Posted by: dweam on: February 26, 2010
I hope the Green Tip feature each month is helpful to you in doing your part to help protect the environment.
Last month, I started off with my tip of loading your washing machine to its maximum capacity. This month and the following others, I’ll be featuring the Top 4 winners of the Miss Earth contest!
Starting with the 3rd Runner Up, Miss Earth Fire: Miss Spain, Alejandra Echevarria Pedrajas.
Green tip: Use a bike when going on short distances. One less car on the the road means lower carbon emissions and cleaner air.
Increased carbon emissions in the ozone layer trap more heat and increase the greenhouse effect. This causes global temperatures to rise, damaging crops, changing weather patterns and melting icecaps. By reducing carbon emissions, we can slow down the greenhouse effect and prevent global temperatures from rising.
Posted by: dweam on: February 14, 2010
Happy Lunar New Year everyone! It’s the first day of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. So what better day to talk about the new NARS Spring Collection than on the first day of the Spring Festival!
NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands because the pigments are amazing. My collection of NARS items is small. I only possess the NARS Orgasm blush and bronzer on top of the awesome Pandora eyeshadow palette because they dont carry NARS here in Singapore, otherwise I totally would have more. I got the bronzer and blush from the Philippines while Arissa personally hand-carried the Pandora eyeshadow from the States.
So when they introduced their new Spring collection 2010 consisting of lipsticks, liners, glosses, shadows and polishes, you can imagine my excitement. A chance to own ALL of these at once! OooOoooo….
From the website,
The NARS Spring Collection starts with lips that signal the season, from the deceptively demure Easy Lover Lip Gloss in hot pink, to the nearly nude subtlety of Lipstick in Cruising. For eyes that demand center stage, NARS mixes rosy gold with luscious boysenberry hues and sparkling sienna with moss flecks. A sky blue Glitter Pencil makes the eyes pop. Highlight your mesmerizing new look with Orgasm Illuminator and finish with the next cult nail color, Purple Rain.
I love how the colours are cheery, bright and fresh; obviously meant to make you look as pretty as a spring flower.
The collection can be viewed at Sephora.com. Hooray for online shopping!
Posted by: dweam on: February 10, 2010
As Valentine’s Day looms around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dress up and look pretty. Blair Waldorf made it cool to wear fascinators (Yes, those things are called fascinators. How fascinating right?), and since I’ve been dying to get one of my own, I decided that this was the best time to make one! A DIY gift for myself! Haha. This is also a great Valentine gift idea if you’re thinking of making something for your loved one.
Things you need
1. Feathers (any colour you like)
2. Small piece of cardboard
3. Red cloth approximately 4.5″ x 19.5″ or 12cm x 50cm
4. Red thread
5. Red hairband
First, we will make the rose. Turn the cloth over and fold the width into half, making it about 2.5″ wide. This is the side that wont be exposed. Sew the edges down with small stitches. You dont have to be neat as we will be hiding this on the inside. Once you are done, turn the cloth inside out. The side that you want to show as the rose petals should be on the outside now.
Now we have to make the rose. You start by rolling the first edge of the cloth in for about an inch or so before folding the cloth outwards to make the “petals”.
Fold the long end of the cloth outwards to form a triangle. The triangle should be nearest to where the new “petal” will be (see visual). Wrap it around the rest of the “petals” you’ve made and hold securely at the base with the other hand.
Fold. Roll. Hold. Repeat.
When you’ve reached the end, sew the loose ends securely at the base/stalk of the rose with the needle and thread and admire your beautiful work. It might be a good idea to sew across the petals too. This helps to keep the shape of the rose. Make sure the sewing’s tight because we dont want the rose to come undone!
Now comes the easy part.
Glue stick the rose and feathers to the hairband at desired position with a glue stick.
To provide extra support for the rose on the hairband, we’ll use cardboard. Cut a circle from cardboard big enough to cover the base of the rose, but small enough to be hidden.
Cover it with the same red cloth you use for your rose so it camouflages.
Finally, attach the cardboard underneath the flower and feathers for stability.
VIOLA! Your new Valentine’s Day fascinator.
In case, you’re too lazy to try it out yourself, here’s a GIVEAWAY!
I honestly wasnt sure if I should give out this DIY item I personally made. I mean, I wanted to, but I really dont think it’s good enough. It’s definitely not store material of course. There’s a reason they call it DIY.
But since it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m in the spirit of giving (isnt that Christmas though?), leave your name and working email address in the comments section if you dont mind my brilliant (HAHA!) handiwork. One LUCKY commenter will receive this DIY fascinator in your mailbox!
Draw ends 11th of February 2010, 1200hr! So start commenting now.
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Posted by: dweam on: February 7, 2010
In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, Ima write about the M.A.C Love Affair collection because they feature 3 different types of lippies to help you pucker up!
Lip Pencil – A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip.
Beet – Vivid Reddish-pink
Dervish – Pinky-mauve
Redd – Clearly Red
Lipstick – Colour plus texture for the lips.
Lovelorn – Emotive blue pink (Lustre)
Lickable – Bright clean blue pink (Cremesheen)
Lady Danger – Vivid bright coral-red (Matte)
Snob – A ladylike mauve (Satin)
Violetta – Bright violet (Amplified Creme)
Dazzleglass Creme – The M∙A∙C cult favourite Dazzleglass with a creamier, smoother, but no less shiny or dazzling effect.
My Favourite Pink – Light Blue Pink With Pearl
Creme Allure – Bright Yellow Plum
Totally Fab – Bright Yellow Red With Pearl
I’m not that much of a lippie girl (more of an eyeshadow person), but I’m totally diggin’ the lipsticks Lovelorn, Lady Danger and the Dazzleglass Creme in Totally Fab and My Favourite Pink! Although this is a slightly dated collection and you cant find these in stores, you can still get them at maccosmetics.com. Maybe they should have launched this a leeeeeettllee later for people like me who do last minute shopping. Haha.
My love affair is with eyeshadows. What’s yours?
Posted by: dweam on: February 4, 2010
I’ve been told on more than one occasion, by people of all sorts, how white my teeth are. They ask me if I use any whitening products or if I do anything special treatment. But the truth is, when I was sponsored a teeth whitening service 2 years ago, the dentist told me he couldnt do much for whitening my teeth because they were already so white! I kid you not. Imagine my disappointment then. Haha.
But anyhoo, although I dont actively TRY to whiten my teeth (I think if I try any more they’re going to turn transparent), it’s still always good to have whiter teeth. Lol.
I’ve read from various sources about how strawberries whiten your teeth naturally, and I am a BIG fan of strawberries. Instead of using chemical bleaching agents why not go natural? The juicy, fleshy part in strawberries contains malic acid which does wonders in removing stains.
I never noticed the effect till I was eating strawberries one day and checked my teeth afterwards in the mirror. Hey, waddaya know? My teeth DID look whiter and brighter after just munching on them as an after dinner treat.
You can choose to cut 1 strawberry and rub the fleshy part across your teeth as a quick teeth whitening fix before going out. But I personally prefer eating a handful of strawberries as dessert.
Eating a handful of these juicy babies once a week will not only keep your teeth looking whiter but also provide a whole host of vitamins in your diet!
Try it and tell me if it works for you too!
Posted by: dweam on: February 1, 2010
To add to your Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows collection, OPI has nail polishes that honour all things Alice.
The new collection invites you to Wonderland with 4 beautiful colours.
Off With Her Red! – A brilliant tomato red
Absolutely Alice – Sparkly blue that obviously matches Alice signature blue dress
Mad as a Hatter – Grey/black with mad loads of multi-coloured glitter
Thanks So Muchness! – Metallic berry red with an undertone of pink
I can definitely see myself wearing Mad as a hatter for some mad partying, and the two reds for the upcoming Valentine’s/Chinese New Year holiday.
Unfortunately, I dont think these are out in our local stores yet. I just got wind that some stores are already carrying these, Sephora being one of it! Yay!
Which of the 4 featured colours do you like best?
Posted by: dweam on: January 29, 2010
I’m a calendar girl! Hahaha.
Okay. Well, sort of. The recent Miss Earth competition put all the girls competing in a calendar.
A green calendar, of course. We were all given a green tip and had to model the tip. It’s pretty fun to look at the calendar and the tips cause it reminds me of all the amazing girls I met and our strong messages for the environment. But that aside, they are helpful green tips that you can use everyday! It’s the small little things we can do for our environment that will make the bigger change.
Because not everyone can lay their hands on this limited edition calendar, Ima be nice and feature one tip a month with one hot girl of course. Haha. Who doesnt like to look at calendar girls right? I’m obviously starting off with me: Miss Earth Singapore, Valerie Lim. Picture self directed and shot outside my own house. Haha!
Green tip: Save energy by loading your washing machine to its full capacity.
Instead of washing a little laundry each time, load your washing machine to its maximum capacity and cut down the number times you have to do laundry.
Posted by: dweam on: January 27, 2010
Mum always told us to eat our veggies.
But what she really meant was for us to eat our fruits.
The humble little tomato (yes, it is a fruit!) is actually a powerful skin booster.
The skin, our largest organ of our 5 senses, might probably be one of the hardest things to maintain. The constant exposure to various physical elements including the sun can leave the skin looking dull over time.
But because tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and the antioxidant Lycopene, they help to fight off free-radicals which damage skin cells and leave your skin looking aged.
Eating one tomato a day can help to keep the doctor away, and can help your skin look more radiant.
Here are some easy ways you can incorporate tomato in your daily routine:
- Juice 2 large tomatoes in the morning and drink up with your favourite toast.
- For breakfast, make yourself a cheese and tomato sandwich.
- Pack one large tomato in your lunch box.
- Cherry tomatoes are a great alternative to regular tomatoes. They are small and easy to eat. Pop them a handful of them in your mouth in the morning before heading out to work or school!
If you have a little more time on your hands, the best way to eat your tomatoes is to cook them lightly in oil. You can cook them with pasta or as part of a colourful salad. The cooking fully releases the Lycopene in cell walls giving you the full benefits of tomatoes.
Looks like tomato juice is on the menu for breakfast tomorrow!
Has anyone of you tried this recipe previously? Did it work for you?
Posted by: dweam on: January 24, 2010
Hands up if you love lace!
I know I do.
Image courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics
With the arrival of a new year, new season, there’s always a good
excuse reason to buy makeup.
There’s something very seductive about lace. Something alluring, sexy, sensual yet not too over the top about lace. I love how lace embodies femininity yet at the same time shrouds you in some sort of a mystery. I love a good mystery, dont you?
This new collection captures precisely just that with subtle yet smokey eyeshadows, pale pink lipsticks and tinted lipglass.
The look features primarily the eyes. They are dramatic and bold in cool colours like Suave Intentions and Hypnotizing. The cheeks and lips are kept pale and neutral with just a hint of colour.
A little different from the bright and cheery Spring looks you’d expect, but lace never goes out of fashion. You just might want to consider this look for your upcoming Valentine’s hot dinner date! Always good to seem a little mysterious on your first dates. Haha.
Posted by: dweam on: January 21, 2010
I stumbled upon the Urban Decay website late one night and my heart stopped short.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND!
Let’s not talk about Alice whom everyone obviously knows. But who can forget the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit with his pocket watch, the Cheshire Cat with his amazing wide grin and of course, the Queen of Hearts.
Off with her head!
Not only does the collection come out in time for Spring 2010, it also marks the launch of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie.
The palette comes with 16 eyeshadows, 2 eye liners and it’s famous Urban Decay Primer Potion all in a beautiful box that opens to a pop up of Alice in the mushroom forest.
Named in line with Wonderland, the 16 best-selling eyeshadows are given topsy-turvy names like White Rabbit, Jabberwocky and Oraculum. With the best-selling Urban Decay Primer Potion tucked neatly beside these shadows. I’m quite eagerly awaiting the palette to arrive here so I can lay my grabby little hands on them! I might take a leaf out of the movie stills to inspire me to use the psychedelic colours.
What do you think of this collection? Would you buy it?