BEAUTY BUZZ: May 2013
Hair Mist: Chanel eau tendre
There are only a few hair mists that I swear by… I’m always on the go, so I love a refresher spritz. If I had a favorite from Chanel’s eau tendre bottles, it would have to be Chance. One of my favorite fragrances, the bottle is small enough to be thrown into my bag, and the scent is subtle enough to also spray your own perfume.
Eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown cream shadow in Antique Gold
I was against cream eyeshadows till I was introduced to this gorgeous one from Bobbi Brown. It comes in the same packaging and glass palette as the gel liner that I can’t live without. The eyeshadow is easy to blend and doesn’t feel too creamy, which is nice. I’ve never seen a more interesting color than this – between a gold, slate, olive. beautiful.
Lips: Dior lipstick in Lucky
When I want to change up from a nude lip, I love a bright pink lip. When I find a great pink lip, I add it to my beauty collection and I’m currently in love with the Lucky shade by Dior Beauty – super moisturizing too!
BB cream: 3Lab
Introducing my brand new favorite BB cream by 3lab! Light, yet great coverage (I love the roller that it comes with that spreads out the bb cream as well as penetrates it within the skin.) it smells good, gives a dewy glow finish and of course treats lines whilst doing all of that. 🙂
Lipcare: Comfort Zone sacred nature bio-certified lipstick
I have a lipbalm in every single bag as my lips get dry quickly due to the weather, the AC in Dubai, and working out every day. I love this lip balm by Comfort Zone, which is made with buriti oil and Karité butter – super nourishing and has a subtle buttery scent.
Serum: Dermalogica Multivitamin Power serum
I love me some great serum. Dermalogica have just launched their day serum, which I currently love. It featured Vitamin A, C, E, and F and great for anti aging. Not to mention the refreshing fruity smell that always gives me a wake me up in the morning.
Make up remover: Jane Iredale Magic Mitt
When I read about this product, it sounded like an actual magic mitt that will probably not even work. I wore the mitt, dipped it in warm water and applied it on my face after having a ton of make up at an awards ceremony. In one swish, it removed my eyeshadow, bronzer, foundation, mascara. Perfect for traveling too – TOP recommendation!
Illuminator: Lancome Eclat Miracle
I recently discovered this radiance booster serum that I am OBSESSED with. All I do is mix it with my foundation and my foundation gets an illuminating boost for a dewy, radiant finish. PS make sure to mix it before to get a great pigment.
Primer: Clarins Instant smooth perfecting touch
I recently started using this creamy primer – which works as a skincare and make up products. It makes my skin look smooth – Non greasy, dewy and holds my make up. Primer winner.
Fragrance: Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit
I couldn’t wait till Jo Malone’s Sugar and Spice collection came out – I’ve been hearing so much about it and due to the fact that I have such a sweet tooth, it was a match made in heaven. I was even told they work so well layered – I’ve been throwing this small bottle into my handbag and the perfect sweet spritz, without being too overwhelming.
Body: Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
Scent isn’t exactly my favorite because I don’t love roses but that is just a personal thing. If you love roses, this will become your favorite body product! If this was in Vanilla/almond etc, this would be a miracle product for me. It makes my skin super soft, and feels like butter. I love applying it before going to bed for baby soft skin.. It includes great ingredients like Argan Oil, Cocoa butter, brazil nut oil, almond oil and shea butter.
Facial: La Mer Whitening facial
In between facials, I like to apply masks to maintain my skin. I’ve never used La Mer’s facials and recently tried out the whitening one. After applying a primer on the skin, there is a lower and upper mask for the face. In just 8 mins, the skin is super brightened and hydrated.
Foundation: Clinique Superbalanced makeup
I’m a huge fan of Clinique foundations – especially the oil free ones. They are always super light and the coverage is absolutely amazing. This liquid foundation does just that – It gives my skin a dewy finish, and one I like to wear from day to night.
Body Scrub: Neom Organic Body Scrub
There’s one Body scrub I always swear by… by REN skincare. As it’s one of the best on the market, my standards are quite high. I was recently introduced to this one by Luxury Organic beauty brand, NEOM & it definitely joins my rank of top scrubs. Made of an organic sugar base, it’s mixed with oils such s safflower and jojoba with Vitamin E, and a scent of Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood.) Makes my skin super soft, whilst removing all the dead skin. As a fan of body oils, I love applying the organic oil after the shower for the added moisture.
Cleanser: Bliss Clog dissolving cleansing milk
I’m a little obsessed with this product at the moment. I love a dual function too – This works perfectly on a cotton pad as a cleanser or face wash, and also works as a 5 minute enzymic mask (for exfoliating, so only use as mask once a week). It also leaves a light layer for moisture and protection. The grapeseed and bitter orange scent gives my skin a fresh feel too.
Bronzer: Bourjois Paris Maxi Delight Bronzer
I live for Bronzers – 3 make up essentials for a day look? BB cream, bronzer and eyeliner so I’m always on the look out for great bronzers that have the most flattering bronze shade for my skin, applies on the skin easily, and weirdly – One that smells good. Not only is this super affordable, and at high street price – it smells like the summer, hawaii, coconut… and I love the side – great to use with a large brush for an all over bronzed look.
Hair Oil: Davines Oi Oil
As I mentioned previously, dual products are lifesavers. I’m also a fan of great luxury oils for the body, hair and face. Introducing one of my favorite hair oils by natural brand, Davines. A great finishing styling oil and treatment oil for the hair. It adds shine, and gives my hair a subtle fresh scent. The product, which has a key ingredient of Roucou oil doesn’t grease up the hair too.
French Range: Hervé Hérau
Colette always have a great range of niche beauty products that I love and one of my favorites would have to be this brand. Not only is the white packaging super clean and chic… the products are organic. I love the cream gel, which has a lovely scent of rosemary to hydrate my skin followed by their water mist right over, which fights free radicals. Make sure to add the brand to your shopping list when you’re next in town.
Multi use: Figs and Rouge Natural Balm
I recently tried out Figs & Rouge, which reportedly is Emma Watson’s favorite beauty product. I love multi use products, and this one is a gem. Smells of Vanilla (I love Vanilla…), and can be used on the lips,face, hand, and body balm. I love it as a lip balm as it smells great, and gives my lips the heavy moisture it needs, but perfect for carrying around in the bag – especially with Dubai’s humid weather. I forgot to mention, the tins are quite retro, which make it quite chic to carry in those handbags.
Tinted moisturizer: Laura Mercier
Since the birth of BB creams, I never wear foundation during the day and all about lightweight coverage. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer has been something I’ve always heard about but never tried and recently got myself to try it out. A lighter coverage than my bb creams, yet still has SPF and moisturizes the face, and gives off a radiance glow. The brand is available at Harvey Nichols, Dubai.
Concealer: Cle de Peau Beaute concealer
Can I just mention I rarely find great concealers? I’ve been hearing about this for some time now – a favorite among make up artists and have been meaning to try it out. Very easy to use – I just apply it under my eyes straight from the stick, and blend it with a few swipes using a concealer brush. The coverage is great, the creamy texture hydrates the under eye area, it gives off a smooth texture, and brightens the area. I’ve never seen anything like it, highly recommended.
Eyeliner: L’oreal Color riche Le Kajal
My two make up essentials are bronzers & eye liners. When looking for an eyeliner, I like a dark black that glides on easily without having to run the eyeliner several times as my signature eye is a smokey one. I love this new one by l’oreal – not only is it amazing – glides on easily, very black, and gives off an intense eye look – it’s also a drug store buy.