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Glam and glow for a cause

October 21 - 27, 2020
Gulf Weekly Glam and glow for a cause

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Two vegan lip gloss labels, made in the kingdom, are backing Think Pink Bahrain by raising funds for its breast cancer awareness campaign.

Heaven Sent Cosmetics and Glow So, both founded and run by Bahraini university students, have joined the battle against the disease as both cruelty-free brand creators have family members and friends touched by the condition.

Farah Turani, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nottingham and founder of Heaven Sent Cosmetics, said: “Multiple members of the team have close family members that have battled this illness.

“Learning more about it is extremely helpful. As young adults and university students, we are doing what we can to raise awareness, help people and give something back to the community.

“We hope to help anyone that is currently struggling through this illness or has battled it and we want to remind people that a simple check-up can make a huge difference, whether there are symptoms or not, you need to take care of yourself.”

The rest of the Heaven Sent team includes University of Bahrain student, Abdulmajeed AlQassimi, as the co-founder, Bahrain Polytechnic University student Elaf Al Hussaini, as a marketing manager, and De Montfort University student Ali AlAali as the cosmetics formulator.

The brand was launched in August as shiny and lacquered inspired lips of the 90s make a comeback.

Farah, from Tubli, added: “Lip glosses have had their time in the past and are currently making a strong comeback with trends on TikTok and Fashion Week. Gloss is looked at as a simple, yet essential make-up product.”

The cosmetics team produced several glosses varying in scent and shade boasting a range of ingredients and high quality oils such as Tahitian vanilla, coconut, vitamin E and castor.

Their latest, inspired by Think Pink Bahrain, is a bubblegum pink gloss with a red cherry fragrance called Warrior.

Farah said: “Warrior is dedicated to breast cancer awareness; the warriors that have overcome it and are going through it. Ten per cent of all proceeds on any glosses purchased in October will be donated to the Think Pink Bahrain.”

Meanwhile, Glow So, founded by University of Bahrain student Zahra Albasri and assisted by media manager, Bahrain Polytechnic student Zainab Jameel, hope their collaboration will help educate women on the products they use.

Zahra, who is the formulator and has an organic skin diploma accredited by a complementary medical association, said: “Our products are rich of naturally vegan-derived ingredients that will actually nourish and ‘glow-up’ lips.

“We love science and we love nature and when these two mix you are left with healthy, hydrated and glowing lips and skin.

“We practice safe beauty and are working to help prevent the possibility of breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals. It is one of our lifelong principles and goals, not only during October. 

“Our aim though is to help women and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

“We want to remind all our loved ones that they are not going through this journey alone.

“We encourage our gorgeous customers to join the fight, one step at a time, as we fight for a better world, better health and a better environment with our handmade vegan beauty-skincare products.”

Glow So’s products, which are formulated without additives such as silicones, parabens, propylene glycol and formaldehydes, will be donating 25 per cent of all their sales during October.

Think Pink Bahrain founder and president Julie Sprakle said: “We are thrilled this year with the amount of young Bahraini entrepreneurs who have called, messaged and emailed their support.

“They are all local and independent. These young Bahraini women and men have not just offered percentages but have also reposted our mobile application information on their platforms, understanding the essence of the month.”

For details, follow and @glowso_ on Instagram.

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