Beauty

Health Benefits of Celery

I recently started hearing about the health benefits of celery juice so I decided to give it a try. Not being a fan of celery, I was a little hesitant. I finally decided to try it, but was shocked to find out the market was sold out of celery. I don’t know about you but when something is sold out I just have to have it. Sold out of celery? I found another market and bought a few bags, I had to know what the big deal was. Have I had celery juice before? Being a juice lover, yes of course, I have juiced almost every fruit or vegetable I can find in the fridge. Have I drunk it alone? Never.
To be honest the taste wasn’t bad at all. It tasted, well, like celery!

Now onto the list of benefits and claims. Note: they say the best way of doing this on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

The first thing is that celery has a lot of water. Therefore, drinking it will definitely hydrate you, but some may argue that drinking plain water might just do the same. Celery contains vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate and riboflavin. If you don’t juice it you also get tons of fiber. 
It’s great for digestion, is anti-inflammatory and helps with overall gut health. It also lowers blood pressure. These are all facts, but the trend of celery juicing claims that it will also clear up acne and even prevent cancer cells from growing. There is still so much research that needs to be done, but all this info is enough to get me drinking it.

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Castor Oil For Hair

During my last visit to my stylist we discussed how my hair was so unhealthy and what we can do about it. I was waiting for her to suggest a hair mask, but she actually told me to use a combination of ingredients that I already happened to have. Her hair was bleach blonde and it looked super healthy. She first told me she puts coconut oil on her ends which wasn’t new to me as I occasionally did that before a shower. 
The only difference was what she used on the scalp. She said to go section by section as if you are coloring your roots and apply castor oil. She did admit that it would get a bit messy and drip, so make sure to wear an old T-shirt and have a towel handy. It made sense because I had heard of using castor oil for my eyebrows and lashes, but I never tried it on my scalp. I did some research and there is no actual scientific data proving that it causes your hair to grow or make it stronger. But, basically, it’s one of those things that won’t hurt you so it is worth a try. Although I would love for my hair to grow faster my main concern was also my scalp. Castor oil is also known to help with sensitive and itchy scalp which I definitely have. I plan on trying to use it once a week since I know that these treatments usually only work if you are consistent with them. Stay tuned for results!

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Benefit Cosmetics’ Guide to Perfect Brows

It’s no secret that brows have come to the forefront of the beauty scene in recent years, and for those of us not naturally blessed with full arches, the road to achieving perfect brows isn’t an overnight process. But don’t worry girl, we’ve got you covered on the how-tos!

It’s so simple. All you need to do is to follow these 6 key steps to grow out those brows that will lead you to the perfect ones.

Hide & Enhance

Use a full coverage concealer to camouflage the out growth. Simply pat your favorite concealer over the hairs you want to disguise. Next, enhance your brow shape with a fast filling pencil like Goof Proof Brow Pencil to create a believable wash of color over the brow. The teardrop shaped applicator gives you a wide base to fill and the narrow tip creates definition along the arch and end of the brow. These two things can help you from going tweezer crazy in the middle of that awkward phase.

Condition & Nutrition

If you want fuller arches, conditioning is key! Look for products that add vital nutrients to your brow hairs, like BROWVO Conditioning Primer. BROWVO is loaded with Soy and Keritain proteins that are known to make hair thicker, fuller, and healthier looking. Treat this product like you would any other part of your skin care routine and apply it in the morning and at night for the best results.

Massage

Good circulation is important to healthy hair growth. Think about this, each follicle is attached to a tiny blood vessel called the derma-vessel. By gently massaging the brow area each night you can help increase circulation to that area to promote hair growth. It’s like a spa-day for your brows… they frame your face, so in our opinion they deserve that privilege!

Fake It

If you want to bulk up the look of any brow, volume is KEY! Think about it, you add volume to your hair, you add volume to your lashes, why wouldn’t you add volume to your brows?! For a quick fix try using a brow volumizing fiber gel like Gimme Brow+. The tiny micro-fibers adhere to the hair and the skin and actually mimic the look of real hair. You can even build the drama by letting the formula dry, then repeat. Drama. For. Days. People.

Happy Thoughts

Let’s face it, a little wishful thinking never hurt anyone!

Time

The hair on your brows is like the hair on your head, it grows in a cycle and can take a while for all the hairs to grow in evenly. The struggle is no joke when you’re dealing with patches or gaps in this regrowth period. During this period, you can either commit to wearing big sunglasses (even indoors) to cover them up or fill in those gaps with a micro-lining pencil like Precisely, My Brow. The latter is definitely an easier look to pull off. Simply use the ultra-fine tip to recreate tiny hairs by flicking the wrist in the direction of the hair-growth. Picking a shade that’s a true match to your brow hair color is key to making this look natural!

There you have it! With these 6 steps, you can say hello to perfect brows…

 

Article Written by Benefit Middle East Regional Brow Artist Menat El Abd

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Lush Bath and More

I have walked by the Lush store at the mall so many times but have never checked it out.

I recently needed to buy a gift for a friend and noticed they had the cutest gift sets, so in I went. I learned that all their products are made from fruits and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics. They even have kid friendly products.
If you have never heard of Lush before, they are known for their bath bombs.
What’s a bath bomb you might ask? Well basically, it’s a ball about the size of a tennis ball that you throw into a tub of water to have an amazing bathing experience.
Not only does it look really cool when it melts in your bath, but it comes in so many different scents and colors.
They also have skincare and basically anything you need in a shower. One of the coolest products I found was a bar called a Scrubee. It’s kind of like a bar of soap but as you rub it all over your skin, it exfoliates all your dead skin cells.
Whether you are shopping for a friend or for yourself, go nuts!

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Keep Your Beauty Light with These 9 Foundations

Cover Photo Courtesy of CHANEL

Some of us have absolutely no problem wearing a heavy foundation all day long in order to look perfect, while others favor lightweight products that feel like a second skin. If you belong to the second group, we’re so glad to tell you that you have fallen on the right article!

Light foundation is one with sheer coverage that leaves your skin glowing and healthy-looking. Unlike full and medium coverage foundations, it can be applied with your clean fingers, which makes it a perfect solution for the beauty routine hassle every morning. Well, it’s also important to mention that this beauty wonder is perfect for women living in the Gulf, as this region’s humidity hits its highest levels during the summer and will certainly make wearing foundation more annoying than ever.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that lightweight foundation can’t be long-wearing. Believe us, with the choices that we’re providing you, your morning makeup routine will become easy-peasy!

Say hello to the true no-makeup makeup trend with these 9 lightweight foundations that are worth investing in.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Beard Oil – the New Men’s Must-Have

The world is recently witnessing a major comeback for the beard. Almost every man has tried sporting a beard, and most of them really fell in love with it, so much so that they can’t let go of it. However, growing a beard needs care – and it’s pretty intensive one might we say. Luckily for you, this major comeback was accompanied by an extensive range of products that will make your beard look better than ever and one of them is the wondrous beard oil.

Whether your beard is light or heavy, this product is rich in non-greasy and nourishing oils that are strongly needed for a healthy one. In fact, beard oils condition the hair, reduce itching and moisturize the skin. And by conditioning the hair we mean that it strengthens it and improves its growth while taming flyaway strands.

With this in mind, using a few drops of this beauty marvel is a must and we’ve gathered a list of 9 beard oils that take your beard care to new levels. Check them out below!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Thierry Wasser Recreates Guerlain’s Cuir Intense in Words

No one can depict the spirit and character of a fragrance better than the creative mind behind it, and for Guerlain’s latest fragrance “Cuir Intense”, the captivating scent comes alive again through the words of its creator, master perfumer Thierry Wasser. Luckily for us, Azyaamode got the chance to sit with this skillful perfumer and unfold the mystery of this new beauty marvel.

How can leather become a scent, might you ask? In fact, Thierry Wasser unveils the secret of “fragrancing” leather. On another note, he also talks about a few more topics such as the “Absolus d’Orient” collection in general, the first leather notes created in the beauty industry, the influence of a certain region on a fragrance, as well as the Middle East’s role in the perfume world.

Dive more into Guerlain and Thierry Wasser’s world by watching this video!

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