Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Just a short note from me today, wishing you a very Happy Christmas! Regardless of where you are, what you are doing and whom you are with, I hope you are having a great time. Whilst we celebrating this joyful season, let's not forget those who are less fortunate. Let's count our blessings.

I hope 2015 has been a terrific year for you and let's hope that 2016 will be even more terrific!
Best wishes and love from me to you! x

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting | The Edit

You know the saying 'better late than never'?

As much as this confession could be shocking, I did not own any of the Hourglass products before (spoiler alert - I do own one now!). I did read about the products with interest though and I know how the blogging community swears by the ambient lighting powder range, but I never felt that I really need it in my life. I was pretty much content with the Chanel Vitalumiere compact powder to set my foundation.

Eventually, I developed a bit more curiosity about the products and whilst I was doing a thorough research I discovered that bismuth oxychloride is one of the products ingredients.

I learned from past experience that my skin does react quite badly when using products which contains bismuth in it. My face tends to get itchy, become reddish and feels like I have a sunburt. I experienced this after using two products - the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Foundation and the Laura Mercier Compact Setting Powder. Since then I take more time to research on products ingredients and read the ingredients list before jumping on the bandwagon. This was something that I never did before.

However, after testing the powders in the The Edit palette several times (read: every time I walked past a Sephora during my NYC trip!), I am glad to say that I didn't experience any skin reaction. Phew!

So I decided to make the plunge.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

New York City | The City That Never Sleeps

When I discovered that British Airways was having a promotion and it would cost me about £350 for a return flights to NYC, I thought it was destined that I should visit the Big Apple this year. After all the last time I was there was in 2009 - way too long!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Digital Detox | Its Importance and How Do I Do It?

How often do you do it? Do you even do it?

I know a friend of mine was off Facebook for a month, although, technically that was down to taking up a challenge from her husband. Another YouTuber I religiously follow recently completed a 48 hours digital detox.

Now that the clock has moved backwards and the days are getting shorter, it is very uncommon that we just want to hibernate at home. Gone are the days when the sun is shining and we feel it is such a missed opportunity  to be spending time indoors. And given  that we currently live in the digital age era, it is unsurprising that we spend way too much time on computers - not only at work, but also when we get home. Laptop, iPad, smart phones Kindle, social media apps, let's not deny it, we are all guilty of being connected way too much.

So this got me thinking, whilst I do make an effort to detox my body, why don't I do the same for my mind, which then made me realised that I actually do - without me realising it(!) and here are a list of things that I do as an alternative to spending time digitally (if there is such word).

Sunday, 11 October 2015

4D3N in Vienna, Austria

One of the things I love about living in London is knowing that other European cities are just a stone throw away. Ok, more like a plane ride away.

For my birthday this year, I decided to treat myself for a trip to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Other than being known as the City of Music, due to its music legacy - think Mozart and Beethoven, - others also refer to it as the City of Dreams because it was home to the well-known psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Jewellery | Every Day Pieces

When it comes to accessories and wearing jewellery, I definitely fall in the wear-the-same-thing-everyday-until-I-am-ready-to-switch-things-up camp! One thing you need to know about me is that a) I am not a morning person and b) I love a good lie-in. As such, no matter how hard I try, I always end up getting up in the morning just in time for shower, get ready and dash out of the door.

So while I do 'mentally-plan' my outfit the night before while I lay in bed, I wear the same jewellery pieces every day until such time that I feel the others need to see the light of days too.
Aligned to my personal style plus my lack of effort to switch things up, my choices of jewellery tend to fall into the classic, delicate and timeless pieces.

At present these are the pieces I use as part of my everyday wear:

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Essie and OPI Nail Polishes | Favourite Shades

My love for nail polish is pretty much driven from my high maintenance nails. My nails are often weak, easily chipped and if that is not bad enough, my cuticles are thick, dry and grow fairly fast too. I have tried almost everything to address these issues, and I have come to accept the fact that professional manicure is the only way to keep my fingers looking pristine.

As I live in London where manicure and pedicure can be a bit on the expensive side, I have found a routine that just about work - fortnightly manicure and monthly pedicure. I've noticed a big difference in the condition of my nails since incorporating this routine (and budget!) as part of my beauty regime.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Current Make Up | September 2015

Current Make Up September 2015

For some reasons since September I have simplified my everyday make up look. When I say simplified, I don't mean that I use less products on my face; it just means that I use less hassle and easy to apply products so that I can get more time sleeping than spend more time getting ready.


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Glossy Box UK | August 2015

Honestly people, I don't know where I've been because I have only been fully on board with the beauty box concept until earlier this year. I know, right? Partly I think because in the last couple years, I have been really focusing on trying to live with less having moved to a relatively new home.

Since discovering the existence of beauty boxes, I have been reading the reviews on whichbeautyboxuk site relatively religiously. Trying to minimise, if not avoid mistakes altogether for subscribing to beauty box which I am not impressed with, I thought I'd wait before jumping onto the bandwagon. And waited I did! I also tried to convince myself that this is something that I don't really need but there was always that tiny voice in me which suggests that I could be missing out on discovering new products given how loyal I am to beauty brands, and skin care and hair care range.

So when GlossyBox celebrated their 4th birthday in August (which is also my birthday month by the way!) where new subscribers could choose an extra box at no cost (from a selection of previous months' boxes), I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to give it a go, so I did just that. Two boxes for the price of £10 + shipping I think is value for money. I chose the July 2015 UK Glossy Box as my free box which was lovely as it screamed French all over, from the box to the product range. Furthermore, because it was GlossyBox's birthday month, all the products in the August box came in full size. More reason to sign up NOW, I convinced myself. :)

Monday, 24 August 2015

2015 Birthday Dinner | Tasting Menu at Zuma, London

Every year, for my birthday I will try to organise dinner with my closest and dearest somewhere we've never been before. This year it was Zuma.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Prada Sunglasses

These sunglasses are from Prada latest collection and they came home with me from Vienna. :) I am hardly adventurous when it comes to sunglasses and often tend to stick to either black or tortoise shell frame. 
Prada Sunglasses

But these dark cocoa and pastel pink blush caught my eye almost immediately. Despite being hesitance initially, I decided that these are a must have given how gorgeous they are. Not only the design reminds me of Jackie O's style, but also I felt the colour combination is something that I may not be able to find elsewhere.

Also, with the GBP remaining strong against the EUR, it is almost a no-brainer to get these pair in Europe than in London. I hope London summer will continue for a few more weeks so I can put these to good use.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Alexander McQueen | The Savage Beauty Exhibition, London

Savage Beauty exhibition was first held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. It featured the work of art of Alexander McQueen.

I feel privileged for having had the opportunity to see in London.

Monday, 6 July 2015

New In #2 | Foundation, Gel Liners, Perfume and Setting Powder

 I have a few beauty products which require replenishing. So over the weekend I headed over to Harrod's Cosmetics Hall and I came out with these. I can't wait to start using these products!

If you have used them and have any thoughts, feel free to share your experience in the comments section below. :)
New in! Beauty Products

1. Laura Mercier Fondation Primer // 2. Laura Mercier Tinted Foundation // 3. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink // 4. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Ivy Shimmer // Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder // 6. Forever and Ever Dior Perfume

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Milan, Italy

I've realised that Italy is one European country that I keep on going back to - Rome, Sicily, Tuscany, Sienna, and most recently Milan and Lake Como.

It doesn't take a genius why - good coffee, delicious pasta and cooling gelato!

I thoroughly enjoyed the 4d3n I spent in Milan during the trip. What more when I paid a good price for flying with BA and staying at the Westin.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Empties #1

I am quite excited to blog about this as it feels like quite a milestone. You see, being a sucker for all beauty products (trust me I am such an easy target!), I often easily tempted to try new products before the current ones I am using completely finished. As much as I try to convince myself to not open the newly purchased products until the current one is empty, more often than not I will be too excited to try out the new ones and open them immediately. That leads me to having half and partially used products lying around in my bathroom cabinet. However, things have been different off late. During this month alone, I've finished off these products and the bottle/tube went into the bin are empty!

Empties #1

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Budapest, Hungary

I have to admit that Budapest did not feature on my 'must visit' in 2015 travel list. However, when the opportunity presented itself, whereby, a friend was based there for work for a few weeks and was not be able to make a trip to London, I thought, this is probably my opportunity to explore Budapest.

I was truly taken by surprise at how scenic the city is. Pardon my lack of geographical knowledge, but I only found out during the trip that Budapest is made up of two cities, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the Danube River.

I truly had a great time, not only catching up with a dear friend during the trip, but also by the beauty that the city has to offer.

I shall let you enjoy some of the photos I managed to capture during the trip - these photos do not do justice to the city. So if you ever have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend that you do!


Monday, 23 March 2015

New In #1 | Duty Free Purchases

Hello there!

I have been rather quiet because I'm currently busy soaking up the beauty that Budapest, the capital city of Hungary has to offer. I promise I will write a more detailed post on my experience. In the meantime let me share with you what caught my eyes at the airport.

Duty free shops are evil! More like I don't have self control. Having said that I manage to save 20% on these products as they are duty free.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Home Spa Day

The weather outside is rather gloomy and the temperature has plummeted too (in comparison to the short sunny spell we had last week). After my Sunday run this morning (ahem!), I thought I'd stay in for the rest of the day. It's just too cold outside and I know myself too well - I'll end up shopping whenever I go out!

I usually do my weekly face/hair treatment in the evening, but after lunch today, I thought why not get it out of the way. I am after all not doing very much at home.

These are for my hair and facial treatment.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Perfume Collection

I don't have a very big perfume collection. I prefer to have signature scent. Having said that I do occasionally like to rotate the perfume I use.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Facial Oil - Yay or Nay?

Many years ago, if someone suggested that I lather my face with oil, I would think the person is a nutter. After all, I grew up with very active oil glands so I doubt that my face need any more oil than what it was already producing.

However, oil facial cleanser is taking the beauty world by a storm in the last few years. As I grow older my oil glands have calmed down quite a bit. I used to have oily skin but now I have combination skin - normal on the cheeks and slightly oily on the T-zone.

The first facial oil cleanser I tried was by Shue Uemura. I didn't plan to buy it but the Sales Assistant did a great job at convincing me (honestly, it's not that of a difficult job to convince me as I am a sucker for beauty products and always willing to try new items).

They do have a range of facial oil cleanser depending on your skin type and needs as you can see in the picture below. I initially tried the one that comes in the green bottle (to make the skin radiant and feel more refined) and because I really like the it, I bought a second bottle, but I felt that I should try a different range, so I tried the one in the orange bottle (ultime8 sublime which is their most advanced product from the range). I have just finished using my second bottle.

I find using oil to remove make up is more effective that using foam facial cleanser. The oil removes every trace of make up, even the strongest and darkest coloured eye liner and mascara, without making the skin dry. I certainly did not feel my skin feeling tight which I usually feel when I wash my face with a foaming cleanser. Another bonus point is that it is easy to use - just apply the oil onto dry skin, massage the skin gently and wash off with water and TADAAA you now have a clean face!

I'm still continuing my journey of using facial oil, and I am currently trying out the facial oil from Clinique, which I have only started using two days ago.

In conclusion, facial oil cleanser is definitely a yay for me. What about you? Any thoughts?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Current Everyday Make Up

Happy Monday my lovelies. I am never a fan of Mondays, not sure if I've met such a person anyway. Anyway, I just wanted to share my the current favourite items. I realised that these are my go to items almost on a daily basis at the moment.

Tom Ford Face Primer | Clinique SPF 40 City Block | Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation | Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Powder |  Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Quads | Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black | Benefits They're Real Mascara | Clinique Aglow Powder Blusher | Tom Ford Lipstick | Vaseline Lip Therapy

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Madam Butterfly

It was my very first experience watching an opera. I am glad I gave it a try because I truly enjoyed the experience.

The Royal Albert Hall looked massively different after it was transformed into an enchanting water garden.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Miss Saigon, West End London

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon was the last West End show that I watched in 2014.

It was the most emotions invoking show that I have ever seen thus far.

It is a war-love story, between a young, orphan Vietnamese girl and an American soldier. Their lives were separated by the fall of Saigon and the ending was tragic.

At the time of writing, the show is still showing at the Prince Albert Theatre, London. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend that you do while it is still showing.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kurt Geiger Sophie Ankle Boots

I have been on the hunt for a pair of ankle boots for as long a I remember. My main criteria was to find a pair that is comfortable enough to be a part of my daily staple during the cold winter months. The secondary criteria is that the pair can be worn both casually and formally with my work attire.

While doing my research, I stumbled upon these pair by chance, through an online website.

They look like a decent pair so I decided to check them out in store. The heels are just about the right height and size to provide stability for walking. Design wise, there is a zip on the side for easy access. The gold buckle provides just enough detailing for a chic look, without screaming for too much attention.

When I tried them on, they fit like a glove. I haven't had the opportunity to take any photos of me wearing them but suffice to say, these have been my go to boots  almost on a daily basis now.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Best Day Ever!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Melbourne. It was the most perfect wedding I've attended in a long time. Everything was immaculately planned and executed.

The day started with a church ceremony and ended with a dinner reception at St. Kilda Beach.

To Tien and Steve, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your special day. It will remain as one of my best memories of Melbourne. x


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hello World!

I am a London-based blogger.

This is my very first post on theflairsophy. While I am a seasoned blogger, I decided to re-create my existence in the social media scene.

My vision for theflairsophy is for it to be the platform and avenue for me to communicate, to become a better writer, and to share and express my views and opinion on topics that I am passionate about - Beauty. Fashion. Food. Lifestyle. Places. 
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