First Look: Alexander Wang x H&M

This is a dream collaboration if you secretly love wearing track pants (like all the time). The long-awaited Alexander Wang x H&M collection made its debut on the streets of New York when the one and only, Rihanna was spotted in the crop top and leggings. OH MY. Then, Vogue Netherlands gave us another glimpse into the “Run The World” collection which includes feminine pieces – LBD, cut-out dress, embossed sweater and all things quintessentially WANG. I can’t wait to get my hands on the collection (at H&M prices!).

The collection will be launching at H&M Orchard Building and H&M ION Orchard on 6 November 2014.

Rihanna in Alexander Wang x H&M

Hello Riri!

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

images: H&M & Vogue Netherlands

Introducing the new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream

AGELESS BEAUTY. Yes, it is now made possible with the brand new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream. In this modern age, our eyes reflect our unhealthy and hectic lifestyle. We are constantly fighting our age-old battles of ageingdark eye circles and eye bags resulting from the lack of sleep and fatigue throughout the years:

20s: Our eye bags start sagging…
30s: Our eyelids start developing wrinkles…
40s: Our eyes start developing “crow’s feet”…

It is time to bid goodbye to tired, panda eyes! The new STEMPOWER Eye Cream targets 3 critical points around the eyes (under eye area, the eyelid and the corner of the eye) for the sharper, younger eyes with its potent Stem-Acanax Eye Complex ingredient. You can see visible changes to your eyes with the STEMPOWER Eye Cream - firm eyelids and under-eye area, sharper looking eye corners and even skin texture around the eyes. You can even track your eye progress by visiting any SK-II beauty counters to try our the upgraded Magic Ring.

Fash-Review: I have been using the SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream for the past couple of years. Trust me, this tiny bottle of eye cream goes a long way! I was excited to try out the new STEMPOWER Eye Cream in addition to my current STEMPOWER range. You can feel the difference with just a tiny dab of the STEMPOWER Eye Cream on the very next day. I recommend using the eye cream with the correct method (I can’t stress this any more!!) and say “yes” to brighter, youthful eyes!

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream (15g) is now available any SK-II beauty counter in Singapore at S$144.

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

The BEST spot to try out eye creams is the skin creases between your thumb and your forefinger.

images: SK-II & Fash-Eccentric

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers

Who LOVES CATS? My hubs and I adopted a white-ish, Siamese-ish cat four years ago, named Coco – after Coco Chanel. She is the cutest and most demanding cat (it’s the truth!) ever. I’ve never had a pet before Coco and trust me, pets are harder work than I thought! By the end of the day, you know it is all worth it when she gently purrs and cuddles at your feet. Naturally, I’m drawn to all things cats. To all you crazy cat ladies out there,, here are my 10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers:

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Cat Lovers

  1. Markus Lupfer Cat Fight iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$72.00)
  2. Kate Spade New York Cat iPhone 5 Case (US$35.00)
  3. UNIF Do Cats Pray Sleeveless Top (US$65.00)
  4. Charlotte Olympia Capri Cats embroidered rubber flats (50% off £195.02 U.P. £390.03 )
  5. Catbird NYC Sleepy Kitty Studs (US$14.00)
  6. Jonathan Adler Utopia Cat Mug (US$32.00)
  7. Catbird NYC Kitten Keepy Ring Dish (US$22.00)
  8. ASOS Cat Sheer Panel Socks (SGD$12.17)
  9. Yazbukey Black Cat Clutch (US$470.00)
  10. ASOS Cat Print Sunglasses Case (SGD$17.04)

Who shops on their phone? I do! Check out Shopbop’s iPhone app for easy browsing and shopping. Download the app HERE. Enjoy shopping!

Fash-Love: Warby Parker Fall 2014

Warby Parker Fall 2014

NYC-based Warby Parker has been dubbed as the “Netflix of eyewear” by GQ magazine. Founded in 2010, this up and coming eyewear label designs their glasses in-house and sells directly to the customers – hence, the affordable pricing. What’s cool about this brand is their Home-Try-On program in which you can pick five pairs of frames to try  at home for 5 days, free-of-charge. Personally, I love their vintage-styled designs and of course, their “Buy a pair, give a pair” program – for every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, another pair will be donated to the needy (just like Toms!) This Fall 2014Warby Parker introduces nine new shapes and two new hues – Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise. There is something for everyone – scroll down for my fash-picks from this season’s collection.

Warby Parker Fall 2014 collection is available from September 3rd online at www.warbyparker.com and in-stores showroom located in the United States. Prices start from US$95.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

The new Fall 2014 huesAnnette in Petal Tortoise & Hardy in Striped Pacific.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

Fash-Picks: Warby Parker Fall 2014

  1. Annette in Striped Sassafras
  2. Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise
  3. Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey
  4. Coley in Crystal
  5. Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise
  6. Oliver in Whiskey Tortoise

images: Warby Parker

2014 Unique Celebrity Wedding Dresses

All eyes are on the stars when they walk down the aisle. We want to know what and who they are wearing on their big day. Classic is so 2013. This year, celebrities take it up a few notches by making unique choices for the ‘dress of their lifetime': The Wedding Dress. Here are my picks for the 2014 Unique Celebrity Wedding Dresses:

1. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
WOW. Angeline Jolie‘s truly one-of-a-kind Versace wedding dress has to be “the” dress of 2014. Designed by the Donatella Versace and Jolie-Pitt’s children, this traditional “white silk-satin Atelier Versace gown gathered at the bust with elongated train, detailed with the embroidered drawings of her children that got reproduced also on the silk veil. She accessorised her stunning creation wearing a pair of white Versace silk satin pumps.” It may not be a fashion breakthrough, but this is definitely a heartwarming wedding dress that set the bar – real high.

Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress

2. Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera
You gotta give it to Olivia Palermo for taking fashion risks on her big day. Her 3-piece Carolina Herrera wedding ensemble is “a simple cream cashmere sweater with scattered ostrich feathers and chic white shorts with a full tulle skirt overlay that cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk and featured a high slit in the front with floral details along the hem.” I don’t even know where to start. Everything about this is modern, fresh and quintessentially, Olivia. I mean cashmere sweater and shorts? So awesome.

Olivia Palermo Wedding Dress

3. Piper Perabo in Michael Kors
Talk about unconventional. Piper Perabo stunned the world in a shimmery silver animal-print Michael Kors gown and gold veil when she wed longtime boyfriend Stephen Kay. Kudos to her for standing out from the sea of ‘white’ and she definitely looked like she had a lot of fun!

Piper Perabo Wedding Dress

4. Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang
Big Bang Theory’s  Kaley Cuoco is pretty in pink on her big day in her custom “petal pink strapless tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline, hand gathering detailed bodice and hand appliqué Chantilly lace accents. The veil was a nude tulle veil with petal pink floating hand appliqué Chantilly lace.” Who doesn’t want to get married in PINK?! I do! After Gwen Stefani‘s dip-dyed Dior gown, every girl just went wild for the idea of pink. Well done, Kaley!

Kaley Cuoco Wedding Dress

Introducing the New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Can you achieve flawless skin everyday with minimal effort? OH YEAH. Say “hello” to the new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream. This is the first CC cream by Olay that boasts the combination of 7 benefits in 1, the ultimate multi-tasker for airbrushed finish, even skin tone and reduced-sized pores with everyday use. My mum used to tell me that if your pores are huge, your skin will look old. Pfftttt… really? Hey, it’s all true. Your skin texture and pore appearance tells the “perceived” age of your skin. The new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream is inspired by color-polarized clinical imaging, the Smart Color + 3D Pore Coverage technology to reduce glare and diffuses light. reflecting off the skin to reveal your luminous, radiant and reduce appearance of your skin pores. You can use it on its own or as a makeup primer.

Available at most leading department stores and pharmacies (Guardian & Watson) in Singapore at S$32.50 (50g) where Olay products are sold. 

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

“Pores are the new wrinkles!” Combat it now with the new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream.

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

The new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream comes in two shades: Medium (2) and Light (1).

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Gently blend a 20 cent coin of the CC cream on to your face, that’s all you need! Just one simple step.

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Let’s see the difference on a model in her 20s.

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Model in her 30s: Notice the difference?

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Model in her 40s: See how her skin looks more even on her right.

images: Fash-Eccentric / Olay

Bikinis for Every Body Type

It’s bikini season! First of all, do you know which bikini looks best on your body type? Do you want to make your legs look longer? How about slimming those hips? Do you want to hide your muffin top? Well, we have the answers. Before you hit the beach to get your tan, it’s time to reward your body with the right bikini for maximum flattery. You can shop for bikinis online at Zalora.sg or Shopbop.

 #1 Make My Legs Longer!
Guess what? High-waist bikini bottoms make your legs look longer. If you have a long torso, this style is a great choice.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Nilos Beachwear Tu Uma Set (S$209.00)
  2. Michael Kors Collection Garden Club Solids Bikini (US$770.00)

#2 Love Your Curves!
Keep your bikini tops in solid color or small print. For best support, pick a bikini top with underwire, thick chest band or halter style. Stay away from stringy bikini tops!

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Nilos Beachwear Kaula Top (S$129.00)
  2. Bella Kini Fixed Halter Set (S$59.90)

#3 Bigger Boobs, please?
You can create an optical illusion by picking the right bikini top. For the small bust, pick a tie-front bikini top to draw your breasts together – ultimately, bigger boobs. No surgery needed.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Lolli Zanny Bandeau Bikini Top (US$80.00)
  2. Funfit Polka Dot Push-up Bikini Set (S$45.00)

#4 Hide My Belly!
Nothing hides your belly like a one-piece swimsuit. Otherwise, monokini would be perfect. It would be best to pick a dark, solid colour but I don’t believe in this rule. Let’s go wild!

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. We Are Handsome The Bella Vista Racer One Piece Swimsuit (US$297.00)
  2. Bella Kini Monokini Diva (S$109.00)

#5 Slim My Hips!
For the pear-shaped ladies, you can slim your hips by boosting your boobs with a bandeau top. Go for ruffles or details! It’s all about proportions. Otherwise, try a tankini to highlight your waist rather than your hips.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. RIVER ISLAND Floral Print Bandeau Bikini Top (S$34.90)
  2. Zinke Reese Bandeau Bikini Top (US$93.00)

It’s time to shop, shop, shop! Enjoy 15% discount if you shop the above swimwear at Zalora.sg by entering the discount code ZAXWEN15 when you check out.

Now, put on your bikini and hit the beach!

Fall 2014: “Back To School” Campus Style

This Fall, it’s time for an upgrade (gosh, wardrobe overhaul please!). Who doesn’t love new campus gear to kick start a brand new semester? Shopbop has an awesome selection of Back To School” campus styles and of course, ASOS always have something affordable for those on a budget. Here is the key to your ultimate Campus Style:

  • Pick statement pieces or conversation pieces – get your friends talking about it! Like an awesome iPhone/Android case.
  • You can never go wrong with a basics (i.e. classic cross body bag, tank tops, sweaters & sneakers). Love Superga!
  • Play with colours – hey, it’s school and there are no rules against fashion!

Shopbop "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Sea Trouble Sweatshirt (US$195.00)
  2. Tory Burch Modern T Sunglasses (US$165.00)
  3. Madewell Twin Pouch Cross Body Bag (US$138.00)
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Mid Volume Backpack (US$55.00)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Manga Scarf (US$185.00)
  6. Superga The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic (US$125.00)
  7. Zero Gravity Lil Picasso iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$24.00)

ASOS "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Eleven Paris Sweatshirt with All Over Minnie and Mickey (SGD$148.52)
  2. ASOS Sushi Socks (SGD$7.43)
  3. Paperchase 5 Pack Cat Highlighter Pens (SGD$7.43)
  4. Criminal Damage Checked Shirt With Back Number Detail (SGD$111.39)
  5. Casio LA680WEGA Mini Digital Gold Watch (SGD$136.15)
  6. NARSissist Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (SGD$123.77)
  7. ALDO Kingarett Backpack (SGD$111.39)
  8. ASOS ADRIFT Cut Out Ankle Boots (SGD$86.64)

images: Shopbop & ASOS

Best Dressed: 2014 Emmy Awards

It’s TV’s biggest night out and Hollywood stars are all decked out in their finest designer creations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. The best thing about the Emmys unlike the Oscars  or the Golden Globes – stars can take risks. This year, get ready for a red carpet confetti of reds, whites, sparkles and plenty of stye surprises from our favourites.

2014 Emmy Awards: Claire Danes

RED is definitely a hot colour of the night: Claire Danes sizzles in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress with an amazing embellished neckline.

2014 Emmy Awards: Michelle Dockery

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery definitely knows how to turn heads with this indie surprise! I love everything about this Rosie Assoulin gown. Bravo!

2014 Emmy Awards: Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts  doesn’t hide her greatest assets – those legs! Love how she is taking fashion risks with this Elie Saab short dress (once again, those legs!).

2014 Emmy Awards: Kerry Washington

Orange is the new black, huh. Kerry Washington stuns in this Prada column creation with a mini underskirt (hello!).

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Best Dressed: 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

The hottest, most-talkabout names in music hit the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards earlier today – Beyonce, Katy Perry, Nicki MinajTaylor Swift, Miley Cyrus  – just to name a few. Who gives a damn about Nicki Minaj‘s butt? The most endearing moment is Beyonce tearing up on stage when Blue Ivy Carter and Jay-Z presented her the MTV Vanguard Award. Today, we see a sea of black (you can’t go wrong with that!) and crop tops. Here are my favourites from today’s red carpet at the VMAs:

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Beyonce

Holy Mama! Beyonce  strut down the red carpet in a figure-hugging lace gown with peek-a-boo details by Nicolas Jebran. The Queen B doesn’t disappoint!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry

#throwback to 2001! Katy Perry pays homage to Britney Spear’s denim ensemble – total genius! Thank you, Versace!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea plays it cool in this shiny silver Atelier Versace gown and love, love, love the slick-back hair!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Miley Cyrus

HAWT. Miley Cyrus kept her VMA look simple and chic in this Alexandre Vauthier black bandeau top and high-waisted leather pants.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Jennifer Lopez

Give it to Jennifer Lopez to stand out amongst the 20 and 30-somethings and show them how the red carpet is done in this glittery Charbel Zoe cut-out gown.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift

WOW. Taylor Swift shows off her legs in this super hot jumpsuit by Mary Katrantzou, with Elie Saab heels. For once, she knows how to surprise us and have some fun!

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Fash-Obsession: Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie’s Malangeli

MEN, I may not know. But SHOES, shoes I know”
– Carrie Bradshaw

Once in a blue moon, you fall under the spell of a beautiful pair of shoe. This time, I fell in love with the breathtaking creation of Christian Louboutin and Angelina JolieMalengeli. In conjunction with the release of Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina JolieLouboutin designed this limited edition shoe featuring a sculpted heel that curls away from the wedge like a tendril of smoke. Simply magical!

Available in black and red patent leather at HKD13,200. You can now preorder at four Christian Louboutin flagship stores worldwide – Hong Kong (10-12 Wyndham Street, Central; Tel: +852 2530 2198). All profits from the sale will go to SOS Children’s Village, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children, supported by Angelina Jolie since 2003.

Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie's Malangeli Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie's Malangeli

images: Christian Louboutin

How The Sun Sees You: Best Sunscreens For Your Face

You’ve probably seen Thomas Leveritt‘s “How the sun sees you” Youtube video circulating on Facebook. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, watch the video below. Trust me, this video is going to change the way to treat your skin. Do you hate applying sunscreen? Maybe. My mother used to nag me to apply sunscreen on my face and body – but all I wanted was a nice, golden tan. Well, turns out I didn’t look good with a tan. In my mid-20s, I started using sunscreen as part of my skincare routine. Let’s just say that I got on board a tad too late. Now, I’m in my early 30s and I’m spotting a couple of dark spots around my eyes and cheeks area. I probably can’t get rid of them completely with any amount of sunscreen and dark spots specialist products. However, I can control the situation by minimizing my dark and ageing spots before it gets out of control.

First of all, let’s start with the basics: SUNSCREEN for your face.

Watch Thomas Leveritt‘s “How the sun sees you” YouTube video and see how our skin actually looks like under ultraviolet. Get ready for barenaked freckles, dark spots and gosh, all kinds of skin problems hidden beneath the skin surface.

Now, who wants sunscreen? Let me rephrase that, who needs sunscreen? I’ve used multiple brands of sunscreen over the years and here are the best sunscreens for every budget:

Best Drugstore Sunscreens
If you have a budget constraint, no worries. These drugstore sunscreens have been tried and tested by yours truly and they work perfectly.  You don’t need to spend a bomb to get optimal sun protection!

How The Sun Sees You

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with BB (S$19.90)

  • Long-lasting double UV block with SPF 50 PA+++
  • Weightless texture with BB coverage
  • 3D Brightening Effect for greater definition & more radiant complexion
  • Available at all leading pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets

Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90)

  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Cellular Bioprotection® patent, protects cellular DNA against UV damage
  • Matte, no-shine finish
  • Available at Guardian pharmacy

Boots Dermocare Suncare Face & Body Sun Protective Fluid SPF50+

  • Reduce the premature signs of ageing
  • Protect skin against UVA and UVB sun damage and sun spots, whilst also containing Vitamin E and C
  • Contains Aloe Vera to cool and soothe the skin
  • Lightweight, non greasy formula
  • Available exclusively at Guardian pharmacy

Best Japanese/Korean Sunscreen
Whenever I travel to Japan, I will stock up on their drugstore sunscreens (because they are so cheap!). My favourite is the Shiseido Anessa range! Currently, I am using Kanebo Allie extra UV gel mineral moist SPF 50 PA+++ and I absolutely love its moisturising texture. I recently discovered Korean beauty brands such as Too Cool For School which recently open in Singapore.

How The Sun Sees You

Shiseido ANESSA Whitening UV Protector Sunscreen 60ml – SPF32 PA+++

  • Suitable for both face and body
  • Protects skin from UV rays, prevent spots & freckles by reducing melanin production
  • Contains whitening ingredient m-tranexamic acid
  • Can be used as a pre-makeup base
  • Available on Amazon or in Japan drug stores

Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist SPF 50 PA+++

  • Suitable for both face and body
  • Water-based gel
  • Contains hyaluronic acid EX for moisturizing
  • Can use as lotion, makeup base and UV care
  • Available on Amazon or in Japan drug stores

Too Cool For School Sunday Block (SPF 50+, PA+++)

  • Blocks UVA and UVB for optimum skin protection
  • Enriched moisturizing feeling
  • Light texture, mineral oil free
  • Soothes UV damaged skin with its aloe vera ingredient
  • Available at Too Cool For School Singapore outlets

Best Sunscreens to Splurge On
If budget is not an issue, here are some of the best sunscreens that are worth every cent. 

How The Sun Sees You

La Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid PA+++

  • Weightless fluid formula
  • UVA/UVB protection
  • Prevent the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and visible signs of aging
  • Available at all La Mer beauty counters

Lancome UV Expert GN-Shield™ High Potency Active Protection Make-Up Base SPF50 PA+++

  • For ultimate UV protection and color correction
  • 12 hours UV protection for instant fairness
  • GN-Shield™ neutralizes the main causes of spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Enriched with Pollusafe complex which preserves skin from environmental stress
  • Available at Sephora Singapore and all Lancome beauty counters

DIOR Hydra Life BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • Moisturizing and protective powers of a skincare product
  • Complexion-perfecting and skin-evening properties of a foundation
  • Subtly tinted featherweight, smooth, velvety texture
  • Available at all DIOR beauty counters