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BEAUTY BUZZ: June 2013

July 6
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Eyeshadow: Sephora eyeshadow palette in Primal Instincts
I tend to only use Urban Decay and Too faced for eyeshadow palettes but I’ve recently introduced this eyeshadow palette from Sephora into my beauty collection. I love the range of colors it has – I can get away with a day and a night smokey eye with those shades. They also blend in perfectly. Yay for Sephora!

Eyeliner: Chanel waterproof eyeliner in 100 santal
Perfect brown eyeliner, and stays on all night! Bring on the bronze smokey eye. 

Serum: Clarins Double Serum
I was so excited for Clarins to relaunch one of their hero products, the Double Serum. I’m a huge fan of Clarins products, and everyone buzzes about this product. If there is one skincare item that makes a huge different to my skin – it’s the serum, also so great to delay anti aging. This is my favorite Serum of the moment, and I love how it’s a little more liquid than other serums I’ve loved – which makes it lighter on the skin, but still as effective. The product is a mix of 20 plant extracts and it works to boost collagen, fight wrinkles & fine lines, and restore your skin’s radiance. 

Fragrance: Guerlain Idylle
I’m quite picky with fragrances, but I always use around 6 in one time – I get bored easily, so I like to mix around. This strong Jasmine fragrance is perfect for formal dinners and nights out. If you’re loving for a strong, sexy fragrance with a Jasmine base note, here it is.

Sunscreen: Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
Minus the scent, this has to be one of my favorite sunscreens for a light finish. Mattifying, lightweight, and weightless is the perfect way to describe this sunscreen. The fluid spreads evenly, dries quickly, and doesn’t leave any residue. With a high SPF defense of 50, and doesn’t include any parabens – this is a Sunscreen winner.

Lips: Lush Popcorn scrub
I love lip scrubs, and have been using the one from Sara Happ for some time now. I recently came across this one from Lush in the most delicious scent – Popcorn, however smells more like vanilla and I’m addicted. I like scrubbing my lips once a week, and eating the express sugar. Made out of sugar and coconut oil, this is just the perfect lip treat. 

Blush: DiorBlush Glowing color powder blush in 553
I’m always on the look out for a great pink blush to wear over my bronzer and this one wins it for me – I like how one side is matte and the other side is shimmery. The shade is the perfect rose pink too. Make sure to also check out DiorSkin Nude Tan Paradise Duo.

Range: Philosophy Full of Promise
I’m a huge fan of beauty brand, Philosophy (hope you got the chance to enter Myfashdiary’s competition!) I’ve been recently using their Full of promise range – specifically the dual action day and night serum, and the dual action moisturizer. I love a good dual product, especially when traveling. The serum is genius – a day and night end depending on when you’re applying the serum. The products are great with boosting your natural collagen, and delaying aging for a youthful complexion. 

Hand cream: Sally Hansen Firming Hand cream with Shea butter
I make sure I always have a lip balm and hand cream right next to me whilst on the computer to keep hydrated. I’ve been recently using this one by Sally Hansen, the cream itself includes Shea butter, and has a subtle citrus scent. The size is probably not as handbag friendly, but definitely desk friendly (lasts you a while) and the shea is great with giving your hands the moisture it needs. 

Mascara: Clinique high impact waterproof mascara
I usually mostly go for Clinque’s foundations and chubby sticks, but I recently tried out this great mascara from the brand and it’s great. I dislike waterproof mascaras as they smudge a lot – this is definitely unlike the others – stays on, doesn’t clunk up at all, works well for a smokey eye, and gives off thick lashes. If you’re looking for a great waterproof, look this way. 

Cleanser: Caudalie Foaming Cleanser
Introducing one of my new favorite Skincare brands – Caudalie. Product sans Parabens and sulfates, environmentally friendly, and not tested on animals. This product is a great gentle cleanser – very light, with grape and chamomile extracts and yet removes the make up. I’ve been using this over make up on light make up rather than a full on night look as it’s quite gentle.

Balm: Shiffa healing balm
Shiffa is a brand I’m so proud of. Made in the UAE, organic, and great products created by Dr Lamees. I’ve been hearing about the healing balm, one of their award winning products and had to give it a try myself. The product includes Chamomile to soothe and stimulate, Indian neem to repair, rosemary to rejuvenate, and Arnica extract to restore skin. I like using it on my face, and elbows when in need of major hydration and repair.

Oil: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
My skin is usually quite dehydrated so I try to use an oil on my body at least once a day. I can only count a handful as my favorites and this one by Nuxe is definitely one. It can be used on the hair and face too, but I love the subtle summer scent it gives my body, and the hydration. 98% is natural ingredients, and sans preservatives. An essential.

Mask: Bliss Steep clean facial mask
I love Bliss products and find their masks perfect if I need a glow enhancer before a night out, and in between facials once a week. A deep pore cleansing mask – not only do you feel like your skin becomes squeaky clean, and your pores can breath – the mask brightens up the face and makes me achieve a natural glow. 

Shampoo: Kerastase Elixir cleansing oil shampoo
I love Kerastase as a hair brand, and trust everything they make so there’s no surprise that Kerastase is even worth investing in a shampoo. I recently started using their cleansing oil shampoo, and love how the essential oils really hydrate your hair, yet not greasing it – it also smells super lovely. Great for feeding and nourishing the hair too. 

Hair mist: L’occitane Aromachologie Volumizing Hair Mist
During the day, I love spritzing my hair with a refreshing hair mist, and keep the Chanel and Dior ones for night. The mist is lightweight, adds volume and includes five essential oils – Artemisia, Sweet orange, mint, pine and Rosemary.) Smells refreshing and gives a great hair boost.

Brown smokey eye: MAC cosmetics Bare my soul
I love a brown smokey eye for day as the black is heavy and makes your eyes appear smaller. This palette has a range of copper brown, with dark green colors. I’m a great fan of MAC’s pigments, yet the colors are not overwhelming, and the shimmer is subtle. The shadow also blends easily, a winning brown palette. 

Foundation: Giorgio Armani Maestro
I’ve been hearing quite a bit on this foundation, and finally got the chance to check it out. The liquid is ultralight, with a water-like texture – the coverage is quite good for a day foundation, and gives a sheer finish. I would categorize it between a full fledged foundation and a bb/tinted moisturizer – but you can increase the coverage by layering, and gives off a radiant, natural finish. 

  • hadeel

    definitely buying clarins serum. me and my sister started using their products after you recommended them a lot

  • Maya

    Hi Tala. So want to try Maestro foundation.. Since I am new to UAE, could you pls advise where to purchase it in Abu Dhabi? Thanks in advance