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

 

Kiko Milano Cosmetics - Laced Ivory

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

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

Tutorial: Metallic Rose Gold Nails for the Festive Season

 

Rose Gold Nails by Laced Ivory

 

There’s no denying it: Rose gold is the colour of the moment. What better way to say you love this shade than by wearing it on your nails for the holiday season?

 

I created this rose gold nail art because I’m just so in the mood recently and I wanted to share with you how you can do it yourself with just some nail lacquers. If you’re afraid of gelish, this is a good way to make sure your manicure stays put till the party’s over.

 

Rose Gold Nails by Laced Ivory

A few shots of the rose gold nails up close (under warm indoor lighting and diffused natural light), with a couple of the products I used. I’m loving the 3CE Nail Lacquer Glitter in GT02 (top) and the Butter London Nail Lacquer in Rosie Lee (bottom right).

 

Step 1: Apply a base coat.

Any base coat will be fine, so you can use your favourite or current one. Make sure the layer is thin and dries for about 2 minutes before you apply the next layer.

 

Step 2: Apply the base colour.

A gold colour works best. One layer is enough to get the metallic sheen. Here, I used the Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 008 Bold Gold. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 3: Apply a layer of big sequins.

Make sure you spread the sequins out over the entire nail. The sequins don’t have to cover every space there is, but cover about 80%-90% of your nail with the sequin bits. I’m using the 3CE Nail Lacquer Glitter in GT02. You can check it out on the Stylenanda website here.  Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 4: Apply a layer of small, deep pink sparkles.

One coat should be enough, if you use the Butter London Nail Lacquer in Rosie Lee, like I did here. The point is to create several layers of reflective surfaces so that your nails can catch light from more directions, and thus look even more sparkly and festive. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 5: Apply another layer of big sequins.

Use the same polish as you did in Step 3 above. You can add as much as you did in Step 3, and this time, try to cover any gold spaces left on your nails as well. There shouldn’t be much uncovered space at this point though. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 6: Apply a layer of top coat.

This should be a no brainer. Every manicure starts with a base coat and ends with a top coat. I’m using OPI’s Rapidry Quick Drying Top Coat. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 7: Go over the nail tips with a top coat.

To make sure your manicure lasts even longer than your possible hangover (You shouldn’t!), brush over the tips of your nails with some top coat. This will help to prevent premature chipping of the polish.

 
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Tutorial: African Violet Holiday Look 2015 with Laura Mercier

 

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Tutorial

 

Hello there! I’m finally back from Seoul – what a wonderful time to just be chilling in cafes and watch the world go by. But now that I’m back in rainy Singapore, here’s another video I filmed. This time, I’ve created another holiday look in case the previous one was a bit too heavy for you.

 

Today’s look is courtesy of the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette for the year, which is a palette filled with gorgeous purples, peaches and a good espresso black for the smoky eye look. The colours are quite pigmented, though if you’re afraid of something that’s too much, you don’t need to use a wet brush and can still get a good enough effect (like in my tutorial).

 

Today’s holiday look video is titled “African Violet,” which is the name of my favourite shade from the palette. I know you can see imperfections on my skin even though foundation has already been applied before filming. I’m quite afraid of concealers, to be honest, because my skin is so sensitive that liquid or cream products just have me reeling away in fear with good reason. So if you have a regular concealer routine before this, just go ahead with it.

 



 

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Tutorial

 

Some products mentioned in this post:

  • Sigma‘s Gel Liner in Stunningly Ladylike (Get it on Sigma here.)
  • Heroine Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • 3CE‘s Shimmer Glow Bloc
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder
  • Laura Mercier‘s Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose

 

You can find the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette in Laura Mercier counters near you. Also, my blog review on the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour can be found here. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did making it. Do subscribe to my channel for more videos.

 

Happy holidays,

Roxanne

Rave & Review: The Tom Ford Black Dahlia Lip Colour Matte Lipstick

 

Tom Ford Black Dahlia Review

Winter in Seoul with Tom Ford.

 

Hello from Seoul, South Korea! I thought it best to take a short break from street shopping to blog a little bit about my new favourite beauty product, the Tom Ford Black Dahlia Lip Colour Matte Lipstick. I apologise first for pictures that aren’t too gorgeous, as I’m taking these pictures from my phone.

 

I first heard about this lip colour from Elle’s article about why everyone can wear this shade. And I mean everyone from all skin tones who dare to wear a bold lip for the winter. Because it’s Elle and because I’ve never bought a Tom Ford lippie, I thought this was a great chance to get it. I mean, Elle said it would suit me and all the models in their article looked great in it.

 

So I dropped by the Tom Ford counter while shopping for Christmas presents one evening and tried the lipstick on to see if I would have an allergic reaction to it. Better safe than sorry, I always say. After walking around the mall for a while, nothing happened to my lips so I went back and spent some hard-earned money on it. At S$75 per pop, it had better not make me itchy.

 
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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!

 

ASOS

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

DATE: 11.24 – 11.26

CODE: BLESSED

// Cyber Monday 30% off everything

DATE: 11.27 – 11.30

CODE: BLESSED

 

ASOS Beauty


 

ASOS Style


 

La Redoute (Global)

// 60% on thousands of products

DATE: 11.24 – 12.4

NO CODE NEEDED


 

La Redoute Home


 

La Redoute Style


 

Nordstrom

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

DATE: 11.26 – 11.27

NO CODE NEEDED

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

DATE: 11.30

NO CODE NEEDED


 

Nordstrom Beauty


 

Nordstrom Home


 

Nordstrom Style


 

Shopbop

// 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

CODE: GOBIG15

 

Shopbop Home


 

Shopbop Style


 

Sigma Beauty

// 10% off site wide

DATE: 11.26

CODE: SIGMAPINK

// Free worldwide shipping

DATE: 11.27

NO CODE NEEDED

// 20% off sitewide

DATE: 11.30 – 12.1

CODE: CYBER2015

 

Sigma Beauty


 

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

Roxanne

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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