Beauty Launch: Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rimmel is one of those drugstore English brands that keeps churning out one good product after the other. My love affair with Rimmel first began years ago when I was gifted the Exaggerate eyeliner and the Kate Moss approved Long Lasting lipstick.

I used those two products religiously considering they were the first few makeup products in my arsenal. That beauty kit has now changed and expanded but my love for Rimmel stays constant. I particularly love their eye shadows, eyeliners and lipsticks (although I'm a matte fan, I can do with a little shine and gloss every now and then). And of course, no eye look is complete without a mascara.

To celebrate the launch of their latest Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara, they tapped into the girl who brought back strong eyebrows, Cara Delevingne. I love this girl's unique look and so thankful that she was brave enough to walk around with power eyebrows. She makes a fitting choice as Rimmel's brand ambassador!



Reviewed: Palmer's Skin Therapy Face Oil

Friday, October 21, 2016

Aren't face oil all the rage right now? I love straight-forward skincare routine that doesn't take up much of my time. I don't layer a plethora of products on my face such as serums, activators, oils and other creams because I don't have the time and neither the patience.

Having said that, there are several brands that have jumped on the face oil bandwagon. I'm not one of those who assumed a face oil would, by default reflect a greasy residue on the face post application. But my best friend was. It took a little convincing to get her to see the 'after-effects' on the face oil and today, she uses it religiously.

For as long as I can remember, I have included face oils in my skincare routine. It's become an essential now rather than an option. Skincare brands then moved from standard face oils to the ones packed with skin boosters. Each brands competes to deliver the best and there are only a few that are my favorite. Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil devised for the face just landed on that list.


A Day of Bliss At The Shangri-La Hotel's Chi Spa

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dubai is a city that is abundant in everything, from automobiles to food to fashion...you name it, we have it (well, almost everything). It's also a city that prides itself in the best hotels and relaxation spots.

I love spas more than chocolate (well, okay not really but I do love spas). It's one of those places I go to alone because I really don't want to make small talk while having a facial or a foot massage. I know several girls who take their gang along and create a fun girls day out. While that's great once in a while, I still prefer time by myself. After all, isn't spa time all about me-time? 

I discovered a hidden gem at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai the other day. Chi, the spa is truly one of the best spas around Dubai. For this month, they have a selection of body massages and facials for both men and women. They've also introduced a new element on their listing- the Pumpkin Spice Body Peel and Wrap. Doesn't it sound perfect for this season and just about divine? 

I opted for the Rebalancing Retreat; this menu item combines a brightening facial and a deep tissue back massage. The best part about my experience? This was the first time I signed up for a back massage. 


A Special Offers Filled Tuesday At City Walk, Jumeirah

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I appreciate brands that offer something special to women especially when it comes to cosmetics. I mean, how many times have we all been swayed by Sephora's almost perfect deals and free gifts upon purchase?

Dubai is one of those cities where retailers go out of their way to construct offers that are, at times unbeatable. I shop quite a lot, in-store & online and end up buying things I may or may not use (clothes with tags still on in my wardrobe, I'm looking at you!). At times I regret not waiting for the sale/promotion period because it seems like I've just lost out on good deals. 

And the most recent example is that of my purchase at Bobbi Brown. I love this brand and Bobbi has really gone out of her way to create products that are not only beautiful but also have a wonderful effect on the skin. I bought a handful of makeup the other day and then realized I should've waited for Tuesday to avail a 20% discount! 

Why? Because City Walk Mall launched the second edition of Her Tuesday, where women can avail discounts at select stores in the mall. And that includes Bobbi Brown!


Diptyque Favorites

Thursday, October 6, 2016

There's something about opening a Diptyque box and immediately being transported (mentally) into a world of blossoming gardens. The fragrance of the classic white candles wafting through the room is enough to de-stress me.

Diptyque is one of my favorite brands, not only when it comes to candles but also fragrances. Take for example, the 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain or the Oud Palao. They're two of my favorites and I use them on special occasions. I always get asked (and complimented on) the fragrance I'm wearing.

Diptyque play host to distinct fragrances that you can recognize from a mile away. My friends have amassed a collection and their recommendations contribute to my collection building at the right pace.


Ajmal's Qafiya Fragrances

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I love home-grown initiatives because they always strive to deliver something new and unique. Additionally, the local flavor they add to it is matched by none. I usually buy accessories from the local weekly fair or festivals that take place. The rings, bracelets and clutches are quite quirky and people always tend to appreciate it. Also, who wouldn't want to support the local talent? Not to be biased but, the it's incredible to see the women of the UAE realize their dreams in such a short span of time.

And talking about the UAE, the local parfumerie Ajmal collaborated with the youth of the UAE to create 2 new fragrances entitled Qafiya 1 and 2.


Saturdaze Brunch At Vida Downtown, Dubai

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Of late, I've fallen in love with brunches. I'm not the kind of person who gets all excited at the prospect of waking up before 12pm on the weekend and driving to a venue to eat. I am very much a milk & cornflakes watching Tom & Jerry person. But when you attend a brunch and walk out of the hotel with a smile on your face ready to take on the day, that's when you know you've been to a good brunch that is worth your time (and effort).

The 3in1 restaurant at Vida Downtown never ceases to surprise me. I've been to the place several times after I discovered it last year. The quality of food and selection is always as expected (sometime, surpassing the expectation) and the vibe is quite pleasant. When they launched their new brunch, Saturdaze I was all too excited.


Brunching At The Movenpick Hotel + Giveaway

Monday, October 3, 2016

In Dubai brunches are gaining traction like never before. It's crazy how many hotels (and restaurants, alike) have revamped their brunch offering. It's also indicative of the fact that people don't tend to laze around in their PJs at home on days off anymore.

Brunches can turn into a good or bad experience and I'm glad to state that I haven't been to a bad brunch. It's purely because several hotels pay close attention to every aspect, more so than ever before making the time spent there, worthwhile. 

Having said that, I visited the Movenpick Hotel for brunch. The Art of Brunch, as they call it takes place at the Fountain restaurant, every Friday until Dec 31, 2016 and features a plethora of delicious bite-sized and main course meals within different cuisines along with drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). 

I'm also sending my 4 lucky readers on this brunch so they can experience it themselves!

Neutrogena's Latest: The Hydro Boost Range

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Neutrogena has been one of those skincare brands whose cleansers and scrubs I usually reach out for every now and then. While the brand has released some pretty interesting products with skin treating benefits (Pink Grapefruit face scrub anyone?), there are certain products that will always be a firm favorite of mine.

While the brand constantly innovates and strives to better a person's skincare routine and the ultimate result, Neutrogena is a brand that even dermatologists in Dubai recommend. Years ago, when I visited one, she recommended the Pink Grapefruit body wash to me as I had a breakout of nasty zits only on my left shoulder blade (weird, I know). I was skeptical because I expected a chemical infused hospital grade cream to be recommended to me. Instead, the doc suggested something mild that would do the job.

She was right, because the zits disappeared within a 30 day period and I was also prescribed an allergy treatment. I think both worked to deliver on clean skin. Fast forward to 2016. An invite for the latest, Hydro Boost range popped into my inbox. I didn't hesitate to RSVP and soon enough I was talking to the people who knew the brand best.


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