Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY: Soft Shiny and Bouncy Hair with Beer!


Yum

Beer, one of my favorite refreshing beverages of choice. Who knew that my hair would love it as well!
I'm not one to try out too many DIY beauty projects, even though I LOVE watching them and reading about them on blogs. But when I saw a Youtuber do a Beer and Banana mask, I was intrigued. The recipe called for eggs (I cannot stand the smell of eggs and thought of putting it on my head nauseated me) so I didn't try out the mask, but the idea of using beer tickled my fancy. I had heard of beer being used a a hair treatment from my mother and a friend, so I did some digging around and came across the "beer rinse", it looked simple enough and the results promised were not too outlandish so I decided to give it a shot. Guys, I wish you can reach through the screen and touch my hair right now. IT'S SO SOFT!! I can honestly say that I felt an instant improvement in my hair, it was softer, shinier, and less frizzy. In my attempt to take pictures to capture the awesomeness of beer, I also noticed that my red low-lights that I had gotten a couple of months ago that had started to fade and turn a little orange looked a bit more vibrant. I'm not sure if this was my camera playing tricks on me or if it was the beer rinse, but woohoo!

Awkward angle to show you the SHINE!
So how does this Beer Rinse work? 
Pretty simple actually... all you need is beer (alcoholic, non-alcoholic... they both work).

The first step is to wash your hair, I recommend washing it with a Sulfate free shampoo (available at most pharmacies). 
The second step is to basically dump a can of beer on your wet hair, saturating it from root to tip. Leave it in for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse it all off with cold water. 
At this point you'll notice that your hair is much softer than usual. 
Proceed with drying it and styling it as you usually do. 
After you're done with everything, your hair should look a bit shinier as well. I did some research, and this part didn't work on all people BUT it did work out for me. If you try it out, let me know what results you get!

Have you tried out any other DIY hair treatments? Let me know! 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aline Nails on Qanat Duniati!

Hey guys!

I have some news to share with you, if you follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook then you might already be aware of the news. I was recently approached by Duniati (a super popular YouTUBE channel that have videos about fashion, hair, makeup, cooking, and fitness) for the possibility of having my own nail art show on the channel. I obviously said yes! I've been wanting to make my tutorials in video format so they're easier to understand, but I just didn't have the filming skills to pull it off. This seemed like a cool opportunity so I was excited to get on board. It's been a crazy week since I said yes (I make it sound like we got married don't I?). We filmed a couple of tutorials and my intro video in 2 days time. Filming is so not what I thought it would be! The first day on set was horrible, I was so nervous that I forgot how to talk (especially since I have to talk in Arabic and it's my second/third language after English and Armenian). Day two on set was slightly better, I started to get a bit more used to the idea of talking to a camera and to all the lights that blind you. My intro video was upload 2 days ago, and the amount of positive feedback is ridiculous. I'm even more excited to be on board now, but I also feel like the pressure is on! I hope I don't disappoint, but at the end of the day do keep in mind that I ain't no professional... I'm just some random awkward girl who likes to draw on her nails. 
Hope you guys tune into my show, make sure to click that subscribe button (even if you don't understand Arabic, you'll understand what's happening... plus I used a ton of English words). 

Here's my into video in case you were wondering.. 



What do you think?

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

5 Apps for a Fashion Fix

source: Cloud961


1. INSTAGRAM (iPhone, Android)
Yes, Instagram. Who would have thought that this app was not just made for people to share their filtered selfies and food pictures?! If you do not know what Instagram is, well— welcome, it is the 21st century, year 2014—it is a photo and short video sharing application that lets users pick filters and #abuse #hashtags. It is also the most popular application in the fashion world. Everyone who is anyone in the industry is on it, granting you the quickest and easiest fashion fix. All you have to do is follow some popular fashion pages which vary from big fashion houses to amateur fashion bloggers.

2- PINTEREST (iPhone, Android)
The application famous for its inspiring yet hard to recreate Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects is actually a great place to get fashionably inspired. Pinterest allows you to pin images from anywhere on the internet to boards which can be categorized as you wish (Beauty board, nail inspiration board, summer lovin’ board, among others), making it the perfect way to keep your outfit inspirations organized!

3- RAG HUNTER (iPhone)
Satisf your shopping addiction with the Rag Hunter app which lets you window shop- and actually shop- at a number of stores in Lebanon. After signing in with your Facebook or Rag Hunter account, ou can browse around to see what is new on the Lebanese market or look for specific items according to price, color, location, product type and gender. The app allows you to create a list of items that you fancy, and also offers the handy “sale alerts” service which notifies users when a certain item is on sale.

4- POSE (iPhone, Android)
“What should I wear today?” a predicament that many of us have found ourselves grappling with on more than one occasion. That question is easily answered with Pose, dubbed the “Instagram of Fashion”. It is a platform upon which users are able to share their latest fashion and beauty finds which in turn procide other users with outfit inspiration and item suggestions based on their location, weather, and type of outing.

5- POLYVORE (iPhone, Android)
Probably the most fun app on this list. Polyvore allows you to create outfits and mood boards of inspiration. Granting you access to images from countless online sources that range from online shopping site to fashion magazines, you are free to play around with these images and create collage masterpieces!




A version of this article appeared in the Fashion issue of Cloud961 magazine. Click here to download it for free (16.6 MB)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let's Talk About: MASCARA

Pouch: Pieces


Mascara, mascara, mascara. My first makeup love. A magical invention that has the ability to transform even your most horrible face day to a pretty one. Apply a couple of coats and voila! Over the years, I've tried out a shit ton of mascara so I thought it would be fun to share my collection (of non-crazy colored mascara) with you along with my a mini review, and some tips on how to make them last longer and how to clean them. 

- EXPIRY DATE: Don't keep open mascaras for over 6 months (although some people say 3 months, I like to let some mascaras dry out a bit). 

- SANITATION: Use makeup remover/antibacterial wipes once in a while to wipe the wand and package to keep it clean. This product is being applied right next to your eyeball, and sometimes even inside when your hand accidentally slips... you need to keep it clean! Keeping it clean also gives you less clumpy lashes since there's no dried up excess around the end of the bottle or on the wand.  

-VALUE FOR MONEY: Just because a mascara is by a designer brand, it does NOT mean it's better than others. Most designer makeup brands are owned by the same companies that have a drugstore brand as well. YSL is to L'Oreal (a.k. Maybelline), as Chanel is to Bourjois. Yes, Lancome Hypnose is an amazing mascara... but Maybelline can be even better (at a quarter of the price!).


My collection with a mini review... 
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