Monthly Archives: March 2014


#ProductCrush: The New “Best SPF” Ever?

Let me just start by saying that I still love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen. Just, as a beauty blogger, I do have to test our new stuffs so that I can share my feedback with you. I recently ran out of my beloved Neutrogena so off I went to browse the internet in search of the next best SPF!

20 or so bloggers’ reviews later and I decided on the Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50 (here), which I ordered from the website since you cannot actually find it in the UAE… It came highly recommended by skincare guru Caroline Hirons which is the seal of approval I needed!

I’ve now been testing it for a few weeks and am fairly happy with it. The texture is a tad little heavy for my oily/combo skin but it sits well on top of my moisturiser and doesn’t interfere with my foundation. It has a high SPF which is quite re-assuring, is sweat and water resistant and is enriched with vitamine E, aloe vera and pure honeycomb for long lasting hydration.

My skin has kind of been all over the place recently and I have been very careful not to wear anything that would upset it even more.

I’m happy to report that this moisturiser has been well received so far. During the warmer months, I do intend to keep on using it but will wear it as a moisturiser….

I heard the Kiehls’ Ultra Light Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (here) was quite good too so might try this one next!

Have you tried any other SPF’s which you’d recommend, or not?


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#FashionCrush: Reiss SS14 Collection Launch

“Style – all who have it share one thing: originality.” Diana Vreeland 1903-1989

Personally, I love that quote and can somehow relate to it… And it seems the team at Reiss do too! Hence their beautifully designed Spring/Summer collection which was unveiled in Dubai last week.

The general theme is pretty relaxed, informal yet still glamourous. Think of a contemporary version of the Riviera lifestyle during the late 50s/early 60s. In a nutshell, resort comfort with chic sensuality.

Now I hadn’t been inside a Reiss store since leaving the UK for some reason and so it was a real nice surprise to be rediscovering the brand and it’s effortless chic style. Some great quality, very well cut pieces which looked to be right up my alley! I always thought of Reiss as the place to get a nice suit for work… well let me tell you, I was completely wrong! In fact, they have some real cool stuff including my favourite pencil skirts, bright tops and killer dresses!

Here is a selection of items I’d love to see hanging in my wardrobe right now!

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And I’m not even going to talk about the shoes! THE SHOES! Look at these!


I shall leave with this other inspiring quote:

“The only thing that makes life worth living is the possibility of experiencing now and then a perfect moment. And perhaps even more than that, it’s having the ability to recall such moments in their totality, to contemplate them like jewels.”

Paul Bowles 1910-1999

Food for thoughts…

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#JewelleryCrush: Babette Wasserman launches in Dubai

The much anticipated London jewellery brand Babette Wasserman has finally landed in the UAE!
Babette brings a rich collection of modern, unique and iconic necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and cufflinks to the UAE’s savvy and fashion forward customers.
I was one of the lucky few to attend the launch event and get an exclusive peek inside Babette’s newest collection and boy did I see some really cool pieces!! I also got to meet the lady herself and she was just so lovely!
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Babette is quite famous for her funky cufflinks which have been worn by celebs including Sir Elton John, David Beckham (say what?!) and Antonio Banderas…. she defo gets my seal of approval! Check out these cute little numbers:
Still, being as I am rather more interested in the ladies’ jewellery section, let me tell you her range of fine pieces is equally beautiful! And again, her items have been worn by celebs including  Sheryl Cole, Madonna and Elle McPherson. Bang!
Here are a couple of items I found are exquisite and express a true sense of luxury and elegance:
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You can find Babette’s Jewellery in Emirates Towers (pop up shop on Level 1) and soon, at Galleries Lafayette!
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The Week #16

#InstaCrushes: The Week 16

I know, I know, I’m a day late! Sorry! But really, with the week I’ve just had, I literally could NOT bring myself to look at my laptop screen yesterday! Just needed a little ‘tech-break’….

But I am back and ready to blog so here is a look at what I have been up to in the past few days 😉

1. Remember I told you I’d ordered the famous Real Techniques make-up brushes from! Well, I’ve used them for a couple of weeks now and will definitely write up a full review on these very soon. I also followed the instructions and made sure to clean the once a week using baby shampoo and letting them to dry upside down, using the little stand case they came in with! Genius!

2. This is going to sound a bit crazy but I’ve ordered a whole new set of skincare products, on Beauty to be shipped to my house in France (free international shipping!!) so that I can try them out during my Summer vacay… which, by the way, isn’t until August!! I know, it’s mad BUT some of these products you can’t ship in the UAE and whilst ordering those I just thought I might as well plan ahead (well ahead!)! I’ll let you know what these are nearer the time…

3 & 5. One of my favourite fashion brands launched their Spring/Summer 14 collection with a bang last week! I was invited to attend the Marks & Spencer SS14 Collection catwalk show at their flagship store in Dubai Festival City and I absolutely LOVED the new pieces!! It was also really lovely to bump into my lovely blogger friends! I’ve not done an outfit post in a while so will for sure do one very very soon :)! You can check out my last M&S Valentine’s Look post here.

4. Another one of my top fashion brands who showcased their new collection is New Look. I don’t need to tell you how much I love New Look (again)… a quick look at my wardrobe and you’d understand… I will share a blog post in the next couple of days…

Right, that’s about it really! I’ll be posting a few exciting posts this week including a little ‘Haul’ post, New Look & Reiss SS14 collections preview, Marks & Spencers new collection and much more so stay tuned!!

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#FashionCrush: C. Wonder opens at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai

Is it just me or the thought of discovery a new brand, a new land of (shopping) opportunities is THE most exhilarating thing ever?!!

Welcome C. Wonder. A brand that has made it BIG on the NY scene and which has now opened it very first inter nation brand and chose our very own Mall of the Emirates to do so! Isn’t that great news?!! Well, not for my credit card it isn’t but that’s beside the point….

C. Wonder offers really trendy clothes, shoes, accessories but also house ware and home decor etc…

Check out some of these exciting pieces including cute jewellery, fab shoes and really cool outfits!

If you’ve not checked out the store yet then do! You’ll find C. Wonder in the new Fashion District on Level 1!

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