In our beauty basket this week are two new lines aimed at spot-prone skin — let’s not call it “problem skin”, shall we? As beauty companies are realising that women are getting breakouts even once they’re out of high school, they are making products that are nicer to use and less harsh. The Herbline Essentials Ayurvedic range is paraben, paraffin and cruelty-free, and includes a scrub with natural clay to absorb skin impurities; the Neem and Brahmi Face Wash and the Embellica Astringent. The Hydra-5 Gel with 95 per cent aloe vera hydrates. They’re available from Namshi.com and Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United pharmacies. Also tackling acne is the Nimue Y: Skin range, with triple alpha hydroxy acids in the Facial Wash (1.4 per cent, Dh158) and Facial Care lotion (5 per cent, Dh63). The Purifying Mask (Dh63) contains clay, tea tree oil and vitamins A and C. If you’re serious about make-up, try the make-up artistry taster course at ILLUMIN8 Media Make Up Studio in JLT. Today’s two-hour session with founder Kate Goodwinis at 2pm is for Dh300. Call 050 8728374. If you know you’ll never be a make-up artist and can’t even put on false lashes, a new mascara claims to imitate falsies without the effort. ModelCo’s Fibre Lash has a three-phase system of mascara and nylon fibres to build up lashes and is smudge-proof. Available online from Fibrelashme.com, with a cash on delivery option available; Dh190 per pack.
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