Getting Ready with Rosé All Day

Last month, I did a super special project with Rosé All Day. Not only did I film a “Get Ready With Me” video, I was also interviewed by them about Soeng Signature. This is the very first time I’ve been interviewed about my own baby and I cannot feel any more prouder than that.

While I’m still learning the ropes of being a self-taught entrepreneur, I am happy to learn how I can grow my own brand from other amazing designers/entrepreneurs Michelle Maryam of Mary Allé and Patricia Stephanie of Sovi Atelier, who are featured alongside me in #THEROSÉFILES.

Check out the videos and take notes! 😉

So Fresh, So Clean: Is Josh Rosebrook’s Skincare Line Worth the Wait?

Since last month, I’ve been feeling restless, exhausted and almost on the midst of encountering a writer’s block. From taking 8 hour flights to Tokyo, road trips across Central Java, a day trip to Singapore to catch F1 and an extremely rushed layover stop in KL to catch my grandpa’s funeral in Sibu, Malaysia, my skin has gone through the radical changes in atmospheric pressure, climate and temperature changes. Whether it’s an extremely dry air-conned plane to the humid heat of Sibu’s dense jungle, the endless traveling triggers the paranoia of developing new pimples.

Given that I have been struggling with acne, I don’t want my skin to erupt with angry red pustules or flesh out a lotta sebum to the point where it looks like I’ve got Saran Wrap covering my face. All in all, the one thing that’s been maintaining my skin’s sanity is Josh Rosebrook’s skincare range, which I discovered through an e-mail from his publicist, who encouraged me to test out the products.

As an avid clean living fan, finding clean beauty products that actually work on my sensitive and oily skin is a struggle and Josh Rosebrook’s line is ready to change my perception. Tooled with an arsenal of a power-packed trio – Hydrating Accelerator, Vital Balm Cream (it’s got a loooonnngggg waitlist!) and Day Cream – it’s hard not to resist trying out these products. Also, all of them are organic AND non-GMO!

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The best skin saviors, ever! 

If you need a post-shower pick-me-up, the first thing you need to grab is the Hydrating Accelerator. As an elixir of vitamins and aloe vera, this water-based mist contains sea buckthorn oil (to slow down signs of ageing), turmeric (to calm down redness), marula oil (for extra hydration and treatment of acne) and good old joboba oil (to moisturize). Formulated as a moisturizing toner, Hydrating Accelerator provides the instant glow you’re craving for. Since it’s alcohol-free, the Hydrating Accelerator is perfect for oily (and sensitive) skin as the plant-based oils regulate sebum production. For the past two weeks, this toner has never caused me to experience any breakouts.

As for my go-to moisturizer, I keep on switching it every now and then as I realize that some moisturizers *can* cause breakouts. (It’s all about the ingredients, guys!!) In this case, I can’t handle any moisturizer that’s too rich as it clogs up my pores easily. (Not cool!) So, I had to take a break from my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and switch it up with Vital Balm Cream. Made with mango seed and shea butters, this Vitamin E-infused moisturizer uses kitchen-friendly avocado and olive oils to soften and hydrate for ridiculously plush, supple skin. As a substitute for hyaluronic acid, Indian senna seed hydrates your extra thirsty skin. Infused with blue tansy essential oil for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, it calms down any inflammation that’s bubbling beneath the surface of your skin. Since it’s a balm-based formula, you need to refrigerate it to preserve the strength of this product. My verdict? Well, it’s done an amazing job at calming down my redness. So far, I don’t see any new pimples!

Last but not least, I swear by the Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30. Most sunscreens are always packed with zinc oxide; however, this one doesn’t put in a lot of pore-clogging unpronounecable ingredients. Instead, it’s got broccoli oil (to protect the skin and supply Vitamin A), marshmallow root (to calm inflammation) and ginko leaf (to clean the skin of impurities). Even though it feels so gentle and protective, you won’t even feel an exfoliating effect! Most importantly, this cream contains a color-adapting tint that adjusts to your natural skin tone. Although I don’t wear much tinted sunscreens, I really love this one as it lets my skin naturally glow without the need to pile on foundation, primer and highlighter. Seriously, this one is like a highlighter AND foundation in a bottle! If you are looking for a dose of makeup, the Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30 will do it for you. 😉

No matter where you live or how you live your lifestyle, you can get Josh Rosebrook at Cult Beauty or Detox Beauty for your all-natural fix.

Real Men Talk: What Should A Man Wear On A First Date?

Let’s get real: how many times has any article from a women’s publication talked about what men should wear on a first date? Or, how many times has a men’s publication covered this topic without actually including the voices of gay men?

Lately, I’ve been inspired to bring this conversation here as I realize that most dating articles are heteronormative by nature. Not only does it alienate LGBTs, I also realize that as a journalist, I aim to prioritize the value of every man’s opinion regardless of sexual orientation.

Further continuing the conversation about date dressing, I’ve decided to moderate my first discussion featuring six smart and sexy men. The participants are: Henry of Street Style Poser (go check out his blog!); Brandon Hudson (vocalist) and Brennan Benko (drums) of L.A.’s hottest band The Heirs;  Marcus (a journalist who pumps out super awesome thinkpieces on Medium); Eric Ford (a content coordinator with an eye for style); Malcolm (an analyst who ain’t your regular corporate bro).

Given the diversity of their lifestyles, backgrounds and occupations, everyone’s responses are unfiltered, insightful and refreshingly witty.

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How To Dress For A Date: An Easy Guide On What To Wear, Where

I am not interested in doing it until I find the right person. You see how I choose my shoes – they only go on my feet! – Cher Horowitz

Clueless might be a 23-year-old movie, but whatever Alicia Silverstone said back then is very true to today. While our parents preferred to meet face to face, we rarely want to say “hi” to our hot neighbor or strike up a conversation with a random stranger at a bar thanks to dating apps like Tinder and Bumble.

As much as it’s easy to cut down on time with awkward face-to-face encounters, I just realize that as millenials, we’re automatically programmed to swipe left and right to find our dream date. Are we becoming choosier than our favorite teen fashion icon?

Sure enough, we definitely are. (Duh! 💁) However, the main problem that’s been plaguing us more than boys (or girls, if you’re on the LGBTQ spectrum) is finding the right type of outfit to wear on a date. Given that we’re more dressed down than our parents (thanks, athleisure and streetwear!), I also realize that our penchant for casual gear is leading us into a sartorial mess that’s been blurring the lines of appropriate dressing. Based on wherever your date will be located, think twice before you pull up in your Lulu Lemons!

Here is my guide on wearing what to where:

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Back to Cool: A Girl’s Day Off

Not in the mood for school? We know how you feel.

As much as we don’t look forward to being back in class, it never hurts to amp up some extra effort when you want to turn the hallway into the runway. Inspired by late ’90s and Y2K era teen movies (e.g. Not Another Teen Movie, Mean Girls and Jawbreaker) and The Simple Life, I felt compelled to launch my debut photoshoot for my lifelong passion project, Soeng Signature.

Featuring a well-curated collection of vintage and reworked vintage apparel (that I personally tweaked!), buckle up to witness this litness:

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Model: Iliona Palomitta (@ilionapalomitta)

Photographer: Jimman (@itsjimman)

Stylist: Michelle Varinata (@lapisandlayers)

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The 5 Instagram Poses To Amplify Your Feed

Mercury retrograde might be a headache, but at least it did one thing right: fix our heads and bodies into the right place. For the past couple of years, we had to deal with wacky unattainable body trends (e.g. thigh gap; ab crack) that can only be achieved via A) surgery, B) starvation and C) using impractical torture devices to get the Kardashian body. Thankfully, we can have painless days, munch on our meals and obviously, use our brains to invent clever new poses that can cut down the amount of time we spend on Photoshopping our bodies!

Rather than trying too hard to make yourself look like you shrank three sizes with blatantly obvious Photoshopping, you can fake a leaner look by going for 5 simple effortless poses:

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How To Wear Purple Lipsticks Without Looking Like A Throwback

Is it actually hard to believe that we’re halfway through the year already? As ultraviolet rays and temperatures turn up the heat to 100, it’s easier said than done to stay at home and skip the makeup.

However, I have to commute to work by (literally) walking in 33 degrees C of heat and humidity. Even though I applied primer, sunscreen and LAYERS of skincare, it still isn’t sweatproof – except for my lipstick.

Whenever I don’t feel like wearing my signature red, I always go for a purple. Although any color within the ultraviolet family doesn’t look so office-appropriate, it’s honestly WAY more universally flattering than a beige-y nude lip, which basically looks good on at least like, pale-skinned people. (The beauty industry terminology for “nude” is basically *so* racist, y’all!)

To all the purple lipstick veterans out there, you’ve been covered. But if you are one of those people who are too scared to try purple lipstick, don’t be too chickened out by a bit of color! Check out my go-to recommendations:

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