OOTD

Going Tribal

August 28, 2015

Y’know my lipstick obsession? Well, I just added Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution lipstick in Blackmail and it calls to me when I’m having a rough day or just feeling a little grumpy. I joke that it matches my soul but for real, if you’re into dark lips, go check out this lipstick immediately. The formulae is excellent as well, super long wearing.

I was stalking this matching kimono and shorts set for a while, and then it went on sale but nobody seemed to be buying it so I waited some more. My patient paid off because I got them both at 50% off- they’re still available here and here. I downsized for the kimono because I think it had a lot of excess fabric and can look bulky. I got my usual size 18 uk for the shorts but they ride up a bit when I sit, so maybe upsize a bit.

Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Zara fringe gladiator sandals Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick in Blackmail
Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody bag Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set Missguided plus ethnic print side split kimono set

Kimono- Missguided Plus / Shorts- Missguided Plus / Lipstick- Urban Decay / Shoes – Zara (out of stock) / bag- Rebecca Minkoff / Necklace- New Look (old)

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Unicorn Tears

August 20, 2015

This outfit isn’t anything special, it’s super casual and possibly too trend heavy. But who cares because I felt bad-ass in it :)

My obsession for novelty bags continues and Skinny Dip has become one of my favorite brands. Their designs are super quirky and affordable and the quality is fantastic. You can find them in Dubai at West LA or online at Asos or SkinnyDipLondon.com ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag forever 21 Buckled Flatform Sandals IMG_6569 ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag skinny dip unicorn tears bag ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag forever 21 90s choker ASOS CURVE Longline Tunic with Split Sides, Skinny Dip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag Top: Asos Curve / Shorts: Forever 21 (similar) / Bag: Skinny Dip / Shoes: Forever 21

Reviews, Skin

Merumaya Skincare Review

August 19, 2015

Yep, I have another skincare post for you. To be fair, I’m massively into skin care right now (I’m aging, it’s showing, you know how it goes) and my skin is looking the best it ever has ( I even snapchat without make up, man). Blogger perks allow me to try some of the best products out there and meet some of the creators behind them. I was invited to a lunch meeting with the brand Merumaya, I had never heard of them before but a quick google search led to rave reviews by some big name British beauty bloggers- Lilypebbles, Caroline HironsRuth Crilly, and even Lisa Eldridge is a fan. I was intrigued.

And then I learned that I would be meeting the founder of the brand, Maleka Dutta, and my desi radar went off. I was extremely excited about the meeting.

Maleka was this bundle of energy and personality, and she has beautiful skin. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to meet the founder of a brand and it was wonderful to talk to someone so passionate and knowledgable. She is a walking encyclopedia on skincare, understandably when you learn that her 27 year old career involves brands like Origins and Lancome. You can learn more about Maleka here.

She was kind enough to give me some products to review, so here goes!
Merumaya skin care review
Merumaya Cleansing Balm

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

Key ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Echium Oil, Mangosteen

Judging from the amount of praise I found for this product all over the internet, I’m guessing this is their bestseller and it’s not hard to see why after just one use. It’s gentle, quick, and effective. Maleka said her inspiration for the cleansing balm was to make cleaning off make up less of a chore after a long day, and this product does a fantastic job.

I’ve given my Bioderma a break because using this cleansing balm is quicker and my skin feels amazing afterwards. I just rub this onto my face and neck, and then splash on some water which changes it into a milky consistency. I rinse it off and I’m left with skin that is clean and soft without that tight feeling and there’s no waxy residue. Even my eyeshadow washes off, I only have to use a waterproof eye make up remover for my mascara. I also like that it comes in a tube, most of the cleansing balms I’ve come across are packed in tubs so this is pretty travel friendly and less of a hassle to use. The scent is heavenly too- it smells like a fancy spa!

You’re supposed to use it with a cleansing cloth for a more effective cleanse. But I haven’t and I’m super happy with the product.

Learn more about the Melting Cleansing Balm here.

Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash

Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash and Manual Cleansing Brush

Key ingredients: Pomegranate Enzymes, Happy Skin™, Mangosteen

I use this after the cleansing balm for a double cleanse. It also has the Merumaya signature scent and I feel like it contributes to the luxury factor of this product. While this was made for acne- prone skin, I think it would be great for all skin types because it’s very gentle and doesn’t strip my skin of moisture or leave me with that weird tight face feeling. My skin feels hydrated and refreshed after using this- I feel like it has a calming effect on me for some reason, is that weird? Maybe it’s a combination of the scent and their Happy Skin™ ingredient?

I don’t always use the brush (mostly because I’m still half asleep in the mornings). I remember Maleka saying she created this brush because she used to use her dad’s shaving brush to cleanse her skin. The bristles and super soft and it’s easy to clean but I wouldn’t say it’s an absolute necessity.

Y’know how some times after you’re done removing your make up and washing your face, you go in with your toner and find make up residue on the cotton pad? I’ve never had that issue with these two products, holy grail combination!

Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum And finally, I apply the Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum before my eye cream and night cream (or sunscreen in the morning).

When I asked Maleka what would be the one- must have Merumaya product she personally could not live without, her answer was this serum. It has a long list of ingredients that work together to prevent aging as well as treat acne prone skin, dark spots, redness and other ailments.

I’ve used this for more than a month now and apart from giving me a very visible glow, I’ve also noticed that my skin is brighter and clearer. My acne scars and pigmentation marks are lighter and overall, it just feels more balanced. I frikkin’ love this stuff.

It absorbs quickly into my skin and I need two pumps to cover my entire face. You can learn more about its ingredients here.

Usually, I try to use a mask of some sort once a week for a nice deep cleanse but lately I’ve been reaching for the Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel just because it’s fast and it works.

Key ingredients: Pomegranate enzymes, Glycolic acid, p-REFINYL™, Mediacalm

It’s a clear gel so there’s no scary faces when it’s on, I’ve even greeted the Aramex delivery man with this mask on, haha! While I can’t always commit to using it weekly, it’s my go to product for whenever my skin is looking a little dull or is just feeling icky ( thanks, Dubai summer). I only leave it on for ten minutes, and experience a slight tingling sensation initially. Like the other Merumaya products, it smells heavenly and I was a little surprised at how gentle this was, I expected to feel some kind of burning sensation with this on or even after I’ve washed it off but instead, my skin felt soft and hydrated.

My skin is also noticeably brighter when I’m done, I think this is great if you’re having issues with dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Merumaya skin care review Overall, I’m just in love with everything I’ve tried from Merumaya. I’m so impressed with the quality of the products and I was surprised at their prices given how luxurious they feel. The brand is pretty affordable in comparison to other brands in their league. I’ve seen a visible difference in my skin since I’ve started using Merumaya and I would definitely recommend checking them out. I could rave on about the scent and how amazing my skin feels, but I’m guessing you get this gist of it by now :)

Merumaya skin care review

The only con, sadly, is that they aren’t in Dubai, but they are available online at Merumaya.com and John Lewis. That’s not going to stop me though, I really want to try more of their products, I think I’ll give their Skin Brilliance Supplements and Treatment Toner next. I’ll keep you posted!

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Olive Green with Fringe Gladiator Sandals

August 11, 2015

 

A simple dress and gladiator sandals has become my uniform for summer 2015, I haven’t worn heels in ages! I should probably throw on a pair occasionally just so my feet can still handle it, no?

These gladiators were such a win- my wide feet don’t always fit into Zara’s shoes and I think I scored them on sale too. They’re not the easiest to style but I feel very Xena Warrior Princess in them. You can’t put a price on that feeling, right?

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Dress- New Look ( similar here and here ) / Choker necklace- Forever 21 / Shoes- Zara ( similar here, here and here) / bag- Rebecca Minkoff