Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Face: Summer Coral

I don't know what I was thinking when I started this makeup look. There was nothing I wanted to create in specific, but I felt like using my liquid liner and Kate Moss 12 lipstick. I didn't have anywhere in particular to go when I started playing around with all my makeup, but I did end up going out at night for a drink with a friend (glad it wasn't all for nothing!). It's a bit of a heavy eye and lip look, something that I don't usually do (I stick to either eye focus or lip focus) but since I was having a relatively good eyeliner day, I thought "what the heck, let's be crazy today #YOLO".

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 (Sin, Naked, Buck, Toasted, Blackout) / Rimmel "Planet Sparkle" / Bourjois "Healthy Mix Foundation shade 51" / Collection "Lasting Perfection Concealer shade Light" / Maybelline #GoExtreme Mascara / Kate Moss for Rimmel "12"/ Max Factor "Miracle Touch Cream Blush- Soft Murano"/ Revlon "Colorstay Liquid Liner - black" / Chanel "Les Beiges N50"/ MAC 217 / Real Techniques "Multipurpose Brush" "Expert Face Brush"/ Random drugtore angled brush and concealer brush. 

This is my favorite of all the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks, it's a gorgeous coral red shade (although it looks super orange in the picture for some reason). Saying that this is my favorite is quiet the statement since I own probably 70% of the lipstick collection. Side note: I've been searching for shade 4 for two years now and I can't find it anywhere. If you know where I can get it, please let me know!

Have you tried out any of the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks? What is your favorite shade?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

AM to PM

Like many responsible adults, I have a job to go to every Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. It's annoying, I know, but you gotta make some money to buy shoes and makeup (duh). A lot of times during the work week, I end up having somewhere to go to after work (whether it's drinks with friends or colleagues, or a proper event somewhere). Whenever I know that I have somewhere a bit "fancy" to go to after work, I make sure that I'm wearing an outfit that can easily go from day to night without having to go home and change. Traffic is a bitch, and you shouldn't spend useless time on the road. The easiest way to transform a look is to put on a pair of heels and slap on a bright lipstick. This is the outfit I wore to work on Monday- a day that requires comfortable clothing and a strong cup of coffee. My go-to comfortable pajama pants as I like to call them, with a simple black tank top, studded chambray shirt, and black sandals. After work, I had a dinner to go to with some friends. Even though the restaurant we went to was not particularly fancy, I still felt like spicing things up so I switched my flat sandals for my favorite block heeled Zara ones, put on lipstick and switched my gigantic handbag for a bright small cross body. A comfortable look that didn't take much effort, but still looks chic!

AM: Top: Walmart/ Pants: Dorothy Perkins / Chambray Shirt: Macy's / Handbag: H&M / Sandals: Easy Spirit/ Necklace: Plastic Pills "Roses Are Red" via Lebelik / Sunglasses: Rayban / Earrings: Primark.

PM: Top: Walmart/ Pants: Dorothy Perkins / Chambray Shirt: Macy's / Handbag: Vintage / Sandals: Zara /  Lipstick:  Kate Moss Rimmel "12".

How do you like to transform your looks from am to pm?

PS. 10 points to Gryffindor if you too have Christina Millian's "Am to PM" song stuck in your head.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nails of the Week: Triangles Are My Favorite Shape

This nail design took some time to take shape, I'm happy with the result though so I thought I'd share. A normal design usually takes me anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on how long I need to wait for the layers to dry. This particular design though took me almost two hours! Not because it's a hard one, but because I was having a super crappy morning. It's very odd though, since painting my nails is like a therapy session for me where I get to forget my worries and focus on the design at hand. I guess it was just one of those days where everything kept going wrong. The colors wouldn't work together, the polishes wouldn't dry fast enough and everything was getting crazy messy. I had originally had another design in mind, and after a horrible trial that ended up with me removing it after 5 seconds... I decided to go for something along the lines of triangles. They indeed are my favorite shape, and not just because of that's Alt+J song. 

What I used:

Seventeen Base Coat, Barry M "Lychee", Barry M "Watermelon", Seche Vice Top Coat, Scotch Tape, Needle Pin (stuck it to a pencil and made a dotting tool), Toothpick. 

How to:

  • Apply your base coat followed by your base color of choice. (I decided to go for a nude+ dark green combo, you obviously can pick any color under the rainbow. For the best result though, go for a light+ dark combo).
  • Wait for it to dry. By "wait", I mean go watch an episode of House of Cards and come back. 
  • Cut tape into small square.
  • Stick them on your nails diagonally, leaving the middle empty (which will be in the shape of a triangle).
  • Apply your darker shade in the little gap that's left in the middle.
  • Wait for it to dry. By "wait", I mean go watch another episode of House of Cards. It's a good show.
  • Remove the tape carefully. 
  • With a dotting tool (I use a pin head stuck to a pencil and a toothpick, but you can obviously use proper tools) make big dots using your darker color on the lighter colored part. 
  • With a smaller dotting tool, make small dots using your lighter color on the darker colored part.
  • Then use the same small tool to make a small dot inside the bigger darker colored dots to create little holes. 
  • Wait for everything to dry. No need to watch another episode of House of Cards here... two minutes max will do.
  • Apply your favorite top coat, and clean up the edges. 

If you try out this design, don't forget to share it with me on twitter/insta/facebook!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cloud 961 Magazine's Fashion Issue

Image source: Cloud961, Photograph by Patrick Sawaya

If you're in Lebanon and somewhat interested in Social Media, then you should check out Cloud 961 Magazine. The Fashion Issue of the magazine was just released today, and it is filled with awesome articles. This issue was the second issue that I contributed to, and I'm excited to say that I wrote three articles and was featured in another. 

  • You may read my rant (OP-ED) on "Selfies" and their usage in Marketing Campaigns on page 13.
  • The 5 APPS for a fashion fix, page 44.
  • The 10 International Fashion Blogs to follow (co-written by +Mohamad Faez Tarabichi  and I), page 52.

Once I opened up the issue and scrolled through the articles, I was ecstatic to find out that I had been chosen as one of the TOP TEN Lebanese Fashion bloggers to follow! Check out the full list on page 50. 

I don't have anything else to say really, so it's going to be a super short post (shocker, I know!)
Hope you read the issue (click here)!

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