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Beauty Haul: Boots #1

Hello, hello!

As you keep reading this blog, you will learn how big of a fragrance and hair addict I am! I won’t start by raving about my addiction just yet though! Instead, let’s talk about my visit to the mall recently!

So, I am sure this happens to everybody – you walk into Boots for everyday essentials that should amount to AED 30-50 and then you eventually find yourself spending far too much time in the store and AED 100+ at the checkout counter. That is exactly what happened to me when I visited Boots’ branch in Ibn Battuta Mall.

Lee Stafford, Umberto Giannini, Soap & Glory @ Boots
Lee Stafford, Umberto Giannini, Soap & Glory @ Boots

As you can see, most of what I walked away were travel-sized products which I love since I tend to stay away from home, at a friend’s for long periods of time every now and then. That being said, let’s start with D&D‘s first ever mini reviews!

Soap & Glory's Mist You Madly
Soap & Glory’s Mist You Madly

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly – This was my first ever Soap & Glory purchase! I know, I know – how could I possibly be a frequent visitor to Boots and never walk out with anything Soap & Glory!? (especially ’cause their packaging is so fun!) There’s a first time for everything though, right?
This body mist has the cutest name, don’t you agree? To be honest, I didn’t pay good attention to the scent when I bought it which is why I was ultimately disappointed. I picked up the product because of the packing and the notes that were written on it which stated bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk which are all scents that I love aside from the latter which I don’t really care for all that much!
Much to my dismay, musk was all I could smell when I sprayed it on my skin! If you are a fan of musk, give it a go but I want my money back!

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Lee Stafford’s Heat Protection Mist, Shine Spray, Hold Tight Hair Spray & Dehumidifier

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist – This product does just what it says it does and real well too! Just like all the other Lee Stafford products though, it has a fairly strong scent that may be unbearable to some people (the reason why I stopped using Lee Stafford’s dry shampoos.) The scent of this product dies down a bit after a while though which is good! Honestly, I prefer Umberto Giannini’s Love it Straight Heat Protection Mist over it! Keep reading to find out why! 

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Dehumidifier – Let me start by saying that the scent of this LS product isn’t as strong as the rest which is admirable! What I love most about this product is that it keeps the hair from frizzing which, let’s face it is a necessity when it comes to the humidity over here! It is also very handy to keep your hair in check after exercising or when you are out clubbing! It also gives a nice feel to the hair. Suffice to say, I will definitely be re-purchasing this after I’m left with an empty bottle! I carry it with me everywhere I go for perfect and super straight hair and you should too! A definite summer must-have. That’s what’s up! 

Lee Stafford Shine Head Spray Shine – I fell in love with shine sprays after I visited Wow Beauty Salon in Dubai Marina which was the first tine I ever had such a product sprayed on to my hair. Since then, whenever I’d visit a beauty salon, (I frequent many, since sadly I have yet to find that one special, permanent styling house – any suggestions?)I would ask my hairdresser to spray such a product on my hair for a beautiful finish but I only ever got normal hairsprays which is why I was so glad to come across this! This shine spray makes the hair look healthy and glossy and prevents it from looking too greasy at the same time. A great finishing product after using a blow dryer and/or flat iron which I tend to make use of every three days.

Lee Stafford Hold Tight Firm Hold Hair Spray – I love, love, love this hairspray! I rarely wear hairspray mostly because I absolutely detest that crispy hair feel which is unfortunate because I need it after I curl my hair since my hair is soft and hardly holds tight curls for long but with this – no more crispy hair even if you spray a whole lot, which I do! The trick is to spray it far enough from your hair to avoid the yucky crispiness! This fine and light hairspray allows your hair to gently blow in the wind while still staying in place and it washes out very easily! That’s what’s up! 

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Umberto Giannini’s Love It Straight Heat Protection Mist & Incredible Body Blow Dry Spray

Umberto Giannini Love It Straight Heat Protection Mist – As mentioned above, I pick this heat protection mist any day over Lee Stafford’s mostly because the scent is divine and what girl doesn’t like her hair smelling uber yummy, especially on date night? I am guilty of spraying perfume on my hair just because I love my hair to always smell good but with this product – perfume is no longer needed! When sprayed onto the hair, it comes out as a light mist and keeps the hair smooth and soft right after straightening! This along with the next are my first Umberto Giannini buys and I can’t wait to discover more! That’s what’s up! 

Umberto Giannini Incredible Body Blow dry Spray – Just like the above Giannini product, the scent is lovely. You are supposed to spritz the product on both roots and lengths of damp hair before styling for a beautiful bounce and added oomph! To be honest, I did not notice much of a difference when I used it but maybe it’s because I already blow dry my hair in a way that retains volume! Have you tried this product? Does it work for you and your hair?

All in all, I was super pleased with my Boots haul especially the travel-sized products! I can’t wait to discover more from these brands however just the other day I went to Boots, Dubai Mall and they told me that they have stopped selling Lee Stafford products and that it was only exclusive to Boots! Did you know about this? Have you seen Lee Stafford products elsewhere?

Which product have you tried from the above? What was your experience like?

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Review: L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum & BB Cream

Hello lovelies!

Those who know me are aware that I am a sucker for everything L’Occitane! The incredible brand recently came out with two great new products – Iris Angelica Sublime Essence and Beauty Cream.

L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum & BB Creams*
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum & BB Creams*
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum*
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum*

The Sublime Essence is a serum that can be applied underneath any moisturizer or BB Cream. It is a light serum that enhances skin texture and reduces pore size. It has a wonderful floral scent that is quite prominent when applied so if you are very sensitive to fragrance then it could prove to be bothersome. I love the sheer texture and how it has made my skin smooth and soft after using it for only a week!

L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch*
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch*
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch* Here’s the product completely sheered out!
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch*
Here’s the product completely sheered out!
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch* Viola! A nice shimmer when fully blended into the skin!
L’Occitane Sublime Essence Serum Swatch*
Viola! A nice shimmer when fully blended into the skin!

The BB Cream comes in two tones – Light & Medium. I received both shades in my press pack!

L’Occitane Sublime BB Cream in LIGHT*
L’Occitane Sublime BB Cream in LIGHT*

The world has been obsessing with BB creams since their arrival into the markets. Why? Well, because they are multitasking products! They contain color, moisture, and SPF. What sets L’Occitanes BB creams apart from the rest available is the addition of organic Iris and Angelica extracts (also in the serum) which provide skincare benefits such as redness reduction and hydration.

L’Occitane’s Medium shade works excellent for almost all skin tones while the Light shade works well for fair skin tones. I have found that fortunately, both shades suit my skin well. The creamy and smooth texture of the BB cream has a lovely subtle scent, dries matte and offers SPF 30. It feels amazing on the skin due to its light texture. It blends in very easily and does not leave your skin looking cakey! Even though the coverage is light, it evens out your skin tone, hides blemishes very well and reduces redness.

L’Occitane Sublime BB Cream in LIGHT Swatch* Creamy texture that eventually dries matte!
L’Occitane Sublime BB Cream in LIGHT Swatch*
Creamy texture that eventually dries matte!

 

I have been using the product for quite a while now and remain very impressed by it and the coverage it provides me, not to mention the time it saves me while getting ready in the mornings! I would suggest these creams for women with oily and combination skin. Those with dry skin will need to use an extra moisturizer before applying the BB Cream.

Hats off to L’Occitane because I believe that their first ever BB Cream launch is a true success and perfect for all women on the go who require a sublime nude finish to last throughout the day. Want to know something interesting? The launch of the BB Cream marks the first time that the brand has ever used a face in their advertising visuals! Well, half a face – but still a face!

L’Occitane’s Sublime Iris Angelica Ad Visual.
L’Occitane’s Sublime Iris Angelica Ad Visual.

The Sublime Essence Serum is available in 30 ml while the BB Cream is available in 40 ml. Both can be purchased at all L’Occitane stores!

Will you be purchasing any of these two? Are you currently using a bb cream or would you rather stick to the full coverage of a foundation?

 

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Review: Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick

My first beauty post! *squeal* Firstly, I want to thank my family and friends for the support shown to me during the first few hours (literally three hours ago) of this blog going live! Keep ’em coming! Now, let’s get down to business!

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Famous Fuchsia *
Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Famous Fuchsia *

Okay, so – a brand we all know and love, Bourjois, is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and the products they are releasing in honor of that are mostly all hits including the latest Shine Edition which is a continuation to the much loved Rouge Edition. I received the product in Famous Fuchsia which is a gorgeous shade of hot pink – the perfect summer color, don’t you think? But is it really all that or would you be wishing for your money back after your purchase? Let’s find out, shall we?!

The packaging is super sleek and the prettiness of the lipstick is just that – oh so pretty! I’m normally a wearer of colors with more depth and a matte effect however when I tried this one on, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it felt on my lips. The Shine Edition lipsticks are enriched with nourishing mango butter extracts that deliver up to 10 hours of smooth moisture which I greatly appreciate as most of the time I am so used to wearing a lip balm underneath lipsticks. If you tend to do that as well, I can assure you with these babies from Bourjois, you don’t have to! However, after a couple of hours (around 3, without food), the gloss begins to fade but it still leaves a lovely stain on your lips.

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Famous Fuchsia *
Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Famous Fuchsia *

So, let’s recap – a smooth, shiny lipstick that moisturizes in a super glossy and reflective packaging bringing summer’s colors straight to your lips! That’s What’s Up! I will definitely be purchasing the other available shades!

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