Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

Rihanna's beauty line will be sold at Sephora stores. (AFP)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

DUBAI: Make-up lovers in the Kingdom have every reason to celebrate as US superstar and entrepreneur Rihanna is dropping her Fenty Beauty line in the country today.

Fenty Beauty, named 2017’s best innovation by Time Magazine, will be available in Sephora stores in the Kingdom on April 19.

Rihanna launched the beauty line in September, with a promise to make all women feel included.

“Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: For women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included, that’s the real reason I made this line,” she said at the time of the launch.

If you’re in the Kingdom and gearing up to make a dash to Sephora, moisturize and prime your face and read on for the five must-haves from Rihanna’s beauty line.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

A soft matte foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. This product comes in 40 shades

Stunna Lip Paint

A weightless, long-lasting liquid lipstick with a matte finish. The shade is said to work on a multitude of skin tones.

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

You can use this product as a highlighter or blusher and it comes in 10 colorful shades

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

A slim lipstick with a longwearing, soft matte finish, created in 14 color-intense shades.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Lip gloss with explosive shine in one universal rose nude shade.

Twitter fans have already shared their excitement on social media.


Book Review: Rebuilding shattered Aleppo armed with faith and hope

Philip Mansel’s book “Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s great Merchant city,” has been updated and is also available in paperback. (Shutterstock)
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Book Review: Rebuilding shattered Aleppo armed with faith and hope

BEIRUT: Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and once a model of coexistence, is now a mesh of rubble and shattered lives. 
Philip Mansel’s book “Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s great Merchant city,” has been updated and is also available in paperback.
An eminent specialist of the Levant, Mansel attempts in the first part of his book to explain how harmony gave way to an implacable cataclysm. In the second part, the author has carefully selected a collection of travel writings on Aleppo from the 16th century to the 21st century. 
The ruthless and pitiless destruction of Aleppo shows the vulnerability of cities. Mansel believes that cosmopolitanism, literally meaning cosmos (world) in a city (polis), is an elusive concept. When politics and economics go wrong, rules are broken, and anything can happen even in a city like Aleppo. 

The author focuses on Aleppo’s history since the Ottoman Empire. The people of Aleppo, angered by the Mamluk excessive taxation, welcomed their defeat by the Ottoman army. Aleppo remained loyal to the Ottoman rule for 400 years and became one of the most important trading centers in the Levant. 
Caravans from India, Iran, the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula passed through the city on their way to Iskenderun, Smyrna, and Constantinople. Already, in 1550, a French diplomat claimed that Aleppo was the most important commercial center of the Levant.
A century later, Aleppo was still trading with the Ottoman Empire and although its external trade with foreign countries was diminishing, its multiracial and multireligious population lived peacefully. Even during the French Mandate (1923-1946), the cosmopolitan population of Aleppo was united against the French.
Syria’s independence granted by France on Jan. 1, 1944, was followed by the proclamation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, triggering the departure of Aleppo’s Jewish population.
The subsequent establishment of the Assad regime caused a political and economic rift in the country, and particularly in Aleppo, with the affluent west and the impoverished east brutally attacked and decimated by Syrian and Russian armed forces with the help of Iranian soldiers, Lebanese and Kurdish militias.
While emigrants are preserving the memory of Aleppo in cities around the world, some inhabitants of East Aleppo are returning.
Destroyed but alive, destitute but armed with faith and hope, they embody the quality of those who have contributed to make Aleppo one of the most beautiful cities in the world. They are determined to rebuild knowing that their shattered lives remain the hardest to repair.