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Premiere Of FX's "The Bridge" - Arrivals
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 07: Actress Diane Kruger attends the premiere of FX's "The Bridge" at Pacific Design Center on July 7, 2014
Premiere Of FX's "The Bridge" - Red Carpet
To quote, I believe Mad TV: The back of your head is ridiculous!!
A braid within a braid. Genius! Modern, fresh and trendsetting; and her makeup is stunning too.
I am so thrilled to have been selected as one of the Wise Guides App Ambassadors! Wise Guides is a travel app that shares travel tips and suggestions geared to your interests. For example, I love shopping. SHOCKER. And working in fashion I do have some insider info to share; insider trading of fashion & beauty info is ok...
Take for instance my recent trip to Oz.
I fell in love with Cooper St dresses at Myer. This one I did not buy but...
This one yes.
Looking for beauty? Priceline in Australia's must-do for the beauty junkie. Moxie tampons in their vintage inspired matte containers. Hide ze microfilm. Sally Hansen nail strips for $3!! A One Direction musical toothbrush... however I didn't buy that one because I'm not a cougar.
I met the man behind the lipstick line Red Burlesque. You need to check out their amazing app!
Zoie and I had lunch at VANTO in The QVB, an amazing Italian restaurant who also has amazing gluten-free pizza for those who have a self-diagnosed intolerance. So chic to be gluten-free these days. Yes. Zoie is wearing UGGS.
We both got a pair. I don't care what the fashion bitches say - UGGS are like walking on clouds. Sure, they're ugly; duh! That's why they're called UGGS.
With no help from our hotel we mustered our way into ALPHA for an awesome Greek dinner pre- The Lion King.
The Lion King IS a MUST SEE! The elephant walking in the aisles... WOW!
We hung out in The Rocks and found this cute wine spot for a snack that turned into dinner, The Wine Odyssey. With my flight of wine I tried kangaroo and croc... at least I can say I tried it...
Unlike the speed of the ladies who lunch in Singapore crowd, this is more my speed... well, in spirit not actually hunting.
We hung with Royals.
Ventured on the Hop on Hop Off. They have a kids' channel to get the kid-friendly tour sans prostitute/red-light distract info.
And being whale watching season we embarked on that!
Actually saw a whale! Wahoo! Thanks FantaSea!
A lovely bonus of dolphins playing in the waves alongside our ferry to Manly Beach.
The Australian Museum had a GREAT dinosaur exhibit that projected dinosaurs right into the path of your child. stuffZoiesays was clearly impressed.
It was the start of winter in Sydney and Darling Harbour had a darling winter festival with ice skating, hot chocolate and this slide provided by Thredbo Resorts.
We took the gondola up to the Taronga Zoo.
Whether you want to hangout and people-watch the locals with swagger, shop, tour or eat, you can see why having a travel app like Wise Guides would be worth having. You could get your to do list in a snap so you don't have to read boring blogs.
PS. It was fitting that I got my congratulations email from Wise Guides HQ when I did since I was on vacay in Sydney!
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Registering is quick and easy. No problem here, I don't do laundry. I just buy new clothes. (my HB believes this to be true)
Have a university student living overseas that needs access to money but you want to keep an eye on their spending? No problem. Just sadly, they needimmediate access to you in order to get the OTP that is sent to your handphone.
Tagged with: American Express Singapore, matchmove wallet, Match move wallet, luxola, American Express, amex
Recently I attended the media conference for the Guardian Health & Beauty Awards 2014 and found this little nugget in the swag bag.
For those post-meal moments on the flight where everyone decides to rid their bowels of airplane food. Oh - on that topic - can we quit with the Ally McBeal toilet concepts? Men are smelly pigs.
Actually - as opposed as I am to giving gifts to people who hate and have zero tolerance for the babies on-board needing to get from A-B, these would be appreciated. And maybe calming for the cranky old bats who work on those American Airlines flights. Pan-Am called, they want their blue eyeshadow back.
Let's start by stating the obvious - yes, I'm naked. I want to talk about skin.
As a makeup artist, I've received many kudos from peers and clients about the way I do skin. The constant remarks include the coverage that doesn't look/feel heavy, the glow, the blending and simply 'that skin!'
Mirroring the Dermalogica philosophy, I break the face down in many parts since not every area has the same needs:
- oil-prone areas ie t-zone, needs matte textures
- dry or dull areas need glowy textures
- coverage? What needs more ie concealer or stick foundation
- added highlights? Where? Usually the 5 highlight points on the face
- aging skin? What needs a lift / firming product?
You will see that I have applied the products in a camouflage appeal. No strong lines ie contouring, because not everyone desires the Kardashian Kontour. For blending purposes too, softer edges that overlap blend easier. I use a mix of brushes, fingers and sponges for blending and most with a tapping/stippling motion. My fave beauty tool of the moment is a no-name vibrating foundation sponge out of Korea.
Always start with skincare - which I assure you - I am Dermaloigca'ed up pre-makeup.
The makeup I am wearing is here. What you see is what you need to get.
Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30 $48.00 USD at Ulta Silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Formulated with a natural neutral tint that helps balance tone and enhance radiance. Peptides and Age Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for simple results or under your foundation for smoother makeup application with long-lasting coverage. I apply this all over the face.
Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation - B10 $69.00 USD at Barneys New York An anti-aging foundation infused with an award winning serum, Forever Youth Liberator Serum combines 24 hours of non-stop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness giving you a newer, brighter complexion. This foundation I have applied into my cheek hollows and up my temples and at my jowls for a lifting feel.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation $36.00 USD at Sephora A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation formulated to hides imperfections, evens out skin tone, and matify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. Stay flawless for hours. Apply on your t-zone, and yes, this works! Burberry also makes a lovely Velvet Foundation that gives you a matte finish.
NARS Illuminator $30.00 USD at Lord & Taylor I love Hot Sand, a peach champagne. Lighting the skin from within is the glow you want to muster, a luscious light-reflecting radiance. Tap it onto the five highlight points: brow bone, cheek bones, bridge of nose, mid-chin and bridge of nose - some makeup artists like to hit mid-forehead, I'm not a fan; in fact, rarely do I pop it on the chin - I do however love applying under lip colours to the bow of the lip and for open necks tap onto your décolleté.
Julie Hewett's Shimmy I tapped onto my lip bow and a hint over my crow's feet (what crow's feet?! sigh)
Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Face Base I love under the eyes for brightening when a full on concealer isn't needed. This doesn't seem to be online anywhere so I wonder if it's a special duty-free at the airport item because that is where I bought it. Bobbi Brown: is that correct or can we find it at the counters?
My makeup work as seen in a Lancome advertorial shot by Jingna Zhang for Bazaar (Singapore)
Side notes:You will notice that nothing is powder - it's all creams. Cream textures are my preference and I rarely use powders unless it's for a bride or red carpet affair and then I keep it to the bare minimum. My preference is FACE atelier's Ultra Matte spray; I powder on special requests. True story.
Concealer. sigh... this is a product that is over-sold like powder. In my 24 years of creating perfect skin, it's a product that if I dig out, it's rarely. Many people think of makeup rules and steps and therefore think that every step is a must. Not so. I am here to burst that beauty bubble. Step out of the overhead light and then see if shadows and eyebags still exist. Not everyone needs to conceal.
That's all folks. My flawless skin tricks, from me to you.
Tagged with: NARS Hot Sand, mufe mat velvet, ysl foundation, julie hewett, MUFE, Make Up For Ever, dermalogica, Bobbi Brown, nars, Burberry
Top left: before. Bottom left: after.
Pics on the side: prep, during and finale.
Your eyelashes are lightly glued to a perm rod which come in three sizes. The Glamourous Factory used the medium size on mine. The first week I felt that maybe next time I'd want the larger curl but similar to a hair perm (that no one should get anymore unless you want to be transported to 1991), the curl settles after a week.
The prep consists of cleaning your lashes and protecting your skin and applying the perm rod; followed by the perm solution and finally the neutralizer. Do NOT try this at home. You can't use the old school at-home perming kits as they are not the same - similar methods but you need specific solution for your eyelashes.
Here's another of the after. For a mere S$40 and an hour of your time, this is honestly the BEST money spent in today's world of beauty. Contrary to the belief of my husband, I am not great at just lying on my back with my eyes closed doing nothing for an hour but when the payoff is this great - I can make an exception.
For those who aren't into the perm idea, my must-have curler: Tweezerman Rose Gold Toned ProCurl $20.00 USD at Neiman Marcus, but personally, I have found that the humidity here (Singapore) attacks my lashes and some days the curl holds and other days I can curl them and... nothing. Eyelash perming takes the frustration out of my morning makeup routine. Yes, I am that vain that my eyelashes failing to curl gets my goat.
Get your lashes permed every 6 weeks for $40! And for those in Singapore, mention my name at The Glamourous Factory and receive 10% off any beauty service until the end of June 2014!
Try one of these two locations:
6337-7966 (Plaza Singapura) and 6636-8236 (The Clift, 21 McCallum St)
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Are you in Singapore and interested in attending the Bobbi Brown Ultimate Summer Beauty Essentials workshops to find out how to own that look?
I have five slots per session for June 11th to give away waiving the $80 commitment.
Pick a slot and email me with your name and handphone number.
First come, first beautified basis:
11am: Romantic Cocktail Chic
1pm: Natural Sunset Glow
3pm: Romantic Cocktail Chic
5pm: Natural Sunset Glow
*Note: I am not leading the workshops, but I may pop in - I can always use a new gel liner or shimmer brick!
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These Bella Ballerina Kids Skechers 'Curtsies Finale' Sneakers that I bought Zoie yesterday are everything to her. The toes have a spinning disc - need we say more? She is demo'ing them in a video above. If you don't see the Instagram video, you can see it here too.
"Instead of watching TV, I'm going to twirl with these at home." #stuffZoiesays the darnedest things.
I also got her some Glamarazzi's because girlfriend was wearing 13s and apparently she's more like 1/12. Zoie being my third daughter would suggest that I would grow to be a better parent and not go backwards... We don't pick our family...
But we can pick our friends and fabulous cake makers!!
Recently I met model/tv host May Wan on a photoshoot for Bio-Oil (see below) who, as it turns out, makes magical cakes under the name 'Seraphina Cakes' Seriously check out the link to her cakes - they are too die for AND stunning... anywho...
I had to give a mention to her and the cake she made for Zoie's 6th Birthday Party.
Shoes and cake. What more can a girl ask for??
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I am SOOOO excited to have won a slot to be with a group of nine other women who all have various expertise and influence for a social media retreat in Paris this July: EMBRACE PARIS
A passionate Francophile, Norma Thiessen is the creator of the popular website, My Beautiful Paris.
[Disclaimer: no favoritism but Norma and I went to high school together in rockin' Preston, Cambridge, Ontario Canada!]
Carina Okula is an Australian photographer living in
Lisa Ferguson, Gallup-trained Coach and Interior Designer - Décor Mentor. Norma describes her as the perfect mentor.
Lynne Knowlton, Social Media Lover and Creator of Design the Life You Want to Live
This darling Canadian lives in the peaceful countryside on the outskirts of
, Irish Country Living Columnist
Norma says that her Instagram would be a complete bore if it wasn't for Imen (Norma follows me too so I will try not to take that personally. ;) ). Her constant shots of the Irish countryside and mouth-watering goodies such as pies, meats, vegetables, and did I mention pies, keep me glued. Her lovely personality shines through on her website, Farmette. I have not yet met Imen, and when I do she is going to get a great big hug!
With only 600 projects under her belt… kidding!!! C'mon, what an achievement. Her designs are rich, colourful, and everywhere. You can catch a glimpse of them in her six-page spread in the December issue of Style at Home. Jennifer lives and works – her little heart out – in
, Flea Marketer Extraordinaire
Claudia travels to the
your girl! I just love Claudia's enthusiasm and cheery disposition.
, (c'est moi) is a Canadian hair and makeup artist based in
Brooke Crowle, Creative Director –
Brooke Crowley is a creative director and, with her husband Tim, owner of Surry Hills store, Elements I Love.
Ann Garvin is a mother first, an Author (Berkley/Jove a Penguin imprint) a professor of Health (University of Wisconsin Whitewater) and creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University. She's a labradoodle at heart; a mutt with real enthusiasm for a people and a good laugh. [I clipped this from her site...]
Many of us have already started with the hashtag Embrace Paris. So please join in on the online fun (sorry, in person spots are filled)! Share your Paris loves and must-dos; hopefully we can fit in more!
NOTE: This post is a mix of my words and Norma's. Mine are filled with sarcasm and Norma's are sweet and lovely. Sarcasm is not my defense, it's my humour - sure it may get me into trouble on occasion but I am funny, especially in Canada.. hopefully in Paris too.
Tagged with: carina okula, elements I love, mybeautiful paris, #embraceParis, embrace paris, andrea claire, Paris