Category Archives: TOTD

Tutorial: ID Day

 

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Smile for the camera!


 

I finally got down to making my next video, just when I needed to get my photo taken for my new passport (next major travel trip in June)! Your passport photo is one of the most overlooked pictures you can have. I know some people don’t really bother dressing up for it – who else looks at your passport besides the customs officers, right? But I learnt from a past episode of Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model that one look at your ID picture could be all it takes to make a difference. Besides, you can print out several copies of that one picture and use it for other purposes, such as your work pass or resume.

 

This video was such fun to film, partly because Mr. Ratatouille was my videographer and he really cracked me up big time. You’ll see me talking here and there in the video too, and that’s me giving him instructions – we’re both newbies to this filming thing. A couple of my fingers have bruises on them, souvenirs of my recent snorkelling trip.

 

Read on to watch the video and see the list of items I used, plus some comments I have on the overall look!

 




 
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Tutorial: Dramatic Cat Eyes for Asian Eyes

 

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Not your average girl next door.

 

I did my second-ever video, this time on a dramatic cat eye look for Asians. The front part of the video where I applied foundation and drew in the lines for the liner aren’t included, as they weren’t filmed. My SD card had filled up pretty quickly with photos and pictures from my recent trip to Malaysia!

 




 

A little bit about creating this look:

Start with the end in mind. As an Asian, I have the typical hooded lids many Asians have. So, I begin by drawing the outline of the cat eye first and then filling it up with black – lots of it! The black colour should be visible when the eyes are fully opened, and give that extra pop of feline seduction when eyes are closed. Liquid liner on top of the gel liner helps to add an extra depth to the black shade, while eyeshadow on top of this helps to seal everything in and prevent creasing or smudging.

 
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FOTD: Featuring the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Hey guys! I finally got down to filming my very first FOTD video! It’s taken me 2 years to finally do this and I really don’t know why it took so long. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know I recently got the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and I just can’t seem to put it down whenever I need a good neutral look.

 

Here’s the video, but I must warn you that not everything I did was filmed. It’s after all my first time doing this and it was quite spontaneous, actually. Hope you like it, and please subscribe to my new channel!

 



 

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Link Love – Colour Your Soul

 

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New found health drink – strawberry-infused water. Follow me on Instagram!

 

It’s not always that easy to keep to a strict diet all the time. My weak point is always a good classic fondant au chocolate with a single – read, generous – scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. But come to think of it, it’s also not always that easy to eat junk all the time. Every once in a while, I like to detox, be it doing a simple drink-as-much-water-as-I-can-in-the-day or enjoying a cup of detox tea (I’m currently loving the BB Detox Tea by Kusmi Tea, available at Harrods). The most recent discovery from my sister is fruit infused water left to cool in the fridge. It’s easy to prepare and oh-so-refreshing!

 

How often do you detox? How often do you feed your soul? Here are five new links to share today on things that affect my mood – and will probably affect yours too.

 

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How to Look Fresh (When You’re Just Not Feeling it)

 

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Looking fresh isn’t just reserved for models.

 

Libraries are awesome. I just visited one last weekend and brought home Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful for a relaxing read. I finally have my hands on it! Well, for a good three weeks anyway. Nonetheless, feeling that solid, hardcover on my hands and seeing it on my table top has inspired me to write about how to look fresh, even when you just don’t feel good or in the mood.

 

1) Good, consistent skincare routine

The basis of every face is a good skincare routine. Most people don’t have problems with cleansing or toning, especially since we now know the prowess of sonic cleansers, and the problem usually comes under how to get optimal moisturising. Once you’ve found that moisturiser that works for your face, stick to it and include that in your twice-daily routine. A good point to remember is that dry skin ages you.

 

2) Get enough sleep.

That’s the first thing I always say when someone asks me for a good remedy for dark eye circles. Not only is this a tried and tested method to look fresher, it has also been scientifically proven to make you more efficient at work (or whatever it is you do during your waking hours). The body rids itself of toxins when you sleep, and the best time for this detox is between 11pm to 2am every night.

 

3) Drink enough fluids.

I often struggle with this as I’ve yet to find the balance between drinking enough and drinking too much. Fluids can include anything from plain water to juices, as long as it’s not coffee or tea.

 

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Travel Tips – Going Solo

 

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Travelling alone? Fret not! The world is beautiful.

 

Some people may say that travelling to a foreign land is a form of escapism and well, why not. If only to leave our present state to refresh our minds and gain new perspectives, I’d say this sort of escapism is good. Yet sometimes, finding a suitable travel partner – much less more than one – can be a pain in the neck. So to that I say, why not travel alone?

 

I’m no stranger to going solo, having visited the States, Europe, Asia and Australia, and having lived abroad in different countries for a total of 2 years so far. It may seem daunting at first, to be alone so far away from home but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (unless you constantly rely on antibiotics).

 

As this post is being published, right now, I am possibly having the time of my life in Milan – you guessed it – all on my own! Here are some tips that may help you on your solo journey.

 

1) Pack just what you need.

 

Don’t over pack. I’ve done that before, the first time when I went overseas alone for a 6-month exchange program in Canada. Imagine a tiny, scrawny 21-year-old with two huge luggages, both about over the 23kg limit each on planes, and another hand carry 3kg baggage. It was terrible physically, but somehow it didn’t register mentally. At that time, I’d just wanted to leave my country as much and as fast as I could, and nothing else mattered. But if you’d ask me now, I’d say just stick to one check-in and one hand carry. Also, leave room for shopping!

 

2) Have cash on hand.

 

This is the second most important thing to remember. If you don’t have cash, at least have a credit card or ATM card that works overseas. You really don’t want to be caught in a stressful situation of having no money to pay for something. If you have a credit card, make sure that it is activated for overseas use, and that the spending limit is increased to a comfortable amount.

 

3) Do some research first.

 

I don’t really know anyone who goes to a place without finding out what it’s like there beforehand. This is crucial as it can make or break your trip. Knowing things like weather, language barriers, cultural traditions, technological advancements, transport systems and political situations can help to shape the way you plan your trip. If a dictionary is needed, bring one along. Also, if you’re planning to travel by public transport, you might need coins to pay for tickets or passes. If it’s the summer, you won’t be needing as much clothes as if it were winter.

 
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Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

 

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Sea salt and coconut oil goodness for your skin.

 

Think, “coconut,” and immediately the image of Waikiki dancers hamming it up on the beach (coconut shell bikinis, anyone?) and cocktails with umbrella toothpicks comes into mind. Oh yes, who can forget the many smiles you chance upon, the melody of the ukulele and the smell of the sea?

 

But coconuts are also Mother Nature’s way of showing her love for us. Coconut oil has many great benefits towards our well-being, such as strengthening our hair and giving it a glow, or moisturising our skin. Today I’ll show you how to make a sea salt and coconut oil face scrub. It’s really easy, you’ll learn it in no time!

 

Things you’ll need:

 

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Things you need: A jar, sea salt, coconut oil and measuring cups.

 
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Link Love – Glitter, Persimmons and Pearls

 

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I’ve always wanted to reuse old stuff that I own and remake them into something new. Busy as I am, I’ve never had the time nor energy for that. But of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t share good things with all of you! This is the very first instalment of the blog’s Link Love series, which is a compilation of awesome tutorials, tricks and life hacks I come across on the internet.

 

1. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess teach us how to turn our old shoes into glittery footwear.

2. Rebecca from Simple as That tells us how to transform our travel notebook into something that can hold more.

3. Irina from Irina’s Cute Box teaches us how to make a very handy brush organiser, using a sushi mat.

4. Maegan from Love Maegan shows us how to create embellished collars on an old blouse.

5. Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil give us a recipe to make sautéed green beans with persimmons. Say yum!

 

 

FRESH FROM THE STYLE STORE

 


 
 

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Eau d'Ivoire by Balmain

Presenting l’Eau d’Ivoire by Balmain

If someone mentions the word, “Miami,” what comes to mind besides Horatio? Beach babes, of course. The sun, sand and the sea. Summer. Blue waves crashing upon the shore. Sunbathers and lifeguards. Vintage Mustangs. And the Eau d’Ivoire by Balmain.

 

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This fragrance contains bergamot and red current essences – a sweet, swwet symphony.

 

This second fragrance by fashion label Balmain (I blogged about Ivoire here) looks somewhat like the first, but differs in colour – what a lovely light pink shade – and scent. It’s less musky and more floral, definitely something more girly, more youthful and suited for summer fun. I was invited to the launch in Singapore; Check out some of the pictures I took that day!

 

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Balmain Paris – simplistic glamour.

 

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How to Reduce Cellulite

Guest Post: How to Reduce Cellulite

{Today we have a guest writer, Marcela de Vivo, giving us some tips on how to reduce cellulite! And hey, none of them involves using a cellulite-reducing cream. Can we do this the natural way? Read on and find out!}

 

Hard to avoid and even harder to get rid of, cellulite is the bane of many a woman’s—and the occasional man’s—existence. Some experts estimate that more than 90-percent of women have cellulite somewhere on their body.

 

Frequently referred to in pop culture in less-than-savory terms (“cottage cheese thighs” or  “orange peel skin” are some of the examples), cellulite is an undesirable, if not harmful, condition. Women struggle with ridding themselves of the unwanted dimpling, spending millions of dollars each year on creams, invasive treatments, and more.

 

Before you start throwing money at the problem, understand that you can simply minimize the appearance of cellulite by starting to take better care of yourself. By learning what causes the skin to dimple, you can treat the underlying reasons, instead of just smoothing out the surface.

 

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Your thighs can be toned too!

 

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