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Dunja Ghag | Beauty & Makeup Blog, London



Review: The Facialift massager by Sarah Chapman

For anyone not yet familiar with London’s most sought-after facialist please let me introduce you all to Sarah Chapman. With a long list of celebrities on her list, Sarah’s facials are adored by leading journalists, London society ladies and everyone in between. Sarah’s facials are always seen in the glossy pages of Vogue, Tatler, Elle and InStyle. So when I was introduced to the Facialist massager I was very excited to get a little piece of Sarah’s ‘magical touch’ even if it’s an extended version I had to settle for. This little tool has 8 heads with 48 massaging nodules; the nodules mimic the tapping, pinching and knuckling of Sarah’s signature facial. It has been designed to help reshape, refine, tone the contours of your face, release tension in the jaw and also promotes lymphatic drainage. This little tool is best used with your cleanser or once you have applied your serum. With regular usage your complexion will become brighter, tighter and have an overall much healthier appearance. Similar to what we all look like when we leave from having a facial; glowing perfected skin! With focusing on the lymphatic drainage aspect over time puffiness will be reduced as this will help drain toxins and in turn it will also promote oxygen to the skin. This is a simple tool to introduce to your current routine, I love this little tool, I have been testing this out over the past few weeks, using it sometimes in the morning, in the evening or both! It does leave you feeling very refreshed and toned. Almost like a Pilates for your face. Tight and toned is what we all desire and with a beautiful bright glow I am definitely keeping this on my routine. With the holidays around the corner this is a great little unique stocking stuffer.
The Facialift can be purchased online please click here and to read more about Sarah Chapman please visit her website



Review: Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Hair Oil

Experience the instant conditioning powers of murumuru butter, coconut oil along with a blend of soothing essential oils of Rosemary, Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli in this deep penetrating hair oil. Use on dry hair (apply 2-3 pumps depending on the length and thickness of your hair) concentrating on the ends of your locks. Hair oils have become very trendy again; they work well on all hair types and help fuse split ends to create a smooth and controlled look. Curly hair can be easily hydrated and tamed but will require a few more pumps to help provide the essential moisture to create defined curls. The texture is lightweight and non-greasy. The coconut oil provides a deep nourishing feeling. Another way to use Enrich Hair Oil is as a weekly treat simply apply to dry hair (all over again focus on the ends mostly however incorporate a scalp massage to help promote circulation) just cover with a plastic wrap and simply leave this on your hair for as long as possible; overnight is the best option. The following morning continue as usual with your shampoo and conditioner routine. After doing this last night my hair which is typically tangled and wild is smooth as silk and yet still has beautiful body. Lightly scented with beautiful relaxing essential oils this is my new found hair fix.

To discover more about Aromatherapy Associates and to order online please click here



Ciaté Sequined Manicure

We’ve had the Velvet and Caviar nails, but the latest must have for your DIY manicure ….. Introducing the Ciaté Sequined Manicure. Oh yes girls. Just in time for the party season, when sequins are always appropriate if not essential for the evening looks, it seems the perfect on trend- manicure from Ciaté’s will be like the other sell-out nail trends they have done in the past.
With celebrity fans including Pink, Rita Ora, Jessi J, Rihanna, Kate Moss, Adele, Kelly Rowland and Kelly Brook loving their Caviar and Velvet manicures, the Sequined version is sure to be a hit. This will be available in three different colors (Red, Gold & Multi-Color), the kit is launching in Selfridges nationwide from November. please click here to visit Ciaté’s website




Brand Discovery & Review: Gadi 21 Minerals

Gadi 21 Minerals is an exceptional range of body and skin care products with a unique dual formulation that blends the 21 of the purest minerals taken from the Dead Sea which includes Sodium, Magnesium and Bromide, which all stimulates the natural skin repair process. More than half of these Active Minerals can only be exclusively found in Gadi 21 a formula which is why results are virtually instant!
Since ancient times, the high mineral content of the Dead Sea has been renowned for its health benefits and significant improvement of a number of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Today Hollywood royalty, such as: Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Madonna and Jane Fonda benefit from the healing and beautifying properties the Dead Sea provides.
All products in the Gadi 21 Minerals range are Paraben and Propylene Glycol free. The unique 21 minerals stimulate dormant cells and revive the mechanisms that are essential for healthy skin, making the skin act, look and feel younger, even after just a few treatments. Consequently, the skin becomes firm, hydrated, elastic and radiant. Both women and man can benefit from this exclusive range.
For the ultimate effect the unique Active Minerals in Gadi 21 Minerals products are combined harmoniously with Essential oils, Botanical Oils and plant extracts such as Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Green Tea and essential multi-vitamin complexes. These concentrated solutions of regenerating energy, have been specially formulated to ensure optimum affinity with your skin.
I have had the pleasure to test a few of the ‘MUST HAVES’ from the range

Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask; this mud mask is rich with Dead Sea Mud and Minerals, this mask promises to penetrate deeply to help cleanse your pores of excess sebum, fight toxins and remove blemish causing impurities which is great for all skin types to use weekly. It also will promote skin cell regeneration and maintain skins natural moisture and pH balance, in turn giving you younger looking and more radiant skin. This is a very deep detoxing mask, simply apply to damp skin and allow the mask to remain on for 10-15 minutes rinse with lukewarm water, do not use cleanser to remove as it will rinse away all the goodness. My skin felt and looked refreshed, tight and clear. I have now used this mask on three occasions and it is very good for a weekly treatment to clean away all the impurities from the environment and makeup used all week.

Soothing Eye Gel; this light weight formula is enriched with Dead Sea Minerals which will help restore the skin’s resilient tone by improving elasticity and helping to stimulate collagen. It also contains Beeswax; rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for all human cell development. This little eye gel also possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, skin softening and elasticity enhancing properties. I LOVE this lightweight eye gel, it is ideal for anyone with very sensitive skin it provides instant relief along with hydration. I have added this to my daily routine and fine lines are already looking softer. It is a simple product which I personally like for around the eye area to help avoid any irritation.

Body Butter (Tangerine and Melon); this is a deeply rich and luxurious formula and is Enriched with Dead Sea Minerals and Shea Butter. This lush body butter will transform dull winter skin into soft smooth hydrated silk as it infuses the body with deep hydration to improve skin elasticity and rehydrate. This body butter has a marvelous sweet, fresh and juicy citrus scent the top-note of tangerine and exotic melon oil help to soothe and relax your body and mind. I am totally addicted to this and to my body butter is now long gone! It creates a lovely soft sheen to the skin while soaking in without leaving a film of product.

To visit Gadi 21’s website please click here



Makeup by Dunja Reader’s Prize Giveaway: Rodial Glamtox Kit (valued at £35.00 per kit)

Three of my luck readers who follow my beauty blog will be selected for a prize giveaway to win their very own Glamtox Kit by Rodial! To enter please simply click here (please include your name and email address). Rodial’s Glamtox kit is your pre-holiday skin mini makeover in a box. This kit contains 5 of Rodial’s most fabulous skincare products all in a handy travel-size kit! Get set for smooth, soft & younger looking skin on-the-go with these perfect pampering products.

Glamtox Kit Contains:
GLAMTOX cleansing balm 30ml
GLAMTOX day SPF15 15ml
GLAMTOX night 15ml
glam balm LIP 2.5ml
GLAMOXY snake serum 2.5ml

To find out more about Rodial please click here

Best of luck everyone & thank you for following my beauty blog! Closing date for all entries will be Monday the 5th of November 2012



My Indulgent Find of the Week: By Kilian

While investigating around one of my favorite beauty floors in London; Harvey Nichols I see the glossy and matte mysterious black bottles with tassels displayed on counter. I approached and was warmly greeted by Kaley, I knew absolutely zero about the range. I was taken on knowledgeable and exciting experience into the wonderful World of by Kilian.

Kilian himself comes from a long line of cognac makers and is the grandson of the LVMH Group. He has worked for some of the top perfume houses such as the likes of Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani. However the commercial world of fragrance was left behind and in 2007 Kilian launched his very own unique line that embodies his own personality and uncompromising luxury.

L’Oeuvre Noire was the original collection and comprises of ten perfumes; Prelude to Love, Love, Beyond Love, Love and Tears, A Taste of Heaven, Straight to Heaven, Back to Black, Liaisons Dangereuses, Cruel Intentions and Sweet Redemption. Each fragrance has a story/theme which plays an essential role to the creation, as Kilian wanted to cast a spell of temptation. As I smelt the perfumes they had a real point of difference to virtually everything I have ever worn. The only brand I have that would be somewhat comparable is Penhaligons. I experienced smells I was not familiar with yet loved. The perfumes have a very uniqueness like nothing I have ever smelt before.

Arabian Nights by Kilian was the secondary collection in which it combines an Eastern inspiration with today’s society. The collection is composed of five perfumes all built around essential oils with strong symbolic values from the East; Oud, Rose, Incense, Amber and Musk. Oud is extremely rare and precious oil found in Agarwood. In many Middle Eastern countries, Oud is believed to be worth more than its weight in gold.

Asian Tales by Kilan is the third collection which is inspired by traditional Asian Tales this is a slightly ‘fresher’ perfume story and currently has two scents; Water Calligraphy (was created to pay ‘homage’ to the art of calligraphy) and Bamboo Harmony (was inspired from the tale of the bamboo cutter). The collection will develop with an additional three perfumes in the future.

Excitingly a fourth collection is due to launch exclusively at Harvey Nichols and can be pre-viewed at the moment. Just a little hint to temp you …. Into the Garden of Good and Evil …. The collection has three sinful seductive scents.
Prices start from £145 – £245 another fabulous facet to the brand it is an Eco Lux Company, which in turn means once you have purchased your initial perfume a refill service is available for £65

By Killian is located in Harvey Nichols, London
A perfume experience can be booked in with Kaley Joslin or her team on +44 (0) 207 235 5000



Review: SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette:04 KESHIZUMI

Exclusively sold within Selfridges London I discovered the brand SUQQU .The name SUQQU was derived from the Japanese word sukku-to meaning “posture with attitude”. The Japanese cultural tradition of inner composure and serenity is echoed through the SUQQU range. SUQQU is a very classic brand and was created to nurture and enhance the sophistication that is the award of maturity.

My first product to try of the brand is the elegant four-in-one eyeshadow palette in shade; 04 KESHIZUMI. Online this palette appears slightly more grey and silver in tone however it is a far more wearable collection of colors. The palette has a medium to deep matte plumy brown, a slightly mid-tone shimmery taupe, a soft champagne crossed with a silver tone perfect for highlighting and a matte white shadow great to use on the inner corners of the eyes. The eyeshadows themselves apply like silk, and blends effortlessly. The selection of textures makes a great selection that is easily worn for day and changed into an evening look. The eyeshadow’s have an innovative formula that uses a silicon-coating and amino acid-coating to their pigments which was developed to promote healthy skin and to provide a long-lasting finish. The packaging is lush, glossy and black. The palette has a large mirror along with mini applicators (sponge / brush). Available in 15 shades the SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette retails at £45.00

Please click here to visit the SUQQU website

For online purchases please click here



Review: Penhaligon’s Elixir Classic Candle

With the weather settling into autumn, I was very excited to light up my ‘winter treat’ which is my Elixir Classic Candle by Pehhaligon’s. The scent fills the entire flat with an aroma of warm spices, soothing green eucalyptus, feminine Turkish rose and jasmine are combined with incense and woods which all come together divinely. For anyone curious to know all the notes within this heartwarming candle the breakdown is as follows; the Head Notes are: Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Orange Blossom Absolute and White Cedar the Heart Notes are: Red Turkish Rose Absolute, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Cinnamon Leaves, Mace and Rosewood and the Base Notes are: Benzoin, Tonka beans, Vanilla, Incense, Red Sandalwood and Guaicum Wood
This is the ideal scent for the colder winter months. Penhaligon’s candles are all packed full of essential oils which creates a richer, more aromatic scent that is long lasting and pure. The wax is soy based and they are all hand-blended to ensure an ultra long burning time. This sexy candle is contained in an elegant black glass container for an ultra chic look to any room your home. The burn time of the Elixir Candle is 30 hours and retails for £32.00
To order online please on Penhaligon’s website please click here



Problem: Pigmentation …. Solution: The Rodial skin bleach KIT

The Rodial skin bleach KIT combines three full sized products for a concentrated and highly effective skin brightening regime to restore a youthful even toned glow. Rodial’s skin bleach kit is ideal for all ages, all skin types and all ethnicities. Not only can this kit be used on the face it can treated specific areas such as your body and hands! As always Rodial has chosen a very hard-hitting name however don’t be put off the range is fabulous!

The Rodial skin bleach KIT Contains:

Rodial skin bleach mask this is a powerful combination of fruit acids and proteolytic enzymes and focuses on correcting your skin tone and brighten the complexion. A potent combination of fruit acids and proteolytic enzymes work in synergy to exfoliate the skin for a brighter more radiant complexion. This mask worked it’s magic to exfoliate away dead skin cells from my face and noticed immediate results; brighter skin, clearer skin and tightened overall look was achieved.

Rodial skin bleach cleanser is an innovative exfoliating glycolic wash that reduces the appearance of age spots and uneven skin tone. A complex combination of fruit acids smooth and retexture skin for a brighter and younger looking complexion. This illuminating formula leaves skin bright and refreshed. Skin looks and feels brighter and smoother instantly. This product is effective yet gentle, so gentle in fact that when I cleansed my skin my typically sensitive eyes that burn from most cleansers were not irritated in the least. The scent is rather gorgeous for a cleanser, fruity and playful.

Rodial’s skin bleach serum is an intensive skin brightener. This intense formula corrects and evens out hyper-pigmentation and sun damage for a brighter and more youthful looking complexion whilst refining pore size and minimising the appearance of wrinkles. It will also help diminish acne scarring as this was a concern on my shoulders, and have seen a great improvement already.

I did notice for the first 3 days my skin did feel slightly drier than usual and this can be expected due to all the exfoliation that is taking place from all the products combined. It is essential to always wear an SPF even when the sun is not out, as exposure to UVA/UVB rays is one of the culprits behind pigmentation. I have been using the kit for the past 10 days and have seen an improvement already. It is essential to be patient when trying to fade pigmentation; years of damage have caused it so it requires time to be gently faded away for a complexion of perfection.

The Rodial skin bleach KIT is priced at £149.00 and can be purchased online by clicking here Please note all products in the Rodial skin bleach KIT can be purchased individually if you wish



Lily of the Valley by Yardley London

Lily of the Valley is a delicate, white, flower which grows in abundance in the English countryside, but only for a very limited time during the months of May and June. This infrequent flower is at the heart of this beautifully modern version of this classic, floral scent.

Yardley London’s classic Lily of the Valley fragrance is a light and elegant scent with citrus top notes, combined with a heart of fresh, spring flowers, including lily of the valley, jasmine, geranium and magnolia; dying down with an amber and woody base.
Yardley’s Lilly of the Valley collection ranges from Eau de Toilette, Boxed Soaps and Body Wash to specialty gifted sets.
Please click here to visit Yardley London’s website where you can also conveniently order online.