SKIN | Why Essential Oils Are The Secret To Glowing Skin

Using oil to clean your skin may seem counterintuitive at first especially if you’re in the habit of scrubbing your face until it’s squeaky clean.

But using oils to gently wipe away the day rather than over cleansing with soaps and hardsher cleansers is the secret to skin that is dewy and radiant rather than dry and imbalanced, says veteran make-up artist and Beauty Department creator Nadine Monley.

As a make-up artist, I’ve seen first-hand the immediate benefits of using oils to cleanse skin – both on myself and others’, Monley says. ‘Oils pick up dirt and make-up whilst nourishing the skin flora. They are not only extremely gentle on your skin for taking off all your make-up, but also leave you feeling hydrated and glowing like you have walked straight out of a facial. Most people tend to strip their skin of their natural oils when they use a harsh cleanser which contributes to skin irritation, sensitivity and oil skin (the skin over produces sebum when it’s trying to compensate for the lack of natural oils)’.

Monley, who is renowned for her natural, glowy make-up is also a fan of massaging oil into the skin before applying foundation. And even adding a drop or two of essential oil to her foundation.

I have done this since the start of my career’, Monley says. ‘I wanted to explore the effects oils have on the skin when mixed with foundation. I noticed an instant dewy glow and improvement in skin texture. You get this beautiful silky texture that makes your complexion look plumped and completely flawless. I not only use a little oil mixed into my foundation, I also prep the skin with oils, I find this creates a perfect canvas’.

To prep your skin with oil before foundation, Monley recommends spending a little time massaging it into the skin. ‘it will stimulate your complexion leaving you with a glow even before you apply the foundation – this is what we all want’, she says.

With this technique  I use about a drop or two, you don’t want to use too much because your skin will be too oily. If after you do this you find your skin needs a little more, just add a little over the top of your foundation. I love doing this because your foundation soaks into your skin instead of sitting on top of your skin like a mask. The secret to a beautiful base is for it to look flawless and natural’.

Alternatively, you could being by adding a drop or two of oil to your moisturizer.

Monley says oils also help brighten dull skin by providing essential moisture. ‘Jojoba oil and rosehip oils are my favourites for sensitive skin’, she says. ‘I find these oils non-irritating, making them perfect for every skin type, they soothe sensitive skin and hydrate dry skin’.

She says different essential oils deliver different benefits to the skin: ‘I love to use a combination of oils; lavender is so beautiful mixed with apricot, rosehip and rosemary. I think when you look at each essential oil they all have separate skin-supporting benefits. Apricot is amazing for nourishing and moisturishing the skin and rosemary has natural antiseptic properties. I often suggest to people with skin problems to use a little rosemary, lavender, jojoba and apricot mixed together. This combination will leave your skin smoothed and hydrated with a beautiful glow’.

While less is more when it comes to make-up, Monley says the opposite is true when talking about moisture. ‘People make the mistake of not adding enough moisture to their skin, which makes it more prone to the effects of ageing’, she says, adding: ‘When skin is hydrated then it will not only look better but feel amazing’.

If you have sensitive skin, start with a simple jojoba oil especially on the skin around the eyes. ‘This is a very sensitive area, so as always, you have to be very careful not to get any oils in the eye’, advises Monley. ‘Be gentle and if you notice any kind of irritation then avoid using them. Using oils around the eyes can soothe and nourish, as well as remove your eye make-up’.

ROYALS | Meghan Felt ‘Unprotected’ By U.K. Royal Family While Pregnant: Court Papers

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt ‘unprotected’ by the British Royal Family while she was pregnant with her son Archie, according to London High Court documents filed as part of her legal action against a tabloid newspaper. Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s Grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles its Mail on … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Felt ‘Unprotected’ By U.K. Royal Family While Pregnant: Court Papers

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Naomi Campbell Sees Black Lives Matter Altering Fashion And Beauty Industries

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BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

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FASHION | Travel In Style With Automobile Lamborghini & Principe’s New Collection

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BUSINESS | Lamborghini Will No Longer Be Attending Auto Shows Like The Geneva Motor Shows

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ROYALS | Confirmed: Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Sign With Obamas’ High-Profile Speaking Agency

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PILGRIMAGE| Saudi Arabia To Hold ‘Very Limited’ Hajj Due To Virus

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only ‘very limited numbers’ of people will be allowed to perform the annual Hajj Pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million people from around the world. The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform  … Continue reading PILGRIMAGE| Saudi Arabia To Hold ‘Very Limited’ Hajj Due To Virus

BEAUTY | 5 Hair And Beauty Rituals Asian Women Have Been Doing For Generation

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THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Bevery Johnson, The First Black Model On The Cover Of Vogue, Demands For Change In The Fashion Industry

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SAVE THE DATA | Diriyah To Host Two Rounds Of Formula E Racing Next February

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INFLUENCER | Angelina Jolie Explains Divorce From Brad Pitt Was For ‘Well-Being’ Of Kids

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt shocked fans with their divorce announcement in 2016. Now, the actress, 45, is opening up about why she made the decision to leave the father of her six kids – Maddox, 18, Pax, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 12, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. ‘I separated for the well-being of my … Continue reading INFLUENCER | Angelina Jolie Explains Divorce From Brad Pitt Was For ‘Well-Being’ Of Kids

FASHION ISSUES | Designers Fashion A Go-Slow Future For Catwalks And Collections

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ROYALS | Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Charity Application Denied For Being ‘Too Broad’ And Unsigned, Docs Reveal

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | Maldives Lifts All Restrictions For Visitors

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DISCOVER SAUDI ARABIA | Work Begins On World’s Largest Cultural And Heritage Development In Saudi Arabia

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FASHION | Givenchy Announces Its New Creative Director

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BEAUTY | How To Layer Your Skincare Products To Make Them As Effective As Possible

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NEWS ALERT | Elie Saab Broadens Creative Horizons With Debut Furniture Collection

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THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Anna Wintour Pens Emotional Letter To Vogue Staff Promising To Do Better For Its Black Employees

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BEAUTY | Chanel, Revlon, L’Oreal Pivoting Away From Talc In Some Products

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ROYALS | Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Says Her Kids Will ‘Likely…Have To Work For A Living’, Won’t ‘Use HRH Titles’

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EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH | Training Program Launched For Saudi Youth

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FASHION | Chanel To Launch Its Cruise 2020/2021 Collection In A Digital Presentation

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DIET | Plates, Cups And Takeaway Containers Shape What (And How) We Eat

Home cooks have been trying out their skills during isolation. But the way food taste depends on more than your ability to follow a recipe. Our surroundings, the people we share food with and the design of our tableware – our cups, bowls and plates, cutlery and containers – affect the way we experienced food. … Continue reading DIET | Plates, Cups And Takeaway Containers Shape What (And How) We Eat

FASHION | Color Analysis

Color analysis is when a salon or boutique or spa therapist matches a palette of colors to your own natural coloring so that you can choose make up, clothes and hair colors that make you look your best. WHAT IS COLOR ANALYSIS? Color analysis is usually art of a beauty and style consultation or ‘makeover’. … Continue reading FASHION | Color Analysis

HEALTH | Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to make you feel calm, relaxed, or energized. The oils work with your sense of smell: you can inhale them, bathe in term or be massaged with them What Is Aromatherapy Good For? Aromatherapy uses warm essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. The … Continue reading HEALTH | Aromatherapy

BEAUTY | Barbie Has Teamed Up With Glamglow For A Limited-Edition Mask And Moisturizer

It’s easy to think of Barbie as someone who was born with flawless skin. OK, born may be the wrong word, considering she’s a doll, but that hasn’t stopped real, live humans from envying and emulating and emulating the icon’s beauty – especially now that she represents an increasingly diverse way to be beautiful. But … Continue reading BEAUTY | Barbie Has Teamed Up With Glamglow For A Limited-Edition Mask And Moisturizer

ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

Saudi minister of culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan just established Al – Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art, the first art biennale to be set in Saudi Arabia. The biennale will focus on two central themes: an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021 and an Islamic art exhibition … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Duchess Of Sussex Speak Out: ‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, spoke publicly for the first time about George’s death calling it ‘absolutely devastating’. She was speaking to the graduating class of Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, in a video message commencement speech on Wednesday evening. In a heartfelt, she said she had been hesitant  to   speak about the … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Duchess Of Sussex Speak Out: ‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’

THE VOICE | George Clooney Calls Racism ‘America’s Greatest Pandemic’

Forget Covid-19, George Clooney thinks America’s greatest pandemic is racism, and the cure is to vote. In response to nationwide protest sparked by the death of George Floyd while is custody of Minneapolis police, Clooney wrote an essay published by The Daily Beast on Monday. ‘How many times have we seen people of colors killed … Continue reading THE VOICE | George Clooney Calls Racism ‘America’s Greatest Pandemic’

FASHION | Christian Loubutin Expands Nude Shoe Collection For More Skintones

The lack of variety when it comes to ‘nude’ toned clothing has been an ongoing issue for many. However, there are brands such as Christian Loubutin that are finding ways to expand their offerings to fit the needs of a wider range of skintones. In 2013, the luxury brand originally launched their Nudes shoe collection … Continue reading FASHION | Christian Loubutin Expands Nude Shoe Collection For More Skintones

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula To Reopen Including Ancient Site Al Hijr

Saudi Arabia’s major cultural and heritage attraction Al Ula will reopen this October and for the first time it will be open to visitors years round. Al Ula contains many archeological treasures including Al Hijir, the first landmark in the Kingdom to be listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Al Hijir is the remains … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula To Reopen Including Ancient Site Al Hijr

ICONS | Before She Became A Princess, Grace Kelly Was Known For Her Beauty And Talent in Hollywood

Grace Kelly’s star-making performance came in 1953 when she appeared in ‘Mogambo’ opposite Clarke Gable. After that, Alfred Hitchcock took her under his wing and made her the star of ‘Dial M for Murder’ and ‘Rear Window’, turning her into a household name. Kelly won an Academy Award in 1955 for her role in ‘Country … Continue reading ICONS | Before She Became A Princess, Grace Kelly Was Known For Her Beauty And Talent in Hollywood

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