Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eyebrows On Fleek: My Routine



One of the first comments on my blog some years ago was in regards to my eyebrows. I can't recall the exact words, but they were along the ones of "OMG love your brows, what do you do?". This was way before every beauty blogger became obsessed with eyebrows, back when Anastasia was just a celebrity eyebrow lady and not a full on makeup brand from Beverly Hills. I had always hated my eyebrows when I was younger because they were too bushy, and my mother wouldn't let me get them plucked. She said that they would fall out as I got older and that I shouldn't kick start the process in my youth. I didn't want to listen to her since she didn't have to suffer in a class full of pretty thin-browed girls who didn't have (almost) unibrows. Reading that positive comment about my eyebrows had made me so happy. Suddenly everyone wanted to have "natural" bushy eyebrows, hunting down for the perfect pencil, pomade, or gel. Since I already have pretty bushy eyebrows, I don't do THAT much to get them on fleek, but we all have some spaces that need to be filled and long strands that need to be tamed. I started to play around with products that I owned, ranging from super black eyeliners to super warm toned brown eyeshadows. After over a year of experimentation (I feel like Frankenstein by using that statement), I finally have found the products that work best for me.

The BRUSHES:

I use an eyebrow comb everyday to brush through the brows. Confession: I brush my brows more than I brush my hair. This helps me create the draft of the eye brow shape, see what spots need to be filled and all that jazz. The one that I'm currently using is a fold out one from Revlon, it's very practical for travel.

I then go in with an angle brush (from any drugstore) or flat top skinny brush (Beauty Lady B130) with eyeshadow and fill those spots in. Alternating between brush and comb to make sure that the product doesn't settle in one specific part. I don't apply too much product on the front of the brow in order to avoid the red Angry Bird look.

The SHADOW:

Since my eyebrows are black, I used to think that I should use black eyeliner. Do NOT do that unless you want to look like you drew them on with a sharpie. Avoid the super dark shades, even if you brows/hair is dark, go for a cool toned grey/brown color. My favorite shades are actually eyeshadows, the first is Lancaster's D09 eyeshadow (which is not pictured because it broke and I ran out- I have mentioned it in this post though), the second is from the LORAC Pro palette and it is the shade: Cool Gray . I use light and gentle strokes to fill my brows, usually on the sides to try to get them even-ish.

The SETTING GEL/Mascara:

For about six month's now I had been using Samoa's clear mascara, and it had been alright but I knew there were better products out there. While in Armenia, I found a store called Flormar (it's kind of like a Turkish KIKO) where I went a little crazy with the makeup shopping. I knew I wanted to try a brow product, so I got the Eyebrow Fixator Mascara and I have to say that it's amazing! Once I set those brows in the morning, I know that they're going to stay perfect until I get home. The only down side is that you need to be a bit careful when you apply, make sure there isn't a lot of product on the wand. If you use too much it makes your brows a little bit crunchy, and you feel the gel when you move them around.


The TWEEZERS:

If I had to pick only one product for my eyebrows, it would be tweezers. I don't have a particular brand that I prefer, and since I tend to misplace them almost every week, I don't see the point in paying a lot of money for a tweezer. As long as it's sharp and let's you grip those pesky hairs well, it's good enough!


Tips:

  • Follow the natural shape of your eyebrows, then add to it. 
  • Eyebrows are sisters not twins, they don't have to be perfectly alike. 
  • Find the right shade that works with your skin tone and hair color. Go for cool tones.
  • Don't wax! Who thought that this was a good idea? Seriously, don't do it!
  • Apply a bit of highlighter right on your brow bone to lift the look and bring light to your eyes. 

What products do you use for your eyebrows?

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Monday, May 11, 2015

WANTED: Black Backpack

In the pic: Calvin Klein, Zara, Rag & Bone, ASOS, H&M, Forever 21, Steve Madden

Long gone are the days when I used to wear a backpack everyday to school. I couldn't wait to destroy the creation called The Backpack once I graduated because it was associated with heavy Biology and Chemistry books. We now live in a time where backpacks have become the OMG MUST HAVE accessory to carry around with you. This trend started a while back and I had been trying to ignore it as much as I could, but I think I'm caving. Now before you call me a sell out, I would like to present my case as to why I need a FASHUN backpack. My currently selection of handbags are made to be worn on one shoulder, and that one shoulder has been hurting a lot from the heavy load.. so why not make both shoulders suffer? I mean, er, distribute the weight and all that. Second, they seem very practical for travel and I still don't have the perfect travel bag- my current big H&M tote is reliable but I feel bad dumping too much crap in it. Third, maybe I won't look like little kid Aline with her beige Jansport backpack trying to carry that heavy Biology book on her back? There, I've made my case, you may judge me now. The problem now is trying to find the perfect one that's practical, pretty, chic and spacious.. that can possibly hold my laptop, making it the ultimate travel bag? 

Which one would you pick?

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Windy Labor Day In Jbeil



Living in Lebanon can be a bit depressing sometimes, especially when you let the negativity of the traffic, chaos, lack of electricity and all that jazz get to you. You tend to forget that this little piece of land actually has a lot to offer, which is why my friends and I decided that we will try our best to visit fun/new/touristic/exciting/historic places every weekend while we are all still living in Lebanon. We kicked things off with a visit to Jbeil on Labor Day. We had all obviously been to Jbeil before, but we'd never gone into the Castle ruins part together. The weather was amazing, sunny but windy, and the view was breath taking. Naturally we took some outfit shots, because that's what you do when you're a fashion blogger! The outfit is very summery and chill, the dress is a recent purchase from the GAP - which I recently found out closed down its Le Mall Sin El Fil branch! Before we move forth, there is a lot of flying hair in the following pictures... you have been warned



Friday, May 1, 2015

Weird Things I Saw In Armenia

As some of you may know by now, I took a trip to the motherland last week for the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide (and the System of a Down concert that took place in Yerevan). I filmed some clips for a vlog, which I'm currently editing so keep your eyes on m, but I also snapped some pictures of things I found weird and amusing in Armenia. I've never posted such a thing before on this thing, so I thought it would be fun and interesting for some of you who may be curious about Armenia.. or just like seeing funny pictures. 


At a moment's glance I was very excited that one of my favorite Burger joints in Lebanon had opened a branch in Yerevan. As I approached the counter though I realized I had been bamboozled. It's a Classic Burger Joint knock-off called... classic Burger. The branding is very similar, except for the C turned the other way and a slightly different shade of yellow that's used. I ended up trying a burger though and it was not bad! Maybe just don't copy?


Virgin Megastore, meet your competitor Al Virgin. 


They sell large Geordie Shore tanned Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuffed figures. 


I don't understand Russian but stage 1 you're a hot guy, stage 2 you get a hot wife, stage 3 it all goes bottoms up once you have a kid!


Isn't that some form of a weapon?


Psy mask, Gangem Style. 


They sell razors and batteries through a glass thingy, this is SOOO weird! I've never seen them hidden like this like they're some form of precious jewelry. 



Armenia is way ahead of us the Naked 5 palette from Urban Decay is out already!


I've seen short skinny cucumbers, and large thin-ish ones. These were so fat and short, they kind of looked like koosa.


Eywaaaaa wel3ane this smoothie place. Again, you'll only get this if you know Arabic. 


Creme de la creme, this is hilarious! I'm sorry, this is also an "if you know Arabic"  thing. Mos means to suck.. you can fill in the blanks!


Have you ever been to Armenia?

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