Category Archives: Nail 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!

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#NailCrush: I nailed it at Nbar Ibn Battuta!

If you follow me on Instagram you will probably have noticed I do tend to take pictures of my nails quite a lot! I do love nails… I just think polished, well-groomed, coloured nails are the epitome of femininity! And seeing by the number of nail salons around Dubai I’m not the only one!

IMG_3881 For me it’s important to find a place where I feel relaxed and confortable and where my nails are looked after in an impeccable manner. Every time. I do like consistency so… I finally found a place where the quality is consistent, the ambiance is fun, the choice of polishes and colours extensive and that place is the Nbar at my local mall, Ibn Battuta!

After a 2-week long holiday in France, by -5C, my hands and nails were looking worse for wear so off I went hoping the girls at Nbar could somehow salvage my dry, brittled nails.

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I decided to try out their Shellac Manicure, said to not be as damaging as Gelish to the nail and to still last for a couple of weeks.

The colour selection is pretty amazing and it did take me a few minutes to make my mind up! They also have this super cute wall of inspiration with lots of different nail art designs… I’ll have to try of these next time for sure 😉

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In the end I picked up a lovely dark browny plum colour which I love and thought would be perfect for the winter season!

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The whole process took about 1hr and I left with hands & nails looking FAB! The girls were super nice and I had a lot of fun.

Will defo return and can really vouch for this place!

Shellac Mani: AED140 check out their full menu here.

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#NailCrush: Formula X is (finally) hitting our shores!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have heard about Sephora‘s latest launch in the nail care department!

I’m of course talking about the new Formula X polishes!!! And guess what? They are now launching in our neck of the wood! YES you’ve heard me right, Formula X products will land in our UAE stores this very month!

I recently attended the press launch and got to try the products first hand… the colour selection is pretty amazing with over 140 different shades & effects!

The actual texture of the polishes is gel-like and just stays on forever (mine lasted 4 days which is a miracle since I can’t seem to even keep a mani intact for more than 24hrs!)

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What I was most impressed with is the new Formula X ‘The System’. A 3-step nail care pack which includes a nail cleanser, a base coat and a shine top coat. Throw in  your favourite polish and you’re on your way to a professional looking, long-lasting manicure in the comfort of your own home! The kit retails for AED120.

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I’m actually pretty impressed with the packaging and choice of colours! I mean they have them all, the nudes, the neons, the sparky ones, metallics, the special effects ones… you name it, I bet you they have it! The brush is also pretty easy to use.

And from about AEd50 a pop, they’re super inexpensive too! All the more reason to stock up for the Summer.

I promise you’ll love them! Now be sure to tune in to my Twitter account @theglamcrusher as I will be sure to let you all know the exact date these will be in Sephora at The Dubai Mall.

Can’t wait xo!

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#NailCrush: The Polish Edit

I am a firm believer of the whole ‘show me your hands, I’ll tell you who you are‘ thing.

I mean, the way you look after your hands just tells a lot about how you care about the rest of you/your life/etc….

PLUS, when you work in a business environment and have lots of meetings etc… it is super important to ensure your hands always are in pristine conditions as it is after all the first ‘thing’ you extend when meeting someone for the first time, and trust me, people DO notice!

So this post won’t come as a surprise! I always make sure to give my hands a weekly manicure (at home) and then once a month, treat them to a professional one.

I also always make sure my polish always looks good and because I love to wear different colours depending on my moods, outfits etc… I tend to change it every few days.

This past few weeks, I’ve been sporting an array of colours that could not be more diverse!

So here are the brands & polishes I’ve been rocking lately :)

1. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints in Greenberry and Papaya – at AED25 a pot, these were a real bargain and they lasts you quite a while. Although these colours are a bit more ‘Summery’, they just make me happy!

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2. Rimmel London Salon Pro in Barmy Blue – I absolutely love this shade of blue which just goes so well with denim or darker outfits! The Salon Pro polishes are quite amazing when it comes to lasting ages!

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3.  Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Golden Rule – no, glitter isn’t just for Christmas! It can (and should) be worn all year round! Just because it looks pretty! Do I need to say more? I wear this one on its own OR over a coloured polish for an added sparkling effect…

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4. Picture Polish goodies in Peaches & Cream and Orbit – I attended the launch of aussie brand Picture Polish the other day and felt madly in love with these fabulous gems. The range of colours is just amazing! I particularly love this peach pink colour and this beautiful sparkly dark blue number which you can wear on its own or over the other one to create a ‘sparkly french mani’ effect!

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5. NStyle Polish in Fashion Dome – this one is more of classic red colour which everyone should have in their polish stash! I had never tried NStyle‘s own brand of polish and so was super excited to be receiving this one in my January GlamBox! I love the way it applies so easily and lasts you for a few days without chipping!! Again, a classy classic!

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I will be updating my colour selection in preparing for Spring & Summer, so will be sure to keep you gals posted on any new finds! I hear next season will be all about pastels and nudes ….

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#NailCrush: CND Shellac’s Forbidden Collection Launch

Loving the campaign’s tag line: “Unravel the mystery of innate desires and express glamour with CND’s Shellac Forbidden Collection!” 

Looking at the new CND Shellac’s collection, I can totally relate! You may remember a previous post on CND Vinylux new collection for Fall/Winter? See here if you haven’t. Well, I am SO very pleased to say, the same sultry, deep & sexy colours are now available in Shellac form!! YAY!

I recently attended the CND Shellac Forbidden Collection launch at the beautiful JW Marriott Marquis and was treated to my very first CND Shellac manicure!

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First of, I had to chose a colour… gosh that was hard! With 6 different ones to chose from, all featured on the runways during New York and London Fashion Weeks, I took me a while to pick not 1 but 3 colours – Dark DhaliaTinted Love andNight Glimmer (the first one as the main colour on 4 out 5 fingers, the second for the ring finger on each hands and Night Glimmer as a French-manicure style tip).

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In terms of manicures, I probably tried out everything and, up until a few months ago, I was a huge Gelish advocate! A manicure that lasts for 3 weeks? Yes please! However, it kind of took its toll on my nails, rendering them very brittle and fragile.

Chatting to the lovely CDN Vice Presitent, Denise Dente, I was assured the CNC Shellac was different! It does not damage your nails, is easy to remove and lasts as long as a Gelish  manicure does.

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The whole process only took 35 mins which is amazing! The first coat takes about 10 seconds to dry and then the next 2 coats take 2 minutes each and you’re done!

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2 weeks later, my Shellac manicure is still going strong with very minor chipping and the colour is still very shiny. How amazing!!

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The CND Shellac manicures & pedicures are available across all leading spas and salons in the UAE including my favorite De La Mer Day Spa for AED120 or AED230 for a mani-pedi combo)!

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