Six beauty brand launches at Beautyworld Middle East

International brands launched a bevy of brand new products at Beautyworld Middle East. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 May 2018
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Six beauty brand launches at Beautyworld Middle East

DUBAI: Beautyworld Middle East just wrapped up another edition in Dubai, but not before international brands launched a bevy of brand new products at the event.


Swiss Premium Cosmetics

The Switzerland-based brand launched its Elline Treasures of Youth collection, featuring halal-certified anti-aging eye serums, cleansers, tonics, masks and day creams. The products use a combination of gold crystals, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, pure glacier water and rejuvenating edelweiss extract.


G&J

Korean brand G&J launched a home device called the Sollume Esthé LED Real Mask to allow customers to receive skin treatment in their own homes. The device uses LED wave-lengths to make skin appear smoother and younger.

Eideal

A leading manufacturer and distributor of hair products across the Middle East and North Africa, Eideal unveiled The Circle Chronicles, a selection of hair and scalp masks, extreme hair repair masks and hair recovery masks.

Hair Galleria

The US-based brand showcased the X Tai Chi Scissors, which organizers described as a “breakthrough” product that will change the way hair is cut and styled.

Bema Cosmetics

The Italian manufacturer of natural and organic cosmetics unveiled its Blue Defense Face Line and Solar Tea Sun Protection cream. The product is made specifically for mature skin and helps to combat signs of aging.

Jealous Perfumes

From the UAE to the world, the homegrown brand launched two collections of niche perfumes that pay tribute to Emirati culture and traditions.


SemSem’s Ramadan line has a charitable twist

US-Somali model Halima Aden has worked with SemSem in the past.
Updated 22 May 2018
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SemSem’s Ramadan line has a charitable twist

Famed French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said that the city of Marrakesh taught him color. It seems that the Moroccan city has struck again, serving as the inspiration for SemSem’s bold Ramadan line this season.

With its mélange of cultural currents and cosmopolitan charge, the bustle of Marrakesh is manifest in SemSem’s red-based collection. A brassy fire-engine trench and gilded-blush maxi are among the highlights of the edit, available exclusively at luxury e-tailers The Modist and Ounass.

For those seeking bold, iftar-appropriate looks this season, SemSem’s berry-red jumpsuit or high-low hemmed jacquard top are both beautiful, souk-inspired statement pieces.  Floral prints appearing throughout the collection recall the Majorelle garden, Saint Laurent’s lush Marrakesh property. 

Separates, including tailored pants befitting the refined city-stroller, can be paired with the collection’s pleated tops or layered for dramatic effect. 

Self-consciously eschewing derivatives of slouched kaftans, the pieces all feature refined, structured cuts. True to the brand’s aesthetic, SemSem’s Ramadan collection is an unabashed ode to modern, metropolitan femininity.

 Founder Abeer Al-Otaiba, who originally hails from Egypt, says this year’s Ramadan edit was “deeply personal.

“I wanted it to be beautiful, impactful and reflective of my heritage,” Al-Otaiba said.  “I enjoy the sense of purpose Ramadan represents and I try to embrace all that it has to offer. Creating this collection is an extension of this time of introspection and celebration.”

A dedicated philanthropist with a degree in civil engineering and stints spent living across the Middle East, Europe and America, Al-Otaiba created SemSem in 2015 as a way to celebrate women and children across the globe. Bestowing the label with her daughter’s nickname, Al-Otaiba’s vision has allowed SemSem to mature in a few short years, emerging at the forefront of the luxury, ready-to-wear market.

With lines for both women and girls, the brand has become a favorite of multi-tasking mothers seeking balance and an elegant wardrobe with a charitable sense of purpose. Every season, Al-Otaiba teams up with a non-profit promoting the well-being of women and children. 

This year, 10 percent of the sales from the brand’s Ramadan collection sold at Ounass will go to causes supported by the Dubai Cares charity.

Previously, Al-Otaiba sought to raise awareness about maternal mortality rates and youth illiteracy, supporting organizations working across Africa to empower women and children. 

Insisting on the confluence of doing good and dressing well, SemSem has become a celebrity favorite, worn by conscientious Hollywood moms like Blake Lively and Kourtney Kardashian. 

Showing at Paris Fashion Week and regularly written up in Vogue, SemSem has brought a jet-set chic to mother-daughter wear. 

But the line’s ethos isn’t about red-carpet glitter. Encouraging mothers to instill a sense of global awareness and dedication to philanthropy in their daughters lies at the heart of SemSem’s mission. It’s a perfect conversation — and the perfect conversation-provoking ensembles— to have this Ramadan season.