Jennifer Lopez makes Middle East beauty call

The singing sensation is set to launch the line at the end of April. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 09 April 2018

Jennifer Lopez makes Middle East beauty call

DUBAI: She is known for her signature glow and now US singer, actress and all-around superstar Jennifer Lopez is set to launch a beauty line that will become available across the Middle East by the end of April.
Despite her humble beginnings in the Bronx, Lopez is taking her products worldwide by launching a collection with beauty brand Inglot.
The Polish brand, known for its bright hues and highly-pigmented products, announced that make-up lovers could expect the line to be available from April 26 in a statement on its GGC Facebook page. There are 96 Inglot stores across the Middle East, all of which will sell Lopez’s line.
The collection will be made up of more than 70 pieces, but further details are few and far between, leaving the make-up obsessed among us to speculate wildly about the colors and products that we can expect.
However, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reported that the collection will include eyeshadows, bronzers, lipsticks and blushes in nude and gold shades.
Judging by the promotional photo, we can expect a sultry, summer-ready set of shades to work with over the coming months.
In the photograph, Lopez poses against a blue background wearing a plunging scarlet dress and equally striking red lipstick. Her skin is glowing and her highlighter game is strong. Bronzed, shimmery eyeshadow and sleek pulled-back hair complete the sizzling look.
“It is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time,” Lopez said in an interview with WWD. “A makeup line seemed like a natural progression since people are always asking about the products I use and how I get the glow to my skin.
“I really wanted to make it representative of what I would like, what I would use, from the color but also the quality,” Lopez said. “The price point was very important to me, which is why I chose to partner with Inglot. We can create great quality products that are affordable.”
The most expensive item from the collection — the customizable palette — is set to retail for $49 while other products will sell for $8.50 to $26, according to WWD.
Lopez’s announcement is just another reason for make-up aficionados to celebrate this week as Rihanna also announced the launch of her brand Fenty Beauty in Saudi Arabia.
Fenty Beauty, named 2017’s best innovation by Time Magazine, will be available in Sephora stores in the Kingdom on April 19. Fenty Beauty made $72 million in just one month after its September release and is moving into the Saudi market after extending its reach to Milan, Italy, earlier this month.
However, despite the recent trend of celebrities launching their own beauty brands — think Kylie Jenner and her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics — Lopez is not late to the game.
Her 2002 perfume, named Glow, was a spectacular success and was seen as one of the first celebrity beauty products of the noughties.

Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

Updated 23 April 2018

Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday, a few days after she marked the birthday of a close friend in New York.
Hadid spent time in the Big Apple and stepped out to celebrate the 35th birthday of American reality TV star Tan France at his home in the city earlier this week.
A day before her birthday on April 23, Hadid took to Instagram to ask her fans to mark Earth Day, which lands on April 22.

She posted a photo of a forest with a caption that read: “I’m still just a (little) Taurus girl who finds so much happiness, contentment and inspiration when I take a minute in nature and look around.

“May we celebrate Mother Earth every day for all she gives and teaches us!”

In honor of her impending birthday, the fashion star took to Twitter on Sunday night to share a humorous message with her nine million followers.

“As we close in on midnight, I would like to share that my final meal as a 22-year-old will officially be Cocoa Krispies. Thank you for your attention.”

She has every reason to celebrate this year, as the star has been riding a wave of success that would make even the most experienced models nod their heads in approval.

A few days before her birthday, she unveiled her Vogue Japan cover — the latest in a clutch of coveted magazine covers that the young beauty has managed to nab.

“So happy and excited to share my @voguejapan June cover story!” she captioned one of the snaps on Instagram.

The cover image features Hadid wearing a high-collared leather jacket and sporting slicked-back hair, a bold red lip and minimal additional make-up.

For the inside pages, the model posed wearing various masculine, edgy outfits in a series of black-and-white shots. In one particular photo that oozed cool factor, Hadid was snapped wearing a leather jacket-and-trousers combination with a broad tie that would not look out of place in a 1980’s film about the perils of Wall Street — or on Donald Trump circa 2018.

Besides her fashion credentials, the model, who recently spit from singer Zayn Malik, is fast becoming known for her social media clap backs.

She made international headlines in February by discussing her weight loss and said it was the result of learning to manage her Hashimoto’s Disease, not because of an eating disorder or drug use.

The model sent out a series of tweets stating that she would no longer respond to comments on her appearance.

“I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone with a body type that doesn’t suit (your) ‘beauty’ expectation shouldn’t have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing. Stop putting me in that box just because you don’t understand the way my body has matured,” she said on Twitter.