Literally as soon as I dumped my suitcase in the apartment I trundled down to to Boots to pick up some skincare items that were very much inspired by Lisa Eldridge. I deliberately left my cleanser at home so I could try these Dermalogica's skin resurfacing cleanser (a rich creamy cleanser that gently exfoliates) and Bioderma's sensibio (previously called Crealine). The latter stuff is like water, ideal for sensitive skins and yet removes hardy a natural makeup. Foundation. The next items deserves a sob story. A tragedy occurred in that I forgot my foundation. It was one of those moments when I could have hit myself. Okay yes it gives me an excuse to try something new but I have been really enjoying the face atelier so was peeved at myself. I plumped for YSL's teint radiance. I have tried a sample of Teint resist and wasn't keen, it reminded me of Guerlain parure extreme, which I really hated as it settles into fine lines and looks dry. The Teint radiance though is lovely. I got it in shade number 5 and it looks fresh on, but with medium coverage, a pleasant scent, easy to blend and lasts a decent amount of time. It feels like a slightly better smelling and longer lasting version of face atelier so this was a useful bit of research in the long run. Sort of.
Bath and Body works. I am going back to America next month so I didn't really have to rush and buy these two perfumes but the first Bath and Body works in Dubai and maybe outside of North America opened last month in Mirdif city centre so it had to be visited. I have said it before and will say it again, Mirdif is probably the best mall to go to. Soon they will also have Victoria's secret alongside a massive Forever 21, American eagle, Sephora and some nice high-end stores like Chloe. Plus they have a lovely cupcake shop and a Pinkberry. Anyway, I got two scents. I would say this B&BW doesn't have all the stock that I have seen in the US but they had Twilight woods and Sensual amber and that is all I was after. These are both woody, warm and sexy fragrances that fade fast but still keep me coming back for more. I think the packaging is surprisingly nice for the price too. No clothes, no way! I didn't buy any clothes in Dubai at all. Forever 21 was disappointing and the only nice things I saw were in Topshop or Bloomingdales significantly marked up in price. One thing future Dubai visitors should know is that it is not cheap. I think there is a perception that no tax equal cheaper price tags but when everything is imported, prices inflate and you end up paying up to 15% more. So that's my little round up. I shall not be so crap in updating going forward, at least on my blog. I have lots of reviews to do including the Rodial serum and Shu uemura haircare. More info on www.news-bite.com, hope you are all very very well!