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

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rope Braid Bun

My hair today for the CeeCode Blogger's event. 

I learned the hair tutorial here. You're welcome.

Happy Saturday beauties! =)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Royal Island Beach Club

Last Friday, hubs and I spent the day at Royal Island Beach Club located at Lebanon Island, one of the many islands that make up The World Archipelago. This first commecial development in the World is an exclusive beach club which comprises of a restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining, beach/swim area, swimming pool, day use chalets and an event and function area.
Soon as we got to the island, we were greeted by the very helpful Ana Ungureanu who advised us to quickly find a sunbed under the cabanas because they get taken pretty fast. 
We found a couple at the edge of the island (away from the loud lounge music), ordered our drinks and relaxed.
When we got tired of sitting around, we went swimming in the pool, played some table tennis and beach volleyball.
Once the sun sets on the island the music quickly turns into party mode.

Pros: The boat ride to and from the island overlooking the modern Dubai skyline. Beautiful people. Relaxing day by the beach under the cabanas with an ice-cold "hop-based drink".

Cons:  There is definitely a few things this resort could work on but the most important thing is the service. Their wait staff need to get it together. And about every hour the power turns off due to generator failure. Also, the resort could use more canopies or shade.

Tips: If you're going there as a couple, make sure you bring a lot of things that will keep you busy while lounging around (deck of cards, magazines, etc.) as they don't actually sell stuff like that on the island.

All in all, we had a nice time. Hubs and I were looking for an alternative beach experience which is what we got.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Socialista SS12 Launch

Guess where I was last night? No not the Met Ball (I wish) but at the unveiling of Socialista Boutique's SS2012 collection. Socialista Boutique is an independent boutique in Sunset Mall, Jumeirah stocking international brands including Mark Fast, David Koma, Free People and Opening Ceremony.

FYI: a new shipment from Free People just came in! Here are my favorites.

Wouldn't this Free People top look great with...
this pair of Thu Thu Shorts?
Another dress from Free Poeple which I adore - j'adore...

Oh oh and there's a Violent Lips booth - cool!

Met some interesting people there, too! Shoutout to Amna of Amna AteleirThe Ahlis - Noora and Hasa, and Clare of Clare and the City.

The Ahlis showing off their Violent Lips, cute =)

Okay, I felt a bit underdressed last night so I won't post any of my pics. But here's Clare for ya - You look fab girl!

If you're in Dubai, visit their shop at First Floor, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah. Tel. 04 380 6830 | | |

Sunday, May 6, 2012

My First Glam Box

I first found out about Glambox from DubaiConfidential's article called A Box of Beauty Products Delivered to your Doorstep Every Month and of course I was caught - hook, line and sinker. Beauty box subscriptions - who would've thought? What a brilliant idea!

I then went to, signed up and waited... and waited... and waited... until I eventually forgot about it.  Soon as I came back from my holiday, my lovely box was waiting for me on my desk.

My first impression was WOW! It came in a nice pink box with the Glambox logo outside another sturdier beige box which I can definitely use to store random knickknacks in my closet. The products are nestled in black shredded paper, wrapped with tissue and tied with a pink ribbon. I felt like a kid on Christmas day.

April's Glambox includes:
  • Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Fragrance (5mL)
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask (15mL)
  • Gatineau White Plan Skin Lightening Serum (very very small sample tube)
  • Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick (sample sized tube)
  • Kelly Van Gogh Wonderlust Hair Illuminating Tonic (207mL)
I had a mosey around their site and found that they currently have 21 different brands under their belt so you are bound to get something different and interesting every month. I'm keeping an eye out for Ciate's Nail Caviar  *wink*

Would I recommend this? Absolutely! The KVG hair tonic retails at AED130 alone so at AED50/month it's a total bargain!

I wonder what I'm getting for May... hmmm...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Back from Hiatus + Wedding Pics (Warning: Picture Heavy Post)

So, let's acknowledge the elephant in the room - I have been gone far too long (a year and 5 months to be exact). Why?

I won't go into details but bottom line is that I was planning my dream wedding, keeping a full time job, and trying to maintain this blog all at the same time (among other things). To some people (like, er, Elle Woods) this must be a cinche but it was just far too much on my plate so I had to take a break from the blog for a while.

But now I'm back! Hooray!

I'm also excited to announce that I'm now happily married and loving every minute of it. So I thought I'd share some photos of the most amazing day of my life yet. Enjoy! (Photos by John Jinky Sy and Rafael Cunanan Siscar III)

My Gown custom made by the amazing and very talented Frankie de Leon.
The bodice was made of Alencon lace studed with clear (unfoiled) Swarovski crystals which I bought from Crystal House in Dubai.
Frankie also used a hundred yards of illusion tulle to make the skirt extra poofy! 
The veil was edged with french lace which Frankie bought in N.Y. and adorned with my Swarovsky crystals.
My wedding shoes by Manolo Blahnik.
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