Must-have items for 2019
Hot off the press
Jean Paul Gaultier has never been one to play it safe. Between putting Madonna in that supersonic-conic outfit to rejecting gender boundaries (some cross dressing action has occurred), he’s attracted quite the scandal to his name for decades. The heart of his latest fragrance, astutely named Scandal, brings all his daring qualities together in scent form. It’s the kind of perfume that takes on a double meaning between day and night. With smells like gardenia and blood orange, which sit just right in the daytime, to the more seductive whiffs of honey and patchouli for the night, Scandal speaks to the unrestrained woman who marches to the beat of her own drum. Scandal Eau de Toilette 80ml AED 495 Jean Paul Gaultier at nisnass.com.
Forget the clichéd Thursday nights in with a conveyor belt of pizza and bubbles on tap – it’s all about mask Mondays. No7’s Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum Boost sheet masks are as revolutionary as they sound. Here’s what you need to know: there is a week’s worth of serum in each mask so this is ideal for the lazy girl who forgoes daily maintenance and it’s said that results appear after two weeks. Each mask is powered by Matrixyl 3000 Plus, No7’s most effective anti-wrinkle technology, alongside an advanced firming complex containing hyaluronic acid and hibiscus. And each mask has hooks to make sure it doesn’t slide off your face. So, you can get on with all your business. Advanced Serum Boost sheet mask AED 165 No7.
Drop it like it’s hot
Highlighters oft cause much confusion. When do you add it? How much do you strobe? Is it just a superfluous step in your beauty routine? Givenchy’s Teint Couture Radiant Drop makes it very simple. Just as you’re finishing up putting your face on, add a drop on the apple of your cheeks and blend it moving up and down on the bone. Yay for that year-long summer glow. Teint Couture Radiant Drop AED 200 Givenchy.
Just like a pair of jeans, you can never have too many lipsticks. And just like some people believe every person has a match out there somewhere, we believe the same is true when it comes to red lipstick. This strong scarlet number by Shiseido gives us all the butterflies. Sleeping dragon AED 148 Shiseido.
Jo Malone’s latest concoction, Orange Bitters, is a spritz of tangy freshness to kick-start your day on the right – pardon the pun, note. Pop it in your carry-all clutch or oversized bag and do regular top-ups throughout the day. Orange Bitters AED 200 Jo Malone at net-a-porter.com.
Skin care supreme
Start saving from now because La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a dreamboat product worth every last fil. This cream is a joy to use at all times and is the hardest working product on the block. The shea butter moisturises your skin while the caviar extract (which is rich in amino acids), vitamins and minerals are touted to firm and nourish your skin. Imagine lathering silky vanilla yoghurt on your face and you’re on the right track. Skin Caviar Luxe Cream AED 3,665 La Prairie.
Take a look on the inside of your current makeup bag. Eye liner smeared? Lip pencil smudged? Completely changed colour from white to dirty beige? Yes, us too. For some reason it takes us ages to finally throw the towel in and get a new case for our burgeoning beauty tools, but let this logo-mania Gucci number set your wrongs.