“This mask is like a big glass of water for parched skin.” – Sephora.

This summer has been particularly harsh, and especially so on my skin. The heat and humidity play havoc on the face, and add to it the contrast of the harsh, icy-cold air-conditioning indoors.

The skin is crying out for hydration, yet a greasy formula would lead to breakouts. What a dilemma! This is where this wonderfully light, yet refreshingly hydrating gel mask comes into play. Today I introduce to you the Sephora Hydrating & Quenching Gel Mask.

A celebrity tattoo artist turned beauty maven, Kat Von D is a girl after my own heart #girlcrush The highlight of my week was receiving an entire stash of the brand new Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liners. From basic nudes to perky reds, passionate purples and absolutely craaay colors only Kat can do, the range has something for every kinda girl out there.

 

I was going to swatch all the colors for you (will do… keep watching this space), but this morning I was hit with an absolutely brilliant idea… what better way to honor the Queen of Tatts than a tatt inspired swatch? A dried rose in my vase got me inspired to have a play. Scroll down to see what I came up with…

Because the standard Ladies’ Night at a pub with a few diluted drinks is so cliché… treat yourself and your besties to a laidback session of pampering and massages at Fairmont Dubai. Every Tuesday, from 2 to 10 pm, The Spa at Fairmont Dubai offers a highly discounted package inclusive of a leisurely lunch by the poolside, an hour-long session of yoga and meditation, access to the sauna and steam room, and a rejuvenating treatment of your choice. And how much would you expect for all this at one of Dubai’s finest hotel establishments? Hold your breath… it costs a mere AED 349 per person! Envy us boys!

For centuries, women have been turning to nature for reliable beauty rituals, ones enriched with the power of natural ingredients that have only recently been hyped by marketing gurus in the beauty industry. DSC_4981

I for one love to experiment with churning up my own recipes. At other times, I explore the shelves of commercial counters. But then I discovered Green Chic, a UAE-based online shopping site that does the homework for you… the site curates interesting natural beauty brands in one place, all affordably priced and delivered all across the UAE.

But why turn to natural beauty products? What’s new in the market? And what makes GreenChicME.com a great site to shop at? Today I introduce you to the very lovely Vila Vasoodaven who gives us an insight on all this and more…

I got introduced to Canadian-born makeup brand Cover FX at the Sephora Middle East Summer 2017 launch, and have been contemplating on using the cute little Cover FX Click Cream Enhancer I was given ever since.

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I am not sure why I took this long. As a beauty blogger I get inundated with a wide range of makeup goodies, and this wee product was getting side-tracked to the back of my trials list. 

When it comes to foundations, I always believed a higher price tag would guarantee a better finish. I rarely use foundations, and reserve them for special occasions or a bad case of breakouts. I therefore have very few foundations in my makeup stash, most of which range on the higher end of the pricing spectrum.

And then I got sent a bag of goodies from drugstore brand Max Factor. With this came the adorably compact Max Factor Pan Stik:

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Swedish makeup brand IsaDora is still relatively new in the UAE, although the brand was established way back in 1983. Reasonably priced, fragrance-free and clinically tested, IsaDora can be bought across a long list of retail outlets including Lifestyle.

I was recently sent this absolutely #Isadorable bag of IsaDora makeup, and got busy playing with my new stash. I even came up with a very doable, everyday makeup look and wanted to share this with you here…

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If you’ve been following my Beauty feeds, you already know I have quite an obsession with organic skincare products. Although we are spoilt for choice as Dubai dwellers when it comes to retail therapy, there seems to be a dearth of high-quality organic skincare brands, most of which are accompanied with hefty price tags.

 

Well I have some good news for you… We now have a brand new online store that does the dirty work for us, and curates an ever-changing list of natural and organic beauty must-haves from every corner of the globe. Aptly named Green Chic, you are bound to find something for every skin-type and budget on this site: www.greenchicme.com

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Green Chic was kind enough to send me a couple of beauty goodies, both brands being new to me. Today I want to share my thoughts on the Melvita Pulpe De Rose Plumping Radiance Duo with you. 

This Ramadan, GOSH Cosmetics launched a whole new range of fantabulous makeup. This great value Danish brand makes makeup super easy and accessible to every woman, and is available across a wide number of outlets across the UAE.

One of my favorites from the generous pileup of brand new GOSH makeup I received is the GOSH Primer Plus+ Skin Adaptor Chameleon.

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Named after nature’s very own color-adapting chameleon, this creamy white primer has the ability to adapt to any skin-tone, making it a ‘one product for all’. But this is just one of the many features of this multi-tasking product. Read on for more…