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5 Beauty Essentials for This Chinese New Year

 
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It’s not often when you have to stay out all day to meet people during all those hours you spend away from the comfort of your duvet. But when times like the Chinese New Year arrives, it’s time to get down to business. Looking great, I mean.

 

I can’t wait to get some rest during this extended break from work but like you, I’m also not looking forward to braving the humidity and making an immense effort to look great in my new clothes at 7pm in the evening. So to help me – and you – save some time in the morning while getting ready for the big day, I’ve come up with a list of 5 beauty essentials you’ll need to help you look all prepped up no matter the time of the day.

 

1. Blotting Sheets

Blotting paper is your best friend for the day. If you’re going to be visiting temples or anywhere with throngs of people, things are going to get heated up and sweaty. Not a pretty sight, especially if your first house visit hasn’t even begun!

 

2. Powder or Foundation for Touch-Ups

Once you’ve blotted away excess sebum, the next step is to touch up your makeup with some light foundation or dusting powder. What’s even better than this is a compact that includes your powder, blush, eyeshadow and brushes to help with application. You can check out my review of this cute GlamPact compact here.

 

3. Tinted Lip Balm or Moisturising Lip Colour

The first day of the Chinese New Year is also the first day of spring. This means it’s the start of the hot season and the sun isn’t going to back down anytime soon. Bring with you a tinted lip balm or a moisturising lip colour to keep your lips soft all day long and to prevent them from getting parched. Don’t forget to make sure that your lip balm’s shade goes well with your outfit or at least be as close to your original lip product colour as possible.

 

4. Small Compact Mirror

You never know when you will have access to a proper mirror, so a small mirror always comes in handy. I have one with me at all times on a daily basis, and it really helps in situations where you’ve got a stray lash in your eye or when you just really need to check on your eyeliner.

 

5. Travel Sized Fragrance Spray

This is another item that I carry with me every day. You know the samples that come in magazines or are freebies when you buy something at Sephora? Yes, those. They are a godsend. They are so tiny they practically weigh nothing (and so are great to carry around), but they also contain lovely fragrances that make you smell like the Garden of Eden at 4pm. If you haven’t got one of these, you can always purchase a tiny perfume spray bottle to store your signature fragrance for use on the go.

 

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7 Bags for the Casual Weekend

 

How to Wear Leather Jacket

 

Just because it’s the weekend, it doesn’t mean you need a big, bulky weekender. Like most people, you just want to rest, avoid crowds but still look stylish while you pop by the cafe for your Sunday latte. Here are 7 bags that will keep you looking up to the nines. I hope you enjoy the weekend that’s coming right up!

 



 

I’ve got more bags picked out for you, based on the price range and design. They’re all in The Style Store, so take a look and hopefully you’ll find something you like.
 

Sunday fun day,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Fake Leather

Tip of the Day: How to Survive the Festive Season

 

How to Survive the Festive Season

 

Christmas may be over but there’s still the end of the year – and the start of the new one – that we’ve yet to celebrate. If you need some advice on how to survive the festive season, I may have some pointers to help you out.

 

1.Stay away from alcohol.

OK maybe not all of it, especially if you normally reach for a glass of champagne out of habit. But know your limits and avoid getting drunk. When you wake up the next morning without a hangover, you’ll thank me – and your self control – for it.

 

2. Get enough rest the night before.

You’ll want to be awake for the countdown, so you’ll need energy to last the day. ‘Nuff said.

 

3. Keep your tummy and heart filled.

What is the holiday season without good food and great company? Gather those closest to you and just hang out and enjoy one another’s company. Even if it’s just one other person and some really good pizza, at least your last day of the year would be meaningful and warm. If none of you can cook well, there are many companies out there that offer catering services for this time of the year. Don’t miss out!

 
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Tutorial: Metallic Rose Gold Nails for the Festive Season

 

Rose Gold Nails by Laced Ivory

 

There’s no denying it: Rose gold is the colour of the moment. What better way to say you love this shade than by wearing it on your nails for the holiday season?

 

I created this rose gold nail art because I’m just so in the mood recently and I wanted to share with you how you can do it yourself with just some nail lacquers. If you’re afraid of gelish, this is a good way to make sure your manicure stays put till the party’s over.

 

Rose Gold Nails by Laced Ivory

A few shots of the rose gold nails up close (under warm indoor lighting and diffused natural light), with a couple of the products I used. I’m loving the 3CE Nail Lacquer Glitter in GT02 (top) and the Butter London Nail Lacquer in Rosie Lee (bottom right).

 

Step 1: Apply a base coat.

Any base coat will be fine, so you can use your favourite or current one. Make sure the layer is thin and dries for about 2 minutes before you apply the next layer.

 

Step 2: Apply the base colour.

A gold colour works best. One layer is enough to get the metallic sheen. Here, I used the Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 008 Bold Gold. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 3: Apply a layer of big sequins.

Make sure you spread the sequins out over the entire nail. The sequins don’t have to cover every space there is, but cover about 80%-90% of your nail with the sequin bits. I’m using the 3CE Nail Lacquer Glitter in GT02. You can check it out on the Stylenanda website here.  Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 4: Apply a layer of small, deep pink sparkles.

One coat should be enough, if you use the Butter London Nail Lacquer in Rosie Lee, like I did here. The point is to create several layers of reflective surfaces so that your nails can catch light from more directions, and thus look even more sparkly and festive. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 5: Apply another layer of big sequins.

Use the same polish as you did in Step 3 above. You can add as much as you did in Step 3, and this time, try to cover any gold spaces left on your nails as well. There shouldn’t be much uncovered space at this point though. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 6: Apply a layer of top coat.

This should be a no brainer. Every manicure starts with a base coat and ends with a top coat. I’m using OPI’s Rapidry Quick Drying Top Coat. Let it dry for 2 minutes.

 

Step 7: Go over the nail tips with a top coat.

To make sure your manicure lasts even longer than your possible hangover (You shouldn’t!), brush over the tips of your nails with some top coat. This will help to prevent premature chipping of the polish.

 
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Tip of the Day: How to Wear Lavender

 

How to Wear Lavender

 

Ever have a colour that you avoid like the plague? Yep, I’m sure you do. For me, it’s orange – neon orange, to be exact but all shades of orange are a no-no. Maybe your no-shade is lavender. And this is why today’s post is all about how to wear lavender even when you don’t think you ever will.

 

As seen from the photos above, lavender is actually quite a wearable colour. It’s light enough to suit a pastels theme, and it can also be loud enough to fit a jewel-toned look. Here’s what you can do if you’ve got your heart on something of this shade:

 

1. Wear it with white.

Lavender goes really well with white, as you can see. It can be a pair of jeans, a casual blazer or even a laced cropped top. Whatever it is, white sure adds on a relaxed feel to the entire look.

 

2. Wear it with dark colours.

Something like navy, dark grey or black will work just fine as well. It adds contrast to your outfit, so the you don’t look so washed out. Something dark is perfect if you’re lighter elsewhere, such as your skin tone, or the whites you’re wearing as well.

 

3. Denim works.

I love denim because of its versatility. It goes with almost anything and you can bet a lavender top will match it well too. Your denim can be in the form of dark blue jeans, a lighter moto jacket or even a pastel-coloured skirt. Here’s how I wore my lavender top with jeans and sparkly heels a while back.

 

4. Play with nude pieces.

Nude coloured pieces, such as strappy heels, platforms, or even a handbag will go well with lavender. Even a scarf or statement necklace that is predominantly nude or beige can be worn.

 

5. Mix and match with textures.

Metallic pieces or accessories will add some glam to your outfit. You might find it hard to own something metallic but look carefully in your stash and you’re bound to find it. Check your bags, jewellery, shades and even pullovers. Perhaps you have a brooch or two that would fit nicely on your white blazer, worn over your lavender top. You can even have lavender nails, like how I did with this shade from Nails Inc.

 
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Tutorial: African Violet Holiday Look 2015 with Laura Mercier

 

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Tutorial

 

Hello there! I’m finally back from Seoul – what a wonderful time to just be chilling in cafes and watch the world go by. But now that I’m back in rainy Singapore, here’s another video I filmed. This time, I’ve created another holiday look in case the previous one was a bit too heavy for you.

 

Today’s look is courtesy of the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette for the year, which is a palette filled with gorgeous purples, peaches and a good espresso black for the smoky eye look. The colours are quite pigmented, though if you’re afraid of something that’s too much, you don’t need to use a wet brush and can still get a good enough effect (like in my tutorial).

 

Today’s holiday look video is titled “African Violet,” which is the name of my favourite shade from the palette. I know you can see imperfections on my skin even though foundation has already been applied before filming. I’m quite afraid of concealers, to be honest, because my skin is so sensitive that liquid or cream products just have me reeling away in fear with good reason. So if you have a regular concealer routine before this, just go ahead with it.

 



 

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Tutorial

 

Some products mentioned in this post:

  • Sigma‘s Gel Liner in Stunningly Ladylike (Get it on Sigma here.)
  • Heroine Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • 3CE‘s Shimmer Glow Bloc
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder
  • Laura Mercier‘s Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose

 

You can find the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette in Laura Mercier counters near you. Also, my blog review on the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour can be found here. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did making it. Do subscribe to my channel for more videos.

 

Happy holidays,

Roxanne

Link Love: A Little Bit of Seoul (and My Travel Recommendations)

 

Things to do in Seoul

 

Hello you! I hope you’ve been well. If you’re following me on Instagram (if you’re not, head on over to @lacedivory), you’ll know I’m currently visiting the lovely city of Seoul. I was here just one year ago, and this time I’m back for the winter. There are so many things to see here and I love what I’ve seen and experienced. Of course, shopping has been crazy and I’ve spent way too much money.

 

Today’s Link Love post is dedicated to some cool blogs out there that talk about certain parts of Seoul that I particularly feel for and would love for you to know about. I’ve personally visited these places and do recommend that you add them to your itinerary too.

 

1.  Gabrielle from From KD to Kimchi shares street snaps from her stroll along my favourite part of Seoul, Samcheongdong.

2. Tricia from Tricia Will Go Places shares her experience around Hongdae.

3. MisSuety from MisSuety lets us in on the things to do in Samcheongdong. A must-read, especially since I love this neighbourhood so much!

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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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