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October 2018

Everyday Beauty Blunders Solved

Don’t fall foul to these common skincare mistakes

Beauty mistakes to avoid

Beauty mistakes to avoid

 

From neglecting your neck to applying SPF incorrectly and using out-of-date products, these are the biggest skincare mistakes to avoid. 

Never Neglect Your Neck
Skipping the neck and décolleté area is a skin sin that many of us make. Yet simply put, the skin on your neck is no different to that on your face. There is no need to invest in a specialised cream, just use your daily products (cleaner, toner, serums, moisturiser and SPF) on this area every single day. 

Beauty tip: When applying products to your neck, make sure you do so with upward motions towards your face to help lift before gently pressing into skin, and never drag down as this can cause sagging.

The Correct Way To Layer SPF
Whatever your morning skincare routine, be it a leisurely and meticulous ritual or more of a slap-dash approach, the order in which you apply each step makes a huge difference to how your products perform. 
Post cleanse and tone, pat on your everyday serum and then apply sun protection before your moisturiser – heavy creams can create a barrier that interferes with an SPF’s penetration and reduces the effectiveness of the protection. We recommend looking for a multi-tasking moisturiser already formulated with an SPF. 

Beauty tip: Brimming with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C serums offer a whole host of skin benefits (think brightening and anti-inflammatory), but the real skincare science gets to work when this active ingredient is paired with SPF. Vitamin C further enhances the function of sun protectors by slowing the rate of free radical damage to collagen, all while helping the skin to repair. We’ll take it by the litre please!  

Don’t Ignore Expiry Dates 
Take a good look at your skincare stash and carefully examine each product’s packaging – you should find a tiny symbol of an open jar and a number (usually placed on the bottom of pots or the back of bottles and tubes). This represents the amount of time in months that a product will be safe to use once opened. For example: 6M, 12M, 18M or 24M. 
Be especially diligent when it comes to acne, anti-aging, antioxidants or SPF, as all can lose their efficiency once expired – you may even notice a slight change in colour. 

Beauty tip: Never forget to look at the expiry dates on your make-up too, as it can reduce in quality and result in irritation due to a build-up of bacteria over time – particularly in mascaras, which beauty experts advise replacing every three to six months.

The Beauty Shop

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum at Boots Pharmacy, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Malls

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum, visit Boots Pharmacy at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

The ultimate Vitamin C serum, this daily serum is packed with active ingredients to boost, brighten and help protect against sun damage when paired with an SPF. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lotion SPF25, available at Carrefour Dubai supermarket, at Mall of the Emirates and Mall of Egypt plus City Centres

Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF25, Carrefour Supermarket, visit Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Beirut, City Centre Al Shindagha and City Centre Maadi 

 

A moisturiser and sun protector in one, this super lightweight formula melts into skin and comes packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara at Sephora Dubai, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Malls

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain

 

This mascara is a cult favourite thanks to its amazing lengthening and volumising formula. 

Article Source: http://www.malloftheemirates.com/blog/lifestyle/everyday-beauty-blunders-solved

 
September 2018

The Women’s Health Drive Taking Place across the Middle East

Take the test and help raise awareness for World Heart Day.

Free healthy heart tests for women in the MENA region

Free healthy heart tests for women in the MENA region


When it comes to women’s health – let’s get to the heart of the matter. It’s World Heart Day on September 29th, and we’re completely pumped up to take action with Feel the Beat – a campaign offering complimentary heart health tests for women throughout the region. 

Running throughout September across Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls within the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman, Feel the Beat brings easy heart health checks directly to you. 

Feel the Beat aims to help women lead healthier lifestyles

Feel the Beat aims to help women lead healthier lifestyles


It’s vitally important to keep your ticker in tip-top condition. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is accountable for nearly half of all non-communicable disease deaths, making it the world’s number one killer? It’s a sobering thought, right?

Heart disease causes one in three female deaths each year, according to the World Heart Federation. While we know, we should, and strive to live healthier lives, 52% of women in the GCC are still concerned about being overweight and 33% percent worry about high-cholesterol – both risk factors for heart disease.

Let’s change that!

Put your health first with a heart test now

Put your health first with a heart test now  


Feel the Beat makes it easy to work a health check into your day. 

Throughout September pop by the Feel the Beat activations within Majid Al Futtaim malls where friendly and trusted medical professionals will be on hand to check your blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine your risk from heart disease. Doctors will also be on hand to discuss your cardiovascular results further if required.

Pledge to do more for your heart – and we’ll see you there, ladies!

If you want to know more about Feel the Beat by Majid Al Futtaim ask here

Receive a complimentary heart screening in the mall

Receive a complimentary heart screening in the mall

Article Source: http://www.malloftheemirates.com/blog/lifestyle/the-womens-health-drive-taking-place-across-the-middle-east

 
September 2018

The 3 Facemasks Beauty Editors Swear By

You need to try these standout skin boosters.

The best beauty facemasks to try tonight

The best facemasks to try tonight  

 

Battling with our teenage complexions years ago, we remember the days of slathering our faces with a thick green mud that promised to leave skin glowing after just one use. The outcome was often the opposite – an angry red rash and sore, raw pores. And don’t get us started on those skin-tearing blackhead strips that stuck to our noses like superglue! 

Thankfully, the skincare world has evolved since then, and while you can still find similar products on the market, we advise steering well clear. Instead, take a look below where we list the most innovative and industry-loved facemasks that deliver real results without harming your pores. 


Avène Cleanance Mask at Boots Pharmacy, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Avène Cleanance Mask, Boots Pharmacy at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

If months of humid summer temperatures have given you spotty skin reach for Avène’s Cleanance Mask ASAP. This weekly treatment helps to regulate sebum production (the oil glands that can lead to clogged pores) and smooth skin through a proven formula of gentle and effective exfoliating acids, including glycolic, lactic and salicylic, while the bonus of soft Kaolin clay works to absorb excess oil.  

Suitable for even sensitive skin types, the mask can be applied to the dry or damp skin and rubbed gently all over your face before rinsing after five minutes.  


Dr.Jart+ Rubber Mask Moist Lover at Sephora Dubai, available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Dr.Jart+ Rubber Mask Moist Lover, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain



A sheet mask like no other, this smart skin treat comes in two parts: an ultra-hydrating serum (inside a little ampoule) and a blue rubber mask to then place over your face, which further helps the active ingredients to penetrate your skin deeply – just make sure to warn any guests before opening the door. 

Dr.Jart+ offers a variety of masks for different skin woes, but this moisturising formula is saving our post-summer parched pores thanks to the blend of botanical proteins, Vitamin C and rich minerals. 

Lancôme Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask at Paris Gallery, City Centres

Lancôme Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask at Paris Gallery, visit City Centre Fujairah and City Centre Bahrain



Infused with a long list of antioxidants, including cranberry, lemon balm and ginseng, this overnight mask sinks into the skin while you sleep – without leaving an oily film on your pillowcase. The lightweight formula brightens and nourishes a tired complexion so you can wake up to fresh skin. 

 

 
September 2018

3 Superfood Smoothie Recipes to Beat the Bloat

Say farewell to sluggish days with our round-up of energising blends.

Detox smoothie recipes to try at home

Detox smoothie recipes to try at home


September is here, which for many of us means it’s time to go back to school, again to work and get back on the health bandwagon after a summer break. 

One of the quickest routes to rebooting your healthy habits is to start your day with a nutrition-packed super juice. 

After many hours of taste testing, we’ve listed a few of our favourite recipes to help you get back on the right track. 

Scroll down below to start juicing today.


Green Machine  

The grande dame of smoothies, this vitamin-rich recipe is brimming with iron-loaded kale, cilantro to reduce inflammatory and a dose of vitamin C from the citrus.

2 small ice cubes 
1 cup of water 
3 small slices of fresh or frozen mango 
½ green apple
1 handful of kale leaves
¼ cup of fresh cilantro
1 lemon, squeezed
1 tablespoon of spirulina or wheatgrass powder 


Berry Blast

This healthy smoothie is filled with berries known for their high antioxidant and fibre properties. This is also an excellent option for kids who will love the sweet taste, especially if you add a spoonful of creamy bio yoghurt or honey to the mixture. 

2 small ice cubes
1 cup of virgin coconut water 
½ banana
1½ cups of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and acai)
1 tablespoon of chia and flax powder 
1 lime, squeezed


Ginger Kicks 

The ultimate morning pick-me-up, this energising blend contains anti-inflammatory turmeric, vitamin A rich and beta carotene-packed carrot and stomach-soothing ginger.

2 small ice cubes
1 cup of water 
½ green apple or pear 
1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper (to help boost the absorption of curcumin in turmeric)
1 cup of carrot, grated
½ fresh ginger, finely chopped 
1 lemon, squeezed

Method: 

Roughly chop all ingredients, throw into a blender and whiz until the mixture turns to liquid – or keep a thicker consistency and pour into a bowl to be eaten with a spoon. If you have a juicer, press the ingredients through in batches, stir and drink straight away to get the full fresh benefits.  


The Essential Kitchen Tools To Shop Now 

Magic Bullet Nutri Bullet Pro at Sharaf DG, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and City Centres

Magic Bullet Nutri Bullet Pro, Sharaf DG, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Bahrain and Mall of Egypt 

 

Braun Food Processor at Sharaf DG, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and City Centres


Braun Food Processor, Sharaf DG, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Bahrain and Mall of Egypt 

 

Where To Buy The Freshest Ingredients  

Carrefour in Dubai is one of the best places to buy fresh produce

Carrefour in Dubai and across the Middle East is one of the best places to buy fresh produce


As one of the biggest supermarkets in the Middle East, you can’t beat Carrefour when it comes to selection – and competitive prices, we might add. They also offer a brilliant array of organic fruits and veggies, both local and sourced from abroad, amongst the fresh produce aisles. 

Carrefour Supermarket is located at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Beirut, City Centre Al Shindagha and City Centre Maadi 

Article Source: http://www.citycentredeira.com/blog/lifestyle/3-superfood-smoothie-recipes-to-beat-the-bloat

 
August 2018

You Need To Know These Skin-Saving Beauty Tips

Banish breakouts and get your glow on.

The expert guide to keeping your skin clear

The expert guide to keeping your skin clear

 

Anyone who has suffered from acne will know that it can dent your self-esteem. The dread and disappointment of waking up in the morning to see yet another angry, swollen mound is enough to make anyone want to sack off the day and hide under the covers. 

If you’re struggling with a skin woe (be it a one-off pimple or a more severe case of acne), don’t despair! Instead, concentrate on soothing your skin and improving the situation as best possible. 

While we’ve yet to come across just one magic cure-it-all product, we have found some brilliant beauty buys that will undoubtedly aid in healing current spots and helping to reduce future breakouts.

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel at Boots Pharmacy in Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, Boots Pharmacy, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

Cleansing is the first and one of the most critical steps in a skincare routine, especially for oily complexions. Make sure you wash your face thoroughly at least twice a day with a formula especially suited to your skin type. However, steer clear of harsh ingredients (such as alcohol) that will only dry out your complexion, making the pores produce more oil to compensate for lack of moisture. 

Beauty tip: Avoid confusing and stressing out your skin by using many masks and scrubs to fix the problem. Take a more streamlined route with simple yet effective products to balance out your skin’s PH level.

Rodial Vit C Pads at Harvey Nichols Dubai available in Mall of the Emirates

Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads, Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates 

 

Acid exfoliating might sound scary, but it’s much gentler on skin than a grainy scrub, which can spread bacteria and even cause micro-tearing on the epidermis (the upper layers of your skin). 

If you don’t know your BHAs from your AHAs, look out for essential acids such as glycolic, salicylic and lactic, along with fruit acids, to help brighten and wipe away pore-clogging debris from your complexion. 

Beauty tip: To get the full effects from your routine, we recommend using a light hand to layer products – think a light serum, followed by your spot treatment of choice and finally, a soothing oil to help repair skin overnight. 

The oil will usually do one of two things; either it will help disperse the spot, or it will work at bringing any cysts or pimples to a head, making it easier to squeeze – yes, we all do it (use clean hands and have a mild anti-bacterial solution at the ready).

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare at Boots Pharmacy in Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare, Boots Pharmacy, visit visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

This nourishing balm was created for post-chemical skin peels to help accelerate repair of the epidermis. We’ve found it also works well to soothe some irritations, especially if you’ve overdone strong acne products or chapped the skin due to excessive squeezing. 

Beauty tip: All skin types (even oily or acne-prone) need moisture. It might be tempting to use strong products to dry out the spot, but you could end up damaging the surrounding skin making it harder to heal, which could potentially leave a scar. 

A final word on acne:
We all have something we’d like to change about ourselves and while breakouts might seem like the be all and end all right now, your skin will eventually clear. Take a look at your diet, lifestyle choices and skincare products and make the changes accordingly. If the problem persists, book in with a dermatologist to seek professional advice. 

Article Source: http://www.malloftheemirates.com/blog/lifestyle/you-need-to-know-these-skin-saving-beauty-tips

 
July 2018

3 Simple Décor And Tech Buys With Maximum Impact

Affordable interior buys to update your home instantly. 

How to decorate your home on a budget

How to decorate your home on a budget 

 

If your home is in need of freshening up, but your credit card is still steaming after paying for a summer holiday, fear not! Just follow a few clever design hacks and pick up a handful of affordable interior accessories to instantly breathe new life into your space. 

Crystal decanter by Crate & Barrel Dubai, available at Mall of the Emirates

Crystal decanter, Crate & Barrel Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates 

 

Take a leaf out of the design experts’ book and create a bar top in your living room – you don’t even need a dedicated bar cart as any high table surface will do. On a tray, display a cocktail mixer, a selection of glasses (tall tumblers at the back and small sizes up front) and add decorative items such as a small bowl of fresh limes, a silver ice bucket and a mix of crystal decanters. 

Doorknobs by Zara Home Dubai, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and Majid Al Futtaim City Centres

Doorknobs, Zara Home Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

Switching out old knobs for a more colourful selection will make old drawers look new and unique with minimal effort – it’s also an easy way of adding a touch of your personality to standard IKEA pieces that some of your friends may have too.


Ceiling lamp by Home Centre, available at Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, and Majid Al Futtaim City Centres

Ceiling lamp, Home Centre Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Mirdif and Mall of Egypt

 

You don’t have to be a tech genius to know that lighting has the power to alter a room’s ambience completely, so always opt for dimmers so you can control the setting throughout the day – anything too harsh can often make a place feel like a doctor’s surgery. We love these Moroccan-inspired ceiling lamps that reflect pretty patterns onto plain walls – beautiful light and art in one!

 

 
February 2018

Expert Easy Make-Up Hacks To Take Your Look From Day To Night

Selfie-worthy beauty tricks to amp up your face in a flash.

The best time-saving beauty tricks to know now

The best time-saving beauty tricks to know now

 

Whether you are finishing off an essential brief at the office or trying to put the little ones to bed, attempting to get out the door on time for evening social plans never entirely goes to plan. 

If you only have ten minutes to spare to take your face from day to dancefloor-ready, you will want to read our quick tricks to looking fresher than you feel in record time. 


Wipe the Day Away 

No matter how pressed for time, we always start with a clean canvas. There is nothing worse than piling fresh make-up onto oily, old slap – the result often ends looking streaky and patchy. Stash a pack of make-up wipes nearby to quickly clean before spritzing with a splash of rose water or toning spray. 


Cover Up

No time for moisturiser, primer and foundation? No problem – just opt for a do-it-all BB cream such as Dior’s Hydra Life BB Crème. This multi-tasking wonder product nourishes and adds a healthy-looking veil of natural coverage. 


Dior Hydra Life BB Crème at Sephora Dubai available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Dior Hydra Life BB Crème, AED357, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain


The Eyes Have It

Blend a dab of light-reflecting concealer (we love the Candleglow Concealer by Laura Mercier) under your peepers set with a quick dusting of translucent powder. If you have time, add a slick of white or beige kohl along your waterline to instantly open and refresh tired eyes.

 

Bronze Age

Dust bronzer onto the sides of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline to easily sculpt. Forgo eyeshadow and use the same bronzing shade to add subtle definition in the crease of your lids. Top off with a few coats of jet-black mascara.


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer at Sephora Dubai available at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, AED148, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain


Pucker Up

A punchy shot of colour on your lips is a sure-fire way to vamp up your look and mask a tired complexion instantly. Opt for a vibrant shade to suit your skin tone. This season we are reaching for berry reds and deep merlots for a quick hit of colour.


Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics at Harvey Nichols Dubai available at Mall of the Emirates

Lipstick in ‘Diva’, AED104, MAC Cosmetics at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates


Disclaimer: Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point. 

 

 
November 2017

The Trending Pieces Your Home Needs Now

These décor buys will instantly spruce up your living space 

 

Stylish home interior buys from the shopping malls

As the new seasons come and go, it isn’t just our wardrobe that requires updating, we’re also rebooting our living spaces with a few fresh finds and décor tricks.

The below interior buys are all available from either Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif or other City Centres across the Middle East.

 

 

The Hold-It-All Tray

 Tray by Zara Home at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Glass tray, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

First port of call? Your coffee table. The easiest and perhaps most noticeable way to transform your living room is by updating your central table.

Bear in mind that this furniture piece usually sits in-between a sofa and television, so chances are you will use it a lot.

Less is often more, so rid the table of clutter and old magazines, replacing with a curated selection of books (pick tomes which best represent your tastes, be it fashion, cars or food for example) and use sleek trays to store and display stylish nik naks such as large scented candles, bowls and ornaments.

For extra impact, colour-coordinate your items. Start with a monochrome palette and add two colour tones such as grey and blue. This chic piece by Zara Home will instantly streamline the look, making everything appear neater and more cohesive.

 

The Velvet Pillow

Velvet pillow by Crate & Barrel at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif

 Velvet pillow, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif

 

Through different textures, prints and colours, pillows are a quick way to jazz up any room with minimal effort. This season, the trend-conscious can look to a variety of different themes to work with sofas, chairs and beds depending on your overall style.

Our standout interior trend of the season for the coming months is cosy velvet accents. Look out for plush cushions in deep, rich shades of emerald green, ruby red and dark ink blue paired with neutral classics such as white, cream or beige.

 

 

The Illuminating Lantern

Glass lantern by Zara Home at Mall of the Emirates and City Centres

Glass Lantern, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

Lanterns jar candles and candelabras add instant warmth and style to a room. Whether you want to give off a rustic vibe with wicker and distressed wood or opt for a more glamorous feel by introducing elements of glass and metal, these interior accents can be dotted around your home or placed on a dining table in the garden for al fresco family meals.

 
November 2017

Friday Night Looks To Wear Now

The perfect party looks made for dancing in this weekend.

 

The ultimate party dresses to buy now

The ultimate party dresses to buy now

 

As another long working week ends, it’s time to turn our attention to something (nearly) as important as that report’s deadline - what to wear for Friday’s social plans.

From short, sweet and bedazzled with sequins, to a dramatic mesh maxi decked with ruffles, these party frocks will take you from afternoon brunching to the dance floor in fashionable form.

 

Black dress by Bershka available at City Centres

 

Black dress, Bershka, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Muscat and City Centre Bahrain

 

Adorned with a beaded bodice and dotted sheer sleeves, we are head over heels for this long tiered ruffle maxi dress by Bershka. Add extra drama with smokey eyes and a pop of colour with bold spindly stilettos.

Lace dress by Topshop available at City Centres

Lace dress, Topshop, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Beirut

 

This teal lace dress is the epitome of ladylike chic. We love the soft off-the-shoulder ruffles and contrasting black piping accents. Offset the look with a vibrant red lipstick and metallic accessories.

Sequin dress by Zara available at City Centres

Sequin dress, Zara, visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

 

We cannot resist a sequined frock, especially with wintery floral detailing. This bedazzled t-shirt dress by Zara Dubai is everything we want in an after-dark outfit. Toughen up the look with studded biker boots and big silver hoop earrings.

 
November 2017

Get Glowing Skin with These Beauty Buys

A no-nonsense guide to the products your skin actually needs and you may not be using yet.

 

The best beauty products for beautiful skin

 

Be it travel, tiredness or simply one too many late nights out, lifestyles show on our skin. 

If the closet you have recently got to a glowing complexion came from a highlighting stick, you need to read our essential guide to upping your skincare game, stat.

These skin-changing beauty buys are the not-so-secret-now weapons you need to get ASAP.  

 

 Shiseido Retinol Eye Mask at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, Sephora Dubai

 

If you are yet to introduce retinol to your skincare routine, now is the time. This super ingredient comes in a variety of formulas and strengths (including prescription grades), but we recommend starting off slow and mild to see how your skin responds, as while incredibly effective, your skin might react at first and you need time to adjust to the powerful effects of this Vitamin-A derivative.

Best used over night, retinol products are predominantly anti-ageing, but also offer a range of other skincare benefits, such as increasing cell turnover (to help discolouration and brighten) and unclog pores to combat acne.

The market now offers tons of different formulas to pick from, such as Shiseido’s Pure Retinol Smoothing Eye Mask, which can be applied and removed in just 15 minutes - the perfect treat to pep up post-party eyes.

 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Moisturiser at Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Light, 24H Rehydrating Fill-In Care, Boots Pharmacy at City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

Hyaluronic Acid is a star ingredient found in many moisturisers. Think of it this way, it is to skin what an Oscar is to an actress - a brilliant bonus.

Offering long-lasting hydration, the La Roche Posay Hydraphase products are offered in both a light and rich formula to suit either dry or combination skin types. The refreshing creams infuse and lock in water to ensure your skin retains moisture for longer.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Sephora Dubai

 

Swap out rough grainy facial scrubs (which could actually be tearing the sensitive epidermis layer of your skin and spreading bacteria on the acne-prone) for an all-together gentler yet highly effective acid exfoliant, otherwise known as AHAs.

To be used twice weekly, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an exfoliating treatment infused with pumpkin enzyme and alpha hydroxyl acid to remove dead skin and reveal smoother, more radiant pores in a flash.

Always apply sunscreen to protect your complexion during the day as retinols and acid toners can leave skin more susceptible to sun damage from UV rays.

 
November 2017

Beauty Tips Straight From The Supermodels

You need to try these tricks-of-the-trades as revealed by the world’s most-followed women.

 

Supermodel beauty secrets

 

From supermodel Bella Hadid’s secret lip smoothing trick to Cindy Crawford’s body buffing technique, we’re sharing the ultimate celebrity beauty tips.

In an interview with beauty website intothegloss.com, legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford revealed the secret to her smooth skin:I am a big fan of dry brushing,” she said. “It is great if it’s the winter and you are drier. They say it’s really good for circulation and lymphatic drainage, too. The bristles on a dry body brush are pretty firm so it takes some time to get used to, but I just love the way it feels.”

We find dry body brushing works best after a sauna or hot bath when the skin has softened, making it easier to brush away dead skin. Rinse off in a cool shower post-scrub and finish with a thick layer of body cream.

 

Botanics Body brush by Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres


Botanics Long Handled Body Brush, Boots Pharmacy, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

When strapped for time, the model of the moment Bella Hadid relies on Dior’s best-selling Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub to smooth her pout. “Mornings are usually really hectic for me but I’ve got my beauty routine down to a science,” says Bella. “The [Dior] Lip Sugar Scrub makes my lips super soft, it’s made with real sugar so it’s like a little treat for my lips and it melts into a balm so the sugar just disappears - no need to rinse.”

 

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub, Sephora Dubai, visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain

 

In a recent sit down with Vogue Paris, supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio said she keeps her daily beauty routine fuss-free: “My daily routine is simple but effective. I cleanse my face, occasionally with an exfoliator, and I love anti-aging serums that are packed full of vitamin C. BB creams with SPF are great too!” the Brazilian beauty revealed.

 No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence at Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres

 

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence, Boots Pharmacy, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 
September 2017

How To: Detox Your Wardrobe

Keep, store or sell? Make room for the new with our essential guide to clearing out your closet

How to Detox Your Wardrobe

Your alarm rings, perhaps you hit snooze, then it’s onto shower, breakfast and finally the all too often challenge of what to wear – a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing that seems just right.

Despite a seemingly full array of clothes in front of you, we all have those dreaded days when it feels as though we have nothing to actually put on – and usually when we’re running late.

The remedy? A major closet clear out!

Here, we uncover the easiest ways to part with the old and show you exactly what to invest in to ensure no more closet overload ever again.

 

Keep

In our eyes, if you love it, hold onto it tight. Whatever your personal style, if you re-wear an item at least once a month, be sure to keep it at easy access within the front of your wardrobe. 

Your favourite denim, smart blazers, well-fitted smart/casual dresses plus an array of blouses and tops make for a well-curated collection to begin with – you can always update with different accessories.

Keep clothes colour-coordinated and divided into sections that best suit your lifestyle. For example office wear, party dresses, weekend comfies, etc…this will make daily outfit planning a whole lot more simple.   

 

Store

Just because the sun is shining, and you can’t bear the thought of leather and velvet, doesn’t mean you won’t want to wear it once the weather cools.

Bulk buy a selection of clear plastic boxes to store above your closet or under your bed. Neatly fold anything you haven’t worn in at least six months – be it biker boots, knits or sparkly festive frocks - you can pull it out again as the seasons switch.

Chances are you’ll reach for these items during Autumn/Winter, but for now, they’re better left in storage to free up rail space in your wardrobe.

 

Sell

If you haven’t worn it in over a year it’s time to chuck it in. Whether it’s a way-too-tight leopard print mini skirt or a slightly-too-cowgirl fringed jacket, there’s usually a reason why you haven’t worn it out the house.

Purge your closet on unwanted items and pass onto friends, or better yet donate to a charity of your choice.

 

The Love-forever Pieces

These classic sartorial staples will have a year-round place in your closet.

White Shirt from Mango

Shirt available at Mango, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Muscat

We could wax lyrical about our love for the classic white shirt - a piece so versatile it can be worn for quite literally any occasion, from the boardroom to the bar. This new season style by Mango Dubai is given a summery twist with embroidered blooms along the shoulders.

Black heels available at Aldo

Black heels available at Aldo, visit City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Al Shindagha, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

In addition to being extremely comfortable, these chic black chunky heels will be the finishing touch to any outfit.

Dress available at Zara

Dress available at Zara. Visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

Zara Dubai has delivered the ultimate wear-anywhere shift dress, complete with super flattering batwing sleeves and a knotted waist detailing in a bottle green shade perfect for all-year round.

 

The Insider Tips to Buying Better

First up, lend a few hours to thoroughly clearing out your closet and getting rid of anything you don’t wear or love anymore – and be brutal. Trust us, it will be a morning or afternoon well spent, and even save you outfit-planning time - as well as freeing up precious space for new purchases.

Are you heading to the mall? Before of the trip, go through your wardrobe and make a mental note of what items you wear the most. Be it a black A-line skirt or a floral maxi dress, look for pieces that you know you’ll get maximum wear out of.

Make a list and stick to it. Whether you need a classic camisole top to team with everything from off-duty denim to office blazers, or a floral summer frock to wear to the beach and beyond, go with the item in mind and you might just find what you’re looking for.

You don’t necessarily need to buy there and then on a whim. Many shops will hold the item in your name for up to several days. That way you go back, revisit the piece and purchase with clear conscious knowing it’s meant to be.

 
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