Dupe It Yourself: Recycle Foundation

DIY; Reycle foundation; Makeup and beauty tips
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My love for foundation makes me keep coming up with foundation DIYs (Dupe It Yourself: Three Way With Your Foundation).And this post is very special because there have been loads of times when I ended up with a wrong foundation only to wonder what to do with it.So the next time you end up with a foundation you don't like, just recycle like me.

Here's what you can do if your foundation is:

Too Oily!!!
Convert it into a gel foundation by adding a few drops of rose water and a blob of aloe vera gel.This will dilute the foundation plus make application easier.The aloe vera gel will help absorb the foundation better too and act as a primer (Dupe It Yourself:Face Primer).

Too Thick!!!
If the consistency is too thick to work with you can try thinning it down with a few drops of mineral water or toner.Or the thick foundation will happily double up as a concealer, specially the accumulated foundation around the inner rim of the cap and bottle.

Too Dull!!!!
Depending on the formulation some foundations can look pretty flat and lifeless.Mix a  a few scrapes of a pearly peach or pink blush to instantly rev up your foundation.Alternatively you can try adding an iridescent  powder highlighter or bronzer to give your foundation that extra kick.

Dupe it Yourself: Conditioning Hair Volumizer

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Getting hair to behave exactly the way we want it to is the most daunting task ever, especially considering that it has a mind of its own and most days will just not obey. Admittedly, for the most part we are to blame with our over excessive use of hair sprays, dry shampoos, heat and what not. Therefore using more chemicals to get voluminous, bouncy, shiny hair does not make sense. Enter this easy DIY hair volumizing recipe with excellent moisturizing benefits that you can whip up within minutes using kitchen ingredients.

The star of this recipe is Epsom salt which is made up of two minerals: Magnesium and Sulfate. It has long been used as a natural remedy to treat ailments, and has a number of health benefits. Epsom salt absorbs oil very well thereby helping combating flat hair. Since using the salt alone can be drying, its best to use it with condition ingredients. And instead of using the store bought version, here we are whipping up an all natural conditioner which will add lots of shine and help tame frizz at the same time.

Hunt & Collect:

  • 2 tbsp Epsom Salt
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Get To Work:

  • Cut up the banana into chunks and add honey, olive oil and blend until smooth paste. Its important that you blend rather than mash to avoid bits of banana from sticking to the hair. Trust me it’s a mighty pain in the neck to remove bits & pieces of banana.
  • Once you have a smooth paste add the Epsom salt ( the recipe calls for 2 tbsp but ideally it should be equal parts salt & conditioner) and stir until combined.
  • Shampoo hair the usual way. Blot hair dry with a t-shirt until damp and then work the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cool water.

This is a onetime use recipe and should only be prepared before use. In case you want something with a shelf life then mix equal parts Epsom salt and your regular conditioner.

Dry hair using a soft t-shirt (never towel-dry hair) and once it’s dry, hair should feel thicker and look more voluminous!

Comment and share if you have any secret tricks to add volume to your hair!

Fashion Forward Dubai Season 5

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 11:  A model walks the runway at the Hussein Bazaza show during Dubai Fashion Forward April 2015 at Madinat Jumeirah on April 11, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Fashion Forward)
The BnB team spent an amazing day at the 5th edition of Fashion Forward, the Middle East’s definitive fashion platform. The four day long event was a bevy of talent with an amazing lineup of regional designers showcasing their designs on the catwalk along with inspiring talks and panel discussions led by global industry experts and fashion academia. In the midst of high fashion you also have The Garden, The Fashion Gallery and Fashion Café exhibiting an assortment of accessory designers, retailers along with social events and parties.

Fashion Forward Season 5
Fashion Forward Season 5
Decked up in our Blogger badges, cameras in hand we were ready to roll. Day 2 had a great mix of designers from the region: Aiisha Ramadan, Yousef Al Jasmi, Maral, Jean Louis Sabaji, Zareena, Starch Foundation, Hussein Bazaza. Each designer presented a different spin on their local traditions and cultures, marrying it perfectly with contemporary aesthetics. And although the event was propagated as a medium for exposing local talent, the designs would have felt right at home at any of the fashion capitals. Which is not surprising considering that these designers have dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Shakira and more.

Fashion Forward Season 5
The venue was teaming with fashionistas sporting stylish and stunning outfits. Our heads were spinning with the snazzy assault on our fashion sixth sense by the time we were ready to go home.A tight schedule did not permit us to attend all the shows but we were more than happy to attend and cover the ones we could.


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Ezra presented The Maria Clara Collection inspired by the gorgeous mestizas clad in their finest Maria Clara and the days of the Spanish occupancy in old Manila. The collection uses Piña, a fibre made from the leaves of pineapple plant mixed with silk to create a very organic textile, along with tulle, jacquard, crepe silk and neoprene. The whole experience was a mix of fairytale meets high fashion.


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Jasmi’s collection was an absolute feast on the eyes with shiny works of art gliding down the runway. The collection inspired by the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, used beaded mesh in a blast of gold, silver, black and was probably the most daring of the collections showcased. The Kuwaiti designer, who began designing at the age of 17, displayed his signature flair using an enchanting mix of rich textures and lavish materials with a heavy emphasis on luxurious detailing and embellishments.

Spring ‘15 Beauty Trends To Try Now!

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This year ‘Cool Girl’, defines the Spring beauty trends which have already started popping all over! And with winter almost over, its time to herald the warm season with bohemian loose waves, graphic liners, pastel nails and more.

Keep scrolling for BnB’s top spring beauty trends to try now!

Bare Minimum

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Unless you’ve been living under the rock for the last year, you know that perfectly contoured look is passé. Instead clean, “I Woke Up Like This” skin with a post-workout flush and imperfections peeking through have taken precedence over the “Made-Up” look from last season. Bonus for us gals since it simply means we won’t have to fret in the morning perfecting our skin.

Just-Bitten Lips

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The Spring lip is rich, soft around the edges and supersaturated in the center. An effortless lip pressed on with a fingertip giving a stained just bitten berry effect. Try whatever shade that catches your fancy: pink, berry or red keeping in mind that you shouldn't be able to tell where it starts and where it ends.

10 Bobby Pin Hair Hacks to Master

Bobby Pin Hair Hacks
1. Prevent bobby pins from slipping through the hair by flipping the pin over so that the wavy side is against your hair.

2. Amp up any hairstyle using the exposed bobby pin trend and get creative with designs. Use either a triangle, chevron or hashtag pattern to add fun to boring hair.

10 Bobby Pin Hair Hacks to Master
3. Make your ponytail perkier by sliding a couple of bobby pins halfway inside the elastic and facing downward toward the crown of your head, fluff and flip over for a fuller looking ponytail that won't sag.

4. To make your braid look more organic & chic, tie the ends of the braid into a knot and then slide a bobby pin upwards into the knot to secure it.

5. Always wanted long lasting curls. Easy peasy. After curling a section of hair, roll up the section into a flat coil and pin against your head using a couple of bobby pins crossed over. Once all the sections have been pinned wait for them to cool before spraying them with hairspray and removing the pins for curls that are guaranteed to last.
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