November 2016

LUSH – ” Under The Mistletoe ” Collection Review

Holidays are approaching and we all must be looking out for good gifts to give to our loved ones or friends. I was more than happy to be invited for Lush cosmetics store opening at Citywalk Dubai and discover the Holiday collection. Today I will talk about the “Under The Mistletoe” Holiday collection which was generously gifted to me and will describe each and every product. This collection box is available and sold in their stores too throughout the UAE.

Must say the Citywalk branch of LUSH cosmetics is quite spacious and it was one of its own flagship store having the First ever Hair Lab and Gorilla Perfume Lounge (It was a unique personalised experience to help you choose your perfume according to your character). It has lot of festive treats for Christmas.

The Citywalk Store launch was very grand and there were lot of fun activities. The staff was really knowledgeable and every excited too. There were lovely bath bomb demonstration every few minutes and was so much fun to see all the guests gathering like a cluster of bee and wanted to capture the same on their cameras or mobiles. It was as exciting as child would feel digging in the hands in water with the bath bomb and then waiting to see it explode in to a colourful mess. Wow !

Now back to the review……

1. Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub :

This body scrub just smells divine. It is infused with floral jasmine, mineral-rich sea salt and fresh lemon juice. It is a bright blue, like a Slush, super softening, exfoliating shower scrub that eliminates dead skin and revives the skin.  Rub Rub Rub scrub can be used as a gentle scrub on wet skin, or on dry skin for a really good buff  before you get in the shower (On the dry skin shouldn’t be really tried by people with Sensitive skin). Sea salt, a natural antiseptic as well as exfoliant, is combined with lots of lemon juice to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. It is one of the best shower scrubs that I have come across and totally recommended. It is a delightful concoction which LUSH say can be used on body and hair. I didn’t try it on my hair though.
2. Snow Fairy Body Conditioner :

I think holidays would be incomplete without adding Snow Fairy touch to it. Snow Fairy body conditioner smells sweet as a Candy and is light Pink in colour. It is an in-shower body conditioner. Step in the shower and smooth or spread the rich, buttery conditioner over your entire body or the dry areas of your body and then just rinse it off. The skin feels super smooth and hydrated with avocado and mango butters. It doesn’t make your skin sticky or greasy and leave you scented. It is recommended to use after the body scrubs to cool down the irritation if any.
3. Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub :

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It is one of the most fabulous smelling lip scrubs that I have used till now. At first it’s sugary gratification as a hit of caster sugar meets the taste buds and tastes or smells like a sugar candy. I could almost eat it up. Yumm ! After sugary gratification, soft, luscious lips take center stage. This sugar exfoliates all the dead skin or layers that lying on your lips. As the vivid, regal purple begins to fade away you will enjoy flavour as sweet as juicy hedgerow blackcurrants with added vibrancy of sweet wild orange oil. The Organic Jojoba Oil in it, hydrates the lips leaving you with soft lips. A small amount is only required to do the job. However, it is recommended to use a lip oil or a lip balm after using any lip scrub.

4. Fairy Dust Dusting Powder :

Festive season is incomplete without a little sparkle and shine. Fairy Dusting Powder is a pink colour skin smoothing powder with loads of shimmer. This sugar-sweet supremely pink offering of cornflour, absorbent powders and sparkling lustres is the perfect finishing touch that you can add before heading off to any special occasion or parties. Simply dust a light covering over clean skin and smooth on with your hands to highlight or sparkle wherever you want to like arms, legs or collarbone for a glamorous look.
5. Twilight Shower Gel :

It is inspired by best selling Twilight Bath Bomb. This iridescent purple body wash has the same calming lavender and sweet tonka fragrance that has fast become a can’t live without LUSH scent. Lather up in a hot shower before bed for a good night sleep or just for day time in comfortable warm water. The formula is lightweight and it forms a good lather. It leaves your skin clean, scented and moisturized. 
6. Shooting Stars Soap :
Personally I just use herbal soaps for shower if at all I use soaps. Also, my skin is sensitive, so I just decided to use it on my hands. The soap looks amazing with a stunning pastel purple with multi-coloured stars. It has a sprinkle of lustre finishing off what is easily one of LUSH’s most beautiful seasonal soaps till date but because of the shimmer, I wouldn’t still prefer to use it on my body. It has Star fruit puree, mighty lime and bergamot and lather up for skies of zesty sherbet scent. Oh My God! This smells so heavenly. It is not really moisturising but leaves you with clean and good smelling hands. It is advised to use a hand cream after using any hand soap.

Overall Opinion :
Totally loved the ‘Under The Mistletoe’ collection and it is a wonderful holiday gift and totally recommended. Loved all the products and will definitely repurchase them. Just to let you know they are cruelty-free as well.

Price :
Under The Mistletoe box is priced at AED 350 and is available at all LUSH stores across UAE.

GOSH Fall 2016 Collection Review FT. Kiss Me Matt Lipstick , Lip Oil & Overnight Primer Oil

Now you already know by now, how much I am in love with this brand.  What I love about GOSH is that they are paraben free, fragrance or perfume free, cruelty free and natural. The New collection of GOSH cosmetics includes Kiss Me Matt lipsticks, Overnight Primer Oil Essence, Lip Oil and Limited Edition Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt in Black. These items were generously sent to me by the GOSH cosmetics team and I can’t wait to share my reviews regarding all of these. 

GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lipsticks :

Kiss Me Matt Lipsticks are another fantastic product of GOSH cosmetics. They come in 6 different shades and in the colour coordinated packaging.

I have them in shade 004 Flirty Kiss and 005 Irresistable Kiss . Flirty Kiss is good for daily wear. They are one of the best lip crayons that I have used so far. The packaging is tight (that is so travel friendly) and the tip of the crayon is chiselled on both the sides with a pointed flat tip, making the application easy. The formula is just right with a perfect balance of creamy but matte finish. It doesn’t dry my lips at all. It contains Carica Papaya, orchid extract, safflower oil and Zea Mays (corn oil) which hydrates and nourishes the lips. They are soft and flexible to apply. The colour pay-off is fantastic and they are highly pigmented. They last for hours together but a touch up is required after the oily meals. A simple trick I usually do is take a tissue, fold it into halfway and put my lip in it together so that these lip shades don’t transfer.

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt in Black – Limited Edition :

This Black Limited Edition lipstick has a creamy texture and ensures an easy outlined application . It doesn’t dry my lips at all. It is a long lasting lipstick with intense, pure matte finish. It has Hyaluronic acid that keeps the lips hydrated and smooth. It is best to outline with a lip liner or concealer. I had to reapply after the meals as it would turn in to Grey colour and it isn’t super thick. But in all it is a very good lipstick specially if you want to go for bold looks but not the striking one for your appearance.

Swatches Indoors

Swatches with Sunlight

GOSH Lip Oil :

This is just the thing needed for my lips or I can say Magic Oil. Say good bye to dry and chapped lips with this Lip Oil. It is an Overnight treatment for the lips. It is formulated with a blend of many nourishing oils such as Argan, Macadamia, Moringa and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil. It also contains Vitamin E which is a regenerating, rehydrating and revitalizing active. Unlike the Lip gloss, Lip Oil is not sticky or greasy but it is very smooth and hydrating on the lips. 
I have the Lip Oil in shade 003, Rose and it is slightly tinted which creates a soft, neutral lip Colour. The best way is to exfoliate your lips first and then  apply it right before bed. I also apply it sometimes during daytime if I feel lips more dry or just as a lip gloss for my no makeup look. I just use it everytime. It has become my new favourite and will definitely repurchase it.
GOSH Overnight Primer Oil :

It is an innovative night time product. I apply it at night just before going to bed and I wake up with super soft skin which is primed, de-stressed, luminous and plumped. It is infused with butterfly lavender seed oil that reduces fine lines and wrinkles and other blends of oil with Vitamin E that moisturises the face. It is not at all greasy and easily absorbed by the skin. It comes with a dropper so the smount that oil comes out is controlled by you and only a few drops are required for the face.
All the above products are paraben-free and perfume free.
All the GOSH products are available at Lifestyle stores and Boots pharmacies across UAE.
Overall Verdict :
The Fall collection is just amazing and special attention to winter skin care. The Overnight Primer Oil and Lip Oil are added to my night skincare routine and the Lip Oil has become my absolute favourite. In all I feel GOSH is one of the best drugstore brand that gives the quality of a high end brand.
You can check out more reviews about this brand by clicking the GOSH label below this post. Until next time, see you !
Disclaimer – Though these products were given to me by GOSH cosmetics team, the reviews posted above are my own honest opinion.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skincare Range Review

It is almost winter and there is where we need loads of Hydration. After all, Hydration is the key to radiant and healthy Skin . Today I will talk about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skincare Range that I was introduced to couple of weeks ago.

Just love the New Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in which the potent ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which locks moisture in the skin and gives a healthy glow from within. The packaging is chill or ice blue colour which itself gives a fresh feel. Let’s discuss them one by one.
1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Facial Wipes :
I have always loved all their wipes and used to earlier use Neutrogena Deep Clean facial wipes. But these Hydro Boost cleansers are even more soft and remove waterproof makeup and mascara in one go. It is so good for my sensitive skin and did not make it red or itchy or dry. They effortlessly glide on to the face, clean it and quench the skin with a boost of vital hydration. It is advised to use the cleanser after the wipes to ensure perfect clean skin. Suitable for all skin types.
2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser  :
I love the Icy blue colour of the cream. It instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it smooth, supple and hydrated. It is gel based and hence gets quickly absorbed in the skin and gives a good soothing effect. You might feel a little tingling sensation for the first time but it is nothing to worry as the cream has started working. It has a good fragrance of natural ingredients. The moisturiser lasts for a long time and it is very lightweight. It is oil-free and suitable for all skin types including Sensitive skin.
3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser :
This one unlike the Gel Moisturiser is white in Colour. The cream has the same effect as the Water gel but it is meant for Extra Dry Skin. Again it is really hydrating and gets absorbed into the skin easily. It is oil-free and suitable for all skin types.
4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser :
This lightweight gel cleanser activates with water and lathers away dirt, oil and makeup while quenching the skin with hydration. It does not foam which means there is no soap or harmful ingredients and does not strip the skin off the natural oils. I love to use it after the wipes or after melting the makeup with oil as a second cleanser. Again Suitable for all skin types including Sensitive skin.
5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Micellar Water :
It is a unique cleansing water that gently removes makeup and impurities while quenching the skin with vital hydration. This removes all base products like foundation, concealer, etc but couldn’t remove waterproof eyeliner and mascara. So I suggest to either remove the makeup with first wipes or oil and then use Micellar Water to eliminate the rest of the makeup leftovers.
Overall Opinion :
I love the entire range and my favourite amongst them is definitely the wipes as I love to go quick with removing my makeup. Since my skin is dry, this range has definitely hydrated my skin quite a lot. All the products are oil free and suitable for sensitive skin like mine.
These products are available at most of the supermarkets and pharmacies across UAE.
Price :
Facial wipes : Dh 33
Water Gel Moisturiser : Dh 42
Gel Cream Moisturiser : Dh 42
Cleanser : Dh 45
Micellar Water : Dh 36
Have you tried this range? If not, then definitely grab them soon. If yes then please feel to share your favourite below. Until next time, see you !

Iconic Givenchy Products

Hello lovelies ! I have been using these Iconic Givenchy products for quite a long time and absolutely fallen in love in them. I have used Givenchy perfumes and swear by them but not really tried their makeup collection until I received them in an event organized by GlamBox and Givenchy. The Givenchy team was generous to provide an entire makeup range. I am too excited to share my thoughts on the same. Also, I would be sharing with you all, a look that I have created using these products. Let’s get started ……

I will talk about it one by one, so that you get to know each product in detail…
1. Prisme Quatour eye shadow palette in “Braise” –

This is one of the most natural and wearable squad and one of my favorites too. The packaging is quite sleek but I hate to get my fingerprints on it all the time. This eye shadow quad contains four sumptuous colors which run on the warm tone side. You can even use them for everyday look as the colors are black, brown, copper and gold. The texture is quite smooth and a little shimmery. The shades blend well too. They have thoughtfully given 2 applicators, one for dark and other for the light shades. That is really nice and unique. The colors are not that pigmented and very subtle and causes fall out too. So I advise you to use a primer and then spray make up fix spray on your brushes before dabbing the shades from the quad. This way it will prevent fall outs, ensure the colors stay for long hours and it will look quite pigmented as well.

2. Magic Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in “Black” –

This is a real dark dark black and other one of my favorites. It is very smooth and glides on very well and don’t need to go over and over again. It is super pigmented. You can use it as an eye liner or even on your water line to create a wonderful look. To create a smoky look you can lightly use at the end of your eyes and smudge it with a pencil brush and yes, you can use this for day time as well. If you don’t like black, Givenchy has other shades too like brown, blue, etc.

3. Noir Couture Volume Mascara in “Black Taffeta” –

A four-in-one mascara that creates intense volume, strong curl, infinite length, and complete lash care. This multi-tasking mascara is formulated with Givenchy’s exclusive lash booster expert complex that provides nutrition, revitalization, fortification, and protection. The wand is really nice and unique – dense at the bottom and quite tapered at the front. The bristles are one of those classic brush type ones, so they are not made of silicon and yet feel quite soft on the eye. The best part is that it stays longer, don’t make your lashes look spidery and after hours together it does flake. It instantly gives you a beautiful, natural looking and volumized lashes and that is what every lady wants right ?? The only fear is that is not water proof mascara so won’t really work for summer months or for oily eyelids. But overall it is a fabulous product.

What I covered above was for eyes, now for your beautiful lips and to complete the look is a Lipstick….
4. Le Rouge Lipstick in the shade “Rose dressing”

I just can’t stop admiring this product and my best in the Givenchy collection and sure you will agree too. Enjoy perfectly defined lips that last as long as you do—and a genuine leather goods item. This lipstick-as-accessory delivers intense colors and a semi matte finish all in one stroke, and as the first lipstick to come in real leather, it imparts a soft, supple touch and sensual feeling.

WOW !!!! Seriously, love the leather and metal packaging, it is quite classy. Love this colour and would love to try more such shades.
Now, I would love to share with you the look that I created with these products.

Hope you guys enjoy this post and had a lovely time. Do let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and also if there are any recommendations then please do mention them below. I would love to try them.

November GlamBox with Alterna – Luxurious Haircare Routine

Transform your haircare routine with a luxury monthly box from Alterna
** GlamBox launches exclusive Alterna Haircare box for November subscriptions **
Finding the right haircare brand to suit all your needs can be difficult. This November, Alterna Haircare partners with UAE beauty box company, GlamBox to launch an exclusive hair box to revamp your current hair care ritual.

Alterna Haircare has pioneered luxury salon haircare since 1997 and has developed a range of high performance products that is inspired by the science behind skincare.
November’s hair box from GlamBox will include five luxury travel size products from Alterna Haircare’s Caviar collection and will offer subscribers the chance to transform their current hair ritual. The hair box will offer a five step treatment approach, perfect for a hair spa day at home or a pamper evening!  Allow us to tell you more about what will be in the box…
*Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Oil Crème Pre-Shampoo Treatment
This luxurious pre-shampoo can be used weekly as an intensive treatment. It deeply moisturises to revitalise dehydrated strands, leaving hair supremely smooth, soft and shiny.
*Alterna Caviar RepairX Instant Recovery Shampoo
This restorative, sulfate-free shampoo infused with Caviar and strand building proteins mimics the hairs natural ceramides to help repair damaged strands. 9 out of 10 women saw improved hair strength, frizz-control, softness and shine increase.
*Alterna Caviar RepairX Instant Recovery Conditioner
This paraben-free conditioner transforms damaged hair and protects against breakage and future damage. 95% less breakage after just one use.
*Alterna Caviar RepairX Fill & Fix Treatment Masque
This deeply reparative treatment masque nourishes and strengthens hair, improving manageability and leaving hair soft, shiny and completely restored. Hello great hair days!
*Alterna Caviar CC Cream
This miracle leave-in CC Cream delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.
Alterna Haircare is available at Chill Salon Dubai, where they offer the highest caliber of services and use Alterna Haircare as the salon brand of choice.
Be quick to grab yours, as this beauty box will not be available for long as subscriptions close on November 14th 2016.
You can become a Glamista and subscribe to GlamBox by purchasing packages of 3, 6, or 12 months from as little as AED 71 per month.  So, what are you waiting for?
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