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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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Murex D’or 2014 Best and Worst Dressed by Ivy Says

 

 

 

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Murex D’or 2014 Best and Worst Dressed by Ivy Says

In case you missed The Murex D’or awards last night then let me fill you in as best as I can. For those of you not aware this is sort of like the Lebanese version of the Oscars for both actors, singers and performers. Last year I covered their red carpet best and worst dressed here.

The show was hosted by journalist Paula Yaacoubian and the ridiculously handsome previous MP Misbah El-Ahdab who should seriously consider retiring from politics and pursuing a career in TV. Paula on the other hand, should just stick to what she does best and that’s political journalism.

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The official photos are not out yet but I had to get as resourceful as possible so these will have to do for now. I also don’t have a full list of the designers but I’ll update them throughout the day.

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Songstress Carol Samaha looked effortlessly chic in a crocodile-shape jewel encrusted black halter and figure-defining silhouette by designer Mario Osta. She styled it with an elegant updo and some seriously striking diamond earrings. She knows what works for her body and she’s working it.

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Former Ms. Lebanon Dina Azar wore a bright fuchsia one shoulder thigh slinky dress with a thigh high slit by Maison Rabih Keyrouz and kept her blonde hair simple and sleek. She almost looked flawless if it weren’t for the matchy matchy strong makeup and fuchsia on the eyes.

 

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Socialite Mariane Helou- wife of presidential candidate Henry Helou who I profiled as a potential first lady months ago here, was awkwardly introduced as First Lady since as most of you know Lebanon has no president, I guess someone Googled my article.

She looked every inch the 80’s Dynasty character in her sparkly fiery red gown and matching red chiffon shoulder shawl, her signature blonde hair and winged eyeliner.

 

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TV personality Rola Beksmati (who I’ve never been acquainted before) committed the fashion crime of the season in what looked like a kryptonite giant strawberry by designer Jean Louis Sabaji I don’t really have to get into it, something must have went terribly wrong in the creative process, terribly wrong. She makes Lena Dunham’s latest fashion faux pas at the Emmys look like a misdemeanor.

 

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Journalist Zeina Yazijy looked like a glow-in-the dark  skeleton Zebra in an over-the-top nude and black long-sleeved gown encrusted with striped diamantes. And though Balmain Fall 2014 collection features a similar style which Lindsay Lohan donned, this piece did not flatter Zeina’s hips nor her pretty face, it was seriously hard to concentrate with everything going on. And though I commend her efforts to take a fashion risk this look will not be remembered for the right reasons at all. Fashion fail.

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My best dressed from the Murex D’or without a doubt in my head goes to songstress Sherine Abdel Wahhab who absolutely dazzled in a Nicolas Gebran creation with an intricate mesh embroidered and crochet toned figure-hugging white long sleeve dress complete with a train. I loved the classic bun and lovely nude soft makeup that didn’t compete with her dress.

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Second runner up for best dressed and for not lip-synching might I add was the “Golden Diva” Nawal Al Zoghbi who has been making some major fashion waves in her latest gown choices by Zuhair Murad and I’m not sure who her stylist is but she should give him/her a raise. She brought some sparkling glamor to the award show in this black strapless bedazzled bodice which accented her figure with a leaf gold belt and princess skirt. Her signature big hair also made an appearance in retro waves and a statement red lipstick.

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Let’s get one thing straight, Cyrine Abdel Nour is one of the most talented and gorgeous arab actresses out there. Having said that, Cyrine is still stuck in the old-school of exaggerated looks that we love in our parts of the world. The one where everything has to be super over-done. It’s always the super sparkly super tight super revealing flashy dress that screams for attention (remember last year’s?) and never the elegant classy subtle look, the one that brings more attention to the face and character rather highlight every little inch of her. This red lace number is designed by Antoine Kareh Couture. The hair, necklace and makeup could have passed but that dress for yet another year, butchered it.

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Nancy Ajram played it safe in a sleeveless black Azzaro gown with jewel encrusted neckline and waist which she accessorized with diamond bracelets and kept her hair down and makeup simple. I really enjoyed the royal blue Balmain she wore last year and would have loved to see a more lively look on the young superstar.

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Aline Lahoud made quite the comeback from the disastrous frock she donned last year. This is a complete 180 degree fashion redemption for her in this gorgeous dress by Elie Wehbe Couture. I love the contrast and color blocking of of the silver sequin top with deep V neckline and royal blue high waist voluminous floor length. The only thing I would drop is the bold red lipstick and instead have gone with a simple nude or bonne mine shade.

Who was your pick for best and worst dressed?

 

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Fashion Report: Emmys 2014 Red Carpet Best and Worst Dressed

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Always one to make a dramatic statement on the red carpet January Jones donned this fiery strapless Prabal Gurung gown which on its own with those heels are smashing. And though I love her for always being experimental I’m stunned by how unflattering and greasy those messy and uneven bangs look on her. In fact from her neck upwards her head looks like it could be Photoshopped on.

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Another red number for the night with fashion darling Claire Danes who never ceases to turn heads on the red carpet though I’m not exactly sure why she’s still relevant. This red laced sheer paneled Givenchy is gorgeous especially with the edgy neck embroidery though it falls frumpy on her waist. Love the back-swept hair and striking lipstick.

 

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I just love tuxedos on the red carpet and it takes a real mature women to pull it off (think Tilda Swinton and Sharon Stone) and still get all the attention. House of Cards star Robin Wright (Claire) turns heads in this backless cream Ralph Lauren Collection tuxedo-jumpsuit and her signature slicked back hair.

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Lena Dunham- I really don’t want to talk about it.

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Screen siren Natalie Dormer stunned in this color-blocked J. Mendel Resort 2015 gown. It fit her like a glove and showed off her gorgeous figure though I don’t think orange is particularly her color. Still it was a refreshingly different look we haven’t seen much of.

Lizzy-Caplan

One of the best dressed of the Emmys was Lizzy Kaplan (remember her from Mean Girls?) girl brought her A-game to the red carpet in this monochrome satin cut-out ballgown by Donna Karen Atelier. Her hair and makeup did not compete at all with the dress and all in all she looked so effortless.

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Kate Mara sashayed her way down the red carpet in this ethereal and quite complicated white J. Mendel gown but she still managed to look effortless. I love the combination of the chiffon layers with the dramatically beaded top and strategic cut-outs. She matched it perfectly with those lovely monochrome Charlotte Olympia platforms. Lovely!

Julia Roberts

I’m grateful to Julia Roberts for finally trying and getting out of that vicious frumpy cycle, I also want to commend her on the new hot bod she’s been rocking. Having said that I don’t think this beaded Elie Saab Couture mini was the way to go. The dress in itself is stunning but would have been more suited for a younger actress, it just seemed a little out of place for this seasoned Hollywood veteran. And those Louboutin peep-toe pumps were way too chunky. Still a huge improvement from last year.

Halle Berry

Another Elie Saab creation makes an appearance at the Emmys this time on Halle Berry in this powder purple halter chiffon dress. Though this is a new look for her I’m not sure she looked so effortless in it, as it just seemed like she wasn’t quite in her element since she almost always wears figure-hugging dresses and shows way more skin but I guess that’s what happens when you get of your style comfort zone.

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Two words for this look; Mermaid and déjà vu. Sofia Vergara manages to wear yet again the same style with a different color, this time it’s a white Roberto Cavalli with silver embellishments. Yes we get it she has the most celebrated curves in the industry and good for her to know what works on her body type and run with it but she may as well just start recycling dresses because this is becoming way too redundant. I’d love to see her step out of her comfort zone for once on that red carpet.

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Gwen Stephani is a rock-star and it shows in every fashion decision she makes. This silver metallic number by Atelier Versace with plunging square cut-outs may not be as formal as one would expect to an Emmys Red Carpet event but still I’m really feeling this look on her. Her slick straight hair complements it perfectly and I’m happy to see she ditched the crimson lipstick for a change.

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Camila Alves killed it in an intricate white mosaic Zuhair Murad gown from his Ready-to-Wear Collection. The gown is a masterpiece with its sheer details and shapely form. Hands down this is one of my favorite looks from the Emmys.

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Yes I know I’m constantly complaining that not enough fashion risks are happening on the red carpet but there is no risk here, just a doomed scenario. Sarah Paulson looks like she got caught in a fishing net loaded with crabs that or someone who hasn’t had a wax in years. The Armani Prive dress certainly got a lot of attention but definitely not for the right reasons. Sadly this will go down as one of the biggest red carpet fails of all times though Kim Kardashian’s couch dress still reigns.

Kerry Washington

I really don’t understand this Prada gown on Kerry Washington with a thigh high split and shimmery navy skirt. I don’t care about the details everyone is swooning over, the fact is it’s not a flattering cut or color and there’s just way too much going on there and her choice of pumps only worsened the disaster. Fashion felony for sure.

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Omg it’s Queen Cersei Lannister! Lena Heady looks every inch the edgy bad-ass in this asymmetrical Rubin Singer dress and cute pixie cut. She actually looks less intimidating then her Game of Thrones character though she’s decked in black.

 

What do you think?

 

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20 Problems Every Girl Will Face This Summer

1)      When you’re invited to 6 weddings, 4 of which have groups of mutual friends. Which means you actually have to go out and buy 4 new gowns.

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2)      When it’s sunny and nice all week but cloudy on the weekends. Bye bye tan.

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3)      How exactly are you supposed to wear your new designer sunglasses when it’s really cloudy?

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4)      Now you can’t get those low-lights you wanted.

shit

5)      When you  give up on that tan and decide to use a spray tan instead. It ruins all your white dresses.

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6)      Mykonos or Marbella?

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7)      When your manicure lady is fully booked and now the color on your fingers don’t match your toes.

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8)      Your wax lady won’t see you for the next two month because she’s having a baby.

n no no

9)      The monokini will give you major tan lines but it’s this season’s must have.

cant take it

10)   You did your summer shopping and still have nothing to wear.

whatever

11)   When you just found out those over-priced heels you bought last week are now on sale.

what?

12)  When you realize the dress you ordered online is a size too small.

sad

13)   When you’re supposed to be on a bikini diet but everyone in the office is ordering fries with their meal.

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14)   You’re always so grumpy because that stupid diet is making you hungry

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15)   You’re not supposed to eat after 8pm but suddenly everyone you know is throwing a summer night barbeque.

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16)  When you can’t decide between rosé or champagne and mixing both makes you dizzy.

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17)   When you remember you have an outdoor yoga class but you just got your hair blown-out the evening before.

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18)   Your boss better not schedule his annual summer dinner on SKYBAR’s opening night.

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19)   When your friend who usually has a seasonal table at SKYBAR decides he’s moving to Dubai.

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20)    When the bouncer says you’re not on the list for opening night

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Have I missed any?

 

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An Essie Affair

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A friend asked me why I’m so obsessed with Essie. For starters, the choices are endless, over 900 to be more precise! And I just love the way they’re always introducing new shades every season single season. I’ve tried countless nail polish brands and I can safely say that Essie is the longest lasting one I have come across to date. So couple that with some of the season’s hottest shades and you’ve got yourself a winning combo.

I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit how much I love the witty and fun names they give each bottle, names that stick with you. I recently came across an interview with Essie Cosmetic’s founder Essie Weingarten did with ELLE where she goes into the very dynamic process of how they come up with those names.

I’m been spamming my Instagram with Essie’s latest collection of nail polish shades. Here are a few of my favourite of their latest shades which I totally recommend you try out this summer.

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Essie Romper Room

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So tell me, what is your favorite Essie shade?

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The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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1) The Crop Top

THE CROP TOP

This piece was an absolute Spring favorite and it’s not going anywhere this summer either. The good news is you don’t have to be a supermodel to wear one, as it shows off your midriff not your abs, just style it with a high-waist pair of pants or midi or maxi skirt and you’re go to go. If you’re top heavy then I recommend you keep it loose and boxy.

2) The Midi Skirt

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Just below the knee and inches above the ankle sits the midi-skirt ( or mid-length skirt). It’s a super feminine piece inspired by the ladylike style of the 50’s that can be dressed up or down fairly simply. But keep one rule in mind, if it’s tight at the bottom pair it was something loose atop but if it’s puffy then by all means style it with that teeny tiny crop top. I also love this item styled with a classic pair of pointy pumps and a statement clutch.

3) The One-Piece Swimsuit or Monokini

The one Piece suitI personally couldn’t wait for the one-piece to make a splash again on the fashion scene. I have two of these babies in my closet that are just begging to be worn. The designs are endless, some are very simple and others are major fashion statements. The best part is you don’t have to wear it with a top to the beach just slip on a pair or shorts or a skirt and you’re good to go!

4) The PVC Pump

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Put some summer in your step with this pretty translucent heels that can go perfectly with almost any outfit especially boyfriend jeans. I haven’t included any high street alternatives because honestly the finishing on some are just plain terrible. So if you’re going to make an investment this summer, I suggest you make it on these.

5) The Fringe Bag

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No longer just for the boho types, the Fringe is now making it’s appearance on even the most luxurious of designer labels. From cross-body bags to clutches everywhere we look we see tassels. But hold off on that luxury splurge this design is way too trendy to ever become a classic.

6) The Statement Ring

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First came the statement necklace and now comes the big bulky ring. Personally no outfit of mine is complete without at least one or two, especially knuckle rings. They can accessorize even the simplest of outfits so make sure you’re all stocked up with these pretty things this summer.

7) The Pastel Polish

the nail polishWhat better way to compliment a statement ring then with the perfect pastel polish. Unlike bright neon shades you don’t really have to be all that tanned to pull these colors off. Nothing puts me in a better mood than happy nails.

8) The Light Lip Gloss

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Sure, bold bright colors are hot right now, but when the temperature is rising you’re going to wish you were wearing a lip color that’s sheer, light, nourishing and sexy. I hate goopy sticky glosses so here are my three recommendations to keep your lips full and luscious this summer.

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Ivy Says in ELLE Arab World

I’m very proud to have been chosen as one of the guest bloggers in the May issue of Elle Arab World available in the UAE, Oman, KSA and Qatar. From what I would never leave the house without to this season’s hottest trends, check out the full feature here and don’t forget to grab your copy!

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