3 Minute Makeup With Boots Middle East

27 Aug

I actually don’t wear much makeup, not because I’m not fond of it, but because its so time-consuming that I find myself not bothering, unless I really have to. I mean, when you’re up for a meeting at work, you’re more focused on your documents and your presentations, not on how your eyebrows are looking, right?

But then again, you don’t want to look like something the cat just dragged through the conference room so I’ve devised a 3-minute express make-up routine that you can do literally anywhere, anytime for early morning meetings, emergency dates or ‘OMG this ridiculously good looking man just walked in’ situations.

So we’ll start with the grumpy Tuesday morning face and work our way up.

Not a morning person, clearly. No make face

Not a morning person, clearly. No make face

Step One: After cleansing the face (I used the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin foaming cleanser- excellent pick-me up, by the way), evenly apply an all-in-one BB cream that will effectively prim, moisturize and protect against sun damage -SPF 25 atleast. (30 seconds)
I used Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, translucent BB cream , the best in the market for a superb finish.

Step Two: Tricky one- the eyeliner. Make sure you take two or three deep breaths, keep calm and apply your liner in one clean sweep. To make things easier, use a felt tip liner instead of a liquid one, because we all know what can happen with a small twich/blink of the eye or shaking of the hand. While you’re at it, groom the eyebrows with a gel or filling them in with a brown eyebrow pencil. I used No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip eyeliner( 1 minute)

My beauty arsenal from Boots Middle East

My beauty arsenal from Boots Middle East

Step Three: A pop of color on the cheeks goes a long way to brighten the face and look instantly fresher. Make a wide grin and add some blush exactly on the apples of your cheeks, stroking upwards, towards your temples ( 30 seconds). I used No7 blush palette in earth tones with a touch of pink- perfect for day makeup.

Step Four: Finish with a bold lipper –  I usually don’t bother with the whole lip-liner, lip pencil, lipstick routine- just swipe your lips with a dash of color and moisture in one easy applicator. Try the one I used- It literally takes 30 seconds for a hot pout –No7 BB Lips (SPF 15).

Ta-da! the transformation is complete: In under 3 minutes!

Ta-da! the transformation is complete: In under 3 minutes!

Step Five: What’s not to like about flirty lashes?  I have very scanty, non sexy lashes so I’ve always needed a lot of help in that department. More volume and length, yes please! Doll-like fanned out lashes? OMG where have you been? I used Fanomenal Lashes from No7- just one coat and you’re good to go (15 seconds)

Total time taken: 2 minutes 45 seconds.
What? You still have 15 seconds to spare?
Take a selfie!

* All products used are from Boots Middle East. Their new Facebook page has a whole lot of contests, makeup tricks/ tips and tons of fun stuff. Go over and LIKE already!

Banana Republic Collaborates With Roland Mouret

25 Aug

The classic American Banana Republic now has a French connection. As far as designer collaborations go, this one is one of the sharpest, with French designer, Roland Mouret’s  signature sleek and chic twist. The 25 piece capsule collection includes dresses, skirts, and shirts for women in Banana Republic’s ‘Sloan’, contour stretch fabric. The collection is absolutely flattering, thanks to its precision fit –perfect for that classic fit- and-flare silhouette for the upcoming autumn winter and holiday seasons.

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaborate on limited edition capsule collection

The French designer has been making dresses for women for the past 15 years spanning New York, London and Paris. Mouret is best known for his feminine, hourglass fitted dresses, which have become a favorite among Hollywood stars. In 2006, he became a household name when A-listers first wore his famous Galaxy dress on the red carpet.

“Partnering with Banana Republic on this project was such an adventure for me,” says Roland Mouret, founder and designer of his namesake label. “The common goal for this collection is to offer incredible fit through an assortment of hourglass silhouettes using Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric, extending my love of structure into accessible prices. These pieces are multifunctional for the modern woman to wear and accessorize in her own way, making her always ready for life’s journey.”

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Dresses from the Banana Republic X Roland Mouret collection

Key details include bold color blocking, graphic perforated details, leopard prints, playful proportions and svelte cuts on everything from blazers and pencil skirts to sheath dresses. Prices range from 275 AED/QAR, 21 KD to 595 AED/QAR 46KD.

I fell in love with a navy cropped blazer which I simply had to pick up from the Banana Republic store at The Dubai Mall. Considering this is a limited edition piece and the extraordinary cut, it’s an absolute steal. The fit at the shoulders and around the arms, and the cut at the waist is unmatched and I cannot wait to spruce up my fall outfits with this chic number.

My pick from the Banana Republic x Roland Mouret collection: AED 550

My pick from the Banana Republic x Roland Mouret collection: AED 550

The collection is now available in Banana Republic stores worldwide and online.

Glambox Unboxed: August

24 Aug

The August Glambox is here and packed with some pretty cool essentials to beat the end-of-summer blues. Think hyper-powered sun screen (it’s still hot as hell’s fury here in Dubai), insanely pretty nail art and some much needed beauty wipes for days out in the sun. What a thoughtful touch!

Glambox Middle East: August Unboxed!

Glambox Middle East: August Unboxed!

This month’ s box has:

A cool gift voucher for AED 200 for a sports or Sedish massage at  Wellbeing Medical Center, a voucher for AED 50 from ‘She Moves’ active wear, FA Floral deodorant spray, Derma-Eco cleansing gel and Bioderma’s Photoderm Max Fluid 100 (SPF).

I loved the funky statement nail wraps by NCLA House of Hollywood- amazing patterns and a dash of color. It’s the perfect way to spruce up a dull outfit on those blah days.

Glambox Middle East: August Unboxed!

Glambox Middle East: August Unboxed!

Another big hit for me is the handy Sterikare Oil Control Film- a beauty tool that absorbs excess oils and grime off the face, without disturbing any makeup. Begone, shiny, oily summer face!

In all, a very well-curated and thoughtful Glambox this month, all set to help me stay glamorous until the next one.