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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, August 28, 2011

THE VOCAL GUILD

MY FAME MOMENT

BY JAY MORALES



FORMAL IN BLACK

PHOTO BY JAY MORALES



CASUALLY COLOUR BLOCKED

PHOTO BY JAY MORALES



MY GOOD FRIEND D IN HER UPDATED TRACY T COSTUME PERFECTING "GOOD MORNING BALTIMORE!'



VOCALISE!



Hi Everyone! What have you all been doing? I am so happy to let you all know that I am preparing a very special September and October special for my blog. :) I cannot really spill the details right now but since we are almost in September, the wait is not going to be that long anymore.


Anyway, to more immediate news, I have been busy with something other than Make Up and Styling lately. No, it is not cooking and baking, however, I will certainly make time to make another batch of baked goodies.


Ready for this?! I joined The Vocal Guild! And I am very happy to have regained my 'lost' voice! :) In just 3 sessions, I learned just how important proper breathing is to singing. Now, I can sing all day (well, not really) and not feel the strain on my throat.


Last weekend, we had our photoshoot as we are officially launching the guild this September with a recital concert and I have chosen an 80's song from one of my favourite movies, FAME, hence the oversized shirt. You can't really see the leg warmers in this photo but I shall post the other photos once I get them.


Anyway, I got to go now. Hope that you are all keeping safe and stay fab as always. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DAZZLE IN NEUTRALS

DAZZLING EFFECT.



TIMELESS COLOURS


A LOOK THAT CAN TAKE YOU FROM THE OFFICE TO A NIGHT OUT



DEFINED LIPS.

BELT USED AS A NECKLACE


THE EYES



CHEEKS IN FOCUS


I LINED MY LIPS WITH MAC'S SPICE LIP LINER, FILLED IT IN WITH MAC VIVA GLAM GAGA 2 AND TOPPED IT OFF WITH LADY GAGA VIVA GLAM LIP GLASS IN GAGA 2.



I USED MAC'S TEDDY TO PRIME MY EYE LID. I ALSO APPLIED THE LINER ON MY LOWER LASH LINE. FOR THE WATERLINE, I USED MAC'S FELINE.

I USED THE DARKEST SHADE OF BROWN ALL OVER THE LID AND FOLLOWED UP WITH A MEDIUM BROWN SHADE ON THE CREASE.

I USED BOTH SHADES OF SHADOW TO SMUDGE ON THE LOWER LASH LINE.

FOR THE BROW BONE HIGHLIGHT I USED A SHADE THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN GOLD AND GREEN.

I CURLED MY LASHES AND APPLIED 2 COATS OF L'OREAL DOUBLE EXTENSION MASCARA ON MY UPPER AND LOWER LASHES.


LATELY, I HAVE BEEN USING MY LIGHT BROWN BROW PENCIL FROM BEN NYE BECAUSE I HAD MY HAIR COLOURED. I ALSO USED BENEFIT'S BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT AND I SET MY BROWS IN PLACE WITH MIKYAJY'S BROW GEL.



I USED COASTAL SCENTS' CONTOUR AND BLUSH PALETTE TO CONTOUR MY CHEEKBONES. I USED IT ALSO TO PROVIDE A MATTE HIGHLIGHT.

I APPLIED THE LIGHTER OF THE 2 PINKS ON THE APPLES OF MY CHEEKS.



I PRIMED MY SKIN WITH L'OREAL STUDIO SECRETS AND USED MY GRAFTOBIAN WARM PALETTE. I COVERED MY DARK CIRCLES SOME REDNESS AROUND MY NOSE WITH MY COASTAL SCENTS CONCEALER PALETTE.

I SET THE BASE WITH MY BENEFIT HELLO FLAWLESS POWDER.


Everyone loves neutrals... the rich browns, creamy beiges, soft ecrus, that it comes as no surprise when we see Make Up Companies produce palettes upon palettes of these wonderful shades. And again, you see Make Up Artists produce a number of great looks ranging from the most natural to the most dramatic with the same palettes.


I recently got my 88 Warm Palette from Coastal Scents through http://www.laylam.ae/ and here is the look that I made.


Hope you guys like it :)
















































Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PRODUCT REVIEW: SIGMA BEAUTY'S CLEANSING AND POLISHING TOOL

SIGMA BEAUTY'S CLEANSING AND POLISHING TOOL.


THE KIT COMES IN A NICE CASE THAT YOU CAN BRING ANYWHERE.


IT ALSO COMES WITH AN INSTRUCTIONAL LEAFLET.



THE HANDLE WITH THE 'FIRM' BRUSH'
THIS BRUSH IS PERFECT FOR EXFOLIATING THE BODY.






PRESS THE PINK BUTTON ONCE FOR THE 'SLOW' SPEED.


TWICE FOR FAST.



THE ALL PINK BRUSH IS THE 'SOFT' BRUSH.
THIS IS RECOMMENDED FOR DAILY CLEANSING AND POLISHING.



THE PINK AND WHITE BRUSH IS RECOMMENDED FOR DAILY EXFOLIATING OF NORMAL SKIN.



CLEANER, CLEARER AND FRESHER SKIN STARTS HERE. :)





Having clean, clear and fresh looking skin is every woman's dream. So many companies invest in research, some in the amazing photoshop skills of their ad agencies and what's bad is that we, women get swayed into buying these products because we see a poreless face or we see this phrase...'revolutionary ingredient', 'age defying'.



Thanks to companies like Sigma, who produces products and tools which are effective, does not make unrealistic promises and most of all affordable. In my quest to find new products and tools to help more women achieve better looking skin, I stumbled upon Sigma's Cleansing and Polishing Tool. I purchased mine from http://www.laylam.ae/ for AED 250.00 (+/-USD 68.00). At that time I was searching for Clarisonic here in the U.A.E. but found out that no Spa uses them here.

The Cleansing and Polishing tool will work with 2 double A batteries and is water resistant but not water proof, meaning you should not use this while you are enjoying your bubble bath in the tub.




CLEAN AND POLISH NOW...


The first step is to pick the brush that you want to use. Personally, I think that I will only use the all pink brush because I find the skin on my face too thin and any brush with bristles that are stiffer than the all pink brush may do more damage than good.




Moisten your face with water.




Put a small amount of your favourite cleanser on the brush. Press the pink button for the desired speed and massage your face in slow circular motions. Keep the process under 1 minute.




Rinse, pat dry, see and fee the difference. :) Since I wanted to be very objective, I asked my aunt if she noticed any difference and she said that my skin looked brighter and it was softer. :) If your skin is slightly peeling, it gets rid of the flakes making your skin ready to absorb the vitamins of your favourite moisturiser.




Make sure that you rinse the brush heads very well and that it dries thoroughly before you store it.




All in all, Sigma's Cleansing and Polishing Tool is a great buy and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking at improving the condition of their skin or to those who simply want to maintain it. :)









Monday, August 22, 2011

THE SISTERS



APPLYING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON ANN



ME WORKING ON DJHO



IN GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD... WE ALWAYS MANAGE TO SMILE.



THE BEST DANCING BUDDIES :)



GREAT FOOD WITH THE BEST GIRLS.... PRICELESS



THIS IS BETTER :)


UMM.... NOT THE BEST PHOTO.


Four years ago I met 2 lovely ladies, who, over time has proven to be instrumental in my survival here in Dubai.


As an expatriate woman here in the sandpit, there is only 1 thing that I suggest that one must find and keep and that is a solid circle of girlfriends. (aside from your job. lol!)I am lucky to have been blessed with 2 circles of friends who I know will be there no matter what and the circle that I had formed with Djhoanna and Ann is one of the 2.


Four years of friendship may not be a lot ot some people but the 4 years that I have with these lovely girls will turn to 8 and then to 12 then 16 and so on!


I feel lucky to have shared my goof moments with these girls... My, "this is my cart moment." to my Qatar airways monologue and to my bolo wielding, Gabriella Silang moment! lol!!! Yes, I am proud of that and I will do it again if someone dares to say anything bad against the 2 of you.


Four years ago in the balcony of our apartment we wrote down our wishes and thank God to Ann, she reminded us that they are slowly coming into fruition. My only hope is that as we realise them one by one, that we will still be around for each other as we make and fullfill our new hopes and wishes!


To friendship! To our Free Peach Iced Tea from Coffee Bean!!!!! Love you both!

SILKY, SMOOTH SKIN WITH DRY BRUSHING

DRY BRUSHING HAS A STIMULATING EFFECT, SO, TRY NOT TO DO IT BEFORE BED TIME.



THE STRAP KEEPS THE BRUSH IN PLACE MAKING IT EASY FOR YOU TO BRUSH AWAY.



THIS BRUSH IS A STEAL! FROM LONG TO SHORT UNDER A SECOND. :)

BEST RESULTS DRY BRUSH TWICE A WEEK.



DRY BRUSHING TIP

PLEASE AVOID YOUR FACE!

DRY BRUSH IN THE SHOWER WITH THE WATER OFF.


There was a week where I was running around all the malls desperately looking for a dry brush. That was the same week where I was also searching for a Spa that offers lymphatic drainage facials. You may ask as to why I was obssessing about 2 very different things. But what see to be 2 different things do have something important in common.


Dry brushing when done correctly and regularly stimulates the lymphatic system. When our lymphatic system gets stimulated our immune system gets stronger and it gets easier to detox. A lymphatic drainage facials rids our faces of edemas. There are occassions when we wake up in the morning looking bloated. Having lymphatic drainage facials helps get rid of that problem. It also clears sinuses. :)


Dry brushing is simply exfoliating your skin using a dry, natural bristled brush. Note that your skin has to be dry as well.


This technique promotes healthier skin by removing dead skin cells on the surface. Once the dead skin cells are removed skin cell production begins. Like what I said earlier, the benefits of dry brushing are not just skin deep as it helps in detoxification and it increases blood flow.


Dry brushing starts with selecting the right brush. Look for natural bristled brushes. I found mine in Dubai Mall, its a drugstore on the lower level. Forgot the name. I got it for AED 15.00 (USD +/- 4.00) I like it coz it has a handle and you can also detach it from the handle.


Start with the bottom of your feet, move the brush in soft, circular movements towards the heart. After the bottom, move to the top of your feet.


I suggest that you work on each leg, doing the back and then the front, all the way to your buttocks. You may want to avoid the delicate inner thigh area.


Once you are done with the lower half, you can now start dry brushing your palms, back of the hand, forearm and biceps. Do not forget to move to in soft circular motions towards the heart.


Having a long handled brush is great for dry brushing you back. Start with your lower back, moving up.


The last portion will be your stomach, you have to start dry brushing from your abdomen and work your way up. Again, steer clear from the sensitive areas.


Once you are done, you can rinse and shower as usual and enjoy cleaner, silkier and smoother skin :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

INTO ANNA





DEFINED AND POUTY LIPS.







CONTOUR AND LIGHT FLUSH ON THE CHEEKS







THESE GIRLS ALOUD LASHES ARE AMAZING!







I WANTED TO GO OUT IN THIS TURBAN. :)







ME LOVE MY BROWS!




J. LO'S LIPS WERE LINED, PALE BUT POUTY AND I LURVE IT!



I LINED MY LIPS WITH MAC SPICE LIPLINER AND FILLED IT IN WITH MAC'S VIVA GLAM GAGA 2 AND I TOPPED IT OFF WITH MAC'S VIVA GLAM LIP GLASS IN GAGA 2




THE LINER HOLDS THE KEY FOR THIS LOOK.



I TRACED MY CREASE WITH THIS ELECTRIC BLUE EYE LINER AND I WINGED IT AT THE END.



I APPLIED THE NEXT LINE ON MY LASH BED AND I WINGED IT AT THE END AS WELL.



BOTH WINGED TIP MUST MEET AT THE END




BEFORE DOING THE EYES, D AND I LOOKED AT THE PHOTO THAT I HAD AND IT SEEMED LIKE J. LO HAD A PALE BLUE ALMOST GRAY EYE SHADOW.



D SUGGESTED I USE THE A SHIMMERY SLATE COLOUR FROM MY COASTAL SCENTS SHIMMER PALETTE.



I USED A GOLD SHIMMER SHADE ON MY BROW BONE AS HIGHLIGHTER.



I USED NADINE'S GIRLS ALOUD EYE LASHES BY EYELURE AND APPLIED BENEFIT'S PRRROWL ON THE TIPS OF THE TOP AND BOTTOM LASHES.




OH HOW I LOVE J LO'S FULL BROWS IN THE VIDEO! I TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY UP MY BROWS AND I HAD FUN MAKING MINE THICKER.



I USED BEN NYE'S BROW PENCIL TO OUTLINE THE NEW SHAPE OF MY BROWS AND TO MAKE IT LOOK MORE NATURAL I APPLIED BENEFIT'S BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT.




IN THE INTO YOU VIDEO, J. LO'S FACE WAS SO SCULPTED, THEREFORE CONTOURING IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS LOOK.



I USED MY CONTOUR AND BLUSH PALETTE FROM COASTAL SCENTS.



HER CHEEK COLOUR WAS BARELY THERE, I APPLIED THE LIGHTEST PINK ON THE APPLES OF MY CHEEKS.




WHATEVER J. LO IS DOING, A PHOTOSHOOT, VIDEO OR RED CARPET APPEARANCE, HER SKIN ALWAYS LOOKS AMAZING!



TO COPY HER FLAWLESS SKIN, I USED MY GRAFTOBIAN WARM PALETTE AND COVERED MY DARK CIRCLES AND OTHER UNEVENNESS OF THE SKIN WITH MY COASTAL SCENTS CONCEALER PALETTE.



BEFORE POWDERING, I APPLIED NARS MULTIPLES IN COPACOBANA ON THE BRIDGE OF MY NOSE, CHEEKPLANE, TOP OF THE CHEEKBONES.



I FINISHED MY BASE WITH MAC'S MINERALISE SKIN FINISH.




Hello Everybody! I hope that everyone is doing well, in great spirits and health. It has been a while since my last Make Up Look Post, I have been busy organising the 3rd Season of FACES, however, last weekend I was able to do a make up look that I have been dying to recreate since seeing its video.




Aside from being able to do this look, I was also able to spend time with my great friend and amazing photographer, Danabelle, who took the fab photos by the way. :)




I hope you all like the look and wishing everyone another great weekend!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

FACES SEASON THREE

These are just snippets from the last 2 seasons of FACES by Anna de Leon. Hope you all like the video :)

I'll see you there! :)


FACES BY ANNA DE LEON SEASON THREE



Hi Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? I surely hope so. :) I am so excited to share with you all that FACES by Anna de Leon is back on its 3rd season!


Season Three of Faces will be more exciting because aside from INGLOT, who I have been partners with during the last 2 seasons, another amazing brand which I trust is joining us!


DERMALOGICA will be joining me and INGLOT to help more and more women look and feel more beautiful and empowered!


There are so many great surprises to all my workshop attendees. :) Aside from the make over and professional photo shoot that I give to the 3 lucky winners, they will also receive skin beautifying facial packages from DERMALOGICA and of course a special prize from yours truly. :)




I hope to see you all on the 14th and 15th of October at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. It will be another 2 days of beauty, fashion, wellness and empowerment!






FOR ENQUIRIES



T: +97150 384 0466







Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SWEAT AND STRETCH WITH BIKRAM YOGA

SOME TIPS IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND A SESSION

Drink plenty of water throughout the day.


Make sure that you have clean feet and be free of perfumes or lotions.

Avoid eating anything 3 hours prior to the class.





DRENCHED CAT AND LOVING IT!!!




In my commitment to share information and experience beyond Beauty and Fashion, I started looking for other areas that we, women and men alike, hold important to us and I don’t know why I have not even written anything about Fitness and Exercise. What was I thinking?!

Not so long ago, I used to go to the gym regularly. (Really, I did!) Infact, I even hired a personal trainer, but then I left for Paris and you know what happens in Europe… you start trading your love affair with the treadmill to leisurely walks in the jardin or the minutes spent exploring the amazing collections at the Louvre or simply shopping in Champs Elysees. :). Since then, I have gotten used to not exercising even now that I have come back to Dubai.

I am not a health buff (you know that by now coz I love cooking as much as eating) but it does not mean that I do not watch what I eat. I am not a gym freak either but I do value the importance of getting your heart rate up and sweating, however, I just realized that spending hours in the gym no longer excites and motivates me.

My search for an alternative way to keep fit brought me to Club Stretch where I was introduced to Bikram Yoga.

Just to give you a brief background, Bikram Yoga, is a 26 posture series practice which was founded by Bikram Choudhury while he was rehabilitating his knee due to an accident.

The 90 minute session is conducted in a heated room to properly warm the muscles. The 26 Hatha Yoga poses are designed to warm and stretch your muscles in the order which they should be stretched.

Because the room is intentionally kept warm, your muscles will not be traumatized from the stretching. The heat also prevents injuries. Aside from the benefits to your muscles, the heat also promotes sweating which aids in flushing out the toxins from your body.

With regular practice you can expect reduced cholesterol, stronger bones, improved digestive and circulatory systems, corrected and strengthened immune system and of course reduced stress and increased focus and concentration.

I looked like a drenched cat after my session but I felt amazing! I was flushed from the steam and it seemed as if my eyes were brighter. I have to admit that I was not sure as to how my muscles would feel the following day but surprise surprise…. No aches and pains!

I loved the results of my 1st Bikram Yoga session, how my body felt after (felt very light) and I felt so calm. It was as if nothing could stress me out. :)

Bikram Yoga is definitely worth checking and trying out for an alternative to the usual time spent on the treadmill and pumping iron in the gym.