Beauty Box

Taking Care of Your Eyewear

 

Your eyeglasses and sunglasses are important investments. They are as valuable as your watch and jewelry, but more essential especially if you’re wearing prescription glasses.

Cleaning

 

It’s important to keep your eyewear clean everyday to avoid scratches and other damages. You can wash your eyewear by rinsing them under the tap. Use a drop dishwashing liquid to remove the dirt. Wipe the lenses with clean cloth, preferably microfiber cloth to avoid scratches. You can also use a lens solution. Never use cleaners that are not designed for eyewear like window or gadget cleaners. After washing, dry with cotton cloth or anything that’s made of lint-free soft material. You can also let them air dry if you’re not going to use them right away. Wipe the nosepads, frames and temples gently.

 

Checking

 

Inspect your glasses everyday before you wear them. Check if the screws are lose. Check for damages in the nosepads, hinges and the temples. Check if the lenses are clean and scratch-free. Wipe them gently with cloth designed for the lenses. Some experts however don’t recommend wiping the lenses when they’re dry. The debris might cause scratches. Don’t use tissue or rough cloth and your shirt to wipe the lenses. The fabric could cause scratches and you’re not even sure if your shirt has dirt on it.

Storage

 

If you’re not using your eyewear, don’t place them just about anywhere. If you have to place them on the table, never place your eyewear with the lens down. Your glasses can be scratched, bent out of shape or even break. Place them inside the case with the lenses facing upward. Always carry your eyewear case and one clean cloth for wiping. Make sure they fit the case properly because it might distort the eyewear. There are microfiber storage pouches if you don’t want to carry a case. There are also accessories for protection of your glasses such as eyewear repair kits, retaining bands for active users, chain or cord which can be attached to the temples or hinges, and storage clips where you can safely place your glasses.

 

Repairs

 

While you can tighten the loose screws in your eyewear, it’s impossible to repair the damages at home by yourself. Some stores sell eyeglass repair kits. If your eyewear has a warranty, you can also avail of that. If your prescription glasses are damaged, it might be time to have them changed. It’s also important to go for an eye checkup with your ophthalmologist at least once a year so that your lenses are updated. You might not notice that you’re prescription glasses are already outdated. If you have headaches, eye strain, and neck pains more often, perhaps you need an updated eyewear. The doctor can also check your eyewear if the frame also needs replacement. Remember that the ophthalmologist specializes in eye and vision. An optometrist isn’t a doctor but can prescribe lenses and do tests. Opticians design and assemble glasses.

Fashion Resolutions You Should Make in 2017

 

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s also the time you start making those resolutions that you might or might not stick to. Fashion-wise though, we got you covered. Here, we listed down five doable deeds you can consider for your sartorial well-being. After all, a New Year means a fresh start and your wardrobe isn’t exempted from that.

  1. Swap Your Skinny Jeans for Denim Pants

Believe us, we understand the appeal of figure-flattering skinny jeans, but maybe it’s time that you give your own pair of skinny jeans a break. There are tons of on-trend denim options available out there, just waiting to be explored. We recommend keeping a 70s wide-leg silhouette, a classic straight-cut denim or a chic cropped flare in your wardrobe.

  1. Master the Art of Layering

It’s completely possible to pull-off a layered ensemble even if you live in a country with a tropical climate like Singapore. You can simply tuck your lace blouse under your favourite romper, throw your sleeveless coat over your off-shoulder top, or layer a sheer t-shirt dress over a pleated midi. Make the most out of your clothing pieces by wearing them under or over each other.

  1. Wear More Colour

If you also love wearing clothing pieces set in black, grey and white colour, why not consider mixing a hint of colour into your wardrobe in 2017. It’s a resolution that we’re even willing to take on, so be sure to add a hint of pink, green or red to your ensemble next year.

  1. Invest in Timeless Clothing Pieces

Instead of purchasing trendy items, invest in clothing pieces that you’ll wear until you’re old, and subsequently pass down to your children. Some of the good suggestions include the Cartier Love bracelet, a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag and a pair of black Louboutin pumps. You definitely won’t regret investing in these classic pieces.

  1. Start Showing Off Some Skin

This doesn’t mean that you should bare it all – there are classy and stylish ways on how you can show some skin. For instance, you can wear a one-shoulder clothing piece or a back-baring top. You could even completely cover up your body, but in a peek-a-boo and suggestive sheer. In fact, even a long-sleeved, high-necked dress can ooze some innuendo if done using a body-skimming fabric.

Staying stylish throughout the years is actually quite easy if you just know what fashion tricks to dump and to follow. To be sure that your 2017 becomes as fashionable as your 2016, ensure that you include the aforementioned deeds to your New Year’s resolution.

Hairstyles That Will Make You Look Slimmer

 

You are trying to figure out which hairstyle fits your ultimate goal – to look slimmer. You scoured the magazines and still to no avail. The good news is that there are hairstyles that will make you look slimmer. Here are some hairstyles that can guarantee you will look awesomely slim:

  1. Asymmetrical bob: In asymmetrical bob, imagine a shorter back and longer front. It should begin around the nape of your neck at the back and finishes 2 inches below your chin. The perfect epitome of this hairstyle is Victoria Beckham. This hairstyle is perfect for people who are thinking of maintaining hair easily. It can elongate your neck.

 

  1. Layers: You have been living with a uniform length of hair. While there is nothing wrong with that, it can make your face look fuller. The best thing to do is to put some layers to soften your face’s roundness. Particularly ask for layers near your cheekbones as it will focus on your bone structure. If you have problems with thinning, the best hairstyle is to add more layers at the top of the head.

 

  1. Long shag: If you are round faced, the ideal hairstyle is shoulder length or maybe longer. The highlight here is your bangs. The bangs should be side swept.

  1. Parting: Another hairstyle for round faced to look slimmer is diagonal side parting. This will surely emphasize your cheekbones. The trick is to make it look like your face is long so try parting it on the opposite side of your usual part.

 

  1. Highlights: Your highlights can also help you look younger and slimmer. Do not opt for dark colours instead consider subtle or light ones.

Additional guidelines: For heart-shaped people, do not consider center parting because it will only make your face rounder. You should keep in mind that when the haircut finishes straight at your chin, your face will surely look wider and shorter. Always consider haircut that is little longer or shorter if you prefer.

So the next time you go to a salon, make sure to instruct the stylist of a particular hairstyle. It helps to look good here in Singapore and there is nothing wrong with that. If you feel confident and happy with a specific hairstyle even if it does not make you look slimmer, you should pursue it.

Oh, do not forget to look for vertical designs in clothing. Your clothing can also have an effect on how you look.

Monsoon Make-Up: Practical Make-Up for the Rainy Season

 

After a long and torturous hot season, the rain season has returned. But as welcome as the cool weather may be, it isn’t very good for keeping our make-up on fleek since a lot of make-up doesn’t sit well on the skin when wet. So, unless you’re going for a ‘melted make-up’ look, here are six of our favourite make-up techniques to keep your make-up in place even on wet days.

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  1. Primer

A good primer will hold everything you applied to your face in place. It will keep your make-up intact and ensure it will last the entire day, whether it’s going to rain or shine. If you have oily skin, get a matte primer. For dry skin, we suggest getting a moisturizing one.

  1. Tinted Moisturizer

When dealing with rain, you have to go as natural as possible to avoid smudges and meltdowns. One of the best products to have is tinted moisturizer. Just a thin coat of tinted moisturizer will last you longer than any foundation, especially if you’re out in the rain.

  1. Waterproof Mascara

When it comes to rain and mascara, we all know that waterproof is the way to go. After all, you don’t want to have “racoon eyes” after a drizzle, do you? To keep your lashes in place, make sure to check the tube and see that it’s labelled waterproof before leaving home.

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  1. Cream Blush

We all love our powder blush for neutral and windy days, but not when it’s raining. When you think it’s going to rain later in the day, pick something that’s going to show some colour and stick to your skin. That’s what cream blushes do. Pop some on your cheeks before putting on your tinted moisturizer for a more natural look.

  1. Lip Stain

Lipstick are great, but may not withstand the moisture of the rain. To make sure your lip colour won’t smudge and budge when it rains, wear lip stains instead. This product doesn’t move when applied on the lips and usually lasts much longer than regular lipstick.

  1. Moisturizing Mask

This last one isn’t technically a make-up, but it helps make-up apply smoothly if you have well-conditioned skin. Since the rain season has the tendency to dry the skin out, replenish the moisture by applying a moisturizing mask the night before. You don’t want your make-up to look patchy and uneven, so make sure to hydrate your skin well.

There you have it! Our top six favourite make up. Now that you know what products to use and the necessary know-how about them, you can step out into the rain fearlessly—and gorgeously!

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A Guide to Saving Money When Purchasing Jewellery

 

Jewellery has long been part of human culture. People wear jewellery to show off their wealth, religious beliefs and political affiliations. This is the very reason why jewellery is considered to be timeless and a constant target of refinement and development. But that doesn’t mean that acquiring one should be costly. Here, we’ve listed down some tips on how you can purchase your favourite accessories without breaking the bank.

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  1. Purchase Online

Just like with your clothing and makeup pieces, it’s also possible to purchase jewellery online. You get to purchase them from sites like Amazon, AliExpress, EBay or Etsy. Aside from having a wide array of jewellery selections to choose from, purchasing from these sites also prove to be a cost-effective move. The only downside in this strategy though, is you need to wait for several days to receive the item you purchased.

  1. Buy From Artisans

Purchasing jewellery pieces from the artisans in your area is also a good idea, especially if you’re into handmade items. Aside from being inexpensive, you can also guarantee that the pieces they produce are one of a kind. Just be extra careful in handling such items as they break easily and are quite difficult to fix.

  1. Visit a Local Jewellery Store

Buying from the local jewellery stores in your area in Singapore is also a good option if you’re not into online shopping or don’t feel like purchasing from an artisan. In these stores, you get to try on each item before deciding on which piece to purchase. What’s more amazing is these shops offer a good selection of accessories that matches with any type of get-up you can think of – and most of them are sold at a reasonable price.

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  1. Apply Clear Spray Paint or Clear Nail Polish

Caring for your jewellery pieces is crucial in keeping it in its tip-top shape. In fact, doing a simple pre-care routine is already enough to make any budget-friendly piece look like its expensive counterpart. Coating your plated jewellery with an enamel spray paint or a clear nail polish is already enough to seal its plating and make it look good even after years of use.

Do this pre-care trick before wearing the jewellery though, as any form of contact with your skin or perspiration immediately affects the accessory. Also, make sure to cover the stones with a tape before coating it with a clear polish.

  1. Protect Your Ears With Petroleum Jelly

Got an ear that’s sensitive to any type of jewellery? Then apply some petroleum jelly on the hook of the earrings before wearing them. Not only will you protect your ears from getting infected, you also get to enjoy pair of dangling’s that you’ve always wanted to try.

Accessorizing shouldn’t cost a fortune, especially when it comes to purchasing jewelleries. Simply putting these tips to work is already enough to satisfy your obsession with jewelleries without breaking the bank.

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Easy Solutions for a Limited Closet Space

Closet space is something that many homes seriously lack. In fact, a lot of bedrooms don’t have any closets whatsoever in them. So whether you have a serious amount of overflow with your things, or you lack closets altogether, here are some useful tips on how you can keep your wardrobe organized without needing a closet.

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  1. Hanging Clothing Racks

Hanging clothing racks are the best space saver. Since it hangs from the ceiling without relying on a base, it leaves you with a lot of floor space to work with. Also, if you separate short and long clothing pieces, you’ll be able to fit a shoe rack or several layers of drawer underneath.

  1. Freestanding Racks

Although this option tends to make a room seem cramped, it can be easily moved around as you rearrange your furniture. Plus, it also has a built-in base that’s perfect for storing your purses, shoes, etc. Just look for some DIY and portable options of this rack on the internet.

  1. Crannies and Nooks

Don’t think you have enough space in your room for a clothing rack? Then you’re probably not looking hard enough. Instead of going for freestanding racks, look for spaces in your room where you can hang rods, such in unused nooks, or under eaves.

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  1. Armoire or Wardrobe

If an open closet isn’t your thing, consider having an armoire or wardrobe instead. These options are great for hanging items, as well as folded pants and tops. The best part about it? All the clutter is hidden from the view.

  1. High Shelf

Don’t ignore the space that you have up on your walls. For your seasonal pieces, or items that you don’t wear often, try installing high shelves. Not only will it make your ceiling look higher, it’ll also give more floor space to use.

  1. Shoe Ladder

Most of us consider our shoe collection as our wardrobe’s crown jewel. But instead of letting your shoes take up valuable closet space, display your lovely pairs on a shoe ladder, or on a glass door cabinet if you have enough budget for it.

  1. Under Bed Storage

Perhaps one of the best ways to keep your closet organized is to stow away your out-of-season pieces in an under bed storage. So as you shop for your bedframe, consider going with one that has or allows an under bed storage.

With these clothing piece storage ideas, it’s now possible to make the most out of your closet space. So go ahead and try any of these limited closet space solutions now!

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How to Get Yourself an Inexpensive Make-Over

 

Do you ever get that feeling of wanting a major change after a long time of sporting a monotonous look? When you start to browse through different images of personalities whom you find attractive and wonder in silence if you can pull off that look, then yes – you are craving for change. In Singapore, affordable salons and boutiques offer various packages that will definitely give you that change you’ve been setting eyes on. On top of that, an inexpensive make-over is made possible with these tips:

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  1. Hair

Whether you like a change in style or a change in color or both is up to you. It is a good thing that hair salons have those glossy magazines you can use for reference. The hair stylists are also more than willing to advise you on the color and style that best suits you! A curly hair from the regular straight hair or a copper-colored tone from the normal black will make you feel and look glamorous than ever!

  1. Nails

If you have always painted your nails with consistent color throughout, it is good to try those trendy colors and styles available in nail salons across the country. Pampering your hand is therapeutic. It will help you relax and will likewise give you positive vibes. The new splash of colors will add posh and beauty. You will find yourself admiring your delicate hands and vibrant-colored nails over and over again!

  1. Wardrobe

It is easy to get tangled with the busy life that you sometimes forget to spend ample time buying sets of clothes. Clothes are investments. Always set time to go around town when buying clothes. A fresh change in wardrobe from the affordable boutiques will give you an impressive ensemble. Now who said there’s no fun in mixing and matching old with the new?

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  1. Accessories

Little accessories can have great impacts on your outfit. Make a mental picture of your wardrobe and experiment what accessories will go nice with it. Accessorizing is not expensive if you have ample time to roam around the boutiques and choose accessories meticulously!

  1. Shoes

Shoes are also investments. Because your shoe-size will not be changing anymore, you will be able to use your shoes in good condition as long as you want. Have you always been comfortable using flats and sneakers? Why not try those popular pumps or those with slight heels? These shoes are designed for comfort, thus it is unnecessary to worry about tripping and what-ifs. As long as it is the perfect size, you can strut along with your new shoes style anywhere you want!

A good make-over is a welcome change physically and emotionally. It is symbolic and it gives the person a fresh perspective in life. When you enjoy experimenting on your looks, you give yourself chance to discover more about your potential. Awakening your inner creativity is good for the body and soul. It serves as an inspiration to others, likewise showing them how everyone is capable of transformation even in little ways. As long as one continues to follow her heart, an outward and inward make-over will be wonderfully celebrated!

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