Mascara dried up? Moisturiser running low? Is that foundation that’s been rolling around at the bottom of your make-up bag (and since 2015, mind you) starting to look a bit weird?
Just because you’re staying in, doesn’t mean your beauty and skincare regime has to suffer.
The UAE has a number of top online retailers dedicated to all things hair, make-up, skin care, and health and if there was any time to indulge in some self-care, it’s now.
Since starting the Huda Beauty blog almost ten years ago, Huda Kattan, with her 42 million Instagram followers and more than 160 million YouTube video views is a social-media phenomenon. As well as posting tutorials, tips and advice for creating fuller lips and more defined eyebrows, Huda has a range of cosmetics and perfumes (and is soon-to-launch a skincare line) internationally from her base in Dubai and also offers free delivery worldwide.
The New York skincare company began as an Old World apothecary in 1851 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Kiehl's offers a dedicated collection to address specific skin conditions such as aging, irritation, sensitivity, sun spots and surface texture and the luxury skincare brand also offers an awesome a range of products for men. And guess what? There’s free delivery on all orders and you can also pick out three free samples upon check-out.
These hand blended serums are the brainchild of UK expat, Kathryn Jones. With a passion for skincare and anti-ageing, Kathryn launched her very own skincare line in Dubai in 2017 and it’s been thriving ever since. All the products are made to order every month using only the freshest, most effective ingredients and there’s also a range of longer shelf life products that complement the fresh serums perfectly, providing a complete skincare range that will help change your skin for the better.
Founded in 1996, online British beauty boutique lookfantastic.ae socks over 14,000 products from more than 450 brands across hair, make-up, skin care, electrical and health. Whatever you want, they’ll most likely stock it. The online beauty retailer also offers a beauty box subscription service that’s packed full of curated products. Perfect for if you’re looking to test out new and unique brands without having to commit to full sized products.
Lush (you know the brand, the one with all those soaps and bath bombs that are even more potent in smell than they are in colour) is a vegetarian brand and, while not completely vegan, it claims around 80 percent of its products are suitable for vegans. It admits to using milk, honey, lanolin and eggs in some products because they are beneficial for the skin and hair, but it takes measures to clearly label these. You can now order online and enjoy free delivery on orders Dhs250 and over.
The healing power of nature in a bottle. That is the promise from this cool homegrown grooming company with an intriguing range of potions stocked around the city. Mr. Fox specialises in well-being products and cosmetics with a distinctively ethical ethos. From energising roll-on essential oils to deluxe beard-grooming lotions, the subtle styling and hip approach to skincare and apothecary are on trend for cool, urbane types looking for an alternative to mass-market, international brands.
Online retail juggernaut Namshi stocks a near-endless amount of beauty products – everything from makeup to moisturisers, nail files to nail care kits … You need it, just name it, Namshi has it. They also stock an impressive range of vegan-friendly products including Smith & Cult, theBalm, Rahua, NCLA, MALIN+GOETZ, Deborah Lippmann and COOLA Suncare.
Whatever you desire, noon will most likely stock it. Boasting to be the largest e-commerce company in the region, noon stocks everything from fragrance, make up, nail care, hair care, skin care, tools and brushes, men's grooming, and health and nutrition. Brands range from Chanel to Nivea, so whatever your budget may be, you’ll be well catered for here.
Stocked with high-end beauty brands, this French chain store also sells a good in-house brand, the store’s namesake, which is popular with beauty buffs on a budget. Items to watch out for are the adorable emergency kits that come in little tin boxes, and the aromatic line of Sephora shower gels. The good thing about this shop is that it has everything under one roof; so whether you want perfume, make-up or toiletries, pretty much every brand under the sun is represented. And in better news, it’s now offering free delivery on all orders.
The Dubai Dolls
The Dubai Dolls, a homegrown and cruelty-free, gluten-free and paraben-free brand beauty brand, stock four Lip Shine shades which are named after popular Dubai attractions: The Burj – classic red, La Mer – a bright coral, The Palm – a nude tone, and Marina – a fun fuchsia. If you can’t get enough of false lashes, the Dubai-based beauty brand also sells two different styles of cruelty-free faux mink lashes. The Dubai Dolls also always pledge two percent of its sales to ensure that young girls from an underprivileged backgrounds receive one year of nutritious lunch meals as well as education in a private institution.
www.thedubaidolls.com (056 500 0283).
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