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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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

BEAUTY ICONS REMIXED

Timeless Beauties like Iman and Beyonce will always inspire Make Up Artists like myself. :)




If you guys have been with me since I started writing my blog, you know how obsessed I am with perfecting the skin and brows.



I wanted the focus to be on Milena's amazing features so I decided to keep the hair clean and simple with an updo.


I used 3 eyeshadows on the crease. When making a look like this, make sure that the colours looks as if they are melting into one another.

To make the crease more pronounced, I outlined it with a black liquid liner.

I skipped false lashes and used 2 coats of Benefit's They're Real Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.


The 70's and 80's produced legendary beauty Iman and I could not think of a better way to pay tribute to this woman who paved the way for other women of colour to take centre stage than by combining her signature look which is amazing skin and full lightened brows with one of today's beauty icons' more famous look, Beyonce's make up in Video Phone.


Hair and Make Up: Anna de Leon

Photography: Michael Velasco






Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BEAUTIFUL, CLEAR SKIN AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

WITH DERMALOGICA ME'S CEO, MR. OMAR SHEIKH, WHO EMPHASISED DERMALOGICA'S COMMITMENT TO CONTINUED RESEARCH TO BRING THE BEST SKIN CARE PRODUCTS TO THE MARKET.

WITH THE LOVELY LADIES OF DERMALOGICA ME, LINDI AND ALANOUD.
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR USUAL SUPPORT :)


DERMALOGICA'S CLEAN START LINE IS PERFECT FOR THE TEEN AGER'S SKIN.
MAYBE EVEN FOR ME. :)
FULL REVIEW SOON!



DERMALOGICA'S OTHER SKIN CHANGING PRODUCTS.



A week ago I attended Dermalogica's launch of their latest skin care range and like all of their other skin perfecting products, their newest line, The Clean Start Range promises to make you face the world with your most beautiful skin ever.

Although The Clean Start range is supposed to cater to the adoloscent's rather problematic skin, this is not to exclude women are no longer in their teens like yours truly. :)


I am not going to go in full detail about the products because there will be a more information packed post on a review about the line. :) However, let me tell you girls and guys that after day one, my skin looked and did feel cleaner and clearer. :)


The Clean Start Range is now available at Dermalogica's boutique in Dubai Mall and at selected Boots outlets. :)













STYLE AND FUNCTION WITH THE N9

HAMMING IT UP IN THE PHOTO BOOTH


THANK YOU FOR MY OSCAR'S LOL!!!

TOO MUCH FLASH.
EN ROUTE TO THE ADDRESS HOTEL
FOR NOKIA'S N9 LAUNCH.


NOKIA N9 WILL CHANGE THE WAY SEE MOBILE PHONES... ONCE AGAIN.
Nokia Global Head of Design, Marko Ahtisaari said, “Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and with the N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone so we reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The positive consumer feedback we’ve received on the Nokia N9 from across the region is very exciting and sends a strong message about Nokia and its new challenger mindset, strategy and direction. Hand in hand to design is the look and feel, and we are certain the Nokia N9 will both surprise and enthrall style conscious users.”


TIME FOR A SWITCH THIS OCTOBER.



Nokia N9 smartphone was launched last week with a party that combined IT wizzes and just about anybody who loves the newest gadgets in the market. With an Italian gentleman at the helm of Nokia's Middle East and North African Operations, you can expect that this latest smartphone will be a perfect combination of stunning design and technology.


According to Alessandro Lamanna, Nokia's Vice President of Sales, the Nokia N9 promises to re-define the way smartphones are used. With Mr. Lamanna sporting a hot pink tie to the gala you can be rest assured that Nokia’s latest smartphone promises to be a worthy and striking companion to the style conscious consumer.

With its groundbreaking new technology and continued commitment to optimal user experience, the N9 epitomises Nokia’s challenger mindset. The eagerly anticipated phone will be available in three colors - black, cyan, and magenta and is scheduled to be in stores in early October.





















TEENS CLUB CULTURE LAUNCH

CHAPERONING THE GIRLS FOR THE DAY



DERMALOGICA'S CLEAN START LINE IS PERFECT FOR TEEN AGE SKIN.


LET'S ALWAYS BE MOBILE.



VIRGIN RADIO MADE SURE THAT EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME WITH TUNES THAT WILL MAKE YOU DANCE THE ENTIRE EVENING!

SO MANY ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM
SURFING IS ONE OF THEM.



Last weekend the 1st and only Teens Club was launched in Dubai and I was at the Aquaventure, Atlantis to relive my highschool days! :)


Teens Cub Culture is the 1st social club for teenagers that promises to deliver great musical gigs, sporting events, beach parties all geared towards making teen agers socialise more, to bring them out of their shell or simply to let them have a great time in the city's most exclusive and secure venues.


To learn more about the club, please check out www.teensclubculture.ae
















Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GOT INKED.....FINALLY!

IT'S ME AND MY DAUGHTER

DOUBLE A STANDS FOR MY NAME, ANNA AND MY DAUGHTER'S, ALLYSA

TOP NUMBERS REPRESENTS MY BIRTHDAY

BOTTOM NUMBERS REPRESENTS MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY



YAY! ALMOST DONE!

MAC MAC AT WORK.


STENCILED AND READY TO GO.


MUST HAVES: CLEAN TOOLS


CLEANLINESS IS IMPORTANT


MY DESIGN FINE TUNED BY AN AMAZING ARTIST, WHO I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE AS A FRIEND, ELLA ORENCILLO.


It was the year when Guns N' Roses released their Use Your Illusion Albums that I got fixated on getting inked. The anklet of roses that adorned the ankle of Stephanie Seymour was the one that did it for me.


Eons after and I am still ink free! lol! The idea of getting a tattoo was always there, however, since it is not make up that I can easily take off with a make up remover, I had to make sure that whatever will be inked on my body will be something that is significant to me. And then of course, I have to think of the part of my body where I will have it.


Giving birth and being a mother is a life changing experience. I can be a Make Up Artist/Stylist now but decades after I will no longer be doing this, however, I will always be a mom. This was when the design of my tattoo was born. :)


I thank my tattoo artist, Mac Mac for being so patient and for giving me all the tips post inking. :)
















Saturday, September 24, 2011

DUBAI FASHION WEEK MEDIA LAUNCH

YOURS TRULY IN A FOREVER 21 ANIMAL PRINT SHEATH

DOLCE&GABBANA BAG

ALDO PEEP TOE SLING BACKS


YOURS TRULY WITH SHERKANTH AND STYLEMONGER, BUTZ FUENTES

CAUGHT UP WITH SHERKANTH AFTER ALMOST A YEAR AND HE TOLD ME TO EXPECT TO GO BACK IN TIME WITH A LOT OF OLD MAYAN PRINTS, SOME REFERENCES TO STONE HENGE.
SHERKANTH WILL STILL FEATURE THE KAFTANS AND THE DRAPERY THAT HE IS KNOWN FOR AND JUMPSUITS


WITH GOOD FRIEND AND P.R. GURU STEPHANIE STRICKLAND - ENGLISH.

SO NICE TO SEE YOU!

LOVE THE TURBAN :)


DUBAI FASHION WEEK'S DESIGNER LINE UP.


With the founder of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week at the helm of this year's Dubai Fashion Week, I find myself getting excited at the thought of attending this year's series of shows.


During the recently held Dubai Fashion Week Media Launch, Simon mentioned the efforts that they have put into creating a Fashion Week that will cement Dubai's stake on being the Fashion Capital of the Middle East.


Aside from looking forward to seeing the improvements that Mr. Lock has implemented, I am aslo interested in seeing the improvement(s) of the Dubai Fashion Week goers. I wonder if I will still be seeing price tags on women's shoes, how about bejeweled clamp clips strategically placed on top of women's heads, visible panty lines and the list goes on and on.


I am, of course looking forward to seeing each designer's collection and although I do love seeing haute couture pieces and its intricate workmanship, I also want to see more RTW.


It is less than a month till we officially open Dubai Fashion Week, so, I urge all attendees to shine their shoes, put together your most fashionable ensembles, sharpen your senses, brush up on your vocabulary, cover and write about the Dubai Fashion Week with objectivity.


Whether you are a blogger or a writer, it is your responsibility to let them know what it is that you have seen, good or bad. Tell it like it is and show them that Fashion is not about superficiality rather it is an imitation of what really goes around, so, people, let's keep it real this time :)





















Wednesday, September 21, 2011

LADY IN LILAC

BE BOLD AND FEMININE THIS SEASON.

TRY ON COLOURS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT WOULD LOOK GREAT ON YOU AND IF IT DOESN'T, WASH IT OFF AND EXPERIMENT AGAIN. :)



LILAC, VIOLET CAN GO FROM THE OFFICE TO A NIGHT OUT.

WITH A VERY POWERFUL EYE COLOUR, YOU MIGHT WANT TO KEEP THE LIPS LIGHT AND GLOSSY. THIS IS ONE OF MY MAKE UP IN BALANCE LOOKS, DARK EYES, LIGHT LIPS.


DONT BE AFRAID TO BLUSH!

LOOK ALL GIRLY WITH A PINK BLUSH APPLIED ON THE APPLES OF YOUR CHEEKS.


LILAC AND ITS OTHER VARIATIONS MAKES BROWN, HAZEL EYES LOOK MORE LUMINOUS. COMBINE IT WITH PINK AND REST ASSURED THAT ALL EYES WILL BE ON YOU. :)


LILAC LOOKS AMAZING WHETHER YOU ARE FAIR OR DARK. THE SECRET TO PULLING OF THE LOOK IS IN AMOUNT OF COLOUR THAT YOU APPLY.

RULE OF THUMB IS THE LIGHTER YOU ARE, THE LIGHTER THE COLOURS THAT YOU SHOULD WEAR. THE DARKER YOU ARE, THE DARKER THE COLOURS THAT YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH.


One of the things that I love about Autumn/Winter, aside from the cooler breeze is that we get to wear bolder colours, in our ensemble and on our faces as well.


Autumn is synonymous to warm colours like pumpkin, browns, olive greens and burgundy, and that is probably what you are expecting me to create since we are ushering the new season, however, I want to focus on a colour that I believe looks fantastic on all skin tones... Lilac. :)




Many thanks to D for the lovely photos and to Sam for looking great :)









Sunday, September 18, 2011

A TRIBUTE

THE QUEEN OF REINVENTION


1/2 OF MY COSTUME.



TOP BY MANGO


Last month I told you all about my joining the Vocal Guild to regain my lost voice and to learn proper breathing techniques. On our 2nd week, our talented Voice Coaches asked us to prepare the song piece that we would like to sing for our recital. I had originally picked Irene Cara's song from FAME, "Right Here on My Own', however days before the recital, I had an epiphany. :)


I am a huge Madonna fan. :) I loved her during her Material Girl Days to her Masculine days and of course now. I am in awe whenever she performs. She is the one and only Queen of Reinvention. Aside from these amazing qualities as an artist, I admire the causes that she championed over the years.

Among all the looks that Madonna has sported, I have to say that her portrayal of Argentina's Spritual Leader, Evita Peron is my favourite. :) My voice will never be as great as hers, but Madonna's boldness inspired me to get on that stage, sing my heart out and finally cross out of one of my " MUST DO's IN LIFE" and that is to sing infront of a crowd.


Reinvention is not just about a new look , it is also about rediscovering yourself and perhaps some of your lost talent to make you a better and bolder version of yourself :)






P.S. I will try to post the video of my performance but please be easy on the comments :)
























REDISCOVERING MATTE

THE END RESULT IS POLISHED PRETTY. :)



MATTE EYESHADOWS ARE PERFECT FOR THAT NO MAKE UP LOOK. STICK TO COLOURS WHICH ARE NORMALLY FOUND IN YOUR SKIN LIKE BEIGE, TAN, PEACH TO HOLD THE LOOK TOGETHER.



KEEPING THE SKIN MATTE DOES NOT MEAN, YOU WILL LOOK OLDER THAN YOUR YEARS. INSTEAD OF USING A BRONZER, WHY NOT OPT FOR PINK OR PEACH BLUSH?

MATTE FOUNDATIONS ARE PERFECT FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE EXTREMELY OILY SKIN.



MATTE LIPS ARE PERFECT FOR WOMEN WHO WISHES TO MAKE THEIR LIPS LOOK LESS FULL.


Do you remember the day Revlon's Colorstay Lipstick was launched? I think I was in 1st year College when it came out and I can still remember everyone wanted the color Cocoa. Revlon's Colorstay reintroduced to the 90's the Make Up Must Have of the 80's... Matte Make Up.


Over time, the beauty industry realised the maturing effects of Matte Make Up and with a society that is so fixated on youth, we shelved all of our Colorstay lipsticks and succumbed to the alluring shine and youthful promise of the lip gloss and everything shimmery.


With the Fashion capital's runway filled with rehashed and reinvented classic pieces, one will not wonder if once again, we will see the texture of Make Up that made Cindy Crawford larger than life

Many thanks to my great friend and uber awesome photographer, Danabelle for taking these wonderful photos and to my lovely model, Sam for looking fab and laughing like crazy with D and myself :)
















Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FASHION FEATURE







Channel your inner Black Crowes with New Look's Faux Fur Jacket

HM Tank

Gold Snakeskin Jeans from Zara

Aviators from MANGO

Necklaces from New Look

Ring Stylist's Own



Cage Stilletos from Shoemart



The short does get shorter with Zara's Gold Top used as a mini dress

Shoemart's Snakeskin Peep Toe Stilletos

Gold Hoop Earrings from H&M

Gold Bangle from Shoemart





Balmain inspired pieces will always be sexy

Leather mini dress from Forever 21

Studded Open Toed Stilletos from HSF



Hardware Inspired Choker from New Look


Leather and Sequins is OTT. So, what?! hehehe

Leather Pants from ZARA

Sequined Top from New Look

Chanel Bag

Platform Stilletos from New Look


Silver Hoop Earrings from ALDO



Ring: Stylist's Own



After looking at several collections to find inspiration for my first feature, I have decided not to focus on the themes of the designers instead I decided to focus on the multitude of textures that I saw. Your sense of touch will run amuck with the richness of fur, the decadence of leather and cheeky glam of sequins.


Choosing the pieces was half the battle, I felt that choosing the right location to shoot this editorial feature was an integral part in letting the texture of the clothes shine even brighter. I would like to thank my great photographer, Michael Velasco for suggesting that we head to Ras Al Khaimah's ghost town to shoot and to say that I am happy to have seen the contrast is perhaps my understatement of the year. :)


We shot all these rich fabriced clothes in September and to say that it was HAWT is again another understatement! But boy am I glad that we did it! Major thanks to my aunt for accompanying me and for being around to hand me a tissue when the sweat starts trickling down.


Anyway, I am not going to keep this long. I hope you all like my first feature and I'll see you all soon. :)