Sunday, July 22, 2012

Uneven Eyelids + Daiso Eyelid Tape Review

Hi guys! You might have noticed in my previous eye product reviews that I have uneven eyelids and, as it turns out, I'm not alone. This condition happens to all ethnicities but is really common among people with Asian eyelid types. 

If you look at the chart below, my left eye falls under category E which has multiple eyelid creases and my right eye falls under category D which has a partial crease.

Normally, I would use a few make-up tricks like applying a thicker eyeliner on my right eyelid than on my left, giving the illusion of evenness. But of course, when I look down, you will definitely notice the difference. So I was so excited when I found that Daiso had eyelid tapes in their beauty aisle!

I know that the use of eyelid tape/glue touches a raw nerve for some people since they deem it as something that promotes Westernization and something that "erases your race", so to speak. Don't even get me started on eyelid surgery. Asian Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is most common in East Asian women and is quite controversial due to the fact that, unlike breast augmentation or liposuction, this surgery targets an ethnic group.

But for me personally, I think eyelid tape/glue is a genius invention - not a means of looking more "Caucasian", but rather, something that could help me correct my facial symmetry.

So what is eyelid tape and how does it work? Basically it is a thin strip of adhesive tape which is placed just below your natural eyelid crease. When the tape pushes back into the eye socket, it sticks and keeps some of the skin back which creates a crease.

I got this one from Daiso made of matte plastic tape, similar to the ones we use around the office.

It contains 3 sheets (10 pairs each) of eyelid tape and the Y-shaped applicator.

This is my first time using eyelid tape and couldn't wait to see the results. I'm only using this on my right eye since my left one already has multiple creases.

I was a little bit frustrated with this tape though. First of all, it was a struggle just to peel the thin strips off the sheet. Then when applied, the tape keeps falling off after thoroughly cleaning my skin. And although it is matte, I found it hard to hide under my eyeliner and was still quite visible. So this one is a  big FAIL!

But I'm not giving up. I might have some luck with tapes made of paper or double sided adhesives. Has anyone got any tips on which brand works well?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem to all my readers! Have a nice day!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beauty Finds: Diaso

Hello everyone! I hope you guys had a lovely weekend. I would just like to share with you some really affordable but useful beauty finds I bought recently at Daiso. When they opened a store in my neighborhood I was soooo excited - Daiso is my shopping heaven for Asian-y, pretty things all for AED 7.00 (unless indicated with a price tag).

Everytime I go there, I always plan to get a couple of items but end up leaving with more! But of course, the key to shopping at Daiso is to have a mental spending limit. I always make it a point to spend only up to AED100 max in one visit so if I end up not using some of the purchases, it's OK because I didn't pay that much for it anyway.

So here's the damage:

Eyebrow Stencils (AED 7.00) - a really great shaping tool for your brows especially if you do not have the patience or the eye to create the perfect brow shape. I love that it comes in 4 different shapes so it gives variation on the look that you want. All you need is this and some eyebrow powder or brown eyeshadow et voila! Perfectly groomed brows. Definitely a more affordable alternative to other expensive brow shaping kits out there. *cough* Beautiful Brows *cough*

False Eyelashes (AED 20.00) - Daiso definitely has a vast selection of false lashes in different volumes and lengths depending on your taste. I chose this crisscross lashes with volume on the sides for a more natural look.

False Eyelash Glue (AED 7.00) - I love the consistency of this glue and the fact that it is clear so it just disappears when applied. I used this with the false lashes on the whole day and it didn't budge at all. Removal is a very easy with some makeup remover and doesn't leave any residue.

Curl Setting Clips (AED 7.00) - These are a bit expensive for setting clips and I could probably buy this outside for cheaper but I just bought this out of necessity since regular pins are not doing the job. I needed the clips. They were there. End of story.

Eyelid Tape (AED 7.00) - What is this? This is probably the most popular beauty tool used by Asian women to fix uneven eyelids or to make their eyes seem rounder and larger. I got this because if you probably noticed on some of my previous posts, I have uneven eyelids. My right eye is a monolid and the left eye has multiple creases. I'll explain more about this on my next post.

For now, Ciao Bellas!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Modelco Fibre Lash Brush On False Lashes

One of the issues I have (and I'm sure I'm not alone in this) is my thin and delicate downward-pointing lashes. So I am constantly on the lookout for new products that could help add a little bit more dramatic volume and length to my lashes.

During the week, our friends from Cosmetology emailed me about ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes and sent me a sample to try. Fibre Lash extends and builds your own lashes to extreme lengths acting like instant lash extensions.

The Fibre Lash Kit comes with 2 tubes: The Lash Fibre which contains dry nylon fibers with a thin wand. It adheres to your lash follicles after an application of the Extension Mascara adding "extreme length";
and the Extension Mascara is a waterproof formula with a shaped fiber wand which they claim is "lightweight, smudge and clump-free".
Step 1: After curling your lashes, apply a single coat of Extension Mascara.
Step 2: Apply a coat of Lash Fibres. Wait 20-30 seconds. 
Step 3: Finish with a coat of Extension Mascara.
The Lash Fibre kept it's promise with more length than the usual mascara. But the Extension Mascara was a bit of a letdown (no pun inteneded) - it weighed down my lashes and did not hold the curl - it was a heavy clumpy mess. *sigh*

I did a take two, making sure that I used my mascara brush to separate the lashes for a more natural look. Success! More volume, more length, more natural looking lashes (tapered on the ends). 
Here it is on my other eye
Removal is a breeze with some makeup remover and/or cleansing wipes. I used Cetaphil Non Irritating Cleanser and Cool & Cool Make-up Removing Wipes - melts it off like butter.

Fibre Lash is available for delivery throughout the UAE on on Delivery basis). 
Try it out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

OOTD: Seven for All Mankind Shorts

Love this pair of 7 for All Mankind shorts which I got from MarkaVIP - perfect for summer!

MarkaVIP is an invite-only shopping site that sells luxury goods (such as designer clothes, bags, watches, etc.) on flash-sale prices which change on a daily basis. If you are not a member yet, click here for my invite.

I was wearing Shorts - 7 for All Mankind | Button-down Shirt - Forever21 | Bag - Karen Millen | Necklace - H&M | Bracelet - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Strappy Heels - Zara

Friday, June 8, 2012

How to Tie a Scarf

Happy Friday Lovlies!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Velsvoir for S*uce: Joyeaux Collection Launch

The S*uce event last night was the bomb. It was definitely my kind of party: scones, sticky toffee pudding, salmon tartare, cucumber sandwiches, purple lemonade and errr... fake champagne - what more could a girl ask for? And let's not forget the really neat bowties.

If I had to choose, this is more my style. (Yes, I'm a carpet bag lady)
Mar Mar Chill Pill Necklace
The dapper Velsoir boys with Hommam Arbi of, Louisa Northcote of VintageRunways, Clare of ClareAndTheCity, Ushi Sato of TheShadesandScarf, and Cynthia Pennikian of Ceecode.
Lovely bracelets from My Little Fisheye
The lovely Simone Heng with the Velsvoir brothers
And what is a British-themed party without royalty? Prince Harry...Eeeek! *swoon*
And the the icing on the delicious cake, so to speak, was when I got to rub elbows with the fab designer/fashion consultant/blogger (is there anything he doesn't do?) Ushi Sato. It's so nice to meet someone from home =)
I was wearing:
Jumpsuit - Forever21 | Bag - Gucci | Shoes - Christian Louboutin | Bracelet - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Earrings - Vintage

Friday, June 1, 2012

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

T by Alexander Wang top
€75 -

Jane Norman summer jacket
£18 -

Short mini skirt
£53 -

Wedge shoes
$149 -

English Garden

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gradient Lips + New Glitteratti Mix Collection by Violent Lips

I recently discovered a really cool technique called Gradient Lip Makeup! It has been around for a while, especially among the Asian community (I think I might be the last Asian to catch up with the trend). ^_^

There are different types of gradient lips but the one I like best is the one that looks like this.: 

Bright pink lips going lighter as you go outward. This is a really great way to add a flush of color to your lips at the same time giving it a lightening effect, very daytime friendly and good if you have pigmented lips. 

What I used:
Nude Lip Color from my Sephora Palette
Clarins Joli Rough Lipstick Shade 716
Labello Fruitty Shine in Cherry

This is done by applying a nude lipstic/concealer on the outer part of your lips. Then apply a rosier lip stain or reddish lipstick on the inner part of your lips, this gives the illusion of a small babydoll mouth. Then finish off with a tinted lip balm. Blend.

Speaking of gradient lips, Violent Lips has launched a new collection of gradient lip appliques called Glitteratti Mix Collection. The two-tone gradient effect creates the illusion of lip-contouring and plumping for that perfectly shaped pout - with the added bonus of a lighter handbag as the “Glitterati Effect” lasts for up to 8 hours, without the need for conventional lipliner or lipstick.

For those of you who don't know, Violent Lips is a line of natural and vitamin enhanced temporary lip tattoos that stay put "from the stage to the after-party". It is applied and sealed using water much like a temporary tattoo and removes easily with mineral or baby oil and a textured wipe.

The Glitteratti Mix collection is available at Topshop, Faces, Debenhams, IT'S Sugar, Va Va Voom and Iconic acroos the UAEand retails at AED70 to AED80.

Monday, May 28, 2012

CeeCodize Yourself: CeeCode Blogger's Meet

Yesterday I was invited to Ceecode's new showroom in JLT to view their new collection of bags and accessories. Owner and designer Cynthia Pennikian talked about how the designs are made and showed us samples of sketches.

The best part of the event was when she gave us bloggers a chance to design our own "CeeBag" which could become part of CeeCode's Autumn/Winter Collection. 

She also let us in on a little secret: the chosen design will be crafted in Florence, Italy!

Cynthia's sister, Nancy Pennikian also had a little nook at the showroom aptly called Nancy 's Corner which features fun and quirky accessories, shoes and hats which she sourced from really nice Turkish brands. 

I couldn't take my eyes off this keyboard-inspired ring and Nancy was nice enough to let me walk home with it. =)

It was really nice to meet other Dubai bloggers in the flesh.
(From Left: Prianca Bhatia of Fashionablyours, Fia Dyer of Girl about Dubai, Yours Truly, Cynthia, Noor of Valley Dez, Louisa Northcote of Vintage Runways, Clare Geeves Clareandthecity)

We had so much fun goofing around at the photobooth (courtesy of Posenclick, you can see more photos from the event here)

and enjoying the amazing dessert buffet from  IT'Sugar.

The event was a huge success! Designers and brands with a soft spot for bloggers will always be close to my heart. More power to CeeCode and looking forward to see the next season's collection.

You can purchase CeeCode at the following stores in Dubai & Abu Dhabi:
Galleries Lafayette – Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa Area
Valleydez – Wafi Mall, Dubai
Valledez - Sunset Mall,  Jumeirah Road, Dubai
O Concept - Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Salam Studio & Stores - Wafi Mall, Dubai
Salam Studios & Stores – Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi

Contact: Mobile (UAE): +971 50 847 1189 | Office: +971 4 447 1516

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