Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tried, Tested and LOVED: Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion

I have the frizziest hair in the world and no matter how mild my shampoo is and no matter which mask I use, more often than not, my hair ends up looking like a hay stack. Apart from the frizz, I've been "blessed" with extremely fine hair. No matter what styling product I use, too little, and it won't work and too much, it gets greasy and weighed down.

 But I have finally found the solution to my problem hair!!!! A few months ago, I tried the Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion for the first time and I loved it so much that it has become my favourite hair product ever!

I use this oil on my wet hair after every wash and on dry hair whenever I want to style or condition it. Even though the bottle says 2-3 squeezes of the stuff is enough, my dry, frizzy hair can take more of this stuff and doesn't feel weighed down or greasy...that is something I love the most about this's not at all greasy!

The oil contains Roucou oil from the Amazon which, according to the Davines website, is "rich in restructuring, growth-stimulating  and anti-oxidant  properties."

It's so good that Allure gave it the Best in Beauty 2012 award.

Here's an OI / Oil tutorial by Angelo Seminara that you might find useful too.

A 135ml bottle of Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion retails for 149 AED and is available in the following salons in the UAE:

Galina's beauty salon- Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Saratoga bldg. Dubai UAE 04-341885
Diva ladies beauty salon- Shop No. 2 Icon Tower Tecom New Media City, Dubai UAE 04-4227272
Radiance beauty center- Bawadi Mall Al Ain, UAE 03-7550900
Famous Beauty Salon - Villa No. 796 Jumeirah Beach Road Dubai, UAE 04-3282755
Thai Privilege Spa - Uttamah Villas #1047, Al Wasl Road, Dubai 043489678
Timeless Spa - Terminal 3 Dubai International Airport, Dubai UAE 04-2244000

Thursday, October 11, 2012

La Vela Candles

I love coming across brands that are locally produced, handmade and are of the best possible quality. One such product is La Vela Candles made by Dubai based Lakshmi Sukumaran. I met Lakshmi a couple of months ago, and have been meaning to blog about her beautiful candles, but not before I had experienced their fragrance and burning by myself. I finally bought one and was really impressed! 

 La Vela Candles are made using 100% soywax. Soywax candles are Eco friendly, cleaner burning, longer lasting than paraffin candles. They are biodegradable and water soluble. La Vela candles even use lead free wicks.

Lakshmi also creates candles for weddings, party favours, with personalized labels, etc.
You can get your hands on a La Vela Candle by contacting Lakshmi at +971507945659. They are also available at a few selected boutiques around Dubai.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey revisited

I've been obsessing over my favourite model from the swinging sixties Jean Shrimpton, and while going through her photos online, I came across this shot by New York based photographer Ken Mogzolov, who has recreated a photo of Jean Shrimpton taken by photographer David Bailey (who she also had a relationship with at one time) in the year 1960. 

I just had to share this with my readers.
Photo: Source
2012 Photo credits: Model: Alexandra Palmer | MUA & Hair: Takashi Ashizawa | Photographer: Ken Mogzolov | Location: New York

I thought I would also share some other gorgeous photos of Jean that I've found online.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Garnier BB Cream

 Last month, in conjunction with the regional launch of its BB Cream, Garnier Arabia sent me a couple of samples to try out.

Frankly, this was my first BB, or blemish balm cream ever and I didn't know what to expect.
Once blended, The Garnier BB Cream has a nice, light texture, and gives enough coverage for day time use. I tried it on after using my cleaner and toner in the morning but didn't like the result much as it made my face look a little chalky. But once I added a layer of my daily moisturizer under it and a dusting of powder over it once it had settled, I loved it! What I loved most about the cream is how I was able to hide my dark circles without looking too "made up".

The only cons that I could think of was it only comes in two shades, Light and Medium.
But as an affordable BB Cream that gives adequate coverage, this is a good buy.

Garnier BB Cream is now available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and pharmacies across the GCC.

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Light (L) and Medium (R) swatches 
Light (L) and Medium (R) creams after blending