MAC Cosmetics teams up with Nadine Njeim on new makeup range

It is the second time the former Miss Lebanon collaborates with MAC Cosmetics. Supplied
It is the second time the former Miss Lebanon collaborates with MAC Cosmetics. Supplied
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Updated 01 March 2021

MAC Cosmetics teams up with Nadine Njeim on new makeup range

It is the second time the former Miss Lebanon collaborates with MAC Cosmetics. Supplied

DUBAI: MAC Cosmetics has developed a 15-piece cosmetics range in collaboration with Lebanese actress and model Nadine Nassib Njeim. The collection features eye, lip and complexion products that come in striking Japanese cherry blossom-inspired packaging.

The former Miss Lebanon, who has previously launched the Mosaic Masterpiece collection with the beauty brand, appears wearing Zuhair Murad in The Black Cherry x Nadine N. Njeim collection campaign, which was lensed by photographer Desiree Mattson.

“I’m so excited to reveal my second collaboration with M·A·C Cosmetics, starring in the campaign for the new limited edition Black Cherry collection!” wrote the star on Instagram alongside images of the ad.

“Transform a brief moment of Cherry Blossom bliss into a full season of new looks, with this stunning color collection for eyes, lips and skin!” she added.




The Black Cherry x Nadine N. Njeim collection. Supplied

The collection includes a limited edition mascara, liner, lip primer, three lipsticks, four lip balms, four blushers and a Cherry Blossom Fix+ Spray that will hit shelves on March 10 in MAC Cosmetics boutiques as well as online.


What We Are Reading Today: Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

What We Are Reading Today: Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record
Updated 23 September 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

What We Are Reading Today: Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

Author: Errol Fuller

A photograph of an extinct animal evokes a greater feeling of loss than any painting ever could. Often black and white or tinted sepia, these remarkable images have been taken mainly in zoos or wildlife parks, and in some cases depict the last known individual of the species.
Lost Animals is a unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed the demise of the Hawaiian Po’ouli. From a mother Thylacine and her pups to birds such as the Heath Hen and the Carolina Parakeet, Errol Fuller tells the story of each animal, explains why it became extinct, and discusses the circumstances surrounding the photography.
Covering 28 extinct species, Lost Animals includes familiar examples like the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, and one of the last Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, photographed as it peers quizzically at the hat of one of the biologists who has just ringed it.


Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby nominated for international Emmy 

Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby nominated for international Emmy 
Updated 23 September 2021

Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby nominated for international Emmy 

Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby nominated for international Emmy 

DUBAI: Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby has been nominated for an international Emmy.

She is competing in the “Best Performance by an Actor” category for her role in the crime show “Fe Kol Esboa’ Youm Gomaa,” which is Arabic for “Every Week Has A Friday.”

The 10-episode series premiered on MBC’s streaming service Shahid in 2020.

It tells the story of Layla, who is forced to live with a man suffering from a mental illness. As the story unfolds, the pair commit violent crimes every Friday.

It was directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Shaker and also stars Asser Yassin, Sawsan Badr, Arfa Abdel Rassoul, and Ahmed Khaled Saleh.

Another Arab production that has made the cut is the Lebanese series “Beirut 6:07.”

It comprises 15 short films that look at last year’s tragic explosion in Beirut and highlights the stories of the victims as well as the survivors.

It is competing in the “Short-Form Series” category.

Winners will be announced at an in-person ceremony on Nov. 22 in New York.


Zac Efron, Jessica Alba star in another Dubai Tourism campaign

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba star in another Dubai Tourism campaign
Updated 23 September 2021

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba star in another Dubai Tourism campaign

Zac Efron, Jessica Alba star in another Dubai Tourism campaign

DUBAI: Hollywood duo Zac Efron and Jessica Alba have returned with another Dubai Tourism campaign. 

Released on Wednesday, the actors’ fourth promotional video, called “Dubai Presents: A Captivating Saga,” takes a close look at the UAE’s traditional activities and attractions. 

Alba stars as a young pilot who explores the country’s deserts.  

Over recent months, Dubai Tourism has released three videos, directed by Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie, ahead of the long-awaited Expo 2020 Dubai event. 

The first ad was a spoof of an action film featuring Alba and Efron fighting off enemies at well-known landmarks across the city, such as the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa and the Museum of the Future. 

In the second video, the stars appeared as tourists visiting the city. Upon their arrival at their hotels, they discover that they’ve got each other’s bags.

The Hollywood celebrities travel across the city on various adventures to meet and collect their identical luggage.  

In the third advert, Efron plays two characters, his younger self and an older version of himself who comes from the future to teach him life lessons.

The two characters go on a journey in the country’s souks and the surrounding deserts. They also go skydiving. 

The films present some of Dubai’s most-admired attractions, including the city’s dunes, Sheikh Zayed Road that runs through the heart of Dubai and historical sites — such as Dubai Creek and Al-Fahidi area. 


Saudi-Canadian YouTube couple celebrate National Day with new cooking series

Saudi-Canadian YouTube couple celebrate National Day with new cooking series
Updated 23 September 2021

Saudi-Canadian YouTube couple celebrate National Day with new cooking series

Saudi-Canadian YouTube couple celebrate National Day with new cooking series

DUBAI: In honor of the 91st Saudi National Day, celebrated on Sept. 23, food and lifestyle TV channel Fatafeat has partnered with Dubai-based social media couple Ali Almeshaal and his wife Jacquelyn to cook some of the Kingdom’s most-loved dishes.

In the five-episode series, available on YouTube, the couple, who have over 750,000 subscribers on the site, shared their personal take on traditional meals like the shrimp biryani, saleeg and laham margoog.

The show was not the Canadian wife’s first time cooking Saudi food since the pair got married a year-and-a-half ago.

In an interview with Arab News, Almeshaal, who is from the Kingdom, said that when they tied the knot, his wife surprised him by cooking Kabsa, a hearty rice dish made with lamb, chicken, fish or seafood. “It was a very, very nice Kabsa,” he said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jacquelyn (@jacquelynnmayy)

“It was a healthy Kabsa kind of recipe,” Jacquelyn explained. “It’s our spin, because there is not a right or wrong way to make any dish, but attune it to how your family or your friends or how you like it.”

Her video of the famous dish, which is their favorite, got over 600,000 views on Twitter, Almeshaal said, and fans demanded more tutorials.

The couple said they enjoyed shooting the Fatafeat series together. “Ali isn’t usually in the kitchen with me helping me too much, so it was nice to actually have him in the kitchen conversing with him and having him help me out,” she said.

This is Almeshaal’s second time shooting for Fatafeat. “This year was way nicer than last year, taking into consideration that my beautiful wife was with me. I really enjoyed it.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jacquelyn (@jacquelynnmayy)

“We cooked some of my favorite dishes and we were celebrating one of the nicest days for me as a Saudi, which is the National Day,” he added.

Before the pair tied the knot, Jacquelyn said she did not know much about the Arab world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jacquelyn (@jacquelynnmayy)

“I never really grew up knowing anything about Arab or Muslim culture,” she said.

But when she met her husband, she started to “attune” to the culture, which she now “loves.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jacquelyn (@jacquelynnmayy)

Her first time visiting Saudi Arabia was in 2019.

“I think that the media in the west portrays the Middle Eastern culture in a very strict and rigid way. There are a lot of misconceptions,” said the 29-year-old, who is expecting a baby girl. “I would just suggest anybody who has ever been afraid or curious or ever wanted to explore the Middle East but was afraid of anything they heard in the media that it’s wrong.”

“They are some of the most amazing, nice, humble, welcoming people I have ever met in my entire life,” added Jacquelyn, who — besides her social media presence — currently works in real estate.

Almeshaal was a former TV presenter at MBC Group. He now owns a communications firm in Dubai, where he is based. He has been creating content on social media for the past 11 years.

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Saudi National Day: What to do and where to go

Saudi National Day: What to do and where to go
Updated 23 September 2021

Saudi National Day: What to do and where to go

Saudi National Day: What to do and where to go

RIYADH: Celebrations for 91st Saudi National Day will kick off on Wednesday with plenty to entertain revellers across the Kingdom well into the weekend.

Access to all events will only be granted with a green pass on the Tawakalna app.

National Day Horse Jumping competition — Riyadh 

Guests can purchase their 50 SAR tickets online. (Shutterstock)

Hosted in the Almortajaz Equestrian center in Riyadh, the two-day competition will celebrate National Day with show jumping event. Guests can purchase their 50 SAR tickets online through Riyadh Platinum or through Enjoy Saudi via the General entertainment Authority. The event will take place between Sept. 22-Sept. 24 from 4:00pm-12:00am.

Saudi Hawks Air Show — Khobar, Jeddah and Riyadh

The show can be viewed from the Khobar Corniche, Um Ajlan Park in Riyadh, and Jeddah Corniche. (Shutterstock)

Organized by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, the Saudi Hawks show is expected to be a spectacular air show with jetfighter and civil aircraft taking part in what is billed as the largest air show in the Kingdoms’ history. The show can be viewed from the Khobar Corniche, Um Ajlan Park in Riyadh, and Jeddah Corniche. Admission is free and the air show will be held from on Sept. 24 and 25. The show will take place from 04:15pm to 05:30pm (Khobar)  and 4:00pm to 5:15pm (Riyadh).

Culture and Heritage Program — Ithra, Dhahra

Visitors will learn more about traditional coffee farming practices, the diversity of culture and fashion in the Kingdom, and experience traditional performances of grain pounding. (Shutterstock)

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) will be holding a special National Day cultural and heritage program for the public to enjoy. Visitors will learn more about traditional coffee farming practices, the diversity of culture and fashion in the Kingdom, and experience traditional performances of grain pounding.

The program will run from Sept. 22-25, from 04:00pm-07:30pm and 8:00pm-12:00am. Tickets cost 50 SAR.

National Day 91 Fireworks — Hail, Tabuk, Albaha, Buraidah, Abha, Madinah, Jazan and Jeddah

The fireworks will take place in Hail, Tabuk, Albaha, Buraidah, Abha, Madinah, Jazan and Jeddah. (Shutterstock)

●     The National Day Firework Show in Hail will be held in Al-Salam Park from 9:25pm-9:30pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Albaha will be held in  King Abdulaziz Cultural Center from 9:00pm-9:05pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Tabuk will be held on University Bridge from 9:00pm-9:05pm. 

●     The National Day Firework Show in BuraidahKing will take place on Fahad Road from 9:00pm-9:05pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Abha will be held in Alqser Place from 9:00pm-9:05pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Madinah will be held in Al-Hadiqah from 9:00pm-9:05pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Jazan will be held at Corniche Jazan from 9:00pm-9:05pm.

●     The National Day Firework Show in Jeddah will be held at the Red Sea Mall from 9:00pm-9:07pm. 

Abadi Al-Johar and Huda Al-Fahad in Concert — Riyadh

Abadi Al-Joharn will perform on Sept. 23. (Supplied)

A concert will be held on Sept. 23 in Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in the Conference Center from 10:00pm -1:00am in Riyadh. Children are not allowed during this event and guests can purchase their tickets through the Enjoy Saudi website.

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