Beauty Pick: Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile

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Every time I travel, I make it a point to buy two things ‘duty free’. 1. A lipstick and 2. A skin product. The reason why I do this is because for years, I have tried to maintain my skin so as just to wear lipstick and a little mascara. It’s been quite a journey considering I have extremely sensitive skin. I like to try new products but still continue to purchase the ones I think do the best job for my skin depending on the season and weather.

While in Barcelona last month, I picked up this AMAZING toner by Clarins. I never gave much thought to toners before, but this is definitely one for the books. It removes the impurities that your cleanser can’t get rid of. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling great! And because it’s alcohol-free, it doesn’t make your skin dry. I’m really happy about finding this toner! (See smile below)

Try it and tell me what you think!

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My Favourite Looks from the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Show

Here are my favourite looks from the Chanel Haute couture Fall show. Karl Lagerfeld never fails to impress me with how clear-cut his visions are. I say this with a lot of hesitation, but there was a beautiful kitschy aspect to this collection. The models strutted down the runways in beautifully tailored overcoats that were thrown over shorts and paired with flipflops. “The models can walk in those dresses like they’re nothing,” he said.

There was mindblowing contrast between the exquisite embroidery and the punk hair, Between the elegance and the vulgarity, between the young and the old. I really feel Chanel is being reborn again. No wonder Karl chose the 7-month pregnant Ashleigh Good to close the show. Fresh new beginnings!

 

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My Net-a-Porter Sale Picks!

 PROENZA SCHOULER Minaudière silver-tone box clutch Was £1,954.11 Now £1,367.87


PROENZA SCHOULER
Minaudière silver-tone box clutch
Was £1,954.11 Now £1,367.87

ALAÏA Lace-up cutout suede pumps Was £1,038.20 Now £519.10

ALAÏA
Lace-up cutout suede pumps
Was £1,038.20 Now £519.10

 VICTORIA BECKHAM The Victoria matte-leather tote Was £2,745.81 Now £1,647.49


VICTORIA BECKHAM
The Victoria matte-leather tote
Was £2,745.81 Now £1,647.49

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Gloss-paneled wool and silk-blend jacket Was £1,966.20 Now £786.48

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
Gloss-paneled wool and silk-blend jacket
Was £1,966.20 Now £786.48

PROENZA SCHOULER Embellished leather sandals Was £534.09 Now £267.05

PROENZA SCHOULER
Embellished leather sandals
Was £534.09 Now £267.05

 THEYSKENS' THEORY Leather biker jacket Was £1,332.06 Now £799.24


THEYSKENS’ THEORY
Leather biker jacket
Was £1,332.06 Now £799.24

What to wear in this Ramadan heat.

The holy month of Ramadan is time of self-reflection for many of us. Muslims all around the world fast from sunrise to sunset to help us train our self-restraint and feel with the needy. It is a month dedicated to charity and kindness unto others. I feel that although for most of the year I don’t think about it twice, Ramadan is a month in which I dress a little conservatively- out of respect to others. Most of the Middle East has dealt with quite an early summer, with heat waves reaching as high as 39 degrees in Amman. To those of you living in the Gulf, this might seem normal. However for us living in Jordan, it’s sometimes intolerable. We’re not used to weather like this you see, our bodies do not adapt well to this type of heat. But nonetheless, we’re grateful for the sunny weather because our winters have been blistering cold and icy over the past couple of years.

So in this scorching heat, what do you wear? I’ve opted for blouses over lightweight jeans. Today I wore a maxi dress under a little denim jacket with cropped sleeves. I feel that a white blazer is a Ramadan essential in this heat because it’s casual and it’ll keep you cool enough at the office, and you can also dress it up with heels for a chic iftar outfit. I especially like this Zara one below.

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Kaftans and abayas are also an option, especially if they’re made out of lightweight silk. They’ll keep you cool and you’ll look like you’re dressing for the occasion, which is always a good thing. Invest in a good quality Kaftan because it will come in handy for a friend’s henna night or Katb Ktab celebration.

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Oscar De La Renta

Sing Hellelujah! Spanx is launching a denim line.

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Spanx announced last Thursday that its latest addition to the brand is a line of denim beginning with two styles, “The Signature” and the “Slim-X”, and will be available in different cuts including straight and bootleg.

“I see Spanx as a lifestyle brand that is delighting women in making things fit better and feel better on the body, and not just through compression,” Creator of Spanx Sarah Blakely told WWD. “We’re known for making you look thinner and more toned, but it can just be about a better cut and fit.”

Say goodbye to muffin tops and hello to your inner J.Lo.

Compartmentalization.

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If you know me at all, you know I can’t handle a mess.  I’ll admit to getting flustered and untidy sometimes, but its organized chaos and tends not too last more than a few hours. I’m the type of person who can’t go to sleep if my suitcase is unpacked or a drawer in the dresser is left open. So you can imagine the little piece of heaven this Marni oxblood leather bag is to me. It has 5 internal compartments AND an front pocket too!

I’ve already begun compartmentalizing:

1st compartment: Cash, credit cards, and coin pouch.
2nd Compartment: Lipstick, hand cream and comb.
3rd Compartment: Panadol, chewing gum, and the occasional Mentos.
4th Compartment: Sunglasses.
5th Compartment: iPhone, earphones, and Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Front pocket: Pen. (A pen always comes in handy)

The bag also comes with a detachable strap so you can change up your carrying style.

Heaven? I think so.

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What a stud!

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I think this is the most beautiful pair of rockstud Valentinos I’ve ever laid my eyes on. They’re absolutely darling. Seriously though, forget love, I’d rather fall completely into these gorgeous beauties. Butterflies? Heck! These shoes gave me elephants.

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Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

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I’m obsessing over the Sophia Wesbter lace up perspex boots with silver toe caps! I always stop myself from buying stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong- I’m just worried I’ll never be able to take them off.

Cool Kids Only.

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How cute are these Filles à Papa’s one piece bathing suits? The playful swimwear is inspired by New York street style, so it combines jersey lettering with cool cuts. Pair these swimsuits with denim shorts and some rounded shades! 

Each bathing suit comes with its own neprene pouch. Sweet. 

Green with envy? NOT.

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Nars have released a “modern and unique” duo eyeshadow, under the name of “Tropical princess” featuring a “neon lemon lime” and an “icy lavender”. I quite like the icy lavender! I read once that it was the most flattering shade of eye shadow for all eye shapes and colours- like a universal “go-to” colour. I think pastels generally make the eyes pop. But the lime green?! I don’t care what anyone says but I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing green eye shadow- let alone lime green! Not unless I wanted to look like Effie bloody Trinket.

But don’t worry Nars, I think people might still cough up $35 for this bi-polar shade, because check this out (click here) - it’s a tutorial on how to cover a red pimple with green eye shadow. You’re welcome!

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Yellow Dressed Afternoons.

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I was feeling very “little house on the prairie” this afternoon. I think yellow suits almost every skin tone, (except for yellow skin tones maybe). I bought this Marc Jacobs dress back in 2006, and I still manage to get some wear out of it every year. My shoes are Manolo blahnik.

“The yellow glistens. It glistens with various yellows, citrons, oranges and greens.. Flowering over the skin” – Wallace Stevens

Are you Bikini Ready?

It’s May, and that means bikini season is almost around the corner. You’ve already spent hours on the Victoria’s Secret website trying to decide whether you’re going to strut some fringe or opt for flounce! You want to be daring and try those Dolce & Gabbana high-waisted floral bikini bottoms without looking like a complete pollock, but you also want to keep it Côte d’Azur chic in that gorgeous white one piece with the mesh cutouts. Either way, one thing’s for sure: you want to look like an ultimate beach babe. Here are a few guidelines I put together so you can hit the beach with a splash!

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First and foremost, you’re going to have to “drop it like a squat”. Try the 30-day squat challenge for the perfect beach bum. Maybe throw in some lunges too! I’m think 3 sets of 12, twice a day, for those buns of steel. Come on, it’s not asking too much- is it? 

Substitute that morning coffee you think you can’t go without, for a nutrient-packed green smoothie. My green juice consists of celery, apples, cucumbers, kale, ginger, and parsley. My aunt has thick beautiful hair, and she is absolutely convinced its because of the ridiculous amounts of tabbouleh she has had over the years. Which brings me to my next point… 

Book an appointment at your hair salon for a treatment session. I have very fine hair and it tends to get really dry in the cold winter months, especially in Amman. I like to use Redken’sIntense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask” to rejuvenate my highlights and leave my hair looking shiny. 

Invest in a body scrub for silky smooth skin. Exfoliating will get rid of dark spots and those pesky ingrown hairs! My favourite is Kiehl’s gently exfoliating grapefruit body scrub. It’s not too harsh on the skin and leaves my skin feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Follow up with a gentle moisturiser to put that sports illustrated cover girl to shame!

This is a no brainer: Book a mani/pedi. 

Increase your water intake and stay hydrated. I find that no matter how much water I drink, it’s never enough. Water does wonders for your skin and body. 

Slather on the sunblock! With an SPF of at least 30. I promise that you’ll tan gradually and safely. Damage from the sun is irrerversible, and sunblock protects you from harsh sun rays that leave you with sunspots and wrinkles. 

And lastly, be happy. Nothing is sexier than a beaming smile. 

 

The Dream Weaver Collection!

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I’m obsessed with Whitney Eve’s Dream Weaver collection! The print is bright and bold, like the great summer that will be two thousand and fourteen’s. My favourite piece? The cropped boyfriend shirt!

The collection is available at The Rail, Amman (06-5856082)

Poolside with Stella.

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Nothing says easy breezy like a pair of espadrilles. I love this Silver mesh Stella Mccartney pair because they can air out and the metallic tone matches practically any beach kaftan or bikini. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday afternoon! X