Category Archives: Events Crushes


#EventCrush: 2014 VIVA Beauty Awards Winners

Did I tell you I attended the 7th VIVA Beauty Awards last Thursday night at the JW Marriott Marquis? Well I did and I had an absolute blast!!

Not only was the event amazing (the dessert was OMG!), I was sat at the ‘Bloggers’ table and had so much fun catching up with the girls & giggling like crazy in-between 2 tweets (was tweeting the results as they were being announced)…

So I guess what you guys wanna know is which product won in each category right?

Well, check out this year’s Viva Beauty Awards winners below:

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Best Foundation: Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
Best Perfume: L’Occitane Magnolia & Mure
Best Mascara: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara
Best Nail Varnish: OPI Nail Lacquer
Best Anti-Ageing Product: Pond’s Age Miracle BB + Cream
Best Hair Product: TRESemmé Salon Silk Conditioner
Best Face Moisturiser: Olay Total Effects Day Cream
Best Lipstick: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick
Best Body Product: The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
Best Hair Salon: JetSet
Best Nail Salon:
Prestige Market
Best Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet Smooth-Effect Make-up
Best Perfume: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum
Best Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
Best Nail Varnish: Essie Nail Colour
Best Anti-Ageing Product: Clarins Double Serum
Best Hair Product: L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Masque
Best Face Moisturiser: Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF30
Best Lipstick: Christian Dior Rouge Dior
Best Body Product: Kiehl’s Créme de Corps
Editor’s Choice Cult Classic: Chanel Allure Eau De Toilette
Editor’s choice Most Innovative Product: Philips ActiveCare Jojoba Straightener
Editor’s Seal of Approval: Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation


Outfit-wise, I kind of recycled the dress I wore for the MEPRA Awards last year and just changed the accessories! Shoes are from San Marina (bought in France) and the clutch is from Reiss. Arm candy from Bimbo & Lola and C. Wonder


And that’s not all! The organisers had put together a ‘Who wants to be a beauty expert‘ game thing where all the tables competed to answer as many beauty-related questions as possible to win a fab prize… guess who won?!!


Oh yes we did!!!


And the prize was…. AMAZING!! Will have to review the special edition GlamBox for you guys…


Image courtesy of my lovely Maryam :)

If you follow me on Instagram (here) you would have seen all the crazy pic I posted that night! I had such a great time with all these beauties that I cannot wait for the next one… 😉

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#EventCrush: Dubai Bloggers Meet & Greet at Dubai Ladies Club

I don’t know if you guys are checking out my Instagram… if you aren’t then FOLLOW NOW! No pressure.

So if you are following me on Instagram you would have seen some pics taken at the Dubai Bloggers Meet & Greet event which took place on Sunday 29th December at the Dubai Ladies Club.

The event was put together, rather successfully, by the fab Mara Mostafa, Designer of Baby_M & lifestyle blogger, and Dr Deanna Khalil, Designer of Abaya Addict & lifestyle blogger.

The idea was to create a network of female bloggers (fashion, beauty, travel, food etc…) AND allow our followers to meet us in person!

I was invited as of the VIP Bloggers (just thougt I would throw this in!) which means that I could then promote the event to my followers and encourage them to come out meet me and of course, the other bloggers.


The VIP Bloggers were treated to a meet & greet of their own, with Mentor Bloggers this time! More experienced and well-established bloggers who came to share their knowledge, experience, tips & tricks they picked up along their blogging journey and just connect with the up & coming bloggers around town.

3 of them did a little presentation include one of my favourite beauty blogger, celebrity make-up artist Najla Kaddour, Rozan Ahmed – founder and editor of, Dr Deanna Khalil, CEO and designer of Abaya Addict & lifestyle blogger and last but not least, Nura Afia, Youtube beauty blogger who came all the way from the US to talk to us about vlogging!

Susch inspirational ladies. I left with a sense of ‘motivation’. Motivation to get more involved in those networking event and share my passion with like-minded bloggers. Motivation to be a better blogger, a more successful one. Motivation to become more of a ‘content creator’.

But the best part was meeting some of my followers including one who came all the way from Al Ain! I also got to meet 3 of my Dubai-based followers (Maryam, Daniela, Emma) which was just amazing.

I had an amazing time and connected with so many other bloggers and very much look forward to the next event!

Here are some snaps taken on the day:

The Dubai Ladies Club

The Dubai Ladies Club

Fab #Bloggers

Fab #Bloggers

The beautiful surroundings - beach side!

The beautiful surroundings – beach side!

More fab #Bloggers

More fab #Bloggers

With one of my amazing follower! Love you lots @etdal xx

With one of my amazing follower! Love you lots @etdal xx

Loved meeting Deanna from Abaya Addict!

Loved meeting Deanna from Abaya Addict!

I will let you guys know when the next one will be so that you can join in the fun and come hang out with me!

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#NetworkCrush: Here comes the Dubai Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers Group!

Last weekend I attended the launch of the Dubai Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers Meetup.

Created & organised by the lovely Shaheen, blogger at Cherry Cross, this  new networking group aims to provide a platform for all of those who are interested in fashion, beauty & lifestyle things. A great way for bloggers, designers, brands & the rest to connect & create opportunities.

The first event was kindly hosted by Sisters Beauty Lounge at the Village Mall and we were ALL treated to relaxing manis & pedis. A great way for the host to showcase their salon and services!

FLBG Event

I opted to try out the new CND Vinylux (see blog post here) which lasts up to 7 days! I went for Scarlet Letter, a really gorgeous shade of red… 6 days later, I can report that it did chip a little bit BUT lasted much much longer than regular polish! I shall be stocking up on these over the weekend…



It was actually really good fun and I got to meet some of my fellow bloggers & fashionistas. I see this as an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded gals, sharing experience/tips/knowledge/contacts and I am very much looking forward to the next meetup! 
Wanna join in the fun? Check out!

Don’t forget to give Cherry Cross a like on Facebook.

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#PerfumeCrush: The Body Shop’s new White Musk Smoky Rose Fragrance collection


Yesterday I attended the  launch of The Body Shop‘s new fragrance, White Musk Smoky Rose at their flagship store in Mall of the Emirates, in celebration of the brand’s 30th anniversary. The event was hosted by Sultan Al Habtoor, franchisee partner of The Body Shop in the UAE and his son. Sophie Labbé, the ‘nose’ behind the ground breaking new scent, also attended as part of the celebrations.


Sultan Al Habtoor' son

Sultan Al Habtoor’ son

For 24 hours only from the 8th October, 10am-11pm, and for the delight of consumers across the UAE, the flagship store has been transformed into a White Musk Smoky Rose Wonderland. Customers’ senses will be stimulated as they are taken on a journey of The Body Shop new signature fragrance and they will be challenged to ‘dare to wear’. An engraver will be in store to personalise all purchases of the new fragrance and customers will have the chance to win lots of gifts with purchase.


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WHITE MUSK SMOKY ROSE: A Daring Evening Scent #WhiteMusk

 This bold new addition to The Body Shop iconic cruelty-free White Musk range, White Musk Smoky Rose is a tantalising and floriental fragrance. This darkly seductive scent opens with an elegant fusion of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant before rising to a floral-musky heart. Here, a beguiling bouquet of bittersweet tobacco flower and a unique black smoky rose accord is tempered by delicate orange flower. This melts into a sophisticated blend of cruelty-free sensual musks, immortelle flower and olibanum to create a daring fragrance like no other.


New White Smoky Rose Range

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – 60ml – AED 149

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – 30ml – AED 90

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Parfum – 30ml- AED 135

White Musk Smoky Rose Body Mist –  AED75

White Musk Smoky Rose Body Lotion – AED72

White Musk Smoky Rose Shower Gel- AED62

Now available in stores accross the UAE! Give The Body Shop UAE a like on Facebook here.

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