Monthly Archives: January 2014

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#VideoCrush: Iconic mini fashion haul

I know I tend to blog a lot about beauty & make-up so you guys may have forgotten that I have A LOT more ‘crushes’ than that.

I also am completely obsessed with shopping! I could happily go to a mall every single day of the week and just SHOP! Well… unless the sales are on in which case, I am NOT setting foot in a store for 30 days.

So anyway, back to my mini fashion haul… today I went to The Dubai Mall where Iconic was hosting an event with the fashion & lifestyle magazine Aquarius. For a couple of hours only the store was offering an exclusive 25% discount on all the new Spring 14 Collection items!

So of course I got myself an outfit… check it out below:

I can’t believe I didn’t notice one of the metallic pieces was missing from the top :(. I’ll go get a new one tomorrow!

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#FashionCrush: Diesel SS14 Resort Collection

And it’s Fashion Season again! YAY! I cannot wait for all of my favourite high street brands to share their new collections for Spring & Summer and just start thinking about what I will be rocking next season (oh and start saving as well!).

Here is a little look inside Diesel‘s latest collection which I’ve gotta say I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I attended the Collection Preview event and felt completely madly in love with this beautiful ombre-style little bag :)

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For this new collection, designer Andreas Melbostad continues his creative reinterpretation of the brand’s core values – edgy, rock chic and denim-inspired – sounds good to me!

The result is a smart (ie. me!)  approach to the summer holiday season, where lean and tailored silhouettes create a streamlined style, focusing on the classic DBG color palette: black, white, grey and olive. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Here are a few looks I might/will/of course I will be shopping for:

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Love the ‘edgy’ take on the Power Suit! This one is such a ‘ME’ outfit… well it will be once I am through with my #VLOGFIT Challenge!

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Monochrome is still in and Diesel has kind of added a geometric/tribal twist to it with this over-sized jumper which would be so perfect in Spring or, for those of us lucky to be based out in the warm Middle East, now!

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Yep, it is ALL about the over-sized/slouchy jumper over a sleep pair of skinny jeans or, as in this look, leather shorts (please, only if you have the legs for it!). Khaki is back in da game.

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The White Suit… again with a Diesel twist. I absolutely adore that structured take on the classic blazer…. a key piece this next season which can be worn casually over jeans or smart over tailored white pants/pencil skirt.

Some of these pieces have already hit our shores so be sure to check these out in stores or online!

Stay tuned for more (lots more) fashion updates in the next few weeks….

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#BeautyCrush: The new & improved evening skincare menu

So many products… just the one face though! Right, so after my last Skincare Chat video, I told you guys I was going to spice things up a bit and try out lots of new products… well here is a sneak peek into what’s coming up in a few weeks or so!

I did my research and carefully selected the following to ensure my skin is deeply cleansed, toned & fed, especially in the evening:

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Water (see here) – I am so very excited about this one. I do like the Bioderma Sensibio H20 BUT I still find it does not remove my heavy mascara so have high hopes for the Caudalie cleansing water… hope it raises to the challenge!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (see here) – now this one is serious luxury! I head & read so much about it that I just could not resist… I’ve used it for a few days now and so far, so good… let’s see how it feels/looks in the next week or so. Watch this space!

L’Oreal Paris Éclat Sublime Tonique Clarifiant (see here) – I’ve been using this toner for quite some time now and just love it’s refreshing effect!

Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist (see here) – oh my trusty Dermalogica Hydramist. This one is here to stay. I just love it!

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate (see here) – and here is another Dermalogica essential. I’m almost done with the tube and really don’t know whether I will be brave enough to venture out and try a different serum… my skin is quite sensitive… any suggestions?

Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel (see here) – You know this one! I’ve used it for the past 6 months and still loving it!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + (see here) – a newbie! My skin broke out over the Xmas holidays (probably from eating all that chocolate!) and so I thought I’d try this gel/cream moisturiser which I’ve gotta say has been an absolute saviour so far…

I cannot wait to give you a proper review of all these gems. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you do not miss a thin’!

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#VideoCrush: The #VLOGFIT Challenge – week 3 update

Hey you lot!

How was your weekends? I had a great time attending a 2-day photography workshop! I hope that you will notice an improvement in the quality of my pics as a result… I do have to purchase a new SLR so bare with me…

Now, I have got to apologise for the lack of video posting in the past 2 weeks. My laptop died on me and I was unable to film & edit with the temporary one I was using… I now how another one on loan which does have Windows Movie Maker, hence this video today!

I also have to admit that I have not been very good these last 2 weeks on the #VLOGFIT Challenge front BUT I am now back on track and ready to roll! Check out the below video:

Besides, Mr M has given me a bit of an incentive…. If I look 10kgs, I’ll get some shopping money! Whoo-hooo!

Will update you again next weekend :)

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Week #9

#InstaCrushes: The Week #9

Hey there you guys!

Welcome to my 9th week in Instagram snaps!! This week has been quiet a busy one with a day trip to Qatar (for work), lots of new beauty products to be tried & tested, a photography workshop and more!

1. I think this might now be my favourite perfume or ALL! I attended the launch of the new fragrance by Elie Saab, L’Eau Couture recently and was taken on the perfume’s creative journey where I discovered the different notes and scents used to create this gorgeously delicious eau de toilette which I shall be wearing this Spring!

2. I attended a super cool workshop at Gulf Photo Plus on how to take better pics with your smartphone! This was so much fun! I actually did pick up a few tricks as to using my photography settings inc. white background, modes etc… and learned all about composition, framing etc…! You’ll have to tell me if you see a difference 😉

3. My January GlamBox just arrived and I cannot wait to give you the low-down on what’s included!!

4. I met the founders of organic cosmetic brand Human+Kind  during their recent product lunch event including Jeroe Proos, the co-founder whom I am pictured with… I had only tried the one product from that brand and was very pleased to discover a whole range of organic/natural beauty products including hair care stuff, a new BB cream… I cannot wait to give these a try!!

5. I flew out to Qatar for the day on Wednesday to host a MEPRA Networking Event at the W Hotel in Doha! It was SO much fun to get together with all those lovely PR peeps! I of course flew Fly Dubai and as always the in-flight safety video cracked me up!! It’s just HILARIOUS! For those who’ve never seen it, check it out here.

This week should also be a busy one with another photography workshop (Level 1!!), the start of football season (ouch!) and lots of events! Can’t wait to tell you all about it next weekend :)

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