Do you have skin problems? Do you wish your skin was as flawless as anyone’s on the cover of Vogue? Or is your skin perfect (like some people I know)?
I never had good skin until a few years ago. When I was growing up, in my teen years, I was plagued with horrible acne – some cystic, even – that wouldn’t stop breaking out every single week. It didn’t even take the current breakout to start healing, before the second one would occur. My face was a constant mess and it affected my self esteem greatly.
I visited doctors and my parents spent a fortune on my face. The condition of my skin improved, but it never did completely recover. I won’t go into details on how I transitioned into my current skin, which has never been better, but I can say that my never-ending quest for good skin – which ultimately led to the start of Laced Ivory – did help a lot.
Staycations were never a thing of mine until I discovered how convenient they are, and how pampered one can be in a luxurious home away from home. This time, I went with Hotel Fort Canning for my fourth mini-holiday and I have to say that it might have been my favourite staycation experience so far!
Mr. Ratatouille and I wanted something away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We both needed a quiet place where we could both recover from the intense month before and rejuvenate ourselves. Hotel Fort Canning was a great option because although it is right in the city centre (which means it’s fairly easy to get to by cab), it’s nestled in lush greenery on top of a hill that really nobody goes to.
Check in is at a good time of 1pm. And while I waited to be ushered to our room, I took some shots of the common grounds. Here are some I posted on Instagram, plus more of the hotel grounds:
What is a girl to do when she comes across a heart-melting, brow-upturning collection of the most beautiful brushes she’s ever come across? The Sigma Extravaganza Copper Kit is an assortment of 29 of the brand’s best-selling brushes, complete with a makeover that instantly amps up the glam factor of any girl’s powder room!
I fell in love with these brushes when they launched as part of Sigma’s 5-year anniversary celebrations. Not only are the brushes made with the usual Sigma synthetic bristles (so it’s animal-friendly), they also come in 100% pure copper ferrules atop sleek, black handles. I personally use Sigma brushes on a day-to-day basis and find them to be quite reliable, soft and handy. If you like, you can check out my review of the Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit.
If you’re one who likes bold, contrasting colours, structured silhouettes and intricate detailing, you might want to check out the Alice + Olivia FW 2014 Collection, designed by Stacey Bendet. I popped by the store last week and caught sight of so many pieces I wished I could bag home.
Metallic is the new black, or so they say. The new collection prominently features butterfly prints and bohemian motifs, and is all about being bold enough to showcase the inner you that is subdued and mysterious. Glitter and sequins add dimensions where necessary, and the combinations of colours bring each piece to life. For the not-so-daring, there are also a few which are more prêt-à-porter. Check it out!
If only all weekends were that good! With work left far away in the office, time to spare with loved ones comes a-knocking. And when your loved ones need some time to themselves, what is one to do? Well, here’s one thing you can try at home: make your own coffee body scrub!
I found this recipe and decided to give it a go, especially since all the ingredients are natural, very affordable and so easy to find. To round it up for you, I used:
- 1 cup raw sugar (a mix of white and brown)
- 1 cup ground coffee
- 4 tbsp 100% extra virgin olive oil
- 10 tbsp 100% natural coconut oil
- 4 tbsp sea salt
This would give you four 5oz. (150ml) bottles of scrub, each about 3/4 filled (as shown in the picture above). I added a little more coconut oil than what the original recipe gave, because I wanted the scrub to be a little more moisturising. All the ingredients were specially sourced by me, especially the olive oil and coconut oil. Be careful though, of adding too much oil – you don’t want your scrub to end up being overly greasy.
I’ve always kind of wanted a home office. Or an office of my own where I call the shots. But the more I think about it, the more I can’t help but feel there’s a chance I might actually end up being depressed most of the time if it were true. I mean, not being able to hang out with people I like, my friends at work or just to meet new people with interesting personalities? That must be a hell lot of boring.
If you’re like me and you have a job, chances are you also have a workplace. These are my picks for the blog’s new series: Workplace Essentials! Everything featured in this series is stocked up in The Style Store so you can browse the entire catalogue to your heart’s content too. Of course, if you haven’t learnt by now, if you subscribe to the blog, you’ll get your free copy of my ebook on workplace styling.
My favourite is the pair of Kate Spade Pave Stud Earrings. That green and that bling! What a great way to get people’s attention – and in a good way too!
What about you? What’s your favourite item in this list?
This month, we celebrated Singapore’s national day with much pride and joy. I love my country but if there’s one thing I really, really, really can’t stand about it, it’s the heat and humidity. Granted, I have a higher-than-normal metabolic rate, and so I feel it worse than everybody else. If my hair had brains and a mouth to speak with (which would be quite freaky), it would agree wholeheartedly with me.
I have flat, limp, virgin hair. Other than trying out a D.I.Y. hair dye kit once at home, and having it rebonded a maximum of say, twice, about 8-10 years ago, my hair has not touched anything else. I’m proud of this little achievement, actually, because other than the frizziness on super humid days, it’s otherwise practically soft and smooth. But that’s the thing: Every day in Singapore is a humid day!
Sophie had an amazing transformation with the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin hair treatment. When I first watched the video above, I felt this hair treatment was too good to be true but right after that, I also saw some real life before-and-after:
When I was younger, my Saturday nights were filled with Hong Kong movies on TV. My favourite actresses looked beautiful, that goes without saying, but the one thing that struck me most was the head full of hair they all had. Take for example Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei in Painted Skin. Which other Asian girl has hair like that? The answer is none.
So when Irresistible Me contacted me to ask if I wanted to give their hair extensions a try, I decided to take the plunge. After all, these were clip-in extensions, not the kind where you’ll need a salon visit to have.
I looked through Irresistible Me’s website and found a video showing the different shades of extensions they have.
For an American firm to have such a wide variety of shades is impressive. I picked the third darkest shade (Royal Chocolate Brown), as my hair isn’t completely black and it looks really brown (and sometimes purple) under sunlight. I then decided on a suitable length, and in a couple of weeks, the little black box arrived at my doorstep.