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Benefit Cosmetics To Open in Lebanon

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That’s right! Many of us in Lebanon wait to travel and hit up a Sephora in Dubai or Europe to get our Benefit Cosmetics beauty fix but not anymore.

I’m happy to be one of the first few to break the news that on the 1st week of December of this year, Benefit Cosmetics will finally be available in Lebanon at ABC Ashrafieh and ABC Dbayeh. The points of sale will also include my personal favorite, the Benefit BrowBar, where you can get your eyebrows Tinted, Waxed and Tweezed by a Benefit expert who is trained in the art of what the brand likes to call Brow Mapping! Learn more about that here.

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I was happy to meet with Benefit Cosmetics this week to bring you this news and will be sharing with you many of their latest updates and releases so make sure to follow me on Instagram and SnapChat IvySays for all the latest. Also you can now follow Benefit Cosmetics Lebanon on Instagram here.

I personally love this brand because of how fun and innovative most of their makeup is, it’s totally different in its catchy approach to beauty and original products and I’m also a huge fan of their unique packaging.

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If you’re not familiar with Benefit Cosmetics let me walk you through a couple of their iconic and bestselling products.

They’re Real Lengthening Mascara

This one’s all about drama! For extreme length and volume in your lashes. It’s an all-timer and favorite among mascara aficionados and beauty bloggers. It will really make you second-guess whether or not they’re real or fake.


This is one of my personal faves, it’s a lip and cheek stain liquid in rose tint. It will give your cheeks this barely-there sort of sexy flush you get only from a crazy cardio session, and it’s buildable and super long-lasting. It looks like a nail polish bottle, smells like rose water and can be applied with your hands.


Brow Zings

The eyebrow kit of eyebrow kits. Whether you want to add definition to your eyebrows or simply fill in sparse areas you will love this set, it includes a pigmented wax cream and a setting powder. It also comes with a miniature angled brush, blending brush and tweezers for those last minute plucks. You really don’t have to be an expert to get nice thick brows with this kit. And the entire package is so compact it can fit in all our nano-bags.

Hoola Bronzer

It’s a universal medium-dark shade bronzer with an extra matte finish. It comes with a small cheek brush inside also for those last-minute touch ups. I haven’t used it before but I swiped some on my wrist and already love how well it blends. I also hear it’s the perfect blush for contouring so I can’t wait to try it out.

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The Pore Fessional

This is sort of like a primer and loose powder in one, you can use this both under or over makeup to minimize the appearance of pores and help your makeup stay on for hours. It’s an oil-free formula and it feel so silky and smooth.

The Roller Lash

Another cult classic from Benefit, I haven’t tried this one yet, but I can’t wait to after reading the rave reviews it has. It’s supposedly inspired by hair roller, the hook’n’roll brush is supposed to grab lift and curl each lash to give you a wide-doey-eyed look.

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Also read my detailed review on the Gimme Brow here

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3 Skin Serums I Love


I think I speak for a lot of women when I say there’s not much time in our day for a good skin care routine. So instead of layering up on different types of creams, most of us are looking for that multifunctional one that works to resolve many of the issues we face (pun intended). When it comes to serums and creams I’m all about trying different formulas and brands though I tend to stick to a few favorites.

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I generally have good skin that is combination, with quite dry cheeks and a T-zone that tends to oil up, so these products have been tried and tested and have worked wonders for me. And though all three include as a dark spot correctors it’s important to note that none will really eliminate them all together, just significantly reduce and prevent them. I also don’t use them all together at once nor do they replace my moisturizers and day creams, but rather they serve as a base.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum


I was lucky enough to catch the Shiseido road show in Lebanon when the Ultimune was launched back in 2014. There’s a lot of technology that when into this serum and I can attest to the fact that it delivers on many of the promises it makes. I use it right after cleaning and toning my face and before my moisturizer. It works on minimizing fine lines, soothing skin and giving off a generally healthy glow. I also noticed a dewy and fresh-faced look and it has worked to improve the general appearance of my skin after 3 months of use. The formula is light and gelish and super easy to blend, it really feels like you have nothing on, which I appreciate as heavy textures bug me. It’s a little pricey but worth the splurge in my books.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

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Though I have an overall good skin tone, I do have my share of skin blemishes and discolorations from the occasional popped pimple and sun exposure when I was to cool to use SPF in my teens. I discovered Smart Custom Repair at the launching dinner with Clinque last year and have been hooked since. Clinique Smart is all about repairing damages and dark spots. I’ve always resorted to Clinique Laser Focus for dark spot repair in the past and this one is no exception. The formula is also gel-like ( yes I prefer that texture over creamy ones) and lightweight and it doesn’t have to replace your daily moisturizer so a simple pump really goes a long way. I tend to concentrate it on discolorations and I’ve had noticeable results over a period of 2 months. But I find that it’s all about maintenance so I suggest you apply preventatively as well.

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

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I was introduced to Mission Perfection earlier this year during a breakfast presentation with Clarins. It focuses mainly on correcting pigmentation be it dark marks, acne marks or even a red or dull complexion which occurs more when the temperatures drop. It’s more creamy than the above two formulas but still on the gelish side of things and that works wonderfully for me. I’ve been using it throughout my pregnancy and I can safely say it’s managed to lighten up my dark spots significantly. I like to apply it before bedtime especially as it smells really good. It has a shimmer to its finish which gives a lovely radiance to my face especially when I decide to go sans makeup.

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A Makeup Session With BOBBI BROWN





A Makeup Session With BOBBI BROWN

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Last week, I got to celebrate the first anniversary of  Bobbi Brown’s first stand-alone boutique in Hamra with a lovely makeup session by the brand’s international makeup artist Eliano Abou Assi. As may or may not know, Bobbi Brown is all about achieving a natural look, with a huge emphasis on good skin, which requires prepping the face with moisturizing and hydrating skin care products from the line before applying makeup.

But the Bobbi Brown philosophy is also centered around achieving that au naturel fresh-faced glow by using the right shade of both Correctors and Concealers followed by foundation. These steps alone should blend in naturally with your skin tone, even without requiring any additional makeup if a flawless wide-awake look is what you’re after.

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The makeup artist opted for a warm nude CC Cream for my face followed by Bobbi Brown’s iconic Skin Foundation Stick that felt both weightless yet creamy. Although he meticulously applied the products, when he was done, I somehow managed to look makeup free yet my skin looked radiant, even and blemish-free, not like it was waiting for more makeup to applied, but rather it glowed in all the right places, made me almost wish I could actually wake up like this.

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He completed the look with sheer finished pressed powder to help it settle and some bronzer and the Shimmer Brick Compact in Nectar. I requested a soft smokey eye and he suggested the lovely Art Stick in Sunset Orange to go with my cheeks. Loved how easy and fresh faced the entire look came together.

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Make sure to pass by the Bobbi Brown in Hamra to browse the entire extensive collection and request a personal consultation if you’re hesitant about the right shades that work for you, staff are more than happy and knowledgeable to assist in that department.

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An All Italian Look

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What happens when two very Italian things come together? Fashion.

That’s right. I was one of the first few to get my hands on the new Superga raffia flatform sneakers, as part of the brand’s latest collaboration with famous street style blogger Gala Gonzalez, and these multicolored half-espadrille half wedge hotties proved to be the perfect staple to my wardrobe this season.

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It also happens that I was invited to preview Italian house Furla latest Pre-fall 2015 collection this summer and had fallen for this Stacy drawstring bag blue in which I’ve been endlessly styling ever since, you can view another look here

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I’ve been sporting a baby bump all summer in case you’ve mistaken my round midsection for a big lunch… and I’ve opted for loose and casual wear, especially with the scorching heat.  I loved accessorizing these two Italian beauties with a comfortable short dress for a day out.  I’ll be pairing these two in more ways than one so don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

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A special thank you to Chouchic.com for sending over this colorful encrusted statement necklace and whose accessories I always love!

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Floral Sunglasses by Bana Sunglasses,

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Ivy Reviews: Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics Nostalgie D’Orient

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Before I tell you about the wonderful message behind Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics limited Nostaligie d’Orient  I think I I speak for a lot of women when I say we appreciate makeup that gets us, the kind of easy-to-carry sets that can be thrown into a makeup bag and pulled out for quick pick-me-ups throughout the day. So when I heard that Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics was coming out with  this three-piece pencil set that included a black kohl, red lipstick and concealer all in one, I knew I had to give it a try.

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With Nostalgie d’Orient, Bassam Fattouh wanted to depict the beautiful side of Lebanon, the idea that despite all the issues this country faces which dominate international headlines, it also imports beauty around the world, something we tend to forget… So this collection is his way of paying homage and celebrating both the past and the present by combining the three landmarks we are so proud of; our Baher (sea), Jabal (Mountain) and the capital Beirut, in a vintage pop art package designed by renowned graphic designer Rana Salam.

The Set

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Beirut: My favorite thing about this Lipstick is that it’s one of the few times you get to wear a bold color without requiring a lip liner, because it basically combines the super creaminess of a lipstick with the precision of lip liner, just keep it sharpened. The color is a signature fiery red one which never fails to impress and although it is very matte it’s quite lively upon application.

Jabal: This one’s a bold carbon black eyeliner, with a very VERY highly pigmented formula. I recommend you use it for tracing and creating kohled eyes or a bold oriental cat eye more than blending for a smokey eye look. The color release is excellent and it will last and last without smudging or streaking, It’s uber matte too.

Baher: I confess, this is my first experience with a pencil concealer, and lately I’ve been quite frustrated with formulas that fade with blending, but the yellow-based formula on this one is thick and heavy enough to stay. It’s not as blendable as you would think but I don’t mind because it’s perfect for highlighting and contouring. My only suggestion is to apply lightly because a little really goes a long way.

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Et Voila, a full makeup look using these three pencils.

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If you’re fan of makeup and a fan of Lebanon then this is one limited edition set you don’t want to miss out on. You can order Nostalgie d’Orient online here

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A Bohemian Summer

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Summer.. what’s not to love about this season. The flowy dresses, the light and bright colors and just how easy and breezy everything feels. Exotic fruits, morning swims and golden sunsets.

This summer is a special one for me, I’m expecting my first in September and though I have to say at times, the heat feels overwhelming, I’ve been having some fun styling my baby bump. I’m definitely not one to shop at maternity stores, and these days you really don’t need to, with the right cut and style, going one size larger will do the trick.

But what you do come to also realize when you sport a round belly, is you can no longer follow seasonal trends, especially when they encompass midriff-bearing tops and sheer cut out panels, so you stick to the good old basics. Floor length gowns that don’t necessarily feel like tents, there’s no shame in hiding those new curves but at the same time, something that won’t add discomfort to your ever growing bump.

I plan on writing a post on how I’ve managed to stay fit during pregnancy, and believe me when I say it’s not easy, I’ve had my ups and downs, days when I feel like tossing those organic veggies for a chocolate binge, and sometimes I do. But that’s for a later post.

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I styled two of my favorite items this summer in two different looks. I was happy to discover Bana Sunglasses, boho-style customized sunglasses inspired by summer’s most epic adventures. I am obsessed with my pair, they make me feel like I’m on one long vacation and go with almost everything. I don’t plan on taking them off this summer so you’ve been warned. You can check out the many different styles here

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Furla also invited me to discover their latest Pre-Fall 15 Collection and one of (the many) bags I fell in love with is the new Stacy bucket bag in blue. I’m a huge fan of Saffiano Leather and I’m usually an even bigger fan of bags that can hold their form and this one does so flawlessly even after a lot of wear. There are endless ways to style the bucket bag which I’ll be doing all season long.

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I styled them with this cotton dress from Oysho, who have spoiled me this summer  and a pair of navy and white Chanel Espadrilles.

Happy August!


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.

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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.

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