Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Entertainer Body App is Here! Want One?

I've already reviewed The Entertainer Dubai app,  an electronic version of the awesome 2-for-1 voucher book. But in case you're sitting there thinking something like 'food vouchers? BORING!', check this out...they also have the Entertainer Body which features hundreds and hundreds of spa, salon, gym and even beach club vouchers. Exciting!

I'm not going to go through the whole spiel about how awesome the Entertainer mobile products are. They basically give you the freedom to use your vouchers without having to carrying a giant book around. I've also been really impressed by how well trained all of the staff at the outlets are. I've used my app dozens of times and everyone always knows exactly what's going on.

What makes the Body book so exciting (apart from being able to use them at outlets like Tips and Toes, Anantara Spa and Zen Yoga) is that you don't even have to share them. You can pay for your first session and use your voucher to get the next one for free! Woohoo! Of course, you can still use the vouchers with someone else and split the discount.

The mobile version gives you access to 275,000AED of savings across Dubai (and there are also a few vouchers for Sharjah) right from your phone. So, it's definitely one worth checking out, especially if you're a little bit of a grooming enthusiast like me.

Sound interesting? Head over to my Facebook page to win your very own mobile Entertainer Body Book.
All you have to do is like the Pretty in the Desert page and share the photo! A winner will be chosen on the  27th! :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Winter Skin Saviors

Right, so those of you that live in Europe or North America (or even parts of Asia or Africa, for that matter) aren't allowed to laugh at me, but this winter has been incredibly chilly by Dubai standards. Chillier, rainier and grayer weather = some pretty moody skin.

My skin has been both breaking out and peeling. Quite a sexy combo, no? Anyway, through a lot of trial and error, I have managed to come up with a skincare routine that seems to be keeping both the acne and peeling at bay, kinda.

Purity Made Simple by Philosophy has been my favorite cleanser for a while now. I switch it up when it's super hot and sticky out, but usually, this cleanser gets the job done without stripping my skin or making it feel dry.

Dermalogica Microfoliant is a super gentle exfoliator that comes in a powder form. I've been using it on and off for a while, and find it's great for very gently buffing off rough skin without irritating acne. I use this a couple times a week, and I especially love using it before heading out at night. It makes my skin super soft and glowy!

REN Clarifying Toning Lotion is something that I've had for a while, but rediscovered after reading about its benefits on Caroline Hiron's blog. She advocates the use of a gently exfoliating toner and, so far, my skin's been loving it.

Wild Rose Beauty Balm by Neal's Yard Remedies is just lovely. It's a great 'ritual' type of product. The balm texture and floral scent make it seem ultra-luxe and spa-like. There are like a billion ways to use it. I use it as a cleanser (after taking off my makeup) with either a warm wash cloth or a konjac sponge, and I also like to apply it on the sides of my nose and around my mouth when those areas get chapped. I've also used a tiny bit as a super boost under my eyes.

I read about Konjac Sponges and found some at the Global Village, so I thought I'd give one a whirl and oh my goodness, they're awesome! They are made from konjac roots found in Japan and Korea and are sometimes sold wet. I bought a dry one because I thought the wet one was a bit gross looking, haha. You soak the sponge in hot water for a few minutes and it softens and becomes almost rubbery. I use mine with a cleanser or the Beauty Balm and it makes my skin feel so soft.

Eos Summer Fruit Lip Balm and Sarah Happ Brown Sugar Lip Scrub have saved my winter lips. The lip balm was a Christmas gift from my mom, she bought one for each of us when she was in the states (thanks, mom!) and I can totally see what all the fuss is about! It hydrates without making my lips feel sticky or slick. The lip scrub tastes AMAZING and is a must-have before all of the bold lipsticks I've been sporting this season.

The Allu Eye Serum is a product that I was sent to try out a couple of month's ago. I will blog about the whole range soon, because it has a really cool story behind it. The products were created by Dr. Samir Bute, who traveled from New York to Egypt after reading about an ancient Egyptian beauty secret. The eye serum is really light and I do feel like it's helping to tighten the area around my eyes a lot.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night Cream is something that has been getting pretty good reviews recently. I've been going for a very mild approach to my exfoliation and this night cream has just the right amount of glycolic acid to make me feel like my skin looks fresher every day. It's quite rich, so I literally use less than a pea-sized amount. Not only does my skin feel great, it has helped fade out some marks I had as well, so woohoo for that!

Well, there is my suuuuper long list of skincare products that I've been loving! I've got a body one coming soon haha :) In the meantime, what has your skin been loving?

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Very Special GlamBox

GlamBox is the region's premier subscription beauty box. To be totally honest, I'm not a huge fan of subscription boxes because I'd rather just spend my money on products that I already know I will like. Sometimes the products in subscription boxes can be a hit or a miss and basically, I'm just not a big fan of surprises! But I was invited to have a sneak peak at a very special GlamBox and was pretty impressed... Ladies, say hello to the Bliss Box.

The Bliss boxes are filled with seven Bliss products, including:

One Fabulous Foaming Wash - I have been trying this out, it's an exfoliating wash that might be a little too much for my drier, winter skin, but will absolutely come in handy around April!

One Bliss Triple Oxygen Face Mask - This one is a total must-have for a quick skin perk up.

One Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Cream - I've tried this a couple of times and it has a really lightweight texture and absorbs quickly, so it's great for hydrating without making your skin feel tacky.

Two That's Incredi-'peel' packs - I haven't used these yet, but I will be trying them out this week, so keep an eye on my Instagram for a quick review!

One Soapy Suds in either lemon+sage or blood orange+white pepper - I received the lemon and sage one, which is very fresh and clean. Not totally my cup of tea, but if you like fresh scents, you will love this one. It seems like it would be great for waking you up in the morning.

One Body Butter in either lemon+sage or blood orange+white pepper - The body butters are rich and make my skin soo soft. Again, not such a huge fan of the scent, but they still get the job done, regardless.

If you would like to get your hands on this special edition Glambox, you'll need to subscribe on before the 20th of February. The boxes start at 80AED per month, for three months.

And, if you use the code "GlamAseya", you'll get 20% off! Just enter the voucher code when you get to the checkout page. The code is valid for two months, so you can use it even if you miss the Bliss box.

Let me know if you end up ordering the boxes! :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Acuvue 30 Day Challenge Results

You've hopefully already read my post about Acuvue's 30 Day Challenge that I recently took part in. The challenge involved trying their daily contact lenses while I try out new experiences. So, here's what happened!

The first challenge was a one and a half hour yoga class at Zen Yoga in the Town Center. Raise your hands if you know how frustrating it is when your glasses fall off during the downward dog! That's actually a problem I have quite a bit, haha. I wore these contacts and because they are disposable, I could just throw them out at the end of the class. I really love daily contact lenses because you don't have to worry about cleaning and storing them. Just pop them out and throw them in the trash when you're done.

Another bummer about working out with glasses on is that they always fog up when I get all sweaty! And I sweat a lot, thanks to genetics. I'm now totally converted to wearing contact lenses whenever I work out.

Sweaty and makeup-less, but I can see!
The second experience I had was a makeover at MAC. To be totally honest, I was a bit nervous about this because my eyes tend to water a LOT when someone else does my makeup. But I powered through for the sake of beauty! I had my makeup done by one of the trainers and I requested a subtle smokey eye and plum lip that I thought would be perfect for winter.

I will one day learn the art of the 'selfie'
The whole process took about 30-40 minutes. It started with a light spray of Fix+ and then the eyes were done (I had my eyes closed so I didn't really pay attention haha) before the base was put on. I asked for a really light base because I'm not a fan of heavy foundation. There was some light contouring and cream and powder highlighters, which I LOVED. Then it was time for the lips, which I am obsessed with! She used Currant liner on my lip line and the smudged in Ruby Woo. What a great mix!

All the makeup! On my wishlist are the foundation, lipstick and that loose bronzing powder, it was soo pretty!
I also had some false lashes put on, which I was pretty concerned about. I was afraid I'd react to the glue or it would bug my contacts. But nope! It was perfectly fine. The whole process was a blast and there was no watering, redness or irritation at all. Yay! :)

Well there you have it, my Acuvue 30 Day Challenge results! I have totally converted. My eyes don't get as dry as they do with monthly contacts and I am super pleased that they didn't water when I got my makeup done!

Do you wear contacts? What brand do you normally wear? If you'd like more information on the contact lenses that I wear, please check out :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Jane Iredale Glamour Palette

Jane Iredale Glamour Eye and Lip Palette
Even from a purely visual point of view, the Jane Iredale Glamour Eye and Lip Palette is a winner. Sleek enough to fit in your clutch? Check. Gorgeous, totally on-trend rose gold packaging? Check. Open it up to find that this little beauty houses enough makeup to get you through the year? Hells freaking yeah.

When you open up the palette, you are greeted by 15 of Jane Iredale's best-selling lipsticks.  We already know what a fan I am of Jane's lipsticks, so I will spare you the lecture and move on to the swatches. There are 15 juicy shades to take you from super nude to uber daring. I am personally a fan of the cherry red and girlie pink shades. The thing about these is that they layer really well, so you can definitely build them up if, like me, your lipstick philosophy is 'go big or go home'.

So once you've gotten past the lipsticks, you can open the palette up a little more to...surprise! 15 eye shadows!

Having never tried Jane Iredale shadows before, I wasn't totally sure what to expect. There's a pretty good mix of pale frosty shades and bright, intense ones, which makes this palette perfect for jetsetters who like to travel light (if you are one of those people, please share how you do it in the comments!).

This palette was originally released as part of their Gilded and Gifted Holiday Collection, but I think it would make a really great Valentine's Day gift, don't you think?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My New Year's Resolutions for 2014

*insert cheesy cliché about a new year and new beginnings here*

As much as I make fun of other people's resolutions, I do believe that a new year brings lots of great stuff. Mainly, another 12 months to get your sh*t together. 

2013 was a pretty good year for me. I managed to travel a little and learn lots about myself (for instance, it turns out that I am afraid of the dark, who knew?). I also got to witness one of my best friends get married and another one get engaged. Plus, I joined Dubai Roller Derby, AKA the Big Love of My Life, and started making money as a makeup artist.  While there were definitely a few low points, 2013 was absolutely one of the best years of the decade. 

Which is why I'm so excited for 2014! I feel like I managed to really push myself last year and I am going to use that jumping point to push myself even further this year.

On that note, I thought I'd share a few of my "resolutions", which are mainly just there to make sure I don't just sit on my ass all day.

Totally posing in my friend's kitchen, because I'm cool like that. 2013 was also the year that I discovered pink hair, and I will NEVER. LOOK. BACK.

Aseya's 2014 Resolutions

1. Stop being so afraid of things. Stop worrying that you're not good enough to have the things you want. If there's something you want, just go and get it. Because otherwise, someone else will and you will end up pouting. Which we all know gives you wrinkles. 

2. Try not to procrastinate so much. Make a to-do list and stick to it. Get rid of the more uncomfortable things first.

3. Be better at time management. It shouldn't take two hours to write a blog post, as long as you avoid Pinterest and Youtube. Also, maybe get rid of Temple Run, it's a terrible time-waster. 

4. Organize your closets and keep them that way. Hopefully this will avoid the dreaded 'OMG, I have nothing to wear, so I'm going to stay home tonight' issue.
5. Blog more regularly. Put together a blog schedule and stick to it.

6. Touching on number 5, start that gosh darned YouTube Channel that people are waiting for. Geez, you've been talking about it for almost two years now.

7. Become one of Dubai Roller Derby's best skaters. It's going to be hard, because we've got so many talented, dedicated skaters already, but I think I can do it if I push myself hard enough. I joined last January and went from dragging myself along the fence to actually training some of the newer skaters, so it's definitely possible!

I'm sure that I'm forgetting some stuff, but these are the ones that come to mind first. Let me know what you think and please share some of your resolutions with me! Happy 2014, everyone!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last-minute Christmas Gift Guide

You've left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and now you're freaking out. Sound familiar? Now, I'm not gonna point fingers (totally pointing at myself) but if you are running around town looking for easy gifts that you know people are going to looove, I thought I'd help you out with some gifts from my favorite brands. I know, I'm amazing.

1. There are tons of awesome Dr. Hauschka gifts at the Organic Foods and Cafe. My favorite is the Dream of Roses set, which comes with Rose Nurturing Body Wash, Rose Body Oil, Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Rose Soap.

2. 'Tis the season for glitter, glitter and more glitter! Sephora Glittering Eye Duo comes with a pot of glitter and a primer. I am obsessed with silver sparkle right now and this one is beautiful. Plus, the primer makes sure it won't budge.

3. Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel gives you a hint of color and just the right amount of gold shimmer. Say hello to perfectly bronzed pins throughout the year. 

4. How adorable is this makeup bag from Marc By Marc Jacobs? So cute that  I want one in every color! This is definitely a gift that any woman would love to find under the tree.

5. This Gift of Glamour box from Eternel Clinic is perfect for your fussier friends and family. It contains a bunch of different products, including Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging serum, Prevention + Matte Moisturizer SPF 32, The Max Creme and Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement. Not bad for 500AED!

6. Picture Polish is a fun, new polish brand that has quickly garnered the attention of beauty lovers around the world. It is super, super new to Dubai (as in less than a week!) so these are a fantastic gift for beauty lovers who like to be ahead of the crowd. Now available at Bloomingdales.

7. Eight beautiful eye-shadows in a glittery palette from Sephora sounds like a winning combo to me! I've swatched these and they are gorgeous. Plus, the packaging is sleek, black and soo glittery! Too pretty to refuse.

8. If anyone on your list is a nail-biter, head to your nearest Sally Hansen stand and pick up a couple of their Miracle products. I've been using the serum myself and loving the results!

Let me know if you decide to give any of these products to someone this Christmas. What is on your wishlist this year? I have had such an amazing year and I really can't think of anything that I need. I'm sure I'll come up with a bunch of stuff once the holidays are over!

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