BROW-TO: Creating beautiful Brows with the Ottoman3 Collection

By Mini Latif 12 Oct 2015 4:39:47 PM

Post originally appeared on: Melbourne Central Blog

Step 1. First up, using the Brow Brush, brush your brows upwards.

Step 2. Then, with the Scissors, trim any long hairs from above.

Step 3. Underneath the brow, pluck any strays using Tweezers, making sure to stay well away from the bed of hair so you don’t do any accidental damage!

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Step 4. Then, begin filling in the brow using Brow Powder starting midway at the highest point of the arch and drawing downwards.

Step 5. Use the angled end of the Brow Brush to line the upper and lower edges of the brow.

Step 6. Create a line following the base of your brow; this will give you a template to work with. 

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Step 7. Begin filling in the middle of the brow, slightly down from where it starts. (Don’t be afraid to go heavy with the powder—combing the brow later will blend this.)

Step 8. Then, line the top of the brow using any excess product to create shape at the front, giving you a more natural look.

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Step 9. Using the bristled end of the brush, comb your brows through to blend the powder in, giving you a softer look.

Step 10. Then, go over any gaps or sparse areas with the brow pencil.

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Step 11. Lifting your brow, use the Brow Bone Highlighter’s shimmer end to create light beneath your brow. Follow the arch of your brow then blend the product in with your finger.

Step 12. Apply the matte end of the Brow Bone Highlighter along the top line of your brow, blending again with your finger.

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Step 13. To finish off, brush the Clear Brow Gel through the front half of your brow in an upward direction, then down through the second half, maintaining the shape you’ve already created. Dab the gel into place with your finger to set.

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Et voilá—you’re all done! Regular threading will help you keep the perfect brow shape and practising these skills will allow you to maintain them. Groomed and tidy brows are the perfect accessory to any look and they go with everything!


The Ottoman3 Collection: Finishing Touches



The 80/20 Rule - in Business & in Life

By Mini Latif 17 Sep 2015 11:33:11 AM
You’ve heard the saying a thousand times “Apply the 80/20 rule and you’ll be right”. 
Well l am here to say in business, the 80/20 rule has boded me well. It probably took a couples of years after launching Ottoman3 that l came to the acceptance that l was unable to make everyone happy, whether it be the customer or my team. Trust me when l say l put my heart and soul into trying to get that 100% perfection in decision making. 
As your business matures, other things naturally grow: Your Team and Your Customer Base. The more people you deal with, the more considerations will need to be made when changing anything internally or externally. Therefore, this ratio of 80/20 is one that simply means ‘majority rules’. 
It is that simple, when poised with that difficult decision about perhaps adding a new service or product line, consider the ‘majority’ of your customer when in development and design as it is truly and l mean truly impossible to satisfy 100% of the population.
But when it comes to life, does the 80/20 rule still apply? Why should it it not? After all, majority rules right? 
Today l was given these odds at 7 weeks pregnant. I was told due to the slowing heart beat of my frail foetus, that chances of miscarrying are 80% . Immediately my mind zoned in on that 20% of glimmer of hope. My body will not let me down, it never has. I have all the health any 37 year woman needs and this 20% is basically going to be my life line. In a week l am to have another ultra sound and at that point l will know 100% which direction this pregnancy is going. 
I walked away from the hospital with a mix of faith, hope and then like a thunder bolt, my analytical side of my brain took over. In business, l would always go the 80% when having to make a choice in direction. Today l did not get asked a choice, l got told my odds. Since then, l have been walking around in wonder as this is my first pregnancy what to expect. What really does a miscarry entail? Would it come to me in the middle of a meeting or walking down the aisle of Coles? Suddenly, l felt like a walking time bomb. With my belief in numbers, then l was to accept that a miscarriage was inevitable. 
I wrote this blog 14 weeks ago. I have kept it hidden in my drafts and thought that it was time to revisit it. 
As l said, a week later l went back to get another scan to see our destiny. That one week wait was a humbling experience. It was time for my husband and l to unveil our truth. With tears in his eyes, the doctor said that this was the reason he went into medicine. Our baby was the 20%! 
Fast forward to now and as l am 22 weeks pregnant and very happy to say all scans, pokes and probes have come out all cleared and we are now just another ‘normal’ pregnant couple. 
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So l am left with the dilemma about 80/20 rule and l am left to think of it this way. You cannot have the same rules for business and life. I certainly do not have the same relationship with me friends & family as l do my work colleagues and business associates. As those relationships are different, so is my mindset for the way my decision making is done. In business it is often a safer bet to go with the odds and aim to satisfy your 80%. In life, aiming for the 20% is where the extraordinary gets delivered. 
Thank you for reading,
Mini Sarkissian 
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Lady and the Lashes

By Mini Latif 24 Jun 2015 2:15:37 PM

I once held a make up tutorial session ran by the fabulous MAC ladies for my Ottoman3 Brow Artists.

It was to give everyone some quick pointers in getting the most out of their make up kit and really understand how to use it.

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What stuck with me all those years ago is that a good face of make up needs AT LEAST 25 minutes. And that is the truth. Most certainly l can do my make up in under 10 minutes, as l am sure the mass of women do, but the reality is, if we are talking some contouring, brush on eyeliner and the holy grail ‘lashes’, then honey you need A LEAST 25 minutes! Give me 35 and l can make your eyes water with joy!

So as l look to further develop the finishing touches offered at Ottoman3, l have had the solo task of trying on over 70 different strip lashes!

Yep, l have had glue go into my eyeballs and brought full tears to my eyes without joy, but l have done it for you.

I am not sure how the strip lash has managed to do this to me, but it truly makes me feel freakin SEXY! I mean, no makeup ever can have the same impact if it is completed with a set of lashes.

For my wedding, l had the talented Miss Eyelash apply individual lashes for me so l could ran off to my honey moon with semi permanent, heavenly lashes. But on my wedding day, my MAC Make Up Artist Celeste insisted l needed an additional row of strip lashes as l was going for old hollywood glam. I was like, ’no need to insist; l insist, lash me up!’.

So below as are a whole bunch of the lashes l am playing with and all are being named ater ladies that have inspired me. Who has been your lady lash inspiration?

Ottoman3 Beauty and the business blog on lashes by Mini Sarkissian
Ottoman3 Miss Eyelash Lashes Melbourne

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