Whenever I happen to browse the isles of The Body Shop, I am hit by a sense of nostalgia. This British brand has been around for ages, and was my go-to destination as a teen. My very first lipstick (the now discontinued vanilla-scented peach pencil), my first proper bottled scent (the heady hit of Vanilla Body Mist that takes me back to the high-school corridors of my youth) were all treasured milestones in my beauty journey, all from The Body Shop.
The lipstick may be discontinued (and replaced with a rainbow of brand new formulations), and I might have grown out of over-sweet vanilla, but I recently picked up something I had discovered almost 2 decades ago… The Body Shop ElderFlower Unperfumed Eye Gel.
Exfoliation is key. The skincare gurus have drilled on about this for ages, and for good reason too. A good scrub eliminates dead skin cells, rejuvenates the blood circulation, and gives you that pinked up glow of newfound youth.
However, its just as important not to overdo it as all too often can strip the sensitive skin on the face of essential moisture. Try incorporating exfoliation into your skincare regime twice a week.
I love a good multi-tasking product, and lately I’ve seen quite a few exfoliating scrubs that also double up as face masks. Today I am sharing my top 3 favorites with you…
Rewind a few years ago, and I would have never thought I could carry off blonde hair with my tanned complexion. And then the whole balayage revolution takes over, the two-toned hair coloring technique that makes you look like you live on an exotic beach. The upper portion remains darker (great for lazy bums like me as we don’t have to scoot to the salon for retouches), and from midway down its a whole load of artsy strokes of blonde!
Balayage is a work of art, and I wouldn’t trust any hairdresser to get it right. My hair was done for the second time by the very talented Roger from Station 10 Beauty Salon in Ramada Jumeirah hotel, and I am absolutely loving it! I’ve gone a little lighter on the blonde from last time as you can see below, and I hope to keep it that way for as long as possible.
The summer sun is blaring bright and strong. Ironic how I always patronize the sunscreen only when the temperatures spike up. I really should have Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Wear Sunscreen’ song on repeat, regardless of the season. In case you’ve missed it, click here for my previous post with details on the importance of sunscreen.
I am a sucker for facial oils, and was quite intrigued by this oil-based SPF I spotted on BasharaCare.com This website has turned into my one-stop online shop for all things beauty, and love their one-day delivery service! My bottle of Herbal Essentials Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 50 arrived exactly a day after I hit the purchase button, all wrapped up in the signature Bashara Care box like a special pressie to myself.
The feline flick just got a hell of alot easier thanks to the brand new Sephora Dramatic Line Full Intense Felt Liner. Always on the top of the game when it comes to beauty innovations, and very competitively priced at that, the #MadeInSephora range is something I look forward to whenever I’m browsing the shelves of my local Sephora store.
The Sephora Dramatic Line takes the ease of a pen eyeliner to another level thanks to is clever little nib. This flame-shaped nib resembles an Arabesque calligraphy pen, one that makes fine lines, creative curves and a thick, robust black easily doable in one quick application.
I was recently sent a whole bag of eye-makeup goodies from GOSH Cosmetics. It’s always exciting finding GOSH in my deliveries; this drugstore brand hailing from Copenhagen (Denmark) continuously strives to deliver innovative, high-quality products at very affordable prices. Best of all, the entire range is paraben-free, fragrance free, cruelty free and vegan (barring the beeswax in their lipsticks).
From my brand new stash of GOSH goodies, I’ve found myself reaching out for the GOSH Infinity Eye Liners most frequently. I have very sensitive eyes, and am also a contact-lenses wearer. However, being the beauty junkie, I am constantly in search for high-quality eyeliners that won’t budge for a good 8 to 10 hours.
What’s not to love about Sephora? Arguably Dubai’s number one destination for all things beauty, Sephora keeps upping the game every season with the launch of brand new global beauty brands under its umbrella.
I had the pleasure of being invited to the sneak peek of Sephora’s Summer 2017 launch, and had a firsthand experience of some very lust-worthy products that are scheduled to hit the Sephora shelves around June/July 2017:
A couple of weeks ago, a mystery box appeared on my doorstep. Inside was a beautifully iced cake, in the form of a pair of leaves, and a miniature sugar-molded top-hat sat in its midst.
No sender id or address, but apt for today’s times, the cake came with a hashtag #IndulgeInWellness Quite a juxtaposition if you ask me, cos this ‘healthful’ looking pair of leaves was infact a rich, indulgent chocolate cake in disguise! Perhaps the cake was loaded with wellness? We didn’t think much of it, and finished it off by the forkful.
The French have always been the epitome of style and perceived beauty. From shabby chic interiors to munching macaroons and going on a Chanel No. 5 high, we have all aspired to bring out the Parisian in us in one way or the other.
Last week I had the pleasure of being a part of the launch of a French skincare icon, Rogé Cavaillès. From body lotions and oils to an entire range of body washes and intimate cleansers, the brand has been keeping the French beautiful since 1924!
We are inundated with beauty brands in the market, but how many will survive the near-centennial mark? There are a number of factors that has made the brand Rogé Cavaillès such a phenomenal success:
The other day, I was aimless walking around the mall determined to keep my window-browsing firmly askew from the perils of dipping into my wallet. And then I walked into the NARS store in The Dubai Mall, and got introduced to the NARS Sarah Moon Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette.
It was love at first sight. The minimalist packaging features a mysterious, hauntingly beautiful woman on the cover. She casts a spell on me, and has me swatching and sniffing. I walk around the store weighing out the pros and cons of splashing out from my shrinking wallet.
It costs a whooping AED 320… but its limited edition! And lady at the store said they only have 2 palettes left. Love over logic, the NARS Sarah Moon Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette was coming home with me!