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🍃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: 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.

☕️ShopaholicBlogs @PappaRoti ☕️

☕️Any trip to Dubai Mall for me is so not complete without a refuel at @papparotiuae 😋☕️ ok so I’ll admit it as much as I love my lattes, (that is from my years in California before that the only coffee I knew was the Bahadurabad wali Nescafé Espresso which was actually frothy milk with instant coffee and a drizzle of cream on top in a stryrofoam cup that I would always invariably bite through it was so flimsy 😳).

☕️I am at heart a huge chai fan ✨and I don’t mean the overly sweet westernized chai latte or chai tea mainstream coffee chains try to pass off as a weak replacement of the real thing, by which I mean quintessential Desi Doodh Patti –chai☕️

Ok for people that don’t know chai means tea, so when you call it chai tea that literally means tea tea 🙄. It’s just chai people just ask for chai any Desi will get what you are saying, on the other hand if you ask them for chai tea they will just look at you like you like what the F***🤨.

☕️My love💞and insatiable craving for chai is something that I have inherited from my mother👩🏻 who needs her two mugs of steaming, burn your tongue off, rich, creamy doodh patti chai (my mom is a chai connoisseur guys) And while I may not be as picky when it comes to my cuppa I have to admit a poorly made cup of tea does piss me off 😡.

☕️Which is why I was thrilled to bits when I chanced upon the papparoti franchise 🤩. Not only do they have mouth watering buns (read calorific disaster which will require atleast 2 hours in the gym not the measly 30 min jog that I kid myself into believing will burn off the 1000 calorie damage I do when I eat out 😖). They actually have proper Desi chai ☕️🤩I mean the real deal with elaichi and saffron versions 😍 in a proper mug ❣️not a 2 sip and it’s empty measly tea cup I mean which legit Desi, brown person drinks chai in a dainty tea cup??

☕️And no I’m not referring to the “cutting chai” I never really got the point behind that one to be honest 🤨. Ok so back to the topic ➡️this is the as close as you will get to the beloved Desi doodh patti that you get at the chai dhabas at Bukhari guys trust me on this👊🏻this chai is mom approved ✨( I brought her here in her last trip and after she berated me about how she could make chai for the whole family for a week back home at the price of one cup here) she proclaimed it delicious😋So it not only has my approval it has my moms seal of approval which basically means this place has it’s very own desi moms version of a Michelin👩🏻‍🍳 star🌟. So what are you waiting for❓Head on over for a bun and the yummy milk tea and take your moms too 😘

Casual Sunday OOTD✨

🌞Hola Love bunnies🐰❣️

🌞Today’s post is all about my favorite the OOTD✨. It’s getting hotter🔥 here in Dubai which means outfits have to be loose and comfortable. Even though I love prints being petite means I have to pair them with solids to avoid looking like a walking wallpaper sample. 😋 In terms of wearing black in the 🌞summer I don’t mind it provided I pair it with something colored to breakup the darkness of the look. So here is today’s OOTD, luckily there was a lovely breeze about so it honestly didn’t feel like summer at all 😊

Outfit deets:

Top & Pants : Loft

Shoes: Toms

Accessories: Tiffany , Fabula Jewels

🌞Hope you guys enjoyed this OOTD❣️ Until next time loves 💕❣️

✨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’s Back to Basics ✨

✨Hey Loves!

✨As much as I love trying out new products there comes a time when i tend to go back to the basics 💞. Products that have stood the test of time and trail repeatedly and have emerged as stellar ✨. One such brand is Olay✨. As a kid I remember the pearlescent pink bottle with the black cap on my grandmother’s side table. Years later I would sneak the red Regenerist container from my mother’s dresser hoping to get glowing skin like hers .😇

✨So when I started my hunt for anti aging skincare ( yes I’m an old maid😒) the first brand I tried out was Olay. Over the years though I’ve constantly tried different brands I’ve always gone back to Olay after a while. Regenerist, total effects I’ve tried them all, some hit the mark others I decided to pass on the next time around. 

✨While I enjoyed using the Regenerist line for a while my personal favorite is their total effects line. In particular the serum and the face lotion, which tackle the seven signs of aging : 

Loss of moisture

Wrinkles

Uneven skin tone 

Uneven skin texture 

Lackluster skin

Lack of hydration 

Visible pores

✨Plus it offers SPF 15 for sun protection.☀️ They have also expanded their anti aging line by adding BB and CC creams. Both the BB and CC creams offer the same anti aging benefits as the original total effects but with a hint of foundation for slight coverage. 

✨I personally use the serum and anti aging moisturizer on a daily basis with the CC cream occasionally when my skin is misbehaving and I need a little coverage. If you are a foundation fan then you will find the coverage with the BB and CC creams minimal. Since I don’t bother with foundation it gives me the coverage I need without the need for blending.

✨The formulas are non greasy and offer day long hydration and smooth my skin out. Plus they are priced reasonably and are available at most drugstores.

✨Have you guys tried Olay products? Which ones are your favorites ? Let me know here 😘

🌚Super Short OOTD 🌚

🌚Hello Everyone ✨

🌚Long time no see! I have been totally mute for the last couple of days so just incase you were wondering if I had been abducted by aliens 👽(I should be so lucky 😒).

🌚Nope I’m still here where I have always been … if that sounds pathetic it’s because it actually is..😒 I have been stuck in a rut forever it seems and lately it’s starting to bug me more than ever. I read recently a post by someone who announced that they had finally found their true passion in life ( career wise people💵) and that they were able to ditch their 9-5 and go live their dream. While I was genuinely happy for them it made me wonder what exactly was my goal/passion in life and when the f*** was I going to be able to do it instead of wandering about aimlessly wasting precious time⏰.

🌚I was asked by a friend of mine back in grade school what my special talent was and I remember looking at her blankly and eventually conceding that it was nothing.😔 We have always been told that every person has some unique talent but even after years of searching I have drawn a blank.😶

🌚Anyways at times thoughts like these get me severely( I’m not going to say depressed) upset☹️. When that happens I shut myself away from everyone, I swear if there was a hibernation 🐻contest amongst humans I would take first prize 🏆.  

🌚Luckily for me I got a call from FedEx this morning informing I had a parcel delivery from good old USA 😍and that flipped my mood switch instantly. I swear shopping is the best therapy out there 💞.

🌚So here is today’s very short OOTD, mostly because I had forgotten to charge my camera and it died after two shots 😡.

Enjoy guys 😘🌚You can tell I’m not back to being my usual overly cheerful self still 😉

Featured brands:

✨Hollister

✨Lucky Brand

✨Birkenstocks

✨Ethnic

✨Accesorize

🌚Until next time loves 😘 Let me know what you guys have been up to in the comments 💞