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Friday, 28 December 2012

Dedication: A True Friend

Hey readers!

I've mentioned earlier how I love bumping into new things, meeting new people, and just learning about different topics, which is one of the many perks of the internet!

I joined Twitter almost two years ago, with no intentions of making friends; it being online and all, it was just my morning newspaper and somehow entertainment. But out of the blue, I started talking to people and I honestly met some of the most awesome personalities out there, no exaggeration. So, this post is actually dedicated to someone I became very close with, and they also happen to live where I do! Bonus.

As we grow older, a lot of things change, our point of view is now in a different angle, people have walked in and out of our lives, there are those who we might never meet again and there are those who stayed still. We figure, the amount of friends we have isn't really important, it's the real ones who matter.

Having friends to be there for you, friends you can count on, friends to just have fun with, is a lovely thing. Personally, I've had a lot of friends in and out of my life, no specific reason, we just tend to change, and true colours come out. But all that is from the past, and I'm so thankful for the friends I have now.

So, that one friend I made online? We actually barely had anything in common, but.. opposites attract? We talk almost everyday, we tease each other and end up arguing, we have our laughs and those deep convos, we have each others back and that's a great feeling. They're funny, nice, sweet, fun, awesome (once again, I admit) and great company.

I never thought I'd actually get close to anyone online, but our friendship doesn't even feel like we met online, more like we were childhood friends, I love that friend very much, and I'm glad we ran passed each other, because they're one of the closest friends I have today and hopefully, it'll stay that way.

I hope all of you have that true friend and it's never too late to find one, young or old, you meet people everyday, give them a chance, you never know where it goes!

Until next time,
Teen Diary.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Imagination Gone Wild

Hello readers! 

After a long tiring week, laying in bed, holding onto a book with a nice cup of tea and some chocolate cake on my bedside table sounds perfect. And then, I zone out. And when I zone out, my imagination runs far far away.

I read a post on tumblr and that's where my mind decided to travel to. This is how it went:

Imagine a library filled with every book in the world, none of them have titles on the covers, each and every page is blank. But when you open a book, you are instantly transported to the world within the book, you get to live the story of any character for as long as you want, and when you come out, almost no time has past in the real world. 

How magical is that? Way far from reality but so amazing. I don't know about you but I love books so that's double the excitement. One book I'd love to live is Harry Potter. Any part, any chapter, it would be lovely. I think I'll probably choose his character as well.

What about you? If you could live any movie, any book, what would you choose and why? 

Lots of love, 
Teen Diary. 


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Strange and Beautiful

Hello readers!

Exhaustion has taken over my body. Essays, projects, homework, tests... It never ends! The only thing I could think of is coming on here to rest my mind and please my wonderful readers..

We live in such a beautiful planet and the more you explore, the stranger it gets, but the beauty never stops. I found this facebook page called "Strange & Beautiful Things In Our World", the photos captured my eyes instantly, so I thought I'd share:

Photo: Looks like there is no match to the beauty of a White Lion.
The White Lion - No matter how terrifying being around a lion is, I'd love to hug this one!

Photo: One of the most amazing  pictures I have ever seen !!
Can't believe my eyes. This is stunning in so many ways!

Photo: In July 2010, Bertrand Kulik, an amateur photographer, happened to capture lightning illuminating the night sky behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Amazing..
I'm in love with this. So powering!

Photo: Rainbow parrots
Rainbow parrots! Too cute

Photo: Polar lights over Svalbard.
Laying on the ground looking up at that sky.. Heavenly

Photo: Playful and Unusual Bookcases
If you need something to store your books, why not choose something that makes a statement. Take a look at this bookcases collection, which offers you endless options for storage and display in your home. With many different styles, materials, sizes, and finishes available, there is sure to be an option that will fit your needs. Store books, and show off decorative items in your hallway, home office, living room, or other space. So, if you or a book-lover you know are stuck on how to redecorate your urban dwelling and store your favorite volumes, here are 12 Playful and Unusual Bookcases which will spice up your home, adding a personal touch to your space.
Into reading? Why not make a statement ;)

Photo: The tiny ball of white fluff is just 8cm dog and measures just over 20cm from his nose to his tail.
I'd love to have this white fluff ball one day

Photo: Water Dancer, Digital World
Water can dance, in a Digital world.

Photo: Foggy Night ..In Chicago
How can fog be so beautiful?

Photo: #Bahrain

 Beautiful View of London Eye
The London Eye. Lovely as usual

Photo: #Bahrain #UK #USA #Ireland

The Crimson Forest in Gryfino, Poland
Now this I'm obsessed with!

Photo: Amazing view in Switzerland... My God the stars wow!!
Under those stars, anything could happen! <3

I was stunned looking at these, and I hope you were too! The colors, the perfection, I have fallen in love! There are loads of photos on their page, so check it out for more, and like here, and follow them on twitter here! I hope you've enjoyed this post, make sure you comment below with thoughts, photos and whatever you like!

Until next time,
Teen Diary.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Makeup Manual comes to you!

Hello readers!

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a surprise for all my beauty lovers, and well, it's time to raise the curtains! I've been on twitter for a while now and I love all the different people you get to meet and inspirations you bump into. I love high fashion, glam, and beauty as most of you probably guessed by now. Every now and then, I'll have my obsessions and one obsession I have yet to get over is The Makeup Manual! But who's behind it? Here, I bring you an interview with the amazing Mai Al Moayyed!

I'd like to say my obsession with makeup has been going up endlessly ever since I bumped into her blog, she's an inspiration and I'm so excited to do this post.

1. When did you start your obsession with make up and how did the journey of educating women begin? 
The makeup obsession started 2 years back- it is my passion & addiction. I started a makeup blog since June 2011 to help all girls out there by providing them with tips, tricks, product reviews, collection launches & most importantly –what NOT to do when it comes to makeup! My blog is a hit among Bahraini women and has become an important part of their daily routine. I have started this blog after realizing that Bahraini women love makeup as it boosts their confidence and self esteem- but many don’t know a thing about it. I decided to make it easier for girls and help them learn how to use products & why they should use them. I noticed that there is no “Bahraini makeup bloggers” to educate Bahraini women. I would like to achieve being able to help women perfect their faces by learning in a fun and easy way. I want to pass the message to women:  simple makeup is always better- never over do it. Define your strong face features by making them stand out beautifully, without over the top colors.

2. I know you've become famous in Bahrain, but do you have any plans to go bigger?
Of course! It doesn't stop here! Well- let's just keep this under the covers… and wait for my future plans in the next few years :)

3. Have your classes taught you anything?
They have taught me a lot!! They have taught me more than what I will learn at beauty school to be honest. During classes- you deal with real people, you deal with all skin problems, you deal with all different skin colors. You hear girls out- what they like and products they hated, you learn to be challenged- with answering their questions, you learn how to find their foundation shade- by mixing more than one foundation (which I do for my makeup forever counter).. You learn how to find solutions to their skin by examining it after class and recommending what to get. I gain confidence after every class- I believe I learn more after each class about dealing with people and skin & most importantly learning about the products I teach about (I understand them more as  I talk about them more)!

4. Do you get any hate over what you do? Knowing you're online, haters are everywhere, especially when someone can accomplish something.
Haters will always hate. I have a lot of them! It's sad that they exist - to demotivate you.. But somehow it's great to have them- as it shows you "you have accomplished something & you are successful" and they seem jealous! But what can you do or say? Thank god I have the confidence to continue on what I'm doing without letting them get in the way! I'm thankful for the majority- which are supporters and loyal followers which are helping me reach higher and higher:)

5. What are the basics girls should know and follow when it comes to make up?
Come to my class and learn the basics! hahaha! I believe there is a lot to do with the word "basics" and not just foundation and blush- one of the most important things to do is skincare! Apply the proper skincare BEFORE and after your makeup routine- it really affects the results! Blending is part of basics- whether is is blending the foundation or concealer of eyeshadow- it's imp to incorporate that into your makeup to see flawless results.

The best and most important thing they need to know is about the brushes- invest in good quality ones to get great results!! And yes, you need more than 2 or 3 brushes to do that!

6. What's your #1 must know tip before applying make up, when applying make up, and when removing make up?
Similar to the above question- 
before applying makeup- always moisturize- NEVER skip this step! And if you have oily skin make sure to use a primer! 
During makeup- always use a beauty blender to stipple through your makeup (foundation, corrector, concealer) and even things out- it will change everything!
Removing makeup- remember to remove your makeup before bedtime- so oils don't accumulate and cause your face to breakout! I suggest removing your makeup with wipes then washing it with a cleanser to really remove the dirt (then moisturize)

7. With weather changes, do you think changing the way you put on your make up and changing how natural or intense the look might be is necessary?
you shouldn't change your look just because the season changed! I believe that your skincare routine should be changed though! During winter, the skin becomes drier.. so i def recommend using a heavier moisturizer and especially eye cream as the under eye area becomes very dry and fragile. No matter which season you are in- you should keep your makeup simple! Bold lips can mean simple makeup (when your eyes are simple and not overdone)- During summer- if you are tanned - you can always tone down on the foundation and powder as you already have a colored base- so you can work on other features. People believe that since it's winter i'll use dark colors, or if it is spring i'll use floral pastel shades- well- you can wear what you want in all seasons- there is NO rule for that to be honest- as long as the whole face looks flawless and easy on the eyes then it should be fine!

8. What style do you go for? Especially now that its winter?
My style is always- simple yet glamourous. I keep the focus on my eyes rather than the rest of the face. I focus on lashes, winged gel liner, defined crease & mainly the eyebrows(which change everything)! I personally love a soft colored lip- so i would stick to nudes or soft pinks! About winter, it doesn't change much for me! I'm more of a "wear any look any season anytime" ! As you know winter is more about the bold lips- crimson lips or dark violet- I love to do the crimson lips and a thick black eyeliner with false lashes- an instead of focusing on blush i focus on contouring the face. But as I said, seasons don't matter to me, so i wear any look any time of the year :)

9. Any make up brands you love more than others? And why?
Now that is a hard question! Having a gazzillion brands to choose from makes this very hard for me! Ok- so let me be specific- I have a favorite brand when it comes to specific parts of the face! For example- for complexion (foundation & correcting) i would def say Make up for ever! They specialize in complexion and create products that work great on the skin without letting the skin breakout- they are all about primers and correcting and having foundations invisible to the light & camera! When you ask me about the eyes & lips- i would say hands down- MAC… they have such highly pigmented eyeshadows and beautiful lipstick colors. And when you ask me about blushes- Illamasqua is the winner :) 

10. Where do you think girls go wrong when applying make up? 
I personally believe they go wrong in a lot of things. When it comes to makeup, you have to work on bringing out the best facial features and not OVER-DOING it… The trick is blending everything and making it look like as if it is not there- However, I still see many makeup mistakes such as:
-they wear the wrong foundation shade
-their powder is way darker than their skin tone
-eyeshadow edges are un-blended
- using a concealer for acne (turns out muddy looking)
- focusing on both eyes and lips at the same time- so you end up having a dark smoky eyes and dark bold lips- it's a bit too much
- unblended blush, which looks like a splash of color

And the list goes on and on… and on.. and on… :P 

11. Last but not least, what are your favorites this season? 
I absolutely love MAC's lip mix "crimson" which is only sold in MAC pro stores!
I had tons of fun doing this! Thanks to The Makeup Manual for sparing me some of her time! If you guys have any questions for her, you could leave them in my comments and I'd gladly hand them over to her and come back with a reply, you could also contact her through twitter here, and check out her blog here!
Until next time,
Teen Diary.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Make up: What can go wrong?

Hello readers! 

After a bunch of posts some of you might not be so interested in, I'm here to entertain! Well I hope.. 

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but what are diamonds without a little fashion and beauty? Looking our absolute best is what makes us girls, is it not? But to look your absolute best, everything must go right. So here's where it could go wrong.. 

1. Using the wrong foundation 
Now this is one of the worst things you could do. If you're pale and you decide to appear a bit tanner, choosing a darker foundation is not the answer, you do not wanna look like you're wearing a pumpkin. The same applies to those with darker skin. Choosing lighter foundation will just make it seem like you fell face on in the sand. Even if there isn't much difference between your skin tone and the foundation, people will notice, trust me! 

Tip - I've been to many stores and the one thing they do every time I want to buy foundation is apply it on my hand to see if it goes with my skin. BIG MISTAKE. Your face isn't your hand,  just because it goes with your hand, doesn't mean it'll go with your face. So keep in mind, when you're searching for foundation, your clean, no make up on face is where you test it on. And never go for the colour you aspire to be. 

2. Skipping foundation, straight to concealer. 
Yet again, big mistake. Foundation was called foundation for a reason, and using concealer to cover your flaws without applying foundation is like building a house without walls. You don't want patches of concealer sitting on top of your skin like a lost dog. Apply a thin layer of foundation and use the concealer as a base coat. Lasts longer, looks better, much easier and effective. Also, make sure your foundation and concealer are in the exact same shade! 

3. Not using moisturizer
Time isn't always on our side, but moisturizer is by far the most important factor you need for healthy skin, which is why you need to spare a few seconds to moisturize. Most people don't moisturize because of their oily skin, well let me tell you, hydrating your skin properly will actually reduce over production of oil. Having make up on for too long damages your skin and so, it starts aging. Using moisturizer helps keep your skin healthy and young. So make sure you have 20 seconds just for moisturizing. What do you have to lose? 

4. Blusher like a clown 
There's a difference between rosy cheeks and a 'omg I've been hit in he face' look. The latter is certainly not flattering. People who literally look like they've pressed a pot of cream blush onto their cheeks and left a perfect circle most likely haven't looked in a mirror before they left the house. Beware the clown look.

Tip - blending blush and powder foundation into your brush gives your cheeks a much natural look.

5. Overdone eyebrows
Oh god.. The amount of girls I've seen with black tadpoles for eyebrows. It looks ridiculous. I have naturally brown, filled eyebrows so I don't have to draw them but even if you do, do not get carried away. Also, having blonde hair and filling your eyebrows with a dark shade is a huge no no. Keep a natural look in mind, no matter how intense of a look you're going for. 

6. Spider mascara 
One thing I'm terrified of is spiders. But seeing them disguised as someone's eyelashes is another thing, terrifying in a whole different level. I'm not saying thick eyelashes are a bad thing, but there are a lot of things you need to beware of and if you don't,  just forget about mascara..

First, make sure the mascara you buy, whether from a brand or a drugstore, isn't the sticky type, because that goes wrong right from the start. Second, before applying, make sure the brush is clean, it makes things a lot easier. Last but not least, when you're applying, don't overlay unless you need to. 

Well, that's all for now. I hope I've helped! If you enjoyed this post, stay tuned! I have a surprise that I can't wait to reveal. 

Stay beautiful,
Teen Diary
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