From the gift box| M.A.C eyeshadows review







Honesty eyeshadow

Honesty is described by M.A.C a coppery brown with flecks of copper sparkle and finer copper shimmer. In my P.O.V I cannot see this as a coppery shade at all, in fact, it's a roses-shade of champagne with a hint of rose gold shimmer. This is a permanent shade. It has decent pigmentation, though it had a lot of fall out when applied, whether with fingers or eyeshadow brush. The color itself didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. Texture is super soft. This shade is very pretty. 

Blacktied eyeshadow

M.A.C describes as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” True that with the velvet finish part, though I am not sure what is wrong with M.A.C's descriptions! This shade is not a black, it is barely a grey. Honestly, it has a very weak consistency and barely pigmented.  Its very light when swatched and needs a lot of layering to show. Least favourite of this collection.

Rule eyeshadow

It is a medium orange, not too bright or dark, with a matte finish. True to the pot's shade, very well pigmented. I lightly dab my fluffy blending blush to use it as a mid-tone. Very soft and lasted 8 hours long.

Espresso eyeshadow

Everyone's favourite brow-powder shade! Espresso is a neutral, dark brown with a matte finish. Very well pigmented, true to the pot's colour. You can use it every which way you can from outer corner shade, to a basic smokey eyeshadow look shade. Lasted the longest of all shades- almost 9 hours! Love it.



Excuse my low quality swatches, my camera broke and had to use my regular iPhone camera..bohoo.

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Valentine's gifts for HER


Whether you are on a budget or want to splurge and pamper your lady, here are a few products you can get your girlfriend or your special someone this Valentine's.






The good thing about Forzeiri is that they ship to Egypt and cover customs! Yuppie!


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Best 9 advises for the SALE season



With the crazy sale season is hitting up the roof, everyone seems to go crazy about low priced products and become guilty of buying meaningless and worthless products; I admit I was guilty, until I came to realise I was flushing my money down the toilet by not being aware that the items I buy should have a few qualities that will increase its worth by time and last forever in my wardrobe.
1- Think ahead
By that I mean future events, whether birthday, weddings, travel trips, anything coming up that needs specific gear/outfits that you cannot wear a day-in, day-out, outfit for. This sale period is actually a good time to buy ahead the bridesmaid dress you wanted to buy for your best friend's wedding, for a good price. Save for that event so you can splurge on emergency events, such as sudden dates and surprise parties.

2- Invest in QUALITY
Do not be cheated by the price. We women understand quite well when we touch, or even eye (yes some of us can!) a piece and feel that after a couple of washes, the colours would fade, or the clothe would stretch. This is NOT the item you should be purchasing, no matter how cheap this item is, do not be decieved. If are quite sure that you can wear this comfortably without worrying you stretch out your arms to find a hole at your armpits, or even worse, a tear across your shoulder line, then probably this item is supposed to be at the garbage bin in the first place.

3- Basics
Invest in practical basics, such as white, grey and black t-shirts, or shirts, this really good material pair of jeans. These pieces are keys to every outfit, a basic that you add statement pieces to it that would change a day outfit to a night one in just one *snaps fingers*. These items are made to last long, and probably you shouldn't need to repurchase every 3-4 years. Buy neutral shades that will last as long as you can wear them.

4- Do NOT follow fashion trends
If you do not feel comfortable in fringes or fur, and the thought that you might be able to wear them in the future has merely crossed your mind, well, sorry to break the news for you, but 9 out of 10 times you won't. It is just a fact one cannot deny that we tend to buy items because they are trendy and look good on others, but not us. It is just a waste of time trying to cope the sheep while you were born to stand out and be a lone wolf.

5- Buy smart
You eye a beautiful shade of blue pair of jeans, you buy them. Few months later, you clean up your closet to find the same exact pair at the bottom of your closet! Therefore, to save things up for you, before hitting the stores, filter whatever you have and organise them in the order of your preference, whether stack all shirts in colour order, or whichever other way you find best for you to find the items when needed.  This way,  you will end up saving more than spending.

6- Price per wear
You might buy a 300 EGP pair of jeans because it is a bargain and end up wearing it only once. When buying a new piece, think of two things - One: You should wear it at least in three different outfit styles. Two: Divide the price over the number of estimated times you think you will wear it. If you eye out a 3k EGP coat and believe you would wear it daily for the three winter months, (3,000/90 = 33 EGP per wear!) then it is definitely worth it.

7- Do not duplicate
Do not buy pieces you know you have in your closet, see #5; but this time, because you believe you will wear it a lot and need a few others to back you up in case one is at the dry cleaner's or one gets torn, check point #3. You do not need three plain white T-shirts. If you have one, you do not need another!

8- Do not buy during SALE season
You cannot risk buying a faulted piece, torn or stained, just because it is a bargain. You do not deserve anything less than perfect. If you found the item that you have been dreaming of, but of less quality standards or its on sail because it has a defaux, drop the idea.

9- Buy your size, not your dream size
Quite explainable on its own. If you cannot find you piece in your own size, do not buy it. If you have 'plans' to start a new diet, do not buy a piece in your future goal size. If you cannot buy your exact current size, for God knows what reason, do not buy it.

I hope you do not fall into the previous traps I did. If you find this useful, comment and share the love.

Do you relate to any of the above sale-shopping mistakes?


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Li Beirut- last day --Day 4






The last day, we headed to the Rouche area, near by our hotel approx. 10 min. Honestly, a few people recommended not to head there as it is pointless. I do not see where those are coming from, and I cannot believe they were going to let us miss it out. Roche is 6 minutes away from our hotel, so we didn't spend much time commuting. The rock is amazingly beautiful, we walked towards it as much as we could, and if we had enough time, we would have taken a bought till we actually reach it.

Then we headed for coffee at the Movenpick hotel right next to the Rouché, had a quick snack or mouthwatering chicken shawarma at Barbar (a must visit to go lebanese snacks, and meals), and went back to our hotel for checkout.



Now, this is something worth mentioning. I believe if you read my previous posts, I have mentioned how the driver who helped us with the sightseeing and shopping take us everywhere with his welcoming attitude and generous tips. The above photo is our driver's card. Make sure to give him a call whenever you need someone to drive you anywhere in Beirut. Such a sweatheart, healful, polite and not nosey.


I hope my tips on sightseeing and travel were helpful. Wait up for more on my next trip to....Can you guess where I might be heading next?









































Wearing:
Sweater: Pimkie
Jean Shirt: Suite Blanco
Jeans: Zara
Slip ons: Pull n Bear
Bag: Prada (similar here )

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5 tricks to avoid ironing forever




The truth about ironing is that no one wants to spend a night doing it. It’s time-consuming, boring, and never seems to be finished. In short, it’s a lot of effort for little result.
So it’s high time you put that ironing board away and embraced efficiency. Helpling.ae, the leading online platform for booking cleaners, gives you top 5 tips to help you ditch that iron for good.

1. Use shower powerGet two things done at once, with no extra effort. A great solution for creases you only notice last-minute: simply hang the garment up in your bathroom, then take a shower. Within ten minutes, the steam will have got rid of the wrinkles, leaving you with crease-free clothing.Extra tip: This trick works even better if you shut the windows and doors in your bathroom, to keep the steam in.

2. A little water goes a long wayNoticed the clothes you want to wear tomorrow are creased? Grab your garment and spray a little water on the wrinkled patches. Hang it up for around an hour, and it’ll be crease free!Extra tip: Be careful not to soak your clothes - a light spritz will do.

3. Grab your straightenerOkay okay, it does seem a bit like ironing. But make no mistake - this is a much faster and more efficient way to get irritating wrinkles out of your favourite clothes. Is the collar of your blouse wrinkled? The cuffs of your shirt? The hem of your dress? Grab your straightening irons and straighten them out!Extra tip: Make sure your straighteners are clean. You don’t want to end up with hair product cooked into your clothes!

4. Use your mattressHere’s another reason to love your bed, as it can be also used to de-wrinkle your clothes. Roll the creased garment into a burrito and place it under your mattress. After an hour or so, your clothes will be crease-free and ready to wear! Smooth out any surface wrinkles when you roll up your clothes, so they don’t come out with more creases!Extra tip: Clean your mattress with natural ingredients first, to avoid dust mites getting into your clothes.

5. Tumble dry tough creasesAnother last-minute fix. Just spray a little water on your creased clothes and pop them in the tumble dryer. After just a few minutes, they’re ready to be worn!Extra tip: take the clothes out of the dryer as soon as they’re done. If you leave them in, the wrinkles will return, and it’s back to square one…


I hope this helped.

Source Helpling



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Li Beirut: Day 3


Day two was less of a hype than the previous one. Now, all we did on the third day was heading to first was Sayda's castle and Der alQamar, visit Moussa's Castle, Beiteddin. Everything took us 4 hours, then we did some coffee drinking and shopping.

Sayda was the downtown side of Beriut, very humble, lower class people-much different those we have seen and met the past couple of days. We didn't spend much over there we were only heading to visit the castle by the sea and the Jamea' Albahr ( The Sea mosque), which dated back to the 14th C.


At Qasr Moussa, My second favorite in this trip, There was this man called Moussa, obviously, who handcrafted the who castle, exterior and interiors, and also the utensils that helped him inhabit this mansion, all by himself. No assistants or coworkers or any sort of labor supported his marvelous castle.


Wearing:

Bag: Moschino (similar one herehere and here)
Blazer: Zara
Dress: Mango
Cardigan: U.S. polo
Shades: Dolce & Gabanna

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Happy NEW YEAR 2016!








With the new year coming up, everyone is preparing their resolution list, (for other's its a bucket list), or preparing on where to spend it. As for me, I am busy with both, in addition to the blog's annual calendar and many other career plans that I will give you an insider of in future posts.

My wishes for this year are not quite much- to be more successful, yet humble. To be more famous, yet modest. To be more loved, not hated. And last, to be more kind to those who are less fortunate, yet not cocky to brag about it in front of people.

Special thanks to all of you who has been supportive. Thanks to all of my readers and followers- without you, things would have never been the same. And above all, thanks to my family, it's your love and understanding that pushes me forward by day.

See in the next post, next year ;)
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Li Beirut- Day 2




Second day was quite full. We rented a taxi for the whole day, 10 hours to be specific. I knew in advance when I was doind my travel homework that this day was going to be swamped with a lot of touristic sights that will take us the whole day.

There is something special about Beirut for me, and I believe the rest of the team will agree with me. My face was clear and my hair was shiney and soft. I am not sure if this is the shower water or the stress free mood. That day, I managed to get up super early, which is so unlike me, and squeeze some sunrise runs in Hamra Downtown area, which was literally a block away from Gefinour Rotana hotel, where we were staying.

We then had our breakfast at the hotel and started off to Jeita Cave, the cave of wonders I would say. It took us 1 hour from the Hotel. On our way, was many beautiful greenery while we were going up the  mountains till we reached Jeita. Unfortunately, using cameras was banned at the place, but I suggest to google up some photos. I am quite surprised this is not one of the seven world wonders. I was like, seriously?! There was a small cave we had to walk inside, and then a small cave where we took a small boat to move inside the waters. The cave is about 1,200m below sea levels, with waters dripping on us from the sealing and cool temperature inside, I suggest you take a warm jacket with you.




Then, we went to the Harisa Telefrique, 30 minutes away from Jeita. We went uo to Harisa Church (Virgin Mary's Church). Harissa, in Arabic, means a lady who is careful or taking care of someone, in that context, that would be the virgin Mary.

































From there, we took the telefrique back to the parking to the car to head to byblos, Jebal area. This one is more of an uptownish area, a couple of churches and a wax museum. Then we went off for a bite.

Now, I have to warn your, Beirut makes you gain weight. A person with my size, and with the walking and getting back on the scales to find myself gaining 4 kilos is scary! I have done a lot of eating. I mean A LOT ! With the tasty food they serve, Lebanese cuisine is one of my few favorites.

If you are heading to Beirut, you can’t miss the Leila for beautiful main courses and appetizers. My favorite was Shish Tawook, vine leaves, liver with pomegranate juice and of course, hummus.

I also loves Barbar restaurant for Shawerma. Its most definitely the best restaurants I’ve ever had, and I have tried a lot of places!

The absolute highlight of my Beirut Insider-Experience was visiting the Jeita Cave. You cannot miss this one out.



Wearing:

Sweater: Pimkie
Jean Shirt: Suite Blanco
Down jacket: Old Navy
Jeans: Zara
Slip ons: Pull n Bear
Backpack: Fendi


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Li Beirut- Day 1


Since our flight arrived at 1pm and by the time we passed the passport control and reached the hotel and checked in by 3pm, exhausted, we were not keen to start sight seeing as much we wanted to discover the hotel's surrounding area. We thought we would save the touristic action get started when we have enough energy to get going!

 Gefinor Rotana hotel was in the middle of Hamra, downtown area, it was nearly 10 minutes away from anything and everything we wanted to head to.

Christmas spirit was everywhere from lights to decorations on Christmas treas of all shapes and sorts- Natural and artificial ones as well. After we got into our rooms and changed, we headed to the Marina towers at Zeituna Bay. We walked around the port and headed towards Jemmayzeh area were we had our dinner at Leila restaurant. Although we have the same restaurant franchise in Egypt, yet this one is different-much tastier. We then met Lebanese friends of ours and went to Beirut Souq for shopping. For our luck there was a live DJ in the streets celebrating Xmas night :) I didn't the chance to take photos of that since the lighting was not that good, but I had a few videos uploaded on snapchat live if you managed to get a glimpse ;)

We crawled our way back to the hotel terribly exhausted and drained, preparing ourselves for a new day to come. Wait up for the next posts covering our adventure.




Wearing:

Sweater: Suite Blanco
Shades: Dolce & Gabanna
Jeans: Zara
Slip ons: Pull n Bear
Coat: Esprit
Bag: Prada Saffiano 
watch: Guess
Bracelet: Swarovsky stardust


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