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  1. The Only Jewelry Trend You Need This Season

    August 21, 2019 by barbara

    If you are looking for one jewelry trend that would magically give your entire look an overhaul this season, well look no further.  One accessory has risen above the rest, as featured on Instagram and also the recent Bottega Ad Campaign for FW2019.  It is the chunky gold chain which is destined to be all over the fashionistas in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.  The best part is that while there are always the designer versions such as the Bottega Chain Necklace at a whopping $6500, the chunky chain necklace can be found in many brands.

    The Bottega Chain Necklace

    Scroll down for more affordable chunky chain necklace if you want to get yourself one.

    H&M $10

    Mango Double Link Necklace $59

    Rolo Chain Necklace from Forever 21

    Layered Curb Chain Necklace from Forever 21

    Chunky chain necklaces are usually on the shorter side and look great with open necklines or turtleneck or even over a button-down shirt. There is no limit to how much you can layer in one outfit.

    images via whowhatwear / brand website

  2. Beauty Tricks By Celebrities On Looking Young

    August 15, 2019 by barbara

    It is no wonder that celebrity icons such as Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and so many others become unofficial beauty experts. They always appear well-groomed when in public spaces.  Coiffed, groomed, lacquered, and primped since they were at a tender young age, these women have grown up alongside the best makeup artists, skin experts, and hairstylists in the industry. Therefore, they are bound to acquire bountiful beauty knowledge, and many of them have even introduced their own lines, brands, collections, and collaborations.  Do you wonder why celebrities look much younger than their actual age?

    With all eyes on them, celebrities are under constant pressure to look fabulous. Needless to say, they also work with the best professionals when it comes to makeup artists, hair stylists and fitness instructors to help them look their best, which explains why they are often privy to the best beauty secrets and makeup tips.  Celebrities rely on makeup artists to make them look like goddesses. You can get the same results by getting your face done using Huda Beauty Palate, which is filled with vibrant, highly-pigmented shades.

    Some beauty and makeup tips include:-

    1.  Use a product that colors correctly.
    2. Choose a long-wear eye shadow in a neutral shimmery shade. It creates additional texture on the eye, while also adding a lifting effect.
    3.  Dark matte colors can make the lips look thinner while nudes wash people out.  Try using berry shades or a rosy-tinted lip balm.
    4. Always use sunscreen.
    5. Remember to remove all your makeup before bed.

    With the right products and a strategic application, you really can look younger with makeup.  You may want to check out some wholesale makeup for a refreshing new look.

    This is a favorite beauty quote by Calvin Klein: “The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”


  3. 3 Steps You Shouldn’t Skip in Your Skin Care Routine

    August 13, 2019 by barbara

    There’s a lot of advice out there about how you should treat your skin and what you should put on it, and that may make it easy to give up on skincare entirely. However, you can keep it simple and take care of your skin without splurging on tons of products.

    Cleansing

    An effective cleanser is the best way to prevent blemishes and keep your pores clean. It washes away sweat, dead skin cells, makeup and any other impurities that find their way onto your skin. If you want a cleanser that does double duty, you can find products that have special ingredients to soothe dry, sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin. Washing your face should be one of the first things you do as part of your morning and nightly routines.

    Moisturizing

    Moisturizer is essential to support your skin’s protective barrier and control oil production. The type of moisturizer you use will depend on your skin type. Generally, dry skin will require a heavier moisturizer and application twice a day to keep the skin supple. Oily skin, contrary to popular belief, does also require moisturizer to prevent overproduction of oil, but a lighter formula may be best. You can also find botanical skin moisturizers if you’re interested in products that are gentler on sensitive skin.

    Applying Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is the most important thing you can put on your skin. Protecting your skin from the sun not only prevents skin cancer but also reduces the risk of wrinkles and dark spots. You should find a sunscreen that is made for the face and has an SPF 30 or higher. Like how you choose a moisturizer, you will have to choose a sunscreen formula that is right for your skin. There are also many suitable moisturizer and sunscreen combinations on the market.

    Skincare is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use only a few products that are right for your skin type and still get healthy, glowing skin.


  4. Fall Makeup Trends For 2019

    August 9, 2019 by barbara

    Summer 2019 was all about pretty pastel eyeshadows and oversized eyebrows (Think 90’s).  As Autumn will be arriving soon, it is time to steer your glam game in a new direction, one that can support your darker tone fall wardrobe.  Just in time for the revival of your sweaters and boots, you may want to check out some of the coolest fall makeup ideas that are trending now. If you love neon eyeliner that was highly popular in the summer, well fret not because this trend is still around and so are the graphic shapes and glitter sprinklings.  However, you may have to swap the sunkissed glow for heavy metals and grungy smoky eyes.

    The Autumn/Winter 2019 runway saw the return of some beauty classics such as smoky eyes to red lips and blush.

    Sultry gold lids are a staple in fall beauty and for 2019, there will be lots of different techniques for using eyeliner.    Use a lighter shade of gold to brighten up your eyes, then layer a hint of inky shadow around the outer corner just for drama sake.  This is a go-to going out look.  Check out Anastasia eyeshadow palette for some glamourous gold color.

    Dark copper eyeshadow will totally elevate your favorite smokey eye for the new season.

    A full neon lid can be a bit much for the Fall season which is more about darker tones. If you are still craving for a pop of color, try dusting your go-to summer shadow just in the corners of your eyes.

    Cannot wait to get your hands on some fall makeup colors and play around?  Get this Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette which has 39 super-pigmented shades. With four rows of perfect color combos and a row of super-sized transition shades, it is the ultimate color wheel that you need this season.

    Maintaining a makeup theme is a thing now.  Here is a tip – rather than figure out which shades will complement one another, simply stick with one or two tones that are similar to save yourself from having to piece together that puzzle.

    images via Google

  5. Tips to pick F&B location for your cafe

    July 31, 2019 by barbara

    When you are struggling to keep yourself sane in your 15-hour shift of work, avoid punching people with laptops that hog the tables will build self-control very well and also inner peace. Same goes to starting a cafe but before getting to that step, you will need to be famous that draws the crowd to your cafe. While you may think of opening a cafe near the Tre Ver condominium may seem profiting but it may not be as lucrative as setting up in the commercial area. Here’s how to pick a good location for your cafe.

    1.  Be sure to research your target demographic preferred hang out places

    There are two ways to pick a location and to decide which to use, you will need to answer this question:

    Should you pulse olive oil when preparing wild Alaskan pollock?

    If your answer is anything other than “who the hell knows”, you are probably the kind of dreamer with dream cafe. Now, this is where you will need to your intended demographic and choose a location where they hang out and spend their time.

    Here’s a note for reminder, it is not moving to where they are but rather to where they hang out. With that being said, opening your cafe near school does not mean students will patron your cafe. On the other hand, if it is being their favourite hang out spot located 10 km away will have the higher chances to bring them to the cafe or restaurant.

    If your cafe is not the ‘dream cafe’ type, but more of an opportunist which you can turn it the other way round. For example, you spotted a place with lot of factories and workers but no canteen. This is the opportunity for you to set up a cafe that caters for the specific group like the yong tau foo, not some fancy lobster in some expensive sauce).

    2.  Ensure sufficient table space to cover costs

    Assuming you know how much you will need to make each day for your cafe to break even and even if you don’t, there’s really a good article: Really Bad Business Decisions and How You’re About to Make One.

    For the rest of you who do know what you will need to break even, here’s a rule of thumb: there should be enough tables for you to hit that break even point after the first turnover. Restaurants or coffee shops can count on multiple turnovers even if they are lack of table space because people eat and leave quickly. However, if you are running a cafe, you tend to get lesser turnovers and its because students sit around your space with laptops, financial advisors talking to their clients, or people hanging around for an hour or so till their appointment or movie begins. But then again, it’s pretty pointless if you intend to get twice more tables if you cannot fill up most of them.

    3.  Check the URA Master Plan

    If you are expected to stay in the area for some time, do keep a check on the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) frequently for the neighbourhood you are working. The consequences of rezoning or redevelopment can have a drastic impact on an F&B outlet.

    For example, considering what happens if most of your customers are from an industrial nearby and URA decides to tear it down next year. Even if there’s a replacement that can be meant two or three years without the bulk of your customer base.

    As mentioned in Point 1, your target customers may move or migrate around if the area is redeveloped. If a small neighbourhood mall turns into a range of wine bars, the students who were the intended demographic may leave. What’s even worse is that the new F&B outlets provide competition for the new customer base. You can treat it like a football match: where players run to where the ball is going to and not to where it is right now. Besides, if you are doing well, you can still blame the referee for the unfairness. Thus, be agile and flexible of your business, you can open up the second branch.


  6. Beauty Tricks With Baby Powder

    May 6, 2019 by barbara

    A bottle of baby powder only costs a few bucks and there are so many amazing ways we can use it for besides putting it on babies.  Here are some of the interesting and smart uses for baby powder:-

    Plump Lashes

    If you want a fuller look, dust baby powder over eyelashes before applying mascara.

    Dry Shampoo For Hair

    You can use it as an alternative to expensive dry shampoo.  Rub some baby powder into your scalp.  This will soak up grease and also adds a nice scent to your hair.  Alternatively, you can sprinkle some powder onto your hairbrush and brush through.

    Clean sandy skin effortlessly

    If you are going to the beach then do not forget to bring along a bottle of baby powder.   Just a small sprinkling of this stuff will quickly and easily remove any sand.

    Remove oil stains from clothing

    If you get oil on your clothing, simply sprinkle each side of the material with some baby powder. Lightly rub in with your fingers and leave to soak in then hand wash it.  The oil stain will be gone.

    Smell-buster

    Sprinkle some baby powder into your shoes and feet every morning and it will help soak up a sweat. You can also use it to give your feet a quick refresh during the day. This works really well if you are not wearing any socks with your shoes by absorbing any moisture and lightly disguising any odours.

    Time to go out and get yourself a bottle of baby powder if you do not have it already.  You’ll be amazed at all the helpful ways you can use this budget-friendly fresh-smelling powder around your home.


  7. Starting an online shop? Here’s what you need to consider.

    September 19, 2018 by barbara

    Starting an online shop is quite easy. However, it requires more than having an eye-catching website with the perfect theme. Just like any other business, you will spend more time planning and putting good strategies in place to have a smooth trade. Additionally, it is much better having an online selling platform than going the traditional way. Reason being you will reach a broader market with the help of the internet. Once you have made your site accessible by shoppers, then you shall have started your way to success. The following are ideas you should consider before starting an online shop.

    1. Choose your system carefully

    You should choose a system that is well known, has a good following and is best supported. They should be ones that produce quality looking shops which attract customers. Choose the best themes that will go in line with the products you will sell. This will make sure your site stands out from the rest.

    1. Pay special attention to SEO

    Having a well-organized website that lists the services you offer is not enough. Customers need to find you on the internet and browse through your information and products. This will, in turn, drive them into coming to your store. Search Engine Optimization helps products land the first page of internet search results. For you to improve your SEO, you need to avoid overusing the keywords, and maintain high speeds in your website. Also, carefully organize your site.

    1. Consider shipping options

    Offering shipping options motivate customers to pick more products from your site. Therefore, you can offer free shipping for local orders. This will cost less since the areas can be easily covered. You can also put a free shipping offer tag on a minimum number of items purchased. Moreover, you can subsidize the shipping cost on larger goods. You also need to take up a commercial van insurance from One Sure Insurance as it covers your goods in transit against damage, theft. Your haulier has limited liability in the event of loss of your goods.

    1. Expand page content with customer input

    Extensively share pictures of your products followed by short descriptions. Motivate the customers and urge to know more about the goods you sell to increase their chances of shopping. This will pay off greatly when you have offered. However, make sure you maintain a high level of honesty when describing your products.

    1. Run a newsletter

    A newsletter helps you capture the attention of loyal customers. This happens when you encourage them into signing up after they purchase. Through this newsletter, you will be able to get reviews from the users on the services you offer. You can also send them reminders on the availability of new products.

    Conclusion

    It is certain that starting a successful online shop is not the easiest of works. Nonetheless, these tips should provide a solid base that ensures your online business turns out to be a success.


  8. Guide to getting the best property for your money

    September 18, 2018 by barbara

    There are many properties for sale recently, such as properties for sale in UE Square. Are you also planning to buy your first own property in Singapore? Or are you planning to be a property investor? Regardless of which answer you choose, you would definitely want your money to be put to good use and want to get the best property for your money. After all, it is a huge sum and a long term investment plan. Being a first timer in the property field would often cause confusions that leads to many mistakes and tedious procedures. Therefore you start reading many guides to buying property in Singapore. Fret not, this article will guide you through some useful tips in getting the best property for your money.

    First of all, you have to be clear on the purpose of buying a property. Is it for investment purpose? Or is it for own stay? This is the very first question that you need to consider when you decide to get the best property. Property for investment purpose would normally be easier to decide, not saying that you should care less, but because property for investment purpose will bring fewer concerns to you in terms of size, amenities or facilities. This is because your main concern of property for investment purpose will be mainly about getting a number of tenants to bring you a handsome return of investment. Hence, all the factors such as size, facilities, amenities, accessibility will bother you lesser as compared to buying a property for own stay, especially if you are a parent yourself because you pay more attention to details such as safety.

    Next, ever wonder to yourself what a freehold title is? Or what a leasehold title is? After deciding the purpose of buying a property, it is time to decide the type of property title you are looking to purchase. A unit with freehold title allows the property buyer to purchase with no restrictions whereas a unit with a leasehold title requires renewal, which can be quite costly.

    Public transportations can be quite an important factor when it comes to buying your best property. Proximity to public transportation plays a very important role when it comes to deciding the location of the property. Most people are concerned with the availability of public transportation around their properties. With the massive jam that you get in big cities, easy accessibility to public transportation will be of a good help in helping owners to prevent being stuck in a jam, whether or not if you are an investor or a homeowner. Staying near to public transportation, however, do have its cons as well, as the noise or the shakiness from the public transportations, such as MRT will depreciate the value of the property. Therefore, properties that are within minutes proximity, say 10 minutes to public transportation would be an ideal choice.

    Level of unit plays an important role too when it comes to buying a condominium unit. Higher floor or lower floor? Residents staying in a unit on higher floors will get to enjoy better views and privacy but will need to wait longer for elevators whereas residents staying in a unit on the lower floors will have easier accessibility to windows or doors in case of any emergencies such as fire. To make things easier, if you are buying for own stay, it is solely based on your personal preference whereas if you are buying for investment purpose, this should not be much of a big concern.

    If you are a believer of Feng Shui, the direction of your house would be a big concern. Whether the house should face the north, south, east, or west plays a major role when it comes to deciding a property. If you are a believer of Feng Shui, you could always go with your beliefs an choose a unit that satisfies your Feng Shui placement to bring you more pleasant earnings.

    Lastly, Singaporeans can be superstitious at times. Different cultures and races have different superstitious beliefs. When it comes to choosing the right property, it is said that units that are facing T-junctions are considered bad, house number or unit floor with the number 4 or 13 will bring bad luck, units facing cemeteries, nearby cemeteries, places that are said to be haunted or scene of death or suicide are said to be bad, therefore, most people will avoid them as the resale value will be low. Well, it is always better to be safe than sorry but it is still up to you to believe or not.

    The above are just some tips to help you decide on how to choose the best property for your money. Follow this guide in buying property in Singapore. Take some time to weigh out the pros and cons when it comes to choosing the best property for your money. Do not rush into things as this will be a long-term investment and it involves a huge sum. You certainly do not want to make the wrong choice only to regret later on.


  9. How Do Concealment Jackets Work?

    September 18, 2018 by barbara

    As the weather begins to cool in the fall and winter months, you may be shopping around for concealment jackets, coats and vests to secure and house your weapon while you are out and about. Concealment jackets offer a safe way to carry your weapon, magazine clips, wallet, keys, phone and other essentials in a hands-free manner. It is far easier to conceal larger weapons in the cooler months.

    The beauty of a concealed carry jacket is that it looks exactly like any other type of fall or winter jacket. There are no identifying markers or standout features that would lead any unsuspecting person to believe that you were carrying a weapon anywhere on your body.

    Most concealment jackets feature five to eight built-in pockets. One pocket will have a built-in holster for your weapon; these pockets will most likely secure with a zip closure. Magazine pouches have sewn-in liners that are sometimes stretchy or mesh to keep your clips securely in place; these pockets will also likely feature a zip closure. Magazine clip and holster pockets are almost always located on the interior of the jacket for safety, security and discreet carrying.

    With some styles of concealment jackets or vests, you will need to size up. Often, these jackets will have an elasticized band at the bottom that can restrict movement if you are in between sizes or have a larger stomach. The additional pockets on a concealment jacket will be located on the exterior and interior of the jacket. These pockets may or may not have zippered closures. Some are open, and some will feature snaps or buttons. These remaining pockets are ideal for storing your other travel essentials.,/p>

    Most concealment jackets are manufactured with the latest technology and style in mind. They are not one-season jackets that will look dated five years from now, and they often come in neutral colors: black, tan, brown, olive green and navy blue. A concealment jacket or vest is a versatile, stylish, hands-free, affordable and safe way to carry your weapon in the fall, winter and cooler spring months.


  10. 5 sneaky ways to save money when shopping online

    August 9, 2018 by barbara

    Shopping online is convenient because you can browse and buy as your time allows then have your purchases delivered straight to your door. That means never having to leave the house. You might be wondering how you can save money when you have to add the price of shipping to your final tally. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save big and still shop from home. Use the following tricks to keep more money in your wallet and still get what you need.

    Keep Items on Your Wishlist in Your Online Shopping Cart

    This tells the website that you want an item but haven’t decided on your purchase yet. For example, you want a bag that is trending and you may find that they offer it to you with free shipping or at a discount if you let it sit in your cart for a couple of days. You’ll get an email that will link to a promo code or discount code that you apply when you pay for your purchase.

    Check Coupon Sites for Promo Codes

    Another good way to gain access to a huge promo code database is to check coupon sites. You can search by store or by the items you want to buy and get discount codes that can be used at a huge number of online retailers. Sign up for alerts and you’ll also get notifications telling you when the items you want are on sale or when there is a promo code for use at your favorite stores.

    Double Up Coupons with Sales

    It’s really easy to save big when you use coupons on items that are already on sale. This takes some planning and may mean checking sites often to be sure you’re ready to buy when the item gets marked down. Again, you can sign up for email newsletters or other notifications so that you’ll know when there is a sale and a coupon that you can double up on and save some money on your online shopping.

    Plan Big Purchases for Seasonal Trends

    Virtually every month of the year sees some item being marked down or sold at a clearance price. Knowing when those items you want to buy are likely to be at their lowest price means you can save big money if you wait a little while to shop. For example, August is the ideal time to buy laptops and tablets as they are often marked down for back to school. Staying on top of this means always getting the best price, even when you’re shopping online.

    Download Retailers’ Saving Apps for the Places Where You Shop Most

    This is really easy to do and gives you access to special deals, discounts, and coupons. You can also get alerts for big sales or when a markdown is happening. This way you always know when an item is at the best price and you can often get special deals just be having the app – things other people might not even be aware of. Loyal customers often have special savings loaded to their app so it’s a great way to save money.