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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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

STYLIST TIP: THE LEATHER JACKET



YES, YOU CAN WEAR THE LEATHER JACKET TO THE OFFICE BUT LEAVE THE STUDDED BRACELETS BEHIND. I AM ALL ABOUT MIXING TEXTURES AND "LOOK" WHEN I CREATE ENSEMBLES. SINCE THE LEATHER JACKETS OOZES 'ROCK CHICK" I LIKE TO PAIR WITH SOFTER AND LOOSER FABRICS TO SOFTEN THE LOOK AND PROVIDE BALANCE.


IT IS ALSO SCARF SEASON. :) THERE ARE A LOT OF CREATIVE WAYS TO WEAR THE SCARF ASIDE FROM THE CONVENTIONAL WAY OF DRAPING THEM AROUND YOUR SHOULDERS :)







AS MENTIONED EARLIER, DON'T BE AFRAID TO MIX TEXTURES AND 'LOOK' WHEN DRESSING UP. THE BALLERINA TULLE SKIRT PAIRED WITH THE FERRAGAMO PUMPS WOULD BE THE OERFECT 'CLASSIC DRESSER" LOOK BUT FASHION IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN, SO I PAIRED MY LEATHER JACKET WITH IT :) ALONG WITH THE MESSY TOP BUN :)



Thursday, December 10, 2015

THIS IS THE SEASON FOR BOLD LIPS

BOLD AND BRIGHT
The colder months are upon us! It is time to bring out those boots, trench coats and those Bold Lip Colors that have been gathering dust for months! :)

Here are some of my top picks and I hope that you guys can go out of your beauty comfort zone to try them :)






 MAC COSMETICS IN HEROINE
IT MATTE BUT FEELS CREAMY ON MY LIPS.
IT DIDNT FELL DRY AT ALL.


BUXOM COSMETICS IN MALICE
SATIN FINISH WITH THAT GORGEOUS SHINE.


MAC COSMETICS IN SO CHAUD
MATTE AND BRIGHT ORANGE BUT FELT LIKE A DREAM UPON APPLICATION.

LIME CRIME COSMETICS' VELVETINES IN WICKED
CHANNEL OLD WORLD GLAMOUR IN THIS DEEP RED LIQUID LIPSTICK

MY OTHER TOP PICKS
MAC COSMETICS' DUBONNET
IT IS ANOTHER DEEP RED SHADE AND IT IS AN AMPLIFIED FORMULATION. IT HAS SOME SHINE AND NON DRYING :)

MAC COSMETICS' SNOW ORCHID
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHADE FROM MAC. I LOVE THE SPECKS OF SHIMMER IN IT. IT IS ALSO AN AMPLIFIED FORMULATION

MAC COSMETICS' RIRI WOO
RIRI WOO IS A RETRO MATTE AND PURE LOVE! IT IS DRYER THAN THE NEWER SHADES BUT SO FORGIVEABLE BECAUSE OF THE COLOR :)

MAC COSMETICS' HEAUX
THIS IS ANOTHER RETRO MATTE WITH A HINT OF PINK.

MAKE UP TIPS
1. EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS WITH A TOOTHBRUSH DIPPED IN HOT WATER BEFORE APPLYING A MATTE LIPSTICK.

2. APPLY A LIP BALM PREFERABLY A MATTE LIPBALM LIKE NUXE REVE DE MIEL BEFORE APPLYING YOUR LIPSTICK.

3. DARK, BRIGHT LIPS ARE UNFORGIVING, SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRECISE IN APPLICATION. USE A LIP LINER TO LINE AND FILL IN THE LIPS. FOR EXTRA PRECISION, USE A LIP BRUSH.

HOPE YOU GUYS LIKE THIS POST AND WEAR THOSE BOLD LIP COLORS WHILE THE WEATHER PERMITS IT :)










Friday, December 4, 2015

HOLIDAY GLAM: PRETTY IN PINK BY ANNA DE LEON

PRETTY IN PINK
Whenever I see the word Pink the 1st thing that comes to mind is Victoria's Secret. It must be because of their paper bag. lol! Such a random thought though. Apologies if I digressed. From Rich Cranberries let us move on to the softer side of the color spectrum and get Pretty in Pink :)



GLAMMING IT UP


THE FLAWLESS FACE
BOO! LOL! YES, I POST VERY INCRIMINATING NO MAKE UP SELFIES.

1ST PHOTO
 FACE PREP WITH DERMALOGICA SKIN HYDRATING BOOSTER TOPPED WITH DERMALOGICA ACTIVE MOIST.

2ND PHOTO
FOUNDATION: LAURA MERCIER'S SILK CREME FOUNDATION IN SAND BEIGE
CONCEALER: MAC COSMETICS PRO LONGWEAR IN NC 35
POWDER: REVLON COLOR STAY IN MEDIUM DEEP

3RD PHOTO
CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS KIT
BLUSH: HOURGLASS RADIANT MAGENT
HIGHLIGHT: HOURGLASS RADIANT LIGHT AMBIENT POWDER


REAL SKIN IS IN
ALWAYS BLEND YOUR CONTOUR. NO DEMARCATION LINES. 
YOUR LOOK SHOULD BE,"I WOKE UP LIKE THIS." HEHEHEHE

ALL ABOUT EYES
EYE PRIMER: MAC COSMETICS' PAINTERLY PAINTPOT
LID: (DUST; BRUSH SPRAYED WITH FIX PLUS) URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 
CREASE: LIMIT
OUTER V: NOONER
BROW BONE: STRANGE
TEAR DUCTS: TRICK

EYELINER: MAC COSMETICS' TEDDY
MASCARA: MAYBELLINE VOLUME EXPRESS ONE BY ONE

THE LIPS
LIP LINER: INGLOT COSMETICS 63
LIPSTICK: MAC COSMETICS' SIS
GLOSS: BUXOM IN WHITE RUSSIAN

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOLIDAY GLAM: BERRIES & CINNAMON BY ANNA DE LEON

BERRIES AND CINNAMON
TWO GLAMOROUS WAYS

I love creating holiday looks and giving you guys two ways to wear it. Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, I thought of taking inspiration from the gorgeous tones found during my favorite season of the year, Autumn :) Hope you guys like it! 

GLAMMING IT UP IN THE DAY
CREATING A FLAWLESS FACE ISN'T ABOUT PILING ON THE FOUNDATION.
THE PERFECT FOUNDATION WILL TAKE YOU FROM HECTIC MEETINGS DURING THE DAY TO AN EVENING OUT WITH YOUR LOVED ONES OR FRIENDS.

FLAWLESS FACE TIPS
CHOOSE THE CORRECT FORMULATION BASED ON YOUR SKIN TYPE.
NEVER FORGET TO PREP YOUR SKIN. MAKE SURE IT IS CLEAN, TONED AND MOISTURIZED

AND VAMPING IT UP AT NIGHT 
FOUNDATION: MAESTRO FOUNDATION IN SHADE 6
CORRECTOR: MAC COSMETICS IN MID PEACH
CONCEALER: MAC COSMETICS IN NW 25
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT: TOM FORD SHADE & ILLUMINATE INTENSITY 1
BLUSH: MAC COSMETICS WARM SOUL

NO FANCY POSES
MAKE UP TIPS
APPLY YOUR MAKE UP IN FRONT OF NATURAL LIGHT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THIS ENSURES THAT YOU WILL LOOK FLAWLESS IN ANY GIVEN LIGHTING. :)


MAKE UP TIPS
KEEP YOUR CONTOUR JUST UNTIL THE END OF YOUR EYE AND ALWAYS BLEND UPWARDS TOWARDS THE CHEEKBONES.
HIGHLIGHTING THE CUPID'S BOW IS PERFECT WHEN YOU ARE WEARING BOLD LIPS.

THE BROWS
BROW PENCIL: BEN NYE IN MEDIUM BROWN
BROW POWDER: URBAN DECAY'S FAINT
BROW GEL: MIKYAJY

THE EYES
MESMERIC EYES USING LORAC PRO PALETTE
LID: GARNET
CREASE: TAUPE
OUTER V: SABLE
BROW BONE: LT. BRONZE
TEAR DUCTS: GOLD
LOWER LASH LINE: GARNET

WINGED LINER: MAKE UP FOREVER AQUA LINER
EYE LINER: MAKE UP FOREVER KHOL PENCIL

 
MASCARA: MAYBELLINE VOLUME EXPRESS


DAY LIPS
LIP LINER: NYX COFFEE
LIPSTICK: LASTING CHESTNUT

VAMPY LIPS
LIP LINER: MAC COSMETICS: HANG UP
LIPSTICK MAC COSMETICS CURRANT


ANNA'S ADVICE: ADD A TOUCH OF COLOR:

I love Neutrals, don't get me wrong but once in a while we need to get out of our comfort zone and try a splash of color :) The best way, I have found to experiment with color is to start with the  eyes. I wanted to suggest a bold lip color but it is easier to get way with color on the eyes than it is to sport a bold lip.

Instead of going for Electric Blue or Bright Pink eyes, opt for its more subdued sisters like Navy Blue, Forest Green or Amethyst. These adds color yet still wearable even to the office. Yes, you read that right. I will rock this in the office as well.


For this Slightly Coloured Eyes I used MAC's Undercurrent Pearl Glide Intense Eye Liner on the water line and I tight lined as well. I also lined my lower lash line with the same pencil. 
Take a pencil brush and dip into an Emerald Green Eye shadow and smudge the lower lash line.
Curl your lashes and apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes and VOILA! :)

Monday, November 30, 2015

FOUNDATION REVIEW: ARMANI MAESTRO FOUNDATION


THE MAESTRO FOUNDATION FROM GIORGIO ARMANI
I AM IN THE SHADE 6 INCASE YOU GUYS ARE WONDERING

IS THE AED 320 PRICE TAG OF THE MAESTRO FOUNDATION FROM GIORGIO ARMANI REALLY WORTH IT? WHAT IS BEHIND THE HYPE?

1st CHECK IN WAS AT 1044AM
THE FOUNDATION LOOKS FRESH, THERE IS A GLOW NOT SHINE.

2nd CHECK IN WAS AT 1344
AFTER 3 HOURS AND NO TIME FOR POWDERING I STILL LOOK FRESH. AGAIN, THERE IS NO SHINE. PRODUCT HASNT SETTLED INTO AREAS WHERE IT WOULD NORMALLY SETTLE IN LIKE THE SIDES OF THE NOSE.

3rd CHECK IN WAS AT 2035
7 HOURS AFTER THE 2ND CHECK IN AND BUFFED OUT A SMALL AMOUNT OF POWDER, I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THE HYPE IS NOT JUST A HYPE.
MY SKIN LOOKED LIKE SKIN AND THERE IS LUMINOSITY.

LAST CHECK IN WAS AT 0034 :)
THE STEEP PRICE TAG OF AED 320, FOR ME, IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT. SO WORTH IT THAT WHEN MY 1ST BOTTLE BROKE, I WENT AND BOUGHT ONE IMMEDIATELY.

Let me start this Foundation Review by saying that although I absolutely adore this foundation, I will try my level best to be as objective as possible. So, without further a do, let's start the review. :)

Whenever I test a foundation for the 1st time, I never apply any primers or setting sprays. I like to see how the foundation behaves during the course of the day without the help of make up enhancing products like skin smoothening primers. Having said that, I do, however, never forget to apply moisturizer.

Let us start with the basics. A bottle of 30ml of product is priced at AED 320. Unlike other foundations that comes with a pump, this comes with a dropper, which in my opinion is better suited for the consistency because it is more liquidy than most foundations in the market. On the website they have  12 shades but when I visited the counter at Sephora in Dubai Mall they only had 9 shades. For fair skinned ladies they have shades 2, 3 and 4. For medium they have 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 7 and 8. For deep they have 10, 11.5 and 12.

INTIAL IMPRESSION
The consistency is more liquidy than most foundations, which is probably why it feels so light on the skin yet it covers. I cannot refute their claim that it ignited the skin's natural luminosity because it certainly ignited mine. I have dry skin and I moisturize before applying foundation and when I put 2 drops on the back of my hand my initial thought was, "I shouldn't have applied too much moisturizer.' 

But as I buffed the product into my skin, I realized that the liquidy consistency made it glide onto my skin like a dream, seamless! But being the critic that I am, I tried to hide my amazement. Told myself that we need to see how this product wears off during the day and to say that it settled in beautifully would be an understatement. 

METHOD OF APPLICATION
I have only tried applying this foundation with a synthetic kabuki brush and because it is liquidy (how many times do I need to write this? lol!!!) I feel that applying this with a beauty blender may not be the wisest thing to do as the product will seep into the sponge more as opposed to it being on your skin but I will try this as well and will update you :)

THE DOWNSIDE
Yes, there is a downside. The price may not be as 'friendly' as other foundations. I don't know if the dropper on mine was faulty but it wasn't dropping' any product at all.

It is heavy but not as heavy Chanel's Perfection Lumiere bottle. 

THE FINAL VERDICT.
The AED 320 price tag of this foundation, for me is worth it. The claims of this product is backed up by its performance. The consistency enables you to work this foundation into your skin like a dream. It's claim of being a complexion perfector instead of just being a foundation is appropriate. Because of the consistency, I believe that you can build this up without it looking and feeling cakey. This is for the woman who likes to sport the no make up make up look. I would  suggest this to women who have dry skin because of its ability to amp up your luminosity but for women who have oily skin you can still wear this and set it with powder. :)

Hope that this foundation review helped and do let me know your thoughts if you have tried this foundation already :)


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HOLIDAY GLAM: BRONZE GODDESS BY ANNA DE LEON

Hi Everyone :) I have another Holiday Look for all of you. I believe this is easy, no winged liner, slightly smokey with glowing skin paying homage to the Bronze Goddess, JLO :)

HERE ARE THE 2 LOOKS WITH NO EDITING AND NO FILTER.
I ALWAYS SUGGEST APPLYING YOUR MAKE UP IN FRONT OF NATURAL LIGHT AND TAKING MY SELFIE IN FRONT OF NATURAL LIGHT TOO :)

REAL SKIN IS IN :)

FOUNDATION: LAURA MERCIER CREME SMOOTH FOUNDATION IN GOLDEN BEIGE
CORRECTOR: MAC COSMETICS MID PEACH
CONCEALER: MAC COSMETICS NW 25
POWDER: REVLON COLOY STAY MEDIUM DEEP
CONTOUR: TOM FORD SHADE & ILLUMINATE INTENSITY ONE
BLUSH: MAC COSMETICS WARM SOUL

BROW PENCIL: BEN NYE BROW PENCIL IN MEDIUM BROWN
TOPPED WITH URBAN DECAY'S FAINT EYE SHADOW
BROW GEL: MIKYAJY

EYE SHADOW PRIMER: LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES
ON THE LID: URBAN DECAY HALF BAKED & CHARLOTTE TILBURY DOLCE VITA POP SHADE
CREASE: URBAN DECAY NAKED
CREASE: CHARLOTTE TILBURY DOLCE VITA ENHANCE SHADE
BROW BONE: CHARLOTTE TILBURY DOLCE VITA PRIME SHADE
TIGHT LINING & WATER LINE: MAC COSMETICS: FELINE PENCIL
LOWER LASH LINE: CHARLOTTE TILBURY ENHANCE SHADE
LASH CURLER: KEVYN AUCOIN
MASCARA: MAYBELLINE ONE BY ONE VOLUME EXPRESS


LIP LINER: MAC COSMETICS SPICE 
LIP GLOSS: ROUGE DIOR CREME DE GLOSS 291

LOOK ONE DONE :)

LIPS 2: T. LECLERC LIP LINER IN 07 DESIR

LOOK 2 DONE :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOUNDATION ROUTINE WITH THE BEAUTY BLENDER

We all love the Beauty Blender and there are a lot of reasons for doing so :).  It provides you with the most natural finish, it blends under eye concealer like a dream. In this post, let me share with you guys how I use the beauty blender.

MY FOUNDATION ROUTINE USING THE BEAUTY BLENDER


LET US START WITH A WELL MOISTURISED FACE. :)
I ALSO LIKE TO SPRAY ON SOME SKINDINAVIA SETTING SPRAY AFTER TO LOCK IN MOISTURE AND TO ENSURE THAT MY FOUNDATION STAYS FRESH ALL DAY.

REAL SKIN IS IN. 
YOUR FOUNDATION ISNT A MASK. BLEND. BLEND. BLEND WITH YOUR BEAUTY BLENDER.
WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS PRESS AND ROLL.
WHEN IT COMES TO MY CONCEALER, I LIKE PRESSING THE PRODUCT IN WITH MY RING FINGER. I FIND THAT IT MAKES FOR A MORE NATURAL FINISH AND IT DOESNT CAKE.

MY DAILY FOUNDATION ROUTINE DONE :)