Friday, July 25, 2014


Howdy! It's been a while in between drinks, I know….. to the point where I forgot my Blogger password, and missed that bit where my image host changed from free to subscription (so please excuse any missing images until I hunt down the source pics again). Forgive the not-at-all high quality pics, I'm stumping these up with the finesse and clarity only an oft-dropped iPhone 4 can offer.

At the moment, I'm straddling (heh) that line between writing for my old country and my new one. Hopefully I'll be able to give you content that is relevant to both of my homes.

I'm going to get back into the swing of things with a nifty new product review of something that's available in both Australia and the Middle East (I heart you, international shipping).

Babe Scrub is a newish brand that's Aussie based, with a super simple concept. 

Babe Body Scrub

The scrub comes dry, in a zip-lock style sachet. Just hop in the shower and add water to a small handful use on wet skin and buff away in a circular motion to work away rough skin.

The line currently has three versions.

Babe Green Tea Body Scrub

No.1 Green Tea Body Scrub

This one both looks and smells like matcha powder. I do as the instructions dictate, rubbing a small scoop all over and leaving it to rest while I attend to the rest of my shower routine...

…before rinsing off. I feel super smooth, and there's no residue making this one an excellent choice to prep for a fake tan application. 

Babe Coffee Body Scrub

No.2 Coffee Body Scrub

I largely suspect this one is made of coffee grounds and salt mixed together, but it smells amazing, so I don't really care. I rubbed it on my face too - very gently! - and may have accidentally got some in my mouth. A+ salty coffee taste, would consume again. 

I'm not sure if it's ridding me of my cellulite, but that's mostly because I absolutely refuse to check out the backs of my thighs. Ignorance, bliss etc etc.

Watch out when you apply and rinse this one, as I flicked ittle bittle pieces of coffee all over the bathroom without even realising it.

Babe Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub

No.3 Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub

This is a sweet and salty smelling mix, made up of salt, sugar and a splash of almond oil and some essential oils. I've been digging into this one after my early morning gym sessions (I KNOW, RIGHT. WHO AM I?) and it's really helped take my muscles down a few notches from "I'm dying, I'm dying, oh no" to "I'm dying, but also feeling wetter and more relaxed about it".
This is a rougher scrub, and I would really not recommend using it after shaving, because you're sure to have nicked something, somewhere, like that arsehole space behind your knee, which guarantees you working a big chunks of salt into it like two minutes later. Not cool.
But aside from that, it does a good job smoothing away dead skin, and doubles as a bath soak.

Do I rate it? I'd liken these to a instant version of a homemade scrub - instead of measuring out and mixing something up yourself, you have the option of buying Babe Scrub all ready to roll. It does the job well, and is pleasant if not a bit messy to use. Plus it ships internationally!

Babe Scrub retails for AUD$21.95/Dhs76 for 200g from their website.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fragrance Haul | L'Artisan Parfumeur

One of the nice things about Dubai (believe me, I've got a whole lotta not so nice things saved up for a future post) is the availability of beauty products not normally so easily accessible in Australia.

Say, for example, the full range of L'Artisan Parfumeur perfumes, candles and other scented goodies contained within this shop in The Dubai Mall.

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Terrible phone pic, but you get the idea

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Plus all these Penhaligon's!

Another nice thing about Dubai? When things are discontinued or given new packaging, they are not shunted back to the brand or manufacturer, or chucked in a back room to gather dust, or nicked by shady employees. They are put on sale at a heavy discount. Like, a real discount, none of this piddly 10% bullshit.

So when I spotted a stack of perfume boxes with a little 'SALE' sign perch atop, you better believe I went in and bought as many perfumes my hot little hands could carry back onto the metro. So out of character for me, I know.

My haul of seven perfumes and a candle included my favourite perfume ever Tea For Two, which I managed to snag two bottles of following its discontinuation just before I left Australia, one an unlidded tester bottle from the supplier's PR, the other the very last bottle in Elizabeth St David Jones, for an eye-watering A$190. The most I've spent on a single bottle, especially for one that had spent the last God knows how long sweltering under the shop's bright lights.

I snapped up my 100ml bottles of the coveted Tea For Two and Mimosa Pour Moi (how could I not want a fragrance with that name!) in Dubai for a mere Dhs150, which converts to about A$50. The tomato plant candle was a teeny Dhs70 (A$25ish), as were the 50ml perfumes below.

The Pour Un Été, Poivre Piquant, Coeur De Vetiver Sacre, Fleur De Liane and Passage D'Enfer were all nabbed for a song, just because they have been discontinued or the packaging is being revamped - something LAP does quite often.

The ever-changing packaging of course meant that my bottles didn't quite match up, but who cares when the juice is that good!

This OTT haul takes my LAP count up to eleven full size bottles, making up just under half of my perfume collection. I guess this is the part where I shamefully confess that although I culled my perfume collection down to five full size bottles to take over to the Middle East, three months later I somehow have somehow have 28 full sizes and a handful of samples sitting in my cupboard. Not even sorry.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robots That Appreciate Your Face - featuring Tanda Clear+, Clarisonic and PMD Microderm

Zomg, you guys. Yes, I know I've been away. It's because I've been cheating on the internet with Real Life, and being an adult and having a job and stuff. But my industry is super fun, and I love it, so fear not, it is not as dire as it seems. If you follow my Twitter, or Instagram, you've probably noticed I've taken a full time role at a Middle Eastern women's lifestyle magazine title. I've also been doing a bit of beauty freelance, because, hey they've got real good taste in beauty features here.
I have an awesome (read: HUUUUUUGE) haul from L'Artisan Perfumerie I need to show off to you, and will deffo have that up later this week, but for now, here's something I wrote for Cosmo that got buried
Read on to find why spending an evening with a vibrating shaft has never been so productive!
Oh yeah, you saw what I did there.

PMD Personal Microderm Tool Kit ($179.00)
Imagine a stubbly octopus, all eight tentacles a-waving. Now imagine that happy little squid attached to your face, suckering and gently sandpapering your skin to a gloriously smooth surface. That's exactly what the PMD Personal Microderm feels like, albeit described in maybe the most off-putting way ever. Squid-face aside, the suspiciously-shaped electrical tool performs microdermabrasion with aluminium-oxide crystals and suction to coax off tired old skin cells, revealing a long-weekend-at-the spa kind of facade.

Clarisonic Skin Care System Classic Plus ($269.00)
I know what you're thinking! “Oh thanks, Michaela, you want to tell me how to wash my face, like anyone needs help with that.” Well, shush, you do need help, and once you try the Clarisonic or Mia, its cute travel version($149.00), you'll see that this shower-safe brush really makes a difference in softly scrubbing off grungy make-up and pollution build up and clearing out blackheads. Use daily and never look back. Mine is super grotty after three months, so heed the packaging's advice for once and switch the heads out about four times a year.

Tanda Clear+ ($195.00)
Urgh, acne. Whoever said it's a teenage thing was a dirty shameless liar, and obviously with their own deeply ingrained personal issues. Now I'm in the adult world, unseemly breakouts just won't cut the mustard. Luckily, unlike pimply teen Michaela, I have the Tanda Clear+ zit zapper at my disposal. The blue lights calms angry redness and sends back pimples to 2002 (not my best year face-wise).

Friday, December 27, 2013

Your nifty gift solution from Fresh Flowers

Being in Dubai, it's hard for me to fly back home to catch up with my friends for birthdays (yay, cake!), engagements (actually, there's too many of these happening right now), and weddings (SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS, STOP IT). So what to do when you're away, and want to express your jealousy love to your friends back home, or perhaps even get a gift for your awesome girlfriend who moved away from her rapidly less single friends to Dubai to be with you? Like for Valentine's Day, which happens to be February 14th every year so forgetting it is so not a valid option, seriously, men of the world.

Ahem, anyway. The one gift that is guaranteed to get an email of appreciation? A gorgeous, big ole bunch of roses! Fresh Flowers is your go-to for same-day delivery bouquets. Just give them a quick phone call on 13 37 37 or online order and, POW! your specially selected bouquet will rock up at the recipient's door (or workplace if you want to make every one in their office super jelly, and I know you do).

To test out their service, I had a bunch of roses sent out to my super babe ex-housemate, Shivaun (who you can find over at her new site named after all the good things,  Gin & Liberty). 

The totally lush, flawless roses come in a sweetly chic carton - no tacky cellophane here! - and have extra long stems for ease of display. Don't they look gorgeous?

Just make sure your bestie/sexytime friend doesn't go overboard with the Instagramming. I know they look amazing casually arranged next to your cup of increasingly cooling tea and copy of Oyster, but you get TWO photos max before I start giving some some major side eye.

Hit up Fresh Flowers for your next gift in a pinch sitch, or when you inevitably forget Valentine's Day again (SERIOUSLY, dudes!) and need a quick same day delivery (just order before 1pm!).

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are still my own. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.