Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.
Whether you are shopping for something you haven’t tried before or attempting to get the best bang for your buck, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options. And unlike less personalized items, beauty products need to look and feel right for your own skin, hair and nails.
So how can you efficiently dig through the clutter to identify the products that will work best for you? Here are five tips to consider when shopping for beauty products online:
See what it looks like out of the tube: Lower prices and loyalty points are great but finding the right product online can seem intimidating when you can’t see or feel it in real life. If you can’t test a color in-store, try to find the swatch online or identify third-party tutorials showcasing application to get a more realistic view of how the product will look and perform on your skin. Some of the best tips can also be found on Pinterest or private Facebook groups specifically for beauty lovers.
Test it out (virtually): Brands using the latest technology have made it possible to try out looks without having to navigate beauty aisles. Amway’s Artistry Virtual Beauty App uses smart facial detection to guide true-to-life makeup application in real-time or on selfie photos. Android and iOS app users can test, discover and purchase products like the new Artistry Studio NYC Edition that channels inspiration from cities around the globe. The first edition captures the hustle, heart and unapologetic style of NYC with six products, from all-in-one palettes to double-duty sticks for eyes and lips, that make glam-on-the-go effortless.
Raise your hand for updates: Sign up with your favorite beauty brands and their reps to receive information and alerts on new products, sales and limited-edition collections. This way, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the latest launches or having to deal with the disappointment of finding the perfect product only to realize it’s no longer available!
Steer clear of unauthorized e-tailers: When buying beauty products, make sure to shop only from official brand channels — like brand reps, websites and apps. This will guarantee that the product you receive is new, undamaged and in good quality.
Do your research: Compare e-shops and brand sites so that you can identify a standard price. Once you determine the value, it becomes possible to eliminate stores that are unreasonably expensive. The key to finding the best deals? Purchase products you trust, and spend extra time sourcing the best price.
The options may seem limitless when it comes to searching for the ultimate beauty products online. These tips will help to make your next experience more seamless and successful.
Experience the Prada Parfum’s Way of Travelling at Qatar Duty Free
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Prada Voyage Experience at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Passengers will be able to capture their favourite moments at a Prada Voyage photo booth located in front of the confectionary area at Hamad International Airport. The podium will also feature an interactive fragrance discovery area as well as a gift wrapping station.
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “We are delighted to introduce the Prada Voyage experience at Qatar Duty Free. This innovative pop-up provides an opportunity for passengers to enjoy an interactive, personalised experience from Prada Parfums. This launch is a new step towards further enhancing the passenger experience at QDF. Interactive pop-ups offer a fresh and unique way to engage our customers, and are just one of the ways in which we seek to delight our passengers with something new every time they pass through our home and hub Hamad International Airport.”
Prada Voyage will offer passengers a unique experience with a personalisation stand that will enable them to customise their perfume bottle with a Saffiano leather tag stamped with their initials. The Prada Voyage photo booth will be available for passengers to capture, print and share their favourite moments, along with postcards that customers can decorate with exclusive QDF stamps and mail to their loved ones.
Prada’s diverse fragrance collection available at Qatar Duty Free includes: the iconic duo of La Femme Prada and L’Homme Prada; Prada Luna Rossa for men with powerful and fresh scents exploring man and nature, as well as the Prada Candy collection inspired by Prada’s femininity in a set of bold and lively scents.
QDF boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and luxury, high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafés covering an area of 40,000 square metres at HIA, providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands also available at the five-star airport include Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods.
Qatar Duty Free was recently awarded ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In addition, in April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Awards, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.
HIA the home of QDF, has already met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. HIA is the only airport in the Middle East to be ranked in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third year in a row.
Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks
With fall in full swing, it’s time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, especially skin’s moisture levels and textures, and that consumers should alter their skincare from season to season.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to smoothly transition your skincare regimen to fall without overhauling your entire beauty product collection.
Here are five simple tips to consider to correct any summer damage and prepare your skin for the upcoming colder months:
Switch up your cleanser: With a decrease in sunlight and heat, our skin produces less oil. With that change, it is important to choose a cleanser that does not completely strip the skin of its natural oils. During the summer months, gel and foaming cleansers are great for a deep cleanse, however these may cause the skin to dry out in the fall. The key is to choose a new cleanser based on your skin type and how it reacts to different weather conditions, such as a sulfate-free or lotion-based alternative.
Don’t skip out on the toner: In addition to switching up your cleanser, it is also best to opt out of using alcohol-based toners. Alcohol-based products can be too drying in the cooler months. Instead, try incorporating a toner made with witch hazel or glycolic acid to help keep oil production to a minimum but also reduce blemishes and blackheads.
Invest in a personalized serum: To help transition your skin, focus on serums that help even skin tones, replenish hydration levels and enhance radiance. The Artistry brand by Amway recently created Artistry Signature Select Personalized Serum, a completely customizable serum solution equipped with the amplifiers needed to address skin concerns found across seasons. This serum uses Power Infused Technology — airtight packaging that becomes pressurized with nitrogen to infuse the concentrated skincare formulas into the base serum, ensuring the ultimate potency and freshness of each unique serum. Like with other skincare products, each customer has unique concerns and should consider what formulation would work best for them during these autumn months.
Purchase a humidifier: Boost the hydration in your living room or bedroom of your home by adding your own moisturizer with the help of a humidifier. Since you’ll probably be spending plenty of time indoors with the heat on, this can help provide much-needed moisture to the air, but also help with your skin health.
Don’t neglect the SPF: Sun damage can occur even in short periods of sun exposure year-round. It is important to continue to protect your skin by applying sunscreen each morning as part of your routine. UV rays can be present even in the coldest months of the year, so continue using an SPF of at least 30 or higher — especially on your hands.
Seasonal weather changes can definitely create change in the skin. If you follow these skin tips and slightly alter your skincare routine, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.
Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment’s effects on skin
Properly taking care of your skin each day — and countering the possible effects of pollution — is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?
A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin, yet 36 percent have no regular skincare routine. Only 36 percent regularly use cleanser, and 33 percent say they’re confused about how to choose effective products and methods.
Unfortunately, everyday pollution and UV rays can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s essential to develop a proper skincare routine to combat these effects. In a given year, Americans are subject to some 83 million tons of pollution particles emitted into the air. Many Americans encounter those particles on their daily commutes, and because they can be 20 times smaller than your pores, they can infiltrate deep levels of your epidermis, leading to inflammation, dehydration and/or loss of elasticity.
Without a regular skincare routine, you’re also more apt to deal with dryness, irritation, acne, accelerated aging, hyperpigmentation, dullness and other unwanted attributes that can result from the air quality. That may be why six in 10 U.S. adults say they cope with as many as 10 “bad skin days” monthly.
“Forming good skincare habits is not complicated, and it can pay off significantly in terms of your health and appearance,” notes board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry. “It’s never too late to begin a daily skincare routine that offers the best possible protection against unhealthy elements in our environment.”
Consider adopting these five habits that will keep your skin glowing and protected from all that it encounters.
1) Use an effective sunscreen every day. Apply a product that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant and provides broad-spectrum coverage so it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply it throughout the day as needed. Henry points to studies indicating pollution may worsen the effects of UV and increase the risk of skin cancer.
2) Wash twice daily with a quality cleanser. Choosing the right product is key. Henry recommends CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser or Foaming Facial Cleanser, which are gentle on skin and deeply cleanse to remove dirt, oil and residue that build up throughout the day, helping to counteract the harmful effects of pollution and leaving skin hydrated.
3) Send linens through the laundry. Ideally, towels and washcloths should be washed in hot water after one use, and pillowcases should be washed or changed multiple times per week. While this may seem nearly impossible, frequently changing or washing pillowcases will help to keep dirt, oil and dead skin cells from building up and seeping into skin night after night.
4) Eat an optimal diet. Henry suggests eating a diet rich in antioxidants, which may help protect skin, pointing to foods such as carrots, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lentils, salmon and nuts. Conversely, diets high in processed or refined sugars or other carbohydrates and unhealthy fats may promote skin aging.
5) Get moving. Ever notice how your skin glows after a good workout? Physical activity promotes circulation, which carries oxygen and nutrients that nourish skin cells. Increased blood flow also helps whisk away waste products like free radicals from your cells. Further, exercise can reduce stress that may adversely affect your skin.
Taking a few minutes each day to care for your skin is well worth your while, especially when it comes to combating the effects of pollutants encountered daily. Visit Cerave.com to find dermatologist-recommended skincare products suitable for your skin’s needs.
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