Add Your Own Design to Your Old Handbag

London is well known for its creative designers and inventive street walk. I was walking along with a group of friends, something caught my eyes and made me turn back and look again at the trendy window display, I see a sign of the store written on it Year Zero London. As I look closer, I see Hermes handbag with a twist and yet sophisticated that made me tell my friends that I need to go inside and see what they have. I see two artists who are sales people, with a very stylish hair and many earrings. Their looks resemble the store theme and products they have.

Year Zero London-Hala Ajam

Year Zero London-Hala Ajam

I take a closer look at the Hermes handbag and I see colors all over the bag with urbane images.  I asked the sales man how much is the handbag, he says it’s for 10,000 pound then I asked him is that the real Hermes handbag or is it fake. He looked at me and said it is real for sure. Then he added, bring your own handbag then sit with the artist and tell him what you want to do with your handbag. Within two weeks or more, you can have your own special unique piece.

I found that a very interesting story to write about and share it with you all so I asked the sales man if I can take a photo of the window display and he asked the woman but she said no in French explaining that she doesn’t want anybody to take photos of the store then I asked her gently and explained to her that I will write a blog about it and then she said yes and the guy gave me the business card. It was nice of her to allow me to share this with you.  Take a glance at these handbags that are artistically made.

Hermes With Funky Design

Hermes With Funky Design

LV with cartoon design

LV With Cartoon Design

Skulls Design

Skulls Design

After I left the store, I started thinking which handbag I can bring with me next time I go back to her and make my own artistic LV!

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1- Concealer By Hala Ajam

This is another article from my book Face-To-Face which you can order online.

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Concealer by Hala Ajam

A concealer acts as a highlighter, attracting light as well as reflecting it. Choosing a concealer that is too light will result in ‘Raccoon Eyes’ if used to conceal dark circles. It can also cast an undesirable grayish tone over the skin.

I advise mixing a small amount of your foundation with the concealer to get the most accurate color match. It will ensure a natural look by blending seamlessly with your overall skin tone and prevent any distinct contrast in color, tone or texture.

Before by Hala Ajam

Before by Hala Ajam

Types of concealer:
a-    Liquid concealer: is best suited for light coverage and used on delicate areas of the face. It’s good for older people as it helps hide fine lines.

b-    Stick concealer: can provide good coverage. It should be used sparingly and applied with a brush through small strokes, building up the coverage in thin layers. It can be used to cover tiny scars, blemishes and veins. Its best used in theaters and TV as the light can take away its thickness.

c-     Camouflage offers a range of colors and has a thick and creamy texture. Its designed to cover larger scars and birth marks, or undesired tattoos. This product is found in professional makeup stores and in different colors.
As with any product applied to enhance the face, it’s important to remember that “Less is more”. In fact, too much foundation or concealer can make the face appear older and unnatural, especially when it has not been applied or blended with care. As I always say “Its not the product, but the way it’s applied”.
Hiding Dark circles
Concealer that is 2 shades lighter than your natural skin color should be used mixed with your foundation.


Always use a yellow-based concealer. It comes in different shades.

Correction by Hala Ajam

Correction by Hala Ajam

By Hala Ajam.

“A Lebanese Makeup artist who worked with Local and International Celebrities”.

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