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Haiifa MJK the Arab Transvestite On Instagram

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No I’m not referring to the actual superstar Haifa Wehbe. Meet @HaiifaMJk on Instagram ,at first you’d probably guess this is yet another one of those hundreds of women in the Middle East obsessed with looking and acting every inch like Haifa, with her signature black hair, bee stung lips, colored lenses, striking curves and seductive demeanor.

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Well, this one’s a little different, you’ll probably be surprised to find out it’s actually a transsexual Arab man with Palestinian origins whose taken that obsession to the next level and undergone plastic surgeries (he denies them) including sex reassignment surgery to emulate his favorite star. Although he’s been reported to live in Thailand, Haiifa MJK whose real name is unknown has also been spotted in Dubai, where he’s been also reported to have been booked for various singing gigs and has made a career out of emulating his favorite star. He’s now also giving beauty tips and makeup tutorials to women after various inquires by fans.

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Calling him controversial would be the understatement of the year, a title which he welcomes, with a whopping 289,000 followers on his private Instagram account-yes you need to be approved to view his profile- he definitely speaks and acts like a diva, as evident in his captions- regularly throwing shade at his haters who he calls old spinsters, thanks his own booty and brags about his fame.

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But what’s really got people talking is the videos he posts of himself very provocatively dancing around half-naked and lip-synching to Arabic songs. And although I think he’s managed to look like a woman, it’s his husky voice that gives him away.

I personally don’t care that he’s a transvestite, to each his own. He has a great body but I just thing he comes off way too hyper sexual, relies heavily on the shock factor and is a total attention seeker. His account looks practically looks like a soft-porn hub. But I think this is the ultimate compliment to Haifa Wehbe, you know you’ve become an icon when men undergo complete transformations just to look like you!

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What do you think?

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A Ballerina Bun by Tony Sawaya

For my final stop at Dunes Verdun as part of my Ambassadorship, I had the pleasure of experiencing celebrity hair stylist Tony Sawaya at his salon located on L1 floor right by Shogun Lounge.

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Tony is the hairdresser behind so many of the designs and styles you see on some Middle Eastern stars, such as Najwa Karam, Maya Diab and Ahlam. I had an appointment on Saturday with the very humble man himself for a special event and was lucky to have him personally work on my hair. We wanted to do things a little differently and since I rarely put my hair up, I thought a messy high ballerina bun would be ideal for the outfit I had planned.

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Tony Sawaya Salon, is a breath of fresh air, with its sleek and super chic monochrome interior. I especially loved his wall of fame featuring some of his most renowned clients and a very glamorous corner where clients can have a one-on-one consultation with Tony, who actually specializes in re-looking.

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What I also love about going there is that you don’t have to go through any of the parking madness and valet drama like you would at most top tier salons, instead you just park your car at Dunes Verdun parking and you can access the place by elevator.

They started me off with a shampoo and quick blow dry, and then meticulously twirled each bunch until I had a head full of curls which reminded me of the 60’s pin up look. And that’s when Tony began to work his magic. First he parted my hair, and then tied it into a high pony tail. He then teased it until it had enough volume to be controlled and styled. I loved how he added his own twist to the ballerina bun, and how he used the sombre end of my hair as a final finish, to give it a colorful modern streak.

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Check out the final look and how I styled it with a black lace jumpsuit, my Farah Asmar Clutch and a classic winged eyeliner and red lip pair.

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For all your booking and appointments you can reach Tony Sawaya Salon at Dunes Verdun at +961 1 868656 – +961 70 868656m

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Le Royal Beirut Spa, A Piece of Paradise

Lebanon is not the most stress-free of cities to live in- and that’s putting it mildly. So every month or two, I make it a point to treat my man and I to a spa day, where we both take a good hour or so out of our busy schedules to turn off our phones and brains and just surrender ourselves.

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My next spa stop escape happened to be at Lebanon’s luxurious hotel; Le Royal Beirut, a five star mammoth complex perched on a towering hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea just 15km from Beirut.

The award winning spa is not like many you’ll come across and an incredibly huge operation, stretching out over an astounding 3-floor complex covering 3.5000 m2. It also boasts a magnificent indoor swimming pool that’s looks like something out of a Roman fable, fit for royalty with botanical vines twisted across grandiose pillars looking out at the sea, surrounded by relaxing area to unwind after a treatment or fitness session.

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We were signed up for the duo Candle Massage, but first our lovely therapists escorted us to our changing rooms fully equipped with saunas and Jacuzzis intended to help us wind down before the treatment. Everything we needed was in our customized lockers waiting for us.

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After getting comfortable in our Le Royal robes, we made our way to our private massage room where the candle oil that would be used in our massage was melting into a perfect pool of massage oil and the entire area smelled of a natural fragrance that engaged our senses to the point of ultimate relaxation.

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The lights went off and the room was now only lightly dimmed by candle light, as our therapists administered a blend of soothing oils and warm waxes to deeply moisturize, nourish, soften and hydrate our skin. For the next 90 minutes we each drifted to our own thoughts and zen states, as our bodies released all the built-up tension and our therapists worked their magic.

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Following our massages we were offered some herbal tea in a very stylishly-tiled oval shaped relaxation zone as we watched other guests about to embark on similar treatments before we headed out for some more down time in the Jacuzzi.

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It comes as no surprise that Le Royal Hotel and Resorts Beirut was awarded with the title of 2014 Leading Spa Award as well as the certificate of Excellence from Travel Advisor. The place is nothing short of world class luxury and the staff leave a lasting impression with their attentiveness, professionalism, friendliness. This makes it on my top Must-Try Spa recommendations for 2015.

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New Year’s Eve Nails by Beauty Express

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For my last pampering session of 2014, I wanted to get festive New Year’s nails that will go with my celebration outfit. So after some shopping I headed over to the newly opened Beauty Express branch at  Dunes Verdun to do just that. Beauty Express is a full service beauty institute across Lebanon that offers everything from facials, to makeup art and nail care. They also happen to be the exclusive distributors of China Glaze and Le Ciel, a French brand I tried for the first time and loved, so you can imagine what a range of colors I had to choose from.

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My aesthetician Sandy who also happens to be Beauty Express’s professional nail design artist started me off with a luxurious manicure followed by a soothing hand massage. She explained to me that in order to achieve perfectly polished nails and best results, it was vital nails were perfectly manicured first.

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But before she began painting my nails she applied a coat of their customer- favorite Le Ciel Ultra Hardener.

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I chose a color palette of hot red, black, white and silver glitter from China Glaze and Le Ciel. The base would be China Glaze’s Rouge Baiser and Liquid Leather.

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Next the fun began. Sandy carefully hand crafted two feline designs on my ring fingers, the first a cute black cat with big eyes and a diamond collar and the second, silver and white paws on a base of black.

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I have to say I’m absolutely obsessed, I already have a long list of designs I’m hoping to have done at Beauty Express soon and I promise to be sharing them with you. Also make sure you ask for Ivy’s Choice at their Dunes Verdun branch to get this design. Happy 2015!

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An Essie Affair

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A Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent

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For a promo shoot of my Ivy Says NRJ Radio show, I was delighted to collaborate with the beauty team at Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) who created this day-appropriate soft winged eye and hot pink lip pair on me using some of the latest from the YSL Holiday 2014 Collection.

It was my first shoot wearing the foundation game changer; Fusion Ink Foundation which was applied with the also recently released Perfecting Polisher Brush, one of the most innovative softest and most lightweight formulas I’ve come across to date. The texture felt like a silk matte veil with an ultra-matte finish, somewhere between a liquid and powdered state. It gave me the ideal coverage for a day shoot sans the layered, heavy, cakey look that tends to come with foundation. They also highlighted my face with the iconic Touche Éclat which I reviewed here.

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To draw the perfect winged liner, I recommend you use intense and carbon-black bestseller Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils. If like me, you get a little jerky when applying eyeliner, then the pen-like grip and tip on this will make your experience a less intimidating one. It’s also waterproof. They finished off my eyes with the award-winning Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara in high density black which you can also view here

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And finally, my obsession YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte, read about this amazingly air whipped matte mousse and blush here.

Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Review

Shot by the very talented Patrick Sawaya.

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Ivy’s Holiday Makeup Must Haves from Beauty Concept

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No matter how much makeup I accumulate, I can’t seem to ever have enough. It could be five parallel degrees of one shade of blush or lipstick, but I’ll convince myself that they’re not the same, and end up with them all. No complaints there.

As part of my journey discovering the treasures at Dunes Verdun and to my delight, my next stop was at Beauty Concept. Beauty Concept is a chain of retail shops in the mall carrying more than 100 internationally renowned high-end brands we’ve come to love, with a variety of products including makeup, skincare, fragrance, and many more beauty products.

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Their makeup artist and beauty adviser Jackie, was nice enough to get me all dolled up for a Saturday night out on the town. I wanted to go for a semi-light nuanced smokey eye look. So we decided to mix and match new collections and Jackie help deed me select the shades and formulas that worked on my skin type and tone. Here’s a what she used and a full list of  the latest must-haves for your beauty bag this holiday season.

Lancôme La Base Pro Hydra Glow. Nothings gets your face ready for flawless makeup wear like primer. Although I’m a fan of  Lancôme ‘s viscous wax-like primer, this one is refreshingly dewy, light and gives your skin the hydration it promises to. Just a small amount helped Jackie even out my skin tone so that the colors she applies are uniform all over my face.

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SHISEIDO Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation- this isn’t your average foundation, like most things from SHISEIDO it has a multi-functional skin care component, and works to lift, cover wrinkles and brighten your skin. I usually go dark with my foundation but Jackie insisted I try one as light as my face and I have to say I was sold. It gave me a radiant, uniform finish with medium coverage. The bottle design is also stunning.

SHISEIDO Sheer and Perfect Compact Foundation- I loved the feel of this uber light powder compact foundation with a sheer soft finish that works as the perfect complement to set foundation and even skin tone and absorbs all grease and shine that comes with hours of wear.

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SHISEIDO Smoothing Lip Pencil- here’s a secret I’m a HUGE fan of lip liners, but subtle blendable ones that can really give your lips a natural contour. SHISEIDO was not kidding when it named this one smooth because this is by far the smoothest and most hydrating lip liner I’ve come across to date. And the shades are simply ethereal! The only down side, is it doesn’t last as long as you would hope it would so keep it in your bag.

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Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara deserves all the hype and I have to admit I was skeptical. It’s actually the first patented wand, that works to cover every single lash no matter how small. If long- and I mean REALLY long lashes are your thing, you will not be disappointed. I had to get my friend to touch my lashes to prove I wasn’t wearing any falsies!

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Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder is part of the brand’s Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Collection inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s original Fine Jewelry creations, It’s a sheer silver and gold illuminator that Jackie demonstrated can be used on cheekbones, decollete and even shoulders. Definitely a collector’s favorite and perfect to gift this Christmas.

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Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit — The Chanel holiday eyeshadow palette Jackie used features winter shades: a frosty white, a grayish lavender, dark purple with a satin finish, black with a frosty finish and a very subtle gold. We used all the colors for this smokey eyeyh

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I loved this look and I hope you do too. Let me know if you have any questions about any of items we used. If you like this look and would like to recreate it head on down to Beauty Concept in Dunes Verdun and let them know you want the Ivy Selection!

Happy Holidays!

16 Signs You’re Dating An Arab Man

1) He likes to take the role of your goon in public. A mere glance your way from another man could escalate into an Animal Planet fight scene, thick manes and all.

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2) You no longer have any more male contacts on your phone book except maybe for your hairdresser and doctor.

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3) Meanwhile, his ex is now one of his closest friends and no, you don’t get to have a say.

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4) He’s well into his mid-30s and doesn’t see why he needs to move out of his parent’s house. Ever

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5) Most of the qualities he seeks in his ideal woman involve housekeeping.

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6) It doesn’t matter how hairy, overweight and unattractive he is, he still deserves a supermodel.

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7) He could have been the next Ronaldo, but daddy pushed him into Engineering.

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8) He has a special budget allocated each month to keep his beard in control.

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9) You’re almost certain he showers in cologne, his scent remains in a room half an hour after he leaves it.

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10) In his head every woman he dates is dying to marry him and if she doesn’t then she must be a skank

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11) His life plans: marry “good” wife, produce male heir, take over family business.

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12) He’ll gladly marry a gold digger. It’s flattering.

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13) Reaching out for the bill on a date is equivalent to spitting in his face.

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14) Getting behind the driving wheel is the most emasculating thing you can do to him.

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15) 50% of his brain shuts down when he spots a blonde.

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16) And if his parents don’t approve of you there’s no way he’s EVER going to marry you. oh no

 

 

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