I am a huge fan of natural, organic beauty products, and as a Dubai dweller, I am extremely proud of Shiffa, a home-grown organic beauty brand conceptualized and created by Dr. Lamees Hamdan.

The name ‘Shiffa‘ is derived from the Arabic word meaning ‘to heal’. Delving into the beauty secrets of ancient Arabia, the brand encompasses a unique holistic stance at skincare. At the Sephora Middle East event last month, I spent a good deal of time chatting with the ladies at the Shiffa counter. They are introducing a host of brand new products for Summer 2016, and many of their best-loved formulas are getting a makeover, ensuring they are now 90% organic.

I have been using the Shiffa Olive and Mint Cold Pressed Arabian Soap, and wanted to share my thoughts on this pretty parcel.

Shiffa Olive and Mint Cold Pressed Arabian Soap review by The Tezzy Files Dubai Beauty Blogger (2)

You’ve used a hair conditioner all your life, but how about a conditioner for the skin? Lush’s body conditioners can be used in the shower, and rinses off without the need for a body moisturizer. The Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner in particular has a cult following, and for good reason too! Read on to learn why I too have turned into an addict of this sweet smelling wonder.

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner Review on the tezzy files dubai beauty blog

I recently got introduced to Gosh Cosmetics, and got to take away a few of their gorgeous, very reasonably priced products to try out for myself. Come to think of it, most of the goodies I got are ‘all about the base’ 🙂 I seem to be in dire need to up my base-makeup ammunition, and am absolutely loving these three Gosh products:

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I’m travelling home to New Zealand, and the direct flight from Dubai will take me just over 18 hours in a compressed, air-conditioner thawed plane. This really sets the scene for dry, dehydrated skin. To avoid the all too common ‘jet-lagged’ look, keeping the skin well moisturized, and staying hydrated is key.

I decided to whip up my very own, all-natural, multi-purpose beauty balm for the journey. Why tow along a whole heap of products when you can make do with just one multitasking jar of goodness that you can proudly DIY yourself?

Best of all, this Beauty Balm takes under 10 minutes to create, and you only need 2 easy-to-find ingredients. Read on for the recipe! 

We’ve all heard about Shea Butter. It’s one of those hyped up beauty ingredients that get highlighted on hydrating potions all the time. But what if you could get your hands on raw, natural shea butter all on its own sans any chemical mix-ups?

I got my hands on a jar of this lovely beauty product by Mother Nature from the African stall at Global Village last year, and have been looking for a local supplier ever since. Then I get sent this generously large glass jar from Shea Butter DXB and I am over the moon!

Shea Butter Beauty Benefits and How to Use Includes a Recipe for a Deeply Hydrating Night Cream Dubai Beauty Blogger Natural Organic Beauty (1)

We are marching towards the end of the year. Where did 2015 go? Like every passing year, we hit our personal milestones.

As a beauty blogger, this year has introduced me to a plethora of beauty products, many of which have become a ‘can’t live without’ staple.

Today’s post is a compilation of my top 10 beauty products, all of which I only got introduced to in 2015. Read on, and perhaps you can suggest something new to me for 2016!

tezzy's top 10 beauty product picks from 2015

Kiehl’s, the leading skincare brand hailing from New York, has had a long-standing affiliation with the artist community. Each year, the brand revamps the packaging of its most-loved products into limited editions based on the works of noted artists. Past partnerships include the likes of Jeff Koons, Kenny Scharf, Eric Haze and Craig & Karl.

This year, Kiehl’s has collaborated with sixties pop artist Peter Max. Inspired by the art legend’s acclaimed work “The Cosmic Runner” this season’s limited-edition packaging perfectly embodies Kiehl’s energetic spirit, and make for uniquely beautiful holiday gifting.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies, the multiple award-winning British skincare brand, has always stayed true to their holistic stance for beauty. The brand was created in London’s Covent Gardens, and base their luxury organic beauty range on age-old apothecary practices.

I love the fact that all their products comprise mainly of organic, naturally derived ingredients. Being free of chemical nasties including paraben, Neal’s Yard Remedies products, in their signature deep-blue glass packaging, take up most of my bathroom shelf-space and I really cannot get enough of this brand!

I have normal to dry skin, and given the cooler months are fast approaching, I headed to Neal’s Yard Remedies looking for some extra hydration for parched winter skin. The lovely lady at the counter suggested I tried the Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Nourishing Night Cream.

Neal's Yard Remedies Orange Flower Nourishing Night Cream Review (1)

Have you heard of MedColl? It’s the latest buzz on the beauty supplement counter, and the online reviews sound just as radiant as the product claims.
We’ve all heard of collagen, the structural naturally occurring protein in our bodies that keep our skin taut and youthful. The beauty sellers have adulterated the gullible market with sly cons including collagen creams and potions (logically speaking, how can smearing on some collagen help the overall complexion?).
Scientific studies have also proven that ingesting collagen is of little help. It just gets excreted like other proteins, and does not do much more for the skin.
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Enter MedColl, a breakthrough medically backed supplement that is made of natural ingredients. Unlike other collagen supplements on the market, MedColl urges the body to create more collagen holistically, rather than supply it with an artificial source. MedColl promises much more than beautiful skin. With the body producing a better amount of collagen, MedColl promises healthy joints and a stronger immune system to boot. The product claims users can see results in as short a time as 45 days!