Ivy Says x Adidas Outdoor Yoga

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A year ago Yoga didn’t mean much to me- back then it was a strange “boring” practice reserved for the barefoot hippies and elderly. Body Pump and calorie-busting classes were more my thing.

But then I had my first Hot Yoga class and everything changed. Before I knew it I signed up for Vinyasa, Yin Yang and even Nia Yoga. I’m not going to pretend like I’m really good at it, I’m not there yet. But I will say this- I totally underestimated it. And I don’t just mean it from a wellness perspective, I mean it gave me a new core strength, it improved my terrible posture and it helped me find my balance and focus better. It also gave me a kick-ass workout, and yes I underestimated that one too. While everyone was planking and pulling gravity defying poses there I  was struggling to grab my feet with both hands.

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Now I’m officially hooked. So on the long Easter weekend I decided to pack up my yoga mat and have an outdoor yoga session in the Jabal. And I’m always on the lookout for a cotton pair of pants or a comfortable colorful outfit that can add vibrancy to my Yoga sessions and put me in the mood.

Here I’m wearing brand new Spring 2015 Adidas Originals Hawaii Tee shirt and Leggings available in stores very soon!

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Namaste

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An Edgy Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent

Although Spring is usually about glossy lips and soft pastel eyes, the makeup we saw on the runaway for SS15 was more about seriously smokey eyes, statement lashes and bold lips.

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So when I received this marvelous little box from one of my all-time favorite makeup brands; Yves Saint Laurent, back in early Spring, I wasn’t surprised to see tucked inside was the bestselling Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara and the new Couture Mono Eyeshadow in 15 Frasque shade, a stunning metallic gray shade with a brilliant finish.

In fact, Frasque, is one of 16 single iconic eyeshadow shades YSL released for Spring 2015. The color release is excellent, blending is super easy ( I find it best when you don’t use your fingers to apply) and the finishes range from mattes to satin. I was set for endless smokey eye looks.

To get a further acquainted with the new YSL Beauty launches, a select group of bloggers were invited for a makeup session with YSL at the ABC Department store a week later. We were scheduled for a makeover and mini-shoot. I was happy to find out YSL’s very talented makeup artist Bob would be working on me and he promised to take give me a look I haven’t tried before.

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Bob is a master at contouring and highlighting’ all with his trusty and iconic YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen as you can see here he started off marking my fine lines, cheekbones and area above my eyebrows.

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He also applied a soft yet edgy smokey eye on me using three shades from the Couture Mono Eyeshadows in Fougue, Caftan and a base of Toile. And of course Bob used the Faux Cil Mascara to coat my lashes, one by one, until even I almost forgot I those were my actual lashes.

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And though one of the “classic rules” of makeup is go strong on the eyes, easy on the lips and vice versa, YSL is definitely about breaking these barriers and Bob chose a lipstick shade from another favorite product of mine the Kiss & Blush in the dramatic Prune Impertinente shade, a darker color I’ve never tried on before.

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This look was one of my favorites by YSL to date. Thanks Bob and the amazing YSL Beauty Team!

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13 Signs You’re Dating a ManChild

1. He still has to answer to his mother when she asks where he is and when he’ll be home.

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2. He hasn’t been to a grocery store ever since he could no longer fit into the shopping cart child seat.

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3. The only monthly payments he has are towards the local bar, weekend at The Grand Factory and summers at the beach.

Grow up

4. He’s always the last one in the bar/club and still not ready to call it a night.

celebrate

5. The only home cooked meal he’s familiar with is the one that comes in a Tupperware.

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6. You still have to sneak into his house late at night.

i dont do teen drama

7. His mother still chooses your gifts.

I have all the answers

8. His married friend’s wives have banned him.

Manchild

9. He makes fun on the ones that have kids.

its too much

10. He still hasn’t really figured out what he really wants to do in life and it doesn’t bother him.

HMM

11. He’s not comfortable making plans with you more than two weekends away.

shit

12. His idea of a great date consists of him playing Call of Duty and you eating pizza while you watch.

i think not

13. The last time you merely mentioned the word Marriage he almost broke up with you.

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IvySays x Adidas Rita Ora Superstar 80s Sneakers

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Once again Adidas Originals unites with style icon and musician Rita Ora for Spring Summer 2015 and as part of my collaboration with Adidas this year I’m lucky enough to get my hands on some of these pieces before their official release in Lebanon, only a couple of weeks away!

This collection finds inspiration in pop art, Asian symbols and futuristic X Rays. Rita’s take on the much-loved range of classic silhouettes is all about bold Technicolour adding punch of 80’s pop art graphics to the three stripes we love and the result? Unstoppable! Adidas’s iconic Superstar Series look like they’ve been dipped in comic books.

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Here I styled the Rita O-ray super girl track jacket with a comfy pair of boyfriend jeans and these Rita Ora Superstar 80s shoes which I’m obsessing over. You can take a look at another way I wore this look to an event here. Browse the entire collection here.

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Beauty Review: Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation

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At first glance I thought surely Lancôme’s new Miracle Cushion foundation wasn’t for me, as compacts are usually mineral and don’t settle well on my more often than not dry skin. I was however delighted to find out that it’s actually a fluid foundation in a compact package. But here’s what sets the Miracle Cushion apart from the rest, it’s spongy compact that although has been wildly popular in Korea/Japan for some time now it actually has not been available in both the Middle East and Europe.

Until now. Lancôme introduced this to us at a private Mother’s Day event last week and also pampered me with a makeover. A couple of days later the Miracle Cushion arrived at my door and well you can pretty much know how this goes.

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So before I blabber on here is my review

Coverage: Pretty light, but it’s quite buildable and your encouraged to do so. So layer it up if the lighter look is not your thing. But at the end of the day it’s a fluid foundation and its meant to look fresh , so don’t expect it to give you what your usual powder compact would. And don’t expect it to work for you if you’re the heavy full coverage foundation type.

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Color release: Just a gentle press on the fluid cushion with a the built-in sponge is enough to get a good soak of product on the sponge. Want more? Press harder. Just fight the temptation to stick your entire finger in.

Formula: one of the most lightweight and weightless foundations, I have BB creams that feel heavier. It’s very moist but in a watery rather than a creamy way. It also comes with SPF 23 so this is definitely something you want to keep around this summer.

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Finish: Dewy, sheer and natural. It has a sudden smoothing effect on the skin and is quite hydrating, Again perfect for the upcoming warm seasons and temperature in the Middle East.

Verdict: Innovative. Because I don’t carry my liquid foundation/ BB cream tubes out with me and I don’t use powder compacts. So Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion now means I can have my portable fluid compact with me for a quick use and touch up anywhere before meetings thanks to its built-in mirror. I’d categorize this as your day-appropriate foundation as I tend to go with heavier coverage for my evening looks.

I’m wearing 03 Beige Pêche, here’s how Miracle Cushion looks in natural light

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Too-Faced Lip Injection Gloss

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20 Signs You Need Instagram Rehab

1. The number of likes you get on a photo is directly proportional to how happy/accomplished/confident you feel for the rest of the day.

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2. Having lots of followers has led you to seriously believe you’re a local celebrity.

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3. You’ll only befriend other either equally or more popular Instagram people. Anyone else is beneath you.

friends forever

4. You’re suspicious of those who want to befriend you. You’re convinced it’s your Instagram popularity they’re after.

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5.You get all dressed up. Even if you’re staying home, yes it’s just for Instagram.

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6. You feel lost/irrelevant when you’ve gone more than a day without posting something. 

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7. You find yourself name dropping the number of followers you have more times than the actual degree you’ve earned.

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8. You now designate at least an hour by the door for an Instagram photo shoot before you head out.

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9. Your family and/or better half dread the moment you ask them to take shots of you.

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10. A selfie is serious business, it can take anywhere from 20 to 150 attempts. All in a day’s work.

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11.You have more Photoshop skills than your graphic designer friend.

damn girl

12. You now shop exclusively for Instagram not for actual real life eventsill take everything

13. You no longer have any control over how many times you click refresh for notifications. It’s like your index finger has a mind of its own.

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14.You’ve been given the Instagram ultimatum by your better half. You’re seriously considering choosing Instagram.

oh no

15. The only way to get you to put your phone down is if you’re in a straitjacket.

crazy

16. You refer to other personal accounts as “the competition”

who

17. When people ask you what you do, you actually mention Instagram like it’s a workplace.

say what

18. Coming up with catchy captions is not as easy as it looks.

I need help

19. Sometimes the pressure is too much, you need to take a “day”.

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20. The last time Instagram was down, you almost didn’t make it.

panic attak

 

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Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

It’s no secret I’ve been utterly obsessed with everything Yves Saint Laurent beauty as of lately. I was lucky enough to have their lovely team of makeup artists work on my look for my recent radio show promotional shoot  and I’ve also been gushing over their new collection on the blog for some time now.

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Although I often shop for perfumes I seldom ever use them all and they end up as decorating pieces on my makeup table since I usually prefer sticking to one or two favorite scents tops. But when YSL sent over their recently released Black Opium I knew this wasn’t going to be a phase. I was addicted.

It now one of my signature scents and favorite fragrances to date from YSL, derived from its 1977 classic Opium, this one highlights the dark and mysterious side of the original. A new character emerges with Black Opium, a restless, complex and dramatic woman who’s both playful and serious all the time, a woman who’s impulsive and always on the move and someone who lives her life with passion. A woman I can most definitely relate to.

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Trust me when I say Black Opium smells just as good as it looks. It has notes of coffee ,electric pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar and is one of those scents that lingers on even after you’ve left the room.

I first wore this perfume to a wedding in Dubai, and it complemented my look perfectly. I was feeling quite adventurous and wore a matte black gown with a thigh-high slit that was embellished and matched the gorgeous Black Opium bottle perfectly, almost like a clutch.

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Model Eddie Campbell is the face of Black Opium and you can check out the full campaign here