Getting Red-dy For The Party: A Guide On The Best Red Lipsticks Of All Time

Growing up, I’ve always seen my mom wear red lipstick. There’s never a moment where my mom ditched her tubes of Chanel and Cle de Peau. As a gloss girl throughout my childhood, I never bothered to wear lipstick until I went to NYC in the summer of 2011. In NYC, I was always distracted by the beauty aisle at Duane Reade, Space NK and Sephora. While I was hesitant to try any other shade outside of pink and nude, the biggest life-changing moment happened when I stumbled across a row of Lime Crime lipsticks at Space NK.

Say what you want about the most controversial indie beauty brand, but Lime Crime’s campy pinky purple tube contained the brightest neon red. Dubbed “Retrofuturist”, this blue-based red felt so right. The moment I swatched it on the back of my hand, my eyes immediately fell in love. As I tried it on at my sister’s studio apartment, I knew that red lipstick is destined to stay inside my makeup bag.

Now that I’m an avid lipstick collector, there is never a day when I am never without rouge (save for some gloss or lip balm). If this is your first time wearing red, don’t be shy.

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Firming Up With Singapore’s Buzziest Budget-Friendly Skincare Brand

Skincare brands are my wallet’s kryptonite. No matter how much hype it’s got on Instagram or at the nearest Sephora, the beauty gods flip a coin. As someone who’s always open to trying out new skincare products every time a bottle runs out, no single product can make my sensitive oily skin happy.

In all honesty, I’ve had my fair share of trying out anything whether it’s a dermatologist-approved brand, an Instagram cult staple and/or something radically green. Like dating, you simply play around with whatever works for you. As for me, I found plenty of things that sparked joy until I realized that certain products just don’t work for me anymore whenever I get a breakout.

In this case, The Skin Firm, a newly launched local brand, approached me to try out their products. For someone who’s been living in Singapore for more than 20 years, I’ve never tried out local brands before. So, I’ve decided to give it a shot!

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#HERSSENTIALS: The Black and White Purse

Picasso painted the blues and Hefner loved his busty blondes. Like peanut butter and jelly, nothing can separate (or go between) black and white. As a hardcore bag collector, the one color scheme that can’t escape my mind is black and white.

Timelessly classic for generations, black and white has always given every outfit a bit of oomph since Ruth Handler dressed Barbie in her signature chevron strapless swimsuit in 1959. For myself, nothing beats a black and white handbag.

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#TURNUPTHEGLOW with St. Ives

You can always turn the lights down low, but can you make your skin turn up the glow?

As a skincare junkie, I’ve been stuck in a merry go round of trying out a bajillion different products. If I have to pick a category, I’ve been in a steady stream of non-committal relationships with sheet masks. Ditto with scrub as I tend to be hyper anal about deep cleansing effects with a single exfoliation. Upon unconsciously knowing my concerns, St. Ives slipped into my inbox offering me to #TURNUPTHEGLOW with three types of sheet masks and their signature apricot scrub.

As an offer I couldn’t refuse, why the heck not? The moment a box arrived, I couldn’t wait to open my new gift. Inside, it contained one apricot scrub and six sheet masks (i.e. two of each type). Even though the brand’s scrub is cult status, is it something that actually lives up to its expectations?

Before I can say anything, I’ve decided that it’s finally time that you guys get a glimpse of my Photoshop-free skin that’s filled with freckles, dark circles and acne scars! Brace yourselves, y’all!

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Break Up With Your Birkin, I’m Bored

No shade, Hermes. The Birkin bag needs to be put away inside the closet once and for all. Even though I wanted to wear one, I feel that it’s never felt right for me to wear it as I’m a little too young for the design. Also, Birkins are for aspiring Hilton-Kardashian acolytes who wish they can have the luxury to do sacrilegious things to the “Holy Grail” of handbags. Either they can go HAM by bedazzling it or worse, covering it with a heinous painting. I know it ain’t right to tell you to put your Birkin away, but it’s time to say, “thank you, next!”.

You could call me crazy, but the one long forgotten “It” bag you must rock this season is the Fendi Baguette. Compact, yet spacious, the Baguette’s rectangular silhouette made it a hit in 1997. Rather than having a plain surface, the Baguette came in every design imaginable: beaded, mirrored, fur trimmed, bedazzled, embroidered, etc.

Due to its party-friendly design, it’s got a long waiting list and a big celebrity clientele from Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. However, the one thing that made Fendi’s Baguette the “It” bag of the ’90s and early ’00s was the fact that it appeared on Sex and the City.

Spotted in a giraffe print dress with Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals and a purple sequined Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) got lost on the way to go shoe shopping and asked a stranger for directions. However, her plans to get around NYC didn’t go as expected:

Also, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) wore a fake Baguette to shake hands with Hugh Hefner:

…and she fought with a Playboy Bunny over a FENDI BAG!

Even though I was too young to watch SATC at that time, I never forgot the fact that I saw my mom wear different iterations of the Baguette as she watched the show. Heck, she even tore out a Fendi ad featuring a model wearing a Baguette!

It’s now hanging on my wall!

Although my mom doesn’t wear her Baguettes anymore, she’s waited patiently for nearly 20 years for me to wear them again. Even long before the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign was released this week, I’ve been sporting my mom’s vintage Baguette since last fall:

Now that it’s officially relaunched, I’m not here to tell you to get a Baguette because of a hashtagged post. Instead, I am here to tell you that Baguettes are worth a treasure to keep for a lifetime as its campy statement-making design will amplify any outfit no matter what the trend or aesthetic is at the moment. While another “It bag” has yet to be revived anytime soon, I am never breaking up with my Baguette even if I get bored.

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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The 10 No BS Skincare Products That I Actually Use

Skin has always been in.

No matter how many glasses of water we have to drink a day, sipping eight glasses isn’t going to sit there and save your skin from pimples, scars and all kinds of other factors that affect your face.

For the past four years, I’ve struggled with acne when I started university. Honestly, it wasn’t fun. Despite being surrounded by warm weather, organic restaurants and sunshine in L.A., the pluses didn’t save me from dealing with the cons of bumpy breakouts. Not only did I break out with flaming red bumps, I also had cysts alongside a bad habit of picking at my zits. I had to see different skincare docs left and right, but none of them saved my skin until my mom sent me to one who was recommended by her friend.  As much as I wanted to blame my countless hours of studying, what *really* did me in was not using the right skincare products.

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Yeah, it was really this bad.

Listen, finding the right skincare is as challenging as searching for a shoe that truly fits. Or, a new BFF. Unlike a human being, a skincare product will listen to your skin and fix every flaw from the get go. Even if you eat a slice of pizza, your skin will still look good if you use the right product.

I know a handful of you really admire my skin, but the journey to flawless skin took me three years to achieve it. If you want to know the exact products I use, I’m finally ready to spill my secrets!

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