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Beauty Review: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

Teint Touche Éclat Foundation YSL

Foundation can be a very tricky thing during summer. Most ladies tend to opt for tinted BB creams and moisturizers. But sometimes when you’re trying to perfect that makeup base or get that all-natural no makeup look, you require a foundation that can at the least provide you with medium coverage. I’ve been testing out many different formulas lately until I fell on one of my current favorites so far; Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation.

The Formula: First and foremost the formula is practically weightless, super thin, almost watery, with a texture that’s even lighter than the moisturizer I use on my face first thing in the morning and just as light as a BB Cream. It blends seamlessly. The downside is that it may be slightly too light, even for adequate medium coverage so you will have to go in for a second round, if you have more imperfections to cover.

Teint Touche Éclat Foundation.

The Finish: YSL TeintTouche Éclat Foundation is known for being luminous; giving your skin instant radiance and it’s true. Though I’m a big fan of matte foundations here is the deal breaker: although it does in fact leave your skin with a dewy finish it actually settles and blends in so well that it mattifies too. What I’m trying to say is that you won’t get that greasy over-shiny look, but instead get a healthy glow with a solid base.

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Staying Power: You have yourself a good 4-5 hours before you need to give your face a good touch up. This doesn’t mean it will produce visible signs as it wears off, it will just fade away slightly. And of course the Middle Eastern heat doesn’t exactly make it easy. It comes in a generous 30ml bottle that will last for months.

Verdict: Light, Dewy and Natural, YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation is ideal for summer, day and night and can easily substitute a BB Cream.

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Ivy Reviews: Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara by L’Oréal

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro

Essie Nail Polish

Benefit Gimme Brow Voluminizing Fiber Gel

Too-Faced Lip Injection Gloss

Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics Tints Collection

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Clinique Moisture Surge


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How To Find Your Soul Mate

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Although my Facebook timeline has been flooded with puffy white wedding gowns and cute chubby newborns lately, a portion of my dearest friends (both ladies and gents) are a long way from settling down anytime soon. I say this with confidence because they’re either single and really fed up with mingling or they’re dating someone casually who they would never dream of introducing to the parents.

So you see they’ve settled too, in their own way, either by convincing themselves that they should not bother searching for their Soul Mate anymore, that cuddling is totally overrated and they’re saving their energy for their careers or by pursuing a relationship with a guy/girl who blurts cryptic things like “Marriage is just something society created to organize people”

I’m not going to give you a speech on why you shouldn’t give up ( although you shouldn’t) or reassure you that there is that right person for you out there (I’m a hopeless romantic) I’m just going to share with you a brief list of how you could be enabling yourself from failing to find the right person for you.

1)      You’re not going to find your soul mate by being a bitter pissed off person all the time, going on unwarranted rants online and being generally unkind and rude to others just because you want to come off as strong and invincible. It’s just not attractive.

2)      You’re not going to find your soul mate by carrying excessive baggage from your past breakups and being paranoid and suspicious because you never want to get hurt again so you go on labeling the opposite sex as “cheaters” or “opportunists” and make wild declarations like “I don’t believe in love” to every guy/girl you meet.

3)      You’re not going to find your soul mate by staying in your comfort zone through randomly hooking up with every single guy/girl who’s emotionally unavailable too or by agreeing to an open relationship because you’re scared he/she might leave you otherwise.

4)      You’re not going to find your soul mate by creating all these preposterous credentials you require in a partner before you would even consider dating them like, religion, social status, bank account, height.

5)      You’re not going to find your soul mate by seeking your parent’s approval because no one is truly good enough for you. Or by purposely pursuing someone who lives abroad because you know they’re going to leave eventually.

6)     Speaking of no one is truly good enough for you, I hope you don’t really believe those prep talks. Sure you’re great- in some ways- but you probably have a long list of vices that your better half will have to put up with as well. So take it easy with the whole “no one deserves me” attitude.

6)      You’re not going to find your soul mate because you can’t afford to throw a wedding extravaganza and don’t think anyone will settle for anything less.

7)      And you most definitely will not find your soul mate if you keep posting silly quotes like “I’m single and free and it’s just me ”

All this is not to say that being single isn’t one of the most amazing crucial independent phases in a person’s life, a time where you can create some of the strongest bonds and make the most amazing memories with friends. But just like staying in college for too long, the fun eventually fades. And I am fully aware that not all of us want the same things out of life; like a beautiful house and bouncy babies. I’m just trying to say that maybe you haven’t found your soul mate because maybe just maybe you’ve inadvertently done everything not to be found.


Also See

8 Reasons Why Arab Men Won’t Marry You

6 Reasons Why He Didn’t Call You Back

What Men Really Want- Especially Lebanese Men

5 Reasons You’re Still Single; The Arab Men Edition-Part I

The 6 Annoying Dating Habits Of Middle Eastern Men

The 6 Annoying Dating Habits of Middle Eastern Women





Ivy Reviews: La Petite Maison Beirut

It’s true, over the past couple of years Beirut has been flooded with French Bistros, but the same doesn’t apply to authentic French restaurants serving gourmet French cuisine. In fact it may come as a surprise to know that there are a very few restaurants in Lebanon that specialize in serving French chic food, not the usual suspects that we see on almost every menu today and that’s what the renowned La Petite Maison Beirut brings to the table.

I reviewed La Petite Maison Dubai back in March 2013 and mentioned rumors of it’s opening in Beirut, and not long after that it did at Le Vendôme Beirut, one of my favorite hotels in Lebanon. For those not familiar, this top-notch spot started off at Old Nice in France and has a very popular branch in London. The place embodies the gastronomic spirit of the Côte d’Azur and neighboring Liguria.

Most of us associate French cuisine with dense/creamy/ buttery food, a meal that sits heavy on the belly, but you’ll be more than happy to know that conception is a far cry from the culinary concept La Petite Maison (LPM) is all about. LPM’s entire menu contains very little if not any cream and instead a vast selection of healthy Provençal flavorsome ingredients inspired by fresh and seasonal local produces.

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After a busy work week my man and I made our way down for an extended intimate dinner to de-stress at LPM. The décor is the envy of many newcomers looking to emulate its effortlessly sophisticated setting with its open-plan kitchen, banquettes and round tables. And of course their signature olive oil, tomato and lemon trio that sit on each table.

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re big fans of trying out new signature cocktails, especially when introduced to new flavors tastefully mixed to perfection by tier-one Mixologists. And so the feast kicked off with LPM’s own quirky take on the classic Bloody Mary and crowd-pleaser, the famous Tomatini, made with cherry tomatoes; a perfect balance of vodka and spices. My man had the Le Mans a superb champagne based cocktail with lemon juice. We also tried the Spring Tea, Twinkle and Manhattan Plum ( my personal favorite) all of which I highly recommend you experience.

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The tables at LPM are designed for sharing, so if you really want to take the full tour I suggest you share as many appetizers as you can before you get to the mains. The starter list is immense and it was very hard make a decision so we may have slightly over-indulged although we had no regrets whatsoever.

Let me start by gushing over the splendid Grilled Aubergine with Mozzarella, Prawns and Pesto. I’ve never before had this magical combination of gentle flavors with prawns but I can attest that it was absolutely heavenly. A must-try.

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Next up were the warm prawns with olive oil and though I always order this dish I can’t begin to describe how succulent the pink large juicy tiger prawns were, split right in the middle with just the right crispness on the outside and seamlessly soft texture inside with a burst of flavors in every bite.

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We also had the uber fresh Yellowtail Tuna Carpaccio , made exclusively for LPM Beirut, garnished with pickled pepper and aubergine.

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And the Fried Calamari, a bowl of hot curls of crisped squid with one of the best batters I’ve tried in a very long time and a vigorous taste of spice. At first I was a little disappointed when I noticed it didn’t come with a dip but as I took in each piece I understood it would be a scandal to cover up those salacious flavors.

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I also thoroughly enjoyed the light and refreshing thinly stripped Marinated Salmon with Pink Peppercorn.

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Sharing also applies to the mains. We had the Canard a L’Orange, slow cooked Duck Legs with a tangy orange glaze. I tend to like my duck confit style but this one was wonderfully seared and the sweetness combined with the tender meat that immediately fell from the bone made me fall for this classic festive dish.

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But the Grilled Rib Eye Steak made quite the impression, a glorious chunk of simply seasoned tender marble beef sliced into strips to expose its rosy interiors and paired with a strong mustard sauce and a relish dip.La Petite Maison Beirut 16. JPG

For sides we had the Baked Gratinated Potatoes, which were an absolute delight and of course fries, thick, spiced identical fresh cut fries that provided the much needed carb compliment to go with the meats.

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The desserts were a masterclass. I discovered my now all-time favorite dessert , not that my list was lacking or anything. The fresh berry Panna Cotta. No this is not your average Panna Cota, trust me. This one’s adapted to Lebanon by using our traditional Laban (yogurt) instead and let’s just say this is the only part of the meal where you will not want to share. Each spoonful will be followed by some gushing sounds you didn’t know you could make, so you can imagine how we weren’t all that discreet.

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We also tried refreshing the Passion Fruit and Mango Posset, a superb fragrant grouping of chilled zesty posset with warm fruits that work so well together with just the balance of savory and sweet.

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La Petite Maison Beirut does not kid when it dubs itself “Tous célèbres ici !”

It translates into “Everyone is Famous here” and that’s just a prelude to the VIP treatment you will receive. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, are just three of a list of many adjectives I can use to rate the service we experienced.

I know I’ll be back to La Petite Maison Beirut for casual business lunches, dinner and drinks with friends or even a reason to celebrate. A three-course dinner and drinks for two will average up to $90-$120 per person.

Verdict: Hands down, the chicest French Food and Restaurant in town with the best Panna Cotta in the region.

Rumour Has It: It may be opening its doors in Istanbul soon and I look forward to reviewing it there as well!


More Reviews

La Petite Maison Dubai

La Serre Bistro Dubai

Sydney’s at Le Vendôme Beirut

Prune French Bistro

Métropole Brasserie








Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Marianne Henry Helou

Meet Marianne Helou, wife of Lebanese presidential candidate Henry Helou who’s name is currently being deliberated as a possible consensus candidate by the Progressive Socialist party. But it’s not Henry nor his political aspirations we’re interested in rather it’s Mrs. Helou, his French wife.

She’s a top tier socialite and a regular front rower at Paris Couture Week with her “glossy fur coat, her blonde hair perfectly coiffed.” 

She’s been spotted and interviewed at the likes of Elie Saab, Georges Shakra, Zuhair Murad and Dany Atrache fashion shows in Paris just to name a few. She’s also a favorite face at Mondanite where you can find the blonde beauty repeatedly posing with friends as she makes her rounds on the Lebanese social scene. Marianne and her husband also seem to enjoy an active lifestyle sailing the Greek Islands on vacation and regularly spotted out and about.

I think Marianne Helou definitely has the poise and fashion sense required for First Lady material and would definitely be a subject of intrigue for international media if her husband where to be elected as Lebanon’s president. She would be the first French native to hold such a position and I think she would excel in the fashion department with her signature statement pieces styled with simple mostly black attire.

There’s no doubt Marianne Helou is an elegant woman who may just bring a new sort of charm and sophistication to the table.

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You can also watch Marianne Helou interviewed by Fashiontv at Dany Atrache’s Fashion Show in Paris at the 1:23 min mark


Image source Mondanite.net


Also see

Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Sethrida Geagea

Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Rima Karkafi Frangieh



And The Bioskinspa Giveaway Winners Are…



Thank you to all the fabulous participants who took part in this giveaway. I really enjoyed and related to almost all your comments, right here and on Instagram.

As I mentioned previously the winners have been solely chosen by Bioskinspa since I would have never been able to choose just three ( you’re all winners in my eyes)

Ladies, if your name appears here please contact Bioskinspa on 09 637 260 to claim your prize. I know you’re going to love getting pampered and I’d love to hear about your experience.

I also want to thank both Bioskinspa and the Ogilvy & Mather team for making this happen!




Ivy Reviews Bioskinspa and 3 Terrific Giveaways

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You can probably tell by now how much I enjoy pampering myself, and though I’ve had my fair share of spa treatments and facials I’ve yet to delve into the world of advanced (non-invasive) beauty treatments.

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I had the pleasure of attending a one-of-a kind Face Beautifying custom session at the exclusive Bioskinspa this week, a new age innovative treatment center that specializes in a combination of the latest in aesthetic technologies and top of the line skin care products to diminish flaws and bring out the best in your skin.

The spa premises resembles somewhat of a hidden sanctuary you would never guess was even there, situated on the 8th floor of a high rise in Kaslik, with a spectacular view overlooking the Jounieh Bay.


To describe it as fresh would be an understatement, with its turquoise walls and ethereal white curtains you can’t help but feel like you’re on vacation as soon as you step in. But the colossal fountain on its private terrace takes home the prize, a large open space overlooking the city where Bioskinspa clients can relax pre or post treatment with some homemade detox juice or a coffee and soak in some sun while listening to the soothing water in the background.

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My experience kicked off with a one-on-one consultation session with a very professional beauty therapist named Reine whom I highly recommend. She thoroughly inquired about my skin type and allergies as well as some of my lifestyle habits. She took the time to advise me and propose some healthy choices I can adapt to make sure my skin is always at its best.

I was scheduled for a Oxygen Facial, the latest celebrity craze to hit the market ( also known as the new Botox.) Pressurized oxygen and a skin serum is applied through a machine (painless as it doesn’t even come in contact with your skin) to the skin. The concentrated Oxygen (which feels amazingly cool) works to reverse the damage of pollution and sun rays, paving the way for firmer and a more radiant looking skin. Next I underwent a treatment with a rotating wheel technically known as Diamond Dermabrasion, (also totally painless for scaredy cats like me) The wheel rotates rapidly to remove the upper layers of the skin, smoothens out fine lines, and deep cleans clogged pores and blackheads.

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And though my first inclination is to be quite skeptical about such treatments, I’m not exaggerating when I say the results are immediate. My skin was smoother than I ever remember; I couldn’t stop touching my cheeks and the surface of my nose, which felt unfamiliar. Next I underwent a relaxing facial on both my neck and face using only Biosphere, swiss-made high-end line of skin care products exclusive to Bioskinspa and an amazing mask and peel that stayed on for 20 minutes.

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I was then escorted into a different treatment room with a breathtaking view for a ten-minute Lifting session. Reine pointed out the fine lines next to my mouth and with a gentle buffing machine that combined infrared and dry heat she massaged my face for ten minutes. My face looked visibly plumper and the fine lines had miraculously diminished. Magic!

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Afterwards I was offered some of that fresh detox juice while I got my nails filed and painted with this lovely shade from O.P.I. named Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around.

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BioSkinSpa also offers a wide range of scalp and hair treatments as well as an in-house blow-outs to get your hair done if you want to look primp and proper following a full day of treatments.

And here comes the great news! Bioskinspa is giving away three sessions to my fabulous readers (men and women).

To get a chance to win one of these

1- O2 Therapy Facial Session

2- Lifting Facial Treatment Session

3- ORA Hair Spa Treatment


All you have to do is follow Ivy Says on Instagram by clicking here

And leave a comment either on Instagram or right here in the comment section below answering this question

How do you like to pamper/spoil yourself?

Three winners will be chosen by BioskinSpa this Saturday!

Good luck!


Intellectual Property Ethics and Online Content Creation For Your Brand: Ivy Says for Entrepreneur

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In June’s issue of Entrepreneur Middle East I discuss the ethical quagmire of online content creation and your brand. Does drawing constant inspiration through recycling ideas and recreating  visuals make your idea original or does it constitute intellectual property theft?

The lines can be blurry, but more often than not I would choose the latter. In my opinion, a well-rounded content creator is constantly aware of popular posts from competitors while also ensuring that their client’s work isn’t being echoed verbatim across the board. While you can’t always prevent people from copying your work, you can help your brand stay ahead of the curve by continuing to innovate rather than imitate. Having said that, I present you with four points to watch out for when creating content for your brand and the same can be applied for your blog.

You can read the full article HERE

Also check out

7 Ways To Own Your Online Reputation- Ivy Says for Entrepreneur Middle East



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.


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


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


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


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?


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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

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Have I missed any?


8 Things To Avoid Doing At The Beach This Summer

7 Things Not To Do At Weddings This Summer

The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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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Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Rima Karkafi Frangieh

Despite Lebanon’s current presidential void, we’re still hoping for a fashion forward first lady. Last week we took a closer look at Sethrida Geagea, wife of presidential candidate Samir Geagea. This week, Rima Karkafi Frangieh is on our fashion radar, wife of presidential hopeful and Marada party leader Sleiman Frangieh.

Rima is Sleiman’s second wife and mother of his youngest child Vera. Before wedding Frangieh in 2003, Rima worked as a TV presenter at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) for seven years. Prior to that Rima who hails from an Iraqi mother and Lebanese father lived and attended university in Sydney after fleeing the war in Lebanon. Rima is most known for her social activism most notably in the North where she resides and volunteers her time to various charity causes and is the President of Ehdeniyat International Festival as well as the North Autism center.

In spite of her husband’s somewhat bleak chances of becoming president, there’s no denying Rima’s first lady material. With her feminine style and signature hair Rima will add a dainty allure to the presidential palace. We have no doubt she’ll be able to hold her ground amongst the world’s most fashionable first ladies.

Take a look at Rima Frangieh’s most fashionable moments.

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Also see

Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Sethrida Geagea

First Ladies Fashion FACE-OFF

Lebanon’s Hottest MP

The Lebanese Politicians’ Wedding Album

Kim Kardashian and Sheikha Mozah: Separated At Birth