Heat is great for intensifying a hair mask. What I do is apply my mask to towel dried hair, put on a shower cap and then wrap a towel around my head. This traps the heat from your scalp and allows your mask to penetrate better. Sometimes, I will even hit the towel with my blow drier (on a lower heat) for a minute or two for even better results. I usually let the mask sit for about 20-30 minutes, and I do this if I am going to blow dry my hair, or if I don't want to leave the mask on over night.
I've been feeling a little 'blah' this week, and one of the easiest tricks for me to snap out of it is to paint my nails a really bright color.
Enter Love & Beauty By Forever21's Fiery Red nail polish. Fiery red is a great name for this. It's a bright, in-your-face, tomato red.
I'm not sure this is going to last the whole week, it's already chipping a little.
What shades are you wearing this week?
Love and kisses!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Mac released their A Tartan Tale collection over here, so I went to check it out. I really wanted a lipstick (I had some spare change left over from the week haha) but none of them looked good on me! I really liked The Faerie Glen and Cut a Caper, based on the swatches I've seen online. Unfortunately, they just looked too light and kind of ashy on me. I was so disappointed. I didn't really feel like I needed any of the shadows or blushes, so I walked out empty handed.
If you are looking to add to your brush collection, you HAVE to try the Sigma Brushes. They are currently taking the beauty world by storm. The brushes are often compared to MAC in terms of their look and quality, but at nearly half the price of MAC brushes.
And they are offering FREE international shipping for Black Friday today!
Let me know if you end up ordering some brushes. I'm ordering mine today, I can't wait to try them out!
This video was filmed here in Dubai! We Have Band played at the Dubai Sound City music festival last year and they used footage for the video to this song. They were really fun, they played two gigs over here that weekend. I left the second one early, but afterwards they headed down to one of my friend's houses for an after party with everyone! I miss all the fun things :(
We Have Band - Honey Trap
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I went to pick up some last minute things for our Thanksgiving dinner tonight and decided to pick up the new issue of Grazia Middle East.
They also have 3 more videos on cute ways to tie various scarves.
I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving weekend!!
Love and kisses!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Fans of MTV's The City will remember Olivia as Whitney Port's snotty, but oh-so-well-dressed rival on the show.
Olivia has recently been quoted as saying "I'm currently working on a TV project, my own show". According to gosspicenter.com, her show has yet to be picked up by a network, but based on the networks that might be interested, it seems like it may be a reality show.
Will you guys be watching any of their shows?
Love and kisses!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I like to have all of my accesories and jewelry out in the open to make it easier to choose from. Otherwise, I forget what I have and end up wearing the same thing every day.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
OK So I just finished my second week on my 'journey'.
The results are in and I've lost.....
ARGH!!!! This week was Eid, everyone was home and, as per tradition, everyone kept sending us food baskets with lots of yummy pastries! Seriously, argh!! I did really well on the first few days, and to be fair, I did manage not to over-eat at meals. It was just all of the cheating and the little cookies in between that did me in!
I was talking to a friend today and she was telling me how I picked a really bad time to start trying to lose weight. She does have a point, between Eid, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve it does sort of seem like I'm fighting a losing battle.
But then today, I read something over at Lindsey's blog Football, Faith and Flying. She said "Nobody wants to wake up on New Year's Day knowing they could have been 20 pounds lighter, but instead they are 25 pounds heavier."
And she's totally right. I could easily give this up, but I know that the only person it would disappoint is me. And if I give in to the holidays, I am only going to make things harder. How many times have I given up at the beginning of the year and beaten myself up when summer came around? When I SHOULD have been wearing my little dresses and showing off my legs, but instead I stuck with floor length maxis to hide my giant calves?
So this week I'm just going to try extra hard. Thanksgiving is just one (absolutely glorious) day. I don't want to mess everything up for one day. I did that this week and that was the last time it will happen. Losing weight isn't easy. You have to put an effort into it. Thanksgiving and Christmas come along every year. There's no need for me to eat like there's no tomorrow. It will be really hard, but I think I can do it!
This week's UPs:
I worked out twice (two more than last week yay!)
Bought new running shoes (can't wait to try them out tomorrow morning!)
I love seeing everyone's FOTD posts, and so I thought that I would start my own.It's nothing fancy at all, just a very simple look that I wore for running errands this morning.
I also wanted to show you guys my new hair color! The blonde was just too high maintenance, plus it was getting too light so I toned it down a few shades.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
It has recently come to my attention that I may have a slight problem when it comes to buying nail polish. I love having my nails done and I feel somewhat 'ungroomed' if they aren't polished.
I know that my collection is still 'small' compared to other bloggers, and I'm still not in the big leagues as I do not own a Chanel polish (yet). But it is a lot because I still haven't worn most of them.
So here's my new polish challenge.. I'm not going to buy any more nail polish (unless it's Limited Edition, hey a girl can only have so much self control!) until I have worn every single one of these. I think that's reasonable enough.
Here is this week's polish:
Friday, November 19, 2010
Everyone has been off this week for Eid al Adha. So my parents have taken this opportunity to clean and redecorate the house from floor to ceiling.
I'm doing my part by cleaning out my closets and reorganizing everything. Yesterday, I cleaned out my closet and got rid of all the clothes that I don't wear so that we can give them away. I think I have like 3 or 4 boxes already! Today I am conquering my makeup and jewelry. I just finished washing my brushes (and am slightly procrastinating about doing the rest, hence this post!)
I usually make a proper brush cleanser with shampoo, disinfectant and leave in conditioner. I was a bit lazy today, I just used my tea tree shampoo because it is gentle and tea tree oil is also has natural antibacterial properties.
I dry them on a towel in my sink. That way, they lie mostly flat, but at a tiny incline so that water doesn't get into the barrels. I use a dark towel in case there are any traces of makeup left, it's the same towel I use when I dye my hair, hence the dye stains hehe
I can't wait till they are all dry. I love freshly washed, fluffy, soft brushes! *mental note: find cat and snuggle with him*
What have you guys gotten up to this week? I hope everyone has had a lovely Eid!
Love and kisses!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I went to Mirdif City Center today to meet a friend for coffee and exchange some shoes that I bought last week. I found a really cute pair of sandals at New Look, but when I got home I realized that they were two different sizes! Luckily, the guys at New Look were super sweet and helpful about it. They gave me the right ones and sent me on my merry little way.
Then we went down to Forever 21, which was on sale. I didn't want to spend too much time in there, and I'm trying not to buy lots of clothes right now, so I just bought some jewelry.
Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I love rings. I'm kind of obsessed with them. I especially love big ones, so I was really excited when I spotted these ones:
They were on sale for....15 dirhams a piece! Yay!
Here's a really easy necklace that I made this week. I was inspired by this one:
I had some leftover sparkly beads from last Christmas, but they weren't enough on their own so I added little beads in between the big ones.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Introducing my go to polish for this autumn/winter.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I am so in love with this year's big topknot/ballerina bun trend. They look really chic and are also a great, last minute way to put up dirty hair and still look polished.
I came across this post at Glamour magazine's beauty blog, and decided to make my own hair donut. A donut is basically a little round pillow that you use under your hair to make your bun look bigger. I used the leftover 'stuffing' that was used in my updo for my friend's wedding and a pair of old nylons. The whole process took me about 15 minutes and I'm really happy with the results!
Here's how I did it:
It's been so cloudy lately. It's actually very pretty. I love Dubai in the winter. The weather is gorgeous, the skies are blue and everything just seems really calm. I know a lot of people say that you need snow to make a real Christmas, but everything's starting to feel really Christmas-y to this Dubaian! I'm ready to get out my tights and scarves :)
Sunday, November 7, 2010
At least with hair color, that is!
Celebs are loving red hair at the moment, and women all over the world are quickly following suit.
I haven't posted anything in a while and I'm so sorry! I've been super busy with my friend's wedding and haven't had any time to blog. The wedding was GORGEOUS and I promise that I will post photos very soon.
Here's a quick picture of the henna I did for the wedding.
I bought a tube at one of the salons here and it took me about 15 minutes to finish the whole thing. I found some inspiration pictures online and free-handed the rest. I only managed to have enough time to finish the one hand though :(
Don't worry, I didn't actually wear purple polish to the wedding. I wore a pretty, shimmery nude shade that didn't clash with my dress!
Hope everyone is well!
Love and kisses!