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☀️Shopaholic Reviews : La Rochay Posay Sunblock☀️

Hola Love Bunnies🐰💕

It’s product review time again here on the blog ✨. Today I’ll be reviewing a skincare item that is a must have for everyone regardless of your age or gender : Sunscreen or Sunblock ☀️.

☀️I’m sure you are all aware of the dangers of exposing you skin to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. Unprotected and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause a number of skin related problems including but not limited to  : 

☀️Hyper-pigmentation 

☀️Early aging 

☀️Skin Cancer 

☀️Therefore protecting your skin is imperative when being in the sun. For people of color like myself it is especially important as my skin tends to go into an overproduction of melanin if I have repeated unprotected exposure to the UV rays. 

☀️That being said choosing the correct sun protection for the skin can be a bit daunting given the staggering array of products and brands offered in stores. For me personally a few things are very important when choosing a sunscreen . 

1- ☀️It has to be oil free and streak free. There is nothing worse than heading out in the boiling weather with your face covered in a oil slick and worse white streaks 😳! 

2-☀️It should provide coverage. Since I don’t wear foundation or concealer on a daily basis, a Sunblock that does double duty (protection + coverage) is a winner in my book.

3-☀️It should have a SPF factor of between 30-50. In case you didn’t know the higher the SPF the longer time in terms of protection you get which means fewer reapplications. 

☀️The one brand that satisfied all my requirements ended up being:

                     ☀️La Rochay Posay ☀️  

   ☀️The product comes in a 5o ml tube with an airless pump dispenser. It has a tinted dry touch gel creme texture which means no greasy after feel and offers an SPF of 50 against UVB and UVA rays. 

☀️I found it easy to apply and it provided just the right amount of light coverage which helped blur out any discolorations on my face. I’ve attached an unretouched picture below 😱 (0️⃣ filters on this picture 😳 ack!). I’ve applied the product on one side of my face so you can see the extent of the coverage. 

     ☀️In terms of applicability the product stayed put and didn’t melt off my face even after a few hours. Granted I was indoors for the most part. 😏 So I cannot at this point comment on its performance outdoors.

☀️All in all this is one sunscreen I actually don’t mind using everyday 😍. Considering the fact that normally I hate applying sunscreen due to its greasy feel and the peculiar, artificial white sheen most of them leave behind 😳.

☀️Have you guys tried this brand ? How did you like it? Do let me know in the comments and what is your preferred brand of sun screen? Share with me here!😘

Until next time loves 💋💕!

Shopaholic Beauty Solutions: Under Eye Circles 🐼

Hola Love 🐰 Bunnies!

Today I’m going to be discussing a problem and dispelling some myths about a persistent beauty concern that plagues both men and women :”Dark circles” .  

🐼Did you know that each year over $1billion worth of eye care products are bought by consumers? That’s some serious cash 💰 being spent each year to try and correct a problem that doesnt seem to respond any type of skincare product regardless of the claims made.

🐼Over the years I too have played the part of the gullible, willing consumer clamoring for the latest new product to hit the store  shelves :  everything from creams, gels, roller ball serums, homemade masks, iced teaspoons even microneedling 😖ouch! In a series of failed attempts to try and rid myself of these persistent dark shadows that have me fending off questions like : Didn’t you sleep last night? Are you sick? 😒

🐼Finally burnt out from my ⚗️experiments I decided to pay a visit to a couple of dermatologists to try and figure out the mystery behind solving this predicament.

So here is the verdict

🐼Dark circles if hereditary meaning if they are not caused by lack of sleep or a poor diet cannot be removed via topical applications like creams, gels, serums or if you are a DIY queen 👸🏼 via 🍋 lemons, aloe vera gel, vitamin capsules , cucumbers 🥒 or 🥔 potatoes.

🐼Serious dark circles which are sometimes accompanied by hollows under the eyes can only be treated by fillers or laser therapy or a combination of both.

🐼Now here you have a few options ; you can either opt for cosmetic fillers : Juvederm, Restalyne etc and follow that up with a few sessions of laser therapy ( your doctor will decide based on your individual case which laser to use). 

🐼Your second option if you are vary of cosmetic fillers which I totally am btw 😣. Is to opt for PRP or platelet rich plasma therapy which involves injecting the plasma in your own blood in the troublesome areas . Personally if I ever do get over my terror of needles the latter will be the option I will be looking into. The idea of injecting my own blood while squeamish is still a much safer option than cosmetic fillers which come with their own set of complications : bruising, lumpiness to name a few not to mention hideously expensive. 💸

🐼So there you have it peeps a short and hopefully informative insight into the mystery of dark circles and how to go about getting rid of them. Hope this post was helpful to those of you struggling with this problem and will end up keeping you from spending your hard earned💸 money on useless creams and potions. 

🐼Hey if nothing else you can atleast invest in a few good concealers to camouflage those panda rings while you makeup your mind about which treatment to pursue.

If you have any other info about dealing with dark circles I would love to hear it 💕. Leave me a comment below 😘

Until next time loves 💕❣️

🍃Shopaholic reviews : Aztec Secret Indian Beauty Clay🍃

Hola Bunnies 🐰💕

🍃Today on the blog I will be reviewing a product that I found to be highly rated by beauty bloggers and highly reviewed on Amazon : “The Aztec Secret Indian Beauty Clay”.

🍃Consisting of 100% calcium bentonite clay it is supposed to rejuvenate, refresh and beautify your skin. Isn’t that what they all claim 😒. 🍃The clay is to be mixed with either 💦 , apple 🍎 cider vinegar or rose 🌹 water to make a thick paste which you apply leave on for 10-15 ⏲mins or till it dries and wash off. For me the mask got uncomfortably tight as it dried and to be very honest I saw no difference whatsoever in my skin post the application. 😭

👎🏻I have had way better results with my DIY masks then this . Neither did it make any difference to acne prone skin ( I made my sister try it on her breakouts). All in all I give it a big fat thumbs down 👎🏻.

🍃Have you guys tried this product? Which mask would you recommend let me know in the comments down below 😘

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 🎁😖

As always your comments are always welcome so share your gift receiving stories with me right here 🎁! & don’t forget to share, follow and subscribe!

Chaand Raat OOTD🌙

🌙Hola 💕Love Bunnies!🐰

🌙First off Chaand Raat Mubarak (Day before Eid) to all those celebrating 🎉Eid Al-Adha! Secondly today thankfully the weather eased up a bit and according to the forecast September will be cooler so yay🎉 Dubai people finally can rejoice! 

🌙Which brings us to today’s OOTD, since it happened to be the day before Eid and it had become a bit cooler though the lack of heat was made up by the increase in humidity 💦. Nevertheless Eid has a way of cheering you up regardless of the weather so me and family decided to head out and enjoy ourselves desi style 😋. Which basically means an evening centered around food 🥘.

🌙So here’s a peek into the latest OOTD, and yes I did include pics of the yummy food 😋.🌙Hope you guys enjoy this special OOTD✨! Best wishes to all of you celebrating today and tomorrow 😘

First Ever Vlog📹!

Hola Love Bunnies 🐰!

📹I’m finally back to the blogging world after a long siesta 😴. I took a break from blogging to enjoy my summer vacations ☀️. Plus we had a lot of stuff happening at home with my sister expecting her fourth 👶🏻 baby, our whole extended family staying over and me trying to finish my assignments in this joyful chaos. 💕

📹Once I got back however I decided to try my hand at vlogging. I do like talking to myself and it’s strange how something that could get you certified 😵insane once has now become the in thing to do worldwide 😲.

So without further ado here’s presenting my hand at vlogging :

Do check it out and let me know what you think 💭 by commenting down below.

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 😘