One of the perks of being a blogger is receiving new products to try from existing or new brands. I was contacted by Allure Cosmetics through Instagram and informed me that they will be sending full size samples of their lipstick products for me to review. And whenever I got such message, the feeling is just like the first time I received my first ever sample product to review. Yes, this is the Nth time I got samples to review but the excitement is just the same.

Allure Cosmetics is a Singapore based company which started just this year (2017) whose aim is to meet the needs of all women with different skin type with glamour and sophistication, yet with high quality at affordable prices.

I received the parcel they sent me last week. It was few days delayed than expected delivery since we had long EID holidays here in UAE. It was perfectly wrapped in a protective cover and sealed in a plastic pouch. I gently unwrapped it and happy to see that the lipstick boxes did not have dent at all. I received one liquid matte lipstick and one satin lipstick. So here's my brief review of the lipsticks I received.




It was a long weekend EID holidays here in UAE, when my husband and I, together with some good friends decided to book for last minute hotel stay deals. We agreed to consider a budget friendly hotel with very good facilities just within here in Abu Dhabi.

Although it was peak season, we were lucky enough to still got a very good deal for a 4 Star Hotel ๐Ÿ˜Š

We were booked in Le Meridien Hotel Abu Dhabi, which is conveniently located in the Tourist Club Area in Abu Dhabi, within a few minutes walk from the city's business district and shopping malls. 

The staff were accommodating though a little strict that time. It also took us a little longer time to wait during the check-in process. Since it was a busy season, we highly understand the situation.

The hotel's lobby has sure made us feel comfortable. The hotel interior is decorated in warm tone colors, fine details and furnishings that reflect Arabian's vibrant culture.

I am one of the privileged bloggers to be chosen as Brand Ambassador of Palmer's here in UAE. This month is my first product review of their goodies. Well, I'm really excited when I received this lovely box! Such an elegant packaging, indeed! A personalized, handwritten note and my name on a cute orange thick paper. 

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ














This was the stone taken inside my gall bladder. It is around 3.5 cm x 2 cm. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™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 ๐Ÿ™




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! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Rules are simple:
Make sure you are following @michelleperezramos on instagram.
✅Repost/Regram this photo.
✅Tag 3 of your friends who might also like to win and residing here in UAE
✅Do not forget to use the hashtag #kikayinsideUAEgiveaway

๐Ÿ”ธ If your account is private, just comment below this photo 'DONE' if you have finished following the instructions above.
๐Ÿ”ธThis giveaway is open to UAE residents only.
๐Ÿ”ธWinner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on October 16, 2016.
๐Ÿ”ธThe more you tag friends, the more you increase your chances of winning๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


Good luck pretty ladies!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


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