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.
Why? Well, this I did for an editorial in the upcoming March 2011 issue of Designare.I only did nails. I am not suggesting this is an everyday nail look as I think it has potential to be a lethal weapon; in-fact, I warned the model that if she needs to 'scratch' anything to proceed with caution. Not to mention this Gucci dress was covered in fringe that we were shooting - *bites nails* Model and dress escaped snag-free. [and BTW: those nails are not hers. I used acrylics]
I will post the full story when it drops (industry lingo for hitting the shelves)
Sidebar: I was at a party recently whereas some business exec said I need to be hired as an idea person. Where you get paid to just have a gazillion sell-able ideas. Maybe it's the caffeine, but I am always coming up with something. For example - three years ago I pitched a beauty show for TV that would cover exotic beauty beliefs around the world and showcase them on TV. I pitched this to MediaCorp in Singapore with the help of a production company who wanted to produce it. MediaCorp turned it down citing 'did not want a foreigner host' (me = foreigner in Singapore). So I sent my pitch to an LA reality TV production company - I never heard back. But, oddly enough a show with the same idea was on MTV. I'm sure it's just a wacky coincidence...
But, I would love to get paid to eat bon bons and come up with ideas! Anyone...?
Considering it’s a piece of clothing most of us have on everyday, we make so many mistakes with it – whether it’s the wrong colour, the wrong type, or the most lethal of all, the wrong size. When you have on a wrong bra size, a lot of things can go wrong – unflattering pockets of flesh will bulge out in unsightly places, you can’t breathe, or on the other side of the spectrum, if the bra is too big, it won’t give you the support that your bosom buddies need.
Andrea [that would be me, but Faz is the wordsmith on this one] and I took on the task of sussing out how to bra fit with the help of the good people at La Senza (Singapore). Find out how to find your right bra size, what bra to wear with a low-back top or dress and find out how my bondage gear for Halloween looks like! There’s a lot of boobs in the [above] video, both mine and Andrea’s, so be warned.
How to measure your boobies
[(A) Using a tape measure, measure around your ribcage (in inches) The tape should rest snugly and smoothly against your skin.
(B) Add 5 inches to that first measurement to determine your band size. [if you are an odd number choose the smaller band size ie 37 inches try a 36 inch band]
(C) Next is to determine your cup size. Again, using a tape measure, measure the fullest part of your bust, holding the tape measure straight, but not too tightly. Take the initial measurement of your ribcage in (A). The difference is the basis of your cup size; each inch of difference equals one cup size:
less than 1 inch = AA cup
1 inch = A cup
2 inches = B cup
3 inches = C cup
4 inches = D cup
5 inches = DD cup (E)
6 inches = DDD cup (F)
7 inches = DDDD cup (G)
How to tell if a bra doesn't fit properly
Shoulder strap digs in
Bra band rides up at the back
Centre front is lifted – the centre front of the bra, right in the middle of your breasts should sit flat on your body.
Underwire digs in
Bulging cups – if your breasts bulge out over the top of the bra, it’s probably way too small for you.
The bra looks baggy.
For Valentine’s Day, La Senza has put together a wicked offer for those who would like to get their partners some hot lingerie. For only $105, you get a sexy babydoll set, a delectable range of body essentials including a body lotion, nail polishes and lip glosses, all tucked into a hot pink box. In addition, the first 100 customers to purchase this Valentine’s Day special get a bouquet of flowers for the loved one. Pretty awesome deal, I say!
My (Andrea Claire's) 2 cents
Tip: Strapless Bra
To make a strapless bra work for you, choose a band one size smaller and a bigger cup size.
Did you know there are over 100 ways to wear a convertible bra?! Yeah, we got confused with that one too. In our video above we are shown 2 ways 1) the plunging back and 2) the one shoulder or TOGA!
No matter how 'perky' you feel you look in an outfit, especially strapless, low back, toga etc... You need a bra. Breasts do not defy gravity. Trust me, I wish they did. And on another boobie note... Don't forget to self-exam, find out more info on that here.
Special thanks to: Siti Radhiah Binte Hassan, Asst boutique manager for Las Senza Vivocity; The staff of La Senza ION, Jennifer, Daphne and Ruth from FJ Benjamin, and of course, Andrea and my boobies – without them, we’d have a lot less adventures.
*Note: Andrea is a bit shameless as she likes to entertain while she spreads some tips; she actually thinks she's quite funny. Seven seasons on TV as a witty, talented makeover guru and spokesperson on Canadian Idol will do it to you. Ask her about crashing a Vespa into a parked car during one Canadian Idol shoot. (That was unintentional and yes, Andrea was mildly hurt - she won't ever do her own 'stunts' again)
Hair, Makeup & Nails: Andrea Claire using MAC Cosmetics and OPI Nail Colour (or color, depending on where you are reading from)
Photography: Ellen Lim
One of many hair looks for the shoot.
Hair was back-brushed [models LOVE that. No. Not really. Job hazard]. The top section was braided and secured at the crown and the bottom section was rolled into my hand to create a seam; I pinned at the seam.
There really needs to be a North American version of this chain. [hint hint Browhaus] Ok. There is ONE in NYC - but hey?! What about Canada? They need brow help there too. [I can say that, I'm Canadian]
One eyebrow guru I know of is Damone Roberts, but he is all the way in NYC or LA-LA-land. [Hip lingo for L.A. Hollywood or bust baby]
I ventured in for my 2:30 brow threading appointment at the Holland Village location. I was mildy lost as the signage was lacking a little in the stairwell but I marched on; top floor. Whew.
Threading is done with... thread (duh) and with a cat's cradle type technique. Well, it just looks like cat's cradle. It's not really like that.
I had barely a 5 minute wait. The setting before me was quite cool.
Reminds me of a hair salon.
Before weed-wacking After weed-wacking
I go fairly red when I have any type of hair ripping out of my body service, this threading was no different. Honestly, less painful than sugaring or waxing.
At first I thought my eyebrows looked rounded and I felt a sense of panic 'Oh My Gawd! Did she give me clown eyebrows?!' After the panic subsided I realized - they aren't bad. :) I tend to arch my left side with my brow 'muscle' so it looks more 'arched' because of my crazy face.
The shape is natural just like I had asked for. One teeny tiny little thing - my right eyebrow was taken too far off the middle by about 1/2 a centimetre. No big deal. I have fair eyebrows so no one will notice but me.
I am a sucker for the up-sell.
Browhaus also does EYELASH TINTING! Yeah! I love eyelash tinting. [Vegetable-based dye safe for the eyes] Squealing with excitement (yes, I did), I sat back down for an add-on service to my eyebrow threading.
I used to get blue-black tint in Canada every 2 months.
Benefits of eyelash tinting:
You look glam with minimal makeup.
If you are an avid swimmer it doesn't run or cake.
Lash tinting also acts as a mascara primer.
If you go for lash tinting get the blue-black. Why? It has the longest lasting pigment. Plain black can fade quicker and brown is wishy-washy. Commit to pretty. Get the blue-black.
Will I go back? You betcha! I bought a package too that gets me a better deal. (I'll just ask her to take care to not remove too much hair from the inner part of my right brow)
Some mornings I have to pretend to be sleeping otherwise she gets me to do it. (Diva)
This morning she came to me with pins, a brush and a hair plea.
I liked her idea so I agreed to not charge her. [kidding] I know, the back of her head is RIDICULOUS, riiight?
Sage found an image on Tumblr with a French braid done in an 'S' shape. I duplicated it for her for school.
DIY: French braid following from the crown around to the side hairline, back to the other side and along the neckline; just like the pic above. Tuck up the ends and pin - don't forget to 'lock' your pins by crossing two in an 'X' formation.
Have fine hair? Blow-dry upsidedown with some mousse which gives added volume and texture. Don't worry about flyways as it adds to the texture. But if the flyaways really bug you, use a soft toothbrush with a hint of pomade to gently comb them down.