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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PRODUCT REVIEW: KAT VON D LOCK IT TATTOO FOUNDATION


What can you expect from the Cosmetic line of one of the best Tattoo Artists alive? Well, you are about to find out with a review of Kat Von D's Lock It Tattoo Foundation. 😄

A little background on Kat Von D and her Cosmetic line, Kat is of course well known as a tattoo artist, musician and TV Personality. She launched her line in 2008 with 4 shades of lipsticks and look at the brand now! Kat's products have always been Vegan, meaning it does not contain animal products, its buy products and does not test on animals. 

The Lock it Tattoo Foundation has 47 shades, contains 30ml of product and is Fragrance free. This is a plus for me because I think that adding fragrance to face products can lead to skin irritation. This retails for  USD 35 (+/- 130 AED) It now has 47 shades and picking the right shade won't be difficult as it also has an undertone guide for you.

It is a full coverage foundation, however, it can also be thinned out by adding a small amount of moisturizer or beauty oil of your choice. I believe that it does not contain SPF, making this foundation perfect for photoshoots. You can expect the foundation to hide blemishes and discoloration, however, not entirely sure about its claim of being transfer proof as I have never worn it during Jiujitsu training! LOL!


BUT FIRST, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE! 😆

When reviewing foundations I don't use any primers, If the product claims to be long wearing then it can and should be able to survive the whole day without "foundation helpers." I also don't use setting sprays. 

The Lock It Tattoo Foundation is not the kind of foundation that you dot on your skin and not blend immediately as it SETS FAST! If you don't blend the foundation immediately it has a tendency of clinging on to your skin, leaving undesirable patches.

My preferred method of application is with a flat top kabuki brush. I feel that this buffs the foundation into your skin better. A PRO Tip. If you feel that you may have overdone the foundation, take a damp Beauty Blender and pat all over the face. Another PRO Tip: If you don't have a Beauty Blender, take sheet of Kleenex and pat. This allows you to remove the excess product without moving the foundation.

I was very busy the day I put the foundation to the test, therefore, not having an opportunity to retouch. Eventhough I never had the chance to do so, the foundation didn't settle on the sides of my nose. (As you will see on all of my check ins). I think that from 0945 - 2045, a little bit of shine is forgiveable. LOL!

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MY 1ST CHECK IN AT 0945 
When I test a foundation, I make it a point to take a photo in natural light and it has to be 1st thing in the morning. This gives me a better way to compare the "wear" of the foundation throughout the day.

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MY 2ND CHECK IN AT 1645
The product did not oxidize (this means that your face did not get darker) and there was no meltdown inspite of the fact that I had to be outdoors that day as well.

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MY LAST CHECK IN AT 2045
The foundation being full coverage, I will suggest this to people who have oily skin. If you have dry skin, you can still wear this but make sure that you exfoliate to remove flakiness (some women have dry patches and this product clings) and of course moisturize.

So, what are my final thoughts on Kat Von D's Lock It Tattoo Foundation? I don't think that it is a hype. The product delivers what it claims to deliver and more.The price point is good, not too pricey for the results that it gives. 💕

Hope that this review was helpful to you guys and see you all very soon!

Love and Light,
Anna




Sunday, November 27, 2016

SKIN CARE AND MAKEUP TIPS FOR YOUR TEENAGER


They grow up so fast! One minute you were changing their diapers and the next minute you are doing their make up for the Junior Prom! What I would give to turn back time to spend more time with these teenagers are toddlers! But then again, being a mom and an aunt to these lovely teenagers takes on a different dynamics. And I loving every bit of it too!

During my recent holiday back home, I had Ally's cousins and my sister over our house. It was soo nice to have them over! Never a dull moment. 💕I took this as an opportunity to teach them how to apply makeup and I also took their photos on my iPhone. 😆😆 Pardon the quality of the photo, I had to improve the lighting. 😊

For this shoot, I used the same shades for the eyes and cheeks on Lizzie, Ally and Renee. 😄

Here are a few tip skin care and make up tips for your budding teen ager 💗


SKIN CARE
I can't begin to tell you how important it is to encourage your teenagers to start on a good skin care regimen at an early age. The earlier they start taking care of their skin, the longer they will maintain their youthful look. Modesty aside, I am 40 next year but I can still pass for someone who is in her late 20's. Thanks to genetics and a good skin care regimen.😎

CTM: Their skin care regimen should be simple and gentle products. I say simple because the moment it gets complicated, they wont do it. It is as simple as Cleaning, Toning and Moisturizing

CLEANSING: Cleaning the face after school is so important as it removes the dirt and grime from a day full of school activities. While cleansing with their favorite facial wash may have removed some dirt, there are some that is deep seated and can only be removed by a toner. 

TONING: Toning, aside from deep cleaning the face also closes the pores. Closing the pores is essential as it prevents dirt from creeping into your skin, therefore avoiding breakouts.

MOISTURIZE: Moisturize at an early age, do it now and thank me later 😏 

SKIN CARE EXTRAS:  A deep cleaning scrub twice a week is also recommended as well as an at home facial. 




ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

PERFECT: Teenager's skin can be tricky because of puberty and they may breakout, however, that is a not a reason to pile on the foundation. I actually do not suggest foundation for very young skin. Opt for a bb cream or tinted moisturizer.

CONCEAL: Because or exams, project deadlines, teenagers can also develop dark circles and for that a yellow toned concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin should be applied on the dark cirles.

For blemishes that are red in nature, a green corrector to counteract its redness, should be applied prior to applying a concealer that is the same color of her skin. 😇

BLUSH: I don't advocate contouring for teenagers, for special occasions, yes. I recommend a hint of a pink blusher on the apples of the cheeks for that English Rose look. FRESH 😃





BE ON FLEEK AS A TEENAGER

BROWS ON FLEEK: One and only advice... KEEP YOUR TWEEZERS AWAY FROM YOUR BROWS. If at all, you just need to clean some stray hair and keep the brows in place with a clear mascara.

THE EYES HAVE IT. You are a young lady but not yet a fully grown woman. You will have so many years ahead of you to create smokey eyes and maybe wear false lashes and black eyeliner. There are ways to defines the eyes without going crazy with colors. Use a matte, medium Brown eyeshadow all over the lid then blend. You can also use the same color to define the lower lash line. Apply a cream colored eyeshadow on the brow bone. Curl your lashes and apply mascara.

LUSCIOUS LIPS: Only because these young ladies wanted to wear the Kylie Liquid Lipstick! lol! I prefer glosses over matte lips for teenagers. I think matte lips matures the wearer but on this occassions, I let them have it. LOL!!! Keep the colours, you have the rest of your adult life to wear those rich reds and deep berries. 


Most of all girls, don't hurry up, enjoy being a teenager, the homeworks, the highschool crushes. I pray that you 3 grow up to become empowered women, constantly seeking Our Loving Father with a strong sense of self and a desire to do good whether big or small.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OOTN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

THE DUBAI OPERA

What comes to mind when you hear or read the word OPERA? I immediately think of Evening Gowns, Tuxedos and Diamonds.😍 I , however, decided to take it down several notches when I watched Les Miserables.

I have 2 mantras when it comes to dressing up and it doesn't matter if I am attending a formal or an informal event and these are, "KEEP IT SIMPLE" and "WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR BLACK." Sometimes I combine both.

For A Night at The Opera, I decided to skip the dress and "modernise" a Red Carpet Look by wearing texturised jeans with a simple and black top with an uneven hem and Patent Black Pumps from SJP Collection. 💕 What is a Red Carpet Look without the Bling, right? I kept the Bling simple by wearing Diamond Drop Earrings and a Tennis Bracelet with a Bejeweled Clutch from ALDO.

Tell me my lovelies, what are your fashion mantras?

Love and Light,
Anna

BLACK IS NEVER BASIC

MY BLING





Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FAIXA BRANCA: MY JIUJITSU JOURNEY

Yes, I have been Missing In Action but not without a good reason. :) Aside from being busy preparing for projects, I have also been busy on the mats and inside the octagon :) Yes, my loves, I am completely in love with Brazilian Jiujitsu, have also gone back to Boxing and Muaythai. 

Some people may call this their Fitness Routine, I would like to call it my Chosen Lifestyle. :) I embraced boxing in 2013 and got introduced to Muaythai in April of 2014. I have tried all forms of workouts in the book; Zumba, Crossfit and though I loved them all, I got bored after doing the same thing day in and day out. 

Boxing and Muaythai, to this day, ranks as the best way to condition your body, your Cardio, incomparable. Those jabs, cross, hooks and uppercuts will define your arms without having to lift weights and those roundhouses will give your pins that is both sexy and strong.

I think what brought about me embracing boxing and muaythai was my love for UFC. Watching the old fights and seeing most wins were via Brazilian Jiujitsu submissions made me rethink my path. Though I love my stand up and striking sports, I felt that I will never be able to fight. It became more of a sport to me than merely a fitness plan.

I started My Brazilian Jiujitsu Journey during Ramadhan of 2015. I had 3 classes with a Gi and 2 classes with No Gi. Unfortunately, my coach had to leave and I stopped training.

I think that the MMA and BJJ gods heard my pleas and fast forward to end of March 2016... UFC Gym Middle East Opened here in Dubai.

Training started... Day in and day out, I would come and train for 2 hours. 

14 July 2016, I earned my 1st stripe as a Faixa Branca. The journey doesn't stop here and I know that under my coaches, Prof Pimpolho and Rafael, I will be able to advance and compete in the near future!

OSS!

1ST STRIPE

BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU

 ROLLING TIME

 WITH OUR AMAZING COACH, PROF PIMPOLHO

TEAM FEMME FATALE

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SPAR!