Sakura Dental Clinic Dubai – Teeth Whitening

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Check out Sakura Dental clinic on their website to get more information: Sakura-mdc.com. Follow their facebook page: Sakura Medical and Dental Clinic in Dubai, and follow their instagram to see other before and after pictures: @sakuramdc2013egnae.

My review of Sakura Dental Clinic – This is my first whitening experience, and I am grateful to have a chance to stop by this dental clinic to do it. The experience was excellent from the moment I stepped into the clinic to the moment I was looking at my new smile in the mirror. 

I had a quick checkup with the Dr Quabani – who is an amazing dentist here, and she said my teeth was healthy which I was happy to hear. Brushing your teeth three times daily and using my air flosser kept my teeth in good shape!

The laser whitening treatment that I had was very different from the typical UV light whitening procedures done at your local beauty spa. The whitening treatment done here was much more intensive and results were shown immediately. When I got it done at the spa, my teeth barely showed any difference in colour and the spa staff was telling me to go back for more treatment sessions. It was horrible. I prefer now to see a dentist to get whiter teeth.

Dr Quabani made sure I was comfortable the whole time. She was making sure that my lips were protected from the laser and she made sure that my mouth was comfortable with the appropriate mouth guard size. I liked how she stayed in the procedure room the whole time, and was always making sure that I was still okay.

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During the treatment, I did not feel any sensitivity which made my experience better, but keep in mind that some patients will feel sensitivity pain. The treatment was quick, and once it was over, I was thinking, “wow that was easy!” Looking at my new teeth in the mirror made me so happy and surprised. I have never had teeth this white before. I was so impressed with the results and I know you will too. If you want instant results, head to Sakura Dental clinic to get it done since I can easily say that this is my new go to dental clinic.

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Before (top), after (bottom)

This dentist deserves a rating of 5/5.

The treatment that I had was the laser whitening treatment.

The service that I received here was beyond from what I expected. Usually the dental clinics back home were slow and the staff members would only say hello if you approach the counter and initiate contact first. The receptionist here at Sakura greeted me with a warm smile and was prompt at instructing me to fill out necessary paperwork. Finally, my meet with the dentist went very well. Dr Quabani was wonderful and she was very descriptive at describing the procedure to me and that made me feel comfortable. Her after care instructions were easy to follow and with a simple phone call, I was able to reach her after office hours with questions that I had. 

The ambience of this dental clinic is clean and bright. The Japanese decor was a perfect fit, and the waiting area was large and comfortable. The procedure room was very organized and you can tell that it’s been disinfected and cleaned thoroughly. This dental clinic is located in building 64 in Healthcare City of Dubai.

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Tao Spa Dubai

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Check out the services offered and to book your appointment, head to www.TAOSPA.com.

My review of Tao Spa Dubai – have you ever wanted to just take a break in the middle of a long walk somewhere and just think to yourself, “a foot massage would be good right about now.” I felt this way walking from the Dubai Mall across the metro link, to the Sofitel hotel. For those who live in Dubai, and visit the Dubai mall by metro, you all know what I am talking about. The walk was incredibly far. My leg was so sore and my feet was hurting and the next thing I noticed when I came back to the mall was the express massage service at Tao Spa.

This location only gives reflexology massage treatments, shoulder and backassages, and pedicures. Of course there is a main branch located in the lower level of the mall that offer many other services that you would expect at a spa. The reflexology treatment was amazing though since the walk between mall and the metro was a killer!

Upon entering the spa, the staff members greeted me with a warm smile, and being with my husband, it was nice to know that there is a men’s section of the spa, so he doesn’t have to wait a long time being bored while I get pampered up. For women who want privacy from men, this spa definitely​ takes great care in making sure both genders are comfortable and isolated from one another.

I had the pleasure of enjoying the express reflexology massage treatment here. You feel welcomed immediately as the hostess offered welcome juice drinks which were fresh and refreshing from the long walk. The flavours of these juices were delicious, and I just loved it. With this massage treatment, the massage therapist soaks your legs and feet in a pedicure bath and scrub any dead skin off. This was amazing as my last pedicure was 2 years ago and wow, I forgot the amazing feeling of having smooth skin.

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After that, the massage therapist focuses on massaging your legs and feet to release any tention or stress from all of the walking accumulated over time during my stay in Dubai. I didn’t realize how much I needed this until the massage therapist was working her magic on me. My legs instantly felt relief and it was amazing. Along with the reflexology massage, you are sitting on a massage chair that is able to give your back and shoulders a massage while your legs are getting all of the attention.

The massage therapist was putting all of her efforts in making sure the experience was great. She used all of her strength in giving me a deeper massage, which I enjoyed. I really liked how she kept checking in with me to make sure I am still doing alright. This shows that she wants to make sure I am having the best experience of my life.

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Overall, I was impressed with the service I received here. My legs and feet instantly felt better and even though she offered to paint my toes nails, I declined as I know that I had somewhere else to attend to, but usually nail polish on the toes would be the next step. So be sure to get that done as there are many well known brands of nail polish located here, some include ciate, opi, and Essie. I definitely recommend this place when you are walking the long walk from the metro to the Dubai mall. Your legs and feet will definitely thank you!

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This spa deserves a rating of 5/5.

The treatment that I had was the reflexology foot massage.

The pricing of the services that is offered here ranges from 40DHS to 440DHS, depending on which service and products wanted. I found the prices here to be reasonable and fair.

The service that I received here was over the top. The hostess was approachable and friendly. The registered massage therapist was definitely an expert and kept me comfortable the whole time.  

The ambience of this spa was modern and eye catching. I had the pleasure to attend the Dubai Mall metro link location, and this was the express location. The spa was very clean and cozy. The wood finish all over made it more of a relaxing environment, especially with the warm colours. Walking by this place, you will see the massage chairs are on display purposes only, and the service will actually be done inside, so you are not exposed to everyone walking by.

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Why I love makeup

I have been a makeup experimenter since I was 9 years old. Yes, I was one of those sneaky little girls, who snuck into their mom’s makeup and tried lipstick on. I used to get in trouble all the time, but I just love how makeup changed my mom’s looks!

I was never allowed to wear makeup going to school, all the way until the age of 18! I always had to hide a makeup bag in my backpack and applied the makeup early in the morning in the school’s washroom, and then wipe it all away at the end of the day.

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 How I did my makeup in high school – thick eyeliner on bottom, lots of mascara, and natural, no filled eyebrows.


So it’s been a few years, (more like 10), and I have been improving on my makeup, and even had a good amount of clients for the business I had in Canada. Now I am a beauty blogger on Instagram – xotina143, with my own little fan base! How exciting it is for me to know that people admire my makeup talent.

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 Present day makeup


I will be posting my beauty blogs with picture tutorials, and I will be reviewing beauty products as well, so keep following my beauty blog for new posts to come.


The history of my hair, and regrets

My hair has been through a lot over the years since I turned 18.

I had always wanted to change my hair colour when I was a teenager but my mom was telling me how damaging it is, and to keep it the way it is. This made me go behind her back at the age of 15, and got subtle highlights in my hair. I was so happy with the highlights, even though it was barely noticeable. 

After those highlights, I started buying box hair dye, and dying my own hair to make it a little lighter. This is when my mom really noticed, and she lectured me about how she used to have such beautiful thick hair, and how dying and perming her hair has made it thin currently. Of course, I did not care about her opinions at the time and just kept dying my hair.

I started off with random blonde highlights in my hair and I knew nothing about how hair dye works and I demanded that the hairdresser has to make it blonde now! And of course, now I know that it takes time for blonde to show up on natural dark virgin hair!

First blonde highlights or streaks

I was pretty happy at the time with the outcome, but looking back at it now makes me cringe! 

After a few months of the streaks and not maintaining it, it stsrtrd turning redish orange but I did not care too much about it. 

Later, I decided to dye my hair a full light brown and got bangs. I felt like I looked a lot younger with the bangs and the makeup I did on myself at the time made me look a few years younger.

Brown hair

I kept this hair colour for a few more months until I decided that I was tired of it and wanted something new. So I went over to a nearby salon and asked for a raspberry violet combination. As those were the colours of my contact lenses and I just felt like I needed to be a cartoon character.

Raspberry violet

I actually loved the results and I was over the moon happy with how bright it was. It was unfortunate that I did not know how to maintain colours like this so the colour ended up fading in a couple of days.

The colour faded into a nice-ish red colour and I wanted a new hair style so I got a fringe.

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A few more months have passed and I have decided that I wanted really light hair. I was in an argument with my mom during this time and I was barely on speaking terms with my sister so I really had no one close to get advice about my hair and I just decided to buy a bottle of bleach and did the horrible life threatening mistake of my life. I had no self control and I was just thinking, I want light hair!! Boy was it a mistake but I did not think so at the time.

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It looked yellow there, but trust me, it was orange and people used to just stare. I thought it was because I looked so good, no! You were wrong young me! So I thought this was the worst that it gets but nope, stupid young me decides to bleach all of the hair a few days later.

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Just looking at the above picture makes me facepalm myself and I just feel so embarrassed that I was walking around with yellow hair. I learnt from my cousin who came to visit that I should be toning my hair to make it less yellow. So I started toning my hair but I abused that toning shampoo. My hair started breaking and I literally had very short bunches of hair all over. I had to get extensions to hide all of the damage that I’ve done. This is the moment where my beautiful thick hair turned into stringy and thin hair.

I then went on a hair recovery to make my hair healthy again. I had dyed my hair dark after the mess up there and let it stay dark for a few years.

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I have also lost a lot of weight, but we will get into that in another post! The above picture was my hair length from all the breakage that I received from the bleach.

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As you can see in the photo my hair looks a lot healthier and that isn’t my real length but the extensions had been a life saver. I let my hair grow naturally without letting it touch any chemicals! And now I have thick and long hair all over again.

In a span of 8 years, I have dyed my hair over and over about 15 times, (this includes the root touch ups with the bleach). I have vowed to myself to never bleach my own hair like that ever again! Until this year..

I just wanted a change, it’s been a couple of years of having dark natural hair that I decided to change it by going light again, but this time I went to see a professional and let them do their magic.

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Not bad, and it’s not the bright yellow that I had. So I decided to do more..

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I got my hair to be a lighter blonde and added pink to it. In Dubai, this was a little strange to people because pink is out of the norm, but I was walking around like I didn’t care because honestly, I love the colour pink and people need to step out of their comfort zone once in a while.

After the pink, I decided that I love the colour lavender and blue and just loved the mermaid trend. So then this happened..

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Mermaid hair

I loved this colour so much and I got so many compliments on it. I was into it for about a month, but then it just got expensive to maintain again, so then I decided to get an ombre colour so I wouldn’t need to touch up the roots all the time. Here is my hair present day:

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I love it, and there isn’t much maintenance except for toning it once a week.

So there you go, you got to suffer with me with what my hair has been through and I would have to admit that I do have a problem – I’m addicted to dyeing my hair.

Gel Nails – amateur do it at home!

I have always loved the look of artificial nails since I was 15! I used to buy those acrylic nails packages that come with the glue that smells so bad, and used to glue on these nails every week or so. Of course, as I got older, I realized how bad these are for your nails and it literally made my natural nail bedding bumpy and turned them into odd looking nails.

Now I noticed a new trend where you can just stick on artificial nails and have it be ready to go in minutes! They are made by a company called, Impress Manicure, and I have tried these out and it was a nice and simple way to get instant manicures without the mess of glue. However, I didn’t like the length of the nails and my nails are different sizes, so they would either be too small or too large, and it wasn’t something I liked to see since I am a perfectionist!

Recently I have been looking at gel nails art and the beauty of it done by salons, but I just don’t want to be spending money on maintaining my nails and getting them filled in every couple of weeks. So I decided to do my own gel nails at home.

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I bought a cheap portable UV light, along with some cheap gel building products and viola! It did take me a long time to build the nails but it was worth it in the end to be able to paint them into the marble effect above.

What do you guys think of my first attempt at building gel nails at home? Now I have been filling my own nails every two weeks and I can walk around having beautiful nails without spending so much money.