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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #4

Can you guys believe we’re already in November?! That’s just mad, where does time go!

And I can’t believe I am sitting here blogging about my fourth What’s On My Face feature either yet here I am.

And so here we are with the products I have been using AND loving lately!!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear® 2 in 1 Wash and Mask – a great great time-saver product!! You can use this amazing product as a daily face wash (quite an effective one at that) and as a weekly deep cleansing mask! Been using it for a few weeks now and really liking it so far….

La Roche- Posay Serozinc – I mentioned this product in a previous post and remember I wasn’t too sure about it… well, I have now been using it for a while and must say I actually really like it! It is a purifying yet soothing zinc sulfate solution which just adds that extra touch in your cleansing routine! All of my favorite bloggers keep on raving about it and I am starting to see why! I bought mine from France and not entirely sure we can actually find it here in the UAE… will defo investigate and let you know.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – since I’ve visited the Dermalogica spa and found out I had some sensitivities on my cheeks I’ve been using this calming & soothing serum twice a day after my toner and before my moisturiser. It has been over 2 weeks now and the redness has definitively gone down and my skin feels ‘repaired’ if that makes sense! Again, another amazing product from Dermalogica

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster – I did mention in my Dermalogica treatment review that my therapist had found my forehead and T-zone to be quite dehydrated which could eventually cause fine lines and so she recommended this genius little serum which I actually had a tube of at home! I have been applying it twice a day since! You’ve gotta keep those little lines at bay for as long as possible right?!

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Serum – OK, I know this is now the 3rd Dermalogica product but really, their stuff is pretty amazing! I was gifted the new Soothing Eye Serum a couple of months ago and been not only using it every evening but loving it too! The texture is a like an oil but it sinks right into your under eye skin and does not leave any greasy film at all! It reduces dark shadows and nourishes the very sensitive skin under your eyes…

Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel – I have mentioned this one too in a previous post and I am still very much using this amazing eye gel in the morning as I just love the refreshing and awakening effect it gives! It also hydrates and plumps up my under eye skin beautifully and makes for a great make-up base. Plus it’s organic and that’s just like a great bonus to me!

Elemis Pro-Collagene Marine Cream – I wrote a full review of this amazing moisturiser and so won’t go on about it here. Just check out my post here.

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen – Same here with this SPF which has been a regular in my skin care routine for almost 6 months now and probably will be for a very very long time!! Full review here.

Herbline Essentials Apricot & Honey Face Scrub – Ladies, you’ve GOTTA exfoliate at least once a week to get rid of dry skin and impurities! And no, this is not up for a debate! I’ve been ‘scrubbing’ for years and my skin is very thankful for it. An excellent one is the new Apricot & Honey Face Scrub from one of my top skin care brands, Herbline EssentialsThis delicious smelling scrub has a deep moisturising effect whilst the apricot oil and fruit extracts work together to help remove blackheads, nourish dehydrated skin, exfoliate and even out the skin tone. 

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub – I’ve got to confess to have been a smoker for many years (way too many in fact but I’m French yeah, that’s what we do!) and so have been suffering from dry lips ever since! I did quit the cancer sticks a while ago but still have very dry lips so really, discovering this genius little lip scrub was a revelation! You just rub it in, rinse and voila! Gorgeous soft & hydrated lips guaranteed! This one is from Lush’s Christmas collection and I also have the Pop Corn Lip Scrub which is yum!

Biorderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – I discovered this genius little pink product in the Special Edition Tala Samman GlamBox back in June (read the full review) and have been using it to remove my eye make-up every night every since! As a contact lenses wearer I need to ensure I use a non-irritating eye make-up remover and this one is just perfect at both taking even the most stubborn mascara off and soothing my eyes at the same time. Defo a keeper!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s What’s On My Face post. If you have recently discovered a product you absolutely love (or hate) do share in the comments section!

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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #1

In case you were wondering, WOMF stands for What’s On My Face!!

Every month I shall blog about my skin care routine, the products I am using, what I love about them and what I don’t! In doing so, I hope to inspire you to try out new things!

As always, please feel free to share your favourite products, recommend some I should try out etc…! I LOVE to hear your feedback :).

WOMF #1 (July 2013)

What's on my face - July 2013


This month I’m using:

  • Bioderma Sebium Purifying & Foaming Cleansing Gel

I’ve used the Neutrogena Deep Clean for a few weeks and absolutely loved it (see my review here) but when I ran out, I went back to using my good ol’ Bioderma cleaner. I had forgotten how I use to love this one too! It just gets rid of all the make-up and dirt that can accumulate on your face after a long & hard day of labour! It doesn’t dry out your skin and leaves it all refreshed, cleaned & polished!

  • Soap & Glory ‘Scrub your nose in it’ 

Twice a week I make sure to give my skin a little exfoliation to make sure I get rid all dead cells, clean out my clogged pores (in the weather your skin can build up a lot of oil!) and just give it a good polish. One drugstore brand I discovered back when I lived in the UK is Soap & Glory! I just loved the packaging, the quirky product names and gave it a try! I’ve now used their scrub for a few years and still love it.

Bonus beauty tip: Layer the scrub all over your face and leave it on for a few minutes for a quick deep cleansing mask

  • Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate

When the weather gets this hot, my skin gets ubber sensitive and just goes red in the T-zone. I recently started using the Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum which came highly recommended by one of my “beautista” friend. So far, it has given me great results. The redness has gone down dramatically and it seems my skin has adopted it so I shall carry on using it twice a day, throughout the Summer.

  • Yves Rocher ‘Cure Solutions’ Eye Cream 

Right this one you can’t actually get it here sorry! Yves Rocher is a French brand, very similar to the Body Shop whereby they sell natural products. I get my YR fix every time I go home and have been loving their eye cream for years! PLUS it’s super cheap! Like 2-3 euros so bargain I say! The cream is green which (apparently) cancels out any dark shadows under the eye… I don’t really get dark circles so certainly won’t recommend using this particular product if you suffer from it but with me, it does the ticket!

I’m almost at the end of the tube and intend of switching to a new one over the next week or so… watch this space!

  • Dior HydraLife Skin Perfect Pore Refining Moisturizer

This is my latest ‘lux’ beauty buy! I was on the look out for a new moisturizer and thought I would treat myself to a little Dior! Why not?! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and am not unhappy with it! It does claim to soothe & uniform your skin tone, buff out your pores and smooth out small lines… I’m not saying this isn’t a great product but I am missing the WOW factor here… haven’t seen any difference to my previous (MUCH cheaper) day cream from Dermalogica.

I’ll give it another few weeks and see what happens!

  • Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF30

I said it and I’ll say it again, you MUST wear an SPF, every single day! No exceptions and NO excuses! And because I actually do walk the talk (or is it talk the walk… mmmm…) I do wear one which I apply liberally over my entire face & neck (oh and ears! We always forget about the ears but they do catch the sun too!!!).

I discovered the Neutrogena UltraShee Dry-Touch SPF a couple of months ago and haven’t looked back! (Read my full review here). I use the SPF30 but if your skin is a light or very pale, they have SPF50 and evern SPF100!


There you have it! I’ve already selected a few bits & bobs I’m gonna be using next month during my holidays and cannot wait to report on these!

Until then, stay glam and WEAR YOUR SPF EVERYDAY!

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Celebrity GlamBoxes 2013

#BeautyCrush: Superstar glamour with Celebrity GlamBox Edition

The celebrity lifestyle is a heady mix of beauty and glamour.  One minute stepping out in style for a premiere, the next posing for a photo shoot… and always managing to look flawless. It does leave us wondering how on Earth DO they do it?

Well, the secrets are out for you Glamistas!

 GlamBox has proudly collaborated with five of Dubai’s most influential beauty and fashion celebrities to curate a special edition for summer 2013.

These exciting and inspiring fashionistas are now revealing their favourite beauty products especially for you!

So, who are these famous fashionistas?


Huda Kattan is an award-winning blogger and Hollywood-trained celebrity make-up artist. Inside Huda’s Glambox you will find:

  •  Huda Beauty Lashes – A beauty creation from Huda herself, these lashes go to great lengths and unbelievable volume
  • Lush Lip Scrub – enriched with a blend of exfoliating fair trade sugar and jojoba oil, leaving your lips super soft
  • Vaseline Cocoa Body Lotion – smoothes away rough skin and the appearance of dark spots, igniting skin’s natural glow
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – especially effective in healing dry skin and minor cuts and reducing the appearance of fine lines
  • Ciaté Nail Polish – famous for its caviar nail collection, this is the trendiest nail polish in town
  • Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – a jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular “out-to-here” look


Award-winning TV and radio presenter, Simone Heng, is delighted to be bringing you her GlamBox, featuring:

  •  Ponds Gold Radiance Serum – diminishes early signs of ageing and boosts your skin’s youthful radiance
  • Ponds Gold Radiance Day Cream – infused with the goodness of real gold and clinically proven to lift away skin dullness
  • Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions – targeted root action for superior hair fall protection and stronger hair
  • Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Skin Tonic – a beautiful and natural skin toner from the popular organic range
  • Lipstick Queen founded by Poppy King – the result of a lifetime devoted to finding the perfect lipstick


Actress Tamara Al Gabbani is also a TV presenter and a talented fashion designer. Her beauty must-haves for you to try are:

  •  Syoss Professional Shine Boost Mask – an intensive, 1-minute mask that provides radiant shine and smoothes your hair like never before
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 – a gentle solution that cleanses the face and removes even water-resistant make-up
  • Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara – coats every single lash without weighting them down, for a wide-eyed look
  • La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream – luxurious treatment that targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and much more
  • L’Oreal Color Riche Balm – provides a hint of luscious kissable color, full 8 hours of continuous hydration and smoothes lips instantly


Former Miss Lebanon, media doyenne and digital stylista of Gheir.com, Zoya Sakr lets you in a few of her beauty secrets with her GlamBox:

  •  Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil Spray – nourishes, repairs and softens face, body and hair in a single step without a greasy residue
  • Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment – award-winning professional hair mask spray that offers 10 real benefits
  • Middle Eastern Rosewater blend – 100% natural toner, with mineralising, pore minimising astringent and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Butter – richly hydrating and soothing natural butter that regenerates the epidermis and combats dry skin
  • The Cure Gift Voucher – Dubai Media City’s spa sanctuary to get away from it all and be preened, pampered and polished to perfection


Tala Samman is a celebrity blogger, stylist, editor and consultant who knows the beauty world inside out. Her GlamBox is filled with:

  •  Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel – an exfoliating cream that smoothes, brightens and clarifies the complexion
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 – a gentle solution that cleanses the face, and removes even water-resistant make-up
  • MAC Lipstick – the lipstick that made MAC famous: colour plus texture for the lips
  • Bio Oil – multi-award-winning specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone

How do you get your hands on these GlamBoxes full of celebrity beauty secrets?

Simply spend AED 500 on www.GlamBox.me to either purchase a subscription or a product from the GlamShop in July or August to receive a Celebrity GlamBox of your choice.

And keep following the GlamBox Facebook page for further chances to win them, too.

Remember, these GlamBoxes are limited edition and the offer will only be available while stocks last…

A selection of the full size celebrity beauty picks will also be available to purchase on the GlamShop throughout July and August too.

Hurry now to avoid disappointment and ensure that you shine like the stars this summer!

 For more details, come on over to www.glambox.me and discover the latest beauty treats and trends before anyone else.

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#GlamCrush: A sneak peek into my May #GlamBox

Bonjour Glamistas!

This month’s GlamBox was well, fabulous as expected!!

My little pink treasure box landed on my door step a week ago and I opened it to find another lot of beauty treats for me to try!!

Wanna know what was in the box?

Well here it:

May GlamBox

May GlamBox


Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser 

The claim: Developed by dermatologists, it contains 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract plus Vitamin C for clear, fresh and healthy looking skin every day.

The crush: I am currently using the Neutrogena Deep Cleanser but I’ve almost finished it so will be sure to start using & review the Grapefruit Facial Cleanser properly very soon 😉

Bioderma ‘Fluide Solaire’ SPF100

The claim: Non-oily freshness effect which is fragrance-free, water-resistant and with high SPF protection; guarantees double protection by combining powerful direct anti-UVA-UVB photoprotectors and the exclusive Cellular Bioprotection patent.

The crush: SPF100 is a little high for my ‘darker’ skin BUT I did try it out a couple of times and loved it’s ‘fresh’ feel! I’ll be using it during my Summer holidays for sure.

Thierry Mugler ‘Alien Essence Absolue

The claim: A mystical and sensual fragrance.  An Eau de Parfum with an intense fragrant trail like a sensory treasure, a fusion of three revelations: Floral, Mystic and finally Amber Vanilla.

The crush: I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This perfume smells GORGEOUS! Sweet, deep, & all mystical. Will certainly get you noticed! I actually got a few compliments over the weekend…

Vipera Cosmetics ‘Photo Model Make Up’

The claim: Photochromic make up foundation with natural UV filter.  Colour tone adapt for every skin type.  A light liquid foundation that blends seamlessly to give a smooth, refined finish.

The crush: I’ve not tried it yet BUT I do have an event on Monday evening and will make sure to use it then! Will report back to you all ;)!

Bourjois ‘Khol Precision’ Eye Pencil in Vert Foret

The claim: An array of different colour eye pencils.  Kohl precision to highlight your eyes.

The crush: Mine was ‘Vert Foret‘ a darker shade of green which I never would have thought to purchase! I actually used it a couple of times and loved the (very subtle) pop of colour! The texture is good, stayed put all day but removed very easily with my regular eye-make up remover from Nivea so I guess it is now officially part of my ‘make-up bag’!

Check out The Glamista Blog on Tumblr for the latest scoop on beauty, tips & tricks, product reviews & videos!

And and if you’ve not already done so, SUBSCRIBE!!! You’ll love it! xo

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#BeautyCrush: Here’s the BEST skin care brand EVER!

Now let’s talk about beauty & skin care a little!

Another one of my (many) beauty crushes is skin care brand Dermalogica, which I’ve now been using for almost 6 years!

Rewind back to my early 20’s: all remember our 20’s? Shiny, spotty skin, bad (terrible) make-up (what were we thinking??), no money for facials or branded products? Remember now? Well, we’ve ALL been there! I still remember using Vitamine E cream from Superdrug!! Like who does that?!

And then one day, I decided to treat myself to a deep-cleaning facial! And so I go to my local beauty salon in East London and this is where I discovered Dermalogica! I remember thinking that the products smelled very ‘natural’, it didn’t irritate my skin at all and I left with a glow in my step, and a trial-size pack of Dermalogica goodies in my bag!

I’ve never looked back and have used this stuff ever since! The products are a little expensive although still reasonable compare to other brands, but most importantly they will last you for months.

Here is what my daytime skin care routine looks like:



Step 1: Cleanse your face with Special Cleansing Gel, suitable for ALL skin types (AED150)

Now this one I absolutely ADORE! Melts away all of your make-up, even waterproof mascara, gets rid of all that yuk to leave a perfect, cleaned canvas. Another one which is great is the Bioderma Sebium Foaming gel 200 (see).

Step 2: Spritz on the Multi-Active Toner (AED150)

I’ve tried many many different toners including the Clinique n2 and this one has to be the best. It doesn’t irritate the skin, lasts for EVER and really hydrate the skin allowing the follow up products to really penetrate.

Step 3: Smooth on Hydrating Booster (AED280)

You don’t have to use a ‘booster’ or ‘serum’. My skin gets very dehydrated and as a results tends to break out. THIS is the only thing that has given me results! Just spread a thin layer over your skin, followed by your moisturizer.

Step 4: Apply Active Moist all over (AED230)

I looooove that moisturizer. Massive CRUSH on this one. Non-greasy but still rich enough to properly moisturize the skin. Feels gorgeous on and really prepare your skin for make-up. Only downside is that it doesn’t not have an SPF so I would usually make sure my BB creams or foundation has one. We will talk about SPF in another post.

So there you have it, the Glam Crush Girl‘s everyday skin care routine! I hear you asking ‘But what about eye cream??’! Well, I can’t give up all my glam secrets at once now can I? 😉

What are your favorite products!! Want me to review a particular one for you?

Now spread the glamour! 


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