"What seems effortless on the outside took five to ten hours, or probably months, to achieve." I said that of seemingly flawless Hollywood celebrities in this article, and I find it equally fitting for this post too. Except that this no-makeup makeup routine would take you only ten minutes to achieve and does not guarantee sex appeal like J.Lo's.
Natural makeup is the quinoa salad of the beauty world. Who cares if it's not the crème de la crème; it is guilt free. It promotes a healthy lifestyle. It involves no little living creature in the making. And sometimes, you will find a brand that makes natural makeup products that are just as good as the conventional ones, if not better; just like how there are a few cafes that make quinoa salad that won't make you regret your healthy decision at all.
Well, GOSH Cosmetics is exactly that kind of natural makeup brand. It is a Danish brand founded in 1945, using only natural ingredients in their products. Paraben and cruelty free, that is how they do their products.
Since day one of having these products used, I have instantly, officially become a fan. Especially of the Base Plus Illuminating Primer, which gives my dry and dull skin some additional moisture and a glow boost; the Prime'n'Set Mattifying and Setting Powder - a long-lasting translucent powder that has a subtle glow, and won't make you look like a cakeface even in selfies taken with flash.
I am addicted with the beautiful mauve color of the Velvet Touch Lip Liner — very natural and blends with my favorite lipsticks. The formula is the balance of dry and creamy; it applies smoothly yet doesn't feather or bleed. The lipstick, I wore in this picture. It's quite matte, so make sure you scrub those lips with coconut oil + sugar mixture before you array in this.
I find the blackness and formula of Boombastic Swirl Mascara enough to volumize my super-fine lashes, but the wand I'd immediately toss if I could. It's super thick that I'd get mascara on my lids upon application.
If you are into cool-toned eyeshadow, To be Cool in Copenhagen Eyeshadow Palette has some wearable shades you can use on the daily. However I like my eyeshadow warm-toned so I feel like this product doesn't make the cut for me. The color payoff seems to be lacking, too, once you apply them on your lids. I like its silky texture, though — and from that you can guarantee the quality of the product.
Some of these products are included in my no-makeup makeup look product roundup. View the list here.
Qatar is perhaps the best place in the world where you could spend the holy month of Ramadan — or at least, that's what I've been told by a Muslim friend. Qatar manages to cut down working hours to just five; streets quiet and peaceful during the day; majority of expats pay huge respect to the practices of Islam and some genuinely enjoy the month-long Ramadan celebrations.
It seems that the whole populace is in unison in making fasting/ cleansing smooth-sailing, and after-dusk celebrations even more joyous. Everyone seems to be in a lighthearted and generally kind mood, which I believe is what Ramadan is all about.
Ramadan is also the time of the year where families and/or groups of friends gather and dine together during Iftars (meal served at sunset) and Suhoors (pre-dawn meal), and thus an abundance of restaurants in and outside hotels put together a special set-up and menu, exclusively for the month of Ramadan.
One of those which I got the chance to experience was the Suhoor at Ramadanak Tent at The Grill Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Doha.
Every year, Grand Hyatt Doha brings about the city's some of the best Ramadan offerings; by this I mean the Ramadanak Tent, housed at The Grill Restaurant, and offers Iftar and Suhoor buffet daily for the entire month of Ramadan. You can expect nothing less of it as it's a well-known fact that The Grill caters marvelous dishes regardless the occasion.
The Suhoor buffet offers an entire spread for salads alone, a Shawarma station (which I personally love), a few varieties of deep-fried starters and a corner for cheeses; and across that is a spread for pastries and Ramadan drinks.
For main dishes, there is a dedicated station for traditional Qatari dishes, barbecues, a small selection of seafood, and another for international dishes like beef stroganoff, couscous, mashed potato, steamed salmon and more.
And lastly for desserts, the spread includes but is not limited to fresh fruits, oum ali, red velvet cake, baklava, french macarons, chocolate fountain. It's also worth mentioning that there is a dedicated station for five gelato flavors, served in either cone or cup.
The atmosphere I could describe as casual luxe; there are little Middle Eastern accent pieces throughout the restaurant i.e. crescent-shaped lamp in every table, camel sculptures, Moroccan lanterns, in light of Ramadan.
Servers are attentive and personable, and not to mention dressed for the occasion in royal blue embellished kaftans for female and tunics for male.
(L-R) Samantha from Lady Fur, Harriet from Harriet La Mode, Bianca from LILMISSBIANCA, Kim Anne from Le Paper Doll, Mohannad from This is Qatar, Tima from Tima's Fashion World
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All these star-studded events brought endless red carpet photo coverage into our Insta feed. And you know us, gen Z babies — we use just about anything from Instagram to feed our creative souls, including when we're looking for an inspiration for our prom/ homecoming look.
You see, we can channel Ciara at CFDA Awards 2016 in a bohemian chic dress, Kate Hudson in plunging violet gown at Kaleidoscope Ball or Alessandra Ambrosio in a sparkling glamorous jumpsuit at Cannes Film Festival.
Haha, okay, alright — that's totally not "attainable", as others would say. We are not supposed to look up to all of those Hollywood gals, most especially in the looks department. Because what seems effortless on the outside took five to ten hours, or probably months, to achieve. Hello, Ciara's perfectly toned legs. Hi, Kate Hudson's enviable abs. ☺☺☺
But we're nowhere near giving up. We still want to nab that homecoming queen sash, because. Because. So here is a simple guide to helping you pick the best color for your homecoming dress.
Consider the atmosphere
You want to choose a dress color that will stand out, but one that will also complement the atmosphere.
If your homecoming or prom has a theme, you’ll want to match that. For instance, let’s say your theme is “under the sea” which means the color scheme will feature blue.
For this, you could choose a blue dress in a variety of shades. Deep sea blue, navy, Bahama blue – the list goes on. But why not get a little more creative with stylish and elegant homecoming dresses? Think along the lines of seashell purple, pearly pink, sea foam green, coral read. These are all versions of colors on the theme’s spectrum.
Take the time to research your event’s theme so you can plan ahead.
Consider the location
Maybe your event doesn’t have a specific theme, but the location could set the mood for your color palette. A homecoming on the water could also have an undersea theme. A big city prom could inspire skyscraper silver, bright flashy colors or even traffic light red.
It really is worth considering the location as it’s going to be the backdrop for all those photographs. Pick a dress color that will fit in with the mood of the venue.
Go matchy-matchy with your date
Whether you are going to prom with a friend or a special someone, you could have loads of fun coordinating your colors.
You could decide to wear the same color, but try not to get hung up on wearing the same shade if it’s not available. Wear shades that flatter you individually – variation is highly intriguing!
If you’d prefer not to match, you could accent one another with analogous colors. These colors are next to each other on a color wheel. Pairings like violet and wine or blue and Indigo work well. Take a look at the dress selection at www.promdressshop.com.
If you’d much rather stand out, you could highlight each other by wearing opposite, yet complementary colors. These are colors that are opposite on the color wheel and will create a strong contrast when placed next to one another.
Be sure to find out your date’s color preference and find something you both like. If you can agree, then it’s definitely a fun thing to do. But if it doesn’t work out, it’s really no big deal.
Pick something that takes the event into consideration, but remember you also want to be comfortable while looking fabulous. Start shopping early to determine the best color for you. And don’t forget to take your skin tone into account!
My friends and I were talking earlier this week about our favorite coffee shops in Doha. The 'what's your favorite coffee shop?' question lent a brief — roughly just a second or two — moment of silence, and it's safe to say that all of us, at that moment, were trying to recall splendid cafe experiences to be able to recommend it with pride and integrity.
In my mind, it went a little crazy like this: If we define one's favorite by his/her frequency of visits, it's definitely going to be Starbucks. But I don't wanna seem too basic, so I'll need a different answer. Plus I'm only at Starbucks because all of their branches are strategically located — as in, it's there right where people need it to be. So I don't think that makes Starbucks my favorite, let me think of another one.
Then a few exchanges of seasoned cafe names through our conversation, one of them said, as though to nudge me to start talking about it, "what about the cute coffee shop I saw on your snaps?"
And that conversation, my friends, is my inspiration behind this post. It's beyond flattering to know that some people actually pay attention to my comings and goings, my #FashionDiaries, my food adventures or perhaps my sometimes crazy, sometimes mundane activities as a college student.