5 Beauty Essentials for This Chinese New Year

 
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It’s not often when you have to stay out all day to meet people during all those hours you spend away from the comfort of your duvet. But when times like the Chinese New Year arrives, it’s time to get down to business. Looking great, I mean.

 

I can’t wait to get some rest during this extended break from work but like you, I’m also not looking forward to braving the humidity and making an immense effort to look great in my new clothes at 7pm in the evening. So to help me – and you – save some time in the morning while getting ready for the big day, I’ve come up with a list of 5 beauty essentials you’ll need to help you look all prepped up no matter the time of the day.

 

1. Blotting Sheets

Blotting paper is your best friend for the day. If you’re going to be visiting temples or anywhere with throngs of people, things are going to get heated up and sweaty. Not a pretty sight, especially if your first house visit hasn’t even begun!

 

2. Powder or Foundation for Touch-Ups

Once you’ve blotted away excess sebum, the next step is to touch up your makeup with some light foundation or dusting powder. What’s even better than this is a compact that includes your powder, blush, eyeshadow and brushes to help with application. You can check out my review of this cute GlamPact compact here.

 

3. Tinted Lip Balm or Moisturising Lip Colour

The first day of the Chinese New Year is also the first day of spring. This means it’s the start of the hot season and the sun isn’t going to back down anytime soon. Bring with you a tinted lip balm or a moisturising lip colour to keep your lips soft all day long and to prevent them from getting parched. Don’t forget to make sure that your lip balm’s shade goes well with your outfit or at least be as close to your original lip product colour as possible.

 

4. Small Compact Mirror

You never know when you will have access to a proper mirror, so a small mirror always comes in handy. I have one with me at all times on a daily basis, and it really helps in situations where you’ve got a stray lash in your eye or when you just really need to check on your eyeliner.

 

5. Travel Sized Fragrance Spray

This is another item that I carry with me every day. You know the samples that come in magazines or are freebies when you buy something at Sephora? Yes, those. They are a godsend. They are so tiny they practically weigh nothing (and so are great to carry around), but they also contain lovely fragrances that make you smell like the Garden of Eden at 4pm. If you haven’t got one of these, you can always purchase a tiny perfume spray bottle to store your signature fragrance for use on the go.

 

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Feature: Get Comfy with SPUR

 

SPUR SocietyA

 

Caucasian and Asian hair are intrinsically different, and so are Caucasian and Asian feet. If you belong to the latter group, you must have had an experience when you tried on a pair of shoes and felt that the sides were too low and didn’t provide enough “grip” on your feet, so you felt like they were constantly going to fall off. Or you might recall those heartbreaking times when you fell in love with a pair of heels only to find them too narrow.

 

Might I then interest you in Korean brand, SPUR, that can be found right here on our sunny island? SPUR’s shoes are designed and crafted in Korea and have been endorsed by our favourite celebrities like Song Ji Hyo, SNSD, NANA from After School and Kim Jong Kook. Their shoes are designed to fit the Asian build so you get all the comfort you need while still looking stylish. In addition to that, for some of these, there are 7 layers in the soles to provide enough cushion so that you can stand in them all day, be it plimsolls or wedges. According to Carrie from The Cambelles, these 7 layers are:

  1. Anti-skid outsole
  2. Ankle support midsole
  3. Arch support pad
  4. Midsole
  5. Polyurethane resin insole
  6. Inner layer cushion
  7. The Upper

 

You can also find out more about these layers and a short interview with the founder, My Hong Ikpyo here.

 

SPUR has a store in Plaza Singapura (Singapore), but they have also recently launched at SocietyA, both at their online and physical stores. Their latest collection features footwear that is easy to slip on and off and is perfect for someone who travels a lot. If you’ll be doing several house visits during festive periods, like the upcoming Chinese New Year or the annual Hari Raya Aidilfitri, you might want to give these a try.

 
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A Year Older, a Year Wiser

 

Jiyugaoka Matcha Cake

If only all matcha cakes were made this good.

 

I don’t know the best way to put this but I’m officially 30! What started as something that had never crossed my mind – a future so distant I could only dream it – became a reality that hit me quite hard. To put it simply, I didn’t take it very well the night before the sun was set to rise again. As I lay in bed, tears welled up in my eyes while I pondered upon what this new decade would mean to me, horrified at the prospect of possibly turning into a soccer mum.

 

OK, I might be exaggerating a little. But turning the big three-o did make me reflect upon my life and where it seemed to be headed. I mean, I’ve now ventured irreversibly into the big unknown and that is pretty scary. If I could relive my last 30 years, I’m not sure what I would do differently, or if I would even have the chance to.

 

As the night wore on, a story I once read came to my mind, one about the biggest regrets of the dying elderly. I didn’t know what my biggest regret was that night, because all of those seniors did teach me after all to live my life to the fullest and spend time with loved ones. But it struck me one day later that if I were to have any regrets at this point in my life, it would be that there are only 24 hours in a day and that I can only do so much.

 

30 is still a young age, and the next 10 years are going to be the prime of my life. And a part of me looks forward to finding out how my life is going to change (and be more awesome, obviously). But a part of me knows that having my cake and eating it is going to be a struggle.

 

There are people who don’t believe that you can have it all in your life. But I honestly beg to differ. Life is what you make it out to be but you need to let that sink in and digest it before you can truly understand what that means. There are tons of things I want to do and achieve, and many people I want to hold on to as a facet of my however transient life. But that’s the thing, the crux of it all – that I only have one life. And so, I need to be selective.

 
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7 Bags for the Casual Weekend

 

How to Wear Leather Jacket

 

Just because it’s the weekend, it doesn’t mean you need a big, bulky weekender. Like most people, you just want to rest, avoid crowds but still look stylish while you pop by the cafe for your Sunday latte. Here are 7 bags that will keep you looking up to the nines. I hope you enjoy the weekend that’s coming right up!

 



 

I’ve got more bags picked out for you, based on the price range and design. They’re all in The Style Store, so take a look and hopefully you’ll find something you like.
 

Sunday fun day,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Fake Leather

Rave & Review: Kiko Milano – Quality Beauty on a Budget

 

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The Kiko Milano Velvet Mat Lipstick (top), Shade Fusion Trio Blush (middle) and Dazzling Highlighter (bottom).

 

Have you ever discovered a beauty brand by accident, or through a friend’s recommendation, and then fell so much in love with it that you wished you could have everything in store? That’s what happened to Kiko Milano and me.

 

Kiko Milano is a beauty brand that originates from Italy, proving that not only is this European country the home of fashion, it is also one for beauty. I’ve only seen their outlets here and there the past few times I had been in France, and each time, the stores were all filled to the brim with shoppers. The crowds were the main reason I never stepped into any of their stores, but now that I’ve discovered their products and brand vision, I haven’t looked back.

 

Kiko Milano serves to create top-notch beauty products using the best ingredients they can find, and leaving out anything that isn’t up to their standards in terms of safety. The brand is cruelty-free and their quality products deliver great colour payoff. The best part is that they are oh-so-affordable.

 

The very first products I bought from them are featured in today’s entry: the Velvet Mat Lipstick in shade 613 Pink Carnation, Dazzling Highlighter in shade 04 Bright Rose and Shade Fusion Trio Blush in shade 04 Peach Rose- in that order. The lipstick first caught my eye because it was a matte range and the colour seemed very wearable. I tried one using my finger and my lips didn’t immediately feel tingly (I have eczema), so I added it in my imaginary basket.

 
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Rave & Review: The 3CE Pore Silky Balm

 

3CE Pore Silky Balm Review

The 3CE Pore Silky Balm is a god-send.

 

Oh dear, I’m not sure you’ll be very friendly to your wallet after reading this post. Today I’m raving about a product I finally got to try – the 3CE Pore Silky Balm. If you need to know the verdict now, I’m telling you this is something you need in your beauty stash, stat!

{I’ve previously written reviews of some of my favourite products from 3CE, and you can read the one on their gorgeous lip colours here. One of them makes a cameo appearance above – you’ll notice the consistent white-on-black packaging.} 

 

I first heard about this product because a friend recommended it to me. This is a product that makes you go, “Why haven’t I discovered this earlier,” once you start using it. The 3CE Pore Silky Balm is a solid balm in a round metal pot. It only comes in one shade – Ivory – but would fit various skin tones because each use only requires a minimal amount.

 

Once you screw the cap open, you’ll find a spatula to scoop the product with, a sponge and a transparent plastic protector which you should keep to ensure that the balm does not get dirty. As the balm is a little sticky in nature, dust can get stuck on the surface and contaminate it.

 
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Giveaway: Laura Mercier’s Eye Art Artist’s Palette

 

Laura Mercier Palette Opened New
 

I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. It’s officially 2016 and a part of me can’t believe how fast time has passed. 2015 was in a way crazy for me but somehow I feel 2016 will be better, in the sense that so many things are going to happen and change for me. Now that I mentioned it, is it too late to write a post about how 2015 was and my wishes for 2016?

 

But first, let’s talk about the amazing Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette that I’m giving away today. I did a video tutorial on how you can use this palette and its live on my YouTube channel here and on the blog entry here. The palette is a limited edition product from Laura Mercier, and although it is already sold out on the Laura Mercier website, you can still grab it off Sephora before it’s gone for good. Follow the steps below to find out how you can win this palette. Oh, and if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll have more chances of winning it (you’ll find out how)!

 


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Good luck,

Roxanne

OOTD: Une Balade Dans la Forêt

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

There’s a reason a huge part of my heart lies with France. While fondue, raclette and saucisson really add up to my calorie count, you can’t dismiss the kind of nature you can find here.

 

Almost every winter (at least) since about 7 years ago, I’ve been making my way here to enjoy the great outdoors and last year was no exception. It’s such a great feeling to be away from the hustle and bustle in a condensed city like Singapore, and just be one with Mother Earth.

 

Today’s outfit was what I wore when we spent an afternoon hiking in the mountains. I suppose I’m living proof you can wear a leather jacket and a dress while roughing it out against the cold and random twigs.

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

OOTD: In the Forest

 

Dress: Forever 21

Leather Jacket: Vero Moda

Scarf: street stall in Seoul

Black Leggings: Uniqlo

Boots: Timberland

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 
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Tip of the Day: How to Survive the Festive Season

 

How to Survive the Festive Season

 

Christmas may be over but there’s still the end of the year – and the start of the new one – that we’ve yet to celebrate. If you need some advice on how to survive the festive season, I may have some pointers to help you out.

 

1.Stay away from alcohol.

OK maybe not all of it, especially if you normally reach for a glass of champagne out of habit. But know your limits and avoid getting drunk. When you wake up the next morning without a hangover, you’ll thank me – and your self control – for it.

 

2. Get enough rest the night before.

You’ll want to be awake for the countdown, so you’ll need energy to last the day. ‘Nuff said.

 

3. Keep your tummy and heart filled.

What is the holiday season without good food and great company? Gather those closest to you and just hang out and enjoy one another’s company. Even if it’s just one other person and some really good pizza, at least your last day of the year would be meaningful and warm. If none of you can cook well, there are many companies out there that offer catering services for this time of the year. Don’t miss out!

 
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Haul: Seoul Shopping Featuring Innisfree, the Saem, Dear Packer and more

 

Seoul Shopping Haul

 

I recently visited Seoul and ended up buying so much stuff. Each day I spent there was more than enough time to leisurely visit a neighbourhood, and that’s exactly what I did. Add in some relaxing times in cafes, as I watched the world go by and just enjoyed the wintry atmosphere.

 

Shopping in Seoul can be a crazy thing. Maybe it was a good thing I went during winter, because otherwise I’d most likely have ended up getting tons of clothes and shoes as well. In today’s Seoul shopping haul video, I share with you the awesome deals that I snagged along the streets of Edae and Hongdae to name a few. You’d want to watch this because I’m sure you’ve never seen mask sheets in matte and gold foil packaging, nor DIY masks that allow you to whip up your own recipe in your own home.

 




 

I’m not sure if you’ll find things like that gorgeous scarf if you head to Seoul in the summer, but the wonderful streets will be nicer to walk on when you don’t have to brave the cold. You’ll also be able to enjoy a good serving of patbingsu whenever you need to take a break.

 

xoxo,

Roxanne