Huda Beauty launches first-ever pop-up in London

The makeup mogul posed for photographs with fans at the event in London. (Getty Images)
Updated 01 December 2019

Huda Beauty launches first-ever pop-up in London

DUBAI: Huda Beauty has opened its first-ever pop-up store — and Iraqi-US makeup mogul Huda Kattan chose London’s Covent Garden as the coveted spot.

Until now, Huda Beauty products have been available online and through brick-and-mortar retailers like Sephora, but the Kattan sisters — including  Global President of Huda Beauty Mona — chose to occupy their own space in London for a limited time during the festive season.

“You guys know I have been obsessed with London for ages, it really holds a special place in my heart and I literally couldn’t think of a more exciting place to have our first ever pop-up!” Huda posted on the brand’s website recently. “I really wanted this to be super special, so my team and I are pulling out all the stops to make this the most fun and immersive pop-up ever.”

“We’re setting up in London’s Covent Garden, and you’ll be able to get your hands on everything from our cult and newest products to limited edition pieces that we created especially for you guys,” she added.

Kattan is based in Dubai, where she runs the Huda Beauty brand and films episodes of her Facebook Watch reality show, “Huda Boss.” She jetted to London for the launch of the pop up on Friday and kicked it all off with a special photoshoot.

“Yesterday was so insane! We kicked off our FIRST EVER pop up! (sic),” she posted on Instagram, alongside a video of her performing a robotic dance onstage at the opening of the pop-up, as fans screamed in the background.

“We wanted to do a huge robotic thing to bring our photo shoot to life, but then I got so nervous! I felt everyone’s energy and it was incredible! My team worked soooo hard on this! Almost 1 year of planning but I couldn’t be happier (sic),” she added.

The pop-up store will be open until Dec. 26 and wary shoppers can even book a shopping appointment to avoid any potential queues.

Huda ranked in the top 40 of Forbes’ 2019 list of the wealthiest self-made female entrepreneurs in the US, with a net worth of $610 million. Clearly, if the crowd of screaming fans at the pop-up launch is anything to judge by, she’s doing something right.

Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance. (Instagram)
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Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: This week, Emirati singer Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance that closed out the Kingdom’s Riyadh Season.

For the occasion, the coach of the “The Voice: Ahla Sawt” wore several looks, including an elegant black Zuhair Murad gown that closed the event on a glamorous note. She was bedecked in jewels, including an emerald necklace by Lebanese-born American jeweler Samer Halimeh that is reportedly worth $7 million — Shamsi’s choice of accessories dazzled with megastar wattage during the concert.

The custom-made statement necklace boasted 380 carats of intense yellow diamonds alongside rare Colombian green emeralds. Six months in the making, the attention-grabbing bauble was a joint effort between the jewelry house’s New York and London ateliers. She paired the tailor-made piece with matching drop-down earrings from the fine jewelry label.

“An unforgettable night of grandiose performance by the Queen @ahlamalshamsi who made a breathtaking entrance with @samerhalimehny jewelry,” wrote the brainchild behind the necklace on his Instagram page.

After her show, the singer was presented with a gold shield from Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority as a tribute to her career that launched 25 years ago.