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Shopaholic Reviews: Shirley Conlon Body Butter🍃

Hola Love Bunnies🐰!

🍃Hope you are all doing awesome! I have been fairly absent from blogging lately 😖, but I have been so bogged down with studies I simply couldn’t find the energy to pen down anything for the blog 😩.

🍃Anyways I’ll try to be more regular starting today and you guys can expect to see a new post every week 😬. So today’s post is a product review featuring a local Dubai brand : Shirley Conlon Body Butter.

 🍃I can across this brand when I was searching on Instagram for locally made organic skincare products. I had run out of my diy body cream and the ingredients to make any more batches😓. So while the new ones were on the way I needed something to keep my skin moisturized💦. 

🍃The hard water 💧and dry ☀️weather makes for really itchy and dry skin here in the UAE. So long story short I placed an order via the website and a week later my product was delivered. I paid 140 aed which is around $38. Steep 💸 I know 😓 but the product sounded promising so I figured maybe it would be worth it …. Not!

🍃First off the Body Butter was more like body oil 💦it was totally melted and had leaked all over the plastic container it came in as well the packaging😡. Which was annoying but I figured ok it’s a natural product they don’t use chemicals or binders so no big deal I’ll keep it in the fridge to harden up. Now please note it was listed on the website as a whipped cream consistency. 

🍃However once I took it out of the fridge it had solidified into a solid block 😳. So I figured never mind I’ll keep it out at room temperature which in my house is around 24 degrees 🌡celcius and it will soften up. Guess what? It turned back into a melted mess again! 😫 I was like what on earth?! I paid💰 that much for a tub of oil?! 

🍃Part of me wanted to chuck it out because I was totally frustrated by that point. I mean if I wanted a body oil I would have just gotten one that was just that: an oil! 😖. I didn’t want to call them and complain because they had taken over a week to ship out the damned thing with no communication in between whatsoever, so I wasn’t expecting any amazing customer service from them anytime soon.

🍃So here’s what I did instead I had about  half a jar of my diy cream left so I melted  my cream and mixed it with the tub of Shirley Conlon Body Butter/Oil 😒 and cooled the lot together in the freezer for a few mins and then whipped it with my handy little mixer into voila : a cream!😍 And it worked ! I had a jar of creamy body butter at last! 🎉

🍃Whew! I was so thrilled ! I was honestly pissed into speechlessness when I saw what I had received from the company. However a little ingenuity on my part saved the day, my cash and the product😇.

🍃Here is the finished version of the body cream or butter I chucked the offending jar of Shirley Conlon out and reused my old diy cream jar 😍.  

  🍃Doesn’t that look creamy and delicious❓😉. I’m so happy it worked out in the end 😇. Would I recommend Shirley Conlon products ? No way! I think I’ll stick to making my own creams from now on ✨.

🍃Have you guys ever bought any products that were total disasters? Let me know about them in the comments section 😘.

🍃Until next time loves 💕💋!

🌺Shopaholic’s Product Review : Akin Revitalizing Radiance Serum 🌺

🌺Hello ladies ! 

It’s time for another product review post!✨ Today I’ll be reviewing an Australian brand “Akin“🍃. As you probably are aware of my addiction to vegan, cruelty free products🐰, it should come as no surprise to you that all the products from this brand are also certified vegan🍃.

I stumbled upon this brand while browsing through Instagram and I’ve been searching for its products here for a while now. If you are in Dubai you can find them at Holland & Barette stores or you can order them directly from the website “Purist“.

The product I chose to try was their Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum. This is an oil based serum comprising certified organic  oils of Jojoba and RoseHip as well as botanical extracts and vitamins A &E. 

 The serum comes in a 0.78 oz Amber colored glass bottle with a glass dropper that looks like it came straight from an alchemist’s lab ⚗💕. 

 Tha packaging itself is very pretty, I swear I’m such a sucker for gorgeous packaging 💟 I actually save the boxes that I find too gorg 💕to throw out 😳. 

 The serum itself is a gold colored oil, you are supposed to use only 3-4 drops since it is so concentrated. After cleansing I applied 3 drops of the oil onto my face and neck. It absorbed instantly with no greasy or heavy after feel.  
My only peeve with the oil would be the funky odour, to me it smelled like the cod fish oil 🐟capsules my father would make me eat as a child in the winters ❄️.The smell however dissipates a little in a bit. The serum itself is very hydrating, I was a bit vary since my skin is oily and combination. However it made my skin very soft sans the oil and shine despite it being severly hot and humid🔆.

I followed it with the Sukin Facial Moisturizer (Review coming soon!). Hours later my skin was still moisturized. 

My rating for this moisturizer 4/5 ✨! I can’t wait to try other products from their line 💕. Have you guys tried Akin products? Which one would you recommend?

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✨Shopaholic’s Product Review : Pacifica Dreamy Cover Serum Foundation✨

💕Hello Loves!💕

🌸As you know I had been wanting to try Pacifica products for the longest time and a few posts back I reviewed their Devocean lipstick for you guys 💖 You can check out that review here.

🌸Today I’ll be reviewing their Dreamy Cover Serum Foundation I had read really good reviews about it so decided to try it out for myself. 

 🌸Now I’m not a foundation wearer at all, I don’t need heavy coverage neither do I think it suits me. Usually a tinted moisturizer is all I use but since Pacifica products are all natural and vegan I decided it was time to venture into the land of foundation.

🌸Let’s start with the packaging, like most Pacifica products the packaging is beautiful. The cardboard box and the bottle have gold, pink and white🌸 florals embossed on them. The foundation comes in a 1 oz plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. 

🌸It offers buildable medium to full mineral based coverage with an SPF of 20. 100% vegan, no silicones and is available in three shades Fair/Light, Light/Medium, and Medium/Dark. 

🌸I went with light medium and it was a perfect match for my skin. It covers fairly well though no where near to full coverage. The foundation itself is very runny however it dries very quickly to a semi matte satiny finish.   

  
🌸In terms of staying power it started to crease after a few hours given the heat and humidity here. However it felt weightless on my skin which is what I want in any product I put on my face. 

🌸Overall I would rate this product as a 4/5. Have you tried Pacifica products which one would you recommend?

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Shopholic’s Running around town OOTD👛

✨Hey Guys! ✨
TGIF! Not that today was any less hectic ! Since I had a long list of chores to attend to that involved me running all over town today . Today’s OOTD had to be minimally fussy and super comfortable. 

✨I decided to go with these high waisted long pants and after several discarded tops decided on this chambray shirt 💕.

✨I love chambray and this particular shirt is my absolute favorite! Usually button down shirts don’t fit me correctly. So you can imagine how pleased I was when I came upon this one 💖.

✨So here’s today OOTD to take you from errand to errand in comfy style 😘              
Outfit Details:

✨Top : Jcrew 

✨Pants : American Eagle

✨Bag: Mango

✨Shoes : Steve Madden

✨Jewelry : Fossil 

✨What did you guys think about this OOTD ? Let me know in the comments how you style your weekends?
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🔆Shopaholic’s Sunshine Blogger Award🔆

  

 🔆Hello loves! 🔆

Today I want to thank the lovely Rossy for bringing a bit of sunshine in my day with the Sunshine Blogger Award! 🌞

Love this girl 💖!she is so gorgeous and hers was one of the earliest blogs I followed when I started out as a blogger 💕

🔅The rules ladies and gentlemen!

🔅Thank the person who picked you yes you! For the award!✨

🔅Answer their questions , you know you want to 😉

🔅Spread the sunshine and nominate other bloggers 

🔅Ask them to play truth or dare 😋 if they choose truth ask 11 questions of your own.

Since Rossy didn’t give me any dares 😪 I’ll be answering her questions here goes ✨

💕How does it feel to bring sunshine into some ones day?

🔅It’s the best feeling in the world! 

💕What is your favorite thing to do on a sunny day?

🔅Since I live in a desert 🌵🔥basically I live for cloudy days because the heat is too much to bear on sunny days 😳

💕Where do you think you will be in 10 years?

🔅Hopefully I will have achieved my goals of finishing my education, getting a job doing what I love and managing a flourishing blog!💖

💕what’s your happiest memory?

🔅The time I felt like I was the luckiest girl in the world 😇💕

💕Who brings a smile to your face?

🔅All the people I love and care for being with them makes me smile.

💕Are you a risk taker? 

🔅Yes I am if I feel it in my heart I have to do it I will regardless of the consequences.

💕Do you like to be spontaneous?

🔅Yes ! That’s what makes life fun!

💕What’s the one thing you are looking forward to this year?

🔅I’m looking forward to see what changes this year brings in my life things have been so routine for the longest time …

💕Would you ever go skydiving?

🔅Not unless you dragged me handcuffed and screaming and then kicked me out of the plane . I’m scared to death of heights .

💕What’s your biggest passion?

🔅I want to be hugely successful in whatever I do. I still have no clue what is it God intends me to do with my life ❔

💕How will you spend your summer?

🔅With my family in 120 🔥degrees weather 😳

🔅Well ! that was my 5 mins in the sunlight 😉 What do you guys think? 😘

🔅Heads up to the nominees! 

Sarah

Allthingslacquer

Alfiya

Onlinebeautyfinds

Dana

Christina

Aleeza

🔅Alright blogger your dare if you choose (hahha! Evil laughter )⚡️Post a makeup free selfie of yourself on your blog along with why you chose to do it . Aside from the fact that I coerced you into it 😋. Or you could just answer my questions 😇.

💕What’s one way you would bring sunshine into someone’s life besides giving them this award 🔅❓

💕What would be your dream job money not withstanding ❓

💕Who would you want to change places with for a day if you could❓

💕If you had one wish what would it be❓

💕If you could relive one day in your life what day would it be❓

💕 A joke that cracked you up ❓

💕What did you want to be when you were a kid and are you doing it now❓

💕How do you deal with challenges? Are you a throw in the towel person or do you fight till the end❓

💕Sunny days or spring showers❓

💕Do you travel during the summer break or you prefer to chill at home ❓

💕Your favorite summer vacation was?

There you have it peeps! Hope you enjoyed this post! Congrats to the nominees !🎉

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✨Shopaholic Tries The Lush Life ✨

Ok I know 🙄what you are thinking ..really Nida❓ Where’s the no pun intended disclaimer 😋❓

Haha! I couldn’t resist 😋. Hey if you can’t actually have the Lush life ✨hint.. Zara Larsson 😉. Might as well try the next best thing 😋ok that’s my last lame joke I promise 😁.

But seriously incase you are wondering if I had been living under a rock all this time I probably was. It wasn’t until last year that I really got into actively using natural 🍃,organic products. 

Since I’ve been hearing so much about  Lush by bloggers I figured I had to try them out. Which is easier said then done as the only Lush store here is in Dubai Mall 🙄.

So anyway I made it a point to hunt down the Lush store which is located in a corner btw which was why I never noticed it before 😖.

When I was in California I had been to the  Lush store several times with my bff who is an avid fan but I never bought anything. What can I say I was living in the age of ignorance. 😶

Since I was out of body and hand cream I decided to try those out first. After much sniffing and sampling and wearing out two of the sales associates who eventually gave up and left me to it. I picked out the Dream Cream and the Handy Gurugu.   

  First off I love the packaging it’s very minimalist just a black, plastic pot with chalk like font. On the side of the pot is a caricature 💁🏽and name of the person who made and packaged your cream as well as the expiration date ( thank you!).

The Dream Cream 💕came in a 240 gram pot and despite my initial skepticism at it being able to moisturize well ( it has a very light consistency). It actually keeps my skin soft for a good 7-8 hours without it being greasy and a little goes a long way 😱.   In general Lush products don’t have strong fragrances since they mostly use essential oils instead of artificial fragrances, so Body shop and Bath and Body Works fans who are used to being hit in the face 👊🏻with a strong whiff 🌪the moment they open the jars or tubes might be disappointed .

Personally I didn’t mind it at all, I’d rather the product does what it claims i.e long lasting moisture with all natural ingredients🍃. The most discernible scent was that of their patchouli cream which I will try once I run out of the Dream Cream. My rating 5/5 ✨  The Hand Gurugu is a buttery hand cream which moisturizes without overly greasing your hands. It’s not so much a cuticle cream which is what I was looking for but I like it as a hand cream not stellar though. It is also concentrated so you need a tiny amount. Comes in a 100 gram jar. My rating 4/5✨  All in all I am happy with my Lush experience and am definately looks forward to try their other products.

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💋Shopaholic’s Shopping OOTD💋

🔅Hello Fellow Shopaholic’s!💕

🔅After being stuck in the house for a week! I was impatiently waiting for the weekend so I could hit the mall to indulge in some serious shopping therapy 💖

🔅Since a mall trip usually means miles of walking 👣I keep my outfit as comfortable as possible. Soft pants are perfect for mall treks and the black and white is a such a classic combo ✨. I opted for sandals instead of my usual Toms since it’s too hot now for closed toed shoes 🔅.

🔅Check out the whole look below and then on with the outfit details 😘      

    
 🔅Outfit Details:

🔅Top : Ann Taylor  

🔅Pants : American Eagle 

🔅Vest : Old Navy

🔅Shoes : Toms 

🔅Accessories : Tissot , Fossil 

🔅What did you guys think of this OOTD? 🔅How do you guys style yourself for a day of shopping? Let me know in the comments I would love to hear your suggestions 💕

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