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Favourite Make Up Products

Everyone have their cult favourites, which they keep going back to again and again. Here my cult favourites; fingers crossed that they won’t be discontinued so that I can buy them in the years to come!


MAC Face and Body Foundation



MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

mac pro long wear concealer


Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal



Maybelline New York Colossal Volum Mascara



Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain



Tom Ford Black Orchid




Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette



- Neha Prasad

Workshop with Celebrity Make Up Artist Najla Kaddour

We are very excited to announce a collaboration with celebrity make up artist Najla Kaddour who will be conducting a 2 hour workshop at our loft office in Media City on March 12th.

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Organic Products

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We got lots of feedback and comments on S.O’s post and advice on organic make up so here we are with more information.

Stefanie what ingredient one should look at while choosing an organic makeup product?

Personally, I suggest looking out for USDA organic-certified products and be aware of so called “natural” products, which only claim to be natural and they are in fact petroleum based and contain in fact only very little plant extracts and lots of artificial fragrances.

What are the advantages of using organic makeup products for long term use?

I believe that using organic makeup and skincare can definitely improve the condition of your skin but also help to limit the amount of toxins we are exposing ourselves to. By detoxing and absorbing less toxins, you start looking more beautiful and believe it or not begin to lose weight considering that you are following a healthy diet as well.

Which organic products do you recommend to keeping skin healthy and fresh?

I have begun washing with face with Manuka honey and using Organic Argan Oil as a night cream and organic Shea butter whipped with Argan Oil for Daytime. I also really love Dr. Hauschka products which I buy at the Organic Shop.

SPF Protection


Even though its been “cold”  for Dubai standards, we still get a lot of sun here so our blog contributor Georgina Antakly decided to do a post on the importance of SPF. Little known facts you may or may not already know. Contrary to what many of you believe, wearing SPF does not translate into not getting a tan, plus do you really want to look like Snookie from the Jersey shore? Here are some secret pointers and the best options out there to keep your skin smooth, glowing and more importantly safe from the sun.
Did you know?

Research has found that the number one skin cancer spot on women is their calves, be sure to cover yourself from head to toe in SPF. Many people put SPF around the main spots on their face but forget important and sensitive areas such as the hairline and ears.

Sunscreens DO have an expiration date and the protecting ingredients can break down in the heat, so be sure to store them somewhere shady and check their expiration regularly.

Always be sure to reapply after taking a dip, sweating or in general after two hours just to be safe and not burn.

Some of my favorite products out there now-

For a good general SPF go with Supergoop a new brand that comes in all different styles, SPF for the face and body and after suncare. Cream not your thing ? go with an oil-based SPF such as L’oreal Sublime Sun 50+, For those of you that are more outdoorsy, try Neutrogena Ultimate Sport 100+. For those of you who spend a lot of time traveling, a good everyday one is Estee Lauder Daywear Spf 50. For those of you that want a good ole fashioned tropical smelling SPF, Hawaiian Tropic brings you a new line of ultra luxe products such as the Silk Hydration which starts at SPF 15 and up, you can also try their new Aloe Vera cream for a relaxing cooling sensation.

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Last but not least, you can always fake a sun-kissed body, Most brands are coming out with their own lines of self-tanners, my favorite ones are L’oreal Sublime Bronze that comes in an airbrush spray so you get a flawless, streakless look or you can get it in lotion form. For a pricier option, you can try the St. Tropez brand, which many of today’s celebrities swear by. Ladies at the end of the day, just remember that sexy glow does not always pay off at the end, be smart and SPF savvy and go enjoy those summer vacations you’ve worked so hard for.


KC Makeup on Brown and Olive Skin Tone Beauty Secrets

We love our beauty contributor and celebrity make up artist Karuna Chani, and we are excited to share this special feature she did in particular for South East Asians with  brown and olive skin tones.

KC Headshot

Being South East Asian comes with an array of beautiful brown and olive skin tones. The problem is that we never seem to have the right products to cater to our skin, OR the right individuals that can show our community how to use the right products. But that’s no longer a problem for our community… Enter Karuna Chani of KC-Makeup. The TOP makeup artist for the South East Asian community, doing the make up for Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, and brides all over the world; she is the resident beauty expert for many top publications. Not only sharing the BEST products for brown skin women, but how to use them!

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer:
KC: When searching for the best foundation a quick rule of thumb is to do a test patch large enough to cover your cheekbone to jaw line, and then let sit for 30mins. Allowing the foundation to sit for 30 minutes is crucial because it tends to oxidize on olive skin tones and get darker, so you NEVER want to buy foundation on the spot!
Best Products:
Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation
Makeup Forever – HD foundation
NARS – Sheer Glow Foundation
Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer – 3 in 1 – moisturizer, color, SPF

bobbi-brown foundation

KC: The key to eye shadows, is to look for shades that have warm undertones so that olive and brown skin doesn’t appear ashy, grey or dull. Also look for colors that are high pigment rather than high shimmer. To ensure lasting eye shadow, use the NARS smudge proof eye base before applying any eye shadow to the lid.

Best Products:
Urban Decay – NAKED Palette
Makeup Forever – Star Powders or custom palette
NARS – Duo Shadow



KC: To get a long lasting glow, try a cream blush first and then dab some powder blush on top to set and give your face that extra pop.

Best Products:
Laura Mercier
Stila – Convertible Color

Laura Mercier Blush


KC: Women love glossy lips, and its always hard to find a good gloss that maintains its color. So for a real vibrant glossy look, check out Lancome—Fever Gloss collection.

Other Best Products:
Laura Mercier

Lancome fever gloss

#1 Most difficult product to find for South East Asian Women

KC: The most unattractive feature on a beautiful woman are exposed dark circles, so concealer is probably the MOST important product, but it can also be almost impossible when it comes to finding your perfect match. Keep in mind that orange/peach tones correct and neutralize blue/violet dark circles.

Best Products:
Giorgio Armani – Corrector #2
Cleau de Peau – Ochre
Laura Mercier – Corrector yellow/orange along with undercover pot
Bobbi Brown – Peach corrector and concealer set
Eve Pearl – Salmon concealer

Come in to S.O. for a makeover consultation today or book a workshop with us. Contact info@so-famous.com for more details

The Benefits of Organic Makeup

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Today we ask Stefanie Ost to discuss organic makeup and its benefits.

What do you think about organic makeup? Does it really help the skin?

I just started using organic make up two weeks ago so I cant judge its benefits yet. Generally, I am blessed with good skin but I believe that his is not only about what you put ON your skin, but much more about what you put IN your body. Consequently, I think a healthy diet is much more important. Yet, I have heard that many skin problems such as acne, contact dermatitis as well as allergies and irritations may disappear once synthetic ingredients and aluminium are removed from your skin care regimen.

My reason for using organic makeup is much more that normal makeup is full of toxic chemicals which have a negative effect on your body. What many people don’t know is due to all this toxins are absorbed by your skin and get in your bloodstream. Consequences of all those toxins in your system might be that you could be gaining weight or be unable to lose weight, though you really watch out what you eat.

How do you choose the products and which ones do you like so far?

I am currently trying the organic makeup series from Dr. Hauschka. I am happy with their Mascara, while the Blush is okay, the foundation acceptable and the concealer could be better. For my taste the foundation was a bit cakey, too much coverage and I don’t like too much that it is matte (I prefer a more translucent coverage during daytime allowing a natural shine), but now I just apply Shea butter below and I am quite happy with the result. Yet, I have to say here that I have dry skin, so I believe it would not work well for someone with oily skin.

I still want to try other organic makeup brands but so far I will be honest and say that for day time I am happy to continue using organic but for a special event and wanting to look my best, I am still going to use my regular makeup products.

S.O. is always on top of beauty trends don’t forget to book a consultation for a makeover and start the new year not only looking but feeling your best. info@so-famous.com

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Losing Weight After the Holidays

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Yes tis the season to be jolly, and also worry about how one is going to lose the extra holiday pounds post January.  According to Forbes, “The traditional American Christmas dinner packs an average of 3000 calories. Considering that the recommended daily caloric intake for women ranges from 2000 (over age 25) to 1850 (over age 50).” We came up with 4 simple tips that can help you lose the weight you gained during the holidays without going through a strict diet.
1. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast
Skipping breakfast may induce you to overeat during the day. On the other hand, having a healthy meal in the morning would provide you with more energy and fulfill your appetite. The easiest meals to find and prepare are oatmeal, Greek yogurt, eggs, whole-wheat bread, as well as fruits like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.
2. Determine your exercise
Choose an exercise that suits you best. Make the best of the weather in Dubai and run, jog, or even ride your bike.
3. Increase your metabolism
The best way to do that is by drinking green tea as it has a great impact on losing weight. Another way that boosts your metabolism is by lifting weights. According to Brad King, author of a 2003 report published in Alive: Canadian Journal of Health and Nutrition, muscle is the most metabolically-active element of the body. Thus, muscle mass burns more calories during the day.
4. Want to catch up on some movies you have missed during the holidays, but you are afraid that you would gain more calories from eating popcorn? Try eating air-popped popcorn as it has only 30 calories per cup. Researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania stated, “Popcorn has more antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.”

-Farah Hammouri

KC Makeup on Graphic Eyes

We are excited to feature this post with our favorite beauty and international Makeup Artist, Karuna Chani on the TOP graphic eyeliner looks for Middle Eastern women. In 2014 we plan on bringing this star from New York to teach several workshops on makeup application so keep informed by liking our fb page for updates.

1. Double Line- Why have one winged line when you can have two? This look is designed to be edgy and grab for its bold and “in your face” look.

Double Line

Products: Nars Lipstick belle du jour in Nude and makeup forever flash color in white

2.Milly Eye Fashes are the base of this avant garde look. Paint a strong winged top liner then place the Milly Lashes on top!

Mily Flashes

Products: Milly Eye Flashes and Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour

3.Pop of Color-Add your favorite bright color to your traditional winged look. This is an easy way to mix up the look and add some brightness to your kohl eye by adding a dash of color along the top liner, then a little gold shimmer in the corner.

Front Face

Products: Gold shimmer makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner), Maybelline New Vivids in Vivid Rose #875 (on lips) and Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Jolie Poupee (purple line on lid)

4. Classic Cat- What girl doesn’t love a cat eye. Create a sultry and mysterious look by extending the curve of your eyeliner past your tear duct and bringing it to a point with your bottom eyeliner!

Classic Cat

Products: Dolce & Gabbana in Devil #220 (on lips) and gold shimmer Makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner)

5.Thick & Winged- Make that top liner THICK! And bring it to a point for an added dose of edge. Drawing the eyes up and making the shape of your eyes really stand out, this is a great look for every woman!

Thick Winged

Products: Maybelline New Vivid Rose #875 (on lips)

Products Basic for ALL Looks:

Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Ink Black
Laura Mercier Full Blown Mascara in Black
Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil #2 and #3
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in El Dorado
Flawless Waterproof Airbrush foundation by Kett Cosmetics

S.O. Beauty Tips


Today our S.O. office manager Vanessa, shares some of her favorite beauty products and brands.


Avon’s charming pomegranate Moisture Rich Lipstick- It’s just like a lipstick and lip gloss in one!


Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara and Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Skincare routine?

Day and Night Cream by Sonya Skin Care

Favorite model or beauty inspiration?

Miranda Kerr for her stunning natural beauty

Favorite perfume for a night out?

Fan di  Fendi


Model Naza Jafarian On Going RAW

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Wilhelmina Dubai is excited to introduce the beautiful Naza Jafarian  to Dubai ( who happens to be a raw vegan). Originally from Iran, she moved to the UK when she was nine years old. She began modelling at 13 when she was scouted by a famous agent in London and continued her modelling career throughout University where she studied  Bioengineering and then Law.  She decided to focus on modelling in order to travel the world.

During her travels Naza began suffering from severe unexplained seizures and after seeing numerous neurologists and  trying different types of medications, she felt she was only getting worse.  She then went to see a neurologist in California who advised her on changing her diet to a completely raw vegan diet and so 6 months ago she went raw.
The changes you begin to see with your body, your health and skin occur frighteningly rapidly. I was no longer feeling bloated or too full, my complexion began to glow, I had a lot more energy, I felt happier and most importantly – my seizures stopped.

Favorite raw foods Naza?

Believe it or not there are tons of great recipes, but my favorite are raw falafels (they make the best ones at Cafe Gratitude in L.A. ) and Raw Almond Macaroons for dessert.

How challenging is it to maintain a raw diet when traveling?

It really is hard to eat raw whilst I am traveling as it is a time consuming process. But you can always find really good cafes and restaurants if you look for them. In Dubai, it has really been a challenge to stay raw and eat clean (as there is SOOOO much amazing food), but the easiest way that works for me – I buy raw protein powder and I make sure I juice everyday to make sure I am getting the nutrition that I need, alongside salads and heaps of green vegetables for other meals of the day.

For enquiries and bookings contact cynthia@wilhelminadubai.com