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Black Friday Sales & Cyber Monday Deals ft. ASOS, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Sigma & More


Selfridges Black Friday Sales

Click on the image above to shop on Selfridges. Don’t forget your discount code SELFCCE for up to 20% off handbags!


It’s the time of the year when everyone’s so filled with gratitude and turducken, that it’s time to get into the groove of things. Christmas shopping is what I’m talking about, and you have got some serious deals to score during this period of Black Friday sales.


I’ve selected homeware and style items for you, so that you can save time (and therefore buy what you want need before it goes out of stock) and avoid possible server crashes when all you want is just to get that one thing in your basket and move on. So here they are, categorised into the stores and departments I’ve found them in. Just click on the specific item you’ll like to check out and it will take you directly to the product website. I hope it’s much more convenient for you this way.


The stores I picked generally have free global shipping either with no minimum spending, or a low minimum spending required. From what I’ve seen, it’s pretty worth it, especially since these stores have a reputation of being reliable with good customer service. Happy shopping!



// Black Friday up to 60% off casual looks for men and women

DATE: 11.24 – 11.26


// Cyber Monday 30% off everything

DATE: 11.27 – 11.30



ASOS Beauty


ASOS Style


La Redoute (Global)

// 60% on thousands of products

DATE: 11.24 – 12.4



La Redoute Home


La Redoute Style



// Black Friday up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns

DATE: 11.26 – 11.27


// Cyber Monday Savings of up to 50% off select top brands + Free shipping and returns

DATE: 11.30



Nordstrom Beauty


Nordstrom Home


Nordstrom Style



// Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman styles excluded

DATE: 11.24 – 11.30



Shopbop Home


Shopbop Style


Sigma Beauty

// 10% off site wide

DATE: 11.26


// Free worldwide shipping

DATE: 11.27


// 20% off sitewide

DATE: 11.30 – 12.1



Sigma Beauty


When we’ve got more month at the end of our money, but it’s OK.


Rave & Review: The Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose


Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose

The Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose.


It isn’t often that you find a beauty product that you feel like you’re going to keep using for the rest of your life. Or the foreseeable future, at least. That’s just how I see the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose. This product has made my day many more times than I’d expected it to, ever since I got hold of it at Sephora one fine afternoon shopping with my best friend.

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Rave & Review: The Nails Inc NailKale Nail Polish in Windsor Mews


Nails Inc Nailkale Nail Polish Windsor Mews

The Nails Inc Nailkale Nail Polish Windsor Mews on a weekday dreaming.


If the name of the nail polish shade itself isn’t enticing enough – just think of somerset meadows and a walk down Oxford Street on a bright sunny day – perhaps the colour of the polish will be.


Windsor Mews is my first Nails Inc lacquer, which I delightfully discovered at a random Sephora trip. I was looking out for a classic, elegant and timeless shade that wasn’t over the top nor would give people the impression that I was all about serious business. I swatched this shade once and I was sold. Here’s why.

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Tutorial: Grooving Gold Holiday Look


Grooving Gold Holiday Look Tutorial

Let’s get started on the holiday mood!


I finally did it! I finally managed to film and edit a video tutorial on our new iMac – best purchase of the year. This video is a tutorial on how you can create a holiday-suitable look, where the eye makeup is done using the limited edition Grooving Gold Eyeshadow Palette from The Body Shop’s holiday collection.


I start the tutorial with my brows already filled in and my foundation already applied on. This is because it would take too long to show how I do them in the video, where I would like to focus on the other techniques used. The video is below but do note that the colour isn’t like how it is in the picture above. The product list is after the cut. Enjoy and tell me what you think!


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Feature and Personal Picks: The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection


The Body Shop Frosted Plum

Introducing the festive Frosted Plum range from The Body Shop.


I know it’s only the very beginning of November but Christmas has come early! Aren’t you in the mood yet? Come on, you’ve got to be.


I’m just really excited that beauty brands have started launching their Christmas collections and the one from The Body Shop is no exception. I first discovered The Body Shop while I was still in university but somewhere along the way, I kind of lost touch with the brand as I found out about other brands out there. I mean, hello Laneige, 3CE, Sleek, Sigma and Dior! I’m glad I got the chance to rediscover this brand after the long hiatus from it.


The Christmas 2015 Collection from The Body Shop is filled with goodies for you but today I’ll just share my favourites and recommendations from the brand. If you’ll like to check everything else out, do be sure to drop by a counter near you.



The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette Gift Set.


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Review: The Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine


Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Timeless classic that is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine.


Remember the first time you saw a nail polish shade and fell immediately in love with it? That was exactly what happened when I caught sight of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine – on Instagram. Say what you want but Instagram, to me, is very influential indeed.


I made it a point to check it out the next time I dropped by Sephora for my skincare staples and joyfully found it on the shelf amongst other shades form the range. On the Sephora website, this shade is described as “opaque smoky purple grey” and I suppose that’s as close to being accurate as I can get. Oh yes, maybe something like mocha would work too. The colour is classy and timeless, and works great to fit a neutral palette at work or play. It would go with any piece of clothing you wear and wouldn’t draw too much attention away from it.

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Rave & Review: The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit


Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.


Got your cuppa? Ready? OK, here’s the question of the day: How do you find out about new products besides reading them on blogs?


Just a couple of weeks ago, while waiting for our dinner date, I walked past a Metro outlet and found out it was having a moving out sale. Obviously I went in to have a look at the beauty department, wondering if I would be able to find some hidden gems at a fraction of the original retail price. I chanced upon a shelf filled with Australis products, and something about the hot pink-on-black packaging of the Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit tugged at my heart strings. The tester was wide open, tempting me with all six shades of the palette.


I went away after some time (there were three of the palettes left at this point) but couldn’t help reading online reviews on the palette throughout dinner. Poor Mr. Ratatouille had to bear with my, “I think I need a contour palette,” and my, “I don’t have one. Now’s a good time to get it!” and finally my, “Let’s go back and take another look.” So, with our tummies satisfied (they serve the best pancakes ever at Paddington House of Pancakes), we went back to the beauty counter. That’s when I found only two of the three palettes left. I hurriedly grabbed the nicer looking one, just in time before another girl took the last one right after me.


And I can’t say it enough, that this is one purchase I’ve never regretted.


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


The palette has six shades in all – 3 highlighting shades and 3 contouring shades. The shades don’t have individual names but are simply numbered from 1 to 6. Shades 1, 2 and 3 are the three highlighting shades at the top row, while shades 4, 5 and 6 are the contouring shades at the bottom.


From other reviews I’ve read, most people are madly in love with shade 2, calling it the “banana shade” and gush about how awesome it is as an under-eye colour. However, it seems that the not-so-good things about this palette are that the contouring shades can’t be blended easily and that there are way too many shades in total.


Here’s what I think:


Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.


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Review: The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set


Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set

The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set.


If you could have lashes that look like they’ve got falsies on but don’t, wouldn’t you want to give it a try? I love fibre mascaras and I love falsies but when I try to recall the last time I used falsies, I cannot even remember the occasion I wore them to. Falsies are great, especially for evening makeup when lights are generally dimmer. However, taking them off can be a hassle, especially if the glue you use is strong, or if your makeup remover isn’t powerful enough. Also, you need to take good care of them so that they can be reused.


That’s why I think I may have found you a great alternative to falsies. The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo can save you all the trouble and still give you enviable lashes. It contains two tubes, one of which is called the Transplanting Gel and the other, simply Natural Fibres. To use it, coat a bit of the Transplanting Gel on the tips of your lashes after you have applied mascara. Then, apply the Natural Fibres to the tips of your lashes. Finally, apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel to seal the fibres in. If you want more length, you can add more fibres, followed by the Transplanting Gel again.


I love this product. The fibres are easy to apply and it really does lengthen your lashes. You can tell the difference it makes, especially in my latest beauty tutorial, which you can watch on YouTube here.

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FOTD: Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial


Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial by Laced Ivory

Hello, I got a tan!


You’ve heard of highlighting and contouring but have you heard of strobing? It’s got nothing to do with photography, though it would make you look radiant in a photograph.


Strobing is a recent makeup technique that bypasses contouring and focuses mainly on highlighting your facial features so that they “pop” in pictures to various degrees. Simply put, it is highlighting using highlighters with different intensities. For facial features that you want to pop out more in photos, you use a more intense highlighter; and for features that you don’t need to be so pronounced, you use a less intense highlighter or shimmer powder.


In today’s strobing makeup tutorial, I show you how you can add some glow to your new summer tan in a few easy steps. The products used are listed below in the same order as they appear in the video.



  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • 3 Concept Eyes‘ Shimmer Glow Bloc
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (available on Nordstrom here)
  • Heroine Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • Faux Fayc‘s Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set
  • Sara Happ‘s The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss (available on Nordstrom here, review here)

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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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