At first glance I thought surely Lancôme’s new Miracle Cushion foundation wasn’t for me, as compacts are usually mineral and don’t settle well on my more often than not dry skin. I was however delighted to find out that it’s actually a fluid foundation in a compact package. But here’s what sets the Miracle Cushion apart from the rest, it’s spongy compact that although has been wildly popular in Korea/Japan for some time now it actually has not been available in both the Middle East and Europe.
Until now. Lancôme introduced this to us at a private Mother’s Day event last week and also pampered me with a makeover. A couple of days later the Miracle Cushion arrived at my door and well you can pretty much know how this goes.
So before I blabber on here is my review
Coverage: Pretty light, but it’s quite buildable and your encouraged to do so. So layer it up if the lighter look is not your thing. But at the end of the day it’s a fluid foundation and its meant to look fresh , so don’t expect it to give you what your usual powder compact would. And don’t expect it to work for you if you’re the heavy full coverage foundation type.
Color release: Just a gentle press on the fluid cushion with a the built-in sponge is enough to get a good soak of product on the sponge. Want more? Press harder. Just fight the temptation to stick your entire finger in.
Formula: one of the most lightweight and weightless foundations, I have BB creams that feel heavier. It’s very moist but in a watery rather than a creamy way. It also comes with SPF 23 so this is definitely something you want to keep around this summer.
Finish: Dewy, sheer and natural. It has a sudden smoothing effect on the skin and is quite hydrating, Again perfect for the upcoming warm seasons and temperature in the Middle East.
Verdict: Innovative. Because I don’t carry my liquid foundation/ BB cream tubes out with me and I don’t use powder compacts. So Lancôme’s Miracle Cushion now means I can have my portable fluid compact with me for a quick use and touch up anywhere before meetings thanks to its built-in mirror. I’d categorize this as your day-appropriate foundation as I tend to go with heavier coverage for my evening looks.
I’m wearing 03 Beige Pêche, here’s how Miracle Cushion looks in natural light
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It’s no secret I’ve been utterly obsessed with everything Yves Saint Laurent beauty as of lately. I was lucky enough to have their lovely team of makeup artists work on my look for my recent radio show promotional shoot and I’ve also been gushing over their new collection on the blog for some time now.
Although I often shop for perfumes I seldom ever use them all and they end up as decorating pieces on my makeup table since I usually prefer sticking to one or two favorite scents tops. But when YSL sent over their recently released Black Opium I knew this wasn’t going to be a phase. I was addicted.
It now one of my signature scents and favorite fragrances to date from YSL, derived from its 1977 classic Opium, this one highlights the dark and mysterious side of the original. A new character emerges with Black Opium, a restless, complex and dramatic woman who’s both playful and serious all the time, a woman who’s impulsive and always on the move and someone who lives her life with passion. A woman I can most definitely relate to.
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.
I first wore this perfume to a wedding in Dubai, and it complemented my look perfectly. I was feeling quite adventurous and wore a matte black gown with a thigh-high slit that was embellished and matched the gorgeous Black Opium bottle perfectly, almost like a clutch.
Model Eddie Campbell is the face of Black Opium and you can check out the full campaign here
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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.
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.
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.
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!
What do you think?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
But before she began painting my nails she applied a coat of their customer- favorite Le Ciel Ultra Hardener.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.
Shot by the very talented Patrick Sawaya.
Print Louize Sweater by Ted Baker
Sunglasses Prada- Minimal Baroque
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