|Faces| Huda Kattan

Like most successful people, Huda Kattan started small.  While holding down a job in finance that she hated, she launched a beauty blog in 2010, soon after which she quit her finance job. Kattan then started her Instagram account in 2012, followed by a beauty business selling false eyelashes in 2013.

Luck seemed to be on her side and in her case small got huge very quickly. The Dubai-based Kattan is now unchallenged in the makeup world. She has a breathtaking 20.7 million Instagram followers and has smartly leveraged that social media following to grow her business. She now offers liquid lipsticks, lip strobes, highlighter palette and eye shadows in addition to her lashes, which are available through her online shop and Sephora, which has 11.9 million followers on Instagram.

Kattan was born to Iraqi parents. She attended college in Michigan where she studied finance, a career she quickly gave up to become a makeup artist. Kattan met her husband at college and they moved to Dubai in 2008, where she now happily resides with him and their daughter.

When asked about the way beauty is perceived in Dubai she said  “Beauty in Dubai is on another level. I grew up in Tennessee. I loved to wear full glam. I used to want to wear flash lashes every single day. I remember wearing them once and someone was like, “Are you wearing false lashes?” I felt embarrassed. In the U.S., it’s perceived as though you’re trying too hard.

In Dubai, people respect you if you wear lashes to the grocery store. I’ve been at the gym at 5 in the morning and seen full glam, which, I think working out with your full makeup is just crazy. But it’s more over the top here. Middle Eastern women have very strong features, and makeup tends to accentuate those features really well without looking like too much.”

She says “I took beauty so seriously before, and I do still, but not in a way where I can’t have fun with it. I’m passionate to learn more, passionate to know how we can change people’s lives by giving them one tip. But when it comes to the look, it should be fun. You should just be like, “Yeah, I’m a cake face — so what?”

It is said that she makes an astonishing AED 66,000 with each instagram post.  Huda Kattan has changed a lot over the years and that simply proves that you CAN be the best version of yourself. She never feels shy to talk about her surgeries, fillers etc. unlike other public figures.  She is extremely humble, down to earth and truly inspirational. She is on the Internet’s most fascinating people’s list

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|Faces| Zaha Hadid

Google seems to be celebrating Zaha Hadid today, now for those of you who don’t know who this legend is. She was one of the finest Iraqi/British architects that the world has seen. How do I know? Because I’m obsessed with architecture. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her dazzling work. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was also the first woman to win the Royal Gold Medal in Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects. And she won the Stirling Award, the UK’s most prestigious architectural prize.

 

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Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame in 2012 in honour of her commitment and services to the profession (wow). Hadid never had a family of her own, choosing not to marry or have any children.

I’m going to share a few of her marvellous creations with you. There is nothing more fascinating than stunning, mindblowing architecture and this woman certainly has blown my mind. As a child, I really wanted to study architecture but life had other plans for me (also I wasn’t so good with numbers).

So ladies and gentlemen feast your eyes upon the stunning architectural work of none other than Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan was completed in 2013

The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, London

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum

 

Port House, Antwerp, Belgium

Port House

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza (2008)

International Cultural Centre, China

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Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah UAE (unfinished)

Bee’ah headquarters

Opus Tower, Dubai

opus tower

ME Hotel, Dubai

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Sleuk Rith Institute, Cambodia

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Grand Theatre, Morocco

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Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi (2010)

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Riverside Museum, Glasgow (2011)

New Beijing Airport Terminal (unfinished)

New Beijing airport terminal at Daxing Airport

Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar (proposed to host 2022 FIFA World Cup)

al wakrah stadium

City of Dreams , Macau, China

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She died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year leaving many unfinished projects to her name.

Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50

Hi my angels! I’ve been away for quiet sometime. Had to travel to my country for a couple of weddings and what was supposed to be a 2 week trip turned into nearly a two month vacation. lol

Weddings! weddings! weddings! When we talk about weddings, we go into all kind of details of course from decor, theme and food to guests, dresses, rehearsals etc etc. Now if there is one things which may not be talked about much but is part of everyone’s preparation, and that is make up.

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Speaking of makeup, primers have become a huge deal over the past few years. There was a time when no one ever thought of applying a primer before foundation or all the other products that have become our makeup essentials lately. Coming to primers, now we all do understand what difference a good primer can actually make to our overall makeup. and i have to say here that i’m not talking about people who think women only wear makeup bcuz they are ugly and they try to hide their flaws (that is a whole different topic and I would be coming to that soon). A good primer can do wonders to your makeup and how it stays on for your special events. I have been a huge fan of the ultimate benefit porefessional primer. Having tried good primers, not-so-good primers, Nivea after shave, primer oil and even a bit of vaseline, I can easily say that each one has a different finish and by that i mean the way your makeup  looks can actually depend a whole lot on primers.

This primer that i’m talking about today is pretty well known in the world of beauty of course. Those of you who religiously apply SPF before stepping out, this one serves all your needs for sure. For starters, it comes in a white glass bottle with a black dropper on top. The bottle is opaque which is fantastic to keep the ingredients intact and also it helps keep the SPF from expiring prematurely . The product itself is almost like water but thicker, its a whitish liquid not oily at all. The product has light white tint but it becomes absolutely clear once you start applying it on your skin. The best thing you will notice about this primer is that its not sticky like those typical SPF’s. It leaves the skin much smoother and gives it a bit of glow which is wonderful. The foundation goes on a lot more smoother and helps last much longer. It will help keep your foundation from separating but its not something that will stay on for 12 to 14 hours. Will it stay on and keep your makeup fresh for a reasonable amount of time? Yes!

Now I must add here that I’m not someone who religiously applies sunscreen so this primer could actually be more beneficial for women like me. It’s not very light on the pocket though.
You can get it for $64 at www.sephora.com,
AED399 at www.souq.com
Rs.12,427 at www.pkship.com

This product could be a great way to keep your skin safe from the harmful effects of the sun, it provides your makeup a smoother canvas making it appear less damaged and less wrinkly. For people who have been using it know what i’m talking about. Wouldn’t hurt to do something for yourself now would it?! Do keep in mind that this primer is not for all of you out there. You have to try it and then decide if it suits you or not.

Let me know what you think.

The weekend is almost here and the 3daysale starts tomorrow offering 30-90% off .
I’m super excited!
Smile and keep your love ones happy! Share good times!

Ciao!

International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It was originally called International working women’s day. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. Once again it’s that time of the year when we celebrate women around the world. Once again we will pick a few celebrities and famous people, talk about their big achievements and what not. Agreed! Of course they have worked very hard to get where they are today but I want to take this day and talk about women around the world who are neither celebrities nor celebrated. Let’s talk about women who are ordinary yet so extraordinary that it’s rather difficult to put them into words for words shall not do justice to their essence and substance. Women who are part of our lives yet remain invisible, their struggles and achievements remain concealed from the world, and all they have is a smile on their face. Their souls are tattered yet they stand tall with composure and strength.

Let’s talk about women who give us birth and spend each second of their lives ensuring that we get the best of what life has to offer. Women who live for us, who die thinking of us. Let’s talk about women who leave the comfort and safety of their parents home to enter a world unknown, a world where she entrusts herself to another man and agrees to devote the rest of her life to building a home with him. A life which requires her to change everything about her to become part of someone else’s world. A life which requires a lifetime of sacrifices, heartbreak, joy, laughter, struggles, rejection, acceptance, good times, bad times…and everything that comes with it. Let’s talk about how they choose to live despite having their hearts broken over and over again. Let’s talk about women who stand up for what’s right!
Let’s talk about small yet important things that women manage on an everyday basis that you may not pay too much attention to until you try calming 2 crying toddlers, making dinner and explaining the particulars of a newly-acquired client to your boss over the phone at the same time. This may sound ridiculously hard to pull off, but this is something thousands of women pull off every day, something that should be deeply appreciated and something that nobody should take for granted.Let’s talk about single moms who smoothly play the role of both parents making their children their top priority and work towards giving them extraordinary lives. Let’s talk about women who suffer at the hands of this vicious society and their unnerving rules. Let’s talk about daughters who stand by us, try really hard to achieve small goals to make us proud. Daughters who would do anything to see us smile. Let’s talk about women who remain gentle and kind no matter what life puts them through.

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Who are women when they are not dressed in their corporate best? Mother, sisters, wives, daughters, girlfriends and fiancées…what would we ever do without them? Nobody can honestly say we don’t owe an enormous amount to the women in our lives, from the mothers who made us chicken soup when we were sick as children, to the sisters who helped us decide what to wear on our first date, to the wives who somehow manage to juggle both a career and a family, never missing a beat. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect and value them.

It’s time you tell the women in your lives how amazing they are and what they mean to you. No matter how strong they seem, they are fragile from within. Love them. Cherish them. Stand by them! Be the reason they smile! Treat them right!

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Also I would like to take this day and talk about men who lift their women higher because they value them, they treat them right and love seeing them happy. Who were raised right by strong women and stand for what’s right. Who don’t feel insecure because of their achievements.  Men who are the reason behind a woman’s genuine smile! Hats off to you men be it fathers, husbands, sons, brothers or friends.
Happy Women’s Day everyone!

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