Friday I'm in love { LIP PRODUCTS }

Did you know that it was International Lipstick Day two days ago? Yes, there is actually such a thing. I actually heard about it only when my lovely friend Jerin posted it on her Instagram. I got inspired by her pretty photo, so I thought of dedicating today's Friday Love post to this tiny beauty product that's been a constant favorite among women.

Here are five of my favorite lip products of all time. I said lip products since some of them are not actually lipstick. One's a lip gloss and the other's a lip balm. :)
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte #49 in Terriblement Fuchsia | Inglot Matte Lipstick #405 | Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish
Matte by Kate Moss Lipstick | MAC Snob Satin Lipstick | Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

I have been addicted to these Burt's Bees lip balms since 2008 ever since my friend Apple gifted me with one. These are literally little lip savers and I can't go anywhere without one of these. I even have one on top of my bedside table within reach since I feel weird whenever my lips become dry. It's the only one that seriously tames my perpetually-chapped lips.

I gotta say that Inglot super matte finish lipsticks are my absolute favorite (Inglot #405 is a top choice because of its neutral shade). They're amazingly creamy, moisturizing, and also has Vitamin E. It's one of the more nourishing lipstick lines out there. The scent is quite yummy,  color stays for a long time, and they're paraben-free too. Win!

These tiny tubes of instant color have actually been around for the past 91 years, but wearing lipstick has been the thing since 5,000 years ago. I know! It's been that long! What's your favorite lipstick?

How's the weekend treating you so far? Hope it's been fun and colorful!


Travel Diaries: Tbilisi, Georgia

Our weekend vacation in Georgia holds such a special place inside my heart. It never fails to put a huge smile on my face. It's actually one of those "that time we went to this place" stories you would repeatedly tell your children and grandchildren for years to come. Everything about it is just pure happiness. :)

These photos were taken on the night before my birthday spent at the beautiful country of Georgia. We stayed at Courtyard by Marriott located right smack in the middle of Freedom Square in Tbilisi were all the happenings are. It was snowing all over and we discovered a Christmas-lit park during our stroll. It was magical.
It was fairly easy to walk around Tbilisi, all you need is a pair of trusty boots and warm layers of clothing. No need to take a cab really. There were lots of charming coffee shops, stores, and restaurants in the area. I was even crazy enough to eat an ice cream just because. I also appreciate that there were quite a handful of friendly people who volunteered to take some of our photos. Georgians are really nice and as beautiful as their country. I love them!
It's hard not to fall in love with the neoclassical and modern architecture of Tbilisi. Freedom Square, including the entire stretch of Rustaveli Avenue, is home to some of the most exquisitely endearing old buildings and monuments that speak volumes of their rich history and culture. Deciding to book a hotel at the very heart of it has got to be one of the best decisions we made for this trip. Imagine waking up to a view as gorgeous as this. What's not to love?

To say that it was a happy birthday for me would be an understatement. It's beyond amazing, and I'm really thankful for my family and loved ones for making this happen. It's truly a big world out there and as they say, the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. I can't wait to go on our next adventure! :)

More details of our Georgia vacation can be found on a previous post.


Travel Diaries: Singapore

We flew via Singapore Airlines on our flight back to Dubai a few months ago. But instead of waiting for eight hours inside their airport as originally planned, we decided to extend our layover in Singapore to three days so we can tour around the city and also squeeze in a short side trip to Legoland Malaysia. Luckily, my husband had a few high school friends based there who were very nice to show us around. It's truly one of the most memorable and fun-filled escapades we've had in a long time.

Singapore is such an idyllic, clean, safe, and modern country. It almost felt like a mini Dubai to be honest, only not as hot. Their people are very friendly and their tasty cuisine is to die for. Our friends treated us to dinner in Makansutra Gluttons' Bay on our first night and my babyfats seriously had a ball. Of course we tried their signature dishes such as chilli crabs and cereal prawns.
The days we spent in Singapore became a discovery of pure gastronomic heaven. I still crave for their delicious food to this day. It's really that good.

After picking us up from the airport, our amazingly cool friend Tim, accompanied us during our first day in Singapore. We immediately tried Singapore Duck Tours and also rode the Singapore Flyer to get a bird's eye view of the city. We temporarily forgot our fear of heights. It's so picturesque! 
Going around Singapore was very convenient thanks to their MRT. The nearest station was only a stone's throw away from our hotel. We stayed at Holiday Inn Express located in Clarke Quay, the riverside village which is like the center of  almost everything.
 The famous Merlion and Marina Bay looked beautiful day and night.

We capped our first night in Singapore chugging down a variety of drinks (Singapore Sling of course) and catching up with friends in one of the bars along a lively and beautifully-lit Clarke Quay. The Filipino bartender serving us even gave me another drink on the house and gifted me with a couple of super cute Singapore Sling souvenir keychains and fridge magnets. So nice!

Our entire second day was a day well spent around Sentosa inside Universal Studios Singapore and also the then newly-opened Madame Tussauds Wax Musuem. It was definitely so much fun to act like a kid again. We were so silly. We've taken so many photos that batteries of both the two cameras we had with us ended up dying.
Figured out how to get to Sesame Street of course!

I finally managed to force the husband to try a scary ride for the first time ever, Revenge of the Mummy inside Universal Studios (it was very scary in his books atleast). I actually made him think we were lining up just to get inside a mummy museum. Just imagining the shocked look on his face when he realized it's a rollercoaster ride is still making me laugh until now. I didn't give him the chance to back out of course.
We spent around seven hours inside Universal Studios before deciding to head out to Madame Tussaud's. It's located in Sentosa also along Imbiah Road. Again, we had to ride the train to get there.

We boarded the "Spirit of Singapore" boat ride inside the museum. It was quick but I found it refreshing especially that it was an extra hot day when we were there. The wax museum was newly-opened at that time so there weren't a lot of figures on display. Still, it was a nice experience.

Of course I got to hang out with my boys Leo and Tom and chitchat with Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey, along with all the other stars (hello Audrey Hepburn) of Madame Tussauds.

We really thought that the almost three days we allotted was enough to see what this charming little city has to offer, but we were so wrong. It's not enough at all. There's so much to do and to experience. We seriously want to come back soon!


My favorite beauty products from Chanel

I'm no Chanel expert and I haven't even tried all the Chanel product there is in the market. But I know me, and I know what I like. I've tried quite a few Chanel babies and three of their products stood out to me. These three are the ones that stuck with me.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour
This is actually a recent discovery for me. I got this as a random gift from my husband. You see, I've been a loyal pressed powder user of this other brand for years, but recently that other brand decided to cause my skin to break out like crazy. Only when I stopped using this pressed powder did the stubborn nasty bumps finally leave my poor face alone. Thanks Lisa Eldridge for the heads up in all of those beauty tutorials for this Chanel range!

The powder is scented, but not that strong. Just a hint of rose which is actually quite nice. The coverage is moderate. Enough to set your make-up and give your face a somewhat glowing pretty finish. And the halfmoon brush, don't even get me started with that one. It's incredibly soft and looks as fancy as the total packaging (hello chic cream case and sophisticated velvet black pouch). It's a plus also that this one has SPF 15, which is a must especially when you live in an eternally sunny place like Dubai. And the best thing about Les Beiges? It doesn't break me out (so far), so definitely a good product!

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner
I have nothing but good words for this eyeliner. It's smooth, waterproof and definitely long-lasting. It glides on gently and perfectly and you don't have to worry of it smudging even after wearing it all day. I've used a lot of eyeliners but nothing compares to this one. An everyday staple! And a slow clap for the built-in sharpener at the opposite end too. So handy!
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
Chanel launched three variants for their Chance fragrance collection but only the Chance Eau Tendre  scent connected with me. The other two were just too strong for me I guess. Tendre is light, fresh, feminine, and very long-lasting. Truly a happy scent with a combination of grapefruit, jasmine and white musk. I got my first bottle courtesy of a former colleague almost three years ago and have never looked back ever since. Wear this and witness how others can't help but do a doubletake when they catch a sniff. :)

What's your favorite Chanel product?

Oh, and have you guys seen this short film "Once Upon A Time" by Karl Lagerfeld?


Friday I'm in love { AUDREY HEPBURN }

Hello everyone! It's my favorite day of the week! How's this Friday treating you guys? Mine is the freshly-brewed-coffee-new-book-loving-and-home-chilling kind and I'm enjoying it. Anyway, I chugged down quite a few cups of coffee yesterday, so naturally had a tough time hitting the sack last night. I decided to watch a movie instead of just staring at the dark ceiling like a crazy person.

I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's for the umpteenth time and now I'm back to being an obsessed Audrey Hepburn fan. Here's a collection of pretty Audrey finds online, because everyone loves her and I haven't done a Friday I'm In Love post in a long time.

This collection of rare Audrey Hepburn photos and some that were taken even before she became famous
This quote is true

These pretty Audrey Hepburn prints done by Emma Block

Watching this movie classic over and over and over again
This famous Audrey Hepburn quote that's been doing the rounds online

Audrey was a vision in a 50's wedding dress

These photos basically scream reading is sexy

And of course this lovely photo of Audrey and me at Madame Tussaud's Singapore last year

Do you have a favorite style icon? 

Hope you all enjoy this fabulous weekend, pretty ladies! 
Stay happy like my girl Audrey. :)

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