Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Drugstore Makeup Winter Look: Navy Eyes & Bold Lips

Who knew that there were still a few shades from the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick collection which I still didn't own! I spotted this shade while browsing around in Carrefour and I instantly knew that shade 30 would be coming home with me. It is the inspiration behind the makeup look for the week, a bold lipped look that's perfect for winter. I don't know about you but I love playing around with dramatic makeup in the colder months, so I thought I'd show you one of my current go-to wintery looks. I started with one of my favorite winter foundation from L'Oreal (this is VERRRYYY similar to the Giorgio Armani Maestro, that I LOVE) which gives the most gorgeous finish to the face while covering up all those icky spots we all hate -unfortunately though I think this is still not available in Lebanon.  I kept the eye look very simple but added a pop of color with a navy eyeliner from Rimmel, dramatic but not too dramatic, since I do wanted the lips to be the main focus of the total look. The best part of the total look though is that all the products I used were from the drugstore, so everything is very affordable. Woohooo.

Foundation: L'Oreal Nude Magic Liquid Powder Foundation "312 Classic Ivory" // Concealer: Hard Candy Glamouflage "Medium Light" // Eyeshadow: Wet n Wild "Sweet as Candy" + L'Oreal "Black Smokey Eye" //Blush: Max Factor cream blush "Soft Murano 09"// Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kajal "006 Deep Blue" // Mascara: L'Oreal Miss Manga and Voluminous // Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel 30// Brush:  Real Techniques: Deluze Crease Brush.

What's your go-to winter makeup look?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Mustard & Denim

Top: Brands for Less// Chambray shirt: Macy's // Jeans: Forever 21// Handbag: Chanel // Necklace: H&M// Shoes: Bershka // Ring: Cera Barr// Watch: Fossil// Nails: Max Factor "Amethyst" // Lips: Lancome L'absolu Nu 301 +  Rimmel Apocalips "301- Galaxy"

Mustard (that odd shade of yellow) has always been one of THOSE colors which I felt looked good on other people but would never look good on me. Every time I'd browse around in a store and come across a mustard colored shirt, I'd contemplate trying it on but dismiss the thought two seconds later. A couple of weeks ago I was browsing around the store with my mom and  I came across this simple long sleeved mustard top and I finally decided to try it on. Low and behold I actually fell in LOVE with the shirt, especially the color which used to terrify me before. I tried it on with a pair of leather leggings and it looked super awesome, so naturally the top came home with me. I originally wanted to share the top with you in a more "fierce" outfit which involved said leather leggings but I was digging this casual denim on denim look. We'll do the leather legging thing next time, I promise. 

Are there any colors that you're a little scared to wear?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5 Apps To Edit Your Instagram Pics With!

Instagram is the photo sharing application that many of us spend countless hours on scrolling through pretty pictures of friends and strangers. Ever wonder how some accounts have pictures that have effects and filters that go beyond the app’s built-in features? The secret is out and can be found in the following applications. Check out the list to see how you can spice up your Insta account and share even more visually pleasing images.

One of the most popular photography apps available on the appstore is VSCO Cam. This sleekly designed app allows users to pick from a selection of filters (or “presets” as VSCO likes to call them) which includes a decent number of free ones. Users may then share their photos on the app itself or a couple of other apps (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more) and follow other users as well. This is THE app to use if you want to give your Instagram images that hint of hipster chic.

You’ve probably scrolled through Instagram and wondered how some people share photos with specific light effects on the image. Well, my lovely
readers, those people are most probably using iDarkroom which allows you to add those light leaks, grundge effects, and even frames. This app is definitely a must-try if you want to give your photos a little bit of oompf.

Phonto is the coolest (and easiest) way to add text to your Instagram images. It allows users to select from a variety of image filters (which aren’t too bad) and then go on to add text and edit the font (along with a background).

Even though most smartphones these days allow you to take a picture in a square format, we sometimes forget to change the settings or just have old pictures that don't fit Instagram's square. This is where SquareFX comes in: it rezies your picture and adds a border so that your pictures become square shaped. Simple, but very useful and effective!

What separates this photo editing app from others is the integration of layers. With most other apps, you are only allowed to pick one filter or effect, but with Studio Design you can keep layering them on top of each other to create customized outcomes.

What apps do you use to edit your Instagram pics?

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A version of this article appeared in the Psychology issue of Cloud961 magazine. Click here to download it for free.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Top 5 Fall/Winter Nail Polishes

My favorite season eva eva eva is FALL! I'm really attracted to the layered clothing look, the dark colors, and that little chill in the air. The only down side is that it gets dark outside really quickly and when I leave work at 5 it feels like it's 9pm. Anyway, back to why I love fall. One of my favorite things about this season is the dark nail polishes. I've noticed a pattern with the colors that I like to wear in fall/winter so I thought I'd share my top five nail polish picks for fall.

Barry M Raspberry, OPI We'll Always Have Paris [image source]

The Classic:    Burgundy "Raspberry" by Barry M and "We'll Always Have Paris" by OPI

Whether you're in your teens, twenties, thirties, forties or whatever-ies this color looks chic and classic on all ages. It warm enough to add color to your look but dark enough to stay consistent with fall wardrobes. 

Essie Go Overboard [image source]

The Funky:     Teal "31" by Mona  and "Go Overboard" by Essie

The green/blue nail polish family is my kryptonite, there's something that's so attractive to me about it. I have go-to hues for every season and for the colder months I definitely like to go dark teal. 

China Glaze 2030 [image source]

The Metallic:   Gold "2030 by China Glaze" and "Gold Rush" by Sally Hansen

Old might not be to everyone's taste but I love me some gold for days that I want something funky but can't be bothered to do some nail art. If I want a more funky choice (and accent the fact that I would have to remove a glitter polish later), I love going for Gold Rush on top of 2030 or a black polish. 
The Almost Black:   Navy "Russian Navy by OPI" and "Midnight Blue" by Samoa

Hands down one of my favorite nail polishes every created, this is one of my go-to colors for fall. It's very dark but it's not black, for those days when I'm feeling a bit emo but not full on emo. Ya know? 

Maybelline Black Out [image source]

The Black:   Black "Blackout by Maybelline" and "Black" by Barry M

A staple in my collection for all the seasons. I'm currently loving the one by Maybelline,  it's really opaque and rarely needs a second coat to get that true black color. 

What are your favorite Fall/Winter nail polishes?

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