As we’re nearing the Holidays, it’s the time of year again for gift giving. Whether for family or friends, shopping for gifts can be a very stressful activity. Because it’s the end of the year, expenses are also piling up so choosing the perfect gift within budget can be so challenging!
This is the reason why I will try to make it easier for you! What I did was I selected amazing gifts that are available in Dubai and UAE that will suit any budget.
Kayali Elixir Perfume
This is the gift perfect for that special woman in your life. Your mom or mother-in-law will surely be delighted to receive this ultra-addictive scent that blends traditional and western touches. It has a mesmerizing combination of fruity, floral and woody notes which will surely make it worth the splurge.
This is also the type of gift you would like to receive from your husband! So better start dropping those hints now!
BUY IT HERE.
Chanel Le Vernis Long Lasting Nail Polish Rouge Essentiel 500
There is always at least one person in your life who is difficult to shop for – like maybe your boss or your jetsetter fashionista friend…So, what do you give this person then? Chanel , of course!
And yes, you can get them a gift at Chanel for around 100 Dirhams (USD28 – price will vary). This pop of color this red Chanel Nail Polish brings instant Christmas cheer! Make sure to shop at a Chanel mall outlet so you can have it wrapped in a nice Chanel mini paper bag! There’s nothing more fool-proof than giving a gift wrapped in a classy Chanel paper bag – it doesn’t matter if it’s a very small package. Every woman would love to receive a Chanel, whatever it is!
Buy it in Dubai Mall.
Benefit Cosmetics Confection Cuties Set
Your favorite sister will love to receive this wonderful gift! This is a beautiful looking gift set that’s an Online Exclusive at Sephora UAE. At only AED 99, you get a travel-sized trio of Benefit’s bestsellers:
1.5 g Mini Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in Shade 3
7.5 mL Mini The POREfessional Face Primer
4 g Mini Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara in Black
BUY IT HERE.
Little MAC Lipstick D for Danger
Being tight on budget does not mean sacrificing on quality! This mini matte lipstick is an Online Exclusive from MAC which will only cost you AED 49. I personally recommend this D for Danger Brick Red shade because it suits the holiday season, plus it usually suits most skin tones. This can be a great gift for your teenage nieces or cousins.
This is a great last-minute gift as MAC online offers next day delivery in Dubai for orders AED 200 and above.
BUY IT HERE.
Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation
AED 50* (Price Varies)
This foundation uses Perlite technology that will absorb oil and mattify your skin. This is perfect for Dubai weather because it suits all skin types. This is a great gift everyone will love to receive!
BUY IT IN ALL LOCAL DRUGSTORES.
Sephora Coconut Water Miscellar Cleansing Milk 100 ml
At AED 15 Dirhams, this gift is definitely a steal. Every makeup lover will not say NO to a great makeup remover. I chose this gift because the packaging is super pretty. You don’t even need to wrap it, just place a nice ribbon and a card!
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Korean Face Mask Sheet
At only AED 10, you can already give the gift of beauty. Maybe you’re attending a Holiday party where you need to give gifts for your colleagues, or maybe you’re looking for an affordable gift for you relatives – then this is a perfect choice. This collagen infused mask is an instant spa experience! Check out my review HERE.
Buy it at Etude House in Dubai Mall.
Give the gift of beauty!
Last but not the least, you can also gift your loved one or yourself an exclusive professional makeup course. I am offering a 25% Holiday Discount if you book and pay in advance before December 25, 2018. This amazing makeup course comprising of 3 sessions will give you the tools to become a makeup pro! CONTACT ME TODAY to learn more about this special offer!
One beauty trend that is becoming a craze online is the GLASS SKIN effect. But what exactly does it mean by having glass skin?
Glass skin means your skin is so clear, luminescent, and glowing that your pores are almost invisible! This became popular with the rise of Korean beauty trends. Just try to use Google to search for photos of Korean superstars and you’ll see what I mean!
Can it be achieved using makeup alone?
Although I am a fan of makeup to enhance beauty and boost confidence, I am also a great believer of skin care. After all, when you have a beautiful base for your makeup products, the effect will be so much better.
This Glass Skin skin care routine is NOT AN INSTANT, QUICK FIX solution so please don’t expect to wake up the next day having Glass Skin! This is a gradual, maintenance routine that will improve your skin over time and prevent it from looking tired, dry and aging.
This also needs MAJOR commitment. It is a 10- step routine, morning AND night. However, you do not need to perform all 10 steps every single day as two of the steps should only be performed twice a week. But yes, that still leaves you with 8 steps morning and night.
It may seem really long but really, if you time it, the 8 steps will only take you around 10 min max, less for some people. So that’s really just a short time to invest on your personal skin care! I suggest playing your favorite song to occupy your brain so you don’t get bored!
So, one major problem is – what products can you use? Do you need to buy Korean skin care products? Is it expensive? Well, let me help you out by giving you the 10 – step skin care by recommending products you can buy from UAE, and available here.
WHAT: 10-Step Glass Skin Beauty Routine
WHEN: 2X DAILY Morning and Night – 8 Steps will take around 10 minutes & 2X A WEEK – 10 Steps will take around 25-30 minutes
STEP 1: OIL CLEANSING
A lot of YouTube Videos and articles online suggest using commercial oil cleansers, but really, you can actually use the oils in your kitchen! Which exactly? Before you put on the frying oil on your face, you need a good quality oil that is non-comedogenic which means it should NOT clog your pores!
- DAILY Morning and Night
- Place a small amount of oil on your palm and massage on your face for a couple of minutes
- Soak a soft wash cloth or microfiber cloth in warm water and slowly wipe the oil from your face. Do this twice until the oil is removed.
- TIP: Microfiber cloth for skin care can be expensive but it is actually the same cloth you see in the CAR section of the Department store! You can purchase a set for AED 20 at Carrefour or you can get these at SOUQ as well for as low at 4- 6 dirhams!
Where to buy:
Good choices widely available in UAE are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Sunflower Oil. You can buy this in Carrefour or in any pharmacy or supermarket. Make sure you are buying a PURE oil not just something that is mixed.
Don’t use essential oils – do not apply directly on skin as this should ALWAYS be diluted with a base oil and applying undiluted is dangerous! Also AVOID Coconut oil as it can clog your pores!
STEP 2: FOAM CLEANSING
After the oil cleansing, time to cleanse again! This time, use the cleanser you normally use daily which your skin is used to.
- DAILY Morning and Night
- Place a small amount on your palm and lather to create a foam and gently massage on your face for a couple of minutes
- Rinse with warm water or with the wash cloth.
Where to buy:
Some people use face wash or even organic soaps, totally depends on you. For a more affordable option, try using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser available at Souq for AED 41, 118 ml because it great for daily use morning and night.
I personally use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, AED 105 available at Kiehl’s website.
Try to avoid the exfoliating cleansers with small beads because the skin should NOT be exfoliated every day.
STEP 3: EXFOLIATE
You should only be exfoliating your face twice a week. Do not over exfoliate because that will dry up your skin and make it super flaky!
- 2X a Week Only, Recommended at Night (1 time every 3 days)
- Place a small amount on your palm and gently massage on your face for a couple of minutes
- Rinse with warm water or with the wash cloth.
Where to buy:
I personally use the Bioderma White Moussant Cleanser Scrub, AED 68.
STEP 4: TONER
A lot of people think that toner is used to cleanse the face. Although some toners can do that, the main benefit of the toner is to restore your skin’s pH balance.
- DAILY, Morning and Night
- Place a small amount on a cotton pad and apply on your face. You can also put it on a spray bottle and spray it on your face.
Where to buy:
You can use any toner from any supermarket or pharmacy, but if possible, look for one that is Alcohol-free like this one which also has rosewater – Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner for AED 36 at Souq.
I personally use Clinique 2 Clarifying Lotion AED 115 at Sephora.
STEP 5 AND 6: ESSENCE AND SERUM / TREATMENT
Okay so I am putting these two together because most of you will be confused and may interchange them. A lot of you may ask what is the difference between Essence and Serum. Well, after lots of research, here’s my helpful conclusion:
- An essence is something you use to improve your skin overall. It is used to maintain hydration and add nutrition to your skin.
- A serum on the other hand is used as a treatment to address specific skin problems like age spots, winkles, dark under eyes, acne, etc.
- DAILY, Morning and Night
- Apply the essence first by putting a few drops on your fingertips and patting into the skin. Let it sit on your skin for a couple of minutes. Try the Caudalie Brightening Essence for AED 168 for 150 ml at Sephora.
- Follow by applying the serum as directed on the product label. I like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir to tighten the pores available for 84 AED for 30 ml at Sephora.
- After the essence and serum, this is also the stage where you place any other skin care treatments you may need. For example, with my dark under eyes and uneven skin tone I used these two products to address these issues. They deliver in UAE.
Where to buy:
WARNING!!! These are a bit more expensive than the rest of the products.
You can purchase essences and serums online at bbcreamgirl or shopbeautykoreadubai OR if you don’t like online shopping you can go to SEPHORA or THE FACE SHOP which is in major malls like Bujuman, Dubai Mall, Al Ghurair, and Ibn Battuta Mall.
Essences are rarer to find so it’s better to find one in the links or stores I mentioned above. Serums are more available and even pharmacies and supermarkets in UAE already have them.
STEP 7: SHEET MASK
This is a step that is also to be done only 2X a week. I recommend doing it on the same day you have exfoliated to give your skin that extra moisture boost.
- 2X a Week Only, Recommended at Night (1 time every 3 days)
- Place mask on face for 10-15 minutes
- Remove mask and DO NOT WIPE OFF extra moisture, rather, let it sit and get absorbed on your skin.
Where to buy:
Sheet mask are available in Sephora but are little bit pricey at AED 25 per piece. The good news is you can now buy a Korean sheet mask at ETUDE HOUSE in Dubai mall for only AED 10 so that’s really economical and an investment of AED 20 a week is not something that will break your bank.
This is my Sheet Mask 10 Dirham Beauty Hack Review.
STEP 8: EYE CREAM
Ladies! This is very important. Eye cream is essential because the skin in the eye area is sensitive so it’s best to keep it always moisturized to avoid fine lines. Once you hit your mid-20’s, it’s time to start putting on eye cream!
- DAILY, Morning and Night
- Using your fingertips, apply a small amount on your eye area using a small, patting motion. Do not drag or press hard on your skin.
Where to buy:
There are lots of eye creams available in UAE. Again depending on your budget, you can go affordable using drugstore products like NIVEA (AED 52) or HIMALAYA (AED 32) because after all, it’s better than not putting anything at all!
However, if you need to invest on something in all these list of products, a good eye cream is probably your best investment, together with serums and sunscreen. Eye creams can go as high as AED700 Believe it or not! But something like the Organic Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream for AED 143 would be a good choice.
I personally use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream AED 230 available in Dubai Mall store.
STEP 9: MOISTURIZER
Aha! I’m sure this is something you are familiar with. I bet some of you go straight to moisturizer after toning the face. Sadly, no this is not the 3rd step but the 9th step!
- DAILY, Morning and Night
- Apply a small amount on palm and apply on face in gentle patting, sweeping motion.
Where to buy:
Again, depending on your budget you can go economical or high end. For budget friendly choice the NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Cream for AED 11.30 can be bought from Carrefour or many local grocery stores.
If you want to use a moisturizer that celebrities use like maybe Priyanka Chopra, check out Crème De La Mer for a whopping AED 693 for a 30 ml jar at Sephora. To put it in perspective, that’s around 60 bottles of Nivea Soft!
I personally use Charlote Tilbury Magic Cream, AED 400 at Dubai Mall store.
STEP 10: SUN PROTECTION / SLEEPING MASK
Whew! This is the last step of the skin care routine! In the morning always protect your face with sun block and at night put a sleeping mask.
Sleeping masks are different from night creams because they have more active ingredients that will continue nourishing your skin overnight. They are also referred to as sleeping packs. You don’t remove it like the sheet mask, rather you apply It like a night cream on your face and leave it overnight.
- DAILY, Morning and Night
- In the morning put sun protection, while at night put a sleeping mask
- For sunscreen, the amount of sunscreen to use for your face must be same size as a 1 Dirham coin! Apply on face in patting, small sweeping motion.
- For sleeping mask, use as per package directions as there are different types and consistencies.
Where to buy:
For sun creams, go with SPF 30-50. With the Dubai sun, the higher the better. For drugstore brands, I personally use Banana Boat (Ultra Protect Faces SPF 50, AED 17-20 for 60-90ML) which you can easily find in most UAE groceries and pharmacies.
Another good brand is Seba Med (SPF 50, AED26 for 75ML) for sensitive skin.
And for high end brands, you can try Clarins (SPF 50, AED 168 for 75 ml).
SEPHORA has Dr. Jart Dermask Firming Sleeping Mask for AED109, and also the Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask for AED 232. Again, you can go to THE FACE SHOP and ETUDE HOUSE to explore their sleeping masks/ packs.
This 10-step commitment needs your patience and dedication. As I’ve said, the cost of the products will depend on you, and the result can be different for each person but following this religiously can certainly make a difference.
You can choose to SAVE or SPEND on the products to use, but for some products that are really pricey, you need to just find the most affordable option available.
|STEP 1||Oil Cleansing||SAVE|
|STEP 2||Foam Cleansing||SAVE|
|STEP 5||Essence||Find the Most Affordable|
|STEP 7||Face Mask||SAVE|
|STEP 8||Eye Cream||SPEND|
|STEP 10||Sun Screen||SPEND|
|Sleeping Mask||Find the Most Affordable|
If you’ve tried the GLASS SKIN beauty routine, let me know how it worked for you!
One of the best things about makeup is that it empowers women to feel confident by enhancing the features they are not comfortable with. But with so many beauty products out there, plus thousands of recommendations from different magazines and websites, it can be a struggle to find the solution to the problem you want to address.
If you cannot find the right beauty product, not only can it be frustrating, but it can also waste a lot of your money. After all, whether you’re buying cheap or expensive beauty products, money is still being spent on makeup that’s not helping you be the best version of yourself.
This is why I decided to narrow down your search by dedicating this blog post to one of my favorite brands – HUDA BEAUTY. It’s amazing how one brand can actually have this treasure trove of products that can understand women’s problems. One huge factor is that Huda Kattan was just like us not a long time ago, who was using the beauty products herself so she knows what we want.
So, without further ado, let me give you these five beauty superstars that can address these 5 beauty emergencies!
HELP!!! Oily Face
I have combination skin. My T-zone is super-duper oily, but I also have lots of dry patches in parts of my face. I live in humid, warm weather so whenever I use liquid foundation, I literally melt. It really feels so yucky! What can I do?
SOLUTION: Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base
If you are having a problem with your oily and combination skin, putting a primer like this one is a great idea. Not only will even out and mattify your skin, it is also non-drying.
Putting this on your face first gives your skin and the liquid foundation a barrier so that the foundation has the least chance to oxidize and react – in short, it’s least likely to melt and be yucky.
HELP!!! Sleepy Eyes
My husband and kids always laugh at me whenever we take photos, especially formal ones. They said I always look sleepy and my eyes look droopy. Okay, I admit I have small chinky eyes but I don’t understand, I put on every brand of mascara but nothing seems to help open them up.
SOLUTION: Huda Beauty Lashes
If your lashes are not long enough and thick enough, it is unfortunate that sometimes, no amount of mascara can open them up. This is especially if your eyes are naturally small. Although you can experiment on eye makeup styles to make your eyes look bigger, one simple solution is to get yourself some high quality false eyelashes – FAST!
My favorites of course are the Huda Beauty Eyelashes. The best thing about this brand is that there are so many different varieties and you can pick one depending on your eye shape as well. If you are clueless, Huda has a comprehensive BEGINNER’s GUIDE to help you out!
HELP!!! Half-Eaten Lipstick
I work a 9-hour job 6 days a week and I must say my hectic schedule does not allow me any breathing room. My main problem is that my lipstick would usually wear off by mid-morning after having my coffee, then at lunch as well after I eat! By midday my lipstick is totally non-existent so I’d have to run to the restroom to freshen up, but there are times when I can be so busy I forget, making me run around the office with my lipstick half-on , half-off which can be embarrassing especially with bosses or clients present!
SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Liquid Matte
This is a powerhouse of a lipstick that won’t wear off. Even after you eat, drink coffee or lots of liquids, it will stay on! It is very long wearing and stays in place so no more half-eaten lipstick problem for you!
All you need to do is put it on in the morning and you can definitely forget about it because it’s not going anywhere!
HELP!!! Ghost Face
I’ve always been intrigued by using the baking technique, the problem is, when I tried doing it, the shade of the powder does not match my dark skin tone and my sister said I looked like a ghost because the powder is too light! I stopped baking after that, but I am so jealous when I see how snatch and set some makeup looks are! Is there any alternative?
SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Easy Bake
The good news is even if you have darker skin tone, you can still enjoy the benefits of baking! Huda Beauty recently released the Huda Beauty Easy Bake with eight different shades!
She even came up with this amazing MATCHING GUIDE so you can easily decide which one is best for your skin tone. Happy Baking!
HELP!!! Bulky Eyeshadow Palette
My husband usually drives me to work but that means I don’t have the luxury to spend more time in the house doing my makeup in the morning. This means I usually do my makeup in the car, during rush hour, when the car is stopped due to traffic. I love putting on eyeshadows but the best eyeshadow palettes are usually in this super huge palette pans that are so inconvenient to bring daily in my bag. Any options?
SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Obsessions Mini-Palette
If you are looking for a high-end, uber pigmented eyeshadow palette that’s so convenient to bring around with you then the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette is your best bet. It gives you 9 amazing shades in a very small package. But still, you don’t compromise on quality! There’s 6 palettes to choose from as well.
If you are experiencing these beauty emergencies, then why not try out these amazing Huda Beauty Products! What products do you want me to talk about next? Chat me up on the comments section!
PLUS, if you need my help in selecting the right products for you, then why don’t you avail of my DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR!
I can still remember the time when Huda first announced that she is coming out with Huda Beauty Lashes. Having been an avid follower of her blog, I was so giddy with excitement and I had to make sure I was one of the first ones to get myself one.
Then one after another, Huda started launching different makeup products and up until today, she has been releasing gem after gem! The quality of the products is so outstanding that it makes us, her fans, want more! Whenever I post a blog or a photo about a new Huda Beauty makeup I purchased, I usually get a lot of questions from women who want to buy Huda Beauty products and are asking me what is the best product to start with. In short, what are the absolute “must-haves” from Huda Beauty’s makeup collection.
I personally love all the products I have bought in all their unique ways so it was hard for me to rank them. My criteria in ranking are purely personal preference and based on my experience, plus what I feel will my followers like as well. My favorite products will be ranked under the BEST category, while the middle range will be under GOOD. I do not think there is really any product that can be considered “worst”, however, I will still rank them and call this category – JUST OKAY.
1. Huda Beauty Lashes
USD 20 available here
This is the TOP product for me in all of Huda’s products. I love, love, love my Huda Beauty lashes and they are a mainstay in my makeup routine. Who needs mascara when you have Huda Beauty Lashes?! These instantly lifts up your look and you can choose from the variety of styles to suit your eye shape.
2. Huda Beauty Easy Bake
USD 45 available here
I personally tested Easy Bake for more than 7 hours, and the quality of this loose powder is off the charts. It’s super fine and silky which is great for baking but also as an everyday powder. Read my review on how it compared to other powders!
3. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte
USD 27 available here
What’s great about this lipstick is that it is definitely matte and long-wearing. I consider it as a lip defining moment in the beauty industry. The formula is not drying on the lips. It is light yet super pigmented that one swipe is more than enough for the full application. The colors are also so stunning!
4. Huda Beauty Demi Matte
USD 27 available here
Demi Matte is the latest product I bought from Huda Beauty and is probably what I will consider one of the best products she came up with. The formula is amazing and very easy to use. It is glossy but keeps your lips so soft and hydrated. They are also pigmented, comfortable to use, plus has menthol when you apply that gives a slightly cool tingling sensation on the lips!
5. Huda Beauty Lip Contour
USD 24 available here
I like this lip contour pencil because unlike other pencils, these are water proof and transfer proof. Combining it with liquid matte is the perfect combination as it literally stays on your lips even after a heavy meal.
6. Huda Beauty Eyelash Glue
USD 23 available here
One of the problems of putting on false eyelashes is the lashes falling off. However, with this eyelash glue, that won’t happen. Love this product so much because when you use it, false lashes definitely stay on no matter what.
7. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
USD 50 available here
I have learned to work with this #FauxFilter foundation and have appreciated its good traits, however, it is at the middle of my list because it is not very easy to use for a regular girl because of its creamy formula. If you are a professional makeup artist like me, you will love this foundation.
8. Huda Beauty Obsessions Mini Palette – Gemstone, Coral, Electric, Mauve, Smokey, Warm Brown
USD 36 available here
Whether you’re a beginner in eyeshadow application or an expert makeup artist, you will definitely be like these Obsession mini palettes. I have all of the different palette styles, and I treat them all equally. For everyday use, Warm Brown would be a good choice to start with, while Gemstone and Electric would be for someone who likes pop of color.
9. Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette – Bronze/Golden/Pink Sands
USD 57 available here
Huda Beauty Highlighters are super pigmented and this is actually a favorite of brides. The reason it’s in the middle of my list is because I do have similar highlighters from other brands that are similar in performance with this palette.
10. Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Original
Not Available – Already change to REMASTERED
When I first bought this palette I still did not have the Obsessions palette to compare it to. But once I tried the mini Obsessions palettes, I prefer those because the formula, color selection and convenience are better than this Rose Gold Original Palette. I still haven’t bought the Remastered version so I cannot vouch for that.
11. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe
USD 26 available here
I like the volumizing effect of this lipstick. The added shine effect gives your lips that contoured look. Plus, the colors are also so pretty and very feminine. However, I did not fall in love with it as much as I did with the other lip products of Huda Beauty.
12. Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Primer
USD 42 available here
The formula is light and hydrating. Although it does the job, it’s not something that’s an absolute must-have for me especially considering the price.
HOWEVER… I just bought the MATTE PERFECTION so I am not including that in my ranking because I will review it VERY SOON! Meanwhile, CHECK OUT my HUDA BEAUTY EVERYTHING Makeup Look below or DOWNLOAD HERE for the details.
All these Huda Beauty products are some of the favorite products of my clients, especially my brides. As a professional makeup artist, I make sure that I invest in excellent products like Huda Beauty so that my clients will look their best during special occasions!
If you want me to create a look for you using all these products, BOOK HERE for a professional makeup session with me.
Here’s a review of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and recommended solutions on the most common complaints found online.
Let’s face it… A lot of us Huda Beauty fans are crazy over the latest products that are coming out from her brand. I still remember the olden days when it was just the gorgeous lashes, then one by one, Huda started releasing one gem after the other. Of course, like every other fan out there, I also get myself these products to use for myself, as well as for my clients.
As a professional makeup artist, I have been exposed to a lot, and I mean a lot of makeup products. That’s why I am still super amazed whenever I discover a new product that manages to win over the old, dependable heavyweight brands. I recently experienced this when Huda Beauty released her Easy Bake Loose Powder. You can read my comparison review HERE and see how Easy Bake managed to beat all the other powders I had.
While filming that same makeup look, I used the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and I actually got several DM’s on Instagram asking me about it. Should they buy this foundation? Is it worth the money? How come there are a lot of negative reviews online?
Well, first and foremost, I believe that every woman is different. What works for one person wonderfully might fail when it comes to another. There is no one result so you really need to test it out for yourself.
But what I will do in order to help you out is relate my personal experience about this foundation by answering the common problems encountered. These are based on the many times I have used this foundation not only on myself but several of my clients as well.
Hopefully, this will help not only those deciding if they want to buy the product but also those who already bought the foundation and are having a difficult time making it work.
The Top 5 Complaints about the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and my pro tips to solve them
Complaint: The consistency is super thick and does not spread on my skin well
I believe that it’s very important to stress that the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is a CREAM foundation, and not a liquid foundation. The difference is that the consistency is thicker.
This confuses a lot of women, especially those who are used to liquid foundation because they become unsure how much product to use so they are either putting too much or too little. Based on my experience, one single pump can actually cover your entire face already and just adjust as you go along.
In terms of applying it easily on the skin, you need to prep your skin well with a primer or moisturizer in order for the product to smoothly glide into your skin. Use a primer suitable for your skin type. If this still does not work, you can use a moisturizer to mix with the foundation to make application easier for you. Be warned not to use something like Farsali, because in my personal experience, the foundation starts coming off.
Complaint: It leaves dry patches, settles on fine line and does not blur the pores
This problem is not exclusive on the #FauxFilter. I find that this problem occurs when using a cream foundation if the skin is not well exfoliated and moisturized. This is the reason why women with dry skin don’t like the #FauxFilter because they will surely face this problem especially if they do not take the time to really exfoliate and moisturize.
Another reason that can cause this problem is incorrect application techniques. If you have textured skin, fine lines and large pores, use a brush or sponge to pat product into your skin and blend carefully, instead of gliding the product into your skin. If you suffer from extra dry skin or flakiness, avoid harshly buffing the foundation in a circular motion.
Complaint: It looks cakey and heavy on the skin
The #FauxFilter is highly pigmented and gives you full coverage. These are two features that I actually love about this product. But this also means that in using the product, you don’t need too much in order to fully cover your face. Again, this is a cream foundation so if you put too much product, for sure it will look cakey.
In using this product, don’t compare it to other liquid foundation you have. Just start with a single pump and you will see that it is enough for full coverage. You can always build up and add more, but it’s harder to scale down when you already put too much.
As suggested you can also mix with a moisturizer so it will be lighter in terms of finish
Complaint: It stays wet on the skin
Again, this problem will occur if you are putting too much product on your face. Another reason is if you have super oily skin and put too much primer or moisturizer before putting on the foundation. Also, just wait a few minutes as it will dry off after some time.
Even though this foundation is supposed to be matte, it is always smart to set this foundation with a loose powder like the Easy Bake to make sure it stays on your face. This is especially important if you live in humid or warm weather countries.
Complaint: It oxidizes after two or three hours
Oxidizing of makeup is a common problem especially for people with oily skin. Oxidation occurs as the product reacts with your skin’s natural oils and the weather. This can cause makeup to look darker on your skin after a few hours.
One easy solution is to use a primer so that you have a layer between the foundation and your skin. This will form as a barrier to avoid oxidation. Make sure to use a primer that suits your skin type!
Another additional tip is also to set with a loose powder and then use a blotting tissue to keep the oils away.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
The first time I tested the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter I also thought at first that I will not like it. However, after using it for a few times, I started to appreciate how great it is.
I recommend this foundation as a FABULOUS product to use if you are planning to be photographed – like photo shoots or if you will be under a lot of lights. The full coverage is really incomparable.
If you are not someone who goes out with full coverage makeup every day, then I do not recommend this as a daily makeup. It’s more of a special occasion makeup that you want to use when you really have a lot of time to prep your skin
If you don’t like heavy or full matte coverage, then this is not for you.
Because of its formula, I have to say that it can be difficult for some women especially beginners to become comfortable in using this product as it does not act the same way as a normal liquid foundation.If you’re a makeup newbie, I have to warn you that you may need practice before nailing the right amount to use and the right way to apply this product to maximize its best qualities.
If you already have the product and are struggling with it, follow my advice above and hopefully you will start enjoying it more. I will also be happy to help you out by offering my one-on-one makeup lessons which you can avail by CONTACTING ME HERE.
In my private makeup classes, I will be able to help you choose the right products as well as teach you how to maximize these products to make you look the best version of yourself.
Again, everyone is different so what may be fabulous for you may be a faux pas for others, but do not stress because makeup is supposed to be beautiful for you to enjoy!
The Huda Beauty Easy Bake is one of the hottest makeup products this summer. It has received super rave reviews from makeup lovers all over the world. In fact, I myself loved the product very much and you can read here why I think it’s the perfect summer beauty product for every Dubai gal.
Some of my blog readers and Instagram followers however were interested to know how the Huda Beauty Easy Bake compares to all the other existing powder in the market, so the best way to know the difference is to test and compare all these products that I currently use.
Before I go into a head to head comparison, I also am showing you the side by side comparison of these powders so please note that I have specified the shade and brand so you can visually compare them. Note that I will NOT compare based on PRICING, instead will compare based on performance.
|Huda Beauty Easy Bake||Italy||$ 34 (20 grams)||8|
|Ben Nye Luxury Powder||USA||$ 16.50 (42 grams)||6|
|Chanel Poudre Universal Libre||France||$ 52 (30 grams)||3|
|Kryolan Fixing Powder||Berlin||$ 16.50 (20 grams)||12|
|Laura Mercier Translucent Powder||USA||$ 38 (28 grams)||2|
|Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder||Italy||$ 44 (8 GRAMS)||3|
Ben Nye Luxury Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake
Since I have the Huda Beauty Banana Bread, I have compared this to the Ben Nye Banana Powder. The Ben Nye is quite popular and have been used by Kim Kardashian as well as Huda Kattan herself for baking.
The Ben Nye Banana powder is much yellower than the Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s Banana Bread version. Huda Beauty is also much softer and silkier and has very tiny shiny particles. Although both powders are matte finish, Ben Nye is more matte, while Huda Beauty still gives that very, very slight reflective effect.
In terms of being long wearing, these two are almost the same as I have both use them for many hours without fail. However, in terms of appearance, Huda Beauty looks more like skin and feels light as air when applied.
WINNER: Huda Beauty Easy Bake
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake
The Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre is one of my favorite powders so it was interesting for me to compare it side by side with Huda Beauty Easy Bake.
While applying both, I felt that both had silky smooth texture, both also had light reflective pigments, and both had a slight fragrance, although Huda Beauty is a little more “perfumey” than Chanel.
Chanel did have a peachy tone which is slightly darker In effect than Huda Beauty. However, aside from the color tone difference, both products were so close to determine a winner as the finished looks are almost identical!
WINNER: It’s a Tie!
Kryolan Fixing Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake
The Kryolan Derma Color Waterproof Fixing Powder is used by a lot of makeup artists especially if they want to really set makeup and make it smudge and sweat proof. This is actually available in 12 different shades, more than Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s 8 shades.
After applying the Kryolan Fixing Powder P3 shade however side by side by Huda Beauty Easy Bake, there were noticeable differences. First, the tone of Kryolan has a more pinkish tone. Second, Huda Beauty looked more natural and skin like while with Kryolan, it really looked that I added makeup on top of my foundation. The Kryolan also felt drier after some time on the skin compared to Huda Beauty.
WINNER: Kryolan wins on the number of shades with 12 but in terms of application, Huda Beauty takes the trophy.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake
This is probably one of the most anticipated comparison as Laura Mercier is a favorite by a lot of women. What I noticed is that Huda Beauty Easy Bake is a lot silkier than Laura Mercier but Laura Mercier is more matte. Although Huda Beauty is matte , it still gives a luminous effect.
Also since the Huda Beauty Easy Bake has a shade, it can color correct especially under your eyes, unlike Laura Mercier which just absorbs the color of your foundation.
The side by side comparison do not look very far apart BUT Huda Beauty edges out Laura Mercier in terms of being long-wearing. In my past experience, Laura Mercier is good but cannot last all day, unlike Huda Beauty which I tested recently for 7 hours and is very long wearing.
WINNER: Huda Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder vs Huda Beauty Easy Bake
The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish is an award winning powder and is very well known for its lightness. It is in compact form so it is actually more convenient to carry. I have a really good experience using this as a setting powder for a year now so I thought it was a great idea to test the Charlotte Tilbury #2 for medium skin tone against the Huda Beauty Easy Bake.
In terms of look, Charlotte Tilbury has no reflective particles and was more luminous in finish giving you a blurred look. But what really surprised me though is that when I used it side by side with Huda Beauty Easy Bake, Huda Beauty was much lighter in feeling and application than Charlotte Tilbury!
WINNER: I was almost sure that Charlotte will win over Huda here but boy was I wrong! Huda Beauty wins again!
Most of you might have heard that I am holding my very first “Farah Makeup and Hair Masterclass” at the Galerie Hindam in Citywalk 2 Dubai on Friday, the 13th of July at 6PM. Everyone and I mean everyone is invited but make sure that you book your slot right HERE to make sure you don’t miss it. The best part about this class is that it is sponsored by Galerie Hindam so access is absolutely FREE.
The theme for the masterclass is about “Dubai Weather-proof Makeup Techniques”. I felt that this topic is very relevant because the weather now in the UAE is scorching hot and a lot of us ladies struggle with still looking fresh and beautiful during this weather. My class will cover tips and tricks you can apply which will be really useful.
In this blog post, I would like to give every one of you some useful tips on how to maximize your time when attending a masterclass. This does not only apply to my masterclass but also to other masterclasses in general. I myself have attended a lot of masterclasses like Makeup by Mario and Georgie Kyot so I feel that if you have these insider info beforehand then these will really help you learn a lot during the class.
A lot of masterclass attendees take pictures, videos or record the audio of the masterclass. But I feel that the best way is still take notes of the information most useful to you. Don’t write everything that you are not focusing on the demo anymore, instead, only note down the most important info by putting in keywords. I feel this is more effective than recording the whole thing because it will make you remember the essential parts of the class.
If there is an opportunity for you to ask questions, then do it. Do not be shy. This is your chance to get the insights of a professional artist and learn beauty secrets. Sometimes, the information you need may not be presented unless you ask about it specifically.
Get product recommendations and test out what you learned
This is a great opportunity to ask the makeup professional about specific product names and recommendations. After all, the best way to test out what you have learned from the masterclass is to practice this on your own. A good tip is bringing extra cash with you to shop for recommended products in case you do not have these at home. It can be frustrating for example to learn a new makeup trick, but you cannot try it out because you don’t have that product with you.
Another option is saving up for a more comprehensive beauty makeup shopping tour in order to buy your products in bulk.
Step-up your learning
Masterclasses are a great way to expand your beauty knowledge and they are also a great way to learn more about more comprehensive classes offered by the makeup professional and get a great deal.
If you’re attending a FREE masterclass such as the one I am hosting on Friday, don’t forget to inquire about future opportunities to learn. If you want a more comprehensive, personalized lesson, then ASK ME about my exclusive VIP makeup courses. I will be offering a special discount to all the masterclass attendees so if you feel you can’t get enough of beauty, then you must sign up!
See you all on Friday the 13th of July, 2018; Galerie Hindam, Citywalk 2 Dubai.
The latest makeup creation from Huda Boss herself is the hottest summer beauty product every Dubai gal must get! Inspired by yummy dessert flavors, the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is a luxurious loose powder that aims to give you that airbrushed finish.
Of course, I had to battle the online crowd and add this to my Sephora shopping cart. At 174 AED, you may think that it’s expensive, but once you try it, I’m sure you’ll start to wonder how you’ve ever survived Dubai summer without this!
Here are the reasons why!
Available in 8 shades
Unlike other loose powders that are only available in a few shades, Huda included 8 different shades. This really takes into account the diversity of women’s skin color, especially here in Dubai where you can find more than a hundred nationalities!
Sugar Cookie, Cupcake, Pound Cake, Banana Bread, Blondie, Kunafa, Cinnamon Bun and Coffee Cake are the 8 shades that can suitably complement different skin tones and foundation shades.
I love the inclusion of the Middle Eastern dessert Kunafa but it was a bit too dark for me so I personally got the Banana Bread which has a yellowish, golden undertone.
If you’ve spent even a few weeks under the Dubai summer sun, then you can understand that sometimes even the most hardworking matte foundation can crack under the extreme heat. Without the use of setting powders, your face can look cakey and even greasy.
The Huda Beauty Easy Bake gives you a matte finish but still has that skin-looking luminous effect, so there’s no fear of looking oilier in the process. Huda understands that when we mean matte, we still want to look natural.
Super Fine Texture
The super fine and creamy texture of the Huda Beauty Easy Bake locks in your foundation or concealer. It is also pigmented so it minimizes the appearance of pores. You will definitely look airbrushed by using this.
The Easy Bake is said to last for up to 10 hours, fade proof. Being a Dubai mainstay herself, I’m super sure Huda took into account Dubai’s 45 C degree weather to keep you shine free!
I have tested it for 7 Hours straight outside in the Dubai weather, I can say that it does hold quite well. I even applied it while in the car! After 7 hours, it was a success, still smooth , shine free and no lines or cracks!
Unlike other bulky loose powders, the packaging of the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is so compact. The rectangular packaging makes it easier to fit into any makeup case. It is travel friendly so you can have it on the go if ever you need to do make up in the car.
The Huda Beauty Easy Bake is available online on Sephora but stocks are almost out. As of writing only the 3 darkest shades are available for online ordering so you better get your shopping cart ready for the restock!
Meanwhile, I thought it would be fun to include an edible #EasyBake Banana Bread Recipe that you can actually eat and bake yourself!
WARNING: The recipe below is designed for actual baking and eating, not for your face!
Farah’s Easy Bake Banana Bread Recipe
4 Super ripe bananas (almost black)
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
Mash the bananas and set aside.
Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the vegetable oil, and water. Slowly combine the flour mixture and the mashed bananas and mix well.
Place on a bread loaf pan and bake on a preheated oven (190 degrees Celsius) for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes clean in the middle.
EAT AND ENJOY!
When we hear the term “drugstore makeup”, there is the impression that they can be less effective because of their affordable prices. However, it is interesting to note that even the most beautiful celebrities around the world use drugstore makeup products.
So yes, it is possible to rock that stunning makeup look using makeup brands you can buy from your corner pharmacy! Here are some of your fave celebs and their go-to brands.
Deepi was launched as L’Oréal’s Global Ambassador in 2017 and she definitely looks awesome in all her makeup looks. In another Cannes photoshoot in 2018 called “Summer Escape” the Bollywood actress used a variety of L’Oréal makeup products for a casual yet trendy look.
The products include:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in 304 Rebel Rose, Brow Genius Kit, Infallible 24H Foundation and Volume Million Lashes Mascara.
The newly minted Duchess of Sussex has amassed millions of beauty fans all around the world. Although she uses high end brands like MAC, Giorgio Armani, Charlotte Tilbury and La Mer, you’ll love to know that her go-to mascara brand is a drugstore find.
Meghan uses the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara. Meghan Markle’s former makeup artist revealed that Meghan introduced her to this product which is super hydrating and great for both volume and lengthening.
Let’s go to one of Meghan’s close friends who is a global superstar at her own right!
This Bollywood turned Hollywood sensation is also a fan of designer beauty brands but one product that she uses can be bought in drugstores.
Priyanka revealed that she uses Bio-Oil to moisturize her body which is great for dry and blemish free skin.
During her recent Coachella concert, Beyonce’s makeup artist Sir John revealed that he used drugstore makeup products on this fabulous diva! Sir John used the L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara to give Queen Bey a smoldering gaze and swiped the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick for a nude yet long wearing lip effect.
This Bollywood sweetheart has a minimalistic approach to beauty. Alia said she is inspired by her mother’s simplistic take on beauty. She also shared that the best beauty advice she was given by a close makeup artist friend is “Less is more.”
However, in the same interview, she name-dropped the Maybelline BB Cream which she prefers over foundation for a lighter flawless finish.
Kim Kardashian West
KKW already has her own makeup line and with her sister Kylie having a cosmetics empire too, you may be wondering …what is she doing buying drugstore products.
Well the answer is makeup wipes! The reality star turned beauty mogul revealed in her app that she uses a drugstore product to remove all traces of makeup.
The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes.
Kim confided that she loves how soothing these are, plus they wipe off every least bit of makeup so your skin feels so clean.
Should You Use Drugstore Makeup?
Drugstore makeup products have their pros and cons. I personally prefer high-end brands especially for my bridal clients who need to have a long wearing makeup look.
However, for every day daily wear, drugstore makeup can be really amazing. Some of my personal drugstore makeup brands that I use myself are Maybelline, L’Oreal, Rimmel, Nyx and Max Factor.
All you need to do is learn the PROPER APPLICATION TECHNIQUES in order to maximize these products. CONTACT ME today so I can tell you all about my VIP makeup classes which can help you step up your beauty game.
Makeup has become a big part of every woman’s personal care routine. Even those who are not cosmetic lovers use pressed powder, lipstick or blush. Even as young girls, we play with our mom’s makeup and a lot of us dream of owning our own makeup kit as we grow older.
For me, makeup is an art and a confidence booster. I do not consider it as a mask, rather, I believe that it is an enhancement tool that brings out the best in every woman.
It gives us women a good hearted feeling, making us ready to face the world. This is why I think that it is also important for a woman like you to learn correct application techniques. This is to ensure that you are able to use makeup the best way possible, highlighting your best features instead of hiding them.
So, are you one of these women who needs a lesson from a professional Dubai makeup artist like me?
1. The Career Woman
The career woman needs to learn makeup techniques that can make her look more self-confident, exude power yet still look relaxed in the corporate world. If you are in a working environment, I can teach you appropriate office – friendly looks that can still make an impact.
2. The Stay-At-Home Mom
Being a housewife is not an excuse to let go and not take care of yourself. Learning correct application procedures can save moms like you a lot of time in your hectic schedule, so you can look beautiful in a flash.
3. The Student
Younger women are more experimental and love following Instagram makeup trends. However, if you are one of these ladies, to be able to effectively pull off these trendy looks, you need to learn the makeup fundamentals first.
4. The Public Personality
If your job requires you to always be under the public eye, it’s a good idea to learn how to put makeup yourself. This way, you know what to do in case of emergencies.
5. The Budding Makeup Artist
If you are interested in becoming a makeup artist by profession, it is a great option to book a personal makeup course where you can totally relax and not be intimidated. You can ask all the questions you want, and I will even impart some industry inside tips that will help you jumpstart your career.
With various YouTube tutorials, Instagram videos and blogs available online that offer advice on makeup application, you may be wondering why I still believe that every woman should still invest in herself and attend in a makeup session given by a professional.
The difference with a tutorial is that usually, the speaker on the video is more focused on showing how she achieved a certain look, listing down the products she likes best, and concentrated on looking her best on the video to attract more viewers.
On the other hand, a professional makeup artist like me is more focused on YOU. In my classes, I focus on my clients. If you are my client and you are learning from me then you are the star, not me. I teach you how to create the perfect look so you can become the best version of yourself.
Book a session today and take advantage of my limited time special offer.
In This Blog: Free Downloadable Product List for Every Look!
Summer is here and a lot of Dubai residents are planning their vacation trips to escape the desert heat. With social media like Instagram and Facebook, it’s so much more essential to look our best when taking that #travelselfie! After all, great photographs create beautiful, unforgettable memories.
So Dubai ladies, for this week’s blog, I thought to share some makeup look suggestions depending on your travel itinerary! Each recommended look comes with a FREE downloadable PDF shopping list so you will not second-guess what to bring and you don’t need to bring a lot of products.
If still in doubt, don’t worry because I do offer my personalized Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour where I can help you shop for products that will suit you best and not waste time & money.
City Sightseeing Tours
If you’re planning to go on a city sightseeing tour like Istanbul, Paris, or Kuala Lumpur…then I recommend going with an elegant, sophisticated look to match the metropolis vibe.
Keep your look stylish and uncomplicated with flawless skin makeup and a classy red lip. Use a heavy duty concealer and foundation to keep your face impeccable. I recommend using a long-lasting liquid lipstick, like the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, so you wouldn’t need to worry about retouching, and just enjoy the sights.
To achieve this look, download here.
Going on a tropical beach vacation is one of the favorites of Dubai residents. I understand that when you are at the beach, you can feel confused about what type of makeup look to do. It can be inconvenient to bring a lot of makeup products and do a full face makeup but still, you don’t want to look like a drowned rat in your beach photos.
One lovely makeup look I recommend is going for the sun-kissed summer glow by using shimmer. You can achieve this with my Coral Obsessions look which you can download here . I love it coz this look reminds me of pink and orange beach sunsets!
The great thing about this is I used one product, the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions mini-palette for my eyes as eyeshadow, on my cheeks as highlighter and on my lips as added shimmer. This can save you a lot of space in your travel case, and also help you achieve that sunset-inspired look.
If you’re going on a mountain hike or a safari, I recommend going for a more natural, classic glow like this look which you can download here.
My favorite part of this look is the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Highlighter which can perfectly glimmer in the outdoors sun! The look itself is very simple but for sure, you will get that natural glow in your photos.
Planning to spend your vacation onboard a cruise ship? This is also a great travel option especially for a lot of older couples who prefer the laid-back relaxation this kind of trip offers.
Cruise ships often offers different variety of activities. You can lounge by the pool, enjoy the chic restaurants and entertainment onboard, or go on walking tours in the island stopovers. What I recommend then is going for a versatile look that can work for different occasions like this Gemstone Obsessions makeup look.
I chose a nude lip color to complement the emerald eye shadow which kept the look unique but still tasteful. You can find the product list download here.
Family vacations with the little ones are always enjoyable! The travel usually involves theme parks like Disneyland, carnivals, or children parks.
For going to these places, let out the kid inside of you by experimenting with color. Don’t worry, using colorful makeup can work without making you look like a confused unicorn.
There is a way to still look playful yet mature. In this look you can download here, you will see how I combined together VERY colorful products like the Etude House Wonder Fun Park, Play 101 sticks and the Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife highlighter.
Before You Board!
Travelling is such a fun experience especially when you’re with your loved ones. Looking your best should not add to your worries so make sure you pre-plan the makeup products you need to bring and learn how to apply your own makeup efficiently. The good news is, I do offer exclusive makeup lessons to my VIP followers. The lessons include learning how to smartly use products and apply makeup competently so the next time you’re on your trip, you will look flawless and amazing! CONTACT ME to learn more about how you can partake in the VIP MAKEUP COURSE!
And if YOU ARE TRAVELING to Dubai very soon and need a personal consultation session , I can help you find the best deals on makeup and beauty products in the city with my Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour! No need to waste precious vacation time and money because I will make it so much easier for you!
Safe & Lovely travels!
Too many makeup products, so little time and space! The massive quantity of makeup available in the market can make you confused on what to buy. As a professional makeup artist, I am guilty of product hoarding myself. Well, this is because I often use these products for my many different clients.
But for daily makeup use, I can understand that it can be chaotic having multiple products you do not even use. This is the reason I often get asked by my friends and even my clients about what makeup products they should buy and really, it can be different depending on your lifestyle and your preference.
However, I can recommend a very basic skeleton set for you. My advice is to first check what you already have, pick your favorites to keep, and buy the ones you do not have.
BASIC MAKEUP KIT MUST-HAVES
One of the golden rule of makeup is prepping your skin. This is to avoid dry flaky canvas for your skin makeup. Make sure to use a moisturizer or primer. You do not need to buy an expensive one.
Foundation comes in liquid, powder, cream or mousse form. The right shade can help you look flawless.
If you have dark circles and uneven skin tone, getting a great concealer is a good option to hide the discoloration.
Powder is essential to mattify your skin and not look greasy. It also locks in your makeup
Choosing and applying proper skin makeup can be tricky. I know that it is not easy to know what type and shade of foundation and concealer to choose to fit your skin type. It can also be hard to achieve a smooth, flawless finish. This is why skin makeup is one of the things I prioritize in my VIP makeup course so I can help women like you to achieve proper makeup application.
Even if you seldom wear makeup, you will surely have a lipstick lying around the house. Choose to have a nude/pink shade and a brighter red shade to fit the occasion.
Blush is a great way to add color to your cheeks. Choosing between powder or cream blush will depend on your skin type.
Highlighter / Bronzer
Highlighters and bronzers used to be optional makeup products but for me, they are super important to add that extra oomph!
Eyebrow Pencil / Powder
Choose a color one shade lighter than your eyebrow color. Pencils are better for beginners while powders and pomades are great if you have a steady, more experienced hand.
If you can have one mascara, buy a waterproof one that you can wear day or night.
Lots of Dubai women love their kohl eyeliners to add drama to the yes. You can also get a soft pencil or if you are more practiced, a liquid eyeliner for a cat eye is a basic requirement.
If you are not much of an eyeshadow expert, start with a basic warm brown or smokey palette which can be versatile for the office and formal events.
TOOLS & EXTRAS
Beauty Blender / Sponge
I prefer a beauty blender but a cheaper option is a soft sponge you can buy in discount stores. This is good for putting foundation especially if you have large pores.
This can be used for applying, blush, powder and highlighters.
Investing in a good quality brush makes it easier to pick up pigment from the eyeshadow and transfer on your skin. I teach my VIP makeup course students the right eyeshadow brush to buy and use for their needs.
Don’t forget an effective makeup remover as well. Here’s my LIST of my favorite makeup removers available in UAE.
Don’t forget my downloadable PDF Checklist with my recommendations!
If you’re new to Dubai and you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. I am available to give you my professional advice. You don’t need to fear the beauty bar sales ladies who oversell products you don’t need and you don’t need to go to super expensive makeup stores. I will help you invest in good quality makeup and even give some helpful application tips!
My DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR* is a personal makeup shopping consultation session which includes a meet-up at one of the major malls in UAE that is convenient to you. It will last a minimum of 90 minutes where I guide you to the must-visit stores. You might also get surprise discounts from high end brands especially from me. The service is very exclusive and unique, for only USD100. Book Here for a session!
*You have to bring your own shopping money as tour does NOT include products.It will include me taking and touring you at the stores.
I always enjoy weddings, especially because as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, the brides spend the few hours before their wedding events with me so, I often form a personal connection with my brides. I love hearing these wonderful love stories and become witness to such lovely ceremonies and events. One of my brides who definitely had a wonderful story was Harleen.
Harleen and her groom are based in Canada and planned a destination wedding in Dubai. It’s amazing how she was able to pull off such lovely wedding events even if she is not locally based in UAE. Read on about her inspiring wedding journey.
Harleen & Maninder’s 2018 Dubai Destination Wedding
How It All Started
Harleen & Maninder: We’ve known each other since our childhood and we never really thought that we will ever be married to each other. After 10 years of not seeing each other, we met again on July 4, 2016 at Harleen’s brother’s marriage in Vancouver. There was an instant magical connection. This was the start of our beautiful journey.
Harleen & Maninder: We connected on social media and then after about 6 months, we met again in Toronto. We went to multiple dates. We enjoyed each other’s company.
We are both travel enthusiasts. We appreciate the simple and most important things about each other. Our world is complete when we have each other.
Harleen : On October 15, 2017, we got engaged. Maninder popped the question at Banff, Canada and I said YES! It was a very loving feeling as we were going to start a new beginning.
The Wedding Planning
Harleen & Maninder: Our wedding date was set on February 11, 2018. We chose Dubai to be the location for our wedding events. My husband and I planned our entire wedding. We handled every single detail. We were happy and at same time scared too that all the things will go as planned in Dubai as it was completely different destination for us. Dubai was unforgettable. The reason we chose Dubai was probably because of Atlantis the Palm, as the location is very beautiful.
The Wedding Events
Harleen & Maninder: Our Punjabi style Shagun ceremony was at Hotel Al Barsha. Our Sangeet was held at a beautiful dhow cruise with a Bollywood theme.
The Wedding ceremony is traditional Punjabi style was at Nanak Darbar Gurduwara Dubai.
Lastly, our reception was Arabic inspired which was held at the magnificent Atlantis The Palm.
Harleen : I searched for Farah on Instagram and YouTube. I really liked her flawless makeup style. I was very comfortable working with Farah and I really loved my makeup for both events. Farah is really talented. I loved when she also gave me honest suggestion on my jewelry.For wedding, I wanted a traditional style and for the reception I trusted Farah.
For wedding, she created Indian style bride. I loved the eye makeup and the makeup was good throughout the day.
For reception, it was Arabic style. It was different for me but I liked it as it went with my destination. My family loved the makeup especially my mom as she always dreamed of seeing me as bride and her opinion always mattered to me.
I hope you enjoyed Harleen’s destination wedding story. I love how even from afar, she was able to plan her wedding and get amazing results.
Of course, it is important to ensure that like her, only deal with professional suppliers so you will not be disappointed. If you want to chat about the process of hiring me as your makeup artist and hairstylist for your Dubai Destination Wedding, just MESSAGE ME and let’s chat!
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. There are a lot of beauty advice and beauty treatments that it can become confusing. What do you really need? What will really make a difference? Read on below for my personal tips!
The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Guide for Dubai Weddings
1. Facial Skin Care Routine
You have to start a disciplined facial skin routine ideally 6 months before the wedding, or at least 3 months if you don’t have much time. If you have less time, then start right now!
The formula is simple: Exfoliate once a week, then follow a cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize twice a day! MOST IMPORTANT is to always put sunblock on your face, neck and hands before going out and when going wedding shopping to protect your skin from sun damage.
The products do not need to be expensive as long as you are dedicated in following a routine. Just look how these affordable two products SHOCKINGLY changed my skin in just 90 days.
2. Professional Beauty Treatments
If you have the budget for lasers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, then do this 3-6 months before the wedding date because you do not want to risk redness or inflammation caused by these treatments. Schedule a hydrating, cleansing, mild facial one week before the wedding to get rid of the last-minute blackheads and get that glow
3. Hair Care
Oil your hair at least once a week to get it soft and smooth. Avoid trying a new haircut and treatment that may spell disaster!
If you are coloring your hair, do it two months prior, and make sure to schedule a roots appointment one week before the wedding.
You can also do your own DIY Protein treatment at home with this super simple Avocado Protein Hair Mask with Oil
4. Hair Removal
Depending on the method you want to remove your hair, you will need to follow a different timeline. Professional laser hair removal for example needs you to start consulting 2-3 months before the wedding date.
If you are going for waxing, the last wax session has to be at least 4 days before the wedding date. Why? This leaves enough time for your skin to calm down so you don’t have last minute redness, but at the same time, hair will not regrow.
I strongly don’t recommend shaving for this particular occasion as you may get regrowth in 24 hours and will be too much hassle.
5. Dental Care
Teeth whitening is one good option to get a perfect smile but do it one month prior to the big day so your teeth can look natural and not TOO white.
For veneers or other more complex treatments, this can be done 3 months before so you’re not stressed on time.
6. Makeup Artist and Hairstylist
Schedule this at least 3 months before the wedding or earlier to make sure you reserve your date! I encounter lot of brides who may be disappointed because I am already booked on their preferred date. So, if you already have a wedding date, MESSAGE ME now so I can pencil you into my calendar!
7. Mani and Pedi
You don’t want your nails to chip even before your big day. My personal recommendation is doing this 2 days before the wedding, not earlier than that. Also get a matching polish in case of emergency on your wedding day.
It is also useful to learn how to maintain your nails as you won’t have enough time post-wedding.
8. Massage and Body Treatments
You want to be relaxed and super chill on your wedding day so it is a good idea to schedule this 1-2 days before. If you are staying in a hotel, schedule this with the hotel’s spa a day before for a super lovely experience.
9. Have Lots of Water and Sleep
If you are the type who does not sleep the required 7-8 hours and drink at least 8 glasses of H20, then better start now. Believe me, this simple change will make so much difference to your skin and hair!
10. Diet and Exercise
I am not a believer of fad diets, my advice is if you need to lose weight, just cut down on eating carbs like sugar, rice, bread, and pasta. Also cut down on desserts, oily food and junk, processed food. If you stick to a healthy vegetable and protein diet plus 1 hour of cardio for at least three months… you will surely lose that muffin top. (And your skin will look so much better!)
And BONUS tip…Smile!
A smile can do wonders for your face. Just enjoy your experience and chill! Do not stress out and you will automatically radiate a positive glow and aura!
Best wishes on your wedding and I really hope I can be part of it! Message me here to chat!
Oh, and don’t forget to DOWNLOAD my Bridal Beauty Wedding Day Survival Kit
In my last post, I discussed the top essential items for every Dubai bride, but this week what I will share are the stuff that brides usually forgets.
As a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, I have been witness to a lot of Dubai and UAE weddings. Being very close to the bride during the event, I have seen every imaginable disaster a bride may encounter especially the things they usually forget.
So, I will make it so much easier if YOU are a bride because this is a very comprehensive list of what you should not forget.
PLUS BONUS: Read the post and see below for FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of my “Bride’s Ultimate Packing List – What NOT to forget on your wedding day! “
- Makeup Remover
This is very important because you need a good quality makeup remover to make sure your face is clean and free of product before you sleep. Here are my recommended best makeup removers available in the UAE.
- Skincare Kit including sunscreen
- Makeup Kit
Do not forget skincare kit including toner, moisturizer and serums. Also, even if you are hiring a makeup artist, bring your daily makeup kit of your own that you can use the following day.
If you are staying in a hotel, they have these small combs that cannot even fix your fringe so better to bring your own hair comb or brush. Also ask your makeup artist for the best way to remove your hairstyle after the ceremony.
Do not bring the whole bottle of perfume. Put a small amount in a small atomizer or if you have a travel sized one, that’s better. This is especially if you are travelling as airport regulations don’t allow big bottles in carry on luggage.
- Matching Nail Polish and Remover
Get a matching color of the nail polish of your manicure just in case there is an accidental chip during the event.
An all-inclusive hotel may have toiletries, but it is advisable to bring your brands especially if you have sensitive skin. Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to also pack extra for your groom! He will appreciate it!
- Hair Products
- Dental Kit
- Blow dryer
- Clothes, Shoes, Undergarments, Sleepwear
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, traveling for your honeymoon or staying in your new house, pack your clothes in advance as you will not have time to come back to the house and worry about this after the wedding. Do not over pack, but make sure you bring different outfits on your different events.
Splurge in extra nice brand-new sleepwear and undergarments. It does not necessarily need to be super expensive or lacy if you’re not comfortable with this. You must choose something with good quality, with soft fabric and something that fits well. Your honeymoon is not the time to wear your brother’s hand me down T-shirts and basketball shorts.
Also bring extra pair of everyday shoes/ sandals for the next day. Believe me, I’ve heard stories of brides who forgot to bring casual shoes and had to go to breakfast in their hotel slippers or wedding shoes!
If the hotel has a pool or Jacuzzi, swimwear will come handy.
- Empty Duffel Bags / Garment Bags
- Jewelry Travel Bag
Extra bags are always useful. Instead of bulky luggage, opt for foldable duffle bags or garment bags.
These are things that you may always think are obvious, but you may be surprised that a lot of people forget them! Identification cards, passports and travel documents must be kept in a safe place. You can ask your groom to safe keep the documents with you so both your docs are in same place and you can keep in the hotel safe. Credit cards are advisable but make sure to also bring cash. Smaller bills are also great for tipping.
- ID and Passport
- Credit Cards
- Hotel Reservations
- Vendor Contracts
- Travel Documents
- Camera and Charger
- Phone Chargers
- USB Drive
- Ziploc Bags
JUST IN CASE
These are some items you should consider bringing in case of emergencies. Most are self explanatory, but I want to highlight the need to bring a snack like an energy bar or chocolate bar. Some brides forget to eat and may feel super hungry and may need an energy boost! It is not a very healthy choice but it is much easier to eat for the bride than fruit or a sandwich that may be messy and stain your dress.
- Paracetamol / Aspirin
- Energy Bar/ Chocolate Bar
- Mini- Sewing Kit with Extra Buttons
- Tissues, Cotton Buds, Wet Towels
I know there is so much to think of if you are a bride, so you need to be extra relaxed and confident on your wedding day. Do not let the stress get to you but if you cannot avoid it, don’t worry, that is why I’m here! As an expert in wedding makeup and hair, I am here to make sure you still look flawless and naturally radiant.
Message me now and let’s chat about your big day!
Oh, and by the way, Here’s your BONUS:
After getting engaged, it is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the wedding preparations. The planning of the wedding usually falls on the bride so even if she hires a wedding coordinator, it is indeed a very huge task.
If you are a soon to be bride, there are many things to plan for: the wedding venues, guest list, wedding rings, food and beverage, cake, flowers, photographers, video team, transportation and so much more. Because of all these, you might forget the most important part of the wedding which is YOURSELF.
So let me make it easier and share with you a list of 10 Wedding Essentials for Every Dubai Bride
1.The Wedding Dress
Every culture has a different tradition on the type of dress to wear but whatever style you choose, my advice is to keep it as a timeless, classic piece and make sure it fits you well.
In choosing a design, reflect if ten or twenty years from now, the dress will still look beautiful and not just because it is trendy or a popular celebrity wore it. One great example is the minimalistic Givenchy dress Prince Harry’s new bride, Hollywood actress Meghan Markle wore at her wedding. It is very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and very classy.
For South Asian brides, choose colors and designs suitable to your skin tone and body type. Even if you have the most expensive fabric and the most popular designer, if the dress does not fit you well, it will not look good in the photos.
After choosing the perfect dress, you have to find the perfect shoes. Do not buy the shoes before buying the dress because that will only create a lot of shopping headaches for you.Again, go for the classic designs and choose a heel not less than two inches. The added height will certainly make you look more statuesque in pictures. However, do not force to walk on 5 inch heels unless you are used to these type of shoes. You will only look uncomfortable and your feet will not thank you at all.
Also consider the venue, like if you are having a wedding on the sandy beach, consider a square heel rather than a pointed heel so you don’t sink on the sand.
A great tip is for you to try to find a comfortable pair of flat shoes or slippers that you can change into during the party.
Accessories will include your veil, head piece and jewelry. Whether you have heirloom jewelry from your family or if you need to buy new pieces, you need to make sure to try these accessories prior to the wedding day.
For Arab and South Asian brides, these headpieces and jewelry can be very heavy so you need to get used to the weight and adjust as required.
4. Makeup Artist and Hairstylist
After you wedding outfit, I believe that this is the most important element a bride should consider on her wedding day. I do understand that brides want to get value and discounts because a wedding can be expensive, however, I believe that spending for a professional makeup artist and hairstylist is so important. I listed down the reasons here on why a Dubai bride should hire one.
On your wedding day, all eyes are on YOU so as a professional artist I can help you make sure that your hair and makeup are flawless and exquisite on your big day.
5. Lingerie and Hosiery
A lot of brides get too much preoccupied with their wedding dress that they forget about the appropriate undergarments to wear. This is very important because there are certain fabrics and dress styles that will not look good without the correct type of undergarments. You do not want straps or seams to show on your wedding so make sure you spend time to shop for the correct lingerie.
6. Skincare Routine
To have amazing, beautiful skin on your wedding day, make sure to start your routine at the very least 3 months before the big day, or longer if you can. This includes facial treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels, whitening treatments, among others.
NEVER avail a treatment very close to your wedding day because these treatments and medicines can cause redness , peeling or drying effect as your skin still adjust to their effectiveness. Doing these very close to your wedding day can be risky. Make sure you allot enough time.
Weeks before the wedding, make sure you (and your groom) get enough sleep and drink lots of water so you will look fresh and hydrated.
7. Manicure and Pedicure
Schedule a professional manicure and pedicure at least 1-2 days before your wedding. Avoid scheduling this on the same day so it will not add to the schedule and you will not be worrying about your nail polish not drying on time.
8. Bridal Purse with Emergency items
Many, many years ago before the invention of smartphones and SnapChat, brides walk down the aisle with only their flowers and nothing else. However, the modern bride has to think in advance where she should keep her phone and wallet during the party. Some brides leave these at the hotel room but for brides who cannot be parted with their gadgets, a small matching purse can be useful.
During the ceremony, assign one of your bridesmaids to hold this for you and only retrieve it at the party. The purse should be of the same colour theme as your dress. This is also extra useful especially if you have wedding guests who give you cash gifts, cheques or gift cards during the party.
What to put inside: Smartphone, Credit Card/Cash for emergencies, Paracetamol for headaches, tissues, retouch kit, mints and hand sanitizer.
9. Overnight/Honeymoon Bag
Because of all the wedding craziness, some brides forget that they are not coming home to their own house after the wedding. If you’re staying in a hotel for the night, prepare an overnight bag or if you are going straight to your honeymoon then pack your travel luggage in advance so you are not stressing about it after the wedding. Make sure to plan ahead what to put inside. OR BETTER YET, WATCH OUT FOR MY NEXT POST ON THE FREE PACKING LIST!
10. Extra, empty garment bags, shopping bags, or luggage.
Don’t you ever wonder why your clothes and shoes do not seem to fit your bags and luggage after you’ve already used them? Don’t forget to bring bags where you can comfortably store your wedding dress and shoes. Bring your jewelry bag to store your jewelry and don’t forget to put in the hotel safe. Empty bags and luggage will also be useful to store wedding gifts and favors you may receive during the wedding party.
Ask a family member to keep these for you if you’re traveling immediately after the wedding.
Having been in countless of weddings, I believe that the most relaxed brides are those who are prepared and who are confident during the wedding day. Let me help you avoid that stress by crafting a bridal look that will make your Dubai wedding super memorable. Don’t hesitate to ask me some questions about your dream makeup look. Message me today and let’s chat!
Having wonderful wedding photographs is very important for your Dubai wedding because they are the visual reminder of this beautiful day for years to come. After working in a lot of weddings and photographers, here are some tips I gathered from my own observation and professional photographers so you can look amazing in your wedding photos.
1. Try and test your outfit for comfort
Make sure to that your dress fits well, that you can walk properly in your shoes and that you try on any accessories beforehand.
For South Asian brides, make sure you try on the jewelry because earring, bangles, matha patti (headpieces) and other accessories can be really heavy so you have to get used to the feel of wearing them. This way you can make necessary adjustments so there will be no unwanted surprises.If you look uncomfortable during your wedding day because of your outfit, even the tiny stress will show on camera.
Another BONUS Tip: Keep an extra pair of flip flops or flat slippers to rest your tired feet. Don’t worry it won’t show under your dress.
2. Relax but don’t slouch
Just relax to avoid looking stiff in the photos.Do not worry too much about posing correctly or what angle you should face the camera to look better. Relax your shoulders, your face, and your hands. However, you should also be aware that you’re not slouching your back. Weeks prior to the wedding, practice having your back straight so the habit comes naturally on the big day.
3. Don’t force your smile, laugh out loud instead
Your wedding day can be long and stressful so I understand that even if people around you say “smile naturally”, it is not always easy to smile endlessly the entire day.
One great tip from a friend who work on TV is that instead of forcing a smile, try laughing out loud for a few seconds even if you’re not laughing at anything. It might sound ridiculous but it will feel really crazy that you will start genuinely laughing at yourself for real! That will instantly bring a different energy to your face so that when you try smiling again for the camera, there will definitely be a different sparkle in your eyes.
4. Enjoy every single moment
The best wedding photos are the candid, unguarded moments captured by the photographer. This can only be effective if you immerse yourself in the moment and feel the genuine range of emotions you feel without being overtly conscious.
Even when the photographer asks you to pose by the beach for example, instead of just standing and posing, why don’t you really take pleasure in walking hand in hand with the love of your life? This way when you look back at the photo, it will not be about how hot the weather is or how difficult it was to pose, rather, it will be a memory of that lovely afternoon at the beach with your groom. Remember, the best photos hold special memories that brings you back to those little moments that makes up your big day!
5. Make sure your makeup and hair are flawless
Professional makeup artists and expert hairstylists are the best friends of wedding photographers. Not only do we make their jobs much easier, but we also help them to just focus on getting the great shots instead of worrying about a poorly styled hair or wrong skin makeup.
It is then highly advisable to hire a tried and tested professional who has considerable experience in what makeup works best in wedding photos. A plus point is having an artist who has worked with several wedding photographers so she is familiar with the photography process and schedule.
As a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, I make sure I work closely with my brides and prior to the wedding I share with them my personal beauty tips so they will look extra beautiful on their wedding day photos.
My top tips would be for the bride (and groom) to have a good night’s sleep because if you are properly rested, this will show on your face and will be up for more fun shots.
Another beauty hack is making sure you exfoliate your lips by gentle scrubbing to get that perfect smile!
To recap all these tips:
1. Be comfortable in your wedding outfit, shoes and accessories by trying them on and testing.
2. Relax your face and body but be aware not to slouch.
3. Don’t force yourself to smile, try laughing loudly!
4. Enjoy every single moment.
5. Make sure you hire a professional for flawless makeup and hair, who will share your journey with you.
By the way, here are some of great Dubai Wedding Photographers. I am NOT sponsored or affiliated with these companies and just mentioning them as I have worked with them previously.
Having worked with the best wedding photographers in Dubai, I can help you by creating makeup and hairstyle looks that will definitely look amazing in photos and in person! Why don’t you send me a message and we can chat about your questions!
The top places where to get married in UAE, PLUS best Dubai makeup artist recommended looks for brides
Dubai is a great wedding venue due to the eternal sunshine all year round. Whatever season or time of the year you want to get married, there is a beautiful venue in Dubai or in the other UAE emirates that will surely fit your style and your budget. Being a professional makeup artist in Dubai, I had attended so many weddings and so, what I will do is list down my suggestions for brides to be.
Luxurious Hotel Ballrooms
Dubai is home to numerous 5-star and 4-star hotels with massive ballrooms that are great for your wedding events. The choices are just endless and for sure you will definitely feel like a princess once you experience getting married in a splendid Dubai wedding ballroom!
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Elegant Princess
Match the luxurious feel of this venue with an elegant makeup look fit for a princess: dramatic eyes and lashes, rich lip color and a touch of highlight.
What can be more romantic than having the sea and the sky as your backdrop to your wedding? Outdoor weddings can be held during the months of October to April when the weather is cooler.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Blushing Beach Bride
Beach weddings require a more natural, wedding glow. The makeup should be professionally done to make sure it survives the outdoor weather.
A wedding set against the beautiful sand dunes is an amazing wedding concept for those who love Dubai and its cultural qualities.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Golden Goddess
Glow like a golden goddess with a gold, bronze, nude and shimmering hues. You will need an unforgettable makeup look that will make you stand out.
Wedding CruiseAnother unforgettable wedding venue is having the entire wedding party board a dhow cruise and enjoy the sights of the Dubai or Marina Creek. This is great for wedding events with a smaller number of guests. It is a two-in-one because guests can also enjoy iconic Dubai sights.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Dreamy Bride
Match the theme of your event by using colors like shades of blue, aqua and turquoise. You can also use more playful colors for this unique event.
Dubai is not just about deserts and beaches, you can also have a green and lush wedding party in beautifully landscaped garden of a resort. This is a wonderful venue for a spring wedding.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Romantic Bride
The bride should radiate a fresh, rosy, romantic glow. Shades of pinks, violets and flawless skin makeup is the key to perfecting this look.
For smaller wedding functions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties or Sangeet nights, you can hold this is very picturesque private villas in Dubai. You can use the villa’s lawn and pool area and be creative in your decors. This is gives your event an exclusive yet memorable flavor.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Stylish & Trendy
I usually recommend a more stylish and trendy style for smaller events. It is a great way for the bride to also showcase her personality through her makeup look.
Masjid/ Church/ Temple Weddings
This is a traditional venue for a wedding and if you choose, Dubai also has options for you.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Sophisticated Classic
Since this is a more solemn, and traditional setting, an equally classic yet still lovely makeup look should be applied. The colors usually depend on the brides outfit of choice and jewelry.
So, wherever you are holding your wedding event, you surely need a the best Dubai makeup artist who will be able to craft a bridal look that will surely look stunning and beautiful.
Why don’t you send me a message and let’s start discussing how we can create that perfect wedding look for you?
Review of Huda Beauty Gemstone and Coral Obsessions Palette launched on May 1 PLUS check out the TWO makeup looks using these two palettes!
I would have to say that I have certainly outgrown the stage where I race to the makeup store or online on the first day a trending makeup product is set to be released. But… when I learned that Huda Beauty is coming out with not one, but two, Obsessions mini palettes – OF COURSE I DEFINITELY HAVE TO HAVE THESE ON DAY 1!
I make an exception for Huda Kattan because I admire her so much. I like how she slowly expanded her makeup business little by little, first starting with lashes, and now she has an entire makeup line. It almost feels like she is launching one gem at a time, so whenever a new product comes out, all of us fans go crazy about it!
So back to the palettes, I grabbed one of my friends and we raced to Sephora – Mall of the Emirates TODAY to get myself these two new products. My friend also got the Gemstone Obsessions Palette which I think is a very great choice for her!
Why am I obsessed? Read on!
1. The Obsessions palette collection is amazing
Okay, so I confess, one of the reasons I’m obsessed even before I bought these is because I already have the other Obsessions palettes Huda Beauty released before. These are palettes that I actually often use and they did not disappoint so I was sure these two new ones will also be wonderful. I was definitely not disappointed!
2. The shades are stunning
Overall, the color selection is great and no wasteful shade in here. The Coral Obsessions are a mix of 7 creamy mattes and 2 duochrome shimmers which are very wearable; the Gemstone palette, however, is definitely an exceptional blend of beautiful metallic shades that are so dreamlike and romantic at the same time.
3. The pigmentation is excellent
One thing that makes a makeup artist’s job much easier is if the product like eyeshadows are also easy to work with. Thank heavens the formulation of the Obsessions palettes is totally fab so you really get that striking color you need!
4. The size of the mini palette is so convenient
The small mini size of these palettes is so convenient for makeup artists like me who is always on the go meeting clients because you can carry it around everywhere without needing a big space.
5. Create Endless Makeup Looks
My clients have different skin tones, makeup tastes and preferences, so as a makeup artist in Dubai, having these two new palettes makes it easier to create infinite makeup looks that will be perfect for weddings, special events, fashion shoots and thematic occasions.
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette Coral and Gemstone are available at
AED 142 at Sephora
USD 27 at Huda Beauty Website
This is not a sponsored post and all products are bought by myself unless otherwise specified.
Full Review of Hylamide Booster C25 and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG
NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought products on my own and sharing my own experience.
Before I became obsessed with makeup products, I have always been a skincare fanatic. I would always research the most effective way to achieve great skin while battling with the UAE weather. I feel that the combination of Dubai’s extreme heat, super cold AC, sandstorms and work stress really takeS its toll on my skin so I need products that are really effective.
At the same time, it’s very important to discover products that will actually be able to cure these issues without emptying our bank accounts.
SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT PRODUCT
I was searching for serums that will improve my skin texture and tone, plus lighten my dark circles in my eye area. After very careful research I found two products from TheOrdinary.com website. The first one is Hylamide Booster C25 (USD 45 for 30 ml) and the second one is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (USD10.70 for 30ml).
IMPORTANT SHOPPING TIP: Depending on your location, the cost of these two products may vary. In the US, the price is much cheaper, but international price (applicable to UAE) is what I indicated above.
The Hylamide Booster C25 promises to offer a fast-tracked approach to a visibly radiant, healthy-looking skin tone. While the Caffeine Solution is meant to reduce dark circles in the eye area.
PURCHASE AND DELIVERY
I was not familiar with these products prior to researching them but one good point is that the products are very affordable compared to other serums available in the market. I purchased both products from the website because they deliver worldwide. The transaction was smooth and I received the product on my doorstep in 6 days.
HOW TO USE
I used the Caffeine Solution daily, morning and night. I used one drop of the solution for each eye area. When I applied the solution, I felt a slight cooling sensation on my skin.
For the Hylamide Booster, I use it morning and night, at least four times a week. During the first few days of usage my skin felt dry so I had to alternate the days of using it. I already have dry skin so I make sure to put on moisturizer after putting on the serum. But eventually, my skin got better and with the help of a moisturizer, my skin was able to adapt to the product. I also used a very mild exfoliating product as to not stress my skin.
Even if both products had really raving reviews, my expectations were not very high because as they say you have to try it to believe it. But after only 2 months, I was surprised to see remarkable results. Then, after 3 months (or 90 days) from my first use, the results are really unbelievable.
My skin has visibly improved. My skin texture is more plump looking and my skin tone looks more even-colored. The fine laugh lines on my face were reduced, you can barely see them now.
But the most amazing result is the improvement in the dark pigmentation in my eye area. After only 3 months, the dark areas lightened dramatically. Before, I had to use tons of color correcting concealers to even out these dark circles but now, this problem area is almost gone.The overall effect of my skin also looks less stressed and has developed a natural pinkish glow like that of a baby.
In a nutshell:
|Hylamide Booster C25, 30ml Vitamin C Booster||The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, 30 ml|
|Those who want to reduce skin dullness, fine lines, texture issues and uneven skin tone||Those who want to lighten dark eye areas and circles|
|WHEN||Daily /4 times a week
AM & PM
AM & PM
|WHERE||Made in Canada. Available in theordinary.com and ships worldwide.
PRICE WILL VARY DEPENDING ON COUNTRY OF DELIVERY.
|WHY||Dramatic results in just 90 days in affordable price. No need for expensive cosmetic surgery.|
“Yellow diamonds in the light, and we’re standing side by side…” – Rihanna
I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be singing this Rihanna song the first time you try the yellowish gold Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawat Freestyle Highlighter. This is because this shade definitely feels and looks like yellow diamonds on the skin!
Seriously? Yellow? Is it wearable?
When the first swatches and makeup looks first hit Instagram, I admit that I was probably one of the many people who thought twice if the yellow gold shade is something I can use on an everyday basis. But I gave in to temptation because RiRi is absolutely one of my beauty loves and I got myself the coveted Trophy Wife shade for AED 168 when it became available in Dubai.
According to the product description, you can use this to highlight any part of your face and body – eyes, lips, collarbone, cheeks, etc. I understand though that for an everyday woman, it is challenging to picture how this very yellow, pigmented product can actually work as a multipurpose product, especially when all we’re seeing on IG are yellow gold streaks on everyone’s cheeks.
So, I am going to make it easy for you and give you simple tips and tricks on how you can totally wear this highlighter.In this makeup look I used the Trophy Wife Highlighter in 5 amazing ways! And I must say, it totally works!
Shimmery Golden Glow
Just because it’s super pigmented does not mean you’re obliged to streak your cheek yellow like a football fan. Use a fan brush and delicately apply a sheer layer on top of your cheekbones to get that subtle golden glow.
The pigmented formula makes Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife a perfect yellow eye shadow alternative. Pair it with black eyeliner, dramatic lashes and nude lips to complete your look.
If you want a subtler yet playful eye application, use a wet eyeliner brush to line your eyes or eye corner with this highlighter. The color is yellow enough to be fun but the gold shimmer gives it a classier feel.
It was Huda Beauty who started the lip strobe trend. But no need to spend extra to get that shimmer effect! It’s amazing how a few taps of this highlighter can completely transform your lip color and give it that extra wow factor. Try it on top of a violet lip or on a nude, rosy shade.
I know everyone is talking about Fenty Beauty’s latest Body Luminizer, but if your wallet is not that excited to buy a separate body shimmer, then I assure you that the Trophy Wife Highlighter will also do the trick. Make sure to moisturize your skin with any body lotion, put on MAC Fix Plus Spray , and use a big fluffy brush to apply this highlighter all over. Now you just saved yourself AED 260!
I am personally not a fan of body shimmer but sometimes, I like putting shimmer on top of my hands especially when I’m going to a special event! It provides a great backdrop to gold jewelry like rings and gold bracelets!
The Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife is available at
The red lipstick is probably the most iconic makeup product ever. It is a classic shade that is very popular across the globe. Since superstar Rihanna released red lipsticks in the past (the sold-out RiRi Woo and VivaGlam for MAC), it is not surprising then that she also launched a red liquid lipstick for her own Fenty Beauty Line, the Stunna Lip Paint in ‘Uncensored’.
So as promised I am giving you my honest, unbiased thoughts about this glamazing red lip paint, both the good and the bad!
The Good – Stunning Red Shade
Rihanna promised that this shade is a universal red that will be flattering to any skin tone. And oh girl, yes it does! I have tried this product on different women with totally diverse skin color and it did not disappoint. The redness is indeed stunning and very eye catching.
The Bad – Difficult To Apply
The applicator can be tricky for a lot of people because the shape is unlike the angled ones we are used to. The applicator tip is more of a ball shape so if you don’t really have a very full, pouty lip, it can be really challenging. You would probably need to use a thinner lip brush for a more even application.
The Good – Pigmented Yet Weightless
It will not take you a lot of layers to achieve the shade as advertised. The formula is very pigmented so a single stroke is enough to turn any lip color into an opaque red lip. The liquid paint dries after about a minute and it does not feel heavy as expected with other pigmented lipsticks.
The Bad – It Can Turn Messy If You Have An Unsteady Hand
The liquid formula is watery, which means even if you have a very steady hand, you need a lot of practice to make sure you apply this cleanly on your lips without using a lip liner pencil. Because it is pigmented, if you are not experienced enough, you can end up having messy, red streaks around your mouth. So, make sure you have cotton buds, wet wipes, and concealers for that perfect pout.
The Good – Longwearing
This lip paint is very longwearing. It is not the type of lipstick that will fade after a couple of hours. It will stay on your lip and will stay the same shade when you first apply it.
The Bad – Not Transfer-Proof
One of the major problems of this lipstick for me is that it is not transfer-proof. Meaning, even though the color does not fade from your lips, the lipstick still transfers into everything your lips touch –teeth, food, clothes, your child’s cheek…everything!
For me the amazing red color of the Fenty Beauty Uncensored Stunna Lip Paint overshadows all its weaknesses because it’s not every day when you find that super perfect red that will turn any look into a glamorous one.
I would recommend this product for more experienced makeup lovers who can handle practiced application. I feel that beginners may find it frustrating to apply. I would also not recommend this for everyday wear or if you are going to have to eat and drink regularly because as I said, it transfers everywhere.
But this red lip paint totally looks amazing on wedding photos, fashion shoots, and red-carpet events – no wonder RiRi loves this product!
The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint is available at
Let’s face it. We are definitely putting on more layers of makeup products on our faces than ever before. A simple powder and blush combination is not enough anymore. We put on essences, moisturizer, primer, elixir, concealer, foundation, contour, bronzer, blush, highlighter, and then top it all off with a setting spray. Whew! And this list does not include another 10 eye makeup products and around 4 or 5 lip products to finish one look! All in the name of beauty.
After spending time perfecting our makeup, WE ALL KNOW BY NOW that it is very important to remove all of these off our faces at the end of the day. No matter how tired you are you cannot nod off to sleep without clearing your skin. This is a non-negotiable habit that will benefit your skin in the long run.
But when we’re tired, it becomes frustrating when it takes ages to remove our makeup so I made it easier for you, my dears. I am listing down my tried and tested makeup removers that work effectively and quickly! No need for trial and error because I already did that for you.
Garnier Micellar Water
When micellar waters became really popular, I was not at all surprised because they are really effective in removing heavy makeup, sweat, oil, and dirt without the burning sensation. You also don’t need to rinse your face after using it. However, the first micellar water brands from Europe that became available in the UAE are quite expensive and I can sympathize with a lot of women who would rather buy makeup than spend on this product. So, when Garnier Arabia released the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water, I was immediately a fan! Not only is it half the price, it is also as effective as the pricier micellar waters available.
AVAILABLE at SOUQ Superstore at AED 55 for 400 ML (Bundle Savings Available).
Johnson’s Cleansing Wipes
This is my favorite go-to makeup remover when I am on the go! They are travel-friendly and very easy to use. I often carry a pack with me wherever I go. It is very convenient especially during the summer months when you need to clean up your face before you retouch your makeup. At first, I thought that they are only good for removing skin makeup but I was actually surprised to discover that they are also great for removing waterproof mascara and heavy eye makeup.
AVAILABLE at Carrefour for AED 21 per pack.
Glov Microfibre Cloth
If you are not a fan of using cotton pads and facial wipes, then this is the product for you. Glov is a micro-fiber reusable cloth that you need to wet it with water and then, you can use it to wipe off your makeup. I was doubtful at first about its effectiveness but I was amazed at how much product it actually removes. It is a little expensive for a cloth because it costs AED 80 for the smaller glove and AED 120 for the full-sized version, but you can use it up to three months, and maybe longer, if you don’t really put makeup every day. And may I repeat, you just need to add water, nothing else.
AVAILABLE at Boots and Debenhams in the UAE from AED 80.
Have you tried any of these products? comment below and let me know which one is your fave!
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.
Every bride wants to walk down the aisle looking radiant and glowing on her special day. As a professional makeup artist in Dubai who specializes in weddings, I have experienced working in weddings for different nationalities – Indian weddings, European weddings, Arabic weddings and South East Asian weddings, among others.
Although the preferences of the brides’ makeup styles differ, the single similarity is that each one of them wants to have that incredible glow that will make everyone, especially their groom, say ‘Wow!’.
The key to achieve this glow is through expertly applied skin makeup that will project a flawless finish, and of course, using a highlighter to accentuate the bride’s features. There are thousands of highlight products in the market but when using highlighters for brides, a true professional is very careful to make sure that the bride will still look naturally glowing. The highlight cannot be too over the top that she will look like she’s going to a nightclub instead of her wedding.
This is why the recent release of the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter got me so excited that I immediately bought it and tried it out! It’s a product collaboration between Anastasia and beauty influencer, the highlight queen herself, @amrezy.
I was a bit worried at the beginning because I thought the creamy/gel formula will be over pigmented and might not blend well, however, I was surprised when the product touched my skin. It looked translucent, subtle, but eye-catching at the same time!
The color is champagne gold and it is universal so it will surely look good on different skin tones.
If you’ve been following me, I am very practical so I am a fan of products that are hard-working and versatile.
The Amrezy highlighter is exactly that. A single layer application will give that illuminating glow that is suitable even for everyday use, but you can definitely layer it on for special occasions like weddings and events. But even if it is layered on, it will still look very natural and luminous so you don’t have to worry about looking too glittery.
I am so happy with this highlighter and I definitely recommend it for everyone especially for brides wanting to have that spectacular radiance!
If you’re a bride or a bachelorette looking for a Dubai makeup artist who will give you that special glow, then get in touch with me and let’s have a chat about you’re your special event! I am so excited to be a part of your amazing journey!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter is available in:
USA: USD 28 at Sephora
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.
Today is THE day! And if you’re a makeup lover like me then you definitely know that April 5 is the day Kim Kardashian West and her long-time makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a @makeupbymario to many of us, are dropping their KKW x Mario makeup collection. This date also marks their 10th year anniversary of meeting each other!
The collection is available today at kkwbeauty.com, well, that is if you can actually get your hands on one before it becomes sold out! It will include a 10-pan eyeshadow palette, a Crème lipstick and two High Shine Lip Glosses. Sweet!
But do you know why I believe that this collaboration is such an epic beauty moment? Well, duh, not everyone may be her fan but you’ve got to admit, she has been a major influence in the beauty industry.
Kim Kardashian’s iconic looks created by Mario have changed how a lot of women interact with makeup over the past decade. And yes, it has produced thousands, if not millions of beauty trends, Instagram influencers and fanatics all around the world.
Mario collaborating with his muse Kim on their own makeup collection serves as an inspiration for a lot of us makeup artists to just continue our passion. Kim has always shared the limelight with her glam squad especially Mario. I feel that now, makeup artists are no longer invisible, they are now in the forefront and being given the credit they deserve.
I have followed Mario’s career for more than four years now. And I had the opportunity to meet him and Kim K in his Masterclass in Dubai last year. I signed up because I wanted to witness how Mario creates these amazing makeup looks, the products he uses and also learn techniques that can improve my skill as an artist. I also wanted to hear his personal success story so I can somehow follow his footsteps.
When the Masterclass day came, I told myself not to expect too much because these are famous people and just seeing them in person is already a big deal. But when the session started, I was really impressed! The session was really informative and seeing first-hand how Mario applies makeup was a great experience for me.
My favorite techniques that I still do up to now? One, using moisturizer instead of primer as a foundation base. Mario explained that he never uses primer because foundation blends really well with the face’s natural oils; two, layering to create more intense looks; And three, loading up on mascara on the lower lashes for that extra glam effect!
Of course, the best part was when I had the chance to meet them up close. Kim’s face was so small and she was so petite, with such amazing skin. And Mario was such a dear. And okay, I admit, the goody bags were awesome too!
How about you? Are you getting the new KKW x Mario collection? Check out these swatches from top beauty influencers!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is undeniably one of the most talked about makeup products in 2018. So, when it became available in the UAE, I happily shelled out AED 242 to get my hands on this gem from @boutiqaat. Being a Dubai Makeup Artist, I felt that it is essential for me to have the latest, high quality products for my clients. But even if you are not a professional, I truly believe that this versatile, hardworking palette is a makeup must-have every girl in Dubai should own. I listed down 5 reasons why.
- You’ll get 14 gorgeous shades in one palette
Yes, you heard me right! 14 shades! There are 9 ultra-matte shades and 5 metallic/shimmery shades included. While it is not cheap, I feel that you’re getting your money’s worth with this one. At first look, a makeup connoisseur may easily dismiss this palette as just another neutral collection but once you start using the different shades, you’ll be amazed at how each color is independently different yet can easily be blended with the other shades in the palette.
Are the shades revolutionary? No? Have you seen these shades before? Probably. Should you still buy the palette? Absolutely!
- The formula is super pigmented and long-wearing
One of the things I love most about Soft Glam is the formula. The shadows are velvety smooth, so pigmented yet blendable, and also long-wearing. You don’t have to worry about your eye makeup disappearing at the end of the night because it will definitely stay on.
3. You can use it every single day
Looking at the shades, I feel that ABH really focused on wearability this time. The shades will easily complement any skin tone because there are no crazy colors. You can wear these shades to the office, during Friday brunch, when you travel for Eid break or on a night out at the Dubai Marina. I think that this palette is also perfect even for makeup beginners.
- You can go from soft to glam in an instant
Believe it or not, ABH president Claudia Shore even said that she created this palette with wedding makeup artists in mind. The combination of mattes, metallic shades and shimmers makes it perfect for special occasions. That is one of the reasons I bought this palette. As a professional makeup artist, I want my Dubai brides to have only the best!
- Its multi-purpose
Unlike other palettes that just focus on trendy colors, this palette has essential mattes like Noir (ultra-matte black) and Tempera (ultra-matte beige) which you can also use to line your eyes. The shimmery shades Glistening, Fairy and Bronze are highlighter substitutes that work amazingly.
Want to rock a Soft Glam look for your next special event? Why don’t you get in touch with me so I can book you in my calendar! Can’t wait to show you how amazing it is!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available in :
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.