Category Archives: Skin Care Crushes

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#BeautyCrush: Wake up to beautiful skin!

We all know our skin is at its most reception when it’s asleep. Well brands know it too and were quick to introduce products that promise smooth & even skin by the time you open your eyes the next day!

I, too, jumped on that bandwagon and decided to give moisturising overnight masks a test run. I picked 2 of them. The first one, the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask which seems to be the most blogged about and then, The FaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack. Here are my thoughts! Read on:

Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask, GBP23

As mentioned, the Origins mask is one of the most famous ones when it comes to overnight moisturising masks. I read tons of review on it and for the most part they were really good ones!  To have tried it over a few months, I can say that I really like it! It makes your skin sooo soft and radiant. It is however super rich and it does leave you with a shiny sticky face. It’s not so much of an issue though but just saying!

TheFaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack

A recent discovery this mask is my favourite of the two. A light gel-like texture that does not leave me shining like a disco ball, it still deeply hydrates my skin and I usually wake up to evened, smoothed out tone! A cheaper alternative too!

Have you tried any overnight masks? Which ones! Tell me all :)


#TreatmentCrush: Guinot Hydrating Facial at Glow Spa & Salon

Another month, another treatment! This time I tried out the Guinot Hydradermie Hydration Treatment at Glow Spa & Salon in Jumeirah (Opposite Sunset Mall).

Being French I am of course familiar with Guinot‘s skincare products but gotta admit I had never tried their actual treatments so was glad to a. renew with the brand and b. try out one of their facial.

I can tell you, I was not disappointed!

_36A2014First of all, the spa. WOW! I loved the decor, loved the atmosphere and the team was super duper lovely & welcoming. It’s the little thing I know!!

My therapist, Ellen, took me on a tour of the facilities. They really have it all covered from the hair stations, nail room & treatment cabins, this is truly a one-stop shop for all your beauty requirements! You could actually spend a whole in there easy!!

The facial treatment itself was your usual (but super efficient) formula: double cleanse/exfoliation/extraction/cleanse/mask/conditioning.

But what I felt was different it the extraction… now I know this isn’t the most glamorous part of the treatment however I’m afraid to say it is the most efficient! And my therapist was amazing, removed all of those nasty little black-heard and my skin has now been super clear ever since!

The Guinot products are pretty amazing too. Smelled and felt great AND my skin didn’t turn all red for hours. Bonus!

For more info on the actual treatment and products used click here.

Make sure you visit Glow Salon & Spa, I promise you a super warm and relaxed environment and of course, all of your beauty needs cared for under one single roof!!


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#BeautyCrush: The Murad Skincare Regimen

Murad skincare products were developed by renowned dermatologist, Dr Howard Murad and as such inspired by his many years of experience and research treating common skin concerns. These are seriously innovative and high-performing products packaged into a 3-step regimen in a variety of ranges designed to fit and treat the most common skin types/issues.

My personal experience with Murad was fairly limited. I did try out their Acne & Wrinkle Reducer after reading a few good reviews. It turned out however to be way too strong for my skin and I had to stop using it after a few days. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great product though. Just one to be reserved for younger/teen skin…

When I was offered the opportunity to try out a more personalised and appropriate regimen, I jumped at the chance of course!

See below the products I tried and my thoughts on them.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser 

This gel-like cleanser from Murad’s Environment Shield Range is packed full of anti-oxydants and Vitamin C which help restore the skin’s evenness, clarity, texture and radiance. A simple yet lovely foaming cleanser which gives you that fruity boost in the morning! I’ve now been using it for 3 weeks as my morning cleanser and my skin seem to really be liking the Vitamin-C kick 😉

Murad Hydrating Toner

I’ve only been using the Murad Hydrating Toner for a couple of weeks and only in the mornings as I am very very loyal to my Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner which I use in the evenings and which seems to be the ONLY toner able to keep any breakouts at bay…. Not saying it isn’t a lovely toner but I don’t think I’ve used it for long enough to tell you whether or not it is keeping its promises of boosted elasticity and smoothed fine lines… will report back.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

Said to improve brightness, clarity & radiance within the 1st week of use. Well, since I’ve now been applying it every morning for a couple of weeks, I do have to admit to my skin looking a little more ‘glowy’ and feeling more energised! I am always a bit conscious when using a new serum as my skin does not like changes but, on this occasion, I’ve gotta say that it reacted pretty well too it! Now this serum is a bit of a pricey one (AED499 to be exact) so those on a budget might wanna look for a more budget-friendly option (The Body Shop Vitamin C Booster is a great one!). If money is no object and you feel your skin could do with a bit more ‘life’ into it, go for it! Bonus points for the orangy smell!

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

I have mixed feelings about the Renewing Eye Cream. It’s an OK product I guess in the sense that it does give you that moisturised feel but, it didn’t quite measure up to my usual Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream when it comes to smoothing out those little lines and evening out any darkness under the eyes. I do use it but overnight as to make the most of the nourishing effect but on this occasion, I would have to say that I would not purchase. It is quite pricey too (AED399) so….

Well, I hope the above will be helpful if you were thinking of investing in any of these Murad products. Of course, bare in mind these are only my personal views and that everyone reacts differently to any skincare products.

If you so happen try any of these out, I’d love to hear your thoughts :)


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#BeautyCrush: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate Review

I hear you asking: A serum that boots your skin’s immune system?! What?! Skin has an immune system?

Well actually yes, it does and yes, it has! So you know how important it is to keep boosting your overall immune system to avoid getting sick, well it is the very same for your skin! The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate was designed to do just that and more.

It is said to enhance skin’s essential multidefensive power against visible signs of aging, environmental factors, and daily stress and restore skin’s powers to resist, protect, regenerate, and strengthen, leaving skin smooth and deeply nourished. Now that’s the commercial blurb.

Ultimune - ClosedWhat I can actually tell you is that I attended the product’s launch a few months ago and been using the serum every single morning since and you know what? I LOVE IT! A few later, I got several comments on how glowy my skin looked and that from different people.

I apply it in the morning (1 pump is enough!) after cleansing and toning my skin, let is sink for 5 seconds and then apply my moisturiser and voila. The texture is a super light gel-like formula which just glides onto the skin and doesn’t feel sticky (perfect for my combo/oily skin). I can promise you, your face will just look so much radiant after a week’s use or so!!

Now, I recently read that this serum was in fact a pre-serum so one you an apply before your regular serum. I’m actually trying this out as I’m writing this post (I’ve recently purchased Le Jour from Chanel) so will report back on any difference very soon!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate can be purchased in all major beauty retail stores in the UAE or online here.


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#BeautyCrush: Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks Review

Who doesn’t like a good face mask?! I mean, you are supposed to do one at least once a week right?! Well I do (but then again, I am a little ‘beauty’ obsessed).

Anyway, needless to tell you that since I’m a blogger, I try a million products and when I do find one (or a range/brand) that I really like, I share it with you guys!

So today, I’m dedicated this post to one brand I only recently discovered AND loved!!

The Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks are just fab. First off, they come in individual sachets and that my friend, it genius! It means you can try different ones, it’s a lot cheaper, it’s easy to carry around when you’re travelling, no messy jars or tubes! Again, genius.

They have a fantastic range of products so any skin types or issues has its own solution in a sachet. I’ve tried quite a few of them… well I actually tried them all, and these are my favourites!!

I use them once or twice a week, and just alternate depending on my mood or rather, how my skin is feeling.

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Love this one! Soooo hydrating and smells really really good!

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This one’s for a deeper kind of cleansing. The heat opens up those nasty little pores which in turn helps get rid of the dirt and therefore prevent blackheads… perfect for those oily skins & T-zones. But beware, it will heat up so if you’re skin is super sensitive, do test it on a small area for a few minutes first.

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Probably the ‘yummiest’ of them all. Like slathering nutella on your face! Don’t try to eat it though cos it doesn’t quite taste like chocolate! I know, I tried! All in the name of research of course. Still, it does offer a nice hydrating and deep cleansing treat.

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This one is also very nice although I am not so keen on the smell. But hey, olive oil AND shea butter are good for your skin right? It does leave mine deeply moisture. If you have oiler skin, only apply at night as your skin can get a little greasier afterwards.

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Love love love this one! Smells kind of like a yogurt. You rub it in for a few minutes to get that exfoliating effect and then leave it on for 10-15 minutes for the hydrating part. Actually used this one today and my skin looks radiant!

All of the Montagne Jeunesse Masks are packed with natural ingredients and are simply fun to use! Check out their full range here. You can find those little sachets in Carrefour!

Let me know if you try any of these and if so, which ones are your favourites!

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