beauty · Makeup

e.l.f. cosmetics beauty haul! 

I’m back in the States! I’ve actually been back for a few weeks, crazy wedding events every weekend! Will fill everyone in on that in a later post.

Anyways, since I’m back home, that means it’s time to stock up on products that I can’t find in Dubai. Especially my drugstore makeup and beauty products. 

e.l.f. cosmetics has been one of my favorites. It’s inexpensive, has a broad range of products, and has recently added many new things to their collection, and improved formulas. So naturally, I had to go and stock up on a few of my faves.

I had to go pick up some brushes that disappeared or finished. I got the highlighting brush and fan brush. The e.l.f. ones are so soft and perfect for picking up the right amount of product. And at $3, you can’t beat that. 

I also got the 10 color eyeshadow palette in the shade “Nude Rose Gold”. It’s the great little palette, easy to travel with, muted nudes and brown shades and some rosy shimmer shades. It’s easy, it’s convenient, it’s pigmented, it’s $10. I’m sold. I think I’m going to have to go back for the Mad for Matte palette as well. Can never have enough palettes! 

Also picked up another of my favorite powders, the HD Powder in Sheer. It’s white, finely milled, perfect for baking and setting, and doesn’t have flashback. Also comes with those cute little poofs for smacking your face with powder in a really frilly, pink powder room 😜

Speaking of baking, I like to use a sponge. I usually gravitate towards my real techiniques sponge for setting under my eye. But I really liked the feel and softness of the e.l.f. sponge, so I decided to buy it. It also comes in 4 different colors, so I got the teal one. It feels nice for blending and I’m sure I can use the rounded side for baking and setting powders. 

Also decided to pick up a primer spray. It’s from their new aqua beauty collection of skincare products. The woman who worked there said it’s great before and after makeup application. Really hoping it works out well, because I would love to buy a few more $8 face sprays. 

So my total came to over $30, and they had a promotion for a free gift with a $30 or more purchase. It came in a cute pouch with newer products I have yet to try. It’s from their “beautifully bare” collection, and they look quite promising. 


I’m quite excited to try the natural glow face palette because you doesn’t love a palette with some nice highlight and contour???

anywhooooo, i must go now. will definitely come with an update later on and review some of the newer products I bought! 

love always, lala.

beauty · lifestyle · Makeup

going to the dark side- essentials salon

I have had blonde in my hair since I got engaged. That was July 2015. When I decided to get my hair done then, I said that it was time for change. I was getting married, I should I have a new look. At the time, my hair was grown out, it was my natural color after who knows how many years. Anyways, I decided to cut my hair a bit, add some blonde tones. I kept the blonde until my wedding, and after also. I mean, I love blonde hair, and it always looks good.

Now, I’ve been married for almost a year and a half, and I. Am. Sick. Of. Blonde.

It’s just such a hassle to maintain, and to make sure it doesn’t go brassy and orange. I had had enough. I did my research, and I finally found the salon I wanted to go to for the change. I have yet to do anything to my hair since I moved to Dubai, which was almost a year and a half ago. I was just waiting to go back home to New York and then do something to my hair. I find it hard to trust new hairdressers, especially because I had been going to the same one for 10 years. But I have events and weddings coming up, and I didn’t want to wait till the last minute.

After A LOT of research, I chose to go to Essentials Beauty Salon and Spa. I had heard good things about this place, and it was also reasonably priced. I called ahead for a consultation, where I met with Svetlana. We discussed whether I should I dye my hair dark, or tone the blonde to a nicer shade and slowly work it back to dark. I decided to tone it to a nice medium/dark brown shade, almost a mocha brown. It would cancel out all the gross blonde that was being stubborn and turning brassy.

The salon atmosphere is so nice, very comforting and relaxing. It’s set in a villa, and decorated in such a cute English style, with shades of pinks and blues, and pretty chandeliers and lace curtains. I was seen right away, and the process begun. It takes about a half hour for toner to set in your hair. So I had my hair washed, toned, and rinsed in under 45 minutes. After, Svetlana dried my hair so I could see how the color turned out.

And it came out to exactly how I wanted it! The blonde toned into the perfect chocolate brown shade of my dreams and blended in nicely with my roots, which are a dark brown/black.

Overall, the whole thing took about an hour, and I left a very happy customer, who will definitely be returning and recommending to everyone who ever asks for salon suggestions. Their rates are very reasonable too, compared to other higher end salons in Dubai, and this salon is categorized into the high end branch. I paid 165 dhs, and I was very pleased with the outcome.

love always, lala.