This September GlamBox hosted a wonderful event at Atlantis The Palm, Nobu Restaurant. The organization, beauty brands, and the venue was beyond my expectation. In fact, I always feel very honorable to be invited to GlamBox as I stand by their brand and products selection. During the event, I had a chance to speak directly with representatives of fabulous brands from the September issue. Below you can see the products which I got and soon will be trying and reviewing.
For those who never came across GlamBox, in brief, it is a company which sends on monthly basis selection of beauty products. So every month is a surprise but always in the most wonderful way. Every time I get in the box something I love using and excited to recommend. So by just apply for a membership, you can be the lucky one who receives beauty surprises every month.
If you want to try finest Thai cuisine in Dubai, then Thiptara is the best place to go. This restaurant is winning all possible awards since its opening and there are strong reasons for such a sustainable success. In Thiptara, the food is a piece of art, and the delicious taste – its soul. The splash of colors, vibrant taste and the coziness of the restaurant makes it so special and unique. Definitely, a Must Visit if you live or visiting Dubai. This time, I wanted to experience Friday brunch at Thiptara with my family.
Place & Specialty
Thiptara is located in Downtown Dubai in a 5-star hotel, Palace Downtown. Once you enter you will see a beautiful lobby and a gorgeous privet garden. The restaurant is done in a modern style with some Thai details. The whole experience getting even better once you realize that you are in the middle of the world-famous dancing fountain, plus you get the best view on Burj Khalifa and calming fire around. Super romantic during the evening and great for family lunch during the day.
Thiptara brunch is based on a sharing concept with the set menu where you can reorder as many dishes as you like. So no need to fight if you like something so much. However, there are two options for the set menu, with or without alcohol. If you got with alcohol, you can enjoy unlimited wine, beer, and cocktails. For a nonalcohol set, there are wonderful Thai ice-teas and delicious mocktails. The food experience was unbelievably good, the best Asian delicacies that you can find in Dubai. My parents tried Thai cuisine for the first time and they absolutely loved it. No doubts they would love to come back to Thiptara again during their next travel.
I absolutely recommend trying brunch at Thiptara with your family to get unforgettable and beautiful experience. Or it is also a wonderful place for a special occasion with your beloved one. Let me know about your experience at Thiptara, would love to know what was your favorite dish there. Please, feel free to leave comments below.
Location – The Palace Downtown, Dubai
Cuisine – Thai
Food quality – extraordinary
Food Presentation – amazing
Service – excellent
Ambiance – relaxing with a beautiful view at the fountain
In Dubai, you can find the best of everything. The city can satisfy any taste and food preference. Plus, with each year there is more what Dubai can offer since it is rapidly expanding. In 2018, it brought us amazing Mexican fine dining restaurant, Peyote. I am a big fan of the Latin-American cuisine so I was trilled to go and check it out. To have the full experience, I went for a brach. The concept of the branch (breakfast+lunch) is super popular in Dubai. Many people here have a tradition on Friday to go for such fun and relaxing experience, usually for the whole afternoon around 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
About The Restaurant
Peyote located in a super fancy dining district DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center). This area is a home to many famous restaurants. Plus, it is a hub for finince and investment services. Interior of Peyote is very chic and modern with great ambiance around. Plus, the Dj plays fun sets which makes you want to dance. Service is outstanding as well, even when the restaurant got packed, staff could manage to take care of everyone. Besides, coming here you can use valet parking free of charge, just stamp the ticket on your way out.
I came for a branch so the whole menu was already set. Peyote has two options, with or without alcoholic beverages. You can also tailor your meal for a specific diet or you can try it all. They have vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes. Moreover, you can reorder anything you like. It is actually perfect if you want to celebrate some special occasion. You just pay the entrance fee and enjoy with the guests without worrying who want to order what and the bill at the end. I saw many such groups having a blast with lots of fancy cocktails and different tequila creations. For me and my sister, they got same delicious non-alchoholic Mexican mocktails. First one was with blackberries and the second, with passion fruit, loved both of them. Food was so good and delicious that it went to my list of the best restaurants, right after the starters.
Let me know if you tried Peyote and what was your favorite thing about it. If you haven’t been there yet, I do recommend to check it out. It is a great option for visitors as well as residents after a hectic week. You will truly get a stress-free, and super fun experience.
One of my favorite places in Dubai for great food and night out is Bagatelle. It is located in the beginning of Shaikh Zaid Road, Fairmont Hotel. I have been there so many times and always happy to come back. The concept of the place is to have nice dinner and then party with great DJ set. Since people in Dubai prefer such nights on Thursdays and Fridays, a month ago, Bagatelle launched a new program Jazz Night for Saturdays. Perfect option for those who want to relax and rest before going to work the next morning.
For me, it was the first Jazz Night ever and I had absolutely awesome time. Music was amazing, some song were chilled, some were more dancy but all were really great. I must say, the singer and the whole band does a great job in playing Jazz. Besides as usually, the food in Bagatelle was outstanding. My favorite is the truffle pizza and basically everything else they serve. Really the food is so great and delicious. So I definitely recommend trying Jazz evening at Bagatelle. Just make sure you reserve a table in advance. One more tip, come after nine as the program starts from 9 pm. In fact, the best timing for this restourant is from 22:00-00:00 on Thursday, Friday and even Saturday. I promise you will have a great evening there.
If you are looking for an excellent French restaurant in Dubai, then you must try Le Cirque at Ritz Carlton DIFC. It was opened a couple of months ago and already got very popular. No wonder because the food and the service there are just divine. In fact, I do expect in the following 2017 that they will get lots of awards in Dubai. So let me share my dinner experience with you…
I went to Le Cirque a week ago with a friend of mine and it was just wonderful experiences. We ordered two starters (seabass and burrata) which were absolutely magnificent. Then for the main, I took pasta with lobster and my friend took fish, both were prepared with a french touch and tasted excellent. The choice for desserts was quite difficult. From one side, I was extremely full and from the other looking at the menu, all of them seemed to be delicious. So we couldn’t resist and ordered two to try. Ours were amazing but looking at the tables around felt like we have to try everything on the menu, so hopefully next time. Le Cirque without a doubt is one of best restaurants in Dubai 2017. Last but not least, since it is a fine dining place, prices are not cheap but if you want the best, you have to pay for the best.
Last time traveling to Dubai, I tried newly opened Thai restaurant Spice Emporium which is located at Westin Hotel. It was such a lovely experience of Asian cuisine which I would like to share with my readers. If you never tasted Thai cuisine, Spice Emporium offers set menu where you can try a little bit of everything. On Wednesdays, they have a great offer evening branch at 179 AED. In this set, you can choose as many starters, main dishes, and grills as you want. Also, it includes soft beverages and dessert. So me and my friend had a Thai food festival after which we could bearly walk. The food was yummy but oily, would suit for those who doesn’t count calories and not on a diet. Nevertheless, I loved fried noodles with seafood and my friend was amazed by curry with rice. She told me it is one of the best she tried in Dubai.
Moreover, during this bruch, there was beautiful shows of Thai dance every half an hour. Amazing how those ladies can twist their fingers and push it backwords. I had truly nice time and a great experience. Spice Emporium is a lovely place to have nice family dinner with cozy and easy going atmosphere. Last but not least, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to your personal preferences.
Many people consider that jewelry is extremely expensive and cannot be purchased for birthdays or other occasions during the year. They allow themselves to get and to give such precious things only on a wedding day. However, I would like to break this misconception and show how, where and why other people go for it. To start, jewelry can be priced at any price, it all depends on the weight, brand, and materials. For example, in Dubai, you can get a gold bracelet starting from $250. Then it is truly the best gift to a person you love for many other reasons,
it is an impressive gift, even the way it sounds, I got a gold bracelet on my birthday;
it is an investment and can be sold for almost the same or better price;
can be melted and redesigned based on personal style;
a person will always think about you while wearing your gift;
sold by weight, therefore you can choose based on your budget;
you can bargain on the price of jewelry you are buying;
precious metals are hypoallergenic so will not irritate the skin;
feels good to wear authentic jewelry not accessory replica.
Of course, at the end of the day, the choice is yours but I never heard from my female friends that they were unhappy to get a piece of jewelry on their special occasions.
After living in Dubai 9 year, today I would like to reveal a secret where you can get an affordable price for such gifts. Liali jewelry is one of the best stores in Dubai to purchase gold and diamonds. Their stores are located in most popular malls among tourists such as The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Center Merdif, Burjuman, Gold & Dimond Park and others. Besides, convenient locations, they offer very competitive prices. I took photos of few pieces, plus you can check it out their website for more. Last but not least, in Dubai, there are lots of stores selling jewelry so if you don’t find something you are looking for at Liali, check it out Gold & Dimond Park near Mall of the Emirates.
FUME is one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai. There you can find plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For any taste and diet there is a solution, plus the chef can tailor some of the dishes to your taste. I have been in FUME for around 6 times, two in the downtown branch and four in Pier 7, Dubai Marina. It is not a Michelin starred food experience, rather a great place to gather with friends. My favorite menu there is for breakfast as it offers great healthy choices. However, I know many people love to come there after work to get a glass of wine or beer. For a lunch, I personally have a mixed feeling about the food. Some dishes I like and some I wouldn’t order it again. But in general, I am super picky with the food and also, my Russian origin can play some role in my food preferences.
Regarding the service, I also have a comment. One time in FUME Pier 7 I was treated rather rude than polite by some British lady when I wanted to sit at a specific table. The restaurant was almost empty and she was trying to give the worst table ever. Maybe that lady just had a bad day, after all we all have such days but with such experience, I didn’t want to go there for many months. So I hope it was an exception rather than their daily way of dealing with customers. Of course, if you come as a press you will be treated excellent everywhere, that is why I like to come as a simple customer to see a true quality of food and service.
Moving on, the interior there is quite nice and different. The place has many modern details, true character and lots of day light. Aw… almost forgot to mention about gorgeous view of the yacht bay and lovely water channel. In conclusion, FUME restaurant is a great simple place to come with a big group of friends and have some fun. If you tried this restaurant already, let me know about your experiences, I would love to know your opinion about it.
Location – Fume Pier 7 & Downtown Dubai
Cuisine – British
Food quality – great for breakfast and snacks, the rest was nothing special
Food Presentation – simple food with little decorations
Service – average, sometimes excellent sometimes rude
The first day of my vacation in Mauritius, I went for the full day of side seeing. I didn’t organize the tour instead, I ask the tour company As-Siyaaha Tour Operator to create some nice plan with the best places to visit. So we agree the driver pick me up at 8 am and take me around. Within a day, I saw so many beautiful places such as,
It was a very productive day to get to know Mauritius. The think I liked the most, my tour was very privet so I could decide where to stop and what I want to see. If you are visiting Mauritius you can also tailor your tour this way and just see the best of the island. Last but not least, I was traveling alone but if you are coming with a family or group of friends, it would be a great deal since the van can accommodate many people. Also, I did a full video of my tours and places I visited so feel free to watch it.
Recently I tried a very nice French bistro, Couqley and would like to share my experience with you. The restaurant located in JLT at Movenpick hotel. It is an amazing place to come with a group of friends and have a fun evening. I went there during the day in order to take nice photos but I felt like it more of an evening place. The interior had nice French details although at the first sight I felt the design is similar to a typical British restaurant. The food there was great, I tried a couple starters, main course, and dessert. My favorite dishes were Poêlée de Champignons for a starter and Sea Bass with gilled eggplants on a side as main course. The portions are quite big, you can get full with one course. For the dessert, their specialty is Pain Perdu (almost like a french toast). However, I was so full and just took crème brule and my friend took tart of the day, it was with strawberries. Both were delicious. The crème brule was a great choice as it was very light after a big meal. Last but not least, for me, it is one of the best french restaurants in town so I definitely recomend to try it. Below you can see all photos from my lunch at Couqley French Bistro.
Location – JLT, Mövenpick Hotel
Cuisine – French Bistro
Food quality – excellent, fresh and delicious
Food Presentation – very nice, simple and appealing
Service – excellent, all staff trained well and the manager is super friendly
Ambiance – cozy with French touches, nice for socializing
Parking – 30 AED at Mövenpick or you can find free parking near the building
Today the review is going to be about Revlon Makeup palette in Nude Colors and two recent mat lip products. My first impression of the palette was great, you can check it out my YouTube review. Revlon Palette includes 6 eye shadows, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses and 1 blush. Such an amazing set for everyday. In fact, it is a great purchase for traveling as you get all necessary products. Also, from many palettes that I had, I noticed that this one is super slim and doesn’t take much space. Mine has nudes colors which suit me really well. Besides, you cannot go wrong with it as colors are very soft and even if you are not a makeup artist, your face will look flawless. This palette is great to start if you don’t own any makeup or if you want to get maximum good products for the money.
Quality – good, easy to apply
Package – great package, very thin and easy to fit in the purse
Effect – soft nudes colors, great for day looks and gives a nice fresh glow
Smell – none
Skin reaction – none, very comfortable for eyes and skin
Price – $$
Total – ★★★★★
Moreover, I got two mat lip products in pink and red color, I am not sure of the name of each as it isn’t mentioned on the package. Those lipsticks were a love from the first side, especially the pink one. Pink is very easy to apply and it stays for the whole day. Red is beautiful as well but you need to have a lip pencil so your lips don’t look messy. I found the red is more tricky to apply and it is not as mat as the pink one. In addition, both of them doesn’t dry lips as all others mat lipsticks I ever tried. The texture is very smooth and light.
Quality – excellent
Package – very velvety and nice to hold
Effect – perfect mat lips
Smell – light berry scent
Skin reaction – none, comfortable for lips to wear it
If you are looking for Italian fine dining in Dubai, then you should definitely try Segreto restaurant. The ambiance there so relaxing and chic. Ideal place to take your Louboutins for a walk. Also, the food at Segreto is really an experience, each dish prepared in a very exclusive way with a wonderful presentation. I went there with a friend of mine and for starters, we ordered grilled octopus and seafood soup. I loved both of them so writing now about those dishes makes me hungry. Then for main courses, we got pasta with cod fish and black bream, delicious as well. For dessert without hesitation, I took my favorite tiramisu. Maybe I should have tried something else but it is really my favorite one. Me and my friend enjoyed our evening so much that we forgot rush and stress of the city. Moreover, there is a lounge upstairs which is perfect for drinks after the food. The view and ambiance there are just fantastic. Espessially with the weather now, you will enjoy it a lot. Last but not least, the restaurant is located in the heart of Jumeirah resorts, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The place is surrounded by water channels so you will feel yourself almost like in Venice. This was my experience so if you already been in Segreto, let me know about yours and what was your favorite dish. If you never been there, you should definitely put it in your “where to dine” list.
The collaboration between Kenzo and H&M is the top exciting events for this season. After the huge success with Balmain last year, H&M decided to do it with the other luxury brand, Kenzo. For my readers, I am revealing the collection secrets, before it even arrived to the stores. In this line, you will see splash colors with lots of animal prints. I felt like each piece in KENZOxH&M line is the statement. I would also highlight the double sides jackets. I love the idea that by buying one jacket you can flip it and get another color. Such a cool and quick transformation. Besides, there are lots of amazing accessories as well with Kenzo logo. So if you always wanted to own luxury pieces in your wardrobe, it is a great chance to get it at an affordable price.
KENZOxH&M collection will be launched on 3rd November in selected stores. In Dubai, it will be availible in official H&M stores at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Center and in Abu Dhabi at Yas Mall. Hurry up because it will be sold out super quick.
A week ago I tried laser peeling for my face, Ultra Peel and would like to share my experience. I did it in EuroMed Clinic which was opened recently in Dubai on Jumeirah Rd. This clinic is super clean and has the most sophisticated equipment in the beauty industry. Plus, they have one of the best cosmetologists, Rebecca Treston. So I was very confident that it is the right place to try something new for my face. When I entered, I saw lovely interior and cozy ambiance. I was asked to fill some documents regarding my medical history as well as my cosmetologist, Rebecca asked about my skin concerns. After our consultation, she recommended light peeling, explained healing process and what I can achieve with this treatment.
The procedure takes just 10-20 minutes and it is not painful (from 0 to 10 pain level), I would give 1-2. You will feel mainly tingling and a little burning on your face. But as I said is the least painful cosmetic procedure ladies go for.
After peeling is over, cosmetologist put some healing cream. Then I was asked to go to another room for calming face mask which took 10 minutes more. During it, I was feeling that my face is actually burning. The whole experience identical to a mild sunburn.
In fact, the first day after laser peeling, it is the most painful time. Pain level for me was 3, as I said identical experience with a sunburn. The skin is extremely sensitive so be prepared that you will not be able to put any face cream neither foundation for sure. I tried 5 different creams but once I apply my face was on fire so I had to remove it same second. The only product I could put is 100% pure Argan Oil. So my personal recommendation first day, forget about your beauty products just apply some light and pure face oils.
After 2 hours the pink look went away but then in the evening I felted again. Burning sensation was on and off the whole day. During Day 2 my face looked nice but felt very tight and dry.
Day 1. In the evening, same day
Day 2. The next morning.
The next three days (Day 3, 4, 5), my skin was peeling a lot so it was impossible to apply foundation. Almost like a snake losing its skin. So be prepared not to put any makeup during those days at least for a week after you did laser peeling. However, my skin looked quite good even without any foundation. I was going to the events but no one noticed anything. If you look at the person from a normal distance, skin looks fresh and even.
Day 3. No foundation
Day 4. No makeup
Then after the skin fully recovered, my face looked even, blemishes disappeared and pores became much smaller. I absolutely love the result and would love to do this procedure at least once a year in between my semi facials with the massage. In fact, laser treatments can solve many skin issues and make your face look like from a Vogue cover page. The most important are to find the right cosmetologist and a good clinic. If you live in Dubai, EuroMed Clinic is great for such serious treatments. Besides, they have many others services.
One of the biggest fashion events in Dubai is Arab Fashion Week which is dedicated to designers from all over the world. The event is semiannual and happens twice a year, usually in October and March. During Spring/Summer’17 runway, I saw designers from different countries such as Italy, USA, Saudi Arabia, France, Sweden and others. All shows were hosted at The Meydan Hotel, the top popular place for horse racing and big concerts. However, each season, the location of AFW is always different. I recorded a little video about the event, so you can see the ambience and shows which I attended this time.
The first day was mainly men’s collection and other days were women fashion shows. Each runway was very standard for 10-15 minutes with a break between different designers. Outside were mini clothing and accessory shops so during half an hour break, I went around and talk to some of the designers. Also, at the end of each day there was an afterparty and on the last day was a big red carpet event. I went for one afterparty at VII restaurant which was absolutely awesome, the other ones, unfortunately, I had no time to attend.
If you would like to participate or just attend next AFW, check it out the official website for more details. Personally, I registered as a blogger but it is possible to come and see fashion shows even if you are not related to the industry. So if you have a passion for fashion, you should totally attend the next one. Last but not least, I feel like each season Arab Fashion Week getting better and better, bigger designers participating in it and the whole organization moving to a larger scale.
Busaba Eathai is a famous restaurant in London which was recently opened in Dubai. They serve Thai cuisine with traditional and contemporary dishes. I was invited there for a long dinner and food review with around 25 of other bloggers. It was a first time for me to come across this place and quite fun to get to know new people. Employees at Busaba Eathai prepared for us set up menu, as well as before our meal they also asked about our food preferences. For example, some people were vegetarians, some didn’t tolerate spicy food and some preferred extra spicy. So they took care of each and every.
I liked that our meal was done with high-quality ingredients, and was slightly spicy (with a touch of chilly). I don’t tolerate very spicy food so the level they prepared was just perfect. Also, Busaba Eathai has very nice ambience like candles everywhere, relaxing music and a lovely smell of Thai oils. Plus, the interior is great with high-end wooden tables and luxurious minimalistic touch.
In general, I like Asian cuisine and after Busaba Eathai experience I like it even more. They had absolutely great food. All seafood dishes tasted delicious, all meat was done excellent and other feasts were just amazing. After the dinner, I wasn’t even sure what was my favorite because I truly liked everything. I tried a couple of Thai restaurants in Dubai before and in my opinion, Busaba Eathai is one of the best. Last but not least, if you decide to try it, there are free underground parking for 3 hours right next to the restaurant.
Location – The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Cuisine – Thai
Food quality – excellent, very fresh and exclusive
Food Presentation – everything looked great and yummy
Welcome – very friendly personnel
Service – super nice, fast plus they remember each person preferences