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
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
Whatever the reasons for our desire for
change, there are many things we can
begin doing right now to shake things up
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
DIY face mask recipes
For Oily Skin: Matcha mask
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.
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
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
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together.
Leave on for 15 minutes and then remove
with a warm cloth
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 2 tbsp of avocado
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 mashed mango
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
Directions: Combine all the ingredients
together and apply for 10 minutes
- 1 tbsp of organic Greek yogurt
- 1 tspn of honey
- 1/2 tspn turmeric
- 1 tspn aloe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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