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Link Love: The Makeup Artist Interview Bible

 

Marble Bathroom

I’d die to have a bathroom like Bobbi Brown’s.

 

So the weekend is coming but it isn’t near enough yet. And the last thing you need right now is to see how amazing someone’s home looks like while you slog your days away with no end in sight – and with no granite counter top to aim for.

 

But that’s OK. Because almost everybody who has that luxurious granite counter top worked their asses off for it. And in today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing 9 interviews with makeup artists who are at the top of their game. Find out how they have gotten where they are now and the tips they give to everybody else like us.

 
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Feature: The New Times Bookstore at Waterway Point, Singapore

 

Times Waterway Point Singapore

 

With the rise of electronic books comes the inevitable demise of real, tangible books that allow you to feel the pages as you flip them over. If you’re a book lover like me, your heart must have been chipped away bit by bit with news of bookstores closing down and moving out in the past few years. Libraries are almost a salvation but nothing beats having a hard cover that you can truly call your own. That’s why when stores like Times expand and launch a new branch, it’s pretty much a celebration.

 

The new Times store is located at Waterway Point and although it’s quite far off for many people, at least those of you living there will have something to look forward to. Not only is this branch large and spacious, it also features exclusive children’s and lifestyle sections.

 

Kids will love the children’s section because where else will you be welcomed by a princess and a knight – in his shining armour, no less – and find soft, fluffy ladybirds to lean on while you explore the worlds of magic? Activity books and toys will serve not only to entertain the young, but also educate them in a fun way.

 

My favourite part of the store is the lifestyle section, where you’ll find things like Jamie Oliver’s kitchenware (oh, those gorgeous tins for storing garlic), aromatherapy tools and even cushions for your couch (I mean, with Netflix, it’s something you probably need). The space can also be converted to host workshops, such as cooking demonstrations and arts & craft sessions.

 

Times Waterway Point Singapore

A little something for your couch.

 
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Most Wearable Beauty Looks from Paris Fashion Week FW 2016

 

Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

Phew! The hectic week that is known as Paris Fashion Week is finally over and done with. I haven’t been a part of the shows and runways but I definitely kept up with the news and am so in love with Chanel’s fishnet eyes. That said, this fall has many other interesting looks up its sleeve. Think sleek ponytails, bright eyeliners, the classic smouldering black smokey eye, glossy lids, dark sombre lips and specks of glitter. And if you may ask, yes, there are some which are definitely going to look great on you!

 

Thanks to Sarah at Popsugar (where all the pictures in this post are from), who made a comprehensive album of all the looks being strutted in style, I’m able to show you some wearable looks from the runway that you can try out.

 

1. The “Anne Hathaway”

 
Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

I came up with the name for this one because the moment I saw this look, she was the one who immediately came to mind. This look is all about keeping the face barely-there, creating a bambi-eyed look with rosy lips. Some variations have bolder lip colours but the rest remains the same.

 

How you can get the look:

Apply concealor and foundation all over your face, and add some light blush on the cheekbones. Keep brows full, soft and natural by using a brow powder. Avoid eyeliner and lipliner but use lip balm to keep lips soft and plump. Finally, apply some rosy lip colour all over your lips. As for your hair, keep it the way it looks naturally. Some curves and waves would make it perfect.

 

2. The “Au Naturel”

 
Paris Fashion Week 2016 Beauty Looks

 

At every Fashion Week, there are bound to be some runways that decide to keep things simple. This one’s no different, and a natural no-makeup, girl-next-door look is always suitable for day-to-day life. In fact, this is my very own everyday look.

 

How you can get the look:

Concealor and foundation are a must for a look such as this (of course, unless you don’t need it). Just like the previous look, only a small amount of blush is needed – keep to shades that are natural. A blush with slight shimmer or glow is fine. Your brows just need to be filled in slightly and kept neat. No eyeliner, mascara or eyeshadow is necessary, while lip balm is all you need. If you wish for a tinge of colour on your puckers, a tinted lip balm would do the trick. As for your hair, tie it up neatly into a pigtail or ponytail at the back. I absolutely adore Ellery’s take on tying the end with some string (see picture above) but if you attempt this, make sure it doesn’t come off easily.

 
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OOTD: Cocooned in Love

 
Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Maryling Silk Dress

 

Silk Dress: Maryling

Clutch: Random store in Seoul, Korea

Amethyst Ear Studs: J. Trouvée

Pearl Bangle: J. Trouvée

Drusy Necklace: J. Trouvée

Heeled Sandals: Steve Madden (available on Nordstrom here)

Photographer: The ever so talented Mr. Ratatouille

 

If you’re with the right partner, every day is Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate 14th February if you wanted to either. For us, it’s really another excuse to gift each other with something special and just block out time for each other. Maybe Valentine’s Day isn’t for you, and maybe it is, but for us it’s definitely a time we treasure and be thankful for having each other in our lives.

 
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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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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)!

 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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

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

Feature and Personal Picks: Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection

 

The Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection

 

‘Tis the season to be merry, fa la la la la la la la la.

 

I got officially introduced to Lush Cosmetics a few weeks back, when I was invited to discover the brand’s holiday season launches for the year. I’m a fan of their bath bombs because not only are they moisturising in the bath – so you don’t have to apply another layer of moisturiser when you’re out of the bathroom – they are also fun. But nothing can be as cute and whimsical as the Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection.

 

The Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection

The Lush Cosmetics Bûche de Noël Face & Body Cleanser, S$25 for a 100g tub.

 

The Bûche de Noël Face & Body Cleanser comes in two sizes – 100g (S$25) and 250g (S$70). It is formulated with finely grounded sweet almond, kaolin and the key ingredient fresh satsuma to deliver a refreshing and moisturising shower. The best part is that you can use this all over your body as well as your face. To use it, take an appropriate amount and add some water to it to create a paste to lather. After washing it off, you’ll find that your skin has been softly pampered with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter as well.

 

The Lush Cosmetics Christmas 2015 Collection

The Lush Cosmetics Butterbear Bath Bomb, S$10 (left) and Snow Angel Bath Melt, S$21 (right).

 

How cute is this teeny polar bear that will melt your heart in the bath? It smells heavenly of vanilla, so if you like scents such as vanilla, cream, shea butter and Brazilian nut, chances are you’ll like this one too. The only sad thing is that this bear only goes so far as one session in the tub – I wonder if he’ll last the winter.

 

The Snow Angel Bath Melt is for you if you are looking for something super moisturising. If you are headed somewhere that’s freezing and windy, you’ll want to grab one of these. It contains cocoa butter for a great moisturising treat but also gives you a golden glow. I found a video from Lush Cosmetics on how it looks like when placed in the bath:

 
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