The Year of the Snake may be halfway over but it's not too late to get in on the festivities by paying homage to this year's most fabulous print, check out my favorite pieces to embrace this year's Zodiac this fall!
In the past 2 years it seems that everyone from Demi Moore to Kate Bosworth has been singing the praises of the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. While both celebs look fantastic, I've been reluctant to attribute their gorgeous skin to the masks alone and the steep price of the masks has deterred me from finding out for myself. Fortunately, I had the chance to test the much hyped product for myself when I received one from my go-to beauty store, Sasa*.
My initial expectations were low. I'm fairly skeptical of any product or ingredient (in SK-II products its Pitera) being touted as a miracle worker but in this case, the claims were justified. The mask itself is incredibly simple to use, simply tear open the package, place the pitera-soaked cotton mask on you face and relax for 15+ min while the liquid soaks in. Remove the mask and let the residual moisture dry before applying any other products. The masks are thoroughly soaked with liquid so I like to squeeze the remaining liquid from the package into a small cosmetic container like this and use later as an evening serum.
I saw the results of the mask almost immediately. My skin was glowing, the tone looked more even and my smile lines had disappeared with the added moisture. Over the next few days, several people commented positively on my skin without my even mentioning the mask. I was sold. This mask has now become a part of my weekly skincare routine and my skin has never looked better. The price may seem steep ($125 for 10 masks) but cost per mask is good and and it is a much more economical (and in my opinion, effective) indulgence than regular facials. Thanks to Sasa for helping me discover a new favorite!
*For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sasa, it's an incredible beauty store stocking major brands from around the world. They carry brands ranging in price from Neutrogena to La Mer meaning there is something for customers at every price point. My favorite thing about Sasa is that they carry individual packets (larger than the samples usually given at department stores) at reasonable prices, which make it easy to indulge in a luxury product, without breaking the bank.
There's no occasion that I like dressing up for more than date night. In fact, I enjoy dressing for dates so much so that I've even been known to agree to a date simply to showcase a new outfit. Terrible, I know :) This gorgeous dress sent by Lazzari was one of those pieces that I instantly fell in love with, so much so that I would have agreed to a date with this guy just to wear it. Fortunately, I had a roof top dinner party to attend so such drastic measures weren't required, this time.
The summery color (btw coral is universally flattering) and feminine silhouette are perfectly in line with my style and the craftsmanship was evident from the moment I opened the package. Lazzari's pieces are all entirely handcrafted in Italy, even down to the zipper. Because every piece is manually produced, the collections are relatively small and only the best designs have been selected. When wearing Lazzari one can always be confident in the uniqueness and quality of their garments. Lazzari is currently offering 50% off their entire site, check out my favorites below.
One of the best things about living in Hong Kong is being surrounded by so many amazing destinations, perfect for a weekend getaway. If you follow me on Instagram you know I just returned from a lovely weekend in the Phillipines, see above for photos from my trip.
Because I do spend a fair amount of time in the air, I've decided to introduce a new segment to the blog focusing on travel related style and beauty issues. The first post in the series deals with a fashion dilemma that's taken me a few thousands miles to master, what to wear while traveling. Check out my tips below!
1. Go long-when jetting off to a tropical destination it can be tempting to don your holiday attire immediately but remember, while that minidress is cute for the beach, it's not exactly functional. When it comes to skirts/dresses stick to knee lengths or longer to minimize overexposure while reaching for your bags.
2. Embrace prints-even the shortest flight can leave your clothes looking rumpled, wrinkles are less noticeable on printed clothing.
3.Wrap it-a lightweight scarf is perfect for keeping you warm in spaces with too much air conditioning but it won't leave you sweating when you arrive in paradise.
4. Simple shoes-whether you choose heels or flats, make sure your shoes are easy to slip on and off, no one likes the girl holding up the security line while undoing every buckle on her gladiators, no matter how cute they are.