more than just skin deep!
Diamonds are a woman's best friend but it is cosmetics, which are her
buying cosmetics, always keep in mind your skin tone, type and age.
Also buy the best that you can afford!
Are you looking for the premium brands in cosmetics? Then Almas is the
place to go, as it has an array of well-known brands such as L'oréal,
Maybelline, Clinique, Revlon and Body Shop.
foundation and make up you can check out L'Oreal's "Feel Naturale"
or Maybelline's "True Illusion". They both come in a lot of
forms such as compacts, loose powder and in varieties such as in line
minimizing and age defying formulae.
Hair dyes of L'oréal and Nutrisse which are priced around Tk.
300/- are available in a large spectrum of colours. Livon, which is
a hair fluid to give you tangle free and silky hair, is available at
around Tk. 220/-.
out L'Oreal's "Colour Endure" lipsticks, which cost Tk.465/-.
These are long-lasting lipsticks quite useful for working women. If
you are looking out lipsticks at a lower range you can try out Personi
which is priced at Tk.100/- . You can also try out "Lip Sparks"
which is the liquid version of Personi lipstick and priced at Tk. 180
and are available in various interesting shades such as "Mocha"
create stirring eyes try L'Oreal's "Pencil Perfect" which
comes at Tk. 358/-. Other less expensive, but good quality eye pencils
are available at approximately Tk.120/-. For mascara you can try out
L'oréal's "Le Grand Curl" at Tk. 515/-.Other varieties
of L'Oreal's mascaras are "Accentuate" which gives definition
to your lashes and "Voluminous" which gives your eyelashes
a fuller look. Or you can grab Maybelline's "Great Lash" which
comes in a bright pink and green bottle. One word of warning: You should
buy mascara every three to four months and always go for good brands.
also has happening brands of perfumes such as Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Miracle.
Prices vary between Tk.1500 and Tk.4000. Almas is probably one of the
best places to buy perfumes as they are one of the distributors of perfumes.
Not very far away from Almas is Glamour View in the first floor of Navana
Tower in Gulshan-I. Prices of some items of brands such as L'Oreal's
and Maybelline are a tad cheaper than at Almas.
you are looking to buy foundation for skin you can go for L'Oreal foundation
at Tk 760 for a 33 ml bottle or Maybelline's make up for Tk.595 for
a 34 ml bottle. Among lipsticks you can go for "Colour Riche"
or "Colour Endure" at Tk450 and Tk.467 respectively. Maybelline's
"Moisture Whip" range of lipsticks is also available at Tk.389.
View" also has a good variety of perfumes displayed attractively.
The bestsellers according to the salespeople are: "Ghost (Deep
Night)" at Tk.2545 per 75 ml bottle, "Jaïpur" at
Tk.1540 per 50 ml bottle and "Gucci" at Tk.3900.
off to "Glamour View" for excellent customer service!
Stop n' Shop at Road-27 Dhanmondi is another store with a well-developed
line of cosmetics and toiletries. Among cosmetics they have brands like
L'oreal, Maybelline, Constance Carrol, Personi and Jackelin.
lipsticks are quite cost-effective at Tk.90 and lip-liners are within
the range Tk.50-65.Lip Enhancers at Tk.135 can be used as lipsticks
as well as lip-liners. If your budget is tight "Constance Carrol"
is also a good option. Check out the lipsticks, which are priced between
Tk.100-130 and also eye shadows in four colors at only Tk.190. L'oreal's
"Dualité" which has eye shadows, blush and lip-color
in one case is available here at around Tk.500. "Dualité"
is not widely available and I have not seen it anywhere else.
n' Shop has a good mix of local and foreign toiletries. "Meril"
shampoo is available at Tk.145 per 500 ml bottle and "Select"
anti-dandruff shampoo at Tk.90 per 200 ml bottle.
Your shopping spree for cosmetics would not be complete without "Eastern
Plaza". All shops mentioned below are in the ground floor of Eastern
Check out Rims at the ground floor of Eastern Plaza, which offers great
variety at reasonable prices. The brands are diverse and they range
from Clinique, Max Factor and L'oréal to Jordana. Other lesser
known brands such as Jackelin are also to be found.
"Face Magic" foundation is priced at Tk. 160. Compacts of
Max Factor, L'oréal and Clinique are also available, and the
average price is Tk. 150. Lakme lipsticks are priced at Tk.130. Check
out "Day Shimmer 1, 2 & 3". L'oréal's "Hydrasoft"
lipsticks cost Tk.350 and Revlon's "Colorstay" Tk.200. "Plum"
& "Shell" are two lovely shades in "Colorstay".
new eyeliners are available at Tk.120. Kryolan eye shadows are good
for eveningwear and cost Tk.250. The salespeople informed that they
are widely used by beauty parlours for wedding and evening make up.
Espana eye and lip pencils are "good value for money" and
come at Tk.60. Try them. Jordana nail polishes are worth Tk.90.
has an assortment of local and imported brands of toiletries. Among
the local brands Botanics Hair Oil (Tk. 98 for 250 ml) looks interesting.
Lux, Ponds and Synergie face washes are also available at around Tk.
50 for a 50 g tube. Ayur's massage cream, which has natural ingredients
like Aloe Vera, can be a treat for your skin at Tk. 100 for a 500 ml
container. For those obsessed with fair complexions, Rims has Lakme
Fair Perfect at
Tk.80 per 50 g.
Mini lipsticks called Tiannuo are an attraction in this shop. They are
very handy for office and they are amazingly cheap at Tk.10. The "Water
Shine Diamonds" range of Maybelline lipstick are available here
(Tk.370). "Chanel" (haven't seen them anywhere else) lipsticks
are worth Tk. 240.
L'oréal's "Mini Makeover" is found here which has eye-shadow,
blush-on and lipstick in one case. It is quite an attraction and available
only at Tk. 465. It comes in "pink" and "brown"
Check out Charlie perfumes in "Red", "White", "Musk"
and "Sunshine" varieties. The average price is Tk. 400 for
a 38.4 ml bottle.
bindis are available at Gulf Corner and Mayabi between Tk.30-Tk 100.
Jordana has become quite a popular brand in Bangladesh in a short while.
So go and check out the Jordana showroom in the first floor of Rifles
Square. Lipsticks are mostly matte and are around Tk.100/- and good
quality eyeliners are worth Tk.150/-. If you are buying Jordana, it
is better to buy from the showrooms as you will get excellent customer
service from trained salespeople. While in Rifles Square, you can pay
a visit to Prince Departmental Store at the ground floor, which has
Taiwanese make up sets in the range of Tk.590-950, depending on size.
Some shops of UAE Moitry have fine collections of branded cosmetics
& toiletries such as SB Shopping Centre, Rajanigandha and Moumita
Rakamary. SB collection has a varied collection of shampoos such as
Boots, Elvive and shower gels. However, most shops in UAE Moitry have
inadequate customer service when it comes to cosmetics.
Remember that in make-up the "dramatic" is "in"
at the moment and so you can go for vivid colors for your eyes and lips.
Go ahead and get a make-over this season!
Malina Islam Halim
Eid brings about a yearning to add a touch of newness to everything
from cars and homes to personal accessories.
It is especially important in case of personal grooming. Ladies like
to keep a keen eye on the accessories that go hand in hand with their
outfits. As a result the Eid festival rekindles the hitherto dormant
wishes to stock up on jewellery. This revival is usually followed by
a wince from the male counterpart, as he finds a dent appearing on his
wallet. In this time gold, silver or even imitation materials take precedence
in the list of wants. The following guideline contains some tips on
how to acquire your desired glitter work.
Let's begin with gold ornaments. You can get a gold set of light to
medium weight with 15-30 thousand taka. The price also depends on the
intricacy of your designs. Alankar Niketan informed us how sales slope
upward about twenty days before Eid. Most people pick their choices
from the ready-made sets. The jewellers create new designs in anticipation
for the coming festivities. This year they are experimenting with tri-colour
designs ranging from 25-50 thousand taka. Women also love to go for
single accessories like rings, bangles necklaces etc. These fall within
the range of 1000-2000 taka. Jarwa House expects to face similar increases
in sales during this period. Their specialities include a mixture of
old and new designs which weigh a little more than the usual designs,
and are priced around 30-50 thousand taka.
of the largest jewellery outlets are situated in Chandni Chawk, New
Market, Baitul Mukarram and Mouchakh Market. You will find designs of
your own choice based on current market prices. Ten grams of gold cost
about nine thousand taka.
The best alternative to gold ornaments are those that are gold plated.
It has the same look and feel but weighs a little different and leaves
your bank account generally healthy. Gold plating over silver jewellery
is available at attractive and affordable prices.
about any shopping centre will offer a diverse range of products, often
with special stone settings. The range starts from a relatively low
500 to 5000 taka. All these are indispensable to those who want a matching
Silver still has a strong demand in the market. Gausia, Chandni Chawk
and Baitul Mukarram offer a huge array of both light and heavy silver
jewellery. Sets will cost around 1500 taka. The solitary items on the
other hand can be yours for 200-500 taka. Other places to look for are
Aarong and Nipun, which have exclusive designs.
Abrar Rahman fuses new and old to create a unique style of chic accessories,
which are nicely set off with expensive stonework. His is a custom-made
accessories outlet so expect to pay top price. You can view his work
at the WVA auditorium on 13-18 November with price tags of 2500-30000
You can find a plethora of fashion accessories without having to spend
a fortune on exotic metals and stones. The material ranges from the
unusual to the slightly weird. Clay and wood takes place of honour along
with seeds from particular types of fruits. . The cost is a reasonable
70-350 taka. You can find similar items at Aarong, Kay Craft and Banglar
Mela. The young women mostly prefer these as they can match and contrast
to their hearts content. It allows them to be different every single
time. You can also opt for the imitation jewellery that is found at
just about any market and is extremely affordable, starting form 10
taka to 350 taka. Jewellery is the favourite accessory for women and
nothing else has a stronger impact on their outlook. A simple outfit
highlighted by an extraordinary set of jewellery can make a woman eye
catching beyond description.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny