Top 5 Wardrobe Staples – For the Girl Who Lives on the Equator

 

Top 5 Wardrobe Staples

 

Woe are the days when we look into our closet full of clothes, only to fall back into despair, realising quite incredulously that we haven’t got anything to wear. The problem is actually not knowing how to match what we’ve already got, such that our outfits can look as new as if they were just bought.

 

Here are my top 5 wardrobe staples, which every girl living near the equator must have. Click on each tab below to reveal my tips and see what pieces I’ve specially selected for you.

 

Pencil Skirts

 


 

Pencil skirts are a must, especially if you are a working adult. They not only emphasise your figure (yes, even you, the one who thinks you don’t have a good figure) but are also versatile. They can be worn for work or dinner dates with friends, and go very well with a loose fitting button-down top or peplum top. Even when taking a trip to a nearby country, they’re casual and surprisingly easygoing when matched with a basic tank top.

 

Basic Tops

 



 

Basic tops are for days when the sun gets on everybody’s nerves and the humidity threatens to suffocate. In Singapore, that’s kind of like, every day. Basic tops can be tees or tanks, and they’re the most comfy when loose fitting. A centralised bold print or two adds an edge to your outfit, but plain ones also go very well with a good pair of denim shorts. In general, basic tops are great for days by the beach, weekend markets or the grocery store.

 

Denim Shorts

 



 

Denim shorts are the best shorts there can be. The texture is stylish and distinct, and they go well with flip flops, flats, heels and even booties. You can wear them to almost everywhere, except maybe for a job interview. I’d bet that you can even wear them to meet your boyfriend’s parents for the first time and they wouldn’t even bat an eyelid (of course, on a sunny day – and no butt cheeks).

 

Summer Dresses

 


 

What’s summer without a summer dress? Make that plural.

 

Summer dresses are so convenient. You literally don’t even need to consider what to wear them with, other than which bag to carry and which footwear to slip your feet into. I love a good fun, flowy mini dress, or a simple basic maxi dress. Summer’s all about moving around, so stock up on nothing too tight. And when it gets cold in the bus on your way home, just drape a scarf over your shoulders or put jacket on and you’re good to go.

 

Leather Jacket

 



 

Even in the summer heat, temperatures can dip. In Singapore, this is especially so when you’re indoors, where air conditioning seems to be free of charge and extremely efficient in teleporting the air from Antarctica. Other times, it can be the sudden downpour coupled with tree-uprooting winds. Whatever the case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

A leather jacket is an investment piece that every girl should own and wear. If you only have one, make it black. Two, a black and burgundy/berry. Anything more than that, and you probably already own a walk-in wardrobe like the one at the very start of this blog entry.

 

Stay glamourous,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Mediberian

Review: The GlamPact by Glam-It!

 

GlamPact Review

The all new GlamPact by Glam-It!

 

If you were a 90’s girl, you’d definitely have heard of Polly Pocket. I’m not sure if girls these days still get it for Christmas but back in the day, it was my favourite toy. And quite recently, the GlamPact by Glam-It! has taken me back to the times when I marvelled at the lights and moving ducklings in my old Polly Pocket.

 

The GlamPact was launched a few years ago in Hong Kong by beauty maven Jennifer Cheng, and it was only in the past few months that the compact had undergone a refreshing makeover. No longer black, the new GlamPact is now pretty in baby pink and has new individual makeup modules that you can select for your very own customisable GlamPact.

 
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Rave & Review: The Depend GelLack

 

Depend GelLack Review

Sit tight for my Depend GelLack Review. You’ll want to read it.

 

Fans of gelish rejoice. I’ve been introduced to a safer and long-lasting alternative, known as the Depend GelLack, which you can do on your own in the comfort of your home.

 

I’ve never done gel manicures because of all the horror stories I’ve heard about having them removed after a few weeks. Your nails are thinned, dry and brittle and you can’t apply anything on them afterwards. However, the Depend GelLack kit and polishes go easy on your nails, so that you can have colour that doesn’t chip off.

 

I repeat, it doesn’t chip off. At all. Let’s take a moment to let that sink in for a while.

 

Now let’s take a closer look at the starter kit.

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The Ultimate Kylie Jenner Beauty & Style Guide

She’s got 23 million followers (and counting) on Instagram, is a major part of reality TV in the United States and has not even hit the big 2-0. You’ve probably seen her rocking turquiose ombre locks and crazy-length pointed talons, and most of all, you know her by the name of Kylie.

 

Most recently, the secret of her plump lips was made known – lip plumping fillers, no surprises there. Yet, millions of us out there are still coveting her beauty looks that know no boundaries of inspiration. And that is why I’ve compiled this Ultimate Kylie Jenner Beauty & Style Guide, so that you can get all the best tutorials, tips, tricks and product recommendations on one page. Bookmark this page (for I’ll be adding stuff time and again), enjoy the tutorials and don’t forget to share!

 

Click on the tabs below to reveal sections of the guide.

Click on the tabs below to reveal sections of the guide.

 

MAKEUP: Lips, Transformation & Contouring

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Look by Kaushal Beauty




 

Kylie Jenner Makeup Transformation Look by Kandee Johnson



 

Get Bigger Kylie Jenner Lips by Nyc Dragun




 

Kylie’s makeup artist also recommends just using lip balm and a lip liner close to your natural lip colour. A common favourite is the NARS Velvet Lip Liner, which you can get off Nordstrom here.

 

HAIR: DIY Ombre

Black & Teal Ombre Hair Tutorial| Kylie Jenner Inspired by Beautybyjj



 

DIY Kylie Jenner Inspired Dark Root to Teal Ombre by The Faux Theory


 

If you colour your hair often, you’ll want to make sure you have some conditioner to sooth your tresses. You can get the Caviar Repair RX – Instant Recovery Conditioner off Nordstrom here. Check out my guide on How to Get Healthy Hair the Easy Way, where I share my own secrets to healthy hair.

 

NAILS: The Metallic Glitter Glam

 

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If you’re inspired by Kylie’s metallic glitter manicure that she’s got on fleek, these are some products that can help you achieve something very similar. To get the same effect, I recommend a light gold or champagne base, followed by gold glitter on top. The following tutorial by Tootsie Time is spot on too.

 

Nail Tutorial | Kylie Jenner Gold Glitter Manicure by Tootsie Time




 

Recommended Products for Base colour:

  1. NARS ‘Iconic Color’ Nail Polish in Milos
  2. Julep Beauty Nail Colour & Treatment Trio

 

Recommended Products for Glitter Layer:

  1. JINsoon Nail Lacquer Trio
  2. Julep Beauty Glitter Nail Colour in Jane
  3. Nails Inc. London Nail Polish in Snow Flake (Limited Edition)
  4. any other fine glitter from your local art stores

 

Bonus:

  1. Elegant Touch Glitter Gold Press-On Nails
  2. Minx Metallic Designs

 

STYLE: Of Booties & More

 
Kylie Booties
 

Kylie’s style is one that the media watches closely. And that’s why we know when she repeats her choice of clothing – just like the rest of us normal folks. If you’re a fan of laced up booties and distressed denim, here are some options:

 


 

Stay gorgeous,

Roxanne

 

Image credits: Celeb Mafia

FOTD: Rocker Chic Makeup with Nude Glossy Lips

 

FOTD: Rocker Chic Glam with Nude Glossy Lips

 

I hope you’re all having a magnificent Monday. If you’re considering changing your look into something more colourful than usual and yet not overly dramatic, I filmed this tutorial to show you how you can create a rocker chic makeup look with nude glossy lips.

 



 

In this tutorial, I show you how you can contour the sides of your nose bridge using a shade from the same eyebrow palette from Heavy Rotation (read the review on the Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow here). You’ll also see how using a wet brush to apply eyeshadow is kind of like using an eye primer – it increases the intensity of the colour instantly. Here’s the list of products used:

  1. Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++ in shade 020
  2. Dior Blush in 756 Rose Chérie
  3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in 02 Lust Red (Get it on Sephora here.)
  4. Agnès B Mono Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro
  5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in 1999
  6. False Lashes
  7. Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02
  8. Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss in 69

 
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How to Get Healthy Hair the Easy Way

 

How to Get Healthy Hair

 

Golden goddesses we are not but we can definitely put in some effort when it comes to maintaining a headful of healthy hair.

 

Caring for your tresses isn’t necessarily a chore, even if you’ve got waist-length hair. All the Rapunzels out there may use more shampoo than others but these five steps below can be applied to everyone regardless of hair length. The best part? They’re actually pretty basic and easy to follow.

 

1. Shampoo daily where necessary.

I know that not shampooing daily is kind of a trend right now but if you live near the equator like me – and Singapore is slated to be the hottest place on earth in 10 years, bless our poor souls – you’ll find that not washing your hair at least once every two days is going to give you an oily scalp. An oily scalp means that your pores are clogged with dirt and sebum, and new hair cannot grow to replace fallen ones. If this goes on for too long, you’ll start to find yourself balding.

 

2. Use a clarifying shampoo.

A clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo should be used at least once a week. Massage this as near to your scalp as possible. This will remove any dirt not washed away by your shampoo. I personally like the Giovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo, but if you can find another one that has mint in it, it really helps you to feel invigorated after a shower. That’s always a welcome in the summer!

 

3. Use a good conditioner.

I know I’ve always said I never had time for conditioners but after having my hair processed several times, hair oil alone is no longer sufficient. To maintain shine and strength in your hair, I highly recommended a good conditioner right after washing off your shampoo. You can check out the Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner on Nordstrom here.

 
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Link Love: A New Chapter

As you’d probably have guessed by now, Mr. Ratatouille and I have recently moved out into our own apartment. We’ve just settled into our new home, which is a small cozy space that fits 6 people nicely, and that I am growing to love.

 

A home tells people about the person you are, so what better way to present yourself and open your hearts to others than to invite them over? In today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing some great tips and tutorials on giving your home some added character, how you can maintain friendships well into your 30’s and a little career inspiration to boost your day.

 

Link Love: A New Chapter

 

1. Meghan at Designtripper gives us a little interior inspiration from Casa Matai in Mexico.

2. Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere shows us 3 easy ways to style a simple tray.

3. The amazing team over at The File teaches us how we can get rid of cellulite with a pampering body brush, using a method called “dry body brushing.”

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FOTD: Simple Everyday Makeup with Bourjois

 

Hooray, a new tutorial!

Hooray, a new tutorial!

 

If you’re not used to applying makeup on a daily basis but would like to try it, I made a video tutorial on how you can achieve this simple everyday look.  It’s something that adds a little bit of colour to your skin but not too much, so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed when you’re just starting out. I know how scary it can be trying makeup out for the first time!

 




 

In this tutorial, there’s no contouring and all that fancy schmancy things that are reserved for the red carpet. I feature a simple Nude Smoky Eyeshadow Trio palette from Bourjois and the new Volume Glamour Effet Push Up mascara from the brand as well. Here’s the entire list of products used, in the order of application:

  1. Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++ in shade 020
  2. Dior Blush in 756 Rose Chérie
  3. Bourjois Nude Smoky Eyeshadow Trio in T20 Sable Show
  4. Bourjois Volume Glamour Effet Push Up Black Waterproof Mascara
  5. Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02
  6. Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour in 560 Rosy Silk
  7. Guerlain Météorites in 3 Medium

 
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Review: The Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel in Melon

 

Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel Review

 

We all know that many chemicals are harmful. That’s why many beauty companies are changing their manufacturing processes to cut down on these chemicals, either completely or by substantial amounts.

 

I was lucky enough to get to try the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon from newly launched Spanish brand, Naturalium. The brand was founded in 2014 and only made its way to our humble shores this year. All of their products are made with no parabens, colourants and phthalates. In case you were wondering, parabens and colourants can cause cancer, while phthalates are known to affect reproductive systems in mice and humans.

 

Here’s a closer look at the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon.

 
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Review: Aroma Bar Singapore

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

A bunch of goodies that knocked on my doorstep.

 

It’s not often that you find a product that delivers what it promises to. And when it happens, you just wish it would never be discontinued. That’s what I currently feel towards the Aroma Bar Singapore range of products that I received one afternoon and haven’t stopped using since.

 

Founded in 2012 in Singapore by local aromatherapist Sarah C., Aroma Bar Singapore features products that are hand-blended and 100% natural. The best part is that they deliver results (or at least the ones I tried). Let’s take a look at the Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter.

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

The Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter (50ml, S$26.50) from Aroma Bar Singapore.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to feel as if you’re being pampered at a luxurious spa, while you’re at home and have some time to spare, apply this body butter after a relaxing shower. This product smells absolutely gorgeous (if smells can be gorgeous) and works great on targeted areas of your skin. Its consistency is more like a solid balm, so it might be a bit challenging to spread it all over your body. I recommend using this on areas such as your elbows, fingertips or cuticles, the heels of your feet and around the toes.

 

The ingredients in this body butter cannot be more natural either. Check it out.

 
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