Tuesday, November 17, 2015

H&M's New Beauty Department Now Available in Lebanon!

As much as I love H&M, I really really hated the makeup range that they introduced a couple of years ago. Every item I had tried was a complete disappointment, the eyeshadows were chalky and not pigmented, the nail polishes were gloopy and hard to apply; the only item  I ever got along with was the eyeshadow stick (which I will talk about in a future beauty post). I think people over at H&M also realized that their beauty products could use a little improvement, so they went back to the drawing board and created a new H&M Beauty Department. Every beauty blogger I follow in Europe has been going on and on about how good the new collection is, and I was really excited to get my hands on it to try it out myself. I'm glad to say that the Beauty Department has finally made its way to Lebanon, and the collection is awesome. The department is divided into three categories: hair styling, make-up, and body care. The variety of items available is really awesome, especially in the hair styling department (there's a texturizing paste, smoothing balm, alt water cream, hair primer, curl cream, finishing spray, dry shampoo and dry conditioner among others). The price is a little high for H&M, most of the items are 19,000 LL to 29,000 LL- which isn't too bad, but for H&M it's not THAT affordable, it put me off from buying a lot of items. I did manage to get two things, one was the Dry Conditioner - which I was very curious about since I had heard of dry shampoo but dry conditioner sounded unique, I also got a cream eyeshadow because Lily Pebbles mentioned it's really nice. I have to totally agree, it's VERY creamy and slightly moussey, such a lovely soft texture that goes on very smoothly. The shade I got is called Champers, and I would describe it as MAC's Soft Ochre with hints of champagne glitter, a great color to use as a base or on its own for a soft makeup look. I have worn it twice already (as you cans see in the picture I was way too excited to take blog photos before digging in), and I LOVE it. I might even like it more than the Maybelline Color Tattoo... which is a BIG statement to make!

I will definitely be heading back to pick up more items, I think next time I'm going to get an eyeliner (I swatched one and it was very smooth, pigmented, and wouldn't come up my hand) and the curling cream!

PS. I found the collection at Beirut City Centre.

Will you be heading to H&M's new beauty department?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Basil Soda Private Viewing of Couture & RTW FW 15/16 Collections

Basil Soda was the first Lebanese fashion designer that I ever talked about on my blog. I've mentioned the story of the Katy Perry dress at the 2009 Grammy's many times, how that was the moment I truly fell in love with the work of the talented designer. My love also grew when he opened up his atelier right across the street from my house, I would drool every time I walked by. He is hands down my favorite Lebanese designer, yes surpassing Elie Saab. The world lost a great talent when he passed away earlier in the year, I hadn't been that affected by a designer's death since Alexander McQueen. I know it's weird to get sad about someone you never have actually met and known in person (although I did sort of meet him a couple of years back at an event). 

Yesterday, I attended the private viewing of the Couture and Ready to Wear collections of FW 2015/2016. I had seen some images of the gowns online, but I was very excited to see them up close, because it's all about the details with his work! I managed to take some pictures to share with you guys, unfortunately though my camera was out of battery so I had to resort to my phone. Thankfully, phone camera technology has improved and the pictures aren't all that horrible. 

What do you think of the collection?

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Balmain X H&M Lookbook

Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, and Gigi Hadid for Balmain X H&M

It seems like Balmain and H&M have been teasing about their collaboration for the longest time, posting awesome snaps of Kendall, Gigi and Jourdan on Instagram, driving me crazy! The official lookbook is out, and I thought I'd share it with you so that I'm not the only one to drool over the gorgeousness that is the Balmain for H&M Collection. As far as H&M collaborations go, I've been excited and disappointed many times. My expectations for this collection though is VERY HIGH (like Asian father "Y u no +A" status). You guys know how much I LOVE Balmain, and how much I love H&M. With that said though, I'm not sure if I'll be going to be picking up any of the items though this time around because of this thing called work, but also because of the prices. When a big design house collaborates with one of the most affordable fast fashion brands, I expect the prices to be reasonable (a bit higher than H&M's prices, but significantly lower than Balmain's prices). There are items in this collection that have a price tag that's higher than $500! Not sure about you, but I don't feel comfortable giving H&M that much money for a single item of clothing... I'd rather take that $500 somewhere else, preferably to a place where people won't be killing each other while shopping. Anyway, to each her own money spending habits! The collection will be available in stores on November 5, 2015. 

What do you think of the collection?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stella Maxwell's Armenian Editorial for Vogue Russia

[images via FashionGoneRogue]

The last time I had shared editorial photos from a fashion magazine, it was an offensive piece by Elle Turkey. Skip ahead to a couple of years, and I'm happy to share these gorgeous images of Victoria's Secret angel Stella Maxwell that were shot by David Mushegain for the October 2015 issue of Vogue Russia. The shoot has a very heavy bohemian meets road trip theme with elements of Armenia shining through. I really love the fact that it was set in Armenia, and not just in Yerevan's Republic Square, with very traditional elements such as the Armenian Carpets, dried fruits, flag, and the old man playing the duduk (a traditional Armenian instrument). I might be a little biased to say that I LOVE the images, but heck, I'll accept that comment. 

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