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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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?
If you are looking for a high-end, uber pigmented eyeshadow palette that’s so convenient to bring around with you then the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette is your best bet. It gives you 9 amazing shades in a very small package. But still, you don’t compromise on quality! There’s 6 palettes to choose from as well.
If you are experiencing these beauty emergencies, then why not try out these amazing Huda Beauty Products! What products do you want me to talk about next? Chat me up on the comments section!
PLUS, if you need my help in selecting the right products for you, then why don’t you avail of my DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In This Blog: Free Downloadable Product List for Every Look!
Summer is here and a lot of Dubai residents are planning their vacation trips to escape the desert heat. With social media like Instagram and Facebook, it’s so much more essential to look our best when taking that #travelselfie! After all, great photographs create beautiful, unforgettable memories.
So Dubai ladies, for this week’s blog, I thought to share some makeup look suggestions depending on your travel itinerary! Each recommended look comes with a FREE downloadable PDF shopping list so you will not second-guess what to bring and you don’t need to bring a lot of products.
If still in doubt, don’t worry because I do offer my personalized Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour where I can help you shop for products that will suit you best and not waste time & money.
If you’re planning to go on a city sightseeing tour like Istanbul, Paris, or Kuala Lumpur…then I recommend going with an elegant, sophisticated look to match the metropolis vibe.
Keep your look stylish and uncomplicated with flawless skin makeup and a classy red lip. Use a heavy duty concealer and foundation to keep your face impeccable. I recommend using a long-lasting liquid lipstick, like the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, so you wouldn’t need to worry about retouching, and just enjoy the sights.
To achieve this look, download here.
Going on a tropical beach vacation is one of the favorites of Dubai residents. I understand that when you are at the beach, you can feel confused about what type of makeup look to do. It can be inconvenient to bring a lot of makeup products and do a full face makeup but still, you don’t want to look like a drowned rat in your beach photos.
One lovely makeup look I recommend is going for the sun-kissed summer glow by using shimmer. You can achieve this with my Coral Obsessions look which you can download here . I love it coz this look reminds me of pink and orange beach sunsets!
The great thing about this is I used one product, the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions mini-palette for my eyes as eyeshadow, on my cheeks as highlighter and on my lips as added shimmer. This can save you a lot of space in your travel case, and also help you achieve that sunset-inspired look.
If you’re going on a mountain hike or a safari, I recommend going for a more natural, classic glow like this look which you can download here.
My favorite part of this look is the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Highlighter which can perfectly glimmer in the outdoors sun! The look itself is very simple but for sure, you will get that natural glow in your photos.
Planning to spend your vacation onboard a cruise ship? This is also a great travel option especially for a lot of older couples who prefer the laid-back relaxation this kind of trip offers.
Cruise ships often offers different variety of activities. You can lounge by the pool, enjoy the chic restaurants and entertainment onboard, or go on walking tours in the island stopovers. What I recommend then is going for a versatile look that can work for different occasions like this Gemstone Obsessions makeup look.
I chose a nude lip color to complement the emerald eye shadow which kept the look unique but still tasteful. You can find the product list download here.
Family vacations with the little ones are always enjoyable! The travel usually involves theme parks like Disneyland, carnivals, or children parks.
For going to these places, let out the kid inside of you by experimenting with color. Don’t worry, using colorful makeup can work without making you look like a confused unicorn.
There is a way to still look playful yet mature. In this look you can download here, you will see how I combined together VERY colorful products like the Etude House Wonder Fun Park, Play 101 sticks and the Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife highlighter.
Travelling is such a fun experience especially when you’re with your loved ones. Looking your best should not add to your worries so make sure you pre-plan the makeup products you need to bring and learn how to apply your own makeup efficiently. The good news is, I do offer exclusive makeup lessons to my VIP followers. The lessons include learning how to smartly use products and apply makeup competently so the next time you’re on your trip, you will look flawless and amazing! CONTACT ME to learn more about how you can partake in the VIP MAKEUP COURSE!
And if YOU ARE TRAVELING to Dubai very soon and need a personal consultation session , I can help you find the best deals on makeup and beauty products in the city with my Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour! No need to waste precious vacation time and money because I will make it so much easier for you!
Safe & Lovely travels!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
My clients have different skin tones, makeup tastes and preferences, so as a makeup artist in Dubai, having these two new palettes makes it easier to create infinite makeup looks that will be perfect for weddings, special events, fashion shoots and thematic occasions.
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette Coral and Gemstone are available at
AED 142 at Sephora
USD 27 at Huda Beauty Website
This is not a sponsored post and all products are bought by myself unless otherwise specified.
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.
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!
Spanked – Dusty Rose Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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.
Up 2 No Good – Nude Peach Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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!
Saw-C – Exotic Tangerine Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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.
Freckle Fiesta – Spiced Terracotta Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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!
Shawty – Warm Chestnut Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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.
Single – Blushing Nude Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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.
Griselda– Bold Burgundy Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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.
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 .
The Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks are available at
I have always been a skincare freak so I love trying out products that promise to improve the skin. However, not all skincare trends are wallet-friendly, especially if you’re living in Dubai. That’s why I was so overjoyed when Korean beauty brand Etude House opened in Dubai Mall because they offer one of my favorite skincare quick fix: the sheet mask! And yes, each pack only costs 10 dirhams!
Here in the UAE, we work really long hours and after battling the rush hour traffic, we barely have time for ourselves. That’s why I loved putting on the Etude House Aloe Vera sheet mask because it made me feel that I was actually in a spa.
The UAE’s desert weather has finally met its match with these sheet masks. Dry skin no more! My skin felt really soft and plump after putting on a mask.
Aside from dry skin, stress, dust and pollution can really take their toll on our faces making us look haggard. I loved using the Etude House Collagen Sheet Mask for that skin firming effect. It’s incredible how only 15 minutes can drastically wipe away the stress from my face.
Instead of using a moisturizer or beauty oils, I used the Damask Rose Sheet Mask to prime my face before I put on foundation. It’s a wonderful trick that will make your skin super smooth and will make makeup glide flawlessly on your face.
Our very busy lifestyles can make it difficult to have regular facial appointments, not to mention that facials in Dubai are really expensive. So, can you imagine my happiness when I realized I can have this radiant glow for just 10 AED? Try it to believe it!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.
Every bride wants to walk down the aisle looking radiant and glowing on her special day. As a professional makeup artist in Dubai who specializes in weddings, I have experienced working in weddings for different nationalities – Indian weddings, European weddings, Arabic weddings and South East Asian weddings, among others.
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.
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!
If you’ve been following me, I am very practical so I am a fan of products that are hard-working and versatile.
I am so happy with this highlighter and I definitely recommend it for everyone especially for brides wanting to have that spectacular radiance!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter is available in:
USA: USD 28 at Sephora
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.
Today is THE day! And if you’re a makeup lover like me then you definitely know that April 5 is the day Kim Kardashian West and her long-time makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a @makeupbymario to many of us, are dropping their KKW x Mario makeup collection. This date also marks their 10th year anniversary of meeting each other!
The collection is available today at kkwbeauty.com, well, that is if you can actually get your hands on one before it becomes sold out! It will include a 10-pan eyeshadow palette, a Crème lipstick and two High Shine Lip Glosses. Sweet!
But do you know why I believe that this collaboration is such an epic beauty moment? Well, duh, not everyone may be her fan but you’ve got to admit, she has been a major influence in the beauty industry.
I have followed Mario’s career for more than four years now. And I had the opportunity to meet him and Kim K in his Masterclass in Dubai last year. I signed up because I wanted to witness how Mario creates these amazing makeup looks, the products he uses and also learn techniques that can improve my skill as an artist. I also wanted to hear his personal success story so I can somehow follow his footsteps.
When the Masterclass day came, I told myself not to expect too much because these are famous people and just seeing them in person is already a big deal. But when the session started, I was really impressed! The session was really informative and seeing first-hand how Mario applies makeup was a great experience for me.
My favorite techniques that I still do up to now? One, using moisturizer instead of primer as a foundation base. Mario explained that he never uses primer because foundation blends really well with the face’s natural oils; two, layering to create more intense looks; And three, loading up on mascara on the lower lashes for that extra glam effect!