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ashion used to change with every season. But now it seems it changes by the second. With artistic directors moving in and out, shifting from house to house, fashion is having many an evolutionary moment. I can’t think of a better issue to highlight these changes than in our September issue. As the AW16 shows are well behind us, we can peel back from them and really dissect the new pieces that will ultimately find a place in our wardrobes. We have our bi-annual trend report, looking closely at the nuances of the season and picking out the most statement-making looks. I have always favoured comfort above all else without skimping on style mind you, so the advent of luxe sportswear is the perfect compromise and in my books, is a keeper. Followed by a comprehensive guide on what to buy to get a head-start for the months ahead, the essential pieces we’ve rounded up are versatile, daring and offer twists on classic fits. I have my eye on puffy, dramatic sleeves – it speaks volumes of style and sophistication and makes you the centre of attention. We of course always look to the international shows for the best fashion advice – it’s like a natural reflex. But since discovering the vast amount of talented designers on our shores (and there are so many it can make your head spin) we have dedicated a big slice of the magazine to the crème de la crème of the region’s names to know among the fashion elite. Elsewhere in the magazine we have the beauty trends to match to help take you from summer to autumn in an effortless way and of course we have our usual sections to keep you on your toes and continue to live the fabulously high life!
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As we dive into September, which seems to be the most important month in the world of fashion and beauty, all I can think of is, I need more vacations. Seriously. September being a grand month with an evidently important shift for designers, beauty gurus, runways and fashion houses, they are all ready for: Lights, camera, action! And as we gear up with beautiful things to come our way from intricate and beautiful gowns in the fashion department, to must-have colours for our beauty routine, we are going big this month. And as we go big, we had a delicious spa day at the Doha Marriott where we got pampered by the therapists and succumbed into a wonderful LPG facial massage. Take notes and get dialing for a massage of your own. But how about you take a peek for yourself and enjoy our latest issue in all its glory.
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Sailor on with this reinspired look that embraces the childhood favourite Popeye hat. Add in a gold rope belt around the waist for good measure or spice it up with lashings of chains and pearls for extra edge.
Comfort and structure is the way forward. What was once the reserve of gym dressing is now at the forefront of fashion. You can get jogging-inspired trousers that are luxuriously soft and still encourage a dreamy sensibility.
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Heavy Duty Leather
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We mean business with this one. Every woman needs an army-inspired jacket in her wardrobe. Keep an eye out for brass buttons and front facing pockets to ensure you’ve mastered the art of this essential style.
When has leather not been in the style? This season, it’s all about head-to-toe leather to give you that winter armour look. If it’s too intense for you, either the top or bottom half will still give you unrivalled fierceness.
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Caramel and butterscotch with a dash of grey sky hues make up this theme from the runway. These warm shades are very endearing and anything but boring so don’t be put off by their understated earthy effect.
...Like it’s 1985. The game-changing party frock with sharp shoulders and Madonna style (she’ll be very pleased) silhouettes are back! It’s all about excess with this look so don’t hold back on the glitter now.
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It wasn’t hard to miss the classic tweed up and down the runway this season. Go for heritage dressing via some plaid, houndstooth, gingham and tartan with edgy accents to be a bit more punk chic about it.
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This motif can seem a bit ‘out there’ at times but when done subtly, it can be the epitome of classy. What we love best is the rise of the zebra print for footwear and how a leopard print is still the strongest spot.
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Drama, Drama, Drama
Fashion has been a lot about excess lately. And when it comes to period dramas, this look took centre stage on the runway. Let your sleeves do all the talking by keeping it simple in casual knits or super feminine in billowy satin tops and have fun with floaty dresses too.
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Lovely & Velvety
Just the feel of velvet is enough to make you want to replace everything in your wardrobe with this beautifully plush fabric. If youâ€™re daring enough to embrace a full on velvet outfit, you have our full support. If not, a subtle velvet trim ticks the box very well.
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The Bold & The Beautiful
Ah yes, remember what we said about excess? Case and point right here. The runways were a riot of unapologetic prints that could make you dizzy but more importantly make you look fabulous. Bright, bold or graphic, itâ€™s best to wear these prints head-to-toe and in uniform. red valentino
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This classic, old-timer style is always going through the motions of change but this season we feel the rendition of denim is at its best yet. The patchwork update with denim allows you to play with different hues of blue jeans and the embellishments give added dimension. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Shades on, look cool. See the world through these super slick sunnies.
Look luminous in these fine jewellery pieces that have both architectural dimension (the amazing, late and great Zaha Hadid had a hand in the design) and a centre pearl piece to make you the lady of the hour.
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All That Glitters
Let’s love looking like a disco ball on our feet, shall we? Nothing spells out “PARTY!” more than fun, sparkly heels ready to do all the talking. We feel the urge to tap our shoes together right now.
These versatile carry on bags are perfect for days spent in the mall or running around getting through your errands. Come night, a jazzed up clutch is your essential go-to.
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...for Valentino The house of romance has given even more reason to fall in love with them all over again. Under the creative supervision of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the latest pieces from the Ready-To-Wear and Haute Couture collections melded feminine graciousness with sartorial precision to give the best season yet
There was some uncertainty as the lights went down at the AW16 Valentino show. Sat in traditional runway arrangement, flanking the catwalk, it was an intimate setting despite being full to the brim with industry greats. Instead of a recorded soundtrack, we were treated to a live piano performance by Vanessa Wagner who played works by John Cage and Phillip Glass on a baby grand Yamaha positioned in the middle of the audience. She walked over in the dead silent auditorium and in swan-like poise, sat at her instrument and took hold of the entire atmosphere as she descended into melodic play. What followed was a dreamy presentation of floral fantasies, ballerina brilliance and biker bite. Pierpaolo and Maria were taken by the Russian and the New York City ballet, which saw the unraveling of a non narrative thread that choice instinct to logic, releasing primordial energies. The entire sequence chimed perfectly to the shifting aesthetics: from gentle dancers to regal high necks to layers of mannish wear, the show was a several act play with a definitive finale bringing all the moments of darkness, romance and earthiness together with beautiful movement. There was so much to dance about. www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE PIECES Our favourite accessories and shoes from the RTW collection
Fashion Philosophy We saw the collection evolve with every look at that came our way. You have military coats protecting impalpable dresses. Floral tutus become meager tops; flared skirts are worn with reinterpreted ballet shoes. Fluid draperies in jersey accompany the body. Perceptive bewilderment characterises the robes worn with silk stockings and dance sandals. The dry precision of sartorial discipline, meets floral graciousness and flutters - multiple ruffles, fragile transparencies - in an atmosphere pervaded by a sense of levitas which is the equivalent of joy. The woman is the protagonist of this illustration, free in her gestures and in her thoughts, subject of an experience that bestows to fashion the status of expression and imagination.
â€œThe woman is the protagonist of this illustration, free in her gestures and in her thoughtsâ€?
â€œWhat followed was a dreamy presentation of floral fantasies, ballerina brilliance and biker biteâ€?
Shakespearean accents come in the form of volume and ruffles. Rich in textures and drama
Homegrown Talent Our region is awash with emerging designers who are sweeping the runways with show stopping collections more than ever before. From desert inspired palettes to sculpted gowns, we round up the names to know
Amato Couture Originally from the Philippines, designer Furne One of Amato Couture boasts an international clientele including Heidi Klum. His collections always inspire innovation and intrigue and create much critical conversation. His pieces are one of a kind.
Taller Marmo Dubai based Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea, creators of Taller Marmo should be firmly on your radar. They always have an element of surprise in their collections – whether it’s a full piece of stripes or a sporty luxe jacket with kitschy gold embellishments, there’s amazing variety.
Rami Kadi Fusing flavours from the East and West, this Lebanese-American designer always leaves you with your mouth open. We adore his braided leather tops with exceptionally detailed sequined skirts – he’s always pushing the boundaries. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Bedouin studios Going by the mantra: Style without borders shows just how much British Andraya Farrag will push the style envelope. This collection is Japanese inspired with luxurious texturing as well as a nod to space age chic. That jacket is divine.
Arwa Al Banawi When Saudi Arabian Arwa Al Banawi first came onto the scene she got everyone talking with her colourful traffic light collection. Now she’s exploring her creative mettle. This latest collection really shows how she’s embracing her Arabian roots with flair. 56
Bint Thani Stripped back and wonderfully minimal is what makes Dubai based Khulood Thani’s collection speak volumes. With a mixture of deep oranges, pale hues and patchwork leather worked into the pieces, this is the true embodiment of sophistication.
House of Nomad With a vision to create a sense of the nomadic lifestyle, the HoN collections are always on point. We love how sincerely polished their pieces are.
Known as the Bloody Gray collection, this Dubai based brand is all about subtle sensuality and feminine simplicity. These understated yet elegant pieces are perfect for everyday wear â€“ but that velvet heavy number just oozes evening glamour.
Inspired by the powder room, Madrid based Dina Khalifeâ€™s AW16 collection is super fun and plays to our daily quirkiness. Every story Dina tells is always entertaining with a unique vision. Her pieces are very personal and full of endless detail.
Monsoori Bahraini Shaima Al Mansoori produces pieces fit for a modern day goddess. With dramatic edges and heavenly beadwork, each piece is a vision of breathtaking detail.
Hussein Bazaza Bringing alchemy, the medieval ages and philosophy to the fore, Lebanese Hussein Bazaza has a love for the elixir of life. This collection evokes bravery, strength and mortality. Wearing a piece by Hussein Bazaza is like wearing armour.
Rami Al Ali The Syrian designer is always out to make a woman feel like the princess that she is. Being the king of couture is no small feat, so his latest collection simply lives up to his reputation. We have two words for this collection: soft silhouettes. 58
Kristina Fidelskaya This collection makes us feel like real women â€“ by which we mean, beautiful, empowered and strong. Tailored trousers, classic capes and corset dresses speak to an independent and powerful woman. We salute all the way.
Razan Alazzouni Highlighting the natural poise of what it means to be a woman, Saudi Arabian Razan has a particular fondness for sequins â€“ and a lot of sheer detail which we are so on board with.
Izaak Azanei This emerging British fur label is making waves in our neck of the woods. Itâ€™s very urban chic and caters to a downtownluxe-vibe which makes them effortlessly cool. Sisters Karishma, Roshni and Deeya Khemlan are all about cashmere blend knitwear made sexy.
Racil The Lebanese tuxedo designer is heading towards the stars for her AW16 collection. The midnight shades and silver moonlight hues give an air of mystery and class at the same time. Everything about Racil is dreamy and elegant. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Make A Statement UAE based Jelena Bin Drai is a purveyor of classic pieces, enough to make you feel like an absolute goddess. Whether it’s a billowy silhouette or a tailored cape, her AW16 collection is as fairytale as it is fine Who is the Jelena Bin Drai woman? The Jelena Bin Drai, woman is elegant and sophisticated. She is smart, educated and stylish and she does not compromise on quality. She wears high quality pieces but affordability is important – she seeks a wardrobe that works for all occasions so she can feel confident in any environment. What is the brand aesthetic? My fashion label is all about great fittings and quality fabrics for a reasonable price. Not only are my designs created to compliment a woman’s body but it also gives them confidence and exposes their inner and outer beauty. All my pieces are always a mixture of international designs with local values combined. Which celebrity do you hope to see you in your collection? I would love to see Kate Middleton and HH Sheikha Moza wearing my pieces. They always look gorgeous and never cease to amaze me by how they pull off anything they wear. What’s your personal sense of style? Comfort and classiness is definitely my personal style. I’m a businesswoman and a mother of three children. So, during the day I wear anything that’s comfortable to wear and at the same time looks professional and elegant. What influenced you for your latest collection? I was inspired by London and the cold, winter season. It has a lot of monochromatic and bold red colours and a variety of pieces like long skirts and gowns, lightweight coats, chic pants and classic overcoats that can be mixed and matched for any time of the day. Which designers do you look up to? Chanel, Dior and Valentino. They have such beautiful pieces that I can never get enough of. Jelena Jakovljevic Bin Drai is the founder and designer of fashion label, Jelena Bin Drai. Visit www.jelenabindrai.com. 60
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Bold, daring, innovative, fun and different. These are some of the words that naturally come to mind when describing Reemami. We speak with the very humble Reema Al Banna about how she came to putting musical instruments among other quirky objects into her collections
t’s always refreshing to see a growing designer maintain their humility when they chat. It’s all too common to speak with the cream of the budding crop and get earfuls of drawn out self-loving rhetoric Better still, it’s always refreshing when a growing designer shows that talent is built upon through taking less than typical routes, in a roundabout way, to the desired destination. It proves you can do whatever you want, whenever it comes to you, without being so linear. Reema Al Banna is the UAE’s answer to the girl next-door phenomenon. She is earthy yet preened, standing at a considerable height with billowy hair and a knowing smile. She hugs you with a tight, longtime girlfriend-like squeeze. Just like her brand, Reema is cool without trying too hard. Expected the unexpected – whether that is an extension socket or an orchestra of musicians playing the violin, this is sophisticated fashion made fun and intriguing. Reemami’s autumn-winter collection has Seventies vibes courtesy of some uber cool bell bottom trousers, majorly flared sleeves on blouses and an air of comfortable volume. Creativity comes in the form of unusual angles, neat slashes of fabric and optimistic colour palettes. Learning that Reema has a graphic design background (Reema later studied at the French Fashion University in Dubai, ESMOD, before launching Reemami in 2009) is when you suddenly have an ‘aha’ moment. She has taken that experimental nature of graphic design and stitched it into her line, giving it its signature identity of being distinct and simply fun. And if there’s any part of the world that takes fashion very seriously and explores sartorial possibilities, it’s our region. “People want something new and fun from regional designers,” explains Reema. But she is also very present in the Parisian market where we recently met her back in March of this year. “There’s a demand for basics, which I have in this collection. Each season I have a new theme, this time it was about sound, rhythm, repetition and music which you can see in the pieces but I also have staple pieces like the work shirt, but reworked in many ways.” Reema’s world is as eclectic as her brand – “big time” she agrees. “My last collection was about foodstagramming and previous to that was about boxing. I am inspired by my surroundings and what is taking the world by storm,” she adds. She is also influenced by surreal art, illustrations and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto (“he’s so insane, it’s amazing”). How far is she going to push the style envelope though? Is having a fried egg or a trumpet sitting blatantly on a pair of trousers or on a top as far as she will go? “As long as it’s wearable, I’ll do it! Whatever the idea is, it has to be something a woman wants to wear. I’ll constantly experiment with fabrics and cuts. Fashion changes all the time, I want to cater to whatever may not be available in the market. I will hopefully branch out to jewellery and denim within the next couple of years too.” Sold! When we tell her we are so impressed with how innovative and ‘outside the box’ Reemami is, she practically pepper sprays us with gratitude. It’s obvious she won’t rest on her laurels, however much success she commands. And this is what makes Reema and her brand so endearing.
Mother nature Karen Nicolet, the woman behind Clumsy Chic, is sharing her biggest challenge of them all – being a new mum! The fashion blogger shares what it takes to be a mum for the first time, the risks, challenges, and the most precious moments so far
s a new mum, what were some of the expectations you had in mind about having a baby? Everyone told me that being a mummy is hard but since I’ve done graveyard shifts and functioned with little sleep in my job before, I thought it couldn’t be ‘that hard’. Boy was I wrong! Taking care of a baby is HARD. The hours are grueling, the baby requires all of my attention and on top of that, my hormones are out of whack and it’s taken some time for me to feel ‘normal’ again. I also thought I could go back to work after a month but I’ve only just started to ease my way back into blogging after three months. I’d say don’t have any expectations and take everything one day at a time. What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome so far? Everything is a challenge when you’re a new mum - from knowing how to hold your baby properly to breastfeeding to deciphering your baby’s cries. But the day to day stuff wasn’t the biggest challenge for me as I wholeheartedly followed my instincts. A mother’s instincts are powerful once we stop doubting ourselves. I feel like as women and as mums, we naturally put everyone else’s needs first. I learned through experience that going down this path can burn you out hard. I function better and have much more to give to my family when I take a little time out for myself even if it’s just getting some fresh air or meditating for 10 minutes. How has Naomi changed you as a human being, but most importantly, as a woman? It’s true what they say, that you see the world through your child’s eyes. Naomi gave me the motivation to become a better person, friend, wife, and daughter. I want her to grow up loving and accepting herself and my contribution to that is to lead by example. Becoming a mother has made me embrace my strength as a woman. It’s the hardest job in the world and I feel an instant bond and connection with all mums out there. What three pieces of advice would you give to new mums-to-be? My top advice is to follow your instincts. A mother’s instincts are very powerful once we learn to listen and stop doubting ourselves. Every child is different and what you read on the Internet or hear from other mums may work or may not work for your baby. Asking for help is my second piece of advice. The early weeks are tough and you need a network of support to be there to take care of you and help out with the baby. There’s no shame in 64
asking for help; it really does take a village to raise a baby. Creating a mummy tribe is also really important. Speaking to other mums who are going through the same journey as you is really vital in maintaining your sanity. Once I became a mum, other mums automatically embraced me. I have a small group of what I call my ‘mummy counselors’. You’re such a creative person and we’ve seen that through your blog. How has that changed since Naomi’s birth? At the moment the only thing that has changed is not having the time to blog! But I do intend on growing Clumsy Chic and pouring all my creative energy into the blog. I want to show Naomi the importance of doing what you’re passionate about and working hard to achieve success. That’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from my parents that I want to pass on to her. I’m more motivated to move forward since having her; I feel like I can do anything since giving birth! The biggest misconception about motherhood? That being a mum is just about taking care of the baby. Motherhood is the most challenging yet rewarding job. You are responsible for not just providing for your child but also for every action you take and every word you say. It’s a full-time and life-long job. A lot of bloggers nowadays are adding a big amount of their private lives into their social media outlets. What are you thoughts on that and will you make Naomi part of your networking? I was certain that I would fill my social media feed with pictures of her dressed in different outfits but it was quite the opposite. I formed this intimate bond with Naomi and that’s something really precious and private to me. I would occasionally share important milestones, like the first time she smiled on social media, as a way of remembering those moments later. As a blogger, I understand that she will be exposed to this world since a lot of what I write about is personal, but I’d like to find a balance between sharing my journey of motherhood and protecting her privacy. What creative direction are you heading towards with your blog? Clumsy Chic is dedicated to effortlessly infusing beauty into everyday life and that’s the creative direction I’m working on continuing and solidifying. I hope to show readers that happiness comes from living in a way that is a true expression of yourself. I hope to share with the readers my journey to embracing motherhood. I wish to form a community of strong, confident, and spirited women who aren’t afraid to be ‘clumsily chic’. We stumble but it’s about doing it with ease. That’s what life is all about right?
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A new season brings the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh when it comes to getting into a better beauty regime. Angela Beitz tells us how Wear SPF daily
Sun protection is so important, especially in the harsh climate of the GCC. Sunscreen should be part of your morning routine as much as brushing your teeth. Foundations that include a SPF over 30+ are perfect to protect your face and often give you a nice glow. Find a good sunscreen that is mositurising and slather it on in the mornings.
Take off your make-up before bed
We’ve all been guilty in the past of this one, but it wreaks havoc on your skin and clogs your pores. It’s so important to give your skin a thorough clean and to spend at least ten minutes a night on a routine that includes cleanser, toner, a good serum and night cream. Even if you are super lazy, try leaving face wipes beside your bed so that you can ensure to take your make-up off or use a Micellar Water cleanser for quick make-up removal. Upon rising, exfoliate your skin and use a deep cleansing mask to remove hidden impurities.
Don’t overuse product
With so many products to choose from these days it can be super overwhelming when choosing the right products. In terms of skincare, it’s always best to get back to basics and use products that work hard
for you. Use a good cleanser that will clean your skin without stripping moisture, a serum that works for your skin type and moisturisers that address your skin’s needs (dryness, anti-ageing, oiliness etc). When it comes to haircare the same rules apply. Use a shampoo and conditioner that are suited to your hair type and a mask to be used twice a week.
Clean your make-up brushes
Unwashed make-up brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause nasty breakouts on your skin. It seems like such a simple thing but finding the time to clean your brushes can be hard. Clean brushes are also much more precise when applying product and you don’t want to mix your beautiful beige eyeshadow with your dark black shimmery eyeshadow.
Ease up on the gel-manicures
We all love a gel-mani for their no chip staying power and glossy shine but they are terrible for your nails due to the UV lights and the acetone removers. Give your nails a break by getting a standard manicure or if you are very brave leave them polish free for a few weeks. Use a nourishing cuticle oil daily and taking Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins will really give you stronger nails and you’ll notice a big difference. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Guerlainâ€™s Main Man Guerlainâ€™s very own perfumer, Thierry Wasser gives Ohlala an inside scoop on his beginnings, inspirations and what drives him to excellence
You started at such a young age in the botany field, how did that transition into the perfumery industry?
I read an article about fragrance houses in Geneva when I was around 19. I wrote them a little note, and had olfactive tests at Givaudan. After this, it introduced me to the school and this is how it all started. So I arrived in this profession by chance, but starting Givaudan’s Perfumes School made me sure that this will be my way. When starting a new fragrance at Guerlain, what is your method of inspiration? Creating a fragrance is like writing a story and the inspiration fortunately comes from my experiences in life as a trip, an encounter, a discussion … It all starts with a story. I’m telling it with scents instead of words. That’s what comes first in my mind. But each process indeed is very different and there are absolutely no rules. And since I joined Guerlain in 2008, I realised how important the creative job is linked to sourcing and manufacturing; it’s the first step when I create a new fragrance. Travelling the world in search for raw materials, what has been your favourite place to visit for a fragrance? They are all dear to me, but South India is very special to me: For the colours, the smells and the local people. What’s the most challenging perfume you’ve put out and why? I joined Guerlain in June 2008, and I very quickly had to work on a new fragrance; I was so excited, so happy to work for this wonderful brand I dreamed of, that I wanted to tell the whole world of my love and happiness. I wanted to shout out loud how wonderful it was to be there, at Guerlain, with the mission to perpetuate such a proud heritage. This is why I created Idylle, it was my first big challenge.
“Creating a fragrance is like writing a story and the inspiration fortunately comes from my experiences in life as a trip, an encounter, a discussion” And it is made with a bunch of roses, which is my favorite scent. I am also very proud of La Petite Robe Noire as well. How do you personally like your perfumes? I like them to be happy and generous. Describe Guerlain’s perfumery? Rich heritage. Excellence of raw materials. What have been the challenges you’ve encountered at Guerlain and at the helm of perfumery? It was impressive to become the new heir of the Guerlain legacy. For instance, take Jacques Guerlain, the genius who created Shalimar and more than 400 Guerlain fragrances during his life. To be the first perfumer of the House who doesn’t belong to the Guerlain family was an honor and a real challenge at the same time. I see this step as a paramount in my career. It is enormous, it is a dream for me, every day I wake up and tell myself that I am very lucky to work in this wonderful brand. Where do you see the perfumery industry shifting in the next five years? I wish I knew! What can we expect from Guerlain in the region, for the future? I am always listening to what local markets have to say, and so far, our Dubai’s HQ is happy with our portfolio. www.ohlala-magazine.com
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A: Practice makes perfect. It took me a while to master this technique, and it’s a tough one. But what I found that helped me was the tool used to create the cat-eye flick. Use a black pen with a thick grip to create any desired flick.
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Beauty editor, Sofia Graniello, answers your burning beauty questions on how to prep for the upcoming season
Q: Summer is tough, especially in the Middle East. My pretty clothes get sweat stains, making it impossible to remove with time.
A: I hear you! Heat is exhausting, especially when it compromises fashion. To prevent your clothes from getting old dark sweat stains, spray a bit of lemon to your stains before washing them. Works every time. 88
Q: Summer left my skin a bit toasted. My face can’t hold much makeup at the minute. Any tips on how to survive this?
A: Don’t stress your skin out. Forgo foundation and opt for something lightweight. Take on the BB cream route, or perhaps conceal areas of need.
A: Do it with coffee. Seriously. Don’t throw out those old coffee grounds, its natural antioxidants will refresh your face and control that puffy area.
Q: My lips are so dry at the minute; it’s unbearable to even add lip balm. Any beauty hack to get me through this?
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Escape To The Mountains Angela Beitz discovers a perfect getaway that focuses on health and wellbeing
If you need a break from your hectic lifestyle, a visit to Zighy Bay is the perfect fix. Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of their beautiful indigenous village-style accommodation and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. Although There are loads of dining options depending on what you are this unique resort is only a three-and-a-half hour drive from Abu in the mood for during your stay. Spice Market offers a sensational Dhabi and a two-hour drive from Dubai, the stunning terrain of breakfast with made-to-order eggs, green juices and smoothies, the mountains will make you feel like you are miles from anywhere. fresh tropical fruit and much more and at night it turns into a more Our check in is smooth and we are offered a chilled date and formal venue serving delicious Arabian cuisine. Summer House is honey smoothie and a scented refresher towel. We are shown to simply stunning, positioned overlooking the pool and serves à la our amazing villa which boasts a sparkling pool and thatch gates that open onto the beach. There are 82 very private and oversized pool “The indigenous village-style accommodation and private villas which will have you relaxing in marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one absolute comfort. We were delighted to find our bathtub was the size of side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other side” a small pool and there is both an indoor and outdoor shower. You can choose everything from which carte dishes including fresh salads, pastas, steak and seafood. The pillow mist you would like sprayed on your linen to which drinks most impressive venue is Dining on the Edge which will have you you would like stocked in your mini-fridge and there is even a pillow feeling like you are sitting on a table at the end of the world. The menu to suit the fussiest of sleepers. We love the special touches, restaurant is built into a cliff and offers a truly memorable dining such as the goat inspired lamp and chess table which doubles as a experience. The In-Villa Dining is also impressive should you wish coffee table. Each villa has its own private pool which makes you to enjoy quality fare in the comfort of your lovely room. feel like you are staying in your own piece of paradise and should you want to completely shut off, there is really no reason to leave the The whole resort has a relaxed feel to it and the whole point of a comfort of your villa. stay here is for guests to be rejuvenated and to experience a luxury boutique stay. The Six Senses brand also has a huge commitment to the environment and has stopped importing all well-known brands of bottled water that have to travel thousands of miles to get to the resort. Instead, they purify their own ‘wellness water’ in glass bottles that they re-use. Wellbeing is a major focus of the resort and the main reason that we have come to stay. It’s styled as a retreat from the busy daily grind and the spa combines innovative and ancient holistic treatments from their wellness consultants. The Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay has spent a lot of time over the past year working with some of the most highly respected doctors and wellness professionals to develop an approach to wellness which addresses some of the greatest common issues people face in their stressful daily lives. The result is Six Senses Integrated Wellness, an innovative approach that allows the spa’s in-house experts to measure and analyse key physiological biomarkers to provide guests with lifestyle and nutritional advice, and design a personalised program of spa www.ohlala-magazine.com
treatments, fitness and wellness activities based on the preventative principles of both Eastern medicine and the result-oriented Western influences. We visit the spa to experience the Wellness Screening which is designed to offer guests real time benefits and guidance by providing them with comprehensive, clear information about their health and by personalising every aspect of their stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay to enhance both their life and general wellbeing. The program begins with a wellness screening which uses a finger oximeter to observe the heart rate, tissue oxygen uptake and distribution, arterial stiffness and “Each villa has stress parameters. feel like you are The programs help to address the most common concerns around digestion, weight loss, elimination of built up toxins, weakened immune system, sleep, stress relief, muscle toning or building better stamina. It also helps guests achieve their full potential should they wish to be challenged and improve their current performance. Our results are surprisingly good, but we are told we need to drink more water, try and exercise more and to up our intake of leafy green vegetables. Off the back of the screening it’s recommended that we have two Detox Massages in the time that we are staying. The massage is amazing and uses lymphatic drainage techniques and suction cups to detox the body. We feel leaving feeling lighter and invigorated and keep in mind during our stay to eat healthy and drinks loads of water. If spas aren’t your thing and you like an action-packed break, then you’ll be happy to know there are loads of activities on offer. You can try the sunset cruise which is absolutely beautiful and is a great way to see the mountains, do yoga, play tennis, go scuba diving or snorkelling, play beach volleyball, go hiking or there is also rock climbing. If you are an adventure seeker, then paragliding is a must try. The professional instructors will take you around the edge of the mountain range in Zighy Bay, where you can explore the bay from 293 metres above the ground and enjoy the magnificent views. You can also opt for the microlight where your flight will start from the sandy runway on Zighy Beach and then the pilot will take you over Six Senses Zighy Bay and to Dibba Village, where you can explore the village from 500 metres above the ground, and enjoy the wonderful views. There’s certainly something everyone at this unique resort. Six Senses Zighy Bay, www.sixsenses.com 96
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Eat with Graceful gusto Olive Oil restaurant may be new to the food scene, but itâ€™s already making a gastronomic name for itself in the city
meal to satisfy your cravings. And if that wasn’t enough, the dessert section was totally irresistible. With an ice cream bar, mini dessert options, Arabic sweets and our favourite, chocolate mousse – we were totally sold. So if you’re heading over to Olive Oil, bring a hearty appetite because it’s a “go big, or go home” affair. The venue itself is spacious, contemporary and efficient, suitable for friends, family and colleague outings. And if Fridays are your days for a good meal, the venue also offers a Friday lunch; experience a gastronomic journey with a buffet of signature dishes completed with live cooking stations, dessert, and a space for the little ones. Treat yourself to a fantastic lunch and weekend and eat like a pro.
new venue calls for a new adventure. At least that’s how we feel whenever there is a new restaurant opening in Qatar, and Olive Oil located at City Center Rotana Doha opened recently with no intentions on holding back. The hotel situated in West Bay – a plus for anyone who is visiting with plans to stay – which is centric, reachable and affordable. Not to mention there is a direct access to the most popular mall in Doha, City Center Mall. Olive Oil is a must if you’re on the go, looking for an economic meal, or in need for a colourful and cosy atmosphere. The restaurant offers breakfast, a lunch and a dinner buffet, and in between, they serve an a la carte menu – lavish right? Not to mention, it is affordable and suits any craving you might have. We gave their lunch buffet and we were surprised by the variety, availability and choices of the lunch menus –the friendly staff made the experience even better. The lunch buffet is available from 12.30pm until 3pm and priced at QR109 with soft drinks. If you wish to go express, choose two options from the buffet section and you’re good to go, priced for QR79. Furthermore, the choices were grand and endless. Offering a section dedicated to cold dishes including sushi, salmon sashimi, and Arabic mezze – we tried them all. Also, we couldn’t miss out on the Indian and Arabic dishes with their oozing traditional flavours. And yet, what really grabbed our attention was the live station filled with its array of choices ready to customise your
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September Dining Our favourite spots to love this month Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha In the spirit of Eid, the regal hotel is offering a family day outing for a fabulous brunch. Get everyone together on September 15 and savour delicious recipes from around the world for QR195, including soft drinks. It’s on from 12.30pm until 4pm. For more information or reservations call: 4035 5011
InterContinental Doha Join Mykonos for a fun Greek experience with a 3-course menu. Choose between their dip trio and traditional Greek salad, followed by a hearty moussaka or grilled hamour. It’s on for QR150 from 6.30pm until 11pm. For more information or reservations call: 4484 4919
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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Friday brunch just got a whole lot better at Crossroads Kitchen. The hotel is now offering a fun brunch as they give your taste buds a tour of New York Steakhouse and Cucina. It’s QR245 per person from 12.30pm until 4pm. For more information or reservations call: 4419 5000
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Shangri-La Hotel Doha Relax in the serenity of Lobby Lounge and experience a new take on teatime. Offering delicate signature cakes, paired with tea infused with herbs ever day for QR60. Relax away from 3pm until 10pm. For more information or reservations call: 4429 5295
City Centre Rotana Doha For the entire month try their special burger and hops combo for QR85, or perhaps the Spicy Wings challenge! Finish 35 pieces of spicy wings in 15min and your meal is free. But for those who rather enjoy and eat slowly, the spicy wings and hops are up for QR245. For more information or reservations call: 4445 8888
Are you in for some express lunch? It’s all happening at Majlis with an express lunch menu from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, including choice of chicken shawarma, kofta or a shisha tawouk sandwich for QR65. For more information or reservations call: 4448 1282
Calling all Spanish lovers for Spanish week at Mix Bar. Join the fun from September 17 24 to celebrate the famous Spanish festivity, La Merce. Indulge on a special Tapas menu created by Jesus Sanchez, live entertainment, and sangria punch. For more information or reservations call: 4492 1555
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Tapas are on! Join the fun for a special promotion of unlimited tapas and unlimited bubbly selection. It’s only for QR220 per person and for couples it’s QR390. Join the fun at The Club, starting from 7pm until 12.30am. For more information or reservations call: 4446 0105
Indulge in a sushi lunch express and enjoy South East Asia’s delectable cuisine. Choose 2 rolls, I portion of sushi, 1 portion of sashimi and dessert for QR140. Bring your friends and family from Saturday to Thursday starting at 12pm until 4pm. For more information or reservations call: 4453 5135
Join The Square for a special brunch on the first and second day of Eid to celebrate the occasion. The hotel will be serving a festive brunch with authentic dishes and international ones for QR220 and soft drinks; if you want to enjoy to house beverages is QR320. For more information or reservations call: 4015 8888
European Friday À La Carte Brunch Indulge in a boutique contemporary European à la carte brunch selection in Aroma. On oﬀer is a variety of brunch classics, salads and starters, along with roasts and main courses, topped oﬀ with delicious sweet treats. QAR 195 per person, food only. Fridays, from 12pm to 4pm For more information, contact +974 4405 3325 | email@example.com | kempinski.com/doha www.ohlala-magazine.com 101
The secret To a younger look
It’s no lie that a good facial does wonders, but how about a lift massage that activates collagen? We find out more at the Doha Marriott’s Spa, while we also get a wonderful Shellac manicure We all want a younger look
with a smooth and plump face, right? But how about a non-invasive facial massage that will trigger a healthier look? Behold a reconstructive and recontouring facial massage that activates collagen, all at the same time. The LPG Liftmassage is a 100% natural technique that deeply rejuvenates the skin of the face. Hoping to get a bit younger, we made our way to the hotel’s spa on an early morning, and with this heat, it was clearly a struggle. Thankfully the spa was cool and comfortable making it easy to relax and unwind for a great day ahead. We started off with the LPG facial massage, and the therapist, who was kind enough, explained every step of the way of our treatment – one she made sure it was comfortable and professional. She began with cleansing the face using different cleansers that prepped our
“As our treatment proceeded, our therapist started building the intensity and applying different motions to fight trouble areas. This treatment targets wrinkles, mature skin, lack of elasticity, re-sculpting and much more” skin for the long-awaited lift massage. Using the LPG machine designed with an advanced technology, our therapist began with a smooth speed lift. If you’re wondering if this technique hurts because of its aesthetic, have no fear because it’s by far the smoothest and most relaxing journey. As our treatment progressed, our therapist started building the intensity and applying different motions to fight trouble areas. Something worth noting, this treatment targets wrinkles, mature skin, lack of elasticity, resculpting and much more. After what seemed to be a good 30 minutes we were done. But the spa treatment continued. We later proceeded with the application of a mask to the face, to restore its glow and bring some youth back, adapting it to our skin type and needs. Something we find utterly important and essential when getting a facial treatment. What seemed to be 60 minutes of pure haven, we ended up getting a well-deserved Shellac manicure to conclude our spa day. Oozing cleanliness (a pet peeve of ours, especially when getting a manicure), we got a shiny and glossy Shellac manicure by one of the spa’s professional manicurist. And let us tell you it was worth every minute as the Shellac lasted up to two weeks with no chipping! For more information or reservations call: 4429 8520 www.ohlala-magazine.com 103
Shades of Autumn
Fall is just around the corner and Pallavi Patil, our resident contributor, gives us tips and tricks on how to transition our beauty regimes into an autumn-approved one
You can feel it in the air! Summer is ending, we can pretend it isn’t, but it is. The transition to fall has begun. The precise timing of this is hard to say exactly, an ambiguity that can make the process of changing your makeup routine seem annoying and confusing. The truth is that making the switch is easy! Considering the old adage, everything in moderation: with some tweaking, your transition from summer to fall make up can be an easy one. I hate goodbyes! Parting with your summer glow is no fun but luckily for us there are a few ways to fake it. Instead of applying your regular self-tanner all over your face, mix a small amount with your daily moisturiser. It will give your face less of an intense tan but still maintain that summer glow, while applying bronzer under the cheekbones as a contour. Contouring creates balance and definition to your face. This will also allow the transition to a lighter bronze to be more gradual. This fall, give a couple of bold colours a try! Whether you go for matte or glossy, give your lips a breathtaking variety of colours to stand out. Deep ruby colours are perfect for Middle Eastern skin tones, while rosy blush completes any autumn makeup. Another beauty tip you cannot miss this fall is smokey eyes. Swerve 104 www.ohlala-magazine.com
from the traditional black and charcoal hues in favour of bright colours. Purple looks perfect with any eye colour and it’s one of the most universal colours for a glamorous evening look. As a rule, if you opt for distinct eyes, I recommend playing down your lip colour. But if you want to leave a lasting impression, don’t be afraid to add a statement red. Don’t forget about seductive, warm brown shades. Mild brown shades are perfect for almost all skin tones. Apply dusty brown shadows all over your upper lid and contour your eyes with deep black eyeliner. For a more distinct look you can colour the lower waterline and then cover your lashes with a few coats of brown mascara. For an overall warm look, use bronzer and copper lipstick. And ladies remember: Whether you’re expecting a clear autumn day or a gray one, your skin still needs protection from aging and ultraviolet rays. Choose a sunscreen containing finely milled titanium oxide, for an everyday wear this fall. Follow your regular C+T+M routines and enjoy the season, as one should. Pallavi Patil is the Manager at Spa by Clarins at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha. For more information on the spa, call 4035 5555.
Bliss Spa at W doha hotel
Health Files Jaula Spa at Grand Hyatt Doha Escape from your busy routine and get a 20% discount at this luxurious hotel! On Sundays, relax away with their famous 60 min Jaula calm mind massage, or perhaps on Mondays with their hot stone massage. And if that wasn’t enough, on Tuesdays, its Jaula detox time. Book now and call: 4448 1056 Saray Spa at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Indulge in a Moroccan hammam bath for a 75, or 90 min journey of wellness. Discover the benefits of this tradition and rejuvenate your skin. Available from 9am until 9pm, it’s up for QR600. Book now and call: 4419 6090 Heavenly Spa at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa If you’re in need of a mani or pedi, this prominent hotel has got you covered. Enjoy some nourishing “me time” for only QR200. Book now and call: 4492 1680
Doha’s Private Havens Some luxurious retreats to rejuvenate and get back into motion as we transition from summer to autumn Six Senses at Sharq Village & Spa If you’re craving some Balinese treats look no further than this magical treatment. For QR900 succumb into a Borah Borah body scrub and wrap and feel the benefits of the gentle scrub. This 110 min spa treat will help and stimulate your circulation and muscles, making way for a better you. Plus, end your treatment with a 50 min Balinese massage. Book now and call: 4425 6999 Spa by Clarins at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha With the hotel’s luxurious 120 min spa promotion, “Melting Moments” will help you release all stress. Start off with a hot stones massage and proceed to a Clarins hydrating facial that will leave you with a beaming glow. Enjoy full access to the spa and its wellness facilities, plus the treatment for QR1500. Book now and call: 4035 5555 The Bay Club Doha at Intercontinental Doha If you’re on the go, get pampered now in a 120 min full body massage. Start with a 60 min massage of your choice followed by a 30 min reflexology massage, and end it up with a 30 min head massage for only QR700. Book now and call: 4484 4852
Bliss Spa Doha at W Doha Hotel & Residences This month this hotel is offering exceptional promotions. For this Eid Al Adha, experience a HydraFacial and get a haircut, or pedicure for QR2000. Book now and call: 4453 5555 Chi Spa at Shangri-La Doha Hotel This Asian-themed spa offers relaxing treatments starting at QR250, to restore, rejuvenate and make your skin glow. Plus, from Sunday to Friday, enjoy some pool time from 9am until 10pm for QR80. Book now and call: 4429 5000 Remede Spa at The St.Regis Doha Hotel Indulge and discover the power of the Himalaya sound therapy that will heal your energy through the power of vibration, conducted by a 3 to 7 piece Himalayan singing bowls. Make sure to be part of this experience and indulge away for the cost of QR980, 780, and 480. Book now and call: 4446 0300
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Bringing style across The Middle East
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bags of elegance Inspired by Italian culture and hand-crafted in Italy, Belquis stands out as a unique and luxurious brand offering top quality to Middle Eastern women. Reem Salman, shares an insight on her brand, style, and what makes a woman shine with elegance What drove you to start a luxury brand?
Italy is a country known for its sophisticated and refined taste in fashion. On the other hand the Middle Eastern woman appreciates distinguished craftsmanship and design, so this was a match made in heaven to introduce my designs to my clientele and keep the key elements of all what Italians are proud of. What is your inspiration behind the brand and your luxury products? Italy and everything about it: Culture, art, fashion, nature and the magic behind the true leatherwork that they make. Leather craftsmanship is not only about the skills that are passed from one generation to the other, but also it’s a heritage and a culture that we are so in love with. What kind of woman buys a Belquis bag? A fashionable and elegant woman who looks for quality pieces and wears them with confidence. A chic girl who doesn’t overthink an outfit and puts together a fuss free look and never over styles! 108 www.ohlala-magazine.com
What three things should women always be? Three things Belquis bags are: Elegant, unique to her style and personality and feminine. And those three empowering characteristics should be always in strong Belquis women. What are your views on Middle Eastern fashion? We are seeing a huge leap in the last decade, we are very proud that the Middle Eastern designers are reining over some of the biggest platforms of fashion and competing with Italian and French designers. We love and support all local and emerging talents and always find it enriching to have all these talents from the Middle East all come together and support each other. What is your creative process when designing your bags? A lot of it starts with brainstorming about colours and models that we think are missing from the fashion scene. We try to follow the season’s colours but highlight the colour nuances that we feel fit to our bags. After choosing the colours and drawing new models and shapes we fly to Florence for a prototype model of the bags and see the leather patches and accessories. We leave it to the hands of amazing artisans in Florence to bring our bags to life! What can we expect from Belquis for the rest of this 2016? Belquis bags will be present in more events and selected popups due to high demand, and we are trying to also be present regionally. We promise to be around on fashion days and events.
All Things Bridal Ready to tie the knot? Keep cool as we give you top designers to choose your gowns from; plus, chic items for that special bridal shower
Our favourite bridal designers that will get you wedding-ready
The designer’s new 2016 Bridal Collection is a combination of sophistication with a touch of femininity. The decorative designs with unusual slits make Gemy’s collection a standout one.
Ines Di Santo
Inspired by light and its beautiful qualities, this designer is all about poetry for her fall 2016 Bridal Collection. Capturing the light’s uniqueness and its early stages, go for this one for that special day. 110 www.ohlala-magazine.com
If you are more of an artistic gal, maybe this designer will tickle your fancy. Inspired by roses in abstract paintings, rich in fabric and shimmery splashes of embroidery, it all adds a royal feeling to the intertwining and graphic natural forms.
Purse, Charlotte Olympia @Fifty One East Dress, Pinko @Villaggio Mall
Heels, Charlotte Olympia @ Fifty One East
Coach Perfume @ Salam Store
Mascara radiant black waterproof, Bourjois @Boots
Bebe @ Ezdan Mall
It’s A Bridal Shower Whether you’re throwing a bridal shower for your BFF, or perhaps you’re hosting one of your own – here are must-have items to look chic.
long dress, pinko @ villaggio mall
flats, call it spring @ Ezdan mall perfume, TFK @ Printemps
Splash available @ Selected stores Rings, Selim M @Printemps
small purse, nine west @ hyatt Plaza
Wrapped Up in Pink Strata Lounge at InterContinental Doha The City is up and running for this season. It’s more colourful, more upbeat and full of Doha’s VIPs, so make sure to be part of Doha’s best evening at their Pink Wednesday parties.
It seems that every time I travel, I tend to ask myself the same question over and over again: What am I doing in Doha? For the past nine years I’ve been quite complacent with my residency in the country. A place where I’ve built a home; where I’ve had way too many failed relationships, and where I’ve come to establish an identity of my own. And it comes as no surprise that after returning from my amazing trip from Miami; Doha seemed duller than ever. As a 26-year-old woman, I’m constantly in search for more, thirsty for knowledge, for the next big art movement, which at the moment – or actually for the past 9 years – Doha hasn’t been able to provide. Not only was Miami an eye opener to many things, but also, it had me questioning certain areas where a 26 year-old lacks when living in the region. If you’re a Millennial living here, like myself, haven’t you ever asked this next question: What are we losing by staying in the Middle East? It’s a constant battle I go back and forth ever so often. What are the pros and cons to staying in a country where its development is slow, and not up to date as opposed to great big cities? Don’t get me wrong, I love Doha, I love its people and I love every bit it has offered to my advantage. 114 www.ohlala-magazine.com
But how far does a young adult go here? And how much are we willing to lose in exchange for a ‘great’ salary and trip to a luxurious hotel? Are we that vein to sacrifice walks to the park, a ride on the bus, or perhaps a visit to a great contemporary exhibition? How much do we have to sacrifice for that perfect CV, or maybe, for that next big break? Certainly Doha, as I’ve come to learn, is not built for everybody. I’ve lost friends and relationships because they weren’t willing to face the crude reality of what this place has to offer. Folks like myself, struggle with the idea of someday leaving for a spark of change. However, will we ever adjust? Will young adults be as complacent with the day-to-day struggle that perhaps Europe, America and other places have to offer? Call me pessimistic, but this is the reality I’ve come to learn after living here for almost a decade. Some get comfortable and needy for the Middle East’s easiness, while others leave without looking back. Miss Ohlala is being extra dramatic this month, so please bear with her…
Science, Experience, Senses
Clarins Tri-Active Facial Treatments Every treatment is unique, the beauty therapist adapts the movements and the products to your needs and wishes. At the heart of the treatment is a 25-minute Anti-Ageing Facial Massage which lifts, reshapes, firms and relaxes. A unique massage that sculpts the contours of the face, giving immediately visible rejuvenating results.
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