Friday, November 17, 2017

Lifestyle

Ponds was launched in 1840 and rapidly became one of the world leaders in skin care and beauty, Ponds Cold Cream was the preferred skind care for many a lady in previous generations and to this day is a firm favourite in the market.

I was recently fortunate enough to be asked to participate in a two week trial of the Age Miracle Overnight Repair Cream and the Dual Eye-Therapie Cream. The Age Miracle range from Ponds is a comprehensive range of anti-ageing products that contains breakthrough CAL Complex, which claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots in just 7 days.

Having used Ponds in the past I am no stranger to this range, I have used the Daily Resurfacing Cream, the main reason being that it is one of the few products of it's kind in this price range that has an SPF 15 incorporated into the cream, we all need to use SPF at all times in this harsh climate.  However onto the night cream, alovely lovely product, rich and creamy, smells divine, isn't sticky and sinks into the skin really quickly.  I really enjoyed using this product and did see a change in the appearance of my skin.

The eye cream is split into two sections with a compartment for each cream, the Upper Eye Collagen Cream helps reduce the appearance of lines whilst the Under Eye Brightening Cream helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.  Whilst I didn't see much difference to my eye area I have to say that I don't have dark under eye circling and surprisingly for my age have few wrinkles in the eye area.  I think that whilst Ponds claim to see a difference in 7 days I strongly feel that prolonged use will bring better results.

There are so many anti-ageing products on the market now it really is a minefield trying to figure out which one is the right one for you. I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart that over the years I have spent some serious money on anti-ageing products from the alleged market leaders in this field, and have been disappointed on every occasion. I think the key to keeping skin looking fresh, bright and young is down to diet as well as the prolonged use of anti-ageing products.

I would like to thank Ponds Arabia for valuing my opinion in their trials and look forward to trying out more of their Age Miracle range, I love face washes so the next time I am out and about I am going to pick up the Daily Regeneration Facial Foam.

Stay moisturised!!

@pondsarabia

Exactly a one hour and ten minute drive outside of Dubai, nestled in the middle of the desert you will find Iceland, Ras Al Khaimah's latest tourist attraction, the first of many if the billboards are anything to go by that are plastered round the huge carpark.

We got there at about 11 am on Friday morning, parked easily and headed straight into the ticketing area, which is massive, air conditioned and organised.  The Staff appeared to know what they are doing but then I hear on the grapevine that many of them had been hand picked by my favourite water park here in Dubai and we all know how good the staff are there.

The Park itself is massive with lots of seating areas, you can choose from a shaded table with chairs or sun loungers that are set up round the wave pool and the olympic sized swimming pool.  There are 27 water slides of varying scariness, a super kids area with 12 slides and various different attractions for your kiddy winkles.  One thing that impressed me was the full size foot ball pitch which has chilled water churning out every ten minutes to keep you cool. I mention chilled as this, the Tundra Baths and Penguin Bay were the only areas that had chilled water. ALL the other attractions have neither chillers or heaters. I spoke to someone who had been there in January and basically couldn't enjoy any of the attractions as the water was quite literally freezing.

There are three main areas to eat, Food Village, Platter and Snow Castle.  We tried out Food Village, wasn't overly impressed with the food but then you get what you pay for.  All the outlets are more than affordable and very busy.

I quite like rules and regulations and take them seriously.  We read the rules before we entered the park.  I have never in my entire life been anywhere quite as bad as Iceland for NOT upholding the rules.

Swimming Costumes are compulsory, street clothes are not allowed ... yeah right, I saw a lady in a sari and god knows how many abaya clad women and men wearing sports shirts in the water.  

Alcohol is prohibited ... so why are they selling Heineken from the food outlets?

Outside Food and Beverages are not allowed .... everyone had picnics

Smoking is permissable in the smoking areas ... everyone smoking anywhere

No need to go on about that as I am guessing you have got the picture.  That aside we had a super day out and it definitely was worth the drive.  Would we go again?  yes but probably only in the Spring or Autumn when the pools have had a chance to either warm up or cool down.  It's sad, that they didn't think to put chillers into their pools, in light of the amount of money they have spent on the area, you would think that chillers would have been a must. It's interesting that their tag line for promoting the park is, wait for it ..... Let's Freeze the Desert.

We all know what I am like about social media, well you can forget getting any feedback from this lot. They have a facebook group, not a fan page.  From what I have seen in the group no one updates it or answers any queries. The Twitter account is a joke, so I sincerely hope they are not paying a PR Company to engage in their social media, if they are they are wasting their money and would be better of spending it on chillers.

I will of course be sending them a copy of this article for their feedback, I would bet I don't hear from them.

@iceland_park

It's that time of year again and as the weather heats up Juan brings out his famous 500 dhs deal to pamper the ladies.

This year for just 500 dhs you will receive, a cut, full head colour, hi-lights, hair treatment, blow-dry, luxury head and shoulder massage, and if that is not enough he has thrown in a manicure and pedicure with paraffin wax treatment!! 

Juan Salon is conveniently located right next to Jumeirah Lake Towers Metro Station in Indigo Tower, so you can access the salon from any end of town.  The promotion is only valid during the month of June so make sure you book in advance.

Juan and I have been friends for many years, he is just the most amazing hairdresser I have come across and coming from a family of hairdressers that is quite a compliment.

Book now on 800 JUAN, 800 5826

Follow him on Twitter @juansalonjlt and find him on facebook too www.facebook.com/juansalon

(valid til the end of August)

The last few weeks vanished in a haze of packing and entertaining, yes my best friend from the UK and her husband joined us for a couple of week which was just fantastic.   The move is over and everything is back to normal and I am back to writing and updating the site on a regular basis.   I have a few things to look forward to.  I am currently trying some new Ponds Skincare creams and I will be sharing my opinions with you once the trial is over.

On Tuesday night I am attending the Lucy in Disguise launch party at Boutique 1, Lily Allen and her Sister Sarah are here to launch their fabulous clothing range into Dubai, exciting times for them both.  I really enjoyed watching the three part documentary about Lily and Sarah and their struggle to launch Lucy in Disguise in Convent Garden last year. If you want to find copies do a search for  "From Riches to Rags" on your preferred Torrent Site.

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Moving house has got to be one of the most stressful things that we put ourselves through.  We decided at Christmas that we were definitely moving out of the property in Al Sufouh.  Initially I wanted to move to Umm Sequim/Al Manara area however an extensive and exhausting search of the area showed no suitable properties were available at our budget. Time was getting on and we decided to move our search to the Lakes area. Sadly half the properties there, apart from the new Lakes extension Ghadeer, have not been well maintained and even though the properties are only 7 years old they appear and felt older.  At this point I got into the car with Nurse Jill and did a recce around Al Barsha.  We found a super villa which we fell in love with, I only met one Agent during our entire search for a property and that was Navin from Rocky Real Estate.

After a bit of negotiating with Navin, all deposits were paid and cheques were issued, we had one week to move into our new Villa.   Excited?  yeah course I was.  After 5 years of living in reasonable properties I was at last getting exactly what I wanted.  We had a lovely villa in Jafflya which we were forced out of by at greedy landlord some 5 years ago, the year proir to the Rent Committee setting itself up so we had no recourse with the Landlord.

I am pretty organised and feel it pays to be extra organised when moving house. I always pack up the kitchen and move it in advance, it's one of the biggest jobs when  moving and if you have the option to be able to do this then you must.  I was lucky as I had Queen Bee and Lady W to help me do this on the Wednesday morning.

I started sorting through cupboards and wardrobes about a month before the move, clearing out the old stuff, and packing what we were planning on taking.  We used local removals Mexico Movers who we and many have our friends have used in the past.   Eventually moving day arrived and we were out of Al Sufouh and heading to Al Barsha before lunch.   By 9 pm we were nearly done and sat down to watch The Apprentice before an early night. Friday was spent finishing off the unpacking, by Saturday afternoon it was all done and we had a quick swim in the communal pool.

Moving for us has been the best decision we ever made, it's one people often put off but don't, if you see something you like and it's in budget then go for it!!

I want to thank Rocky Real Estate and Navin, as well as everyone who has helped us in the last couple of weeks move into our new home, especially @etisalatUAE who managed to get us connected in less than 24 hours!

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