Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toast and Cheers: Our Pre-Wedding Video - The Cinderella Story Begins...


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away... Okay, it's not that far, just a 14-hour flight away, a wandering nomad crossed paths with a princess who's in a bit of a bind.

An evil curse has been cast upon her and now, she's trapped in a fairytale world. Doesn't sound like a bad predicament yea? Wrong! 

The caveat is - if the princess can't find her knight in shining armour by sunset, the spell will remain and she will be imprisoned in this magical dimension forever.

So will the humble nomad save the day?

Click to find out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hush Puppies Apparel Summer 2014 Collection Debuts at VivoCity


Summer is not over until Hush Puppies says so!

This season, the most adorable puppy in fashion breaks new grounds with the introduction of their Summer 2014 collection "California Dreaming" that boasts an exciting mixture of tropical colors and prints.

Famed for their relaxed and classic designs and of course also for creating the world’s first casual shoe, Hush Puppies continues to embrace this unique heritage with breezy sun dresses, woven cropped shirts and stylish printed tops.

I was immensely honoured to be invited to Hush Puppies Apparel's first ever press event at Vivo City a few months ago. Not only did we get to savour some really delectable hors d'oeuvres, we were also treated to a summery fashion show that featured their signature multi-coloured polo shirts as well as the must-haves for this warm season!

On top of these, Hush Puppies also gave us one of their trademark polo tees as well as a very cute Basset Hound softie toy which I aptly named 'Pappy'. :P

Psst! Their new collection also offers an extensive selection for kid’s and baby’s wear that is perfect for a matchy-matchy summer day out for the family! :D

Fashion has never been better. Click for more photos of the event and my new friend, Pappy!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

65 Daigou - A Shopaholic's Haven!

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I first witnessed the glory of TaoBao when I organised a business delegation to participate in the APEC SME Summit in Hangzhou five years ago.

Since the conference was enthusiastically supported by Alibaba.com's founder, Jack Ma, the event inherently included a major Taobao trade fair that was attended by more than 150,000 retailers, wholesalers and of course, zealous shoppers. :P

To be honest, I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the event. Never in my life have I seen so many stores, types of products and passionate entrepreneurs all in one place. Not to mention, the millions of rmb being transacted within a few days.

For the exact numbers, you can check out here and here. (These links also contain press releases that I had written for the event).

Even though TaoBao was already a huge hit in China then, there was still excessive regulations and difficulties that prevented me from purchasing the products from Singapore. So I stuck to eBay and Gmarket.

Well today, the world has changed and digital boundaries are also less prevalent. With the sprawling network of TaoBao agents, we can now explore China's wholesale paradise and shop with ease.

But not every TaoBao agent is created equal. It took me ages before I found my shopping saviour that is reliable, customer oriented and reasonably priced.

Meet 65 Daigou, my new global shopping concierge. My wedding props arrived in one perfect piece from TaoBao just before my wedding shoot.

Read on to find out how fast it took via 65Daigou! :D

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tackling the Gradient Eyeliner Trend


This season, we leap and bound to style with the gradient eyeliner trend!

We've seen gradient/ombre trends everywhere, from hair, clothes, accessories and even nails, but gradated makeup is still a rather unexplored realm in the beauty world. Or at least in this part of the world.

Beauty gurus all over the globe have been spotted with graduated eyeshadow looks and the Koreans have even taken it to the next level by extending the ombre fashion to their lips!

Well, we can't lose out! :P

They say the eyes are the windows to our soul so today, let's be the harbingers of a new makeup era and express our inner style-loving feelings with some really cool graduated liner looks too!

Click to join the beauty revolution! :D

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"My Love From The Star" Cheon Song Yi Bridal Makeup Tutorial



It's been four months since the South Korean TV series "My Love From The Star" wrapped up its improbable yet romantic love story, but fans are still not over it.

Its fashion is still the talk of the town and its makeup? Well, still highly feted by beauty-nistas and makeup artists all over the globe.

Everything its leading lady, Jun Ji Hyun (who plays Cheon Song Yi) touched turned into gold! Her trademark neon coloured lipsticks, adorable pj's and headbands have become absolute cult favorites.

So instead of pinning all my favorite Cheon Song Yi looks on a mood board, I decided to try the looks through a video tutorial. And my key inspiration? Her bridal look of course! I thought she looked stunning in it.

Click to watch the tutorial and other CSY inspired looks that I've created!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Bridal Beauty Log: My DIY Wedding Looks


A timeless, sleek bridal look need not come at a hefty price or with an exorbitant amount of makeup.

Oh wait, if you're expecting this to be another beauty tutorial to show you how I added the bit of oomph to the eyes or created the luscious cascading waves, you're not quite right.

As you already know, I decided to defy convention and DIY my own wedding looks for my photo shoot last month. Honestly, it was intimidating for a makeup novice like me but I realised later that all I needed was some good makeup tools, great sartorial choices and tons of practice.

I guess the rule of thumb is to keep the embellishments to a minimum and pick dresses that are not only imbued with panache but that also reflect your taste.

So I thought before I demonstrate how I did my makeup, I should first show you the different looks I've come up with for the shoot. 

Bonus! Also gonna showcase one of the photos from my wedding shoot. :P

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bridal Beauty Log: Wedding-Worthy hair by Shunji Matsuo

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"Disney gave me unrealistic expectations about hair." - Anonymous

Whoever who said that is indubitably spot on! Their hair always look soft, silky and voluminous!

And!!! They seem to have a life of their own too, always falling neatly back into place while they are dancing, singing, fighting evil witches and even when they are just getting out of bed. Pfft!

How unattainable can they get?!!

Just when I thought achieving princess-worthy wedding hair is just another forlorn fantasy, I met my hairy, I mean Fairy Godmother. And she's none other than the revered Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon. :)

Read on to find how Shunji Matsuo hair stylists took a page from Disney's style book and created the most flattering and manageable hairstyle for my Disney-themed wedding shoot!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bridal Beauty Log: Introducing My New Zit Buster Team - The LJH Tea Tree Range!

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We all know that Tea Tree Oil is the best answer to achieving 'acne freedom' due to its unique disinfecting and calming properties.

But the sad news is, it's never been very effective for me. All it does is choke me with its sharp herbal scent. Okay, occasionally it treats a couple of pimples but they usually come back like uninvited guests - unannounced and bothersome.

I was suffering the aftermath of a zit attack when my good friend, Ivan of HKCplaza.com handed me one of LJH's best sellers - the Tea Tree range.

Even though I greatly appreciated his kind gesture, I wasn't sure if the product was going to work on me. But as the old cliche goes, 'There's no harm in trying'. And since I was heading overseas for my wedding shoot soon, I lugged the LJH skincare products along.

Lo and behold! Like a miracle that only happens in fairytales, my skin cleared up and there was almost no zit left on my skin within a couple of days. I used 'almost' because there was still one tiny spot on my chin but that's another story. :P

So here I am, two weeks after using the products - happy and pretty much spot-free!

Click for a full account of my Tea Tree skincare journey!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Look Jettsetter Chic With These Beauty Essentials!

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Introducing our 5 pre-prepped super travel packs! Who says planning a holiday has to be stressful?

With one less thing to worry about, you can get back to planning your next dream escapade with ease of mind!

Go on ladies, click on the link and treat yourself! Ready, jet set go!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Toast and Cheers: Our Wedding Logo



Since I was at a pretty impressionable age during the Disney Renaissance era, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm a fairytale fanatic.

But Mommy made a rather amusing blunder of taking me to see Disney movies as well as buying me storybooks by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen. Yup, imagine the horror for a 5-year old me.

Not that this is a bad thing because, eventually, I grew to like the original folk tales more. But as a kid, it was not only confusing but slightly distressing.

So I decided that the fairytale theme of my wedding should lean towards the Disney versions - with happily-ever-after endings.

I've certainly struck gold because my fiancé is also a huge fan of fairytales and totally supports the idea of a Disney-esque wedding.

Yay! So what's next? We thought we could create a wedding emblem to represent our mutual passion, our imagination and of course our future.

We've also come up with a name for our wedding, its called Finally Found. No surprise what it was that we'd finally found. :P

Now click to see how all these elements add up on our new wedding logo!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bridal Beauty Log: HKCplaza Beauty Products


Remember I mentioned that I was gonna do my own makeup for my wedding shoot two entries back?

Well, someone definitely heard (or read) me because I just received more than 20 skincare and makeup products from HKCplaza.com

It is insane but I'm absolutely gratified. There are enough eyeshadows, lippies, powders, creams and eyeliners in the package to turn me into an effusive makeup chameleon. Haha!

Before I swipe my fluffy brushes on the buttery smooth textures of the palettes, I thought I could show you some of the cool stuff in the stash. 

Who knows? Some of them might be right up your beauty street? :P 

Click for a virtual tour of my HKCplaza beauty bags!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Box's First Birthday and New Look!


One of my most favorite sampling box services, Black Box, recently underwent a facelift and celebrated its first anniversary at the eco-friendly Green Room Cafe.

Woo hoo! Happy birthday Black Box!

Their inaugural party was graced by many prominent social media influencers as well as a very splendid assortment of beauty brands.

Besides the grand showcase of its latest look, Black Box also treated us to some ethno-botanical cuisine with fusion asian flavors by their venue partner, the Green Room Cafe.

Needless to say, we also walked away with... wait for it...

... a GIANT Black Box! Haha! Click for all the scoop and loots!