The first step is to clearly identify what you're after, because without knowing it, you'll never get it..
Outfit by Benetton Middle East Winter 2014 Collection Boots from Ecco Winter 2014 Collection Bracelet from Charriol Winter 2014 Collection Kate Spade Ring Tissot Watch Microsoft Lumia 735 Photo by Love
Holidays are fast approaching and the most awaited event of the year.. so glad that Dubai is becoming progressive in celebrating Christmas for the ones who are left behind to spend the holidays here...!
And I couldn't help but to get excited seeing the window displays and setup at Crate & Barrel in Mall of the Emirates and Mirdiff City Center.
Make sure to drop by and visit to check out what they have to brighten your home and other Christmas decor projects!
Photos by yours truly for Crate & Barrel Middle East
It's been a while since I posted my face of the day..
So here's one with my current favorites.
I mostly wanted to share my 3 blushers that I mixed and blend together and I really loved the flush peach it gives me. Plus I find the Illamasqua pot amazing to apply on my eyes using just my fingers. This shade is perfect on fair skin and it will really show those little sparkles on your eyes...
Bourjois 33 Golden Lilac Blusher
Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Flirtatious
Bourjois 95 Jasper Rose Blusher
Illamasqua Vintage Metallix Embellish
Laura Mercier Lip gloss
Revlon Photoready Kajal Intense eyeliner + Brightener (002 Blue Nile)
Bourjois Countour Edition Lip Liner in 03 Alerte Rose
I am not sure if I have mentioned before that I am not very particular with the brand of the mobile I use and I am very conscious when spending money on units as mobiles nowadays are very replaceable. How often do you change your unit? All my mobiles are staying with me longest for 2 years then that's the time I can consider finding a new one. Sure, I long for the best brand but whenever I come to the point that if I have to spend thrice of the amount wherein I can get 'at least' the same specifications, quality and performance on the other available units, I step back.. =)
When I was at the official launch of Asus Zenphoneand I get to see the models, I thought to my self, that can be my next investment. I know and used the brand since my Computer Science days and believed on what they can deliver.
Asus launched 3 Zenphone models: ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 and the numbers denotes the phone's screen size and uses an Intel chipset. Smartphones normally use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.
I don't usually go in-depth and thorough discussions of all the technicalities of the gadgets I come across with, but I try to put it into layman terms and straight-forward approach to help out novice and tech enthusiasts on why would they consider investing on such products.
So, bear with me and let me know if you have questions and clarifications about this unit and feel free to fill-up my contact form so I can always get back to you...
I find Asus Zenphone 5 very comfortable to use. I didn't struggle in setting it up as I already use Android system. In just a matter of 1-2 hours maximum, my phone is ready to use.
I consider below points in owning a mobile unit (like any other users):
Technical Specifications especially Memory
Zenphone 5, along with the other models, has retained the usual Asus signature look.
It has slightly curve with metallic plastic back that comes in different colors, mine is called champagne gold. It has a 5-inch IPS display of 720p resolution, the usual 5-inch phone screen should have at least 1080p, but I'm quite happy with it given the price.
It is not super slim, but for the size of my palm, it's easier to handle. The power/volume buttons are on the side in which my thumb can easily reach it while microUSB on the bottom and a standard headphone jack up top.
One of my most favorites, Zenphone 5 has a Gorilla Glass 3 top surface which is scratch resistant.
Comparing the Zenfone 5 to phones of the same size, you’re generally looking at rivals around twice the price.
Zenphone 5 comes with ZenUI that runs on Android 4.3, which is unfortunate for Android tech fanatics. But I find it very pleasant and colorful. Contrasts are strong and you can even get to customize or tweak the character of your display using Asus Splendid.
Another favorite, the auto brightness setting is a huge factor that visibility in sunlight is pretty good.
Who doesn't love the notifications appear on your screen? Asus has a 2 drop-down menus instead of 1. On the left side of the screen, you get your notifications while on the right side is your quick over-all settings.
Zen UI also allows different wallpapers on your lock screen and home screen, which I find very amusing! Android doesn't support this by default.
Zenphone 5 uses a Dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 with 2GB RAM, mine comes with 16GB storage.
The great thing about Intel, the unit supports HyperThreading technology that allows the operating system to see each physical core as two processing cores, further improving performance. So, multitasking is excellent on ZenFone 5 as it has a full 2GB of RAM. The specifications helped a lot with Asus touch response of 60ms, (which is faster than iPhone5s) making the brand the best in the business for very fast touch response time.
I'm happy with the 16GB internal storage and of course, I will use the microSD card expansion for my other important media.
Front camera comes with 2MP while main camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture lens LED flash mounted above the Asus logo and a wide speaker beneath that Intel Inside logo.
Camera's overall quality is not that brilliant but fairly better among the price range of these devices. It will still give you decent photos in capturing great memories. The only secret is to find good light when taking photos so outdoor shots during daytime is always a perfect timing. You can't expect any mobile phone to give you quality results in any low-light conditions, c'mon people..
Although, Zenphone 5 uses power saving modes on the system, it comes with non-removable 2110mAh battery which I find rather disappointing as I will not have the option to replace when needed.
I was worried with this at first coz I was spoiled with my beats audio from the previous HTC One X. However, Asus has an on-board speaker from SonicMaster audio technology and I can live with it. I can still enjoy playing music and watch videos pleasurably.
Zenphone 5 package is rather excellent and a superb bargain. It might not satisfy my battery life expectations but most of my boxes were ticked. The performance is impressive and very reliable for day-to-day use.
Asus done an amazing job in managing a package that includes large, bright and sharp screen, great performance, decent connectivity and above-average camera.
Can this phone bring you a little zen? By James Norton from www.techradar.com Asus Zenfone 5 review by Andrew Williams from www.trustedreviews.com
Streetsyle photos by Love Product photos by yours truly Outfit by Benetton Middle East Bag from Gap Shoes from Ecco
There's no doubt that I am a Bourjois lover, but adding this magic nail polish remover on my kit is just a delight! It never leaves my fingers dry once I finished removing my polish. Definitely a must have if you're a nail polish addict..