YSL Couture Kajal Eyeliner: The Review

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It’s been awhile since an eyeliner surprised me. I’ve tried the creamy pencils, the liquid ones and yes even the felt-tip ones so I thought I had them pretty much covered. Until I came across the new YSL Couture Kajal.

It’s part of the YSL Pretty Metal Fall 2015 collection and I have to say the packing on this series is seriously smokin hot! One of those collections that actually looks so pretty just sitting on your makeup table.ivy say makeup review ysl beauty

But the Couture Kajal is innovative to say the least and unlike something I’ve come across before, because it’s a 3-in-1 Khol Eyeliner Eye Shadow stick. What that means is that it works as

1- A kohl for your lower waterline

2- Your regular everyday eyeliner (on the thicker side) to contour your upper eyelids

3- A Smokey eye shadow

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The Formula

To say it’s ultra-creamy is an understatement. The natural waxes allow it to give you super smooth application. Oh and you can kiss sharpeners goodbye. It’s sort of crayon-like at the tip so there there is no twisting or pumping for more product release. What you see is what you get…So here is where things can get tricky, be gentle in your application don’t press too hard if you don’t want to break the top off.

The Pigmentation

Seriously intense. Expect deep dark color. This is not for the faint of heart, or eye in this case. Color payoff is very strong. And it’s also VERY long-lasting. In fact I had to use makeup remover to erase the swatches off my wrist. So in case you were using Couture Kajal for smokey eyes, move fast, like really fast.

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The Finish

As matte as the mattest of mattes and darker than the darkest nights- just the way I like my kajals.

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Just when you thought eyeliners couldn’t get more interesting, YSL surprises us with the Couture Kajal. For someone who isn’t very precise, the grip on this eyeliner is a game changer for me.  I also  plan on buying the Couture Kajal in Blue Cobalt and Vert Anglais. You will love everything about the Pretty Metal Fall 2015 Collection especially the eye shadows and Couture Brow eyebrow gel which I can’t wait to get my hands on as well.

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Baby Luca’s Nursery

ivy says room baby mamas and papasI think one of the most exciting things about expecting is preparing and decorating your baby’s nursery. I had to stop myself from starting a little too soon, but that didn’t prevent from doing a lot of browsing and window shopping early on.

I’m quite classic with my taste but at the same time, I didn’t want have the traditional baby blue with white overdone color palette. Though I knew I was expecting a boy, I actually wanted to stick to a gender neutral theme, one that would work for both a baby boy or girl.

To me, the most important thing was for the room to look and feel tranquil, it was a place where my newborn would spend most of his first months of life sleeping and I wanted both him and myself to feel relaxed and serene in our surroundings. I also wanted to keep the room clean and uncluttered, so maintaining space was a big deal as well.

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I picked gray and beige as the main color scheme. To add warmth to the room, I had vintage oak hardwood floors installed and painted the walls a very light soothing shade of gray.

Next, I begun looking for the crib and furniture, bedding and accessories and the whole nine yards. I found everything I was looking for in one single stop, during my many shopping trips to City Centre Beirut, Mamas and Papas. City Centre Beirut happens to have an entire floor (level 2) conveniently dedicated to children’s clothes, furniture and entertainment. As a new mama I have come to appreciate this more than you can imagine.

Although white furniture has been huge nurseries for the past couple of years, I was keen on mahogany as I wanted it to look more like a timeless nursery in the sense, I fell in love this gorgeous oak three-piece nursery set from Mamas and Papas (with each piece sold separately) made up of a large crib, a changing table with a set of drawers and a wardrobe. I also bought a gorgeous honey-colored rocking berceau also known as a cot, which I planned to place in my bedroom for the first couple of weeks before transitioning Luca to his crib.

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But no nursery is complete without a special set of bedding, and I was immediately drawn to one called “Once Upon a Time” the theme revolved around a sweet cream colored teddy and his friends, the rabbit, elephant and donkey. What I loved the most is the complete set of accessories as part of the theme so that everything can go together. But when I say complete I mean EVERY detail imaginable was “Once Upon a Time” from the bed bumper for both the crib and cot, blankets, musical crib mobile, lampshade, curtains, changing mat, rug, painting, wallpaper, and baby sleeping bag. I even went a step further and chose a silver tin with a teddy from the theme as a souvenir, it had for gorgeous silver pebbles inside each with a wish.

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I love how the nursery came together in the end, and how easy it all was to find. Mamas and Papas at City Centre Beirut is definitely a place I recommend you put on your list when designing your nursery.

Let me know what you think!

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Ivy Says x Adidas Festive Fitness

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Who said running shoes can’t sparkle too?

Just in time for the holiday season adidas Originals have once again teamed up with Rita Ora for the F/W2015 to bring a monochrome palette with lots of vibrant contrasts. This has to be my favorite favorite collaboration to date, I still can’t get over my S/S15 Superstar 80s sneakers which I wear religiously you can check out the full shoot here.

As you know I’m lucky enough to view and receive pieces from the collection before they hit stores and this time I fell for this glittery tweed version of the ZX Flux. As you can tell they have the soul of an iconic adidas runner from the ’80s with a whole new look. I absolutely love how the ZX Flux has evolved throughout the years while still preserving it’s original DNA. It’s minimal yet trendy, it’s available in some incredible prints, and you don’t have to run to wear it.

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In fact, I styled my ZX Flux with a regular silky Zara top and plain black track pants but then I threw on this statement metallic blazer from a Paul and Joe and my black Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour. It’s comfortable, stylish and festive.

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You can grab these babies at adidas Originals in Saad Zaghloul Street in downtown Beirut.

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My Breast Cancer Scare Story

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I woke up one morning 5 years ago feeling a large lump on my breast. I couldn’t breathe. CANCER was the first thing that came to my mind. But how? I’m only 25. I didn’t want to go get it checked, I was too scared and not prepared for dreadful news. But then again, who would be?

For two week I didn’t tell anyone. I was worried they’d panic, then I would panic. So I decided that it would be my secret. I hoped that by not telling anyone, it would just go away on its own.

It didn’t. Every day I would look for the lump and there it would be. I would have a panic attack under the sheets and pray. Prayer should make it go away. It didn’t. I would put my hand and there it was, lumpy and almost protruding. It felt like the universe was betraying me. That’s it I’m dying. So young.

Two weeks later I caved and broke the news to my mother and husband who was my fiancé at the time. They were appalled that I hadn’t shared the news with them earlier, that I had let my fear silence me. My mother reassured me that breast cancer did not run in the family, but nevertheless they rushed me to get checked.

Getting a mammogram made it all the more real. It was painful the way the machine pressured my breast. I cried. Not from the pain. But the fear, again. I felt so weak and already defeated.

As I sat in the waiting room I kept envisioning scenarios in my head. And I kept making promises to god. One more chance, please don’t make me go through this. Please let this be a false alarm. One more chance.

It was benign. I had more than ten lumps in my breasts and they were all Fibrocystic. It was the name of a very common condition that more than half of women would experience at some point in their lives. But the doctor would have to keep a close eye on them, especially since they continue to grow, which meant that I would have to go in for an ecography every 6 months. It wasn’t ideal but you bet I was thanking my lucky stars.

But then I thought of all the unlucky women who received different news. My heart ached for them and the difficult battle ahead. The one with no guarantee of a win. The sort of battle that would kick your ass whether you would win or lose. And even when you win, you’d still get a good beating. I started reading up on breast cancer. I learned that 90% of cases of breast cancer were preventable. I learned that the only way breast cancer can kill you is if you don’t detect it early enough. I learned that you can’t detect it without a check up. Yet I also learned that a very few women actually go in for frequent screenings, because cancer “can’t possibly happen to them.”

And I hope it never does. To anyone. But we both know that’s wishful thinking. Breast Cancer rates are alarming, almost one in 8 women will be diagnosed with cancer. So let’s decrease those rates by spreading awareness.

I took part in City Centre Beirut’s latest campaign to #BreastCancerAwareness. Please take a moment to watch the video I’m featured in below and share.


The Ivy Says Show On NRJ 99.1 Returns for Season 2

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And we’re back! After a short break to have my baby boy, the IvySays show will be back live on Wednesdays at 7pm on the number one hit music station in Lebanon, NRJ 99.1.

Following the big success of season one, we have an even bigger and better season planned.

I’ll be returning to NRJ Lebanon with all the original segments including a round-up of the hottest happenings from around town, my little black book of celebrity gossip, fun lists, relationship questions with Dear Ivy and one of the most popular segments I know many of you enjoyed; Instafamous.

Last season we welcomed Instastars, influencers and bloggers such as Riri_dada, Rima Fakih, Whatsuplebanon, Lebanese Memes, L’Armoire de Lana, StreetStyleDubai, Lebanese Beauty Queens, Blog Baladi, Imperial Twist, Travel Junkie Diary, Nadia Mneinme, Gino’s Blog, Roulixa, No Garlic No Onions, Mario Bassil and many more amazing peeps.

I want to thank everyone who’s contributed in making this show the big hit it was and invite you all to tune in again this year to hear me blabber away! We’ll also be doing many more live road shows and big giveaways this time around so get in touch for all your bookings.

Tune in to NRJ 99.1 FM tonight at 7pm as I welcome your favorite digital influencer and my dearest friend the very outspoken, unapologetic Riri_Dada from Instagram and don’t forget to follow my Snap Chat story at IvySays.

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Benefit Cosmetics To Open in Lebanon

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That’s right! Many of us in Lebanon wait to travel and hit up a Sephora in Dubai or Europe to get our Benefit Cosmetics beauty fix but not anymore.

I’m happy to be one of the first few to break the news that on the 1st week of December of this year, Benefit Cosmetics will finally be available in Lebanon at ABC Ashrafieh and ABC Dbayeh. The points of sale will also include my personal favorite, the Benefit BrowBar, where you can get your eyebrows Tinted, Waxed and Tweezed by a Benefit expert who is trained in the art of what the brand likes to call Brow Mapping! Learn more about that here.

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I was happy to meet with Benefit Cosmetics this week to bring you this news and will be sharing with you many of their latest updates and releases so make sure to follow me on Instagram and SnapChat IvySays for all the latest. Also you can now follow Benefit Cosmetics Lebanon on Instagram here.

I personally love this brand because of how fun and innovative most of their makeup is, it’s totally different in its catchy approach to beauty and original products and I’m also a huge fan of their unique packaging.

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If you’re not familiar with Benefit Cosmetics let me walk you through a couple of their iconic and bestselling products.

They’re Real Lengthening Mascara

This one’s all about drama! For extreme length and volume in your lashes. It’s an all-timer and favorite among mascara aficionados and beauty bloggers. It will really make you second-guess whether or not they’re real or fake.


This is one of my personal faves, it’s a lip and cheek stain liquid in rose tint. It will give your cheeks this barely-there sort of sexy flush you get only from a crazy cardio session, and it’s buildable and super long-lasting. It looks like a nail polish bottle, smells like rose water and can be applied with your hands.


Brow Zings

The eyebrow kit of eyebrow kits. Whether you want to add definition to your eyebrows or simply fill in sparse areas you will love this set, it includes a pigmented wax cream and a setting powder. It also comes with a miniature angled brush, blending brush and tweezers for those last minute plucks. You really don’t have to be an expert to get nice thick brows with this kit. And the entire package is so compact it can fit in all our nano-bags.

Hoola Bronzer

It’s a universal medium-dark shade bronzer with an extra matte finish. It comes with a small cheek brush inside also for those last-minute touch ups. I haven’t used it before but I swiped some on my wrist and already love how well it blends. I also hear it’s the perfect blush for contouring so I can’t wait to try it out.

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The Pore Fessional

This is sort of like a primer and loose powder in one, you can use this both under or over makeup to minimize the appearance of pores and help your makeup stay on for hours. It’s an oil-free formula and it feel so silky and smooth.

The Roller Lash

Another cult classic from Benefit, I haven’t tried this one yet, but I can’t wait to after reading the rave reviews it has. It’s supposedly inspired by hair roller, the hook’n’roll brush is supposed to grab lift and curl each lash to give you a wide-doey-eyed look.

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Also read my detailed review on the Gimme Brow here

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3 Skin Serums I Love


I think I speak for a lot of women when I say there’s not much time in our day for a good skin care routine. So instead of layering up on different types of creams, most of us are looking for that multifunctional one that works to resolve many of the issues we face (pun intended). When it comes to serums and creams I’m all about trying different formulas and brands though I tend to stick to a few favorites.

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I generally have good skin that is combination, with quite dry cheeks and a T-zone that tends to oil up, so these products have been tried and tested and have worked wonders for me. And though all three include as a dark spot correctors it’s important to note that none will really eliminate them all together, just significantly reduce and prevent them. I also don’t use them all together at once nor do they replace my moisturizers and day creams, but rather they serve as a base.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum


I was lucky enough to catch the Shiseido road show in Lebanon when the Ultimune was launched back in 2014. There’s a lot of technology that when into this serum and I can attest to the fact that it delivers on many of the promises it makes. I use it right after cleaning and toning my face and before my moisturizer. It works on minimizing fine lines, soothing skin and giving off a generally healthy glow. I also noticed a dewy and fresh-faced look and it has worked to improve the general appearance of my skin after 3 months of use. The formula is light and gelish and super easy to blend, it really feels like you have nothing on, which I appreciate as heavy textures bug me. It’s a little pricey but worth the splurge in my books.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

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Though I have an overall good skin tone, I do have my share of skin blemishes and discolorations from the occasional popped pimple and sun exposure when I was to cool to use SPF in my teens. I discovered Smart Custom Repair at the launching dinner with Clinque last year and have been hooked since. Clinique Smart is all about repairing damages and dark spots. I’ve always resorted to Clinique Laser Focus for dark spot repair in the past and this one is no exception. The formula is also gel-like ( yes I prefer that texture over creamy ones) and lightweight and it doesn’t have to replace your daily moisturizer so a simple pump really goes a long way. I tend to concentrate it on discolorations and I’ve had noticeable results over a period of 2 months. But I find that it’s all about maintenance so I suggest you apply preventatively as well.

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

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I was introduced to Mission Perfection earlier this year during a breakfast presentation with Clarins. It focuses mainly on correcting pigmentation be it dark marks, acne marks or even a red or dull complexion which occurs more when the temperatures drop. It’s more creamy than the above two formulas but still on the gelish side of things and that works wonderfully for me. I’ve been using it throughout my pregnancy and I can safely say it’s managed to lighten up my dark spots significantly. I like to apply it before bedtime especially as it smells really good. It has a shimmer to its finish which gives a lovely radiance to my face especially when I decide to go sans makeup.

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