Rediscovering Past Loves - Dare by Guess

For every beauty fanatic out there, do you also sometimes feel "okay" about a product, but then after a while you rediscover it and it reminds you of an awesome time or suddenly you like the way it feels/looks on you?  that happened to me with Dare by Guess! I had totally forgot about it, buried in one of my drawers until I was doing "Fall Cleaning" and I found it! Ahhh sweet times! The floral-woody-musk composition is perfect for a jeans and white shirt look and below is the technicality side of it!

Top: kumquat, lemon blossom and pear blossom, 
Middle: cactus blossom, wild rose and elegant jasmine.
Base: Coconut, blond wood and musk. The sillage (the extent of others smelling it) is good but longevity somewhat “eh”; perhaps it’s because it’s an EDT? Still worth carrying in your everyday bag! 

The Mask Craze!

Sheet Face Masks! Almost every is obsessed with it and I am one of those people. Do you know why? THEY ARE MADE FOR LAZY/BUSY PEOPLE and I am both these things :) always looking for the easy way out when it comes to skincare. The great things about Face Masks is that they usually don’t need rinsing! So you put it on, relax, take it off, throw it, and VOILA! Piece of cake. 

There are two types of masks, fiber sheets and jelly ones that feel like another layer of skin. I like them both but for different reasons. Two of my Favorite masks recently are the Sephora one ingredient-infused mask and WHEN one purpose mask!

Sephora Fiber Masks: 
Let me start by saying is that these masks are so colorful making it fun to buy - you feel like a kid in a candy store. There are different colors with one hero ingredient (ex. Green with Green Tea) and each one has 2 targets that it tackles best (ex. Mattifying and Anti-Blemish). Below is a graph of each color, ingredient and target. 

They also recently released the eye masks and a sleep-in mask (spread). What’s great about these masks is that you they are light to use so if you’re above 16, you should be good to go (don’t quote me on that :p) and they are okay on the pocket at 20 aed each - also what’s great is that every once in a while, Sephora do awesome offers on them. They recently had a 3 for 2 promo, and boy did I load up! My faves are Pomegranate, Pearl and Green Tea. I am yet to try the eye and sleep-in ones. Only 15 mins are needed in these. 

WHEN masks: 
These masks have a Jelly texture making it feel like another layer of skin! They use bio-cellulose and materials made from coconuts. These masks are used more for those with sensitive skin and you need to keep it on for 30-mins. They have 5 types of masks, for brightening, refreshing, restoring, hydrating, and prep-ing for heavy makeup wear (bridal). They all come in one set for 159 AED, making it about 32 AED/Mask. Since they are slightly more expensive, and need 30 mins of wear, it would be more suitable to use for a special occasion? 

Did you ladies join in the craze of face masks too?

*WHEN masks were given to me as a PR Sample but my opinions are a 100%!

New Sephora Innovations!

I was recently invited for a the new Sephora collection preview, and let me tell you ladies.. you better start saving up! Two products that stood out are the below!

Sephora - Contouring 101
4-in-1 affordable palette that has a highlighter, sculptor, bronzer, and powder! Perfect for traveling and when blended all together, can be used as a natural bronze-y blush!

Beauty Blender - Blotterazi
I think we now all have one of the various beauty blenders and we love the creativity of the concept.. right? So the BB people came up with another innovation! In-disposable (is that a word) blotting sponges that allows you to soak up shine while rearranging your makeup! Perfect for the Middle-East weather?

I believe these will be available by the end of October or beginning of November!

Rimmel - Super Curler Mascara - Review

If you are the type of girl that hates using lash curlers (but does anyway) then you will be happy with Rimmel's newest mascara release "Super Curler”! This mascara has a special formula that lets the individual lash hair curl upwards (you can try it on a paper’s corner and see for yourself the result). It keeps your lashes curled up for the long haul so its great for long days! One thing I didn’t like about it is that it doesn’t really give that much volume, making it suitable for a day outing! Will I keep using it? for sure.. does it make the top ten mascara list? Maybe top 20.. - My ultimate favorite mascara from Rimmel remains Scandal Eyes Rockin Curves (read full review here)

KVD is now in UAE!

Few artists out there are as inspiring as Kat Von D. Born in Mexico in 1982, Kat Von D crawled her way to the top of the tattoo world through her hit syndicated TV shows, “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink”, centering on her and her talented partners in the tattoo industry. In addition to her TV fame, Katherine has also launched a highly successful make-up brand and writing a best-selling book. Katherine’s accomplishments have launched her to the top of the beauty world and has gotten her acquainted with a bevy of celebrities and media icons, cementing her place in the history books of beauty manufacturers.
Kat Von D is launching her make-up line exclusively at Sephora Middle East, and it features a collection of highly unique and excellent products. Using her inspiration of the contrast between light and shadow, Katherine’s contour collection offers a number of choices for you to conceal and control your skin in any way you please, turning the body into a canvas and using her make-up as the paint.
The collection features such best-selling products as the Everlasting Liquid Lip-stick, which uses vitamins A, C, and E to add hydration and give lips a high-lasting, highly saturated color. The set also feature the Shade + Light Eye Contouring Palette, which uses inspiration from Kat’s sketch work and three color quads containing large base shades, to create the first eye shadow palette for eye contouring.  Meanwhile, the Tattoo Liner achieves eye perfection using high-pigment, waterproof liner and a superfine, flexible brush tip to create a unique look for your eyes. Finally, her foundation accomplishes flawless coverage that is used to even the complexion and hide any imperfection in the skin. With products like these, one can easily see how Kat Von D has become the superstar of the beauty world.

ABH has landed in the UAE!

Ladies! I bring you a piece of amazing news! ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS is officially in Dubai! You can now buy your favorite ABH products from almost any Sephoras' in UAE. They are currently only selling their contouring and eyebrow products :( hopefully they will soon start selling their highlighters and lip collections. In terms of prices, they are similar to those you get from Instagram sellers, so might as well go buy it from sephora for some additional samples and ensuring the originality of the products (example: 250 AED for the contouring palette) 

Isadora - Summer Beach

IsaDora, Europe's best-selling cosmetics brand, has launched its summer make-up 2015 collection, inspired by a beach club.

IsaDora Eye Color Bar Surf & Sun is THE must-have this summer with 6 colorful shades – both matte & pearly. All shades feature a delicate, soft and silky texture for a velvety feel and are easy to blend for a sheer to deep color. Mix and match with the soft glide-on Perfect Contour Kajal Waterproof in lavender or mint to create dazzling summer eyes.

It’s summertime and we need color! Go for a really bold lipstick that makes your lips pop. Perfect Moisture Lipstick is not only richly pigmented and long lasting, it’s also really moisturizing and conditioning and it has a smooth creamy finish – perfect for sun-kissed lips! Choose between the chic summer colors: Watermelon, Orange Flash and Pink Kiss.

Match your bold lips and bikini with nails in the same shades for a chic and trendy beach look. Choose between yellow Sun Ray, Ocean Dive turquoise, Summer Flirt lilac and Pink Glow.
To complete your summer look. IsaDora has also created a Bronzing Powder for a natural sun-kissed look, a newly designed Bronzing Powder Brush ideal for bronzer application and the Volume Lash Styler mascara.  The new mascara with its creamy thickening formula, volumises lashes with a fanned out effect. Boasting perfect separation, definition and extra lash length, this mascara is humidity resistant hence making sure lashes stay perfect in the summer. 

IsaDora is available at major retail stores such as Paris Gallery, Debenhams, Boots, and Lifestyle. 

*Press Release 

Chloe Perfume - Review

The newest signature feminine scent is here! Using the noblest and most delicate flower of all, the Eau de Parfum by Chloe has elegantly arrived! Packaged in a beautiful glass bottle that houses a perfectly cute knotted ribbon around its neck, the new bottle has the classic delicate, light smell that nonetheless proves long-lasting and brings out the strong willed femininity in anyone who decides to use it. What really pops to me in terms of the smell and presentation of this new perfume, is how it brings out the girl in you in the most non-traditional way. The scents, floral top and middle notes with the Amber base note, seem to play against each other yet fit perfectly together making this perfume work in a very versatile way and the perfect choice if you’re looking for something that you could use every day without boredom or repetitiveness.

MUFE Plexi-Artist Gloss - Review + Swatches

So I recently received the new Plexi-Artist Gloss from Make Up For Ever and I thought I'd do a speedy review about them! Here's what I think! Very pigmented, beautiful color pay-off, medium-lasting results, somewhat sticky, a lovely range of colors (umm, hello black lipgloss!) but my favorite part is definitely the applicator! Why? because it allows you to have enough product to spread on each lip AND it pointy enough that it allows you to line your lips!

Have you ladies tried it? Do you think the glossy trend still exists?

Pirouette - Review

A delicately detailed bottle, Pirouette from Angel Schlesser, is composed of a floral-oriental notes made for the elegant woman in you. It opens with a fruity note (Black Currant, and Plum)  and then moves into a floral heart (Freesia, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Orchid, and Jasmine) and ends with a spicy scent (Musk, Amber, Cedar, Vanilla, and Patchouli). It is super long lasting with a good sillage. Now one thing that really caught my attention was the name. Pirouette is a certain dance move that is similar to twirling which is mostly associated with ballerinas, whose gracefulness and elegance inspired the perfume and the bottle.  

Moresque - Perfumes

Everybody take note, Moresque is the new arab perfume of choice if you want a high-quality perfume that fits all your needs. Paying tribute to the classical arabesque perfumes throughout history, Moresque offers a smell that is at once familiar, yet completely innovative. The newest box-set offered contains a variety of perfumes, starting with Tamina, a white-cased perfume that serves as an allegory to the princess and poet Tamina of history. Tamina offers an audacious and sparkly smell that is provided by cashmeran, complimented by a confidence and altruism that is provided by the extra notes eucalyptus applied over a sweet woody base. The next perfume is another white-casing labeled Diadema, which takes its name from diadem, the ancient symbol of nobility. Owing to its name, the perfume offers a luscious and charming smell, caused by its caramel adornment, and adds a layer of sweetness that is offered by its fruity notes. The third white perfume offered is the Moreta, which is named after the Spanish word for seductress. Adorned completely in the smell of beauty and voluptuousness, the perfume uses a combination of elements including Virginian cedarwood and white musk to imbue a charming, fresh and natural charisma into its smell. The box set also offers a black collection that include Al Andalus, Emiro, and Band as its perfumes of choice. Al Andalus, named after the ancient province of the Moores, offers a fiery and seductive scent with a spicy note that is achieved by a combination of saffron, black pepper and ginger. Emiro, named after “Emires”, meaning monarchs, provides a scent of royalty, power, freedom, and prestige. Emiro accomplishes a complex, rich note through elements such as oud, leather, and amber that mix to create a multi-layered smell. Rand, named in tribute to the desert flower, offers a more floral-oriented smell in honor of its name. Emire uses a powedery iris that is mixed with fruity, floral, and rosy notes to reaffirm its tenacity and dignity. The last perfume offered by the box set is the Aristoqrati, which encapsulates the aristocratic and royal dynasty of the Middle East. The perfume provides a journey of sophistication and nobility that synergize together through the combination of Vetiver and geranium, along with many other elements that create a royal scent for a royal user.

Available exclusively at Paris Gallery