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.

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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

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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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Holy Mama! Fann Wong for Marie France Bodyline

Ah Jie, Fann Wong is the new celebrity spokesperson of Marie France Bodyline and boy, she’s lookin’ hot in her third trimester. As you know, local actors Christopher Lee and Fann Wong are expecting their first “horse baby” in a few weeks time. So, guess we know her secret in bouncing back to her pre-pregnancy bod after popping little bubs! I can’t wait to see if she’s having a boy or a girl – my guess: BOY.

Fann Wong for Marie France Bodyline

image: Marie France Bodyline

2014 Summer Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Summer is HERE! As the temperature rises, bring out your bikinis, sunblock and sunglasses – because things are beginning to heat up in Singapore. What do you need? We love our sun dresses and bikinis but don’t forget your beauty needs (who wants dark spots and pigmentation problems?!). Here are my 2014 summer fashion and beauty essentials to stay cool and chic:

Agent Provocateur Bikinis

It’s time to bring sexy back with Agent Provocateur bikinis. I instantly fell in love with the Mazzy Bikini & Lexxi Bikini. Can you blame me?

Topshop Summer 2014

Packing for your summer holiday? Don’t forget the Topshop Tropical Print Jumpsuit by Boutique (£120.00) and Topshop Straw Circle Brim Floppy Hat (£28.00). Simply irresistible!

Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

These Shiseido UV Protective Foundations in Liquid, Compact & Stick are water-proof and sweat-proof and promise to last all day! Tried and tested, this is my favourite go-to foundations for this sweltering summer.

2014 Summer Essentials - Sunblock

The key is never leave home without your sunblock – whether it’s summer or not. I’m completely sold with the new Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90), Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+ UVA 38 (S$44.50) and Lancome UV Expert Ultimate XL UV Protection BB Complete SPF50+++ (S$80).

SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist and Whitening Spots Care and Brighten Day Cream

Before applying your sunblock and makeup, we need to fight our underlying problems – melanin production before our dark spots appear! Add this to your skincare routine: SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist (S$176 – 30ml, S$258 – 50ml, S$339 – 75ml ) and SK-II Whitening Spots Care & Brighten Day Cream (S$167).

H&M Opens New Store at Singapore Sports Hub

Get ready for the biggest shopping wave! H&M Singapore opens an approximately 16,000 square feet store at the new Kallang Wave mall within Singapore Sports Hub. Best of all, this store will offer an expanded H&M Sport collection designed with input from the Swedish Olympic team, including fashion-forward yoga tights in the season’s latest colours, quick-dry pieces for gym bunnies and climate resistant outfits for the outdoors. You can also shop for summer must-haves such as soft tunic tops and printed dresses for ladies and short-sleeved shirts and tailored shorts for men.

An exclusive H&M pouch will be given out while stocks last when customers spend S$70 and above. Amazing deals for selected items include buying a second piece at S$2, S$5 and S$10. The store opens today, so what are you waiting for?

H&M Kallang Wave is located at #01-58, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628. The store will open daily from 10am to 10pm, including public holidays.

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Sport 2014 Collection

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Brow Threading 101 with Browhaus

How do your tame your wild brows? Well, I like my Classic Threading with Singapore’s Brow Salon, Browhaus. Truth to be told, I have been going to Browhaus for years. Why? Because there are plenty of outlets around the city (convenience is key!) and their therapists are well-trained. You’ll need to get your brows threaded every 6 weeks for an awesome price of S$17.00 per session. Of course, you get a better deal if you buy a package of 10 sessions. If you’re a Brow Threading virgin, this is what you MUST KNOW before booking your appointment at Browhaus:

  • Always communicate with your therapist about what you want – if you want to maintain your natural shape, create a sharper arch or thin your brows. Sometimes, your therapists may have suggestions on what to do with your brows. Ultimately, they are YOUR brows, you are responsible for the final look with the help of your therapist.
  • Ask for ICE-CREAM or cooling lotion to be applied on your brows after your session. Trust me, you will love how fast your post-threading redness will disappear.
  • Wait at least 2 hours before applying any makeup or moisturizer over your brows to avoid bacteria infection. So, if keep your brow pencil in your purse. Patience is key.
  • Book your next Brow Threading appointment after your first! It’s important to stay on top of your brow grooming. It’s a great habit to make your next appointment immediately so you don’t forget!

Browhaus The Cathay

Look for Alice, my therapist at The Cathay outlet (2 Handy Road, #02-10, The Cathay Singapore 229233 Tel: +65 6737 0335) for the ultimate brow threading experience!

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

What happens during Brow Threading?

  • Firstly, your therapist will thread your brows into shape with your eyes closed.
  • Next, she will ask you to assist in pulling your skin tight with both your hands – the tighter your skin, the less pain you will experience.
  • Finally, she will tweeze the random hairs that couldn’t be threaded and also trim your eyebrows with a pair of scissors.

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

Ta-dah! See how my unruly brows were tamed in just 10-minutes.

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

A close-up on my post-threading brows. All I need is a brow pencil to fill up the gaps for defined brows! Thanks Browhaus!

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SK-II Beauty in Wonderland: Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

Last month, I had the golden opportunity to join global online influencers at the two-day SK-II Beauty in Wonderland event for the ultimate SK-II experience. It was lovely meeting famous online bloggers/vloggers such as as Jenn Im (Clothes Encounter), Willabelle Ong (Pale Division), Rae (The Raeviewer), Asahi Sasaki (@sasakiasahi) Pupe (Pupe So Sweet), Grace Tan (Working With Grace), just to name a few. On Day #1, we had an early morning exclusive online chat with the one and only, SK-II ambassador and award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett. What’s her secret to her flawless, ageless skin? Let’s find out.

Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

Hello Cate!

How long have you been using SK-II? How did you discover the brand?
I discovered SK=II 11 years ago when I was 31. MY friends introduced me to the whitening range after their travels to Japan and I was confident by their recommendation. Because it worked, I stuck with it. My skin is  better now than 11 years ago.

What’s your skincare secret?
Keep my skin spot-free with the SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask. Keep my SK-II Signs Eye Mask in the freezer to reduce swelling and better infusion for the eyes. Keep my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in a spray bottle – it’s great to spray on top of your makeup after a long night. My skincare routine includes the SK-II Luxury Pitera or LXP range. When traveling, use SK-II Skin Rebooster.

What’s your makeup secret?
I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation because it is infused with Pitera. I usually do my makeup in the car. I don’t like to wear too much makeup. I think it is important for women to have confidence in their skin.

What SK-II product you can’t live without?
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence because you can use it in many ways. It is the vitamin drink for my skin. If I could drink it, I would. I’m using the FTE from the LXP range as it has the most concentrated amount of Pitera.

Best thing about being an SK-II user.
It is a real gift to spend less time thinking about how I look. There is no need to panic about ageing especially in your late 20s. Be in control of change and not be self-obsessed.

Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

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Fash-Review: diptyque L’Art du Soin Skincare Collection

The legendary French perfumer and luxury candle maker, diptyque Paris will be launching their first skincare collection, L’Art du Soin in June in Singapore. I attended the bloggers preview at the Ritz-Carlton Singapore to try the new 5-piece skincare collection. Inspired by traditional cosmetic methods, L’Art du Soin adopts the “slow infusion” method which includes the gentle distillation of flowers, leaves or seeds that conserves all their qualities plus the usage of natural wax with soft, protective properties for radiant, healthy skin. diptyque uses their strength in natural fragrances and their extraction in producing amazing textures that melt on your fingers, transforming powders into airy foam and turning oil into lotion.

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

Infused Facial Water
A substitute for water, the Infused Facial Water is full of vitamins, minerals and moisturising agents. Made from 84% hydrolate of Damask rose, Nasturtium Extract and a blend of nine traditional plants and flowers, the Infused Facial Water is fresh and absorbent, toning and restoring as well as moisturizing. It should be applied before cream for ultimate moisturisation.

Radiance Boosting Powder
Inspired by Japanese rituals, the Radiance Boosting Powder transforms into a light, airy foam within contact with water that gently cleanses skin with its white clay infused with rose petal, jasmine and sweet orange blossom powders. It has an invigorating scent of verbena and neroli. A quick perk-me-up for your skin.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm
This is one of my favourite products from the range: The Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the face is a white balm made from wax, scented with geranium and roses – that transforms into a fine oil between your fingers, then into a milky emulsion upon contact with water to cleanse your makeup, dirt and oil from your face. Best of all, it leaves your skin silky, velvety soft. It is made of sweet almond oil blended with three essential waxes: refreshing ylang-ylang, softening mimosa and astringent geranium, and can be used as a mask.

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay
Enriched with marble powder, the Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay makes skin pure and light with its super fine kaolin, softening rice and oat powders. This exfoliant can also be used as a mask, then rinsed off with a towel soaked in warm water. Here’s a tip: Add a couple of drops of Infused Facial Water to the mask for double freshness and invigorating action!

Protective Moisturizing Lotion
This versatile lotion can be used on its own, before another cream or even on top of your foundation. You’ll love the intense moisturizing action as well as SPF15 for sun protection. A combination of refreshing Damask rose hydrolate infused with extracts of white lily and calendula, which moisturise, calm and soften, and grape extract which brightens the complexion and acts on pigmentation. It blends the scent of orange blossom with the tangy freshness of Petitgrain Paraguay.

Fash-Review: I also received a mini set of the L’Art du Soin to try during my recent weekend getaway to Penang (since its miniature size is perfect for traveling!). Essentially, this is a basic 5-piece skincare collection. If you are a fan of diptyque, you will appreciate the benefits of its natural, traditional skincare products. For me, I’ll need to supplement this skincare ritual with serums to target my problem areas such as dark spots, wrinkles and etc. I like this skincare range because of its beautiful scent and amazing texture, but I’m certainly not crazy about it. It’s good to try during my weekend holiday but at some point, I need science to fix my problem areas.

diptyque L’Art du Soin will be available from June 2014 at Escentials Paragon #03-02/05 (Tel: 6737 2478) and Escentials Tangs Orchard L1 (Tel: 6734 2122).

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

diptyque L’Art du Soin price list in Singapore dollars:

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face, 100ml (S$ 100)         
Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face, 40g (S$90)   
Infused Facial Water for the Face, 150 ml  (S$85)  
Protective Moisturizing Lotion for the Face, 50ml (S$103)
Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the Face, 100g (S$ 103)  

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

How to use the Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face: Moisten hands and face with warm water. Place one dose (approximately a half-teaspoon) in cupped palm and work the powder into a creamy lather with the ball. Gently massage face with small, circular movements, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water or soak a washcloth in warm water and gently wipe. INTERESTING!

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Fash-Preview: Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

Life is like a bed of roses and I want to rub my face all over it! Ok, minus the thorns. I attended Fresh Summer 2014 collection preview at the lovely setting of Capella Singapore. I had my first Fresh experience with the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask from Sephora Singapore and I was immediately sold by its pure, natural ingredients and beautiful scent. You can imagine how excited I was to try their latest Summer 2014 collection which include the new Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream from the Fresh Rose collection, Fresh Life EDP and the new shade “Tulip”  from the Sugar Lip Treatment collection. Here is a sneak peek of the latest collection which will be launched in June and July (respectively):

Fresh Summer 2014 collection is available at all Sephora stores in Singapore.

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

Laila (Rock The Trend) and I posed at the beautiful “FRESH” rose wall.

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

YAY! Each blogger was given a tray of Fresh Summer 2014 collection to try out on the spot!

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

The Fresh Rose Collection featuring the new Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream ($78) which will be launched in June. Other key products from the range include:

Rose Cleansing Foam ($63)
Rose Floral Toner ($63)
Rose Hydrating Face Serum ($88)
Rose Hydrating Gel Cream ($68)

Rose Face Mask infused with real rose petals ($95)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

This is my new favourite scent, Fresh Life EDP captures the earthiness of velvet bergamot, vanilla grass and dreamy cypress; the sweet air of  grapefruit, lilac leaves and transparent Magnolia; the brightness of silk amber, warm orange and tonka flowers; the clearness of sweet cucumber, sparkling moss, morning dew. The Fresh Life collection will be launched in July.

Fresh life eau de Parfum 3.4oz ($144)
Fresh life eau de Parfum 1oz ($80)
Fresh life eau de Parfum Rollerball ($36)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

The new shade, “Tulip” which is a sheer hot pink tint will be available in June. I’ve been using Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 for awhile now and I love it! It is my go-to everyday lip treatment as I do suffer from dry, chapped lips. The Sugar Lip Polish is such a dream and sometimes, I like to lick it off my lips (don’t try this at home!). I can’t wait to try the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy that might help with keeping my lips moisturised in wintery New Zealand next month.

Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 ($33)
Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($36)
Sugar Lip Polish ($33)
Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($31)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

A quick swatch of the delicious Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Collection: (from left) Tulip, Berry, Plum, Passion, Cherry, Coral, Rose, Petal and Honey. Which is your favourite shade?

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