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Shopaholic Reviews : Conatural 🍃

Hello Loves💕

As you are probably aware I have been away on summer☀️ vacations all this time which explains my absence from blogging 😋. However while I was here I continued my hunt for natural🍃 locally made skincare products and starting today I’ll be reviewing all of my favorites and not so favorite products. 

➡️One important thing to note 📝 down : A lot of skincare products here in Pakistan use the term organic🍃 in their labeling even though the ingredients they use are NOT certified organic. At the most the ingredients will be locally sourced but again there is no guarantee of them being 💯 % organic so it’s best to use your own judgment and apply the ” if something sounds to good to be true it isn’t”rule here. 

Ok let’s start with one of the more popular “organic🍃” brands : Conatural .

🍃The company website states they are an ISO 22716 certified company which means their mauufacturing procedures are up to code which is always a good thing. Hopefully it means no ungloved, grimy hands are meddling with your skincare products always a plus➕ for me 💕. 

They claim to use certified organic oils in their products but no where on their products or website does it state where this certification comes from. As far as i know no such organization in Pakistan exists 🇵🇰 that offers certification for products meeting guidelines for being 🍃organic. Come to think of it no such guidelines exist either hmm🤔…  Also since their products don’t display any internationally recognizable certified organic seal(s) I wonder what’s the rationale behind this claim being certified organic 😐. 

Ok moving on to the actual products, they offer a good variety of products ranging from hair and body oils to shampoos, anti aging skincare and face masks and very pretty vintage packaging particularly for their facial skincare. 

I also applaud their choice of colored glass containers which increase the products shelf life while decreasing light degradation of the ingredients. I chose to try three of their products :

🍃The age defying serum is a water based serum with glycerine and aloe. It is a very basic serum that absorbs quickly with no stickiness but other than that it has made no remarkable difference to my skin. I’ll give it a 5/10.

🍃The advance super revitalize cream is supposed to lighten your skin gradually without the use of steroids or harsh bleaching agents. It is supposed to be used nightly and so far I like using it. It goes on non greasy and is very moisturizing. I’ll give it 2 more months to see if it lives up to its lightning claim overall a good basic nighttime moisturizer. 7/10.

🍃The “organic” age defying cream. This has to be the worst product here 😡. It is beyond greasy ! The moment I put it on my face and I swear I put the size of a tiny bead maybe even less and I diluted even that with the age defying serum it made my face  super greasy. I was wiping off beads of sweat 💦 off my face all day I just couldn’t understand it😖. I made my sister who has super dry skin try it thinking maybe it would suit her but she complained of the same thing 😲. 3/10 ( Just because I like the packaging 😉).

Would I try Conatural products again ? I think not. Their prices are quiet steep approx $22 for the face moisturizer and for me the products didn’t deliver. 👎🏻

Have you tried conatural how was your experience?

🍃Next blog post is for a brand I stumbled upon and happened to like a lot Aura.Crafts. Stay tuned for the review coming up soon 😘


Shopaholic gets a fright💀

Hello Loves ❣️

Today I’m going to tell you a story, a freaky story and a true story 😈. So last night I went to bed pretty late ( I’m on vacation don’t judge me 😬).

Before I go to bed I usually keep a bottle of water  💦on my nightstand since my mouth gets very dry in the middle of the night. And since I watch way too many horror movies 🎥 there is no way I’m going out in the middle of the night to become the easy, unsuspecting prey to a psychopath serial killer, a vengeful spirit or restless ghoul.

Getting back to our tale of terror 💀, I woke up around 4 am, groped about in the dark for my water 💦 bottle which I found under the bed empty 😡thanks to the plethora of forever thirsty nieces sleeping over 😴.
Since I couldn’t go back to sleep with a parched throat 🍂and the nieces were sleeping even more deeply than Snow White and Sleeping beauty👑 combined. I braced myself to tackle the impending task alone and after peeping around the door for potential death traps  🌑 tip toed gingerly into the living room. 

It’s a mystery to me how my eyes 👀 even with their pathetic vision suddenly start seeing all sorts of unworldly objects and paranormal activity ☠️ in pitch black darkness. Harmless shadows resemble ominous 👻figures, mundane sounds like the clock ticking sound like echoing 👣footsteps you get the idea….

I hurriedly refilled my bottle willing my mind not to rerun through every single horror movie I had watched. As I made my way across the living room I happened to glance at the window and I literally jumped out of my skin. There pressed against the window was the silhouette of a giant cat sitting perfectly still staring off into the distance. This on a night that was the background of a typical Hollywood horror flick complete with a thunderstorm ⚡️and pouring rain outside. ⛈

If that wasn’t enough to petrify me the cat that had been stationary till then decided to swivel its head and stare straight at me. The sight of two fluorescent slits in a pitch black  room was the last straw I stifled a blood curling scream that was about to explode from me (the last time I had screamed at that sight of a stray cat in my supposedly dark and empty bedroom had resulted in dire consequences : brown people read your mom’s chappal 👡). 

I willed my legs to move which at the first instance of terror turn into two solid pillars of lead incapable of movement. The cat meanwhile was content to sit on its perch and stare at me with those creepy glowing eyes. I finally dragged myself to my room double bolted the door 🚪 dived under the covers and pulled the blanket over my head  frantically reciting every prayer I could recall. 

I want to ask at this point ☝️ why when we are feeling the most terrified do we think that a lifeless piece of fabric aka the blanket or duvet can provide us the ultimate protection against ghosts, 👻ghouls, 💀or knife wielding murderers🔪❓

Plus no matter how hard you try to think 💭 innocent thoughts your mind will determinedly conjure up the things that terrify 💀you the most. Long story short despite the fact that I was sleeping in a room literally littered with nieces sleeping on every available space we could fit a mattress in. I stayed up till sunrise cowering under my blanket, terrified I was going to be attacked by a possesed cat that would apparate into my room and change into a something from a James Wan movie 😱 I think I only dozed off 😴when I saw the sun ☀️ shining through the curtains. 😖 

Have you guys ever had one of those nights when you were scared and couldn’t sleep? Let me know in the comments 😘

💋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 DIY : Homemade Face Mask 🍃

Hello Loves❣️
🍃Welcome to another shopaholic DIY. Today I’m going to show you guys how to make your very own brightening face mask. This mask is quick and easy and works to soothe your skin while subtly lightening your skin tone ✨. Plus it’s free from chemicals and preservatives. So let’s get started✨

🍃You will need:Rose petal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.🍃This mask has a mild exfoliating effect so you can use it daily if you prefer. Rose 🌹petal powder contains contain antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Licorice root powder helps to fade blemishes and dark spots. While Orange🍊 peel powder contains nutrients that help brighten the skin and fade away acne marks and discoloration. 

🍃Rose water and aloe gel will leave your skin soft , hydrated and ✨glowing. I personally find it perfect for using after you come in from the heat. If you refrigerate the rose water and aloe gel it will feel deliciously cool against your skin ❄️.

🍃Do try this mask out for yourself all ingredients can be found at Amazon or your local health food store. Let me know how you are liking this DIY series I would love to hear you comments 😘. 

Until next time loves xoxo 💋

Shopaholic Remedies:  Get Rid of Pimples Super Fast!

Hello Loves! 

🌱Today I’m going to share with you guys my remedy for getting rid of the annoying, unwanted skin peeve we all end up facing :  “pimples” 😖. You know the ones i’m talking about : the red, inflamed, painful sometimes filled with icky 😷white bacteria that appear out of nowhere smack in the middle of your face😱. Right before an important event when you are all set to look like a diva👑. 

🌱We’ve all been there 😖…. I for one feel like the moment I get a pimple on my face everything else about me becomes oblivious and the only thing people around me can focus on is that one abnormal growth on me😖. 

🌱No matter how many tricks or home remedies I tried nothing would work read (toothpaste, tea tree oil, mouthwash, ice even garlic 😷). I would have to simply wait for the monstrosity to grow, take its time and sit on my face making me miserable for days. If I tried popping it or squeezing it I would be left with angry looking scars that would take months to fade. 

🌱So coming to the remedy , about two days ago I was sitting watching useless videos about DIY fails on YouTube. When I felt out of nowhere something painful above my lip. Puzzled I went into the bathroom to take a look in the mirror and to my horror I saw a red, inflamed bump starting to form on the left side of my lips 😱. Now the next day I had to be somewhere important and sporting an angry looking pimple, disguised with concealer was not the way I wanted to be. 😡

Which brings us to the remedy, I tried this the night before and the morning after as well and continued till I felt the bump recede and then vanish✨. I was thrilled honestly this was the first time ever that I had been able to prevent a pimple from forming on my face🎉. So let’s get down to the details ✨the products I used were: 

🌱Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey 🍯 Glyolic Mask,

🌱Alba Botanica Deep Clean Astringent

🌱Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Clarifying Blemish Gel.

🌱Start by applying the glyolic mask, making sure it covers the blemish. 🌱Let dry about 10 mins the mask will sting a bit depending on your skin type. The glyolic mask contains pumpkin enzymes and manuka honey 🍯 that slough off dead skin cells and impurities. Wash off and follow with the astringent toner. 🌱The toner consists of salicylic acid that prevents breakouts. Finally apply the blemish gel with extracts of tea tree and witch hazel helps heal existing pimples and prevents new ones from forming. 🌱So there you have it guys my tried and tested remedy for getting rid of pimples fast⚡️. How do you guys deal with breakouts? Share your remedies/tips with me right here 😘

Until next time xoxo💋.

Shopaholic DIY : Rose 🌹 scented face and body cream 🌹

Hello Loves!

Welcome to another DIY post 😘. Since I had so much fun making my own DIY lip balm I decided to give face and body creams a try ✨ Making your own creams and butters can appear a bit daunting at first but if you use a few pure, ingredients it really is very simple. Just remember this one ☝️ cardinal rule : ‼️Anytime you add water, extracts, gels or tinctures to an oil/butter mix you will need to add preservatives‼️

Meaning as long as your cream/butter mixture contains oils, essential oils and butters you can use them without refrigeration or the need for any preservatives. However since water 💦 creates an environment for mold and bacteria you will need a preservative or your cream/lotion/butter will develop mold and go rancid even if you refrigerate it.  Also please note that vitamin E 🚫oil is not a preservative and will not prevent mold from forming you will need a chemical preservative.

Ok now that we have all the ominous⚠️ stuff out of the way let’s get started with our DIY✨

You will need :

🌱3/4 cup Shea butter
🌱3/4 cup cocoa butter 

(Make sure you use the raw , unrefined version, you can easily find these and all the other ingredients used in this recipe at Amazon or your local organic store).

🌱1/2 tsp 🐝beeswax pastilles or 2 tsp arrow root powder. 

( Beeswax binds the oils and butters together, while arrowroot gives the cream a slightly matte feel which I find perfect for the summer when you don’t want a greasy after feel from your cream especially if you are planning to use it on your face. If using the arrowroot omit the beeswax if you use both you will end up with a somewhat firmer texture to your cream. If you want a lighter texture just use the arrowroot powder).

🌱1 tbsp each of avocado 🥑 oil , jojoba oil  and almond oil.

🌱1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil 

🌱1/2 tsp of neem oil ( Neem oil is a great anti inflammatory oil and helps prevent breakouts. However it has a very strong, bordering on stinky odour so if you find you cannot😷 stand the smell use tea tree oil instead).

🌱30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (I chose Rose 🌹 Geranium oil).

🌱Start by sterilizing your equipment, I wiped down my utensils with alcohol 🍺 swabs and air dried them. 

🌱Next heat up your shea and cocoa butter along with the beeswax ( if you are adding it) in a heat proof container placed over a pan of simmering water. 🌱Stir together until the butters are melted through. 

🌱Cover with plastic wrap and place container in the freezer for 10 ⏱mins to cool down and thicken slightly. 🌱This is what your mixture will look like after about 10 mins slightly thick but not frozen. At this point add in the oils, the arrowroot powder (if using) and start whisking with your electric mixer you can also use a stand mixer if you have one and make your task less labour intensive 😘.

🌱After about 10 mins your mixture will start to resemble a thick whipped cream 😱😍. 🌱Add in your essential oil and continue to whip or mix until the cream thickens and sticks to the whisks. 🌱And voila✨ your homemade cream is ready!🎉 All that’s left now is to transfer it your storage container and it’s ready to use 😍. Make sure you sterilize and dry your storage containers ‼️remember water breeds mold ‼️. The cream will keep easily for several months at 25 🌡degrees C (that’s the temperature indoors here) if it’s hot where you live keep it in the refrigerator ❄️. 🌱This cream is buttery soft, melts on contact with your skin and is non greasy thanks to the arrowroot powder. The geranium oil adds a lovely floral scent 💐. It’s very concentrated so a little will go a long way. Plus the best part is it is all natural and contains zero chemicals✨.

🌱Do try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you 😘

Until next time loves xoxo💋!

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 honey also 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💋