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Finger Nail Rings: Yay or Nay?

What do you think about these finger nail rings?


Beauty World Middle East 2012 Dubai UAE

One of the perks of my job is that I get the opportunity to attend Beauty events all over the world.  In May I was able to travel to Dubai to attend the Beauty World Middle East show.  The Beauty World show is the largest trade show for beauty, cosmetics and fragrances in the Middle East.  The event took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center in downtown Dubai. 

Working the show I was very struck by how much women in the Middle East seek skin care products.  The women I met with at the show had such beautiful skin, completely flawless, no blemishes whatsoever.  Sure some of them were wearing lots of make up but you have to have great skin to look completely airbrushed.
Overall I would say only about 30% of the population was dressed in the traditional "Abaya", however I did make the conscious decision to dress respectfully.

Unfortunately when I do have to travel for work, I rarely get any free time to visit.  Most of the shows I attend take place i…

1930s Makeup Tutorial

This is so crazy!

Source: VintageFashions

Ballin on a Budget: My DIY Microbead Manicure Vs. 18€ Ciaté Caviar Manicure

Caviar.  Sounds luxurious right? Maybe that’s why I am so obsessed with this new nail art trend! I must confess I am the least artistic person ever. I can’t draw a straight line or perfect circle for the life of me. This simple manicure is so easy to do! I love it.
All you need is your favorite nail polish, micro beads and topcoat.  That’s it! You can find Micro beads at your local craft store. They should be no more than 5 dollars.   They are tiny little metallic beads that resemble Caviar therefore the name Caviar Manicure.  Ciaté has trade marked the name “Caviar Manicure” so this is my Micro Bead Manicure inspired by Ciaté. 
Application Steps: 1. Its easier if you work 1 Nail at a time. 2.  Simply apply 1 or 2 coats of your favorite nail polish 3.  Immediately after you apply the coat of nail polish, pour or sprinkle the beads over your nails. (you should work over a paper plate to hold and save your beads) 4.  You can press or fix the beads carefully with your finger or a woodstick. 5…

Cosmoprof Bologna 2012 Part 1: Featuring @Graftobian @NYXCosmetics Nicka K Cosmetics

The Cosmoprof Trade Shows are the biggest International exhibitions for the entire spectrum of beauty products. They have them annually in Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Bologna.  Its the event where companies unveil the latest trends, new products, new technology and any other special events.  The Pavilions are divided by Countries and departments such as Cosmetics, Packaging, Salon Tools, Spa, Hair and Nails.  Its huge! You cant go through the entire show in one day.  That's why most of these trade shows will go for at least 3 - 4 days.

I attended Cosmoprof Bologna on March 9th -12th  I exhibited in the US Pavilion with my company. Just to go through all of the items I am dividing my post into 2.  Here is the first part of my Cosmoprof Swag! These products are from the US Pavillion and were mostly gifted.
Exhibiting in the US Pavilion is Great because you get to see all your favorite well known Brands.  Our booth was next to Kiss Products, Nicka K Cosmetics and NYX Cosmetics.
Nicka K Co…

February ShoeDazzle Pick

My ShoeDazzle pick of the Month:
Which are basically just knock offs of the Steve Madden "Gretta"'s
I have been wanting the Steve Madden Gretta and was about to purchase them when I noticed the Taylyn on Shoedazzle and realized I had a credit.  I have a love hate relationship with platforms.  I love that they are so comfortable but I really don't need the extra 5 inches in height.  I'm already 5'7" you do the math =/

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Sleeping under Volcanoes in Guatemala

Not really but next time I am in Guatemala I will be.  I was in G city for 3 days and I didn't really get to see what I wanted to see.  If this was a personal trip I would never stay in a hotel in capitol city.  I would much rather go explore places like Tikal, Atitlan, beaches anywhere except the city, but beggars cant be choosers and in the end I'm happy to even set foot in this beautiful country. City wise it felt like I was in Mexico City, but obviously much smaller.  But the feeling was the same, traffic, buses jam packed with people hanging out the door, street vendors and people everywhere.

 The food was amaaaaaazing! In three days I had about 3 different types of tamales, platanos fritos, black beans, longaniza, chorizo, adobo, pupusas and about a ton of rice.

 Finally on Thursday I was able to visit Antigua for a couple of hours. Antigua means "Ancient Guatemala" and was the capital city in the 18th century.  It has traditional Spanish Baroque buildings, cob…