Diva Nails 2017 (Valentines Nails, Water Marble and Acrylic)

Diva Nails 2017 (Valentine's Nails, Water Marble and Acrylic)



Hi Divas!

This week I want to share some of my nail art with you. I love doing my nails and getting creative with my manicures. A lot of my designs don't even make it to Instagram nevertheless this blog. I do all my nail art by trial and error. A lot of the times it's an error. Doing creative manicures as I said before takes a whole lot of patience and a steady hand. It can become frustrating if you trying something that looks perfect in your head but does not translate that well into reality. I want to share four manicures I did recently. I am always looking to try new things and challenging myself. I really want to get my grip on stamping designs. I have the plates and the stamper. I just need to get my hands on the right nail polish. If you have any suggestions please let me know below.




1. Christmas Nails:
Would you believe me if I told you that the nails in the photo on the top left is not even my real nails? I know, right? What a shocker! They look super natural but it is true, they are not my real nails. It was Christmas Eve, I just finished helping my mom with the cooking and I washed and styled my hair. I was dead tired and it was late. I have only used acrylic nails once in my life. I was too tired to stay up late and wait for my nail designs to dry. I decided to apply these acrylic nails which I bought from Clicks and add my own touch to them. Viola! Perfect Christmas Nails in like half and hour. I added the nail stickers and rhinestones for a festive theme. I even fooled my mom. She had no idea that they were not my own nails. I found a new love for acrylic nails that I never knew I had. Plus they last a really long time and are super convenient for when you need to have a manicure in minutes.

2. Valentine's Day 2017 Nails:
This manicure on the top right is definitely my own nails. I chose pink as my main base colour and stuck to black and a touch of silver to glam it up. The part that took the most time and patience was of cause the thumb and pinky finger. Getting two tones of polish on the nail without smudging takes precision. I added silver nail striping tape which I layered across each other twice to give it some extra bling. I will probably try this technique again sometime soon. I used a nail dotting tool to draw on the 'xo' and heart. I painted my nails with Etude House Play Nails in '#8'. For the black Polish I placed 'Black Forest' by Tip Top and for the accent glitter nail I painted it with Wet n Wild in 'I'm With The Band'.

3. Turquoise Stone Marble: 
This was one of the hardest techniques I tried doing. Everybody in every tutorial said this was so easy and a breeze to do. I think not! It took me like 5 attempts to get this right. I had to repaint my nails and remove it so many times that I ran out of cotton pads. LOL! In order for water marble nails to work you have to make sure that the temperature of the water you are using is lukewarm and that the nail polish you are using is not too old. So after my many attempts I finally got it right. I truly love the way it turned out. You need to paint your nails with a base colour and choose two to four colours and drop some in the water. Take a toothpick and draw a design in the bowl where the nail polish was dropped. Dip your finger into the polish and get a random marble design. It sounds easy but it is not. I will definitely do this technique again and try out new polishes. For this manicure I used Etude House Play Nails in '#70' as my base coat. For the water marble technique to create a stone marble look I used the gold shade 'Gold Digger' and for the black 'Black Forest' both by Tip Top.

4. Yellow Fun Nails: 
So this manicure was me free styling. I had no idea of what I was going to do. I just started painting may nails and going with the flow. This can sometimes be the best part of nail art. Having fun and exploring different options and designs. I like the way it turned out. It could have been a total disaster, but it came out great. For these types of looks I like to use nail polishes that I totally forgot about and haven't used in a long time. You know those polishes and rhinestones that were hidden deep in the back of a box or cupboard? For the base colour I used the yellow shade 'Let's Meet' by Sinful Colors. For the red heart I used the polish 'Red Rocks' by Essence.

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Let me know down below which manicure you like the best and if you tried any manicure techniques or designs recently. Thank you so much for reading.

Divalicious Kisses!
Xxxx









Urban Decay All Nighter Spray Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray Review


Hi Divas

This week I will be doing a review on a very famous and most loved setting spray. Makeup lovers all over the world rave about this product so obviously I had to get it for myself and see what the hype is about. I bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray while standing in a queue in Sephora. Just like a grocery store where they pack all the sweets and chocolates near the tills so that kids go crazy, so it is in Sephora. As you stand there and wait for an open till, makeup pops up from every angle begging you to buy it. I swear it's a tactic by store managers because your guard is down, you feeling happy about what's in your basket, you see something pretty, you believe you need it and BAM! The product lands up walking with you outside the mall. The struggle is real people. Anyway that's the backstory of how I got the product. Leave your shopping addict stories down below, LOL.
 

I bought a travel size makeup setting spray in 30 ml. This is perfect to pop in a cosmetics bag and travel all around the world with it. The spray comes in a slick white and purple packaging. The bottle has two caps which I was quite surprised about. It has the purple cap for the bottle and a smaller clear plastic cap for the spray nozzle. If you ever end up losing a cap, you do not have to fear because there are two. Urban Decay says that this is a oil free and paraben free product. It claims to keep your makeup lasting for 16 hours without cracking, melting or fading. For those who are not familiar with makeup sprays, there are many variants out there. This is a setting spray meant to be used after applying all your makeup and locking it in place. This is not a primer or hydrating spray to be used before makeup application. I have used two other makeup setting sprays before this one so thankfully I have something to compare this too. My favourite setting spray is the L'oreal Infallible which locks your makeup in place for days. This spray is super amazing and so is the price. I use a Korean brand called The Saem as an everyday hydrating setting spray and has a similar price to L'oreal. As you know Urban Decay is in the higher price range so it's a big investment.
 

So how does Urban Decay sprays perform next to lower end setting sprays? Well it performs pretty great actually. The L'oreal Infallible spray is a super product for oily skin girls that need their makeup to stay in place and not budge. The Saem spray is great for ladies with dry skin that want to set their makeup but keep a natural glow. Urban Decay All Nighter Spray is the perfect medium between the two products I mentioned above. This product has a texture of a hair spray. It sprays on the face in a fine mist. It is not wet or splotchy like some sprays are. It distributes an even amount of product around the face and does not leave the face feeling wet. It dries fairly quickly and it does not feel tight on the skin. What I like most about this product is that you still keep your natural glow without your makeup fading. It truly has a great balance. This product would suit dry, combination and oily skin. If you have very oily skin or live in hot climates you may need a stronger setting spray. This spray does last all day. My makeup always looks natural but stays locked in place even after heavy exercising and dancing.

I think this is a great setting spray. I truly have no problems with it. It is definitely not a holy grail product though. You can easily find a lower end makeup spray that would do a similar job. You won't be disappointed if you buy this but you are also not missing out on anything spectacular if you don't. It's all up to you whether you want to spend the extra coins and try the product or not. I hope you found this review helpful. Thank you for reading.


Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx














My Night Time Skin Care Routine Summer 2017

My Night Time SkinCare Routine Summer 2017


Hello gorgeous Divas!

This will be my first beauty products post review for 2017. As you all know I am a serious makeup junkie. I adore cosmetics and the process of applying it every morning relaxes me. As I am getting older I have really been investing in my skincare routine. I find I am becoming a skin care addict too and the ritual of cleansing and moisturising my face everyday gives me the same euphoria that applying my makeup does. Korean Skin Care has been on my radar for a while now and I have truly been investing in their products. Compared to Western skincare, Korean products usually have the most natural and beneficial ingredients for the skin. Most brands are cruelty free, do not use parabens and have ingredients that target problems areas high on their manufacturing list. Korean skin care is also much cheaper than a lot of Western brands. Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of high end Korean products that can really make your wallet cry. There are also great Western products that have amazing ingredients and are kind to your wallet. It all depends on the individual product and brand. By trial and error I feel I am leaning to Korean skin care more often now. I have seen amazing results on my skin. I have not given up Western products completely though. I love combining the two for optimal results. Below is my current Summer routine as I may change some products in Winter.



1. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter: This product is amazing. I am not even joking. When I first used it I didn't expect to fall in love with it like I did. I have a full review on it here. This butter is super gentle on the skin and gets rid of all makeup including waterproof mascara. It cleanses the face well too. I double cleanse my face because I wear makeup everyday. I use this butter as the first step to removing all my makeup thoroughly. I rub a small amount all over my face and wash it off with water.

2. Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel: Once I removed all my makeup I like to double cleanse and use my favourite face wash of life which is this gorgeous gel cleanser. It contains Moringa extracts which is well known to rejuvenate skin and remove impurities. The cleanser smells amazing and is very gentle on the skin. It has a gel consistency at first and turns into a foam as you wash your face. I use it to thoroughly remove dirt and grime from my pores. It leaves my face squeaky clean but not dry or sensitive. Read my full review on it here.

3. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner Toner: This is a kind of a cult beauty product in the Korean  market. Everyone including their grandma uses this toner. I too have written a review on it which you can read here. This is marketed as a 10 in 1 toner which cleanses pores, removes dead skin, refines skin tone and balances ph level of the skin while controlling sebum. I personally love this toner because it thoroughly removes makeup and dirt without making my skin dry. It is very gentle to use even though it does contain a small amount of alcohol. This 250ml bottle is a holy grail product for me. I have gone through more than four of these bottles in the past few years. I will definitely keep repurchasing it.

4. Goodal Moisture Barrier Fresh Liquid: This is a fairly new brand on the Korean skin care market. I discovered the brand while searching for affordable essences. Even though I have combination skin I felt like my skin was feeling a little dry lately. I decided to invest in a moisturising essence that would penetrate deep into my skin and provide extra hydration. Korean essences are different to western serums in that it is slightly lighter and applied after toner and before a serum. It has a viscous texture which is packed with nutrients that benefit the skin. I chose the Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid not only for the price but for the awesome ingredient list. The 150ml bottle contains a good amount of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which is proven to prevent hyper pigmentation, brighten skin tone and prevent ageing. I splash a few drops on my hand and pat it into my face. It truly moisturises and brightens my skin. I use it twice a day before I apply my day or night cream. The scent is quite floral and strong. If that is not your thing then you may want to skip this one and find another essence.
 
5. Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Cream: Nature Republic is a very famous and well established cosmetic brand in Korea. They have an array of skin care products catered to different needs. My western creams were starting to become too expensive on my wallet. I decided to try a cheaper cream that is packed with the same wonderful ingredients of a high end brand. As you know, just because a product is expensive does not mean it has good ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Sometimes you pay more for the brand name and packaging than the actual product itself. When buying skin care always look at your ingredient list and not just the packaging and brand name alone. The cream that I use is formulated with fermented argan oil. Argan oil is known as liquid gold for your hair and skin. It contains high amounts of Vitamin E which provides nutrition and moisture for the skin. Argan oil is known for it's anti ageing properties too. While this cream is not number one in the anti ageing department, I feel for my skin right now it provides enough nutrients and hydration. As I get older I will definitely buy another cream with more anti ageing punch. This cream comes in a 50ml tub and smells sweet and fresh. It's quite thick in consistency and a little goes a long way. I love to use this at night and wake up to plump skin in the morning.

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Thank you for coming on this skin care journey with me. I know this post was a tad long but I had so much vital information to share. I really hope you found it interesting and helpful. The cosmetic and skin care realm is a huge market. There are so many amazing products and brands from all around the world. I love expanding my horizons and trying new things. I would love to explore the Middle Eastern and some other European brands out there one day. All the products I reviewed are available on EBay and Amazon if you are interested in purchasing them and you do not find them in your local stores ;-)


Divalicious kisses!
Xxxx

Happy Diva 2017

Happy Diva 2017


Hi Divas!

Hope you had a great start to 2017. I am back with a vengeance! Lol, no not really ;-) I took a lovely long break from the blog. I am feeling slightly rusty while writing this because it was a serious long blog vacation. I had an amazing Christmas and New Year. I spent some time with my sister before she flew off to Europe again. I explored my city, Cape Town by taking long Summer road trips. I also ate up a storm and enjoyed my mother's yummy cooking. I am still recovering from my holiday and trying to get my life back together again. Eeek! I'm going to share down below things that made me happy this festive season. Plus today is my BIRTHDAY! And I am actually happy to be a year older. God is good! ;-)


If you read my last post I shared all my favourite things for Christmas. I had another wonderful Christmas day filled with going to church, spending time with family and eating delicious food. Above is a photo of a homemade chocolate mousse tart that my mom and I made together. For New Year we had a lovely family braai and enjoyed laughing and spending time together. I swear most of my holiday festivities was spent eating food. Above is another photo of one of my favourite things: MILKSHAKES!

Wimpy knows how to decorate a milkshake to make me feel like a kid again. The flavour that I love the most from this popular eatery is strawberry. It's totally worth the extra calories, I promise. I truly enjoyed spending time with my sister. We would stay up till early hours of the morning talking and watching Netflix. We would have the most serious and deep conversations and suddenly change to the most ridiculous and crazy talks. We ate and watched movies till we were blue in the face. The picture of us above was taken by my mom on Christmas day.

Since my sister was in town we decided to go road tripping and explore places we have never been before and revisit ones from our childhood. The weather was lovely in Cape Town over the holidays but the wind packed a good punch some days, as most of you will know. Cape Town summer always has an amazing fun and happy vibe. People are out and about enjoying the fresh air and everyone is in a jolly mood. This time we decided to not go to the popular beaches but travel along the West Coast and find some hidden gems there.

We had a wonderful time at the West Coast National Park. It is truly a magical place filled with wildlife, hiking trails, beaches that look like paradise and more. There is a photo of a gorgeous lagoon that we swam in while there on the bottom right. This national park is huge and there is so much to do and see. It really is a great place to explore and get in touch with nature again. I might do a full post on it in the future. Along my other road trips we took a trip down memory lane and drove along the Cape Peninsula to admire the beautiful coastlines that Cape Town has to offer. We explored Clarence drive again which is a mountain pass road that offers the most scenic views that postcards are made of. See the photo above on the top left. You can even do shark and whale watching on this route while looking out for naughty baboons. ;-)


*I hope you are all having a lovely January. Feel free to share with me some of your favourite things you did this past holiday below. I off to go stuff my face with BIRTHDAY CAKE!*

Lots of love.
Xxxx










A Merry Diva Christmas!

A Merry Diva Christmas!


Hi Divas!
It is the most wonderful time of the year indeed. I love Christmas and all the good vibes and festive cheer it brings. This year my family and I are very prepared for the upcoming day. We have done all our Christmas cleaning, hung up new golden curtains, finished all our crazy Christmas shopping and decorated the house. The only thing left to do is cook up a storm on Christmas Eve. In this blog post I decided to do a post on my top 5 favourite things for Christmas this year. And if you are wondering whether I was naughty or nice in 2016, then keeping on reading below.... ;-)



1. Favourite Christmas Decorations

To start off, my favourite Christmas decoration for 2016 it would have to be Christmas cards. Thanks to technology, no one ever really gives a written card any more. We are usually too lazy to write or take a trip to the post office and end up sending emails and social messages instead. Christmas cards are always so personal and heartwarming. You take your time choosing the perfect one and write a heartfelt message inside. I love that about Christmas time because we go back to being sincere and thoughtful. Most Christmas cards are so adorable and beautiful. They really brighten up a room. When you look at it, you are reminded of the lovely person who took the time to give it to you.


2. Favourite Christmas Beauty Products

 I love getting all glammed up on Christmas day! I usually start with a gorgeous smelling body wash and lotion so the scent lingers on. I love the Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar range. It smells like Christmas indeed. For my face I love to wear my absolute favourite makeup to make me feel special. This year I will wear my number one foundation right now which is Too Faced Born This Way. For the eyes I will use the pretty Too Faced Bon Bons palette for some sparkle and shimmer. On my cheeks I will be warming them up with my Too Faced Sweethearts Peach Beach blush. I love wearing bright red lipsticks on Christmas day. My most loved is the Etude House Etoinette red lipstick. To top it off I will be spritzing the sultry Victoria's Secret Angel Gold fragrance all over my neck and decollete.


3. Favourite Christmas Gift Collections
Every year The Body Shop always steals my heart when it comes to Christmas collections. I usually end up getting everything in every scent. This year was no exception. Frosted Berries, Vanilla Chai and Spiced Apple all come in body washes, body butters, hand creams, candles and more. My favourite scent for 2016 is Spiced Apple. This smells just like Christmas too. It is so divine and heart warming. The Body Shop rocks!!!


4. Favourite Christmas Treats
 My favourite treats for 2016 would have to be chocolates! From the gorgeous and cute packaging to the different mouth watering flavours and caramel or nougat centres. They make excellent Christmas gifts for loved ones, great for Secret Santa games and just pure indulgence to eat on your own. Big Yessss! ;-)


5. Favourite Christmas Music
 Christmas music always reminds me of my late grandfather because he had a Nat King Cole carols tape (back in the day when we still had cassette tapes) that he would play and sing along with. That memory will always be a favourite of mine. Like her father, my mom adores Christmas carols too. We play an array of different Christmas songs in our house. We love rocking to Elvis, feel playful with Bing Crosby, get all cozy with Buble and feel sentimental and blessed with Il Divo. My most loved Christmas song is O holy Night.


6. Was I NAUGHTY Or Nice This Year?
 I was plain blank NAUGHTY! LOL ;-D


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I want to wish you all a blessed and wonderful Christmas and Festive Season. Thank you so much for supporting me and being true Divas this year! I love you lots. Let me know below what some of your favourite Christmas things are and if you were Naughty or Nice this year? ;-)
Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx

Schwarzkopf Oil Miracle Barbary Fig Oil Hair Care Range Review

Schwarzkopf Oil Miracle Barbary Fig Oil
Hair Care Range Review


Hi Divas

Welcome back to my blog. I know I have not blogged in what feels like YEARS!!! Unfortunately LIFE has been a little crazy lately. I have really missed blogging because it is a fun hobby and a great stress reliever for me. I am excited to get back on the bloggersphere again with a new post. This week I shall be reviewing some new hair products I received recently. I am a big fan of the Schwarzkopf hair care range. This brand has never disappointed me when it comes to affordable salon products. I bought the Barbary Fig Oil range from the Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hairtherapy collection. There was a great value bundle available on Retail Box which came with three products and a cosmetics bag. I initially only wanted to buy the hair oil but when I saw the great value bundle, I jumped at the chance to purchase it. What is so special about Barbary Fig Oil, you may ask? Well, it is a plant based oil that is filled with antioxidants and vitamins which nourish the hair and gives super hydration. This range also boosts the strength of the hair with micro keratin that repairs the hair shaft. You are left with soft, shiny and healthy strong hair.
 

Schwarzkopf Barbary Fig Oil & Keratin Restorative Shampoo
The shampoo is packaged in a 200ml purple tube with gold lettering on it. I love that the shampoo comes in a squeeze tube because it makes it much easier to get the last drop of shampoo out. This shampoo has a lovely sweet scented smell. I would not say it smells exactly like figs but it does have a hint of the fruit. The texture of the product is a purple gel that lathers really well on the hair. It gives the hair a good cleanse without stripping it of moisture. My hair feels clean and soft after using it. It makes your hair smell really good too, which I adore. I think this is a great everyday shampoo. I prefer to use this on days I need to wash my hair after exercising. It is not a deeply nourishing treatment shampoo like the Kerastase shampoos. Therefore I feel if you want a good shampoo that cleanses well and leaves the hair feeling soft then definitely get this one. If you are looking for a more luxurious treatment shampoo then give this one a skip.


Schwarzkopf Barbary Fig Oil & Keratin Restorative Mask
The mask is packaged in a 150ml purple tub with a gold screw on lid. The texture of the mask is what surprised me the most. Firstly the mask is a pretty lavender colour. I have never seen hair products with such unusual shades. The actual mask is really thick. If you take off the lid and turn the tub upside down the mask does not run down at all. It is stiff like whipped cream. The consistency is very thick and a little product goes a long way. This mask will last you quite a long time because you don't need to use much. I like to scoop it out with my two fingers and spread it all over my hair. The mask soaks pretty quickly into your hair, despite it being so thick. I actually like this mask as it gives me a smooth finish and does not weigh my hair down or make it greasy. The mask is aimed for very dry brittle hair but it is not that intense. I feel that someone with fine hair could easily use this and get smooth frizz free tresses. This mask has a similar scent to the shampoo but has a little more punch. I think it is a good everyday mask and is great value for money.


 Schwarzkopf Barbary Fig Oil & Keratin Restorative Treatment
 This is the product that I wanted to purchase the most. I have used other BC Bonacure Hairtherapy finishing treatment oils and I loved them. This one comes in a 100ml bottle. The one I had before lasted me for almost a year and a half. These oils are such great value for money. They last a long time and they are so versatile. You can use it on wet or dry hair, as a smoothing serum before blow drying and has a finishing serum for after styling. The oils protects the hair from humidity and prevents frizz. It nourishes and detangles the hair too. The texture of the oil is not sticky or heavy. It's light weight and can be used on the roots and the ends. It makes my hair soft and shiny without it being overbearing or looking like a grease ball. This oil is great for fine and thick hair. The treatment oil has a lovely smell too and will leave your hair feeling and smelling lovely. This one is definitely my favourite product from the range.




 
Have you used any of these products? Do let me know below. 
Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love.
Xxxx



Juicy Couture: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Perfume Review

Juicy Couture:
Viva La Juicy Gold Couture
Perfume Review


Hi Divas!

I know that I have been missing in action on the blog lately. With all the travelling I have been doing and the end of year almost drawing to a close, things have been a little hectic lately. I like to take my time in writing a blog post and bring quality content to you. I don't want to blog just for the sake of pushing posts out and they are rubbish. I know blogs like that and they are the worst! Quality above quantity will always be the motto of the day. Any way in this post I want to do a review on a lovely product I received in Qatar. My Qatari boss gifted me this beautiful Juicy Couture Gold Couture perfume to say thank you for all the hard work I did in his country there. How generous and sweet is he? If only all bosses were this generous and kind. I was so shocked by the surprising kind gesture that I think I thanked him like a 1000 times. I have always wanted to own the original Juicy Couture perfume. Everything about the brand scream 'Diva!'. To finally own a perfume from the Viva La Juicy collection is an absolute dream come true.


The Gold Couture perfume is packaged in a gold box with an intricate black rim pattern and the Viva La Juicy words embossed in bright pink. The box got a little beaten up while travelling in a suitcase by the way. If you know anything about me you will understand why I am dying for this gorgeous packaging. I mean did you see the bottle? The perfume is packaged in a gold bottle with a clear top cut like a diamond. The base has a cute black polka dot ribbon around it. The gold and pink couture motif on the bottle is the masterpiece of the whole look. Again the packaging just defines Diva Desle right there. It is glamorous, charming, fun and bold. The pink and gold colours are captivating and such a pleasure to look at. I cannot wait to display this on my desk next to my other cosmetics. I own the 50ml bottle and it feels quite heavy in my hands. The actual gold glass bottle is very sturdy and feels quite regal.


On to the scent! This one smells similar to the original Juicy Couture perfume but it is a lot warmer. The main notes are Wild Berries, Caramel and Vanilla. The base notes consist of Honeysuckle, Amber and Jasmine Sambac. On the first spritz the perfume has a deep warm scent with the amber and jasmine notes shooting through. After a few seconds the sweet caramel, vanilla and fruity wild berries start warming up on the skin. It has a mixture of a sweet, woody scent with a hint of citrus. It is very inviting and sultry. I think this perfume is perfect for a night out on the town. It's deep and sexy therefore it might be a little too overwhelming for day time. It's not a seasonal scent though, so you can wear it on hot summer nights or stormy winter nights. It lasts a fairly long time before fading after 5 hours. I like that this scent is not overbearing. It has just enough punch and charm to be captivating but not sickening. If you liked the original Juicy Couture scent you would definitely love this one.


I think this edition to Juicy Couture is super fun and flirty. Although it is sweet, it has a mature quality to it. It does not smell like a teenagers room spray, LOL. A 20 something and 40 something woman can rock this fragrance with confidence. Even the bottle packaging although fun and glam can transcend any age. It would look good on any vanity table whether a young or mature lady. I absolutely adore this packaging. It is so stunning. I definitely recommend this perfume if you like sweet and fruity scents. I love that this perfume will always have a strong and pleasant connotation for me. When I see or think of this perfume, I will remember the beauty of Qatar and the kindness and generosity of the Middle East. ;-)



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Thank you so much for reading. 
You can see my Instagram photos @divadesle for more insight into my recent trip to Doha, Qatar.
Lots of love.
Xxxx