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20 Apr 2016

TAG: My Husband Explains the Purpose of Make-Up

Full credit for this tag goes to Kirsty at Life in Excess.

I read her post and felt compelled to quiz my other half.

The premise is simple - list out a series of beauty products and then sit back and listen to the perception of their purpose.

I did think that having been together for over a decade he would have absorbed a degree of understanding about makeup. Prepare yourselves for construction analogies and lots of talk about layering of slap, something he has no doubt observed from yours truly.
19 Apr 2016

Carrying off culottes

A thought that repeats itself in my mind when wearing culottes: do I look like a spanner or am I carrying this off? 

Culottes are deeply confusing.
17 Apr 2016

Christening Sephora

If you have ever been to Battuta mall in Dubai you will know that there is not a lot going on down there. Sure there's a supermarket that keeps me stocked in eyelashes and a Forever 21 that offers a consistently decent stock but there's no Zara and no Sephora. From a retail perspective, this makes it pretty much dead to me.

This weekend though something momentous happened. Sephora opened. If that's not a cause for celebration I don't know what is. I christened the store with a mini haul and secured three hard to find things.

I was elated with this when I got home and I duly uploaded a pretty Instagram before I got stuck in and starting playing with the items. One day later and my feelings have decidedly cooled, with 2 of the 3 items currently sitting on very shaky ground. Here then are some very mixed first impressions...
14 Apr 2016

The holy grail jeans

Once again I am channelling my inner Liz Hurley and wearing my white jeans on a pretty constant basis.

This time however I am in a pair that I am going to bravely declare as being of holy grail status. Perfectly cropped, full of stretch and a competent disguiser of knickers. They are the full package.
13 Apr 2016

Instagram. I love you but you drive me crazy.

EDIT: I wrote this blogpost a couple of days ago but refrained from posting because I worried it make me appear...wait for it....shallow. 


Look I know I am a bit but this is also an opportunity to take the michael out of myself so I'm hoping that is how it comes across....Here's hoping.

Over the last couple of days I have been struggling to come up with a witty and pithy bio for my Instagram page. How do you summarise your aesthetic in just a few carefully words so that your potential audience will understand your feed offering and find you appealing. How about:

Lipstick hoarding, eggs benedict loving dog hugger who posts on a sporadic basis. Welcome into my highly contrived visual life. 

I can't come up with anything that ticks the box and through this self-inflicted angst I realise just how far my Instagram obsession has come.

When did it all get so bloody pretentious?
10 Apr 2016

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation review

Last week I was invited to a Marc Jacobs masterclass, led by the global make up artist for the brand, Gilbert Soliz. Here I learned lots of things:

  • The Middle East is the prime income generator for the brand
  • The Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer smells and feels like a treatment for the skin 
  • The forthcoming Spotlight Illuminator (coming to Dubai in next couple of months) is a sensational product that can be applied in specific points of the face or all over for a dewy base and reminds me of Becca's Pearl
  • The gel liners can work as a long lasting high impact eyeshadow
  • The Fineliner is an excellent sightline product and extremely long lasting; and
  • The Re(marc)able foundation is bloody amazing. 

I left with a goody bag and high tailed it to Sephora. I wasn't gifted the foundation but I was so impressed when playing with the testers in the masterclass that I had to have it.

8 Apr 2016

Dressing for summer

Today I felt like channelling a more summery mood and this is what I came up with.

I kind of love it.
4 Apr 2016

MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection haul

When this package arrived from the UK my husband thought I was a total nutcase. Why would someone, who gets sent makeup by PR companies on a regular basis, "waste" money on buying more?

Because darling, these products are NEW.

Now I am not so blindsided by makeup addiction that I can't see that he has a legitimate a point. I could well get sent some of these in a couple of months time (when Dubai finally gets the collection) but I had a packaging crush and felt a rush to invest. Here then is my MAC x Charlotte Olympia collection haul and a whole bunch of first impressions.
2 Apr 2016

Illamasqua's Aurora in Gleam

Do not buy this if:

* Shine is not your aesthetic
* Longevity is your key product criteria or
* Greasy textures make you anxious.

Do buy this if:

* A skin boosted by champagne hued light particles sparks internal joy
* Easy application is one of your top product requirements
* You enjoyed Benefit Watts Up but are seeking something with a greater intensity.

That's probably how I would pitch Illamasqua's Aurora Gleam.