According to Chinese face reading, people with large nostrils tend to spend more money (either on themselves or on others). A short nose indicates a hard worker, while a long nose indicates a leader. Looking at this description, it seems like my natural nose means I most probably won’t ever get rich nor be my own boss. There’s nothing about that which I like.
The Chinese also believe that when you change a feature on your face, you change your destiny. While plastic surgery may be a little too drastic for most, fillers are a great, non-invasive, non-drastic way to alter your appearance.
For the longest time ever (say, 15 years now), I’ve been pretty conscious about the way my nose looked. From the front, I looked as if I had four eyes – two real eyes and two somewhere in the middle of my face. From the side, I looked like a pancake slightly curved inward. Every time I looked forward, I could feel my nostrils poring into another person’s gaze. I hated it. A lot. I’d often wish my nose looked normal. I still do, actually, and ever since I did dermal fillers for the first time a couple of years ago, I’ve come to realise that I can’t ever live without them now.
In November last year, I decided to drop by EPW Laser + Medical Aesthetics Clinic to get my nose touched up with more fillers, especially since my previous session had been about 5 months prior to that.
It’s not always that easy to keep to a strict diet all the time. My weak point is always a good classic fondant au chocolate with a single – read, generous – scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. But come to think of it, it’s also not always that easy to eat junk all the time. Every once in a while, I like to detox, be it doing a simple drink-as-much-water-as-I-can-in-the-day or enjoying a cup of detox tea (I’m currently loving the BB Detox Tea by Kusmi Tea, available at Harrods). The most recent discovery from my sister is fruit infused water left to cool in the fridge. It’s easy to prepare and oh-so-refreshing!
How often do you detox? How often do you feed your soul? Here are five new links to share today on things that affect my mood – and will probably affect yours too.
Libraries are awesome. I just visited one last weekend and brought home Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful for a relaxing read. I finally have my hands on it! Well, for a good three weeks anyway. Nonetheless, feeling that solid, hardcover on my hands and seeing it on my table top has inspired me to write about how to look fresh, even when you just don’t feel good or in the mood.
1) Good, consistent skincare routine
The basis of every face is a good skincare routine. Most people don’t have problems with cleansing or toning, especially since we now know the prowess of sonic cleansers, and the problem usually comes under how to get optimal moisturising. Once you’ve found that moisturiser that works for your face, stick to it and include that in your twice-daily routine. A good point to remember is that dry skin ages you.
2) Get enough sleep.
That’s the first thing I always say when someone asks me for a good remedy for dark eye circles. Not only is this a tried and tested method to look fresher, it has also been scientifically proven to make you more efficient at work (or whatever it is you do during your waking hours). The body rids itself of toxins when you sleep, and the best time for this detox is between 11pm to 2am every night.
3) Drink enough fluids.
I often struggle with this as I’ve yet to find the balance between drinking enough and drinking too much. Fluids can include anything from plain water to juices, as long as it’s not coffee or tea.
I’ve been in quite a summery, beach-y mood lately. Mr. Ratatouille and I just booked a trip to a nearby beach resort on an island, no less, and I just can’t wait to pack up and fly off! We’ve booked a beach front villa and though there’s no wifi at the location, it simply means I’ll get to spend real quality time away from work and be as close to nature as possible.
This blue wrap over jumpsuit ($47.99, available on catwalk88.com) featured in The Style Store today is such a eye-catcher! Here’s what I would match it with:
1) Angled Cat Eye Sunglasses, $15.40, available on oasap.com (free worldwide shipping)
2) White Collarless Crop Blazer, £24.99, available on newlook.com
3) Jean Striped Pearl-Effect Box Clutch by Edie Parker, $1195, available on net-a-porter.com
4) Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff by Giles and Brother, $55, available on shopbop.com (20% off with code BIGEVENT14 at checkout)
5) Omnia Crystalline l’Eau de Parfum by Bvlgari, $95, available on sephora.com
6) Holborn Heeled Sandals by ASOS, $63.04, available on asos.com
7) Lip Colour Shine in Frolic by Tom Ford Beauty, $48, available on neimanmarcus.com
8) Forget Me Knot Earrings by Juliet & Company, $25, available on shopbop.com (20% off with code BIGEVENT14 at checkout)
9) No Oil Oil for Thick Hair by Percy & Reed, $26.35, available on asos.com (free worldwide delivery)
10) Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay, $52, available on sephora.com
Have fun shopping! Also, tell me, are you going anywhere for a holiday soon?
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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!
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!
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!
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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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:
Whereas for us women, our collagen looks something like this:
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.
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.