25 October 2016Last updated

Beauty | Grooming

Cutting-edge beauty products from Dh44

From an anti-ageing eye massager that uses sonic technology to drops that turn any serum or moisturiser into a custom foundation, Louise Emma Clarke discovers the newest beauty innovations to land on shelves in the UAE – and asks whether we really need them

Louise Emma Clarke
9 Sep 2016 | 12:00 am
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The health and beauty industry is ever evolving – and for beauty consumers and aficionados, that can only be a good thing. Lately, however, things seem to have got even more exciting, with skincare brands and cosmetic houses rushing to launch products that make our beauty regimes quicker, easier and more effective.

Take Lush, for example – it has always been at the forefront of skincare innovation and strives to launch products that are unique, but ultimately very effective. Along with their Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste (read on to find out more), the brand has just launched The Sunblock Solid Sunscreen (Dh100, Lush nationwide) – a solid bar of sunblock. To use it, all you need to do is rub it all over your skin while in the shower, thus removing the need to apply sunblock when you reach the beach. Do we need it in our lives? Probably not. But does it make life easier? Absolutely.

But that’s not all. Cosmeceutical giants continue to launch products with blends and infusions we wouldn’t dream of applying to our face – but after reading about the benefits, it doesn’t seem so alarming. One such product is Secret Key Snail 97 Soothing Gel (Dh50, Coming to the UAE from Korea, it contains 97 per cent snail secretion filtrate. Another example is the Berrisom Placenta Firming Hydro Gel Eye Patch (Dh80,, which promises a rich infusion of placenta ‘from pregnant mammals’. Yes, you read that right. And the really surprising thing about these products? They seem to work.

So whether you want to embrace sonic technology, explore body products that will speed up your morning routines, or start slathering on products with less-than-appealing ingredients, now is the time to try something new.

Ready to innovate and transform your beauty regime? We’ve discovered the most exciting launches to arrive in the UAE…



Dh45, Stores nationwide

Liquid eyeliners are nothing new – but when one fits over your finger for the most precise application possible, it’s going to get noticed. Sephora’s Fingertip Liners are built with a hole for your finger to slot inside, so you can sweep a line across your lid in one quick movement (with the best possible level of control).

Available in five different colours, from black for fans of a classic look right through to purple and electric blue for the adventurous ones, the innovative design offers ease of use, while giving you the confidence to get creative with flicks.



Dh730, Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s

Anti-ageing has always been at the forefront of beauty innovation, so it should come as little surprise to hear that the latest tool uses sonic technology to ward off fine lines, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

The Iris Eye Massager by Swedish brand Foreo does exactly that, inspired by the Asian tapping massage technique with alternating T-Sonic technology. Used regularly, the product promises to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles, stimulate the skin to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the absorption of eye creams and serums, and leave the eye contour area visibly smoother, brighter and more youthful.

And to achieve it? Simply use the device on the eye area for roughly 30 seconds until your eyes feel completely relaxed. It’s as simple and quick as that.




Love tinted moisturiser, but can never find one that matches your skin tone or provides enough coverage? No problem – simply invest in these Cover Drops by Cover FX and you can turn your favourite water, silicone or oil-based moisturiser, 
facial oil, make-up primer or serum into a bespoke tinted moisturiser or foundation.

So how much do you need to use? This depends on your coverage preferences – from one drop for a very sheer coverage, up to four drops for a complete coverage foundation.

And if it sounds clever, that isn’t even the best bit. The reason the drops mix so seamlessly into any formula (and then blend perfectly on to the skin) is that the pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin. It really is a new generation of make-up.

There is a whole range of different pigments to match every skin tone – but if you still can’t find the perfect match, you can buy different colours and blend together until you have created the perfect colour. Make-up and skincare combined!



Dh65, Stores nationwide 

If you’ve ever strolled into a Lush store and had a browse, you’ll be familiar with the idea of Bath Ballistics, which fizz under a running bath tap to soften, scent, and infuse bathwater with skin-friendly ingredients. Well, the company’s latest take on this idea is fizzing tabs for your mouth in the form of Toothy Tabs, which you pop in between your teeth before brushing.

Not only do they leave your mouth feeling spectacularly clean and your breathe minty fresh, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too, with less plastic packaging and wastage from the typical toothpaste tube.

They also work perfectly for travelling. Simply count out the days, multiply by two for a morning and night clean, and throw into your washbag.




OK, so we know that the idea of applying snail secretion filtrate to your face might not sound hugely appealing (and this pot contains 97 per cent of the stuff), but you have to try it before passing judgement.

Made by Korean brand Secret Key, this clear, easily absorbed gel is intensely hydrating and leaves skin feeling super soft – and it can be used on complexions, bodies, and even feet to keep them in great condition all year round.

So what exactly is it about this product that is supposedly so good for our skin? The gel is made from the secretion snails leave behind when they move – scooped up and purified into a powder. The slime is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial peptides, and proteoglycans (fillers that plump). According to skincare brands, this combination of properties provides a variety of benefits for skin including hydration, increased suppleness, and improvement in hyperpigmentation. The refreshing lightweight formula is also known to have antimicrobial properties, which can help keep acne at bay.

So now all you have to do is buy a pot and discover the benefits for yourself – if you can pluck up the courage, that is.



Dh44, Sephora 

We’re used to our nails being tidy and groomed in the UAE – and we’re used to it happening fast. So when we don’t have the time or funds to visit a nail spa, there is the demand for the same level of convenience when we paint our nails at home.

Step forward Nails Inc Paint Can, which makes painting our nails as quick and easy as pressing a nozzle and spraying over – just like a spray can of paint. The polish will only adhere to nails (make sure you use a base coat first), while the excess over fingertips can be washed away with either water or a cleansing wipe.

The brand promises there will be no streaks, no mess, and perfect salon-worthy results in a matter of seconds – all you need to do is finish with a top coat to seal and extend your super-speedy manicure.




Washing your make-up brushes has never been so easy, with the launch of this clever cleaning mat. The design fits into the bottom of your bathroom sink and features no less than seven patented textures to wash both face and eye brushes, with suction cups on the bottom to hold it in place as you work the bristles over the surface.

Simply add cleaning solution to the mat, pick your surface, and work the brush back and forth to ensure it is squeaky clean. It’s a make-up artist’s dream – but with an affordable price tag, even budding artists can keep their brushes clean (which, by the way, makes them more efficient too when it comes to applying your make-up the next morning).

Louise Emma Clarke

Louise Emma Clarke