Sephora Collection – Best Skin Ever

When your favourite makeup brand rolls fab skincare ingredients into an everyday foundation, it’s gotta go huge!!

I vouch for brands that I trust. It takes a long time and endless trials to actually trust a brand, sephora is one such brand that has gained the trust of all it’s customers worldwide. I’m one such happy customer!!

Let’s talk about one of the best foundations and concealers that I’ve used in a long time. This one’s called ‘Best Skin Ever’.

What’s diffrent with this one?

I’ve used Sephora collection foundations for the longest time ever! I’m sure I’ve tried all of them. Clearly when this one was announced, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

This foundation and concealer are enriched with natural Hyaluronic Acid & anti pollution algae to keep your skin nourished while making it look flawless. This foundation also acts as a shield against external aggressions like pollution, blue light, etc.

Why do I love it?

  • Ultra Natural finish
  • Buildable Formula
  • Extremely hydrating
  • Does Not Crack (I can’t even come close to emphasize how amazing this property is for me! I work from 9 to 7 or 8 at times and this foundation stays put without cracking!! God Bless Sephora!)
  • Does not oxidise even after 6 hours.
  • It does a fab job of hiding minor imperfections.
  • Medium coverage but buildable.
  • Lasts for over 12 hours
  • Vegan
  • Unscented
  • Non Oily
  • Suitable for all skintypes.
  • Available in 24 shades across Sephora stores.
  • Priced at AED 100. (exceptionally affordable price considering how awesome this product is)

I love using this foundation & I’m now on my second bottle. Trust me, this lasts for ages, but since I create looks for my Instagram all the time, I run out of foundations, concealers & setting powder and sprays way faster than other products.

I apply it with multiple tools depending on what mood I’m in. Go for what suits your style the best. My go to is always applying it with a foundation brush – 01 from sephora collection and finishing it off with a Beauty Blender to give my skin that airbrushed finish.

I have a whole lot more to talk about the shades of this range and how to choose the correct one for you. The Sephora website will surely help you with this but, since I love to offer my 2 bits on every topic, I’ll still publish a separate post on this in the coming week.

what do you think about this post? Was it helpful? I would love to hear your thoughts. Drop me some love in the comments below.

Heading over to my work window to deal with website issues!

Laters my loves….

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True Gen(i)e In A Bottle

My Pot Of Gold

Every passing year of my life brings with it issues that I never ever imagined I would have, like ever!

When I was younger, I saw women with textured skin & always wondered why would they have skin like that?

I wish I could tell my younger self right now… Don’t judge baby girl, she probably doesn’t use the right skincare.

My mum did the best she could to guide me with the best possible products available to her with the resources she had. Being a divorced parent raising a child all by yourself back in the day wasn’t an easy feat to achieve. The most expensive product in my house at the time, that could be termed as skincare, was Olay. We used it very sparingly and only in winters.

But my mum was full of wonderful home remedies which were great for my skin, but did take a chunk of her time that she could’ve spent with me. I enjoyed the flower petal scrubs with milk and honey that she made for me to use as a face scrub and body polish. I had the best skin ever for a very long time. Well, till 2020 & lockdown.

All that could go wrong with my skin has gone wrong from last year. I spent the second half of last year trying a truck load of products which would, to be honest, solve the problem temporarily, but not for long.

That brings me to my pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

Have you heard of Good Genes? No, not the DNA one in your body. (eye roll)

I’m talking about one of the most effective products from Sunday Riley. It’s called Good Genes. This is truly a Gen(i)e in a bottle for me.

Good Genes is a lactic Acid treatment which helps with quicker exfoliation, instant plumping of fine lines, visible brightness & even toned skin.

The ingredients that help with all this are clinically proven ingredients mixed with balancing botanicals to get realtime results.

Key Ingredients;

Lactic Acid

Licorice Root

Unless exfoliated at least 3 to 4 times a week, our skin tends to get loaded with dirt, grime, dead skin & a lot of other gunk that may not be visible but is right there on your skin, gladly working up some ugly blackheads & fat pimples. The dullness and fine lines? Let’s not even go there!! Living in Dubai, I guess people do get used to having a few fine lines on the face along with dark spots from sun exposure.

Considering all the external and internal roller coasters that your skin is exposed to, I highly recommend Good Genes Lactic Acid.

Even though this is an exfoliating treatment, I use it AM & PM both. It’s made a world of difference to my skin.

Top Tip – I cannot emphasize enough about using Sunscreen every single day. Especially if you use exfoliating products like good genes or exfoliating toners. Do not use this without ample sunscreen.

I get my products mainly from Sephora MiddleEast cause I genuinely don’t wanna take chances with my skin. Sephora is the only name I trust for mid to high range beauty products.

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OMG! You’re Blushing!!

Isn’t that the exact statement that you would like to hear? 90% of the times, I do my makeup to look decently put together at my work place. My work is extremely contradictory to the fab & glam life I lead on Instagram. All my heavy & made up looks are reserved for my evenings, friends, hubby, parties & weekends.

So usually, I aim for that glow from within kinda, no makeup, makeup look for an office day. my blush is never exactly how I like it to be plus it kinda wears off after an hour or so, dries my skin, yeah, even the cream blushes. Either they are super pigmented or super flaky. I’ve had experiences with rashes where I have applied a cream blush.

To be honest, I wouldn’t have been so kicked about these Pixi Beauty blushes had the name Pixi not been attached to them. Pixi is primarily known to be a skincare brand who then launched a makeup range which included all the goodness of skincare in the makeup products. Beat that!! Did you know that most of their make has vitamin E as an ingredient?

I’m obsessed with the makeup & skincare from Pixi Beauty. I converted with my first bottle of Glow Tonic & haven’t looked back since.

Coming back to the blushes, these are called On The Glow Blush. These are tinted balms with just the right amount of Pigment to give you that flushed look, the one that happens when your partner suggests something naughty, Exactly!! Now you know what I mean.

These blushes have all the goodness and hydration in them. The formula is loaded with Vitamins, Ginseng, Aloevera, Fruit Extracts to help with your skin health while making you look amazing. Best part about these, you don’t need any tools to apply these blushes. Just twist the stick, apply, dab with your fingers & done. You can re apply just before a meeting or stepping out. I apply the same shade to my lips as well to get a whole cohesive look.

The team at Pixi was kind enough to send me these 3 shades, I’m feeling super flushed!! 🙂

Juicy – with a warm orange undertone which gives you a nice bronzish summer look

Fluer – with a pale pink tone which is precisely the exact shade of flush that you need on your cheeks for a natural glow

Ruby – with Fuschia tones, slightly darker flushed cheeks.

I can’t choose, I love them all so much!! I have created a look with these which will go on my Instagram page soon.

Like all the other makeup and skincare I own, this one too has come from Sephora Middleeast.

Right now, it’s time to start working on the timing of my transitions for reels. Lot’s more reviews from Pixi coming your way soon!! Keep watching this page for more.

Laters…

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A Big Hug From Yellow Fairies

You’re probably wondering if I’ve lost my shit, what am I on about? Fairies giving you a hug? Really?

Oh Hell Yeah guuurrrlll!

Let me get into the details before you decide to go away from this post!

Yellow Fairies is my favourite distributor for all things SHEET MASKS & more. i’ll be writing a lot more about their other masks very soon, but, for now it’s Big Hug.

Big hug is a mask for soothing your menstrual cramps.

here’s the back story, I’ve been dealing with the most horrible cramps even before I got pregnant & no surprise here, I’m still dealing with the same intense cramps even after being a mom for 9 years!

I hate being inactive during my periods. Cramps are super horrible and the only solace is a hot water bag. That, ladies, is something that you can’t carry to work. I have a record of 2 day leaves every bloody (literally) month. When I got the package from Yellow Fairies to review this amazing product called Big Hug, I literally did a little victory jig.

Who doesn’t seek comfort during the period days? I love my soul food bites, my hot water bottles, my netflix reruns (i’m down to 16 repeats of Gilmore Girls) crazy, I know. But oh well, that’s me.

So coming back to Big Hug, these are patches that you could apply to your underwear in the exact place that you want more comfort in. These are self heating patches that soothe your pain and keep it manageable. The warmth lasts for upto 12 hours so it’s totally a win win for me. For the first 2 days I use these in the day & for the remaining days, i use them at night. Totally worth stocking up on.

In the Middle East, you can buy them from Debanhams stores.

This post comes after 2 repurchases and testing these out on my husbands sprained ankle as well. I cannot stop recommending these enough!

For now, still working on the website issues at work…

Laters…

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What Made Me Shift To Hydrogel…

I like to think I’m a pro at Sheet Masks. Well, if you see the number of sheet masks that are stashed in my vanity…

Oh well, we all have that soft spot for somethings, mine is for masks, clay, peel off, sheet, all that goes with being a crazy mask lady! Hahaha…

Let’s get a bit into what Skin Republic is all about.

Skin Republic is the No. 1 Sheet Mask Brand that I know of. Their development & production facility is based in South Korea, the current uncrowned ruler in skincare!

Skin Republic products as well as packaging are completely Biodegradable. They also do not ever test on animals. Most of the ingredients are plant derived and responsibly sourced making these masks kinder to the skin and to the environment. This itself speaks volumes about Skin Republic as an ethical and conscious brand.

Coming back to the title of this post, this particular mask made me switch to HYDROGEL masks. Skin Republic Retinol is the first Hydrogel mask that I tried. Hydrogel masks are by far the most genius discovery in the sheet mask universe.

Remember the struggle of trying to fit the sheet mask on to your face? Yeah, that! That’s a thing of the past now. Hydrogel fits like second skin. you won’t even know it’s there. I absolutely would love to trade all my existing sheet masks for a handful of Hydrogel ones. Honest!

What is the Retinol sheet mask & Under Eye patches all about? Ever heard of Instant Gratification? Yeah, that’s what the Retinol Masks from Skin Republic are all about.

Enriched with;

Retinyl Palmitate, a part of the retinoid family which boosts cell turnover, reduces dark spots & pigmentation, boosts collagen production. Basically, it makes the skin look fresh and radiant while working on the spots and fine lines.
Jojoba & Chamomile, anti inflammatory properties of these 2 help reduce the redness from acne, help soothing and calming the skin, helps with cleansing, oil control & slows down the aging process of the skin.
Niacinamide, promotes even skin tone & texture, improves skin elasticity & suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin.

My Review;

I put the eye patches on and then top it with the face sheet so that both can work simultaneously. The elasticity of my skin improved almost instantaneously, my panda eyes were visibly lighter & my overall face was smooth, soft and hydrated. I actually repurchased a couple of these for my sheet mask stockpile.

Skin Republic sheet masks are extremely pocket friendly so you could actually indulge in them twice or thrice a week.

Do you agree that Hydrogel sheet masks are a lot more user friendly than the original sheet masks? Let me know in the comments!

I’m currently half dead on the couch, writhing in period cramps with a sheet mask on my face and a cold coffee in my hand, watching ‘Good Witch’ for the 5th time!!

Laters….

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Exploring Sukin Signature Range….

Starting off with the first 3 products that I received from this brand called SUKIN.

There are a lot many reasons to love SUKIN one of the most underrated Australian brands.

Made with Natural Ingredients
Vegan Product
Cruelty Free
Carbon Neutral
Recyclable Packaging

The best part about using products that are made with Natural ingredients is the assurance that they will not harm your skin.

Here’s their NO LIST incase you haven’t already read it on your favourites!

How can you not trust a brand that’s so conscious about what it does to you, the environment & the planet!!

Lets Talk about all 3 of the products that I received and how I rate them;

Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub

My skin type is Normal to Oily and I found this to be perfect for my skin. No microbeads whatsoever!! Just gentle skin loving ingredients like biodegradable Bamboo Extract & Walnut Shell Powder for light exfoliation.

While Aloe vera & Chamomile calm the skin, Rosehip, Jojoba & Sesame Oils leave the skin feeling extra soft and smooth. I usually end up mixing this scrub with the cleanser for an even smoother application. You should totally try doing that. It works brilliantly for me.

Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser

Although this is from the Signature range, barring a few overlapping ingredients, this one has some ingredients that are known to work in minutes!!
Apart from the Aloe Vera and Chamomile & the Rosehip Oil, this little bottle also has Green tea, Witch Hazel & Evening Primrose Oil to make sure that the skin doesn’t dry after you wash with this cleanser. My skin feels super soft after using this cleanser.

Sukin Signature Facial Moisturiser

One of the best and the lightest facial moisturisers that I’ve used! I love the non sticky & lightweight formula. The skin absorbs this in under a minute. The wheatgerm & Vitamin E help with improving the skin texture & the moisture barrier of the skin (happens when you use it regularly over a period of time).

I would highly recommend this moisturiser for Summer due to the consistency and the fact that it is lightweight & non sticky.

If you love it but you find the formula too light for winters, you could add a couple of drops of your favourite facial oils. Works like a charm!

Sukin has a whole range of products from haircare to skincare to facial oils to bodycare. I’m comparatively new to this brand and am yet to try the other products from this range. There are 2 other products that I have tried & absolutely loved from this brand. Stay tuned for the reviews!

Time to help the little one with his homework and mid term revisions.

Laters darlings…

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Does Apology Work?

Shame

Guilt

Embarrassment

Hope

Positivity

Love

These are the feelings running through my brain right now, all muddled up together and all scrambling for attention.

I’ve been MIA for way too long to just sit here and offer a bland apology to my followers. But, a sorry is a good way to start.

I won’t lie. Posting a picture on Instagram and writing a line or 2 about the product as a review seemed way more easier and extremely easy on my quota of time. I enjoyed doing so for over 2 years now.

Wondering why I’m back? Well, firstly, I’m a woman, second, I love to talk!! Instagram is not enough for me to talk. I can write chapter after chapter in this space and still have someone reading this!!

Pssst….

Leave me a comment if you’re reading this!! I wanna know who all stayed on after my disappearance!

I’ll be back to publishing as much as I can in the next couple of days!!

Laters….

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OCD Satiation Guaranteed! Champion Cleaners!

I have an On & Off kinda relationship with my OCD. There are times when I’m lazy AF and completely disregarding piles and piles of packages cluttering my room and my house and slowly getting into every open corner in my house.

And there are times when I have sleepless nights over a small ball point pen mark on the insides of my bag!

I’m taking baby steps at becoming a Domestic Diva. This does not in any way mean that I get down to cleaning every single thing on my own. I’m always on a lookout for professional help. The kinds where they take your instructions seriously and deliver to the T.

My hubby dearest, gave me an LV in the first year of my marriage. Obviously it’s one of my most priced possessions.  nOW i come from a place where Laundry or Laundromats are only for clothes. I would probably give the laundry guys my carpet at the most. But thats that. Pretty limited. But thats when I heard about Champion Cleaners. These guys are not your run of the mill laundry. They make your Bags and shoes, brand new.

I was a bit apprehensive, but at the same time, I had heard rave reviews about Champion Cleaners. So, one leap of faith and my LV was with them for a week.

I cannot emphasize enough the satisfaction at receiving the bag, as good as new. I’m totally sold at their abilities to clean your super precious stuff like bags and shoes.

Plus the process of getting your stuff done is very simple. They have an app which you need to download on your phone, share your location, schedule a pick up and that’s it!

They will collect almost anything that you need cleaned, from your doorstep, take it with them and deliver in a couple of days. Have you tried these guys before? My OCD was completely satiated. How was your experience? I would love to know.

 

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Kohl It Smokey! Ft. Sephora Glide Liners

It’s taken a couple of years and some horrid looking makeup looks to get to the (most of the times) kickass makeup perfection that I sport these days. I have shifted my blogging focus from Interiors to makeup after I stumbled across Carli Bybel on Youtube. I love her makeup tutorials and how she has evolved!

My main focus has always been contouring and eyes. Recently, I have developed a hunger for highlighters as well.

Now the best place for makeup for me has always been a Sephora store. Sephora for me is like candyland for kids. I can live in that place.

One thing about Sephora is that apart from the multi luxury brands that they stock in their stores, they have their own brand; Sephora. Sephora by itself keeps up with the latest trends and how!

This inhouse brand is super affordable and really worth every dime spent on it!! I love a lot of things from the inhouse Sephora brand, but, that’s for another post. Let’s talk about some awesome eye products that they have in store this month which, to be honest are absolutely a must buy!

This post is all about Kohl from Sephora.

GLIDE LINER

These are super pigmented colored Kohl’s which have some seriously intense pigment. Basically Gel Eyeliners which are waterproof and in a retractable Kohl Pencil form. Being an Indian, Kohl is the first thing that I reach for when I do my eye makeup. We love our smokey eyes on a daily basis. LOL I know, but we love it.

They have six shades that are just at AED 55 each. Each Kohl will last you a good 8 months if you use it on alternate days.

Check these shades out, I’m eying the Noir & Warm Kaki for myself.

This one is Brown Chestnut 

Another color that I like is the Red Berry. If you can tailor your look around this Kohl, it’ll be a talked about look for a very long time.

For the waterline, there are 2 shades that are a must have in any vanity,  Beige & White

    

And now my favourites; Warm Kaki & Noir

 

The next post is yet again a Sephora Post about the cutest palettes ever!!

 

Until Laters…

 

 

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In The Spotlight At Paris Gallery

If you are based in Dubai or UAE, you’re not new to this dreamy store called Paris Gallery. It’s a store that dreams are made of. It smells of aspirations and dreams and luxury. It reminds you of your idols on TV, in Ads, on Ramps. It’s got the right ingredients for you to be exactly what you aspired for. From the best of Fragrances to the most amazing Makeup to accessories and watches. If you spotted something in the glossy, you’re sure to find it in this store.

Paris Gallery has put together 10 fragrances each for Him & Her in the spotlight. Some of the best fragrances this season. what I’m sharing with you today are some of the best ‘Pink’ fragrances to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Valentino ‘Donna Acqua’ – Valentino Donna Acqua is an irreverent clash of lightness and indulgence. The crunchy freshness of green almond combined with the juicy notes of frosted pear is offset by the smooth and velvety heat of a frangipani rose accord with a hint of creamy sandalwood and hawthorn. Priced at AED 445, Donna Acqua looks pretty and dainty on your perfume tray.

Prada ‘Candy Gloss’ – Sparkling and intensely joyful: Candy Gloss is a sensual sorbet, sweet as acid cherry and solar as the orange blossom. A fruity bouquet with hints of rose and musk. apart from the perfectly feminine smell, the bottle is beautifully designed, but thats with all the perfumes from Prada. They have some of the best looking bottles in the perfume industry. This one is priced at AED 450.

Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Scandal’ – A very recent addition to the Jean Paul Gaultier line, this is amongst the most coveted bottles to own this season. During the day, it’s a delicious fresh honey with the wonderful scent of gardenia and blood orange. At night, it’s a sensual and scandalous honey combined with patchouli: an addiction that’s just so Jean Paul Gaultier.
Priced at AED 480.

Guerlain ‘Mon Guerlain’ – Mon Guerlain, the House’s new fragrance, is a tribute to today’s femininity – strong, free and sensual. It is a fresh and oriental fragrance that enhances exceptional raw materials. Priced at AED 580.

Gucci ‘Bloom’ – Gucci Bloom is created to unfold like its name, capturing the rich scent of a thriving garden filled with an abundance of flowers. Tuberose and jasmine combine with Rangoon Creeper – a unique flower discovered in South India. A must have if you like floral fragrances. Priced at AED 545

Each of these perfumes in pink are a work of art, in fragrance and in packaging. Which is your favourite?

Watch out for my Top 5 in Mens fragrances from Paris Gallery coming soon..

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