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.
A busy summer wasn’t what I had in mind. I imagined long days at the beach, hanging out with friends until late hours, eating all the food in the world, etc. Starting from mid-July none of that really happened (except for the food part – that’s mandatory). Instead, I ran around Beirut finishing paperwork for university. Makeup-wise, I didn’t even bother. Only two looks were worn this summer 1) very little makeup look and 2) no makeup at all. Here’s how it went down when I happened to wear makeup ..
First rule: no foundation. I’ve put a big cross on that for the past two months. Blame my good friend humidity. I though that I was smart enough by running away from it in Dubai. Well think again Zein, Beirut’s humidity makes errrthang go cray. But thank you humidity, I always wanted to look like the Lion King.
In three days, a new revolutionary product will be introduced to the public. I can’t talk about it just yet. So today, not only I have a sneak peek of this mysterious product, but I also have this month’s Glambox that you’ll be getting by the end of May.
Glambox has collaborated in the past with Benefit, and this May they are introducing to us other products that haven’t been featured or that have launched since their last collaboration together. I’ve already tried all of the products in the box – including the missing mysterious product, so I’ll be able to review them quickly.
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?
Summer is finally back in Dubai. Yes, yes. Summer. There is no such thing as spring here. Bikinis, tank tops, shorts and beach dresses are already popped out and the makeup has gone lighter. But no matter how hot it gets, nothing will keep me from piling up layers of makeup.
The look that I went for today is nothing new, really. It’s actually very similar to what I do everyday for school but with more makeup. It’s like an upgraded version of the everyday look.
I feel radiant, flawless, fresh, glowy..
Kidding. I’m in bed slowly dying, as we speak. A fever hit me hard this morning. But I’m sure hot tea and Panadol will do the job perfectly. Ever since the beginning of March, I’ve been put under pressure with exams, school work, staying up late and whatever comes with this lovely package. The usual. Can you just imagine how bad my dark circles are?
Luckily, Bourjois’s CC cream concealer came right on time into my life. Now, I’ve already said it previously: CC creams, BB creams.. It’s all the same to me. This CC concealer is part of the 123 Perfect range so it colour corrects by reducing fatigue, redness and dark spots. Loving the sound of it already!
It has a funny silicon tip that I’ve never seen on beauty products before – definitely not on concealers anyway.
It’s very lightweight, provides enough coverage for daily use, brightening, hydrating. And most importantly, it has a very natural/leaning towards dewy finish that I absolutely love. So basically, it makes you look fresh and awake.
I’ve been using this everyday because, well, I really need it which is something very sad to say judging from my age. Nevertheless, it does an excellent job at fooling people into thinking that I’m naturally radiant and flawless. Hashtag I woke up like this.
What is your life saving concealer? Have you tried this one? Leave a comment below! 🙂
So it’s the end of a little two week holidays for me. I’m going back to school on Sunday with a load of exams waiting for me. I can’t wait for this year to finally end. I’ve used all my mental capacities by using and abusing my brain. Other than that, a few products have entered the love circle this month.
We have the new Nivea in-shower Body Lotion. I was supposed to mention this about, er, three months ago? Whoever came up with this concept is a pure genius and a very lazy person. I don’t know about you, but every time I get a new lotion/body cream I get excited about it for the first two days and promise myself that I’ll lather my whole body with it everyday. Of course, I never keep that promise because either I hate the sticky feeling of body lotions, I forget or I’m too lazy. How does this genius-ness work? After washing your whole body in the shower, spread this on the areas you want to moisturise and then rinse it off. Voila. Mucho easy and simple.
Have a lovely Friday 🙂
My best friend, Yasmine, went to the UK in June and got me the Maybelline Anti-Age concealer, not because I have ageing problems but because a lot of people in the US raved about this and I kept on talking about it. When I first got it, I was so excited to finally try it out as Tiffany from MakeupbyTiffanyd on Youtube said that it’s her holy grail concealer. However, I was a bit disappointed the first time I used it. Actually, I wasn’t impressed at all. I’ve had this in my stash for almost six month, and I didn’t really know what I thought about it until now.
Have you entered the Benefit giveaway here? Make sure you do before November 29th!
Fashion Forward kicked off the first day of the Eid. I was busy all day long so I had to make sure that my makeup lasted throughout the day and stayed flawless. As promised, here’s what my face looked like on day uno.
For my base, I used Benefit’s Stay Flawless primer topped with Sephora’s Light veil foundation. I popped my go-to concealer of the moment, Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch, on the under eye area and under the brow bone to brighten up and to do a bit of lifting. I decided to go for the sculpted look. So Bourjois’s Bronzing Primer was applied to the hallows of my cheeks and a generous amount of Benefit’s Highbeam was applied and blended on the cheekbones with this foundation brush and fingers. I then powdered the face with Rimmel’s Stay Matte by applying it only on the T-zone in order to keep the gorgeous healthy glow that the highlighter gave. I added a touch of rosiness to the cheeks with a hint of Lovecloud blush by MAC.
Moving on to the eyes. I started by priming them with Urban Decay’s primer potion – the usual. I dusted Sigma’s eyeshadow in the shade Act (my all-time favourite base to all my looks) and applied a bit of Urban Decay’s Dark Horse on the outer corner, which was later blended into the crease, and a wee bit on the lower lash line. Before finishing off the eyes with a good coat of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, I went for eyeliner on the top lash line – a look that I’m sporting a lot lately. I used Revlon’s Colorstay liquid eye pen.
As for brows, I filled them with Revlon’s Brow Fantasy – a very handy brow product that I’ve been quite liking lately.
I kept the lips subtle with MAC’s Brave lipstick topped with a pretty old Chanel nude lipgloss. I know I need to throw it away because of its age. Don’t kill me. But it’s Chanel… It deserves to stay. I’m probably going to get sick and have weird skin problems because of this.
Before heading to Fashion Forward, I quickly accentuated my cheekbones by applying MAC’s Gingerly blush to the hallows of the cheeks and MAC’s Soft and Gentle msf to the cheekbones.
I did my hair at the hairdresser’s and asked him to go for the wavy look. Of course, the waves didn’t last a very long time.
Sorry for the poor iPhone quality picture, I barely had time to do a self-photoshoot for my Fashion Forward outfits and makeup looks.
I’ve been stuck on a daily makeup routine that makes people say “you look good today” when I never do, really. My skin has been going against me, at the moment. I’m not sure if I have oily skin or dry skin. And a lot breakouts are appearing due to sleepless nights and school stress (I know, it’s only the first month of school. I should stop complaining!).
Since my skin has been a bit bad, medium to full coverage foundation is indispensable. Today I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which I blended with an F80 Sigma brush. Blemishes are, of course, covered by my beloved MAC Studio Finish concealer. As for under eye madness, it has been taken care of Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer. A hint of Stay Matte on the T-zone to finish off the base.
And here come the awkward selfies…