Dramatic purple makeup 

I tried something different for eyes this weekend, and placed the trend of eye liner going past the inner eye into a dramatic wing. Similar to cleopatra style.    Photo credit@ Pinterest, Cleopatra makeup. 

I just wanted a new dark look as it’s quite cold over here for Dubai. So did extra glam goth style and used purple on the whole lid blending it with black. I’m wary of using purple and black on my skintone, as it could sometimes look like a black eye! I’m not a fan of this lipstick choice in the photos but I was running late and couldn’t do the whole lip liner again.   

Details and photo of finished product below.

1) Black liquid eyeliner outer and inner eye and eyebrows: maybelline liquid black 

2) Eyeshadow: Sleek eyeshadow palette – matte purple, black for outer eye, white in inner eye

3) Face: Makeup Forever HD Foundation, contour kit 

4) Conceal and highlighting: maybelline fit concealer stick 

5) Blush: peechykeen by MAC 

6) Lips: heroine lip liner from MAC (would suggest to either go nude or dark purple) 

Photo credit @dubainight 

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DIY wedding gift under 100aed

Just wanted to share a quick DIY wedding gift that cost me under 90aed. 

My friend is getting married on the weekend and like most couples who have met in Dubai… They both are mixed nationality (French & Irish), they also have everything you can think of in their home. 

I was going back and forward what to do for them as I was going to buy an experience or weekend away but I think for a wedding gift it’s nice for something to keep forever.  i knew I wanted to do something that was a keepsake of the wedding day itself – perhaps playing on their initials and placing the map of their country in the relevant letter. 

I looked at the bookshops for buying a genuine map, it was all defeating the purpose of a budget DIY as each map was 40aed. 

Here is what I ended up doing: 

1) PowerPoint display of three heart shapes – a heart for France , Ireland and Dubai. 

2) Googled high resolution of map of each and inserted into the shape 

3) Printed at Desco for 10aed a sheet on thick white cardboard 

4) Framed it with a blue border and white frame for 75aed 

If I had more time I would have liked to do nice handwriting or calligraphy as the inscription at the bottom. This type of Gift could work for engagement, anniversary and depending on the couple – change the amount of hearts or maps. 

It’s so easy and so cute – most importantly it’s more thoughtful then going to the mall and finding something off a shelf. 

Something magical about mixing world maps with true love and wedding days ūüĆéūüíô

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2015 update…¬†

I’m back… Even though my last post was on sushi at JW Marriot (which I still go to at least once a month for sushi sundays as it is so delicious), I’ve not been inspired at all this year as I’ve had a bit of a rough patch.
You know those times when people say things to make you feel better like: “stay positive”.. “don’t worry things will look up”.. ” you are better off ” “someday you will look back and laugh”.. yes those people that are great to have around for their positivity but you really just want to punch them in the face. Because reality is you’re 31, jobless, broke, single, making toasted sandwiches on a Thursday night watching  ‘He’s just not that into you’ alone when 5 years ago you use to be popping bottles in clubs – and skinny(!) 

BTW isn’t it funny what “friends” you have when you have nothing to give except your time? 

This year without sounding dramatic, has honestly been one of the worst in my life. I really did hit rock bottom.
I recieved news last week my dad had a life threatening health scare and my friends around me have also had illnesses or accidents, humdilah everyone is safe and OK. It then occurred to me how much I let my situaton control my life this year. I am slowly getting things back together, and with the support of amazing friends and an amazing man in my life (more on that later), I’ve finally got the confidence to go directly towards my dreams. 

Life is too short to waste on making money for other people, working your guts on a job you do not love , surrounding yourself with people who don’t deserve your time or heart and letting any situation or person control your life.
Follow your dreams, live for today and tell the people who matter how much you love them.

Dubai, you have tried to break me – I’m a fighter, I will come back stronger and will always believe everything truly happens for a reason.  


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Sushi Sunday’s on a beer budget

Hello, as I am a major fan of sushi I could literally eat it every night, I’m always on the look out for deals here because for some reason it’s expensive in UAE compared to Australia.
It’s also difficult to come across high value sushi for a affordable price and then not feel full.
Sushi Sunday’s is back and better then ever at GQ Bar in the JW Marriott Marquis on Sheik Zayed Road.

The deal: 100aed per person for unlimited sushi selection or 150 for sushi, sashimi and nigiri selection
How it works: A platter is brought to your table with a yummy selection chosen from the chef, depending which ones you like you can order more of for your next round. Edamame and tempura vegetables are also brought out to snack on.

Make a reservation as the seafood is prepared fresh daily. I think for the price the sushi rolls are amazing so we opted for the 100aed package.
6pm – midnight every Sunday.
We arrived at 7pm and there were a few groups scattered around but no where near the crowd GQ use to attract. The staff are amazing and like the wonderful hostess said to me over a chat – who cares where you are if sushi is involved!

Love it – my new weekly dinner and drinks to beat the Sunday blues.

Reservations please call:
+9714 321 4541


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From Kite Beach to Kif Kif

I’ve had the pleasure of eating at this Newbie on Jumeirah Beach three times. Both times absolutely packed with lunch time eaters from work, passing by or walked over from the beach.
Moroccan Fast Food is their promise although there is nothing fast about it but the flavors, the meals, the portions are to die for.
Fresh juices – no soft drinks here, served in jam jars.
Moroccan tea served after your meal if you want.

The pictures are all instagram worthy, transporting you to a Moroccan street cafe.

And so affordable – 40aed chicken skewer platter that comes with Moroccan salad and fresh bread.
The chicken burger is on flat bread and the spices used could not be replicated at home – so yum.

Open from midday everyday, finally a fresh, yummy and affordable little street cafe.


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Makeup Organisation made affordable & Quirky

I live in a 3 bedroom villa in Dubai and even though space is no barrier, it’s more about choosing the right place¬†to house my makeup. It’s gone from just a vanity in a spare room to now a full blown decorating project with the¬†vision of a room turned into makeup¬†studio. The function needs to be everyday makeup on myself, storage, Tutorials and most importantly – book clients!¬†So stay tuned for more updates in this¬†decorating process.

I wanted to share these bargain fun pineapple¬†“pen holders” that I will be using for my brushes. They are from Typo and in the¬†beautiful Tiffany blue colour palette¬†it will add my fun touch¬†to the room. The best part – only 12AED.

Typo is a the Australian gift/stationery store recently opened in the amazing Box Park in Dubai. If you spend enough time in there, they have so many quirky things for your home/office and in this case, the makeup studio.


Pineapples – 13AED from Typo

I want my space to be quite clean and bright but at the same time the quirky accessories that have a function.

There are lots of fun yet practical things you can use for makeup organisation. Fun bowls for ear buds and cotton wool, large silver trays for grouped together products Р eyes, face etc.  I use this little bowl that you can pickup in souvenir places for my ear buds.


Souvenir Bowls make a quirky Makeup Organisation

Really, anything goes! As long as it works for you and is practical for your kit of stuff.

I will share the finished product of the room in a couple of weeks.

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Too Faced Kinda Weekend

I was gifted this Too Faced Palette for my birthday, and after using it, I can’t believe I’ve never owned any of their products, it’s been so much fun to use!

Too Faced Cosmetics

I’m truly won over. The eyeshadow shades¬†goes on silky smooth – so easy to blend. I even used the pink shadows as a small bit of blush (Too-Too Shade).

These are two looks, first is a structured smokey eye (my favourite), using the Coal shadow in the palette. As you can see from the horrendous before picture, I also did my contouring to really amp up my face a little bit. Read my post here about the products I use in correcting my red and inflamed skin.


Too Faced Eye Shadow

The second look is 10 minute apply after work for dinner and drinks:


I again used the Coal on the outer corners of my eye (and eyebrows) but softened down the smokey eye by blending with the Powdered Sugar. The look I wanted very subtle in comparison to the night before.

So there you have it, quick review on Too Faced Cosmetics.

I’m really in love with their palettes I might invest in a neutral palette of theirs for day makeup or wedding clients.

Too Faced is available at Sephora with affordable palettes retailing 130AED.

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There’s a new player in town…. Review of China Grill Dubai

Finally! A sophiscated happening lounge/restaurant in new Dubai area.

This has been my second time to China Grill, with a very New York style entrance at The Westin Mina Seyahi.¬†Both times I’ve chosen to sit¬†upstairs in the lounge although both times decided to eat from the restaurant menu.

The food is a modern take with asian inspired ingredients Рmy choice both times Scallop Sushi (Yum) and BBQ pulled lamb buns, displayed like tacos and busting with flavour. The staff are brilliant and know there stuff, the menu is extensive so ask for their recommendations if you are unsure.

BBQ Pulled Lamb Buns...sorry I ate the dumplings in the back of the pic.

BBQ Pulled Lamb Buns…sorry I ate the dumplings in the back of the pic.

Dessert must order – Banana in a Box! Hands down fabulous – if you like banana splits and have childhood memories of this homemade dessert then make room for the Banana in a Box.

 Banana in a Box

Banana in a Box

I love the food here Рalthough the music, convenient location and beautiful cocktails could be a good for afterwork drinks.

Retro Rock look for China Grill Evening

Retro Rock look for China Grill Evening

Cost:  For two people with SPG card discount, 550 AED (2 drinks each, water, two plates each and dessert to share).

Music: Amazing upbeat lounge music from a very talented DJ Ivy Vi

Funfilsdays Budget Tip: Proof Tuesdays… 30% off from 7pm and 30AED selected signature cocktails all night (with a price tag at 50AED + this is fantastic).

Funfilsdays Discount: Apply for Starwoods (SPG) card to have 20% off food – definitely a must have for your wallet to use at all Starwoods hotels around UAE.

China Grill Dubai
Westin Mina Seyahi  / FB: www.facebook.com/chinagrilldubai / Tel:+9714-511 7333

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DIY Instagram art

It’s January and we are all poor! I want to share a quick DIY gift I made for my sister which if you are on a budget is a thoughtful and unique gift.

Instagram photo canvas for under 150aed.


I originally thought of this whole Instagram canvas idea for her birthday as she had travelled a 8 month stint around South America .. (If you are a travel lover you can follow her blog here )

I found a lot of apps that do this whole process for you and print on a canvas and deliver to your door – but it’s very expensive and it has to be from your account.. So if it’s for a gift it’s useless.
Ok quick instructions that anyone can do:
1) screenshot each picture from the Instagram account you want to showcase
2) once you have a number of pics for your canvas open PowerPoint and create lines horizontal and vertical evenly in order to create boxes … Place the lines over the page as we need to go back and delete later
3) insert the pics in each box and size up if need be
4) delete the lines
5) save as PDF
6) send to a digital printer such as desco and print on canvas or paper to your size – this canvas in the printer is 120aed.
It takes time, but it’s super cheap and so thoughtful. It’s even nice as a year in focus gift for yourself or a friend who has a business , any special occasion… Anything your inspired to do- be creative.
There you have it – styling a unique gift on a budget.

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Handmade Happiness

Happy holidays with these handmade happiness accessories!
I’ve realized most of my Instagram posts are wearing this clutch from Stash (it goes with mostly everything!) however I’ve never wrote exclusively on this Dubai designer.


Stash is Serbian born designer and the only way to explain her creations are exactly as her tag line: handmade happiness. From clutches to bangles and smaller accessories these are all perfect for stocking fillers over Christmas. I bought my sister the Cuban bag for Christmas. Stash now has 20per cent off this and other pieces.

What first drew me to the brand in the first place was seeing her stall at a Bang Bang event (Facebook: BangBang Dubai) with the interesting range of comic style pieces that perfectly answer my pop art addiction (see my paintings in my house!).


I love unique and affordable fashion and this comic clutch is literally wearable art. And for a price under 400aed for a handmade / unique piece it’s perfect statement accessory for yourself or a friend.
Follow Stash to find out where you can buy her stuff – usually at Ripe market or the Al Quoz popup stores. She’s mentioned a new range of designs are coming out in the new year..
Facebook: Stash.Dubai
Instagram: stash_dubai
Email: hello@stash.ae


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