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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!
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My Super {Really Effing Weird} Skincare Stuff

My Super {Really Effing Weird} Skincare Stuff

I share a selfie of my makeup face almost every day on my Instagram stories. And in reply to them, I get a lot of messages asking me what foundation I use and telling me that my skin looks great. As I mentioned in this post showing my makeup routine in detail, I don't wear any foundation. I don't like it and I have good skin. 

I take very good care of my outsides and my insides, which results in gorgeous skin. It's something we all forget. Keep your insides clean and healthy, drink a lot of water, have a positive attitude and your skin will show it! In addition to that, of course, is my skincare routine. Of late I have added a few products to it that made me go HOLY #$!@ after I used them. They make my skin look and feel super amazing, and super clean. Something you always want for your skin- to be CLEAN. So here are those superstar products that I've been using, what's in them and why they're so good for you.

Before I begin, let me just say that this not a sponsored post, I have not been paid to promote these items. I'm merely sharing my experiences of having used them.

The Luxury Stuff

Okay, I must tell you that this stuff is an investment. But it's so worth it. I discovered it on my recent trip to Italy and after the skin care specialist Natalia applied these products to my face, I felt the results. Which is why I had to have them. 

This gel is super weird but super amazing. It apparently contains bee venom {!} and that's apparently really good for your skin. Using the little spatula, you apply a thin layer of it to a clean face, avoiding the eye area. You have to let it dry and wash it off with water or wipe it off with a warm wet towel. 

When you wash it off, you'll feel all the dead skin and deep-seated dirt rolling off of your face, sort of like when you use an eraser on pencil marks and it comes off in these little black bits. Naaasty. But so good for you! 

Because once you've got it all off, believe me, you're gonna be wondering how the heck were you living with such a dirty face and how incredibly amazing, incredibly clean and incredibly smooth your skin feels now. You need to do this only once a week as your skin renews in 7 days. Because your skin is so clean now, whatever moisturizer or skincare products you're currently using will get absorbed much better and be more effective. Sounds good, right?

This is again a once-a-week mask. It contains collagen and elastin from plant stem cells. This collagen helps to reduce fine lines, and even deep wrinkles, as claimed by them. The mask comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, claiming that they use all-natural and all-organic ingredients. It's something else when your cream comes with a certificate! 

They say that you'll see a difference with each application, and I certainly do. I like to apply this collagen mask right after I clean my face with the Queen Bee Peeling Gel so that this mask can get absorbed and work all its plant stem cell goodness deep into my skin. When you put the mask on, you feel a tingling sensation in certain areas. I've noticed that I feel the tingling sensation where I have dry skin like around my mouth. 

You have to leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. After you've washed it off, you're going to see a big difference in your skin. After I used it for the first time in my hotel room in Rome, my fine lines looked like they had smoothened out. I couldn't believe it! My face looked super-smooth and youthful like I had aged 5 years backwards! My skin felt tighter and firmer right after and even the whole of next day. I looked and FELT amazing, knowing my face looked so smooth and was glowing! 

Both these lotions are definitely an investment. I was lucky and managed to get them much cheaper because Natalia took a liking to me and gave me her staff discount plus a damaged box, bringing the price way lower than what it is.

And Now, The REALLY Cheap Stuff

When I was in Kerala in January with my brother, my mother had asked us to get her some Ayurvedic meds. After looking for an Ayurvedic medicine shop for ages, we finally found one on the outskirts of town. It was run by a sweet old lady who barely spoke English. After we finished buying all the medicines my mother wanted, the lady asked me to buy this cream. When I saw that it said 'fairness cream' on it, I refused, but she insisted that it was really good for removing black marks from your face. And to apply it only at night before sleeping.

The cream turned out to be AMAZING. Kumkumadi Lepam is an Ayurvedic cream containing the very best natural stuff you can apply to your face. It has turmeric, saffron and sandalwood {it smells INCREDIBLE} and other natural ingredients like liquorice and blue lotus. When I saw that the cream contains saffron and sandalwood, I knew it would be amazing as these two ingredients are great for the skin {but are so expensive that you wouldn't buy them and apply them separately}. 

I started using it immediately, and it worked like a charm. My skin was clearer, blemishes disappeared really fast and I had much lesser acne. Here's the kicker-  it's effing cheap. It's only for RS 70, which is 400 Bahraini fils or $1. It's a small tube, but still. It does last you a while. So if you know someone who's going to India, ask them to bring it for you. Or order it online. 

If you can't afford the luxury items, I'd highly recommend trying Kumkumadi out and seeing the difference. Although I love the thought that this Ayurvedic cream could be working better because of using the Queen Bee Peeling Gel, and leaving all the goodness of saffron, turmeric and sandalwood in my skin. From the luxury items, if you can afford to get the peeling gel, get it. It's so important to deep cleanse your skin. And it's the cheaper of the two, so get it as a treat for yourself!

As for the rest of my skincare routine, I use an eye cream, a normal moisturizer and SUNSCREEN every single day. I take my makeup off using a waterproof makeup remover or micellar water, and then wash my face using a face wash. I'm not mentioning the names and brands of these items here as I don't stick to any specific brand. I try out different ones all the time. 

I talk about how having great skin and hair can make you look super-stylish, in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. There's also an entire chapter on health and fitness, so you know how to make your skin look good from inside out!

So that's my secret to great skin. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Shabana Feroze
50s Baby Pink Dress + Travel Life Hack I Learned On This Trip

50s Baby Pink Dress + Travel Life Hack I Learned On This Trip

This dress is everything because it's got so many things that I adore- florals, pink, 50s shape, enormous flare, and lace! I've added the lace to it later, but still. It's the end product I'm talking about. 

I like to buy these dresses online, directly from the seller on eBay or on Aliexpress since these kinds of dresses are really hard to find. Usually, I have to alter them because they're not the perfect fit. I do think I have enough of these now, though. I bought a bunch of them in the cutest prints when they were on sale. Get ready to see more, soon. You have been warned.

The Outfit

This dress was love-at-first-sight because of the colour. It's just the right shade of baby pink, with a pretty darker pink and green rose print. It comes with its own cloth belt, which you tie around the waist. It ties it at the back here, but it can be easily tied at the front or the side for a different look. 

When I received it, I realized it was just a bit shorter than what I like. For me, the solution to a too-short hem is always lace. So mom and I added lace from Lace Love, hanging from the hem. 

This lace is one of my favourites because of the delicacy of the flowers and leaves strung together, and the pretty scalloped edges. All of it makes this the perfect lace to stitch hanging from the hem. Because the flare of the dress is absolutely huge, a lot of lace went into it. But the overall effect is gorgeous, with the lace adding more grandeur to the dress and taking it up several notches from being just a floral cotton tea dress. 

That's the other thing I love about this dress- the material. It's a thick cotton so it keeps you cool. I wore it for work, with a powder blue blazer on top. I stuck to pastel shades for a soft summer look. The blazer reduces the super-girliness of the dress and makes it more work appropriate. The material of the jacket is textured, making for a nice contrast against the smoothness of the dress. The thickness of the fabric makes the blazer's shape very structured, with the lapels boldly standing out. I love the pocket details and the smart buttons on the sleeve end. All the little things that make a blazer look sharp and professional. This is again one of my oldest blazers from Zara. They get blazers just right. 

The Accessories

I wore sleek silver teardrop earrings to accessorize. With the collar of the blazer and the print of the dress, I didn't want to go overboard with jewellery.

I matched the silver gemmed earrings with a bracelet. And of course, I don't go anywhere without wearing a watch. 

I chose this emerald green bag to go with the ensemble as the rich shade looks great against the soft pastels of the dress and jacket. The colour also brings out the green in the print. The boxiness of the bag brings some seriousness to the flounce of the dress and lace. 

I finished with baby blue ankle strap heels. They have a lovely V on top, and the heel is slightly wider, giving them a unique look and making them that much more comfortable to walk in. I got these from ASOS but have now stopped buying any shoes from them as the sizes are so inconsistent. 

Here's what the dress looks like without the jacket. As you can see, the flare is absolutely massive. When I first tried the dress on, I couldn't stop twirling around in it and watching the skirt flare up and out. SO much fun! I'd love to wear this dress with a dark coloured leather belt, and with different jackets. A cropped jacket or a cropped cardigan would be perfect to take this outfit from day to night. Or simply lose the jacket and wear a statement necklace with it, one that has stones in bold colours. Add some chunky bangles and it's perfect for meeting your friends or for a romantic evening.

So the next time you want to wear a flouncy, feminine dress to work but feel that it'll make you look too delicate, fierce it up with a blazer! I love how that combo portrays both softness and power at the same time. 

Dress: Bought online, Lace: Lace Love, Blazer: Zara, Earrings, Bag: Gifted, Shoes: ASOS.

On a Personal Note

I've recently gotten back from a trip to Europe. If you're wondering why I haven't been posting pictures of my trip on my Instagram, here's why. In my last trip to Kerala, I took a lot of photos and shared them on my social media while I was there. Being the social media fiend that I am, I drove myself crazy taking loads and loads of photos, wondering what to post when, what to post as an Instagram story, what video to take, what Boomerangs to do, and ended up looking at my phone more than I would like to. It took away from the trip and the incredible beauty all around us. Both I and my brother noticed that.

So this time when I travelled, even though I had a GSM number, I decided not to share any travel photo during my vacation. I decided to take all the photos and videos I wanted to, but post after I come back. And you know what? It made a world of a difference. Because I wasn't sharing my photos and videos on social media right there and then, so I enjoyed the sights more. Another thing I realized is that because I wasn't posting, I didn't take as many photos. I wasn't obsessed with getting the perfect photo for the perfect Instagram travel post. 

Once I was back, I took my time to transfer all the pictures, sort through them, and know which ones I'd be sharing later on. And I'm uploading them as and when I like. I can't believe how relaxed I've been because of this one small decision. Of course, I'm going to do a blog post on where I went and what I did, as I usually do. You can see all my travel posts by clicking here

Until next time


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Shabana Feroze
Sneaking Florals Into Work + Overexercising and Weight Loss

Sneaking Florals Into Work + Overexercising and Weight Loss

What better way to welcome spring than with florals? {If you know me then you know that I wear florals all year round. Spring is just an excuse.} What we forget is that florals can also be worn as part of workwear. It doesn't have to be all solids, stripes and other patterns. Florals are feminine, they're pleasing to the eye, they cheer you up, so why not wear them to work, too?

One way to incorporate florals into your workwear is to wear just one piece that has floral print, and structure business formal pieces around it.

The Clothes

The top I'm wearing is actually a t-shirt masquerading as a dressy blouse. It looks like a dressy work blouse because it's not made completely from your usual t-shirt material. The front panel of the top is a silky, thin, polyester and only the front has the print. The back is made from the soft viscose material you normally find in t-shirts. That makes it easier to wear this top to work since it doesn't look blatantly like a tee. The V-neck also helps. I love the floral print on it with its bright blues, greens, teals and yellow. It's a small print, making it look understated and thus more elegant.
I paired this fun top with a more serious, A-line skirt in deep plum. I found this skirt in Urban Planet when I was on holiday in Toronto. It was quite surprising because the store is mainly casuals. The skirt has an elastic waistband that is neatly concealed. The material is extremely soft and considerably thick, so it's opaque and falls nicely. The length is perfect- it just hits the knee.

Because of the elastic waist and the softness of the fabric, the skirt is uber comfy. Which is why I ended up buying it in three colours. I have it in black and grey in addition to the plum seen here. This skirt was actually only in XL while I'm a Small. I still bought it {it was very affordably priced} knowing that I can always make it smaller. And that's just what I did. I got tucks put in on either side of the waist in the front. Now they look like they're a part of the design. They're one of my most-loved and most-worn skirts since they're so easy to wear and go with everything. 

I added a jacket on top of the blouse to make the outfit more professional, and because the sleeves of this top are very short. I chose this black cropped jacket from ASOS. It's made from a textured, stretchy material. What I love the most about it is that it stops just above the waist, making it the perfect jacket to wear over an A-line skirt or dress. There are lapels in the front of this jacket, but they're so thin you hardly notice them. The sleeves are quite clingy, so this blazer is best worn with a top that is sleeveless or has short sleeves. And of course, it's black so it adds more seriousness to the ensemble and matches the deep hue of the skirt. 

The Accessories

As the V-neck of the top is a bit deep, I wore a double-layered necklace with it. The two tiers make good use of the space, and the stones and coins stand out. 

I wore flower-shaped white gem studs in my ears to match the necklace. 

On my hands, I wore a smart gemstone ring in a step cut, in bright blue to match the top. I finished with a statement watch in silver. 

Navy blue pumps add more substance to the look. I love these shoes. The heel is 3.5 inches, making them more comfortable and easier to walk in than your typical 4-inch heels. The navy makes them the perfect work wear appropriate heels, when you want some colour but not too much.  

I finished with a big red tote bag. This bag is one of my favourites as the base is quite sturdy, there's a compartment in front to keep your phone/ keys/ tablet, and the best part- there's a longer strap. I love bags that give you the option of longer straps so you don't end up with very achy forearms from carrying the bag hung on the inside of your elbow the entire day. 

Top: Koton, Jacket: ASOS, Skirt: Urban Planet, Necklace: Forever21, Ring: from Jewellery Arabia, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Primark.  

This is a snug, comfy and girly outfit for when you have to go to work but you still want to sneak in a bit of floral. And for those days when you're just not in the mood to wear structured pants or a sharp blazer. 

On Overexercising and Not Losing Weight 

How is 2018 going for you so far? Does the year feel like it's speeding by, or is it going at a normal pace? 

For me, it feels like it's slowed down and sped up at the same time. If that makes any sense. On the work front, lots of things are happening so that makes the days feel like they're going by quickly. On the fitness coaching area of my life, I've reduced the number of classes I teach in a week and I can't believe what a difference it's made in my life. Before this, my week was super-packed since I run my businesses 9 to 5 and I had a class every single evening. Some days I even had two. That was complete madness. 

A funny thing I always realize is that whenever I tend to reduce my exercising, I lose weight. This is probably down to the fact that I'm always overexercising. Which means that I hardly give my body time to repair and recover. Also, lots of classes and a very full schedule meant that I was scrimping on sleep. Most nights I was getting just 4 hours. This is another factor that makes you not lose weight. When you're sleep deprived, you reach for all the wrong foods. I've always believed {and experienced} that a happy, relaxed body and mind find it easier to lose weight or to reach fitness goals. 

I talk in detail about this in the chapter Health & Fitness, in my book Loving Yourself In Style. I also talk about the different types of exercise, what you should be eating, and how loving yourself can get you to the desired body you want. Click the link to see where you can get it. It's also available in the Bahrain International Book Fair. Drop me an email if you'd like a signed copy. 

Even though I'm enjoying this relaxed pace, at the same time I'm thinking about learning a new fitness program. It's always good to learn new things and challenge yourself. But this time, I'll make sure I have enough time to sleep and breathe, too!

Until next time

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Shabana Feroze
Weekend Wear with Waterfall Sleeves and Skinnies

Weekend Wear with Waterfall Sleeves and Skinnies

I had noticed that I was running short of solid coloured tops. I have a lot of printed bottoms but very few rich, punchy coloured blouses and shirts to pair with my printed pants and skirts. So I decided to get some made. I usually like to have a mix of both tailored as well as readymade clothes in my wardrobe. There are so many advantages of tailored clothes. You can make it exactly according to your shape, you can choose the material you want, you have something that's unique, and of course, most times it's much cheaper than buying from the mall. It's absolutely perfect when you have a design in mind but can't find the same item anywhere. All you need to do is find a good tailor.

I had this design for a top saved with me for quite some time. When I found this soft, flowy material in burnt orange/ rust, I knew the top would look amazing made from it. I'm completely in love with all sorts of bell/ fluted/ flared sleeves, and these bell sleeves with a waterfall design are so much fun to wear! I love how they elongate the arms and have a retro elegance. 

Weekend Style

I wore this outfit on a weekend when I was out with a friend. I paired the top with dark wash skinny jeans for a casual weekend look. I love the combination of a beautiful, complex top with jeans. It moves your ensemble from casual to semi-casual by adding a touch of glamour. It makes your entire look dressier. Even for the weekend. Who knows when you're going to run into that ex, or for that matter, a business client or your boss, right? It always pays to dress up!

The combination of burnt orange looks great with dark blue as the dark colour of the jeans sets off the brightness of the orange. Both colours are rich and deep, perfect for fall or for transitioning seasons. Winter was fading and we were moving into Spring Summer, which is when I had this outfit on. As the top looks so long and has so much vertical space, I wore a long necklace with a dangly tassel that matches the fall of the sleeves. The bright stones in it pop nicely on the deep rust of the top, with the gold of the necklace standing out 

Because the entire outfit has warm tones, I wore gold accessories to stay in the same tone. I wore thin knuckle rings with pretty dangling heart charms {I stayed with the dangling theme, yes I did!} on my fingers, and small tear-drop earrings to go with the necklace. 

I added more tassels with sandal heels with black fringed tassels down the front. I've said before in this post how much I'm loving block heels, and these sandal heels are no different. I stay away from wearing flat open sandals as my big feet look even bigger in them. But these sandal heels with the low block heel are perfect! They're comfortable, the tassels look trendy, and they're sandals. Sandals just scream summer and they're great to wear on weekends. Or just on sweltering summer days when you want your toes to breathe. I finished with a big envelope clutch in mint green. With all the serious rich tones, this soothing shade brightens up the outfit and adds more fun to it. 

Top: Own Design, Jeans: Bershka, Earrings: Debenhams, Necklace: Gifted, Rings: Forever21, Clutch: Call It Spring, Sandals: Marks & Spencer. Photos: Nada Qamber

Jeans Talk

Talking about jeans, I do think I've had about enough of skinny jeans. They're terrible for when the weather gets really hot and humid. They stick to your skin and make you feel icky. Also, the tightness of the pant makes it really uncomfortable to move around in. Somehow I've always had a problem where one leg sits perfectly, and the other one doesn't. Meaning, I have to keep pulling the material up on my thigh. Does this happen to you, too? 

I've also started to realize that on my long and straight frame, skinnies might not be the best option. I'd love to try boot-cut jeans as they'd balance out the length. I also feel that boot-cut jeans look more formal while skinnies lean more towards casual. So yes, boot-cut jeans are on my to-try shopping list. 

Of course, the universal problem with jeans is never finding the right fit! If it sits perfectly on the waist, it's too tight on your thighs and you can see those ugly horizontal creases near the crotch. Or that really irritating gap where the waistband pops out near your lower back when you bend forward. Ugh. 

Sometimes it's just so hard to find the right pair because of the fashion trends happening at the time. For instance, there was one time 7-8 years back during Britney Spears' sexy I'm A Slave 4 U phase when low-waist jeans were all the rage. Everywhere I went all I could get were jeans that were so low they almost fell off of your hips. You had to buy different kind of undies that would sit lower than your jeans! Then there was another phase a few years back. The high-waisted or mom jeans phase. It was so hard to find a pair that didn't go all the way up to the torso! Now, of course, we're in the ripped jeans and stone-washed phase. I'm not a fan of wearing torn clothes and I like my jeans to be one single colour. So you can understand my frustration when it comes to buying jeans. 

But what I truly hate is how jeans have become so synonymous with casual wear. Every weekend, I find myself reaching for jeans. Sure, I could wear a skirt or a dress, too, but when there's a nip in the air or when you're going inside freezing air-conditioned malls, you want your legs covered and snug. Pajama pants are the bomb and I can't get enough of them, but again, they come in a thin cotton material to keep you cool.

Which makes me wonder- what if I were to give up jeans altogether? I'm very close to doing it, seeing as I have only four pairs left and I'm dreading shopping for new ones because of the reasons listed above. But what if I threw all my jeans out? What the heck would I wear on the weekend? Right now only one alternative comes to mind- khakis or chinos that I love so much because they're always in the middle of casual and formal, yet always look smart. 

I talk in detail about seasonal fashion, basics, as well as how to declutter your wardrobe, in the Fashion & Style chapter of my book,  Loving Yourself In Style. Click the link to know what the book is about, as well as to read a few quotes and check out some of my illustrations in the book. You can get it at the Bahrain International Book Fair in Arad Fort, now!

So what's the solution? Are we destined to wear jeans whenever we want to look 'cazzjjjh'? What's your take on this? Would you ever give up jeans altogether? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time

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Shabana Feroze
How To Do My Everyday Makeup- A Step-by-step Guide

How To Do My Everyday Makeup- A Step-by-step Guide

Many of you have asked me how I'm doing my makeup, especially my eyeliner. So I thought I'd do a full makeup tutorial showing the products I'm using, with a step-by-step guide to how I do my make up. Before I begin, let me start by saying that I like to keep my makeup as simple as possible. I'm not into heavy eyebrows or lots of blended eye shadow. And I like my beauty sleep! Which is why you're seeing very few products in the picture above. I like my makeup routine to take the least amount of time possible but result in a look that's defined, without looking over the top.

Also, I don't wear foundation. I have good skin, and I like to let it show. I find foundation too heavy for my oily skin. I hate the way it makes you look older and defines your lines and wrinkles. Plus, in Bahrain's heat and humidity, it just feels too heavy on the skin. This is just my personal opinion. If you like foundation, go ahead and wear it. Just add it to this makeup routine. 

The products in the image above are placed in the order of use, from left to right. 

Let's begin.

A step-by-step guide to my basic/ everyday makeup 

Step 1: Primer
After I've moisturized and put on sunscreen on my face {if you want to know which sunscreen I use and why it's essential for every day, read this post}, I start my makeup routine by applying Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as a primer. I apply it underneath my eyes, in the corners, to the area next to my nose that has open pores, as well as on my nose. I love how it smoothens the skin and makes it ready for concealer. 

Step 2: Corrector
After the primer, I apply an orange corrector underneath my eyes. I have dark shadows underneath my eyes, as well as some darkness in the inner corners. Before I put on concealer, the orange corrector helps to even out the darkness and take away the purpleness of the shadows. I use L.A Girl Pro Conceal Corrector in orange. 

The trick here is to use very, very little. Or you'll end up with orange eyes. After getting it wrong many, many times, I have learned to use just a dot under my eyes. I put on a dot under my eyes directly from the corrector tube. I spread this all over the dark undereye area using a soft concealer brush. You can use your fingers as well. Just make sure you don't spread it out on your normal skin. Keep it within the area that's dark because that's where the corrector is needed. You know you've spread and blended it correctly when your undereyes look as if they're the same colour as the rest of your face, not orange. 

Step 3: Concealer + Powder
After the corrector, I put on concealer over the corrector. I use L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Pure Beige. Using the tube directly, I apply it in downward strokes, making a triangle under my eye, next to the nose. I blend it out using a concealer brush. It's not important whether you use dots or strokes or whatever shape to put concealer on, just make sure you don't keep it only within the area of your undereye. Extend it downwards to the top of your cheek area next to your nose, so it looks well-blended.

I also apply concealer to my eyelids {whatever's left on the brush after I've applied it under my eye as I don't want too much on my eyelid} and to the inside corners of my eyes. Then I apply it to the bulb of my nose where I have open pores and blackheads, and I blend it in using round strokes with the brush, so it really settles in. I use a damp beauty blender to press the concealer in even more. All over my eyelid, under my eyes, the top of my cheeks, and my nose.

I set the concealer by applying two setting powders. On the eye area, I apply Australis Banana Powder. This product is a recent discovery after Mask Line sent it to me. I fell in love with it and it has become a part of my daily makeup routine. The yellowness of the powder really hides and offsets the darkness under my eyes. It lasts the entire day. I've received a lot of compliments since I've started wearing it! On my forehead and chin, I use Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder as the Banana Powder makes my face look unnaturally white if I apply it on my forehead and chin. 

Watch this video to see the concealer technique I use.

Step 4: Eyeliner
My favourite eyeliner at the moment is Schwing, by the Balm cosmetics. It has a fine felt tip, making it easy to apply a defined line. It stays put the entire day, even on my oily skin.

Many of you have asked me how I do my eyeliner. I have round, downturned eyes, so I do my best to turn them up at the ends and to make them look less round. After watching and practising from many, many YouTube makeup videos and makeup posts for round eyes, I settled on this eyeliner technique. This feline flick makes my eyes look lifted up and cat-like. The best part about this eyeliner is that it can be customized. You can adjust the angle, thickness and the length of the liner to suit you and your unique eye shape.

Here's how to do my sexy feline flick:

1. From the centre of your top lash line, draw a straight, almost horizontal, line out to the outer corner of your eye. The line can be angled up high if you want a more dramatic cat-like flick. You can choose to extend it out as far as you want but don't extend it outside your eyebrow. Remember that the higher you lift the line, the thicker your liner will eventually be.

2. Join the end of the line back to the point at the end of your lashline, creating a triangle. Fill this triangle in with your liner. 

3. You can now adjust the liner by extending it on the inside to join your lash line, so it looks softer. You can also extend the point of the flick to look more pronounced, or you can lift it up higher for more drama. 

And that's it! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! It does take some time to get it right, so practice, practice, practice! If you have round eyes like mine, don't take the liner all the way into the inner corner or make it thick on the highest arch. Otherwise, the roundness of your eye will look even rounder. The triangular flick at the end is what makes a round eye look cat-like. If you have almond-shaped eyes, you can line your eyes all the way in. 

Step 5: Mascara
Once your liner dries {and this liner dries very quickly}, curl your eyelashes using an eyelash curler. I like to lift the curler up and count to 30 to get a good curl. After my lashes are curled, I apply a thin coat of Flormar Ultimate Eyes Primer Mascara along three-quarters of the top of my lashes. This white mascara is a primer that makes my lashes look thicker for when I apply black mascara. Once this is dry, I apply Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara on top of it. Apply this all the way from the base of the lashes to the top, making sure you cover all the white. 

I like to apply several coats. To be honest, I'm not very happy with this mascara. I'm not finding the length and volume I used to. I'm itching to try one of L'Oreal's carbon fibre mascaras. Maybe I'll still use this mascara as the base and apply the carbon fibre mascara on top, as the waterproof-ness holds the lashes up. 

Step 6: Eyebrows
I usually do my eyebrows when the mascara is drying. I love the Elf Eyebrow Kit. I use the light brown shade in it and lightly fill in my eyebrows using an angled brush. I already have naturally thick and dark brows and I don't like making them bigger and darker. Which is why this kit and the shades in it are great for a more natural looking brow where I can just fill in my eyebrows with a bit of colour. Once filled in, I apply a brow mascara to keep the hair in place. 

Step 7: Highlighting the Eyes
This step can also be done when waiting for the mascara to dry. I take a bright goldish-beige eye shadow and put this in the inner corners of my eyes. This makes my eyes look wide awake and the whole face look brighter. 

The last step for my eye makeup- I put a nude beige liner in the lower waterline of my eyes, to make the eyes look more open. I like NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium

And that's it! My eye makeup is done!

Here's the step-by-step guide in pictures for you to pin on Pinterest.

Step 8: Lippie
Once my eye makeup is done, I apply whatever lipstick that suits my fancy Usually, when I wear lipstick I apply lip liner all over my lips so the lipstick stays in place. If I'm wearing a long-stay matte lip colour, I skip the lip liner. 

Step 9: Blush
I always apply blush after my lipstick because then I know what colour blush I have to apply. I always choose a shade of blush that's different from my lippie. So if I'm wearing pink lippie, I wear a rosy brownish blush, if I'm wearing maroon lipstick, I put on a pink blush. I do this just so my face doesn't look like it has the same colour all over. I apply it with a soft blush brush, in an upward swooping motion from my cheekbone to my temple. 

I haven't taken any pictures of lipsticks and blush. I have so many and depending on what I'm wearing and how I'm feeling that day, I choose the colour for my lips and cheeks. Plus they come in so many different types. I have lipsticks, lip pencils, chubby lip pencils, matte lipsticks, matte liquid lip colours and lip glosses. The same goes for blush. There's powder blushes, cream blushes, cheek stains, ad nauseam. Sometimes I use a bronzer as a blush. Sometimes I mix two colours. So experiment and have fun!  

That's it! My makeup is done! This makeup takes about 20- 30 minutes to do. If I remember, I spray my face with a setting spray. 

The products listed above are just the ones that I like and choose to use. Feel free to substitute them with whatever brand of product that you like. 

A few more tips

During the day when my face gets oily, I use oil wipes to absorb the oil and keep me looking fresh. I also carry a small spray bottle of rose water to spray on my face when my face feels icky and dry. Because my skin tends to flake a bit, even though it's oily, I carry moisturizer with me everywhere. It's in my car, it's in my handbag, it's in my gym bag, it's everywhere!

I hope you found this makeup tutorial helpful. If you have any more questions, or if you want me to do a skincare tutorial, let me know in the comments below!

Read more about fashion and style, and other topics such as career, education, passion, health and fitness, in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. It's available in Bahrain in Jashanmal and Words bookstores. You can also buy it online on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords.

The pink lace rose print tablecloth used in these photos is from our family business, Tayebali Bahrain.

Until next time,

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Shabana Feroze
Shrug-ging Away The Conventional

Shrug-ging Away The Conventional

 As I mentioned in the last post, I made a pact with myself to wear more of the pretty, flamboyant and quirky stuff in my wardrobe. They're all the things that I wasn't wearing because I got into a rut of typical business wear. It was convenient for me as I go to a lot of meetings every day. I meet with clients. I meet with suppliers. I meet with government agencies.

My dressing sense was safe.

But not safe for my mind because at the same time I was frustrated that I wasn't wearing so many other pieces. Plus you get tired of wearing the same few pieces again and again and you fool yourself into thinking you need more of the same type of clothes because you're tired of wearing the ones you have. You feel me?

So I told myself I'm going to wear my pretty things. Don't get me wrong. I'm not going to suddenly throw all my beautiful workwear out. This is not about going from elegant business wear to goth or rock chic or some other wildly opposite look. Heaven knows how much I love formal business attire. Sharp blazers, fitted blouses and structured pants. So elegant, so classy. I still want to look professional. But I'm just going to look stylishly, professionally, me. No matter what basic genre of style you like, it can be personalized to you. We all have our unique style and we gotta let it show. And that's what this blog is all about.

I talk in detail about finding your own style in the chapter Fashion & Style in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Get a copy from Jashanmal or Words Book Stores, or if you're not in Bahrain, get it online.

Style Speak

Top: Koton, Shrug: H&M, Skirt: Dragon City, All jewellery and bag: Gifted, Shoes: New Look

The Jacket

This fur shrug was a lucky find in the H&M winter sale. {Which I'm pretty sure is still going on. When I asked them until when it would last, they said until stocks finish. And boy, did they have a lot of stock!} I've always wanted a fur shrug, but I wasn't able to find one that wasn't either a) so warm that my internal organs would start to cook or b) wouldn't break my bank. This one is very light, and at BD 7 it was easy on the wallet.

What amazes me is how comfortable it is. It literally feels like you're wearing soft feathers, even from the inside. I had to resist hugging myself, it feels that soft and cosy from the outside. It has plenty of space for my big biceps {a problem I face with most jackets. The sleeves don't have space for my biceps. Stop laughing} and the lining of the jacket is a stretchy material making it all the comfier. Let's not forget how cool and rich it looks. All I need now as an accessory is a Ferrari. I swear to Prada, I'm going to be wearing this baby in summer, too. That's how much I've fallen in love with it.

The Skirt

I got this skirt from Dragon City. You can find some conventional and elegant work-appropriate stuff there if you look hard enough. The material of the skirt is neoprene, or scuba diving material. You know it's neoprene when the fabric is spongy to the touch. Most times it's not hemmed at the bottom, such as in this piece.

Because of the material's thickness, the skirt holds its flared structure beautifully. I think this is a great material for items like A-line skirts and skater dresses, where you want the flare to stick out more. The best part is that because it's so thick, it's completely opaque. You don't risk visible panty lines. And of course, it's soft and incredibly comfortable. It has a zipper on the side but because the fabric is thick and slightly stretchy, I can pull the skirt on without having to open the zipper.

I have another skirt in this material, with flower-shaped laser cutouts near the hem. See the full post with the above skirt here. I get compliments every single time I wear that skirt! I feel like such a doll wearing these two skirts because they swing about you. Like hooped skirts of ye olden days. The thickness of neoprene also means that large prints look gorgeous because it holds patterns well. Since the Chevron print became a trend a few years back, I've wanted at least one item with the pattern. This skirt uses it very well, with lines in grey and blush.

I love how the Chevron makes the skirt look wider at the bottom. Since both colours in the pattern are neutrals, I always try to wear this skirt with a coloured top. I've worn it before with bright red, fuchsia, and royal blue. I've had this skirt for more than a year now but didn't take blog photos wearing it until now. Hence the frustration referred to in the opening paragraphs of this post.

I paired the skirt with a baby pink top {which I've also had for a while now. *sheepish smile*} in a light synthetic fabric, with roll-up sleeves. This top is easily one of my favourites because it's so light, the cut is basic, it goes with everything, and, hey, it's pink!

You know that I've always loved the juxtaposition of light, light pink with inky, inky black. This outfit works great even without the shrug. The rolled-up sleeves look effortlessly chic, and the softness of the material means that it sits well on the waistband of the skirt. I hate blouses that just don't sit well when tucked in. They pop out like a bubble near the waistband or spill over too much. Ugh.

The Accessories

I accessorized with a pearl necklace which fits the length of the V-neck. I matched pearl stud earrings to it. A black leather strap watch and a thin, dainty bracelet on my hands complete the bling. When the clothes make so much of a statement, {and I'm wearing two - the fur shrug and the big printed doll-like skirt} you have to keep accessories to the minimum. Which is why I finished with rose pink heels that match the blouse as well as add to the softness of the overall look. Another one of my fave colour combos is pink and green, hence the green bag to complete the outfit.

My shrug, blouse, skirt and shoes have not been worn on the blog ever before. And given my new promise to myself to take blog pictures wearing blog-unseen pieces, this outfit makes me very, very happy.

Until next time,

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Shabana Feroze
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