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

 

Don’t Miss Out! Best. Summer. Sale. Ever.

Summer isn’t over yet! It’s time to stock up on last-minute summer deals before they disappear for good. I may be keeping warm Down Under (in case you didn’t know, I recently moved to Middle Earth – more specifically, Auckland) but I’m already stocking up on basics and timeless pieces for NZ’s spring/summer season. Let’s take a look at my favourite store, Shopbop: I mean, MCM bag on 30% off sale? That’s totally rad. I’ve been eyeing Eugenia Kim‘s Caterina Hat for a long time (psst, there are only TWO left!). So, don’t miss out on this awesome summer sale on Shopbop and ASOS with free international shipping* to Singapore and New Zealand!

2014 Shopbop Summer Sale

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Double Dip Enamel Bracelet (U.P. US$48.00 30% off US$33.60)
  2. Venessa Arizaga Hawaiian Punch Necklace (U.P. US$350.00 70% off US$105.00)
  3. Born Free Tory Burch Reversible Mini Tote (U.P. US$160.00 50% off US$80.00)
  4. Lovers + Friends Fly Away Mini Dress (U.P. US$172.00 40% off US$103.20)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Angry Bunny Scarf (U.P. US$270.00 30% off US$189.00)
  6. MCM Computer Bag in Green (U.P. US$375.00 30% off US$262.50)
  7. Eugenia Kim Caterina Hat (U.P. US$265.00 50% off US$132.50)

2014 ASOS Final Sale

  1. ASOS Cut Out Dress With Watermelon Print (U.P. SGD$61.89 NOW SGD$24.75)
  2. ASOS Triangle Tassel Necklace (U.P. SGD$54.46 NOW SGD$27.23)
  3. Playful Promises Tropical Fruit Bunny Bow Bandeau Bikini Top (U.P. SGD$74.26 NOW SGD$34.66), Bikini Bottoms (U.P. SGD$74.26 NOW SGD$29.70)
  4. Cath Kidston Saddle Bag (U.P. SGD$168.33 NOW SGD$118.82)
  5. Juju Seven Purple Flat Jelly Sandals (U.P. SGD$37.13 NOW SGD$14.85)
  6. Lazy Oaf Lazy Bobble Hat (U.P. SGD$49.51 NOW SGD$14.85)
  7. Sheriff&Cherry D Frame Sunglasses (U.P. SGD$284.67 NOW SGD$141.10)

*Please check Shopbop and ASOS for shipping details – may not ship for free to all countries!

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

A decade ago, I could not live without my comfortable cork-based, leather strapped sandal: The Birkenstock, specifically the Arizona. Sadly, the fashion police condemned the chunky sandal silhouette until Phoebe Philo rejuvenated the Birkenstock-inspired sandals at the Céline Spring/Summer 2013 collection in Paris. THANK YOU! From grandma to glam, the Birkenstock trend is still going strong. I’m currently wearing my Birkies and it is indeed a life-saver for all pregnant women (and those who loathed heels). If the Olsen twins are rockin’ it, so should you.

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

    1. Birkenstock Arizona two band sandals (US$120.00) available at Shopbop
    2. Ash Kab Slide Sandals (US$150.00) available at Shopbop
    3. Givenchy Barka leather sandals (£590.00) available at MyTheresa
    4. Rachel Zoe Fawn Two Band Flat Sandals ($255.00 US$127.50) available at Shopbop
    5. ASOS FILTHY RICH Leather Flatform Sliders(SGD$86.64) available at ASOS
    6. Topshop Fang Double Buckle Flatforms (£52.00) available at Topshop

So, this is how you ROCK your Birkenstocks or Slide Sandals this summer:

#1: PEDICURE. PEDICURE. PEDICURE. 
If you’re going to bare your feet this summer, make sure you’ve got your toes looking fresh and pretty.

Trendspotting: Top 10 Birkenstock-Inspired Sandals

#2: Keep your outfit casual chic and simple.
There is no need to go all print-on-print, just keep it plain and simple. A nice, crisp white shirt with patent leather pencil skirt. Or a top over a shirt and jeans. Birkenstocks is not high-fashion but it is the go-to street-style footwear. 

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

#3 Go Experimental: Socks + Birkenstocks?
You heard me. Yay or nay? Garance Dore first spotted this trend in 2012 and if you are stuck in the middle of winter like me, it’s a totally awesome idea. Or, just to jazz things up a little bit!

Socks Birkenstock

Gimme a moment, I’m going to shop for my Birkenstock Arizona right now on Shopbop!

 

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Here’s a small toast to the next phase in my life: I’m going to be a MUM. If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@fasheccentric), you would have seen my pregnancy announcement (see image below). Am I excited? Of course. Am I anxious? Hell yeah. I’ve been keeping mum about my pregnancy in the initial stages (you know, just to be safe). But hey, a baby is on the way and now, I want the world to know!

Thank you for being patient (I know I haven’t been blogging much) and sticking with this 8-year old blog through the years. No worries, fashion and beauty blogging continues with a little peek into my motherhood journey. Stay tuned.

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Peter Alexander Movie Night Collection

Inspired by his favourite films, Peter Alexander launched an Oscar-worthy “Movie Night Collection” featuring iconic films such as Star Wars, The Wizard of OzHarry Potter and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Now, which movie buff could resist Star Wars pajamas? I couldn’t! I was immediately drawn to the store at first glance of the Star Wars window display. Storm Troopers PJ drop-crotch pants, hell yeah! Pop-culture PJs for the whole family? TOTALLY. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dorothy’s red glitter shoes – I definitely need a pair of those!

Don’t wait till your size runs out! Shop now at Peter Alexander stores in Australia or New Zealand. Psst… their online store ships to Singapore and internationally as well!

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images: Peter Alexander

[sponsored video] Can You #ChangeDestiny with SK-II?

I have aged another year in my 30s a week ago. The question is: How does my 30-something skin fare as compared to my 20-something skin? In all honesty, it is wayyyy better. I battled acne problems throughout my late teens and early 20s. I was even on Accutane to control my skin’s oil production but as a result, I ended up with dry and patchy skin. I have tried numerous skincare products but the one and only product that has stuck with me all these years is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Why? The formulation of the FTE hasn’t changed in the last 30 years -and the main ingredient Pitera is the secret to beautiful skin.

SK-II believes you can take control of your skin’s future and it is your right to beautiful, crystal clear skin. What you choose to apply on your skin today matters. In the Skin Destiny Study, SK-II has shown that if you start using the signature Facial Treatment Essence around your late 20s to early 30s, you will have more gorgeous skin than those who do not. Need proof? You can head down to any SK-II beauty counter to find out your  skin age with the Magic Ring according to Texture, Radiance, Firmness, Spot Control and Wrinkle Resilience.

SK-II Change Destiny

 

What I’m currently using now: (top, clockwise) Skin Signature Eye Cream (this one lasts forever!), Facial Treatment Essence (a must-have!), Cellumination Aura Essence (daytime skin regime), Facial Treatment Repair C, Stempower Essence (night time skin regime), Stempower and Facial Treatment Essence-Eye.


Watch to see this Skin Future Study video to discover how SK-II has transformed the skin of their loyal FTE users over a course of 10, 20 or even 30 years.  


Watch the SK-II Future Me video. I had a preview of this video at the recent Beauty Wonderland conference., and it is sooo cute!

 Note: This post has been sponsored by SK-II, but all thoughts are my own.

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women’s Collection

The playful, sophisticated spirit of the 21st century bohemian woman is the look for H&M Studio this autumn/winter: effortless, charming and always ready for the night. H&M Studio was shown during Paris Fashion Week and throughout the collection, feminine meets masculine, with men’s blazers, biker and aviator jackets worn over draped tops and dresses. H&M Studio collection will launch on 4thSeptember at H&M Orchard Building.

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

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Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Get a fresh look from this season’s PUMA Select collection’s collaborations with notable artists from the fashion capitals of the world such as House of Hackney from London, Sophia Chang from New York, Brooklyn We Go Hard (BWGH) from Paris, Mihara Yasuhiro from Tokyo and McQ by Alexander McQueen. The artists bring authenticity of their respective cities’ culture, art, fashion and the street together with PUMA’s sports heritage for this series of collaborations. Do we love it? Oh yes, we do.

The Puma Select Collection A/W 2014 will be available in stores from August 2014.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014: Sophia Chang

Puma x Sophia Chang (New York): I love this collection especially the white high-top sneakers with Sophia’s rad illustration.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Mihara Yasuhiro brings the Tokyo street flavor to the house of Puma with his capsule collection.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Did someone say leopard prints?

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x House of Hackney (London): The British designer brings his signature style to the table and boy, we love it.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Brooklyn We Go Hard (Paris): Get active with the BWGH sneaker designs because these babies are designed to move.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x McQ by Alexander McQueen: We can’t get enough of sneaker wedges and more from McQ by Alexander McQueen.

images: Fash-Eccentric

Fash-Review: Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

I’m absolutely a lips-kinda girl – lip stick, lip gloss, you name it. If there is a new lip product in town, I can’t wait to try it like the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick. This innovative lip hybrid of a gloss, lacquer and lipstick sounds like a winner. It combines maximum colour impact, glossy shine and comfortable feel as if you are not wearing any makeup in a single stroke. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out.

The new Dior Addict Fluid Stick is formulated with water, not wax like a lip gloss. Once applied, the water evaporates leaving an intense, highly pigmented colour and moisturised lips. Available in 16 luminous, eye-catching shades for the ultimate fashionista.

Fash-Review: I had the chance to try four of its show-stopping, must-have shades: Pandore, Mirage, Aventure and Wonderland. At first application, the texture is definitely watery – unlike most lip product I’ve used. It does make it a little hard to be precise around the lip line (yup, it was a messy first trial!). It took practice to get myself applying the Dior Addict Fluid Stick like a pro. I love the  four “IT” colours especially Pandore – probably my favourite shade this summer! It looses its shine after meals, but nothing a single stroke of top up wouldn’t fix. Ultimately, this is a great, comfortable lip product which is great for summer. My lips definitely felt really moisturized throughout the day.

 Dior Addict Fluid Stick

The Dior Addict Fluid Stick is now available at all Dior beauty counters at $47 each.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick’s must-have  “IT” colours:

  • Pandore – A pure, radiant flamboyant red
  • Mirage – An incredibly lively tone, beige with a hint of pink
  • Aventure – An electrifying coral
  • Wonderland – A rush of pigmented fuchsia pink

images: Dior & Fash-Eccentric

NARS Summer 2014: Unlock The Summer

NARS Summer 2014 Collection

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I’m currently battling the cold, winter weather in Auckland. Honestly, a part of me is missing summer – the fact that I can strut around in just one layer and wear summer colours (instead of blacks, blues and greys zzz). I can still pretend it’s bikini summer in NZ and take a cool dip with the new NARS Summer 2014 collection.

  NARS Summer 2014 Collection

Introducing NARS Summer 2014 collection: (right, clockwise) Libertango Nail Polish  – Geranium ($30), Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – smoky rose quartz ($38), Malacca Single Eyeshadow – iridescent peacock($38), Baalbek Eye Paint – bronze($40), Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow – neon lemon lime and icy lavender($50), Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow – golden pewter and lilac snow ($50), Hot Sand Illuminator – peach champagne ($45).

NARS Summer 2014 Collection

A quick swatch of the Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow featuring bright neon lemon lime and icy lavender shades. Pop colours for the summer? Definitely.

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Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

#THEHAUTELINE is here! I received a box of liquid and pencil eye liners from Sephora Singapore *jaw drops* which include 17 hottest eye liners from Lancome, tarte cosmetics, stila cosmetics, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay, benefit and Sephora. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start by reviewing the pencil eye liners.

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

#THEHAUTELINE: It’s time to put these 17 eye liners available at Sephora Singapore to the test!

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

Let’s start with these pencil eyeliners!

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

Fash-Review: 

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in M Green Blk 02 - I love how smooth this pencil eye liner glides and the colour is intense. You don’t need to draw your eyes twice! I find it very easy to blend all over my eye lids for an overall colour. Surprisingly, I find this shade very wearable. Best of all, it is long-lasting without having to use a primer. RATING: 7 / 10

tarte Skinny SmolderEYES™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Moonstone Brown – This is one of my favourites! The colour is rich and simply gorgeous for my skin tone. I love how easy it is to apply this  eye liner – it is the smoothest of all the pencil eye liners. You can use the other end to soften your eye liner. I had to use a primer beforehand as the first time I used it, I ended up with smudges around the bottom lash line. Otherwise, this is my favourite – hands down!

Lancome Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof in 01 Noir / 02 Brun - This long-lasting Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof is water resistant, which is great. I didn’t suffer any smudges at all. It wasn’t as precise as I had to redraw my lash line a few times. I love its intense colour and creamy texture which are great to create smokey eyes.

SEPHORA Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in 01 Black Lace / 09 Girls Night Out Gold – Alright, I broke the tip of 01 Black Lace almost immediately. Talk about first impressions! However, I love the face that it is long lasting and waterproof. For its price-point, this is an affordable eye liner that does its job. There are so many other colours that you can experiment  with. Unfortunately, gold eye liners just don’t work for my skin tone.

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