All posts filed under: Make Up & Beauty

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

Product Review: Macadamia Professional Hair Care

I’ve been using Macadamia products for a few good years now and I’ve been very happy about the effects of it. As some of you know, I’ve had long healthy locks before I had my pixie. Unfortunately, cutting my hair short is not a voluntary decision or a fashion statement but it was a salon treatment gone wrong. That’s another story to tell but anyway, my  go to hair product after coconut oil is Macadamia Professional. Nazih, my go-to professional hair & beauty shop here in Dubai went on sale so I obviously went out of my way to visit the shop and take advantage of that sale! I got myself and the bff some Macadamia goodies! Is it just me or is there anyone else out there who likes buying things in large quantities to save. I bought the Rejuvinating Shampoo & Moisturizing Rinse both in 1 Liter. Yes, 1 liter because I have a fear of running out of hair products! LOL but seriously though, I think it’s quite economical if you buy products in large quantities …

Product Review: Giella Eye M Glam Mineral Highlighter

I’ve recently joined Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics as their first Brand Ambassador in the UAE. I am thrilled to be part of the Giella family because it’s a brand that I truly believe in. Before I was even approached to become a brand ambassador, Eye M Glam is already my go-to highlighter. As a beauty writer, I promised myself that I will only recommend and promote products that I truly believe in. I don’t see the point of promoting something that you don’t actually like, it just doesn’t make sense to me. Giella products are hand-crafted with ingredients selected to customize the perfect product just for you. Products can be customized for allergies including nut oils and butters. She stands behind her products as being the finest in quality, texture and shade selections. All GIELLA products use the most pure ingredients that can  be found giving their makeup real skincare benefits. Giella is based and manufactured in the US but they deliver internationally and all the products are available online. All Giella products are cruelty free, non-pore …

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: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I know this foundation has been out in the market since forever but as I mentioned before I don’t usually give into hype, I am more of a sure-hit make-up buyer. Why would I gamble my hard earned money to buy expensive make-up to try and there’s no assurance that it’s going to be good. WHY? I try to be a little sensible so I can justify my make-up spending. Plus, I’m a make-up artist and I like using top of the line products on my clients, they are not my guinea pigs whom I’ll try so-so products on. So I was at Sephora the other day and I saw a friend of a friend who works at NARS so I thought it was the perfect timing to get me some NARS goodies. First thing that I bought was the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, obviously I got a little excited about it because I got 3 shades: Stromboli, Syracuse & Barcelona. The shades are all in medium, the reason behind is in my list …

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. …

Product Review: Dr. Ci Labo Aqua Collagen-Gel Aloe Cool

I recently got a skin care loot from Japan. I’ve heard lots of great reviews about Japanese skin care products. If you look at the trend in Japan, women are more obsessed with perfecting their skin care routine rather than make-up. Asians tend to go more natural and youthful with their make-up look and how do they achieve this? By taking care of their skin so well. I didn’t know what to purchase since most of the packaging description is in Nihongo but I started with a multi-tasking product called Dr. Ci Labo Aqua Collagen-Gel Aloe Cool. It works as a toner, milk lotion, make-up base & beauty balm. I’ve been using this for 3 days now and I am well impressed with it! I use it twice a day, in the morning after washing my face & at night before bed time. If you can see, the consistency is quite thick but it doesn’t feel sticky at all. After applying an ample amount of the product on the face, leave it to dry for a minute …

Best Skincare Products Ever!

So Yes, I went back to @bootsmiddleeast and hoarded some more products to try. I’ve always wanted to try @nuxe_middle_east products and I thought, this is the perfect time to try this. I have problems with dark spots so the Nuxe girl at boots recommended the Nuxe White range to me. I got four products from this range. 1. Brightening Purifying Foam 2. Brightening Moisturizing Lotion 3. Intensive Whitening Dark Spot Correcting Serum 4. Brightening Renewing Night Cream . This range is just amazing. I actually only bought 2 products at first but I needed to go back for the serum and night cream! Results are visible after using it twice. If you haven’t tried #NuxeMiddleEast products yet, you’re seriously missing out!💁🏻

Christina, Manager

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Christina, Manager