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I put up a poll asking if you wanted to see me do a #makeuptutorial video. I’m still a novice at video making and editing, so bear with me and thanks so much for the encouragement!💕 This was me prepping for a brunch date with my girls last Saturday. I went for a bronzed-up yet casual look with a smokey bronze eye To prep and prime my skin, I used the @benefitmiddleeast ‘That Gal’ brightening primer from @sephoramiddleeast I then used my favorite #foundation the @tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. It’s super smooth, provides full coverage and has a built-in SPF of 15. I wear the shade ‘Deep Tan Honey’. Recently bought my second tube @sephoramiddleeast I set the foundation with the @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Setting Powder in ‘Banana’. This smooth powder ensures the base stays put all day, even in a Dubai summer. Also bought from #sephoramiddleeast I then used the #Fenty Pro Filt’r Concealer in the shade 380 for my under-eyes and as a light highlight. I like to use a liquid concealer over a set base as I find powdering down my eyebags makes them look dry and tired, and dare I say it… highlight the lines I then contoured and highlighted with the #FentyMatchStix I used the shades Truffle, Trippin and Chili Mango. I finished off with a few brushes of the #FentyBeauty Stalk’r Bronzer in the shade ‘Bajan Gyal’ to really accentuate the chisel For my eyeshadow, I used the @tarte Pro Remix Palette from #sephora . I was going for a really ‘galden galden’ look so I went all out with the golden shade ‘Spin’ and took it from my crease to the brow-line. I then used ‘Graffiti’, a sparkly deep pink on my lids I filled in my #brows with @chelseabeautique #browpowder in ‘Chestnut’ I did an #eyelinerflick with the @gosharabia Extreme Liquid Liner. Love this highly pigmented liner! The sleek brush makes the #wingedliner super easy to do💕 For #mascara I used the @hourglasscosmetics Caution Extreme Lash Mascara from #sephoramiddleeast This is a very thick, dramatic mascara, and I only needed one coat Finished off the look with my current fave #lipstick from @hudabeauty #PowerBulletLipstick in ‘Third Date’. It always seems to be sold out in my local #sephora 😭

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Hello Beautiful! How’s the holy month of fasting going for you? Hope you’re staying hydrated and at your radiant best. Hunger is not really a concern for me when fasting (I stock up well in Iftars!), and I’m getting over the thirst issues despite the summer heat by really glugging in my 2 liters post sundown. My greatest challenge is the sleep deprivation.

I get up for suhoor (the early morning meal) at 4 am, diligently do my prayers and keep hitting the snooze button when my alarm cries out its 5.30 am again. Yes, I have a very early morning start given the school run and the traffic to work.

The lack of sleep was creeping up on my face in the form of unsightly dark circles and puffy bags under my eyes, so I thought this would be the perfect time to give the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream a try.

One of the highlights of my stay at Al Ain Rotana a couple of weekends ago was my much-needed pampering session at award-winning Zen the Spa.

Located on the newest wing of Al Ain Rotana, Zen the Spa has won a large number of accolades including nominations at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards for 3 consecutive years since 2016.

I’ve always been fascinated by perfumists. They are artists who hold an invisible easel, and are guided by a gifted nose.

At the recent Sephora Middle East Spring 2019 Multi-Brand event, I was fascinated by the ‘By Kilian’ booth. Loud neon lit-up letters shot out a bold question, “What’s Your Kind Of Love?” This heady title is a teaser to a brand new range of eau de parfums entitled ‘My Kind Of Love’ by master perfumist Kilian Hennessy.

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If you’ve been following my blog and my social media feeds for a while, you already know I am a huge fan of Neal’s Yard Remedies. Originating from Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden London, this organic skincare brand has been around for over three decades. Love their holistic approach to beauty and their entire library of pure essential oils. 

One essential oil that features quite prominently in the Neal’s Yard Remedies range is frankincense. Love the Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist and would highly recommend their Rejuvenating Frankincense Eye & Lip Serum

And a few weeks back, I was sent the newest addition to the frankincense family, the Neal’s Yard Remedies Intense Lift Cream

I think I’ve found the holy grail for mascaras. It comes in this eclectic hexagonal tube, so akin to everything super-stylish to come out from the ‘Marc Jacobs’ label.

It brings my barely-there lashes to life, like you can actually see them! Thick and luscious sans any annoying clumps with just a single sweep. A second coat gives me the ‘vavavoom’ look of false lashes. I’m talking about the epic Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. 

What’s not to love about a good old body scrub-down? I am a body scrub hoarder. I have a collection of body brushes, I whip up homemade scrubs in my kitchen, and tend to buy a whole stack of branded scrubs ranging in scrub-strength.

Have you tried UK skincare brand Soap & Glory before? If you are a regular at Boots Pharmacy, it would be hard to miss seeing their pretty pink products on the shelves. Love their packaging and retro-style branding.

I was recently sent 5 of the best-selling body-scrubs, and asked to declare one as my personal favorite. Each scrub is uniquely different and caters to uniquely different needs so it really was a tough choice (oh the perils of being a beauty blogger… lounging in my tub trying one decadently scented scrub after another!).