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💇🏻‍♀️I have always had long hair for as long as I can remember and as such I have become very protective of my locks 💝.

💇🏻‍♀️From the time when I was a toddler and till my late teens my mom was in charge of my hair’s care and maintenance : from pinning me down with one leg and piling on coconut🥥olive and safflower oils, to tying it in the tightest of braids. Even haircuts consisted of me standing on a pile of old 🗞newspapers and my mom trimming a few centimeters at the bottom with a pair of kitchen scissors ✂️. Salons and hairdressers according to my mom and Nani(her mom) were the wicked conspirators who would chop✂️ off all my hair to sell in the black market and send me home looking like a ganji kabootri (bald pigeon🐦) God only knows where Desi moms and grandma’s come up with such analogies and stories 😓.

💇🏻‍♀️If all that wasn’t extreme enough mom would also carefully wash and condition and detangle my hair announcing beforehand that I was too phoohar (both inept & incapable) that I would never be able to wash the oil out 😓. And also that I would use up all the water in the tank in the process😳.

💇🏻‍♀️Eventually I took over the washing and conditioning part once I turned 13 stressing that I needed privacy despite her protests of (mujh se kya chupa rahi ho maine tumhe 10 saal tak nilhaya hai💧) = I’ve bathed you till you were 10 there is nothing there I haven’t seen already 😳.

💇🏻‍♀️The only time after that I remember my mom washing my hair when I was older was when I was 14.

💇🏻‍♀️Ok so backstory : I was at school and for some reason had my head stuck out our classroom window to look at god knows what down below, when the glass pane from the window one floor above me fell out and smashed on my head 😱. And when I say smashed I mean smashed like into teeny tiny smithereens. So there I was with these hundreds of micro shards of glass in my hair feeling like a character from the Tiny Toons cartoon after they have been hit on the head with an anvil 😳. Anyways this was Karachi in the 90’s so the class teacher simply told me I was perfectly fine, not to make a fuss and since I wasn’t visibly bleeding that I should go home (the last class of the day had ended during this fiasco).

💇🏻‍♀️Once home I told my mom about the incident, where after the initial aye haye (oh no!) tujhe kya zarroorat thee khirki se poora sar bahar niklane ki? Kahin kaanch ne baal tu nahi kaat diye??( what possessed you to stick your whole head out the window? Don’t tell me the glass damaged the hair!!😒

I was then promptly marched over to the bathroom and since I refused to take off my clothes in front of her I had to sit in my uniform in the bathtub 🛁while she meticulously removed every piece of glass from hair and washed it. 💞

💇🏻‍♀️Given my mom’s obsession with long hair. It’s no wonder then that even as an adult I was very attached to my hair and when I finally ventured on my own for a haircut. I was the very epitome of the pain in the ass, badgering, edgy customer who would constantly remind the hair dresser to cut as little as possible of her precious hair and then demand proof that she had not tricked me and hacked off all my hair 🤨 (Mujhe dekhain kitna kaat rahi hain) = show me how much you are cutting off 😜

💇🏻‍♀️I remember the first time I had bangs cut 😳the sight of the hair dresser cleanly slicing off a a foot long, thick lock of hair had me clutching the arms of the salon chair so firmly my knuckles had turned white causing the lady to stop in alarm and checking to see if I was having some of seizure 😖🙃. I remember regretting getting my hair cut the moment I got back home and ordering all sorts of hair vitamins off of amazon and measuring my hair diligently every week.

💇🏻‍♀️Back to the present I have managed to get over my hair related nerves finally 😋 and I actually look forward to getting my hair styled and colored every now and then a little differently each time. Pictures below 😬⬇️💇🏻‍♀️Luckily I have always done my research and I have always found myself in good hands so no major hair disaster stories. Except for the time when I got my hair highlighted in Karachi and I ended up with a giant white blonde streak reminiscent of a Skunk’s tail smack in the center of my head 😱. But a tantrum in the salon and a little toner helped fix that problem so whew😬

💇🏻‍♀️I honesty feel a haircut and color is the easiest and quickest way to freshen up your look and feel good about the way you look. So here is my very current hair cut and yes it looked so good I had to indulge in a little selfie while I was still the car 😜

Tell me your hair stories good or bad I would love to hear them 😘

Tips for staying healthy🍎 & fit💪🏼 in Ramadan 🌙

🌙Hola Loves❣️

🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.

🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:

🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.

🌙Here is what you can do instead :

  1. At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
  2. Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
  3. Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼‍♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.

🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓

Until next time loves 💕❣️

Story Time With ShopaholicBlogs: Featuring Crappy 🎁 Gifts!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰🎁💕!

Today on the blog its story time ! So get into your PJ’s , get comfy and hit that play button😘 because today we will talking all about the not so joyful experience of receiving totally terrible presents 🎁😖

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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!💋

Shopaholic and the last 5 pounds! 🏋🏻

I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for as long as I can remember. I was a carefree chubby toddler, an oblivious, rotund preteen and by the time I had gotten my bearings I was officially deemed fat.

Some people are blessed with the skinny gene. I unfortunately am not one of them . My gene pool handed me down among other things I resent, a pear shape 🍐 which resulted in the lower gargantuan half of my body to forever be in an awkward contrast with my petite upper half. Plus a metabolism that would finish in last place even in a snail race🐌.😒

As a result of this, I have been engaged in a lifelong battle with those pesky pounds which I have beaten down to a handful of five. This was several lifetimes ago, 😖 and yet “The loose five pounds”resolution somehow makes it to the top of my list at the start of every new year 😠.

Several failed attempts that ranged from: Dieting which transformed me into a ravenous , wild eyed beast intent on giving the third degree to anyone who dared to eat in my presence.👿

To yoga, where after several maddening  chants of “find your inner peace”the only thing I ended up finding was my inner aggression.😡

And lastly to strength training 💪🏼🏋🏻which resulted in me resembling a five foot michelin man with caramel highlights.

Frustrated and defeated , I finally resigned to the fact that there was nothing I could do to part company with the fat cells seemingly super glued to my lower half.😪

The only other options available to me were a)surgery which I couldn’t afford 💸, or b) praying for a miracle 🙏🏼 which according to Cindrella’s fairy god mother “take a little time✨”.

Leaving me with no choice but to indeed wait it out. All alone, depressed, hungry… Which reminds me it’s almost dinner time  Nutella sandwich anybody? 😋

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