Travelgram Throwback: Rio de Janeiro

Happy Friday and happy kickoff to the Summer 2016 Olympics! Photos of Rio have been flooding my feeds and I’ve been feeling all these pangs of nostalgia. We traveled to Rio de Janeiro almost a year ago and I know I know… I still haven’t posted anything here on the blog. Remember that hard-drive crash I had awhile back? Yup, lost all of my Brazil videos and photos, welp! I spent this afternoon scraping up whatever I could from our trip – photos from my and Waseem’s instagrams & for some reason Lightroom had some decently sized thumbnails saved, no original files though :( I screenshotted and fixed up what ever I could so please don’t judge me for the quality of these photos. I just wanted to live vicariously as I’m watching the opening ceremony on TV now! Enjoy the throwback!… View Post

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Turquoise + Purple Cateye | Too Faced x Nikkie Tutorials

Thanks babes for all of the love on this makeup look! Tbh it’s one of my faves! As I mentioned in my review of the Nikkie Tutorials x Too Faced The Power of Makeup Collection, it’s usually pretty hard for me to get color to POP on my lower lashline. My shadows end up muddying and looking lifeless. With these shadows, however, the jewel-tones popped on my brown eyes all night long. I hope you guys really love this tutorial – I slowed down a lot more than usual and really went through my full face routine thoroughly showing you how I layer all of my complexion products, bake, and contour my nose. I hope it’s super helpful, let me know! For a list of all of the products used in this tutorial (with direct links!), keep reading this post!

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Too Faced x Nikkie Tutorials | The Power of Makeup Palette | Swatches & Review

Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Just like many of you, Nikkie Tutorials is one of my absolute favorite beauty YouTubers — if not my absolute favorite. Her artistry is an undeniable talent but it’s her production value that really drew me to her when I discovered her channel last year (I’m always late on the train!). Everything is perfection from start to finish, her backdrops, lighting, makeup, and of course her awesome personality. I was so excited to see she was creating a palette with Too Faced, perfectly named The Power of Makeup, and was even more geeked when it showed up on my doorstep (thank you!!!).

It will be available HERE or online only at Sephora August 15th! Congratulations Nikkie!!!!

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Sporty Chic

Happy Fri-yay! You know when you get a bunch of new stuff and you’re dying to wear it all at once?! I bought this Adidas tracksuit and Céline sunnies while I was in Singapore earlier this month. I’ve been sporting my new shades but LA has been way too hot lately to even think about wearing my tracksuit. I decided to tough it out the other day because it’s just too cute and screams summer! Plus, my new Chanel backpack from Trendlee matches just a little too perfectly! Although there’s a certain sense of excitement when purchasing designer goods at the boutique, sometimes the prices (as they increase every year!) are just a little too ridiculous to justify. That’s where Trendlee comes in! They are a high end pre-loved handbag reseller – highly curated and specialize in luxury brands like Hermes, Chanel, Céline, etc. They take quality and authenticity very seriously and it is always guaranteed! I swear this backpack looks brand spankin’ new. I don’t see a single scratch on it and it’s lambskin which usually is pretty delicate.

I hope you love the look! Don’t forget to check out your designer lust-list at Trendlee.com & you can enjoy 5% off with coupon code IRENESARAH.

I kept my makeup super simple and it wore really pretty! I have outfit and makeup details at the bottom of this post! xo

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Santorini Vlog + Travelgram

Finally! My Santorini travel vlog is done! I feel like I dragged my feet with it for months and then these past 5 days or so I worked on it around the clock – from the moment I woke up until 4am every night. I am really happy with how it turned out & hope you love it too! If you’re looking for tips please check out my written Santorini Travel Guide; I also have a review of the hotel we stayed at in Oia – Andronis Luxury Suites.… View Post

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A Manicure That Survives the Kitchen

I always strayed away from traditional nail polish on my hands because I always felt that it would start chipping almost immediately. For me, a manicure never lasted more than a day or two so I always gravitated towards acrylics and gel manicures all throughout my 20s. I love doing my nails myself when I have some downtime and I’ve been on the hunt for a polish that stays on and looks fresh for days. In comes Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and even better… Revlon’s incredible Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™! This product is not only easy to apply with it’s wider brush, but also longwearing and shiny!View Post

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How to Find Your Foundation Shade

Happy Saturday, I hope your weekend is off to a beautiful start!

We all have our favorite steps when it comes to doing our makeup, mine has always been my actual face. I always wish I could just do my face and have someone else do my eyes and lips. I love color correcting, highlighting, & contouring – just really sculpting and defining the face. The most important step is foundation, if its off, it’ll throw the rest of it off and you’ll probably end up with “ghost face” in photos. Worry not, we’ve all been there but with a few easy tips hopefully it’ll make it simpler to find your perfect match!… View Post

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Travelgram: Bali, Indonesia

Happy Throwback Thursday!

I spent a couple weeks in Bali last month and it might sound silly but I was so proud of my Instagram feed! I know, some of you blogging-veterans (or fans of said veterans) are probably chuckling thinking well, that’s cute – but hear me out!! Drool-worthy feeds are not easy to curate even with a photographer/IG-husband in tow – not that I have either of those things! I was stressed before embarking on this solo-trip because I knew I would have to create everything myself. I mentally rallied and was up for the challenge. I was already heading to Bali to learn front-end web development @ Institute of Code so why not also push my photography/selfie skills to the next level too? I just love how everything turned out and I’m so excited to get started on my full travel-diary and vlogs soon. In the meantime.. here’s a little sneak peek! Check out the full post to take a look back at my Bali feed. #tbt

Cameras used:

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter | Canon 5D Mark III | Sony a5100 | DJI Osmo

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Get Ready With Me for Eid!

A belated Eid Mubarak to everyone that celebrated last week! With all of the tragedies happening around the world, especially during the last 10 days of Ramadan, it’s been a very difficult time for the global community. Celebrating while so many people are suffering left me feeling so guilty about even thinking about what to wear or what makeup look to do for Eid. I did realize though that stopping life isn’t productive for anyone. It doesn’t relieve the hardship or pain endured by the less fortunate; however, giving back is a start. Charity is rewarded tenfold during Ramadan but we shouldn’t forget to be generous the rest of the year. We have a little Muslim community going here in LA (alhamdulilah!) and the husbands were brainstorming different charities for us to donate to as a squad. For me at least, it’s hard to figure out what is legit and who is honest so I’m so happy that the husbands took it upon themselves to do the brunt work that is.. research! If you are interested here are some foundations that Waseem & I have donated or are donating to!

I encourage you all to leave some more suggestions in the comments section – it would be so helpful to me and I’m sure to others as well!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the makeup tutorial! xo
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