I’ve always been under the impression that great skincare starts with squeaky clean skin. But the catch 22 here is the premise that we need to be extra gentle with our skin. As one of my good friends puts it, ‘This is your face! You’re not doing the dishes.’

I’ve been using washcloths and facial brushes for the longest time, and when Foreo hit the market in late 2015, I knew I had to have one. However, the steep pricing has always kept me from turning into a Foreo girl. Had I known its benefits earlier, I would have taken the plunge far sooner.

Unlike many other facial cleaners in the market including the much-hyped predecessor Clarisonic, Foreo is like no other facial cleaner ever created, and here are 10 reasons that make it so unique…

For the past month, my early morning breakfast ritual has had a wee beauty tweak. I start my mornings unscrewing a tiny gold-topped bottle, and sip down its contents daintily. It tastes tangy, sweet and peachy all at once.

This wee drink is not your regular health tonic, but promises be the next generation in skincare. The key ingredient is collagen, the building block for youthful skin, hair and nails. Many expensive creams and potions claim the benefits of collagen, but ingesting it into the system is believed to deliver faster, more permanent results.

I recently got introduced to Boscia, a brand new skincare range that is debuting the shelves of Sephora Middle East this spring. The brand is new to our region, but has been around for a while and has a fan-following across the globe.

The main premise of the brand lies in the belief that the best skincare can be sourced from plants. Their plant-to-bottle formulas are loaded with good-for-you ingredients sans any chemical nasties. Sounds like my kinda brand!

I was therefore very excited to receive a tube of their best-selling mask, the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. 

The main ingredient in this mask in activated charcoal. As you may be aware, I love activated charcoal. Read my earlier post on its benefits by clicking here. Activated charcoal really does act like a magnet to pull out debris from the skin.

Friday is mask day for me, so what better way to rejuvenate than with a mask that promises to deep-clean with the added bonus of luminosity?

One of the highlights of the month of Feb was attending the Sephora Spring 2018 launch. This beauty mogul keeping outdoing themselves by sourcing the best in beauty from across the globe. This coming season is no different with many exciting new entrants, and a whole load of drool-worthy new additions from many of our favorite brands.

Here’s a rundown of some of the brand new Sephora Spring 2018 goodies I have my eyes on…

If you are a die-hard makeup maven and haven’t heard of Fenty Beauty, chances are you live under a rock. Launched by none other than pop icon Rihanna (aka Bad Girl Riri), the launch of Fenty Beauty was one of the most coveted beauty events of late 2017.

As if all that hype was not enough, she comes out with this absolutely ‘stunning’ (pun intended) lip paint that promises to be the holy grail of red lipstick as we know it.

Introducing the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint. Bad Girl Riri vouches this shade will universally suit any complexion out there, and will last a good 12 hours without feathering ‘even while you eat, even while you make out’. Ofcourse I had to try it out.

Last Thursday, right after an entire work week that felt like forever, I headed off to Conrad Dubai to try out the much-coveted Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Facial.

I usually take good care of my skin, but the past week has been wearing me down (think extra cups of coffee, under 5 hours of sleep and not drinking enough water). The lackluster reflected on my face, and I was relying on this session to make me look and feel more ‘alive’ for the impending weekend.

I’m a sucker for coconut water, so imagine my delight when one of my favorite makeup brands comes up with a facial mist loaded with the stuff!

The Too Faced Hangover RX 3 in 1 Primer and Setting Spray might be quite a mouthful of a name, but this refreshingly scented product works just as hard.

Rosehip Oil is a bit of a juxtaposition… the bare mention of ‘rose’ might conjure up an overbearingly floral, scented picture but in contrast you have an oil that smells of… well, an oil.

Rosehip Oil is far from rosy, and has a characteristically bright yellow color. Although the oil has been used for beauty since the era of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties, it was probably Australian beauty Miranda Kerr who brought it back to the limelight.

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12. When I first turned four-eyed, I thought it was pretty cool and grownup. As I entered my teens I got all self-conscious thanks to the ‘geek’ stigma attached to being bespectacled. I constantly saw the world through stiff, dry contact lenses. Times have changed and goggles are more of a fashion statement now; my view on wearing glasses has had a 360 degree turn.

Girls with glasses are cool! Make the most of your frames, and read on for tips to take your style quotient behind goggles many notches up.

beauty tips for girls with glasses

Many a makeup palette are created with inspirations of the season, but rarely have I come across ones that are inspired by an entire city.

NYX Cosmetics has come up with the Wanderlust Lip & Eye Collection that are dedicated to seven major cities around the globe.

There’s one for Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, London, Coopenhagen, Vancouver… and Dubai!