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A Bridal Affair

   Planning / Styling @theweddinghaven Photography / Videography @melrish Flowers @blossomtreedubai Rentals @innovativehiringdubai Hair / Makeup @thelouisemonique Bridal Dresses @vanilastudiodubai Cake @littlemscupcakes Wooden signs & decor @_the_party Venue @lavilledubai  Linens @tabletopsevents_ae Embroidered napkins @loulafavors Jewelry @mariaomstudio

Product Feature: Rose Glam Collection

I just received the package from Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics and I’m totally in love with it! I have been a fan of the brand even before I had the pleasure to be one of their brand ambassadors and now I am so grateful to represent the brand.<3 I’ve been sent the Rose Glam collection which is perfect for my brides! The Rose Glam highlighter is perfect for that ‘bridal’ glow. It’s sheer and buildable. It’s suitable for every bride, its shade is rosy pink and blends well on the skin. It’s perfect if you’re going for the sweet and romantic bridal look. The lipstick and gloss complete the romantic bridal look. The products are guaranteed paraben-free; both lipstick and gloss are hydrating & pigmented. It’s long-lasting and the rosy shade of pink suits all skin types. Make-up video using these products will be up soon! xx Louise Monique

Brand Experience: THEORY Natural Beauty

It was such an honor to be friends and colleagues with the inspiring woman behind the brand THEORY. Dee is a woman on a mission, her passion for make-up and beauty has driven her brand to a whole new level. When I first met her, we instantly clicked! She was like my long-lost sister! Or the sister I wish I had! When she introduced her products to me, and I can’t believe that this woman created a brand with full range of products from foundations (with variations from organic, professional to custom blend), eyeshadows, blush, lipsticks, lip liner, mascara, brow pens..I could go on an on about it but it’s easy to say that the brand is complete! The brand caters everyone, from everyday women to professional make-up artists. We’ve recently worked together for Runway Dubai 2016 which her brand sponsored. As a make-up artist, I like coming prepared for a job. It was a very different experience for me when we did Runway Dubai, I didn’t bring anything but myself. She provided all the …

Product Review: Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition

Since October is my birthday month, I get to be spoiled a little and one of my birthday presents is The Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette in Rose Gold Edition. Yaaassss! I’ve been eyeing on Huda’s products for a long time now, she’s such a business inspiration. From a finance analyst to a make-up mogul, what a transition! Hands down to that, you go girl! I’ve tried some of her lashes and I must say they are amazing! They look gorgeous on my clients with wide & deep set eyes but I don’t like using it for myself since I tend to go natural and man, those lashes are not subtle! I also heard a lot of good reviews on her lip contour. I don’t usually go crazy and line up at Sephora just to get newly launched products. I’m not yet there, but maybe soon? fingers crossed hopefully not. HAH! But I was chuffed that I got this recently launched palette and I got to try it right away so I thought I’d do a …

The Look: Bridal Glow

Yesterday, I posted my recent styled shoot with a good friend & photographer, Paula Scalco. I’ve been recently posting about different make-up looks & shoots but I haven’t done a blogged about how I did the make-up. Paula, being the bearer of bright ideas, suggested that I should write about how I’ve done the make-up from our recent shoot…so here I am creating one. 🙂 1. I prepped the skin with the Avené Thermal Spring Water for instant hydration followed by Porefessional by Benefit to blur the pores. 2. Since her skin tone is quite even, it didn’t need any correcting so I proceeded with foundation- I used EX1 Invisiwear Foundation in shade 1.o followed by Dior Nude Air in shade 10 to highlight her under eye , t-zone & brow bone. Katie doesn’t need any concealing as well, so I used both lightwear foundations in 2 different shades to create a dimension and not make her face look flat. 4. After applying the foundation, I used the Make-up Forever HD Powder to set her under eye. …

Behind the Scenes by Itsoura

Behind the scenes by Itsoura Hair & Make-up Artist: The Louise Monique Flowers: The Flower Market Gown: The Bridal Showroom Model: Emma

Fairy Fierce Collection by Belles by Raquel

Her soul is ruled by a blossoming dance, a young heart beating for an ancient love, she walks in graceful confidence and humility, for it is her that makes the world more beautiful. She is Fairy Fierce, which one are you? Raquel’s new collection is so beautiful and intricate, the hairpieces are perfect for brides who wants to add a little ‘oomph’ to their look. The pieces are very versatile, if you want to look romantic, fierce, boho, royal..the collection has all the pieces that suits every look.                           Hairpieces: Belles by Raquel Photographer: Paula Scalco Hair & Make-up: The Louise Monique Gown: The Bridal Showroom Flowers: 800 Flowers

Behind the Scenes with The Bridal Showroom

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of working with The Bridal Showroom and Peach & Pink for a styled bridal photoshoot. I loved working with The Bridal Showroom because the owner, Diala is very professional and hands on with her business. Diala with the help of Lana styled the whole photoshoot, they had a clear direction of their vision and executed it perfectly. On my end, I had two canvasses to work on. I played around on different looks such as, vintage, boho, classic & modern. The two models have very different facial features which gave me the opportunity to come up with different hair & make-up looks for different styles of the gown. I love how the model’s faces could transition from a soft bridal look to something fierce and edgy. The Photographer, Suzette was very easy to work with. She knows how to execute Diala and Lana’s vision and she is open for suggestions and recommendations. It was a great experience working with the whole team! Here are some behind the scenes photos taken …

MORES & KJM Cosmetics – Asian Beauty Brands Represent!

It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog. Yes, life happened and yes, it’s hard to be an adult. But talking about that is a whole different story and this post is about my discovery of two amazing Asian beauty brands from the Philippines & Thailand. The online beauty store, PrimaBeauty Finds sent me some Thai beauty products called MORES & the Filipino made cosmetics line called KJM cosmetics.  Oh! A little bit of chika on the side, the owner of the PrimaBeauty Finds is such a darling! She made sure that I got the products right away. Who wouldn’t want to deal with nice people, right? Definitely 10 for customer service, good manners & right conduct! HA! 🙂 From KJM Cosmetics, I received lip tints in Pink Puff, Summer Kiss, Bittersweet Magenta & Dolled. I also got tinted lip balms in Manic, Pandora & Clarity. Out of all the lip tint shades that I’ve tried, my favorite is Bittersweet Magenta though I also love Summer Kiss – this shade is definitely a …

The Urban Market Experience

As the cold weather approaches Dubai, there are lots of upcoming outdoor events  happening and one of which is  the Urban Market at Alserkal Avenue. The two-day event includes art, live music, food, workshops, activities and a chance to buy gifts ranging from art and fashion to upcycled bicycles. The market is free to attend and is open to all, offering a platform for the community to get involved in the local arts scene. My first stop of course are my friends, Dana & Kris who has a booth at FN Designs to sell their books, postcards & book marks. They also give a free cupcake from Sweet Taste of Eden when you buy a book!       My mom had her own  face painting booth at The Yard and was a sure hit for kids! Check out her face painting designs and works here.       I also love the idea that Alserkal Avenue is not just a hub for galleries and established artists, you could also unleash the artist in you! There were ongoing …