Review: Une Polishes & Eye Shadows

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How gorgeous are these Une nail polishes? When they landed on my desk, I immediately fell in love with the nude pink polish . It looked so pretty in the bottle and the same was reflected on my nails. I'm quite happy that my Une collection is growing (remember this lipstick? My favorite is their golden BB cream that doubles as a beautiful highlighter). The fact that this brand is all about organic makeup is a bonus.

The Une C03 polish is probably a favorite among so many girls. It looks gorgeous on the nails and is certainly one of those work-appropriate shades. The color goes on slightly sheer with the first coat and the second seals the deal. 

I didn't apply a top coat as the polish is quite glossy on it's own (I think the picture speaks for itself). 

Next up is a beautiful chocolate brown shade, C16. When I first saw this color, I ignored it. Don't get me wrong- I'm a huge fan of dark colored polishes. In fact, my polish shelf has about 90% dark colors however, looking at C16 made me not want to try it on. It didn't look appealing. I changed my mind when I applied it. 

The color is beautiful! It's such a rich chocolate brown shade and glossy as well. No top coat here either. I now appreciate browns more!  

Both polishes are long lasting- they barely chip. And none of them (especially C16) stained my nails. Hurray! 

And now I present to you another work-appropriate makeup product: The Une Top 3 Eye Palette.

I had a similar perspective of this eye shadow palette when I saw the packaging. I noticed the colors on the label and ignored it. Never judge a book by its cover. The colors are truly pretty; I wore the S03 one fine day, loved it and repeated the look the next day. 

The palette has 3 gorgeous colors. S03- a soft pink (that pretty much matches nail polish C03), S06- a slightly deeper pink (although it looks more like a light aubergine in the picture) and S08- a brown for the crease. 

What I noticed is, if you blend S03 and S06, it turns out to be a totally gorgeous dusty/medium rose. Love this palette! Unfortunately, the colors are on the lighter end to appear as swatches in pictures (I took at least 5 shots with different angles and lighting, yet couldn't capture it right). 

And the final product is the Une Ultra Black Eye Liner Kohl pencil. It is creamy and glides effortlessly on the eyelids (people with oily lids, I suggest you either use a primer first or avoid this all together) and doubles up as a smokey eye shadow if you smudge and blend it. 

Absolutely loving these goodies from Une. If you are impressed and looking for more Une products, read my review on their foundation and mascara

Have you tried Une before? What's your favorite/ which one would you like me to review next? 

Une is available at select retailers across the UAE.

*The product(s) was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

Get Floral This Summer With Fa

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer isn't complete without pretty flowers and fresh fragrances, right? Fa, the deodorant brand recently launched its line of Floral Protect deos with 'scent-release' technology.

 Let me start off by saying, the interior decoration at the venue was beautifully floral and well organized (big up to the TishTash team!). Secondly, the fragrances that the deos have are incredible. You might roll your eyes and say, "Girl, get a grip. It's just a deo". I kid you not, this line of deos were specifically enriched with special fragrances. 

The two types i.e. Poppy & Bluebell and Orchid & Viola are alcohol free deos and do not stain the clothes once sprayed on (huge bonus). The deos come in a spray and roll-on format. 

Both fragrances are quite refreshing and perfect for the summer. As for my favorite, I am inclined towards Poppy & Bluebell. I love this fragrance, so much that I also used it once as a room spray (don't judge me). The Orchid & Viola is a bit too much on the powdery side of things, at least for me. 

The only thing missing from this line? Fa should launch a body lotion that has the same Poppy & Bluebell fragrance! I'd definitely get my mitts on it. 

Have you tried this range yet? Fa Floral Protect is now available across retail outlets in the UAE.

Swarovski Launches Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Collection In Dubai

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Swarovski's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Collection is so pretty, I had my mental wishlist filling up as I browsed through the collection at Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai.

The collection entitled Facets of Light was inspired by holograms, LED lights and kaleidoscopic motifs. Absolutely gorgeous accessories including necklaces and bracelets were on display. I feel this is one of Swarovski's best collections to date.

I also have a few select pieces that landed on my wishlist!

Jewel tones were in full swing and so were statement necklaces. I absolutely love how Swarovski does cuffs and necklaces.

I love how there are so many things happening with this necklace but it all comes together and looks quite unique. This is easily a stand-out-from-the-crowd piece.

A closer look reveals the gorgeous pearls, crystals and beads...beautiful!

Take it from Swarovski how to make black accessories look stunning. While the necklace may seem way too chunky, you can take off the bottom pendant and wear it as a brooch!

Did I tell you how much I love Swarovski's bracelets?

More of the gorgeous bracelets. I LOVE these. I love the narrow silver bracelets so much, I plan to score them for Eid!

Swarovski, you did a good job with these.

Anyone up for this gorgeous Swarovski crystals embedded iPhone case? I want!

Swarovski makes the most delicate looking watches. If you haven't tried this on, I suggest you do. You won't leave the store without it.

This necklace is a stark contrast from what you've seen so far but looks absolutely beautiful when worn. It's one of my favorites!

I am in awe of this collection. Do you have a favorite?

Elie Saab: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I have no words to describe this collection (I was left speechless previously). Beyond incredible. You'll feel like royalty wearing them. Elie Saab's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 Collection has his trademark elements- gowns with embroidery and lace that come together effortlessly. This collection features a palette of pale blues, soft reds and beige, elegant blacks and ethereal whites.

I've picked my favorites, so I'll let the pictures do the talking. I'll have you know that my future birthday dress  is the first pic you see below. How gorgeous is it?

And if I ever need an outfit change on my b'day, then this is the gown that will make its appearance. Incredibly beautiful!

And of course, the show stopper: the magnificent wedding gown. It's breathtaking and even prettier than the one featured in his Haute Couture SS'12 Collection.

Sometimes I wish I had royal blood running in my veins...just so I could get access to Elie Saab's collections way before anyone else does.

Which one's your favorite?

June & July Glambox Revealed

Let's start with the most exciting Glambox i.e. the one that was delivered to my doorstep in July.I love it!

I love it primarily because it's got Olay. I love Olay, my mum loves Olay (it was the first product I remember seeing in her cupboard when I was a kid), my friends love Olay...who doesn't love Olay (I think I may have sounded like Oprah during her giveaways)? If you have yet to try Olay, then this Glambox is your best bet. Apart from Olay, you also discover some additional neat products (I got introduced to Caudalie in April's Glambox).

And guess what? If you take a pic of July's box and tag it with #giftofglam, Glambox has promised to deliver 5 boxes per hashtag to women's charities across UAE for Eid! Post, post, post on your Instagram, Twitter and other social networks. If you follow me on Instagram (@DarkRangerN) or Facebook, you would've noticed I did the same.

Let's unpack!

Olay Total Effects 7 Face Masks: The anti-ageing face masks from Olay that help keep wrinkles and pores at bay, smooth the skin texture, moisturize and diminish the appearance of age spots. The masks are made of cloth, so when you put them on, it looks like you've walked off the set of a horror movie. I have yet to try this but I can tell you this much- pretty sure this will work. Everything from Olay, be it their classic moisturizer to their cleansers, all have worked on mine and mum's skin.

Olay Wrinkle Relaxing Complex: While this is targeted towards older women, I discovered this magical product last year. You can witness the effect it has on your skin instantly. I am not exaggerating. The Wrinkle Relaxing Complex is almost a combination of a light-weight gel and cream that instantly blurs out certain skin flaws. You know those pesky laugh lines or emerging wrinkles on the forehead. Apply a small quantity and in a matter of few seconds, the lines/wrinkles have been filled in i.e. the skin appears more plump. You can't really pinpoint any wrinkles or laugh lines as this product works to blur them away (temporarily). I don't quite have wrinkles or large pores yet, but those who do, as a bonus, this product helps minimize the appearance of the latter. It also boosts moisture levels of the skin. Totally amazing product. As such, this product is designed for the entire face and neck. If you just want to target key areas, try Olay's 30 Second Wrinkle Filler. Say goodbye to laugh lines (temporarily). Works like magic.

Pantene Pro-V Hair Rescue Ampoules: I haven't tried it yet but it claims to repair severe hair damage. Use it after shampoo and conditioner. This is not a leave-in-conditioner.

Fragrance samples: I already own Escada's Especially Escada Elixir and love it. The other sample from Lacoste is Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle, a floral fragrance.

Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara: It's a double ended mascara with different brushes at both ends. While one end is designed to give voluminous lashes, the other is a black 'lacquer' that aims to provide a glossy black coat to the lashes. I'm not  a fan of the lacquer side as I didn't witness anything different.

And here's a quick lowdown on June's Glambox. While this box wasn't that exciting, it did include my favorite cleanser from Bioderma!

Carita Serum & Night Cream: Anti-ageing line of products that helps revive the skin. I haven't tried this.

Shea Mirage Shea Butter: This is organic shea butter hence it has no fragrance as such (just letting you know that pure shea butter doesn't quite have that wonderful fragrance we are all used to in our skin and body care products. This doesn't mean it smells awful). It's a great product that keeps dry patches at bay and is a bonus on the lips esp. during this summer season. Brownie points for packaging- I love it!

Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum: I was just introduced to the Lolita Lempicka fragrances (review here) and this particular floral one is a delight. Don't you just love the packaging?

Bioderma Sensibio H20: Does this product need an introduction? It's a staple makeup cleanser, I use it for eye makeup removal only. One of the best cleansers ever.

So there you go. Make sure you don't miss out on the next Glambox, sign up today and get 25% off your subscription fee when you use the special code: GBNEELOFER.

Guess Launches Limited Edition Evening Dresses Collection In Dubai

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guess is a brand that takes up at least 20% of my wardrobe and accessories. I love their watches more than clothing and always gawk at the Guess selection at Galeries Lafayette (my go-to place when it comes to shopping). The last time I was there, I purchased a watch and wore it for 2 weeks straight. It's another story that I'm a huge watch fan and will probably convert into a watch collector soon.

I was recently introduced to Guess and Marciano's limited edition evening dresses and gowns collection launched in Dubai, just in time for Eid. I love limited edition (LE) collections, in fact that's one way to capture my attention instantly. I actually take pride in purchasing limited edition pieces because it's all about exclusivity (to some extent). I own LE pieces from several brands and people come up to me asking where I've purchased them from. And then they frown, because they don't have access to it. That's why limited edition collections are special (only a handful of people including you own LE pieces!).

Having said that, Guess' collection was all about finding the perfect outfit for that special occasion. Featuring a  palette of electric blue, striking reds, luxurious golds and glamorous blacks, classic lace and rhinestone, the line-up of dresses and gowns are fit for almost every upcoming event of the year.

Being a fan of lace, I loved these. Black lace is a classic and when you pair it with flawless skin, slicked back hair and red lip color, it creates a beautiful picture. Lace can never get old.

Black lace was just one of the combinations from the collection. Black gold and metallic silver made an appearance too.

And so did bright pink...

That black lace gown is my favorite out of the bunch! How gorgeous does it look? It kind of reminds me of Monica Bellucci!

Are you a gown or dresses fan?

The Guess and Marciano limited edition collection is now available at select stores across the UAE.

Do you have a favorite?

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