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summer ready..

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there is an old saying in hk that states that the arrival of dragonboat festival marks the end of winter.

after a brrrrrrrrrrrrr cold winter, it’s hard to think about putting away those thick leather jackets. i love winter. people look so much better during winter than do they in summer. it’s the clothes we wear and leather makes everything look sexy and appealing. not to mention boots as well.

since summer is already here. i might well get summer ready..summer will become my excuse for wearing very little and because i have been training so hard – i am definitely BIKINI ready. i have been looking high and low for my puuuurrffecct little bikini but i still have not found it yet although i quite like this year’s h&m’s bikini collection. they also have beautiful kaftans to go with.

light beautiful flowy halter neck dress from h&m

benefit body balm

benefit’s body balm is a girl’s best friend during the hot summer months. nothing turns me off worse than sticky skin. use this amazing body balm and you won’t have to feel embarrassed talking to anyone.

my summer first aid kid

admittedly, we all need help looking our best. i know of this really beautiful shanghainese girl and i asked her what her beauty secret was and she said- exfoliation. my favorite is never a dull moment from origins. i have tried so many others and yet i still go back to it. it’s has a rich texture and yet not too abrasive. i love the fruity smell as well. some kind of gorgeous by benefit is an amazing product. it evens out your face color absorbs any excessive oil.  i use mainly liquid foundation but some kind of gorgeous is really handy whenever you need to touch up. my other favorite product that i use every day without fail is dandelion from benefit. i love the soft pinkish effect.

wear make up but don't look caked on!!

after years – literally i finally found a great mascara – ipsa. i love how much japanese people think about a product and things they do to improve it. they changed the applicator totally. it’s easy to use and it’s doesn’t get clumpy. no summer could be complete without a rich bronze. try the mac strobe tint. put it over the cheek bones and there you go – higher cheek bones. without going under the knife.

when you work on your own - you eliminate " wasting time playing office politics" i spend time at the gym

i am bikini ready. now i to find  my perfect bikini and one last thing – waxing always adds appeal.


some people have it all

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i was born in 1979, the same year margaret thatcher came to power and revived the then – sick man of europe: britain

growing up as a child in the 1980s, women were depicted as strong, fierce and smart. they wore huge shoulder pads and horrible make up. i wished there were more better looking women to look up to ( i am not discrediting dame thatcher, i respect that woman 200%)

it is hard being a woman today. we have to be smart, we have to carry ourselves well, be successful, take care of the household and look desirable but still make it look easy.

today i had the rare privilege of having sunday morning dim sum with maggie ford daniels and annie ford daniels – the daughter of jean ford; one of the two founders of benefit cosmetics. maggie and annie are currently the benefit makeup trend artists & brand authorities. i am telling you, all the qualities i listed above, these girls have it and they just rock it!!!

as i walked into the benefit counter today, the feeling was absolutely surreal. i have always enjoyed  the benefits counter because unlike other cosmetic brands, they always have counters that look like bars where you can play, experiment and learn how to use their products. but today, i felt as though i walked into barbie mansion. both maggie and annie over 6″ feet tall and they are more beautiful than any of my barbie dolls.

the best make up tip i picked up today was- the most important thing while applying make up is really a clean pair of hands and let the heat from your hands blend whatever it may be you want applied on your face.

i must say being around beautiful people is always very intimidating affair but annie and maggie are really ” real girls” and to a certain extend a little goofy ( i love goof balls because i am a huge goof ball) also as a consumer – it is very hard to differentiate make up brands but after today, i am always going to be biased towards benefit. the girls are such humanizing factor  for the brand.

i think every woman needs to find what works for her and because of that i don’t want to recommend you anything. personally, i keep the benefit dandelion face powder at the gym. after i shower( i feel vulnerable with no make up) i just put on some and people think i have  this natural glow which i like to credit to exercising but i guess you know – what they say , ” sometimes you have to fake it till you make it”. another favorite of mine is the lip pump because of my small mouth. just wear it over your lip conditioner and finish it off with a layer of gloss.

oh, the most exciting part – i taught them my favorite word in cantonese – leng jai ( handsome!) i hope they use it! will upload the video once i have it.

benefit cosmetic founders - jean and jane ford ( not hard to see the flow of good genes)

maggie and annie - messing around. so hot, sorry guys - they are taken! they are soooo cute!! i want to have a sleepover party with them!!!

such a privilege to just have a girly chat with them!

demonstrating a makeover. seriously, they know their stuff. i don't think anyone can fake this.


it's either they are too tall or i am too short..

the benefit counter at facesss harbour city is the second busiest benefit counter in the world. so amazing!!! and the best selling product in hk is dr. feelgood – very useful because of the crazy humidity. more about the girls, please read article

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