Perfecting A Matte Pout With Arcancil's Very Mat

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My lipstick collection contains 90% matte lipsticks and while I have a variety of shades, most of them are skewed towards a dusty beige rose. It's my color and even my mum frustrated that I buy lipsticks of the same/similar shade every now and then.

I get really excited when brands launch matte versions of lipsticks. And I'm grateful that I have not used a matte lipstick that has dried out my lips or given me an adverse reaction. I also tend to buy darker matte colors from time to time or go really vibrant with the likes of fuschia and indigo.

When I first discovered Arcancil's Mat Hysteria, a range of liquid matte lipsticks I fell in love with the smooth as silk consistency and the resultant application in addition to the longevity. And then, the French brand released the Very Mat range. It goes without saying that my interest piqued and eventually I got my hands on it. The verdict?

Competition: Famous Dave's

Friday, August 26, 2016

America's favorite barbecue restaurant is finally in the UAE! Famous Dave's serves up the most mean barbecue classics, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Want to win this casual dining experience for you and your family? I've partnered with Famous Dave's to giveaway a AED 250 voucher to one of my readers!


The Food Byte: Ramusake

Thursday, August 25, 2016

When I heard that Ramusake had opened its doors in Dubai, I was intrigued. Originally from South Kensington in London, Ramusake is a members only club and it has quite a few interesting dishes on the menu. Unfortunately, the London venue closed down but it made me wonder if the same structure would be replicated in Dubai. Would we have a members-only restaurant?

Not really and this is something to rejoice about. Ramusake brings the same atmosphere from London to Dubai and even has a few dishes off the original menu. Located in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Ramusake is nestled in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels; you will not have any parking woes thanks to the quick valet service.

I've never had Japanese cuisine before and the restaurant specializes in it, so I was quite excited to step foot into Ramusake.

Flawless Skin With Kadalys' Musaclean Gentle Clarifying Mask

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A couple of years ago I read that Tom Cruise washes his hair with a shampoo where the main ingredient is banana. And that was the source of his healthy locks. Let's face it, he does have amazing hair (watch the third instalment of Mission Impossible 3 and you'll know exactly what I mean, or any of his movies where his character sports shoulder length hair). I wondered where I could purchase the banana based shampoo and I never ended up finding it. Fast forward to 2014 and half the magazines (print and online) featured how bananas were one of the best ingredients not only for the health but also for face and body care. There were home-made face masks, banana smoothies, banana hair masks and almost every other beauty recipe you could think of.

While I tried the banana hair mask, I vowed not to resort to a home-made hair cleanser again. Because I had proper chunks of banana still in my hair (the recipe called for it, quit judging me). I had to wash my hair thrice and use a fine-toothed comb to get rid of all the banana in the hair. The end result was great, considering I used the mask only once. It de-frizzed my hair and softened it as well.

I also happened to try the banana face mask and of course, its moisturising properties kicked in with the first use. I was uber excited when I actually found a banana based face mask that I wouldn't have to concoct at home! Say hello to a new French brand I discovered- Kadalys's Musaclean Gentle Clarifying Mask. Can you say banana power?

Reviewed: Chateau de Versailles' Jardins de Versailles Fragrance

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I have a massive collection of fragrances at home and my friends can't really can't gift me fragrances (they fail to) because I usually buy the latest ones from brands that I have a strong loyalty towards. While I prefer more of a woody/oriental perfume, I own a handful of florals that I've re-purchased throughout the years.

I discover fragrances either when I'm in the mall and they hand over a sample strip or when someone talks about a particular one constantly. I can't exit a store empty-handed. Even if I don't intend to make a purchase and walk into a department store (Galeries Lafayette, I'm looking at you), I end up in the fragrances section in awe of the wonderful whiffs.

Discovering Chateau de Versailles, a French perfumerie was a delight. Jardins de Versailles pretty much encapsulates the fresh and pleasant whiff of the garden florals.

August Glambox Revealed

Friday, August 19, 2016

I genuinely love the concept of monthly beauty boxes. There are times I squeal with joy when opening them, and then there are times when I look at the contents with dissatisfaction. Regardless, I've discovered a plethora of brands simply through boxes like Glambox and have ended up purchasing full-sized products, some on a regular basis.

This month's box contains brands that I've been accustomed to using over the past 3 years, one more than the other.

The Food Byte: Zafran

Saturday, August 6, 2016

You know that feeling when you find a restaurant with good food and service, right? It's pure joy when the restaurant meets your expectations. I've been to several cafes, restaurants, food trucks and venues that sell a quick bite and just like several people, I have my favorites. I also have a list of restaurants who have not made my list and it's not because of the service but primarily because of the food.

While Dubai has more than a handful of  good to great restaurants, there are a few gems you discover that are worth the time and money. One such restaurant is Zafran.

Competition: Bloomsbury's Vouchers

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Do you remember how I raved about my trip to Bloomsbury's  last summer? I feasted on Ferrero Rocher cupcakes, scones, brownies and macarons as part of the amazing Afternoon Tea. I also discovered the Orange Jasmine Tea and absolutely loved it!

And now I'm giving 3 of my readers a chance to experience all the goodies from Bloomsbury's! Vouchers worth AED 120 are up for grabs.


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