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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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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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20 Things I Learnt in my 20s – Part 2

20 Life Lessons

A while back, I wrote the first part of this blog post on the 20 things I learnt in my 20s. You can read it here. I thought it was time to reveal the other 10 things I’ve learnt in my life while growing up. I hope sharing these will help you in your life too, where ever you are!


11. Expensive Taste

OK now I’m not making excuses for spending huge amounts of cash for that Prada work bag or jumbo Chanel 2.55 but sometimes, it really pains me to find out just how much something costs after I’ve set my heart on it. It could be anything from bags to shoes to dresses – it wouldn’t matter. But I’ve come to accept it, that that’s just who I am and if I love things that are a bit pricier than others, then so be it. Either I work hard to earn the right to own it, wait for sales and maybe score, or just leave it aside and see what happens. After all, you never know for sure what life can bring.


12. It’s Easier to Change Youths than Adults

Meeting new people – adults – can sometimes be tiring but what’s worse is when you meet someone whose personality and beliefs just don’t sync with yours. Don’t ever try to change them because humans are stubborn by nature and many of us somehow only learn things the hard way. Youths, on the other hand, are like semi-formed adults. The younger they are, the more they can be nurtured with the right values and taught the proper lessons they need. If you want to make a positive change in your society, start with the young but be genuine in your motive.


13. Teaching is Meaningful

I never thought I’d say this but teaching is one of the most meaningful things a person can do in a lifetime. People often say it isn’t all about the subject that is taught in class, but more about what happens outside of it. To be honest, children learn more about how to lead life as a better person, or how life can be unfair, than which chemical equations are appropriate under certain conditions. But – and you may find this surprising – the teacher also learns. I’ve learnt so much more about myself, how others see me based on how I behave, and how I could be a better person by being more empathetic. I don’t think there’s anything else I’ve ever done in my life that has made me grow so much in the past few years.

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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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20 Things I Learnt in My 20s – Part 1

20 Life Lessons

It’s a few months till the day I turn 30 – and I simply can’t wait for it. Turning one year older, to me, means I’ve grown one year wiser and have had one more year of fulfilling experiences. Things may not always go smoothly in life and because of that, I thought I’d share some of the lessons life has given so far. Here is the first part of the 20 things I’ve learnt in my 20s and I hope they will offer you some guidance where needed.


1. Being Independent

Being independent may mean a whole lot more responsibilities on your plate, but it also means you get to do so much more with your life. Everything that has got to do with independence includes things like cleaning your own toilet bowl, doing the dishes, changing your own sheets, planning your travel itinerary, having a job and dealing with internet subscriptions. It also means you get to choose who you spend your time with, how often you get to eat out and what your career progression should look like.


2. Being More Empathetic

I’m quite the unfeeling sort, having seen first hand how emotions ruin relationships and make the most rational of people behave in ridiculous manners. Although I still prefer sticking to logic rather than heart matters (or acting in the moment of heat), I’ve come to understand that not everyone can control their emotions as well and keep them under check. Knowing and accepting that others respond to situations differently from you will help you connect better with them when you try to see things from their point of view. There isn’t a hard rule as to what is the right way of reacting to things – there are just different ways that seem right to different individuals at different points in time.


3. It’s OK to Not Understand

Try as you may, sometimes you will still not get it and that is OK. You may not understand why things like war, destruction of the environment, honour killings and abuse happen in our world but know that it is human nature and nothing is perfect in this world. Just try to make it a better place for those around you and spread positive values like passion, integrity and humility.


4. The French Language and Culture

The French are quite the unique bunch and if anything, they are extremely different from Singaporeans. I went to France expecting nothing and learnt absolutely the most I could about France and the rest of central Europe. The pace of life in France in general is definitely slower than in Singapore and many major cities in Asia, and life there is pretty good with awesome food, good company, a good balance of the outdoors and city life, and a good healthcare and education system – which is why I find it quite surprising that the French are one of the most depressed people in the world.


5. People in Fashion are Mostly Superficial

Never attend a fashion show entirely on your own. Never, nuh uh. You would stick out like a sore thumb, even if you were dressed to the nines or fitted from head to toe in Elie Saab. People in the fashion industry are all about what you’re wearing and whether you know the right personalities. A magazine’s editor-in-chief I once inadvertently offended gave me such a terrible impression of herself (and therefore the magazine she heads) that I seriously wonder how the magazine has survived till today. Also girl, stop showing off that Chanel. It’s not like you’re the only one who has it.

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To the Skinny Girl (Who is Actually Healthy)


To The Skinny Babe


Dear Skinny Babe,


Yes, you deserve to also be called a babe. Because, why not?


I totally get you. I mean, I’ve always been kind of the same. I’ve been skinny my whole life, just like you. I never seem to be able to put on weight like the others, just like you. And I totally get how you feel cold seemingly all the time. And if you have a high metabolic rate, I also get how you feel hot and bothered all the time – like how you need to take that scarf off even though it’s minus 20 degrees outside.


I know how horrible it is for you, when others talk about having gained that extra pound – and how they should go about losing it – while you sit there and try to be inconspicuous. I know how annoying it is deep down for you, that you have to try and be sensitive when the topic about physical appearance comes up, but yet others don’t seem to think about how you’d feel when they comment on how skinny you are.


I know how you hurt when people make skinny jokes about you. As if fat jokes were funny too. I know that you feel victimised when you’re called names like Bamboo or Skeleton, or when you’re being told to eat more, as if you don’t already eat. Guess what, your eating pattern and diet are no business of others, so just take their words with a pinch of salt. What do they know?


I know the secrets you hold, for I hold them too. I know that your bra size doesn’t change much from high school to university. I know your tummy “deflates” after a trip to the loo and I know you actually do feel emptier after it. I know how having skinny legs makes your feet look long and big. I know you can’t donate blood because you’re too light. I know your tailbone hurts after you’ve sat down for too long on a hard stool. I know you’ve at least thought about trying out protein shakes to bulk up, so that you can be “normal sized.” I know you get cravings, just like everybody else, and you also secretly love it that you can satisfy those cravings whenever you want to. I know you don’t really weigh yourself every other night because either there wouldn’t be much of a change, or it doesn’t really matter to you if there were. And if you are the type that gets hungry every 3 hours, I know how frustrating it is to see all your money fly away on food.


I know how silenced you feel. I know that even though you aren’t cover page-perfect, you are confident about the way you look. I know you like sports and exercise but find it hard to talk about it, because people don’t seem to want to hear form you. And I know how bad it is you wish the world knew that you were just being confident about yourself and not showing off to tell others they should look the way you do, nor indirectly telling them that you look better than them. Because for some weird reason, everyone seems to think that way about you.


And I know that right now, more than ever, you feel all of those things above.


So this letter is written to you, for you. To let you know that the life-loving, free-spirited you are not alone. To let you know that there is at least one person out there who understands you. To let you know that while you gorge on your potato salad, there is at least another skinny babe somewhere out there also chowing down on hers. To let you know that it is perfectly all right for skinny babes to inherently love salads. To let you know that it isn’t you who needs to change, but that people just need to feel more secure of themselves with you around.


You are gorgeous the way you are. Now stay true to yourself – your confident, passionate self.





Image credit: Pull and Bear

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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FOTD: Classic Hollywood Makeup Tutorial


Classic Hollywood Tutorial


Contouring is all the rage right now, and some people have even taken it a notch higher by introducing baking to the world. But what about the rest of us mere mortals who simply do not have that much time to master these techniques, or just plain don’t see the need for all that piling on of makeup?


In today’s Classic Hollywood Makeup tutorial, I teach you how you can achieve the classic Hollywood glam look without all of that. What you need are the following:

  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • Dior‘s Blush in 756 Rose Cherie
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (Available it on Nordstrom here.)
  • Maybelline‘s HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner
  • Lash Curler
  • Majolica Majorca‘s Lash King Mascara
  • Falsies
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites in 3 Medium
  • Julie Hewett‘s Belle Noir Lipstick (applied with a lip brush)


And here’s the video tutorial (available in HD):


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Vietnam Tripping: Of Hot Shorts and Sequins


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Mondo Sandals


Sequinned Peplum Top: Zalora

Tailored Shorts: ASOS (similar here)

Mini MAC Cross Body Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shades: Tory Burch (similar here)

Sandals: Mondo

Ear Studs: Mimco

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


The thing about Hanoi is that it’s way too hot! It’s a pretty crowded city with crazy traffic that knows no direction. If you do a lot of walking in the city, you’ll have to watch where you’re going.

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Glam on the Go: A GlamPact Tutorial


GlamPact Tutorial


A couple of weeks ago on the blog, you saw the GlamPact up close and personal. Today, I’m sharing a tutorial on how you can use the GlamPact by Glam-It! to look glam on the go. Everything I use in this tutorial are from my own customised GlamPact, where the shades and product modules were selected by me beforehand. To find out how you can customise your own GlamPact, you can head on over to my blog review here.


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