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#MakeUpCrush: Get Naked… On The Run!

Yeah well my obsession with make-up palettes knows no limit! When I was in France over the holidays, I of course had to pay a little visit to my local Sephora and bam! Here it was, looking so pretty!

I had to get my hands on Urban Decay‘s newbie the Naked On The Run palette and I LOVE IT!

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It contains all that you need to create the most amazing looks in the one, beautiful designed pack. A travel-size version of the new Perversion mascara (AMAZING!), a mini 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Stag (super easy to use and long-lasting), a travel-size lipgloss in Sesso (looks fab on anyone!), 5 gorgeous eyeshadow shades (none of them are in the Naked 1, 2 or 3 palettes which is great), 1 all-over eyelid shade, a bronzer and a blush. Short of applying it all for you, it is quite the complete set!

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If I am going away for a couple of days then that’s my make-up sorted! Each shadow is designed to work perfectly with the others. They are so easy to apply and blend in. The packaging is also really pretty! It even has a huge mirror for on the go application ;).

The only thing that’s missing, a little brush to apply it all but hey, can’t have it all now can we!

The Naked On The Run palette can be found in Sephora (Dubai Mall, MoE, Dubai Marina) and of course, online.

Bought any palettes recently? Tell me all!

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#MakeUpCrush: Lovely Me:ex by The Face Shop

Oh how much I love to discover a new make-up brand and one that’s amazing!! Well I did just that with natural cosmetics brand The Face Shop make-up range Lovely Me:ex!

I’ve tried out the following 3 products and actually loved them all! Check these little beauty out:

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LOVELY Me:ex Pastel Cushion Blusher in 02 Coral Cushion

My absolute favourite one has got to be that super cute little blusher! From the girlie packaging to the beautiful ‘coraly’ colour which works even so well on my skin tone! The fluffy little puff applicator is a dream too :)

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Lovely Me:ex My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua tint

Never been much of a lip tint fan, just because I never really know how to apply it, how to wear it… I do also suffer from dry lips and forever applying moisturising lip balm. However, I did try this one out and totally loved it! It gave my lips that deep sultry red colour and when I apply my (transparent) lip balm over it, the colour doesn’t bulge. Check.

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Lovely Me:ex Catch My Eye Line in 01 Black 

My least favourite only just because I am not the greatest at applying eye liner BUT a very good product never the less! This is a really lovely eye pen, easy to apply and the little smudger at the end makes it a super versatile product. I just really need to learn how to use it properly ;)!

Have you tried any make up products from The Face Shop? What do you think?


#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.


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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#BeautyCrush: The Murad Skincare Regimen

Murad skincare products were developed by renowned dermatologist, Dr Howard Murad and as such inspired by his many years of experience and research treating common skin concerns. These are seriously innovative and high-performing products packaged into a 3-step regimen in a variety of ranges designed to fit and treat the most common skin types/issues.

My personal experience with Murad was fairly limited. I did try out their Acne & Wrinkle Reducer after reading a few good reviews. It turned out however to be way too strong for my skin and I had to stop using it after a few days. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great product though. Just one to be reserved for younger/teen skin…

When I was offered the opportunity to try out a more personalised and appropriate regimen, I jumped at the chance of course!

See below the products I tried and my thoughts on them.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser 

This gel-like cleanser from Murad’s Environment Shield Range is packed full of anti-oxydants and Vitamin C which help restore the skin’s evenness, clarity, texture and radiance. A simple yet lovely foaming cleanser which gives you that fruity boost in the morning! I’ve now been using it for 3 weeks as my morning cleanser and my skin seem to really be liking the Vitamin-C kick 😉

Murad Hydrating Toner

I’ve only been using the Murad Hydrating Toner for a couple of weeks and only in the mornings as I am very very loyal to my Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner which I use in the evenings and which seems to be the ONLY toner able to keep any breakouts at bay…. Not saying it isn’t a lovely toner but I don’t think I’ve used it for long enough to tell you whether or not it is keeping its promises of boosted elasticity and smoothed fine lines… will report back.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

Said to improve brightness, clarity & radiance within the 1st week of use. Well, since I’ve now been applying it every morning for a couple of weeks, I do have to admit to my skin looking a little more ‘glowy’ and feeling more energised! I am always a bit conscious when using a new serum as my skin does not like changes but, on this occasion, I’ve gotta say that it reacted pretty well too it! Now this serum is a bit of a pricey one (AED499 to be exact) so those on a budget might wanna look for a more budget-friendly option (The Body Shop Vitamin C Booster is a great one!). If money is no object and you feel your skin could do with a bit more ‘life’ into it, go for it! Bonus points for the orangy smell!

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

I have mixed feelings about the Renewing Eye Cream. It’s an OK product I guess in the sense that it does give you that moisturised feel but, it didn’t quite measure up to my usual Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream when it comes to smoothing out those little lines and evening out any darkness under the eyes. I do use it but overnight as to make the most of the nourishing effect but on this occasion, I would have to say that I would not purchase. It is quite pricey too (AED399) so….

Well, I hope the above will be helpful if you were thinking of investing in any of these Murad products. Of course, bare in mind these are only my personal views and that everyone reacts differently to any skincare products.

If you so happen try any of these out, I’d love to hear your thoughts :)


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#BeautyCrush: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate Review

I hear you asking: A serum that boots your skin’s immune system?! What?! Skin has an immune system?

Well actually yes, it does and yes, it has! So you know how important it is to keep boosting your overall immune system to avoid getting sick, well it is the very same for your skin! The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate was designed to do just that and more.

It is said to enhance skin’s essential multidefensive power against visible signs of aging, environmental factors, and daily stress and restore skin’s powers to resist, protect, regenerate, and strengthen, leaving skin smooth and deeply nourished. Now that’s the commercial blurb.

Ultimune - ClosedWhat I can actually tell you is that I attended the product’s launch a few months ago and been using the serum every single morning since and you know what? I LOVE IT! A few later, I got several comments on how glowy my skin looked and that from different people.

I apply it in the morning (1 pump is enough!) after cleansing and toning my skin, let is sink for 5 seconds and then apply my moisturiser and voila. The texture is a super light gel-like formula which just glides onto the skin and doesn’t feel sticky (perfect for my combo/oily skin). I can promise you, your face will just look so much radiant after a week’s use or so!!

Now, I recently read that this serum was in fact a pre-serum so one you an apply before your regular serum. I’m actually trying this out as I’m writing this post (I’ve recently purchased Le Jour from Chanel) so will report back on any difference very soon!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate can be purchased in all major beauty retail stores in the UAE or online here.