I’ve always been a fan of bold lipsticks; I’d happily wear a deep crimson or rich magenta coupled with dewy skin and slick of mascara any day of the week. Obviously, when it comes to vivid shades, the more pigmented, the better; but these opaque, colour-saturated formulas often come at a price- dry, flaky, cracked lips.
Bizarre beauty crazes are nothing new. In recent times we’ve had the bird poop facial which promised the alabaster skin of Japanese Geishas. Then it was the 24 karat gold facial which supposedly gave skin a “lit from within” quality; and of course lets not forget the vampire facial which was thrust in to the limelight thanks to Kim Kardashian-West‘s rather gruesome, blood- soaked selfie.
Beauty products and treatments today contain a staggering amount of synthetic ingredients and chemicals. In many cases, we have no idea what kind of potentially negative effects these ingredients may or may not have on our bodies in the long run, inside and out. As our skin absorbs over 64% of what we put on it, and with skin sensitivity and allergies on the rise, it’s no wonder that women are on the search for more natural solutions. Sara Al Hassoun is one Saudi entrepreneur that has her clients’ health as well as their beauty on her mind.
Known for its beautifying as well as its healing properties, henna has been used for centuries throughout South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The intricate ornate designs carefully piped on to hands and feet, particularly on special occasions like weddings and Eid are a fascinating and deeply-rooted part of beauty culture for Arabs and Asians alike.