Benefit Cosmetics Lands in UAE

To every beauty lover in the UAE, rejoice as Benefit Cosmetics lands in the country! The San Francisco-based beauty brand opened its first boutique in Al Ain to sweep you off of your feet with its wonderful products.

With this new opening, our beloved brand brings to the lively country its creative packaging, irreverent names and innovative beauty solutions to add to your beauty routine a touch of fun that only you can enjoy. A list of our favorite products will surely make you look and feel more beautiful – from Benetint to They’re Real mascara, the POREfessional face primer, Hoola Bronzer and Gimme Brow+.

And like in every country that welcomed Benefit Cosmetics, this boutique will be your favorite destination for both brow styling and brow products. In fact, isn’t it the least we can expect from a brand with 40 years of experience in brows and award-winning brow products? Therefore, it’s only natural to reach more than 50 locations across the five continents and we love Benefit for coming the United Arab Emirates.

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Skincare Obsession

When it comes to skincare, I am very extreme; either I am doing 10 steps, or I am going to bed after wiping my face with a makeup wipe. Just like the gym though, skincare is something that you have to not only be passionate about, but also disciplined for.  No matter what the products I use, I have noticed that when I stay consistent and repeat the same routine every morning and night I always see results.
One silly way I get motivated is by watching skincare routines on YouTube. I love seeing how celebrities or influencers start their morning, or get “unready” in the evening. One tip they always have, is to no matter what, at least wash your face every night. If you are a product junkie like me, it’s hard not to try every new product that’s out there. But keep in mind, if you’re doing this, it might be hurting your skin. Always remember your skin type, and what works for your best friend might not work for you.
With any skincare routine there are a few really important steps that I never skip. I call these my “ride-or-die-can’t-live-without” products. I have to start every day with some Vitamin C. If you have never tried Vitamin C, try CLINIQUE Fresh Pressed 7-day System with Pure Vitamin C for one week, and your results will speak for themselves. The second must have is a hyaluronic acid; I use this after my Vitamin C and again at night. For that, I love the Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator because it’s lightweight and I also use the eye cream from the same line.

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Show Your Pout Some Love with These Hydrating Lipsticks

Cover Photo Courtesy of L’Oreal x Karl Lagerfeld

When the temperature drops, not only does your complexion gets dry but so do your lips. So, taking care of them is as important as following the right skincare routine that gets you through winter in a healthy, youthful look. Have we got your attention yet?

In fact, dry skin can really show age signs and ruin your beauty if not treated with the right products – and the same applies to your lips. Luckily for us, the beauty industry has, thanks to advanced research, come up with the concept of lip products that provide your pout with the care it needs while giving it a gorgeous look that perfectly fits your makeup. With so many textures made available, every woman out there will find the perfect lipstick for the cold season.

Whether you opt for a matte lipstick, a glossy one or one that plumps up your lips, wear that gorgeous smile and fight the cold with stylish, well taken care of lips! Join us and take a look at our 15 picks.

 Article Written by Mirella Haddad

CHANEL, Rouge Coco Flash in 212 Contraste
Givenchy, Encre Interdit in Nude Spot
Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Crème in Slow Burn
Guerlain, KissKiss Liquid in Candid Matte
Charlotte Tilbury, Collagen Lip Bath in Peachy Plump
Dior, Rouge Ultra Care in Bliss
Hourglass, Girl Lip Stylo in Achiever
Laura Mercier, Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick in Rouge Muse
CHANEL, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm Intense
Givenchy, Le Rose Perfecto in N750
Marc Jacobs Beauty, Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Mocha Choco Lata!
Guerlain, KissKiss in Red Brick
Charlotte Tilbury, Superstar Lips in Pillow Talk
Dior, Dior Addict Stellar Shine in Pink Meteor
Laura Mercier, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm in Cherries Jubilée

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Fall Blush Tones

Blush is one of those products that instantly makes you look healthier and happier.
How many times have you left the house without blush and everyone starts asking you if you are feeling ok? That rosy glow just gives off the illusion of well rested youth. But is rosy right for you, or are you more of a peachy babe? If you have really fair skin, lean more towards a pink shade. Surprisingly, peach is pretty universal and looks great on fair skin. A plum shade will work just as well, but make sure it’s not too bright for you.
If you have medium skin tone, a more brownish peach shade works better for you. Mauve or Berry are also options to play with in the Fall. 
If you have olive skin, don’t be scared to go a little orangey; it will compliment your skin. Rose is also a great fall option and my favorite is “bronze.”

For dark skin think, vibrant deeper shades like brick or berry.
So what are some of our options for Fall? We chose from one of our favorite blushes from NARS: 

Fair Skin “Angelika”
Medium Skin “Luster”
Olive Skin “Dolce Vita”
Dark Skin “Sed”

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Honeymoon Beauty – 2-Minute Hairstyles

You’ve passed the beauty test on your big day, but your mission is not over yet. You need to think of your honeymoon as an additional chance to flaunt your beauty before going back to your real life. Whether you’re heading with your better half to a sunny destination or to a cold one, your hair can be quite a hassle especially if it already tends to get frizzy and messy.

We all know that on your honeymoon, you spend your day enjoying activities that you don’t get the chance to do in your daily life, so needless to say that there’s no way you’re spending your morning fixing your hair and getting prepared to head out and explore your surroundings. And that’s exactly where the 2-minute hairstyles become life saviors.

Think braids, buns, ponytails, half up-dos, stylish pins… all these ideas come in handy when you’re squeezed for time. To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of hairdos from the runways that could offer you a huge source of inspiration. Now let’s check them out!

 Article Written by Mirella Haddad

David Koma
Paul Costelloe
Max Mara
Salvatore Ferragamo
Stella Jean

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Celine Haute Parfumerie Graces the Dubai Mall

We have been admiring Celine’s perfume line from afar for a while now, and we fell in love with it just by looking at its wonderful bottle – oh that black cap! Fortunately, starting November 15, we will be able to smell each and every one of the 9 released perfumes at the brand’s boutique in the Dubai Mall; it seems like we have to wait some more to get our hands on the whole collection as two other charming olfactory creations – Bois Dormant and Rimbaud – will be released in 2020.

With classic black and white colors that took over the boutique with an amazing set of mirrors that reflect the bottles’ details in the most perfect way, Celine set new heights to what a perfect perfume is all about, thus – once again – managing to take our breath away! Take a look at the video below and feast your eyes on that beautiful world that will give you the chance of a lifetime as Celine’s perfumes will turn your olfactory senses upside down.

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Winter-Perfect Foundations

Cover Photo Courtesy of Guerlain

The cold is knocking on your door and your skin is about to get very dry and who wants that? Foundation is the base of your look and choosing one that perfectly caters to your skin’s needs with the weather change is key to achieving the perfect beauty look – whether for a day at the office or a night out with friends. Luckily for us, the industry has come up with lab technologies and formulas that bring together beauty and care, which makes the task a whole lot easier.

Below, you’ll find our top 5 picks!

Givenchy’s Tein Couture Everwear is a foundation of soft texture that provides your skin with a buildable medium to high coverage. Using your fingers or the heart-shaped brush that Nicolas Degennes especially developed for this unique new formula, you can apply as much as you like from this smooth, hydrating and waterproof foundation to achieve the desired result.
If you’re looking for a lighter formula, Laura Mercier’s new Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector is your way to improve your skin and achieve a no-makeup makeup look with a sheer hint of coverage. This novelty will also leave your skin dewy and glowing while reducing the signs of dryness.
Offering an original vision of foundation, CHANEL’s Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint gives your complexion a one-of-a-kind freshness, as well as a natural, luminous and sheer finish thanks to its formula that bring together water and oil. Talk about comfort!
With buildable coverage, hydration, balance and protection being what sets it apart, Guerlain’s L’Essentiel foundation reinvents the combination of makeup with skincare benefits. With its light to medium coverage, it will give your skin a silky smooth texture like no other!
Have you ever heard of smart foundation? Well, Becca’s Skinlove Weightless Blur Foundation will introduce you to this concept through its formula that adapts to both your skin type and skin tone. Although it provides your complexion with a natural velvety finish, it also hydrates it with its blend of cold-pressed avocado and melon extract.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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