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Beauty Review: Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion

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For years I used to expose my face to the sun just like I would the rest of my body and let’s just say those weren’t my brightest days (though I was very tanned.) So now as I layer my face with SPF 50 you can imagine how fair it looks compared to the rest of my body post-beach. That’s why I’m always up for discovering new bronzers which can give me a sun-kissed glow without the risk of premature wrinkles.

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Bronze Fusion has done the trick this summer and here are a couple of reasons why it worked for me.

Pro Bronze Fusion Review

The Formula: First, it’s waterproof. That’s right, no melting, no streaking and creasing in the heat. Next, it’s super lightweight, to the point where I’m like wait a sec.. Am I even getting any product out? But that’s where the Kabuki Brush comes in (read below)

It’s also a gel powder bronzer, this means that it won’t leave your skin looking cakey, but rather blends in super smoothly, giving you a luminous healthy glow. It’s not as pigmented as a say a Guerlain or MAC bronzer if strong color-release is what you’re after, but I personally hate to see the obvious marks of bronzer application, so the second skin-like feel to it is a plus for me. However, this will not work if you’re looking to Insta-style contour and highlight so obviously.

The Finish: Although you would expect it to be shimmery, it only has very subtle hints, it’s more natural and matte, which I prefer, though I coupled it with some Armani Fluid Sheer highlighter for this look.

Color Release: It’s true if you don’t use the Make Up For Ever 136 Pro Bronze Kabuki Brush to apply it, you may feel like the you’re getting minimal product out so I totally recommend you give this dense and stout brush a go. My preferred technique is to first apply as you would usually (with medium pressure) and then blend backwards in a circular motion.

Pro Bronze Fusion make up for ever

I tried both 30M Seinna and 35i Caramel and found that the first works better for me when I’m not so tanned and the latter works better with a tan.

Pro Bronze Fusion Ivy says review

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The Top 5 Perfumes This Season

Ivy's Top perfumes

1. Black Opium by YSL

Black Opium YSL review

Derived from its 1977 classic Opium, 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. It now one of my signature scents and favorite fragrances to date from YSL.

2. Versace Eros Pour Femme Fragrance

Versace eros pour femme

I was immediately drawn to the feminine accents of Jasmine, peonies, pomegranate and sandalwood of Versace Eros, the newly launched fragrance by Versace. The bottle also makes the perfect addition to my makeup table, with the design house’s classic motif on the edges and the Versace Medusa right in the center. This definitely smells and looks like a classic on my counter.

3. Fatale Agent Provocateur

Fatale by Agent Provocateur

It’s no secret that like everything from Agent Provocateur, Fatale is very seductive. It’s also smells super sweet, with bold top notes of spicy Pink Pepper with succulent Mango and exotic Blackcurrant and chocolate. I love the combination of fruity-floral-gourmand and just the longevity of the scent. I also appreciate just how practical the compact bottle design fits rights into my purse. If you love your perfumes sugary than you need to try this one out.

4. La Nuit Trésor by Lancome

La Nuit Tresor Lancome Review

Dubbed as the black Diamond of Lancome and announced as the first gourmand aphrodisiac from the brand, La Nuit Trésor is the result of combining the heart of a black rose, with vanilla orchid and my personal favorite, Lychee praline. It also has a very distinct raspberry top note as soon as you smell it. If I would describe this smell in one word, I would say it’s romantic. The bottle is exquisitely shaped like a diamond with a pretty satin black rose and bow. If you loved Lancome’s original bestselling Trésor then you will love the modern sultry take on La Nuit Trésor.

5. My Burberry

My Burberry Perfume Review

An iconically British fragrance that is inspired by the brand’s famous cult trench coat and the smell of a London urban garden after the rain. It opens with notes of sweet peas geranium, freesia flowers rounded up with patchouli in the base, joined with Damascus and Centifolia rose, in other words, it’s very floral and feminine. I love to put this one on during the daytime, especially when I have meetings

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How To Prevent Stretch Marks

Ivy Says Mustela Review

I think I speak for a lot of women when I say there are not many things that plant fear in our hearts, but one of them is stretch marks because those little zigzagish horrors strike when you least expect them to, at times even overnight. I never gave them much thought, until I got pregnant, then the warnings began…

Watch Out”

Moisturize!”

Use Bio Oil

Cocoa butter is your best friend.”

They’re genetic!

Everyone was chiming in and there I was lathering myself to the point where I was looking like a baby seal.

Then one day, I received an invitation for a presentation about Mustela, a skin care line designed to taking care of mothers-to-be and their babies. I was intrigued, this was all very new to me.

Mustela Full stretch mark collection pregnancy

It was definitely an eye opening hour, I learned that although stretch marks during pregnancy are indeed the result of your body growing too big and fast for your skin to stretch along with it, they were also brought on by a surge of hormones that relax collagen in skin. And although stretch marks may not be prevented completely, they can be warded off with the proper skin care routine.

That’s where Mustela comes in with its complete revolutionary range of products for pre-and post pregnancy. The best part they’re hypoallergenic and dermatologically assessed for safety for mom and baby during pre-natal and post-partum pregnancy use , the first concern that pops into a pregnant woman’s mind, trust me.

Mustela Double Action review strech marks

I was presented with a set of skin care products, for pre and post pregnancy. The two I have been using for the past 2 months are the Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action which I apply both during the day and in the evening after a hot shower and it smells REALLY good and the Stretch Marks Care Oil made with only natural origins that I massage on to my skin before bed. It’s grease-free (surprisingly) so you don’t have to worry about staining your PJs or linens. I’m currently 30 weeks along and I’m very relieved to say, not a stretch mark in sight just yet (fingers crossed.) So if you’re expecting or plan on it I suggest you keep these two by your bedside at the soonest.

Mustela Stretch Mark oil review

I also plan to continue trying out this line even after I have my baby, the first is the Body Restructuring Gel, to firm up any saggy skin and decrease puffiness, and also the Stretch Marks Intensive Action Cream, to reduce the color and size of any stretch marks that may appear. It really feels good to know that I have those two-on stand by for later.

You can find the Mustela range in Lebanon at most pharmacies.

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Ivy Says Dana Khairallah YSL Look

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For someone who’s not going to do much tanning this summer, I thought I had lost all hope for a natural sun-kissed glow that looked makeup-free until I discovered YSL’s brand new Les Sahariennes Blur Perfector last month.

YSL Les Sahariennes Blur Perfector

It’s a very lightweight balm-powder so like the name suggests the texture is in fact creamy like a balm, but has a surprisingly matte finish- like a powder. I was also not expecting it to give my skin a healthy radiant kind of glow but it did. It also didn’t settle like your typical powder would, but rather it covered imperfections and smoothened skin almost like a primer would.

You can actually use it to contour or as a bronzer all over, I opted for the latter in this look below but I will definitely be using it to contour to sculpt my cheeks, nose chin and brows along with my Touche Éclat as a highlighter although I still need my share of practice on that.

This was my first creamy bronzer so I have to admit, I was a little skeptical, mainly about how it would blend and whether or not it would turn out blotchy, but I found that it blends onto skin so effortlessly and even though it comes with a double-ended brush and sponge applicator, it worked best for me when I used my fingers to both transfer and blend product.

Color release is not as strong as the shade looks so you will have to brave it up and press a little harder than you would think but you’ll be surprised by the color pay-off so be warned not to over-do it as well.

Les Sahariennes Blur Perfector Rouge Pur Couture  Review

Like everything YSL I loved the elegance of the packaging and how big the mirror was inside, along with the signature YSL dust bag, the Blur Perfector is a product you can just slip into your handbag for touch-ups on the go.

I paired it with the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, and if you’re looking for a lip product this summer that works like a stain but gives you the full-out glossy effect than this revolutionary new lip product from YSL Beauty is something you will appreciate.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain

It’s a highly pigmented formula that will initially come off as a super bright and shiny but then eventually fade into a stain that will last for hours on end. What I loved it didn’t dry out my lips or fade even after hosting my one-long hour radio show and sipping on lots of liquid. The applicator is identical to that of YSL’s Kiss and Blush which I also love but be warned a little goes a long way. In this look I’m wearing the Vernis à Lèvres in 201 (bright fuchsia)

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10 Makeup Mistakes We’re All Doing

Applying makeup the right way is not as simple as it sounds. And yes, as ideal as it would to just slid on some under-eye liner and swipe on blush,  ( respect to the ladies who can still pull that off) makeup has evolved into a slightly more meticulous and dare I say scientific process.

And though the hundreds and thousands of beauty Video bloggers put out content daily to help us get things right, we (including myself) are still doing some basic makeup faux pas without noticing and would most likely look much prettier avoiding all together.  I’ve also gone ahead and used myself in a few examples with Photoshop.

1.The Wrong Shade of Foundation

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Sounds pretty basic right? Yeah well… you’d be surprised just how much of a frequent offense this is. Mostly because we either ask for something lighter or darker when we should simply find a shade that MATCHES our skin tone. Secondly, because most of the time when we’re shopping for makeup we usually already have makeup on, and as a result end up testing foundation on our arms rather than our faces.

2. Applying Way Too Much Bronzer-Everywhere.

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It’s hard to believe but Bronzer is not to be applied all over the face as many ladies do. The face-baked look is never in. Simply put: it’s for the areas where the sun would naturally hit your face so that would be your forehead, cheekbones, nose and jawline- sort of like the drawing the number 3.

Ivy’s Tip: Bronzer goes on after makeup before blush and should only be  at most two shades darker than your natural tone.

3. Over-Defining Your Eyebrows.

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If this were a crime, half our female population would be in jail. I observed a fair blonde lady the other day demanding a  charcoal black eyebrow pencil while the sales assistant kept advising her to go for the light brown one. Sure the Cara big bushy brows are a trend but you don’t see hers looking like markers, they look messy and natural. So lay off that super dark shader and use a pencil to simply fill-in sparse areas.

Ivy’s Tip: Brush upwards before applying then don’t forget to please put them back in place. Sign my Tattooed Eyebrow Petition here

4. Using A Dried Up Mascara

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Mascaras have a much shorter life than advertised-even designer ones. But that’s the sticky truth. If you find that it’s getting clumpy and messy to apply from round one it means you need a new one. Mascara, like hair should be strangle free, and neat even when exaggerated. If your formula is drying up fast make sure you’re not pumping the wand in and out when you use it.

5. Exaggerated Lashes

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We all love those big wedding lashes, but when did it suddenly become okay to wear them to brunch? When your makeup is simple and day-appropriate but your lashes are over-the-top, they look bulky, heavy and a little silly.

6. Over-Extending your Natural Lip Line

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I know I know EVERYONE’S doing it. But bigger isn’t always better. Of course we can extend our natural lip line but nowhere close to our nostrils. And most importantly, always, always match your lip liner shade to your lipstick!

7. Clown Cheeks.

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Applying Blush is one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn. By no means should it circular and as pretty as that shade looks on the counter it can look awful if it doesn’t match your tone. Blush is meant to look like a warm natural flush on your face, the kind you’d get when you’re feeling shy, in love or after a serious workout. Keep that in mind the next time you buy one.

Ivy’s Tip: If the sales assistant looks like she’s got war paint on then don’t let her assist you.

8. Dry Chappy Lips with Matte Lipstick.

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I’m terribly  guilty of this mostly because I LOVE matte colors and constantly peel my lips with my teeth. Lips should be exfoliated too. And dabbing on some primer or concealer can do the trick.

9. Highlighter Overdose.

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Remember when shiny cheeks meant greasy cheeks? Well apparently not anymore. Now everyone’s buying a gold sheer fluid and spreading it all across their cheeks bones. But unless you’re a contestant on Dancing With The Stars you should seriously rethink your quantities.

10. Bold Lips are not for everyone.

"Thanks For Sharing" - Los Angeles Premiere Held at The ArcLight Hollywood Featuring: Gwyneth Paltrow Where: Hollywood, California, United States When: 17 Sep 2013 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

I’m sorry but it’s the truth. When you’re nose is a little too large or your lips are on the smaller side a strong lipstick can attract unwarranted attention to your not so favorite areas. And as much as we all want to go for the hot red lips trend, some of us are better off sticking to pretty nudes.

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Makeup Forever Step 1 Equalizer primer review

The new Makeup Forever Primers. It may still seem like a foreign concept to you, but primers changed my entire outlook on makeup not to mention routine. They’re meant to smoothen your face, fill in imperfections and uneven coloring, plus create this amazing protective layer between your skin and makeup so it can eliminate grease and seriously last all day especially when temperatures are rising. Makeup Forever created this entire range called STEP 1 Equalizers that come in 11 types depending on your needs. I recommend: Mattifying Primer, Hydrating Primer, Nourishing Primer and the Smoothing Prime all available at Makeup Forever stands.

mel shoes lebanon ivy says review

Mel wedges by Melissa– they’re playful, they’re plastic but most importantly they’re super comfortable. I’m really feeling this powder pink pair of wedges this Spring, they go with almost anything. I also love how environmentally conscience this brand is, since mono-materials, which means they can be easily disassembled and recycled. Fan fact: they also smell like bubble gum.

nutella lotus pizza pzzaco beirut

From the folks who brought us BRGR.CO comes Pzza.co this gourmet Italian eatery located in the heart of Beirut Souks. I can go on and on about the Bocconcini in Carroza, Rigatoni Creamy Bolognese or one of the best pizza dough’s in the country, but I’m going to insist you try out the half-Nutella half Lotus Biscuit Spread pizza. It’s surprisingly lighter than it looks, so have it even if you’re simply in the mood for something sweet with a friend while you shop.

ivy says bcbg beirut max azaria

I’ve been a huge fan of BCBGMaxAzaria since forever and their Spring/Summer15 Collection can add a super stylish not to mention gorgeous fresh perspective to any wardrobe. I like to shop there for both special occasions or everyday staples but either way it will always be a piece that stands out and gets noticed A LOT. I fell in love with the all-white short and sheer skirt combo with a matching vest. Find them at their large stand-alone in Beirut Souks or ABC Dbayeh.

bassam fattouh i love you mum review

We all need a Brusher and Bronzer this season so when you find a compact that joins both you know you have a keeper. Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics released this limited edition I Love You Mum for Mother’s Day this year, and I’m loving the color combo and just how pretty it looks both to gaze at and applied on my face and cheeks. The bronze base gives off a natural tan while the rose subtle-shimmery butterfly comes of like a sun-kissed glow. Tip: Apply both with a Bronze Blush all-over for a dewy matte finish.

saint laurent nano bag black sac de jour ivy says

Each season I invest in a designer bag and since the micro-bag trend is huge right now, I loved everything about Saint Laurent’sSac De Jour‘ Nano sized-version of this incredibly good looking and well-structured tote. The detachable straps make it the perfect cross body bag and it comes in a range of colors, like Royal Blue, Sea Blue, Sugar Pink and Red but I’m a sucker for black. You will be surprised how much you can carry in that small space. Available at Saint Laurent Downtown Beirut.

Acote lobster roll beirut review

No matter how many times I recommend this dish it won’t do it any justice, whether or not you like lobster you just have to go have the fresh Lobster Roll at my favorite gourmet sandwich spot in Mark Mikhael; Acoté. Everything on the menu is heavenly (trust me I tried them all) but this little beauty is tastes like something right out of the original ones they serve in Maine. Also have the pastrami,Slow-braised lamb and the cheesecake and pancakes. But not before you try this!

Barista espresso review

My brand new Barista Espresso Machine in aRoma red. I already had the Perla Machine but what sets this new one apart is the capsules, which are also Nespresso compatible, which I happen to have as well! If you’re feeling more adventurous then they also have one in a fun Aroma Army Print. Be prepared for a strong flavor assortment of espressos- none of that water diluted stuff, this definitely isn’t for the lightweights.

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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.

ivy says touche eclat highlighter

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.

Ivy says Ysl faux cils mascara

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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