The Ahlan! Health & Beauty Blog

News and Reviews Direct from Planet Gorgeous
ByNaomi ChaddertonThursday , 05 November 2015

Beauty Spot
If you’re a fan of going all-out with your make-up, put this new coffee table book by Dita Von Teese on your Xmas wishlist. Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour takes you through every step of the star’s beauty regime, from hair and make-up to exercise and diet. Time to break out the red lippie!


Ten Minutes with Cecile Debievre
As Executive Vice President of Nuxe Worldwide, she’s pioneering the new natural beauty movement of the moment. We sat down with Cecile Debievre to talk skincare, oils and insider tips…

Can you talk us through your background?
It is totally skincare. I started out working for Roc, then 12 years ago I was introduced to an entrepreneur, Aliza Jabès, who founded Nuxe. At the time it was just a small niche French brand – my friends had to ask me how to spell it – but nowadays everyone knows it. Go in the bathroom of any French woman and I promise you will find Nuxe products.

What is the philosophy behind the brand?
There are three key words – nature, pleasure and performance. Nature as this has always been at the core for Aliza, pleasure because if you don’t feel good when using beauty products they are not worthwhile, and performance as you are using them to feel better about yourself. The balance between these is truly achieved with Nuxe.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which three products would you take?
The cleansing gel as it’s amazing at getting rid of impurities, Nuxellence Eclat to moisturise my skin, and the Prodigieuse oil, which you can use in your hair and on your body.

Interesting! How do you use this in your hair?
I put it on before my shampoo as a mask – just leave it on for 20 minutes underneath a hot towel and then shampoo and rinse. You can apply it to your ends throughout the day, too, when they are feeling particularly dry.

Who do you recommend uses Nuxe?
It can be used by everyone. Our products are all natural and great for sensitive skin too, as they contain no alcohol or essential oils. So many brands use these products, but they can cause allergic reactions.  

How should women in Dubai adapt their skincare regimes to allow for the climate?
It’s important to cleanse very carefully. Start with cleansing gel but always use a toning lotion to finish this. This is good to remove the harsh tap water from your skin. Then hydrate your skin – so many people think that because their skin is oily, it is hydrated but that’s not true. I recommend the Crème Fraiche serum to infuse your skin with water and plant milks for a smooth finish.

What are the most popular trends in skincare right now?
Multifunctional products – products that do everything. Our Huile Prodigieuse is perfect for this! Also products that give you pleasure when you use them – this wellbeing trend is worldwide and is what Nuxe is all about!


Customise Your Scent

With 19 scents, 19 colours and endless possibilities, the new Victoria’s Secret Fantasises Studio is all about mixing and matching with mini fragrances that are perfect for layering.
INFO: Available at Victoria’s Secret stores nationwide


Magnificent MAC  

For its new autumn line, MAC has enlisted the help of six competition winners to create their own colour collections, and we love the results! It’s an autumnal colour scheme of reds, burgundies and browns that suit any complexion.

INFO: Available at MAC counters nationwide


Customise Your Scent



With 19 scents, 19 colours and endless possibilities, the new Victoria’s Secret Fantasises Studio is all about mixing and matching with mini fragrances that are perfect for layering.
INFO: Available at Victoria’s Secret stores nationwide


Amp up the Volume!
If your hair’s looking more lacking than lustrous, you need Color Wow in your life. From the amazing team at John Frieda, this new range of shampoo, conditioner, gloss, mousse, blow-dry spray and more, works to transform your tresses without any nasty ingredients. The Color Wow Root Cover Up is the brand’s secret weapon and perfect for both grey hairs and roots.
INFO: Available at Jetset, Marquee and Sisters Beauty Lounge 


Georgia’s Perfect Match
Finding the right foundation is an eternal struggle for the women of this world, but thanks to Rimmel, the search might well be over! Offering poreless and picture-perfect skin, you’ll be selfie-ready thanks to the new Match Perfection Foundation and Fix & Protect Primer duo. Start with the primer for the perfect base – it acts as an invisible shield and is super lightweight so your make-up sits perfectly, all day long. The foundation comes in six shades and has a built-in moisture complex that offers full coverage. Ahlan! got exclusive access to the BTS images of muse Georgia May Jagger, whose flawless face has us running to Boots!

INFO: Available at Lifestyle, Max, Boots and Carrefour

Hair Love
Show your tresses you care with the new sun protection range from Joelle. With a shampoo, conditioner, elixir and spray, they work to protect your hair from the get-go, while vitamins and minerals bring it back to shiny life! This is just what we need for beach season…

INFO: From Dhs395, available at Joelle Paris

Tainted Love
The latest addition to its budding fragrance portfolio, The Body Shop has just launched its amazing new autumn fragrance, Black Musk. Its most intense scent yet, top notes of bambinella pear, pink pepper and bergamot are married with marzipan and almond for a musky scent that’s super powerful. Wear at night to really make an impact.

INFO: Available at The Body Shop stores nationwide

New Season Shiseido
It’s all about the neutrals this autumn as Shiseido works taupes, khakis and metallic greys into its latest collection. We’re loving the shimmering cream eye colours that offer intense jewel colour without creasing, while lip shades range from the perfect rouge to muted browns for a pared down look. We want the whole lot!

INFO: Available at Shiseido counters nationwide

Nip/ Tuck
If you love Nip + Fab slimming products, you’re going to want to get your fella into Nip + Man. Combining rich Italian fragrances with the best science in the business, there’s a product for everything from abs and pecs to biceps, face and skin so now you don’t have to worry about him stealing all your products! It’s a win-win, really.

INFO: Available at Basharacare

Aiisha’s New Gig
Move aside, Kendall – there’s a new face in town. Global beauty brand Shiseido has assigned Dubai-based, Lebanese designer  Aiisha Ramadan to front the brand in the region, and we’ve just received the stunning new pics! Doesn’t she look amazing? We can’t wait to see the latest campaigns…


Can’t Live Without
KeraStraight Sun Protection Spray

“My hair dries out super quickly in the heat, so this sun protection spray is perfect at bringing it back to life. It protects from salt, chlorine and UVA/UVB rays, and keeps my hair from frizzing up in the humidity, too.”
INFO: Available at


Fragrance Debut
Making history with its first ever fragrance, Miu Miu’s self-titled scent is soft and warm, focusing on lily of the valley flowers with floral notes of jasmine and rose. French-English actor Stacy Martin is the face of the campaign, only matched in prettiness by the aqua blue bottle that’s worth the price tag alone!
INFO: Available at Wojooh, Paris Gallery, Sephora and Debenhams. From Dhs245


A-List Lippies
She’s a fashion, beauty and on-screen legend, and now, Sophia Loren has even got her own lipstick shade. Dubbed Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Sophia Loren No. 1, the fuchsia-tinged, creamy red hue is subtle yet effective, designed to capture the effortless beauty of the actress. Some women have it all, hey?

INFO: Available at Dolce & Gabbana counters nationwide


 Art Attack
If you’re looking to up your mani game, get yourself down to SoH Art + Beauty today. Introducing the new Silk Watercolour inspired nail colours by Essie, they are designed to replicate hand-painted silks and chiffons with amazing, artistic designs. We predict this will be the hottest trend of the new season, so make sure you stay one step ahead!
INFO: From Dhs20 per nail, 04 344 4147,



Turn Back The Clock
It’s backed by dermatological experts and comes from the largest chain of skincare clinics in the Middle East, so you know you’re in good hands with the new Kaya Youth ExCell range. Infused with plant stem cells from the Argan tree, this three-piece collection comprises a collagen solution, benefactor and reviving serum that combines the effect of ageing on tanned and sagging skin. Trust us, it’s the hottest thing on the market right now!
INFO: Available at Kaya Skin Clinic Dubai


Get The App!
We know you’ve heard of Vaniday, the online beauty site that makes booking your spa appointments all the more easier. Well now they’ve just introduced their much-awaited app, so you can access the best offers as well as book appointments, all at the click of a finger. Could it get any easier?


New Modern Muse


Estée Lauder is stepping out of the box with its latest fragrance – a fruity, floral Oriental scent that combines rich roses with ripe fruits and cream. It’s the first ever fragrance campaign fronted by Kendall Jenner, too, so it’s really one for the books. Its fiery scent makes for the perfect addition to your evening wardrobe.
INFO: Available at Estée Lauder counters nationwide

Your 10 Day Detox

Quick detoxes are the best way to kick-start a weight loss programme by ridding the body of unwanted toxins. So make sure you try this new kit from The Organic Pharmacy that works to rejuvenate, nourish and cleanse your system. Comprising Detox Capsules, Phytonutrients + MSN, Superantioxidants and Essential Fatty Acid + B Complex capsules to take both day and night, the end goals are happier moods, increased energy, weight loss and glowing skin.

INFO: Available at major pharmacies nationwide


All White on the Night
If you’re already a fan of Nuxe’ White program, you’ll be happy to know it’s not totally complete thanks to the new White Brightening Renewing Night Cream. It works while you sleep to reduce dark spots, increase luminosity by activating the skin’s micro-circulation and add hydration thanks to the cherry blossom’s moisturising properties.

INFO: Available at Nuxe counters nationwide, Dhs239



Louboutin Lippie
It’s the hottest beauty launch of the new season and Christian Louboutin’s new lipsticks are just as decadent as you’d expect. Expanding his budding empire with 36 hot hues, the champion of the bunch is, of course, his Rouge Louboutin which lets you match your pout to your heels in his signature sole shade.


A Dog’s Life
MAC’s latest collection is inspired by our favourite furry friends with a lush colour palette of buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders and regal berries for lips. A sizeable collection for fall, Haute Dogs is a pretty hefty release comprising a whopping 33 products. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until the end of September to snap it up, but we’re sure it’ll be worth it!

INFO: Available at MAC counters nationwide


Lash Attack
She almost shut down The Dubai Mall when she made an in-store appearance and now Maya Ahmad AKA Make Up by Maya internet beauty sensation has teamed up with Pinky Goat to create her very own line of five sets of lashes – and they are all available in one set so you’ve got a look for every occasion!

INFO: Available at


Happy Birthday Wojooh!
It’s been one year since beauty brand Wow by Wojooh came into our lives, and to celebrate, the brand has teamed up with fashion’s fave local label Mochi to create an exclusive make-up pouch in its famous embroidered print. Containing mascara, eye pencil, eye shadow and lip lacquer, it makes for the perfect gift – to yourself! There’s only 800 pieces on the market though, so don’t wait around.

INFO: Dhs350, available at now and in stores from Sep 1


Autumn’s Hot Scent
The latest one to add to your Marc Jacobs’ fragrance collection, Daisy Dream Forever comprises deep top notes of blackberry, blue wisteria and white woods for a heady, intense scent perfect for those new season nights.


INFO: available at Wojooh, Paris Gallery, Sephora, Debenhams and Vavavoom


Wake Up and Glow!
Hectic work and social schedules got you looking less than your best? Say hello to the new Wake Me Up Foundation from Rimmel that will help you fake that eight hours sleep look in no time. It’s super-light so perfect for the hotter weather while radiance pearls work to illuminate the skin at the same time. What’s more, it won’t break the bank – win/win!

INFO: Available at Rimmel’s counters nationwide, Dhs59


New Season Beauty Collection
The perfect range to see you from summer to autumn, Chantecaille’s pre-fall collection is curated for that bronzed après beach look. Think eyes adorned in peach and bronze while lips have a luminous nude glow, it’s just what you need for that natural yet flawless finish.

INFO: Available at Bloomingdale’s Dubai





Get Beach Body Ready                 
Put on a few pounds (OK, kilos) over the long, hot summer? Luckily Biolite Aesthetic Clinic is offering a hot new Body Blitz programme that can see you drop a dress size in one course (ten sessions). Using light for the 3-in-1 treatment – there’s G5, Radiofrequency and Transion), it works to control and eliminate cellulite by breaking down fat and speeding up muscle contraction. Worth a shot, right!


INFO: Al Thanya Road, 04 346 6641,


Beauty at your Fingertips
Need to book a bikini wax and don’t want your boss to hear? Then we highly recommend you try out Vaniday -  a handy new website that helps you discover new salons and services and book an appointment at the click of a button. When Team Ahlan! tried it out it was still in early stages, but there’s a good selection of salons dotted around the city and with access to all their treatment menus and prices, the online marketplace lets you book in everything from hair and make-up application to manis, pedis and massages. Don’t take our word for it though – make sure you try it out for yourself!




Smoothie Love
We’re obsessed with Vita Coco here at Team Ahlan! and what better way to get all those naturally-occurring goodies than in a delish smoothie. We’re currently lusting after the Citrus Juice smoothie that’s low in calories with zero fat. All you need is a juicer and these simple ingredients…
·       200ml Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water
·       1 orange
·       2 carrots
·       1 cube of ginger
·       1 or 2 grapefruits


Nail The New Season
Tito’s new polish collection walks straight off the runway this season with hot, sunshine bright colours perfect for a cheery autumn. From Very Berry and Bananarama to the Orange Alert, co-ordinate your nails with your outfits for the next big trend.

INFO: Available at Tips & Toes branches nationwide, Dhs30 each


Laura’s New Look
Update your beauty bag with the new fall collection from Laura Mercier. There’s a whole host of new additions – think a decadent Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm for lips and playful metallic Eye Chromes – that will give you endless look combos this autumn. Invest in the new Eye Art Palette to take you from day to night, too.

INFO: Available at Laura Mercier counters nationwide 






Try the New A-List Facial

What do Jessica Biel, Dita Von Teese and Madonna all have in common? They swear by the new Balance Facial from Eminence Organics and it’s now available at Pastels Salon! A must-try treatment for combination skin, Buchu leaf extract, charcoal and willow bark are used to deep clean and refine pores while deeply moisturise resulting in a chic, luminous glow. A-list skin, here we come!

INFO: Available at Pastels Jumeirah Branch, 04 388 3534

 Travel to Tahiti
Dreaming of escaping the summer heat? The new Tahiti Island Dream collection from Bath & Body Works comprises a shower gel, body lotion, eau de parfum and more with refreshing notes of coconut water, mandarin and pear that will sweep you away on that sensual island escape – in your mind, atleast!

INFO: Available at Bath & Body Works stores nationwide


Shake up your autumn fragrance with not one but two new scents from Dolce & Gabbana. For him and her, Velvet Mimosa Bloom and Velvet Exotic Leather are both intense yet sophisticated for the more mature fragrance aficionado.

INFO: Available at Dolce & Gabbana counters nationwide


All Eyes on You
If you’re stuck with new ways to do your eye make-up, the experts at MAC have curated these hot new palettes comprising 9 or 15 shades featuring a wave of colour-coordinated hues. From navy and burgundy to amber and purple, there’s something to suit every mood and occasion.

INFO: Available from the end of August at MAC counters nationwide

Just Landed!

Problematic pores? Just apply Bobbi Brown’s new Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector before your foundation and its amaze blurring effect will help smooth them into oblivion. What’s more, it helps reduce shine for up to 8 hours. Score!

INFO: Dhs185, available at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide  

Trend to try: The Pixie
As more and more celebs are chopping of their locks and embracing a chic short ‘do, take inspiration from our fave fashion-forward pixie cuts

Scarlett Johansson

Lily Collins

Kate Mara

Toni & Guy Expands

If you’re looking to experiment with your look, why not try out the new Toni & Guy salon in Abu Dhabi? Not only have they hired the crème de la crème of hair stylists and colourists, there’s also a private spray tanning room using world-renowned He-Shi products. Definitely worth a shot!

INFO: Located in Al Bandar, 02 584 8399

FittHPC Opens in Dubai

A specialised training facility for athletes, this hot new facility works to help achieve fitness performance goals on all levels. Working with experts in the field to develop tailor-made programs for teams and individuals, these guys will get you in tip-top condition in no time!

Must-buy Scent!

The latest in his long-line of sumptuous scents, the new Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream comes housed in the prettiest bottle we’ve seen in a long time. This is a scent that will take you from day to night…

INFO: Available at Marc Jacobs counters nationwide

Just Landed!
Move over BB creams and see ya later CC creams – there’s a new kid on the beauty block. The latest addition to its best-selling moisturising range, the Nuxe DD Crème Prodigieuse both protects and nourishes with its anti-pollution shield. So not only does it cover, it combats all those outside nasties from dulling your skin while moisturising for up to 8 hours. We’re sold!

INFO: Available at Nuxe counters nationwide, Dhs119

Lash Out!
From its They’re Real mascaras to the legendary push-up liners, Benefit has released its best-sellers in a whole new host of playful colours that we can’t wait to add to our collection!

INFO: Available at Benefit counters nationwideDhs310

 New Beauty Stop
If you’re down by DIFC – or even if you’re not – make sure you check out BPOD. Dubai’s newest one-stop-shop for everything from haircuts, manis, pedis, eyelash extensions and facials, this hot new salon sure knows how to look after its customers! We highly recommend the Elemis Pro-collagen Quartz Lift Facial as an effective Botox substitute.

INFO:, 04 388 8044

Ballet Beautiful
If you’re looking for chic yet neutral nails this summer, Tips and Toes new Ballerina collection is just what you’re after. From the hot ‘Pink Tutu’ to the more subtle and creamy ‘Satin Ribbon’, relish in the collection’s on-trend, classic hues.




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