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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

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: To the Successful Woman in Your Life

Suppose you haven’t found something suitable yet, something your significant other would love, something that would make her entire face light up when she unwraps the box you spent hours putting together with sticky tape. Fret not.

 

In my previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband, I picked out some items from Shopbop’s sale rack, which are bound to make most women squeal in delight upon receiving them. If you haven’t made a decision, here’s another one for the woman of your dreams, who has strived – or is still working fervently towards it – for success in the corporate world.

 

This is the woman who not only inspires you, but also shares part of life’s journey with you. She could be your girlfriend, your fiancée, your wife or the mother of your children. Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day is but just another occasion to show your support for her efforts. Check out these items I’ve picked out for you that could make great gifts.

 



 

1. Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette

2. Rebecca Minkoff Semiprecious Stud Earrings

3. Bambeco Moss Terrarium Bottle

4. Kate Spade New York Metro Classic Watch – Vachetta

5. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street – Maise’ Satchel – Rosy Dawn

6. Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ Pearls – 03 Medium

7. Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl

8. Alterna ‘Caviar Anti-Aging’ Dry Shampoo

9. Jo Malone ‘English Pear & Freesia’ Scent Surround Room Spray

10. Rebecca Minkoff Avery Cross Body Bag – White

11. Kate Spade New York ‘Le Pavillion’ Bluetooth Speaker

12. Saint Laurent Paris Classic Frame Sunglasses

 

Some of these items may not arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re located outside of the United States. However, here’s a trick that could save you:

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re one of those loving boyfriends, I’m sure you’re wrecking your brains out trying to find something for your special someone. A male reader recently requested for gift guides for you guys so today I’m featuring some of my picks from the Shopbop sales rack.

 

Shopbop is an online store that sells items from high end brands like Kate Spade, alice + olivia, Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada and so on (you can see the entire list of designers here). I’ve personally bought stuff from them and received my items in pristine condition, packed in boxes with special care taken to ensure that my products don’t get damaged in the middle of shipping. They offer free express international shipping for purchases over $100 – a target that’s easy to hit when you shop there.

 

For today’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, I’ve picked out items that are priced below S$400 so that you don’t have to pay taxes or GST when the items are shipped into Singapore. Because their shipping service is so fast, items generally arrive within the week. That means if you buy something now, you’ll be all prepared for Valentine’s Day when it comes. Now isn’t that a big relief!

{You can also click on the products in the picture below.}

 

 

  1. Kate Spade New York Secret Garden Stud Earrings
  2. Rebecca Minkoff  Love Clutch
  3. Books with Style Diane von Furstenberg and the Tale of the Empress’s New Clothes
  4. C. Wonder Buffalo Check Mini Appetizer Plate Set
  5. YARNZ Solid Scarf
  6. Jonathan Adler All Occasion Card Set
  7. Kate Spade New York iPhone 5 / 5s Case & Charger Combo
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Paris Phone Bag
  9. Kate Spade New York Squared Away Hinged Bracelet
  10. House of Harlow 1960 Pyramid Station Necklace
  11. Kate Spade New York Evening Belles Feather Mini Bag

 
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Guest Post: 8 Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

{Parisian style is one of the most coveted in the world. If you think that it’s hard to dress up with a French flair, fret not! The fashionable peeps behind the successful brand ZALORA Singapore have come up with 8 simple rules to follow when dressing up to be equally chic. Read ahead to find out more.}

 

Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

 

Ever wondered why those French girls always look so effortlessly chic and put together? Ever found yourself staring at the photos of Parisian It girls like Marion Cotillard and Clémence Poésy, trying to steal their style?

 

Parisian ladies don’t seem to dress outlandishly, and they never look tacky. Black is the dominant colour of their wardrobe and they steer clear of short, skimpy dresses. They go pretty much everywhere in flats – and they look unfailingly classy in their perfectly tailored clothes. That’s pretty much Parisian dressing in a nutshell.

 

Read on for more secrets of those stylish mademoiselles:

 

1. Remember: Simplicity is Key

While each neighborhood in France boasts its own unique style, there are a few sartorial rules that all French women follow. One such rule is to keep it simple and make it seem like you didn’t spend more than five minutes getting ready in the morning.

Focus on interesting shapes and textures for your clothes, preferably in muted colours. Avoid over-embellishing and hemlines that are too short – basically anything that can seem tacky. For Parisian women, it is all about the timeless and tailored look – snug pants, little black dresses, tailored blazers, cashmere sweaters, and the classic trench coat. A pair of nicely fitting pants and blouse like Miranda Kerr’s are comfortable, stylish, and functional enough for daily activities. Streamline the rest of your look with a sleek ponytail, a structured handbag and flats.

 

2. Go Back to Black


Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

Black might seem like a boring colour to wear, but French women practically live in them. Along with gray and sometimes white, black is a staple go-to colour in a Parisian woman’s wardrobe. Instead of experimenting with colour, they go for bold textures, shapes and silhouettes that can transition easily from day to nightwear. Case in point: Marion Cotillard’s unique black A-line dress that features a scoop neckline and cape style collar. And as a bonus, her cool suede indigo ankle boots!

 
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Tutorial: The Sultry Snake Braid

 

Sultry Snake Braid Tutorial

It’s really not that hard to do!

 

You’ve read about my recent hair experiment, where I went ombre for the first time. Now, learn how you can create something interesting on your own – the sultry snake braid.

 

“Looking for a braided hairstyle that stands out from the crowd, but isn’t a killer to recreate? I’ve got just the braid for you,” explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Jennie Kay. “If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can master this chic braid in no time. Here’s how!”

 
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