Thursday, November 13, 2014

Comfort Zone FOTD

I thought I will show you my current comfortable makeup rut and the products I have been using on most days.

Its nothing innovative I'm afraid we are still safely in the land of taupe browns and other similar eyeshadows with a dash of lipgloss (that gets changed for a bright lip every now and then). But it takes me minimal effort and time in the mornings and I'm all about that extra snooze.

Now I dont want to lie because there are days where I feel that nothing else but a cat flick will do so I spend that extra 10min of trying to perfect my eyeliner but most morning I choose having a longer morning cuddle with the dog and cats. To be honest anything that requires a steady hand in the morning is a bit of a challenge as this is the time Yallas loves to jump up and down on my lap.

The winning combo for those "lets-just-smack-stuff-on" mornings is Mac Sable eyeshadow (Link) packed onto the lid and blended lighter into the crease. On top of that goes By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock (Link). I still have a lot of love for this shimmery plummy cream stick. I think this alone is a bit weak for me but paired with Sable you couldn't get a better match. It also blends like a dream and stays put for the whole day. This is shimmer in its best form no glittery bits in sight.

On the rest of my face you can find:
Face: NARS Sheer Glow foundation
          Clinique Airbrush Concealer
          Laura Mercier mineral powder

Bronzer: Smashbox Bronze Lights bronzer in Suntan Matte
Blush: NARS Orgasm
Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
Eyeshadow: Mac Sable, By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock and a bit of Silk Teddy (from Too Faced Natural Eyes palette) in the inner corner 
Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

Whats your current favorite every day eyeshadow? 
Something that makes you feel put together but is super easy to use as well.. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Life Lately #11

The latest bits from my life are here..

- I have a confession to make. I have never ever dressed up for Halloween before. 2 years in a row I have had to work the next day early morning so we skipped it and previous years we just never lived anywhere where it was a big thing. So this year I was dead set I want to attempt a sugarskull makeup. I bought the face paint, I bought the fake flowers to make a crown- only to have the house party we were supposed to go to be canceled on the same day. By this point there was no stopping me so I painted my face anywa.. and Morgans as well by the way. It was close call we were gonna be the odd couple who stays at home with full face of paint until friends invited us to a dinner party. We totally went full costume and makeup ignoring that this wasn't really a Halloween dinner party. Was fun! Wish I had more opportunities to do that.

- Zulu has been on a roll with looking awesome daily so I have approx 100 pictures of just her every week. Here she is posing with Morgans Halloween hat. If you like cats may I suggest you follow Zulu on instagram ( @zuluthebatcat)

- my work schedule is pretty cray-cray at the moment, there is a few events every week. This can be exhausting but it also allows me to see some awesome venues in Dubai I wouldnt necessarily happen to other wise. Above you see a picture of Glenlivet whiskey dinner we organized in a stunning and a bit surreal private dining room in One&Only hotel. I think that is one of my favorite venues to hold dinner events in. Total magic with large golden seats and huge dining table.

- I have done very well on my shopping ban minus last few days. Firstly I have wanted the Mary-Lou Manizer for ages but as far as I knew they don't sell theBalm in Dubai. Well I spotted a whole new theBalm counter in Debenhams MOE and before I knew what was going on I had purchased the much talked about highlighter. It was a force stronger than me, I'm sorry! (im not sorry really. Its the best highlighter I have ever ever had) If anything I'm proud of myself that I walked away with only one thing. I just need to get a grip now as I get a bit heavy handed with this as its sooo pretty.

- The long awaited beautiful, breezy, pleasant and warm summer night of Dubai have finally arrived. Me and husband celebrated it with a sheesha in Fairmont The Palm. The views from there are rather stunning arent they? It also serves one of the best sheeshas in town if you ask me.

- Last but not the least I got to start this workweek with a day off. As the weekend was a working kind my Sunday was spent laying in a sun lounger in a beach club. Juice ( that got swapped for wine during lunch) in hand and a good book to keep me companied. It was one of those perfect days that leave you rested and happy for a while.

Btw I am half way done with my book so any suggestions what should I pick up next are very welcomed?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Well yes..
I tried do put together another Polishes post but it ain't happening.

Because there is an abnormality in my behavior. I get fixated on one nailpolish and dont wear anything else for weeks and weeks. Previously I would get bored so fast and want to change it up constantly. This new thing started with Obsessed that was reapplied to my nails for three weeks straight. Now I moved on to this beauty of a shade.

Feast your eyes on O.P.I.- Malaga Wine (Link).

Is it not just the perfect autumn shade? No actually perfect whatever the weather shade. I'd say its a  blood red and looks sultry dark in artificial light but outdoors some deep cherry tone are visible.  I have had 4 people ask what nailpolish I'm wearing- its one of those classy eye catchers.

The formula of this is smooth and easy to work with. I like O.P.I. brush as well because its not hard to maneuver and achieves a relatively professional looking manicure in a relatively painless way. O.P.I is definitely one of my very favorite polish brands. I really feel the chipping is minimal and its non streaky. 

Whats your favorite O.P.I shade?
I would love to expand the ever growing collection. I dont need to but I would love to.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

October Favorites

You know what makes me a bit sad?
That I cant seem to get on a roll with regular three posts a week like I used to. Its bumming be out because I love to blog and to read your comments and to read others blogs and you know..all of it.

However November is going to be by far the most intense and crazy-busy work month I have ever had and preparing for it plus secretly worrying about not being able to pull it off (fear of failure is my biggest area of improvement) has left me with little less enthusiasm for the blog. So thank you so much if you are still around this neck of the woods. And thank you for commenting and sometimes sending a lovely email- it makes me smile a lot!

The sob story aside I do have October favorites to talk about.

Lets do the oldies but goodies first and leave the few newer bits to the end.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Grandest Grape (Link) always makes an appearance around this time of the year. Its my favorite easy to wear plum shade and you can do a sheer coat or layer it on for a dark but still not vampy autumn lip.  

I do feel that all I ever write about it lip products but thats what I use and enjoy the most so I cant really help it. The most used bright lip has definitely been Sephora Matte Lip Cream Stain in 03 Strawberry Kissed (Link). In reality this is such a summer shade but as I live in perpetual summer it doesnt really matter. Formula is magic- matte, doesn't flake, stays on for hours and hours probably days if I didnt remove it in the evening. This formula is something I trust 100% and never ever have to do a quick check after eating or drinking as I know my lipstick is still perfect and in place.

The oldest of this bunch is the Mac Sable eyeshadow (Link). Possibly my most favorite Mac eyeshow ever and currently being used most days of the week. Its a no brainer everyday plummy bronzy shadow that works amazing on green eyes. I'm sure everyone knows and has this already but if you dont..please explain why?

The new bits include Sephora Pro Smoky Liner brush #24 (Link). Laura told me I need it and well when has she ever been wrong about makeup? Such a fantastic brush for outlining the eye, smudging liner and especially for adding highlighter to the inner corners. 

If you live in UK I think the best place to find the next item is here- Natura Siberica Hand Mask. If you live in Estonia then it should be easy to find. I got it as a bday gift from my friends and I have used it every night ever since. It is the best night hand treatment I have had in ages. Made out of organic ingredients it smells like berries and you wake up with soft smooth nails and cuticles. Im bad at remembering to lotion my hands but slathering this on every evening before sleep has become a bit of a ritual I deeply enjoy now. Do check it out if you can find it!

Lastly 2 pairs of my favorite earrings this month and of course both New Vintage by Kriss and also both made out of mountain crystals. Somehow colorful jewelry has really not got my attention so I have kept things super simple with either of these dainty pieces. 

Let me know what your favorites have been? Please leave a link in comments if you have done a post so I can check it out.