Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush

If you’re an eyebrow lover, like myself, then this product is your must-have. I’ve been in love with cleaning & shaping my eyebrows since I was a teenager. I got so good at it that my relatives and friends would cue in line for me to get theirs done. I went through all traditional ways, threads and tweezers. Never did I think that there will be another, much better, alternative.

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Braun came up with an elegant invention that will clean your sensitive facial areas with the most precision. The extra slim head captures the finest hairs down to 0,02 mm. It is also considerably faster and more thorough than manual tweezers. However, it is not to be used for shaping your eyebrows.

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The Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush also strikes on what most of us women care about the most: cleaning our faces. Best advise is to make this a part of your shower routine as the brush gently removes the dead skin preparing your skin to absorb your creams.

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Prices start from 200 AED and its available in all hypermarkets, supermarkets and pharmacies.

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I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Gabriele Stahl, who’s responsible for The Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush, and who gave some valuable advise on our beauty regime:

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1. As a practical woman with minimum time for pampering herself, what is the best beauty/ facial regime that I, and every woman like me, should follow?

The key to a healthy skin is simply the result of a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Just apply sunscreen, eat healthy, do not overdose on creams and make up, and make sure to clean your face in the evening after applying any cosmetics and before you apply your night cream.

Her answer reminded me of one my favourite speeches/ song: Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen by Laz Buhrmann . You should listen to it :)

2. Is it healthy to apply a face cream after using the Braun exfoliating option?

Depends on the type of cream, and the skin type. For example dry skin would best suit a thicker moisturizer, oily skin would benefit from a moisturizing gel – but for optimal results it’s better to use the Braun cleansing brush, then use the epilator at the end of the day and apply your care cosmetic product.

3. Could the Braun facial epilator cause the new hair to grow thicker or more intense?

Not at all; epilation has been proven to be the best hair removal method as it removes hair from the root and does not irritate the skin, It is much faster and more thorough than tweezers. It removes four times shorter hairs than wax, so you don’t have to wait for the hair to be completely visible. It is much longer lasting up to 4 weeks. And finally, you can epilate at home or on the go, no need to run to that threading appointment.

4. What product or technique should we follow in order to clean and what techniques should we follow in order to exfoliate since both use the same head brush?

Braun’s deep-pore cleansing brush is six times better than manual cleansing. The cleansing brush preps the skin to absorb products more efficiently and leaves women with visibly brighter skin. The brush can be used every day on cheeks, T-zone and chin for a more radiant skin. Apply soap, gel, cleansing milk or scrub on your wet skin. Switch on the brush and start on the forehead. You can move to the nose and then outward towards the cheeks on either side. Spend more time on oily zones. It can also be used on the neck and décolleté. Exfoliation can be done with your favorite cosmetic exfoliation product and we recommend only 1 x per week.

5. Is it safe to use the head brush after tanning?

Yes absolutely; it would help clean up your pores from all the oil and dirt which can accumulate when then skin is exposed to the sun. Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen not just when tanning.

6. Can the Braun epilator be used on body parts other than the face?

Mechanically, it will work on other sensitive areas. However, it is not recommended to use one device on multiple body areas due to hygiene reasons.

 

  1. كسيدة عملية ليس لديها الكثير من الوقت لتدليل نفسها، ما هو أفضل نظام للجمال والعناية بالوجه الذي يمكن لي وللسيدات مثلي اتباعه؟

أساس البشرة الجميلة والصحية هو أسلوب الحياة الصحي والمتوازن. استعملي مستحضرات الوقاية من الشمس وتناولي الطعام الصحي ولا تفرطي في استعمال الكريمات والمكياج، واحرصي على تنظيف الوجه دوماً في المساء قبل وضع كريم الليل.

  1. هل من الصحي وضع كريم الوجه بعد تقشير الوجه باستخدام براون؟

يعتمد ذلك على نوع الكريم ونوع البشرة. على سبيل المثال، يناسب المرطب السميك البشرة الجافة، بينما تستفيد البشرة الدهنية من جل الترطيب، ولكن للحصول على النتائج المثالية عليك استعمال فرشاة براون لتنظيف الوجه ثم استخدام آلة إزالة الشعر في نهاية اليوم، وبعدها وضع المستحضر الخاص بالعناية. 

  1. هل يمكن أن تسبب آلة براون لإزالة الشعر نمو الشعر أكثر سماكة او خشونة؟

أبداً. لإزالة الشعر بالجهاز مزايا عديدة، منها نزع أقصر وأنعم الشعرات من الجذور، كما أنها أسرع 200 مرة من الملقط اليدوي وأكثر شمولاً في تغطيتها، لتشمل الشعرات الأقصر بواقع 4 مرات مقارنة بالشمع، مما يعني أنه لن يكون عليك الانتظار حتى نمو الشعر كي يصبح مرئياً يمكن إزالته. تدوم فترة النعومة لمدة أطول بكثير (تصل إلى 4 أسابيع) مقارنة بكريمات إزالة الشعر. وأخيراً، يمكنك إزالة الشعر في المنزل أو خارجه، ودون الحاجة إلى تحديد مواعيد في مراكز التجميل.

  1. ما هي المنتجات أو الطريقة التي يجب اتباعها لتنظيف وتقشير الوجه بما أن كليهما يستخدمان نفس الفرشاة؟

فرشاة تنظيف المسامات من براون أفضل ست مرات من التنظيف العادي، وهي تنظّف البشرة بعمق ليسمح لها بامتصاص المستحضرات بكفاءة وسرعة، وبالتالي تتمتع المرأة ببشرة أكثر جمالاً ونضارة.   يمكن استعمال الفرشاة يومياً على الخدين والجبهة والأنف والذقن للحصول على بشرة أكثر نضارة. ضعي الصابون أو جل التنظيف أو الحليب المنظف أو المقشر على البشرة الرطبة. شغلي الفرشاة وابدئي من الجبهة، ثم انتقلي إلى الأنف وبعدها إلى الخدين من كلا الجانبين. خصصي وقتاً أطول للمناطق الدهنية، ويمكن استعمال الفرشاة أيضاً على العنق وأسفله.  يمكن إجراء التقشير باستخدام المنتج المفضّل لديك، وننصح به مرة واحدة فقط في الأسبوع.

  1. هل من الآمن استعمال الفرشاة بعد تسمير البشرة؟

نعم آمن تماماً، فهي ستساعد في تنظيف المسامات من الزيوت والأوساخ التي قد تتراكم على البشرة عند تعرضها للشمس. احرصي على وضع مستحضرات الوقاية من الشمس في كل وقت، وليس فقط عند تسمير البشرة.

  1. هل يمكن استعمال الآلة في مناطق أخرى من الجسم، إلى جانب الوجه؟

من ناحية ميكانيكية، تفيد الآلة عند استخدامها في المناطق الحساسة. ولكننا لا ننصح باستخدامها على أجزاء الجسم المختلفة لأسباب صحية.

 

Dr. Gabriele Stahl Biography:

Born in 1962 in Kassel, Dr. Gabriele Blumenstein-Stahl studied Nutrition Science in Marburg, Indiana and Munich.

She has worked in the health science industry since 1987 and for over ten years has been a part of the Procter & Gamble enterprise. Dr. Blumenstein-Stahl has a wide range of experience throughout the nutrition science sector. She started her career as Technical Brand Manager Beverages in 1991 and then went on to become Section Head Research & Development throughout different branch sections. After returning to Germany from the US in 2007, she became Section Head R&D Hair Care for Wella where she was responsible for leading the franchise team for retail styling brands and leading the development of new styling technology platforms.

In 2010 Dr. Blumenstein-Stahl switched to the department of research and development for beauty and grooming with BRAUN where she now leads the Silk Epil global business maintenance and Front End Innovation projects.

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – Final Challenge

The final challenge for the Faces “Wojooh Jamalek” competition on MBC TV was all about passion. The contestants were given the freedom to create anything, even draw on the body.

The results didn’t do it for me and were in fact slightly disappointing.

Lina gave me the perfect face makeup emphasizing on simplicity and practiced her calligraphy skills by writing a poem verse by Nizar Kabbani about Baghdad – her hometown. I just wondered where did all the great work that I’ve seen from her across the weeks go?

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

 

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Below is Lina Hussein with her model.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

As for Namareq, no doubt my eyes went straight to her model from the explosion of colors that were going on there. It certainly speaks passion, but an overload of that portion. It was too much texture going on, despite my admiration for parts of it, and the drawing on the body was imperfect.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Namareq said that the work she’s done needed more time and I believe her.

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Makeup by Namareq

Below is Namareq Al Mansoury with her model

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Its too unfortunate that they didn’t make me wonder much which is best because neither one was that great. I just think that if you’re not so good at body painting or that if you would need too much time, then do less of it rather than spend a lot of time trying to work it out. Its just hard for me to believe that after all I’ve seen from them, these looks are their “Best Work”, because they’re not. I’ve seen them do tons better.

In the end, both finalists were incredible throughout the competition. They have demonstrated a level of professionalism and creativity that I haven’t seen in a long time in the Middle East. In general, the decision was hard to make. Lina Hussein was announced the winner and Namareq Al Mansoury is the runner up for this competition and will be the official makeup artist for my upcoming look book.

To watch the previous episode (Gold Challenge), please view the below video

The program was presented by the beautiful Hind Boumchamar and I salute her and her team for their hard work presenting this beautiful program.

Hind Boumchamar

Hind Boumchamar

Also a big thank you for FACES and Mahmoud Rashad for the opportunity of being a judge on this show. It was a great experience.

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 6th Challenge

 

A successful look portraying the queen of gold who loved her people and was betrayed by them, rises from the dead to revenge – by Namareq

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Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Lina Hussein proved me right once again. The model behind her makeup looked beautiful and truthfully this was the first time this model looked that good in this competition. Lina can simply make anyone look more beautiful. Lina portrayed a Queen of love full of romance.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Risellene is the perfect makeup artist for fashion shows. With her European approach, she proves to be very creative and thinks outside the box. Unfortunately, she doesn’t relate much to the Arab market. This look specifically didn’t feel complete and the gold paper was too spread in an incoherent way, especially under the eyes, it didn’t do it for me. Hard luck for Risellene; however, rest assure this is a name you will see a lot more of in the near future.

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Next week’s episode will be the finale. The challenge is all about Passion. It will be a tough one. However, because both finalists are incredibly good, I have announced that the runner up will be the official makeup artist of my upcoming lookbook. Stay tune.

 

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 5th Challenge

This week featured the top 4 makeup artists who made it through out FACES competition on MBC TV, Saba Al Kheir Ya Arab segment every Sunday. As a judge, its getting harder every week to eliminate especially because not only are all the makeup artists improving, but also because we are getting really used to them. This week’s challenge was GLITTER.

Looks like Risellene took my feedback from last week seriously and pushed herself where she delivered a creative output of a woman made of ice. In reality, Risellene coated the lips and eyebrowse with sugar and broke that look with a pink eyeshadow. I personally loved it!

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

As for Namareq, she did an impeccable job. I have to point out that the pictures don’t give the real work justice. Namareq challenged herself where she created a hand-made mask of glitter going gradually from blue to purple (again, that’s not shown in the photo). After all this work, she delivered a clean picture of perfection revolving around the carnaval theme. This by far was the most difficult look and she nailed it.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

 

Lina has a stamp called: Let me do your makeup, let me make you gorgeous! Lina took what she does best and added a fantasy of glitter mix on the face that spoke royal beauty. I simply love her work!

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

 

Anje on the other hand understood the theme, delivered a clean work and upgraded her level. Unfortunately, she was eliminated this week due to her limited creativity in this look. Anje has a classic approach that I personally admire. However, the stakes are too high right now and the artists shouldn’t play it safe. They should push themselves and get out of their element. Hard luck to Anje, I wish her all the best!

Makeup by Anje

Makeup by Anje

Last week’s eliminated contestant was Hadjira, who I asked her to do the work and send me photos of the out come. Hadjira went for a beautiful romantic look but still kept it safe lacked perfection. Notice the similarity between Anje’s and Hadjira’s makeup.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

Next week’s challenge is all about GOLD! That, I can’t wait to see! See you next Sunday.

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 4th Challenge

What do you think about when you hear the Dark Glamour makeup?For me, I think dark eyes, maybe an eyeliner and dark red lipstick. Heavily countoured and super sexy. For this week’s challenge, Glamour was the theme and the contestants were given Black as the main color to work with.

I had different expectations, but let’s go through the results.

The best for this week was Lina. Even the most talented of us, needs to be reminded that she will always have to learn more and do better. Otherwise, her future is dead. Despite last week’s controversy having Lina in the bottom three, she remains -in my opinion- as one of the best makeup artists I have ever dealt with, not just on this show. It was dark enough, perfectly blended and commercial as well as a show makeup.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

One of the best was also Namareq. I just wish she took it a bit further and perhaps added an eyeliner to add a sharp touch to it. Other than that, I loved that it was different from the rest of the looks and was commercial to me.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Ange is improving and showing us her true colors. I don’t mind the heavy eyeliner she had gone for, in fact its sexy. However, for such a heavily outline eyeshadow/eyeliner, the lines should have been more perfect because any mistake is obvious to see.

Makeup by Ange

Makeup by Ange

The bottom looks were obviously Hadjira’s and Risellene’s. Neither one gave us a Dark Glamourous look or a glamorous look at all.

While Risellene is creative and technically very good, she doesn’t relate to the Arabic woman. As for the Hadjira, she is clearly improving by getting out of her element; however, she needs a lot of practice to not only make her work cleaner, but to also understand clearly what the challenges are really about. In other words, she needs to become a professional.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 3rd Challenge

You remember how my career in fashion started? It was all about dressing my Barbie dolls using my aunt’s fabric left overs from her stitching days. With that, came a nostalgic challenge for this week on MBC TV with Faces: Barbie Makeup.

(Below is my look during this episode)

Aiisha Ramadan talking about Ange's makeup

Aiisha Ramadan talking about Ange’s makeup

One thing I have concluded from this week’s challenge is that creating a Barbie makeup is anything but easy. In fact, it takes few to get it right.

My favorite for this week’s challenge was Namareq. This girl is proving to have an eye for beauty, glamour and perfection. She not only got the theme to its core, but she also took a beautiful turn with accessorising her model making her look like one of the Barbie dolls I once had. Her work was impeccable.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

My second favorite was Ange. At this stage, I have realized that Ange needs to step out of the box and push her boundaries to become a trendsetter not just a good makeup artist. I also have to admit that this was the beginning of her revolution. I just hope she keeps moving forward.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Risellene did a very different type of Barbie makeup. For some, it wasn’t at all a Barbie makeup. It was audacious, but not exactly where the theme was going. For others, she has broken the boundaries of a typical Barbie makeup, which was good. For me, it was good but didn’t stand out.

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Lina surprised me this week. Although her model definitely looked like a doll, it definitely wasn’t a Barbie. It was perfect! It was everything I’d want to see in a “Fantasy Makeup”. However, for a Barbie’s makeup, it was too intense, heavy and overly contoured. I had mixed feelings about it as I truly loved it and she was by no means one of the worst looks. Having said that, among the 4 beautiful looks, she lost track of work from the original mission the most. Its also good for her to stay alert for future challenges as I want to see the best from her.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Hadjira was one of the bottom 3 in this episode. Her makeup was beautiful and clean, but it carried absolutely no Barbie effort. It was something a woman could wear on her daily activities. If time permits, a makeup artist should invest in her research once a client hands her out the brief. Till this moment, I haven’t seen real creativity from Hadjira and she needs to work on herself a lot more.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

As for Raffle, who chose to withdraw from this competition for personal reasons, I have admired her bold creativity and theatrical approach. Raffle is a makeup artist with clear identity. For this challenge, Raffle gave a Barbie doll in her own way. However, technically, she should have done a better job knowing her level of work and her love for fantasy. Anyways, I only wish her best of luck in her future career.

Makeup by Raffle

Makeup by Raffle

Next week’s challenge is a favorite of mine: Glamour, or what I refer to as Retro. I can’t wait to see what each contestant will bring to the table.

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 2nd Challenge

The second week’s challenge on FACES makeup competition airing every Sunday morning live on MBC TV “Sabah Alkheir Ya Arab” program was a tough one: “Mysterious Arabic” with blue being the main color.

I went for a retro glamorous look for this episode

I went for a retro glamorous look for this episode

I’m into simpler makeup, well toned face, contoured bones and defined eyes.. a flattering makeup. Makeup artists can easily take a very wrong direction with Mysterious Arabic. Unfortunately, some of the contestants took that path.

Some, on the other hand, nailed it and exceeded my expectations giving incredibly beautiful results! I was truly impressed.

My top choices where: Namareq and Lina Hussein. Each had her own style but both had clean work, spot on with the concept yet on an international level. Both executed elegant results.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Lina Hussein

Makeup by Lina Hussein

Lina has a gift. She can transform any face into a beautiful one. In the first challenge, I wondered if the model’s natural beauty helped her out. It looks like I was wrong but I’ll only know for sure in the next challenge.

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Risellene and Ange did beautiful work too but Risellene’s makeup didn’t exactly portray “Mysterious Arabic makeup”. It was more of a beautiful smokey makeup. Ange had beautiful results with the pop out turquoise and the beautifully toned face but I wish she could take more risk in the upcoming challenge.

Makeup by Ange

Makeup by Ange

I had mixed feelings about Hadjira’s makeup as she understood this week’s challenge well but I felt the outcome was too much. The face was too glittery and the colors were intense.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

The weakest were Lina Zoghaib and Raffle. Lina’s work was very amateur and it wasn’t clean around the eyes. It was completely out of her element and that’s what I love about this competition. It pushes talents in directions they never thought they’d take and it brings the best and worst in them. Hard luck for Lina in this competition, with a little more practice, I have no doubt she will be great.

Makeup by Lina Zoghaib

Makeup by Lina Zoghaib

Raffle on the other hand needs a canvas to draw on. Faces restrict her work as she has a very theatrical approach to her makeup. This is good creativity but not for your every day clients. I can’t wait to see how Raffle will evolve in the upcoming challenges.

Makeup by Raffle

Makeup by Raffle

Each week carries a tougher challenge than the week after. Stay tuned for next week’s post after the “Barbie’s Makeup” or watch me judge the contestants live every Sunday between 12 – 2pm Dubai local time on MBC1 TV.

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 1st Challenge

The first week’s challenge on FACES makeup competition on MBC TV “Sabah Alkheir Ya Arab” program was about the “Dreamy bride”.

As one of the 3 judges, I’ll be sharing with you my views on looks by the makeup artists. For me, the below were the top looks by Lina Hussein and Risllene.

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Lina gave me a glow in the model’s face by emphasizing on the eyes and contouring the face in such a magical way. It was my favorite look by far.

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Risllene seems to be the one who understood the “Dreamy Bridal” message that we were trying to get out of this competition. She had beautiful and clean complexion, and overall her makeup was very dreamy.

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

The rest of the contestants, such as Ange, Lina Zoghaib and Hadjira, also gave a beautiful results. Unfortunately, each week, one makeup artist will be eliminated. This week’s challenge resulted in Rasha being eliminated. Hard luck for Rasha.

Makeup by Rasha

Makeup by Rasha

This challenge also shed the light on 2 looks that I thought could have been perfect. Namariq went oriental which I didn’t mind. It was the red lipstick that killed it for me not just because red isn’t dreamy at all, but because the model’s lips were too thin and dark red lips will make them look even thinner.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namariq

As for Raffle, everything was perfect until she drew the flowers on the model’s face. It was definitely dreamy and its good for each artist to have her own identity, but she has to ask herself if a real bride will actually want drawings on her face. Apart from that it was a really beautiful makeup.

Makeup by Raffle

Makeup by Raffle

Next week’s challenge is not an easy one, its the “Mysterious Arabic” with blue being the main ingredient of the color palette.

Good luck all!

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Aiisha in FACES Campaign

In a one of its kind campaign in the Arab world, FACES, the perfume and cosmetics store, chose me as one of nine women reflecting the passion and beauty.

Aiisha-Ramadan for FACES

In my opinion, beauty eases our lives, but it is not a criteria for true and lasting success. Success requires a lot of passion and faith in our principles and sleepless nights. True happiness lies in giving our best and being content with what we have. Do not let competition lure you away from your role real. Neither should you take competition lightly. Always balance.

Like I said, I was one of 9 amazing women who are stars in their own fields, such as beauty expert Samira Olfat, car racer Nahla Al Rostamani and brilliant filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja

Samira-Olfat for FACES

Nayla-Al-Khaja for FACES

My life without passion is like my heart with no pulse.
Thanks to Charney Magri for these beautiful photographs and a BIG THANK YOU to FACES for supporting real and lasting beauty, the beauty of the soul.

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New Adventure: Aiisha for Clinique

Aiisha for Clinique

For the first time in the Middle East, Clinique joins hands with a Middle Eastern fashion designer and this designer happens to be me,  Aiisha Ramadan. The process of bringing my lavish and chic style with a limited-edition clutch and a silk twill scarf was a memorable one. Join us on any of the below dates to be a part of the launch of this collaboration.
1) Dubai, Festival City: November 12, 6pm – approx. 8pm

2) Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall: November 13, 12 noon – approx. 2pm

Spend AED 600 on any of Clinique’s extensive range of essential skin care and beauty products to receive Aiisha for Clinique clutch and 100% silk scarf in addition to generous sample products. This offer is available in the UAE from November 11th to the 20th, exclusively at Paris Gallery in Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Deira City Centre, Burjuman; in Abu Dhabi: Marina, Khalidiya and Abu Dhabi Malls.

The offer will also be available in December, exclusively at Harvey Nichols – Faysaliah, Riyadh, KSA.

Take a look at the limited Aiisha for Clinique edition consisting of a clutch and 100% silk twill scarf. The clutch was inspired by Clinique’s purity and the scarf was born from the core of Aiisha’s essence.

As for the samples, this is what the costumer gets:

  • Take the Day Off 50ml
  • Liquid Facial Soap 75ml
  • Brush Set (ES & blush)
  • ES Duo in Beach Plum
  • Long Last Lipstick in Soft Bloom
  • High Impact Mascara in Black
  • Blushing Blush in Iced Lotus
  • Thank you Clinique for this beautiful experience!

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