Summer Essentials!

Hi there lovelies!!

How has the summer been treating you? As a rule, I hate the summer season purely cause my skin goes bonkers!! My make up melts in like 3 odd hours and I end up lugging almost half my makeup to office for touch ups before meetings!!

My skin has its own saga in summers! It actually has the damn nerve to go dry!! All that airconditioned comfort plays its role and succeeds. My T zone gets super oily and the rest of the face gets super dry. Too much to handle, considering that this will lead to my make up going berzerk! The answer – Healthy skin with minimal problems. Plus, a healthy looking skin is always the best thing you could wear!

What I noticed however is that we tend to use the same set of skincare products throughout the year, which is why the skin goes bonkers. Skin Care brands put in a lot of research to come up with season friendly skincare and beauty products. If all of us get our routines straight and be aware of the season change, we’ll end up looking as gorgeous as the models in ads.

This year, I’ve been all stocked up on the required ranges for the changing seasons.I’ll be putting together all my favourites for a fresh summer skin. Let’s start with face washes!!

I’m pretty much a fresh smell and light feel kinda person in summers. I hate it when the product is rich and heavy and feels that way in summer.

One of my all time favourites is the Hydro Boost Face cleanser from Neutrogena. I used it in winter and it did not dry my skin. I’m using it in summer cause it smells so fresh and is delightfully light in texture. I absolutely love this product!! Repeat purchase? Yes please!!

Another super pleasant face cleansing gel is the one from Neal’s Yard Remedies!! This one smells of rose, lime and cucumber. It’s refreshing beyond words & 100% organic. You can’t get more summery than this one! This blue bottle of delight is from their Deliciously Ella range. Neal’s Yard Remedies is one of the best when it comes to feel good and smell good products. You have to try it this summer!

The next one that I can’t get enough of is the Himalaya Herbal Pore Tightening Tangerine Face Wash. It’s always a dilemma – to lick it off or wash my face!! Honestly, it smells so yum! This one is a sure shot summer face wash. I absolutely love this product. Will I buy it again? Hell yeah!!

Now comes one of my most difficult to decide kinda brand!! I’m sure everyone who steps into Sephora faces the same problem!! The summer skincare products are so colorful and so delicious smelling, that I feel it’ll be injustice to the range if I choose just one. Here are 3 of my top favourites!! These are cream cleansers but they’re super light and feel great on the skin. They’re also affordable at AED 30 for a tube. I know right!!

This is a textured cream for gentle exfoliation and cleansing. It smells amazing. I had to try the charcoal one due to so much of hype online! I loved it and I’ll probably be one of the people to go on about the goodness of the Sephora Charcoal Cleansing Cream!

This Tea Tree cleanser is everything!! Gentle exfoliation and an amazingly fresh smell! Perfect for summer.

This was love at first sniff!! Am I in Love? oh yeah baby!! This one paired with the coconut water wipes and a lip balm in the same fragrance will be all that you need this summer. This is one of those stock up before they run out kinda products!!

There’s this one more foam cleanser that I came across this summer. The brand is called Melvita and it’s one of the very few brands that is certified organic and has a eco certificate. This is a new brand that I tried and loved. Refreshingly light and smells amazing. I’m all geared up to try loads of things from Melvita cause I loved the face wash!

Another new entrant in skin care is a brand called Dr. Neem. I tried their Aloe Neem Face Wash which is a light gel texture. It smells nice and fresh and doesn’t dry the skin after wash. This one has the goodness of Aloevera and Neem which makes it a staple cleansing product for Summer.

These are some of the best Face washes out there this summer! I’ve tried them all and love how fresh I feel after using these!

Which of these have you treated yourself to this summer? I would love to know your thoughts on this.

Until Laters…

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Prep, Prime and Set!! Urban Decay Haul!

I’ve been taking my makeup game higher everyday, notch by notch. I keep looking for luxury products and Drugstore alternatives at the same time.

While drugstore makeup is really pocket friendly, the luxury range is long lasting most of the time. if you’re a working woman, like 99% of us in UAE are, you would be better off investing in the luxury range products, simply to transition effortlessly. I end up going to events almost every evening after work. Imagine my stress levels when I have to lug almost an entire bag of makeup with me to work so that I can redo the whole face before stepping out!! It was getting very tedious.

Now picture this, I get an Urban Decay primer for review from Sephora!! Then I get invited to visit the new Urban Decay store at City Walk where again I’m given another fab primer and a setting spray from the brand that I’ve loved for like ages!! Hell yeah!! I would love to try these!

My makeup artist friends rave about the 3 products that I’ve received to review. So I jump right in to start using these beauties!!

I started with the Optical illusion complexion primer. It’s got a light pink tint and is pretty soft and lightweight. almost velvety. It glides on to the skin and instantly, like it’s name suggests, builds like a veil onto your fine lines, pores and blemishes. It creates a blurred effect like an airbrush tool on your photo editing apps! No need to be an efficient and pro at photoshop now! Phew. It actually is pretty awesome. I quite loved it! priced at AED 149, it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be. Honestly, for the result, it’s totally worth it.

A few days later, I get my hands on the ‘Quick Fix’ The pre priming spray.

This is basically your ‘wake me up’ tool for the skin. It hydrates and brightens your skin. All the evidence from last nights escapades, gone in a snap. Use it post your cleansing routine for brighter and more radiant skin. I’ve started spraying this on before my optical illusion primer for flawless looking skin! At AED 127, this is pretty affordable and in my opinion, a must have!!

Now to get the makeup to stay put on my face. It’s summer already and makeup meltdown is inevitable! That’s where the All Nighter comes to your rescue!

 

My makeup stays on up to 10 odd hours cause that’s how long my days usually are. This Setting Spray called All Nighter is just wonderful! It promises to make your makeup stay put till 12 hours, looking like it’s just been applied. I’ve experienced this so I can swear by it! My husband asked me at 9:30 in the night if I was going for an event, is that why you did your make up so late?

Score!!!

It’s available for AED 127, again, it’s not that expensive considering how it works like magic.

All these are available at Sephora stores, Urban Decay stores and at Sephora online.

I would very gladly recommend all these 3 for the summers! I’m sure I’m gonna use this all year long.

What about you guys? Have you guys tried this? I would love to know!

Laters…

 

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Wet.Squeeze.Bounce!!! The Bubble…

Happy New Week Peeps!! How’s it going?

So what am I talking about today? Make Up Of course!! I’m obsessed with makeup these days. I can actually give sermons on makeup!!

Very late in my makeup addiction, I discovered the flawless effects of Beauty Blender! I’ve never looked back!!

 

At the Sephora Spring Multi brand launch in March, I saw this adorably cute colored Beauty Blender, it was baby pink in a vintageish kinda shade. This new champagne pink shade was introduced as a celebration of the 15th year anniversary. This is also popularly known as Beauty Blender Bubble.

What I also discovered were the micro mini bubbles! These are the tiny versions of the Beauty Blender which reach the tiniest areas of your face.

The edgeless perfection of micro.mini bubble is the ultimate corrective makeup tool offering flawless coverage for the smallest parts of the face. With its laser focused pointed end and span of its wider end, blending imperfections has never been so effortless!

On Point features of the Beauty Blender Bubble

  • Made with the same exclusive beautyblender material featuring an open-cell structure
  • Use with liquid foundations, BB Creams, CC Creams, powders and more
  • Ensures flawless makeup application in three easy steps: wet.squeeze.bounce
  • Latex-free, scent-free and handcrafted in the USA

Why Micro Mini Bubble?

  • Made with the same exclusive beautyblender material featuring an open-cell structure
  • Effortlessly blends cream, liquid and powder highlighter, concealer, contour and color correction products with the ultimate targeted precision and the same impeccable performance as the original beautyblender

How to use these;

Simply wet.squeeze.bounce! Wet the beauty blender or the micro mini bubble with water, squeeze out the excess liquid, using a towel if available. Then bounce with your product of choice onto the surface of the skin for flawless coverage.

Beautyblender bubble retails at AED 80,

micro.mini bubble retails at AED 70

at Sephora Middle East and on Sephora online – www.sephora.ae

Is this also your favourite make up tool? I would love to know what tool you use for makeup! Leave your comments below.

 

Laters…

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Lusting Over This Kat Von D Holographic Palette!!

Since I’ve started using legit highlighters from a month or so, my makeup game has gone up by quite a few notches!! I simply can not comprehend, how did I manage without that shimmer and sparkle of highlighters!!

When I heard of the Kat Von D holographic Palette, I couldn’t help but drool!!

Now get a hang of this, Kat took inspiration from lettering in  by antique books to sketch that intricate letter ‘A’ and the decorative filigree on the palette casing!

This palette has been 7 years in the making!! Can you believe that? No wonder it’s so damn gorgeous! This is what happens when creative people set their hearts on something, they put their heart and soul into creating a piece of art.

The Kat Von D Beauty Alchemist Holographic Palette was developed as one of Kat’s “dream products” – something she’s always wanted in her own makeup collection, but never found and now…she is sharing it, with US!

Alchemist consists of Emerald, an iridescent green, Saphyre, a holographic blue, Amethyst, an exhilarating ultra-violet and Opal, a luminous pink, which you can wear solo or layer to your heart’s content over eyeshadow and lipstick.

Kat’s super-special hybrid formula features DoubleDimension Technology: 360° refractive pearls dipped in a prismatic coating, to deliver twice the transforming power with every stroke of your brush. Each of the four shades within the palette catches the light from every angle for a spectrum of luminizing special effects—perfect for customizing finishes and exploring your artistic expression. Like all the Kat Von D products, a little goes a long way, so you can probably use this palette for a long time!

Part highlighter, part topcoat, part transformer, this palette is filled with endless luminizing possibilities: strobe cheekbones, eyes, nose, lips, collarbone, Cupid’s bow— dust Alchemist literally anywhere you want an extreme iridescent highlight!

Here’s the news you want to hear; this little beauty will be available exclusively in the Sephora stores (UAE) from the 10th of April onwards. Priced at AED 140, I think it’s a steal!! You could also buy it online from www.sephora.ae

It’s just a day more to go!! You better get in line cause this ain’t gonna last long baby!!!

 

Laters…

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Power Up With Charcoal! #Sephoragirls

Today is a wishlist kinda day!! I’ve been in between a lot of screens wishing I could own a lot of things! when it comes to online browsing, Sephora always comes first!!

So here’s what I plan on buying this April from Sephora;

Sephora has a brand called ‘Made in Sephora’ which churns out brilliant stuff every season. The current favourite this April is the ‘Charcoal Range’.

Charcoal, the black diamond for your skin is the Skincare hero this month.

Charcoal pulls impurities away from pores, zaps zits, and leaves skin looking bright and nourished. The charcoal range by Made in Sephora is enriched with charcoal extract, which is known for its incredible powers of absorption and cleaning.

• Charcoal Exfoliating Wipe: The ideal solution for cleansing and removing makeup when you are on the go.

• Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Cream: A rich and velvety travel-size cream cleanser that removes makeup and cleanses effortlessly, leaving skin soft and smooth without greasy or sticky residue.

• Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water: This no-rinse, travel-size cleansers that use the technology of micelle molecules to effortlessly remove makeup while soothing and relaxing the complexion.

• Charcoal Nose Strip: An effective, anti-blackhead nose strip that deeply cleanses skin and unclogs pores, removing blackheads, impurities, and excess oil. Charcoal is a true detox star, as its porous surface draws out impurities and pollutants like a magnet!

I can’t wait to get my hands on these!! You can grab your from any Sephora store or order them online at www.sephora.ae

How about you guys? Are you guys buying this range? I would love to know your thoughts! do you like the Charcoal fever?

 

Laters…

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The Game Changing Lock It Series From Kat Von D!!

I’ve always suffered with fading makeup within 3 odd hours into the day. I’ve learnt the hard way to use the absolute must haves in makeup to get a long lasting and flawless finish.

 

Where a lot of brands have makeup setting spray’s, my personal favourite right now, just after using it only for 3 days in a row, is the ‘Lock It’ series from Kat Von D!! This series is the ultimate game changer in the make up game!!

I’ve tried the setting powder and the Makeup Setting mist. I’m looking exactly how I was looking at 9 this morning!! It’s 7 in the evening now and I’m perfect! No wonder, even after a long day at work, I’m still typing away on my laptop, raving about these products!!

Kat’s revolutionary, new translucent loose powder formula lets you bake, set and perfect with a weightless formula that’s lighter than ever! With Micro-Blurring Technology and an instant soft-matte finish, you can lock in a flawless look with the new Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder and the fabulous brushes for a more precise finish.

This coveted, unstoppable formula locks in makeup for up to 24 hours and has a weightless micro-mist spray and sleek, eco-friendly bottle. The skin-friendly cucumber complex instantly refreshes the senses and soothes both oily and dry skin types while locking in your look for all-day–and night!

Another winner from this range is the Tattoo liner. I’ll be posting a separate review on that one cause it’s so gorgeous!

I’ve absolutely loved the products!! Next on my list is the Tattoo Foundation, It sounds really promising. I would love to try it out!

Have you guys tried it? I would love to know!!

Until Tomorrow…

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Rimova, The Future Of Digital Travel

Technology never cease to amaze me!! The innovations in technology and basically a stress free life as a result, are mind boggling!!

I was floored when I was introduced to Rimova. This takes your digital and smart life to a whole new level!! Who would’ve thought that those pesky airline tags that refuse to come off your bags would now be a style statement and a matter of pride.

THE NEW WAY TO CHECK-INLUGGAGE:

The first fully-integrated digital suitcase: RIMOWA Electronic Tag. A technology that will redefine travel. Using this new technology, travellers will be able to check-in their luggage from home using their smartphone and drop it off at the airport in seconds – without all the stress and time pressure. This is made possible through RIMOWA’s use of technology that is directly integrated into select RIMOWA suitcases. The RIMOWA Electronic Tag replaces the usual paper label with a digital data module to which the airline’s luggage data is transmitted.

The innovative link between suitcase and smartphone makes it possible to check in the luggage from wherever you are.

Another factor is its very simple operation that makes checking-in your suitcase from anywhere as intuitive and easy as operating your smartphone.

The RIMOWA app personalises the Electronic Tag and activates it so that it can communicate with airline apps.

Flight data is then sent to the selected item of luggage via Bluetooth and shown on the display.

The case is now checked in and can be dropped off at the airport within seconds.

The best part is that these are super good looking. Priced at AED 3,449, they might sound a bit on the expensive side, but considering the promise of a stress free travel, I think these are totally worth the price!

What are your thoughts on this? The future of Digital Travel? I would love to know!

 

Until Laters…

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