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Banarasi Babes ♥

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Happy New year to all my dolls! I hope you have started the New Year with a fresh mindset, clear motives and clean objectives ready to conquer whatever challenges that may come your way!

So excited to be writing this much awaited post, as after months and months of organising and planning a close family wedding, finding the ‘right thing to wear’ for oneself always feels exciting as well as daunting. Exciting because I can dictate what my sister can wear and without a choice she has to agree 😀 Daunting, because typically in an Asian wedding everyone is always looking glamorous and trying to find something ‘unique’ can be a huge challenge. I am also sure some of you can relate!

The theme that I planned for the wedding (uncles wedding): Jhodaa Akbar (movie) taking ideas of fashion from the 15th century Indian Mughal Empire era. Psst! Watch the movie if you haven’t already 😉

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Right, theme chosen, now the clothes!

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After visiting the Pakistan Fashion show earlier this year, I came across Faika Collection during that time which showcased elegant regal looking attires which I always wanted to own, but didn’t have a reason to own. You know the whole issue with lack of wardrobe space; no upcoming events etc…Then, it all fell into place when a family wedding was happening and Faika was going to be a part of the celebration!

However, Faika Collection is based in Bradford, I am from London. To travel up North with extortionate rail fares wasn’t my cup of tea, but to my advantage when I checked their Instagram post (back in summer) I was lucky to find that they were doing a London pop-up exhibition at the Royal Garden Hotel. As ecstatic as you can imagine I was, grabbed my sister put the gas down and went to visit Faika Collection’s pop-up.

Here is what we chose:

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We picked 2 pieces of beautiful Jacquard Banarasi Lenghas: one in emerald green and gold jacquard style (which I wore) and sisters was black on gold jacquard style. The tops were plain black soft velvet with pearl buttons running down both sleeves. The Lenghas also came with chiffon duppattas. However on this photo, we have created and designed our own dupattas to go with our Mughal theme.

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Inspiration to drape the dupatta had also come from the Mughal era, where it is tucked at the waist and draped over the shoulders. If you have a theme for an event from a historic period, always do slight research to authenticate your entire look. It also gives you vision on the colours and style of accessories to choose from!

I ought to mention the type of shoes you must wear when wearing any type of Banarasi material – this is crucial! Due to the heavy brocade skirt, the silk weaving on the reverse side of the lengha pulls/tugs at the fancy diamante shoes; please ensure you wear plain/plain glam shoes without the crystals as you can ruin your skirt! Not pictured – I wore glittered heeled shoes.

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The Faika Collection Lenghas are elegant in style and a sleek ensemble. The best thing about the skirt is that it has pockets – yes! A very handy feature especially on Asian clothes which is quite different.

For the Asian women, Lengha co-ords is the smart ‘black-tie’ of outfits for every special occasion.

The eye catching Banarasi material was the perfect choice for this beautiful regal skirt as it was soft, very fine and absolutely comfortable. Due to its soft nature, the skirt was flowing beautifully as a lengha should, it was not stiff and the cut of the Lengha was much appreciated.

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However, my brother was not following the Moghal theme and opted for a contemporary dinner suit to staple a cold Autumn wedding.

Tip to trousers in Ted Baker and Shoes from ASOS.

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It is all in the details

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Looking for the perfect accessory to go with your outfit and theme can also be a huge challenge. From countless of searches in-store and online, we were on the verge of picking something very random. However luckily, I stumbled across Innaya Couture on Instagram and found a beautiful necklace.

From Innaya Couture, we have purchased their Mughal Kundan 7 tier necklace which complimented our Banarasi outfits.

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The “Ball and chain” weapon on my sisters wrist is actually a cute looking handbag :p This is from Southall – almost found in any accessories store.

The ladies at Faika Collection done a tremendous job in delivering what I wanted. Even though they were up north (Bradford) they ensured my requirements were met and truthfully, I was quite a troublesome customer – no joke! The only problem you will face if you order from any clothing stores which are far away is the fitting! Of course, if it is custom made the measurements can typically go wrong therefore Faika recommends to go in-store for fitting. So bear this in mind!

Do check out Faika Collection for their latest Istanbul Collection (very gorgeous…need another event to wear one of those!) and stay tuned for more!

With love,

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Beauty favourites for April – Top Picks!

Find out what our top most favourite beauty products are {in no particular favourite order} for April and reasons why. . . ❓

1. The Body Shop Body Butter in Pink Grapefruit (£13) – The Body Butters are gorgeous in all flavours and are a tub full of goodness. I use this to keep moisturised in the autumn weather which makes my skin feel silky, smooth and very well moisturised. For my Muslim folks, after Wudu, this is a great product for dry skin – especially feet!

2. Topshop Highlighter in SunBeam (no longer available for purchase) ⭐ – This is the real bomb! This highlighter gives a subtle yet ‘showy’ glow on the cheekbones. This is our April favourite because this shade suits all skin-tones fair, medium to darker complexions. We have received many compliments on this highlighter as the cheeks look gorgeous once light reflects on the cheekbones. If you are a student, you can benefit from the 20% student discount available from TopShop!

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder shade Warm Beige (3.99) – during the winter months, this powder has proved successful in maintaining a light matte look for combination skin. I find that if you have pores on your nose (like me) you will have to go VERY light on the nose as the powder seems to gather around pores unfortunately. Whether you wear foundation /BB/CC or nada on your face, dust this on your T-zone lightly and you will be camera ready. 🙂

4. Zukreat Artist of Makeup (AOM) Extreme Art Liner Pen (£18) – I use this pen every single day since the purchase and launch of this exciting eyeliner nearly 2 years ago! This eyeliner provides precision and buildable coverage where needed; so you can go very simple or even intricate due to the shape of the nib. The nib is oil and water repellent and great on hygiene as it minimises cross contamination; therefore it is used on clients and myself and everybody is always satisfied with the results. 🙂

5. The Body Shop Bronze Shimmer Waves Brick (£16) – You may have seen my Instagram/Facebook posts ranting on about this bronzing shimmer brick – that’s because I absolutely love this thang! If you have medium/tanned skin-tone you will love this too. This is one of my makeup staples and works nicely as a duo contour and blush. I also use it as a veeerrry light highlight – the play is endless! They also range in other shades too but bronze is the one for meee! ^^’

6. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona (£31) – Recent purchase and so far so good. Worn at many wedding events and other occasions and kept my face hydrated as well as dewy. I will not recommend this to dolls who have oily skin types, however if you have dry skin, this can work in your favour =^-^=. Spot the foundation on forehead, chin, and cheeks and buff in with your favourite brush or sponge; a little goes a long way!

7. L’Occitane En Provence Lip Balm (limited edition, not available for purchase) – This lip butter sinks and penetrates your lips with moisture and hydration – it really does! Before bed I would apply this on my lips and then by morning I have hydrated lipstick ready lips. The formula is very buttery therefore you only need a pea-sized amount to feel the moisture being locked in. In fact, this tube has lasted me over a year! I know Vaseline – Petroleum jelly is readily and conveniently available, but I find Vaseline lip balms tend to sit on the surface of your lips without any penetration or proper hydration. Although this version is no longer available, the standard lip balms by L’Occitane are still good enough!

8. Pure Virgin 100% Argon Oil – my favourite beauty purchase from Morocco last year. Soon as I landed on the grounds, I had to visit the factory to purchase. As we all know, natural oils all have their special properties and uses, one being Argon mainly for the treatment of good hair and skin. Use natural products where possible and ditch as many chemical/synthetic products where necessary. I spritz the Argon oil twice on the face and massage the skin until the oil is absorbed into the skin. A great opportunity and time to allow blood circulation AND face muscles also feel relaxed 🙄

9. Urban Decay Naked Flushed – Streak (£22.50) – Mario Dedivanovic (Kim Kardashian’s Makeup-Artist) actually used this product on Kim for her first wedding and that’s why I purchased. It is a soft and subtle bronzer, highlighter and peachy blush and has been very compact for my travels and short weekend breaks. It adds glow and subtle shimmer and I find it complementing with the Nars Sheer glow foundation. For medium to dark skin tones, this trilogy is buildable. As for Fair skin tones, one swipe is usually sufficient.

Those were our top picks for April! Hope you also had a mirroring favourite from our list here.

With Love,

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Modest by Haute Arabia 2015

We have attended the most awaited event of this year – Haute Arabia Modest Fashion Awards 2015 held at The Shard; The Shangri-La hotel. This is their third year running of this event.

Belle Amour at The Shard

We were the Haute Arabia (HA) competition winners of 2015 and were very ecstatic to be a part of this year’s show.

Haute Arabia is an online fashion advertising consultancy, or an ‘incubator’ for established and new businesses. They ‘cherry pick’ products globally and across different brands to bring Arabian inspired fashion to their audiences. Do give their website a look as their merchandise ranges from home-wear, clothing to beauty.

My sister and I have been following Haute Arabia since their launch on Social Media. As we both adore Arabian modest fashion, HA host many inspirational modest fashion ideas for the wardrobe. We love the fact that HA brings the community of talented Artists/designers all onto one platform!

Each year, the designers come together to showcase their talents on the catwalk to fashion enthusiasts, prominent bloggers, fashion journalists, stylists and many more!

What I wore:

Choosing a dress for this years HA event was a challenge. However, with the help of bloggers and guests who have attended previous events was very helpful. I wanted an outfit which would compliment the theme of this event (Modesty & Modest Fashion) and secondly the location of course!

So, I present to you *drum rolls please* this custom-made dress I have designed 😀

Sir Nearly Headless Nick! XD

This was a very comfortable yet effortlessly chic dress which complimented the elegance of the event. Initially, I was having second thoughts as I felt I would be too over-dressed for the event and did not want to look like a fool *blushes*.

The weather that day was beautiful but temperatures started to drop later on in the evening. Luckily, my dress kept me warm as the material was thick!

I paired the dress with a medium sized off-cream clutch from Miss Selfridge and kept jewels to the bare minimum with a hand candy from Monsoon Accessorize.

I could have opted for a different colored Hijaab, however was running out of time and played it safe with my favourite black Hijaab from Qatar (gifted).

Beautiful jeweled hand candy ❤ By Monsoon Accessorize

Familiar Faces:

You may recognise Habiba Da Silva (Life Long Percussion) from Instagram and Youtube. It was lovely to meet you Habiba 🙂

lifelongpercussion AkA Habiba Da Silva

These two made the event a comfortable and an enjoyable experience. Sheuly (Editor, bottom left) from Your Personal Bridal Dreams (YPBD) online magazine and Rumena Make-up Artist of YPBD and Youtuber (bottom right), were also at the show. We enjoyed meeting you both and for the after-party too 😉

Far Left: Sheuly, ME, Far Right: Rumena

Bina from Aura Collections – it was lovely to meet you – finally! Bina has an online collection of beautiful kaftans; they are stunning! Do have a look! 🙂

Bina from Aura Collections

The two beautiful ladies from Rosasha (Creative Director, Right and Managing Director, Left).

The Rosasha Girls ❤

Rosasha retails Pashmina scarves from Turkey and of very fine quality too. Both ladies looking elegant in their scarves and were a pleasure to network with. Do check their Facebook and Instagram out!

In a deep conversation with the Rosasha girls as they show interest in my dress 😀

The Catwalk:

We attended the second catwalk show @ 4:30pm held in one of the boardrooms turned into a make-shift catwalk. The stage was set in front of the angled glass panes of The Shard, mirroring the clouds and beauty of London.

The designers who were showcasing at this time were:

Nisaa had an elegant catwalk of contemporary modest dresses for the modern Muslimah. If you look online here, you will notice that they are evening/semi-formal/party dresses. Brides will also look stunning in these outfit as shown below.

Clothing by: Nisaa

Clothing by: Nisaa

By Soufyan – Ahh yes! Loved the catwalk with his urban trendy jumpers and Tees which send out a loving political message for different causes like Gaza, Syria and Falestine! We LOVE Palestine – Viva la Palestina #PeaceOut

We LOVE the Tees and jumpers By Soufyan

Mizaan & Noor Saab – Just wow! Noor Saab being very formal (that is formal in a stylish way) chic and classy. Mizaan taking the catwalk with their pooffy dresses, glitz and glam for all occasions.

(Far right and left) Mizaan and (Middle) Noor Saab

Whilst sipping a glass of juice and enjoying lobster canapés with a forefront view of London, we were networking with like-minded people in the industry, who like us, were interested in creativity, modest fashion and enterprise.

It was interesting to learn about the perception of ‘modest’ fashion and designer’s interpretations of this through the clothing lines as show-cased on the catwalk.

These gorgeous treats were too cute to eat!

The verdict:

It was a pleasure to win (VIP) tickets to a prestigious event – Thank you Haute Arabia! Our VIP tickets also contained a gift bag perk which unfortunately was not received. A few other paying visitors were also at a similar position. However, Haute Arabia reacted to this situation very well and maintained professionalism. I personally love businesses who deal with issues small/big in a professional customer-centric way.

Could not stop staring at the view of London. Trying to see my Borough from up here XD

Nonetheless, it was a prime location which offsets the experience; that is the purpose of this event- elegance of modest fashion and great guest appearances.

Looking forward to (hopefully) attending the Modest Fashion Awards this year (In shaa Allah – if God wills).

With Love,

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Illamasqua – The Blush up Brush

Are you looking for a brush which provides definition, contour, elongation and ease? A brush to help you as a beauty enthusiast or beginner to contour? Well, I may have found the perfect brush for you, by Illamasqua! This is one of the ultimate brushes (I’ve discovered) which provides a ‘3D definition’ experience: D.

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The Illamasqua Blush Up Brush is priced at £28.50. If you have a Pro Artist account, you can benefit from the discount on the brushes. This is a highly recommended brush to own as part of your many brush collection and kit!

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As you can see from the image above, it is a highly dense ellipse shaped brush. I have taken photos from all angles to illustrate the dynamics of the cut of the brush. So, the base of the brush is flat and angled and the sides being stiff to create definition.

 

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Here is a look I have created using the Blush Up Brush. I have used Sleek’s Contour kit (compact contour) alongside Illamasqua Blush Up Brush to define my cheekbones. I am aware that many of my dolls who own the Sleek Contour Kit find this product heavy. During use you have to be very light handed and must buff instantly once applied; or else it’ll look like mud on the face (a big disgrace!).

Well anyway, with the Sleek Contour kit (as heavy pigmented it is) I used the brush to define the contour areas, in fact, it was defined really well.

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Here is another close up of my cheek contour and a slight but subtle definition on the nose too.

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One more final close-up of the makeup look 😉

The brush has certainly defined the contour areas (esp the cheeks) well. If used correctly, when your contour looks harsh, just use a fluffy blending brush and brush in an upward stroke. The technique is all down to the way you apply colour – how much/how little. Furthermore to merge the blusher with the contour and highlight so it looks ‘well blended’ but noticeable at the same time.

Tip: If contour is overly harsh, use a translucent powder (either compact or loose) and lightly dust the area in question and see how the harshness fades… 😉

Happy New year from the Belle Amour Team x

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Huda Beauty Lashes

Do you have a love for lashes? Or, at least not mind wearing a pair for special occasions? If you are looking for an ultimate pair to own as part of your lash stack collection :p, your clientele or for the quality check out Huda Beauty Lashes!

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Huda Beauty Lashes in Giselle

I was having an awkward moment doing the ‘Huda Lash pose’ (left) trying to align the packing to my face (hehe). 

Huda is a top beauty blogger and Vlogger based in both Dubai and US. Known for her popular Youtube channel, Huda has certainly smashed the beauty industry with beauty tips, luxury beauty reviews and looks; even my peers who do not know much about beauty/makeup, know Huda – that’s impressive, an indication of success!

Huda has started her own beauty product line of lashes and nails, now shipping internationally! So all you dolls who have been waiting patiently, or been sending your Sephora orders to your friends and family, it is no longer required :D!

Fortunately I got my hands on these lashes through a competition I have actually won (on her Instagram giveaway)! Huda sent a range of her lashes to include: Giselle (pictured), Coco Jo, Claudia, Samantha and Candy.

The lashes are weightless, looks natural and certainly amplifies your look. If you are looking to get married, give these lashes an investment on your big day.

I will be updating this post at a later stage once I have pictures of me in them! However, for additional reviews and pictures of customers in Huda Lashes please do check out Hudas following social platforms:

To Purchase: HudaBeauty.com 

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Top Notch!

Hello Dolls!

Here is a look I’ve created with an edgy liner!

Simple lining the eyes is of course an all-rounder (plus safer), however it becomes tad boring when there’s a lot one black liner could do….

I’ve come out my comfort zone this time round to try this funky notch styled liner. Pair it with either a simple/semi dramatic look like I have and voila it looks different! I actually like it 🙂

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Notch Eyeliner Style

Certainly give this a try on the upcoming festive season parties and be the statement 😉 !

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Great Gatsby Inspired

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“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!”

– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ❤

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