Prep for Party Season!

The festive season is an exciting chance to celebrate past achievements and look forward to what the future will bring, and so there is no better time to indulge in some luxury! Whether you are having a quiet staycation, partying with friends, we have got the perfect treatments to get you beautified and ready to celebrate in style.

Achieving a healthy, golden glow is an essential part of any party preparation, and Pastels’ Spray Tan is recommended by the UAE’s most acclaimed beauty editors. One of our most popular treatments is the Fake Bake Express, which offers all the benefits of Fake Bake in half the time! If celebrating simply cannot wait, then this is the tan for you. The lightweight, fast-drying formula gives a beautiful glow in only 60 minutes.

Why not set hearts racing with a flutter of your eyelashes! Our resident lash experts Laila and Opalyn have got the perfect treatments to enhance and beautify natural eyelashes. Nouveau Eyelash Extensions allow our experts to attach synthetic lashes onto natural ones, to ensure the eyelashes will instantly become fuller and longer while at the same time looking beautifully natural.

LVL Enhance is an innovative and sought-after treatment is the natural way to enhance your lashes. Unlike traditional treatments, LVL acts at the root of the lash to create the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. A short treatment time, effects lasting six to eight weeks and little maintenance required post-salon, it is easy to see why this is fast becoming the lash treatment of choice for beauty professionals and enthusiasts!

And don’t forget to treat your feet! Prepare your feet for a night of dancing, or liven up your hands for the party season with Pastels’ extensive range of nail treatments, which now includes the recently launched Kismet Nail Dip.

Secrets of a Successful Spray Tan

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Few things have the beautifying effect associated with the golden glow of a tan. But given the scary stats on sun exposure, a spray tan is a healthier and safer option. For those who have never ventured into a tanning salon, there are a few must-do rules to ensure you achieve a long-lasting tan with a beautiful fade. 

First of all ensure you remove all makeup and any deodorant, which may act as a barrier to the fake tan formula. Before she starts, the therapist may ask you “how deep” you want to go. This is your chance to explain what result you want to achieve in terms of colour. It also helps for them to know the occasion your spray tan is for, i.e. if it’s a two-week holiday you may want to go a deeper shade so it lasts longer, or if it’s for a wedding the very next day, you may want to stay lighter so it will appear as natural as possible.

The therapist may ask you to stand a certain way, such as “left arm up, right arm forwards while you bend your knees” as this will ensure the spray tan will be as streak-free as possible, with the best coverage. When you’re dry you can get dressed, ideally in loose, dark clothing and nothing that may rub the tan off, such as tight jeans or shoes. You may smell a little bit like malty biscuits but the latest generation of spray tans are not anything as potent as those of the past. Apply perfume to your clothes, not your skin, if you want to disguise it. In general, you can shower after 6-8 hours, or less if you have a tan with an ‘express’ formula – and be aware that if you’re planning on washing it off the next morning you may not want to sleep on white bedsheets as they may be stained!

For the longest-lasting result and an even fade, be sure to apply moisturizer (use one recommended by the spray tanner) after your shower.

If you want to look more glamorous, as well as thinner and healthier, why not book this in-salon pick-me-up, particularly with party season just around the corner!

Here’s the 5 tips you need to UP your makeup game!

Perhaps it’s that you’re sick of following the same old makeup routine you have followed since you were a teenager, or maybe Kylie Jenner’s Instagram selfies are inspiring you to re-vamp your entire look, but before you clean out your cosmetic closet, here are five simple tips that will step up your makeup game:

1. Line those lips: Don’t be scared of lip liner. In fact, if done right, liner can make your lips appear fuller and more defined while giving longevity to your lipstick and preventing it from bleeding. The trick is to use a natural colour liner on the lips to make them appear their biggest.

2. Big up your brows: Groomed brows are quite a key trend so invent in a brow product and use a dedicated brush (called a spoolie) to disperse eyebrow colour and keep stray hairs in check.

3. Get the right tools: The tools of the trade are what will really step up your makeup game. Forget about using your fingers and the occasional Q-tip. If you want your makeup to look professional, essentials include a lip brush, a flat eyebrow brush, a precision angle brush, a blush brush, a small blending brush, a concealer brush, a foundation brush and a powder brush.

4. Use complimentary colours on your eyes: Your eyes are the focal point of your face, and making them stand out can change your whole look. When it comes to eye shadow, using colours that are opposite of your eye colour will actually make them stand out more.

Blue eyes: Anything with orange will make your blue eyes pop. Peach, gold, apricot and anything with an orange undertone is best.

Brown eyes: Almost any colour will work well with brown, but purple and blue make them stand out the most.

Green eyes: Colours with red undertones will make green eyes pop. Try shades that have some wine or plum colouring to them.

5. Take a makeup class: YouTube may be full of makeup tutorials that you can watch for free, but if you want to really what works best for your unique face, taking a makeup class could really be worth the time and money.

Laila’s lash commandments

Our resident eyelash and brow guru, Laila is constantly asked by the region’s most influential beauty editors to share the secrets of achieving the best and most beautiful eyelashes possible so here are her top tips …

Never use super-long super thick extensions as they will damage your natural lashes. I recommend the 0.10 for every day because they are the closest weight to the natural lash, and in most cases it has helped the clients natural lashes to grow, not only because they are lighter but also there is no applying and removing of mascara which is one causes of eyelash damage. Lashes come in four different weights 0.25, 0.20, 0.15 and 0.10. They are all synthetic and hand cut. Most of the brands do not carry the 0.10 lashes which is my favourite weight to use.

Once applied, leave them alone! Do not use oil based eye make-up removers, do not brush them! Do blow dry them for a few seconds after getting them wet. This sets the adhesive and fluffs the lashes. A good set of lash extensions should last for two-three weeks, depending on the cycle of your lash growth, sometimes longer. Basically if you are using fine, professionally-applied lashes then you can keep them as long as you want to. 

Strip lashes are safe to use but they do not look as natural as salon-applied fine lashes. DIY lashes are great if you just want to wear lashes as a one-off, such as for a night out.

Lash serum is a must if you are not naturally blessed with long thick lashes. A lash serum such as Lilash will be your secret best friend.

Avoid lash curlers as they are very damaging to the natural lashes. I personally wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. Instead I would say have LVL treatment – it curves your natural lashes for up to 8 weeks and there is no damage to the lash.

Waterproof mascara is a big no for me – I have seen many clients pull out their eyelashes trying to remove it.

Maintain eyelashes by using Lilash eyelash serum and almond oil.

Be gentle when removing eye makeup. Remove the makeup in two ways – up and down – and never criss cross the lashes.

Need help to Face the Summer Holidays with Confidence?

The summer is almost here and for many, it means a visit back home to see friends and family. Of course, it’s natural that on these visits you will want to look the best possible version of yourself and enjoy endless compliments!
While make-up can, admittedly, camouflage certain skin imperfections, wouldn’t it be much better if you had glowing, youthful skin as your make-up canvas, rather than relying on the touch of a hefty concealer?
We have three fabulous facials that promise to give you skin that is so perfect you will want to be taking selfies all summer long!
For a Goddess-like glow…
We recommend the Nimue Active Glow. This rejuvenating and stimulating treatment is perfect for dull, tired skins who need some TLC. Alpha hydroxyl acid, Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid give the skin a “wake up call” to ensure it looks so refreshed that you will appear as if you have been on one long holiday, even if in reality you can’t remember the last day off you had!

For tighter, more toned skin…
The Guinot Hydradermie Lift is one of those rare treatments that enjoys a cult-like status amongst beauty editors for its unrivalled results. This 75-minute treatment is a well-recognised alternative to a more invasive aesthetic therapy. In essence, it lifts and rejuvenates the skin and re-contours the shape of the face. Prior to stimulating the muscles, lymphatic drainage takes place, which aids in the removal of toxins from the muscle to brighten the skin. The patented Guinot hand-help device plumps up the small muscles of the face that flattens with age, for a younger looking skin – it’s like a workout for the face!

For eco-beauty lovers who still want results…
The Eight Greens Facial by Eminence Organics Skincare is a deceptively simple sounding facial. In reality, this deluxe 90-minute facial, loved by the likes of Jessica Alba and Meghan Markle, is a supercharged experience. The core of the facial comes with the double whammy an Arctic Berry Enzyme Peel and the Eight Greens Phyto Mask made with plants and seeds that are rich in phytoestrogens and antioxidants to stimulate hydration and elasticity. Immediately after it, you will have a radiant and youthful-looking complexion that is guaranteed to get people talking!
Let us help you get your skin sorted for the summer. Call our Jumeirah branch now to book an appointment and say bonjour to beautiful skin!

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