Najla Kaddour is a Dubai based make-up artist & blogger who is committed to providing the very best in makeup design and application. Her unique sense of artistic style, passion and a proven record of success have made Najla Kaddour the premier make-up artist for the region’s most prominent personalities.
Everytime I travel I get so inspired but this trip to China has definitely left a great impact on me. In this post you’ll find some of my favorite photos I took during my visit to Yinchuan. The photo above was taken at the west studio of Zhenbeibao which is like the Chinese universal studios where movies are being shot, more photos below!
Shui Dong Gou Site
Shui Dong Gou is a popular national tourist attraction located in “Line Town” along the great wall that separates China from Mongolia. It has more than 30,000 years of history and is the earliest Paleolithic relic in China. The relic has proved the existence of humans here from 30k years ago and there weren’t even fossils found from several animals. It has a huge outdoor area that’s free to explore and there is a museum where you can see the fossils and learn more about the history.
Zhenbeibao West Movie City
The west studio of Zhenbei is like the Chinese universal studios. It has amazing asian aesthetics and I felt like we went back 100 years in time. There were more than 100 movies shot here including: Ashes of Time, The book and the sword, A Chinese odyssey and the list goes on.
Happy Friday, wishing everyone a great weekend ahead. Can you believe it’s almost 2018? Time passes so quickly!
Last week I wore this look on a day full of meetings, sometimes I’m a bit clueless what I should wear to formal meetings without looking too official and formal, so I kept it a bit casual and simple. Find out more outfit details below.
It was a bit hot on this day so I wanted to make sure that the clothes were made from a thin fabric. This nude top I’m wearing is very comfortable and the material is so nice, I have it in 4 different colors. The bag is also from Zara which I got a year ago in Amsterdam. I got these boots ages ago from H&M and I still love them and wear them regularly. I usually like wearing lots of accessories and jewelry but I kept it very minimal with this look. I paired this look with a long, black blazer from Forever 21.
Below you’ll find a few items that are similar to my actual outfit.
Wishing for a pill to magically turn your skin, hair and nails into picture perfect is every woman’s dream. Even though that doesn’t exist, there are certainly supplements that can help to boost our beauty routine. Taking supplements regularly is basically a short cut to healthier skin, hair & nails. Beauty supplements generally don’t look any different than your vitamins. However, they also come in powder formulas, oils and liquids depending on the specific supplement you choose. Think of them as a type of supplement that has the added benefits of improving your skin, hair or nails thanks to a specific dosage of nutrients and minerals.
A very common hair vitamin is “Biotin” but that’s just the starting point. There are collagen-boosting pills and ones for thinning, brittle hair and nails. While beauty supplements seem like a fast-pass for beauty, results are anything but immediate. It may vary per brand or vitamin but usually it takes about one or two months to see results, especially with hair and nails. Before taking adding supplements to your diet, make sure to check with a doctor first to ensure you have no allergies.
This is commonly used supplement by many women since it’s very beneficial for the health of your hair. Biotin is mainly known for stimulating hair growth whether you’ve got hair loss, thinning hair or you just want to speed up the growth of your hair. It can even be more effective when combined with other beauty supplements. As effective as Biotin is, be cautious with the doses you’re taking on a daily basis as it may be harmful to your liver when taking too much of it. The recommended doses is less than 10,000 mcg per day.
Helps with healthier scalp. If you suffer from itchy dandruff, you might want to consider taking a probiotic supplement. Some evidence shows that these supplements can help soothe and balance a scaly scalp.
Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of thinning hair in women, considering we lose iron every time we get our monthly cycle. To keep your hair thick, strong, and healthy, try to eat more iron-rich foods like leafy green vegetables, and make sure to take an iron supplement or a multivitamin that contains iron.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, and you feel like you’ve tried every thickening shampoo on the market, you may want to add a Hyaluronic acid supplement to your routine. This hair supplement in particular can help to stop hair loss; it supports the immune system and fights the molecules that slow down the hair growth.
Lycopene is a vitamin that contains a lot in tomatoes and it helps with sun protection. It’s been proven that eating tomatoes can help you fight sunburn and sun damage; it may be because tomatoes have a high level of lycopene antioxidant. If you don’t like tomatoes, no big deal – replace them with lycopene supplements. Just remember that taking lycopene regularly doesn’t mean that you can skip applying your sunscreen.
When Folic acid is combined with other antioxidants, it helps to eliminate toxins from the body, which can reduce the appearance of acne drastically. However, it’s important to keep the level of folic acid at normal levels. Having a normal intake of folic acid can even help in keeping the skin moisturized, radiant and healthy.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning that they can help calm broken out skin. They can also decrease a hormone that’s associated with both oil production and clogged pores. Not only have fish oil supplements been linked to clearer skin, but they’ve also been shown to help replenish your skin’s moisture, which is perfect if you have eczema or extremely dry skin. The recommended amount of doses is one to two teaspoons of a liquid fish oil supplement per day. Oil formulas are more effective than pills because your stomach absorbs it better and quicker.
Not only is Hyaluronic acid beneficial to the hair, it also boosts the health of your skin. It’s a common anti-aging vitamin that helps your skin hold onto moisture and improves the collagen and elasticity. It’s best to start early with beauty supplements as its more beneficial. Hyaluronic acid is recommended to start taking at the age of 25. As you age, you naturally produce less collagen and hyaluronic acid. When you supplement with collagen, it helps to provide more structure, smooth out the skin and essentially slow down that process of skin aging.
Having brittle nails can also be a sign of an iron deficiency. Look for iron supplements or consume more nuts, lean red meat and green, leafy vegetables. These all contain essential vitamins for healthy nails.
If your nails are constantly breaking and flaking, considering adding a biotin supplement to your diet. It’ll help you grow healthier nails and will keep dry, brittle nails from ruining your next manicure.
Increased white spots on your nails, along with poor growth and inflammation of the cuticles are also signs you need to add more zinc to your diet. If you don’t want to take a zinc supplement, some foods that are high in zinc include dark chocolate and peanuts.
Excessively dry and darkened nails could mean you’re not getting enough of the good vitamins for nails; in this case take Vitamin B12. This comes in both a capsule form or it can be found in rice and soy.
Cruelty free and vegan beauty products are on the rise! People are becoming more conscious on what kind of brands and products they’re using, not only vegans. You’re probably wondering, what is a vegan product exactly? They’re products that are free from honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, shark squaline, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin and other animal derived ingredients. Most importantly, vegan products are never tested on animals. Surprisingly, there are many high quality and very effective vegan brands in the market. These are some of the best vegan beauty products in the market
Dry shampoo // Lush Cosmetics, No Drought Dry Shampoo $16
Lush Cosmetics is probably the most popular vegan & cruelty free brand in the beauty scene right now. Their products vary from soap bars, shampoos, body washes and make-up – you name it! They have stores all over the globe, including across the Middle East. One of their impressive beauty products is the “No Drought” dry shampoo. Oily roots can be effectively removed within seconds without wetting the hair. The product is made out of natural and fresh ingredients such as: corn flour, grapefruit oil and lime oil. Dry shampoos are also known for creating volume however, usually the volume reduces and by the end of the day, your hair is flat again. This dry shampoo adds so much volume to the hair that teasing and hairspray can be replaced.
Full coverage lipstick // Kat von D, Everlasting liquid lipstick
Kat von D is known for being vegan so naturally her high quality products are all completely vegan and cruelty free as well. Her most popular vegan product is the “Everlasting liquid lipstick”. They come in a wide range of different shades; the longevity can be up to 12 hours! The liquid lipsticks offer a full and matte coverage however; it doesn’t dry out the lips which most matte lipsticks do. It’s a very impressive product and it being vegan is another bonus.
*Comes in 29 shades
Highlighter // BECCA shimmering Skin Perfector
This is probably everyone’s favorite highlighter, and guess what, it’s completely vegan! Everyone is going crazy for the “BECCA shimmering Skin Perfector” right now. It’s a stunning highlighter that adds the most beautiful glow to your skin by using the tiniest amount of product. Now, you can look like a glowing goddess without feeling guilty about it.
*Comes in 7 shades
Face oil // Sunday Riley, Juno Hydroactive Cellular face oil $90
Sunday Riley is a skincare brand that produces high quality and very effective face oils. They offer face oils for different skin types from oily, dry, combination, mature and sensitive skin. The “Juno Hydroactive Cellular” face oil is an effective retinol treatment that can be used on all skin types. It reduces the appearance of pores, fine lines and it repairs damaged skin using top quality and vegan ingredients. It’s a great oil that helps dull skin to look more radiant, plump and awake. It can also reduce signs of eczema and it absorbs quickly into the skin without felling too greasy.
Nail polish // Lauren b. Nail Colors
Lauren b. is a non-toxic, vegan and cruelty free brand that offers the most beautiful shades of nail polish. Hair-care guru Philip B. (Lauren’s uncle) was the person that encouraged Lauren Berkovitz to fulfill her dream and start her own nail polish brand. The polishes swipe on easily, they dry fast, stay glossy and chip-free for at least 14 days. On top of all, they’re budget friendly. The collection offers endless shades, textures, glitters and there’s even a perfect nude for every skin tone.
Sunblock // Tarte Cosmetics, Tarteguard Sunscreen
There aren’t many sun blocks that are completely vegan and cruelty free however, recently Tarte Cosmetics has launched their first ever vegan sunblock. The “Tarteguard” is a SPF30 sunscreen that not only protects your skin from harsh UV rays, it also helps to nourish and tone the skin without clogging the pores. The product contains natural ingredients such as: soybean extract, apple, Maracuja, honeysuckle extract and red algae.
It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a new, crazy make-up trend but this is a trend that has been popping up a lot on my Pinterest feed and I love it! It’s such a cool idea and very artistic. I noticed that in most of these images, the “flower make-up” is being combined mostly with dewy skin and glossy eyes. I’m seeing variation of different types of flowers and even dried flowers are being used. I would assume that the flowers are being stuck by either the gloss that’s already on the face or with some sort of lash glue. I’m definitely going to try out this trend on myself and I’m so curious to find out whether or not I’m going to nail it. Would you try this trend?
You will find all photos featured in this post individually on my Tumblr page.
Happy Friday loves! I hope everyone is going to have a great weekend. For this week’s MOTD (make-up of the day), I wanted to share something different. As you know, I’m a big fan of neutral colors but I never really use grey tones so I decided to use that for this look. It was really easy creating this look, I only used 3 different eyeshadows; a light grey color, a darker transition color and a shimmery shadow on the lids. Below you’ll find all the product details I used to create this look.
Primer| Smashbox, “Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer”
Concealer | Urban Decay, “Naked Skin Concealer” in #Med-Dark & FENTY Beauty, “Matte Skinstick” in #Bamboo
Foundation | FENTY Beauty, “Pro Filt’r” Soft Matte Longwear Foundation #280
Contour | FENTY Beauty, “Matte Skinstick” in #Mocha
Powder Contour | Bobbi Brown, “Bronzing Powder” #14 Elvis Duran
Setting Powder | Ben Nye in #Pretty Pink
Transition lid | Tarte Cosmetics, “Tartelette palette” #Power Player
Crease & Lower lash line | Urban Decay, “Naked Smoky Palette” #Password
Lid | Urban Decay, “Naked Smoky Palette” #Armor
Mascara | MAKE UP FOR EVER, “Excessive Lash” #090 Black
Lashes | MAC Cosmetics, #4 & #7
Anastasia Beverly Hills, “Tinted Brow Gel” #Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills, “Dipbrow Pomade” #Dark Brown
MAKE UP FOR EVER, “Aqua Seal”
This summer I traveled to Bali for the first time and I visited a few different places on the island. First, I went to Ubud and my second stop was in Seminyak where I spent a few days. I felt like each area in Bali is so different from another. Seminyak is kind of the party area and felt more like a city instead of an island. During my days there, I stayed at the Anantara resortwhich is located along the coastline. Since Seminyak is a busy place with lots of traffic and tourists, the Anantara resort is a nice little getaway from the busy streets. If you love a good party but still want to relax by the beach during the day, then I definitely recommend visiting Seminyak.
The hotel has 59 suites and 1 penthouse. Some of the suites have a beach view and others have a pool view. Each suite has a huge jacuzzi on the balcony along with a sofa lounge. What I loved the most about this hotel is the size of the rooms, it’s huge! It feels like a loft and whether you have a beach view or pool view, they’re both equally as beautiful. I stayed in a room with beach view and it was very peaceful, I would just sit lounge on the balcony, read a book and listen to the waves. On some evenings there are live bands on the beach that you can enjoy from the balcony or down at the beach on bean bags. Each room has a giant walk-in closet with a make-up table which is super convenient.
A few months ago, I attended the launch event of Murad skincare here in dubai. During that event, I learned a lot about the importance of taking care of your skin from within. I also received a few beautifying smoothie recipes that you can easily make at home and will help to nourish your skin. I tried some of the recipes and they’re so delicious, they’re also all vegan.
Purifying smoothie (treats congestion)
This recipe was specially developed to purify your skin – 4 servings.
800 ml unsweetened soy milk or almond milk
75 grams frozen pineapple
75 grams avocado
75 grams walnuts
1 tsp chopped ginger root
1tsp lemon juice
1 full leaf of kaele
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
handful of ice cubes
Hydrating smoothie (treats dehydration)
This recipe was specially developed to keep your skin hydrated and supple – 1 serving.
90 grams pomegranate
110 ml soy or almond milk
90 grams blueberries
1 tbsp lecithin granules
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp dried goji berries
handful of ice cubes
optional: sweetener to taste
Calming smoothie (treats sensitivity)
This recipe was specially developed to help calm and soothe sensitive skin – 1 serving.
115 ml unsweetened blueberry juice
115 ml almond milk
100 grams raspberries
1 tbsp lecithin granules
60 grams pumpkin seeds
1 small banana
handful of ice cubes
optional: sweetener to taste
Anti-aging smoothie (treats hyper pigmentation, loss of firmness, lines & wrinkles)
This recipe was specially developed to keep your skin youthful – 1 serving.