Skin care secrets during cold weather

Nivea Daily Essentials  Shereen Shabnam

One of the reasons I love the guys at Asdaa is their tailor made media relations and sending stories that really add value to our readers day to day lives. They pick up the phone and talk to media and give hooks for relevant stories unlike the mid-range agencies who send out blanket press releases in the wrong language.

SO… Im sitting in the cold in Munich right now with chapped lips and flaky skin when I get some amazing tips from the team at Asdaa telling me how with NIVEA, the cold days can bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. A harsh winter can mean uncomfortable dryness to the face, hands and feet.

Below are some secrets on how to fully enjoy the season without damaging your skin from NIVEA. With more than 100 years of skincare experience, NIVEA understands that dry skin can affect you physically and emotionally so invests heavily in skin research to look for scientific inspiration to relieve dry skin symptoms.

Your secret number 1:

The drop in temperature during cold days lowers our skin’s production of lipids which can be perceived differently depending on one’s skin type. That’s why it becomes very important to moisturise regularly.

Using a skincare product that is rich such as NIVEA Creme or NIVEA Nourishing Body Lotion will leave your body intensively nourished all day long. Its rich creamy formula gives the right amount of moisture to the skin.

As for your face, it also needs extra attention and care during winter days especially on the sensitive parts such as the nose and around the eyes, which can be affected by the drop in temperature. Using NIVEA Daily Essentials range of products with Hydra IQ will provide the skin with all the moisture and soothing elements it needs to enhance its natural balance, whilst the sun factor 30 protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays which can penetrate through make-up and damage skin.

Your secret number 2:

When cold, a woman’s skin temperature is three degrees lower than that of a man and there’s nothing more appealing at this time of year than a hot bath. So ladies, breathe deeply, float and pamper yourself with a hot bath to banish coldness and muscle tension and improve your general wellbeing. Using the right shower gel with moisturising effects is also crucial; the NIVEA Creme Shower Gel providing the same nourishment as the NIVEA Creme will envelop your skin with its foam while its unique scent will leave it feeling moisturised and smooth. After your hot bath, it’s also recommended to apply a body lotion that provides valuable moisture which improves the sensation of tightness for 24 hours. Alternatively, and thanks to NIVEA’s latest innovation in body care, you can moisturise your body while showering with the new NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion specifically formulated for dry skin that will keep your skin feeling soft and supple braving the odds of colder weather.

It is also advisable to stay away from rubbing your skin with a towel, dabbing your skin is many times more beneficial. Rubbing the skin deprives the skin of the benefits of applying bath oil by removing the layer of the oil.

Your secret number 3

Indulge yourself with steam baths, another natural skincare tip to avoid the dehydrating effects of winter.

Moisturising your skin with a rich lotion such as the new NIVEA Cocoa Butter after a bath is essential because it doubles up the skin-friendly effect of steam bath thanks to its rich formula with cocoa indulgence. The formula, with Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, instantly moisturises and smoothers the feeling of rough dry skin, leaving the skin with a beautiful scent and healthy-looking glow all day long.

Your secret number 4

Never forget to drink water during the winter for a healthy and moisturised skin. Increase your water level and be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin and body properly hydrated.

Your result

Follow these skincare tips and you will feel your skin hydrated and healthy. You will also notice you have more energy, less tension, smoother skin allowing you to fully enjoy the season.

Thank you NIVEA for sharing these beauty gems with us.


Master Baker Chef Pascal Unveils His New Seasonal Menu

Master Baker Chef Pascal Tepper Shereen Shabnam

One of my favourite place to eat in Media City is Pascal Tepper – Did you know that Pascal Tepper’s Autumn Menu Is Being Served?

I have met Pascal Tepper a number of times during his visits to the UAE and everything he does is infused with passion – this translates into the dishes he creates as well.

As the new season sets in, so does a new menu at Pascal Tepper French Bakery. On offer are French classics, Beef lasagne, Chicken club, Spiced duck confit, Panini dinde & Brie cheese, Tuna Tataki, Shrimp baguette with basil mayonnaise, Fondant Au Chocolat and many other items, known as Feuilletes in French!

The new menu continues to embrace the true taste of French cuisine with almost all of the ingredients for the signature recipes ‘ready-made’ from France and cooked on the premises.

Master Baker Chef Pascal Shereen Shabnam

Pascal Tepper French Bakery is on the main TECOM drag and is open daily from 7am to 9pm for dine-in, take-away, catering and deliveries within the TECOM vicinity. Log onto for the full menu or call 04 454 2408.

Make-up brand Misslyn Arrives in the Middle East

Shereen SHabnam Misslyn

So last week I headed towards Downtown area middle of the day  to check out Germany’s top make-up brand Misslyn – the brand successfully launched a complete collection of luxurious make-up in the Middle East, from foundation, lip balm to the newest eyeshadow palettes for a flawless, sexy, seductive and irresistible look which I was very impressed with as it had some of my favourite colours.

Three core Misslyn products stole the spotlight: new must-have tinted lip balms for soft, shiny lips; long-lasting foundation that lasts up to 24 hours for a naturally fresh and flawless face; and three eyeshadow palettes for an endless variety of eye make-up looks, from natural, classic or party style.

According to a recent report by Euromonitor report, the Middle East and Africa region registered sales of $24.2billion for the beauty industry alone.

The newly-launched collection comprises of the following Misslyn products:


Tinted Lip Balm, Retractable

The Misslyn lip balm which combines the power of a light-colored, translucent lipstick and the soothing feel of a lip balm in one product. Simply use this versatile product to achieve a perfect appearance in the twinkling of an eye – even without a mirror. A pleasant and delicate scent provides an excellent finish to this lip product.


Long-Lasting Foundation That Lasts Up To 24 Hours For Normal To Oily Skin

For a fresh and flawless face, experience Misslyn’s Ultimate Stay Make Up which combines a matte finish and coverage with comfort and a feather-light texture. Each variant is tailor-made for the needs of normal to oily skin; with a surprisingly light texture that holds up to 24 hours. Once applied, it remains true to color with your complexion mattified, naturally radiant and glowing. 


An Endless Variety Of Looks, For A Natural, Classic Or Party Style

Three new Misslyn Eyeshadow Palettes can produce a magical transformation for your eyes. Each palette includes 12 different eyeshadow shades, offering many makeup variation possibilities. pearly shades, helps you achieve an endless variety of looks, for a natural, classic or party style. The palette is space-saving, and ist double-sided applicator is ideal for traveling.

All the Misslyn products can be purchased in these outlets: Centrepoint Mirdiff City Centre; Centrepoint Dubai Festival City; Centrepoint Sky Garden; Centrepoint Ras Al Khaimah; Lifestyle RAK Mall and Centrepoint Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi.

Harley-Davidson Open House unveils 2015 models

Harley Shereen Shabnam

My first All About Wheels update as soon I got off the plane from Los Angeles was about Harley-Davidson Middle East and North Africa (MENA)’s Open House Day in UAE – it included an exciting array of events hosted by the local dealerships for the Harley-Davidson community in each city and launched Harley-Davidson’s 2015 line up of motorcycles in Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai….pity I was not able to be part of it but as they say, when Hollywood calls, you just have to go!

Fujairah hosted the first of the three with over 250 riders and aficionados gathering at the dealership for breakfast before setting out for the first Fujairah Bike Week and Shukran Khalifa Parade. The second Open House was held in Abu Dhabi where over 120 enthusiasts gathered to see the new models of 2015 followed by an unveiling of the Street Glide® Special at the Toast of Americas Festival that took place at the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club.

On October 31, 2014, while I was busy in Hollywood, the Open House Day had 250 attendees at the Dubai dealership where they saw Harley-Davidson’s 2015 line of iconic motorcycles with some refreshments followed by a ride out to the Gulf Bike Week. A grand unveiling of the CVO Street Glide® 2015 took place at the dealership and at Gulf Bike Week. A highlight of the day was Harley-Davidson leading the Thunder Parade – a signature part of the Gulf Bike Week that saw riders from across the region come down to participate.

The 2015 range has Harley-Davidson hard on the throttle of innovation, combining world class aerodynamics and superb audio with advanced ergonomic comfort. Propelled by Project RUSHMORE’s customisations and the buzz of Project LiveWire’s combination of heritage and technology, the 2015 line up is carefully crafted for maximum enjoyment of the open road.

New Awards for Audi


Audi TT Coup

Triple celebration for Audi in recent awards ceremonies. Best Plug-in hybrid has been awarded for both Audi production vehicles and concept vehicles at the eCar awards, the new TT has been awarded the Design Innovation of the year at the Automotive Brand Contest and the brand with the four rings also took first place with the RS6 Avant and the S1, at the sport auto awards.

Congratulations to the brand 🙂

Audi TT Coup


Luxury Swiss Maison unveils stunning collection of watches

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Last week while running around preparing to travel to Los Angeles for a Hollywood Premiere of All You Need is Love, I stumble my tired soul into Dubai mall to meet with Eberhard & Co., renowned Swiss master creators of technically complex timepieces where they were unveiling a stunning collection of novelty pieces for fine watch lovers in the region.

Presenting this exquisite collection of highly exclusive master creations at the Manufacture’s exclusive point of sale at the Damas Les Exclusives boutique in Dubai Mall was Eberhard & Co. CEO, Mario Peserico. A delightful soul himself who was most gracious about me being late, he explained how each one of the unveiled timepieces represented different facets of the skills and innovativeness of their master craftsmen.

They certainly are outstanding examples of high-end mechanical watchmaking. The Novelties Collection includes creative reworking of some of the Manufacture’s renowned classics including the new Contograf, a re‐edition of the 1960’s classic creation of the same name, which was an emblem of its era thanks to its innovative features.

Most of these original features have been maintained in the new 2014 edition, but there is no shortage of innovative details: the new ceramic bezel with unidirectional rotation serves as a frame for the tachymeter scale inspired by automotive design. The case back is screwed‐in like in the original version and contains the inscription “Tribute to Contograf ‐ 1960s”.

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The date window at 6 o’clock has kept its particular trapezoidal shape. The innovations include the new metallic bracelet Chassis and an original black leather strap with a “red arrow” embroidered detail. The deployment buckle Déclic (Patented) is available as an accessory. The 8147 calibre (base ETA 7750 13¼) guarantees the reliability and precision that have made Eberhard & Co. one of the points of reference for mechanical chronographs.

Eberhard & Co. is offering the svelte Traversetolo watch in two new versions:   – a version with a white dial and a white second’s counter highlighted by “azurée” finish and a black profile. The profile of the minutes hand is also black and has an “azurée” finish. The hour markers stand out as they are rhodium plated, rounded and inlaid with black superluminova, while the upper part has a diamond-shaped radius. A second version is black, with a black seconds counter highlighted by “azurée” finish and a white profile. The profile of the minutes counter is also white.

Gilda, the timepiece that exudes feminine charm and provides the complete expression of the watchmaker’s refined and elegant world is presented in a new floral version. Gilda Floral has soft, harmonious lines enveloping a white mother of pearl dial with a delicate floral motif, finished with beautiful sapphires. In this new version the bezel, covered with 66 enchanting blue sapphires, frames the dial with a total of 112 precious stones and an elliptical case in white gold. The result is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and style.

Eberhard & Co.’s brand new interpretation of the Extra-fort model produced in an edition that is limited to just 150 pieces, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of noted Italian author Gabriele D’Annunzio’s birth. An automatic chronograph with elegant and harmonious lines, a 41 mm steel case and a face that reflects the great personality of the man to whom it is dedicated: black with white contrasts, personalised with the author’s signature, the 150th anniversary date and the famous motto “Ardisco non ordisco” – in a Liberty style font – adorning the profile of the 30 minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. D’Annunzio’s signature is also etched on the case back, which is closed with 6 screws. 50 m waterproof, this special Extra-fort is available with a crocodile strap or “Chalin” steel bracelet.

Chrono 4 is the first and only chronograph in the history of watchmaking with four aligned counters. This Registered Design is an aesthetic and functional innovation and represents a technical revolution thanks to the device developed and patented by Eberhard & Co. with sophisticated complexity. Indeed the entire mechanism operates using no fewer than 53 rubies. Never before had minutes, hours, 24 hours and seconds been arranged horizontally in a linear progression. Never before had reading the time felt so extraordinarily natural.

Eberhard & Co. now presents this all-time classic in three new versions. The first version has a white face, 4 white counters with a contrasting black outline and azuré finishing; the second version has a black face, 4 black counters with a contrasting white outline and azuré finishing; the third is a rugged all-black version with a black face, 4 black counters with a contrasting silvery outline and azuré finishing, as well as a red hand for 24- hour counter.