I bought the Natasha Denona BIBA palette and here is my HONEST review

Are you thinking of getting the Natasha Denona BIBA palette for Christmas?

If you’re still on the fence whether to say bye bye to your precious cash or skip this product… then read on!

I’m giving you my honest to goodness opinion about this much talked about product!

So, why did I get this palette?

As a professional makeup artist, I try my best to keep up with the new makeup trends and products.

Many of my clients who book me for their parties and weddings are very knowledgeable now about makeup brands and they often ask me about the products I use.

This is one of the reasons why I made sure that I had to have this palette. I wanted to test it out and see if this brand will be something that I will continuously use.

What’s in it?

In a nutshell, the BIBA palette has 15 ultimate eyeshadows in a range of colors from mauves and burgundies, to warm grays and black.

But sadly, my black shadow came in completely broken.  (Had it shipped)

In terms of formula – depending on the shade, they all have the signature ND formulas:

CP– Richly pigmented wet powder formula that is easy to blend.

CM– ND’s Signature matte formula is creamy to the touch and seamlessly blends on the lid.

CK– Sparkling cream powder finely milled pearls and crystals for a dazzling diamond-like sparkle effect. Sheer finish.

M– metallics in multiple textures

SO, what’s good about this palette?

Let’s start with the PROS…

This palette is great if you DON’T HAVE any other neutral palette.

If you’re a beginner who’s looking for a starter palette…

OR

If your eyeshadow palette is totally gone and you need a brand new one.

WHY?

The BIBA palette is great for you because the range of colors allows you to use it every day – whether for work of for casual everyday makeup.

The darker and metallic colors also give you the flexibility to use them for more formal or glam events as you can also create SMOKEY or BRONZY looks.

 

Another PLUS?

The shadows are also easy to work with and almost NO fall-out…

making them the BEST PALETTE to have if you’re just starting out with makeup.

For professionals…

the palette also comes with “HOLES” at the back so you can easily depot the colors into your professional palette.

Are there negatives?

Okay, HERE’S THE DEAL:

The Natasha Denona BIBA palette is priced at 500 Dirhams in UAE (around $135 USD).

For an eyeshadow palette, that’s quite expensive. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

To put it in perspective, that’s ALMOST DOUBLE the price of a Huda Beauty or an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette!

If you are a professional makeup artist, I would bet that you probably have these shades already or very similar shades in your collection.

For this reason, it becomes an unnecessary expense for you, unless of course, you need to stock up on your eyeshadow palettes.

If you are on a budget and you can’t get your hands on this…

REGRET NOT! All the shades are dupable, but of course, will not have the same formulation.

If money is NOT an issue,

everyone would love this palette because of the AMAZING formula – whether you’re a beginner, makeup enthusiast or a professional MUA like me.

MY PERSONAL TAKE?

All in all, it is a good palette. I will continue using it.

Will I buy it again?

Probably NOT, I will wait for another Natasha Denona Palette with more unique shades in the future.

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5 Huda Beauty Products for Beauty Emergency

BEAUTY EMERGENCY! 5 Huda Beauty Products that Are Ultimate Lifesavers

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The Lowdown

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!

 

 

 

 

You asked for it! Ranking All My Huda Beauty Products from BEST to WORST

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.

BEST

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.

GOOD

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.

JUST OKAY

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.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Review

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation: Fabulous or Faux Pas?

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?

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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.

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Here’s a comparison of the consistency of #FauxFilter

 

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.

What happens when blending with Farsali

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.

Use proper tools and don’t buff heavily for textured skin.

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

Mixing with a moisturizer gives it a dewy 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!

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I tested the Huda Beauty Easy Bake versus all the other powder brands including Ben Nye, Chanel, Kryolan, Laura Mercier and Charlotte Tilbury…and here’s what I think!

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.

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Me using Huda Beauty Easy Bake Banana Bread on both sides of the face

 

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.

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Brand Made In  USD Shades
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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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WINNER: It’s a Tie! 

Kryolan Fixing Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

 

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WINNER: I was almost sure that Charlotte will win over Huda here but boy was I wrong! Huda Beauty wins again!

 

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How to Attend a Makeup Masterclass like a Boss!

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.

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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.

Take notes

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.

Ask questions

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.

Why the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is the Dubai’s Must-Have Summer Beauty Product

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!

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Here are the reasons why!

Available in 8 shades

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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.

Matte-finish

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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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.

Long-Lasting

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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!

Compact Packaging

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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.

Bake time!

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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!

Dubai Banana Bread Recipe

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

3 eggs

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!

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Wow! These are the drugstore beauty products popular celebrities use.

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.

Deepika Padukone

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.

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Meghan Markle

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.

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Priyanka Chopra

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.

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Beyonce

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.

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Alia Bhatt

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Are You One Of These 5 Women Who Need To Attend A Makeup Class?

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Makeup Kit Makeover! What a Dubai Woman Needs to Have in Her Everyday Makeup Kit

Let me help you with your makeup kit makeover! 

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

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SKIN

 

Moisturizer/ Primer

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 

Foundation comes in liquid, powder, cream or mousse form. The right shade can help you look flawless.

Concealer

If you have dark circles and uneven skin tone, getting a great concealer is a good option to hide the discoloration.

Loose Powder

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.

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COLOR

Lipstick

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

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!

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EYES

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.

Mascara

If you can have one mascara, buy a waterproof one that you can wear day or night.

Eyeliner

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.

Eyeshadow Palette

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.

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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.

 Blush Brush

This can be used for applying, blush, powder and highlighters.

Eyeshadow Brushes

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.

Makeup Remover

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.

 

 

Top Things A Dubai Bride Forgets On Her Wedding Day

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! “

 

BEAUTY

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  • 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.

  • Comb

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.

  • Perfume

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.

BATH ESSENTIALS

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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!

  • Soap
  • Hair Products
  • Dental Kit
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Blow dryer
  • Bathrobe

 

CLOTHING

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  • 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!

  • Swimwear

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.

SUPER IMPORTANT

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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.

  • Phone
  • ID and Passport
  • Credit Cards
  • Cash
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Travel Documents
  • Camera and Charger
  • Phone Chargers
  • USB Drive
  • Ziploc Bags

JUST IN CASE

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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
  • Band-Aids
  • Mini- Sewing Kit with Extra Buttons
  • Mints
  • 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:

DOWNLOAD  PDF Bride’s Ultimate Packing List – What NOT to forget on your wedding day! 

 

 

 

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10 Wedding Essentials for Every Dubai Bride

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

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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.

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2. Shoes

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.

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3. Accessories

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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Why you need a professional makeup artist and hairstylist for your Dubai Wedding

Whether you are having a small or big wedding event, I understand that the expenses can pile up and one of the things a bride thinks about is if she should hire a professional makeup artist and hairstylist or not.

Some brides who are makeup enthusiasts try to do their own makeup and hair while others would ask a friend or relative to do it for them. I, however, believe that there is such a great advantage in having a professional artist so if you are a bride-to-be or a bridesmaid, here are the reasons why.

1. Stress-free Wedding Day

Knowing that you have a professional makeup artist and hairstylist to craft your bridal look will take away so much stress on your wedding day. You don’t have to worry about the time, the application or if the makeup or hairstyle will look good or not.

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With my clients for example, I provide on location services where I arrive at the requested venue to treat and pamper them; so, they just need to sit back and enjoy their moment.

2. You can dictate the look you want without feeling awkward

For some brides who ask their friends or relatives to do the makeup for them, I hear of stories when they feel shy to request a makeup look or say if they like the hairstyle or not. It is quite expected to feel embarrassed because you don’t want to hurt your loved ones’ feelings. But with a professional makeup and hair artist, you can freely give your feedback and say what you feel.

I always encourage my clients to discuss with me her likes and then give my  expert advice on what will look good for her face type.

On YOUR big day, I am here to make you feel confident.

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

It’s important for a bride’s makeup to look classic and timeless on her wedding day. This is not the time to try Instagram trendy eyebrow or a rainbow highlighter! A professional artist can give you the best advice so you can have a flawless natural look on your big day, as well as share the right techniques on how to properly exfoliate your face and get rid of dry flaky lips so you’ll look perfect!

3. Your makeup and hair will be Dubai weather-proof!

 Dubai weather can be unpredictable and depending on your venue it can be so humid at one moment outdoors then you are suddenly inside a very cold ballroom with AC! If your makeup and hair is not professionally done, you may find yourself looking worn-out even before the event starts!

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

Having someone who have worked in countless of weddings would know the best techniques to use to ensure that your makeup is excellently applied and will last the entire night!

4. Professional Products

Professional makeup artists use the finest products that are different from the everyday makeup women normally use.  Some brides may think they should just buy the same products but doing this can actually be more expensive than just hiring an expert. First, there’s the danger of choosing the wrong shade of foundation, lipstick or lashes – then you have to worry about the proper application, because you don’t want unblended eyeshadows and droopy eyeliner on your wedding!

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An expert will not only know what product to use but also how to use it properly on the bride.

5. You will look Picture-Perfect!

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Brides are photographed all the time! A professional makeup artist uses high –end HD products and the right techniques of contour and highlight so that you’ll look perfect in every photograph, in any angle!

Tip: Do you know that silica in setting powder gives major flash back in photos? That’s right! You definitely don’t want to look like a ghost in your pics! 

6. Wedding Specialization and Experience

Some of my clients will come with celebrity photographs and like to look exactly as their favorite celebrity. However, as a professional,  my experience can help them know the right type of color for their skin tone or the right techniques to bring out their best features.

Although, it’s good to have a reference photo so I know my clients expectations but I use that to guide them on how to create the perfect suitable look.

For example, a cut crease eyeshadow does not always look good on deep set eyes, or wanting a high puff hairstyle on a long face may make your face look longer- these are bits of knowledge I’ve acquired through years of experience doing makeup which benefits the bride.

I also  have worked in a lot of Dubai weddings so I am also very familiar how other suppliers work like the hotel, coordinators, photographers, florists, etc. This experience is important because I know how to manage my time to make sure you will look beautiful on schedule on your big day.

The BONUS? I am also an expert hairstylist. Why is this an advantage?

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both makeup and hairstyling, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

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If you are a South Asian/ Middle Eastern bride, I understand that placing head jewelry pieces like a jhoomar or a heavy veil can be such a challenge.You have to have expert hands who is experienced on how to place it properly while maintaining your beautiful hairstyle and makeup.

7. You are worth it!

You spend so much money on hotels, decors, dresses and jewelry… but why think twice about spending on the most important person during the wedding – YOU!

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You are the star of the show, and all eyes will be on you on your big day! So, it is very important that you also focus on yourself and be the best version of yourself on your wedding!

Your wedding day should be a beautiful, stress-free moment and you should look calm and stunning at the same time. I can help you achieve that for sure! So WHY me? 

1-      You get best of both worlds meaning you get hair and makeup services from one person which saves you time and hustle coordinating between two different persons. 

2-   I am a professionally trained makeup artist. I have been certified by world famous artists including Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario and famous hairstylist George Kot. I also constantly strenghten my skills by attending makeup workshops and trainings. 

3-      I do not compromise on quality and use all high-end brands and  you get luxurious service at the comfort of your selected venue. I also provide a touch up kit for the bride.

4-      I listen to my customers and make sure to check in with my clients as I am creating a look to make sure they like what I am doing to avoid that big reveal moment.For me its about what you like and what you are  comfortable with , not what I like (of course I suggest what can look good on you).Every client leaves my chair looking & feeling their very best.

5-      I work closely with my brides so it’s not just about the makeup, I am there to support them emotionally even if it’s just about handing a tissue over to the bride’s mom and holding brides dress to pose for pics all in all I am there to celebrate your happy moment 100%.

I understand what you’re going through and in the end, I know that all you want is make your wedding day extra special so I do my best to help you make that happen.”

So, if you still have questions or you want to discuss your wedding makeup look, why don’t you chat with me and send me a message? I will be happy to discuss with you!

 

 

Why This Dubai Makeup Artist Is Totally Obsessed with the New Huda Beauty Gemstone and Coral Obsessions Palettes

Review of Huda Beauty Gemstone and Coral Obsessions Palette launched on May 1 PLUS check out the TWO makeup looks using these two palettes! 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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For the Coral Look: I used 2 shades for the eyes, and used one shimmery shade for my cheeks as highlighter and my lips!
For the Gemstone Look: I used the Green shade as a tribute to the gemstone for the month of May – which has Emerald as its gemstone.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Good and The Bad: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint – Uncensored

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!

 

Conclusion:

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

UAE: AED 126  at Sephora

USA:  USD 24 at FentyBeauty

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. 

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These Fenty Beauty lipstick shades are perfect for these Dubai events!

A lipstick guide on what shade to buy and where to wear them.

We all have our tried and tested, favorite lipstick shades that’s why when trendy brands like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty become so hot in the market, we get apprehensive on what product to try out.

Is it worth my money? Will it suit me? Should I buy it? Where can I use this shade?

Well, lucky for you, I am going to give you a Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick Guide – including what shades you should purchase and where you can use these for. These lightweight, creamy and ultra-pigmented lipsticks definitely have a shade for whatever Dubai event or occasion you want to attend!

  1. For the Brunch Babe going to Taste of Dubai, Dubai Food Festival, Ripe Food Market

Spanked – Dusty Rose Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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Don’t be fooled by the racy name, this shade is very feminine and the longwearing matte formula is perfect for someone who loves going out on daytime lunches, food festivals, beach clubs, and afternoon teas. It matches different skin tones and also great as an everyday lipstick.

  1. For the fitness junkie going to the Dubai Yoga Festival

Up 2 No Good – Nude Peach Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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This is a nude lip color that will make you look effortlessly fresh while exercising. It’s matte creamy formula will not bleed or smudge even after an hour of workout! It is a no-makeup look must-have!

  1. For the art lover going to BeatyPopDXB, Fashion Forward, World Art DXB

Saw-C – Exotic Tangerine Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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Match the events’ energetic, creative vibe by choosing a shade that will surely stand out. Fenty’s Saw-C is an orange shade – an instant pop of color that is still wearable but will surely have everyone take notice.

  1. For a sports enthusiast going to the Dubai Tennis Championships, Rugby Sevens

Freckle Fiesta – Spiced Terracotta Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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This is another orange shade but darker than Saw-C. It’s warm earthy tone is great for outdoor events like sports tournaments or when you’re taking out tourist relatives for desert safari!

  1. For the music fan going to see Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, David Guetta

Shawty – Warm Chestnut Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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One worry about wearing a darker lip is looking scary or goth but I believe it also depends on the occasion and choosing the perfect dark lip shade. A music event for example is an amazing opportunity to sport a darker lip color. Shawty is a great choice because the warm shade is intense enough to be dramatic yet still very pleasing.

  1. For an elegant dinner at the Burj Al Arab or a luxurious wedding party

Single – Blushing Nude Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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When you want to highlight a dramatic smokey eye in Dubai’s classiest venues then the perfect nude lipstick to complement your look is definitely this Fenty Beauty shade. The color is understated yet very elegant.

  1. For the sophisticated lady going to the Dubai Opera, Dubai Film Festival

Griselda– Bold Burgundy Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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There is always that moment when we suddenly find ourselves invited in a posh event gracing the red carpet. That moment definitely calls for a Griselda Mattemoiselle lipstick. This is a vivid burgundy shade that looks so chic, you’ll definitely feel like royalty.

NO RED LIPSTICK? 

Maybe you are wondering why there is no red color in my Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle purchases. Well, I deliberately skipped the red shade Ma’Damn because I already got the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored – the Perfect Universal Red .

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Would you like a review on how it compares against my other red lipsticks from my favorite brands? Comment below and let me know!

The Fenty Beauty  Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks are available at

UAE: AED 95  at Sephora

USA:  USD 18 at FentyBeauty

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. 

Stop experimenting! These are the best makeup removers available in UAE that actually work!

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. 

 

 

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Yes, this is the highlighter that will give every bride that amazing wedding glow!

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.

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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.

Amrezy Highlighter Photo

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:

UAE: AED 159 at Sephora, AED 151 Boutiqaat 

USA:  USD 28 at Sephora

PAKISTAN: RS 5,200 at Indelath, Rs 4,800 at The Vault 

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. 

 

This Dubai Makeup Artist thinks KKW x Mario collab is an epic beauty moment!

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.

"The past decade with Kim has been incredible. We’ve grown together, set trends, inspired and impacted an industry along the way. Through all her milestones and achievements and through her rise to global superstardom she has taken me along the way and impacted my life greatly, helping me to achieve unparalleled success of my own as a celebrity makeup artist. " - @makeupbymario
“The past decade with Kim has been incredible. We’ve grown together, set trends, inspired and impacted an industry along the way. Through all her milestones and achievements and through her rise to global superstardom she has taken me along the way and impacted my life greatly, helping me to achieve unparalleled success of my own as a celebrity makeup artist. ” – @makeupbymario

 @makeupbyMario Masterclass Poster

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.

That's me at the @makeupbymario Masterclass in Dubai!
That’s me at the @makeupbymario Masterclass in Dubai!

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!
This goody bag from the Dubai @makeupbymario Masterclass has products worth more than $3,000 USD!

 

How about you? Are you getting the new KKW x Mario collection? Check out these swatches from top beauty influencers!

5 Reasons Why Every Girl in Dubai Should Own the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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 :

UAE : AED 242 at  Sephora Stores  , @boutiqaat,

USA:  USD 42 at Anastasia Beverly Hills online, Sephora 

PAKISTAN: RS 6,800 at Indelath , RS 6,800 at The Vault 

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.