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Abra-cada-brow! By Benefit



So Benefit recently launched an entire new collection dedicated specifically for the eyebrows! Now you might ask yourselves, why is that a big deal? I mean most brands now has an eyebrow care line. However, you need to know that as a brand, Benefit, always ensures that it's products are made for the everyday girl with the everyday problem, and they design their products in a way that makes it easy to use even for the amateur-est beginner. This time around they launched more than 10 different products with most of them containing at least 3 shades to match different hair colors! Now I am not the hugest eyebrow freak because they are well shaped in my opinion (THANK YOU BENEFIT BROW BAR!) but sometimes they need to be more defined and a little bit filled around the edges. So here are some of the products that I tried and what I thought about them from the range!

The first product is the Eyebrow Primer!  (and I was mostly excited about this one because there is absolutely NO WAY you can mess using it up since it's a gel and all!). So what this does is that it primes your brows (Duh!), conditions the hairs thanks to the Keratin in it, gives your brows a fuller look, and most importantly prolongs the wear of other eyebrow products. So I would safely assume that this is the first product you use.


The second product is the Brow Pencil (Available in 6 shades). Now what's great is that it comes equipped with a spoolie to untame those brows and a fine fine fine (have I mentioned fine?) pigmented tip that helps define the brows, and fill it in a little with some strokes? Now like I mentioned, I have defined brows, so I didn't really feel the need to use this products except for like a gigantic fancy party where the eyebrows had to be super on fleek! Personally, I wouldn't be able to justify using it for a daily makeup routine, but hey that's just me liking super quick and on the go solutions to eyebrows.


The third product would have to be the Gimme Brow (Available in 3 shades). I would say this is probably an eyebrow mascara that contains fiber gels to add more volume and depth to your brows. Given that all you have to do is just give your brows a little stroke, I was absolutely stoked about this product! It's water resistant (thank God for that considering how hot it is in the GCC), it is buildable so you can intensify your look based on your preference, and conditions the brows thanks to the Vitamin B5.


And last but not least, the ka-BROW (Available in 6 shades). Okay, this little baby had all the youtubers and bloggers of the world going cray cray over how good it is, so given that I have a severe case of FOMO, I decided to give it a try. And it is Ah-Maz-Ing! What it is is basically a creamy and gel(-y?) brow color that lets you draw perfectly perfect arches. It is definitely a more heavy duty product that needs some practice to get it perfectly done but also, a little product goes a long way so even if you do end making a mistake, you won't be losing much product when you are restarting the process. Also, I don't think it's the kind of product that you would use everyday for soft looks but rather save it for those night outings.

I would surely recommend trying this lovely new collection out, but before doing that, PLEASE make sure that you get a consultations with one of their brow-wizs' on which product is made for what purpose given that it's a huge selection that can be overwhelming. Their brow technicians are seriously brilliant and I make sure to always get my brows done there and no where else,, and if not for anything then for at least the pain free experience (Thread?! Never Again! ). Go to Sephora in Ibn Battuta and ask for Mylene! She's my Fave! Last time I wanted to go though she was on maternity leave (Congrats on your baby girl!!) so I am currently rocking two thick moustache(s) above my eyes.

  

My experience - experiencing Trader's Hotel by Shangri-La


So a couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of staying in Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Traders is part of the Shangri-La group, and while it’s a 4 star hotel, it boasts the services of a 5-stars one we are used to by the Shangri-La group. If I had to summarize my stay in one sentence, it would be: An affordable, relaxing, family-friendly stay that takes you out of the city while in the city. with complimentary breakfast! 


The room:
First things first! FREE WIFI all day, every day, every where! I know this might seem like a norm to some of you, but believe me when I tell you that I’ve stayed in hotels that charge for wifi, and I am talking like 50 AED for a couple of hours and within room premises, not across the hotel! And you need that wifi cuz you gotta snapchat that staycation of yours! 

The 288 rooms in the hotel are large enough to move around comfortably or fit in a cot or two, with some rooms including a small breakfast table, a balcony, and an executive desk. 



Other room facilities include: 24-hour in-room dining, Flat-screen LCD TV, In-room safe, Mini bar, Coffee/tea kettle, bathtub and monsoon rain shower, toiletries (Best PARTTT!!), Iron and ironing board, and Hair dryer. 


Hotel Facilities: 
If you are a person that likes the beach and sun, then this is the place for you! The hotel has a private beach and an outdoor swimming pool, where you can relax and enjoy a drink. While you do that, the kids can play in the fenced playground right next to the beach. 

Other hotel facilities include: Hair Salon, Health Club,  and the CHI spa with services for both men and women. 

F&B: 
FOOD! If you were going to take a few days off of your diet, then a staycation is the perfect excuse for just that! The hotel has enough restaurants and outlets to keep your tummy satisfied. The first two outlets are the Lobby Lounge and Pool Lounge, where you can get a drink to relax and some light snacks. Then you have Afya restaurant, which is the main attraction. This is where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a seating indoors and outdoors overlooking the beach. You can also either order the buffet or a la carte for a menu selection of several international dishes that suits everyone. They also have a beach bbq brunch every Friday, with a ton of activities and games for the kids. And now onto my favourite restaurant! Afya Beach Lounge, the haven that serves Sheesha. By the beach. Need I say more? I will continue either way.. You can also have some cocktails from a mere 30 AED (unheard of right?!) and the same a la carte menu from Afya restaurant.


However, if all that is unsatisfying to you, you can talk a 5 minute walk to Qaryet Al Beri Souq, but more than that later. 

What’s around you: 
*Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a 5 minute drive and from some rooms, you can actually see it!
*Yas Mall/Island is 20 minutes away if you want to visit Ferrari world or Yas world or everything else
*Qaryet Al Beri Souq, which is a 5 minute walk, carries several cafes and restaurants with different cuisines that overlooks Sheikh Zayed Mosque (a breath-taking view to say the least!) there are also a couple of night spots in the centre, as well as a nail parlour, pharmacy and a convenience store.

All in all, this was one of my favourite spots because I felt away from the city and in a different place whereas I was only a couple hours away from home. I didn’t feel the need to use the car because everything I needed was either in the hotel or a 5 minute walk in the Qaryet Al Beri Souq.

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