Review : Mandarina Duck Men’s perfume, M+!

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Today I am reviewing Mandarina Duck’s new fragrance for men, M+. It came in a grey box with two bottles in it. One is a standard sized bottle (100 ml) and the other is a travel version (30ml). This new duo fragrance concept is designed for that dynamic, goal-oriented man who can keep the bigger version at home but always carry the smaller version with him while on the move!. The box shows M+ on one side, the plus being an eye catching yellow. On the other side, it shows the picture of both the bottles indicating that one is a travel version and the other to be kept at home.

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The bottle is a simple one, with a minimalist design. It’s transparent in color, revealing the grey colored perfume inside. The cap is matte aluminum. The well placed striation on the bottle helps you get a proper grip while holding the otherwise smooth bottle.

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The scent itself is a very intense, masculine one. It mainly smells woody, which is very attractive. The scent lingers on for a long while. I should say it’s a really great blend of notes. It has Cidro, Grapefruit, Lavender and Black pepper in the top notes, which gives it a citrusy & warm feeling. It then has Cypress, Iris essential oil and Violet in the middle notes, which gives it a floral feeling. Lastly, it has Cedar Wood and Amber which gives it an exotic, woody character with a tropical contrast derived from Tonka beans and Vetiver!

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Both my husband and brother tried it and they are absolutely in love with it. It is definitely the kind of smell you associate with a modern man, who strives towards perfection and nothing can ever stop him. I really recommend this scent to anyone out there. The lovely box makes this a perfect gifting choice too.

The box containing 100 ml + 30 ml costs AED 278 and another option is 50 ml + 30 ml, which costs AED 206.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Izil Natural Argan Beauty unveils two nourishing natural masks!

** All-natural beauty range also opens three new outlets in Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, and Al Wahda Mall and Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi **

Newly launched Moroccan organic beauty brand, Izil Natural Argan Beauty infuses the world’s rarest natural Argan oil, with only the finest natural ingredients. The result being a range of Argan oil products that will nourish, protect and accentuate the natural beauty of your skin.

The Izil Natural Beauty range includes a variety of nourishing, high-quality face, body and multi-purpose beauty products, with each product containing potent, antioxidant rich ingredients, including plant, fruit and essential oils, expertly blended with the highest concentrations of Argan oil.

The Izil range also includes two fabulous and results driven face masks as follows:

The ‘Golden Glow’ 2 in 1 Face Scrub and Mask (AED 140) is made with honey, saffron and 100% pure Argan Oil, blended together to create a natural 2 in 1 face scrub and mask. The pure honey particles act as exfoliators for the skin, revitalising it and leaving behind a soft, supple and absolutely glowing complexion. While helping to clear spots and blemishes, this 2 in 1 Face Scrub and Mask intensely hydrates skin, improves skin elasticity and tone, tightens the skin, helps to minimise pores and gives the skin an overall brighter, more radiant and rosy complexion. It is perfect for all skin types.

Golden Glow Face Mask

The Green Tea Antioxidant Face Mask (AED 140) combines green tea, clarifying white clay and 100% pure Argan Oil to create a naturally astringent mask, which will tighten and firm the skin. The white clay absorbs impurities without removing natural oils, while also removing bacteria, toxins and dead skin cells that tend to clog the skin and which can result in enlarged pores. This mask thoroughly cleanses the skin while inhibiting the breakdown of skin-essential collagen, which is responsible for keeping the skin firm and taut. The soothing green tea reduces inflammation and neutralises harmful free radicals, which are produced by overexposure to ultraviolet rays, radiation, cigarette smoke and air pollution. It’s the perfect solution for oily skin!

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Both the Golden Glow and Green Tea Antioxidant Face Masks are designed to naturally exfoliate, cleanse, tone and nourish to reveal the natural beauty of your skin and will make a fabulous addition to your beauty regime.

Izil Natural Argan Beauty is available in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the following locations:

  • Dubai:  Dubai Festival City, Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Abu Dhabi: Al Wahda Mall, Dalma Mall

Visit www.izilbeauty.com or https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty to discover more.

About Izil Natural Argan Beauty:

Izil Natural Argan Beauty was launched in the UAE in 2012.  It is a highly effective, natural cosmetic brand, which is made in Morocco. All products are made from organically certified, highest quality Argan Oil, together with other natural, pure and rare ingredients.  The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range consists of the Face Collection, Body Collection and traditional Hammam Collection. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty Range is available in outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For more information, please visit www.izilbeauty.com,  https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty or @izilbeauty.

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Germany’s top make-up brand Misslyn arrives in the Middle East!

Germany’s top make-up brand Misslyn, successfully launched a complete collection of luxurious make-up in the Middle East, from foundation, lip balm to the newest eyeshadow palettes for a flawless, sexy, seductive and irresistible look. The exclusive event was organized by Misslyn’s exclusive distributor in the region, Life Cosmetics, and was held at the Al Murooj Rotana hotel in Dubai on 17th November.

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Three core Misslyn products stole the spotlight: new must-have tinted lip balms for soft, shiny lips; long-lasting foundation that lasts up to 24 hours for a naturally fresh and flawless face; and three eye shadow palettes for an endless variety of eye make-up looks, from natural, classic or party style.

Aziza El Banna, General Manager of Life Cosmetics said: “As the Middle East’s largest and fastest growing market for cosmetics and personal care products and services, the UAE presents exceptional business potential for the global beauty and wellbeing industry. We foresee a great potential in the local market for Misslyn’s premium cosmetic products, which are natural and of high quality.“

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According to a recent report by Euromonitor report, the Middle East and Africa region registered sales of $24.2billion for the beauty industry alone.

The newly-launched collection comprises of the following Misslyn products:

MISSLYN COLOR KISS SHINY LIP BALM

Tinted Lip Balm, Retractable

For baby-soft silky smooth lips, try the modern Misslyn lip balm which combines the power of a light-colored, translucent lipstick and the soothing feel of a lip balm in one product. Simply use this versatile product to achieve a perfect appearance in the twinkling of an eye – even without a mirror. A pleasant and delicate scent provides an excellent finish to this lip product.

MISSLYN ULTIMATE STAY MAKE UP

Long-Lasting Foundation That Lasts Up To 24 Hours For Normal To Oily Skin

For a fresh and flawless face, experience Misslyn’s Ultimate Stay Make Up which combines a matte finish and coverage with comfort and a feather-light texture. Each variant is tailor-made for the needs of normal to oily skin; with a surprisingly light texture that holds up to 24 hours. Once applied, it remains true to color with your complexion mattified, naturally radiant and glowing.

MISSLYN EYESHADOW PALETTE

An Endless Variety Of Looks, For A Natural, Classic Or Party Style

Three new Misslyn Eyeshadow Palettes can produce a magical transformation for your eyes. Each palette includes 12 different eyeshadow shades, offering many makeup variation possibilities. pearly shades, helps you achieve an endless variety of looks, for a natural, classic or party style. The palette is space-saving, and ist double-sided applicator is ideal for traveling.

All the Misslyn products can be purchased in these outlets: Centrepoint Mirdiff City Centre; Centrepoint Dubai Festival City; Centrepoint Sky Garden; Centrepoint Ras Al Khaimah; Lifestyle RAK Mall and  Centrepoint Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi.

About Misslyn

Misslyn is an innovative brand with core competence in nail- and eye-styling. The brand not only offers the biggest nail polish assortment in Europe, but also a full range of premium quality products with an outstanding price-performance ration. Misslyn‘s success story began in Italy over 30 years ago, followed by a successful expansion to France and Germany. Since then it has been a leading brand for nail and lash styling. In late 2010 Misslyn was acquired by the ARTDECO cosmetic group. With the brand’s relaunch in spring 2011 the existing segments were expanded and an innovative overall product range for eyes, lips and complexion at entry level prices was successfully introduced worldwide. Within just two years, Misslyn proved itself as a highly-promising cosmetics brand with a total of over 700 points of sale in Germany and a successful development in over 30 countries.

Website: http://www.misslyn.de

About Life Cosmetics

Life Cosmetics is the exclusive distributor of the finest internationally-acclaimed professional beauty brands in the entire GCC. They are the sole distributor of Misslyn cosmetics made from Germany which offer high quality products with an excellent value for money. Life Cosmetics has an excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction when it comes to providing the customers high-quality beauty products and services. The company is one of the most trusted and reliable source of nail and beauty products in the Gulf region with headquarters in Dubai, UAE.

Website: http://www.lifecosmeticsdxb.com

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Book Review : Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell!

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Today I am reviewing Middle Grade/Tween book titled Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell. More about the author:

Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.

Book Summary

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Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.

A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.

My Review

The book cover is really nice, particularly the big, bold font used for the title. It carries the feeling of ‘fearlessness’ in it. I kind of relate it to some game I used to play when I was younger – Indiana Jones!. The devilish character in the background shown on the cover, is a coyote and I love how artistically it’s shown. The protagonist is a sixth grader, Joe Dearborne. He doesn’t have the feeling of fear in him!. That makes him do things like saving a puppy by rushing into a burning house and more. Thus he earns the name Fearless Joe Dearborne!

However, a casual comment from a fan of his, makes him doubt himself and he does something reckless just to know if he could experience fear. Unfortunately, he does and something within him changes overnight. Joe is so modest and humble. He doesn’t lap up the attention everyone gives him, instead he likes to keep to himself. He looks up to Trent Rapids, a survival expert who has traveled the world and wrote a series about his experiences. Joe happens to be in a situation whereby he takes inspiration from what he read and applies it to his situation, thus saving the day!.

There are some hilarious events in this book that are equally given importance as are the dangerous ones. The author has really thought out and written an excellent story, managing the level of danger perfectly. I didn’t expect that level of danger, but it indeed is so thrilling and exciting. I couldn’t put this book down and soon, I was flying through the pages, wanting to know more. The author has successfully woven an exciting story!

There are many important characters in the story but the most important one is Mrs. Chill, who as her name suggests, is a cold woman, with a heart of stone. She is a conniving lady, with ulterior motives, who happens to be appointed as Joe’s housekeeper. Joe soon understands that this lady is upto no good. If he doesn’t do something, there will be several deaths. Was he successful and did he emerge a hero?. You got to read the books to know more!. This book is meant for kids of age 8 and up. Joe can easily inspire young readers, make them more brave and perceptive. What an excellent read!. I cannot believe this is this author’s very first novel!

I give this book 5 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’!

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Source : I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

Beautiful Voluminous Hair with Rahua!

**  Luxury hair care range available at Harvey Nichols, Posh by Feyral at Burj al Arab and Plethora Hair Lab **

If you are looking for gorgeous ‘Amazon Beauty’ volume, you need to start with your hair care routine. Having recently launched in the Middle Eastern market to great excitement, luxury hair care range Rahua (pronounced Ra-wa), is here to help give your hair a va-va-voom boost with their fabulous Voluminous Range of products.

Key products in the range include:

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo (AED 210)

Rahua Volume Shampoo (AED210)

This 100% natural shampoo cleanses to create body and bounce and is safe for colour-treated hair. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo’s natural formula safely and effectively cleanses and refreshes hair without drying hair like other volumizing lines. Citric juices break down oils, effectively extending time between washes, resulting in healthier hair. Lavender and eucalyptus provide calming aromatherapy while Ungurahua oil strengthens hair.

Rahua Voluminous Conditioner (AED 220)

Rahua Volume Conditioner (AED220)

The Rahua Voluminous Conditioner is also 100% natural and protects the hair while creating body and bounce. The Conditioner is safe for color-treated hair and promotes volume and vitality. Creamy but lightweight, it doubles as a styling cream on towel-dried hair, creating texture and definition without weighing hair down. Lavender and eucalyptus provide calming aromatherapy while Quinoa revitalizes the hair and is Gluten-Free.

Rahua Voluminous Spray (AED 180)

Rahua Voluminous Spray (AED180)

The Rahua Voluminous Spray serves as a versatile, natural volumizer that revitalizes the scalp while keeping hair in place. The first of its kind, this soft-hold hairspray is USDA organic, 100% natural, alcohol-free and free of any residue or gluey texture. It uses lemongrass to add fantastic memory-shape and other citric juices to break down oils in the hair and keep it fresh longer. Lavender and eucalyptus provide calming aromatherapy.

Made from 100% natural Amazonian ingredients, Rahua contains certified organic ingredients and contains a conditioning nut oil which is found in the deepest, darkest parts of the Amazon rainforest. The Rahua nut oil repairs even the most damaged hair and has been used by the Amazonian tribal women for centuries. The range also contains no silicone, sulphates or any other ‘nasties,’ and is gluten free.

With a cult following of A-list celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp, Rahua, the luxurious Rahua collection features a range of products including shampoos, conditioners, hair elixir, hair mask, hair wax and finishing treatment.

Rahua empowers women all over the world by giving them beautiful, healthy hair and it provides a means by which the native women of the Amazon can support themselves, thus empowering them too.

The Rahua retail range is on sale in Harvey Nichols and Plethora Hair Lab, with the professional treatments available at Plethora Hair Lab and Rahua’s UAE flag ship salon Posh by Feryal at The Burj al Arab.  Visit www.rahua.com to discover more.    

About Rahua Hair Care:

For centuries, women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes have traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest to prepare a highly potent, restorative oil they call Rahua (ra-wa) – believing it to be the secret to their thick, flowing, lustrous hair. In the 1990s, these women shared Rahua’s power with renowned New York stylist and colorist Fabian Lliguin, a native Ecuadorian of Quechua descent. Intrigued, Lliguin studied Rahua’s revitalizing effects on his own clients’ hair. Dry, damaged strands sprang to life with renewed, bouncy elasticity. Color treatments remained shiny and vibrantly true while irritated scalps calmed under Rahua’s soothing care. It was an instant success among his clients including a host of A-list celebrities. Today, Amazon Beauty features Rahua as the star ingredient in the Rahua Hair Care Collection and the company continues to build their earh-friendly, sustainable business in partnership with women from Amazonian nations such as Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar. For more information visit www.rahua.com, https://www.facebook.com/rahuamiddleeast or www.pinterest.com/beautifulbrands.

About Beautiful Brands – Empowered Beauty Choices:  

Beautiful Brands LLC was formed in 2013, following in the footprints of its big sister Beauty Solutions.  A global and regional distributor of fashionable, innovative, unique, revolutionary, stylish and naturally inspired beauty brands, Beautiful Brands was created to provide a much-needed solution to maximise brands’ full potential in the region. Beautiful Brands currently distributes The Konjac Sponge Company and ‘Rahua’ in The Middle East. For more information visit www.facebook.com/beautifulbrandsllc.

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Review : Hot Steam Eye Mask!

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Today’s review is about something new that I tried recently. It’s a hot steam mask! I had never even heard of it, until Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally, got me two of them in our last meet up. It’s a Japanese brand, I believe.

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The pack contains a single mask that is for one time use only. It says on the pack that it heats upto 40 degrees Celsius!. I was a little bit wary of trying it out at first but did it anyway. When you tear it open, you will find this cushiony soft eye mask which rather looks like a sanitary pad, to say the truth!.

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It is unscented. It can be used anywhere, like at the workplace, in an airplane or at home, to relieve eye fatigue and to treat tired eyes at the end of a long working day. It opens up as you can see below, obviously to cover both eyes. It has loops at the back that you can loop over your ears to keep the mask in place.

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Steam4It’s very comfortable. There isn’t actual steam in the mask that I used. However, there is a thermo pad inside the mask that heats up as soon as you take it out of the cover. I am not sure if it’s as high as 40 degrees. It’s a bearable, nice kind of heat. I felt it’s relaxing power the most, when I actually took it off my eyes after 15 minutes. It was like a breath of fresh air. My eyes felt very relaxed. How this mask works is, the heat from the mask relaxes the tension in the muscles around the eye and thus your eyes feel so fresh.

On the cover, it’s written that it can treat dryness, however I don’t agree with that. I didn’t feel like it brings any moisture content to my eyes. Also, apparently it can instantly take care of dark circles. I am not really sure it’s that powerful. However, it does relax your eyes. Applying it right before going to bed would be a good idea, I believe. I am not sure you can get these in UAE.

However, I did find them on Amazon. It comes in different variants such as Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Eucalyptus etc. Lavender particularly can relax you and take away stress. I do recommend you try it, if you can get your hands on them. For those who can buy from Amazon (Non-UAE residents, since this product does not get shipped to UAE), click here to check it out.

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Izil Natural Argan Beauty’s 3 Fruits Youth-Generating Cream!

** All-natural anti-aging cream packed with Argan, Barbary Fig and Apricot Oil now available at outlets across the UAE **

Moroccan organic beauty brand, Izil Natural Argan Beauty infuses the world’s rarest natural Argan oil, with only the finest natural ingredients. The result being a range of Argan oil products that will nourish protect and accentuate the natural beauty of your skin.

The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range includes a variety of nourishing, high-quality face, body and multi-purpose beauty products, with each product containing potent, antioxidant rich ingredients, including plant, fruit and essential oils, expertly blended with the highest concentrations of Argan oil.

3 Fruits Youth Cream

The Izil range also includes a wonderful anti-aging cream to help rewind those years.  The ‘3 Fruits’ Youth-Generating Cream (AED 165) is made with Barbary Fig, Apricot and 100% pure Argan Oil. The ingredients work together to dramatically improve hydration, elasticity and suppleness, whilst improving the skin’s texture and creating a beautiful healthy glow.

The appearance of lines and wrinkles are reduced and the skin looks and feels plump, thanks to the Barbary fig seed oil, which has potent anti-aging powers, stimulating cell renewal and protecting against skin radicals. Skin tone is unified and the overall complexion is brightened thanks to their winning ingredient, Argan oil – the secret beauty weapon of the Berber community in Morocco. This pure, golden oil is harvested manually from Argan trees and contains a high concentration of vitamin E and essential fatty acids and it is well known for healing damaged skin.

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This beautiful face cream not only does wonders for your skin, but it smells divine too. The apricot provides a subtle yet fresh fruity scent, making it a pleasure to apply.

The cream absorbs quickly into the skin leaving no greasy residue, meaning it is ideal to wear underneath make-up.

Izil Natural Argan Beauty is available in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the following locations:

  • Dubai:  Dubai Festival City, Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Abu Dhabi: Al Wahda Mall, Dalma Mall

Visit www.izilbeauty.com or https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty to discover more.

About Izil Natural Argan Beauty:

Izil Natural Argan Beauty was launched in the UAE in 2012.  It is a highly effective, natural cosmetic brand, which is made in Morocco. All products are made from organically certified, highest quality Argan Oil, together with other natural, pure and rare ingredients.  The Izil Natural Argan Beauty range consists of the Face Collection, Body Collection and traditional Hammam Collection. The Izil Natural Argan Beauty Range is available in outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For more information, please visit www.izilbeauty.com,   https://www.facebook.com/IZIL.NaturalArganBeauty or @izilbeauty.

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