One beauty trend that is becoming a craze online is the GLASS SKIN effect. But what exactly does it mean by having glass skin?
Glass skin means your skin is so clear, luminescent, and glowing that your pores are almost invisible! This became popular with the rise of Korean beauty trends. Just try to use Google to search for photos of Korean superstars and you’ll see what I mean!
Although I am a fan of makeup to enhance beauty and boost confidence, I am also a great believer of skin care. After all, when you have a beautiful base for your makeup products, the effect will be so much better.
This Glass Skin skin care routine is NOT AN INSTANT, QUICK FIX solution so please don’t expect to wake up the next day having Glass Skin! This is a gradual, maintenance routine that will improve your skin over time and prevent it from looking tired, dry and aging.
This also needs MAJOR commitment. It is a 10- step routine, morning AND night. However, you do not need to perform all 10 steps every single day as two of the steps should only be performed twice a week. But yes, that still leaves you with 8 steps morning and night.
It may seem really long but really, if you time it, the 8 steps will only take you around 10 min max, less for some people. So that’s really just a short time to invest on your personal skin care! I suggest playing your favorite song to occupy your brain so you don’t get bored!
So, one major problem is – what products can you use? Do you need to buy Korean skin care products? Is it expensive? Well, let me help you out by giving you the 10 – step skin care by recommending products you can buy from UAE, and available here.
WHAT: 10-Step Glass Skin Beauty Routine
WHEN: 2X DAILY Morning and Night – 8 Steps will take around 10 minutes & 2X A WEEK – 10 Steps will take around 25-30 minutes
A lot of YouTube Videos and articles online suggest using commercial oil cleansers, but really, you can actually use the oils in your kitchen! Which exactly? Before you put on the frying oil on your face, you need a good quality oil that is non-comedogenic which means it should NOT clog your pores!
Good choices widely available in UAE are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Sunflower Oil. You can buy this in Carrefour or in any pharmacy or supermarket. Make sure you are buying a PURE oil not just something that is mixed.
Don’t use essential oils – do not apply directly on skin as this should ALWAYS be diluted with a base oil and applying undiluted is dangerous! Also AVOID Coconut oil as it can clog your pores!
After the oil cleansing, time to cleanse again! This time, use the cleanser you normally use daily which your skin is used to.
Some people use face wash or even organic soaps, totally depends on you. For a more affordable option, try using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser available at Souq for AED 41, 118 ml because it great for daily use morning and night.
I personally use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, AED 105 available at Kiehl’s website.
Try to avoid the exfoliating cleansers with small beads because the skin should NOT be exfoliated every day.
You should only be exfoliating your face twice a week. Do not over exfoliate because that will dry up your skin and make it super flaky!
I personally use the Bioderma White Moussant Cleanser Scrub, AED 68.
A lot of people think that toner is used to cleanse the face. Although some toners can do that, the main benefit of the toner is to restore your skin’s pH balance.
You can use any toner from any supermarket or pharmacy, but if possible, look for one that is Alcohol-free like this one which also has rosewater – Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner for AED 36 at Souq.
I personally use Clinique 2 Clarifying Lotion AED 115 at Sephora.
Okay so I am putting these two together because most of you will be confused and may interchange them. A lot of you may ask what is the difference between Essence and Serum. Well, after lots of research, here’s my helpful conclusion:
You can purchase essences and serums online at bbcreamgirl or shopbeautykoreadubai OR if you don’t like online shopping you can go to SEPHORA or THE FACE SHOP which is in major malls like Bujuman, Dubai Mall, Al Ghurair, and Ibn Battuta Mall.
Essences are rarer to find so it’s better to find one in the links or stores I mentioned above. Serums are more available and even pharmacies and supermarkets in UAE already have them.
This is a step that is also to be done only 2X a week. I recommend doing it on the same day you have exfoliated to give your skin that extra moisture boost.
Sheet mask are available in Sephora but are little bit pricey at AED 25 per piece. The good news is you can now buy a Korean sheet mask at ETUDE HOUSE in Dubai mall for only AED 10 so that’s really economical and an investment of AED 20 a week is not something that will break your bank.
This is my Sheet Mask 10 Dirham Beauty Hack Review.
Ladies! This is very important. Eye cream is essential because the skin in the eye area is sensitive so it’s best to keep it always moisturized to avoid fine lines. Once you hit your mid-20’s, it’s time to start putting on eye cream!
There are lots of eye creams available in UAE. Again depending on your budget, you can go affordable using drugstore products like NIVEA (AED 52) or HIMALAYA (AED 32) because after all, it’s better than not putting anything at all!
However, if you need to invest on something in all these list of products, a good eye cream is probably your best investment, together with serums and sunscreen. Eye creams can go as high as AED700 Believe it or not! But something like the Organic Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream for AED 143 would be a good choice.
I personally use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream AED 230 available in Dubai Mall store.
Aha! I’m sure this is something you are familiar with. I bet some of you go straight to moisturizer after toning the face. Sadly, no this is not the 3rd step but the 9th step!
Again, depending on your budget you can go economical or high end. For budget friendly choice the NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Cream for AED 11.30 can be bought from Carrefour or many local grocery stores.
If you want to use a moisturizer that celebrities use like maybe Priyanka Chopra, check out Crème De La Mer for a whopping AED 693 for a 30 ml jar at Sephora. To put it in perspective, that’s around 60 bottles of Nivea Soft!
I personally use Charlote Tilbury Magic Cream, AED 400 at Dubai Mall store.
Whew! This is the last step of the skin care routine! In the morning always protect your face with sun block and at night put a sleeping mask.
Sleeping masks are different from night creams because they have more active ingredients that will continue nourishing your skin overnight. They are also referred to as sleeping packs. You don’t remove it like the sheet mask, rather you apply It like a night cream on your face and leave it overnight.
For sun creams, go with SPF 30-50. With the Dubai sun, the higher the better. For drugstore brands, I personally use Banana Boat (Ultra Protect Faces SPF 50, AED 17-20 for 60-90ML) which you can easily find in most UAE groceries and pharmacies.
Another good brand is Seba Med (SPF 50, AED26 for 75ML) for sensitive skin.
And for high end brands, you can try Clarins (SPF 50, AED 168 for 75 ml).
SEPHORA has Dr. Jart Dermask Firming Sleeping Mask for AED109, and also the Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask for AED 232. Again, you can go to THE FACE SHOP and ETUDE HOUSE to explore their sleeping masks/ packs.
This 10-step commitment needs your patience and dedication. As I’ve said, the cost of the products will depend on you, and the result can be different for each person but following this religiously can certainly make a difference.
You can choose to SAVE or SPEND on the products to use, but for some products that are really pricey, you need to just find the most affordable option available.
|STEP 1||Oil Cleansing||SAVE|
|STEP 2||Foam Cleansing||SAVE|
|STEP 5||Essence||Find the Most Affordable|
|STEP 7||Face Mask||SAVE|
|STEP 8||Eye Cream||SPEND|
|STEP 10||Sun Screen||SPEND|
|Sleeping Mask||Find the Most Affordable|
The Huda Beauty Easy Bake is one of the hottest makeup products this summer. It has received super rave reviews from makeup lovers all over the world. In fact, I myself loved the product very much and you can read here why I think it’s the perfect summer beauty product for every Dubai gal.
Some of my blog readers and Instagram followers however were interested to know how the Huda Beauty Easy Bake compares to all the other existing powder in the market, so the best way to know the difference is to test and compare all these products that I currently use.
Before I go into a head to head comparison, I also am showing you the side by side comparison of these powders so please note that I have specified the shade and brand so you can visually compare them. Note that I will NOT compare based on PRICING, instead will compare based on performance.
|Huda Beauty Easy Bake||Italy||$ 34 (20 grams)||8|
|Ben Nye Luxury Powder||USA||$ 16.50 (42 grams)||6|
|Chanel Poudre Universal Libre||France||$ 52 (30 grams)||3|
|Kryolan Fixing Powder||Berlin||$ 16.50 (20 grams)||12|
|Laura Mercier Translucent Powder||USA||$ 38 (28 grams)||2|
|Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder||Italy||$ 44 (8 GRAMS)||3|
Since I have the Huda Beauty Banana Bread, I have compared this to the Ben Nye Banana Powder. The Ben Nye is quite popular and have been used by Kim Kardashian as well as Huda Kattan herself for baking.
The Ben Nye Banana powder is much yellower than the Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s Banana Bread version. Huda Beauty is also much softer and silkier and has very tiny shiny particles. Although both powders are matte finish, Ben Nye is more matte, while Huda Beauty still gives that very, very slight reflective effect.
In terms of being long wearing, these two are almost the same as I have both use them for many hours without fail. However, in terms of appearance, Huda Beauty looks more like skin and feels light as air when applied.
The Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre is one of my favorite powders so it was interesting for me to compare it side by side with Huda Beauty Easy Bake.
While applying both, I felt that both had silky smooth texture, both also had light reflective pigments, and both had a slight fragrance, although Huda Beauty is a little more “perfumey” than Chanel.
Chanel did have a peachy tone which is slightly darker In effect than Huda Beauty. However, aside from the color tone difference, both products were so close to determine a winner as the finished looks are almost identical!
The Kryolan Derma Color Waterproof Fixing Powder is used by a lot of makeup artists especially if they want to really set makeup and make it smudge and sweat proof. This is actually available in 12 different shades, more than Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s 8 shades.
After applying the Kryolan Fixing Powder P3 shade however side by side by Huda Beauty Easy Bake, there were noticeable differences. First, the tone of Kryolan has a more pinkish tone. Second, Huda Beauty looked more natural and skin like while with Kryolan, it really looked that I added makeup on top of my foundation. The Kryolan also felt drier after some time on the skin compared to Huda Beauty.
This is probably one of the most anticipated comparison as Laura Mercier is a favorite by a lot of women. What I noticed is that Huda Beauty Easy Bake is a lot silkier than Laura Mercier but Laura Mercier is more matte. Although Huda Beauty is matte , it still gives a luminous effect.
Also since the Huda Beauty Easy Bake has a shade, it can color correct especially under your eyes, unlike Laura Mercier which just absorbs the color of your foundation.
The side by side comparison do not look very far apart BUT Huda Beauty edges out Laura Mercier in terms of being long-wearing. In my past experience, Laura Mercier is good but cannot last all day, unlike Huda Beauty which I tested recently for 7 hours and is very long wearing.
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!
Most of you might have heard that I am holding my very first “Farah Makeup and Hair Masterclass” at the Galerie Hindam in Citywalk 2 Dubai on Friday, the 13th of July at 6PM. Everyone and I mean everyone is invited but make sure that you book your slot right HERE to make sure you don’t miss it. The best part about this class is that it is sponsored by Galerie Hindam so access is absolutely FREE.
The theme for the masterclass is about “Dubai Weather-proof Makeup Techniques”. I felt that this topic is very relevant because the weather now in the UAE is scorching hot and a lot of us ladies struggle with still looking fresh and beautiful during this weather. My class will cover tips and tricks you can apply which will be really useful.
In this blog post, I would like to give every one of you some useful tips on how to maximize your time when attending a masterclass. This does not only apply to my masterclass but also to other masterclasses in general. I myself have attended a lot of masterclasses like Makeup by Mario and Georgie Kyot so I feel that if you have these insider info beforehand then these will really help you learn a lot during the class.
A lot of masterclass attendees take pictures, videos or record the audio of the masterclass. But I feel that the best way is still take notes of the information most useful to you. Don’t write everything that you are not focusing on the demo anymore, instead, only note down the most important info by putting in keywords. I feel this is more effective than recording the whole thing because it will make you remember the essential parts of the class.
If there is an opportunity for you to ask questions, then do it. Do not be shy. This is your chance to get the insights of a professional artist and learn beauty secrets. Sometimes, the information you need may not be presented unless you ask about it specifically.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! “
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.
Do not forget skincare kit including toner, moisturizer and serums. Also, even if you are hiring a makeup artist, bring your daily makeup kit of your own that you can use the following day.
If you are staying in a hotel, they have these small combs that cannot even fix your fringe so better to bring your own hair comb or brush. Also ask your makeup artist for the best way to remove your hairstyle after the ceremony.
Do not bring the whole bottle of perfume. Put a small amount in a small atomizer or if you have a travel sized one, that’s better. This is especially if you are travelling as airport regulations don’t allow big bottles in carry on luggage.
Get a matching color of the nail polish of your manicure just in case there is an accidental chip during the event.
An all-inclusive hotel may have toiletries, but it is advisable to bring your brands especially if you have sensitive skin. Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to also pack extra for your groom! He will appreciate it!
Whether you’re staying in a hotel, traveling for your honeymoon or staying in your new house, pack your clothes in advance as you will not have time to come back to the house and worry about this after the wedding. Do not over pack, but make sure you bring different outfits on your different events.
Splurge in extra nice brand-new sleepwear and undergarments. It does not necessarily need to be super expensive or lacy if you’re not comfortable with this. You must choose something with good quality, with soft fabric and something that fits well. Your honeymoon is not the time to wear your brother’s hand me down T-shirts and basketball shorts.
Also bring extra pair of everyday shoes/ sandals for the next day. Believe me, I’ve heard stories of brides who forgot to bring casual shoes and had to go to breakfast in their hotel slippers or wedding shoes!
If the hotel has a pool or Jacuzzi, swimwear will come handy.
Extra bags are always useful. Instead of bulky luggage, opt for foldable duffle bags or garment bags.
These are things that you may always think are obvious, but you may be surprised that a lot of people forget them! Identification cards, passports and travel documents must be kept in a safe place. You can ask your groom to safe keep the documents with you so both your docs are in same place and you can keep in the hotel safe. Credit cards are advisable but make sure to also bring cash. Smaller bills are also great for tipping.
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.
Oh, and by the way, Here’s your BONUS:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be singing this Rihanna song the first time you try the yellowish gold Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawat Freestyle Highlighter. This is because this shade definitely feels and looks like yellow diamonds on the skin!
When the first swatches and makeup looks first hit Instagram, I admit that I was probably one of the many people who thought twice if the yellow gold shade is something I can use on an everyday basis. But I gave in to temptation because RiRi is absolutely one of my beauty loves and I got myself the coveted Trophy Wife shade for AED 168 when it became available in Dubai.
According to the product description, you can use this to highlight any part of your face and body – eyes, lips, collarbone, cheeks, etc. I understand though that for an everyday woman, it is challenging to picture how this very yellow, pigmented product can actually work as a multipurpose product, especially when all we’re seeing on IG are yellow gold streaks on everyone’s cheeks.
Just because it’s super pigmented does not mean you’re obliged to streak your cheek yellow like a football fan. Use a fan brush and delicately apply a sheer layer on top of your cheekbones to get that subtle golden glow.
The pigmented formula makes Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife a perfect yellow eye shadow alternative. Pair it with black eyeliner, dramatic lashes and nude lips to complete your look.
If you want a subtler yet playful eye application, use a wet eyeliner brush to line your eyes or eye corner with this highlighter. The color is yellow enough to be fun but the gold shimmer gives it a classier feel.
It was Huda Beauty who started the lip strobe trend. But no need to spend extra to get that shimmer effect! It’s amazing how a few taps of this highlighter can completely transform your lip color and give it that extra wow factor. Try it on top of a violet lip or on a nude, rosy shade.
I know everyone is talking about Fenty Beauty’s latest Body Luminizer, but if your wallet is not that excited to buy a separate body shimmer, then I assure you that the Trophy Wife Highlighter will also do the trick. Make sure to moisturize your skin with any body lotion, put on MAC Fix Plus Spray , and use a big fluffy brush to apply this highlighter all over. Now you just saved yourself AED 260!
The Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife is available at
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available in :
I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.