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Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Step-By-Step Review

A month back, Yves Saint Laurent invited me to their beauty counter at ABC Ashrafieh for a makeover and to test out some of their makeup collection. I was already obsessing over their Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation which I reviewed here back in July so I knew I was in for a treat. Here is the final look. You can follow the steps below to achieve it

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Step 1: Forever Light Creator CC Cream in Apricot

It was early during the day and their lovely artist wanted to give me a fresh-faced daytime appropriate look and so she started it off with Forever Light Creator CC Cream as a base, or what I like to personally call, the CC Cream of all CC Creams, which essentially works as a tinted color corrector that over time works to improve stuff like redness, fine lines, enlarged pores and most imperfections you want to hide. It doesn’t need to replace your foundation especially if you’re not big on daily foundation use as a lot of my not-as-makeup-obsessed friends are ; but still want to sport an even skin tone with a healthy radiance, then you will enjoy the medium coverage of the Forever Light Creator. I’m loving the golden glow of the Apricot shade but if it’s a rosy radiance you’re after then you should try out Rose shade. And did I mention the impressive SPF 35!

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Step 2: Couture Palettes in Afrique

Next I was excited to try out YSL’s much talked about new line of Couture Palettes in particular #3 Afrique, which has gotten raving reviews from the beauty community. It’s a combination of 5 warm toned, plum, bronze, and rose eye shadow shades in diverse textures metallic shades that when layered (from the crease all the way to the inner corners of your eyes) give them intense dimensions. This super bendable set of shades is definitely a beauty staple for any season.

YSL Couture palettes and MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS

Step 3: MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS

She completed my eyes with the award-winning Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS in high density black. Let me tell you this one’s really racks up the volume and made my lashes significantly thicker after the second round. I’ve been wearing it regularly and I have to say, it’s been exceptionally clump-free and smooth on my lashes. I’ve also tried way too many mascaras lately that separate so it was a nice change to experience thick fringe lashes for a change. I also recommend this one in the deep purple shade.

Step 4: Touche Éclat.

Of course no makeup session at YSL is complete without the cult classic (gold pen) which I’ve been a big fan of for years now the Touche Éclat. This has been a miracle worker in my makeup bag ever since I landed my first job. And although I’ve been using Touche Éclat to add light to the entire area under my eyes, usually as a final step or for the really early morning meetings with the boss, you’ll be surprised to know it can be used as a highlighter and illuminator along your entire face such as your nose and that area over your eyebrows to lift them up and most recently I’ve been dabbing some on my cheekbones for some extra radiance.

Step 5: Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

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And finally she completed my look with my latest obsession to date the YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss and Blush. It’s an air whipped mousse that works on both your lips and cheeks to give a flirty pop of color and eventually turns into a stain. At first glance you would think that the formula was a super lacquerish one but it magically forms a velvet smooth matte finish that sits so beautifully on your lips and sports some serious staying power. I just love how it also gives my cheeks a very blendable warm flush. For the day time she used the golden-orangey Corail Affranchi on me but I’ve been using the Rouge Effrontee which is basically this gorgeous reddish-fuchsia color and I just love how buildable it is, so it works both day and night. I haven’t been this crazy about a lip product since I discovered Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro.

For the first time last month I decided to work on my own makeup for a friend’s wedding and here are the results. For this look I used the CC Cream, Touche Éclat and the bronze and rose gold eye shadows from Couture Palettes  on my eyebrow bone for blending and highlighting.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Clinique Moisture Surge

Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara

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Ivy Reviews: Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara by L’Oréal

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro

Essie Nail Polish

Benefit Gimme Brow Voluminizing Fiber Gel

Too-Faced Lip Injection Gloss

Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics Tints Collection

 

 

 

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Miss Lebanon 2014 is Sally Greige and A Fall On Stage

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Hours ago, Sally Greige, 24,  was crowned as Miss Lebanon 2014. She was actually one of the strong contenders who spoke about women’s rights. She is also majoring in Civil Engineering

Sally goes home as the lucky winner of more than $500,000 in prizes including an apartment and a car.

Miss Lebanon Sally Greige 2014

Sally, along with the 13 other contenders was dressed exclusively by Lebanese and International designer Zuhair Murad. The event was hosted by TV Journalist Dima Sadek who also donned a monochrome number by the designer.

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Superstar Nancy Ajram  preformed two songs on stage in two different looks, the first in Dolce and Gabbana and for the second one she wore a low cut Elie Saab number

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But Twitter really exploded when former Miss Lebanon 2013 Karen Ghrawi made her final appearance on stage with the crown and then took and terrible slip and fall on stage. It must have been horrifying as she seemed visibly distraught with the ordeal and she struggled to overcome it.The video has gone viral since, you can watch it by clicking here

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As for the contestant levels this year and since this IS a beauty pageant where we can openly judge women based on their looks, I have to say it was definitely a big improvement from last year but still managed to maintain a very average level of contestants (both aesthetically and intellectually) that will not allow Lebanon to compete or stand a real chance at Miss Universe,  though I thought that out of the bunch Sally Greige deserved the win.

But what do you think will Sally Greige become just another forgettable beauty queen or will she join the ranks of Joelle Behlok, Georgina Rizk, Dina Azar, Nadine Njeim and other beauties who have left their marks on the scene?

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6 More Arab Crimes Against Beauty

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Back in March I waged a full out war on the 9 crimes against beauty that have given us terrifying reputations and landed Arabs on some of the world’s most notorious beauty faux pas lists. Prior to that I launched the Online Petition Against Tattooed Eyebrows to counter the growing  pandemic of creepy crawlers taking over our Lebanon.

Sadly there still exists a long list of atrocities in the name of beauty and fashion that need to be address. Thank you to all those who have joined the cause, we may have won the battle but the war is not over my friends.

 

Exhibit K: Porn Star Nails

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If the dramatic gel half-white half-transparent nail wasn’t tragic enough they had to slap on those nasty embellishments. Let’s be real, no nails ever looked like that naturally, nobody is buying it. The French manicure was initially meant to be classic and subtle but leave it to us Arabs to take it to a whole new level. The entire look screams slutty and those razor sharp edges are a serious hazard. Do yourself a favor and soak them off.

Exhibit L: Matchy Matchy

It pains me when I hear a makeup artist or a sales assistant utter these words “what color is your dress?” Because what they’ll do next is attempt to match your eye shadow, lipstick, blush, nails, clutch, shoes and bra strap to the damn outfit. Color coordinating is one thing but looking like you’ve been hit by a fuchsia hurricane is not a very flattering look for anyone. This may have been a trend in the late 90s but I have never seen a people collectively hang on to a style so dearly.

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Exhibit M: Double D’s

I’m all for plunging necklines but I’m not a fan of racks on display. When you’re able to rest something on your cleavage or worse, lose something in there then it’s time for you to reconsider your shirt’s style and bra size. You can be the smartest candle on the cake and still be treated like a bimbo if you insist on covering up only half of your breasts. And if you’re small and skinny then D Cup implants are not for you. In fact implants are so passé, proof to that is Victoria Beckham got hers removed and she looks more stylish and better than ever.

Exhibit N: Extensions

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There’s a very thin line between long hair and tacky long hair. Sure the belly dancer looks sexy when her hair bounces on her hips but take her out of her context and she’ll look like a hobo. Nowadays most hairdressers will spend an hour on a woman’s hair and another on her hair extensions which is hanging right next to her. The entire scene is disturbing. Arab woman have some of the thickest most beautiful voluminous hair and yet they still think they need more? Go figure…

Exhibit O: Hooker Heels

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I heart heels. But I heart heels to dinner and I heart heels to weddings. I do not heart 9inch heels at 7am in the morning, unless you’re in that line of business. So when I see a bank teller or a notary public wobbling in sky high open-toe stilettos I don’t think they quite understand how inappropriate and out of place they look. It’s like they’re trying to prove some kind of point which is beyond me.

 

Exhibit P: Face Paint

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We are notorious for this. How much we love to use every single color in the eye shadow palette. How much we love our foundation, our compact powder and our bronzer. How much we hate to blend.

 

 

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Clarisonic Plus Review and My Head to Toe Facials

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I’ve been blessed with good combination skin with the infrequent outbreak of a crude pimple here and there but I do have a reoccurring black head issue which I haven’t been able to get rid of for some time now.

You see a couple of years back when I was prepping for my big day; I did the amateur’s mistake of signing up for a facial at a relatively well known beauty spot (which I shall not name) but which seemed quite professional.

What I didn’t know was that facial included a gruesome and tremendously painful blackhead extraction treatment with nothing but a lady’s long nails squeezing through my face until I squirmed in pain and which also left me with her red blistering nail marks. At the time, I was under the impression that that was one of the prices a girl had to pay to be rid of her black heads. Little did I know that such extraction processes are the worst thing you can put your face through and how unhygienic it was for her to use her bare hands and not that metal tool. Since then I’ve been reluctant to try out extractions and instead opt for regular non-invasive surface facials. And though they would clean out my face temporarily those black always popped back their ugly heads again.

But about a month ago, things changed. I was invited for a face cleansing session at the new Clarisonic stand over at ABC Ashrafieh’s beauty department floor. Unsuspectingly I went with a full face of makeup only to find out that Clarisonic is intended to clean your face.

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What Is Clarisonic Plus?

Simply put its two separate brushes for your face and body that work as a cleansing system. Clarisonic’s brushes use what they call sonic technology, making 300 movements per second, so it’s so fast that you actually hardly feeling it moving, and instead you just get gentle vibrations that are intended to wipe off dirt, oil and a full face of makeup. Oh and it’s waterproof.

Clarisonic is not supposed to replace your favorite face cleanser/wash. Instead it complements it by improving its performance. All you have to do is either put some on your face or directly on the brush. I found that the latter works best for me.

It also has a built-in timer. And if you’re like me and are usually half asleep when you’re washing your face in the morning then you’ll find it super helpful, since it can make a beep to indicate whenever one part of your face is done and so you just move on to another.

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So is it an Exfoliator?

No but it will sure feel like one when you first start using it. That’s because when you wash your face with your hands you’re not really simulating you pores or scraping away any surface black heads or dirt that’s beyond the very top surface of your skin. And black heads are the result of the unavoidable piling up of makeup and dirt in your pores over time. So with Clarisonic Plus once you get that first harsh layer of dirt off the first 5 times, it will feel less like an exfoliator and do what it’s meant to do, gently cleanse and stimulate.

I started by using Clarisonic twice a day at first, and I can’t describe to you how incredibly smooth it felt, in fact so smooth that my moisturizer and day cream absorbed into my skin way better than ever, you can tell just by the way the cream will rest on your face right after you’re done. But the most noticeable effect you’ll get is the way your foundation and makeup will blend so smoothly. I guess that’s why they claim that it makes your face more radiant.

My Routine

I found that I don’t like to use my Clarisonic Plus directly on a full caked face of makeup since I’m not a fan of watching the brush turn brown and gunky. So what I do is dab some of my favorite makeup remover on a piece of cotton and just give my face a very swift wipe especially around the eye area before I turn on the machine.

My cheeks turned rosier than usual the first couple of times I began using it. I noticed it was because I automatically got the urge to press and tug a little on it. There’s no need for any of that as it will do the job just fine on its own so be gentle. Also, I once experimented by applying some scrub on the brush rather than facial wash,it was harsh and let’s just say not one of my brightest moments, stick to cleaners or face washes.

As for the body brush, I don’t use it with my daily shower but I will use it on the weekends when I feel like a massage and when I know I’m about to lather my skin with a moisturizer or after a long day at the beach to effectively remove tanning oils.

The Results

No wonder it made it to Oprah’s list of favorite things. I’m addicted. It’s now an integral part of my daily beauty routine. I stayed at a hotel last week and forgot my Clarisonic Plus at home. I can’t tell you how ineffective washing my face manually again felt like. It’s like applying shampoo on your hair without actually massaging your head. After three weeks (twice a day) my black head issue is almost unnoticeable. I’m so happy to have avoided painful extractions but most of all my skin is always feeling as smooth as it does post-facial.

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My Top 12 Favorite Things This Summer

1. Lazy B 11 lazy b If you like to go to the beach to actually tan and chill rather than see and be seen, then you need to be in Lazy B in Jîyé this summer. It’s quiet, it’s hippy it’s earthy and super colorful. Every little inch is an Instagram photo opp and it also has one of the cleanest freshest coldest natural salt water lagoons you will see in Lebanon. But be warned service is also lazy.

2. Deek Duke Chicken Press Burger 8 press burger by deek duke

You have to allow yourself Deek Duke’s orgasmic Chicken Press Burger at least once ( though I doubt it will end there) A beautiful golden breaded three-cheese mix patty sits atop a juicy chunky grilled chicken breast and together they make little bites of love. And if that makes you feel guilty just do what I did, order it with a diet coke and a baked potato.(it’s all in the head) Deek Duke is now also open at City Mall Dora.

3. Adidas Originals X Farm

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over, but these babies are here to stay. For the second time around, Adidas has collaborated with the iconic Brazilian label The FARM Company to bring us this colorful carnival of vibrant and exotic colors. Adidas sent them over just in time for the finale and although Brazil lost miserably these sneakers definitely won!

4. Helado Ice Cream9 Helado ice cream in sahel alma

Literally a hidden gem in the crooked and curvy streets of Sahel Alma. Anthony from No Garlic No Onions was the first to discover this homemade ice cream parlor that’s been around for more than 15 years. It’s always swarmed with people and the average wait can last up to 30 minutes but it’s totally worth it. Helado is the only spot in Lebanon to serve real flavors like Lotus Biscuit, Lebanese Wine, Knefe, and my personal favorite Framboise. This is not your average stretchy gooey Lebanese Ice Cream, this local spot gives Ben and Jerry’s a run for their money. Totally worth the ride.

5. Maybelline New York Brazen Beige 732 Lipstick

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Although most of us may shy away from heavy lipsticks and opt for light lip glosses when the temperatures are rising, you’ll be surprised how barely-there this Maybelline NY lipstick feels. It’s my go-to shade with my tan and has a versatile shade that works both day and night.

6. Iftars

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Having been born and raised in the UAE, Iftars were never just for adamant fasters, they were a part of the diverse culture, and became a wonderful social tradition that brought family friends together every day during Ramadan. So to keep the tradition alive I make sure they begin with my favorite two things, a hearty bowl of Lentil Soup and an amazing chilled glass of Ayran ( Laban Yogurt Drink) and then I go on to massacre the buffet.( Thank you Le Ciel at Habtoor for the amazing Iftar yesterday)

7. Bonbon by Viktor & Rolf7 bonbon by victor and rolf

Sweet, delicious, decadent and feminine are just a few words to describe this newly launched fragrance by Viktor and Rolf. This light caramel-based scent is one of those perfumes that smells even better after an hour or two making it ideal for summer. If you like candy then I have no doubt you would enjoy Bonbon.

8. Louboutin Iriza Pumps

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The So Kates and Pigalles are wonderful classics but in my quest for the perfect classic Louboutin black pumps this summer I loved the sultry and open-sided design of the Iriza because they allow your foot to breath in this super hot weather. If you’re having trouble finding your size ( both Beirut and Paris are usually sold out) then you will be surprised to find a surplus of sizes at Dubai Mall.

9. Crop Tops

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The beauty of crop tops is that you don’t have to have a Bündchen belly to be able to wear one. You can minimize/control mid-riff exposure by simply wearing a high waist skirt or shorts and it will keep you cool and refreshed in the scorching heat.

10. Abd El Wahab

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I used to order their Plat Du Jour almost every day for 4 years when I was working full-time. Having earned it’s rank as one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Lebanon, Abd El Wahab never fails with its classic oriental decor and heavenly mezza. I was very proud to celebrate their 15 anniversary with them last month on their gorgeous terrace and will be back for an Iftar or two this summer.

11. Bonita Bay6 tanning

Bonita Bay is one of Batroun’s landmarks and one of those places that never fails to attract sunshine even when Jounieh is looking bleak and grey. I’ve been adamant about getting a tan this summer and there was something about the way the sun hit Bonita Bay that made it ideal for tanning. The only downside is that it’s not a sandy beach but rather a pebbled one, so be prepared to see a lot of people trip and fall as well as some embarrassing moments of your own.

12. Passion Fruit Body Butter by The Body Shop

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My friends and I used to drench our skin in this rich good stuff after hours of soaking up the harsh UAE sun. It’s actually one of the all-time favorites from The Body Shop because no matter what those after-sun products say, nothing can help sooth a sun burn like this intensive shea butter tub. It will last for months on end and will leave your skin looking moisturized for hours and hours after use. I’ve tried it in coconut, mango, olive, papaya and strawberry but my favorite hands down is the purple Passion Fruit one.

 

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Did Revlon by Marchesa Copy Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics?

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but where do we draw the line between inspiration and a downright rip off?

Revlon has recently launched a new limited edition collection in collaboration with Marchesa “inspired by the couture house” but it looks to me it was inspired by a little more than that. I couldn’t help but notice the alarmingly similar design of their beauty tools to Bassam Fattouh Cosmetic’s line, in particular his Pin Up Collection which has been around for over 3 years now. The most obvious being Revlon’s by Marchesa’s Compact Mirror which is practically identical to Bassam Fattouh’s Pin Up Blush, from design to shape to logo layout. See for yourself

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Also check out the full Revlon Marchesa collection which include a nail box and filer which I placed side by side with Bassam Fattouh’s Pin Up Collection packaging.

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It’s not a secret that the beauty and fashion industry is flooded with copyright infringements, designers are constantly drawing inspiration from one another without crediting the source. I’ve recently written an Article for Entrepreneur Middle East about this rising trend (especially on social media), but where do we draw the line? And would a cosmetics giant like Revlon really give the go ahead for such design from couture house Marchesa without doing some research first? Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics today has become a household name, with a presence at some of the most high-end departments all over the Middle East alongside some of the biggest names in the cosmetics world, so I find it hard to believe that this was purely a coincidence.

What do you think?

 

 

 

And The Bioskinspa Giveaway Winners Are…

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Thank you to all the fabulous participants who took part in this giveaway. I really enjoyed and related to almost all your comments, right here and on Instagram.

As I mentioned previously the winners have been solely chosen by Bioskinspa since I would have never been able to choose just three ( you’re all winners in my eyes)

Ladies, if your name appears here please contact Bioskinspa on 09 637 260 to claim your prize. I know you’re going to love getting pampered and I’d love to hear about your experience.

I also want to thank both Bioskinspa and the Ogilvy & Mather team for making this happen!