Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Beauty & Fashion Favorites!

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July Beauty & Fashion Favorites!

Monthly favorites are one of the most popular videos posted by the beauty community on YouTube, they're sort of considered a "classic" along with the What's in My Bag videos. They've been around for ages and people, including myself, still enjoy watching them, although some "beauty gurus" need to chill with the amount of sans-disclosed-sponsored-content. It's just nice to see what the folks who love makeup and beauty products as much as you have been loving. Since I'm back on YouTube, I knew that my next video would have to be a favorites! Without further ado, here's my July favorites :)

✭✭Products mentioned✭✭

♡ Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
♡ Nyx Cosmetics HD Concealer (4.5 Sand Beige)
♡ Pixi Rose Oil Blend
♡ Sephora Collection The Master Cleanse, Brush Cleanser
♡ Secret ‘Coconut Splash’ Deodorant
♡ Stradivarius Velvet Sandals (currently on sale!)
♡ The Keepers on Netflix

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Zaful Review: My Experience

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Zaful Review: My Experience

A while back I shared a post about my Zaful wishlist on my blog, and I mentioned that I will be trying out the website and getting back to you guys with my experience. For some reason, it has taken me a while to sit down and write this up. For those of you who don't know what Zaful is, let me introduce you, it's a Chinese online store that sells clothes, accessories, shoes, and some beauty bits. I had seen a couple of videos about it on YouTube and the reviews were mixed, but I really wanted to try it out, especially since the prices are really low and they had a "plus size" section. After I shared my wishlist, I placed my order. Here's what I ended up getting: 

Three Quarter Sleeve Dress - 2XL $23.49
I was most excited about this dress from the two clothing items I ordered, unfortunately I ended up getting a top instead of a dress... I don't know if this was a mix-up in the order or if I'm just so big that a dress before a top (although I'm pretttyyyy sure it's not the later). Either way, I kinda like the top and I shall wear it soon. The material is a bit cheap, but it will do for a fun summer evening top.
stars: 3/5

The one on the right

Leaf Print Flare Sleeve Shoulder Dress - XL $16.99
I noticed after ordering that the XL for this dress meant it's a US 8 (which universally is NOT considered an XL, but I guess it is in China), so yeah my bad. It didn't fit, but it's a cute dress. I ended up giving it to my friend Shahine (she's an 8 US) and she loved it!
stars: 2.5/5

Cat Shape Solid Color Bag - Black $31.99 
I have a thing for cat bags so I couldn't help but purchase this, it's just so cute! I like that it's subtle design so the cat is not all up in your face. In terms of quality, it's pretty legit. I was definitely not disappointed with what I got. I've been using this bag almost everyday this summer because it's not too small and not too big, everything fits perfectly inside.
stars: 4.5/5

Triangle Insert Cat Eye Sunglasses - Deep Purple $6.99
I had been wanting a pair of dramatic cat-eye sunglasses for a while, but I didn't want to pay a lot of money for one because I knew I'd get over the style quickly or I'd lose it. When I saw these on the site, I knew I just had to have them. They're very cute on, but they're a fit flimsy and easy to bend around. Either way, they've become my back-up sunglasses for the summer. Ps. They're the glasses are not purple in any way, more of a faded grey/black.
stars: 4/5

Cosmetic Organizer Jewelry Box $37.99
This was probably the best purchase from the site. The organizer is exactly like the picture, and although I have yet to get arranging, I can't wait to organize my makeup with it! I have to say though that it's definitely on the pricy side, with all the other products on the website considered. Zaful kindly sent this particular product to me as a gift.
stars: 4/5

-The website is easy to navigate. 
-There's a lot of variety on offer, it's not just clothing. 
-Very affordable pricing. 
-I did not have to pay any customs fees once it was delivered (via LibanPost).
-You can track your shipping.
-You receive points when shopping which give you discounts later on. 

-Shipping took some time. 
-What you see is not what you get with all the items, it's a bit hit or miss. 
-Sizing is a bit off, you need to triple check the size chart. 
-Customer service is a bit iffy. I had an inquiry about my order so I emailed Zaful, although they did respond, the messages were not very clear. Communication was not very easy. 

My thoughts on the website, would I order again?

Honestly, I think I would, but I'm not as excited with this website as I was with ASOS. The handbag that I got is VERY cute and I've been using it almost everyday since I got it, I also like the sunglasses, and the makeup organizer. As for the top and the dress, the top (aka dress) fits and I have an outfit in mind but I have yet to wear it. The dress is too small for me, but Shahine says it fits perfectly on her.

If you want to try out the website, I think you should go for it, but just know what you're ordering. Don't have very high expectations, and be selective with your order. It's not going to look exactly like as on the website. Size up when ordering clothes, especially if it's a piece on the fitted side. 

Rating: 3/5

Have you tried Zaful before? What are your thoughts? 

Any other website I should try?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I paid for the first four items with my money in order to get a fair feel of the Zaful experience, the last item was sent to me after my initial order. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Summer Makeup Routine + Video

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My Summer Makeup Routine + Video

I didn't realize up until this past weekend that it had been TWO years since I last uploaded to my YouTube channel. Obviously I was aware that I didn't update the channel often, but dayummm two years is a long time! It's sad because I LOVE YouTube, I spend countless hours a week on the platform, watching my favorite YouTubers and cat videos (because cat videos are an important part of the YouTube experience). A few years back I decided to launch my own channel, kinda like a hobby to this hobby, but then I realized how much work it takes to shoot, edit and upload a video, so it kind of went on the back burner. Although I did shoot some stuff in those two years, I never got around to steps 2 and 3. This past weekend though, I had a sudden urge to sit down and film. I honestly don't know what came over me. I even shot something I've never shot before: a makeup video! It was really awkward to shoot, I was clueless and nervous, I had a 'fun' time editing (by 'fun', I mean not fun), and even more 'FUN' uploading (it took like 15 hours!? something ludicrous like that- I mean it's a long video... but still Ogero, wtf man!). Anyway, I got through it and I've decided to publish it... so here it goes! Be kind, please!

Products Used:

-Becca Backlight Filter 
-NYX Hd Concealer
-Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
-Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (3.0)
-Gosh Prep n Prime Loose Powder
-NARS Laguna & Orgasm mini duo
-Colourpop Eyebrow pencil 
-Colourpop Eyeshadow ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Glow’
-Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette
-Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
-Yardley London Liquid Matte Lip Vynel ‘Miss Mauve’
-MAC ‘217’ eyeshadow blending brush
-Kiko Cosmetics Eyeshadow brush '56’
-E.L.F. Cosmetics Eyeshadow brush 
-Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge
-Real Techniques setting brush

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Monday, July 10, 2017

9 Netflix Shows You Need to Watch

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9 Netflix Shows You Need to Watch

One of my favorite things to do on days when I'm free is to bum around and watch Netflix in my pjs while the AC blasts out cool air (obviously if it's kahraba, not eshtirak). I'm constantly discussing what shows to watch with friends, and my "to watch" list keeps getting longer and longer. Is it just me or is almost every show these days really good? Anyway, I thought I'd share my Netflix recommendations with y'all today. I didn't include the big shows that you obviously should know about and should have already watched (ehem Narcos, ehem House of Cards, ehem Orange is the New Black). This list is based on the shows that are currently available to Netflix users in Lebanon. Let me know if you've seen any of these shows or if you have any other recommendations!

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This is a Brazilian show I believe, so all the dialogue is in Portuguese. I thought I wouldn't be able to follow along, but it wasn't much of a problem. I keep subtitles on even when I'm watching a show in English so the text didn't bother me. The show somehow reminds me of the Hunger Games, due to the fact that it's a dystopian "thriller",  but it's much more entertaining and thought out. 

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13 Reasons Why
(teenage drama)
People have been going nuts over this show. Some praise it because it shines a light on mental health issues, depression and suicide, others are pissed because they think it glorifies suicide. I'm in neither of those camps. I appreciate a show talking about mental health, and although I think they could have gone about things in a better way in order to be more informative, I in no way think it glorifies suicide. At the end of the day it's a SHOW made for entertainment purposes, and it does its job to entertain. 

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Chewing Gum
Chewing Gum will not be to everyone's taste, but it's SO FRIGGIN FUNNY. If you're a fan of British humour, you will love this show. It's basically about this girl called Tracey who works at the corner shop and comes from a very religious family, all she wants to do is become Beyonce and have sex. Honestly explaining the synopsis of the show will not do it justice, give it a go!

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The Crown
(biographic drama)
This Netflix original was super addictive. I finished the first season in two days and loved every minute of it. I love watching shows that have hints of history in them and the Crown hit the right spot. The show is a biographical drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season basically covers the early life of Queen Elizabeth, her marriage to Prince Philip, her father's death and all that jazz. I can't wait for season two, even the real Queen Elizabeth is apparently a fan of the show!

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Designated Survivor
(political drama)
Ever since I watched House of Cards a couple of years ago, I've become smitten with shows that revolve around American politics and the white house. The latest season of House of Cards was on the disappointing side, but I've been getting my fix from Designated Survivor. In this political drama, Kiefer Sutherland (from 24) plays the role of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who suddenly becomes the President of the United States after an explosion claims the lives of everyone in the presidential line of succession on the night of the State of the Union. A crazy and scary scenario that makes for a very gripping and entertaining show. 

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The Keepers 
(documentary series, mystery)
Raise your hands if you were addicted to the Making a Murder documentary series on Netflix which came out back in 2015! If you enjoyed that show and love to watch documentaries about murders/mysteries then you MUST watch The Keepers

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(romantic comedy)
I stumbled upon this show one day while trying to find something light and cheesy to watch. I hadn't heard of the show before but it was really fun. It's about this guy who finds out he has an STI and he has to contact all his exes and inform them. There's love, romance, British humour, drama, siliness and fun. If you wanna watch something that doesn't need too much concentration, this one's for you!

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I kept seeing Travelers in my suggested box on Netflix for months until I finally decided to bite the bullet and watch this show. I was pleasantly surprised with it and enjoyed it very much. It's not the BEST show ever made, but it's interesting and entertaining. Travelers are humans from the future who "travel" back in time in order to save the future of humanity, obviously things don't go according to plan and there's some drama involved. (Ps. If you like Will & Grace, Will is in it!)

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
I never understood people's interest in this show. I tried to watch the first episode when it first aired but I hated it. Then, on one hot summer day I accidentally gave this show a go and I did not stop laughing. Kimmy Schmidt was kidnapped and kept in a bunker for 15 years by a "paster". After she's finally saved, she decides to take back her life and move to New York City (duh). For someone who has spent 15 years under ground, she's the perkiest character ever. This show takes a little getting used to, but if you're already a fan of Tina Fey's work, you'll love this show!

Have you seen any of these shows? Do you have any other recommendations?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OOTD Diary: Los Angeles Edition

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OOTD Diary: Los Angeles Edition

Before I went on vacation to the states, I was talking with my friend and colleague (haiii Sandrine!) about how our styles change when we travel. I'm not talking about just wearing "different types of clothing based on the new climate your in" change, I'm talking about "wearing those white distressed cut-off denim shorts while out and about and not caring what others think" change. There's just something about traveling and being abroad that brings out this persona inside of me who is (almost) fearless when it comes to fashion choices. I suddenly become someone who doesn't think twice about taking fashion risks and wearing things I would be too terrified to wear while at home. Concerns that I have about my body and the way certain items would look on my body go out the door, and I find myself having fun with my outfit choices. I don't buy items JUST because I'm on vacation to wear while on vacation (because that's a bit of a waste isn't it?), but I feel myself gravitating towards pieces I would usually dismiss while shopping back home. Even if I end up wearing a basic outfit I'd wear at home, I just feel more badass in said outfit for some reason. Last week, I was in Los Angeles visiting family and I took some pretty basic #OOTD shots for Instagram, since I got really good feedback there, I thought I'd do a compilation and share them all on the blog with a bit more detail, sort of like what I did when I went to New York City two years ago...