What’s in my makeup bag/drawer?

Most of us women have that one cosmetic bag that is stuffed with all kinds of lip glosses, eye liners and shadows, and our cosmetic drawer is full of make-up we barely use. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do with all these products, and even worse, they expire and we don’t even know it. The key is not to buy all kinds of makeup items because in the end they will just become junk in your drawer.

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Here are a few make-up essentials to invest in:

#1: a BB cream or tinted moisturizer matching your skin tone. These day time coverage hydrate and even out your skin tone without giving too much coverage. For night time use and more coverage, a foundation with just a shade darker than your skin tone is ideal.

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Concealer. Concealers are your BFF when it comes to dark circles. Invest in a good non creamy concealer and dab it around your eye with your ring finger.

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A chump-free mascara. Mascara enhances your lashes which define your eyes even more. The problem most people seem to have with mascara is that it thickens and leaves clumps. The secret is to buy a chump-free mascara and to change it every 3 months. Curling your lashes with an eye lash curler before is recommended.

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Good set of brushes. The secret to applying make-up is to have a good set of brushes. There really is no other way to put it: your make-up will look better. That being said, there is no need for 25 different types of brushes. You need one for foundation, one for powder, an angle brush for blush, 2 or 3 different brushes for eye shadows (depending on your make-up), a blending brush (for smokey eyes) and one for applying lipstick (your lipstick looks better when applied with a lip brush).

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Color palette. When buying make-up, select colors that you will actually use when it comes to eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Is that bright purple eye shadow really necessary? How often am I going to wear it? It is better to stick to natural and neutral tones that compliment your skin tone.

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Here’s a useful tip: Make-up does not last forever and have an expiration time believe it or not. It is recommended to throw away your mascara after 3 months, your foundation and concealer after 6 months, blush powder eye shadow and lipstick can last up to a year or two. Brushes however should be cleaned with cleaning solution twice a month.

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Cat Eye Master Class

You’ve seen all the stars sport this look. Different versions of it have been on every single runway this past year. Problem is, you can’t seem to get it right. Don’t worry, not all women are born with the steady hand of Mr. Miyagi. So here are a couple of tips  to get a perfect cat eye every time.

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First of all, you have to know where to draw the line. I suggest either following the natural  curve of the bottom eyelid or taking your eyeliner (or angled brush) and using it as a ruler from the side of your nose to the tip of your eye. This should provide the perfect line for your cat eye. Now are you ready?

1. Use a light pencil first.

Using a light eyeliner to draw the cat eye flick makes it not only easier to draw, it prevents bleeding of liquid products. It’s also much less of a pain to remove if you miss the mark.

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2. Use an angled brush

Follow the curve of your bottom eye and lightly pat the brush until you have the length and consistency of color you want. Using eyeshadow also makes the look a lot more soft.

3. And when all else fails: Use an old business card

This is foolproof. Use an old business card to draw both lines. This prevents bleeding, and gives you a clean and sharp line.

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Now have fun experimenting with colors and lengths.

Christmas Eve Masquerade Ball

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Another Christmas has just passed, and this year’s Christmas eve’s party at Tara’s was a fun one. BPPevents decided to make this 24th of December the final masquerade ball, but it seemed that barely anyone (including myself) never respects theme parties anymore.

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As expected the night did not start until 3:00 AM and lasted until 8:00 AM. The DJ lineup were Mari Ferrari, Michael Calfan, of course DJ K9 and DJ Bullet, and a surprise Kyroman appeared shooting confetti from a shotgun.

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We even took the liberty of choosing the night’s most stylish couple:

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Enjoy more pictures from this eventful night and more on our FB page:

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Amazonia with Michael Brun

When? Sunday night
Where? Tara’s
Who? 4 Haitian DJs
What? An unforgettable night

For the first time in a really long time in Haiti, Nocterm Entertainment hosted an event with a special guest DJ being one of our own: Michael Brun. For years we’ve seen very famous and international DJs such as AVICII, Steve Angelo, Max Vangeli… Although these events were all awesome, Amazonia was the first to only host Haitian DJs with Bernard Chauvet, DJ Bullet and DJK9 who each played 2 sets.

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The crowd went absolutely wild as Michael started playing. His very energetic presence on stage was completely contagious. On the sides of the stage were 2 dancers from Ultra music festival dancing and animating the show. For once the place to be was on the floor with the crowd, moving and even jumping to his beats.

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Michael Brun (middle) with some of his fans

The event saw a parade of fashionable outfits, from urban street chic to glamorous dresses. Everyone came dressed to impress and to each their individual style.

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What we loved most about this event, were the guys who took some risks. Harem pants? Yes please! Some guys sported a European style with moccasins and patterned scarves. It was such a pleasure to see people step out of their comfort zone.

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Privé: All Black Affair

Three events were happening on Saturday night and yet Garden Lounge was packed with an audience moving to the beat of international DJ Yves Larock. Opening for Yves was DJ Bullet who spiced up the crowd with raggaeton and a bit of reggae. Later, our very own DJ K9 took the stage with his famous set of Hip-Hop and had us dancing until dawn.

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For such a small place, we were not sure how the set up for such a famous DJ would be. The deck was transformed into a VIP section with all black couches. Inside the restaurant was supposed to be a Hip-Hop room but it seemed like the crowd preferred the outside atmosphere, enjoying the sound of Yves Larock.

Being an all black affair, it was no surprise that almost everyone at Privé were in black which added an extra luxurious feel to the event. We were not able to get much pictures due to the small space of Garden Lounge but we saw some fun jumpers, some leather, and a lot of cropped tops. Besides who doesn’t look good in black?

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Lavish

Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

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Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

IMG_7059Lots of love!

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Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

IMG_7059Lots of love!

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Just Cito Fashion Show : Féline

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Have you ever walked in to a place and are just instantly transported to somewhere else? In this case, the ladies at Just Cito Boutique have truly outdone themselves. The red carpet at the entrance, the beautiful chandeliers dangling about, and the assortment of real roses were a beautiful touch. They manage to create a sexy and intimate affair all the while having quite a big crowd.

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Myria Charles the singer, humorously started off the soirée before presenting the women behind the event.The fashion show in itself was beautiful. The very elegant yet absolutely seductive style of the Vorbe sisters was apparent in their store’s clothing. The candlelit feel gave the entire affair a sensual air, and let’s face it, everyone looks better under candlelight.

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The models were of various origins, mostly haitian ladies, but they were all, and I mean all, gorgeous. I’m almost positive every woman in the audience hid their significant other’s eyes during the more racy moments.

IMG_1279The model who stole the show was the one and only, mother of the heads of Just Cito, Marilyn. She step out at the end of the show as a surprise, and looked so regal it warranted the standing ovation she got.

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Congratulations to a beautiful event

Meet our December “It Girl” !

Ever see a girl walk in a room and completely own it? Is it the way she walks or talks? Those killer heels? Maybe the way her hair flows? It’s the package! It isn’t about beauty or a killer body (although that certainly helps), it’s about confidence. When a girl walks in to a room and all eyes are on her, the one thing everyone will agree on is that she has a certain air of confidence, whether it be a bold or quiet air of confidence.

Scrolling through our Instagram timeline we couldn’t help but noticing this particular girl’s pictures. Her selfies are always on point, and her OOTD pictures are always a “hit”. Now without further ado, we present to you our December it Girl: Capucine Moise.

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Earlier this week I met and sat down with our It Girl. What was supposed to be a casual interview quickly turned into a fun conversation with what seemed like 2 old friends.

Meet our December “IT GIRL”:

photo 3– How would you describe your personal style?
I would say simple but chic at the same time. I love jeans and accessories. I love to accessorize. Necklaces for me, they make an outfit. I also love white tees. I have so many white tees!! I like neutral and pastel colors, I’ll wear colors but in the summer and i’m not too crazy about wearing a lot of make-up I think less is more. I love Kourtney Kardashian’s style. I feel like what she wears, I could wear too. She’s very elegant. I don’t really like Kim’s style that much anymore.

photo– What is a must have in your closet?
Loafers.

– Really?
Loafers and white tees. Seriously, I love them, they’re so comfortable I have so much of them.

– What is your favorite item to shop for? What do you go crazy for?
Accessories! Rings, necklaces, bracelets. I love them. I go crazy for accessories. When I go shopping I head straight for the accessories. My boyfriend has to grab me and pull me away. He’s like “NON! buy shirts, buy jeans!”

– What’s a trend you’re currently obsessed with these days?
Boyfriends jeans … distressed jeans … Oh mon Dieu J’adore! You can dress it either up or down. 

photo_1– Who is your favorite designer?
I don’t have a favorite designer, they’re all very creative but I will say … If I had to pick one … Zuhair Murad his dresses are amazing. But favorite stylist is Monnica Rose. She dresses the Kardashians and the Jenners, she’s so good. I followed her the other day on  Instagram. She’s amazing, she has the sickest style. She’s simple but her idea of fashion is … crazy!


– You said you love Kourtney’s style, besides her which other celebrity or blogger’s style inspires you?

Blake Lively! I fell in love with her in Gossip Girl. I love her style, she never goes wrong. Even her hair! I also like Blogger Aimee Song. I like how she mixes things. Her sister too has a really cool style, Dani Song but she’s more tomboyish.

photo_3– What makes you feel sexy?
That’s a good question. Ummmm… when my hair is done, I feel sexy. My hair and my eyebrows. I thread my eyebrows every week.

– I’ve noticed (through your IG pictures) that you like to go to the gym. How often do you go and what’s your favorite workout?
I work out 5 days a week. I used to dance when I lived in Haiti. But I started working out about a year ago. My favorite workout? Squats and stair master. I put ankle weights on stair master.

– Do you have your December shopping ready?
Yeah I’ve had it ready for a while. I hate stressing out last minute so I bought everything before. I know which parties i’ll be attending so it made it easier for me.

 

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Look out for this sweet and always fashionably dressed lady this December, as she will certainly turn heads. And take cues, simplicity should never be underestimated.

Interview with Michael Brun

Once in a while a rare talent surprises each generation. Be it an artist, a musician, or an athlete. But for the first time ever, Haiti has a international ambassador for Electro music. This DJ has created such a hype with his music, big DJs have taken a serious interest in him.
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Raised in Haiti with a Guyanese mother and Haitian father, Michael Brun developed a passion for music at an early age. At 16 years old, he took up DJing and today at only 21 years old, he is the first Haitian to have worked with and received support from well known DJs such as Axwell, Avicii, Hardwell, Sebastien Ingrosso and many more.
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We asked this EDM superstar a few questions to share with you! Check it out:

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– When did your passion for music start?
My parents had me enrolled in piano lessons since I was 6, and I’ve loved music ever since.

– Was the decision to become a DJ an easy one?
Yes. I loved producing music already so the transition to DJing live shows was natural.

 What was your first big DJ gig?
My first headlining show was at LIV in South Beach in February 2013.

– How does it feel to be playing in Haiti this December?
It’s extremely exciting to be playing back in my hometown again. It’s been about 2 years since the last time I last played there and I’ve developed so much as an artist since then.

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Black on black and a nice pair of kicks. Simple but classic look.

– What is your everyday style?
Jeans with solid color tees.

– What is your favorite part about being on stage?
The transfer of energy between the crowd and myself.

– Who do you most look up to in this business?
Dirty South. He’s very talented but still humble, and I think that’s an important quality to have as an artist.

– What was your best moment on stage?
Playing my original track ‘Halfway’ at TomorrowWorld in Georgia and having the crowd of 8,000 people singing along.

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Michael will be playing at Amazonia on the 22nd! So be at Tara’s to witness greatness in the making. Are you excited? Because we sure are!

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That time of the year

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays !!!

Students coming from many parts of the world to spend the holidays with their family. Coming in with luggage filled with delightful new finds for the endless parties. It’s officially Haitian Fashion season and it’s safe to say that with the array of different events upon us, this year is no exception. Between that and the “retrouvailles” of friends and families, we feel this december will be one to remember. We can’t wait to see all the fabulous fashion moments that are bound to happen.

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Glitz: Royal Oasis Rooftop Fashion Show

Last Friday December 6, to launch its fabulous rooftop terrace, Royal Oasis hotel organized an international fashion show featuring renown models from Europe and USA as well as many promising young Haitian talents.  Royal Oasis will donate Parts of the profits to Happy hearts foundation (HHF) a foundation owned by supermodel Petra Nemcova who announced that the funds will be used to pay the teachers of a school in Cite soleil (Ecole des archange).

With “Glitz” as a central theme (logical since the main sponsor was Taittinger champagne), the rooftop welcomed the audience with an all white breathtaking decor and hint of old Hollywood glamour, works of the talented event planner and designer Johanne Gardere from Caprice Events.

Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.
Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.

The night delivered everything it had promised and more from a surprise performance by Jperry to a titillating fashion show which proved to be one of the most professional fashion shows ever held in Haiti.

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Host Luc Merville opened the show with a short yet touching video about Nemcova’s Happy Heart foundation. Soon after, the international models and a few Haitian models graced the catwalk modeling the clothes and accessories of stores such as Karma, MOI and Le Boudoir for women and Ibiza featuring Hugo Boss and BOGOSSE clothing line for men. The show stayed true to it’s theme by delivering a “glitzy” show with dazzling evening dresses and suits.

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After being relitively quiet in the Haitian fashion scene lately, the internationally renown Haitian clothing line Bogosse startled us with an electric presentation of their menswear collection that had the public cheering and applauding.

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Photo credits: Ted Olivier.

Mwen se Haiti – I am Haiti

Un marchand de fresco

Un chauffeur de tap-tap

Le rire des élèves sur la cour d’une école

Le son des bandes de rara qui annonce l’arrivée du Carnaval

Une Prestige glaçée, un cola qui raffraichit, un rhum qui soulage

Un sourire sur le visage d’un malheureux

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A fresco seller

A tap-tap driver

The laughter of students in schools

The sound of rara announcing Carnival

A cold Prestige, a refreshing cola, a rum that relieves

A smile on the face of an unfortunate

… I am Haiti

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Wearing MWEN SE HAITI shirts

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“Mwen se Haiti is a brand that celebrates the history and rich culture of Haiti. Through our clothing line we want to extract our culture and change the perception of what the media and others portray our culture to be.” Visit http://mwensehaiti.bigcartel.com/ for more info.

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It doesn’t matter where you are, or what you’re doing. Haiti is part of you, and never forget that.

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I told you I’ll be ready in 5 minutes, stop calling every half hour!

         

(Me) – “What time are we going out tonight?”

(Friend #1) – “8:00”

(Friend #2) -“8:00 Emma time? or real time?”

Have you ever had this conversation? I’m willing to bet a lot.

My friends always invite me out an hour or two earlier before the actual time. They so often tell me “Magdoos at 8” when we actually meet up around 9 or later. They even make jokes about it and call it Emma Time (rolling my eyes). And you thought Haitians ran late?

photo 2So why is it that some of us girls take longer to get ready? Throwing on a pair of jeans and a top, putting on lipstick and mascara seems so easy, right? So why do we complicate our lives? Trying on our whole closet before deciding on our first outfit choice anyway. And do not get me started on how long I take if there’s a special someone I might run into.

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I have been going on and on trying to come up with answers to these questions for years and still cannot come up with one. Yes us girls are complicated at times, yes we like to look our best, and yes we always try to find the smallest, most insignificant details to complain about. When I say “I have nothing to wear!”, it simply means I haven’t found the outfit that goes with the person I feel like in that moment. It may be a mood, a specific attire required (Has anyone else had an “electric blue” dress code? I have… sigh) or even a goal (impressing that cute Magdoos bartender…wink wink).

At the end of the day, we can’t really blame women for this. After all, looking one’s best isn’t a fault right? Maybe we’re perfectionists, maybe we love the chaos of flying multi colored garments. Who knows? The importance is to remember to be patient. I for one, don’t mean to make people wait for my indecisiveness… Ok maybe a little 😉

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