw the little voodoo dolls don’t come with they are my cute add on ❤️✨Moving on let’s see what’s actually stashed inside 😇Cosmetics case : Starting from the top right is my cosmetics case which I custom ordered from Etsy 💕. It has three pockets on the inside and a wrist strap for easy carrying read inside a plane toilet ✈️

Tissues : if I happen to have a cold.

✨Feed case : I got this when I purchased my Feed bracelet I use it now to store my headphones. So now no more tangled headphones🎉!

USB : which I never use yet I keep hanging on to it.🤔

Car and house keys : i am forever loosing my keys so I finally got myself a keychain in Prague👑 that doubles as a souvenir. 😍

✨Eyeglasses: My contacts have recently started irritating my eyes so I keep my glasses with me incase I need to pop the contacts out and still be able to see🤓.

Pen: I always keep a pen handy for emergencies : read : on a flight and filing out the customs form with a red crayon from the kids coloring pack 😳

Wallet : Tory burch birthday gift 🎁 last year 💕

Sunglasses : For some reason I’ve gone back to my Coach aviators after becoming bored with the Tom Fords. 

Gum: Instant breath freshner 😜

Baby wipes : For cleaning hands I find they work better than hand sanitizer which dries my hands out. Plus they are a great at cleaning up makeup mistakes. 

Now let’s take a look inside the cosmetics case. What you thought we were done already 😊Ok let’s see yikes !looks like I have a mini pharmacy in here 😱

✨Mini hairbrush : self explanatory 

✨Hair tie : For emergency buns and braids on the go.

✨Kohl: my go to eye makeup

✨Mini toothbrush, Floss & Toothpaste : Aligner wearers will get this 😭.

✨Liner and pad : period emergencies 

✨Panandol: random headaches, period cramps you get the idea 💡 

✨Hair pins : to tame my unruly bangs.

✨Cuticle oil: For my ever flaky cuticles TMI I know 😳

✨Hand cream : This crab and tree mini is the prefect size for handbags.

✨NYX lip cream : my fav matte lippie💕

✨Tinted lip balm: doubles as my everyday lipstick 💄 

✨Loccitane Shea butter : for severely chapped lips and dry hands. I got this in Hamburg where my lips were uncomfortably dry. 

✨Neosporin : for cuts and booboos😭

✨Maybelline age rewind concealer : one of the best under eye concealers I have tried. 

✨It cosmetics blush and brush: for rosy cheeks 🌹

✨Sunblock : because tanning  is not an option 🌞when you are a desi brown girl.

✨Mini compact: for checking my face randomly throughout the day 🙃

Whew! So thats why that bag weighs a ton! Gosh I would have never known 😜. Hope you guys enjoyed this post. What do you carry in your handbags ? Let me know in the comments 😘

🎭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💋