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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.

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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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My Top 10 Favorite Things This Spring

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Box by No Garlic No Onions

Imagine, a box full of local and regional treasures handpicked by your favorite food blogger each month delivered right to your doorstep. That’s right The Box is NoGarlicNoOnions creative solution born from his desire to share all his latest discoveries with all his followers. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the first batch to ever go out and I can’t tell how both delicious and fun it was to explore all those little things in there. I loved how it also included a fun gadget and even some wine! You can sign up for yours here

adidas neo sneakers

I love how Adidas NEO line is all about sporty and casual and it doesn’t hurt that Selena Gomez is also the face of the label this year. I wanted a pair of navy chic sneakers to wear with a lot of my outfits (skirts/dresses/ shorts) this summer and I was immediately drawn to this pair of super easy slip-ons. I won’t lie I was also a big sucker for the pink stripes that add a much needed pop of color to most outfits. They’re available at most Adidas stores now.

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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.

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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.

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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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Beauty Review: Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation

Lancome Miracle Cushion Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

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.

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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.

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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.

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Model Eddie Campbell is the face of Black Opium and you can check out the full campaign here

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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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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