I love it when conversations at my workplace turn into beauty talk! The most recent breakfast did-you-know topic was on gelish and how harmful this manicure technique is to the nails. Applying it on isn’t so bad but taking it off – let’s just say it strips your nails of all its sturdiness and leaves it soft, like bread dipped in milk.
My most recent gelish was done using a bright red polish and had a snakeskin pattern on the odd finger.
Knowing how destructive the removal of gelish manicures can be, plus the fact that they cost at least $20 per soak-off, I decided against paying a visit to the nail salon. Instead, here’s what I did and what you can try: Paint over it with a darker nail polish shade and let it grow out.
Maybe this is a little late for a post titled as such, but I got inspired while prancing around imaginary magazine recommendations. I’ve read the book but not watched the movie, so personally, I don’t know if there’s a disconnect between the two. What I do know is that Elizabeth Gilbert found herself while eating, praying and loving along the way in her travels. I don’t suppose we all need to do whatever she did in order to restore some sense of balance in our lives, but there’ll always come a time when we need to just get away for a little while.
Here are some of my recommendations on where you should pamper yourself, while keeping your tummy, soul and heart sane.
Lovely poached eggs brunch at Artisan Boulangerie Co.
I was introduced this gem of a place by a friend who frequents it. There are a few outlets, and they make awesome quiches, pies and tarts. Visit the outlet at Kiliney Road for brunch on a weekend before hitting the stores afterwards.
One of my favourites is TWG Tea, a place that’s perfect for afternoon teas (they have an endless array of teas to choose from) and chats with girlfriends. Their tea salons serve food apart from sandwiches, macarons and the like, and you can get mean main dishes for dinner. End that dinner with one of their desserts in the display counters and tell yourself it’s all worth the price.
Weekends are becoming a rest-and-recuperate kind of thing for us around here. Saturdays are for exercising and shopping (for me), while Sunday mornings are for lazing in bed. In between all that, we make plans and I blog.
Mr. Ratatouille and I are planning our trip this coming June, and word has it that we’re headed to Australia! Sydney’s the first city on our itinerary, so that’s why in today’s Link Love entry, it’s all about Australia and what she has to offer.
1. Erica from Lifestyle Tea shares her list -and videos – of lazy Sunday songs.
2. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes us behind and in front of the scenes of the MBFW 2014.
Mother’s Day in Singapore and many parts of the world doesn’t arrive till a month later but that doesn’t mean we can’t start shopping for our beloved mummies now! This post is dedicated to my mum (of course) and to all my friends who are mums of their own now. My, I never thought this day would come, when my friends from 15 years ago are now parents of little tots with ultimate cheeks.
Most of the items I’m featuring are from Cath Kidston because who can resist that floral pattern they do so well? It does help that ASOS is having a 20% off their store at the moment, so use the code XTRA20 when you checkout (all the items are on ASOS). I hope you’ll make your mummy happy this year!
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!
I’ve been shopping quite a bit on ASOS recently (it’s my favourite online store) and came across these beautiful midi skirts that are so perfect for work or even casual wear. The best part is that they don’t cost a bomb either! To browse through more skirts (including mini’s and maxi’s) and bag that sale item, head on over to the skirt department in The Style Store now!
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.
The first time I ever heard of Jimmy Choo was when I watched the first Sex and the City movie (I’ve never watched the TV series). As much as I hated Carrie, I couldn’t help noticing how much she loved those sandals of hers and at that time in my life, I was coincidentally on the hunt for comfortable heels. I still don’t own any Jimmy Choo footwear – and someday I will – but hey, now at least I have a fragrance from the label!
Exotic is not the first fragrance from Jimmy Choo, but I must say it is the most eye-catching. Combining fiery red with milder colours, the snakeskin pattern exudes a feeling of explosive exuberance. Sadly this does not translate onto the bottle itself – I’d have loved it to be so!
Top notes: blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit
Middle notes: passion flower and tiger orchid
Base notes: raspberry and patchouli
If you’re in Singapore, you can get yours at Metro Paragon. A 100ml bottle is priced at S$145, while the smaller 60ml bottle is priced at S$112. For those of you who are residing elsewhere, you can get the fragrance at The Style Store too! Tell me, will you be getting one?
Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to share with you today on Crabtree & Evelyn‘s new Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection! I caught sight of this new range in stores when I dropped by to collect a couple of Hand Therapy tubes (new packaging, yay!). A whiff was all I needed to get hooked onto the new scent.
First up, the packaging is lovely. If you know me by now, you’ll know I cannot resist anything that’s pink in colour, especially when it’s coupled with pretty florals and anything elegant or feminine!
Secondly, the scent is sweet but not to the extent where ants and bees would want to be your friend. It’s not overwhelmingly pear, but yet not too flowery either. Juicy is the word. The fragrance is blended with lemon, jasmine, osmanthus, as well as orris, on top of the two main ingredients. Here’s the collection in a nutshell: