Prayer Schedule for Ramadan 2016

Ramadan Kareem Friends!

It is the first day of fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan 2016, hopefully it is going well with you all inshaAllah.

Meantime I decided, why not share with you my prayer (water and food) schedule or prayer tracker, as I call it. It could be useful to you, your family members, friends, etc. Please feel free to share the table if you wish to.

I have completely personalized the Food & Water columns, except for the prayer times. The prayers times shown on my schedule are based on local source in Dubai, and are accurate for Dubai, UAE. Therefore, if you are going to utilize this table for your own prayer tracking, kindly ensure you double check all 5 prayers’ timings based on your location.

 

Ramadan 2016

This is a screenshot of my personalized prayer, water tracker. As you can see Food and Water come before FAJR prayer, to ensure that I have had plenty of time to drink enough water.

 

Ramadan 2016

Screenshot of the schedule. You may use this table for Dubai prayer times. For other locations, cities or countries please refer your local authorities for appropriate/relevant prayer timings.

The above schedule is based on Dubai timing,

Prayer timing may differ depending on your city, country, region. Please make sure you check your local prayer timing with reliable authority/source.

I am attaching an xl version of the table to help you change the prayer timings easily. Click Prayer Tracker. A pop up message will appear asking either to open or save as. I recommend you save the document so that you can make changes to the table or even personalize to suit your needs.

Please note that this is my personal prayer, water and food tracking schedule, hence, you may or may not wish to use it. However, if you find it useful, please share with family and friends.

Barakat Quality Plus Factory Tour

Barakat Quality Plus

Barakat Quality Plus

Barakat Quality Plus Factory Phase I. Jebel Ali Ind. Area 2 catering to Hospitality & Retail Industries.

This post is most fit for the season of the Holy month of Ramadan as it is around the corner and couple of days away. Hence, the reason for reserving the post. Not to mention that it is still practical throughout the year for those who are meticulous about their health and nutritious eating and drinking habits.

As part of family traditions in Ramadan, and especially during summers in UAE, where heat is at its peak, most families opt to stock up on ready to drink healthy juices and smoothies to quench that thirst at Iftar meals. What better way to break your fast than by natural juices you are confident do not have any added flavors and sugar? For those of you who offer natural juices off the supermarket shelf to your kids, you could vouch for the quality of Bakarat juices if you either: have had tried their range of juices and smoothies OR had a life time opportunity to witness the juice production process of carefully picked fruits and vegetables. I vouch because both, I have tried and witnessed the production process:)

Consumers often purchase so called “natural” juices at supermarkets and groceries without focusing on the ingredients list, and many a times most supermarket shelves are stocked up on variety of natural juice brands, which do not necessarily are all “natural”.

Most of you might have heard or already know about this brand of bottled juices labelled Barakat. Those of you who know and have tried Barakat’s most natural juices, know that they are by far the only true sugar, preservatives & concentrates free juices in the market. (This post is not sponsored. It is an honest review).

Prior to being invited to eyewitness behind the scenes at Barakat Quality Plus factories, I was already a loyal customer of their juices and smoothies. I just love how their smoothies taste, it’s a meal on its own.

Networking with my fellow bloggers and friends.

Networking with my fellow bloggers and friends.

Bloggers and reviewers were invited to gather and network at Fresh & Easy Shop, located in Jumeira. Following the chit chat, we were introduced to the General Manager of Barakat, Mr. Santosh who familiarized us with the company’s values and their sincere work attitude. Barakat in translation from Arabic relatively means blessings or prosperity. And it truly is. We were explained about the measures taken at each production stage at Barakat to ensure that only fresh and highest quality products were delivered with utmost Health & Safety guidelines. I can’t testify enough how clean, sanitized and spotless Barakat facilities are! As a cleanliness freak, I tend to observe surroundings wherever I go and honestly I could not find a spot that would draw my attention. Bravo to the entire Barakat management and team (applauding).

Variety of juices from Black Lemonade to Coconut with Vanilla. So refreshing.

 

Hundreds of flavors

Hundreds of flavors

Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

The factory tour to Barakat Quality Plus was a mind-boggling experience for all of us along with my fellow bloggers and reviewers. The size of their (Barakat Quality Plus) factories, the sophisticated equipment and techniques practiced to achieve the most natural and delicious juices and smoothies, their dedicated workers and chefs, and each process carried out to deliver the best quality, all was a wonderful experience for all of us.

At the factory. Thermal coats are a must as all Barakat raw materials are temperature controller.

At the factory. Thermal coats are a must as all Barakat raw materials are temperature controlled.

We had the pleasure of meeting each other post the tour, networking and discussing what juice, salad, smoothie and ice-cream each liked the most. Personally, I tasted every possible product from their range and fell in love. How could you possibly not love a freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, when you have dozens of flavors for every mood and taste. But I still have my all time favorite juice flavor from Barakat, the carrot juice.

My favorite carrot juice.

My favorite carrot juice.

Check out Barakat range of:

Juices available in various bottle sizes as well a detailed ingredients list Barakat Juices

Ice cream range. Did you know that Barakat Quality Plus has a dedicated Chef who has created 200+ flavors of ice creams? See for yourself Barakat Ice Creams

The process of vegetables peeling, slicing, chopping, dicing, packing etc at Barakat is so precise and pleasing Barakat Fresh Vegetables

 

Lettuce leaves sanitation process

Lettuce leaves sanitation process

Chopped onions

Chopped onions

 

Pre-packing of vegetables at Barakat factory

Pre-packing of vegetables at Barakat factory

Post Factory Tour- Fresh Juices & Food Tasting Session

This shrimps salad is everything

 

Good to know Facts

  • Barakat fresh juices, smoothies, light lunch meals, soups, sandwiches and much more are easily available in most major supermarkets, ENOC & EPPCO gas stations and in their Jumeira Fresh & Easy café as well
  • Barakat distributes packed fruits and vegetables to Dubai’s leading Airline company
  • Barakat products are sold at one of the world’s top coffee shops
  • Barakat caters to industries such as Hotels, Hospitality, Retail Businesses
  • Barakat has an in house juice bottles rinsing, filling, capping, labeling, and packing solutions, aside from juice processing
  • Barakat has its own record of converting fruit to juice in 4 minutes. It has a huge capacity to produce up to 25k litres of fresh citrus juices/ day
  • Barakat has its own in house lab to test each production batch which is then followed up by an independent off-site lab analysis.

Barakat Contacts

 

Seraphine Store in Dubai Festival City Mall

Seraphine Flagship Store opens in Dubai

“Seraphine, Dubai’s one-stop store, fulfilling all your maternity & babymoon fashion needs “

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Breathtaking interior décor

 

Dubai Festival City, 1st floor

Dubai Festival City Mall, 1st floor

 

A Seraphine frame group photo with fellow bloggers in Dubai.

A Seraphine flower frame group photo with fellow bloggers in Dubai.

 

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Girls having fun during the opening of Seraphine store in Dubai Festival City Mall

 

Canapés served

Canapés served

 

Love. Dubai. Seraphine.

Love. Dubai. Seraphine.

Seraphine Maternity Wear

Most mothers will agree that prior to becoming pregnant and giving birth, wardrobe shopping in Dubai is a paradise on earth; whereas maternity wear options become painfully limited when a woman becomes pregnant. Not any more, ladies. Seraphine, one of a kind luxury maternity wear store is now open in Dubai’s most popular Festival City Mall.

During the official opening of the Seraphine store a couple of days ago I discovered stunning maternity collections. Speaking of high-end & glamorous fashion, Seraphine gowns & dresses are some of the most loved picks of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. She has been spotted wearing Seraphine’s popular dresses on several occasions, which caused a massive hype among the fashion fans.

 

Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge wearing Seraphine dress

 

Kate Middleton spotted wearing Pink Fuchsia Knot Front Maternity Dress

So mamas-to-be, if you run out of stylish maternity wear options in Dubai, or are looking to rejuvenate your mama fashion, you need look no further than Seraphine store for all your babymoon shopping needs.

 

Stylish & Versatile Breastfeeding Shawl

Nursing Shawl in Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

Luxury Knitted Nursing Shawl can be used for layered look

 

Nursing Shawl Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

Stylish Nursing Shawl Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

 

Seraphine’s maternity fashion line does not end there; it extends from Maternity Dresses to Maternity Jeans, from Maternity Swimwear to Exclusive range of Baby Clothes & many more. Explore the entire collection on Seraphine website http://www.seraphine.com/

Long Sleeve Pink Trim Cotton Baby Grow

Long Sleeve Pink Trim Cotton Baby Grow

 

Seraphine Maternity Jeans

Seraphine Maternity Jeans

 

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71 years of Peace since the WWII

WWII

 

This year, 2016, marks 71 years of WWII Victory Day, celebrated annually on 9th May. This special holiday has been observed by millions of loyal generations in more than 15 ex-Soviet Republics with utmost patriotism and recognition over the past 71 years.

In anticipation of WWII Victory Day Anniversary (9th May), I would like to dedicate this short biography post to my maternal grandparents, Askerov Abdulhuseyn Asker oglu & Sharifova Ramziya Noureddine kizi.

I cannot imagine or narrate about them apart. These great people, husband and wife, father and mother, grandparents, philanthropists and chiefly WWII Veterans lived together for 68 years till death did them part. .

Askerov Abdulhuseyn was a participant of 2 wars- the Finnish and WWII. He was a great soldier serving his National duty. He selflessly fought and survived a blockade in Leningrad (modern day Saint Petersburg city, Russia). Due to severe contusion he was demobilized and had to return back, to home city, Kusari, Azerbaijan. He lived his entire post war traumatic life with shatters in his body (back / spine) and suffered major physical aches. We recall him teary-eyed, telling us about those painful and emotional blockade years that he had endured at youth.

Sharifova Ramziya – the daughter of a revolutionist, poet-writer Noureddine Sharifov. She worked at the city hospital as senior medical nurse. She was a serious-minded and courageous woman. Back in those days, doing a parachute jump was considered a great bravery (if not heroism, especially that it was impossible for women). However, my grandmother, Ramziya did it. She actively organized and participated in community well-being of her city. National control and party affairs – these were a substantial part of her life. She was thought highly of and respected in the community.

My beloved grandparents, thank you for the peace, love and heroism you demonstrated throughout your lives. I am honored to be your granddaughter. Low bow to you. Thank you for the Victory!

You are forever remembered and loved. Memory eternal.

Blossom Honey Launch in Dubai

Launch venue and its theme in photos

A heavenly view from the launch venue. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour.

A heavenly view from the launch venue. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour.

Well picked launch venue-

Well picked launch venue- Omnia Gourmet.

Entrance decoration.

Entrance decoration.

Showcasing variety of honey types to the guests and visitors.

Stunning upside-down garden themed set up. Creatively suspended honey jars from the ceiling.

Stunning upside-down garden themed set up. Creatively suspended honey jars from the ceiling.

Nature inspired theme.

Nature inspired theme.

Honey jars floating in garden.

Honey jars floating in garden.

 

Countless Benefits of Honey

Honey has long been known for its extraordinary healing potential. Its exceptional medical uses have been carried down from generations. Since the ancient era honey has been used to clean and protect open wounds, as it is known to accelerate the healing process as well as fight infections. The Yemeni honey is rich in antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties along with an array of potent antioxidants.

 

Types of honey available at Blossom Honey

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Nuts – AED 650/kg. The presence of manganese, copper and riboflavin in nuts helps in energy production and metabolic rate. Nuts are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fats that contribute to the sensation of being full. Prevents Alzheimer, osteoporosis and regulates blood pressure.

 

  • Yemeni Wildflower Honey – AED 390/kg. Rich nectar of fragrant flowers from the highest Yemen mountains. Amongst all the benefits, the most impressive is the powerful immune system booster for kids. Reduces cough and throat irritation, fights infections and treats allergies. Perfect for skin’s moisturizing and nourishing effects.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey, Cinnamon & Sesame Seed – AED 510/kg. It has been established that raw honey mixed with cinnamon and sesame seeds is a miraculous recipe that prevents heart diseases, regulates blood sugar, reduces LDL cholesterol levels, helps in digestion, cures skin infections, and helps in weight loss.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Black Seed – AED 520/kg. This type of honey is a cure for every disease and especially for all types of cancers. The high content of phytosterols in black seed is necessary for our body to endocrine hormones, vitamin D and bile acid, aiding in endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and cardio-vascular diseases.

 

  • Yemeni Sidr Do’ani Honey – AED 530/kg. Sweet and aromatic nectar of the ancient Sidr tree in Yemen. Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders, increases athletic performance, contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases, regulates blood pressure.

 

  • Yemeni Bitter Honey – AED 950/kg. Exotic and distinctive nectar from the mysterious islands of Yemen. Extremely rare and made in limited quantities is to be used especially by diabetics. It is also known to be beneficial for lung health and revitalization of the pancreas.

 

  • Yemeni Sumar Honey – AED 470/kg. Powerful nectar of the Sumar tree in Yemen. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which protect the body from bacteria and boost immune system. Cold & flu symptoms, such as cough, sore throats, and congestion are also kept at bay when treated with Sumar honey.

 

  • Yemeni Royal Sidr Honey – AED 1900/kg. Finest and most luxurious nectar of the ancient Sidr tree in Yemen. Contains natural jelly from the queen bee and it has been reported to be good for liver, stomach, ulcers, respiratory infections, digestive problems, constipation, eye diseases, infected wounds and burns, strengthens the immune system.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Ginger – AED 450/kg. The mixture is capable of treating asthma as well as respiratory difficulties and diseases like cough, cold, sore throat and runny nose.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Royal Jelly – AED 650/kg. A miraculous mix for longevity and life extension. Treats ulcers, improves cardio-vascular health, and helps with inflammation and immunology. Brain function enhancement and liver protection.

 

  • Organic Raw White Honey – AED 495/kg. Honey from the mountains of Kazakhstan with a very unique color and texture that has an amazing explosive taste of flowers, enhances, stimulates, and boosts the memory taken in combination with walnuts and/or dates.

 

Having explored the variety of honey types in depth during the launch of Blossom Honey, one is tempted to purchase the entire collection of honey and store sufficient supply to cure and prevent health conditions and diseases. After all, prevention is better than cure.

 

With gorgeous Diana.

With the gorgeous Diana.

Goodie bag give aways- jar of honey.

Goodie bag give aways- jar of honey.

 

Where To Purchase

Blossom Honey can be found in Town Centre and Al Barsha Mall in Dubai.

Blossom Honey website

Women In Business Networking Event #03 Edition in Photos

A selfie with Nour.  Follow us on Instagram @mrssrs1987 @womeninbusinessuae

Selfie with Nour.
Follow us on Instagram @mrssrs1987
@womeninbusinessuae for more events

Women In Business

Where: Bertin Bistro on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
When: Tuesday, 12th April 2016 at 9:45AM
Why: To support, share and empower the Women In Business
Who: Businesswomen, Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, Bloggers etc
How: By invitation from Mother&Baby Club
Instagram account @dubaistore.me Website www.dubai-store.me

Instagram account @dubaistore.me
Website http://www.dubai-store.me

Group Photo

Group Photo by @PicturePeopleUAE

 

With gorgeous Kristina

With gorgeous Kristina

 

Mother of 2 Photoshoot campaign

Mother of 2 Photoshoot campaign: The 2nd Annual Natural Birth & Breastfeeding CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION by Nature’s Way

It’s been such a pleasure working with the founder, her little bundle of joy, my son Sultan and of course the highly talented photographer Asha from Velvet Images. The photoshoot took place at the comfort of Asha’s apartment studio in DSO, where we completely felt welcomed and relaxed throughout the photoshoot. Asha is specialized in newborn, maternity & family photography. I hope you love the photos as much as I do. See for yourself.

Here are few of our fun moments captured in amazing photos:

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

 

Photoshoot

About Nature’s Way:

If you are a mother, father, a baby’s or child’s relative, or even just affectionate about baby developmental stages, then Nature’s Way, a Dubai’s established organizer of exclusive Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting events and workshops is certainly the answer to all your mother, birth and baby related concerns.

Founder of Nature’s Way:

The inspiration behind Nature’s Way are 2 adorable angels, whose warm-hearted mother, Umm Muawiyah (Mother of Muawiyah) who also happens to be the founder & owner of Nature’s Way is of British and Arab background. Umm Muawiyah is very passionate about empowering and supporting women throughout her life. She is a generous woman and mother with vision who has been involved and worked in various charitable jobs. Remarkably, she is also a certified AMANI Child Birth Educator and Blossom & Berry Baby Massage Instructor as well as a KG Hypnobirthing Instructor. Have I missed to mention any of her great accomplishments as a woman and mother?

Yes, you are yet to read on and explore more about the conference on your own (for more detailed information), that was initiated by Nature’s Way back in 2015, which was likewise inspired by her personal birth experience.

Nature’s Way website link

Show her some love on Instagram: @natures_way_international

 

Tory Burch Boutique Launch in City Walk

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Tory Burch is the Chairman, CEO and the designer of the American lifestyle brand, launched in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood in early 2004. The brand represents distinctive style and intricacy of its founder Tory Burch, an inspiring woman.

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TB store interior. How beautiful are the flowers?

The designer’s brand collection incorporates handbags, accessories, watches, ready to wear and shoes etc. Tory Burch is one fast expanding and popular designer brand, with number of its boutiques present around all the continents.

As I was invited to the launch by The Female Network, a platform for connecting and empowering successful women around the world, to attend the launch of Tory Burch boutique in City Walk, Dubai, I got to witness the top-tier luxury boutique exclusive of public eye. It was indeed an amazing launch and event that brought together many successful and inspiring women in town.

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With the gorgeous and inspiring Shereen Mitwalli

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Tory Burch has already well established its presence in the UAE, with several boutiques across the Emirates. The Tory Burch store interior design in City Walk was custom assembled to match the rest of the Tory Burch stores around the world. The new TB store is breath taking with its entire interior design and collection of shoes, handbags and accessories etc.

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Ready-to-wear collection

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Accessories at TB boutique

 

The Healthy Home ME Treatment

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“Keep Your Home Healthy”- motto driven company, based in Dubai, UAE.

As I had already shared a post treatment instant review of the Healthy Home ME cleaning services yesterday on my Instagram, it is now time for disclosing my thorough review on the same along with some useful researched facts and why you should have the treatment done ASAP.

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Known Facts:

Many of you might have heard or read from an online Health article excerpt that bed mattresses are invaded by 2M dust mites in an average. Since we all spend 1/3rd of our life in bed, it is only natural that the mattress will blot up millions of dust mites which feed on our dead skin flakes and sweat expelled from our bodies, that eventually increase /help grow the amount of fungi, bacteria and mites present in the mattress.

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For those who live in regions with extremely high climate temperatures and humidity, like the UAE, where air conditioners are almost always working, it is the most appropriate and recommended mattress cleaning and sanitizing procedure performed by The Healthy Home ME.

In the past, where such innovative procedures were not available to the public, the most effective natural disinfectant source had always been the direct Ultra-Violet sunlight. Nowadays, on the contrary, it is out of the question to have one’s bed mattress, pillows and blankets/duvets etc laying out in the balcony /porch or veranda to absorb the sun light for three or more hours in order to kill all the dust mites. The sunlight will kill the dust mites, but it will not clear the allergen off your mattress, which is the main thing that triggers allergic reactions, such as, coughing, sneezing & wheezing. Such symptoms, if left without correct deep cleaning & sanitizing of your house, office etc surroundings could lead to some of known chronic diseases, such as Asthma, Eczema, Bronchitis and Sinusitis etc.

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About The Healthy Home ME:

The good news is that The Healthy Home is here in the UAE, to replace the not-so-effective traditional treatment using the sunlight only. They are specialized in agitating and abolishing any such micro-organisms off mattresses, carpets, curtains, A/c ducts etc. Their innovative deep-vacuuming and sanitizing devices help reduce the exposure of our homes & offices etc to indoor allergens.

The Healthy Home ME makes it magically easy to get rid of dust mites that lives all around us. They recommend that mattresses be sanitized at least twice a year. The treatment is even more crucial to pregnant women, children and to those who suffer from allergies.

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My Opinion:

Overall, I am satisfied with their level and quality of service and customer care approach. From the moment the service was booked over the phone, throughout the service was being carried out, up until they completed the treatment. Highly recommend using their services.

Call the The Healthy Home ME:

Dubai 04-4425616 ; 800 SANITIZE

Instagram @healthyhomeme

 

Burt’s Bees BB Cream with Noni Extract in Light shade

I have been using skin care products from Burt’s Bees for several years now. Throughout I have laid my hands on most of their hand, feet, face & body skin care products. I have dozens of favorite skin care products from Burt’s Bees, some of which are hand, face and foot creams, lotions, moisturizers etc. Since they have a huge variety of skin care products formulated for face, feet, hands, body and even hair care (which I’ve got to try ASAP), I often find it hard to choose and pick one product, because I am certain about each of their products’ results and quality. Burt’s Bees has so far never let down my expectations.

Burt's Bees skin care

With Burt’s Bees recently introducing back makeup into their product line, this amazing BB Cream did not make it to my wishlist, but straight to my shopping cart haha. Before I proceed in detailing why I love it, I would summarize and say that it is by far the most lightweight foundation and a super-hydrating lotion (just as Burt’s Bees claims it to be).

Burt's Bees BB Cream Packaging

As evident from its packaging, this BB cream comes with Noni Extract and serves 9 clinically proven benefits. Its ingredients are 98.9% all natural with SPF 15 for protection. It smoothes and evens skin tone and visibly firms, conceals, perfects, and illuminates skin. This BB Cream with SPF 15 is considered as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.

Prior to using Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15, there were couple of other brands I tried and used over the years.  However, since I have started using the BB cream (I use it as a daily routine foundation), I have noticed drastic change in my skin. My skin has become more glowing & flawless. My skin is somewhere between fair and medium light, so the light shade of BB cream was perfect for me! I don’t even need to wear a thick layer of this cream-foundation as it has an ample coverage and blends perfectly. Unlike many other brands I used, this BB cream is very lightweight on my skin and covers up any redness or unwanted spots and blemishes.

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I have not used any filter or smoothening effects. Only played a little with contrast and brightness.

Beside all the above, the most important feature of this BB cream is that I can wear it with confidence for extensive hours throughout the day knowing that it is made of all natural ingredients. Considering I live in Dubai, the city where sun shines throughout the year, this BB cream is my savior in many aspects. It is a super affordable foundation, concealer, hydrating lotion, (moisturizer I would add) & sunblock with SPF 15. What more could I ask for in a routine skin care & beauty product!

For those who are not familiar with Burt’s Bees, their products are some of the most natural products I have ever used and I vouch for their product quality, desired results and amazing ingredients, which in most of their products are at least 95% natural.

You can purchase yours online from www.dubai-store.me. Similarly you can find the store on Instagram.

Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored to write a review on this product. The above is my personal and independent honest review.