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Review: The DCS Aquaderm Range (Toner, Day Cream and Ampoule)


DCS Aquaderm Review

Just some of the products from the range that I tried.


The thing about trying out beauty products from entire ranges is that it can be daunting. Daunting in the sense that you don’t know which items to pick and trial first before moving onto the rest of the products. You don’t know for sure if the products you’ve picked will work on you until you’ve tried it out – and spent the money to afford it. And if they don’t give you the radiant skin as promised, you don’t even think you’ll want to consider the other products in the same range.


But one thing that many people forget is that the more you experience this, the more you’ll get to know and understand your skin. You’ll know what ingredients you are allergic to, what scents you like and don’t like, what packaging suits your lifestyle the best, and so on. Then, you begin to make better and more informed decisions the next time you’re tempted by the new bottles sitting prettily on the beauty counter.


It’s only from years of doing this that I’ve come to understand my skin as being sensitive to alcohol, sensitive to foam, sensitive in general (sometimes getting red patches for no reason, which then fade away on their own after an hour or so), oily and dry. That’s why when I was invited to give the new Aquaderm range from Korean skincare brand DCS a try, I specially selected a few products which I thought would work out for me.


Let’s take a look at them now, shall we?

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Review: Sai Kaew Beach Resort


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

With a gorgeous view of the beach like this, you’d want to visit more often than you can.


I’m a beach babe through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’ve got a supermodel-esque body. I just mean I love the beach and everything that’s got to do with it. The fine sand, the water, the breeze – and how it’s the one place where earth, water and sky meet.


We travelled recently to Ko Samet, Thailand and stayed at Sai Kaew Beach Resort. This resort currently ranks #8 of 20 hotels in Ko Samet on TripAdvisor and has a Certificate of Excellence. We booked a Double Premier Seaside room for 2 nights via Hotelopia and had no problems with our reservation.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Such a gorgeous beach. Ko Samet, everybody.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

If you get a room that’s at the front-most of the resort (nearest to the beach), it comes with comfy chairs that let you overlook the beach down below.


The resort is located in the north of Ko Samet and faces southeast, in case you were thinking of either catching the sunrise or sunset. It’s right on the beach and has its own private beach for its guests. It’s address is 8/1 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang RayongKo Samet 21160, Thailand (click on the link to see it on Google maps). If you don’t catch the ferry from Ban Phe pier to get to the island, you can get a speedboat that costs a little more and it will take you right to the beach of the resort. Of course, this means you’ll be getting your legs wet as the boat can only take you so near to the land.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Snaps of our Double Premier Seaside room.


Our room was very spacious for the price we paid. There was so much room to move about even after placing our baggage wide open beside the bed. We didn’t even make use of the balcony, which could fit 6 people nicely if some wouldn’t mind sitting on the floor. I love how the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors allow sunlight through, so the room is bright in the day. Everything was clean and tidy when we got there.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

So much space. Our large baggage is between the bed and bathroom (you can’t see it here).


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The bathroom.


Even the bathroom was huge. Right there in the shower area, you can fit 3 people and still have space to move around (not that we tried). You could probably slow dance as a couple in there too (we didn’t try this either). There are also 4 towels provided by the resort – 2 blue ones for the beach and 2 white ones for the bathroom. The only gripe I have with this room is the shower, which alternates on its own between hot and cold water when all you want is something warm.




The service met our expectations. Room service came in an appropriate amount of time and everyone was very pleasant. We realised that our electrical plugs didn’t match the ones in the wall, and tried our luck by asking the receptionist for an international adapter. Again, they had what we needed, which as great. The staff also understood English well, a feature which I have found to be lacking in some other establishments in Asia. Actually, now that I think about it, this doesn’t happen only in Asia but that will be another review for another day.


Overall & Price


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Some words to live by.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Like my outfit? See it in detail in my blog post here.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Oooh oooh, throw your hands in the air. Oooh oooh, like you just don’t care.


The resort itself is excellent in terms of price, value for money, service and location. The beach can be filled with activities, as many visitors to the other parts of the beach try their hands at water sports, so if you are looking for a quiet time, you might prefer lounging by the pool instead. There’s enough greenery around the resort but what strikes me most are how near it is to the beach and the amount of space you get. Even the restaurant that serves the daily buffet breakfast has such a high ceiling, you just feel like you’re getting the amount of oxygen you rightfully deserve.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The restaurant of the resort, and a part of it that’s closer to the beach.


We paid about S$530 for the two nights we were there, which included breakfast and free wifi. Based on our experience at Sai Kaew Resort, I definitely recommend this resort to anyone looking to visit Ko Samet.



Travel far and wide,


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 Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil


Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil

The Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil.


Have you ever had someone tell you that you smelt good but you weren’t actually wearing perfume? It’s always in the hair.


I discovered this wonderful hair oil, the Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil and and currently loving it. It’s a scented oil-infused hair treatment specially designed with coloured hair in mind. You can use it right before shampooing or in between hair washes. I generally use it as an extra hair conditioning after my daily shower and in the mornings when I’m just out of bed. It smells great and doesn’t weigh hair down at all.

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Review: Remescar Silicone Scar Stick & Remescar Spider Veins


Remescar Products

A couple of skin-loving Remescar products.


I’m not sure about you but I’m one of those unlucky ones that always get bitten by mosquitoes. And sandflies. Sandflies are the worst.


This means that I’m almost always scarred by these nasty bites, especially on the legs, where I’m usually most exposed. I gave the Remescar Silicone Scar Stick a try and I have to say I’m stuck on it now. It’s a silicone stick that helps to lighten scars by reducing its length and depth, and softening and flattening scar tissues. It helps the skin to restore its collagen structure, while resisting viral and bacterial infection. It is designed to work on scars that are a result of surgery, bites, burns, acne and stretch marks.


Remescar Silicone Scar Stick

The Remescar Silicone Scar Stick. It’s so easy to use and carry around.


To ensure maximum efficiency, use it twice a day for at least 2-3 months. To apply it on a scar and its surrounding area, all you need to do is just roll it over your skin. Honestly, I haven’t been following instructions as closely as I should but even so, I can say that it works – on scars both new and old, and on stretch marks as well.


I have an old scar on the right calf, which was the result of an infected rope burn 5 years ago. I wasn’t hiking or anything. Believe it or not, I was standing in the middle of two huskies, who were leashed to the pillars of someone’s front porch by thick ropes. They got super excited when they caught sight of a tiny Yorkshire terrier and got ridiculously crazy. They crossed paths, got me caught in the middle of their leashes and the next thing I knew, my skin just came off. Ouch.

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OOTD: On the Rocks at Ko Samet


Emigo Midi Dress


If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?


I’ve always loved the beach and there’s nowhere else other than in Asia where you can find white sandy beaches, where the sand feels like flour and making sandcastles feels like baking a huge pastry right under your feet. Singapore may be a port city, but we don’t exactly have beautiful beaches. That’s why, whenever we get an opportunity like this, it’s almost definitely to a beach somewhere else we go.


The very first beach we fell in love with was Bamboo Island back in 2009, off the coast of Ko Phi Phi Don in Thailand. Since then, every beach we’ve been to has instinctively been measured against this gem of a paradise. In this shoot, we travelled to Ko Samet, also located in Thailand but much further up north and along the eastern coast.


Emigo Midi Dress


Koh Samet by Laced Ivory


Emigo Midi Dress


Emigo Midi Dress


Midi Dress: Emigo

Earrings: Pelé

Bag: Triangl Swimwear

Sandals: New Look

Shades: Tory Burch

Ring: Lovisa

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

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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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Link Love: Best Nail Blogs of the Moment

It’s not easy to come up with new designs when thinking up something for your nails. There are just so many brands, colours and finishes out there that stopping by Sephora can be quite a task. If you’re looking for something fresh, fun and that you’ve never thought of before, you might like to take an inspiration or two from these nine blogs, which I think are the best nail blogs out there right now.


Best Nail Blogs


1. A.J. from Nail Lacquer UK teaches us how to get Louboutin-esque nails. If you sharpen the tips more than what she does, I think you’ll make some pretty fine talons.

2. Michelle at All Lacquered Up swatches us some of Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2015 colours.

3. Jen at Polish & Pearls shows us how red nails match black quilt oh-so-well.

4. Sammy at The Nailasaurus teaches us how to make swishes with any colour we like.

5. The peeps behind The Illustrated Nail gives us a look at how we can create bright designs using some OPI lacquers.

6. Sarah at Chalkboard Nails shows us what we’ll get when we mix some basic neutrals with a splatter of glitter.

7. Sam at Fashion Polish shares with us what polishes she used for this gorgeous gradient nail art.

8. Katy at Nailed It shows us how light shades can look so classy with a few rhinestones. The future bride in me screams wedding inspo!

9. Kelly at Vampy Varnish swatches some beautiful shimmery shades.

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Review: The Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 69 and 91


Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

Just a couple of Chanel glosses.


I discovered these gorgeous glosses quite by accident, when I was shopping for a gift for my mother, actually. If you shop for makeup and you love makeup, then you must know how distracting it is when you’re surrounded by nothing else but makeup – and a very professional makeup artist.


I requested to try on a shade or two, can’t remember which ones, but man was I sold the moment I saw the finished look on my lips. In today’s post, I feature two of my current favourite glosses, the Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 91 Tutu and 69 Glass Quartz.


Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

91 Tutu at the top, 69 Glass Quartz below.

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