Being beautiful shouldn’t mean breaking the bank, so we’ve rounded up our top 5 under AED 100 must-haves that will keep you looking and feeling your very best mamas (without punishing your purse). So without further ado, meet your new beauty bffs…
Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask, Dh55, Lush
Stress. That’s something mamas know all about! It’s something you’re confronted with all the time… God forbid you forget to cut your little one’s sandwich into triangles, or forget to remove the crusts. Or even worse – both. And what does stress cause? Spots. Super. But don’t panic, this mask is here to lend you a bit of perspective, to tell you to calm down, it’s not the end of the world and it’s nothing that can’t be sorted. Basically, this is your bff in a pot. A calming and moisturising blend of blueberries, chamomile, calamine, rose and almond oils – it soothes, softens and loads skin with antioxidants and vitamins. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes et voilà, peace is restored.
Benefit Creaseless Eye Shadow, Dh95, Sephora
A long-wear cream eye shadow that won’t budge or smudge no matter what life throws at you? Yes please! This is one mighty make-up must-have for mamas, as once you’ve applied it in the morning you don’t need to touch-up or reapply during the day. Dream. If you’re after a more natural shade, go for the gleamingly golden Bikinitini shade. Or if you want to add a bit of evening glamour to your look, it’s all about the sultry grey HolySmokes. Just brush over lids and you’ll look fab in a flash.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad, Dh92, www.basharacare.com
Is there anything these powerful self-tanning pads can’t do? Nope, doesn’t look like it! Providing deep exfoliation thanks to an abundance of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, pores are tightened, blackheads are banished and sunspots are visibly reduced whilst skin is left looking gorgeously sun-kissed. With Active Vitamin D, anti-oxidants and soy proteins, not only do you get a top tan – but a load of anti-ageing properties too! Simply swipe the wipe over your face and watch as the natural colour starts to develops. Perfect for mamas wanting to top up their tan or for those who don’t have the time to hit the beach.
NYX Matte Bronzer, Dh42, Lifestyle
A day of running after the little ones can leave even the most glamorous of mamas looking tired and washed out, so get back your glow with NYX’s Matte Bronzer. Its shimmer and glimmer-free formula makes it even more perfect for this time of year, when we all tend to get a little bit shiny and sweaty. Lovely. Use it on your face or body to add a beautiful bronze boost, or to enhance your facial features – it’s perfect to contour with. Using any bronzer brush, lightly sweep under cheekbones, buff around your temples, brush down your nose and dust underneath your jawline. You’ll be looking as chiselled as mama Ms. Moss in no time.
Herbline Essentials Henna & Liquorice Shampoo (Dh99) & Conditioner (Dh79)
Bin Sina Pharmacies
Okay so technically this brings us to six products, but we couldn’t pick just one – we’re totally obsessed with these 100% organic hair heroes. And you can’t have a shampoo without a conditioner, right? Exactly. Promoting hair growth, strengthening locks and guarding against hair loss (something most mamas have to deal with), the secret lies in the abundance of natural goodness packed into each product. Henna has been used for thousands of years in the East and works wonders at conditioning locks whilst also encouraging the growth of new hair – take that Dubai hard-water. With leadwort, liquorice and hemidesmus indicus (a South Asian plant) hair is left smooth, shiny and deeply nourished. Cue the slow-motion head flick.
Frankie is a sassy aunt to 4 little people (who she loves to spoil!). A self proclaimed beauty junkie she has worked for a number of magazines including Tatler and online title hip ‘n healthy before moving out to Dubai a couple of months ago as beauty editor for gulf news. When she’s not testing a new product or trying a new spa she likes to indulge her icecream addiction whilst watching a movie or five.