Category Archives: Skincare

Gosh Makeup

Hi everyone!

A while back I received some goodies from Gosh (Arabia) and wanted to share my review on it with you all.

I first heard about this brand here in the Middle East and more recently I’ve been seeing Gosh stands at various drug stores and beauty outlets in Turkey and the UK. It’s an affordable brand and is mostly found in large hypermarkets and department stores here in Bahrain.

I remember initially purchasing their bronzers and blushers a while back but never repurchased again. (Don’t know why).

I didn’t really know much about the brand, but later found out that it’s Danish and that it uses natural ingriedients, it’s paraben free and cruelty free. All good things we like to hear from this industry, so here it goes.

These are the products in all:-

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It included a Prime and Refresh Illuminating roll on for the eyes, a Skin Perfecting Illuminating Primer, a Mascara, a Setting Powder, Lipstick, a Lip Pencil and an Eyeshadow Palette.

Prime and Refresh Illuminating Roll On

This is something I’d never really thought of using before as I’ve only just gotten into the habit of using eye creams!. A primer that illuminates and refreshes, that it does! The cooling effect of this roll on is really soothing, and the thin gel like consistency allows it to absorb nicely into my skin. I’ve used it under heavy and light makeup and although i can’t say it would replace my Mac Paint Pot in Ochre, it’s definately one to use when your skin is feeling super dry and thirsty.

 

Primer Plus Illuminating Skin Perfector

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Now this is something very exciting! Illuminating? Mmm not really sure about that but skin perfecting? Oh yes! I’ve been using this straight for almost a week now with various types of foundations and BB creams and I just love it! I have quite large pores especially on the frontal part of my face and the formula of this is quite amazing. It not only minimises pores but also reflects or diverts the light away (I think that’s the science behind the ‘illuminating’ part). The texture is not like the sillicone based ones at all, it’s slightly more grainy/fine powdery like which gives a matte finish.

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I’d be glad to use this on good skin days with a light dusting of powder and bronzer on top. perfect for during the summer.

 

Prime n Set Setting Powder

An all round good setting powder that has worked beautifully on top of my foundation, even during flash photography, with no ‘flashback’. Smaller than some setting powders, brilliant for when travelling.

9 Shades Shadow matt eye shadow palette (To Be Cool in Copenhagen)

Another product that I found great to use! Highly pigmented shades with gorgeous grey and nude tones that are true colours, They are easily blended and you can mix all shades together which is just genius.

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MIddle row shades

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Bottom 3 shades

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These were all with just 1 stroke of colour so you can see the intensity of the tones in each colour.

Classic nudes, intense smokey eyes, chocolate shades… these eye looks can all be created with this palette.

Lipstick and Lipliner

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IMG_4660This matt lipstick in 010 ‘Smoothie’ and lipliner pencil in 001 ‘Nougat Crisp’are both a beautiful shade of what I like to call petal pink.

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The liner is ever so slightly deeper than the lipstick and when worn together they both very pretty.

 

Boombastic Mascara

Now I like my mascaras to have a bit of moisture but unfortunately this mascara didn’t. The only thing I can say that liked about this mascara was the wand, the bristles were shaped in a swirled sort of way which captured easch very well. Maybe it was my lashes (!) I’m not quite sure if I just had a bad lash das (if that’s even possible), but I’ll keep using it and keep you guys updated on this particular one 😉

 

Heavenly Spa Signature Massage – The Westin Hotel Bahrain

Hello!

Last week I visited the Westin Hotel here in Bahrain for a little pampering and well a deserved massage (it’s always well deserved right?) :)

Located within the main City Centre Mall, The Heavenly Spa is very convenient for us hardcore shoppers after a long day.

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Up on the 3rd floor of the hotel, this place is a hidden gem in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

I was greeted by my therapist and was given a mini tour of the facilities. I was delightfully impressed, especially by the authentic Turkish Hamam.

After getting into my robe it was time to get started. My therapist asked all the relevant questions beforehand and determined the right amount of pressure to apply during the massage for me.

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It was based on a Swedish massage using White Tea oil that had a warm and comforting smell. She then used a heated compress which was made up of a pouch filled with a mixture of tumeric, cinnamon, tamarind, ginger and rock salt. It felt quite hot when she applied the pouch but felt extremely soothing at the same time too.

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The whole treatment lasted an hour and I felt totally relaxed yet energised afterwards. She knew how to de-stress my back especially my upper shoulders where I tend to be tense most of the time.

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My favourite part of the whole experience was the smell of the White Tea. It was absolutely divine. I love citrus/floral scents so this just hit the spot.

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I was later told that White Tea oil is the signature aroma of all Westin hotels throughout the world including their shampoos and body washes.

After my massage I entered an area dimly lit, super quiet and relaxed in my robe whilst drinking a soothing hot cup of ginger tea.

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Who would of thought one could have this experience whilst at the mall? What a lovely escape on a busy shopping afternoon. I know where I’ll be next time the kids want to watch a movie! Absolute heaven.

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Contact details

Heavenly Spa by Westin

tel: +973 17171222

heavenlyspa.bahrain@westin.com