Skip the salon: 10 professional DIY makeup tips

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Hi all, I came across this amazing post on the web and thought of sharing it with you all. Check out these 10 amazing DIY beauty hacks! We spend hundreds & thousands of dirhams at beauty salons in our quest to look perfect and flawless. We cannot do it ourselves because we do not possess the knowledge that beauticians and makeup experts do. The good news is that now you can, read on to know how you can look absolutely gorgeous in the comfort of your own home.

1. There are so many great ways to use Vaseline in your beauty rituals. For thicker, darker, longer looking eyelashes just apply some Vaseline to your mascara brush everyday and then use your mascara regularly. You’ll see noticeable results!

2. In the UAE, we are exposed to heat and then air conditioning throughout the day, which can make the skin dry and flaky. For a smooth application of foundation it’s important to get rid of that dead skin sitting on the top layer of your face before you apply foundation. Mix a bit of brown sugar with honey and gently scrub your face and lips (use a toothbrush for the lips). It’s an easy and cost effective method to exfoliate the skin but works!

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3. Makeup looks more complete when colors are coordinated. Color coordinate your lips with your cheeks to create a uniform look that brings your makeup together and looks natural. I love using any lipstick or colored lip balm and then applying some to the back of my hand. From there I use my middle finger to apply the color to the apples of my cheeks by blending upwards and outwards. Looks natural yet together, and it’s so easy to do!

4. It can be tricky to wear red or deep colored lipsticks. As you’re applying lip liner smile a little so the lips get tight and it’s easier to apply. Fill in the entire lip with the lip liner and then with the help of a good lip brush apply the lipstick starting at the center of the lip and blending it outwards. Using a lip brush takes more time to apply but gives you precision.

5. Everyone loves a nice contour. Fake those killer cheekbones by making a fish face to find the natural cheekbone contours of your face. Then use a large fan brush to sweep on a contour powder or matte bronzer. The fan brush blends as it applies.

6. When you make a mistake while applying lipstick don’t wipe it away. Wiping smears the color further and creates a messy look around the lips. Instead, use a bit of concealer on a pointed concealer brush to erase it. I love to use the #195 from MAC. It’s the perfect brush!

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7. We all have days when we breakout with pimples. To make them less obvious, stick with matte textures. Anything shiny or shimmery on top of a pimple reflects light making it look more obvious.

8. To create a ‘glow from within look to your skin’ apply your illumizier before you apply foundation. By doing so, the skin absorbs the illuminizer and then blends into the foundation for a more natural glow. I like using Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream because it’s a cream but has a gold shine to it.

9. When you’ve applied too much foundation and don’t know what to do, instead of wiping it off which will irritate the skin; spray on MAC Fix + and then take a tissue and lightly pat it on your face. Your makeup will instantly look more natural.
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10. We’ve all heard that using a white pencil in the water line can make the eyes appear bigger. For Arab and Asian skin try using a nude pencil instead. White can be too harsh for our skin tones, nude looks a lot more natural and makes the eyes look bigger!

Hope this helps, comment below to us know what worked fr you!

Until next time then xoxo….

No Ordinary Lip Balm! Figs & Rouge Lip Balms – The Multi-Tasking Extraordinaire

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2 in 1 sounds good; but what about a product that is a multi-tasking extraordinaire? In comes the Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Lip Balm. This multi-talented balm is natural goodness for your skin in a 17ml tin. With a simple list of ingredients (Ricinus Communis Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Wax, Limonene, Citral, Linalool & Geraniol) and a promise of being 100% natural.

The balm is available in a variety of flavours from playful Lemon Berry to classic Aloe Mint. The vintage tins inspire a sense of nostalgia and take you back to the brands’ English roots.

The Lip Balm has a thick texture that makes it easy to work with on skin & hair and has a humectant effect that works well will all skin and hair concerns. Once applied though, it is light to wear and can be applied in concentration to areas with more severe concerns. The balm sets matte and doesn’t feel greasy. The tin is convenient to carry in your clutch and is essential for everything you may ever need in a balm.

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Here’s a list of 10 things you the Figs & Rouge Lip Balm can be used for:

1. Lip Balm

2. A dry Skin Remedy for Ankles, Elbows and Knees

3. For Definition – Rub a small amount between your palms and run it down the centre of your legs to make

your legs appear longer without an obvious shimmer.

4. Apply a small amount with an angled brow brush to set your brows. Go over it with a spooley brush to fix

them in place.

5. When travelling apply a thin layer on your face and lips to avoid excessive loss of moisture caused by the dry

cabin air.

6. Stray? No way! – Use a small amount of balm to set your stray hairs in place. If you have shorter hair and

want to add texture to your do, use a slightly larger amount to achieve the look.

7. For a glossy eye shadow look – We love a good smokey wet eye look, but most petroleum based jellies

smear easily. This balm gives you the look minus the grease and the mess.

8. Cracked Heel? No Big Deal! – Apply a thin film once daily for 5 days to your cracked heel (preferably at

night).

9. Cuticle lovin’ – Apply it to the skin around your fingers and toes to nourish the nail bed.

10. Mix n’ Match Buddy – Create your own lipstick colours using a small amount of the balm as base. Mix old

lipstick colours and pigments from your previous powder makeup or pigment creams to come up with signature

shades of lippies. Since it has a thicker formula than petroleum jelly, it will glide on as a lipstick should and

stay put for longer!

With the Figs & Rouge multi-tasking lip and body balms the possibilities are endless! Available at outlets including Boots the Pharmacy,Organic Foods & Café, The Change Initiative and Make-Up Etc for only AED 30, the lip balm is a complete steal!

Try it out and let us know what you think, untill next time then!

The beauty blog ME, xoxo

Sally Hansen Introduces the all new MIRACLE GEL!

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OMGel! It’s a Mani Miracle!

The Beauty Blog ME fairy god mother is back with some fabulous news yet again! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Proves that Genius can be Bottled!! A sensation in nail colour innovation has gripped the nation. Launched on 14th October, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel launch event at the Hilton Hotel, JBR, caused a complete colour commotion as 19 ‘gelicious’ shades of 14-day durability were unveiled.

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In keeping with the playful, joyful hues in the new Miracle Gel nail line, Sally Hansen filled Pure Lounge at the Hilton Hotel with magic, fun, luck and laughter. Flipping a miracle-granting coin into a wishing fountain saw lights transform the crystal clear water to a vibrant shade from the new Miracle Gel range. Guests also received a wish bracelet to match their ‘lucky colour’ before being whisked off to enjoy a complimentary manicure in the varnish shade of their choice.

The relaxing mani experience introduced guests to the revolutionary new gel manicure system. Part lacquer, part gel manicure, Miracle Gel is the most convenient manicure ever, and is achievable in just two easy steps. Applying two coats of the Miracle Gel Colour Coat of choice is followed by applying the Miracle Gel Top Coat. The result? Chip-free confidence in nails that cure in natural light, increasing in strength day by day.

Adding another exciting aspect to the event was the photo-booth. Perfectly polished guests were invited to step into a photo booth for an instant snapshot of the event.

What  you need to know about the Miracle Gel nail color?

THE SCOOP:   The first salon-quality manicure that combines pure nail color with high techno gel…exclusively from Sally Hansen. Love the high shine, glossy look of a gel manicure but could do without the complexity of LED lights, time consuming removal, and expensive price tag? Now, Sally Hansen, the leader in nail color innovation, is making manicure history with an entirely new way of thinking about long lasting nail color. Its new, patented Miracle Gel, is the first ever part lacquer, part gel manicure system that delivers up to 14 days of lasting color and shine in just 2 easy steps. Simply apply two coats of the Miracle Gel Color Coat, followed by the Miracle Gel Top Coat, to achieve the most convenient manicure, ever.

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THE TECHNOLOGY:   The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the film resulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’re ready to change up your look. Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover – no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary.

THE COLORS:    Available in 47 new and of-the-moment shades, cutting-edge Miracle Gel gives you a whole new way to think about color. Today’s color trends don’t follow rules, they make their own. Day or night, summer or winter, the hottest nail looks defy boundaries and capture timeless beauty with a playful, joyful confidence. So go ahead and embrace the pleasure of Miracle Gel’s color palette that complements all skin tones with fresh color categories.

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HOW TO USE:    Shake gently and apply 2 coats of Miracle Gel color. Activate curing with Miracle Gel Top Coat. No base coat needed.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICE:    Available starting November at Faces and Lifestyle stores, Price is 43 Aed for Miracle Lacquer, 45 for Top Coat and 70 Aed for Duo Pack (Nail Lacquer and Top Coat)

Hope you love this new beauty fix as much as I did. Comment below to let us know your experiences with the new Miracle Gel!

Until next time then lovelies…

– The Beauty Blog ME xx…

Fashion Forward Season 4 Highlights

Fashion-Forward-Season-4The regions most definitive fashion platform took Dubai by storm last weekend with runway shows, fashion talks and workshops being held by fashion’s leading lights. Fashion Forward has already held three successful seasons, showcasing the work of Middle East designers and bringing together over 45,000 members of the fashion world. The 3 Day soiree bought together several leading designers offering consumers in the Middle East an up close and personal way to connect with their beloved labels.

Read on to know what The Beauty Blog Me thought of some of the on-the ramp renditions this season!

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Dima Ayad stole the show with her display of fabulous ready to wear outfits. For her Spring Summer 2015 collection, Ayad offers a range of options and garments that come in a variety of clean and feminine cuts, the key being simplicity. Her range includes a combination of gazar organza, jacquard and jersey in fresh block colours including sunny yellow, lilac, silver, navy blue, and hints of nude undertones. The silhouettes are a combination of classics re-engineered, voluminous skirts with matching fitted tops and of course her signature crop top re-introduced in this collection with a twist

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Fabulous as always Amato’s line up was a complete show stopper. Leaving the crowd ooooing and aaahing Amato truly lived by his well earned reputation. The inspiration behind this collection comes from a space odyssey, neo classic imagery, cloning and sci- fi movies but also from love stories. It is like a waltz in space.The colour palette is mainly white, with various textures such as lace, tulle, linens, ribbons and ceramics creating an effect that is futuristic and minimal yet romantic and intricate at the same time.

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Taller Marmo

Bold, beautiful and Daring, for Spring Summer 2015, Taller Marmo combines influences of the oriental West with occidental influences from the East. This Season, Riccardo Audisio & Yago Goicoechea, introduced sleek silhouettes within the collection, adding a 1970’s touch and incorporating early 1900’s ornamented detailing.The collection, predominantly composed of body conscious evening dresses was intended to bring about a resort lifestyle feel, consisting of cocktail dresses, kaftans and swimsuits.Taller Marmo’s SS15 dresses come in a variety of different lengths to symbolize the sunrise, the morning, the afternoon, the sunset and the night on the dunes of the desert, an indication of exoticness. The intarsia techniques were employed by sewing together the sun and the half-moon with the rest of the dress to bring about a special and refined finishing.

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Two Words- Absolute love. I do not need to say anything more, the pictures speak for themselves. Have a Look!

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246893053,00CBB39CBDD86E17748That’s all from me lovelies, comment below and let us know what you thought were some of the Hit’s and Misses of this years Fashion Forward season!

Until next time xx….

– The Beauty Blog ME

2b – New Generation of natural Lifestyle drinks launches in UAE

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The night of 29th September witnessed the launch of yet another fascinating new product in the UAE. ‘2B Active’ and ‘2B Relaxed’, two natural and refreshing fruit-flavored carbonated drinks were launched on Thursday at Armani hotel during an exclusive event along side the brand’s official ambassador and well known Bollywood celebrity Nargis Fakhri.

During the interview with the beauty blog me an excited and energetic Narghis went on to say how psyched out she is to be the face of an innovative product like 2b. ” I personally am a very health conscious person and always try and eat healthy.This multi-functional beverage fits well into my mission to promote healthy living which is why I have chosen to associate with it.”

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The unique thing about this drink is that it is an all natural healthy drink that not only gives your body the required nutrition whilst giving your immune system the necessary boost! The lightly carbonated, multi-functional fruit drinks contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and no added sugar, 2B is a great way to help meet daily nutritional needs.

What I though of the 2 drinks:

2b Chill – An innovative chill-out drink with natural ingredients designed to promote a calm, relaxed and healthy lifestyle. Tangy yet sweet, this drink is created using extracts of hops and lemon balm, topped off with honey and a fruit mix made up pomegranate, banana, apricot, cranberry as well as the amino acid L-Tryptophan. 3/5

2b Thrill – This drink tasted slightly better than 2b chill to me. It contains amino acid L-Arginine, that is commonly sold as a health supplement to improve vascular health. The drink is also loaded with nutrients including maca, ginseng, royal jelly and an energizing mixture of apple, grape, mango, passion fruit and guava. 4/5

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Quite different from anything we currently have in the market the all new 2b drinks are the first of its kind healthy energy drinks that actually taste great too. Carry it with you to the gym, sip it on the beach or even have it at work to give yourself the kick you so need! I would definitely recommend you guys to try out this new fun n functional fruit drink with a twist!

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Where can you get it?

The drink is available at all convenience stores throughout the U.A.E including Al Maya, Choithrams, Al Safeer, Lifco, All day Minimart, E-mart, F-mart, Istanbul, Emarat, Abu Dhabi Co-op Society , and soon will be available in Spinneys, Geant, Union Co-op Society.Waitrose, Cinemas and all major vending machines across UAE.

It will also be available soon at all major Hotels, Clubs, Bars, Fitness outlets and Spa’s across the country.

About the Drink:

Packaged in a chic 250ml can, 2B is a tasty natural alternative that is designed to resonate with consumers who want an energy boost 2B active or 2B relaxed. The drinks were developed by Dr.Armin Breinl, member of the Austrian Anti-Aging Society, with a new formulation that features natural ingredients to promote health and well-being.

If you happen to try it out then comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time then, stay you, stay beautiful!

The beauty blog me

xoxo…