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Get the Look – Dior Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Haute Couture Show

For Dior’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Haute Couture collection, Creative and Image Director of Dior Make-up Peter Philips created a natural makeup look using products from the Dior Backstage line.

The complexion was prepared using the right shade of Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, a touch of Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer, a dash of Flash Luminizer to add a touch of light and lastly, some fine dusting of Dior Backstage Glow Palette Universal in No001 Powder. When needed, he sculpted the face with the lighter shades from the Dior Backstage Contour Palette.

The eyes were given a hint of emphasis with the Dior Backstage Eye Palette in No001 Warm Neutrals. While the softest shades – which are Shimmer Pink and Matte Pink – were used on light skin tones to subtly open the eyes, Shimmer Purple and Matte Pink were used on darker skin tones. The eyebrows were naturally defined and shaped with Diorshow Brow Styler and Dior Backstage Brow Palette.

The lips were made up with the Dior Backstage Lip Palette in No001 Universal Neutrals and depending on the skin tone, Peter Philips either chose Gloss Pink, Gloss Beige or Gloss Blush to make them look discreet and plumped.

While the nails were kept natural and bare, the hair – styled by Guido Palau – was tied low at the nape into long cylindrical ponytails, with elastics criss-crossed throughout the lengths.

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Summer in Metallic Makeup

If you think that metallic colors were just here to make our winter brighter, you’re absolutely wrong. In fact, the Spring-Summer 2019 runways were shining so bright – recalling the sun that makes this season worth waiting for so impatiently. And honestly, we couldn’t think of better options for our makeup that will make any casual look stand out.

Every designer had their own way of using metallic hues – which also ranged from extremely sparkly to pearly shades. And every style had its own special touch and added a certain kind of elegance to the look.

Some shows witnessed metallic lips such as Jeremy Scott’s, while others explored the charm of glitters on eyes in every possible way. From Jacquemus to Versace, Iceberg, Luisa Spagnoli, Julian Macdonald and many more, the list goes on and on.

And as we always help you be up-to-date on the latest trends, this time is no exception. So check out the list of looks we chose for you and indulge in this beauty trend as long as it lasts.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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A Fragrance for Your Black-Tie Events

Going to a black-tie event is sort of a big deal. And as a stylish man, compromising on your elegance and sophistication is not an option! With this in mind, everything in you should scream opulence – from your suit to your tie, cufflinks, watch, shoes and of course, your fragrance.

While some fragrances are ideal for daywear, some others exude a certain elegant feel that makes them your go-to-choice for important occasions and dinners. And with wedding season around the corner, you should consider adding such a fragrance to your collection and leave a captivating impression after you wherever you go.

To choose the right evening fragrance, you should look into bolder options. Choose a special scent that’s quite different from the one you wear daily. This one should be richer and edgier with a timeless classic feel. Earthy notes can also take your fragrance to a new level, just like leather notes, sandalwood and of course, the all-time classic Middle Eastern treasure, oud.

With these criteria in mind, we have narrowed down a list of the best black-tie fragrances out there. Choose your favorite and tux up!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Let’s Explore Hugo Boss’ Oud Novelties

Nothing is more perfect than a oud fragrance exclusive to the Middle East. Better so, nothing can compete with two oud olfactory aromas created exclusively for the region, the Hugo Boss way! With powerful opulence in mind, Hugo Boss unveils two new scents using this rich, mysterious Middle Eastern ingredient that carries its exquisiteness in its description as “black gold”.

Crafted by master perfumer Annick Menardo, the fragrances speak to the man of today. They combine heritage and modernity and represent those who are faithful to their culture but look forward to their future. In fact, the man who wears such a fragrance is only one who appreciates his traditions yet embraces the technology offered by the modern world.

It all started in 2015, with the launch of Boss Bottled Oud which includes refreshing top notes of citrus and apple, spicy-floral heart notes of clove and rockrose and rich base notes of warm and musky oud and sandalwood. For the two new fragrances, the original fragrance takes different turns. The Boss Bottled Oud Aromatic features notes of orange blossom that come together with soft and balsamic notes of white honey, incense and oud in a wood-green flacon. As for the Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a spicy-floral accord of saffron and rose is combined with silky suede notes and opulent oud in a deep red bottle.

These two novelties are revealed in a video directed by Thibault Jouvent. And to make the campaign more unique than ever, the spirit of the fragrances is mirrored in a unique artwork by calligraphist Vincent Abadie Hafez.

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Sunscreen 101

I have to be honest, although I know how important sunscreen is, I do try to use products that include it, but I have such a hard time using a sunscreen on its own. I have super sensitive skin and most chemical sunscreens just don’t work well with my skin. Now that I have a little girl and I am in the forties club, it’s time to try and find a suitable sunscreen for both of us. Her skin is far more fair than mine, so I can’t get away with leaving her unprotected, not to mention that she is a toddler and needs protection regardless of her skin type.
First thing I learned was that the best sunscreens are the ones that you have to reapply. Although it would be much more convenient to apply it in the morning and forget about it, that is the recommendation by dermatologists.

There are three major things to look for in a sunscreen. -broad-spectrum protection
-SPF 30 or higher
-Water resistant

So is higher SPF better? Not necessarily. The best way to ensure that you have the most protection is reapplying every two hours. For kids, look for a sunscreen with either zinc oxide or titanium oxide in it.
There are so many different types of creams, gel sticks and sprays.
For the face opt for a cream and a stick for around the eye area. Gels and sprays can be used for the body but there is a risk of inhalation with sprays and should never be used near the face.

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Sweet, Sweet Perfumes

Cover Photo Courtesy of Guerlain

What’s better than eating candy? Well, smelling it of course! With summer well underway, sometimes all you need is to smell fresh, but not any kind of fresh – we’re talking about the sweet freshness. While a sweet fragrance might feel warm, it’s just perfect for the sunny season.

In fact, a candy-licious perfume opens up your senses to much-needed energy. Besides lasting for a long time, a sweet fragrance is surely to leave quite an impression behind you. Although these scents take us back to childhood memories, they are attractive in their very own special way. They can also be described as addictive – at least for me! Actually, how many times have you tried such a fragrance and you were instantly in a better mood?

With this in mind, here’s a list of the best sweet fragrances that will get you smelling oh-so-yummy all summer long. Take a look at our 10 picks and choose your favorite – or favorites!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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How to Look Like a Bronze Goddess

With Summerwell underway, nothing brings you more confidence like a “JLO glow.”

Whether you are super pale or naturally dark, these tips can work for everyone.
The first step in getting bronzed is using cream products first. Start off with a darker foundation. You know that color you were loving all winter? It’s time to bump up to the next shade.

Next, let’s contour a bit. Now hold on, don’t grab your favorite bronzing powder just yet. First, grab your cream contour stick. I am obsessed with NUDESTIX Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze in Bondi Bae, which is the perfect bronzed nude shade. You can use this all over like your jaw line, around your nose and even overline your lips with it.

Yes, it’s a thick product, so grab your favorite brush and start drawing those contour lines.
Once you blend everything in, you are ready for powder. Get your favorite bronzing powder. We love the FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer.

I love a glossy nude lip with this look with maybe a gold creamy shadow. Add a pop of highlight on the cheeks, and watch out world!

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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