Tutorial: Grooving Gold Holiday Look


Grooving Gold Holiday Look Tutorial

Let’s get started on the holiday mood!


I finally did it! I finally managed to film and edit a video tutorial on our new iMac – best purchase of the year. This video is a tutorial on how you can create a holiday-suitable look, where the eye makeup is done using the limited edition Grooving Gold Eyeshadow Palette from The Body Shop’s holiday collection.


I start the tutorial with my brows already filled in and my foundation already applied on. This is because it would take too long to show how I do them in the video, where I would like to focus on the other techniques used. The video is below but do note that the colour isn’t like how it is in the picture above. The product list is after the cut. Enjoy and tell me what you think!


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Feature and Personal Picks: The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection


The Body Shop Frosted Plum

Introducing the festive Frosted Plum range from The Body Shop.


I know it’s only the very beginning of November but Christmas has come early! Aren’t you in the mood yet? Come on, you’ve got to be.


I’m just really excited that beauty brands have started launching their Christmas collections and the one from The Body Shop is no exception. I first discovered The Body Shop while I was still in university but somewhere along the way, I kind of lost touch with the brand as I found out about other brands out there. I mean, hello Laneige, 3CE, Sleek, Sigma and Dior! I’m glad I got the chance to rediscover this brand after the long hiatus from it.


The Christmas 2015 Collection from The Body Shop is filled with goodies for you but today I’ll just share my favourites and recommendations from the brand. If you’ll like to check everything else out, do be sure to drop by a counter near you.



The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette Gift Set.


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Review: The Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine


Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Timeless classic that is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine.


Remember the first time you saw a nail polish shade and fell immediately in love with it? That was exactly what happened when I caught sight of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 120 Delphine – on Instagram. Say what you want but Instagram, to me, is very influential indeed.


I made it a point to check it out the next time I dropped by Sephora for my skincare staples and joyfully found it on the shelf amongst other shades form the range. On the Sephora website, this shade is described as “opaque smoky purple grey” and I suppose that’s as close to being accurate as I can get. Oh yes, maybe something like mocha would work too. The colour is classy and timeless, and works great to fit a neutral palette at work or play. It would go with any piece of clothing you wear and wouldn’t draw too much attention away from it.

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Review: The Stenders Wild Rose Gentle Facial Exfoliator


Stenders Wild Rose Review

A beautiful pink, to brighten up any bathroom counter top.


If you take great care of your skin, you’ll know its behaviours. Like when it needs a good moisturising treat, or when it needs a good scrubbing down. Normally, when it starts to look dull and uneven when you scrutinise it, you’ll know it’s time to do something on top of the normal cleansing and moisturising.


The best way to reveal radiance immediately is to use a good facial scrub. I gave the Stenders Wild Rose Gentle Facial Exfoliator a try and found it to be quite a pleasant experience.


Stenders is a brand hailing all the way from exotic Latvia. It was launched in 2001 when the founders had an idea for home-made soap using ancient Latvian knowledge and natural ingredients. Granted, the Gentle Facial Exfoliator isn’t only made of natural ingredients but it does contain plant extracts.

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Rave & Review: The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit


Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.


Got your cuppa? Ready? OK, here’s the question of the day: How do you find out about new products besides reading them on blogs?


Just a couple of weeks ago, while waiting for our dinner date, I walked past a Metro outlet and found out it was having a moving out sale. Obviously I went in to have a look at the beauty department, wondering if I would be able to find some hidden gems at a fraction of the original retail price. I chanced upon a shelf filled with Australis products, and something about the hot pink-on-black packaging of the Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit tugged at my heart strings. The tester was wide open, tempting me with all six shades of the palette.


I went away after some time (there were three of the palettes left at this point) but couldn’t help reading online reviews on the palette throughout dinner. Poor Mr. Ratatouille had to bear with my, “I think I need a contour palette,” and my, “I don’t have one. Now’s a good time to get it!” and finally my, “Let’s go back and take another look.” So, with our tummies satisfied (they serve the best pancakes ever at Paddington House of Pancakes), we went back to the beauty counter. That’s when I found only two of the three palettes left. I hurriedly grabbed the nicer looking one, just in time before another girl took the last one right after me.


And I can’t say it enough, that this is one purchase I’ve never regretted.


A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on


The palette has six shades in all – 3 highlighting shades and 3 contouring shades. The shades don’t have individual names but are simply numbered from 1 to 6. Shades 1, 2 and 3 are the three highlighting shades at the top row, while shades 4, 5 and 6 are the contouring shades at the bottom.


From other reviews I’ve read, most people are madly in love with shade 2, calling it the “banana shade” and gush about how awesome it is as an under-eye colour. However, it seems that the not-so-good things about this palette are that the contouring shades can’t be blended easily and that there are way too many shades in total.


Here’s what I think:


Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

The Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.


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Resort Love: Ayodya Resort Bali


Ayodya Resort Bali Review


Have you ever stayed in a resort so good that you just don’t know where to begin to describe it to people? That’s the fix I’m in right now. Granted, I’ve not stayed in many five star hotels but Ayodya Resort Bali was such a great experience that I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again the next time I’m in Bali.


This resort is currently ranked #14 out of 46 hotels in Nusa Dua on Tripadvisor. It doesn’t currently have a Certificate of Excellence by the travel site but I wouldn’t be surprised if it earns one soon enough. We booked a deluxe room via Booking.com, but the staff there made our stay even better when they gave us a free upgrade to a suite for our entire stay.



Ayodya Resort Bali Review

A volcano in the near distance, the gorgeous beach, an overly friendly squirrel and just so much space.


The resort is located in south Kuta and faces the east. It’s great for catching the sunrise, though you won’t be the only one doing that. It’s address is Jalan Pantai Mengiat | PO Box 46Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia (click on the link to see it on Google Maps). Getting there is pretty convenient – just take a plane to the airport in Denpasar and then hail a cab to take you directly to the resort. 


If you ever find yourself wanting a unique experience, I highly recommend the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (it’s just a short drive away). That’s where we adopted a one-month-old baby turtle, named her Lily and watched as she swam away into the ocean when we released her into her real home.


Baby Turtle

This is not Lily, but a barely one-day old baby turtle that had just hatched in the morning before we got to the centre. This little one and I, we definitely had a moment there.


{I do know that the survival rate of turtles is pretty low, and that Lily may not still be alive today, but that’s nature. I do not believe that this centre is a scam or anything of the sort because they take very good care of all the turtles they have. The centre actively seeks to protect any wild ones that have strayed onto shore (especially if they’re injured from human trash), keeping them safe and in good hands until they are ready to be released again. The centre is run by volunteers who are passionate about what they do and who make sure to explain anything you want to know about turtles and the exploitation of these beautiful creatures. It’s free entry for everyone and any amount that you spend in the centre goes into the conservation work that they do there.}



Ayodya Resort Bali Review

The wonderful suite we got upgraded to.


Our suite was nothing short of amazing. It had a guest restroom; a living area with a dining table (perfect for in-room dining), a work desk, a TV and sofa; a separate bedroom with another TV and dresser; a gorgeous bathroom with a separate shower and tub; and a balcony that stretches for the entire length of the room.


Ayodya Resort Bali Review

The spacious bathroom that’s got more than enough space for two people.


Say, I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at a hotel that’s got a bottle opener inbuilt onto the walls of its bathroom – until now. If this isn’t luxury, I don’t know what is anymore. One thing though, the toilet bowls do get flooded or stuck from time to time but it’s a good thing there are two.


Service - the Ayodya Palace

The service is pretty decent. The staff is friendly and polite all the time, and nobody starts giving you looks when you, say, go for your third round of free crêpes during cocktail hour. The suites are located in the Ayodya Palace, where Palace guests have our own pool and beach chillout area, complete with beach towels and lounge chairs. Palace guests can check in and out at the Palace lounge, and there are also books and DVDs to rent if you just want to spend time in your room. To make things better, you also get free daily breakfast, free high tea in the afternoon and as I mentioned, there’s free cocktail in the evening too.


Overall & Price

The resort isn’t anything too expensive for a five-star accommodation (I wouldn’t otherwise have booked a room there). Although there are reviews by a handful of previous guests that there are better accommodation options out there in Nusa Dua, I find Ayodya Resort Bali to be pretty indulgent in its own way.


The beach is peaceful but not completely quiet because you’ll hear the waves crashing some hundred metres away – and they don’t stop. There is a tide that comes and goes, and for the more adventurous, you can try windsurfing in the late afternoon. Although the sand on the beach isn’t white as snow, it’s after all still a private beach, which spans a large area. That’s only because the resort itself is huge. It’s so huge that you need to take some time to explore it. There are several pools, as well as a lagoon with some wildlife living in it. Scattered around are other lounge areas, restaurants, bars, pool tables and more. And did I mention the squirrels that would take food out of your own hand? OK I admit, I couldn’t resist saving a bun at breakfast each day for these furry creatures.


Ayodya Resort Bali Review

The resort’s iconic infinity pool.


If you’re looking for some water activities, there is also a water sport station at one end of the resort. And if you would like someone to look after your child while you relax for a bit, there’s even a childcare corner with fun stuff for your kid to do or beds for your little one to nap in. In short, there is something for everybody.


I definitely recommend this resort for its value for money, the facilities and the endless number of things you can do while you’re there.


Spirited away,


20 Things I Learnt in my 20s – Part 2

20 Life Lessons

A while back, I wrote the first part of this blog post on the 20 things I learnt in my 20s. You can read it here. I thought it was time to reveal the other 10 things I’ve learnt in my life while growing up. I hope sharing these will help you in your life too, where ever you are!


11. Expensive Taste

OK now I’m not making excuses for spending huge amounts of cash for that Prada work bag or jumbo Chanel 2.55 but sometimes, it really pains me to find out just how much something costs after I’ve set my heart on it. It could be anything from bags to shoes to dresses – it wouldn’t matter. But I’ve come to accept it, that that’s just who I am and if I love things that are a bit pricier than others, then so be it. Either I work hard to earn the right to own it, wait for sales and maybe score, or just leave it aside and see what happens. After all, you never know for sure what life can bring.


12. It’s Easier to Change Youths than Adults

Meeting new people – adults – can sometimes be tiring but what’s worse is when you meet someone whose personality and beliefs just don’t sync with yours. Don’t ever try to change them because humans are stubborn by nature and many of us somehow only learn things the hard way. Youths, on the other hand, are like semi-formed adults. The younger they are, the more they can be nurtured with the right values and taught the proper lessons they need. If you want to make a positive change in your society, start with the young but be genuine in your motive.


13. Teaching is Meaningful

I never thought I’d say this but teaching is one of the most meaningful things a person can do in a lifetime. People often say it isn’t all about the subject that is taught in class, but more about what happens outside of it. To be honest, children learn more about how to lead life as a better person, or how life can be unfair, than which chemical equations are appropriate under certain conditions. But – and you may find this surprising – the teacher also learns. I’ve learnt so much more about myself, how others see me based on how I behave, and how I could be a better person by being more empathetic. I don’t think there’s anything else I’ve ever done in my life that has made me grow so much in the past few years.

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Review: The DCS Aquaderm Range (Toner, Day Cream and Ampoule)


DCS Aquaderm Review

Just some of the products from the range that I tried.


The thing about trying out beauty products from entire ranges is that it can be daunting. Daunting in the sense that you don’t know which items to pick and trial first before moving onto the rest of the products. You don’t know for sure if the products you’ve picked will work on you until you’ve tried it out – and spent the money to afford it. And if they don’t give you the radiant skin as promised, you don’t even think you’ll want to consider the other products in the same range.


But one thing that many people forget is that the more you experience this, the more you’ll get to know and understand your skin. You’ll know what ingredients you are allergic to, what scents you like and don’t like, what packaging suits your lifestyle the best, and so on. Then, you begin to make better and more informed decisions the next time you’re tempted by the new bottles sitting prettily on the beauty counter.


It’s only from years of doing this that I’ve come to understand my skin as being sensitive to alcohol, sensitive to foam, sensitive in general (sometimes getting red patches for no reason, which then fade away on their own after an hour or so), oily and dry. That’s why when I was invited to give the new Aquaderm range from Korean skincare brand DCS a try, I specially selected a few products which I thought would work out for me.


Let’s take a look at them now, shall we?

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Link Love: Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


Monique Lhuillier SS 2016 Picks

My picks for Monique Lhuillier’s SS 2016 Collection. More over on NYFW.com.


We’re finally on the last leg of all the fashion weeks this year, where designers present their SS 2016 collections. Lots of fluff, prints, bright shades and textures for us to play with, and lots of models taking great care not to fall off them towering heels. While the rest of the fashion world busy themselves amidst the flurry that is Paris Fashion Week, let’s take a look at what’s gone down in the other major fashion cities!


Fashion Week SS 2016 Roundup


  1. The peeps at Vogue take us behind the scenes at Paris Fashion Week SS 2016 with photographer Kevin Tachman.
  2. Photographer Victoria Adamson at Refinery29 snaps some street style for us during New York Fashion Week SS 2016.
  3. The peeps at Popsugar share their picks of the best street style seen at New York Fashion Week last season.
  4. The team behind Elle take us down memory lane and present what the best runway looks from New York Fashion Week FW 2015 were.
  5. The kind souls at Stylecaster share some gorgeous street style at Milan Fashion Week SS 2016.
  6. Malina from NY Times highlights the top 10 runway moments in Milan Fashion Week SS2016.
  7. Bridget at Cosmopolitan reveals the SS 2016 hair and makeup trends, as seen on the runways.
  8. The staff at WWD share the street style snaps from London Fashion Week SS 2016. Expect lots of well-cut coats.
  9. Parisian model Ines Rau shares on Vogue her picks of restaurants and cafes in Paris.


To end off, here’s an HD video of the runway of Hervé Léger’s SS 2016 Collection. Enjoy!

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Review: Sai Kaew Beach Resort


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

With a gorgeous view of the beach like this, you’d want to visit more often than you can.


I’m a beach babe through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’ve got a supermodel-esque body. I just mean I love the beach and everything that’s got to do with it. The fine sand, the water, the breeze – and how it’s the one place where earth, water and sky meet.


We travelled recently to Ko Samet, Thailand and stayed at Sai Kaew Beach Resort. This resort currently ranks #8 of 20 hotels in Ko Samet on TripAdvisor and has a Certificate of Excellence. We booked a Double Premier Seaside room for 2 nights via Hotelopia and had no problems with our reservation.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Such a gorgeous beach. Ko Samet, everybody.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

If you get a room that’s at the front-most of the resort (nearest to the beach), it comes with comfy chairs that let you overlook the beach down below.


The resort is located in the north of Ko Samet and faces southeast, in case you were thinking of either catching the sunrise or sunset. It’s right on the beach and has its own private beach for its guests. It’s address is 8/1 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang RayongKo Samet 21160, Thailand (click on the link to see it on Google maps). If you don’t catch the ferry from Ban Phe pier to get to the island, you can get a speedboat that costs a little more and it will take you right to the beach of the resort. Of course, this means you’ll be getting your legs wet as the boat can only take you so near to the land.



Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Snaps of our Double Premier Seaside room.


Our room was very spacious for the price we paid. There was so much room to move about even after placing our baggage wide open beside the bed. We didn’t even make use of the balcony, which could fit 6 people nicely if some wouldn’t mind sitting on the floor. I love how the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors allow sunlight through, so the room is bright in the day. Everything was clean and tidy when we got there.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

So much space. Our large baggage is between the bed and bathroom (you can’t see it here).


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The bathroom.


Even the bathroom was huge. Right there in the shower area, you can fit 3 people and still have space to move around (not that we tried). You could probably slow dance as a couple in there too (we didn’t try this either). There are also 4 towels provided by the resort – 2 blue ones for the beach and 2 white ones for the bathroom. The only gripe I have with this room is the shower, which alternates on its own between hot and cold water when all you want is something warm.




The service met our expectations. Room service came in an appropriate amount of time and everyone was very pleasant. We realised that our electrical plugs didn’t match the ones in the wall, and tried our luck by asking the receptionist for an international adapter. Again, they had what we needed, which as great. The staff also understood English well, a feature which I have found to be lacking in some other establishments in Asia. Actually, now that I think about it, this doesn’t happen only in Asia but that will be another review for another day.


Overall & Price


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Some words to live by.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Like my outfit? See it in detail in my blog post here.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

Oooh oooh, throw your hands in the air. Oooh oooh, like you just don’t care.


The resort itself is excellent in terms of price, value for money, service and location. The beach can be filled with activities, as many visitors to the other parts of the beach try their hands at water sports, so if you are looking for a quiet time, you might prefer lounging by the pool instead. There’s enough greenery around the resort but what strikes me most are how near it is to the beach and the amount of space you get. Even the restaurant that serves the daily buffet breakfast has such a high ceiling, you just feel like you’re getting the amount of oxygen you rightfully deserve.


Sai Kaew Beach Resort Review

The restaurant of the resort, and a part of it that’s closer to the beach.


We paid about S$530 for the two nights we were there, which included breakfast and free wifi. Based on our experience at Sai Kaew Resort, I definitely recommend this resort to anyone looking to visit Ko Samet.



Travel far and wide,