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MADLASHES Launches Exclusively at Paris Gallery

Paris Gallery launched MadCosmetics’ range of MadLashes at its flagship store in The Dubai Mall to beauty editors and bloggers gathered for a morning of beauty & glamour and to experience the unique lashes, in the presence of Marwa Al Jaber, Bahraini-based entrepreneur, beauty aficionado & the founder of MadCosmetics. The range of MadLashes products…
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Summer 2016 Nail Trends by Madeline Poole Tiny Floral

I’m thrilled to share the nail looks inspired by the runways and trends of Summer 2016. The looks are inspired by cuts of clothing like the open shoulder design, hardware & piping, and pattern & color. I had a thorough look at the trends in nails, makeup, hair, and fashion for the season and chose…
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OPI Color of the Month for August


"Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!" This August, indulge yourself in our iconic melon “Are We There Yet?” Shade for a perfect polished look to wrap up the summer.

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اللون المفضّل لشهر أغسطس:

"لن يمنعني أحد من تزيين أظافري بلون الشمام المثالي هذا!" دلّلي أظافرك في شهر أغسطس بلون الشمام الرمزي Are We There Yet? من OPI لتتمتعي بإطلالة أنيقة وساحرة في أواخر الصيف.

Secret uses for your hairspray and hairdryer


From using hairspray to make flowers last longer to using your hair dryer to iron clothes, new research has shown how to make your everyday hair products go further.

The experts at online hair and beauty retailer have found multipurposes for your hairspray and hairdryer.

Some beauty tips included setting make up with hairspray and speeding up manicures with a hair dryer.

Surprising household tips also feature, making your shoe polish last longer and cleaning candle wax off furniture.

A spokesperson from said: “It’s great to find out that your essential hair products can also help around the house.

“This research has uncovered some well hidden secrets. We never would have thought to use hairspray to stopping your skirt from riding up or to stretch out skinny jeans with a hair dryer.”

- Set make up
If you want your make up to last for a big night out, spritz hairspray directly above you then tilt your head back and let the spray fall onto your face.
- Bug spray
If you want to keep the mosquitos at bay this summer, try using hairspray as a bug spray. It’s less toxic but just as effective at stopping creepy crawlies in their tracks.
- Shoe polish protector
Spray a light coat over shoes after polishing to set the colour and make the shine last.
- Cut flower life extender
To make your bouquet live for longer, spray the underside of cut stems with hairspray. It seals in the moisture to keep blooms fresh for days.
- Remove static
There’s no point to getting your hairstyle in place for it to be ruined by static clothes. To avoid this, spray the garment with hairspray to neutralise the electric charge.
- Laddering in tights
We’ve all been there when you’ve walked out the door and already there’s a ladder in your tights. Instead of letting it get worse as the day goes on, spritz some hairspray on them; they’ll last until you can get a new pair.
- Stop dresses and skirts from riding up
To keep everything in place when wearing a short skirt or dress, put a thin layer of hairspray over your legs and the top of your thighs. It’s the same trick used by gymnasts to keep their leotards in shape.

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- Remove stubborn stickers and labels

If you’ve got a sticker that won’t come off cleanly in one go, give it a blast with your hair dryer. Heating the glue makes it more malleable therefore easier to peel away.
- Get candle wax off furniture
If you’ve had a wax dripping disaster on wooden furniture, the best way to get rid of it is heating it up again. Put the dryer on medium heat until it starts to melt then wipe away.
- Warming your bed
If you hate getting into a cold bed at night, give your sheets a nice warm up with the hairdryer. A much cheaper alternative to an electric blanket.
- Stretching skinny jeans
If your skinny jeans are stiff after coming out the wash, warm them up with your hair dryer to stretch out the fabric and pull them on easily.
- Break in new shoes
Pop on a few pairs of socks, put on the shoes and blast them with hot air in the tight spots to avoid any nasty blisters on the first outing.
- Ironing clothes
Forget useless travel irons, for crease-free clothes on your holidays just use your hairdryer. Hang your clothes in the bathroom while you shower to get them steamy then lay them on the bed and blast away the wrinkles.
- Defrost freezer
If you need to defrost your freezer in a hurry, use your hair dryer.

Vintage-inspired floral print travel hairdryer from Hairtrade

Secret uses for shampoo & conditioner

Aloxxi -newletterFrom using shampoo as washing up liquid to substituting your make-up remover for conditioner, new research has shown how to make your everyday hair products go further.

The experts at online hair and beauty retailer have found multipurposes for standard shampoo and conditioner.

Some beauty tips included using conditioner as shaving cream and shampoo as a make-up brush and hairbrush cleaner.

Surprising household tips also feature, like shampooing mirrors to stop them fogging and using conditioner as a fabric softener.

Joanne Dodds from says, “We are always looking for ways to cut corners and make products go further, but we never knew how much a humble bottle of shampoo could achieve.

“Making the most out of hair products is a fantastic way to improve your beauty regime. Now, you don’t have to just use conditioner when washing your hair, it can be a detangler and a frizz tamer too.”


- Washing up liquid

Shampoo is twice as effective on dirt than regular dish soap and much gentler on skin.

- Make-up brush and hairbrush cleaner
Keeping make-up and hairbrushes clean is essential for banishing hidden dirt and bacteria. Remove excess hair and residue from your brushes then leave them to soak in a bowl of warm water and shampoo for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and leave to dry out for squeaky-clean brushes.
- Clean delicates
Instead of forking out for expensive hand wash products, just use shampoo to wash your delicates instead. Use shampoo as you would normal hand wash detergent and rinse out.
- At home manicure
You don’t have to go to the salon to treat yourself to a manicure. Soak hands in shampoo and warm water for silky soft mitts and clean cuticles.
- Stop mirrors from fogging
Squirt shampoo on a paper towel and rub it into the mirror then with a clean cloth wipe it away. Next time you shower your mirror will be fog free with no streaks.
- Body wash
If you’ve run out of shower gel or want to save space on packing, shampoo can easily be used as body wash.

- Fabric softener

Keep a bottle of conditioner in your laundry room for when you run out of fabric softener. Conditioner does the exact same job.
- Remove make-up
At a pinch, a dab of conditioner can remove make-up, just put some on a cotton pad to gently remove make-up then rinse your face. This is great for when you’ve forgotten your make-up remover on holiday.
- Cuticle cream
Some cuticle creams can leave you with greasy fingers, instead try dabbing a little conditioner onto your nails beds before pushing them back.
- Tame static hair
If you are prone to frizz or static hair, put a tiny amount of conditioner on your palms, rub them together and lightly smooth them over your hair. It will keep flyaways at bay and provide a gorgeous scent.
- DIY detangler
Get an empty spray bottle, fill with water and a dash of conditioner and shake well. Spritz over wet hair to avoid knotty nightmares.
- Fix stubborn zippers
Conditioner is technically a lubricant so if you have a stiff zipper, rub a little on either side of the zip to get it going again.
- Shaving cream
Conditioner is a great alternative to shaving cream as it gives you a close shave and moisturises at the same time. Some women find it leaves their skin less irritated than soap too.


W Doha Hotel & Residences, as part of its continued commitment towards Education Above All Foundation (EAA), has donated its Iftar profits at its renowned Ramadan Sultan’s Tent from Saturday, July 4th to the foundation’s Educate A Child (EAC) program. A total of QAR 19,240 was raised to contribute to EAC projects around the world,…
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Exclusive beauty layover concept at Hamad International Airport

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AND Trading in Qatar has pioneered a whole new and exciting way for women to travel in style by opening the first-ever express beauty stop at the Hamad International Airport.

Located at the Blush boutique in the Qatar Duty Free premises and main atrium of the airport, the combined expertise of AND Trading’s BD (Blow Dry) and Nails salon brands now allow women to avail of superior quality hair styling and grooming services as well as well manicure and pedicure in a fast, quick and affordable manner.


As AND Trading’s pioneering express hair styling concept, BD at the airport, and only its second branch throughout Qatar, offers eight different blow-dry styles, scalp massage and Kerastase hair treatments. These are complemented by Nails’ selection of manicures and pedicures including French manicure, shape and polish, Incoco and Vinylux, as well as other services such as massages, waxing and threading.

“We are truly excited about being able to provide the unmatched convenience of the finest beauty treatments to the jet-setting women of Qatar,” says Mariam Trad, GM of AND Trading. “For the first time ever, women travelers need not worry about not having time to do their hair and nails before going on a trip.”

The airport branch of BD and Nails salon is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and offers a range of beauty treatments just within 30-40 minutes.

Kuwaiti Instagram idols enjoy photoshoot in Qatar

Bibi and Fouz at W Doha (7)

W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar’s first luxury lifestyle hotel, welcomed two of the GCC’s most-loved Instagram influencers, Fouz Al Fahad of @TheRealFouz and Bibi Al Abdulmohsen of @Bibii63, to experience the world-renowned W hospitality from Friday 12 June to Saturday 14 June.


During their weekend stay at the hotel, the Kuwaiti influencers participated in a photo shoot at various locations in the hotel. The three-day photo shoot was directed and shot by the award winning British photographer Paul Reiffer, while the clothes were sponsored by Qatar’s premier shopping destination Fifty One East.


Vintage Beauty Hacks & Ideas

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Strawberries as a facial cleanser, petroleum jelly as a primer and wearing two shades of blusher are just some of the vintage beauty hacks in need of a revival.

The beauty team at have researched the beauty fads of days gone by and given them a twenty-first century update.

Some of the uncovered secrets include favourites from Hollywood beauty icons like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly.

Other tips included making the most of what women had in the past, like using rags instead of hot rollers and a dousing ice water bath instead of a facial.

There are also handy make-up pointers, such as applying white eyeliner on the waterline of the eye and using two shades of blusher to enhance cheekbones.

Laura Meredith from said: “Conducting the research for these hacks has been inspiring, old school glamour is completely timeless.

“We take the beauty products we have access to for granted, in fact nowadays there is almost too much choice.

“These tips are going back to the basics of hair and beauty maintenance and we’ve given little modern tweaks to them so you can channel that vintage style in your day-to-day look.”

Here are the site’s vintage beauty hacks.

1. Sea salt in the bath

Sea salt is your skin’s best friend, it can flush away infections and leave skin silky soft. Ladies of the past used to bathe in the exfoliant to get a glowing complexion.

Update it: Try using scented bath salts with a sea salt base, this way you’ll get all the benefits without smelling like a pack of ready salted crisps.

2. Baking soda as teeth whitening

Back before we had super advanced toothpastes, baking soda was used to get sparkling pearly whites. Big in the 60’s and 70’s, vintage beauties would rub baking soda onto their teeth then rinse.

Update it: To make the taste a bit more bearable, try adding lemon and peppermint oil to create a paste then use once or twice a week.

3. Strawberries to clean face

Now we have access to all kinds of face washes but English roses in the swinging sixties would blitz strawberries in a blender then use as a cleanser. The pink colouring of the fruit acted as a natural glow as well as smelling gorgeous.

Update it: Try adding strawberries to a mixture of mashed banana and honey and apply as a facemask.

4. White eyeliner inside eye

Using a white pencil to line the inner water line of the eye is a well-known trick of the trade from Marilyn Monroe. The Hollywood starlet loved her signature sultry eye look to make her blue eyes pop.

Update it: Try using pastel coloured eyeliner with white undertones for a playful nod to this classic beauty tip.

5. Mint leaves for dark circles

Hollywood pin-ups like Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren were all about having fresh, wide-awake skin so ladies of the time were desperate to get this flawless look. One tip was to crush mint leaves and leave them under the eyes to banish dark circles.

Update it: For a less messy version, dab a tiny amount of toothpaste under your eyes before going to bed to wake up bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

6. Spray perfume onto hairbrush

Coco Chanel famously said that women should wear perfume wherever they would like to be kissed. Having a feminine smell was extremely important in those days so women would spritz their hairbrushes with perfume to carry their scent with every swish of their locks.

Update it: Try investing in a perfume designed specifically for hair that will nourish it as well as smelling good.

7. Use petroleum jelly on eyelids

The vintage look is all about having dramatic eye make-up. Women would apply thin layer of petroleum jelly over eyelids and then cover with neutral skin toned powder all the way up to brow line and blend a darker shade into crease for theatrical deep crease impact.

Update it: Use an eyelid primer instead of petroleum jelly for long-lasting vintage peepers.

8. Cold water treatment

Joan Crawford famously told how she splashed her face with ice cold water 25 times every morning to keep her legendary face smooth and taut.

Update it: If you can’t bear dousing yourself with freezing water, try mixing together sugar, warm water and lemon juice to cleanse your face for a fresh complexion.

9. Olive oil on hair

A favourite trick of auburn-locked Rita Hayworth, to keep hair looking lustrous, she would shampoo hair then apply olive oil to the ends and wrap up in towel for 15 minutes, After, she would rinse with hot water, cleanser and lemon juice to get rid of any residue.

Update it: If you haven’t got time for all this in the morning, try using an oil-based serum on wet hair then leave wrapped in a towel whilst you do your make-up. The serum will absorb into your hair without needing to rinse.

10. Two shades of blusher

In the days of black and white photography before forgiving Instagram filters, having high cheekbones was highly desirable. A trick credited to Grace Kelly was using two shades of blusher, a lighter shade on the bone and darker in the hollow.

Update it: Try using a highlighter on your cheekbones and dab above your brows for the ultimate minimalist chic.

11.Embracing porcelain skin

Before the days of fake tan, porcelain skin with a flawless complexion was seen as beautiful. Women would use parasols and wear huge hats to protect their skin from the sun’s glare.

Update it: Carrying a parasol on the bus to work might attract some strange looks so try investing a moisturiser with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

12.Crush rose petals or beetroot to tint cheeks

Back in the days of old school romance, a lady’s gentleman caller would always present her with a bouquet of roses. Before they withered, these blushing dames would rub the petals together until they produced liquid then dab this onto cheeks and lips for a rosy glow.

Update it: Try mixing the petal liquid with a cheer lip gloss to create a natural colour with some extra shimmer to take you through the night.

13. Homemade rollers

In the fifties, having thick curly hair was all the rage but hot rollers were expensive and uncomfortable to sleep it. Pioneering vintage beauties worked around this by rolling damp hair around pieces of fabric, tying off and leaving overnight.

Update it: Use the same trick but spritz your hair with sea salt spray once in the ‘rollers’ for a more tousled, bedhead look.

14. Beer shampoo

Rinsing hair with beer is an old wives’ tale that some still swear by today. After the liquid evaporates from the hair, a residue of hops and barley is left giving hair more body and weight.

Update it: If you don’t fancy smelling like a brewery, try using a deep-conditioning treatment on your hair once a week to keep it thick and well maintained.

15. Talcum powder

Even retro beauties suffered from greasy roots! Their saviour came in form of talcum powder, which they shook onto hair then ruffled up.

Update it: This tip only works well for blonde-haired babes. Nowadays we have dry shampoo for locks in need of a boost.