Becca Cosmetics Highlighter

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Since Becca landed in Dubai earlier this year, you may have heard me raving about it. I have a handful of items that I cannot live without and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector compact has joined my “can’t live without” list. It is one of those magic products, every SINGLE time I wear it, I get comments on my skin, or people ask what product I’m wearing. The crushed pearls in Becca products blur your imperfections and make your skin look almost airbrushed. I have tried and tested around 40 different highlighters on the market and so far nothing has come close to this one.

The beauty with these highlighters are the colour theory. Many highlighters end up looking too white or too shiny, I personally like natural make-up and that strobe look is a little OTT for me. When someone asks you if you are wearing highlighter or if you are glowing you know the highlighter is working! Becca was founded on a range of complexion products for women of all skin tones. Their years of research have made them experts in shade development. Their shades cover the fairest to the deepest skin tones and you will be sure to find a tone that looks natural on you.

For evenings looks, I love to mix the backlight priming filter with my foundation to give me a luminous base. I finish my makeup by applying the Becca shimmering skin perfector with an angled brush above my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and in my cupids bow.

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The limited edition palette is one of my favourite palettes, I actually went back and bought another before they run out as I know I will be using it a lot! It has two highlighter shades (one being c-pop), two mineral blush shades and one luminous blush shade. You can mix and match to create endless looks and the luminosity makes all the shades look great with any skintone.

You can buy Becca Cosmetics in any Sephora Middle East Outlet’s!
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Lipstick Queen

 

Get kissed by the moon and travel to intergalactic gorgeousness with Ice Queen, a shimmering white lipstick flecked with silver and gold; perfect for adding to your Halloween look.

This cool icy shade will tint your lips a sparkly and transparent snowy white, bringing an ethereal beauty to your look, and yet is still transparent enough to allow the natural pink of your lips to shine through. Enhanced with ultra-flattering shimmer particles that catch the light to create an ice cool look, Ice Queen will leave your lips feeling sleek, magical and modern whilst anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing oils will ensure they remain comfortable, soft and super hydrated.

This lipstick can also be worn over Lipstick Queen’s Sinner in Berry for a stunning sheen and on top of other darker colours including the Bete Noire range of dark hues.

Lipstick Queen is available in Dubai from Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols, Areej and Paris Gallery branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, or online at www.beautysolutions-me.com.


 

Nip+Fab anti-acne products

In Dubai’s desert heat, our pores open when we step outside causing dust and sand to sit on our skin. Going back in the AC causes our pores to close again and those dust particles get trapped inside leading to breakouts. Although we all suffer from breakouts from time to time, fighting acne is never easy.

Nip+Fab’s hydrating and anti-acne products contain gentle ingredients that do not strip the skin of essential oils and moisture. From a hydrating cleansing cream and pads to a gentle and exfoliating serum and mask, these products help to keep your break outs under control and promise to leave you with glowing and blemish free skin.

Deep Cleansing Fix (AED 69):

A multi-purpose cleansing cream that is equipped to remove make-up, banish blemishes and purify skin. Ingredients include tea tree oil, which has natural anti-bacterial properties and penetrates deep into the skin to unblock and disinfect pores. The luxurious creamy formula of the cleanser leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple.

Glycolic Fix Pads (AED 99):

Touted to be one of the favorite products of Kylie Jenner and Mario Dedivanovic, these cleansing pads are perfect for surface exfoliation and reducing the appearance of acne scarring. Soaked in glycolic acid, these pads help control oiliness and keep pores clean for longer. While ingredients such as hyaluronic acid help to maintain hydration levels of the skin, others such as blue daisy extracts help in calming and soothing skin that is stressed out by acne.

Dragons Blood Fix Mask (AED 119):

A re-hydrating gel mask that prevents skin dryness through its unique Dragon Blood formula and other skin perfecting complexes. When applied, the mask in itself forms a second skin like barrier and helps in soothing and moisturizing dry skin and in reducing redness. Also perfect for those with combination skin issues, as the hyaluronic acid helps with not only hydration, but also balancing skin’s pH levels.

 Glycolic Fix Serum (AED 109):

An overnight serum that contains a high concentration of glycolic acid that helps in exfoliation and decongestion of pores, thereby preventing breakouts from occurring. Aloe Vera contained in the product helps in calming acne prone skin and facilitates faster fading of blemishes. The product is also designed with an innovative pore-refining ingredient called PoreAway, which helps in improving skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.

You can find Nip+Fab products in Spinney’s, Waitrose, Sivvi.com, Basharacare and Beauty Solutions.

Tony Moly now available in Dubai!!

Presented in the most adorable packaging we have maybe EVER seen, Tony Moly products have finally come to our sandy shores! All the way from Korea, Sephora have picked up these bite sized beauties and they can be found across all Sephora Middle East outlets.

I am currently obsessed with the Panda Eye Stick, not only is it super-cute but it is also a great product! I love products that give an instant effect and the slight tingling sensation feels lovely on tired and puffy eyes. It is somewhat gentle and after a few seconds subsides, leaving you with a moisturising balm which you can pat lightly into the skin.

The range is very affordable, priced between 35-60AED  so if you haven’t already, get shopping!

TOP SECRET: We heard it through the grapevine that very soon Sephora will have an online store in the Middle East which we are absolutely thrilled about!! Products delivered to your door at the click of a button 🙂 YAAAAS!!! 

 

Colab Dry Shampoo

COLAB Extreme Collection.jpgStylists have been telling us for years that if we wash our hair less often, then it’ll be softer, shinier, and way healthier. Sounds good to us, especially since it saves us major minutes in the morning. That said, we still need to keep our hair fresh between washes and this is where Colab Dry Shampoo comes in. But this miracle product only performs miracles when it is used properly.

Make the most of this hair-care staple with these useful tips and really get the most out of your Dry Shampoo:

  1. Try not to spray too close to your scalp. Always spritz your dry shampoo about 10 inches away from your roots to avoid any excess residue.
  2. Don’t get too spray happy. Use your dry shampoo on the roots only as this is where your hair gets greasy. Spraying on the lengths and ends will make hair stiff and lacklustre.
  3. Massage, massage, massage! Don’t just spray on and go. Allow the product to sit for a few minutes to absorb any oil and then work into the roots using fingertips.
  4. Using too much product is a big no-no and can make your hair actually appear dull and discoloured. It is always better to use a little and add more if you feel your hair is still too greasy. If you do, however put on a bit much, simply blast with a hairdryer that will help even it out.
  5. As easy as it can be to do, try not to rely too much on your Dry Shampoo and only use once or twice between washes to let your follicles and scalp breathe.
  6. Try applying dry shampoo before you go to bed. This gives plenty of time to soak in and you’ll wake with fresh looking strands in the morning.

COLAB™ Dry Shampoos come in five captivating scents. From the classic, heritage notes of London, the fresh and fruity scents of New York, to the floral, feminine notes of Paris, you can embrace head-turning, iconic city style wherever you are.

Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is available in two sizes, a 200ml spray is AED45 and a super travel-friendly option is the 50ml priced at AED 26.

COLAB™ dry shampoos are available from Spinneys and Waitrose supermarkets across the UAE as well as the following retailers in Dubai; Wojooh, Virgin Megastore, Pout Salon and Beauty by Edge. In Abu Dhabi you can purchase from House of Fraser and Virgin Megastore and in Bahrain; Virgin Megastore.

The Konjac Sponge

I had no idea about the Konjac plant until I found The Konjac Sponge and I found it fascinating so I thought I would share a little info with you guys about it.

Firstly, what is the Konjac plant?

The Konjac plant is native to Asian countries including South Korea, Japan and China. Many people have compared it to a yam in terms of its looks and texture and it is incredibly versatile. With a history of over 1,500 years dating back to the sixth century in Japan when it was used as a medicinal food, it’s clear that it’s held its own over the years.

What makes the Konjac plant so special?

Apart from being 100% sustainable, the plant is rich in vitamins (not to show off, but a casual abundance of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E) and lots of essential protein.  It is also jam packed with natural minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and iron.

Konjac is made up of almost 90% water so it doesn’t hurt to injest some when you need a dose of hydration.

How can Konjac be used to boost your health?

Konjac is a fan with those keeping an eye on their weight as a small portion will make you feel full very quickly. Glucomannan (a sugar made from the root of the Konjac plant) will increase up to a whopping 200 times of its original volume after absorption. Konjac also balances salinity, cleans the stomach and intestine and removes toxins from the body.

Diabetics in particular can benefit from Konjac as glucomannan has fantastic supporting effects such as lowering blood sugar and increasing insulin in the blood.

How can you bring Konjac into your beauty regime?

Prepare yourself for one little sponge that will change the way you look at cleansing your skin in the most natural and gentle way possible.

Each of these special hand made sponges are perfect for not only delivering a really deep skin clean but also gives cell regeneration a kick start, meaning skin looks radiant and free from dead skin cells.

Given that Konjac is naturally alkaline, it is super kind to even the most sensitive skin. Konjac sponges are free from chemicals, colouring and irritants and completely biodegradable meaning you can do your bit for the planet through your beauty routine. The sponges proudly carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbol as part of the Konjac Sponge Company’s commitment to cruelty free skincare.

The Konjac Sponge Company is stocked at Wojooh stores in all major shopping malls, Holland and Barrett, The Nail Spa, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. Prices start at 75 dhs, visit www.facebook.com/thekonjacspongecompanymiddleeast to find out more.

Once You Go Black…

 

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I went to the Belle Femme salon in JBR, they have a very professional service and they use my favourite L’oreal products so I always feel confident putting my hair in their hands. The colourist Najat had a look at my hair and told me it would be almost impossible to lift it to the previous ash blonde and she did a colour test…after the bleach my hair had become weaker so we decided to just get it to a nice brown with some highlights.

Najat was amazing, a lot of colourists would just bleach it regardless of the condition and that is one of the things I love about Belle Femme! She took 6 hours to do my hair because she lightened it gradually 3 times. A lot of places just want clients in and out for a fast turnaround but she took the time to ensure she did my hair the best possible way. I was really happy with my hair and highly recommend Najat for a colour, Belle Femme have never disappointed me.

This years hair trends are a toned down version of last year, hair contouring with very natural highlights and gradual ombres with less of a contrast. L’oreals pro fibre treatment is great if your lightening your hair to strengthen it again and get it in good condition.

Summer Tips:

  • I try to put coconut oil in my hair once a week overnight.
  • Avoid ammonia in hair dye when colouring your hair, the new inoa colour from L’oreal is a great alternative.
  • I have a habit of washing my hair daily which is actually really bad for your hair because it strips it of natural oils, in summer I try to do it once every couple of days instead and use heat protecting spray.
  • When I’m going to the beach I leave my conditioner in, its great if you have naturally dry hair because when the salt gets in your hair you get beachy waves instead of a hot frizzy mess.

 

Olay Regenerist Review

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Skincare is such an essential part of our daily routine and prevention is always better then cure which is why I started using anti-ageing products in my 20’s. I never recommend skincare until it is tried and tested for a substantial amount of time. I have been using the micro-sculpting cream for 3 months and I physically see a difference in my skin. I saw my mum after a few months and she asked if I had used collagen or botox (which I never have) but I actually noticed it instantly too and overtime there has been a visible difference. I noticed it most on my forehead which is the only place where I had a feint line previously but now it has gone!!

How?

Olay Regenerist’s upgraded formula  helps fight the look of skin fatigue, enhance skin’s responsiveness to anti-aging ingredients, and energize skin’s appearance for visibly firmer, younger looking skin that’s full of energy

Results:

I attended the Olay masterclass in March where they demonstrated how to massage cream into the skin and under cheekbones and areas you wish to sculpt and I have been doing that since and I really feel that it has made a difference. I never had wrinkles or anything like that but I just feel my skin is fuller, more awake and plumper and it has a really smooth feel. I have oily skin so to be honest I am not fond of the residue the cream leaves, you really do need to massage to get it all rubbed in but I guess that’s why I have done it so consistently. My skin instantly feels hydrated and plumped up making that little bit of shine worth it.

I definitely recommend this range, I bought it for my mum and she loved it too so its great for more mature skin as well.

Win these 7th Heaven facemasks

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We love 7th Heaven facemasks and we have teamed up with them to give you a chance to win 5 masks and 2 tubes which includes over 30 masks!

All you have to do is subscribe via email (on the top right of this page) and just share this post on a social media channel with the hashtag #zizzleblog Easy Peasy!! The Winner will be announced tomorrow.

 

Paris Gallery Opens in Ibn Battuta

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Paris Gallery opened its fully refurbished store in Ibn Battuta Mall to indulge visitors with a new level of shopping experience. Mr. Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairman of Nakheel, and Mr. Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Fahim, CEO of Paris Gallery, together inaugurated the store. The opulent store located near the Persian Court offers a premium collection of international luxury brands across various product lines including fragrances, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear and leather goods.

Paris Gallery is a great one stop shop for all your high-end beauty needs, it houses an array of brands and Cupid, Moresque and Nasamat are exclusive to the Ibn Battuta store. Discerning fashionistas and watch connoisseurs will be glad to know that the new store opens with the latest seasonal collections in fashion accessories and exquisite timepieces from the best brands available worldwide.