Summer Style with Lace Palazzo Pants

July 29, 2015

Oh yay, another blog post about how hot it is in Dubai!

Jokes.

But it is, gotdamnit.

I’m getting creative with keeping cool and I thought lace palazzo pants might be a nicer option than my typical choice of denim shorts. They are comfortable and so pretty, it’s like a cuter, dressier combination of pants and shorts! I got them in white because I feel like they’re more summer, the black ones just look really sexy. I’m not sure if they would be day time appropriate but don’t hold me to that statement, I tend to wear whatever I want whenever I want, and you should too.

Junarose plus size party top, Asos Curve Alice & You Lace Palazzo Pants, Michael Kors Selma bag blue Junarose plus size party top Bershka bohemian statement necklace Junarose plus size party top Junarose plus size party top, Asos Curve Alice & You Lace Palazzo Pants, Michael Kors Selma bag blue

Top- Junarose (OOS, similar) / Necklace- Bershka (similar here and here) / Sunglasses- AliExpress / Pants- Asos Curve ( OOS, similar here in various sizes and here and here) / Bag- Michael Kors

 

The gorgeous crimson top was sent to me by Vero Moda Middle East who now stock plus size brand Junarose in stores across the U.A.E and Middle East:

  • Mecca Mall – Jordan
  • The Avenues – Kuwait
  • City Centre – Bahrain
  • Salam Mall – Jeddah/KSA
  • Nakheel Mall- Riyadh/KSA
  • Marina Mall- UAE
  • City Centre Mirdiff- UAE

Junarose have a nice mix of trendy and classic pieces, and the quality is fantastic. I would definitely recommend checking them out, especially for style staples.

 

Reviews, Skin

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Night Cream mini review

July 25, 2015

About two months ago, I attended this swanky event hosted by skincare veteran Filorga and they sent us home with two of their products: Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and their Skin Absolute night cream. I’ve been using both products religiously ever since, and although I love them, I can’t give you a completely honest review about the night cream because I’ve also had a Dermapen session in the past month.

I’m still going to talk about it because I love both products, they’re fancy stuff, I mean the packaging alone is just A+++++. So, if you’re in the market for a new eye cream or night cream, read on!
Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

About the Brand

Filorga Laboratories is a 30 year old French brand that focuses on non-surgical anti-aging products. Before Botox was all the rage, their founder, Michel Tordjman, came up with the idea of injectable hyaluronic acid based products and created NCTF with a long list of anti-aging ingredients (vitamins, co-enzymes, anti-oxidants, amino acids, minerals, etc).

In 2007, the brand branched out beyond products for medical professionals only and  introduced their Medi-Cosmetique line, a range of over the counter anti-aging products for everyday women.

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

Filorga Optim- Eyes

Ok, can we take a second to appreciate the packaging, please? The pump twists up and delivers just the right amount of product. I know it’s a simple feature but I wish more companies would think about stuff like that, I really hate wasting product. This 3 in 1 eye cream contains hyaluronic acid as well as their patent NCTF technology to treat wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. I use just one pump to cover both under eyes and it absorbs into my skin pretty fast. I love how it’s lightweight but feels rich and my skin just looks and feels super hydrated after I’ve applied it.

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

So, I’m going to be real with you- my under eyes can be quite crepe like, I definitely don’t drink enough water and I barely sleep for a maximum of 5 hours a night (I’m working on it, I promise).  My eyes are always super puffy the next morning, I have dark circles and fine lines under my eyes and in the outer corners.

If I skip this eye cream in my night routine, I can feel the difference the next day. The skin under my eyes usually feels dry and a bit tight but with this cream, I feel like that whole area in general feels hydrated and looks smoother as well.  While I haven’t seen dramatic results with regards to dark circles (because I need to change my lifestyle habits first obviously.. *sigh), my eyes are definitely less puffy in the morning. Long story short- it feels amazing on my skin, my skin feels smoother and hydrated, and I would repurchase.

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

Filorga – Skin Absolute Anti-aging Night Cream

Again, the packaging is beautiful albeit a little deceptive. This cream has a gel like consistency and appears to be black in the jar until you swatch it- it has more of a grey transparent appearance.  Filorga claims that this night cream works overnight to treat wrinkles, dark spots, dull skin and increase skin firmness. The list of ingredients is just as fancy as the packaging:

– Meteorite Powder + Brown Seaweed for skin rejuvenation

– Hyaluronic Acid + NCTF + Peptide for firmer skin

– A derivative of Vitamin C to promote brightness and radiance

– Extract of Wheat to regulate melanin production and reduce dark spots

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

This is a beautiful night cream, and it should be for its price. I love applying this at night because it feels almost calming on my skin. I love that it absorbs quickly into the skin and moisturizes but I don’t wake up with a greasy film all over my face. My skin just feels balanced and soft, it doesn’t make my skin oilier. In fact, I feel like it has actually helped my combination- oily skin lean more towards the normal side.

Again, I can’t tell if you it really does help with dullness or dark spots because of my Dermapen sessions, my skin has improved heaps but it can’t be contributed to this night cream.

In my opinion, there are two cons to this product:

– it’s not one of those “a little goes a long way” creams, especially if you’re also using it on your neck. I’ve made a serious dent in the jar already and it feels like the cream is disappearing fast even though I’m trying to be very stingy with it

– and I’m being very stingy with it because this costs AED 680 which is a lot to me but I know most high end night creams are around that price range. It still hurts though!

The price is the only thing that would hold me back from purchasing this, but, in fairness, this has a major point over the other high end night creams I’ve used because it does not make my skin greasy. And splurging on skincare is totally justified, right? I guess I’ll make up my mind when I run out of this stuff.

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour and Filorga Skin Absolute Review

Filorga Optim Eyes Contour costs AED 275 for 15ml of product. Filorga Skin Absolute costs AED 680 for 50ml of product. Both products are available in all leading pharmacies around Dubai as well as on BasharaCare.com

You can visit the Filorga website for more information.

 

Tropical Paradise

July 19, 2015

I gave myself a week off blogging last week and my first post back looks like I actually went on holiday. NOPE.

These were taken in a parking lot and I took a week off because I managed to get conjunctivitis (NEVER TRY ON MASCARA IN A STORE). My life is so glamorous #fashionblogger #notreally

The weather has hit 40 degrees here (43- 45 this week actually) so I’m mostly dressing for comfort, hence this flowy maxi dress. It has slits at the side and it’s a really lightweight fabric, I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this because it’s frikkin’ sold out on the Forever 21 website. Understandably, I suppose.

The clutch was a gift from Dubai based Iraqi designer and artist Reem Al-Rawi. She makes lovely phone covers as well, you can check out more of her work here.
Forever 21 Plus size maxi dress Afghani necklace Forever 21 Plus size maxi dress Reem  Al-Rawi Desert Clutch Colourpop eye shadow Dare and Ibiza Forever 21 Plus size maxi dress Reem  Al-Rawi Desert Clutch Forever 21 Plus size maxi dress Colourpop eye shadow Dare and Ibiza

Dress- Forever 21 Plus (sold out) / Necklace and cuff- Afghan store at Heritage Village, Bur Dubai / Clutch- Reem Al-Rawi / eyeshadows- Colourpop Ibiza and Dare 

Junarose Jeans + Blush accessories

July 5, 2015

I’m still in this phase of pushing my style boundaries, I did the whole bare arms thing and it’s my new normal but I want to do more. It’s less about fashion and more about my own body image + questioning the norm on what a plus size woman can wear. I saw this top and immediately fell in love with it, I’m really loving longline tops and I felt like the cropped middle was cute, but I wasn’t sure I would have the guts to wear it. Well, I’m wearing it!  My tummy area is another insecurity but I love the concept of visible tummy bulge (I learnt that term from the body image + plus size blogosphere), why not? Why can’t that be a normal thing since so many women, plus size and straight size, do not have flat stomachs or abs? So, this is me pushing my own boundaries. I’m not going to lie, it’s more about me getting outside my own web of insecurities than what other people think. Because, just like with my arms, once I get over that insecurity, the feeling of accomplishment and body confidence triumphs anyone else’s opinions.

That’s all I’m aiming for with my style right now, bad ass body confidence.
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Top- Forever 21 Plus / Jeans- Junarose / shoes- Forever 21 / hat- Forever 21 / bag- Baggu

By the way, these jeans were sent to me by Junarose who are now available in Vero Moda stores across Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and I’m hoping Dubai soon. With regards to sizing, I had to go up a size and they’re still a teensy bit snug around the waist. It could be because they’re a slim fit style? I would definitely recommend trying on a few different sizes to find your perfect fit, I usually struggle to find perfect jeans and always end up upsizing. For reference, I fit into a size 1x at Forever 21 and 18 uk at New Look Inspire, and I’m wearing these jeans in a size 20 uk.

They also sent me a beautiful lace blazer and this top, so they’ll be on the blog soon x