What: Vinylux mani at Tips and Toes
The atmosphere: Tips and Toes is usually a place I visit when I want a bit of an Asian experience. I recently booked in for a vinylux pedicure at Tips and Toes Al Barsha (my personal favorite branch – their largest and feels like a spa) and paired it with a shoulder massage.
The experience: I didn’t start off on the best note because I felt like everyone was flustered, but as soon as I was taken to my station, I was in relaxation mode. If you’re not familiar with vinylux, it’s pretty much a 7 day polish (like a 7 day shellac, where it doesn’t chip and you don’t even need to use the lamp. The therapists just need to use the brand’s own base and top coat to achieve the results.
Final note and results: Relaxed (their therapists do give some of the greatest massages), and my pedi looked glossy and did last longer than a week.
Recommended rating: 7/10
What: An all natural fruit body massage
The atmosphere: I recently got an all body massage service at home (Blush N Curls offer home services) – an all natural fruit gel massage by Marzia Clinic. I must say, they did a great job with the set up – they brought everything to give you a spa feel at home (my house also smelt like a spa)
The experience: I was so impressed with the products – a massage gel that smells exactly like the fruits (the gel is made out of 100% natural products – has no parabens or silicone). There’s something about how delicious and fresh they smell, all the way to the texture of the gels that made me so happy. They have 6 different types of gel scents from melon, green apple, blueberry, pineapple to red and white grape. I went with white grape, which is great for blemishes on the body, and ‘rebalances the emotional states providing confidence and stimulating imagination’.
Final note and results: Incredibly relaxed, and smelt so good. I live for great massage therapists, so I was really happy.
Recommended therapist: Ha from Blush N Curls
Recommended rating: 9/10
What: Scalp treatment at VK beauty lounge & spa
The atmosphere: a brand new salon in JBR, it’s gorgeous, sleek and spacious.
The experience: Everything from the shower beds to the chairs are comfortable. The treatment by Nioxin was applied on my scalp before getting the loveliest head massage (I fell asleep) to penetrate the scalp. Once that was done, I had my hair washed at the basin. Once the treatment was washed off, and my hair was conditioned – I got my hair blow dried.
Final note and results: My scalp felt squeeky clean and fresh, that it even tingled. I love scalp treatments to balance everything out. A healthy scalp goes a long way…
Recommended stylist: Angela, who was very lovely
Recommended rating: 9/10
What: Margaret Dabbs Pedicure at Nstyle salon
The atmosphere: I must say, I tried a Margaret Dabbs pedicure a couple of years ago (it ain’t cheap) and I don’t think I’ve topped a more luxurious pedi since. I am happy that you can find it at more salons now – and one of them is Nstyle. I recently booked in for a Margaret Dabbs pedi – a pediatric pedi hailing from the UK.
The experience: The pedicure follows the same steps a usual pedi would (except it’s a dry one) and they exclusively use their own products (their filer is made out of glass), and every tool they use is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. That included cleaning, shaping, exfoliating and moisturizing.
Final note and results: I never get softer feet than after a Margaret Dabbs pedi – so it always feels like a treat.
Recommended therapist: Catherine
Recommended rating: 8/10
As a tech and design fanatic, nothing excites me more than the coming together of both entities. So, you can imagine my excitement upon discovering LG SIGNATURE – a range of products for the home that are innovative, whilst still managing to be aesthetically pleasing.
On the one hand, they signify a leap in technological advancements. On the other, a complete reimagining of everyday appliances for the contemporary and sophisticated home.
For me, the standout product is the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV – an advanced piece of technology encompassed in a beautifully sleek body. We’re talking about a TV that is slimmer than a smartphone, literally resembling a picture sitting proudly on your wall.
But it’s not just style over substance… To go into specifics, it has a bezel-less display and is a mere 3.2mm thin. This, coupled with ‘Perfect Black’ technology and over 8 million self-lighting pixels ensures a uniquely rich visual experience. A term I learnt when I came across the TV is ‘Dolby Vision’. Yes, the master behind cinemas and iconic sound. In a nutshell, Dolby has introduced technology which displays HDR footage in 4K and optimises colours in each frame, in real-time.
Additionally, the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV comes with Dolby Atmos® audio, offering unparalleled levels of clarity and flexibility, filling the room to provide complete immersion. We all love a movie night and now your favourite entertainment experience can be from the comfort of your own home.
In terms of pricing, it retails for AED83,999Whilst I appreciate it’s a considerable amount to spend, your TV should always be an investment. It’s not like a phone or laptop which becomes obsolete after a year or two, so take a moment to think about your TV’s importance.
For it to endure the test of time, your TV needs to be as cutting-edge as possible. The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV is exactly that. Not to mention its minimalist design, making it a timeless feature that will complement with your home and live in harmony with your unique style.
Ideal for… a grand stay in Budapest (it has been said Director, Wes Anderson was inspired by the hotel for the movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel) What: Corinthia Hotel, Budapest The Rooms: Spacious, quite modern compared to the exteriors – but space in Europe definitely feels like the ultimate luxury. I stayed in a junior suite, which was lovely – interior was – it was quite simple, but the wow factor goes to the gorgeous walk in closet I had. The Toilets: Corinthia Hotels use ESPA products, and the Budapest one was no different. The Breakfast: Even though I had the option of the breakfast in the lobby, as well as the lounge – I opted for room service on all the days due to the early starts. One thing the Hungarian do really well is their homemade butter, so the pastry basket was on point.
The Food (restaurants & bars):
-Sky Lounge with a view
-Caviar & Bull (order their beef tartare and their homemade truffle butter)
Pool, Spa & Gym: Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, the Royal Spa is worth checking out. They have a gorgeous 15 metre swimming pool (the spa used to be a Turkish Hammam years ago). The spa uses ESPA products for all their treatments – I got a full body massage on one of the days, and a foot massage on another. Price: Starts at EURO300
-The Location: close to everything and quite central
-Bedtime chocolates: Every night the hotel leaves homemade chocolates with a different fruit filling -as well as a note card with the fruit’s benefits. -The design: Fell in love with Budapest’s grand architecture, and you definitely feel that within the hotel’s design. -The service: If there’s one thing the hotel really aced, it’s their service. The staff were super sweet, incredibly helpful and very accommodating.
Ideal for… an authentic culinary concept Restaurant name and location: Enigma restaurant, Palazzo Versace Hotel Cuisine: Persian Atmosphere: Quiet, and attracts hotel guests. What they say: Enigma restaurant’s culinary tale continues to evolve as it features the ‘Taste of Persia’. Inspired by the Iranian origins of our Michelin starred Executive Chef Mansour Memarian, it is the most authentic culinary story to grace the kitchens of Enigma.
What to order:
-Beetroot salad (fresh – and a lovely light starter)
-Masto Khiar wa Naana (yoghurt, cucumbers and mint – but they also have a large range of yogurt options)
-Kabab Kubide (super flavorful – my favorite kabab)
Service: Islam, our server was super sweet and knowledgeable
What I loved:
-The cheese they offer with bread and vegetables is made in house – delicious and one of the best I’ve had in a while.
-If you’re a fan of cocktails, they have a large range of mocktails and cocktails.
-After dinner, I discovered a gem next door – Quincy Jones’ bar, Q’s – who have a band performing live from Tuesday-Saturday that are approved and flown in by Quincy himself and change every 2-3 months.
Ideal for… seafood fans, that want a hip and luxe spot to dine at (without breaking the bank) Restaurant name and location: Crab Market, DIFC Cuisine: seafood Atmosphere: I went during lunch time on a weekday, which wasn’t too busy (they do offer a great deal for their business lunch menu) What they say: Showcasing a delectable menu featuring the most popular seafood items from around the globe, Crab Market offers a unique experience combining delightful dining options complemented by a trendy ambiance in a nautical setting.
With seafood specialities at the heart of its concept, guests can enjoy an array of fresh seafood items, cooked to perfection. It doesn’t end there!
What to order:
-Cauliflower carpaccio (pretty, and so good. The truffle cream is a little heavy)
-Lobster Linguine (Al dente – the lobster was super fresh)
-Truffle and burrata ravioli (out of this world, just perfect and melts in your mouth. Not heavy either)
-Tiramisu (one to try if you like tiramisu)
-Honey cake (refreshing, and light)
What I loved:
-The restaurant does have different things going on – from the business lunch menu to their newly launched brunch.
-Even though it’s a seafood restaurant, they do have some great vegetarian options that are worth dining in for.
-The views of the restaurant, you do get a 360 view of the city.