Thursday, August 2, 2012

Finger Nail Rings: Yay or Nay?

What do you think about these finger nail rings?

I'd rock it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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 in the Industrial areas or downtown areas which happen to be the most western part of the city.  Personally I dislike the "touristy" areas and would rather visit historical sites, ruins or just simply the regular parts of the city, where the people and cultures actually live. I visited the Burj Khalifa (The tallest building in the world) which is also the most expensive hotel in the world.  They have an elevator ride to the top but the line was ridiculously long.  It was sold out for the day,and the next day as well.  You have to reserve ahead of time.  So a tip to you, if you want to visit, reserve your tickets in advance online. The Burj Khalifa is connected to the Dubai Mall which is also the largest shopping mall in the world.  Its 3 stories and pretty much contains every chain store, fashion house in the world and every shop is over the top luxurious.  I'm talking about chandeliers dripping from every corner luxurious.  Even a simple store like The Gap is done over the top in Dubai.  Its a whole other world out there.  The downtown area of Dubai is very modern, most of the buildings are hotels, luxury apartments or financial buildings and offices.  There really wasn't much "culture" there.  It also doesn't feel like your far from home when there's a Kentucky Fried Chicken on every corner.

The one place that I was able to visit quickly was the Gold Souk and I was sooooo excited for this.  A souk is a traditional marketplace. The Gold Souk is located in Deira which is located only about 15 minutes away from the downtown area.  The Gold Souk is a labyrinth of jewelry shops where you can find the purest of gold.  There's also men trying to sell you random tshirts, key chains and other random souvenirs.  They are so persistent and try to lure you into their stores offering the best price.  You can find any knockoff here.  I didn't take many pictures because I did feel a little uncomfortable and didn't want to bring any unnecessary attention to myself.  I would say about 99.9% of the vendors here were men. I really did not see any women attending any of the shops, so it was pretty intimidating walking into a small back alley shop and finding a room full of men.  I never felt like I was in danger, but I was well aware I was walking around at night by myself in completely unfamiliar territory.  Why risk drawing attention to myself with a $1,000 camera in my hand?  It was already late so I wasn't there very long.  I purchased a few souvenirs for my family and headed home.   There's also a fish market, vegetable/fruit market and a spice souk but I didn't have a chance to visit those places.

Overall it was a wonderful experience and I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit.  I look forward to vising the Middle East again one time. 


Thursday, May 24, 2012

1930s Makeup Tutorial

This is so crazy!

Source: VintageFashions

Friday, April 13, 2012

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. Let it dry a couple of minutes then simply apply 1 or 2 coats of Top Coat
6. Move on to the next nail

Here are some image of the Micro bead Manicures I have created with my own supplies.  The nail art beads are from Amazing Shine 

They have a set of beads for sale on for $19.99 but you get 12 colors.

The official Ciaté Caviar Manicure set is only available in the UK for 18 Euros

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure will be available at Sephora but will retail around $25

I love the finished look but be warned this manicure will not last very long.  It’s perfect for a night out or a special occasion but even with multiple layers of top coat the beads will chip or fall off.  It’s very easy to do. Try it ;)

“You don’t need a lot money to feel luxurious.  You just need creativity.”

Monday, April 2, 2012

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 Cosmetics 

Our friendly neighbors from  Nicka K Cosmetics were very generous and gifted us with some of their new products.  I have actually never used Nicka K Cosmetics before.  They are based in new york and have a nice new presentation.  They gifted us with some Face&Body Shimmer, Lip Color Gloss in Clear, Eye Light Crayon in Aquamarine and an Art Liner pen in Black.  I am actually really excited to wear  the Art liner Pen. I go through Black Eyeliner alot!  They ere also kind to gift us with items from their Absolute! line including their new solid perfume sticks and makeup remover wipes.  One can never have enough of those!


 Graftobian has got to be one of my favorite professional makeup lines.  The quality is excellent and its made in the US.  I don't know about you but when I know a product is made in the US it immediately elevates the quality reassurance for me.  I actually just stopped by the booth to pick up one of their Face Painting books.  I picked up Volume 2 of the Disguise Stix series. I think it was something like 5 euros which is like 7 dollars or something.  I feel horrible for not remembering the name of the Booth manager but I told him how much I loved Graftobian and how I Freelance on the side and he gifted me with 2 of their Makeup Learning Series DVD's! I got the Airbrush Face and Body Art DVD and the HD Makeup 101 DVD. I am so excited to learn some new tricks.  Thank You Graftobian! 


The main thing that attracts me to NYX is their packaging.  NYX has really evolved in the last 10 years to a major international brand.  Our next door neighbors at the US pavilion were so generous to gift us with one of their gift bags!  The gift bag included a Bronzer&Blusher combo "Sunrise in Bali" I think I will be using it a lot this summer! Roll on Shimmer in Onyx, Jumbo Pencil in Sparkle Green, Xtreme Lip Creme in XLC 09? (I don't know if that's the name?) It seems kind of like an OCC Liptar. If any one's ever used this please share your comments with me!  Also Mood Lipgloss and Provocateur Mascara.  I'm so excited to try out all these NYX products.  Thank you NYX!

 I am only halfway into my swag! These are all the items that were gifted to me.  Part 2 will consist of the items I purchased during the last day of Cosmoprof which is the day when all the sample sales take place!
Thanks for reading! and please check part 2!

Monday, March 5, 2012

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 =/

If you don't already have shoedazzle try it out! Click on my link and get 20% of your first purchase!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

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, cobblestone streets, central park (aka Plaza) and Cathedrals & Churches. This is definitely a place you want to see in the daylight! The streets and buildings are so colorful and seeing them in the daylight would have been amazing.  I was there in the evening.  Due to traffic it took us about 2 hours to get from Guatemala City to Antigua.  I got there around 7pm and left around 9:30pm.

Souveniers arent really my thing.  I love to shop but those corny souvenier shops tend to be filled with items made in china rather than authentic items.  In Antigua there were many indigenous women selling scarves and shawls.  I fell in love with this beautiful red reboso.  Its not even red its like a deep wine color with beautiful gold. Its gorgeous! Only 75 quetzales which is about 8 dollars!  I don't like bargaining with street vendors when I'm traveling.  I always hear people say "you can bargain with them" but why would you? They are obviously working in need of money, they've spent their time and money creating something with their hands and you want to bring them down from 8 dollars to 5 dollars? Really?

Overall Guatemala was really great.  Everyone was really nice and friendly.  I never once felt scared or unsafe.  I met a man from New York who told me he wouldn't leave his hotel room past 9pm because it was too dangerous. =/ It wasn't dangerous at all.  Obviously I'm not going to be walking in the middle of the night down a dark alley. Or flashing my money and camera in front of everyone.  Its common sense! These negative people annoy me. 
Anyway, I don't have a camera so these pictures were all taken with my wack camera phone. (and I don't know why the picture orientation is wrong, sorry)

Next trip Bolognia, Italy aaaaaaaaand I finally got my Iphone so I have a better camera check my blog in a few weeks =]