Urban Decay’s 2014 Holiday Collection

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when we talk about nude eyeshadow palettes? To me, it’s the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, one of my most favourite nude shades of eyeshadow ever. I’ve been in love with the brand right after I tried their first amazing palette. Don’t you think there is something about their palettes that is always leave you wanting MORE. That is why I’m so excited to introduce to you ladies their latest products and what I created this look with.

Let start with VICE3, with even prettier shades that comes in 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smokey red-black. It includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush which comes in a matching bag to keep a palette protected.

What I love most is their great variety and selection of these beautiful shades which I can use it all the time on the different occasions and of course moods. Do you know that they were developing 50 shades to get these perfect 20 in order? Honestly I can’t really tell what colour is my most favourite because there are too many in my mind.

However, I will pick a few shades to create a different look from my daily natural makeup look. Like this.

In details. I basically use these three shades in order; LAST SIN (champagne shimmer) for the highlight, BROKEDOWN (metallic golden brown shimmer) to add a little glam and VANITY (smoky metallic eggplant) to create a mystery feel. Do not forget a very thin line of black eyeliner for both top and bottom too.

I love these combinations. It’s perfect for a party or even a date.

But if if you want to go for a natural, light and clean makeup look like I always do, you can go for shades such as TRUTH (pale pink-nude matte), UNDONE (pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl), and DOWNFALL (warm light brown matt).

All the shades is rich in color, easily blend in, and give a metallic finish.

Next, Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

This lightweight, baked powder with a microfine shimmer is perfect for a quick sexy Naked glow. It’s smooth and silky in textures which contains light-reflecting particles that give you a luminous, radiant look.

I like how the size of their brush fits my palm well; making it easy for me to use even if I’m in a rush. And I’d personally prefer to use it to highlight my cheekbone areas.

In this picture, I’m using AURA shade to create a warm gold on my face. They comes in two shades; LUMINOUS (champagne shimmer with iridescent shimmer) and AURA (soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle).

Vice3 is selling at SGD88 and Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder at SGD43 available from end of October at Sephora. Look out for more of their latest products and get tempted. x

Love, nira

Review: L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence

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Having a super clear and luminous skin is like a dream to many. The skin that is super clear and it glows beautifully. Unfortunately not everyone is born with a good skin like that but there is a way. As I always said, to maintain a healthy and youthful skin, you need a lot of efforts and at least good skincare products in your beauty regime. No matter how busy I am as a mother, I will never forget to take a good care of my skin.

And recently I found another secret code. It’s L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence. Comes in a nice packaging with a dropper bottle (30ml). It’s good size for travelling as well even though a bottle made of glass can be a little heavy.

I’ve been using it for one week in the morning and night. It’s very light, non-greasy and easily absorbed into a skin. Non-oily too.

I love how it keeps my skin hydrated and refreshed especially the next morning I wake up. A very nice mild scent is also a plus point to me. My good friends know how picky I can be when it comes to the scent. Thank you Loreal for introducing me this.

The earlier you know how to maintain your skin, the better you can prevent and repair aging skin when you are much older. Never wait till you are in your thirties when all the wrinkles start to appear and it will scares you. I’ve started taking care of my skin seriously since early twenties. And also, you can look good with very little makeup as long as you know how to maintain your skin well.

Youth Code Luminizing Essence is retailing at SGD45.90 and it’s available at all leading pharmacies. More details on www.youthcode.com.sg or go to their Facebook page here more updates on other L’Oreal products.

Stay young and beautiful always.
Love, nira

Classy, Daniel Wellington

One of the happiest packages I’ve received so far this year is a watch from Daniel Wellington. I have been wanting to get one myself but I couldn’t decide which designs to get because I like many of them. If you don’t know about this yet, I LOVE watches. Not only the very luxurious kind of watches that cost you at least 5 digits but also those with nice and unique designs with reasonable prices too. I have to admit I’m quite fussy when it comes to all the little details about certain watches I like. Partly because my wrists are quite small and big face watches won’t look good on me.

Although I personally think DW brand is very famous for their big face watches (according to my online researches), but they also have smaller case sizes that look just nice on my wrist and thank you for making this size, really. What I like so much about their watch is a slim and classy design that can easily mix and match with everyday wear or even for a special occasion.

It was a very tough choice to pick one but I went for ‘Classy Bristol‘ in rose gold with 26mm case size. Just nice for my small wrist. And those Swarovski crystals make this watch looks even more classy and feminine. Not only that, the straps are interchangeable! Ok, I think I’m probably getting the black strap too.

I love how it compliments my whole look and I’m sure it goes really well even if I’m in T-shirt and jeans.

When I first saw DW wristwatch, I immediately knew that I need to own at least one piece and now I do. This is really a good watch to own especially for fashion lovers and their price is affordable too.

It comes in a nice leather stitched box for a USD149 worth of timepiece and not in a plastic or cardboard box. That makes me happy too.

If you think of getting one now, I have a good new specially for you my readers. You can get a special discount of 15% by using discount code ‘nira15‘ and is valid until 30th of September.

Love, Nira

Wear A Sparkle with Xanna Reis

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This year, I spent my Christmas with my beloved family and it was simply a great time we had. I was so glad that most of us managed to find time to spend this together.

The end of the year season was literally the busiest time for us ladies, despite the festive holidays. We all had to scramble to groom ourselves immaculately for the parties and dates which awaited us, having to make sure we look our best when we meet our friends and relatives we haven’t seen in a long while. Coming next will be another slew of occasions, such as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

What did you wear for your Christmas and year-end parties? How did you choose to glam up your outfits? Today I would like to share with you an exquisite piece of jewelry I chose to accessorise one of my favourite looks.

Thanks to Xanna Reis, I was given this pretty pair of ear candies – named Pastel Ringing Candies – which goes really well with many of my outfits.

Can you see how my ear candies make a classy finishing touch to my look? I really like the details of this piece especially the combination of pastel colour with rose gold. The sweet colours on my ear candies brighten up my look immediately in a subtle way, which I love. And it’s very easy to mix and match with many styles I have in my wardrobe.

These ear candies, named Pastel Ringing Candies, will only be launched in the next collection, so pop over to LIKE their Facebook page here for more updates.

As a woman, I believe in investing in exquisite little jewelry pieces that will exude your femininity and charm, such as the ones I’m wearing from Xanna Reis. Depending on your style, you can choose more classic and simple designs for an everyday look if you like.

A little more about Xanna Reis. It is a newly launched online jewelry store, boasting of the finest selection of ear candies. From Austrian crystals to pearls to sterling silver, the workmanship is excellent. I really love how the crystals on my ear candies sparkle in real life.

You will be surprised at how donning a sweet nice pair of ear candies makes you feel much more feminine at once. I hope you find your own pair of ear candies which brings out your charm!

Love, nira

Peace of mind to breastfeeding

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Finding the right products for your breastfeeding process is important, especially when it comes to breast pump as there are many different types and quality to choose from. The good one will help you keep your milk supply flowing and not causing any pain. For me, I always prefer electric pump than the manual.

I started pumping as early as second day after giving birth to baby Terena so that she can benefit from my supply even when I’m not around with her or need more sleep. She has been bottle-fed (with breastmilk) as early as 2 days old and at least every two days.

And recently, I’ve started using this Silent Electric Breast Pump by Pigeon.

It’s a very quiet pump with silent motor that allows me to express breastmilk without disturbing my sleeping baby in the same room, and of course doesn’t cause any pain as well.

It has a good suction strength which is adjustable. The Advanced Sealing Air Cushion also helps to painlessly stimulate a steady let-down of breastmilk. There is no backflow feature and only few parts to assemble; making it easy for pumping and cleaning. This product is easy to carry around with me because of its lightweight. Their price is very affordable compared to many other brands too.

Good breast pump should come with good nursing bottles too.

And yes, they are essential tools for you (and your babysitters) when you are in a situation where direct breastfeeding is temporarily not possible such as during illness etc.

Makes me even happier to introduce you more good stuff: Peristaltic PLUS™ Nursing Bottles – a new nursing bottle designed to mimic a baby’s natural sucking behaviour and minimise nipple confusion.

Based on extensive research on feeding babies, Pigeon bottles stimulate the three key steps of a baby’s natural sucking motion; enhances the peristaltic movement – the unique undulating motion of a baby’s tongue, which removes milk from a mother’s nipple – thus encouraging the baby to employ an unerring sucking pattern, cultivating healthy sucking behaviour.

The bottles are made from sophisticated materials, meticulous measurements and production methods, and uniquely crafted with roll-free bottle hoods.  In addition, the Peristaltic PLUS nipple is made using a thick silicone rubber which is flexible and soft for your baby to drink with comfort.

I’ve been using many different milk bottles from Pigeon but this is currently my favourite. My baby seems to love and manipulate it very easily as if she was breastfed directly from me. I strongly recommend you to try them.

The Silent Electric Breast Pump and Peristaltic PLUS™ bottle (comes in two sizes) are available at leading departmental stores, supermarkets and baby product stores.

Give the needs to both, you and your little loved ones.

Love, Nira