Gucci Beauty

From Left to Right
1.   High Gloss Lacquer- Siam Red #200($29/.33 fl.oz.)
2. Audacious Color Intense Lipstick- Dark Romance  #250( $39/.12oz)
3. High Gloss Lacquer- Black Gold #250(29/.33fl.oz)
4.  Luxurious Lipstick- Wild Amarena #520($39/.12oz)
5. High Gloss Lacquer- Wild Amarena #150($29/.33 fl.oz.

My first notice that Gucci was coming out with a line of beauty products was the Allure magazine article in the third picture. They collaborated with renowned make up artist Pat McGrath so I was definitely intrigued. I took advantage of the free two day shipping Gucci was offering and picked up what you see above.

I've mentioned before that I'm a sucker for nice packaging. It's Gucci so you know they were going to bring it. I love how sleek and sexy the bottle caps and lipstick cases are without being too over the top.

Gucci High Gloss Lacquer- Wild Amarena #150

This is day three of the lacquer Wild Amarena. It's a classic deep burgundy shade with a slight metallic sheen. It's not particularly unique color wise but the formula was a dream. It applied easily and lasted for almost a week with no chipping. I'm wearing two coats in the picture above.

Luxurious Lipstick- Wild Amarena #520

Now this is not what I expected this to look like. I thought it would be similar to the nail polish of the same name. That would make sense right? Also, it may be something with the pigment in my lips but this seems to lean more towards a rust/burnt red on me than the lipstick in the tube would suggest.  With all that said this color speaks to my soul. Formula wise I think it is perfect. It feels so creamy and rich that it truly lives up to the luxurious label.  Lasting power is average and it does leave a nice stain. Did I mention I like it?  The only downside I can think of is that it is slightly perfumed.  The Gucci website describes it as their "signature gourmand Blue Chocolate fragrance."  Now yours truly has never smelled blue chocolate so I'm going to just go out on a limb and say if you are extra sensitive to scents this might not be for you.

Audacious Lipstick- Dark Romance  #250

If the Wild Amarena spoke to my soul Dark Romance was more like a text from that person you are just not that into. It's okay. It just won't be the first thing I reach for. Formula wise this one is not as moisturizing as its luxurious cousin Wild Amarena but it applied relatively easy for a darker color.

I'm still working through the other two polishes but  based on what I've tried so far I'd give the Gucci Beauty line a solid A.

Have you heard about the new Gucci Beauty makeup?  Have you tried anything from them yet? See this link here for a nice interview on with the Gucci creative director Frida Giannini about her thought process behind the line.

Stardate :1420.10

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 24.9500° N, 55.3333° E

I'm starting at the end of my recent travels with these pictures of Dubai.  I have the least amount of photos from that leg of the trip as I spent most of my time indoors. It was very hot and arid while I was there.

So as it was explained to me an emirate is a state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir who is the local head of state. The United Arab Emirates aka UAE is a country made up of seven emirates.

  1. Abu Dhabi - the capital
  2. Dubai
  3. Sharjah
  4. Ajman
  5. Fujairah
  6. Ras al-Khaimah
  7. Umm al-Qaiwan
Dubai I am told is the second largest emirate. Our tour guide provided the following information:
  • It never really rains
  • Only 20% of the population are native Emirati. The rest are people who have come from all over the world to work mostly in the service industries
  • The Emirati citizens don't have to pay for healthcare, school or taxes and just about everything is free for them
  • Sunday is a normal working day
  • A lot of their wealth comes from the 1996 oil boom
  • They predict they will run out of oil in about 20 years so they are focusing on the tourism and financial services industry
  • The Dubai Mall is the largest one in the world
  • If you are a foreigner and you want to open a business here you need a local Emirati to sponsor you and they will get 51% of the profits
  • Camel milk is the Viagra of the desert
  • You need a license to buy wine outside of the hotels

If I had to sum up Dubai in one word I couldn't. I'd use five: luxe, ambitious, futuristic and service oriented. I got the impression that if you can imagine it and afford to pay for it they can make it happen.

Burj Khalifa at least what I could get from  my camera

That tall gleaming beauty rising from the sky is the Burj Khalifa. It is reportedly the world's tallest building and tallest man made structure.  You can take an elevator from the first floor of the Dubai Mall to the 125th floor for panoramic views of the city.

Jumeirah Beach 

If you are like me and are curious about what a beach in the desert looks like(you can take the girl off the island but she will still search for the sea) then head to Jumeirah Beach  pictured above.

That building in the backdrop is another famous Dubai landmark. It's the 7 star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. I can only imagine the kind of toiletries you find in a 7 star hotel. Argan oil and honey saved from Cleopatra's dresser perhaps?

 I had a couple friends ask me when I got back about the dress code and the people. The city was very cosmopolitan. I saw women in shorts, skirts, pants and flip flops walking around with no issues. The people I dealt with were professional, friendly and helpful. It was clear that good customer service is one of their hallmarks.

I would definitely give Dubai another visit. That sand dune tour sounded really good if it wasn't for the 100+ degree weather they were having while I was there.

Costa Coffee is their version of Starbucks. You can also find them in the UK.

I also fell in love with their Costa Coffee chai tea.  So much so that I decided to bring back one of their mugs as a souvenir.

Have you been to Dubai or any of the other Arab Emirates? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading.

Stardate :1417.10


Hello! I've been doing some traveling and the plan was to have this and some other posts up while I was away.  Somewhere between me clearing out my last emails from work and running to catch my cab I realized I never scheduled the posts. Oh well, the best laid plans right.  I hope you have all been well. I'm off to unpack sleep.

Yours truly is not a fan of short dresses. I'm team pants just about every day of the week but I've been known to throw a long skirt into the mix if I skipped laundry day. Occasionally though a shorter dress or skirt will catch my eye. Such was the case with this little number I picked up from Target. It's hard to photograph but the material has a slight shimmer to it which I liked. It was also on the clearance rack for under twenty dollars. *Insert praise break for Target's clearance rack here*  I tried it on and it was big in the waist area but at that price I got it anyway. I figured it was a sheath dress not a girdle so it could work. 

It took a while before I wore her. I'm assuming she was hanging in my closet trying to get the lay of the land of the closet politics. She was probably listening to the pumps in the back where she was say for the umpteenth time that, they don't talk to the wedges in the front because they look like they think they cute * when I plucked her to wear to a baptism. 

It was the end of July and in a church so I threw on some tights and a blazer to keep it holy and away I went. You can imagine my complete and utter surprise when I arrived and realized the baptism was wait for it... July. Judging from the pile of jackets and the sweat soaked men and a couple women in their best church outfits, I clearly was not the only one unaware that this was a baptism/offering to the sun gods. 

I added my blazer to the pile made my rounds and enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely baptism. 
Jacket: Banana Republic / Dress: Target / Shoes: Via Spiga / Purse: Coach

* I'm assuming shoes are like people right, so some of them will probably make assumptions just based on outward appearances.  Or it could just be my closet...

This is the official end of the post. After the page break if you are so inclined I have some examples of the shenanigans that ensued after we realized my dress and hairdo were giving off a sixties girl group vibe. Bonus points if you can figure out what song I was singing.

Have a great week!

Stardate :1405.10