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Face to Face with Hifsa Khan

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Banker turned boss lady Hifsa Khan run one of Lahore’s oldest and prestigious beauty salons. With a flux of new age parlors in the market, we sat down with Hifsa to discuss how her salon stands out from others.

Q1. Tell us a little about your salons history, how did you end up entering the beauty industry and what inspired you?

Although I have been working as a corporate Banker with many International Banks including ABN Amro but, I have always been inclined towards Arts since childhood, looking back, perhaps it was that facet of my personality which slowly became dominant over the years till it took a stronghold over my career.

This U turn came to my life when I got married and started a family. The break that I took for taking care of my baby gave me a chance to breathe and explore my inner passion. I had always loved makeup and though my own wedding makeup was great, I had found that the bridal services industry was wanting in the amount of time, love and care offered to the bride, and that void became my cue…

Q.2 Your signature bridal makeup is loved by many, how would you describe your style?

My style is customized as per my bride’s face and expectations. So if I fell in love with Anushka Sharma’s no make up look on her wedding, at the same time I like to give some of my bride’s traditional & royal red look. I also love the soft peachy look with shimmery eyes giving my bride a heavenly gorgeous look. That’s why we conduct Demo meeting with the brides before their big day to decide which makeup style will make them look best. So being an artist I have to keep an eye on latest makeup trends also and I always keep myself equipped with all the latest makeup techniques. 

Q.3 Makeup can be harmful to the skin if applied all the time, what beauty regime would you advise for clean and clear skin?

No, if the makeup products are of high quality, they are not harmful for the skin but yes the proper cleaning of makeup is necessary before you go to bed. And for clean skin, you have to follow the skin care regime which includes proper water intake, enough sleep, use of quality skin products & above all positive thinking which keeps you glowing inside and out. 

Q.4 Your salon offers Thalgo skin care services, which would you recommend most & why?

Thalgo has a wide range of skin care products and I must say all have magical effects. But my favourite Thalgo service is “Thalgo Silicium Facial”. This treatment is for anti-aging skin and many clients at Hifsa Khan Salon have tried this service and their feedback is amazing. I myself get this treatment for my skin and found it more than I have heard about its magical results. 

Q.5 What kind of hair treatments can one find at your salon?

Hifsa Khan Salon has wide range of hair treatments ranging from organic to chemical based treatments having quick results. Our most famous Hair Treatment is Organic Ayurvedic Hair Treatment which is anti-dandruff, stops premature grey hair and improves hair loss. To have better results, 3-4 sittings are recommended in a month. Its application is very simple and we have its retail box available also in the salon which has 4 portions of the treatment. 

Q.6 Do you plan to venture into skincare and cosmetics?

We do have strategic collaborations with many skin, hair and makeup brands but with the emerging trends of the industry, it would be inevitable to have our own range of makeup products.

Like I myself get my makeup items assembled in customized lots from international manufacturers. And sometimes it becomes very hectic so it’s far easier to convert your imagined colors into your own products and launch it as retail too. 

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Beauty Essentials You All Need This Summer

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It’s good form to clean out your beauty bag every season, tossing expired beauty products, and relegating non-essentials to your vanity. Your summer beauty bag should be lean, and TSA-friendly, just in case your wanderlust inspires a last minute flight to an exotic isle (hey, it’s summer, time to throw caution to the wind). Even if you’re not jet-setting, rising temperatures mean it’s time to switch up your skin care and makeup game. Come summer, the last thing you want is a melting face, so the following products strike the right balance of light coverage and maximum impact. If you’re prone to acne, you’ll want to peruse this list, as summer can wreak havoc on your pores if you’re not using the right products!

1. BIODERMA Sébium Hydrabio H20

The French beauty and skincare line BIODERMA owns the patent on micellar water, which is a formula that mimics the composition of the skin, and removes makeup. You don’t have to wash your face to achieve clean and balanced skin with this product, making it ideal for travel (bonus when you order the 100 ml/3.3 oz. TSA-friendly size). Plus, if acne is an issue, purifying agents like zinc gluconate and copper sulphate help regulate oil production, keeping pores clean.

2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Facial Sunscreen

Another score from the French pharmacy, Anthelios by La Roche Posay is dermatologist recommended and comes with a slew of beauty awards. Offering UVA and UVB protection, this formula is super lightweight and dries to a matte finish, so you can wear under makeup or alone, and no one will know what a stellar job you’re doing protecting your skin. (Tip: don’t forget your neck)

3. bareMinerals Faux-Tan All Over Face Color

Mineral copper complex, aloe vera and vegetable-derived emollients make this bronzing self-tanner an ideal choice for your summer beauty bag. Get a sun-kissed glow, without potential sun damage. The product stays on for five to seven days, deepens if you reapply, and is safe for acne-prone skin because it doesn’t clog pores.

4. Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner 

Dirty makeup brushes can cause break-outs, especially in the warm months when you might be applying makeup to a sweaty face (touch-ups, people, touch-ups). How often should you clean your makeup brushes? “From a dermatologist’s perspective, I would like to see daily brush washing, so bugs and old make-up doesn’t accumulate,” Greg Goodman, associate professor and dermatologist at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria tells BuzzFeed Life. With that in mind, Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner in TSA-friendly size is ideal for your summer makeup bag.

5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

A waterproof mascara is a summer must, because there’s no reason to go bare-lashed to the pool. This formula is truly waterproof (and best removed with an oil-based cleanser) and the brush adds a nice curl to lashes.

6. Tarte Cheek Stain, Awakening

If you want to keep your summer beauty bag lean, use a product that can multi-task. Tarte cheek stain can double as a lip color too.

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4 easy DIY masks you need to try with your girlfriends this Summer

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Summer 2019 is in full gear and if their is one thing all girls need – it’s to detox their skin in this sticky humid weather. Self care is essential to maintain glowing, acne-free skin. We’ve rounded up 5 Do-It-Yourself Face masks for you to try with your girlfriends this summer. Bask in the rich goodness of nutritious products working their magic, put on some music and RELAX!

  1. The Disprin Face Mask (YES, you read that right!)

Recommended to us by a friend, we were shocked at the results. If you want to achieve tighter skin and close down those pores, then apply this twice a week.

How to make it:

  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Disprin crushed
  • 1 tbsp Besan
  • 1 tbsp Yoghurt
  • Dash of Rose Water

Mix all ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply to clean face, wait ten minutes and re-apply another layer. Let it stay another ten minutes and then gently scrub it off with water.

2. Oatmeal and vinegar mask

This mask will do wonders for you if you have oily skin. Apply once a week.

How to make it:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • ¼ cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open up and remove and makeup. Pour the hot water onto your oatmeal and then combine it with honey. At the end, mix the vinegar and apply the mask while it is still warm. Rinse off after 15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.

3. Citrus avocado mask

Avocados are somewhat an underdog of the fruit family with so many benefits. This mask is great for evening out pigmentation and adding a glow to your face. Apply twice a week


How to make it:

  • ½ of an avocado, mashed
  • ½ of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

This mask is super refreshing and will leave your face feeling smooth and skin tones evened out. Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly to your face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes and moisturize with your daily face cream (preferably NIVEA)

4. Chocolate Coffee Mask

Made from antioxidant-rich cocoa, chocolate has become known for its heart-healthy benefits. These beans are loaded with polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, keeps the skin hydrated and maintains the skin’s elasticity.

How to make it:

  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Plain yogurt (enough to make a smooth paste)

Sounds appetizing right? But don’t stuff your face just yet! Combine all ingredients and spread your mixture evenly on your clean, dry face. Avoid your eyes, eyebrows, hairline and lips when you apply your mask and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing it off to reveal more beautiful skin.

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Style Chaser ft. Mehek Saeed

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Our muse this time is an enigmatic one; Mehek Saeed, renowned for her beauty and keen fashion sense.

Favouring the house of Kamiar Rokni, Mehek can be seen effortlessly pulling off their embroidered colourful top paired with a simple black frilled skirt.
Opting for a neon green Hussain Rehar suit, Mehek Saeed looks outstanding, her makeup, styling and jewelry are simply on point, tips we can borrow for our next outing.
The perfect contemporary shaadi look, Mehek Saeed encapsulates desi vibes with her Zuria Dor wardrobe, putting together a perfect blend of dark colours which complement her, she has surely outdone everyone.
Mehek Saeed can be seen going for a minimalist look here, a high-neck kameez that showcases a transparent fall, her shades matching with the shalwar. A comfortable yet chic fit.
Wearing a floral exquisitely crafted jumpsuit by Zainab Salman, Mehek can be seen oozing elegance. This is definitely a look we should be adding to our lists.
Mehek Saeed rocking an ombré ruffled top, her out of the box aesthetic is eye-catching and unique.
A well put together ensemble by Hussain Rehar that reminds one of spring, Mehek Saeed owns the look and puts her own little spin on it.
Finishing off the list is one of Mehek’s casual looks, donning her favourite MangoSS19 collection, she gives us an idea of what to wear on our next brunch.

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