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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.

Makeup & Humidity Tip: stopping the fungus among us

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By Andrea Claire · February 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Often I am asked how to keep makeup looking fresh all day long in a humid climate, but what you may not know is that you need to take care of your makeup on and off your face; especially when living in a hot, damp climate. Makeup does come with a shelf life and that shelf life is shortened in humidity.

Warm, damp air breeds bacteria and unless you are on top of it, your makeup's lifespan just got shortened.

I had a client bring me a fairly new palette that she purchased covered in fuzzy bits. Puzzled, she asked me what it was.

My answer: Mold, Dear. Your makeup is covered in spores.

How do you stop this? Well. Some countries sell things like Thirsty Hippos, essentially non-electrical dehumidifiers. A great many uses like - in your closet,  your makeup bag or like suggested here by one blogger for camera equipment.

Or the next time you buy shoes drop the moisture-absorbing silica packages into your makeup bag.

Every time you buy a new pair of shoes exchange the silicone packets for the newer ones. Unless you are a smidge of a shoe-shopaholic, in which case every 2 weeks to a month should suffice!

Review: Cailyn Cosmetics

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By Andrea Claire · February 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The past two days I have spent my afternoons at Beauty Asia. I am a beauty addict. A junkie. The last thing I need is more makeup. But I am drawn in by shimmer, lotions and the promise of pretty. [I made the right career choice]


This is me wearing the listed products below by Cailyn. Note: my lip gloss and blush are MAC.

I wore this out to an evening event in Singapore. My makeup withstood the heat - zero fading, flaking or bleeding.

Cailyn Cosmetics is a mineral makeup based out of LA; I guess they are doing the trade show circuit to get the word out. I bought a few items to try as the woman in their booth was very precise and had all the answers to my questions which means... she knows her stuff.

TriAction Tinted Moisturizer is a tinted moisturizer with a beaded texture that with more blending you get coverage and hydration. Works on ALL skin tones... Tested? You betcha! My colleague and gal pal, Faz was with me. I was ready to prove Cailyn Cosmetics wrong; you see in the scale of 1-10 (one being the lightest) I'm a 2 and Faz is an 11. The TriAction blended out perfectly on me and as well as on Faz! Shocked. Still I don't believe it - but my eyes were clear and sober - it did work on the both of us. [Note: Faz's skin looked a little chalky and when prompted the Cailyn people agreed that darker skin needs to base with a moisturizing cream prior to applying the TA Tinted Moisturizer.]

Faz - your thoughts since it was on your skin??

Gel Liner, now I can start a gel liner exhibition. I have black ones in MAC, Bobbi Brown and Shu Uemura and now in Cailyn Cosmetics. Frankly - they are all the same. So if you are brand loyal then get the one you prefer to dump your money into. Cailyn's price point is lower and will deliver internationally! Hello VISA! The Cailyn liner comes with the brush as part of the packaging - so clever and handy.

Loose Pigment Powders are one of my favourite cosmetic items. They are hyper-pigments that are easily layered and blended. You can achieve simple daytime to dramatic looks. I layered two of Cailyn's pigment powders on my eyes above. They were great. I also use MAC's pigments and FACEatelier's Shimmers.

My overall review on Cailyn? I love it. I wish I would have bought more than one of the TA Tinted Moisturizer as I know I will use this on myself daily. I would have to test how it photographs before I use it on set. [My number one and two foundations I currently use in my kits are FACEatelier and Yaby

CozyCot and International Women's Day

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By Andrea Claire · February 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

International Women's Day. March 8. [Please 'LIKE' my CozyCot profile here.]

What does that mean to you? Politcal? Family? Historical female accomplishments?

So many women internationally have done so much for us, the kinder sex. But we are far from the weaker. Not anymore.

Celebrate International Women's Day for what it means to you. What do you think about?

I think of my mother and all that she has taught me. For standing by me. For raising me with integrity. For the unconditional love.

I think of my Grandmothers.

 My grandma Jean, whom I think of often and miss terribly. Who taught me joy and catching bees with honey aka 'If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all.'

My Farmor (Danish) Inger, who has taught me laughter can be the best medicine.

I think of my daughters - the women of the future. Who have taught me patience :) , and love in a whole new level. And forgiveness [I learn forgiveness daily with my teenagers]

I think of my sisters who have taught me to be yourself.

My aunts who have taught me the importance and closeness of family no matter how far away you live.

I think of my close girlfriends who have taught me trust.

I think of those women who are my peers and mentors.

All of these traits inspiring us to be better people, better women.

Recently I was invited to participate in CozyCot's search for 100 Most Inspiring Real Women.  An email popped into my inbox. I hesitated.

Well - I am a successful hair & makeup artist who was a single mother with 2 children in Canada. I have starred on TV shows, led teams for Fashion Week, Canadian Idol, magazine shoots, celebrities for red carpet etc etc - all while being a single mother.

 I think - correction... I do inspire.

For all those single mothers who think they can't be a mother and...(insert desire here). Yes, you can. And yes, I am re-married to a fabulous man who has whisked my girls and I to a wonderful lifestyle in Singapore as 'expats' - but. I got to where I am on my own; with drive, determination, love, integrity and my chin up high. (not too high, I'm not stuck up or anything)


[This image is two years old]

 My children have always come first.

[Back in my single mother days, I took my girls for a cottage vacation. My agent called mid-week. Could I come home to shoot a Good Charlotte video. My girls were pleading in the background 'No mommy. We want to stay. Please say 'no' mommy!'

I said no.*

My agent 'But, Andrea, it's Good Charlotte and you have been requested to do their video' ]

My children come first. Integrity and family. Two traits that are very important to me.

Sure life is a little easier now. But no matter where you are in life, you will always be faced with challenges. It's how you deal with and overcome those challenges.

I am proud and honoured to have been selected as one of  CozyCot's 100 Most Inspiring Real Women.

Thank you CozyCot! 


*My girls now know who Good Charlotte is and tell me that I should have never listened to them and worked with the band. But, karma has payback. Last year I had the pleasure of working with Lady Antebellum. It was an honour to work with them and they are ridiculously charming and sweeter than honey.

 PS: My agent, Judy Inc was my agent then and still is. A supportive agent who has listened to my tears and frustrations over the years but also my happiness and joy. For that, I am grateful. Smooches to Charles, David and Tracy! (Mitchell too, but you haven't had to listen to the frustrations... yet)


Runways Vs Rockstars

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By Andrea Claire · February 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Red Carpet vs Runway

Where do you prefer to get your fashion inspiration from? Runways or Rockstars? Actresses vs Models?

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Gucci & RocNation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch - Arrivals

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Model Poppy Delvingne arrives at the Gucci and RocNation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch at the Soho House on February 12, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Diane Von Furstenberg - Runway - Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway at the Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.


The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Signer Lady Gaga arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Actor Kyra Sedwick arrives on the red carpet for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in January.


Tagged with: Red Carpet, runway

Ladies Who Lunch

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By Andrea Claire · February 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Around the globe one thing we can say that unites us all is food. I would think we all appreciate good food, non?

I have brunched at The Belmont in Austin, Texas, The Charcoal Steakhouse in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and countless places in Singapore.

I would have to say that Singaporeans are the 'Olympians of Brunch.'

Shangri-La, The Hyatt, The Fullerton.... I've been around the brunch block. No one does it better. [So far the Shangri-La is hands-down my fave]

Well, today Faz and I went off to brunch at Gattopardo, Italian Grill & Pizzabar tucked away in the tranquil location of the boutique hotel, Hotel Fort Canning, just steps away from the heart of Singapore.  

We ate. We laughed. I champagned.

[FYI: Zoie is in this video for those who have missed seeing her in the vlogs lately]

 My fabulous pink bag that makes a cameo, Rebecca Minkoff, Morning After Bag

Faz's blog about our brunch can be read here.

*We paid for our brunch. Children under 5 are free. Faz, Sage & Blaire were $78 each (sans alcohol) I was $128 since I was a lush and had champagne. The food was fantastic! The service A1. The minded children's area is a huge plus. However, quite honestly, I'm not sure if the steep price is worth it.

Online Shopping Sales: Go from 'I Love You' to 'Is That New' in one click

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By Andrea Claire · February 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The three words  my husband used to say daily were "I love you"; now they have changed to "Is that new?"

Hm. Define 'NEW'. There's always a loophole. [ie. This new? Naaah, 2 weeks old.]

"Friends don't let friends pay retail!"  HauteLook

Um. Yes. I may have a problem but I work it out in [retail] therapy.

When I was living in Austin, Texas I discovered the addicting HauteLook. I purchased many things via sales here - from cosmetics to clothing to even steaks!!

As a hair & makeup artist I found the deals on cosmetics from prestigious lines a steal! Kevyn Aucoin Beauty - thanks for being on HauteLook Beauty!

Now that I am in Singapore I have been introduced to SingSale.

My first purchase was a dress and a jumper by Philippine-born designer, Pia Gladys Perey; click her - nice stuff! 

From Ms Perey's Fall/Winter Collection 2010

Then there's Reebonz, (which has an international link too) or the new ReebonzCity which unveils spa treatments, workout classes and other lifestyle goodies.

Best Buy World (BBCosme) is a site that has deals on beauty products. Quite frankly, their site is confusing but if you persevere you too will find treasures! I just shop here for the beauty, which many are in bulk tester sizes so you have instant travel sizes of your fave creams. [Often you will find SKII and other high-end brands here]

There are so many others, RueLaLa, Ivory Trunk - the list goes on and on. These designer flash sales with mind-blowing stock, will get your VISA working in hyper-drive. [For another great write up on these sales click Her Campus]

With the ever-growing popularity of online shopping SALE is a four-letter word you will find yourself exclaiming more-so over than the other four-letter word when your VISA bill arrives.

PS: Honestly - there is no more need to buy retail. Retail is for the unseasoned.

K-Y: The New Makeup

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By Andrea Claire · February 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This is an ad for Toyota Matrix that I did hair & makeup on a few years ago.

Watch. It's visually stunning even on the small screen. [This was released in movie theatres first, I believe]

See our 'robot cyber-girl'? The sheen to her skin?

K-Y. Yup. It dries and casts a hint of blue-reflective coating. I also went over in certain highlight areas with a highlighter.

I have heard that swimmers use K-Y as well. I tried to google the reason and yes, a little nervous googling 'other uses for K-Y'. I found some great ones here. Don't be afraid - they are PG.

Bet you never thought you would see K-Y and Toyota in a discussion of makeup.

Sidebar: Often I am asked why I share all my 'secrets' - quite honestly, I was the best in Kindergarten for Show and Tell; I just never grew out of it. :)

I Invented Post-Its!!!

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By Andrea Claire · January 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Ok. I did not invent post-its.

And yes, the blog title is a claim made by Romy in Romy & Michele's High School Reunion.

But I do have some hair-brained ideas. Probably stemming from years of inhaling fumes from hair colour and sprays.

Like this one:

Notice anything... interesting?

Yup. The free edge of the nail is a little crazy. That my virtual Friends is called: Fash-Shon (pronounced with a hint of a French accent)

I used picking shears.

The nail colour is OPI's Bronze - DS Classic (DS 031)

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...?

My Eyes Are Up Here! How To Fit A Bra

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By Andrea Claire · January 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Text by Faz

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.

Convertible Bra

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)

Behind The Scenes: Seventeen March 2011

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By Andrea Claire · January 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Seventeen magazine, March 2011. [Aside from the big September issues, March is another time to snag your mags!] 

Styling & Art Direction: Alisa Chopard & Faz

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.

Nail colour: OPI In My Back Pocket

I love shooting for Seventeen. They are a fun bunch of peeps.

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