Urban Cowgirl 2.0: How To Wear Cowboy Boots

You heard it first, y’all! Cowgirl dressing is ALL the rage this year. Since 2017, I always knew that dressing up like a cowgirl is going to be coming in HOT since Miley, Beyoncé and Gaga wore cowboy hats, boots and prairie dresses. As much as we wanna throw on our vintage Gunne Sax dresses, it’s not as practical as say, a pair of cowboy boots!

In fact, cowboy boots were a thing since the ’80s. (Just ask Axl and every other boy in Sunset Strip!) Although they weren’t that popular in the ’90s, it became hot again in Y2K all thanks to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen (who wore a pair of vintage Roy Rogers bootsBritney Spears and Rihanna.

Now that we are in an era where Air Maxes are king, a pair of cowboy boots is bound to shake up our closets again. Offering a breath of fresh air, a single pair of cowboy boots can either make or break your outfit. While you can ditch the cardigan at LAX (or wherever you’re at), all you need is just a dream to cook up some ultra hot OOTD ideas!

If this is your first time wearing trying out this trend, don’t shy away from it! Here are some less intimidating ways on how you can wear it IRL:

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Be Bad and Bougee with Winky Lux: Is the App’s Favorite Cult Brand Worth The Hype?

What looks hot on IG may not always live up to the hype IRL, but if there’s one beauty brand who is truly killing it, it’s Winky Lux.

Based in NYC, Winky Lux made a claim to fame with its insatiable matcha balms, which are stored inside a pill capsule-like casing. Not to forget, its colorful graphics and kitschy cute aesthetic is also its claim to collecting more than 200,000+ followers on IG.

Although I can’t get my hands on it at a local beauty store anywhere in Southeast Asia, thankfully, Winky Lux’s PR team sent me an array of products to pamper myself. (Never have I ever felt *this* excited to add ’em into my fall beauty haul!)

Underneath all the cute packaging and presentable products, is the hype surrounding everyone’s favorite cult brand worth it?

  1. Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette

Ooh la la…Where can I begin? Blessed with nine shades of matte, holographic and shimmer finishes, I am over the moon with its diversity. Intended to create a sexy, smoky eye, this is no typical gray-based palette. Instead, you’ll get a nude-base mauve pink (Breading), dusty rose (Penelope), holographic pinkish white (Holographic Biscuits), frosty silver-based pale purple (Meow Down), purple-gray taupe (Caturday), camel brown (Grumpy), gilded dark brown (Frisky) and copper (Instafamous) eyeshadows. While it looked intimidating to begin with, each shade is easy to blend as it delivers opacity on each layer. Not to forget, each color blends beautifully with or without the aid of a brush. Much to my surprise, it stayed on really long (with minimal creasing from my oily eyelids)!

I used Breading as a base and did an ombré effect with the rest of the colors on top of it. Holographic Biscuits looks beautiful as a stunning inner corner highlighter. Just do a gradiated ombré with the last 3 brown shades of the palette!

Anywhere than that, the pigment powder tends to get everywhere if you use a brush. Priced at $25 USD, you’ll get a bang for your buck with all nine shades, baby! (*Dr. Evil laugh*)

See how much I used up? You know it’s THIS good when you see some dents inside the palette.

2. Winky Lux So Extra Mascara

Like any other mascara, it’s rich in pigment. However, this mascara neither clumps easily nor does it feel sticky. Instead, the formula feels airy as a mousse. If you are expecting mega volume, it actually gives subtle volume with each coat. But anywhere than that, it doesn’t run down to your lashes and lower lids at the end of the day due to its beeswax and olive oil-based formula. Trust me, THIS is the best under $30 USD mascara that you must splurge on!

3. Winky Lux Mini Lipstick Kit Set of 5

Honey, I shrank the lipstick! Built to be the half the size of your pinky, you have the freedom to switch between two shades of nubile nudes (Pippy; Meow), a ravishing red (Poppy), plus two shades of punchy purples (Royal; City).

Top: City; Middle: Pippy and Meow; Bottom: Poppy and Royal

Delivering a lotta color in one go, each shade is very durable as it can last at least four hours without the need to reapply. But if I have to pick the best 3, Pippy, Meow and Poppy perform the best as they are easiest to apply. On the other hand, City was the toughest to apply as the color was uneven during application.

In terms of the design, the pill case doesn’t look practical (apart from the aesthetic), but much to my amusement, it’s really easy to hold it. Plus, it wins a lotta points in the practicality department as you can sneak ’em inside your clutch!

If you don’t know what to give to your friend for Xmas, this is the best stocking stuffer.

4. Winky Lux Glimmer pH Balm in Rosé

Like the matcha lip balm, this one comes with a whole lotta shimmer in one tube with subtle microfine rose gold glitter. Despite not being able to see the glitter, the pigmented (slightly shiny) neon pink finish from the balm gives the appearance of instant vitality as the formula adjusts to the pH of your lips. (Y’all can’t unsee my pic below, FYI!) Since I used to own a tube of Dior’s Lip Glow, Winky Lux’s balm gives the EXACT same color, moisture and sheen. If you can’t be bothered to spend more than $20 USD, you should go for this fantastic dupe.

P.S. This is also a GREAT base to customize your ideal MLBB shade, too!

Larissa Schot Gets Candid About Life After America’s Next Top Model

Long and lean with shoulder-length blonde hair, Larissa Schot is a rising force in the making. Accessorized with a wide and cheerful smile, Schot is the model whose carefree aura graces your phone screen. While many of you are familiar with her from America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), I’ve known her as the volleyball player who used to sit tables away from me in zoology class during high school.

Years after we graduated high school, we reconnected via Facebook. In place of a uniform and a volleyball, she’s swapped them for skinny jeans and crop tops. Packed with determination and laser-sharp ambition, Schot still has the same precision of a volleyball player by aiming her ball towards the bigger goals in life. While it’s every girl’s dream to work with the biggest and boldest names, she also uses Instagram as a platform to promote body positivity with #ThickandThin, which focuses on raising awareness of the plus size community inside the fashion industry.

We chat about what really happens behind the cameras at ANTM, why she started #ThickandThin and the top body confidence boosting tip she swears by.

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Where to Shop Secondhand: A Curated Go-To Guide For Beginners

Not in the mood to pay full price on something that’s already in store? Bummed that you FOMO’d on a cute pair of jeans from Cotton Citizen because they sold out? This weekend, use this opportunity to treat yourself to some secondhand treasures.

If you think that shopping for secondhand items feels gross, don’t let that turn you away from adding your soon-to-be newly favored fashion statement. No stranger to being a seasoned shopper for all things secondhand, I actually buy a lot of pre-owned things because it’s generally cheaper than the items that are new in store.  Also, shopping secondhand items can save up more land from being used as a dumping ground. From the 10+ years of experience that I’ve gained from shopping secondhand, the greatest thing about it is that you are giving the financial support to an individual seller/store.

Whether it’s an app or an online marketplace, here are my favorite places to go secondhand shopping:

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@velvetcoke Is The Pop Culture Archivist Giving Us Life On Instagram

For the past ten years, pop culture changed thanks to the arrival of reality stars (i.e. The Kardashians and Jenners) and self-made aspiring Internet-savvy musicians (i.e. Justin Bieber) whose careers started rather unconventionally at that time. Then, minor reality stars (e.g. Gigi and Bella Hadid) and celebrity kids (e.g. Paris Jackson) suddenly blew up with lucrative modeling careers thanks to their status. Now that we can’t escape headlines featuring Kardashian, Jenner, Hadid or Bieber, is it hard to believe that pop culture really died in 2009?

Not so fast, though. As a fresh alternative to today’s celebrities, Instagram has blessed us with @velvetcoke, who reminds us of the good old days of pop culture when no one used a reality show or social media to build their career. Deep inside her treasure trove of pop culture archives, each post comes with a little mini history lesson. It’s won the hearts of celebrity fans such as David Spade alongside publishing bigwigs such as Paper and Interview, who featured a collaborative column with journalist Trey Taylor.

As a fan of pop culture and history, we had a long chat about how she started @velvetcoke, why loves pop culture from the 20th century, our mutual love for Guns ‘N Roses and an iconic ’90s trend she’d love to bring back.

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Coma Over! My First Beauty Haul from Singapore’s Go-To Makeup Mecca

I love makeup. I live AND breathe for beauty. Even when I’m hungover after one too many late nights with dark circles and messy hair, I *need* makeup to make myself look pulled together. After all, how can I live without multiple coats of lip gloss, dabs of highlighter, filled in brows and layers of inky black lashes?

Enter Coma Makeup.

When I first moved back to Singapore last summer, the first thing I had to ask myself was where I could find all the cool beauty brands I’ve been using in the US. You name it: Milk Makeup, Glossier, Huda Beauty, etc. Even if a beauty product is not a US-based brand, I am still very keen to try it.

As someone who grew up lugging a handful of cult beauty brands since young, I felt the pleasure of being able to have them by my side. Now that there’s a place where I can find my favorite cult brands, I am grateful and happy that Coma Makeup is here to cure me from makeup FOMO.

What’s amazing about Coma Makeup is that they are on top of their game by bringing all the coolest and latest launches whether it’s Milk Makeup’s Kush High Volume Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance Palette, Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter Foundation and/or Glossier’s newest shades of Cloud Paint.  In spite of how much I am comfortable with swearing by my go-to brands, I love how there are a lot of cult brands from Asia such as Rosé All Day (from Indonesia) and Velvet Vanity (from Malaysia). Alongside other great international brands, Coma Makeup also stocks beauty vlogger-approved brands such as Em Cosmetics, which is launched by YouTube’s #1 makeup artist Michelle Phan.

Filled with burning curiosity, I felt compelled to try out some of the hottest products from Coma Makeup:

  1. Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

Since its launch two years ago, I can’t stop obsessing with this brand. From its super luminous highlighters, pigment-powered lipsticks and Tumblr-esque aesthetic, I’ve been hitting up Sephora counters across LA and NYC just to snap up their products. Knowing that I can’t find it at home, I’m glad that Coma Makeup has been stocking them up, waiting for me to get my fix. If there’s one product that’s on my radar now, it’s the instafamous Kush Mascara. Given that marijuana is not legal in Singapore, the hemp-infused mascara is the safest way for me to get high. (Just my lashes, lor!)

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Sorry if the pic is blurry, but look at these instantly curly lashes! It’s CRAZY!!

Anyhow, what I LOVE about this mascara is that it actually doesn’t contain beeswax. So, extra points for being a vegan AND cruelty-free product!! When I applied it on my lashes, it immediately became thicker and voluminous. Not to mention, my lashes looked long, curly and fluttery like a fan. I had no issues with their applicator as the wand could reach the corners of my inner and outer lashes. Given that the formula isn’t waterproof, the only con is that a little bit of product moved beneath my bottom lids thanks to the heat and humidity.

Anywhere than that, I’m still wearing it and I’d happily repurchase it!

(P.S. my sister tried it on and said that it’s her favorite!)

2. Glossier Lash Slick 

Say what you want about Glossier, but nobody questions the power of Emily Weiss. Formulated to have a “no makeup” makeup effect, don’t expect this mascara to do any wonders for you. What it does is that on the days when you don’t want to apply any makeup, Glossier’s Lash Slick does the job to fake that “I just woke up like this” look, where it feels SO natural – even when you barely wear actual makeup.

Safe to say, it doesn’t lengthen or give much volume to my lashes. However, it enhances my lashes with subtle coating with a bit of minimal curl. Although the formula isn’t waterproof, it’s able to last long as it can withstand the heat and humidity.

Given that I really did not see much visual effects with this mascara, I feel that this mascara is appropriate for rainy days or the times when I wear eye gloss.

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Can you actually spot the difference?

Anywhere than that, this mascara is great for those who have eyelash extensions or naturally long lashes!

3. They Talk About Matte Liquid in Sandstone

Liquid lipsticks and I have an equally complicated relationship like Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande. Honestly, I have high expectations when it comes down to liquid lipstick. I go through SO many brands, shades and formulas to the point where I nearly felt embarrassed for having one too many tubes at home. Thankfully, Coma Makeup gave me a tube from They Talk About when I visited their showroom in May.

As one of the hot new Indonesian instafamous beauty brands, They Talk About built its own name on liquid lipsticks. Since IG famous brands are either a hit or miss, I figure that I’ll give it a try. Sure enough, I was quite surprised.

Smooth, creamy and moussy, this liquid lipstick clings without settling into fine lines nor does it dry out my lips. From the endless trips to the drinking fountain, poke bowls and mid-afternoon lattes, this lipstick REALLY lasted for hours! Even though it left behind some bit of transfer behind, I had to squeeze in a mini touch up.

Such a shame that I completely forgot to take a photo of the tube, but, here’s a selfie of me wearing it!

If anyone’s looking for a great alternative on MAC’s Spice lip liner, this is the shade to go to.

4. EM Cosmetics True Gloss in Truffle Haze

Frankly, I haven’t heard of the brand prior to my purchase and to give the benefit of doubt, I decided to try it. As I’ve been obsessed with lip gloss since childhood, I always dreamed of having the perfect gloss that can give color, lasting shine and not feel too sticky. EM Cosmetics truly delivered it here with Truffle Haze, which is the only color on the site. Although I expected more shades, I am glad that this mauvey-based nude was available for purchase.

When I tried it on, it covered my lips and offered a high-gloss finish. Whenever I drank my water or ate my meals, the color and shine can outlast through each sip/bite. Even though it settled into the fine lines, the gloss was truly worth the purchase.

However, I wouldn’t wanna wear it alone as it washed me out. I highly recommend that you wear it with a bold liner or bright eye makeup. If you want to mix other lip colors, Truffle Haze will look great with Charlotte Tilbury’s Stoned Rose.

All in all, I think that this gloss is more flattering on cooler undertones and if you have a yellow-based neutral undertone like I do, I highly recommend using it as a base to mix it with other shades.

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On cheeks: Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn On lips: EM True Gloss in Truffle Haze

5. Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn

Is it hard for me to resist landing my second tube of Cloud Paint? Apparently, I gave into the temptation to purchase another tube! Instead of repurchasing Dusk, a pink-based brownish nude, I settled for Dawn, a red-based coral. I don’t own that many orange-based blushes (apart from Fenty Beauty’s Mimosa Sunrise highlighter, which I use as a blush), but I feel like it’s a nice change from the usual pink.

Initially, I was scared that Dawn might be too red on me as it’s opaque and bold. Much to my surprise, it turns into a sheer hue of pinky-red orange. Also, it shocks me that it’s really flattering as the undertones complement the yellow undertones of my skin. If this is your first time using it, try to squeeze in a teeny tiny dot and dab on three dots diagonally on your cheekbone.

Verdict? Well, Dawn can withstand humidity, fading and changes of skin texture all day long. If you want a blush that can last all day, go for Cloud Paint!

Apart from the products, I’ve had a very positive experience with Coma Makeup as they ship their orders on time despite the high orders for these products. Given that some items are very popular (e.g. Milk’s Kush High Volume Mascara), it’s best to purchase it asap as it tends to sell out very quickly. Anywhere than that, there’s a wide variety to try way more new products that can perform as well as the most popular items.

 

 

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” style video, I was also interviewed by them about Soeng Signature. This is the very first time I’ve been interviewed about it 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! 😉