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!
The Koreans have always been miles ahead of the pack when it comes to skincare. They gave us sheet-masks, and the very convenient ‘all in one’ BB creams. BB (or Blemish Balm) creams now have a newer, more innovative little sister; the CC Cream! CC stands for ‘Color Correcting’, and the main premise of this new category of skincare is to even out pigmentation, and work as an all-round moisturizer.
Sephora Middle East has introduced a whole new range of Korean beauty brands this year, one of which is Erborian. I was recently sent a full-sized tube of the Erborian CC Crème, and wanted to share my firsthand experience with you.
A good night’s sleep can do miracles for tired, lackluster skin. They don’t call it ‘Beauty Sleep’ for nothing! But how about adding more to your nightly beauty arsenal? A beauty product that works while you sleep?
Night masks are slowly but surely becoming the rage, and quite a few brands have these under their portfolio. I was recently sent the GlamGlow DreamDuo OverNight Transforming Treatment, the newest addition to this American mask-specializing brand. This mask treatment is quite different from anything I’ve tried before, and I sure am hooked! I’ve been using it every single night for the past 2 weeks and will soon be on my second tub.
Isn’t online shopping an absolute Godsend? I for one am a total online shopping addict. Given my crazy busy schedule of working full-time, juggling home, mummyhood and a blog to boot, my trips to the malls in my off-times have become very limited. And don’t even get me started on weekend parking woes!
Given I am a beauty junkie (which lead me to beauty blogging in the first place), one of my favorite online stores is BasharaCare.com
Bashara Care boasts of one of the widest range of skincare, hair care and makeup needs in the Middle East, and they do same day delivery to beauty junkies like me living across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. Yes you heard that right… same day delivery! These guys have absolutely amazing customer service!
Before I get too carried away about this online gold mine for beauty needs, let me tell you about my latest Bashara Care delivery; the Urban Veda Purifying Day Cream.
If there is one great makeup news so far this year, it has to be the launch of Lime Crime in Sephora! I’ve been an avid fan of the brand ever since I found them online via Pinterest, and have been buying their products from the States ever since. So glad we can now get our Lime Crime fix right here at our friendly neighborhood Sephora branch!
Lime Crime has been pioneers in many ways. They brought in the whole concept of matte lips, and their lipstick shades are anything but conventional. And then there’s their iconic Venus palette…
In a world of nudes and smokey-eyes, Lime Crime created this absolutely stunning masterpiece. The Venus palette offers 8 full-sized eye-shadows ranging from earthy tones to unconventional neutrals and rusty reds.
The delicate skin around our eyes give out the very first tell-tale signs of aging. I therefore believe investing in a good under-eye cream is essential once we hit out late 20’s. I was recently sent a very attractive little pot of the Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, and have been putting it to the test for the last month or so.
If you are a beauty junkie living in the UAE, I’d be very surprised if you haven’t heard of this one. The Sephora Cinescope Mascara has to be the brand’s biggest launch so far in 2017.
Fan-clad beauties have been flaunting dramatically dark, voluminous lashes across the Sephora store adverts and outdoor hoardings, and what better way to make the ‘full fan lash effect’ claim more clear than to showcase the product with a matching Asian-style fan?! Gotta love the ingenuity of the brand!
The Sephora Cinescope Mascara was launched in the UAE this January, and I got sent a tube to try in ‘Ultra Black’.