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Merle Norman is the perfect match

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We used to think that shopping and relaxing is toxic combination. More like mixing serious business with quest for pleasure, you know. Oh well, since we came by the Merle Norman shop in Dubai Festival City, that’s now old philosophy thrown to the bin.

Merle Norman Cosmetics offers more than hundreds of fabulous selections in make-up. It also gives free skin assessment first before allowing customers to purchase any of their products. As what Mamta Thakkar, UAE General Manager at Merle Norman Cosmetics told us, “Merle Norman believes in the idea of ‘try-before-you-buy’; we actually invented the concept.”

That being said, we took a few minutes in answering questions about personal skin care and skin conditions. After which, the Merle Norman beauty experts suggested make-up, skin care and facial treatments (according to the skin type) that are available in the shop. And, who could say no to refreshing facial? Not us!

So, before trying out a foundation or blush, we indulged first in a 60-minute hydrating facial treatment that proved to be awesome. The scrubs and moisturizers used were heavenly scented. The spa room was small but cozy. The background music was soothing. The facial expert was well-trained. The whole facial hour was totally invigorating.

Yet the full meaning of good life did not end with the treatment as we’re given make-up session to check those wonderful pieces of cosmetics. Merle Norman make-up expert showed us how to choose the right make-up that suits the skin. They had guide lists that would help any customer find out the appropriate shade or type of make-up. What more, they gave a number of tips in doing day and evening make-up. It was truly educating as it was fun.

Is shopping and relaxing mutually exclusive? Not anymore. This American skin care and cosmetics brand that trails its lineage way back in the ‘30s surely knows how to pamper its store clients. So, drop by any of the Merle Norman stores in the UAE (these are the only shops they gave outside the US), and achieve the delightful experience that we had.

For bookings, please visit or call Sharjah Mega Mall, Level 2 – 06 5748380; Dubai Festival City, Level 1 – 04 2328566; and Mirdif City Centre, Level 1, South Entrance – 04 2840770.

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