Monday, June 8, 2015

Groupon voucher for Red Nail Salon (Moroccan bath, full body massage and manicure)

I have been wanting to experience morrocan bath because of my cousin's advertisement. They said it will make your skin smoother. It's just that I am on a very tight budget and I don't think I can afford it. My cousin, Lalaine then said she bought a voucher for 99 aed which comprise of Moroccan bath, full body massage, mani &pedi. What a steal!

I celebrated my birthday last 28 May and I thought I should give myself a treat. I bought a voucher from Groupon amounting to 129 aed which includes Moroccan bath, full body massage and manicure. I printed the voucher and called to book an appointment.




Red Nail Salon is just easy to locate hence I chose them. It is walking distance from Al Fahidi metro station, opposite Four Points Sheraton Hotel. I really don't know what to expect. 




I presented the voucher and paid 5 aed for the loofah. They asked if it is my first time and I said yes. They provided a locker to place my personal belongings. I was then asked to remove all my clothes and wear the disposal undies to make me feel comfortable, I guess. 

MOROCCAN BATH



**I don't think it is nice to see all the cleaning tools just laying everywhere. Even the locker area has so much clutter. 


This is bath area where they do Moroccan bath. I am totally clueless. Kabayan Liselle asked me to sit on that wooden chair which was placed on the floor of course. She began to bathed me and lather a special soap all over my body. It really felt awkward.



Afterwards, she run the steamer and have me sit there for I don't know how many minutes. I occasionally opened the door as it is suffocating inside. Next, scrubbing! I though to myself when she first started scrubbing me, "People pay for this?" Then its started to feel so relaxing. It really felt good. I enjoyed every bit of it! 

FULL BODY MASSAGE

Liselle then asked me go to the massage room. She prepped the massage bed and asked me to lay down. This is my first spa experience in UAE and It felt odd that there was no relaxing music neither aromatic candles in the spa area. But tell you what, despite all that, her massage was so relaxing I almost fell asleep. That is rare! I never really fall asleep in spas. I never felt her massage was hurried. She is good! 

CLASSIC MANICURE



Kabayan lady also did my manicure. It was soaked on the green solution which will make my cuticle softer. Additional of 60 aed if I want a gellish nail polish. I was surprised of how expensive it is so I opted out. 



UV light? I honestly don't know. First time eh!
Finished product


So that was a great experience. I just really wish that they tidy up their salon. Have you tried their salon?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

APRIL Glambox Middle East

Not so happy with my previous box, I anxiously wait for my next box.

I was having such a bad day when my beauty box arrived! :) Bad vibes suddenly disappeared. This may sound like an excuse to buy make up but whenever I have a tough day, I look up Instagram to find something I can purchase.



Maybe I like this next box. Again, love how they packaged the box. MY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOX IS THAT, IT DID NOT COME WITH A WELCOME LETTER WITH THE PRODUCT DETAILS. So was I supposed to google every product I received? I was a bit surprise that the product list card was missing from my box.

Anyhow, closer look to the products below:

Givenchy Dahlia Divin 5ml Eau de parfum
I was so excited to receive a sample size perfume! This made me smile all day! I love the scent and it stays all day! So much love for this perfume! Don't know how much it cost though.

Hawaiian tropic silk hydration spf 30
 Hurray for spf 30! Much love for this product as well. I am walking from the metro to our office and the sun shows so much love on my skin. He just wants to shine! This is not sticky at all. Love! Love!

VLCC Witch Hazel and Rose Water gentle face wash for dry & sensitive skin
 Again, I have oily skin! Don't care much for this product.

Face shop Mango seed lip care
I am giving love to this lip balm. Just wished it has spf. But it does well moisturizing my "DRY" lips.

ESL Soothing Cleanser & Refiner
 When I first saw this, I thought okay it's full size. The thing is, I don't know what it does. I am also not very familiar with the brand. I will let you know when I get interested with it.

Lancaster Sun sport dry touch gel
 Okay, another one of those products which I have no idea what it does. (I just really wish I received the product list.) Maybe it is for the face.


Kaya Skin Clinic gift voucher

Back of voucher
 Okay. Maybe I will give this voucher a try. Please comment below if you have used this voucher. Let me know your experience.

Sivvi.com voucher

Luxury Closet voucher

back of Luxury closet voucher

Thanks for the voucher but I don't think I'll need it. I don't want to spend $500 worth of garments just to get the $50 discount.

That's it! So far so good. I am hoping the next box is better than this! Hope to receive cosmetics please! Enough of the face creams.

Would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.


March Glambox Middle East (1st subscription)

Don't you love the feeling of opening a box of surprise? I do! I love surprises! (My boyfriend knows that very well.) That feeling of excitement of receiving a gift box fills my heart! The itching feeling of wanting to know what's inside your beauty box.


Until I saw this from GLAMBOX UAE! I was so tempted!

I just could not resist it and finally subscribed for 3 months. Subscription is 80AED/month hence the total amount is 239 AED. But because I have 30% discount, I only paid 167.30AED.  Hurray for discounts! Not only do I get a discount but I also get an extra box. So I should be getting 4 boxes from Glambox. It's as if I paid 41.8 AED per box.

I even emailed info@glambox.me just to be sure that I will be getting 4 boxes and they have confirmed. :)


MARCH GLAMBOX




Contents:
*Enchanteur moisturizing cream - Romantic
*Dove conditioning facial cleanser
*Photoderm Max spf 100cream
*Matricium
*Diamant de Beaute Nuit Sample
*Symmetry gym gift card value of 1,500aed
*Buy 1 get 1 main free @sohogrill
*Voucher code for nutridiet 35% off

Items description. I love how they indicated the price and product description.
 Closer look :

Enchanteur moisturizing cream - Romantic

Dove conditioning facial cleanser
Photoderm Max spf 100cream

Matricium

Diamant de Beaute Nuit Sample
Symmetry gym gift card value of 1,500aed

Buy 1 get 1 main free @sohogrill
Back side of the voucher
Voucher code for nutridiet 35% off

Alright, let us be honest here. I was so excited to open this box as it is my first beauty box ever. The first thing I saw was how beautiful the box is. I said to myself I can use the box as make up storage. It is very well made. I like how they packaged it. 

Now, the stuff inside? Errr.. I thought, okay? That's it? I mean, why do I have stuff for normal to dry skin? I thought I had indicated I have oily skin. I don't think I have any favorite from the items I received. I appreciate the soho grill buy 1 take 1 'cause I love eating. Maybe I like the photoderm which has 100 spf. It's just so tiny. I haven't tried the sample sizes of skin care creams yet. I am a little skeptical with the thought of replacing my skin care every now and then because the products are so tiny.

I am not so happy with my first box. I hope the next one gets better. 

Did you get a beauty box from Glambox? Do you want to share thoughts? Please comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Life in Kish Island, IRAN

For those of you who had been to Kish, I know that you have heard stories. Those stories were never pleasant to hear. I did not know that Kish Island is part of Iran. So I was shocked when news finally came to my senses. Anyway, my ticket was booked so there is no backing out. I am blessed to have my cousin with me as she also needs to exit the country in order for our companies to process our working visa.

My company paid for my ticket but I have to shoulder the rest of the expenses. It is a 30 minute flight from Dubai to Kish. The problem is there was a delay on my flight. I was scared and excited.

We bought some groceries to save some money. Our food together with our clothes were checked in. No package tape and grooming kit on hand carry bags. People from the airplane to Kish airport were not very accommodating, they don't seem to be happy people. We were asked to wear abaya before they stamp our passports. (Wearing abaya and head cover is very uncomfortable. Abaya dresses are free by the way.) There was already a bus transporting us to hotels.

Our first choice was Goldis Hotel. I know that some people wanted to stay in Farabi because it was just beside the ticketing office. As for us, we were advised to stay in Goldis because it was safer. Yes it is far from the ticketing office but we would rather pay 10dirhams for taxi and be safe. There are rumors about Venus and Farabi hotel which scared us. The bus stopped at Farabi hotel first which is already fully booked. A man came in the bus and asked for our passports. All our passports were handed to that man (I wished that he introduced himself and explained why he is taking our passports.) The next stop is Goldis Hotel.


GOLDIS HOTEL:


My cousin Princess posing in front of the hotel.
The room rates.

Reception
Reward Card given in case you decided you wanted to come back.

The hotel seemed a safe place to be in. There is only one way in and out which is guarded by a security personnel 24/7. Rooms for the boys are on the left side of the building while the girls are on the right.

My cousin and I checked in and were assigned in room 319. We were 7 in that room but it was spacious enough for our things.


Our room



Vanity table and TV with cable.









Fridge on the side and clothes drying stand




 
 
 Things you might want to know about GOLDIS HOTEL:
  • We had to deposit 100 aed.
  • The first night of stay is free.
  • Hotel Fee is 40aed/day.
  • Bed sheet, comforter, pillow and pillowcase are taken from room 102. (Self-service yun. Ikaw kukuha mismo.)
  • Free breakfast everyday.
Breakfast served with tea
  • Wifi fee is 10aed/day, 50aed/week for 2 users (unstable connection but tolerable)
  • Kabayan housekeeping cleans the room everyday.
  • You can change your bed linens everyday. Just go to room 102. 
  • You can also ask for complimentary tissue sa room 102.
  • Pay phones are available near the reception.
  • Filipino food are served during lunch. Punta lang kayo agad before 12noon para kayo yung first choice sa food.
    • Rice : 5 aed -
    • Viand : 5-10 aed -
    • Water : 5 aed for 6 pcs 1 Liter bottles
  • Walang lutuan but sa room namin may rice cooker. Duon sila nagluluto. Pero we had to hide it because someone inspects the room everyday.
  • There are grocery shops nearby. Pede tumawad sa nagtitinda. Yung ibang tindero marunong magtagalog so be careful. Meron ding pizza and cake shop sa tabi nun.
  • Room is airconditioned. Pero we would often just open the window kasi malamig naman. Yung lamig ng hangin kapag magpapasko na sa Pinas yung pakiramdam.
  • You can wash your clothes and hang them dry. May sampayan yung room namin for wet clothes.
  • Room has fridge, tv and a vanity table.
Kish Tour
 
This is only 10 aed. Below are few photos from the tour.
On our way for the Kish tour
  



























  
  
Things you may want to know about KISH
  • Ladies clothes should be long enough to cover the butt, arms and legs.

  • On your 13th day someone will knock on the door to ask you to fill up the form for the Iranian visa. On that day you will have to pay the 95 aed fee. 75 aed is the fee for the visa, 15 aed for the passport size picture. (May cover dapat yung head sa picture)
  • On your 14th day, you will go to immigration to process the visa. The process takes 3-4 days.
RULES and REGULATIONS in KISH
 
I was there for 23 days! My pocket money was 1000aed and that was not sufficient enough. My best friend, Lovely had to send money through Redha Al Ansari Exchange. It's best to send money through them because you only get charged 40 aed. I forgot which exchange we went for the money. ^_^ (They know which exchange, so just ask Redha.)  
 
My cousins and I looked for the Christian community that gathers in the morning for daily devotions.

I was thankful for their company which kept my sanity together. The devotions kept my faith together.

Some kabayan were left there by their companies. They were promised this and this but in reality they were not doing anything. That is why some ended up selling themselves in order to survive.
 
 
 
My favourite vendor in Kish. He knows some Tagalog words. So be careful.


Our new Chinese friends. Literally no English. Thank God for Chinese dictionary and internet.


My African brothers from the Christian Community.

Delicious bread from Kish which they will hand to you with their bare hands.


I have learned to cook Macaroni Soup because of scarcity.


Ice cream treat from kabayan's who received their visa.
 


 
 
 
 

This trip made me stronger mentally and spiritually. Stories of rape, prostitution and suicide are often the topic of gossips. Until now, I am thankful I got out there alive and unharmed.
 Remember that our GOD is GREATER than all problems.
 
NEVER EVER GO OUT ALONE! Rule of the thumb for fellow kabayans. Shoot me questions if you want to know more.
 
 
FYI. You will see a lot this in Kish.