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Look like a movie star, sport ac­tivewear and stock up on toys – Hanukkah is al­most here

The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • NERIA BARR

That Hol­ly­wood glow

Have you ever won­dered how the stars al­ways look so fresh and glow­ing on the red car­pet? A beauty treat­ment in­tro­duced re­cently in Is­rael takes credit for the glow en­joyed by many of the top stars, in­clud­ing Bey­oncé, Paris Hil­ton, Kate Winslet and even Matthew McConaughey, to name but a few. So how does it work?

The com­pany’s slo­gan is “Three steps, 30 min­utes” and it does take only 30 min­utes, so you can get it dur­ing your lunch break. Hy­draFa­cial uses a patented tech­nol­ogy to cleanse, ex­tract and hy­drate the skin, leav­ing it glow­ing and fresh. The ma­chine gen­tly ex­fo­li­ates the top lay­ers of the skin while re­mov­ing de­bris from pores (black­heads) with pain­less suc­tion and then nour­ishes skin us­ing the com­pany’s su­per in­ten­sive serums that sat­u­rate the skin’s sur­face with an­tiox­i­dants and pep­tides to max­i­mize the glow. The re­sult? Face skin looks more even, glow­ing and re­freshed – and ready for the red car­pet. NIS 800 to NIS 1,300, avail­able in beauty cen­ters and cos­metic surg­eries. To find one near you call Promedics (03) 603-0078, or Dr. Lali Han­nani at 054-339-3331.

Shape up

Even if you haven’t started ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly, you can still dress up as if you have. Hood­ies has launched its fall-win­ter col­lec­tion of­fer­ing a wide range of fash­ion­able and com­fort­able well-de­signed ba­sics that suits not only the young and fit. Mix-and-match pieces from their Ath­leisure col­lec­tion of fun jog­ging suits, or make a fashion statement with pieces from their Color-Block Party col­lec­tion. Ad­di­tional safe op­tions in­clude the clas­si­cal denim jeans and jack­ets and the Cool&Ca­sual comfy sep­a­rates. NIS 49.90 to NIS 199.90 for grownups and NIS 59.90 to NIS 179.90 for chil­dren.

Find real beau­ties

Sacara is a lo­cal low-cost beauty chain that of­fers good makeup and cos­met­ics at very rea­son­able prices. The chain has re­cently launched a new con­cept – Sacara Trend – a line of makeup items en­riched with vi­ta­mins, anti-ox­i­dants and herbal essences, which in­clude no parabens. Sacara now has stores in all the ma­jor shop­ping cen­ters and the shops of­fer an ex­ten­sive line of up-to-date, qual­ity items in a frac­tion of the cost of sim­i­lar products.

As part of the re­launch, the chain in­tro­duces new items in all the cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing primers, con­ceal­ers, eye and cheek pal­ettes, and shim­mers. Our fa­vorite is a con­tour­ing and blush pal­ette en­riched with vi­ta­min E. The new pal­ette in­cludes a con­tour­ing gray­ish brown, a pink­ish blush and a shim­mer for high­light­ing. The pal­ette in­cludes a brush and is small enough to carry in the bag. The re­ally amaz­ing thing about it is that it is not only very ef­fec­tive and easy to use, but that it costs less than NIS 30. How amaz­ing is that?

Get the magic touch

Hair re­moval products usu­ally sur­face be­fore the sum­mer, but a new brand ded­i­cated to the re­moval of un­wanted body and fa­cial hair is some­thing to write about. The new in­ter­na­tional brand, called sim­ply Re­move, of­fers a wide range of so­lu­tions color-coded for dif­fer­ent skins and hair types. The range in­cludes prepa­ra­tion spray and wipes, for numb­ing the area and re­duc­ing pain, re­touch pen to help eas­ily shape eye­brows and re­move fa­cial hair (great!), Maxi Kit, in­clud­ing 52 cold wax strips, roll-on sys­tem, Brazil­ian bikini home wax and more. There is also a hair re­mov­ing cream and herbal wipes for the re­moval of resid­ual wax. Dis­trib­uted in Is­rael by D. Amour Tech­nolo­gies. For more de­tails call 050-8547822.

Dig in

Zabar has in­tro­duced a new tehina with lots of chick­peas – and it looks like it is go­ing to be­come our new fa­vorite. The oth­er­wise health­ful tehina, served mixed with chick­peas, is con­sid­ered by nu­tri­tion­ists as a su­per food – and it is very good.

Ber­ry­li­cious

Paskovich spe­cial­izes in im­ports of frozen foods. The com­pany re­cently added new frozen berries to its col­lec­tion – which in­cludes fruit picked in Ser­bia un­der strict su­per­vi­sion and frozen us­ing an ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. The new items in the line in­clude frozen red rasp­berry and frozen mixed berries, both fan­tas­tic for us­ing in smooth­ies, cakes, desserts and ice creams. Love them! Kosher ba­datz, NIS 14.5 for 300 grams.

Try gluten-free

The Amer­i­can health food brand Bob’s Red Mill is now im­ported to Is­rael, of­fer­ing those who avoid gluten new and fan­tas­tic op­tions. The products, sold in most su­per­mar­kets, in­clude gluten-free, whole-grain flours, Mex­i­can tor­tilla flours, or­ganic gluten free ce­re­als, as well as ve­gan egg re­place­ments, rich oats, fiber and other health­ful bak­ing such as alu­minum-free bak­ing pow­der and more. Prices range be­tween NIS 15 and NIS 55.

Choose ve­gan

Ever since my daugh­ter be­came ve­gan, I am al­ways look­ing for new plant-based products to re­place an­i­mal-based ones. Vega, a com­pany that mar­kets only ve­gan products, re­cently launched a new spread made from or­ganic ve­gan oils as well as car­rot juice and lemon juice, that tastes very much like but­ter. In fact, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany 100% of blind tasters thought it is but­ter. Great for spread­ing in sand­wiches, bak­ing, fry­ing and mak­ing sauces, this spread is also more health­ful for those look­ing to re­duce choles­terol in­take, or are lac­tose in­tol­er­ant. Try it. Avail­able in su­per­mar­kets and health stores. NIS

14.90 to NIS 18.90. For more products go to https:// ve­g­afoods.co.il/

Shop for toys

The Hanukkah toy shop­ping is not quite like the Christ­mas craze, but the kids still ex­pect presents and good­ies and, as ev­ery year, one of the largest toy im­porters and mar­keters in the coun­try, Dia­mant Toys, is launch­ing new hits. This year the list in­cludes the he­roes of the TV pro­gram Res­cue Team, Slime mixer cars and o t h e r slime hold­ers, Hatchibaby dolls and col­lectible eggs and from the do-it-your­self line – our fa­vorite – bath balls that kids make them­selves. There are also card games and Betty Spaghetti, the win­ner of Game of the Year in the US. Avail­able in all toyshops.

Pre­fer the health­ier op­tion

Movie night at our home al­ways calls for snacks, of course. But in or­der to re­duce the guilt feel­ings, I try to look for less harm­ful snacks. As part of this search, I re­cently dis­cov­ered or­ganic baked potato crisps that are ac­tu­ally good. The new Hasade products, in­clud­ing baked crisps in three fla­vors – clas­sic, pi­quant and with veg­eta­bles (or­ganic car­rot, beet­root, spinach, and broc­coli), in­clude no trans fats, choles­terol, preser­va­tives, ar­ti­fi­cial col­or­ings and GMOs. NIS 9.90 to NIS 10.90 avail­able in stores around the coun­try. https://ha-sade.com

Get good good­ies

Buy­ing candy for Hanukkah? Why not help chil­dren at the same time? The Gdolim MeHa­haim or­ga­ni­za­tion for chil­dren with can­cer of­fers a range of kosher candy and can­dle gift boxes, avail­able on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s In­ter­net site, and all pro­ceeds go to the chil­dren. Prices range from NIS 12 to NIS 38. www.gdolim.org.il or call (03) 619-5977.

In­dulge

Love Lo­tus cook­ies? I know I do. But as if that is not bad enough, Lo­tus has now in­tro­duced an even big­ger sin – lo­tus balls cov­ered with Bel­gian choco­late. No need to elab­o­rate, right? Yes. It as good as it sounds. Kosher.

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