‘Tis the season to be…. looking FAB & GLAM guys! Here is to a month of Festive celebrations & parties!
And for me it started a couple of weeks ago with the annual MEPRA Awards Gala event… despite working hard on finalising all the details, making sure the operations teams was ready to roll, I had to bring on my A game and it started with putting my ‘party face’ on! Baring in mind I only had a couple of hours to look the part it was a bit of a challenge! Still, with the right make-up, a trusty hair salon and a little patience, I managed to pull it off…. don’t you think?
I had been thinking of what I wanted to do with THE hair for a while and since I wore them up last year, I wanted to try something different. I kept on seeing excellent reviews & comments about Blo Out Beauty Bar on social media and thought I would give it a go! I kind of liked the idea of a ‘Blow Dry Menu’….
I needed however to get my hair done in the morning (so that I could attend rehearsal sessions in the afternoon as well as checking up on the ballroom set up) BUT whatever style would need to last not only the day but the evening too! I discussed my concerned with the lovely owner of the salon who reassured me she had the perfect solution! They would curl up my hair, pin the curls down and all I would have to do is to remove the pins, shake that head and voila!
I went for the ‘Fashionista‘ Blow Dry, the equally lovely hairdresser proceeded to washing, drying and curling my hair… I was done within an hour which is pretty amazing considering the amount & lengh of my hair and off I went about my day, curls pinned to my in a 70’s starlet style!
At AED120 I call this a glam’gain! When I got to the hotel, one of the events manager actually complemented me on the ‘new hair do’!! ahaha
Right before I left for the event, I took out all those bobby pins, sprayed a little Elnett, shook my hair and was left with big bouncy curly sexy hair!
Thank you so much to the FABULOUS team at Blo Out Beauty Bar!!!
I was really looking forward to this part as I find doing my make-up is just so relaxing! Yes, I am weird like that
Complexion wise, I went for a very light & matt base using the Benefit POREfessional balm as a primer to create a smooth canvas and the IsaDora BB Cream which I applied with my fingers.
I then added a little definition and warmth using my Honey Bronzer from The Body Shop, applied with the Face & Body Brush from the same brand.
I grabbed my new Benefit Rockateur and applied some of this beautiful pink sheer highlighting blush on my check bones which created the most glowing glow (does that make sense?) I’ve ever seen! I am absolutely in love with the stuff! (and btw, it photographed amazingly!!)
On the eyes, I wore a dramatic brown/bronzed smokey look, created using my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and some more Benefit gems!:
To define my eyebrows I used my new Benefit “Gimme Brow” Brow Volumizing Gel which is super practical & easy to apply! I have it in a Light/Medium shade which is perfect for my hair colour & skin tone.
Then on to the ‘smokey’ part! I really wanted to use my beloved Urban Decay Naked 2 palette which is just amazing. Here’s a mini – tutorial on how I applied the various colours…
1. Apply ‘Booty Call‘ all over the lid with a large fluffy eye shadow brush – I used the Sephora Pro Blending Brush #27
2. Take some of the ‘Busted‘ shade and apply it into the crease using (for exampled) the Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10
3. Dust a little bit of that same colour unto a smudge brush and apply along the lash line to frame the eye – I used the Sephora Smudge Brush #14
4. Pack some of the shade ‘YDK‘ onto the mobile lid to add some depth and shine – to do so I used a flat Sephora Shadow Brush #25
5. Finally, highlight the whole look with a touch of ‘Foxy‘ in your tear duct and underneath the brow bone
Now you can’t rock a smokey eye without the dramatic long voluminous lashes to match! Well of course I reached for Benefit They’re Real Mascara! This one has got to be THE best mascara ever! I only discovered it recently and was super impressed! I am lucky my eye lashes are naturally pretty long but this mascara adds a superb definition and tons of volume!
And to finish off my ‘Party Face’ look, I applied a touch of Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in ‘Frisky Business‘ which complimented the whole make-up perfectly!
And here is the final results!
Both hair and make-up lasted all night and looked beautiful! I received a few compliments which always helps ;)!
What do you think? Liked my make-up special post?