Ivy Reviews Bioskinspa and 3 Terrific Giveaways

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You can probably tell by now how much I enjoy pampering myself, and though I’ve had my fair share of spa treatments and facials I’ve yet to delve into the world of advanced (non-invasive) beauty treatments.

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I had the pleasure of attending a one-of-a kind Face Beautifying custom session at the exclusive Bioskinspa this week, a new age innovative treatment center that specializes in a combination of the latest in aesthetic technologies and top of the line skin care products to diminish flaws and bring out the best in your skin.

The spa premises resembles somewhat of a hidden sanctuary you would never guess was even there, situated on the 8th floor of a high rise in Kaslik, with a spectacular view overlooking the Jounieh Bay.


To describe it as fresh would be an understatement, with its turquoise walls and ethereal white curtains you can’t help but feel like you’re on vacation as soon as you step in. But the colossal fountain on its private terrace takes home the prize, a large open space overlooking the city where Bioskinspa clients can relax pre or post treatment with some homemade detox juice or a coffee and soak in some sun while listening to the soothing water in the background.

bioskin spa terrace

My experience kicked off with a one-on-one consultation session with a very professional beauty therapist named Reine whom I highly recommend. She thoroughly inquired about my skin type and allergies as well as some of my lifestyle habits. She took the time to advise me and propose some healthy choices I can adapt to make sure my skin is always at its best.

I was scheduled for a Oxygen Facial, the latest celebrity craze to hit the market ( also known as the new Botox.) Pressurized oxygen and a skin serum is applied through a machine (painless as it doesn’t even come in contact with your skin) to the skin. The concentrated Oxygen (which feels amazingly cool) works to reverse the damage of pollution and sun rays, paving the way for firmer and a more radiant looking skin. Next I underwent a treatment with a rotating wheel technically known as Diamond Dermabrasion, (also totally painless for scaredy cats like me) The wheel rotates rapidly to remove the upper layers of the skin, smoothens out fine lines, and deep cleans clogged pores and blackheads.

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And though my first inclination is to be quite skeptical about such treatments, I’m not exaggerating when I say the results are immediate. My skin was smoother than I ever remember; I couldn’t stop touching my cheeks and the surface of my nose, which felt unfamiliar. Next I underwent a relaxing facial on both my neck and face using only Biosphere, swiss-made high-end line of skin care products exclusive to Bioskinspa and an amazing mask and peel that stayed on for 20 minutes.

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I was then escorted into a different treatment room with a breathtaking view for a ten-minute Lifting session. Reine pointed out the fine lines next to my mouth and with a gentle buffing machine that combined infrared and dry heat she massaged my face for ten minutes. My face looked visibly plumper and the fine lines had miraculously diminished. Magic!

Bioskinspa detox juice

Afterwards I was offered some of that fresh detox juice while I got my nails filed and painted with this lovely shade from O.P.I. named Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around.

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BioSkinSpa also offers a wide range of scalp and hair treatments as well as an in-house blow-outs to get your hair done if you want to look primp and proper following a full day of treatments.

And here comes the great news! Bioskinspa is giving away three sessions to my fabulous readers (men and women).

To get a chance to win one of these

1- O2 Therapy Facial Session

2- Lifting Facial Treatment Session

3- ORA Hair Spa Treatment


All you have to do is follow Ivy Says on Instagram by clicking here

And leave a comment either on Instagram or right here in the comment section below answering this question

How do you like to pamper/spoil yourself?

Three winners will be chosen by BioskinSpa this Saturday!

Good luck!


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Intellectual Property Ethics and Online Content Creation For Your Brand: Ivy Says for Entrepreneur

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In June’s issue of Entrepreneur Middle East I discuss the ethical quagmire of online content creation and your brand. Does drawing constant inspiration through recycling ideas and recreating  visuals make your idea original or does it constitute intellectual property theft?

The lines can be blurry, but more often than not I would choose the latter. In my opinion, a well-rounded content creator is constantly aware of popular posts from competitors while also ensuring that their client’s work isn’t being echoed verbatim across the board. While you can’t always prevent people from copying your work, you can help your brand stay ahead of the curve by continuing to innovate rather than imitate. Having said that, I present you with four points to watch out for when creating content for your brand and the same can be applied for your blog.

You can read the full article HERE

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Ivy Reviews Dubai’s Latest Hot Spot; La Serre Bistro

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Whenever La Serre  is mentioned in Dubai, most people quickly associate and compare it to LPM (La Petite Maison) one of Dubai’s most coveted restaurants located at DIFC which I reviewed last year here.

That’s because the resemblance between the two is strikingly similar and it’s not really a coincidence. The common denominator in this case happens to be Chef Izi Ani who left LPM to open up Dubai’s latest hot spot; La Serre Bistro and Boulangerie.

Located in the trendy new Vida Downtown boutique hotel, La Serre boasts two floors in what looks like a glass box from outside, a traditional Parisian boulangerie on the ground floor which opens up early morning to serve freshly-baked breads, viennoiserie and a light breakfast menu and a fancier bistro and bar on the first floor serving Nicoise/Mediterranean cuisine.

On a recent trip to Dubai, I had dinner at Le Serre on a Wednesday evening and the place was packed. The interior is gorgeous, an open marble-clad kitchen looks out at a sea of fancy diners in a white crisp setting with a serene feel to it, and a very chatty ambiance. And just like LPM, a tomato, a citrus and a bottle of olive olive oil await you on your table as well as a very busy and difficult-to-catch waiter who barely has time to greet you before he’s ushered away.

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We had a couple of vodkas and a few fabulous lychee martinis at the bar so we decided to share an array of our favorite appetizers as we continued to sip on our drinks. The Burrata and Tomatoes was the first to make its debut, a generous serving of creamy cheese topped with ripe cherry tomatoes and a serving of basil.

la serre burrata

Next the splendid goat cheese with cherry tomatoes, hazelnut and subtle chilli, a specialty and preferred amongst La Serre regulars.

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We also opted for a French classic, the Lentil salad with pickled vegetables which I thought gave this otherwise typical dish a lovely kick.

The Quinoa salad with confit duck legs and clementine was a real treat, a bright and colorful salad in a light citrusy dressing.

la serre quinoa

But the grilled prawns deserved the chapeau bas, marinated in abundant garlic and rosemary with crunchy toasted sour bread. Perfect.

la serre shrimps

We over-indulged on the appetizers so decided to share the mains, The Cepes Risotto was one of the best I’ve had to date, intense cepes in a creamy rose sauce and pungent Parmesan garnished and cooked to absolute perfection. The portion however was quite stingy.

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And the Lamb Cutlets Provencal lived up to their hype and demanded respect as they made their way to our table, two glistening thick, juicy, succulent and ridiculously tender chops.

la serre lamb cutlets

I’m afraid there was no room for dessert, especially since we moved on to the bar for some more post-dinner drinks. Unlike our waiter, the bartenders were patient, something that often lacks at much-coveted gastronomic powerhouses like this one.

Verdict: La Serre definitely gives La Petite Maison a run for its money, though Dubai without a doubt has the clientele and demand to withstand more than one premium culinary bistro. Perfect for a romantic date, business dinner or a birthday treat with friends. It’s worth the visit to Vida Downtown and if you’re not up for dinner then you can also brunch in the guest garden.

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20 Problems Every Girl Will Face This Summer

1)      When you’re invited to 6 weddings, 4 of which have groups of mutual friends. Which means you actually have to go out and buy 4 new gowns.


2)      When it’s sunny and nice all week but cloudy on the weekends. Bye bye tan.


3)      How exactly are you supposed to wear your new designer sunglasses when it’s really cloudy?


4)      Now you can’t get those low-lights you wanted.


5)      When you  give up on that tan and decide to use a spray tan instead. It ruins all your white dresses.

white dress


6)      Mykonos or Marbella?


7)      When your manicure lady is fully booked and now the color on your fingers don’t match your toes.


8)      Your wax lady won’t see you for the next two month because she’s having a baby.

n no no

9)      The monokini will give you major tan lines but it’s this season’s must have.

cant take it

10)   You did your summer shopping and still have nothing to wear.


11)   When you just found out those over-priced heels you bought last week are now on sale.


12)  When you realize the dress you ordered online is a size too small.


13)   When you’re supposed to be on a bikini diet but everyone in the office is ordering fries with their meal.


14)   You’re always so grumpy because that stupid diet is making you hungry


15)   You’re not supposed to eat after 8pm but suddenly everyone you know is throwing a summer night barbeque.


16)  When you can’t decide between rosé or champagne and mixing both makes you dizzy.

dizzy wine

17)   When you remember you have an outdoor yoga class but you just got your hair blown-out the evening before.


18)   Your boss better not schedule his annual summer dinner on SKYBAR’s opening night.

ita not funny

19)   When your friend who usually has a seasonal table at SKYBAR decides he’s moving to Dubai.


20)    When the bouncer says you’re not on the list for opening night

excuse me

Have I missed any?


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An Essie Affair

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A friend asked me why I’m so obsessed with Essie. For starters, the choices are endless, over 900 to be more precise! And I just love the way they’re always introducing new shades every season single season. I’ve tried countless nail polish brands and I can safely say that Essie is the longest lasting one I have come across to date. So couple that with some of the season’s hottest shades and you’ve got yourself a winning combo.

I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit how much I love the witty and fun names they give each bottle, names that stick with you. I recently came across an interview with Essie Cosmetic’s founder Essie Weingarten did with ELLE where she goes into the very dynamic process of how they come up with those names.

I’m been spamming my Instagram with Essie’s latest collection of nail polish shades. Here are a few of my favourite of their latest shades which I totally recommend you try out this summer.

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Essie Romper Room

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So tell me, what is your favorite Essie shade?

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Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Rima Karkafi Frangieh

Despite Lebanon’s current presidential void, we’re still hoping for a fashion forward first lady. Last week we took a closer look at Sethrida Geagea, wife of presidential candidate Samir Geagea. This week, Rima Karkafi Frangieh is on our fashion radar, wife of presidential hopeful and Marada party leader Sleiman Frangieh.

Rima is Sleiman’s second wife and mother of his youngest child Vera. Before wedding Frangieh in 2003, Rima worked as a TV presenter at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) for seven years. Prior to that Rima who hails from an Iraqi mother and Lebanese father lived and attended university in Sydney after fleeing the war in Lebanon. Rima is most known for her social activism most notably in the North where she resides and volunteers her time to various charity causes and is the President of Ehdeniyat International Festival as well as the North Autism center.

In spite of her husband’s somewhat bleak chances of becoming president, there’s no denying Rima’s first lady material. With her feminine style and signature hair Rima will add a dainty allure to the presidential palace. We have no doubt she’ll be able to hold her ground amongst the world’s most fashionable first ladies.

Take a look at Rima Frangieh’s most fashionable moments.

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Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Sethrida Geagea

First Ladies Fashion FACE-OFF

Lebanon’s Hottest MP

The Lebanese Politicians’ Wedding Album

Kim Kardashian and Sheikha Mozah: Separated At Birth

The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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1) The Crop Top


This piece was an absolute Spring favorite and it’s not going anywhere this summer either. The good news is you don’t have to be a supermodel to wear one, as it shows off your midriff not your abs, just style it with a high-waist pair of pants or midi or maxi skirt and you’re go to go. If you’re top heavy then I recommend you keep it loose and boxy.

2) The Midi Skirt

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Just below the knee and inches above the ankle sits the midi-skirt ( or mid-length skirt). It’s a super feminine piece inspired by the ladylike style of the 50′s that can be dressed up or down fairly simply. But keep one rule in mind, if it’s tight at the bottom pair it was something loose atop but if it’s puffy then by all means style it with that teeny tiny crop top. I also love this item styled with a classic pair of pointy pumps and a statement clutch.

3) The One-Piece Swimsuit or Monokini

The one Piece suitI personally couldn’t wait for the one-piece to make a splash again on the fashion scene. I have two of these babies in my closet that are just begging to be worn. The designs are endless, some are very simple and others are major fashion statements. The best part is you don’t have to wear it with a top to the beach just slip on a pair or shorts or a skirt and you’re good to go!

4) The PVC Pump

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Put some summer in your step with this pretty translucent heels that can go perfectly with almost any outfit especially boyfriend jeans. I haven’t included any high street alternatives because honestly the finishing on some are just plain terrible. So if you’re going to make an investment this summer, I suggest you make it on these.

5) The Fringe Bag

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No longer just for the boho types, the Fringe is now making it’s appearance on even the most luxurious of designer labels. From cross-body bags to clutches everywhere we look we see tassels. But hold off on that luxury splurge this design is way too trendy to ever become a classic.

6) The Statement Ring

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First came the statement necklace and now comes the big bulky ring. Personally no outfit of mine is complete without at least one or two, especially knuckle rings. They can accessorize even the simplest of outfits so make sure you’re all stocked up with these pretty things this summer.

7) The Pastel Polish

the nail polishWhat better way to compliment a statement ring then with the perfect pastel polish. Unlike bright neon shades you don’t really have to be all that tanned to pull these colors off. Nothing puts me in a better mood than happy nails.

8) The Light Lip Gloss


Sure, bold bright colors are hot right now, but when the temperature is rising you’re going to wish you were wearing a lip color that’s sheer, light, nourishing and sexy. I hate goopy sticky glosses so here are my three recommendations to keep your lips full and luscious this summer.

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