Summer Skincare Essentials

The change of season really brings a change in my skin and therefore I switch up my skincare regime for the Summer to aspire to get that perfect Summer Glow and I wanted to share my Summer Skincare Essentials with you!

My skin gets more oilier and also more dehydrated – yes, that is possible! Don’t think that because your skin is oily it has enough water, in fact when your skin is dehydrated, often you will produce MORE oil to compensate for the dryness so essential number 1 is a good moisturiser!

Dr Jart + Water Fuse Moisturiser

Dr Jart + Water Fuse Moisturiser

 

I am a huge fan of Gel Moisturisers as I have quite oily skin, they are light and absorb well into my skin while letting it breathe. Dr Jart’s Water Fuse line is amazing for quenching the thirst of your skin. Here is a video on how Dr Jart’s Water Fuse line works:

I do love this product but I found Sephora’s Instant Water Moisture Gel to be a great dupe. GLAMGLOW’s Hydrated Water Burst Moisturiser is another good option. The innovative sea blue formula bursts into thirst quenching water droplets upon contact before fully absorbing into the skin for a glow you can see and feelI would not get through the Summer without one of these moisturisers!

Clinique Pep Start

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

 

I am on my 3rd Tube of this hydrating goodness. The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive, its thinner and therefore ages first and shows the first signs of dehydration and aging. A little massage of this product every morning will have your undereyes looking fresh!

Basking and Masking

GLAMGLOW Gravity Mud Mask

I believe in Basking and Masking! If your gonna sunbathe, make sure you get that extra hydration in. I also love a good exfoliating mask before I sunbathe to keep the tan on my face nice and even. I love Sephora’s range of masks, the eye and lip ones are great for packing in that extra hydration where it is most needed. I use these while doing an all over face mask, my favourite this summer is GLAMGLOW’s Gravity Mud which is a Silver Peel Off Mask. It gets rid of all my extra oil while removing all my dead skin cells so the surface of my skin is nice and smooth. I find it very gentle and use it twice a week.

Hand Cream

L'occitane Amande Hand Cream

Keep those hands nice and soft with a super moisturising hand cream or balm. I love  L’occitane’s almond range, I travel with all of it! The Oil is so versatile and the hand balm is super nourishing and smells divine! Sephoras Almond hand balm is also super nourishing for a smaller budger.

 

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Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette

20180330_122827-01196872040.jpegSince getting my hands on this Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette I have been obsessed with it. I love the colour selection and combination of matte and metallic eye shadows! The metallics are super sparkly as they have actually been infused with real gold! Not only that but they smell delicious as they are made with cocoa powder and smell good enough to eat.

I love pairing the metallics with the mattes, I recently took this palette on holiday for two weeks and was able to create a range of day and night looks, I have featured a look I created when attending a wedding above. There are great neutral shades and also a few colours and smoky shades. There are some great transition colours too. My tip would be to spray your brush with a little fixing spray and dab on the metallic for a super shiny finish.

Too faced eyeshadows are highly pigmented and blend beautifully, this is my favourite palette of this year!

The palette is available in Sephora Middle East!
CHOCOLATE GOLD EYESHADOW PALETTE
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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!

Zizzleblog’s Summer Skin Essentials

IMG_20170529_120339_924Summer is almost here and nobody wants a full face of make-up in this sweltering heat but that doesn’t mean you can’t look beautiful. I think summer is the time of the year where our confidence needs to come back out from behind those winter trench coats and spring layers, this is the season to shine! Good skin is key, invest in your skin people and that doesn’t mean buy the most expensive products, it means get into a regime and invest 10 minutes a day to looking after your skin!

I have tested a lot of products and these are the ones I loved and have added to my daily routine or at least I would never travel without them!

Clarisonic Mia 2- I always bang on about this I know but I just have to say again how much it has transformed my skin. It gets rid of all of those bumps below the surface and leaves your skin smooth and glowing.

GlamGlow DreamDuo – This is my star product! It has completely transformed my skin. Its a nightly treatment, it smells super delicious, you can just smell it wafting while you fall asleep. It has two compartments when you open it, one is the dreamserum which is pearlescent and the other is a grey cream called dreamseal. It has a rich texture and I love putting on at night and waking up to really plumped, radiant skin. I am going to invest in more of GlamGlows products as their mud mask also blew me away!

Sephora’s charcoal scrub – This is super gentle and draws out impurities from the skin while restoring moisture. I love the smell of this scrub and it comes in a travel sized bottle. There are six different ingredients in the range so you can choose the one most appropriate for your skin, they all smell yummy!

Sephora’s charcoal wipes – I love these wipes and will definitely be restocking! They are textured on one side so they exfoliate and the other side is smooth so you can wipe of your make-up!

Bioderma Perfect Skin Suncare- This product really wowed me! It is great for hitting the beach as it is an all-in-one moisturiser, has a tint to smooth your complexion and also has oil control for 8 hours! In addition it is factor 50+ AND illuminates the skin so your highlight will be on fleek! Its great for oily skin but cakey on dry skin, the formula is light and really natural. I have the medium tone which blends into a vast range of skin-tones. This all-in-one aspect will save me a lot of space when I travel as for beach holidays it is my everything!! I love how it looks on me, I hate wearing makeup to the beach but also feel sometimes my skin needs a little coverage and this little baby does it all!

Bioderma Sun Mist – Again factor 50 which is great as protecting your skin is really important! I love that its a mist and you just spray it on wet skin from 20cm away. You don’t need to rub it in and you can’t even feel when its on. I usually find factor 50 products suffocating as they are so thick and sticky, the light formula is the best part! You can use it on your face too, simply spray it on your hands and rub it on.

Erborian CC Creme – This Korean skin therapy brand is a new favourite of mine. When my skin is decent I use this moisturiser daily instead of a foundation as the light coverage is enough to give an even skin tone. Of course you can apply your foundation on top of it for fuller coverage. It helps boost radiance while hydrating your skin. It is factor 25 so it gives you protection from those UV rays. It is sulphate and paraben free and contains a lot of skin food!

Decleor Soothing Eye Contour Gel – Perfect for soothing tired, puffy eyes. This gel feels really cool and also firms the skin.

Jergens Hydrating Coconut – It smells like a holiday and is super rich and creamy. Perfect for rehydrating dry skin after a day in the sun. It’s really nourishing and contains hydraluscence which illuminates your skin leaving you glowing!

Black Up Makeup

No Transfer Matte Liquid Lipcolor No. 1 AED 105I finally got my hands on some Black-Up Makeup while I was in London and had a bit of a haul! I am so excited to announce that it will be sitting shelves in the UAE at Sephora on the 1st of June! The brand is catered to darker skin tones but has product lines for everyone.

I am obsessed with the No Transfer Matte Liquid Lip Color. I have to see these are the first matte lip cremes that I have been wearing all the time! Usually I am a gloss girl and I hate the way matte lipsticks make my lips feel dry and almost masked by this suffocating layer but I have to say Black up’s is moisturising and I love it!! My favourite shade is of course a nude and its 34 which is the perfect nude for me actually. The range is elegant and comfortable. The formula contains ultra-pigments liquid that gives lips a matte, opaque finish in just one application. This long-lasting, rapid-dry formula guarantees that your lip color lasts and lasts. Its gel texture ensures a smooth application and a soft, creamy feel.

Concealer Palette No. 1_AED 135I also love the concealer palette which has four shades including one to contour and one to highlight. I have to say my love for the brand is definitely fuelled by the shades, most brands were not formulated for darker skin-tones it was something they later developed but I feel like a huge chunk of Black-Outs products suit me which is really exciting! Most brands I can only wear a fraction of the products (excluding eyes) so I was really excited to find palettes where I can use pretty much everything.
Contouring Stick No. 2_AED 155The contouring stick is amazing, it has two sides and two shades, really convenient for travel as is the concealer palette! I haven’t tried any of the powder products yet and will definitely be visiting Sephora when they launch next week!

Urban Defense Complexion Primer

Urban Defense Complexion Primer AED 149

I test new products on a weekly basis and I often find ones I love and add to my kit, however it is rare that I add something to my daily make-up regime! Well…NEW MUST HAVE ALERT!!

Living in the sandpit, sunscreen is A MUST and should always be worn before makeup however I have combination skin and often the added layer give me added shine so I am guilty of skipping it. Urban Defense Complexion Primer by Urban Decay has finally put an end to my search for a sunscreen that won’t mess up my makeup!!

The first time I applied it it disappeared into my skin and I felt that it would be useless but I was duped!! Like a force field, this crystal-clear primer feels like nothing you’ve ever tried and protects your skin from whatever the day throws at you. It feels as though you have not applied a product unlike some greasy primers that leave a residue. It contains SPF 30 to protect you from the sun but what amazed me was that it actually controlled my oil which is something that it does not claim to do. I did not powder for the entire day and my skin felt and looked moisturised and healthy without being oily and shiny!

Not only does it guard you from the sun, it also primes and smooths skin while minimising the look of pores..It DOES exist…a completely clear sunscreen that feels amazing, won’t interfere with your makeup, and smoothes your complexion for better application. In a clinical study of Urban Defense Complexion Primer, immediately after use:* •96% of participants had a reduction in pore visibility. • 100% had smoother-looking skin.•100% had more even-toned skin.*Based on clinical grading in a 31-person study.

My oily skinned comrades, you will be blown away, I literally have found no negatives, even the size is generous!! This is the best 149 AED you will spend on skin-prep, the product is available in all Sephora Middle East stores!

Kat Von D Better Together

Too Faced and Kat Von D Beauty have teamed up to celebrate beauty and friendship with a Limited edition collection Better Together!

This wonderful collaboration is a celebration of friendship between the gorgeous Kat Von D and Jerrod Blandino who is the co-founder of Too Faced. The collection captures Kats edgy side and Jerrod’s playful nature and fuse to create the cutest collection of products.

better-together-ultimate-eye-collection_1_aed-275The Eye Collection contains 6 eye-shadows from each and a tattoo liner from Kat Von D. The magnetic half hearts stick together making them easy to carry individually in your make-up bags priced at AED 275.

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I just love the adorable makeup pouch featuring their beloved pets: one side features Piaf, Kat’s cat, while the other stars Clover Jerrod’s dog! It is stuffed with some of their best-selling mini’s including Blush, Highlighting powder and lipsticks priced at 165 AED.

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The 3rd item in the collection sports the classic Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Better Than Love Mascara! These two products will offer double the trouble, and double the fun for that lined, winged, and wide-eyed look that will be sure to turn heads. Priced at 90AED

These products are available from tomorrow exclusively on sephora.ae and from March 1st -March 15th in stores in the Middle East!

 

Sephora’s Geometric Palette

I was super excited to get my hands on Sephora’s Geometric Palette because you can create endless looks with it! It boasts 80 eye-shadows ranging from nudes to vibrant colour popping shades. It has 32 delicious glosses, six eyeliners, four brow powders, four blushes, four contouring powders and a mirror in the lid with two makeup tutorials. I decided to use the palette to do a transformation on myself.

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Eye-shadows and Brow Powders

After applying my make-up base I decided to do a full makeup look using the palette. I used the golds and browns to create a medium smoky eye and finished with a glittery bronze in the centre of the lid for a little extra drama. The texture of the eye-shadows is very easy to work with, the pigment is not too intense but buildable and it blends very easily. I framed the eyes by using the brow-powder to fill in my brows and I loved the colour range and how natural they looked.

 Eyeliner’s

I really like the six eyeliner colours. Using the black eyeliner I drew a thin line along my lash-line and into the outer corners of my eye. I loved the creamy texture but after a few minutes I realised it had smudged a line on my upper lid. I sealed it by applying some black eye-shadow over it but I would probably not use the eyeliners again as they do smudge very easily.

Powders

I used the two lighter powders to highlight and then the two darker ones to contour. I liked the powders for a day contour as they are not very pigmented so you can create a natural look easily but it would take some time to build an evening look with them.

Lip Glosses

I loved the lip-glosses, I mixed a few shades to create an orangey red. They were not too sticky and lasted well throughout the evening. I finished off with a blush, again they had the same consistency so not too pigmented therefore nicer to use in the day.
Sephora Geometric Palette
Priced at 255 AED Sephora’s Geometric Palette is definitely worth it. Its very compact and great for travel as it saves you having to take little pots and palettes. I found it works better for natural looks and the range of shades is great! You can shop the palette from December 1st in stores or on their website which now delivers in the UAE!

Herbal Essentials Skincare

Having spent a month at an Ayurvedic retreat in India, I absolutely believe and understand how the ancient tradition of Ayurveda restore balance and harmony. Herbal Essentials are inspired by Ayurveda and use natural ingredients, active essential oils and fresh spring water from the ancient foothills of the Himalayas. All their products are free from parabens, sulphate, paraffin and soap.

This events season always wreaks havoc with my skin, full makeup most evenings, late nights and a lot of eating on the go. At the moment I am paying for it big time, I can feel so many bumps under my skin just holding it together before the season ends and they erupt! I have already had a mini breakout on my chin and I know this is just the beginning. I needed to go and get me some products to keep my skin in check and I love Herbal Essentials Papaya and Honey Facemask. Mine had finished so I needed a replacement and I wanted a new toner.

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The Papaya and Honey Face Mask is Detoxifing, it contains clay, papaya and honey to remove impurities and releases antioxidants into the skin. I use it when my skin is particularly oily or acne prone because it restores the balance and makes my skin normal again. At times of crisis I use it twice a week and then weekly when my skin is normal. It is easy to use, I just spray my face with an Evian spray to make it damp and then I wet my hands and spread the clay evenly using my fingers and avoiding my eye area. After 10 minutes it goes hard, I wet my face and I brush it off with my wet Clarisonic Mia 2 brush and then pat my skin dry with a flannel.

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After the mask or my cleanser, I squirt a generous amount of the Neem Purifying Toner on some cotton wool and wipe my entire face, then using a dry cotton pad I wipe away any remaining product. This is great after the mask as it removes any remaining residue and seals the pores closed.The Neem Purifying Toner improves the appearance of large pores and is suitable for acne prone or oily skin. It contains aloe vera which has wonderful moisturising effects and neem which is known for its antibacterial properties.

 

 

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I did not buy a moisturiser as I am super happy with the one I am using at the moment from Sephora, it is the Instant Moisture + Cream and contains a Hyalurinuc acid booster. It is a really nice formula, nice and light and doesn’t feel or look oily on the skin. I finish my regime with that as masks generally do dehydrate the skin and it is really gentle and restores the moisture.

 

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!