Beauty junkies, listen up…
We’re all about convenience here in the UAE – hence our love of online shopping.
And one new launch looks set to save us a trip to the mall when our favourite toiletries run out.
Namshi.com has just launched its online beauty collection – and it doesn’t disappoint.
The fashion e-tailer is branching into skincare, makeup and fragrance, and has got an impressive range of brands on board.
There’s a curated mix of cult products and hard-to-find niche brands included, such as By Terry, Escentric Molecules, Glamglow, Jurlique and Kevyn Aucoin (the latter’s Curling Mascara is never out of our makeup bags).
There’s also a solid range of mainstay luxury brands, including Burberry, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and NARS, and next-day delivery is an option.
The collection is set to expand in the near future, the site says, with haircare, nail products and South Korean brands launching soon.
But to help you navigate the new category in the meantime, we’ve pulled together our top five should-trys…
By Terry Baume De Rose, Dhs220
No, it’s not the cheapest lip balm on the market – but after trying it, it’s hard to go back to your pharmacy staples. The subtly pink formula makes lips look juicy, not slick or sticky, and gives enough of a rosy sheen to forgo lippie most days. Plus it’s so moisturising you’ll never need to de-flake your lips with a dry toothbrush again.
Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, Dhs515
We’ll save you the whole long science spiel, but this super-cult unisex scent contains no ingredients other than one single aroma molecule. It smells completely different on every person’s skin, and it’s the only fragrance we’re regularly asked about by passers-by.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Dhs125
Probably the only red lip you need, with a staying power like no other.
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, Dhs149
Speaking of which, when it comes to products with real staying power, this is the only thing we use to take them off. Matte lipstick, waterproof mascara… this makes easy work of getting them gone.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, Dhs85
This mild, fragrance-free cleanser really is good on all skin types – it refreshes our oily skin without upset, while not stripping moisture from those with drier complexions. It’s our fail-safe face wash.