Here are some new launches in make-up and skincare that have caught our eye this week:


Online beauty

With the huge number of UAE websites dedicated to selling beauty products now, we might never need to enter a shopping mall ever again. The new site is the latest enabler of make-up-purchasing right from my couch. The thing I appreciate the most is that they stock multiple affordable brands such as Hask hair care, which has amazing sulphate-free shampoos; Palladio, a throwback from my high school days and still as good as ever; and US make-up brand Physicians Formula. They even have a section for Pet Glam, which is super adorable. Apart from this, the website is simple and easy to browse through, which some new online beauty portals seem to have trouble getting right.


Cream of the crop

Bespoke skincare brand Ioma Paris is bringing high-tech skincare to the UAE. The brand uses two devices to provide a diagnostic skin analysis and immediately recommend and create a personalised skincare product. Think coffee dispenser, but much cooler… and for your face.

The Ioma Sphere 2 is supposedly the most sophisticated skin analysis device in the world. Following the skin analysis, the device produces on the spot, within minutes, a skincare cream called Ma Creme.

“With our diagnosis, we are able to prove our efficiency on each skin,” says Jean Michel Karam, founder of Ioma Paris, in a statement.

The full collection includes a range of seven skin and body care products including cleansers, face masks and body creams.

Ioma Paris will be available at Bloomingdale’s Dubai. Prices vary.


Glow like JLo

We can only hope to be as agelessly beautiful as Jennifer Lopez, but getting her signature radiance isn’t so out of reach. The singer’s collaboration with make-up brand Inglot is out and it promises to give us that bronze ethereal look that she’s known for.

The 70-piece collection ranges from powders to lipsticks, shadows to eyelashes and palettes. The colours that run through the collection is mostly muted, with eyeshadows sticking to pink, mauve and warm tones and lipsticks in peachy and beige colours; thankfully there is enough of a shade range that will work for a multitude of skin tones.

While the collection doesn’t look groundbreaking, it’s definitely wearable and of high quality, which is sometimes the most important thing when you’re spending a lot of money on make-up.


Science-y skincare

With interest in skincare growing every day, it’s about time that science-led brands get their moment in the spotlight. US brand DCL (Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories) is now expanding into the UAE with its full range of products including serums, moisturisers, treatments and haircare. A favourite of dermatologists — and beauty expert Caroline Hirons — the scientifically backed DCL offers skincare that simply works.

We are most excited about the G20 Radiance Peel, a professional strength peel clinically formulated with 20 per cent glycolic acid for anti-ageing and anti-acne benefits, and the C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30, a night cream with a 30 per cent concentration of L-ascorbic acid, plus a Vitamin C complex that works to strengthen the skin’s structure.

DCL products are available now from all leading pharmacies in the UAE and are priced between Dh160 and Dh847.


Brighten up

Vitamin C in skincare is obviously having a moment — and for good reason, it’s a brilliant ingredient — and Rodial isn’t one to be left out as it releases its new range infused with 5 per cent Vitamin C, 10 per cent exfoliating fruit acids and glycolic acids and 0.5 per cent salicylic acid. All those active ingredients will work together to boost skin brightness, tackle dark spots and pigmentation and improve skin texture. For beginners, the Vitamin C Brightening Pads (Dh282.45) containing Vitamin C and 1 per cent fruit acid complex are a good starting point. Available from Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s and online on