time to enjoy the outdoors

Welcome the warm weather by stocking up on soothing skincare products, having a picnic or a barbecue, and dressing up in blue-and-white to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday.

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Out and about
Planning an outing on Yom Ha’atzmaut? Gala Home, Shufersal’s home brand, is offering a wide range of camping and beach items at very reasonable prices. Among the items on sale, look for portable stainless steel barbecues at NIS 79, folding beach chairs at NIS 39 and 80-cm. folding tables at NIS 79.
Fire up the grill
Independence Day marks the beginning of barbecue season. In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, veteran Israeli meat company Baladi has launched a new line of products all made from 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives. The line includes Romanian kebab; home-style kebab; lamb and pine nut kebab; and a recent favorite, kebab on a cinnamon stick. There is also a selection of sausages, burgers and chicken skewers. All the products are seasoned and ready to be grilled. Prices range from NIS 21.90 to NIS 24.90 for four burgers (480 gr.), and NIS 24.90 to NIS 27.90 for 500-600 gr. packages of kebabs and sausages. Kosher.
Anti-ant solution
Spring is not only about holidays and flowers but, unfortunately, also ants in the kitchen and everywhere else. To that end, the Hagarin chain of stores offers Fix Gel, a new gardening product that is safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. The gel acts as bait that the ants carry to their home base, where it exterminates the entire colony. For best results, use small dots in corners and crevices in the kitchen. NIS 79 for a package of two. Available at Hagarin stores, (08) 932-0466, or www.hagarin.co.il
True blue-and-white
Triumph lingerie celebrates Independence Day with a range of blueand- white underwear, which includes a large selection of lovely styles and shapes. NIS 89.90 to NIS 399.90.
Highland le’haim
Sir Edward’s, a kosher Scottish whisky, arrives in Israel in time for the big parties. The authentic Highlands flavor, made from pure water according to an age-old recipe, will no doubt become a favorite in Israel thanks to the good quality and affordable price. NIS 99 for one liter. NIS 79 for 700 ml. Available at bars and liquor stores around the country.
Super blush
Maybelline New York has launched two makeup palettes that you may find very useful this summer. The Master Blush Color and Highlight Kit is a versatile blush palette with four shades for different times and occasions. The Master Bronze Kit is a palette with three shades for sculpting and highlighting, as well as adding that golden-tanned look without exposing your face to the dangers of the sun. Each palette costs NIS 50. I really enjoy playing with both by mixing and matching the colors.
Soothing shower
The battle to soothe dry and irritated skin begins in the shower, say the experts of La Roche-Posay, an international dermo-cosmetic company that specializes in products for sensitive skin. The brand recently launched a new body wash, Lipikar Syndet AP+. The gentle lotion is enriched with shea butter and niacinamide, combined with other active ingredients in a patented formula that is also suitable for washing a newborn’s scalp. The lotion, which contains no perfume or parabens, should be used daily. The company recommends using a moisturizer after every wash. NIS 60 for 200 ml.; NIS 99 for 400 ml. Available at private pharmacies and online.
Hand-picked petals
Kiehl’s skincare brand has launched a mask that helps to soothe, hydrate and reduce signs of stress. Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque targets dryness, dullness and uneven texture, as well as redness. This lightweight gel mask, formulated with hand-picked calendula flower petals and aloe vera, bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application to instantly achieve soothed, hydrated skin. Target both an oily T-zone and dry/normal cheeks at the same time by multi-masking with a face mask for oily skin and a face mask for dry skin. And it smells wonderful! NIS 205 for 100 ml. Available at Kiehl’s stores in malls in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.
A calming effect
Dermalogica has added two new items to its Ultra Calming line for the treatment of red, sensitive skin.The two work together in perfect synergy to calm the skin in acute bursts of hyper-sensitivity, while preventing such bursts from recurring. Calm Water Gel becomes liquefied when it comes in contact with the skin, creating a protective barrier for dehydrated, irritated skin (NIS 312). The Barrier Defense Booster, to be used with the gel, is a concentrated oil serum that calms the skin, adds hydration and balances the skin (NIS 476). Dermalogica products are not tested on animals. Available at leading spas and cosmetic centers. To find one near you, call 0732-102-030.
Pretty smooth
New from French company Guinot, Derma Liss cream concealer fills in fine lines and open pores to create smoother looking skin. The optical cover-up is achieved thanks to a special fine powder which immediately smooths the skin. But it is not only about visible results. The cream also treats skin imperfections, using hyaluronic acid and an essence of a Japanese plant rich in Resveratrol, the newest filling agent used by cosmetic surgeons to combat free radicals and the development of bacteria. The result is instantly radiant, smoother-looking skin, as well as long-term results. Use after applying moisturizer, instead of or under makeup. NIS 258. Guinot products are available at cosmetic centers and licensed beauticians.
Beauty sleep
Vichy’s new Idealia Face Peel serum for the 30somethings is a radiance activating night face peel that renders an ultimate healthy glow. This overnight face peel helps refine skin texture and even skin tone while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to glycolic acid used for peeling and the thermal water from Vichy’s own springs, the new formula contains poly- p h e n o l s from blueberries and an extract from fermented black tea. It is suitable for all skin types. Use daily on clean skin before applying the hydrating cream. Vichy promises visible results within eight days of use. NIS 179. Available at private pharmacies. To find one near you, call (09) 773-0800.
Spring cleansing
Payot has launched Eau Micellar Express, a new kind of micellar makeup remover with raspberry extracts and hyaluronic acid. This micellar water cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes in a single step, and the cool water texture leaves skin clean, soft and supple. Apply morning and/ or evening to the face and neck using a cotton pad. NIS 79. Available at Super-Pharm, New-Pharm and Hamashbir.