Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Lady In Pearls

Dress: H&M // Shoes: Dorothy Perkins // Handbag: Zara // Necklace: Pearlicious via Lebelik // Sunglasses: Miu Miu // Rings & Earrings: H&M // Lipstick: MAC Heroine. 

I felt like stepping a little bit out of my comfort zone and going for a lady-like look today. Event though I feel a little too grown up, I'm kind of digging the simple chic look. The dress is so comfy and I love the fact that it had long sleeves; I got it on sale at H&M around two months ago without trying it on. I tried it on a couple of days later at home and it was too tight. Since it was too late to return, I hung it in the back of my closet and forgot about it. While going through my closet today I came across the frock and decided to try it on, low and behold it fit properly! YEAY, this means my half-assed diet is working out a little woohoo. Back to the outfit, I stuck to shades of grey but not intentionally... the pearl necklace which I borrowed from my mom just happened to be greyish and the only handbag that I had in the right size also happened to be grey. I like to think that I balanced the look with bright purple lips and nude glitter ballet flats though. I think deep down though (well not so deep), I just want winter to get here already so I can start wearing more fall looks. All in all, I want to try out different styles and get inspired with all types of looks, even if they're looks I normally wouldn't go for. 

Can we talk about my nails for a second? I saw a similar design on Instagram and I thought I'd finally give rainbow dots a try. I love the result! I shot the tutorial for the look for Qanat Duniati, so make sure to stay tuned to the channel to check it out. Funny story about the nails though, I only tried out the design on my left hand and had no energy to continue the design on the right. I didn't even put in a normal color on. I've been walking around town with a nail designed hand and a nail-polishless hand... crazy nail art lady problems. 

What style is out of your comfort zone?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

REVIEW: Makeup Forever HD Foundation

The first ever high end foundation that I bought with my OWN money, so proud of myself! I had heard SO much about this foundation, bloggers and youtubers made the Make Up Forever HD Foundation sound like it was the best thing ever with amazing coverage and possible cancer cure finding capabilities. Ok, maybe that last part was a slight exaggeration... Due to this crazy hype, it was on my every growing list of makeup products to try out. Ever since I started shooting in HD for Duniati on Youtube, I noticed that my current selection of BB, CC, and light foundations were just NOT doing the job with covering the crap on my face. Mama needs to look, flahw-less on cam! I finally decided to bite the bullet and shell out 50$ for this MAGIC foundation. When I got the product tested on my face, the makeup  lady packed it on me (possibly 3 thick layers with a weird stippling brush)! As I looked at my face, I was shocked by how not so cakey it looked. I mean, it did look like I have foundation on, duh. But it didn't look as thick as I thought it would since I had THREE layers on. Once I tried it at home though it was a whole other experience.

Application: I tried applying the foundation with three methods: Real Technique Expert Face Brush, sponge, and fingers. I found that fingers and sponge applied the best. Although I think a stippling brush would be perfect for a more opaque look. 
Consistency + Coverage: The coverage was not as crazy as people made it sound. The consistency of the foundation is creamy but liquidy, it applies lightly over the face. It is oil-free, which is awesome for combination/oily skinned people like me. You can play around with the coverage which is awesome, a small pump for a more sheer look, two pumps for more coverage. I also found that when you layer on the product it still manages to look decent. With 2.5/3 layers you get very high coverage, with only the most horrible spots slightly peeking through. At the end of the day though, you skin looks like skin and it photographs well!
Shade range: There's a long list of shades to choose from, even though not all are available in Lebanon. I was first matched with a darker shade that was probably two shades darker than my face (but matched the rest of my body). I opted to go for a lighter more natural shade though which is N125
Staying power + Finish: I tried the foundation without powder and with powder, both times the staying power was awesome. You don't have to particularly set the foundation because it has a very natural finish (not too glowy, not too matte). 

Conclusion: I love it. It's like having a light, medium and full cover foundation all in one. The shade is a PERFECT match for me. It lasts a looooong time, and doesn't move around during the day. All in all, highly recommend!

Have you tried out the Makeup Forever HD Foundation before?

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Face: Have Some Berries!

In the sea of reds, corals, berries and pinks, if I was forced to pick one color range of lipsticks to wear until the end of time, it would probably be the berry family (even though I only own two berry lipsticks). Light berries are great for summer, and dark berries make for awesome vampy winter looks! Berry looks good on a lot of skin tones and you usually don't have to sit and decipher what undertone it has to see if it will look good on you or not. Basically I feel like it's an easy option that still looks cool and super chic. Today's look was inspired by the Maybelline lipstick in the shade "Atomic Pink" from the Color Sensation line, a product that has been in my collection for a year which I had totally forgotten about! It's a gorgeous shade of berry that can be applied with a light hand for a hint of color or applied properly for an opaque look. It's very pigmented but still moisturizing and the staying power is pretty decent as well. I didn't have a particular look in mind when I started my makeup, but I ended up with a pretty simple grey eye with minimal contouring/blush to keep the main focus on them lips!

Products used:
Chanel CC Cream // Benefit Cream Shadow RSVP // Benefit "Passport to Posh" Travel Kit. (all eyeshadow shades) // Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer // MAC blush "Gingerly" // Maybelline Rocket Mascara // Bobbi Brown kohl eyeliner "Storm" // Maybelline Lipstick Color Sensation "Atomic Pink"// Maybelline Fit Me Pressed powder

If you were to pick ONE colour range/family to wear for the rest of your life,
 what shade would you pick?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tutorial: Tribal Print Nails on Qanat Duniati

Tribal print is most likely my current favorite print, it's fun and brings a unique vibe to an outfit. I thought it would be fun to get inspired and apply the print to my nails. The process is very simple and does not need any particular nail arty skills. There are the more complicated versions of the print, but I thought I'd go the simple route since I couldn't be bothered with the complicated one!
 he tutorial is below, and if you'd like to watch the video tutorial make sure to check out the clip on the Duniati youtube channel!

What I used:
Nubar base coat, Rimmel Salon Pro "Peppermint", H&M nail striper in "blue", Seche Vite Top coat.

Step 1: Apply base coat
Step 2: Apply base color, make sure the color is opaque and dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Make an X with the striper.
Step 4: In the space left behind by the X, make a parallel almost triangle.
Step 5: Clean up the edges, apply top coat.

Hope you guys liked the design :)

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