Recently, I was very thoughtfully given a LUSH Gift Box by my sister in law. I was beyond over the moon when I received the surprise package as I've always been a massive fan of LUSH but never really indulged myself in buying too much of their products, especially in this past year. Before I get into whats inside the box, can we just please take a minute to appreciate the gorgeous packaging? I'm a sucker for cute festive wrappings and boxes. Because of this, I debated for a good few over whether or not I should wait to see the contents inside the box so I can take blogpost photos. That thought only lasted for a couple of seconds though as I could not contain my excitement to see the goodies inside! 



As the title suggests, I've been reaching for Una Brennan's Superfacialist masks quite a lot recently given the change in weather and my temperamental hormones. Face masks are one thing in my skincare routine that I tend to get a little lazy with. Some say you should apply a mask once or twice a week to get rid of all the grease and grime off your face, all the while hydrating your skin and restoring its balance. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered two drugstore masks which could do all of the above, in a fraction of a price compared to a lot of the high-end face masks out there on the shelves. 



 I was recently approached by the wonderful people from the Vaniday app service and I immediately  jumped on board with intrigue when hearing about their new beauty app. Now, we all know how much of a pain it is to book appointments or finding the right salon which you can trust and become a faithful customer of. I've had my fair share of awkward moments and disastrous experiences at salons because either they don't know how to provide the quality treatment that every client looks for or my impressions have been poor given the state of service or price. Hence, I'm always on the look out for new salons with the best reviews in lifestyle magazines or hearing about it from my girlfriends. But often is the case where no matter how much a place is boasted for in the first place, it all boils down to your own experience and judgement. 



Recently went to the Sisters Beauty Lounge to get a much needed facial treatment done. Although I am very religious with my skincare routine, I still tend to get quite lazy (and oftentimes skint!) when its comes to getting regular professional facials and spa services. Having said that, my skin was in a right state and desperately needed some TLC. After reading a couple of reviews online I decided to book my very first appointment at Sisters Beauty Lounge salon. They have quite a few branches around Dubai but I chose the nearest one in Mirdif. 



So, Ive never been much of a primer girl. Personally, I've always seen primers as like that forgotten step in your makeup routine where you should be using but don't really see the point in doing so. Ahh this where we're wrong my fellow non-primer using friends. My brother recently got engaged and I was left to doing my own makeup (it turned out rather nice tbh) instead of booking an appointment with a professional makeup artist. I always notice that primers are the talk of the town amongst people when getting ready for special events and occasions and I realised that I never actually owned one. Hmm. Long story short, I came across Rimmel's Lasting Finish Primer and I can totally see why makeup buffs are so enthusiastic about them.




                                                                   I have been eyeing this foundation since it first hit the makeup counters years ago. It seemed as though every blogger, Youtuber or celebrity was talking about how amazing the NARS Sheer Glow foundation is. Although, I have always been a little reluctant when trying out new foundations and give them a reasonable amount of time to try out before I make up my mind on whether or not it's worth the purchase. 

You see, having a medium-olive skin tone, a lot of the times it's quite difficult to find the right shade or you end up being matched wrong by the make up artists selling the product. However, when I first checked out the NARS counter, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety in colour shades which I felt were more predominantly geared towards darker- tan- dusky skin tones. Even the way each shade is categorised according to pink or yellow undertones is particularly useful for makeup beginners in identifying what shade suits their complexion best.



I recently discovered CHEEKY's Chat Me Up nail paint collection and not gonna lie, I did get pretty excited. CHEEKY is the sister brand of Cowshed which is more popularly known for its skincare products. Their brand line features almost every colour under the sun; from pastel pinks and duck greys to bold shades like midnight blue and plumpish purples. As it is finally A/W season, I opted for trying out their burgundy and emerald green shade. I'm currently building up my nail polish collection and noticed that I lacked these kind of colours so I immediately knew I had to add these shades in my stash. 

Here's what I think of them:



At some point by now, you have been emailed your class schedules, moved into the student halls, went to a few freshers' parties or stocked up on your new stationary supplies. Many of you may be starting (or already started) your first year of University whilst for some of us, its back to the ole' grind of daily coffee runs (or tea- I don't descriminate) and early morning classes where the professors yap on about some German bloke whose theory brought revolutionary changes within the field of cultural studies or suttin'. It was 8 AM. I wasn't listening. 

Lets be real though, University can be quite a daunting experience. Its a period in your life where you go through the roller coaster of happy, sad and somewhere-in-the-middle type of emotions, shitloads of adult responsibilities that makes you all squeamish and the pressure of completing a sea of assignments which frankly, most days forces you to drown in the feeling of despair and snotty Kleenex tissues. 



Nude lipsticks are tricky. Especially for medium/tan/indian skin tones. Despite the large variety on the shelves, you need to be extra picky in finding the right shade as it can go two ways; either you end up donning the frosty look (ahh the teenage days) or find a shade thats way too peach or way too brown for your complexion. I could never find the perfect blend that would bring life into my face whilst still looking natural. I always ended up finding lipsticks that made me look too ashy or just way too pink, so it just defeated the purpose of buying a "nude" shade. The struggle was that whilst some nudes looked warm-toned on others, it would come off as more cool-toned on me, and vice versa.

But then I found this.



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I've been really digging the concept of contouring and bronzing lately, especially since its summer and everybody seems to have their sun kissed glow on. I figured I should join the herd too and branch out with trying a bronzy makeup look for this season. Albeit, Ive always been a bit wary of using contouring and bronzing products as I already have an olive/medium skin tone, so I wasn't sure how I'd warm up my face with using such dark colours without making myself look like a hot muddy mess. Turns out, you only need a gentle hand and lots of some practice. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Sleek (How can you not though?!), it is one of those drugstore brands that could be seen compatible with high-end names such as Nars, as Sleek has produced some of the best drugstore dupes in the beauty market. So for that reason, I've been recently trialling Sleek's Face Form: Contour and Blush Palette kit in the shade medium and maaannnn, I've been missing out. If you're a newbie like me with contouring then you should definitely give this 3-in-1 kit a whirl. 



This. This right here my friends is the ultimate game changer. No, I am not exaggerating. I think the secret potion that Little Mix sing about in their song 'Black Magic' could be about this. Too much of a reach? Fine, sorry. But seriously though, everyone should have this. Even your mother, sister, aunt, grandma, cat, Oprah and the neighbour across the street should have this. 

Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (Synchronised Recovery Complex II) serum is one of those skincare products that shows functionality and efficient results in terms of actually repairing (keyword) your skin. In other words, it does what it claims and you will notice immediate differences, approximately after 2 weeks, if used religiously. The light substance is designed to correct unevenness in the skin-tone, brilliant at quenching dehydration and restoring balance and suppleness to the skin. The star ingredient being Hyaluronic Acid helps to further repair and heal damages such as scars and blemishes. 



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After seeing Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends rave about Clinique's Take The Day Off cleansing balm, without a doubt I needed to get my hands on this purple tub of goodness too. I've been using it for the past month now and rest assured, TTDO has rightfully taken its crown as becoming my holy grail cleanser. 

Since obsessing over Merumaya's cleansing balm (see post here) I knew I needed to try more balm-textured skincare products because of their hydrating benefits. Clinique's TTDO melts like a dream once scooped out of the pot. I guess that could be the only downside about this product as you have to, kind of, scoop the balm from a thick, flat lard-like substance. Description doesn't sound too appealing I know. I prefer using tubes or pumps but it is only a minor issue in my eyes as the pros outweigh the cons. 



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Whether its winter, autumn or summer, I love a dewy makeup look. Not only does it look simple and effortless, a dewy sparkle adds a fresh and rejuvenated feel to the face and I think in these hot humid months, everyone can do with a healthy summer glow! And you don't even have to bruise your wallets to achieve this look, as you only need tiniest amount of light-to-medium coverage liquid foundation or a trusty BB cream, whatever you may please. This makeup trend is truly about keeping things simple by following the "less is more" mantra.