Life Lately #3

Let’s life lately shall we?

I totally forgot about these posts so I have cobbled some images together and want to share some events and musings with you.

(L-R/Top to bottom)

  1. Diptyque – I went to a beautiful event at the Marriott Marquis for Diptyque recently. It was to herald the release of the 34collection which celebrates 50 years for the brand.  The scent itself is a comforting wood blend and I have my eye on the room diffuser. Since going to this event I am reminded how much I want to buy Philosykos perfume – it’s been on my list for such a long time!
  2. Gin! – I have found a new drinks/food destination! It’s called The Scene and it’s in Pier 7/Marina Mall. I mainly like this place because it reminds me of Bills  - casual and non-pretentious with good, simple food. I also very much appreciate the face that they have a Gin and Tonic menu – you’re winning when you’re ginning!
  3. Garden time – for half the year we live indoors, not daring to go outside much. From October onwards restaurants start reopening their terraces, walking in the sun no longer becomes a ridiculous idea and the garden furniture is fetched from the garage. Roger and Rose are absolutely delighted with the change of season and enjoy watching the world go by while barking hysterically at any bird that comes within 100 metres of them.
  4. Jo Malone Sea Salt & Sage – so very hyped on UK blogs but it has only just reached us over here. I was on my way to a makeover and saw it in the store and had to go in and rapidly spray it all over. It’s very “marine”, not what I expected but then I can’t exactly say I had a good idea of what Sea Salt and Sage really smell like together beforehand, did you?
  5. Makeovers! – I had such a lovely makeover with Will Malherbe, the Smashbox regional trainer. On my lips is the amazing Firecracker! Post coming soon J
  6. Gucci makeup – this has taken up some considerable floor space in Harvey Nichols and although I worship anything that Pat McGrath does, the concept doesn’t particularly excite me. There are some good looking eyeshadows and a pretty bronzer but nothing really lures me in. Maybe it’s because Gucci is a brand that stopped exciting me once Tom Ford ditched it….to be continued… (AKA I will probably buy something!).
  7. MAC Woodwinked – I have been reaching for my old school MAC palette recently. This gem has all the oldies – Tempting, Amber Lights, Carbon, Black Tied, Cranberry, Soba and the like…it also contains Woodwinked which is an outstanding golden bronze shade that makes eyes shine.
  8. Lunching – Simone and I trundled to the Pavilion in Downtown at the end of last week for a long lunch. I had a good looking chicken salad (and ahem…chips!) but it’s more the space that I like. It’s one of those places that you can rock up to with your laptop and hot desk the day away.
  9. DIY manicures – I haven’t been able to get a manicure for a few weeks (I know, Jesus wept) so I have had to DIY it and have enjoyed a spectacularly bad polish application phase as a result. Tom Ford’s “Viper” is probably the first one that hasn’t been a total bodge up.

    I will also add at this point that the Formula X system is not good – I hate the brush that comes with the cleanser (glorified rubbing alcohol) and the top coat takes far too long to dry for my liking. I’ll stick to my tried and tested base and top coats in the future!

I am off to an Illamasqua event tonight which I am super excited about and then I plan to hit the newly opened NARS stand in Mall of the Emirates at some point this I always say (mainly to myself), you can never have too much makeup!

See you soon :) x

Man Repellers

I made a beeline for this blouse in Zara because it’s one of those “handy” pieces that works both in and out of work and could feasibly be paired with both trousers and skirts. I also think a major part of the reason I bought it is because they merchandised it with boyfriend jeans and I loved that contrast between a silky top and ripped denim. Sold!

I wore it today with my favourite River Island boyfriend jeans. These are the kind of jeans that men seem to hate. They don’t make your arse look good and the crotch can hang low because they sit wide at the waist. Sorry I’m not sorry though because these man repellers are a delight to wear. 

I attempted a token nod to femininity by wearing heels (not pictured) but this was very much a sloppy dressed down day look. Sometimes you just have to break away from the skirts and dresses, right?

Jeans: River Island – Link! - don't be afraid to buy a size down. 
Blouse: Zara – Link!
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Furla – Link!

Sunglasses: House of Harlow

This was a bit of a nothing outfit I think so I will try to make it up to you with lots of lovely makeup posts. I have alot to share :) 

See you tomorrow!

Semi-permanent brows at Sister's Beauty Lounge/Dubai Mall

I have tried it all. Expensive treatments with Shavata (first at Michaeljohn and then at Harrods), the humiliation of the department store brow bar, where passers by would often stop to see the tears rolls down my cheeks during threading sessions, serums and an occasional dabble in HD brows.

There was only one treatment left to explore - the semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo. This is the application of individual strokes and colour that can last anywhere between 1-5 years and make the perfect low maintenance option. I had this done last week and can I just say that I clearly saved the best for last.

I had it done at Sisters in Dubai Mall. Chloe is the therapist that specialises in semi-permanent makeup and out of all the people that offer this service in Dubai, is the only one I would recommend. You can check her Instagram to see why. Go to someone else at your own risk - there are ALOT of bad tattoo'd brows round this neck of the woods.

Now I would probably describe my natural brows as "just okay". They are too rounded in the front and towards the end there is a pathetic whisper of a tail. When I pencil them in I like to give more thickness and definition so that they frame my face - but they definitely require product to look acceptable.

I loved the idea of having good defined brows all the time but I will admit to being a bit scared about ending up with dark slugs that turn green or purple. One of the reasons I went for semi-permanent tattooing is that although a needle is used to deposit pigment, it does not penetrate as deep as your standard tattoo. This mitigates against that weird tint end result.

Sisters give this treatment in three parts:

1) Consultation and tint test to ensure that you are not allergic to the pigment
2) The treatment
3) The top-up (typically conducted 1-3 months after the actual treatment)

Now the treatment itself took about an hour and a half and I would say more time was spent discussing colour and shape than the actual tattooing itself. Honestly, I think this is important - you need to make sure that you are going to be happy when you walk out of the salon. Brows are lightly groomed, with strays plucked away, and then the tattooing starts. Chloe used a mixture of two shades and two different needle types - one to give the appearance of actual hairs and the other to deposit colour to define the shape. This does not hurt at all. I repeat this does not hurt. Numbing cream is whacked on beforehand but all I felt was a device lightly vibrating over my brow area.

In the picture above you see my brows one day after the treatment. It is normal and expected that they appear darker than the end result at this point but I quite liked the intensity! Right now they are flaking a little and I can see a much lighter colour underneath. Should I want a darker end result then I can always do that come top-up time and that's thankfully included in the price. From there top-ups can be given whenever required - from what I have read online it's normal to return to the salon once a year.

I am just so happy that I finally tried this out. It's been a very easy, pain-free process and the end result is just what I wanted.  I think my husband said it best when he stated that: "it's just highlighted how very weak your brows were before." Thank you so much! ;)

PS. I had the Glamour Brow treatment at Sisters which costs 3000 AED. Visit their website here - Link!

Have you ever thought/had this done?

Awkward pleats

Another day, another midi. In this case however I wouldn’t advise rushing out to buy the skirt. It’s “aight” – a nice light scuba material that somehow manages not to be transparent. However, the front pleat at the front is rather fortunate, occasionally looking like it emanates near vagina level. I swear it looked different on the ASOS model. These, my friends, are the risks we take.

Thankfully the cropped striped top makes up for it. This is exactly what I want from a cropped top – a light tee that hits belly button level and does not therefore overly expose. It’s a subtle nod to the trend without being tacky. It came in one of those value packs, with a reversed striped version that I will probably wear on here very soon with some more high-waisted skirts/trousers.

Skirt: ASOS – Link!
Top: ASOS – Link!
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (the SoSo and still my favourites)
Bag: Givenchy - Link!
Sunglasses: House of Harlow

In think the stripes bought out my cliched inner Francophile and I decided that I was going to be very “French” in my makeup: light skin base, a touch of blusher, a slick of eyeliner, mascara and a red lip from Clarins.

This is from the Rouge Eclat line and is called Red Fuschia. Those of you a bit scared of red lips should look closely at this one. It has a hint of a raspberry to it, making it a little bit warm and a lot easier to carry off. I love the formula– creamy and well pigmented when applied but weightless and moisturizing when worn. Isn’t it amazing how a lipstick can be so transformative in terms of look and mood? This is why I love makeup.

See you tomorrow!
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