Beauty

It’s Sunscreen Time!

We know, every season is sunscreen time in GCC but this is the month when you better take your skin protection to the next level. As the sun shines brighter than ever and the temperature rises, your complexion becomes more exposed to the damaging rays – which kind of turns on the alarm to remind you of opting for a high-protection sunscreen.

In fact, exposing your skin to the burning rays of sun should not be an option at all and the reasons for that are quite dangerous. First and foremost, using sunscreen helps you avoid skin cancer. Second, it helps prevent your skin from showing aging signs – which makes using sunscreen in addition to a healthy skincare routine, the ideal alternative for plastic surgery! This is not all, as constantly applying sunscreen also lowers blotchiness on your face and makes for the perfect makeup base.

While choosing a sunscreen, you should take into consideration the type of your complexion. And since it’s the one that you will be using all summer long, it better be waterproof with a minimum SPF of 30, and consider applying it 30 minutes before heading out. Here’s a carefully curated list of the best sunscreens to choose from for this season!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Shiseido, Future Solution LX Universal Defense SPF 50+
 
111Skin, Aqua Physics Defense Cream NAC Y2
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Dior, One Essential City defense toxin shield pollution & uv advanced protection with broad spectrum SPF 50
 
Lancôme, Bienfait UV SPF 50+
 
La Mer, The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
 
CHANEL, UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily Defense Sunscreen Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50
 
La Roche-Posay, Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen
 
Shiseido, Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43
 
Natura Bissé, Diamond White SPF 50 PA+++ Oil Free
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Lip Fillers

My girlfriend just called me to ask me if she should get her lips injected; “just a little bit” she said. Of course, my response was “do whatever makes you happy.” But let’s admit though, we all have that one friend that became addicted and is labeled “duck lips” because of her Instagram selfies.
Lip injections have become out-of-control-popular with even super young girls asking for them nowadays. If done right they look pretty amazing. But the idea of a needle going anywhere near my lips is frightening to me. That said, I do always stare at this one influencer’s lips in envy.

So, if you are self-conscious about your lips and the lip liner just isn’t cutting it, here is everything you need to know.
First off, the safest form is a hyaluronic acid injection. Collagen is a thing of the past and fat transfer is too permanent.

Go to a doctor that understands the look you are going for. For example, for a more natural look don’t do the corners of your mouth.

There are different injecting techniques so get more than one consultation.

It lasts about 4-6 months the first time and kind of dissolves on its own.

It does hurt a lot unless you get really numb and you might bruise from a couple of days to a week. Happy pouting!

Article written by Aline Agopian

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Redefining Charm with Musky Fragrances

Cover Photo: Bvlgari’s Le Gemme Collezione Murano Noorah fragrance

The weather is getting colder and as the temperature drops, you might be considering  a warmer fragrance. However, going for a perfume with warm notes doesn’t necessarily mean that the one you choose must have a strong scent. Here’s where the musky fragrances come in to offer you a great substitute for strong scents that are ideal for those colder times of the year.

Becoming rarer with time, musk in fragrances acts like the white canvas on which all the other notes lie. Why is it so important in the fragrance industry? Well, it’s all thanks to its ability to add a perfect balance to the perfume’s composition while adding a subtle touch of sensuality and warmth to it and making the perfume last longer as it reduces its evaporation rate.

Priced at almost $45,000 per kilogram, musk is one of the most precious ingredients used in perfumery. In fact, it’s not only precious in price, but its scent also adds an unparalleled luxurious feel to the fragrance. For the love of this sophisticated ingredient, we’ve gathered a list of perfumes that make musk their base note to get you ready for the colder days. Join us below and check it out!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, Velvet Oriental Musk
 
Gucci, Guilty Absolute For Her
 
Louis Vuitton, Le Jour Se Lève
 
CHANEL, Coco Mademoiselle
 
Guerlain, Musc Noble
 
Narciso Rodriguez, Pure Musc For Her
Elie Saab, Le Parfum in White
 
Hermès, Musc Pallida
 
Givenchy, Eau de Givenchy
 
Kenzo, Flower By Kenzo Red Edition
 
Ermanno Scervino, Ermanno Scervino The Perfume

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New York, the Land of Beauty

Call it whatever you want to, but we will refer to New York City as the land of beauty. Believe it or not, fashion was only a small part of this fashion week. In fact, here’s something that would make every beauty guru out there happy with a big smile on her face: the runways witnessed a beauty phenomenon like no other! Indeed, they were filled with makeup looks that would make your heart skip a beat. 

The no-makeup makeup look took new dimensions with the freshness of a dewy skin from here and rosy cheeks from there. As for those who are fond of vibrant colors, they will surely find what they are looking for to rock their way through spring and summer with a makeup look that exudes joy in the best possible ways. Red lips remained a classic choice for some and were paired with a flawless complexion and a simple eye makeup. 

Oh New York, you truly deserve to be the starting point of new beauty trends!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Marc Jacobs

 
Tory Burch
 
Elie Tahari
 
Jason Wu
 
La Petite Robe
 
Christian Siriano
 
Badgley Mischka
 
Ralph Lauren
 
3.1 Phillip Lim
 
Carolina Herrera
 
Oscar de la Renta
 
Brandon Maxwell
 
Prabal Gurung
 
Bronx & Banco
 
Proenza Schouler

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Update Your Brush Collection

I don’t know about you but my brushes are like my babies. I take such good care of them because they are part of my everyday life. If I’m good to them they are good to me and stay with me for a long time. With that said, I have decided to add a few more to my collection and here are some incredible choices.

Fenty Cheek Hugging Bronzer Brush 120- First off it’s shaped like a shark tooth, how cool is that? But what is the point of that shape? Well our faces aren’t flat so when you put a regular brush against it, the product doesn’t go on correctly. But when it “hugs” your face it does exactly what it’s meant to do. 

Smashbox Fan brush- When using powder if you want a really light hand this is a must. It’s almost like a little tickle. Use it to gently apply setting powder, bronzer, highlighter and blush.  

HUDA BEAUTY Bake & Blend Brush- This double-sided brush is great for applying dense amount of product and then blending it out. Since I’m not much of a “baker”,I love using it when I contour with my cream bronzer.

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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A Natural Beauty Kind of Affair

New York Fashion Week is far from being over, and the city’s runways continue to treat fashionistas with what they desire. Fashion certainly comes first, but there’s more to these shows than meets the eye. Besides swooning accessories, beauty plays a big role in the models’ appearances. When they first walk the runway, the eyes scan their wonderful outfits then move to details such as their bags, shoes, fashion jewelry and of course, their makeup! During these few days, natural makeup stole the light and not in a normal kind of way.

With every passing season, the no-makeup makeup trend is taking new dimensions – proving more than ever that it’s here to stay. The glow of that dewy skin, those perfect rosy or peachy cheeks and those charmingly simple eyes… what more could we ask for? With this in mind, we’ve gathered a few looks that you will definitely want to master!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Tory Burch

 
Bronx & Banco
 
Gabrielle Hearst
 
La Petite Robe
 
Elie Tahari
 
Kate Spade New York
 
Carolina Herrera
 
Jonathan Simkhai
 
Rag & Bone

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A Look at This Fall’s Makeup Trends

Every season comes and brings with it a load of makeup trends that a fashionable woman waits so impatiently to master. Looking fabulous at all times is what we certainly love and aim for no matter what, and luckily for us, all we need to know in beauty has already made its appearance on the runways of the four biggest fashion capitals of the world.

The Fall/Winter 2019-2020 fashion shows were full of inspiration. While some designers used colors and fresh hues to interpret fall in their own way, others kept things classic with autumn shades of brown. However, black eyeliners, smokey eyes and red lips are definitely timeless go-to-looks for those who love them and some designers know a thing or two about this.

With something bold, something romantic, something simple and something ecstatic, the beauty world is ready to immerse you in a selection of makeup trends that will please every woman. Just define your style and pick the look that suits you the most in order to master it in no time. Below, you’ll find a list of makeup looks that we’ve carefully gathered for you.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Alberta Ferretti
 
Michael Kors
 
CHANEL
 
Aigner
 
Cushnie
 
Elie Saab
 
Marni
 
Dior
 
Altuzarra
 
Ermanno Scervino
 
Afffair
 
Dolce & Gabbana
 
Blumarine
 
Agnes B
 
Fendi
 
Antonio Marras
 
Emporio Armani
 
Oscar de la Renta
 
Andrew GN
 
Giorgio Armani

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