Huda Beauty set to launch its first-ever fragrance

Mona (L) and Huda Kattan are set to launch their debut fragrance. (AFP)
Updated 30 July 2018
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Huda Beauty set to launch its first-ever fragrance

  • The fragrance reveal comes in clip from the sisters’ reality TV show that is streamed on Facebook

DUBAI: She is one of the most famous beauty influencers in the world, has a successful brand and just nabbed the 37th spot on Forbes’ list of America’s richest self-made women and now Huda Kattan — along with her sister and business partner Mona — have announced plans to launch their first-ever perfume.

Co-founder of Huda Beauty, the Instagram star’s cosmetic brand that is sold across the world, Mona Kattan took to Instagram to confirm that the company is indeed releasing its debut scent.

“It’s official guys!! We’re launching our own fragrance!! Years in the making! I’ve been dying to share this with you all! Check out the latest episode of @hudaboss for more behind the scenes!!! I can’t wait to share this with you all!!! We’ve put our hearts into this! Stay tuned for more details!! (sic),” she enthusiastically posted on Instagram, referring to the sisters’ reality TV show that is streamed on Facebook.

The show, which aired for the first time on June 12, gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the Iraqi-American sisters, showing people the “good, bad, scary and ugly times” of running a family business in Dubai, where Huda, Mona and sister Alya are based.

Explaining the concept in a released statement at the time, Kattan said her show would be “really raw” and “really real,” but she promised that it all “comes from the heart.

“My family and I have been working so hard on it and it basically shows everything. It shows the reality of running a business with your family, the good times, the bad times, the scary times, the ugly times,” she said.

“It’s a real, honest series and I can’t wait for you guys to see it,” she added.

The fragrance reveal comes in clip from the reality show, which Mona posted on her Instagram account. In it, we see her visit a perfume factory in Grasse, France, an area that is known for its rose blooms. Viewers also learn that 600 kilos of roses can result in the creation of a kilo of absolute — the highly concentrated aromatic oil extracted from plants.

“I love perfume. I love it so much that I have dedicated an entire room in my house to perfume,” Mona says in the episode. “I feel like this project is a special baby for us and having a brand born out of social media, it’s really important for us to capture content every step of the way.”

Meanwhile, in some more good news for the make-up moguls, Instagram scheduling tool Hopper HQ just released its Instagram Rich List that uses internal data, influencer rate cards and public information to rank who is making the most cash through the social media platform. 

The star-studded list is split into various sections, with Huda topping the list of beauty-related influencers based on her reported ability to command up to $33,000 per sponsored post.


Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs
Updated 23 March 2019
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Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

DUBAI: FN Designs, a gallery in Dubai’s artsy Alserkal Avenue, is spotlighting street cats in a new exhibition by artist-photographer Angel-O until April 30.

The multidisciplinary art and design studio chose to highlight the Filipino photographer’s work in a bid to raise awareness about the situation of strays in the UAE.

The exhibition opened in March with a panel discussion titled “Catnip.” The artist was joined by Nour Fakher, a vet at Blue Oasis Clinic, and Sara Abdelal, a cat rescuer in Dubai.

The artist started his journey when his landlord enforced a strict no-pet policy. Angel-O took to the streets to photograph stray cats in order to remain close to the animals.

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs

“Most of these photos are taken in different parts of Dubai, in the nooks and crannies of streets,” he said, referring to his collection of photographs, which were taken in 2014 but shown for the first time in this show.

 “I am so glad my artwork is able to help these cats. I’ve had people come up and enquire about the location of the photograph so they could go back and help the cat in the picture,” he said.

 “I’m really relieved that people find this collection… of mine moving.”

Cat rescuer Abdelal stressed the importance of the TNR method of treating strays — trapping, neutering and releasing them.

“While we are trying to help find a safe home or habitat for the existing cats on our streets, let’s prevent their number from increasing. These animals can’t speak to us, we need to find a way to understand and help them,” she said.  

The UAE government has made moves to reduce the number of street cats through newly mandated animal welfare regulations that were handed down by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in December.

A failure to properly care for animals, including dumping pets, is now punishable by law in the country.