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Afternoon Tea with Miller Harris at Fortnum & Mason Dubai

June 13, 2015

British perfumer Miller Harris recently hosted a quaint little tea party to celebrate the launch of their ‘Le Jardin D’enfance’ collection and their 15 year anniversary. The event was held at the super chic Fortnum & Mason, talk about a beautiful location!  The new collection consists of three scents: Coeur de jardin (my favorite!), Cassis en Feuille and Poirier d’un soir. Each scent is said to represent a special moment in time; the green morning dew of Cassis en Feuille, the daytime warmth of Coeur de Jardin and the honeyed dusk of Poirier d’un soir.

The event was quite the educational experience with a fascinating talk about the history and science that goes into each scent. We got to sample a few of Miller Harris’s offerings and unsurprisingly, each and every scent was a unique experience inspired by the natural world. The inspiration behind the ‘Le Jardin D’enfance’ collection is obviously a garden in bloom, and my favorite of the collection, Coeur de jardin,  leans more towards the fruity citrus side with Italian bergamot, lemon, textured pear and peach. Other notes include Turkish rose, jasmine absolute, tuberose absolute, orris butter, amber, musk, moss and patchouli- I’m no expert but this perfume is just absolutely beautiful. I love it because my perfume preferences are all about clean, fresh and crisp summer scents, I like perfumes that are elegant and young (nothing too fruity or too grown up) and aren’t overpowering. I also love that it lasts for ages on the skin, super important for Dubai summers!

Apart from the scent itself, I love Miller Harris’s branding and packaging too- it’s luxurious, contemporary and quirky. All in all, I’m a new fan of the brand and I would definitely recommend checking them out the next time you’re perfume or gift shopping. You will not be disappointed.

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Thanks to Bonnie for this cute photo of me and Dorra (check her out, her nail art is amazing!) at the event. I would recommend checking Bonnie’s post for a more in depth look at another perfume from this collection. She’s currently one of my favorite and most trustworthy beauty bloggers!

Miller Harris perfumes are available at Areej, Bloomingdales and Harvey Nichols in Dubai. Learn more about the brand here.

“My fragrances are paintings – they tell a story of my journey, my life and style. I have studied each material over the years and I know them intimately like a friend: every facet. This has enabled me today to be ruthless in my selection. I know what I want and what can work for me and my creations. Respecting each material’s abilities is key and gives me my signature. Perfumery cannot be true without these great masterpieces of nature. One perfumer, one vision, one style!” – Lyn Harris

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FOTD: Illamasqua Lipstick in Box

February 25, 2015

Hello! It’s your resident lipstick junkie enabling you for yet another purchase. Apologies in advance?

I love a velvety red lip, and I’m sure this is popular opinion. Who can resist a classic red lipstick that instantly brightens your face and makes you look like you put some effort in to your appearance even though you probably just slapped it on in the elevator on your way to work (that could be just me).

Illamasqua lipstick in Box Wearing: EX1 liqud foundation in F200 / Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in Custard / Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (I purchased mine from Amazon) / Wet n Wild Icon Blush in Mellow Wine (So happy they’re now in Dubai!) / Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen / Rimmel Argan Mascara / Illamasqua lipstick in Box / Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Mahogany

So, a few months ago, THE Alex Box, Creative Director of Illamasqua, hosted a glamorous event to show off Illamasqua’s new collection. Apart from giving me major hair envy with her Cruella Deville hair color, Alex Box also gave us a live demonstration.
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The end result: (also, Alex Box and Illamasqua regrammed my photo that night, major highlight of my instalife)

After the event, we got little goodie bags filled with a few Illamasqua products and that is how I came to possess Box. It’s everything you need in a red lipstick- longwearing, pigmented and it makes your teeth look whiter. I reach for Box whenever I’m in a hurry or too undecided about my make up. It’s just a beautiful, classic red lipstick you simply can’t go wrong with. I definitely recommend trying it on at your nearest Illamasqua store just to see if it’s the perfect red match for you.

Swatch of Illamasqua lipstick in Box

So, what’s your go-to red lipstick?