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Making a statement – with lipstick

Making a statement – with lipstick

Posted by kestrel. Filed under Beauty

If they say trends in fashion and beauty are cyclical in nature, then I conclude that in the beauty world, now is a lipstick moment. Many women, on and off the runways, are sporting a standout color – from classic red to coral and fuchsia. Even Bobbi Brown, the queen of nude makeup, launched some very wearable bright lipsticks this season. Personally, I’ve always been averse to wearing too much... Read More

Must-try: Le Labo

Must-try: Le Labo

Posted by kestrel. Filed under Editor's Picks

We’ve all had that experience of being besieged by sales representatives brandishing bottles of perfumes and spraying them inconsiderately as if they were fumigating you out of existence. This is what happens whenever I go through the perfume department at Macy’s in Herald Square, and I’ve made a conscious effort to steer clear of them. it’s a whole different experience for me at Le Labo on Elizabeth Street in the... Read More

The lazy girl’s manicure

The lazy girl’s manicure

Posted by kestrel. Filed under Beauty

I’m one of those girls who like having their nails done. Unfortunately, manicures aren’t exactly known for being everlasting. And if you’re having a bad day, they get ruined with the slightest budge even before you get home. So to play it safe, I just have it cleaned without polish, or settle for light neutral shades since chipping won’t look so obvious with them. Enter the Gelish manicure – a... Read More

What beauty editors aren’t telling you

What beauty editors aren’t telling you

Posted by kestrel. Filed under Beauty

It’s no secret that top magazine editors receive a lot of SWAG (our term for freebies). The beauty editors, most of all, get buried in the latest creams, lipsticks, and every gadget known to mankind in the hopes of getting the editorial thumbs-up  – a feature in the magazine. As a former beauty editor, I extolled the benefits of exfoliating and following a step-by-step skincare and makeup routine, but I... Read More