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Gift Guide : 10 Christmas Gift Ideas

December 15, 2014

Nine days left until christmas and you still haven’t bought any of the gifts you thought you have planned in advance. Don’t worry, I got you covered. I’ve gathered ten gift ideas that I, honestly, would love to receive. This might turn into a christmas wishlist.. Continue Reading…

What’s In My Bag

November 8, 2014

A messy bag post.. Why not? Besides old receipts, what’s in my bag is always changing up. Warning: I didn’t bother cleaning up my bag before taking pictures. Continue Reading…

FOTD : Return Of The Eyeliner

September 14, 2014

With good eyeliners I find myself wanting to line my eyes everyday. I don’t usually go for the perfectly winged out or dramatic look. Simple is what I like most. You know me. This is how it goes down when simple and eyeliner meet.

BASE 
No foundation is required here. I’ve been having a good skin week so far *knocks on wood*. Maybelline’s Instant Anti-Age concealer was applied to the under eye area and around the nose. 
CHEEKS 
I can’t get enough of the Clarins bronzer. I’m probably annoying you with that by now. Sorry not sorry. I used this lightly to warm up the face with the classic “3 shape” technique. It’s all about giving life to your complexion, people! Click here for more about Clarins bronzer. 
After mentioning it in my last post, I remembered how amazing this stuff is: Tom Ford’s blush in Love Lust was blended on the apples of the cheeks and brought up to the cheekbones. 
EYES 
UD Naked Basics palette served me well: Foxy on the lid, Naked 2 and Faint in the crease, Crave in the outer-corner, and Venus on the brow bone and inner-corner. I’ve been using this really often. What makes this palette amazing is that it’s exactly what you need and it works for every occasion. Pure genius!
Then a not-so-thin and not-so-thick line using MUFE’s Artist Liner happened. This was featured in My top 5 eyeliners post. It’s very creamy and black. What makes this one special is that you can smudge it to create a smoky effect without eyeshadow. The intensity of the product can be played with. 
I’ve been really loving the first step “Extreme Volume” of the MaxFactor Excess Volume double-ended mascara. It actually looks a lot like their normal mascaras that they already have. The second step which is called “Dark Lacquer” is to avoid. It’s complete rubbish. 
LIPS 
Another favourite that has been featured here and here is Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction. It’s the perfect nude version of my lips but better. 
EYEBROWS 
Au naturel. In other words: couldn’t be bothered.  
What do you have on your face today? Tried any of these products? 
– Zein xx

Products Worth The Splurge

September 8, 2014

I try to avoid high-end brands. They’re expensive and I’m broke. The basics. Naturally, we all love luxurious products and expect them to be good. Truth is, some of them are rubbish. Shocker. But then again, other pricey toys are simply outstanding.

Other than my five must haves, here are a few items that make me say I’m totally buying this again.

I personally think that no blush will beat Tom Ford blushes. The packaging itself makes you feel like the queen of Sheba. The formula is very buttery. The pigmentation is crazy. And the blendability is dreamy. You can’t ask for more. There aren’t that many shades in the permanent line. Nevertheless, they all look gorgeous. I have the shade Love Lust.

Chanel Chanel Chanel. The double C. The black and gold. The everything. Like our friend Mr. Ford, Ms. Chanel got everything right. For the lipstick lovers out there, the Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction is a must have. A go-to universal nude that can be thrown in the handbag but never forgotten. Yes, ladies. It is possible.

Then comes Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. Although applying foundation during the summer is against the Zein laws, this product is worth the mention. It’s actually not a foundation. It’s more of a mask: full coverage and beautiful glow. Just make sure to shake it before using it and to set it after applying it. Other than that, enjoy the flawless finish!

And for the bold lip type of gals, this NARS combo will make you dream. The satin lip pencil in Yu and the Priscilla lip gloss are the perfect glossy fuchsia you’ll find on the market. I never go for fuchsias. Little did I know, they make my eyes look greener than emeralds. Truth. I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more satin lip pencils. And I’m in love with that simple statement packaging. Swoon!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your worth the splurge products? 

– Zein xx

5 Products You Need

September 1, 2014

I came to notice that there are exactly five products I can’t live without (hence the name of the post. Duh.) Even though I don’t use them all on daily basis, they are still necessary items to own.

Starting with my beloved Clarins bronzer. I’m not going to comment on this a lot as I’ve featured it enough already on the blog in the past two months. I think it’s the best bronzer one can have to warm up the face a bit when feeling like a zombie or to contour. You can read more about it here, here and here
Then we have Benefit’s They’re Real eye makeup remover. Dear Lowd! I don’t know what’s in that stuff but it’s CRAZY! I kid you not, it removes bulletproof eyeliners and mascaras. Now, I don’t use eyeliner everyday. But when I do, I use this to take it off. What bugs me a bit is that it’s a creamy consistency. So the removal is kind of messy. 
Have you heard of Foreo? I haven’t before trying it out. It’s a rubber device for deep cleansing. Apparently it’s better and less harsh than Clarisonic (never tried it, so I wouldn’t know). People, this is were the party’s at. It gets into the deepest of pores. Cleansed and polished is what you feel after using it. In less than a week, you’ll start noticing that your skin is improving. I have the mini size one which has less features than the normal size. I’ll probably do another post to talk more about it. I honestly don’t understand how I’ve lived 18 years without Foreo. Everyone needs this. 
NARS illuminator in Hot Sand. A very pearly sand colour which gives the most natural healthy glow. I like to apply it in a “C” shape going from cheekbone to brow bone. Be-you-ti-ful. Also NARS is coming back to Dubai in October. The ones who are not excited should be kicked out of the county. 
Last but not least is YSL’s Kiss & Blush. Whatever the colour is, you need one of those. It dries matte, lasts for a good while and works perfectly for lips and cheeks. We all love multitask products, don’t we? Well this one won’t fail to impress you. Very good investment. 
Have a lovely day!
What are your indispensable 5 products? Let me know in the comments 🙂
– Zein xx 

Major Beauty Haul

July 27, 2014

I totally bought a crap load of makeup.

So I didn’t buy all the products in this photo. I received a few “souvenirs” that you’ll know more of later in the post. I posted on twitter that I was travelling to Lebanon for a few weeks and made a short long pit stop at the duty free’s beauty department that had 20 per cent off on all products. Yes, 20 freakin’ por ciento. Crazy is what my mother and I were in front of the counters.

Now not all the products are mine. I’m sharing them with the big sister and the mother. But showing you the whole haul was necessary.

First at the duty free was the Chanel counter. My mum needed a mascara and a foundation pretty badly. After reading and seeing so many good reviews, I ended up picking up for her the Vitalumiere Aqua compact foundation and the Volume de Chanel mascara.

Another Chanel eye candy is the Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction. I saw this in Tanya Burr’s haul and knew that I needed this right away. Now that I have it, I can finally die in peace. I have a feeling that I’m really going to like this one. I can feel it in my bones!

Then the YSL counter happened. Heart melts. The YSL packaging kills me. It’s so luxurious and heavy making you feel like a thousand dollars just by looking at it. Of course, price tag inspired to faint. All products picked up from this brand are due to peer pressure (damn you bloggers and youtubers!). The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush are in shade 3, 9 and 12. The big sis is taking 3, mum is taking 12 and I’m taking the shade 9.

Next is this gloss in the shade Golden 19. The perfect pink nude. In reality it’s a tad bit lighter. And oh em gee it’s so pretty and not sticky. Yves does it best.

Finally are these Kiko products. My aunt went to Italy recently and she knows how big my love for makeup is. She got these palettes and lipsticks for mother and I that I just can’t wait to try out! The colours are so pretty in reality that the pictures don’t do them justice.

Bottom to top 220; 288; 241 and 295; 243; 401

Shade 04 and 03 (orangier) 

That is all for the haul! Sadly I don’t own this entire set of goodies. Nevertheless, I am going to try them all and hopefully report back. Have a great Sunday and Eid Mubarak for those of you who are celebrating!

Have you tried any of these? What have you bought lately? Leave a comment, would love to know! 

– Zein xx 

Oldies but goodies

May 7, 2014

I dug up last night all the makeup that I haven’t been using a lot lately and that has been well loved in the past (past as in probably a fews months ago, just so we’re clear). Now, as my birthday is in about a month and I’m finally graduating from high school soon, I gave myself the permission of going wild at all Sephora stores to celebrate after these events. My mother doesn’t know about that yet though.. So I’m really trying to use up the makeup that has been forgotten for a while to replace it with new goodies. Newer is always better, right? 

We first have the MAC Studio finish concealer. We’ve all tried it. We’ve all loved it. But it’s time to say goodbye. I can’t see it in front my face every time I open my makeup drawer anymore. I’ve had this for so long and it won’t finish. I’m serious. Look at how much product I’ve used up and there is still a lot more in the pan! 
Staying in the base section, we have the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. This has saved my life many times. Now that it’s getting humid sticky and icky in Dubai, popping this out couldn’t be more appropriate. This is actually my second round of Stay Matte and I have to say I’m a bit bored of it. Because setting powders are so interesting *inserts emotionless emoji* Yes they are actually. 
On this list I have three eye products that haven’t been getting enough attention. First one is the Sigma cream eye shadow base in Provoke. I didn’t stop wearing this back in November or December (or January? Can’t seem to remember..). The pink in it is great for spring. Next one is MAC’s Brule eyeshadow. I used this all the time last year as a one colour eyeshadow on the lid. It helped contour the crease a lot without using dark eyeshadow in that area. Contour the crease, is that even sayable? And then there is the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara. This is the best mascara that has had physical contact with my lashes. Since it’s a pretty pricey one, I want to use it and abuse it. 
Last but not least is the Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait. Ah! Lip butters. Who remembers them? This shade is really flattering on me and it’s almost done. However I’m so bored of it that I really want to finish this peach tube.
This is like a shopping my stash/project 10 pan or whatever bloggers call it kind of post. 
Btw I had this crazy idea of converting to Google+ – crazy, I know – and I have no idea on how to use it or manage it. Please help! 
What are the products that you want to use up lately? 
– Zein xx