Review: A Couple of Percy & Reed Hair Products

 

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Just some Percy & Reed hair products.

 

They say you can’t always have your cake and eat it. I’m not sure I buy that. Actually, I’d like that cake, some fudge on top of it and a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to go with. Oh, and let’s have some lovely rose macarons too! And hope that the wind doesn’t blow in the wrong direction while we’re at it. Because, you know, the wind makes all our styling efforts go to waste. Like how the rain does.

 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t style our hair, or try our best to make every day a good hair day. I gave some Percy & Reed hair products a try and really like what they did for me!

 
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The Juicy Couture SS14 Collection

 

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Denim featured in the Juicy Couture SS14 Collection.

 

How did you spend Valentine’s Day? I hope no one got depressed because you didn’t have a special someone to celebrate it with. I read somewhere that it’s really not that bad if you haven’t a Valentine for February 14th because on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, there are people out there who don’t have mums and dads to celebrate those days with. Always count your blessings because you have parents and you have friends!

 

I dropped by the Juicy Couture SS14 Collection launch with Mr. Ratatouille on V-Day and had such fun!

 
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Shop Teal We Drop

 

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Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham Bridal 2014.

 

Fashion inspiration 101 – Wear what Kate wears. No, not really. That Jenny Packham gown is too gorgeous and too exclusive to be put up for sale any ol’ how (or so they say). First – and probably last – seen on the Duchess of Cambridge when she attended the Portrait Gala 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the gown isn’t on sale as it’s specially made in this midnight blue tone to suit the lady and her jewels.

 

While we won’t get a loan from the Queen herself (I’m talking jewels here), we can try to emulate Kate’s elegance. Here are three gowns I’ve specially picked for you!

 

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Gowns we can actually wear!

 

1) Tiered Chiffon Gown by Adrianna Papell, $198, available on nordstrom.com

2) Chiffon Metallic Gown in Navy by Issa, $845, available on Forward by Elyse Walker

3) Strapless Sweetheart Chiffon Gown by La Femme, $360, available on nordstrom.com

 

I really love the gown by Issa. I used to love Dior gowns, but then I switched to Elie Saab and Marchesa, and now it seems Jenny Packham’s in my radar too, even though she’s more known for her bridal collections than haute couture. What do you think of Kate’s dress?

 

 

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Review: The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion

 

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The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion.

 

Cellulite is the bane of most of our existence. The uneven layers of fat under the skin. Ever wondered why the men don’t get it?

 

There are several reasons women are more prone to getting orange skin, and one of them is that our collagen structure is weaker than that of our male friends. Collagen is a connective tissue that helps to hold fat together, so the stronger it is, the better the fat sticks together, and the less uneven they will be. For guys, their collagen looks like a criss-cross wire fence. Something like this:

 

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ASOS Cami in Cage Print, available HERE.

 

Whereas for us women, our collagen looks something like this:

 

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ASOS Blouse in Stripe Print, available HERE.

 

Now that, my dear readers, is something no amount of genetic modification can change, so we might as well submit to fate. Yet, I always say that if I could choose whether to be male or female, I’d surely choose the latter because, hey, how else are we going to have fun without all that clothes, makeup and shoes!

 

So since cellulite is in-built for us dainty fellas, obviously we should do something about it (unless we don’t really care). I’ve tried cellulite busting creams and the latest on my dresser is the Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion. I had previously tried it when I was given a sample tube, and I fell in love with the results that I went ahead and bought a full-sized one from a random independent consultant I found online.

 
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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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