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What we're loving: bliss eye mask, Waitrose relish and Guaraná Antarctica

A Brazilian pick-me-up, relish with a twist, meditation on the dot and quick relief for tired eyes.

The new triple oxygen instant energising eye mask from bliss.
The new triple oxygen instant energising eye mask from bliss.

A Brazilian pick-me-up, relish with a twist, meditation on the dot and quick relief for tired eyes.

Guaraná Antarctica

The official drink of the Brazilian national football team is an exotic concoction made from guaraná berries grown on plantations in the Amazon. Its flavour is somewhat similar to Coke but with a berry aftertaste; it also has a stronger caffeine kick, so it really hits the spot when you need something to propel you through a sluggish afternoon at work. Available in select local shops for under Dh2.

* Paul Muir

Waitrose spicy onion & garlic relish

I recently discovered what may be the most appetising condiment I’ve ever tasted: an onion and garlic relish from the upmarket chain Waitrose. Made from a blend of dried onions, barley malt vinegar, cayenne pepper, chillies and garlic powder, it’s pretty versatile – I’ve been eating it with everything from omelettes and salads to fish and chicken. A mere half a teaspoon is enough to deliver an explosion of intense flavour in your mouth. Want an extra kick? Mix in some Dijon mustard. Dh12 for a 320g jar.

* James Gabrillo

whil

If I was jaded I’d say Lululemon Athletica’s new three-step meditation movement, the brainchild of the company founders Chip and Shannon Wilson, is a do-good attempt to make everyone forget about those see-through yoga trousers. While these clothes are gorgeous and usually well-made (and beloved by local yogis), the one thing that has always bugged me is the expense relative to the intent of the practice. From time to time, when I look around a class and spot more than 20 people decked out in Dh400+ worth of gear, I can’t help but think it’s not right. That’s why I was happy to click on the “shop” button on whil’s home page, only to find this simple and refreshing message: “But you already have everything you need.” www.whil.com

* Ann Marie McQueen

Bought it, love it, can't live without it

The toll of not having enough sleep is most obvious around the eyes. Bleary with dark shadows or bags, one look in the mirror at your haggard reflection is enough to send you straight back under the covers, desperate not to have to face the world. Party girls, new mums and you anxious insomniacs need no longer fear inquiries from well-meaning (or snarky) colleagues. The new triple oxygen instant energising eye mask from bliss will take you from “zombie” to “fresh as a daisy” within 15 minutes. I keep a pack in my fridge at all times; it soothes, brightens, de-puffs and hydrates the area around your eyes. The package says it releases “three forms of glow-inducing oxygen”. While I don’t exactly understand the science behind it, it has helped me save face on numerous occasions. The bliss triple oxygen instant energising eye mask costs Dh248.75 for a box of four. Bliss products are available at Va va voom, Mirdif City Centre (Dubai), Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates (Dubai) and Debenhams, Dalma Mall (Abu Dhabi).

* Felicity Campbell

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