March 27, 2011

Sephora Reviews today

Hi dearies,

Just did some 5-star reviews on today!
1) Boscia Smoothing facial polish
2) bareMinerals PrimeTime primer Original
2) Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow pencil
3) Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer

also answered fellow beauty insiders's questions on:
1) do I still need smoothing facial polish with purifying gel cleanser? Which one should I choose if I have combi oily skin?
2) Whats the difference between original primetime & brightening primetime?
3) What sharpener do I use with UD shadow pencil because it looks too fat to fit into my sharpener?
4) Does UD concealer also conceal puffy eyes?

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Because these are some of my faves which I reach out for almost daily, I had to rave about them to someone somewhere! So there you go! In my opinion, they are simply the BEST of the BEST!!! ;)

More to come next week!

~ xoxo, Beauty Editor Live Your Dream

March 25, 2011

Want juicy, baby soft skin?

When vitamins & minerals are depleted in body, the skin is 1st to tell u it's suffering!
Premature aging, acne, dry skin, enlarged pores & wrinkles form.

Before you reach out for the most expensive jar of beauty,
Or your pretty skincare...

Ask yourself, when was the last time you binge on fruits & vegetables? Can't remember?

Oops! That's danger.
Eat up more fruits this lunchtime!

Buy 2 slices of watermelon or guava and juice your skin!

The next time somebody looks at ur fruit & sneers, "wah, you are so healthy!"

You reply, with a happy wink, "Thank you! Isn't health the most important thing in life? Without health, wealth is useless."

Make sure your diet is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and yogurt which strengthens your skin from within & build ur immunity against allergies & bacteria so that your skin is the best picture of radiance glowing from each pore!

That's happiness!

Don't forget your water!

Beauty editor,

March 24, 2011

Shopping today

Click to read post!

xoxo, gk

March 23, 2011

Naruko in Singapore

Nu-er teacher has his own brand called Naruko! Check out this perfectionist beauty expert's range here -->
very inspired by Japan labels obviously.
Everyone knows Japanese are obsessed with beauty and takes many steps everyday to look beautiful!
And all Japanese love hydration (water skin) & whitening (fair skin) for many centuries and this has never changed.

~ xoxo, Beauty Editor Live Your Dream

Look du jour: Purplish denim

Get the look!

Base: Anna sui white shimmer all over
Mid color: nyx jumbo pencil in velvet purple
Outer corner: tokidoki dark teal blue

Liner: Mac fluidline blacktrack
Bottom lash: Mac purple shadow
Lashes: natural

xoxo, gelainza

March 22, 2011

My cleansing routine

Do you know that the No.1 method to win over a customer's heart is cleansing? Yet the deep loyalty seems subtle.

Cleansers & makeup removers are the only steps in our daily skincare routine that we use religiously everyday and when they prove effective, we stick to it till they are finished to the last drop!

However we usually are "whores" when it comes to moisturizers, eye creams & foundations! We may have & use different ones at different occasions! At least i know I do!

My current cleansing type is cleansing water! It's a very jappy technique and hi-tech too!
Gone are the days when u feel stripped of moisture with ur cleansers!

Today's cleansing water remove even waterproof makeup & cleanse at the same time, without tugging! Better yet, they also added skincare benefits into it! So that ur skin feels pampered & comforted after wash.

Sephora triple action cleansing water is my current fave!
Cure cleansing lotion from japan is my No.2 choice, just as good & has anti aging benefits too!

Addicted to it!!! ;)

Xoxo, Gelainza

March 21, 2011

Skin79 BB cream & skin reviving serum

Been a crazy fan of BB creams 5years ago since 2006 & my 1st BB cream was Shills magic from Taiwan! (learnt abt it from 女人我最大 & witnessed its magic!)

Since then I have been madly in love with BB creams & their amazing coverage without looking like u put makeup on & that's the key.
I love trying out new& different types of BB creams I can get my hands on!

The trend for 2010 & 2011 is all about second skin! Faking gorgeous perfect skin using makeup that even boosts skincare properties especially since we are wearing makeup all day long!

BB creams originated from Germany for there are laser surgery patients who need covering up yet the formula must be gentle & helps recovery! So BB creams were born.
Korea being a country prevalent with plastic surgery of recent years, brought about the craze of BB creams!

I've tried many different types of BB creams & not all BB creams are created equal!
The 1st generation of BB creams are greyish in color& often too light!
Nowadays u find BB creams really enhance ur skin tone & blend in so effortlessly naturally!

My current faves:
- Skin79 hot pink BB cream
- Missha perfect cover BB
- baviphat BB cream for dry skin

All products are made in Korea.

That day at skin79 shoot, Lorraine passed me a bottle of serum to try! It's their new skincare product!
I just tried it & luve the slight fragrance & smooth texture!
It's highly concentrated with whitening properties, hyaluronic acid, flower extracts, salicylic acid, cactus extract to brighten & smooth out skin tone!

It absorbs so fast I dun have to wait for it to dry before moisturizer! ;)

xoxo, gelainza

March 20, 2011

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea

Teas are for adults as milk is for children...?
Haha I have been quite a tea connoiseur in my teen years, partiming waitress at the now defunct tea spa in paragon, where it's a spa like restaurant with hundred tea choices & blends! We have to learn all the different health properties of the different types of tea & to me, it was a pleasure! Becos I m very health conscious & to coffee I am allergic to!
I learnt that red tea & white tea have far more antioxidants than green tea or black tea! If u haven already figured it out, antioxidants are ur 1st defenses against free radicals who come attack ur cells everyday even as u are reading this! Hence the premature aging! So load up on antioxidants already!!!

African red tea (ART) boosts powerful natural antioxidant supply to the skin cells and strengthens the cells! To prevent fine lines & wrinkles from worsening or forming and protect the skin from its environmental aggressions!

Ole Henriksen is a skincare expert & product developer who takes great pride & passion in creating products with nice textures & aromas, whilst delivering results.

Whenever I look at his products, I feel energized! They are all so vibrantly colorful!
Red stands for defense & thus anti aging.

ART cleanser is sulfate & paraben free and suits even the most sensitive dry skin. It removes impurities without stripping skin of moisture.

ART tonic tightens pores while hydrates & revitalizes skin with added pomegranate & white tea extracts!

ART sugar glow face scrub contains Paraguay sugar, honey, grapefruit, tangerine, rosehips & pomegranate seeds polish away impurities & awaken skin to a smoother texture! Exfoliate 2-3 times weekly for best results!

ART feel the difference perfecting mask leaves skin looking brighter, smoother & calmed, packed with hyaluronic acid, algae & pomegranate extracts after 10minutes. Use it 2times weekly!

ART express the truth creme are infused with vitamin C, algisium-C & exclusive polylysine firming complex which smooths skin texture, hydrates & aids minimising premature aging.

ART visual truth eye creme is rich in algisium-C & exclusive polylysine complex to reduce aging signs around eye contour.

Here comes the starter kit, perfect if u like to try this out, or packing for travel (at least 2 months supply) or buying a gift for ur loved one!

xoxo, gelainza
Beauty comes first, money comes second!

Smashbox in bloom Spring 2011

I always adore spring of all the seasons becos it's so cheerful & carefree!
Throw away all the worries & negative thoughts, things & people and it's the bloom time start afresh!

When I received this collection, my painter artist in me is being stirred. The packaging looks like a painting itself! Usually I am one who discards boxes becos it takes up too much space.
But I cldnt bring myself to do that to Smashbox boxes! It gives me a happy feeling like i'm floating on a white cloud to a paradise where flowers petals all surrounding me and I started dancing...

Cream cheek duo in blushing & peony - this lovely duo is sure to have u blushing in no time!

So creamy yet not oily, it blends by melting into ur skin. When u apply creamy blush with fingers, the end effect is ethereal!

I am so excited suddenly becos I remembered this soft highlight powder, Baked starlight also from Smashbox, past season to be applied over the creamy blush! Mighty combo!

Omg! Nowadays I am in luve with neutrals & naturals becos its far more challenging to do neutrals naturally than smoky or colorful eyes! Teehee~
This new 10-color eyeshadow palette comes with a soft shader brush for convenience, is a beautiful mix of mattes & shimmers. No glittery stuff so it makes a timeless palette to add to ur heirloom! ;)

From left to right, top to bottom,
Matte pale pink, shimmer grey, shimmer peach, shimmer light copper, matte vanilla cream, matte purple, matte ash grey, shimmer smoky brown, shimmer moss green & matte taupe brown.
In my opinion, it's one of the best shimmer & matte shades ever seen!
My challenge next 5 days is to use this palette and create 5 totally different looks! Watch this space for the looks I create! ^_~

I am a firm believer that Every girl in this world will look closer to a celebrity when she adds some light to her eyes!
U need to bribe me not to highlight! Adding pearl shimmer to the inner corners of the eyes adds a little magic twinkle to ur eyes! That's how fairies capture our hearts since young didn't they? ;)

Inspired by the artificial light luminizing lotion, this soft shimmer powder is born!
Dab this in the inner corner of eyes, down ur nose bridge, top of cheekbones, collarbone, cleavage, browbone and wherever u want attention! *grins U'll certainly get some!

Just launched also are the one-of-a-kind powder eyeliners!
We've seen gel eyeliners, liquid liners, eye pencils, cake liners...
Smashbox is one of the 1st to create this innovative convenient powder liners, complete with a spongy liner brush!
Perfect for doing smoky eyes & elongating ur eyes in a sweep!
Shake well before using & tap excess to prevent fallouts.

xoxo, gelainza

O2D-biotic eye cream

Yogurt+oxygen for bigger, brighter prettier eyes, anyone?

Smooth lush velvet packaging, with the idea of a oxygen bubble is chosen by the Brand to mimic the skincare effects you'll enjoy with this small yet powerful range!

The Skin's protective mechanisms are compromised by ravages of outside world and sapped of its life force, even more when it's under daily stress!

To make skin perform at its best & regain its full radiance, the US laboratory, AG Labs has got a new breakthrough. An unique active dermo biotic complex combining Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, yogurt & rice extracts, willow bark extracts, salicylic acid, calcium, proteins & vitamins, all that are essential for cell function but often deteriorated with age, stress, diet & environment.

Dermatologist - tested to
• Boost energy to regain radiance
• Improve oxygen flow to cells to brighten skin tone & reduce discolorations
• Rebalance cutaneous flora to increase skin defense
• Nourishes epidermis deep down to strengthen skin from within
• Increase moisture levels

Simply, it hydrates, nourishes, brightens, rejuvenates & strengthens skin. Isn't this all what we need???

This paraben-free creamy eye concentrate isn't creamy at all. It's very lightweight yet packed with nourishing properties that absorbs fast around eye contours.

I have been religiously using it morning & night for the past 4 months becos the pure whitish yogurty texture makes me crave for my eyes to look this white & bright! (reduce dark circles & fine lines!) See ur eyes brightened & soothed!

xoxo, gelainza

March 11, 2011


It started as a dream like this...

I, in my teens, was seated back in the bus & he turned his head & saw me! I recognise its Traven! He's wearing specs. I continued with my journey & didnt care abt it.

Another day, he saw me again along the roads & I was with mum & dad & he helped to put my parents into the car, mum in back seat, dad in boot but it was so urgently frantic he left me behind & drove away....i wandered around in the forestry woods... Lost. We lost contact.

10 years later... we all grown up adults & I went back the school to take a look. I saw my parents(they r not Pa or ma's faces though) & ma immed recog me! They took me into an empty room & then she doesnt want me to tell anyone. They just want to remain their life as is & i came here, had with me traven's contract. He's a surgeon at the school/ hospital. They opened it & the contract states the school/hospital will pay him this amount to the day he dies: $0.5 (billion). It's so surreal. It may be in another country.

Why m I dreaming of traven?!!
He isn't a crush of mine in poly Days. He's my gf's ex! I did meet him again one day some time back when I was in prudential/already makeup artist?! He's charming & already married.
Yet in this dream, he does things to make me happy & heart touched.

God, what's meaning of this dream??

Does it mean I may meet someone from my past & like him?

xoxo, gk

March 8, 2011

Sephora Spring 2011~ all gleeful fun!

This spring Sephora unveils its admirable full range of nail colors in 51 new shades, bringing the very-popular Sephora item to a 80shade robust exciting collection!

It comes in 10 different gorgeous head-turning effects ranging from beetle, iridescent, shimmer, metallics to glittery, pure glossy & more!
Did I tell you the applicator tip is a heaven-sent?? Its thicker than any other nail polish tip out there and not to be deceived by its thickness, because it delivers just the right amount of color to coat your nails, any size, in 1 coat & dries so fast! you really dont need 2 coats!

Full action 007 mascara is so powerful its gonnna sweep all your other mascaras off flying to the dustbins!
Haha I kid you not! This stuffs rocks mad! It lengthens, curls, protects, nourishes, curls, strengthens & defines your lashes! 7in 1 mascara, what more can you ask for?  Comes in 7 new shades, including the beautiful hard-to-find violet!

This Spring 2011 is a beautiful fusion of sheer see-through colors and in duos so beautiful like these above!
Lilacs, turquoises, corals, ocean blues, romantic pinks and golds... all in the spring!

At Sephora, we know that complexion is more than just a beautiful canvas!
If you absolutely need perfect smoothed face in seconds, Sephora comes to the rescue!
Sephora Perfecting cover foundation is da BEST!

You blend this foundation not with your fingers/ sponge, but with this IT. brush, it works so seamlessly and flawlessly onto your skin, literally melts away uneven skin tone, flaws, scars, lines & pores like your fave Photoshop airbrush tool would do! Really, you need to try it to see what I mean!
Yet its so lightweight, paraben free & fragrance free! ;)


xoxo, gelainza

March 4, 2011

Tips on applying lashes

Well in 2011, it's all abt faking it! Faking a gorgeous blush with cheek stain, faking thick lashes with natural falsies or lash growth formulas, faking smooth flawless skin with HD airbrush foundation...
We all want a little product that does wonders!

1. Using a good glue is important. Industry favorites like duo lash glue & ardell lashgrip.

2. For a start, choose a more comfortable natural looking lash design as opposed to dramatic ones.

3. Measuring where ur lashes should end, trim the excess. U can keep the cutout for any individual lash planting later.

4. If u like, you can use tweezers easier to adjust the position of lashes. Notice the shape of her eyes & recom a design that corrects & enhance her eye shape. Some people have droopy eyes, some people have flat smaller eyes. Choose one that corrects the shape.

Lashes shape eyes like eyeliners. You can have perfect eyes instantly!

5. After fixing it on the lashes, use tweezers/ back of brush end to press the lash bone onto lids to secure.


Never say never

See I never thought that I could walk through fire
I never thought that I could take the burn
I never had the strength to take it higher
Until I reached the point of no return

And there's just no turning back
When your heart's under attack
Gonna give everything I have
It's my destiny

I will never say never
(I will fight)
I will fight till forever
(Make it right)

Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground
Pick it up, pick it up
Pick it up, pick it up
Up, up, up, up, up and never say never

Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never

I never thought I could feel this power
I never thought that I could feel this free
I'm strong enough to climb the highest tower
And I'm fast enough to run across the sea

And there's just no turning back
When your hearts under attack
Gonna give everything I have
'Cause this is my destiny

I will never say never
(I will fight)
I will fight till forever
(Make it right)

Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground
Pick it up, pick it up
Pick it up, pick it up
Up, up, up, up, up and never say never

Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never

Here we go, guess who?
J Smith and JB
I gotcha lil bro, I can handle him
Hold up, right? I can handle him

Now he's bigger than me, taller than me
And he's older than me and stronger than me
And his arms a little bit longer than me
But he ain't on a JB song with me

I be trying a chill
They be trying to side with the thrill
No pun intended
Was raised by the power of Will

Like Luke with the Force
When push comes to shove
Like Kobe with the fourth
Ice water with blood

I gotta be the best, and yes
We're the fliest like David and Goliath
I conquered the giant
So now I got the world in my hand
I was born from two stars
So the moon's where I land

I will never say never
(I will fight)
I will fight till forever
(Make it right)

Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground
Pick it up pick it up
Pick it up pick it up
Up, up, up, up, up and never say never

Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never

I will never say never
(I will fight)
I will fight till forever
(Make it right)

Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground
Pick it up pick it up
Pick it up pick it up
Up, up, up, up, up aad never say never

Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never
Ne-never say never

Never say never

xoxo, gk

March 2, 2011

Galliano's Departure From Dior Ends a Wild Fashion Ride

Upsetting to hear this.
A talent fall from grace...
Racist remarks? Stress from work?
Perhaps these are just surface observations we get from the media...what exactly goes through Mr Galliano's mind everyday to be in this state now, is not a day or two thingy. Its accumulative anger and unhappiness buidling up to this degree.

Article By SUZY MENKES, NY Times

PARIS — John Galliano’s departure as design director at Christian Dior brings to an end a wild fashion ride, in which grace, glamour and shock, in equal measure, sent the once conservative Parisian house leaping forward both in its image and its financial success.
At the Bar in the Galliano Case, Silence (March 1, 2011) Dior said in a statement Tuesday that it was beginning legal action to dismiss Mr. Galliano, the 50-year-old designer, whose romantic and theatrical fashion shows revitalized haute couture, following accusations of drunken anti-Semitic rants in Paris.
A controversial collection in 2000, inspired by the homeless, their coats exquisitely tailored with broken stitches, contrasted with soaring romantic evening gowns shown in a rose garden in the Bois de Boulogne.
Although the Dior style often had historic origins, updating the famous 1947 New Look of the founder, Christian Dior, Mr. Galliano added an undercurrent of sexuality, perversity and sometimes a dark side. The balance might be between the exquisite elegance of a bias-cut gown and the fierce 1999 collection of science fiction outfits that brought the spirit of “The Matrix” movie to the grounds of Versailles.
Fascinated by history, if more recently drowning in references to the past, Mr. Galliano at his best would reference exotically fashionable women like the Parisian hostess Misia Sert or the Marchesa Luisa Casati, as painted by Giovanni Boldini.

Each collection would be meticulously researched, often by visits to distant places, and developed into a hand-made reference book in the way Mr. Galliano was trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. His first collection, on graduating in 1984, was inspired by “Les Incroyables” of the French revolutionary period.
In 1995, Mr. Galliano was appointed to Givenchy; less than two years later he was moved to Dior. Both fashion houses, as well Mr. Galliano’s own label, are owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group, headed by the entrepreneur Bernard Arnault.
Born in Gibraltar to a Spanish mother, Mr. Galliano’s magpie imagination and his ability to turn his ideas into extravagant hats or dainty shoes have made him a haute gypsy — not least because of his flowing locks and theatrical costumed appearances at the end of each show.
Collaborations with other creative people, like the milliner Stephen Jones, who could turn every whim from fox hunting to Madame Butterfly into a hat, made the Dior couture shows artistic treasures. Other more accessible ready-to-wear collections softened the drama and the hard sexual beat, helping the house of Dior to break the billion-dollar barrier.
Friends of Mr. Galliano, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, say that they have finally persuaded the troubled designer to go immediately into rehab — and that the pace of fashion today, and particularly the rigorous structure of a corporate fashion house, broke the fragile, artistic creator.
While the vile statements seen coming from Mr. Galliano’s drunken lips on the Internet video deserved the nearly-universal condemnation they were receiving, there is pathos in the vision of one of the world’s most famous — and best paid — designers alone, clutching a glass in a bar. The pressure from fast fashion and from the instant Internet age to create new things constantly has worn down other famous names. Marc Jacobs, design director of Louis Vuitton, ended a wild streak in rehab. Calvin Klein famously rambled across a sports pitch and admitted to substance abuse. And the late Yves Saint Laurent spent a lifetime fighting his demons.
Above all, the suicide of Alexander McQueen, a year almost to the day before Mr. Galliano’s public disgrace, is a specter that hangs over the fashion industry. The death from cardiac arrest of Mr. Galliano’s closest collaborator, Steven Robinson, in 2007 also sent out an early warning signal.
Most other designers, preparing their collections for Paris Fashion Week, and stunned by Mr. Galliano’s swift fall from grace, asked not to be quoted on the record.
But Victoire de Castellane, Dior’s jewelry designer, summed up the general feeling when she said: “It’s terrible and pathetic at the same time. I never knew that he had such thoughts in him. Or that he so needed help.”
Although it has not been publicly confirmed, a colleague of Mr. Galliano said that the designer would fight his dismissal from Dior and now has retained the London lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell, of Harbottle and Lewis, who represented the model Kate Moss in 2005 when she was accused of cocaine use.
A version of this news analysis appeared in print on March 2, 2011, in The International Herald Tribune.

~ xoxo, Beauty Editor Live Your Dream Tweet