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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.

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 :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HOLIDAY GLAM: THE DOLCE VITA BY ANNA DE LEON

Hi Guys :) November is coming to a close and the festive month of December is upon us. I am sure that your social calendars are slowly filling up with Christmas parties to attend but I do hope that we all will not forget the reason for the season :)

Let me start the Holiday Season Looks Series with this look inspired by the cover that Kirsten Stewart did for W magazine. This was photographed by  Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot and the Make Up was beautifully done by Lucia Pieroni.

This look evokes Vintage Glam inspired by beauty icons of the past like Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot with the emphasis being on the Feline Flick. Let me walk you through the products that used to recreate the look :) Hope you all like this. 


YOU CAN SPORT THIS LOOK WITH VAVAVOOM HAIR. WORK SOME VOLUMNIZING HAIR MOUSSE ON THE ROOTS OF YOUR HAIR, TIP OVER AND DRY AS USUAL. IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME DIVIDE YOUR HAIR INTO 8 SECTIONS AND USE BIG VELCRO ROLLERS FOR THAT SEXY, TOUCHABLE VICTORIA'S SECRET ANGEL HAIR
ANOTHER GREAT HAIRSTYLE TO PAIR THIS LOOK WITH IS WITH A MESSY FRENCH TWIST. RED CARPET HAIR DOESNT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A HELMET HEAD, HAIR STILL HAS TO BE TOUCHABLE. :)


 THIS IS THE ACTUAL PHOTO OF KIRSTEN'S W MAGAZINE COVER. 

ALWAYS START YOUR MAKE UP APPLICATION WITH A CLEAN, TONED AND MOISTURISED FACE. I WILL POST MY SKINCARE ROUTINE AS WELL. 


FOR THE BASE
FOUNDATION: PERFECTION LUMIERE IN BEIGE AMBRE
CORRECTOR: MAC COSMETICS IN MID PEACH
CONCEALER: MAC COSMETICS IN NW 25
POWDER: REVLON COLORSTAY IN MEDIUM DEEP
CONTOUR: KEVYN AUCOIN SCULPTING POWDER IN MEDIUM
BLUSH: CLINIQUE IN ICED LOTUS.
* I DONT THINK KIRSTEN HAD ANY HIGHLIGHT AND THE LOOK IS PRETTY MATTE SO SKIPPED THAT.



FOR THE BROWS
I DID OVER DRAW MY BROWS TO MAKE IT FULLER AND MORE 60'S
BROW PENCIL: BEN NYE IN MEDIUM BROWN
BROW POWDER: FAINT FROM URBAN DECAY'S NAKED BASICS PALETTE 
BROW GEL: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS IN BRUNETTE

FOR THE EYES
PRIMER: MAC COSMETICS PAINT POT IN PAINTERLY
ON THE LID: URBAN DECAY'S FOXY FROM NAKED BASICS PALETTE
ON THE CREASE: NAKED 2 FROM NAKED BASICS PALETTE
ON THE BROW BONE: FOXY
FOR THE FELINE FLICK: MAKE UP FOREVER AQUA LINER IN 13
FOR THE WATER LINE: MAC COSMETICS CHROMOGRAPHIC PENCIL IN NW 25/NC 30
MASCARA: MAYBELLINE ONE BY ONE  VOLUM EXPRESS