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Rave & Review: The Depend GelLack

 

Depend GelLack Review

Sit tight for my Depend GelLack Review. You’ll want to read it.

 

Fans of gelish rejoice. I’ve been introduced to a safer and long-lasting alternative, known as the Depend GelLack, which you can do on your own in the comfort of your home.

 

I’ve never done gel manicures because of all the horror stories I’ve heard about having them removed after a few weeks. Your nails are thinned, dry and brittle and you can’t apply anything on them afterwards. However, the Depend GelLack kit and polishes go easy on your nails, so that you can have colour that doesn’t chip off.

 

I repeat, it doesn’t chip off. At all. Let’s take a moment to let that sink in for a while.

 

Now let’s take a closer look at the starter kit.

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Review: Aroma Bar Singapore

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

A bunch of goodies that knocked on my doorstep.

 

It’s not often that you find a product that delivers what it promises to. And when it happens, you just wish it would never be discontinued. That’s what I currently feel towards the Aroma Bar Singapore range of products that I received one afternoon and haven’t stopped using since.

 

Founded in 2012 in Singapore by local aromatherapist Sarah C., Aroma Bar Singapore features products that are hand-blended and 100% natural. The best part is that they deliver results (or at least the ones I tried). Let’s take a look at the Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter.

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

The Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter (50ml, S$26.50) from Aroma Bar Singapore.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to feel as if you’re being pampered at a luxurious spa, while you’re at home and have some time to spare, apply this body butter after a relaxing shower. This product smells absolutely gorgeous (if smells can be gorgeous) and works great on targeted areas of your skin. Its consistency is more like a solid balm, so it might be a bit challenging to spread it all over your body. I recommend using this on areas such as your elbows, fingertips or cuticles, the heels of your feet and around the toes.

 

The ingredients in this body butter cannot be more natural either. Check it out.

 
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Rave & Review: The Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

All it takes for one girl to spend some precious cash on makeup is a long, exhausting week moving to a new place and the free Friday evening of that week. Of course, being in the beauty department of a mall helps and when you see a lip gloss as precious as this costing less than S$40 a pop, you really can’t fight it.

 

I popped by Laduree after work last Friday evening and somehow also ended up at a Bobbi Brown counter afterwards. Needless to say, this lip gloss spontaneously made its way into my makeup shopping list – now how did that happen?

 
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Rave & Review: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

The Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02.

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

A new addition to my collection of beauty staples.

 

It’s rainy today and rainy days call for tea, cakes and some pondering on life issues. Like whether you would look good in the latest Korean trend of horizontal brows, or if you should even attempt Cara Delevingne’s brow game in a fancy Chanel ad campaign.

 

But trends are trends and they aren’t here to stay. What matters more is looking your best, in a way that will last decades and not make your granddaughter laugh at your old pictures. Brows are one of the features on our faces that make or break a look. Untrimmed brows make you look fuzzy, like you haven’t really gotten out of bed. Overly trimmed, stick-thin brows suggest you are way too obsessed over giving an impression. Properly shaped brows are the best – they make you look sharp and send the message that you’ve got it all under control.

 

I’ve always had long, angled, sparse brows. For years, it had always been a struggle to find the right brow product. Should I get the Shu Uemura brow pencil, which I’ll need to shave or sharpen every now and then, wasting precious product each time the pencil goes through the knife? Should I get a retractable brow pencil? Should I just use my dark eyeshadow? Up till now, my brow powder had been the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade 61 Saddle. It’s the same shade they currently have in one of their brow palettes, but since I used only one shade, it didn’t make sense to get a palette that came with another shade.

 

And then I chanced upon the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow while shopping for beauty supplies at Watsons Singapore. This product currently comes in 2 shades – 01 for lighter tones and 02 for darker tones. Seeing that  I have dark hair, I picked 02. The palette is pocket-friendly and weighs only 3.5g, including the small brush. The powder itself is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge (unless, of course, you do it on purpose). Here’s how you can use the palette:

 
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Rave & Review: The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips-Talk

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

 

If your favourite colour is pink and you like girly bows, then you’ll fall in love with the pretty packaging of the Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk lip stick! I received these two in the mail one fine day, and still can’t get over how cute they look.

 

The two shades I have are OR202 and PK002.Both are extremely vivid colours in different shades of red. OR202 is more yellow-toned, while PK002 is more blue-toned. If you’re neutral-toned, both shades will fit you perfectly. Here are a shot of the lip colours up close and a couple of instagram selfies of me wearing PK002:

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk in OR202 (left) and PK002 (right).

 
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Rave & Review: The Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

I chanced upon this miracle of a product when I attended the recent Watsons Girls Day Out event at NEX, Singapore. As a blogger, I had the privilege of being guided through all the booths promoting various health and beauty products but the one item that made me return to Watsons within the same week and spend my precious moolah on was this: the Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil.

 

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I’m a strong advocate of hair oils, serums and leave-in conditioners because hair masks and normal conditioners? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Leave-in hair products save me so much time, which I very much prefer to spend on resting after a long day’s work, or catching up on blogging matters. I’ve tried many products but this one beats them hands down (sorry Jen).

 

My hair was recently bleached twice in a row when I decided to get an ombre style (read about my first-time experience here) and although I loved the effect, the process left me with extremely dry hair. It got to the point where I had to take 10 whole minutes just to comb through all the tangles. This product from Bené Cosmetics solved that problem for me.

 
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Rave & Review: The 3CE Lip Colours in Peach Peach and Double Shot

 


3CE Lip Colour

 

Finding the perfect lip colour can be quite the daunting task, especially when there are so many brands and shades to choose from. From matte purples to creamy nudes, upon which colour and lipstick should you confer the title of the Holy Grail of Puckers?

 

One word of advice: If you don’t want to break the bank but yet want something long-lasting and pigmented, give 3CE Lip Colours a try. I discovered this brand while shopping in Seoul last December and made a trip to their flagship store in Hongdae (you can read more about my experience at Style Nanda here). Granted, the black oblong packaging isn’t anything to swoon over but the product… Oh, the product is amazing!

 

3CE Lip Colour

3CE Lip Colours in Double Shot (top) and Peach Peach (bottom).

 

3CE Lip Colour in Peach Peach
 
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Laced Ivory’s Top 40 Beauty Products

 

Top 40 Beauty Products - Skincare, Beauty and Tools

 

Beauty blogging on Laced Ivory stemmed from my passion towards beauty products, writing and helping others (as well as myself) find their better selves. I’ve only got one face, body and a headful of hair, but over the years, I’ve tried so many different products and have come to really love some of them. Here are the top 40 beauty products that have made the cut this year (with links to purchase).

 

Makeup:

  1. Compact Foundation: Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25
  2. Liquid Foundation: Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15
  3. Blush: Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink 9
  4. Lipstick: MAC Betty Bright
  5. Lipgloss: Chanel Lipgloss in 161
  6. All-Over Setting/Highlighting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites 3 Medium
  7. Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette
  8. Festive Eyeshadow duo: Laneige Sparkling Party eyeshadow duo
  9. Eyeliner: Agnès B Liner Metallic in Brun Métal 1519
  10. Nail Polish Brand: Deborah Lippmann
  11. Base Coat: Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965
  12. Top Coat: Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965
  13. Eyebrow Shade: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Saddle 61
  14. Mascara: Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  15. Fragrance: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection (My Picks)

 

Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection

 

The holiday season is the perfect time to travel, especially since nobody’s really going to be at work anymore. But if you, like me, are going to be spending December at home, there’s no better time and place to indulge in the festive mood. This year, the Crabtree and Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection is heavily inspired by the wanderlust bug that lives in us all. Take note, for you too, can travel to London right in your own home.

 
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Review & Tutorial: The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

Now take me away.

 

Hello mid-November! The more each day passes by, the more it’s time to sparkle. The year-end season is always my favourite time of the year because things start mellowing and everything just becomes more relaxed. This is how the entire year should be like!

 

I got my hands on this collection a day after my company’s disco themed dinner and dance (what a waste, I know) and immediately fell in love. It’s seriously got everything you need in it to sparkle and yet it’s not over the top. Before I dive into the review and let you in on how best to use this, might I just add this little message: Get it while you can!

 

The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection is a cute little box of 2 Water Drop lip tints, 2 glitter nail lacquers and a glitter eyeshadow duo.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

The Laneige Sparkling Party box. It closes gently with a magnetic clasp.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

When opened, it reveals the goodies inside, plus a tutorial on how you can achieve a day and night look. I love the rose gold foil!

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

The Glam Sparkling Look, which is what I call the night look. Get the collection to discover the other look you can create.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

A closer look at the nail lacquers and eyeshadow duo. So festive!

 
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