Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beauty Flash: LUSH Christmas 2014 Gift Guide

Beautifully wrapped and ready to give, Lush has a whole selection of festive gifts to delight everybody you know. Ranging from stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts, to traditional tins and luxurious hatboxes with more than enough bath and body products to see you through to the New Year.

This year our gifts have taken inspiration from three imaginative areas:

Story Telling
For those who are in love with the tradition of fairy tales, Lush introduces the Story Telling collection.Inspired by the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, this range showcases vibrant colours and exciting gifts all while telling their own traditional Christmas story.

City Of Gold
Inspired by a visit to the Beyond El Dorado exhibit at the British Museum, this gift range symbolises the opulence and decadence from El Dorado, offering a head to toe luxury experience with each gift.

German Techno Nordic Pop
Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Christmas theatre spectacle, Slava's Snowshow, the German Techno Nordic Pop collection is full of the most bright, vibrant and fun Christmas gifts!

Contains: Shoot for the Stars bath bomb and Cinders bath bomb.

Perfect for any bath lover.Cinders provides the crackling fire effect with bursts of popping candy as it fizzes away and Shoot for the Stars comes alive with captivating steams of colour through the water.

Little Snow Fairy
Contains: Pink FUN (100g) and Snow Fairy shower gel (100g).

The perfect gift for those who love sweet scented baths and candy fragranced showers.

Golden Wonder
Contains: Gold FUN (100g) and Golden Wonder bath bomb.

For the ultimate golden bathing experience, this treat proves that luxury can come in small packages.

Joy to the World
Contains: Dream Cream body lotion (45g) and Snowcake soap (120g).

A returning favourite for anyone who appreciates being soothed and comforted at Christmastime.

Secret Santa
Contains: Father Christmas bath bomb and Honey I Washed The Kids soap (120g).

Stuck for an idea of what to get your co-worker? Treat them to this traditional yet sweet gift this Christmas.

Festive Cheer
Contains: Hot Toddy shower gel (100g) and Yog Nog soap (120g).

A glittering box of warming and spicy treats, bringing to mind relaxing evenings in front of the fire with a hot cup of eggnog.

Christmas Candy Box
Contains: Snow Fairy shower gel (100g), Candy Mountain bubble bar, Butterbear bath bomb and Rock Star soap (100g).

A returning favourite, but still bursting with heavenly treats to enjoy all through Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas
Contains: Father Christmas bath bomb, Twilight bath bomb and Christmas Eve bubble bar.

Treat a loved one to this indulgent bath collection, perfect for cold winter nights.

Best Wishes
Contains: Hot Toddy shower gel (100g), Cinders bath bomb and Christmas Eve bubble bar.

Bring alive the feeling of Christmas with this spicy and uplifting mix of gifts all wrapped together in a vintage inspired gift wrap.

12 Days of Christmas
Contains: Karma soap (120g), The Olive Branch shower gel (100g), Cinders bath bomb, Golden Wonder bath bomb, Snow Angel bath melt, Hot Toddy shower gel (100g), Dashing Santa bath bomb, Honey I Washed The Kids (120g), Celebrate body lotion (45g), Holly Go Lightly bubble bar, Lord of Misrule bath bomb and Star Light Star Bright bath melt.

An eye-catching gift shaped as the ultimate story telling book.With 12 beautiful products inside, one to use everyday in the run up to Christmas leaving you feeling clean and smelling of the festive season.

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*Photo: Courtesy of LUSH

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sale Alert

Looking for an original gift to offer, different from anything you see?! There's only one place, Paris Avenue Concept Store Abu Dhabi.

And the surprise is that you can have anything you want at 50% off until 24 December, 2014.Hurry up, because they often are unique pieces!

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Shout Out Of The Day: NET-A-PORTER.COM Launches A Series Of Exclusive Holiday Collections

NET-A-PORTER.COM will launch an exclusive collection of fabulous, fun and festive clutches, jewelry pieces and beauty products for the upcoming holiday season over the next few weeks.

From fantasy fashion to fairy-tale gifts, find the perfect presents at NET-A-PORTER.COM's Holiday Shop!

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*Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Top Gift Picks From Pure Candles

The holidays are coming and that means having to find the perfect gifts.If you're having a hard time finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, candles are an excellent way to tell someone that you care, without having to spend an excessive amount of time or money.The wide variety of scents and sizes available makes it easy to find the right candle gift for almost anyone on your gifting list.

UAE candle brand Pure Candles are here to make it even easier too, offering beautifully hand crafted luxury eco-friendly candles made from soy wax.Available in 15 signature fragrances, with additional scents available on request, Pure Candles offer a range of candles, as well as candle melts which all make perfect gift options.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Pure Candles

Shout Out Of The Day: Holiday Dressing From Moda Operandi

Shimmy your way through the holiday event season with dazzling numbers from Moda's Operandi Boutique.With glittering clothes and accessories in glorious golds, bold blacks and illustrious silvers, perfect for this magical season of lights and grandeur, is the place to shop for everything you need to look your jolly best.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi

First Look: Tod's Autumn/Winter 2014 Ballerina & Flower Bag Collection

With a strong focus on the brand's icon products in collections that embody Italian style with sporting sophistication of the highest order, Alessandra Facchinetti has now restyled the Ballerina and created the Tod's Flower Bag.

 Alessandra brings her love of dancing to the metropolitan atmosphere of the Tod's Ballerina Margot.It's the light of the metal Gommini studs that marks time for the unmistakeable Tod's Ballerina.

Inspired by the dynamic shape of some Venetian designer flower vases, the new Tod's Flower Bag has a sinuous leather construction – playing with it's colours both inside and out that evokes the draping look of garments.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Tod's

Out & About: Em Sherif Brings Oriental Magic To Dubai's Culinary Scene

Em Sherif, the prestigious true oriental dining experience, has gone international, welcoming guests to it's enchanting blue kingdom in the United Arab Emirates.The authentic fine dining destination from Lebanon opened it's doors this week in Downtown Dubai, overlooking the world-famous Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa.

Renowned for it's truly distinctive Oriental cuisine and it's magical setting, Em Sherif will transport guests back in time with forgotten authentic flavors.All ingredients are chosen with a personal touch, from the fresh produce to the succulent meats, to surprise and delight guests with innovative dishes and attentive, personalized service in a homely ambiance.All food is made on site in the kitchen, creating mouthwatering dishes that boast the unique Em Sherif twist.

Mireille Hayek, better known as ‘Em Sherif’ is the owner and founder of this culinary wonderland.Renown for her legendary lunches and dinners where fine cuisine, quirky décor, innovation and a unique atmosphere come together, she was inspired to open Em Sherif after her success with several other restaurant ventures.The restaurant was conceptualized and designed to resemble an antique Lebanese mansion, lavish, luxurious and with exquisite detail.Delicately decorated with souvenirs of the Oriental World, Hayek's own personal touches are apparent, highlighting her warm and welcoming character, and evoking a community and family environment.

Em Sherif has enjoyed remarkable success in Beirut, and has become renown in the city for Oriental haute cuisine, frequented by local celebrities.With it's new Dubai outpost, Em Sherif brings with it a plush setting, outstanding cuisine and oriental entertainment at its finest, setting a new standard on the local dining scene.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Em Sherif

Beauty Buzz: THEFACESHOP An All-Natural Beauty Kit from GlamBox

Glamistas everywhere have been eagerly waiting for the first all-natural GlamBox.And they're delighted to say that their collaboration with THEFACESHOP is worth the wait.

A leading global beauty brand, originating from Korea, THEFACESHOP brings together science, and the wisdom and goodness of nature to care for your skin like no other brand.From skincare and colour cosmetics, to hair and body care, THEFACESHOP offers a lovely selection of wholesome, lavish products that are quite simply the very best that natural beauty has to offer right now.

You might be wondering, what is in the THEFACESHOP GlamBox? Let's take a look:

White Seed Deluxe Kit
Comprising the White Seed Real Whitening Toner (30ml), the White Seed Real Whitening Lotion (30ml) and the White Seed Real Whitening Essence (10ml), this kit provides the complete solution to a radiant skin complexion, thanks to it's especially developed brightening ingredients which are 1,000 times more effective than natural vitamin C.

The Natural Sun Eco Sample Kit
Featuring a selection of water based gels and creams that are quickly absorbed and provide a powerful long-lasting UV protection, this is the kit you’ll need all year round to keep your skin healthy and protected: Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40 Pa+++ (1ml); Natural Sun Eco Super Perfect Sun Cream SPF50+ Pa+++ (1ml); and Natural Sun eco Oil-Cut Sun Cream SPF40 Pa++ (1ml).

Real Nature Aloe Mask (20g)
If there's one beauty indulgence you need to pick out, make it an Aloe Vera mask; it hydrates and soothes puffy and sensitive skin.

Lovely ME:EX Mango Seed Lip Care 01 Pomegranate (3.8g)
A good lip balm goes a long way, and this is a super balm! It goes on smoothly and moisturises instantly, preparing your lips for the perfect pout.

Daily Perfumed Hand Cream Berry Mix (30ml)
No beauty kit is complete without hand care.Just like your face, your hands deserve the best: a super-creamy, nourishing texture that your skin soaks up in seconds, leaving your hands feeling smooth and slightly scented.

We're pretty sure you'll love every single one of the products in THEFACESHOP GlamBox.This is an exclusive offer available only to GlamBox subscribers.Not yet a subscriber? Here's your chance to win THEFACESHOP box.Choose your subscription plan, use online code THEFACESHOP at check out and the first lucky 20 subscribers will receive this box along with their first box!

You can become a Glamista and subscribe to GlamBox by purchasing packages of 3, 6, and 9 months from as little as AED 75 per month.So, what are you waiting for? For more details, come on over to, discover the latest beauty treats and trends before anyone else and subscribe to our monthly beauty indulgence. 

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*Photo: Courtesy of GlamBox Middle East

First Look: Salvatore Ferragamo Buckle Christmas Edition

The new Christmas Edition sports a sparkling look which is epitomized by it's two-colour strap.The 37 mm diameter case with its particular cloche shape and gold IP treatment is complemented by a dial in Ferragamo Red, or alternatively in fuchsia or champagne, embellished with the guilloché design and diamond-studded indexes on the rehaut.

The Swiss Made quartz movement has a crown at 12 o’clock.Asymmetrical lugs support the vegetable-tanned calfskin strap, which is available in three two-colour versions: red with violet detailing, beige with red croco-print detailing, and fuchsia with orange detailing and contrasting colour stitching.

This exclusive line for next Christmas will be on sale from October 2014 in Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques, from authorised retailers or online at

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*Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

Exclusive: Launch Of GC African Dream Collection

Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons collaborated with ExpatWoman to launch GC's new ‘African Dream’ collection.More than 100 members of the ExpatWoman community celebrated the launch with a breakfast at Burj Al Arab and the opportunity to preview the ‘African Dream’ timepieces.

Two lucky guests also won a night's stay at the iconic Jumeirah Hotel and a painting by British wildlife artist Stella Mays.Gc business manager, Antonio Statelli, welcomed the guests and unveiled the new range of Africa-inspired watches.

Crafted in rose gold with either a calf leather or link bracelet, pieces from the new GC collection feature embellished mother of pearl dials and patterned bezels that evoke the exoticism of the savannah.

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