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Sephora Make-up Haul Tried and Tested


Yesterday I had a bit of a make-up haul in Sephora! I am always excited to get home and try my new goodies out and that is exactly what I did!!

I had never tried Marc Jacobs make-up before and the Make-up Forever HD concealer I use in shade 335 is always sold out so I decided to look for a new one. I have quite oily skin and had heard that the Marc Jacobs ReMarcable concealer is Oil free, instead it contains a special blend of soy protein, shea butter, and coconut extract. I loved the way it felt on my skin, I also use Bobbi Browns concealer and this one is similar but a lot lighter in texture, not as thick and creamy and great for building coverage. Recently my circles have gotten quite dark so I opted for the pot rather then the lighter coverage pen and I am really happy with it. Remember to always set your concealer with a powder to prevent cracks forming and try and carry a beauty blender to smooth it all back into place on a night out.

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I absolutely love the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon too, the shade of black is really intense and when you first apply it you can smudge it for a smoky look but after it sets and it wont budge, exactly what you need in this humid weather! If you have oily skin its always better to finish with a little black eye-shadow on top to absorb any excess moisture and stop lines forming on your lid.

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I have used Benefits Bad Gal mascara for years and I have tried Real Eyes but I just love the wand on Bad Gal, it thickens, lengthens lifts and separates which is all you need from a mascara.

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I tried Sephora Extreme Liquid Lipstick in shade 10, it looks great but it dries very sticky and has a horrible texture. I managed to solve this problem by dabbing a creamy lipstick on top. My lip tip is to always use a liner to accentuate your cupids bow and then fill your lips in and really go as high as you can into your cupids bow to get that definition.


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I picked up Sephora’s Pro Angled Liner Brush #22 Its great for liner but for this tutorial I used it to fill in my eyebrows. I also picked up a replacement Pro Angled Blush Brush #49. Mine had seen better days and I love the angle for contouring and the fluffiness to blend.

I definitely would re-stock on all of them except the sticky liquid lipstick! Feel free to leave your comments and questions.

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

I used Illamasqua’s highlight and contour palette to create a really natural highlight, its great for giving your skin that healthy glow in the summer. Brush it just under your cheekbone and blend it upwards and towards your hairline. You can blend it less for an evening look to give you a really sculpted, stronger finish. I finished by applying the illuminator above that along the cheekbone and brushed it upwards again. Using a highlighter with a contour is a really nice way to finish and soften a look, the iridescence of the highlighter makes your cheek bones appear higher and fuller. I finished with Illamasquas colour intense lipstick in a nude shade called born. Its really creamy and long lasting and doesn’t give up without a fight for an all night pout. 

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Summer Street Style

I really love these looks for summer, most of them are effortless and so chic when paired with heels and a clutch. This seasons must have for me is a nice hat, its amazing how much the right hat can add to an outfit and its always about the details for me. Chunky tribal jewellery and accessories paired with simple outfits is a win for me this season. Hope you can draw some inspiration for your summer wardrobe!

One Big Vibes

We went to One Big Vibes at The Hush Lounge on Emirates Golf Course, it was an amazing night with a really chilled vibe and the crowd were the movers and shakers of Dubai rather then the usual posers. Everyone was just out to have a good time and it had a real Festival vibe with a great line-up of House DJs headlined by Blondish. We used to frequent Electric Days before which is now Night Vibes, a series of great outdoor nights. The next one is at the Tamanya Terrace ‘tent’ @ Radisson Blu in Dubai Media City on the 31st July. It will be headlined by Tala, get on the guestlist by emailing info@vibeseries.com

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Photos: Hyku Desesto

Modest Wear

Over Ramadan I got familiar with some of the regions modest wear boutiques, from jalabiyas to Shaylas, here are a few you can check out before Eid Al Adha comes around in September, the great thing is if you like an item you can tweek it and get something customised for yourself.

Zouzou Couture

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We got chatting to Zuweina of Zouzou Couture who has a fantastic range of Jalabiyas, she has a very unique and colourful collection amongst other apparel and also a childrens clothing line. She gave us the scoop on why Zouzou is so unique, and her inspiration behind the brand “I started doing this seriously in March, I have always loved clothes and have always had a tailor as I find shopping difficult because things are too big or too small and I thought if Im going through this then other people must be too so I decided to start ZouZou Couture. You can buy our clothes on our website or here in the workshop (details on website). What’s different with me is I don’t mass produce, they are unique pieces because I don’t believe in uniforms. Most things in shops are mass produced and everybody is wearing them so I design my own pieces by looking at the fabric and deciding what to do with it. My abayas are really colourful with different colour combinations, I wanted them to be more modern. We also make evening and wedding dresses and couture.

Her collection has only been around since March and already selling out fast! You can even make orders via her whatsapp and pay cash on delivery

Lamiah

We met Mariam who created the brand Lamiah, her scarves were beautifully hand embroidered with intricate stone work and cut work amongst other designs. They can bring to life any outfit, adding a little sparkle for the evening or simply making a statement with some of the bolder, colourful designs. Lamiah is a design house which specializes in making exclusive handmade shaylas, hijabs and swarovski scarves. You can check out more designs on the Facebook page and place your orders there.

Lomar

Lomar is a Saudi brand who specialise in Abayas and Thobes for all occasions, they have evening wear, casual wear and even sports-wear. It is owned by a couple who began designing the clothes in their home with an in-house tailor and due to popular demand they grew to have various outlets within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Their mission is to introduce fashion sense and creativity into traditional Saudi attire. To create a new level of style by reinventing traditional norms and transforming them into bold and dynamic fashion statements. To elevate Saudi fashion through innovation.You can shop the collection on their website.

Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor

16meliadubai-signaturelivekitchen 11798141_10153083222501794_483752377_nLast night I dined at Sanjeev Kapoors Signature restaurant, for those who don’t know him he is the most famous indian celebrity chef and judges Master-chef India. I suppose knowing this fact arouses high expectations and I was expecting an exceptional culinary experience. I suppose Indian cuisine is the one that I am most critical of as nobody is ever going to be able to cook a curry like my grandmother and I have always found in the past that the fancier an Indian restaurant, the less I enjoy the food. I suppose the cheaper hole-in-the-wall style restaurants cater to the working class and make food using simple street food and home recipes, for example Ravi’s in Dubai is my favourite no frills Indian restaurant. I feel that the more decadent restaurants always manage to lose this authenticity by over catering to a more sophisticated palate. There are too many alterations and fusions to try to please the foodies and travellers of the world but honestly Indian food is beautiful when it is left the way it is. I also find they over-spice food, they think Western people love the spiciness of Indian food to the point where they add so much spice you lose all the delicacy of the flavours.

We ordered potatoes that were just so spicy you couldn’t taste them. The Patthar ke Kebab was beautifully presented, lamb kebabs served on hot stones with a pot of haleem as a sauce, it was random to use such a heavy staple food as a sauce but it was interesting. The flavours were fine but they didn’t leave me wanting any more. For mains we had a black lentil dhaal which was nice and also a ground chicken and aubergine curry served in a pot which had a piece of charcoal in it to smoke the food. I could really taste that smokiness and it was a nice touch. Everything was nice but nothing made me want to go back to have it again or recommend it, it was very average food, it wasn’t bad just not what you pay for and you would never think it was the recipes of a celebrity chef. I think Mr Kapoor needs to make a visit to Dubai and give his chefs a little refresher as I am sure he too would be disappointed with the standard of food.The restaurant is beautiful, the food was well presented and the service was immaculate, the waiters were so attentive and were very helpful with making recommendations however the food was disappointing.