I think I’ve found the holy grail for mascaras. It comes in this eclectic hexagonal tube, so akin to everything super-stylish to come out from the ‘Marc Jacobs’ label.

It brings my barely-there lashes to life, like you can actually see them! Thick and luscious sans any annoying clumps with just a single sweep. A second coat gives me the ‘vavavoom’ look of false lashes. I’m talking about the epic Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. 

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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:

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.

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.

I got introduced to German makeup brand Zoeva at the Sephora Summer 2017 launch last year, after which the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eye-Shadow Palette has become a ‘can’t live without’ staple in my makeup stash.

This summer, Sephora Middle East is launching the much-coveted Zoeva Opulence collection featuring an extravagant eye-shadow palette, a ritzy blush palette and a luxurious vegan brush set.

Zoeva Opulence Eye Shadow Palette Review Sephora Middle East Dubai Beauty Makeup Blogger Blog The Tezzy Files Swatches (5)

I am now the proud owner of not one, but two Zoeva eye-shadow palettes! While the Nude Spectrum features earthy tones and a balanced mix of shimmery and matte, the brand new Zoeva Opulence Eye-Shadow Palette lives up to its name with a predominantly metallic range of shades that exude the finer things in life.

I am a huge fan of the contouring technique. Contouring was made for fat faces, and to disguise a love for chocolate. A very skilled job keeps that jawline defined, and those cheeks uplifted even when you forget to pucker up for that pic.

My love for contouring has my makeup drawers stuffed with contouring powders and palettes from many a coveted brand, and then I stumbled upon the art of draping…

Draping is contouring with a pop of color, and has actually been around since the Eighties pop culture phase. Think bright, happy cheeks all flushed a gorgeous pink. 

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…

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.

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! 

When it comes to fashion, I’m anything but mainstream. I’ve always been drawn to the bizarre, the bohemian, and oftentimes the overly loud and colorful.

Earlier this month I was at Pull & Bear, and spotted this black sweat-shirt. Nothing bizarre in that you’d say… till you see the sleeves! The sleeves on this bad-boy are coated in faux fur and makes the wearer resemble an exotic bird of sorts. Ofcourse I had to have it!