No Time For Small Talk

Stop making time for people who only drain your energy and you will be so much happier for it ❤ Surround yourself with people who bring good energy into your life, not those who take yours!

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Tip: Removing Glitter or Shellac Nail Polish

Last night I was at my cousins doing my nails, I was removing the glitter nail polish I had on before which is an absolute nightmare!! You have to scrape it off and its actually really damaging as you end up taking off the top layers of your nail and lose all those important oils. My cousin told me to just wrap my nail, the way you do when you are removing shellac or gellish and the glitter literally just wiped of after I left it wrapped for 10 minutes.

You just cut your cotton pads into nail sized pieces and soak them in nail polish remover. Then you place it over your nails and wrap your nails in foil for about 10 minutes. If it doesn’t come off easily just wrap them up for 5 minutes more and u should be able to wipe the polish off easily!

 

 

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Reflecting By The Pool

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As I lay by the pool, the echoes of Jamie Woon played through my headphones while I read,

“Camus once said that “Real generosity towards the future consists in giving all to what is present’ well that’s exactly what I did. I knew I had to change so I decided to listen to my heart and do it in a very dramatic way. My life became so much simpler when I left the baggage of my past behind. The moment I stopped chasing the big pleasures of life, I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing in the moonlit sky or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning. And India is such an intellectually stimulating place that I rarely thought of all that I had left. (…) Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realised that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past, rather embrace it for the teacher that it is” (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)

I put the book down and watched the breeze form ripples in the water as I reflected on my personal journey. These words reinforced lessons I had learnt during my time in India. Life isn’t perfect for anyone, we all have our ups and downs but I believe the way we deal with our lows enhances our capacity to really enjoy those highs and make them last. Remember, “there are no stars without darkness”. Crappy times make you appreciate the good times 🙂 The more you experience the more you grow.

I also believe in taking time out to appreciate the micro-pleasures in life, in fact I blogged about it around 2 years ago (You can read it by clicking here). I think this is a wonderful tool for getting yourself back to a high frequency. I think of human emotion as frequencies, when you are happy you vibrate on a high frequency and when you are sad you don’t vibrate at all or worse…you give out negative vibrations. I used to consciously try to take time out for micro pleasures but now it is second nature to me. If I’m out and I see a beautiful sunset or scene I will stop to enjoy it and take pictures, If I’m having a bubble bath I will light a candle to make it feel like even more of a treat, if someone does something small that enhanced my day I will take a moment to write them a little note, thank them or smile or whatever (it’s the little things). Gratitude is so important to getting you back on a high frequency because you’re focussing on everything you have. Most people on a low-frequency choose to focus on what they don’t have…as a result they get even less.

Never think that because of a series of unfortunate events, your life is doomed. The more you say “Whats next” the more life will keep throwing you curveballs. And DON’T keep talking about it to people. Do you have that one friend who has been in the same crappy situation forever (or maybe you are that friend)? No matter what you tell them they just can’t get out of this whirlwind of a life that they are literally drowning in. That friend is probably your moaniest of friends, they tell everyone the same sad story and you know what…THEY are making it the focus of their life and so is every person they tell so guess what, its gonna get worse. Have a person you tell if you need to but realise the more people you tell the more negative vibrations you are putting out there. Realise you can’t change the past, your present situation is what you have so pick yourself up and say “things can only get better”. Focus on micro-pleasures, they will get you back to some kind of positive frequency and talk about those instead of bad things you’ve experienced. Slowly you will begin to attract better things into your life if you focus on whats good!

I know this may not be plausible for everyone but…I would also highly recommend a trip to India lol the Yoga and Meditation retreat literally changed my life. If not India take some time out to go somewhere alone where you can walk amongst nature and build a picture of your happy future that you can start working on when you get back.

Don’t think about the past, its done! Forgive, forget and focus on your amazing future 🙂

Love Zohra x

Snail Facial

The Latest Anti-Aging Secret is a Slimy One

My arms are covered in goosebumps as I type, this is probably one of the most disgusting treatments I have ever heard of. A salon in Tokyo has just launched an anti-aging treatment during which snails crawl over your face. Snail mucus (YUCK!!) contains hyularonic acid, proteins and antioxidants, all of which are beneficial to the skin.

The “snacial”, as I like to call it, costs in the region of $300! If you paid me $1000 I would NOT do this treatment, I would much rather age gracefully! The treatment is meant to enhance your natural glow, because the mucus helps skin retain moisture and soothes inflammation. The salon’s sales manager explains that it is effective in the recovery of skin cells, healing damaged skin and possibly even helping skin that has been damaged by UV-radiation.

The “Celebrity Escargot Course” (Snacials a way better name don’t you think?) is a 60-minute facial in which the esthetician cleans the client’s face, then places snails on their cheeks and forehead. It also includes facial massages and masks, as well as an electrical pulse machine. Would you dare to try it?

Sunsilk’s Seriously Silky Shampoo!

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Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Shampoo – AED16
Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Conditioner – AED19

A few weeks ago I was doing make up for the models at a Sunsilk sponsored Fashion show at the Mall Of The Emirates, to be honest the brand had never been on my radar before then. It was a pretty hectic day so I didn’t really get the chance to learn about the products but when I was leaving I was given some of their shampoos. I just tried one and t really is amazing! Since I went Ombre the ends of my hair are super dry, my hairs actually completely stripped and it was literally breaking off at the ends where its just been completely bleached out so I was in desperate need of a rescue remedy. I have been using argan oil and leave in conditioners which I do regularly because my hair is pretty dry even in its normal state but this shampoo has literally transformed it! Its co-created byThomas Taw of London, founder of Bobsoho Salon, famous for resuscitating damaged hair. I used their most advanced Damaged Hair Reconstruction formulation to give back extreme smoothness and health to your damaged hair and my hair feels like its been restored, its actually silkier then before the bleach!

Tom shared a tip, “check if you have any damage by pulling out a single strand of hair and submerging it into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is healthy; if it sinks, you are in need of some repair.” If it sinks ladies, you know what you need!

I find the most effective test is to hold your hair between your thumb and index finger at the roots, then slide your fingers downwards.

If the hair is healthy, when you repeat this, but moving your finger in the opposite direction, the feeling will be the same. If the hair is damaged, however, you will feel roughness or even hear a squeak, because the cuticles of the outer layer of the hair are broken, open, and raised.

The main thing to know is that an open and rough cuticle allows factors that threaten the health of the hair to easily pass through to the inner part of the hair fibres. The structure of healthy hair is characterized by an intact cuticle that tightly surrounds the cortex; when these are closer together, the hair is better protected from external damage.

They have a whole new range of 8 shampoos so find the one most suitable for you, these can be found at most supermarkets and are a fraction of the price of premium shampoos like L’oreal’s Kerastase, Goldwell and TIGI!

What Is Your Acne Telling You?

Acne is not always the result of bacteria collecting in your pores, often spots are an indication of an imbalance in the body. No matter how much we cleanse the skin if we have a hormonal imbalance or toxins in the body they will surface as unsightly pimples! The location of these spots can be used to carry out an ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese science of face mapping.

Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only get rid of your acne but also  treat the underlying health problem in time.

Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.

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1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.

3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.

4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!

6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.

7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.

Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!

Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).

Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!

So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just becuase you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

Inglot Store Now Open at MOE!

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Zizzle attended the opening of the Inglot store in Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, yesterday and we felt like kids in a candy shop! At a glance the store looks like a colour explosion, turquoises, corals, greens, reds …pretty much every colour in the spectrum all entice you to come and explore the products. The first thing we headed for was the colourplay lipstick stand. We love innovative products and what with colour being such a key part of spring, we loved the idea of wearing colours out of the ordinary on your lips. We limit ourselves to the norm because that is what’s available to us but Inglot have given us the freedom to play with all kinds of colour on your lips!

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We also loved the idea of the unique Freedom System of creating your own palettes. Since makeup bag explosions are a frequent occurence for us, we liked the idea of choosing your favourite blushes, lipsticks and eyeshadows and putting them in one flat palette so everything is more compact and tailored to your needs!

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Last but not least we loved the 02m nailvarnishes which are Inglots best selling product. Have you ever had nail varnish on for a prolonged amount of time and then noticed when you remove it your nails are discoloured? This is due to your nails being suffocated by coats of that beautiful shiny laquer that we ladies can’t resist… but now you don’t need to! 02m is the world’s first ever Breathable Nail Enamel ensuring better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty and the shades were gorgeous!

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With 300 stores worldwide you can locate your closest one on their website.

Choose to be Happy!

Sometimes we feel like life is spiralling out of control, grab the reigns back and decide to live life on your terms. I literally woke up one day and thought “I have spent far too many hours/days upset and unhappy and today I am going to make a change because I deserve to be HAPPY” and since that day I made sure I was (well I try with things that ARE in my control). Many of you know how my 2012 went, it was one thing after another and I spent hours wondering why? wondering how I will ever be ok again…all these questions…they are what mess you up. Things happen..dont ask why, we all lose people we all get hurt and we all suffer because thats life and those things make us stronger and thats all we need to know. When you ask questions you make yourself a victim “why me? why them? etc” you wanna know why and you wanna know how but the longer you spend in that place the worse things get. I…I wasnt even me anymore and it was time to get myself back, what good were all these thoughts doing, when was the last time I did something to make my life better, to make myself happy…I realised I caused this and I had had enough! We cause our sadness just like we cause our happiness…it CLICKED, if instead I spent all that time doing things I liked, things that made me smile, things that made me HAPPY then instead I’d be HAPPY…DUH!

Shit happens, it was time to move on, Sometimes guilt stops us because we think it hasnt been enough time or we dont deserve to be happy yet but whatever it felt right and I decided to LIVE again. Since then I start everyday laughing, I have a rule that I will not get out of bed until I’ve at least smiled and I find things to make me laugh. YouTube videos, pictures, pins (pinterest) and I try to share mine so others wake up smiling too. Sometimes I set my alarm as a song I like and I wake up dancing…which is always fun Haha. If i feel a day has been uneventful or boring I do something new so that it wasnt a waste of a day. I have surrounded myself with a new bunch of people because I realised lots of people completely drained me and thats not how friendships are supposed to be. Your supposed to make each other happy not be someones support constantly. I never got back the old me, this me is by far the best me I ever been (MA) hahaha. I have wonderful things going on in my life, lots of amazing new opportunities, Im surrounded by amazing people and I live 100% in the moment because if 2012 taught me anything its that you dont get moments back so make sure you are present in each one so that you have no regrets.

People over complicate life, its so simple. Don’t wait around for people to come and cheer you up, help yourself! You have the power to help yourself, people can comfort you but when they leave… your back in your hole. Don’t even talk about the negatives, eliminate them and instead talk about all the amazing things that are happening, let those things define you not all the bad stuff, YOUR life is crappy when you choose to focus on crappy stuff because that’s all you see and all others see. The law of attraction says that you speak your reality, obviously whatever you convey is what you and others perceive your life to be. Enrich your life, do things you love, take risks, challenge yourself and realise you can do more then you imagined. If you do everything within your power to stay happy you will have a bank of amazing moments to pull you up when your down. Make the CHOICE to be happy 🙂 Make the CHOICE to look for a positive lesson in the negative things that happen, make the choice to spread happiness and most of all be grateful for those moments so that you smile a second time when you look back on them!!
Lots of love
Zohra xxx

Learning To Let Go

Sometimes we realise a relationship in our life is doing more harm then good, whether that be with a friend or a partner. It is difficult to let go of negative feelings and often they can manifest into something more so it is important to deal with them before they cause more damage then neccessary. I found the following article on achangeinthinking.com and I thought it hit the nail on the head! Sometimes we know what we have to do but actually doing it is a different story. I hope this helps you find a happier path :

The Art of Letting Go is a very simple but powerful process that enables
you to let go of negative emotions that are holding you back from health,
happiness and the accomplishment of your goals. It works on a very
simple principle: I am responsible for my emotions and that I choose the
thoughts that sustain my emotions.
For the most part, most of us relate to our emotional state as something
we have no choice about. Events happen in our lives and it seems to us
that it is the events themselves that cause us to feel what we feel. If
someone has done something to offend me and I am hurt I say in effect,
“You hurt me” or “You made me angry.” And unless the person “changes
his ways” or perhaps apologizes then I am stuck with the negative
emotion. Human beings have learned a variety of different approaches all
motivated by a need to somehow deal with painful or undesirable
emotions but mostly to no avail. One approach that we all know well is to
suppress and repress our feelings. We believe on some level, “if I can just
bury my feelings then all will be well.” But It never works. Repressing our
emotions does not make them go away and these emotions continue to
have an effect on our lives. They may transform themselves into physical
illness and at best leave us with a low-grade unhappiness that colors
every aspect of our existence.

There are hundreds of other ways that we go about trying to deal with our
emotions. We see certain self destructive or self-defeating behavior in
ourselves and others but mostly we are unaware of what motivates these
behaviors. In most self-destructive behaviors, the motivation is typically to
help us deal with certain unpleasant or painful feelings. As destructive or
negative as certain behaviors are, we can always find a positive function
for that behavior and that function is to help us cope with or eliminate
unwanted emotions. But sooner or later we discover that certain
strategies stop working.

I may turn to drugs and alcohol or other addictive behavior to take away
anxiety or grief. It may take away the pain at least for the time but then I
must continue to use the substance over and over because the pain
keeps coming back.

I may try to express my emotions to those whom I am in relationship. And
without any sense of responsibility for what I’m feeling will blame those
around me. I say in effect, “you are responsible for how I feel and so
therefore you must change so I don’t have to feel this way.” And so the
blame game goes on ad infinitum until it eventually leads to the ending or
at best the uneasy toleration of the relationship.

I may try to change my behavior and decide to “do good” or “do the right
thing” and please others around me. I will turn over a new leaf, make new
years resolutions, promise myself that I won’t do such and such again and
before I know it I am right back where I was. “I can never change,” I might
tell myself.

I might seek out and read all of the self-help books I can put my hands on
hoping that there is an answer hidden somewhere in the pages. An insight
or a technique works for a while, I feel better but alas it suddenly stops
working. “How come it worked before and now it doesn’t work,” I quietly tell
myself.

Maybe I will try religion to help save me from these wretched feelings. I’m
feeling better because I’m hearing inspirational things but still, there are
uneasy feelings I know I haven’t dealt with.

Or maybe therapy will help. So I go into therapy for months or even years
and years digging up the past, analyzing my emotions, and getting insight.
It feels good to “get things out” but when is it over? Is there ever an end?
Will I ever figure it all out?

So maybe medication could help. The psychiatrist tells me I have a
chemical imbalance. At least I have an explanation for it all and I feel
somewhat better but am I really solving the problem?

If any of these strategies are familiar to you it is important to recognize
your positive motivation — to eliminate or somehow cope with unwanted or
painful emotions. It is not that any particular approach is “bad”; it is simply
that it doesn’t work without taking responsibility for our inner world. On
some level we want and deserve to be happy. But rarely do any of these
approaches really help us see that we are our own worst enemy. When
we can see clearly that we create and are responsible for our own
unhappiness then it is a very short leap to changing this negative state of
affairs.

But what really is the source of my unhappiness? Is it because of my
past? Is it the conditions of my life? Is it because I don’t have enough or
have what I want? Is it because of my partner’s negative behavior? Is it
because people do terrible things and don’t live up to what I think they
should? Is it because of all the terrible things I see happening in the
world? If I have attributed my unhappiness to anything that is going on
outside of me there is only one thing I can do and that is to change, blame
or “fix” what is going on around me. Or, it will lead to a never ending quest
to find answers somewhere, in something, in some person, in some activity, in some book and of course at some time in the future. My
happiness is never available to me right here and now. It is always
somewhere else or some time in the future. I keep looking and looking but
never finding it.

If the source of my unhappiness is not “out there” then where is it? The
simple answer is that it is “in here” in my own thoughts and feelings. And it
is not just the thoughts and feelings themselves. It is the fact that I live inside my thoughts, inside my images, inside my beliefs and don’t see that
I do.

The Art of Letting Go enables you to “step outside” of your emotions,
thoughts, beliefs, and images and see them for what they are — thoughts
and feelings! Thoughts and feelings are both aspects of one experience.
Any experience has these components to it. There are thoughts and there
are feelings or simply “thought/feelings” (coined, “thoughlings”). One
doesn’t precede the other. They are simultaneous events. Many therapies
help you to change your thoughts and beliefs but you may still be living
your life inside that realm. Instead of trying to change your thoughts and
emotions it is possible to simply let them go. You don’t need to analyze
them, you don’t need to figure them out, you don’t need to do anything
with them except let them go and that takes no time at all. When you can
truly let go of that which brings you unhappiness, then and only then can
you replace these emotions with something positive. But as simple as it
sounds to let go of something we all have great resistances to it.

The Art of Letting Go takes you through some fundamental but essential
steps to the final release of certain feelings. The first step is to create an
environment to tell your story. We all need to be listened to and
understood exactly the way we are and what has happened in our past.
The next step is to help you identify your troubling emotions and the
things you tell yourself that keep those emotions alive. By pinpointing your
emotions and thought processes you are getting a handle on the nature
of your unhappiness.

The next step is to evaluate whether these emotions and thoughts
(“thought/feelings”) are bringing you happiness or misery, whether they
are helping you or hurting you, what these emotions are actually doing to
you. By seeing clearly the negative impact of certain emotions and
thoughts, you discover your motivation to release them because you want
to be happy.

Another step is to determine who is truly responsible for these troubling
emotions. While you may attribute “cause” outside of yourself, by
choosing to take responsibility for them you empower yourself to be the
one who is in charge. You cannot let go of anything that you first don’t
“own” for yourself.

The next step is to evaluate whether you have the ability to let it go. This
step is a natural outgrowth of the last. When you can see clearly that you
are responsible for this emotion, when you see clearly that you are
holding on to it, then of course you have the ability to let it go. If you are
holding something in your hand you certainly have the ability to let it go
but you may not yet have the willingness.

One of the most important steps of the whole process is to then evaluate
whether you are willing to let go. Our resistances to anything always
reside in our will. The fact that we don’t or won’t activate our ability to do
something, especially something that may be in our best interests, is
usually the result of fear. And fear takes many forms.
I am afraid of being hurt again
I am afraid of failing
What if it comes back?
I’m afraid of losing control
I’m afraid of being dominated
and on and on…
It is important to realize that we all have resistances to letting go. In many
ways we are attached to the very condition we say we don’t want. Holding
on may be the source of my pain but at least it is familiar. I soon discover
that the fears I have about what will occur if I decide to let go is already
happening.
Letting go takes no time at all. What takes time is working through your
resistances. You are unwilling but that is only because you are afraid. And
you are only afraid because of what you believe will happen. But what you
are afraid will happen if you let go is already happening. And if what you
are afraid will happen is already happening then the next big question is,
“what do I have to lose? The better question is “What do I have to gain?
The answer is everything — everything that is important to you, which is
your own happiness and peace of mind.

Once you realize that you are the creator of your own experience and that
you have created the negative experience you have and have succeeded
in letting go of it, the next step is to decide what you want to replace that
experience with. When you realize that you have created a negative
experience and once you have succeeded in letting go of it then you can
choose to create a new possibility in its place.

Knowing yourself as the creator of your experience is heretical to your
ego, which rests on the very foundation of being a victim of your
experience. Your ego actually lives in the illusion of power because of its
ability to resist. In fact, that is what the ego’s existence is based
on-resistance-and to let go would mean the ego would cease to exist. So
naturally, the ego has an investment in holding on. But the fact that you
hold on is only because you have identified with your ego and so
therefore to let go would feel as if you won’t exist. But the truth is, you are
not your ego
and when you have succeeded in letting go, you discover
you are still around but also a much happier human being.

As it takes no time to let go, it also takes no time to create an experience.
Creating an experience is instant and is outside the realm of time. Manifesting an experience is another thing and is inside the realm of time.
It is where action comes into play. It is how we have what we create. But
the reality is that we already have what we created. If we have a lot of
negativity in our lives we can rest assured that it is a result of manifesting
a negative experience that we created. So if you want a mirror of your
internal world, take a look at what is happening around you. It is often the
result of your own creation!

If you are reading these words from your own ego, you may hear it as
blame and fault. “So it’s all my fault”, the ego says. But this is what your
ego says anyway, “I am a victim” and so gets into the argument of
determining who is at fault and blaming circumstances outside of you,
which is a clever device for remaining stuck. The ego cannot see the
power of taking responsibility for your experience because the ego has an
investment in holding on. Knowing that you are the creator of your
experience is the most liberating moment of your life because you realize
that your happiness is available to you right here and now.