• The 15 Best Beauty Boxes to Give Someone this Holiday

    Written by Yasmine

    Burberry Hero Gift Set
    The limited-edition Burberry Hero Gift Set, is a minimalistic yet powerful gift set with three different products from the Hero line. The Eau de Perfume in 100 ml (which has actor Adam Driver as its ambassador), Hair & Body Wash, and last a Eau De Toilette of the scent in 10 ml.

    Gucci Gorgeous Jasmin Perfume Set 
    The Gucci set is a beautiful and exclusive gift to give to someone you care about. The Set includes Gorgeous Jasmin, which is a composition led by Grandiflorum Jasmine. With an enlightened expression of this precious flower. Blended with base notes of Sandalwood and Benzoin, further lifted with notes of Mandarine Essence and Magnolia Accord.

    Victor Vaissier, La Forêt Gift Box 
    La Forêt Parfumée from Victor Vaissier, is a forest-inspired candle that is great for Christmas. The scent is a beautiful combination of all things great with nature – smelling like a forest. The refreshing scent comes from a mix of juniper and evergreen, together with red currant for a floral and slightly sweet edge. Best of all for Christmas it comes in a hand wash and a diffuser as well, perfect as a package. To give to the person that need some calm and bring an coherent atmosphere throughout the home.

    Beard & Bristle Grooming Kit, The Body Shop
    Who can not include The Body Shop when it comes to Christmas gifts? The UK brand has countless gift sets to offer. Everything from skincare to body and hair care for you to find a new favorite. The Grooming Kit from The Body Shop is a popular choice to give during the holidays. The kit includes three different essentials – the minimalistic beard comb great for travel, the cedar & sage beard oil for a soft and fresh feeling, and green tea and energising moisturizer to hydrate your skin during winter. All three products are popular options that can be bought individually, but together – it’s a lovely set.

    Innisfree, Green Tea Skin Moisturiser Set
    For the skincare enthusiast Innisfree is a great start to get into K-beauty. The set is contains the brands most popular serie 'Green Tea'' and is very hydrating and helps to moisturize your skin. It includes three products, the Green Tea Cleansing Foam, Green Tea Seed Intense Moisture Serum and the Green Tea Seed Moisturizer. The serum and cream have a soft and refreshing scent and feeling to your skin. Refresh yourself or someone you care about with the popular brand. 

    Balmain Limited Edition Gift Calendar FW22
    The complete X-Mas set is in a chic wonderland Balmain Paris Hair Couture box. Get the ultimate Parisian luxury with some of the brands most popular producdts. This luxurious gift box contains the complete series of a Leave in Conditioner, Argan Moisturizing Elixir, Moisturizing Styling Cream  not to mention a Limited Edition Nutcracker ornament, a Christmas decoration in hand-blown glass to have in your home. 

    H&M Beauty Gift Boxes (Self-Care Starter Kit)
    As a Swede, we must visit H&M during the holidays for our shopping. The clothing brand that today has a strong beauty presence have created various beauty sets – to fit every wish. From the most experienced beauty enthusiast to the one just starting out. One of the many setss is the Self-care Starter Kit, a limited-edition package featuring everything you need for a spa day at home. Take a relaxing bath with the bath bomb, or bath oil – finishing up with the body soap. All while wearing the pink headband that comes with the set. Not to mention an easy face mask and lip gloss. Not to mention, H&M Beauty also has two strong beauty calendar to check out!

    LA MER The Revitalizing Hydration limited-edition collection
    La Mer the Revitalizing Hydration collection Includes the classic Crème de la Mer 60ml, The Hydrating Infused Emulsion 50ml, and a bag. An exclusive gift to give to yourself or if you know someone who appreciates the brand.

    Diptyque’s Set of 3 Holiday Scented Candles Three starry skies come to life in the winter night: Diptyque’s three limited-edition scented candles. Gathered in a gift box adorned with stars, they envelop the holidays in emblematic winter scents faceted with new and singular tones. In a deep green, the Sapin / Pine Tree candle expresses notes of mountain pines. The Neige / Snow candle, in a beautiful midnight blue, diffuses a soft harmony of heliotrope and white musks. And lastly the In a rich, warm red, the Étincelles / Spark candle instantly brings the spirit of the holiday season to life.

    Byredo, La Maison - Scented Candle Gift Set
    Give the gift of Byredo icons this holiday with a set of a perfume and hand cream, housed in a limited-edition gift box designed in collaboration with Laila Gohar. The limited-edition gift boxes, designed in collaboration with Laila Gohar, transports Byredo into the experiential artist’s playful universe for the holidays, juxtaposing individual beans with braided and entwined foods – a nod to the bonds that tie us together.

    Merci Handy Holiday Christmas Market Set
    The Hand Care set includes three different hand cleansing gels in a perfect size to have with you during the hectic holidatys. The set comes in three different products; new scents: Daddy DJ, Tree.0 and Galaxy Flakes. With designs with snow flakes, a christmas dj and some christmas trees. 

    AESOP Geranium Leaf duet
    Wash your hands lovingly with this mild cleanser by Aesop then follow with a generous application of the rich, soothing balm. Each formulation is designed for frequent use to treat labor-wearied hands.

    DR Jart+ Cicapair Soothing Magic Set
    If you want to give something universal, for the beauty enthusiast. The beauty mecka Sephora has a range of different Christmas boxes to fit your wish. One of the many examples is DR Jart+ Ciapair Soothing Magic set. The set includes the brands most favorites such as Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment 5 ml, Green-to-beige cream that adapts to the skin's natural color to neutralize redness and even out skin tone. Cicapair Tiger Grass Enzyme Foam Cleanser 30 ml and the Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Cream 5 ml Not to mention, a favorite for many the Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Serum Mask.

    Decléor Xmas 2022 White Magnolia Kit Give the gift of self-care this season and discover three Decléor products enriched in White Magnolia Essential Oil. The gift set features a complete illuminating routine for face and hands, powered by white magnolia essential oil to promote revitalised radiance. The White Magnolia Night Balm, and an natural-origin overnight mask. The Rosy cream and serum – that all combines Magnolia, Geranium & Ginger Essential Oils in a formula to target visible signs of aging.

    Maria Nila Gift Box
    Maria Nila Gift Boxes explores the connection between a scent and a visual experience by having the Swedish artist Siri Carlén interpret the products as abstract art. The result is six unique boxes and while every box contains different products to work best for your hair if it’s volume, repair, or color every box includes the 30ml True Soft Argan Oil. Don’t forget you can definitely use the boxes afterward in your home as a décor!

    All the 15 christmas sets are all perfect in their own way depending on who you want to give it too. They are splendid where you have the chance to try a completly new brand, or revisit a favorite one for a holiday spirit. 

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    An Interview with Gass Jallow

    Written by Olivia Arte by Fashion Tales

    QueenGJ (Gass Jallow) is a Creative artist, singer, rapper, and entertainer. She is best known for her unapologetic extrovert personality traits, creative style, as well as her fearless approach to club hosting and live rap performances.

    Tell me about yourself, how did you end up here?
    Well, My name is Gass Jallow I’m 22 years old, born in The Gambia in two cities Banjul and Baku. Came to Sweden at the age of 5 and was raised in Stockholm. I’m a traveler and rich in life experience. a spontaneous, go-getter, and laid back. I just don’t like going out that much. But when I’m outside I’m lit and the vibe creator. I’m here today because I’ve made a big impact in my city, community, and people’s life. In the past, I’ve been a bit more of the background of others' art, work, and success but now my time has come. It’s time for me to let myself shine through.

    When did you realize that music was for you and how did it happen?
    I’ve always known music was my destiny from an early age. When I was 9 years old, I had this one important goal of mine and it was to join “the musical class ” in school, I wanted to develop my vocals and learn more about music. I remember applying and getting denied 3 times because the teacher told me “I wasn’t good enough”. I went home and felt like my whole world fell apart, but something in me wouldn’t give up. As I was home I kept trying to figure out a plan to still get in,

    I told myself “If I truly want to do music then I must get into that class by any means”. And It wasn’t an easy mission, but I went for it! I put time and effort into figuring out ways to sneak into their daily rehearsals and learn as much vocal training as possible, so I could get another chance to get accepted for my next addition. I managed to sneak in many times until I finally got caught and there I end up in the principal office chair. It was said that other students had been seeing me in their classes and that I’d been missing out on my classes. I end up getting a warning to not enter there again, I remembered at that moment I broke down into tears, feeling like the whole world was against me. As I was crying and trying to explain myself, The principal calmly walked up to me and said “You’re one stubborn little girl” and said the magic words I’ll never forget “Gass, I’ll help you get into musical class”, she decides to convince The head of the music center to give me a one month trial to be apart of their class. Which later lead me to go there full time. At young age giving up was never a choice and there and then I proved to myself everything Is possible.

    How had that story shaped you today?
    Looking back today at my childhood, life wasn’t easy for young me. I was never handed anything. The word “you’re not good enough” still followed me as I got older and affected me deeply. The older I got the bigger challenges got, and the painful words became my reality. I was often told my dreams were too big and wouldn’t be able to pressure them. So In my early teenage, I dimmed my light more and hide in the shadows of others. I always felt like I took too much space even when I didn’t try to. I tried to always not be seen, and at some point even stop showing up for the school group photos, and there I build up insecurities.

    Do you think you should do something different?
    Years passed and I never spoke about my music to anybody but myself. The close people to me knew of course but no one pushed me to fully commit to it except Mike. When I was 14 I had a phone buddy, who I could share everything with. Mike always wanted me to sing for him and spend days and nights listening to me talking about everything. I like to say he was my soulmate, he always told me there is something special about me and if God chooses me, I shouldn't let other people project their opinion on me. He wanted me to share my voice with others. The day he passed away I huge part of me disappeared, I remember wanting to sing for him at his funeral but got scared and never did… Today it’s something I regret deeply. But in the mid of all these painful tragedies and heartbreaks, there was still this strong fire in me, that came out of me now and then that everyone knew of me. Once I heard the sound of music, I automatically started dancing and it didn’t matter who watched or laughed at my moves I kept on letting it flow. Dancing took me to another dimension each time. I think it’s because it always brought me closer to the child in me, who loved music and dancing in her little world. Although I wasn’t showing my vocal sides as much, I still found myself in the studio and watching others create. I just loved being around it and always found ways to be a part of it whether it was a session for me or others. In class 6 there was this one girl who used to rap so well and everyone made fun of her but I admired her so much. The boys used to say “girls can’t rap” and that challenged me. One day I asked her to teach me how to rap and wow I can’t explain but the empowering feeling was something I knew right there was missing in me.

    How was it later in life?
    At age of 14 teens, I started to be a part of behind-the-scenes for other creative projects and acts, simply because I wanted to learn more and I sure did. It has been an interesting journey so far and it taught me a lot about myself and others' stories. 2018 That's a year I’ll never forget! Few years before I met a guy named Jonathan, who was a then promotor and he truly believed in me! He heard me rap, play a few demos of mine, and then challenged and convinced me to perform live.

    When was your first gig?
    My first QUEENGJ performance was in “Trädgården”. It was after that performance I remember telling myself “This is all just a practice before the big stage”.

    When people tell you not good enough,
    You start hiding from the world.
    But you can only dim your light for so long.
    Music’s my destiny so it found me again,
    and this time it’s here to stay. When your true passion calls on you, there is no
    choice but to follow it unapologetically.”

    What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
    In the Gambia, I grow up listening to Senegalese music and Indian music. In Sweden I listened to late 90s Hip hop, soul, and RnB, I loved MTV! Then I got introduced to dancehall in 2011, but today I pretty much listen to everything such as afrobeat, amapiano & more.

    How did your career start?
    I wouldn't say my career has kicked off as big as I want to yet, but I’m on the right track for sure! I have been working on my own music lately. And I’ve recently gotten many opportunities/collaborations from brands, Promoters, and venues to perform live with my unreleased music, which has pushed me, even more, to want to release my music ASAP. I might be in an early stage of my career but I can see the clear, big vision and success ahead of me Inshallah! I’m very excited about this journey of discovering new things and developing more of my sound and art.

    When did you realize that music was something you could make a career in?
    Very late actually, I think I was around 16 years old. It was when I started to travel and made friends with international artists and creators who live off it full-time. Because here in Sweden it’s quite rare that musicians live under the pressure of their art full time. Most artist always has some extra job or freelancers on the side to survive. I feel like many people do music here as a hobby. Well, It’s not like the American pop star lifestyle. But maybe the time has changed, I hope so. As for today, I know music is more than art. Music’s just like any other business and political party. The only slightly different is that is more of a personal thing, it’s your own story and brand you putting out there. Which can feel pressuring, frustrating, and intense, and taught especially on today’s media platforms, people can be insensitive, harsh, and mean to the artists. They forget we’re humans too and social media it’s not the best place to be at always. But that’s a part of this roller coaster of challenges, it’s not always glamorous and fun once it becomes too serious therefore It’s extremely important to have a strong, loyal, smart, genuine, and supportive team to fall back on when you have some setbacks.

    Do you find that your music changes you or does the music change with you? I experience both in different periods. Lately, I would like to say I’ve affected my music more than the music itself affected me. When I’m in the studio or alone jamming to music I’m very emotional, focused, and present at the same moment. I feel safe, excited, and relaxed when I create. Singing allows me to let my emotions flow and rapping allows me to express my alter ego… It is always a statement when I start rapping! I know I’m THAT IT GIRL aka that b* who gone say whatever she want unapologetically and stand on it. On the other hand tho I truly get inspired by others' stories and my own experience which leads me to be this open and free to create.

    Which singer would you dream of a collab with, dead or alive?
    The top 4 would be - J Cole, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Youssou Ndour and dead ones Pop smoke, XXXTentacion, and 2 pac. Although I want to work with many new creators both big stars and upcoming ones. I look into people's potential a lot. The next big artist could be anybody, It’s important to not underestimate anybody. Everyone deserves a chance and time to develop, you never know what magic or impact you could be creating with someone once y’all are in the studio together.

    What do you do before a performance?
    Not that much, I usually just talk to God, practice my songs, or worry about my outfit. Fashion is an important part of me. I often overthink the crowd’s reaction, but only because I know there to watch me but they don’t know what to expect. It’s a very interesting and proud moment, I’ve managed to grow a supportive crowd by simply being myself WITHOUT releasing music. I can only imagine how much bigger it could get once released. Inshallah!

    Do you have a preparation ritual or something?
    hmm, hard question. Well, secret many people don't know of me, when I feel like people don’t like me or doubt me… I always manage, to find a whole new embodiment of my energy. And that’s how QUEENGJ got created, she is my alter ego and very different from Gass. 2016 is when I gave her a name. I just perform better when I get upset. I know it sounds weird but it works for me. Can’t complain either, I kinda like it.

    What can we expect from you in the future?
    BIG THINGS! I’m just getting started. Your girl has recharged and worked on her! Moving forward expect a lot of FIRE, unapologetic confidence, statements, carefreeness, realness, and slaying! IT'S QUEENGJ time and my sound will make noises. Just hold on tight because I’m coming out becoming the next big STAR and I’m more ready than ever! I believe god has very big plans for me and I have no choice but to complete my mission. Soon y’all get to see me on bigger stages near y’all cities.

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    dress Humana Secondhand
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    jacket Mackage
    dress Humana Secondhand
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    shirt Humana Secondhand
    leggings Pop Vintage
    earrings Stylist’s Own
    jacket Mackage
    dress Humana Secondhand
    shoes K.cobler
    dress ROTATE
    glasses Weekday
    top Gant
    glasses & bag   Weekday
    necklace Seams
    rings & earrings Stylist’s Own
    dress Sandro Paris
    scarf Chanel
    earrings Stylist’s Own
    dress ROTATE
    glasses Weekday
    ring Stylist’s Own
    jacket Mackage
    dress Humana Secondhand
    scarf Chanel
    top Gant
    skirt, bag & glasses Weekday
    leggings Pop Vintage
    necklace Seams
    rings & earrings Stylist’s Own
    dress ROTATE
    glasses Weekday
    rings Stylist’s Own

    photography Olivia Arte
    fashion Ken Mogekwu
    hair & makeup Gass Jallow
    photographers assistant Jane Tan
    thank you to Sätra Centrum & Skärholmens Marknad

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  • Photos: © Dior / Photography: Mohamed Somji

    Dior Opens Concept Pop-up Store in Dubai

    Written by Yasmine

    Jumeirah beach in Dubai is the site of a fascinating architectural innovation that houses a Dior pop-up store. The spaces have been designed in collaboration with the Italian firm WASP, whose mission is to create 3D printed eco-housing from natural materials.

    Created in partnership with WASP, the installation features a unique 3D printed structure that has been made from natural materials including clay, sand and raw fibres. The habitable structure comprises two circular modules that were 3D-printed thanks to advanced digital construction techniques designed by WASP for the project. The spaces were crafted from natural materials, combining clay, sand and raw fibers using an exceptional 3D printing system.

    The walls of the boutique feature Dior’s signature cannage motif. Inside the boutique, creations in popping acidulate colors celebrate the gentle pleasures of refined living, including the Dioriviera collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. They are joined by iconic bags including the Dior Book Tote and Dior Caro, plus the latest additions to the Dior 2022 cruise line like Lady Dior in a horizontal East-West format, or Lady Dior Wicker baskets. The pop-up features beachside accessories and objects including deckchairs, parasols, cushions and bottles adorned with toile de Jouy, as well as a number of classic accessories from the house’s latest collections.

    The emblematic Toile de Jouy print adorns Dior Maison beach essentials such as deckchairs, parasols, cushions and bottles, enhancing the magic of this boldly innovative setting.

    Take a closer look at the concept store above. Head over to Dior’s website to shop the label’s latest styles.

    Photos: © Dior / Photography: Mohamed Somji

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