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How To Store Your Makeup Like a Pro

11 ingenious storage solutions for your beauty products.

If your skincare and makeup collection has grown to beyond a bathroom shelf or drawers, it might be time to upgrade your beauty product storage.

By caring for your products in the right way, not only do you ensure their longevity and thereby their effectiveness, you protect yourself from horrible germs. However you store your beauty products, always ensure that they are in a cool dark place. This helps to prevent bacterial growth, which can lead to various infections and outbreaks. The cooler, the better!

With tons of options online, there’s something to suit the size of every makeup and skincare collection. Whether you need to keep just a few essential items in your handbag to get you through your day, or you’re looking for something larger for your travels, we have you covered. Plus, there are a bunch of innovative products to help you organise your beauty collection in smart and ingenious ways – including a mini-fridge like Instagram beauty star, editor Michelle Lee. Perfect for keeping all your lotions and potions fresh, it’s super cute and stylish.

Click on for our selection of small, big and new storage solutions.

MAKEUP POUCHES

A handy pouch is ideal for storing makeup essentials on-the-go. Alternatively, grab a few to store different beauty products – perfect for eye-shadows or nail varnish.

Our pick:
Missha gold double pocket pouch
Missha gold square pouch
Missha rose gold multi pouch


MAKEUP CASES

There are some ultra-professional and ultra-stylish makeup cases with multiple compartments on the market. These are ideal for storing your makeup kit at home or for taking with you on your travels.

Our pick:
Huda Beauty vanity case
JJ Boutique travel makeup train case
D-Pocket waterproof makeup organizer
Hoyofo Mirror double layer makeup storage case


HOME STORAGE

From magnetic makeup brush organisers to mini-fridges, these options make storing beauty products a breeze.

Our pick:
Missha standing magnetic brush set
Missha clear acrylic dustproof makeup brush
Cooluli mini fridge 
Jysk Brantevik bath organiser
Unique Icon 12-slot makeup storage box for lipstick

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Beauty Marks: The Best Henna Salons in Dubai

Bookmark this as Eid approaches.

Is there any better way to gear up for Eid than adorning yourself with some intricately applied henna stains? Hint: no. Here, we share our top 10 picks of the best henna salons in Dubai. 

Grand Flora Spa

If you’re opting for traditional Emirati henna, then Grand Flora Spa is the best pick. With six branches around Dubai, it specialises in Arabic designs. The salon doesn’t limit its henna services to the hands and feet alone – you can have it applied anywhere on the body. It also offers henna services to all kinds of events and provides home services as well. Applied by its pool of highly experienced designers, the henna art here comes highly recommended. 

Multiple locations across Dubai, 800 FLORA, https://www.grandfloragroup.com/

Dubai Henna

Dubai Henna offers a unique mix of services and a shop where you can buy its henna products. The henna services come in two packages: standard and VIP. You can claim a free gift with the VIP package, which includes a handmade henna crafted souvenir. Its product portfolio features different types of henna cones, henna accessories, and DIY henna kits categorised according to the areas of application. Dubai Henna’s menu spans services across bridal, casual, party, prenatal belly henna, and even henna art. 

HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, JLT, 056 515 9111, https://www.dubaihenna.com/

Al Marasim Ladies Salon 

This salon offers some of the best henna services in Dubai. Renowned for its unique range of henna designs – from traditional ones that stay true to Emirati roots to contemporary designs – you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. Of course, you can also get your henna design customised any way you want. And considering Al Marsim has been in business for over 20 years in the UAE, you can be assured that all its henna products are of premium quality, safe, and free from chemicals. 

Villa 1043, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah, 050 186 6286, https://www.almarasim.ae

Heritage For Henna

If you’re looking for a henna salon that is deeply rooted in tradition, then Heritage For Henna is the place for you. It makes sure all its services stick to the local traditions of henna while promising an efficient and fast application process. Done by experts, all its designs are unique and follow traditional techniques. Its standout feature, meanwhile, is that it offers training services to applicants as well. Referred to as “Henna Majlis”, the salon has 28 tents across the country. 

531, SME Business Village, Deira, Near Clock Tower, 04 420 1178, http://heritageforhenna.com/

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Luxury Henna Salon

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Luxury Henna Salon at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort has taken henna art to new heights. Its henna is made from powdered henna leaves, lemon juice, sugar, and secret essential oils. The henna is made fresh – only after the confirmation of an appointment – with the salon also catering to clients with sensitive and allergy-prone skin. And with a wide variety of henna services like Sudan henna, Mughlai henna, and Moroccan henna, the salon is well-reputed among Emiratis. It covers all events ranging from Eid to weddings and other special occasions. 

Al Mamsha St, Dubai Marina, 04 399 5533

SAbeauti Professional Ladies Salon

Whether it’s for a wedding, Eid celebrations, or any other occasion, SAbeauti Professional Ladies Salon is one of the ultimate beauty and cosmetic service providers in Dubai. It boasts an extensive list of services for clients – think: Moroccan baths, eyelash extensions, and mani-pedis. However, the henna services here are highly rated, with the option to choose from natural brown, jagua black, and red henna. The salon also offers a wide variety of traditional henna: Arabic, Sudani, Indian, and Pakistani designs for all occasions.

44th St – Deira, 04 269 9700, https://sabeautisalon.com/home

Eyana Ladies Salon 

Whether it’s body art, a basic tattoo, or something decorative for a special event, Eyana Ladies Salon is another great option, offering henna art solutions for all needs. You can choose from the extensive and carefully picked collection of designs or customise your own. The specialty of this henna salon is that it follows a 500-year-old technique that never fails to deliver a perfect henna statement for any occasion. 

Naresco Building 4, Karama, 04 396 7607, https://eyanasalon.com

Vandana Henna Art Designs

Henna that is truly opulent is the best way to describe the services of this henna salon. Considering its signature henna features 24-carat gold, you truly can’t get a more luxurious henna experience in Dubai. Its henna is also completely nickel-free and biocompatible. A mobile business, Vandana specialises in painting henna designs with gold to add just the right touch of glitter and shimmer, giving any bride the ultimate feeling of royalty on her big day. 

Al-Safa, 050 795 7018, http://vandanahennaartdesigns.com/

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Afrina Beauty Centre 

As one of the six entities in its group, Afrina Henna And Training Centre is dedicated to providing the best henna services and professional henna training in Dubai. Its designs are best described as detailed and delicate with a modern twist. Be it casual henna or innovative body art, Afrina Beauty Centre will get it done using freshly prepared henna cones sans chemicals. It specialises in Arabic, Indian, traditional, classic, and modern henna designs.

512 Pinnacle Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 392 9885, https://afrina.com/

Rachna Salon

Bringing authentic Indian henna techniques and talents to the UAE, Rachna Salon – with 35 years of experience – is a reputed henna spot in Dubai. Along with constantly evolving, it has also reinvented its designs to add a touch of Arabic culture. All of its henna services are delivered through professionals in a female-friendly setting and upholds henna as the focal point of its offerings. 

Villa # 610, Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah 3, 04 394 4489, http://www.rachnasalon.ae

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Red Pout 101: How to Find and Apply Your Perfect Match

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the colour on our minds is red! Whether you have a date night planned or are celebrating your female friendships, a red lipstick is never the wrong choice – despite the challenge of choosing the right one. Rule #1? There are no rules. However, if you do need a little help, read on.

Choosing the Right Red

This is where many people don’t know where to begin. Should you go maroon, berry, or cherry red? Should you go light or dark? There are a few simple tips you can follow. Your skin tone is decided by whether you have a cool or warm complexion. For paler skin tones, note whether your skin has more of a pink undertone (cool) or an olive tone (warm).

For darker skins, determine if you have a golden undertone (warm) or more of a reddish/purple undertone (cool). A darker skin tone can definitely carry off much deeper shades, but if you have paler skin and want to be a little more daring, it’s always worth a try too. You never know, it might be your perfect shade! Once you have worked out your skin tone, refer to our product picks to find the shade right for you.

Cool Tones

Blue-based lipsticks suit those with cool tones. This MAC pick is perfect if you’re aiming for retro vibes.

Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, MAC COSMETICS

Prefer red-carpet feels? Charlotte Tilbury has just the shade.

Matte Revolution Lipstick – Red Carpet Red, CHARLOTTE TILBURY

If you’re new to wearing reds and unsure of too much colour, why not try a gloss instead?

Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Glossy Cherry, SEPHORA

Warm Tones

People with warmer skin tones should opt for reds with more of an orange base. This one by Estée Lauder is our favourite for a fresh look. 

Pure Colour Envy in Impassioned, ESTÉE LAUDER

We love a lipstick worth flaunting in public. Case in point: this pick from Tom Ford Beauty.

Lip Color in Wild Ginger, TOM FORD BEAUTY

And again, if you’re not quite ready for red lipstick, this gloss is perfect for warm skin tones.

Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss in Hot Streak, BOBBI BROWN

Applying the Perfect Red

There are four main steps to ensure your lips look full and even, with your lipstick staying on for longer:

  1. Apply a lip primer, such as the MAC Prep + Prime Lip, all over the lips including over the lip line. This has so many benefits: conditioning the lip, creating a perfect base for lipstick to glide on (especially a dryer matte lipstick), helping the colour last longer, and preventing lipstick bleeding into fine lines around the lips.
  2. Apply lip liner in a colour close to the chosen lipstick. MAC does a great range of different lip liners to suit many shades. Line the lips and then colour in the lip slightly, too – this will also prolong the life of your lip colour.
  3. Apply the lipstick you have chosen using the above tips.
  4. Using your favourite concealer and a fine brush, tidy up any smudges or uneven lines to really perfect the shape. This will help make the lips look fuller, too.

Watch: How to Apply Red Lipstick

Don’t forget that the beauty advisors at the likes of Sephora are experts and will happily let you try different colours to find your right shade and finish, so use their knowledge! MAC, Estée Lauder, and many other brands also have a virtual try-on function on their websites so you can try before you buy online.

Other Red Pout Essentials

Prep + Prime Lip, MAC COSMETICS

Lip Pencil in Brick, MAC COSMETICS

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer, ESTÉE LAUDER

For more makeup tips, follow @daniellejamesmakeup on Instagram.

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Brows on Fleek: The 10 Best Eyebrow Salons in Dubai

Because we’ll never, ever tire of perfect brows.

If you’re still on a quest for gorgeous, natural-looking eyebrows while obsessing over the sparse/misshapen/truly unruly ones that you are currently sporting, then a visit to the experts is in order. Here, we share our top salon picks so you can achieve the brows of your dreams.

BROWZ

Here to give you a fantastic transformation, BROWZ offers a variety of beauty services and treatments, with the specialists using state-of-the-art equipment to work their magic. Its Flow Brows offering is a fan favourite, but if you fancy something more defined, there are many other treatments to choose from.

BROWZ, Al Wasl Road, opposite ENOC Petrol Station, 050 841 4289, browz.ae, open 9am-8pm daily

BROWZ, Best Salon In Dubai

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar Lounge

Benefit Cosmetics, one of the world’s best beauty companies, has brought Dubai residents its fantastic brow bar lounge. From waxing to tinting and tweezing, you will find an array of services to help you channel your inner Brooke Shields.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar Lounge, Sephora The Dubai Mall, 04 339 9828, benefitcosmetics.com/en-ae, open 10am-12am daily

Brow Studio

A salon dedicated to giving you the perfect sleek brows? Sign us up. Brow Studio in Dubai offers a range of extensive treatments designed for your brows – think: microblading, shading, sculpting, and even brow lamination.

Brow Studio, Al Seef 2 Tower, Cluster U, JLT, 054 401 6658, browstudiodubai.com, open 10am-9pm daily

Yin Yang

If you want to work with stylists from across the world, Yin Yang is the place for you. Boasting experts from three continents and a wide range of services, this salon is a one-stop shop for brow services, mani/pedis, and more. 

Yin Yang, Suha Hotel Apartments, PL Floor, Sadaf 3 behind Movenpick Hotel, JBR, Dubai, 04 439 0101, yinyang.ae, open 9am-9pm daily

Brau Bar & Beauty Clinic

Another staple for fashionistas across Dubai is Brau Bar & Beauty Clinic. offering a variety of treatments to enhance your beauty. Its brow services are top-notch, and you can easily choose the one that’s perfect for you. It even offers removal services to help you get rid of old semi-permanent brows!

Brau Bar & Beauty Clinic, The Springs Souk, 050 403 7551, brau.ae, open 10am-10pm daily

Sisters Beauty Lounge

One of the most beloved salons in the beauty game, Sisters is well-loved by everyone in Dubai. Offering extensive services from nail treatments to lash extensions and eyebrow tinting, this is where you can get a full-body transformation with ease.

Sisters Beauty Lounge, Financial Center Road, Downtown Dubai, 04 339 8500, sistersbeautylounge.com, open 9am-9pm daily

Ellyssar Beauty Salon

Lifting LVL, eyelash extensions, hair care treatments – it’s all on the menu at Ellyssar Beauty Salon. Bonus: it specialises in eyebrow microblading and wins rave reviews every time.

Ellyssar Beauty Salon, 104 1st floor Al Amiri Tower, Tecom, 04 427 6623, ellyssarsalon.com, open Saturday to Thursday 10am-8pm

Brows by Patsy

Located in Lespirit Medical Clinic, Brows by Patsy offers a range of treatments for flawless brows. You can find micropigmentation, microblading, and nanoblading on the menu here, so there’s something for everyone’s needs.

Brows by Patsy, Lespirit Medical Clinic, Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, 04 338 8238, browsbypatsy.com, open Sunday to Wednesday 9:30am-5pm 

THT Salon

One of the most recognisable salons on this list, THT salon has a whole host of innovative treatments to help your eyebrows stay on fleek. Its HD Brows treatment is raved about by beauty buffs across the city.

THT Salon, B04, Promenade Level, The Dome, Cluster N, JLT, Shop No B4 B5 B6, 04 589 6679, thathairtho.me, open 10am-9pm daily

Maris Aesthetic Clinic

Are you tired of thin brows? Do pigments fade quickly when applied to your eyebrows? Then Maris Aesthetic Clinic is where it’s at. The velvet brows here have amazing color retention, making sure you have perfectly pigmented eyebrows in the long run.

Maris Aesthetic Clinic, 327 Al Wasl Rd – Al Bada’a – Jumeirah 1, 04 235 5858, bymaris.com, open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 11am-8pm

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Pedi Perfect: 10 Top Nail Salons in Dubai

Guaranteeing the best care for your nails.

Hey, remember when the lockdown meant the end of the weekly mani/pedi, essentially leaving a gaping hole in every woman’s planner? Well, with life thankfully returning back to normal, The Gaggler has nails on the brain. Enter: our round-up of the 10 best nail salons in Dubai.

Coya Spa

Nestled away in Mirdif, Coya Spa invites you to enjoy an extensive range of world-class nail products and services from some of the best international beauty brands. The nail technicians here use Essie, Alessandro, Margaret Dabbs, and EMI Nails products to give you beautiful hands that you’ll want to flaunt. 

Coya Spa, 1st Floor, Park Centre Mirdif, 41 26 B ST, 04 601 5555, coyaspa.com, open 10am-9pm daily

Tips & Toes

With nine locations across Dubai, Tips & Toes is easily one of the most accessible nail salons on this list. It offers amazing manicures and an extensive range of other nail services, including luscious treatments for the soft and stunning hands you deserve.

Tips & Toes, Panorama, 6th St, The Greens, 04 554 8431, tipsandtoes.com, open 9am-10pm daily

Best Nail Salons In Dubai

N.Bar

One of the oldest nail salons in Dubai, N.Bar has been the go-to place for spectacular nails for over 20 years. With over 11 branches to choose from, each offering impeccable service and flawless manicures, it’s no surprise that it attracts fashionistas from across the city on the daily.

N.Bar, The Circle Mall, Jumeirah Village Circle, 800 6227, nbar.com, open Monday to Saturday 9am-10pm

THT Salon

If you want a fabulous nail treatment that is vegan and gluten-free, THT (That Hair Tho) is the place for you as it boasts a wide array of products that are both eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Amazing and sustainable nails? That’s a win not just for you, but the environment too!

THT Salon, B04, Promenade Level, The Dome, Cluster N, Shop No B4 B5 B6i, 04 589 6679, thathairtho.me, open 10am-9pm daily

The Nail Spa

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fantastic service of The Nail Spa. True to its name, it features an extensive menu of services for your nails. And with a wide array of Essie colours to choose from, your nails are guaranteed a glamorous makeover.

The Nail Spa, Level One, Near Gate 1, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, 600 544 001, thenailspa.com, open 10am-10pm daily

Aveda

It’s easy to forget you are in a salon when you visit Aveda. The lush greenery, the luxurious mani/pedi station, and the unexpected extras make it feel like a world away from the bustling city. This is the address if you fancy top-to-toe pampering.

Aveda, 431 Al Wasl Road, Galleria Mall, Jumeirah 1, 800 28332, aveda-me.com, open 8am-10pm daily

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Laloge Beauty Salon

Boasting stunning views of the Downtown Dubai skyline and an array of services for your nails, Laloge is the place to experience true luxury. And with five swanky locations around the city, VIP-style pampering is always around the corner.  

Laloge Beauty Salon & Spa, The Golf Academy, The Address Hotel Montgomerie, 052 222 2901, laloge.com, open 10am-9pm daily

Kozma and Kozma

Fun and fabulous nails? Think: Kozma and Kozma! Undoubtedly the most unique salon on this list, it offers an escape into a whimsical candyland while catering to your nails. You can choose from an array of delightful and unique manicures such as the Vanilla Marshmallow Manicure, Unicorn Manicure, and Pompom Monster Manicure. 

Kozma and Kozma, Al Wasl Rd – Umm Suqeim, 056 554 4534, kozmaandkozma.com, open 10am-7pm daily

Sisters Beauty Lounge

A firm favourite for longstanding residents, Sisters Beauty Lounge has been operating for over 17 years and has several outposts in Dubai. Not only does it offer hair and facial treatments, but it’s also the perfect place for nail care.

Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 04 339 8500, sistersbeautylounge.com, open 9am-9pm daily

Pastels Salon

Offering services ranging from hair care to manicures and more, Pastels is a must-visit salon if you want gorgeous nails. Located in the heart of Dubai, its award-winning team consistently wins rave reviews from loyal patrons.

Pastels Salon, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dubai Marina, 04 452 8031, pastels-salon.com, open 9am-7pm daily

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3 Makeup Trends Worth Mastering for Fall

Look fabulous, stay on trend.

There are so many makeup trends out there that it’s a minefield to figure out which ones you should be following. So what’s a girl to do? Master the following three that we’ve chosen for you! Bonus: each is perfect for fall.

Reverse Cat Eye

This trend has been around for a few months now, but it is still perfect to take you into the new season. It gives you just the right amount of grunge and is much easier to achieve than a normal winged liner. You may be wondering, ‘What exactly is a reverse cat eye?’

Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like – it’s an upside down version of the traditional winged eye look. Instead of only applying eyeliner to your upper eyelid, you will also place it on your lower lash line. After all, why should your lids have all the fun, right? Feel free to replace the gel liner shown in the video below (Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink) with a black or brown kohl pencil, as long as it’s easy to blend.

Watch the Video: How to Create the Reverse Cat Eye

90s Lip

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez are channeling their inner Linda Evangelista by sporting this trend circa now. This look is all about those hazy, matte lips with a soft gradient from your lip line to the centre of your lips, which gives you the perfect ‘pouty and full’ lip look.

You will need a nude brown liner (such as Whirl Lip Pencil by MAC) to create a defined line around the whole lip. There is no need to blend for this look. Next, use a clear or very sheer gloss or balm over the rest of your lips. This gives a contoured, plumped look to the lips whilst giving a little nod to the 90s. Pro tip: You can increase or decrease the drama of this look by going for a darker or lighter lip pencil.

Monochrome Makeup

This trend just keeps on coming back into our lives – but what does it even mean? Monochrome basically means varying tones of one colour, so in a makeup sense, this is where you’d match your eye, lip, and cheek colours by using the same or very similar hues of your chosen colour palette. This makeup look can be sweet and simple or statement-making, depending on which colour palette you choose.

An easy way to achieve this look is to do a wash of the eyeshadow (in whichever shade you have chosen) all over the lid. Blend this out using a fluffy brush to give a really soft, smoky finish. Then choose a lipstick in a very similar tone. Featured here is MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour in Date-Maker to match the copper shade on the eyes. For the blush, you can use either your lipstick or your eyeshadow directly on your cheeks so the whole look ties together perfectly. However, be wary if the shades are very dark and opt for a blusher in a lighter shade instead.

Product Recommendations:

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, BOBBI BROWN

Lip Pencil in Whirl, MAC COSMETICS

Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour, MAC COSMETICS

Go give these a try and tag @thegaggler and @daniellejamesmakeup in your selfies on Instagram!

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We (Still) Swear By These Nail Salons

Perfect mani-pedi alert!

Having your nails done is on a par with cleaning your teeth twice a day when you’re a beauty-focused girl – you just do it. But while there are countless nail salons in Dubai, which are the ones that leave our hands and feet looking their prettiest? The nail wizards that we simply couldn’t live without? These five favourites have us high-fiving our technicians week in, week out.

nail salons in Dubai

WHO?

We Nails

WHERE?

Trident Grand Mall, Jumeirah Beach Residence

WHY?

You’d be forgiven if you thought that you’d been magically transported to the heart of New York when you first set eyes upon We Nails. Between the exposed brick walls, white subway tiles, graffiti, and neon signage, this boutique nail spa perched on the edge of JBR looks like exactly the kind of place Carrie Bradshaw would come to have her weekly mani. Pressed for time, I booked in for a Gelish mani and pedi and was thrilled with the results that, seven days later, still look unchipped and flawless. Rapid pampering aside, add We Nails to your list of must-try beauty haunts if you’re a lover of nail art – the yellow ombre nails we saw taking shape on the lady next to us were seriously envy-inducing. The salon also offers an array of beauty services, so sign me up for a blow-dry and lashes next time.

DIGITS, PLEASE?

Call 04 452 8226 or WhatsApp 050 5077 501.

Pastels Jumeirah Salon, nail salon

WHO?

Pastels Jumeirah Salon

WHERE?

Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3

WHY

One of Dubai’s first top-to-toe salons, Pastels has an army of dedicated fans who go nowhere else but this sprawling Umm Suqeim villa for every one of their beauty needs. Offering cutting-edge hair, skincare, lash, and nail treatments, the newly remodeled salon is bright, spacious, and chock-full of highly trained beauty professionals, many of whom have been with Pastels for years – always a good sign. The nail services range from a classic polish mani and pedi to gel formulations, gel enhancements, nail art (including Minx, loved by both Rihanna and Beyonce), and skin-boosting treats like callus peels and paraffin wraps. And aside from the really comfy spa chairs, super-relaxing foot soak and scrub, post-polish massages, and really good filter coffee, we can attest that our hands and feet always look and feel amazing after a pitstop at Pastels. Ten days into our latest Essie Gel manicure, and our keyboard-hammering nails still look hand-model perfect.

DIGITS, PLEASE?

To book, call 04 388 3534.

Essa Beauty, Best Nail salons in Dubai

WHO?

Essa Beauty

WHERE?

Goldcrest Views 2, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

WHY?

Award-winning salon Essa Beauty is best known for its incredible facials, the secret behind the glowing complexions of numerous women across the city. But while its wide-reaching fanbase may well not entrust their skincare to anyone else, the same can be said for those who come here to keep their hands and feet in tip-top shape. It offers every kind of nail service – think: regular manis and pedis, gels, acrylic nail extensions, nail art, chrome nails, and an array of treats for hands and feet. And then there’s the beautifully styled space, where super-comfortable tan leather recliners, white walls, warm woods, and stunning murals set the tone as seriously talented technicians leave you looking gorgeous and feeling relaxed. 

DIGITS, PLEASE?

Call 04 374 4288.

Sister Beauty Lounge, nail salon Dubai

WHO?

Sisters Beauty Lounge

WHERE?

The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mirdif City Centre

WHY?

Sisters is basically a Dubai institution when it comes to beautifying, having been the go-to for women since it opened in 2003. Now a multi-award winning brand with seven outposts across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it is all about 360-degree luxury pampering – book yourself in for a mani and pedi, and we guarantee you wish you could stay all day. With a booking app boasting an interactive menu of nail trends, colours, designs, and shapes to help you choose exactly what kind of nails you want to leave the salon with, you can be as creative or as classic as you wish. We love the newly launched vegan gel bottle polishes. Besides the fact that they come in over 100 shades, are chip-resistant, and last up to three weeks, they actually prevent the nail damage that can happen with harsh gel products. But our favourite? The Russian manicure, a gentle gel technique that is great for the condition of the nails and takes only 60 minutes. 

DIGITS, PLEASE?

Call 04 388 3534.

The Nail Pavilion, Nail Salons in Dubai

WHO?

The Nail Pavilion

WHERE?

Goldcrest Views 1, Cluster V, JLT

WHY?

A one-stop shop for hair, nails, and beauty, this independently run salon in JLT has been on our speed dial since it was recommended by one of the most well-respected women in the Dubai beauty community – and for good reason. For starters, the menu boasts all manner of polishes – regular, gel, halal, vegan, and non-toxic included. As for the nail services? They range from basic mani-pedis to gel treatments, acrylics, enhancements and overlays, nail art, and rainbow nails alongside pampering scrubs, softening wraps, and much more. With a team of experienced nail experts who train every three months, every nail service here comes with a 24-hour guarantee and a free service if anything goes wrong. Better still, if you can’t get to the salon, the salon will come to you! Bringing the total beautifying option right to your front door for just AED 55 extra, you can be glammed-up from top to toe in the comfort of your own home – ideal when working from home means that a Zoom call from the manicure station is an impossibility.

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Eye Spy: 3 Experts on All Things Eye Area

It’s time to care, cure, and conceal.

The you-know-what continues to rear its ugly head, impacting everything from travel plans and social commitments to mental health and overall lifestyles, with erratic sleep schedules an unfortunate byproduct. Both anxiety and insomnia are on the rise, so you’re probably grappling with the likes of puffiness, eye bags, crow’s feet, and dark circles more than ever before. And the fact that wearing a face mask keeps your eyes front and center? Not helping. With that in mind, we tapped three different experts to address the three Cs – care, cure, and conceal – of the delicate eye area, answering some of the most frequently asked questions along the way.

Care

Dr. Shadan Naji, Dermatologist at Dr Kayle Aesthetic Clinic

At what age should we start paying attention to the eye area, and how?

The area around the eyes is the first to start showing signs of ageing and tiredness. In general, we should pay attention to the area as soon as possible, but certainly start with an anti-ageing cream once you hit the age of 25.

Asian women tend to struggle more with dark circles due to genetics and higher melanin levels. Any tips to prevent them?

There are two tips that I always share with my patients to help with this issue. Firstly, use a brightening cream or a serum that contains vitamin C. Secondly, avoid the use of irritative eye makeup remover and heavy mascara as both might create an irritation that can lead to more discolouration in the area.

Some still say that special eye cream isn’t needed, while others say it’s a skincare must-have. How do you feel?

It’s a must to have a specific cream for the undereye area as you cannot use your normal skincare products. This is because the eye contour area is more sensitive and delicate than other parts of the face, so while you want to deliver the same ingredients you’d use elsewhere, you need them in doses that are gentle enough to not trigger any irritation. Remember, the thin skin around the eyes absorbs better than the thicker skin on other areas of the face, so eye creams are formulated with some of the same active ingredients as moisturisers, but using lower doses or less potency.

Puffiness and eye bags are common complaints. What tips can you share to prevent the two?

Use a small jade roller every night to apply the eye cream and gently massage it into the area around the eyes. This issue can also be helped by dietary choices, such as avoiding excess salt and alcohol.

Jade Stone Facial Roller, PRP AED 75, available at lookfantastic.ae

Increased screen time since the onset of the pandemic has worsened our skin, so it’s likely the same for the undereye area. What can we do to offset some of the damage?

Use a specific eye cream twice daily, but supplement this with in-clinic treatments. Rejuvenation treatments such as PRP and mesotherapy are always a smart investment as they will dramatically improve the appearance of the area and, as an added bonus, lessen your need for a concealer.


Cure

Edwige Gandin, Beautician at Pastels Salon

Dark circles aside, the Hydradermie Eye Lift at Pastels tackles crow’s feet. What can you tell us about this commonly occurring issue?

Crow’s feet wrinkles tend to initially appear in the mid to late 30s. Depending on the condition of the skin and general care, though, they can even reveal themselves in the mid 20s. There are some measures, however, that you can take to avoid them taking hold too soon. These include getting adequate sleep, elevating the head during sleep, and applying cold compresses. You should also minimise sun exposure and try one of the following: cucumber slices, tea bags, vitamin C, and retinoid creams.

What key tools and products are used as part of the treatment?

The Hydradermie Eye Lift is a unique 35-minute treatment that rejuvenates the eye area, targeting signs of ageing and tiredness around the eye area and tackling fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. It uses a combination of machine technology and a specially designed hands-on massage together with a Guinot skin repair eye mask to aid maximum effectiveness, making for a relaxing and results-driven treatment. 

The treatment uses Guinot’s patented drainage method to remove toxins from the muscle and brighten the skin, as well as its ionisation technology to help the skin absorb the active ingredients deep into the epidermal layer. It is based on the belief that positive ions tend to oxidise by pollution and the sun, which will hasten the ageing process, especially the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, the ‘double-ionisation’ effect refers to the rebalancing of the positive and negative ions when two handheld rollers are used, with a gel serum applied on the eye contour region. The relaxing massage softens the facial features and rejuvenates the skin.

Who do you think would benefit most from the Hydradermie Eye Lift?

Anyone who wants to reduce dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles and ensure their eye contour region looks brighter and younger.

What can one do to maintain its results for as long as possible?

The best results will be achieved when you commit to having the treatment twice a week for a month, and then use an eye serum day and night. My current favourite is the Nimue Eye Serum.

Eye Serum, PRP AED 187, available at esseandco.com

Conceal

Fizah Pasha, Founder of Brulée Beauty

Let’s start with an age-old question. Concealer or foundation first, and why?

I always like to start with foundation first – that way, it’s easier to conceal the parts that need a little bit of extra love.

Brulée Beauty’s concealers cater specifically to women with golden-yellow undertones. What tips can you share to make the most of them?

As a result of higher melanin levels, we tend to be darker underneath our eyes as well. Brulée Beauty concealers were formulated to be full coverage, which is why they have a higher content of pigments. I also made sure they dry matte so they stay on longer and cover dark circles better. For both these reasons, you need to have a well-moisturised undereye area to tackle the concealers from getting cakey. I also recommend a light dusting of powder to make the concealer last longer.

Even with a detailed shade guide in place, it’s common to order a shade that’s not quite right, especially when shopping online. What advice would you give to avoid this issue?

Well, because Brulée Beauty concealers are formed with a built-in colour corrector, I suggest always going one shade lighter than your usual concealer. We also offer personalised services whereby you can get in touch and speak to us about getting shade-matched. We’re also working on something exciting that we are about to launch soon to tackle this issue.

As a makeup artist with over a decade of experience, what is your concealer philosophy?

I personally like to build up coverage – I start with a smaller amount and build up to how much is needed. Less is always more when it comes to applying makeup, in my opinion.

What mistakes are we making when it comes to concealer?

We usually don’t apply concealers that are true to our undertones – that makes our undereye area look grey. We also like to highlight using concealers, which gives an unnatural look, especially in photos. Concealers are meant to conceal the darkness underneath your eye, not make that area look so light that it stands out from the rest of your face.

Concealer, PRP AED 125, available at esseandco.com

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It’s Time to Meet an Unsung Makeup Hero

Welcome to banana powder 101.

Between the heat and humidity of this region, chances are that your makeup kit already contains a setting powder or setting spray. Or both. But there’s an alternative that not nearly enough women seem to possess: banana powder. It had its proverbial 15 minutes of fame a few years ago, when it was believed that celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used the version by Ben Nye on Kim Kardashian. Spoiler alert: he didn’t. However, it hasn’t changed the fact that professional makeup artists swear by this yellow-hued unsung hero.

Today, Rodial boasts an iconic iteration of the multitasking must-have, so we went straight to the source of course, tapping Maria Hatzistefanis for more information. The beauty guru and founder of Rodial recently spoke with The Gaggler about how the pandemic (read: endless hours of self-evaluation on Zoom) has led to a sudden boost in the popularity of the brand’s Banana Lowlighter. Not only does its sheer formula create a “lit from within glow”, but it’s also ideal for brightening and colour-correcting dark circles due to its warm, yellow undertone. But this 101 session is about the best-selling Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder by Rodial, which wins rave reviews every time.

New to banana powder?

Here are five fast facts that you need to know, as told by Maria Hatzistefanis herself.

1

“The banana powder by Rodial is a triple-milled, super soft powder with a hint of yellow. It works to set makeup, set concealer, blur the skin, and create a natural highlight.”

2

“The hint of yellow in the Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder ensures that there is no flashback, which you can find with many setting powders. Also, it does not leave a white, chalky finish on the skin. The banana powder really brightens and adds a glow for a more natural look.”

3

“Banana powder helps to keep makeup in place during high humidity whilst reducing shine. It’s perfect to carry on the go so you can top up throughout the day, especially on top of makeup in key areas such as the T-zone, under the eyes, and the chin.”

Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder, PRP AED 265, available at rodial.co.uk

4

“The Rodial Banana Powder is very neutral and designed to suit all skin tones. Some other brands have made theirs quite yellow, whereas ours is very subtle, allowing it to be used on all complexions – not just those with yellow or olive undertones.”

5

“Using banana powder both before and after using concealer really helps to lock your undereye makeup in place. Also, make sure you pair it with the Rodial Banana Lowlighter for extreme brightening and complexion enhancing.”

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Celebrating the Story of MissPalettable

Because we can’t get enough clean beauty.

Pop culture may have you believe that the so-called ‘pregnancy glow’ is practically a given, but the opposite was true for Mukta Purain. Here, the co-founder of clean beauty platform MissPalettable reveals its unexpected backstory, how she feels about elitism in wellness culture, what’s next in the industry, and more. Listen in.

Q

Let’s start with the basics. What is MissPalettable? And who is the MissPalettable woman? 

A

She enjoys using products that are palatable to the skin. She’s bright, fun, and individual but also conscious, independent, and open-minded – that’s who I think of. The online platform, meanwhile, curates independent clean brands sourced from all over the world. But we steer clear of ‘green’ branding because we think beauty shouldn’t be so serious. Most of our brands are female-founded, too, and usually not available anywhere else except on MissPalettable. That’s also why our customers return – there’s always something interesting, something new. 

Q

Can you talk us through your journey from banker to beauty entrepreneur?

A

I was actually in finance, working as a foreign exchange trader. That was in a prior life in Singapore, before I moved to Dubai because of my husband’s job. Only one year later, I was pregnant and never ended up returning to finance. I like to say I gave birth to two children simultaneously: my son and MissPalettable. My skin changed a lot during the pregnancy, as is the case for many women. But for me, those changes were drastic. I saw a lot of sensitivity develop, and almost everything I used led to redness and allergies. And of course, I saw an increase in hyperpigmentation, too. 

Only your usual, mainstream brands were available in Dubai at the time, and they were just not working for me. I had to research others, which is what led me to K-Beauty. I started having Korean skincare products shipped over, and my skin improved. The redness disappeared, and I realised they are all about hydration and correcting inflammation. The formulations incorporate a lot more natural skincare ingredients and are lighter than Western beauty brands, too. But it was a whole process getting these products to Dubai because the awareness around Korean brands was nearly non-existent back in 2016 – even Sephora didn’t carry any. The birth of MissPalettable practically happened on my couch, with me watching TV and complaining about the shipping time and costs.

Q

Can you talk us through the process of how you curate the brands carried by MissPalettable? How extensively are they tested?

A

There are a few different approaches when it comes to testing. One is with brands that I have used and loved, and therefore want them on the platform. I then reach out and bring them onboard. And on the other side are brands getting in touch to possibly be listed on MissPalettable – that’s where the curation process truly happens. My first step is always research. I like working with brands that have a strong philosophy, a strong story, a strong founder’s story. And I prefer working with founders directly. I try every single product if the brand passes the research phase, testing each for at least two weeks. If I don’t like the products or love the brand, how can I expect my clients to? Matters like importing the products and looking into registration certificates follow – we’re quite regimented that way. That’s why we’re transparent with our customers, and that’s why they trust the fact that we only carry trustworthy products.

Q

And how do you tackle testing a product that isn’t suited to your skin type? 

A

I have extremely dry and sensitive skin, but I have a Marketing Manager in my team who has oily skin, so it works perfectly for us. There’s a Korean skincare brand that we’ve been testing recently, and I felt it wasn’t hydrating enough for my parched skin. That’s when I knew it may be suited to someone with oily or combination skin. She tested it, she loved it, and we then had a detailed discussion about it. What type of customer or skin type would benefit most from it? Do we already have something similar on the site? It’s a thorough process because we don’t want any brand to cannibalise another. You also don’t want too many brands of the same type or style. Otherwise, customers get confused – you want to give them options without overwhelming them.

Q

Sensitive skin is a source of misery for so many women, whether it’s due to allergies or climate conditions or – in your case – pregnancy. Any DIY tips you can share? 

A

I recommend looking for ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula, and chamomile, and avoiding the likes of fragrance and harsh exfoliants. Personally, I struggle with dark circles because of my Asian skin – it’s genetic. I wish there was a foolproof way to get rid of them, but there isn’t. However, the one thing I like doing, especially as a green tea lover, is refrigerating the teabags in a Ziploc bag after I’m done with them. I use them as an eye mask whenever I feel I need a quick pick-me-up because green tea contains caffeine and is an antioxidant. It does help, especially if you haven’t slept properly and wake up with puffy eyes.

Q

Wellness culture – clean beauty included – can often feel elitist, but the products listed on MissPalettable feel accessible and are surprisingly affordable. Was that a conscious decision? 

A

I feel like there’s a spectrum within the clean beauty space, and certain brands sit on one extreme. But we’re in a more balanced place in the sense that we’re not here to clean-shame you. For example, there have been a lot of conversations around what products qualify as clean. Does that mean everything else is dirty? No. People don’t realise that the term is derived from clean eating, which is simply eating real and wholesome foods. Of course, there’s no real definition of clean beauty because there’s no regulatory authority in place, so customers should do their own research – even if a brand claims to be clean. One thing we stand by is that nature and science can coexist, the two don’t have to be at odds with each other.

Q

If you were writing the Clean Beauty for Dummies guide, how would you explain the term? 

A

Clean beauty doesn’t mean cruelty-free, and cruelty-free doesn’t mean clean beauty. Similarly, clean beauty doesn’t mean vegan, and vegan doesn’t mean clean beauty. People get confused, which is understandable. Cruelty-free basically means a brand doesn’t test on animals, vegan means the ingredients used are not derived from animals. That’s the difference. The reason cruelty-free is significant is because there’s only one country in the world where animal testing is mandatory, but that one country happens to be a huge commercial market for many brands. Nars and Bobbi Brown, for example, started off as cruelty-free brands, but are not anymore. That’s why thorough research into a brand is so important for us. As for my take on clean beauty? Every single ingredient within a formulation serves a positive purpose.

Q

MissPalettable launched in 2017, a time when clean beauty wasn’t particularly known in this part of the world. What challenges did you face?

A

We didn’t have too many options when I started. There were two extremes – you had Sephora and department stores like Harvey Nichols, which carried high-end products, and then you had drugstores. Oh, and a few natural brands through Organic Foods and Café. That was it. You didn’t see a lot of e-commerce in the region either because people were sceptical about using credit cards online. There was also a bit of a herd mentality at the time; women were using whatever Kim Kardashian was using. These were just some of the hurdles I encountered. 

Nothing happened at first because nobody knew about us, so a lot of time was spent in building brand awareness. And once that happened, there were so many stereotypes to break. Not many people knew what clean beauty was, so I used terms like ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. But the association there was someone who is vegan, into yoga and journaling, and living this minimalist lifestyle. What if you were someone who went partying in DIFC after a long day at work? They wouldn’t see the appeal of clean beauty. I felt the need to educate customers on the fact that beauty shouldn’t depend on one’s lifestyle. It’s about options – Korean skincare products in particular, which are lightweight and so easy on the skin.

Q

Is Korean skincare still the focal point?

A

We’ve shifted focus, bringing more cosmetic brands and ayurvedic brands on board. Like I said, the idea wasn’t to go from five to fifteen skincare brands that were all similar in formulation. And I’m the reason behind the shift – my interest and forte has always been on the makeup side. It’s selfish in a way, but it’s because I want more clean makeup options here and we now have a lot of fun brands in the pipeline. That’s our joy – finding lesser-known brands with unique backstories. I also find that most recently launched clean beauty platforms primarily focus on skincare, not makeup.

Q

What one product on MissPalettable do you wish more people would try, and why?

A

I’d say the makeup in general. Yes, it’s not going to have the pigmentation of, say, a Huda Beauty product, but give it a shot. The lipsticks by Lily Lolo and Hynt Beauty are amazing. The BB cream by Lily Lolo? It really smooths out the skin and preps it for foundation. Hynt Beauty’s concealer offers full coverage – it even covers up my dark circles! Again, the stigma is that clean makeup brands aren’t as high in quality, but ours have been very popular with customers who have sensitive skin. What I also like is that they’re all working to be more inclusive, to increase their colour range.

Q

What, according to you, is the next big trend in beauty?

A

Circular beauty, or upcycled beauty, is going to be huge. There are several brands in the start-up phase that are formulating products using waste. We’ve already seen it happen in fashion, and that’s now starting to happen in beauty. Of course, it’s still early days, but it’s something to look forward to. Inclusivity is also a big one. Right now, especially in the United States, you see emerging beauty brands founded by African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and even South Asians – all promoting their side of the story. That’s where it’s getting a lot more interesting.

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Help The UAE’s Women In Need With A Brilliant Beauty Initiative

HAUL IN ONE partner with Stop & Help DXB to give back, the beautiful way

We love a great charitable initiative here at The Gaggler, and news of the latest feel-good campaign from a UAE business is just the thing to kick off our week with a smile. 

In celebration of their first anniversary, personalised Dubai-based beauty subscription box company HAUL IN ONE has partnered with Stop & Help DXB on curating and delivering at least 50 HAUL boxes to women in the UAE currently affected by Covid-19 and looking for help with basic amenities. Intended to include any and all women – those that are part of supported families in Stop and Help’s program, as well as single parents and single women living or working in the UAE – the initiative honours the homegrown brand’s commitment to inclusive and accessible beauty while adding unexpected beauty gifts to cheer women who may be affected financially by Covid19.

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“It’s been quite a year, and we feel there is no better way to celebrate our first anniversary than giving back to our community as a way of saying thank you for a successful 12 months,” said HAUL IN ONE’s founders, Sanskriti and Prachee. “Our aim is to just add a little unexpected sparkle to someone’s day and make our products available and accessible to them.”

All you need to do to participate in the campaign is to donate beauty products to the cause. Simply sign up to HAUL IN ONE’s website and the team will organize a pick-up from you. All the items received from participating individuals and companies from now until March 10 will be consolidated and collected by HAUL IN ONE, then packaged into their beautiful boxes and shipped to Stop & Help for distribution between March 11 and 17.  

To donate your beauty items, contact Prachee on 0504507550 / 045706138 

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