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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To the Skinny Girl (Who is Actually Healthy)

 

To The Skinny Babe

 

Dear Skinny Babe,

 

Yes, you deserve to also be called a babe. Because, why not?

 

I totally get you. I mean, I’ve always been kind of the same. I’ve been skinny my whole life, just like you. I never seem to be able to put on weight like the others, just like you. And I totally get how you feel cold seemingly all the time. And if you have a high metabolic rate, I also get how you feel hot and bothered all the time – like how you need to take that scarf off even though it’s minus 20 degrees outside.

 

I know how horrible it is for you, when others talk about having gained that extra pound – and how they should go about losing it – while you sit there and try to be inconspicuous. I know how annoying it is deep down for you, that you have to try and be sensitive when the topic about physical appearance comes up, but yet others don’t seem to think about how you’d feel when they comment on how skinny you are.

 

I know how you hurt when people make skinny jokes about you. As if fat jokes were funny too. I know that you feel victimised when you’re called names like Bamboo or Skeleton, or when you’re being told to eat more, as if you don’t already eat. Guess what, your eating pattern and diet are no business of others, so just take their words with a pinch of salt. What do they know?

 

I know the secrets you hold, for I hold them too. I know that your bra size doesn’t change much from high school to university. I know your tummy “deflates” after a trip to the loo and I know you actually do feel emptier after it. I know how having skinny legs makes your feet look long and big. I know you can’t donate blood because you’re too light. I know your tailbone hurts after you’ve sat down for too long on a hard stool. I know you’ve at least thought about trying out protein shakes to bulk up, so that you can be “normal sized.” I know you get cravings, just like everybody else, and you also secretly love it that you can satisfy those cravings whenever you want to. I know you don’t really weigh yourself every other night because either there wouldn’t be much of a change, or it doesn’t really matter to you if there were. And if you are the type that gets hungry every 3 hours, I know how frustrating it is to see all your money fly away on food.

 

I know how silenced you feel. I know that even though you aren’t cover page-perfect, you are confident about the way you look. I know you like sports and exercise but find it hard to talk about it, because people don’t seem to want to hear form you. And I know how bad it is you wish the world knew that you were just being confident about yourself and not showing off to tell others they should look the way you do, nor indirectly telling them that you look better than them. Because for some weird reason, everyone seems to think that way about you.

 

And I know that right now, more than ever, you feel all of those things above.

 

So this letter is written to you, for you. To let you know that the life-loving, free-spirited you are not alone. To let you know that there is at least one person out there who understands you. To let you know that while you gorge on your potato salad, there is at least another skinny babe somewhere out there also chowing down on hers. To let you know that it is perfectly all right for skinny babes to inherently love salads. To let you know that it isn’t you who needs to change, but that people just need to feel more secure of themselves with you around.

 

You are gorgeous the way you are. Now stay true to yourself – your confident, passionate self.

 

Love,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Pull and Bear

In the Hot Seat: Dr. Winston Lee Talks Carbon Laser Peels

 

Dr Winston Lee of SBA Clinic Singapore

Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of South Bridge Aesthetics (SBA) Clinic, Singapore.

 

Everyone dreams of having a perfect complexion. In every fashion advertorial we see, every model on Vogue’s cover page that stares sullenly back at us and every K-pop girl band music video, it seems as though attaining a flawless, youthful complexion is as easy as ABC. Photoshop makes it look like even the guys have no skin woes.

 

But things cannot be further from the truth. As I’m writing this in the quiet of my living room, the haze blows through my windows and the current 3-hour PSI reading is 93 (thank you Twitter). Sometimes, a good diet, exercise and proper sleep can only do so much when you’re living in a polluted city and facing non-stop stress at work.

 

That’s why today, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of Southbridge Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, some questions about a unique facial treatment that they offer, known as Carbon Laser Peel, that can help you improve the way your skin looks and feels. He also dishes out skincare advice for women of different age groups. If you’ll like to find out more, read on.

 
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OOTD: On the Rocks at Ko Samet

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

 

I’ve always loved the beach and there’s nowhere else other than in Asia where you can find white sandy beaches, where the sand feels like flour and making sandcastles feels like baking a huge pastry right under your feet. Singapore may be a port city, but we don’t exactly have beautiful beaches. That’s why, whenever we get an opportunity like this, it’s almost definitely to a beach somewhere else we go.

 

The very first beach we fell in love with was Bamboo Island back in 2009, off the coast of Ko Phi Phi Don in Thailand. Since then, every beach we’ve been to has instinctively been measured against this gem of a paradise. In this shoot, we travelled to Ko Samet, also located in Thailand but much further up north and along the eastern coast.

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Koh Samet by Laced Ivory

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Emigo Midi Dress

 

Midi Dress: Emigo

Earrings: Pelé

Bag: Triangl Swimwear

Sandals: New Look

Shades: Tory Burch

Ring: Lovisa

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 
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Rave & Review: The Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss

 

Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss Review

Sara Happ’s The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss – the best lip gloss in the world.

 

I’m going to straight up say this, that if there ever was a lip gloss in the world that one could marry, the Sara Happ The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss would be it. This gloss is nothing short of amazing and here’s why.

 

The gloss itself is of a regular size (6ml) and it comes packaged in a nice metallic gold box. It delivers a gorgeous pink tint when applied and the colour lasts for many hours on end. It is also the most moisturising lip product I have ever owned. For a longtime beauty blogger like me to declare this, it says a lot about this product. It even beats other lip balms out there hands down. It has given me no allergic reaction, but instead soft plump lips with no flakiness. Even dead skin on my lips magically disappear by the time evening comes and I’ve had a whole day of wear. I swear, you don’t even need a lip scrub once you’ve discovered this product.

 

I wore it in one of my recent snaps on Instagram:

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


 
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Link Love: Best Nail Blogs of the Moment

It’s not easy to come up with new designs when thinking up something for your nails. There are just so many brands, colours and finishes out there that stopping by Sephora can be quite a task. If you’re looking for something fresh, fun and that you’ve never thought of before, you might like to take an inspiration or two from these nine blogs, which I think are the best nail blogs out there right now.

 

Best Nail Blogs

 

1. A.J. from Nail Lacquer UK teaches us how to get Louboutin-esque nails. If you sharpen the tips more than what she does, I think you’ll make some pretty fine talons.

2. Michelle at All Lacquered Up swatches us some of Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2015 colours.

3. Jen at Polish & Pearls shows us how red nails match black quilt oh-so-well.

4. Sammy at The Nailasaurus teaches us how to make swishes with any colour we like.

5. The peeps behind The Illustrated Nail gives us a look at how we can create bright designs using some OPI lacquers.

6. Sarah at Chalkboard Nails shows us what we’ll get when we mix some basic neutrals with a splatter of glitter.

7. Sam at Fashion Polish shares with us what polishes she used for this gorgeous gradient nail art.

8. Katy at Nailed It shows us how light shades can look so classy with a few rhinestones. The future bride in me screams wedding inspo!

9. Kelly at Vampy Varnish swatches some beautiful shimmery shades.

 
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Review: The Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 69 and 91

 

Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

Just a couple of Chanel glosses.

 

I discovered these gorgeous glosses quite by accident, when I was shopping for a gift for my mother, actually. If you shop for makeup and you love makeup, then you must know how distracting it is when you’re surrounded by nothing else but makeup – and a very professional makeup artist.

 

I requested to try on a shade or two, can’t remember which ones, but man was I sold the moment I saw the finished look on my lips. In today’s post, I feature two of my current favourite glosses, the Chanel Aqualumière High Shine Sheer Concentrate Lip Gloss in 91 Tutu and 69 Glass Quartz.

 

Chanel Aqualumière Lip Gloss

91 Tutu at the top, 69 Glass Quartz below.

 
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