Monthly Archives: June 2013

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#FashionCrush: Exclusive preview of Kotton’s Ramadan & Eid Collections!

MAJOR fashion crush alert!!!

Glamorous, yet understated and modest enough for Iftars and Suhoors, the Koton Ramadan and Eid collections have a beautiful variety of flowing maxi skirts, glittering maxi dresses and soft, feminine frills and detailing. Flattering and feminine, the collection ensures that modesty and elegance is maintained.

The Ramadan collection is floaty and feminine, consisting of lace trimmed maxi skirts, beautifully embellished, softly frilled dresses, elegant blouses and lace shift dresses adding perfect final touches to your occasions wardrobe.

Preview the collection:

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The Eid party collection includes structured peplum dresses embellished with on-trend gems, The Great Gatsby inspired lace blouses and party dresses and tailored trousers to ensure that your Eid wardrobe has never looked so chic.

Preview the collection:

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The rich colour palettes of both collections include warm reds and purples, decadent, shimmering golds and metallics and bright pinks and turquoise ensuring that those wearing the pieces will stand out from the crowds in an elegant, understated way.

Koton’s Ramadan and Eid collections will be launched during the festive Ramadan season, just in time to make sure that you are beautifully and suitably dressed for every occasion.


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#BeautyCrush: NEW! Elemis Body Scrubs revealed

Me I love a new beauty product! Especially when it is from one of my absolute favorite brands, in this case, Elemis!

And just in time for the Summer holidays, they’ve just dropped these two amazing  Elemis Body Scrubs, which will have you beach-babed in no time! Polished, smooth, gorgeous smelling skin GUARANTEED!

The only question is… which one am I going try out first?!

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow – AED272

Transport mind, body and soul to the shores of the South Pacific with Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow.

Capturing the exotic essence of Tahiti, this Salt Glow uses ingredients from the award-winning Frangipani range. Perfect for  prolonging that holiday feeling.

Directions: Apply with gentle circular motions to damp skin in the bath or shower. Use weekly to remove dead skin cells and restore skin radiance.

Spa tip: Pay special attention to dry areas such as knees, elbows and ankles. Great pre and post holiday to maintain a healthy, even glow.

Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub

Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub – AED235

Rich and creamy for super skin nourishment with Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub

This luxurious creamy body scrub contains natural exfoliators of rice, bamboo and bora bora sand to gently polish the skin, whilst sweet almond, macadamia, and wheat germ oils nourish and condition. An exquisite milk protein base rich in vitamins is combined with organic oat extract to help leave skin feeling soft, supple and velvety smooth.

Directions: Use 2 to 3 times a week to reveal smooth and healthy skin.
Spa tip: Works wonders to prep skin for self-tan application to ensure an even, bronzed glow. And for happy soles, pay special attention to your feet so they are smooth and healthy to show off your pedicure with confidence.

All Elemis products can be purchased from:

  • (UAE & Middle East) – free delivery for UAE
  • Dubai: Bloomingdale’s Dubai (Dubai Mall), Debenhams (Mirdif City Centre)
  • Kuwait: Harvey Nichols (Avenues Mall)
  • Select spas/salons across Middle East including Cleopatra’s at Wafi


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Celebrity GlamBoxes 2013

#BeautyCrush: Superstar glamour with Celebrity GlamBox Edition

The celebrity lifestyle is a heady mix of beauty and glamour.  One minute stepping out in style for a premiere, the next posing for a photo shoot… and always managing to look flawless. It does leave us wondering how on Earth DO they do it?

Well, the secrets are out for you Glamistas!

 GlamBox has proudly collaborated with five of Dubai’s most influential beauty and fashion celebrities to curate a special edition for summer 2013.

These exciting and inspiring fashionistas are now revealing their favourite beauty products especially for you!

So, who are these famous fashionistas?


Huda Kattan is an award-winning blogger and Hollywood-trained celebrity make-up artist. Inside Huda’s Glambox you will find:

  •  Huda Beauty Lashes – A beauty creation from Huda herself, these lashes go to great lengths and unbelievable volume
  • Lush Lip Scrub – enriched with a blend of exfoliating fair trade sugar and jojoba oil, leaving your lips super soft
  • Vaseline Cocoa Body Lotion – smoothes away rough skin and the appearance of dark spots, igniting skin’s natural glow
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – especially effective in healing dry skin and minor cuts and reducing the appearance of fine lines
  • Ciaté Nail Polish – famous for its caviar nail collection, this is the trendiest nail polish in town
  • Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – a jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular “out-to-here” look


Award-winning TV and radio presenter, Simone Heng, is delighted to be bringing you her GlamBox, featuring:

  •  Ponds Gold Radiance Serum – diminishes early signs of ageing and boosts your skin’s youthful radiance
  • Ponds Gold Radiance Day Cream – infused with the goodness of real gold and clinically proven to lift away skin dullness
  • Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions – targeted root action for superior hair fall protection and stronger hair
  • Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Skin Tonic – a beautiful and natural skin toner from the popular organic range
  • Lipstick Queen founded by Poppy King – the result of a lifetime devoted to finding the perfect lipstick


Actress Tamara Al Gabbani is also a TV presenter and a talented fashion designer. Her beauty must-haves for you to try are:

  •  Syoss Professional Shine Boost Mask – an intensive, 1-minute mask that provides radiant shine and smoothes your hair like never before
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 – a gentle solution that cleanses the face and removes even water-resistant make-up
  • Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara – coats every single lash without weighting them down, for a wide-eyed look
  • La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream – luxurious treatment that targets fine lines, wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and much more
  • L’Oreal Color Riche Balm – provides a hint of luscious kissable color, full 8 hours of continuous hydration and smoothes lips instantly


Former Miss Lebanon, media doyenne and digital stylista of, Zoya Sakr lets you in a few of her beauty secrets with her GlamBox:

  •  Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil Spray – nourishes, repairs and softens face, body and hair in a single step without a greasy residue
  • Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment – award-winning professional hair mask spray that offers 10 real benefits
  • Middle Eastern Rosewater blend – 100% natural toner, with mineralising, pore minimising astringent and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Body Butter – richly hydrating and soothing natural butter that regenerates the epidermis and combats dry skin
  • The Cure Gift Voucher – Dubai Media City’s spa sanctuary to get away from it all and be preened, pampered and polished to perfection


Tala Samman is a celebrity blogger, stylist, editor and consultant who knows the beauty world inside out. Her GlamBox is filled with:

  •  Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel – an exfoliating cream that smoothes, brightens and clarifies the complexion
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 – a gentle solution that cleanses the face, and removes even water-resistant make-up
  • MAC Lipstick – the lipstick that made MAC famous: colour plus texture for the lips
  • Bio Oil – multi-award-winning specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone

How do you get your hands on these GlamBoxes full of celebrity beauty secrets?

Simply spend AED 500 on to either purchase a subscription or a product from the GlamShop in July or August to receive a Celebrity GlamBox of your choice.

And keep following the GlamBox Facebook page for further chances to win them, too.

Remember, these GlamBoxes are limited edition and the offer will only be available while stocks last…

A selection of the full size celebrity beauty picks will also be available to purchase on the GlamShop throughout July and August too.

Hurry now to avoid disappointment and ensure that you shine like the stars this summer!

 For more details, come on over to and discover the latest beauty treats and trends before anyone else.

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Make-UpCrush: M.A.C Autumn/Winter 2013 Make Up Trends by Kathryn

The Autumn/Winter ’13 trends are moody, mysterious and haunting. Last season we saw beautiful minimalist makeup, but now the trend is pushing away from pretty and towards rebellion.

This time it’s got attitude; it’s fierce, and it’s imperfect on purpose. Gothicism is back in a big way as we see models looking ghostly and haunted, and we also see a very strong punk influence. Grunge inspires the messed-up makeup looks, and more and more we begin to see the different subcultures being brought to the foreground and celebrated in makeup, fashion and hair.

The makeup this season is angular, artistic and unfinished as it’s all about celebrating the imperfections. MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, Vimi Joshi, sums the trends up as being ‘beautifully flawed’.


A/W 13 Makeup Trends from left to right: Perspex-tive, Au-currant, Spiritual-eyes & Reb-elle


With grunge and punk being the main trend influencers, this is the anti-glamour makeup that celebrates the walk of shame. Make it beautiful and then roughly smudge it out; it’s all about deconstructing beauty. The focus is never on perfection; it is quite the opposite, and it’s more about bringing out the flaws that we don’t necessarily label as pretty. This is a movement I’ve been waiting for and it’s certainly refreshing to see this trend embrace both the features and flaws of real women, regardless of whether or not they conform to conventional beauty.



I love it when makeup tells a story and that’s exactly what this trend does; showing the inner demons of a strong woman. It’s mysterious and haunted but full of attitude; contrasting the external fragility of a woman against her inner strength. Gareth Pugh interpreted this trend as a woman running from a fire, while Altuzarra described it as a woman burning from the inside. We see greys, gun metals and charcoals being used not only on the eyes, but on the contouring and lip shading as well; and these are often accompanied by copper colours to give that raw, burned impression.



The vampiric trend that rules the runway this A/W is inspired by films such as The Hunger, portraying dark and intense lip shades against matte and paled skin. This trend uses deep reds, currents, purples and blacks on the lips, which Vimi Joshi explains should look ‘eaten and beaten’. The eyes are either left bare, or they are contoured with an orange or red-based shadow that echos the haunting looks we see in the Spiritual-eyes trend.



Shining like Barbie dolls, the high planes of the face (forehead, cheekbones, nose) are shined to the maximum using lip gloss. The trend uses creamy textures and contrasts areas of matte skin against the zones of high shine. To tone down this look for everyday use, simply apply a cream or liquid highlight and built it up as desired to increase the shine intensity. Opt for a healthy peach-pink lip shade and blush, flick out your eyeliner and elongate your eyebrows.



So feel free to experiment with your makeup this A/W and shake up your normal look because it really doesn’t have to be perfect – this is one of those rare times when the more messed up your makeup is, the trendier it is! Take full advantage of that. If you need tips on any of the above trends, please feel free to leave a comment.

Until next time,


Check out Make-Up Artist Kathryn Pardoe on Facebook!

Her blog is here.


#SparkleCrush: Mauboussin (finally) launches in the UAE!

After New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Beirut, the Parisian luxury brand finally launches in Dubai, marking a new milestone for the brand’s international presence.

Alain Nemarq, President of Mauboussin stated: “We are delighted to be launching Mauboussin’s universe of artistic, modern jewelry for the region’s discerning luxury customers. We are confident that our signature creativity, and distinguished color combinations will captivate regional women with a sense of femininity, luxury and romance”.

“After all, at Mauboussin we believe that luxury should be the universal language of emotion,” added Nemarq.

Since 1827, the House of Mauboussin has distinguished itself with its unique color combinations, contrasts of materials and exceptional capacity for renewal: bold, creative and accessible, the creations of this master artist jeweler have marked the world of jewelry globally.

In addition to being considered The jeweler of color, Mauboussin has today become the symbol of modern jewelry and a reference in creativity, addressing contemporary, urban and worldly women.

From rings to pendants, the brand lists several symbols: The star symbolizes beauty; the triangle, the divine; the flower, harmony; the oval, eternity; the diamond, humanity.

With evocative names such as «Tu es mon soleil», «Vertige de toi», «Parce que je l’aime», «Saphir de toi», Mauboussin’s collections are set to offer women in Dubai a flair of Parisian glamour and sophistication.

In Dubai, Mauboussin is now exclusively available at Galeries Lafayette in Dubai Mall.

View the collection:

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About Mauboussin: Mauboussin, the French fine jewelry house founded in Paris in 1827, is synonymous with artistic heritage and sophistication. The brand is well known globally for its coveted offering of luxurious gemstones.

Mauboussin’s international footprint includes flagship boutiques in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Beirut and Kuwait. Check out their Facebook page:

Launch event pics:

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