Thursday, December 18, 2014

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Travelling makes you look at your makeup collection in a new light. You have to go through all the products you own and figure out which ones are the best, most effective and easiest to pack. It also makes you realize what the products that you can't live without are. I'm currently on a mini vacation in Dubai for a couple of days for some R&R, so I thought I'd share what's currently on vacation with me. 

Real Techniques "Multi Purpose Brush", Real Techniques "Essential Foundation Brush", Real Techniques "Deluxe Crease Brush", MAC 217, Beauty Lady B130.

Foundation and concealer:
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (N125), Clinique CC Cream (very light),Hard Candy Glamoflauge "medium light". 

Powder, bronzer, blush:
Maybelline Fit Me! (125 Nude Beige), Chanel Les Beiges N50, MAC "Gingerly"

Wet n Wild (381 B) "Sweet As Candy", MAC "Cranberry", Lancaster (D09), Benefit cream shadow "RSVP".

Rimmel ScandalEyes (006) "Deep Blue", Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal "Pacific"

L'Oreal Voluminious (black), Sephora Full Action Mascara (blue), Samoa mascara (Clear)

Rouge Armani (nude), Kate Moss for Rimmel (30), MAC "Heroine"

EOS Lipbalm, Beauty Lady eyelash curler.

What's in your travel makeup bag?

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Beauty Hacks: One Product, Multiple Uses

Double duty products are the best, especially when you find yourself in sticky situations with limited resources and you're forced to improvise. I thought I'd share some little tricks I've learned through experience/reading that have come in handy for me over the years. 

1) Lipstick as blush.

Dab a bit of lipstick on your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for an instant flush of color on those cheeks. It's very practical for those days when you really can't be bothered to carry a big makeup bag around. 

2) White eyeliner as highlighter and eye shadow base. 

This product should be a staple in everyone's makeup collection. It can be used in a variety of ways that go beyond its eye lining capabilities. Use it in your waterline to make your eyes pop (not literally) and look larger than they actually are. Blend it on your eyelids as a shadow base to make your eye shadow colors appear brighter (and make them last longer). Use it right under your eyebrow as a  very natural brow highlight! 

3) Baby Powder as dry shampoo.

In a country where it's pretty hard to find proper dry shampoo in a normal store, this trick has become very handy. If your hair is feeling a little oily but you don't have time to shower, dab a bit of the powder on your scalp and blend it in with your fingers and brush. I will admit, it's a bit tricky at first to not have your hair look gray but once you get the hang of blending it in, it works out just fine and the powder absorbs all that oiliness up. (side note: there's a ton of DIY dry shampoo tutorials on pinterest).

4) Clear mascara as a brow gel.

If you have bushy eyebrows like me and don't really like to use tinted products to make them look bushier than they already are, and just want to tame those beasts down... then clear mascara is your best friend! I've heard many people talk about the Maybelline clear mascara but I haven't been able to find it in Lebanon, instead I've been using the clear mascara by Samoa... it's not the best, but it does the job. I'm on the hunt for other clear mascaras, if there are any other brands you think I should try out then let me know!

5) Bronzer/blush as eye-shadow.

Playing around with eye-shadows is probably my favorite part of my makeup routine. Sometimes though I'll be out and I'd have a very limited selection of products with me, and I'd need something to warm up the eyes and make it look that I'd made more effort than just mascara. I take a bit of the bronzer or blush that happens to be in my handbag and I apply it with my fingertip/brush across my crease. It gives your eyes some warmth and adds a little "something something" to a plain mascara/eyeliner look. 

6) Cream eye-shadow base as a highlighter. 

I love a little bit of contour and highlight, but I haven't actually bought a proper highlighter just yet... which is why I use my light champagne colored cream eye-shadow base as a highlight to brighter up my face. Apply just a dab right on the top corners of your cheeks and blend it out! 

7) Clear nail polish as your tight savior.

If you love wearing black tights (pantyhose) as much as I do, then you know it's a complete pain when you're out and you notice that there's a little tear in them. In order to control it and not have it tear even more, grab clear nail polish (or black, depending on the color of your tights) and dab it around the part where it's torn to control the situation. This is quite a popular hack, but I thought I'd share it anyway because I find it VERY useful! 

Any tips you'd like to share?

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas/Birthday Wishlist!

In my household we exchange gifts on New Year's Eve... don't ask why, it's just an Armenian thing (or an Orthodox thing?). It's one of the reasons why I never seem to be able to make plans with friends on New Years to party it up in some mountain (because I'm SUCH a party animal in the first place..). Since we exchange gifts on New Years and my birthday happens to be just 12 days later, my Christmas presents usually end up being a two for one combo. It used to annoy me when I was younger because I just wanted PRESENTSSSSS, but as I grew up I kinda started to dig the idea because that would mean I could somehow justify getting one big present. For some time now I've shared my Christmas/Birthday wishlist on the blog so I thought I'd continue on with the tradition, but I would like to mention that 80% of the time I don't actually get the presents mentioned in the list- mainly because they're usually not available in Lebanon. This year the wishlist is pretty basic and beauty based since I will be going to Dubai and I might actually be able to pick up some of the items there (can you say SEPHORA?), also I like to make collage of pretty items that people (cough cough) could maybe possibly somehow get me? Don't judge!

1) LORAC Pro 2 or Urban Decay Vice 3: I want a new eye shadow palette in my life! I know that I'm in LOVE the the LORAC Pro 2, every time a YouTuber mentions it in a tutorial I melt, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be really hard for me to get my hands on it which it why I'm mentioned the Vice 3 by Urban Decay. 

2) Daniel Wellington Watch (Grace Warwick Rose GoldClassic NottinghamClassic Warwick: When I was younger I was really into watches, but then my favorite watch ever broke on the eve of Christmas 2011 and as dramatic is it sounds, I stopped wearing a watch on a day to day basis every since. I've slowly been getting back in the watch wearing business thanks to my super cool Fossil and Balmain watches. Daniel Wellington has been popping up everywhere on social media and their simple design has tickled my fancy. Since green and navy are one of my favorite combos, I'd probably go for one of the watches in the collage.

3) M·A·C Keepsakes Lip Set: Ruby Woo is a cult favorite, and I really want to own it so I feel like I'm a part of the Fashion Bloggers Club. There really isn't a deep explanation for this one apart for "ouuu prettyyy color!".

4) Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection: Because I love Christmas gift packages that are filled with minis of cool products I want to try out, like Laura Mercier's Body Souffles.

5) Jo Malone London Cologne Collection : It started with a sniff in London and a regret of not having purchased a Jo Malone product while there. As with the Laura Mercier set, I get to try out a bunch of the Jo Malone scents for the fraction of the price. 

What's on your wishlist this year?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter-ifying That Summer Dress

Dress: Jessica Simpson // Cardigan: Style & Co.// Tights: Calzedonia // Handbag: Zara// Boots: Primark // Necklace: borrowed from mom// Watch: Fossil// Sunglasses: Rayban // Nails: We'll Always Have Paris by OPI

Just because the weather is cold doesn't mean your summer dresses should be tucked away in the back of your closet. One of my favorite things to do in winter is to "winterify" my favorite summer dresses, especially the ones that are more on the short side. My formula to winterify a summer dress is pretty simple, it consists of adding opaque black tights (which you should know by know that I'm obsessed with!), a cardigan or sweater on top of the dress, and a pair of black boots. This way you get to multiply your winter outfit choices without having to buy extra winter specific items, just rearrange what's already in your closet, and add some layers to stay warm! Today's outfit is a little too "50 Shades of Grey", but I really really really wanted to take this dress out for a spin. It has been hiding in my closet since I bought it a couple of months ago, but I rediscovered it recently during one of my "I have nothing to wear" episodes. Grey-scale aside, I thought the whole look was pretty decent and super comfy. 

Do you like to winterify your summer pieces?

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