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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Review: The DCS Aquaderm Range (Toner, Day Cream and Ampoule)


DCS Aquaderm Review

Just some of the products from the range that I tried.


The thing about trying out beauty products from entire ranges is that it can be daunting. Daunting in the sense that you don’t know which items to pick and trial first before moving onto the rest of the products. You don’t know for sure if the products you’ve picked will work on you until you’ve tried it out – and spent the money to afford it. And if they don’t give you the radiant skin as promised, you don’t even think you’ll want to consider the other products in the same range.


But one thing that many people forget is that the more you experience this, the more you’ll get to know and understand your skin. You’ll know what ingredients you are allergic to, what scents you like and don’t like, what packaging suits your lifestyle the best, and so on. Then, you begin to make better and more informed decisions the next time you’re tempted by the new bottles sitting prettily on the beauty counter.


It’s only from years of doing this that I’ve come to understand my skin as being sensitive to alcohol, sensitive to foam, sensitive in general (sometimes getting red patches for no reason, which then fade away on their own after an hour or so), oily and dry. That’s why when I was invited to give the new Aquaderm range from Korean skincare brand DCS a try, I specially selected a few products which I thought would work out for me.


Let’s take a look at them now, shall we?

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Link Love: Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


Monique Lhuillier SS 2016 Picks

My picks for Monique Lhuillier’s SS 2016 Collection. More over on NYFW.com.


We’re finally on the last leg of all the fashion weeks this year, where designers present their SS 2016 collections. Lots of fluff, prints, bright shades and textures for us to play with, and lots of models taking great care not to fall off them towering heels. While the rest of the fashion world busy themselves amidst the flurry that is Paris Fashion Week, let’s take a look at what’s gone down in the other major fashion cities!


Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


  1. The peeps at Vogue take us behind the scenes at Paris Fashion Week SS 2016 with photographer Kevin Tachman.
  2. Photographer Victoria Adamson at Refinery29 snaps some street style for us during New York Fashion Week SS 2016.
  3. The peeps at Popsugar share their picks of the best street style seen at New York Fashion Week last season.
  4. The team behind Elle take us down memory lane and present what the best runway looks from New York Fashion Week FW 2015 were.
  5. The kind souls at Stylecaster share some gorgeous street style at Milan Fashion Week SS 2016.
  6. Malina from NY Times highlights the top 10 runway moments in Milan Fashion Week SS2016.
  7. Bridget at Cosmopolitan reveals the SS 2016 hair and makeup trends, as seen on the runways.
  8. The staff at WWD share the street style snaps from London Fashion Week SS 2016. Expect lots of well-cut coats.
  9. Parisian model Ines Rau shares on Vogue her picks of restaurants and cafes in Paris.


To end off, here’s an HD video of the runway of Hervé Léger’s SS 2016 Collection. Enjoy!

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Review: Sai Kaew Beach Resort


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

With a gorgeous view of the beach like this, you’d want to visit more often than you can.


I’m a beach babe through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’ve got a supermodel-esque body. I just mean I love the beach and everything that’s got to do with it. The fine sand, the water, the breeze – and how it’s the one place where earth, water and sky meet.


We travelled recently to Ko Samet, Thailand and stayed at Sai Kaew Beach Resort. This resort currently ranks #8 of 20 hotels in Ko Samet on TripAdvisor and has a Certificate of Excellence. We booked a Double Premier Seaside room for 2 nights via Hotelopia and had no problems with our reservation.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Such a gorgeous beach. Ko Samet, everybody.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

If you get a room that’s at the front-most of the resort (nearest to the beach), it comes with comfy chairs that let you overlook the beach down below.


The resort is located in the north of Ko Samet and faces southeast, in case you were thinking of either catching the sunrise or sunset. It’s right on the beach and has its own private beach for its guests. It’s address is 8/1 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang RayongKo Samet 21160, Thailand (click on the link to see it on Google maps). If you don’t catch the ferry from Ban Phe pier to get to the island, you can get a speedboat that costs a little more and it will take you right to the beach of the resort. Of course, this means you’ll be getting your legs wet as the boat can only take you so near to the land.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Snaps of our Double Premier Seaside room.


Our room was very spacious for the price we paid. There was so much room to move about even after placing our baggage wide open beside the bed. We didn’t even make use of the balcony, which could fit 6 people nicely if some wouldn’t mind sitting on the floor. I love how the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors allow sunlight through, so the room is bright in the day. Everything was clean and tidy when we got there.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

So much space. Our large baggage is between the bed and bathroom (you can’t see it here).


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The bathroom.


Even the bathroom was huge. Right there in the shower area, you can fit 3 people and still have space to move around (not that we tried). You could probably slow dance as a couple in there too (we didn’t try this either). There are also 4 towels provided by the resort – 2 blue ones for the beach and 2 white ones for the bathroom. The only gripe I have with this room is the shower, which alternates on its own between hot and cold water when all you want is something warm.




The service met our expectations. Room service came in an appropriate amount of time and everyone was very pleasant. We realised that our electrical plugs didn’t match the ones in the wall, and tried our luck by asking the receptionist for an international adapter. Again, they had what we needed, which as great. The staff also understood English well, a feature which I have found to be lacking in some other establishments in Asia. Actually, now that I think about it, this doesn’t happen only in Asia but that will be another review for another day.


Overall & Price


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Some words to live by.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Like my outfit? See it in detail in my blog post here.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Oooh oooh, throw your hands in the air. Oooh oooh, like you just don’t care.


The resort itself is excellent in terms of price, value for money, service and location. The beach can be filled with activities, as many visitors to the other parts of the beach try their hands at water sports, so if you are looking for a quiet time, you might prefer lounging by the pool instead. There’s enough greenery around the resort but what strikes me most are how near it is to the beach and the amount of space you get. Even the restaurant that serves the daily buffet breakfast has such a high ceiling, you just feel like you’re getting the amount of oxygen you rightfully deserve.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The restaurant of the resort, and a part of it that’s closer to the beach.


We paid about S$530 for the two nights we were there, which included breakfast and free wifi. Based on our experience at Sai Kaew Resort, I definitely recommend this resort to anyone looking to visit Ko Samet.



Travel far and wide,


Review: The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set


Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set

The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set.


If you could have lashes that look like they’ve got falsies on but don’t, wouldn’t you want to give it a try? I love fibre mascaras and I love falsies but when I try to recall the last time I used falsies, I cannot even remember the occasion I wore them to. Falsies are great, especially for evening makeup when lights are generally dimmer. However, taking them off can be a hassle, especially if the glue you use is strong, or if your makeup remover isn’t powerful enough. Also, you need to take good care of them so that they can be reused.


That’s why I think I may have found you a great alternative to falsies. The Faux Fayc Fauxlash Mascara Duo can save you all the trouble and still give you enviable lashes. It contains two tubes, one of which is called the Transplanting Gel and the other, simply Natural Fibres. To use it, coat a bit of the Transplanting Gel on the tips of your lashes after you have applied mascara. Then, apply the Natural Fibres to the tips of your lashes. Finally, apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel to seal the fibres in. If you want more length, you can add more fibres, followed by the Transplanting Gel again.


I love this product. The fibres are easy to apply and it really does lengthen your lashes. You can tell the difference it makes, especially in my latest beauty tutorial, which you can watch on YouTube here.

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OOTD: Sunset Lace


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Romantic Beach Dress


Drifter Lace Mini Dress: Aijek

Bangle: Amado Gudek

Caged Diamond Ring: Amado Gudek

Shades: Tory Burch

White Sandals: New Look

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


Now who says you can’t wear a dress for a day at the beach? This outfit was put together with pieces from Aijek and Amado Gudek, which are currently exclusive brands on multi-label retailer SocietyA in Singapore.


SocietyA was set up just last year, in 2014, and features up-and-coming Asian designers, such as ti:baeg, Xoori (a personal favourite) and LIE. If you are looking for something that’s different from the ordinary and that can take you places, you won’t want to give SocietyA a miss. The greatest part is that for the next month starting today, you can get 20% off your total purchase when you shop on SocietyA, when you use code “ROXANNE20” at checkout. I don’t know about you, but 20% off anything with high quality is a great save.

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FOTD: Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial


Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial by Laced Ivory

Hello, I got a tan!


You’ve heard of highlighting and contouring but have you heard of strobing? It’s got nothing to do with photography, though it would make you look radiant in a photograph.


Strobing is a recent makeup technique that bypasses contouring and focuses mainly on highlighting your facial features so that they “pop” in pictures to various degrees. Simply put, it is highlighting using highlighters with different intensities. For facial features that you want to pop out more in photos, you use a more intense highlighter; and for features that you don’t need to be so pronounced, you use a less intense highlighter or shimmer powder.


In today’s strobing makeup tutorial, I show you how you can add some glow to your new summer tan in a few easy steps. The products used are listed below in the same order as they appear in the video.



  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • 3 Concept Eyes‘ Shimmer Glow Bloc
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (available on Nordstrom here)
  • Heroine Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • Faux Fayc‘s Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set
  • Sara Happ‘s The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss (available on Nordstrom here, review here)

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20 Things I Learnt in My 20s – Part 1

20 Life Lessons

It’s a few months till the day I turn 30 – and I simply can’t wait for it. Turning one year older, to me, means I’ve grown one year wiser and have had one more year of fulfilling experiences. Things may not always go smoothly in life and because of that, I thought I’d share some of the lessons life has given so far. Here is the first part of the 20 things I’ve learnt in my 20s and I hope they will offer you some guidance where needed.


1. Being Independent

Being independent may mean a whole lot more responsibilities on your plate, but it also means you get to do so much more with your life. Everything that has got to do with independence includes things like cleaning your own toilet bowl, doing the dishes, changing your own sheets, planning your travel itinerary, having a job and dealing with internet subscriptions. It also means you get to choose who you spend your time with, how often you get to eat out and what your career progression should look like.


2. Being More Empathetic

I’m quite the unfeeling sort, having seen first hand how emotions ruin relationships and make the most rational of people behave in ridiculous manners. Although I still prefer sticking to logic rather than heart matters (or acting in the moment of heat), I’ve come to understand that not everyone can control their emotions as well and keep them under check. Knowing and accepting that others respond to situations differently from you will help you connect better with them when you try to see things from their point of view. There isn’t a hard rule as to what is the right way of reacting to things – there are just different ways that seem right to different individuals at different points in time.


3. It’s OK to Not Understand

Try as you may, sometimes you will still not get it and that is OK. You may not understand why things like war, destruction of the environment, honour killings and abuse happen in our world but know that it is human nature and nothing is perfect in this world. Just try to make it a better place for those around you and spread positive values like passion, integrity and humility.


4. The French Language and Culture

The French are quite the unique bunch and if anything, they are extremely different from Singaporeans. I went to France expecting nothing and learnt absolutely the most I could about France and the rest of central Europe. The pace of life in France in general is definitely slower than in Singapore and many major cities in Asia, and life there is pretty good with awesome food, good company, a good balance of the outdoors and city life, and a good healthcare and education system – which is why I find it quite surprising that the French are one of the most depressed people in the world.


5. People in Fashion are Mostly Superficial

Never attend a fashion show entirely on your own. Never, nuh uh. You would stick out like a sore thumb, even if you were dressed to the nines or fitted from head to toe in Elie Saab. People in the fashion industry are all about what you’re wearing and whether you know the right personalities. A magazine’s editor-in-chief I once inadvertently offended gave me such a terrible impression of herself (and therefore the magazine she heads) that I seriously wonder how the magazine has survived till today. Also girl, stop showing off that Chanel. It’s not like you’re the only one who has it.

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Rave & Review: The Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil


Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil

The Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil.


Have you ever had someone tell you that you smelt good but you weren’t actually wearing perfume? It’s always in the hair.


I discovered this wonderful hair oil, the Matrix Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil and and currently loving it. It’s a scented oil-infused hair treatment specially designed with coloured hair in mind. You can use it right before shampooing or in between hair washes. I generally use it as an extra hair conditioning after my daily shower and in the mornings when I’m just out of bed. It smells great and doesn’t weigh hair down at all.

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Review: Remescar Silicone Scar Stick & Remescar Spider Veins


Remescar Products

A couple of skin-loving Remescar products.


I’m not sure about you but I’m one of those unlucky ones that always get bitten by mosquitoes. And sandflies. Sandflies are the worst.


This means that I’m almost always scarred by these nasty bites, especially on the legs, where I’m usually most exposed. I gave the Remescar Silicone Scar Stick a try and I have to say I’m stuck on it now. It’s a silicone stick that helps to lighten scars by reducing its length and depth, and softening and flattening scar tissues. It helps the skin to restore its collagen structure, while resisting viral and bacterial infection. It is designed to work on scars that are a result of surgery, bites, burns, acne and stretch marks.


Remescar Silicone Scar Stick

The Remescar Silicone Scar Stick. It’s so easy to use and carry around.


To ensure maximum efficiency, use it twice a day for at least 2-3 months. To apply it on a scar and its surrounding area, all you need to do is just roll it over your skin. Honestly, I haven’t been following instructions as closely as I should but even so, I can say that it works – on scars both new and old, and on stretch marks as well.


I have an old scar on the right calf, which was the result of an infected rope burn 5 years ago. I wasn’t hiking or anything. Believe it or not, I was standing in the middle of two huskies, who were leashed to the pillars of someone’s front porch by thick ropes. They got super excited when they caught sight of a tiny Yorkshire terrier and got ridiculously crazy. They crossed paths, got me caught in the middle of their leashes and the next thing I knew, my skin just came off. Ouch.

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