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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #2

Hey gals!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer as much as I am. I’ve now been home for a week and really enjoying myself. Minus the couple of heavy showers  & storms we’ve had last week, the weather has been gorgeous with a nice & cool 28c!

Onto my current skin care routine… here is a little LOOK inside the products I’ve been using lately:


Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

I’ve been using this one for over a week and really liking it! The scent is very summery and I like the fact that it also exfoliates your skin gently. I still prefer my Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser though as I find this ones doesn’t get rid of all my make-up as easily…. Still a very strong contender.

Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Water Skin Tonic

Don’t think I need to tell you, again, why I love this toner! Mind you, I’ve heard raving reviews of the La Roche-Posay Ser0zinc which I need to get my hands on next week….

Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under eye Gel

Again another favorite of mine! I like the way the gel cools your skin and refreshes your eyes leaving the very fragile skin underneath hydrated & smooth,

L’Occitane Essence Sublime Serum

Now, I’ve been using this Serum for just over 2 weeks now and still not quite sure what to say about it. I haven’t noticed any real difference on my skin either way… I will say that it’s not quite worth the AED265 and will probably have to go on a hunt for a new Serum soon!

Clarins Sun Care Cream SPF 20

Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to my usual Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen but that’s only because I got given a few little mini samples of this one and thought they would be easier to pack! However, I still very much prefer the Neutrogena as I find the Clarins Sun Cream to be a little too rich for my skin.

L’Occitane Creme de Beaute Sublime BB Cream

Still very much liking the L’Occitane BB Cream! It just leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and not greasy! The colour is also a really good fit to my skin tone. This one is defo a winner!

Let me know if you guys have recently tried a new product which you love or not!!

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#Make-UpCrush: My “Summer Holidays Capsule Make-up” bag

Only a  few days to go and I shall be jetting off to the South of France for a few weeks! I don’t about you but I look forward to going home, catching up with the family and friends, enjoying lovely food AND go beauty shopping!!

But first up, I need to pack! And with only 23kgs to play with, you gotta be smart about it! I’ve lived abroad for so long now that I have become a ‘master of the suitcase’ thing!

Every thing is meticulously planned from outfits to accessories and of course, beauty products & make-up!

So here is a glimpse inside my make-up bag and what I will be taking away with me to guarantee I look fab & glam without having to leg my whole bathroom!

1. Let’s start with the most important bit: the Make-Up Bag!

This one came highly recommended by one of my favorite blogger, Viviannadoesmakeup! As she puts it, if make-up and Filofax were to have a baby, THIS is what it would look like!

I ordered this Paul & Joe cute little pouch from Selfridges.com for 23 Pounds and 5 days later, it landed on my door step! You gotta love ‘Shop & Ship’!

P&J MakeUp Bag


2. Complexion

As much as I need a break, my skin needs one even more! A break from wearing a lot of make-up, foundation etc… so this Summer, I’m all about THE BB Cream! I have tried a few and just discovered this one from L’Occitane which is just amazing!! It boasts moisturizing agents, gives the complexion a fresh, natural and even look, visibly reduces the look of pores & redness and (bonus) has an SPF 30 built-in.


As a primer, I’ll be packing my genius POREfessional from Benefit of course! I posted a review not so long ago so check it out here.

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I’ve also packed my Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector which I’ll use as a concealer and/or highlighter.

My Summer blush will be from Bourjois Paris in Lilas d’Or which is this gorgeous deep pink with gold shimmer.

Bourjois Blush

For Bronzer, I’ve chosen the Body Shop Honey Bronzer, as (again) highly recommended by another favourite blogger of mine, LianaBeauty.

I’ve also packed my Cha Cha Tint and Sun Beam from Benefit just cos they look so pretty and give a beautiful glow to your skin! These will be used for V special occasions!

Perfect canvas. Check.

3. Eyes

Obviously I can’t quite live without my Bassam Fattouh Fork Eyeliner! Find out why here.

Next up, eye pencils! I packed a black one (DiorShow), a brown one (L’Oreal Paris) & a gold one from Sephora.

Mascara-wise, I went with the Outrageous Volume from Sephora which I adore! I also bought my waterproof DiorShow Blackout Mascara for when I’m on the beach or by the pool.

And as for eye shadows, well it had to be my newly purchased Urban Decay Naked 2 palette!! Another bloggers’ favourite and I can totally see why now! All the colours you need to create natural to dramatic smokey eyes! Thumbs up!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Last but not least, my amazing MAC Brow Pen!

4. Lips

I don’t wear much lipsticks and generally go for my Figs & Rouge Lip Balm! BUT if I do want to glam up a little I will be reaching for my 2 adorable

Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede sticks in  070 – Preview for daytime and 50 – Couture for evenings out!

I managed to squize in a couple of Sephora blending brushing and my Body Shop big fluffy brush for blending in bronzer & applying my blush!

And here is what the whole thing looks like! (please forgive the shabby picture my camera is broken and I only had my blackberry to snap it!)

My 'Summer Capsule Make-Up' Collection

My ‘Summer Capsule Make-Up’ Collection

Since a few have requested it, I shall blog my ‘Summer Essentials – Beauty Bits & Bobs‘ in the next few days :)

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#Event Crush: The 2013 VIVA Beauty Awards Winners

What a fabulous & glamorous night this was!! I thoroughly enjoyed this evening of beauty, glitter & sparkles!

For those of you who may not have followed my live-tweeting the Awards results, here is a round up of the 2013 VIVA Beauty Awards Winners!

Mass Market Products Awards Winners

  • Best Anti-Ageing Product: L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Total Repair 10
  • Best Body Product: Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow
  • Best Face Moisturiser: Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream
  • Best Foundation: Bourjois Radiance Healthy Mix
  • Best Hair Product: Dove Hair Therapy Oil Deep Nourishing Mask
  • Best Lipstick/Gloss: Bourjois BB Gloss 5 in 1
  • Best Mascara: L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes
  • Best Nail Varnish: Bourjois SO Laque Glossy(check my review here)
  • Best Perfume: Eau de Lacoste
  • Best Cult Product: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
  • Best Hair Salon: Pastels Salon

Prestige Market Products  Awards Winners:

  • Best Anti-Ageing Product: Chanel Sublimage La Creme
  • Best Body Product: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
  • Best Face Moisturiser: Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream
  • Best Foundation: Diorskin Nude Foundation
  • Best Hair Product: Kerastase Elixir Oil
  • Best Lipstick/Gloss: Chanel Rouge Allure
  • Best Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Best Nail Varnish: Chanel Vernis Nail Colour
  • Best Perfume: Gucci Premiere
  • Best Cult Product: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

VIVA Magazine Editor’s Choice Award: Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara

Looking glam with fellow blogger Maryam Esan @StyleMEjournal and the lovely Julia Purcaru from Tish Tash PR

Looking glam with fellow blogger Maryam Esan @StyleMEjournal and the lovely Julia Purcaru from Tish Tash PR

Maryam Esan & I!

Maryam Esan & I!

Most FABULOUS goodie bag EVER!!

Most FABULOUS goodie bag EVER!!


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Clarins Splendours Summer Make-up: Loving the Bronze Goddess Trend!!

Hey lovelies!

Summer really is just around the corner!! I LOVE Summer! Summer is FABULOUS! It means renewing your wardrobe with bright colour & fun pieces, it means buying a new bikini (OK that one isn’t the most enjoyable of experience but still…), the smell of sun cream and cocktails!

And it also means, BRAND NEW make-up! Searching for inspiration, I was let in on a glamorous secret 😉 – Clarin’s NEW Summer Splendours Collection and was pleased to find that BRONZE is back baby!!

I cannot wait to get my hands on their body oil, bronzer and eye shadows!

Here’s a pre-view of my favorite items and my tips on how to use them. Glowing sun-kissed goddess effect GUARANTEED!

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Sunshine into Gold
Travel to faraway lands, to the heart of an ancient people…and discover the splendours of a pre-Columbian civilization that worshiped the sun.
Gold, a rich cultural symbol, is the highlight of this summer make-up collection.
Sprinkle it on the eyes, neck and lips. Jade, sapphire, ruby and tourmaline appear
as crystalline gemstones and illuminate this elegant sun-kissed collection.

Glam Crush Tips:

Use the Eye Palette to create mesmerizing eyes! The lighter shades are just perfect for a glowy day-time look and the darker ones for a more smokey-looking dramatic version. Make sure to coat your lashes with a waterproof, heat-resistant mascara (2 coats)! (my personal fav: Diorshow Black Out)

I absolutely adore the moisturizing  yummy smelling Shimmer Body Oil (this one’s actually very subtle) which you can apply on your arms, decollete & shoulders for an extra glow and on your legs to make them look thinner (apply the shimmering oil along the shin bone.

The Bronzing Powder will warm your skin nicely and make it look radiant! Use a large brush to mix all the shades & blend over your face for an instant sun-kissed effect OR with a smaller brush, apply the gold colour to highlight your cheek bones & eyes!

I’ve recently met a lovely make-up artist and so will be working with her on a few tutorials. Let me know what you Glam Gals would like to know!! I’m thinking smokey eye, contouring, eyeliner, red lip etc…

Until next time…

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