Monthly Archives: January 2011

4 essentials make up

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As taught by I-forgot-who in antm cycle 13, the 4 essentials of make up for quick make up days are concealer, mascara, bronzer, lip gloss.

I decided to try the look myself… Although I always feel that mascara doesn’t work on me. I tried famous mascaras everytime. N after putting on one eye, I see minimal difference. Which will most likely be gone after I put on thick black plastic glasses.

When I watch make up tutorials, I see alot of difference for these girls! I am still puzzled at y my mascara skills is so blah. One day I’ll ask those skilled ones to apply for me. Every celeb make up artist swears by mascara!

Anyway, wanna check out my 4 essential make up? I replaced the bronzer with brown-pink blusher, n bb cream with concealer. So I only applied bb on the areas that needs to conceal – nose, chin, eyes.

Review: Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream

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I came across this website from sg that is really cool! its The Sample Store. basically, you sign up as a member, and you can ‘grab’ free sample of ALOT of beauty/healthcare etc pdts for FREE (postage not included). afterwhich you can review these items to gain points, and use these points to redeem more items. not bad right?

so, thrifty shoppers like us get free samples, get to try products that we are eyeing without buying first. reviewing allows other shoppers to decide whether to buy, everyone is happy. win-win!

so i got myself the BRTC jasmine water bb cream, bio essence bb creams and Hadatuko collagen sachet ūüôā

so, if you wish to be a member, click http://www.thesamplestore.sg/r/72794 and support me!

ok sorry for digressing. I shall move on to the review of the Bio-essence bio multi effect bb cream. its 8-in-1 man!
-concealer
-sunscreen (SPF 25+)
-Skin Repair
-Moisturiser
-Nourishment
-Oil control
-Skin Whitening
-Reduces lines and wrinkles

(this is ripped of the box: Ok im thinking right now if they want to use nouns or verbs to desrible these 8 effects, so inconsistent)

anyway, i used it for work today! the bb cream is thinner than my current Skinfood aloe vera bb cream, but applying this bb cream is a breeze. I used gentle patting motions to blend this to my skin, and it spreads smoothly on my face and coverage is not too bad, it covers my super enlarged pores on my nose very well!!

the shade also blends in well with my fair skin, giving my face a very natural nude look. I bet ppl cant tell i have any make up on! after applying this, i use the Chacott finishing poweder to finsih off my foundation routine. i super heart the chacott powder btw, will review another time.

End result after putting only blusher and lipstick.

i also put the extra on my left hand for comparison:

so, if you are fair skinned and like a natural nude look, i think this product is really value for money and effective. At $28 for 30g, this little tube does more than expected!

you can get the FREE sample with FREE delivery to your doorstep at the sample store too!

Look of the Day – Travelling Stylishly

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These LOTD were from my HK trip last month. Did quite a bit of planning to come up with these LOTDs.

Day 1 of HK

White knit top, $10 from Tampines Interchange
Grey military style short coat, $59.90 from New Look
Black tights, $9.90, from Tampines Mart
Black boots, $30-ish, from BKK
Agnes b bag, $120ish, from Shanghai

Day 2 of HK

Grey woolly turtle neck dress, $39.90, from Uniqlo (previous season)
Purple tartan tights, $14.90, from Uniqlo
Black boots, from BKK

Day 3 of HK – starting to be chilly

Green checkered shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren, HKD$850, HK Citigate Outlets
Bomber jacket from GoJane.com. USD$16
Denim shorts from Esprit, $49.90
Black tights from New Look (2 for $19)
Black boots from BKK

Day 4 of HK

Stripey long knit tunic, from Beijing, SGD$4
Grey tights from New Look (2 for $19)
Ugg-inspired boots, from Beijing, SGD$20-ish
Grey coat from New Look again.

Let’s be honest – we got a 20kg baggage limit. I am so not packing my entire closet there (that probably explains why I did a fair bit of recycling of clothes). But hey, I call this efficiency of dressing up.

Most importantly, I was warm, stylish (at least to me) and happy. ūüôā

Hope this helps inspire your next travelling outfit(s).

Diva on a Dime – 5 Tips for the Trendy OL (Office Lady)

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NB: This is not an advertorial – merely a piece for sharing purposes.

As young working females, we have a lot at stake on the fashion front.

We need to be pretty, stylish, work-appropriate and comfortable. Oh yes, and pocket-friendly as well. I feel your pain¬† – I have two closets bursting at its (metophoric) seams and I still don’t know what to wear to work at times. What’s worse, my work place requires me to dress professionally (read: boring) and modestly.

So what does a girl like me do? Play dress up in my curtains? Of course, I need to find ways around my problem.

For this post, I was inspired by the now-defunct TV Mobile tv show “Diva on a Dime”, a Canadian (?) show about how to make women beautiful at “a fraction of the cost” (yes, I totally remembered the catchphrase of the 2 gay hosts). I’m not claiming to be an expert on Fashion, just sharing what I feel can be useful to working women out there.

Tip #1: Know your style and your body shape  before building your wardrobe accordingly.

Duh.

Yes, I know it sounds really generic but I truly believe that you need to know your style before you can make a difference in how you look. For instance, I have a colleague who favours simplicity and classic styles that wouldn’t go wrong. Thus, she opts to inject style by trying colours as compared to quirky, current-season styles. In this way, her fashion style is true to her personality.

For me, when I first started work, I was into feminine pretty dresses. Now, I opt for pants alongside a feminine top, usually of light fabrics like chiffon and satin or classic shift dresses. Another staple in my work dress style is the blouse-tucked into a high waisted skirt. I know my pet body flaw is my tummy so the light tops would draw attention away from the offensive area. By tucking in my blouse, I create a leaner waist-line and of course, I swear by body sculpting undergarments.

Now, I stock up on these essentials as compared to frittering my money on everything that I fancy. What I discovered, G2000 cigarette pants are awesome work pants Рgood fit, easy to iron (oh so important) and incredibly versatile.

Shift dress from Dorothy Perkins – Stylish and appropriate.

 Tip #2: Shoes matters Рwomen are made to wear heels. Embrace them.

I swear by DMK heels – at an average cost of SGD$39.90, they are possibly a girl’s best option when you don’t have the budget to buy the likes of Pazzion, Pedder Red and Ninewest.

This baby would elongate those pins of yours instantly (DMK Online)

Platform heels are the way to go high (DMK Online)

 Heck, you can always change your heels to a pair of comfy flats at work. I personally keep a pair of Havainanas at work.

Tip #3: Invest in a good bag

I used to love bargain bin deals for bags – cheap and (somewhat) disposable. One particular incident stuck in my mind – my bag literally gave way at its seams at Plaza Singapura and I had to hold my bag like my life depended on it and hunt for a replacement.

Now, if I believed in investments then, I would have been spared of the pain and embarrasment.

Coach and Kate Spade are good starts to the luxury purchase department. Psst: Piece of advice: Buy them cheap from outlet stores (I got an awesome deal from Coach HK) or from websites like loves-coach.blogspot.com.

Gorgeous Coach Gallery Embossed Patent Leather Tote from loves-coach.blogspot.com

 Tip #4: Keep yourself updated with the fashion trends, but do it your way.

Case Study #1: For the Fall/Winter collection of Japanese brands like Liz Lisa, the way to go is nordic prints.

Nordic prints - Taken from ilikeitlikethat-reckless.blogspot.com

But seriously, how would a OL do the full Nordic¬†print thingy and be cost efficient? Wear it¬†in June and pretend it’s¬†snowing out there? Well, what I would advise is to¬†be¬†keep abreast with the trends through accessories.

Since the print automatically looks wintry, it will make sense to use it as a layering garment. Instead of wrapping warm in the office with the plain black shawl that has served you well for the past 5 years, opt for something fashion forward.

You can wrap up in style in this Nordic scarf

Or, if you are working in a really liberal environment, you can go for Nordic leggings.

Printed leggings go best with a muted outfit - you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons.

Case Study #2: Furry legwarmers hit the Fall runways , thanks to  Chanel, Valentino and Fendi. However, unless you have the pins of Giselle, the strut of Kate and the looks of Agyness all rolled into one, chances are you will look like a woolly mamoth.

Do not look like a woolly mamoth. They are never going to be wearable fashion.

Tip #5: You can mix patterns and fabrics and still look chic.

Secretly adore polka dots but fear looking like Mary Poppins?

A chic polka dotty silhouette from Tory Burch - Taken from workchic.com

Fabulous workwear need not be plain. You can always try to mix and match and come up with stunning outcomes. Start small with one item that is atypical and match it with your existing clothes.

Stripes on a beautifully draped skirt - fashion need not be rocket science. Taken from amandakeenan.com

Hope that these tips will help to make your work closet a lot more interesting in 2011.