Dune London AW15

Dune previews are always highly anticipated for me, I don’t know whether that’s just the London girl in me but I think its because they always have really nice collections that are always conceptual and completely different to the last. This season had an apparent seventies influence with rounded saddle bags in rich chestnut and berry croc. The different shapes and textures were also reminiscent of the seventies. The deep auburn, navy and brown tones were suggestive of autumn and the beautiful nude hues played with the idea of bareness in an opulent season.

The collection has something for everyone, whether your a modern girl who loves colour blocking and in your face prints or a classic girl looking for a brushed saffiano leather tote. The beautiful velvet clutches embellished with brooches and feathers may speak to the flapper girl within, its a must see collection and you are likely to find a bag perfect for you.

The shoes very much mirror the bag trends, from casual ankle boots to embellished stilettos and mesh detailed pumps. A predominantly autumn palette however this collection spoke to the all-year-round open shoe wearing Dubai girl in me. There were wedges, platform stilettos and even clogs…I don’t think I could pull of the clogs but they would definitely look great on the right girl.

Plums and burgundies are my favourite autumn hues and I love my customised Zizzleblog croc bag, its small but has pockets for EVERYTHING and it comes in a variety of prints and textures, head to your nearest Dune store to find your perfect accessory!

Perseid Meteor Shower in the UAE

The new moon tonight brings a dazzling opportunity for stargazers to see the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is at its peak now according to astronomers.

The UAE’s stargazers will be able to spot between 50 – 100 meteors per hour  tonight and over the weekend. Meteors have been visible since late July but will peak tonight. Try and get away from the city lights to a dark spot in the desert, lie down and let your eyes adjust to the darkness then look towards the northeast (Use your GPS) you should see the Cassiopeia and Perseus constellations. Nasa adds that the Perseids are considered to be the best meteor shower of the year. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and colour behind them as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere. Perseids are known for theur fireballs which are larger explosions of light and colour.

Have fun stargazing and send in any photos you manage to snap to zizzleblog@gmail.com

Maybelline New York, Summer Collection

There is nothing worse then going into the sun and humidity with a full face of make-up, that melted face look is never gonna be hot and it leads to open clogged pores which often results in breakouts. Zizzle has some summer solutions for you that will have your skin looking flawless and sunkissed!

Rather then a heavy foundation, use a toner to close your pores and then apply a BB cream on top of it, Maybellines Bronze BB is great with SPF 25 to keep your skin protected from those hot summer rays. Its fresh water base hydrates, refreshes and smooths your skin. Pure color pigments unify and warm the skin tone, covering imperfections. Plus, its SunGlow Complex with golden shimmer crystals gives your skin an instant bronzed glow effect that’s stunning. The result is pure sun-kissed, luminous perfection that’s flawlessly natural, in two beautiful tone-adjusting shades, Light-Medium and Medium-Deep.

You can finish this look by dusting Sun Bronzing Powder on the areas of your face that are naturally sun-kissed. Your forehead, centre of the nose, cheekbones and jawline. Powders are also great for controlling oiliness and humidity, they absorb excess moisture on the skin so if your feeling a little sweaty dust a little more on. It comes in two shades, choose one a shade darker then your skin-tone for a natural tan effect.

Corals, oranges and reds really set off tans but red lips are not the most attractive in the burning sun, instead opt for a SPF barely there lip-balm and try these fiery shades on your nails. Maybelline New York’s ColorShow Sweet and Spicy Polish collection has some really nice shades to choose from, Paprika Pop, Tangerine Tango and Crushed Cayenne have those hot hues to set your tan on fire.

Vichy Ideal Soleil, Dry Oil

Ideal Soleil dry oil PR

Vichy’s dry oil was perfect for my trip to Madrid, the 40 degree sun was hot and I definitely needed the long-wave UVA protection that Vichys formulation includes. It eliminates 75% of all UV leading to a luminous tan and softer and smoother skin. Never underestimate sun protection, going into the sun without it increases the risk of cancer and prematurely ages the skin so always make sure you have yours on.

I love spray bottles, they are so much easier and quicker to apply and I like how the formula is light and not sticky or oily. The oil fast absorbs into your skin leaving you with a glowing complexion and it has a pleasant fragrance. I have always opted for oil over cream and Vichy’s is not thick or hard work to rub in as others I have used in the past. Oil is reflective and tans you much faster and evenly, this product is definitely going to become a staple in my beach bag.