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.

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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).

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Sephora Cinescope Mascara was launched in the UAE this January, and I got sent a tube to try in ‘Ultra Black’.

I am an all-out lipstick junkie, and can be pretty experimental with my choices. To me, a bright pout screams confidence, and I am as comfortable sporting a nude as I am a perky purple, and even a goth-inspired black.

However, even if you shy away from color, chances are you own a red lipstick (or two… or ten!). One of my favorite brands for lipsticks is MAC Cosmetics, especially their matte range. Their color range is wide and varied, and many of their shades have become iconic the world over. For reds, the MAC Ruby Woo and Russian Red are shades that are (literally) on every girl’s lips, but one that is not as talked of is the MAC Chili.

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I am always over the moon when I receive goodies from Shiseido, Japan’s best known premium beauty brand. Shiseido has earned a global reputation for their breakthrough, innovative skincare and makeup ranges, but very few talk about their fragrances.

I have never used a Shiseido scent before, and was rather intrigued when I received this pretty little 20 ml bottle of Shiseido Ever Bloom Eau De Parfum. The packaging, with its pale pinks and the very astutely structured bottle, is oh so feminine and classy. I was rather intimidated about actually putting it to use… it is a showpiece in itself!

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