Fact: I’m a major Apple fan. My iPhone is glued to me almost 24/7, and while I don’t hate BlackBerry yet it remains my secondary/work phone, there is no way I’d be able to give up my iPhone. Or could I?
A few weeks ago I headed over to the sneak preview of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Dubai, which is being touted as the best Android phone on the market (and declared so by Mashable). The techie and gadget addict in me was curious and who doesn’t like getting the early scoop? Here are the highlights of the event courtesy my Twitter account (follow me @dollz87) and my unfiltered Tweet-thoughts: Continue reading →
Even though I’m a die-hard Dubai-an, sometimes the city seems a little too tidy to me. I miss the graffiti that I got used to seeing all around while living in Los Angeles. So if you don’t have graffiti in Dubai, what do you do? Bring the world-famous graffiti artist FABEL to Dubai!
In association with CKone, Fabel will be visiting Faces and Sephora in Dubai this coming weekend to personalize CKone Shock Street Edition bottles. For every CKone Shock Street Edition Eau de Toilette purchased (AED 230), FABEL will graffiti your name in the back!
I’m a sucker for personalized gifts and this would make a great addition to any perfume addict’s collection! So don’t forget to mark the following dates in your calendar to meet FABEL!
Faces Mall of the Emirates on Thursday 28th of March from 5-9PM
Sephora The Dubai Mall on Friday 29th March from 3-5:30PM
Sephora The Dubai Mall of Saturday 30th of March from 4-8PM
I’m ancient by Dubai standards. While most people consider themselves old-timers if they’ve lived here for 5 years, next year I’ll be celebrating 20 years of living in Dubai. And as much as I love Dubai, there are a few pitfalls of living here that long, which especially affect your social life.
For one, it’s a fairly transient city so most people only end up staying for a few years at a time. And it’s a small and cliquey city – you generally only socialize with people who you work with or have known for years. So after all these years, when I’m craving something fresh in my social circle, what do I do? Enter Restronaut – Dubai’s latest startup that promises to “make social, social again.”
A few weeks ago I listed out a wish list of beauty brands that I hoped would be available in Dubai soon. One of those that narrowly missed that list was Bliss – and low and behold, Bliss launched in Dubai last week with a kiosk and mini-spa inside Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates.
Founded in 1996 in New York City, Bliss started as a spa that revolutionized the industry thanks to its super-effective services and fun, casual spa environment.
For someone like me who enjoys spa treatments but doesn’t have the time to plan and book an appointment, Bliss products are great. A favorite is the That’s Incredi-Peel glycolic resurfacing pads. I’ve mentioned the benefits of glycolic acid for much-ignored feet but I absolutely love this ingredient for the face too. One treatment with these pads and I feel my skin has a fresh new layer. I’m happy that I no longer need to order these from the United States and are available in Dubai at AED 225 for a box of 30 pads.
Other products worth checking out are the fatgirl range and the body butters. I have a few products in the testing pipeline and will definitely share the reviews once I’ve passed a judgement. For the Bliss Spa experience, you can also head over to their mini-spa inside Debenhams. They have a range of 20-minute treatments which include skincare, waxing and much more. Now you can get your shopping and beauty prepping done at the same time!
Bliss comes from the same group of companies that has other favorite brands like Elemis, Clarisonic and Dr. Sebagh. It’s owned by the Starwood Group so if you want to get the full Bliss Spa NYC-experience, head over to the W Hotel in Doha. I know I’m tempted to book a flight!
While there are hundreds of salons and spas in Dubai, the best ones are those that are (a) convenient and (b) have quality services. One such spa that has both of these qualities is The Cure Beauty Spa.
Located in the heart of Media City (DMC10 – the BBC World building – same as Sumo Sushi), The Cure is a perfect retreat for all those women working in the Media City/Internet City areas who need a quick pampering session during their lunch break or before an evening event.
A few weeks back, the lovely Tash of TishTash PR arranged a pampering session for bloggers at The Cure. I was in the midst of errands so went for a basic manicure. I generally prefer to manicure my own nails but if I’m testing out a new salon, I always ask for a no-polish, buff manicure to see if the therapists know the basics of a good manicure: cuticle grooming and filing. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the experience and had shiny nails without the usual cuticle peeling for a good three weeks. I’m even tempted to go back and checkout the Ear Candling therapy – read the full review here by Emilie of GlamBox Middle East.
The Cure also has an interesting promo going on every month and for February you can take advantage of The Date Night Pamper Box. Find them on Facebook for more information on their latest promo.
The Cure is open from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday to Thursday and from 10 am to 7 pm on Fridays. You can book an appointment by calling 04-391-6485.