Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches at Sephora Kuwait

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Marc Jacobs Announced the launch of his namesake cosmetics line, Marc Jacobs Beauty. The brand debuts with a whole 120 products available exclusively at Sephora Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE. I was invited to visit their store at The Avenues and enjoy the testing the new line, and oh boy! I spend about over an hour just playing around! The variety, the textures, and the colors are uh-mazing! I loved the shadows, the mascara, and the pen eyeliner. And although I’m not a foundation kinda girl, their foundations felt so soft and velvety, and most importantly, light! It’s as light as a BB cream, but with a foundation coverage, which I found extremely handy.

What caught my attention the most was the fact that the brand is launching a complete line, not just a few items here and there like we usually see in most of the fashion brands that . The only thing missing could be the makeup remover and the toner. Apart from that, you could have your complete beauty routine out of Marc Jacobs Beauty, including the brushes! which I think is very impressive.

Pass by your nearest Sephora, pay their stand a visit, I’m absolutely sure you’ll love it! Oh and you could visit Marc Jacobs Beauty website too, it’s very interesting and visual, which I loved!

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NYLA Method Launches Barre-based Fitness Classes for Women in the UAE

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The barre fitness concept pioneered by Andrea DeBellis, a leader in the New York and London’s wellness scenes, recently announced the launch of NYLA Method in the UAE. From 19 March 2014, female-only classes will be taught across the UAE, to be followed with the exciting opening of a spacious villa, NYLA Method studio in Dubai in the upcoming months. Taught by one of six female instructors, NYLA Method sets a new standard in the UAE’s growing fitness scene, offering a fun workout that promises outstanding results.

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NYLA Method combines the best of the barre fitness concept with other complimentary disciplines, taught by highly talented instructors who have relocated to the UAE from New York, Los Angeles, and Australia. Food enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy NYLA Kitchen, a sanctuary for the uber health conscious, where they can fuel up on an array of organically sourced super foods with gluten-free and dairy-free options; the ideal social hangout before or after a workout.

As part of a perfect regime to tone up and take a break from the daily routine, NYLA Method classes are cutting-edge when it comes to fitness trends. Founder Andrea DeBellis has collaborated alongside health and wellness experts from a variety of disciplines including Ballet, Yoga, Pilates and Physiotherapy to create the method, with an overall goal of empowering women through fitness and nutrition. An essential part of the NYLA Method also includes guiding women on the value of a balanced diet, to further emphasize the importance of a holistic approach to healthy living.

Denim Room: A Closet Candy Concept

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Denim is synonymous with style and comfort and continues to reign as the most versatile fashion staple. Transcending the boundaries of season and occasion everyone needs those jeans that perfectly fit and feel; a classic and essential must have. November 6th marked the opening of Denim Room in Kuwait. The new retailer located in Shuwaikh Market offers consumers over 20 leading international designers. A Closet Candy Concept that naturally follows the fantastic response and success of Closet Candy, owner Dana Al Khobaizi wanted to expand the offering of established and new fashion brands to the Kuwait market.

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Denim Room brings Kuwaiti consumers the highest quality denim and shirts while showcasing the incredible talent of the next generation. From New York City to London and LA, Denim Room brings together a rich and dynamic collection of what are called the “basics”; the essential and versatile ‘must have’ pieces.  Brands include the likes of Victoria Beckham Denim, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Siwy Denim, Paige, and PRPS t name a few.

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The launch party was exquisite, and the crowd was exceptionally stylish, rocking alot of denim pieces and just the right accessories to match.

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If you are a fan of denim and basics, this is your next ‘must visit’ boutique. Who isn’t anyway?!  Follow Denim Room on instagram @Denimroom and stay updated with their new pieces, designers, and style.

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The Body Shop Introduces Bold Addition to Iconic Cruelty-Free White Musk Range

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The Body Shop launches tantalizing floriental fragrance White Musk Smoky Rose, the new addition to the brand’s iconic cruelty-free White Musk range. This addictive scent opens with an elegant fusion of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant before rising to a floral-musky heart. Here, a beguiling bouquet of bitter-sweet tobacco flower and a unique black smoky rose accord is tempered by delicate orange flower. This melts into a sophisticated blend of cruelty-free musks, immortelle flower and olibanum to create a daring fragrance like no other. Just perfect for the cold season.

Como Hotels and Resorts Launch an Exclusive Luxury Week in Bhutan

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COMO Hotels and Resorts, which owns the Bhutanese lodges Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha, Bhutan, has launched an exclusive seven-night adventure with flights to and from the Kingdom via private jet. The ‘Luxury Himalayan Escape’ is being offered in partnership with global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn – the only private charter broker with permission to fly in and out of Bhutan. As a result the package is the only of its kind. Chapman Freeborn is recognised worldwide as the leading provider of private air charter and is loved by VIPs for its attentive service and complete discretion.

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The all-inclusive, seven-night experience begins with arrival to Bhutan’s Paro airport via private jet. Depending on the departure point, guests are able to charter anything from a Cessna Citation light jet to a long range Gulfstream G450. The aircrafts are available with VIP configuration, the larger varieties offering luxurious bedroom and dining areas as well as cutting-edge in-flight entertainment.

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A travel cost for two in a mid-size jet chartered by Chapman Freeborn from Abu Dhabi, costs from USD 94,000 and from Dubai is USD 92,000. The cost is inclusive of the Luxury Himalayan Escape in a Como Villa for double occupancy.

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After a fast-track priority check-in, guests will spend four nights at Como’s Uma Paro lodge in the Paro Valley followed by three nights at Uma Punakha, further north in the Punakha Valley. Both properties feature breathtaking mountainside locations, interiors filled with Bhutanese artisanship and Como Shambhala Retreats for massages and other wellness treatments.

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The trip features full-board accommodation at both lodges as well as six-and-a-half days of privately guided hiking and day excursions to cultural landmarks such as the Punakha Dzong and the capital, Thimphu. All excursions will be accompanied by professional English-speaking Bhutanese guides and a personal butler at both hotels. Whitewater rafting on the Mo Chu river, a private conversation about Buddhism with local monks, and traditional Bhutanese welcome gifts and dances are also included, as well as a COMO Shambhala Massage and a Bhutanese hot stone bath for two. Guests can enjoy private yoga with a COMO Shambhala expert, and on their last night, a romantic fire-lit, four-course dinner for two with Champagne in the courtyard at Uma Paro.

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For more information and booking, please visit the following website, here, or contact:
e-mail: paxdxb@chapman-freeborn.com
telephone : +971 (0)4 206 7300

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The Yoga Center Event by PLT

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Last week, I got an invitation from the sweet Noaf of PLT for an event she put together for The Yoga Center to introduce us to the place and get us to try some of their classes. I got my yoga gear on and went there not knowing what to expect other than a gym offering some yoga classes. and boy was I wrong! The place is specialized for yoga only. Offering more than 10 types of classes, from pre-natal to breathing and hot. The hot room, with its sophisticated heating and humidifying system is the first of its kind in Kuwait, built to enhance the detoxifying and purification of the practice.

The Yoga Center Kuwait was created on the idea of bringing awareness to the Kuwaiti community by integrating the yoga lifestyle into everyday life. Yoga is a powerful tool to create balance physically, mentally and spiritually. Building this awareness through its varying components; breathing, posture, control of surroundings and a continuing education in making better choices in our many dimensions of wellbeing.

What makes The Yoga Center special is that it provides the perfect environment to achieve this awareness and the serenity for you to be true to yourself. The Yoga Center seeks to improve develop a better way and for dealing with these issues. For more information visit their website, here, or follow them on Instagram @Yogacenterkw

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Visiting Talise Spa at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa

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I was invited for a tour at the long-awaited, and newly opened, Talise Spa at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. Being a spa-junkie, I cleared my schedule for a few hours and headed their, not knowing exactly what to expect!

Before I start with anything, I did arrive 30 minutes late for my treatment, and wasn’t sure if they’ll accommodate me with this delay since it’s always in issue in spas. I walked in and informed the Spa Assistant Manager, Ms. Marcia, who was actually welcoming me at the spa as I walked in, and she managed to squeeze me in for an appointment after 1 hour from my arrival, which gave me plenty of time to enjoy the facilities. Perfect start!

Let me walk you through my experience, a visually rich one indeed. After the rescheduling of my appointment, I was asked to fill my information and medical history/condition on a paper which they keep for the reference of your therapist, while doing so, I was served a juice shot and an ice cold towel for refreshment. I was then escorted by a spa staff from the spa reception area to the women’s private spa facility, and here the journey began.

The first thing inside was of course, the changing room, where they give you an amazingly soft robe to get comfortable before you start with your treatments.

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My next stop, the Female Inhale room. Consists of steam, sauna, snow room, a hydro pool, and tropical showers with heated beds. Great for your circulation and for prepping your skin and mood for the treatment that follows. I was familiar with all the facilities inside the Female Inhale except for the snow room, and I was excited to try it, but to be honest, I got so claustrophobic I couldn’t last for more than 15 seconds inside. You should definitely give it a try when you’re there though, your skin does feel great after. The idea is to try it after the sauna or the steam, when your skin is hot and moist; being exposed to freezing cold air immediately after, gives you a feeling of lifting and freshness.

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After the Female Inhale, I couldn’t wait to try out the Salarium, or The Salt Room, a room made entirely of the finest Himalayan crystal salt, known as ‘white gold’ for its amazing benefits. It includes elements naturally identical to your body’s. It helps regulate the water content throughout your body, promotes a healthy balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells, promotes blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging, supports respiratory health, improves sinus health, prevents muscle cramps, promotes bone strength, and regulates your sleep. All you have to do is lay down on the heated water mattress bed and breath!

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Finally, it was time for my Swedish massage. I was already so relaxed and de-stressed that the massage came as a perfect compliment to that mood. The treatments area is big, and my masseuse was quite and friendly. Just what I needed at the time.

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After the massage, I was escorted to the recovery room for some more relaxation and wellness tea.

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And at last, passed by the color therapy room, to make sure my relaxed mood is absolutely intact for the rest of the day, or the week in that matter. You just lay there on the white rocking beds in a blue lit room, and look at the colorful light on the ceiling, and think of nothing.

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After I changed back and before I was ready to leave, I passed by the ladies-only gym that is located in the spa. A good space for workout as well as a complete range of machines.

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What they also offer in Talise is private suites for couples. Complete with a private entrance, you get to enjoy exclusive quality time with your loved one. They have 2 suites that you could book separately or together. And you can book per hour for a minimum of 2 hours.

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They also offer the range of products they use for treatments for you to buy and continue using at home, Nature Bisse, Aromatherapy Associates, and ila, expert labels in their field and carry a great reputation in the skin and aromatherapy industry. I will be making a separate post on Nature Bisse in a couple of weeks after I use the products I got.

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To arrange an appointment, please contact Talise Spa:

Tel: +965 226 9688
Email: jmbtalise@jumeirah.com

Gisele Bündchen is The Face & Also The Voice of H&M’s Autumn Campaign!

Exciting news! My most favorite model of them all, the stunning Gisele Bündchen is the new face and voice of H&M’s Autumn Campaign 2013! Yes, Voice too! The international supermodel will wear the season’s essential pieces at H&M, a tough but feminine look straight from the streets of utilitarian coats and blazers worn with blouses, sweatshirts and trousers. In a world exclusive, Gisele will also be singing in the campaign which includes TV and online commercials, as well as print and billboard advertising, debuting on September 12. The song, “All Day And All Of The Night”, by The Kinks, will be available for free download from hm.com, and will also be on iTunes, raising money for UNICEF. For every single download from iTunes, H&M will make a donation to UNICEF to enable the purchase of vaccines for children. Cant Wait!

I am so excited to be the face of H&M this autumn. I love the street style look, and that we can raise funds for a good cause. I hope everyone downloads my song! ~Gisele

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Visiting CenterPoint @TheAvenues

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Couple of weeks ago, I was invited by CenterPoint Group on a tour inside their newly opened store at The Avenues. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the diversity of brands available at CenterPoint stores, but this one went far beyond what we know a CenterPoint store would be, being the 2nd biggest in the region, and definitely the biggest in Kuwait, The options are endless.

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the furniture section, Home Center, has a big number of furniture displays, and I found it to be very organized and easy to browse. Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Toilet Ware, Kitchen Ware, Lighting, Home accessories, Carpets, you name it, they have it. In multiples!

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The beauty department carries the same collection of brands that you find at all CenterPoint Stores.

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One thing that caught my attention, and which I did not notice before for some reason, is there bags section, they carry original brands such as Guess & Paris Hilton, and more.

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The advantage of shopping in such a huge store, that everything you’re used to is bigger in size! The brands are separated in a very organized way, and are arranged in individual sections, for men, women, and kids.

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And not to forget the charity aspect, Being Human clothing brand, owned by Indian actor Salman Khan, with royalties that support education and healthcare of those less fortunate.

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The kids department is tremendous! Huuuge! Way bigger than all I’ve seen at a CenterPoint store before! Great for me!

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And finally, the luggage and shoes sections, very neat.

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Thank you CenterPoint for the tour. Loved the store, and I went back and got a baby stroller & a glass center table that I’m absolutely in love with. I’m definitely gonna be passing by whenever I hit The Avenues. CenterPoint is located at the Basement, below The Mall Area and Soku (any elevator or escalator within these 2 phases will take you to CenterPoint)! Yup, that’s how big the store is!

Review: Eden Spa @HarveyNicholsKuwait

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I got an invite to try out the newly opened Eden spa at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, and who would say no to some much needed quality time! The place is located inside Harvey Nicks store, within the beauty department, just beside Elemis. First impression? Neat! very simple, cozy little place.

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They offer eye lashes extension and mani/pedi treatments. And I was in for the second. The color collection is small but quite diverse; Shellac, Essie, Gelish, Nails inc, Orly, and Ciate!

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I picked my colors and had a seat. The first thing to catch my attention, their water, it’s blue baby! Pool blue! I wanted to jump in!

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My treatment was a mix of orange, and honey butter, a perfect mix! and the smell is heavenly! I knew I was in for a good time!

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Since I’m loving white this summer, I chose it of Ciate with a touch of pearly white caviar coating.

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The staff were super professional, quite, and paying attention to detail. A must when it comes to nail care! detail! The cleaning, the cutting, filing, and color application! All great!

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I will definitely be passing by The Avenues more often! It’s hard to find a place this good and not get addicted! Wish you guys all the best! Book your appointment on 2228-3235, they are definitely worth a visit!