OOTD: Enter the Red

 

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Candid shot.

 

It’s been a while since I last did an OOTD entry. What better time to resurrect the fashionista in me than Chinese New Year? It didn’t start well, as I was suffering from a bout of flu ever since my birthday. The only thing that didn’t make me feel like collapsing on the tiles and breathing my last breath was the sun. A little bit of warmth always helps to keep me sane when I’m sick.

 
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The Etude House Chocolate Kiss Collection (Plus a Giveaway)

As January draws to an end, the next thing on our minds inevitably points towards the 14th of February. For some, it’s quite the exciting day, because, you know, it’s the first time of their lives they’re celebrating it with someone. For others, it can get rather annoying, seeing girls walk down Orchard Road with human-sized teddy bears with smug satisfaction imprinted on their faces. There’s no guessing which category I belong to, but just to set the record straight, I’m somewhere in between the two.

 

I do like Valentine’s Day but to be honest, any day could be a perfect Valentine’s. And what would anyone do with teddy bears that aren’t of any use? Guys, if there’s one thing you should not get a potential lover for V-day, it’s definitely some cuddly tuft of wool (unless it’s her kind of thing). We ladies like something more… practical these days. You know, like makeup *ahem*. Or maybe I’m just getting old.

 

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The Etude House Chocolate Kiss Collection.

 
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Ad: My Chinese New Year Fashion Picks at Zalora

The time has come yet again for children’s songs and sounds of fire crackers playing over the sound system in malls. Chinese New Year is what it is! Say yes to all the bak kwa, pineapple tarts and love letters galore. Are you still searching for something new to wear? Let me show you what I’ve picked out from Zalora‘s Chinese New Year Sale!

 

There are five main brands to pick from: Ezra, Inner Circle CNY, ML X AC, Clothier and Moon River. Each brand’s got something different to offer, so whether you prefer cheongsams or loose tops, you should find something to your liking!

 

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Skinny Pants by Melinda Looi X Amber Chia.

 
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Link Love: Pretzels, Nudes and Turquoise Glamour

I’ve been a bit on the baking and cooking streak lately, making pasta which everyone seems to love. Hint: It’s all about the sauce! Baking last weekend proved to be a semi-success as well, when the boyfriend and I made some fondant moelleux for the family. The chocolate lava cakes tasted the way they should, but were a bit flat in the middle. Like this already half-eaten one:

 

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Picture from my Instagram account (@lacedivory).

 

But if going near an oven isn’t your kind of thing, maybe you’d want to give no-bake recipes a try. I started with cheesecakes, after all. This month, you’ll learn how easy it is to make something that tastes so good (and involve your child at the same time)!

 

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Review and Swatch: The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

 

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I finally got it!

 

I love fashion, glitz and glamour but one thing is for sure: I never follow trends. For one, they are so hard and troublesome to keep up with! Also, sometimes trends are so ridiculous, I find it hard to understand why people bother at all.

 

When the first Naked palette came out years back, it felt like I was the only one unfazed by it. 12 bronze shades, better suited to warm skin tones and overall neutral. I owned several neutral and smokey palettes and when combined, they worked as well or even better than the Naked. So I gave it a miss. When the Naked 2 launched shortly after, I was still unmoved, especially since it is very similar to the original palette.

 

But then came the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The moment I laid eyes on the press releases from Urban Decay (and from blog reviews later on), I knew I had to get it. You know like how when you meet The One, you just… know? Exactly. A palette full of pinks that complement one another to create a range of looks from day to night – It was just what I needed.

 
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Review & Swatch: The Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro

 

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Loving the engraving on the eyeshadow!

 

When you travel, do you travel for the food, music, sights, slower pace of life or all of that altogether? Of course it’s everything! I made sure to pack some Agnès B makeup from Europe before heading home to sunny Singapore last December. As I’ve never tried this brand of eyeshadows before – and it’s not available on our island – I practised caution and got only a couple of items: the Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro and eyeliner in another wearable shade.

 
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My Travel Beauty Companions

 

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When celebrities endorse a product, brand or service, how much of what they say do you believe in? That’s right. But when a friend tells you all about the super delicious tarte tatin from the French café right around the corner, you can’t wait to try it out for yourself. That’s why I’m showing you the products that I brought along with me to my recent trip to Europe. Everything in here has my stamp of approval!

 
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Reflections: My Recent Life in Words

 

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Looking back on the past, seeing the present through polished glass.

 

I’ve met a lot of people in the course of the past few years, most of whom my studies and blogging on Laced Ivory have brought to me. Not many people know the real me, and in fact, those who do, I can count with one hand. In reflecting the past year and some significant events in my life, perhaps it’s a way for me to say, “Hey, here’s how you can get to know me in all honesty – and I would like you to.”

 

Who am I?

 

By nature, I’m an introvert but not the kind that people usually expect. I’m more of an observer than an extrovert but I participate by contributing in ways that are seemingly lacking in a social setting. I love bravely, live forgivingly – and I absolutely hate liars. I’m a typical Aquarius, but if you know the traits of one, you’ll know that there isn’t such a thing as a typical Aquarius. I choose who I befriend, who I hold close to my heart, who I allow myself to be vulnerable with. I also choose who I don’t bother about and will probably never think of again the rest of my life. I make decisions by asking myself the same concluding question every time: “Will I regret this later?” If I don’t know the answer to that, I go with my instinct. I don’t do blame – it’s a great waste of time.

 

I’m always moving forward but I carry my past with me all the time. I like challenges, sometimes a bit too much so that I suffer. But I also believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. If it does kill you, you die anyway, and your journey may continue or not. Death does not scare me – not having lived before I die does. Which is why I choose to live each day positively. I choose to be happy because life on earth is but transient. I believe everything in life happens for a reason, whether I know what that reason is or not. And it doesn’t matter whether I know this cause, because the universe is so much greater than what I – or anyone – can ever perceive it to be, that my life and everything in or around it, is simply part of a grander picture. To a microbe, a planet is unimaginable. To a human, so is the universe.

 
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Review: The Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15

 

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Pressed, and not loose.

 

Hands up if you’ve ever lost precious poudre at the bathroom sink while opening up a tub. Hands up twice if you’ve misplaced powder puffs for loose powder. Gracious me, those things are like socks in the washer! Well, if you want to maximise your money’s worth where makeup is concerned, might I suggest you try pressed powder instead of a loose one. Personally, I find compacts much more convenient and so much less messy. Which is why I decided to give the Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 a try.

 

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In its packaging.

 
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Review: The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

 

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I can finally have blue lashes!

 

Hello again from one of the world’s fashion capital, Milan! I’ve been spending my past days here visiting tourist attractions and doing a whole lot of shopping, all the while chronicling my travels on my Instagram page. Do take a look and follow, if what you see pleases you so!

 

Today is my fifth day here in this lovely city, and because it’s raining, I’m staying indoors to do some blogging. I sure hope the cleaning lady doesn’t bombard me with requests to do housekeeping (you have no idea how nice Italians are). So let’s get down to business!

 

While I do make the effort to get dressed up and look put together when I explore the city, there’s one product that I really like because it doesn’t make me feel out of place but yet is vibrant enough to add colour to my life. It’s the Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue! Now, I’ve been wanting to try out blue or purple mascara for a long time but never quite got down to it – those YSL mascaras, though good in quality, are a bit too expensive for me. The kind PR folks at Collection sent me this and after trying it out a few times, I decided this would go in my travel bag.

 

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The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue.

 

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The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue.

 

The mascara comes in two shades, black and blue. For a girl who’s already found her Holy Grail mascara, of course you get the blue! On its own, the mascara doesn’t do much at all, so if you’re expecting crazy volumising and lengthening, you’ll be disappointed. However, the bright blue shade makes up for it.

 

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See all that blue? It goes all onto my lashes.

 

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A before-and-after comparison of my lashes.

 

After curling my lashes, I layer this mascara over my first 1-2 coats of Fairy Drops mascara. When applying coloured mascara, it’s good to bear in mind that the colour can seem duller if your lashes are dark or black to begin with, and that blue is the best colour for black eyes. On that note, the colour payoff of this mascara is excellent, as you can see in the swatch and comparison above!

 

The mascara is pretty affordable at less than S$20 per wand, and can be easily found at selected SaSa and Watsons stores in Singapore.

 

 

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Laced Ivory Review: The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

 

* This product has been sent to me for my review. Like all my other reviews, everything stated here is objective and honest.

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