Competition: Spring Beauty Goodies

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's that time of the season again where I pack up spring/summer beauty goodies for my readers! What better way to welcome a new season than to have a new stash of makeup, skin and body care?

Two of my lucky readers will win everything in this picture. The goodie bags include products from Nivea, Benefit Cosmetics, Lush, Jane Iredale, Ponds, Sally Hansen, Dove, Micaroon and more! I'm also giving away surprise vouchers as part of the goodies. 

Interested? 


The Food Byte: The Coffee Club, Dubai

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I have a handful of favorite cafes in Dubai and I don't usually deviate from them. I drink coffee once in a blue moon (tea person here) but love the assortment of mini desserts that go with the coffee. There are several quaint little cafes popping up across Dubai with beautiful and Instagram worthy interiors. The hot drinks are quite pleasing to the taste buds and so are the savory bites.

Another point to note is that cafes here, at times become complacent. And by that I mean, they follow the 'if  it ain't broke, don't fix it'. In other words, they don't add new items to their menu on a regular basis. I'm not asking for a 180 of the menu. It's always a pleasant surprise when you go to your favorite cafe(s) and find something new (could be just one caffeinated drink) that makes you go, "I wonder how this will taste like".

There's one cafe, though that has improved from the last time I visited it. Australia's The Coffee Club opened it's glass doors to the residents of Dubai in the summer of 2015. They launched with a rather intriguing unbranded message ("Where will I meet you?") that really wanted me to get to the bottom of it all. It's also because I'm curious by nature. Yes, I was the nerd who asked way too many questions in class. Side note: working in the ad industry really makes you notice and appreciate the finer details of every campaign.

The launch of the cafe was a success and I quite liked the food, so much that I visited the venue on and off. I pretty much loved the vibe the cafe gave off. It wasn't your standard cafe- it felt different and you have to experience it to believe it. Fast forward to 2017 and I was alerted that The Coffee Club has a completely new menu. Of course I sped my way to the cafe and I was delighted to experience the same cool and casual vibe reminiscent from my first visit.


Jumeirah's Quirky Boutique: Love Shop Pray

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dubai is a city where you find gems around almost every corner, be it in food, health, fashion or entertainment. These venues come up on my radar either through word of mouth, Twitter (it should come as no surprise but I get my breaking news there first) or Instagram.

I've ended up discovering new cafes because a friend (who decided to go without me) posted an Instagram friendly image where the interiors looked like something Harper's Bazaar would define as the next best thing in cafes. There's one particular area in Dubai though, that always has something interesting sprouting almost every week. Jumeirah has renovated itself as being the place to be seen at or shop at especially over the weekends. There are several boutiques and pop-up stores that you must visit at least once because their offering is a far cry from what we see in malls on a regular basis.

Have you ever stepped into a room where you notice another girl wearing the same outfit (or part of it) as you are? Yes, there's this *one* brand that most girls (including myself) frequent. Nonetheless, there's a quaint little boutique in Jumeirah that opened its doors and hosts some beautiful clothing and accessories. When I stepped foot in it and scanned the store, I was impressed by the collection.


Reviewed: Palmer's Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balms

Monday, April 10, 2017

You know, there are certain brands that do so well when they develop products particularly for the summer? They either end up as limited edition or permanently due to the surge in demand. While I dislike the summer season (hello, burnt skin and uncomfortable temperatures), I always look forward to the new products devised for the summer. And I'm grateful that I haven't come across any disappointing ones (at least, I don't remember them if I have).

I'm a firm believer of sunscreen and because my skin burns easily (not a pleasant sight or feeling), I tend to slap on sunscreen that contains SPF 100 or 50. The days that I do forget sunscreen are the days I tend to scurry for shade when walking outdoors.

Having said that, I've discovered yet another interesting product that doesn't disappoint. Palmer's Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balms may look like the run of the mill balms, but they aren't.


The Food Byte: Dusty's Restaurant, Dubai

Thursday, April 6, 2017

When you live in a city like Dubai, there are new restaurants and cafes that pop up every week. And honestly, they are a delight. Each venue tries to whip up a unique element to draw in the crowds day after day. You hear it from your friends or family or part of water cooler conversations or that random snap on Snapchat.

I was quite intrigued when I was invite to pay a visit to Dusty's. Located in Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, the restaurant was abuzz with people on a Thursday evening. Quite surprising that this location witnesses an influx of individuals, considering this isn't anywhere in or near new Dubai. Nonetheless, the bar cum restaurant has edgy interior aesthetics and reminds me of the bar & lounge venues that were once popular in Madinat Jumeirah, circa 2012. Dusty's has an evident cool vibe and warm hospitality. Why the name Dusty, though? It's named after its owner and he made sure the menu was quite unique too! The food being lip-smacking good was a pleasant surprise. 

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