Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Best of New York Fashion Week 2015

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Arguably One of the Most Beautiful shows at New York Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2016 was Reem Acra's Moroccan inspired runway show.

Here's why we think the collection was one of the best Spring forward trends for 2016 at last week's New York Fashion Week presentation.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Gorgeous glittery prints, short skirts and plunging neckline rompers are the ideal summer staples for that sunny resort vacation.

Lovely, layered sheer silk dresses, an abundance of embroidery, beads and floral appliqués adorn gorgeous silk dresses with micro mini hemlines, nipped at the waist with wide heavily embellished fabric belts for that far east exotic appeal.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Beautiful shiny metallic lamé fabrics were used to construct classic waterfall evening gowns. A remarkable amount of hand-done work could be seen on floor-length sequin dresses and a peony embroidered, see-through, delicate lace dress.

Highly acclaimed Lebanese designer Reem Acra who is known for wedding dresses has outdone herself to create opulent ready-to-wear casual and evening dresses.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BlowPro Faux Dry Shampoo Review

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Have you ever had days when... you had your hair styled and don't want to wash it out?

Do you have long hair and live in a hot and humid country? If you have oily scalp issues, washing your hair too often - every day, can strip your scalp and hair of its natural oils and moisture.

Introducing dry shampoo from BlowPro New York. We were sceptical about the use of dry shampoo until we tried this brand out.

For a quick-fix, time-starved busy individuals like you can spend more time in bed or out and about with BlowPro's faux dry shampoo and conditioner.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Excuse our blurry pictures but we were mad with excitement when these babies came in the mail!

Step 1: 

Simply shake the powder-form shampoo onto the roots of your hair.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The dry shampoo ingredient consists of rice starch and is a white powder which can easily be inhaled easily if you are not careful during application.

The product does what it says and instantly absorbs excess oil from the scalp and hair. Hair feels lighter and cleaner after using it.

Step 2: 

Rake through your hair with fingers or comb through evenly until the product is distributed evenly throughout your hair. 

To finish, shake the dry conditioner onto your hair and style accordingly.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The BlowPro faux dry shampoo is unscented while the conditioner has a very pleasant smell to it. There is a lovely smell from the conditioner that lingers on throughout the day.

The dry conditioner does tame frizzy hair and adds a slight shine. We noticed that blonde hair appeared lighter and slightly shinier with it.

The Verdict

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Ready! Set! Go! A fuss-free and low-maintenance high ponytail à la the off-duty hairstyle of Gigi Hadid.

Make-up look: 
  1. Smashbox Liquid Halo SPF 15 foundation in shade 9 used as a all-over bronzing effect colour
  2. Lime Crime lipstick in Unicorn
  3. YSL beauty eyeshadow palette in black as eyeshadow and liner

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Matilde Mourinho, Mollie King Style-Off

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Style-off: Matilde Mourinho on the red carpet (left), Mollie King on the side-walk in London (right)

English football club Chelsea manager Jose Mouriho's daughter is all grown up. Last night at the GQ awards, Matilde Mourinho wore a plunging tuxedo dress by Balmain as she stood awkwardly next to her dad.

Although she drew quite a bit of flak on social media for causing her dad to feel uncomfortable with her slightly risqué dressing, she carried the look off well enough to look just the right amount of sexy yet polished at the same time.

The 18-year-old spotted a tight top-knot bun and a black Tom Ford clutch.

British Girl Group The Saturdays member Mollie King attends a party in London for her first Notion magazine cover. Mollie is also wearing a black plunging V-neck dress. It is by the Australian label Finders Keepers. The singer had a more interesting combination as she paired her mini dress with a pair of sexy over-the-knee stiletto suede boots in a toned-down grey colour.

Although both outfits are similar, Matilda and Mollie are dressed for two very different occasions.

Which look do you prefer?

Image source:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Fringed Over The Knee Boots

In this issue of Luxury for Less, we uncover a cool pair of over the knee boots that pack the rock and roll punch but are still suitable for everyday wear.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Can you tell the difference?

Over the knee boots look here to stay and make a good transition from summer to fall winter in shorts or leggings.

Case in point are Fergie's Giuseppe Zanotti studded and fringe suede over the knee boots which she wore to Coachella this year while rubbing shoulders with celebrity friends Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Get the less pricey version for less with Carvela Kurt Geiger's latest release for Fall winter 2015 - Whip. Kurt Geiger's over the knee boots has no tassels but just the right amount of suede fringes and cool whip-stitch design hence the name.

Both versions have chunky low heels and almond toes.

As both pairs of boots are in black and incredibly similar in design, our verdict is it doesn't really matter which pair you pick - we would probably go for the high-street version unless you don't already own a staple pair of black tall boots.

Which pair would you get and how what would you wear it with?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

New York Fashion Week's schedule for Spring Summer 2016 is set for September 10 to 17 with big names like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger gracing the event.

We can't wait to see our favourite model citizens Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Liu Wen, Ondria Hardin and Yumi Lambert walk the shows.

Here's our list of the top 3 fashion designers/ runway shows that we are looking forward to see next week!

1) Betsey Johnson

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Age should never dictate what you want to wear. Known for her fun, quirky designs, 73-year-old Betsey Johnson brings fun, joy and a powerful message to her fans - don't be afraid to be show who you really are.

Betsey Johnson's Spring Summer 2015 collection did just that - pushing out a strong statement on the runway to support gay marriage.

2) Tommy Hilfiger

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Rock and roll was the theme at Tommy Hilfiger's previous Spring Summer collection. Star-printed fur jackets and colourful star-studded or cut-out boots were the main highlight of the runway show.

The label is known for classic American designs with a slight twist when Tommy feels like it.

3) Anna Sui

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Anna makes the loveliest bohemian and girly designs that can't go wrong. Her Asian heritage gives her an edge over predominantly white designers in the fashion industry. 

Oriental and Asian prints in rich colours of deep burgundy red and emeralds are often used in Anna Sui's dresses and jackets.

Although DKNY (Donna Karan New York), Ralph Lauren and Derek Lam didn't make our list this year we hope the designers would surprise us with something more out of the ordinary than the usual staple basics.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Burberry Beauty Fall Winter 2015 Collection

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Burberry's Fall Winter 2015 make-up collection was inspired by their Fall Winter runway show which was full of earthy brown, red and green hues. The grunge rock meets hippie runway collection featured patchwork suede over-the-knee boots, plenty of floral prints, leopard prints, knit cardigan jackets and fringe ponchos.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Backstage beauty with Burberry

Make-up was kept to a bare minimal for a "natural" look at the Burberry Prorsum runway show. Bronzer was used in place of blusher for a healthy glow all over the face. Lips were kept nude, eyes were lined with black eyeliner, taupe eye shadow was applied onto lids and a bit of black mascara was used for the finishing touch.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
The military inspired Burberry Fall Winter 2015 collection has a camouflage print eye shadow palette and a deep, khaki green nail polish.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
If you can't get your hands on the limited edition palette, fret not. Burberry has its staple classic eye shadow palettes in a similar shade of green and other colours.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sephora Epic Rewards Redemption Gone Totally Wrong

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

The Sore Truth Behind Sephora's Epic Rewards Loyalty Redemption

Earlier this week, Sephora caused an online debacle so huge that sent fans snapping pictures of their Sephora purchases for return and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and swearing to boycott Sephora for alternative online beauty stores such as and Nordstrom.

One ex-customer of Sephora had made tens of thousands of dollars worth of purchases and had 14,000 points in their account. (USD$1 = 1 point)

Most of the angry customers felt that Sephora tried to pull a fast one by fraudulently marketing items that were not available to the general public.

A so-called rewards programme for their loyal customers who were called "Beauty Insiders" had flopped miserably. Customers were told to spend as much as they can during a golden week where their membership points would be doubled, tripled or quadrupled depending on their level of membership.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

On Aug 10, the very day of the event, no information whatsoever was provided on the timing of the event resulting in thousands of people pulling an all-nighter to redeem the items.

When the Sephora "Epic Rewards" event finally begun at 12 noon (Pacific Time), all the items for redemption were gone in less than a minute leaving customers awestruck - and not in a good way.

The event was not only misleading as Sephora had marketed it as a "redemption" instead of a contest, the unethical beauty company did not reveal how many sets were available for redemption. Such unfair business practices put a global French brand to shame. Sephora is under the LVMH or Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE group.

To make matters worse and add a slap to the face, these so-called exclusive redeemable sets were just normal product items available for purchase on the online shop and in Sephora stores.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

It was even used as a promotional photo for make-up new arrivals on the Sephora homepage.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Rumours on social media have been circulating around that there were as little as 80 sets of rewards for 1000, 2000, 4,000 and 10,000 points set redemptions, of which, most have already been snapped up by Sephora employees.

Note: The redemption was open to staff and relatives, something that is completely unheard of in any contest or company marketing programme.

Sephora is well-known for being racist and its staff - snobby.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic
Snapshot from Sephora's Facebook page of an Asian Chinese customer complaint claiming Sephora is racist as she was treated differently from the rest.

It was reported that some people from overseas were unable to purchase items during the promotion period and their order was cancelled under false pretences of card authentication failure. Even after calling up Sephora, orders were still stopped from being processed.

To sum up Sephora's wonderful Epic Rewards Redemption Scam...