So I was invited to the Arab Luxury World 2015 conference. For two days, I got to wear my mother’s shoes and put on pretty makeup.
Painting faces for fun? Why not? Last week, I was asked to make up more than thirty faces. Yes, thirty.
A meal that I love having outside of the house is breakfast. Nothing is more pleasant than changing up what you eat everyday. Who’s with me? *raises hand*. A visit to Mo’s didn’t fail to do so.
Mo’s is a casual restaurant in City Walk that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know a lot of people have been really loving this place, especially for breakfast. I arrived there hungry as wolf and wanted to order..er.. just about everything on the breakfast menu. What’s the answer to that you ask? Order the Ultimate Breakfast (front picture).
I took my Ultimate Breakfast with scrabbled eggs, pancakes that come with maple syrup and cinnamon butter (yum!), tater tots and veal bacon.
The highlight of my dish was the pancakes. Before commenting on that, I have to say I’m not a fan of pancakes. In general, I think they’re too heavy. I personally prefer french crepes. Taking pancakes was a bit of a wild decision. Thoughts? They. Are. Amazing. I’ve never loved pancakes. Ever. Especially not maple syrup. The result of eating them warm along with the cinnamon butter and the syrup was beyond my expectations.
Er, did I forget to mention anything? Surprisingly, that the bacon was crispy. I didn’t feel the fat in it (something that I hate). But it still had that pleasant and enjoyable bacon flavour.
The bestie took Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. Her review was short and sweet: loved it!
Both of us took orange jus. If I’m not mistaken, it’s freshly squeezed. I didn’t feel any pulp in my drink. So good!
After my meal, I took a good cup of cappuccino before leaving as the girl talk kept on going for hours.
Will I go back? Definitely. I’d probably go for the banana pancakes or a burger for lunch next time.
And here’s an outfit du jour, something that doesn’t appear on the blog a lot. I wore a casual Garage maxi dress with a split, Sam Edelman turquoise sandals, a scarf that I got from Italy and my Vanessa Bruno bag. Very chilled out type of outfit.
Can you tell how much I couldn’t be bothered with my hair on that day? I also didn’t have any makeup on. The shame.
About that dress. I normally don’t go to Garage. I went there once with for my little sister and surprisingly enough, I walked out with quite a number of detendu type of items. But be careful of the undergarments that you wear. It shows lines!
Have a great Sunday 🙂
So I went for breakfast at Tom&Serg this morning with my two best friends, a very well known restaurant that has been getting all the buzz all over social media lately. I, of course, got my camera along. How blogger of me.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to the opening of Ricci Capricci at Conrad hotel. It’s a family owned beauty salon in which women can take refuge to get pampered from head to toe.
It’s a very cosy place with a quite interesting interior: its classic feminine design blends modern lines and a harmony of colours.
It’s a very festive and eventful week for Dubai which included a very long weekend. I got 5 days off. I must admit, I love this country! To prepare for the celebrations and the numerous outings that were planned, I went down to a new salon in town called Turkuaz House.
The ambiance was lovely, very calm and quiet. I walked out of the salon with polished fingertips and big bouncy hair. Perfect start for a long weekend, eh? Another great salon in Dubai that I definitely recommend. Thank you Turkuaz House for kindly inviting me.
My day started with the Reem Al Kanhal fashion show. I’m no fashion savvy, but I must admit that it was a bit of a disappointment for me. The models looked like they were wearing bedsheets. However, I love the simplicity and the calmness of the collection which is why there are a few pieces that I really liked. She stuck to the simple side of things with the makeup and went for the “no makeup” makeup look with a pop of purple eyshadow. Here are my favourite looks.
I spent most of my day with the lovely fashion blogger Myriam from Fashion Laboratoire and her friends.
– Zein xx
Hmm… The Beauty Residence attending a four day fashion event. Doesn’t sound right. But change is good, I like a little change. When I knew that Fashion Forward is hosting season 2, I immediately felt the need of being at that event. So TBR (cool abbreviation for The Beauty Residence) is opening up to fashion!
Fashion Forward’s second season launched 15th Octobre showcasing emerging regional designers. Fashion shows and fashion talks are held throughout the day. I personally find the fashion talks are really interesting and informative for younger generations – like my age – who are starting to pick a path which they should follow after graduating from high school. It gives us a few ideas of what to expect from the fashion industry. Plus, I have always admired fashion from the outside. This is the perfect opportunity for me to discover something new.
As it was the first day of Eid (by the way, Eid Mubarak to all!), I was busy during the whole day and managed to attend the night shows. Luckily, I was just in time for Ezra’s fashion show, the most awaited show of all. I have to say that what he presented was different and quite interesting from what I’ve seen until now. There are a few pieces that I absolutely loved and others not so much. Ezra also featured in his show males in skirts. I never thought I’d see this anywhere, a part from Mardi Gras at school. Since I arrived five minutes before the show began, I didn’t manage to find a seat. So the members of the staff sent me all the way to front row. I had a little moment of fame and felt very special for a second there. Haha! Here are a few not so clear shots from the show.
As for makeup, a lot of sculpting happened on that night. The models’ skin had a flawless and very dewy finish. For contouring, the makeup artists used more of a yellow toned bronzer. For highlighting, a white/cool toned cream highlighter was the key to accentuate the cheekbones. The eyes were kept subtle with a very soft brown smokey look. To drag all the attention to the cheekbones, the colour picked for the lips was a matte natural nude.
I couldn’t stay for the other shows as I was dead tired and almost begged to go home.
Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take an outfit of the day picture to share on the blog. But I’ll be posting a face of the day very shortly. Stay tuned for more fashion shows and runway beauty! Make sure you follow me on Instagram, where I’m posting the finales or a sneak peek of every show, and Twitter to get daily updates.
Last saturday, Lush attempted to break the world record by collecting 22 000 cruelty free kisses across 900 Lush Cosmetics stores in the world from 2pm to 10pm. I have tried a few products from this brand in the past which I loved, so I decided to volunteer to be an independent witness for this event. I’m sure no one minds sitting in a Lush store as long as they can smell edible looking products for hours!
Basically, they were collecting a maximum number of lip imprints at The Dubai Mall store. It’s such an original and fun idea to do. I found it amusing myself! The costumers that stopped by had to leave their lip imprint by applying one of the Lush cruelty free lipstick colors on to the lips and kissed a big lip card where they left their name along with the imprint. The volunteers and SAs also had a go. Even the guys! I had to apply lipstick to one of them. Haha! They had the choice between a lipstick or a lip tint (which doesn’t leave any color when you remove it). I personally got attached to a deep red color called “Decisive”.
Of course, not all the volunteers stayed from 2 to 10 pm. There was a swap by 6 pm. Before leaving, the online manager of Lush, Max, gave us a generous goodie bag filled with the brand’s best sellers. How nice! I noticed that I never blogged about this brand before, although part of my all-time favorite products is the lip scrub. I’m sure you’ll hear more about the products very soon on the blog.
By the end of the day, we managed to collect 109 kisses, if I’m not mistaken. I got to meet lovely people and had the chance to chat with them. Also, I’ve been amazed by the help that the SA provide. They are really helpful and so much fun!
Have you tried any Lush product before? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!
Emerging Beauty Brands hosted a bloggers event, ‘Pamper Paradise’, which I kindly got invited to.
This company started as a family business that helps small beauty brands to expand in the region. Two of the brands that they introduced to us were Sleep in Rollers and Xen-Tan. If you haven’t heard of them before, I’m sure you can find them at Bloomingdales and Sephora.
Jay from Hairworks was here to demonstrate how to use the Sleep in Rollers as well as the so-called ‘donut’. I was so impressed by the results! The rollers give very nice Kim K curls. And the buns that were done with the donut turned out amazing as well. You can see in the pictures that Jay added a touch to the look by adding braids which I found lovely!
Each and every one of us got a tanning consultation by the very kind founder of EBB, Cat. She presented the brand, Xen-Tan, and pointed out the skin benefits of the products that contain: milk thistle, ginger root, green tea, vitamins E & A and shea butter. Plus, the products smell like chocolate and vanilla unlike chemically smelling tanners. After asking me how I liked my fake tan to look like (light, medium, dark), if I wanted an immediate effect or not, if I wanted it to wash away in the shower… I went for The Deep Bronze Deluxe.
At the event, we all sat around a table and chatted about hair and beauty. You know, the kind of stuff that I love to talk about. I realized that I was the only one in the room who never dyed her hair before and never fake tanned before. That was embarrassing, haha! Luckily, now I own my first fake tanner. Yay!
We were treated by mouthwatering cupcakes and delicious food prepared by 1762. I regret missing out on the cupcakes, they looked amazing! And the cherry and top of the cake was that we didn’t leave empty handed. You can see in the picture below that EBB was very generous with the goodie bag!
A big thank you to Cat and Sarah from Emerging Beauty Brands for the invite and for giving me the chance to meet beauty bloggers in Dubai!
Have you ever tried Sleep in Rollers or Xen-Tan before?