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!

Clarisonic Review

Cleansing_Mia2_lWhen I used to work at House of Fraser I worked by the Clarisonic counter and women were always raving about it, I’ve had quite problematic skin the last couple of years so decided to invest in one. I would always get tiny bumps under my skin and break-outs and I think its where make-up would get trapped in my pores combined with hormonal changes so I thought perhaps my skincare regime isn’t sufficient. After days of reading reviews of all the competing products such as Soniclear and Olay Pro-X I decided on the Clarisonic because of its sonic technology. I read the others damage your skin over time and can cause premature ageing and enlarged pores. Although generally good reviews, a bunch of people complained about enlarged pores with Olay’s which is something very difficult to reverse and it is cheaper but I didn’t think its worth the risk. People who had used both said the Clarisonic was better so I was sold.

The Sonic Method works with skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly cleanse skin. Unlike Spinning devices, Clarisonic’s patented technology oscillates back and forth more than 300 movements per second to gently cleanse, remove impurities and beautifully transform skin so I guess thats what I paid for but hopefully it will last me years to come!

I used it with the deep pore cleansing brush head which is recommended for acne and make-up removal. I was amazed after my first use because my skin felt brighter and smoother,  I began using it twice a day as it says you can. By day 3 my skin had become dry and a bit sore, the machine is only on for one minute and it says it is fine to use it morning and evening but for me it was too much. I stopped using it for 2 days so my skin could recover and then tried again once a day, it was much better and after 2 weeks I no longer had spots and the bumps had almost gone. (You have a month to return your Clarisonic if you aren’t happy, I was considering it at that point but thought I should just try and use it differently). Then I changed to the sensitive brush which I use daily, even twice a day sometimes and it suits my skin fine. It’s important to work out which brush suits your skin type, the range is pretty big going from body brushes to cashmere which is soft enough to use on the eyes too!

I really feel my skin has been transformed, its been 3 months and I know I will have a Clarisonic for life!

  • It takes one minute to clean my face instead of 3 or 4.
  • I actually saved money as before I kept spending money on acne gels and face washes and treatments, now I just use a face cleansing gel with it and its perfect. In 3 months I would have spent probably £100 and the Clarisonic is only £25 more so by next month I will be saving money 🙂
  • My skin is transformed, I still have scars from before but my complexion is smooth and bright and it has definitely given me more confidence.
  • I love that I only have to charge it for a day once a month
  • The Mia 2 is the small travel friendly model, you can’t use body brush attachments but it is compact and comes with a travel case. Every brush has a cap to protect from bacteria.
  • The machine stays on for one minute, it vibrates so you know when to move on to your cheeks, forehead and nose so that you spend enough time on each area! One segment is 20 seconds so you can use it on your T-zone if its problematic or cheeks as they are a bigger area.
  • Its waterproof and can be used in the bath or shower.

I cannot recommend this product enough!! I think as long as you spend time figuring out a regime and brush head that suits your skin, you will not be disappointed! Also I have a great tip (probably not suitable for the cashmere) I use antibacterial hand-wash to clean my brush head, it removes all make-up stains and keeps the brush bacteria free. In the beginning my brush would get stained and the various soaps and brush cleaning products I used were not sufficient but that hand-wash keeps it looking and feeling as good as new! If it wasn’t advised to change the brush head every three months I would use something less harsh but the bristles are strong and because it feels and looks new I have decided to keep it on a little longer, I think if you keep it clean you could easily use it for 4-5 months. I compared mine to the one I was going to replace it with and they looked and felt the same so I will use it a little longer.

5 Stars from me, I think every girl should have one! In London they are available at all big department stores but in Dubai head to Sephora to get yours!


Biotherm is one of the worlds leading skincare brands, the products are made mostly from plant extracts and are completely natural. I am a big fan of the aquasource cream, its really hydrating and the texture of the green one is my favourite as it is more like a gel so feels a lot lighter. The Source Therapie serum is also great for extra hydration and the facewash leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean. It gives the same effect as a Shiseido facewash I used to use and is a fraction of the price.

My favourite cream is the Skin.Ergetic Anti-fatigue Biotherm innovation, it is the 1st anti-fatigue moisturizer with 5 fruit & vegetable extracts and it smells yummmy! A formula that reduces the
appearance of visible signs of fatigue leaving your skin plumped with moisture!

Zizzle is giving away a pot of Skinergetic to one lucky reader! All you have to do is share your favourite Zizzle post on your facebook or twitter page and tag our facebook page or @zizzleblog in your post (you must be following the facebook page to be able to tag us)  Good luck!