Very nice post by Susie of Stylebubble on her visit to Liger in Hong Kong, where she plays dress-up with Liger’s co-owner-slash-Mrs. Eason Chan-slash-super celeb stylist Hilary Tsui (who is at last out of her MBTs). This pic is from Stylebubble, and she’s wearing a piece by HK designer Mak Chun Ting. Go #TeamHongKong!
Nope, wearing two scarves today wasn’t weird at all… I’m all about practicality - eliminated the need to wear another cardigan or jacket and it could be tucked into my bag easily whenever it got too warm. I declare this a fashion statement for pragmatists.
Orla Kiely for UNIQLO scarf inside, grandma’s handknitted wool scarf out.
So…Soap! Is a Hong Kong social enterprise based in Tai Po (New Territories). It’s organic, handmade soap made by underprivileged local women who might otherwise find it difficult to gain employment. They’re trained to be soap-makers. The soaps are put in bottles that were once used for soy milk.
If I’m not mistaken, one of the key people behind it is Bella Ip of Bella Sapone. She started making solid soap under her Bella Sapone brand around 4 years ago, making all her soaps by hand, using completely natural ingredients. One of my friends swears by her goose oil soap that’s great for greasy pots.
I bought a bottle of tea tree oil hand soap for HK$88 at the Tai Po Tai Wo Sunday Farmers’ Market, where they have a stall. Check out their distribution points and more info on their supercool website. Go #teamhongkong!
Damien Hirst Iron-on Spots.
US$14 from Gagosian Museum Shop (online).
Darn it, it’s not on the Topshop site anymore. I want it!!!!
One of the lovely marketing girls sporting one of Ashish’s super witty slogan tees.
The Hong Kong Fashion Geek Photo Hunt is ON! Doing my best to submit as many photos as I can to win those delish prizes!!! Check out the clues & how to play here. Alternatively, you can send me all your photos, and I can submit them under my name. Muahahaha /wishful thinking.
Subscription-based orders for beauty products. Not a bad idea, especially for lazy people like me who don’t have the time and energy to trawl through beauty mags and reviews. Nothing better than having them sent right to you, and trying them out for yourself. Pretty cool then, that I received a MyLuxBox earlier this week. In their own words, MyLuxBox “deliver[s] generous sized miniatures right to your door-step for enjoyment in the comfort of your own home.”
The best part for me is that they’re travel-sized, and I get to try things out before I fork out to buy a full-sized version. There’s only so many times you can hang around beauty counters and dab things on (and ask for samples) until you get weird, strained looks. (What, you haven’t done that before? Oh.)
I got a Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Guerlain Blanc de Perle P.E.A.R.L. DROP whitening essence, Blanc de Perle UV Shield SPF 50 PA+++, Ren Hydra Calm Day Cream and Cleansing Milk, Alqvimia Aceite Corporal Body Stretch Stopper Body Oil and Body Sculptor Body Oil.
The Laura Mercier Primer was indeed of a “generous size”! At 30ml, it’s enough for a few weeks’ travel. I first tried REN in Grand Hyatt Berlin, and their hand & body lotions are tops, so I’m pretty excited to try their Hydra-Calm series too.
I’ve been meaning to write about oils as moisturisers for a while - I just discovered the power of using natural oils for my face, especially during winter. (Writing a food column on olive oils was what got me started actually…!) The first time I used olive oil, my skin soaked it up like water in a desert plant. Amazing. And I’m finding it great for acne too - seems counter-intuitive to dab oil on acne, but it actually works. We all know that tea tree oil had antiseptic properties, but turns out my olive and jojoba oil can do the trick too.
My MyLuxBox came with two Alqvimia body oils - the Body Sculptor sounds particularly intriguing. It’s supposed to have “fat-burning” qualities - whoah. The sample bottles don’t spell out the ingreds, but a quick search revealed: “Blessed Thistle, the anti-lipid properties of Grapefruit and Lemongrass, and the detoxifying powers of Lemon, combined with Fennel”.
Well, let’s see what it does for my Chinese New Year overeating then.
Orla Kiely for UNIQLO scarves! Traditionally for Chinese New Year, we wear new clothes. I’ve got way too much clothes (like everyone else, I look at my bursting wardrobe every day and sigh “I have nothing to wear”, but I know I do…) Besides, I couldn’t find something I really liked, so I went for a new accessory - an Orla Kiely for UNIQLO scarf. I chose red for the occasion, but I wanted to buy all of them - look at all those pretty patterns! - for HK$79 each, I could actually afford to… if only I had more closet space.