Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The third piece rule

Have you ever heard of the third-piece rule? We hadn't either until we came across an article I read on The Cut , which explains that in order to encourage a more stylish sales staff in any retail working environment, retail associates are supposed to wear outfits on the job comprised of three pieces, not including your shoes. Your pants is piece one and top is your second piece. Hence comes your third piece which should be an extra outfit element such as a jacket, blazer, vest or statement accessory such as a tassel necklace, trendy optical sunglasses, a belt or even a mere bold color non essential piece. The Cut reported that the third-piece rule is also in effect at Nordstrom, Banana Republic and,  Madewell. What I like about the "Third piece rule" is that makes you look put together, polished, more interesting, and effortlessly chic.

So, everyday, while getting dressed, try the same outfit, but each time adding a different piece, taking your look from casual to sophisticated in one easy step. You can easily dress up an outfit with the same rule by adding a statement necklace or over the top heels. Give it a shot and then, try as you get more comfy with the concept, adding fourth and fifth pieces to take the effect to the next level.

Dress top: Aya Sharaf Designs
Jeans: Zara
Shirt: Stradivarius
Heels: Zara
Bag: Forever21
Turban: Sadouq

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation review

I'm not one of the girls who are very fond of foundation. As you may all know by now, I'm more of a spontaneous grab and go kind of girl. However, we do not choose to have perfect skin. We all have our flaws and imperfections, hence creating the need of a coverage, whether high or low. Hence, foundations.

Due to day to day stress and life loads, sleepless nights dark circles and to top it off, yellow, lifeless and dull complexion..I have it all! I need to wear foundations for special occasions to cover my imperfections as well as a base for my makeup. I have tried several , not to many (yes, I am guilty!) but enough to judge what is good for me. from the drugstore ones, Bourjois is amongst my few favs.

This foundation has 3 correcting pigments:
*Yellow: Conceals dark circles
*Mauve: Corrects dullness
*Green: neutralizes redness

Since I have a normal-combined skin, I chose the 123 Perfect foundation. It has a medium consistency in a liqiud form, easily blended into my skin that it almost looked like a second skin, or let's say, my own skin! At first, the consistency seemed thick a bit, but once you blend it into your skin, you won't feel you are wearing anything at all. All you need is half a pump to apply all over your face. It dries off as power, and has a matte finish, which is perfect for my oily T-zone! Didn't cake, didn't dry off my skin and has a medium to heavy coverage. I used my Real Techniques Expert face brush to blend it in, but it would also be better do use a beauty blender sponge.

It is worth noting that I do have severe dark circles issue, so with even this on, I had to apply minimal concealer to cancel out the darkness and bright my under eye area. The shade I picked in 53, light beige. I am an NC20-25 with yellow undertones, so I believe this one is a perfect match to my skin.

If I needed to put my Chanel perfection Lumiere foundation on hold to save, I would use this Bourjois 123 perfect as a Dupe.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Your guide for skin care routine

Its spring already and that means an alarm for each and every one of us to prepare her ultimate summer look! Definitely all females out there (ME first!) are making an effort to lose the extra weight we gained trying to keep ourselves warm during the cold weather, or at least that what I convince myself J

But that shouldn't make you forget your skincare. Because summer means more intervals of sun exposure and our skin is very delicate to take in all those harmful rays.
And since our lives are busy and fast this guide should help you know the essential routines you should follow.

Daily Routine
Or should I called the “irreplaceable" routine? It’s easy and effortless but without them your skin will be dull and unhealthy looking.
-          Facial Cleanser: since washing your face with water only is not enough to clean your skin layer, you need to buy a cleanser that removes all your dirt, makeup debris and oil.it will give you a smooth, refreshing and glowing look.

-          Toner: Choose a product with skin repairing ingredients and apply it after the cleanser. It hydrates your skin and gives you a young healthy look.

-          Moisturizer: choose a product that fits your skin type and

-          Sun-screen: Never forget applying it before going out that door!! Sunlight causes the skin layers to get thicker causing several problems such as; uneven skin tone, dullness of skin, wrinkles and aging symptoms. So use a product with SPF more than 25 and containing antioxidants.

Weekly Routine
Exfoliate: it is enough to do this process once a week, but that doesn’t make it less important. Use a scrubbing product which I prefer to be a natural product. It removes dead cells and reveal new healthy skin layers, which improves uneven skin tone, removes black head, help build up your collagen “responsible for firm skin” so less wrinkles. So it will guarantee you a young revived look!

Monthly Routine
Mask application: it is very important to choose the correct mask for your skin type to treat your skin if needed especially if you have an oily skin or Dry skin.
Also, specific treatment masks according to your need, such as; skin lightening mask, Anti- wrinkles mask and acne treating mask.

The steps are simple and easy to follow, so don’t be carless to your own beauty because you earned a perfect skin! Enjoy the weather…..Flawless!

This article has been written by Pakinam Farouk
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