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What’s for Breakfast? A Bite of the Benefit Beauty Box

Good morning lovelies,

So, I had an awful night yesterday; I kept waking up after having really weird dreams! I probably had around 4 different dreams last night but I can only remember two of them which I am going to share with you now. What’s the point of having a blog if you can’t disclose such things right? And I need to get it out there and share with somebody so I am picking YOU!

So, at around 4 am, I woke up after having a dream that I woke up due to a terrible pain in my eye. When I looked into the mirror, one of my eyes was BLUE! So basically, I was walking around with one scary blue eye and one green eye! Freaked me out! I had a Uni-Eye at one point too. -_-

Moving on to the other really weird dream – I woke up at around 5 am after having a dream that sorta went like this: Me getting out of bed with an empty stomach and feeling famished.  So what did I do? I walked towards the kitchen, opened the refrigerator and took out a box that was filled with makeup! Yes, you read correctly! So what was in it? A Benefit brow kit ( I don’t know if they have those, but they did in my dream), a couple of pencils and a blush. What did I do next? Well, I introduced the very pigmented eyebrow pencils to my mouth! (Talk about being a makeup junkie, huh?) Who has dreams like that? To be honest, I have tons and tons of weird dreams but eating makeup, oh my! I probably could use a little “help”. 

When I finally woke up for good, I noticed that it could have been due to excitement. See, I am a subscriber to Glambox which is a monthly beauty box filled with deluxe sized samples that are delivered to your door. I’ve been a subscriber for almost 2 years now if I am not mistaken. I am not entirely sure. Anyway, their July box featured a Philosophy exclusive. You would know that if you read my Best of July post. If you didn’t know that, then I’ve only got this to say – WHY AREN’T YOU READING MY POSTS? Haha! Nah, I am not a shouter – so let’s rephrase –  if you didn’t know that, now you know! :-) Glambox’s upcoming August box is going to be a–wait for it–Benefit exclusive box! Hurray!!!

When you register with Glambox, you need to fill in a beauty profile that will help them to better customize boxes according to your age and skin etc. (They haven’t really gotten around to doing this just yet but they will in the near future) So, when I was asked the question: What brands would you like to see in your Glambox? Benefit was my answer and I am so glad to finally see a completely exclusive Benefit beauty box.

So what does this box have in store for you? Well, it looks a little like this!! 

GlamBox Special Edition Benefit Box - August 2013
GlamBox Special Edition Benefit Box – August 2013


The Cha Cha Tint –  a mango tinted stain to blush lips and cheeks.

They’re Real Mascara – lengthens, curls and adds volume. I’ve been hearing so much about this mascara so I cannot wait to try and test it!

The POREfessional – One of Benefit’s star products that minimizes pores and fine lines. It’s also one of my absolute favorites.

Total Moisture Face Cream – I haven’t tried this yet but I am dying to since I’ve never tried any of Benefit’s skincare products.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow – An oil-free brightening liquid foundation with added SPF25. Another one of my favorites. :-)

Benefit is a super fun brand with awesome packaging and product names. I truly appreciate the creativity and quality of all their products. If you are not familiar with Benefit, this would be the perfect time to get to know the brand and its wonderful creations by just subscribing to Glambox.

To find out more about subscription details, please visit www.glambox.me and be sure to register and subscribe before August 16th in order to get this particular box! Oh and they’ve got this thing called Glampoints – if you collect enough, it entitles you to either 5, 10 or 20% off any purchase in their e-store. You can get Glampoints by referring people to subscribe (among other things), so if you decide to do so, then register at this unique link https://www.glambox.me/account/login?sid=25808 and be sure to leave a comment and let me know – help a sister out, will ya?! 




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!

Boots Haul 03
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! 

Boots Haul 04
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?



Here I am: An Introduction

Hello, hello!

Firstly, thank you for stopping by! :) The name’s Ylova (e-lo-va) and for the past 4 years, I’ve been working as an assistant editor for one of the most luxurious and unique magazine titles in Dubai, UAE and continue to do so. Through my experience of being a beauty and fashion editor among other things, I’ve fallen in love with cosmetics…even more. To be honest, I have started many of these blogs before but due to the demanding life I lead, I always ended up hitting “Permanently delete”. No more! With some awesome time management skills, I’m sticking with you, ya hear?!

This is something that I would like to share with all of you wonderful people worldwide interested in all things dainty & delightful, just as I am. There’s nothing like spritzing a perfume on your skin and having the scent of it transport you back to a distant memory, am I right? There’s also nothing like painting your lips and nails in a color that picks you up when you are battling Monday blues. With this blog, I aim to share my personal reviews of  cosmetics that I try. Is it worth the money or the trashcan?  (If you’re looking for a quick bad hair day fix, I’m here for you!) But that’s not all; Dainty & delightful doesn’t just stop at cosmetics; I will be sharing my thoughts on and reviews of music, movies, food and my personal experiences around Dubai.

Without further ado, (and perhaps boring you with this long intro) I welcome you to Dainty & Delightful to discover the musings of a beauty addict, dreamer, music enthusiast, poet and a lover of Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe!  Thank you for taking the time to read this. :)

Here I am, meet me as before and more again, I won’t let my endings keep me from you again.



P.s  – I know, I know… what more could I possibly add to that long introduction but here’s the thing – I’d like to thank my family and friends for supporting me with this blog especially my sister, Tanya and brother, Shane for designing this very dainty and delightful website! ^-^