Summer Beauty Prep

OK, here's the thing. I live in Dubai. And in Dubai, our summers get pretty brutal. Like 'sandstorms all over the place, 45/113 degree heat and 80% humidity' brutal. Summer in Dubai does have it's pros; most people leave the city, which means rush hour is less of a drag and the stores are less likely to sell out of items on your list.

This summer, I'm one of the people leaving the city. I'll be hitting up Europe for a few weeks, and I can't wait. Being the major planner that I am, I started prepping for my trip a while ago, and I thought I'd share some of my favorite summer beauty prep products!

Body Brush. Body brushing is something I've done (though not as much as I'd like to) since I learned about it in beauty school. The basics are simple and all you need is a natural bristle body brush. I use this one, but the Body Shop also makes some really good ones with a longer handle for easier use.

The best time to use your body brush is right before you hop into the shower. Lightly brush your skin in long strokes towards your heart to increase circulation and help drain toxins. Lots of people (myself included) swear by body brushing's ability to minimize cellulite. Whether or not this works for everyone, pretty much everyone will love the super smooth, just-back-from the spa soft skin that you get with body brushing.

Nip+Fab Body Bust Fix. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. It gets great reviews, but I was still skeptical. I didn't notice any major lifting or firming (but hey, you can only expect so much when you wear an F cup), but I did love how it left my skin feeling softer and plumper with regular use. I definitely think it's worth a shot for the price. Check it out here.

Pixi Skintreats Glow Peel Pads. Confession time: I didn't totally love the infamous Pixi Glow Tonic. It just didn't give me the bang I wanted, or the elusive glow that I had read so much about. But then Halima raved about the pads and I had to give them a go. I don't use them every day because I'm on prescription retinoids, but once I was able to add them back into my routine (usually twice a week), OH BOY. Sometimes, I actually wake up in the morning and stare at my skin for a while. It's smooth, even and so soft that I have to remind myself not to stroke my face in public. Order them here.

Neoteric Silk Wrap Body Lotion. I recently decided that I'm not into hoarding products anymore. What I am into are products with ingredients that work. This body lotion contains 12% glycolic acid, making it an excellent softener. I also like it because glycolic acid is great for collagen production. Now, I'm not in love with the packaging, because it exposes the glycolic acid to too much oxygen and sunlight (it has been recently refromulated and repackged). But despite all of that, I have noticed that my skin is much softer and some of the scars I have on my legs have seriously lightened. Check out the new packaging here.

Sebastian Penetraitt Masque. This one is a true testament to the power of samples. I got a sample of this and was so impressed that I almost instantly went and ordered the biggest bottle I could find. It makes my uber-bleached hair hair soft and silky, and smells great. I ordered mine from here.

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey And Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. An impulse buy from Sally's, this turned out to be one of my favorite hair products of the year. I actually like to use it as a leave-in conditioner, I rub a little bit between my palms and gently scrunch it into my ends. It smells amaaaaaaaazing, makes my hair feel super soft, and seems to work great at controlling frizz when I decide to let my natural texture run wild. Order it right here.

New In: Adidas Originals Superstar With Floral Trim

It would appear that my theme for Christmas 2015 is Treat Yo Self. 2015 has been a weird year, and I felt like I kinda deserved a few treats. One of which, I'm really excited about because it's my first Net-A-Porter experience, and my first real foray into the wonderful world of sneakers. 

I came across these Adidas Originals Superstars and pretty much fell in love. Obviously, as a living, breathing human being, I've seen loads of celebrities wearing white sneakers and I've come across dozens of pins on Pinterest. I like these ones because the floral trim gives them a bit of a feminine touch, but the colors are neutral enough that they won't really clash with much. They're made of leather, which I'm hoping means they'll be easy to clean, because I'm pretty terrible at adulting and am constantly making a mess. 

I found these ones on the American Net-a-porter site $80 (AED 293), which was cheaper than on the UK site, where they were £65 (AED 355), and on ASOS, where they were £67 (AED 366). I used standard shipping and were delivered to me (via Shop and Ship) in about six days.

Here's a link to the shoes, let me know if you get a pair!

The New Look Jumpsuit

Call them what you want; jumpsuits, playsuits, one-pieces, I love 'em. I also love black, and I love blouses with collars, so it's pretty accurate to say it was love at first sight with this New Look jumpsuit.

Old Navy Is In Dubai!

 Raise your hands if you're excited that there's finally and Old Navy store in Dubai! *Raises both hands*. We didn't have many American clothing stores when I was growing up, but now we have the Gap, Banana Republic, Forever 21, and even a 7-Eleven. Oh, and we have an Old Navy now, too!

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A Guide to Shedd - A Shopping App For Dubai

Have you guys heard of Shedd? It's this really cool app that I've been spending way too much time on lately. The basic gist is that you can shop from other users; it's a little like a fashion flea market in an app, but much, much fancier. And selling on it is really easy as well, you just upload your items and people can contact you to buy your stuff.
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