Monthly Archives: July 2013

In-flight beauty essentials

#beautycrush: Come fly with me…

So tomorrow you all know (I’ve been facebooking my daily count-down!) I’ll be jetting off home to the South of France for a much much needed holiday!

I’ve already blogged about my Summer Holiday Capsule Make-Up Bag

Now I wanted to share with you my ‘In-Flight Beauty Essentials‘… yes, I do have a little beauty kit for when I fly long-haul… as you do!

No need to remind you that when in an airplane, your skin gets completely dried-out by the air-con and, if you’re wearing make-up, well it probably will end up down your face by the time you land. SO, here are a few tips on how to emerge on that tarmac looking fab & glam (or at least, fairly refreshed!).

First off girls, please do me a favor and TAKE OFF that make-up before take-off (if that makes sense)! There. Sorted.

Now, before you doze off, take a wipe and clean up your face. I use the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Wipes.

Spritz a little ‘mineral water mist’ to complete the cleansing process. I really like the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray.

Pat dry with a clean tissue.

Then, apply a rich moisturizer (you should re-apply every couple of hours to keep the moisture locked in throughout). I’ll be using the L’Occitane Immortelle Creme Precieuse (the night one) which encourages cell renewal and regeneration! Beauty sleep in a jar (or, in my case, a handy little sachet)

Keep a lip balm close-by too,  as your lips might get dehydrated! I’ll be of course carrying my Figs & Rouge one!

About 30 mins before you land, clean up again with a fresh wipe, pat dry, re-apply some moisturizer, sweep a little bronzer all over your face (I’m using the Body Shop Honey Bronzer), add a couple of coats of mascara (I’m SO in love with Le Volume from Chanel) and you’re good to disembark, looking GREAT!!

Careful, you might turn a few (envious) heads!

Fly safe :)

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#GlamBoxCrush: Amazing special edition GlamBox this August!

In case you hadn’t noticed (or read rather) I am A HUGE MASSIVE GlamBox FAN! I am literally obsessed with it!

Since I am going to be away this month I’ve put my subscription on hold so haven’t had one for a month and am suffering for a major case of GlamBox withdrawal!

Even more so now that I’ve just found out next month will be an extra special one! A special limited edition box, featuring the mother of all cosmetic brands…BUT, you’re just gonna have to sign up to find out which one!

Believe me when I tell, this one is going to be DOPE!

Hurry, you’ve gotta to subscribe before 15th August to make sure you get the most fabulous of all beauty boxes.

Check out www.glambox.me for all the details.

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 You still here?!! GO sign up NOW!!

 

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#RamadanBeautyCrush: 7th (Skin Care) Heaven

This post is available in Arabic on Arabia.com!

 

Can you believe it’s already been almost 3 weeks?! Not long to go before the much awaited Eid celebrations!

And in keeping with looking gorge throughout Ramadan to ensure we spend the Holidays looking fabulous, here is a bit of a What’s Been On My Face Lately post!

Being a blogger and obsessed with beauty products, I try EVERYTHING that’s new! Sometimes, it doesn’t quite work out but when I do find an amazing product, I just want to share it with all of you glamistas out there so you don’t have to do the hard work ;)!

So here are my star skin care products this season:

1. Cleanser

I’ve picked the Neutrogena Deep Clean face wash a few weeks ago and been using it ever since. A great drugstore contender, this soft gel dissolves make-up and dirt in no time, leaving you with a deeply cleansed canvas you can really work with ! See my full product review here.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Gel

2. Exfoliation

Now THIS is my SUPER STAR product! I’ve actually discovered this genius thing a couple of months ago .

The Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel is a 2-step daily super peel which you can use at home. This one not only diminishes the appearance of fine wrinkles, it helps complexion problems, balances oil, tones skin and increases clarity and radiance all the whole minimizing pores and scars… I mean do I really need to say more?  At AED400 for a 30-day course, it isn’t the cheapest BUT I’ve used it every evening for a week now and can tell you my skin has never looked SO good, so it was well worth it!

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3. Toner

I wrote a full product review on this fabulous Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Water Skin Toner so check it out here.

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It smells divine, feels so fresh and soothing and is made of 100% natural products.

4. Serum

Another one of my latest discoveries, the new L’Occitane Essence Sublime Serum which helps to correct skin irregularities, soothe & reduce redness, refined texture and reduce the appearance of pores… again, need I say more? This one was around AE280 but was assured it would last me for a few months as you only need a pea size amount twice-daily.

L'Occitane Serum

5. Moisturiser

In the same L’Occitane range, please meet the new Sublime Beauty Cream! This one really has made it to my favorite BB Creams lists from the 1st time I tried it. The share (medium for me) is just perfect, adapted to my skin tone in seconds and felt oh so amazing!

The Sublime Beauty Cream offers all the benefits of a moisturise AND foundation in one! It gives the complexion a fresh, natural, dewy look and has a built-in SPF30! Genius!!

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This one was AED169.

6. Eye Cream

Here is another fantastic produce from Herbline Essentials! Their new Aloe Vera and Honey Under Eye Gel hydrates and tightens your under eye skin with the use of the powerful and multi-tasking Aloe Vera ingredient. The Honey provides micronutrients and moisturises also protecting your eyes from the ill effects of the sun and environment. Dark circles are  reduced, with bags and fine lines being washed away, giving a flawless, natural result. At AED99 it’s a real bargain!

Under Eye Gel_Herbline Essentials

 

7. Overnight cream

Can you tell I like to mix and match different skin care brands?!  Let’s say that I like the best of both (in this case 7) worlds!

Another product I discovered at a recent bloggers event is the Elemis FreshSkin Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser (AED125) which works to rejuvenate & replenish your skin whilst you’re asleep. You’ll woke up with deeply moisturised and restore skin!

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Well there you have it again, my current skin care routine which I hope will inspire some of you to try some (or all) of these fabulous products!

Do share your favorite beauty staples.. I’ll soon be on the look out for new ones :)

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#beautytipscrush: Salon-perfect manicure… at home, by Sally Hansen

Exclusively for y’all Glam Crushers, I share Sally Hansen‘s best tips,  to achieve a perfect at-home salon manicure, following these three steps:

  1. Shape your nails neatly with our fine-grade beauty tools.
  2. Treat your nails to an expert solution from Sally Hansen.
  3. Choose from an extensive range of trend-setting shades to make your color statement

SHAPE:

Nails should be shaped once a week to support healthy and nice-looking nail growth. Sally Hansen offers the finest in beauty tools to help you achieve salon-quality results safely.

  • Trim nails:
  1. Soak fingertips in warm water to soften nails before trimming. This will achieve the exact nail shape you are looking for.
  2. For thin or weak nails, use the nail scissors with a curve that follows the natural nail contour.
  3. For thick or strong nails, prefer the nail clip catcher with one-cut technology.
  •  Groom Cuticles:

Grooming cuticles neatly makes manicure look more perfect!

My golden rule for healthy cuticles: only remove what is torn, cracked and loose. Never groom what is attached and intact.

  • Smooth Nails:
  1. Buffing nails before applying polish helps provide a smoother nail finish and helps resist chipping!
  2. Use your buffer from the cuticle to the free edge, which is the direction of nail growth. This way, you respect the nature of the nail.
  • Seven Steps Buffer:
  1. Shaping mails prevents them from peeling and gives them a well-finished look!
  2. Sawing back and forth with a rough file can fray nails, making them more prone to shredding. Instead, file in one direction with a gentle, side-to-corner sweeping motion.

TREAT

Nourishing Cuticle Treatments:

Obtaining healthy, non-overgrown cuticles is all about nutrition! Moisturizing your cuticles daily will soften dry skin around the nail plate and increase nail flexibility. In addition, pampering and massaging softly will help improve circulation and stimulate healthy new nail growth.

  •  For Healthy Cuticles

Pamper them with a variety of care choices

  • For Dry & Rough Cuticles

Nourish them with a rich emollient massage oil

  • For Overgrown Cuticles

Gently remove them with a cuticle remover

Strengthening & Growth Treatments:

The nail plate actually contains up to 25% water! Since it is a very porous surface, water passes through it easier than through skin.  Using a strengthening & growth treatment is the best way to properly moisturize your nails and keep them from becoming dry, weak or short.

  • For Soft, Weak Nails that Chip and Bend easily

Strengthen them with a nail-hardening protective coat.

  • For Short Nails that just won’t grow

Condition them with a nutritional coat to promote healthy nail growth.

  • For Peeling, Dry, Brittle Nails that split and break easily

Moisturize and strengthen them with a sealing coat to instantly stop peeling and fill in cracks. (Will send you relevant products details shortly)

Beautifying base & top coats:

Base & top coats are nail colors best friend! Use a base coat as an anchor to fasten nail color and extend wear. Use a top coat as a shield and protector of nail color. Apply every three days to reinforce the seal. That’s THE secret for a long-lasting manicure!

COLOUR

How to color nails like a professional manicurist? First, wipe any excess polish from the brush onto the inner rim of the bottle. Then hold the brush midcap, not at the top: you’ll have more control. Now paint a stripe down the center of your nail, followed by one on either side. Finish with a thin strip across the very tip.

  • Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear for healthy nails with an exclusive Micro-Shine complex for a nail-hardening manicure.

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Enamels

Xtreme shine & wear will last you up to 7 days! Here is to a salon worthy manicure :)

Don’t forget to check out Sally Hansen Facebook page here.

Oh and here are a few SH products I, myself picked up from Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates! Love the pastel & bold Summer shades!! 

Sally Hansen Manicure Kit

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#Make-UpCrush: My “Summer Holidays Capsule Make-up” bag

Only a  few days to go and I shall be jetting off to the South of France for a few weeks! I don’t about you but I look forward to going home, catching up with the family and friends, enjoying lovely food AND go beauty shopping!!

But first up, I need to pack! And with only 23kgs to play with, you gotta be smart about it! I’ve lived abroad for so long now that I have become a ‘master of the suitcase’ thing!

Every thing is meticulously planned from outfits to accessories and of course, beauty products & make-up!

So here is a glimpse inside my make-up bag and what I will be taking away with me to guarantee I look fab & glam without having to leg my whole bathroom!

1. Let’s start with the most important bit: the Make-Up Bag!

This one came highly recommended by one of my favorite blogger, Viviannadoesmakeup! As she puts it, if make-up and Filofax were to have a baby, THIS is what it would look like!

I ordered this Paul & Joe cute little pouch from Selfridges.com for 23 Pounds and 5 days later, it landed on my door step! You gotta love ‘Shop & Ship’!

P&J MakeUp Bag

 

2. Complexion

As much as I need a break, my skin needs one even more! A break from wearing a lot of make-up, foundation etc… so this Summer, I’m all about THE BB Cream! I have tried a few and just discovered this one from L’Occitane which is just amazing!! It boasts moisturizing agents, gives the complexion a fresh, natural and even look, visibly reduces the look of pores & redness and (bonus) has an SPF 30 built-in.

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As a primer, I’ll be packing my genius POREfessional from Benefit of course! I posted a review not so long ago so check it out here.

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I’ve also packed my Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector which I’ll use as a concealer and/or highlighter.

My Summer blush will be from Bourjois Paris in Lilas d’Or which is this gorgeous deep pink with gold shimmer.

Bourjois Blush

For Bronzer, I’ve chosen the Body Shop Honey Bronzer, as (again) highly recommended by another favourite blogger of mine, LianaBeauty.

I’ve also packed my Cha Cha Tint and Sun Beam from Benefit just cos they look so pretty and give a beautiful glow to your skin! These will be used for V special occasions!

Perfect canvas. Check.

3. Eyes

Obviously I can’t quite live without my Bassam Fattouh Fork Eyeliner! Find out why here.

Next up, eye pencils! I packed a black one (DiorShow), a brown one (L’Oreal Paris) & a gold one from Sephora.

Mascara-wise, I went with the Outrageous Volume from Sephora which I adore! I also bought my waterproof DiorShow Blackout Mascara for when I’m on the beach or by the pool.

And as for eye shadows, well it had to be my newly purchased Urban Decay Naked 2 palette!! Another bloggers’ favourite and I can totally see why now! All the colours you need to create natural to dramatic smokey eyes! Thumbs up!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Last but not least, my amazing MAC Brow Pen!

4. Lips

I don’t wear much lipsticks and generally go for my Figs & Rouge Lip Balm! BUT if I do want to glam up a little I will be reaching for my 2 adorable

Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede sticks in  070 – Preview for daytime and 50 – Couture for evenings out!

I managed to squize in a couple of Sephora blending brushing and my Body Shop big fluffy brush for blending in bronzer & applying my blush!

And here is what the whole thing looks like! (please forgive the shabby picture my camera is broken and I only had my blackberry to snap it!)

My 'Summer Capsule Make-Up' Collection

My ‘Summer Capsule Make-Up’ Collection

Since a few have requested it, I shall blog my ‘Summer Essentials – Beauty Bits & Bobs‘ in the next few days :)

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