Sephora Cinescope Mascara

Sephora Cinescope MascaraI am always impressed by Sephora mascaras and the new Cinescope is no exception. I picked one up today for 95 AED and I have lashes for days. Its ultra black which I love because it makes your lashes so much more visible and adds a little drama. Sephora The Mascara is still my favourite but I just think the whole range is wildly under rated. People always seem shocked when I tell them which mascara I use.

 

For years I switched between Dior, Givenchy and Benefit Mascaras however since discovering Sephora’s formula I have converted. I now find Benefit a little dry in comparison and Dior mascaras never last for me, they give an amazing few initial uses…serious drama and volume and perfect for a night on the town but it gets clumpy after a few weeks and the bristles begin to stick together…also very difficult to remove.I still love Givenchy Mascara’s and still use them on a night out because I think they layer better and you can create a dramatic effect that lasts and gives your lashes a boost. I used to work for Givenchy and worked on some of their huge mascara campaigns so they will always have a special place in my heart!

My daily mascara however is Sephora, I just love how natural it is and the formula is nice and light. I think if I layer Cinescope it would also work for me on a night out because of how dark it is but The Mascara has the perfect day formula. Cinescope feels moisturising and your lashes don’t feel brittle. The wand really sculpts and separates and best of all it is affordable! If you haven’t tried it, head on down to a Sephora near you or buy it online …you can thank me later :p

Jorja Smith – Carry Me Home ft Maverick Sabre

If you have not yet heard of Jorja Smith you need to get your head out of the sand! This soulful songstress is making waves in the UK. You can hear her soothing voice on Carry Me Home which is taken from her new EP Project 11. Carry Me Home is a soulful jazz song about waiting for her saviour to help her. Her easy to listen to riffs feature throughout the track along-side the silky smooth voice of the one and only Maverick Sabre. Their voices work magically together, paired with the lazy feel of the song this is the perfect song to take you away for a moment.

Jorja hails from the Midlands in Walsall (near my home town #proud), what a soulful vocal talent. Taking inspiration from the late Amy Winehouse which you can definitely hear in Something in The Way. She also has that effortless ability to sing you into another world like Corinne-Bailey Rae where you get lost in her soothing melodies. She says her influences range from Dizzee Rascal to 17th century composer Henry Purcell which can be heard on her track Blue Lights and A Prince. Her velvety tones make you want to sit back in your comfy chair with a drink (please drink responsibly, of course) and appreciate.

At just 18 years old, Jorja is making big waves in the music world, fast gaining respect from all over the Internet. She debuted last year (2016) with “Blue Lights” sampling Dizzee Rascal’s “Sirens” which is always welcomed and special. She is also named on the long list of BBC Music Sound of 2017. They see big things for her and I can only agree.

I can see a massive 2017 for her, I am sure she will be topping the charts in no time. There are some amazing things coming out of the UK right WOW! I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Can’t wait!!

Coppa Club Igloo’s

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Coppa Club by Tower Bridge has 8 beautiful pop-up Igloos outside their restaurant along the Thames which are super cosy on a cold Winter night.

London is always an exciting city, I am not just being biased because its home but I really think you are spoilt for choice. Not only is there so much to do, but then you have exclusive pop-ups that appear for a short time.

A friend mentioned the Igloo’s but said they are fully booked and sure enough if you go to the website they state that they are no longer taking bookings. They do however save a few walk-in slots and our party of 7 got lucky as a group cancelled so we got an igloo all to ourselves.

The igloo’s are really cosy inside with sheepskin blankets and warm lighting. You get gorgeous river-side views of the shard you are sheltered from the wind and get heaters inside to make it extra cosy. Their is also a speaker so you can listen to music while sipping on a cocktail.

I had a great time, I know they are closing soon but I can’t seem to find dates anywhere for how long they are there till. If you are in the area, they are definitely worth checking out. You get a 2 hour limit although they are so comfy you won’t wanna leave!

 

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You Review

 

This being one of the two singles Eds released last week, it’s definitely the more up beat one. This track is takes you through meeting a girl at a bar and spending time with her on a more personal note. A modern day love song “your love is handmade for somebody like me” This one will make you move.

I’ve had this one repeat for a day and more, you can’t stand still to it. It has a simple but catchy melody giving a calypso & dance-hall feel to it, I can visualise everyone dancing and winding to it in a club.

Great to see Ed back doing what he does best, being highly respected throughout the music industry, From his humble beginnings of busking on the streets to filling areas across the globe. One the UK’s best exports. This one is going to be a smash for sure!

Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body Lotion

Herbal Essentials Moisturising Body LotionHerbal Essentials source many of their ingredients from the Himalayas. Their Moisturising Body lotion is perfect for normal skin. It has a very light formula that isn’t quite rich enough for dry skin. It has a very light formula composed of Aloe Vera, Honey and Shea Butter. I like to use it after sunbathing or even waxing as it is very cooling and soothing. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and I like the non-sticky formula.

If your skin is more prone to being dry, I recommend using it after the shower by massaging it into damp skin which absorbs more moisture! The Moisturising Body Lotion is priced at 99 AED, if you have dry skin you will get through it pretty fast as it absorbs quickly into the skin however you do half the work rubbing it in as it really does have an amazing texture. Using it on damp skin will make the product go further!

It is sulphate and soap-free making it perfect for sensitive skin and generally better for everyone! Often we don’t realise how harmful things we use can be but Herbal Essentials is one of the few truly green brands that I trust.

You can find the products in Dubai at the newly launched counter in Mercato or simply visit their website for delivery!

Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant

Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant

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BIODERMA Launches Sensibio Gel moussant in the UAE!

I am an advocate for BiodermasBioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant Sensibio H2O micellar water and was so pleased to learn they have added a new product to the range.

Is this product for you?

This product is specially designed for sensitive skin. More then 50% of you ladies have sensitive skin which means your skin is vulnerable and can be easily aggravated by sun, wind, pollution and stress. You may suffer from stinging, flushing or blotching and therefore you should use products that will keep your skin protected.

Benefits of using Sensibio Gel Moussant:

When used regularly, Sensibio Gel moussant works to support sensitive skin that is usually less resistant when it comes to irritants. Sensibio’s ingredients enhances the skins natural biology and increases the hydration rate by over 77%. It contains natural ingredients and is free of soap, fragrance, parabens, and colourants, to help relieve irritation and discomfort of the skin. The product is also hypoallergenic with a physiological pH and is non-comedogenic to avoid aggravating sensitive skin.

How to Use Sensibio Gel Moussant:

It should be used every morning and night by wetting the face and then applying with the fingertips until it is worked into a foam. I use mine with my Clarisonic however you can apply it with whatever technique you usually use. You should spend a few minutes massaging it on your face and then rinse off the foam with clean water. For a deeper clean, follow up with wiping the skin with Micellar water.

I love the product! It removed a full face of makeup quite easily and left my skin feeling squeaky clean but hydrated at same time. Just like the micellar water it amazed me that something so gentle can remove all of my makeup so easily.

The product will be available from January in all leading pharmacies in the UAE priced at 99dhs!

 

J.Cole’s New Album – 4 Your Eyez Only

After making us wait two years, the anticipation is finally over for J. Cole’s new album 4 Your Eyez Only

J. Cole drops two new singles ahead of his eagerly awaited album. He talks some science on One Day Everyone Gotta Die, calling out Lil Wayne or as he puts it “Lil Whatever”. He is almost saying he’s not even a real rapper and that he’s bored of old rappers being the gate keepers of the game and for them to chill out.

False prophets is digging at Kanye about him having fallen and not being the rapper that he once was. He insinuates that he may have had a ghost writer which is controversial but I see where hes coming from after the recent stuff about him in the press. It’s clear that he’s out to send a message to all rappers. Talking about people having certain traits/complexes and how they have slipped to reveal their true colours. Unfortunately these two tracks are not on J.Cole’s new album.

Anyone that has ever listened to his work knows that J Cole can rap. 4 Your Eyez Only is yet another affirmation of his talent. Infectious beats with a killer smooth flow. Changes is a great example of this. The only real change comes from inside, everyone that looks inwards can relate to this, its one of my favourites. Neighbours tells the tale of being raided allegedly by a Swat team while recording this album, apparently they thought J Cole was selling dope.
Deja Vu samples KP & Envy’s Swing My Way, it sounds uncannily like the late Tupac on the hook.

This whole album feels like a personal entry into a journal. He has definitely let you in to his personal space, talking a lot about mortality throughout. Will this album play easy and be appreciated by hip hop fans? Yes! But I’m struggling to find tracks off it that will bang in a club. 4 Your Eyez Only is a winner to me. If you like thought provoking hip hop and not your generic “I got this much money rubbish” out there then you will appreciate J Cole’s new album.

Buy J. Cole’s new album, 4 Your Eyez Only here

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Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill, Dubai

Sahara Grill opened its first branch in the UAE earlier this year. The steak house is famed for serving the first halal steak in the UK. They opened three branches there which initially had a wait time of an hour for a table. They pair expert chefs with grade A quality cuts of meat. What more could a meat lover want?

The Sahara Grill is located directly opposite the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in The Mall. The balcony seating offers stunning views of the hotel and also of the Burj Al Arab. The modern decor is simple and classy, it has a very inviting environment.

For starters we had the Sahara prawns and buffalo wings, both were good choices. The prawns were golden brown and crunchy, they were doused in the delicious signature sauce. The chicken wings were also good, succulent and tangy with a little kick. We also had a Greek salad which was good, a nice refreshing accompaniment.

For mains we went with the signature Sahara Lamb Chops, the lamb is from New Zealand and they were rubbed in Sahara’s secret spice mix. If you like spicy food, you will love them! They come served on a sizzling platter with grilled onions. We also had a Rib-Eye steak also seasoned with the same spice mix. It was really tasty and the meat was tender and marinated through. The steak was not as spicy as the chops, we tried all of the sauces and they were all yummy. The Sahara picante is tangy and spicy and the pepper sauce was great with the steak.

We were stuffed but decided to share a dessert, we had the plain cheesecake flown in from Italy and it really was divine.

I will certainly be going back, I think I would order exactly the same again, I couldn’t fault it! The prices are also very reasonable, the chops are just 69 AED and the steak was 149 AED. If you are a meat lover and have not yet been to Sahara Grill at The Mall, check it out!

Mr Toads Pub and Kitchen

Mr Toad’s Pub & Kitchen

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I had been hearing lots about Mr Toad’s Pub and Kitchen but had not yet been. They just opened four branches in Dubai; DIP, Ibn Batuta, Garhoud and Silicon Oasis all at the Premier Inn.

Mr Toads is exactly what was needed in Dubai, I find that there are so many pubs here that are just too old fashioned or overpriced. There needed to be one that was traditional while being modern and affordable… well it has finally arrived!

Mr Toad’s pub and Kitchen has a traditional menu of good old pub grub. They have lovely simple but inviting decor and a lively atmosphere. It’s a very chilled pub, not pretentious at all and reminds you of your local at home.

I went to try Mr Toad’s pub and kitchen’s festive treats! The selection is small but curated well. I am not usually a Turkey fan however after trying theirs I have become a Turkey lover! I have never liked it because its usually dry and pretty bland but this was well seasoned and juicy. The accompaniments were also delicious -apricot and sage stuffing, chicks in blankets, honey glazed root veggies and a delicious gravy. I also loved the Barley Risotto, its so deliciously creamy and quite rich so probably best to share it. For a sweet ending try the Black Cherry Creme Brulee!

The Festive menu is priced between 35-95dhs, very affordable and great ambience. Try to go on one of their quiz nights on Wednesday for even more fun. They have themed nights almost every day of the week, they do a ladies night on Tuesday where ladies receive a free main course when they purchase a drink. Monday’s are pretty much happy hour all day with free wine and 50% off all food!

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Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch

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Dusty’s Dubai has recently launched its Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch. If your looking for a super chilled brunch with live music and a delicious a la carte menu then Dusty’s is what you need. Most brunches in Dubai are from a buffet and a bit too messy with the focus being on drinks rather then good food but Dusty’s lazy Saturday Brunch is a really nice one to end your weekend. You don’t have to stand in queues to get your food, you can just enjoy the entertainment while it is brought to your table.

Dusty’s Lazy Saturday Brunch is family friendly with a dedicated kids area. The best part is that kids eat free! The live musicians are amazing and they perform around your tables while you dine. The location is beautiful, a little piece of tranquillity in the heart of DIFC. As you sit on the wooden decking you are surrounded by pretty water features. There is no dress code, in fact the waiters are all in their pyjamas so you can dress comfortably with no judgement.

The menu has a good range of options. I love the lobster taco’s, the crispy taco shell is filled with fresh lobster, mango, avocado and coriander and served with fresh guacamole. The Rib-eye steak is delicious for mains as is the creamy mushroom pasta. You must try the truffle fries with parmesan, they are to die for! The dessert candy station is amazing and has a huge choice of ice creams, brownie lollipops, fondue with fruit and marshmallows and plenty of other little treats. The french toast is amazing, crispy, sweet and delicious, I would definitely get it again.

The brunch costs 299AED and is well worth it, I cannot fault the food, it was delicious! My only tip would be to have a snack before-hand as we showed up ravenous and the service can be a little slow.

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