Category Archives: Perfume Crushes

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#GlamNews: Zoella Beauty NOW in the UAE!!

Yep, my first #GlamNews post. I wanted to bring in a few new things this year and one of them is news on make-up releases, new brands launching in the UAE, new stores opening etc…

So for this first post, I bring you ZOELLA Beauty! You all know her as a beauty blogger & youtube (she’s amazing! Check her channel here). Well she launched her own beauty products line last year and, finally, we too can now purchase these right here in the UAE!!!

Her collection includes:

* Fizz Bar – Fragranced Bath Fizzer (AED 45)

8 little cubes to make your bath time fizz! This super cute bar will transform your bath into a fresh and fragrant soak for some much needed ‘wash your cares away’ me-time.

* Creamy Madly Dreamy – Body Lotion (AED 45)

Totally tempting dream cream for a smooth and silky body. Fresh and girly, this indulgent body lotion will pamper your skin like a gorgeously scented creamy cuddle. Enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter to soften and condition the body – because your skin needs a bit of love too!

*Soak Opera – Bath Soak & Shower Cream (AED 49)

Keep calm with this ‘beauty in a bottle’ bath soak. Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe extracts soften and condition the skin while the delicate fragrance calms the senses with soothing floral notes. Say hello to your new bubbly bestie!

*Beauty Bag/Pencil Case Collection (AED 69)

Everyone needs a place to keep their precious things close to hand, this adorable little bag can store anything you need it to, to make life super easy and organised and unbelievably cute.

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*Blissful Mistful – Fragranced Body Mist (AED 69)

Surround yourself with serene scent and let the relaxation begin. Spray this super light and feminine spritz to scent your body with fresh and floral notes. Enriched with Vitamin E and fruit extracts – its bliss in a bottle. With fresh & fruity top notes of Wild Strawberry & Grapefruit, a beautiful floral heart of Violet, Jasmine and Gardenia and a softly sensual Vanilla infused musky base. (this is also a room mist too!)

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Zoella products are available from Virgin Megastore. For more information please visit her Facebook page!

Summer Fragrance Edit

#PerfumeCrush: The Summer Fragrance Edit

Since I’ve moved to the Middle East I’ve become obsessed with smelling good! Must have something to do with the way the Emiratis always smell so so good with oud-packed lingering scents… I just love it!

And so my personal tastes in perfumes has kind of changed towards deeper, stronger and more ‘oud-y’ ones as you can tell from my top 5 fragrances for this Summer!

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Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss

Valentino Oud Assoluto

Elie Saab L’Eau Couture

Chanel Coco Noir

If you’ve recently been loving a particular perfume, please do tell as I’m always looking for new ones!

#PerfumeCrush: Scents of luxury from Estevia Parfum

Well well I hadn’t blogged about perfumes in a while had I?! I did post my ‘Summer Fragrance Edit‘ a few weeks ago mind you….

Since then I actually discovered a couple of new ones including 3 by a brand called Estevia Parfum which I had never heard of before. They are all available to purchase on Souq.com and are very reasonably priced!

I was very kindly sent 3 different ones to try out and here’s the low-down on each.

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1. Erasma by Estevia Parfum

This one is my favourite! The latest addition to Estavia Parfum‘s range is a rich distinctive scent which just wraps you in its sweet and warm aroma.

Top notes of black current and freesia paired with a hint of vanilla, blond wood and Ambergris makes this fragrance quite a stunning one.

I’m a sucker for deep, rich, strong perfumes but do try to only wear this one in the evening as it might be a bit OTT for daytime use…. A guaranteed head-turner never the less!

Can be bought online here

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2. Her Excellency Eau de Parfum

First I had a massive crush on the bottle! So feminine and chic with a little bling to it… looks good on my perfume stand ;). Then I sprayed it. And wow! This one also smells really fresh and fun.

A much easier option to wear daytime. Top notes of rosemary with base notes of moss and leather give Her Excellency that subtle, sultry musky scent.

Can be worn day AND night.

Available online here.

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3. Her Excellency Red Eau de Parfum

A bit “zestier” (is that even a word?!) than the original version, the product description does state Her Excellency Red is ideal for ‘ladies who like to make a dramatic impression’ and I’m all for that! It is a bit too overpowering for my personal liking but smells gorge anyways!

Top notes of tangerine and honeysuckle and a drydown of tonka bean and sandalwood give it that deepness… I am not a huge fan of citrussy notes so this one is my least favourite of the 3 but I can see how it might be a popular scent in this region…

Buy it here!

Well there you have it! Let me know if you guys have tried any of these fragrances and if you like them!

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#BeautyCrush: June GlamBox Review

Gosh sorry I’m a little late on this one! This month seems to have just flown by what with trying to wrap up a million things at work before the start of Ramadan/Summer, yeah it’s just been a bit mad.

So, back to my June GlamBox. I’ve gotta admit I was a little disappointed when opening this one. I mean, remember they had set the standards quite high with their previous ones and so the June box looked a bit… nah.

Look, like I’ve said before, this is the beauty of the whole concept of beauty boxes! Some are great, some aren’t as great! But I still LOVE receiving & discovering my monthly pink box of treats!

So what was in this month’s box?

1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O – a classic. One that I use every single day to remove my make-up with. The small/travel friendly bottle will be perfect for when I’m off to France! Love it.

2. Carita Beauty Diamond – Regenerating Midnight Concentrate – I’m afraid I haven’t given this one a try just yet as I’ve been on a missing to clear up my skin and had to take it all back to basics with skincare. Will keep it aside though and give it a try in a few weeks’ time. The sample is a little small so not quite sure it’ll be enough to forge a proper option….

3. Carita Perfect Serum – Again, I’ve not tried this one yet

4. Lolita Lempika Eau de Parfum – love the packaging this little sample bottle came in. Smells quite nice too actually and I will defo be using this one over the next few weeks.

5. Shea Mirrage – Pure Shea Butter – Not sure about this one. I know Shea butter is meant to be super good to moisturise your skin and your hair etc… but I’m just not a fan… I’ll use it to nourish my legs after sunbathing this Summer but don’t think I’ll re-purchase. Would have preferred coconut oil instead! (hint hint)

Voila. Hope my review was somewhat useful. If you’re still thinking of subscribing, I’d say GO FOR IT! It’s a lot of fun you’ll see. And you’ll get to discover great new brands & products, you’ll also get to re-visit some more classic ones and then of course, you will get products you won’t like but that’s fine cos you don’t know until you’ve tried right?!

Just check out their website for details here.

As I was finalising this article, the July GlamBox just dropped and it looks amazing! Check out my Instagram for a preview ;)!

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Herra Protect Hair Perfume

#HairCareCrush: Herra Hair Protect Perfume Review

A perfume for your hair. Does it get any ‘posher’ than that?! To me that’s just the epitome of luxury!
Well, you too can have a piece of that luxurious feeling, thanks to Herra Protect Hair Perfume, named after “Hera“, the Greek goddess of beauty & fragrance & founded in 2012 by British hair stylist James Davis!
This little beauty here not only envelop your tresses with a gorgeous, sultry and rich fragrance (think floral, fruit, oriental, fresh and woody scents) ,it also protects your locks from UV rays, pollution and free radicals!
At first I was a little concerned the fragrance would clash with my current perfume but it actually doesn’t and somehow blends very well with it.
For my (very) long hair, I usually spray 6-8 times all over and repeat as and when needed throughout the day! The purse-friendly bottle makes it easy to carry around in my beauty bag ;)!
If you’ve not tried this yet then I can recommend you do! 
Herra Protect Hair Perfume is priced at AED 185 and is available at Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, Tejuri.com and in leading beauty salons nationwide, including Sisters Beauty Lounge.
Be sure to check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for product news & updates!
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