Saturday, September 13, 2014


I'm always in an obstinate battle with my bottles of nail varnish. There's always something lacking in the trifecta of formula, colour and wearability. One brand may have amazing shades, but the formula is runny and streaky. I love the just-right thickness of this line, but the teeny weeny brush was made for elf hands and my giant paws drop it on the carpet between every pass-over.

The brand that I've liked the most so far? Not available in my region. Sad trombone.

Luckily, when you lose out on access to some of your favourites, you will find replacements you would have not normally come across. For me, my new favourite polish was to be found in the gaping maw of cosmetics behemoth, Sephora. Formula X is the newish reincarnation of Sephora's home brand line of polishes, released not just in cooler, sleeker packaging, but with a metric shit-ton of new colours, corralled into different subgroups. There's (the all fairly self-explanatory) 'The New Classics', 'The New Neutrals' and the speccy topcoats in 'The Effects', with their own thirteen sub-subgroups. 

With so many shade on offer, it's great to know that the jump in quantity hasn't affected the quality. The formula is so good, it makes my mouth water. Thick enough for a bead of polish to just chill out on the tip of your brush, but smooth and fluid enough to slink across your nail bed in a single stroke of the wonderfully flared brush. Ummff. 

I tried out Ignite, a brighter-thatn-in-the-bottle "smoking red" from The Classics. As always, ignore my shoddy application skills - this girl is not a born-polisher.

And Alive, a creamy peach from their limited edition Spring collection.

The formulas both took just two coats, and lasted about three days on me before chipping (believe me, that's a lot for what I put my hands through), while the specs and hexs effects I tried lasted at least a week. I also used the Formula X "System", a three-step cleansing, priming and top coat ritual. While it would't replace my beloved Seche Vite, and I found the cleansing step a little redundant, I loved the high gloss finish of the top coat although it lacked the uber-fast drying time of SV.

Do I rate it? You bet your sweet bippy I do.

AED 49 / BHD 5 / QAR 49 / KWD 3.75 for a 12 ml bottle, exclusive to Sephora.
I'm assuming this line will hit Australia when the chain finally makes it to your shores.

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.

Saturday, March 8, 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.

Tuesday, January 14, 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.

Thursday, December 26, 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.