Last Monday saw me at KIZA, Dubai’s very first African fine-dining restaurant located in Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC Dubai. This was yet another exciting bloggers’ meet organized by the very lovely Monica Kapila from the DoinDubai.com blog, and we were in for far more than an authentic African meal!
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.
The French are famous for their desserts, and living in Dubai, we are spoilt for choice with a wide variety of high-quality patisseries. One of my personal favorites has always been Dalloyau. With a deep-rooted French history dating back to 1682, Dalloyou was created for the bourgeoisie, the upper class of Paris who demanded a distinct quality and taste.
Dalloyau has always been one of my favorite spots for an indulgent sweet treat. I have frequented their branches in Deira City Centre, Mirdiff City Centre and Mall of the Emirates. However, I have only recently sat at Dalloyau for a complete meal. Our lunch at the Mirdiff City Centre branch last week proved to me that Dalloyau is far more than a patisserie for desserts.
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.
Tati, France’s favorite value retailer for all things home, fashion and family, joined hands with five-star property Nassima Royal Hotel for a bloggers’ baking event.
Tati is located on the 1st Floor of Mirdiff City Center, and was showcasing their very colorful, handy cookware range and what better way to do this than under the expert scrutiny of award-winning Pastry Chef Malith of Nassima Royal Hotel?
I was having a serious case of mid-week burnout last Tuesday, and really needed a dose of self-pampering. Sometimes retail therapy really doesn’t cut it, and nothing beats the quiet, aromatic serenity of a beautiful spa.
Spa Zen at Nassima Royal Hotel has built quite a repute for its long list of holistic treatments, and their newest addition is The Royal Hammam Ritual.
Tucked away in a very scenic corner of Rixos The Palm (on The Palm Jumeirah) is a fascinating new foodie getaway; El Chiringuito. Quintessentially designed to look like a dreamy Mexican enclave, complete with bougainvillea-draped corners and breath-taking views of the vividly blue Mediterranean sea, this brand new addition to the Dubai foodie scene is already being listed as one of the most happening hot-spots of the city.
Last weekend, we were invited to try out their La Familia brunch, and absolutely fell in love with the chilled out vibes of the place.
The La Familia brunch runs from 12 noon to 4 pm every weekend, with packages ranging from AED 395 to 695, inclusive of champagne. But let me take you through the gastronomic Mediterranean-style menu we were served… wholesome, beautifully plated, and lip-smackingly delicious!
About a week ago, a generously large bag of groceries arrived at my door. This was sent to me by JB’s Gastro Pub at Amwaj Rotana Hotel, Dubai. I had graciously accepted their Mac & Cheese challenge!
What is the Mac & Cheese challenge you ask? The lovely team at JB’s Gastro Pub had shortlisted me along with 5 other bloggers for a blogger cook-off! We were each sent this identical package that included the following ingredients to make a simple, mainstream Mac & Cheese:
How many shoes do you own? I for one have always been a shoe hoarder, and always struggling with storage space for my collection. But what are the key pieces every girl needs in her shoe ammunition?
I had the honor of being a part of the Jimmy Choo media event this month, and finally got to meet Dubai’s shoe-queen herself; Natalia Shoestova! This celebrity fashion blogger is glamour personified, yet so grounded and incredibly funny too! I felt like we’ve been friends for ages. Natalia is the older sister we all crave, the one who tells you about high-end fashion like it needs to be told; no soft corners spared.
I picked up quite a few gems on shoe fashion during her talk at Jimmy Choo, and wanted to share them with you. Here goes: