Hidden in a quiet nook of Jumeirah Lake Towers I is a neon-blue lit restaurant serving up a smorgasbord of Indo-Chinese delicacies. Blue Sapphire is managed by the very debonair Mr. John, who like the cuisine of the restaurant, has an Indo-Chinese background. Chinese by ethnicity, Mr. John grew up in the Eastern Indian state of Calcutta and is now proudly heading the kitchen of Blue Sapphire.
The glistening play of light on the vividly blue waters of JLT gave inspiration for the restaurant’s name, and apart from the stark blue lighting (which played havoc with my camera), the interiors are clean, simple and sparsely decorated with Chinese memorabilia.
I have always had an inclination for organic beauty brands, yet I thought this genre was restricted to skincare. I’ve tried a number of organic makeup products in the past, but somehow the intensity of colors and length of wear never seems to match up to the conventional stuff.
Exciting news… I recently got introduced to a brand new organic beauty brand called Naturalmente, and they have this entire range called Breathe Makeup Therapy which offers very wearable makeup range. Every product offered is loaded with skin-loving organic goodness, and today I want to give you an insight into their Powder and Bronzer.
I’ve always been experimental with my teas, and have quite an assortment to boast of in my kitchen cabinet. By far, the little tin I have been reaching out to most often has been my prized stash of Japanese Matcha Green Tea.
This highly coveted powdered tea is far more superior than your average cup of green tea.
“One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.” – Tealand website.
Given its ‘superfood’ status, I was rather shocked at how hard it was to get my hands on some 100% pure Matcha powder in Dubai. I tried every nutrition shop in Dubai Mall, and was finally guided to a little stall on the basement level called Tealand.
Tealand has all the possible kinds of teas you can think of, and horray! They had Matcha!
Indulge in the deep warmth of rich, aromatic chocolate without the calories… and actually end up looking more toned and chiseled! Sounds like a daydream, but this is exactly what this gorgeous little bronzer delivers.
Inspired by a Hawaiian chocolate facial that Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jerrod Blandino indulged in years ago, the Too Faced makeup range has adopted the powerful anti-oxidant rich properties of cocoa in a number of their best-selling products.
Asha Bhosle is arguably one of the greatest living legends of India. Internationally acclaimed for her evergreen melodious voice, she has been awarded the iconic status of “Most Recorded Artiste in the World” in music history by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records itself. Asha’s impressively long list of accolades includes the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair) and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Dubai Film Festival in 2014.
Despite being a larger than life music sensation with fans spreading across a few generations, Asha Bhosle takes time off her busy schedule to perfect her skills in the kitchen. She has a profound love for cooking and entertaining her elite group of friends from the film fraternity, and with a special collection of unique recipes created by herself, the global chain of Asha’s restaurants was born.
The Starskin Master Cleanser Detox Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask, although also based on traditional organic Korean beauty rituals, is very uniquely different from any other sheet mask I’ve used in the past.
First off, the mask itself is hand-cut from real sea kelp leaf and it takes 1,300 hours to make! The mask is drenched in a hydrating essence made of 90.37% organic plant extracts and uses a total of 31 organic ingredients.
From time immemorial, diamonds have been the most coveted gemstone of all. Ancient sages proclaimed the gemstone has healing powers, and enriches the life of its wearer with health, wealth and an abundance of love.
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It’s sheer brilliance has made it a symbol for purity, and now you can actually illuminate your health and well-being by sipping on water enriched with real diamonds. Diamond Water is the most precious water ever bottled.
“Diamond energy is regarded as the highest spiritual vibration. It brings balance to your soul, while uniting the body and mind, just like our water.” – Diamond Water website.
This may sound like a brand new marketing gimmick, but Diamond Water really does more for your health than your ordinary glass of water. Read on for more.
Kyo translates to ‘entertainment’ in Japanese, and that is exactly what this stylishly chic new eatery on Golden Mile 1 (The Palm, Dubai) is setting up to do. Kyo Cafe & Lounge will open up to the public around 25th August, yet I had the privilege of being invited for a pre-menu tasting early this week.
Created and conceptualized by a highly enterprising Egyptian management, with a kitchen headed by a French chef, Kyo serves up an unabashedly authentic Japanese fare. Multi-cultural much?! Welcome to Dubai Habibi!
I’ve been on a Matcha Green Tea high lately. I’ve had it in traditional tea form, as an iced tea, and even as a Nice-Cream (click here if you missed out on the recipe). I’ve even incorporated it into my beauty regime!
This DIY Matcha Green Tea Peel Off Mask is super easy to make, costs you peanuts, feels absolutely divine, and works wonders at restoring that lost glow.