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Mona Lisa Brows? Well, kind of.

Whether you like it or not, bleached brows are still making a statement. Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Prada’s NYFW shows for 2009 clearly agreed! The latest Louis Vuitton ad campaign for Spring/Summer 2010 proves that this trend is not just a fad, but here to stay.

Adriana Lima for Givenchy

Lara Stone for Louis Vuitton

in Makeup

Benny From the Block

THE BLOCK | HAUTE EDITORIAL
By huda heidi kattan

Want edge with drama in high-fashion? Photographer Benny Horne nailed the shoot with model Tasha Tilberg in this editorial for The Block.  Makeup Artist, Kristin Gallegos from Shu Uemura brilliantly married the look with her use of colors and contouring.  With James Worthington DeMolet dresses, this dream-team simply could not get any better.

images courtesy of fashiongonerogue

in product review

Shiseido Blotting Sheets

SHISEIDO OIL CONTROL | PRODUCT ALERT
By huda heidi kattan

Ahhh, summer! It’s right around the corner and if you are planning on looking gorgeously fresh all summer long, you need to deal with global warming asap. Let’s face it, with temperatures as high as they have been, you need to be prepared! Unless of course, you want to look like a giant lightbulb!  Shiseido blotting sheets are your cure-all to shine for summer and all year long. I know I’ve casually mentioned this product before in my blog, but that’s because they really work. These blotting sheets have been regarded as the most effective sheets in the world and after trying a good hand full of different types of blotting sheets, I couldn’t agree more.

These are not your average blotting sheets! No, not only do they fight shine, but they keep you matte all day and actually help fight acne! The secret behind the potent blend is the Rosemary Extract and Zinc Oxide.  The Rosemary keeps you dry all day, while the Zinc helps prevent acne! Talk about a dynamic-duo! It’s safe to say, this product is pure genius. Thank you Shiseido!

image courtesy of kudoo

in Makeup

In Your Wildest Fantasy

Pat McGrath has been named ‘the most influential makeup artist of all times’, and while being credited as the creative mind behind runway looks for Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Galliano and Dior, it’s no wonder her imagination has received world-wide recognition. When I actually decided to study makeup, she was part of the reason! I think it’s amazing how much she can transform models into walking, living art! Check out some of my favorite work from Pat McGrath!


Fantasy Makeups by Pat McGrath




in beauty, Makeup

Elle’s Dubai Debut

ELLE ARABIA | VOL 1 | APRIL 2010
By Huda Kattan

Tired of paying 39 AED (over $10) for imported Elle magazines from the US or UK? I know I am! Luckily, the people at Elle understand our concerns, hence the release of the newest addition to the Elle family, Elle Arabia! I am not going to lie, I had some reservations when I first glimpsed the cover of the magazine. I am a huge fan of Elle US and UK and I wasn’t sure if this magazine was going to be able to keep up to the standards of this incredibly iconic magazines.  Did they deliver? Oh yes!

The new Elle Arabia, is filled with haute editorials, latest trends and accessories, and yup, eye-catching makeup all straight off the runway! And at 15 AED per magazine, what more could we ask for?!

in hair

Proven: Fish Oil for Glossy Locks!

BEAUTY TIP | SHINY HAIR
by huda heidi kattan

I’ve never been one to have gorgeous hair, and frankly, I’ve always been determined to have it! I knew that somewhere out there, there was a magic product that some genius somewhere created that would turn my coarse frizzy-prone hair into commercially silky hair that, possibly, moves in slow motion–I just had no idea that that genius was God and His magic product was fish oil!

We’ve all heard it, Omega-3 fatty acids make your hair look super-silky, but has anyone tried it? Yup! I have! I seriously cannot believe the difference in my hair from taking Fish Oil tablets every day. Not only will it give you brilliantly glossy locks, but it will also help increase growth for your hair and improve radiance to your skin! I’m not going to lie, I hate fish more than anything and the thought of fish oil in a tablet more than mortifies me. HOWEVER, this is really not bad. The taste only last a couple of seconds and is totally bearable! Honestly, this is the easiest way to becoming a sexier you, that you must try it!

in beauty

Muy Celiente!

VOGUE SPAIN | APRIL 2010

Nothing screams sexy quite like animal print and in the most recent issue of Spain’s V Magazine, we get a full dose of sexy and high-fashion. With clothes from Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, you are sure to get an end result that will make you salivate.

images courtesy of fashiongonerogue

in product review

Bronzed Beauty

PRODUCT ALERT | CARGO BRONZER

Of all my must-haves products, bronzer is something that I can almost never go without!  Not only does it help give your face a healthy glow, but the right bronzer can dramatically change your entire appearance by shading in the right areas.  My all-time favorite bronzer is the Cargo Blu-Ray Bronzer that goes on incredibly smooth and even.  This bronzer is so revolutionary that it can be used everyday or even infront of a high-def camera. No matter if you are professional makeup artist, or just an avid makeup-lover, this bronzer is a must in every woman’s kit! Love it!

Available at Sephora’s worldwide (Dubai Mall) or online

image courtesy of cargocosmetics

in beauty, DIY - NATURAL

Deflate Puffy Eyes!

PUFFY EYES | BEAUTY TIP

I admit, as much as I preach about beauty, one of the downfalls of a crazy schedule is lack of sleep!  Without sleep, your skin will lose its luster and your eyes can puff out to the size of a small country.  For those of you who can’t always afford the time to relax, here are some quick tips to deflating those puffy eyes!

  1. Soak two cotton balls in witch hazel and place each one over eyes for 15 minutes.
  2. Place two black tea bags in warm water and place over eyes for 10 minutes.
  3. Use an eye mask like my favorite, Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer (available at Harvey Nichols for 36 AED), and place in fridge, then wear for 20 minutes.

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