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.

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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.