• The sudden urge for change is all too human, as is the desire to see a new person when you look in the mirror. This can be a positive opportunity if you get the right advice. Check out Oasis Living’s guide to a fresh new you

    It can happen to the best of us. You wake up one morning and nothing seems right. You are sick of your hair, your wardrobe, and your all-around appearance. In fact, you are just sick of everything being so... 'the same'.

    You feel it’s time for a total change but aren’t sure where to begin or how to start reinventing yourself without taking drastic measures.

    Personal reinvention should ultimately be something special we want to do for ourselves, perhaps because you want to pursue a new career or start a new business. It can be the “after the breakup” reinvention that many women (and men) feel is a positive and life-improving experience.

    Whatever the reasons for our desire for change, there are many things we can begin doing right now to shake things up a bit.

    Evaluate your skincare ritual

    Whether you are male or female, your skin is one of the frst things people notice when they see you, so take the extra effort to make it glow. Look at what you are currently doing for your skin. Does your skin appear healthy or is it dull, oily, or acne prone?

    Visit a beauty booth in the mall, or better still a skin clinic, for advice on products that ft your skincare needs. You can also try making some of your own safe and healthy skin masks.

    Set aside time every day to pamper your skin and begin using SPF products to protect it from the UAE sun’s harmful rays.

    DIY face mask recipes

    For Oily Skin: Matcha mask

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup cooked, plain oatmeal
    • 1/4 tspn matcha powder (a longstanding tradition of Japanese culture, matcha green tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. Most organic stores will sell the powder)
    • 1/2 tspn of honey
    Stir the ingredients together and then squeeze in fresh lemon juice, mixing until you get the right consistency for a mask. Apply the mixture to clean skin for 10 minutes. Once the time is up, wet your hands and begin massaging skin to create a light exfoliation before rinsing.

    Remember: If you have active acne, be extra gentle when exfoliating.

    Why It Works: "Matcha is a superfood and has powerful antioxidants," says Lamees Hamdan, M.D., founder and CEO of Dubai based brand Shiffa, which has been creating organic products based on the principles of dermatology since 2004. She likes applying this mask in the morning for an antioxidant boost during the day. This mask may also help reduce your skin’s sebum production.

    For dry skin: Honey avocado Mask

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp of honey
    • 2 tbsp of avocado
    • 2 tbsp of olive oil
    • 1 mashed mango
    Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Leave on for 15 minutes and then remove with a warm cloth

    Why It Works: "Honey is great because it is hydrating without risking a breakout," says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection in the US. "Avocado is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, which are incredible for your lymphatic system and restoring the skin's lipid layer." The mashed mango helps brighten the skin, since it’s packed with vitamin C, while the olive oil softens. Olive oil is also an anti-inflammatory that reverses the signs of sun damage.

    For combination skin: Triple-action turmeric mask

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp of organic Greek yogurt
    • 1 tspn of honey
    • 1/2 tspn turmeric
    • 1 tspn aloe
    Directions: Combine all the ingredients together and apply for 10 minutes
    Why It Works: "I call this a triple-action mask because it is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and super hydrating," explains Vargas. "Honey and aloe are natural antiseptics, great for keeping your skin clear. Turmeric is the anti-inflammatory, and organic Greek yogurt will boost your skin’s hydration."

    Get rid of old makeup

    For ladies, with any new look and style should come new makeup. Take a timeout from your busy schedule to go through your makeup drawer and throw out anything that is expired. Re-evaluate the makeup you wear every day and decide if it is time for an update.

    Shop for new makeup at a store that allows you to test shades and colours on your skin and choose the makeup that not only looks great on you but can be used for your brand new style.

    While you’re at it, change your colour palette

    The colours you wear say a lot about who you are. Vibrant colours, such as red, give off strong power energies, while white and blues are more distant, cool colours.

    To completely reinvent your look, you should choose a colour palette that not only goes great with your skin, hair, and eye colour, but also the personality you want to portray. Want help? Check out qcmakeupacademy.com for some amazing tips.

    Why not try contouring makeup

    It’s the latest trend online: changing your entire appearance by contouring your face with make-up. With hundreds of tutorials available online, anyone with the time to learn the techniques can learn how to contour their face to give themselves an entirely new look without the plastic surgery.

    Try How to Contour Like A Contouring Artist by Kandee Johnson on YouTube. She has all the tricks and tips to help you contour like a pro. She shows you how to highlight certain features and create subtle, natural looking shadows with cream and powder products to accentuate the most flattering features for different face shapes.

    Change your eye colour (yes really!)

    Sometimes all you need is a little change to inspire a much larger change in how you perceive yourself and, in reaction, how you project yourself. Changing your eye colour by going to the optometrist is easy to do and not that expensive. There are now eye colour changing drops and tinted contact lenses – both can have a dramatic effect.

    You can give yourself those bright green eyes you’ve always wanted, or you can finally become a blue-eyed babe. Deep and moody brown eyes? You can do that, too. You don’t even have to stick with one colour and can buy different coloured sets to suit all your moods.

    Alter your hair parting

    To get an instant revamp, you might not have to do anything more extreme to your looks than changing your hair part. Women in particular tend to become comfortable doing the same hair routine morning after morning.

    Break free of the routine and style your hair with the part on the opposite side of where it usually is. This is one of those little changes you can make that is noticeable, yet your co-workers will have a hard time guessing why you look so different.

    Get some new accessories

    Details are everything they say, and personal accessories can make a big statement about who you are and what you want from life. Trawl through your current accessories and get rid of anything that feels outdated – don’t just bin them, you can donate to charity.

    You can change your look by buying and wearing different types of shoes, putting on a different pair of shades, carrying a different style of purse, and changing up your jewellery. Switching from a gold necklace to a pearl necklace can bring about an entirely new look. For men, an ultra-stylish watch can say so much. If your budget is tight you’re in luck because the UAE has loads of great indoor markets and discount venues. If you want a discount designer piece, try online shopping sites like The Luxury Closet (theluxurycloset.com).

    Change your eyebrows

    Changing the shape of your eyebrows will change the entire appearance of your face. Thin, arched eyebrows might make you appear severe or even sinister while fuller eyebrows can make you appear youthful. If you’ve never had your eyebrows professionally done, it’s never too late to start. Visit a reputable salon or clinic and discuss your eyebrow shaping options. Many of these places will help you find the right eyebrow shape for the look you want.

    Huge right now is microblading. This is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hair-like strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. Microblading balances out your face and can be an amazing first step to a ‘new you’. Loads of places across the UAE perform this, notably Royal Retreat spa (royalretreat.net) in Dubai and Bodyworx in Abu Dhabi (bodyworx.ae).

    Get enough sleep

    Lack of sleep can easily change your appearance. It can cause dark circles under your eyes and even wrinkles. If you are sleep deprived, one of the healthiest ways you can change your looks is to give yourself a healthy sleep cycle.

    It is estimated that about three quarters of Americans don’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night. This not only affect people’s looks, but it also decreases their productivity, increases their chance of stroke, and affects people’s emotional health. Make a healthier change for yourself and get that beauty rest.

    Get a different haircut

    Your hairstyle says a lot about who you are and a new ‘do’ can even open up new job opportunities (seriously).

    Before going to a hairstylist, gather photos of hairstyles you like. If you also want to change your hair colour, find the colours in pictures. Take your samples to your hairstylist and discuss the possibilities.

    He or she will be able to ft the right hairstyle to complement your face and the right hair colour to match your skin tone. Hairstylists can also help you grow out healthy, long hair and will teach you how to care for growing hair, as well as schedule hair trim appointments to keep your new locks split-end free.

    Get a proper exercise routine

    Exercise not only helps people lose weight and gain body tone, it is also great for the skin. By increasing blood flow, your skin will glow and appear more radiant, giving you a more youthful and vibrant appearance.

    You don’t need to go overboard, though. Just twenty minutes a day will give you the health and appearance benefits you want.

    Learn to work with your body style

    If you are like most people, you probably don’t even know your body type or have wrongly assumed that you are bigger than you actually are.

    While looking at picture diagrams may help a little towards determining your body type, a personal shopper or professional image consultant can best identify your body type and help you reinvent the look you want for your professional and personal life. Just a new understanding of yourself and your body will change you completely.

    If you don’t have the money for all that, get some great advice for free online – try whowhatwear.co.uk and stylecraze.com

    Build your self esteem

    Having a healthy level of self-esteem is more than a mental benefit. It can affect how you see yourself and how other people see you. To succeed at reinventing your looks, you need the confidence to pull it off.

    Study the postures of beautiful female celebrities and dashing male actors. Notice how they hold their shoulders straight and open, not hunched and inwards.

    How you hold your shoulders and how you posture the rest of your body says a lot about who you are. Learn how to posture yourself in a way that is open and confident. Try to change your personal beliefs about yourself from negative and critical to positive and accepting.

    As the famed Indian yogi, Jaggi Vasudev said: “Self-transformation is not just about changing yourself. It means shifting yourself to a completely new dimension of experience and perception.”

    Having positive self-esteem is crucial to pulling off a new you. Here are three amazing books available on Amazon that can really help:

    The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

    If no-one has introduced you to the importance of self-confidence in life up until now, this is an incredibly valuable introduction to the significance of it. Focusing on the power of self-belief, Schwartz breaks down everything in very simple English.

    Think & Grow Rich
    by Napoleon Hill


    The significance of this book is less to do with money and more to do with the knowledge of how to accomplish anything, specifically that which you have a passion and a burning desire to accomplish. Hill looks at having a burning desire to do something, what are the factors which point to creating that burning desire, and how an unstoppable resolve allows us to make anything happen.

    Daring Greatly
    by Brené Brown


    Originally discovered by most of the world via her 2010 TED talk on vulnerability and self-worth, Brown has gone on to pen several bestsellers on similar subjects. What is so significant about Brown’s work, and this specific book Daring Greatly, is how she uses her extensive research to back up her claims.