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Fat-shionista #595

IMG_9868Another day, another way with my new Le Bunny Bleu Grey Maia Boat shoes!

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What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Blue bell-sleeved tunic from FRENCH CONNECTION

Accessories: Pink frosted cookie brooch from TwinkieChan on etsy.com; Mint floral crown with russian veil from DRESS.DANCE.SING.LOVE.LIVE. Store on etsy

Leggings: Bright pink leggings from BETSY JOHNSON

Footwear: Grey Maia Boat Shoes from Le Bunny Bleu

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Fat-shionista #594

So life has gotten the better of me recently and I’m updating less here – which is a fantastic thing! After T’s Playstation Experience exhibition, I’ve been busy with my family coming over, then preparing for Christmas dinner and also getting ready for Christmas in general – writing Christmas cards, putting a list of gifts T wants to get for his family (most of them mailed out of state) etc.

But now, back to regular programming before I disappear again for the year end holidays…

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OMG! How cute are my new shoes? Thank you, Le Bunny Bleu for my grey Maia Boat Shoes. Flats are great for me since I’m always pounding the pavement and on the move. I hardly have the opportunity to wear heels these days and they’re not exactly the most practical thing for a housewife who lives in the desert. Then again, while I don’t have a lot of shoes, I do not lack any cute ones either. Really happy to add these to my collection – cute colour and how sweet is their little bunny logo??

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What I’m wearing today:

Top: Grey tank top from OLD NAVY

Outerwear: Light grey cropped motorcycle jacket from ADIDAS ORIGINALS

Accessories: Pink KSNY X DARCEL scarf from KATE SPADE

Bag: Neon yellow crossbody bag from BCBG Max Azria

Bottom: Grey floral neoprene mini skirt from H&M DIVIDED

Footwear: Grey Maia Boat Shoes from Le Bunny Bleu

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Make-up Tips for the Holiday Season

You might have bought the perfect party dress and dancing shoes, but you can’t really complete your look without perfection in your make-up too. There’s still time to hone those skills and get a new holiday palette to test drive at home!

So before you go all out with the Christmas makeup (gold eyeshadow, green eyeliner and wine-red lipstick, anyone?) this season, here are some fail-proof makeup tips for you:

Shimmer & Shine

Screen shot 2014-12-15 at AM 09.18.57Tinsel looks good on Christmas trees, but it can look good on you too. To get that festive shimmer, highlight your best features with a glittering powder. Sweep it over your cheekbones, under your brow bone, and the inner corners of your eyes. Pink-based highlighters work well on fair-skinned ladies, while medium- to darker-skinned ladies should go for golden tones (think bronzer).

Brows

Lily+Collins+Stars+Glamour+Honors+Women+Year+wefJOnNzevmlBrows help to frame your face, and defined brows not only make you look more wide awake, they also add a certain allure to your look. Lily Collins certainly nailed that baby doll look with her strong brows, cat eye flick, and nude lipstick.

So make extra effort to groom your brows! Comb the hairs and fill in the bare spots with an eyebrow pencil. Invest in a comprehensive and handy brow-grooming kit that comes equipped with tweezers, a mirror, brow pencil, powder, brush, and wax for a complete brow touch-up.

Eyeliner

139449928-750x1024The best way to define your eyes for a bold, elegant look is by sweeping black eyeliner across the top eyelid. There’s a reason why this is a go-to must-have makeup tool for many celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie. Swap your pencil for a gel or liquid eyeliner for a sleeker, more dramatic look. While it is a little more difficult to control in the beginning, you’d be glad you ditched the pencil!

For winged-tip eyeliner, close your eye and begin from the inner corner. Move the line outward and extend it slightly at the outer corner. If you find it difficult to hold your hand steady, make little dashes along the lash line and then connect them later. Stick to a neutral tone for the rest of the eyelid so the black really pops.

Blusher

best-blush-640x480To get that festive glow, blusher is your best friend. Dial up your natural rosiness by mixing complementary blush colours, one lighter and one darker, or start off with a paler shade and layer a darker shade over it. Just remember not to go in with a heavy hand and no solid lines! Layering and round strokes is key! A fluffy brush for your blusher is definitely going to make a bigger difference.

Eye Shadow

olivia-wilde-blue-shimmery-eyeshadowEye shadow can be risky, as there’s a tendency to get carried away and smear it all over your eye. But for the holiday season, eye shadow is perfect for upping the drama. Take your look to another level by adding flecks of gold, purple, or green to your basic grey eyeshadow.

Be sure to contain the colour in the crease between the eye and brow bone, though. Bringing it all the way up to the brow bone can make you look dated and over-the-top. And if you do go overboard with the shadow, soften it by dabbing with a makeup sponge.

What are some of YOUR holiday makeup tips? How do you get party-ready? Share your tips in the Comments section below!


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Stress Away from Young Living

As you’d have read from my post about 3 weeks ago, I’ve started using Young Living essential oils on the recommendation of my friend Ana. Ana uses the oils for the health of her young family and gave me some that she thought might help me too. In the last few weeks, I’ve been faithfully using the oils she selected for me, including some of the ones that came in the Basic Starter Kit. In fact, the one that I felt worked for me almost immediately is STRESS AWAY.

IMG_8177My small bottle of STRESS AWAY was included in the Basic Starter Kit and came with the AromaGlide Fitment – basically a roll-on attachment which makes applying topically such a breeze. Every night as I wind down (it takes me a while to settle into my bedtime hygiene), I roll some onto my wrists and I do the same for T as well.

IMG_8176We have a bottle of Melatonin right next to us (actually on his nightstand) because for some reason, it’s difficult for us to fall asleep. I don’t use Melatonin as much as T because I don’t work and I basically have the luxury of waking/sleeping as my body clock decrees but sometimes, it’s just annoying to be tossing and turning. I’ve noticed that I haven’t needed any Melatonin for the last 3 weeks since I started using Stress Away to relax before turning in.

I can’t say for sure that it’s all attributed to STRESS AWAY but it is an obvious variable and it doesn’t hurt that it smells really nice.

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why it brings back childhood memories. T and I actually looked up the ingredients to see what it contains – it has lime, vanilla pure, copaiba and lavender. The only conclusion I have is that it smells like incense or something we use during the Hare Krishna Kirtans we used to host at my parents’ house when I was growing up. Whatever it is, Stress Away seems to work for me right now and I’m going to continue using it.

If you’re keen to learn more, hit up my pal Ana and she’ll be happy to answer more questions about essential oils.


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Beauty Secrets from Around the World

There are beautiful women, and then there are iconic beauties like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, who cause widespread envy among women all around the world. We may have our own beauty routine, but we can’t help but look outward for more beauty inspiration. What is it about Greek women and their glowing skins? Italian women with their lustrous hair?

With these beauty tools and tips that women around the world credit for their youthful and radiant looking skin, you won’t ever have beauty envy again.

CHILE

02-Beauty-Secrets-from-Around-the-World-Red-Grapes-1Chilean women owe their luminous skin to the antioxidant powers of red grapes. To revive fatigued skin, they create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding two tablespoons of white flour. Then, they apply the mask to their faces and leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off.

CHINA

Chinese women lighten dark spots caused by sun damage or acne scars with a gentle and natural method: mint.

Mint-leaves-2007To get bright, luminous skin, grind fresh mint leaves into a paste before applying it to your face as a mask. Then leave on for about 15 minutes before washing off. Do this daily and voila! Porcelain smooth skin. Be careful, though, as mint can be a tad too harsh for super-sensitive skin.

EGYPT

cleopatra_milk_bath1Queen Cleopatra’s widely-known beauty secret was taking milk baths to remove dead cells and soften her skin. To get your own milky-smooth skin, add two cups of powdered milk to your bath.

GREECE

Blessed with Mediterranean skin, which is light in colour but contains enough melanin to shield harmful UV rays, Greek women sure lucked out in the DNA game.

But even for those who aren’t genetically blessed, you can still get Greek-tastically beautiful, primarily with a Mediterranean diet that is loaded with skin-rejuvenating fish packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins and antioxidants.

06-Beauty-Secrets-from-Around-the-World-Olive-Oil-1They also believe their regular consumption of olive oil contributes to their glowing skin. So drizzle your smoked salmon salads in olive oil and nix the butter!

ITALY

Monica-Bellucci-Dolce-Gabbana-MakeupI mean, just look at Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci. Those lustrous locks! With healthy hair, half the work is done. So how do we get glossy tresses like those Italian beauties? Turns out, the answer can be found in the kitchen.

yoghurtItalian women keep their hair shiny by mixing olive oil with yoghurt and using the mixture as conditioner. The protein in the yoghurt gently nourishes and conditions hair, while olive oil retains moisture and keeps the scalp healthy. To whip up your own Italian conditioner, mix one cup of plain whole-milk yogurt with one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to washed hair, and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing with cool water.

JAPAN

Japanese women have seaweed to thank for their silky dark locks. Nori is a rich source of the mineral iodine, which is vital for healthy hair growth. (The iodine added to table salt isn’t ideal for nourishing your hair as the body doesn’t absorb it easily.) Seaweed also contains other hair-strengthening minerals, such as zinc, iron, selenium, and copper. Japanese women either eat nori or boil it and apply it to dry hair as a paste.

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Also, as sake is rich in kojic acid and enzymes that help soften skin and reduce hyper-pigmentation, Japanese women get their soft, dewy skin from sake baths.

MOROCCO

Moroccan women swear by argan oil, which is packed with antioxidants beneficial to hair and skin. Plus, it is absorbed much more easily than regular skin oils like apricot and avocado.

SWEDEN

Swedish women attribute their healthy, glowing skin to their antioxidant-rich diet of fresh berries and grilled fish, which also contains omega-3 fatty acids, a major skin and hair booster.

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Saunas are also a large part of Swedish culture. The dry, clean heat flushes toxins from the body. Heading for the sauna can boost circulation to the skin surface, leaving you with fresh, radiant skin.


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Fat-shionista #522

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To market, to market… to buy a fat pig… Except not. I’m vegetarian. I’m pig-friendly these days. But yes, this is what I typically wear when I do my grocery runs. Either shorts or leggings – depending on the weather. And either a t-shirt or a tank-top. I typically go to the supermarket about once every 7 to 10 days ALONE because T says his feet aches when he walks for too long on flat ground (as opposed to undulating terrain like when we’re hiking). Just as well, because I like to take my time and go round the aisles twice in case I miss out on a good deal. So yeah, this is my Housewife of Las Vegas ensemble. HAHAHA!

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What I’m wearing today:

Top: Grey TENNIS band t-shirt

Outerwear: Dark grey cardigan from LURVE HANDLES

Accessories: Natural bamboo weave bangle from ISLAND SHOP; Pink Skipping Girl brooch from ETSY; Brown slim ribbon belt from LURVE HANDLES

Bottoms: Light blue cuffed denim shorts from OLD NAVY

Footwear: Brown heeled clogs from OLD NAVY

Oh BTW, check out LURVE HANDLES, a new PLUS SIZE Online Store based in Singapore – don’t worry, they ship internationally too. They stock sizes from UK14-20 and prices range from S$12.50 for basics to S$45 maximum for dresses – that’s really decent right?

The grey cardigan fits really well across my shoulders (17″ across) even though the sleeves are a little long for me (because I have short limbs in general). My shoulders are actually a lot broader than my hips and I’m an inverted triangle so the length of the cardigan is great for hiding my weird proportions. The belt however was too big for me. It’s a little over 53″ long and the first hole is at 44.5″ so if you’re a UK16 like me, you’d probably need to add more holes to get it to fit right.

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Buy SEPHORA online through ZALORA Singapore now!

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Hey Singapore pals! Gone are the days where you have to stock up at your overseas Sephora store! I know that their signature black & white stores have hit the shores of Singapore a while now but guess what? You can now shop Sephora online through your favourite multi-label Singapore-based website, Zalora!

I used to love going into stores and touching the merchandise, testing it out and all. But once that’s done, I save the hassle by buying online. It gives me the freedom to buy something I already know I want, without contending with queues and travelling to an actual, physical store. Have you ever gone to a store only to find out that they do not have physical stocks of the items you want? ARGH! How annoying! Also, online shopping these days come with the perks of user reviews. Instead of going to a store, looking at the advertising copy on the product and second-guessing its actual benefits, I would much rather click on the product listing in the comfort of my seat/bed at home, search for user reviews and hit ADD TO CART!

And if you need more reasons to check out Sephora at Zalora, how about easy returns and free local shipping for orders over SGD40? Forget expensive and complex international shipping!


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Shop with MasterCard: Great looks from Lane Bryant

OMG it’s the start of December! The year is almost over and Christmas is just round the corner! In a few days, I’ll start opening my 12 Days of Christmas Swop gift and my family will be coming over to spend Christmas and New Year’s with us! Have you done all your Christmas shopping? Are you all set for the festivities? AND most importantly, do you have the right grab to usher in the New Year?

As you can tell from previous posts, I was super excited to be shopping at Lane Bryant – all thanks to the S$250 prepaid MasterCard I received. While the money I have is limited… day dreaming is FREE! And I have styled several looks from the Lane Bryant website just for fun!

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If you haven’t yet done your shopping and are fretting to pull together a new getup or two, check out Lane Bryant! Also, if you’re based in Singapore and own a MasterCard, don’t forget that you can enjoy a flat rate of S$26 standard shipping on orders of S$135 or more at Lane Bryant by entering the promo code MCSHOP at checkout, and paying with a MasterCard card. Besides Lane Bryant, Singapore’s shoppers can also look forward to online discounts at Inverted Edge and Skin Store – more details at: www1.mastercard.com.sg/borderfree.

MasterCard – BorderFree Promotion:

  • Starting now through 31 December, 2013, all MasterCard cardholders will get to benefit from special offers and promotions at top U.S. retailers, in a regional collaboration with Borderfree, with country-specific specials
  • Full list of participating merchants can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ah54S5
  • For purchases to Singapore from e-tailers, simply enter the promo code MCSHOP at checkout, and purchases will be eligible for:
    • Lane Bryant: Flat rate of S$26 standard shipping on orders of S$135 or more
    • Inverted Edge: 15% off all items
    • Skin Store: Save $30 USD on skincare and beauty purchases of $130 USD or more
    • Or Singapore, visit www1.mastercard.com.sg/borderfree for more details

Take this chance to treat yourself to that figure-flattering dress for the year-end party or pamper your skin with beauty brands not available in Singapore!


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Shop with MasterCard: My Lane Bryant Purchases

Ahead of the holidays, MasterCard generously provided me with a prepaid S$250 card for spending at Lane Bryant! My task here is to share with you a special promotion by MasterCard in collaboration with BorderFree.

The best part of this is that my friends back in Singapore get to enjoy shopping with one of my favourite US Plus-Sized retailers and can enjoy a flat rate of S$26 standard shipping on orders of S$135 or more at Lane Bryant by entering the promo code MCSHOP at checkout, and paying with a MasterCard card. Besides Lane Bryant, Singapore’s shoppers can also look forward to online discounts at Inverted Edge and Skin Store – more details at: www1.mastercard.com.sg/borderfree.

If you’re skint like me and are not bothered about having the latest thing, check out their SALE section. So anyway S$135 is about USD108 (I used 1.25 as the exchange) and I already used part of my SGD$250 on the following items:

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Striped Hardware Tank USD19.90

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Control Top Capri Leggings by LANE BRYANT USD28.95

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Argyle Chelsea Sweater by LANE BRYANT USD29.99

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Fringed Ankle Boot by LANE BRYANT USD34.99

So thanks to MasterCard, I will have new togs for the holidays and new year!

That’s an entire outfit and yes, I intend to clash the stripes with the argyle! (Breaking “rules” is awesome, you should try it sometime!) These items are separate pieces which I know I can always mix and match with a lot of existing items in my closet. I love bright colours, I love prints, I love fun pieces and patterns. And you know, a good fit is PRICELESS, especially since I’m in-between sizes now. There are just so many things on the Lane Bryant site that I love love love and I know will work on my body type (= ball).

Undecided people who just don’t know where to start should try out the Lane Bryant JUST FOR YOU survey app where you tell them a bit about yourself (body shape, age, etc) and then rate a bunch of styles to help them determine what to recommend. Cool right? The site is so user-friendly and because of the wide range of styles/sizes, I actually feel “average sized” unlike when I am in brick & mortar stores in Singapore!

If you’re worried about quality or sizing or colour (especially since you might have been burnt by dodgy blogshops), there are product reviews written by real users to help you understand what you’re about to purchase. Start off small, maybe purchase one or 2 items first. Share the first shipment with a friend if you don’t hit the S$135, then perhaps after you’ve experienced the quality and service… shop shop shop till you drop!

At the same time, there is a 50% Black Friday offer (code: THANKSLB) on right now at Lane Bryant and is valid online through 11:59 pm PT on 1 December 2013.

Here are the steps to apply the promo codes:

  1. Change your country to Singapore [At the bottom of page, navigate to INFO > International Shipping]
  2. Apply THANKSLB code at checkout for 50% discount [At bottom left of page]
  3. Click “Start Checkout”
  4. Apply MCSHOP code [At bottom right of page]
  5. Process payment and your order is complete!

Wooohooo!!! Black Friday sales!!!

Can I also say that prepaid MasterCards are one of the best gifts you can be giving someone this holiday? As good as Ang Pows, maybe even better (because you know… online shopping!)

MasterCard – BorderFree Promotion:

  • Starting now through 31 December, 2013, all MasterCard cardholders will get to benefit from special offers and promotions at top U.S. retailers, in a regional collaboration with Borderfree, with country-specific specials
  • Full list of participating merchants can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ah54S5
  • For purchases to Singapore from e-tailers, simply enter the promo code MCSHOP at checkout, and purchases will be eligible for:
    • Lane Bryant: Flat rate of S$26 standard shipping on orders of S$135 or more
    • Inverted Edge: 15% off all items
    • Skin Store: Save $30 USD on skincare and beauty purchases of $130 USD or more
    • Or Singapore, visit www1.mastercard.com.sg/borderfree for more details

Take this chance to treat yourself to that figure-flattering dress for the year-end party or pamper your skin with beauty brands not available in Singapore!


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RIVER ISLAND at Zalora

I’m so happy to hear that River Island will be back in Singapore through web-based multi-brand retailer Zalora!

NH_ChelseaGirl_05_078_v2 NH_ChelseaGirl_08_060_v2I’ve purchased many various things through that website – including my 2 favourite Steve Madden shoes (the square stud loafers and my sparkling purple ballet flats) and a cream-coloured trash can among other things. I love that it’s online shopping, free local delivery and RETURNS! No questions asked. I once bought a pair of shoes that were too small and they got someone to pick it up within 2 days and my money was refunded immediately!

So anyway, I was buying River Island even before they had stores in Singapore and was obviously gutted when the stores disappeared (I used to go to the one at Raffles City near where I worked).

Check out some of the River Island things I’ve worn in the past:

130528_RI_SH13-020_A_CMYKAs you can see, River Island is good for different styles – clothes and accessories. Zalora will be carrying everything from clothes, shoes to accessories for both men and women. Prices range from as low as S$20 odd for a camisole top to S$199 for a gown. What I think is great is that they will have a mix of past and current season stock at any given point in time.

And here are some of my RIVER ISLAND recommendations available on Zalora:
Happy shopping!!!