All posts tagged: beauty

My Eyelash Extension Experience

I’m no beauty expert and I consider myself conservative when it comes to beauty regimens. Not one to perch for hours at the salon, I always try to fix myself up at home on my own, which isn’t hard since I try to keep things basic, minimal, and simple. But even a traditionalist like me isn’t completely temptation-averse. And just last month, my uncharacteristically adventurous self took the plunge for a set of fluttery, wispy lashes to inject life into my otherwise dull strands. Oh, and of course to awake with that “I woke up like this” air that’s got everybody obsessing about. And for this, I have lash expert Everlash and makeup artist and friend Yuli of Lilac Beauty Studio to thank. The first step of the process involved choosing the type of curl I wanted. I went with the recommended C-curl, one that would give my lashes a lift while still looking natural (enough). The extensions were applied directly on top of my natural lashes and almost to the roots, but not on …

Packing Light for Travel

I used to be an overpacker. I would bring way more than I needed because I felt like I wanted options. I was afraid of being limited to whatever I had in my suitcase. And worse, I used to be paranoid about forgetting things. But then I got tired of having to roll around a heavy suitcase and waiting for my luggage to come out at the airport (which we all know takes forever). So I decided I needed to be a smarter, more efficient traveler. These days, when I travel for a few days up to two weeks, I fit all my things in one carry-on suitcase. No more check-ins, no more annoying waits. There’s a certain pride that comes with successfully fitting your two weeks into one dainty little sack (I gotta be honest, I take a lot of pride in this accomplishment). You may think it’s hard to do, but no! All that’s needed is a little pre-planning! Now, I’m happy to share with you my tips on how I pack light …

Infinity Pro by Conair Curl Secret Review

The Curl Secret is probably the most talked about hair styling product out there today. The innovation? Hair goes in, curl comes out. No joke! This styler, whose shape (although not precisely) reminds me of Thor’s hammer, sucks your hair in and does the curling job for you! No more having to twist and turn the way you would operate a traditional curling iron. This technology supposedly allows for quicker and easier, as well as bouncier and tighter curls. HOW TO USE 1. First, make sure you have sprayed your hair generously with a heat protectant. 2. Select the heat setting from “0” to “I” or “II.” When the red light stops blinking, the curler is ready to use. 3. Set the Curl Secret timer to your liking: 8 seconds for loose curls, 10 seconds for medium curls, and 12 seconds for tight curls. 4. Take 1″ sections of hair and place the curler where you want the curl to start. 5. Wait for the final “beep” and voilà! 6. Finish with hair spray or other styling …

Gangnam Style-Inspired Day Look

The K-pop fever is all around. Yuli, founder and makeup artist of Lilac Beauty Studio, has recreated for us her version of a day look inspired by the Korean Gangnam style: bright and fun yet chic and classy. Below you’ll find the list of products Yuli used to create this look as well as her generous step-by-step tutorial. ​Send us a photo of your recreation of this look and go Gangnam style! ​P R O D U C T S  U S E D: 1. Skin 79 BB Cream 2. Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer #2 3. Shu Umeura Loose Powder 4. Shiseido Eyebrow Compact 5. Etude House(EH) Caramel Icing BR401 6. EH Lemon Sherbet YL02 7. EH Star Mint GR01 8. EH Vintage Green Corsage GR701 9. Sugar Icing WH901 10. Shu Uemura Blushes M521 & M345 11. Benefit They’re Real Mascara 12. EH Face Designing Brightener 13. EH Crystal Gloss CPP501 14. MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in Treat Me Nice S T E P – B Y – S T E P  T …

Top 5 Beauty Picks This Spring

1. Dior Addict Lip Glow Ladies, if you have been scouring for a lip product that hydrates your lips and gives color, you’re definitely looking at the right place. Being a fickle person, this is probably one of the few lip products that I have used till the end of the stick, and repurchased! While most lip balms hydrate your lips, it does not give color and you end up taking that extra step to apply your favorite lipstick. On the other hand, I have never been a fan of most lip gloss as they tend to give that I-just-ate-fried-chicken-and-I-forgot-to-wipe-my-mouth oily look. The Dior Addict Lip Glow is the perfect balance between a lip balm and a lip gloss. It not only hydrates your lips and provides additional SPF benefits, it also adds a slight color to your lips. What is cool about the Dior Addict Lip Glow is that it creates a special shade that varies from person to person as it reacts with the chemistry of your lips. This results in a subtle color …

Kristien Blanko

The name Kristien Blanko may be a gentleman’s but the life behind this handmade shoe collection is the charming Trishia Pratt. Trishia, like most girls, and safe to say, any girl, has an eternal crush for shoes. But the thing that differentiates her and most other girls, she gets to stare and play with them all day! Her work involves making creative decisions on the styles and trends that find their way to production and adoption. Teaming up with her troop of designers and trend hunters, she tracks shoe trends all over the world, filtering and making a note of those she thinks are most loved. What’s not to love about this job? Kristien Blanko is originally an Italian shoe brand established in 1975 specializing in high-end women heels–platform, pump, wedge, kitten–and soon diversifying to more casual wear including flats. Blanko shoes are appropriate for work, cocktails, soirées, and even to admire in your closet. Design and variety wise, Blanko is very much up-to-date, carrying knock-offs of Laurents, Louboutins, and Olympias. For high heels, Blankos are sturdy, although …

Lilac Beauty Studio

The art of makeup has been around for a long time. Archaeological findings show that the use of cosmetics dates back to Ancient Egypt and Greece. As told in the Old Testament around 840BC, Jezebel, the Queen of Israel, was mentioned to have painted her eyelids. In fact, the word “cosmetics” originates from the Greek language, and means “technique of dress and ornament” and “skilled in ordering or arranging,” in essence, an emphasis on order and ornament. Last Sunday, I got to see Yuli in action who taught me a thing or two about makeup. The gorgeous 24-year old makeup artist and founder of Lilac Beauty Studio and a dear friend, needless to say, knows a whole lot about the technique of order and ornament. A creative at heart, Yuli expresses her art through beautifying people’s faces–those of friends, family, and clients, with whom she builds close, comfortable, and long lasting relationships. Being a girl, and a cosmetics consumer, I had so many questions for Yuli–her favorite products, whether to use a concealer before foundation …

Mandarin Peony: Charmed by Cheongsam

Jakarta is trending with young entrepreneurs and creative business ideas. Last Sunday, I sat down with two lovely fashion entrepreneurs who partnered in September 2012 and have since successfully glamorized girls all over Jakarta with their tasteful cheongsam. Apart from their common adoration for famed hunk Joseph Gordon-Levitt and obsession with beautiful fabrics and washes, these two fashionistas disagree on pretty much everything else. And that’s a good thing. The way they tell me, Angela is the girly one (there’s always one of those among us) while Cal has sports a more edgy style. While Angela tends to go more for lighter, softer, and pastel colors, Cal has her eyes on bold and dramatic patterns. Even coming up with a brand name that both Cal and Angela could agree on wasn’t a walk in the park. But both knew they wanted to include elements of “oriental” and “peony” in it because peony—the flowers of riches and honor and the official national flower of China—symbolizes romance and prosperity and is regarded as an omen of good …