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May 06, 2017

Playing dress up with Faraz Manan


Last week I got the opportunity to meet the infamous Faraz Manan in Bahrain at the Four Seasons Hotel. He was doing an exclusive private viewing of his new collection. I've shared above two outfits that I was swooning over from his latest collection! Let me know what you guys think :)
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May 03, 2017

Why Tarte lip paints are even better than the other ones out there!

Lipstick Names (left to right): TBT | Lovespell | Twerk | Bae | Lip Crayon Names (top to bottom): Latergram | Magic Wand | Thirsty

We all know that a good lipstick can go a long way. With so many new ones coming out recently from the Kylie lip kit to Huda matte lipsticks, it has been a real game changer.

For so many years I would never wear lipsticks as the fact of it coming out after taking a sip of my drink and then retouching every half an hour just felt like too much of a pain.

A year ago, my friend introduced me to Tarte creamy matte lip paints and I have been using them ever since.

What I love about Tarte lip paints are that:
    •    The brand does not test on animals;
    •    The consistency of the lipstick is so thick that you only need one layer;
    •    I have literally had people come up to me and ask how my lipstick has stayed on for so many hours even after eating and drinking;
    •    I also purchased the liners and I would always have issues creating a lining around my lips and this is literally like a crayon making it so easy every time;
    •    My lips are so sensitive and I have reacted with so many brands such as Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Lancome etc.. but with Tarte- no reaction.

I have tried Huda and Kylie’s lipsticks as well and really they don’t even compare. Huda’s doesn’t have a thick enough consistency and gives my lips a very uncomfortable feeling and Kylie’s dries up too quickly.

Yes, I know many people now swear by these two lipsticks, but it’s definitely worth giving Tarte a try especially if you have sensitive skin and lips.

Contributed by Sanchita Daswani. Follow me on Instagram @sanch265

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May 02, 2017

Izaak Azanei Style

 MY OOTD: Fur Trimmed Scarf Izaak Azanei | Dress Missguided | Shoes Missguided

MY OOTD: Fur Trimmed Cardigan Izaak Azanei | Crop top Missguided | Jeans Asos | Necklace La Moda

Anyone that knows me on a personal level, knows how much I adore fur!! I feel fur adds dimension and richness to the simplest look. So when I got the opportunity to collaborate with Izaak Azanei, I was ecstatic to share with you all some of my favourite pieces in there collection!

I styled the looks very basic and classic to show you how you can style for both day and night glam!

Photography by Tahir
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April 29, 2017

Coeds Magazine Bahrain



Better late than never, but WOW I got the opportunity to be featured on the front cover of one of Bahrain's leading youth and lifestyle magazines, COEDs, for the November 2016 issue. To me this was one of my biggest moments as a fresh new blogger in town and chance to get my name out in the local fashion scene.

Along with the cover page feature there was a six page editorial about me and my blog. The pictures selected for the spread felt like a flashback down memory lane  from my engagement, to my time spent on London, Hong Kong and right up till my wedding. 

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April 24, 2017

Korean Skincare Introductory Guide Part 2


  Korean Sheet Masks: When your face needs a quick pick me up!

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over social media as every Korean skincare brand has a range of sheet masks. These masks target all concerns as they contain an ampoule (highly concentrated serum) of ingredients such as glyercin, ginseng, collagen, aloe, snail secretion, bird’s nest ampoule just to name a few.

Since I have moved to Hong Kong, I’ve tried over a dozen of different masks and what I have realized is that these masks can be amazing but their effect is very temporary. If you really want to target certain concerns such as acne, fine lines and wrinkles you would need a product to add into your daily skincare routine and need to watch the changes over several weeks.

That is why when looking for a sheet mask, the most beneficial ones are the ones for moisturizing as they instantly solve the problem of dull, dry and tired skin which will help keep your skin looking great for a night out or even when travelling.

The two biggest sellers in Hong Kong currently, which I can’t live without are (linked):

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask
&
N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask


What is amazing about the masks is that they contain so many moisturizing ingredients such as honey, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate that provide instant moisture to the face and are suitable for all skin types.

They are also so easy to carry around and to use as you just apply it on a clean, dry face, leave it for 20 minutes and then remove and rub in whatever is left on your face (don’t wash it off). Recommended use would be twice a week.

They are very affordable and available at Sasa, Bonjour, Watsons, Mannings or any Chinese pharmacy in packs of 10 ( so get a pack and share with friends). Also for people not living in Hong Kong, it is available on Amazon which is the linked above.

Written by Sanchita Daswani. Follow me on Instagram @sanch265
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April 22, 2017

Cape Addiction

 MY OOTD: Cape Urbane Label | Earrings Devji since 1950 | Cuff Devji since 1950 | Make up Fatima Al Hurran | Hair Esraaa Adel

With Ramadan round the corner, I wanted to embrace the festivity through fashion by sharing light to this gorgeous cape top from Urbane Label & jewels from Devji, which are suitable and snazzy to wear to Iftar's & Ghabga's. It's like 30 degrees here in the Middle East, so flowy silhouettes are ideal to wear in this weather.

Photography by Dana Kay
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April 13, 2017

Why makeup sprays should be a necessity in our makeup routine!

I’m sure all you ladies out there can relate, we spend so much time and effort to put on our makeup, and that feeling of it just washing off within few hours, does not do us justice. Just about a year ago, I came across a product that changed my entire makeup game!

MAC Fix+ Spray

What I love about it:
    •    After finishing with my makeup, I would spray the MAC Fix+ all across my face and within minutes it literally mattifies the face and creates one dewy, soft, layer. 

    •    It comes in a travel size version as well which I carry around with me all the time and just spray whenever I need a pick-me-up.  My makeup has actually stayed in place even after a 8 hour flight!


Yes, I had heard all about the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray so I decided to try that out as well:

Here’s what I discovered:
Urban Decay’s spray and MAC Fix+ Spray have different purposes:
    •    Urban Decay’s spray is actually a setting spray with the purpose of making your makeup last for hours, as it lowers the temperature of your makeup to withstand any weather you’re in.

    •    MAC’S spray is a finishing spray with the purpose of leveling out your makeup and removing any cakeyness. It does this through the botanical oils it contains that help de-powder what you have on your face to blend everything together- for one clean look.

    •    Some people prefer using the Urban Decay Spray because they feel it does helps create that dewy effect and even out the makeup as well, while some people use both (MAC then Urban Decay).


Final Verdict:
    •    Personally, I do not like the smell of the Urban Decay spray, it really is strong and lingers for a while. The MAC spray has ingredients such as cucumber, chamomile and green tea extracts while Urban Decay has alcohol as its second ingredient.
    •    However, when using both together- not only does my makeup not look powdery because of the MAC setting spray but then it also doesn’t rub off if anything touches my face and lasts for hours because of the Urban Decay spray.
    •    So if you use a lot of powder to set your face- I would definitely suggest trying the MAC spray first, but if you just want your makeup to be long lasting and don’t mind the alcohol, then go for the Urban Decay.

Where to buy: Mac Spray at any local Mac store & Urban Decay Spray at Sephora (both hyperlinked and linked below)

Written by Sanchita Daswani. Follow me on Instagram @sanch265

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