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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

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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

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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

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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.


Images: style.com

Monday, August 17, 2015

Burberry Beauty Fall Winter 2015 Collection

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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.


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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.


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


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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

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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 Ulta.com 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Gigi Hadid for Topshop Fall Winter 2015

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It is this gorgeous, girl-next-door looking model - Gigi Hadid who made Quay Australia sunglasses go out of stock right after they were replenished and wowed fans at a recent Guess event in Sydney as the brand spokesperson.


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Gigi as seen in the "My Girl" cat-eye sunglasses that she made ultra popular.

The exotic mix-blood model and social media star is of Dutch and Palestinian descent. She has just the right amount of Asian and European features that gives her a unique look.

Pictures of Gigi's Fall Winter 2015 campaign for Topshop appear to be mostly monochrome faux fur and black leather jacket pieces - wardrobe basics that most already have. It's a little disappointing for Gigi can easily make style staples look effortlessly beautiful.

Hopefully, the complete collection that will launch soon would include some interesting pieces.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Swatches

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Want to know how to get Cara Delevingne's enviable eye brows? 

Look no further as we help you test out the best shades of eye brow pencils for blondes and brunettes.

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One of our all-time favourite brow pencils is Lancome's Le Crayon Poudre or "Powder Pencil" for your eye brows.



Why we love it!



- Easy to use and control than compared to cream or powder brow palettes that come with separate brush applicators


- Pencil tip and brow colour glides easily onto brow area to fill up the gaps in your brow, thicken and define it just like Cara Delevingne's


- If you make a mistake, the powder is easily removable with a swab of a cotton bud or just use your fingertips


- Product stays on throughout the day even in hot, humid weather as tested in Singapore. Brow colour does not smudge.


- Wide array of colours for different to match your hair colour


Do note that availability of colours will vary from country to country. We advise our readers to purchase from Lancome USA or a variety of good online retailers as certain countries such as Singapore do not carry light brown colours for the Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil.



Lancome Le Crayon Poudre eye brow pencil swatches

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Initially, I could only find the eyebrow pencil in Chataigne or a medium-light chestnut brown colour and it did not help as my hair colour got lighter.

I was really pleased with my online purchase from Nordstrom.com and the new colours "Natural Blonde" and "Blonde" match my blonde hair better. 

Natural blonde is slightly lighter than blonde, not by much though as you can see in this picture taken without flash.


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The colour contrasts are larger in photos taken with flash.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Best Fall 2015 Fringe Bags

Fringe bags have been a staple bohemian favourite for Spring Summer, Resort 2015 and now Fall Winter 2015. We pick the best fringe bag designs for Fall so you don't have to wonder what's out there any more.


1) Salar mimi fringed top handle bag

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Newcomer Italian handbag and accessories brand Salar took the spotlight with this cute star buckle, rounded camera-bag style top-handle bag complete with long suede fringes for that delightful swaying movement when you walk down the streets with this cute number.

Just like a Space Invader alien, the silhouette of this handbag resembles a quirky but adorable alien with its unique shape.

2) Saint Laurent Anita Fringe suede bag

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Channel your inner rock star in this YSL number which comes with a concho belt style buckle complete with suede tassels, generous fringing and silver rounded studs all-over the circumference of the bag.


3) Sara Battaglia Teresa Shoulder Bag

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This unique leather fringe bag from quirky Italian handbag designer Sara Battaglia features a mirrored buckle that resembles the shape of a Prada logo. The entire shoulder bag strap is covered with fringe detail - perfect for a fun-loving fashionista.


4) Valentino C-Rockee Pebbled Leather Fringe Shoulder Bag

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The old-school satchel is reworked into a lovely bohemian shoulder bag with all-over fringe on the bag strap as well as the flap in coarse-grain pebbled calf leather by Valentino.


5) Chloe Hudson Mini Tassled Shoulder Bag


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Chloe's mix of suede tassels on a calf leather with signature oversized gold-tone metal buckle for the bag strap gives it a touch of refinement even for a casual day out.


6) Stella McCartney Falabella Faux Suede Fringed Tote

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Stella McCartney's popular Falabella tote with is redone in a relaxed boho theme with faux suede fringes. 

We love the contrasting silver chain woven into the side of the bag for that subtle touch of glamour.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stella McCartney Elyse Star Shoes

Thrice the height and twice the comfort, animal-friendly brand Stella McCartney's Fall Winter 2015 shoes have caught our eye with shiny metallic versions of the popular Elyse lace-up platform shoes collection.

Here are our Top 3 picks for this Fall.
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1) Silver mirrored metallic Elyse platform shoes with a signature wooden platform and chunky rubber soles


One of the reasons why we like these shoes is because of it's comfortable square-toe instead of pointy ones that squish your toes into one tight, blister-inducing space.


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2) Gold brushed mirrored metallic Elyse platform shoes with a pale wooden platform and chunky rubber soles

This funky pair of shoes scream rock and roll with arty paintbrush strokes effect on a faux patent leather upper. Wear it for a night out with black leather leggings or a casual top and mini shorts.


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3) Gold brushed mirrored metallic runway boots

These gold patent leather effect brushed heeled boots from Stella McCartney's fall winter 2015 runway shoe proofs to be a show-stopper with its slightly inward curved heel that resembles the infamous Walter Steiger heels.

Chunkier heels means more support and comfort for high-heel lovers so don't hesitate to add a pair of chunky heel booties to your shoe collection.