Gifts from overseas

As I said in the previous post my mom is home now, and she brought some amazing gifts from her and my sister for us all. Big-big thanks to both of them!

Apart from visiting Abu Dhabi they also traveled to Seoul for one day. No visas required for us now to travel there, and my loves say I will fall in love with the city just as much as they already did :)
SweetsSweets from Abu Dhabi and Seoul and the gingerbread from Paris
Paris mugTraditional Starbucks mugs and a magnet from Paris as well
Cosmetics1. Korean and Japanese under-eye patches, gloves and socks to moisturize and nourish the skin.

2. THE BODY SHOP Moisture White Shiso Foaming Facial Wash,
LANCOME Mousse Eclat Express Clarifying Self-Foaming Cleanser (I think it’s from Paris, too),
LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner for Dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Toner (from Seoul Duty Free),
TANGLE TEEZER Hairbrush (from Manchester),
THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 (from Seoul),
Dr. Organic Tea Tree Lip Balm SPF 15
and some Japanese cotton pads.

3. SHISEIDO Aqualabel Facial Wash (from Japan),
LANCOME Genifique Yeux Eye Cream (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
KIEHL’S Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado,
LANCOME Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream for dry skin (from Abu Dhabi Duty Free),
ARGANTUS Pure Argan Oil,
HAND CHEMISTRY Hyaluronic Concentrate for hands and body,
NIVEA Creme from Japan

4. UNIQLO warm innerwear for winter

Love,

Ainur

Online shopping experience back at home

Recently, in about one month I shopped online in three different stores. It’s not my fault I cannot find what I want in the city :) Truth be told, I also prefer to look through the lists of products, compare them and find something new from home at any time of the day, with no pressure and impatient people around. I have had online shopping experience both when I lived in China and in New Zealand, so now it’s turn to shop from my own homecountry.

My first order came from Shopbop, the store I’ve known for years, but haven’t had the need to shop at. However, when I found what I was looking for for month I just registered and got myself these two pairs of delicate earrings. The delivery is quick and free worldwide, and the company seem to put some extra effort in packaging. My order came in a few plastic bags, a bubble wrap and each pair of earrings was put into a signature Shopbop jewellery box. IMG_0287 In one of the previous posts I already mentioned that my mom and I got ourselves a few pairs of new boots. We ordered them from THE OUTNET. Felt just like the old times (even though it’s only been one year :)) boots boxesThe third order came from iHerb, a popular website with a wide range of natural health products. With the first buy we got 10$ off + 5% discount because the order is over 60$. We got ourselves some Noni juice, salmon oil, argan oil and one of my favorite eye creams for my sister.IMG_0240The good thing is that as if now we don’t need to pay import taxes and duties if the total amount per month doesn’t exceed 1000, but we need to pay about 8-10$ for each order delivered (at least via DHL). It’s interesting and feels so good when the prices on THE OUTNET website change once we choose our homecountry :)

So yes, online shopping is only scary in the beginning, and then you just need to know when to stop.

Happy shopping! :)

Love,

Ainur

New in: skin care, beauty products and comfort in everything

I just came home from the trip a week ago, so I wanted to feature some of the new buys. My mom and I did some shopping while staying in Abu Dhabi, but as of lately we focus more on beauty products rather than on clothes. For us (three girls in the family) skin care is so important, that we are always happy to research and discover new little treasures. This time my mom and I traveled to Dubai as well, so we got the chance to get to know the city better and find some brands like KIEHL’S that are not presented in the capital state. Also, my sister traveled to Japan last month, so she has brought many presents one of which is featured here as well. Skin care DR ORGANIC Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Day Cream caught our attention because it has argan oil in it. In fact, it consists of a number of oils, and is quite good. The only thing that I don’t really like is the smell. I think it doesn’t have any fragrances, so the scent is not the one of roses on a dreamy date night. However, soon it disappears and you forget about it.

My sister made me try LANCOME HYDRA ZEN NEUROCALM Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream (for all skin or for dry skin) when she had a vacation a month ago. First I thought that it’s a usual cream, but once I arrived to Abu Dhabi and my skin turned extremely dehydrated and sensitive I began to highly appreciate its strong soothing, moisturizing and most importantly calming features of it. On my way back home I got myself one LANCOME HYDRA ZEN NEUROCALM Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream in a Duty-Free, and my mom bought three more jars for my sister and me when she was leaving Abu Dhabi as well (we had different flights). As you can see, we are absolutely in love with it!

I wasn’t sure of KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TRETMENT with Avocado when buying it because I actually wanted to buy KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE. I decided to try out its sample first, and get the basic eye cream, and have no regrets about that. I really like KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TRETMENT with Avocado. The texture of is not as silky as I am used to, but the cream moisturizes greatly. After trying out the samples, I hope to get KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE later as well.

I always have some lip balm on my lips, so I thought why not try something new. DR ORGANIC Organic Vitamin E Lip Balm is perfect to use when going out because it comes in a stick and has SPF15. My sister and I still prefer COOLA with SPF30 (in this post), but it is hard to find in stores. Also, I recently discovered EVE LOM KISS MIX lip balm and decided to try it out. I love the texture of it, and even the minty feeling on lips does not bother me at all. I use it only at home, because I don’t want to put my fingers in it somewhere in the middle of a street. These both new lip balms are good switches with THE BODY SHOP Lip Balm with Vitamin E and SPF15 (in this post), which I still use, both outside and at home.

Drapey blue pants by COTTON ON. My friend from Auckland told me so many times to go to this store. I finally did during my first trip to Abu Dhabi, and got myself these light comfy pants. :)
Guerlain Ecrin 6 couleurs eyeshadows Make-upCLARINS Eclat Minute Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose is an alternative to my beloved CHANEL Anti-Pollution SPF 50 which I mentioned so many times. It doesn’t have sun protection, so it’s perfect for an evening/night time of a day. I chose it because it illuminates, protects from pollution and corrects a little bit. I have it in Rose colour because I always choose pink over yellow :) Just like CHANEL Anti-Pollution SPF 50, it is very light and sterling by itself, so it doesn’t have to be worn only as a base.

My mom also got herself a make-up base GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles High-Diffusing Perfecting Primer. It has the same features as the one by CLARINS, but seems to be even lighter and more moisturizing.

I went to purchase one GIORGIO ARMANI concealer, but it was way too light in coverage, so I ended up buying GIORGIO ARMANI High Precision Retouch Corrector in colour number 1 (again more of a pink tone, not yellow). This is my first concealer, and so far I am satisfied with it (even though I worn it once only).

My mom got me GUERLAIN Ecrin 6 couleurs eyeshadows in 93 Rue De Passy in a Duty-Free because she knew I wanted to have a palette of eyeshadows, and because she loved the design of the packaging :) I am in love with it too, even though we haven’t tried to wear any of the colours. It just seem to be so precious. These eyeshadows are very expensive, but we don’t wear make-up much (at all), so my mom and I hope we’ll  be using this palette for a long time.

BHS bikini top, H&M bikini bottoms and PAPAYA WEEKEND shorts are all from sales. I bought them because, for some reason (which I don’t remember), I didn’t bring any swimwear with me. The colours of the top and the bottom don’t exactly match, but it doesn’t really matter. I have matching blue bikini top for the bottom anyway :)

ACCESSORIZE hair bando from my previous trip in April-May.
Argan oil and Evian sprayAnd last, but not least are ARGANTUS pure argan oil and EVIAN facial spray. Argan oil is everything in skincare. It’s great for skin (both face and body) and hair. This one seems to be a little bit heavy for hair, but still feels lighter than other ones. The best ones for hair that my mom and I tried we bought back in Auckland. Those are not pure argan oils, but a mix of oils. Nevertheless, all of them are really good. I bought EVIAN facial spray right before my flight back home to refresh my face (and everything around it along the way) on the plane. I don’t think it’s highly necessary to have a face spray, but I enjoy the process of spraying itself :)

H&M sweatshirt is also from the sales. My sister has the same in black. I think it would be great as everyday comfort wear when it gets colder.

UNIQLO RELACO (RELAX&COMFORT) SHORTS are from Japan, brought to me by my lovely sister. She brings us something every time she gets to UNIQLO store :)

Love,

Ainur

Summer travels

This post is going to be semi-themed because I didn’t post in a while and I want to catch up on everything major that was going on back in July. Also, unfortunately, my phone is broken these past few days, and I missed on taking photos of such amazing places that I want to go back once I get the chance.

The main event that took place almost a month ago was my sister’s travel back home. We were all so excited to have her with us in our apartment that feels so empty when she’s abroad. She brought a suitcase full of gifts for everyone and majorly lightened up the whole mood and atmosphere of home. My sister spent a week in our hometown and then my mom and her left for Abu Dhabi once again. Gifts I’m especially in love with these Swiss souvenirs! Swiss souvenirs La Cure Gourmande Tendresse de caramel La Cure Gourmande Tendresse de caramel Starbucks mugs Belgium Starbucks mug Nagoya Starbucks mug Burberry sun protection umbrellas from Japan (UV 100)UV 100 Burberry umbrellas One of the lunches spent together (my dad brought everything from a store) Salads and cakes I left for Abu Dhabi one day earlier because of the confusion with prices for the two airlines. But it’s all right, I love travelling with my favorite one. Very often, if you’re lucky, you can sit all by yourself and feel comfortable in economy class seat. Plus, this airline has the best plane food! I’ve already mentioned this company before in Fast Packing and Going Far Away posts.Up in the air Plane dinner All by myself Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Corniche Right now we are still in Abu Dhabi. Sometimes we travel to explore Dubai, and that’s where I need to go back with a camera once I get the chance.

Love,
Ainur

All about food

Last week I finally cooked something myself. It was my favorite black rice with lamb meat in tomato sauce. Black rice with lamb meat Sometimes I go to a Turkish/Mediterranean cafe in a shopping mall I usually visit and order something for takeaway. Cafe Iskender Kebab: bottom layer of Turkish pide bread, middle layer of lamb meat topped with yogurt and tomatoes. Simple, but amazing dish. This is how it looked in container, and after I put it on the plate (not the most professional way to do it =)). Iskender Kebab Iskender Kebab My another favorite dish from the cafe is Beef Kebab (although it called differently). It comes with mashed potatoes and a salad. Also on the photo is Turkish pide bread and filo pastry pie with spinach, onion and feta cheese Beef Kebab Organic chocolates and ice-cream at night with TV shows Organic sweets My obsession with online shopping has reached a new level for me. Availability of self-checkout at some stores is not new to me anymore. On Monday I received my first order of groceries. I am happy I finally tried to purchase online, it’s time-efficient. This way I don’t have to travel to and from the store here.

Here’s my first test order: water, Cadbury mini chocolates (I chose the wrong pack, though), ice-creams, organic milk, mascarpone (can’t find Italian ones) and wet tissues. Complimentary crackers are gifted by my personal shopper. Thank you! Unfortunately, I don’t usually eat crackers myself, but it’s very nice of the store. I took them to school, my classmates love them. Also, stamps to collect and then to purchase designer cutlery with 90% discount and a note on the invoice wishing a nice week! I just love online customer service =) Order Today’s order: more water, plastic cutlery set (I carry a couple of those with me in bag), organic cotton make-up pads, wet tissues, cheese board, tissues, organic ice-cream (loved from the last time), slightly salted butter and a gum pack. Order Now I will be ordering quite often.

With love,

Ainur

The Body Shop Christmas Party

As a customer of The Body Shop I was invited to their Christmas party in any of the local stores. I needed to buy my favorite cosmetics anyway, so I went to see what they had for today. This is how it looked:

Loved the brownies, but it’s the only snack I tried The Body Shop Christmas Party My favorite section of Nutriganics The Body Shop Christmas Party Pre-made gifts and seasonal products. If you buy something for NZ$99 and one of these, you get a gift =) The Body Shop Christmas Party So, first I won 10 bonus points in a chocolate coin. Then I bought Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash, Smoothing Day Cream and a Night Cream. In addition to those, I chose pre-made gift of Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel and Body Lotion.  I just like the smell of it. And finally, The Body Shop gifted me Christmas stocking with Shower Gel, Hand Cream, Body Butter, Bath Lily and two free make-up applications. The Body Shop Christmas Party Thank you The Body Shop for taking care in such a nice way!

Love,

Ainur

For breakfast and movies

I eat a lot for breakfast lately. I don’t remember when it actually started because I used to not eat in the morning.
I buy main dishes from the Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant in a shopping mall I visit regularly. The last time I was there I ordered a Black Sea Chicken that comes with rice Black Sea Chicken Moorish Eggs (scrambled eggs and meatballs) Moorish Eggs And a bread which could be found in Ast. at any store Bread Since I can’t find a bread I like here, except for the one above, I made two small traditional ones by myself. Next time I’ll make pirozhki, if I won’t be too lazy ;) Bread I also buy salmon. These two are wood roasted. One with spices (I don’t really get any spicy flavour, which is good) and the other one is regular, but too salty for my taste. I also like small pieces of smoked salmon, but I didn’t take a picture when I had them. Smoked salmon Smoked salmon And, as always, fruits, berries and organic yogurt with movies. Fruits, berries and organic yogurt Love,

Ainur

Senior thesis, HK and a gift

Now we can relax more, so I’m finally enjoying watching movies or TV shows any time I want to. Watching a TV show Watching a movie Last Friday was our senior thesis defense.
Here’s what we wore: blouses D&G, jeans H&M and Levi’s, loafers Mark by Mark Jacobs. BlousesJeans and loafers On Sunday my mom and I went to HK because we ran out of some cosmetics. We brought pastries for my sister from Little Marmaid, Eric Kayser and Laduree.Bakery Macaroons Here are two products that we use, but I haven’t shown yet. Our all time favorites Chanel Le Blanc foam cleanser and The Body Shop Nutriganics foaming facial wash. We use them for a couple of years, and haven’t found anything better. Foam cleansers Birthday gift My old computer is falling apart, but I love it so much, so I continue to use it. Also, I got Macbook Air as my birthday gift. Love it. Thank you for the gift =)

Love,
Ainur

New cosmetic products

Here are some new cosmetic products that we bought in HK. Cosmetics
1, 2. Madara shampoo and conditioner. My sister and I ran out of the previous shampoo (my sister and I used one bottle for two month, not bad), and now we are using Madara shampoo for normal hair. Madara is also organic. We are happy with shampoo, its texture is great. We haven’t tried the conditioner yet, but I think it is good, too.
3. Madara moisturising lotion. I wanted something like a milk, but didn’t find anything yet.
4. Coola lip balm spf30. Also organic.
5. My all-time favorite Chanel anti-pollution spf50. I am in love with it. My eyes don’t tear when I apply it like they tear when I use any other product. It is not new to me, but its design is new.
6. Madara eye cream. Finally, I am quite happy with my eye cream.

Love,

Ainur