3 hours drive from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah was a little tiring (even if I'm just a passenger) and quite a struggle for us during our trip then. When we were almost in the boundaries of Ras Al Khaimah, a strong wind, heavy rain and howling thunders welcomed us. We left Abu Dhabi around 4 in the morning, so the road was not so crowded. When we reached Ras Al Khaimah, although the weather was not on our side, we were thankful that we didn't encounter any accidents.  


We were scheduled to be there for a convention. We booked our hotel a week before and noted in my online booking for an early check-in.

I called the hotel 3 hours before we traveled and ask if it is possible to check-in early (around 7am) because we have to attend to a conference nearby. The person I spoke with, Mr. Ritesh, told me that it could be arrange once we arrive there. When we arrived there, Mr. Kareem, told me that it is not possible to check-in early. I was a little disappointed because I should have not go there directly if Mr. Ritesh, their staff, whom I spoke with over the phone had informed me earlier. Mr. Kareem insisted that they don't have ready rooms because the housekeeping will only be working at 10am, even if there were available rooms already. Finally, after 3 hours of waiting in the lobby, I spoke with Mr. Selim from the front desk and requested if they could already arrange a room for me. He said yes but I have to wait another 30 minutes. I waited for another 30 minutes then I approached Ms. Sara to assist me with my booking. And finally I got a room!



Facilities are OK. Only that the rooms are not sound proof and our corridor smells cigarette smoke.

When we had our breakfast the next day, the food were OK, nothing special. We were almost finished but my friend was still having coffee and fruits for dessert when Mr. Sunil approached us and asked if we are finish because he needs a table for other guests. Where it was obvious that we are not yet done and there were other vacant tables. I think it is not a very good and professional gesture.






Anyhow, over-all it is a good hotel except they have to train their staff to be more professional and accommodating.

Below are some photos with friends during our convention lunch break.















Been busy, physically worn out and emotionally down these past few months. I was not able to keep up on my blogging. Although I was active in my social medias, I was not very much in the mood to sit and focus on my blogging activities.

During the first few months of my health struggle, aside from the physical pain that I was enduring, I felt so depressed and irritated most of the time. It started around late November last year. I noticed strange changes in my body. Brittle and chirped nails, very dry skin and lips, weak hair strands and dark under eyes and neck. I thought it was just because of the weather, but using lotion, moisturizers and taking vitamins, I had a feeling that it was really strange.

My gallstone pain attack became so often that I was a little traumatized to eat and drink anything. I even stopped drinking fresh juices and just having oatmeal since January. The sad thing is that even if I eat healthy, without any grease, I still experienced pain attack. I was in and out of the ER for almost everyday for two weeks. I was so weak and high with so many medications and pain relievers.

I had endoscopy and ultrasound. It was indeed the gallstones that was attacking me almost everyday. My gall bladder had an infection too and the frequent pain made the doctors decide to do an emergency surgery. I underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a procedure of gall bladder removal. The doctors said that it is better to remove my gall bladder rather than to sacrifice my other more important organs that might also be affected.

The preparation was about 4 hours and the operation was about 2 hours. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days which was supposed to be just an overnight stay. Maybe because my recovery is a little slow. I am allergy to most kinds of antibiotic but luckily, the one intended for me to use didn't give me an allergic reaction after doing a skin test.

So how did I got these gallstone pain attack? Well, because I didn't have a very healthy eating and physical lifestyle. Although I've been trying to cut-off greasy food and soft drinks, and doing gallstones flush detox for few months before I had the operation, the stones formed in my gall bladder was there few years back and became bigger as the days passed, especially with my unhealthy lifestyle.

Here are some photos of my ordeal. 😩














This was the stone taken inside my gall bladder. It is around 3.5 cm x 2 cm. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

Pretty flowers from friends :)

Lovely!

My view for 3 days

I was in a soft-diet 2 weeks after my surgery. I also did a 1-week detox to flush all the meds I had for my pain attacks. It's been 2 months now from my surgery and I still don't drink soft drinks, trying so hard to avoid red meat and eating more vegies, fruit and high-fiber stuff for my digestion. I am still lazy to do some exercise but I'm getting there soon.

I hope to be back on my regular blogging. I became very busy after my surgery to compensate the days I was not in the office. Plus I launched my new online shop which was very time consuming too. Anyhow, I'm back and try to be more healthy! Please pray for my journey πŸ™




Hey guys! I'm a little too excited to share with you my very simple hair style ;) on which I used Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styling Iron. From my previous post, I have discussed my first impressions about this state-of -the-art digital hair flat iron, and I would say that it indeed exceeded my expectations. Trying it for yourself really makes a huge difference compare to just reading reviews about it. I mean, all those positive reviews sounds too good to be true, but then, experiencing it firsthand was such a great deal.

It is very light and easy to use. It's digital screen makes it easy for me to adjust the temperature. And since I move too much whenever I fix my hair, the cord never tangled because of it has a 360° mobile cord that swivels around.

For the straight hair style, it was very easy to do. Only 1 or 2 strokes on each layers gives a nice finish. It also last for hours even without using hair spray. While for the wavy hair style, I tried it without hair spray and it last for couple of hours without drying my hair. It maintains the natural glow and softness of my hair. I would suggest to put a little styling hair spray for longer wavy effect.



Here's a quick video on how I used it :)

Enjoy








Which one do you prefer for my hair style? Wavy or Straight?




Here's what I used for this makeup look:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow set Mascara (Bold Brunette)
  • MAC Pencil Eye Liner (Coffee)
  • Bourjois Air Mat Foundation (#05 Golden Beige)
  • elf Cosmetics Cool Bronzer and Blusher
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (#150 Neutralizer)
  • Marks & Spencer Loose Powder
  • NYX Eyeshadow (S130-Wicked Dreams)
  • Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
  • Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb blusher
  • Revlon Highlighting Palette (#30 Bronze Glow)
  • Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick (Medusa)



*** Irresistible Me also offers wide range of hair styling tools and accessories. You may visit their website to know more***




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Disclosure: My opinions are uninfluenced and remain honest at all times no matter how the products were obtained. My reviews are based on my own personal experience with the product/s itself. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and that each individual’s opinion or experience may vary. Because something works for me, it does not guarantee that it will work for you too.



This very chic and elegant black box indeed made my day. I was so excited when I received this flat iron from Irresistible Me. I have read so many very good reviews about it which made me more thrilled to experience it myself.

Honestly, I'm not very much into styling my hair. I just want it voluminous straight or with natural looking waves. So, I guess using this flat iron gives me the best look that I want.


Upon opening the box, I was so impressed with the packaging's interior which clearly shows the product details and tips in a very visual and easy to understand way. This beautifully designed box also comes in a magnetic closing that you can use to store it easily.

Now I'm really excited :)

Whoooah! Definitely lightweight and slim. But wait.... What makes it different from the rest???

                  - The Diamond Professional Flat Iron is a digital, SMART styling iron
                    featuring unique DIAMOND Hi-Tech, which coats the floating ceramic plates 
                    with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline.

                  - The diamond and tourmaline technology will protect your hair
                    and keep all the natural hair oils, color and moisture in, leaving your hair healthy,
                    shiny and frizz free. The styling will last longer against air humidity
                    and everyday stress.

Hmmmm, sounds too good to be true eh??? But wait, there's more interesting features which we will surely love!




  • A thumb print and cool tips for a steady grip and to avoid burning your fingers.




  • All buttons are on the inside so you don't accidentally change the settings. That's quite smart!




  • Intelligent heat display that lets you see the temperature all the time.
  • Gets hot (450F/230C) really fast, in up to 15 seconds and it shuts down automatically in 30 minutes.





  • And one of my favorite features of this Diamond Styling Iron is it has a 360° mobile cord that swivels around following your every move.
  • It also automatically changes the temperature display to Celsius or Fahrenheit, depending on the supplied voltage, making it perfect for travelling.
Yes, I am sure ready to try this lovely smart hair device. I'll be doing another review on my experience in using this hair styling iron. I'll keep you guys updated :)


*** Irresistible Me also offers wide range of hair styling tools and accessories. You may visit their website to know more***







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Disclosure: My opinions are uninfluenced and remain honest at all times no matter how the products were obtained. My reviews are based on my own personal experience with the product/s itself. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and that each individual’s opinion or experience may vary. Because something works for me, it does not guarantee that it will work for you too.


Hello my pretty kikays! If you are residing in UAE, here's your chance to win this lovely Multipurpose Oval brush set! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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I recently received freebies from Missha Beauty Products Middle East and very excited to try them out. I was really thinking to try some Korean beauty products and the samples that Missha sent were just in perfect timing. Missha is an internationally renowned skincare and cosmetic company and one of the leading Korean beauty brands. It is founded on the philosophy that makeup should not be an indulgence, but rather an affordable, everyday item for women wanting quality cosmetic products.

I checked their products from Missha website here in Middle East and the prices are definitely affordable. The question is, what about the quality? I did some online research and read some reviews, although many were positive feedback, as a consumer, I would still love to try them out for myself before judging. Besides, everyone of us has their own preference and skin type. 

Here are what I got from Missha :)





  • BB Cream (No.27)
  • Matt Painting Rouge Lipstick (Say Cheese)
  • Deep Sea Water Firming Eye Patch (2 sheets)
  • Perfect Skin Tone C.C. Cream (Sample Size) 
  • Time Revolution - The First Treatment Essence Cream (Intensive) (Sample Size)
  • Time Revolution - Night Repair Cream (Sample Size)




 

I tried to use the C.C. Cream for couple of days and it gives a good light to medium coverage in a small amount. It doesn't irritate my skin and the coverage last for hours.

While the cream and cleanser give good skin effect right after I used it. The overall change doesn't show in few days of use of course. But I'm happy that it doesn't irritate me at all.

The eye patches are sure winner for my eyes. It relieves the stressed and tired look on my under eyes and gives a moisturized feeling.

The full sizes of the lipstick and B.B. cream are what I'm most excited about. The B.B. cream surprisingly gives a very good medium coverage and is gentle on my skin. While the matte lipstick has a creamy moisturized effect although it has a matte finish.

So, I did a makeup which is perfect for a summer glam look to go on a party or dinner :) Here are what I used in this makeup look:



  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow set Mascara (Bold Brunette)
  • Primer - Maxfactor All Day Facefinity
  • Missha BB Cream (No.27)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (#150 Neutralizer)
  • Maybelline - FIT Me Shine Free Foundation Stick - Coconut #355
  • Marks & Spencer Loose Powder
  • elf Cosmetics Cool Bronzer
  • NYX Eyeshadow (S130-Wicked Dreams)
  • Deborah Eye Liner Pen (Black)
  • Revlon Highlighting Palette (#30 Bronze Glow)
  • Missha Matt Painting Rouge Lipstick (Say Cheese) 








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    Disclosure: My opinions are uninfluenced and remain honest at all times no matter how the products were obtained. My reviews are based on my own personal experience with the product/s itself. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and that each individual’s opinion or experience may vary. Because something works for me, it does not guarantee that it will work for you too.




    No brushes makeup challenge?! That's easy! ;) Well, that was what I thought so, until I did the challenge. I was thinking, I can do that! I wasn't using brushes or even sponges back in the days I started doing my makeup, it's all in my hands ;) lol

    I first saw this challenge done by Nikkie (Nikkie Tutorials) youtube video and then so many others tried the same. I  don't know who originally did the first challenge, but please...... do not dare us again ;) lol

    While doing the makeup challenge, I started to realize, what on earth is happening?! It took me more than 5 minutes just to evenly put on my foundation. And I don't feel satisfied at all. I keep on patting my skin every now and then. Contouring seems a little easier than the foundation but it is still a challenge on how to perfectly blend it. Same thing with the concealer. It was very tricky on how to evenly blend everything :(

    Ok, I did cheated a little. I used my brow pencil. Anyhow, it is a NO brushes makeup challenge and I did not use any brushes ;) Although a brush could have make a huge difference in defining my brows. Forgive me, I'm tired already :(

    Anyhow, doing my eyeshadow was easier. I didn't dare try to put on eyeliner though, because I'm quite sure that it would be a total mess. Well, putting false eyelashes definitely makes a magic ;)

    In a nutshell: Thanks to the brush and sponge goddesses for making our life easier! I was still thinking why on earth I had a problem doing this when in fact, I didn't had such brushes and sponges when I started doing my makeup way back then. Then I realized, maybe because, when I got brushes and sponges I became a little too dependent on them since they make an outstanding fine finishing and blending. And by being too dependent on them, I tend to do more, add more and use more products.

    I started doing my makeup with just powder and lipstick; then I learned how to roughly do my brows; and then the power of doing my noselines becomes a necessity; then the contouring trend definitely adds magic to my cheeks; then the highlighting comes; then a more define and perfectly arched brows became an obsession; and so on and so forth.... How can you honestly do all those with your bare hands without spending half day facing your vanity mirror???!

    Anyhow, this was a fun challenge and definitely something that I wouldn't try again. Hahaha :)
    Here are what I used in this challenge ;)



    • Primer - Maxfactor All Day Facefinity
    • Bourjois Air Mat Foundation (#05 Golden Beige)
    • Wet ‘n’ Wild CoverAll Liquid Concealer Wand (Medium)
    • NYX Contour, Color Corrector and Concealer (3CP03 - Deep/Profound)
    • Maybelline - FIT Me Shine Free Foundation Stick - Coconut #355
    • Marks & Spencer Loose Powder
    • elf Cosmetics Cool Bronzer 
    • NYX Liquid Illuminator (Gleam)
    • Anastasia Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
    • Eye Shadow - Neutral Palette Coastal Scents
    • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick (Razzberry)