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Surviving Winter Skin 101

January 3, 2016

Winter Skincare

“New year, new me”. Challenge accepted. In 2016, you want to show the world that 1) you look and feel better than ever, 2) you’re a busy bee, yet manage to look flawless, and 3) you’re blessed with the best skin ever. Of course, none of that is true *digs out beauty potions from witch’s cupboard*. Welcome to Surviving Winter Skin 101.

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October Favorites

November 7, 2015

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October was all about going back to the same products everyday. As boring as this might sound, the items used are pretty revolutionary – well, sort of..

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FOTD : Fun Summer Look

June 28, 2015

Claris summer 2015 collection

I don’t know what has gotten into me lately, but I’m totally getting out of my comfort zone. Yes, I’m wearing blue eyeliner – whatta rebel!

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Flawless : Perfecting Your Base

June 14, 2015

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The eventful season is back! Graduations, proms, weddings, and birthdays (put your hands up if you’re born in June too!) are right around the corner and you don’t want to look like either a vampire or an Oompa Loompa in your pictures. I like to perfect my base in 3 easy steps!

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May’s Glambox

May 10, 2014

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. 

1. Big Easy BB cream – this is latest launch from Benefit. It’s a cream to powder BB cream that I’ve been quite enjoying at the moment. I speed reviewed it here
2. Porefessional primer – amazing stuff. Really. It’s so smooth and it minimizes pores beautifully so that you don’t end up looking like the moon (you know, because the moon has holes – not sure how you call them). I naturally tend to look like the moon sometimes and, I must say, it’s not a pleasant look at all. 
3. Fakeup concealer – a very hydrating creaseless concealer that instantly makes you look awake. It has saved me so many times after long nights of studying for exams. This works best during winter time when the skin gets dryer. It has a natural/dewy finish. 
4. They’re Real mascara – ah! The famous They’re Real. I probably have 50 samples and a full sized product of this. Here’s the thing about this mascara: I’ve used it for a long long long time now that I stopped liking it. Why? Oh, for no reason at all really. I’m probably bored of the way my lashes look. This doesn’t make it a bad mascara. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing mascara. Although I do prefer its results after one or two months of usage. Note that not everyone is fond of They’re Real as it gives a real falsies/plastic-y effect at first.
I lied. 
I’m not sneak peeking you the missing item today. Only thing I can say is that it’s from Benefit (obviously) and it’s included in this month’s Glamox (duh). You’ll have to wait until May 13th to know about it – so stay tuned, and until July to get your hands on it. If I were you, I’d subscribe to Glambox asap. A lot of Benefit must haves are in there! 
Other than that – the concealer and BB cream are lighter than my complexion right now. I’m a bit bummed I thought they would be great as travel samples in my bag. Whatever, I’m probably going to end up giving them to my sister.
Have you tried any of the products here? Would love to know your thought about them in the comments below.  
– Zein xx
 

Giveaway : Benefit Cosmetics goodies!

October 29, 2013

If you’ve been following me for a while (thank you!), you might know by now that I have a huge love for Benefit Cosmetics not only because of their amazingly cute packaging. But because of how good their products are. And I can almost guarantee that their products won’t disappoint you. What better way to share Benefit’s amazingness than by hosting a giveaway?

I’m giving away two products this time: Porefessional primer and They’re Real mascara. These two products have been in my makeup stash for a while now and I absolutely love them both! I’m sure you’ve already read about these on the blog. But the most exciting news is that the Benefit team was kind enough to send me double the products for my readers, so… there will be two winners! 

To enter the giveaway you must answer the following question “What’s the name of the Porefessional action figure figured on the product?” as well as follow these instructions:
  1. Follow the blog with GFC and Bloglovin’ (on the right hand side of the side bar of the blog)
  2. Follow @BenefitBeautyME  and @beautyresidence on Twitter.
  3. Follow benefitmiddleeast  and thebeautyresidence on Instagram. 
  4. Leave your answer to the question in the comments below along with your GFC, Bloglovin’, Twitter and Instagram usernames and your e-mail address. 
  5. For an extra chance of winning, tweet “I just entered the @BenefitBeautyME giveaway on @beautyresidence ‘s blog!”.

This giveaway will be open for the GCC readers (sorry international readers!) during a whole month, so from October 29th to November 29th. And the winners will be chosen randomly. Good luck everyone! 

– Zein xx

FOTD : The Fashion Forward Face – Day 1

October 20, 2013

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.

– Zein xx