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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.

Andrea Claire 2.0

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By Andrea Claire · February 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
I've been somewhat chillin at home post-surgery; I had a labrum tear fixed in my right hip. 

Being told to sit on the couch and relax for 2-3 weeks is like torture for me. I've started this little post-surgical vay-cay by cleansing my condo; ridding it of trash and demons. Long overdue.


Now what?

Caught up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Now what.

I've been considering fighting the aging process with a little help from injectables for a while now. A common topic of course in my industry but also amongst my private clients who see me to get their hair done. I have to say, I had preconceived notions about Botox, fillers etc all based on Hollywood.

I have no desire to look like the notorious cat lady, nor do I care to own Nicole Kidman's forehead; plus there are many stereo typical ladies who lunch here in Singapore who aren't capable of revealing their emotions with simple facial expressions. But, after many conversations with clients who have revealed that yes, in fact they have had Botox or fillers done - well, I was a bit surprised at my own naïveté leading me to believe that Botox = crazy face. 

My Botox trepidation reminds me of my mother who said to me when I was in labour with my first daughter (Sage) : "Don't be a hero; if you want pain relief, take it."
Proudly,  I never did. Popped that baby right out as well as her sisters, all sans doping. *pounds chest*
But aging, that's something different. 
I have been lucky that my genes allow me to age extremely gracefully, I'm sure my freckles help too - often mistaken for being years to a decade younger than I am. 
So why jump on the Botox bandwagon? I have often counseled clients who have asked me if they should get it done by responding with:

Don't get things done for others. Get tweaks and enhancements done because YOU want them.

So yes. I look young for my age but lately when I've been putting on my makeup, time is fleeting; I see more fine lines developing around my eyes. Duh, I am 42 but those fine lines slowly turn to crevices and that's NOT ok with me, for me. This is not me telling you, my reader, if you have fine lines go get Botox; this is me saying it is a case by case basis and how you feel about you. 
I went to the dermatologist whom one of my clients swore by, Dr Komathy Rajaratnam. I've been recommending her to clients for years and they've all been über happy but I've never ventured in.
Walking into her office she smiles with eye contact "So what brings you here to see me today?"
Fine lines, and they are not crossed. 
She listens as I tell her about my apprehension. I have been proud of my slow aging process. I am a religious Dermalogica user. She does acknowledge that for my age and skin tone I am doing remarkably well and actually do look ten years younger than my age. I could hug her.
I tell her that the fine lines appearing around my eyes are seeming to be rapidly increasing, heavy eyelids run in my family, which I am starting to see signs of and my jowls,  I am not happy with. Again, this is for me and how I feel. 
I told her that I am not interested in looking overly injected and that I do want people to see that I can express emotion. 
The doctor examines me more closely and says that it's perfect timing, getting something done just as the signs of aging start - at 42!  She suggests a total of 16 units of Botox that would go around my eyes and slightly across my forehead and some Thermage on my face. 

So moving forward - I commit to clinging on to my youth. [video above - if you don't see it please refresh the post title]
Starting with Thermage 

Thermage treatments are all about energy – focusing radiofrequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. Like most smart technologies, the process is relatively simple – it’s a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver better patient comfort. And our latest evolution of Thermage includes patented Comfort Pulse Technology – gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that make your Thermage treatment even more comfortable. Even so, it’s important to remember every patient’s circumstances are different, so for specifics, it’s best to consult your Thermage physician. Thermage.com

My face is cleansed and prepped to begin the Thermage.

Thermage works by stimulating the collagen cells with radio frequency for reproduction, lifting, firming and melting some of your fat away. 
At times it is mildly hot and painful. The doctor expresses that my tolerance is higher than the average - a trait of us redheads. It is key to tell the doctor when it's feeling too hot so she can turn it down. She gave me a pain scale of 1-5 and told me to vocalize when I'm leaving a 3; you can get burnt.

Seeing one side done, you immediately see the difference.  I have gotten RF facials regularly at Qi Mantra where the results are less dramatic but you can see them. The difference is Thermage results will last 2 years vs an RF facial where results last 2 months at best. 
Next up: Botox. You can see me get injected in the video earlier on in this post.
Seriously. What took me so long?!? 
I kid. 
I have booked appointments with the Lifestyle Clinic and then cancelled last minute, but this time I was truly ready. 
I am thrilled with the results and stare at myself in the mirror frequently raising my eyebrows and crinkling my face to see the results. I am not frozen in surprise, I am freshened and relaxed looking. Lord knows I could use a little relaxing.
Just enough. I tended to have a slightly lazy right eye too which I believe now looks to be more open and balanced.
I have heard from many clients that Botox can hurt or feel like a bee sting. Dr Komathy had applied numbing cream - I never felt a thing. 

Granted the before (left) is slightly different lighting-wise but... Behold! Youth restored! 

The marionette lines are diminished immediately and apparently Thermage continues to accumulate results 2-3 months post-treatment. Things are definitely looking up.

Yes. I succumbed to Botox. And Thermage. I think I can deal.

Beauty Lust Haves || skincare 2013 roundup

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By Andrea Claire · December 28, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I decided that the Lust Haves for December could be delayed and then I'd stretch it out over a beauty fave series wrapping up 2013.

 Starting with step one: skincare

If you follow my blog or my Instagram you won't be surprise that I am starting with Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel

Recommended for all skin conditions, its a soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris. Contains no artificial color. Gently lather a small amount of gel on moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water and repeat for professional cleansing results. Follow with Multi-Active Toner and recommended Dermalogica Moisturizer.

I ran out of my above favourite cleanser and in a pinch I bought The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish 3.38 fl oz (100 ml) $16.00 USD at Beauty.com

Truth be told, my skin which resembles a delicate flower tends to break out with The Body Shop's skincare so I was hesitant but know that the Vitamin C helps to brighten dull skin (and I was having a dull skin moment) I bought it.

I do find that I can't double cleanse like I do with my Special Cleansing Gel because it makes my skin tight if I do, but I did see my skin brighten up after using it for two weeks. Yay for birght skin!

This Body Shop cleanser removes dull skin cells and reveals a radiance with a gentle, exfoliating face wash that will leave your skin smooth and revitalized. Contains Amazonian Camu Camu berry which is known to have one of the highest contents of Vitamin C in nature. Antioxidant Vitamin C encourages production of collagen, improves elasticity and protects against damaging environmental aggressors. We have never tested on animals. Similarly, we insist that our suppliers have not tested their ingredients on animals for cosmetic purposes. This product is 100% vegetarian.

SKII 'Facial Treatment' Essence (2.5 oz.) $100.00 USD at Nordstrom

This toner was given to me in an SKII package when I spoke at an event for them. The smell is a little off-putting at first but as it absorbs into your skin it goes away. I speak to many women who avoid toners because they claim they make their skin tight - if this is you then you are using toners that 99.9% of beauty pros would NOT recommend. If anything makes your face feel tight then you need switch products.

This unique pitera-rich product moisturizes to improve texture and clarity for a more beautiful, glowing complexion. It also helps stimulate the natural renewal process of the skin's outer layer to rebalance and bring harmony to your skin. Women are so passionate about it that they describe it as their 'holy water.' It contains over 90% pure pitera, the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products. Rely on it daily to moisturize instantly and renew skin's surface for a smoother texture. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.

I've been using Sheep Placenta serum for about a year now. It doesn't smell at all so I don't get the heebee jeebies. At first I thought it was weird and a little gross but the results are truly amazing. I know I've joked about the #nobotox #faceof42 but the truth is - I don't have Botox and I'm reaching 43. sigh From the neck up I'm doing ok... 

Baaa-nefits of sheep placenta:

- Stimulates skin cell renewal thereby reinvigorating old cells and generating new healthy cells. The result is an increasingly youthful appearance.

- Provides intense hydration to skin, returning firmness and suppleness while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

- Reduces pigmentation and diminishes appearance of age spots, blemishes and discolouration.

- Promotes a smooth, translucent skin complexion.

- Increases skin elasticity thereby reducing saggy appearances.

- Encourages rapid healing and reduces scars.

- Returns vigour to dry, aged skin with young and radiant looking skin.

- Help balance skin's natural sebum production and reduce open pores

If animal products give you the willies (I bet readers in the UK have a different visual here) then let me suggest to you SKIN INC whose wide variety of serums come from plants. They have a plant placenta that I've tried - the sheep placenta gives me better results but the vegan one does work. I also have a customized Daily Dose by SKIN INC that I use every day.

Frankly I'd be better of financially to just get the Botox vs the investment into my skincare arsenal. I kid. Kinda.

I see many clients who share their Botox and filler stories with me. Some have left me in shock and awe at how great they look and they can make facial expressions! LOL. I believe that one day I'll break that no Botox/filler seal; and when I do it will probably be here with Dr. Komathy Rajaratnam. I had a client who moved away but had her work done here and raves about her and since I've sent many her way with the same rave reviews.

WAIT! How did I go from skincare to where to get your Botox??!! Moving on.

Hands-down the best moisturizer that I have ever used: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $40.00 USD at Ulta

I love this under makeup for anyone I work on too - regardless of age and skin type. It really helps glide the foundation on. 

A medium-weight cream that maintains skin's moisture balance while improving its texture. Deep-moisturizing Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus vitamins A, C and E reduce free radical activity while the light, emulsive protection helps shield against dehydration and pollution. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. Professional recommendation advised.

SK-II Signs Eye Mask $110.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue

I've stashed a few of these in my makeup kit. They're great for models and celebs who are jetlagged and overworked. I also love them for pre-Red Carpet or pre-bridal makeup.

Designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area. A soft cotton mask, drenched with moisturizers enhanced with Pitera and an exclusive Cell Treatment complex, hydrates deeply, smoothes fine lines and revives the eye area. Comes with 14 pairs.

Dermalogica Age Smart MultiVitamin Power Firm $56.00 USD at Ulta

If you are a skincare company with an eye cream that you believe is better than this please send it to me. I'd kindly review it. I've used this since 2004. I've tried other eye creams along the way. It is part of my job to be in the beauty know. La Mer? Creme de la break the bank. Don't waste your money. Tried it. Not a fan. And if you are a cry-baby about silicones in your skincare and makeup then you need to research more. Silicones are not bad for your skin. I actually look for silicone in foundations because of the non-comedogenic and slip properties.

Combat visible lines around the eye area with this powerful firming complex of skin-rebuilding antioxidant vitamins, protective Silicones, and Red Seaweed Extract. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. An infusion of vitamins A, C, and E help accelerate skin's natural repair process, strengthen elasticity, improve smoothness, and defend against Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals); Silicones melt gently into skin to help diminish fine lines and smooth texture; Green Tea helps soothe irritation.

Do you have a fave skincare product? Wrote a review on one you'd like to share? Go ahead and link it in my comments.

Recap of the previous Beauty Lust Haves

Beauty Lust Haves: April

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By Andrea Claire · April 2, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Say it with me: Lust haves because I love them and you must have them!

Original Mineral Detox Shampoo and Conditioner set.
This combo is amazing for oily scalp, swimmers and anyone else who feels that their hair has build up - which should be D) all of the above. I bought this after conferring with my friends at O&M due to Stuff Zoie Says developing an unintentional shade of swimmer's mint blonde. Since I like to test everything on my hair I found that it gave my hair new life. I've been using it on my clients who have sinced raved that their hair feels 'like it did years ago' - tea tree is one the ingredients working magic here. If you don't have an oily scalp nor swim a lot, still consider this as an at home detox treatment once a week and trust me - you fine hair girls are going the love the new found body it gives you. Live in Singapore? Buy it here.

Let's kill two birds with one stone.

My HB [husband] went on a business trip and took with him some important steps to my skincare regimen - he's jealous and trying to sabotage me. I had some Skin Inc from an event swag bag that I forgot I had and the Kate Somerville eye cream I bought after sampling some of her other luxe creams.

Skin Inc - Skin Supplement Bar I had originally heard rave reviews from Mmerci Encore who at the time reigned the beauty dept at Harper's Bazaar Singapore. I was given their 'Daily Dose' then and loved it, but we shortly relocated to Austin Texas (2009) where Skin Inc was out of sight and therefore out of mind. I must have been out of my mind to let that happen. As per the pic, I have been using the Skin Inc Vitamin A and Placenta - not to worry Vegans! It's plant placenta! ...unless you're opposed to screaming carrots - I kid! I don't think it's carrots - maybe screaming aloe.
*Skin Inc ships worldwide!
[and ps - we relocated back to Singapore in 2010 - I love Singapore but I miss Austin, especially my house.]

Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair since my HB walked off with my Dermalogica I seized the opportunity to go shopping. I have been ageing fairly gracefully (minus the trucker mouth) so I am lucky in the lineage department but that doesn't mean to leave it up to nature. I love the velvety texture Kate's Line Release gives under my eyes and just like my coveted fave, concealer doesn't crease over this eye cream and your fine lines will diminish. Win/Win!

Kate's dual purpose tip: Try putting a dab on the lip line to help soften lines, hydrate the area, and make lips look fuller and keep lipstick or gloss from bleeding into the lines.

In one of my recent BellaBox monthly beauty deliveries was this little gem: Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Treatment. I love that it has a natural UV protector which is important in any climate for all hair types - chemically processed or not. Suitable whether your hair is fine or thick BUT fine hair proceed with caution and use sparingly. Put a few drops in your hands first, rub together and then apply on towel-dried hair to the mid-lengths, ends and then roots without adding more to your hands or hair.

*NOTE: 'Towel-dried' does not mean attack your hair like a crazy person with a towel. Best to gently wrap your hair to absorb excess water - roughly towel-drying causes friction lifting the cuticle causing breakage and flyaways - especially a bad method for curly or damaged hair.

Another beauty subscription gem from the The Black Box Team in Singapore - Dr Jart's V7 VitaLaser (available in full sizes at Luxola) Again, it's about texture for me when it comes to skincare. This V7 VitaLaser is packed with vitamins to nourish the skin healing the after affects of acne and pigmentation while fighting the signs of ageing and protect against the elements including the evil UV rays. Fire the V7 [Vita]Lasers! It absorbs quickly and yes I can still feel it but it leaves my skin velvety smooth. Velvet skin textures + makeup = love. 

*you got the Austin Powers reference - right? Yes? No? Moving on...

Read all my Lust Haves up to date here.

Andrea Claire is a beauty-pro with a career as a hair & makeup artist for 20+ years. Connect with her on Facebook here.

Tips for those who just can't stop picking their face

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By Andrea Claire · March 4, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Sure - us beauty experts say 'paws off your mug!' - but sometimes you just gotta squeeze that one zit or attack the army of blackheads. What you don't know is that you can make your skin from bad to worse as that one pesky pimple can multiply. The juicy insides of a pimple contains bacteria and when you squeeze it exploding all over your mirror, some of that can and probably will spread onto your face or a simple blackhead that you declog is now open to refill and if you aren't careful picking, prodding and poking can lead to scar tissue and/or infection.

  • Before touching your face always wash your hands first with soap and water - preferably fragrence-free soap because even a hint of fragrance on your fingers can be an irritant when squeezing a zit
  • Wash your face too. Clean fingers but dirty skin can still cause zits to multiply or become infected
  • After you are done poking, wash your hands and face again - this is a great time to apply Dermalogica's UltraCalming relief masque to soothe your skin
  • Know when to call in the experts. Underground pimples that are the size of Mt Olympus may need to be injected with dermatologist's magic

have some products to declutter your nose of unsightly blackheads and help control the oil.

The Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Pack is a multi-step blackhead removal that takes the old Biore nosestrips one step further - and a lot more effective from my opinion. I have tried both - if you have a blackhead problem you are going to LOVE Skinmiso.

Step 1 Remove blackheads and whiteheads with the first nose mask formulated with plant extracts.
Step 2 Contract pores with the second nose mask with ingredients such as witch hazel extract and keep skin moisturized with its patented materials.
Step 3 Control sebum and absorb oil keeping your skin smooth and dry.

For those blackheads playing hard to get you can give them a gentle push but careful! Although this Comedo Remover by SKINMISO has no sharp edges you need to handle with care. My mother had a Revlon blackhead pusher-outer-thingy when I was in high school that I almost shish-kebabbed my eyeball because my nose was too slick from oils - so trust me when I say -wash your face first! Gently press onto blackheads - don't force them - the stubborn ones will eventually come out. And wash your comedo tool with soap and water plus spray with rubbing alcohol before and after use.

SKINMISO is available through BellaBox.

Beauty Lust Haves: February

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By Andrea Claire · March 1, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Ok - so it's March 1st... PLEASE forgive me as it was my intention to have this up within the first week of every month - which means March's list will be up really soon since I need to catch up... AND my usual layout I've used on this OnSugar network is hiccuping so... little different this time. I've had so many OnSugar issues lately that I've wondered if they are fazing out their blogger extensions or whatever we digital influencers would be classified as.

So to start of the February LUST HAVE list:

Amoré by GI OTTO have these AMAZING soy-based bodycare candles that... double as body moisturizers!! I LOVE the fact that you can create a lovely spa-like ambiance and then have a serious love-fest for your skin apres your shower. I also light one now as I am doing hair & makeup on someone and offer them the chance to try it on their hands - you can get Botoxed to the nines but if you don't hydrate your hands then your age shows there...

Amoré candles are hand-poured using 100%, FDA approved, pure soy oil and burns cleaner than paraffin-based candles. Available in a variety of fragrances, our candles will burn approximately 40% longer than wax candles.

They are soot-free and do not emit harmful toxins such as Benzene into your home. Unlike wax candles, Amoré candles burns coolly at 41 Degrees Celcius into a reflective pool of soy that always remains warm to the touch and will not burn hands. Extremely safe to have around children.

The melt pool that is created upon burning can also be used as a skin moisturiser that can be massaged onto dry or irritated areas. It can also be applied as a soothing remedy to sunburns, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak.

Renee / Beauty Fool did a limited edition collaboration with Lemongrass House and my fave from Renee's Blend is the Salt Body Glow with it's Eco-friendly mixture of Siam Magnolia, Chocolate, Vanilla, Pink Grapefruit, Papaya and Coconut your body feels exfoiliated and hydrated after your shower. I love to get my body damp, turn off my shower and rub this all over - let it sit for 5 mins then rinse - kind of a mini DIY-spa treatment at home. Don't shave your legs first and then use this as it will hurt like an S.O.B. BUT using the Amoré bodycare candles right after locks in the glorious hydrating benefits from Renee's magic potion and leaves your skin feeling soft as the good silk - not that rough raw silk!

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair was given to me by friend and UK-based makeup artist Sital Patel who insisted I had to have it. She's just jealous that I look so young and she wants me to believe that I need this - but - ok, I do - I love it! Cheap b*tch just brought me a sample though, not a full size. I kid - I love her. She assisted me many times for next to nothing - ok, well - nothing. Our industry is awesome that way. Pay back is my four readers can click on her link and admire her work. Anyhow - off topic - habit... I had almost a week's worth squeezed out of my sample in Paris. Saved my skin in the January cold in Paris; felt lovely - hydrated without any the heaviness I feel with La Mer and SKII.

I hate this Kiehl's lip balm. Hate it. BUT I LOVE it in the pot version which doesn't seem to be on their website. I saw the pot version and thought - why not give it a whirl. It seems thicker in the pot and therefore less goopy (technical beauty word). Cheap and cheerful for my makeup kit - part of my skincare routine I apply on all my models, celebs, brides etc...

That's it. Just four. Hope you can deal. Give me a week. I'll catch up with March!

The not-so-festive Turkey Neck!

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By Andrea Claire · December 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

The turkey neck waddle and the decolletage are areas that we have neglected over the years. Guess what? A neglected neckline reveals more than you want to share - your age! Sure - maybe you are face focused and looking youthful with your creams serums, boosters, fillers and the Botoxed Barbie extremes from the neck up but what about below the chin?

Have you learned nothing from Ally McBeal?

Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone (Dyan Cannon) gets some turkey waddle love by Richard Fish (Greg Germann) as seen on Ally McBeal.

When you apply your face creams are you stopping at your jawline? Yes? Are you using a neck cream? hm...

Our skin needs to be treated with love and devotion.

You can't ignore the beauty industry's influence just like you can't ignore the fashion influence of cerulean blue.

We don't make the aging rules but you do need to learn them to win the fight against aging! Maintaining hydration and elasticity focusing on collagen rejuvenation as we age is key. Of course we think of prevention - suncreen and regular skincare habits and that should not be limited to our face.

As you age do you ever wake up with creases on your bust? I am not talking breasts - just above the top of your cleavage to your collarbone. Those creases in the morning are signs of dehydration and over time they will stay, deepen and sag. Do you look at an older relative wondering if your decolletage area will become leathery like theirs? Are you focusing on Aunt Bertha's neck waddle when you are chatting with her? Don't get her confused with your Holiday turkey.

Delaying the signs of aging can be done with proper care. Keeping your skin nourished with creams is proven to be effective. This is me. I am 41. I have had no work done and there is no Photoshopping here - yes, a little Instagramming - I have used creams all over for years. If I get lazy with my body / neck creams I notice the difference within a week on my decolletage. Lather up with lotions Ladies and metro-Gents!

You can get a jump-start on your waddle and extra chins with Exilis. [I may or may not be giving this a go elsewhere... stay tuned.] But no helping hand is efficient without upkeep. Never too late to start with your magic potions.

Radical Skincare Firming Neck Gel  $125.00 USD at Barneys New York

Experience an immediate lift and a smoother, brighter skin tone on your neck and décolleté with this unique antioxidant-rich creamy emulsion. Kelp Extract smoothes and Green Tea and Resveratrol fight aging free radicals. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin C and collagen-defending Sepilift help firm sagging neck tissue, while Soybean and Jojoba Oils provide high-performance hydration. 50ml

La Prairie Anti-Aging Neck Cream A Cellular Firming Complex  $225.00 USD at Bloomingdale's

Is your neck hinting at your age? The skin of the neck and chin ages differently from the skin of the face, and with aging, the chin may lose its youthful streamlined look. Scientists at La Prairie have developed a formula containing a complex designed to help re-contour the chin and neck area to a slimmer, firmer look. Other ingredients work to hydrate, smooth, and promote even skin tone. With regular use, the skin of the neck becomes silkier, smoother, and tighter. Benefits: Helps slim and re-shape the chin and neck area Boosts skin function to help restore density, firmness, elasticity and texture with a youth-restoring complex and an advanced peptide Renews skin hydration system to increase moisture retention Helps reduce age spots and promotes even skin tone through an anti-pigmentation complex The Application: Morning and evening. Using two hands and beginning at the bustline, stroke upward quickly toward neck and chin in rapid alternative strokes. Use more cream if necessary and apply to back of neck and upper shoulder area.

Perricone MD Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy 2 oz (59 ml)  $98.00 USD at Beauty.com

The science to address specific skin concerns. Helps to firm, nourish and hydrate Minimizes appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. The first signs of age often appear in the neck area. This anti-glycation cream will help tone, tighten and form a barrier to increase the appearance of skin's overall elasticity and thickness. It nourishes and hydrates the skin to help minimize developing lines and wrinkles. It is odorless, non-greasy and non staining. Skin will appear more firm, smooth in texture and youthful. Made in USA

Want 'Pearl-fect' skin?

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By Andrea Claire · November 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Dermalogica (Singapore) invited me to speak at their launch of  AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30 to discuss: Pearl-fect skin.

Dermalogica says that they are blurring the lines between makeup and skincare, which is a great balance as some women just want to add a glow and smooth out fine lines, skin tone and brighten without a heavy base and the added beauty bonus? It is are still considered skincare as the primer contains active cosmeceutical ingredients. The velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface prepping for a flawless make-up application. Wear alone over your moisturizer or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help [poly]fill fine lines for a lasting make-up finish.

Alongside the primer we also launched Sheer Tint SPF 20 and

Cover Tint SPF 20 - the common ingredient to all of these? Pearl essence.

FASCINATING: Pearl powder is believed to be a long time favourite of Asian women. Used during the Tang Dynasty to protect their skin under stage makeup... hm... and now in Skinperfect Primer!! How pearl-fect! ;) Pearl powder applied onto the skin speeds up the skin's natural metabolism which tones and rejuvenates the complexion. Can you not understand why my love for Dermalogica remains unconditional?? They are the skin professionals in the know!

For your day makeup:

  1. A great base starts with the Skinperfect Primer followed by Sheer Tint or Cover Tint (slightly more coverage), both give a luminous glow. Glowing skin diffuses imperfections so you even out skin tone and smooth skin with the benefits of a slightly highlighted pearl effect.
  2. Adding an extra highlighting cream to the 5 face lifting points - cheek bone, brow bone, bridge of nose, mid-chin and forehead - colour is up to you -I love NARS The Multiple Sticks for this. Try NARS Copacapana for lighter skin or Lamu for darker skin.
  3. Follow with a tri -colour blush for dimension FACEatelier Peach Glaze is a beautiful colour that suits all skin tones. If you feel the need for slight sculpting, apply a darker tone of the Sheer or Cover Tint into your cheek hollows first.

**If you suffer from oily skin you can use your powder over top but in this MUA's opinion: powder is often overused to fight oily skin. Best to first check that you are on the correct skincare regimen - over powdering can result in your sebaceous glands thinking that they need to produce more oil so you effectively could be making your oily matters worse.*

Image via DermalogicaSG - lovely Hazel, my model from the launch day. Notice the pearls on her eyes.

Night makeup 

  1. Glamorize any day makeup by simply boosting up your lips. A red lip, with pearlescent eyes suits everyone and can get you from office to soirée in under 15 minutes.
  2. Want to try something a little fun and swaying from the norm? Why not a fine line of small pearls above your eye contour (oribital bone) or use the pearls to accent your winged liner.

Chanel: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring / Summer 2013

Hair tip:
Why not accessorize your chignon with pearl drops a la Chanel?  Try a simple hair bow chignon - secure first, accessorize with pearls after.

Thank you Dermalogica and Aster Spring for having me part of your event! It was my pleasure sharing my makeup and hair tips with the media, bloggers, customers and staff!

Nip + Fab = Rodial

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By Andrea Claire · September 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Generalizing beauty events: I am always aghast at the lack of lighting at beauty events... Um... You are selling pretty with overhead lighting...

Struggling with my thoughts on how to write about the Nip + Fab launch I attended in Singapore a few weeks ago I get a little eye rolling happening. When a company has a 'one size fits all' anything I cringe... Clothes and cosmetics do not always fit all.

Mind you, I can't get overly cranky as the Nip + Fab event had only one product that had colour to it that clearly does not fit all unlike the claim.

Although this looks more like a powdery 'oopsy' beware of the one size fits all makeup shades for the skin and bloody hell... Get some Shadow Shields!!

Best girl-friendly public washroom lighting goes to: The Maple Leaf Lounge at Pearson Airport! Ring light... Thanks Air Canada!! [self-portrait with my HTC One S]

I am wearing a little makeup here which included Nip + Fab's Eye Fix, an under eye highlighter/brightener for someone say, me or lighter. It is awesome! Use sparingly because if you don't it will settle into your fine lines enhancing them. This is not an everyday tool. I use it ever-so-sparingly after my foundation and concealer to brighten my tired eyes when needed. I would love Nip + Fab to remove the word 'concealer' from the packaging - it misrepresents the product. I also see this becoming over-used like Touche Eclat.

*During the Nip + Fab demo we were told that if you find the Eye Fix colour too pink apply your yellow foundation on top to counter balance... Hmmm, however the more product under your eyes the more you risk under eye caking and creasing. Usually products like the Eye Fix are for correcting and brightening so one could conclude that if you need to correct your corrector then this is not a product for you. Just sayin...

Sheer Makeup Fix The minute this velvety texture morphed over my skin I knew I would love it. My foundation looked fresh all day. What more can a glowing girl ask for?? Billed as a sheer BB Cream, this makes a great primer or wear on it's own and touch up your skin as needed with your concealer.

Frown Fix - I didn't see any change when I used this so perhaps my frown lines are not deep enough yet... I'll pass this to my husband when I hand him my Visa bill from my recent overseas trip...

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Rodial is Nip + Fab's big sister.

Glamoxy Snake Serum    $160.00, DERMSTORE My first product I had tried with Rodial was the Snake Serum; fashioned after viper venom to freeze muscles like a topical Botox. I hate needles and this worked on a line I had deepening near my brow. I have yet to try Botox... I am curious but afraid of crazy face.

Rodial Glam Balm Multi 1.35oz  $49.00, SkinStore Glam Balm was great for me on a recent trip to Canada. I have tried SKII Melting Rich in the past - the horror - I break out every time! The Glam Balm was great with the approaching colder months in Canada, not sure how I would fair with it in the skin-plumping humidity of paradise-found, Singapore; love it on the lips a la the coveted Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. (My Singaporean readers: yes! I truly LOVE the weather - I look younger here)

RODIAL Glamtox Day Spf15 (New) $98.00, SpaceNK This felt so light on my skin in the day that for me, although I could feel the hydrating benefits I need a tad more for this 41 year old skin so you could top this up with your favourite Dermalogica Booster.

RODIAL Glamtox 5 Minute Facial $45.00, SpaceNK

To me, masks are the at-home quickie facial and who doesn't love a quickie? *wink*  Another one of those things I wish I committed to making more time for... the facial... If you are struggling to find time to do a mask let me suggest the preschooler's bath-time. As I give #stuffZoiesays her bath I pay more attention to my skin clearly I don't mean I ignore my child in the bath. I throw on a mask and sit with her. Zoie can do most things on her own and just needs the odd lather rinse repeat coaching.

**All prices are in U.S dollars**

Week 6 || Le Pétronille Skincare Challenge with Luxola

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By Andrea Claire · June 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Here I am in my final week of my 6 week Luxola sponsored skincare challenge with Le Pétronille Skincare.

Not all good things have to come to an end.

I love the results with my Pétronille Skincare that even though I have my old faithful I am not shoving the Pétronille aside to return to it.

Take note that six weeks later, I have been using the Essentielle Jour cream and I still have some left. I am not sure exactly how much but I can tell you that I am not scraping bottom yet. Good to know that you get your money's worth!

The elixirs you can mix and match to target your skin's needs by boosting your own skin cream if you are married to it. Of course, Le Pétronille recommends their creams as they are formulated to work together, but it isn't a must-do. Just keep in mind that the elixirs could make your creams appear watery.

Thanks Luxola for the intro to the new product! I apprehensively took the challenge and glad I lived on the skincare edge - no adverse effects!

See the previous week reports here.

Give love to the skin you are in! Help your skin's rate of absorption with the Sonic Cleanse! Read more here and a get a time sensitive discount code for you, my readers!


Week 5 || Le Pétronille Skincare Challenge with Luxola

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By Andrea Claire · May 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

So... un petit peu de retard for this post. Je suis desole. I was in beautiful Paree!

Welcome to week 5/6 of my Le Pétronille Skincare Challenge sponsored by Luxola.

You may recall that last week I jetted off to Paris and knowing that I was going to be surrounded by chic French women I toted along my Le Pétronille anti-aging Elixir.

Combat fine lines, wrinkles and aging skin with this booster which combines 10% of Argireline® and 1% Eyeliss® to help fight and reduce wrinkles for visibly younger and firmer skin. Ideal for those who want to smooth and plump their skin.

"The 10% Argireline® formulation is the optimum concentration to achieve the best result in reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Argireline® is proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles and fights the formation of future lines. Eyeliss® decongests and soothes the eye contour while reducing under eye bags. Contains no parabens, no alcohol, no perfume, no artificial colouring. Never tested on animals." Luxola.

My genuine feedback: You know when you read a claim about a product and think 'Yeah right!' ... well, I am sure that my skin has plumped. My marionette lines [sigh] aka smile lines seem less visible. My favourite combo for me is the Le Pétronille Antioxydant Elixir for the day and the Anti-aging Elixir for night. This will be my combo for my last week of my challenge.

**I was given a Sonic Cleanse from SkinStreet so watch for my review - but I can give you a sneak peek into my thoughts: I've been using this for the past couple of weeks - truly this tool changes the way you cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin; and here I had thought I mastered hygiene.

Need to catch up?

Read week one here, week two here, week three here and week four here.

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