Monday, March 19, 2018

Norooz 2018: Sale No Mobarak

As many of you know, I am Iranian American. As I am quite proud of my Persian heritage and culture, I love to celebrate the Persian New Year (Norooz) every year.
 
Well tomorrow is Norooz As the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, Norooz is a holiday that equalizes both night and day, bringing you more than just a new dawn and a new life, but a new day. In fact, the Persian word "Nowruz" means new day. As the first day of Farvardin, it is also the first day of the March equinox and the first day of the Iranian Solar calendar.
 
To celebrate the holiday, Spring cleaning is essential as it symbolizes a "rebirth" of your environment. And for the Persian New Year, a "Haft Sin" table is set up which consists of Sabze, Samanu, Senjed, Serke, Sib, Sir, and Somaq. The items all include some sort of plant and/or food to represent them, which correlate with the planets in our universe.
 
Sabze includes grains such as barley, wheat, or lentil sprouts grown in a pot or a dish. The Samanu utilizes sweet pudding (usually made with wheat germ). Senjed is represented with olives, usually Persian olives. Serke uses vinegar. When it comes to representing Sib, apples are used. Sir is represented by garlic. And last, but not least the Somaq uses sumac.
 
And for every Persian New Year, this is the kind of things you will see on a traditional haft-sin table. Other things you will see on the table include: a living gold fish in a bowl, candles, a mirror, colored eggs, hyacinth, and other random decorations. Creativity is usually embraced, as not every haft-sin table looks the same nor are they created equal. A book of faith (some refer to this as a book of wisdom) is also added. As most Iranians are Muslim and embrace Islam, there are many (like myself) that are not Muslim, so I would not include a Quran at my haft-sin table.
 
Various food is prepared, primarily Persian dishes. Each day there is a new dish, as several are prepared per day. As most are non-vegetarian, I usually create these dishes using a plant-based alternative or if I am eating dinner with family, I request a vegetarian alternative to the dish. Most of the Persian sweets or desserts are vegetarian. When I am not eating baklava, consuming Persian tea, I love to enjoy dolma stuffed with rice and veggies, kuku sabzi (an amazing vegetarian-friendly Persian dish which utilizes various herbs and veggies), and sabzi polow (rice cooked with an variety of herbs as well as, noodles). Most of the time sabzi polow is served with fish, but I eat it alone or with Gardein's fishless filets.
 
I am looking forward to celebrating Norooz this year with family and friends. It is a time to both reminisce and relax. Although many enjoy celebrating before the holiday, the holiday continues days after. Enjoying great Persian food with Persian music and laughter, there is just nothing better.
 
Happy Norooz! Sale no mobarak! نوروزتان مبارک! من بهترین ها را برای شما آرزو می کنم!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Introducing the IGK Dry Shampoo Collection

Jet Lag, Direct Flight and First Class.
(Photo provided by IGK)
I am a huge fan of dry shampoo. I discovered dry shampoo years ago when I received a sample of it through a beauty subscription and have been quite a fan ever since. Recently, one of the best hair brands, IGK introduced an entire collection of dry shampoos that cater to not only hair type, but actual cleanse level, scalp type and powder percentage. Amazing right?

The first one is the Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo. This particular dry shampoo is perfect for those of you with sensitive scalps. Providing a lightweight cleanse, this amazing IGK addition contains volcanic ash which works to both cleanse and purify your hair as well as, ginger root extract to soften and add shine. This dry shampoo is also infused with mango fruit extract to smooth.
 
The second one is the Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Dry Shampoo which is incredible for those of you with normal scalps. As this dry shampoo contains turmeric and charcoal powder to lift dirt and buildup, it also works while absorbing oil and sweat. And the medium cleanse is something to truly appreciate.
 
The last one from the collection is the First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo which is amazing for oily scalps and for a deep cleanse. Infused with charcoal powder to lift dirt and buildup while absorbing oil and sweat, this dry shampoo also contains white tea powder to soothe and strengthen the scalp and the hair follicles.

The IGK Dry Shampoo Collection is available now at Sephora and retails for $27 per bottle. Not only are these incredibly effective, they smell amazing. And one thing is certain, I am going to make sure my bag is stocked up with these.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Get the makeup look: Sasha Lane at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

Sasha Lane at the 90th annual
Academy Awards.
(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
and provided by Dior)
The 90th annual Academy Awards were held earlier this evening at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles, California. As part of an annual event to acknowledge, recognize and honor the world of cinema, this event is also one that acknowledges, recognizes and honors those who attend. Recently, the beautiful actress Sasha Lane was in attendance. Known for her role in American Honey, the unique beauty blew up the spotlight earlier today in an artistic black dress and slate gray clutch, both courtesy of Dior. She also had the pleasure of teaming up with the talented celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine for a super simple makeup look.

"To avoid distracting from the beautiful Dior dress, we decided to go with a super simple makeup look," the celebrity makeup artist shared.

So, is it possible to re-create this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the beautiful starlet's skin using the Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum, followed with Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème. As Fine continued, he used the Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation in the shade #035 Desert Beige and Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in the shade #040 Honey Beige. This was primarily used to even out Lane's actual skin tone. As Lane continued, he used the Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder to set everything before applying the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in the shade #003 to the apples of Lane's cheeks for a gorgeous glow.

The eyes were very simple yet natural, which is one reason I truly loved this look. Fine filled the stunning star's brows using the Diorshow Brow Styler in the color #004 Black. The eyes were very subtle and because the celebrity artist kept things minimal, he finished the eyes just adding a few coats of Diorshow Pump'N'Volume mascara in #090 Black Pump.

"We finished the look with a nude lip using Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in the color #426 Lovely-D," Sam Fine shared before finishing up the look.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Sasha Lane's makeup look from the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. #Oscars