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Glam Alert – Second Swarovski Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition to be held in Dubai 

The world leader in precision-cut crystals for over a century, Swarovski has made its name in Fashion world with high end couture collaborations and amazingly produced crystals. It is time to witness some classy glittery glam by the finest Middle Eastern and Asian designers using Swarovski again. Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition will be celebrating couture and fashion design at Dubai’s Madinat Arena on October 25, 2017.

Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition debued 2 years ago in Dubai and now Swarovski is preparing to host the second edition. Due to open on October 25, 2017,at the Madinat Arena in Dubai, it will be a dazzling celebration of couture. 

This year’s inspiration draws on the idea of the infinite possibilities for creativity and innovation afforded by crystals from Swarovski. More than 40 haute couturiers and 56 designers from 17 countries have so far been invited to participate, each chosen for their design excellence in segments such as jewelry, interiors, apparel (couture and modest wear), shoes and bags. Each designer will be presenting one piece created exclusively for the event, which highlights outstanding innovative use of Swarovski crystals. 

Andrew Mojica, Managing Director, Swarovski Middle East, said: 

“This year’s Sparkling Couture Infinity exhibition in Dubai will bring together Swarovski’s most exciting designer partners in a celebration of extraordinary creativity. Having seen the designs that will be unveiled, I’m sure that it will be an event to remember.”

Showcasing their work in each segment will be renowned Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern designers. We just can’t wait to witness their glittery creativity with Swarovski. Here’s the list of Designers participating in second edition of Sparkling Couture Infinity Exhibition. 

Accessories:

  • Tchi Tchi, 
  • Bo Cou, and 
  • Dorsa. 
  • Couture:
  • Michael Cinco, 
  • Ezra, 
  • Dar Sara, 
  • Arushi, 
  • Lama Askari, 
  • Maria B, 
  • Zainab Chottani, 
  • Bunto Kazmi, 
  • Sania Maskatiya, 
  • Georges Hobeika, 
  • Elie Awad, 
  • Jean Louis Sabaji, 
  • No Fux Label, 
  • Zahra Pourfad, 
  • Reza Zarei, 
  • Masih Zad, 
  • Mitra Couture, 
  • Dar al Hanouf, 
  • Tarun Tahiliani, 
  • Shantanu & Nikhil, 
  • Hian Tjen, 
  • Finale Wedding Studio, 
  • VESTAL BY JUNG HYEJIN, 
  • WANG PEIYI, 
  • Rizalman, 
  • WECOUTURE, 
  • Uno Kanda, 
  • Ophelia Crossland and 
  • DH Tissus. 
  • Interiors: 
  • Sedar  

Jewelry

  • Vinita Michael, 
  • Confluence, 
  • Inaaya, 
  • Rema Taseer, 
  • Shadras and 
  • Valérie Valentine. 

Modest Wear: 

  • Hanayen (UAE), 
  • Rizwan, 
  • Zumorrod, 
  • Bait Hanayen (KWT), 
  • Al Qattan, 
  • Bait Abaya Al Sharqiaa, 
  • Shafira and 
  • NH Prima. 

Scarves: 

  • JF Scarves, 
  • Beige, 
  • Diamo Dal, 
  • Ezma, 
  • Vintage Shades, 
  • Zu Uan and 
  • Bawal Exclusive. 

Shoes: 

  • Joy Shoes and 
  • Alexandre Birman.
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My picks from Makeup City store 

Makeup City has always been my go to place for affordable makeup shopping under one roof. Makeup City stocks top end brands like Gosh and Kryolan with Femina, Sweet Touch and Framesi etc. One thing that you’ll be ensured is that you’re buying authentic makeup products so you can shop with confidence. 

Makeup City has opened their new outlet in biggest mall of South Asia i.e lucky one Mall and they day I was there happened to be their launch day. The shop is at lower ground floor just at the entrance. There was media and lots of Awaam to have a glimpse of super model Nadia Hussain. She interacted with people and guides them with her beauty secrets too. I’ve asked her what she’ll recommend buying from Makeup City and she replied with Gosh mascaras and Kryolan products. 

Highlights from Makeup City store launch at Lucky One Mall 

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Here’s what I’ve picked up from the store that day because who can resist shopping for some make up. Anytime!!  

Makeup City haul.

Gosh Mascara 

Got this one because Nadia recommended and I haven’t tried it before. This one is a brown Mascara which kinda attracted me. Love the smooth applicator and marker look of it. The product has a shelf life of 6m and the quantity is good too. 

Sweet Touch nail colors 

These are a repurchase. Affordable and don’t dry as quickly as other nail colors. Looks s bit watery but they’re good value for money and the applicator brush helps spread mail color evenly. The shades I have are 1190 Sparkling bisque and 1037 nut shell. The light golden shade despite several coats appear lighter as I was expecting but the metallic one is super gorgeous. Highly recommend nutshell. 

Ignore the messy nails, I have kids around lol

Femina Blush

This one I have already & bought for my sister to gift her on this Eid. I like the subtle glow and shade of it on my skin. This is shade Sb-06.

Sweet Touch Eye shadow

This one is a repurchase too as I like to gift it to my siblings for Eid. The shade is called Kuffer and it is perfectly pigmented for a copper tint.

Jansen Gel exfoliator 

Saw this for the first time at Makeup City and couldn’t resist buying it for my oily skin. The packaging is good and I am hoping it gives me the results I wanted on my skin in the longer run. A bit expensive product but I like to invest in good skincare stuff. 

Sweet Touch and Femina Lipsticks 

For the price they’re a steal. Look at that coral shade (shade number 761 matte). Perfect summery shade it is. If you’re lucky to visit makeup City during 50% off sale days you might end up buying these lipsticks for under Rs 100. Now who can beat that price? 

In the quest of good lingerie 

How many times during a conversation with friends or family you have heard someone coughing while staring at you to remind with their eyes pointing that your Bra strap is showing? Happened so many times that we (siblings and cousins) use to call each other Bee, bee (as in short form of bra lol) whenever a show off happens in public. 

Over the years I’ve realized that the reason behind such Bee bee situations were ill fitted lingerie that we use to wear because mom has to buy for us and that too on her guessing powers and the ability that she knows us well. I’ve also realized that there’s no concept of cup sizes in our local lingerie brands and that’s the reason most of the stuff fails to fit and give comfort. Damn that sharam man. 

I’ve been to a blessing of a lingerie store last week to know what actually is a well fitted Bra and how you can find the one that best suits you. Thanks to BLS (British lingerie Studio) for opening their 4th store in Karachi at Lucky one Mall (Previously they were at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road, Ocean Mall & Atrium Mall apart from being in major cities of Pakistan) and guiding me in the best possible way. Do you know what a Bra size guide is? I’ve pictured it and want you to know it too. You can easily find your correct size at home to have the confidence to buy good lingerie online or from BLS stores. 
Hope next time you know what you’re buying. BLS store in Lucky one Mall was well stocked with informed staff, you have the comfort of choosing and trying what you need. The store surprisingly allows male buyers to walk in too, in case they want to and the brand will expand their lingerie collection to menswear too. BLS has all imported stuff with a size range from small to size 40 and above. So if you’re looking for plus size lingerie and couldn’t find it anywhere, do visit BLS to get something really cool for yourself.

Here’s a virtual tour for you guys. 

No more bee bee buzzes around when you have the BLS confidence and know what you’re buying. 

Here are the locations where you can find BLS stores. Happy shopping!! 

#BreakTheNorm – Stay at Home Moms Vs Working Moms

Women’s day is all about celebrating women around the world and raising awareness about their rights in man’s world. This year it was quite a stir about stay at home moms vs working moms after Filmstar Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajpoot spoke about her being a proud stay at home mom while choosing to judge working moms. This international women’s day on Pakistani Twitter (apart from this Saas bahu type discussion of working Vs homemakers) was all about courageous women who have proved their matel in every walk of life. 

Gosh Pakistan, a Copenhagen based cosmetic company decided to honor such brave women from every walk of life this women’s day and got noticed. It is not easy to be a women in man’s world and definitely an achievement to be at the top of your field. No matter how many times she has to break the norm of being a girl, she is there to achieve whatever she dreams about. Good to see such encouragement and celebration from brands. #BreakTheNorm hashtag made me share my story too which a lot of people got inspired by. It was my honest tale about marriage, work and having kids. I kinda find myself relating to Mira Rajpoot as well as the other mommies around. 

Mira Rajpoot, being completely an outsider to bollywood might not know how to be politically correct like her husband but her choice of words at public forums has sparked outrage often. Being a stay at home mom myself I can relate to her sentiments but then I work (freelance) too. That makes me understand the perspective of both working as well as homemaker women.

I would like to give Mira some linenacy as her intentions might not be derogatory towards working moms but her statement reflects otherwise. Being a star wife and choosing to be a mom at such young age is her choice and she’s happy with her role. I hope in future she realizes that her statements has a mass reach and she should be respectful to other women.

In response to her sentiments there was an open letter written by three working moms explaining their struggles to raise kids as well earn for themselves. The points were extremely valid but was it an effort to demean the stature of stay at home moms? I felt like it was written in a way to portray that working moms are superior to stay at home moms because they have to battle it out more. Then again it is a matter of choice.

Moms are brave, bold and powerful. If they chose to stay at home or work, let them be. Being a women we should support and encourage moms in every possible way. 

I choose to stay at home but I am earning through my freelance work projects too, which allows me to be with the kids most of the time. They’re so young to take care of themselves and I chose to be with them. Whenever I have to go out for any event or any assignment I make sure that the kids stay with their father. It is a constant juggling between the roles but I am trying to manage it. I don’t compare my choices with any other women rather I try to break the norm for myself and excel in doing what I love to do. Between kids and job it is like a demotional experience for mommies. (Shahrukh Khan coined the term demotional which means to be detached and yet emotional about someone). 

Embrace every role in your life with dignity. Be the women who support other women rather than being the one who pull others down. It needs a lot of courage to pursue your dreams, don’t let your gender be a reason not to do so. 

Ballet Glow Blush by MM Makeup 

If there’s one Pakistani cosmetic brand that you shouldn’t miss in your makeup stash, it has to be MM Makeup. Their silk foundation is a must have. Apart from that I really liked MM lipsticks & blushes. They have two variants in blushers but I’ve used only stay on blusher yet. 

The packaging of Ballet Glow shade is very nice. With a clear top you can see the shade even before opening the lid. The blusher quantity is huge as it is very well pigmented and you don’t need to rub brush again and again. Pro Tip:Don’t over do the shade though as it will not look good on the cheeks. Be gentle while applying. 

MM makeup stay on blusher in Ballet Glow is a glowing  peachy pink shade that will suit Asian skin & almost every complexion. You might need to skip using highlighter with Ballet Glow as it is quite glowy on the skin. Lasting power is pretty good for a powder blush. Loved the fine yet subtle shimmer in the shade. A pop of color to your cheeks. For the price the quantity of blush is apt & will last for a long time. 

As per MM website, 

You need a blush that lasts hours, not minutes, right? Our Stay on Blusher formula provides long lasting and fade-resistant color that glides on smoothly and blends easily.

MM makeup has also launched a new shade in pressed powder called deep honey. The shade is on a darker sandy side and I think it will go well with MM Silk Foundation shade Latte but I haven’t experienced both as it is not my skin shade. If you have tried it do let me know. 

What’s your favorite MM makeup product? You can check the MM Makeup online here.