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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.

Mother's Day Week!! Mommy & Me #4: Grand Hyatt afternoon tea

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By Andrea Claire · April 17, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

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"You know, British is the most fanciest place on Earth!" This said to me by Zoie after I taught her that British people drink tea 'pinkies up'

Every little girl who is familiar with Eloise at The Plaza romanticizes about living in a hotel. Heck, I romanticize about living in a hotel. (Yup, heck; I have to keep it PG this week.) But, if you aren't able to reside in a hotel the next best thing is a fancy high tea. Zoie and I visited 10Scotts at the Grand Hyatt for just that.

It's a lovely mix of free flow savories and sweets. 

"Pretty much this whole thing is dessert" according to stuff Zoie says. 

Balancing your cheesecake is tough. 

The art of the clotted cream and jam being mastered. True clotted cream comes from a specific region in England but the Hyatt did a pretty darn good dupe!


According to Zoie this is how we test our hot chocolate to make sure it has cooled enough to drink. *sigh* you can lead a kid to hot chocolate... 

Interest was perked at the mention of an edible flower cake, so the chef sent one out for Zoie to try. 

"Girls that are older put their hair to the side" Really?! Lol. She might be right actually. 

"My favorite thing is coming here and spending time with mommy" 

Now THAT is why a great gift for Mother's Day is an afternoon tea! 

FYI, the quotes are truly unedited and what Stuff Zoie Says.

Thank you to 10Scotts at the Grand Hyatt for hosting Zoie and I for high tea.

Mother's Day Brunch is approaching! Don't forget to book in! And Moms will all receive a special gift from the Grand Hyatt as well, one complimentary bottle of champagne to each mother who dines with us in mezza9 for Brunch on the 11th of May!!

Mother's Day Week!! Mommy & Me #3: The Photo-Op

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By Andrea Claire · April 16, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

I love getting photos done with my family. Over the years it shows how we change and age (maybe me not so much anymore since I broke the seal and got Botox this year)

As I mentioned previously, my older daughters are not here (Singapore) and I don't have the budget to Photoshop them into my photo-op with Zoie.

Why have the run of mill photo when you can be goofy?

These images reflect the relationships we have with our mothers and daughters; the ups and downs. Always better to shoot these when you are in a fun mood vs arguing. Although stuff Zoie says is 5 (AND THREE QUARTERS!! she insists on that), and should love and adore her mother (me), place her (me) on a pedestal, she keeps me humbled by telling me that I am the meanest mother EVER. It is tough when one doesn't get their way. We need to learn that, the earlier the better. If we didn't learn that could you just imagine me shouting at an editor, creative director etc "You're the meanest EVER!" Although I have seen similar behaviours from adults on my sets over the years...  

So - of course you need one to appeal to family members overseas (hi mom!)

Happy Mother's Day!! May 11th! Which, by the way is significant to our family as it is Zoie's birthday;and in 2008, the year she was born, it fell on Mother's Day. A lovely gift - minus the labour pains.

A gift to your mommy dearest can be a spa treat, jewelry or a photo session.

Zurina Bryant took these photos for me. She has a mini portrait session that is 30 minutes for $250 and that includes 5 high resolution images in soft copy. You come camera ready with your makeup. Alternatively you can request a  hair & makeup artist, which is fun as well to kick it up a notch but that highers the price tag.

Mother's Day Week!! Mommy & Me #1: The Glamourous Factory

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By Andrea Claire · April 14, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
I've decided to dub this: Mother's Day Week to hopefully share some ideas for you to treat you mother. Sure we all love flowers but why not branch out a little.

Mother's Day is approaching (May 11th!) and I sincerely hope my teenage daughters in Canada remember poor mommy here in Singapore...

even though they missed out on a mommy and me day at The Glamourous Factory with Zoie and I... 

This is my Bling-it-on manicure. The detailing is amazing! The nail techs did this freehand. I'm always amazed at nail art done freehand. I think I drink too much coffee to draw a straight line - however, being a hairstylist and makeup artist I can cut a straightline and draw straight eyeliner... I guess we all have our strengths.

With a few locations around the island we visited the location in a quiet corner at Plaza Singapura, the manicurists were happy to inspire from my picture reference for me and inspire from... Wait for it... Can you guess??

Frozen for Zoie Jean. ZJ dubbed it the Ice-icure

A little FYI: apparently the mommies of the world are flipping their lids because every little girl wants a Frozen birthday party theme but Disney can't keep up with the demand. Read more on Jezebel about parents losing their shit. I'm sure my mommy redhead fury will fuel up too because Zoie's birthday is in May and guess what themed party she wants this year...? MF.

Onto brighter things...

Mother's Day is all about pampering and indulgence and what better way to show mom the love but a spa treat! Turn it into a bonding session by booking yourself in too. Definitely a great way to share some rest and relaxation... and a little ohm to calm the icy nerves.
Mother's Day Promotion (From 2-11th May 2014)
Only $168  (Up to $362)
*         Spa Manicure
*         Spa Pedicure
*         Quick Dry Top Coat
*         Underarms VPL (Variable Pulsed Light) treatment (I can't do this one since the carpet matches the drapes and the underarms... you need dark hair for VPL)

The Glamourous Factory

I am a proud ambassador for The Glamourous Factory!! And you, my Singapore readers, are entitled to 10% off beauty services quoting "Andrea Claire" and upon liking the Facebook page of The Glamourous Factory. SWEET!! Thanks GF! We all love deals.

Stay tuned for the rest of the week here on Beauty & The Blog for some other Mother's Day gift ideas!!

Luxola presents Rachel K Cosmetics || A Google Hangout

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By Andrea Claire · February 28, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

It's been a crazy year for me to say the least and we haven't even started March yet.

I've had two surgeries - one on January 13 and one just a week ago; thus the very few blog posts to 2014 too.

And needless to say, I haven't been working. In fact I am officially not taking clients (sorry) or able to do hair and makeup on set for another 3+ weeks, so when Luxola asked if I could particpate as a beauty expert on their Google Hangout, where I didn't have to leave my house and could sit the whole time, I was all like "YES PLEASE!!"

I was very excited to be participating in Luxola's first ever Google Hangout and turns out, Rachel K's first hangout, as well as mine - we are were all just a bunch of virgins.

I've tried to join a few hangouts in the past with TV host Angelique Teo; I failed that join; and I also tried to join with Zurina Bryant and Angela Jacobson (Oz Supernanny), failed to join that one too. I didn't think I was a tech spaz... or am I?

Behold! The fruits of our (Luxola) labour! [there's video below, if you don't see it please refresh the title]

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.

Most bizarre beauty treatment I've had yet

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By Andrea Claire · January 5, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Staying st Mayang Sari within the Nirwana Gardens resort compound brings back many memories. Zoie was about 2+ months old at the time when we stayed here.

Zoie is a little bigger now.

The rustic cottages, sandy beaches, friendly staff, restaurants a-plenty and a spa. 

Perfect for this Princess.

i love the spas in Asia. Every treatment starts with a variation of a floral foot bath.

The Anindya Spa has gone under some renovations since I was here last; still with the various traditional services but now the building has been upgraded.

I started with my favourite treatment EVER - the lulur. A Javanese royal body treatment that consists of a massage, scrub, masque and finishes with an herbal bath. Curcuma / turmeric is the main spice used and is known for its many healing powers such as being a natural anti-inflammatory as well as it treats skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It is also an anti-oxidant.

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Next up: Hair Ratus (see the Instavideo) is a vapour treatment to enhance the beauty and strength in your hair. Herbs are placed into a burner and the vapour smoke works it's magic winding around hair strands as the spa technician gently lifts your hair, section by section. I'm trying to decide if my hair smells of herbs or chicory bbq ribs. There's no wrong answer here. 

When I was googling the Ratus treatment it was hard to find a lot of information about it. What I did find were a few pieces on the vagina Ratus; a pre-wedding treatment to beautify and disguise odours. 

There is also a kids spa treatment for a lovely mommy and me time. 

Yes we did.

[Do check back as I will be reviewing the rest of our stay here.]

Beauty Lust Haves || concealer, brightener and finishing powder 2013 roundup

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By Andrea Claire · January 2, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Eye brightener vs concealer causes confusion in many.

Here's the thing:

* If you look a wee bit tired, not full of dark circles, then an eye brightener may be all you need. 
* If you have dark circles, sunken eye sockets, scars, acne etc... then you may need concealer or possibly both 

Conceal first then foundation? Only if you're doing makeup in the 80s or going on stage.

Generally when you conceal first you are putting on too much makeup. Foundation formulas are so good now with many having a blurring effect to soften fine lines and cover imperfections, so the modern approach to concealer is to apply after your foundation, but only if you need it. Some chose concealer for touch-ups leaving the skin free of foundation. That's fine too.

Speaking of 80s; sculpting and highlighting a la the Kardashians is not a new technique. It's what us makeup artists learn - of course it's done well on them, but they aren't doing it themselves, and this flawless sculpted look is super high maintenance makeup. Sure, you can learn to DIY but bear in mind, it translates better on film than in real life so if you are starring on a (sur)reality show being followed around with LED lights and wind machines, then why not; sculpt and highlight away.

Of course a less cake-face way of doing it that beautifully translates to reality is to use a bronzer, blush and highlighter which is subtle but with enough shaping for selfies and buying groceries.

Concealers. Every company makes one and with my career spanning 23 years and still counting, I finally find a concealer that I like love.

Benefit Fakeup Concealer $24.00 by Benefit at Bloomingdale's

This hydrating crease-control concealer with Vitamin E and apple seed extract-hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Yes, yes and YES! I love the coverage. It lasts as long as I need it too. You can reapply in the day without it creasing or caking. The downfall, it's available in only three shades which aren't fully universal.

Benefit Oh La Lift Eye Brightener $22.00 USD at Macy's

An instant under-eye brightening boost. One of the most sensitive areas to stress: your eyes. Relief is in sight with Ooh La Lift-a formula of lightening botanicals and reflecting pigments that de-puff and firm the eye area. The great news is that it can be worn throughout the day and over makeup.

So, yea, what they said. I also like it around the laugh-line area to brighten and diffuse the deepening signs of aging. Laugh-line and funny bones; not so humourous.

Saint Laurent Touche Eclat $40.00 USD at Barneys New York

Light, luminosity, radiance. The award winning, must-have, take anywhere instant highlighter that banishes shadows, erases signs of fatigue and leaves your skin looking radiant. Touche Eclat is ideal at any time of the day over bare skin, under or over foundation, creme or powder. Suitable for all skin types.

See! Not once did they use the word concealer in their description. This not a concealer wand is handy though. Everything it is you can pretty much get the same with the aforementioned - so just pick one. I have both but then again - it's my j-o-b.

Master corrector $37.00 USD at Giorgio Armani

Corrective concealer in four color-balancing shades designed to target specific complexion concerns. Exclusive micro-fil technology allows for targeted correction, visibly concealing imperfections while light-reflecting pearls impart a halo of light imparting a seamless, flawless facial canvas. Corrective concealer shades include:

  • 1. pink: counteracts sallow, dull skin and effectively corrects yellow and olive pigmentation.
  • 2. orange: targets olive or darker skin tones to conceal under-eye circles, freckles, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.

Here's the thing with the Master Corrector - if you have dark panda eyes - get this. Apply it under your foundation. Mircle in a tube. Don't thank me, just send flowers.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $32.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system, one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. The high level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage.

  • After applying foundation, pick up the product with the Secret Camouflage Brush by dragging across both pans, saturating both sides of the brush.
  • Using the back of your hand as a palette, use the brush to warm and mix the two colors until you find the shade that matches your skin tone. Secret Camouflage is a true makeup artist's formula, so the more you work with the product the more easily you will be able to achieve perfect results.
  • Using feather-light strokes, apply Secret Camouflage to the darkened areas of the face: blemishes, shadows, scars, capillaries, the area around the nose, shadows under the bottom lip, and any imperfections that the foundation does not cover.

*Notice that final sentence: "any imperfections that the foundation does not cover" What I said above. Now, LM does mention using this under the eyes. I personally find this product way too drying and anyone that applies it I can see the creasing. In my opinion, it's better used for covering acne scars and mountainous oily zits because of it's dry texture.

LAURA MERCIER Secret Brightening Powder

$24.00 by Laura Mercier USD at SpaceNK

I have never been a powder fan. OK, maybe when I was in high school; but this 80s New Waver used so much CoverGirl compact powder that my face cracked and bled one night. True story. Horrified with what powder did to my skin, I've stopped using it and highly encourage others to take a pass as well.

But.... This (insert arrow pointing up). Shared with me via Dee Daly (who was once one of my assistants many moons ago, and now that girl's portfolio rocks like the rockstar that she is)

Dark shadows are a thing of the past when you use this weightless powder. The micronized pigments brightens and doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores. Do NOT apply it all over your face but I do like it on the highlight points as well. They say that it's formulated for all skin types but it will lighten on darker skin a little too much so be careful. Also - skin types doesn't say skin tone to me. Type would be oily, dry, sensitive. Tone is the darkness/lightness and cool/warm. Watch for your product's beauty wording so you don't get suckered in.

Transparent Finish Powder - Clear $28.00 by Alison Raffaele at DERMSTORE

A lightweight finishing powder for setting makeup and controlling shine. Alison Raffaele Transparent Finish Powder - Clear

See that word 'Clear' ? Yes. It is. Faz and I prove it here on xovain It's finishing which means the final step before you move on to colour. However, if you use a cream blush I would apply that under your foundation or just before your setting powder. I'll get to that and more in the next beauty roundup.

Beauty Lust Haves, 2013 roundup or click directly to the roundups on:


Primers and Foundations 

Beauty Lust Haves || primer & foundation 2013 roundup

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By Andrea Claire · January 1, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

hair & makeup by me for Bazaar (Singapore), styling Alli Sim
photographer Jingna Zhang

Many artists become known for various traits of their expertise and one that I commonly hear back about myself is my detailed attention to skin and my ability to create a flawless finish. A flawless finish isn't only in the hand of the artist but also the products used. Skincare plays a huge part of course, but the next few steps are crucial too.

I'm sure by now many of you know that if you want your makeup to last, you need to use primer; Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30 $48.00 USD at Ulta. Skin Perfect Primer is one of my faves because the active ingredients are pharmacy grade which means the actives are more powerful providing added skin treatments versus a simple cosmetic primer.

Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Peptides and Age Smart actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Wear alone over your moisturizer for visible smoothness and luminosity, or after moisturizer application and before foundation to help fill fine lines for a lasting makeup finish. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

Nars Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $34.00 at Barneys New York

This NARS primer I've used many times as well. It's radiance under makeup is beautiful without looking shiny. There's a difference between radiant skin and shiny skin. This is a great primer to use when you're looking tired and puffy - either after a night of indulgence or hard work keeping you up to the wee hours.

Primed. Revived. Radiant. NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 dramatically extends and transforms the appearance and vibrancy of makeup. Weightless and oil-free, it minimizes signs of fatigue to leave the skin luminous and revived. Get primed for a vibrant complexion.

FACEatelier Ultra Foundation will forever make this list. Do you live in Asia? It's on sale here.

Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, doesn’t crease or flake, and lasts all day long.  Hydrating yet oil-free, it obscures tiny lines and pores to ensure a smooth finish.  No primer needed!  It's built into Ultra Foundation, thanks to the super sophisticated, silicone-based formula.   Another bonus - it sets without powder, preserving the youthful, dewy finish.

The silicone molecule is bigger than the human pore, allowing Ultra Foundation to form a lightweight, breathable second skin that is both moisture and oil resistant.  It is truly non-comedogenic and is ideal for troubled or mature skin. Ultra Foundation's top-secret formulation creates an optical blurring effect that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and gives the illusion of a smoother, more uniform and naturally dewy finish.  No wonder it's the foundation of choice for stars like Fergie and Lady Gaga! FACEatelier.com [and I confirm every word. Nothing but LOVE for FA]

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation $36.00 USD at Sephora

This liquid is shine controlling, oil-free and water-resistant. Formulated to hide imperfections, even out skintone, and mattify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. I've started using this recently and although it has a complete coverage it doesn't feel heavy on my skin.

TIP! In the digital world where everyone seems to have become paparazzi, you need to be flawless for those surprise tagged photos that you wake up too. Balance your foundation's finished look by using MAT Velvet in the T-Zone and your other fave foundation everywhere else.

Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Foundation SPF20 $69.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Youth Liberator Serum Foundation offers medium-to-full coverage and skin-firming benefits which now at the young age of 42 I need to reap. With its 24-hour hydration and SPF 20 coverage you can look dewy and flawless as the fine lines start to dig deeper. I bought this recently at Changi airport enroute to Cambodia. Flying out? Check your airport's Duty Free shops. Many beauty counters offer travel-only deals that are worth perusing. 

This anti-aging foundation is infused with our award winning serum, Forever Youth Liberator Serum. Youth Liberator Serum Foundation combines 24 hours of nonstop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with our patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness giving you a newer, brighter complexion. From fair to dark complexions, Youth Liberator Serum Foundation corrects, unifies and evens all skin tones, giving the skin an instantly younger appearance.

Available in 10 universal shades. SPF 20 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Illuminating Powder Foundation Refill - 20 Watts $28.00 USD at DERMSTORE

It's no secret that I'm not a pusher of powder. The dangers of powder on the skin can leave your looking chalky and full of lines. True story: us makeup artists, when on a job where we need to age someone by a few years we simply add powder. So with that being said, I also need to be up on various products that suits everyone's needs. The only powder that I've stumbled upon so far that I love - this Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation, a silky, lightweight powder that conceals imperfections and illuminates the skin.

Tip: Just like liquid foundation, you shouldn't be reaching for your powder foundation for touch-ups throughout the day. Instead, touch-ups should be with a blot film ( to control oiliness) or a skin brightener (revive tired skin). Foundation should only be reapplied if you have the flu and just snotted off your foundation or post make-out session. 

What's your go-to primer or foundation?

Review my complete Beauty Lust Haves 2013 roundup here.

#AZMondayMakeover || Weiling, undergrad

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By Andrea Claire · December 31, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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Our final photoshop-free #azMondayMakeover of the year! Yes, it's Tuesday in Asia but we are sliding in under the North American timezone somewhere that keeps us in the Monday realm.

Weling is our youngest yet at 19, and how fitting for the end of 2013 as she wraps up her gap year to enter a law program in 2014!

Good luck Weiling and thank you for joining Zurina and I for our makeover series!

Weiling's makeup breakdown

When you have the youthful glow like Weiling a heavy coverage of foundation is unnecessary. The modern BB creams like MAC's  Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30  is perfect. $30.00 USD at M·A·C. Creamy emollients and optical pearl pigments blend with powerful SPF protection. Natural, semi translucent shades in a compact.

The blush I used was a limited edition colour by MAC. Try a blend of bronzer with MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinish in Rio, $30.00 USD at Dillard's to achieve the blend of colour that I used.

I based Weiling's eyes with one of my faves Creaseless Cream Shadow Cream Eyeshadow in Bikinitini, $20.00 USD at Benefit

Perfect for tropical weather and oily-prone lids this crease-proof & budge-proof cream shadow is a must! Benefit has 10 incredibly wearable shades (including my fave Birthday Suit) and they glide on easily, lasting all day long. Fresh & fabulous colours for all!

Yaby Dramatic Neutral palette using a mix of black and navy as well as Bobbi Brown's Midnight (metallic)

Star Lash Tokyo Lash 008
, a doll-like yet natural looking lash

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


Hair & makeup:

*check back for updates. I have some notes to add y'all.

Happy New Year!!!

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.

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