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Holidaying in Muscat Oman

Still on the Middle East mini tour, after spending a week in Dubai, we went off to spend a weekend in Muscat, Oman. We have friends over there, so it was nice to catch up and explore the lovely city. Muscat is a beautiful conservative city. It is nothing as fancy as Dubai, but it is worth a visit if you are around the area.

 

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We stayed over at Raddison Blu hotel, which was fab. We were hardly ever in the hotel because we were too busy trying to see the entire city in 48 hours, but the room was dead comfy when we needed it.

Muscat was very warm, it was over 38 degrees most of the time, but not as warm as Dubai. The kids had an amazing time. We visited many child friendly parks, one of them being Funtazmo in Oman Avenues Mall. It is the largest indoor family amusement centre in Oman. There were all sorts of games and rides, to keep the adults and children busy. We had a lovely time there.

 

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It was 1 ride after the other for us. There was no dull moment here at Funtazmo, the kiddies didn’t want to leave. I even got on a few rides myself, screaming my lungs out as usual!

 

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After spending a few hours here at the mall, we visited a few other shopping malls, markets, restaurants and the famous Al Qurum Natural Park (all in 48 hours). We visited the park at night, and got on even more rides with the kids. It was an amazing experience I would never forget.

I was too busy with the rides to remember to take some photos at the Al Qurum Natural Park, but the memories will stay with me forever!

Have you visited Muscat in Oman? Do you have any summer holidays planned? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Giveaway – Vera Wang Sheer Veil Eau de Parfum 100ml

Happy Sunday folks! I have a giveaway to end this month of July. I am giving away a bottle of Vera Wang Sheer Eau de Parfum to one lucky reader. Could it be you?

 

 

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I am a recovering perfume addict. I use to have over 10 bottles of perfume at any given time, but I have now toned it down to no more than 10 bottles at a time.

I love Vera Wang’s perfumes. I have used most of them, and I think they are great. I sniffed this Sheer Veil the other day, while shopping in the stores, and I thought it would make a great giveaway prize, especially for my fellow perfume fanatics.

It is a very light, delicate scent. Great for the summer months, and can be layered in the winter months for a stronger scent. I also like the packaging. I think it is a chic but simple bottle.

Here is a brief description of the fragrance –

“Vera Wang Sheer Veil is a celebration of sheer femininity that sparkles with a touch of spontaneity, and a mood that illuminates with sparkling clarity and a lightness of heart. The fragrance has a floral fluidity that drapes the skin, revealing rather than concealing – allowing a woman’s radiance to shine though.”

 

Here are the rules of the giveaway –

  1. Follow me on Twitter.
  2. RT this post.
  3. Follow on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment stating how you like to wear your perfume. Also, give your Twitter name, so I can find you quickly.

 

This giveaway is open to UK residents. You have to be 18+. It ends on 31st July 10pm.

The winner is randomly selected and contacted on Twitter within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. The winner must make contact within a week of winning a competition or another winner would be selected.

Good luck everyone.

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Free Makeup Samples

It can be very challenging to find the correct product for our skin tone. I had to learn this the hard way, and ended up with various makeup products that didn’t suit my skin tone. However, all this changed when a sales associate at a makeup boutique offered me a lesson on getting free makeup samples.  Since that day, I have received handfuls of samples and this article will provide information on how to get these samples.

 

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Firstly, here are four makeup products you can receive without having to pay anything.

 

  • Foundation

A professional makeup artist who stated that she pays for more for certain products, such as foundation, that are in close contact to her skin.  For other products, she will tend to use drugstore brands.  By choosing the correct product for your skin, it is important you opt for the correct color or you will be wasting your hard-earned cash.

To avoid making an incorrect choice, it is recommended that you try a sample of the product before committing to the makeup item.  This is particularly true if you are using a department store brand.

 

  • Mascara

The flirty lashes are a must-have for almost all women, but some mascara can result in clumpy messes instead of long lashes.  To avoid this issue, it is recommended that you ask for a sample instead of using the testers others have used at the store.  The eye area is a highly sensitive one and you do not want to catch any infections from previous testers.  I was able to get a free version of Lancôme’s High Definition mascara from their counter when I asked for a sample.

 

  • Perfume

A person’s skin reacts differently to different perfumes; therefore, it is essential that you request a trial size before purchasing the perfume itself.  Before committing to L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, I asked for a sample and received one.

 

  • Skin Care Products

My skin is sensitive and this means I can use only certain skin care products.  By using sample products before purchasing the full item, I am able to determine whether or not the product is suitable for my skin.  At the moment I am trying Bare Essentials’ cleanser and moisturiser before deciding on whether or not to purchase the full bottle.

 

  • Be Friendly

The first point to consider when trying to receive a sample is to be friendly to the person behind the makeup counter.  A sales person is more likely to assist individuals who are polite and courteous instead of rude and arrogant.  Of course, this friendliness must not be faked or you will not receive any samples.

 

  • Make Conversation

Some of the sales people are amateur makeup artists and will enjoy sharing their secrets, so it is recommended that you make conversation to “pick their brains” regarding makeup application.  For example, one sales associate tipped me to use Stila’s convertible color on my cheeks and lips.

 

  • Ask For The Samples

The aim of the conversation is to ultimately ask for samples, and it is as easy as asking for them.  The majority of makeup boutiques will have samples for customers wishing to try a product and all you need to do is request them.  However, if you are not keen on speaking to a sales person, it is possible to obtain free samples from a online free stuff website or makeup store websites.

 

  • Make A Purchase

While asking for samples is fine, it is recommended that you make a purchase as well and not use samples only.  This will help you build a relationship with the sales associates at the makeup boutiques and could lead to more free samples.

 

I hope you find these tips useful, and I get as many makeup samples as possible.

 

*Collaborative post.