Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review

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First Impressions: Holy Cow, this is fantastic!

I’m so in love with this palette, it has become an absolute staple in my daily routine and I cannot live without ALL of them. The colors include (from right to left) Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. The powders are finely milled providing a realistic glow that is not over the top and registers natural on the skin.

The pros of the palette is that it can be used as an all-over glow powder to add a little something as a finishing touch or as a stunning highlighter on the tops of the cheeks (and anywhere you desire!). I’ve used it to set my concealer as well as add a sheen to my skin. The powders blend seamlessly and don’t cling to dry patches or bring them to notice. I’d say the first two shades are amazing at setting the skin and the last one is quite a sheer highlighter. All in all this is a luxe product absolutely worth buying!

Tell me: What Hourglass products are you a fan of?

Blogmas 20: How to: Devil-may-care smoky eye & Deadly Catch lips

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This look screams PARTY! Smoky eye, bold lip and minimal skin, what more could you want… really?  Continue reading Blogmas 20: How to: Devil-may-care smoky eye & Deadly Catch lips

Diptyque La Collection 34 Launch and thoughts…

Fragrances, like people have layers, different notes of character, that develop over time, have a few awkward phases and yet, manage to come around to their balanced state (a.k.a their end note). This description goes to explain the new Diptyqie La Collection 34. Taking stories from their address 34 blvd st germain, Diptyque’s iconic first boutique, this collection explores the past, the passion and the personalities that developed this fragrance haven.  Continue reading Diptyque La Collection 34 Launch and thoughts…

Vince Camuto FW14

 

 

Last week, I had the privilege to attend one of the hottest collections for FW14 – Vince Camuto. The pantones of the entire collection was focused towards simplicity, and darkness, and modernism, and mystery. Some of the highlights were uses of block dark shades paired with a statement cuffs, zippers and buckles.

The accessories on the other side were edgy and urbane at the same time. I personally find prints hard to pull off so it was quite happy to see the use of block muted to dark tones making such an impact and ensuring the versatility with fall’s rock-chic to classic trends. I have a lot from the below to take off my bucket list until fall truly hits Dubai.

See the images for yourself:

 

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The beauty scenario tag

I still remember the first time I tried lipstick. I was 7 and hoarding my mum’s very ‘lakme’ oriented make-up drawer full of maroony-bronzy shades (Because that was a thing in the 90’s). She saw me wearing her lipstick and screamed. Much to my efforts; the lipstick was way off and spread across my chin than just my lips. The MirandaSings look wasn’t a thing back then, so it is sufficient to say, I looked utterly retarded.

Here I am 14 years later, still raiding any drawers that give me the hope to finding the next best thing. When this tag came to my notice by lilypebbles, followed by ViviannaDoesMakeUp. Vivianna doesn’t know it yet, but we are twinsies in our makeup preferences. True story.

Moving on to the tag, here we go.

Q1. You have to get rid of all your foundations, and only keep one high-end and one drugstore, which do you, keep?

Ooh, I love my bases and this would be the toughest break up of them all. But, my one true love in high-end foundation definitely goes to Chanel Vitalumeire Aqua. This foundation is absolute love! For drugstore, I will choose the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. Coverage, consistency and the glow of this foundation are really lovely for a drugstore product.

Q2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

I would go for it and tell her the truth and perhaps make the situation a bit humorous. The way I see it, CEO or not, if you cant speak up and be transparent, you will never make it in a work place.

Q3. Your not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up lipstick which one do you go for?

Umm, I do want to be one of those bloggers who would pick NARS Cruella and walk out the door with full on swag. I am NOT. So I’m going to go with my all time ‘my-lips-but-better-colour’ from M.A.C in Modesty.

Q3. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do to your hair and makeup differently?

Honestly, in my teenage years, makeup was less a daily thing but more a special-occasions only deal. You see my family is conservative and until I was 19, the only answer to buying more makeup was ‘NO’. However, black kajal was an essential in my teens and I did go overboard (far too many times).

Q4. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length pixie lott hair cut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie hair cut. Do you a) smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum and cry hysterical b) cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) complain to the manager and demand a refund.

It would so be B! I’m no good at hiding my emotions and the fact that a pixie cut will never suit my round (and a bit fat) face, it would break my heart and if I could, I would lock myself up for the rest of time required to grow it out.

Q5 Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

A city break calls for my NARS Narcissist palette! Why, you ask? It has sheer pigments but a great range. The colours suit my skin tone very well and it has a travel friendly sleek packaging. All in all, a trifecta of perfection J.

Q6. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

Hands down my Tom Ford lippies. I would be devastated if I lost these.

Q7. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. do you a)just pretend you haven’t noticed b) ask them to repurchase  it or c)secretly do the same to something of theirs ..

My answer would be A. Yea, I love makeup and if a stranger did that, I would show no shame in showing my anger. However, in life, friends do mean more than makeup. I’m sure the person feels bad as is, why make it worse?

To personalise the tag, I’m going to add another question:

What is the first every makeup product you remember using?

 

Go on, tag yourselves and answer these questions. It’s a lot of fun!

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A sensuous love affair with Jo Malone London Rain Limited Edition Review

It’s one of those things. You go to the store thinking there is nothing you need, and then you see it, calling for you, enticing you with its slick packaging and future use, and you fall for it, every time, for good reason.

This is what happened here.

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Jo Malone’s London Rain Limited Edition collection is as gorgeous as it is sensuous. Inspired from the scents of London’s Rain, just the pure concept is absolutely stunning. It’s one of those things Hopeless Romantics dream about and here I am, living it. The scents are absolutely inspired and come in four varieties – Wisteria & Violet, Rain & Angelica, White Jasmine & Mint and Black Cedarwood & Juniper.

I experienced all of them and then there was a conundrum. You see my New Year’s resolution was to try new things and I’ve done my best to experiment in fashion, makeup as well as food, so why not here? If truth were told, I’m a Wisteria & Violet girl; the notes have strong influences of water lily, wisteria, violet and patchouli whispering the gentle morning showers in the stunning city.  I love subtle and floral scents and this was heartwarming.

However, when I whiffed Black Cedarwood & Juniper, it was an inviting, almost erotic scent. Mind you, it’s slightly masculine as it has strong woody notes of cumin, chilli, juniper and cedar. Supposedly reminding you of those cumbersome midnight showers, this is definitely a scent for the evening goddesses. Which is why it was worthy of stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s a scent I would never, yet I always wanted to try and here I am, lost in it’s magic.

These limited edition babes are worth AED 600 and are only available in the larger bottle. There is no justifying the high price, except if it’s within your budget, do give it a go, the scents are really rare.

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Why I love it:

  • Long lingering power
  • Strong notes

Why I mind it:

  1. Pricey

A brief bit on Jasmine & Mint

An afternoon cloudburst, soaking gardens exuding jasmine, orange flower and rose. Topped off with minty notes, this scent for the ultimate floral goddess.

A brief bit on Rain & Angelica

Morning dew awakening London park at dawn. A scent that combines herb, sour as well as earthy base of Vetiver, this is just one of a kind.