Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grand Opening of Zayzafoon Restaurant and Lounge at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall….

One fact about me: I love to eat.  And that I can also be adventurous when it comes to food. I love trying out new cuisines and no matter how weird a dish might look like, I'd still try it. What the heck, life is too short not to come out of your comfort zone when it comes to food. 

So weeks ago, when I got an invite to try out Arabian cuisine at the grand opening of the Zayzafoon Restaurant and Lounge at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall in Baniyas, I didn't think twice of saying yes.  I did have an idea that the place is an hour bus ride from Abu Dhabi (thanks to Google) but that didn't stop me from going. Now, unlike me, my husband's not a fan of Arabic Cuisine (he is missing a lot, I know!) so I asked a good friend of mine to join me. Good thing she's up for it so after office, we took the bus and off we went to Baniyas.

It was a long ride indeed, but it was all worth it.  We were warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and then immediately ushered to our table so we can right away start with the Arabic feast.

A typical middle eastern meal starts with a mezza (or appetizers) which can be hot or cold. When we arrived, the hot mezza dishes are already served on the table. The selection is so huge, it was actually a mezza feast!  I had a hard time deciding which one to eat first, LOL!

Half an hour later, our server approached our table and asked us if they can serve the cold mezza next. I  was like, "What!!? We aren't done yet with appetizers?" 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Clarins Ladylike Makeup Collection: Swatches + First Impressions...

Last month, I featured the Autumn 2014 Makeup Collection from Clarins called Ladylike. And as promised, here's another post with swatches, plus my first impressions on some of the products sent to me from our friends from Clarins PR. (Thanks so much!)

Some goodies from Clarins Ladylike Makeup Collection

First up is the Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette:

Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette
(AED 210)

On my previous post, I said that if there's one item in this collection that I would love to have, it would be this 'lil pretty.  So imagine my excitement when I saw it inside the goodie bag!  I cartwheeled 3x! LOL.  

Its packaging, just like the other items I got, is so luxurious. It's housed in a gold metal compact with everything you'd need to create that perfect set of brows: a mirror, three brow powders, a brow wax, a highlighter, a mini pair of tweezers, a mini-spoolie and a dual-ended applicator. I've had brow compacts in the past which also includes mini tools but so far, this one has the most useful set. The tweezers can grab even the smallest of hair despite its size.  The spoolie does a great job in softening the brow color, in case you've applied too much.  I don't use the angled brow brush end of the dual applicator to apply brow color (I still use my HG brush for that from Charm), but I use the sponge tip to apply the highlighter powder on the brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes.  
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Learn Makeup In Minutes with MAC Instant Artistry….

Do you want to learn some basic makeup skills in just minutes?  Then check out the MAC Instant Artistry event: the quickest, easiest and most interactive way to learn makeup skill from the pros.

November 12 - 15
Star Atrium in Dubai Mall

I got an invite to check it out on the first day and since I have a one-week off before I start with a new job, I happily braved the almost half an hour metro ride going to Dubai Mall. I learned that this is the first time for such event to be held here in the UAE.  So yes, I do consider myself lucky to be one of the firsts to experience it. 

The setup:

'twas also my first time to attend such event (I think the first MAC Instant Artistry in Manila was held just this year too!) so I was quite surprised to see the setup: almost everything was in white, instead of the usual black which is the sort-of branding color of the brand. 
Monday, November 3, 2014

Anastasia Amrezy Palette: Swatches + First Impressions...

And finally, I got my hands on this Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette! I know I have tons of eyeshadows enough to last me a lifetime but when I saw photos of this online, I just knew I had to have one because…I am a makeup junkie like that! Hahaha!  

 Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette
(USD 29)

Actually, it's been a while since I last bought an eyeshadow palette and what really made me buy this one is the colours in it.  I've been so into earth-tones lately but I still try to add a pop of colour just so my peepers won't look too boring (or normal, hahah!) And this palette has all that: perfect shades great for an everyday makeup look plus two of my most favourite colours, purple and green! 

Isn't this a beauty? 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

La Martina at the Harper's Bazaar World of Fashion 2014...

Last two weeks ago, I got an invite to check out La Martina's latest collection at the Harper's Bazaar World of Fashion at the Mall of the Emirates.  I honestly had to think twice if I would attend because, isn't it obvious, fashion is not my thing! I mean, I wish I can be fashionable…I tried, and I still keep on trying but I guess, it's just not one of my few talents. Hahaha!

But then I realized that maybe, I can get to learn a thing or two if I would start attending such events.  So I said yes and I'm so glad I did, because I got to see all the action from the front row! 

La Martina is a sports and leisure clothing brand from Argentina and a known icon of the royal sport, horse polo.  It's also an official supplier of jerseys and equipments for most world polo tournaments. Through the years, it also became a go-to brand when it comes  to fashion in and out of the polo field. 

Looking at what the models strutted on the catwalk, their clothes are stylishly elegant, yet casual. 

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