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Top Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Brands

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We all love to own shimmering eye-shadows and eye catching highlighters, however, there’re a downside to beauty, an actual ugly one that some of us may not be aware of, and that is animal testing in this industry.

While some may choose to ignore this fact or are simply ignorant, others are taking action and thus pushing companies to do better and choose another way for testing their products.

Now, more and more brands are joining in the initiative and is choosing to go organic, the following a list of these brands that are cruelty-free and can be found in the stores of the Middle East.

THE BODY SHOP

The Body Shop is one of the OG brands that is a world leader in fighting against animal testing, ever since 1989 when the company partnered with Cruelty International. Its campaigning was instrumental in the European-Union-wide ban on animal testing in 2013. And in 2017, it launched the #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting campaign in an attempt to ban animal testing globally.

Elf Cosmetics

The brand claims is “100 percent cruelty-free” and vegan meaning that its formulas don’t contain animal-derived ingredients. Products are available at: Souq.com and www.elfcosmetics.com

LUSH COSMETICS

Lush has had a strict anti-animal-testing policy over 30 years now. Not only does the company don’t test products on animals, but it also refuses to buy ingredients from suppliers who do. The company is currently a partner with Humane Society International, Canada, and is attempting to stop the testing on animals once and for all.

Tarte

The company has collections of both cruelty free and vegan products, the lines include maracuja oil and skin care balms. You can find their products at Sephora or through their website, www.tartecosmetics.com.

Urban Decay

The US company has also declared its dedication and commitment towards ending animal testing, also available at: Sephora or through their website www.urbandecay.com

 

 

 

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Check Out Mônot’s Latest Breathtaking Campaign at Al-Ula

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The historical site Al-Ula just witnessed yet another splendid campaign and one of the most notable photo-shoots this year!

Lebanese-American designer Eli Mizrahi had a breathtaking photoshoot in Al-Ula last January for his fall collection with a remarkable cast of supermodels and creative team, made up of the industry’s most talented individuals ever.

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Eli Mizrahi, the creative director of Mônot, enlisted some of his superstar model friends to star in their epic Fall campaign. Mizrahi personally reached out to Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Candice Swanepoel, Alek Wek, Mariacarla Boscono, Amber Valetta, and Xiao We Ju to appear in the campaign, which was shot in 24 hours.

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“I wanted to bring together a cast of amazing supermodels from all different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicity to underline the fact that Mônot is both an inclusive brand and one that wants to empower and celebrate women,” Mizrahi said.

“I just spoke to the models from the heart about my vision, as an emerging independent brand, and they were really receptive to what I had to say.” He added.

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Shot entirely in Al Ula to feature its breathtaking scenery! Photography by the duo Luigi & Iango before the world went into lockdown Eli’s vision was brought to life within both a stunning series of images and beautifully shot video.

Luigi & Iango shot the campaign last January in Al Ula, luckily before the lockdown. Another major get was enlisting Carine Roitfeld to style the shoot and Georgi Sandev on board for makeup. “I still can’t believe we got it all done in just 24 hours!” Mizrahi says.

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Arab Fashion Week Goes Digital This Year

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Arab Fashion Week (AFW) was scheduled to kick off in June but with the current situation, the industry is now introducing fashion week but in a whole different manner.

The Arab Fashion Week will be kicking off as planned but this year, it will be virtual this year as announced by the Arab Fashion Council and will take place online from June 24 to 26.

“We are thrilled to be able to revolutionize the traditional calendar by adapting a new digital experience that best fits the global financial and digital trend. We consider this move as a victorious step to shape the future of the fashion system into a more consumer conscious platform and sustainable culture, ” Founder and CEO of Arab Fashion Council Jacob Abrian said.

Both the runways and panel discussions will air live on the official website of AFW, and viewers will be able to purchase their favorite items online as well.

Shoppers who wish to purchase items from a brick-and-mortar store will be able to buy the collection off the shelves at a dedicated pop-up in 1422 Concept Store at City Walk, Dubai.

AFW follows the lead of the fashion weeks in London and Milan, which have also announced that they will be going digital and also take place online due to coronavirus restrictions.

While Key fashion events including the Met Gala and the final for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers have both been cancelled.

The three-day long fashion event will be streamed on the AFW website and also broadcasted live to hundreds of millions of viewers, both via the website and in partnership with leading social media platforms.

“Today, more than ever, the traditional fashion system is in dire need for revolution and innovation. . . What we cherish now, the way we perceive luxury and the way we engage with things is completely different with how it used to be when the current fashion system was last updated in the last century. COVID-19 . . . has been the key accelerator to lead decisions in reshaping the norms,” Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council Mohammed Aqra said.

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How Fashion Brands Are Keeping Us Entertained During Quarantine

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All big brands are trying hard to encourage their audience to stay home and in order to do so, they’re coming up with ways to entertain their followers during this quarantine time.

We’re in awe with all the efforts exerted and the different ways brands are trying to entertain us using art and music. Here are some of the big fashion brands and what they’re doing to keep us entertained.

Christian Dior

Last March, the French brand has launched a podcast series dubbed called Dior Talk under the direction of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. Katy Hessel hosts the podcast where she interviews a number of feminist artists about their life and work.

Chloé

The French label is launching a series of DIY guides, talks and even live performances on its Instagram page. A program called Chloé Voices will also launch, featuring creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, writer Pauline Klein, artists Langley Fox Hemingway and Rithika Merchant, songstress Ellie Goulding, and DJs Parcels Flora Fischbach and Pandora’s Jukebox.

Prada

The Italian label will host a number of one-on-one discussions entitled Prada Possible Conversations (a riff off Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, the Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition), on its official Instagram account.

Jimmy Choo

The British label launched Choo Sketch, in which fans get to submit drawings and videos of shoe designs and the brand picks the best and post it on its social media platforms. Best creative five will then be chosen and the brand will produce them for a capsule collection, with all the profits going to an undisclosed charity. Talk about win win situations!

Rebecca Minkoff

The American fashion brand hosts a program called Happiest Hour every weekday at 5 PM on its Instagram account, where influencers, models, stylists and celebrities come to discuss how they are staying positive during this time in order to influence others.

 

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