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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Canadian beauty brand launches in Asia! da lish Cosmetics now on Luxola!

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By Andrea Claire · September 16, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

da lish campaign with hair & makeup by David Goviea

Yes, Canadian beauty brand da lish Cosmetics can be found on Luxola.

Can I get a Woop Woop!! 

I'm so thrilled because the brand is awesome AND I introduced them to Luxola. *dusts shoulders

Before you get all 'Oh! I see... finders fee!!' Nope. 

I've recommended brands to the good beauty peeps of Luxola before *cough* Red Burlesque *cough* Shadow Shields

I recommend brands that I have had the pleasure of testing out first hand and know that they are as fabulous as they sound. Red Burlesque gave me two lipsticks to try and Shadow Shields... I think I bought them...

da lish Cosmetics met up with me this summer while I was in Canada and was GIVEN their entire line gratis. um HELLO! Thanks dlC!!! Canadians are awesome! Fellow makeup artist David Goviea mentioned me to them as well as years ago I had met the CEO Melanie through a friend. 

da lish is gluten free. I know, you aren't eating it. Gluten is an unnecessary filler in cosmetics and with many people having allergies, sensitivities or just plain basic trendy girls why even bother with it?? 

The foundations blend beautifully. I used the blush, lippy and cream shadows from da lish Cosmetics here on this shoot for the new Thai restaurant in Singapore, Soi 60 shot via my recommendation by Joel Lim of Calibre Studios. Our model was from Basic Models in Singapore - also recommended by me. WOW! I bring the world together don't I? I'm nice like that. See more of my work here. 

And this behind the scenes lovely for an upcoming shall not be named editorial has da lish foundation, blush and highlighter. 

Zurina Bryant was on Channel News Asia talking photography and travel. She's a photographer. duh I dolled her up for camera and here she's wearing da lish blush B05 and a lippy that I'll have to double check which one it was. (I tried to embed the video but CNA was not making my post stick - as soon as I removed the video - pas de probleme!)

Here Zurina is before jetting to the news station with her 'Hurry the F up Andrea! I gotta go' smile.

I've pretty much hyper-linked like a MF what I can here for the affiliate program with Luxola. It doesn't really do me any good. I know MANY have bought on Luxola via my recos yet the links do nothing for me... FACE atelier is another fave of mine there but they introduced me to Luxola - so credit where credit is due in the reco dept. 

Happy shopping Beauties!

Review || Wise Guides travel app

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By Andrea Claire · September 7, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

You may recall that back in July I announced that I was selected as a Wise Guides ambassador; well the time has come and the app just launched a few days ago so you can download it for those with an iPhone from the App Store

It's very easy to use and frankly, you don't need to be a global traveller to share guides. Interesting places to see in your hometown believe it or not can be of interest to other people! I'm a Canadian that has been based in Singapore for the past 6 out of 7 years, one of those years I lived in Austin Texas. Recently I shot with ELLE India and among a team of mainly Singaporeans I suggested shooting at Haw Par Villa where most of the born and bread local team poo-pooed the idea.

ELLE wanted to see the location from my description and we ended up wrapping the shoot up there. Here's our model at Haw Par Villa. Remember what can be common to a local can be interesting to those new to your area for relocation, travel or photo-shoots!
 

One frustrating thing about travel is finding good places to eat. Paris is the worst; what I mean by that is that there are so many places to stop and eat at but for Paris you need to plan ahead. Way too many times I find myself wandering the streets of gay Paree and suddenly overcome by hunger... shopping really depletes the energy out of you (HB read: visiting galleries and museums). Not all frites and foie gras are created equal.

For this you can create a To Do list in the app. Genius.  Click on the '+' sign to add to your 'To Do's' TA DA! That simple! 

The year we lived in Austin we spent Christmas and New Year's in Argentina visiting many amazing places. I don't think I could build a guide for their as that is many years ago; Zoie (pictured) is now 6 so things may have changed there. In this picture we were in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina. Iguassu Falls is a must - I'm sure they're still there laughing uncontrollably at Niagara staking a claim to Falls! Plus, Iguassu doesn't have a wax museum and a Burger King... at least then they didn't... 

There is a Subway restaurant at the base of The Great Wall in China. sigh

Review || Eumora Soap Bar, is it worth the hefty price tag?

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By Andrea Claire · September 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Eumora soap bar sells a package of 4 for $179 Singapore dollars. 

I know what you're thinking. Pears glycerin soap is about $1.79 per bar. Run to the pharmacy and call it a day? Why is Eumora so special?
Disodiumlauryl Sulfosuccinate & Sodium Coco-Sulfate & Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch & 1-Octadecamol & Parafin & C17789, Heilmoor Clay, Water, Olea Fruit Oil, Chamomillia Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract, Olive Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Aqua & Glycerin & Algae Extract & Polglucoronic Acid.
If that's all Greek to you:

Disodiumlauryl Sulfosuccinate is a de-greasing, emulsifier, and foaming agent used in many shampoos and other beauty cleansing products. The molecules are larger and cannot penetrate the skin therefore it is considered to be gentle, even on sensitive skin.

Heilmoor Clay; honestly I found mixed reviews on the web but I only look at professional views. The most common theme was that the clay was healing and mattifying. Healing and mattifying qualities are what you need for those suffering from acne and/or oily skin. I, however, have sensitive skin that can be reactive when I try new products. This Eumora bar... Nothing but good vibes! I feel at times a bubbling sensation that reminds me of the oxygen facial that Madonna loves.

They do say that the bar can replace all of your beauty products as it's an all-in-one. Claiming: cleansing, brightening, healing, lightens eye bags, lifting and firming. I do still use some of my regular products but this has been my cleanser for a while now.

If you want to look up the rest of the ingredients Paula's Choice is a great place to start and don't forget about the must-have Think Dirty beauty app!

This is me after I washed my hair with the Eumora Spa bar, different than the Eumora Soap bar. I am not an oopma-loompa, it's my crappy lighting and if I fixed the colors with my junior editing skills my red hair looked like the unred. ;)

This is is me day 2 of NOT washing it again taken with window light. I was able to curl it and create fabulous volume with my hair. I know you're thinking 'what is this sorcery from a veteran hairstylist?!' But you can drop the sarcasm.

Since living in Singapore for the past 6 out of 7 years living abroad, I've been forced to shampoo daily - which I hate. Shampooing daily strips your natural oils from your scalp and hair therefore, your scalp can get irritated, your hair can get dry, and in some cases frizzy. You are forced to blowdry your hair otherwise the humidity will get to it and your hair will appear lifeless. Is this you and your hair? I'm telling you, for the sake of fabulous hair, you NEED this Eumora Spa bar. When the Eumora people wanted to send me their products for review I said that  I review things honestly. They encouraged it.

Clearly they know their products are amazing. No word of a lie, it's that good. I can go days without washing my hair - which I prefer for hair health, my scalp is no longer irritated and any hairfall has been minimized and if that can be said by a licensed hairstylist of 25 years, you know it's worth the price of $189 for a package of 4 bars. Told ya there's a hefty price tag. Go on, you're worth it!

UPDATE: Eumora will be launching a sampling program watch for it here. 

VIDEO! #EmbraceParis learns to chill and stretch with The Dailey Method

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By Andrea Claire · August 26, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
It's so hard to believe that weeks have passed since I was embracing Paris with 9 lovely ladies that I can now call friends. Well, maybe not Jennifer since she was giving me great comedy in the video above and... well... I left it in. She was talking about her 'bird'.  



The last day was spent lazing around our rooms at Le Meurice and I embraced a glorious breakfast in mine. I was alone. I could have fed the whole group with my breakfast tray.



Special thanks to Jill Dailey McIntosh / Kinesiology and owner of The Dailey Method

"After several years of running a Personal Training/Pilates business with a partner, she realized that what she really wanted to do was to help people reshape their bodies in a more assertive manner while still maintaining proper alignment and structure. What she didn't realize is that through this process she would be able to help guide people beyond exercise so that it transferred throughout their day of standing taller, breathing deeper and feeling better. Jill also envisioned moving from teaching in a private setting to a class setting. She found the energy and camaraderie in a group environment to be a more effective model for most people." TheDaileyMethod.com




And thanks to Juice It and Neal Brothers for the healthy drinks & snacks!



And, I'm sorry x2 because I can't remember who gave us these dirt balls. They looked promising like chocolate-covered-brownie-something but... I'm sure an acquired taste for those that aren't used to grazing on dirt and grass. Sital, my friend and fellow makeup artist who is currently in Paris and a vegan, loved it (like a child, I took a bite, made a face and then handed it to her.) I'm sure it looks like this coming out too - that's ok as that would be a good sign of health... relax! Everyone poops! [I did say I was like a child] 


VIDEO! #embraceParis gets chef schooled || L'Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse

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By Andrea Claire · August 14, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
le sigh

Another fantastic experience with Embrace Paris that I filmed with stealth Spielberg skills on my Canon 600D just to share with you. (click the post title if you don't see the video, merci)

Alain Ducasse not only has a school for those who are looking to be a culinary pro but also team building classes where the gloves come off and the hair goes up.  

"We must open our doors to all lovers of cooking and let them get to know, try and understand where the delicious food served to them comes from. We are trying to offer classes to suit today's tastes, opening to other types of cooking, adapting to different levels in a modern and user-friendly space with efficient and easy-to-use equipment. This cooking school is a condensation of experiences and know-how, adapted to everyone's desires." le mot d'Alain Ducasse



I must say, I felt a little sorry for our Chef who was trying to teach us; a little like herding cats. The Embrace Paris ladies had spent a few days together already so we were a fun, cheeky bunch of global, professional digital influencers and many of us with on camera experience which means quite frankly that we are ON - and funny. I missed catching Chef on camera yelling (probably to get above our piercing cackles) with frustration "Focus Ladies!!!" 



Chef [omg, I forgot his name. Pas Alain...] with Lisa Ferguson

My question about why does asparagus make our pee smell was ignored with a smirk from the chef. See here. I can't help myself; I'm still a brat at 43, ask my mother. She'll confirm that. 

You have to look here on my Instagram too. It's a pretty layout. And check out Jennifer Brouwer, the tomato Picasso.

Hey - if I haven't bored y'all yet - can I just share a little tip for those who run online mags or blogs? Why am I asking?! 'Cause I'm not waiting for your answer... If you are linking from your post, set it up as 'open link to another window'. I've read posts, followed the link and then lost your post. It's annoying. Well, to me anyway. I'm easily annoyed. Maybe it's the red hair? Or brown as this beauty app suggests. Meh. 

Some photos to add colour to your green envy:



Pretty, right? Moldiv magazine app, not rocket science.   




Yes, I wore Michael Kors sequins to a cooking class and I took a selfie. The horror!! *shocked face* Instead of being all beyatchy about people and their selfies why not use your energy for good and not evil. Volunteer to make the world a better place. Sorry - I just can't deal with trolls



Speaking about envy... this is my 20 year old daughter, Sage, who is in culinary arts & management at George Brown who was tres jealouse about our class. Yes, I have a 20 year old. More horror and shocked face (from Sage because I posted this pic of her at school). Sage is wanting to be a chef but she is also doing some nails on the side. You can book her here so she can buy her own knives and stop calling me for my VISA number.



OMG! Another selfie. IT'S MADNESS! 

Not quite Tweezerman! This is for de-boning fish or Eugene Levy's brows.



Champagne and knives do mix! Not one sliced finger in the bunch!




Oh hey!!! Did you know that I'm a Wise Guides Ambassador?? I don't get red plates for my car or anything but... more to come on that travel APP launch soon!

[my sarcasm may be heightened in this post. I blame jetlag... maybe I should write more often when I'm tired... or maybe I only entertain myself... food for thought]

Want to be a perfect beauty? There's a Plum Perfect app for that!

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By Andrea Claire · August 13, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Seriously cool.

  

I gave up on the selfie option because it wasn't recognizing me as a redhead but then when I loaded from my camera roll...same thing... fluctuated from 'deep brown hair' to 'soft dark brown hair'... Not quite Plum Perfect for redheads but close! 

I look fresh and super chill because this was post having the facial goddess' hands on my face. 

Plum Perfect beauty app helps you find your perfect makeup for you by scanning your face Hollywood-style, colour matching and suggesting brands from luxury to money savers to give you a day, office and glam look. You can click and drag the circles to an area of your hair, face, eyes and lips for colour matching. If you have freckles try not to hover over a freckle otherwise you'll end up with foundation that's too dark.

My 'office' look looks like it holds a Mimi potential but the glam I adore; Ladies, it's all about the choice of blue hue. 

um... I guess nothing is really perfect.

I actually love most of the recommendations regardless of being told that I have brown hair. The MAC High Strung? Brill suggestion. 

PS - the Perfect Plum beauty app is FREE right now! Get it. You'll like it. Takes a lot of guessing out for those who need the help and offers suggestions for the junkie who just wants a new addition to their arsenal. 

Beauty Pro approved!

[don't worry, the Embrace Paris recapping will continue.]

VIDEO #embraceparis visits Moynat Paris

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By Andrea Claire · August 6, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Flashback to our Embrace Paris visit to Moynat Paris.


Moynat is one of the oldest luxury trunk and bag brands established in 1849 and was headed by a woman!

Watch the above video (click the post title if you don't see it) and join us on our exclusive backstage tour!

UPDATE

Basically as all of my new Embrace Paris friends post their blog posts from our social media retreat I'll be pressured to add more info. I didn't bring my laptop. Blog posting via an iPad is not so easy.

Take the lovely Claudia / My Paris Apartment for example with her Moynat post: Traveling in Style filled with informative colour and a shout out.

Now I feel bad for when we had our White Elephant gift exchange where you could choose to steal an already opened gift or open a new one. Guess who I stole from...? 




On second thought... these are cute for my cappuccinos. Thanks Claudia!! At least I'll have the fond memory of calling you all pussies and wrestling you to the ground for these Anthropologie mugs. 



The design of this briefcase is genius! Reflecting the curve of the original rooftop trunks, this unique design avoids friction on clothing which can cause pilling and breakdown of fibres.



I adore this bag! Watch my video to see the demo on how you can close the top of to avoid unwanted hands digging in.



I'm tired. Latenight cocktails at Le Meurice... but another fabulous Moynat design.



Spot the AC? Andrea Claire! We each got a luggage tag. When I finally returned to Singapore I was more concerned about the tag that had gotten wet in the airport luggage shuffle vs my soaked luggage.

VLOG || #embraceParis gets a VIP tour of Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

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By Andrea Claire · August 3, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Take me back to le Chateau.

For most Canadians, that has an entirely different meaning because you don't picture this.


  photo of Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte by Carina Okula / France Unframed

The 9 women whom I embraced Paris with:

Ann author: Ann Garvin
Brooke : Elements I love 
Claudia : The Paris Apartment
Jennifer : Jennifer Brouwer Design
Lisa ; Lisa Ferguson Interior Design and Lisa is also a fabulous motivator and strengths coach : Strengths Mentor
Lynne : Design The Life You Want To Live
Mary Kay : Out and About in Paris
Norma, co-host of Embrace Paris: My Beautiful Paris 
Carina Okula, co-host of Embrace Paris: France Unframed
and last and certainly least; little ole me: Andrea Claire celebrity hair & makeup artist



A boudoir. Je veux.



 I love this sign for the 'throne room' aka les toilettes. 



Rainy days can be glamorous.



  I do have a photo with a few ladies whose facial expressions seem to be revealing (enamoured and gushing over our tour guide, Alexandre de Vogue), however I felt that not every photo and emotion needs be displayed publicly. I can say that such a personal VIP tour was amazing. To hear stories from Alexandre about he and his brother playing in the chateau as young boys to sipping champagne with his wife on their wedding night (sorry ladies) and more, was outstanding. And if that wasn't enough, we had a lovely lunch in Le Salon Privé! 

You too can book this VIP experience here.

Update! 

I thought I would include some photos shared with me via the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte presskit. 



Barbie's Dream House just dropped to second place.



The gardens at Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte were designed by French landscape architect Andre Le Nostre. Photo: A. Chassaigne

Want a French garden at home? 

"To create a French Formal Garden at home, a lot of space is needed, but it is possible to recreate its fundamental principles on a small plot. First you have to decide from which point you will be viewing the garden then you have to play with the heights of the garden's different elements. The rule you have to respect is to not overload. Le Nôtre did not place two statues per square meter!
In order to enlarge all the elements as you move away from the main point, to have an accelerated perspective, you set two statues relatively high at the very beginning and then you subtly reduce the width of the path and the size of the flowerbed.
You can also make a flowerbed of box trees. Begin by making a draft of the embroidery pattern, on which you will trace a grid pattern. Apply this pattern on your flowerbed. All you have to do now is reproduce the pattern, square by square. It takes a long time, but it's child's play." Patrick Borgeot, as Head Gardener at Vaux le Vicomte





The ultimate date night? SATURDAY EVENING (Candlelit visits) From May 3 to October 4, 2014 until midnight. Book online here.

VLOG #embraceparis TwizTour in electric cars

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By Andrea Claire · July 30, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Every event needs an icebreaker to put attendees at ease and on an even playing field, and what better playing field than quirky electric cars, 10 women and the streets of Paris as their racing track embracing Paris. 



I chose not to drive and now wish I kinda did but I played the part of videographer and filmed the tour as best I could without a steadycam. Warning: may cause motion sickness! 

These TwizTour cars were a lot of fun, informative and easy to zip around the streets of Paris in.

A damage deposit is made on your credit card, but not kept as long as you don't treat these as bumper cars. *wink*

Embrace Paris: the 360 view atop Le Meurice, Dorchester Collection

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By Andrea Claire · July 27, 2014 · 0 Comments ·


I do realize that I was incredibly lucky to have been chosen as one of the 10 women to #EmbraceParis during a social media retreat organized by MyBeautifulPari blogger Norma Thiessen and Paris-based photographer Carina Okula hosted by Le Meurice Hotel of the Dorchester Collection.


Although this wasn't our first night together, I thought it fitting to begin with the view as we saw it this beautiful night in Paris from the Belle Etoile Royal Suite.



A private tour complete with a private butler serving us champagne and French fare. pinch me In this photo Lisa Ferguson/ Decor Mentor is being served. She has a rough life too. *wink*




The Spa Valmont offered each of us a complimentary facial. It would have been rude to decline. I had no idea that heaven could be found in a lower level. Because I have traveled so much lately (Singapore to Australia to Singapore to Canada to France) my skin had taken a jetlaggin' beating. My one hour in heaven was a collagen-boosting miracle. Agatha, my facialist, agreed that my current skincare was perfect but did suggest a miracle mask that she had used to continue at home. Mais oui! A morning mask to apply and let work it's magic while my caffiene works it's magic.



Le Meurice
kept us cocooned in indulgence with high teas, champagne, spas and countless gourmet meals all with the utmost attention to customer service without pretense. Without a doubt, this would be a hotel that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and if the hotel is out of your budget consider a high tea in Le Dali or a visit to Spa Valmont.


Do check back as I will be sharing more of our Embrace Paris trip; or if you are impatient you can check out my YouTube channel which has most of our excursions filmed.

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