Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Luxury Closet_High Res Logo

#AccessoriesCrush: Luxury in the Shade Sunglasses, now available at The Luxury Closet!

If you’ve not heard of the Luxury Closet, you need to get onto their website & sign up NOW!

A first of its kind in the GCC region, TheLuxuryCloset.com is a fast growing online market platform that buys, sells, and consigns luxury bags, mostly pre-owned, at a discounted price. All items can be shipped worldwide, with cash on delivery available in the UAE.

Among other things, they are now selling designer sunglasses! YAY!

The right pair of shades can do wonders for your style, your outfit and your personality. From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna, the most photographed women in the world have sported designer sunglasses inspiring fashion for decades.

So, the good news this summer is that ‘The Luxury Closet’, famed for its designer bags and more recently shoes and watches, is now selling designer sunglasses. Yes, simply visit www.theluxurycloset.com and shop for real, authentic shades, available to you at up to 70% off the original price!

Keep your cool with the Gucci Black/Blue Heart Crest Sunglasses  (AED 650). For a classic movie star look of large dark shades that make your face appear dainty, the blue and black plastic frames feature black temples with silver Gucci engraved heart crests.

 

Blue Heart Crest Sunglasses (1)

For the glamour gal, Chanel is her best friend. So, flatter your face while protecting your precious eyes with these stylish Chanel 4144 Sunglasses (AED 770) that wrap around your face. Made with a gold wrap around the metal frames and printed tortoiseshell temples, the iconic Chanel logo is also accented in gold. The beach has never looked more glorious!

Chanel 4144 Sunglasses (3)

For a very contemporary look with large frames, keep cool in the shade by wearing the Prada Black and White Two Tone Sunglasses (AED 640). Made from acetate square frames, they feature two tone black and white Prada silver logo temples and of course, come in the original Prada box.

Prada Black and White Two Tone Sunglasses (1)

And for the complete celebrity look, get plenty of attention whilst parading around wearing the Chanel Red Oversized CC Logo Sunglasses (AED 1000). Made from a blend of red colours and acetate square frames, the temples are accentuated with the dazzling ‘CC logo. You had better start practicing your autograph!

Chanel Red Oversized CC Logo Sunglasses_B

A team of experts work to distinguish the “wannabe” from the “real deal”. Only 100% authentic items are eligible to be sold on the site, with The Luxury Closet guaranteeing the authenticity of every purchase, or a full refund including all shipping costs across the world will be given. And remember, all items are pre-owned, giving you the opportunity not just to buy, but sell your own luxury items too.

So, enjoy the sun by staying in the shade… the designer shade! Only at The Luxury Closet.

 CC Stamp

Sephora logo

#BeautyCrush: Get your glow on this Summer with Sephora’s must-haves

It’s time to get glowing gals! 

To get a glamorous sun-kissed one Sephora has just released the most delicious Summer must-have products! I know I’ll be trying on a few of these :)

While protecting the skin, this oil enriched with monoi oil and golden algae nourishes and enhances the skin while warding off harmful effects of the sun and preventing early signs of aging.
We just love its non-greasy water-resistant texture and its monoi fragrance that reminds us of sunny vacation destinations!

SPF 30 Glowing body oil

SPF30 Glowing Body Oil

 

Pump up the beauty
With a light, summery fragrance, this beautifying water in a pump spray quenches the skin with long-lasting moisture, refreshes and leaves it feeling soft and soothed. Enriched with HydroSenn+ and reflective pigments, it embellishes the skin and provides it with the moisture it deserves. It’s the “It” beauty motion of the summer!

Moisturizing beautifying water

Moisturizing Beautifying Water

 

A sensual break
This two-stage oil conquers all cosmetic feats thanks to a combination of two ultra-nourishing oils, Baobab oil and Jojoba oil: it nourishes, smoothes, moisturizes and beautifies the skin. This do-it-all product may also be applied to hair for deep nourishment.

All-in-one nourishing oil

All in One Nourishing Oil

 

Butter up…baby!
Sephora’s cult body butter is getting a new look this summer: it will be available in a travel size to intensely nourish and moisturize the skin without weighing down our beauty bags.

Supreme Body Butter

Super Supreme Body ButterWell here’s to a fabulous (Sephora) Summer I say!

CC Stamp

 

#RamadanFashionCrush: This week’s ‘Haute-Street’ Picks

This post is available in Arabic on Arabia.com. Check it out here.

 

Hey you guys!

So as promised, for this week’s ‘Fashion Post’ I decided to go back to my very first LOVE, the High-Street!! Or ‘Haute-Street‘ as I call it!

4 hrs walking about the mall later and I picked up a couple of really nice outfits which I wanted to share with you guys.

My first stop was of course at Koton (yes I am obsessed with that one too!).

Their Eid collection is out but we’ll keep that one for next week :). I did however pick up a really nice denim shirt which are so IN right now!

It looks very similar to this one below:

Koton Denim Shirt

I can dress it up and wear it with tailored pants OR go the ‘Festival Chic’ way and team it up with a maxi skirt.

Next stop, New Look of course!

I kind of went a little crazy in the store and ended up walking out with a whole outfit, shoes included!

These are my picks of the week!

NewLookOutfit

The skirt (AED95 – SO cheap!)  is beautifully cut and paired with a simple Tee (think this one was about AED45), this is #EffortlessChic in the making. Now, be prepared to wear high heels this is one long skirt! I picked these white beauties for only AED189! A total bargain which meant I was left with a little $ to ‘accessorise’ the whole outfit.

What’s missing here? A bag of course!!

I just felt madly in love with this really cute satchel from Accessorize! This one was around AED300 BUT it is so versatile you can literally wear it with anything!

Accessorize Satchel - AED300

Now come on, this wouldn’t be THE perfect outfit without a little make-up & nail fancies would it?

I’ve just tried on Bourjois‘ latest 1 second polish in Turquoise Block and OMG, what a revelation! It literally goes on and dry in seconds! The one coat was enough to cover my nails beautifully and that colour is to die for!

I really want them all now!

Bourjois 1 Second polishes

 

I also picked up one of their blushes, just you know, to round it all up!

Bourjois Blush

One word. FABULOUS!

I’ll be back in the next few days with my week’s lowdown on … guess what? BEAUTY of course!

I’ve scouted the bestest & latest products to have you glowing & looking good in no time at all!

 

CC Stamp

 

 

#RamadanDIYBeauty: Cooking up a “beauty storm”… in your own kitchen!

This article is available in Arabic on Arabia.com. Click here to view it. 

I don’t know about you but I’m really getting into the whole DIY thing!!

I mean you hear so many negative feedback on the various ‘ingredients’ found in our everyday cosmetics & skin care products it make you thing right?

I remembered my mother mixing clay and olive oil in a Tupperware when I was very young. She would apply it to her face at least once a week… and it got me thinking. I hear a lot of fellow beauty bloggers making their own lip balms, face scrubs etc… so why not give it a go!

After some research, I’ve picked my favourite ‘DIY Beauty Recipes‘ for you to try at home.

If you do try one of these, share your feedback!!

Super Easy Clarifying Skin Mask

One natural products which is ace for tackling imperfections is honey! For this mask all you need is raw honey, smear it all over your face, leave on for 10 mins and wash off with lukewarm water!

For an extra brightening effect, follow up with cider vinegar as a toner (on a cotton pad), pat your face dry and finish the whole thing off with a little coconut oil to lock in the moisture.

 Icon

Go bananas!

If your skin is feeling a little dry and is in dire need of rejuvenation, head to your fruit bowl and kitchen cupboard!

This banana & honey face mask will deeply nourish your skin.

Mix one ripe mashed banana, one teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of lemon juice.

Smooth the mixture on your face and leave on for 10 mins, rinse & dry!

 

Icon 

Sweet Lip Buffer

Mix up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of fine sugar. Gently massage into your lips (gently!) and rinse off. Apply a coat of your favourite lip balm.

 

Icon

Zingy Lemon Toner

For  smaller pores and bright, radiant skin, mix 1/2 cup Lemon juice, 1 cup Water and 2/3 cup Witch hazel (you’ll thing in any health store) and pour into a plastic bottle or jar.

Apply toner with a cotton pad all over your face & neck morning and night. Follow with your usual moisturizer.

Benefits:

Witch Hazel: Tightens pores and reduces inflammation.

Lemon Juice: Reduce blemishes and lightens skin.

Icon

Lemon & Peppermint “Footloose” Scrub

Give your feet a little TLC this summer! Simply mix 1 cup of coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil, 2 teaspoon of lemon zest, 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil, store the whole thing in an air-tight container.

Rub all over your feet & rinse! Smooth, refreshed and happy feet guaranteed!

Don’t forget to check out my blog for more Beauty, Make-Up & Fashion crushes!!

If you would like to share your own recipes, please leave a comment here below or tweet me @theglamcrusher!

Stay (naturally) fabulous!

CC Stamp

#RamadanFashion: Arabian Glam

For this week’s edition of my Ramadan Fashion post I thought to share a bit of a different style! I’ve gone Arabic on this one!

I am always on the lookout for new local designers, unique pieces and fabulous design and so when I first saw Tamara Al Gabbani‘s designs I knew I was onto something!

Her Ramadan Collection is just simply amazing with a selection of beautifully designed Kaftans so I decided to make dixit Kaftan the centre piece of this week’s outfit inspiration!

Her ArabiAna Collection 2013 gives a modern take on the traditional jalabiya. The prints are inspired from Islamic art and combined with modern patterns. All her Kaftans are made of real silk and embedded with crystals!

Kaftans @TamaraAlGabbani

 

Tamara & I share the same philosophy in that luxury, style & elegance should be available to all women! They ALL deserve a little glamour which is why her Kaftans, available on request, retails at AED1,900! For more info check out her Website here.

Now if you wanna invest in more of a unique piece, you must check out the Ramadan collection at ValleyDez! They have some really funky designs… it’s all about traditional with a trendy twist!

I’ve selected a couple of pieces I thought you might like:

Kaftans @ValleyDez

Now these are obviously a bit more pricey BUT as I said before, sometimes you just gotta invest into an item that will last you forever! All you need is to accessorize differently and the possibilities are endless!

Check out their really cool website http://valleydezblog.com/! ValleyDez is available at Sunset Mall in Dubai but I’m sure if you ask super nicely they can sort you out with a delivery in the GCC countries…

The ultimate accessory this Ramadan!

Made famous by Sheikha Moza of Qatar, I am SO embracing the Turban this Summer!! It offers women a modest yet fashionable piece, both fabulously classic and quietly unconventional (‘quietly’ being the key word here!).

Here again I selected one of our local brands, Malaak. Designed by Huda Nuami, Malaak’s Turbans are super fun with lots of colours, textures, prints!

My 3 favourites collections are the Audrey, Python Pop & Print Pop!

Turbans - Audrey Collection

Turbans - Phyton Pop Collection

Turbans - Print Pop Collection

 

 

 

The new Spring/Summer 2013 collection will be soon available in several boutiques and department stores in Dubai: Symphony (Dubai Mall), Saks Fifth Avenue, USH Boutique, S*uce and the signature MALAAK Boutique in Jumeirah; in Doha at Impressions and in Jeddah at Cream.  Prices range from AED600 to AED1,400.

I am not off to stroll the malls and shall be back in a jiffy with more Ramadan Fashion picks… next time I’m going back to the #Haute-Street!

Until then, stay fabulous….

CC Stamp