Sana Shiraz is the epitome of our “Woman Of The Week” feature. Boss, beauty guru, innovative and exotically stunning. I have to admit when I first discovered this London-based beauty I fell in love with her perfect makeup looks. A woman that can pull off the no-makeup makeup look as effortlessly as a perfect full face. I dream of the day my eyeshadow looks that good!
However, it was Sana’s elegance and artistic nature that lured me into a full-on IG stalk. She has an eye for creativity and it shows both in her makeup looks, style and Instagram art feed. In my opinion she is one of the most underrated social media Influencers. Hear me out, she actually shares culture and idealistic images and quotes. There is a realness about Sana that separates her from the gimmicky profiles. Not to say those Influencer’s are any less talented, but Sana’s work resonates with me and her 60.5+K followers capturing authenticity in the purest form. Something I don’t think we see enough of.
Sana is steadfastly growing her influence on social media where I discovered this beauty. Visit her feed for a minimalistic inspiring vibe. She will leave you waiting for her next post and craving another eyeshadow palette that’s why Sana Shiraz is this weeks Woman Of The Week.
Not one thing in particular but just looking at how far I’ve come both personally and professionally is a highlight for me. Reaching milestones and standout moments is amazing but it’s the constant hard work, determination to better yourself and the daily grind that gets you there and for me that’s more of a memorable and special thing.
Every day is different, depending on what I have going on which is something I enjoy because it never becomes too routine or monotonous. Some days I’m just working from my home office, shooting instagram content, doing admin/emails, recording and editing makeup videos etc. Other days I’m going for brand meetings or shooting content outdoors and I usually will attend one or two blogger events per week. I’m also a mixed media artist/painter so I spend one full day locked up in my art studio when I pretty much switch off from everything else going on and get “in the zone”. I really enjoy how varied my work is and the different creative outlets I have. And the flexibility to design my own schedule is definitely the best part!
I would say its classic, elegant with a bit of edge. And that applies to my fashion sense but also my style in general when it comes to other domains like interior design. I love the Parisian aesthetic and prefer to spend my money on classic pieces that have longevity and then occasionally will insert some trendy pieces to spice things up. I love looking and feeling elegant – feminine silhouettes but nothing too girly. I’m not a fan of overly complicated outfits, and appreciate when less is more. On my off-duty days, you’ll probably find me in a pair of trainers, some athleisure leggings and a cool hoodie and I love rocking that laidback style too.
I don’t have a particular song on repeat right now, but I always have specific playlists on in the background when I’m working. Right now it’s the one from Hotel Costes which always puts me in a good mood and takes me back to my late nights in Paris.
There are so many that it’s hard to just pick a few! I usually have a podcast on when I’m doing my makeup or cleaning/cooking. I’m really big on self-improvement, trying to be the best version of myself and just learning in all its forms. I always find anything with Oprah very inspiring – I’m a huge Oprah fan. Also any video with Eckhart Tolle I must watch. On IG I like Gary Vee for business motivation. A youtuber who I watch for fitness and health inspo is Annie Jaffrey. And if I’m ever feeling lazy or in a self-pity mode watching some David Goggins will just snap me out of it! And some of the podcasts I enjoy are Fashion no filter, Overnight Success, On Purpose with Jay shetty, Fohr Ground, TSC Him & Her.
I don’t do many skincare procedures, I keep things quite simple. I would say sunscreen is my favourite skincare product because I know how important sun protection is. Currently my favourite is the tinted Elta MD UV clear, it’s a light consistency, blends in with my skin tone seamlessly and is non-irritating even for acne prone skin.
This is a tough one to answer for a beauty junkie! Right now I would say it’s the TooFaced Born This Way Multi-Use concealer. It’s my go-to concealer and the one makeup product I generally always apply because I have really dark under eye circles. Currently it’s my favorite formula because it doesn’t crease or become cakey. I feel like a good concealer is a must-have because you can do so much with it. You can do pin-point concealing on blemishes and have that “no-makeup” fresh skin look, or you can use it in place of a foundation, and you can even highlight and contour with varying shades. I basically love multi-use products!
Bora Bora is what first comes to mind. It’s somewhere that’s always been on my list but it’s just so far to travel to and I’m not a fan of long plane journeys. So I think I will settle on the Maldives (which is nothing to really “settle” on because its such a beautiful and dreamy destination). Staying in a water villa is on my bucket list! We were supposed to go to the Maldives for our honeymoon but somehow ended up in Lake Como instead (which was also amazing), so we are planning to go this year and I can’t wait!
My advice would be to just start and not worry too much about what other people think or say. From my own experience, I waited many years before I started because I was concerned about people judging me and got discouraged by negative opinions and now looking back, I wish I had learned to ignore all of that earlier. There’s many sayings that go “First they’ll ask why you’re doing it, later they’ll ask how you did it” or “First they’ll laugh, then they’ll copy” and it really is so true. That’s why it’s important to really listen to your own inner voice and calling, and at times, some trusted people around you or those with relevant experience. Basically learning to filter through other people’s advice and opinions and only take on board what is beneficial is key!
Inspiration comes from everywhere – it can be a particular color combination I see or an interesting texture or pattern in nature. It could simply be a feeling or mood I have that inspires me to write a poem, which I then illustrate into an art piece. And nowadays we have such easy access to content online – I’m a very visual person and so I like to create moodboards of images that I find inspiring from tumblr, pinterest, instagram and print magazines. I don’t try to copy what I find and I don’t recommend anyone to do that, but I think logging images and quotes in your “mental bank” can then later spark ideas for your own unique concepts.
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