Drool Worthy Sunnies From Grand Optics!

If you live in the UAE, Grand optics is not a new name for you!! I’ve been buying my sunnies from Grand Optics since the time I landed in this country.

They stock all possible brands, well all optics do, so whats diffrent about Grand Optics? Being a blogger, I do have access to the latest trends of the season and Grand Optics is one of the rare few places who stocks all possible trends of the year, fresh off the runway! That to the fashionistas of the region, is huge!

These are two of my favourites from the Summer 2017 designs!

Here’s a little about the Optical part of Grand Optics.

Grand Optics represents an extensive variety of luxury, designer, bridge and exclusive brands for clinical eyewear and sunglasses – as well as a wide range of high quality ophthalmic lenses, with comprehensive choice of coloured and tailor made contact lenses, to fulfill every customers’ needs. Grand Optics’ strategy is to supply the finest selection of latest eyewear styles for its unique customer base in the GCC market, and cater to a distinct clientele seeking excellent products, services & after sales care. The Grand Optics in-store experience is as unique as its product offer, delivering superior customer service unique to the Middle East market within the luxurious ambience of their showrooms. Grand Optics delivers its promise of a new perspective and different vision, whilst providing customers with the latest trends in eyewear with every pair of glasses, sunglasses, contact and optical lenses.

Have you experienced the warm hospitality of Grand Optics? I would love to know of your experience.

Until Laters…

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Do You Know The Difference Between Real Soap And Beauty Bars?

I didn’t know the difference, a soap and beautybar to me is the same thing, right? Clearly it’s wrong (I’m writing a post about it, remember?)

There’s a reason why major manufacturing companies are using words like Beauty Bars, Moisturising Bars, Body Bars and the likes.

So the key story here is about Saponification. Saponification is the process which takes place by combining fats, oil and lye together resulting in soap and glycerin being formed. No other ingredients are needed to create soap, however other natural ingredients such as Shea butter and lavender oil can be added for extra skin moisturising benefits and to enhance the soap.

Manufacturers separate the most valuable ingredient, glycerin, which is made during the soap making process and either sell or keep it for more expensive products. Cheaper alternatives are then added to the soap instead like, foaming agents and chemical fragrances, which react the same way as glycerin. Therefore, when using a Beauty Bar daily, you are rubbing harsh chemicals over your skin, which are then absorbed into your body.

Most ‘soaps’ on the market are made from synthetic detergent products, and therefore cannot legally label themselves as a soap product? Manufacturing companies use words like Beauty Bars, Moisturising Bars, and Body Bars as alternatives to using the word soap.

The Shower Tower SOAPENIR is made from 100% natural and organic Shea butter combined with lavender oil, making it the perfect product to feed your skin daily in the shower or the tub. Soothing your skin with nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin E, The Shower Tower SOAPENIR, moisturises and softens your skin every time you use it.

Shaped as Dubai’s iconic building, The Burj Khalifa, The Shower Tower is the perfect SOAPENIR gift for visitors, guests and tourists visiting Dubai. The Shower Tower retails for AED 95 and can be ordered online by visiting http://www.theshowertower.com or at outlets such as Love Shop Pray, O Concept Store and Dubai Loves.

This particular soap is so good looking that you may not want to use it. I would love to gift something like this when I go back home. You can’t get more ‘DUBAI’ than this!!

 

What do you think about this post? Would you be willing to change your loyalties to natural soaps like soapenir?

I would love to hear from you!

Until Laters…

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Get Fit The Lazy Way This Summer!!

Summer’s always seem way hotter in UAE. Peeling of gymming clothes seems like the only option after a thorough workout! I usually tend to shy away from exercising during…. well, exercising any time ever!! Too lazy to start!! If I’m that lazy, you must be wondering what got me writing about fitness??!!??!!

Two amazing fitness training options which are perfect for a lazy ass person like me!! Plus working out in water doesn’t even feel like a workout but shows awesome results. Aquabiking is definitely for me!!

L’Atelier Aquafitness offers a dynamic 45-minute class that is a unique mix of both water aerobics and indoor spinning. With up to a whopping 700 calories burnt in one session, both the upper and lower body are given a full workout, structured by an initial warm-up, followed by the acceleration phase and lastly a stretching stage. This effective workout strengthens muscles and is suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. You do not even need to be able to swim to take part in a class.

The aquabiking phenomenon comes with many health and wellness benefits that are not just physical. Participants will leave a class feeling invigorated and energized with a clear mind. With continual classes you will start to shape and sculpt your body, reducing stubborn cellulite and troublesome water retention. Due to water buoyancy properties, your body weight is divided by 50% which reduces the risk of injury to joints, and the cooling effects of being submerged in the pool reduce sweating and pressure on the heart, making it a truly enjoyable overall body and mind workout.

The Aquabiking class is for just AED 1,395 a month. Totally worth every dime!

The second summer exercise class from L’Atelier Aquafitness is the ‘Iyashi Dome’, a revolutionary device inspired by a Japanese practice called Suno Ryoho where the Japanese bury themselves in sand near hot springs on the beach to eliminate toxins. The Iyashi Dome uses unique technology to deeply cleanse the body, restore its balance and gain an efficient and long-lasting slimming effect.

Who wouldn’t want to just lie down on their lazy ass and lose weight at the same time? This is right up my alley!

 

The Iyashi Dome works by emitting infra-red rays from inside the dome that the body absorbs and thus stimulates the metabolism, triggering deep sweating similar to running 20 kilometers, with no negative effects on the body. One session lasts for 30 minutes and the head remains uncovered whilst the rest of the body is cocooned comfortably inside the dome. During the session the body eliminates up to 1200ml of water and unwanted toxins, whilst burning up to 600 calories.

With a host of health benefits from detoxification, regeneration, weight loss and muscular relaxation, the body is left deeply cleansed and purified post session, with a reduction in cellulite. This powerful tool for weight loss and overall well being is proving extremely popular amongst the health conscious women of Dubai.

The price per session is AED 280. L’Atelier Aquafitness is located on Al Wasl Road in Dubai. For further information, please visit www.latelieraquafitness.com or contact them on 04- 338 8323.

I’m absolutely game for something like this!! What about you?

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Let’s Go Coconuts!!!

I’m starting my birthday week with my most loved brand! I’m a diehard Sephora Fan. so here’s a list that’s got all the good things that are available at Sephora and I haven’t tried them yet.

Now if you had a choice of coconut infused beauty and skincare, won’t you just drop everything else and go cool and coconuts?

Why the coconut craze this summer? Because why wake up with dull, dry, dehydrated skin when you can flaunt fresh, smooth, and flawless skin.

As we head into the scorching heat of the sun this season, embrace the best of coconut-infused makeup and skincare as this super-ingredient is the powerhouse of hydration, firmness, and radiance.

This probably is the most legit coconut list ever!!!

Let’s start with the my fav brand, Sephora.

And these wipes are so good and smell heavenly!!

These Made In Sephora goodies are very reasonably priced.

Coconut Lip Balm – AED 28

Coconut Water cleansing Cream – AED 30

Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes – AED 35

Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Cream – AED 35

Now lets get into Makeup!

The Summer Collection of Marc Jacobs Beauty – Coconut Glow revolves around coconut water, which is Marc’s favourite drink. Marc Jacobs Beauty places an emphasis on glistening, luminous and well-hydrated skin with four new key products for the summer season.

Starting with a Coconut Face Primer for AED 130, MJB also has a Coconut Bronzer for AED 230 and a Coconut Setting Mist for AED 160. Imagine how awesome the smell would be!!

I’m zeroing in on the Dew Drops coconut Gel Highlighter at AED 180!! That glow will be something else!!!

I so want this!!!

Shifting focus to another of my favourite brands in Makeup, Too Faced! Say goodbye to dry, dull skin and hello to hydrated, glowing skin! For a flawless complexion, Too Faced formulated primers, foundations, and concealers that are infused with coconut water to help moisturise, firm, and brighten the skin. If that wasn’t enough, Too Faced also introduced a range of irresistible lip gloss that are infused with the skin-loving essence of coconut oil while it smells just like peaches.

Absolutely fabulous!! I wouldn’t mind it if it smelled like coconuts either! I love that smell in make up and skincare.

This concealer called Born This Way from Too Faced is priced at AED 135.

The Born This Way foundation is priced at AED 175.

I’m eyeing this lip gloss called Papa Don’t Peach at AED 80.Loving this shade!

All this awesomeness is available at Sephora Middle East stores and online on http://www.sephora.ae

Let’s go coconuts, shall we?

 

 

 

 

 

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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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