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Bye Bye Wrinkles!

Chances are, if I know you, at some point in our friendship, I have given you a tube of Retin A. Why? I LOVE THIS STUFF!

A few years ago, after leaving sunny Dubai and heading to Boston in the winter, I began feeling a bit pasty. It wasn’t long before me and Hot Bodeez tanning salon became BFFs. As much as this seemed like a fool-proof relationship at the time, I noticed three long wrinkles forming across my forehead.

“Eeeek!” I remember thinking!

The dilemma, I loved my golden-bronzy skin, but these three little piglets, not so much.

An incredibly wise and beautiful woman who was to me, the epitome of a DIVA/mother figure recommended I use Retin A. To my amazement, my wrinkles literally, completely disappeared!

Retin A is used as treatment for acne, but is very effective in its ability to reduce the signs of aging, stretchmarks and even hair loss. If you are interested in using Retin A (also known as Aberela, Vesanoid, Renova, Atralin, Avita, or Stieva-A), contact your dermatologist and make sure to use it sparingly as it can cause too much skin renewal, which can lead to flaking.

I do recommend using a very light dosage. I use .025, which is very light and easy on my skin. Remember, don’t over do it! I tiny dab will go a long way!

H.Kattan

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The World’s Best Sponge

BEAUTY BLENDER | PRODUCT ALERT
By Huda Heidi Kattan

When I open my makeup bag, one of the first thing people want to do is grab my beautiful pink Beauty Blender sponges (Of course I don’t let them!).  You may have seen this spectacular sponge being used by some of the leading makeup artist, and wondered ‘is that sponge really that good?’ I am here to tell you, Ohhh Yeeaah!Continue reading

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Indulge Your Skin with Korres

Seems like everyone is getting the memo that Korres products are nothing short of amazing. Everyone from Harvey Nichols, to Sephora, and Bloomingdales (to name a few) have decided to carry the power brand. Not only are they super natural and gentle on your skin, but they smell amazing and have incredible moisturizing power. These are some HIGHLY recommended products.

Jasmine Body Butter
Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes
White Tea Cleanser
Cinnamon and Natural Clay Anti-Acne Mask
photos courtesy of korres

You can buy these products at select Nordstroms (US), Sephora (US), Bloomingdales (Dubai Mall), Harvey Nichols (Mall of the Emirates, Dubai), and the Korres store (Dubai Mall), and online.

-H.Kattan
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Amazing Product Alert!

Need a mani in no time? This YSL French Manicure set is your answer!

On a layover in London, I bought this kit hoping it would do my nails some justice, and boy did it! This kit gives you a perfect manicure in minutes and is incredibly easy to use! The white pen gives you accurate french mani lines and the cream color must be used a bit generously, but tops everything off for a salon finish. The fact that this product meets airport rules and regulations and is therefore, airplane friendly, makes it all the more appealing! I always keep this in my kit and I take it on shoots with me! Thank you YSL! This product is GENIUS!!

H.Kattan
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Concealer Problems Solved!

Do any of you have those products that you absolutely cannot live without? I do, and this is it! Having had little experience with Too Faced, I was apprehensive to try this, but now, I cannot go anywhere without this! It’s super-light formula amazingly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and combats dark circles. The best part? The natural herbal extracts give this concealer all-day staying power while aiding in the reduction of aging. Can we say Too Facelicous!

Available at Sephoras worldwide (recommended in Hollywood Tan, $19.50).

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Blemish Buffing Beads

BODY ACNE | PTR | PRODUCT ALERT
By Huda Heidi Kattan

Yes, we all want perfectly smooth, even-toned, blemish free shoulders, back, and yes bums.  But how likely is it to find a product that actually delivers enough power to fight and prevent acne? Peter Thomas Roth (PTR) gets it!  Sound  too good to be true?  In a search for the impossible, in one of my routine Sephora-shopping-sprees, I came across this miracle product.

How it works? This powerful scrub contains acne fighting glycolic acid, salicylic acid and Sepicontrol.  This powerful mix help fight future breakouts while keeping sebum (our glands that secrete oil) regulated.  The glycolic acid also works hand-in-hand with teh Jojoba beads to help stimulate cell turnover and reveal sexier more smooth skin.  I’ve been using this product for almost 3 years now and it keeps my entire body smooth! I simply cannot live without this product!

Available at Sephora online or Sister’s salon Dubai Mall.

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Amazing Product Alert!!


I was walking through one of my favorite department stores this summer and having thought I was very happy with my current mascara, I kindly ignored the pushy sales lady when she suggested I try Smashbox Lash DNA. She finally gave me a sample and boy did my world change! I went back the very next day for three tubes for my sisters! This stuff is amazing!

It gives you extreme length, but also just the right amount of thickness. It is super black which makes for a kick ass combination! The secret weapon is the brush; it’s shaped just perfectly to give you the right volume you’re looking for.

For best results, I recommend using this with a Lash Primer (Makeup Forever Lash Fibers is a good choice), and lengthening mascara (Dior Iconic and Cargo Blue-Ray Mascaras are my favorite), followed by Lash DNA. If you’re in a hurry, skip the lengthening mascara and go!

H.Kattan
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Shiseido Blotting Sheets

SHISEIDO OIL CONTROL | PRODUCT ALERT
By huda heidi kattan

Ahhh, summer! It’s right around the corner and if you are planning on looking gorgeously fresh all summer long, you need to deal with global warming asap. Let’s face it, with temperatures as high as they have been, you need to be prepared! Unless of course, you want to look like a giant lightbulb!  Shiseido blotting sheets are your cure-all to shine for summer and all year long. I know I’ve casually mentioned this product before in my blog, but that’s because they really work. These blotting sheets have been regarded as the most effective sheets in the world and after trying a good hand full of different types of blotting sheets, I couldn’t agree more.

These are not your average blotting sheets! No, not only do they fight shine, but they keep you matte all day and actually help fight acne! The secret behind the potent blend is the Rosemary Extract and Zinc Oxide.  The Rosemary keeps you dry all day, while the Zinc helps prevent acne! Talk about a dynamic-duo! It’s safe to say, this product is pure genius. Thank you Shiseido!

image courtesy of kudoo

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Bronzed Beauty

PRODUCT ALERT | CARGO BRONZER

Of all my must-haves products, bronzer is something that I can almost never go without!  Not only does it help give your face a healthy glow, but the right bronzer can dramatically change your entire appearance by shading in the right areas.  My all-time favorite bronzer is the Cargo Blu-Ray Bronzer that goes on incredibly smooth and even.  This bronzer is so revolutionary that it can be used everyday or even infront of a high-def camera. No matter if you are professional makeup artist, or just an avid makeup-lover, this bronzer is a must in every woman’s kit! Love it!

Available at Sephora’s worldwide (Dubai Mall) or online

image courtesy of cargocosmetics

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Ahhh..mazing product Alert!

SOOTHING MAC SPRAY FIX+ MIST

With hot weather coming in and out of our lives, it’s nice to know that there are products out there, like the MAC Fix+ Spray that can keep our makeup in place and be refreshing at the same time!  This vitamin infused spritz, provides radiance that your skin will thank you for.  The botantical blend of chamomile, green tea, cucumber, and Sugi extracts deliver a calm and refreshing sensation that your skin will drink up!

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