My First Vlog is UP!

Hi guys! Just a quick hello to let you know that my FIRST Vlog is UP!!

The whole process of filming and editing was truly a blast, and I really want to thank every single person who watched my Vlog and gave me feedback, you really made my week 🙂

So here you can find the Vlog below:

Hope you enjoy it!

Don’t forget to show me some love by Subscribing to my channel 🙂

Lara xx

 

Skin Care & Beauty Products We Need in Lebanon + Announcement

I guess by now we all agree that  we have limited skin care and beauty brands in Lebanon.

Personally, I am very eager to try many  products that are sadly not available here, so I decided to prepare a list of (some) of the brands that we need in Lebanon. Can we consider this as some sort of a petition? :-p

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Fresh

I’ve heard so much about this brand especially their eye creams and face masks, so it would be nice to give them a try

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Sunday Riley

Although this is probably one of the most over-priced brands in the market, I am still eager to try their facial oils

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Pai

Another “YouTube made me buy it” brand that I am also willing to try

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Hourglass

2 words: Marble Palette!

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Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte was one of the brands that I really wanted to try until the best thing ever happened in Lebanon: Feel 22! I’ve already mentioned this website on the blog, but it’s basically a place where you can find many beauty brands that are not available in Lebanon like Tarte, Becca, Huda Beauty and many others. I already purchased the Tartelette in Bloom palette from Tarte and I am IN LOVE! Check out the website and use my promo code “LARASPEAKSSTYLEFEEL22” for a special discount

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Bare Minerals

More beauty brands that I would love to test! I’ve recently spotted their lipsticks and I really liked all the nude shades

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Honorable mentions: NARS, Glossier, Pixi, and Sarah Chapman

What are the brands that you wish we had in Lebanon?

Lara xx

No Label NGO x Pretty Little Box – Q&A

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Last month, I was first introduced to Pretty Little Box through their beautiful L’Occitane edition. For the month of December, PLB released a new box in partnership with No Label NGO – an anti bullying NGO with a goal to raise awareness on this issue, and eventually create a bully-free environment.

For this occasion, I decided to have a small Q&A session with the founder of No Label, Nour El Assaad, so here we go!

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1) When was No Label NGO founded and what was the inspiration?

It started on social media (facebook) and as a volunteer based movement in february 2014 but was officially registered in august 2015 as an NGO! The inspiration was my own personal story with bullying. I had a rough time being accepted back in school years and the topic of bullying was always an area of focus for me. When I graduated college and noticed that the amount of awareness on this topic was exactly the same of that of the 2000s I wanted to do something about it.

2)What are some challenges that you face while working on such a cause?

Willingness to continue on working on such a topic. There is interest by schools to create awareness but not prevention because it holds much responsibility and logistic issues. Also we have been facing the challenge of funding (grants) so we’ve been finding ways to be self-sustainable whether from our services or products (like no label by Lexy nail polish)

3) Why did you create this box in partnership with Pretty Little Box? Where you involved in the product selection process?
 
PLB wanted to give back to the community and choose an understated topic to highlight and no label popped up directly! (thank you PLB peeps for believing!) so it was really all about them from idea to products. We were lucky to have our Lexy product placed in the box as well!
4) If I am an individual who is undergoing any kind of bullying, where can I reach your NGO?

Our website (www.nolabelme.org) has an awesome resource page to learn more about the topic and what can you do! But to be honest we always receive messages on facebook about personal experiences which we would like to consider as our own help-line!

 
5) What are your upcoming plans for 2017?
We have big plans! We are rolling a product or 2, and we are being more on ground by exercising our services. We are launching our teacher training for creating bully free zones, parent meet-ups for parental dialogue while doing super fun things. Most importantly, we are doing soft-skills training for students up to 15 years old!
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For a detailed box review, my dear friend and blogger Aline did an awesome product break-down and a general box review, so you can check it out on her blog
Lara xx

New In: Skin Care & Makeup

I am not a huge makeup freak, but I like to experiment with my look every now and then, especially lipsticks and recently eye shadows. Skin care on the other hand, has been a subject of experimentation for a long time now.

I decided to dedicate a post to my recent makeup and skin care (some purchased and some I received as a gift), with a small first impressions review.

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1- Sephora Rose Face mask & Avocado Eye Mask

I haven’t tried both products yet, but I will surely keep you posted!

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2- Bioderma Micellar Water, eye cream, and Sebium Global

Hands down, this brand is one of my all time favorites and I am a very loyal customer! Their Micellar Water is definitely the BEST in the market and worth every penny. I’ve also been trying their eye cream and so far I am loving it. The Sebium Global cream I use every now and then, whenever I have a breakout 20161119_105435-edit

M A K E U P 

3- Lexi Cosmetics Nail Polish & Cuticle Treatment

This is a new local brand and I am so happy with the quality of their nail polishes. Even their topcoat is amazing, dries my nails in a few seconds. What I loved even more about this brand is that they have specific shades dedicated to a great cause, so when you buy those shades, the proceeds go to the specified NGO (Examples like DSC & No Label)

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4- Sephora Lip Stain #13 & Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

One of my favorite interns (Hi Zeina) told me about this Sephora lip stain, and I had to buy it as soon as I had a chance! Basically, it is the best lip color I’ve ever had in my life. No wonder it’s sold out all around the world

This concealer is a YouTube favorite to I had to give it a try. Sadly, it is not available in Lebanon 😦 It is perfect for everyday when you don’t want to overdo it with the makeup look, and it’s super pocket friendly

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5- NUXE Multi Purpose Oil & The Body Shop White Musk Perfume Oil

I’ve heard so many great things about multi-purpose oil so I had to give this one a try. To be honest I don’t use it regularly, but I can tell you it’s not greasy at all and it smells divine.

The White Musk scent is one of my favorites although it’s considered as a controversial scent, you either love it or absolutely hate it. This one is an oil perfume and it can last you for a full day

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Have you tried any of the listed items?

Lara xx

Products not Worth the Hype

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I have to admit, YouTube made me buy many beauty products! If you’re a YouTube fan like me, you know the power of Vloggers and all their beauty favorites. In my case I bought many beauty products and after giving them a chance, I realized that I was truly disappointed and unimpressed.

Before I begin listing the products, I need to mention that the products listed below didn’t work for me, but they might work perfectly well for you. Each person reacts differently to products and what works for you might not work for me.

1- Origins Charcoal Mask 

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This product has been a YouTube favorite for years and years. This summer, one of my blogger friends (Hi Aline) was in California so I asked her to get me this mask from Sephora. This mask is not terrible and I will probably still use it; but when you watch or read all the tremendously positive reviews on this product, you expect it to do much more, and in my case I wasn’t super impressed.

2- TRESemme Dry Shampoo 

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To be completely honest, before diving into the world of YouTube I didn’t even know Dry Shampoo existed. The reason is we don’t easily find Dry Shampoos in supermarkets so it’s just a product that you can easily not hear or know of. I have greasy hair, so when I heard of Dry Shampoos I knew I had to buy one. After giving this product so many chances, I finally decided that they are just not made for my hair. Every time I use it, my hair gets super greasy, it’s really embarrassing haha!

3- First Aid Beauty – Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream 

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This is also an other SUPER popular product/brand on YouTube. I don’t want to say I hate the brand because I’ve only used this product, but I can say that this sleeping cream did absolutely nothing to my skin, and for that reason I am not really impressed. I really do want to give their face masks a try, and once I do I will update you with my honest opinion. I also bought this product from Sephora California (Thanks Aline)

4- John Frieda Frizz Ease Touch-Up Cream 

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John Frieda is also a beloved brand online so I decided to give this touch-up cream a chance since I suffer from frizzy hair. This is also a product that has done absolutely nothing to my hair, the only thing it does is make my hair smell nicer, but other than that it’s useless in terms of eliminating the frizz. I am currently using the touch-up cream from Ultra Doux, I am not IN LOVE, but I have to admit it’s reacting better with my frizzy hair.

Which products did you regret buying?

Lara xx

Pretty Little Box – L’Occitane Edition Review

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Hello everyone! Last week, I had the chance to meet the team behind “Pretty Little Box”, the first beauty and well-being discovery box in Lebanon.

The concept is pretty simple, you subscribe every month to a mysterious beauty box for the price of $25, but the actual value of the products inside the box is an average of $30. You receive this box not knowing what to expect, and then you get the opportunity to test and try the products that you receive! What I love the most about this box in particular is that you receive all the products in full size, and the team is always open to hear your feedback about the products inside.

For this month, Pretty Little Box collaborated with L’Occitane En Provence to bring you a generous box right to your doorstep! My dear blogger friend did the math, and mentioned that the content inside the box is actually worth $92, so for the value that you are paying to get this box ($25), this is a pretty awesome deal!

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I actually had a full week to test the products inside the box, and I really loved the shea butter hand cream and the Neroli & Orchidee Eau de Toilette. Knowing that L’Occitane  is a brand with natural products, you get struck with beautiful natural scents in every single product which is always a plus when I am looking for beauty and skincare items

Before ending this blog post, I wanted to let you know that I launched a competition on Instagram to give one of you the chance to win this box! Head over to my Instagram page @laraspeaksstyle for all the details 🙂

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Who would you like to see Pretty Little Box collaborating with next?

Lara xx

Twirl

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Those photos were taken on a random day at work, where I felt like twirling and twirling in my skirt!

The coming week is going to be really tough at work, so those photos are a reminder that a positive attitude is always key when dealing with work pressure.

On a separate note, I am glad that this outfit was consisted of very basic items in my closet like the (faux) leather jacket and the white t-shirt, but the hat made all the difference, and that’s why I am obsessed with hats:D

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I feel this month is going to be a good one, how about you?

Lara xx