Beauty Pick: Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile

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!



Green with envy? NOT.


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!


Ciaté: Corrupted Neon Manicure Set


Corrupted-Neon-Manicure-Pack-Shot-NIGHT-2-BDWelcome to the polish that never sleeps! This collection brings you the zestiest matte neon shades. Style your look by sprinkling glitter over wet polish for a sizzling finish and as the sun sets, light up the night with the afterglow top coat. With clear-on application, this clever polish soaks up the daylight and continues to glow in the dark.

Hala Ajam sits down with Aya Jammal

Hala Ajam featured Editor-in-Chief of U Magazine Lebanon Aya Jammal on her website as this month’s guest blogger! The interview is below, but to view the full article please click here. The pretty editor shares the best advice she’s ever been given, what motivates her and why she’d rather be in New York right now.

image1What inspired you to do what you are doing today?
Fashion’s ability to reflect, inspire and most importantly bring out one’s confidence.

Share with us the best piece of advice ever given to you
“Be yourself!” – something my mother always says to me.

What motivates you?
Passion. I do what I love after all, and that’s the greatest blessing.

Mistakes are…
Lessons in disguise.

What’s the biggest mistake you made starting out?
Trying to do everything myself. Delegation is an acquired talent that took me a long while to master. Thankfully, I have a wonderful team who supports me and whom I can trust.

Define a success.
Someone with the ability to induce positive change, no matter how big or small.

Tell us a common misconception that people have about what you do.
That it’s easy! The fashion world is beautiful indeed; but beneath the surface, it’s tough, fast-paced, competitive and ever-changing. You really have to have a combination of passion, discipline and determination to be able to survive in this world.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?
That I’m sensitive, though I don’t show it to most. I don’t whatsoever enjoy being in the spotlight, though my job requires me to be at times. And between the two of us, I play Fashion Police in my head all the time; sometimes I’m “good cop,” but mostly I’m ruthless.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Why?
New York. Fashion Week just kicked off there!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Line

Marc Jacobs is launching his own beauty line, set to be in stores on August 9th. The 122-piece collection will not include any nude tones, because “that’s just lazy,” Jacobs has admitted. The packaging is inspired by a glossy black lacquered table he owns, and the product names are inspired by “everything” apparently including Jacobs’ tattoos and his favourite movies. We’re looking forward to checking out this bright and fun collection!