Pavera makeup is one amazing brand which lots of you may not have heard of. It has recently opened in Bahrain (seef mall) and I really suggest you try their products if u haven’t!
Their products are highly pigmented & very rich in color! I am in love with their pigments (will do another review soon)-
I absolutely loved their blushers too. So i got this really great palette where they fill it in for you with your chosen colors.
The sizes of the blushers are reasonable not too small and not as huge as kryolan
Below is a hand swatch of those blushes/highlighters- see how highly pigmented they are. FYI- these are only with one application ( i have not applied more than one coat)
I have attended the Nadia Zaid professional makeup course last week- not that I’m clueless about makeup, but because I felt the urge to become more and more professional.
Nadia Zaid’s course was absolutely amazing: it was fun, it was active, the students (whom I call friends and future MUA’s) where creative and kind… the course I must say was very very beneficial… I didn’t want it to end to be honest (Feeling depressed today)
Nadia Zaid is a well known makeup artist in Bahrain- and what I love about her- is her kindness and how she is very down to earth. She will answer anything you want, she will motivate you, she will inspire you, she will tell you how to deal with clients, she will tell you her mistakes to avoid them, she will guide you further into your career. It’s very very very hard to find such makeup artist with such a personality like hers. She will make time for her students, even after the course.
Below are random photos of the makeup and tools provided which we have used
Our lovely teacher NADIA explaining ! Luv her
Beautiful colors every where
I would say that this course is more focused on people who want to go pro with their makeup and start applying for photo shoots brides, clients. It is also good for people who want to learn professionally to apply on themselves. You learn the great techniques after Nadia showing you everything on a model/student and then you have to do the same. So there was a lot of practice- which makes it great so you will learn and get better by time!
The last day was a sad day for me because it was the last- but the content was great- We visited the talented Ahmed Zayer studio (he’s a photographer) and Nadia works with him a lot.
His place is a Museum – filled with mini vintage camera stuff
In the Ahmed Zayer Studio
They had a beautiful model waiting for us in the studio “SHEEZA”.. and Nadia applied full bridal makeup for her infront of us (It was fantastic to witness and see how it is done)! She then wore a wedding dress & a veil and Ahmed took photos of her modeling.
Ahmed wanted to show us how makeup is shown in the camera & the makeup mistakes to avoid when it comes to photography! It was super informative!
When taking photographs you have to apply stronger makeup so that it will show!
Squeezed myself into the photo
Blooper moment- luved the pic though
Ahmed doing what he does best
Finally we received our certificates
She has inspired me to do more. I now have more confidence in what I do! Nadia is very professional and I really wish that those who want to go pro to join the course- it is 7 days (21 hours) total!
For more info on her course visit http://www.nadiazaid.com or follow her on instagram @nadiazaidmakeup for any questions.
Super thrilled to have been featured in the MARCH 2013 issue of BATELCO’s E-Magazine!
All about the youth and young talent!
Click on this link http://www.batelco.com/emagazine/emag5/ to view the issue
Screen shot of the issue
Here is the full shot- taken by the amazing bahraini photographer Ahmed Zaman (zaman studio)
So as you have all heard from the chaos in the beauty world regarding this glove- I have finally received it and I’m excited to review it for u!
For those who want to order it- click on SIGMA BEAUTY and they do deliver worldwide. If you have a US forwarding address, it would be faster !
As you all know, the Sigma Spa Glove is very quick and effective way to help deep clean your brushes! It is super unique- never produced before- with different textures and surfaces to help in removing makeup & dirt from your brushes with only very little shampoo.
See details below on how to create this eye look
- Primed eyes with Urban Decay’s primer potion
- MAC “satin taupe” eyeshadow (purplish grey” on full lid
- MAC “sketch” eyeshadow on outer corner and inner corner (don’t apply it on the centre lid)
- Blend “sketch” into “satin taupe”
- maybelline gel liner to line my eyes with a small flick
- Armani mascara “eyes to kill” top & bottom lashes
- Adrell lashes “babies” with duo glue
- Chanel “clair” eyepencil in nude on my water line. I slightly winged it under my flick
- smudged “sketch” under my bottom lashline
- Added “vanilla” eyeshadow from MAC on my brow bone & gently blended it.
See below on how to create this eye look:
- Primed eye with Urban Decay’s eye shadow primer potion
- MAC eyeshadow “wedge” on full lid
- MAC eyeshadow “nylon” on brow bone & then i blended it to look natural
- Applied “espresso” on my lower lash line with a MAC 239 flat shader brush
- Used “noir” the black color from one of the sleep palettes i have in the crease
- applied Makeupforever’s smoky lash mascara top & bottom lashes
- Eyelure lashes “sarah” from the girl’s aloud collection
- Chanel “clair” nude pencl inside bottom waterline
- maybelline gel liner top lid
- Sleep makeup glittter liner in start of inner corner
- contact lenses are from “freshlook” in the shade “brown”
See details below on which products I used to do this eyelet
I used the ” SMOKED” palette from Urban Decay to do this eyelook. If you want to read more about the Smoked palette, SEE HERE.
- Primed the eye with Urban Decay’s Eye primer potion
- applied “freestyle” from smoked palette on full lid
- “kinky” on brow bone
- “blackout” on outer corner and blended it out with “backdoor”
- “mushroom” on centre of lid
- maybelline gel liner
- applied ardell lashes “demi lovies”
- smudged “backdoor & blackout” underneath lashline
- used illamasqua mascara “RAVEN” top and bottom lashes
- Urban decay’s 24/7 eye pencil “perversion” inside waterlines.
- Makeupforever’s creamy eyebrow corrector# 30 to fill in my brows
Honestly speaking, brushes are my # 1 weakness. The are the one thing in makeup where I can’t have enough of. The more I own, the better I sleep at night! Well… I’m just super excited for the amazing news of Makeup for ever’s latest Brush launch!!
I can’t get enough of MUFE’s brushes- they are super professional- The handle, the shape, the blending… And imagine- Soon they will be launching the full brush range–> REDESIGNED, IMPROVED, and MUCH MORE PROFESSIONAL!!! I’m super anxious to see them!!
MUFE will launch those brushes in OCT 2013 (middleast) – quite a long time from now – but it is worth the wait!! TRUST ME!!
These brushes are cutting edge!
Let me tell you what’s so cool about them:
DANNY SANS, the creator of MUFE worked herself on developing those new brushes to perfect them with every little detail. Danny and her team researched the best materials to make up the perfect brushes and conducted a lot of blind tests with MUA’s to test those brushes.
Those brushes will focus on a 100% synthetic fiber range ( with NO NATURAL HAIR) in the range! Similar to Illamasqua & Real Technique’s brushes (all hairs are synthetic but can be used with creamy & powder at the same time). MUFE’s brushes will have special fibers, different than other brands.
Even so, each brush shape is exclusively designed to meet professional performance.
What really caught my eye is the tip of the brush handle – being slanted.
Exclusively made for tucking in your false lashes! HOW CONVENIENT ! It is also used to mix and adjust makeup textures (meaning instead of using a spatula to remove a product or mix a foundation etc u can mix & swap using this)
Each brush has a wooden handle made out of environmental-friendly Beechwood and a gun metal connector between the hairs and the handle.
The names will be different too- Each brush handle will incorporate a number then it will state ” Straight”, “wavy” or “Straight&Wavy” to describe the hair texture of the brush.
It has always been hard for me to memorize the numbers for MUFE brushes, where I would find MAC & sigma super easy- So now MUFE are changing the numbers too with 4 categories:
All brushes numbered in the (#100′s) is for the face only. Brushes in the (#200′s) are for the eyes. Lip brushes are in the #300 range and the artistic ones will be in the #400.
These brushes will be super unique- when compared to other brands. MUFE claims their brushes are handcrafted, super resistant, humidity proof, hygienic and most importantly environmental friendly, cruelty-free.
There will be a total of 76 brushes- WOW that is ALOT!
With those brushes a special brush cleanser will be launched too.
The “INSTANT BRUSH CLEANSER” is a purifying cleanser with a quick drying formula. It will remove any type of product from your brush, whether it was long wear or waterproof etc.
Working on this post was absolutely amazing! I am thrilled to introduce you to this amazing company- BACKSTAGE DUBAI- Some may know it, but the ones who don’t then this is your chance to know what they are and what they do- and yes- it is MAKEUP RELATED!
BACKSTAGE is located in Dubai- and it’s a beauty concept store- unlike any other store- it’s very unique! (can’t wait to visit it during my trip to Dubai for my makeup classes… to know more see my Dubai class post – click HERE)
A shot of Backstage’s amazing modern layout
Basically, Backstage is a luxury beauty boutique which sources exclusive brands from overseas. It provides some brands that are not widely, if at all, available throughout the U.A.E so that they can offer a truly unique beauty experience.
Backstage provides you with cosmetics, luxury fragrances, lavish skincare lines, beauty tools & fashion accessories. It is a pretty new store in town- as it recently opened in late 2011.
The amazing brands which Backstage provides are: Besame, Belmacz, Becca, Beautyblender (all UAE girls looking for it- they sell it here!), Bdellium Tools, Ciate, Fallon, Gio Diev, Histoires de Parfums, HAIR DESIGNACCESS, ila, Jerome C. Rosseau, Jennifer Behr, Karmissie, Karen Murrell, Ligia Dias, Les Tai Tai, LashControl, MOR, Mily Make Up, Mason Pearson, Mark Buxton, Mai Couture, Nanadebary, Nail Rock, Osmo, Parfumerie Generale, Rosebud, Rodin olio lusso, Whish, Xen Tan, Zoe & Morgan.
Moving on to the makeup part … I think many of you know the famous MILLIE MACKINTOSH… How amazing is it that she collaborated with BACKSTAGE ??
For those not familiar with Millie- she is a super popular star in the TV show “Made in Chelsea” … And also she is a very talented makeup artist! She is an iconic beauty and fashion icon. She also recently launched a false lashes collection!
Backstage earned a lucky chance to do an exclusive “how to makeup” tutorial with Millie. Millie uses BACKSTAGE’s brands to show us how she can achieve beautiful skin – more of a “day glam” look.
The tutorial is super helpful and I urge you girls to see it. It provides details (step by step) on how to create this stunning makeup look… Also- she gives you some beauty tips and tricks (always luv that part !) The Millie make up tutorial was released on January 1st 2013 – so this video is SUPER NEW!
See her tutorial below
All products used in the tutorial are available at BACKSTAGE Dubai ! So those who want the amazing beauty blender and becca etc should definitely visit this amazing store & grab those goodies!
Also, check out Milli Mackintosh’s exclusive interview with Backstage & see her unclose pictures from the photoshoot!
BS) Made In Chelsea is absolutely huge! What made you agree to be part of the show?
MM) I was really scared about being in a reality show. I had no idea what I was getting into! It was a massive gamble that luckily paid off! Once I persuaded Caggie to join the show, I knew it would be a lot of fun
BS) Where do you think you would be now if you hadn’t done Made In Chelsea?
MM) I would still be working as a make up artist but I doubt I would have my own line of lashes out yet!
BS) What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a reality TV star?
MM) People get to see such a large part of our lives that it becomes difficult to have your privacy, I find it hard when I get followed at the airport or when I’m running errands looking not my best!
BS) You’ve visited Dubai in the past. What do you think of our city? What do you remember most about visiting Dubai?
MM) I love the sun so I especially enjoyed the climate! Dubai is great for a winter getaway and has some of the best restaurants and malls in the world! The fountains outside the Burj Khalifa.
BS) Do you have any plans to visit again soon?
MM) With my filming schedule, it is hard to book trips away! I am working hard this winter so haven’t been able to make any travel plans at all yet!
BS) What can you tell us about your collaboration with Backstage, a beauty concept store in Dubai?
MM) I am thrilled to be working with Backstage Dubai and also very happy to announce they will now be stocking my line of false lashes! When they got in touch it made perfect sense – I am a beauty addict so its a really fun collaboration and they have a terrific range of amazing products, so what’s not to love?
BS) Backstage has more niche, high-end, luxury cosmetics, skin care and fragrance. Are you a fan of unique beauty products?
MM) Yes 100% addicted! I love discovering amazing brands that go beyond the average product and deliver amazing results.
BS) What is your favourite thing about shopping at boutiques?
MM) The private and unique experience you get! Also, knowing not everyone else knows about it yet, it’s a more exclusive way of shopping.
BS) What drove you to want to be a make up artist?
MM) I always loved watching my mum getting ready for parties when I was little and I used make up from early in my teens to cover up bad skin. It made me feel much better about myself. I love how putting on a bit of make up in the morning can help you feel ready to face the day!
BS) What is your all time favourite make up brand?
MM) I have to say I am a Becca addict!
BS)What are your top 5 make up tips for women?
MM) Know your skin type and skin tone, this is very important when picking your base make up.
Use a primer with an SPF, this will protect skin from the sun all year round and help your make up stay on all day.
Choose colours that suit you, always match your base in natural light to make sure it’s a good match.
Less is more, enhance what you’ve got – don’t mask it.
Have fun … it’s about being creative and expressing yourself!
BB) What 3 beauty products do you never leave the house without?
MM) Lip balm. I love Baume de Rose from By Terry, My Becca foundation, My lashes – whichever ones suit the feel of the day…
BB) Your skin is always so radiant. How do you keep it in such amazing condition?
MM) Thank you! I have a good cleansing routine which I think is essential and I have monthly facials. I also do 1 or 2 face masks at home every week.
BB) Dubai’s weather is amazing all year round but we are strong believers in safe tanning. What are your tips to maintain a perfect fake tan?
MM) It’s important to assess your skin when choosing your tanning product, for fairer skin tones – choose a product that is light to medium and always to a patch test first. Make sure you exfoliate a day before applying tanning products to make sure you get an even colour and then apply moisturiser to knees, elbows, knuckles and ankles to stop the tan from going too dark in those areas! I love St Tropez self-tanning mousse.
BB) You are regarded as a beauty and fashion icon. How do you feel about this?
MM) It’s very flattering but I don’t feel worthy of the title! I love clothes – dressing up was always my favourite game when I was little.
BB) Are you more of a ‘heels’ or ‘handbag’ kind of woman?
MM) I’m a heels and handbag kind of woman! Got to have the perfect bag to go with the shoes …
BB) Who is your ultimate beauty and fashion icon at the moment?
MM) Miranda Kerr. She has a killer body and always looks so natural and gorgeous. The way she dresses is simple, elegant and stylish.
BB) Congratulations on your lash line – they are all absolutely stunning. What were the reasons behind you creating your own lash line?
MM) I wanted to wear lashes that were really natural for the daytime, that felt light, and that didn’t irritate my eyes. I couldn’t be happier with the way my lash line has come out. The feedback has been amazing. It’s a dream come true to have my own lash line!
BB) What advice would you give to a woman who is looking at choosing a false eyelash to wear?
MM) Think about your eye shape and if you like a more natural or bold look. My lashes range from very natural to a sexy full lash look. I would wear all of them depending on the occasion or mood I was in.
BB) What is your top tip for wearing false eyelashes?
MM) Wear them with confidence!
BB) Are they any other plans for more products in the pipeline?
MM) Definitely, whatever I do, it will always be to enhance a women’s natural beauty and will be kind to the skin. I would love my own clothing line one day.
BB) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
MM) I would love to have a beauty and clothing boutique, that would be amazing!
BB) What would you say you are most thankful for right now?
MM) All the people I’ve worked with over the last year and a half! I couldn’t of done it without them!
To know more about Backstage, please visit http://www.backstage.ae
Backstage is located in THE VILLAGE (see map below)
Backstage Shop 21, Ground Floor, The Village, Jumeirah 1 Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
T: +971 4 385 5500 F: +971 4 385 5505 E: email@example.com
My makeup classes are not like any other class- i have a special way of explaining things- in great detail- TO MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND the reasons behind the use of products!
This class will benefit you for a lifetime
It is a basics class- where you will learn more than basics! I cover everything-step by step- by showing you everthing on my face- IN GREAT DETAIL OFCORSE!
You will learn everything from how to prep the face, to correctors & foundation etc till the end + a quick eye look!
Here is what the class covers:
- Skin prep (face routine of cleansers, wipes & toners)
- Moisturisers and eye creams
- Full explanation of all the Brushes & their use
- Full explanation of sponges, powder puffs, beauty blenders & other essentials
- Correcting the skin using orange, green & beige correctors
- Explanation of the different foundations & the skin’s undertones
- How to choose the right foundation shade
- How to properly apply foundation and blend
- Concealers (different types & textures)
- Applying powder (loose/compact) and buffing up the face
- Contouring the face (nose & hollow cheek bone)
- Filling in your eyebrows correctly with different types of products
- Priming the eye area
- A quick soft brown eye look
- Tricks of the eyeliner and the flick
- Defining the eyes
- Mascara (the right way)
- How to correctly apply blush & blend
- How to highlight the face (2 techniques)
- How to fix the face with setting spray
- How to clean your dirty brushes
Where will the class be in dubai?
The class will held in an event/meeting room in THE ADDRESS HOTEL (DUBAI MALL)
The class will be in classroom form, provided with a screen and camera to zoom in on what I’ll be teaching you.
Valet Parking will be offered on complimentary basis for my students. The parking ticket will be stamped by the hotel.
When are the classes held?
The class will be on a (SATURDAY) at 10 AM on JUNE 15
I chose a saturday – as it will be your weekend. The class is nearly 3 hours and a half.
Kindly be there by 9:45 sharp
How many students in the class?
Since I’ll be there for 1 day only- the class will be a big one- 45 students. It is a limited space – depending on a first-come-first-serve basis (upon deposit payments) – will inform those who reserve later.
What to bring to the class?
Don’t bring anything with you! Best is to come & learn – I provide you with my special notes.
I do everything on my face- so you won’t be doing anything on yours
How much is the class?
It will be 800 AED per person
Classes are higher in cost than Bahrain in order to cover the venue/event expense
What language is the class in?
The classes are in arabic (due to the majority understanding arabic) but to those who understand only in english- you will be able to easily understand the class as you will see me do everything on my face. The notes provided are all in english. And I do speak english alot in the class- so it’s a mix between arabic and english
How to enroll in my class?
If you are really interested-
Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
with your NAME & MOBILE or DM me on twitter.
If you already emailed me your name and mobile- i will contact u personally.
Many of emarati women already emailed me and I will contact them
You will need to pay a deposit to secure your spot- against cancellations
(I will inform you later on the process)
LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ALL!!!
LET’S SPREAD THE MAKEUP KNOWLEDGE!!!
I’m thrilled to have the all new Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in my hands! This product is not yet sold in Bahrain ( as of today JAN 13,2013)- I have the product pre it’s launch here and I’m glad to review it for you girls- so that you will know what to expect from it and what to know before buying it!
It is one of those powders that I’m sure girls will love- especially those girls who love compact foundations and love to use them in the morning! You will be able to transform this foundation to a different texture for a completely different look.
When will it launch?
The pro-finish will launch soon in Bahrain- Mid to end of MARCH 2013. It will be sold for BD 18 – and it will come in 24 shades
What is it?
A multiuse powder foundation with a patent-pending formula that can be applied wet or dry for buildable coverage and a customized finish.
You have the choice to apply it dry for a matte finish full coverage result, or wet to get a satin finish sheer coverage.
Why is it special?
This product- believe it or not- took Dany Sanz (Creator & Artistic Director) more than six years to make. She has tested more than 70 different formulations and finally settled with this one. She wanted a multi-use formula with different finishes and different coverage levels.
This compact foundation is very different than the previous ones in their permanent products- as it allows you to customize it to how you want to use it.
I’m very impressed- honestly- I’m not a fan of compact powdered foundations- and you do realize that I barely blog about them. But this one- swept me off my feet!!
I have been waiting to get my hands on this powder for a while and I’m lucky I did- I had a 6th sense that it will be good to me.
The texture was very lightweight- it blends beautifully into your skin- If it was matte (dry) it will look like skin or shall I say “second skin”. It looks absolutely natural. If u want more coverage it is easily buildable. What I also liked about it is that when you hear the word “matte” or “dry”- then you will think that the foundation will dry up your face and might look cakey. However, with this product it really hydrates my skin and I didn’t feel that it dried up my face at all ( I have combination skin)- It might depend from skintone to another.
How to pick your shade?
The shades are slightly similar to the Makeupforever HD foundation (liquid)- not 100% exact- but close to them. I’m a mix of 2 colors in the HD (128 and 155)… but since with powders u can’t mix, you will realize that one might suit you better than the other. With this pro-finish powder- the 155 is closer to my skin tone than the 128.
My experiment (dry for matte finish)
I really suggest NOT using the sponge that comes in the tub- instead use a powder brush/ buffer brush/kabuki- suits best and applies the color much better than a sponge. The brush blends it beautifully.
I loved how this powder looks very natural and perfectly suits my skin. It doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t feel dry. If you have an oil problem then this will help in mattifying the oils off your face.
My experiment (wet for satin finish)
Wet a sponge (not the one in the tub) or your brush gently, then remove the excess water and take some powder using the wet applicator.
When wet, the color appears to be more vibrant and I feel that there is more coverage when it is applied wet. If you still want more coverage after this, you can apply powder (dry) on top.
Just keep in mind **** When applied wet- it goes darker (so be careful). You can take a shade lighter if you want to just apply it wet as it might go darker.
To actually see how the product looks like on skin (WET VS. DRY) – see the picture below:
You shouldn’t worry about the powder when it is wet that it won’t go back to powder- the powder will look wet even when it is dry but just dust it off and it will look good as new.
I really hate that annoying feeling when you remove your makeup and you still feel that u have dirt on your skin!! I have got this shu uemura’s skin purifying cleansing oil recently from London and absolutely loved the results!
The product’s full name is “ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil skin purifier” and it comes in a brown bottle- 2 diff sizes- 150 ml and 450 ml
This special cleansing oil is super effective as it removes impurities and dirt and gives you the most amazing super smooth skin!!! I have tried and tested it and I guarantee you that it will make your skin very smooth!
It is mainly used to remove any dirt or makeup- will instantly hydrate and nourish your skin. It is a fantastic product to add to your skincare routine. This product by far is one of the best cleansing oils- it even beats MAC cleanse off oil- as i feel it is more healthier for my skin.
It is an oily/watery product and must be used with water in order to work!
These are the directions for using it!
Just remember, apply some in your hand then onto your face (which is filled with makeup) and apply some water then work it into your skin- you will then realize how super soft your skin is!
Check out the benefits of the ingredients in this product
This cleansing oil literally removes every trace of makeup! So if you don’t feel like removing it with facial wipes etc- just wash ur face with it! I even love how it removes the waterproof mascara so easy! This product differs from Shu Uemura’s other cleansing oils as it is more moisturizing on your skin. You will feel instantly after washing your face how soft and smooth and supple it is!
The only disadvantage to this is how pricey it is- and it is not available in Bahrain- but hopefully when you travel you can get it!
So as you all have seen- through twitter, instagram & Facebook- the updates on my course in Illamasqua’s School of Makeup Art!
I have enrolled in this amazing course “mastering professional makeup” at Illamasqua’s flagship store – 20 beak street, London!
I must say- i’m impressed! I know a lot about makeup- but this helped in enhancing my professional skills through application.
The course was done in 5 days- taught by educational makeup artists CLAIRE & DANIEL – which I have the upmost respect for. They are super talented & very helpful & great in explaining things!
I do recommend this course if u have a little background in makeup cuz it is quite fast… They show you how to do something- then u have to do it quickly.
They were really helpful in explaining how to enter the makeup industry & how to deal with clients! I also really loved the part where you learn about the proper hygiene with your makeup and tools and how to avoid infections!
As many of you were asking- What did I learn in the course- lemme show you the full experience by pictures!
Arrived at Illamasqua’s flagship store
How amazing is this line? “WE ARE COLOUR- YOU ARE BEAUTY?!”
THE ENDLESS VARIETY OF MAKEUP THAT WE GOT TO PLAY AROUND WITH!
I was literally running around grabbing everything and trying it out!
Their amazing skin base foundations! One of my all time favs
ABOVE- the eyeliner cakes which we used for filling in the eyebrows!
Inside the class
So We have received a lot of free stuff – 11 brushes (full brush kit) & products for our own use!
One of my favorite tasks- LEARNING HOW TO TAKE BLENDING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
Keep in mind- this is NOT an eye look- it is basically practice on blending. We used a white color and a black color. We had to create GREY.. in between…. so it had to be gradual! I loved how informative this was and the diff techniques you had to hold your brush!
Below: my eye! See how it is blended!
Below- Claire shows us how to create a CATWALK/editorial wet eye look!
Enjoyed working on erica’s eyes- a thick winged liner to suit her eyes!
Claire shows her students how to create a brow- what to do & what NOT to do… and it was great to see her show how to create a brow for the ones who barely have nothing or very little hairs!
Students below working on each other’s eyebrows!
Claire showing her students how to create a SYMMETRICAL lip- using DARK COLORS such as BLACK! It was super great that she used black- so we can see our mistakes clearly- It is all about symmetry!! that is what professional makeup relies on! If i used pinks or nudes I wont be able to see the mistakes!
For our final project- each student had to create a look on another student… It was up to us to do something creative or just beauty- I did a beauty look- smoky eyes and contouring. So below are the products I used.. and the mess I made later on
Beautiful erika above! Im so glad I got to work on a beautiful Japanese doll! It was challenging yet fun to work on mono lids (eyes with no crease) !
And Finally- I received my certificate! YAY!
All i can say is, thank you to Illamasqua for giving me the opportunity to learn makeup with new & unique techniques! I have really enjoyed my time
I LOVE U ILLAMASQUA
To enroll in their numerous courses- visit www.illamasqua.com & book online!
Latest event in Bahrain… Covering all aspects of beauty!!
If you are interested in Makeup, Fashion, Hair, Nails & Beauty- then Moda Mall is the place to be between OCT 17-OCT 31 !
The Style Lounge is basically a lounge filled with professionals: hairstylists, makeup artists, fashion stylists & nail technicians to help you in anything you need to know! I’m impressed that it will be 2 weeks! Such professionals come from the different top salons in Bahrain…. and are here to offer FREE/complimentary advice for all of you!
Re-knowned famous makeup artist & tv show host Joelle Mardinian is the guest of honour for the style lounge!
All glammed up- Joelle offered some Q&A with the audience!
Below are the photos of the opening day (press conference followed by a makeup segment)
Below (LAVISH) nail salon – FREE NAIL ART!
With her models
Below: Our picture (the bloggers) with Joelle! – Ali Fareed, Mara Mostafa, Me & Nada Tawfeeqi
Polaroid stands…. took us ages to get our pix!
Gorgeous MAKEUP!! Model above: They used gold in the front to centre lid- then added smoky brown in outer corners. Her green/hazel lenses bring out the color more. Simple makeup- glamorous!
Joelle’s tips on answered questions:
* Focus on natural makeup & Not heavy makeup (mask)
* Consider yourself lucky if you are arab- to have such beautiful eyes & skin – Khaliji makeup focuses a lot on black kohl
* When you apply black pencil kohl in your eyes, you’ll get a more defined look.. to make your eyes bigger apply lighter color on your lids on nude pencil in your waterline.
* Dealing with oily skin is tough. Make sure you are applying primers before to mattify your face and absorb oils. Also get an oil free moisturizer (made for oily skin) and use it morning & night.
* Olive skinned tone women have the advantage of using any eye shadow desired!
* Important to consult your dermatologist about your skin tone- so you can choose the right foundation for your skin.
* Essential to use a lighter foundation (formula) for mornings.
* Dark spots/discoloration appears on your skin due to the sun. Make sure you wear a moisturizer with SPF.
* Be careful with facials- stick to cream based ones instead of laser.
* Don’t hide your face with a mask of makeup. Just bring our your best features.
Andy Warhol- Pop Art’s most celebrated artist – is the theme of this Holiday collection. NARS decided to bring out a makeup collection full of color and major fun!
NARS founder, François Nars have always loved Warhol’s work and believed it inspired him.
I’m sure you have seen those famous creations below:
Well, NARS creatively incorporates his pop art into makeup!
The collection is split in two
1- A Sephora exclusive launching OCTOBER 1 (includes cheek & eye palette + 5 lip glosses)
2- A line for department stores in NOVEMBER 1 (Silver factory set including shadows, lipsticks, blush and an Edie set)
Take a look Below to see Official Pictures of the Collection
Fabulous pop art!
I have previously wrote about this limited collection before it launched!
You can read about it here ! The link features her amazing photos and how to achieve them!
Well- The “Maya Loves Aqua” kit from Make up For ever launched in lat June 2012 and it is a fantastic collaboration with Middle Eastern Star “Maya Diab” to emphasize Makeupforever’s famous aqua line!
This collection is all about the aqua collection and how it is really super long lasting and waterproof!
FYI ( this kit consists of mini versions of specific permanent products) with a new addition!
You can get it from Faces, Vavavoom, Debenhams & Paris Gallery!
I do suggest getting it from Faces as it retails for 39 BD (lowest) but you get a free makeup session with your purchase!!! How cool
I got the kit once it launched but never got the time to review it — so here we are!
The collection includes a silver clutch with side studs (Christian Louboutin) ….
Inside the clutch you will find the following:
Aqua Cream #13 (Beige)
Aqua Liner #13 (Black)
Aqua Rouge 2(rosewood)
Aqua Lip 2 c (rosewood color)
Aqua Smoky lash (Black)
Sens’ Eyes (makeup remover)
Aqua Smoky lash
One of the best selling mascaras- volume, length, darkness & WATERPROOF!! I always use it during summer (beach season) because it is super waterproof!
This is a cute little version of it!
Aqua Eye Liner
A liquid liner which I use nearly everyday! Super Black- very pigmented- sharp precise point to make a winged flick… And Yup .. it is waterproof ! So you can use it for the beach as well!
I constantly talk about this liquid liner on twitter
Aqua Cream #13 Beige
Highly pigmented long lasting waterproof cream… with pearly pigmentation… I have used this product before & it doesn’t crease or smudge ( i suggest using a primer underneath anyways)! It is even hard to wipe off! I do suggest blending it superfast before it dries up! Your finger would do or any synthetic brush.
The shade is a golden beigy shade with a hint of metallic…you can use this for your eyes and lips! It instantly brightens up your eye since it is a light based color.
Aqua Lip 2c
Lip liner which is also waterproof- very water resistant & easy to glide on lips
The color is “rosewood” – super soft so make sure you sharpen it.
Aqua Rouge 2
This is the only product in the kit which is NEW-from the new AQUA ROUGE line- amazing two sided lip rouges with a color on one side and a gloss on the other!
This will be a permanent.
The color is rosewood. The aqua rouge provides intense and long-lasting color .. similar to sephora’s lip stain.. It will stay there fore hours and hours…
If you want it matte – don’t add gloss.. if you want it shiny then use the gloss.
Notice how it becomes matte a few seconds later…
And if you want it glossed up….
The aqua rouge is hard to remove (hence- long lasting) – tried it with a wipe and no use…
The sens eyes (below) removed every trace of it!
Pic above after trying to smudge it off with makeupremover wipes!
Famous makeup remover – which basically removes the anything stubborn. Anything waterproof or that doesn’t get removed by wipes- the sens eyes bottle is the solution! IT REMOVES EVERYTHING MAGICALLY!
Great buy- nice clutch … and fantastic products! Great small miniatures to be placed in bags or clutches.. and fantastic sizes especially for traveling!
To be honest- it is actually a fair price- you get a mascara, lip liner, liquid eyeliner, rouge+gloss, creamy eyeshadow and a makeup remover .. and a clutch all for 39 BD!
So I have Finally Made a new video!
This time it is a smoky eye using the black tango palette – from Makeup4ever
To see the video click this link or watch the video below
I’m soooooooo excited to have the Black Tango collection in my hands!!!!
The collection is super new and did not launch in the middle east yet- Will launch in Bahrain by Sept 15, 2012 !
Black Tango is an amazing new sultry collection. Danny Sanz, Creator & Artisitc Director of Makeup4ever was inspired by tango dancers and the Latin Spirit of Seduction. Keep in mind Danny has south American Roots! She then created an easy to use and long lasting products to be perfectly tailored to extreme stage conditions!
“For this collection, I wanted to transport us into the hushed atmosphere of the Milonga room.
Black Tango is an invitation to seduction and the world of dance. Behind the delicate lace of a fan, the deep gaze of a woman bewitches a mysterious partner. The two words driving my creativity when creating the products were incredible hold and emotion… for a passionate night of tango.”
The collection includes the smoky palette (aqua creams), 3 nail polishes, 1 new aqua cream and 1 new aqua rouge.
The collection is limited Edition- and I’m going to focus on the eye palette now!
BLACK TANGO PALETTE
This beautiful palette shows a beautiful laced fan printed… beautiful packaging! All red and black- colors of seduction.
The palette has 4 new aqua cream shades- all new & limited edition.
They are super pigmented- and they have a pearly effect.
The colors are:
*Black with Red Highlights
*Black with Green Highlights
*Black with Blue Highlights
To me, those color scream smoky & call for mystery! Usually when you hear the word smoky you would straight away think black, but I love how this if focused on other dark shades. Recent Smoky palettes are all powder based- so to be aqua cream and dark really makes this palette unique!
You can apply with your fingers, as they are super creamy or use the double sided flat brush provided in the palette. I usually throw out such brushes, but I actually liked this one !
I really liked how the eyeshadows blended easy & melt away when applied- they don’t need to be mixed with any liquid etc. The colors tend to look matte after application, but with a hint of pearl in them.
I suggest using synthetic brushes with aqua creams- and not ones made from real animal hair!
The ivory I would use for highlighting and the rest I would use for full lids.
To be honest, these aqua eye shadows are super long-lasting!!! They are waterproof too! I also heard that the creamy eye shadows include some oils which Evaporate straightly after application in order for the pigments to be fixed on the skin.
Checkout my swatches below to see how the colors really look like:
Below is a special illustrated guide to show how to use on of the creamy eye shadows!
The only thing you should keep in mind is that the product is very long lasting & waterproof which means removing it is really annoying… U might try wet facial wipes… they won’t remove the whole thing. So I really suggest makeup4ever’s sensitive eyes waterproof removing solution! With a cotton pad, it will be gone in seconds!
The palette will be sold for approx in the 18-20 BD range.
You can buy this product in Make Up For Ever (After the launch on Sept 15) in the following stores:
Well, this is not a new product – it’s just something that I love to use with my makeup!
I’m all about keeping the face moist & refreshed. I hate dull looking skin that’s dry & has no life/radiance!
I always use MAC Fix+ spray prior to my makeup to hold my makeup together & freshen up my face. Well I found something quiet similar- which does the same job!
EVIAN MINERAL WATER FACIAL SPRAY
It’s simply amazing- i love keeping it cool in the fridge & spray right before my makeup or after moisturizing my skin! The water adds extra moisture to your skin & adds glow when it’s all dried up!
Its ‘other uses include the beach (where i got my evian bottle-Oman Shangrila , the pool & excersize- all to keep you refreshed!
Well it really works well with makeup too!
The bottle’s back description: Evian Facial Spraay helps fix your makeup *** and offers freshness & purity!
Another Brand which I Love – similar brand- is AVENE… (from pharmacies)- does the same job!
Remember- Water works really well with Makeup… so spray some before you color that face!
You can get evian from your local supermarket!
So as you all know I was in a photoshoot a week ago!
It was sooo much fun! I didn’t want that day to end! It was exciting for me as I was actually applying makeup on the model this time!
The feeling is unexplainable… I was nervous at first but I was sooo happy with the result!
The shoot was for two special girls- not any girls- but ones with talent, hardwork & amazing style!
Amina Saif & Maha Al Mulla – the designers behind the clothes line, which is called “august.” – are shooting their clothes for their lookbook! (Check out brand details below)
They hired a model – beautiful ‘Pauline Castro’- who is up and running in Bahrain’s top model!
I was overwhelmed when Maha & Ameena asked me to do the makeup for their clothes line!
The photos were shot by a talented hardworking photographer known as “Plhong” ! I’ve seen many of the unedited photos and they look stunning!
The Makeup – Details
As a makeup artist, it’s very important to know the look that your client wants you to achieve. Maha & Ameena wanted a fresh look, glowy and very subtle!
It was an easy look to achieve- and I believe that since their clothes were chic & simple- a simple clean look would suit well.
Many girls are asking me what I applied on the model’s face (amazing result!)- and I said I will post about it here. So here it goes!
First- my makeup stash!
This is how the model looks (after makeup)!
We had two looks- but with the same eyeshadow. One had pink cheeks & pink lips (to compliment specific clothes) & the other had peachy cheeks & coral lips (to compliment another set of clothes).
So this is how to get this look!
PREPPING THE SKIN: Pauline had amazing skin (Mashala)- so clear & soft (easy to work with). I started out by applying Kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer. Sprayed MAC Fix Plus & let it dry. Then added smashbox’s primer on her T-Zone to mattify that area from oils.
SKIN: Using MAC’s orange corrector, I corrected minimal discoloration in the chin area & eye socket area. Then applied Bobbi Brown’s ‘Light Peach’ Corrector under her eyes & blended. Applied Makeup4ever HD foundation in shade #140 mixed with MAC’s strobe liquid lotion to add a hint of glow & then blended with a beauty blender. Topped it off with Chanel’s Natural Loose powder in shade #30 to help the foundation set.
EYES: Applied an eye primer all over (Urban Decay) for anti-creasing. Mixed 2 shades of MAC eyeshadows- ‘Naked Lunch’ & ‘Jest’ – subtle shades of pinkish beigiy silver. Added them to the lid then some ‘Nylon’(MAC) under the brow bone. To add some color- added makeup4ever’s star powder in #916(Pink Gold)- Black winged liner + Loreal’s Volume Million Mascara, applied some false lashes. For the brows- filled them in with MAC’s ‘charcol brown’ eyeshadow.
CHEEKS: For the pink look- added MAC ‘Sunbasque’ blush all over-then ‘Pink Swoon’ Mac + Illamasqua’s ‘Unrequited’ pink blush to her apples. For the peachy look- added Kryolan’s peachy blush (TC2). Added smashbox Softlights shimmer highlighter to her upper cheekbones and nose bridge to add extra glow.
LIPS: For the Pinks I used Pink Nouveau MAC lipstick topped off with Smashbox’s lipgloss “pop”. For the peachy lips- used Bobbi Brown’s Calypso Coral pot rouge with Smashbox lipgloss “afterglow”.
Isn’t she gorgeous?!?! DOLL LIKE!
‘august.’ is a local Bahraini brand that emphasizes on femininity & simplicity with a chic touch. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection speaks to the modern breakfast at Tiffany’s day gal who is ready to doll up for all occasions. Pastels, nudes & some deep blue colors were used to create a cohesive collection that consists of playful flow-y dresses, soft sheer tops, structured skirts & matt sequins blazers and bow ties to add character for any look.
From lunch date with girlfriends to formal dressy events, ‘august.’ SS12 collection will not fail to live up to the social standards of our modern day lady!
A beautiful collection – I absolutely LOVE it!
A shot of the prepared clothes rack + shoot.
A snapshot of Plhong doing what he does best
Here are some pics I randomly edited from my phone I love the results!
Pic below – she looks like Kourtney Kardashian!
Check out their Collection Below !! ( PHOTOS SHOT BY
PLHONG) — well done PLHONG (luv ur photos)
I’m in love with the clothes and their accessories!
If you are interested in purchasing the clothing items below- please contact email@example.com
I’m No Diva
Red carpet ready
Well done to this amazing team- the hard work was worth it!
Ladurée .. yes… the famous MACARON makers.. are launching a MAKEUP LINE!
Ok .. it sounds crazy… i won’t judge.. let’s wait & see them once they are launched!
It’s not Ladurée’s first time in the beauty business- They have released a beauty line in 2007 (creams & fragrances etc).
The collection is called “Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée”. This translates to english as “The wonders of Ladurée”.
It will include 20 different Blushes (form of cameos), foundations & lip colors.
I assume that the shades will be similar to the saturated shades of Ladurée’s famous macarons!
The packaging is so elegant- classic & chic….
This collection will first launch in JAPAN this February- and will then be released in Europe, USA & Asia (FALL 2012)!
Makeup brushes are not the only tools to use to perfect your makeup. They are the priority, but there are many other extra “tools” you need to make your makeup flawless!
These little extras are very very simple! Here’s a list & what they should be used for. You should have these things on your makeup vanity- they are important! Makeup remover wipes are not part of this list since they are a priority & not considered as an extra!
1. cotton pads/wool pads
Simple cotton pads, from any supermarket/pharmacy. Use them to wipe of eye makeup or full makeup with a liquid makeup remover. It’s also great to clean some brushes quickly with- just apply some makeup remover on a pad, then go on with your brush back and forth until it becomes clean!
2. cotton buds/cotton ear buds
i would consider this the most important extra tool ever! You won’t believe how handy these little things are! I would cut the buds into half to not waste the other half.
I would use it for makeup mistakes (eyes, lips, concealer, eyeliner, brows) you name it! It’s really helpful!
3. clean brush applicator
I usually take those from MAC :p i ask the sales lady if i can have some since I’m buying a lot- i love these!! I use them to brush my brows, separate my lashes (before & after mascara), picking up any hairs on the face instead of smudging it with your hands. If you want, you can use any finished up mascara wand & wash it well then use it just like I do!
4. Eye drops “Refresh Plus”
I got this from a pharmacy – basically u cut off the little top part & use it like eye drops. Why is this important? When applying makeup, you tend to smudge eyeshadow off/ get eyeliner in your eye by mistake/ eyeshadow powder gets in your eye ETC.. you would need these drops to just refresh your eye just in case- to help soothe your eye & remove irritation!
5. Beauty Blender
I absolutely love the beauty blender!!
These are washable ofcorse- don’t throw them away. With a little shampoo, wash them them and lthey are good as new!
What to use them for? THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE TECHNIQUE TO FLAWLESS FOUNDATION!!!!
After applying liquid foundation with a brush, i would take this blender & dab it all over (to remove any excess oils, even out any gaps or missing spots). It also smooths out the foundation removing any fine lines a brush makes! You can also use it with concealer and corrector- to blend them!
Remember- it only works with water- so make sure u wet it under water and use it when it is expanded!
6. Scissors & tweezers
No girl can ever live without those two tools. You need those to tweeze any un-necessary hairs & cut any long brow hairs. Always keep those next to you! They are great help when it comes to false lashes.
You can shorten your false lashes by cutting them and help fix them on your eye by tweezers!
7. the powder puff
I know many girls don’t buy this- but they are important! TRUST ME! Get yours from MAC, sephora, etc they sell them in all cosmetics stores. What do we use this for? To even out & set your makeup- mainly through the use of LOOSE POWDER. I would apply my foundation then work on my eyes.. some pigments do fall on my foundation- so i would use this sponge to dab on some loose powder under my eye area to avoid any eye pigment from ruining/smudging my foundation. I also use this to apply translucent powder on my whole face on top of everything to help the makeup set & last.
Another amazing find from KRYOLAN (GERMAN COSMETICS BRAND)!!
i know how much lipsticks cost in other brands- lets say approx minimum 8 BD (per lipstick) and we tend to buy the different shades of red, different shades of orange, beige, pink ETC.
Well, that really costs $$$$$$!!!
That’s why i’m in love with KRYOLAN’s amazing lip wheels
THEY ARE CALLED–> LIP ROUGE WHEELS!! (or Lip Shine Circles)
where 5 different shades fill a wheel with a lipgloss in the centre!
KRYOLAN describes them as “A creamy lip gloss, containing silicone, for brilliant and lustrous effects with protective and soothing vitamin additives”
It makes life much easier- choosing among a 5 similar shades (dark and light) – very handy & makes choosing colors easy!!
I brought 3 wheels… a reddish shade, a pinkish/beigie one, and pinkish one.
To be applied by a lip brush of course!!
HAUL: a term used a lot by makeup bloggers, meaning – showing products they recently brought!
So I bought some stuff yesterday.. costing me $$$.. since some are CHANEL.
Let me show you what I got!
The products are:
- MAC: cherry lip liner (i love this lipliner- i lost mine 2 weeks ago, or probably my mum stole it)
- MAC: Margin powder blush (re-stocking as i used it all)
-MAC: Pinch Me Powder blush (re-stocking as i used it all)
-MAC: Mocha powder blush
-Chanel: Rouge Allure La Fascinante No. 38 (restocking)
-Chanel: Perfection Lumiere foundation ( 1st time to try- been stuck to vitalumiere)
-Chanel: Tinted Bronzing Gel
-Chanel: Vitalumiere Eclat radiance powder (1st time to try)
Skincare & makeup do have a timed shelflife. The do expire. We never notice- as we throw it out once it’s finished.
I’m going to explain to you- when you need to toss things out. The reason for tossing them out is because they might change in color, contaminate with bacteria, infections.. etc.
Behind many (not all) skincare jars/tubes/bottles- you’ll have a special symbol called the “open jar symbol”
Which looks like this:
If they don’t have the symbol, then follow what I’m about to tell you.
How long to keep using each product
FACECREAM: 1-2 years
FACEWASH: 1year preferrably.
EYECREAM: 1 year only- high risk of eye contamination if the product is old.
Makeup: (yes, makeup does expire.. might change in color too!)
MASCARA: 3-6 months- make sure or you might get an eye infection
LIQUID FOUNDATION: 1 year Max
POWDER: 2 years
CONCEALER: 1year Max
CREAM BLUSH: 1 year
EYESHADOW: Some experts say 1 year. Some say 3 years. So some good news here!
EYELINER (liquid): 6 months
LIPLINER PENCILS: up to 2-3 years
EYELINER PENCILS: up to 2-3 years
LIPSTICKS: 2 years. Some experts even say 4 years! If it smells bad—throw it.
KEEP IN MIND: those things tend to finish before expiry if used on a daily basis. I know they might be expensive, but you can hold on to them for 2-3 months after they are “supposed” to expire
One word- Minimalistic
The makeup trend seems to be very minimal this season. Eye makeup doesn’t seem to be the focus. Faces are glowing, fresh & sheer, & lips were either bold or rosey-ish/nude.
Some faces were inspired by the 1960’s, with a subtle violet & darker purple &defined eyes. Rosy nude lips to offset the bright clothes.
Lipstick is the attention grabber here. Gucci makeup artists creates a fresh clean face, and a red lipstick topped off by a gloss. Eyes were minimal so the lips were the focus.
Many bright clothes for the summer- so nude makeup were the way to offset the bright colorful clothes. Eyes had a sheer glow, with gold cream peachy eyeshadows. Glowy skin & glowy eyes was all over.
The makeup I felt was slightly different was- “Altuzarra”- who went for the same color skin + eyes + lips… but a bold darkened eyebrow- done by MAC
Again, simple makeup- fresh face, glow of shimmer on cheeks & eyes. Some of the models had a nude lip, & some had an orangy/red lip.
Fresh faces, with a hint of peachy eyeshadow. Contoured cheeks & untouched lips.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Models have a fresh clean face, minimalistic colors- or even none. Black eye liner on upper eyelid. Classy & natural- Done by MAC
Models were beautified by Make Up For Ever. A simple natural brown for the eyes + nude glossy lips. It focused on strong brows, contoured face & a beautiful glow.
WATCH OUT – You must know this when you go & try/buy makeup!
1. Germs are everywhere: although they clean the brushes, never trust any brush unless it’s yours. Bacteria & oils transfer from skin to skin. Germs are in the products, as people stick their fingers in the colors to test them. Applying lipstick on your lips in a store is the #1 mistake=bacteria fiesta.
2. They play on your insecurities: salespeople tend to make you feel special by complimenting you saying you are pretty. However, they compliment everyone! They compliment the customer in order for the customer to tell them what they are looking for. Some women are shy in asking for help, but compliments tend to boost their confidence & make them willing to talk.
3. They don’t know everything: unfortunately, the focus of cosmetic stores is on sales most of the time & less about product knowledge. Many of them don’t know the in-depth product information, and might make it up. I have been to many stores & asked many sales staff who are in charge of the specific products about how and why they use this etc…Shockingly- they don’t know the answer for it!
4. They judge you based on the products you use: Many beauty salespeople will ask you what products you are currently using. This is a trick question. They want to know how much money you are spending on your products (to know how much you will spend with them) & also how much time they are willing to spend on you.
Jacquard: (n) A fabric with an intricately woven pattern
The woven pattern seems to be the inspiration for both CHANEL & Giorgio Armani this fall. Texture is what matters. Beautiful colors are portrayed in this collection- exploring contrasts (light & shade).
Jacquard Eye Palette: (limited edition)
Textured eyeshadows with 4 shades in each palette. Each consists of an eyeshadow duo, a highlighter & a deeper shade.
Eyes to kill mascara in (Blacker than Black) & (Night Violet)
Powder foundation +Blush:
Two sculpting shades (illuminator & a red blush)
4 unexpected colors in a blush tube (Sienna, Raspberry, Camel, & Scarletto)
Glowing nudes and touch of mauve to contrast. Shades are (Sheer beige, sheer pink beige, red, & sheer mauve)
Availability: September 2011 worldwide, USA- available NOW at Neiman Marcus