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Summer Fragrance Edit

#PerfumeCrush: The Summer Fragrance Edit

Since I’ve moved to the Middle East I’ve become obsessed with smelling good! Must have something to do with the way the Emiratis always smell so so good with oud-packed lingering scents… I just love it!

And so my personal tastes in perfumes has kind of changed towards deeper, stronger and more ‘oud-y’ ones as you can tell from my top 5 fragrances for this Summer!

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Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss

Valentino Oud Assoluto

Elie Saab L’Eau Couture

Chanel Coco Noir

If you’ve recently been loving a particular perfume, please do tell as I’m always looking for new ones!

#PerfumeCrushes: The Summer Fragrances Edit

Summer Fragrance Edit

And so the countdown to Summer has officially begun! Literally…. crossing days on my desk calendar et al! I’m now on D-95… seems like a far away ahead BUT that’s exactly 3 months. And these 3 months are going to be HECTIC ones.

For one, I need to try & get into some sort of shape, then I need to plan out all of my outfits (I’m limited to 23kgs of luggage so gotta make tough decisions!), I’ll also be planning out my ‘Holidays make-up kit’, my ‘Skincare kit’ and then of course my ‘Perfumes selection’… very important these… each Summer has it’s own special scent or combination of!

So, which perfumes have made the cut this Summer? 3 actually. 1 for daytime, 1 for evening and then another one for special occasions… yes I do realise this all sound a bit extreme but that’s the way I roll!

Daytime gorgeousness: Elie Saab L’Eau Couture

Evening sultriness: Benefit Cosmetics Under My Spell Noelle

Unforgettable scent: Chanel Coco Noir 

Obviously I do own quite a few more which I wear on a regular basis and I might do a little post on my current perfume collection if you’re interested! Just let me know in the comments :)

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

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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.

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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.

THE COLLECTION

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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#BeautyCrush: This IS Summer, by Clinique

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge Clinique products fan! I used their 3-steps skin care products in the past but stopped when I discovered Dermalogica.

But after reading many a raving review about their new CC Cream, I decided to do a little research and come up with a list of 3-4 items from Clinique I’d like to try over the Summer.

Funnily enough, I had my work cut-out for me when I stumbled upon their Summer Essentials feature! I shall be sure to get each of these  before I go on holidays!!

Check them out:

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Clinique Summer Essentials (image via Clinique.com)

 

  • Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 25
  • Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes
  • Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
  • Clinique Happy Summer Spray

I am particularly excited to try Clinique‘s famous ‘Chubby Sticks‘ so will be sure to write a post on them soon :).

Now I just gotta wait until I actually do jet off on holidays… another 10 weeks to go!

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#EventCrush: And the Winner is….

And no, we’re not talking about the Cannes Festival here!

We’re talking about one of the most awaited Awards ceremonies in Dubai where we will be celebrating one of my favorite things on earth. BEAUTY PRODUCTS!

You’ve guessed it right, we’re talking VIVA Beauty Awards 2013!

And oh boy, I CANNOT WAIT to find out who the winners will be in each categories.

I was asked to cast my vote and so here are MY selections:

  • Best Perfume – White Musk, The Body Shop
  • Best Mascara – The Colossal Volum’ Express Maybelline
  • Best Nail Polish – Bourjois So Laque (see my post on these beautiful babies here!)
  • Best Hair Salon – I pulled my joker card for this one as sadly, I’ve never tried any of the 4 nominees
  • Best Anti-Ageing Product – Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale
  • Best Hair Product – Kerastase Elixir Ultime
  • Best Face Moisturiser – Dermalogica (AGESmart) Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF30 (all the way! See my post on Dermalogica products here.)
  • Best Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Venis a Levres
  • Best Body Product – Mama Mio Boob Tube and Neck Fermer

I was also asked to share my very own glam beauty secrets, including the products I tend to splurge on (there’s quite a few I must admit) and the ones I save on.

So, there a few (actually more than just a few) things where I would go for high-end/luxury brands. One of them is perfume. I will never ever buy something that’s not got a renowned French or Italian name on it! I always have 2 or 3 perfumes going at the same time. I wear different ones on different occasions OR, and this is something I have discovered here in the Middle East, I would ‘layer’ them, from the lightest to the strongest fragrance. My current favorites: Chanel Coco Noir, Miss Dior Cherie, The One Dolce & Gabanna. Remember than when it comes to perfumes, the more concentrated the essences & oils, the more expensive the bottle….

Other than that, anything that goes on my skin, be it skin care products or make-up, I also tend to slurge on. As you well know, I am a die-hard Dermalogica fan! Make-up, I wear a lot of Benefit stuff, MAC or Chanel. Oh and eye cream is another one! I use Clinique All About Eyes but will be switching to Creme de la Mer (I look at it as a long-term investment!). I’d like to give a special mention to the best Eyeliner I’ve ever used is the Fork Liner from Bassam Fattouh. See my review here.

So, what do I save on? Well, shower gels, body scrubs & moisturizers where I would definitively choose the drugstore products (Dove shower gels & body lotions are fab!). Shampoos & conditioners too. I use L’Oreal however, would make sure to invest in a good hair mask (currently crushing on Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime) and styling products (again Kerastase Elixir & Initialist Scalp Serum).

Voting for the VIVA Awards 2013 is now closed but the winners will be revealed on Ahlan!Live website on 23rd May so watch this space!!

I’ll be sure to share the results on my blog.

Until then….

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