Blow out at Marquee


Getting your hair done is the epitome of spoiling yourself, and leaving with shiny tresses always puts me in a great mood. I heard about Marquee’s new Blow Dry Bar at the Lakes Club and was excited to try it out. The salon uses Kevin Murphy hair products for washing and priming, and GHD hair tools for styling. An elegant and modern decor, soft music and soothing lighting combined to render a relaxing experience.

The Blow Dry Bar concept is one of the first of it’s kind in Dubai, with a flat rate of AED 130 regardless of the length of your hair. I have long and thick locks which usually requires a little extra time to style, but I was in and out in less than hour including wash time. The Kevin Murphy products smelled wonderful and left my hair smooth and glossy, but they were a little oily. The stylist asked me to choose from a variety of hairstyles in a catalog and I was really impressed with the resulting shiny ringlets cascading down my shoulders. Don’t you love it when you hair turns out just the way you like it?

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The Blow Dry Bar – 04 399 5336

GlamGlow’s Youthmud


I usually use homemade face masks with natural ingredients, but I like to try other masks for an occasional deep cleaning. After hearing so many great things about the GlamGlow Youthmud I was eager to try it, but not so keen on investing in one. Lucky for me, during my last visit to the states I found the perfect little sample size at Sephora. It’s a pretty generous 0.5 fl oz jar, good for a few uses(and so cute!).

After trying the mask a couple of times, I found it to be very gentle. It left my face even-toned and really soft. I’m always terrified of trying new products because my skin is so sensitive and breaks out easily, but since this mask is composed of mostly natural ingredients like green tea, cucumber and lavender I had no aversions to it. The downside is it didn’t get rid of blackheads. It’s a good mask for gentle exfoliation but doesn’t substitute a deep cleansing facial. If used over a long period of time, it has the potential to keep your skin glowing and smooth.

I personally think it’s definitely worth a try, but only if you think you would use it a few times a week.

Argan Oil Hair and Skin Essentials

It is no surprise that Moroccan women have velvety skin, since they take extra measures to keep it beautiful. They also have access to a very potent natural ingredient, Argan oil. After hearing so many wonderful things about Argan Oil, I went on a complete frenzy. Of all the products I tried, these 3 were my absolute favorite.

1. Garnier’s Ultra Doux Argan Oil hair mask: When I got engaged, I grew my hair out for my wedding and it has been long ever since. Long hair is beautiful, but it requires extra care because it is more prone to hair fall and dryness. This hair mask leaves my hair smooth and supple(plus: it smells amazing!). I tried the shampoo and conditioner from this line, and they didn’t give me as good a result as the mask.

2. Larenim Pure Argan Oil: It doesn’t matter which brand you use as long as it is certified as 100% organic. The most thing I love about this oil is it barely has a scent. It is a little greasy when you first apply it, but your skin will absorb it really quickly and stay moisturized in dry climates. I haven’t tried this on my face, but I like to apply it to my arms, thighs and around my eyes too.

3. Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush: This is one of the best products I have tried from Lush, It smells like rose jam and lasts for hours. Like the name suggests, it locks in moisture and leaves the skin feeling like silk. This body conditioner is infused with so many wonderful ingredients such as Glycerin, Almond oil, Shea Butter and more.


La Petite Robe Noire Takes a Carousel Ride

When you live somewhere as luxurious and vivacious as Dubai, it comes as no surprise to see a promotional event on random days of the week. Last Wednesday, I was walking around Mall of the Emirates, when I came across a beautiful podium for Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire.

What first caught my eye was the mannequin-like models dressed in- yep, you guessed it- little black dresses; from afar I couldn’t tell if they were figurines or actual models. On display were Guerlain’s many products from fragrances to makeup, with makeup artists available to help sample the products and give makeovers to customers. Propped on a Carousel at the center of  the podium was none other than the pretty little bottles of La Petite Robe Noire.

This Parisian gem was originally released in 2009 and re-launched in 2012, with a modified bespoke drawing of the dress. I use a variety of different perfumes, ranging from floral to musky and the occasional candy-sweet scent. I adore Guerlain products in general and although this particular scent is not my style, it has a musky sweetness and lasted on my skin for a long time when I sampled it. Have you tried this fragrance and what did you think of it?

xo Rania

La Petite Robe Noire