When it comes to beauty advice no one is better to look to for tips than Mona Kattan, which is exactly why we turned to her for a tutorial in DIY beauty…

Often dubbed the UAE’s answer to Kim Kardashian – she not only resembles the TV reality queen, but like the business mogul she is also a social media star (over one million Instagram followers ) and is an expert when it comes to make-up – Mona Kattan is considered one of the region’s most reliable beauty industry insiders.

As such it was no surprise then that Galeries Lafayette turned to the local celeb to host a seminar/demo about her favourite DIY beauty products. Didn’t go? Don’t worry, we got her to reveal her best DIY tips, tricks and recipes exclusively for Emirates Woman.

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“Nothing makes me happier than buying beauty products but I also really love doing my DIYs,” said Mona. “I’ve always been a hands-on crafty person so I love that I can make some amazing beauty solutions right at home! It’s my Saturday routine I like to do with my sisters!”

Check out Mona Kattan’s top three DIY beauty recipes below and her top three tips:

DIY Beauty With Mona Kattan

DIY Sugar Mint Lip Scrub


1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract

1/2 Tablespoon Sugar

1 Tablespoon Vaseline

Simply add all ingredients together and mix well. Then apply to lips and rub off all dry skin. The peppermint gives a cool plumping feeling as well.

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DIY Beauty With Mona Kattan

Beauty expert Mona has a strong resemblance to fellow beauty star Kim Kardashian

DIY Coffee-Sea Salt Body Scrub


1 Cup Sea Salt

1 Cup Ground Coffee Beans

1 Cup Baby Oil

1 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil

Simply add all ingredients together and stir well! The coffee helps circulation as well cellulite reduction and the tea tree oil fights off any bacteria on your skin.

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DIY Beauty With Mona Kattan

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DIY Avocado Coconut Hair Mask


1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Ripe Avocado

2 Tablespoons Almond Oil

2 Tablespoons Rose Water

Simply mix all ingredients together and apply to hair. Best recommended to keep in your hair for 2-3 hours. Your hair will love you for this!

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DIY Beauty With Mona Kattan

DIY Beauty With Mona Kattan

3 Beauty Tips I Live By

1. Always drink plenty of water, beauty starts with good health and hydration is everything.

2. Maintenance is always better than repairs. Make sure you have a great skin care and hair care routine and always stay groomed.

3. Never sleep without lip balm! This is a must. It’s so important to keep your lips moisturised, your lipstick will go on so much smoother. It also keeps your lips from wrinkling and keeps your lips young.


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