Sunday, 25 January 2015

Boots Let's Make It Happen - Product Reviews

Boots Let's Make It Happen campaign is not just about embracing a brand new health and well-being regime in the New Year, but keeping it going all year long. Which is why they've got the products and expertise to make it easy, from refreshing your skincare regime or
committing to looking after your hair and body better.

 From the Let's Make It Happen line, Boots sent me a body mist, two skin care items, and one hair care product. Here's my review-

Keep it Sweet Vanilla Delight Body Mist. This is a light fragrance, with the sweetness of vanilla. And let's face it- who can resist a vanilla fragrance? What I like best about this is that the vanilla scent is not too overpowering. While I don't usually use any body sprays, I'm definitely going to be spraying my bed sheets with this. Mmmm.. yummy smelling bed sheets!
Price: BD 2

Boots Dermocare Anti-Ageing Collagen Gel Plus. This product claims to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within just four weeks. Now, I've been using it for just one week and I don't really have fine lines and wrinkles, so I can't validate the claim. But what I like about this serum is that it's super-light, and is absorbed quickly. Plus, a little goes a long way. And when I read the ingredients on the pack, I was happily surprised to know it has a host of herbal/ natural contents. It has Soybean Seed extract, Creatine, Calcium and Sweet Almond Oil. Plus it's got Hydrolyzed Collagen. All those are great for improving the elasticity of the skin, and for making it look revitalized. The gel also has a moisturizing effect.
Price: BD 9

Boots Botanics Hydrating Day Cream SPF15 ALL BRIGHT. This cream brightens and
protects. It hydrates for 24 hours, and is enriched with brightening Hibiscus. Again, a very light formula that gets easily absorbed by the skin, and you need just a little for the entire face and neck. A great day cream, even if you've got sensitive and oily skin like mine.
Price: BD 4

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil. I've heard only good things about Moroccan Argon Oil for hair, so I was quite delighted when I received this dry-hair conditioner. What's more, this formula is a blend of 14 essential oils and plant extracts. I've tried it, and it beautifully rehydrates your hair, eliminates frizz, and leaves it shiny. It can also be used on damp hair, and as a styling and finishing tool. And it smells gorgeous. 
Price: BD 7.750

All above items can be found at Boots stores.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Little Delights

"Aging Gracefully". Pencils on paper.

  • Getting into pajamas after a loooong day. 
  • The second wind of energy I feel halfway through teaching a Body Combat class.
  • The smell of dark chocolate. 
  • Invigorating walks in the cold, when you're dressed warmly.
  • Shopping in am uncrowded mall.
  • Wrapping cold hands around a warm mug of tea, feeling the warmth seep into your fingers and up your forearms.
  • Swinging on a tyre hung from a tree.
  • When my brother texts me "Quietly come into my room" to see the latest antics of my cat. 
  • Setting my alarm clock at night and realizing I have 7+ hours of sleep. 
  • Overcast skies.

What about you? What little {or big} things made you happy recently?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A weekend in Kuwait

Last weekend I was in Kuwait, visiting one of my oldest friends, Fazela, and her two kids. We had fun chatting the night away, visiting a few places, scouring malls, and horsing around with the kids. 

Kuwait Towers
This naughty one is ALWAYS smiling!

Lots of conversation, reliving our growing-up and college memories, driving around Kuwait, and just generally relaxing. It was a lovely weekend and I can't wait until she visits Bahrain, or I visit Kuwait again!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

How to stop being mean, music on matter, and more interesting stuff from around the web

I'm not a mean person, but I do know people who are constantly criticizing, laughing at, and demeaning others; most times not even realizing how much they do it. If that's you, here's 40 days to becoming less meaner. 

I've always believed a clean home makes for a calm mind. But let's face it, sometimes it's just a drag to clean up. These 9 easy and smart ways are great for cleaning the house quickly.

Ever SEEN the effect of music on matter? No? Then you're going to LOVE this incredible video on music vs. science!

You don't have to be smart or clever to win people's hearts. You just have to be charismatic

I've probably shared this on my facebook page before, but this article on things you should do every weekend to reset for a smooth week is so practical, I had to share it again. And remind myself to do more of these, too!

In my last post, I shared an infographic on the 4 A's of stress relief. Here are 25 more ways to stop feeling overworked and overwhelmed.

Until next time, have a good one! xoxo

Monday, 12 January 2015

Stress Management: Avoid, Alter, Accept and Adapt

 I use almost all of the techniques listed in the infographic above, and I thought you'd find it useful as well. Another one to print out and put up to look at everyday, if you ask me!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A billowy cardi and my exciting January

Sweater: Jane Norman, Skirt: Stradivarius, Cardi: Pull & Bear, Necklace & Earrings: Gifted, Ring: Koton, Booties: New Look. Photos: Arif Feroze  

It's always great to have a perfect cardigan. One that's snug, yet billowy. I love the triangular sides of this one from Pull & Bear, meaning I can wrap it around myself when I get too cold. Maybe I'll try pinning it with a brooch next time.

One thing I like about winter is that I get to wear stockings. It's the time when I dig out all my short skirts and wear them with stockings, like you saw with this black skirt in this post earlier. In today's outfit I paired this gold-studded sweater with this floral skirt, and wore the cardi on top to make it cozier. The stockings with the booties kept my legs cozy. Winter's great for layering, but be careful as you can easily look uncoordinated. Keep the layers thin, with one thick, warm one, and you're good.

My January started with a bang with lots of travel on the agenda. This weekend I'll be visiting this friend in Kuwait, and the week after that I'll be attending an event for Inglot in Dubai. All this after having spent my new year's out of the country.

And of course, blog-wise, I'm happy 2015 began with this Bourjois Giveaway for you {it's still open! Enter before it closes!}, and I'll soon be bringing an Inglot giveaway your way. Exciting, right? So, yes, I really like the way this year is headed!

P.S: I turn 30 on Feb 11. I'm so freakkin' excited you have no idea! Someone shouldn't be this excited to turn 30, but I am!

What about you? How has the year kicked off for you? Did something exciting happen or are you starting the year with calmness? xoxo

Monday, 5 January 2015

What to do when you don't want to do ANYTHING

We all have those days when we don’t want to do anything. I mean, you don’t even want to get out of bed. Working from home I face the same problem. Some days, either because I've worked out too much the day before and I'm physically exhausted, or I’m mulling over some emotional problem in my head, I just don’t feel like doing anything. Everyone has these days. Especially now, since all the festivities are over and it's cold out and you feel lethargic. Amiright? 

But there are emails to be answered, phone calls to be made, work to be done. And you’ll feel lousy if you don’t do them. So here are a few things I do to get moving and motivated:

1. Do something you like, first
When you don’t feel like doing anything, start a task that you like doing. That could be anything from finishing up a fun work project or doing something that’s a hobby. This will put you in a better mood and a more positive frame of mind. And since a task is a task, finishing it will make you feel productive, and spur you on to do the next thing.

2. Create a nice atmosphere
Light a candle, use your favourite pen or stationery, play some music. Anything that puts you in a better mood and makes you want to sit at your desk and work.

3. Get something to eat or drink that you like
Now I’m not saying wolf down a bag of chips, I’m saying get a cup of coffee, or your favorite tea in your favorite mug. Or a few pieces of chocolate. The food/ drink will give you energy and make you feel like working.

4. Start slow
When you really don’t feel like working, start slow. For example, if I have to write an article, I’ll start it, but not rush to finish it. I give myself the freedom to work on the task at hand in my own time and at my own pace. Obviously, if you have a boss bearing down on your neck to finish something urgently, this may not be possible, but maybe you can explain to him/ her that you need a little more time to finish the task so as to be able to show good quality work.

5.  Get away from facebook
Facebook and Instagram can be so tempting when you don’t feel like doing anything. Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes to check your social media and then close the windows and put your phone notifications on silent so you’re not tempted to be distracted.

6. Take the day off
And when you really, really, REALLY don’t feel like doing anything, take a personal day. Promise yourself that you’ll work twice as hard the next day.

7.  Don’t push yourself
The worst thing you can do when you’re feeling demotivated is to push yourself too much. You’ll only end up doing bad work and get into a worse mood than you’re in. Be gentle and loving with yourself, and know that everyone has days like these.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Here's how to start the new year- get three Bourjois Smoky Story Palettes from me!

Aaaand it's time for a giveaway! Now isn't that a great way to start the new year? By getting something awesome from me for free? Haha!

Today I've got the Bourjois Smoky Story Palettes for you. These smoky-eye eyeshadow palettes come with a top coat shadow with highly concentrated faceted glitter and a cream-powder texture with integrated base shadow primer. They also have Light Touch, a new generation integrated top coat. This transparent veil, containing coordinated glitter, gives a subtle light touch to the smoky, and illuminates while preserving its colour. 

Bourjois tip: The top coat is applied as a solid layer over the eyelids for a finely glittery smoky eye, or in small touches on key areas: the inner corner of the eye for light, the arch to open the eyes, the centre of the eyelids to make the iris sparkle, at the roots of the lashes for a flash of shimmer.

Exceptionally easy to blend and apply, the formula contains an integrated eyelid base, for 12 hour hold! 

Steps to achieve the look:
  1. Apply the lighter shade just under the arch, to unify and enhance the eyelids.
  2. Apply the medium shade on the mobile eyelids to intensify the look.
  3. Apply the dark shade at the roots of the lashes to underline the look.
  4. Apply the Light Touch in a solid layer as a top coat for a delicate glittery smoky or in small touches, depending on my mood. 

And now, the best part. I'm giving away THREE of these. Yup. THREE! Which means three of you stand a chance to win these cool palettes. 


01 Grey & Night: the classic, ultra-stylish grey harmony, enhanced with an immaculate white Light Touch.

05 Good nude: a harmony of brown taupe shades, livened up by a silvery Light Touch: guaranteed enigmatic look.

07 In mauve again: three easy to wear soft purple shades twisted by the matching Light Touch in silver tones.

How to enter the giveaway:

3. Leave a comment under this post with your name, your age, what you do and why you like reading the blog. {I know, it's a bit more than what I usually ask for, but I want to get to know you, Gorgeous Reader!}

Giveaway closes on 15th Jan. Winners will be chosen through a lucky draw. Open to Bahrain readers only. 

P.S: There's a consolation prize for a 4th winner. Shhh...

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Top 10 Outfit Posts of 2014

These are my most popular outfit posts of 2014, based on page views. Click on the titles for the full post.

Which ones did you like best? Which styles are you most likely to copy for yourself? 
I'll be bringing you many more outfit posts this year, plus a giveaway very soon, with prizes for three winners! Watch out for that! Have a great day! xoxo

Monday, 29 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, it's been one helluva ride!

It's been a year of ups and downs. A year of smiles and frowns. A year of bitters and sweets. A year of triumphs and defeats. 

If I had to sum it up, I'd have to say that this year for me was all about change. Especially me quitting my job without anything else in hand, and then finally becoming a freelance Marketing Consultant. {I thought my love affair with marketing and the world of advertising had come to an end. I was wrong. I guess we just love each other too much. More on that later.}

I also did my training in LesMills BODYBALANCE and received my international certification a few months later. I absolutely LOVE this program and I'm so glad I got certified in it. That opened a whole new door to learning more about Yoga, and meeting some amazing instructors who I now call friends. 

Another highlight of the year was my trip to Thailand, where I visited Pattaya, Koh Samui and Bangkok. Travelling has such an amazing way of opening your mind while relaxing your body and soul. 

And of course, my year was also defined by the countless small, happy moments I spent with loved ones; and with myself, growing, changing, and maturing. Change has a way of teaching us things we didn't know about ourselves. It brings out our resilience, our weaknesses, and our fears. I've learnt a great deal about myself this year, and I'm ever grateful for all the changes that happened or that I made happen. And I'm looking forward to 2015 and all the dreams, challenges and changes it's going to bring. 

What about you? How was your year? What are you hoping for in 2015?

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The last outfit post of 2014.

Top: Pull & Bear, Skirt: Stradivarius, Stockings: Uniqlo, Earrings: from Thailand, Watch and Bangles: Gifted, Clutch: Zara, Boots: Kurt Geiger. Photos: Arif Feroze

You'd think I'd be cold in this outfit, wouldn't you? Surprisingly, I wasn't. At least not as cold I was expecting myself to be. And it's all because of these Uniqlo Heattech stockings. They have a technology in the clothing that retains heat, which is why my legs were warm and hence, I was.

I love the idea of a short skirt with stockings. It's cute without looking flippant. Since my basic outfit was monochrome, I added color with my scarf, bangles and clutch.

And since this is my last outfit post for 2014, I thought I'd end it with some fashion shopping resolutions for myself, for the new year.
  • I will not buy anything to cheer myself up.
  • I will get more wear out of the pieces I have in my wardrobe.
  • More tailor-made, less store-bought.
  • More silk. Lots and lots of silk. 
  • Every time I want to buy something, I will ask myself- do I need this?
  • I will not buy high heels if they're in the least bit uncomfortable.
  • I will not buy anything unless it makes me do a happy-dance in the fitting room when I try it on, or unless it's love-at-first-sight {for jewelry}.
  • I will buy more good quality, roomy handbags. {I always prioritize clothes over bags.}
Most of these resolutions are rules I always follow, but it's good to reinforce them. Let me know if those resonate with you as well! xoxo