Glam Glow Glowstarter

Glam Glow Glowstarter

I have been a fan of Glam Glow since its launch in 2011 and started using their incredible face-masks then. Over the last few years Glam Glow has become one of my favourite skincare brands. The products are beautifully packaged and they smell divine!

I have been using Glam Glow’s Glowstarter for 6 weeks now. I have all 3 shades; sun-glow, nude-glow and pearl-glow. I can wear all of them because they blend and leave a luminescence and I like mixing pearl-glow with my foundation. I have been using Glam-Glow daily and I love the effect. Its an illuminating moisturiser so I have replaced my daily moisturiser with it and it was great on holiday as it just leaves your skin glowing and I felt like it set my tan on fire, it just enhanced it perfectly that I could go bare-faced on good skin days. It doesn’t really give coverage so you would wear your foundation with it or mix it into your foundation.

It contains hyaluronic acid, plus vitamins and green tea for energized and moisturized skin. Added illuminating pearl particles help make you look instantly more radiant, blurring and reflecting light, so that all lighting is goodlighting. I love mixing it with my foundation as it gives you that flawless look.

Skin-moisture balance is restored by a combination of emollients including jojoba oil, shea butter and ceramides. A special skin-conditioning lipid complex is designed to help infuse skin with optimal hydration for a luminous finish. I do love the moisturiser however I stopped using it when I had a break out for a few days as the last thing you want is to add dimension to your pimples. This product definitely has a better effect on good skin, its also probably not ideal for very oily skin. I have combination skin and thought it was ideal and it would also be great for dry skin.

I also got the plumprageous lip plumper treatments which are insane! When I wore it my friends asked me if I had lip fillers so its obviously noticeable! It does sting after about 30 seconds for a good 5 minutes or so but it def gives you those bee stung lips and I like the natural colours too. Of course you can put a lipstick underneath it or even on top after your lips are plumped.

I love Glam-Glow and would highly-recommend these products!

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

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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!

 

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!!! 

 

Hydrafacial Review in Dubai

Last week I tried the HydraFacial at the NStyle Salon in Mall of the Emirates. I have never had a facial that I raved about because they generally make your skin worse and then better and I have never had one where I really saw or felt a huge difference. The HydraFacial was hands-down the best facial I have ever had!! I have been singing and dancing about it to my friends and family because my skin looks and feels amazing and actually apart from two red patches (just for an hour or two) where I had an extraction, the results were instant. The HydraFacial is a new treatment that has only been available since February 2016.

How?

The hydrafacial is a machine that has a device attached to the various product pumps inside. Based on your skin type, the correct product is selected and then the vacuum like pipe is pressed against your skin in small bursts. As the inner pipe sucks on your skin, the outer pipe squeezes water and minerals onto the skin and the sensation of the two combined is amazing. I really enjoyed it, even when she told me it would hurt as she is putting the suction up for a deeper clean, it still felt quite nice. The multi – step treatment cleanses, peels, exfoliates, and extracts while removing impurities and replenishing vital nutrients to skin.

She finished with a manual extraction which I always hate but I guess its worth it in the end, its so painful on the nose but its over in a few seconds. When she finished my skin literally felt as smooth as a babies bum, it felt so nice I couldn’t stop touching it. It has been a week and I can still feel the effects of it, my skin is really smooth, I sometimes get little bumps under the surface but I don’t have any at the moment and my skin feels hydrated and less oily around the t-zone.

Results

I will definitely be going back regularly for a HydraFacial, it is in the region of about 350dhs for 30 minutes and once every 4-6 weeks is regular enough. My complexion is brighter, smoother and hydrated well, this treatment comes with my highest recommendation. The HydraFacial is  proven to be particularly effective in targeting specific skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and hyper-pigmentation. You can see a quick video of my treatment on my @zizzleblog Instagram account.

 

 

Sephora’s New Cushion Foundation

 

This new foundation is the future of make-up…If Korea’s doing it then we are definitely a few steps ahead of the rest of the world. It is like something I have never seen before, the formula is saturated in a cushion so it is a hybrid of a liquid foundation with the practicality of a compact format. I wondered about the application and how it disperses, whether you need a little of a lot but when I patted the puff onto the compact lightly, there was plenty of product transfer. I blended it into my skin and it had a lovely natural finish with a radiant glow.

I applied a little more to see if it was buildable and it certainly gives fuller coverage if you need it to. The aim of this product was to give the “I woke up like this” look and I have to say it did give a very natural radiant look. My only scepticism was that I am not sure how many applications you get from the product but I was told about 40 is average.

I love how innovative the product is, you should definitely give it a go as it may be the future of foundations! It is priced at a reasonable AED 115.

 

 

 

 

Too Faced Hangover Face Primer

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer - AED 149Many of us are guilty of not getting enough sleep, we have early mornings and long days at work followed by late nights causing us to induce a beauty hangover. Dull tired skin, puffy eyes and dehydration. I have found an instant remedy: Hangover is a primer made of coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers which work together to improve tired and dull skin while locking down make-up for a fresh and optimal result. It can be worn alone for a healthy looking finish, or under bronzers, foundations and powders to create the perfect canvas.

100% of users claimed their skin was more hydrated and looked as though they had a full night sleep. 8 hours after use they claimed skin looks more radiant and make up glided on more easily. It is really important to have hydrated skin, one of my clients once told me she find blending really difficult although it looks really easy online. After looking at how dry her skin was I explained that the product was just soaking into her skin making blending a nightmare, that is when makeup can look really patchy and visible. It is so important to always use a moisturiser and primer, the make up sits above the primer and literally glides on making it look much more even and natural.

Hangover contains probiotics and revivers to:

  • Moisturise and illuminate the skin
  • Improve the skin’s elasticity and tone
  • Soothe and smooth skin
  • Provide all the benefits of a primer

After having been unavailable in the Middle East for 2 years, you can finally get your hands on Hangover again exclusively at Sephora for 149 dhs.

Formula X Delete All Nail Polish Remover

A new nail brand has crept into Sephora and it delivers  original colours and long wear with the legendary no compromise formula that will surpass all your expectations.

Formula X Delete All Five-finger Nail-polish Remover - AED 120I was blown away by the Delete All 5 Finger Nail Polish Remover. It has a five finger soak where you place a nail in each pocket and just pull them out after a few seconds, my nail polish disappeared after 2 dips (about 8 seconds) and I was gob smacked!  

Its great for travelling as its spill proof and in a small container making it easy to transport. I was pretty shocked to find it priced at AED 120, no matter how much I love it I can’t justify spending £20 on a nail polish remover…you know what to get me for my birthday now 🙂 

I had a polish change using Formula X nail polish a week ago today and only one has a chip that was actually self inflicted. X Formula is definitely a premium brand and the quality speaks for itself, I have actually never seen such results from nail products and I am looking forward to getting more acquainted with them in April when they will be exclusively available in Sephora!

 

Clinique Pep-start Eye Cream

 

Clinique Pep Start Eye CreamsIf you find yourself having too many late nights and early mornings, you can find your eyes looking puffy and tired. Clinique have developed a product that will leave your eyes feeling soothed and looking refreshed with a quick snap, pop and swipe.

 The tube has a spherical applicator which you can massage the product on with, in just 3 seconds the eyes should look wide awake. I tried the product and it had a very lightweight, cooling and hydrating texture. I felt an immediate difference in my skin and I really liked the texture, it is very hydrating which is great for the skin around our eyes. The seven peptides in the product help maintain collagen to get rid of those tell-tale signs of fatigue.

Caffeine reduces puffiness while the algae extract soothes the skin. The product is packed full of natural extracts to get those eyes refreshed and diminish dark circles.

The pep-start eye cream will be available exclusively to Sephora Middle East from the beginning of March for 154 AED.