Thursday, July 2, 2015

What I Wore: NYC Edition


Last week was one of the best weeks of my life. After years and years of dreaming about visiting New York City, I finally got the chance to go there with my cousin for six days. It was AWESOME. I don't even know where to begin. There was a lot of walking involved and I ended up getting pains throughout my leg in corners that I never knew could hurt before, but I would get all the blisters in the world to be able to go back again right now. It definitely is a must see city! I'm currently editing the New York City vlog, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel as it should be up by the end of next week. In the mean time, I thought it would be cute to share the outfits that I wore on the trip. The main objective of my clothing was comfort since there was a lot of distance to be covered by foot and subway, also the weather was ridiculously humid and hot! I picked a pretty black based color palette for my outfits, with a pop of color here and there... by "pop of color" I just mean blue and a bit of green here and there. Excuse the quality of the pictures, as mentioned earlier my main camera is currently in the hospital so I had to take pictures with my phone.  On another note, I'm currently in LA doing some serious shopping. I've picked up some pieces that are way way wayyyy out of my comfort zone (can you say CROP TOP!?) and I'm SO excited to share the pieces with you on the blog as soon as I'm back to Lebanon!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

USA Beauty Wishlist



One simply cannot travel to the USA without making a long list of things to buy, my list usually consists of beauty and fashion related items. The selection of great products available at every price point is freaking amazing, and I just love spending some quality time in CVS, Sephora and MAC. My list consists of items that are mainly not available in Lebanon that I've heard great things about, along with items that might be available in Lebanon but at a fraction of the price- MAC I'm looking at you. It isn't as big of a list this time since my parents were recently in LA and got some things, but obviously I want to try new things. I seriously can't wait for my vacation to start so that I can relax and start the shopping. I'll most probably diverge from this list and pick up other new things that catch my eye as well, because that's just who I am obviously. My camera is currently still being prepared and unfortunately won't be fixed before my departure, so I don't know if I'll be able to post timely updates on my blog, but you can keep up with everything on SNAPCHAT (Shoelady123), Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Also, if you have any suggestions for products that I MUST try, do drop me a comment and let me know :D

  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: one of the best concealers I've ever tried. Runs out pretty fast though!
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge: the highest coverage concealer that is a staple in my collection.
  • Milani Luminoso: Nikki Tutorials keeps talking about this blush, I've tried other shades but I'm very curious about this one. 
  • The Balm's Mary Lou-Minizer: this highlighter needs no introduction. It's available in Lebanon at the balm stand on Bliss Street, but I always keep forgetting to pass by!
  • Stila Stay On All Day Liquid Liner: I think this will up my liner game... hopefully.
  • L'Oreal Infallible Foundation: this is also available in Lebanon, but the L'Oreal stands here are so unappealing that I never feel like picking it up!
  • Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation: I want to get a dark shade and play around with the concept of cream contouring. 
  • MAC Soar lipliner: LilyPebbles told me so.
  • MAC Lipsticks: Ruby Woo, Smoked Purple, and Mehr. There's a MAC in Lebanon, but a lipsticks costs 53,000 LL ($ 35.33), in the states it's around the $16 mark!!! RIP OFF LEBANON RIP OFF
  • John Frieda Sea Salt Spray: a new release that I want to try. I've been experimenting with not straightening my hair every day and maybe this product can help with that?
  • Simple Cleansing Miscellar Water: my Byphass bottle finally finished so I need to get a new cleansing water, I've heard some good things about this product from FleurDeForce and I do as Fleur says. 



Travelling anywhere this summer? 
What's on your wishlist??


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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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