Rave & Review: The Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil

 

Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil

The Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil.

 

Have you ever had someone tell you that you smelt good but you weren’t actually wearing perfume? It’s always in the hair.

 

I discovered this wonderful hair oil, the Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil and and currently loving it. It’s a scented oil-infused hair treatment specially designed with coloured hair in mind. You can use it right before shampooing or in between hair washes. I generally use it as an extra hair conditioning after my daily shower and in the mornings when I’m just out of bed. It smells great and doesn’t weigh hair down at all.

 
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Review: Remescar Silicone Scar Stick & Remescar Spider Veins

 

Remescar Products

A couple of skin-loving Remescar products.

 

I’m not sure about you but I’m one of those unlucky ones that always get bitten by mosquitoes. And sandflies. Sandflies are the worst.

 

This means that I’m almost always scarred by these nasty bites, especially on the legs, where I’m usually most exposed. I gave the Remescar Silicone Scar Stick a try and I have to say I’m stuck on it now. It’s a silicone stick that helps to lighten scars by reducing its length and depth, and softening and flattening scar tissues. It helps the skin to restore its collagen structure, while resisting viral and bacterial infection. It is designed to work on scars that are a result of surgery, bites, burns, acne and stretch marks.

 

Remescar Silicone Scar Stick

The Remescar Silicone Scar Stick. It’s so easy to use and carry around.

 

To ensure maximum efficiency, use it twice a day for at least 2-3 months. To apply it on a scar and its surrounding area, all you need to do is just roll it over your skin. Honestly, I haven’t been following instructions as closely as I should but even so, I can say that it works – on scars both new and old, and on stretch marks as well.

 

I have an old scar on the right calf, which was the result of an infected rope burn 5 years ago. I wasn’t hiking or anything. Believe it or not, I was standing in the middle of two huskies, who were leashed to the pillars of someone’s front porch by thick ropes. They got super excited when they caught sight of a tiny Yorkshire terrier and got ridiculously crazy. They crossed paths, got me caught in the middle of their leashes and the next thing I knew, my skin just came off. Ouch.

 
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To the Skinny Girl (Who is Actually Healthy)

 

To The Skinny Babe

 

Dear Skinny Babe,

 

Yes, you deserve to also be called a babe. Because, why not?

 

I totally get you. I mean, I’ve always been kind of the same. I’ve been skinny my whole life, just like you. I never seem to be able to put on weight like the others, just like you. And I totally get how you feel cold seemingly all the time. And if you have a high metabolic rate, I also get how you feel hot and bothered all the time – like how you need to take that scarf off even though it’s minus 20 degrees outside.

 

I know how horrible it is for you, when others talk about having gained that extra pound – and how they should go about losing it – while you sit there and try to be inconspicuous. I know how annoying it is deep down for you, that you have to try and be sensitive when the topic about physical appearance comes up, but yet others don’t seem to think about how you’d feel when they comment on how skinny you are.

 

I know how you hurt when people make skinny jokes about you. As if fat jokes were funny too. I know that you feel victimised when you’re called names like Bamboo or Skeleton, or when you’re being told to eat more, as if you don’t already eat. Guess what, your eating pattern and diet are no business of others, so just take their words with a pinch of salt. What do they know?

 

I know the secrets you hold, for I hold them too. I know that your bra size doesn’t change much from high school to university. I know your tummy “deflates” after a trip to the loo and I know you actually do feel emptier after it. I know how having skinny legs makes your feet look long and big. I know you can’t donate blood because you’re too light. I know your tailbone hurts after you’ve sat down for too long on a hard stool. I know you’ve at least thought about trying out protein shakes to bulk up, so that you can be “normal sized.” I know you get cravings, just like everybody else, and you also secretly love it that you can satisfy those cravings whenever you want to. I know you don’t really weigh yourself every other night because either there wouldn’t be much of a change, or it doesn’t really matter to you if there were. And if you are the type that gets hungry every 3 hours, I know how frustrating it is to see all your money fly away on food.

 

I know how silenced you feel. I know that even though you aren’t cover page-perfect, you are confident about the way you look. I know you like sports and exercise but find it hard to talk about it, because people don’t seem to want to hear form you. And I know how bad it is you wish the world knew that you were just being confident about yourself and not showing off to tell others they should look the way you do, nor indirectly telling them that you look better than them. Because for some weird reason, everyone seems to think that way about you.

 

And I know that right now, more than ever, you feel all of those things above.

 

So this letter is written to you, for you. To let you know that the life-loving, free-spirited you are not alone. To let you know that there is at least one person out there who understands you. To let you know that while you gorge on your potato salad, there is at least another skinny babe somewhere out there also chowing down on hers. To let you know that it is perfectly all right for skinny babes to inherently love salads. To let you know that it isn’t you who needs to change, but that people just need to feel more secure of themselves with you around.

 

You are gorgeous the way you are. Now stay true to yourself – your confident, passionate self.

 

Love,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Pull and Bear

In the Hot Seat: Dr. Winston Lee Talks Carbon Laser Peels

 

Dr Winston Lee of SBA Clinic Singapore

Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of South Bridge Aesthetics (SBA) Clinic, Singapore.

 

Everyone dreams of having a perfect complexion. In every fashion advertorial we see, every model on Vogue’s cover page that stares sullenly back at us and every K-pop girl band music video, it seems as though attaining a flawless, youthful complexion is as easy as ABC. Photoshop makes it look like even the guys have no skin woes.

 

But things cannot be further from the truth. As I’m writing this in the quiet of my living room, the haze blows through my windows and the current 3-hour PSI reading is 93 (thank you Twitter). Sometimes, a good diet, exercise and proper sleep can only do so much when you’re living in a polluted city and facing non-stop stress at work.

 

That’s why today, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of Southbridge Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, some questions about a unique facial treatment that they offer, known as Carbon Laser Peel, that can help you improve the way your skin looks and feels. He also dishes out skincare advice for women of different age groups. If you’ll like to find out more, read on.

 
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OOTD: On the Rocks at Ko Samet

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

 

I’ve always loved the beach and there’s nowhere else other than in Asia where you can find white sandy beaches, where the sand feels like flour and making sandcastles feels like baking a huge pastry right under your feet. Singapore may be a port city, but we don’t exactly have beautiful beaches. That’s why, whenever we get an opportunity like this, it’s almost definitely to a beach somewhere else we go.

 

The very first beach we fell in love with was Bamboo Island back in 2009, off the coast of Ko Phi Phi Don in Thailand. Since then, every beach we’ve been to has instinctively been measured against this gem of a paradise. In this shoot, we travelled to Ko Samet, also located in Thailand but much further up north and along the eastern coast.

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Koh Samet by Laced Ivory

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Midi Dress: Emigo

Earrings: Pelé

Bag: Triangl Swimwear

Sandals: New Look

Shades: Tory Burch

Ring: Lovisa

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 
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Rave & Review: The Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss

 

Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss Review

Sara Happ’s The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss – the best lip gloss in the world.

 

I’m going to straight up say this, that if there ever was a lip gloss in the world that one could marry, the Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss would be it. This gloss is nothing short of amazing and here’s why.

 

The gloss itself is of a regular size (6ml) and it comes packaged in a nice metallic gold box. It delivers a gorgeous pink tint when applied and the colour lasts for many hours on end. It is also the most moisturising lip product I have ever owned. For a longtime beauty blogger like me to declare this, it says a lot about this product. It even beats other lip balms out there hands down. It has given me no allergic reaction, but instead soft plump lips with no flakiness. Even dead skin on my lips magically disappear by the time evening comes and I’ve had a whole day of wear. I swear, you don’t even need a lip scrub once you’ve discovered this product.

 

I wore it in one of my recent snaps on Instagram:

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 
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Link Love: Best Nail Blogs of the Moment

It’s not easy to come up with new designs when thinking up something for your nails. There are just so many brands, colours and finishes out there that stopping by Sephora can be quite a task. If you’re looking for something fresh, fun and that you’ve never thought of before, you might like to take an inspiration or two from these nine blogs, which I think are the best nail blogs out there right now.

 

Best Nail Blogs

 

1. A.J. from Nail Lacquer UK teaches us how to get Louboutin-esque nails. If you sharpen the tips more than what she does, I think you’ll make some pretty fine talons.

2. Michelle at All Lacquered Up swatches us some of Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2015 colours.

3. Jen at Polish & Pearls shows us how red nails match black quilt oh-so-well.

4. Sammy at The Nailasaurus teaches us how to make swishes with any colour we like.

5. The peeps behind The Illustrated Nail gives us a look at how we can create bright designs using some OPI lacquers.

6. Sarah at Chalkboard Nails shows us what we’ll get when we mix some basic neutrals with a splatter of glitter.

7. Sam at Fashion Polish shares with us what polishes she used for this gorgeous gradient nail art.

8. Katy at Nailed It shows us how light shades can look so classy with a few rhinestones. The future bride in me screams wedding inspo!

9. Kelly at Vampy Varnish swatches some beautiful shimmery shades.

 
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Review: The Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 69 and 91

 

Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

Just a couple of Chanel glosses.

 

I discovered these gorgeous glosses quite by accident, when I was shopping for a gift for my mother, actually. If you shop for makeup and you love makeup, then you must know how distracting it is when you’re surrounded by nothing else but makeup – and a very professional makeup artist.

 

I requested to try on a shade or two, can’t remember which ones, but man was I sold the moment I saw the finished look on my lips. In today’s post, I feature two of my current favourite glosses, the Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 91 Tutu and 69 Glass Quartz.

 

Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

91 Tutu at the top, 69 Glass Quartz below.

 
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FOTD: Classic Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

 

Classic Hollywood Tutorial

 

Contouring is all the rage right now, and some people have even taken it a notch higher by introducing baking to the world. But what about the rest of us mere mortals who simply do not have that much time to master these techniques, or just plain don’t see the need for all that piling on of makeup?

 

In today’s Classic Hollywood Makeup tutorial, I teach you how you can achieve the classic Hollywood glam look without all of that. What you need are the following:

  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • Dior‘s Blush in 756 Rose Cherie
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (Available it on Nordstrom here.)
  • Maybelline‘s HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner
  • Lash Curler
  • Majolica Majorca‘s Lash King Mascara
  • Falsies
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites in 3 Medium
  • Julie Hewett‘s Belle Noir Lipstick (applied with a lip brush)

 

And here’s the video tutorial (available in HD):

 



 
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Beauty Exclusives

It’s the time of the year when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on again! To save you some precious time – lord forbid anyone else getting to the items before you! – I’ve selected some beauty exclusives from the sale event which you’ll be happy to bag.

 


 

If you’ll like to see more, head on over to the Nordstrom sale site. After all, there’s nothing wrong with snooping around a little bit just to see what’s up for grabs, is there. Just remember: The sale ends 3rd August 2015.

 

Happy shopping,

Roxanne