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). 

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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.

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. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I’m a sucker for great highlighters. Of all the highlighters I’ve had the pleasure of trying, my unbiased favorite is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in C-Pop. It’s a universally flattering shade, and no one seems to get the formulation as spot-on as Becca. Their pressed powder highlighters are so beautifully milled with just the right amount of believable sheen, and they never expose unsightly pores as many ‘sparklier’ counterparts tend to do.

Whilst the C-Pop has this gorgeous pale pink champagne hue that sits well for day to night, the Gold Pop shade is all out glamorous and perfect for that Summer Diva look.

Lucky me! I got sent the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold Pop, in all 3 formulations; liquid, cream and pressed powder. How do these formulations differ, and which one suits your beauty needs? Read on for more.

Did you know that extra virgin coconut oil is the only oil on the planet that has been proven to have the ability to permeate into the shaft of human hair and thereby enhance its overall quality? This claim has been backed by clinical research in Princeton University, yet this beauty secret has been passed down for generations from mother to daughter in southern India.

Pure, unadulterated coconut oil has been the base of many Ayurvedic beauty secrets, and premium Korean beauty brand StarSkin has harnessed the power of coconut oil and time-tested Ayurvedic herbology to create a brand-new hair mask, complete with a blend of four other Ayurvedic superfoods.

Eid Mubarak my loves! Here’s wishing you a wonderful festive time with near and dear ones, truckloads of love and blessings and decadently aromatic feasts. What are your Eid Al Fitr plans?

Blessed to have a 4-day weekend! We are spending the first day with family, and the festivities are the perfect excuse to glam up and get all that ‘over the top’ bling out for some daylight from the dark crevices of my wardrobe.

My exotic outfit was shouting out for some bold, Indian-style makeup. I envision Indian makeup to be a combination of dewy, sparkly gold and red so I went for bright red lips using the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, and a shimmering gold eye look, complete with an eyeliner flick that would make Cleopatra proud.

All the makeup used for this look is from Sephora Middle East.

First there were sheet masks, and now we have rubber masks! I got this rather freaky looking mask from the Sephora beauty event early last month, and finally decided to give it a go.

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This, my friends, is the Moist Lover Rubber Mask by Dr. Jart+, yet another innovative skincare product from Korea that is exclusively available at Sephora in the Middle East.

As the name suggests, the sole purpose of this mask is to really, really up the moisturizing level of the skin. Given I have normal to dry skin, I was hoping my face would really soak up all that moisturizing goodness.