Local Flavors

Sticky Rice (Shanghai Hong Kong Noodle Shop)

This was a little out of my reach so there was definitely premeditation for this visit. I came this time because I was due to attend a store-opening event close-by and it was the best decision ever. I have been frequenting this modest Shanghainese store probably since I was eight so we have a little bit of history. Continue reading Local Flavors

New (Beauty) Additions

New Additions March

In the last three years, I’ve really tried to really be discerning with additions to my collection because it’s the first thing anyone ever notices when they enter my room. I’ve been generally pretty good with keeping to it and only making necessary purchases (although I do get a little naughty when The Big Four – Maybelline, Revlon, Rimmel and L’Oreal do their 50% off lip promotions) With Spring rolling in, it was definitely time for some new additions.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum
This is a perfume I had been dying to get my hands on ever since its release and I’ve owned quite a few testers (the mall I frequent is really generous with samples) of this product to know absolutely that I adore how this smells on my skin. It is a very warm and welcoming day-scent that I wear to interviews or lunch dates and generally does me well. It wears much better than my Eau so Fresh (another new product in my collection) and is a nice mix of floral and fruity, with emphasis on the fruity. The citrus and pear really pop when you first spray it on. If you’re looking for the scent of honey, this is not the way to go. I would say this is evocative of honey in its warmth.

Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray (Available @ airplay)
I have always been a fan of Phyto – their phytodefrisant is a product I swear by during Winter to keep those pesky flyaways in place yet their volumizing spray really surprised me too. It creates just that extra bit of volume and smells like you’ve just walked out of a salon. No fuss, excellent. It also lasts surprisingly long to my absolute delight and leaves my hair still feeling like Hair, unlike the Aveda spray I used to own.

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Nerolia
A holy grail product I’ve had since October and a total impulse buy. If you’re looking for just a hint of peach and lots of warmth then this is the blush for you. A matte blush, this manages to blend seamlessly on my skin and despite popular opinion, I do think the gold over-spray adds a little extra brightness. Unfortunately, this was part of their summer limited edition line last year, so I’m not entirely sure how you can get your hands on this.

MAC Cream Sheen in Peach Blossom
This was a limited edition MAC cream sheen that just became permanent. A recommendation by Vivianna, she likens this to the lovechild of Hue and Shygirl mixed with the browns with Patisserie, so a great neutral for you cool-toned girls. This reads semi-opaque with a light frost running through this and is one I would turn to for a more sophisticated occasion, probably for a meeting or job interview.

Stila Smudgestick Eyeliner in Espresso (available @ Dudes)
Another impulse buy, I was actually looking to buy the Urban Decay 24/7 liner, but after swatching both on my hands I found that this had better staying power and honestly didn’t move for a good 8 hours (for me, that’s basically a miracle). A pity that there is so little product in this (at a measley 0.01oz) but it glides smoothly on with a great pay-off.

Brazilian Blowout

AirplaySo I was lucky enough to be invited to a ‘brazilian blowout’ in Central today. It was a great experience, part of Phyto’s release in Hong Kong. I had actually tried a couple things here and there from Phyto before and had a great experience (to this day, their anti-frizz is the best that I have ever used and is a staple for me).

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I had the chance to try out a couple things and one of the first things I’ve noted is how heavenly it all smells. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the hairspray or volumizer is well suited for Hong Kong’s humid weather however I do think that they are great for milder or drier climates.

On the experience, the staff was really nice and I think the blowout was not bad. My favourite thing about this experience is that the sinks in Airplay are adjustable so the horrible half-sit up post-hairwashing is eliminated. The location I do think is a little awkward but if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day, this would be a pretty good place to go for a mid-afternoon pamper session.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Airplay. 7/F, 52 Wyndham St, Central. 2641 9888; airplaybar.com. $280 (blowout)