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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: ABSOLUTE BLISS AT DERMALOGICA DUBAI MALL







If you look up the word BLISS in any dictionary, you are bound to find DERMALOGICA's BRIDAL PACKAGE, and if by any chance you don't see it, close your eyes real tight and imagine an invigorating 3 hour journey into a radiant new you :)

When I embarked on my June Bride Blog Special, I wanted to write several articles on skin care and how to get the Bride's skin looking its absolute best. In order to do that, I had to look at my own beauty products stash and see which brand I own the most. I am not discounting other great brands out there, however, it was my switch to Dermalogica that rescued and revived my skin to its original glory.

My pampering started at exactly 2pm when I arrived at Dermalogica's Flagship Store in Dubai Mall. I was cheerfully greeted by their wonderful staff, given a refreshing glass of lemon water (which is great when you are detoxing) as I filled in my Client Information Sheet. It was not long before my therapist, Zippi, ushered me into one of their treatment rooms to conduct the consultation in private.

Zippi briefed me about the treatments that I was about to receive while I silently salivated at every detailed description! :) I could not wait!!!

To start my series of treatments, Zippi dry brushed my skin to evaluate its current state and use the appropriate products for my skin type. According to Zippi, the light of the treatment room further enhances the total experience. So, we flipped through red, blue, violet and I finally settled into a mixture of green and blue. Zippi explained that I am a pretty stubborn lady who is rather easy going. :) So before I could contradict her, I just decided to let it go. Hihihihi!

With the lights set and the treatment room filled with the aroma of eucalyptus essential oil, I was ready to dive into a pool of beautifying pleasures.

My BRIDAL PACKAGE started with the Body Foliation Therapy. As someone who is used to all kinds of scrubs, I was pleasantly surprised not to feel harsh beads scraping my skin. Zippi explained that Dermalogica's Exfoliating Scrub has Exfoliant Accelerator which makes buffing away dead skin faster. After rinsing, I had to touch my skin to make sure that a very mild body scrub can actually do the work and it did! My forearm felt as smooth as silk.

A delicious smelling oatmeal and milk body wrap followed my exfoliation. After being fully wrapped in this sweet, aromatic concoction, Zippi wrapped my entire body in plastic and secured it with a thermal jacket to make sure I keep warm and for the vitamins and minerals of the mud wrap to get absorbed well into my skin.

I felt so relaxed and before you know Zippi has started on my Facial. In as much as I want to give you all ladies a detailed account of the facial, I sadly could not because I fell into a state of complete relaxation.... I fell asleep! If my memory serves me right, I had more than just CTM, there were several creams in different textures and smells that caressed my face and after 75 minutes, I have to tell all of you ladies, and take my word for it that my skin could not have looked and felt any better.

Being the Doubting Thomas that I am, I got dressed and went out of the treatment room just to make sure that I was not seeing things. I inspected my skin using one of their mirrors in the counter and finally embraced the fact that I was not seeing things, my skin was actually brighter and I hate to brag it but, boy I looked radiant!

But just don't take my word for it. Each one of us should treat the largest organ in our body to this kind of 'Dermalogica' pampering that it rightly deserves.


For your chance to experience this absolute bliss, why don't you tell me your love story. Send them to annadeleon@live.com before 15th of July 2o11 and One lucky lady will win a Dermalogica Bridal Package at Dubai Mall.




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: GLOW ON YOUR BIG DAY


THE MIRACLE WORKER...
DERMALOGICA'S MULTIVITAMIN POWER RECOVERY MASQUE
DERMALOGICA'S DYNAMIC SKIN RECOVERY WITH SPF 30
DERMALOGICA'S SPECIAL CLEANSING GEL

ACNE GEL


DIAMOND PEEL SESSION TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR SKIN

Every bride's dream is to ensure that the Groom shows up (joking.) And when you see your handsome husband-to-be, you want to make sure you look your most beautiful!. However, the stress involved in preparing for one of the biggest days of your life, can wreck havoc even on a Supermodel's skin. For me, there are two things that a bride-to-be should prepare for six months prior to the big day. First, is getting into shape. Whether you need to lose a few pounds, tone up, or gain some weight, six months is ideal so that crash dieting doesn't have to be an option (can have adverse side effects such as dizzy spells, halitosis etc); and taking miracle pills just doesn't work.

Second thing that a bride-to-be should prepare for six months prior, is getting her skin in top condition. As you will be the focus of everyone's attention, I cannot stress enough how important having great skin will be. No amount of foundation will cover your acne or other skin conditions that may require a skin experts' attention.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE
A deep cleaning treatment is something a bride-to-be should consider having to make her glow, not only during her wedding day, but especially during those stressful moments. There's nothing like grace under pressure. During this phase where the skin is encouraged to detoxify, the bride may suffer from breakouts. Her skin specialist should be able to prescribe a regimen that the bride can use at home.

I remember when I went home recently for a holiday, and saw my Dermatologist, I had two Diamond Peel sessions with her. Though this did not cause me to break out, Dr. Palabyab still gave me her Acne Gel just in case one or two pimples suddenly rears its ugly head to drive me ballistic LOL!

You may also decide to invest in a gentle cleanser during this phase, such as Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel. Since your skin is detoxifying, make sure to invest in a good moisturizer with a built-in SPF, preferably not less than 30. To help aid your skin to repair itself and shield it from the harmful rays of the sun, why not try Dermalogica's Dynamic Skin Recovery with SPF 30.

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS BEFORE
This phase is more area/problem centered, therefore treatments are stronger. If you want to address fine lines, a Galvanic Facial is something you may consider. Another treatment that is gaining popularity is the IPL treatment. This used to be just for hair removal, however several Dermatologists now use this treatment to help reduce the size of pores, eliminate and/or reduce marks. After the detoxifying stage, the skin is ready to receive Vitamin A, C and E, and botanical brighteners. Every bride has a best friend, and skin-wise, this is equivalent to Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask. I have tried this and absolutely recommend to any women who simply wants to have radiant skin.

Apply the masque on clean, dry skin, wait for 20 minutes to dry. You have to sleep with the masque on, and remove the next morning, to avoid scaring the Starbucks baristas while ordering your Latte LOL! And believe me, your glow will compete with any sunny day in Summer :)

ONE TO TWO MONTHS BEFORE
As the big day approaches, expect sudden break outs (Murphy's Law). Times like these, you may want to switch to a gentler cleanser to avoid harsh exfoliants. Scrubbing too much is not going to make the pimples disappear. In fact, this may do more harm than good. Stripping your skin of its natural oils will make it over produce oil to compensate for what it has lost, therefore causing you to breakout even more. To calm yourself, go for weekly aromatherapy massages using lavender oil as it is known for its calming effects.

This is also a good time to invest in skin care products that have anti oxidants. Most serums are packed with these miracle workers. Serums help your moisturizers work faster and help your skin soak up all the vitamins in your skin care products, making it easier for you to achieve its promises.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE
2 weeks before the big day is not the best time to experiment with new treatments. the most that I will recommend it to have a facial that gently massages the face to promote better blood circulation. A treatment that can be considered is the Lymphatic Facial. This treatment lightly manipulates the fluid under the skin which helps drain excess fluid and waste protein. Having the treatment once a week helps reduce the puffiness, hyper pigmentations and even acne break outs. the reason as to why i recommend this treatment is that it is non invasive, no pricking required, but highly effective as it works with the body's natural processes and brings balance to the skin.

You can also schedule your waxing around this time, plus a nice body scrub. Additionally, a relaxing massage is essential, to help you say, "I Do" without a single moment's hesitation. hehehehehe.

THE BIG DAY
Wake up, open the curtains to greet the day (pray that its not cloudy with rain pending) with a nice, big smile and savour your last day as a Ms. and look forward to the new title of being Mrs. :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: SERVE A FEAST!


MS. ISA PASCUL WITH MANILA'S TOP TALENT MANAGER, BOY ABUNDA.

RECEPTION DO'S
* SEAT OLDER GUESTS AWAY FROM LOUD MUSIC.
* IF YOU HAVE AN OUTDOOR RECEPTION VENUE, HAVE A BACK UP INCASE THE WEATHER GOES AWRY.
* OFFER OTHER SPARKLING DRINKS ASIDE FROM CHAMPAGNE FOR THE TOAST AS SOME GUESTS MAY NOT DRINK ALCOHOL.
* DO NOT GO OVER 5 MINUTES WHEN MAKING A TOAST.
* SO THAT EVERYONE HAS A GOOD TIME, SEAT TEENS TOGETHER, AUNTS AND UNCLES ETC. TRY SEATING GROUPS EITHER BY THEIR RELATIONSHIP OR AGE GROUP.
* IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A 'RESERVED' CARD AT THE PARENT'S SEATS. THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT NEED PREFERRED SEATING.
* HAVE A GOOD DJ AND/OR BAND TO KEEP THE CROWD HAPPY ALL THE TIME.

RECEPTION DONT'S
* DON'T SIT BATTLING RELATIVES TOGETHER
* DON'T MAKE GUESTS STAND AROUND BECAUSE YOU ARE AN HOUR LATE.

MOST COUPLES PREFER LAYERS OF CAKES STACKED DIRECTLY ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER AND FRESH BERRIES, SUGARED FRUITS, SUGAR PASTE FLOWERS AND EVEN FRESH FLOWERS ARE PLACED BETWEEN THE LAYERS TO CREATE A LUSH AND VOLUPTUOUS APPEARANCE.

WHEN CHOOSING A CAKE, FROSTED CONFECTIONS ARE A THING OF THE PAST.
MANY COUPLES FOLLOW THE BRIDAL GOWN'S FABRIC OR DETALING.

ROUND TIERS ARE STILL A FAVOURITE BUT SQUARE, HEXAGON, OCTAGON AND EVEN DIFFERENTLY PAIRED SHAPES ARE GAINING MORE POPULARITY.

DURING THE FOOD TASTING THE COUPLE SHOULD LET THE CATERER KNOW IF THERE IS A CERTAIN INGREDIENT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED OR REMOVED FROM A CERTAIN DISH.

FOOD TASTING IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS ENSURES THE QUALITY OF FOOD THAT THE CATERER WILL BE SERVING IS AS PER THE COUPLE'S EXPECTATIONS.

QUALITY DOES NOT JUST MEAN THE TASTES BUT IT IS ALSO ON HOW THE FOOD IS PRESENTED.

DURING THE FOOD TASTING, THE COUPLE SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THE CATERER'S HYGIENE LEVELS, PRESENTATION SKILLS, SERVICE, QUALITY OF CUTLERY, CROCKERY, LINEN AND GLASSWARE.

A GREAT MEAL SHOULD BE SIMPLE BUT LUXURIOUS.
YOUR GUESTS WILL NOT REMEMBER THE FOOD NAMES ON THE MENU THAT THEY CANNOT PRONOUNCE. :)

IT WILL BE GREAT TO START A BUFFET STATION WITH A NICE HOT SOUP AND BREAD BASKET.

When I started the June Bride Blog Special weeks ago, I told you ladies and gents that I will be writing about everything ( I hope to cover most ) and anything that is essential to planning your big day.

This post is not beauty or fashion related, but just as important.... The Reception!

I was able to interview Ms. Isa Pascual, the owner of Tropezz House of Catering and she shared very important tips on how to serve a feast on your big day without breaking the bank.

About Tropezz:
TROPEZZ started in Greenbelt, Makati city and on its 1st year of operations in 2008 made it to Philippine TATLER's Best Restaurants. Seeing the need for more affordable but simple luxurious food for events and corporate groups, TROPEZZ evolved into an events caterer. TROPEZZ focuses on exquisitely delicious cuisine that will leave all of your guests begging for more.

For Reservations and Inquries, please call: +63917 8557109

Friday, June 17, 2011

EMPOWER WOMEN, JOIN F.I.T.E.


DERMALOGICA'S PRE CLEANSE
A CLEANSING OIL THAT DISSOLVES OIL BASED DEBRIS AND MAKE UP, PREPPING SKIN FOR A THROUGH CLEANSE.

DERMALOGICA'S SKIN HYDRATING BOOSTER
THIS IS A SUPER SATURATED HYDRATING FLUID THAT SMOOTHES AND MINIMISES FINE LINES.
THIS IS WHAT I CHOSE :)

DERMALOGICA'S DAILY MICROFOLIANT
THIS IS A GENTLE, DAILY-USE, RICE BASED POWDER THAT MICROFOLIATES FOR SMOOTHER, BRIGHTER SKIN.

DERMALOGICA'S TOTAL EYE CARE WITH SPF 15
THIS IS A 3 IN 1 EYE TREATMENT CREAM THAT SHIELDS, RESTORES AND DEFENDS THE DELICATE EYE AREA.

BROWSING FOR MY F.I.T.E. PRODUCT AT DERMALOGICA'S BRANCH IN DUBAI MALL.

For someone who has been working hard to earn money for over 10 years, you can be sure that I will be one of those women who will be at the forefront of a rally empowering women. We certainly have come a long way, from fighting to have access to proper education, to becoming doctors, CEOs, political figures and whatever we want. However, there are still stumbling blocks to our success.

Even though we see a lot of women being as successful as men and that The World Bank says that investing in women can help solve many of the problems we see in our world today, did you know that women are most likely to be denied a loan? That women face higher levels of financial discrimination? But what if there is a way where you can contribute to help other women gain financial independence... and of course beautify yourself in the process, would you be interested?

You, with Dermalogica's F.I.T.E. program can do just that. F.I.T.E. or Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship is a program launched by Dermalogica with Kiva.org to help provide women entrepreneurs in the developing world access to small loans that will help them start or grow a business. With our help, the target of helping 25,000 women in 2 years can be easily achieved.

According to Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica's founder, "This initiative was designed to help marginalised women in the belief that women's financial independence is a key step in creating a healthy world economy."

Take that opportunity to fund women entrepreneurs by purchasing one of Dermalogica's best selling products in specially marked packaging.

Here is how you can help:
1. Buy specially marked Dermalogica FITE products
2. Visit joinFITE.org, and enter the FITE code found inside the special sleeve
3. For every code you redeem, Dermalogica will allocate USD 1 to the funding of a microloan in the part of the world and type of business you choose.

It has now become my mission and I hope yours too, to help women out there to obtain access to small loans to start or grow their businesses.

I remember one of my aunt's notes in my daughter's scrap book when she was born,"When you educate a man, you educate an individual; educate and empower a woman, you educate and empower a nation."


Friday, June 10, 2011

THAT 70'S SHOW

THAT 70'S SHOW

Chloé blue blouse
670 GBP - women.fashionbeans.com

Double breasted trench coat
$248 - jackwills.com

Oasis wide leg pants
45 GBP - oasis-stores.com

Donna Karan ankle strap heels
$1,995 - couture.zappos.com

H M leather bag
25 GBP - hm.com

Pearl earrings
$8.40 - kohls.com

Gucci brown shades
209 GBP - profilebrighton.co.uk