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The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

We’ve all gotten advice for our skin woes, read articles online for tips to deal with skin sensitivity and even tried to come up with routines on our own that would solve our skin problems. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they just make things worse. Based on seasonal and hormonal changes, it can be quite the challenge to find something that works all year round.

 

If you’ve got oily and sensitive skin, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate skincare routine for oily and sensitive skin, simply because that’s the kind of skin I have (with gaping pores too, no joke) and because it is way too difficult to find something that’s been as effective as what I have been using for the past couple of years. This routine – with specific products that I use – reduces breakouts, prevents whiteheads from forming and speeds up the clearing of blemishes.

 

Step 1: Remove makeup Using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and a Sonic Cleansing Tool.

Oil-based cleansing oils work wonders, if you haven’t tried them yet. I’ve stuck to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for years and when the brand launched the Ultime8, I never looked back. Take 2 pumps of the cleansing oil and apply it all over your dry face. Then go all over your face for 1 minute with the Clarisonic Mia (video tutorial by Deb at Beauty Heaven here) to make sure you break down the gunk stuck in your pores, so that it can be removed easily in the next few steps.

 
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Rave & Review: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

The Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02.

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

A new addition to my collection of beauty staples.

 

It’s rainy today and rainy days call for tea, cakes and some pondering on life issues. Like whether you would look good in the latest Korean trend of horizontal brows, or if you should even attempt Cara Delevingne’s brow game in a fancy Chanel ad campaign.

 

But trends are trends and they aren’t here to stay. What matters more is looking your best, in a way that will last decades and not make your granddaughter laugh at your old pictures. Brows are one of the features on our faces that make or break a look. Untrimmed brows make you look fuzzy, like you haven’t really gotten out of bed. Overly trimmed, stick-thin brows suggest you are way too obsessed over giving an impression. Properly shaped brows are the best – they make you look sharp and send the message that you’ve got it all under control.

 

I’ve always had long, angled, sparse brows. For years, it had always been a struggle to find the right brow product. Should I get the Shu Uemura brow pencil, which I’ll need to shave or sharpen every now and then, wasting precious product each time the pencil goes through the knife? Should I get a retractable brow pencil? Should I just use my dark eyeshadow? Up till now, my brow powder had been the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade 61 Saddle. It’s the same shade they currently have in one of their brow palettes, but since I used only one shade, it didn’t make sense to get a palette that came with another shade.

 

And then I chanced upon the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow while shopping for beauty supplies at Watsons Singapore. This product currently comes in 2 shades – 01 for lighter tones and 02 for darker tones. Seeing that  I have dark hair, I picked 02. The palette is pocket-friendly and weighs only 3.5g, including the small brush. The powder itself is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge (unless, of course, you do it on purpose). Here’s how you can use the palette:

 
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OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 


OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

Blouse: Style of Leda

Marchelle Midi Skirt: Style of Leda

Leather Jacket: Vero Moda

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


 
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Travel Diary: Shanghai Travel Tips

 

Shanghai Travel Tips

 

Shanghai. The land of the customised cheongsams and pork dumplings. I never thought I’d ever give this city a visit but I’m glad I did. It was a good 3 days spent, seeing Shanghai Old City, the Bund and Nanjing Road. I even managed to squeeze in some shopping on Day 1!

 


 
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Review, Tutorial & Giveaway: INNI Nails Nail Wraps

 

INNI Nails Review

 

If you’re a manicure addict, you must be no stranger to nail wraps. These are stickers that go nicely on our nails and don’t involve harmful chemicals or dry time. So what makes INNI Nails so special?

 

For one, you can decide what design your nails will have. It can be anything: a picture of you and your loved ones, your pet feline, a painting that you saw online or even something you draw on your own! All you need to do is to take a shot of what it is you like, upload it onto INNI using their app or via their website, and voila. Consider it delivered. Not convinced? Check out this video below:

 




 

I gave some INNI Nails nail wraps a try and found them to be very easy to apply on clean nails. Each sheet of nail wraps contains 30 individual wraps in various widths and a small ruler printed on the top right. Here are the steps to applying these wraps:

  1. Clean your nails with nail polish remover.
  2. Measure your nail width using the ruler provided and then select the wrap of the same dimension.
  3. Peel the wrap gently off the sheet and apply it to your nail.
  4. Stretch and fold the excess over your nail and then file it off in a downwards motion.

 

I created a short video on how to do this:

 



 
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Guest Post: Skirts for Every Occasion

 

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{A while back, in the second instalment of my Workplace Essentials blog series, I wrote about the different types of skirts that you can wear to work. Just to recap, these were the pencil skirt, flare skirt and the skirt with prints for the bolder ones in us – or just those who were bored of plain colour themes. Today, a certain Miss Skirt Maven from Zalora brings us her interpretation of how a girl can wear skirts, so read on to find out!}

 

Skirts are undoubtedly one of the most versatile pieces in a girl’s wardrobe. Available in so many cuts and designs, skirts are now one of the few wardrobe staples, along with the little black dress and blue jeans.

 

Having been around since the 19th century, skirts first originated as dresses, which over time came with lower and lower waistlines until they became separates. Since then, skirts have evolved into everyday wear with variations in hemlines through the decades. Although pants have been introduced to women’s fashion in the early 20th century, skirts still remain a go-to option that can be dressed up for the office and down for a weekend jaunt around town.

 

Here are some skirts for a few common occasions:

 


Zalora Skirts

 
1. Lunch with the Girls

For daytime, nothing beats a feminine cut-out pencil skirt in a spring-ready hue like lavender. This lace skirt from Twisted Sisters is perfect for lunch with your girlfriends. Be prepared to turn heads with a pair of white pumps, a structured white bag and gold accessories like stacked rings.

 
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The Guerlain Les Tendres SS15 Collection

 

Guerlain Les Tendres SS15

The Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow and Perles de Blush.

 

The new Guerlain Les Tendres SS15 Collection is not only romantic and natural, it’s also fresh and speaks of luminosity. Think lots of pastel pinks, light shimmer and a no makeup look.

 

The collection is now launched at all Guerlain stores, and the star product is the new Météorites Baby Glow SPF25 PA++, which comes in 3 subtle shades: 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden. This liquid foundation has buildable coverage and leaves you with a dewy complexion. The Météorites Perles de Blush is a limited edition item, so if you’re looking for something really sweet and that adds some colour and shimmer to your cheeks, you’ll want to get this. Here’s makeup artist Dollei Seah working her magic on me when I dropped by the launch:

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 

For fans of the Méteéorites, you can now bring them with you wherever you go. Take a look at the new Météorites in compact powder form. They are of the same shades as the original Météorites but because they’re in a compact, they fit easily in your makeup pouch and are ready for your impromptu touch-up sessions! You can also get them on Nordstrom here.

 

Guerlain Les Tendres SS15

The Guerlain Météorites Compact Light-Revealing Powder in 3 shades (from left to right): 2 Clair/Light, 3 Medium and 4 Doré/Golden.

 
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The Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist: Every Girl’s Must-Have

It’s every girl’s dream to have a makeup collection as extensive as Christina Aguilera’s shoe closet. But if you’re just beginning your foray into this beautiful world of makeup, where do you start?

 

Today, I’m sharing with you my Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist – a checklist of the items every girl should own in order to look, at the very least, put-together. You don’t need everything on the list because what you’ll need really depends on what you would like to focus on, be it your brows or complexion. Go ahead, print this checklist out (click on it for a larger image) and tick along as I walk with you why each item is important.

 


Everyday Makeup Essentials Checklist

 

1. Compact Foundation

Foundation is a must for anyone dabbling in makeup. If there’s only one thing you can have, it should always be foundation, especially for the humid summer months, and especially if you have oily skin.

2. Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation should be used only if you do not use compact foundation (thus, you can cancel this if you’re picking the first option). This product is for dry-normal skin and generally has better coverage. It can be applied either with a brush or your fingers.

3. Concealor

This is a required item only if you have severe blemishes or serious under eye circles that need to be covered up. Otherwise, it’s always fine to skip it.

4. Blush

How can anyone do with foundation and no cheek colour? The answer is you can’t and shouldn’t. Blush adds a healthy glow to your skin so that you look alive. Never ever skip this – but also don’t overdo it.

5. Loose Powder

Loose powder is used to set your foundation. This means that by applying it on top of your foundation, your foundation (and concealor) lasts for a longer period with less tendency to streak or crease.

 
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Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes: Easy to Follow and Yummy to Swallow

 

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu: Easy Recipes

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Everything’s going very well over here in the hood. Mr. Ratatouille’s finally back after being stuck overseas for work for weeks, I’ve got new clothes to wear, I’ve got new makeup to try, the weather is perfect and I’m healthy! What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Saturday this year.

 

I’m sharing with you some recipes I found online, which would make a very romantic dinner for tonight. If you haven’t found something you would like to make, try one of these!

 

1. Garlic Girl shares her easy recipe for some Smoky and Spicy Corn & Potato Chowder.

2. Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction tells us just how easy it is to create Chocolate Covered Pretzels (you don’t even need to make the pretzels).

3. This isn’t a recipe but the Rosé Impérial from Moët & Chandon makes for a great lovey dovey “we” time.

4. The peeps at The Meat House Blog share this recipe for Baked Cod with Fennel and Shallots.

 
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Valentine’s Day Outfit Guide: Top 10 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

I know I have been creating posts for the guys who are reading this blog, but today’s entry is all about the babes! If you’ve got a date for Valentine’s Day this year but aren’t quite sure yet what to wear, perhaps you might like to try out some items I’ve picked from Zalora. Because Zalora is based in Singapore – and if you’re also located in Singapore – you’ll get the items delivered to your doorstep within the next 3 working days – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 

There are dresses, jumpsuits and tops in every other store out there, but these ones are the few that I have picked specially for a romantic occasion such as the one coming up this Saturday. The best part is that they are also pretty affordable, so you won’t bust your wallet to look your best.

 



 

If you didn’t see anything you like, or would simply want to browse through more items for more Valentine’s Day outfit ideas, check out the Zalora Valentine’s Day Shop. If you do get something, let us all know what it is (and share in your excitement) by leaving a comment below. Happy shopping!
 

Stay gorgeous,

Roxanne