Gisou Launches Tinted Lip Oils (And Other News You May Have Missed This Week)

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The rainy days are (hopefully) behind us, the sun is shining and spring is in full swing. Well, summer if you live in the Middle East. This week, beauty brands revealed their latest launches in time for the season, including lightly tinted lip oils by Gisou and a decadent Chopard perfume apt for balmy evening dates. As for the weekend ahead, unleash your inner child at a Coach pop-up (or bring little ones along) and celebrate Greek Easter the traditional way at a beloved DIFC eatery.

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After the sell-out success of the honey-infused lip oil, Gisou is launching a tinted iteration in time for sun-soaked adventures. Available in watermelon (a deep, pinky-red), mango (vibrant orange) and strawberry (subtle, petal pink), the tinted lip oils evoke memories of the juicy, ultra-shiny glosses of millennial youth and are infused with Mirsalehi Honey from founder Negin Mirsalehi’s family farm, as well as jojoba and meadowfoam for non-sticky hydration and moisture. Shop now

How Sweet

Vanille Malika is an ode to the facets of vanilla that represent femininity and womanhood; strength, playfulness, sweetness, seduction. One of the oldest and most prestigious ingredients in perfumery, Chopard combines multiple iterations – Madagascar Vanilla, Royal Bourbon Vanilla and Majestic Vanilla – with pink pepper, incense, lychee accord and mysterious woody notes for a sensual concoction perfect for date night. Shop now

Sip And Shop

Ferragamo stages its first-ever restaurant takeover in the Middle East in collaboration with Bungalo34, immersing guests in a world of fashion and fine dining. The pop-up marries Italian and Island aesthetics and not only showcases highlights from Ferragamo’s spring/summer 2024 collection but serves a specially curated a la carte menu of dishes inspired by the House. Book now

All That Jazz

Etihad Arena Yas Island, in partnership with Proactiv Entertainment, Miral and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, is bringing world-famous musical Chicago to Abu Dhabi this September. Chicago is Broadway’s second-longest running musical thanks to its thrilling story of deceit, glamour, betrayal and redemption. And, not to mention, a healthy dose of jazz. Tickets go on sale for the award-winning musical on 6 May. Book now

Chic Eats

The Yacht Club Restaurant at Bulgari Resort Dubai has unveiled a brand-new culinary concept under Chef Niko Romito, the renowned chef at the helm of the resort’s own Michelin-starred Il Ristorante – Niko Romito. This new chapter will see the Yacht Club Restaurant embrace the essence of the Italian coast, serving the finest Italian seafood in equally stunning surrounds. A stand-out from the new menu is the grill section, which boasts flame-kissed lobster, fish and vegetables. Whether popping by for sundowners after a day on the seas or for a fine-dining date night, this is a spot sure to impress. Italy without the jet lag? We’re in. Book now

Face Off

Work deadlines doing a number on your elevens and crow’s feet? Elizabeth Arden’s innovative retinol promises to reduce wrinkles in just one week, so you’ll look refreshed come Monday. The Retinol + HPR Ceramide Rapid Skin Renewing Water Cream is gentle enough for first-time users even though its formula is ten times more powerful than pure retinol; the lightweight cream is boosted with skin-firming peptides, hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing ginger root. Shop now

Matchy Matchy

Image courtesy of Hunza G

Beloved swimwear brand Hunza G has announced its first-ever shirting capsule, The Weekend Collection, coinciding with the brand’s 40th anniversary. The collection features three shirts and shorts sets in summer-ready colourways including black-and-white linen and blue-and-white striped poplin. Whether worn as a cover-up over the brand’s bestselling one-size crinkle swimwear or for running errands in the scorching desert heat, the collection is an essential for this season’s rotation. Shop now

Time For Tradition

Upscale Greek restaurant Avli by tashas is celebrating Orthodox Easter this Sunday with a memorable feast of traditional fare. In collaboration with chef Andreas Lagos and curated by head chef Vlassia Anagnostou, the offerings include an extensive selection of seafood, Greek cheeses and vegetarian dishes – including the Greek Easter staple of tsoureki, traditional bread seasoned with orange zest – as well as plenty of traditional desserts. Sunday 5 May, 12pm to 5pm. Book now

Island Life

Dana Hourani (Image courtesy of LOEWE)

Hundreds of tastemakers, influencers and industry insiders descended upon Be Beach in Dubai on the weekend for a celebration of Loewe’s Paula’s Ibiza 2024 collection. Dana Hourani, Karen Wazen, Dima Alsheikhly and Nadine Nassib Njeim were some of the famous faces dancing the night away on the sands, illuminated by the sparkling Marina skyline. The annual Paula’s Ibiza collection honours Paula’s boutique, a bohemian sanctuary popular in Ibiza in the ’70s and ’80s; Loewe now co-owns the collaboration which sees island-ready pieces including ruffled skirts, whimsical prints and hand-woven basket bags. Discover the collection


The Coach Tabby Shop, an immersive pop-up celebrating the latest Tabby bag, captures the free-spirited nature of today’s generation and the confidence-boosting philosophy of the House. Coach has set up a fun-for-all-ages experience in the heart of Mall of the Emirates – none other than a larger-than-life, bright-yellow bouncy castle in the shape of the quilted Tabby. For those that prefer to keep their feet planted on the ground, pop into the Coach Coffee Shop with Tabby-inspired treats created by local favourite Tania’s Teahouse and browse the latest collection. Until 5 May, book your slot here

Cute As A Button

Pomellato celebrated the launch of its Pom Pom Dot collection with a star-studded party in Dubai; VIP guests included singer-songwriter Marita Hallani, Dima Sheikhly, Yasmine Zahran and Dana Hallani. Pom Pom Dot is a modern reinterpretation of Pomellato’s emblematic 1974 necklace and is the House’s first reversible jewel, with one side adorned in a brilliant diamond pavé and the other hard stones (think: malachite and mother-of-pearl). Discover the collection

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  • Words by Savanna Smith