Monthly Archives: November 2014

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#NailCrush: LoveYourNails water& air permeable nail lacquer review

So you must have seem a few pics of the new LoveYourNails water/air permeable nail lacquer on my Instagram recently. I got a chance to try them out and am so excited to be sharing this review with you gals!!

First of all, let me just say that I am the worst at applying polish! No matter how many times I do my nails I always end up with one hand looking alright and the other looking well… a mess!!

When I applied my LYN lacquer however, I was quite impressed as to how easy it went on… the brush is just the perfect size and dispense the perfect amount of polish per stroke! I did 2 coats in 2 minutes and both hands look ‘salon-perfect’!! The coverage is also excellent. I deliberaly did not apply a base or a top coat and boy, they look completely opaque and glossy! It also dried pretty quickly…

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LYN (Love Your Nails) has managed to come up with a really cool formulation they call Ch2olor Complex which allows air and water to pass through the lacquer and reach your nails. This in turns means your nails can breathe, it keeps them clean AND they won’t get brittle or stained. Pretty cool hey?

The colour selection is also quite nice I must say :)

And after wearing the polish for 3 days it did start to come off a bit… only just because I am one of those weird people that wash their hands 50 times a day (which to be honest everyone kind of should do but that’s beside the point) so when it came to the big event I was hosting this week, I decided to take it all off and re-apply.

Removing it was super quick and easy! Much easier than your regular polish so that’s a big bonus cos I hate it when I have to rub that damn cotton pad for half an hour. Plus it did not stain my nails which regular polishes tend to do. Plus it just makes it so much more easier to re-apply or change colour 😉

It then lasted a good 3 days looking good!

Now I have had a few questions as to whether this polish is ‘halal‘ and can therefore be worn during prayer… I’m afraid I cannot answer that question as I certainly wouldn’t want to give out incorrect information.

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Love Your Nails lacquers can be bought through their Facebook app (here) or Souq.com (here).

Price is AED49 per bottle (bargain!) and the set of 4 is for AED 196. 

Let me know if you’ve tried them and what you thought of these!
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2014-11-13 21.39.02

#FoodCrush: Real Madrid Cafe Dubai Review

An evening of yummy food & football?! What more do you need really?!

I recently went for dinner at the new Real Madrid Cafe in JBR and had an amazing experience! If you’re a fan of footie AND a foodie you are going to love this place believe me.

We were warmly welcomed by Hani (the GM) and his team and were offered to sit on the upper terrace from where the view over the palm is just fab! Well, minus the construction site right on the beach but hey, that one won’t be there for long ;).

We also had a tour of the place which include a Read Madrid merchandises stores complete with the latest team jerseys, balls, socks etc… heaven for a RM supporter! They also have a replica of the club’s trophies including the mighty Champions League from last year so you can take your own pics and channel your inner Ronaldo for a few seconds!
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Back to the food. I don’t think I have ever eaten SO much in my life! Seriously, the team literally went all out and we got to taste their best dishes!

First off and for starters, we had a lovely Gaspachio accompanied by grilled italian bread, olive oil & pesto…. YUM!

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I then tried their Ribs & Chips. That was lovely too although my favourite was the Steak & Chips Chimichuri… that was DELICIOUS!! The meat was cooked to perfection, the sautéed potatoes reminded me of my mum’s (and we’re French so we know sautéed potatoes trust me!).

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For a bit of a healthy touch, I tried out their Real Madrid Salad made up of fresh peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes & red onions and croutons… a little taste of crunchy & fresh Spain!

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The Real Madrid Signature Pizza was such a treat. Really nice thin crust topped off with basil infused tomato base, lots of peppers, mozzarella, pesto & black olives. OMG!

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The Seafood Paella looked SO SO good. It wasn’t however my favourite as I’m not such a fan of the dish. In that case, I won’t comment on it but I’m told it’s pretty special so defo have a try if you like Paella.

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Desert was simply to die for. Seriously. The Tiramisu was so creamy and rich, yet I think I actually ate it all (and that’s after all of the above yeah?!). The Cheesecake was also something quite special! I mean, I do like cheesecake but this one!! The base is made of amaretti biscuit and together with the raspberry coulis it just makes for the perfect ending!

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The atmosphere was also really lovely. I was a little concerned I would be the only female but not at all! Around us were couples, families and friends! Inside were the guys watching the Gulf Cup but I can really assure you I did not feel I was in a sports bar/cafe for one second. They’ve done it quite well these guys!

Real Madrid Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner and I will be sure to return very very soon!

If you do visit, please be sure to let me know what you think! :)

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#BeautyCrush: Fight the wobble with Bliss

Those of you gals lucky enough to not have an ounce of wobble on their thighs or butts can stop reading this post right NOW!

As for the rest of you, then here comes a new weapon to help you fight that damn wobble! I’m of course talking about the new Bliss FatGirlSlim Lean Machine.

The lean machine is a cool high-tech tool which lifts, sucks, rolls and pulsates to help visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. You only need using it once a day for 6 minutes, preferable in conjunction with the FatGirlSlim Cream. Sounds amazing right? But does it actually work?

Well, I’ve had the opportunity to use both the lean machine AND the FatGirlSlim Cream for 30 days and I have used it for that length of time, religiously every day. Now, I am not going to give you cms lost etc… just because not only did I use the machine but I’ve also been exercising quite a bit.

I can however attest to  my skin looking a lot smoother, especially the back of my thighs. Really, I promise it made a big difference!

So how does it all work? Well, it’s pretty simple you just have to keep at it and use it every-single-day for about 10 mins. You first apply the FatGirlSlim cream and you then switch the device on and apply to the skin moving it up from you knees and towards your heart…. it will massage, pulsate and roll those lumps & bumps! You can also use it on your tummy 😉

Just check out this video which demonstrates how to use it : click here 

Once you’ve gone through the first 30-day period, I do feel you’d need to keep using it at least 3/4 times a week to main good results and together with a healthy diet and exercise regime your pins should be looking fab!! Over to you now!

The Bliss FatGirlSlim Lean Machine will set you back AED850  but I promise it is well worth it! The Bliss FatGirlSlim Cream retails at AED148.

You can get both products online via BasharaCare.com!

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2014-11-01 08.22.57

#MakeUpCrush: My top 6 lipsticks

Seems to be all about lipstick this week!! After my post on the new Nars Audacious Lippies, I thought I’d share my favourite lip products!

Because I do actually wear lipstick… not as often as other fellow ‘beautistas’ but sometimes I do. Mostly in the evening when I’m attending an event or work function. And when I do, I usually go for one of my 6 favourite ones.

I never really felt lipstick suit me for some strange reason. The whole ‘bold lip‘ trend isn’t one I embraced but as of late, I have tried to build a collection of lippies I feel comfy wearing.

In terms of shades, you’ll notice that I do tend to go for the ‘safe’ options with shades of browns & nudes.

Texture-wise, I do prefer the sheer versions. I don’t really like matt lips actually (shocking I know!).

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 Inglot Lipstick in 215

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Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Minx

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The Body Shop Colour Crush in 315

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MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Moss in 01

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 Sephora Kiss Me in 06 – Soda Pop

I’d love to find a new one for the winter season so might have a little look around in Sephora and see what they’ve got! I’m also really getting into wearing the Nars Audacious lipstick in #Raquel!

Will report back on Instagram (make sure you follow me on there too! Search for ‘Theglamcrushchronicle‘)!

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#MakeUpCrush: The new Nars Audacious Lipsticks

Who doesn’t love a good Nars launch?! Well this time they’ve really hit it with their new Audacious Lipsticks.

Yours truly was one of the lucky bloggers who attended a make-up masterclass by Anna Priadka where she demonstrated a couple of different looks using the new lippies. And let me tell you, they are just amazing! So pigmented, a dream to apply and play with, and the range of shades is fab! Also love the black, weighted, packaging which is just so chic & sleek!

NARS Audacious Lipstick Charlotte Rampling Campaign Image (on white background)

Founder and Creative Director François Nars chose renowned actress Charlotte Rampling as the face of the Audacious Lipstick Collection. Celebrated for her work in films like “Farewell, My Lovely,” “Angel Heart,” “Stardust Memories” and “The Verdict,” Charlotte’s bold choices and independent spirit have produced fascinating characters with indelible impact. For François, Charlotte’s individuality, daring style and natural elegance—on and off camera—captured the very essence of the Audacious Lipstick Collection.

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Talking of which, a shade was named after her and that shade is as bold as it gets! Anna showed us how it could be worn from a light wash of colour to a richer bolder look (for the most daring gals!).

The Nars Audacious Lipsticks will be available from Sephora very soon!

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