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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 the face of an angel with this ethereal beauty inducing product

By Andrea Claire · April 5, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

The Queen of glow will forever be JLo but you can be a runner up! 
The photo on the left I am wearing Guerlain Terracotta Skin healthy glow foundation in NUDE, and Marc Jacobs Alive pot concealer.

On the right  I added Victoria's Secret Fresh Face Brightening Gel Cream. I love the glow it gives! Apply under your base or over. I've tried it both ways. The cooling effect is very refreshing - I bet this would be a lovely 'end of workday need to run for cocktails' beauty boost or a gorgeous bridal glow.

I bought this during a recent trip to Dubai but I'm sure that you can find it everywhere! 

*From a pure vanity standpoint, I hate what my iPhone did to my nose, so ignore my nose and just focus in on the cheek glow. (I bet most didn't even think about my nose until this sentence. Just proves that angles can make or b(r)eak you! 

I can't locate an image for the VS Fresh Face Brightening Gel but the other products that I'm wearing are here:

Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation $51.00 USD at Neiman Marcus

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer $32.00 USD at Sephora

Beauty Lust Haves || February 2015

By Andrea Claire · February 2, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Seriously! February?!  Time does NOT go by so slowly like Madonna claims. 

If you want to relive the past, my previous beauty lust lists can be found hereotherwise, no intro needed let's just jump into my latest beauty favourites.

Eye spy a new favourite eyeshadow! This is me. Considering I'm 43, *dust shoulders* not too shabby in the wrinkle department. Just like those who work out non-stop for killer bods, I'm kinda like a skincare / anti-aging fiend. Yes... I've had a little nip into the Botox and Thermage but skincare is also a massive commitment. Genes only gets you so far... urgh! Where was I? R-eye-t! Eyeshadow... 

Clearly there's a few on my eye here, but I'd like to draw attention to the liner which is based with a NARS grey pencil, but the one I applied over top with a bent liner brush is the one I want you all to get:

NARS 'Eye-Opening Act - Yeux Irresistible' Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive) $48.00 USD at Nordstrom

NARS Thunderball (top right) is a midnight grey. I've used it a bit more dramatically here too. A fairly versatile colour that most skin tones can wear. I was surprised by the lack of fallout too.

Erborian CC Crème HD Soin Illuminateur Haute Définition €15.90 at Nocibé (you can find it at Sephora France too) was introduced to me by my good friend and fellow artist, Sital Patel. After asking me if I had tried it, without hesitation she dropped it into my basket while we were in Sephora Paris last summer with an enthusiastic 'You're going to love it! It's amazing!' She was right. Don't be afraid of the 'radiance cream' on the label - the finish is beautiful with a slight blurring effect. It consists of magical ingredients that sheerily (word?) mimics your skin colour so it works on everyone. As a makeup artist, I always use the (germaphobed cleaned) back of my hand as a palette - I like the warmth of my body to help melt cream products into the skin for better blending. It's my thing; but I do find that when I apply this to the back of my hand first, it affects the colour when I use it on the person in my hot-seat so I've gotten into the habit of dabbing it onto my model's skin first and then stippling with a sponge. Brushes I find tend to keep the warmth out of products so I utilize sponges too now and again. We all have our bag of tricks.

Lightbulb Foundation and Sponge Set
 $55.00 USD at Shu Uemura - if you are looking for chalk-like coverage than buy this foundation (that wasn't a compliment) but the sponge though!!! Love it. It's buttery texture is beautiful for blending. 

Have you ever wondered why your selfies aren't as sweet as some? Lighting! It makes all the difference. Looking towards a light source helps but if there isn't one available to you, shine your own. Here are two examples:

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Valentine's Day gifts for her

By Andrea Claire · February 1, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Behind the scenes of Clara / Now Model Mgmt for a Her World Plus Valentine's fashion feature that I did hair & makeup on. 

I know many of you (my HB included) grumble about Valentine's Day being a Hallmark holiday, treating it more as a Doom's Day than having the desire to carry out any romantic gestures. Don't hate the players, hate the game!  If it's a partnered decision than I say: meh. You clearly don't need the hassle of romance in your life once a year. Maybe you aren't romantic or maybe you are everyday.

Me? I'm a Pisces therefore an incurable romantic suffering the pain and withdrawal from the lack of flowers and romance in my life. There. I said it. No longer suffering in silence... wait! Unless you count my HB lowering me onto the toilet post surgery last week? That's romantic... kinda... 

[my HB tends to read my blog on occasion to check up on me and see if I've shared any recent shopaholic purchases that he isn't aware of out of interest, so I will either a) get a romantic gesture or b) a discussion about this blog post...]

For those protesters: I mean reeeeaally... the amount of energy it takes for you to complain about the Hallmark holidays, you can be gettin' frisky from the warm aura you created with a bouquet of flowers you had delivered. 


Flowers all too common? Try these gift ideas instead:</strong>

Kate Spade New York Dear Valentine Love Bangle Bracelet
 $78.00 USD at <a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r7">Saks Fifth Avenue


Valentine's Day Keyfob
 $58.00 USD Juicy Couture and why not attach your apartment key while your at it?! This would be for couples dating. If you suddenly give your wife your apartment key, she's going to have questions.

<a target="_new" href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r7">

</a>I'm dying for this Shikari Gown from Gnossem. If you order now for her it just may get there in time. I don't think that there is anything sexier / more romantic than a man buying a dress for his fairly more significant other and topping it off with a dinner reservation. Want to make it a grand night? Add in a blowout and makeup for her too - just be careful; if you aren't married yet she just may expect a ring if you go too full on.  

Kiss & Tell! Give her the gift of Bombshell by Charlotte Tilbury via NetaPorter

Hug Me perspex clutch by Charlotte Olympia, approx $724 SGD on The Outnet

Yes. These are what you think they are. BALLLLZZZZZZ! I stumballed upon them yesterday - things you find while on bedrest. ;P 

"I started making balls because I had an inspired dream when I was in Italy... that I could do ANYTHING I wanted to if I JUST HAD THE BALLS. It's about having COURAGE... It's about having HEART . . . and I like shiny shit. I like GOLD!"<a href="http://gold-balls.com/collections/all" target="_blank"> LA-based fashion stylist, Karina Torrico / GoldBallz.com

</a>Give the gift of courage. <a href="http://gold-balls.com/collections/all" target="_blank">

</a>Nothing says 'I love you' like balls around you neck.

New meaning to 'ball & chain'?

#hipreplacement for the under 45

By Andrea Claire · January 29, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

They say that the key to having successful social media posts is being able to reach out to people with professional information or topics that they can relate to while tying in personal experiences that connect you with others or an audience. 

Being a beauty pro, women are interested in my pro tips and tricks; gosh-golly-gee, who isn't interested in hearing shortcuts to looking fabulous! What else? An enabling shopaholic. A natural redhead, and then of course, being a mom of three; two young women (20 & 18) and the entertaining #stuffZoiesays… that's clearly a lot for someone who is not a blogger with a blog

My main career focus has never been 'writer' – I'm sure that's very clear to many of my journo-friends and also why this outlet has random postings… I'd rather be working on a supermodel than writing* about it… but here I lay, practically bedridden; day 6 of 60 of my medical leave post hip replacement.

Bored? Where to buy. 

First time here?? My medical drama recap

Before my slice and dice, I started the #hipreplacement research. I needed to find others whom I could relate to since hip replacement, although not common in 43 year old women, it's not uncommon either. So I write this for those like me, who are tired of helpful grandfathered anecdotes.

I know that personally, (especially the past two years) I've had days where I've had extreme physical pain that has affected how I look (tired) and also my attitude. Let's call it 'pangry' - not unlike its cousin 'hangry'.

Pangry: pain that affects your mood where you're just crabby for no other particular reason. I also suffer hangry issues, so on days with excess pain and hunger anyone near me was pretty much facked.

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."

You see that #QOTD often. Everyone has something to deal with.

"My mommy is having surgery and my daddy doesn't know how to do manicures." 
#stuffZoiesays (6) went to the nurse's office while I was in hospital because she broke a nail... Resourceful child.  


Whether a devastating broken nail, an illness, your jeans shrunk, debt, death of a hamster etc etc... what does not kill you makes you stronger…

I returned home on January 27th after 4 days in the hospital.

Getting into the taxi at the hospital was a bit of a gong show which included me leaning on my walker, yelling in a morphine rage at the lineup of cars beginning to honk as my husband, hospital staff and driver stared at my forth attempt to get in.

Yes, I was cursing.  No. I'm not exaggerating. 

Before you leave the hospital I would suggest you research a clear way of getting in and out of a vehicle. It's not fun. Glad that's over for now.

Home supplies checklist

  • toilet seat raiser
  • walker (perhaps if granny** is done with hers you can borrow it)
  • crutches
  • grabber thingy
  • ice packs
  • white board I've listed all my painkillers and medications with times that I check off as I take them. I refresh the times as I go – ie if I nap. Generally I'm not clueless but a drug hazed memory is a tad unsafe.
  • support system whether virtual strangers ['sup Cleveland!!] or FaceTiming friends... oh, ya - I do have a husband. Our relationship hit a new level as he  regularly lowers me to the toilet... he leaves. I can't cross that line.
  • tequila nope... just checking if you're paying attention
  • scar therapy

I know that I said I hate talking about this but… I highly recommend a high fibre diet and any stool softening whatevers that they recommend; don't poo-poo them. Another gong show. That's all I'm gonna say…

Have a story to share? Link or comment below, that's ok with me.

And, for those who think I'm sharing too much… www.getalife.com 

Bell Let's Talk. I know some people tell you to keep silent about ailments; but strength comes in numbers. Don't go it alone. 

*FYI -I do like writing. It's just another creative outlet for me. If you like my writing and want to pay me for it, I'd happily accept; your money is good here.   

**I'm allowed to make the granny jokes. You cannot unless you've had this surgery under 45 too. I don't make the rules. I just play by them... Actually... I made that rule. 

Eyelash Perming! Never need an eyelash curler again

By Andrea Claire · June 7, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Top left: before. Bottom left: after.
Pics on the side: prep, during and finale.

Your eyelashes are lightly glued to a perm rod which come in three sizes. The Glamourous Factory used the medium size on mine. The first week I felt that maybe next time I'd want the larger curl but similar to a hair perm (that no one should get anymore unless you want to be transported to 1991), the curl settles after a week.

The prep consists of cleaning your lashes and protecting your skin and applying the perm rod; followed by the perm solution and finally the neutralizer. Do NOT try this at home. You can't use the old school at-home perming kits as they are not the same - similar methods but you need specific solution for your eyelashes.

Here's another of the after. For a mere S$40 and an hour of your time, this is honestly the BEST money spent in today's world of beauty. Contrary to the belief of my husband, I am not great at just lying on my back with my eyes closed doing nothing for an hour but when the payoff is this great - I can make an exception.  

For those who aren't into the perm idea, my must-have curler: Tweezerman Rose Gold Toned ProCurl $20.00 USD at Neiman Marcus, but personally, I have found that the humidity here (Singapore) attacks my lashes and some days the curl holds and other days I can curl them and... nothing. Eyelash perming takes the frustration out of my morning makeup routine. Yes, I am that vain that my eyelashes failing to curl gets my goat.

Get your lashes permed every 6 weeks for $40! And for those in Singapore, mention my name at The Glamourous Factory and receive 10% off any beauty service until the end of June 2014!  

Try one of these two locations:

6337-7966 (Plaza Singapura) and 6636-8236 (The Clift, 21 McCallum St)

#AZMondayMakeover || Teresa, SKY Pilates

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 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r27" target="_new">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.

Andrea Claire

#AZMondayMakeover || Paula, Chatter PR

By Andrea Claire · May 5, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
After a few months hiatus... (I had two surgeries. Please do send flowers) </p>



Meet Paula Robinson, Chatter PR

She's a mother of two on the go. We can all relate. Feeding the kids, rushing to get the family dressed and out the door so we can get to work. We don't always have time to coiff and powder. Hey, that's life right?!

Why hello there Mrs Robinson!!! Are you trying to seduce us?!?

There is a video below here. If you don't see it, please refresh the title. You might want to watch just to get Paula's makeup tip using Post-its!

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Balm $93.00 at Barneys New York


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Warm Sand and Natural $44.00 each at Neiman Marcus


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


SEPHORA COLLECTION Upside Down Mascara $22.00 at Sephora

Tweezerman Folding iLashcomb, Pink $12.00 at <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r6" target="_new">Neiman Marcus


Tweezerman Lighted 10X Mirror $16.00 at Neiman Marcus


Dior Glow Maximizer Primer $42.00 at Dillard's

** All prices are in US dollars **


Find Paula on:


Real Housewife Of Singapore


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+ or the body types 000 to US size 6. I will never stop participating in the fantasy side of fashion and beauty but reality isn't so bad either.

Want to participate? Email me, Andrea Claire with #azMondayMakeover in the subject line. Please also attach a recent photo yourself.

Andrea Claire

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

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 


#AZMondayMakeover || Dina

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 <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r11" target="_new">Dillard's


Alison Raffaele True Concealer, Skintone 4 - $25.00 USD at <a href="http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fl=r132" target="_new">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.

<a href="http:www.aclairebeauty.com" target="_blank">Andrea Claire </a>

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


#AZMondayMakeover || Adlena, Platform PR

By Andrea Claire · December 16, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

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Our latest #AZMondayMakeover is

yummy mommy-to-be Adlena, Platform PR. Beautiful both before and after.

Get the look:

First I applied some Dermalogica skincare to Adlena's skin which included the SkinPerfect Primer to help smooth the texture for an even application of my favourite FACEatelier Ultra Foundation.

Then I applied Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer ($30.00 at Macy's) to beef up that pregnancy glow.

Nothing wrong with a little drama-mama! That pop on the eye is Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Merlot (not pictured) $32.00 USD at Sephora

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: Smokeluxe ($40.00 USD at Dillard's) If blending is an issue for you then get these Pearlfusion palettes. They are so easy to blend. We makeup artists like that too - sure we can blend that powdery matte stuff with our trained fingers but why bother?

*In the video we chat about the typical Asian eye makeup: black liquid liner smothering the top lid. Now, although this look isn't bad (it is a look after all); it won't give you an opened eye look. Dark colours will typically recede. So, if you have Asian eyes or even a hidden eyelid that's hooded with ageing choose something a little more vibrant on the lid and create a shape with a fake crease. Refer to the video for a visual on this.

Eyebrows are softly defined with Starlash brow pencil.

 I lined Adlena's eyes using Maybelline's Color Show black kohl and then applied this miracle mascara that landed in my lap during a recent shoot for Cosmo - love it! That pink/green tube - not a fan, but this? Yes. I like it a lot. Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara Blackest Black 202 $8.99 USD at Walgreens

I'm a fan of focusing the drama on one thing or the other so I chose a subtle lip with NARS Prego Prego <strong>Pago Pago.

Hair is straightened for a little edge with my beloved CHI Dual Voltage Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, 1 Inch Plates $170.00$119.00 USD at drugstore.com

Creates Silky Shiny Hair Instantly Versatile "all in one" ergonomic design Straigten, curl, flip, style Professional salon model Flash quick heating Swivel cord 1" Ceramic plates Heats up to 200°C/392°F Automatic dual voltage adjusts to where you plug it in.



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!  

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