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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.

Get Ready Girls Cambodia trip #3

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By Andrea Claire · January 9, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
In December I went to Cambodia again to teach one of my beauty workshops with the Riverkids Get Ready Girls program.

I made time to visit The Killing Fields this time.

A killing tree to beat children to their death. I can't even...

Victims' sculls sorted by ages and gender on display as a tribute and reminder to the many lives lost.

I watched The Killing Fields just prior to my third trip too. I am doing my best to educate myself on the history and current tone for the families in which i am trying to help.

I've been trying to reach out to others who are doing the same be it individuals or organizations. It's not as easy a task as I thought.

In my efforts of trying to network and meet people in Cambodia, either for insight or with similar intentions I was introduced to a man who owns many businesses there who was happy-ish to sit and chat with me about it all.

It was an interesting conversation that I had with this business owner in Cambodia, also foreigner to the country. With 11 years previous NGO experience he is, admittedly jaded. 
He expressed to me that although admirable, coming to Cambodia to teach to the youth at risk in the slums seems to be a waste of time. 
What are the intentions? What do I hope to achieve? Was it just a feel good project?
Great questions. Intentions - well, of course to provide an education to these girls to empower them. Give them hope and show that people do really care. Feel good project? That was not even in the cards for me. I knew that I wanted to dive further in from the beginning and with each trip I make, I feel more committed. As I've mentioned in previous posts - Riverkids and I want to start a beauty school.
He believes that it will take centuries to build a proper middle class which would be the answer to a better Cambodian economy. He added that although I have good intentions, he feels that myself and others doing similar projects are a waste of time.
So... What was he saying?! Give up? Why teach when this generation may not reap the benefits?
He criticized my sharing experiences and talking to people about how they can help. He believes it creates an added risk. If the global population hears that a blind eye is often turned away from crime in Cambodia then telling people attracts them. Which is why I've taken so long to write this blog post.
He also criticized the hair and makeup / massage industry. Said it becomes an added service to the list of services that some of the girls potentially offer already; that hair, makeup / massage industries are generally known for added services considering the intimacy of the service. I can say that in 23 years I have never added 'extra services'.

I shared our conversation with my husband who poked a very big hole in this man's theory: most of the clients are women and what I have set out to teach these Get Ready Girls doesn't include services for men. 

This businessman based in Phnom Penh also shared with me a story about somebody in Cambodia that runs a bar with a high prostitute rate and other illegal activities. A French film crew came in and apparently gave so much press to this guy trying to paint him as the pig that he is and instead of condemning him, it made him more popular now a tourist destination. Kind of reminds me of the ping-pong girls in Thailand -I have never seen that but sure have heard of it and know people that go and want to experience witnessing this kind of show - so maybe there is truth to his belief that sharing crime info attracts scumbags? What to do?
Do you then sweep everything under the carpet or do you actually try to help out? Isn't education the key to advance economies? 
Is he right that sharing information about crimes that take place in Cambodia are educating scumbags as to where you can go and do it? 
He says that there is a children's brothel in Cambodia and fears that sharing the information creates more of a demand; that the American way is to swoop in and remove the children but the problem with that is a new batch of children are abducted or bought to replace the ones who are 'saved'. 
Frankly, shutting it down and tossing the people running the place in jail should be what happens.
If we ignore the crimes against women and children, they won't go away. I am no expert. I don't have the answers. 
Year zero was 1979 for Cambodians. We are about to embark on 2014.
My most recent trip was in December. Melville Pepino and MAC Cosmetics sent products in support of education and training for the Get Ready Girls. 
As I have mentioned previously, the goal is to get a beauty school up and running in Phnom Penh. I have heard of one up and running in Siam Reap apparently started by a woman who was once in the sex trade in Cambodia. I am very interested in talking to her.
Educate. Empower. 
I had mentioned Kiva micro-financing to the Get Ready Girls as a goal that they can aspire to. I have tried to connect with Kiva to get more information. How do women who have little to zero ways of connecting over the Internet actually reach them?
According to the businessman I spoke with, he believes that a loan for schooling is better vs free college as it shows you who are the more serious students. They then feel more empowered without a simple handout. If I'm not mistaken, the country he is from offers free education including the university years... hm....


All I can say is being with these girls for a few days showing them an alternative career, having their families support their education, not financially but not selling them either - I see joy on their faces.


The girls rock at braiding so I was showing them various other updos, hot pin curl sets and cold sets.

I truly love these girls. A few of them had returned from my previous workshops as they do want to proceed with a hairstyling / makeup artist career.
If you are eager to help or have some input please don't hesitate to message me privately or in the comments below.

A pile of thank you letters from the girls along with hugs and tears.

I'm not done. My goal to have a beauty school is still very much alive.

And my thanks goes out to Blue Lime boutique hotel in Phnom Penh, MAC Cosmetics for your continued support and to Patrick Melville salon in New York!!

Read about my previous trips here.

Riverkids also teaches sewing. Read more here.

Selfies for Science!

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By Andrea Claire · December 27, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Prior to the holiday season I bought myself a few new palettes... I was 'Christmas shopping' when items for me just happened to fall into my basket. *wink*

I also received some lovely palettes and other beauty items from beauty companies  who support my editorial/celeb work. Job perk: free beauty.

Some of these items will be added to my blog but I've decide to start #acselfiesforscience on my Instagram as well so when I try something new you can have a quick look perhaps with a tip or two and whether is comes with a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Why selfies for science? You've heard the term 'for the sake of science' - well I won't be testing my beauty products on Zoie's new bunny...

*If you don't see a video above here, please refresh the post title

 
In this first #acselfiesforscience Instavideo I've used three colours from the Too Faced These are a few of my favorite things limited edition palette.
In the video I said one of the colours was chocolate strudel. Clearly I was in the festive mindset of eating chocolate. Actually the three colours that I am wearing in order of application are:

Crisp Apple Strudel
Dark Chocolate
Party Time (excellent)


SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Bent Liner Brush #23 $17.00 USD at Sephora

*The Dark Chocolate and Party Time I applied with a bent liner brush. Everyone needs to own one of these brushes. They are a must have for your brush collection. Great for precision lining and geometric wing-tip liner.

Here I am wearing [not sunscreen on my chest apparently :( ]



MAC M·A·C 'Mineralize' Moisture Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
$34.00 USD at Nordstrom

 

Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch 2.5  $40.00 USD at Sephora

I just discovered this 2.5 at the airport on my way to Cambodia. The .5 series is for warm undertones - just using the 2 washes me out.

*This is not a concealer but to add luminous highlights and lift but sometimes all you need is this with your foundation.


Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish in Scene to be Seen from the holiday 2013 collection $33.00 USD at M·A·C

Using Laura Mercier expert eyes 2013 palette: Guava on my lid, Primrose in crease, Bamboo on the outer half of my lid and smudged a little into my crease.

Maybelline Falsies, my new favorite mascara

 

Stila Lip Glaze In Kitten $22.00 USD at Rent The Runway

#AZMondayMakeover || Dina

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By Andrea Claire · December 23, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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Dina is our latest #azMondayMakeover subject. The eldest twin (her sister Diana is Zurina's assistant), Dina works in the shipping trade.

Shop Dina's makeup look


MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 in Medium Plus $30.00 USD at Dillard's


Alison Raffaele True Concealer, Skintone 4 - $25.00 USD at Beauty.com


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer $30.00 USD at Macy's My fave for sculpting and shading.


Blush NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta $39.00 USD at Lord & Taylor


MAC Palace Pedigreed
(pictured) is what I used but it is unavailble so try Plum Dressing instead!

Star Lash Brow pencils have a great angled tip for a seamless application, even if you are brow-application challenged.


Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara - Black Drama $6.99 USD at Ulta is the mascara to have. Cheap and cheerful!

I used Black Up Cosmetics 2n1 Jumbo pencil in #4. Off to Paris? Visit the Black Up counter at Sephora or their free-standing store.

*Hint* Their store gets you more 1-on-1 attention.

photography by


hair, makeup, directing, editing, concept and sarcasm by

Want to participate? Email me a photo with the subject line AZMONDAYMAKEOVER.

Why our little makeover project? Speaking for myself, I am tired of women being bullied into beauty with visions of photoshopped perfection that is impossible for us to actually achieve day to day. Beauty should be fun that doesn't breed insecurities but empowers.

xo
Andrea Claire

ps - I am home with the flu so I reserve the right to make corrections here later.

#AZMondayMakeover || Mylinh

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By Andrea Claire · December 9, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

After a slight #AZMondayMakeover hiatus - we couldn't get our sh*t together because I was having to rush a colonoscopy. (see what I did there) My life = glamour 24/7.  (don't worry, that part of me is ok) And because I am so full of useful tips: If you ever need a colonoscopy / gastroscopy, mix that crap you have to drink with orange pop. Seriously... enough with my medical drama - these makeovers are becoming my therapy. :)
   

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Monday Makeover!!!

Today's beauty is PR exec Mylinh Cheung, CEO/Founder of Epic PR. Honestly, her barefaced before is super cute - the swan remains a swan. just a little glammed up.


I prepped Mylinh's skin with Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum and Make Up For Ever HD Primer.

FACEatelier Ultra Foundation #4


Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer $24.00 USD at Sephora

An ultrahydrating crease-control concealer. What it does: Cover-up goes incognito. This moisturizing crease-control concealer with vitamin E and apple seed extract hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultranatural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for six hours and won’t cake, crease, or settle.


Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Dixie (colour not as shown) $26.00 USD at Bloomingdale's

Lightweight formulation delivers a radiant finish. Apply Cream Blusher to enhance your cheekbones, use over foundation for impact or under for a captivating glow. Key Benefits: 1. Hydrates: contains moisturizing Vitamin E 2. Versatile: can be used on cheeks and lips Application: Build and blend with fingers or brush.


Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer $30.00 USD at Sephora

A light matte bronzer infused with real cocoa powder and long-wearing pigments. What it does: Too Faced has combined the natural detoxifying effects of real cocoa powder with their signature bronzing pigments to create a lighter version of their bestselling Chocolate Soleil original matte bronzer. The Milk Chocolate shade is perfectly suited for pale to medium skintones for a touch of summer warmth all year-long.


Benefit Cosmetics Ooh La Lift $22.00 USD at Sephora

This product is great for applying even on top of your makeup throughout the day under your eyes to reduce tired looking eyes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Taupe is what I used as a base colour for Mylinh's eyes. I love these on their own or as a primer. They grip shadows and don't budge through the day which means your eyeshadow will not runaway from you.


Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Golden Mink $78.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

The Tom Ford quads are pricey but if you seldom invest in makeup I recommend his shadows. The pigments are beautiful, easy to blend and long-lasting.

Brows are Star Lash brow pencil in Golden Brown; loving this twist up pencil as it has a lovely angle for a no-brainer application.  I always prefer to add a brow colour slightly lighter than the natural brow for a softer look.

*TIP: Blend the edges with a cotton swab dipped in highlighter.
 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Washable Mascara Very Black 281 $7.79 USD at Walgreens

Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes. Patented spoon brush and kera-fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look.


Ardell DuraLash Naturals Flare $3.49 USD at Walgreens

I used the medium brown flares (clusters as I call them). I tell you why I use brown vs black in the video.


NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix, $25.00 USD at Nordstrom

Hair.

Another sigh with the technical difficulties. Any production company interested in shooting with us you can hit me up here.


Aveda 'phomollientTM' Styling Foam $19.00 USD at Nordstrom

I blew out Mylinh's hair with AVEDA Phomollient at the mid-lengths and ends with Original Mineral Rootalicious at the roots.
I did a round brush set which means with each section, I left the round brush in as the hair cooled for a stronger set. See a visual here.

Photography by:


Hair & makeup: moi.

Want to participate? Email me a photo with the subject line AZMONDAYMAKEOVER.

Why our little makeover project? Speaking for myself, I am tired of women being bullied into beauty with visions of photoshopped perfection that is impossible for us to actually achieve day to day. Beauty should be fun that doesn't breed insecurities but empowers. I feel that enough voices are out there putting the beauty industry to task; let's actually do something about it.

Our images are proudly photoshop-free!  

xo
Andrea Claire

Lipstick shades of yesteryear that still influence today's beauty

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By Andrea Claire · November 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Lipstick sure has made its mark in the various eras and we definitely have seen a major lipstick comeback but then again, we could say that these iconic lip shades never go out of style.

"You know how to whistle don't you?" Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not, 1944

  
50s RED LIPS - Elizabeth Taylor. Audrey Hepburn. Grace Kelly. Many screen starlets come to mind for the 50s but no one better than Marilyn Monroe.

Get the look with:


Noir Collection Lipstick - Rouge Noir $24.00 at DERMSTORE


60s - NUDE LIPS Brigitte Bardot. Twiggy - known for her dolly lashes paired with a pale nude lipstick

Get the look with:

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, Blush Nude $49.00 by Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus



70s - DISCO FROSTED Anjelica Houston and Farrah Fawcett. Two totally different looks but with such iconic beauty impact. Anjelica - the exotic beauty vs  Farrah - skate betty /girl next store both with a hint of gloss and frost.

Get the look with:

Noir Collection Lipstick - Nude Noir $24.00 at DERMSTORE you can add a clear coat of MAC Lipglass to get your disco on

80s - HIGH IMPACT PIGMENTS Iman Supermodel. Cyndi Lauper. Madonna. Sure bubblegum pinks come to mind for the 80s but we did have a rollover from 70s punk - a vampy matte 

Get the look:

MAC Dominate


90s - RED LIPS Gwen Stefani brought new life to the iconic red lipstick

Get the look:

Bite Beauty in Tannin
 
 
**My biggest tip for wearing lipstick: after lipstick application form an 'O' with your lips around one finger then slide it out which keeps your lipstick off your teeth. Just don't do this in front of a date as it may send the wrong message.

[This post was originally sent to ELLE.com to use for pro-tips]

VLOG || #AZMondayMakeover: Nadia Daeng

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By Andrea Claire · October 7, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Nadia Daeng, freelance PR-ista (kinda like fashionista but for PR)

Busy Bee Nadia D has a passion for red; her favourite colour. Of course I had to resist the urge to give her a red lip.

(If you don't see a video below here - please refresh the title.)


Moroccanoil Medium Ceramic Round Brush 35mm A$25.50A$23.50 at Catwalk

Nadia's hair was blown out using a medium round brush, Original & Mineral Rootalicious on Nadia’s roots for added root lift and Morroccanoil Volumizing Mousse on the rest of the hair for a closer to god effect. Blowing out natural curls when you intend to use tongs gives you a smoother hair shaft, of course you can tong diffused curls as well.


BaByliss Curl Secret Hair Curler. £119.99 at Argos

On a recent trip to Canada I bought the Babyliss MiraCurl (Curl Secret in the UK) aka the curling machine that you will see in action in our makeover video. To my surprise I saw them for sale at Jeric Salon here in Singapore – I guess if the PR for Babyliss would have actually returned my call I would have had that info and perhaps would have also known that the Babyliss is not dual voltage (I'm using a Conair transformer thingy) like they told me at the supply store in Canada. Subtle enough?

KEVIN.MURPHY Texture.Master A$34.95 at Adore Beauty

I finished Nadia’s hair with Kevin Murphy Texture Master. I love the sexy, big, tousled beach hair. I did not tease her hair aside from a smidge on the top – that spray truly is a miracle.

Nadia before and after. Photos by Zurina Bryant. Jewelry by Killari
**FYI: NO PHOTOSHOP


dermalogica Skin Kit, Age Smart $52.00 at Walgreens

With her skin based with all of my Dermalogica faves I moved on to my other fave: FACE atelier Ultra Foundation in #7.

*Nadia mentions that she often skips foundation because of the heat here in Singapore. Living in hot humid climates can be makeup challenging as sweaty skin can cause makeup to melt and powders to coagulate. If this is you then a primer for oily skin is a must unless you sweat like you are halfway through a Bikram session, in that case, primer is a waste of time.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $24.00 USD at Bergdorf Goodman

Start by applying the foundation with Bdellium Tools Studio Precision Kabuki 957 brush and contour with foundation one to two shades darker (on Nadia I used FA #9) Take time to blend with a Beauty Blender in a soft stippling motion. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (an eye brightener) can be used on it's own or over concealer - I love this powder introduced to me by Dee Daly

I based Nadia's eyes with Bikini-Tini from Benefit Cosmetics and played with a few loose metallic pigments, gold copper and bronze mixing them with Bio-Oil for an added wet look/glow. MAC's Shroom was applied to the inner tear duct and the brow bone.  Black gel liner at the lash line and inner waterline to give the eye some me-ow effect finished with Revlon mascara. 
 


Bio Oil 125ml £15.00 at Very

Bio-Oil is known for many skincare uses but it also makes a great addition to your makeup. Traditionally Vaseline is used on the eyelid for shine but overtime can travel and crease - I find that the Bio-Oil will crease with eyeshadows a smidge but so minimal it's barely worth the mention. Another great use for this? Replacing the 8 Hour Cream used on the lips. I've never understood my peers' love for that cream and Bio-Oil has a smoother feel without the greasy leftovers.


I applied MAC Antonio Lopez for M·A·C 'Coral' Face Palette (Limited Edition) $46.00 at Nordstrom for added contour, colour and highlight. 


Anyone can be Pretty in Pink! These are my lips in the same colour as what I used on Nadia: CoverGirl Spellbound. On Nadia I lined her lips first with Gosh lipliner in Pink Peony.

Find us on social media

Nadia on Twitter

Zurina on Twitter

and me, Andrea Claire

This was our second AZMondayMakeover see our first here.

Deets on the Babyliss Curl Secret / MiraCurl

I do love this but then again I am a Gadget Queen. Anything new comes out and I have to play with it. I don't believe that this is a tool for every consumer unless someone is there to help you do the back of your hair - but it is fun. Watch the video above.

  • Hair is automatically drawn in to the ceramic curl chamber and softly held to heat the hair from all directions to form a curl
  • 2 heat settings, 200 degrees and 230 degrees for long lasting results
  • 3 timer settings with audio beep indicator for different curl effects
  • Automatic alternating curl direction for a natural finish
  • 2.3m swivel cord
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Ground breaking technology effortlessly creates beautiful, long lasting curls. Close the styler and the hair is automatically drawn into the ceramaic curl chamber where it is softly held and heated from all directions to form a curl. Then simply open the styler to reveal the perfect curl
  • Professional heating system for fast curl formation and long lasting results

 

VLOG || #AZMondaymakeover: RynaQue

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By Andrea Claire · September 30, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

I am so excited to bring to you #AZMondayMakeover, an online makeover series where I am collaborating with profile photographer Zurina Bryant.

As the title suggests this is something to look forward to as you are drudging your way to work on a Monday morning (or perhaps a Sunday night for those in other parts of the world).

You can expect a few tips and perhaps a giggle or two (we're shooting video - if you don't see the video at the end of this post click the title to refresh) and of course a before and after.

The photos are not retouched. We didn't want to makeover real women and then D.I them to death.

First up: RynaQue, a lifestyle/beauty plus size blogger. I met Q while doing some collaborations and attending events orchestrated by the fabulous Singapore PR firm Access Communications. Recently turned 21, Q has got a lovely, bubbly personality. Always smiling and happy. She is after all, happy in her skin.


For Q's hair I blew it out with Marc Anthony Curl Envy Strictly Curls cream since her hair is naturally curly it needs a little hydration thus the creamy texture with this product. I know it says for making perfect curls - I also find this product is great for a perfect blowout with bounce. For fine hair opt for the lotion version.

After blowing out her hair I flat ironed it and while the hair was still warm, I popped in Velcro rollers (you can see the glam happening in the video below). Velcro rollers are not used to create curl - it gives the hair a soft feminine texture. I lightly misted the hair in rollers with Kevin Murphy Session Spray. For the final setting spray I used Original Mineral Original Queenie to hold her blowout.

Can you guess the foundation?? FACEatelier in #8!! It really is the bomb dot com. If you are living in Asia you can order it from Luxola and from the rest of world you can use FACeatelier locator here.

The only cake that should be near your face... sorry Q - stalking your Instagram!

After my general foundation application I stippled more on Q's stubborn blemishes with the Beauty Blender sponge - bye bye blemishes! I like the buildable foundation method better then caking on concealer - the skin looks more like skin. (The above pic is later on the same day! Pretty right?!)

I chose to give Q a smoky eye using grey and pewter eyeshadows and a black gel liner using a mash-up of Ben Nye, MAC, Clio, Ardell and Revlon.


MAC M·A·C Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette


Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil – Jet



These but in brown.

This is RynaQue's own dress. I believe she got it from ASOS where women globally love to shop. Jewelry provided by Killari

UPDATE!! Although like every woman RynaQue has success at ASOS this dress she is wearing is actually by FLOW. FLOW is a line under the Valiram Group, Malaysia. Recently it made its debut in Singapore at a pop-up site at ISETAN Scotts last month. It's only available online now for ladies staying in Singapore.

Find Q online
Website
Facebook
Twitter

**Musical side note: I have tried adding music to our time-lapse but alas - YouTube then restricts the videos to be played via mobiles now. le sigh I originally had tried editing with the empowering song Big Girls (you are beautiful) by Mika; then Q's request Happy in my skin by Philippa Hanna and then my friend Sarah Slean's vintage yet beautiful song Sweet Ones - all of these songs I have actually paid for. When I watch videos on YouTube whereas I like the music I buy it. I don't download - maybe I am not the norm but I can't steal which is what downloading illegally is. The naive person in me thinks: What the hell YouTube!! You are taking possibilities away from people buying and discovering new music... am I wrong?

Are you a musician with music I can use linking and crediting you? Please send me an email.

Find Zurina online

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New work and a rant.

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By Andrea Claire · September 17, 2013 · 0 Comments ·


Dasha Vikhreva, our lovely Celtic Princess hails from Russia. I have had the pleasure with working with her on a few shoots. Fun, professional and a joy to work with. I wish her boatloads of success.





Anais from Mannequin model management was French speaking which was GREAT since I think I'm bilingual -not really - however, I was able stand in front of her, pose and say comme ça (like this - when my French failed to explain put your hand on your hip like this).

A year ago I did use my French to stick up for myself dealing with a cabbie with an attitude in Paris who called me an 'imbécile Américain'. I corrected him. I am an 'imbécile Canadienne'. :)

**See more of my bridal blog posts here

Oh hey - let me rant for a moment. I had these two editorials and some others pop on the stands this week - which always gets me revved up. both good and...

*It is a well known fact within our beauty industry that hair & makeup artists are often supported with products from companies to use on models in their editorials and projects with celebrities etc. It is a way for them to get the word out on how fab their products are as well as feedback for what works and what doesn't. Companies like FACEatelier, Original & Mineral, MAC Cosmetics, Dermalogica, YABY, Marc Anthony, Gummi Nails, Luxola and on occasion, NARS, have been supportive with me here in Singapore and for that I am grateful. (apologies if I've missed anyone and please let me know if you feel your company should be on this list and let me also point out that a few of these I deal with via their HQs overseas or they just don't have an office here in Singapore)

What I am not grateful for are the companies with offices in SG whom I've tried time and again to build a relationship with and get support from - I've done the 'catching more bees with honey' routine because that's who I am. I get along with everyone - of course not the odd person who just doesn't understand my deadpan sarcasm - your loss... I'm funny. Oh - and THAT person who decided to treat set like we were grade schoolers - where you then made your assistant come and apologize to me after it was clear you made a mistake... you know who you are and what pot you were stirring - you should have been a big girl and apologized yourself.

I have been trying to build relationships with lines whom I've had dealings with in North America. I have emailed my complaints back to HQs and I've had HQs in New York courier apology packages - that's some carbon footprint on a lipstick launch.

I've been brazen by emailing tear sheets with credits to many offices here in Singapore including queries on how to get editorial support.

I've had conversations with some of these companies whereas their response has been shocking, admitting that they aren't going to support me - no reason. Now - I know I sound extremely cranky about it - and I don't want to sound like Little Miss Crankypants but, I've even had Singaporean friends and peers question me as to why they don't see me at beauty events here... I have called many MarCom people introducing myself, sending business cards etc etc... 

I've had someone tell me that they have chosen not to use me for the higher paid work because I am an 'Ang Moh Tai Tai'. Ang Moh is a slur for white people and Tai Tai implies that you are a wealthy married woman who doesn't need to work.
If you chose to work with another artist because they are the better one for the job - fine - but to choose to work with someone else because they aren't white...um... Come again??!! AND by the way, - I am not a Tai Tai. It's one of those guffaw moments.
Frankly, if I was on the other end and someone chose me over someone else because of my genetic makeup I'd be livid. I thought art was blind to skin colour? Damn, I'm naive. 

On a separate occasion I had a local makeup artist tell me that she feels I am being discriminated against.

So is that it? Am I being overlooked on media lists because of my skin colour? 

This isn't about people calling me out as a white girl just like my piece on xoJane wasn't about a kid calling me fat. I can't make you read my rants as they are intended.

It's a funny place to be: an expat. I don't think I really knew the term when I was living in Canada; it just wasn't part of my daily grind. I lived and worked in multi-cultural Toronto. But now, through daily conversations, I am reminded that I am a Caucasian expat.

I do have to say - in Canada years ago I remember getting pulled off of a photoshoot booking because I wasn't a gay man. The client wanted a gay male makeup artist. *shrugs* Can't help you there. I'm not - but I would have rather lost the booking because the guy's portfolio was better suited for the job and not because I'm a straight woman.

When all is said and done - just like my peers, I would like my editorials acknowledged and reciprocated by being on their media lists for events or launching of their new lines. And although I may not be a Tai Tai - I can afford to stock my kit- this isn't about free products. It's about P's & Q's.  

I don't have fingers to point in any direction. It's Jack Handey's moments that make you go.... hmmmm.

Two years ago I was asked to do a beauty talk at an expat gathering. I replied with my availability and my rates. The response was oh - no; I would be privileged to speak to their hundreds of attendees for the price of entry that was in the thousands! I declined such privilege. Maybe the expats organizing this thought I was an Ang Moh Tai Tai too?

TV host Linda Black plays Music Mom for Motherhood magazine

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By Andrea Claire · April 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·


Motherhood magazine asked me what I thought would be a fun story for their April issue themed music -of course a little playtime for mom with the help of Linda Black and photographer Zurina Bryant!


*You can click on the images for a closer look of what hair and makeup products I used, plus a few tips.

Linda's hair colour I do using Original Mineral which is free from ammonia, ppd and resorcinol!! Ask your stylist to use a more eco-friendly and human-friendly hair colour like Original Mineral.

Apologies to O&M who emailed me saying that Rootilicious should be corrected to Rootalicious - hopefully sales weren't affected too much by confused buyers.

Notice the Face Lace I used in the Rock'n'Roll Mom? I am LOVING this cool makeup applique!

A behind the scenes video can be found here.

Get the popstar look: Singer Inna Modja

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By Andrea Claire · March 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

On my latest trip to Paris I discovered Inna Modja listening to MTV France while getting ready for our daily adventures - just like MTV anywhere they seem to loop the playlist so I heard Inna Modja's French Cancan a gajillion times; I was addicted and continue to listen to it at home (I bought it off iTunes -which, btw: I buy all my music)

 

(there should be a video here - if you don't see it, kindly click the post title - OnSugar is having issues me thinks)

I watched La Fille Du Lido recently and immediately wanted to shoot a music video or fashion video - her hair, makeup and styling are all stunning and inspiring. I shouted out to her official Twitter account to see who her team was - if her people respond I will share that info.

This is a screen shot that I took from her video. Stunning right?

Get the look

black|Up Cosmetics shop here.

Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal. Find more colours here. I LOVE these. Cheap, cheerful and they don't budge until you wash them off.

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved - one of my favourite black go-to pencils because you can work them and they don't bleed. Apply heavily and smudge with a cotton bud for a softer edge.

Tom Ford lip & cheek stain in Tainted Love. I LOVE this and it's easy to work with. Tainted Love is not on their website - I believe it was a limited edition so you may need to ask at the counters. Hurry.

Hair: Clearly au naturel. But if you have curly/wavy or kinky hair go here for tips - these ladies are in the know. Love their tips and curly hair philosophies.

Check out Inna Modja's Youtube channel here.

*Note: I did not do her makeup but kudos to who did! And Ms Inna: if you come to Singapore I'd gladly coiffe and poudre you. ;)

(I used love a lot in this post - which is odd since usually I'm bitter with tainted love - just kidding.)

 

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