From black|Up's Facebook:
At black|Up Cosmetics, we believe that each and every woman deserves high-end products suited to her skin’s unique needs. While our products are primarily targeted to women of color, we welcome women of any race, culture or ethnicity.
Yup, even pale 4 year olds! This is Zoie wearing the 2 in 1 lip pencil in jum07. She applied this herself - I cannot take credit for such precision.
Now my cohort here with the stunning before and after: Faz Abdul Gaffa / thedramadiaries lent her mug to science: testing of black|Up Cosmetics.
Faz is wearing their new Full Coverage Cream Foundation in #13 which is oil free. I LOVE this foundation. The consistency gave a great coverage but still looked like skin with a velvety-like finish. I just may be adding this to my kit - like ASAP!
The pigments in black|Up I find are so intense and luxurious that they really add to my makeup for any look and skin tone that I am working on. If you are a makeup artist or just a woman looking for amazing colour - look no further. I haven't been disappointed with anything I bought from the line.
Faz lives in Singapore and is interested in ordering some black|Up products. If you are in Singapore and want to order some too get in touch with Faz here maybe you can split the postage stamps.
black|Up will ship internationally.
Watch the slow motion video that we shot today with my HTC One S for a little behind the scenes of Faz's black|Up makeover.
[There should be a video here. If by chance you don't see it, click on the blog title again. There seems to be an onsugar hiccup...]
Tagged with: andrea claire, faz abdul gaffa, Black Up, black|Up, htconeS, black|UP Cosmetics, htc one s
Ruffian - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Are you all ready to yank out your micro-crimpers?
Ruffian - Runway - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
What rocks the runway doesn't always rock in reality but I might just micro-crimp my mid-lengths this fall.
Libertine - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Stunning! Pussycat eyes. MAC Paint Pots or Tom Ford Noir Absolute would be purr-fect for this look. Apply the crease with your eyes opened for accuracy and balance.
Libertine - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Bedazzled nails? I might just...
Son Jung Wan - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Loving the statement brow with the thin, dramatic liner. MAC Veluxe Brow collection is the cat's meow.
Son Jung Wan - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
I am not a fan of the hair in this shot as it's borderline conehead for me, but many times on the runway you need to see a little exaggeration otherwise 'everyday' hair looks blah on stage.
Jen Kao - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Channel your inner Joan Jett - black is back.
Second/Layer - Backstage - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Please no. This is a little too 90s grunge for me. I never liked it the first time around.
sigh - Not everyone has backstage shots available.
Rodney Cutler, Redken Expert And Celebrity Runway Stylist For THE SALON At Ulta Beauty Backstage At The Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 Show
Rodney Cutler, Redken Expert And Celebrity Runway Stylist For THE SALON At Ulta Beauty Backstage At The Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 Show
The hair was rolled in a casual, deconstructed reverse French twist - some of the backstage photos showed the napes with braids - multi-textures work well with this style and a braid within the base will build fine hair and give your a great structure to anchor your hairpins and bobby pins.
I wish we had this active of a social media mecca when I was leading teams for L'Oreal Paris Fashion Week in Canada - the buzz is always backstage - at least for us hair & makeup artists.
Follow the shows with live streaming via Style.com!
Tagged with: ruffian, MAC Paint Pots, Libertine, Tom Ford Noir Absolute
So you are flying off to get hitched at the latest and greatest resort in Bali? Bora Bora? Fiji? Niagara Falls (Canadian side of course)? A hair & makeup artist may not be in your budget to fly to Paradise Island and your options to hire locally may be limited. The cost of being a ladder wielding bride may mean that you are having to DIY your bridal beauty. Here is your makeup how-to from start to finish:
Step 1 - Skin prep: hopefully you are the glowing bride radiating from within with your love but if your skin is a stress mess - blotchy and broken out calm by exfoliating with raw sugar followed by a calming masque. SPF is your last step before your makeup. To keep your oils at bay on your big day I recommend using an oil-free moisturizer which minimizes shiny skin in photos too. Try Dermalogica's Oil Control Lotion or for normal to dry skin use Skin Smoothing Cream. You can boost your spf coverage by adding in the Solar Defense Booster spf50 to any moisturizer.
Step 2 - Primer: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer with its active ingredients it’s the first of its kind to offer a blurred line between skincare and makeup - speaking of blurring... The pearl essence also helps to diffuse fine lines and pigmentation prepping the skin for foundation.
There are other primers on the market that I like such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primers which also come in a variety of choices from matte to radiant, and have travel sizes too to minimize packing space.
Step 3 - Flawless Base: FACEatelier Ultra Foundation is the ultimate second skin foundation. Hyper-pigmented yet breathable leaving your skin smooth and flawless. I have been using foundation virtually exclusively in my work since 2004.
Follow with your concealer as needed - most women I find overuse concealer. Make sure you are lit from the front and not from above when applying your makeup - GREAT lighting is needed for a proper makeup application. My latest concealer fave is Laura Mercier's Undercover Pot which is also great for traveling as it contains a concealer for under the eyes, a camouflage for breakouts and a little setting powder.
You won't see me recommending powders often in foundation nor for setting - powders age you. Who wants that? But for the sake of your wedding makeup after your base is complete powder minimally! I LOVE Alison Raffaele's setting powder - it's the best in the biz as far as I'm concerned - truly for all skin tones and skin types without accentuating fine lines. I've tried the Amazing Cosmetics Setting Powder - that one is ok too.
Eye brighteners are NOT to be mistaken as concealers but often are. Move over Touche Eclat! Tom Ford's Illuminating Highlight Pen is a must! Conceal as (and if) needed and then use an eye brightener to perk up tired eyes. Eye Brighteners are reflective to help diffuse fine lines and tired eyes so over-application can leave with you with white blotches under the eyes with flash photography - yes use this but sparingly.
Step 4 - Blush/Contour/Highlight
You can never go wrong with my blush faves that happen to be the cult faves of many makeup artists and celebs.
From top left: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on it's own creates a beautiful dewy colour and contour with its prism quality, NARS Laguna or Soap & Glory Solar Powder make great contours, NARS Copacabana for that dewy highlight (replacing my soon to be bankrupt Jemma Kidd All Over Dewy Glow) and of course NARS Orgasm for that err...uh... flushed glow.
Step 5 - Eyes:
An eye primer is a must especially for brides who need eye makeup to stay put all day. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base which is colourless or Benefit creaseless cream shadows available in select colours for a light champagne base (Birthday Suit) up to a smoky base - they are also slightly reflective which adds depth and a little forgiveness if they aren't applied with the accuracy of a pro's hand.
This is wear it gets tricky. Do you want a simple natural eye or a smoky eye? Whatever your choice, refrain from being too on trend with your big day beauty. The latest blue eye shadow is going to be an eye sore in 10 years - you want to display your pictures with pride not cringe at what was in style. Classic gowns, hair and makeup is the way to go.
A classic eye which is also influenced by the 40s:
*Using a shimmery neutral cream shadow applied from lash line to brow bone. Benefit's Birthday Suit is my #1.
*In the crease apply a medium shade for contour. Try MAC Wedge or Laura Mercier Coffee Ground
*Apply a gel liner at the lash line using a bent liner brush to help with precision
*Use a Red Carpet eye popping trick with MAC Shroom applied to the inner corners of the eyes.
*Curl lashes and apply your fave mascara
If you are keen to do a classic smoky eye with more of a matte texture try Tom Ford Titanium Smoke palette (pictured).
An easy Smoky Eye:
*Base your lid with a cream shadow - I like to use bronze for green or hazel eyes, earthy plum for brown eyes, amber for blue eyes.
*Smudge a dark brown shadow at your lash line top and bottom and into your crease
*Line at your lash line and into your waterline with a smudgeable liner - I prefer to use black and smudge it with your brown shadow but you could opt for dark brown. My go to eyeliners are Tom Ford Beauty or MAC Powerpoint
*Lots of mascara and fake lashes if you can master them. Only use Ardell Lashes.
Step 6 - Lips
My two favourite lips for weddings: Red lips or nude lips; leave the frosty pink at home for your 80s themed party.
The best reds are Julie Hewett's Noirs pair with Givenchy Rouge lip liner
Nudes lippies: NARS Chelsea Girls, FACEatelier in Cameo, black|Up in #1 pair with Givenchy #12 lip liner or FACEatelier Cameo lip liner
Check back soon as I will do a DIY Bridal hair post soon.
Tagged with: laura mercier, dermalogica, benefit cosmetics, julie hewett, FACEatelier, Tom Ford Beauty, Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer
Zoie ended up with swimmer's mint blonde - sigh - unwanted green hair. The horror. My child. The daughter of a veteran hairstylist.
I did many of the precautionary typical:
- shampoo hair after each swim & always combing through the conditioner
- prior to swimming apply a thin layer of cheap conditioner to act as a barrier to ward off chlorine build up
- rinse prior to swimming with bottled water
- Zoie takes fish oil daily which helps focus, learning and hair health - fighting the brittle breakdown caused by chlorine.
Chlorine build up on the hair is nasty and living in a tropical climate with swimming practically everyday was bound to take it's toll no matter what precautions we took. Poor Zoie's hair has gone so brittle. The green I managed to cancel out with Aveda's Madder Root Shampoo (green is canceled out with red) but if you are a swimmer whether blonde hair or not, chlorine build up wrecks havoc on hair and the green cast is just one symptom of many.
Time to get some input from other hair experts. I went to the lovely people at Original & Mineral because I love their hair philosophy on products and hair colour so I figured they would have some great advice. They did.
Time to Chlorine Detox
Step 1 use O&M Detox Shampoo which is their deep cleansing shampoo that removes mineral deposits and product build up of all sorts off the hair - shampoo the hair with it 2 or 3 times perhaps leaving the Detox on for 5 minutes on the third round.
This will remove the copper mineral deposits that chlorine leaves on the hair.
*Once you have established removing the deposits, then use Detox Shampoo as
the Step 1 always for those who swim regularly.
*Looking under a microscope at chlorine build up shows the copper from
chlorine clinging onto the hair like little barb prickles of
copper onto the cuticle and messes up the electro charge and
cuticle surface. You need more than a simple wash to get it out.
Step 2 Using the Shampoo of choice for your condition of hair - Hydrate and Conquer is O&M's most nourishing.
One shampoo with Hydrate and Conquer is sufficient.
Step 3 Seven Day Miracle conditioner and treatment - use always.
After towel drying spray O&M No Knott Leave in conditioner
and then seal the hair with O&M Frizzy Logic Serum which contains
organic argan oil and cold pressed Australian macadamia nut oil.
Frizzy Logic is Lush it will make the hair shiny and silky.
I have heard that there is a vodka/water trick but dousing my 4 year old
with vodka seems all kinds of wrong.
I also read about Swim Spray developed by Dr. Chadeayne who has a PhD in chemistry. The ingredients are vitamin C and water. I have not tried this but the testimonials are great.
Another preventative tip shared with me via the O&M peeps down-under (those hair wizards are from Oz): Use cold pressed coconut oil as a swimmer's hair barrier protecting the hair against chlorine! Apply prior to swimming and tie the hair up in a braid or ponytail. Brilliant!
Of course swimmer's caps help protect the hair as well.
Tagged with: australia, singapore, O&M, original & mineral
Valentine's Day - the Hallmark holiday that pressures couples to prove their love and commitment to each other while guilting singles into commitment.
Valentine's Day Blos!
Why not give her the gift of a great blo job? A series of gift cards so the lady in your life has help getting ready on time for a change? Blo Blow Dry Bar opened in North America and creeping up globally - they say that they are opening in Asia... um... I live in Asia... a little more specific please... Asia is pretty big... [I realize that straight men won't be reading this blog on their own so just send them my link with the subject: blo jobs - they'll read it.]
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder
The Body Shop's new Absinthe Purifying Hand Care Range is great for the dirty girls to the germaphobes - it'll get their hands all clean and hydrated. I wouldn't leave the V Day gift as just this though - us ladies would love a gift basket full of The Body Shop goodies.
A gift that keeps on giving month after month - no - not herpes... a different kind of surprise in a box: Beauty subscriptions! BellaBox in Singpaore has their V-Day surprise ready to go. Order ASAP to get it for the 14th! In the US? Check out Allure's beauty subscription list.
Do you have an everlasting love for diamonds? The Destinée Les Couples ring by Lee Hwa Jewellery, made with18K rose gold and encrusted in dazzling round Destinée diamonds to symbolize inseparable love.
Tell me about it Stud!
Valentine Kiss Stud Earrings (Pink/Pink Gold) - Jewelry $80.00$59.99 USD by Vivienne Westwood at Zappos Couture
Nothing says: I love you but don't know what the hell to buy you like a bouquet of roses a.k.a ye ol' stand by.
Tagged with: Vivienne Westwood, Juicy Couture, Lee Hwa Jewellery, BellaBox, blo hearts you, blo blow dry bar, blo blow dry bar asia
Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris Haute Couture Spring 2013 was inspired by the Indian gypsies of Rajasthan. Read more on Vogue.com
Um. I LOVE the hair.
You can achieve this by sectioning the hair into two parts. Start by drawing an invisible line from your ears to your crown, take the hair from the front and section it out of the way - you'll get to it shortly. Notice the braided seam? French braid the back section upside-down (nape to crown) all the way to the end so you are left with a braided seam with the tail that hangs down.
Next, grab the waiting section and back brush the snot out of your hair. [back brush in equal 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections]
Smooth the hair into place - you can opt to take the volume down a little to make it realistically wearable to a gala or parent/teacher meeting.
I was thrilled to see that the hair was done by the amazing Odile Gilbert [the fabulous lady focused on pinning]
You can add in a braided extension to extend the tail if your hair isn't long like Rapunzel's.
That makeup is pretty fierce too.
The models at the Gaultier show walked to a Hindi version of La Vie En Rose. I think this was it here.
I am on within the first 10 minutes - you can click here for Asia's NTM youtube channel to catch up on Cycle 1!
Tagged with: TRESemme, andrea claire, Asia's Next Top Model, asia's next top model sock bun
It's a little ridiculous actually. I am, hands-down, the worst packer in the history of travel.
This was essentially my Paris uniform for the past 5 days. I brought other clothes but it was just too damn cold to venture out in them. My saviours were my Holt Renfrew toque and my (now practically vintage) Pink Tartan down vest.
We stayed in the walking-shoes-only, hilly area called Montmartre - every time I am here I want to watch La Vie en Rose and listen to Edith Piaf.
This is my friend Sital and I in the two person only elevator at our hotel: Hotel Boronali. We laughed every time we got into that lift. When I had arrived I thought it was a dumbwaiter. Hotel Boronali is in a great location close to the metro and easy to get a taxi. It is a very bare bones , no frills boutique hotel with friendly staff. There is no restaurant on the premises but in the morning you can have coffee and a simple breakfast in the lobby. Rated as a 3 star, it's clean and friendly - don't expect any more than that.
Yes, bottom right is a bread penis - I spotted the dick in the Marais district.
As the basket top left suggests, bread in Paris is aplenty - not sure how Paris women are known for being thin.
The macaroons are an interesting phenomenon - I for one find them pretty to Instagram but am not a huge fan. These chocolate & fois gras ones almost tempted me... I may have to go back just to say that I tried them.
Bottom right, me revisiting the same crepe guy that my sister and I were at last May.
Every holiday I take I visit grocery stores (I like to see what the locals have- I am weird that way) and of course the makeup stores. Last year I discovered black|Up Cosmetics, a hyper-pigmented line for all ethnicities and women of colour - and women who love colour! They will ship internationally so definitely check them out. I'll do a separate post later just on them listing some of my faves.
Of course I paid a visit to Tom Ford Beauty at Galeries Layfayette and I am so glad I did. The guy behind the counter walked us through the collection and when we told him that Sital and I were both makeup artists he made pro-suggestions to what he thinks are great additions to any pro kit. He was so great that in the end we took a recommendation from him for lunch -Chez Pierrot in the 2nd (black|Up Cosmetics flagship store is across the street)
The food and service at Chez Pierrot was absolutely amazing. Our coffees were served with these adorable chocolate granache tasters - my only regret was not topping up service charge included with a little extra tip. Gratuities in Paris are generally included on your bill but like any service industry anywhere, above and beyond should get a little extra. Sorry Pierrot!
From top left: a romantic cake topper I saw in a chef supply store that had me instantly think of my HB and I in the future. He will have more hair though.
Me sporting my new Dolce & Gabbanas that I have been coveting since the FW 2012/13 campaign.
A little window dressing at Lanvin that made me think of Target... Think about it, you'll get there.
And finally the Blonde Afro Ambition tour at the Galeries Lafayette.
My second trip to Paris and I still haven't gone up the Eiffel Tour. I have zero patience for lineups. It's a tower with a view I am guessing.
My excuse to come to Paris - not that one needs an excuse to come to Paris... My friend Sarah Slean was performing at Le Zebre de Belleville.
*this was written on my iPad so skip over any major mistakes and check back. When I am at home I will add hyper links so you can click until your hearts content with all the info. Done!
*PS - a little shout out to Air France whom I flew with for the first time. Their staff were amazing in the air and in the Twitterverse - AAA customer service. I definitely will fly with them again BUT... a big but... the exit row I paid a little extra for for comfort and legroom. OMG - THE WORST seats. Have you flown a budget airline before? You know when the seats are a thin foam cushion on metal rods? Yes. That was 13.5 hours to Paris and 12 back to Singapore. I was miserable to say the least - so was my ass and lower back. I am curious if the norm in economy class on Air France are these budget airline seats or is it just the luck of the exit rows. Anyone?
On the way to Paris there were empty exit row seats that were constantly a revolving seat for many businessmen. I kept waking up to some new guy beside me doing work. I complained - why should I pay extra when clearly these guys were moving from other seats on the plane. Air France reimbursement via a Twitter convo. How fab is that?!
I tried to buy a lounge pass in CDG on the way home to Singapore. I had checked in 5 hours before the flight (don't ask). The one guy at the desk said he needed to ask his supervisor who came over - looked me up and down and said no. She added that the lounge was full. Apparently the colour of my money wasn't the right shade. I do fly business often - I can't say I remember any lounge being that full. I do love and appreciate the airlines that allow for buying lounge passes.
On the flight home - sighing and resetting my pillow and down vest I brought to hopefully make a comfortable seat - I get slammed with a massive cold mid-flight. One flight attendant did notice and offered me some Tylenol and nasal spray - bonus points for that.
If you are looking to book to Paris, the Air France economy class exit row I would give 2 out of 5 stars just because the seatbelt worked - add maybe another .5 for the customer service so 2.5.
I flew an exit row with Singapore Airlines last May to Paris -now THAT was worth rebooking.
Tagged with: Paris, Dolce & Gabbana, edith piaf, Sarah Slean, Tom Ford Beauty, black UP Cosmetics, Air France, Montmartre, cafe Pierrot Paris, chez pierrot, sal e pepe paris, sal e pepe
It's amazing how no matter how long I have lived in Asia I can never get used to what I see traveling outside of Asia-light (Singapore).
On my recent trip to Cambodia my sole purpose was to do some work for a local organization - Riverkids Project. I struggled with whether I make it public within my friends, peer group and social media that I was doing this. Why the struggle? I didn't want to come across: "Look at me! Here I am doing humanitarian / charity work." But then the more I read through the Riverkids site the more I felt that this is something more that we all need to be aware of. Sex workers and human trafficking exists - sadly in many countries. You can chill on Tweeting to the world that you bought the car behind you Starbucks, but the realities such as the sex trade and human trafficking need to be shared.
In order to become acquainted with the community that I was helping we joined in on an advocacy walk - my 18 year old daughter came with me.
This image is from my trip but not of the advocacy walk.
At 6 am we followed an 11 year old trash collector who wasn't wearing shoes on the filthy streets of Cambodia. (BTW the child was the size of a 7 year old from being malnourished.) My 18 year old daughter squealed and side-stepped avoiding a very plump, dead rat. Something to be said about the rats having more food than the malnourished children of Cambodia…
Children in Cambodia can be so malnourished that as babies some of their bodies grow much slower than their heads therefore carrying around weight that is unbalanced.
Back at Riverkids main house I had an opportunity to interact with the children being sponsored by Riverkids to attend elementary school. 7 am and they were all given a breakfast of porridge and an egg. I had our hotel (Raffles) prepare a picnic lunch for Sage and I which was brought out for us to eat with the children - not only did I have breakfast already but sitting with gourmet boxed lunches full of fruit, cheese, chicken sandwiches and salad with roughly 20 children eating porridge that could be their sole meal of the day didn't sit well. I opened up the boxes and walked them around the tables - they all waved their hands 'no'. At first I thought the children were like any other child: Fruit?!?! But then I realized they were just shy. I sat the boxes at various tables and soon the gourmet food was being devoured.
I interviewed the trash collector through a translator. I asked about her family - she has siblings all living with her; but that is not the case for every family; some of the older children are sold in order for the balance of the family to be able to eat. This child had started trash collecting with her mother 5 years ago - collecting cans and bottles to exchange for money. I asked where her shoes were. She shrugs. A slightly older girl came over and gave her flip flops although about 3 sizes too big. It was such a moving moment that I had to hold back tears. Clearly this other girl is living a similar risky living condition and she so generously handed over shoes - maybe this was her second pair where some of us have over 30.
Another stop in our day was to visit a classroom full of teenagers ages 14-16. We were met at the door with enthusiastic teens high-fiving and thrilled to see us. Completely enthralled with Sage's milky white skin the boys asked if my 18 year old was yet married.
We tread on with our day.
While visiting one project community a little boy ran by shoeless in his branded t-shirt 'I Could Be Your Son' - sigh... yes you could. Unaware what impact that his t-shirt has. He could have been anyone's son. Interesting how the statement on his shirt could have a different meaning if you are back home watching a spirited boy take over a playground versus a child living in the slums of Cambodia.
We stopped at a film centre and watched 'Paper Cannont Wrap Ember' - a detailed shocking documentary following the daily lives of some Asian women who were violated and trapped in a life where their bodies are turned into items of sexual commerce. One sex trade worker expressed how foreign men aren't afraid of death as they refuse to wear condoms.
One woman bears the weight of getting her younger sister involved in the sex trade who was taken to Thailand by a customer who liked her only to be returned to Cambodia months later where it was discovered that she now had AIDS. Periodically she would get medication when it could be afforded. She suffered on and off until her death.
Meeting sex trade workers was another shocking reality. Many sex trade workers were once garment factory employees who either lost their jobs from factory closings or left voluntarily from just a lack of sufficient wages. $64 USD a month - and with the lack of jobs available for men - wives, girlfriends, mothers, and daughters are forced into sex trades as they make more money turning tricks to support their families risking diseases such as HIV.
Of course wages are set per country and their living standards but should these types of living standards be acceptable? Of course not.
A question arises: Should clothing labels and manufacturers have a responsibility to make their wages public knowledge by a simple click of a button?
H&M and Joe Fresh are two labels in my closet whose tags read: Made in Cambodia. I am looking at those outfits differently. I've worked with Joe from Joe Fresh - I would love to know his thoughts and if he has personally toured the factories who manufacture his line. I am not suggesting anything here with the Joe Fresh line - I am truly curious.
Should we stop buying from labels made in Cambodia? No - because without the demand of clothing being made in the factories the inevitable would happen.
You can find a list of cruelty-free cosmetics; anyone know if there is a similar list for sweatshop-free labels and garment factories?
I don't see myself as political, nor do I see myself as an activist but I am a human being and to walk amongst a society that clearly needs help I feel that it's a global responsibility.
Children should not be bought or sold in order for a family to eat - where by the way some are sold for $300 USD which partially goes towards wine and typically lasting 3 weeks. Your child just gave you 3 weeks of food and drink in exchange for her innocence.
Rats should not be plumper than our children.
Our women - mothers, sisters, daughters - should not be earning money for their families while on their backs.
Riverkids has a few programs to help educate and train the men and women of Cambodia to strengthen their society. Get Ready Boys and who I came to work with: Get Ready Girls - vocational training to help keep the future of Cambodia out of the sex and human trafficking trades.
"Get Ready Girls
Our Get Ready program prepares teenage girls between 11 and 21 years old who are highly at risk for trafficking and exploitation through intensive training to return to school, start vocational training or apprentice at safe jobs.
The program runs for three to 12 months, and covers Khmer language and basic math lessons, social and work skills, as well as breakfast and lunch.
Each program is small, with just 12 to 15 girls so they can support each other. Their families receive aid to replace the teenagers’ lost income from working on the streets at night so the teens can concentrate on class instead of being pressured to drop out.
For some girls, it’s only a few months and they’re full of confidence and ready to return to
school. Other girls need intensive counseling and training before they dare to imagine a different future to being sold.
We’ve seen more than 60 girls graduate from Get Ready with an 85 percent success rate."
I had booked two days with the Get Ready Girls for a hands-on makeup workshop that condensed to one day as I ended up with food poisoning. Quite badly actually. Which by the way - unless you have money you won't get medical care, it's all private.
This was my class of Get Ready Girls. We had a GREAT day. Conducting a workshop via translator was easy. The girls had a blast and pleaded with me to come back - I was never going in with the thoughts that this was a one time feel good project - I willl be back.
Special thanks to the companies who gave support for the Get Ready Girls makeup workshop:
MAC Cosmetics who sent makeup brush sets and Lipglass sets for each of the girls.
MAC has raised $275 million since the inception of the MAC Aids Fund in 1994. The Fund supports a number of projects globally in countries such as Haiti, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic and S. Africa to name just a few. On every Dec 1st, an army of MAC employee volunteers descend upon charities in local communities to volunteer their time supporting HIV/AIDS related charitable organizations.
Australian-based celebrity makeup artist Rae Morris sent copies of her amazing makeup books to help start the beauty library at the Get Ready Girls classroom.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh who gave us a discounted rate during our stay.
*All images are mine taken with my HTConeS.
**My flights, accomodations, meals and unforseen medical bills were all paid by me.
Tagged with: Rae Morris, phnom penh, raffles hotel, riverkids, Get Ready Girls, htconeS
Have you ever had a facial and left feeling like you didn't see much in the way of results? Or too inflamed looking to face the public from an overzealous extraction?
I recently tried the Good Vibes RF facial at Qi mantra in Singapore as part of my InSing Vanity Project - you can find this tecnology globally - and can I say WOW! This would be one of those pre-wedding / pre-Red Carpet facials that you could do just prior to any gala type event to put your best face forward and you aren't leaving with sensitized skin so you can go straight to the alter.
The radio frequency facial is the ultimate anti-ager with immediate results. Radio Frequency (RF) is commonly used in facials and body treatments to tighten and lift skin. I sound like the PR release, I know but by gosh golly gee! This works!
A scalpel-free lift using high grade RF machines that effectively penetrate warm, pain-free RF energy deep into the sub-dermal layers of skin, where collagen is located, stimulating circulation, expelling toxins and tighten skin to give a non-surgical face lift, enhancing features by giving you a smoother and slimmer finish.
I tried taking pictures in the room - the lighting wasn't sufficient but I vow to go back and get a picture that works to show you because truly: after one side of my face was done I was handed a mirror - the results were miraculous! My younger sister on the right was mocking the older sister on the left – thankfully I didn’t have to leave unbalanced.
I think we all know, just like drinking a lot of water, regular facials improve your skin’s appearance but by adding in the RF technology those improvements include a deeper tightening, lifting AND slimming effect.
In Singapore I had my facial done at Qi mantra Good Vibes Facial $250 for 90 minutes. www.qimantra.com
Are you a reader or spa owner outside of Singapore in the know of a great place to have an RF facial? Leave the info in the comments below.
Tagged with: andrea claire, InSing, Qi mantra