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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 #3

Hope y’all had an excellent weekend! Mine just flew by really… doesn’t it always! Still, I found time to blog about my current skin care routine and here are the products I’ve been using over the past few weeks including a couple of newbies!


Eau Precieuse

Now this is one of those cult beauty products which I remember my grand-mother AND my mother using! The Eau Precieuse (Precious Water in English) was in fact created in France back in 1890! This miscellar water is known to fight imperfections & black heads. During my recent holidays at home, I was chatting all things beauty (of course) with my mates and one of them mentioned she was not only still using Eau Precieuse but loving it too. She has fantastic skin so it must work!!

Off I went to my local pharmacy & picked one up. I’ve been using all over my face to remove my make-up & as a pre-wash in the morning and so far, not complaining!

Neutrogena Deep Clean cleansing gel

Yes, I have gone back to my 1st love when it comes to cleanser and been again using my favorite one EVER! I’ve blogged about this amazing face wash a few times already but got to admit it is still the best at removing my make-up and preparing my skin for the rest of my routine.

L’Oreal Eclat Sublime Tonique Clarifiant

I mentioned this toner in one of my ‘French Fancies Beauty Haul‘ posts back from when I was on holidays. I’ve actually been using it for a few weeks now and really like it! It is very fresh and just wakes your skin up in the morning. It contains Vitamin C for an added ‘glowy‘ effect. Not sure you can get this one in the UAE just yet but if you are travelling to Europe I strongly recommend you pick up a bottle!

L’Oreal Sublimist Serum

And another one of my ‘French Fancies‘! I picked up this serum from the new L’Oreal Sublimist range and been using it every morning since then. It is said to give you that ‘perfect skin’ effect and although I can’t see any major difference, I do find it adds a little more ‘glow’ to it if that makes sense? It acts a bit as a primer and smooth out any fine lines or blemishes which then allows my BB cream to just glide onto my skin. Will keep on using it for the next few weeks and report back on any improvements!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 30

Nothing new here. I am still using AND loving my good old Neutrogena sunscreen. I did try the Clinique one for a few days but really, this one is my favorite one. I just love the fact that the texture is so light and non-greasy and it’s an absolute bargain.

L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream

I’ve talked about this one too in the past but really been using it on a regular basis since I went on holidays. Must say, of all the BB creams I have tried, this one is probably my favorite one. The texture is light & sheer but provide excellent coverage. The colour (medium) is just a superb match to my skin tone.

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum

OK, I am being a little ‘unfaithful’ to my beloved Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel BUT, I do have to try different things don’t I?! I just recently discovered the Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum and been using it for over 2 weeks now. The oil-like texture is pretty amazing actually! It just melts into your under eye skin and kind of smooth it out… I’ve gotta say it is a pretty damn good product! It doesn’t have the ‘refreshing effect’ the Herbline Essentials gel gives but it seems to be excellent at filling up those little lines (damn these!) and makes a perfect primer for your concealer… I can’t really tell which one I prefer, I like them both and will probably use the Herbline Essentials gel in the morning and use the Dermalogica in the evening as it feels a little more ‘nourishing’.

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub

I started using Lush’s lip scrubs a couple of months ago and absolutely adore the Pop Corn one. I tried the Santa’s Lip Scrub the other day and loved it too! You just rub it onto your lips, rinse it off and your pout is baby-soft & rid of any dry skin… amazing!

Well there you have it, this month’s low down on my skin care routine. I shall be back soon with some hair products I’ve recently been using so watch this space!


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#BeautyCrush: A LUSH Winter Limited Edition Range Worth Celebrating!

To mark the launch of the much awaited Limited edition winter range, Lush team in the UAE put together a little performance to get guests in festive spirits. The unique presentation explained the range while entertaining guests with light hearted humour, The Lush way! Bloggers & Press members had the opportunity to try out the range and experience some festive magic.

 The Range will be in all Lush store worldwide as of October 2013.

The Winter Limited edition  Range

 Bath Ballistics

Invented by Mo Constantine OBE in 1987.  The Bath Ballistic is often imitated, but none compare to the original.  Each one is formulated with the finest ingredients and essential oils to cleanse both the mind and body.  This Christmas, instead of glitter we have added popping candy, edible lustres and agar jelly stars and shapes for spectacular bathing. Simply drop into a ready run, warm bath and watch as it fizzes around the tub with abandonment, emitting its goodness into the water.


NEW  Bombardino (28 aed) … Alpine Indulgence

Bombardino shares its name with a beverage enjoyed in the Italian Alps and smells of rich lemon cheesecake.  We’ve added cocoa butter to soften the skin; whilst Sicilian lemon oil and Fair Trade vanilla absolute (the first Fair Trade absolute in the world!) give your bath a sweet and delicious fragrance.

NEW Lord of Misrule (36 aed) … Strange & Magnificent

Featuring Fair Trade vanilla absolute, the world’s first Fair Trade absolute, mixed with spicy black pepper oil and soothing patchouli.  Allow this ballistic to slowly dissolve in your bath to reveal a wine coloured centre.  The crown shape around the ballistic is the party hat that the tradition of the Lord of Misrule inspired centuries ago. Popping candy represents the party atmosphere that he would have created during his rule over a period of winter merriment.

NEW Luxury Lush Pud (37 aed) … Calorie Free Comfort

For a soothing and calming bath, this year Lush Pud has gone all luxury with colourful polka dots that float to the surface making pastel islands in the water.  A relaxing bath treat made with the comforting lavender and ylang ylang scent of Twilight – perfect for a bath before bedtime.

NEW Secret Santa (55 aed) … Cheeky Santa Surprise

Modelled on the original LUSH shop, 29 High Street in Poole, this double-layered ballistic is scented with soothing sandalwood, zesty lime and beautiful floral oils to emulate the iconic fragrance of our shops.  Watch your bath water turn a bright orange and don’t miss the jolly red fellow inside!  This one is great value for money, as its three baths in one!

NEW Shoot for the Stars (36 aed) … Night Time Enchantment

Uplifting Brazilian orange oil, clarifying bergamot and the creamy scent of honey will deeply relax you in the bath.  Shoot for the Stars creates an out of this world, enchanting bath as the stars inside whizz and swirl about the bathwater, leaving you submerged in clouds of colour. Fragranced with Honey I Washed the Kids – our best selling soap.

NEW LOOK      Snowman (28 aed) … A Big Softy

Pop this ballistic into a warm bath for a nourishing and softening soak. The simple vanilla and cheeky ylang ylang fragrance helps you warm up for winter and the cocoa butter chunks dissolve to moisturise your skin.  This is the Christmas version of all year round, Butterball bath ballistic.

Cinders (27 aed) … Warm By The Fireside

Cinders ballistic invokes the feeling of a warm, glowing fireside; made with warming cinnamon leaf oil and sweet orange oil to lift the spirits. Popping candy tops it all off, to emulate that comforting sound of a crackling open fire, while you relax in the bath.  Vegan

Golden Wonder (39 aed) … A Wonder to Behold

Drop this gold dusted gift into a warm bath and watch in wonder as golden stars burst out, dissolving in the water before your very eyes, turning the bath water a vibrant blue. The fragrance of sweet orange oil and lime oil will uplift your spirits.  Vegan

So White (36aed) … The Fairest of Them All

As pure as freshly fallen snow. So White has a delicate pink centre, which un-folds as the white outer layer gently dissolves.  The fresh, apple inspired scent snuggles you under the blanket of soft foamy bubbles.  Relax as neroli oil uplifts the mind and beautiful rose absolute softens the skin.  Vegan

Father Christmas (38 aed) … Ho, Ho, Ho!

Drop this festive chap into your bathtub and marvel as he fizzes around turning the water from bright red to vivid green.  He fills your tub with a zingy, fruity, uplifting fragrance of mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange blossom absolute.  Not only are these oils stimulating for the mind, but they’re also toning for the skin, helping to banish the winter blues and induce feelings of goodwill to all.  Vegan

Bubble Bars

Invented by Helen Ambrosen in 1998, bubble bars are a solid alternative to bubble bath that are unpreserved and packaging free.  Using a simple base of tartar and sodium bicarbonate, all sorts of essential oils and fresh ingredients are added to create the solid bubble bar slices we know and love.  To use, simply crumble under warm running water to create masses and masses of luxurious, softening, film star bubbles.  The Bubble Bath is back!  Patented.



NEW   The Christmas Penguin (32 aed) … P-P-Pop in the Penguin!

Crumble this fun fellow under running water for a bath scented with refreshing orange flower absolute and Sicilian mandarin oil and masses of white bubbles to build glaciers with!  This bubble bar was inspired by the smallest penguins in the world, which are blue and from Philip Island in Australia.

If you fall in love with the Christmas Penguin then don’t worry, you can get The Olive Branch shower gel all year through with the same exotic scent.

NEW LOOK Candy Mountain (29 aed) … Sugar Sweet Treat

Candy Mountain creates mounds of fluffy, fragrant, pearly white bubbles with a drift of pink. Crumble in your bath for a sugar sweet treat you won’t feel an ounce of guilt for indulging in! Vegan

Christmas Eve (32 aed) … Moonlight Soak

Crumble under a running tap and lie back amongst the masses of calming jasmine and ylang ylang scented bubbles and blue bath water.  Perfect to help calm excited minds enough to get a good night sleep.  There’s also some Irish moss powder (a type of seaweed) in there to soften the skin and make the water silky.  Vegan

Magic Wand Bubble Bar (50 aed) … Sweet Scented Bubbles

Fairy princesses of all ages will love this great value re-usable bubble bar for up to ten bubble baths.  Swish it around in the water for a skin softening, vanilla scented soak and a mound of candy bubbles.  Then pop it on the side for use another time … just like magic! Vegan


A multi-purpose product for washing your hair and body with; for masses of fragrant bubbles in the bathtub; or for just having fun with by moulding it into different shapes … the fun just goes on and on!  10p from each bar sold also goes into a FUNd for children’s charities in Japan affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.   Invented by Mo Constantine OBE for her grandchildren. Patent applied for.

NEW Golden FUN (55 aed) … Christmas Fun time

A new bar of FUN for Christmas, with a gold lustre and scented with the best-selling Honey I Washed the Kids fragrance.  Comforting sweet wild orange oil, uplifting bergamot oil and softening cornflour make this bar of FUN the ideal fun-filled, feel-good gift. Forget the frankincense and myrrh and stock up on the Golden FUN!

Bath Melts

LUSH invented solid bath oils in 1999 and named them, quite simply, Bath Melts.  Molten almond oil and Fair Trade cocoa butter form the heart of this bath time treat and really moisturise, soothe, soften and plump up the skin, leaving it silky smooth.  Bath Melts are one of the most luxurious things you can put in the bath. Immersing yourself in beautiful, emulsifying and wonderfully fragranced butters is like luxuriating in a bath of moisturiser.

NEW Star Light Star Bright (35 aed) … Bathe in Starlight

Softening cocoa and shea butter moisturise the skin while extra virgin coconut oil deeply hydrates.  Refreshing ginger and zesty lime oil inspire positivity and will give you an extra spark during dreary winter months. Crush this under running water and marvel as the star slowly melts, leaving a silvery lustre spread across the water in a magical trail of starlight through turquoise coloured water.

NEW FRAGRANCE The Melting Snowman (25 aed) … Softening Snowman Soak

Cocoa butter and almond oil nourish and soften the skin while the cinnamon leaf oil invigorates and helps shake off fatigue. This year he’s got a beautiful, comforting, spicy and warming hot toddy fragrance of cinnamon oil, clove leaf, lime oil and sweet orange oil. Vegan


LUSH has been manufacturing luxury handmade soaps since the mid 1980s. In a deliberate move away from truly mass commercial soaps, LUSH has perfected the technique of making solid soap by hand using the “pouring” method.  In 2007 Mo Constantine OBE helped to invent a palm oil free soap base – so not only are LUSH soaps not made with any animal fats, they also help to save the rain forests.  This base is available for any manufacturer who would like to use it.


NEW Orange Jelly (37 aed for 100g) … Zesty and Fresh

This soap is orange, pure and simple.  It has freshly squeezed orange juice, toning Brazilian orange oil and topped off with fresh orange slices preserved in seaweed-based jelly.  A summery uplifting scent, just what you need in the middle of winter!

NEW Noriko Soap (37aed for 100g) … Delicate Soap Dream

Named after its inventor this soap is made with Japanese-inspired ingredients like tofu and rice.  Delicate rose absolute and ylang ylang oil calm the stresses of the season while creamy tofu nourishes the skin.  This soap’s floral notes and playful jelly float you into a colourful daydream far removed from the chilly winter weather.

Angel’s Delight (35 aed for 100g) … Just Heavenly

This annual favourite is back with the same jelly baby scent that you know and love!  Angel’s will swoon for all the pink sparkly stars and moons that are embedded in this soap and it’s the tangerine and orange oils, along with blackcurrant that give it its yummy fragrance.  These oils also really work to cleanse, refresh and detox the skin.  Vegan

Mr Punch (41 aed for 100g) … A Slice of Summer

This soap certainly packs a punch with a concoction of fruity essential oils to help fend off the winter cold – there’s cleansing juniperberry oil, blackcurrant absolute, uplifting lime oil and softening coconut oil …it also helps tone the skin!  Vegan

Snowcake (35 aed for 100g) … Marzipan and almond inspired heaven

A LUSH classic and bestseller, a slice of Snowcake smells just like the irresistible almond marzipan on the Christmas cake.  Lather up with gorgeous rose absolute, that soothes dry, cracked winter skin, and berry scented cassie absolute.  Your skin will be left softened and beautifully scented. Vegan

Snow Globe (35 aed for 100g) … Perk Up Your Skin. Refresh your senses.

Lemon myrtle, grapefruit oil and ylang ylang make this soap an invigorating choice for the depths of winter.  The whole soap is in the shape of a snow globe, with white circles to imitate the snowflakes.  Vegan

Shower Gels

LUSH shower gels may not be naked … but they’re not virgin either!  The bottles are made from recycled plastic and manufactured in England.  By using recycled plastic for our bottles, we are saving nearly 73 tonnes of virgin plastic and 125 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.


Snow Fairy (prices start at 45 aed for 100g) … Truly Scrumptious

A festive favourite and cause for celebration, this year Snow Fairy is unpreserved and we’ve replaced her non-biodegradable glitter with environmentally friendly shimmering lustre!  But don’t worry, she has the same sweet, magical scent of soothing vanilla and comforting vanilla – she’s just granting the planet’s wishes as well as yours! Vegan

Ponche (prices start at 48 aed for 100g) … Tequila at Sunrise

Spanish for punch, this shower gel is inspired by the Mexican fruit punch made from seasonal fruits such as plums, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla.  All ingredients that can help warm and stimulate the senses.  Wash your hair and body with this fruity, softening shower gel and lift your spirits on dark, gloomy days!

Rose Jam (prices start at 52aed for 100g) … A Kiss from a Rose

Inspired by our love for roses and the benefits of nourishing argan oil, this shower gel is a decadent as it gets!  Skin brightening goji berry juice and Sicilian lemon give your skin a boost, while rose oil and rose absolute leave it soothed, softened and beautifully fragranced.  A luxurious way to start each day.

For the Lips …

Cold weather can leave lips flaky, sore and chapped – which is not a good look for under the mistletoe!  Choose from LUSH’s range of unpreserved lip scrubs, balms and tints to ensure a soft, smooth, extremely kissable pair of lips.



NEW Santa’s Lip Scrub (60 aed) … Kissable Christmas lips

The caster sugar in this scrub will gently exfoliate away any dry skin from your lips, whilst the extra virgin coconut oil moisturises, leaving them soft and conditioned.  This lip scrub has the fragrance of fizzy cola sweets for delicious tasting kisses, with a hint of festive red.  Scrub lips before applying colour for a flawless pout.

NEW Santa Baby Lip Tint (60 aed) … Hurry down the chimney tonight

A classic red, this tint is a colourful moisture boost for the lips.  Loaded with Fair Trade butters to soften and nourishing carrot oil to care for the lips; with extracts of cherries and dates to give a sweet hint of festive flavour; and extracts of cinnamon stick to plump up your pout.  Use after scrubbing lips to be mistletoe ready!  Vegan

Body Care …

In winter, we need extra moisture to help retain the skin’s elasticity and smooth texture.  One of the most important things for your skin is to keep it gently stimulated and maintain a healthy circulation.  By doing this you’ll encourage the elimination of toxins, ensure a healthy turnover of cells and stimulate muscle tone.  This year we have a selection of festive unpreserved body care products to help you keep your skin in tip-top condition, softened and fragranced beautifully too.

NEW FORMULA Sandy Santa (65 aed) … scrubs & softens

Keep your skin looking and feeling amazing during winter with this limited edition sugar scrub.  This year it’s even more beneficial for the skin, with added coconut oil and butters, such as murumuru and organic shea butter, to intensely moisturise.  Sugar and sand add the gentle polishing effect.  Fragranced with toning Brazilian orange oil as a nod to his exotic inspiration – the sand sculptures on Copacabana beach!

NEW Snow Fairy Sparkle (50 aed) … Sweet Sparkling Skin

Snow Fairy fragranced sparkle in a bar!  With a soft heart full of moisturising butters, oils and shimmering silver lustre to leave you smelling candy sweet and ready for your party dress.  Smooth this bar over your arms and shoulders for soft shimmering skin that catches the light as you flutter.

NEW Celebrate hand and body lotion (140 aed) … Bottoms Up!

Celebrate the festive season with this beautiful unpreserved hand and body lotion.  Rich and wonderfully emollient, the cocoa butter and almond oil will replenish and moisturise your skin, while the inspired fragrance uplifts your spirits.  Brazilian orange oil and lime oil tones the skin and lifts you out of the winter blues while geting you into the party mood.  Vegan

NEW Sikkim Girls body cream (240 aed) … Seductive and Sensual

Fragranced with ‘Sikkim Girls’ from Gorilla Perfumes, this decadent cream will perfume the skin like no other. Jasmine flowers infused with vanilla pods and Darjeeling tea creates the soothing base.  Unpreserved and richly emollient, creamy butters and hemp oil nourish your skin while Tuberose, Jasmine and Frangipani essential oils entice others closer.  A sexy, nourishing cream that will leave you feeling seduced after the bath or shower.

Follow with a dab of the Sikkim Girls fragrance by the Gorilla Perfumers at LUSH.

 Skin Care …

Everyday when you face the world it can be rather unkind.  Dirt, grime, and pollution … it all collects on your epidermis and pores.  You may not see it, but it’s there.  Cleansing your face is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself; especially if you’re using one of our gentle inventions.  Mo Constantine OBE excels in these beautiful formulas, which are greatly valued, especially during the festive season, when our skin can suffer from late nights and all sorts of indulgences.

We offer seasonal facial cleansers to offer your skin a little bit of some special TLC that it might need over the festive season.  In the New Year, once the excess of Christmas is a thing of the past, choose from our range of year round cleansing rolls; including: Angels on Bare SkinDark AngelsAqua Marina; or Herbalism.



Let the Good Times Roll cleansing roll (64 aed for 100g) … Scrubs and Softens

An exfoliating cleanser for the face and body, to softly scrub dry winter skin and moisturise at the same time.  Delicately cleansing maize flour, polenta and corn oil are all gently absorbent and can help to even out skin tone.  Talc enables the cleanser to glide easily over the skin, while glycerine acts as a humectant keeping the skin expertly nourished and moisturised, which means this one is especially good for dry skin (a common complaint during the winter months).  Crushed popcorn garnishes this rolled cleanser.  Skin will be left softened, soothed and ever so slightly warmed by the cinnamon powder, which can help with circulation.  Vegan

Bûche de Noël cleansing roll (65 aed for 100g) … Gentle and Nourishing

This cleansing roll is food for your face, containing lots of softening and nourishing ingredients to care for any skin type during the winter months.  With ground almonds to gently exfoliate the skin; dried cranberries and fresh satsumas to tone and brighten; nutritious almond oil to soften; and cocoa butter to act as an emollient.  Helps lock in moisture and keep skin soft against the cold.  Wrapped in a sheet of nori seaweed, it resembles a festive Yule Log.   Vegan

Our Fresh facemasks are made daily by hand, with fresh natural ingredients.  They contain no preservatives and are made with whole fruits and vegetables and the finest essential oils.  They are so fresh they have to be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks!

Cold weather and central heating can cause skin to dry out, so using facemasks is a good way to replenish moisture and get vitamins and nutrients directly onto your face.  Inventor and co-Founder Helen Ambrosen comments:  “They will deliver fresh ingredients directly onto the skin to work their magic, giving you an effective way to naturally protect against aging.  Facemasks containing clays such as kaolin will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”  So great to use before the Christmas party for a temporary natural lift!

NEW Rudolph fresh facemask (55 aed) … soothes red noses.

A soothing, nourishing mask to calms skin from the cold.  Fresh cucumber and aloe vera gel reduce redness, fine oatmeal nourishes, calamine powder soothes.  Organic lavender oil balances the skin and green tea powder has antioxidant properties to help fight free radicals. Smother your face in this mask and leave for 5 to 10 minutes – and don’t forget to pop your shiny jelly red nose in place!

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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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#BeautyCrush: Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub… yummy!!

When I attended the Lush ‘Fresh Face’ event, I treated myself to a few of their best selling products. One of them was the Popcorn Lip Scrub which I proceeded to using every other day for a week & a bit.

Results: HUGE CRUSH!

This little gem is made up of coconut and jojoba oils, sugar, sea salt and polenta making it the the perfect mix to buff your lips to perfection and leave them smooth and moisturised. It also features popping candy sweetness and has a little salted caramel flavour!

Rub it onto your lips (gently) just before you wash your face, rinse off for plumped-up, smooth & soft lips! Do add some lip balm to really seal in the moisture…

Kissable lips guaranteed!

Make your own!

If you fancy making your own Lip Scrub at home here is one of my favorite recipes:

1. Take 1 table spoon of coconut butter (can be found in all major health stores)

2. Add 1 table spoon of brown sugar

3. Mix is all up

4. Rub the mixture gently onto your lips before washing off

Et voila!

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