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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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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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Link Love: Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


Monique Lhuillier SS 2016 Picks

My picks for Monique Lhuillier’s SS 2016 Collection. More over on


We’re finally on the last leg of all the fashion weeks this year, where designers present their SS 2016 collections. Lots of fluff, prints, bright shades and textures for us to play with, and lots of models taking great care not to fall off them towering heels. While the rest of the fashion world busy themselves amidst the flurry that is Paris Fashion Week, let’s take a look at what’s gone down in the other major fashion cities!


Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


  1. The peeps at Vogue take us behind the scenes at Paris Fashion Week SS 2016 with photographer Kevin Tachman.
  2. Photographer Victoria Adamson at Refinery29 snaps some street style for us during New York Fashion Week SS 2016.
  3. The peeps at Popsugar share their picks of the best street style seen at New York Fashion Week last season.
  4. The team behind Elle take us down memory lane and present what the best runway looks from New York Fashion Week FW 2015 were.
  5. The kind souls at Stylecaster share some gorgeous street style at Milan Fashion Week SS 2016.
  6. Malina from NY Times highlights the top 10 runway moments in Milan Fashion Week SS2016.
  7. Bridget at Cosmopolitan reveals the SS 2016 hair and makeup trends, as seen on the runways.
  8. The staff at WWD share the street style snaps from London Fashion Week SS 2016. Expect lots of well-cut coats.
  9. Parisian model Ines Rau shares on Vogue her picks of restaurants and cafes in Paris.


To end off, here’s an HD video of the runway of Hervé Léger’s SS 2016 Collection. Enjoy!

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OOTD: Sunset Lace


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Drifter Lace Mini Dress: Aijek

Bangle: Amado Gudek

Caged Diamond Ring: Amado Gudek

Shades: Tory Burch

White Sandals: New Look

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


Now who says you can’t wear a dress for a day at the beach? This outfit was put together with pieces from Aijek and Amado Gudek, which are currently exclusive brands on multi-label retailer SocietyA in Singapore.


SocietyA was set up just last year, in 2014, and features up-and-coming Asian designers, such as ti:baeg, Xoori (a personal favourite) and LIE. If you are looking for something that’s different from the ordinary and that can take you places, you won’t want to give SocietyA a miss. The greatest part is that for the next month starting today, you can get 20% off your total purchase when you shop on SocietyA, when you use code “ROXANNE20” at checkout. I don’t know about you, but 20% off anything with high quality is a great save.

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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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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,


Review: The Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel in Melon


Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel Review


We all know that many chemicals are harmful. That’s why many beauty companies are changing their manufacturing processes to cut down on these chemicals, either completely or by substantial amounts.


I was lucky enough to get to try the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon from newly launched Spanish brand, Naturalium. The brand was founded in 2014 and only made its way to our humble shores this year. All of their products are made with no parabens, colourants and phthalates. In case you were wondering, parabens and colourants can cause cancer, while phthalates are known to affect reproductive systems in mice and humans.


Here’s a closer look at the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon.

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Shopback Review: I Tried It so You’ll Know How To

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve shopped online before. What if I told you, you could earn some of that money back when you spend it on a new dress?


Mais oui, bien sûr.

Mais oui, bien sûr.


If you frequent online fashion stores like ASOS, Zalora, Lazada and Shopbop; buy travel tickets or booked accommodation on Rail Europe, Expedia and Agoda; or even grab a coupon or two from Groupon, getting some of that money back will save you some serious cash over time and lessen your spending.


I was invited to give Shopback a try some weeks ago, and to summarise, I did get a percentage of my money spent back while shopping online. Shopback is a cashback site that pays you to shop with their partnered merchants – more than 500 of them. I used it to get something new for myself on Zalora and here’s a short tutorial (using Safari, with screenshots) for you, so you can see how it looks like before signing up.


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The Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Here’s the question of the day:


What would you wear if you were invited to a party themed, “China: Through the Looking Glass?”


It seems, sadly, that quite a number of celebrities aren’t sure what the Chinese culture is like. I think, if I see one more phoenix, dragon or flamboyant headgear, I’m going to need to re-watch entire seasons of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel better again. Apart from those who opted for outfits that spoke nothing about the theme, those who tried too hard just bordered on the offensive.


But there were also the ones who shone bright like diamonds and stole the limelight for me. Here they are, my top 10 best dressed celebrities at the Met Gala 2015. After looking at the pictures, tell me your favourite!


Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015
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Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga

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