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. 

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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!). 

I’ve been a peroxide blonde for nearly 3 years now, and pretty addicted to the color. The countdown is on for a recoloring session, but I’m dreading the backlash the chemical cocktails have on my hair. Bleaching strips my hair of natural hydration and gives my ends this hay-like dryness that is definitely never hitting the glam-squad charts any time soon.

I’ve invested heavily in leave-in hair serums and conditioning masks. Most seem to work, but only temporarily. And I find myself dousing my mane with conditioning promises and finishing off bottle-fulls by the week.

I had the pleasure of attending the Fall/Winter 2018 Sephora Middle East press launch last month, and got introduced to Briogeo; a natural hair-care range hailing from New York.

My Instagram inbox is on fire. I uploaded a series of Insta Stories showcasing my firsthand experience of the much coveted Hollywood Carbon Laser Facial, and indeed it looks pretty scary.

Despite the freakish nature of the actual treatment, this facial peel treatment has a line up of celebrities who endorse it including the likes of Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians.

I may be a slacker in many other departments, but when it comes to my bedtime ritual of really cleansing my face, I adhere to it with the staunch religious piety of a newly converted nun.

I cannot fathom the thought of going to bed with even the lightest veil of makeup. Doing so is a cardinal skincare sin, and is akin to marinating your pores in makeup (and you have the after-effects to show when you wake up looking like you’ve had a rendezvous with The Grouch from Sesame Street). 

The scent of lavender has long been associated with promoting a great night’s sleep. My fondest memory of the scent of lavender is on the warm, cuddly fur of our family cat Pusula. My father had a large lavender bush in our garden, and Pusula would plant himself in the scented bushes for long, lazy summer siestas. Then somewhere through my night slumber, I’d feel his grubby paws climbing over my sheets and he wold curl up into a ball of fluff, heavily intoxicated with the calming scent of lavender.

I’m a die-hard sheet-mask addict. Aren’t the Koreans absolutely brilliant to come up with this super easy, mess-free concept of slapping on a sheet drenched in skin-loving serum and removing it without the need for any form of cleanup?

Cult beauty brand Sephora Collection has gone all out with a brand new range of sheet masks, all inspired by the fruity goodness of Mother Nature and they have a flavor for every occasion!

Love organic beauty products? Make Neal’s Yard Remedies your one-stop shop. Apart from a gorgeous range of skin, hair care and essential oils of their own, their stores in the UAE also curate and stock interesting organic and natural beauty brands from across the globe.

I recently discovered NOAH, an Italian hair-care range that boasts of not having any chemical nasties like silicones, parabens, paraffin mineral oils, DEA and SLS.

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Gotta love @nealsyardremediesme Apart from having a gorgeous line of organic beauty products, their shelves are filled with high-quality natural beauty brands from across the globe . I was recently introduced to the Italian haircare brand NOAH. Don't go by the minimalist packaging, their products smell absolutely divine thanks to all-natural essential oils and are free of all chemical nasties including silicones, parabens, paraffin, mineral oils, DEA and SLS . I love the NOAH shampoo for 'Very Dry, Overworked and Treated Hair'. The formulation really foams up despite being SLS free, smells amazing and leaves my hair manageably soft and squeaky clean . I've also been using the NOAH 'Regenerating Mask with Argan Oil'. My peroxide-blonde hair laps up this luxuriously rich cream! Complete review coming up soon on thetezzyfiles.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #shampoo #hairmask #naturalbeauty #noahforbeauty #noahhaircare #haircare #organichaircare #organicbeauty #beautyfind #beautyblogger #hair #arganoil #NealsYardRemedies #Noah #essentialoils #madeinitaly #productphotography #dubaibeaumy #productstylist #productstyling #dryhair #colortreatedhair

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What’s not to love about subscription boxes? They are the ‘from me, to me’ gift we all deserve… with an element of surprise thrown in.

Dubai beauty buffs are spoilt for choice with so many monthly subscription boxes in the market that are dedicated to makeup, skincare and general wellness. If you are looking for a makeup option, Doll Me Up is a great choice as this monthly box only caters to high-end luxury brands at very affordable rates.

Unboxing a Doll Me Up box is a treat in itself. Each box comes with 5 different products from different brands. Here’s a look at what I found in mine this month:

Let’s face it, organic skincare is big business these days. Many new brands are coming out of the woodwork banking on keywords like ‘natural’, ‘organic ingredients’ and even ‘superfoods’. Our beauty shelves are exploding with options, but take a good, close look at the labels and you will still find many incomprehensible names on the ingredients list, and only a minute percentage of the key ingredients they boldly print on the front label.

I am a skincare addict. I proudly admit I bought into the ‘natural skincare’ bandwagon well before it was a trend, and have been studying ‘good for you’ skincare ingredients with so much an inquisitive gusto that I’ve been whipping up DIY Face Masks for as long as I can remember.