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!

Friday, April 11, 2014

30-Second Beauty Trick - Creating the Perfect Winged Liner Look

The gorgeous winged eyeliner is one of the most staple beauty looks. We've seen it on the runways, glossy pages of magazines and of course also on our favourite celebs. The graceful flick is as ubiquitous as the little black dress!

The first stroke may be the most daunting (even for the cosmetically-inclined) as you don't want to ruin your makeup with crooked eyeliner or worst, look like someone has given you a black eye!

But trust me - once you get the hang of it, you'll be addicted! I've created a short video to show you how to rock the makeup trend. Just one simple rule and hey presto! Perfect wings everytime!

Like Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art".

Now let's click to master the art!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Bridal Beauty Log: The Real Beauty Boxes

It's finally here - the much awaited pre-nuptial photoshoot in Paris!

Since the impromptu overseas shoot trimmed off a huge portion of our wedding budget, I decided to be my own makeup artist and create my own bridal looks.

Besides being a great cost-saving measure, this decision also allows me to choose makeup that highlights my best features and offsets the less-flattering ones. Well, no one knows your face better than you do, right? :P


What cosmetics should I bring? I feel like I need everything on my vanity desk. Since I'll also be lugging a ton of gowns and styling tools, I guess I'll have to have to be prudent when it comes to choosing the right cosmetics for the shoot.

Before I delve into my cosmetics list, I thought I could first look for an affordable and possibly scalable makeup organiser or beauty box to create an efficient packing system for my makeup.

And after some intensive researching, I found three miracle solutions that are total space-savers and that make amazing additions to any dressing table.

Meet the "REAL" beauty boxes! :P

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What's in my BellaBox???

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I've received many wonderful products from generous brands over the past few months but unfortunately, I haven't had the luxury of time to open all the parcels.

No thanks to my unforgiving schedule that has been circling around HoneyzCube.com's new mobile app (woo hoo!) as well as preparations for the most important event of my life - my wedding! :D

I finally had time to go through my trove of beauty treasures one afternoon and guess what I found - a BellaBox!

It's not just any BellaBox but a special collector's edition to celebrate Singapore's 48th birthday! Sheepish grin. Yeah, I know I'm very late.

But better late than never!

Anyhoo, the box wears a gorgeous batik design that pays tribute to one of Singapore's most notable and unique living heritages - the Peranakan culture. Ingenious!

The products offered in the box were also amazing. I'm so glad they haven't expired. Phew!

BellaBox is seriously pushing the envelope for subscription boxes this time. Read on to find out what novelty items I found in my BellaBox!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

What Can the Haze Do to Your Skin (and How You Can Haze-Proof Yourself)

Haze, haze, go away!

But like it or not, it's here to stay. At least for the time being.

Haze is a condition where airborne pollutants are suspended in the air obscuring visibility and contaminating the air we breathe in.

The high PSI not only contributes to a whole nexus of health problems, it also gives rise to beauty problems such as clogged pores, dry skin and Vitamin E depletion in the epidermis which leads to... gulp, premature ageing.

So let's fight The Haze Villain before the it wreaks havoc on our precious skin.

Click for some useful pointers!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Beauty Review: SK-II STEMPOWER Essence & SK-II Men

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I've always wondered what's the fuss about SK-II products.

My aunties rave about it, my grandma swears by it and my friends spend hundreds of dollars each month stocking up on their products.

So when I was invited to the SK-II STEMPOWER Essence debut and SK-II Pitera House launch, I vehemently accepted their invitation. Haha!

After two fruitful afternoons with the beauty powerhouse, I began to understand why SK-II is the quintessential skincare brand with a cult following (including A-list celebs).

Since I was also blessed with some new SK-II products for myself and my fiancé, we decided to try the products for at least 3 months before publishing this review.

Read further to find out if the SK-II hype is justified. :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Beauty Review: Rehab London

To all my favorite martians, is the unwanted stubble, embarrassing shine or dehydrated skin from the last few boys' nights out beginning to get to you?

Then it's probably time to check into beauty rehab.

Nah, I'm not suggesting that you fill your grooming routine with a hundred complicated products and steps that could make even a beauty-loving girl go topsy-turvy.

But rather to make minor modifications to your regimen with an easy-to-use range of masculine skincare products from new kid on the block, Rehab London.

It's the brainchild of hair and makeup artist, Lisa Hilton who is also a perfectionist when it comes to natural and ethical grooming products.

I read about Rehab London's laser-like focus on producing natural products which are power packed with effective ingredients that are free of SLS, paraben and petrochemicals. So I introduced the new line to my fiancé Bobby who has no inkling about skincare. Haha!

Read on to find out how he fine-tuned his beauty regimen with Rehab London's products. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My New Home Office!

I remember being extremely drawn to Samantha's sleek Manhattan office in the Sex and the City 2 movie (even though she was performing some pretty salacious act at the time. Haha!)

The clean stylish Vitra desk, ultra-thin monitor, all-white accessories and of course, sweeping views of Times Square were so chic!

Even though it's been four years, I still can't get over it.

And since I can't afford a Vitra desk and a fancy city office, I decided to set up a Samantha-inspired home office instead! Eh.. with a little Juliana twist to it. :P

Click to find out how I assembled my home office from scratch in just ONE day!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Jonsson Protein Hair Growth Review


If you want to have thick luscious hair like Rapunzel, then you'll have to be cognisant of the way hair works.

Do you know that each strand of hair is composed of mostly protein? We're talking about 91% here. This means your hair NEEDS protein to grow.

But guess what happens when your hair suffers from protein deficiency? The repercussions are not a pretty sight - think thinning hair, brittle hair roots, dandruff and coarse dry hair.

Supplementing your diet with more protein will certainly help but if you want to fix the problem fast, you may need professional help.

For all my friends who suffer from hair loss, premature greying, dandruff or any other scalp/hair related problems, it's not too late to save those precious strands.

Click for your long-term and trustworthy mane solution. :)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Beauty Review: Hairtitude at Suntec City

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I was slated to do a photoshoot in a week but... I was facing the greatest hair-tastrophe.

My locks were dull, brittle and frizzy with unsightly flyaways and split ends. The roots have also grown out making the overall style ratty and simply maladious.

I knew what my hair needed but I have a problem - I never liked cutting my hair before a big event as I was afraid of possible hair cut hiccups that may be unfixable within the short time frame.

I was kicking myself for not planning my beauty regimen carefully when my good friend Tiffany delivered some pretty precious pearls of wisdom.

Tiffany has just tried a new hair treatment at Hairtitude known as Nanomist and her mane was clearly tamed with this new state-of the-art technology. She suggested that I go try the treatment too and even guaranteed and vouched for its effectiveness. Haha!

So I did and boy was I amazed! The strands were noticeably glossier and smoother. Wanna know the secret? Click to read on!

Friday, February 28, 2014

6 steps to FIRMER and more RADIANT skin!

Whether it's for your engagement party or that special dinner date, everyone wants to impress with a killer complexion.

And the good news is - it doesn't have to involve a bucket full of cash to achieve that luminous glow.

All you need is patience, some commitment and a solid six-step beauty regimen and you could be well on your way to getting out-of-this-world amazing skin!

Click to unveil the six easy steps to skin success!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beauty Review: Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream


My recent wide swath of work commitments has made me busier than a bumble bee.

As such, I find it very challenging to even stick to my regular beauty routine. But I'm only a few months away from the Big Day so I know I can't be a beauty renegade now. I can hear the clock ticking already!

Well, I can't cut back on the workload but I can certainly look for a solution to the problem. 

And my beauty remedy came in the form of Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream! I was elated when I read about its emollient and anti-pollution properties on fellow beauty bloggers skincare entries. And wait for it...

It is an all-purpose moisturiser that you can use on the body and face, at anytime of the day.

Amazing, isn't it? Click to find out more about its usage and herbal contents!