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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.

#AZMondayMakeover || Teresa, SKY Pilates

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By Andrea Claire · May 12, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

BAM! Come hither...

Good Morning this Monday Makeover Day! The day after Mother's Day; and how fitting - we have Teresa, mother of one who has gone from frumpy housewife to MILF. No, she was never frumpy, nor is she a housewife; we were all just joking around.

Teresa Woo is the founder of Sky Pilates.

Watch the transformation and our cheeky selves in the video below.

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A little repeat cuz she looks AMAZING! No Photoshop ladies!
The beauty breakdown: 


As always, the Andrea Claire broken record: I started with  Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $41.00 USD by Dermalogica at Ulta


Choosing a primer with some light reflective pigments diffuses fine lines and other skin imperfections. I used NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $34.00 USD at Barneys New York


The new NARS Matte Multiple Multi-Use Colour can be used for Lips & Cheeks $39.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. I also love the neutral shades for sculpting. Just swipe directly to areas like your cheek hollows and blend with foundation. I like to apply these along with foundation when sculpting, not as a separate step - this ensures that you don't end up using too many layers of makeup. Say no to cake face.

 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $44.00 USD at Neiman Marcus is available in 24 shades. The updated formulation is seamless and weightless giving you that perfect skin appearance. I LOVE this new formulation.


I prefer to apply the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge $26.00 USD at Neiman Marcus along with the foundation and multiple stick prior to any finishing/setting powder. Simple makeup rule: APPLY LIKE TEXTURES TOGETHER. Sorry for shouting but sometimes you ladies need to be yelled at. I'm talking to YOU pink-frosty lipstick wearers, it's way past the time for an update!

My favourite matte multi and pot rouge combo tends to be: NARS ALTAI with Bobbi Brown Powder Pink; the same combo that I used here on Teresa. 


Pearl, mica and Zinc adds to this oil-free Mineral Finishing Powder by Laura Mercier, $34.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. Because of the zinc, it does have a natural SPF but don't let that replace your regular SPF. A favourite of my friend and ex-assistant cum fellow artist, Dee Daly who shared this with me, knowing how little I like powders. Thanks Dee! LOVE this stuff!


Another Andrea Claire broken record beauty staple: Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow $20.00 USD at Ulta. I use and tell everyone to get Birthday Suit (colour not as shown); a champagne hue that suits everyone.


I used the top right colour from the NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette 1 ea on Teresa's eyeshadow cocktail. Get this limited edition palette while (and if) you still can!


Also in the cocktail is Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Orchid Haze $78.00 USD at Neiman Marcus. If you like eyeshadow, you need to own Tom Ford's. I have about six. They are lush and easy to blend. See Orchid Haze on another eye that I did here.


I used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany at the lash line and in the waterline. These pencils are Bobbi's gel liners now in pencil form and a must-have. Her gel liners are on my fave list.

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Upside Down Mascara $22.00 USD at Sephora - the CRAZIEST looking mascara wand to date, but I love it. The wand ensures coverage all around the lashes. I do find this formulation a little tar-y and cake-y so keep your Tweezerman iLashComb handy.


Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve $22.00 USD at Neiman Marcus


Another you have to have it, NARS Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls, $25.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue. These NARS lip lacquers are a must.

Kicking it old skool with Teresa's hair, I dug out my Velcro rollers. They are great for movement with the hair. I prefer to flat iron hair first, which helps to smooth the cuticle. I show you the proper way in the video above.


GHD Gold Professional 1" Styler - US 2-pin plug $225.00 USD at NET-A-PORTER.COM


Conair® Think Big® Self Grip Velcro Rollers - 9 Count $8.99 USD at Target

Finish the hair with a spray of Original & Mineral Original Queenie hair spray. Andrea Claire's broken record beauty must-have. It has old skool hold without the old skool flakes and build-up.


Concept, direction, editing and copyright by Andrea Claire.

Camera operators: Zurina, Diana and Andrea. Andrea typically provides the soft focus, but she's working on that!

Why #azMondayMakeover? Our industry does have an element of fantasy, especially when we are using 17-21 year old models in campaigns targeting the 30+. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Want to participate? Anyone can as long as you are in Singapore. Email me, Andrea Claire with #azMondayMakeover in the subject line. Please also attach a recent photo yourself.

xo
Andrea Claire

Holiday Gifts for the Hostess or the person with the mostess

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By Andrea Claire · December 16, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

I shared with you my gift suggestions for guys, ideas for us gals, charity donations as gifts and now I share with you some hostess gift ideas. Proper manners would be that every time you visit someone's house over the holidays you bring them a gift. A nice bottle of wine always works but why not branch out from the cliche.

For the Lady of the Casa

I spotted these Fornasetti Profumi decorated candles at Escentials in Singapore.

Image source: Fornasetti Profumi

“So I dressed with remaining ceramics, furniture and objects; so I placed a message in each, a small story, at times ironic and obviously wordless, but audible to those who believe in poetry.” Piero Fornasetti

Seriously cute right? There are other interesting designs so do check them out online.

Jed Root for Francfranc



Jed Root, an international agency that represents A-list hairstylists, makeup artists, stylists, illustrators etc... has collaborated with Francfranc on these artistic housewares themed: "Enjoy familiar to art in everyday life" (from the website translating Japanese to English. ) Any one of these would make a great gift - if you have the space stock up your supply of host(ess) gifts for the year. Great for teacher gifts too!

Francfranc recently opened up its casually stylish doors in Singapore.

Don't YOU just love this pillow case? I thought it was super cute - BTW, not from the Jed Root collab. I may go back and grab some for my fabulous garden lounger.

One of many reasons why not to shop with your 18 year old...

'Originated from Japan since 1992, Francfranc proposes home furnishing products that accentuate space management through coordination of stylish while practical designed items. Francfranc offers pleasing, quality products at reasonable prices. Through an extensive lineup of items at different seasons, our desire is to help customers in creating enriched spaces for an enjoyable daily life.' Francfranc online

They don't seem to be in North America or Europe yet but maybe in the future? Check for Francfranc news here.


If you do bring a bottle of wine, why not bring it in this: MacKenzie-Childs "Flower Market" Wine Cooler $75.00 USD at Neiman Marcus, made of enameled steel with antiqued brass handles.


Add to your host's holiday ornament collection with a Swarovski Crystal Golden Shadow Star Ornament $75.00$59.99 USD at Bloomingdale's. Formed of sparkling Swarovski crystal in a warm golden hue, this star-shaped ornament shines in bold dimension.

I may need to stop my holiday gift blog posts because I am inspired to buy selfishly...

Happy Holidays!
xo
AC

Lavender Obsessed

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By Andrea Claire · July 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

IMAGE: Organic Lavender Bloom In Surrey

I'm not sure where this came from as it's not even trending right now but I am Lavender Obsessed.

I've pitched some beauty shoot ideas based on using lavender and, well... no one is taking the lavender bait. Mark my words - lavender will be trending soon.

I may just have some sort of beauty esp(n) or something. ;) [note the Mean Girls reference]

So, why lavender? It's a refreshing colour. It suits everyone from a soft pop of colour...


Lavender Blue No.13, $29.00 at Burberry


 ...to a contrasting statement piece. Sorrelli Harmony Ring  $80.00 by Sorrelli at Max & Chloe [LOVES! Looks like a cuff but apparently a ring]

Lavender can be an accessory, your pop of beauty or your gown; just not all three.


Tadashi Shoji lavender chiffon draped long dress, $259.00 by Tadashi Shoji at Bluefly


Tadashi Shoji lavender asymmetric sequin tulle strapless dress, $259.00 by Tadashi Shoji at Bluefly

Lavender can also be sexy:


Beach Sexy® Sara Sliding Halter Top, $18.00 by Beach Sexy at Victoria's Secret

Or want not rock a pair of lavender skinny jeans?

 

Rich & Skinny Legacy Skinny Jeans, $128.00 by Rich & Skinny at Piperlime

Nail the Andrea Claire lavender trend with Ms Lippman:


Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game, $16.00 by Deborah Lippmann at Neiman Marcus

The possibilities of fitting lavender into your closet are endless.


Butter Women's Seraphina, $290.40 by Butter Shoes at Endless.com


Bow Knot Headband, $16.00 at Urban Outfitters

I could probably use a little of this:


Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Sleep Mist, $38.00 by Molton Brown at Neiman Marcus

"As seen in Conde Nast Traveler magazine . Soothe and relax the senses with essential oils of lavender, bergamot and ylang-ylang. Spritz yourself or your environment to promote inner peace and encourage restful, healing sleep."

I think I've actually started to crave the colour lavender; I guess it's better than craving chocolate...?

CRAP! I'm totally screwed!


Moist Earl Grey Chocolate Cake with Lavender Ganache and Cream Cheese icing!

 In case you aren't aware - click those pink words; it takes you to the recipe. [evil does lurk in the world]

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